Sometimes when Hollywood decides to [[TheFilmOfTheBook do a movie adaptation]] they'll try to make a character more interesting by giving him some angst not present (or not discussed) in the book. Reasons vary: it makes the character easier to empathize with, it is an attempt to avert an InvincibleHero, it adds more conflict to the story, etc. Often used to add more CharacterDevelopment.

It may be caused by historical ValuesDissonance. Many of the examples below are adapted from older works, or even TheOldestOnesInTheBook. In the past, TheHero of the Monomyth was expected to accept his destiny as a great hero and leader, but modern ideals would rather support the character of a Cincinnatus-style humble Everyman.

DeathByAdaptation is one of the possible outcomes. Compare and contrast with TrueArtIsAngsty. Usually contrasts with AdaptationalComicRelief.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/AceAttorney'' anime:
** Similar to the [[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action movie]] before it, the anime expands on how DL-6 ruined Yogi's life, though not to the same extent as the film.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Edgeworth, who does not suffer from his in-game counterpart's fear of earthquakes since this version of DL-6 did not involve one.
** Also {{Inverted|Trope}} with Adrian Andrews. In the game, she's one of the biggest {{Woobie}}s of the series and being accused of the crime made her break down in-court and begging for help in light of her dependency issues. In the anime, her issues were not present or not being forced to get exposed and she managed to be calm most of the time.
* The title character of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' in TheMovie [[ComicBookAdaptation manga]] continuity. Fans gave this version of Nanoha the FanNickname of "Emoha". This is especially noticeable in the part after the movie's events where, in contrast to the anime where she's pleased with the outcome but somewhat worried about Fate, she believes in the movie manga that she failed to help anyone. At the beginning of their mock battle in the manga, Fate believes that since she caused Nanoha trouble, she doesn't deserve to be friends with her.
* The first ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime had this happen on a few occasions:
** Ed had a TenMinuteRetirement from being a State Alchemist after hearing about Nina's death and Tucker's execution [[spoiler:which actually turned out to be a cover-up]].
** There's also the scene from [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], when Al thinks that Ed may have fabricated his entire personality when binding his soul to the armor. Originally, it only takes Winry telling him that the question Ed was scared to ask was whether Al hated him to bring him to his senses (that and hitting him on the head with a ''wrench''). In the first anime, he parts ways with Ed, but realizes the truth when helping a pair of Ishvalan refugee brothers.
** In the first anime, Ed and Al both tend to angst about their struggles a lot more overall. Edward has [=PTSD=] symptoms he mostly lacks in the manga.
** Roy has significantly more guilt and trauma in the first anime than in the manga, and it's portrayed much more explicitly. This could be partly due to him being the one who [[spoiler: killed the Rockbell's]] in this version, but he has PTSD flashbacks to other parts of his actions in Ishval throughout the series (see: "Fullmetal vs. Flame").
** There's also Rose, who was little more than an extra in the manga, who wound up [[spoiler:raped, kidnapped, and traumatized to the point of becoming mute.]]
* Inverted in the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' franchise in regards to [[JerkassWoobie Zelgadis's]] [[CursedWithAwesome chimeric state]]; despite being used as a ButtMonkey ploy several times in the anime, he's actually less prudish in regards to his appearance, and ''embraces'' the awe and nicknames that he receives from strangers (i.e "The Heartless, Mystical Swordsman); if for nothing else, he gets upset when he's being used for a silly ploy (such as being used as an anchor.). In the original novels, he is far more sensitive about his appearance and not frivolous at all; a side-story featuring him emphasizes this angst in which he broods over the fact that he made friends who see beyond his appearance in the first place.
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'''s DarkerAndEdgier movie adaptation begins with Hitomi attempting suicide, and a huge part of her CharacterDevelopment involves overcoming her depression. In the series she was fairly more balanced, with most of her issues stemming from her [[LovingAShadow romantic]] [[LoveDodecahedron conflicts]] and lack of confidence.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', after Vash is [[spoiler: forced to kill Legato]] he immediately falls into a state of shock after being horrified at his actions. In the manga, he is able to get over this fairly quickly after remembering that he still needs to stop Knives who is threatening everyone on the planet Gunsmoke. On the other hand, in the anime Vash remains in this depressed state for over a month, even growing suicidal before Meryl and Milly are finally able to snap him back to normal. It's also notable that the anime actually did this scene ''first'' long before the manga one was published, but it is based on what the creator was planning to do for the manga.
* In the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Yugi's grandpa wasn't really kidnapped by Pegasus; his soul was instead sealed inside a video tape, and Yugi could talk with him through a camcorder whenever he liked. [[Anime/YuGiOh The anime]] makes it a straight case of YourSoulIsMine, and anime Yugi is appropriately angstier about the whole affair. Yugi's guilt and fear over almost killing Kaiba is also played up more, especially in the dub where it continues into his duel with Mai.
