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  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Vegeta in the original series is portrayed as a gradually softening Byronic Hero whose villainy was caused largely by Freeza's mistreatment of him. This incarnation, however, is openly, hilariously evil, actively denies any possible mitigating factors from his upbringing, and many of his cruel acts are done with joyful sadism.
    • Mr. Popo. In the original show, he was a kind, peaceful man who helped the protagonists. In this version, he is a rude, sadistic and intimidating bully who all the main characters fear. He puts his students through hellish training for the fun of breaking them, is implied to be a rapist, has a magic carpet fueled by souls (suggesting he kills people for their souls), plots to destroy the world with Shenron, and Kami states that the last time Mr. Popo kicked him off the lookout, when he came back "I found five corpses. He laughed when I said five". Ever since Kami's fusion with Piccolo he seems to be adding a more affable nature to his interactions with the cast, though it's clear he can switch back whenever he wants.
    • Guru. Unlike the kind grandfather-like figure he was in the actual series, here he caused a huge drought that nearly wiped out the Namekian race, blamed the Albino Namekians for it, and ordered their genocide. He also orders Nail to murder Krillin, and sends Nail to fight a battle with Freeza knowing he stands no chance. When the heroes summon the dragon, Guru dies on purpose and ruins everything just to be a dick. Guru also laughs when he hears that Vegeta slaughtered a Namekian village, and is finally killed brutally by the Namekians rather than dying of old age by being Eaten Alive after he confesses his sins about the drought and then realizing he wasn't dying quite yet again. In the Lord Slug movie, it was revealed that he was Slug's evil half, and that he suggested to Slug that he attack Earth in the first place, telling him that their defenses suck.
    • Doctor Briefs' descent into this started with the occasional sexist remark. He's since turned out to be an amoral Mad Scientist with a laundry list of prejudices who considered giving his own daughter an Explosive Leash. Oh, and the reason his wife never seems to age? Cloning. He grows them in his basement. He's still better off than Mr. Popo and Guru though since he performs nowhere near as many Kick the Dog moments as them, helps the cast more often than he hinders them, and most of his villainy is in his remarks rather than actions.
    • Downplayed example with Android 16. While he remains the Gentle Giant Friend to All Living Things he was in canon, he was also monomaniacally focused on killing Goku much moreso than in DBZ. It wasn't until 17 suggested that he get a hobby that his character started softening, but his default response to any given situation is still "Kill Goku".
    • Bardock is a strange case in that Team Four Star didn't change his personality, but rather they kept it consistent. TFS has said that they liked Bardock as the Jerkass Villain Protagonist he was in Father of Goku and openly expressed distaste for his gradually softening into into a gruff Anti-Hero in Episode of Bardock, feeling that it took away the things that made him stand out among the DBZ cast. As a result, in their adaptation of Episode of Bardock he retains his original personality, fighting Chilled's minions because of his own vendetta against Freeza rather than for any kind of noble or high-minded ideal.
    • In the original History Of Trunks special, Future Gohan clearly loves his parents and doesn't seem to hold a grudge towards either of them despite their treatment of him but in the abridged version, he outright hates his parents and cares very little of either Goku or Chi Chi to the point that he didn't even care that the former had died. Case in point, in canon Gohan wears Goku's clothes because it reminds him of his father and wants to be as strong as him to fight off the androids while in abridged he only wears it because it's the only thing that Goku left him with. As for Chi-Chi, in canon she is worried about Gohan constantly fighting the androids implying that they at least are still in decent terms which contrasts the abridged where Chi-Chi has fallen into depression because Gohan abandoned her meaning that she could never be the grandmother she wanted in his whole life.
    • There are hints that, unlike in canon, Oolong never fully reformed. He let a forest fire break out because he thought it looked cool (with the implication that he even might've started it) and he secretly wishes to Take Over the World with an army of brutal pig-men.
    • In later appearances, Shenron is depicted as a major asshole who's willing to deliberately screw with wishes if he feels that the wisher is misusing the Dragon Balls — such as when he granted a wish for a Christmas tree by summoning Turles and his minions so they could plant the Tree of Might. He also apparently has an arrangement with Mr. Popo to lay waste to the Earth when Popo gives the go-ahead. It's implied that he's this way because he's sick and tired of being used by the same people over and over again, and often used for frivolous things. He mellows out a bit when Dende becomes his guardian, largely due to Dende sharing his weed with him.
  • RWBY: The Abridged Series:
  • While Lighter and Softer than the above, with the characters taking a level in jerkass but still ultimately remaining heroic, RWBY Abridged still does this with Nora who's turned into a completely unstable psychopath who has to be all but physically restrained from killing the other students by Ren.
  • Danganronpa Abridged Thing does this to the first murderer. In canon, the crime was committed in what was arguably self-defense, although it's pointed out that the killer technically went out of his way to get to and finish off the victim. In the abridged series, the murderer accepted the victim's invitation, hoping to "get some," and killed her when she called him a "weenie."
  • TNG Recut, The Abridged Series of Star Trek: The Next Generation, turns the entire crew of the Enterprise-D into a bunch of crazed nutcases. Picard takes the cake, though, ultimately leading his crew to strand him on the saucer section and launch it into a planet to get rid of him (twice!). And even then it doesn't work!
  • Sword Art Online Abridged:
    • Kirito is a downplayed example in that he's much more of a Jerkass than his canonical counterpart, someone Asuna describes as the "Crown Prince of Douchebags" whose response to others' suffering is to pull up a chair and Pass the Popcorn, but deep down he does share some of Canon!Kirito's virtues. That said, in episode four, after Rosalia smashes several of Kirito's Berserk Buttons, he kills her without remorse.
    • Asuna on the other hand isn't a case of Silk Hiding Steel, she's wearing a Mask of Sanity to cover her sociopathic tendencies. She's violently possessive toward Kirito, to the extent of threatening her friend Liz and burning down her shop when Asuna thinks Liz is making a move on Kirito. She's also a Manipulative Bitch who gets Kirito to do her dirty work and knows how to play on his traumas to her advantage. But the fact that she's still able to form a working, happy relationship with Kirito and comes to consider Yui as a daughter proves that this Asuna isn't a complete sociopath.
    • Agil in canon was an Uncle Pennybags who ran a store and used to proceeds to help low-level players. In this treatment he goes by "Tiffany" for as yet unexplained reasons, and spent one episode trying to help the other players before giving up after realizing he was Surrounded by Idiots. Afterward he became a Con Man who sells crappy items at inflated prices, which has earned him enough ire for Laughing Coffin to mention Tiffany by name in their promo video.
