History Main / HistoricalVillainDowngrade

21st Mar '17 8:29:58 PM AnotherGuy
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* Alan Alda's ''Sweet Liberty'' had the author of a book about the Revolutionary War upset that they were making the sadistic Green Dragoon Banastre Tarleton a romantic lead. Ironically, ''Film/ThePatriot'' did the reverse - see HistoricalVillainUpgrade.
17th Feb '17 8:02:20 PM bt8257
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That's where the HistoricalVillainDowngrade comes in. You don't need to dwell, for example, on the fact that UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was responsible for a systematic genocide that resulted in almost twelve million deaths; it is enough for audiences to know that he was a Very Bad Man. Likewise, you might present Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} as a lech with a [[AGodAmI god complex]]. No need to get into the {{squick}}y details of his life.

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That's where the HistoricalVillainDowngrade comes in. You don't need to dwell, for example, on the fact that UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was responsible for a systematic genocide that resulted in almost twelve million deaths; it is enough for audiences to know that he was a Very Bad Man. Likewise, you might present Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} as a lech with a [[AGodAmI god complex]]. No need to get into the {{squick}}y details of his life.
13th Feb '17 5:33:26 PM thatother1dude
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* ''{{Film/Black Mass}}'' portrays [[PsychoSupporter Steve Flemmi]] as considerably more conflicted about his role in the Winter Hill Gang than he actually was, and according to many people who knew him, including former associate Kevin Weeks, he ''enjoyed'' murder.

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* ''{{Film/Black Mass}}'' portrays [[PsychoSupporter Steve Flemmi]] as considerably more conflicted about his role in the Winter Hill Gang than he actually was, and according was. According to many people who knew him, including former associate Kevin Weeks, he the real Flemmi ''enjoyed'' murder.
13th Feb '17 5:23:58 PM thatother1dude
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* In 'the TV version of ''Literature/GenerationKill'', there is a minor character told the POV group that [[PoorCommunicationKills Delta Company attacked a civilian hamlet because of cultural differences]]. The aftermath of this firefight is not described, though Fox News reporter Oliver North is said to be filming the incident. The incident is later revealed by the author of ''Generation Kill'' to be much worse than it is: it caused massive casualties and Oliver North is said to be eager to take part in the attack himself[[http://rense.com/general63/genkill.htm]].

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* In 'the the TV version of ''Literature/GenerationKill'', there is a minor character who told the POV group that [[PoorCommunicationKills Delta Company attacked a civilian hamlet because of cultural differences]]. The aftermath of this firefight is not described, though Fox News reporter Oliver North is said to be filming the incident. The incident is later revealed by the author of ''Generation Kill'' to be much worse than it is: it caused massive casualties and Oliver North is said to be eager to take part in the attack himself[[http://rense.[[http://rense.com/general63/genkill.htm]].htm later divulged]] that the real incident was far worse than the show's description: it caused massive casualties and Oliver North is said to be eager to take part in the attack himself.
10th Feb '17 2:45:17 PM Dragon101
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* In 'the TV version of 'Literature/GenerationKill'', there is a minor character told the POV group that [[PoorCommunicationKills Delta Company attacked a civilian hamlet because of cultural differences]]. The aftermath of this firefight is not described, though Fox News reporter Oliver North is said to be filming the incident. The incident is later revealed by the author of ''Generation Kill'' to be much worse than it is: it caused massive casualties and Oliver North is said to be eager to take part in the attack himself[[http://rense.com/general63/genkill.htm]].

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* In 'the TV version of 'Literature/GenerationKill'', ''Literature/GenerationKill'', there is a minor character told the POV group that [[PoorCommunicationKills Delta Company attacked a civilian hamlet because of cultural differences]]. The aftermath of this firefight is not described, though Fox News reporter Oliver North is said to be filming the incident. The incident is later revealed by the author of ''Generation Kill'' to be much worse than it is: it caused massive casualties and Oliver North is said to be eager to take part in the attack himself[[http://rense.com/general63/genkill.htm]].
2nd Jan '17 10:06:32 PM Wuz
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* Tibeats and the Epps in ''TwelveYearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.

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* Tibeats and the Epps in ''TwelveYearsASlave'' ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.
15th Dec '16 4:23:04 AM BigKlingy
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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' also features the above-mentioned Reynauld de Chatillon as an enemy in Saladin's campaign, and while he's still depicted as a horrible bastard, he's once again less extreme than in real life.
11th Dec '16 5:16:50 PM DrSleep
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* Tibeats and the Epps in ''Film/12YearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.

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* Tibeats and the Epps in ''Film/12YearsASlave'' ''TwelveYearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.
11th Dec '16 5:16:28 PM DrSleep
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* Tibeats and the Epps in''Film/12YearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.

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* Tibeats and the Epps in''Film/12YearsASlave'' in ''Film/12YearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.
11th Dec '16 5:16:05 PM DrSleep
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* Tibeats and the Epps in''Film/12YearsASlave'' managed to be ''even worse'' in real life than in the film. For instance, the film omits a later scuffle between Northrup and Tibeats that ended with Tibeats chasing Northrup with an axe, while (contrary to the film where Patsey tries to bribe Northrup to kill her) Mrs. Epps tried to bribe Northrup to kill Patsey.
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