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3rd Nov '16 7:05:46 AM __Vano
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Of course none of that is true, or completely true, but that's how Demonization works. It's about twisting facts, or making them up, to make something look worse. Sometimes it can actually go as far claiming something is satanic, but usually it's more down to earth. Either way, these claims are made either without proof, or counter to actual evidence.

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Of course none of that is true, or completely true, but that's how Demonization works. It's about twisting facts, or making them up, to make something look worse. Sometimes it can actually go as far as claiming something is satanic, but usually it's more down to earth. Either way, these claims are made either without proof, or counter to actual evidence.



No, you want people to hate this thing. So you will do whatever you can to make this thing seem truly evil. It kills people (based on one or two deaths, that were quickly proven unrelated)! It ruined a nation (was coincidentally a fad in a country just before a coup d'etat)! God told you it's the sign of the devil (but somehow didn't tell anyone else, if it was that important)! Someone (whose name escapes me) even told me that it EatsBabies and [[KickTheDog puppies]] someone [[ThinkOfTheChildren Think of The Children!!!]] If it is a race, a nation, or another group of people, they are AlwaysChaoticEvil!

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No, you want people to hate this thing. So you will do whatever you can to make this thing seem truly evil. It kills people (based on one or two deaths, that were quickly proven unrelated)! It ruined a nation (was coincidentally a fad in a country just before a coup d'etat)! God told you it's the sign of the devil (but somehow didn't tell anyone else, if it was that important)! Someone (whose name escapes me) even told me that it EatsBabies and [[KickTheDog puppies]] puppies]], someone [[ThinkOfTheChildren Think of The Children!!!]] If it is a race, a nation, or another group of people, they are AlwaysChaoticEvil!



Since one person's Demonization may seem like another person's "fair and frank criticism", we should probably just say "no RealLife examples please."

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Since [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters one person's Demonization may seem like another person's "fair and frank criticism", criticism"]], we should probably just say "no RealLife examples please."
say: "Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease".
18th Aug '16 8:44:06 AM CerotechOmega
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* Yew's journal entries for the [[SevenDeadlySins sin beasts]] in ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' reference how some of them had characterization beyond "embodiment of sin" before they were subjected to this trope by the Crystal Orthodoxy, in a manner very similar to real-life religious doctrine, especially Christianity.
18th Aug '16 5:58:44 AM IamTheCaligula
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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident, which became the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became the Satanic pentagram.

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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident, which became the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, Pan's horns and goat legs, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became were more-or-less directly applied to the Satanic pentagram.devil himself.
1st Aug '16 4:05:59 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* [=RPGs=], as explained on the Tabletop RPG section of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, suffered this in Spain after two students killed a man in a bus stop with accusations -by clueless, sensationalistic, or both media- including that they basically transformed players into sociopaths unable to distinguish reality of fiction. That stigma lasts to this day, despite having been left clear those two did ''not'' were playing a RPG when they killed that man and studies that countered those claims.
9th Jul '16 9:52:32 AM IamTheCaligula
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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident became the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became the Satanic pentagram.

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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident trident, which became the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became the Satanic pentagram.
24th May '16 12:15:15 PM IamTheCaligula
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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident, which was demonized into the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became the Satanic pentagram.
** UsefulNotes/NorseMythology suffered a far less literal demonization and was instead besieged with unflattering propaganda, such as the Literature/SorlisTale. Ironically, though Christianity's influence was able to make Norse Mythology a dead religion, it faired significantly less successfully against the Nordic people's superstitious belief in TheFairFolk, presumably because it was hard to demonize things that were already pure {{Eldritch Horror}}s from the get-go.

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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident, which was demonized into trident became the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became the Satanic pentagram.
** UsefulNotes/NorseMythology suffered a far less literal demonization and was instead besieged with unflattering propaganda, such as the Literature/SorlisTale. Ironically, though Christianity's influence was able to make Norse Mythology a dead religion, it faired significantly less successfully against the Nordic people's superstitious belief in TheFairFolk, presumably TheFairFolk. Presumably because it was hard to demonize things that were already pure borderline {{Eldritch Horror}}s from the get-go.
21st Apr '16 8:25:09 AM IamTheCaligula
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* Common practice among most religions was to denounce other religions and their gods by saying that they were actually worshipping demons. In fact, [[TropeNamer this process is what gave us the word "Demonize."]]
* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident, which was demonized into the Devil's pitchfork, and the Venus star, which was not only of religious significance but also astronomical scientific significance, became the Satanic pentagram.
** UsefulNotes/NorseMythology suffered a far less literal demonization and was instead besieged with unflattering propaganda, such as the Literature/SorlisTale. Ironically, though Christianity's influence was able to make Norse Mythology a dead religion, it faired significantly less successfully against the Nordic people's superstitious belief in TheFairFolk, presumably because it was hard to demonize things that were already pure {{Eldritch Horror}}s from the get-go.
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3rd Mar '16 11:31:31 AM finalsurvivor1
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* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'' had this happen quite literally to several gods, turning them into demons; namely, Ahura Mazda (turned into Asura) and Ishtar (turned into Astaroth), by [[GodIsEvil the Great Will]].

