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25th Jun '16 2:19:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[{{Ben10}} Ben Tennyson]], as portrayed on the original show, was mischevious, immature, impulsive, and a generally justified case of IdiotHero - he was 10 years old, after all. In AlienForce, he is now fifteen, and becomes smarter and more serious and while not without a sense of humor is not very humorous at all. After the fans complained about him not having any personality, writers did all they could to bring back his original personality, gradually [[{{Flanderization}} flanderizing]] him. By Ben10Omniverse, he pretty much TookALevelInDumbass, even though he was 17 years old at this point and had several years of experience with being a hero. He also became an overly clumsy DestructiveSavior and an immature LeeroyJenkins with a major ego problem.

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* [[{{Ben10}} ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' Ben Tennyson]], Tennyson, as portrayed on the original show, was mischevious, immature, impulsive, and a generally justified case of IdiotHero - he was 10 years old, after all. In AlienForce, he is now fifteen, and becomes smarter and more serious and while not without a sense of humor is not very humorous at all. After the fans complained about him not having any personality, writers did all they could to bring back his original personality, gradually [[{{Flanderization}} flanderizing]] him. By Ben10Omniverse, he pretty much TookALevelInDumbass, even though he was 17 years old at this point and had several years of experience with being a hero. He also became an overly clumsy DestructiveSavior and an immature LeeroyJenkins with a major ego problem.
25th Jun '16 2:19:18 AM Morgenthaler
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** In several other interpretations such as ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'' and ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' he is also more ditzy and oblivious, in the original series he was bumbling but only as much as the others in Mystery Inc (if somewhat ineffective as a leader).

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** In several other interpretations such as ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' and ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' he is also more ditzy and oblivious, in the original series he was bumbling but only as much as the others in Mystery Inc (if somewhat ineffective as a leader).
4th Jun '16 7:12:24 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': One of the Shredder's primary motivations was ''always'' revenge on Hamato Yoshi no matter what continuity, but this one takes it UpToEleven. Shredder is utterly ''[[RevengeBeforeReason obsessed]]'' with getting revenge on Yoshi/Splinter, to the extent that he's perfectly willing to help bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt as long as he can achieve it.
29th May '16 2:31:46 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** The musical also amps up Eponine's unrequited love for Marius and tends not to highlight [[FallenPrincess everything]] [[TheAlcoholic else]] [[StalkerWithACrush about]] her character, although the numbers "Castle on a Cloud" and "The Robbery" do provide a contrast between her pampered childhood life and her poor teenage life.

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** The musical also amps up Eponine's unrequited love for Marius and tends not to highlight [[FallenPrincess everything]] [[TheAlcoholic else]] [[StalkerWithACrush [[TheOphelia about]] her character, although the numbers "Castle on a Cloud" and "The Robbery" do provide a contrast between her pampered childhood life and her poor teenage life.
27th May '16 3:27:04 PM Doug86
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* Shakespeare used this to great effect in ''Theatre/TroilusAndCressida'', basing his version of UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar around Chaucer's in-between-scenes story about the titular characters. Ulysses is a deceitful blowhard who talks too much and is obsessed with his own cleverness; Ajax (the one who didn't offend the gods) is a musclebound dolt; Achilles is even ''more'' of a jerk than his {{Homer}}-penned counterpart; and Cressida's uncle Pandarus is so flamboyant that modern performances often portray him as a drag queen. A lot of these exaggerations make the play far more entertaining, as it is essentially a cynical deconstruction of the tired ground of the Trojan War.

