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While having good characters doesn't make a good story, there are some characters who can make or break a series simply by walking onstage. On the one hand, you can have [[EnsembleDarkhorse a minor character]] from an obscure and poorly liked series who nonetheless inspires thousands of [[FanFic fanfics]]. On the other hand, some characters are [[TheScrappy so hated by fans]] that some feel the only way the show will ever be watchable again is to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim write the character out of existence]]. If the negative audience reaction is coming from outside the target demographic it is a PeripheryHatedom.

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While having good characters doesn't make a good story, there are some characters who can make or break a series simply by walking onstage. On the one hand, you can have [[EnsembleDarkhorse a minor character]] from an obscure and poorly liked series who nonetheless inspires thousands of [[FanFic fanfics]].{{fanfic}}s. On the other hand, some characters are [[TheScrappy so hated by fans]] that some feel the only way the show will ever be watchable again is to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim write the character out of existence]]. If the negative audience reaction is coming from outside the target demographic it is a PeripheryHatedom.



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* The MagnificentBastard: If there was ever a character that deserved to be called “Magnificent”, that character is the MagnificentBastard. The MagnificentBastard is what happens when you combine TheChessmaster, TheTrickster, and the ManipulativeBastard: bold, charismatic, independent, and audacious. Capturing the audience with his charisma, incredible intellect, mastery of manipulation, and boldness of action, this character is a show-stealer, demanding your reverence at every turn.

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\n* The MagnificentBastard: If there was ever a character that deserved to be called “Magnificent”, that character is the MagnificentBastard. The MagnificentBastard is what happens when you combine TheChessmaster, TheTrickster, and the ManipulativeBastard: bold, charismatic, independent, and audacious. Capturing the audience with his charisma, incredible intellect, mastery of manipulation, and boldness of action, this character is a show-stealer, demanding your reverence at every turn. \n







* The DracoInLeatherPants: When a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand. In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]] or are part of a [[FixFic fix fic]] to save the character. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, any crimes the character commits can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A physically attractive character is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one or it can be the result from certain fans sympathizing greatly with the villain's backstory in which case it overlaps with UnintentionallySympathetic Villain or JerkassWoobie or WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Sometimes this is the result of the villain coming off as less evil than other villains in the story also (like the trope namer, who was a mere annoyance as opposed to [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]]).

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\n* The DracoInLeatherPants: When a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand. In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]] or are part of a [[FixFic fix fic]] to save the character. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, any crimes the character commits can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A physically attractive character is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one or it can be the result from certain fans sympathizing greatly with the villain's backstory in which case it overlaps with UnintentionallySympathetic Villain or JerkassWoobie or WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Sometimes this is the result of the villain coming off as less evil than other villains in the story also (like the trope namer, who was a mere annoyance as opposed to [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]]). \n







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* TheChewToy: An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. Unlike Woobification, Chew Toys are generally designated as such in the series proper, and often have a tendency to bemoan their fate. If they're lucky, the writers will ThrowTheDogABone a time or two. If they're unlucky, they'll YankTheDogsChain. It can sometimes be a delicate balance. [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw]] too often and the character can be {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into TheEeyore; {{Yank|TheDogsChain}} too much and the audience [[DesignatedMonkey may no longer find it funny]].

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\n* TheChewToy: An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. Unlike Woobification, Chew Toys are generally designated as such in the series proper, and often have a tendency to bemoan their fate. If they're lucky, the writers will ThrowTheDogABone a time or two. If they're unlucky, they'll YankTheDogsChain. It can sometimes be a delicate balance. [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw]] Throw too often and the character can be {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into TheEeyore; {{Yank|TheDogsChain}} Yank too much and the audience [[DesignatedMonkey [[DudeNotFunny may no longer find it funny]].
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* The EscapistCharacter: So you just picked up this book about a character who's powerful, [[TheAce incredibly talented]], [[ChickMagnet irresistible to the opposite sex]], [[MosesInTheBullrushes long-lost]] [[RoyalBlood royalty]], and FriendToAllLivingThings. Sounds like a horrible MarySue story, right? Except that you don't mind at all. Instead, you're seeing yourself in their shoes and enjoying it. After all, ''everyone'' likes to fantasize about being awesome once in a while. You can argue over whether or not they're a MarySue, but they're definitely an EscapistCharacter. While MarySue is generally defined as being a bad thing, some of the most widely loved characters in existence are {{Escapist Character}}s with any number of CommonMarySueTraits. While a badly written EscapistCharacter can come off as a MarySue, the key difference between the two is that a MarySue is ''[[AuthorAppeal the author's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy, while the Escapist Character also functions as the ''[[AudienceSurrogate audience's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy.