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* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'' ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' had this happen quite literally to several gods, turning them into demons; namely, Ahura Mazda (turned into Asura) and Ishtar (turned into Astaroth), by [[GodIsEvil the Great Will]].YHVH]].
14th Jan '16 11:05:55 PM WickedIcon
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' blurs the line between demons and spirits to the point that you don't really care anymore: it turns out that while demons are indeed aspects that represent flaws in human thought and emotion, most of these demons are actually spirits who have been {{Logic Bomb}}ed into insanity or depravity by giving them contradictory or stressful orders. One example is forcing a spirit of mercy into fighting bandits with no survivors; she goes insane and turns into a pride demon, forcing her friend to put her down. Cole is constantly worried that he'll one day be turned into a demon by the hatred he absorbed while summoned; a spirit of compassion doesn't mercilessly attain revenge. And sometimes, the fact that the real world is fundamentally different from the Fade means that Thedas is an EldritchLocation to the spirits, which is enough to drive some insane. The real horror is all the summoning over the centuries that were filled with heaps of programming errors, turning half of the Fade's spirit population into demons, which leads to a vicious cycle since almost everyone now assumes that all spirits are demons because most summoned spirits turn into demons on contact.
14th Jan '16 10:27:45 AM Piando
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* Invoked in ''CodeGeass'' with a character getting himself basically nicknamed "Lelouch the Demon".

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* Invoked in ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' with a character getting himself basically nicknamed "Lelouch the Demon".



* ''SwordOfTruth'' does this simultaneously to communism and theism ([[SarcasmMode because obviously, they go so well together...]]) by having the main villains of the series be an evil [[TheEmpire empire]] set out to conquer all of the world and force their fundamentalist religion and bureaucratic soviet economy upon it.

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* ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' does this simultaneously to communism and theism ([[SarcasmMode because obviously, they go so well together...]]) by having the main villains of the series be an evil [[TheEmpire empire]] set out to conquer all of the world and force their fundamentalist religion and bureaucratic soviet economy upon it.



* The "villains" in all versions of ''Series/BigBrother'' are often demonized.
** [[BlatantLies "Reality"]] TV in general often does this, by selectively editing footage to create a conflict or storyline even where it doesn't exist, which usually involves turning a cast member into a villain out of thin air.



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* The "villains" in all versions of ''BigBrother'' are often demonized.
** [[BlatantLies "Reality"]] TV in general often does this, by selectively editing footage to create a conflict or storyline even where it doesn't exist, which usually involves turning a cast member into a villain out of thin air.
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the sequel to ''Dragon Age: Origins'', both explores this trope as part of the plot and unfortunately uses the trope in a meta sense. The plot of Dragon Age II revolves around the conflict between the Templars and Mages in Kirkwall, and the defensibility, or lack thereof, of a system known as the Circle, in which mages (who in the game's setting can potentially be possessed by demons or use "blood magic" to control other people's minds and bodies) are taken away from their families as small children and made to live their whole lives in the Circle, with Templars to watch over them 24/7, ostensibly to teach them how to control their magic and themselves so they aren't a danger to themselves and other people. Unfortunately, because the nature of the system assumes taking away people's human rights due to what they ''might'' do, most people who grew up with American ideals will naturally side with the mages, because giving the Templars that much power over other men is going to lead to Templars demonizing mages. And that is in fact exactly what happens: mages are feared and hated, and Templars treat ''all'' mages as though they ''must'' eventually snap and turn into demons and slaughter everyone. So, to give the player a reason to root for the Templars, the ''Dragon Age II'' developers went far out of their way to make the Templars look justified. The mages' primary advocate, Anders, is portrayed as someone who demonizes ''the Templars'' and is irrational and unreasonable due to being possessed by the spirit of Justice. Almost every mage the player meets is an insane blood mage, the First Enchanter turns out to [[spoiler: be aiding and abetting a serial killer because his use of magic would reflect badly on mages if revealed]], the Templars are given an advocate in Fenris the elf that never learns his lesson or is ever proven wrong and shifts the "burden of proof" onto the innocent rather than the guilty, and the other sympathetic mage character, Merrill, [[spoiler: accidentally makes a deal with a Pride Demon that results in the death of her Dalish clan's Keeper]]. So even as Dragon Age II tries to present both sides as having a point, since Dragon Age Origins players demonized the Templars while they were playing since the system is inherently open to abuse, the fact that the developers had to go this far out of their way to make the Templars have a point means that ''the mages'' were demonized, causing most players to side with the Templars since it looked like the Mages were all a bunch of lunatics and it looked like Anders had no good reason to complain or to object.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the sequel to ''Dragon Age: Origins'', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', both explores this trope as part of the plot and unfortunately uses the trope in a meta sense. The plot of Dragon Age II revolves around the conflict between the Templars and Mages in Kirkwall, and the defensibility, or lack thereof, of a system known as the Circle, in which mages (who in the game's setting can potentially be possessed by demons or use "blood magic" to control other people's minds and bodies) are taken away from their families as small children and made to live their whole lives in the Circle, with Templars to watch over them 24/7, ostensibly to teach them how to control their magic and themselves so they aren't a danger to themselves and other people. Unfortunately, because the nature of the system assumes taking away people's human rights due to what they ''might'' do, most people who grew up with American ideals will naturally side with the mages, because giving the Templars that much power over other men is going to lead to Templars demonizing mages. And that is in fact exactly what happens: mages are feared and hated, and Templars treat ''all'' mages as though they ''must'' eventually snap and turn into demons and slaughter everyone. So, to give the player a reason to root for the Templars, the ''Dragon Age II'' developers went far out of their way to make the Templars look justified. The mages' primary advocate, Anders, is portrayed as someone who demonizes ''the Templars'' and is irrational and unreasonable due to being possessed by the spirit of Justice. Almost every mage the player meets is an insane blood mage, the First Enchanter turns out to [[spoiler: be aiding and abetting a serial killer because his use of magic would reflect badly on mages if revealed]], the Templars are given an advocate in Fenris the elf that never learns his lesson or is ever proven wrong and shifts the "burden of proof" onto the innocent rather than the guilty, and the other sympathetic mage character, Merrill, [[spoiler: accidentally makes a deal with a Pride Demon that results in the death of her Dalish clan's Keeper]]. So even as Dragon Age II tries to present both sides as having a point, since Dragon Age Origins players demonized the Templars while they were playing since the system is inherently open to abuse, the fact that the developers had to go this far out of their way to make the Templars have a point means that ''the mages'' were demonized, causing most players to side with the Templars since it looked like the Mages were all a bunch of lunatics and it looked like Anders had no good reason to complain or to object.



