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While this happens a lot with male villains, female villains are often twice as likely to get this treatment, due to the belief that [[WomenAreDelicate women]] [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent cannot be truly evil]] and so [[TheUnfairSex a man must ultimately be responsible for "turning her evil."]] It helps if the woman in question is attractive in a [[CuteAndPsycho cute]] and/or [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] way.

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While this happens a lot with male villains, female villains are often twice as likely to get this treatment, due to the belief that [[WomenAreDelicate women]] {{women|AreDelicate}} [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent cannot be truly evil]] and so [[TheUnfairSex a man must ultimately be responsible for "turning her evil."]] It helps if the woman in question is attractive in a [[CuteAndPsycho cute]] {{cute|AndPsycho}} and/or [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] way.



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While this happens a lot with male villains, female villains are often twice as likely to get this treatment, due to the belief that [[WomenAreDelicate women]] [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent cannot be truly evil]] and so [[TheUnfairSex a man must ultimately be responsible for “turning her evil.”]] It helps if the woman in question is attractive in a [[CuteAndPsycho cute]] and/or [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] way.

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While this happens a lot with male villains, female villains are often twice as likely to get this treatment, due to the belief that [[WomenAreDelicate women]] [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent cannot be truly evil]] and so [[TheUnfairSex a man must ultimately be responsible for “turning "turning her evil.”]] "]] It helps if the woman in question is attractive in a [[CuteAndPsycho cute]] and/or [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] way.



* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: If the fans agree that a woman, no matter [[MoralEventHorizon what she does]], can’t be evil at heart.

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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: If the fans agree that a woman, no matter [[MoralEventHorizon what she does]], can’t can't be evil at heart.



* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Because obviously inviting the hero to dinner, even if it’s against their will, means [[SarcasmMode you actually like and care about them]].

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* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Because obviously inviting the hero to dinner, even if it’s it's against their will, means [[SarcasmMode you actually like and care about them]].



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: When this trope crops up in a work, the invoker of EvenEvilHasStandards will often get this treatment. Or, disturbingly, a handful of fans may feel that “rape is love.”
* RootingForTheEmpire: If fans know they’re evil but want hem to win anyway.

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: When this trope crops up in a work, the invoker of EvenEvilHasStandards will often get this treatment. Or, disturbingly, a handful of fans may feel that “rape "rape is love.
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* RootingForTheEmpire: If fans know they’re they're evil but want hem to win anyway.



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As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. The classic example is Shylock in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', where a sympathetic AntiVillain coping with prejudice and demanding what he is rightfully owed in a society determined to wrong him is seen as a much weightier role than a sterotypical GreedyJew being thwarted by straight-jawed good guys. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.

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As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] for]]. And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. The classic example is Shylock in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', where a sympathetic AntiVillain coping with prejudice and demanding what he is rightfully owed in a society determined to wrong him is seen as a much weightier role than a sterotypical GreedyJew being thwarted by straight-jawed good guys. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.



* EverybodyLovesZeus: Because the TopGod [[GodIsGood has to be a good guy,]] never mind anything else.

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* EverybodyLovesZeus: Because the TopGod [[GodIsGood has to be a good guy,]] guy]], never mind anything else.



* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: If the fans agree that a woman, no matter [[MoralEventHorizon what she does,]] can’t be evil at heart.

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* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: If the fans agree that a woman, no matter [[MoralEventHorizon what she does,]] does]], can’t be evil at heart.



* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Because obviously inviting the hero to dinner, even if it’s against their will, means [[SarcasmMode you actually like and care about them.]]

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* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Because obviously inviting the hero to dinner, even if it’s against their will, means [[SarcasmMode you actually like and care about them.]]them]].



* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[RousseauWasRight All things truly wicked start with an innocence, after all,]] and fans of a leather pantsed character can end up clinging to a character's sweet kid phase (whether it's canon or merely something possible but at no point confirmed) because of the inherent tragedy of it all.

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[RousseauWasRight All things truly wicked start with an innocence, after all,]] all]], and fans of a leather pantsed character can end up clinging to a character's sweet kid phase (whether it's canon or merely something possible but at no point confirmed) because of the inherent tragedy of it all.


Sometimes, the fanwork will portray a villainous character in a more positive light. It can be done out of sympathy for the character, for shipping reasons, as a part of a role-reversal story, several of the aforementioned or for the variety of other reasons.

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Sometimes, the a fanwork will portray a villainous character in a more positive light. It can be done out of sympathy for the character, for shipping reasons, as a part of a role-reversal story, several of the aforementioned or for the variety of other reasons.


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* CryForTheDevil: if the fans feel so sorry for them that they forget that they're still supposed to be evil.

