I think in terms of the core of the trope Flanderization is Character Simplification, taking away subtleties and realistic behaviors in favor of the most basic traits. It means the same basic thing when applied to something other than strictly characters, that the nuances of the concept are stripped away and leaves a simplified but exaggerated mirror of the original. It has to be said there is nothing wrong with this from a writing standpoint, especially in an ensemble story simplifying character personality traits can make them more dynamic when paired against another character, while being more realistic means they have less of an edge to them.
I really don't see what the problem with the picture is, it seems spot on to what the trope is supposed to be about, or at least is about the only way to convey the trope is a visual form (Look specifically at the ears, hair and tie among the progression). The problem is being fundamentally a criticism trope, leading people to want to criticize some form of Character Derailment without it actually matching the definition of Flanderization.
On the picture: I don't find it bad, but I do think the picture does carry the image that the trope is bad
. And the thing is, Flanderization, like all things, isn't necessarily a bad thing. That said it's an IP discussion.
The definition you give, I like the spirit of it, but as you say, emphasis should be made that Tropes Are Not Bad
. Flanderization doesn't necessarily make a character "less" than before.
Take for example a character that at the beginning of a show, is given many traits, slowly some of these might by be pruned off, removing those that didn't allow for much plots (or interesting ones) and emphasizing those that do work to make better story, drawing them to the foreground and making them more dominant. That's a natural part of writing.
edited 6th Jun '14 9:35:08 PM by Ghilz