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The Phantom of Love Never Dies has all of the negative qualities of his original incarnation and none of the sympathetic ones. Since his situation has changed for the better, he's wealthy, successful, and has several people supporting him, he comes off as less of a tragic monster lashing out at a world that screwed him over, and more like a selfish bully hiding behind weak excuses.

Regardless of the medium, characters are introduced and established as having certain traits and, as such, the fans of those works expect those characters to adhere to them. If they're The Hero's trusted friend in the novel, the film adaptation should convey that as well, but wait — why is the hero's trusted friend from the novel, suddenly giving him the cold shoulder in the motion picture? Why is the faithful Love Interest from the manga two-timing him in the anime? And the Lovable Rogue, who gives to the poor in the television series, only cares about lining his own pockets in the Made-for-TV Movie. They weren't like that before, so what happened?

The answer is: the character has suffered from Adaptational Jerkassery, the narrative equivalent of Taking a Level in Jerkass.

Whatever the reasons, the writer(s) has seen fit to change the character's original postive portrayal, to make them more of a jerk. Perhaps the character was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the original work, but the adaptation failed to convey the "heart of gold" aspect. Thus, turning them into a total jerk. Or it could be due the adaptation being Darker and Edgier than the original, and the character's portrayal was changed accordingly.


However, while there may be some overlap with Adaptational Villainy, the key difference here is, the character isn't necessarily villainous. In many cases, they're still on the good side and due to Adaptational Angst Upgrade, can range from being a comedic sociopath, to an Anti-Hero, or just The Friend Nobody Likes.

Because of the nature of the trope, it's obviously related to Took a Level in Jerkass and by extension contrasts with Took a Level in Kindness.

A subtrope of Adaptation Personality Change.

Its inverse is Adaptational Nice Guy.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Isekai Quartet, for the production of Cinderella performed for the school festival, the titular character is far more rude, aggressive and arrogant than many other versions as a result of Ram playing the leading role.
  • In Corpse Party, whiler most incarnations of Yoshiki Kishinuma range between being a loner (in the PC-98 game) to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the Blood Covered continuity, he never did anything despicable. But in the manga Corpse Party: Musume, he's on another level, as he himself admits, he only cares about Ayumi (and even then he isn't exactly nice to her either as he tries to grope her), and for him, the rest of the survivors can get by themselves.
  • Amy Rose from the Sonic the Hedgehog games could be bratty and over obsessed with Sonic, but otherwise a Nice Girl, while in Sonic X, she was gradually Flanderized to be short-tempered, aggressive, violent, and downright nasty to others, most especially by the third season. This personality in the anime bordered to the games later on, but was still toned down from her worst in the anime and eventually was abandoned.
  • Downplayed in Blazblue Alter Memory: in the original games, Jin is already quite a Jerkass, but he still has a soft spot for his Childhood Friend Tsubaki. Here, that soft spot is gone.
  • DD Fist of the North Star has Toki, who does have jerkass tendencies in comparison to his original counterpart who is Kung-Fu Jesus and a Nice Guy. DD has Toki attempting get a job as a part-timer in Ryuken's store, and will use any means to get the job, such as having Raoh arrested for murdering Jyuza.
  • In Kirby, King Dedede, while he's a lazy and rather greedy king whose "royalty" is questionable, he can be a pretty good guy every now and then who helps Kirby saving the day. In the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime, Dedede is more of a jerk who wants to "clobbah dat dere Kurbeh" almost every episode and treats other people like crap, with more spaced out Pet the Dog moments.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Rei is an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl in the manga, but in the first anime adaptation, she is Hot-Blooded and often picks fights with Usagi. Rei is very prone to insulting Usagi, much more than the other way round and in many cases without provocation or reason other than teasing Usagi. Despite their bickering, they're still the closest of the senshi (in the manga Rei is closer with Minako than Usagi). The Dic dub takes this a step further. Rei, or rather Rayne, is made even meaner to Usagi, or rather Serena, losing almost every little hint of strong companionship they have in the original version.
    • This ended up happening to Sailors Uranus and Neptune in the classic anime. Aloof allies to the max, they treated the Inner Senshi as kids who were too idealistic for their own good and couldn't handle a war that decided the fate of the world, even though they had already dealt with two world threatening villains (an Eldritch Abomination that was responsible for the Moon Kingdom's destruction and time-traveling terrorists from the 30th century) before they appeared and among them are a national genius girl with a handheld supercomputer that's suggested to be more advanced than modern day appliances (Ami), a psychic girl who could've figured out who held the Talismans by divining through the Sacred Fire (Rei), a girl who awoke as a Sailor Senshi long before all of them did and fought against evil organizations overseas by herself (Minako), and a girl with a legendary crystal that has the capacity to heal/destroy an entire planet and bring the dead back to life (Usagi). They even went as far as stealing Usagi's Transformation Trinket just to get her out of the way and threaten to kill her if she showed up again.
    • Luna also has a special mention. In the classic, she was very smug and quick to belittle Usagi whenever she did something dumb, and was especially snooty towards Artemis. She was always quick to dismiss him and hardly had any faith in him. When Diana appeared before him and called him her father, she instantly accused him of cheating on her while failing to see that Diana's fur was a mix of her's and Artemis' (grey). When it was revealed that she was Diana's mother, her treatment of him was never brought up.
  • When Nelvana dubbed Cardcaptor Sakura into English and rebranded it into Cardcaptors, they gave much of the characters, including Sakura herself, more of a jerkish attitude.
  • Pokémon:
    • This is utilized with several Gym Leaders. Many, most notably Lt. Surge, Erika, and Skyla, are egotistical Jerkasses with a condescending demeanor towards their challengers (or, in Erika's case, towards those who don't appreciate the perfume her gym makes). Pryce is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is cold towards Pokemon due to a misunderstanding with his Piloswine long ago, although he does get better when the Piloswine is found and the situation explained. In particular in the games, Pryce is a perfectly pleasant and decent man, Erika is a laidback Ojou, Skyla is a Nice Girl, and Lt. Surge, while cocky in the games, isn't nearly as mean about it as he is in the anime (being a Type 2 Eaglelander instead of a Type 1). All of them make friends with the heroes in the end.
    • Misty downplays this more than the others, as her anime counterpart is a tsundere with a temper (though she calms down once Togepi enters the picture) while her game counterpart doesn't seem to be that way (though later games made the odd nod to this characterisation). The English dub also toned down her narcissism compared to the Japanese version.
    • Iris in the games is an energetic young prodigy. Despite her prowess as a trainer she's a humble character who is quite friendly, to the point where she volunteers to be Bianca's bodyguard despite barely knowing her. However in the anime, while heroic, her Catchphrase is telling Ash that he is "just a kid" due to his immaturity (despite being the same age as him). Iris in the anime is much more brattier than in the games, although she does improve by the end of the show, and since she is not a Gym Leader of Opelucid City yet in the anime, it's arguable that her anime characterization is meant to take place before her game characterization, allowing for Character Development. Her final scene with her adoptive grandfather and mentor Drayden says that she will one day take his place at the Opelucid Gym as leader.
    • Spearow and Raichu are generally presented as far more aggressive than they are in the games, though good-natured Raichu have appeared.
    • In Pokémon: I Choose You!, Ash has a moment where he abandons Pikachu after losing a battle. He says that he wishes he had a Squirtle starter instead of a Pikachu starter and runs off. Even though Ash in the Kanto arc could be stubborn and a little bratty, he would never say such things about his Pokémon. A downplayed example, as the rest of the film doesn't show him like this; and he does apologize for it in a later scene.
    • Another Gym Leader who went through this is Sabrina, a creepy girl with a permanent Death Glare and a sadistic childishness who spent almost her whole childhood developing her Psychic Powers and nothing else. Any trainer unfortunate enough to lose to her must play with her. And by play with her, we mean she shinks them into the size of a doll so that they can be her personal playthings for who knows how long. And if they are very unfortunate, she turns them into literal dolls, putting them in a state where they can't even move at all. She even did this to her mother no less. Obviously, she never did this in the games, and it thankfully doesn't last long thanks to Ash's Haunter making her laugh for the first time.
    • The anime does this to Pokémon in general by showing that some change personalties upon evolving, most frequently being more stubborn and aggressive. This is loosely based on how in the games Pokémon will disobey their trainers if they don't have enough gym badges. The anime presents this as a normal part of Pokémon development, while the games do not. This also gives a convenient excuse for why some Pokémon refuse to evolve.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Norman, the protagonist's father in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. In the games, Norman is a kind, gentle person who respects his child's wishes and would most likely not use physical violence. In the manga, Norman is a lot meaner and beats up his son for disobeying him. Despite his harshness, he is on the side of good — he is genuinely supportive of Ruby.
    • Gladion is more ruthless than his game counterpart and isn't against having his Pokémon attack humans. He's also shown having a thing against women in power, thanks to his abusive mother.
  • Killua is an Anti-Hero in all versions of Hunter × Hunter; however, in the 1999 anime adaptation, there are more allusions to his dangerous Creepy Child nature from the get go.
  • Girls und Panzer has a few examples from the manga adaptation:
    • An odd example comes with Anchovy, since the manga was released before the anime showed her match with Oarai. In the anime, Anchovy's competitive but fairly good-spirited, and after losing, invites the Oarai crew to eat with her and the people who set up the match. In the manga, she starts off by accusing Miho of having a "weak" way of tankery, and at the end, accuses Miho of costing her old school the championship by abandoning the flag tank.
    • Erika is a Jerkass in the anime, but mainly to the extent of being snide and condescending toward Miho (for example, in the finals, saying that Oarai must be weak if she became its commander). In the manga, between the semifinals and the finals, Erika flies over to Oarai, confronts Miho, and angrily accuses her of not just costing them the victory, but abandoning them in their time of crisis, and vaguely insinuates that Miho traded her vice-captaincy of her old school for captaincy of her of her new school. She's significantly more vicious and angry in that scene from the manga, and leaves Miho in tears at the end of it.
  • Amu from Shugo Chara!, just like Luna, she gets that treatment as well, she was more snooty towards her charas than she was in the manga. She was always quick to dismiss them and hardly had any faith in them. When they, along with Eru, lost her Transformation Trinket, and then retrieve it, she instantly accussed them of getting it lost on purpose, she it was Eru's idea. Also, when she lost her chocolate box she made for Tadase for Valentine's Day while fighting a Brainwashed and Crazy classmate, and saw her charas rubbing their stomachs after the fight was over, she instantly accussed them of eating her chocolates and chased after them, while failing to notice said chocolates landed on Ikuto.
  • Leon MacNicol in the Bubblegum Crisis OVA was supportive of the Knight Sabers. Leon in the Tokyo 2040 remake considers the team vigilantes and a blight on the AD Police.
  • Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie is ruder, more obnoxious, and less willing to help people than his video game counterpart.
  • In the Advanced Variable Geo series, Yuuki is shown to be a Good Samaritan who protects other women from muggers and rapists, but the OVA adaptation nearly makes Yuuki out to be a rapist, herself, by having her sexually harass Satomi during their fight.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku invites Gohan to participate in the tournament against Universe 6, but Gohan has to decline because of an academic conference scheduled on the same day. In the anime, we see the conversation happen (Gohan was excited at the prospect, but then remembered the conference) and Goku is disappointed but understands how important Gohan's job is to him; in the manga adaptation Goku tells us this after the fact while dismissively calling Gohan a bookworm.
  • Solf J Kimblee gets hit with this in the first anime adapation of Fullmetal Alchemist. While the manga version of Kimblee was undoubtedly insane, he could be quite charming and had genuine respect for people with strong integrity and convictions. The anime version of Kimblee, on the other hand, treats everyone around him with naked comtempt.
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • In the original manga, Kokoa started out as a Jerkass, but mellowed out into a Tsundere Jerk with a Heart of Gold over time. In Capu2, she never mellows out and is rude, disrespectful, and bitchy to everyone she talks to, especially Outer Moka. Inner Moka is the only character in the entire show she treats with anything resembling kindness or respect, and that's just because they grew up together and Kokoa worships her.
    • Despite being overall Lighter and Softer than the manga, the anime nonetheless succeeded in making Kuyou even worse. In the manga, he just decides to kill the Newspapers Club as soon as he takes them to the headquarters of the Public Safety Commission and they rebel against him, while in the anime, he takes Tsukune, Moka, Kurumu and Mizore, and proceeds to torture Moka (and threatens to do the same with Mizore and Kurumu) to make Tsukune confess his identity as a human. Afterwards, he sentences Tsukune to a Public Execution in front of everyone in Yokai Academy to make an example of him.
  • In the manga adaption of School Days, where Makoto was given a far more likable personality, the reverse was done for Sekai, being very manipulative of everyone around her, including Makoto himself.
  • Ryo Asuka is subjected to this in DEVILMAN crybaby. Even before he's revealed to the Big Bad, he wasn't exactly a pleasant guy in the manga, and had a ruthless streak within him, but said ruthlessness is amped up considerably in the anime, with an extreme willingness to Shoot the Dog that would come off as outright sociopathic if it wasn't for the humanizing interactions he has with Akira.
  • Persona 4: The Animation: Rise's former manager, Minoru Inoue, is given this treatment in episode 9. In the game, he repeatedly shows up in Inaba and tries to convince Rise to return to show business, genuinely wanting her back and believing that her retiring from being an Idol Singer would be a waste of her talent. Here, he only heads to Inaba to Kick the Dog by telling her she's been replaced in an upcoming movie by a younger Idol Singer, coldly telling Rise that he's done being her manager in favor of the new girl. He does the same thing in Volume 8 of the manga adaptation, showing up at the concert that she and the others put on at Junes.
  • Persona 5: The Animation
    • A few of Sae's scenes establishing that she does care for Makoto are cut out, such as the first dinner together in which Sae expresses that as strict as she is, she does want Makoto to succeed. Immediately after Okumura's death, Sae seems unusually gleeful at the prospect of "using" the man's grief-stricken daughter for information, causing Akechi to sigh and walk away. "Dark Sun" also omits Sae's apology to Futaba for putting pressure on Sojiro.
    • Chihaya comes off as an unrepentant Snake Oil Salesman in the anime, in which she's shown trying to sell Holy Stones to Eiko and Tsukasa, and later to Ren, since her backstory and Character Development are not included. By comparison, in the game, she did honestly believe that people couldn't change their fates without help, it turned out the ADP's leader (who's done far worse things) was making her sell the stones, and after the protagonist helps change her beliefs, she pays him and her other customers back.
  • In Naruto, Naruto's goal is to be the leader of his town. In the High School A.U. Shippu Konoha Gakuen Den, Naruto's goal is to be the yakuza leader of Japan. Considering that the yakuza is a criminal organization, this is a lot less mundane than just being the hokage, however Naruto still keeps his sweet nature nevertheless. He's more interested in fighting than anything.
  • Ghost Stories: Given the nature of the anime's Gag Dub just about everyone could be in this trope. The most notable example is Momoko Koigakubo, the kind-hearted Team Mom of the main group. In the dub, she was turned into The Fundamentalist who says a lot of offensive things about Jews, gays, and other non-Christians.
  • In the anime adaptation of Bokurano, Machi loses her temper during a discussion with Anko and Komo, briefly accusing the other two girls of being the uncontracted pilot (i.e. the one who doesn't have to take a turn fighting for the planet, which will inevitably result in their death), for no apparent reason other than possibly to prevent them from suspecting that she's the uncontracted pilot. Apart from that, the adaptation mostly sticks to her characterization as a fairly nice person who cares for Kana and regrets getting the kids signed up to fight in the first place.
  • Sella, one of Illya's maid from Fate/stay night, was merely suspicious and critical towards Shiro but did at least treat him fairly. That was all thrown out the window in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA where she becomes outright abusive towards him. To wit, she once viciously beat him up all because his cooking was making her gain weight.
    • The same applies to Rin Tohsaka, who is all but willing to call a small child her slave, and then force said child to fight against corrupted spirits against her will. She thankfully eases up once she recognizes the stress she's causing.

