History CharacterDerailment / Fanfic

12th Oct '17 11:31:45 AM lillolillo
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* Many fanfics for ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' do this, (mostly in order to ship a self-insert with one of the male protagonists who, by their original characterisation, would arguably not fall in love with a random girl), especially since the movie made the story accessible to those who couldn't be bothered to read the book, but [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12153324/1/No-Woman-Am-I this]] one takes the cake by turning Éowyn, the only woman in the book who literally held a speech on how she is no man,[[note]] Quote: “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter."[[/note]] into a transman.

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* Many fanfics for ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' do this, (mostly in order to ship a self-insert with one of the male protagonists who, by their original characterisation, would arguably not fall in love with a random girl), especially since the movie made the story accessible to those who couldn't be bothered to read the book, but [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12153324/1/No-Woman-Am-I this]] one takes the cake by turning Éowyn, the only woman in the book who literally held a speech on how she is no man,[[note]] Quote: “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter."[[/note]] into a transman.
20th Sep '17 6:50:05 AM Gowan
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* Many fanfics for ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' do this, especially since the movie made the story accessible to those who couldn't be bothered to read the book, but [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12153324/1/No-Woman-Am-I this]] one takes the cake by turning Éowyn, the only woman in the book who literally held a speech on how she is no man,[[note]] Quote: “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter.[[/note]] into a transman.

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* Many fanfics for ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' do this, (mostly in order to ship a self-insert with one of the male protagonists who, by their original characterisation, would arguably not fall in love with a random girl), especially since the movie made the story accessible to those who couldn't be bothered to read the book, but [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12153324/1/No-Woman-Am-I this]] one takes the cake by turning Éowyn, the only woman in the book who literally held a speech on how she is no man,[[note]] Quote: “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter.[[/note]] "[[/note]] into a transman.transman.
20th Sep '17 6:46:35 AM Gowan
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* Many fanfics for ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' do this, especially since the movie made the story accessible to those who couldn't be bothered to read the book, but [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12153324/1/No-Woman-Am-I this]] one takes the cake by turning Éowyn, the only woman in the book who literally held a speech on how she is no man,[[note]] Quote: “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter.[[/note]] into a transman.
7th Aug '17 4:42:51 AM narm00
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* In an unusual example of TropesAreNotBad, there's [[http://harmonystuck.tumblr.com/ Harmonystuck]], a Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} AU in which the kids, trolls, Felt, and Midnight Crew are raised by a good version of Doc Scratch and every single evil character is nice. It's one of the sweetest AUs in the fandom, and is generally considered an antidepressant to the canon.

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* In an unusual example of TropesAreNotBad, there's [[http://harmonystuck.tumblr.com/ Harmonystuck]], a Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} AU in which the kids, trolls, Felt, and Midnight Crew are raised by a good version of Doc Scratch and every single evil character is nice. It's one of the sweetest AUs [=AUs=] in the fandom, and is generally considered an antidepressant to the canon.



** Of special note is Celestia, who often functions as the driving force behind most TCB plots. In just about every TCB or Anti-TCB story, her character is [[CharacterDerailment dragged mercilessly through the mud]], utterly shattering any semblance she has with the MLP show at all. Most authors HandWave this as Celestia has simply been a [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation very convincing actor]] when she needs to mislead people. Both sides show her as an [[ConflictBall increasingly less complex character]], whose [[MotiveDecay motives become shallow]] and seemingly evolve into a NecessaryWeasel to justify the TCB name. Many ACB fics simply force Celestia to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jump off the Slippery Slope]], seemingly crossing as many {{MoralEventHorizon}}s as can be fathomed, to drum up the HumansAreSpecial message.
* This is because there's no way canon!Celestia would ever condone the TBC ponies' actions, or at least not in most TBC-verses.
*** A particularly infamous example is from ''Ten Minutes: Aftermath'', which purports to be a sequel to ''Ten Minutes,'' features both Michael and Celestia acting wildly out of character in contrast to the original. Whereas Michael was calm and determined in ''Ten Minutes,'' he is now ragingly angry, unsure of his own motivations, and pointlessly cruel. Celestia was shown in the original as aloof and arrogant; now she's a MessianicArchetype. The bomb used by the human resistance has now also been declared a planet-destroyer despite there not having been any indication of this before. [[WriterOnBoard The author just likes them better this way.]]

