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17th Feb '18 4:12:44 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/Runaways2017'' makes a significant change to Nico's background, with the end result being that she's already a StepfordSnarker when the series begins. That change being giving her a CanonForeigner older sister...who died in mysterious circumstances.
1st Dec '17 1:32:20 PM Tacitus
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* Early theatrical adaptations of ''Sweeny Todd'' did this, converting the story's BigBad into a VillainProtagonist and radically changing his motives. In the original penny dreadful "The String Of Pearls", he's simply a straight-up sociopath who kills his barbershop patrons out of pure greed for their valuables, whereas later plays and films depict his SerialKiller career as him taking revenge on the judge who destroyed his life and the society that did nothing to prevent it. Hence, although still evil in the extreme, he's at least marginally sympathetic for all that.

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* Early theatrical adaptations of ''Sweeny Todd'' ''Theatre/SweenyTodd'' did this, converting the story's BigBad into a VillainProtagonist and radically changing his motives. In the original penny dreadful "The String Of Pearls", he's simply a straight-up sociopath who kills his barbershop patrons out of pure greed for their valuables, whereas later plays and films depict his SerialKiller career as him taking revenge on the judge who destroyed his life and the society that did nothing to prevent it. Hence, although still evil in the extreme, he's at least marginally sympathetic for all that.



* The fate of Sachi and her guild did serve as a DownerEnding for the original episode of ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', but as it was originally a side-story in the LightNovel it didn't have a lot of effect on the rest of the storyline. In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', it becomes MyGreatestFailure for Kirito, and gives him a case of PTSD that takes him years to bring under some semblance of control. It's also a big part of his CharacterDevelopment from HeroicComedicSociopath to TheSnarkKnight.

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* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' gets into this despite being a primarily comedic series:
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The fate of Sachi and her guild did serve as a DownerEnding for the original one episode of ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', but as it was originally a side-story in the LightNovel it didn't have a lot of effect on the rest of the storyline. storyline. In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', the abridged series it becomes serves as MyGreatestFailure for Kirito, and gives him a case of PTSD that takes him years many episodes to bring under some semblance of control. It's also a big part of control, and is central to his CharacterDevelopment from HeroicComedicSociopath to TheSnarkKnight.TheSnarkKnight.
** Unlike in canon, Kirito and Silica [[ShaggyDogStory aren't able to revive her pet Pina in time,]] [[UnstoppableRage driving her to a screaming rampage.]]
** The blacksmith Lisbeth is given a tragic past in which her eagerness to get some rare materials led to the death of her guild, leading her to become a socially-awkward reclusive. Which ends up making her NotSoDifferent from Kirito.
10th Nov '17 8:09:53 AM Sharlee
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* Early theatrical adaptations of ''Sweeny Todd'' did this, converting the story's BigBad into a VillainProtagonist and radically changing his motives. In the original penny dreadful "The String Of Pearls", he's simply a straight-up sociopath who kills his barbershop patrons out of pure greed for their valuables, whereas later plays and films depict his SerialKiller career as him taking revenge on the judge who destroyed his life and the society that did nothing to prevent it. Hence, although still evil in the extreme, he's at least marginally sympathetic for all that.
9th Nov '17 4:51:10 PM Ninja857142
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* ''Fanfic/Team8'' is a ForWantOfANail fic with an altered history that makes Naruto and Hinata's life struggles significantly worse. The villagers are even more antagonistic to Naruto [[spoiler:and there is even hinted to be a conspiracy against him]], and Hinata's parental abuse is far worse. Consequently, both of them start out much more cynical and insecure than in canon. [[spoiler:At separate points, they both even have ''suicidal'' thoughts.]]
24th Oct '17 7:46:23 PM Andyroid
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* ''Fanfic/UniverseFalls'' doesn't hesitate to play up the fact that the Mystery Kids (Dipper, Mabel, Steven, and Connie) are ''children'', facing all sorts of physical and mental trauma in investigating the mysteries surrounding either the town of Gravity Falls or the Crystal Gems. And among other things, the OddFriendship between Lapis Lazuli and Dipper makes the former's sacrifice in "Jailbreak" and the latter's desperate bargain with Bill Cipher in "Sock Opera" all the more hard-hitting.
24th Aug '17 10:12:14 PM The_Cosmic_Troper
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** As if Pearl didn't have enough to suffer over, she has to deal with wanting to know exactly what happened in the Zodiac Temple, starting in Chapter Thirty-Eight, but no one, particularly Garnet [[spoiler: and Keyhole]], will tell her and keeps her LockedOutOfTheLoop, adding to her frustration. [[spoiler: And it also involves Rose]].
24th Aug '17 1:20:05 PM CosmicFerret
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has the Reverse Flash. In the show, he's been TrappedInThePast for 15 years (originally being from a over a century in the future) and is ''desperate'' to get home, and his scheme to do so is the driving force behind Season 1. In the comics he doesn't care about getting back to his time at all and is mostly just focused on screwing over TheFlash in any way possible.

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has the Reverse Flash. In the show, he's been TrappedInThePast for 15 years (originally being from a over a century in the future) and is ''desperate'' to get home, and his scheme to do so is the driving force behind Season 1. In the comics he doesn't care about getting back to his time at all and is mostly just focused on screwing over TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash in any way possible.
15th Aug '17 1:49:55 AM creader
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2nd Aug '17 4:39:59 AM SuperSonicHeroes
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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has a few examples, but none more than Rick Grimes. While the comic book version of Rick has his fair share of angst and problems, the ones in the show stick with Rick for entire seasons and have a much larger effect on him and his group.
** Rick takes Lori's death much harder in the show than in the comics, causing him to suffer a severe case of SanitySlippage. He seems to recover by Season 4.
** A much bigger example was in Season 7. When [[BigBad Negan]] made his debut and murdered [[spoiler:Glenn]] in the comics he shook Rick, but Rick only pretended to submit to protect his community and friends, all while making secret plans to take Negan down. There was no secret plan in the show because Rick was actually broken. He tried to convince his friends that this was the only way they could survive, by giving Negan what he wants. He regains the will to fight halfway through the season, when he realizes that no matter how hard he tries, The Saviors will keep hurting his friends and Negan will still kill people.
25th Jul '17 6:08:45 PM Anicomicgeek
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** Both Mister Fantastic and ComicBook/DoctorDoom have abusive fathers, whereas their 616 counterparts had loving fathers, albeit [[DisappearedDad Reed's dad got sucked into the future thanks to an experiment]] and [[DeadParentsAreTheBest Doom's parents died when he was a kid]].
** While the Thing of the classic Franchise/MarvelUniverse ComicBook/FantasticFout infamously doesn't like being BlessedWithSuck into having the appearance of an orange rock creature that he can't change out of, he didn't contemplate suicide like his ''Ultimate'' counterpart.

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** Both Mister Fantastic and ComicBook/DoctorDoom have abusive fathers, whereas their 616 counterparts had loving fathers, albeit [[DisappearedDad Reed's dad got sucked into the future thanks to an experiment]] and [[DeadParentsAreTheBest [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest Doom's parents died when he was a kid]].
** While the Thing of the classic Franchise/MarvelUniverse ComicBook/FantasticFout ComicBook/FantasticFour infamously doesn't like being BlessedWithSuck into having the appearance of an orange rock creature that he can't change out of, he didn't contemplate suicide like his ''Ultimate'' counterpart.
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