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Gyro Gearloose, 1987: Eccentric, kindly, well-meaning, but inept Bungling Inventor.
Gyro Gearloose, 2017: Arrogant, hot-headed, sassy, sarcastic Insufferable Genius.

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 positive 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 be a comedic sociopath, 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 & Manga 
  • In the Advanced Variable Geo series, Ayako Yuuki is shown to be a Good Samaritan who protects other women from muggers and rapists, but the OVA adaptation nearly makes Ayako out to be a rapist herself, by having her sexually harass Satomi during their fight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière from The Familiar of Zero. In the novels, she's still overly violent, but she has more good moments and development and actually does get called out on her abuse of Saito when, instead of using her normal whip to "Punish" Saito, she uses an actual bullwhip to knock out an already battle-weary Saito from the night before. As of her anime incarnation, well... It's understandable why many people have been turned off by the Tsundere as a whole due to characters like her, and why many fans of the Tsundere archetype are very put off by her.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA:
    • Sella, one of Illya's maids, was merely suspicious and critical towards Shiro but did at least treat him fairly. That was all thrown out the window in this spin-off 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.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Solf J Kimblee gets hit with this in the first anime adaptation 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.
    • The townspeople of Xenotime in the anime's two-parter "The Other Brothers Elric." In the original Light Novel The Land of Sand that the episodes are based on while they believed that Russell and Fletcher Tringham are "the real Elric brothers" and initially treat the real Ed and Al coldy, they come to realize that the two are genuine alchemists who could still help them, with one person suggesting that they do share similar names, but just aren't the famed "Elric Brothers" (which Ed decides to go along with rather than cause a fuss) and ultimately treat the brothers nicely for most of the book. In the tv episodes, they simply believe the real Ed and Al to be con artists stealing their identities, completely ignoring that Ed still showed alchemic talent in front of them, and treat the two harshly throughout 2-parter.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Karakuri Circus: The anime skips young Bai Jin's Jerkass Realization, making him even more selfish than in the manga.
  • 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.
  • Love Hina: Naru Narusegawa is one of the most well-known staples of physically abusive Tsundere stereotype in Harem Genre anime/manga, but she comes off as much worse in the anime. Anime!Naru's Tsundere character and frequent Megaton Punches towards the Accidental Pervert Keitaro are far more extreme than her manga counterpart. The anime also removes several of her dere-dere and Pet the Dog moments that made manga!Naru a little bit sympathetic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon:
    • This is utilized with several Gym Leaders. Many, most notably Lt. Surge, Erika, and Skyla, are changed into 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 cheerful and upbeat 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 1 Eaglelander instead of a Type 2). 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.
  • Akane Tendo from Ranma ½ is a zigzagging case, in that it's hard to get any group of fans to agree which of her two incarnations (anime vs. manga) is the more jerkish. The anime version is generally portrayed as more consistently hot-tempered and quick to start shouting at Ranma or get grumpy. But the manga version goes to far nastier extremes in terms of anger at and distrust for Ranma — for example, believing Ranma will try to rape her when they are home alone together during the Hypnotic Mushrooms story, or accusing Ranma of trying to rape Hinako Ninomiya in her introductory story, both of which are things the anime version of Akane would never do.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • While Chibiusa was no saint by any means in both the original and the Viz dub, her Bratty Half-Pint tendencies get cranked Up to Eleven in the DiC dub. This is not helped by Tracey Hoyt making her sound even intolerable than usual.
  • 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.
    • Matoko in the anime is also this compared to the visual novel, while the manga arguably focused on his more positive aspects.
  • 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.
  • Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie is ruder, more obnoxious, and less willing to help people than his video game counterpart.
  • 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 with Cream, who often joins in manipulating and beating up Knuckles just to showcase how much of a Butt-Monkey he is. In the games, she treats him with just as much respect as the rest of her friends.
  • Sword Art Online: As much of a bastard he is in the light novels, Gabriel Miller actually manages to be worse in the anime, having a penchant for rape that was never present in the light novels.
  • Pai Chan from Virtua Fighter is normally cheerful and happy-go-lucky in the games. The anime turned her into a very sassy Tsundere, especially when it comes to Akira.