* The ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime does this by shifting the focus from Manabe to Haruka and adding in the very angsty DownerBeginning.
* The anime adaption of ''Anime/DevilSurvivor2'' does this to the [[HelloInsertNameHere protagonist]] (here called Hibiki Kuze) removing much of his literal BunnyEarsLawyer attitude in the game and replacing it with this trope.
* Shauna in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is a CheerfulChild who's always smiling and happy. In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' she's very sarcastic and bitter, likely because in this canon she watched a dear friend fall into depression and was unable to do anything for him.
* In the original game ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', Morte was a gleeful MadBomber GenkiGirl who was ''incredibly'' upbeat about the prospect of ending the world - in addition to solving the problem of FantasticRacism, it would be just plain awesome to watch (never mind the fact that even she wouldn't survive). TheAnimeOfTheGame removed almost all of her excitability and replaced it with a grim determination, which, while perhaps more fitting with her goal, makes quite a jarring start to her character; it also added [[spoiler:the death of her parents and younger brother]] as an explanation for her desire to see the world ended. The [[Manga/SandsOfDestruction manga]], which was released about a year later, attempts to blend the two, with Morte being gung-ho at the start of the story but revealed to be steadily sadder as it progresses, but changes the source of her angst: [[spoiler:she's now The Planner, the incarnation of the celestial being responsible for deciding the parameters of the world each time it was reincarnated. Because she was mentally exhausted at the last incarnation, she wished for a world filled with talking animals but forgot to wish they would be friends with humanity, resulting in the deep-seated racism of the series. Yes, in the manga, Morte was the '''entire reason for the sorry state of the world'''. She was roughly aware of it when she was a child, claiming someone like herself wasn't supposed to be happy, but repressed it during her teen years, resulting in the bouncy character we met at the start; when she recovered all her memories, she was suitably shocked]].
* The ''Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight'' anime is a DarkerAndEdgier adaptation of the manga, and changed pretty much the entire storyline to make everything become more dramatic. For example, in the manga, the twin protagonists Shugo and Rena are just a pair of siblings playing games together. In the anime, their parents are divorced, and they're playing ''The World'' because it's the only way they can meet each other. In the manga, the characters embark on a light-hearted journey to reunite a friendly, though mischievous, A.I. to her mother. The anime somehow involves a hostile A.I. that threatens to destroy ''The World'', and several people fell into a coma along the way.
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* Comic books in general ''are'' this trope in its truest form. Over the years, [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the lighthearted stories of yester-year]] have become DarkerAndEdgier more and more [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks in later years]].
* One of the most notable examples of this is the case of Barry Allen, The Flash. Originally a humble do-gooder who was motivated to become a superhero mostly because he liked comics and had just gained superpowers, meaning superheroics was the next logical step (he was already a police forensic scientist, so he already had a sense of right-and-wrong and desire to help justice), later retcons when he was brought into the present era included giving him a new backstory of a murdered mother with his father being falsely accused and convicted of her murder. Notable is the fact that this was both ''unneeded'' (Barry, while a NiceGuy, wasn't exactly without his angst as it was, what with the death of his first love Iris, and him killing his arch enemy Professor Zoom (Iris' killer) in order to save his second love), ''and justified'' at the same time (the retcon was explained away as Zoom going back in time to mess with Barry's life, killing his mother to give him more misery).
* ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' plays a lot of its tropes more seriously than [[Franchise/ArchieComics the source]] and thus there's a lot more of this, along with any obligatory trauma from being set in a ZombieApocalypse. For example Betty and Veronica aren't their normal VitriolicBestBuds and instead have a rocky relationship.
* ''ComicBook/{{Noob}}'': Due to the more advanced timeline on the live action and text versions of the story, it's a ForegoneConclusion that Arthéon will eventually reach a RageBreakingPoint. The comic version makes the stress under which Arthéon puts himself by being the OnlySaneMan ReluctantRuler of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits more visible than the two other versions.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'':
** Both Mister Fantastic and ComicBook/DoctorDoom have abusive fathers, whereas their 616 counterparts had loving fathers, albeit [[DisappearedDad Reed's dad got sucked into the future thanks to an experiment]] and [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest Doom's parents died when he was a kid]].
** While the Thing of the classic Franchise/MarvelUniverse ComicBook/FantasticFour infamously doesn't like being BlessedWithSuck into having the appearance of an orange rock creature that he can't change out of, he didn't contemplate suicide like his ''Ultimate'' counterpart.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ATriangleintheStars'', Bill Cipher gets this treatment, [[spoiler: especially when he starts regrowing his empathy]].
** As if Pearl didn't have enough to suffer over, she has to deal with wanting to know exactly what happened in the Zodiac Temple, starting in Chapter Thirty-Eight, but no one, particularly Garnet [[spoiler: and Keyhole]], will tell her and keeps her LockedOutOfTheLoop, adding to her frustration. [[spoiler: And it also involves Rose]].
