History AdaptationalVillainy / AnimeAndManga

1st Aug '17 6:15:00 AM BoxerAndCrewSocks
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** Technically a case of Dub-Induced Villainy, but the Customer Service rep of Nightmare Enterprises is depicted as a friendly businessman in the Japanese version. The dub, ''Kirby Right Back at Ya!'' depicts his counterpart the Salesguy as a CorruptCorporateExecutive, portrays his monster deals akin to a [[HonestJohnsDealership stereotypical used car salesman]] and is a condescending {{Jerkass}} towards Dedede. Both versions depict him as being in league with Nightmare, but the dub does away with the friendly aspects of his character that were present in the Japanese version.
27th May '17 11:41:00 PM Karxrida
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* The [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] in the manga adaptation of the ''Manga/KingdomHearts'' series is outright villainous, compared to his more neutral role in his origin book and in the game. Maleficent even offered him a place in her group, but he declined.

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* The [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] in the manga adaptation of the ''Manga/KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series is outright villainous, compared to his more neutral role in his origin book and in the game. Maleficent even offered him a place in her group, but he declined.
24th May '17 2:14:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The Old Chateau ghosts and Rotom were creepy, but ultimately made little to no effort to harm the player in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondandPearl''. This iteration of them, however, are much more sinister and openly terrify Cheryl.

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** The Old Chateau ghosts and Rotom were creepy, but ultimately made little to no effort to harm the player in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondandPearl''.''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. This iteration of them, however, are much more sinister and openly terrify Cheryl.
28th Apr '17 1:28:19 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The 2003 ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' anime has several cases that were due to those characters not having been well established yet in the manga when the [[OvertookTheManga anime overtook it]].

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* The 2003 ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has several cases that were due to those characters not having been well established yet in the manga [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist original manga]] when the [[OvertookTheManga anime overtook it]].



** Kimblee, who had only shown up in a single manga panel when the anime caught up, ended up being a completely different person. Manga version was an AffablyEvil sociopath with [[MoralSociopathy a very odd (but very consistent) moral philosophy]]; anime version became a MisanthropeSupreme and a StrawNihilist who just wanted to kill people because life was inherently meaningless.
** Even Hohenheim, the BigGood in the manga, became a RetiredMonster; instead of being [[UnwittingPawn tricked]] into helping Father turn the nation of Xerxes into a Philosopher's stone, and only becoming aware of the plan once it was too late to stop it, he and Dante turned people into Philosopher's Stones to prolong their lives.

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** Kimblee, who had only shown up in a single manga panel when the anime caught up, ended up being a completely different person. Manga The manga version was turned out to be an AffablyEvil sociopath with [[MoralSociopathy a very odd (but very consistent) moral philosophy]]; philosophy]], while the anime version became a MisanthropeSupreme and a StrawNihilist who just wanted to kill people because life was inherently meaningless.
** Even Hohenheim, the BigGood in the manga, became a RetiredMonster; instead of being [[UnwittingPawn tricked]] into helping Father turn the nation of Xerxes into a Philosopher's stone, Stone, and only becoming aware of the plan once it was too late to stop it, he and the anime's backstory has him willingly helping Dante turned turn people into Philosopher's Stones to prolong their own lives.



** Barry the Chopper, while AxCrazy in both the manga and original anime, was more of a neutral character in the former and even joins forces with Mustang before his death after realizing that he's going to be hunted down for his connection to the Fifth Lab anyway. The original anime's Barry unrepentantly sides up with anyone who can help him kill as many innocent people as possible, joining up on a mission to slaughter a settlement of Ishvalans forcing Scar to step in and put him down.
** Yoki in both versions starts out as a small-time villain who ends up disgraced by the Elrics, which leads him to rat out Scar to reclaim his status. There the similarities end--the manga ultimately has him becoming a reluctant and (generally) not very helpful good guy, [[spoiler: while the anime has him [[DeathByAdaptation killed by Lust]] to incite a riot between the military and the Ishbalan refugees.]]

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** Barry the Chopper, while AxCrazy in both the manga and original first anime, was more of a neutral character in the former and even joins forces with Mustang before his death after realizing that he's going to be hunted down for his connection to the Fifth Lab anyway. The original 2003 anime's Barry unrepentantly sides up with anyone who can help him kill as many innocent people as possible, joining up on a mission to slaughter a settlement of Ishvalans forcing Scar to step in and put him down.
** Yoki in both versions starts out as a small-time villain who ends up disgraced by the Elrics, which leads him to rat out Scar to reclaim his status. There the similarities end--the manga ultimately has him becoming a reluctant and (generally) not very helpful good guy, [[spoiler: while the anime has him [[DeathByAdaptation killed by Lust]] to incite a riot between the military and the Ishbalan refugees.]]refugees]].
** In the manga, Scar's [[PosthumousCharacter long-dead brother]] was an idealist whose alchemical research was motivated in large part by his desire for peace. In the 2003 anime, he became something of a MadScientist willing to sacrifice his own people in order to revive his dead lover, though he retained his genuine love for his brother.
18th Apr '17 3:31:24 PM Grudgeal
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** Kimblee, who had only shown up in a single manga panel when the anime caught up, ended up being a completely different person. Manga version was an AffablyEvil MoralSociopath with a very odd (but very consistent) moral philosophy; anime version became a MisanthropeSupreme and a StrawNihilist who just wanted to kill people because life was inherently meaningless.

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** Kimblee, who had only shown up in a single manga panel when the anime caught up, ended up being a completely different person. Manga version was an AffablyEvil MoralSociopath sociopath with [[MoralSociopathy a very odd (but very consistent) moral philosophy; philosophy]]; anime version became a MisanthropeSupreme and a StrawNihilist who just wanted to kill people because life was inherently meaningless.
18th Apr '17 3:30:41 PM Grudgeal
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** Basque Grand was transformed from a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and ColonelBadass into a ColonelKilgore and GeneralRipper who just can't wait to commit some more genocide.
** Kimblee, while an awful person in the manga, had his negative qualities cranked UpToEleven, and his good ones suppressed.

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** Basque Grand was transformed from Grand's backstory in the manga showed him as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and ColonelBadass into ColonelBadass. His anime version, not having any backstory, is a ColonelKilgore who wants to expand Amestris' military might and GeneralRipper who just can't wait to commit does some more genocide.
extremely unethical things to accomplish it.
** Kimblee, while an awful person who had only shown up in a single manga panel when the manga, had his negative qualities cranked UpToEleven, anime caught up, ended up being a completely different person. Manga version was an AffablyEvil MoralSociopath with a very odd (but very consistent) moral philosophy; anime version became a MisanthropeSupreme and his good ones suppressed.a StrawNihilist who just wanted to kill people because life was inherently meaningless.
6th Apr '17 1:39:33 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Pretear}}'': In the manga version, one of the Leafe Knights ([[spoiler: Sasame, the Knight of Sound]]) is strongly hinted to have been in love with the villain in the backstory, but he's definitively a good guy and remains that way for the entire story. In the anime, where Fenrir plays a bigger role, he eventually breaks down and becomes her minion because of his MadLove.