    Comic Books 
  • In All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, Batman is depicted as enjoying violence and inflicting pain, in contrast to his usual depiction.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is a heroic, laid-back, if somewhat cocky character in the games, and at the time of Sonic the Comic was written in western canon as being a Totally Radical Mascot with Attitude. But in here, he's a bullying, immature Jerkass, especially to Tails. Despite caring for his friends, he really has a hard time showing it.
  • Jem and the Holograms:
    • The Misfits are still the antagonists and still not nice girls (except Stormer), but it's slyly demonstrated that each of the band stands solely on their own. Pizzazz's temper is even worse, and feels she literally cannot trust anyone in her life. Roxy and Jetta aren't down each other's throats anymore, but they'd just as easily laugh if one was the butt of a joke. Pizzazz, Roxy, and Jetta still gang up on Stormer, but Stormer is actually more likely to snark back at them, insult them and even scream at them, unafraid to stand up to even Pizzazz. Clash in the cartoon also wouldn't have tried to seriously injure, or outright murder, Jem like that.
    • At the same time though, this is inverted as their softer sides and Hidden Depths are more present. Jetta went from the Token Evil Teammate to being calm and relatively nice (especially towards Roxy, who she's best friend with in the comics but is enemies with in the cartoon). A lot more emphasis goee into giving Pizzazz's Hidden Depths focus. She has a lot more moments of sincerity, happiness, and vulnerability. In one issue she actually listens to Stormer's wants to do a ballad and ends the issue on a middle ground. She'll allow a ballad on the next album, not the current one. In the cartoon scene that was inspired by Pizzazz outright just shredded the lyrics because she doesn't like "soft" songs.
  • In The Star Wars, Princess Leia is much ruder than her canon counterpart, and has a Slap-Slap-Kiss thing going on with Annikin.
  • Ultimate Marvel has its own page
  • A controversial aspect of IDW's Transformers comics is their tendency to do this to fan favorite characters.
    • Arcee is typically depicted as one of the more mature and sisterly Autobots. In the comics, she was originally a male Transformer who was subjected to inhumane experiments that turned her into a female. This resulted in her becoming morally detached and violently unstable.
    • Prowl is usually an honorable By-the-Book Cop. In the comics, he becomes a complete jackboot who regularly commits immoral crimes because he feels that they were necessary to maintain peace.
    • In the original cartoon, Spike and Sparkplug Witwicky were the Autobots' closest human allies. The comic versions of the characters are completely different characters, both being huge jerks who hate Transformers. Spike is a particularly extreme example, becoming a minor luddite who's such a smug jackass that no one except his parents like him.
  • Judge Dredd is a prime example of Good Is Not Nice, since his job requires him to be the faceless, robotic enforcer of a dictatorship prone to Disproportionate Retribution. However, Judge Dredd does have rules and a code of honor he adheres to, helping out the helpless wherever he can and not taking instances where he has to Shoot the Dog lightly. At one point he even turned in his badge when he grew disgusted with the system. In the Alternate Continuity published in Heavy Metal, he is a lot more Trigger Happy and seems to go out of his way to hound innocent people.
  • New 52
    • Wonder Woman and her supporting characters are all much less pleasant people than the norm in Wonder Woman (2011), with some like Donna Troy being turned into straight up villains. That Wondy and the Amazons revel in killing and the Amazons of this continuity are murderous, rapist, slave trading misandrists rather misses the mark of the original intent behind Wonder Woman and the Amazons, who were meant to be an example of the best of humanity and what could be achieved without the limitations posed on people due to bigotry.
    • Tim Drake is as harsh and hardened as he was at his lowest points pre-Flashpoint but without the Trauma Conga Line that led him to that point in his new backstory evidently this version of Tim is just a jerk.
    • Billy Batson. He starts off appearing to be the same Wide-Eyed Idealist as in past versions, but is immediately revealed to the reader to be a Manipulative Bastard cynically spouting what potential foster parents want to hear, with the group home manager openly telling him that she's letting him get away with this in the hope of getting rid of the most unpleasant kid she's ever met. It's a set-up for him to learn An Aesop about family by the end of his origin, but it's still a bit off-putting.
  • The Justice League: Gods and Monsters tie-in comics features a self-serving version of Francine Lee, the eventually wife of Man-Bat. Outside of The New 52, she's usually a supportive and loving person to Kirk.
  • Spider-Man: Life Story:
    • Mary Jane in issue #2, having never met Peter when he was younger at Aunt May's insistence, is seen as the hedonistic party-goer she was in Lee-Romita's run. It turns out however that this is an act and that she knew Peter was Spider-Man for a while and she gets angry at him for his constant bailing out on his friends and general passive nature, since all he does in his civilian life is pass judgment on his friends or make them feel guilty for their lives. She tones down considerably after the death of Gwen Stacy, allowing Peter to lash at her while she in turns hugs him out of his grief and regret, much like the end of Conway's famous story.
    • In issue #3, Peter Parker becomes a neglectful father to his twin babies, Ben and Claire, as opposed to the loving, caring and devoted parent seen in Spider-Girl and Renew Your Vows. He is entirely aware of this but his Chronic Hero Syndrome prevents him from taking active measures to improve his family life. Likewise, in 616, when Peter found out that the Symbiote was alive and was alerted about it by Reed Richards, Peter agreed to eject the suit quickly. Here Reed is appalled that Peter is knowingly using a suit with an alien consciousness just so he can continue to function as an aging superhero and a need to "stay relevant".
    • In issue #4, it is shown that Tony Stark never went through meaningful character development and never stopped being a weapons dealer due to becoming more involved in the Vietnam War. To Tony, his weapons helped the United States win the war against Russia and blows up on Peter for suggesting he stop making them. He hits Peter under the belt by hanging Mary Jane constantly moving herself and the kids away from New York, and Peter implies that Tony sold weapons to not-so-great regimes.

