Sometimes the internet hivemind will take a normally friendly character and depict them as an Ax-Crazy
psychotic killer, usually Played for Laughs
of the Black Comedy
sort. This could be the result of stalker behaviour or creepy expressions, or a character's mental state exaggerated to horrible conclusions.
Subtrope of Memetic Mutation
. Related to Memetic Badass
. Compare and contrast with Ron the Death Eater
; both are about depictions of characters being evil, this trope is generally more silly and light-hearted, while Ron the Death Eater
is much more serious and often stems from hatred of a character. Anyone with Clingy Jealous Girl
, Cute and Psycho
, or Yandere
tendencies are common targets. Just as damaging to a character's reputation as the Memetic Molester
, who is depicted as a rapist/molester figure for laughs rather than a murderous psychopath. Related to Never Live It Down
in some cases. Compare with Memetic Troll
who's depicted as being a troll by the internet.
Anime and Manga
- Thanks to several Remix Comics on Cracked by Seanbaby, Popsicle Pete (a mascot for a brand of popsicles) has been turned into this, a Creepy Child who murders indiscriminately and incites children to follow, and is possibly the herald to an ancient evil. His Catch Phrase is "NONE OF YOU ARE SAFE!"
- Cilan from Pokémon is often depicted as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing psychopath who murders and eats his Pokemon, due to his catch phrases, "It's tasting time!" and "I caught a/n [X POKEMON] with good taste!". Episode 19 introduced his rival, who claimed that Cilan was a monster when she battled him, complete with Slasher Smile. Naturally, this got more notice from the fandom: when he's not portrayed as her rapist, he's thought of as a psychological torturer.
- For the longest time a lot of fans thought his game counterpart was a Shadow Triad member. This only put fuel on the fire, with a lot of people having him as the Token Evil Teammate who betrays Ash.
- Mr. Popo from Dragon Ball Z started to get a reputation for psychopathy as the result of Dragon Ball Z Abridged. Its gotten to the point where the latter version of the character has his own page on the villains wiki.
- Azumanga Daioh
- Osaka became one in a Never Live It Down sort of way after the "wake up frying pan" fiasco. She accidentally brought a knife.
- Yomi to a lesser extent, mainly when it comes to furries.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica; Kyubey gives us an interesting case, as he was widely thought to be evil from episode one, and an old growth forest's worth of Poison Oak Epileptic Trees sprung up surrounding him from the minute he was revealed. This sort of died down once the truth was revealed to be much worse than anybody could have thought.
- Ranma ˝, pretty much any character in the whole cast can swing between this and Ron the Death Eater in fanfics, Depending on the Author. To provide two examples out of the pile:
- The Tendo Sisters. Akane devolves into a paranoid, smash- (or rather, mallet- happy) violent maniac who can turn a simple 'good morning' into an example of the hentai conspiracy (especially if it's given by Ranma). Kasumi is, whether for good or evil (awesome optional), an example of Beware the Nice Ones, and Nabiki... well, she's more of a Memetic Sociopath (in canon, manga most specifically, she's The Barnum... and an astonishingly amoral one, by the way).
- Shampoo. Her 'obstacles are made for killing' attitude is present in Anime and Manga, but fanfic twists it into her wanting to kill anybody who she could classify as an 'obstacle', regardless of how reasonable that is, or how good her odds are.
- Lyrical Nanoha: Nanoha Takamachi gets this trope to a minor degree due to the "befriending" meme, which involves bombarding the target with nuclear-level magic that can level cities and use that as a means for friendship. She is also depicted as being overly eager for any battle opportunities and will go full-out. Fandom refers to this side of her by her Fan Nickname, the "White Devil".
- Some of the shipping Fan Dumb has also made this for Fate Testarossa, turning her from the sensitive and motherly woman she is into a deranged Yandere obsessed with Nanoha and a burning desire to brutally murder Yuuno Scrya. Scarily enough, the faction that does this is the self-proclaimed "militant" Nanoha/Fate shippers...
Table Top Games
- This is the purpose behind the website Superdickery — portraying Superman (and occasionally other superheroes) as complete psychos for laughs by purposely taking things out of context. Of course, the source material makes it pretty easy...
- Batman is sometimes portrayed this way, as a sociopath using his riches to beat the crap out of criminals instead of investing in social programs. Then there's that whole "train a twelve-year-old in combat, then shove him in front of armed criminals wearing nothing but tights, repeat as necessary" thing.
- To a lesser degree, Alfred when he's had enough of Bruce's crap, as the following joke puts it:
Master Wayne, do you know what happened the last time someone treated me with disrespect?
