History Main / HistoricalVillainDowngrade

17th Jun '17 5:14:41 AM rufusluciusivan
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* The Nazis in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' are, of course, the bad guys. However, since this is a Disney film aimed at children, they aren't shown doing much real warfare or [[FinalSolution any of the other things they were infamous for]]. Even though, during the climax, a battalion of them is conducting a small-scale invasion / operation of sabotage on British soil, they never use their weapons on a human. The climactic battle is fought against possessed armors and furnitures.

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* The Nazis in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' are, of course, the bad guys. However, since this is a Disney film aimed at children, they aren't shown doing much real warfare or [[FinalSolution any of the other things they were infamous for]]. Even though, during the climax, a battalion of them is conducting a small-scale invasion / operation of sabotage on British soil, they never directly use their weapons on a human. The climactic battle is fought against possessed armors and furnitures.
17th Jun '17 5:11:08 AM rufusluciusivan
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* The Nazis in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' are, of course, the bad guys. However, since this is a Disney film aimed at children, they aren't shown doing much real warfare or [[FinalSolution any of the other things they were infamous for]]. Even though, during the climax, a battalion of them is conducting a small-scale invasion / operation of sabotage on British soil, they never use their weapons on a human. The climactic battle is fought against possessed armors and furnitures.
4th Jun '17 8:52:19 AM ElSquibbonator
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* Nero appeared on one of Sherman and Peabody's segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', where he was presented as NotEvilJustMisunderstood. [[spoiler:His ''music teacher'' started the Great Fire of Rome in this reality.]] Ironically this is actually close to being TruthInTelevision, since many historians today believe Nero actually ''didn't'' start the Great Fire of Rome.

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* Nero appeared on one of Sherman and Peabody's segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', where he was presented as NotEvilJustMisunderstood. [[spoiler:His ''music teacher'' started the Great Fire of Rome in this reality.]] Ironically this is actually close to being TruthInTelevision, since many historians today believe Nero actually ''didn't'' start the Great Fire of Rome.
4th Jun '17 8:50:39 AM ElSquibbonator
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* Nero appeared on one of Sherman and Peabody's segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', where he was presented as NotEvilJustMisunderstood. [[spoiler:His ''music teacher'' started the Great Fire of Rome in this reality.]]

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* Nero appeared on one of Sherman and Peabody's segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', where he was presented as NotEvilJustMisunderstood. [[spoiler:His ''music teacher'' started the Great Fire of Rome in this reality.]]]] Ironically this is actually close to being TruthInTelevision, since many historians today believe Nero actually ''didn't'' start the Great Fire of Rome.
7th Apr '17 12:33:45 PM RaiderDuck
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* The Netflix Series ''TheCrown2016'' eliminated the pro-Nazi sensibilities (or at least ambivalence towards Hitler) of Edward VIII and Wallis Warfield Simpson.
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]].
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