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->''"As many people have noted throughout the years though, [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] has been rather... lax when it comes to adapting books and fairy tales into movies. This is understandable in some cases. Still, it can be a bit galling when one knows that the fire-breathing, demonic witch on the screen was a kindly old lady in the source material."''
-->-- ''[[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/46445.html Top Five Miscast Disney Villains]]''

The villain of an adaptation or retelling of a story is a familiar character who wasn't as bad in the source material. Sure, they may have been [[{{Jerkass}} a bit of a jerk]], or [[TrueNeutral couldn't care less about the good guys]], but they weren't ''evil''. Maybe they were even an ally of the main characters who [[TokenEvilTeammate leaned a little too far on the evil side]], or a villain [[EvenEvilHasStandards with standards]] or who was [[PetTheDog known to show a softer side]]. Maybe the character [[SitComArchNemesis rubbed the heroes the wrong way]], but never caused any real harm and was otherwise a decent person. In any case, the character ''seriously'' TookALevelInJerkass in the POVSequel, TheMovie, TheFilmOfTheBook, or any other reimagining of the original material. Where they were simply a pest before (and never treated as anything worse than that), or even friendly, they now [[KickTheDog kick dogs]] [[ForTheEvulz for fun]].

This trope can take several forms, depending on the adaptation and the character. The TrueNeutral figure is actively villainous instead of simply not caring or choosing not to get involved. An imposing and potentially dangerous, but ultimately helpful, ally may become an enemy instead. The AntiVillain and TragicVillain will probably lose most or all of their sympathetic side and have fewer, if any, [[PetTheDog nicer moments]]. The {{Jerkass}} companion who is [[HateSink merely contemptible]] (but still entitled to the same protection as any other non-villain) in the source material will start committing acts in the adaptation that make them an actual enemy. The dangerous but tragic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds will lose any sympathetic parts of their characterization or backstory, and the NobleDemon will lack most or all of their [[EvenEvilHasStandards code of honor]]. Meanwhile, the WellIntentionedExtremist's belief that they are [[KnightTemplar doing the right thing]] is gone, and they do evil things just ForTheEvulz, even [[CardCarryingVillain saying so]]. Sometimes it can be as simple as ignoring a reformed character's HeelFaceTurn or TheAtoner's remorse over their past bad behavior. An UnintentionallySympathetic character or a DesignatedVillain in the source material may also be given a KickTheDog moment or two to make the character more obviously vicious and prevent the audience from feeling too sorry for them.

This occasionally happens to characters who were explicitly good guys in the source material, and if it does, it's sometimes a TakeThat [[TakeThatScrappy an unpopular one]] or to make the character DarkerAndEdgier. It may be a sign of CharacterExaggeration. It can also be done [[NotHisSled to preserve a twist]] in the original story by surprising the audience with the identity of the villain, using an unexpected character as opposed to the original villain, who turns out to be innocent in the adaptation.

[[TropesAreTools This isn't always a bad thing]], however, and indeed some iconic villains have come about in this way, although it will probably lead to accusations of AdaptationDecay or CharacterDerailment from purists. Sometimes is the result of CompositeCharacter -- the composite mixes the harmless character and a more villainous one -- or AdaptationExpansion, when [[NoAntagonist there is no obvious villain]] in the original work, and a [[TheGhost Ghost]] or another minor character [[AscendedExtra gets the part]]. Sometimes it's to [[LighterAndSofter make the moral lines of an otherwise edgy story]] [[BlackAndWhiteMorality more clear]] or to [[AdaptationDistillation simplify]] a complex character. A PerspectiveFlip often uses this deliberately along with AdaptationalHeroism to subvert the audience's expectations of who the hero and villain are. If the adaptation does well, the darker incarnation of the character may become more popular and [[AdaptationDisplacement eventually overshadow the original]], for [[EvilIsCool a variety]] [[DracoInLeatherPants of reasons]].

