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19th Mar '17 5:34:07 AM NightShade96
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* ''AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/{{Supernatural}}''
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* ''AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/GameOfThrones''
11th Mar '17 4:32:06 PM nombretomado
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* Season 4 of ''Series/HannahMontana'' finds Miley Stewart, now an 18-year-old high school graduate going through personal changes, ruminating on her future, choosing to stabilize her offstage life by abandoning the carefully controlled, glittery, perfect-perfect "Hannah Montana" pop star persona that made her famous since she was a small child, and revealing herself as a human, flawed, less glamorous teenage girl. She is unfairly scrutinized and harassed by the press, her image is somewhat damaged, she finds she cannot lead an ordinary life or escape from the pressure or the paparazzi, many of her longtime fans and their parents are disappointed in her, and she has to learn to perform and conduct herself in this new incarnation. Her fanbase is reluctant to accept her new artistic and personal directions, though Miley decides she alone must go in a direction she feels happiest in regardless of the backlash, and ultimately, she takes time off to begin the next chapter in her life away from the spotlight and her "Hannah" past. Perhaps a metaphor for MileyCyrus' own career?

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* Season 4 of ''Series/HannahMontana'' finds Miley Stewart, now an 18-year-old high school graduate going through personal changes, ruminating on her future, choosing to stabilize her offstage life by abandoning the carefully controlled, glittery, perfect-perfect "Hannah Montana" pop star persona that made her famous since she was a small child, and revealing herself as a human, flawed, less glamorous teenage girl. She is unfairly scrutinized and harassed by the press, her image is somewhat damaged, she finds she cannot lead an ordinary life or escape from the pressure or the paparazzi, many of her longtime fans and their parents are disappointed in her, and she has to learn to perform and conduct herself in this new incarnation. Her fanbase is reluctant to accept her new artistic and personal directions, though Miley decides she alone must go in a direction she feels happiest in regardless of the backlash, and ultimately, she takes time off to begin the next chapter in her life away from the spotlight and her "Hannah" past. Perhaps a metaphor for MileyCyrus' Music/MileyCyrus' own career?
27th Jan '17 3:56:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* WizardsOfWaverlyPlace's Alex Russo: NobleDemon or JerkWithAHeartOfGold?

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* WizardsOfWaverlyPlace's Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace's Alex Russo: NobleDemon or JerkWithAHeartOfGold?
7th Jan '17 11:07:26 AM nombretomado
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* The surprisingly large ''LazyTown'' fandom is known for its interpretations of character backstories. Fanfiction writers often give Robbie Rotten a tragic past. A few diehards have created interpretations of the mythical "Number Nine", mentioned only in one episode. A lot of fan theories revolve around Nine being Sportacus' father.

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* The surprisingly large ''LazyTown'' ''Series/LazyTown'' fandom is known for its interpretations of character backstories. Fanfiction writers often give Robbie Rotten a tragic past. A few diehards have created interpretations of the mythical "Number Nine", mentioned only in one episode. A lot of fan theories revolve around Nine being Sportacus' father.
30th Nov '16 11:35:52 AM MikeW
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** It's stated that before the war, Schultz was CEO of a major toy company in Germany, showing he must be a smart guy. Also, Klink makes it clear he's no fan of the Nazi system, especially the SS. Thus, both men have a vested interest in seeing the Allies actually succeed.
** There's also the theory that while both know (or at least highly suspect) what Hogan's up to, they realize that if they report a secret spy operation has been happening right under their noses, they'll be (at best) court-martialed or (at worst) sent to the Russian front. Thus keeping quiet about it keeps their own skins intact.
25th Nov '16 11:28:57 AM ACW
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*** HarmlessVillain and PunchClockVillain (although her character is established in {{Canon}} as a LittleMissConArtist, she's never seen doing anything extremely ''evil'' at KickTheDog or CompleteMonster levels, although she is frequently seen as TheRoper when she does appear).