     Fan Works 
  • The Elfen Lied fic The Butterfly Effect pulls this off with the orphanage girl who sold Lucy's puppy out to the bullies. In the original manga and anime, she pretended to be remorseful over it, only to secretly smile behind her tears. Here, the girl, named Rika, doesn't even try to fake remorse and openly tells Kaede she finds her disgusting, following up with a minor Did You Actually Believe...? over how Kaede actually believed she would want to be friends with her.
  • Hefty, normally a friendly Smurf in the mainstream Smurfs media, is made into a jerkass in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story series, with most of his jerkassery aimed squarely at Empath as well as Duncan McSmurf (the Adaptation Name Change version of Gutsy from The Smurfs live-action film series).
  • In the Persona 4 fanfiction Into The Fog, Chie is far more hostile towards Rei than she ever was to the protagonist.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton:
    • Sam's negative qualities from the show are given more emphasis in TMDDF: Danny and Kara. Although, this may be justified given she came home from a vacation she never wanted to be a part of and finds the boy she likes is now involved with another girl.
    • In the original version of TMDDF: After Many Dates: Danny and Kim chapter 3, Danny's parents and sister all say how much they like Kim and favor her over Sam. While it understandable why they like Kim, in the show they are very supportive of Sam and her interest in Danny and it comes off as rather out-of-character of them. Fortunately, the author edited the chapter, downplaying this attitude of theirs.
    • Clover in TMDDF: Danny Chooses Alex After the Many Dates. In canon she always had a slight dislike of nerds and was a little shallow. In this story she's far more vocal about her dislike of nerds and openly looks down on them; moreover, she's also more shallow in this story then she is in canon.
    • In the canon series, The Masters Blasters were just Vlad's pawns who were more than eager to charge for their "heroic" services. Here, they are shown to be bullies, even messing with a kid at the beach.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Cardin is even more of an asshole than he is in the original RWBY, lording himself over others as nobility, calling Yang a bimbo and a slut, and going out of his way to bully anyone smaller and weaker than him. He also holds a grudge against Izuku for exposing him as the one who tried to frame Katsuki for blowing up the bathrooms and gets CRDL to try to gang up on Izuku behind closed doors.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Celestia in the show is shown to have a playful side underneath her wise and regal appearance, but fan works have tendency to make her out to be a full on troll that borders on Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
    • Equestria: Civil War: Moon Dancer in this story is more openly hostile towards Twilight than how she was portrayed in the show. Most of this streams from the fact that her sister was injured because of Starlight's recklessness.
    • Camaraderie is Sorcery:
      • This is downplayed with Celestia. She's still a genuinely good pony, but she's a great deal more bitter and wrathful than her canon counterpart. This is best shown when Twilight and her friends beat Nightmare Moon, and Twilight is surprised when Celestia chooses to forgive her sister and is shown even better when she says Twilight is allowed to give twenty lashes to anyone who harasses her.
      • Also, Twilight herself. She's still more or less as nice as her canon counterpart, but it's comes pretty clear she's this when we see she's perfectly willing to have ponies who bother her whipped.
    • While most aren't outright villains, just about everyone is more cynical and mean in Friendship is Witchcraft than they are in the original cartoon.
    • Long Road to Friendship: In canon, Sunset Shimmer, after her redemption, is a much kinder, albeit timid person. In this fic, Sunset retains a lot of her nastier traits, and struggles much more with being a good person. Despite being proven wrong, she still holds a massive grudge against Princess Twilight.
    • Pinkie Tales: Pinkie in canon will, at worst, possibly reach Innocently Insensitive with some of her actions. Here though she is outright uncaring about what she does to the stories, refusing to stop her antics even when its clearly explained to her just what she's doing is rude and annoying to those around her.
    • The MLP/ Dan Vs. cossover The Wheel and the Butterfly Saga applies this to the whole cast. Dan Vs., to be fair, never really had any likable characters to begin with, but everyone from My Little Pony is much, much nastier then their canon counterparts. Pinkie gets turned into a Psychopathic Mare Child and a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and a Fake Cutie, Twilight has no problem killing her friends, Celestia gets into fights for no reason, even Fluttershy seems much colder then she does in the show. Pinkie Pie at least has the excuse of the much more cynical and mean spirited world of Dan Vs. warping her mind while she's stuck their, but the others have no such excuse.
    • My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap: Due to DWK's style, everyone. Starlight Glimmer in particular is portrayed as an autistic, depressed, perverted alcoholic who turns her friends into her sex slaves on a whim.
  • RWBY:
  • The Stalking Zuko Series:
    • In canon, Aang's an incredibly compassionate Nice Guy who refuses to kill his enemies. Here, he comes off as more of a Dogged Nice Guy when it comes to Katara (who ultimately gets paired up with Zuko), while his Thou Shalt Not Kill policy is portrayed as being the result of wanting to uphold Air Nomad traditions, which is considered a selfish desire on his part, rather than principle.
    • Arnook was canonically a fairly benevolent leader, but here, he looks down upon the Southern Water Tribe, takes joy in hearing about the Fire Nation fleet being wiped out by the Ocean Spirit, and only really cares about his family and his tribe.
  • While the Thanks Kyubey incarnation of Mami Tomoe is still fighting against the witches, she's also much more of a jerk than she was in canon.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse) does this with Eddie Thawne. In The Flash (2014), Eddie is a Nice Guy behind his initial bluster, makes friends with Barry, and is an attentive boyfriend to Iris. Even when he briefly leads an anti-Flash task force, he remains level-headed. In To Hell and Back, he's openly resentful of Barry's connection to Iris and becomes so obsessed with and paranoid over the Flash that he temporarily drives Iris away.
  • Total Drama:
    • A TDA Love Triangle with Betty, Cody, and Gwenny: Geoff gets fully corrupted by fame during his time as host of the Aftermath and starts treating his former friends like garbage, and even insults and demeans his girlfriend Bridgette.
    • From Surfboards to Diapers: Bridgette's mother is described by Bridgette's online Island bio to be very close to her daughter and very proud of her. Here, she's a far less pleasant woman who expels her daughter from her home after learning she's pregnant and goes off the deep end afterwards, bullies her son and husband into disowning Bridgette, and generally treats her daughter and her pregnancy like a mistake to be ashamed of.
    • Loud Ed Drama A short-lived example with Tyler. In his boot episode "Phobia Factor", he is blamed for his team losing, but he tries to deflect his mistakes by saying only four people on his team passed their fears. He even acts similar to how Noah acted in canon when he got eliminated, which is to stand up and protest his elimination, only to have a bunch of marshmallows thrown at him, and finally Leshawna calling him a "turkey."
    • Total Drama All-Stars Rewrite: Unlike in canon, Cody admits that his I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy schtick during Island was entirely fake (and actually an attempt to get closer to Gwen) and that he had actually stolen Gwen's bra rather than receiving it as a gift for helping her hook up with Trent.
    • Total Drama: Cody's Redemption: Gwen, while also cold to Cody in the beginning of the canon series when he pursued her, she did warm up to him when he hooked her up with Trent and came to consider him a friend. In this story, she never warms up to him despite Cody never pursuing her and hooking her up with Trent. And she also is meaner and more distressing of Cody in this story than she was in canon. Then chapter 22 reveals that Gwen has a very petty reason to dislike Cody and her hatred of him is so strong that she outright ignores all the good he does and admits she wishes he was mauled by the bear.
    • Total Drama Superstars: Scott, who is obviously meant to be the Big Bad, in canon was a very pragmatic villain who never resorted to violence, and was actually the least Jerkass of the six canon antagonists. In ‘’Superstars,’’ he is extremely petty, violent, much more of a bully than he was in canon, and has absolutely no friends. Sure, he wasn’t exactly popular in All-Stars, but many of the first-generation contestants found him endearing enough.
    • Total Drama What If Series: Topher is an example of this trope. In canon, although he was narcissistic, he was mostly kind. When hosting the Aftermath in Action, he takes a page from Chris and starts to act like a huge asshole to the point that Ella had to put her foot down and stand up to him (similar to what occurred between Geoff and Bridgette in canon).
    • Total Shuffled Island Series: Dave is an interesting example in that many of his actions have been translated over to the shuffled version of Pahkitew Island just as they were in canon, but several of his kinder moments like saving Ella from drowning and giving Shawn relationship advice have been outright removed with no equivalent given, and due to the more gimmicky characters of his team being moved to different seasons, Dave's anger at his team comes off as much more unjustified. And while he may have been a Jerkass to his teammates, he was nowhere near as nasty as he is to Mike here.
    • In Rick and Morty New Drama Adventures: Courtney in canon was certainly a control freak, and hostile when she knew she'd been screwed over. In this fic however, she is openly hostile to others with little reason, trying to butt in to others problems without being asked, and talks about having someone's grandfather sent to an institution or worse based on rumours. Though to be fair on the last one, she has a very good reason to be concern about Rick and the danger he brings.
    • Second Chance At Love: Duncan. He freely admits to Leshawna, while fighting her, he’s mainly with Gwen because she’s willing to accommodate his sexual demands. He also really does not like the idea of Cody being with either Lindsay or Leshawna. Not because he thinks they are too good for him, but because he doesn't like the idea of the guy being with 'any' girl.
    • Total Alternate Island: Courtney, obviously. Even though she was arrogant and focused on the money in canon, here, her bad traits are extended to the point that she actually attempted murder (it didn't work, but still).
    • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Dakota is only mentioned briefly in the early chapters of the story, as a rival of Heather’s who claimed her spot at the top of their high school’s pecking order after Total Drama flushed Heather’s popularity down the toilet. Despite not actually appearing in-person, whenever she’s mentioned none of her canon counterpart’s hidden depths and compassionate side are present.
  • Kurenai in Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto is portrayed as a Social Climber rather than a Team Mom and only took a Genin team to increase her standing. Several other ninja tell of her using them or others to improve her chance of promotion to Jounin.
  • While Astrid was not exactly nice to Hiccup at the start of How to Train Your Dragon, she was much more focused on herself and her potential than Hiccup. In Rivalry, she is much more of a bully, their family's long-standing rivalry and him being the one thing standing between her and being the next chief being a big deciding factor in her behavior.
  • Coyote:
    • Bakugo is hardly a saint in canon, since even without the Suicide Dare to Midoriya that feels out of place considering his later characterization, he's a hot-tempered and abrasive individual, whom the League of Villains considered recruiting. That said, in spite of his flaws, he does seek to become a hero, which is why he refused the League's invitation, and there are small moments when he cares for his classmates. In this fic, after learning that Midoriya's friend Coyote is afraid of hurting people, Bakugo ponders blackmailing him with it, only for Midoriya to let him know in no uncertain terms that he won't tolerate it. Canon Bakugo, for all his flaws, most likely wouldn't even consider stooping that low.
    • Aizawa's tendency to expel students who don't meet his standards is canon at least prior to Chapter 254, in which it's revealed that he re-enrolled the students who he expelled, but he's shown to be surprisingly caring toward those who do prove themselves. In the fic, however, after being called out on what became of the students he expelled- at best, they transferred elsewhere, while at worst, they became villains or committed suicide- Aizawa doesn't seem to care and stands by his decision. Aizawa is also accused of only passing the students who are so talented that he won't have to spend much effort training them, meaning that instead of setting the standards high to prepare students for the trials associated with being a hero, he just wants to make himself seem like a better teacher than he is.note 
  • Open For All:
  • In Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mr. Harrison is at his best an ineffectual dork, at worst an Apathetic Teacher. In Peter Parker's Field Trip (Of course it's to Stark Industries), not only does he make it clear he does not believe Peter when he says that he works at Stark Industries, but he has him sent to the principle office when he refuses to "admit" to forging Tony's signature, having his field trip and school activity privileges suspended, two weeks of in-school-suspension and expecting Peter to write hand-written apology to all of his classmates and teachers.
  • In Mudsnake, Ron doesn't befriend Hermione and, if anything, dislikes her more than he initially did, due to her being Slytherin. He bullies her but even he has standards as he tells adults when their prank gets too dangerous.
  • Eight Count:
  • Bakugo of The Norse Hero: Fenrir is in the firm belief that Izuku's quirk makes him a villain and has done everything in his power to ensure that such a thing would happen. Every class they ever shared Bakugo has ensured that his fellow students would be afraid of him, and has tried to nail it into Izuku's head that he is not hero material even if he was too intimidated to try and beat it into him. It eventually reaches I Reject Your Reality levels when he thinks that Izuku is a member of the League of Villains when both of them get kidnapped, and when Ragnarök is fighting All For One, Bakugo wants to stick around to watch Izuku die.
  • In TFA Kaleidoscope, Optimus lacks many of his kinder qualities and is a lot more rude, such as trying to force Sari out of her only home because he perceived her as a nuisance and potential threat to the AllSpark. However, he grows out of this later on and it's replaced with a mix of Big Brother Instinct and Papa Wolf, though he's still more jaded and aggressive than other versions of the character.
  • In Honey and Vinegar Seras is a lot more crude and aggressive than she was in Hellsing, where she was one of the few unambiguously heroic characters in the series. This stems from her being much older and having become jaded towards humanity due to living in the Crapsack World that is the Medieval era.
  • What If I Know Too Many Reasons I Can Be Strong?: Tanjiro lacks the defining compassion of his manga counterpart, physically or emotionally torturing demons without remorse.