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* ''{{Pretear}}'': ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'': In the manga version, one of the Leafe Knights ([[spoiler: Sasame, the Knight of Sound]]) is strongly hinted to have been in love with the villain in the backstory, but he's definitively a good guy and remains that way for the entire story. In the anime, where Fenrir plays a bigger role, he eventually breaks down and becomes her minion because of his MadLove.
28th Mar '17 10:54:03 PM superkeijikun
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* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'': Tanya Degurechaff, and the HR manager she reincarnated from, become more callous and heartless with each adaptation. In the first scene alone, the light novel depicts the HR manager as doing everything to help salvage the career of the employee he would fire, but said employee is a belligerent drug addict. In the manga, he is stated to not enjoy firing his employees, but has a quota to meet to keep his company aloft, and the employee he is firing is perpetually tardy or absent and a drain on company morale due to his poor work ethic. In the anime, he is shown as selfish and only interested in advancing his own career, and thus has no qualms in firing anyone who would be an obstacle in his upward mobility in the company.


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* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'': Tanya Degurechaff, and the HR manager she reincarnated from, become more callous and heartless with each adaptation. In the first scene alone, the light novel depicts the HR manager as doing everything to help salvage the career of the employee he would fire, but said employee is a belligerent drug addict. In the manga, he is stated to not enjoy firing his employees, but has a quota to meet to keep his company aloft, and the employee he is firing is perpetually tardy or absent and a drain on company morale due to his poor work ethic. In the anime, he is shown as selfish and only interested in advancing his own career, and thus has no qualms in firing anyone who would be an obstacle in his upward mobility in the company.
28th Mar '17 10:53:08 PM superkeijikun
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* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'': Tanya Degurechaff, and the HR manager she reincarnated from, become more callous and heartless with each adaptation. In the first scene alone, the light novel depicts the HR manager as doing everything to help salvage the career of the employee he would fire, but said employee is a belligerent drug addict. In the manga, he is stated to not enjoy firing his employees, but has a quota to meet to keep his company aloft, and the employee he is firing is perpetually tardy or absent and a drain on company morale due to his poor work ethic. In the anime, he is shown as selfish and only interested in advancing his own career, and thus has no qualms in firing anyone who would be an obstacle in his upward mobility in the company.
19th Mar '17 8:56:44 AM rafi
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* In the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' movie, Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an AntiVillain or a DragonWithAnAgenda to the actual BigBad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether), with some good qualities such as [[BenevolentBoss respect for his subordinates]], [[EqualOpportunityEvil including races which suffer from]] FantasticRacism. [[spoiler: In fact, in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* The ''Anime/AceAttorney'' anime, while keeping the same story as the games, turns Morgan Fey into even more of a villain than she was in the games. In the "Reunion, than Turnabout" case in the game, Morgan is partnered with Ini Miney, cooperating with her to get Maya arrested for murder, while Ini simply wants to kill Dr. Grey [[spoiler: to protect the secret that she is, in fact, Mimi Miney]]. However, in the anime, Ini doesn't want to kill Doctor Grey, she just wants to fake the channeling so he doesn't find out that secret. Morgan, however, comes up with the plan to kill Doctor Grey and frame Maya for it. When Ini refuses, Morgan threatens to [[spoiler: reveal Ini's secret identity.]]
* In the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' movie, Folken original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' game, King was a reluctant PunchClockVillain who gave Ryo and Robert information needed to rescue Yuri after being defeated, with her later appearances firmly establishing her as one of the good guys. In the anime film, she's an unambiguous villain and the one who actually kidnaps Yuri (at Mr. Big's behest) in the first place.
* Annie Leonhart from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
is a psychotic BigBad, ruthless killer in both anime and manga, but the manga goes further to portray her AntiVillain status, giving her more humanizing moments such as genuinely smiling at one point, mentoring Eren Jeager in hand-to-hand combat, and also looking visibly shaken when she accidentally kills civilians. All of these moments are removed from the anime while also increasing the number of people she kills. It's not unusual to hear people say they hate her after watching the anime, then they read the manga and start sympathizing with her.
* The first anime of ''Manga/BlackButler'' does this with Queen Victoria, of all people. In the manga she's a straight CoolOldLady [[spoiler: though she seems to like the idea of a Zombie army]],
while in the original series he was more of an AntiVillain or a DragonWithAnAgenda anime she's [[spoiler:responsible for Ciel's parents' deaths, and planning to start a world war to "cleanse" the actual BigBad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether), world with some good qualities her angelic accomplice, Ash. It is, at least, implied that she's not at all stable, in part due to Ash's machnations]].
* In the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga, Koyemshi/Dung Beetle is quite a jerk throughout, but he has a few PetTheDog moments,
such as [[BenevolentBoss respect for his subordinates]], [[EqualOpportunityEvil performing a MercyKill on [[spoiler:his sister, Youko]], and giving Ushiro reasons to fight. In the anime, he's significantly more vicious, including races which suffer from]] FantasticRacism. [[spoiler: In fact, mocking one of the dead kids, was quite a DirtyCoward [[spoiler:while he was a human]] and ultimately [[spoiler:gets killed by his aforementioned sister when he tries to force the youngest of the group into the game]].
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' famously changed Max from a FriendlyRival into a ruthless villain while doing [[AdaptationalHeroism the reverse]] for game series primary BigBad, Bagular.
* More like "Adaptational Antagonism", but Leon MacNicol
in the series ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' OVA was supportive of the Knight Sabers, but much like George Stacy towards Spider-Man in relationship to their comic counterparts in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Leon in the ''Tokyo 2040'' remake considers the team vigilantes and a blight on the AD Police.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', BigBad Aion is portrayed as misguided and possibly insane, but sympathetic, having turned to evil deeds in a desperate attempt to fix what
he eventually has felt was a HeelFaceTurn.]]corrupted system after learning an AwfulTruth. In the anime, he was turned into the literal AntiChrist.



* Bandou was a victim of this in ''ElfenLied'': He was more a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the manga. He was humanized through his relationship with Mayu and Nana. Mayu brings him food on the beach, and they are shown eating together. He saves Mayu from being raped by The Unknown Man. Then he sees Nana has been injured by one of the Unknown Man's spike balls. Since she is a Diclonius, he knows it would be troublesome for her to go to a hospital, so he treats her wound instead. He also [[HeroicSacrifice risks his life]] to save Mayu from Lucy, giving up his chance for revenge against Lucy. In the anime,his part is drastically shortened, and any sympathetic or good moments were omitted, while adding in filler to make him seem more cruel.

