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24th Feb '17 10:35:01 AM Leporidae
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* The Germans in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI serial ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill are painted as savage, violent, sneaky, and vehemently misogynistic to boot - the only named German character using his position in the army to capture [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty and attempt to assault]] the American heroine. He believes that women are to be treated as "servants and slaves and dolls!" and when she fights back, he hauls her to the top of the trenches with the intent to shoot her in front of the onrushing American soldiers. Even [[CanineCompanion the dog]] who gets to narrate a chapter describes the German forces as "that army who ravished the children—the women—the fruit trees—of God!"
20th Feb '17 3:19:20 AM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was subjected to this in the 80's and early 90's from Christian groups (most notably [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] and Patricia Pulling, the founder of [[FunWithAcronyms Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons]]) believing the game encouraged witchcraft, satanism, suicide, and all sorts of other horrible things. It got to the point where TSR (the game's publisher at the time) removed demons, devils, and other monsters from the line (mostly by renaming them into tanar'ri and baatezu), stopped to call shamans "wicca" and funding studies to counter the claims.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was subjected to this in the 80's and early 90's from Christian groups (most notably [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] and Patricia Pulling, the founder of [[FunWithAcronyms Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons]]) believing the game encouraged witchcraft, satanism, suicide, and all sorts of other horrible things. It got to the point where TSR Creator/{{TSR}} (the game's publisher at the time) removed demons, devils, and other monsters from the line (mostly by renaming them into tanar'ri and baatezu), stopped to call shamans "wicca" and funding studies to counter the claims.
7th Feb '17 7:42:40 AM Monsund
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode ''Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers'', the heroes watch ''The Boy in the Iceberg'', a play about their adventures, written by Pu-On Tim and performed by the titular Ember Island Players. It turns out to be a Fire Nation PropagandaPiece, and gives all the heroes this treatment (with the villains being given [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants]]).
** Aang didn't get this as bad as the rest, but pretty much all of his responsibility was stripped away, and he was portrayed as an immature prankster (he was also [[CrosscastRole played by a woman]]).
** Katara was turned into a melodramatic crybaby with no fighting ability and no objection to Jet destroying a town for her (which was what caused the real Katara to turn on Jet).
** Sokka became a dumb water tribe hick who was [[BigEater always hungry]] and [[ObsessedWithFood kept telling bad jokes about food]].
** Zuko... well, they just [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerated what was already there]]. Play!Zuko is even more of an EmoTeen than the real deal.
** Iroh became a [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] FatBastard with none of the real Iroh's kindness or spirituality.
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' ChristmasEpisode, the title character watches a "recreation" of Porkchop's supposed attack on Beebe Bluff, which is depicted as a snarling bulldog throttling a girl around. This is the point where Doug realizes things have went ''way'' too far.


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** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E9HomerBadman "Homer Badman"]] with the TV movie ''Homer S.: Portrait of an Ass-Grabber'', Homer, played by Dennis Franz, is portrayed as a [[EvilLaugh cackling]], [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] pervert.
--->'''Ashley:''' No, Mr. Simpson! A cat is a living creature!\\
'''Homer:''' I don't care! ''[runs over cat]'' Now I'm gonna grab me some sweet!\\
'''Ashley:''' No, Mr. Simpson! If you do, I'll scream so loud the whole country will hear!\\
'''Homer:''' Heh, with a '''MAN''' in the White House?! Not likely! Muah ha. Muah haha. MUAH HA HA HAAAAAA!
28th Jan '17 5:05:35 PM Wyldchyld
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TVTropes is the devil. It teaches our children [[FetishFuel it's okay to be aroused by filth]]. It wants to make [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife everyone in the world fat and lazy]], [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary pollutes the English language even more than Internet speak]] and unlike those [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer evil drug dealers]], they will actually admit they want to ruin your life![[note]]No wait, [[DarthWiki/TVTropesRuinedYourLife they already did]]![[/note]] Self-identity is discouraged among the members of this cult, to the point where personal pronouns and references to oneself are [[Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage actively]] discouraged. [[WeAllLiveInAmerica It's]] [[{{Eagleland}} anti-American]].

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TVTropes is the devil. It teaches our children [[FetishFuel [[{{Fetish}} it's okay to be aroused by filth]]. It wants to make [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife everyone in the world fat and lazy]], [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary pollutes the English language even more than Internet speak]] and unlike those [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer evil drug dealers]], they will actually admit they want to ruin your life![[note]]No wait, [[DarthWiki/TVTropesRuinedYourLife they already did]]![[/note]] Self-identity is discouraged among the members of this cult, to the point where personal pronouns and references to oneself are [[Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage actively]] discouraged. [[WeAllLiveInAmerica It's]] [[{{Eagleland}} anti-American]].
19th Jan '17 10:59:36 AM IamTheCaligula
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** 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 borderline {{Eldritch Horror}}s from the get-go.

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** UsefulNotes/NorseMythology suffered a far less literal demonization and was instead besieged with unflattering propaganda, such as the Literature/SorlisTale.Literature/SorlisTale and the Literature/GestaDanorum. 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 borderline {{Eldritch Horror}}s from the get-go.
15th Jan '17 11:32:39 AM WaterBlap
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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 Pan's horns and goat legs, which were more-or-less directly applied to the devil himself.

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* Christianity has perhaps the most successful record when it comes to demonizing other religions' gods. From UsefulNotes/ClassicalMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology we have, for example, Poseidon's trident, which became the Devil's pitchfork, and Pan's horns and goat legs, which were more-or-less directly applied to the devil himself.
9th Jan '17 6:47:40 AM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': Hrathen is on a time crunch to convert the kingdom of Arelon to his religion before [[ChurchMilitant his people's army]] shows up to do it. So he takes to blaming all Arelon's misfortunes on the wicked and sinful [[PhysicalGod Elantrians]] who lost their powers and immortality a decade ago.


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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' does this to.. just about everyone, really. Liberal college professors and mass media aren't just wrongheaded, they're part of an active conspiracy to destroy America through stealth Marxism. Feminists are crazed man-haters who are just upset their love life doesn't work. Blacks are shucking and jiving purveyors of noise, filth and violence, environmentalists are hippie druids who would kill people in job lots for the sake of a single tree or squirrel. In one of the book's stranger moments Black Muslims seize control of Boston, facilitating an invasion by ''every Islamic country'' because everyone who prays towards Mecca gets on ''so'' well regardless of [[WeAreStrugglingTogether sectarian or ethnic differences]]...
27th Dec '16 5:16:19 PM DoctorCooper
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* There is some evidence that the [[http://old.perseus.tufts.edu/classes/finALp.html Perseus and Medusa myth]] was created as part of a way to demonize a female-centric religion by the highly patriarchal Greek society. The existence of said female-centric religion is still a matter of academic debate.
13th Dec '16 5:58:51 AM Mhazard
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* ''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 YHVH]].

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* ''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 YHVH]]. And in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler: ''YHVH himself'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard becomes the receiving end of this]] as everyone can demonize him as well.]]
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".
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