* Happens quite a lot in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''.
** Misty's backstory is considerably sadder than it was in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]. She was [[TheUnfavorite the least favorite child]], is confirmed to be an orphan, got kicked out by her sisters as soon as they were able to do so, and she has to deal with [[FantasticRacism anti-bloodliner prejudice]]. Really, it's no wonder she's falling for Ash, he was the best thing to happen to her in ''years''.
** While Brock's not as badly off as Misty, both of his parents are dead.
** Not much is known about Red yet, but if his dreams are any indication, his past is ''full'' of anguish, moreso than his counterpart in either [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the games]] or ''Manga/PokemonAdventures''.
** [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11744064/1/Pokemon-Reset-Bloodlines-Johanna-Gaiden As detailed in a side story to Reset]], Johanna also had a rougher life than her canon counterpart.
* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'':
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Luna. Nightmare Moon never occured. When Luna tried to overthrow Celestia, Celestia decided to banish Luna to space camp for one-thousand hours instead of one-thousand years in the moon. Luna still has a FriendlessBackground however she's more {{adorkable}} than troubled.
** Played straight with most other characters. Pinkie's parents are dead and she has [[StepfordSmiler deep issues]] due to growing up in an orphanage where she was looked down upon for her ethnicity and [[FantasticRacism Earth pony background]], Applejack and Rarity are {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s, Fluttershy had a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, Spike is all-around [[ButtMonkey hated by everypony]], etc. They don't tend to [[AngstWhatAngst actively angst too much]] due to the comedic nature of the series.
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6461902 This rewrite]] of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' adds more detail as to what happened to Wanda and Pietro Maximoff after they were left orphans as children when a missile made by Stark Industries hit their home. This includes: being beaten and kicked out of foster homes; being accused of stealing; and being bullied because they were Romanian or Jewish or both. Wanda [[RantInducingSlight even goes on a rant]] about how horrible her and Pietro's lives were because of what happened.
* In the ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'' Universe, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Starlight Glimmer's]] backstory (as shown in "The Cutie Remark") is expanded by the author to make her more sympathetic. Instead of simply [[spoiler: losing her OnlyFriend when he got his Cutie Mark before her]], this version of Starlight is an orphan who grew up in [[OrphanageOfFear extremely neglectful conditions]], and [[spoiler: that friend was literally the only one who cared about her]].
* ''Fanfic/Team8'' is a ForWantOfANail fic with an altered history that makes Naruto and Hinata's life struggles significantly worse. The villagers are even more antagonistic to Naruto [[spoiler:and there is even hinted to be a conspiracy against him]], and Hinata's parental abuse is far worse. Consequently, both of them start out much more cynical and insecure than in canon. [[spoiler:At separate points, they both even have ''suicidal'' thoughts.]]
* ''Fanfic/UniverseFalls'' doesn't hesitate to play up the fact that the Mystery Kids (Dipper, Mabel, Steven, and Connie) are ''children'', facing all sorts of physical and mental trauma in investigating the mysteries surrounding either the town of Gravity Falls or the Crystal Gems. And among other things, the OddFriendship between Lapis Lazuli and Dipper makes the former's sacrifice in "Jailbreak" and the latter's desperate bargain with Bill Cipher in "Sock Opera" all the more hard-hitting.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Mrs. Brisby in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' is shown as a much more timid character on her quest to save her son than in [[Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH the book]] which focused more on the rats' escape from NIMH. The film places much more emphasis on the values of courage, which is justifiable since Mrs. Brisby is a mouse.
* [[Literature/TheBible Moses]] in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', compared to other films such as ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. In the original source however he's arguably even more angsty. Aside from not realizing he was adopted, this version also emphasizes the fact that he and Rameses were raised as brothers and friends, giving them a tragic CainAndAbel dynamic not present in the Bible or other versions. But since TropesAreNotBad many people prefer this because it humanizes both of them.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' ages up [[Literature/TreasureIsland Jim Hawkins]] and gives him single-parent/teen-rebel angst.
* In ''Literature/TheFrogPrince'', the female lead is a princess whose worst worries are getting her ball out of a pond and having to deal with her promise to a frog. In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Tiana is a workaholic bordering on a nervous collapse because she feels that if she doesn't achieve her dream of owning her own restaurant, she will let down her dead father (who shared the same dream and, in fact, inspired her). She also seems aware of what her friends, family, and the town in general thinks of her devotion to her dream and it gets to her.
* In ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'', while Rapunzel being kicked out of the tower isn't very pleasant, it still isn't emphasized as being the worst thing ever. In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Rapunzel has to deal with [[spoiler:discovering that her "mother" actually kidnapped her in infancy and intends to imprison her for as long as she lives. And when Rapunzel fights back, it ends with watching Mother Gothel die in front of her and Flynn nearly dying.]] She [[AngstWhatAngst doesn't react nearly as much as expected]] but still has more trauma than in the fairy tale.
