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22nd Feb '17 9:54:26 AM Starshock
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See also CuteMonsterGirl, YouSexyBeast, LovecraftLite. FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire is a subtrope of this.

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See also CuteMonsterGirl, YouSexyBeast, LovecraftLite.LovecraftLite, {{Disneyfication}}. FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire is a subtrope of this.
19th Jan '17 5:48:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* There are [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] plushie dolls (as shown in the page image). Not to mention [[ClockRoaches Hounds of Tindalos]], gugs, Mi-Go. Moreover, recent fiction is ''much'' more likely to play these guys for laughs rather than straight.

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* There are [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] plushie dolls (as shown in the page image). Not to mention [[ClockRoaches Hounds of Tindalos]], gugs, Mi-Go. Moreover, recent fiction is ''much'' more likely to play these guys for laughs rather than straight.
24th Oct '16 7:17:02 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[TabletopGame/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] has fast-tracked the taming of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Drow; although for the most part they're still evil antagonists, ChaoticGood [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch renegade]] dark elves are [[OverusedCopycatCharacter a trope of their own]] by now. And on a larger scale, elves and fairies in general have gone from TheFairFolk to often AlwaysLawfulGood over the course of modern history.

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* Regarding [[OurElvesAreBetter dark elves]]:
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[[TabletopGame/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] has fast-tracked the taming of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Drow; although for the most part they're still evil antagonists, ChaoticGood [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch renegade]] dark elves are [[OverusedCopycatCharacter a trope of their own]] by now. And on now.
** Dwarfs in Myth/NorseMythology may have conceptually evolved from dark elves; indeed, the ''Literature/ProseEdda'' equates dwarfs with ''dökkálfar'' and ''svartálfar'' (literally "dark elves" and "black elves" in Old Norse, respectively). As such, you'd expect these guys to be [[DepravedDwarf pretty nasty]], and they often are in the myths. But as time went on, they became shorter and less malevolent until they were recognizable as the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]] (spelled with
a larger scale, elves ''v'', following Creator/JRRTolkien's example) that we know and love today.
* Elves
and fairies in general have gone from TheFairFolk to often AlwaysLawfulGood over the course of modern history.



* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', Bacchus and the Maenads undergo this treatment. The original Greco-Roman myths depict Bacchus as a fearsome god of alcohol and madness, and the Maenads as frenzied cultists who partake in orgies of ecstasy and gruesome violence. In ''Prince Caspian'', on the other hand, Bacchus is almost like the Disney version of Disney/PeterPan, and the Maenads are the female equivalents of the Lost Boys. To someone versed in Myth/ClassicalMythology, this comes off like a kiddie cartoon called "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Mola Ram]] and Friends."

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* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', Bacchus and the Maenads undergo this treatment. The original Greco-Roman myths depict Bacchus as a fearsome god of alcohol and madness, and the Maenads as frenzied cultists who partake in orgies of ecstasy and gruesome violence. In ''Prince Caspian'', on the other hand, Bacchus is almost like the Disney version of Disney/PeterPan, and the Maenads are the female equivalents of the Lost Boys. To someone versed in Myth/ClassicalMythology, this comes off like a kiddie cartoon called "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Mola Ram]] and Friends."
" This is somewhat justified in-story by the implication that they're changed by [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan's]] presence, losing the aspects of their character associated with corruption and becoming representatives of harmless joy and high spirits. Susan even comments that "I wouldn't have felt very safe with Bacchus and all his wild girls if we'd met them without Aslan." It's a clear reference to the Christian "baptism" of pagan symbolism (e.g., the use of pre-Christian Germanic traditions at Christmas).
13th Sep '16 3:10:24 PM Anddrix
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Except, as a particular monster gets more popular, it has a tendency to get less... monstrous. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] - which at least in Western mythology were once giant, winged, fire-breathing lizards that burned villages and were slain by knights - first got more intelligent, then more likely to be a "not really a monster" subversion, until, in the modern era, stuff like ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' and ''PetesDragon'' are nothing to bat an eye at. Similarly, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]] - who were invented for ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' to be ''bred evil'' (and mostly stupid) often appear as "{{noble savage}}s" after just eighty years.

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Except, as a particular monster gets more popular, it has a tendency to get less... monstrous. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] - which at least in Western mythology were once giant, winged, fire-breathing lizards that burned villages and were slain by knights - first got more intelligent, then more likely to be a "not really a monster" subversion, until, in the modern era, stuff like ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' and ''PetesDragon'' ''[[Film/PetesDragon1977 Pete's]] [[Film/PetesDragon2016 Dragon]]'' are nothing to bat an eye at. Similarly, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]] - who were invented for ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' to be ''bred evil'' (and mostly stupid) often appear as "{{noble savage}}s" after just eighty years.
6th May '16 9:32:32 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[TabletopGame/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] has fast-tracked the taming of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Drow; although for the most part they're still evil antagonists, ChaoticGood [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch renegade]] dark elves are [[OverusedCopycatCharacter a trope of their own]] by now.

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* [[TabletopGame/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] has fast-tracked the taming of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Drow; although for the most part they're still evil antagonists, ChaoticGood [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch renegade]] dark elves are [[OverusedCopycatCharacter a trope of their own]] by now. And on a larger scale, elves and fairies in general have gone from TheFairFolk to often AlwaysLawfulGood over the course of modern history.
3rd Mar '16 9:49:46 AM Mhazard
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See also YouSexyBeast, LovecraftLite. FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire is a subtrope of this.