  • Davis in Digimon Adventure 02 is given this treatment in the dub, due to being the unfortunate Creator's Pest. He outright refers to Kari as "his girl" and is hostile towards TJ due to how close he is with Kari. Originally, he's just your typical Stock Shōnen Hero who just wants to impress a girl he has a crush on.

    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:
    • Sonic 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.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
      • While not to the extent of his Sonic the Comic counterpart, Sonic's flaws are emphasized more in this incarnation, and he verges into Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory more often than not. Examples include the following:
      • On top of dating Fiona despite full knowledge of Tails' crush on her, during the House of Cards arc, he ends up criticizing and insulting Tails' father for kick-starting a Velvet Revolution, and when trying to stop his mother from breaking him out of jail to continue it, fully expects Tails to be 100% okay with him doing so, going so far as to gloat to Rosemary and Amadeus' faces that even if they are his parents, Tails worships him and will get over it. Instead, Tails is justifiably pissed over all of that, on top of his dating Fiona, and hearing that leads him to snap and try to beat the crap out of Sonic.
      • In comparison to his games counterpart, who was perfectly willing to forgive and forget Silver for doing such acts as trying to kill him out if misguided heroism, Sonic's attitude towards him for similar acts here is much less relaxed, leading him to end up smashing Silver through a wall, trying to Spin Dash him to oblivion, and give him a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Even after calming down, the next time they meet, Sonic still sees red, telling Silver in no uncertain terms that he's done listening to anything he has to say and ordering him to screw off. To be fair, this was right after Sonic had just witnessed Sally's roboticization and Antoine, one of the people Silver accused of being a traitor with little-to-no evidence to back it up, had been rendered comatose after saving Elias and the Acorns from Metal Sonic.
      • No incarnation of Dr. Eggman is a Nice Guy, but his video game counterpart is a legitimately Affably Evil villain with some positive qualities who is prone to Enemy Mine situations with Sonic and his friends. Pre-reboot, this Eggman is far more monstrous and guilty of numerous horrifying atrocities, up to and including mass murder and genocide, having much more in common with Eggman Nega than his games self.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW): Shadow is way more hostile and prone to violence than his more subdued and stoic persona in the games, and his relationship with Sonic is slightly more embittered (though this isn't unjustified given the situation they were in). Most notably, he's way more arrogant about his abilities and confidently assumes he's more capable than he actually is, which coss him greatly in the Metal Virus saga. According to Ian Flynn, this was an editorial mandate on Sega's part, as they decided this was how they wanted Shadow's personality to be portrayed.
  • 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 in Red Robin 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, even endangering his family to try to uncover Batman's identity, which he definitely did not do in his original incarnation.
    • 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.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): With the switch in writers after William Moulton Marston's death Steve Trevor and Gen. Darnell become noticeably more sexist, frequently saying things they'd once have been happy to have Wonder Woman and the Holliday Girls' help with are a man's job and belittling their once trusted ally Etta Candy. This changes were somewhat subtle at first, but the subtlety was dropped when the book switched from the Golden Age Earth-Two to the Silver Age Earth-One.
  • In prior-continuities, R.J. Brande was an affable nice billionaire who helped fund the Legion out of gratitude to Garth, Rokk, and Imra for saving his life and because he realized the galaxy needed heroes. President Brande in Legion of Super-Heroes (2020), on the other hand, is a two-faced beaurucrat whose opinion on the Legion flip-flops depending on what's useful to her at the time. Not helping matters is that Chameleon Boy loathes her, whereas in the continuities where Cham is R.J. Brande's son they get along seemingly well.
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon features one of the meanest versions of Wonder Woman out there that isn't outright evil, as she's incredibly spoiled, selfish, and proud. Her hubris ends up killing and maiming several of her Amazon sisters, and she becomes Wonder Woman as penance for her actions.

    Films — Animated 
  • Alice’s Birthday:
    • In the original Alice, Girl from the Future series, Rrrr is timid, quiet and extremely polite. In the animated adaptation of Alice’s Birthday, he is sarcastic and easily irritated, often rudely snapping at Alice. Partly justified, since their friendship, unlike in the books, has a rocky start, with her mistaking him for an actual kitten and later accidentally spraying him with a foul-smelling vaccine.