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* Shakespeare used this to great effect in ''Theatre/TroilusAndCressida'', basing his version of UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar around Chaucer's in-between-scenes story about the titular characters. Ulysses is a deceitful blowhard who talks too much and is obsessed with his own cleverness; Ajax (the one who didn't offend the gods) is a musclebound dolt; Achilles is even ''more'' of a jerk than his {{Homer}}-penned Creator/{{Homer}}-penned counterpart; and Cressida's uncle Pandarus is so flamboyant that modern performances often portray him as a drag queen. A lot of these exaggerations make the play far more entertaining, as it is essentially a cynical deconstruction of the tired ground of the Trojan War.
12th May '16 3:42:41 PM MrThorfan64
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** Tyrion Lannister gets a SympatheticPOV but is still a rather sleazy hedonist who performs very morally questionable acts (such as having a singer murdered to cover up his affair). The series gives him a lot of AdaptationalHeroism, playing up his nicer aspects such as care towards those who are looked down on in society, and make his actions less morally ambiguous, along with removing other unpleasant qualities such as his sexism and classism.

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** Tyrion Lannister gets a SympatheticPOV and has quite a few PetTheDog moments but is still a rather sleazy hedonist who performs very morally questionable acts (such as having a singer murdered to cover up his affair). The series gives him a lot of AdaptationalHeroism, playing up his nicer aspects such as care towards those who are looked down on in society, and make his actions less morally ambiguous, along with removing other unpleasant qualities such as his sexism and classism.classism, Tyrion's use of whores being played more sympathetically and often in a more amusing sense. An examples is when in a Volantis brothel in the TV Show a whore offers Tyrion free sex after he is nice to her, but he turns it down because he feels it isn't right. In the books Tyrion in the Volantis brothel has sex with a miserable, down-beaten whore, even though he knows she doesn't have any choice in the matter, and even thinks how horrible what he's doing is.
12th May '16 3:38:20 PM MrThorfan64
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** Brienne of Tarth is a warrior woman in the books but is unsettled by killing. In the four books she has appeared in she only kills people in "A Feast for Crows", and all four were monstrous war criminals who were trying to kill her. In the series Brienne is a much more violent character, remorselessly cutting down people [[spoiler:even murdering the wounded Stannis Baratheon while deliberately speaking to him spitefully]]. The series also makes Brienne more bad-tempered, cynical and rude, rather then the rather naive but ultimately kind-hearted character in the books.
** Tyrion Lannister gets a SympatheticPOV but is still a rather sleazy hedonist who performs very morally questionable acts (such as having a singer murdered to cover up his affair). The series gives him a lot of AdaptationalHeroism, playing up his nicer aspects such as care towards those who are looked down on in society, and make his actions less morally ambiguous, along with removing other unpleasant qualities such as his sexism and classism.



* [[UsefulNotes/RichardIII Richard III]], probably the poster boy for HistoricalVillainUpgrade. In the famous Shakespeare play of him, he is portrayed as a monstrous psychopath who gleefully tells the audience he plans to be a villain and is hideously deformed. While recent research shows Richard had scoliosis, the hunchback would not have been as noticeable as most productions portray it. While Richard did usurp the throne from his nephew, it is very unlikely he murdered so many of the other claimants and many historians think he acted due to difficult circumstances and felt the Queen's family was plotting against him. Another aspect is the death of his older brother George. While the play shows him engineering their execution, contemporary sources claim one of the reasons Richard didn't like the Queen's family was because he blamed them for George's death.

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* [[UsefulNotes/RichardIII Richard III]], probably the poster boy for HistoricalVillainUpgrade. In the famous Shakespeare play of him, he is portrayed as a monstrous psychopath who gleefully tells the audience he plans to be a villain and is hideously deformed. While recent research shows Richard had scoliosis, the hunchback would not have been as noticeable as most productions portray it. While Richard did usurp the throne from his nephew, it is very unlikely he murdered so many of the other claimants and many historians think he acted due to difficult circumstances and felt the Queen's family was plotting against him.to remove him from power (which they probably were). Another aspect is the death of his older brother George. While the play shows him engineering their execution, contemporary sources claim one of the reasons Richard didn't like the Queen's family was because he blamed them for George's death.
5th May '16 2:48:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s Maria may be strange, but the anime shot her straight into CreepyChild territory in the first episode... and has just kept dialing it up from there to the point of {{Narm}}. Battler, meanwhile, had his ChivalrousPervert tendencies and desire to solve the mystery cranked up, at the cost of toning down his reactions to the murders.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s Maria may be strange, but the anime shot her straight into CreepyChild territory in the first episode... and has just kept dialing it up from there to the point of {{Narm}}. Battler, meanwhile, had his ChivalrousPervert tendencies and desire to solve the mystery cranked up, at the cost of toning down his reactions to the murders.
13th Apr '16 9:17:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Stannis Baratheon from [[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Thrones]]. While not one of the worst examples the series makes him more brutal and villainous then in the books. An example is him burning one of his wife's family for not giving up their worship of the Seven. In the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire books]], he does this when they try to make peace with the Tyrells against his will. He is also more ready to burn his brother's bastard son as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light in the series.

