It should be obvious from the start of the page it is about complaining that character X isn't as strong in an adaptation as you want them to be, as it opens with "This character used to be so cool." From the name and original YKTTW it obviously wants to be the inverse of Adaptational Badass, but there is a few fundamental problems with that. First off, the name immediately calls to mind that this is a bad thing. The description tries to bring up that this can be used properly, but it comes at the tail end of a lot of complaining in the description and is followed by a lot of complaining in the examples. The name itself encourages complaining up front. Second, I was actually the frontman for Adaptational Badass and one major thing I worked on with that trope is that it is not about comparing exact power levels of a character between adaptations, as that tends to dilute the examples with discussions on small changes in competence. It should be that the character's strength and skill set is drastically altered so that they serve a wildly different role in the story, ie they are practically a Physical God in the source material and a Non-Action Guy in the adaptation. Different mediums and continuities have different goals in mind, and just because a newer version of Superman isn't able to alter the orbit of the moon doesn't mean he's been turned into a wimp. Ultimately it should be about how the character is portrayed in their own continuity and not that the individual troper wanted something to match what was shown in the source material. In many ways this becomes just Adaptation Decay or They Changed It, Now It Sucks. Before I list individual examples, just because I'm arguing against their inclusion doesn't mean I am advocating the quality of the product. Again, this trope tends to attract complaining directed towards movies of dubious quality. Bad Examples:
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A Wizard boyI agree witha rename, but I am sceptical on a redefinition - it strikes to me like it's trying to make a The Same but More distinction.
Welcome to Draven tropes!I'll vote in favor of the rename to Adaptational Depower.
edited 7th Jun '14 8:36:01 AM by VeryMelon
No, the other one.The suggested name is better than the current. I think the difference in power should be obvious without analysing every single aspect of it. Comparing single scenes doesn't really say much about the adaptation as a whole. It should also be a relative thing, so if everyone is a little weaker, it doesn't really change much.
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I don't mind the name Adaptational Depower, but I do think it might make unwarranted comparisons to Brought Down to Normal. While there is a plausible connection, it restricts the trope by thinking it is more closely related than it actually is. And yes, it should be pretty obvious when a character is changed from being a Badass to The Load. If any example starts doing a play-by-play of a fight scene to prove its point ("He should have gone for the head rather than a kidney shot!") then it's stretching it. @ Septimus- The redefinition isn't so much The Same but More but it is eliminating the fluff of arbitrary comparisons. This often includes very generic examples like The Lone Ranger where all it actually says is "somewhat less of a badass." The trope as currently written and defined is simply that the character somehow seems less cool, which is not really a trope. On a related note, I do think there is some value to examples like both Harry Potter and The Last Airbender, where in an adaptation a character defining moment is taken away from the character, leaving them less relevant to the story or less interesting of a character (but not necessarily useless). But that would be a completely separate trope.
I agree with a lot of what you've said, at least in terms of making the trope seem less complainy. It seems there was an attempt to do that with the "Tropes Are Not Bad" disclaimer, but yeah, that doesn't really work. What I don't really agree with are the three "bad examples" you listed. Let me just tell you why I think they're okay and we can discuss it.
edited 20th Jun '14 2:39:59 AM by wrm5
The fundamental issue I am trying to weed out is complaints that something is not as visually impressive in the adaptation, which has some bearing on whether or not a character is a badass but is really rather irrelevant to the primary topic. The question should be "Are they no longer badass?" and NOT "Are they weaker?" or "Do they have a different Power Level?" or "Does it look not quite as cool?" To be an example there should be a major reference point that proves they are less powerful. While I still think Adaptational Depower might be a little too restrictive, I think it is much more accurate to the trope than the current name. Look up the TV show Arrow and its Adaptational Wimp entries to see genuinely good examples of how the trope should be used. Those who were mildly superpowered (Deathstroke, Canary) are downplayed to Badass Normal, and all of it done without sounding like complaining about the person becoming "less cool." For comparison I took out an example in Adaptational Badass that listed most of the crew of the new Star Trek films. The new films are more visually impressive, but plenty of people think Shatner's Kirk is still more badass than Pine's Kirk. With Dragonball, the problem is that people associate Dragon Ball Z as being the epitome of the Dragonball saga, while Dragonball Evolution was adapting a period where the fights were not nearly as Earth shattering. It was more in the Wuxia genre of Supernatural Martial Arts (which the movie evoked in a semi-competent manner) instead of the godlike planet-destroying fireballs. With Loki, his actual power level is constantly in flux in the source material to begin with and, regardless, in the movies he is able to at least go toe to toe with Thor. It's simply NOT an example, just someone wanting to talk about those movies. With Avatar: The Last Airbender, I will somewhat concede the change to firebending in principle (regular people can't generate their own fire), but it's still surrounded by a lot of bad examples. Everything else I said about the examples in the show stands because all of the bending arts are not as impressive in general.