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' does this to Mukuro Ikusaba. LightNovel/DanganRonpaZero and Dangan Ronpa If ended up having her be portrayed more sympathetic and she ended up performing a HeelFaceTurn in the latter work. Here, this show seems to downplay her sympathetic qualities and instead focuses a lot on the thoroughly reprehensible actions she committed as an accomplice in her sister's schemes. It is extremely noteworthy that she stated that Makoto Naegi (aka her crush and the person who was responsible for her HeelFaceTurn in Dangan Ronpa If) is a loser that is better off dead.
* In the manga of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', the staff of the titular prison HandWave the prisoner deaths in the dog races by claiming that they are done with special effects. In the anime, the special effects angle is done away with; and the prison openly admits that many of the competitors do not survive and die brutal deaths.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** While Light Yagami was always a VillainProtagonist in the anime and manga, he started out sympathetic and [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]]. In the live-action films, he ends up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope much sooner than in the anime and manga, to the extent that unlike his anime/manga counterpart, he's perfectly willing to personally kill his ''own father'' to prevent the Death Note from being analyzed.
** While Ryuk could hardly be considered a hero in the anime or manga, he's much more monstrous in [[Series/DeathNote the live-action TV drama]]. In the anime/manga, he just randomly dropped the [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]] and Light picked it up by chance, with Ryuk just kicking back and watching as Light carried out his plans. In the TV drama, he deliberately drops the notebook near Light and serves as TheCorrupter, goading Light into killing more people when he hesitates, effectively making him responsible for Kira's existence.
** L is likewise subject to this in the TV drama. Though not exactly a 'hero' (with WordOfGod admitting that he's a bit evil), he usually comes across as [[ALighterShadeofGrey A Lighter Shade of Gray]] when compared to Light and a few spin-offs (namely the film L: Change the World and the light novel Another Note) [[AdaptationalHeroism portray him more sympathetically]]. The drama by contrast draws more attention to the amorality of his actions and he generally is far more smug and arrogant than most portrayals.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'':
** In his debut in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', Beerus was goofy and likable, though he did have moments of being a JerkassGod. Here, his more sympathetic qualities are toned down while his JerkassGod aspects are ramped up, doing such things as actively destroying planets after eating all their food, outright saying he ''never'' gets tired of watching planets explode after he blows them up, and going out of his way to be a dick to Vegeta and intimidate him after crashing Bulma's birthday party. Most notably, unlike in ''Battle of Gods'' where his slapping Bulma was more reflexive than anything, in ''Super'', after Bulma slaps him, he actually turns towards her and outright backhands her across the face, all with a SlasherSmile and a glint in his eye. After the ''Battle of Gods'' adaptation, Beerus is made more in line with his film counterpart.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', while Tagoma was definitely a villain, being a member of Frieza's army, he showed signs of being a NobleDemon, valuing his commander, sparing the Pilaf Trio even after stealing one of their wishes (two in ''Super''), and [[EvenEvilHasStandards showing a reluctance to revive Frieza due to how evil he was]]. While he's initially much the same in ''Super'', unlike the film, where Frieza had him ThrownOutTheAirlock for daring to speak out against his [[RevengeBeforeReason revenge plan against Goku]], he survives this suggestion, only to be forced into becoming Frieza's personal training dummy; after spending the next four months being beaten within an inch of his life by Frieza ''every single day'', Tagoma not only becomes the strongest member of Frieza's army, but [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil a psychopathic monster on par with Frieza himself]], to the extent that he unhesitatingly shoots through Shisami to get to Gohan.
** In the anime, Zamasu wants to murder his master Gowasu, steal Goku's body before killing him and his family, then travel to Future Trunks timeline to kill all the gods and mortals [[EvilIsPetty all because Goku defeated him in a sparring match]]. His reasons to do this is even more petty in the manga; He watched the match between Goku and Hit and becomes enraged that a mortal Saiyan like him managed to attain so much power.
* Bandou was a victim of this in ''ElfenLied'': ''Anime/ElfenLied'': He was more a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the manga. He was humanized through his relationship with Mayu and Nana. Mayu brings him food on the beach, and they are shown eating together. He saves Mayu from being raped by The Unknown Man. Then he sees Nana has been injured by one of the Unknown Man's spike balls. Since she is a Diclonius, he knows it would be troublesome for her to go to a hospital, so he treats her wound instead. He also [[HeroicSacrifice risks his life]] to save Mayu from Lucy, giving up his chance for revenge against Lucy. In the anime,his part is drastically shortened, and any sympathetic or good moments were omitted, while adding in filler to make him seem more cruel.cruel.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' anime has several cases that were due to those characters not having been well established yet in the manga when the [[OvertookTheManga anime overtook it]].
** Basque Grand was transformed from a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and ColonelBadass into a ColonelKilgore and GeneralRipper who just can't wait to commit some more genocide.
** Kimblee, while an awful person in the manga, had his negative qualities cranked UpToEleven, and his good ones suppressed.
** Even Hohenheim, the BigGood in the manga, became a RetiredMonster; instead of being [[UnwittingPawn tricked]] into helping Father turn the nation of Xerxes into a Philosopher's stone, and only becoming aware of the plan once it was too late to stop it, he and Dante turned people into Philosopher's Stones to prolong their lives.
** Wrath and Envy were already horrible monsters in the manga, but the anime made them worse. Wrath (now named Pride) loses all of his NobleDemon qualities and his last scene involves him ''strangling his MoralityPet'', [[spoiler:[[OffingTheOffspring his son]]]], Envy had his sadism cranked to maximum, and both lose their AlasPoorVillain moments.
** Barry the Chopper, while AxCrazy in both the manga and original anime, was more of a neutral character in the former and even joins forces with Mustang before his death after realizing that he's going to be hunted down for his connection to the Fifth Lab anyway. The original anime's Barry unrepentantly sides up with anyone who can help him kill as many innocent people as possible, joining up on a mission to slaughter a settlement of Ishvalans forcing Scar to step in and put him down.
** Yoki in both versions starts out as a small-time villain who ends up disgraced by the Elrics, which leads him to rat out Scar to reclaim his status. There the similarities end--the manga ultimately has him becoming a reluctant and (generally) not very helpful good guy, [[spoiler: while the anime has him [[DeathByAdaptation killed by Lust]] to incite a riot between the military and the Ishbalan refugees.]]
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' has a few examples from the manga adaptation.
** An odd example comes with Anchovy, since the manga was released before the anime showed her match with Oarai. In the anime, Anchovy's competitive but fairly good-spirited, and after losing, invites the Oarai crew to eat with her and the people who set up the match. In the manga, she starts off by accusing Miho of having a "weak" way of tankery, and at the end, accuses Miho of costing her old school the championship by abandoning the flag tank.
** Erika is a {{Jerkass}} in the anime, but mainly to the extent of being snide and condescending toward Miho (for example, in the finals, saying that Oarai must be weak if she became its commander). In the manga, between the semifinals and the finals, Erika flies over to Oarai, confronts Miho, and angrily accuses her of not just costing them the victory, but abandoning them in their time of crisis, and vaguely insinuates that Miho traded her vice-captaincy of her old school for captaincy of her new school. She's significantly more vicious and angry in that scene from the manga, and leaves Miho in tears at the end of it.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': Izumo/Gyu-oh of episodes 94 and 95. The English dub of those episodes makes him a full-fledged villain, whereas the original Japanese made it clear that he was a TragicMonster who was just driven by his madness.
* Ho Yinsen in the ''Anime/IronMan'' anime. Though near the end it turns out he's technically BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* ''Anime/TheJungleBook'':
** In the original story, the first of the tigers unintentionally brought disaster to the jungle, but he initially wanted to kill Fear (man) to restore peace among the animals, then later out of grief for finding that all those who once looked up to him would now run away in terror. In the anime, he simply believed that killing Fear would grant him supreme power over all. The Arabic dub has the tiger attempting to frame a man for a murder he himself committed; not as aspiring a goal as the former but no less despicable.
** The human owner that cared for Bagheera when he was a kitten. In the novel, Bagheera was part of a collection of exotic animals belonging to a rich rajah where he lived in luxury before escaping on his own. In the anime, the owner planned to kill Bagheera for his pelt when he grew bigger as he abused the panther along the way, the owner's daughter named Linda took care of him at that time. Later she frees Bagheera before her father can shoot him. She took the bullet, and it was unknown is she survived or not.
* The [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] in the manga adaptation of the ''Manga/KingdomHearts'' series is outright villainous, compared to his more neutral role in his origin book and in the game. Maleficent even offered him a place in her group, but he declined.
** He's at his worst in the manga adaptation for ''Manga/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'': Roxas wished to be let out of a cage he was imprisoned in for trespassing the White Rabbit's house and pretending to be his servant, Mary Ann. The Cheshire Cat granted his wish by [[JackassGenie throwing a hedgehog at the Queen of Hearts]] and [[MoralEventHorizon framing Roxas for the crime]], causing her to order the young Nobody's execution by [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]].