     Films — Animation 
  • In the original Coraline book, Coraline is polite, well-mannered, and stoic, while her film counterpart is sarcastic, belligerent, and snarky (although she does soften out by the end). The game counterpart is a mixture of both. Nowhere near as jerkish as the movie version, but not as stoic as the book version.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Beauty and the Beast: In the original tale, the Beast was never a bad guy to begin with. He was transformed by an evil fairy through no fault of his own and is seen to be kind-hearted for the most part, and gentleman-like, with only an occasional tendency to be hot-tempered. In the Disney version, he starts out as an outright Jerkass who was transformed as punishment for his cruelty, is always angry (although not without remorse, as shown when he sees Belle crying in the tower and takes her to a nicer room), and only becomes good after Character Development.
    • Big Hero 6 is more "Adaptational Jerk with a Heart of Gold." In the comics, Hiro Takachiho is an Ordinary High-School Student. At the start of the animated movie, Hiro Hamada partakes in illegal bot-fights before his brother shows him around his school. There's also the issue of trying to kill Callaghan, though to be fair, that was an extreme circumstance.
    • Lilo & Stitch: In one of the "Inter-Stitch-ial" trailers, Princess Jasmine from Aladdin is depicted as a Gold Digger who ditches Aladdin for Stitch when she sees he has a spaceship, which she finds more impressive than Aladdin's magic carpet.
    • The Sword in the Stone: Both Wart's foster-father, Ector, and his foster-brother, Kay, have a lot of their positive qualities scrubbed away (at least until the end). Ector goes from a Reasonable Authority Figure who wants Wart to be educated to a bossy disciplinarian who's against it, while Kay is reduced to a one-dimensional bully who hates Wart for no good reason, rather than having a legitimate inferiority complex. (He also gets an Age Lift, which exacerbates the problem—it's one thing to see a twelve-year-old being picked on by his fourteen-year-old brother, and another thing to see that same bullying from a guy who's at least eighteen, if not older.)
    • Tangled: In the original tale, "the prince" (who Flynn is based on) was the stereotypical heroic character. Here, he is a selfish anti-heroic thief, but becomes less selfish after spending time with Rapunzel and steps up to true blue heroism. Flynn started development as a Gentle Giant thief named "Bastion" who only robbed because he had no other choice growing up an orphan, making his more true to the original prince, however the team decided to revamp his character into something "sexier".
    • Downplayed in Ralph Breaks the Internet where the Disney Princesses are more standoff-ish than normal and seem to enjoy messing up C-3PO's name. They're still quite friendly otherwise.
  • DC Animated Movie Universe:
    • In the comics, Nightwing is open to Damian becoming Robin (he actually replaced Tim Drake in order to bring Damian into the Batfamily) and gladly supports and guides him even before he got the mantle. In Son of Batman, he's a rather standoffish jerk who would prefer to avoid Damian if at all possible and is vehemently opposed to Damian becoming Robin. In this case, it's because he's a sort of Composite Character with Tim Drake, whose relationship with Damian was a lot tenser.
    • In Batman: Bad Blood, Batwoman is more willing to resort to lethal force and unlike the comic, when Batman rescues a pre-Batwoman Kate, she's shown to be resentful of it.
  • In a case of this happening to the hero to a degree, Superman vs. the Elite actually sees Superman go through with lobotomizing Manchester Black and depowering the Elite. In the original comics, the Elite retained their powers and Supes merely gave Black a concussion. A small detail implies that it might still be a concussion, but those who haven't read the comics wouldn't be able to notice it.
  • The Lion King (2019):
    • Scar zigzags this trope, between this version of him and the Scar from the original movie. His sarcasm focus more on malicious remarks this time and he gets a new scene trying to make Sarabi his queen- and punishing all the lionesses when she refuses. Though he still blames the hyenas for Mufasa's death and gets killed by them, he treated them better beforehand this time: he doesn't claim to be Surrounded by Idiots and personally leads them in hunts. The hyenas don't complain about his rule this time, implying he was a better king to them in this version.
    • A brief moment, but Timon and Pumbaa say things that bother Simba while laughing about the "great kings of the past", which brings bad memories to Simba. This is opposed to them just laughing in the original. They also blame each other for laughing at Simba, while the original has them looking a little guilty, with Timon adding, "Was it something I said?"