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** *** Of special note is Celestia, who often functions as the driving force behind most TCB plots. In just about every TCB or Anti-TCB story, her character is [[CharacterDerailment dragged mercilessly through the mud]], utterly shattering any semblance she has with the MLP show at all. Most authors HandWave this as Celestia has simply been a [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation very convincing actor]] when she needs to mislead people. Both sides show her as an [[ConflictBall increasingly less complex character]], whose [[MotiveDecay motives become shallow]] and seemingly evolve into a NecessaryWeasel to justify the TCB name. Many ACB fics simply force Celestia to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jump off the Slippery Slope]], seemingly crossing as many {{MoralEventHorizon}}s {{Moral Event Horizon}}s as can be fathomed, to drum up the HumansAreSpecial message.
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message. This is because there's no way canon!Celestia would ever condone the TBC ponies' actions, or at least not in most TBC-verses.
*** A particularly infamous example is from ''Ten Minutes: Aftermath'', which purports to be a sequel to ''Ten Minutes,'' features featuring both Michael and Celestia acting wildly out of character in contrast to the original. Whereas Michael was calm and determined in ''Ten Minutes,'' he is now ragingly angry, unsure of his own motivations, and pointlessly cruel. Celestia was shown in the original as aloof and arrogant; now she's a MessianicArchetype. The bomb used by the human resistance has now also been declared a planet-destroyer despite there not having been any indication of this before. [[WriterOnBoard The author just likes them better this way.]]



*** Speaking of Magenta, most Frank/Riff Raff fanfics either portray her as a manipulative and abusive sibling towars Riff Raff or she simply doesn't exist. In the play/movie, she shares a very close bond with her brother and even helps him rebel against Frank.

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*** Speaking of Magenta, most Frank/Riff Raff fanfics either portray her as a manipulative and abusive sibling towars towards Riff Raff or she simply doesn't exist. In the play/movie, she shares a very close bond with her brother and even helps him rebel against Frank.
5th Jul '17 7:27:33 AM Fighteer
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** Even the people who are liked by the author aren't safe, just in the opposite direction. Hermione/Ginny (whoever's on the ''right'' side of DieForOurShip this week) will be turned into a [[ShrinkingViolet weak-willed]] [[SuetifulAllAlong but beautiful]] arm candy whose only defining quality is being with Harry. Harry meanwhile, often becomes vindictive and heartless to any friend who the author doesn't like, assuming he doesn't become [[DesignatedHero an outright sociopath.]]

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** Even the people who are liked by the author aren't safe, just in the opposite direction. Hermione/Ginny (whoever's on the ''right'' side of DieForOurShip this week) will be turned into a [[ShrinkingViolet weak-willed]] [[SuetifulAllAlong but beautiful]] beautiful arm candy whose only defining quality is being with Harry. Harry meanwhile, often becomes vindictive and heartless to any friend who the author doesn't like, assuming he doesn't become [[DesignatedHero an outright sociopath.]]
4th Jun '17 11:06:28 PM JaneStValentine
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** On the other end of the spectrum is Gwen Cooper, who is constantly forced into the role of [[RonTheDeathEater Ginny The Death Eater]] by flanderising her into a selfish, tantrum-throwing harpy who wants [[DracoInLeatherPants Ianto]] [[DieForOurShip out of the way so she can have Jack all to herself]].
**[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Ironically]], fanfic writers [[DoubleStandard tend to make Ianto's "strengths" sound suspiciously like Gwen's "flaws"...]]
24th May '17 4:03:55 PM GlassCatOwl
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*** That is not to say that all Harry/Hermione fans endorse this fanfic, because they do not. In fact, while a person may enjoy other works by this author, many people find this particular story to be painful to read, especially if they prefer to read Ron [[FireForgedFriends in a friendlier light]]... who just happens to find a girl for himself.
21st Apr '17 10:41:00 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Perhaps one of the worst cases of character derailment ever seen is in the ''intensely'' [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3119315/ Pokemon Revolution]]'' written by Farla. In it, characterization is completely discarded. In two of the worst cases, Gary goes from asshat, egotistic rival to misanthropic sociopath. And Ash goes from loving but dim Pokémon trainer to hateful trainer with a raging vendetta. All the while, the Pokémon themselves are derailed into KillAllHumans types who will gladly slaughter ''hundreds of thousands'' of civilians at the mildest coercion.

