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17th Jan '17 9:11:06 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''
** Helga Pataki. In the series she's a JerkassWoobie with a HiddenHeartOfGold who is horribly neglected by her parents, but who also can be mean, selfish, rude (and even cruel in some instances) does many things moved by jealousy and constantly bullies other kids (not only Arnold). However, despite that, many fanfics (especially romantic fanfics) portray her almost as a saint. This happens mostly because a lot of viewers see themselves in her, a sentiment amplified by her main character status.
** Curly is pretty much criminally insane, but many fanfics downplay it for various reasons.
20th Dec '16 1:27:20 PM BrendanRizzo
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fandom does this a lot, especially with characters like [[FatBastard Cartman]] and Damien, who set Pip on fire and turned Kenny into a duck-billed platypus.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fandom does this a lot, especially with characters like [[FatBastard Cartman]] Cartman]], who once [[spoiler:tricked a kid into eating his parents]], and Damien, who set Pip on fire and turned Kenny into a duck-billed platypus.
15th Nov '16 4:14:13 AM annette12
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this for nearly all it's antagonists, though since ThePowerOfFriendship and EasilyForgiven are common tropes in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise, it's a lot more understandable, and many targets of the trope got more sympathetic portrayals later on:
** Gilda the Griffon from "Griffon the Brush-Off" is an obnoxious bully who thinks all the ponies of Ponyville (except her old friend Rainbow Dash) are "lame-o", and who literally scares Fluttershy to tears at one point. When her true colors are exposed at a party thrown by Pinkie Pie in an effort to get her to lighten up, screaming her head off at her so-called best friend and refusing to take her own medicine, she's quick to turn against Dash for being a "flip-flop" by sticking up for the other ponies, and leaves town in a huff. Fans were quick to portray her as a JerkassWoobie wracked with guilt and self-hatred over alienating her oldest and best friend. When she reappeared four seasons later, she was established to have gotten her hard edge from a hard life in a run-down falling-apart town where "get as much money as I can so I can afford to get outta this Tartarus-hole!" is ''everyone's'' sole motivation in life and she's about the ''nicest'' it gets in that place. Rainbow Dash was her oldest, best, and ''only'' friend, and she does feel bad about everything that happened.
** Trixie from "Boast Busters" had fans protesting she was just a traveling entertainer (true) whose audience was being unnecessarily mocking and hostile, that she was justified in humiliating Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash in front of their friends and neighbors, and that she was unjustly punished at the end of the episode, largely ignoring that she's a boastful, lying egomaniac both on- ''and'' off-stage. She did seem guilty about one of her lies indirectly leading to [[BearsAreBadNews an Ursa Minor attacking Ponyville]] and admirably ''tried'' to fight it off, but after the threat is dealt with by Twilight Sparkle, she's right back to being all bluff and bravado. At the end of "Magic Duel" Trixie does have a supposed HeelFaceTurn and renames herself as "The Great and ''Apologetic'' Trixie". Funnily enough, the reason she initially stated for her revenge (having her reputation and livelihood destroyed) were the exact same things her fans complained about. This came back in full force in "No Second Prances" as some fans cried foul at what they thought was a KnightTemplar Twilight Sparkle destroying Trixie's emerging friendship with Starlight Glimmer when it was actually Trixie [[OpenMouthInsertFoot opening her mouth and seeing how many hooves she can fit into it]] that ruined their friendship temporarily.
** Nightmare Moon (Princess Luna's SuperpoweredEvilSide created from the jealously over ponies being more fond of Celestia's day and sleeping through Luna's night) gets this a lot from fans that see [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia as a tyrant]], treating her as just wanting to free Equestria from Celestia's rule, despite Luna herself admitting that what she did was wrong and becoming TheAtoner in canon.
** Discord was [[VileVillainSaccharineShow a ruthless tyrant]] who plunges Equestria into a WorldGoneMad[=/=]WorldOfChaos and ''[[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashes]] the Mane Six'' to turn them against each other, [[ForTheEvulz all for his own entertainment]]. Regardless, being a FauxAffablyEvil [[TheTrickster Trickster]] led many fans to depict him as a cheerful prankster who just wants a bit of fun in an [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows overly-managed world]], often going so far as to give him a HeelFaceTurn which is [[EasilyForgiven readily accepted]] by everypony. All of this became HilariousInHindsight with the episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On" where this is exactly what happens, but even afterwards [[ReformedButNotTamed he's still a huge jerk]] who is an antihero ''at best'', which his fans continue to ignore.