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\n* The EscapistCharacter: So you just picked up this book about a character who's powerful, [[TheAce incredibly talented]], [[ChickMagnet irresistible to the opposite sex]], [[MosesInTheBullrushes long-lost]] [[RoyalBlood royalty]], {{royal|Blood}}ty, and FriendToAllLivingThings. Sounds like a horrible MarySue story, right? Except that you don't mind at all. Instead, you're seeing yourself in their shoes and enjoying it. After all, ''everyone'' likes to fantasize about being awesome once in a while. You can argue over whether or not they're a MarySue, but they're definitely an EscapistCharacter. While MarySue is generally defined as being a bad thing, some of the most widely loved characters in existence are {{Escapist Character}}s with any number of CommonMarySueTraits. While a badly written EscapistCharacter can come off as a MarySue, the key difference between the two is that a MarySue is ''[[AuthorAppeal the author's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy, while the Escapist Character also functions as the ''[[AudienceSurrogate audience's]]'' ''{{audience|Surrogate}}'s'' wish fulfillment fantasy.
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* [[MrFanservice Mr.]] and MsFanservice: The [[SpearCounterpart brother]] of [[MsFanservice his counterpart]], MrFanservice provides similar eye candy for women. It can be an effective way to bring in female viewers, even in a series [[PeripheryDemographic directed towards males]]. In order for a guy to qualify as MrFanservice, just being attractive isn't enough. He needs to sport a reasonably fit physique. In particular, he can have anything between muscular limbs, broad shoulders and/or sculpted abs (between six-packs and eight-packs). The muscles can be either lean or bulging; as long as you can see them, they count. He needs to be subjected to ''at least'' one ShirtlessScene, or he can take it a step further by deciding to [[WalkingShirtlessScene forgo a shirt entirely]]. Just like his aforementioned counterpart, he can wear tight clothing, which shows off his body without bearing skin. He can wear anything (or [[CensorSteam nothing]], that works too), as long as these clothes accentuate or reveal his muscles. He can also [[GenderFlipped gender flip]] the ReluctantFanserviceGirl, ShamelessFanserviceGirl and InnocentFanserviceGirl tropes.

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* [[MrFanservice Mr.]] {{Mr|Fanservice}}. and MsFanservice: The [[SpearCounterpart brother]] of [[MsFanservice his counterpart]], MrFanservice provides similar eye candy for women. It can be an effective way to bring in female viewers, even in a series [[PeripheryDemographic directed towards males]]. In order for a guy to qualify as MrFanservice, just being attractive isn't enough. He needs to sport a reasonably fit physique. In particular, he can have anything between muscular limbs, broad shoulders and/or sculpted abs (between six-packs and eight-packs). The muscles can be either lean or bulging; as long as you can see them, they count. He needs to be subjected to ''at least'' one ShirtlessScene, or he can take it a step further by deciding to [[WalkingShirtlessScene forgo a shirt entirely]]. Just like his aforementioned counterpart, he can wear tight clothing, which shows off his body without bearing skin. He can wear anything (or [[CensorSteam nothing]], that works too), as long as these clothes accentuate or reveal his muscles. He can also [[GenderFlipped gender flip]] the ReluctantFanserviceGirl, ShamelessFanserviceGirl and InnocentFanserviceGirl tropes.