* In the fairy tale of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the Beast is certainly not happy with being cursed, but still is stable enough to be kind and gentlemanly towards Beauty. In [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Disney adaptation]], being cursed has caused the Beast to fall into a spiral of self-loathing and depression and has all but given up on everything by the time Belle shows up (WordOfGod has said that if Belle hadn't come, the Beast would have lost his mind and turned into an animal entirely). Much emphasis is also put on his despair when Belle leaves for her father and [[spoiler:he is mortally wounded by [[StalkerWithACrush Gaston]]]] instead of his more quiet DeathByDespair in the story.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films:
** Aragorn reveals his inner conflict more often than in the books, and is not convinced that he should return as king until the last movie. The DVD commentary for the film outright admits this was done as a way to give him a character-building arc, although it is easier to rationalize considering the opinion the film's Elves hold about the will of Men in general during the story... which also wasn't so prominent in the books.
** Faramir in the books was able to refuse the ring when Frodo offered it to him without a second thought. In the movie, Faramir being tempted to take the ring like his brother was, but ultimately realizing that he had to let Frodo go, was the driving force behind his entire arc in the second movie.
** In the film, Gollum turns Frodo against Sam before ditching him at Shelob's lair, and Sam is left walking back home in tears after pleading with Frodo not to believe him. In the books they merely get lost in Shelob's lair after Gollum abandons them.
* Thorin's background in ''Film/TheHobbit''. He seems reasonably content in the book and his reason for returning to Erebor mainly seems to be to regain the treasure. In the film, it's a source of great pain to him that his people lack their rightful home, and he also wants revenge for the deaths of his kin.
** In the second film, Beorn's scenes are not a funny and lighthearted break from a desperate ordeal with goblins because Beorn isn't a cranky but reasonable force-of-nature-like person who has to be conned into sheltering the company for a couple of nights. Instead he's the LastOfHisKind escapee from Azog's gladiator pits who only helps the Dwarves because he hates Goblins more.
* Peter in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' films, especially ''Prince Caspian'', is far less confident and kingly than his book counterpart. ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'' also adds sub-plots where Lucy worries a lot about her looks and the consequences of worrying about it, Edmund angsts about his time as a traitor to the White Witch, and Caspian has daddy issues. The first movie also gives Edmund the psychological excuse of being the sibling most affected by their father being off fighting in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; in the books, the war is pretty much [[BlitzEvacuees just a device to get them all to a big strange house in the countryside]] and is barely if at all mentioned after the first page.
* King Leonidas from ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Turns his wife into a major character and makes her the voice of reason and confidence.
* The eponymous hero in the epic poem ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' was a dude who slayed monsters. [[Film/Beowulf1999 The 1999 film version]] starring Christopher Lambert made the character a HalfHumanHybrid who is tormented by the idea of him turning completely non-human, and fights monsters because of it.
%%* This happened to Film/JamesBond in the latest movies.
* ''Literature/StuartLittle'' was changed (understandably) so that Stuart was adopted instead of Mrs. Little actually giving birth to him, leaving George with disappointment about getting a mouse instead of the "real" brother he'd wanted and a bit of a complex about being overshadowed by the novelty of Stuart. In the book George was a fairly minor character whose defining characteristic was being kind of a know-it-all.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'', a movie sequel to ''Literature/PeterPan'', makes the grown-up Peter into a [[WhenYouComingHomeDad distant workaholic dad who has to learn that his kids are more important]].
** Likewise PJ Hogan's ''Film/PeterPan'' greatly expands upon Wendy's reasons for running away to Neverland. Not simply just afraid of growing up, Wendy is afraid of what growing up will actually mean - becoming an OldMaid or StepfordSmiler and being unable to have her adventures. This is all for the sake of undergoing CharacterDevelopment as Wendy realises that she was only afraid of growing up because she was not ready for it. Meanwhile Peter gets plenty of angst as well, not being able to understand the nature of his feelings for Wendy, as falling in love is a part of growing up which Peter refuses to do. The film even ends on a bittersweet note with the narrator describing Wendy's happy family as "the world he could never be a part of".
%%* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' gave Willy Wonka a FreudianExcuse.
%%* ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist''.
* Film adaptations of Bible stories will typically add this - for example, the book of Exodus never says that Moses [[ChangelingFantasy had no idea of his Hebrew heritage]]. In fact, it implies the opposite, but most versions have his true heritage be a surprise, to up the angst. Other such examples are:
** A film version of the Book/Life of the prophet Joel gives Joel a love interest who is killed (in front of him) by the oppressors, spurring Joel onto his passionate, even frenzied preaching.
** The story of Ruth, already an impressive one in and of itself, is given an extra punch by making Ruth a ''priestess'' of the Moab religion, rather than just a Moabitess, and therefore her conversion to Judaism is much more meaningful.