** Fans latch onto the Flim-Flam Brothers' stylishness, [[EarWorm catchy]] [[VillainSong song]], and that their Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 can actually produce quality cider. The fact that they're also a pair of aggressively greedy jerks who tried to completely and utterly drive the Apples out of business and gloated about it when they seemingly succeeded, and who are perfectly willing to sacrifice any semblance of quality in the name of quantity, tends to escape the minds of these fans.
** Queen Chrysalis. "She just wanted to feed her children!" say the fans. While she ''did'' mention feeding her subjects, she put more focus on gathering power for herself, while laughing cruelly, and then proceeds to [[spoiler:enslave all of Canterlot]]; she doesn't display the slightest shred of remorse for any of her actions and seems [[LackOfEmpathy entirely incapable of empathy]]. There is also the fact that there is absolutely no canon mention or evidence whatsoever that the changelings minions are her children; it is merely popular fanon often used as a cheap tool by fanfiction authors in order to cloy as much sympathy as they possibly can from the readers.
*** The Changeling race as a whole also gets the Leather Pants treatment, mostly due to the implications of BlueAndOrangeMorality that comes naturally with {{Emotion Eater}}s, with some JustFollowingOrders mixed in for good measure.
** Even [[DarkIsEvil King Sombra]] gets some. One theory has it that he was in love with Princess Luna and that her rejection of him made him turn to evil. Hilariously enough, this almost exactly parallels a theory about the aforementioned Discord and Princess Celestia, only with even less basis in canon. At least Discord and Celestia seem to know each other pretty well, there is no indication Sombra was involved any with Luna.
** Lightning Dust is a sociopath who clearly didn't care at all that her reckless behavior [[spoiler:very nearly got the Mane Six killed]], cares solely about her own advancement, and even ''cracked a joke'' about the aforementioned near-disaster when Rainbow Dash calls her out on it. And yet, an alarming amount of viewers sympathise and woobify her, demonizing Rainbow Dash and Spitfire for "crushing her dream", despite how Dust brought her downfall entirely on herself.
** Speaking of villainous pegasi that get the treatment, there's also Wind Rider from ''Rarity Investigates'' who's often written as Lightning Dust's loving father who only tried to frame Rainbow Dash because it was her fault that his daughter lost her dreams. Never mind the fact Wind Rider doesn't look old enough to have a daughter in her early twenties though that could be ArtisticAge, and he tried to get Rainbow Dash kicked out for nothing besides the fact ''she was close to breaking his record''. Fans who like both and don't go for the father/daughter idea have them form their own "Wonderbolts" and have them give a HumiliationConga to the actual Wonderbolts. Or sometimes, Wind Rider is seen as the ''reason'' Lightning Dust is an uncaring sociopath. (Once again from the father/daughter route) Either way, both of these pegasi are treated like innocent woobies, and fans demonize the actual Wonderbolts and Rainbow Dash and use the episode "Rainbow Falls" as proof that Wind Rider is the only good Wonderbolt.
** Even ''Tirek'' the SatanicArchetype that he is, gets the leather pants by fans thinking like Discord and Diamond Tiara, he just wanted friends and felt [[ThenLetMeBeEvil betrayed]] when his brother joined the ponies and ignored him. These same fans are quick to ignore the fact that he destroyed Twilight's beloved tree home, drained the life force out of everypony, could have had Discord's friendship but instead betrayed him without a second thought, and in a bad future in the S5 Finale, blasts the ''shit'' out of the entire world while growing to increasingly terrifying heights and not giving a damn that ponies are being hurt by his actions. Fans will give him an excuse that his parents were at the very least neglectful or raised him TheSpartanWay, his brother was the cause of his evil.
** Prince Blueblood receives sympathy from fans, claiming that expecting chivalry from him is unreasonable and that Rarity was just a gold-digger that Blueblood was trying to shake off, forgetting that he's a rude, narcissistic, stuck-up, selfish, and spoiled {{jerkass}} who insulted Apple Jack's food and used Rarity as a [[HumanShield pony shield]] to protect himself from flying cake, and not apologizing for his actions after Rarity called him out on his behavior.
** Silver Spoon, the BetaBitch to Diamond Tiara's AlphaBitch gets a large amount of fan sympathy. On the show she's portrayed as a follower, but fans forget that she's a willing accomplice to Diamond Tiara, liking to portray her as a BeleagueredAssistant and have Silver Spoon often question how much their VillainousFriendship means. Silver Spoon can resist peer pressure, so this doesn't make her any better or worse than Diamond Tiara. Fanon Silver Spoon will express remorse when the CMC are bullied, and the ''one'' PetTheDog moment she had in canon is treated like an everyday occurrence.