     Films — Live-Action 
  • In the book A Dog's Purpose, Ethan's dad is a distant father who is implied to have a bad relationship with his wife which ends in divorce. Other than Bailey mentioning that Mom and Dad sometimes yell at each other, there aren't too many red flags about him. The film adaptation exaggerates him into a more noticeably abusive character.
  • In Batman Returns, the normally-classy Penguin is a foul-mouthed perverted psychopath intent on killing all of Gotham's first born sons and later on, destroying Gotham itself. The comic book Penguin is the Only Sane Man of Batman's villains and would be horrified by Returns!Penguin's actions.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017):
    • While in the animated film the villagers seemed amused by Belle's quirks, here they are much more hostile towards her and see her as a genuine threat to the status-quo, becoming outraged when Belle commits the crime of teaching a girl how to read.
    • In the animated movie the Bimbettes were just silly airheads without any real malice towards anyone, but in this version they act more snobbish, disdainful, and actively dislike Belle. When Gaston has Belle locked up alongside her father, they actually laugh at her expense.
    • In the animated movie, the Beast was troubled, angry, violent and hostile, but he wasn't completely without remorse, as mentioned in the animated movies example above. In the live action film, he's much more uncaring and has no second thoughts about imprisoning Belle in a tower.
  • Doctor Zhivago has Commissar Strelnikov. In both the novel and film he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist who burns down innocent villages just to make a point. However, the novel version is quite personable when Yuri meets him, and gets humanizing moments like making sure that a wounded POW gets medical care and privately wishing he could sneak off from the war even for a little while to see his family. In David Lean's film, Strelnikov is cold and hostile in person, claims "the private life is dead in Russia" with regards to his family, and the hints at his humanity are so subtle that it's easy to perceive him as being genuinely dead inside.
  • In Jane Austen's Emma, Emma's sister Isabella Knightley is a very sweet, affectionate woman who is very concerned about her children and their well-being, especially their health. She's easily distressed and a bit nervous but she's an indulgent mother whose children are happy. She's also absolutely devoted to her husband. In Emma. (the 2020 adaptation), she's turned into a shrew who constantly fusses at the slightest hint about her children's discomfort, makes a huge deal out of minor things and repeatedly makes her baby cry. She never once talks kindly to her husband and always snaps at him.
  • In Fantastic Four (2015):
    • Johnny comes across as a cocky, spiteful, and combative individual — and unlike his comic counterpart, he doesn't get to show his devotion to his friends and family. Even his quip toward Ben (calling him "the Thing nobody wanted") comes across as mean-spirited instead of playful teasing (which is made worse by the fact that Ben in this movie was scarred by bullying growing up). The only justification he has is that he suffers a bit from perceiving himself as a "Well Done, Son!" Guy, but even then, he doesn't make an effort to learn anything that his father tries to teach him.
    • While arrogant, the Doctor Doom of the comics is at the best of times a Well-Intentioned Extremist. In the film, he's an Omnicidal Maniac, intent on wiping out all life on Earth.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dumbledore is a frequent offender of this trope. A particularly infamous example happens during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Just after Harry is chosen to compete in a dangerous tournament he is too young to participate in, Dumbledore asks him whether or not he entered said contest voluntarily. The book explicitly mentions Dumbledore asking this calmly. In the movie, he physically shakes Harry while angrily yelling said question. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, his overall demeanor seems to be more gruff and uncaring compared to his book counterpart. When divination professor Trelawney is sacked by Umbridge in front of a large number of students, Book Dumbledore takes charge of the situation, stays calm and gleefully acts like a Rules Lawyer, telling Umbridge she has no right to banish sacked teachers from the Hogwarts premises. In the movie, he states the rules with a raised voice and then vents his frustration on the onlooking students, angrily asking them if they don't have any studying to do, instead of looking at Trelawney being sacked. He also acts like a jerk towards Harry, just after Harry saw Ron's father Arthur being attacked by Voldemort's snake. In the book, he sends Harry, along with the Weasley children, to his godfather Sirius, in order to get them away from Umbridge. In the movie, immediately after receiving the vision, Dumbledore sends the emotionally shaken and confused Harry to Sadist Teacher Snape to teach him how to block his mind from Voldemort.
    • A minor case of this happens in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Harry's illegal studygroup Dumbledore's Army is discovered by Umbridge. In the book, Dumbledore's Army is willingly revealed by the best friend of Harry's love interest Cho, followed by Harry and Cho having a fight about this in which both sides actually have a point. When Umbridge discovers Dumbledore's Army in the movie, the group is unwillingly revealed by Cho, who has been obviously forced to show its location, as she was dragged along by Malfoy, yet Harry seems to treat it as if Cho willingly did so and alienates her like the rest of the school does, making him look like a bit of a jerk to her. He only realizes his mistake when Snape later outright confirms what he should have figured out from the start.
    • In the book of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Hufflepuffs shun Harry when they believe he put his name in the Goblet, thus stealing glory from the other Hogwarts Champion Cedric Diggory; in the film, they outright taunt him.
    • The film of Order of the Phoenix somehow manages to do this with Umbridge. Her film version introduces and enforces much more petty rules the students have to follow during her reign at Hogwarts.
  • Joker (2019) sees Thomas Wayne as more elitist and callous than most other depictions, and while he wants to help, he displays Condescending Compassion. Related to this, Alfred Pennyworth is rather mean and taunts Arthur about his mother, though this behavior was likely caused by fear for Bruce.
  • The Jungle Book (2016): Baloo. While he keeps the animated version's laid-back personality in this film, he also gets a selfish, cunning side, such as tricking Mowgli into getting honey for him, unlike his animated counterpart who never takes advantage of Mowgli.
  • Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a bit of a sexist jerk to his sister, Katara, pre-Character Development but it’s always portrayed as nothing outside a normal sibling relationship. He never does anything worse than smart off at her and she gives as good as he does. In the movie adaptation ,The Last Airbender , it’s implied that he’s hit her in the past due to the way she cowers when he raises his arm. He also treats her a lot worse in general than he did in the show.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: In the comics, Star-Lord was a seasoned cosmic superhero long before joining the Guardians. In the movies, he starts off as a self-serving outlaw and a bit of an asshole, although he eventually chooses to step up for true blue unselfish heroism - with a side of whatever (and whoever) he can get his hands on.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Although he's a villain in the comics as well, the film's version of Ego plans to wipe out all life in the universe and replace it with himself, and commits very personal atrocities such as killing his own lover and Peter's mother Meredith with an artificial brain tumor.
    • In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Flash Thompson is a good deal less sympathetic than his comic counterpart, who, at the very least, had a Freudian Excuse for his bullying, and also greatly admired Spider-Man, qualities that Homecoming's Flash lacks. Additionally, in one scene where he and his classmates are trapped in an elevator, he prioritizes saving himself and a trophy he didn't even earn. That said, the sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home restores him to his regular levels of jerkassery; a Freudian Excuse is now implied and he gets to show that he does respect Spider-Man, with Flash himself commenting that he's trying to improve.
    • Thanos zigzags this, as while his comic counterpart put Gamora through Training from Hell, he does have some fondness for her and some Pet the Dog moments her, like saving her as her species was wiped out and seeking revenge against her attackers after she was raped. Film!Thanos abducted her just because he could, though he does say he considers her his "favorite daughter," and is angry with Ronan when he finds out that Gamora has defected and joined the good guys. However, the relationship with Nebula is better, given in the film, she's one of his "daughters" and in the comics, he turned her into a corpse-like vegetable just for claiming to be his granddaughter. Then the sequel plays it straight when Nebula reveals that Thanos made her and Gamora fight, and would forcibly replace part of the loser's body with cybernetics supposedly to make her stronger. Nebula always lost, hence her unquenchable hatred for Thanos in the films (and to a lesser extent her hatred for Gamora).
  • Power Rangers (2017):
    • Almost all of the good characters are hit with this trope compared to their original versions in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. The original Rangers were all idealized portrayals of teenagers, who could do no wrong, get top grades at school and do at least five volunteer jobs each. In this film, the Rangers are a far cry from their goody two shoes counterparts, as they meet each other in detention, which they received for legitimately screwing things up. Their allies Zordon and Alpha were the surrogate father figure and childlike Robot Buddy respectively. In the film, Alpha is a Deadpan Snarker, while Zordon openly admits he has no confidence in the Rangers and it is even revealed he only bothered with them as a means to revive himself.
    • Rita Replusa is far more serious, as this version is depicted as a murderer and even engaging in torture.
  • The cartoon versions of Scooby-Doo and his friends are generally friendly and nice people. The 2002 live action film adaptation, meanwhile, gives them a lot more Jerkass traits for laughs. Fred, Daphne and Velma spend much of the film arguing, Scooby punches Fred in the face, Shaggy suggests after Fred and Velma are captured by monsters that he, Scooby and Daphne let them get eaten (the cartoon version of Shaggy is a coward, but he's not the kind of person that would abandon his friends), and a flashback shows them abandoning Scrappy - Scooby's nephew - in the middle of the desert. In addition, Scrappy gets some heavy [1], becoming the film's antagonist.
  • The Cat in the Hat: In stark contrast to the mischievous but friendly and well-meaning Cat in the Hat of the original novel and the animated special, Mike Myers' version of the Cat is a wisecracking, foul-mouthed, perverted Jerkass.
  • Watchmen: Zig-Zagged with the cast. Rorschach is more hostile and angry than his comic counterpart with Jackie Earle Haley intentionally portraying him like rabid dog. However, Rorschach's craziness and misogyny seemed downplayed. Likewise, while Ozymandias is colder, he seems to feel more remorse for his more heinous actions.