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*** HarmlessVillain and PunchClockVillain (although her character is established in {{Canon}} as a LittleMissConArtist, she's never seen doing anything extremely ''evil'' at KickTheDog or CompleteMonster levels, although she is frequently seen as TheRoper when she does appear).
19th Nov '16 11:43:36 AM Merseyuser1
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* ''Series/{{TheCatch}}'', part of the ShondaLand TheVerse is prone to this trope with one character:

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* ''Series/{{TheCatch}}'', ''[[Series/{{TheCatch}} The Catch]]'', part of the ShondaLand TheVerse is prone to this trope with one character:
19th Nov '16 11:42:49 AM Merseyuser1
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* ''Series/{{TheCatch}}'', part of the ShondaLand TheVerse is prone to this trope with one character:
** [[http://thecatch.wikia.com/wiki/Holly Holly]], who is a BitCharacter in-canon, playing a receptionist, is a character who has no developed BackStory (well, so far, anyway, WordOfGod is not forthcoming on this), but her actress, Elena Rusconi, who is [[HollywoodHypeMachine getting some promotion on-line]]. She has become a BreakoutCharacter for the show amongst its fanbase. Holly is considered as either a:
*** PunchClockVillain (some fans' interpretation)
*** HarmlessVillain and PunchClockVillain (although her character is established in {{Canon}} as a LittleMissConArtist, she's never seen doing anything extremely ''evil'' at KickTheDog or CompleteMonster levels, although she is frequently seen as TheRoper when she does appear).
*** ObliviouslyEvil, PunchClockVillain and HarmlessVillain.
*** Some fans even go as far as suggesting the creator Kate Atkinson and writers Jennifer Schuur should give her a HeelFaceTurn scenario.
11th Nov '16 10:57:24 AM SomberCaelifera
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Asperger's Syndrome, while not mentioned in the show itself, would explain an awful lot about the behavior of both Zach and, to a lesser degree, Bones herself. Zach appears to be a textbook case of a moderate-functioning Aspie (at least, before his revelation in the Gormagon story arc). Tempe "Bones" Brennan appears to be a high-functioning Aspie, combined with the sort of Ivory Tower mentality common to professional academics. If tested, both would be found to have Asperger's, though Zach would have more markers of having the disorder. Both also are locked in the empiric mindset of scientists, rejecting almost all outside stimulus as irrelevant to how they should act towards others, especially those "unequal" to themselves, as well as anything not recorded and accepted as fact or definite to science. WordOfGod confirmed that for Zach and implied for Brennen. From series creator Hart Hanson: "If we were on cable, we would have said from the beginning that Brennan has Asperger�s. Instead, it being a network, we decided not to label a main character, for good or for bad. But those elements are in there."

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Asperger's Syndrome, while not mentioned in the show itself, would explain an awful lot about the behavior of both Zach and, to a lesser degree, Bones herself. Zach appears to be a textbook case of a moderate-functioning Aspie (at least, before his revelation in the Gormagon story arc). Tempe Temperance "Bones" Brennan appears to be a high-functioning Aspie, combined with the sort of Ivory Tower mentality common to professional academics. If tested, both would be found to have Asperger's, though Zach would have more markers of having the disorder. Both also are locked in the empiric mindset of scientists, rejecting almost all outside stimulus as irrelevant to how they should act towards others, especially those "unequal" to themselves, as well as anything not recorded and accepted as fact or definite to science. WordOfGod confirmed that for Zach and implied for Brennen. Brennan. From series creator Hart Hanson: "If we were on cable, we would have said from the beginning that Brennan has Asperger�s.Asperger's. Instead, it being a network, we decided not to label a main character, for good or for bad. But those elements are in there."



