bulmabriefs144 on Nov 5th 2018 at 6:01:42 PM
Page Type: trope
Essentially, a character has been Flanderized to the point where most people understand the character to be the exact opposite of what he represents.
For example, Robin Hood is often flanderized as a sort of "steals from the rich and gives to the poor" (sort of a socialist hero, or something). But the actual legend portrays him as a yeoman (small landowner) who was largely protesting big government tax collectors and gave it back to people who earned it.
Or turning Gandhi into a gun-control advocate or some kind of hippie, just because he happened to believe in nonviolent resistance. Actually, Gandhi saw firsthand how disarming the Indians made them an easy colony to rule.
Without getting into too much Real Life stuff, this trope is about simplifying the idea of a character to such a point where sullen Bob is suddenly singing showtunes, and Alice who hates squirrels and thus encounters them all the time (to show how afraid of them she is) somehow becoming being around squirrels because she loves them so much. Related to Alternative Character Interpretation, where the audience views a character as something different from the commonly agreed upon version. See also Darker and Edgier, Lighter and Softer, and Depending on the Writer. Contrast Character Development, where a character changes not because of a misinterpretation of their character but as a result of the plot.
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