    • Keita in the original was just the Moonlit Black Cats' guild leader who had the misfortune of being out shopping when the rest of the group got wiped out. In here he's a scammer who forces Kirito to join his guild after donning a hat that boosts his Charisma stat, and "recruits" NPCs from quests he never finishes, including the tutorial, something that probably got a lot of players killed in the long run. He also gets the Black Cats into trouble with The Mafia by promising to use a duplication trick on a rare item, only to learn that it got patched out, prompting him to send Kirito, Sachi and the NPCs on a doomed mission to get a replacement while he ran off elsewhere.
    • Grimlock's backstory in the original had him going insane after witnessing his lover become a Blood Knight over their months spent trapped in Sword Art Online, prompting him to give her what he considered a Mercy Kill. In the abridged series, he murdered his wife because she missed making him dinner, once, so she could plan a raid with her guildmates, and considers this a perfectly rational response.
  • My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series:
    • Princess Celestia is turned into The Caligula, who ruthlessly and sadisticaly disposes of anypony that earn her wrath and through her cruel "teaching", turned her apprentice, Twilight, from an innocent filly into the cynical, abrasive, and alcoholic mare she is is today.
    • Pinkie Pie is transformed from a fun loving and cheerful pony, who lived to make friends and spread happiness she was in cannon, into an Axe-Crazy domestic terrorist, who poisons her hometown and torments Fluttershy For the Evulz.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • Celestia is turned into a sociopathic goddess, who is sexually abuses anypony she wants and treats her younger sister, Luna, like dirt.
    • Applejack and by extension her entire family, are transformed from an honest and hardworking family of apple farmers, into the Pony Irish Mob.
    • Granny Smith is not only the ruthless leader of the Apple Family's criminal activity, but she also abuses Applebloom for no reason.
    • Twist in the series, was just Applebloom's sole friend, before she met the other members of the CMC. In this series, she is a delusion trying to persuade Applebloom into doing bad deeds, like burning down the school and hurting other ponies.
    • Sweetie Bell is turned into a gravelly voiced hellion with seemingly no sense of empathy towards her supposed friends, who she constantly mocks.
    • Spitfire treats her husband Soarin like dirt, even showing little to no concern after he broke his wing, endangers Lightning Dust in the dizzytron for mildly annoying her, and speaks disturbingly casually about abandoning her own daughter for a decade, which she apparently covered up by telling her husband she was dead.
    • Zigzagged with Maud Pie, who in this is a demon summoned by Pinky Pie 2 to serve the Apple family, but in a comedic turn, is actually a pacifist who refuses to kill anyone and doesn't do anything villainous, beyond allowing ponies to sell their souls to her on there own free will.


    My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 
Fittingly for a franchise with an entire page of characters under Ron the Death Eater My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction is full of examples from Rainbow Dash secretly being a high-ranking member of a fascist Cloudsdale that has children ground up into rainbows to Pinkie Pie secretly being a serial killer and to the many Alternate Character Interpretations of Celestia.
  • While Discord in canon was certainly malicious and powerful, he was presented more along the lines of a misbehaved brat than anything else, and the episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On" demonstrates that once he's exposed to The Power of Friendship he starts a friendship with Fluttershy and becomes an occasional helpful, if still jerkish, Trickster Mentor. However, many fan stories (most prominently the Pony POV Series and The Nuptialverse) present him as an unrepentant monster, responsible for multiple genocides and the Greater-Scope Villain behind many other villains, among other crimes. This is somewhat more justified for fanfics that were written before "Keep Calm and Flutter On" and the character development Discord got in that episode (as in his original two parter Discord was portrayed as a Sadistic Evil Overlord who tormented ponies For the Evulz, including a stained glass window of him holding ponies over a pit of flames via puppet strings); later works have less of an excuse.
  • Discord gets this bad in The Immortal Game, where he is almost a full-blown Eldritch Abomination who delights in turning ponies into hideous monsters, Mind Rape, and tricking ponies into committing horrifying acts. He is responsible (though not willingly) for the Face–Heel Turn of the fic's Big Bad. His comedic demeanor is significantly toned down, while his nastiness is turned Up to Eleven.
  • While it's mostly Played for Laughs, Princess Celestia gets this a lot. There are memes of her being a tyrant who rules with an iron hoof and sends people to the moon at the slightest annoyance, a Discord-like prankster causing the cast's problems for the fun of it, or a Memetic Molester. Look up Tyrant Celestia, Trollestia, and Molestia, respectively. In Freedom Through Harmony, Celestia is corrupt and banished Luna for trying to reason with her. That still does stop her from becoming Nightmare Moon, though.
  • In Harmony's Warriors, a rather expansive crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many friendly side characters or background ponies are full villains, including Fancy Pants, Snowflake, Cheerilee, Carrot Cake, Fleur de Lis, Gustav, Hoity Toity, and Filthy Rich.
  • In the G1 special that he premiered in, Scorpan was a Nice Guy who happened to work for Big Bad Tirac, and in Friendship is Magic it's mentioned that Scorpan befriended the ponies and helped them imprison Tirek in Tartarus. The Warmistress of Equestria, however, portrays Scorpan as a manipulative, bloodthirsty Lord of Chaos whose Evil Plan is to break Tirac out of the Warp and sacrifice Equestria to the Dark Gods.
  • In the Alternate Universe Fic series The Dashverse, the canon villains become much more threatening. They aren't so monstrous that the series is grimdark, but they do sink to depths not approachable in canon.
    • In Rainbooms and Royalty, the re-imaging of the pilot, Nightmare Moon assaults and repeatedly tries to kill the Mane 6, especially Rainbow Dash, brainwashes Shining Armor and Ditzy Doo into her loyal minions, and threatened to drop the rest of the Mane 6 to their deaths and forcing Rainbow Dash to choose which ones to save. By the end, it is not surprising that Rainbow Dash hasn't forgiven Luna.
    • In Hot Heads, Cold Hearts, and Nerves of Steel, King Sombra, who was already a Crazy-Prepared and evil dictator in canon, kidnaps the foals of Ponyville and brings them to the Frozen North. When Rainbow Dash reaches his lair he enters Rainbow's head and tells him his backstory: he started out as just as snobbish prince before he obtained the Alicorn Amulet. Afterwards, he sought even greater power, he murdered his wife, manipulated Luna into falling in love with him, and even after his defeat by the Princesses, he knew he had driven Luna into the despair that would create Nightmare Moon. He then reveals his plan, to sacrifice the foals to increase his power and become an alicorn god. And he comes pretty damn close as well.