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See also CuteMonsterGirl, YouSexyBeast, LovecraftLite. FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire is a subtrope of this.
24th Sep '15 9:22:23 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', [[ACoolNameForARockBand Bacchus and the Maenads]] undergo this treatment. The original myths depict Bacchus as a fearsome god of alcohol and madness, and the Maenads as frenzied cultists who partake in orgies of ecstasy and gruesome violence. In ''Prince Caspian'', on the other hand, Bacchus is almost like the Disney version of Disney/PeterPan, and the Maenads are the female equivalents of the Lost Boys. To someone versed in Myth/ClassicalMythology, this comes off like a kiddie cartoon called "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Mola Ram]] and Friends."

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* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', [[ACoolNameForARockBand Bacchus and the Maenads]] Maenads undergo this treatment. The original Greco-Roman myths depict Bacchus as a fearsome god of alcohol and madness, and the Maenads as frenzied cultists who partake in orgies of ecstasy and gruesome violence. In ''Prince Caspian'', on the other hand, Bacchus is almost like the Disney version of Disney/PeterPan, and the Maenads are the female equivalents of the Lost Boys. To someone versed in Myth/ClassicalMythology, this comes off like a kiddie cartoon called "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Mola Ram]] and Friends."
24th Sep '15 9:21:52 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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\n* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', [[ACoolNameForARockBand Bacchus and the Maenads]] undergo this treatment. The original myths depict Bacchus as a fearsome god of alcohol and madness, and the Maenads as frenzied cultists who partake in orgies of ecstasy and gruesome violence. In ''Prince Caspian'', on the other hand, Bacchus is almost like the Disney version of Disney/PeterPan, and the Maenads are the female equivalents of the Lost Boys. To someone versed in Myth/ClassicalMythology, this comes off like a kiddie cartoon called "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Mola Ram]] and Friends."
23rd Aug '15 9:27:22 PM nombretomado
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* Zombies and Skeletons while never portrayed as cute or cuddly, in cartoons it's not uncommon see friendly zombies and skeletons, who can detach and attach their parts at will. Then there are movies such as ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', ''WesternAnimation/DaddyImAZombie'' and ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (In which the undead were much more lively and upbeat than the extremely dreary land of the living) and of course the MonsterHigh franchise. Even then there are fantasy novels and videogames which may feature Zombies who are friendly but either wish to be accepted by humans, or wish to die due to seeing themselves as monsters. Subverted in Videogame/{{Fallout}} in which the "Zombies" aren't actually zombies [[BerserkButton (And don't use that word in front of them)]] but are humans mutated by radiation to look like a corpse, but if their brain become radiated enough they can become "feral" and act like typical zombies.


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* Zombies and Skeletons while never portrayed as cute or cuddly, in cartoons it's not uncommon see friendly zombies and skeletons, who can detach and attach their parts at will. Then there are movies such as ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', ''WesternAnimation/DaddyImAZombie'' and ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (In which the undead were much more lively and upbeat than the extremely dreary land of the living) and of course the MonsterHigh Franchise/MonsterHigh franchise. Even then there are fantasy novels and videogames which may feature Zombies who are friendly but either wish to be accepted by humans, or wish to die due to seeing themselves as monsters. Subverted in Videogame/{{Fallout}} in which the "Zombies" aren't actually zombies [[BerserkButton (And don't use that word in front of them)]] but are humans mutated by radiation to look like a corpse, but if their brain become radiated enough they can become "feral" and act like typical zombies.

8th Jul '15 9:55:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Zombies and Skeletons while never portrayed as cute or cuddly, in cartoons it's not uncommon see friendly zombies and skeletons, who can detach and attach their parts at will. Then there are movies such as HotelTransylvania, DaddyImAZombie and CorpseBride (In which the undead were much more lively and upbeat than the extremely dreary land of the living) and of course the MonsterHigh franchise. Even then there are fantasy novels and videogames which may feature Zombies who are friendly but either wish to be accepted by humans, or wish to die due to seeing themselves as monsters. Subverted in Videogame/{{Fallout}} in which the "Zombies" aren't actually zombies [[BerserkButton (And don't use that word in front of them)]] but are humans mutated by radiation to look like a corpse, but if their brain become radiated enough they can become "feral" and act like typical zombies.


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* Zombies and Skeletons while never portrayed as cute or cuddly, in cartoons it's not uncommon see friendly zombies and skeletons, who can detach and attach their parts at will. Then there are movies such as HotelTransylvania, DaddyImAZombie ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', ''WesternAnimation/DaddyImAZombie'' and CorpseBride ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (In which the undead were much more lively and upbeat than the extremely dreary land of the living) and of course the MonsterHigh franchise. Even then there are fantasy novels and videogames which may feature Zombies who are friendly but either wish to be accepted by humans, or wish to die due to seeing themselves as monsters. Subverted in Videogame/{{Fallout}} in which the "Zombies" aren't actually zombies [[BerserkButton (And don't use that word in front of them)]] but are humans mutated by radiation to look like a corpse, but if their brain become radiated enough they can become "feral" and act like typical zombies.

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