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Ron the Death Eater
aka: Fanfic Character Assassination

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"Ok, Ron is acting really dumb...but it’s my story. Ron is my least fave character and I make him how I want him to be dumb cuz he is. Sorry for the inconvenience."

The result of either turning a good canon character into a villain or making a villain significantly more evil than in canon is Ron the Death Eater, the inverse of Draco in Leather Pants.

There are many reasons for the writers to portray a character as more evil or jerkass than in the original. It doesn't have to be a result of disdain towards the character. Some writers find role-reversal stories to be interesting, need a character to be evil for some plotpoint to make sense, wish to present a drastic For Want of a Nail scenario or are doing stuff like that purely for comedy. Nonetheless, personal dislike of the character is a common reason for them receiving this kind of treatment. Some characters inspire hatred in the fans through their canonical blunders, having some flaw that makes them Unintentionally Unsympathetic, or just being an obstacle to the author's One True Pairing, especially if said character is a member of the Official Couple set. Or maybe they're getting in the way of the Mary Sue's spotlight.


This can be an example of deliberate Flanderization—often, in creating Ron the Death Eater, a fanfic writer spins their canonical non-evil actions into evil acts, uses canonical evil actions as a justification as to why they are irredeemably evil even if the canon says otherwise, and has every possible negative trait of the character exaggerated. A measure of ruthlessness becomes complete and utter sociopathy, a tendency towards holding grudges becomes an obsessive hatred of anything they dislike, slight denseness becomes raging stupidity, etc.

Named for the tendency in Harry Potter fanfics where Draco Malfoy turns good and hooks up with Hermione to have Ron—in canon a decent, upstanding sort of fellow with a few faults but firmly on the side of good who happens to have a long-standing enmity with Draco—lose his mind (or have it lost for him) and often join Lord Voldemort just for a chance to kill the sainted Malfoy.


A Sub-Trope of Demonization.

Compare Die for Our Ship or Derailing Love Interests (fans' or the creators' dissatisfaction with who the main character gets to be with romantically is the major cause of this trope), Designated Hero (the hero of a work coming off as not-so-heroic is the other major cause), The Scapegoat (when a character is blamed for an event they're not responsible for), Historical Villain Upgrade (when a work depicts a historical figure as worse than they were in real life), Dark Fic (a fan work that's deliberately Darker and Edgier than the original work and may involve characters being subjected to this trope), Rooting for the Empire (when the audience actually wants the bad guys to win), Adaptational Jerkass (when an adaptation makes a character more of an asshole than they were in the original work) and Adaptational Villainy (when an adaptation makes a character more evil than they were in the original work). See also Accentuate the Negative, which this trope essentially does to fictional characters.

Contrast Draco in Leather Pants, where an evil or mean character is interpreted by fans as being a better person than they are in canon.

Darker and often more serious counterpart to the Memetic Psychopath, who is ALWAYS Played for Laughs.

And last but not least, fandoms that have so many examples of this that they needed to be moved to their own pages:

Oh, and head to Paint the Hero Black if you wish to join in the madness.

Examples (sorted by the original canons' media):