  • Moonstuck is a weird case, as while Discord is just as nasty as his canon self with the same personality and powers, the comedic traits of the former are strongly downplayed while the latter are played up to almost Eldritch Abomination levels, and the fact that he's doing all this to a child makes his usual antics ten times worse. The character design also helps; while his canon goofy Mix And Match Critter appearance makes him hard to take seriously sometimes, in Moonstuck he's drawn in a monochrome, overbearing, heavily sketchy style reminiscent of the Anti-Spirals.
  • In the fanfiction Sunset of Time, the Big Bad Vesper Radiance is a re-imagining of a canon antagonist. For it, she's not only far worse than she was in the canon, she's worse than any of the other villains too. She's ambitious, hungry for power, casually murders (or attempts to murder) several characters, and her ultimate goal is to become a Physical God to rule over Equestria — after killing off all three Princesses, Twilight and her friends, and anyone else who dares try to stop her.
  • In The Elements of Friendship, nearly every villain qualifies, as they go from threats dealt with in one or two episodes to powerful threats that need whole doorstoppers to stop.
    • Trixie flat out cons the town as opposed to simply being a traveling showmare as in canon.
    • Moondancer is part of an organization working for the Greater-Scope Villain. Justified, as she had not even made an appearance on the show when the series started.
  • Played for laughs in fanfic series Evil Belle, where for no particular reason, Sweetie Belle decides to become the most feared villain Equesria has ever known. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Clockwork Consequence: Because this story takes place in the "Nightmare Moon wins" timeline shown in The Cutie Re-mark Part 2, Nightmare Moon's most loyal servants include the likes of Rarity, Pinkie Pie, (called "Diane") Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Trixie. Fluttershy has yet to appear, but by the the way things are going she too is loyal to Nightmare Moon.
  • In the Persona crossover Persona EG:
    • Fluttershy is this of all people. She only acts shy and friendly around others, but actually keeps her dark side hidden. Though glimpses of her true self are hinted at before she is discovered. She became a cyberbully after she was bullied one too many times, but took it too far and accidentally crippled a teacher once. She is eventually revealed as the dark persona user, Eris, and her friends were all shocked to discover her reasons behind doing this. Though Character Development eventually turns her just as nice and caring as her canon self, if with a little more snark.
    • Babs Seed and Pinkie's parents count too. Babs was only a bully in the show to avoid being bullied herself, but she is described here as being worse than Diamond Tiara, actually hitting people and smoking in the bathroom. Pinkie's parents, despite being old fashioned, accept their strange daughter in the show, but here they are complete jerks who treat her as The Un Favourite and eventually disown her entirely.
  • Pony Age: Catalyst Miss Harshwhinny. In the show she was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Here however, she's a Rich Bitch Corrupt Politician. There's also Iron Will, when you're a Minotaur in a crossover with a game where Minotaurs are enemies, what choice do you have?
  • Princess Trixie Sparkle does this with Trixie, who in the show was (not counting when she was under the influences of The Alicorn Amulet) a egotistical Jerkass at worst, and even then outside of that aforementioned incident, she arguably had not done anything morally wrong. In this story, she is a manipulative bitch who tricks Twilight into letting her steal her identity, frames her and her friends and she has Twilight locked in the dungeon and sadistically gloats that she will be trapped in there alone for the rest of her life. Granted, she is being influenced by the true Big Bad and does make a Heel–Face Turn by the end, but even so, she went above and beyond what she was actually supposed to do and it understandably takes awhile before anyone is ready to forgive her.
  • Pandemic does this with Sunset Shimmer. In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013), she was Celestia's megalomaniac former student, who while bad, behaved like a teenage Alpha Bitch for much of the movie, but turned over a new leaf. In this story, Sunset is a Mad Scientist who, while nicer than her canon self and with more noble goals, is planning to forcibly transform billions of humans beings into ponies through biological warfare. She's gone from Queen Bee to trying to wipe out an entire species.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse is explicitly an AU with the premise that it was Celestia rather than Princess Luna who went insane. This trope also applies (to a lesser degree) to the Celestiaverse Elements. Lack of the friendships of the others has left them all (but most especially Twilight and Applejack) somewhat... warped.
  • My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap:
    • Though still more or less a good pony, Twilight is more open to extreme solutions, like threatening to have Starlight brainwash her friend, if they can not get past their personnel issues.
    • Rarity's landlord in "Saddle Row Review" is also a drug dealer, who extorts the Mane Six into helping him move a bunch of pill, under threat of selling his own daughter into prostitution.
    • Fleetfoot is turned from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold into an Ax-Crazy jerkass who threatens to mutilate anypony that bothers her and at one point, even threatens to skin Rainbow Dash's parents and then have sex with her in her parents skins. Rainbow is understandably disturbed.
    • The Wonderbolts as a whole are transformed into just a bunch of amoral jerk asses.
  • This trope is omnipresent throughout The Rainsverse. The Mane Six have fallen into darkness (tempted by Scorpan), Fancy Pants is the worst kind of Rich Bitch, Baroness Coco Pommel oppressed and mistreated Suri Polomare, and so forth. Conversely, the opposite trope is just as common.
  • In Fall of Starfleet, Rebirth of Friendship (a Recursive Fanfiction of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic) the trope is played with in general in regards to the titular Starfleet. Generally, they don't act much different than before. But here, they are stripped of their Protagonist-Centered Morality from the original, and their actions simply get portrayed as horrifically as they would be perceived in any normal setting. Although, there are a few characters who have additional negative qualities on top of the ones they already had:
  • Fallout: Equestria Girls has Adagio Dazzle. Not only does she kill Aria for turning against her, but she actually tries to kill Twilight and Sunset and cast a spell on hundreds of innocents that, when broken, kills them horribly. She also molests Twilight when she has her captured.
  • Trixie gets hit hard with this in The Piano Man. While in canon she was mainly an egotistical braggart, in this story, she is an abusive, vicious psychopath who spends the story enslaving and torturing the human protagonist, all so he can play the piano for her shows. She later tries to murder the protagonist to avoid imprisonment. This is fortunately subverted with the Mane cast, who were unaware that Trixie was enslaving and mistreating a sentient creature, and help him out when they discover the conditions he lived under.
  • The Quiververse has taken Spoiled Rich, already classist and emotionally abusive, and caused her to graduate to full-on Fantastic Racism and physical abuse.

  • Damian, a one-shot character from Pokémon, was originally just a Jerkass becomes a dangerous psychopath in Symbiosis. He is willing to kill Ash to get revenge on Brock and Misty for reporting his crime.
  • Damian as well goes through something similar in The Road to be a Pokemon Master, namely joining Team Rocket just for the sake of getting revenge on Ash [Hypocrite and the Charmander he abandoned, and is overall shown to be a violent sadist.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • While the Spearow flock near Pallet Town in the anime was aggressive in the extreme, they did have legitimate provocation to attack Ash and Pikachu. But in this story, they attack the duo even though the worst thing they did to them was walk near the place they were roosting in.