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Stannis Baratheon from [[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Thrones]]. While is not one of the worst examples examples, the series makes him more brutal and villainous then in the books. An example is him burning one of his wife's family for not giving up their worship of the Seven. In the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire books]], he does this when they try to make peace with the Tyrells against his will. He is also more ready to burn his brother's bastard son as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light in the series.
12th Apr '16 3:37:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* The various ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' tend to be subject to this to various degrees, especially Donatello, who is turned into a full-on GadgeteerGenius in some adaptations when in the original he only had a knack for fixing things; and Michelangelo, whose original tendency to be more light-hearted than the others served as the basis for his "party dude" persona. Raphael's hot headedness gets interpreted in different levels of either violent aggression or comedic grouchiness, while different medias tend to take varying methods to divert Leonardo from his StandardizedLeader persona.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Sonic tends to undergo this frequently in different ways in alternative medias. In early video games Sonic wasn't really able to develop much of a personality outside cocky expressions and poses via his gameplay sprites. As such his ego and brashness is often a defining point of his character in many early cartoons and comics, sometimes to borderline JerkJock levels (''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' are key examples). Some later medias such as ''Anime/SonicX'' tend to go the opposite way with this, making his confidence give him a very laid back and mellow demeanor.
** In most continuities, Knuckles isn't the brightest of the bunch, and is certainly pretty gullible, but he's not an idiot. In the ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' video game, however, Knuckles gets exaggerated to DumbMuscle status, to the point where he ''can't tell the difference between left and right without looking at his hands''. This is downplayed a bit in the [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom TV show]], where he's more of an oaf than an outright idiot. Shadow also gets hit with this in the same video game - in the original, although he is TheStoic and somewhat of a gruff loner, he still maintains friendships with Rouge and Omega and is not adverse to working with Sonic and co. when it suits his own ends. In ''Sonic Boom'', he is a petty thug who openly derides friendship to the point of believing Sonic to be a weakling because of his friends and outright attacking him over it.



* The ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime has done this with some characters.

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* The various Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles tend to be subject to this to various degrees, especially Donatello, who is turned into a full-on GadgeteerGenius in some adaptations when in the original he only had a knack for fixing things; and Michelangelo, whose original tendency to be more light-hearted than the others served as the basis for his "party dude" persona. Raphael's hot headedness gets interpreted in different levels of either violent aggression or comedic grouchiness, while different medias tend to take varying methods to divert Leonardo from his StandardizedLeader persona.



* ''Film/TheBradyBunch'' movies exaggerated the characters' personalities a bit such as Jan's jealousy towards Marcia and Cindy's tattling, but true to the show. They were the characters from the later seasons stuck in the 1990s. The TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House made them unloveable parodies, such as Marcia complaining when she got captain of the cheerleading squad because the vote wasn't unanimous.

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* ''Film/TheBradyBunch'' movies exaggerated the characters' personalities a bit such as Jan's jealousy towards Marcia and Cindy's tattling, but true to the show. They were the characters from the later seasons stuck in the 1990s. The TV movie The ''The Brady Bunch in the White House House'' made them unloveable parodies, such as Marcia complaining when she got captain of the cheerleading squad because the vote wasn't unanimous.



* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill as depicted in the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a caricature which takes a few of his best-known attributes and plays them up. He has a cigar in his mouth almost constantly, always wears a suit with a bow tie and quotes his own famous speeches.

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* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill as depicted in the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a caricature which takes a few of his best-known attributes and plays them up. He has a cigar in his mouth almost constantly, always wears a suit with a bow tie tie, and quotes his own famous speeches.



** It exaggerates the degree to which InspectorJavert is single-mindedly obsessed with capturing Jean Valjean (as opposed to single-mindedly obsessed with enforcing the law generally). This is in part due to a case of PragmaticAdaptation. In the novel, after Valjean has to reveal himself to prevent the wrongful conviction of an IdenticalStranger, he asks to be allowed to bring Cosette to Fantine before she dies, which is refused, at which time he allows himself to be arrested. He then escapes, only to be quickly recaptured and confined to a ship, wherein he is believed to have drowned following his rescue of a sailor. It is only after this, that he goes to rescue Cosette. The musical simplifies this by having it that when Valjean's request to fetch Cosette is refused, he simply knocks Javert out and flees, which means that unlike in the novel, in the intervening years, Javert knows Valjean is alive, and is thus obsessed with capturing him.

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** It exaggerates the degree to which InspectorJavert Inspector Javert is single-mindedly obsessed with capturing Jean Valjean (as opposed to single-mindedly obsessed with enforcing the law generally). This is in part due to a case of PragmaticAdaptation. In the novel, after Valjean has to reveal himself to prevent the wrongful conviction of an IdenticalStranger, he asks to be allowed to bring Cosette to Fantine before she dies, which is refused, at which time he allows himself to be arrested. He then escapes, only to be quickly recaptured and confined to a ship, wherein he is believed to have drowned following his rescue of a sailor. It is only after this, that he goes to rescue Cosette. The musical simplifies this by having it that when Valjean's request to fetch Cosette is refused, he simply knocks Javert out and flees, which means that unlike in the novel, in the intervening years, Javert knows Valjean is alive, and is thus obsessed with capturing him.



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' tends to undergo this frequently in different ways in alternative medias. In early video games Sonic wasn't really able to develop much of a personality outside cocky expressions and poses via his gameplay sprites. As such his ego and brashness is often a defining point of his character in many early cartoons and comics, sometimes to borderline JerkJock levels (''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' are key examples). Some later medias such as ''SonicX'' tend to go the opposite way with this, making his confidence give him a very laid back and mellow demeanor.
** In most continuities, Knuckles isn't the brightest of the bunch, and is certainly pretty gullible, but he's not an idiot. In the ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' video game, however, Knuckles gets exaggerated to DumbMuscle status, to the point where he ''can't tell the difference between left and right without looking at his hands''. This is downplayed a bit in the [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom TV show]], where he's more of an oaf than an outright idiot. Shadow also gets hit with this in the same video game - in the original, although he is TheStoic and somewhat of a gruff loner, he still maintains friendships with Rouge and Omega and is not adverse to working with Sonic and co. when it suits his own ends. In ''Sonic Boom'', he is a petty thug who openly derides friendship to the point of believing Sonic to be a weakling because of his friends and outright attacking him over it.



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* When ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' diverted into original stories, many of the original characters from ''TheRailwaySeries'' underwent exaggeration, most of which only elevated as the show went on and Flanderization kicked in. Gordon and James in particular became exaggeratedly vain and hammy, originally just the arrogant big engines of the main line.

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* When ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' diverted into original stories, many of the original characters from ''TheRailwaySeries'' underwent exaggeration, most of which only elevated as the show went on and Flanderization kicked in. in:
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Gordon and James in particular became exaggeratedly vain and hammy, originally just the arrogant big engines of the main line.


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* While Blossom was WiseBeyondTheirYears and was an A+ student in the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls the original]], the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' reboot puts more emphasis on it, to the point where her self-worth seems to revolve around her grades and on of her superpowers involves her creating a stapler-looking projection. Blossom also has more [[TerrifiedOfGerms mysophobic]] tendencies than she originally did.
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