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* CreatorsPet: There are certain characters who receive [[TheScrappy a lot of hatred from the fanbase]] for one reason or another. Most often, when their creators pick up on the hate, they have a couple options. They can ignore it, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap tweak the character into a more likable version]], or even [[TakeThatScrappy play it for laughs.]] Sometimes, however, the creator(s) have become so attached to this character for whatever reason, whether because they see something of themselves in the character or the character reminds them of someone they were close to or the character represents something they admire, that they decide to increasingly [[CharacterFocus focus on him]], magnifying the importance of his role, and having the other characters [[CharacterShilling talk about how awesome he is]], in painful ignorance of -- or sometimes in spite of -- the fans' obvious hatred.

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\n* CreatorsPet: There are certain characters who receive [[TheScrappy a lot of hatred from the fanbase]] for one reason or another. Most often, when their creators pick up on the hate, they have a couple options. They can ignore it, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap tweak the character into a more likable version]], or even [[TakeThatScrappy play it for laughs.]] Sometimes, however, the creator(s) have become so attached to this character for whatever reason, whether because they see something of themselves in the character or the character reminds them of someone they were close to or the character represents something they admire, that they decide to increasingly [[CharacterFocus focus on him]], magnifying the importance of his role, and having the other characters [[CharacterShilling talk about how awesome he is]], in painful ignorance of -- or sometimes in spite of -- the fans' obvious hatred.

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* The HateSink
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* Anyone who goes through CharacterDerailment. A character who evolves from a well-established character to a totally different character ([[ThePlotDemandedThisIndex without rhyme or reason]]) is a sign of a DorkAge. You'll be confused why he or she has changed so drastically [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext even within the context of the story]].
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* The DracoInLeatherPants: When a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand. In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]] or are part of a [[FixFic fix fic]] to save the character. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, any crimes the character commits can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A physically attractive character is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one or it can be the result from certain fans sympathizing greatly with the villain's backstory in which case it overlaps with UnintentionallySympatheticVillain or JerkassWoobie or WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Sometimes this is the result of the villain coming off as less evil than other villains in the story also (like the trope namer, who was a mere annoyance as opposed to [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]]).

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* The DracoInLeatherPants: When a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand. In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]] or are part of a [[FixFic fix fic]] to save the character. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, any crimes the character commits can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A physically attractive character is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one or it can be the result from certain fans sympathizing greatly with the villain's backstory in which case it overlaps with UnintentionallySympatheticVillain UnintentionallySympathetic Villain or JerkassWoobie or WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Sometimes this is the result of the villain coming off as less evil than other villains in the story also (like the trope namer, who was a mere annoyance as opposed to [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]]).
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* TheCape: The superhero as an ideally good person. Generally associated with [[GoodOldWays older protagonists]], before whenever the latest round of {{deconstruction}} happened, and often invokes elements of TheMessiah. Has now become nigh-synonymous with the "classic" SuperHero. Capes don't need to actually ''wear'' capes, although a distinct outfit and some kind of special ability is part of the image. The most important feature is these heroes [[TheFettered adhere]] to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness a strict code of honor]] and [[LawfulGood sense of authority]]; capes can be [[KnightTemplar notoriously inflexible and perceive things in black and white]], and even be painfully straightforward and [[SamaritanSyndrome selfless]]. They often [[ThinkNothingOfIt downplay their own heroism]] and will [[WhatYouAreInTheDark act heroically even when no one will know]]. They almost universally subscribe to ThouShaltNotKill. Capes usually have [[SecretIdentity secret identities]], but make public appearances in costume and actively try to keep a good public image.

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* TheCape: The superhero as an ideally good person. Generally associated with [[GoodOldWays older protagonists]], before whenever the latest round of {{deconstruction}} happened, and often invokes elements of TheMessiah.a MessianicArchetype. Has now become nigh-synonymous with the "classic" SuperHero. Capes don't need to actually ''wear'' capes, although a distinct outfit and some kind of special ability is part of the image. The most important feature is these heroes [[TheFettered adhere]] to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness a strict code of honor]] and [[LawfulGood sense of authority]]; capes can be [[KnightTemplar notoriously inflexible and perceive things in black and white]], and even be painfully straightforward and [[SamaritanSyndrome selfless]]. They often [[ThinkNothingOfIt downplay their own heroism]] and will [[WhatYouAreInTheDark act heroically even when no one will know]]. They almost universally subscribe to ThouShaltNotKill. Capes usually have [[SecretIdentity secret identities]], but make public appearances in costume and actively try to keep a good public image.