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  • Bakugan
    • ''The Miraculous Adventures of Dan Kuso actually ends up subverting this with Ace. While he spends the majority of the fic as a villain, it is justified using evidence from canon and later handwaved as him being brainwashed.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
  • The Cyborg 009 fic I SHALL BE RELEASED (yes, the all-caps title is intentional) recycles the plot of Joe's True Companions from the orphanage being revived by Black Ghost. Only unlike in canon, the fic has Mary (called "Merry" here) as The Vamp out to brainwash an insecure Joe into leaving his teammates and seduce him away from his girlfriend Francoise.
  • Digimon Adventure:
    • Tai(chi)/Sora shippers have a recurring habit of demonising Yamato/Matt by either portraying him as an unfaithful man to Sora, an abuser who attempts to beat up Sora just because she hung out with Tai a bit more often, or someone who prioritises other activities over his girlfriend to the point that Sora feels more closure in hanging out with Tai than Matt. Some even go as far as demonizing Matt to the point that he is willing to beat up Sora and even murder Tai himself. These fanfics are largely frowned upon by many Digimon fans, complaining that even Matt wouldn't be this out-of-character.
    • Whenever the author either invests in Daikari (Davis/Kari) or Takari (TK/Kari) shipping fics, you can expect the rival (TK and Davis respectively) to be demonized as callous jerks who are not above sexually assaulting Kari just to have the male love interest rescue her and became an Official Couple, with the rival ending up either being humiliated or even dying, completely ignoring their experiences as a Digidestined.
    • Even Ken and Wormmon of all characters got this treatment on occasion in the show's heyday, with some fanfics portraying them as homicidal. Sure, Ken was pretty cruel as the Kaiser, but Wormmon never was!
  • Dragon Ball:
    • It Falls on Me has Yamcha dedicated to ruining Bulma's family name, plot to steal her wealth, and kill Vegeta. This is contradictory to canon in several ways; Yamcha is shown remaining on good terms with her after their breakup, it's stated in series that Yamcha is not interested in power or status, him entering the relationship (which was initiated by Bulma) before he knew of Bulma's wealth, and being one of the characters portrayed as more accepting of Vegeta.
    • Those Magical Three Years (once found here) does this same thing to Yamcha, turning him into an abusive drunk who apparently regularly cuts Bulma.
    • As does the story Breathe.
    • Repeat for Black and Blue.
    • The Highschool AU Teenage Drama has Yamcha attempt to to rape Bulma, in addition to "hearting" her.
    • Pain is Pleasure, by the same author as Teenage Drama, has Vegeta sense great evil in Yamcha.
    • Chi-Chi. In canon, she can be an overbearing person whose Education Mama tendencies can reach annoying and illogical levels, which the anime plays up. She is also a dedicated mom and wife who dearly loves her family and most of her actions are done out of fear of them being hurt or killed. This last part is thrown out the window in many examples like this one which turn up her negative attributes to the point that she hates her husband and doesn't care if he gets killed and abuses Gohan.
    • There are also a number of stories like this one where Chi-Chi becomes an outright villain. She seems to play the bad guy in slashfic featuring Gohan quite a bit, mostly to act as the homophobic mother.
    • The Legacy of Kaiser: In addition to bashing Yamcha, this fic inadvertently does this to Goku by having him laugh over the memory of his friends dying.
    • Downplayed with Gine in the fanfics The Gifts We Don't Ask For and Battle of the Dead. While her personality is the same as in canon, she is shown in Hell, despite the fact that Akira Toriyama himself states that she was a gentle person, and that she was good unlike most of the saiyans. While she did start off as a soldier before becoming a butcher, she was notoriously weak and bad at fighting, meaning it's unlikely she killed anyone. Even if she did murder a few people, she should have still gone to Heaven if she was a good person like Toriyama described.
    • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has a few of these, although it's (obviously) Played for Laughs. The most notable examples are Guru, who is an extreme Jerk Ass who orchestrated the genocide of the Albino Nemekians and Mr. Popo, who is a terrifying Eldritch Abomination who would have destroyed the universe a long time ago if he wasn't busy getting high off of LSD. Chi-Chi is something of a subversion - She started off as an Ax-Crazy psycho, but over time has become only a slightly exaggerated version of her canon self. In some aspects, she's arguably less extreme, such her saying in Episode 54 that she recognizes that she can be overbearing on Gohan, but just wants him to have a good, productive life.
  • Elfen Lied: In Heirs of the Generation, an Elfen Lied and Death Note crossover, it RetCons it so Yuka was the one that alerted the facility to Lucy's location in an attempt to have her killed, and when Lucy survives getting shot up, Yuka doesn't tell anyone in the hopes she will just bleed to death or starve to death, and when that fails, Yuka becomes a fervent Kira worshipper and prays that Kira will take care of her problem for her.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The doujinshi Blue Flame turns Roy into a rapist who abuses his power by forcing himself on Ed in exchange for intel. Edward puts up with it because he'd do anything to get Al's body back.
  • Girls und Panzer:
    • Boys Do Tankary, found here, has one with Ami who, unlike many examples, doesn't have much of a fandom or hatedom. Initially set up as a Butt-Monkey when the male main characters force their way into her class and rub her defeat and being passed over for a promotion in her face, she decides to get revenge against them by getting them transferred for having relationships with the girls, but ends up getting demoted to Sergeant Major. Blaming the girls, she holds them hostage and beats them up, until the boys arrive, rescue the girls and arrest her. At this point, she reveals she is working for the apparent Big Bad, "The Orchestrator," who wants to start another war, after which she is knocked out and has not been seen since.
    • From the same fic, and a few others, Maho is depicted as an Aloof Big Sister who pushed Miho away for not living up to the Nishizumi family's standards for tankery. This is not always done out of deliberate malice, as many writers don't know that in the Little Army prequel manga it's revealed that Maho actually loves Miho dearly, and serves as a Nishizumi heiress so that Miho will be free to choose her own path in life.
    • In Girls und Panzer The Eagles of Oarai, Shiho not only disowns Miho for not doing tankery the Nishizumi way, but also Does Not Like Men to an absurd extreme, hating their getting involved in tankery through fighter planes, and wanting to see them as "nothing more than slaves to female kind." After her school loses, and one of her pilots almost dies because her plane didn't have an ejection seat, she pulls a gun on the male lead, blaming him for besmirching her honor, and gets arrested.
  • In many, many Kikyou/Inuyasha fanfics from InuYasha, such as this which is now unavailable, Kagome is turned into a shrill Alpha Bitch who bullies the eponymous half-demon every chance she gets, by making him "Sit" at even minor things (like simply looking at Kikyou instead of her). Inuyasha eventually dumps her in favor of the revived Kikyou, or sends her back to her own time and covers up the well. It's gotten so bad there are actual groups where Kagome haters join to write bad fanfiction about Kagome being a Type A Tsundere at best and a Alpha Bitch at worst. Likewise, in many Kagome/Sesshomaru fics, for example, this, Inuyasha will be turned into a selfish Jerk Ass Bastard Boyfriend to Kagome, who bullies the sweet angelic Sesshomaru by using the Wind Scar on him, or slashing him with his claws until he bleeds to death. There are actual groups on that are dedicated to not demonizing either Inuyasha or Kagome.
  • Love Hina
    • An Alternate Keitaro Urashima isn't kind to Granny Hina or the Hinata Girls. Shinobu is the only tenant who doesn't have a crippling case of It's All About Me. No matter how severe the consequences of their actions, as well as constantly being informed that they're responsible for their own actions and have to deal with the fallout, they continue to blame everyone but themselves, recasting themselves as the victim.
  • Lucky Star
    • In The Library, Tsukasa, having concealed her true nature behind a facade of innocence, seeks to shoot up her entire school, with Konata and Hiyori as her lackeys, after endless bullying that all three of them had (non-canonically) been through. This trope also applies to Kagami, Misao, and Ayano, nice enough in canon (even though Kagami was somewhat of a hothead), as three of her former tormentors.
    • Speaking of Tsukasa, Ahoge renders her insane enough to believe that Konata's hair could be grown into some kind of plant and chops her head off with an ax for such a purpose.
  • While Samantha from Medabots was never a particularly nice character to begin with, in Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi she's downright evil. Maybe the cybernetics have something to do with it?
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
    • The fancomic Gulliver depicts Haruhi as a bikini-clad giantess who stumbled upon an island containing a foot-tall city and decides to go on a stomping spree.
  • Naruto
    • In Chunin Exam Day, the other members of Team Seven aside from Naruto get hit with this extremely hard, to the point where Kakashi kills Naruto for embarrassing Sasuke, indicative of a common trend of fanfic authors accusing him of favoring training Sasuke to Naruto and Sakura's detriment. It's a "Groundhog Day" Loop situation, so he gets better, but still.
    • Naruto One Man Team has this with multiple characters, especially Sasuke and Sakura, with Sasuke attempting and threatening rape, attempting to rob/murder Naruto, and more while Sakura agrees with everything Sasuke does.
    • In Team 8, Hiashi gets this quite a bit. In canon, he looked down on Hinata and saw her as weak, but gradually came to respect how far she had come; in this fic, he not only tells her that she is weak to her face, but he also physically abuses her. Another stark contrast point is how he treats Neji; in canon, after Neji loses to Naruto, Hiashi goes up to tell Neji the truth about his father, ending by prostrating himself before Neji and begging his forgiveness, but in the scene's equivalent here, he plans on punishing Neji for his defeat. It has also recently been revealed that Hiashi was most likely behind the deaths of Kurenai's old team, because one member developed the Byakugan and refused to join the branch family — which would mean becoming a slave with his life in the main family's hands.
    • The Comics Nix "fan"fic Training in the Village for a Massive Man has Naruto and Sasuke as an evil Camp Gay couple that is constantly trying to make Sakura's life a living hell. Even though she constantly tries to sexually harass Sasuke and tried to kill them. And the fact that they offered to help Bruce Banner and have been nothing but kind to him.
    • Kokuten has this with Sasuke, in a way. In this fanfic he is depicted as utterly cruel & heartless, with killing someone, without any remorse or hesitation, being his first response to any inconvenience. While this would be more in character for him from how he been acting for a while in the manga after learnng the truth about Itachi, this fanfic is a A.U. with Sasuke going into the past and killing Itachi, meaning he doesn't learn the truth. At that point in canon, Sasuke was sane and moral enough that he didn't like killing people who weren't involved in his revenge, and he was hesitant.