    • Alice herself gets it to a lesser extent. When a six-year-old boy from Koleida offers to help her, she rudely refuses, telling him rather sharply that he is too small. Granted, her nerves at that moment are on edge and she does not want him to join her dangerous mission, but book!Alice, while she can be sarcastic, is never outright rude, and she is always nice to kids younger than her, even when they are annoying.
  • 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 The Hobbit, Thranduil. In the book, he's relatively isolationist, but he doesn't restrict his people's movements, he keeps ties to the nearby men, and he willingly comes to their aid. In the movie, he's first seen abandoning Erebor at Smaug's initial attack, and in Desolation of Smaug he orders his people not to leave the keep once the forest gets dangerous. In the book he is reluctant to fight the dwarves ( "Long may I tarry, ere I begin a war for gold,"), while in the movie, he is eager to fight.
  • 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?"
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman:
    • Batman Returns:
      • While the comics Penguin was a crime boss, he was also an Affably Evil Wicked Cultured gentleman of crime and was genuinely deemed sane. Here, he's a deformed, psychotic, Ax-Crazy, sadistic, sexually-repressed child killer and would-be mass murderer, setting the stage for many future interpretations of the character to follow, including The Batman, the Batman: Arkham Series, and Gotham.
      • In most versions, Selina is an amoral jewel thief who is mostly sane. Here, she's a revenge obsessed and mentally unstable vigilante with an even more sadistic streak.
    • Batman Forever: In the comics, Two-Face was was more of a tragic Anti-Villain with sympathetic qualities. This incarnation of Two-Face, while sillier and more comical, is also arguably the nastiest version of the character. For starters, he lacks any of the sympathetic or tragic qualities he has in the comics, and he has plenty of Kick the Dog moments, such as being responsible for the deaths of Robin's parents and brother.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Mars Attacks!: Minor case. In the cards, the reason the Martians were attacking Earth was that Mars was going to explode from air pressure and they needed a new planet, whereas here they are doing it For the Evulz. Also, not all Martians were evil in the cards. The warlike Martians were called Gnards and the peaceful, intellectual ones were called Paecs.
  • 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 Repulsa 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 Adaptational Villainy, becoming the film's Big Bad.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): In the games, Dr. Eggman may be the primary villain, but he's Affably Evil. This movie's take on him is an obnoxious asshole who's pretty much incapable of interacting with anybody else without being rude and condescending to them.
  • 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 comics, Quicksilver may be a world-class asshole and suffer from Heel–Face Revolving Door, but he is well-meaning at the core and can be counted on to do the right thing. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he's just a bored teenager with a kleptomaniac streak who doesn't really care about being a productive member of society and who has to have the breakout sold to him as an opportunity to raise hell, as it's clear that he probably wouldn't have done it of his own volition otherwise. However, he does grow out of it in later films.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse does this to both Angel, who becomes an angry and cocky rebel who jumps at the opportunity of becoming a Horseman of Apocalypse, and Cyclops, who is a bad boy instead of a "boy scout" (though through the movie, he starts to transition to the straight-edge guy who becomes the X-Men's field leader).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Princess Odette in Swan Lake is usually portrayed as sweet, gentle and kind (she is the white swan, after all). Princess Odette in The Sorcerer's Daughter, a retelling of the story, is an Ice Queen who has a Hidden Heart of Gold very deep down. The very reason she gets turned into a swan is that she a) ordered all the real swans of the lake to be shot because she wanted Fluffy Fashion Feathers dresses for herself and the court b) taunted Rothbart about it.
  • 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.

    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.
  • In Fate: The Winx Saga, Stella is less of the Lovable Alpha Bitch, and a lot more arrogant and condescending towards others than she was in Winx Club.
  • 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 despise 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.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Belle's father is more of a jerk than he is in almost any other version of Beauty and the Beast, including the Disney version that Belle herself gets most of her traits from. Instead of being a kindly but bumbling inventor, he's a stern, warlike and greedy lord. When the Storybrooke version, Moe, finds out Belle is actually alive, he rejects her attempt to have a relationship with Rumplestiltskin and is even willing to take her over the town line, getting rid of all her memories so she'll forget Rumple.
  • Power Rangers has several characters whose Japanese counterparts in Super Sentai seem to be much nicer:
    • Bandora from Kyōryū 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.