* ''Film/TheLastAirbender'': Movie!Aang spends most of his time angsting over his job as the [[TheChosenOne Avatar]] and being the [[LastOfHisKind last airbender]]. While Cartoon!Aang isn't a stranger to angst, he's ThePollyanna. Also people are quick to notice that Movie!Sokka never cracks a single joke when he was known as the funny guy in the series.
** The difference is jarring to fans, as one of the trademarks of Aang's character in the original series is his [[AngstWhatAngst apparently-eternal optimism]], and the few times he truly fell into depression were: after realizing he really ''is'' the last Airbender (by discovering the remains of Monk Gyatso); had his oldest and closest friend stolen by sand-raiders; and effectively lost the war by allowing the Fire Nation to finally seize control of the Earth Kingdom (leaving only a small band of rebels, amounting to little more than a single battalion of soldiers). While Aang always has a subtle sense of melancholy and quiet moments in the original series, Movie! Aang is basically morose throughout the entire film, with nary a sign of the cartoon's optimism.
* Franchise/SpiderMan in the movies is a lot more somber. Peter Parker was always as angsty as he was in the films, but between the good he does have in his life and his [[YouFightLikeACow snarky battle commentary]] he's a fun character; not so in the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' where the angst is pretty much wall-to-wall.
** ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' series makes it a ZigZaggedTrope: He has more problems, adding the baggage of missing parents on top of Peter's responsibility and love interest woes. (Other versions tend to gloss over just ''why'' he's living with an aunt and uncle at the beginning. ''This'' Peter has to solve the mystery of his missing parents, who turn out to have been murdered for their role in the science that would eventually lead to radioactive spiders and genetically altered super villains.) However, it also returns Peter's snarkiness when fighting as Spidey, and we even see him and Gwen Stacy ''enjoying being together'' in a way we never saw with the always-strained Peter/MJ relationship in the original trilogy. Of course, [[spoiler: Gwen meets a fate similar to her comic counterpart]] in the end.
** This trope is however {{inverted}} for the Spidey of the [[Franchise/{{MarvelCinematicUniverse}} MCU]]. While this Spidey clearly has his share of problems in this continuity, Uncle Ben's death doesn't weigh as heavily as his conscience as it does in other adaptations or, if it's there, then he does a really good job of hiding it. He's also a lot more secure in himself as Spider-Man, even though he doesn't really think he's all that important as Peter Parker.
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander[=:=] The Far Side Of The World'', the only film so far of the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' novels, has a plot [[AdaptationDistillation condensed from several of the books]] plus some stuff that's just made up. A few characters suffer DeathByAdaptation; in particular, one midshipman is DrivenToSuicide by a major sub-plot expanded from a minor and suicideless one in one of the books. Presumably due to ValuesDissonance, the decision to have a sailor flogged is also played as a rare event and significant moral dilemma for Aubrey, while in the books it's treated as a routine if sometimes distasteful part of his job.
* [[Anime/DragonBallZ Goku]] in ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' suffered this trope. In the movie, he has zero self-confidence and feels that he "can't get the girl", a far cry from his actual personality, where he had no worries in the world at all, and initially had trouble identifying what a girl was.
* Most of the angst in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films comes directly from [[Literature/HarryPotter the books]], but there are still some film-specific examples of this trope. In the book version of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', the fact that Hermione bewitched her parents to forget about her is something which is briefly mentioned in passing. The movie actually shows it, creating a heart-breaking scene. In the sixth film, Slughorn is seen to harbor much guilt and sadness over the death of Lily Potter via an anecdote about a gift she once gave him. The films actually avert it more often than not:
** In the first book, the time our heroes lose one hundred and fifty house points makes them despondent and hated by their classmates, but the movie just skips directly from them losing the points to their detention.
** The second movie greatly downplays Harry's angst about potentially being the Heir of Slytherin, although it gets a little more play in the film's {{Deleted Scene}}s. The fourth movie doesn't explain Barty Crouch, Jr.'s angsty backstory and portrays him as a straightforward villain.
** In the fifth movie, Harry doesn't fly into frequent ALL CAPS rants of rage at his friends nor does he RageAgainstTheMentor with Dumbledore during the final scenes as in the book; the movie instead portrays his inner struggle throughout the plot as one of bleak isolation because of his tribulations rather than angry frustration from feeling like he's treated with kid gloves too often.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Maya pretty quickly recovers from [[spoiler:Mia's death]], [[StepfordSmiler or at least is able to act as if she has.]] In [[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the movie]], she is more upset and, at the end of her trial, [[spoiler:screams at Red White and demands to know why he hurt her family so much.]] Also, while the backstory of [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi]] was plenty tragic in the game, the movie actually ''shows'' him having to suffer through [[spoiler:being accused of murder, having Robert Hammond say to his face that he doesn't care if Yogi is innocent or not, being harassed by his neighbors, and coming home to find that his wife has committed suicide]].