* TheCape: The superhero as an ideally good person. Generally associated with [[GoodOldWays older protagonists]], before whenever the latest round of {{deconstruction}} happened, and often invokes elements of TheMessiah. Has now become nigh-synonymous with the "classic" SuperHero. Capes don't need to actually ''wear'' capes, although a distinct outfit and some kind of special ability is part of the image. The most important feature is these heroes [[TheFettered adhere]] to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness a strict code of honor]] and [[LawfulGood sense of authority]]; capes can be [[KnightTemplar notoriously inflexible and perceive things in black and white]], and even be painfully straightforward and [[SamaritanSyndrome selfless]]. They often [[ThinkNothingOfIt downplay their own heroism]] and will [[WhatYouAreInTheDark act heroically even when no one will know]]. They almost universally subscribe to ThouShaltNotKill. Capes usually have [[SecretIdentity secret identities]], but make public appearances in costume and actively try to keep a good public image.

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* TheCape: The superhero as an ideally good person. Generally associated with [[GoodOldWays older protagonists]], before whenever the latest round of {{deconstruction}} happened, and often invokes elements of TheMessiah.a MessianicArchetype. Has now become nigh-synonymous with the "classic" SuperHero. Capes don't need to actually ''wear'' capes, although a distinct outfit and some kind of special ability is part of the image. The most important feature is these heroes [[TheFettered adhere]] to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness a strict code of honor]] and [[LawfulGood sense of authority]]; capes can be [[KnightTemplar notoriously inflexible and perceive things in black and white]], and even be painfully straightforward and [[SamaritanSyndrome selfless]]. They often [[ThinkNothingOfIt downplay their own heroism]] and will [[WhatYouAreInTheDark act heroically even when no one will know]]. They almost universally subscribe to ThouShaltNotKill. Capes usually have [[SecretIdentity secret identities]], but make public appearances in costume and actively try to keep a good public image.
27th Dec '13 4:32:50 AM IchigoMontoya
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* The EnsembleDarkhorse: The term "Dark Horse" has its origin in horse racing. A relatively unknown horse would be risky to place bets on, compared to a horse with a known track record, because the gamblers would be "in the dark," so when an unknown horse won a race it was called a "DarkHorseVictory." The term is also used in politics to describe a lesser known candidate who does better than expected in an election. Generally, it's used to describe a side character making up part of the Ensemble, either a non-lead secondary character or a mere FlatCharacter, who can sometimes become [[PopularityPower unexpectedly popular]] with the fandom (sometimes, even more than the lead characters) depending on [[PeripheryDemographic who]] and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where]] the {{fandom}} is, as well as what the other characters are like in comparison (for example, [[DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome the hero is not as popular because s/he is too much The Everyman]]). Often, this can happen because the character has very few character traits, allowing fans to imagine this character to have traits that they like. The writers or producers may be tempted to {{Retool}} the show's premise to [[BreakoutCharacter put them]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad in the spotlight.]] Sometimes this works, but usually it's a bad idea for two reasons, both relating to what happens when you take a supporting character and move him or her into TheProtagonist's position. The first is that writers often "adjust" the character so that s/he can fit into a conventionally heroic role -- in the process [[BadassDecay destroying the unconventional traits]] that made the character an Ensemble Dark Horse in the first place. The second is that if the writers ''don't'' do this, traits that were entertaining in a secondary character may become grating and unpleasant in TheProtagonist. However, it's still good business to bring Darkhorse characters back, even if they were originally meant to be featured for only a short time. Thus, episodes which do not specifically require a certain character will be more likely to use the Ensemble Darkhorse. Occasionally, if an antagonist becomes a Darkhorse, the writer may decide to have him perform a HeelFaceTurn in situations where the only other option is being killed by the protagonists. However, if the series doesn't have an end planned, it's more likely that he'll just escape. If the Ensemble Dark Horse ''becomes'' an important character, they're now a BreakoutCharacter. See also AdaptationalBadass, AscendedExtra, MemeticBystander, LowerDeckEpisode, ADayInTheLimelight, and OneSceneWonder. CreatorsPet is the polar opposite, a character who the writer grows fond of but the fans do not. An antagonist who becomes popular despite the author's intentions is DracoInLeatherPants -- an example of MisaimedFandom. The natural extension of this is the SpotlightStealingSquad.

