History YMMV / TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde

19th Feb '17 6:59:41 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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** In the book Jekyll pretty much admits that his motive for inventing the serum was nothing other than ForTheEvulz; he wants to be able to act immorally, but as Jekyll he'll always be worried about his respectable image. As Hyde he doesn't have to worry, as the worst people think of him is that Hyde might be blackmailing him (and / or could be his BastardBastard son). And keep in mind that Jekyll chooses to keep turning into Hyde ''even after Hyde severely injured an innocent child.''

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** In the book Jekyll pretty much admits that his motive for inventing the serum was nothing other than ForTheEvulz; he wants to be able to act immorally, but as Jekyll he'll always be worried about his respectable image. As Hyde he doesn't have to worry, as the worst people think of him is that Hyde might be blackmailing him (and / or (and/or could be his BastardBastard son). And keep in mind that Jekyll chooses to keep turning into Hyde ''even Hyde, even after Hyde severely injured ''severely injures an innocent child.''
28th Jan '17 7:28:02 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* JerkAssWoobie: Jekyll, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation if you believe he truly had good intentions.]]

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* JerkAssWoobie: Jekyll, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation if you believe he truly had good intentions.]]
25th Nov '16 8:28:05 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** A lot of people will assume the two girlfriends are part of the book's plot as well; they were introduced in the very first stage play and added to many subsequent versions.

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** A lot of people will assume the two girlfriends are part of the book's plot as well; they were [[CanonForeigner introduced in the very first stage play play]] and added to many subsequent versions.
26th Oct '16 9:05:08 AM lalalei2001
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* UncannyValley: This is how the other characters describe Hyde and recognize that he's not quite right. They always describe him as looking "deformed" somehow, despite having no outwardly noticeable disfigurements. This is subtlety is lost on subsequent adaptations, mostly because it's hard to show on screen, and partly because EvilIsSexy sells better.
26th Oct '16 9:04:35 AM lalalei2001
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Not a full example as this is actually mused upon in the book, but the idea that the serum doesn't actually transform Jekyll into a different-looking evil man, it simply transforms him into a different-looking man, and it's the intoxication of being able to get away with any crime that leads him to act so evilly.
** Of course many adaptations, especially recent ones, decide to eschew the idea that it changes his looks at all and represent the changes purely by acting.
** In the book Jekyll pretty much admits that his motive for inventing the serum was nothing other than ForTheEvulz; he wants to be able to act immorally, but as Jekyll he'll always be worried about his respectable image (not really anything to do with conscience). As Hyde he doesn't have to worry, as the worst people think of him is that Hyde might be blackmailing him (and / or could be his BastardBastard son). And keep in mind that Jekyll chooses to keep turning into Hyde ''even after Hyde severely injured an innocent child.''
** Also of more modern debate, about a line Jekyll makes about Hyde growing. The word used there is "stature" which has more than one meaning. Does he mean Hyde would have grown to hulk like proportions or that he's just becoming healthier compared to the much skinnier dwarf form he starts off as compared to the more hearty stocked Jekyll?

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Not a full example as this is actually mused upon in the book, but the idea that the serum doesn't actually transform Jekyll into a different-looking evil man, it simply transforms him into a different-looking man, and it's the intoxication of being able to get away with any crime that leads him to act so evilly. \n** Of course many Many adaptations, especially recent ones, decide to eschew the idea that it changes his looks at all and represent the changes purely by acting.
** In the book Jekyll pretty much admits that his motive for inventing the serum was nothing other than ForTheEvulz; he wants to be able to act immorally, but as Jekyll he'll always be worried about his respectable image (not really anything to do with conscience).image. As Hyde he doesn't have to worry, as the worst people think of him is that Hyde might be blackmailing him (and / or could be his BastardBastard son). And keep in mind that Jekyll chooses to keep turning into Hyde ''even after Hyde severely injured an innocent child.''
** Also of more modern debate, about a A line Jekyll makes about Hyde growing. The word used there is "stature" which has growing in stature, as though conscious of a more than one meaning. generous tide of blood. Does he mean Hyde would have grown to hulk like hulk-like proportions or that he's just becoming healthier compared to the much skinnier dwarf form he starts off as compared to the more hearty stocked Jekyll?