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] Aurora in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}''. In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Aurora becomes heartbroken when she learns her identity as the daughter of King Stefan and Queen Leah, meaning that she'll have to leave her simple life in the woods with her aunts and marry a prince, never able to meet up with the nice guy she met in the woods (of course, said guy turns out to be Phillip, her betrothed all along). In ''Maleficent'', Aurora is told by her aunts about her curse (to fall into eternal sleep) and even about Maleficent, who cursed her. However, in this continuity, Aurora has grown to know Maleficent as her FairyGodmother, and even planned on moving into the Faerie Moors with her when she turned sixteen. As a result, this film places more emphasis on how Aurora feels betrayed by the people she grew up seeing as her family, while adding on the angst that any teenage girl would get when they learn they're essentially doomed to die.
* Though her hiding from others is not shown as much in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', Katniss' concern for Gale, Prim, and especially Peeta is played ''way'' up in comparison to [[Literature/TheHungerGames the book]]. For example, when she gives her demands to Coin in exchange for being the Mockingjay, she does not include her demand that she be allowed to kill Snow personally, only concentrating on saving the victors (and keeping Buttercup). This is especially shown in [[spoiler:the mission to save the victors]]. While in the book, she was concentrated wholly on [[HoldingTheFloor Finnick's revelations about Snow]] and therefore developing an increasingly complex relation with him as a result in their friendship, the revelations are more or less in the background, [[spoiler:including the fact that Finnick was a SexSlave not even having him on screen at the time of the comment]], with her focused entirely on the screens involving the secondary purpose of the reveals.
* A rather minor case with Jack in the [[Film/IntoTheWoods film version]] of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', who develops a bit of angst due to his mother's treatment.
* ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'':
** Somewhat; Cinderella in [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} the original film]] took her step-family's abuse as stoically as possible, only breaking down when she's denied a chance to go to the ball. In this film, Ella is shown to be clearly affected by her mistreatment, well before the dress-tearing scene. Nonetheless, she tries to make the best with what she's got.
** Tremaine is given a more sympathetic, deeper personality, as opposed to her flat portrayal in earlier adaptations. Of course, she can hardly be considered anything but the villain, [[FreudianExcuse just one with a better argument]]. In something the original Lady Tremaine would never do, this WickedStepmother is perfectly willing to let Cinderella marry her beloved prince... [[PragmaticVillainy however, even then she has ulterior motives for doing so]].
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' adds more conflict for Dorothy at the beginning of the story than ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' has. While the book portrays Kansas as a drab place, Dorothy herself is a {{Cheerful Child}} and the cyclone that blows her to Oz occurs almost immediately. In the film, before the cyclone, she has to deal with [[AndYouWereThere witchy neighbor]] Miss Gulch trying to have her dog Toto killed, feels ignored by her busy Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, and longs to escape to [[IWantSong "a place where there isn't any trouble."]] This gives her more of a character arc than she has in the book, as her journey through Oz teaches her to appreciate her home and her aunt and uncle's love for her.
* ''Film/TheWiz'', in comparison to [[Theatre/TheWiz the play]] and ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', depicts Dorothy as having a stronger fear of leaving the safety of her Aunt Em's house to venture into the outside world.
* Inverted in the first adaptation of ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'', ''These Three''. While still a somber tale about infidelity and power-dynamics, the climax is considerably less depressing. [[spoiler:Martha's]] love confession is quiet and calm instead of the AnguishedDeclarationOfLove from the play and [[spoiler:she wasn't DrivenToSuicide]]. The inversion is in large part due to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode forcing the film-makers to make the film about a straight love triangle instead of a gay one, and censorship over [[spoiler:the suicidal themes.]]
* Both played straight and inverted in ''Film/JohnCarter''. One the one hand, the movie version of Carter is somewhat more bitter over the outcome of the Civil War. On the other hand, the film skips over much of the angst that plagues his courtship of Dejah Thoris in the novel, there's no mention of his profound fear of the dark, and because the ending differs dramatically from the novel, [[spoiler:Carter is not teleported back to Earth in the middle of a SuicideMission to restore Barsoom's atmosphere, and so he is not left to spend the rest of his years wondering if his wife and unborn child are still alive.]]
* The original team in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' were longtime friends and straight-laced students, helping charities and kids build their self-estimate. The version in ''Film/PowerRangers2017'' are outcasts and/or dealing with personal demons and don't know each other before the movie. More specifically, Jason is a former football star who injured his knee while fleeing from the cops during a prank and crashing, and is under house arrest and lost his father's respect as a result; Kimberly's a former cheerleader who was [[spoiler:a former AlphaBitch who had a HeelRealization after humiliating one of her friends]]; Billy's autistic; Trini's TheQuietOne [[spoiler:and questioning her sexuality]]; and Zack is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who constantly skips class [[spoiler:because he's taking care of his sick mother alone and is afraid of her dying while he's gone.]] Even Zordon gets it - you'd think the AndIMustScream nature of being trapped in another dimension and only able to communicate as a fuzzy graphic of your face is enough, but he was the leader of the previous Rangers, was there when they were betrayed and killed by one of their own, and is considerably less sure of himself and the Rangers, with whom he has a rockier relationship. Jason even notes at one point that though he hides it, he's as afraid as the teens are.
