Memetic Psychopath
A normally friendly character that fans depict as murderous for laughs.
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Sometimes the internet hivemind will take a normally friendly character and depict them as an Ax-Crazy psychotic killer. Of course this is usually Played for Laughs of the Black Comedy sort, remember the MST3K Mantra. This could be the result of stalker behaviour or creepy expressions or a character's mental disorders exagerated to it horrible conclusion.

Subtrope of Memetic Mutation. Related to Memetic Badass. Compare and contrast with Ron the Death Eater. While both are about depictions of characters being evil or psycho, this trope is generally more silly and light-hearted, being Played for Laughs. Ron the Death Eater is much more serious and often stems from hatred of a character. Anyone with Clingy Jealous Girl, Cute and Psycho, or Yandere tendencies is just asking for this kind of depiction. Just as damaging to a character's reputation as the Memetic Molester, who is depicted as a rapist/molester figure for laughs rather than a murderous psychopath. Subjective Trope. Related to Never Live It Down in some cases. Up for grabs.

Examples:

Advertising:
  • Thanks to several Remix Comics on Cracked by Seanbaby, Popsicle Pete (a mascot for a brand of popsicles) has been turned into this, a Creepy Child who murders indiscriminately and incites children to follow, and is possibly the herald to an ancient evil. His Catch Phrase is "NONE OF YOU ARE SAFE!"

Anime & Manga

Comic Books
  • This is the purpose behind the Super Dickery website--portraying Superman (and occasionally other superheroes) as complete psychos for laughs by purposely taking things out of context. Of course, the source material makes it pretty easy....

Film

Live-Action Television
  • Sesame Street:
    • Bert, namely the "Bert Is Evil" meme. [1]
    • Elmo gets this sort of mutation as well.
  • Hooch in Scrubs
    Everybody: Hooch is crazy!

Table Top Games

Video Games
  • The Villager from Animal Crossing, after his unveil in the Wii U Super Smash Brothers game. It took all of two hours post announcement for him to develop this reputation.
  • The Wii Fit Trainer saw similar Memetic Mutation.
  • Cream the Rabbit from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, due to being a 6-year old rabbit girl. Often mutated into Cute and Psycho or an Enfant Terrible.
  • Touhou:
    • Yuuka Kazami is often portrayed as violently dismembering anyone who hurts her sunflowers. Several other characters can get this treatment (usually the beast youkai or Rumia), but Yuuka is the most common.
    • Another example is Sanae Kochiya, the newcomer shrine maiden. Due to one of her routes in Undefined Fantastic Object where she's a bit...overenthusiastic in her youkai hunting, fans run off with her characterization and she's often depicted as addicted to "youkai extermination". She's either a complete sadist like Yuuka or just downright murderous towards all youkai. Her most frequent victim is Kogasa.
  • Magikarp from Pokémon appears in so many memes that of course it applies to Magikarp. The joke works three ways: - Magikarp is feeble - One day, Magikarp won't be so feeble - It's often implied that Gyarados is such a nutter because he was abused as a Magikarp. In short, Magikarp is depicited as a psychopath that plots revenge to unfurl when it evolves.

Visual Novels

Western Animation
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie especially post Fanfic/Cupcakes.
    • Big McIntosh also got this reputation after "Sweet Apple Massacre". Unfortunately, this was an example that was not funny.
    • Fluttershy, due to her being the most passive and shy character, but having occasionally shown bouts of anger or strength.
  • Donald Duck, if the Dolan meme is anything to go by.
  • Goofy is memetically a vicious child abuser via the "Its Goofy Time" meme.
  • Avatar Kyoshi from Avatar: The Last Airbender. By her own admission, Kyoshi was a pragmatic woman, willing to kill a dictator to stop his reign- but fans like to jokingly portray her as someone who wants to bathe in the blood of her enemies and the like.
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