I can definitely agree that something like "bending looks less impressive" is kind of irrelevant to the trope, especially when the change is from animation to live-action where impressive special effects are more difficult to pull off. That said, "firebenders used to be able to make fire from nothing, now they can't" is just as valid an example as the Arrow examples. As for Dragonball... I've watched Dragonball and I can tell you Goku isn't nearly as powerful in the movie. For one thing, his understanding of ki in the movie is pathetic. In the series Goku was able to just do things like becoming an Instant Expert in the Kamehameha because that's just what Goku does. It takes him most of the movie to figure out a move his cartoon counterpart mastered instantly. Again, you might think that's a good change, as it's certainly a bit more realistic, but whether it's a good change or a bad change is irrelevant to the trope. ...but then, I guess that would be why it was listed under "bad examples" rather than "not an example." It's a valid example, but needs to be rewritten. Also, I guess I'm not knowledgeable enough about Marvel comics to say whether or not Loki is an example, so I'll just leave that one to other peoples' judgment. Also, I cross-wicked the Arrow example to the AW page.
The GOAT?Well, since badass carries the same vague connotations as "wimp", actually vaguer, shouldn't that page be renamed too? I mean, wimp isn't really a competence thing, though it could be. Wimp is not really about strength, though it could be. It is about action, do you take it or do you let fear stop you? Badass, basically means "good" or "cool", there isn't any real strict definition to it, never has been. The "badass" can be hard as nails or break like a grape but still be good enough in someway to be considered as such. I mean, if we are going to make a page an inverse from the other, shouldn't the terminology match up?
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And it appears someone removed the Tropes Are Tools disclaimer without consent. Should something be done about that?
The GOAT?Add it back? PM the person and ask why? Talk about it on the discussion page? I still say the other trope needs name changing too if you're not broadening this one.
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Also, I think this entry which I removed earlier is a perfect example of the sort that needs to be removed.
edited 21st Jun '14 2:26:23 AM by wrm5
A Wizard boyIt's ~Very Melon who removed the line so I'll call him here.
Welcome to Draven tropes!Alright, I only deleted the line because I didn't think it was actually helping to curb any Complaining About Shows You Don't Like, considering there's now a Repair thread for the trope in question. I'll just leave it and the rest of you alone.
edited 21st Jun '14 2:30:18 PM by VeryMelon
Well let's go back to the origin of Adaptational Badass, that trope was created to curb bad examples of Took a Level in Badass where the character was changed dramatically across adaptations from a narrative standpoint. Where once they were a Non-Action Guy they are now a Genius Bruiser or whatever. Now let's take Dragonball as an example, from a technical standpoint, yes, Dragonball Evolution took Goku some time before he was able to master the Kamehameha. BUT, in the original Goku did not master the Kamehameha his first try but it was a much weaker form. It took time for him to eventually master it. The movie did the exact same thing, except saving the actual Kamehameha in any form as a big climactic thing. In return, Goku already had knowledge of some... wait for it... less powerful ki attacks. Not to mention, Goku always went through a period of "defeated by someone stronger, trains to become better, reaches a new power level to overcome them" which is what happened in the movie. Back to the Avatar example, Katara in the show was trying to protect Aang from Zuko and she puts up a fight after having some genuine training to hone her waterbending skills. In the show she briefly overpowers Zuko, but he eventually turns the tables and knocks her down, taking Aang away. In the movie she puts up a decent fight, but is overpowered much more quickly... and Zuko takes Aang away. Do you see what I am saying? From a narrative standpoint their role in the story regarding their fighting skills is virtually identical, maybe not as visually impressive, the order of events are changed, their personality is changed and certainly the movies are not that good to begin with, but it follows the same basic story and character arc. And that is the problem with the trope, it becomes a different way of listing Adaptation Decay rather than actually being what the trope should be. I don't think it has to be the utmost extreme of Badass->Non-Action Guy but there should be a narrative change to the character's importance in the story. The fact that they could have done better if they went for a headshot rather than a kidney shot is rather unimportant.
I can agree with that. So then, let's get together a basic list of the things we want to change...
I agree on all points except for the need to do anything to Adaptational Badass. It's a much more solid trope from the ground up and it's not having anything close to the problems Adaptational Wimp has. The primary things to consider:
Well I think we have some consensus to fix it, and I'm willing to do some work but I could use some help to prune examples I'm not familiar with, plus the small amount of wicks around the wiki.
I think it would be best if the examples are removed. Or lay some ground rules by telling people to actually put more thought in the examples by making the examples be valid instead of it being complaining about how a person's favorite character isn't handled well.
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Cleaning can definitely be done, I'm not sure we technically have consensus to make any other changes. I suggest drafting a new definition offline/sandbox/here to see if it may be improved, and that can be voted on. Without redefinition, it just needs 'yep, that looks good.'
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