    • Giovanni's evil deeds are ramped up from the anime. While he clearly wasn't a good person there, much of the more severe villainy one would expect from a character like him is, at most, only implied. This fic, however, is quite explicit about the awful things he does (such as having people murdered), fitting for the Darker and Edgier tone of the story.
    • In the games, MissingNo was a glitch that, while damaging to the game, didn't have any malice. Here, it's the Pokémon equivalent of Satan, complete with Faustian bargains. It appears only to mess with Ash's head and tell him that bad things will happen to his friends from the original timeline, done as vaguely as possible with the full knowledge Ash can't do anything to realistically stop it. It also mentions that some of these horrible events have already happened, such as the deaths of Brock's parents. It even expresses disappointment that Norman managed to prevent May from suffering a tragedy.
    • In the Pokémon anime, the Sensational Sisters were merely irresponsible and uninterested in their duties as Gym Leaders. While they teased Misty, they were never actually cruel in doing so and genuinely cared about her. At the end of their debut episode, they gave Ash a Cascade Badge out of gratitude for him saving their gym. The fic makes them flat-out corrupt (it's implied they offer trainers money and/or sex in exchange for them throwing matches), keep their Pokémon confined in balls for months at a time, outright despise Misty (referring to her as "it" and kicking her out as soon as they can), and trick/force Ash into a battle they're sure he'll lose so they can keep their gym, not caring that he'll be barred from taking part in Gym Battles for a year if he does.
    • Paul is an interesting example, because his actual character doesn't change that much, but rather than portraying him as a cool figure, it portrays him as an abusive jerk. At one point, he actually insults Lt. Surge for not wanting to risk his Raichu being horribly maimed by a super-powered Razor Leaf attack.
    • Belmondo in the anime was a serious jerk, but he didn't kidnap children like his counterpart in the Clemont Gaiden.
    • Sabrina is portrayed as even worse than her anime incarnation (who was herself already an example of this trope), being a murderous social Darwinist who cold-bloodedly kills those she considers "weak" or "useless". This includes people who don't make a good enough showing in a gym battle against her.
    • Ash's father was a non-entity in the anime, other the the light novel, which states that he left his family due to the pressures of Pokémon training. Here's he's all but outright stated to be a violent criminal who fathered dozens of illegitimate children and then abandoned them. Then comes the reveal in Chapter 34, it turns out he's the Bloodline King.
    • Hilda is portrayed as a minion working for the Bloodline Prince, who plans to overthrow his father and Take Over the World in his stead.
  • Throughout Poké Wars, several Legendary Pokemon get this, including Uxie and especially Ho-Oh, who is a genocidal Fantastic Racist and Knight Templar who wants to Kill All Humans. In the games, the lore surrounding Ho-Oh suggests that it's reclusive but benevolent.

  • Salem in Ruby and Nora isn’t the Affably Evil Benevolent Boss she is in canon, instead she’s a petty, sadistic child in the body of a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Almost every hero from RWBY is now a villain in RWBY: Dark; Ruby is now a sociopathic serial killer, Weiss is a Corrupt Corporate Executive, Blake is the terroristic leader of the White Fang, Yang is Ruby's tortured lapdog, etc.
  • Countless examples in Vale's Underground, but the most prominent is Qrow Branwen. He was a heroic figure on RWBY, but he works with his sister as a mob boss. His job is manipulating and bribing politicians, and threatening anyone who doesn't comply.
  • Two Others RWBY Fanfic (A Rose Burnt to Cinder and War) version of Salem are far Worse then her Canon Web Animation Counterpart.
  • White Sheep:
    • Ozpin is quite a bit worse in this fic than in canon. It starts with him being far less accepting of his mistakes, and ends with him being fully willing to see Atlas destroyed if it will unite humanity against the Grimm. That being said, Jaune points out that since he's been fighting Salem for thousands of years, the idea that she fell in love and gave up her plans to destroy the human race twenty-five years ago sounds absolutely ridiculous. And even at the start of the story, Salem was giving her adoptive daughter the resources she needed to destroy Vale; it's only much later that she finally pulls an official Heel–Face Turn, when she lets Jaune announce the existence of Grimm royalty and sue for peace. Still, Ozpin gets called out by multiple people, especially for what he does to Yang and Oscar, until he asks the Jinn of Knowledge what Salem's plans are, and it turns out Salem simply wants to find a way to get rid of her immortality so that she can grow old and die with her husband. Ozpin initially doesn't believe it, but soon swallows his pride and reconciles with Salem's family. Nicholas even lets him meet their daughters.
    • In canon, Leo Lionheart was a coward willing to obey any horrible order in the hopes that Salem would eventually release him. Here, all the terrible things he did were simply done under the assumption that they were what she wanted. He personally ambushed and killed most of the huntsmen in his Kingdom himself, despite Salem never ordering such a thing. He survives the Battle of Haven and is arrested for his crimes.

  • The Child of Love does this to Gendo Ikari. In the original series he was a broken shell of a man who did horrible things to get his wife back, and cared about his son deep down but sent him away because of his fears that he wouldn't be a good father to Shinji. In this story he makes horrible things because he has delusions of godhood, does not care about Shinji at all, and he is willing to use babies to fight his war.
  • In the MLP/Green Lantern crossover In Brightest Day, this treatment gets applied to Mitta and Ruby. In the canon of Story of the Blanks, both were in fact friendly and helpful towards Apple Bloom. However in this story, while Ruby feels constant remorse and guilt for her horrific actions, Mitta seems to be completely villainous and relishing in the pain and suffering of her victims. The reason of this has yet to be explained...
  • Calvin At Camp does this to Lucy and Eddy.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist/Avatar: The Last Airbender crossover Help from afar: The generic Fire Nation Mooks get this as a product of the setting being a bit darker due to its crossover. They were genocidal fascists in both canon and here, but none of them did any Attempted Rape in the actual show.
  • In Steven Universe: and the Hunters of Arcadia, Jamie the Mailman is revealed to be a changeling spy sent by the Janus Order to gather intel on all of the magical weirdness in Beach City.
  • Citadel of the Heart does this to Ruki's biological father, even though he hasn't made a direct appearance thus far and does this to an Exaggerated degree that's Justified due to his O.C. Stand-in nature. In the original source material, he's just Ruki's divorced father who doesn't get to see her much, and next to nothing else is important about him. In Digimon Re: Tamers' part of Citadel Of The Heart, Ruki's father is a Sociopathic Soldier who became a Professional Killer while having a Sadist streak to his Blood Lust, and also the fact he manipulates Ruki into following deliberately setting up a Clueless Mystery with the ultimate end goal of raping her once she turns 18. Fun fact; he's the first flat out rapist in the fic thus far.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • Cedric was loyal to Phobos in Season 1 of canon and only turned on him in Season 2. Here, he's manipulating and plotting against him from the start.