** Diamond Tiara gets this from people think she's ''not'' an AlphaBitch at all, and is simply a LonelyRichKid who's only friend was Silver Spoon and she just wants friends. While the latter part of that statement ended up being entirely correct in Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Cutie Mark", in which she makes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes friends with the CMC, this redemption loses its power if you ignore that she genuinely ''was'' a cruel [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] AlphaBitch beforehand like these fans do.
12th Nov '16 8:58:39 PM MarkLungo
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* [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan RS-Protoman]] is arguably not as bad as most of the examples on this page, but some fans seem to think that his switching alliances would instantly rid him of his [[PsychoPrototype less pleasant]] traits. (Possibly so they can offload them to their [[FixerSue idealized]] [[VillainSue version]] of [[{{Fanon}} RS-Bass]])

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* [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan RS-Protoman]] In ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'', RS-Protoman is arguably not as bad as most of the examples on this page, but some fans seem to think that his switching alliances would instantly rid him of his [[PsychoPrototype less pleasant]] traits. (Possibly so they can offload them to their [[FixerSue idealized]] [[VillainSue version]] of [[{{Fanon}} RS-Bass]])
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12th Nov '16 8:30:55 PM MarkLungo
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*** Ivy in particular gets this a lot because [[EvilIsSexy she is so hot and sexy]], because she's [[DeadpanSnarker quick-witted and funny]], and also because she [[PetTheDog occasionally acts as a big sister to the naive and put-upon Harley Quinn]], who ''does'' suffer a great deal at the hands of ComicBook/TheJoker and various others and legitimately deserves some sympathy herself. However, none of this should make anyone forget that the rest of the time she's a nasty piece of work, [[DisproportionateRetribution killing people left and right for her own insane reasons]] (or, on one heinous occasion, trying to turn them into ''trees'' after exposing them to a plant-based elixir that she promised would grant them immortality), and also being a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]], using her goddess-like beauty to weaken men's resolve or [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful squirm her way out of being punished for her actions]].

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*** Ivy ComicBook/PoisonIvy in particular gets this a lot because [[EvilIsSexy she is so hot and sexy]], because she's [[DeadpanSnarker quick-witted and funny]], and also because she [[PetTheDog occasionally acts as as]] a big sister CoolBigSis to the naive and put-upon Harley Quinn]], ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, who ''does'' suffer a great deal at the hands of ComicBook/TheJoker and various others and legitimately deserves some sympathy herself. However, none of this should make anyone forget that the rest of the time she's a nasty piece of work, [[DisproportionateRetribution killing people left and right for her own insane reasons]] (or, on one heinous occasion, trying to turn them into ''trees'' after exposing them to a plant-based elixir that she promised would grant them immortality), and also being a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]], using her goddess-like beauty to weaken men's resolve or [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful squirm her way out of being punished for her actions]].



** Likewise is the more recent ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' series, where many villain origins are reimagined and many characters are portrayed as younger, [[ChildrenAreInnocent and therefore somehow less corrupt and more tragic]], especially the Riddler and Poison Ivy. The fact that the former was later revealed to have a FreudianExcuse probably helps.

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** Likewise is the more recent ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' series, where many villain origins are reimagined and many characters are portrayed as younger, [[ChildrenAreInnocent and therefore somehow less corrupt and more tragic]], especially the Riddler ComicBook/TheRiddler and Poison Ivy. The fact that the former was later revealed to have a FreudianExcuse probably helps.
24th Oct '16 7:06:11 PM Zuxtron
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this for nearly all it's antagonists, though since ThePowerOfFriendship and EasilyForgiven are common tropes in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise, it's a lot more understandable, and many targets of the trope got more sympathetic portrayals later on:
** Gilda the Griffon from "Griffon the Brush-Off" is an obnoxious bully who thinks all the ponies of Ponyville (except her old friend Rainbow Dash) are "lame-o", and who literally scares Fluttershy to tears at one point. When her true colors are exposed at a party thrown by Pinkie Pie in an effort to get her to lighten up, screaming her head off at her so-called best friend and refusing to take her own medicine, she's quick to turn against Dash for being a "flip-flop" by sticking up for the other ponies, and leaves town in a huff. Fans were quick to portray her as a JerkassWoobie wracked with guilt and self-hatred over alienating her oldest and best friend. When she reappeared four seasons later, she was established to have gotten her hard edge from a hard life in a run-down falling-apart town where "get as much money as I can so I can afford to get outta this Tartarus-hole!" is ''everyone's'' sole motivation in life and she's about the ''nicest'' it gets in that place. Rainbow Dash was her oldest, best, and ''only'' friend, and she does feel bad about everything that happened.