* In the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' game, King was a reluctant PunchClockVillain who gave Ryo and Robert information needed to rescue Yuri after being defeated, with her later appearances firmly establishing her as one of the good guys. In the anime film, she's an unambiguous villain and the one who actually kidnaps Yuri (at Mr. Big's behest) in the first place.

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* ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina Of Time]]'', Sheik is helping Link in his quest to defeat Ganondorf. In the manga adaptation, he's soon revealed to be [[TheMole secretly working for Ganondorf]]. [[spoiler:This is subverted as, just like the game, Sheik is actually Zelda and a DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent]].
** The Happy Mask Salesman from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' gives the player some creepy vibes but genuinely wants to retreve the titular mask before it destroys Termina. In the manga adaptation he's heavily implied to be behind the events of the story.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': While Fatima is a ruthless slave trader in both the anime ''and'' the manga, both of which show him choosing to feed an IllGirl potential slave to a pack of hyenas rather than simply give her medical treatment because it's "not worth the money," the manga also shows that he himself was once a slave who was broken down and made loyal to his mistress Umm Madaura, who, among other things, sold him as a SexSlave to a male client. The anime completely edits out his rather horrific backstory, making him an utterly unsympathetic {{Jerkass}}.
* In the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' game, King was ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, the main antagonists of the first arc are Haruka and Yukino, the latter of whom is friends with Mai and Mikoto in the anime, and the otherwise heroic Akira assists them. By contrast, Shizuru never turns PsychoLesbian, and Nao ([[TeethClenchedTeamwork reluctantly]]) helps the heroes after the teams merge.
* In the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga, Tomoe is DemotedToExtra and does not attempt to plot against Arika, and Nina never does
a reluctant FaceHeelTurn. On the opposite end, Sergey goes from a PunchClockVillain who gave Ryo betrays the BigBad for his daughter's sake to a BigBad who is not related to Nina, biologically or otherwise.
* Char Aznable from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''
and Robert information needed its sequels certainly had his faults (up to rescue Yuri after being defeated, with her later appearances firmly establishing her as one and including [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack that time he tried to blow up the Earth]]), but ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' manages to up the ante even further by making him a freakin' ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]''.
** Really, all
of the good guys. Zeon figures except [[AntiVillain Ramba Ral]] are shown to be much more vile and cruel in ''Origin''. Ramba's biological father and Char's mentor, Jimba Ral, was vaguely described as a loving father figure in the original anime. In ''Origin'', Jimba is a borderline ConspiracyTheorist and AbusiveParent who may have shaped Char into a sociopathic TykeBomb. Likewise, Kycillia Zabi was originally portrayed as a stoic Chessmaster who acts out of loyalty to her family. Here, she is shown to be a [[BloodKnight violence-loving]] ManipulativeBitch who happily backstabs her own family members [[LackOfEmpathy without a care in the world]]. Even Garma and Dolze were given more KickTheDog moments though they are still considered the nicer Zabis.
** Rather than making Garma a villain, ''Origin'' takes away his positive traits.
In the anime film, he was shown to be a good person in general, being AFatherToHisMen, having a fiancée who loved him, was legitimately friends with Char (hence his shock when Char betrays him), and wants very much to prove that he deserves his command post and didn't just get promoted because [[{{Nepotism}} his father is Zeon's leader]]. In ''Origin'', he's the exact opposite of all this: a whiny SpoiledBrat who got jealous over Char's promotion, threw a literal stompy-foot temper tantrum to Daddy, got promoted (mainly because Degwin wanted him to shut up), and immediately went to Char to brag; on top of that, once he's in command he hurls [[WeHaveReserves wave after wave of his men into battle]] to earn himself glory.
* Kushana in the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga is introduced as an antagonist, but it's more a case of her goals not aligning with the protagonists, and when circumstances change she ends up [[HeelFaceTurn an ally to Nausicaä]]. In TheMovie,
she's an unambiguous villain the main villain.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Gendo Ikari: In the anime, he is AmbiguouslyEvil, he sincerely praises Shinji for his combat performance at one occasion,
and with his FamousLastWords he regrets having been a bad father to him. In the one who actually kidnaps Yuri (at Mr. Big's behest) manga adaptation, he is unquestionably evil, has a [[GodIsEvil massive]] [[AGodAmI God-complex]], and outright hates Shinji. In the manga, he's also implied to have [[spoiler: personally killed Kaji]], whereas it was unknown if he had anything to do with it in the first place. anime, even though he was hinted at being involved somehow. He's somehow even ''worse'' in ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse''.