    • Harold Hale, a completely decent person in both the TV and comic versions of W.I.T.C.H. canon, is an affiliate of the Dark Hand here, in a I Did What I Had to Do sort of way. Cornelia eventually convinces him to switch sides... except not really.
    • Drake is a straightly heroic Rebellion member in canon. Here, he's actually Cyrus Ludmoore in disguise, manipulating the Rebellion for his family's plan.
    • Aldarn is much more aggressive than in canon, which culminates in him plotting against Caleb for compromising with the nobility.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Kaworu's role and personality greatly changes between both versions of the story: while in the original he is forced to fight Shinji via Brainwashed and Crazy (and before and after the fight he is a very useful ally), the Redux version starts as a slimy bastard and only gets more horrible as it goes, going from lusting after Asuka to want to kill her only to piss Shinji off.
  • In the Infinity Crisis spin-off Of Kryptonians and Queens, this basically applies to Etrigan; his status as a 'hero' in canon has always been somewhat questionable, but here he is explicitly on Morgana's side as Jason Blood resents Merlin for bonding him to Etrigan.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Stargate SG-1/Battlestar Galactica (2003) crossover An Extraordinary Journey does this for two characters in particular;
    • Pete Shanahan, Sam's boyfriend/fiancé in the seventh and eighth seasons; while he was a decent person overall in canon, here he often attempts to subtly manipulate Sam's emotions to get her to resign from the SGC so that she can basically 'devote' herself to being his wife. This escalates to the point that he basically tricks her into becoming pregnant by sabotaging her protection methods in the hope that she will resign after giving birth, only for Willow Rosenberg to sense Pete's true intentions and reveal the truth to Sam. Learning of Pete's plans, Sam divorces him and gets him put on the sex offenders register, which costs him his job and forces him to move in with his parents. When Pete later attempts to abduct Sam's daughter Debra- shooting Jacob Carter in the process- the SGC fake Pete's death by using a clone of him to stage a thwarted home invasion and then exile Pete to another planet with a broken DHD and no other sentient life; they will send him supplies for the first six months, after which he will have to fend for himself.
    • Once Earth makes contact with the Twelve Colonies, this arguably applies to Admiral Helena Cain; not only does she retain her canon fixation on vengeance on the Cylons at the cost of her very humanity, but she later goes against Adama and Roslin to join the forces of the Ori just because they promised to destroy the Cylons, to the point that Cain becomes a Prior of the Ori.
  • In Once Upon a Supernatural Time, mixing Once Upon a Time with Supernatural, there are various examples of this after the Winchesters arrive in Storybrooke;
    • With Dean now Emma’s romantic interest, Hook remains a more active villain for Cora.
    • Archie is briefly possessed by a demon until Sam and David manage to exorcise it.
    • Doctor Whale becomes the new ‘host’ for the Horseman of Pestilence.
  • Various examples of this occur in Spider-X, where Spider-Man joins the X-Men in the X-Men: Evolution series; aside from the obvious example of Gambit and Colossus being members of Magneto's Acolytes as in the original series, a few Spidey-focused villains have undergone a comparative ‘upgrade’ in villainy;
    • In the comics Electro was powerful, but somewhat dim and fairly direct in his use of his abilities against active opponents, whereas this version is not only determined to prove himself intellectually, but is also outright abusive, beating his ‘girlfriend’ Tabitha when she starts defying him and rendering at least two people brain-dead.
    • Comes up a few times with Black Cat as the story unfolds; while she developed a flirtatious relationship with Spider-Man in the comics, in this version she soon abandons this interest due to his explicit rejection of her in favour of Rogue, to the point where she is now actively working for the Kingpin as a double agent in Magneto’s Brotherhood.
    • In the comics Eddie Brock was ‘justifiably’ angry at Spider-Man for indirectly ruining his career, but this version also has a racist attitude towards mutants, attributed to the suit being angry at Peter rejecting it in favour of the X-Men.
  • In Wizard Runemaster and its sequel, a number of humans, especially ones from Stormwind are portrayed as racist and xenophobic on par with Garithos, hating anything that isn't a human loyal to Stormwind, including their elven and Draenei allies. King Varian Wrynn gets it the worst going from The Good King to a racist tyrant whom Onyxia didn't even have to manipulate in order to screw over the stonemasons who went on to become the Defias Brotherhood. Once Harry Potter starts being known for his heroics throughout Azeroth, Varian demands Harry be brought before him to swear loyalty to him (and thus make Harry's deeds reflect upon Varian).
  • In the RWBY/Doom crossover Remnant Inferis: DOOM, certain characters, such as Gretchen Rainart and Professor Peach, are revealed to be in league with the legions of Hell and plotting the downfall of Remnant.
  • Harbinger (Finmonster) (Danny Phantom, ParaNorman): While the Lunch Lady Ghost is already a bad guy in the series, she was nowhere near as vile as in this universe were when she was alive killed several students and fed them to the others as "mystery meat", and was caught chewing on an arm when they figured out what she was doing.
  • While she does retain her care for Steven in A Triangle in the Stars, Lapis's disregard for Earth and the people who live upon it is more highlighted here, simply because she has more screentime, and she's also more manipulative, drawing more parallels between her and Bill. She also goes along with Jasper, though it's often unwilling and vitreous.

  • Count Mott of The Familiar of Zero was already a decadent noble who sexually harasses his servants, but in Unfamiliar, he's an outright psycho who tortures to death anyone who crosses him.
  • In The Simpsons AU The Fourth Simpson Child, Lisa goes from a socially isolated smart girl who is somewhat The Un-Favourite to a Smug Snake who is openly jealous of Samantha (her older sister and the title character).
  • Touhou fanfiction:
    • Wriggle is just a run-of-the-mill insect youkai and, while still dangerous, she usually has no malicious intentions against humans and will attack only if provoked. In the fanfic No Such Thing as Fairy Tales, Wriggle is a fae, who spirits aways humans and tortures and rapes them for no other reason because she can.
    • Touhou Ibunshu does this to almost half of the cast. Rumia, Mystia, and Remilia are Creepy Children that eat people, Cirno, Wriggle and Hina are sadists that try to kill people for no reason, Sakuya is a Serial Killer and succeeds in killing the humans, and Yukari and Mokou both try to obliterate Gensokyo. Strangely, the ones that get some Character Development end up being more sympathetic than the originals (most of whom are petty violent jerks), even if they are worse people overall.