* In ''Literature/TheVisitation'', the book, Travis's wife died of cancer, which lead to him feeling disillusioned about his ministry. In ''Film/TheVisitation'', the movie, she was brutally murdered and her killer never found, which led to Travis becoming an atheist. And then his dog dies.
* The ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'' version of Superman is more angsty and brooding due to having to conceal his powers as a kid and getting bad press despite his best efforts and thus, is much less idealistic and optimistic than others versions.
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* Inverted in the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' book ''A Sister More Like Me''. Elsa seems pretty chipper about her inflicted solitude and seems to enjoy the peace and quiet. In the movie she's shown to be more [[EmotionlessGirl stoic]] and [[BrokenBird depressed]].
* Many Franchise/SherlockHolmes pastiches and adaptations do this. Some (e.g. ''Literature/TheSevenPerCentSolution'') play up the drug addiction theme; others purport to explain Holmes' strange and solitary character by giving him a [[TheLostLenore lost love]] or other [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic past]].
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the books, Tyrion is impressed that his niece Myrcella ''doesn't'' cry when she leaves for Dorne. In the show, she's bawling her eyes out.
** {{Inverted}} by Loras, who makes little mention of Renly after Season 2 aside from an oblique preference for green-and-gold brocade like Renly wore and takes Olyvar as a casual lover rather than remaining celibate out of grief-stricken loyalty as in the books.
** Sansa Stark. Not that she doesn't undergo TraumaCongaLine in the books, but her wedding night rape with Ramsay is entirely native and exclusive to the show as a result of her character's storyline becoming a composite with that of Jeyne Poole's in the book.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark and Lana's relationship is nothing like the lighthearted high school romance - more like a troubled, twisted, angst-filled...something. Both of them angst a lot more than their usual selves.
* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':
** The eponymous Merlin.
** Arthur has his moments as well, as well as having to get over prejudices against magic and class not usually touched on in other adaptations.
* The original ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books notably ran on AngstWhatAngst The [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie seventies TV show]], derived plenty of its drama from things that didn't remotely happen in the books/in RealLife. The 2005 miniseries stuck closer to the letter of events but sometimes added emotional overtones where none had been, including mining angst from the books' characteristically restrained hints at the WellDoneSonGuy element in [[DaddysGirl Laura]]'s relationship with her father.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
** The titular character, Oliver Queen has a lot more grief in his life than his comics counterpart ever had. His ordeal on the island was much more bleaker and torturesome. As a result he is much more violent, aggressive, and serious.
** Quentin Lance. His family problems are a lot more bleaker. He had to go with one of his daughters dying [[IThoughtYouWereDead twice]], his wife leaves him, his job takes a hit due to working with the vigilante, and then his other daughter dies as well.
* Moist von Lipwig in the TV adaptation of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' broods much more on his past crimes and their consequences than he does in the book. Also, Adora Belle Dearheart has [[DeathByAdaptation lost more than just her brother]].
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}''
** In the adaptation of ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', Literature/HerculePoirot agonizes a lot more over whether to turn in the person or persons responsible for the murder than he does in the novel.
** The adaptation of ''Literature/SadCypress'' raises the stakes by having Elinor Carlisle be convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang, forcing Poirot to race against time to find the real murderer before the innocent girl gets executed for it.
** Inverted in the ''Literature/OneTwoBuckleMyShoe'' adaptation. By diminishing the political overtones of the original setting, reducing the unpleasant characteristics of the scapegoat and removing many of the killer's sympathetic qualities, the MoralDilemma that Poirot must face in the books are not apparent in the TV.
* The 2004 ''Series/{{Marple}}'' adaptation of ''Literature/TheBodyInTheLibrary'' makes the character of Mark Gaskell a lot more sympathetic by turning him into a former war hero suffering from shell-shock and SurvivorGuilt after the deaths of his wife and his two best friends.
* The original series of ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' had Kolchak investigating strange stories of the supernatural solely because he kept running into them on his beat. The short-lived remake ''The Night Stalker'' had it so that he was driven to investigate the strange after the mysterious death of his wife, for which he was still considered a suspect.
* The Granada ''Series/SherlockHolmes'' series flip-flops on inverting this or playing it straight for different incidents, the decisions usually hinging on the absence of Watson's narration from the books. Holmes's cocaine addiction, at any rate, is given a good bit more active screentime.
