History AdaptationalVillainy / ComicBooks

4th Feb '16 1:52:14 AM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/AlanMoore is willing to use this trope when adapting pre-existing works: ** ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen has quite a few characters who are HeroOfAnotherStory presented in a decidedly darker light in the League books, with SocietyMarchesOn, ValuesDissonance and GenreDeconstruction strongly applied to these works. *** In general, spies, whether good or bad, are regarded as [[GreyAndGrayMorality inherently shifty characters]] with M, the leader of M16 and the creator of the league, revealed in ''Volume 1'' to be [[spoiler:James Moriarty]] and his successor, the nominally good Mycroft Holmes shown to be if possible, more ruthless. ''The Black Dossier'' takes this even further with a very negative portrayal of Cold War era spy fiction, M16 pulling TheCoup and installing Big Brother from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and being led by [[spoiler:[[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]]] with characters like [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] shown as little more than an UnwittingPawn and Franchise/JamesBond a misogynist scumbag [[spoiler:who is a traitor to England and working for the CIA and becomes a KarmaHoudini VillainWithGoodPublicity.]] *** Boys Adventure Heroes from Charles Hamilton's Literature/{{Greyfriars}} School stories has the Famous Five's leader Harry Wharton becoming Big Brother with other members of the gang forming the party of Ingsoc, and Billy Bunter shown as a pathetic ManChild who also [[spoiler:rats out Mina and Allan Quatermain]]. Other adventure heroes who are shown as less than noble is Literature/TomSwift or [[WritingAroundTrademarks Tom Swyfte]] who is a racist and DirtyCoward who cares more [[ItsAllAboutMe about his own life]] than that of his team and whose inventions revolve around [[ArmsDealer developing weapons]] because he's OnlyInItForTheMoney rather than ForScience. In ''Volume III: Century'', Moore builds his climax to a prolonged TakeThat on [[spoiler:Literature/HarryPotter, showing the main character as a whiny SpoiledBrat who is also an EldritchAbomination who murdered the entire supporting cast of his series]]. ** ComicBook/{{Providence}} averts this in general for most of the Lovecraft characters in the story. It makes an exception however for [[spoiler:Ronald Pitman, the CaptainErsatz of Pickman from ''Pickman's Model''. Nothing in the comic suggests as Moore's story does, that Pitman is a SerialKiller and MadArtist]].
14th Jan '16 11:36:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'': ** Stormer is by no way evil but is less of an ExtremeDoormat and is more snappy.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'': ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'': ** Stormer is by no way evil but is less of an ExtremeDoormat now and is more snappy.
14th Jan '16 9:05:09 PM Anddrix
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** In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', [[spoiler:Reed Richards]], a hero in the original [[ComicBook/FantasticFour comics]], becomes a major villain.
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** In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'': *** [[spoiler:Reed Richards]], a hero in the original [[ComicBook/FantasticFour comics]], becomes a major villain.villain. *** Agatha Harkness is [[spoiler:an ancient hydra monster]] who plans on destroying the world, rather than any kind of friendly mentor figure like she was in the main continuity.
31st Dec '15 6:04:15 PM Anddrix
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* In the ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' comics, SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} is generally depicted as an evil god (though some individual writers have made him more of an AntiVillain), but in the original Norse mythology he's a much more ambiguous figure, usually taking the role of TheTrickster.
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* In the ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' comics, SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} Loki is generally depicted as an evil god (though some individual writers have made him more of an AntiVillain), but in the original Norse mythology he's a much more ambiguous figure, usually taking the role of TheTrickster.
7th Dec '15 6:27:04 AM Anicomicgeek
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** Also,Jean [=DeWolf=], a heroic female police officer in the original ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics, was made a corrupt double-agent working for the Kingpin in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. ComicBook/IronFist also worked for the Kingpin.
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** Also,Jean [=DeWolf=], a heroic female police officer in the original ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics, was made a corrupt double-agent working for the Kingpin in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. ComicBook/IronFist [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] also worked for the Kingpin.Kingpin, albeit he was blackmailed into it.
6th Dec '15 9:49:39 AM Vir
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* The BiggerBad in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' is [[spoiler: Devil Dinosaur]]. Usually a heroic character, he's now an OmnicidalManiac in charge of a massive terrorist organization, killed and ''ate'' his partner [[spoiler: Moon Boy]] (who is also abusive here), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he can also]] [[spoiler: [[SuddenlyVoiced speak]]]]. When the events of ''Nextwave'' became part of mainstream Marvel continuity, they were both naturally revealed to be evil clones. All PlayedForLaughs, of course.
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* The BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' is [[spoiler: Devil Dinosaur]]. Usually a heroic character, he's now an OmnicidalManiac in charge of a massive terrorist organization, killed and ''ate'' his partner [[spoiler: Moon Boy]] (who is also abusive here), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he can also]] [[spoiler: [[SuddenlyVoiced speak]]]]. When the events of ''Nextwave'' became part of mainstream Marvel continuity, they were both naturally revealed to be evil clones. All PlayedForLaughs, of course.
6th Dec '15 9:47:53 AM Vir
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** Of course, the antivillain version of Freeze [[CanonImmigrant in the first place was based off of his alternate portrayal]] in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries. The original Freeze, from the Silver Age, lacked any such humanizing qualities, being an unrepentant villain who uses a cold theme.
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** Of course, the antivillain version of Freeze [[CanonImmigrant in the first place was based off of his alternate portrayal]] in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries.''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. The original Freeze, from the Silver Age, lacked any such humanizing qualities, being an unrepentant villain who uses a cold theme.