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* Perhaps one of the worst cases of character derailment ever seen is in the ''intensely'' [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing]] polarizing ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3119315/ Pokemon Revolution]]'' written by Farla. In it, characterization is completely discarded. In two of the worst cases, Gary goes from asshat, egotistic rival to misanthropic sociopath. And Ash goes from loving but dim Pokémon trainer to hateful trainer with a raging vendetta. All the while, the Pokémon themselves are derailed into KillAllHumans types who will gladly slaughter ''hundreds of thousands'' of civilians at the mildest coercion.
10th Mar '17 1:56:03 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fanfiction almost always does this to [[DieForOurShip Relena]], Heero's canonical love interest, since there's more or less no possible way for Heero to get with Slasher favorite Duo while her personality is intact[[note]]especially given that, as she is, [[ShipperOnDeck Duo ships Heero/Relena]][[/note]]. In fanfic, she's usually a catty, jealous shrieking harpy willing to kill to make Heero hers by force and blood. In canon, well, apart from anything else, her ImageSong is about how IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and she'd be willing to leave him if he fell in love with someone else.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fanfiction almost always does this to [[DieForOurShip Relena]], Heero's canonical love interest, since there's more or less no possible way for Heero to get with Slasher favorite Duo while her personality is intact[[note]]especially given that, as she is, [[ShipperOnDeck Duo ships Heero/Relena]][[/note]]. In fanfic, she's usually a catty, jealous shrieking harpy willing to kill to make Heero hers by force and blood. In canon, well, apart from anything else, her ImageSong is {{Image Song}}s are about how IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she's not willing to confess her feelings to Heero for fear of ruining the relationship they already have, and that if he ever found someone else [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she'd be willing to leave him gladly stand aside for their happiness]].
** Relena gets it the worst, but pretty much the entire cast suffers as a result of [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls most fanfic writers]] caring more about [[YaoiGuys having all the pretty, pretty boys make out]] than they do about the actual plot of the series. Practically every man in the series gets robbed of their canon personalities and turned into emotionally fragile wrecks who would shrivel up and die
if he fell in love with someone else.they didn't have their boyfriend's cock. As another page on this site puts it, ''Gundam Wing'' fanfic often sounds more like poorly-characterized lesbian porn than anything remotely resembling ''Gundam Wing''.
13th Jan '17 5:36:05 PM BrendanRizzo
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** [[AdaptationalBadass Margaret]] is a case that [[TropesAreNotBad is actually an improvement on the original version]], since in Smith's original she is a very minor, almost superfluous character who doesn't affect the plot in any way after her introductory scene. In this version, she's pretty much [[SuperIntelligence as smart as the original series' versions of Seaton and DuQuesne combined]], being the one who actually works out the theory for the starship. Furthermore, unlike her canonical self, she's no wallflower-- when [=DuQuesne=] [[NearVillainVictory has the heroes on the ropes]] and is about to send the Alouette into the Sun, she gives a RousingSpeech on human potential that wouldn't be out of place in ''Anime/TengenTopppaGurrenLagann'' while [[spoiler: calculating a slingshot trajectory past the Sun in her head, inventing FasterThanLightTravel ''on the spot'']]. It is eventually revealed that she can do this because [[spoiler:the experimental treatment for her autism inadvertently gave her a SplitPersonality, which is even smarter than her "normal" self]].

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** [[AdaptationalBadass Margaret]] is a case that [[TropesAreNotBad is actually an improvement on the original version]], since in Smith's original she is a very minor, almost superfluous character who doesn't affect the plot in any way after her introductory scene. In this version, she's pretty much [[SuperIntelligence as smart as the original series' versions of Seaton and DuQuesne combined]], being the one who actually works out the theory for the starship. Furthermore, unlike her canonical self, she's no wallflower-- when [=DuQuesne=] [[NearVillainVictory has the heroes on the ropes]] and is about to send the Alouette into the Sun, she gives a RousingSpeech on human potential that wouldn't be out of place in ''Anime/TengenTopppaGurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' while [[spoiler: calculating a slingshot trajectory past the Sun in her head, inventing FasterThanLightTravel ''on the spot'']]. It is eventually revealed that she can do this because [[spoiler:the experimental treatment for her autism inadvertently gave her a SplitPersonality, which is even smarter than her "normal" self]].
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