It's not Adaptational Villainy if [[CanonForeigner an entirely new character]] is created to be the villain. This trope only applies if the villain in question is recognizable from the original work, but was [[AntiVillain a more sympathetic]] or [[TragicVillain tragic]] figure, had [[EvenEvilHasStandards some form of standards]] or sympathetic motivations, had [[PetTheDog sympathetic moments]] or [[MoralityPet people that the villain genuinely cared about]], was strictly neutral, was eventually [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]], [[TheAtoner showed remorse]], or wasn't evil at all. It is also not Adaptational Villainy if a character is [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into being more outright evil than they originally were within a canon, their original, more understandable motives behind their actions are [[MotiveDecay downplayed or completely ignored as the material goes on]], or if constantly switching sides is [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor an established character trait]].

This trope is OlderThanDirt, since this sometimes happened to religious or mythological figures who, over time, became more malicious than they were in the older versions of their myths due to displacement or conquest, hence the SuperTrope {{Demonization}}. Also a subtrope of AdaptationPersonalityChange. Compare EverybodyHatesHades, which is this trope applied to certain DarkIsNotEvil gods in mythology, and HistoricalVillainUpgrade, which is a variant for RealLife figures. RonTheDeathEater happens when a section of a fandom demonizes a character rather than one specific adaptation. Contrast TookALevelInJerkass, in which the character becomes more unpleasant canonically, because of CharacterDevelopment. Compare AdaptationalJerkass, where the character also becomes more unpleasant in the adaptation, but does not necessarily change alignment.

'''For the inverse where a villain or AntiHero is softened in the adaptation, see AdaptationalHeroism.'''

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* AdaptationalVillainy/AnimeAndManga
* AdaptationalVillainy/ComicBooks
* AdaptationalVillainy/FanWorks
* [[AdaptationalVillainy/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
* [[AdaptationalVillainy/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* AdaptationalVillainy/LiveActionTV
** ''AdaptationalVillainy/GameOfThrones''
* AdaptationalVillainy/VideoGames
* AdaptationalVillainy/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The 1978-1988 ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' comic strip, syndicated by King Features and [[RecursiveAdaptation based on the Disney movies based on the book]], has gained some memetic steam on the Internet for its portrayal of the usually kind-hearted and sugary-sweet Pooh as a complete {{jerkass}}, [[ComedicSociopathy usually for the sake of a punchline.]] It's all the more funny (or disturbing) because his face is still fixed in that innocent Disney-merch smile.
-->'''Pooh:''' You take yourself too seriously, Eeyore.\\
'''Eeyore:''' You mean I should laugh at myself, Pooh?\\
'''Pooh:''' Why not? Everyone else does.\\\
'''Pooh:''' How are you, Piglet?\\
'''Piglet:''' Well, actually, Pooh... I didn't sleep too well last night and...\\
'''Pooh:''' Please, Piglet! I was just being nice! I don't have time for all that today!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novel ''The Resurrection Casket'' is ''Literature/TreasureIsland [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!'' Drel [=McCavity=] (the Squire Trelawney character) turns out to be a villain, but not ''quite'' as much of one as Salvo (the John Silver character) who's been "upgraded" to FauxAffablyEvil.
* In the original story of "[[Myth/SaintGeorge Saint George and the Dragon]]" and most reworkings of it, Saint George is the hero, or at worst a WellIntentionedExtremist (usually in versions where the dragon is misunderstood and George assumes it's dangerous). For example, in ''Film/TheReluctantDragon'', he becomes the title character's friend. Even in retellings where the dragon is SparedByTheAdaptation, George usually convinces it to make a HeelFaceTurn. In the ''Dragon Keepers'' series by Kate Kilmo, Saint George is a VillainWithGoodPublicity who enslaves magical creatures and kills harmless and intelligent dragons for purely selfish reasons (to drink their magical blood) while the princess he saved is an evil witch. The dragon from the original tale tells his own side of the story, in which he was a benevolent sorcerer betrayed and killed by George.
** Later in the series, {{Literature/Beowulf}} gets the same treatment - he became immortal by drinking a dragon's blood and faked his death (in the original story he and the dragon died in a MutualKill). He disguises himself as a BadSanta along with [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] disguised as ChristmasElves, is CruellaToAnimals, and antagonizes the protagonists by trying to steal [[WouldHurtAChild dragon eggs]].