** Trixie from "Boast Busters" had fans protesting she was just a traveling entertainer (true) whose audience was being unnecessarily mocking and hostile, that she was justified in humiliating Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash in front of their friends and neighbors, and that she was unjustly punished at the end of the episode, largely ignoring that she's a boastful, lying egomaniac both on- ''and'' off-stage. She did seem guilty about one of her lies indirectly leading to [[BearsAreBadNews an Ursa Minor attacking Ponyville]] and admirably ''tried'' to fight it off, but after the threat is dealt with by Twilight Sparkle, she's right back to being all bluff and bravado. At the end of "Magic Duel" Trixie does have a supposed HeelFaceTurn and renames herself as "The Great and ''Apologetic'' Trixie". Funnily enough, the reason she initially stated for her revenge (having her reputation and livelihood destroyed) were the exact same things her fans complained about. This came back in full force in "No Second Prances" as some fans cried foul at what they thought was a KnightTemplar Twilight Sparkle destroying Trixie's emerging friendship with Starlight Glimmer when it was actually Trixie [[OpenMouthInsertFoot opening her mouth and seeing how many hooves she can fit into it]] that ruined their friendship temporarily.
** Nightmare Moon (Princess Luna's SuperpoweredEvilSide created from the jealously over ponies being more fond of Celestia's day and sleeping through Luna's night) gets this a lot from fans that see [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia as a tyrant]], treating her as just wanting to free Equestria from Celestia's rule, despite Luna herself admitting that what she did was wrong and becoming TheAtoner in canon.
** Discord was [[VileVillainSaccharineShow a ruthless tyrant]] who plunges Equestria into a WorldGoneMad[=/=]WorldOfChaos and ''[[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashes]] the Mane Six'' to turn them against each other, [[ForTheEvulz all for his own entertainment]]. Regardless, being a FauxAffablyEvil [[TheTrickster Trickster]] led many fans to depict him as a cheerful prankster who just wants a bit of fun in an [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows overly-managed world]], often going so far as to give him a HeelFaceTurn which is [[EasilyForgiven readily accepted]] by everypony. All of this became HilariousInHindsight with the episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On" where this is exactly what happens, but even afterwards [[ReformedButNotTamed he's still a huge jerk]] who is an antihero ''at best'', which his fans continue to ignore.
** Fans latch onto the Flim-Flam Brothers' stylishness, [[EarWorm catchy]] [[VillainSong song]], and that their Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 can actually produce quality cider. The fact that they're also a pair of aggressively greedy jerks who tried to completely and utterly drive the Apples out of business and gloated about it when they seemingly succeeded, and who are perfectly willing to sacrifice any semblance of quality in the name of quantity, tends to escape the minds of these fans.
** Queen Chrysalis. "She just wanted to feed her children!" say the fans. While she ''did'' mention feeding her subjects, she put more focus on gathering power for herself, while laughing cruelly, and then proceeds to [[spoiler:enslave all of Canterlot]]; she doesn't display the slightest shred of remorse for any of her actions and seems [[LackOfEmpathy entirely incapable of empathy]]. There is also the fact that there is absolutely no canon mention or evidence whatsoever that the changelings minions are her children; it is merely popular fanon often used as a cheap tool by fanfiction authors in order to cloy as much sympathy as they possibly can from the readers.
*** The Changeling race as a whole also gets the Leather Pants treatment, mostly due to the implications of BlueAndOrangeMorality that comes naturally with {{Emotion Eater}}s, with some JustFollowingOrders mixed in for good measure.
** Even [[DarkIsEvil King Sombra]] gets some. One theory has it that he was in love with Princess Luna and that her rejection of him made him turn to evil. Hilariously enough, this almost exactly parallels a theory about the aforementioned Discord and Princess Celestia, only with even less basis in canon. At least Discord and Celestia seem to know each other pretty well, there is no indication Sombra was involved any with Luna.
** Lightning Dust is a sociopath who clearly didn't care at all that her reckless behavior [[spoiler:very nearly got the Mane Six killed]], cares solely about her own advancement, and even ''cracked a joke'' about the aforementioned near-disaster when Rainbow Dash calls her out on it. And yet, an alarming amount of viewers sympathise and woobify her, demonizing Rainbow Dash and Spitfire for "crushing her dream", despite how Dust brought her downfall entirely on herself.