    • Imperfect Metamorphosis takes Yuuka Kazami (a powerful and dangerous individual who nonetheless mostly leaves people alone) and turns her into The Dreaded who makes every character crap their pants whenever she's mentioned, and more than lives up to her reputation by being a full-blown Outer God.
  • Dirty Sympathy does this to several characters: Daryan Cresend (already a Dirty Cop) into commiting Domestic Abuse and abuses Klavier and constantly makes death threats. Kristoph Gavin ( an Amoral Attorney and poisoner) into a Bad Boss who traps Apollo into All Take and No Give relationship and abuses him because Apollo has no one else to turn to. Machi's portrayal as an innocent child, albeit an accomplice to drug smuggling, is done away with, presenting him as angelic-looking, disturbed smuggler and he is actually guilty of killing LeTouse. Lamiroir is a cold-blooded Mama Bear, who thought nothing of framing someone and threatening someone with death to protect Machi. And the story's leads, Klavier and Apollo become Villain Protagonists (albeit sympathetic ones).
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Dr. Wily and several Robot Masters are far more villainous than in the show.
  • In I'm Here to Help, the senshi of the future, as well as Neo-Queen Serenity, are portrayed as considerably more villainous than their canon counterparts. While we don't see much of them, it's established that they are essentially the Big Good of the future, to the point where they were willingly asked to rule the now-united Earth. In the fanfiction though, their adoration comes from Neo-Queen Serenity "purifying" all negative emotions out of them, allegedly turning them into placid zombies. While Emerald is something of an Unreliable Narrator due to being insane, one segment told from the point of view of the future Jupiter and Mars has them discuss how they attacked/killed several children who Emerald had help with one of his plans, dismissing the whole thing as the children having made their own choices in the matter. Needless to say, the canon senshi would never willingly harm children, whether or not they were helping a villain.
  • System Restore:
    • The first and second victims, while acting similarly to how they did in canon (hoping to kick-start the mutual killing and planning a murder so that Kuzuryuu can graduate, respectively), come off as somewhat less sympathetic, since their motives are revealed after their deaths. The second murderer, in particular, seems to have fewer reservations about killing, and even tries to convince Kuzuryuu to go through with killing.
    • The second murderer, and the first who's different than canon, is Sonia Nevermind, who not only never killed anyone in canon, but was also one of the nicer cast members.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox:
    • Utakata, Yagura and Gaara are the three most villainous members of the Kyuushingai introduced, with Utakata being an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer who'll even murder children in his rampages, Yagura being a cold-blooded gang leader who's infamous for making witnesses set to testify against him "disappear", and Gaara being an aspiring drug kingpin who's in an alliance with Yagura. Contrast their canon counterparts from Naruto, where Utakata was merely disillusioned after being mistreated due to his jinchuriki status but wasn't otherwise stated to be evil, Yagura only had his bad reputation because he was manipulated into committing bloody actions during his time as the Mizukage, and Gaara is one of Naruto's staunchest friends and allies (though he did start out Ax-Crazy and only wound up undergoing a Heel–Face Turn following being defeated in combat by Naruto).
    • Konan is a member of Akatsuki and determined to kill the Kyuushingai no matter what (in canon, she's also a member of Akatsuki, but there she's a Well-Intentioned Extremist who later becomes one of Naruto's supporters).
    • The members of the LOVE syndicate's Council of the Dawn, of which Gaara is the leader and Yagura is a member; aside from them, the members include Temari, Kankuro, Matsuri, Chojuro, Darui, Menma, Yura, Sumaru and Kurotsuchi. All of them are criminals, with Temari and Kankuro being Gaara's personal guards, Matsuri being the group's secretary and an assassin in her own right, and the rest being the heads of their own minor syndicates. Contrast that with their canon counterparts: Temari and Kankuro, while they started out as antagonists alongside Gaara, eventually became allies of Konoha; Matsuri, Chojuro, Darui, and Kurotsuchi were allied to Konoha along with their respective villages during the Fourth Great Ninja War; Sumaru started his filler arc being rude to Naruto but eventually became his friend; Menma (the filler character, not the one from the movie) was The Atoner who'd tried to pull Laser-Guided Amnesia on himself in an effort to leave his bad past behind; and Yura was loyal to the welfare of the Hidden Sand Village even while he was Sasori's sleeper agent.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In canon, Tsukune's ghoul form was largely depicted as an instinctive, mindless Berserker. Here, it's shown as a full-fledged Superpowered Evil Side with its own identity and personality.
    • Though Hokuto was always an antagonist in the manga, he was more of a Wild Card to the extent that he even helped Tsukune and Moka stop his own plan. Here, he's a straight-up no-gray-area villain and a blatant Straw Nihilist who openly expresses the view that life itself is nothing but a meaningless plague that must be wiped out.
    • The fic does away with the sympathetic backstory that Alucard had in canon completely. In the original manga, Alucard was originally supportive of human/monster co-existence, but turned evil after humans invaded the country he founded for exactly that and killed most of his loved ones. Here, Alucard began as an arrogant, overly powerful vampire who decided to simply destroy all life, human and monster alike, out of sheer nihilism, and eventually devolved into nothing but a mindless beast.
  • In Necessary To Win, Anchovy of Anzio is based off of her manga counterpart, and as such, is a Sore Loser who criticizes Miho's decision to save one of her school's tanks at the cost of winning the tournament. On the other hand, she does go through some Character Development and gains respect for Oarai, unlike in the manga.
  • Ms. Maia from Twilight Valley. In the sixth The Land Before Time movie, she is simply an overprotective mother that tossed out Ducky when Ducky was the one who invaded her nest in the first place. In the fanfic, Ms. Maia is portrayed as a traitor who attempts to murder Ducky.
  • The fan film Grayson seems to present Chief O'Hara as a Dirty Cop, aligning himself with Catwoman, yelling at Superman to get Dick Grayson out of the way, and preparing to hit a tied-up Commissioner Gordon.
  • New Tamaran
    • Wildfire/Ryand’r begins as a hero like the comics, but the death of Starfire sends him on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that ends in an invasion of Earth.
    • The Spectre is usually an anti-hero, but once finding a new host in Raven, he becomes mad with power.
    • Damian Wayne is pretty hot-headed, but in the sequel Justice Returns, he unremorsefully kills his mother in a fit of rage. Then again, this Damian was never raised by Batman and does become one of Slade’s apprentices.
  • In DC canon, "Troia" is simply the superhero name Donna Troy took once she grew out of "Wonder Girl." In the fan novel Teen Titans: Witch-Hunt, Troia is Donna's Super-Powered Evil Side created from her Evil Aunt Circe's influence.
