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17th Mar '17 2:22:28 AM Silverblade2
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' features a debatably good example of this with regards to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. His more comic aspects are largely dropped in favor of playing up his psychotic and anarchistic tendencies. The end result is hardly the comic book Joker, but it clearly conveys the deep-rooted insanity and desire to lock wits with Batman that so heavily defines the character. Some versions of the Joker are played more seriously than others, however - when Creator/FrankMiller writes him, for example, he is ''never'' funny or likeable in any way. The Joker has gone through so many different versions and writers that might be impossible to ''ever'' put him in this trope.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' features a debatably good example of this with regards to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. His more comic aspects are largely dropped in favor of playing up his psychotic and anarchistic tendencies. The end result is hardly the comic book Joker, but it clearly conveys the deep-rooted insanity and desire to lock wits with Batman that so heavily defines the character. Some versions of the Joker are played more seriously than others, however - when Creator/FrankMiller writes him, for example, he is ''never'' funny or likeable in any way. The Joker has gone through so many different versions and writers that might be impossible to ''ever'' put him in this trope.
12th Mar '17 11:12:28 AM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga and Yagyu Munenori are probably two of Japan's UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai figures that suffers this trope greatly. Almost every fictional works featuring them [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade depict them as bastardly villains]]. The reasoning for Nobunaga was due to his brutality as a warlord, especially the burning of numerous Buddhist temples critical of him and the slaughter of its inhabitants. Naturally, it's somewhat understandable how this might overshadow his brilliance as both a tactician and a businessman, how he revolutionized how wealth was counted, encouraged trade with Europe and other Asian nations, allowed Christian missionaries into Japan, made social reforms, etc. Though oddly enough, the brutality of most other warlords of the era seems to be less remembered. Munenori suffers this due to the fact that he was a shrewd politician as well as a swordsman, [[EvilChancellor and in fiction, political people are often evil]], so depicting him as scheming and amoral has become standard. Even worse for Munenori is the fact that his son [[UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei Yagyu Mitsuyoshi]] (both has attained the title 'Jubei') is one of the most romanticized samurai of all time and a hero to the people, ([[DefectorFromDecadence who was known to disdain politics and court functions]]) so many authors feel the need to use Munenori as an EvilCounterpart to Mitsuyoshi. If a writer really wants to have Munenori KickTheDog, then they cite the almost certainly untrue story that Mitsuyoshi lost an eye during his life and make Munenori the culprit. (There are softer versions where it was an accident, a strike gone wild in a sparring session, but the most popular and 'dramatic' versions have Munenori doing it on purpose because he's either jealous of his son's potential or he wants to teach Mitsuyoshi a lesson not to mess with him). Also, Munenori is often set up as an antagonist to another legendary and heroic swordsman that has no relationship with him: MiyamotoMusashi. Which he does entirely with underhanded tactics too. Munenori must have rolled over in his grave a few times at some of these depictions.

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* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga and Yagyu Munenori are probably two of Japan's UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai figures that suffers this trope greatly. Almost every fictional works featuring them [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade depict them as bastardly villains]]. The reasoning for Nobunaga was due to his brutality as a warlord, especially the burning of numerous Buddhist temples critical of him and the slaughter of its inhabitants. Naturally, it's somewhat understandable how this might overshadow his brilliance as both a tactician and a businessman, how he revolutionized how wealth was counted, encouraged trade with Europe and other Asian nations, allowed Christian missionaries into Japan, made social reforms, etc. Though oddly enough, the brutality of most other warlords of the era seems to be less remembered. Munenori suffers this due to the fact that he was a shrewd politician as well as a swordsman, [[EvilChancellor and in fiction, political people are often evil]], so depicting him as scheming and amoral has become standard. Even worse for Munenori is the fact that his son [[UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei Yagyu Mitsuyoshi]] (both has attained the title 'Jubei') is one of the most romanticized samurai of all time and a hero to the people, ([[DefectorFromDecadence who was known to disdain politics and court functions]]) so many authors feel the need to use Munenori as an EvilCounterpart to Mitsuyoshi. If a writer really wants to have Munenori KickTheDog, then they cite the almost certainly untrue story that Mitsuyoshi lost an eye during his life and make Munenori the culprit. (There are softer versions where it was an accident, a strike gone wild in a sparring session, but the most popular and 'dramatic' versions have Munenori doing it on purpose because he's either jealous of his son's potential or he wants to teach Mitsuyoshi a lesson not to mess with him). Also, Munenori is often set up as an antagonist to another legendary and heroic swordsman that has no relationship with him: MiyamotoMusashi.UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi. Which he does entirely with underhanded tactics too. Munenori must have rolled over in his grave a few times at some of these depictions.
12th Mar '17 5:55:15 AM secretfan14
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** Usagi herself is rather exaggerated though adaptations. In the manga, she is basically a normal teenager and a surprisingly competent leader of normal intelligence. The anime version dialed up her laziness, her reluctance to fight AND her naivete slightly (for example, see her reluctance to kill anything that isn't a Monster of the Day versus her manga form who basically killed first and asked questions later). The English dub takes this even further by making her a total [[{{Dojikko}} ditz]] and a ButtMonkey when it came to the other senshi. (They didn't tease her NEARLY as much in the Japanese anime.)