* ''[[Theatre/TheWiz The Wiz Live!]]'' shows more of Dorothy's grieving over her parents' death than did the original play, or even ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Aunt Em, the sister of Dorothy's mama, also mourns the loss.
* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Life}}''. Ayumu in the j-drama is presented as ever so slightly less depressed and troubled than in the manga, mostly due to them removing her SelfHarm habits. The live action adaptation focuses more on her overcoming her hardships and dealing with her bullies.
* ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' seems made with the intention of deconstructing and darkening ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' as much as possible. There is traditionally ''no'' angst in ''Archie's'' whatsoever, and even the more contemporary ''ComicBook/ArchieComics2015'' isn't nearly as dramatic:
** Archie is described as dealing with multiple issues and harboring a dark secret. He's also been MistakenForMurderer.
** Betty is a StepfordSmiler with self-esteem issues who is tired of seeming "perfect".
** Summaries outright call ''Jughead'' {{emo}}. He is no longer friends with Archie due to an argument.
** Archie's father Fred is described as having skeletons in his closet.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has the Reverse Flash. In the show, he's been TrappedInThePast for 15 years (originally being from a over a century in the future) and is ''desperate'' to get home, and his scheme to do so is the driving force behind Season 1. In the comics he doesn't care about getting back to his time at all and is mostly just focused on screwing over Franchise/TheFlash in any way possible.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has a few examples, but none more than Rick Grimes. While the comic book version of Rick has his fair share of angst and problems, the ones in the show stick with Rick for entire seasons and have a much larger effect on him and his group.
** Rick takes Lori's death much harder in the show than in the comics, causing him to suffer a severe case of SanitySlippage. He seems to recover by Season 4.
** A much bigger example was in Season 7. When [[BigBad Negan]] made his debut and murdered [[spoiler:Glenn]] in the comics he shook Rick, but Rick only pretended to submit to protect his community and friends, all while making secret plans to take Negan down. There was no secret plan in the show because Rick was actually broken. He tried to convince his friends that this was the only way they could survive, by giving Negan what he wants. He regains the will to fight halfway through the season, when he realizes that no matter how hard he tries, The Saviors will keep hurting his friends and Negan will still kill people.
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* One could argue that this trope was the basis for the musical ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar''. In fact, it was precisely this reason that many people initially protested the film -- because the all-powerful Christ isn't supposed to show feelings like the rest of the mortals, dammit (never mind that the Bible does have several entries in which he does just that).
* Early theatrical adaptations of ''Theatre/SweenyTodd'' did this, converting the story's BigBad into a VillainProtagonist and radically changing his motives. In the original penny dreadful "The String Of Pearls", he's simply a straight-up sociopath who kills his barbershop patrons out of pure greed for their valuables, whereas later plays and films depict his SerialKiller career as him taking revenge on the judge who destroyed his life and the society that did nothing to prevent it. Hence, although still evil in the extreme, he's at least marginally sympathetic for all that.
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* In the VlogSeries ''WebVideo/LovelyLittleLosers'', loosely based on Shakespeare's ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'', a significant amount of the plot hinges on an unhappy backstory that is entirely absent from the original play.
* In ''WebVideo/TheHeroOfTime'', Talon is a lot more serious about things than his carefree self and Malon is considerably more shy and nervous when she first meets Link, although both are explained as a result of them recently moving to Hyrule Castle Town and being unused to living in a populated area (which obviously never happened in the game). [[spoiler:Five years in the future, Talon has become even more depressed and bitter, due to the fact that Malon ''died''.]]
* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' gets into this despite being a primarily comedic series:
** The fate of Sachi and her guild did serve as a DownerEnding for one episode of ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', but as it was originally a side-story in the LightNovel it didn't have a lot of effect on the rest of the storyline. In the abridged series it serves as MyGreatestFailure for Kirito, gives him a case of PTSD that takes him many episodes to bring under some semblance of control, and is central to his CharacterDevelopment from HeroicComedicSociopath to TheSnarkKnight.
** Unlike in canon, Kirito and Silica [[ShaggyDogStory aren't able to revive her pet Pina in time,]] [[UnstoppableRage driving her to a screaming rampage.]]
** The blacksmith Lisbeth is given a tragic past in which her eagerness to get some rare materials led to the death of her guild, leading her to become a socially-awkward reclusive. Which ends up making her NotSoDifferent from Kirito.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', The Rhino here has much more angst issues about being mutated and bullied into becoming a criminal than his mainstream counterpart.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Waspinator's odd speech and ButtMonkey mannerisms made him the comic relief in WesternAnimation/BeastWars. Here his mannerisms are a result of being locked in a penitentiary for a long time which gradually eroded his sanity to make him into a gibbering mess, and when bad things happen to him they also get played for drama as well as laughs. His lamentations at his lot in life are no longer odd fourth wall breaking moments, but the insane depressed ramblings of a broken bot.
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