Created By: skywerewolf on February 2, 2013 Last Edited By: skywerewolf on February 4, 2013

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Dracula loses his bloodlust

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Every thing has its place in story telling. Horror, romance, levity. A good story will often make use of certain elements in conjunction. However not everybody is good with all elements. Some people don't want horrors happening, others feel that love is wasteful, while still others feel that some things shouldn't be taken lightly. So, what happens when people remove horror from a place it has settled?

This trope is made around the idea that a creature/power in fiction has be removed, lessened, or outright ignored in favor a more humane, sexy, or attractive character, even if this ends up removing the entire meaning of that character, idea, or power in the first place. This trope is about vampires without bloodlust, werewolves with control over all of their wolfish aspects, this is about dragons who don't hoard and aren't territorial.

The negativity of this trope's use varies on how extreme it goes. If Cthulhu is suddenly a passionate lover who's an ideal guy, and ends up loving a single girl and causing her only happiness this trope is in it's full negative aspect because it is complete misrepresentation of what the original creature embodies.

If a werewolf is in control, but tends to be impulsive and greedy and still has an infective, it tends to lessen the negativity because the wolf would still embody negative aspects, just not in the traditional way, and it can make a complicated character.

For a made up example, lets take a warlock. These people were originally oath breakers and selfish men, who's power was a sign of their willingness to do anything to get what they wanted, no matter how depraved. For this trope to apply, the warlock would no longer a person who's horrible need to fulfill his own desires had lead him to do what was supposed to be unthinkable. Now, let's frame him in story.

One day John became a warlock and met a woman who fell in love with him.

Original: He would trick the woman by using her love and manipulator her until she was a slave to him, taking all she owned and making her simply a slave to him, who's leash is emotional. Huggable: he would fall in love with her back, his powers a representation of his dark emotions and they would slowly change as the throws of love redeems him, turning his powers to good as he falls more in love with the woman.

That's the kind difference that this trope covers. Side by side you can see the distinction clearly, the first story is much darker, and has a more negative tone fitting with the original description of a warlock. The second one is very light, and it's close to an In-Name-Only use of the concept.
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