I hired a small-time criminal to shoot him, his wife, and his son in a back alley as they were leaving a movie theater.
- Inverted in Warhammer 40,000 of all places. Fans love to portray Kharn the Betrayer, the single most psychopathic Blood Knight Super Soldier in the galaxy, as a Cloudcuckoolander/Psychopathic Manchild who just wants to have fun butchering the servants of the false Emperor in the name of Chaos, like playing wishbones with a commissar note , grabbing the commissar's cap and using it to slaughter half his men, sticking explosives on his side's transports as a prank, spelling amusing messages with dead bodies, making carnage angels, etc. If ever you see Kharn's name followed by "What a guy!", it's a reference to this view.
- Higurashi: When They Cry, although most of the cast except Mion have times when they do go crazy.
- The biggest victim of memetic exaggeration of psychopathy is Rena, who's normally energetic, cheerful, but a bit bi-polar. She's also considered a Memetic Molester over her urge to "take things home with her".
- Shion has it pretty bad though it's not without its truths. She is a lot more aggressive than Rena on default, being the most genuinely yandere about her loved ones even when not hit by the Hate Plague and having attacked Satoko in nearly every world, she gets this treatment way too much. Shion's normal persona is sincerely loyal, loving and highly protective of her loved ones but also has some major anger issues when it comes to protecting said loved ones. She'll never live down her rep while Rena is pretty well-known for being cute and nice.
- Clover from the Zero Escape series. In one Bad Ending in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, everything she's endured over the course of the game finally catches up to her, and she snaps. In her paranoia that everyone in the cast is going to turn against her, she lashes out and attacks everyone with an axe. Despite this only happening once, and Clover's normally sunny and jokey disposition, this became the dominant interpretation of her in the fandom.
- Fanart depicting the canonically annoying-but-harmless Kankri Vantas of Homestuck torturing resident Jerk Ass Cronus Ampora is quite popular.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Pinkie Pie, (no) thanks to Cupcakes.
- After the episode Party Of One, where her poofy mane deflated into a straight one when her Sanity Slippage was at its fullest, it gained another level: Straight-haired "Pinkamena" is (memetically speaking) practically a character unto herself. Sometimes she's just sad and insecure (as Pinkie was in the actual episode, her hair deflating just before she started talking to her "new friends" - inanimate objects - as she thought her real friends didn't like her) or sometimes she's Cupcakes Pinkie with the basement torture chamber to prove it. However, her "Party of One" personality isn't in Cupcakes itself - it's the fact that Pinkie acted (and presumably looked, as "Cupcakes" is older than "Party of One") just like her normal, cheerful self even as she tortured Rainbow Dash to death that makes it either so amazingly, awesomely hilarious or so amazingly, awfully horrifying depending on your temperament.
- Big McIntosh also got this reputation after "Sweet Apple Massacre". Unfortunately, this was an example that was not funny.
- Fluttershy, due to her being the most passive and shy character, but having occasionally shown bouts of anger or strength, including a brief bout of Yandere in "Best Night Ever".
- Princess Celestia has been portrayed in some fanworks as a brutal dictator who suppresses her ponies.
- "Lesson Zero" made sure that Twilight Sparkle will never live down this reputation. "Clock is ticking, Twilight ... clock is ticking!"
- Donald Duck, if the Dolan meme is anything to go by.
- Goofy is memetically a vicious child abuser via the "Its Goofy Time" meme.
- Avatar Kyoshi from Avatar: The Last Airbender as a sort of Never Live It Down example. By her own admission, Kyoshi was a pragmatic woman, willing to kill a dictator to stop his reign- but fans like to jokingly portray her as someone who wants to bathe in the blood of her enemies and the like. Also not helping her case was bluntly telling Aang that she would have killed Fire Lord Ozai without a second thought. This is taken further by many fans, who think she knows Korra and revels in her destructive behavior, even dispensing advice.
- Thanks to various versions of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"—namely, both this horror/G-Major remix and "Will You Help Me Hide a Body?", Princess Anna is starting to become this. In the first, the headcanon that Tumblr came up with is that she dies from the accident and her undead self stalks Elsa, but the second is where her Memetic Psychopath self really shows through—not only does she start asking Elsa to help her hide bodies in caves when she's five, but by the time she's fifteen, she kills her parents and threatens to come after Elsa next.
- Arthur: Mr. Ratburn is something of this in-universe, particularly early-on in the series before Arthur and his friends get to know him a little bit better.
- The mascot character Kumamon (a mascot for the Kumamon prefacture in Japan) is depicted as a violent minion of satan as the result of a certain picture in front of a bonfire from Funny Junk in late 2011.