* CommonKnowledge: As noted in the intro, there are ''many'' common misconceptions about the novel.
* HarsherInHindsight: Hyde's crimes were heinous enough, but soon after the book was published, the Jack the Ripper murders took place. Even worse, one of the suspects was an actor who ''played'' Jekyll and Hyde onstage; his performance was so convincing that people began to believe it wasn't an act.
* HoYay: Too easy to read some Utterson/Jekyll into the former's concern for the latter.
** His fears that Hyde was Jekyll's lover, and was using that to blackmail him.
*** Homosexual undertones were read into the book early on, and a few of Stevenson's gay friends chided him for possibly bringing them to light at all. The recent passing of homosexual legislation up north meant that closeted homosexuality wasn't just a hot-button issue at the time, but that Stevenson could possibly have had it on the mind while writing. A closer look at the edits from the second manuscript seems to support this theory, as Utterson himself starts to read a little bit more into Jekyll and Hyde's perceived relationship. Then again, this was a time when two men could have a completely platonic [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Romantic Two-Man Friendship]] and not be chided for it (again, because the idea of two men having sex with each other was just too absurd for Victorian sensibilities).
*** A short story by Creator/KimNewman, "Further Developments in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", riffs on this; [[spoiler: Essentially, Hyde is a separate person. And he's Jekyll's lover.]]
* ItWasHisSled: The original story is a mystery about what connection the upstanding Jekyll could have to the shady Hdye. Pretty much everyone nowadays already knows the answer (which was a TwistEnding when the book was published)- Jekyll and Hyde are one and the same, the result of Jekyll taking a potion that split him into two selves, one normal and one totally evil. Often enough, the twist is the ''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame only]]'' thing they know about the story.
* JerkAssWoobie: Jekyll, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation if you believe he truly had good intentions of course.]]
* MainstreamObscurity: Just ask a member of the general public to give you even a vague summary of the plot! As mentioned above, most people ''don't even know'' that the dual identity was originally a TwistEnding, and it is not uncommon to see [[Film/VanHelsing parodies]] [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen of it]] where Hyde is literally an ogre monster- rather than simply an evil (but not even particularly ugly) man. To be fair, Hyde is described in the book as a misshapen dwarf so ugly he inspires hatred in people without them even understanding why (possibly an uncanny valley effect due to looking somewhat inhuman).
** A lot of people will assume the two girlfriends are part of the book's plot as well; they were introduced in the 1920 silent film (and if you ''really'' wanna go back, the very first basis for a lover was in the stage play version) and added to many subsequent versions.
* MisaimedFandom: Many people will use the idea of being a "Jekyll and Hyde" as an excuse for either their own bad behaviour or that of their loved ones: "The real me (Jekyll) would never do such a thing, it was this alien force (Hyde) that took over my body and made me do it." This arguably inverts the moral of Stevenson's story, where Jekyll's refusal to take responsibility for Hyde's actions was a big part of what caused things to go badly.