  • Star Trek: Discovery: While Star Trek: The Original Series showed that he had his moments of snakiness and the occasional jab of Vulcan wit at Dr. McCoy, Spock was never outright mean unless he was under some sort of negative influence. Here, while he's still very much the same Vulcan we all known and love, he's an absolute jerk to his adoptive sister Michael Burnham, having refused to reconcile with her for years due to an incident long ago. While said incident comes from a young Burnham insulting his human heritage, Spock refuses to forgive her because he feels her blaming herself for multiple tragedies in her lifetime was purely selfish, and isn't afraid to angrily express this to her. However, they are eventually able to reconcile.
  • 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.

  • Bamatabois in the Les Misérables musical is a customer who makes advances on Fantine, beats her when she refuses, and tells Javert that she attacked him first. In the book, he meets her in public, taunts her and throws a snowball at her, but there's no indication that he was interested in her sexually, and he doesn't report her to the police, but runs away from the scene.
  • In Puyo Puyo's theatrical play Puyo Puyo on Stage, Amitie (who is typically a Nice Girl) does a couple of things in her excitement over the search for the White Wishing Puyo that she would probably never do in the games, such as punching Klug in the throat for calling the legend silly (and threatening to give him the Japanese equivalent of a wedgie, too), repeatedly tickling people to get them to pay attention to her, act dismissive of anyone who even as much as suggests the Wishing Puyo might not be worth tracking down and even trying to sabotage Rulue in a Puyo match that Arle was trying to win fair and square. She never apologizes for any of this.

    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • While not to the same degree as All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, Batman himself is struck with this. In addition to being more brutal and willing to break bones during interrogations, he's frequently cold, barely emotes, and frequently wants deals with his problems alone (to the point he never becomes a team player and his paranoia leads him to putting Tim in a cell in Knight). While we don't know his reason for doing so at the time, there's also the little matter of Bruce having Tim replace Jason even before Jason is confirmed "dead", as opposed to a reluctant Bruce letting Tim replace Jason (putting aside the whole "Jason coming back from the dead as the new Red Hood" bit) some time after Bruce already saw and buried Jason's body.
    • Speaking of the Joker and what he did to Jason, unlike the comics version, where the Joker pummeled Jason with a crowbar and blew him up, this version sees the Joker hold Jason captive for a year and torture him (even branding him with a "J" on his cheek).
    • 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.
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake have few characters become bigger jerks compare to the original.
    • Cloud Strife: In the original game, Cloud wasn't out to screw with things unless the others dragged him into it or Sephiroth was involved, and he barely cared all that much about Avalanche overall. But here, when Johnny gets captured by Shinra security for questioning and rats out Jessie, which could jeopardize the whole group, Cloud immediately jumps to wanting to kill Johnny - which horrifies Tifa and causes her to plead for him to back down. Notably, unlike in the original where Barret rehires Cloud for the next mission, Cloud's bad attitude leads Barret to choose not to rehire him for the Sector 5 mako reactor job, forcing the Arbiters of Fate to intercede, and the people who hire him for side-quests often berate his lack of altruism.
    • Red XIII: Red XIII never adopted an adversarial attitude towards Barret in the original gamenote . Here, he acts like a Sitcom Archnemesis to the big guy for no apparent reason.
    • Sephiroth: Despite his more pronounced affability to Cloud in this version, Sephiroth does something in the remake that he didn't originally: he personally murdered Cloud's mother and uses it to torment him, telling him about how she begged him to spare her son and how he killed her with his own blade. In the original, she was another casualty of his burning of Nibelheim, and her death wasn't brought up again. He also mocks Cloud every time he fails to reinforce Cloud's frustration at the world over having no control over the direction of his own life to motivate Cloud into accomplishing his goals.
    • Mayor Domino: Downplayed. Mayor Domino in the original game was a bitter and snarky, but kooky and helpful man. In this game, he is quite proud of his position as Mayor of Midgar, which he declares the greatest city in the world, and only helps the party specifically because he wants them to stick it to President Shinra. He quite clearly has no qualms with the terrible things Shinra has done, just with how they've marginalized his authority.
