Playing With / Historical Hero Upgrade

Basic Trope: A not-so-great person is, through the lens of history, remembered as a hero.
  • Straight: Bob Editor was the charlatan and womanizer who was politically opposed to the views of Alice Troper. When ''Alice and Bob: The Motion Picture" comes out, he's painted as a valiant, heroic figure who can do no wrong.
  • Exaggerated: Bob was a terrible, terrible person and regularly kicked puppies for amusement. However, the movie still paints him as a saintly figure.
  • Downplayed: In an attempt to be more historically accurate, the remake of the movie shows some of Bob's less moral actions but leaves out his worse excesses so that he's still a sympathetic character.
  • Justified: A major plot point in the movie was that history as we know it today is inaccurate, and Bob Editor, someone who we know today as a villain, was actually a hero that got defamed by his enemies after his death.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The movie seems like it's going to realistically portray Bob as the bad person he is...
  • Double Subverted: ...instead, that characterization is given to Bob's best friend (who didn't exist in real life).
  • Parodied: Two townsfolk in the movie are talking about Bob. One of them rattles of a list of real-life atrocities that Bob committed. The other handwaves it away.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob starts out doing his best to bring justice to the land. But there's a conspiracy of nobles attempting to remove him from the throne, and he has to...take certain measures. Later he feels really bad about it and tries to make amends.
    • Bob gets a Historical Anti-Villain Upgrade.
  • Averted: Bob is portrayed as he actually was.
  • Enforced:
    • "I like the script, boys, but those moronic viewers can't handle subtle, nuanced characters. Just have Bob pet a few puppies and give him a handsome actor and that'll take care of things."
    • The writers of Alice and Bob: The Motion Picture agreed with Bob's political views, so they'd naturally make him look good - and her look bad.
  • Lampshaded: "Didn't he really commit the great Puppy-Kicking atrocity of 1863?" "Oh, that's just crazy talk."
  • Invoked: "Our new Obscuretribeist Liberation Movement needs a hero" "Yeah, but he sacked cities and tortured people" "Who cares? We don't have to stress that part, do we?"
  • Exploited: Propagandists whitewash history to make the founder of their ruling party, Bob, appear near-mythical. Either his Mass-Murders are outright denied, or they are painted as heroic.
  • Defied: The writers decide to realistically research the characters and portray him accurately.
  • Discussed: "For someone who coined the term 'Maximum Leader', Bob was a pretty progressive guy. Or at least this new biography says so."
  • Conversed: "This movie is bull! Bob didn't like mustelids! My grandmother told me stories about how Bob's armies destroyed her uncle's weasel farm! Stupid Paraversal Pictures!"
  • Deconstructed: The movie causes popular opinion to believe that Bob was a saint when he was anything but. As a result, people identify with him when they shouldn't.
  • Reconstructed: Alice and Bob: The Miniseries comes out, destroying the public's opinion of Bob.

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