History Main / HistoricalDowngrade

14th Oct '15 8:03:55 AM jeez
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' thrives on this trope. Case in point, the second Blackadder series portrays Queen UsefulNotes/ElizabethI as a total nutjob. Prince UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII (aka Prince Minibrain) of the third series would also count. Prince George may have been a glutton and profligate spender, but there's no indication he was dumb. [[SubvertedTrope Then again, [[spoiler:considering [[PrinceAndPauper who he was replaced by in the end]]]]...
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' thrives on this trope. Case in point, the second Blackadder series portrays Queen UsefulNotes/ElizabethI as a total nutjob. Prince UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII (aka Prince Minibrain) of the third series would also count. Prince George may have been a glutton and profligate spender, but there's no indication he was dumb. [[SubvertedTrope Then again, again,]] [[spoiler:considering [[PrinceAndPauper who he was replaced by in the end]]]]...
14th Oct '15 8:03:27 AM jeez
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' thrives on this trope. Case in point, the second Blackadder series portrays Queen UsefulNotes/ElizabethI as a total nutjob. Prince UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII (aka Prince Minibrain) of the third series would also count. Prince George may have been a glutton and profligate spender, but there's no indication he was dumb.
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' thrives on this trope. Case in point, the second Blackadder series portrays Queen UsefulNotes/ElizabethI as a total nutjob. Prince UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII (aka Prince Minibrain) of the third series would also count. Prince George may have been a glutton and profligate spender, but there's no indication he was dumb. [[SubvertedTrope Then again, [[spoiler:considering [[PrinceAndPauper who he was replaced by in the end]]]]...
7th Dec '14 3:20:53 PM Patachou
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* The 2010 ''[[Film/RobinHood2010 Robin Hood]]'' movie was quite fond of this, the most obvious example being King Richard, who wobbles around the battlefield drunk and winds up being killed by a French cook taking a potshot. Prince (and then King) John meanders between this and the villainous version. The Sheriff definitely gets this, being rendered so laughably incompetent that even if he had been given a chance for villainy, he probably couldn't have managed it. * Prince John got this in Disney's animated version of ''Disney/RobinHood''... he's so childlike and sad that he can't properly be called a villain, he's just somebody for kids to laugh at. * ''RobotChicken'' does this to AdolfHitler. * The ''MastersOfRome'' series of novels does this to Brutus, who is portrayed as a basically decent person (at least compared to most of the other characters), but with the flaws of greed, timidity, pedantry and cowardice. * ''TimeBandits'' does this to every historical figure the heroes meet. Napoleon is [[TheNapoleon obsessed with his height]] and barely pays attention to his conquests. Robin Hood is a clueless idealist who cannot control his thuggish followers. Even King Agamemnon, a nice guy and a brave warrior, would have died if Kevin hadn't saved him, and he allows Kevin to get kidnapped right under his nose. * ''{{Blackadder}}'' thrives on this trope. Case in point, the second Blackadder series portrays Queen Elizabeth I as a total nutjob. Prince George (aka Prince Minibrain) of the third series would also count. Prince George may have been a glutton and profligate spender, but there's no indication he was dumb.
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* The 2010 ''[[Film/RobinHood2010 Robin Hood]]'' movie was quite fond of this, the most obvious example being King Richard, UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart, who wobbles around the battlefield drunk and winds up being killed by a French cook taking a potshot. Prince (and then King) John [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland John]] meanders between this and the villainous version. The Sheriff definitely gets this, being rendered so laughably incompetent that even if he had been given a chance for villainy, he probably couldn't have managed it. * Prince John UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland got this in Disney's animated version of ''Disney/RobinHood''... he's so childlike and sad that he can't properly be called a villain, he's just somebody for kids to laugh at. * ''RobotChicken'' ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' does this to AdolfHitler. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. * The ''MastersOfRome'' ''Literature/MastersOfRome'' series of novels does this to Brutus, who is portrayed as a basically decent person (at least compared to most of the other characters), but with the flaws of greed, timidity, pedantry and cowardice. * ''TimeBandits'' ''Film/TimeBandits'' does this to every historical figure the heroes meet. Napoleon is [[TheNapoleon obsessed with his height]] and barely pays attention to his conquests. Robin Hood is a clueless idealist who cannot control his thuggish followers. Even King Agamemnon, a nice guy and a brave warrior, would have died if Kevin hadn't saved him, and he allows Kevin to get kidnapped right under his nose. * ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' thrives on this trope. Case in point, the second Blackadder series portrays Queen Elizabeth I UsefulNotes/ElizabethI as a total nutjob. Prince George UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII (aka Prince Minibrain) of the third series would also count. Prince George may have been a glutton and profligate spender, but there's no indication he was dumb.
25th Jun '13 10:14:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''TimeBandits'' did this to every historical figure they met, except for King Agamemnon. Although still a hero and all around nice guy, King Agamemnon still would have lost his battle against the minotaur without Kevin dropping in on the battle.
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* ''TimeBandits'' did does this to every historical figure they met, except for the heroes meet. Napoleon is [[TheNapoleon obsessed with his height]] and barely pays attention to his conquests. Robin Hood is a clueless idealist who cannot control his thuggish followers. Even King Agamemnon. Although still Agamemnon, a hero and all around nice guy, King Agamemnon still guy and a brave warrior, would have lost his battle against the minotaur without died if Kevin dropping in on the battle.hadn't saved him, and he allows Kevin to get kidnapped right under his nose.
25th Jun '13 10:10:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Going back earlier, Prince John got this in Disney's animated version of ''Disney/RobinHood''... he's so childlike and sad that he can't properly be called a villain, he's just somebody for kids to laugh at.
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** Going back earlier, * Prince John got this in Disney's animated version of ''Disney/RobinHood''... he's so childlike and sad that he can't properly be called a villain, he's just somebody for kids to laugh at.
2nd Jan '13 8:18:05 AM erforce
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* The 2010 ''[[RobinHood2010 Robin Hood]]'' movie was quite fond of this, the most obvious example being King Richard, who wobbles around the battlefield drunk and winds up being killed by a French cook taking a potshot. Prince (and then King) John meanders between this and the villainous version. The Sheriff definitely gets this, being rendered so laughably incompetent that even if he had been given a chance for villainy, he probably couldn't have managed it.
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* The 2010 ''[[RobinHood2010 ''[[Film/RobinHood2010 Robin Hood]]'' movie was quite fond of this, the most obvious example being King Richard, who wobbles around the battlefield drunk and winds up being killed by a French cook taking a potshot. Prince (and then King) John meanders between this and the villainous version. The Sheriff definitely gets this, being rendered so laughably incompetent that even if he had been given a chance for villainy, he probably couldn't have managed it.
4th Jun '12 7:05:52 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* TimeSquad played with this. The usual mission of the eponymous squad was to correct an individual who had, by the cause of whatever temporal anomaly, been on the receiving end of a HistoricalDowngrade, and it was their job to fix them and save history.
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* TimeSquad ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' played with this. The usual mission of the eponymous squad was to correct an individual who had, by the cause of whatever temporal anomaly, been on the receiving end of a HistoricalDowngrade, and it was their job to fix them and save history.
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