** Speaking of villainous pegasi that get the treatment, there's also Wind Rider from ''Rarity Investigates'' who's often written as Lightning Dust's loving father who only tried to frame Rainbow Dash because it was her fault that his daughter lost her dreams. Never mind the fact Wind Rider doesn't look old enough to have a daughter in her early twenties though that could be ArtisticAge, and he tried to get Rainbow Dash kicked out for nothing besides the fact ''she was close to breaking his record''. Fans who like both and don't go for the father/daughter idea have them form their own "Wonderbolts" and have them give a HumiliationConga to the actual Wonderbolts. Or sometimes, Wind Rider is seen as the ''reason'' Lightning Dust is an uncaring sociopath. (Once again from the father/daughter route) Either way, both of these pegasi are treated like innocent woobies, and fans demonize the actual Wonderbolts and Rainbow Dash and use the episode "Rainbow Falls" as proof that Wind Rider is the only good Wonderbolt.
** Even ''Tirek'' the SatanicArchetype that he is, gets the leather pants by fans thinking like Discord and Diamond Tiara, he just wanted friends and felt [[ThenLetMeBeEvil betrayed]] when his brother joined the ponies and ignored him. These same fans are quick to ignore the fact that he destroyed Twilight's beloved tree home, drained the life force out of everypony, could have had Discord's friendship but instead betrayed him without a second thought, and in a bad future in the S5 Finale, blasts the ''shit'' out of the entire world while growing to increasingly terrifying heights and not giving a damn that ponies are being hurt by his actions. Fans will give him an excuse that his parents were at the very least neglectful or raised him TheSpartanWay, his brother was the cause of his evil.
** Prince Blueblood receives sympathy from fans, claiming that expecting chivalry from him is unreasonable and that Rarity was just a gold-digger that Blueblood was trying to shake off, forgetting that he's a rude, narcissistic, stuck-up, selfish, and spoiled {{jerkass}} who insulted Apple Jack's food and used Rarity as a [[HumanShield pony shield]] to protect himself from flying cake, and not apologizing for his actions after Rarity called him out on his behavior.
** Silver Spoon, the BetaBitch to Diamond Tiara's AlphaBitch gets a large amount of fan sympathy. On the show she's portrayed as a follower, but fans forget that she's a willing accomplice to Diamond Tiara, liking to portray her as a BeleagueredAssistant and have Silver Spoon often question how much their VillainousFriendship means. Silver Spoon can resist peer pressure, so this doesn't make her any better or worse than Diamond Tiara. Fanon Silver Spoon will express remorse when the CMC are bullied, and the ''one'' PetTheDog moment she had in canon is treated like an everyday occurrence.
** Diamond Tiara gets this from people think she's ''not'' an AlphaBitch at all, and is simply a LonelyRichKid who's only friend was Silver Spoon and she just wants friends. While the latter part of that statement ended up being entirely correct in Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Cutie Mark", in which she makes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes friends with the CMC, this redemption loses its power if you ignore that she genuinely ''was'' a cruel [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] AlphaBitch beforehand like these fans do.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this for nearly all it's antagonists, though since ThePowerOfFriendship and EasilyForgiven are common tropes in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise, it's a lot more understandable, and many targets of the trope got more sympathetic portrayals later on:
** Gilda the Griffon from "Griffon the Brush-Off" is an obnoxious bully who thinks all the ponies of Ponyville (except her old friend Rainbow Dash) are "lame-o", and who literally scares Fluttershy to tears at one point. When her true colors are exposed at a party thrown by Pinkie Pie in an effort to get her to lighten up, screaming her head off at her so-called best friend and refusing to take her own medicine, she's quick to turn against Dash for being a "flip-flop" by sticking up for the other ponies, and leaves town in a huff. Fans were quick to portray her as a JerkassWoobie wracked with guilt and self-hatred over alienating her oldest and best friend. When she reappeared four seasons later, she was established to have gotten her hard edge from a hard life in a run-down falling-apart town where "get as much money as I can so I can afford to get outta this Tartarus-hole!" is ''everyone's'' sole motivation in life and she's about the ''nicest'' it gets in that place. Rainbow Dash was her oldest, best, and ''only'' friend, and she does feel bad about everything that happened.