* ''Literature/MythOMania'' has some in-universe examples: When Zeus rewrote the stories of Myth/ClassicalMythology, he exaggerated monsters' scariness to glorify the heroes. (eg, The Minotaur went from being a vegetarian to eating humans.) Plus, Zeus claimed that Hades kidnapped Persephone, when actually she hitched a ride on his chariot while running away from [[MyBelovedSmother her overprotective mother]].
* The mice from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' -- in the radio play, they are fairly amiable, and upon discovering that Arthur is in the ideal position to find the ultimate question, offer to make him "a reasonably rich man" if he does. In the book and subsequent adaptations, however, they are much more sinister, plotting to steal his brain in order to read the question from it.
* FrankensteinsMonster gets this ''a lot''. Literally ''dozens'' of interpretations of the character portray him as an evil fiend, rather than the misunderstood and rejected outcast he was in [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} the original novel]]. (Mostly due to ArtisticLicense as a plot demands.)
* ''Literature/LandOfOz'':
** While Creator/LFrankBaum didn't elaborate on what makes the Wicked Witch of the East evil (allowing for certain AlternateCharacterInterpretations), Volkov wastes no time in ''Literature/TalesOfTheMagicLand'', and opens the series by portraying her as an OmnicidalManiac.
** Likewise, the Wizard is not necessarily a good guy, and does several reprehensible things, but when Greg Maguire got his hands on Oz for ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', the Wizard became a power-seeking, first-rate MagnificentBastard who exploits religious factionalism and FantasticRacism to pit his potential enemies against one another, drive Oz into civil war, and start [[ANaziByAnyOtherName genocide of the sentient beasts]] [[spoiler:as a cover for him trying to locate the Grimmerie and obtain absolute power.]]
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'':
** The Queen of Hearts is clearly a mean woman and a blustering {{Jerkass}} type, but calling her evil might be stretching the definition a little; though she often calls for people to be beheaded, her husband secretly pardons most of the people she condemns, and the Griffon tells Alice that, "It's all in [the Queen's] fancy, you know. They don't actually execute anyone." Nonetheless, you can be sure in almost any modern story where Alice is portrayed as the protagonist, the Queen of Hearts (often [[CompositeCharacter conflated with]] the Red Queen) will be the villain, and portrayed as ''far'' more evil than Carroll could have ever imagined. Whereas Alice's trial in the book ends with her realizing that the Queen of Hearts' threat against her is empty and dismissing the Queen's court as a pack of playing cards, in [[Disney/AliceInWonderland the 1951 Disney version]], the Queen of Hearts is portrayed as a genuine threat, and the trial ends with Alice running for her life from the Queen and her soldiers before [[AllJustADream waking up]].
** Then there's [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 Tim Burton's movie]] and [[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice the popular video game.]] Then Queen of Hearts is [[TheCaligula a mad tyrant]] in the first, and an EldritchAbomination in the second.
** The Jabberwock is often both this ''and'' an AscendedExtra in such works, seeing as the evil beast wasn't even an antagonist for Alice in ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'', only appearing in the now-famous poem that she read. The poem became so popular that most modern adaptations include the creature as an adversary for Alice and the heroes in general.
* By the end of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]'', it seemed like Trixie made a full HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:(Which the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic]] follows through on)]], which makes her return to an antagonistic role in ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' rather jarring.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Knuckles was misled by [[BigBad Dr. Robotnik]] into fighting Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3'', but quickly made a HeelFaceTurn after realizing his mistake and has generally been a firm ally ever since. In ''Literature/TheSonicTheHedgehogJokeBook'', he seems to be one of Robotnik's full-time minions.
