History CharacterDerailment / Fanfic

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]].
22nd Oct '16 2:19:19 PM dlchen145
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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': In addition to the usual MarySue-related stuff (everyone loves Sue except for Suethor's least favorite character, who is now an ax murderer and gets hit by a semi... show me a fandom that doesn't have it) there are a few characters people like to pick on. Most prominently, Matt (Yamato) has never really been forgiven for [[DieForOurShip winding up with Sora]], so he's usually turned into an abuser and Sora falls into the arms of her One Twoo Wuv Tai(chi). HistoryRepeatsItself with the 02 fandom, turning [[CheerfulChild TK]] into a massive dick and Davis, who in the end became [[{{Determinator}} the essence of optimism and determination]], [[DespairEventHorizon gives up]] simply because "he lost Kari". Rika (Ruki) also winds up being nothing but a damsel in distress to be saved by [insert male character here.] It can actually be ''any'' of the male leads - the only consensus is that Rika's actual {{badass}} canon persona won't do, she must do nothing but cry and be 'rescued.'

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': In addition to the usual MarySue-related stuff (everyone loves Sue except for Suethor's least favorite character, who is now an ax murderer and gets hit by a semi... show me a fandom that doesn't have it) there are a few characters people like to pick on. Most prominently, Matt (Yamato) has never really been forgiven for [[DieForOurShip winding up with Sora]], so he's usually turned into an abuser and Sora falls into the arms of her One Twoo Wuv Tai(chi). HistoryRepeatsItself with the 02 fandom, turning [[CheerfulChild TK]] into a massive dick and Davis, who in the end became [[{{Determinator}} the essence of optimism and determination]], [[DespairEventHorizon gives up]] simply because "he lost Kari". Rika (Ruki) also winds up being nothing but a damsel in distress to be saved by [insert male character here.] It can actually be ''any'' of the male leads - the only consensus is that Rika's actual {{badass}} badass canon persona won't do, she must do nothing but cry and be 'rescued.'
15th Aug '16 9:42:28 PM Sammettik
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* ''FanFic/LatiasJourney'' has several examples of this, most notably [[spoiler:Richie, Giovanni (after dying), Deoxys, and the fake ending's version of Mewtwo]]. In most cases this is justified by TheCorruption, in [[spoiler:Deoxys's]] case it's justified by RuleOfDrama (and the [[spoiler:Deoxys]] movie not being out when the story was started), and [[spoiler: the fake ending Mewtwo]] wasn't real to begin with.

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* ''FanFic/LatiasJourney'' has several examples of this, most notably [[spoiler:Richie, Giovanni (after dying), Deoxys, and the fake ending's version of Mewtwo]]. In most cases this is justified by TheCorruption, in [[spoiler:Deoxys's]] case it's justified Handwaved by RuleOfDrama (and the [[spoiler:Deoxys]] movie not being out when the story was started), and [[spoiler: the fake ending Mewtwo]] wasn't real to begin with.
13th Aug '16 5:22:37 PM PrincessGwen
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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 who's 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]] arm candy who's 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.]]



** 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]], who's [[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.

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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]], who's 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.



*** Speaking of Magenta, most Frank/Riff Raff fanfics either portray her as a manipulative and abusivise 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 abusivise 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.



* One especially bad [[NotSafeForWork Nsfw]] ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' story derailed Naruto's personality in the story. When he discovers that one of his fiances is pregnant, Naruto is overjoyed at the idea of being a father and having a family. A few chapters later he offhandedly mentions that while traveling the elemental nations, he never practiced safe sex and has (by his count) a few ''dozen'' children throughout the continent. He also tells another fiance that he doesn't really care if she sleeps around because he fully intends to do so himself.

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* One especially bad [[NotSafeForWork Nsfw]] NSFW]] ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' story derailed Naruto's personality in the story. When he discovers that one of his fiances fiancées is pregnant, Naruto is overjoyed at the idea of being a father and having a family. A few chapters later he offhandedly mentions that while traveling the elemental nations, he never practiced safe sex and has (by his count) a few ''dozen'' children throughout the continent. He also tells another fiance fiancée that he doesn't really care if she sleeps around because he fully intends to do so himself.
8th Jul '16 10:57:15 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom, the two most common victims of this are Dumbledore (typically flanderized from a well-meaning EccentricMentor into a sadistic ManipulativeBastard) and Ginny/Hermione (whoever's on the wrong side of DieForOurShip this week), but other characters aren't immune to this either. Tragically, Luna Lovegood seems to be a frequent target of authors who don't know ([[TheyJustDidntCare or don't care]]) how to keep her unique personality intact. Typically, these stories wind up revealing that Luna's BunnyEarsLawyer personality is a "mask" used to conceal a much more normal (read: ''boring'') character underneath.

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* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom, the two most common victims of this are Dumbledore (typically flanderized from a well-meaning EccentricMentor into a sadistic ManipulativeBastard) and Ginny/Hermione (whoever's on the wrong side of DieForOurShip this week), but other characters aren't immune to this either. Tragically, Luna Lovegood seems to be a frequent target of authors who don't know ([[TheyJustDidntCare or (or don't care]]) care) how to keep her unique personality intact. Typically, these stories wind up revealing that Luna's BunnyEarsLawyer personality is a "mask" used to conceal a much more normal (read: ''boring'') character underneath.
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