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* CommonKnowledge: As noted in the intro, there There are ''many'' many common misconceptions about the novel.
novel, the foremost being that Jekyll and Hyde being the same person was a twist, and there are no love interests or nominal women at all.
* HarsherInHindsight: Hyde's crimes were heinous enough, but soon after the book was published, the Jack the Ripper UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper murders took place. Even worse, one of the suspects was an actor who ''played'' Jekyll and Hyde onstage; his performance was so convincing that people began to believe it wasn't an act.
* HoYay: Too HoYay:
** It's really
easy to read some Utterson/Jekyll into the former's concern for the latter.
** His
latter, with his fears that Hyde was Jekyll's son or lover, and was using that to blackmail him.
*** ** Homosexual undertones were read into the book early on, and a few of Stevenson's gay friends chided him for possibly bringing them to light at all. The recent passing of homosexual legislation up north meant that closeted homosexuality wasn't just a hot-button issue at the time, but that Stevenson could possibly have had it on the mind while writing. A closer look at the edits from the second manuscript seems to support this theory, as Utterson himself starts to read a little bit more into Jekyll and Hyde's perceived relationship. Then again, this was a time when two men could have a completely platonic [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Romantic Two-Man Friendship]] and not be chided for it (again, because the idea of two men having sex with each other was just too absurd for Victorian sensibilities).
***
it.
**
A short story by Creator/KimNewman, "Further Developments in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", riffs on this; [[spoiler: Essentially, Hyde is a separate person. And he's Jekyll's lover.]]
* ItWasHisSled: The original story is a mystery about what connection the upstanding Jekyll could have to the shady Hdye. Pretty much everyone nowadays already knows the answer (which was a TwistEnding when the book was published)- answer; Jekyll and Hyde are one and the same, the result of Jekyll taking a potion that split him into two selves, one normal and one totally evil. Often enough, the twist is the ''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame only]]'' only thing they know about the story.
* JerkAssWoobie: Jekyll, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation if you believe he truly had good intentions of course.intentions.]]
* MainstreamObscurity: Just ask a member of the general public to give you even a vague summary of the plot! As mentioned above, most MainstreamObscurity:
** Most
people ''don't even know'' don't know that the dual identity was originally a TwistEnding, and it is not uncommon to see [[Film/VanHelsing parodies]] [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen adaptations of it]] references where Hyde is literally an ogre monster- a hulking monster rather than simply an evil (but not even particularly ugly) man. To be fair, Hyde is described in the book as a misshapen dwarf so ugly he inspires hatred in people without them even understanding why (possibly an uncanny valley effect due to looking somewhat inhuman).
evil, apelike man.
** A lot of people will assume the two girlfriends are part of the book's plot as well; they were introduced in the 1920 silent film (and if you ''really'' wanna go back, the very first basis for a lover was in the stage play version) and added to many subsequent versions.
* MisaimedFandom: Many Some people will use the idea of being a "Jekyll and Hyde" as an excuse for either their own bad behaviour or that of their loved ones: "The real me (Jekyll) would never do such a thing, it was this alien force (Hyde) that took over my body and made me do it." ones. This arguably inverts the moral of Stevenson's story, where Jekyll's refusal to take responsibility for Hyde's actions was a big part of what caused things to go badly.
7th Oct '16 6:48:19 PM lalalei2001
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!!The Noah Smith play provides examples of:
* MomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Helen and Cybel]] end up defeating Hyde by tricking him into [[spoiler:taking the serum as written, which includes a typo that would lead to near-instant death]].
5th Aug '16 11:02:13 AM lalalei2001
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* HarsherInHindsight: Hyde's crimes were heinous enough, but soon after the book was published, the Jack the Ripper murders took place. Even worse, one of the suspects was an actor who ''played'' Jekyll and Hyde onstage; his performance was so convincing that people began to believe it wasn't an act.
5th Aug '16 5:29:21 AM lalalei2001
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!! The 1988 video game provides examples of:
* NightmareFuel: The game has two endings. One of them is reached by simply getting to the church as Jekyll before Hyde. It just shows the church and the word "END" appears while the wedding march plays. A second ending, somewhat hidden, is earned by reaching Level 6 as Jekyll and then proceeding to the end as Hyde. Hyde then fights a boss "demon" at the church, and, upon beating it, turns back into Jekyll. Jekyll's able to reach the church unhindered (all the enemies disappear) and an extended cutscene of the wedding plays. "END" appears when the screen fades out after bride and groom kiss. However, after waiting a while, the music will abruptly stop and the sound effect for the bomb is played. When the bomb "explodes", lightning flashes, the word "END" appears reversed, and Mr. Hype appears as a red silhouette with what appears to be a giant cross embedded into his back. Like everything else about the game, the extended ending is unexplained, leaving it ambiguous (for the wrong reasons) as to whether or not it can be considered a "good" or "bad" ending.
** What throws this into NightmareFuel is that Hyde's silhouette in the second ending comes out of nowhere, and given what happens to Dr. Jekyll in the book, it can be implied that Hyde still "lives", or worse, that the demon he killed took over the Hyde personality. The lighter explanation is that the cross represents Jekyll finally "ending" Hyde by getting married. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdrFR76Bs6E This video suggests the latter is a good ending]].
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: One of WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier 's most hated game and it's WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd's least favourite (or [[VideoGame/{{ET}} second least favourite]]) game. And he plays a ''lot'' of bad ones.
23rd Jun '16 1:21:15 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ItWasHisSled: In a ''big'' way; the TwistEnding is [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame pretty much the ]]''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame only ]]''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame thing most people will know]] when asked about this story, even if they've never read the book or watched the adaptations.

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* ItWasHisSled: In The original story is a ''big'' way; mystery about what connection the upstanding Jekyll could have to the shady Hdye. Pretty much everyone nowadays already knows the answer (which was a TwistEnding is [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame pretty much the ]]''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame only ]]''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame thing most people will know]] when asked about this story, even if they've never read the book or watched was published)- Jekyll and Hyde are one and the adaptations.same, the result of Jekyll taking a potion that split him into two selves, one normal and one totally evil. Often enough, the twist is the ''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame only]]'' thing they know about the story.
14th Jun '16 8:50:53 PM PaulA
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!! The 1931 film provides examples of:
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene towards the beginning where the overwhelmingly {{Narm}}y little girl discovers that she can walk again seems to be setting up her recrippling from the book, but this never actually happens, so the scene just seems bizarre and out of place with zero bearing on the plot.
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