Created By: ChaoticDreams on March 16, 2012 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on April 4, 2012

Remake In His Image

A villains major goal or one of his goals is to make the hero become just like him.

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Villains can have many different goals: money, taking over the world, taking the hero's love interest for himself, getting the hero to join him, getting the hero to kneel before him, defeating the hero and getting him to surrender to him, or other goals. But in this case the one thing the villain wants the most (or one of his goals) is to see the hero become just like him which they will attempt to do through either Mind Rape, Hannibal Lecture, other Break the Cutie tactics, or brainwashing them. They may have this goal in mind because they desire the hero, are in love with their carnage, desire having the hero join them, or because they are just evil that way and do it for kicks. See also The Corrupter.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • The Joker, when he's not just on his For the Evulz kicks, usually invokes some sort of plan to "break" Batman, his allies, or the populace in general.
    • It even shows up in the Batman / Hellboy crossover story (albeit in a subplot that happens entirely offscreen): The Joker kidnaps the children of the wealthiest families in Gotham and threatens to turn them into "living, crazed likenesses of himself".
    • Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight seems to attempt to do this to Batman and fails but succeeds with Harvey Dent.
  • The Green Goblin has tried to do this to Peter Parker using such things as drugged toothpaste and his own brand of torture tactics.

Film - Animated
  • In The Incredibles, Syndrome stoops to this after his initial scheme is foiled by the Parrs. He tries to kidnap baby Jack-Jack, and announces that someday he'll make a good sidekick.

Literature
  • In Night Watch, the main villain, Carcer, has been sent back in time with Sam Vimes and toys with the idea of corrupting Vimes's younger self to make him just as bad as he is (since they're both shown to have similarities).

Live-Action TV
  • The war criminal Deathwalker from Babylon 5 develops a cure for all illnesses which requires sentient life forms to be dissected in order to produce it. She intends to watch all the people who called her a monster descend to her level.

Web Comics
  • This trope was covered in a couple of comics of Super Stupor. A villain plans on killing a hero's girlfriend, making that hero break his non-killing vow. Nearby tied-up antihero Punchline points out that this probably means the incoming hero will go right ahead and kill the villain in turn. "What did you think would happen, he'd join forces with you?"

Western Animation
  • In "Operation B.U.T.T." of Codename: Kids Next Door the Delightful Children attempt to "delightfulize" (brainwash) Numbuh 1 to make him just like them through Blackmail. He stops them in time though. The Delightful Children frequently attempt to "delightfulize" other children or Kids Next Door into becoming just like them as well probably to make their goal of adult supremacy over children much easier.
  • While Chase Young of Xiaolin Showdown at least ostensibly (and rather halfheartedly) pursues generic bad guy roles like ruling the world and collecting Wu, his true focus seems to be corrupting Omi and bringing him to his side.
  • In the first season of Teen Titans, Slade's mysterious and sometimes seemingly random acts of evil all focus on measuring Robin's abilities and reinforcing their similarities, culminating in Slade forcibly making Robin his apprentice.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series we learn in the episode "Mad Love" how The Joker succeeded in turning Harleen Quinzel into becoming just like him.

Video Games
  • * In the Kingdom Hearts series, this is what Master Xehanort does in a very Palpatine-esque manner with Terra in Birth by Sleep. After sabotaging Terra, causing the boy to lose control of his darkness and fail his Mark of Mastery exam, he spends most of the remainder of the game manipulating Terra (who had been just given the classic You Are Not Ready speech from Master Eraqus) with false pretenses about the nature of light and darkness and killing Eraqus--Terra's father figure--in front of Terra's eyes after orchestrating a Rage Against the Mentor fight between the two to enrage Terra in order to lure Terra into further using the powers of darkness. At the end of Terra's story, it turns out that this was done to weaken Terra's heart to the point that, after having Terra wail on him, Master Xehanort could pull a Grand Theft Me. This results in Terra-Xehanort, who subsequently loses his memories and goes on to become the present-day Xehanort responsible for most of the troubles the heroes have to deal with.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • March 16, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Night Watch, the main villain, Carcer, has been sent back in time with Sam Vimes and toys with the idea of corrupting Vimes's younger self to make him just as bad as he is (since they're both shown to have similarities).
  • March 16, 2012
    KingZeal
    • The Joker, when he's not just on his For The Evulz kicks, usually invookes some sort of plan to "break" Batman, his allies, or the populace in general.
  • March 16, 2012
    abk0100
    We really don't have this one yet?
  • March 16, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    The closest thing that really fits is The Corrupter.
  • March 17, 2012
    MiinU