* In ''Literature/{{Noob}}'', the novel version of Donteuil in regards to the webseries one. When that fact that [[spoiler:Fantöm's avatar was illegally enhanced]] get revealed in the webseries, Judge Dead is the one who decides to blame the whole thing on its LockedOutOfTheLoop victim. A couple of webseries scenes give the impression that Donteuil has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone feeling towards the victim in question and it's via Donteuil that the audience eventually finds out that the victim's situation isn't as bad as it first looked. In the novels, Donteuil seems to be the one who decided to pull the "blame the victim" move, while the "situation not as bad as it first looked" reveal comes from a FictionalDocument provided by another character that gets no mention in the webseries.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', even though Sharptooth managed to terrify an entire generation of children, [[AmbiguouslyEvil it's not clear if he can truly be called evil]], and there's a distinct possibility that [[NonMaliciousMonster he's just hungry]]. The novelization, however, portrays him as a narcissistic serial killer who's after the hatchlings out of petty revenge and is implied to kill ForTheEvulz.
* The swan knight in German legends (usually named Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}) is a hero who rescues the girl and marries her. In Robert Southey's ballad ''Rudiger'', he's the villain who sold his soul to the devil and nearly threw his infant son right into hell as part of the deal.
* In the ''Secret Agent Mummy'' series, [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Sobek]] is a vicious GodOfEvil who demanded to be worshipped above the other members of the Egyptian pantheon, was temporarily destroyed by the other gods when he threatened to destroy Egypt in revenge, and later attempts to forcibly turn the world's animals into crocodiles. While Sobek was a complex and ambiguous figure in mythology, he wasn't outright ''evil'', had several prominent positive aspects, and didn't cause trouble for the other gods.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the picture book ''The Butterfly Ball'', Sir Maximus Mouse, the cheese tycoon, is simply a workaholic who's too busy to go to the Ball. In Roger Glover's concept album adaptation, he's a borderline-demonic CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* PlayedForLaughs in Music/WithinTemptation's song "Gothic Christmas" where WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer becomes an EvilOverlord.
-->''Rudolph, he will change his name.\\
'Cause Rudolph just sounds pretty lame.\\
From now on I'll call him Ragnagord\\
The evil reindeeer overlord\\
His nose shall be red no more\\
It will be blacked to the core\\
His eyes will glow an evil glow\\
To guide the chariot through the snow''
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian Legends]]:
** Mordred went from playing a small but important role as the killer of Arthur (and something of a WorthyOpponent) to becoming Arthur's [[BastardBastard evil illegitimate son]] and in earlier versions EvilNephew who was connected to Morgan le Fay. In his earliest appearances, it isn't clear whether Mordred and Arthur were enemies at all - it is only said that Mordred fought in the battle in which Arthur was killed, without making it clear whether they fought on the same side or opposing ones.
** Morgan le Fay herself was, in her earliest incarnations, a healer who ''helped'' Arthur by preserving his immortality, not the evil witch seen in later versions of the story.
** A story that Arthur killed his own son in battle is actually one of the earliest recorded; presumably Mordred's villainy was developed to make this okay.
* Odysseus, while [[WorthyOpponent respected by many of his enemies]] for his [[GuileHero cunning and tactical skills]] in Myth/GreekMythology, was viewed as a liar and a cheat by the Romans (such as Creator/{{Virgil}}), who treated him as a pure villain and placed far less emphasis on his good characteristics. In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Dante placed Ulysses in the hell of evil counselors.
** The Greeks from the Trojan War got this in general from the Romans and their later followers. The Romans were supposedly descended from the Trojans (specifically Aeneas), so naturally they weren't happy by the way their ancestors had been treated.
* Set in Myth/EgyptianMythology, although he feuded with Horus after killing Osiris, was originally the protector of Re from the evil serpent [[EldritchAbomination Apep]], who he fought every night, and worshiped in his own right. After Egypt was split between the Upper and Lower Kingdoms, he became [[GodOfEvil an evil god]] in Lower Egypt and his positive aspects were handed over to other deities. His worship as the god of foreigners almost entirely stopped after the Hyksos invaded Egypt.
** He fell into decline as the trio of Osiris, Isis, and Horus rose in prominence. Different cult centers always had different opinions on everyone, of course. He was also associated with the desert, which seems to have gotten less awe and more resentment over time.
* Loki's daughter Hel, the Norse goddess of death. Older myths suggest that she was originally a serene guide to the underworld for people who died of natural causes, and early descriptions of her realm Helheim aren't particularly negative. Later, more Christian-influenced myths portray her as a hag preparing an army of the dead for her father, and Helheim itself is the origin of the word "hell".