  • Dib in Kingdom Crossovers is the replacement of Riku, and thus follows the same path as him.
  • Five Nights at Fuckboy's: BB was no more dangerous or evil than any of the animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (which were implied to be Tragic Villains more than anything), and he cannot even kill directly. In all three games, however, he's a scheming swearing enragement child with ambitions of godhood.
  • Magolor in Kirby: Right Back At Ya! Season 2. In Kirby's Return To Dream Land, he was a kindly alien that gave Kirby advice as he tried to repair his ship. Here, he's effectively an Expy of Customer Service from the original show, being the one who sends King Dedede his new monsters. It's downplayed compared to most examples, as Magolor was already the Big Bad of his own game, but he kept it hidden until the final level and it's implied that he wasn't fully willing, whereas this Magolor is known to be a villain from the first chapter. He also later does a Heel–Face Turn in the games while it's clear that this version will get nothing of the sort.
  • The Power Rangers fan film, Power/Rangers does this to Rocky, having him sell out to and join the Machine Empire. Bulk and Skull are also imagined as meth users who sold out Jason and killed him for the drug, and Zack is a Blood Knight who joined the Machine Empire just so he could fight again.
  • The Love Hina fics An Alternate Keitaro Urashima and For His Own Sake, both written by the same author, make Granny Hina and the Hinata girls far more malicious and bitchy than they're depicted in canon.
  • In the Digimon Adventure 02 fanfic Digimon Adventure 02: The Story We Never Told, there are a couple of characters that are a lot more unpleasant compared to their canon (scratch that, censored) incarnation:
    • Mimi and Matt, the former is an Alpha Bitch who is willing to run away from all her problems regarding the Digital World, shunning anyone whose name is either a Digidestined or the Digital World. The latter, is a nostalgic man who prefers the old over the new and as a result, hates the new generation of the Digidestined and will not hesitate to denounce them at any opportunity they made a mistake. Fortunately, thanks to The Power of Friendship, they slowly but surely began reverting back to their original canon selves through gradual Character Development.
    • Cody's Black and White Insanity is a lot more prominent in this fic as no matter how much Ken does to redeem himself and atone for his mistakes, he is the only one who still refuse to believe that Ken is actually reformed when everyone else thinks he has atoned enough. It is only when Ken dies that Cody express sufficient enough regret to turn back to his former ways.
    • In canon, Oikawa is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds whose desire to enter the Digital World lets him get possessed by Myotismon and subsequently, any heinous acts done in the anime is blamed to him. But in the fic however, Oikawa is a Psychopathic Manchild who is incredibly addicted to his experiences as a Digidestined in the Digital World so much that he is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve such goals. This includes arranging the death for two of his own Digidestined members as an accident, creating a Digi Armor, fake Digivices & turned Ken into the Digimon Emperor, and kills Ken without a second thought when he feels that he has outlived his usefulness.
    • Blackwargreymon never reforms in this fic unlike the canon version and this version stays loyal to his master Dagomon till the very end, with his last act before being killed is changed from a Heroic Sacrifice into a futile attempt at murdering Oikawa for manipulating his master, even ignoring all the bystanders that could be killed from his attack including the Digidestined.
  • The PreDespair Kids manages to make Ultimate Despair far more insidious, subtle, and cruel than they are in the series. Rather than go full-force with murders and killing sprees, they're biding their time, acting quietly and learning everyone's weaknesses before making their moves. They also have absolutely no problem killing their own members whenever they're discovered. And the scariest part about them? None of them are brainwashed. They're doing all of this because they were charmed by Junko or, in Maverick Storm's case, For the Evulz.
  • Beldam in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door was a senile old lady who constantly insulted Vivian and blamed for things that were her own fault, but eventually repents. Beldam in Edventure of the Thousand-Year Door is an outright sadist who physically abuses Vivian, possesses Nazz in an attempt to kill the main group, slaughters several members of Rolf's people and even brainwashes her other sister Marilyn and Dooplis.
  • The Day of the Barney Trilogy takes Barney and Baby Bop, who are portrayed as sincere and good friends to the kids on Barney & Friends, and portrays them as villains who successfully get the world's children to kill any adult they come across, kill their male Special Friends when they turn thirteen, and take the thirteen year old girls away to fatally mother mutated offspring. They're even revealed to be Really 65 Million Years Old and to have been the harbingers of many of the world's evil dictators and catastrophes.
  • In The Stalking Zuko Series, Arnook, a wise and benevolent leader who made the mistake of choosing a jerk like Hahn as his daughter Yue's husband, is portrayed as having a severe case of Moral Myopia, grieving over his daughter while rejoicing when Fire Nation soldiers die. He also doesn't care much for the Southern Water Tribe, as he didn't come to their help when the Fire Nation raided them, and when Hakoda or Sokka try to contradict him, he tells them that Hakoda's loss of his wife is less painful than his losing Yue.
  • With This Ring: Nabu's actions are not excused as a necessary evil, he is fully portrayed as villainous and needing to be stopped. It's very telling that in the Crime Syndicate Mirror Universe, where all the heroes are villains, his counterpart Doctor Chaos is a good guy.
    • Klarion has always been a villain, but he is by far worse in this version. He's actually a Lord of Chaos, an opposite to Doctor Fate, making him easily one of the most powerful magic users in existance.
  • Rio in The Ice Queen Cometh. Her swapping story roles with her brother caused her to be a lot angrier and colder than in canon, though she generally stays in the realm of darker hero than villain.
  • Fade: While how heroic he is in canon is up to interpretation, L in this story is a Tautological Templar who will go to any lengths to save his life and protect "Justice" from Kira, all the while refusing to acknowledge that this path has led to him becoming Kira.
  • While Alvin the Treacherous was a villain in Dragons: Riders of Berk, in The Berserkers Bride he dies before his Heel–Face Turn, having planned on murdering Dagur, taking Hiccup (who is a young teenager) as his wife and then use her and her then-unborn child to take control of the Hooligan and Berserker tribes (as well as to spite Stoick).
  • In Persona 5, Makoto Niijima and Ryuji Sakamoto are good hearted people who become members of the Phantom Thieves to put a stop to corruption and evil. In The Evil Queen, Makoto is blackmailing the principal of Shujin Academy and rules it like a dictator to make her dream of a utopia and has groomed Ryuji into her enforcer to bully and strong-arm "troublemakers" into line.
  • Steven Universe:
  • In the The Tudors fandom, the fanfiction is usually more based on the historical events but some aspects of the show are used, a popular one continuing the show's portrayal as William Brereton being a madman assassin who wants to kill Anne Boleyn for being a "witch".