  • In the novelization of The Boss Baby, the executives of Baby Corp get this. When Francis Francis talks about them firing him, there is no mention of him being lactose intolerant like in the film. Apparently they just fired him without any stated reason.
  • Ellie in Tales of the Magic Land is less innocent than Dorothy from Land of Oz. For example, Ellie knows about Bastinda's fear of water and left the kitchen floor wet to annoy her.
  • Jonathan Harker, of Dracula, gets hit with this hard. In the original, he's a Nice Guy who went through a lot, but still cares deeply for his wife, and was even willing to become a vampire so she wouldn't suffer undeath alone. Most adaptations turn him into a Jerkass who barely cares about Mina at all, sometimes an abusive husband and/or Entitled to Have You. Most of these adaptations do this to justify a romance between Mina and Dracula, making it a case of Adaptational Consent as well.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The Arrowverse has a tendency to depict many characters as far more ruthless than their comics counterparts, even if they were already villains:
    • Arrow:
      • Oliver Queen was more forgiving and showed more of a sense of humor in the original comics.
    • The Flash (2014):
      • In contrast to the comics, Wally West is initially depicted as an angsty teen who is reluctant to accept Joe, Barry, and Iris and acts mean toward them at first. He outgrows this, thankfully, in time to become Kid Flash.
      • Tina McGee is still heroic but initially depicted as antagonistic; it's downplayed, though, since she only acts this way because Eobard Thawne stole the identity of her friend Harrison Wells and estranged their friendship. Later, she warms up to Barry and his friends.
      • Dante Ramon was close to his brother Cisco in the comics, while here they don't get along at all.
      • In the comics, Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, is a slightly goofy Nice Guy and thoroughly devoted husband. The show version was made a misogynist pervert and a cowardly asshole due to being a Composite Character with Plastic Man. This also sets him up for eventual Character Development as Barry trains him to be a hero, and come Season Five, he acts a lot nicer.
      • The Future Flash from the New 52 comics was still a villain, but in the original source material, underwent Sanity Slippage and had somewhat nobler intentions, wishing to correct his own mistakes which led to the death of Wally West. The Arrowverse version is a much pettier villain, doing many things For the Evulz, as well as attempting to kill Iris only to secure his own existence by making sure Barry will eventually become him.
      • Clifford DeVoe is still a megalomaniac criminal known as the Thinker, but he puts his comics counterpart to shame by faking his own murder and framing Barry for it, drugging his wife Marlize on a regular basis, and trying to destroy the entire world after his defeat just because it would go on without him otherwise.
  • L from Death Note is subject to this in the TV drama. Though not exactly a hero (with Word of God admitting that he's a bit evil), he usually comes across as A Lighter Shade of Grey when compared to Light, and a few spin-offs (namely the film L: Change the World and the light novel Another Note) portray him more sympathetically. The drama, by contrast, draws more attention to the amorality of his actions and he is generally far more smug and arrogant than most portrayals.
  • The Flash (1990):
    • In addition to being reimagined from a doctor to a retired beat cop, Henry Allen was also a jackass towards Barry for being a forensic scientist as opposed to following in his footsteps and becoming a beat cop like his other son Jay (a reimagined Jay Garrick) did.
    • In the comics, both Captain Cold and the Trickster are pretty sane bank robbers with gimmicks. Here, Cold is a hitman and the Trickster was pretty much a testing ground for Mark Hamill's version of The Joker.
  • Several characters in Game of Thrones are subjected to this in contrast from the books:
    • Ellaria Sand is a Nice Girl and an Only Sane Woman in the books who knows that getting revenge against the Lannisters will not bring back her dead lover and his relatives. In the show, she's antagonistic towards her lover's older brother who refuses to participate her revenge against the Lannisters and she even kills him personally.
    • In the books, Brienne is unfailingly kind and stubbornly idealistic, recoiling at the thought of killing and treating everyone around her with an unfailing fairness. In the series, possibly thanks to the writers age lifting her by close to a decade, she's considerably more bitter and cynical, harboring no delusions as to the state of Westeros, and projects a much colder exterior as a result — particularly when it comes to Davos and Melisandre, who she openly regards as opportunistic traitors. That being said, she's still bullheadedly honorable and rarely crosses over into being openly unkind — even when it comes to Podrick, whom she initially treats a mite harshly but ultimately takes under her wing after bonding with him and apologizing for her behavior. However she still takes obvious pleasure in killing enemies, even if it's a wounded man who can't fight back, and gloating about it, while in the books Brienne has only ever killed in self-defense, and even though they were utterly vile people she never takes pleasure in it. From the Books 
    • Robett Glover is a loyal Stark bannerman who helped Wyman Manderly in his plot to overthrow the Boltons and bring House Stark back to Winterfell, and - so far as we know - isn't bigoted against the Wildlings. In the show, he refuses to help Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in retaking Winterfell not only because Jon's army had Wildings in them but because he lost his trust on his brother Robb after the Red Wedding and he rudely told Sansa that House Stark is dead. Fortunately, after Jon and Sansa successfully retook Winterfell, he realizes his mistake and apologizes to them.
    • Yara Greyjoy (the show's counterpart to Asha Greyjoy) is rather rude to her brother Theon as she comes off as a Karmic Trickster in terms of her baiting him.
    • Robb Stark breaking his oath to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters happens in both the books and the show, but the reasoning behind it is changed in a manner that makes him appear somewhat more selfish. In the book, Robb is wounded in battle, receives news of his two younger brothers' apparent deaths at the hands of his former friend Theon Greyjoy, drinks himself into a stupor, and, in a moment of weakness, beds the woman nursing him. When he sobers up the next day, he realizes he has done her a great disservice by taking her virginity out of marriage, and takes her as his wife to restore her honor at the cost of breaking his own word to the Freys. In the show, Robb simply falls for a random woman and decides to take her as his wife, even though doing so will alienate the Freys. While he breaks his word in both versions (and his ultimate fate was Disproportionate Retribution either way) in the books, he did it to protect someone else, whereas in the show he's just putting his own happiness above keeping his word.
  • Gotham:
    • Renee Montoya is much more antagonistic towards Gordon than in other incarnations, her thinking clouded by the fact that he is with her ex-girlfriend, Barbara Kean, and going after Gordon for imagined crimes like the Penguin's disappearance. While she does apologize once the Penguin reveals himself to be alive, again, she still sleeps with Barbara behind Jim's back.
    • In the comics, Alfred is usually proper and polite in dealing with others and Servile Snarker to counterbalance Bruce's darker moments as Batman. While not a complete jerk, in the series, he's more coarser, more prone to expressing Anger Born of Worry in dealing with Bruce and more flippant to Gordon, and promo materials even state this Alfred came from the East End, a rough neighborhood.
    • Tommy Elliot and his parents were friends with the Waynes until Tommy's half-successful attempt at being a Self-Made Orphan. Here, neither he and Bruce like each other. He later returns when Bruce is in his jerkass playboy phase, and they get along quite well.
  • Hank Zipzer: Miss Adolf and Principal Love, already not nice people in the books, are even worse in the tv series. They seem to actively dispose Hank, and are constantly jerks to him.
  • Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is an odd case in regards to Kamen Rider Femme, renamed Siren in the American adaptation. In the original series she was a con artist who toyed with wealthy men to swindle them out of their money, but had a sympathetic goal in wanting to avenge sister's death and even falls for the main protagonist. In Dragon Knight, she's introduced as one of the good guys but one of the first things she does is taunt and humiliate the main character, refusing to acknowledge him as a Kamen Rider. She thankfully gets better.
  • The Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation incarnation of Michelangelo is noticeably a bit more uncouth than most incarnations of the most fun-loving Ninja Turtle, most notably in how he sometimes makes lecherous comments toward Venus de Milo.
  • Power Rangers has several characters whose Japanese counterparts in Super Sentai seem to be much nicer:
    • Bandora from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger has a rather motherly demeanor and compliments her minions when they succeeded in a battle against the Rangers. Rita Repulsa, her counterpart in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is constantly angry, has No Indoor Voice and verbally and physically abuses her minions whenever one of her plans fail.
    • Guirail from Denji Sentai Megaranger already fits the definition of Jerkass, as he frequently employs underhanded tactics to get his preferred results, including turning on his allies. He treats this as a necessary evil to achive the ultimate victory. Darkonda from Power Rangers in Space has the same underhanded personality, but goes a step further by actually gloating about his underhandedness.
    • Dark Merchant Biznella from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman is nothing more than a polite arms merchant who is completely loyal to the other villains. Deviot, his counterpart in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy is a nasty piece of work with a severe case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Night of the Meek", Mr. Dundee is considerably more unpleasant than his officious counterpart from the original episode. In The Remake, he berates an employee because a junior salesman accidentally sold the custom made fur coat that he intended to give his wife for Christmas and demands that both of them be in his office at 9 o'clock on Christmas Day. This version of Dundee clearly hates Christmas and sees it merely as an opportunity to make money. When another employee wishes him Merry Christmas, he pointedly says "Good night." As he leaves his store on Christmas Eve, he even kicks a tree. Most significantly, this Dundee is a racist. He comments that it would not surprise him in the least if Henderson, an African-American security guard, helped Henry Corwin to sneak the allegedly stolen merchandise out of his store. His expression and Henderson's reaction make it clear that it was intended as a racist remark.
  • The incarnation of Wonder Woman in the stillborn 2011 series has none of the positive qualities typically associated with the character. She tortures suspects for information instead of using her Lasso of Truth, accuses rivals of criminal acts even when she has no proof, brutally slaughters security guards who are just doing their job, and outright intimidates law enforcement into looking the other way. It's no wonder that the series never got past the pilot.