** The Entire [[TheFederation Federation]] in ''Star Trek'': [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Utopian]], Democratic [[TheSingularity Post-Scarcity]] {{Utopia}}? Or [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Incompetent]], [[CharacterAlignment Lawful Good to Lawful Neutral]], [[PuttingOnTheReich conformist, military state]]? Starfleet has a lot of power, access to all the cool toys, and control of interstellar communications. They try civilians in military courts. Other than [[LaResistance the Maquis]], most Federation citizens are accepting of this level of control by the military and the few that do not see Starfleet as a pack of holy angels are explicitly pointed to as misfits. On the other hand, their citizens do enjoy a number of freedoms due to the advancements of 24th century technology that we can't possibly dream of, and despite the number of insane admirals promoted by the military meritocracy, is a mostly benevolent organization. There ''is'' an argument that Starfleet in general and Picard in particular are lawful ''evil'', because of the consistency with which arbitrary rules are used to justify allowing people, or even entire planetary populations, to die. In "Homeward", people are threatened with utter extinction through natural disaster, and Picard just quotes the Prime Directive. In the real world, when a tsunami hit Asia, nobody suggested we just let the people die to ''that'' natural disaster, even ''considering'' the thought would be viewed as [[MoralEventHorizon thoroughly and irredeemably evil]]. Asia ''knows we exist''. It's possible that Picard was playing DevilsAdvocate, knowing what the people above him would say, and wanting to protect his crew, which he can't if he gets cashiered. My personal belief is that the high-ups are afflicted with the same sort of moral decay that results in [[http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/220650/culture-passivity/mark-steyn allowing]] [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43233984/ns/us_news-life/t/handcuffed-policy-fire-crews-watch-man-die/#.ULGeyWf4I8c things]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106423/Simon-Burgess-body-floats-Walpole-Park-pond-emergency-workers-stand-watch.html like]] [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/22/world/asia/china-toddler-reaction/index.html this]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Genovese to]] happen, mutating a good law (The "don't land on a primitive planet at set up as a god"[=/=]"Don't go around GivingRadioToTheRomans" PrimeDirective) to an excuse for immoral [[BystanderSyndrome inaction]]. It's ''easily'' hit with "yet another collectivist utopia, viable only thanks to DeusExMachina". ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' administered beatings to the dead horse ("''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00025.html a real classic]]'', that one") on and on until the author tired and moved on.
** The 'verse in general. Beneath its veneer of utopian optimism, is terrifying in a vaguely [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} WH40K]] way. The Alpha Quadrant powers are 'merely' a few hundred to thousand year old interstellar civilizations carefully building over the ruins of countless other bygone sapient races from the past few ''billion'' years, occasionally stumbling across a functional doomsday weapon that typically kills billions before it can be stopped. Meanwhile, for the sake of their mutual continued non-extinction, all the nation-states are maintaining the polite fiction that they only need phasers or photon torpedoes to fight wars while stockpiling said ancient weapons and hoarding the [[ForgottenPhlebotinum Phlebotinum it intentionally 'forgets']] [read: suppresses] to avoid a Singularity. Plus everyone's just a single scientific discovering away from accidentally elevating themselves into immature godlings who, typically, are ''enfant terribles'' one temper tantrum away from murdering a whole starship/planet so they can have their way with the hot yeoman they're crushing on. And the only people standing between galactic civilization and its own (self-)destruction? Starfleet. Starfleet, from its coup-prone admiralty down to its ignoble redshirts, is fighting to preserve the ultra-pure humanist ideal against any and all forces that would tear it down, doing whatever it takes to prevent a situation arising where the gloves will come off. Because, when everyone else has fallen to their knees, who else is going to ask 'God' why He needs a starship?

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** The Entire [[TheFederation Federation]] in ''Star Trek'': [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Utopian]], Democratic [[TheSingularity Post-Scarcity]] {{Utopia}}? Or [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Incompetent]], [[CharacterAlignment Lawful Good to Lawful Neutral]], [[PuttingOnTheReich conformist, military state]]? Starfleet has a lot of power, access to all the cool toys, and control of interstellar communications. They try civilians in military courts. Other than [[LaResistance the Maquis]], most Federation citizens are accepting of this level of control by the military and the few that do not see Starfleet as a pack of holy angels are explicitly pointed to as misfits. On the other hand, their citizens do enjoy a number of freedoms due to the advancements of 24th century technology that we can't possibly dream of, and despite the number of insane admirals promoted by the military meritocracy, is a mostly benevolent organization. There ''is'' an argument that Starfleet in general and Picard in particular are lawful ''evil'', because of the consistency with which arbitrary rules are used to justify allowing people, or even entire planetary populations, to die. In "Homeward", people are threatened with utter extinction through natural disaster, and Picard just quotes the Prime Directive. In the real world, when a tsunami hit Asia, nobody suggested we just let the people die to ''that'' natural disaster, even ''considering'' the thought would be viewed as [[MoralEventHorizon thoroughly and irredeemably evil]]. Asia ''knows we exist''. It's possible that Picard was playing DevilsAdvocate, knowing what the people above him would say, and wanting to protect his crew, which he can't if he gets cashiered. My personal belief is that the high-ups are afflicted with the same sort of moral decay that results in [[http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/220650/culture-passivity/mark-steyn allowing]] [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43233984/ns/us_news-life/t/handcuffed-policy-fire-crews-watch-man-die/#.ULGeyWf4I8c things]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106423/Simon-Burgess-body-floats-Walpole-Park-pond-emergency-workers-stand-watch.html like]] [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/22/world/asia/china-toddler-reaction/index.html this]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Genovese to]] happen, mutating a good law (The "don't land on a primitive planet at and get set up as a god"[=/=]"Don't go around GivingRadioToTheRomans" PrimeDirective) to an excuse for immoral [[BystanderSyndrome inaction]]. It's ''easily'' hit with "yet another collectivist utopia, viable only thanks to DeusExMachina". ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' administered beatings to the dead horse ("''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00025.html a real classic]]'', that one") on and on until the author tired and moved on.
** The 'verse in general. Beneath its veneer of utopian optimism, is terrifying in a vaguely [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} WH40K]] way. The Alpha Quadrant powers are 'merely' a few hundred to thousand year old interstellar civilizations carefully building over the ruins of countless other bygone sapient races from the past few ''billion'' years, occasionally stumbling across a functional doomsday weapon that typically kills billions before it can be stopped. Meanwhile, for the sake of their mutual continued non-extinction, all the nation-states are maintaining the polite fiction that they only need phasers or photon torpedoes to fight wars while stockpiling said ancient weapons and hoarding the [[ForgottenPhlebotinum Phlebotinum it intentionally 'forgets']] [read: suppresses] to avoid a Singularity. Plus everyone's just a single scientific discovering discovery away from accidentally elevating themselves into immature godlings who, typically, are ''enfant terribles'' one temper tantrum away from murdering a whole starship/planet so they can have their way with the hot yeoman they're crushing on. And the only people standing between galactic civilization and its own (self-)destruction? Starfleet. Starfleet, from its coup-prone admiralty down to its ignoble redshirts, is fighting to preserve the ultra-pure humanist ideal against any and all forces that would tear it down, doing whatever it takes to prevent a situation arising where the gloves will come off. Because, when everyone else has fallen to their knees, who else is going to ask 'God' why He needs a starship?