  • Played for Laughs in If Half-Life was written by a bot, where Gordon Freeman is portrayed along these lines, blaming the military for the Resonance Cascade, going on a murderous rampage toward Black Mesa's personnel (with the narrative saying he does it because he "finds people to be ridiculous"), and going to Xen specifically because there weren't anymore aliens he could kill.
  • In Sound! Euphonium, Taki is a Stern Teacher but is overall not that cruel of a person (especially in the anime). In the fanfic Ambitious Love he is Reina's Bitch in Sheep's Clothing abusive husband. He regularly beats her, but always makes up an excuse for the cops. It's so bad that Reina has tried to kill herself several times. After Reina tries to leave him for Kumiko, he fakes a suicide attempt to get her put in a ward. After that fails, he outright kidnaps her and attempts to murder her, all while calling the police and pretending that Reina was attacking him.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim does this with Gaz. While she was always snarky, cruel, and mean-spirited in canon, both the show and the comics (more the latter) did occasionally show a lighter side and an ability to care for Dib. Here, she openly identifies as a misanthrope, who doesn't care what happens to Dib or the world. And at the climax of Season 1, she crosses the Moral Event Horizon by means of telling Zim about Dib and his friends' plan to go after Project Domination purely out of spite.
  • In Total Drama fanfic series Unbreakable Red Silken Thread In the show Heather was said to have a very close relationship with her mother, here she's an Abusive Parent.
  • In A Thing of Vikings, Alvin the Treacherous is more in line with his book counterpart than his incarnation in Dragons: Riders of Berk. For example: He trained/tortured Heather into becoming one of his spies, killed and replaced the king of Vedrarfjord, and, once the Hooligans arrived to deal with him once and for all, he set his own fortress on fire to cover his escape, killing at least two underlings with his own hands while doing so.
  • Discussed in the Scooby Doo fic Old Meets New. The Coolsville Mystery Inc know Scrappy as a well-meaning puppy who simply got bored of Scooby and went to live with his other uncle Yabba-Doo. Crystal Cove's Velma won't talk about Scrappy but says he did some horrible things that shouldn't be discussed.
  • Cyborg in Young Justice: Darkness Falls. While in comics a man who was saved by his father in an accident, in this version, he's an Apokoliptian creation where his robot part is used to control his every action. However, there's an indication that the man underneath it doesn't want this.
  • In-canon, Snotlout and Spitelout aren't exactly nice, but here they are not nearly as cruel as they are in Lost Boy. Spitelout has Hiccup (here an orphaned slave) returned to his abusive master despite Stoick making it clear that he wants to take him home, and when Stoick leaves Hiccup in the care of the Jorgenson's household while he sorts out village matters, they go out of their way to make him miserable. After Stoick finds out how cruel they treated him, Spitelout and Snotlout take him out in the forest with the intent of raping him as revenge, a dragon raid interrupting them. When Hiccup one-ups Snotlout by incapacitating the Gronckle on their first day of dragon-training, Snotlout actually takes Astrid's axe with the intent of killing him right then and there.
  • Another HtTYD example is in the fic The Blacksmith's Apprentice;
    • Snotlout and Spitelout go so far as to actively assist Alvin the Treacherous in an invasion of Berk (although Spitelout realizes his mistake before his death).
    • Dagur is even more deranged than he was in the show, making plans to mutilate and torture Hiccup to make him a slave, until his actions push Hiccup to realize that the only way to stop Dagur's plans is to order Toothless to kill the Berserker chief.
  • In the Power Rangers mass team-up fic Crimson Rising, when Ivan Ooze returns to Earth, a new organisation known as Section Nine is revealed to have been monitoring the Power Rangers for years, and the general in charge declares that all Rangers are vigilantes and must either work with him or be arrested. Most Rangers choose to remain independent even after the general arrests Mr Collins and freezes Anton Mercer's assets, but Will, the Operation Overdrive Black Ranger, freely turns on the rest of the Rangers, denouncing them all as failures where he prefers to remain well-paid. While Dax, the Overdrive Blue Ranger, remains with Will, Mack immediately rejects the 'offer' and Ronny and Rose join the other Rangers as soon as they witness the lengths the government will go to trying to control the other Rangers. Will remains with Section Nine for some time, using their own zords while trying to outdo the 'renegade' Rangers, but he officially defects to join the other Rangers when he witnesses his employers attempting to torture Tori Hanson's little sister to get her father to cooperate.
  • In the Power Rangers Dino Thunder fic "Thunder Struck Revised", this basically applies to the original Pink Rangers; while Kimberly was 'just' brainwashed to become Elsa as part of a sick joke by Mesogog, it is also revealed that Kat deliberately manipulated Kim into breaking up with Tommy by convincing Kim that Tommy was getting distracted in the field and she needed to break things off with him so that he could focus.
  • In the Brightburn fic A Monsters Nature, the Breyers basically come across as essentially villains, although only when compared to canon and based on Caitlyn’s perspective of their actions; their attempt to kill Brandon out of fear of what he could do long-term might be understandable considering his recent actions, but asking a thirteen-year-old girl to kill their son for them is crossing several lines.
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic The Power of Seven, this is initially just hinted at for Dumbledore, as although the headmaster says he doesn’t want Harry to die, he has convinced himself that the only way to stop Voldemort with the prophecy linking him to Harry is for Harry to let Voldemort kill him so that Dumbledore or another experienced wizard can kill Voldemort afterwards.
    • This becomes more significant later when Dumbledore is shown making plans to deliberately isolate Harry from his friends during the summer to stop him performing the ritual, and the headmaster is also depicted as using the resurrection stone to talk to the recently-deceased Grindlewald about his plans; when Hermione views Dumbledore with her magic vision, she can actually see that his aura has become darker than it was.
  • In Stargate SG-1, Doctor MacKenzie was just fixated on his own theories and hastily diagnosed Daniel with schizophrenia in canon, but in the What You Already Know series the psychiatrist is clearly portrayed as an agent of Robert Kinsey, attempting to support Kinsey’s agenda to get Daniel removed from the program by conducting a ‘psychiatric evaluation’ focused entirely on presenting Daniel as psychologically unstable with a god complex where another psychiatrist attended the same interview and diagnosed Daniel as being perfectly sound mentally.
  • Think Joffrey Baratheon was a monster in-canon? In A Caged Songbird, he's even worse, consistently invoking his Marital Rape License with Sansa Stark after their marriage. He also strikes her rather than delegating the task to his Kingsguard, cutting her face with his ring, almost causing her to miscarry, and threatening to kill her before having his soldiers rape her in front of the royal court. He also destroyed the Red Keep's godswood because she had gone there to be away from him.


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