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21st May '17 9:20:01 AM nombretomado
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* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'':
** Draco mocks everyone (lamely), but it turns out that he's madly in love with Hermione, and he ends up teaming up with everyone at the end to kick out the Death Eaters and bring down Voldemort. It's even more extreme in the sequel, in which it's revealed that Draco just wants to be loved by his dad and become Harry Potter's best friend.
** Voldemort himself. A lonely {{Woobie}} who just wants companionship and actually does [[spoiler:get redeemed at the end]]. It helps that fans adore his HoYay filled ([[spoiler:and later canon]]) relationship with Quirrel, and his [[WalkingShirtlessScene many]] [[EvilIsSexy fanservice]] [[ShesGotLegs scenes]].
13th Feb '17 10:05:52 AM JulianLapostat
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* Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice: Shylock is what happens when this attitude drifts down into academic circles, and then into the general public. Nearly all modern interpretations transform him from the [[ValuesDissonance (admittedly very unsettling)]] antagonist to a tragic character, while the intended heroes are racist assholes bent on ruining his life. Nevermind that Shylock's entire scheme was to ''murder Antonio'' [[DisproportionateRetribution over him insulting Shylock's profession.]] And then his daughter (who also gets this treatment, despite being little more than a greedy bitch according to the play) runs off with most of his money and his family heirloom. Shylock then refuses double the amount owed, simply so he can kill Antonio, who HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS DAUGHTER.
** Traditionally, the Shylock was either a completely evil monster or he was played as an unsympathetic and repulsive buffoon. However, modern audiences usually treat both interpretations as being antisemitic despite those traits being character traits of Shylock and not a commentary on the Jewish people as a whole. It's easy to forget that, prior to about the 19th century, anti-Semitism was based not on racism but on religious bigotry (indeed, most Europeans believed that they, themselves, were descended from the Jewish people before the Indo-Aryan hypothesis was put forward by German linguists), and in the play Jessica is a "good Jew" because she wants to become a Christian. Apparently, since Shylock himself is forced to convert at the end of the play, the implication is that either he'll undergo a HeelFaceTurn or he'll just continue to be evil - this time, as an evil Christian.
* People also tend to Leather Pants ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in Shakepeare's play of the same name. True, he wasn't nearly as bad in real life and this play is one of the most famous cases of HistoricalVillainUpgrade, but he's still an evil bastard in the play. This is probably a case of DatedHistory, as it was long believed that UsefulNotes/RichardIII did commit many of the atrocities he did in the play.
** This tendency may go back to Shakespeare's own lifetime, given [[http://www.bikwil.com/Vintage19/Burbage-and-Shakespeare.html this story...]]
** It helps that most of the characters in Richard III seem rather boring and stupid compared to the charismatic, witty Richard, who is continually talking to the audience and cracking jokes about how evil he is. Even the supposed hero, Henry VII, only comes in at the end so doesn't come across as an easy to root for character.

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* Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice: Shylock is what happens when this attitude drifts down into academic circles, and then into the general public. Nearly all modern interpretations transform him from the [[ValuesDissonance (admittedly very unsettling)]] antagonist to a tragic character, while the intended heroes are racist assholes bent on ruining his life. Nevermind that Shylock's entire scheme was to ''murder Antonio'' [[DisproportionateRetribution over him insulting Shylock's profession.]] And then his daughter (who also gets this treatment, despite being little more than a greedy bitch according to the play) runs off with most of his money and his family heirloom. Shylock then refuses double the amount owed, simply so he can kill Antonio, who HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS DAUGHTER.
** Traditionally, the Shylock was either a completely evil monster or he was played as an unsympathetic and repulsive buffoon. However, modern
Modern audiences usually treat both interpretations as being antisemitic despite those traits being character traits of Shylock and not a commentary on the Jewish people as a whole. It's easy to forget that, prior to about the 19th century, anti-Semitism was based not on racism but on religious bigotry (indeed, most Europeans believed that they, themselves, were descended from the Jewish people before the Indo-Aryan hypothesis was put forward by German linguists), and in the play Jessica is a "good Jew" because she wants to become a Christian. Apparently, since Shylock himself is forced to convert at the end of the play, the implication is that either he'll undergo a HeelFaceTurn or he'll just continue to be evil - this time, as an evil Christian.
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* People also tend to Leather Pants ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in Shakepeare's play of the same name. True, he wasn't nearly as bad in real life and this play is one of the most famous cases of HistoricalVillainUpgrade, but he's still an evil bastard in the play. This is probably a case of DatedHistory, as it was long believed that UsefulNotes/RichardIII did commit many of the atrocities he did in the play.
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play. This tendency may go back to Shakespeare's own lifetime, given [[http://www.bikwil.com/Vintage19/Burbage-and-Shakespeare.html this story...]]
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]]. It helps that most of the characters in Richard III seem rather boring and stupid compared to the charismatic, witty Richard, who is continually talking to the audience and cracking jokes about how evil he is. Even the supposed hero, Henry VII, only comes in at the end so doesn't come across as an easy to root for character.
12th Feb '17 3:55:17 PM MrThorfan64
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** It helps that most of the characters in Richard III seem rather boring and stupid compared to the charismatic, witty Richard. Even the supposed hero, Henry VII, barely appears and only comes in at the end.