  • 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.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: The Joker was purely evil from the start, but his cruelty in the game overshadows his theatricality in the Injustice-verse, making him even harder to root for in this game and its sequel. He's indirectly responsible for everything wrong with the Injustice universe by tricking Superman into killing his wife Lois Lane and nuking Metropolis with a wire linked to Lois's heart, resulting in years of misery for everyone. The heroes and villains in both games hate him for this reason or in general principle, and even his ex-moll Harley Quinn refuses to indulge with him. His jokes about mass murder, nihilism, and mocking his opponents' personal pain are also given attention to show how awful he is.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • Beauty and the Beast (Dingo Pictures): Nearly everyone is more of a jerk than they are in traditional versions of the fairytale:
    • Beauty, normally a pure-hearted heroine, claims she would sell her father's soul for more books, and kills/beats up some of the Beast's servants for saying anything she doesn't want to hear. She also only wants to marry the Beast for his money.
    • The Beast is more of a Dirty Coward than other versions. He tries to bribe Wabuu into not killing him. He also never learns to love like other versions of the Beast do.
    • With Old Man, this is either played straight or inverted depending on your point of reference. In Beauty and the Beast (Golden 1992), his debut, he was meant to be a lovable character. In Phelous' videos, he's a massive Jerkass. Here, he's somewhere in between. He's not quite as malicious as in Phelous' other videos, but he still takes a rose from the Beast's garden immediately after being told not to.
    • Wabuu was also meant to be lovable in the Dingo Pictures movies he comes from, but his evil characterization here is perfectly in line with Phelous' version of him.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
  • Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged:
    • Compared to The Heart of the team she is in the original game, Tifa is a crass, salty, manipulative bitch who tricks Cloud into doing stupid stuff for her. She also happens to be a traumatized wreck of repressed tragedy and bad memories. Season 2 helped mellow her out once she starts to talk to someone without being abrasive. Unless your name is Reno.
    • The original Sephiroth killed nearly everyone in Nibelheim out of revenge. Abridged Sephiroth not only did that, but even specifically singled out Cloud's mother just because of Cloud's annoying fanboy attitude. That sounds quite petty, even for a guy like Sephiroth. Also, upon murdering Aerith, rather than brushing off Cloud's ability to be emotional like in the original, here, he takes the opposite and more sadistic option and openly taunts Cloud on the latter feeling the pain of both her death and Cloud being unable to keep his promise to her.
  • Practically everybody in the "grounded videos" that have a "Baby show" character as the target could count, from the main character who goes from a likable guy and or girl to a sociopathic bully who wants to fuck everyone over to the main character's parents that go from loving to hating their kids' guts to the character's teacher that will punish their students for every minor thing.
  • Most of the characters from RWBY are given this treatment in RWBY Chibi. A prominent example is Ruby herself, who goes from a heroic Plucky Girl to an entitled jerk that makes Weiss look tame. Speaking of which, while Weiss herself was no saint, she did eventually warm up to people. This version of Weiss though thought it would be funny to drop a bucket of frozen ice on Ruby as a prank. Adding to that, Blake on one occasion adopted Sun's kleptomania and Yang is shown to have a terrible temper and a twisted sense of humor, laughing at an unconscious Nora while everyone else there is worried about her.
  • In StacheBros, Mario is much more abrasive than his canon counterpart, what with him constantly quarreling with his brother Luigi, occasionally getting irritated with rescuing Peach, and having a deep hatred for Diddy.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Seto Kaiba is even more of a jerk than in Yu-Gi-Oh!, especially in mistreating his little brother.
    • In canon, Joey Wheeler participated in Duelist Kingdom to pay for Serenity's eye surgery. In this adaption, he blows all his winnings on Duel Monster cards, making his parents pay for her operation to fix her eyesight, and when it flopped he points out that on the bright side, she won't need her cards anymore.

    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.
  • Back to the Future: In the movie trilogy that introduced him, Marty McFly comes across as relatively humble (despite his dreams of being a wealthy rock star) and a loving friend, family member, and boyfriend who would (and did) go through any number of troublesome situations for the people in his life. The animated series portrays him as far more self-centered and uncaring. Episodes that especially highlight this include "Witchcraft" and "St. Louis Blues."
  • 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 enjoys 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):
    • Gyro Gearloose (pictured above) in Ducktales 1987 was a kindly, well-meaning, but inept Bungling Inventor. Gyro in the reboot is a hot-headed, sarcastic Insufferable Genius who's introduced barging into a board meeting and shouting "Shut up, everyone, I've just done something brilliant!"