* The gods of several religions show up in those of rival civilizations as demons.
* Doing this to Hades (and occasionally other gods of death) has become its own subtrope, see EverybodyHatesHades.
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* Aside from a fight when she premiered in one issue of the ComicBook, the Black Widow has never been a Franchise/SpiderMan villain. Yet Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' pinball has her on the backglass along with Spidey's other rogues, such as the Vulture and the Green Goblin.
* In Creator/ZenStudios' ''[[VideoGame/SpiderManZenStudios Spider-Man]]'' pinball, J. Jonah Jameson is elevated from an annoying nuisance (and often portrayed with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold some redeeming qualities]]) to one of four villains for Spider-Man to fight.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the Tarrasque is upgraded from the highly destructive but NonMaliciousMonster it is in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' to a ChaoticEvil agent of the god Rovagug the Worldbreaker.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' the musical is still an example, but is more sympathetic to [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz The Wizard]] than [[Literature/{{Wicked}} the book version]] above, portraying him as a sort of a WellIntentionedExtremist who is puppeteered by Madame Morrible and generally seems to want the best for Oz, as long as he remains its leader.
* This happens to several characters in ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'', the sequel to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. The trope applies in two ways, both because characters from the first musical undergo villain transformations and because in ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'' (the Frederick Forsyth novel that was the result of early work on what became this show) contains no such transformation, instead having the villain be a completely new character who didn't make it to the stage. Madame Giry is more-or-less the main antagonist, and only helps the Phantom for the reward it earns her. Meg gradually loses her sanity while trying to [[spoiler:start a relationship with the Phantom]], culminating in her [[spoiler:kidnapping and attempting to drown Gustave, then ultimately shooting Christine]]. Meanwhile, more adaptational {{Jerkass}} than villainy, but Raoul is now a cranky alcoholic whose gambling has put the family in a load of debt, and no longer feels the love for Christine that he once did.
* In ''Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure'', the Mad Hatter becomes [[GenderFlip female]] and the play's main antagonist, with the March Hare as her [[TheDragon Dragon]]. In the book, he's [[TheMadHatter scatterbrained]], but not particularly malicious about it.
* Brecht's ''Theatre/TheThreePennyOpera'' makes Macheath considerably more unpleasant than he was in ''Theatre/TheBeggarsOpera''. In the original play, Macheath is a gallant [[TheHighwayman highwayman]] who doesn't kill except in self-defense, and while [[TheCasanova utterly incapable of remaining faithful to one woman]], is an overall nice guy. In contrast, Macheath in Brecht's play is a mass murderer and rapist and only rarely pleasant. An additional change is that lines from the original play given to Peachum involving plans to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness sell out criminal associates to the authorities with full knowledge they will be hanged]] is given to Macheath in ''Theatre/TheThreePennyOpera'', changing Macheath from an example of HonorAmongThieves to one of NoHonorAmongThieves.
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenTicket'', an opera adaptation of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', SpoiledBrat Veruca Salt agrees to a deal with a TV reporter to secretly film and photograph the titular, top-secret factory during the Golden Ticket tour -- which makes her and her dad, who goes along with the plan, spies. As well, she's ''much'' nastier in her selfishness than in other versions, and specifically contrasted with poor-but-good Charlie Bucket throughout. With this in mind, while the novel and all other adaptations have them the third group to be eliminated from the tour, here they're the fourth and last to go.
* In ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', Hagen goes through this. He is largely a CompositeCharacter of Hagen from Literature/TheSagaOfTheVolsungs and ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''. However in the Volsung Saga he is Gunther's heroic brother and though a more villainous figure in the Nibelungenlied, murdering Siegfried, there he is acting out of loyalty to Gunther. In the Ring Cycle Hagen is the son of the main villain Alberich and murders Siegfried and [[CainAndAbel Gunther]] for the RingOfPower.