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* The EnsembleDarkhorse: The term "Dark Horse" has its origin in horse racing. A relatively unknown horse would be risky to place bets on, compared to a horse with a known track record, because the gamblers would be "in the dark," so when an unknown horse won a race it was called a "DarkHorseVictory." The term is also used in politics to describe a lesser known candidate who does better than expected in an election. Generally, it's used to describe a side character making up part of the Ensemble, either a non-lead secondary character or a mere FlatCharacter, who can sometimes become [[PopularityPower unexpectedly popular]] with the fandom (sometimes, even more than the lead characters) depending on [[PeripheryDemographic who]] and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where]] the {{fandom}} is, as well as what the other characters are like in comparison (for example, [[DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome the hero is not as popular because s/he is too much The Everyman]]).comparison. Often, this can happen because the character has very few character traits, allowing fans to imagine this character to have traits that they like. The writers or producers may be tempted to {{Retool}} the show's premise to [[BreakoutCharacter put them]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad in the spotlight.]] Sometimes this works, but usually it's a bad idea for two reasons, both relating to what happens when you take a supporting character and move him or her into TheProtagonist's position. The first is that writers often "adjust" the character so that s/he can fit into a conventionally heroic role -- in the process [[BadassDecay destroying the unconventional traits]] that made the character an Ensemble Dark Horse in the first place. The second is that if the writers ''don't'' do this, traits that were entertaining in a secondary character may become grating and unpleasant in TheProtagonist. However, it's still good business to bring Darkhorse characters back, even if they were originally meant to be featured for only a short time. Thus, episodes which do not specifically require a certain character will be more likely to use the Ensemble Darkhorse. Occasionally, if an antagonist becomes a Darkhorse, the writer may decide to have him perform a HeelFaceTurn in situations where the only other option is being killed by the protagonists. However, if the series doesn't have an end planned, it's more likely that he'll just escape. If the Ensemble Dark Horse Darkhorse ''becomes'' an important character, they're now a BreakoutCharacter. See also AdaptationalBadass, AscendedExtra, MemeticBystander, LowerDeckEpisode, ADayInTheLimelight, and OneSceneWonder. CreatorsPet is the polar opposite, a character who the writer grows fond of but the fans do not. An antagonist who becomes popular despite the author's intentions is DracoInLeatherPants -- an example of MisaimedFandom. The natural extension of this is the SpotlightStealingSquad.



* The DracoInLeatherPants: When a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand. In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]] or are part of a [[FixFic fix fic]] to save the character. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, any crimes the character commits can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A physically attractive character is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one or it can be the result from certain fans sympathizing greatly with the villain's backstory in which case it overlaps with UnintentionallySympatheticVillain or JerkassWoobie or WoobieDestroyerofWorlds. Sometimes this is the result of the villain coming off as less evil than other villains in the story also (like the trope namer who was a mere annoyance as opposed to Lord Voldemort the BigBad).

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* The DracoInLeatherPants: When a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand. In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]] or are part of a [[FixFic fix fic]] to save the character. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, any crimes the character commits can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A physically attractive character is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one or it can be the result from certain fans sympathizing greatly with the villain's backstory in which case it overlaps with UnintentionallySympatheticVillain or JerkassWoobie or WoobieDestroyerofWorlds. WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Sometimes this is the result of the villain coming off as less evil than other villains in the story also (like the trope namer namer, who was a mere annoyance as opposed to [[BigBad Lord Voldemort the BigBad).Voldemort]]).



