History Analysis / Flanderization

17th Apr '16 2:26:47 PM BatmanKalEl
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15th Jan '16 9:14:29 AM Anddrix
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* This can become very annoying if the character's aspects were originally unique and subtle, only to become more stereotypical as the story progresses, to fit the requirements of more cliche' plots. Especially dangerous if [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] [[ViewersAreMorons think doing this will appeal with their demographic better]] and boost ratings. When it happens to a character favored by the fanbase, it will often be cited as the moment the show [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]]. Not every viewer likes it when a character becomes a parody of themself.

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* This can become very annoying if the character's aspects were originally unique and subtle, only to become more stereotypical as the story progresses, to fit the requirements of more cliche' plots. Especially dangerous if [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] [[ViewersAreMorons think doing this will appeal with their demographic better]] better and boost ratings. When it happens to a character favored by the fanbase, it will often be cited as the moment the show [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]]. Not every viewer likes it when a character becomes a parody of themself.
1st Jan '16 4:16:47 PM TheWanderer
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* Another possible reason for this to happen, especially on, say, [[LongRunners a long running show]] or collaborative work, is the almost inevitable changeover in writers, complete with different priorities, different points of view, and different interpretations of the characters.
1st Dec '13 2:54:05 AM Sikon
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* One possible reason for this trope that doesn't devolve into ViewersAreMorons is when TheArtifact gets flanderized. Suppose there is that character who just kind of tags along because the writers no longer can think of anything interesting to do with him, but his popularity means they can't just get rid of him. Reducing his screen time is only half of a solution; if he's just stuck with nothing to do, he may fall into the danger of being seen as TheGenericGuy. One possible solution is to overplay the traits that made him popular in the first place, so he can at least spice up his appearances with his trademark jokes and catchphrases.
7th Sep '12 8:53:06 PM phoenixking
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7th Sep '12 8:52:18 PM phoenixking
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7th Sep '12 8:51:51 PM phoenixking
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* However, [[TropesAreNotBad Flanderization is not necessarily a bad thing]]. In some cases, viewers may find the over the top version of a character more entertaining than their original, subtler version, and can also be a result of the author having more creative enthusiasm for the distilled version. There has been serious study on why this works with audiences. Philosopher Henri Bergson in his essay "Laughter" wrote that comedy is based on inflexible behaviour, i.e. living people acting mechanically in their trademark manner, however inappropriate the circumstances. Early examples: Malvolio (from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'') will always be self-important and anal-retentive and is thus easily gulled. [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] will always be stingy, even with a gun to his head.

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* However, [[TropesAreNotBad Flanderization is not necessarily a bad thing]]. In some cases, viewers may find the over the top version of a character more entertaining than their original, subtler version, and can also be a result of the author having more creative enthusiasm for the distilled version. There has been serious study on why this works with audiences. Philosopher Henri Bergson in his essay "Laughter" wrote that comedy is based on inflexible behaviour, i.e. living people acting mechanically in their trademark manner, however inappropriate the circumstances. Early examples: Malvolio (from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'') will always be self-important and anal-retentive and is thus easily gulled. [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] will always be stingy, even with a gun to his head.head.

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14th Aug '12 12:56:31 AM FELH2
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* However, [[TropesAreNotBad Flanderization is not necessarily a bad thing]]. In some cases, viewers may find the over the top version of a character more entertaining than their original, subtler version, and can also be a result of the author having more creative enthusiasm for the distilled version. There has been serious study on why this works with audiences. Philosopher Henri Bergson in his essay "Laughter" wrote that comedy is based on inflexible behaviour, i.e. living people acting mechanically in their trademark manner, however inappropriate the circumstances. Early examples: Malvolio (from WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'') will always be self-important and anal-retentive and is thus easily gulled. [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] will always be stingy, even with a gun to his head.

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* However, [[TropesAreNotBad Flanderization is not necessarily a bad thing]]. In some cases, viewers may find the over the top version of a character more entertaining than their original, subtler version, and can also be a result of the author having more creative enthusiasm for the distilled version. There has been serious study on why this works with audiences. Philosopher Henri Bergson in his essay "Laughter" wrote that comedy is based on inflexible behaviour, i.e. living people acting mechanically in their trademark manner, however inappropriate the circumstances. Early examples: Malvolio (from WilliamShakespeare's Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'') will always be self-important and anal-retentive and is thus easily gulled. [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] will always be stingy, even with a gun to his head.
23rd Jun '12 3:15:09 AM FELH2
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* However, [[TropesAreNotBad Flanderization is not necessarily a bad thing]]. In some cases, viewers may find the over the top version of a character more entertaining than their original, subtler version, and can also be a result of the author having more creative enthusiasm for the distilled version. There has been serious study on why this works with audiences. Philosopher Henri Bergson in his essay "Laughter" wrote that comedy is based on inflexible behaviour, i.e. living people acting mechanically in their trademark manner, however inappropriate the circumstances. Early examples: Malvolio (from WilliamShakespeare's ''TwelfthNight'') will always be self-important and anal-retentive and is thus easily gulled. [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] will always be stingy, even with a gun to his head.

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* However, [[TropesAreNotBad Flanderization is not necessarily a bad thing]]. In some cases, viewers may find the over the top version of a character more entertaining than their original, subtler version, and can also be a result of the author having more creative enthusiasm for the distilled version. There has been serious study on why this works with audiences. Philosopher Henri Bergson in his essay "Laughter" wrote that comedy is based on inflexible behaviour, i.e. living people acting mechanically in their trademark manner, however inappropriate the circumstances. Early examples: Malvolio (from WilliamShakespeare's ''TwelfthNight'') ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'') will always be self-important and anal-retentive and is thus easily gulled. [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] will always be stingy, even with a gun to his head.
18th Feb '12 10:47:37 PM phoenixking
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