** To a smaller extent, Kaworu. In the original anime, he was pretty nice (outside of, you know, [[spoiler:being the seventeenth Angel]]). In the manga, he [[KickTheDog strangles an abandoned kitten]] (a scene infamous enough to earn him the nickname [[FanNickname "Evil Manga Kaworu"]]) and has a much stronger case of BlueAndOrangeMorality.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Gendo Ikari: In the anime, he is AmbiguouslyEvil, he sincerely praises Shinji for his combat performance at one occasion, and with his FamousLastWords he regrets having been a bad father to him. In the manga adaptation, he is unquestionably evil, has a [[GodIsEvil massive]] [[AGodAmI God-complex]], and outright hates Shinji. In the manga, he's also implied to have [[spoiler: personally killed Kaji]], whereas it was unknown if he had anything to do with it in the anime, even though he was hinted at being involved somehow. He's somehow even ''worse'' in ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse''.
** To a smaller extent, Kaworu. In the original anime, he was pretty nice (outside of, you know, [[spoiler:being the seventeenth Angel]]). In the manga, he [[KickTheDog strangles an abandoned kitten]] (a scene infamous enough to earn him the nickname [[FanNickname "Evil Manga Kaworu"]]) and has a much stronger case of BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* In the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, the main antagonists of the first arc are Haruka and Yukino, the latter of whom is friends with Mai and Mikoto in the anime, and the otherwise heroic Akira assists them. By contrast, Shizuru never turns PsychoLesbian, and Nao ([[TeethClenchedTeamwork reluctantly]]) helps the heroes after the teams merge.
* In the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga, Tomoe is DemotedToExtra and does not attempt to plot against Arika, and Nina never does a FaceHeelTurn. On the opposite end, Sergey goes from a PunchClockVillain who betrays the BigBad for his daughter's sake to a BigBad who is not related to Nina, biologically or otherwise.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' anime has several cases that were due to those characters not having been well established yet in the manga when the [[OvertookTheManga anime overtook it]].
** Basque Grand was transformed from a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and ColonelBadass into a ColonelKilgore and GeneralRipper who just can't wait to commit some more genocide.
** Kimblee, while an awful person in the manga, had his negative qualities cranked UpToEleven, and his good ones suppressed.
** Even Hohenheim, the BigGood in the manga, became a RetiredMonster; instead of being [[UnwittingPawn tricked]] into helping Father turn the nation of Xerxes into a Philosopher's stone, and only becoming aware of the plan once it was too late to stop it, he and Dante turned people into Philosopher's Stones to prolong their lives.
** Wrath and Envy were already horrible monsters in the manga, but the anime made them worse. Wrath (now named Pride) loses all of his NobleDemon qualities and his last scene involves him ''strangling his MoralityPet'', [[spoiler:[[OffingTheOffspring his son]]]], Envy had his sadism cranked to maximum, and both lose their AlasPoorVillain moments.
** Barry the Chopper, while AxCrazy in both the manga and original anime, was more of a neutral character in the former and even joins forces with Mustang before his death after realizing that he's going to be hunted down for his connection to the Fifth Lab anyway. The original anime's Barry unrepentantly sides up with anyone who can help him kill as many innocent people as possible, joining up on a mission to slaughter a settlement of Ishvalans forcing Scar to step in and put him down.
** Yoki in both versions starts out as a small-time villain who ends up disgraced by the Elrics, which leads him to rat out Scar to reclaim his status. There the similarities end--the manga ultimately has him becoming a reluctant and (generally) not very helpful good guy, [[spoiler: while the anime has him [[DeathByAdaptation killed by Lust]] to incite a riot between the military and the Ishbalan refugees.]]
* In a similar but lesser manner, Shadow the Hedgehog in the ''Anime/SonicX'' anime. In the games, Shadow started off a vengeful weapon ready to destroy Earth's population in honor of his murdered friend. Throughout his story however, he is portrayed with a palpable sense of doubt and emotional conflict, before ultimately pulling a full HeelFaceTurn two games later. In the anime, he roughly follows his games counterpart's story, but maintains his more sinister neutral alliance and is TheUnfettered to the highest scale (at least once perfectly willing to kill a child in cold blood, along with anyone who defended her, if it meant stopping a villain).
* Kushana in the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga is introduced as an antagonist, but it's more a case of her goals not aligning with the protagonists, and when circumstances change she ends up [[HeelFaceTurn an ally to Nausicaä]]. In TheMovie, she's the main villain.
* Ho Yinsen in the ''Anime/IronMan'' anime. Though near the end it turns out he's technically BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* In the manga of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', the staff of the titular prison HandWave the prisoner deaths in the dog races by claiming that they are done with special effects. In the anime, the special effects angle is done away with; and the prison openly admits that many of the competitors do not survive and die brutal deaths.

to:

* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Gendo Ikari:
''{{Pretear}}'': In the manga version, one of the Leafe Knights ([[spoiler: Sasame, the Knight of Sound]]) is strongly hinted to have been in love with the villain in the backstory, but he's definitively a good guy and remains that way for the entire story. In the anime, where Fenrir plays a bigger role, he is AmbiguouslyEvil, he sincerely praises Shinji for eventually breaks down and becomes her minion because of his combat performance at one occasion, MadLove.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Queen Beryl was a villain in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]], but an ultimately tragic figure who was manipulated by Metaria into her crimes in her past
and with his FamousLastWords he regrets having been a bad father to him. In the manga adaptation, he is unquestionably evil, has a [[GodIsEvil massive]] [[AGodAmI God-complex]], current incarnations, and outright hates Shinji. In the manga, he's also implied to have [[spoiler: personally killed Kaji]], whereas it ultimately doomed not by her villainy, but her own belief that she was unknown if he had anything to do with it in the anime, even though he was hinted beyond redemption at being involved somehow. He's somehow even ''worse'' in ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse''.
** To a smaller extent, Kaworu.
this point. In the original anime, he was pretty nice (outside of, you know, [[spoiler:being the seventeenth Angel]]). In the manga, he [[KickTheDog strangles an abandoned kitten]] (a scene infamous enough to earn him the nickname [[FanNickname "Evil Manga Kaworu"]]) TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], she's a straight-up evil villain who willingly and has loyally serves Metalia.
** Although this is more of
a much stronger case of BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* In
Adaptational [[AntiHero Anti-Heroism]], Rei Hino[=/=]Sailor Mars is hit with this in the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga, the main antagonists of the first arc are Haruka and Yukino, the latter of whom is 90s anime. Rei seems more abusive towards her friends with Mai and Mikoto (especially to Usagi) in the anime, and the otherwise heroic Akira assists them. By contrast, Shizuru never turns PsychoLesbian, and Nao ([[TeethClenchedTeamwork reluctantly]]) helps the heroes after the teams merge.
* In the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga, Tomoe is DemotedToExtra and does not attempt to plot against Arika, and Nina never does a FaceHeelTurn. On the opposite end, Sergey goes from a PunchClockVillain who betrays the BigBad for his daughter's sake to a BigBad who is not related to Nina, biologically or otherwise.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist''
anime has several cases that were due to those characters not having been well established yet in the manga when the [[OvertookTheManga anime overtook it]].
** Basque Grand was transformed from a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and ColonelBadass into a ColonelKilgore and GeneralRipper who just can't wait to commit some more genocide.
** Kimblee, while an awful person
than in the manga, had his negative qualities cranked UpToEleven, and his good ones suppressed.
** Even Hohenheim, the BigGood
especially in the manga, became a RetiredMonster; instead of being [[UnwittingPawn tricked]] into helping Father turn first season. It's even worse in the nation of Xerxes into a Philosopher's stone, and only becoming aware DiC dub where Rei (or Raye as she is called in that dub) makes no qualms about wanting to kick Serena out of the plan once it was too late to stop it, he Sailor Scouts and Dante turned people into Philosopher's Stones to prolong their lives.
** Wrath and Envy were already horrible monsters in
take over as the manga, but the anime made them worse. Wrath (now named Pride) loses all of his NobleDemon qualities and his last scene involves him ''strangling his MoralityPet'', [[spoiler:[[OffingTheOffspring his son]]]], Envy had his sadism cranked to maximum, and both lose their AlasPoorVillain moments.
** Barry the Chopper, while AxCrazy in both the manga and original anime, was more of a neutral character in the former and even joins forces with Mustang before his death after realizing that he's going to be hunted down for his connection to the Fifth Lab anyway. The original anime's Barry unrepentantly sides up with anyone who can help him kill as many innocent people as possible, joining up on a mission to slaughter a settlement of Ishvalans forcing Scar to step in and put him down.
** Yoki in both versions starts out as a small-time villain who ends up disgraced by the Elrics, which leads him to rat out Scar to reclaim his status. There the similarities end--the manga ultimately has him becoming a reluctant and (generally) not very helpful good guy, [[spoiler: while the anime has him [[DeathByAdaptation killed by Lust]] to incite a riot between the military and the Ishbalan refugees.]]
* In a similar but lesser manner, Shadow the Hedgehog in the ''Anime/SonicX'' anime. In the games, Shadow started off a vengeful weapon ready to destroy Earth's population in honor of his murdered friend. Throughout his story however, he is portrayed with a palpable sense of doubt and emotional conflict, before ultimately pulling a full HeelFaceTurn two games later. In the anime, he roughly follows his games counterpart's story, but maintains his more sinister neutral alliance and is TheUnfettered to the highest scale (at least once perfectly willing to kill a child in cold blood, along with anyone who defended her, if it meant stopping a villain).
* Kushana in the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga is introduced as an antagonist, but it's more a case of her goals not aligning with the protagonists, and when circumstances change she ends up [[HeelFaceTurn an ally to Nausicaä]]. In TheMovie, she's the main villain.
* Ho Yinsen in the ''Anime/IronMan'' anime. Though near the end it turns out he's technically BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* In the manga of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', the staff of the titular prison HandWave the prisoner deaths in the dog races by claiming that they are done with special effects. In the anime, the special effects angle is done away with; and the prison openly admits that many of the competitors do not survive and die brutal deaths.
leader.



* Shadow the Hedgehog in the ''Anime/SonicX'' anime. In the games, Shadow started off a vengeful weapon ready to destroy Earth's population in honor of his murdered friend. Throughout his story however, he is portrayed with a palpable sense of doubt and emotional conflict, before ultimately pulling a full HeelFaceTurn two games later. In the anime, he roughly follows his games counterpart's story, but maintains his more sinister neutral alliance and is TheUnfettered to the highest scale (at least once perfectly willing to kill a child in cold blood, along with anyone who defended her, if it meant stopping a villain).
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** [[MadScientist Dr. Stein]] . In the manga, he's [[SociopathicHero semi-sociopathic]], [[TheCorruptible prone to insanity]], and [[AxCrazy rather disturbing even when he's sane-ish.]] However, he's still good throughout, [[spoiler: even when Medusa begins artificially enhancing his madness]], and clearly cares about his students and teammates. In the anime, however, [[spoiler: he temporarily goes over to Medusa's side and even attacks [[MoralityChain Marie.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Justin Law]] is an [[AdaptationalHeroism inversion]]: he is revealed as TheMole and is [[spoiler: BJ's killer]] in the manga, whereas he stays firmly on the side of good in the anime.
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Princess Ayeka is a quite haughty figure who ends up coming back down to Earth as she spends time with Tenchi and while there's a rivalry with the space pirate Ryoko, the two do have something of a friendly relationship as time goes on. While ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' and ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' tends to ramp up these aspects, ''Anime/PrettySammy'' ends up turning her into an AlphaBitch flanked by her own entourage and willing to hunt down Ryoko just because she's with Tenchi. It gets worse in ''Magical Project S'' as Ayeka is recast as a third goddess who was removed from the election to become protector of Earth and she seeks to destroy Earth because of it.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' does this with [[LipstickLesbian Ayako's]] character. In [[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo the game series]] which the OVA is based on, she protects women by luring out would-be muggers and rapist and brining them to justice. By contrast, the anime [[DepravedHomosexual practically makes Ayako a rapist, herself]], by having her sexually harass Satomi during their fight. She not only shreds Satomi's uniform, using [[CombatHandFan a hidden blade]], she even gropes Satomi and pecks her on the cheek. For Satomi, ''[[RageBreakingPoint that]]'' [[KillItWithFire was the last straw.]]
* Thanks to the ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' anime [[OvertookTheManga coming out]] while the manga was still ongoing it has a different plot and a GeckoEnding. [[spoiler:Lucia's father Lucif]] is the BigBad of the anime but is a far more neutral character in the manga.
* In the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' movie, Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an AntiVillain or a DragonWithAnAgenda to the actual BigBad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether), with some good qualities such as [[BenevolentBoss respect for his subordinates]], [[EqualOpportunityEvil including races which suffer from]] FantasticRacism. [[spoiler: In fact, in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* This occurs in-series in ''Anime/YokaiWatch''. When Komasan reveals to a mangaka that he is really a {{yokai}} she uses him as inspiration for her manga. Sadly it is a horror manga where he is a big, scary monster instead of the cute CartoonCreature he really is.