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  • Captain Bask Om is much worse in Gihren's Greed: The Menace of Axis V than he was in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. More crimes are added to his name such as him being the one to blow up Jaburo if he gets the chance and overthrowing and executing Jamitov if he isn't deposed by the end of the campaign, which is followed up with a war on the Jupiter colonies and the Earth Sphere being thrown in chaos.
  • While Shadow is far from a nice guy in the mainline Sonic the Hedgehog games, in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, he is more of a Jerkass. He is an abrasive, bullying Jerkass who calls Sonic weak for relying on his friends. His rivalry with Sonic is a lot more antagonistic as he's only there to fight him for no reason other than to antagonize him.
  • Kyouji Shinkawa is subjected to this in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization as Richter. In canon, he was at least a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing with enough acting skills to make himself seem like a Nice Guy that Shino trusted. In the games, he's a full out Stalker with a Crush who thoroughly creeps Sinon out and attempted to destroy her friendship with Kirito and co. by exposing her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Mega Man Battle Network: Downplayed with ProtoMan.EXE. The original Proto Man in Mega Man (Classic), while aloof, is a supportive big brother figure for Mega Man. In the BN timeline, ProtoMan.EXE is considered a rival to MegaMan.EXE because their operators are also rivals, but ProtoMan doesn't take it personally; he's also more willing to scold and even fight MegaMan if it's necessary.
  • Harry Potter himself is a bit of a cartoonish jerk in the LEGO Harry Potter games. For example, during the Dueling Club scene in Chamber of Secrets, he deliberately commands the snake to go after Malfoy, looking smugly when Malfoy flees from it. In the original, he merely ordered the snake to stand down. He was also highly amused when he saw Snape being humiliated by his father during the flashback he saw in his Occlumency lessons, while the real Harry was actually disturbed seeing his father act like this.
  • In SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Ryu went from a stoic warrior who trains to better himself every day to and out and out asshat who taunts everyone he meets and even makes fun of Mai for her choice of ninja garbs.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • In Batman: The Animated Series, Ferris Boyle, the guy who turned Victor Fries into Mr. Freeze was a greedy jerk who didn't care if he ended a life just to save money, and him turning Victor into Freeze was a reaction to Victor pulling a gun on him. In "Cold, Cold, Heart" DLC, he asked Victor to build cold based weapons in exchange for helping his wife, only to renege on the deal. Later he was willing to kill Batman and Freeze so he could leave no witnesses, and was preparing to kill Nora in front of Freeze out of spite.
    • Calendar Man. In the comics, he was a petty criminal whose holiday-themed crimes rarely involved murder. In the Arkham series, he's portrayed as a sadistic Serial Killer who crimes revolve solely around murder.
    • The Scarecrow himself, while very much a villain, occasionally has sympathetic moments in the comics, generally relating to his backstory as a bully victim and severe abuse from his family (great-grandmother pre-Crisis, father in the New 52). In the game, he lacks any sympathetic qualities and is even more monstrous than his comics incarnation, easily one of the most vile characters in the series. Background material suggests that this version of Jonathan Crane isn't even mentally ill, just pure evil.
    • Much like in Batman Returns, the Penguin was shown to be quite psychopathic, sadistic, and brutal. This version lacks the Affably Evil and Wicked Cultured traits of the comics' gentleman of crime, and has displayed racism, misogyny, homophobia, and ableism.
    • While most incarnations of the Riddler are fairly narcissistic, they are, at the least, humble enough to respect Batman as a Worthy Opponent and are on good terms with the rest of Gotham's villains. Arkham's Riddler, by contrast, is a smug, egotistic, patronizing, arrogant, and thoroughly obnoxious Jerkass who is either ignored or outright belittled by Batman and most of the other villains.
    • While Jack Ryder could be a jackass, it was usually as part of a feint for his actions as The Creeper. Here, he's a legitimately self-serving and egoistical asshole.
    • Batman: Arkham Origins' "Initiation" DLC saw Kirigi from as a mild example, making him a True Neutral Jerkass at worst, whereas his comics counterpart was one of the most pacifistic mentors Batman ever had (Denny O'Neil's Knightfall novelization mentions he stopped training Bruce because Bruce refused to forsake violence forever).
  • In Dragon Ball FighterZ, upon Goku winning when paired with Gohan, the former expresses genuine pride in his son. However, the localization version for some reason, added a "...finally" line and in a condescending tone too which gives the impression that Goku isn't really proud of his son at all and once again, gives the impression of another "Goku is a bad father" moment.
  • Entei, Raikou, and Suicune of Pokémon fame are free spirited Legendaries who mind their own business more often than not without much hostility towards others. Contrast that with how they act in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon in which Entei at multiple points threatens to kill the heroes, first out of suspicion of them being the culprits of others turning into stone due to being at the wrong place and wrong time, and again when they trespass into its territory. The others aren't much better as they treat the hero and partner characters like pack mules during the trip in the Void Lands. In their defense, the latter was done to prevent the two from staying beyond with them, and at the end of the game can be recruited, even feeling humbled to join them, like the rest of the legendary roster.

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  • In Persona 4, Saki was somewhat polite with Yosuke simply due to the fact that his family was her father's boss and he only found out that she hated him after her death. The Hiimdaisy comic shows her being nothing but snide and insulting towards him with her sprit outright telling him to go kill himself.