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** It helps that most of the characters in Richard III seem rather boring and stupid compared to the charismatic, witty Richard. Richard, who is continually talking to the audience and cracking jokes about how evil he is. Even the supposed hero, Henry VII, barely appears and only comes in at the end.end so doesn't come across as an easy to root for character.
9th Nov '16 10:25:02 AM nombretomado
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-->In ''JesusChristSuperstar'' he gets played by a hot black dude in rad trousers, and his libretto poses a series of extremely perceptive theological questions, viz, the wisdom of Christ’s tactics in declaring himself the Son of God. And did I mention his trousers, already? They really are superlative trousers. Really ... you know. Phwoargh. Good trousers. Yeah. Judas comes out of Jesus Christ Superstar really well. Had they made “Team Iscariot” T-shirts in 1973 I would probably have bought one.

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-->In ''JesusChristSuperstar'' ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' he gets played by a hot black dude in rad trousers, and his libretto poses a series of extremely perceptive theological questions, viz, the wisdom of Christ’s tactics in declaring himself the Son of God. And did I mention his trousers, already? They really are superlative trousers. Really ... you know. Phwoargh. Good trousers. Yeah. Judas comes out of Jesus Christ Superstar really well. Had they made “Team Iscariot” T-shirts in 1973 I would probably have bought one.
12th Oct '16 3:51:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AStreetcarNamedDesire''. Stanley Kowalski. People tend to blame Blanche for being a passive-agressive weirdo and kind of leading him on, but that doesn't change the fact that Stan is an evil bully and a rapist. Within the story, Stella refuses to believe that the rape actually happened. What really hurts Blanche's case is establishing herself as a bully and a racist in one line to Stella ("I let the place go? ''I'' let the place go?! Where were ''you''?! In bed with your ''Polack''!") before Stanley first appears. This combined with Stanley countering the same epithet later by saying he's a full-born American ''right before'' his assault surely makes a lot of people want to justify his actions, even though they can't.

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* ''AStreetcarNamedDesire''.''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''. Stanley Kowalski. People tend to blame Blanche for being a passive-agressive weirdo and kind of leading him on, but that doesn't change the fact that Stan is an evil bully and a rapist. Within the story, Stella refuses to believe that the rape actually happened. What really hurts Blanche's case is establishing herself as a bully and a racist in one line to Stella ("I let the place go? ''I'' let the place go?! Where were ''you''?! In bed with your ''Polack''!") before Stanley first appears. This combined with Stanley countering the same epithet later by saying he's a full-born American ''right before'' his assault surely makes a lot of people want to justify his actions, even though they can't.
2nd Oct '16 1:17:43 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''{{Elisabeth}}'' intentionally invokes this. Lucheni, Elisabeth's assassin, can also get this treatment if he's played by the right actor.

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* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''{{Elisabeth}}'' ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'' intentionally invokes this. Lucheni, Elisabeth's assassin, can also get this treatment if he's played by the right actor.
7th Sep '15 6:59:55 PM nombretomado
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* Gabriel Goodman of NextToNormal may be a subversion, as he is portrayed in canon as extremely seductive/alluring in canon and is DILPed by Diana herself. He also gets several EXTREMELY sexy {{Villain Song}}s.

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* Gabriel Goodman of NextToNormal ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' may be a subversion, as he is portrayed in canon as extremely seductive/alluring in canon and is DILPed by Diana herself. He also gets several EXTREMELY sexy {{Villain Song}}s.
4th Sep '15 5:44:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* People also tend to Leather Pants ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in Shakepeare's play of the same name. True, he wasn't nearly as bad in real life and this play is one of the most famous cases of HistoricalVillainUpgrade, but he's still an evil bastard in the play. I suppose this is a case of HistoryMarchesOn, as it was long believed that UsefulNotes/RichardIII did commit many of the atrocities he did in the play.

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* People also tend to Leather Pants ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in Shakepeare's play of the same name. True, he wasn't nearly as bad in real life and this play is one of the most famous cases of HistoricalVillainUpgrade, but he's still an evil bastard in the play. I suppose this This is probably a case of HistoryMarchesOn, DatedHistory, as it was long believed that UsefulNotes/RichardIII did commit many of the atrocities he did in the play.
27th Mar '15 3:41:40 PM MrThorfan64
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* People also tend to Leather Pants ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in Shakepeare's play of the same name. True, he wasn't nearly as bad in real life, but he's still an evil bastard in the play. I suppose this is a case of HistoryMarchesOn, as it was long believed that UsefulNotes/RichardIII did commit many of the atrocities he did in the play.

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* People also tend to Leather Pants ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in Shakepeare's play of the same name. True, he wasn't nearly as bad in real life, life and this play is one of the most famous cases of HistoricalVillainUpgrade, but he's still an evil bastard in the play. I suppose this is a case of HistoryMarchesOn, as it was long believed that UsefulNotes/RichardIII did commit many of the atrocities he did in the play.


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** It helps that most of the characters in Richard III seem rather boring and stupid compared to the charismatic, witty Richard. Even the supposed hero, Henry VII, barely appears and only comes in at the end.
4th Dec '14 11:49:03 PM PrincessGwen
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** Judge Turpin can get this in productions where the song "Joana" is kept. This song gives him more depth, portraying him as a tortured person who knows his lust is wrong but is unable to keep it in check. However, many use this as an excuse to absolve him of ''everything''

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** Judge Turpin can get this in productions where the song "Joana" "Johanna" is kept. This song gives him more depth, portraying him as a tortured person who knows his lust is wrong but is unable to keep it in check. However, many use this as an excuse to absolve him of ''everything''
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