** Trixie from "Boast Busters" had fans protesting she was just a traveling entertainer (true) whose audience was being unnecessarily mocking and hostile, that she was justified in humiliating Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash in front of their friends and neighbors, and that she was unjustly punished at the end of the episode, largely ignoring that she's a boastful, lying egomaniac both on- ''and'' off-stage. She did seem guilty about one of her lies indirectly leading to [[BearsAreBadNews an Ursa Minor attacking Ponyville]] and admirably ''tried'' to fight it off, but after the threat is dealt with by Twilight Sparkle, she's right back to being all bluff and bravado. At the end of "Magic Duel" Trixie does have a supposed HeelFaceTurn and renames herself as "The Great and ''Apologetic'' Trixie". Funnily enough, the reason she initially stated for her revenge (having her reputation and livelihood destroyed) were the exact same things her fans complained about. This came back in full force in "No Second Prances" as some fans cried foul at what they thought was a KnightTemplar Twilight Sparkle destroying Trixie's emerging friendship with Starlight Glimmer when it was actually Trixie [[OpenMouthInsertFoot opening her mouth and seeing how many hooves she can fit into it]] that ruined their friendship temporarily.
** Nightmare Moon (Princess Luna's SuperpoweredEvilSide created from the jealously over ponies being more fond of Celestia's day and sleeping through Luna's night) gets this a lot from fans that see [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia as a tyrant]], treating her as just wanting to free Equestria from Celestia's rule, despite Luna herself admitting that what she did was wrong and becoming TheAtoner in canon.
** Discord was [[VileVillainSaccharineShow a ruthless tyrant]] who plunges Equestria into a WorldGoneMad[=/=]WorldOfChaos and ''[[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashes]] the Mane Six'' to turn them against each other, [[ForTheEvulz all for his own entertainment]]. Regardless, being a FauxAffablyEvil [[TheTrickster Trickster]] led many fans to depict him as a cheerful prankster who just wants a bit of fun in an [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows overly-managed world]], often going so far as to give him a HeelFaceTurn which is [[EasilyForgiven readily accepted]] by everypony. All of this became HilariousInHindsight with the episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On" where this is exactly what happens, but even afterwards [[ReformedButNotTamed he's still a huge jerk]] who is an antihero ''at best'', which his fans continue to ignore.
** Fans latch onto the Flim-Flam Brothers' stylishness, [[EarWorm catchy]] [[VillainSong song]], and that their Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 can actually produce quality cider. The fact that they're also a pair of aggressively greedy jerks who tried to completely and utterly drive the Apples out of business and gloated about it when they seemingly succeeded, and who are perfectly willing to sacrifice any semblance of quality in the name of quantity, tends to escape the minds of these fans.
** Queen Chrysalis. "She just wanted to feed her children!" say the fans. While she ''did'' mention feeding her subjects, she put more focus on gathering power for herself, while laughing cruelly, and then proceeds to [[spoiler:enslave all of Canterlot]]; she doesn't display the slightest shred of remorse for any of her actions and seems [[LackOfEmpathy entirely incapable of empathy]]. There is also the fact that there is absolutely no canon mention or evidence whatsoever that the changelings minions are her children; it is merely popular fanon often used as a cheap tool by fanfiction authors in order to cloy as much sympathy as they possibly can from the readers.
*** The Changeling race as a whole also gets the Leather Pants treatment, mostly due to the implications of BlueAndOrangeMorality that comes naturally with {{Emotion Eater}}s, with some JustFollowingOrders mixed in for good measure.
** Even [[DarkIsEvil King Sombra]] gets some. One theory has it that he was in love with Princess Luna and that her rejection of him made him turn to evil. Hilariously enough, this almost exactly parallels a theory about the aforementioned Discord and Princess Celestia, only with even less basis in canon. At least Discord and Celestia seem to know each other pretty well, there is no indication Sombra was involved any with Luna.
** Lightning Dust is a sociopath who clearly didn't care at all that her reckless behavior [[spoiler:very nearly got the Mane Six killed]], cares solely about her own advancement, and even ''cracked a joke'' about the aforementioned near-disaster when Rainbow Dash calls her out on it. And yet, an alarming amount of viewers sympathise and woobify her, demonizing Rainbow Dash and Spitfire for "crushing her dream", despite how Dust brought her downfall entirely on herself.
** Speaking of villainous pegasi that get the treatment, there's also Wind Rider from ''Rarity Investigates'' who's often written as Lightning Dust's loving father who only tried to frame Rainbow Dash because it was her fault that his daughter lost her dreams. Never mind the fact Wind Rider doesn't look old enough to have a daughter in her early twenties though that could be ArtisticAge, and he tried to get Rainbow Dash kicked out for nothing besides the fact ''she was close to breaking his record''. Fans who like both and don't go for the father/daughter idea have them form their own "Wonderbolts" and have them give a HumiliationConga to the actual Wonderbolts. Or sometimes, Wind Rider is seen as the ''reason'' Lightning Dust is an uncaring sociopath. (Once again from the father/daughter route) Either way, both of these pegasi are treated like innocent woobies, and fans demonize the actual Wonderbolts and Rainbow Dash and use the episode "Rainbow Falls" as proof that Wind Rider is the only good Wonderbolt.