    Film

    • Brewster's Millions: This was the intention of Brewster's uncle: to make Brewster (Richard Pryor) as sick of money as he was. Therefore, he challenges him to blow thirty million dollars (down to the last cent!) in only a month's time with no tangible assets to show for it afterward, as the condition to earn his inheritence of $300,000,000!... or he gets nothing.
  • March 17, 2012
    TBeholder
    Remaking In My Image?
  • March 18, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    That should really be Remaking You In My Image -- the current title can also be used for remaking worlds in someone's image, such as what the Lich King from World Of Warcraft wanted to do to Azeroth, or what a good number of Feng Shui factions want to do by winning the Secret War.
  • March 18, 2012
    StarryEyed
    • While Chase Young of Xiaolin Showdown at least ostensibly (and rather halfheartedly) pursues generic bad guy roles like ruling the world and collecting Wu, his true focus seems to be corrupting Omi and bringing him to his side.

    • In the first season of Teen Titans, Slade's mysterious and sometimes seemingly random acts of evil all focus on measuring Robin's abilities and reinforcing their similarities, culminating in Slade forcibly make Robin his apprentice.
  • March 19, 2012
    TheJackal
    This looks like a good trope, but the current title sounds too much like dialogue for Fast Eddie to allow it. Needs A Better Name, in other words.
  • March 20, 2012
    Michael
    The war criminal Deathwalker from Babylon 5 develops a cure for all illnesses which requires sentient life forms to be dissected in order to produce it. She intends to watch all the people who called her a monster descend to her level.
  • March 20, 2012
    Speedball
    I think this was covered in a couple of comics of Super Stupor. A villain plans on killing a hero's girlfriend, making that hero break his non-killing vow. Nearby tied-up antihero Punchline points out that this probably means the incoming hero will go right ahead and kill the villain in turn. "What did you think would happen, he'd join forces with you?"
  • March 28, 2012
    troublegum
    ^ this strip.

    • The Incredibles: Syndrome intends to do pretty much this with Jack-Jack when his initial plan is foiled.

    On the title front: Make You Just Like Me. It's snappier to say, though the same length.
  • March 28, 2012
    MiinU

    Webcomics

  • March 28, 2012
    Queequeg
    No mention of Star Wars? I'm shocked.
  • March 28, 2012
    troublegum
    ^ Doesn't feel like what either Vader or the Emperor wanted for Luke. Vader's is covered in We Can Rule Together and the Emperor's is more Kneel Before Zod. This trope seems to be more about a Villain who wants to turn the Hero into another version of them. There might be some SW EU examples of this, but I'm drawing a blank on them without having to go rooting through West End supplements and old novels.
  • March 30, 2012
    Ghost2267
    We could make an Austin Powers reference and name it, "Become My Mini-Me".

  • March 30, 2012
    MarkThis
  • March 30, 2012
    FastEddie
    Needs a name that does not not sound like dialog.
  • March 31, 2012
    Arivne
  • March 31, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    The Green Goblin has tried to do this to Peter Parker using such things as drugged toothpaste and his own brand of torture tactics.
  • April 1, 2012
    Arivne
    I am changing the name to Remake In His Image just so it doesn't get discarded for having a non-dialogue name. Feel free to change it to a better one.
  • April 1, 2012
    X2X
    Video Games
    • In the Kingdom Hearts series, this is what Master Xehanort does in a very Palpatine-esque manner with Terra in Birth by Sleep. After sabotaging Terra, causing the boy to lose control of his darkness and fail his Mark of Mastery exam, he spends most of the remainder of the game manipulating Terra (who had been just given the classic You Are Not Ready speech from Master Eraqus) with false pretenses about the nature of light and darkness and killing Eraqus--Terra's father figure--in front of Terra's eyes after orchestrating a Rage Against The Mentor fight between the two to enrage Terra in order to lure Terra into further using the powers of darkness. At the end of Terra's story, it turns out that this was done to weaken Terra's heart to the point that, after having Terra wail on him, Master Xehanort could pull a Grand Theft Me. This results in Terra-Xehanort, who subsequently loses his memories and goes on to become the present-day Xehanort responsible for most of the troubles the heroes have to deal with.
  • April 4, 2012
    TBeholder
    The Virus overlaps if there is a matter of choice whether to infect or not -- some versions of vampire and werewolf, for one.

    ^... MiinU in fact, this comes after she already turned two girls into succubi. Because she needed some help for her own grand scheme -- or she thought so?
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