* The FauxAffablyEvil Villain: A villain whose polite mannerisms only serve to enhance their evil. They lack a villainous demeanor yet they are truly, wholly and unrepentantly evil regardless. This kind of villain maintains a [[MoodDissonance friendly, courteous mask]] even as they commit [[MoralEventHorizon incredibly heinous acts]]. Unlike AffablyEvil characters, whose niceness is genuine, Faux Affably Evil villains ''adopt'' this pleasant persona. An AffablyEvil villain will treat TheHero like a friend, and will be reluctant to make an enemy of them. A FauxAffablyEvil villain will throw in a jolly "Ooh, my friend, aren't we having a lot of fun?" as they are [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] them. A Faux Affably Evil character's demeanor is an act. At heart, they're utterly soulless, but they mask it with a pleasant, polite, "normal" attitude, perhaps because they have [[WickedCultured social standards]] to live up to or because their pleasantness reflects [[EvilFeelsGood their sheer enjoyment of evil]]. It's anyone's guess what this kind of villain will do if they suffer a VillainousBreakdown; maybe they will drop all pretenses and find that they are NotSoAboveItAll or maybe they will fall into a state of DissonantSerenity, blabbering off-kilter pseudo-mannerisms as they lapse into their final and greatest [[MoralEventHorizon puppy-murdering spree]].

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* The FauxAffablyEvil Villain: A villain whose polite mannerisms only serve to enhance their evil. They lack a villainous demeanor yet they are truly, wholly and unrepentantly evil regardless. This kind of villain maintains a [[MoodDissonance friendly, courteous mask]] even as they commit [[MoralEventHorizon [[KickTheDog incredibly heinous acts]]. Unlike AffablyEvil characters, whose niceness is genuine, Faux Affably Evil villains ''adopt'' this pleasant persona. An AffablyEvil villain will treat TheHero like a friend, and will be reluctant to make an enemy of them. A FauxAffablyEvil villain will throw in a jolly "Ooh, my friend, aren't we having a lot of fun?" as they are [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] them. A Faux Affably Evil character's demeanor is an act. At heart, they're utterly soulless, but they mask it with a pleasant, polite, "normal" attitude, perhaps because they have [[WickedCultured social standards]] to live up to or because their pleasantness reflects [[EvilFeelsGood their sheer enjoyment of evil]]. It's anyone's guess what this kind of villain will do if they suffer a VillainousBreakdown; maybe they will drop all pretenses and find that they are NotSoAboveItAll or maybe they will fall into a state of DissonantSerenity, blabbering off-kilter pseudo-mannerisms as they lapse into their final and greatest [[MoralEventHorizon puppy-murdering spree]].go crazy.



* The BigBad: The cause of all bad happenings in a story. A Big Bad could be a character with {{Evil Plan}}s or it could be a situation, such as a comet heading towards the Earth. The Big Bad can (and often does) exert effect across a number of episodes, and even an entire season. Note that Big Bad is not a catch-all trope for the biggest and ugliest villain of any given story. The BadAss leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad outlaw gang]] that the heroes face once or twice is ''not'' the Big Bad. The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive railroad tycoon]] who turns out to be ''using'' the gang as muscle is the Big Bad. If there is a constant ManBehindTheMan story going on in order to reveal the big bad, then whoever [[TheChessmaster is behind it all]] is the Big Bad, not every major villain in the lead-up. At other times, if a new enemy shows up to replace the previous Big Bad, then they are the [[ArcVillain Big Bads of their individual storylines]].

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* The BigBad: The cause of all bad happenings in a story. A Big Bad could be a character with {{Evil Plan}}s or it could be a situation, such as a comet heading towards the Earth. The Big Bad can (and often does) exert effect across a number of episodes, and even an entire season. Note that Big Bad is not a catch-all trope for the biggest and ugliest villain of any given story. The BadAss leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad outlaw gang]] that the heroes face once or twice is ''not'' isn't the Big Bad. The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive railroad tycoon]] who turns out to be ''using'' the gang as muscle is the Big Bad. If there is a constant ManBehindTheMan story going on in order to reveal the big bad, then whoever [[TheChessmaster is behind it all]] is the Big Bad, not every major villain in the lead-up. At other times, if a new enemy shows up to replace the previous Big Bad, then they are the [[ArcVillain Big Bads of their individual storylines]].



** Though usually, this doesn't ruin the show for people. At least, as long as he doesn't [[KarmaHoudini get away with it]].

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** Though usually, this doesn't ruin the show for people. At least, as long as he doesn't [[KarmaHoudini get away with it]].
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