** Perhaps the most famous TOS AlternateCharacterInterpretation of all: the [[HoYay nature of]] [[TheNotLoveInterest Kirk and Spock's]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners relation]] [[{{Shipping}} ship]] By which we mean, they were the love of each others' lives. It's worth noting that Gene Roddenberry all but admitted that was the case. ''WebVideo/TheShipsCloset'' is dedicated entirely to proving that this interpretation is the intended interpretation. Britanny even builds a timeline of the relationship - during the events of the show, Kirk and Spock are merely expressing interest in and flirting with one another. They get together as a couple during the first film. [=McCoy=] [[ShipperOnDeck finds the whole thing amusing]].

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** Perhaps the most famous TOS AlternateCharacterInterpretation of all: the [[HoYay nature of]] [[TheNotLoveInterest Kirk and Spock's]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners relation]] [[{{Shipping}} ship]] relation]][[{{Shipping}}ship]] By which we mean, they were the love of each others' lives. It's worth noting that Gene Roddenberry all but admitted that was the case. ''WebVideo/TheShipsCloset'' is dedicated entirely to proving that this interpretation is the intended interpretation. Britanny even builds a timeline of the relationship - during the events of the show, Kirk and Spock are merely expressing interest in and flirting with one another. They get together as a couple during the first film. [=McCoy=] [[ShipperOnDeck finds the whole thing amusing]].



** Most of Trek fandom believes that the Traveller interest in Wesley makes him come off as a ''paedophile''. Even Creator/WilWheaton has lampshaded how creepy this was in retrospect, in the review he did of "Where No One Has Gone Before".

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** Most of Trek fandom believes that the Traveller Traveller's interest in Wesley makes him come off as a ''paedophile''. Even Creator/WilWheaton has lampshaded how creepy this was in retrospect, in the review he did of "Where No One Has Gone Before".



** Q. Character development aside, it's easy to look at his seemingly immature meddling and misuse of godlike powers as a MaryPoppins act. There are hundreds of possible interpretations for Q out there; is he a maladjusted SociopathicManchild who uses mortals as toys for his amusement, FauxAffablyEvil, a harmless childish prankster, a ChaoticGood rebel struggling against his people's repressive society, a supremely alien being following some BlueandOrangeMorality only he understands, humanity's self-appointed TricksterMentor, is he all? None? Is it even possible to give him labels? The appearances he's made throughout the franchise strongly imply that Q is acting as a TricksterMentor, as he shows up with a purpose of making those he encounters more aware of the world around them and better for it. Rarely does a Q episode not result in this ending.

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** Q. Character development aside, it's easy to look at his seemingly immature meddling and misuse of godlike powers as a MaryPoppins act. There are hundreds of possible interpretations for Q out there; is he a maladjusted SociopathicManchild PsychoticManchild who uses mortals as toys for his amusement, FauxAffablyEvil, a harmless childish prankster, a ChaoticGood rebel struggling against his people's repressive society, a supremely alien being following some BlueandOrangeMorality only he understands, humanity's self-appointed TricksterMentor, is he all? None? Is it even possible to give him labels? The appearances he's made throughout the franchise strongly imply that Q is acting as a TricksterMentor, as he shows up with a purpose of making those he encounters more aware of the world around them and better for it. Rarely does a Q episode not result in this ending.
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