* The TropeNamer himself, Draco Malfoy. Even though he's a [[SmugSnake smug]] [[FantasticRacism elitist]] SpoiledBrat DirtyCoward [[TheBully bully]] who only feels confident behind his burly cronies and isn't described as particularly attractive, fans like to paint him as a sexy and sensitive guy. He ''does'' get a little better by ''Half-Blood Prince'' and becomes somewhat of a JerkassWoobie, but he's still far from nice, and never canonically lives up to the MrFanservice treatment by his fans. Some fanfics get a little ridiculous, [[CrackPairing pairing Draco with the most unlikely people (Hermione, Ginny, Luna, etc)]].
** This was thoroughly mocked in the ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' episode "Draco Puppet", where Harry responds to the numerous fan requests to introduce a Puppet Pal Draco. Having established that he's doing this, Harry spends the rest of the video in SarcasmMode as he introduces us to our new puppet friend:
--->'''Draco Puppet:''' I'm Draco! I'm really rich, and I'm really proud of the fact that I'm [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything pureblooded white! I mean wizard]]! Tee hee!
--->'''Harry:''' What a wonderful person!
** Another slightly subtle example on Draco Malfoy's at times almost saintly status in fanon is this: In the canon, i.e. in the books, Harry always calls him and thinks of him as "Malfoy". Harry almost always thinks of teachers and authority figures (which Malfoy can't exactly be categorized as) using their last names, and the same goes for other people he disdain and/or feel aloof to.[[note]]Rubeus Hagrid is the sole exception to this, but ''everyone'' refers to him by his last name, and he becomes a Professor in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.[[/note]] However, fans - especially the ones that like Malfoy - usually refer to him as "Draco", while they don't refer to, say, Dumbledore as "Albus" quite as often. Needless to say, there's a reason this trope isn't called "Malfoy in Leather Pants".
** [[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-2.htm Rowling was actually asked about this sort of trend during an interview.]]
--->It amuses me. It honestly amuses me. People have been waxing lyrical [in letters] about Draco Malfoy, and I think that's the only time when it stopped amusing me and started almost worrying me. I'm trying to clearly distinguish between Tom Felton, who is a good looking young boy, and Draco, who, whatever he looks like, is not a nice man. It’s a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion of — delusion, there you go — of girls, and you [nods to Melissa] will know this, that they are going to change someone. And that persists through many women's lives, till their death bed, and it is uncomfortable and unhealthy and it actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character, because there must be an element in there, that "I'd be the one who [changes him]." I mean, I understand the psychology of it, but it is pretty unhealthy. So, a couple of times I have written back, possibly quite sharply, saying [Laughter], "You want to rethink your priorities here."
** The DracoInLeatherPants phenomenon is, in fact, so widespread in the fandom that you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who actually ''hates'' Draco. As an example, on Literature/HarryPotter confession blogs, chances are you ''will'' find more than one confession painting Draco as a "misunderstood" [[TheWoobie woobie]]. It's even reached the comments on his profile on Pottermore!
** Interestingly played with in the fic MethodsOfRationality--Draco is a genuinely likable boy who just happened to be raised by [[StarWars Darth Vader]]. Harry interacts with him rather differently in his first meeting and instead of the immediate politically charged rivalry, we get a less immediate yet still politically charged kind of alliance. And then later on, when he's an occasional viewpoint character with a fairly sympathetic perspective, you keep running into the fact that he believes Dumbledore to be entirely evil. When his views change and he can finally come out and tell someone about that they think "his father will skin him alive and turn him into trousers."
** Draco gets a fairly interesting variation on this in ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors''. Draco is a "secret Christian" at Hogwarts, gets baptized and joins the heroes, and [[WhatTheHellHero objects to the plan to have Ebony sleep with Harry to get his key]], but joins the Prayer Warriors' crusade to exterminate nonbelievers, wants to kill Dumbledore merely for allowing gay sex, and in a later installment, threatens to kill people who don't go along with one of his plans to kill Wawa, the Titan of Water. In short, he's out of character, but interestingly enough, proves to be an even ''worse'' person than in canon despite (or perhaps because) of the author's attempts to make him seem more heroic.
** The crossover fanfic [[Fanfic/HarryTano Harry Tano]] amusingly references this with an [[DefectorFromDecadence about-to-defect]] Draco wearing trousers made from Hungarian Horntail Hide. A [[IncrediblyLamePun literal]] DracoInLeatherPants.
** This can be somewhat justified if one takes into account the films. In the first movie alone, Draco smoothly introduces himself to Harry in front of all the first years whereas in the books, he condescendingly chats with Harry and only changes his tune when he finds out who he is and gets scared away by the threat of rats. When Harry and Draco are fighting over the remembrall, movie!Draco is suave and cool, barely considering Harry a threat while in the books, Draco immediately panics when Harry follows him into the air where Harry can see him as [[DirtyCoward the sort who hides behind those stronger than him and runs away]]. Even physically, Tom Felton started off as a cute kid and become a handsome teen but Draco, while never described as unattractive, was also never described as good looking.