    • Doofus Drake from the original series was an annoying but harmless Fat Comic Relief. Doofus Drake as introduced in "Day of the Only Child!" is a dangerously-temperamental Spoiled Brat who serves as a foil to Jerk with a Heart of Gold Louie.
    • In "Last Christmas!", The Ghost of Christmas Past from A Christmas Carol is turned into a non-romantic Crazy Jealous Guy trying to keep Scrooge from his family.
    • In "The Trickening!", the monsters from the short "Trick or Treat" and the original series episode "Ducky Horror Picture Show" are depicted as scaring trick-or-treaters to steal their candy, and eating the trick-or-treaters if they don't have any to appease them.
  • 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,making him somewhat of a Poisonous Friend to Mickey rather than a actual friend/sidekick and shows no remorse for his suffering other than laughing and mocking at him. Examples thats show Donald at his worst with his obnoxiousness and selfishness such as Down The Hatch,No Service,Bronco Busted,and Tapped Out. Thankfully,later shorts and The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse managed to revert Donald back to his original characterization and managed to tone down his obnoxiousness.
  • 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.
  • The Rotten Ralph animated special Not-So-Rotten Ralph and the television series give this treatment to Ralph's more polite cousin Percy. While the books simply used Percy as a foil to his ruder and more unscrupulous cousin, the animated special and series depicts Percy's politeness as being less sincere in addition to him relishing getting Ralph in trouble and talking down to him for not being as well-mannered as he is.
  • 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.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • In the comics, Mary Jane Watson's Aunt Anna in the comics was a sweet-natured woman who even showed gratitude for Spider-Man saving her life. Here, she's an ill-tempered crone who treats Peter Parker like dirt in spite of how nice he is to her.
    • In the comics, Eddie Brock's grudge against Spider-Man was caused when he published an article incriminating a man he thought was a serial killer, only for Spider-Man to catch the real culprit. This publicly shamed Eddie, causing his company to fire him, his father to disown him, and his wife to leave him. Here, Eddie is a sleazy Immoral Journalist who's not only perfectly willing to expose Curt Connors as the Lizard and ruin the doctor's life to boost his own career, but digs his own grave by outright lying to Jonah about the theft of Prometheum X from John Jameson's shuttle, claiming that Spider-Man was the thief when it was actually the Rhino, and Spider-Man's actual role in the event was fighting the Rhino to save both; Eddie saw the whole thing but deliberately withheld the Rhino's presence and took advantage of Jonah's hatred of Spidey to get his job back, making his grudge against Peter Parker much pettier as a result.
  • 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 the Mutagen canisters from a Kraang ship, which led to said mutation, she instantly accused them of mutating him on purpose, swore to never see them again, and even refusing to believe their claims that the whole incident was an accident. Fortunately, after a visit from Donnie and when Casey told her his story about how he lost a friend of his on an incident as they both remarked that some things can't be controlled, April not only realized her horrible treatment towards the Turtles but also how wrong she was to be so hard on them. Also, during a Foot attack, April realized that Donnie and Casey were right as it convinced to call the Turtles for help. Through this act of being there for her and understanding their always be her friend, April was convinced to forgive the Turtles and apologizes to them for her awful behavior towards them, especially Donnie.
  • 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.
    • The Skarloey Coaches undergo this due to Series Continuity Error. In "Four Little Engines", they are rude and distrusting to Sir Handel despite him trying to be nice, and intentionally bump him off the rails at the first sign of him mishandling them. In the books this was because in an earlier story, Sir Handel had been very rude and insulting towards them and they pulled a Heel–Face Door-Slam when he tried to behave, though these events are moved to a later episode in the show. While they were still treated as wrong in both works, and apologised when called out on it by Skarloey, there was at least some founded explanation for their hatred of Sir Handel originally.
  • 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.
  • In the original parable of the Good Samaritan, the traveller is injured in a mugging, and the passersby are afraid that if they stop to help him, they will be the robbers' next targets, so they pretend not to see him. In the VeggieTales episode "The Tale of Flibber-O-Loo", the traveller's injury is an accident, and the passersby stop for a song and dance about how little they care before abandoning him.
  • 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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