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* CryForTheDevil: if If the fans feel so sorry for them that they forget that they're still supposed to be evil.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: because it [[SarcasmMode totally justifies]] any of their villainous actions.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: because Because it [[SarcasmMode totally justifies]] any of their villainous actions.



* LaughablyEvil, if funny enough

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* LaughablyEvil, if funny enoughenough.



* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Because obviously inviting the hero to dinner, even if it’s against thier will, means [[SarcasmMode you actually like and care about them.]]

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* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Because obviously inviting the hero to dinner, even if it’s against thier their will, means [[SarcasmMode you actually like and care about them.]]



* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[RousseauWasRight All things truly wicked start with an innocence, after all,]] and fans of a leather pantsed character can end up clinging to a character's sweet kid phase (whether it's canon or merely something possible but at no point confirmed)because of the inherent tragedy of it all.

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[RousseauWasRight All things truly wicked start with an innocence, after all,]] and fans of a leather pantsed character can end up clinging to a character's sweet kid phase (whether it's canon or merely something possible but at no point confirmed)because confirmed) because of the inherent tragedy of it all.


A form of MisaimedFandom, when a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to {{retool}} the character to fit this demand.

In fanfiction, they are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]]. [[LoveMartyr "I can fix him"]] is a commonly expressed sentiment among fans of Dracos in Leather Pants. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, even the worst crossings of the MoralEventHorizon can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. The writer's attempt to make the villain more "sympathetic" will likely cause them to [[BadassDecay remove everything that made the character]] [[VillainDecay so cool/well liked in the first place]].

Common reasons for this include the character being wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A [[EvilIsSexy physically attractive villain]] is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one; BeautyEqualsGoodness, after all, and shallow as it may be, it seems that, for some fans, this is the case even when the character's beauty only extends to their appearance. AllGirlsWantBadBoys may be a factor with male villains getting a female fandom that views them through this lens. A badass villain will naturally be preferred by many of these over [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass meeker heroic characters]] at times, as well.

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A form of MisaimedFandom, when Sometimes, the fanwork will portray a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object in a more positive light. It can be done out of desire and/or a victim in sympathy for the process. This can cause conflicts if character, for shipping reasons, as a part of a role-reversal story, several of the writers are not willing to {{retool}} aforementioned or for the character to fit this demand.variety of other reasons.

In fanfiction, they The common subjects of this treatment are frequently the love object of the local MarySue, who [[LoveRedeems uses the power of love to redeem the character]]. [[LoveMartyr "I can fix him"]] is a commonly expressed sentiment among fans of Dracos in Leather Pants. In extreme cases, the affection these characters receive from fans can lead them to forget that ''[[MisaimedFandom they're actually still supposed to be villains]]''. Or, on the flip side, even the worst crossings of the MoralEventHorizon can be rationalized, while any insult from the hero towards the villain is cast as deplorably mean. The writer's attempt to make the villain more "sympathetic" will likely cause them to [[BadassDecay remove everything that made the character]] [[VillainDecay so cool/well liked in the first place]].

Common reasons for this include the character being
who are wicked in a [[WickedCultured classy]] or [[EvilIsCool cool]] way. A [[EvilIsSexy physically attractive villain]] is much more likely to be subject to this trope than a physically ugly one; BeautyEqualsGoodness, after all, and shallow as it may be, it seems that, for some fans, this is the case even when the character's beauty only extends to their appearance. AllGirlsWantBadBoys may be a factor with male villains getting a female fandom that views them through this lens. A badass villain will naturally be preferred by many of these over [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass meeker heroic characters]] at times, as well.


[[TropeNamers Named]] for a term in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom, for the mostly sympathetic FanFic portrayals of Draco Malfoy, who, in {{Canon}}, is a petty, {{smug|Snake}}, [[FantasticRacism elitist]] SpoiledBrat. (The term originated in [[HurtComfortFic Hurt/Comfort Fics]], where Draco was the comforter and Ron was the abuser, usually with Hermione being the victim. Not coincidentally, the InvertedTrope RonTheDeathEater also originated from such fics.) According to user HELP_MANBABIESGOTME on Reddit, "''Harry Potter'' trends alone are interesting. There was a single cabal of authors who created everything you know about Draco Malfoy being a love interest instead of a creep. [[Creator/CassandraClare Cassandra Claire]] was one of them. All fic prior to that had him firmly as a nasty bully. The Veela stuff, and him being smart and good at potions, is all [[fanon]]. It was called 'Draco in Leather Pants' back then, in, like, 2005. Now, it's just Draco's default, fanon personality."