* Creator/JKRowling has [[WordOfGod spoken out]] against people who dare to suggest that [[BigBad Voldemort]] isn't as horrible as she insists he is. Significant parts of Book 6 are meant as {{Take That}}s against those people. For example, he lived in an orphanage, all right (just like ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie), but the most horrible thing in said orphanage was... [[CreepyChild himself]]. He used his magic to bully other kids and was feared both by them and by the staff. It's clear that he was never a good guy.
** To be fair, while it's true Voldie was ''never'' a nice guy [[BlackAndWhiteMorality the rather heavy-handed way]] this is shown has lead to some [[RootingForTheEmpire fan revolt]]--we only ever hear [[BrokenPedestal Dumbledore's]] side of the story. [[UnreliableNarrator The orphanage matron's complaints in the pensive memory]] sound [[NotSoDifferent eerily similar]] to the slander Harry receives on Privet drive which opens up an AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Tom Riddle being a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. And then there's Dumbledore's method of dealing with a troubled kleptomaniac orphan with mental/behavioral problems: [[WhatTheHellHero is to set his things on fire]] and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero think that will teach him a lesson]]. [[CreateYourOwnVillain It taught him a lesson all right]]—that MightMakesRight. And just like with Harry, Dumbledore could have helped Tom but he ''chose'' not to. He kept sending Tom back to the muggle orphanage [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo in the middle of the Blitz]] and then you wonder why the guy is interested in, you know, ''not dying''.
* Averted, even inverted, with Draco's dad, Lucius, whose fans tend to appreciate him for [[http://roflrazzi.cheezburger.com/tag/jason-isaacs/ the aristocratic, pimp cane accessorized bastard that he is]] without giving him the "Awww, he's really just a sexy {{Woobie}}!" treatment. In fact, Lucius provides an easy way for fanfic writers to portray Draco sympathetically. After all, if Lucius is an {{Abusive Parent|s}}, then Draco has a nice FreudianExcuse. And your story has a built-in villain, too! Ironically, in the canon, the fact that Lucius cares about his wife and son seems to be his ''only'' redeeming quality. Also, Lucius had no capacity to influence Draco's becoming a Death Eater one way or another, seeing as he was in Azkaban for the sixth book, which was when that happened. Lucius is hardly Dad of the Year, but neither is he the abusive monster who exists to torture Draco.
* Bellatrix Lestrange, in one of several ways. The fact that her portrayal in the movies was subject, teeth excluded, to AdaptationalAttractiveness definitely doesn't hurt her chances among her fans--EvilIsCool, EvilIsSexy, OfCorsetsSexy, BeautyEqualsGoodness (even if the "good" has to be dragged out kicking and screaming--this is a fanfic-centered trope), etc.
** The "feminist fangirls" who refer to Bellatrix as a "role model" because she [[spoiler: almost kills a young girl and then mocks her very pissed off MamaBear upon both that and the death of one of her sons. And then they bash said mother for killing their Bella]]. Never mind that Bellatrix is a {{Yandere}} who only has eyes for a man who doesn't give a damn for her, or that she's openly said that if she had kids she'd sacrifice them to Voldemort, or that [[spoiler: she was among the Death Eaters that tortured Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity]] -- she's a "super great feminist" for bashing motherhood. UnfortunateImplications, much?
** Another approach involves turning her into some kind of Woobie--usually through making her life a TraumaCongaLine, which may include {{Brainwashing}}, RapeAsBackstory, all of the above, or worse. Sometimes, this manifests itself as a FreudianExcuse (especially if ColdBloodedTorture was common in her past) for her existing personality. The previous sections may result in IJustWantToBeFree.
** Finally, if a PeggySue is involved (either Bellatrix herself or another character), she may be steered away from the person she becomes in canon. Where it goes from there varies as much as the fanfictions written about her--AntiHero, AntiVillain, MarySue, AuthorAvatar...
* Blaise Zabini fans can maybe be forgiven for this tendency. He was a Slytherin boy in Harry's year who, up until ''Half-Blood Prince'', had only ever been mentioned in passing, making him [[OCStandIn prime fodder for fanfic writers]] interested in creating a [[TokenGoodTeammate sympathetic Slytherin character]] ''without'' spitting in the face of canon. Then he was given some character development in the series and revealed to be a buddy of Draco Malfoy's and every bit as bigoted and jerkish as that association suggests, which some people have rather understandably [[FanonDiscontinuity chosen to ignore so as to continue imagining him in whatever mold they originally preferred]], and others have tried to justify.
** Slytherin House as a whole tend to get this treatment, especially in fics where [[ForWantOfANail Harry and/or Hermione get sorted in Slytherin.]] In some cases, characterizations will remain the status quo and Harry will be the TokenGoodTeammate, but with most, [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] get passed around left and right.
