I've not posted here in a while, but I've been reading the example subpages in Flanderization and I felt I had to open a thread on this. It's really bad. Really really bad
. And I get it's one of those big tropes that's amongst the most linked on the wiki, but it's really really really bad
Now, assuming I am reading things right, Flanderization has a straight forward definition: "The act of taking a single (often minor) action or trait of a character within a work and exaggerating it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character."
Simple. Clear. In pactice, it's become, on its very own examples subpages, a place for "Any character Development I don't like" or "Any change in a character's personality" - No doubt this is not helped by the fact the trope has something of a negative connotation. Tropes Are Not Bad
, but seems a lot of people feel this one is. It's also a giant mess of natter and lack of proper Example Indentation
Some examples, taken from the page itself or its subpages:
Since Cleveland got his own show, he's stopped being quiet and boring period, and is now just loud and stupid (to fit in the role of leading male the way Peter and Stan Smith have before him).
So, the character's gone from a personality to a completely different, opposite personality. That's not one of his trait taking over the character, that's just straight up altering him into something fondamentally different.
Fandom example: The Phony Guy is nicknamed "Holden Caulfield"; as a Flanderization of the actual Holden Caulfield
What that's got to do with the Trope I can't even imagine.
The entire DCAU could count. With the aforementioned Batman: The Animated Series, it starts off as a more representative portrayal of the original comics, but beginning with Superman: The Animated Series, is later flanderized gradually into a Deconstruction of previous portrayals (including said original comics).
I was under the impression this was a character trope. Can an entire continuity made up of several series be flanderized?
In Transformers: Beast Wars, Silverbolt began as an idealistic, over-the-top Paladin-type who followed chivalry and loyalty to often comedic extremes. His relationship with Blackarachnia nearly took over his character by the third season, though it was written with some level of competency. More egregious is Blackarachnia's overnight transformation from Dark Action Girl who, oh, had a boyfriend into a romantic who would stop at nothing, including disloyalty and downright foolishness to get her lover back in Beast Machines. For that matter everybody in Beast Machines underwent some Flanderization as compared to Beast Wars.
Again, we are talking completely different personalities (Dark Action Girl
to Hopeless Romantic)
But before anyone thinks it's limited to the Western Animation
subpage, let me go to some of the other subpages.
Angela in the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang originally started out as really laid back, and in one scene where she finds out where Marcus cheated on her, she tells him to "Stay the fuck out of her life!"; later on in the movie her cursing habits are Amped Up To Eleven whereas, before that scene, she was relatively mellow.
Can a character undergo flanderization within the single one movie they appear in? That seems unlikely.
The whole of Command & Conquer: Red Alert has undergone this. While some people complained that Red Alert 3 was ridiculously over the top compared to the previous games, it had already drifted dramatically starting with Red Alert 2. Red Alert had time travel, an Action Girl, and some over-the-top technology and characters, but it was about as serious as the Tiberium Series. Red Alert 2 expanded on this with much more over the top stuff (Giant mind controlled squid?) and pulpish units and scenarios. But the developers of Red Alert 3 focused much more on the cheesy elements.
Again here we have a character trope applied to an entire work. (Really more of an example of Denser and Wackier
Civilization has Gandhi. In the original game, due to a quirk in the AI system, Gandhi isn't always the peaceful ruler that he's famous for being in real life. In particular, fans got a kick out of and made a meme out of Gandhi threatening them with nuclear weapons. In Civ 5, he's specifically programmed to use nukes more than any other AI is programmed to use or do anything.
I severely question the validity of this example.
In general, many "flashbacks" to a specific time period will do this with whichever time period they are depicting. For example, if it's a flashback to The Eighties, expect every male character to be wearing A Flock Of Seagulls haircutsnote and all the women to be dressed like Madonna, along with constant references to things like Rubik's Cubes and floppy disks. On the other hand, don't expect any references to subtler but perhaps more significant period-related themes like the AIDS scare or nostalgia for The Sixties. It's worth mentioning that this also often happens in movies, video games and cartoons. But it's most prevalent in live action television.
Applied to entire time periods now. Which are several tropes of their own.
Anyway, I can keep going (I haven't even gone in the natter or some examples with so many sub bullets covering so many personality changes for one character I'm hardly convinced we are dealing with flanderization and not actual character development), and I suppose I could do a wick count, but honestly, just take some time and read the examples on the page itself and its own subpages. They speak more loudly than any wick count ever could.
If you want a bad one to see the mess for yourself, Flanderization.Western Animation
is probably the worst of the subpages.
edited 2nd May '14 10:34:49 PM by Ghilz