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     Western Animation 
  • Aladdin: The Series: Aladdin is a downplayed example, as a lot of episodes saw Aladdin act more smug than he did in the films, but his positive and noble attributes remained overall intact.
  • In Avengers, Assemble!, Captain Marvel is written in a more arrogant, condescending and combative manner than she usually is in the comics. While her comic counterpart can be cocky at times, she's usually not this much of a jerk to her fellow heroes. Usually.
  • The Batman:
    • The Penguin is rude, boorish, and all-around unpleasant. While he's still a bad guy in the original comics, he's nowhere near as impolite. On the contrary, he's Affably Evil enough to be known as the "Gentleman of Crime".
    • Harley Quinn was already stuck-up and had a few screws loose, even before meeting the Joker, and the Joker doesn't need to do much to push her over the edge. She also is shown poisoning squirrels, something most Harleys wouldn't do.
    • Unlike in Batman: TAS where he is a sympathetic figure trying to cure his wife, Mr. Freeze is a thug who enjoy robbing banks.
    • Unlike tradition, Batman and Superman swapped stances on the League and teaming-up, meaning this version of Superman initially refused to get involved in the Justice League when it was started and had to be convinced to team-up with Batman, whereas he's usually the one of the two to be more open to both ideas.
  • Castlevania (2017): Carmilla has always been portrayed as a villain in the original games, but if there is one thing common in previous continuities was her slavish devotion to Dracula, sometimes serving as an Yandere for him like in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. In the animation however, she has nothing but disdain and contempt for him, and is actively plotting to undermine and usurp him.
  • DuckTales (2017):
  • In the Kid Paddle comics, the Gamer Chick Max get along well with Kid and often partner with him and his friends in whatever they're up too at the moment, being at worst in a Friendly Rivalry with him. In her early appearance in the cartoon, the friendship is gone and the rivalry between them is more vitriolic, Max will sometime act cocky and mocking toward Kid. This get rectified when she is made closer to how she is in the comic, complete with a different more-fitting voice.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Po rather jarringly gets hit with this a lot. In the movies, he's a lovable Nice Guy, but the show constantly makes him a lazy, incompetent Jerkass constantly undergoing the same lessons involving his pride and laziness. The other characters can get this as well.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Anyone familiar with Link, the hero of The Legend of Zelda, knows that he's near consistently portrayed in adaptations as, and implied in the games to be, a brave, humble, all-around heroic person who saves the land of Hyrule and its princess without expecting anything in return. People familiar with Link's other portrayals will probably be surprised that in the cartoon that came after the NES games, he's the complete opposite. This Link was lazy, self-centered, whiny, and is only motivated by getting Zelda to kiss him.
    • Zelda herself isn't any better. Most incarnations of her are kind, regal, and wise. This version of Zelda is extremely arrogant, dismissive, snarky, and refuses to give Link the time of day no matter how many times he saves her and her kingdom. She is, after all, the whole reason why the Well, Excuse Me, Princess! trope exists.
  • While Donald Duck has always been a bit irritable, Mickey Mouse (2013) portrays him as rather assholish and more prone to being inconsiderate and insensitive toward his friends.
  • Though Little Miss Somersault of Mr. Men fame is a Nice Girl in the books if not a bit of a showoff, the 90s cartoon turns her into a Jerk Jock who acts like a bitch about losing a race to Little Miss Wise (Who, mind you, didn't intentionally take part) and calls Little Miss Splendid, Little Miss Greedy and Mr. Lazy "hopeless" for not being able to somersault as well as she can.
  • An unusual example is Snufkin in Sky1's Moominvalley. His actual behaviour hasn't changed, but the way it's presented has. In the books, his wanderlust and enjoyment of solitude are positive traits; in the series he's a selfish borderline misanthrope who must learn An Aesop about how Moomintroll is affected by the continual disappearance of his supposed best friend. As part of this, the plot of "The Spring Tune" becomes less "Snufkin finds himself bothered by a creature who won't take a hint" and more "Snufkin is rude to a creature that just wants to chat". "Snufkin and the Park-Keeper" treats his dislike of authority similarly; in Moominsummer Madness, Moomintroll and Snork Maiden being arrested for burning the prohibitionary notices is entirely the fault of the unreasonable and inflexible authority figure, while the episode has it as Snufkin's fault for not thinking of the consequences when he tore them down. Even the song "All Small Beasts Should Have Bows in Their Tails" has been rewritten to make the point, going from a celebration of a world without punishments to a cautionary tale about facing up to your responsibilities.
  • Scooby-Doo franchise:
    • In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Scooby is more of a jerk, which adds to the attempt in developing the characters. In particular, he spends much of the show feuding with Velma (who ALSO got this treatment - see below) for Shaggy's attention. This is especially rather jarring if you remember that in previous Scooby-Doo productions like A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, Velma is all but stated to be Scooby's second best friend. He gets better, of course.
    • Velma in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is more cynical, self-centered, vain, and sarcastic, similar to the titular protagonist of Daria. Most of these changes however, are to do with her being written a lot more like an actual teenager would act.
    • Fred has become this in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, rendering him into a dimwitted, control freak and an unmasking hog.
  • Mary Jane Watson's Aunt Anna in the comics was a sweet-natured woman who even showed gratitude for Spider-Man saving her life. In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, she's an ill-tempered crone who treats Peter Parker like dirt in spite of how nice he is to her.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Despite her Adaptational Heroism, Terra still has shades of this. In the comics her being evil is largely an Informed Attribute as she's never shown doing anything particularly evil in The Judas Contract arc. In the cartoon, under Slade's orders Terra does a lot more damage. She wrecks a city and it's implied she killed people.
    • Mento of the Doom Patrol, as virtue of elements of the Chief fused into him, is more obsessive and unforgiving. That said, even in the comics, Mento was always a jackass, as he was a pompous asshole didn't get along with the majority of the Doom Patrol in the '60s and was temperamental at best during the '80s and '90s.
  • In Teen Titans, the Titans are straight-laced heroes. In Teen Titans Go!, they regularly display Jerkass behavior, are often Vitriolic Best Buds, and are Heroic Comedic Sociopaths. Here's the individual examples of the Titans:
    • Robin really distances from his usual heroic characterization and is portrayed as a selfish, narcissistic Glory Hound who beats up villains for the fun of it or to get hero-cred, while caring very little about the safety of others.
    • Raven has more anger management issues. She is prone to violent outbursts and has a habit of attacking the other Titans if annoyed, especially Beast Boy.
    • While Beast Boy was always depicted as a rebel, this Beast Boy is noticeably more of a jerk than his former incarnation, and is often devoid of remorse and regret over his actions. Instead of feeling guilty for his pranks, he will often laugh and fail to comprehend he has done anything wrong.
    • Like the other Titans, this version of Cyborg is much less mature and heroic and here he's just a selfish and immature jerkass. He's also not above sinking to lows to achieve a selfish goal.
    • While she's nicer than the rest of the Titans, Starfire can engage in jerkass behavior like them from time to time. One example is in the "TTG vs PPG" special where she along with Robin and Raven endlessly mock the Powerpuff Girls for being babies.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): Michelangelo is a lot slower to show the warm, emotional side that characterizes most of his other versions. In the other continuities, Mikey is an unquestioned Nice Guy, but he's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in this adaptation due to his egocentric attitude as well as his frequent Innocently Insensitive moments and role as The Gadfly.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Splinter is a minor example. Make no mistake, he does love his sons dearly. But, at the same time, he's not above messing with their heads for his own amusement, can be something of a hypocrite, overreacts to an extreme degree towards some of the mistakes they make when fighting above ground, and, at times, he can be borderline physically abusive. The reason why the Turtles fear disturbing him is because his default reaction to their fighting or being disruptive tends to be beating the shit out of them with a flurry of advanced ninjitsu techniques. It certainly keeps them in line, and is Played for Laughs as Tough Love, but at the same time, most of his previous counterparts would have never lifted a hand to the Turtles in anger.
    • April gets a special, but subtle mention. She would sometimes be prone to be mean towards the turtles if they do anything to upset or disappoint her. When her father was accidentally mutated into a bat and Mikey confessed they released mutagen Mutagen canisters from a Kraang ship, which led to said mutation, she instantly accussed them of mutating him on purpose, and swore to never their faces again, and even refusing to believe their claims that the whole incident was an accident. Fortunately, she eventually forgives them when Casey told her his story about how he lost a friend of his on an incident, remarking that some things can't be controlled.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Gordon in The Adventure Begins comes off as far more antagonistic and rude to Thomas than he was in the original book and the first episode of the TV series "Thomas and Gordon". His trick dragging him along with the express is similarly revenge for Thomas heckling him earlier, however this itself was only in retaliation for Gordon belittling him a fair deal beforehand.
    • The Flying Scotsman seemed relatively humble and respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but in his first appearance in the special The Great Race, he's much more pompous and arrogant, has a low opinion on Sodor's engines, and often makes remarks to rile up Gordon, his brother.
  • On Total DramaRama, Beth, Leshawna, and Gwen are all hit by this. Beth goes from being a socially awkward but very friendly Nice Girl to being an extremely selfish and thoughtless narcissist; Leshawna is changed from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who stood up for others against bullies and cared deeply for her friends to a bossy and egotistical Alpha Bitch; and Gwen goes from a Perky Goth with a heart of gold under her icy attitude to a gloomy and sociopathic Creepy Child who enjoys scaring the other kids and seeing them get hurt.
  • As opposed to other versions of the character, the Blurr of Transformers: Rescue Bots, while he does get better, started off a self-serving, cowardly, selfish jackass.
  • Watership Down (2018): Bigwig from the original book and movie is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, being quite the Drill Sergeant Nasty yet still very loyal to Hazel and having a kinder side. The 2018 Netflix series really amps up the "Jerk" part of him, pretty much running on angry and confronting Hazel on every decision he makes.
  • In the W.I.T.C.H. cartoon, Cornelia is presented as more of a straight Alpha Bitch than the Lovable Alpha Bitch she is in the W.I.T.C.H. comics. She's ruder and generally more aggressive. In the comics she is a Bully Hunter but in the cartoon, prior to her Character Development she was The Bully herself.
  • The revival of Young Justice sees Cyborg's father Slias Stone get this treatment. While the character always had his flaws, including being a workaholic who put his work above his son, the show sees him so out of touch with Vic's life that he tells Vic to get his grades up—even though Vic's already got a 4.0 GPA.


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