: 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: Historical Villain Upgrade
- 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.
- "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: ???
- 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.
George Armstrong Custer is leading the charge baack to the Historical Hero Upgrade