History YMMV / TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde

11th Oct '17 5:26:36 PM ClintEastwood
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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: The work is [[MainstreamObscurity well-known by name]], but all that most people have heard about it is [[JekyllAndHyde the twist ending]]. Many do not even know that the dual identity story was originally a twist at all, and most newer adaptations treat it as a foregone conclusion. Some even make Hyde himself some sort of ugly were-monster rather than just a really evil man.



* JerkAssWoobie: Jekyll, [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation if you believe he truly had good intentions.]]

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* JerkAssWoobie: JerkassWoobie: Jekyll, [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation if you believe he truly had good intentions.]]
13th Jun '17 5:10:42 PM Stellarvore
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* MoralEventHorizon: Clearly, when Hyde brutally murders Sir Danvers Carew for absolutely no reason, he has reached this point.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Clearly, when Hyde brutally murders Sir Danvers Carew for absolutely no reason, he has reached this point. Even Jekyll denounces him.
8th Jun '17 12:28:20 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* CommonKnowledge: There are many common misconceptions about the 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.

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* CommonKnowledge: There are many common a few widespread misconceptions about the novel, novel. For example, the foremost being that fact Jekyll and Hyde being were one and the same person was a twist, ''twist'' is not often known (probably because it was so famous), and despite multiple adaptions including this element, there are were no love interests or nominal women in the original story (in fact, there were no named female characters at all.all).
15th May '17 12:12:30 PM TheTitanPrince
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* 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; 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 only thing they know about the story.

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* ItWasHisSled: The original story is a mystery about what connection the upstanding Jekyll could have to the shady Hdye.Hyde. Pretty much everyone nowadays already knows the 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 only thing they know about the story.
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]].
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