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** Usagi herself is rather exaggerated though adaptations. In the manga, she is basically a normal teenager and a surprisingly competent leader of normal intelligence. The anime version dialed up her laziness, her reluctance to fight AND her naivete slightly (for example, see her reluctance to kill anything that isn't a Monster of the Day versus her manga form who basically killed first and asked questions later). The 90's English dub takes this even further by making her a total [[{{Dojikko}} ditz]] ditz and a ButtMonkey when it came to the other senshi. (They didn't tease her NEARLY as much in the Japanese anime.)
1st Mar '17 8:55:44 AM TommyTiger
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* In the Korean-American flash animation ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', the title character was a naïve pre-teen CuteBruiser who wanted to steal kisses from her HeroicMime boyfriend Garu. When a TV series was made, Pucca became a selfish and spoiled ClingyJealousGirl with a psychotic fixation on Garu, and Garu's [[GirlsHaveCooties cooties]] went from "I like her and she's sweet, but she just doesn't let me train" to a borderline "I HATE THE BITCH I HOPE SHE DIES." Guess the RunningGag got old after the first episode... And the RunningGag was little more than a GenderFlip of the classic [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe LePew cartoons]], with Pucca playing Pepe and Garu playing Penelope the Pussycat.

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* In the Korean-American flash animation ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', the title character was a naïve pre-teen CuteBruiser who wanted to steal kisses from her HeroicMime boyfriend Garu. When a TV series was made, Pucca became a selfish even more naïve than before and spoiled also a ClingyJealousGirl with a psychotic stalker-like fixation on Garu, and Garu's [[GirlsHaveCooties cooties]] went from "I like her and she's sweet, but she just doesn't let me train" to a borderline "I HATE THE BITCH I HOPE SHE DIES." Guess the RunningGag got old after the first episode... And the RunningGag was little more than a GenderFlip of the classic [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe LePew cartoons]], with Pucca playing Pepe and Garu playing Penelope the Pussycat.
14th Jan '17 6:48:45 PM nombretomado
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* Occurs in the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' series. In the first game, ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'', the prologue of the game features you playing as your heroic ancestor, Maxim, and his comrades 100 years in the past. These heroes speak much more formally than the main characters. ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' was actually a prequel featuring the entirety of Maxim's adventures, eventually ending in the same manner as the first game's prologue. However, in this game the characters who all spoke formally in the flashback sequence speak in much more contemporary language (except Artea, who speaks formally regardless.) This leads to a somewhat bizarre occurrence in the final dungeon where the party enacts a conversation that was fairly ominous in the first game, but actually sounds somewhat silly in the breezier language of the prequel.

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* Occurs in the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series. In the first game, ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'', the prologue of the game features you playing as your heroic ancestor, Maxim, and his comrades 100 years in the past. These heroes speak much more formally than the main characters. ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' was actually a prequel featuring the entirety of Maxim's adventures, eventually ending in the same manner as the first game's prologue. However, in this game the characters who all spoke formally in the flashback sequence speak in much more contemporary language (except Artea, who speaks formally regardless.) This leads to a somewhat bizarre occurrence in the final dungeon where the party enacts a conversation that was fairly ominous in the first game, but actually sounds somewhat silly in the breezier language of the prequel.
8th Jan '17 6:31:47 PM nombretomado
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** A minor note in the LEGO Island Comic Adventures stated that the Brickster wished to be as evil as [[Franchise/LEGOAlphaTeam Evil Ogel]]. In ''Dino Attack RPG'', the Brickster has been exaggerated to the point of being Ogel's self-proclaimed #1 fanboy.

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** A minor note in the LEGO Island Comic Adventures stated that the Brickster wished to be as evil as [[Franchise/LEGOAlphaTeam [[Toys/LEGOAlphaTeam Evil Ogel]]. In ''Dino Attack RPG'', the Brickster has been exaggerated to the point of being Ogel's self-proclaimed #1 fanboy.
6th Jan '17 8:18:00 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Akane Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. She does have her reasons to be the way she is (low self-esteem, a MissingMom, rather idealised mental concept of femininity, Ranma's verbal abuse), but her anime incarnation was still way more hot-tempered than her somewhat milder manga portrayal.