** Even ''Tirek'' the SatanicArchetype that he is, gets the leather pants by fans thinking like Discord and Diamond Tiara, he just wanted friends and felt [[ThenLetMeBeEvil betrayed]] when his brother joined the ponies and ignored him. These same fans are quick to ignore the fact that he destroyed Twilight's beloved tree home, drained the life force out of everypony, could have had Discord's friendship but instead betrayed him without a second thought, and in a bad future in the S5 Finale, blasts the ''shit'' out of the entire world while growing to increasingly terrifying heights and not giving a damn that ponies are being hurt by his actions. Fans will give him an excuse that his parents were at the very least neglectful or raised him TheSpartanWay, his brother was the cause of his evil.
** Prince Blueblood receives sympathy from fans, claiming that expecting chivalry from him is unreasonable and that Rarity was just a gold-digger that Blueblood was trying to shake off, forgetting that he's a rude, narcissistic, stuck-up, selfish, and spoiled {{jerkass}} who insulted Apple Jack's food and used Rarity as a [[HumanShield pony shield]] to protect himself from flying cake, and not apologizing for his actions after Rarity called him out on his behavior.
** Silver Spoon, the BetaBitch to Diamond Tiara's AlphaBitch gets a large amount of fan sympathy. On the show she's portrayed as a follower, but fans forget that she's a willing accomplice to Diamond Tiara, liking to portray her as a BeleagueredAssistant and have Silver Spoon often question how much their VillainousFriendship means. Silver Spoon can resist peer pressure, so this doesn't make her any better or worse than Diamond Tiara. Fanon Silver Spoon will express remorse when the CMC are bullied, and the ''one'' PetTheDog moment she had in canon is treated like an everyday occurrence.
** Diamond Tiara gets this from people think she's ''not'' an AlphaBitch at all, and is simply a LonelyRichKid who's only friend was Silver Spoon and she just wants friends. While the latter part of that statement ended up being entirely correct in Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Cutie Mark", in which she makes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes friends with the CMC, this redemption loses its power if you ignore that she genuinely ''was'' a cruel [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] AlphaBitch beforehand like these fans do.
20th Aug '16 1:22:32 PM SomeoneElse17
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* Hexxus, the Spirit of Destruction and pollution embodied in ''WesternAnimation/FerngullyTheLastRainforest'' gets this even though he's trying to level a rainforest full of plant and animal life as well as sentient fairies that depend on its existence to survive. It doesn't help that the movie is {{Anvilicious}}, the protagonists (save maybe for [[CrazyAwesome Batty]] [[CloudCuckoolander Koda]]) are bland and rather uninteresting, and Hexxus himself is voiced by Creator/TimCurry, with all the implications this entails. And he gets one of the best {{Villain Song}}s of all times.

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* Hexxus, the Spirit of Destruction and pollution embodied in ''WesternAnimation/FerngullyTheLastRainforest'' ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' gets this even though he's trying to level a rainforest full of plant and animal life as well as sentient fairies that depend on its existence to survive. It doesn't help that the movie is {{Anvilicious}}, the protagonists (save maybe for [[CrazyAwesome Batty]] [[CloudCuckoolander Koda]]) are bland and rather uninteresting, and Hexxus himself is voiced by Creator/TimCurry, with all the implications this entails. And he gets one of the best {{Villain Song}}s of all times.
30th Jul '16 1:59:53 PM greatpikminfan
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** Bill Cipher, who is implied to be the BigBad of the entire series, he is a living embodiment of the Illuminati symbol and he has psychotic behavior but fans love him. He is often drawn as a sexy man with [[BlindingBangs one eye covered]] and [[ManOfWealthAndTaste dapper clothes]] who is sometimes shipped with Dipper or Mabel. When the episode "Sock Opera" where he possesses Dipper's body debuted, fans started fawning over "Bipper" and outright calling him sexy even though he tried to kill Mabel.

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** Bill Cipher, who is implied to be the BigBad of the entire series, he series. He is a living embodiment of the Illuminati symbol and he has psychotic behavior but fans love him. He is often drawn as a sexy man with [[BlindingBangs one eye covered]] and [[ManOfWealthAndTaste dapper clothes]] who is sometimes shipped with Dipper or Mabel. When the episode "Sock Opera" where he possesses Dipper's body debuted, fans started fawning over "Bipper" and outright calling him sexy even though he tried to kill Mabel.