* Salazar Slytherin had a dream that one day, an adequately racist and motivated student would find the secret underground chamber he built to house a deadly basilisk and use it to mass-murder his Muggle-born classmates. And some fans would have you believe that's just dandy. (This one has actually been done well in some cases -- Slytherin lived at least a thousand years before the series takes place and conceivably could have been the victim of an in-universe HistoricalVillainUpgrade.) It helps that the series implies that he wasn't ''always'' a "twisted old loony". In fact, according to the Sorting Hat, he and Godric Gryffindor had once been the best of friends.
** A good example of making him sympathetic without contradicting canon can be found [[http://www.witchfics.org/anna/romanholiday/index.html here]].
** Another (comedy) one had the falling out be over Blood ''Pudding''. After a thousand years it got twisted into Blood Purity. Turns out Salazar was a Jolly Fat man that ate way too much.
* Severus Snape gets put in leather pants a ''lot'' by fangirls. There are the ones who want to know him carnally, and ''then'' there's the fans who have blamed Lily for Snape calling her "Mudblood", or even tried to justify it and deny its connections to real-world racism. Oh, and they also bash ''Lily'' for "not being a good friend" (aka, refusing to become Snape's ExtremeDoormat LoveMartyr) to the guy who called her racial epithets. Snapefen have [[KickTheDog even gone as far]] as to make snide comments about JKR's [[DomesticAbuse abusive first marriage]], [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/the_hms_stfu/533294.html such as comparing her to a brood mare]]. Anything we could say about the Snape-dom can be summed up [[http://zorm.deviantart.com/art/Canon-Vs-Fanon-Snape-34384180 here.]]
* Scabior the Snatcher in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has become this because of his portrayal by Nick Moran in the film. The number of women wishing they could trade places with Hermione and have '''their''' hair sniffed by him is growing.
* Also, Petunia Dursley. Yes, the {{Jerkass}} ResentfulGuardian and StepfordSmiler that abused Harry ever since he went to live with her family, is sometimes shown as a poor victim "bullied" and "insulted" by her "stupid and snobbish" sister Lily, thus she "can't help" but hate Harry and blame him for "[[SinsOfOurFathers Lily's sins]]".
* In the case of the Dursleys, both Rowling and the fandom agrees that Vernon is the least sympathetic of the three. Rowling never gives him a FreudianExcuse and fanfics often portray him as pure evil. However, while the fans seem to consider Petunia the most sympathetic Dursley, Rowling seems to consider that to be ''Dudley'', feeling that his actions were the result of bad parenting. Prior to the end of the series, fans guessed that Petunia would eventually apologize to Harry, but, to the surprise of many, it was ''Dudley'' who apologized while Petunia only got an implied IgnoredEpiphany. Dumbledore himself considered Dudley pitiful and called out his parents for raising him the way they did - as a selfish, entitled bully that thought he could get away with anything until he was a teenager.
* Barty Crouch, Jr. due to being played by Creator/DavidTennant in the movie and having a TragicVillain BackStory in the book. Sometimes he gets paired with characters nearly twenty years younger than him, like Hermione or Luna.
** In defense of Barty Crouch, Jr./Hermione and Barty Crouch, Jr./Luna, some relationships ''do'' have nearly twenty years, or more, of an age difference between both partners. For example, the age difference between the aforementioned Creator/DavidTennant and his wife, Georgia Moffett Tennant, is about 13 years.
* Fenrir Greyback, a cannibalistic werewolf whose ''modus operandi'' is to maul and infect children with lycanthropy in canon, is often portrayed as a big protective dog who's only looking out for the best interests of his clan/mate (often [[CrackPairing Hermione]]).
* Marrietta Edgecombe gets a bit of this as well. Admittedly, we don't know that much about her, but some fans like to imagine her as a tragic heroine who is torn between loyalty to her family and the DA, and that her punishment is completely unfair. Except she's shown to not want to be in the DA from the start, only there because Cho practically dragged her to the first meeting.
* The Death Eaters, despite being Magic Nazis, are sometimes considered {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who were simply trying to unify the wizarding world to fight off the inevitable invasion when Muggles discover them. Except there's ''nothing'' in the books to suggest that a war would be inevitable even ''with'' discovery. In fact, it all but says the war with Voldemort would have gone a lot better if they had just gotten Muggles to help. Plus the DE doesn't actually seem to care about any hypothetical war with the Muggles, except maybe for the one they plan to start and how they want to win it.
* The entire ''concept'' of "Blood Status" gets heavily romanticized by fanfic writers into being more in line with Victorian Social Status instead of outright racism like it is in the books.
* [[PredecessorVillain Gellert Grindelwald]] often gets this due to his OffstageVillainy and his HoYay with Dumbledore.
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