Playing With / Composite Character

Basic Trope: A character in an adaptation in one work has the traits of multiple characters from the source material.
  • Straight: In the film version of Where's my Life?, the characters of Bob, Jack and Larry, Tim's Jerk Ass bosses, become one antagonist, Jack.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone in the source is merged together into one character.
  • Downplayed:
    • Larry's scene in the source material was given to Jack in the film, and Larry was either removed or reduced to a background cameo.
    • The film wasn't the first adaptation of Where's My Life?, but its version of Jack combines traits from his previous incarnations.
  • Justified: Bob, Jack, and Larry were extremely similar in the original work.
  • Inverted: Jack's role in the film version of Where's My Life? is split into several characters.
  • Subverted: Bob, Jack and Larry become Jack in the film version, but along comes Larry...
  • Double Subverted: ...Larry In-Name-Only, that is. Original Larry's traits are still with new Jack.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob, Jack and Larry become Jack in the film version, but he has Dissociative Identity Disorder and Bob and Larry are separate personalities.
    • Or Jack looks like Bob on the left and Larry on the right, with a clear line of demarcation where they've literally been spliced together.
    • Or, further along that line, Jack is obviously a Combining Mecha, with Bob forming the legs, Larry forming the arms and shoulders, and Jack forming the torso of the combined form of Film Jack.
    • Or, Film Jack's full name is Jackson Robert Laurence "Jack" [surname].
  • Zig Zagged: Elements of Bob and Larry are added to Jack in the film version. But there's also an actual Larry, who isn't In-Name-Only. But then he gets given some of Bob and Jack's characteristics.
  • Averted: Any character that doesn't make it to the film version is simply left out, and nobody inherits their traits.
  • Enforced:
    • There were too many characters in the source; merging similar characters into each other makes things easy to follow.
    • Combining similar characters means paying for fewer actors and so cuts down on the cost of making the adaptation.
    • The book was long enough to have Tim take three jobs, the movie is is not. So instead of picking one of the jobs, they combined them all into one.
  • Lampshaded: Tim tells Jack that he reminds him of two of his old bosses, Bob and Larry.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob, Larry and Jack, despite any similarities, make it into the film version.
  • Discussed: "Sometimes, when doing an adaptation, we just have to move the traits of one character to another".
  • Conversed: "Sometimes, when doing an adaptation, the people doing that adaptation just have to move the traits of one character to another".
  • Deconstructed: Film Jack was created by a demon from merging Bob, Jack and Larry together; memories of his components' lives begin to haunt him and he desires to split apart.
  • Reconstructed: Film Jack decides to live his life as the single entity he is.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Bob, Larry, and Jack were pretty Flat Characters in the source material, but now the most interesting bits of each have been granted to Film Jack, making Film Jack a more interesting character than any of the original three.

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