Created By: magnum12 on June 13, 2013 Last Edited By: magnum12 on December 10, 2013
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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:

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  • 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 and 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!

Tabletop 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 Pokťmon 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • June 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Isn't this just Cloud Cuckoo Lander and/or Comedic Sociopathy?
  • June 13, 2013
    DracMonster
    ^Not exactly, this is cases where its a non-canon, fan thing.

    Im not sure Rena counts. She did go pretty nuts and murdery. (Yes, I know, not her fault, but it's not exactly a violation of canon like say Pinkie Pie.)
  • June 13, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    This looks like Memetic Molester to me.
  • June 13, 2013
    kjnoren
    What does this have to do with being memetic?
  • June 13, 2013
    magnum12
    Rena does count not because she didn't go crazy (quite the opposite), but because of how exaggerated her psychosis is on the internet (lots of it falsely depicting her as a Yandere). The fan art is a pretty good indicator. Note that Rena does seem to get the worst exageration of the cast.

    The difference between this and Memetic Molester is that Memetic Molester depicts the character as a rapist/molester figure rather than a murderous psychopath.
  • June 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    This is not related to Memetic Badass, this is related to Memetic Molester (In that both tropes are bad for the reputation of the characters in question)
  • June 13, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    No, Memetic Molester is not just about rapists or molesters. It can cover this as well. And it will cover this as well, because these are both Audience Reactions and there won't be a way to keep the definitions and examples apart since they are subjective.

    Also, examples of Memetic X tend to become awful piles of Thread Mode. In ligth of that I do not like the idea of having yet another one.
  • June 13, 2013
    MorganWick
    Laconic seems to be causing confusion because taken on its own, it does not imply an Audience Reaction and instead implies something within the work.
  • June 13, 2013
    surgoshan
    There's a comic out there (couldn't find it with a quick google search) showing a man with ripped and bloody clothes running through the woods while a woman chases him. Set to lyrics of Call Me Maybe.
  • June 13, 2013
    Arivne
    Added Namespaces to and italicized the OP example work names.
  • June 14, 2013
    TheHandle
    I like this. It may overlap with Memetic Molester, but it's mostly its own trope; there need not be anything sexual about a reputed murderer.
  • June 14, 2013
    Duncan
    Bert Is Evil: [1]
  • June 14, 2013
    LOAD
    Nothing about the name or Laconic for Memetic Molester suggests it includes killers. I say this is needed.
  • June 14, 2013
    magnum12
    • Cream the Rabbit from the Sonic The Hedgehog series, due to being a sickeningly sweet 6-year old rabbit girl.

    • Fluttershy from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, due to her being the most passive and shy character, but having occassionally shown bouts of anger or strength.
  • June 14, 2013
    magnum12
  • June 14, 2013
    StarSword
    Difference from Ron The Death Eater?
  • June 14, 2013
    magnum12
    The core difference is motive. Ron The Death Eater is out of hatred for a character, thus is mean spirited and serious in nature. Memetic Psycho Path is light hearted in nature (usually), but almost ALWAYS meant to be funny. Hence the emphasis on Played For Laughs.
  • June 15, 2013
    magnum12
    • Another Touhou example is Sanae Kochiya, the newcomer shrine maiden. Due to one of her routes in Undefined Fantastic Object where she's a bit...overnthusiastic 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.
  • June 15, 2013
    magnum12
    • 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.
  • June 15, 2013
    magnum12
    RanmaOneHalf, pretty much any character in the whole cast can swing between this and Ron The Death Eater in fanfics, Depending On The Author.

    To pick an example, The Tendo Sisters. Akane devolves into a paranoid, smash- (or rather, mallet- happy) violent maniac who can turn a simple 'good morning' into an example of the hentai conspiracy (especially if it's given by Ranma). Kasumi is, whether for good or evil (awesome optional), an example of Beware The Nice Ones talen Up To Eleven, and Nabiki... well, she's more of a Memetic Sociopath (in canon (manga, most specifically), she's The Barnum... and a pretty amoral one, by the way).

    Also, Shampoo. Her 'obstacles are made for killing' attitude is present in Anime and Manga, but fanfic twists it into her wanting to kill anybody who she could classify as an 'obstacle', regardless of how reasonable that is, or how good her odds are.
  • June 15, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I'm afraid to ask: what exactly is the "hentai conspiracy"?
  • June 15, 2013
    magnum12
    ^ I have no idea. I just used the edit button to copy the information and proper formatting to put it in the article.
  • June 16, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    ^Ranma being nice to her in any way, shape or form is seen by her as him planning to take advantage of her and get in her pants eventually-depending on the severity of the Flanderization the author wants, this includes talking to her in a civil fashion (which is a rather rare thing for Ranma ) up to saving her ass from the monster/demon/alien/homicidal madperson/brutal martial artist/unwanted fiancée that Soun got for her when he was drunk once/unwanted fiancée that Genma got for Ranma when he was drunk once and wants her out of the way/any combination of the above and Akane sees as yet another attempt at belittling her.

    It's there in the Manga, it's there in the Anime, but Fanon and fanfics in general have taken it and boosted it like crazy.
  • June 17, 2013
    KingZeal
    • This is the purpose behind Super Dickery--portraying Superman (and occasionally other superheroes) as complete psychos for laughs. Of course, the source material makes it pretty easy....
  • June 17, 2013
    Loquacia
    Magikarp 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
  • June 18, 2013
    Himbeergeist
    • Hooch in Series/Scrubs
      Everybody: Hooch is crazy!
  • June 20, 2013
    oztrickster
    Most of the main characters in Star Trek Next Generations Recut

    Not sure if it actually counts as Memetic though.
  • June 21, 2013
    XFllo
    I'm not sure this is needed. However, just to note, all examples that have two or more entries from one work have incorrect Example Indentation.

    This is incorrect:
    • Show XYZ: Example A.
      • Example B.

    This one should be used:
    • Show XYZ:
      • Example A.
      • Example B.

  • June 22, 2013
    Chabal2
    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!"
  • December 10, 2013
    d715
    kharn the betrayer's part is not longer an invert or metric since Canon now has him as a calm and quite (in a Tranquil Fury way) Genius Bruiser
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