* ''The Boyg'' was originally a troll/monstrous abomination from the stories of Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe. The original Per Gynt managed to finish it by shooting it point blank between the eyes. In the play ''Theatre/PeerGynt'', written by Creator/HenrikIbsen, the Boyg is an almost invincible EldritchAbomination that does a MindRape on the titular character, and who is the driving force for Peer´s demise throughout the play, actually the real BigBad (set up against the true BigGood: Solveig).
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AstoriaFatesKiss'', Hercules - who certainly has problems but is generally considered a hero in Myth/ClassicalMythology - is the main antagonist of Hydra's route, taking advantage of his status as the son of Zeus to use H.E.R.A. resources while acting outside of their chain of command. He turns out to have assaulted several people, including his own ex-wife, in order to steal the Auras that are the sources of their power for his own use.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ProstituteMickey'' does this to a few Disney characters, mainly to establish exactly how crappy Mickey's life is in the series.
** Mickey's best friends Goofy and Donald have become a drug addict prone to committing robberies and a legless cripple prone to giving Mickey violent threats respectively.
** The ChristmasEpisode features a character named Ebenezer, who is essentially the series' version of Scrooge [=McDuck=]. While most incarnations of Scrooge have been greedy and cheap at worst, Ebenezer was a pedophile who paid children to let him urinate on them, and one of the children he did this to was a younger Mickey.
* Series/{{Teletubbies}} in Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers.
* The various "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos made through Website/GoAnimate tends to make "baby show" characters, such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' from well-adjusted and lovable characters to spoiled brats who enjoy causing all sorts of destruction and mayhem. It doesn't help that, at times, their parents are just as bad.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* After ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'' ended, the author created some gag strips that parody scenes from the original webcomic, and whhich are not in continuity. If they are interpreted as a CompressedAdaptation of the original work, then minus gets hit with this trope, big time. Whereas in the original she is merely a TricksterArchetype who only does bad things because [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds she doesn't understand the consequences of her actions]] and frequently [[PetTheDog softens her antics to make them not as bad]], in the [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minuse2.html extras]] she is a cruel and vindictive psychopath who takes out [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath horrifying revenge]] on people for [[DisproportionateRetribution excruciatingly minor slights]], behavior which the minus from the main webcomic would never do. In the strip that has been linked, she actually turns one of her classmates into a chalk drawing and smudges her, even after the classmate apologized.
** When it comes to other characters, the extras actually contain a spectacular {{Inversion}}. [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus106.html One strip]] features a man who stuffs minus in a briefcase after [[TooSmartForStrangers luring her in with promise of sidewalk chalk]], and who would certainly have tried to abduct her if he wasn't stopped. His counterpart in [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/mnus9.html the extras]], on the other hand, is an innocent bystander who doesn't do anything to deserve being antagonized by the villainized minus.
* ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' does this with many games characters. Shadow, Rouge, the Babylon Rogues, Bean, Silver... even Cream the Rabbit! Blaze is immune to this, being almost identical to her game counterpart.
* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' does this to the bishop in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''. In the movie, he just officiates Elsa's coronation. In this comic, he's [[HypnotizeThePrincess using magic to hypnotize Elsa]]. [[spoiler:This is then subverted when it's revealed to be a magic doppelganger impersonating the real bishop.]]
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' does this to [[spoiler: Han Solo, who shortly before being frozen in carbo... er, alcohol, admits he's been feeding information the the Empire for months. Jim was really impressed with how Annie roleplayed Anakin's StartOfDarkness and wanted to do the same.]] Similarly, this also applies to [[spoiler: Padme Amidala, due to the fact that ''she'''s Darth Vader in this version.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'', Mary started out being intended as a Voice of Reason, and gradually became portrayed as more hypocritical as the author found himself questioning his fundamentalist upbringing and, therefore, Mary's opinions on things. In ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', she's straight-up one of the least sympathetic characters from the get-go, representing everything Willis dislikes about his background. Similarly Joyce's mom in the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} went from "background mother character" to "background mother character [[ParentalSexualitySquick who has lots of sex with her husband]]" to "[[IWantGrandkids deeply obsessed with having grandkids]]", while her Dumbiverse counterpart is mostly characterised by religious intolerance.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/blogs/write/entry/top-five-miscast-disney-villains This page]] lists five well-known characters who were reimagined into villains through Disney movies in this way.