** ComicBook/TheCreeper, formerly a GoodCounterpart to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as well as an alter ego of Jack Ryder, was brought back in ''ComicBook/{{Katana}}'' as a demonic villain who seems to want to ''haunt'' Ryder.
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** ComicBook/TheCreeper, formerly a GoodCounterpart [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]] to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as well as an alter ego of Jack Ryder, was brought back in ''ComicBook/{{Katana}}'' as a demonic villain who seems to want to ''haunt'' Ryder.

** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' does this to Star Saber. In the [[Anime/TransformersVictory Victory]] cartoon, he is a squeaky-clean hero a la Optimus Prime. The IDW comic turns him into a [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatic]] who once called for an atheist Holocaust. He works for the BigBad to bring about the end of all artificially-built Transformers, including [[spoiler: his GoodCounterpart, Dai Atlas]], whom he had religious disagreements with. This is a carry-over from the author's days in the Transformers UK fandom, where his stories portrayed Star Saber as a fascist.
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** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' does this to Star Saber. In the [[Anime/TransformersVictory Victory]] cartoon, he is a squeaky-clean hero a la Optimus Prime. The IDW comic turns him into a [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatic]] who once called for an atheist Holocaust. He works for the BigBad to bring about the end of all artificially-built Transformers, including [[spoiler: his GoodCounterpart, [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]], Dai Atlas]], whom he had religious disagreements with. This is a carry-over from the author's days in the Transformers UK fandom, where his stories portrayed Star Saber as a fascist.
6th Dec '15 9:42:01 AM Vir
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** Robotnik himself, while still maintaining some of his comical pathos from the games and other incarnations, is far more evil and void of redeeming aspects, gaining a similar dictator role as his ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatam'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground Underground]]'' counterpart (see below), then he becomes even worse than his game and other incarnations by [[OmnicidalManiac trying to destroy Mobius outright]].
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** Robotnik himself, while still maintaining some of his comical pathos from the games and other incarnations, is far more evil and void of redeeming aspects, gaining a similar dictator role as his ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatam'' ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground Underground]]'' counterpart (see below), counterpart, then he becomes even worse than his game and other incarnations by [[OmnicidalManiac trying to destroy Mobius outright]].
6th Dec '15 9:40:05 AM Vir
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* John Rockerduck is portrayed as a CorruptCorporateExecutive in several stories but he was by no means this or any other kind of villain in the only story [[CarlBarks his creator]] used him in.
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* John Rockerduck is portrayed as a CorruptCorporateExecutive in several stories but he was by no means this or any other kind of villain in the only story [[CarlBarks [[Creator/CarlBarks his creator]] used him in.
10th Nov '15 10:50:47 AM StFan
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** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'' downplays this with a look into Prowl's character. While Prowl is normally a "good" if somewhat stuck-up bot of logic and intelligence, here he's more of a WellIntentionedExtremist. He does numerous unethical things, like messing with minds and destroying evidence of Autobot war-crimes, all to preserve the dignity of their faction. He's also willing to deflect suspicion, blackmail, and conspire to make [=WMDs=] all for the sake of the Autobot cause. Prowl did suffer from a bit of DependingOnTheWriter though, as he was also written as a selfless good guy in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' while at the same time being a schemer in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''. He eventually reverted to an UnscrupulousHero with ''ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''.
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** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'' downplays this with a look into Prowl's character. While Prowl is normally a "good" if somewhat stuck-up bot of logic and intelligence, here he's more of a WellIntentionedExtremist. He does numerous unethical things, like messing with minds and destroying evidence of Autobot war-crimes, all to preserve the dignity of their faction. He's also willing to deflect suspicion, blackmail, and conspire to make [=WMDs=] all for the sake of the Autobot cause. Prowl did suffer from a bit of DependingOnTheWriter though, as he was also written as a selfless good guy in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' while at the same time being a schemer in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''. He eventually reverted to an UnscrupulousHero with ''ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''.''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''.

** ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' does this to Star Saber. In the [[Anime/TransformersVictory Victory]] cartoon, he is a squeaky-clean hero a la Optimus Prime. The IDW comic turns him into a [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatic]] who once called for an atheist Holocaust. He works for the BigBad to bring about the end of all artificially-built Transformers, including [[spoiler: his GoodCounterpart, Dai Atlas]], whom he had religious disagreements with. This is a carry-over from the author's days in the Transformers UK fandom, where his stories portrayed Star Saber as a fascist. ** IDW's version of Rattrap, particularly in ''[[ComicBook/TransformersWindblade Windblade]]'', but also present in [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsinDisguise Robots in Disguise]]. His ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' counterpart was a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who could be counted on to do the right thing, albeit complaining all the time. IDW's version? A selfish, backstabbing, amoral creep who plays TheStarscream to Starscream himself.
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** ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' does this to Star Saber. In the [[Anime/TransformersVictory Victory]] cartoon, he is a squeaky-clean hero a la Optimus Prime. The IDW comic turns him into a [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatic]] who once called for an atheist Holocaust. He works for the BigBad to bring about the end of all artificially-built Transformers, including [[spoiler: his GoodCounterpart, Dai Atlas]], whom he had religious disagreements with. This is a carry-over from the author's days in the Transformers UK fandom, where his stories portrayed Star Saber as a fascist. ** IDW's version of Rattrap, particularly in ''[[ComicBook/TransformersWindblade ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersWindblade Windblade]]'', but also present in [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsinDisguise [[ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsinDisguise Robots in Disguise]]. His ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' counterpart was a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who could be counted on to do the right thing, albeit complaining all the time. IDW's version? A selfish, backstabbing, amoral creep who plays TheStarscream to Starscream himself.
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