* In the manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', BigBad Aion is portrayed as misguided and possibly insane, but sympathetic, having turned to evil deeds in a desperate attempt to fix what he felt was a corrupted system after learning an AwfulTruth. In the anime, he was turned into the literal AntiChrist.
* ''{{Pretear}}'': In the manga version, one of the Leafe Knights ([[spoiler: Sasame, the Knight of Sound]]) is strongly hinted to have been in love with the villain in the backstory, but he's definitively a good guy and remains that way for the entire story. In the anime, where Fenrir plays a bigger role, he eventually breaks down and becomes her minion because of his MadLove.
* [[MadScientist Dr. Stein]] in ''Manga/SoulEater''. In the manga, he's [[SociopathicHero semi-sociopathic]], [[TheCorruptible prone to insanity]], and [[AxCrazy rather disturbing even when he's sane-ish.]] However, he's still good throughout, [[spoiler: even when Medusa begins artificially enhancing his madness]], and clearly cares about his students and teammates. In the anime, however, [[spoiler: he temporarily goes over to Medusa's side and even attacks [[MoralityChain Marie.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Justin Law]] is an [[AdaptationalHeroism inversion]]: he is revealed as TheMole and is [[spoiler: BJ's killer]] in the manga, whereas he stays firmly on the side of good in the anime.
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' famously changed Max from a FriendlyRival into a ruthless villain while doing [[AdaptationalHeroism the reverse]] for game series primary BigBad, Bagular.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Queen Beryl was a villain in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]], but an ultimately tragic figure who was manipulated by Metaria into her crimes in her past and current incarnations, and ultimately doomed not by her villainy, but her own belief that she was beyond redemption at this point. In TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], she's a straight-up evil villain who willingly and loyally serves Metalia.
** Although this is more of a case of Adaptational [[AntiHero Anti-Heroism]], Rei Hino[=/=]Sailor Mars is hit with this in the 90s anime. Rei seems more abusive towards her friends (especially to Usagi) in the anime than in the manga, especially in the first season. It's even worse in the DiC dub where Rei (or Raye as she is called in that dub) makes no qualms about wanting to kick Serena out of the Sailor Scouts and take over as the leader.
* The first anime of ''Manga/BlackButler'' does this with Queen Victoria, of all people. In the manga she's a straight CoolOldLady [[spoiler: though she seems to like the idea of a Zombie army]], while in the anime she's [[spoiler:responsible for Ciel's parents' deaths, and planning to start a world war to "cleanse" the world with her angelic accomplice, Ash. It is, at least, implied that she's not at all stable, in part due to Ash's machnations]].
* Char Aznable from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and its sequels certainly had his faults (up to and including [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack that time he tried to blow up the Earth]]), but ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' manages to up the ante even further by making him a freakin' ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]''.
** Really, all of the Zeon figures except [[AntiVillain Ramba Ral]] are shown to be much more vile and cruel in ''Origin''. Ramba's biological father and Char's mentor, Jimba Ral, was vaguely described as a loving father figure in the original anime. In ''Origin'', Jimba is a borderline ConspiracyTheorist and AbusiveParent who may have shaped Char into a sociopathic TykeBomb. Likewise, Kycillia Zabi was originally portrayed as a stoic Chessmaster who acts out of loyalty to her family. Here, she is shown to be a [[BloodKnight violence-loving]] ManipulativeBitch who happily backstabs her own family members [[LackOfEmpathy without a care in the world]]. Even Garma and Dolze were given more KickTheDog moments though they are still considered the nicer Zabis.
** Rather than making Garma a villain, ''Origin'' takes away his positive traits. In the anime he was shown to be a good person in general, being AFatherToHisMen, having a fiancée who loved him, was legitimately friends with Char (hence his shock when Char betrays him), and wants very much to prove that he deserves his command post and didn't just get promoted because [[{{Nepotism}} his father is Zeon's leader]]. In ''Origin'', he's the exact opposite of all this: a whiny SpoiledBrat who got jealous over Char's promotion, threw a literal stompy-foot temper tantrum to Daddy, got promoted (mainly because Degwin wanted him to shut up), and immediately went to Char to brag; on top of that, once he's in command he hurls [[WeHaveReserves wave after wave of his men into battle]] to earn himself glory.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' does this with [[LipstickLesbian Ayako's]] character. In [[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo the game series]] which the OVA is based on, she protects women by luring out would-be muggers and rapist and brining them to justice. By contrast, the anime [[DepravedHomosexual practically makes Ayako a rapist, herself]], by having her sexually harass Satomi during their fight. She not only shreds Satomi's uniform, using [[CombatHandFan a hidden blade]], she even gropes Satomi and pecks her on the cheek. For Satomi, ''[[RageBreakingPoint that]]'' [[KillItWithFire was the last straw.]]
* The [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Cheshire Cat]] in the manga adaptation of the ''Manga/KingdomHearts'' series is outright villainous, compared to his more neutral role in his origin book and in the game. Maleficent even offered him a place in her group, but he declined.
** He's at his worst in the manga adaptation for ''Manga/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'': Roxas wished to be let out of a cage he was imprisoned in for trespassing the White Rabbit's house and pretending to be his servant, Mary Ann. The Cheshire Cat granted his wish by [[JackassGenie throwing a hedgehog at the Queen of Hearts]] and [[MoralEventHorizon framing Roxas for the crime]], causing her to order the young Nobody's execution by [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]].
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': While Fatima is a ruthless slave trader in both the anime ''and'' the manga, both of which show him choosing to feed an IllGirl potential slave to a pack of hyenas rather than simply give her medical treatment because it's "not worth the money," the manga also shows that he himself was once a slave who was broken down and made loyal to his mistress Umm Madaura, who, among other things, sold him as a SexSlave to a male client. The anime completely edits out his rather horrific backstory, making him an utterly unsympathetic {{Jerkass}}.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' has a few examples from the manga adaptation.
** An odd example comes with Anchovy, since the manga was released before the anime showed her match with Oarai. In the anime, Anchovy's competitive but fairly good-spirited, and after losing, invites the Oarai crew to eat with her and the people who set up the match. In the manga, she starts off by accusing Miho of having a "weak" way of tankery, and at the end, accuses Miho of costing her old school the championship by abandoning the flag tank.
** Erika is a {{Jerkass}} in the anime, but mainly to the extent of being snide and condescending toward Miho (for example, in the finals, saying that Oarai must be weak if she became its commander). In the manga, between the semifinals and the finals, Erika flies over to Oarai, confronts Miho, and angrily accuses her of not just costing them the victory, but abandoning them in their time of crisis, and vaguely insinuates that Miho traded her vice-captaincy of her old school for captaincy of her new school. She's significantly more vicious and angry in that scene from the manga, and leaves Miho in tears at the end of it.
* In the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga, Koyemshi/Dung Beetle is quite a jerk throughout, but he has a few PetTheDog moments, such as performing a MercyKill on [[spoiler:his sister, Youko]], and giving Ushiro reasons to fight. In the anime, he's significantly more vicious, including mocking one of the dead kids, was quite a DirtyCoward [[spoiler:while he was a human]] and ultimately [[spoiler:gets killed by his aforementioned sister when he tries to force the youngest of the group into the game]].
