After characters like Michael Scott, Ross Geller, and Barney Stinson have become staples in sitcom history, it's time for a change.
Sure, they have funny moments that are bound to invoke some laughs, but their humor is often based off of how degrading they are towards others.
And when you think about why you're laughing...it starts to not be so funny.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine blessed the genre by single-handedly proving that comedy doesn't have to be offensive.
In turn, it created Jake Peralta, the character that blew every other male sitcom lead out of the water.
Why we love Jake Peralta
Jake's humor comes from his ability to find fun in everything he does. He supports his wife unconditionally, doesn't stand for toxic mindsets such as homophobia, and speaks openly about women's rights. He's educated, kind-hearted, and basically the moral compass of the Nine-Nine. Check out 23 examples below!
When he didn't want to hurt the kittens' feelings
After Terry insulted the kittens Jake had to console them and blow them some quick kisses to let them know they were loved. A purer human does not exist.
When he was proud to express his love
Jake Peralta is not afraid of appearing soft. He will happily scream his love for Amy Santiago anytime, anyplace. But can you really blame him? Who isn't in love with Amy Santiago?
When he was a respectful trash talker
Trash talking is not one of Jake's many talents. His insults are always hilarious and light-hearted, even when arresting criminals. He prefers to just be a respectful guy.
When he was a sarcastic icon
Don't ever expect to get a laugh out of Jake Peralta if you're being disrespectful towards women in the process. If that's your idea of funny, the joke's on you.
When he was the complete opposite of "fragile masculinity"
Although it hasn't be specifically adressed in the show, the fandom has always believed Jake to be bisexual, and he very well may be. But regardless of whether he is or not, he's not worried about "being secure in his masculinity" or how admitting that a man is attractive would make him look.
When he said #ImWithHer
Brooklyn Nine-Nine always manages to get a laugh and throw in a perfect line like that at the same time. Jake's moments add to the comedy but also addresses serious issues in a way that doesn't poke fun at them.
When he understood he didn't have a claim on Amy
Jake knew that he couldn't make other men feel like they had to back off just so he would have a better shot with Amy. It's her choice who she wants to be with, not his.
When his fiancée's dreams were his own
Jake's enthusiasm for Amy's dreams is something everyone deserves from their spouse. He believes in her no matter what and rather than feeling threatened by her accomplishments, he is completely overjoyed by them.
When he called out sexist sayings
Phrases like "man-up" are all too common in our daily language. But Jake is working hard to change that. No sexist sayings make it past Jake Peralta.
When he addressed America's gun control laws
Jake's response to "do you want your ammo by the box or the bucket?" was pure facts. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is calling out real issues and uses their characters to do it.
When he asked for Mr. Santiago's blessing but not permission
Jake wanted to let Mr. Santiago know that he was planning on proposing to his daughter out of respect. However, he wasn't requiring his permission as he knows that Amy is her own person and not someone's property.
When he apologized for interrupting during Amy's arguement
Gender equality is something Jake never wants to breeze past. In fact, he even apologized for talking over Amy when she was making a valid point.
When he didn't say "not all men"
Jake knows what's wrong in the world and he's not afraid to say it. Despite being a man, he recognizes that his own gender can do unspeakable things to women and doesn't once try to defend their actions.
When he screamed about respecting women while being forced to drive THAT van
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Jake and Charles were forced to drive a sex van through the city. However, they didn't want people to think it was okay, so the two screamed about respecting women on the way to their location.
When he supported Amy and a sexual assault victim unconditionally
Amy's own #MeToo moment was an extremely powerful scene on the series. Jake wanted to do whatever he could to help Amy crack a seemingly impossible case and didn't once doubt the victim's story of sexual assault.
When he stood up for his wife
Jake always has Amy's back, even if it means standing up to her own family. Get yourself a spouse who can't take seeing anyone treat you badly.
When he wasn't amused by "boys just being boys"
Jake Peralta is out here ending the annoyingly common "boys need to be boys" excuse. Sorry, but Jake doesn't care what gender you are. Boys don't get a free pass to break the law.
When he called out transphobia
Jake has had enough of the world's transphobia and he's not afraid to call it when he sees it. He just stands up for what's right. End of story.
When he read Harry Potter because his girlfriend loved it
Yes, Jake Peralta literally read his girlfriend's favorite book series just to make her happy. But it's Harry Potter, so of course he ended up loving it as well.
When he helped Terry fight against racial profiling
After Terry is arrested just for being a black man in a nice neighborhood, Jake and Amy do whatever they can to support him and help him make a difference.
When he was worried he wasn't good enough for Amy
Jake sees Amy as the most amazing woman in the universe. He expressed how nervous he was about her deserving better than him because he wants Amy to be happy and content with her life choices.
When he punched a homophobe
Even though this man was Jake's idol and could get him into trouble at work, Jake couldn't let him get away with thinking homophobia is okay.
When he just gets it
This gif really speaks for itself. Jake isn't just smart when it comes to solving cases, he's also aware of real-world issues. Jake Peralta is an educated, open-minded man who just understands.