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* Akane Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. She does have ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is a zigzagging case, in that it's hard to get any group of fans to agree ''which'' of her reasons to be two incarnations (anime vs. manga) is the way she is (low self-esteem, a MissingMom, rather idealised mental concept of femininity, Ranma's verbal abuse), but her more exaggerated. The anime incarnation was still way version is generally portrayed as more consistently hot-tempered than her somewhat milder and quick to start shouting at Ranma or get grumpy. But the manga portrayal.version goes to far nastier extremes in terms of anger at and distrust for Ranma -- for example, believing Ranma will try to rape her when they are home alone together during the Hypnotic Mushrooms story, or accusing Ranma of trying to rape Hinako Ninomiya in her introductory story, both of which are things the anime version of Akane would ''never'' do.
2nd Jan '17 4:03:13 PM gb00393
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** Actually this becomes a major part of the show, often playing more straight Character Tropes that the book versions were deconstructions off. The vain, greedy and amoral Renly who was basically a VillainWithGoodPublicity is portrayed as a straight example of TheGoodKing. Similarly the Tyrells who convey a good image but are really [[SleazyPolitician Sleazy Politicians]] who were quite happy to starve hundreds of thousands of people into submission to help Renly usurp the Iron Throne are presented as much nicer characters who show more care towards people. This is ironic considering Stannis and Renly are respectively based on Richard III and George, duke of Clarence (see below).

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** Actually this becomes a major part of the show, often playing more straight Character Tropes that the book versions were deconstructions off. The vain, greedy and amoral Renly who was basically a VillainWithGoodPublicity is portrayed as a straight example of TheGoodKing. This is ironic considering Stannis and Renly are respectively based on Richard III and George, duke of Clarence (see below).
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Similarly the Tyrells who convey a good image but are really [[SleazyPolitician Sleazy Politicians]] who were quite happy to starve hundreds of thousands of people into submission to help Renly usurp the Iron Throne are presented as much nicer characters who show more care towards people. This For example, in the novels they immediately ostracize Sansa once she's engaged to Tyrion rather than consoling her. Other aspects of House Tyrell's collective character is ironic considering Stannis also exaggerated from the source material as part of their AdaptationExpansion.
*** The family's WomenAreWiser aspects are played up on account of the two most competent Tyrell sons (Willas
and Renly Garlan) being AdaptedOut, Loras' character arc stalling in Season 3 and 4, and Mace's fecklessness being exaggerated from a blustering but tenacious man into an ineffectual and sycophantic MommasBoy.
*** Margaery's sex appeal and cunning
are respectively based also exaggerated. In the books, her power comes from her persona as a PrincessClassic, not TheVamp, but on Richard III the show her {{Stripperific}} outfits and George, duke of Clarence (see below).open ambitions make her more sympathetic to viewers as more liberal than the conservative Lannisters she contends with.


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** Edmure Tully's GeneralFailure and GloryHound tendencies are played up compared to the books, and few of his positive traits are even touched upon. Most notably, his victory at Stone Mill is turned into a Pyrrhic skirmish instead of part of defeating ''Tywin Lannister'' and ''Gregor Clegane'' in open battle.
2nd Jan '17 3:06:57 AM LittleBuster
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* Anime ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' gets most of his criticism for the simplification of the personality of the main characters to caricatures MemeticBadass and LittleSisterHeroine, respectively. The most famous example of this were the [[IncestSubtext regular screams "Onii-sama"]] by Miyuki, while in the original novel is noticeably more quiet character. At some point, it even turned her into a {{Scryppy}} for fandom, despite the completely opposite attitude to her in Japan. This is due to the fact that the adaptation not able to move to the screen many explanations of the author or internal monologues, because of which Tatsuya and his sister kept only their external side with all SnarkBait concerning this. As a result, adaptation is only strengthened the reputation this title as "absurd clichéd" among western fandom, despite all the pluses and the depth of the original work.
26th Dec '16 11:28:39 AM GM_3826
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* ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'': In the novels, Hestia knew a good deal more about the world then she lets on, and Hephaestus notes that she had matured since she had last saw her. Hestia tries to seem mature around Bell, at least, and it ends up working for the most part. The anime plays up the fact that she is a ClingyJealousGirl and downplays these elements, making the scene where she gives her blessing to an adventuring party who would go out to save Bell [[spoiler: even though said adventuring party was the one who endangered them]] seem out of character.

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* ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'': In the novels, Hestia knew a good deal more about the world then she lets on, and Hephaestus notes that she had matured since she had last saw her. Hestia tries to seem mature around Bell, at least, and it ends up working for working. [[spoiler: In fact, the most part. fight that led to a [[WarForFunAndProfit War Game]] between the Hestia and Apollo Familias started because a table of Apollo Familia members were bad mouthing Hestia.]] The anime plays up the fact that she is a ClingyJealousGirl and downplays these elements, making the scene where she gives her blessing to an adventuring party who would go out to save Bell [[spoiler: even though said adventuring party was the one who endangered them]] seem out of character.
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