* Creator/FrancisEDec insisted in his letters that his brother was a "deadly felon-murderer and secret assassin-spy agent against me for this Gangster Government". Seeing how Dec saw the entire universe ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, we can safely guess that this wasn't the case.
* In ''Film/{{Downfall}}'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Fegelein Hermann Fegelein]] is simply Heinrich Himmler's Number Two man who Hitler killed for trying to leave the Bunker and flee Berlin. In WebVideo/HitlerRants, however, he's portrayed as a malicious TricksterArchetype and ScrewySquirrel whose "antics" constantly bamboozle [[ButtMonkey Hitler]] at the drop of a hat, making Fegelein the BigBad. Granted, this stuff is PokeThePoodle compared to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pripyat_swamps_(punitive_operation) real-life Fegelein's "antics" in Byelorussia]].
* [[PlayedForLaughs Hilariously]], the LighterAndSofter version of the game ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Brighthammer_40,000_%282nd_edition%29 Brighthammer 40000]], does this to the Tau Empire. To explain, ''Warhammer 40000'' is an [[RefugeInAudacity extremely]] [[CrapsackWorld grimdark]] setting, with a number of genocidal, xenocidal and one or two [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] factions locked in a ForeverWar. The sole exception is the Tau, who are [[BlackAndGrayMorality still bad in a sense but one of the more sane, if totally unsympathetic, factions]]. For '''''Bright'''''''hammer 40000'', every faction ''except'' the Tau have been made more sympathetic, while the sinister aspects of the Tau have been played UpToEleven, along with some new ones added. This has the effect of turning the Tau into the setting's BigBad. Water Caste Tau are all conniving schemers and cheating merchants, Air Caste Tau are all cowards who launch unprovoked bombing runs and orbital strikes on defenceless worlds, Fire Caste Tau are all violent brutes who bully other Tau and use prisoners of war for target practice (when they bother to take prisoners at all), and the Ethereals run the empire as this horrible 1984-esque society and often use mind-control to order Tau to kill themselves, sometimes for fun. Only the Earth Caste escape this treatment, being poor schmucks who are abused, exploited and left to die when they're no longer useful.
* Since the fan who is recalling ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' replaced characters from the series with characters from other works in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', this trope was bound to happen. He replaced Ebony Devil with [[Manga/{{Negima}} Negi Springfield]], Nena with [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Bridget]], Steely Dan with [[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis Atobe Keigo]], ZZ with [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]] and High Priestess with [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Blossom]].
* The Midwestern Brotherhood of Steel are just downright fascist in one of the worlds from ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', they even tortured an Enclave soldier even though he's a PunchClockVillain.
* In the Goodtimes Entertainment [[WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeastGolden1992 version]] of ''Beauty and the Beast'', Beauty's father is a kind and loving man. WebVideo/{{Phelous}}, however, makes him a selfish, greedy, and manipulative BitchInSheepsClothing who mistreats his children.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', [[TheMissingno Missingno.]] is a glitch that doesn't make much effort to impede the player, is often encountered by accident, is laughably pathetic in battle, and [[GoodBadBugs is outright beneficial in duplicating items]]. However, in ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' [[spoiler:where it is first known as [[BigBad the Entity]]]], it's a nigh-invincible EldritchAbomination that desires to absorb all of existence into itself, [[AdaptationalBadass and its power is great enough to reduce worlds to nothing]].
* In ''[[Machinima/FreemansMind Freeman's Mind 2]],'' [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Dr. Isaac Kleiner]] ''seems'' as [[NiceGuy friendly]] and [[AbsentMindedProfessor endearingly quirky]] as he does in the source material, but Gordon Freeman remembers him differently. According to Gordon, Kleiner is an amoral MadScientist who treats anyone who isn't Gordon as disposable (and even Gordon relents on complaining about putting on the HEV suit when he sees [[DeathGlare the look]] Kleiner gives him) and will do anything and sacrifice ''anyone'' ForScience.
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