** Strangely, these views seems to be endorsed by [[AllLovingHero Steven himself]], who consistently takes a generous view on their actions. He dismisses insults to Lapis as "She was just trying to find her way home," and has to be actively reminded several times ([[spoiler: prior to her HeelFaceTurn]]) that Peridot is their enemy. The closest he ever comes to acknowledging a Homeworld Gem doing a bad thing is when he calls Jasper "mean." It's perhaps worth noting that Steven's trusting attitude seems to bear a great deal of fruit, with both Lapis and Peridot regarding him as their friend, and most of their more positive actions being done for him.

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** Strangely, these views seems to be endorsed by [[AllLovingHero Steven himself]], who consistently takes a generous view on their actions. He dismisses insults to Lapis as "She was just trying to find her way home," and has to be actively reminded several times ([[spoiler: prior to her HeelFaceTurn]]) that Peridot is their enemy. The closest he ever comes to acknowledging a Homeworld Gem doing a bad thing is when he calls Jasper "mean." "mean," and the closest he comes to acknowledging a human doing a bad thing is his opinion on Kevin. It's perhaps worth noting that Steven's trusting attitude seems to bear a great deal of fruit, with both Lapis and Peridot regarding him as their friend, and most of their more positive actions being done for him.
27th Jul '16 2:22:04 AM Acebrock
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** Trixie from "Boast Busters" had fans protesting she was just a traveling entertainer (true) whose audience was being unnecessarily mocking and hostile, that she was justified in humiliating Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash in front of their friends and neighbors, and that she was unjustly punished at the end of the episode, largely ignoring that she's a boastful, lying egomaniac both on- ''and'' off-stage. She did seem guilty about one of her lies indirectly leading to [[BearsAreBadNews an Ursa Minor attacking Ponyville]] and admirably ''tried'' to fight it off, but after the threat is dealt with by Twilight Sprakle, she's right back to being all bluff and bravado. At the end of "Magic Duel" Trixie does have a supposed HeelFaceTurn and renames herself as "The Great and ''Apologetic'' Trixie". Funnily enough, the reason she initially stated for her revenge (having her reputation and livelihood destroyed) were the exact same things her fans complained about. This came back in full force in "No Second Prances" as some fans cried foul at what they thought was a KnightTemplar Twilight Sparkle destroying Trixie's emerging friendship with Starlight Glimmer when it was actually Trixie [[OpenMouthInsertFoot opening her mouth and seeing how many hooves she can fit into it]] that ruined their friendship temporarily.

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** Trixie from "Boast Busters" had fans protesting she was just a traveling entertainer (true) whose audience was being unnecessarily mocking and hostile, that she was justified in humiliating Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash in front of their friends and neighbors, and that she was unjustly punished at the end of the episode, largely ignoring that she's a boastful, lying egomaniac both on- ''and'' off-stage. She did seem guilty about one of her lies indirectly leading to [[BearsAreBadNews an Ursa Minor attacking Ponyville]] and admirably ''tried'' to fight it off, but after the threat is dealt with by Twilight Sprakle, Sparkle, she's right back to being all bluff and bravado. At the end of "Magic Duel" Trixie does have a supposed HeelFaceTurn and renames herself as "The Great and ''Apologetic'' Trixie". Funnily enough, the reason she initially stated for her revenge (having her reputation and livelihood destroyed) were the exact same things her fans complained about. This came back in full force in "No Second Prances" as some fans cried foul at what they thought was a KnightTemplar Twilight Sparkle destroying Trixie's emerging friendship with Starlight Glimmer when it was actually Trixie [[OpenMouthInsertFoot opening her mouth and seeing how many hooves she can fit into it]] that ruined their friendship temporarily.
25th Jun '16 6:37:55 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** Happens InUniverse in the episode ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]''. The Gaang watch ''The Boy in the Iceberg'', a play about their adventures performed by the titular Ember Island Players. The play is [[PropagandaPiece Fire Nation propaganda]], and so it puts the Fire Nation in a ''much'' better light than the series does.
*** Play!Azula lacks most of the real Azula's psychopathy and mental instability. She doesn't shoot Iroh in the play's version of ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheChase The Chase]]'', and she keeps her sanity throughout the finale, unlike the real Azula, who had a [[VillainousBreakdown spectacular breakdown]].
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