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[[TropeNamers Named]] for a term in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom, for the mostly sympathetic FanFic portrayals of Draco Malfoy, who, in {{Canon}}, is a petty, {{smug|Snake}}, [[FantasticRacism elitist]] SpoiledBrat. (The term originated in [[HurtComfortFic Hurt/Comfort Fics]], where Draco was the comforter and Ron was the abuser, usually with Hermione being the victim. Not coincidentally, the InvertedTrope RonTheDeathEater also originated from such fics.) According to user HELP_MANBABIESGOTME on Reddit, "''Harry Potter'' trends alone are interesting. There was a single cabal of authors who created everything you know about Draco Malfoy being a love interest instead of a creep. [[Creator/CassandraClare Cassandra Claire]] was one of them. All fic prior to that had him firmly as a nasty bully. The Veela stuff, and him being smart and good at potions, is all [[fanon]].fanon. It was called 'Draco in Leather Pants' back then, in, like, 2005. Now, it's just Draco's default, fanon personality."


[[TropeNamers Named]] for a term in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom, for the mostly sympathetic FanFic portrayals of Draco Malfoy, who, in {{Canon}}, is a petty, {{smug|Snake}}, [[FantasticRacism elitist]] SpoiledBrat. (The term originated in [[HurtComfortFic Hurt/Comfort Fics]], where Draco was the comforter and Ron was the abuser, usually with Hermione being the victim. Not coincidentally, the InvertedTrope RonTheDeathEater also originated from such fics.)

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[[TropeNamers Named]] for a term in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom, for the mostly sympathetic FanFic portrayals of Draco Malfoy, who, in {{Canon}}, is a petty, {{smug|Snake}}, [[FantasticRacism elitist]] SpoiledBrat. (The term originated in [[HurtComfortFic Hurt/Comfort Fics]], where Draco was the comforter and Ron was the abuser, usually with Hermione being the victim. Not coincidentally, the InvertedTrope RonTheDeathEater also originated from such fics.)
) According to user HELP_MANBABIESGOTME on Reddit, "''Harry Potter'' trends alone are interesting. There was a single cabal of authors who created everything you know about Draco Malfoy being a love interest instead of a creep. [[Creator/CassandraClare Cassandra Claire]] was one of them. All fic prior to that had him firmly as a nasty bully. The Veela stuff, and him being smart and good at potions, is all [[fanon]]. It was called 'Draco in Leather Pants' back then, in, like, 2005. Now, it's just Draco's default, fanon personality."


As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. The classic example is Shylock in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', where a sympathetic AntiVillain coping with prejudice in a society determined to wrong him is seen as a much weightier role than a sterotypical GreedyJew. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.

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As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. The classic example is Shylock in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', where a sympathetic AntiVillain coping with prejudice and demanding what he is rightfully owed in a society determined to wrong him is seen as a much weightier role than a sterotypical GreedyJew.GreedyJew being thwarted by straight-jawed good guys. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.


As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.

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As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. The classic example is Shylock in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', where a sympathetic AntiVillain coping with prejudice in a society determined to wrong him is seen as a much weightier role than a sterotypical GreedyJew. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.


JerkassDissonance usually plays a part in this trope; it is much easier for people to forgive and overlook the negative qualities and stress the {{Freudian Excuse}}s that form a sympathetic back-story for fictional characters than it is to do the same for people in real life, because the actions of the fictional character have no real-world effect.

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JerkassDissonance usually plays a part in this trope; it is much easier for people to forgive and overlook the negative qualities and stress the {{Freudian Excuse}}s that form a sympathetic back-story for fictional characters than it is to do the same for people in real life, because the actions of the fictional character have no real-world effect.
effect. In some cases, fan material will play this further by treating the characters as less like the originals and more like [[AnimatedActors actors]] who share the personalities of the original, allowing the villain to cheerfully bounce off the heroes in casual settings with their evil deeds [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun forgotten]] or [[SitcomArchNemesis downplayed]].


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As always, though, TropesAreTools. Sometimes fans who see the character as unfairly villainized due to ValuesDissonance (such as the ScaryBlackMan or DepravedHomosexual) turn them good as a sort of reclamation of power. Sometimes the fanon has proper justification from [[AdaptationalHeroism an in-story context]], such as a what-if or [[TransplantedCharacterFic a heavy AU]]. Sometimes the villain is more likeable than the heroes, and even if they aren't good people per se, [[RootingForTheEmpire they're easy to root for.]] And sometimes, the character is simply much more interesting or offers more storytelling potential when interpreted as sympathetic, while their flatly evil original counterpart was just bland. In some cases, this can even become AscendedFanon, with the creator taking notice of the character's popularity and redeeming them or developing them further. Nonetheless, of course, SturgeonsLaw applies frequently.

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