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': Izumo/Gyu-oh of episodes 94 and 95. The English dub of those episodes makes him a full-fledged villain, whereas the original Japanese made it clear that he was a TragicMonster who was just driven by his madness.
* Annie Leonhart from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a ruthless killer in both anime and manga, but the manga goes further to portray her AntiVillain status, giving her more humanizing moments such as genuinely smiling at one point, mentoring Eren Jeager in hand-to-hand combat, and also looking visibly shaken when she accidentally kills civilians. All of these moments are removed from the anime while also increasing the number of people she kills. It's not unusual to hear people say they hate her after watching the anime, then they read the manga and start sympathizing with her.
* More like "Adaptational Antagonism", but Leon MacNicol in the ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' OVA was supportive of the Knight Sabers, but much like George Stacy towards Spider-Man in relationship to their comic counterparts in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Leon in the ''Tokyo 2040'' remake considers the team vigilantes and a blight on the AD Police.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** While Light Yagami was always a VillainProtagonist in the anime and manga, he started out sympathetic and [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]]. In the live-action films, he ends up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope much sooner than in the anime and manga, to the extent that unlike his anime/manga counterpart, he's perfectly willing to personally kill his ''own father'' to prevent the Death Note from being analyzed.
** While Ryuk could hardly be considered a hero in the anime or manga, he's much more monstrous in [[Series/DeathNote the live-action TV drama]]. In the anime/manga, he just randomly dropped the [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]] and Light picked it up by chance, with Ryuk just kicking back and watching as Light carried out his plans. In the TV drama, he deliberately drops the notebook near Light and serves as TheCorrupter, goading Light into killing more people when he hesitates, effectively making him responsible for Kira's existence.
** L is likewise subject to this in the TV drama. Though not exactly a 'hero' (with WordOfGod admitting that he's a bit evil), he usually comes across as [[ALighterShadeofGrey A Lighter Shade of Gray]] when compared to Light and a few spin-offs (namely the film L: Change the World and the light novel Another Note) [[AdaptationalHeroism portray him more sympathetically]]. The drama by contrast draws more attention to the amorality of his actions and he generally is far more smug and arrogant than most portrayals.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'':
** In his debut in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'', Beerus was goofy and likable, though he did have moments of being a JerkassGod. Here, his more sympathetic qualities are toned down while his JerkassGod aspects are ramped up, doing such things as actively destroying planets after eating all their food, outright saying he ''never'' gets tired of watching planets explode after he blows them up, and going out of his way to be a dick to Vegeta and intimidate him after crashing Bulma's birthday party. Most notably, unlike in ''Battle of Gods'' where his slapping Bulma was more reflexive than anything, in ''Super'', after Bulma slaps him, he actually turns towards her and outright backhands her across the face, all with a SlasherSmile and a glint in his eye. After the ''Battle of Gods'' adaptation, Beerus is made more in line with his film counterpart.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', while Tagoma was definitely a villain, being a member of Frieza's army, he showed signs of being a NobleDemon, valuing his commander, sparing the Pilaf Trio even after stealing one of their wishes (two in ''Super''), and [[EvenEvilHasStandards showing a reluctance to revive Frieza due to how evil he was]]. While he's initially much the same in ''Super'', unlike the film, where Frieza had him ThrownOutTheAirlock for daring to speak out against his [[RevengeBeforeReason revenge plan against Goku]], he survives this suggestion, only to be forced into becoming Frieza's personal training dummy; after spending the next four months being beaten within an inch of his life by Frieza ''every single day'', Tagoma not only becomes the strongest member of Frieza's army, but [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil a psychopathic monster on par with Frieza himself]], to the extent that he unhesitatingly shoots through Shisami to get to Gohan.
** In the anime, Zamasu wants to murder his master Gowasu, steal Goku's body before killing him and his family, then travel to Future Trunks timeline to kill all the gods and mortals [[EvilIsPetty all because Goku defeated him in a sparring match]]. His reasons to do this is even more petty in the manga; He watched the match between Goku and Hit and becomes enraged that a mortal Saiyan like him managed to attain so much power.
* Killua is an AntiHero in all versions of ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' however in the 1999 anime adaptation there are more allusions to his dangerous CreepyChild nature from the get go.
* This occurs in-series in ''Anime/YokaiWatch''. When Komasan reveals to a mangaka that he is really a {{yokai}} she uses him as inspiration for her manga. Sadly it is a horror manga where he is a big, scary monster instead of the cute CartoonCreature he really is.
* Thanks to the ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' anime [[OvertookTheManga coming out]] while the manga was still ongoing it has a different plot and a GeckoEnding. [[spoiler:Lucia's father Lucif]] is the BigBad of the anime but is a far more neutral character in the manga.
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina Of Time]]'', Sheik is helping Link in his quest to defeat Ganondorf. In the manga adaptation, he's soon revealed to be [[TheMole secretly working for Ganondorf]]. [[spoiler:This is subverted as, just like the game, Sheik is actually Zelda and a DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent]].
** The Happy Mask Salesman from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' gives the player some creepy vibes but genuinely wants to retreve the titular mask before it destroys Termina. In the manga adaptation he's heavily implied to be behind the events of the story.
* The ''Anime/AceAttorney'' anime, while keeping the same story as the games, turns Morgan Fey into even more of a villain than she was in the games. In the "Reunion, than Turnabout" case in the game, Morgan is partnered with Ini Miney, cooperating with her to get Maya arrested for murder, while Ini simply wants to kill Dr. Grey [[spoiler: to protect the secret that she is, in fact, Mimi Miney]]. However, in the anime, Ini doesn't want to kill Doctor Grey, she just wants to fake the channeling so he doesn't find out that secret. Morgan, however, comes up with the plan to kill Doctor Grey and frame Maya for it. When Ini refuses, Morgan threatens to [[spoiler: reveal Ini's secret identity.]]
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Princess Ayeka is a quite haughty figure who ends up coming back down to Earth as she spends time with Tenchi and while there's a rivalry with the space pirate Ryoko, the two do have something of a friendly relationship as time goes on. While ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' and ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' tends to ramp up these aspects, ''Anime/PrettySammy'' ends up turning her into an AlphaBitch flanked by her own entourage and willing to hunt down Ryoko just because she's with Tenchi. It gets worse in ''Magical Project S'' as Ayeka is recast as a third goddess who was removed from the election to become protector of Earth and she seeks to destroy Earth because of it.
* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' does this to Mukuro Ikusaba. LightNovel/DanganRonpaZero and Dangan Ronpa If ended up having her be portrayed more sympathetic and she ended up performing a HeelFaceTurn in the latter work. Here, this show seems to downplay her sympathetic qualities and instead focuses a lot on the thoroughly reprehensible actions she committed as an accomplice in her sister's schemes. It is extremely noteworthy that she stated that Makoto Naegi (aka her crush and the person who was responsible for her HeelFaceTurn in Dangan Ronpa If) is a loser that is better off dead.
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