** If [=McCain=] wins (according to Democrats), the coastline will be submerged by global warming, [[MegaCorp Wall-Mart gets its own country]], and the southern border is covered by an electric fence. Also, homosexuals are sent to jail, students are indoctrinated with patriotic jingoism, there is no money in the school budget to provide ink for test papers, [[ChildSoldier students get drafted to fight in overseas wars]], some students are pregnant, people are refused medical care because they're not covered, students fight each other with assault rifles in recess, the food is contaminated by oil spills, and [[BigBrotherIsWatching people are monitored permanently]].

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** If [=McCain=] wins (according to Democrats), the coastline will be submerged by global warming, [[MegaCorp Wall-Mart gets its own country]], and the southern border is covered by an electric fence. Also, [[HeteronormativeCrusader homosexuals are sent to jail, jail]], [[PatrioticFervor students are indoctrinated with patriotic jingoism, jingoism]], there is no money in the school budget to provide ink for test papers, [[ChildSoldier students get drafted to fight in overseas wars]], some students are pregnant, people are refused medical care because they're not covered, students fight each other with assault rifles in recess, the food is contaminated by oil spills, and [[BigBrotherIsWatching people are monitored permanently]].



* ''CaptainPlanet'' had Hitler's [[DeathGlare very gaze]] be as bad as pollution on Captain Planet. A big problem with the series was that the villains were into polluting for no good reason, which implied that anyone who polluted was just a plain villain instead of someone making a mistake--even a big one.

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* ''CaptainPlanet'' ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' had Hitler's [[DeathGlare very gaze]] be as bad as pollution on Captain Planet. A big problem with the series was that the villains were into polluting for no good reason, which implied that anyone who polluted was just a plain villain instead of someone making a mistake--even a big one.



* [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] in the ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts", which depicts the Springfield Republican Party as zealots who hold meetings (prefaced by a round of OminousLatinChanting) in an ominous castle straight out of a Film/HammerHorror film, and who at one point confuse a water cooler with their mayoral candidate.

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* [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] in the ''[[TheSimpsons ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts", which depicts the Springfield Republican Party as zealots who hold meetings (prefaced by a round of OminousLatinChanting) in an ominous castle straight out of a Film/HammerHorror film, and who at one point confuse a water cooler with their mayoral candidate.



* Similar to the ''Teenage Robot'' example above, ''HortonHearsAWho'' has the Sour Kangaroo tell everyone that Horton's sayings about the speck will lead to anarchy and gets everyone to cage him and destroy the speck. When Horton's words turn out to be true and the speck is saved, the Kangaroo gets shunned and hated.
* Aku ''tries'' to attack SamuraiJack this way, by gathering children and telling them fairy tales where he's the hero and Jack is the bad guy. It doesn't work, but it made for some of the best moments on the show.

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* Similar to the ''Teenage Robot'' example above, ''HortonHearsAWho'' ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'' has the Sour Kangaroo tell everyone that Horton's sayings about the speck will lead to anarchy and gets everyone to cage him and destroy the speck. When Horton's words turn out to be true and the speck is saved, the Kangaroo gets shunned and hated.
* Aku ''tries'' to attack SamuraiJack WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack this way, by gathering children and telling them fairy tales where he's the hero and Jack is the bad guy. It doesn't work, but it made for some of the best moments on the show.
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