    • Kakashi is one of the most (if not the most) bashed character in fanfiction for reasons not related to shipping. Most of the fanbase's hatred towards him was due to the belief that because he taught Sasuke his signature move, Chidori, as well as giving him intensive taijutsu training, while only teaching Naruto and Sakura the tree-climbing exercise (which improves chakra control, a vitally useful skill), he favors Sasuke over them (not, you know, the fact that Sasuke needs all the advanced training he can get to face off against Gaara without getting killed). Some examples:
      • In Escape from the Hokage's Hat, when confronted by Sakura on why he didn't teach her or Naruto anything while he taught so much to Sasuke, his reply was that he wasn't sure that Naruto or Sakura would make responsible use of more advanced techniques. The irony that he taught Sasuke, the most mentally unbalanced of his Genin, an extremely lethal technique, goes completely over his head. There's also the fact that he seemed more worried about Sasuke being imprisoned for life over the fact that Naruto nearly died while attempting to bring him back, while absolutely paying no concern over what's going to become of Sakura now that Team 7 is dissolved.
      • In Parents Returned, Kakashi only cares about training Sasuke, and only requested for Naruto to be on his team because he thought that Sasuke having a rival would be good for his development. He only regrets not training Naruto when he finds out that Naruto is the son of the Fourth Hokage.
      • The trend is so popular it gets lampshaded in Time Braid, as Sakura spends most of the story thinking Kakashi is a useless teacher who plays favorites because he won't train her properly while waiting for the Chunin exams. Unlike most examples, Sakura eventually comes to avert it by realizing that Kakashi was just trying to keep Sasuke alive in his upcoming fight with Gaara. As far as he knew, Naruto and Sakuranote  could go into the final stage of the exams half-prepared and still survive, but Sasuke couldn't.
    • Ever since the manga's Distant Finale confimed multiple Official Couples, numerous Die for Our Ship fics have appeared to demonize one part of the couple so that their husband or wife can either sympathetically cheat on them or divorce them. For example, Unite Heaven and Earth is a Peggy Sue fic where Boruto turns Ax-Crazy for nondescript reasons and destroys Konoha, resulting in his sister Himawari going back in time to stop him (and herself) being born. It also happens to be a Naruto/Sakura fic, so it's obvious how she's going to stop Boruto's birth. What Went Wrong For Us? has both Naruto being bored with Hinata and Sasuke being a terrible deadbeat dad, which results in Naruto and Sakura getting divorced and hooking up with each other.
  • Pokémon:
    • CoriFalls's fanfiction loves this trope. Jessiebelle, James's fiancèe, is portrayed as a monster who would murder Jessie in cold blood just to be able to keep James chained to her forever. (Granted, the woman is a sadist in canon, but not to the degree Cori's fics portray her.) In a non-shippy sense, Ash Ketchum is made into a holy terror whose only purpose in life is to ruin the trio's lives, and Tracey is depicted as a fat, perverted slob who does nothing but lie around and eat.
    • On the PokeShipping front, Just Friends? transforms cocky rival Gary into an unrepentant douchebag who goes out of his way to crush Misty's spirit with cruel words.
    • Three's A Crowd is an interesting case, because the author was not intending to make any character Die for Our Ship. Despite this, when it comes to the competition between Ash and Gary for Misty's love, Ash inevitably comes off as the worse person, i.e., as somebody with the maturity level of a ten-year-old even though he is supposed to have aged between the first season and the time the fic is set, making sexist comments and being so obsessive that he should probably never date any woman ever, lest he become abusive.
    • This fic turns loving mother Delia into an alcoholic abuser towards Ash. In the same fic, cocky rival Gary, is implied to be just as bad.
    • Ash gets this treatment in Pokémon Black and Blue thanks to PETA. He goes from an All-Loving Hero into an Pokemon abusing jerk who only cares about money.
    • Misty's sisters are hit with this in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines. While the fic does make some characters significantly worse than they were in the Anime, the extremes it's taken to in their case reeks of this trope. In canon, they were just somewhat irresponsible with their Gym Leader duties and while they often teased Misty, they never did so out of malice and genuinely cared about her. In this story, their positive traits are removed altogether and their negative ones are blown out of proportion: they're absolutely abysmal Gym Leaders to the point sometimes they offer sex to challengers so they lose on purpose; while they aren't exactly smart in canon, here the three of them are rather dumb; while they were graceful losers in the anime, they're Sore Losers here; while in canon they're naturally beautiful, here their beauty is hinted to be the result of a lot of plastic surgery; and lastly, absolutely nobody seems to like them. You can't help but wonder if the author has some sort of beef against them...
    • Secrets is a Pokemon Live inspired oneshot where Ash is Giovanni's Child by Rape. Giovanni is not the example—Delia is! Delia originally resented having Ash to the point where she named him a synonym for "dirt". She abused him and hated him for the first several years of his life, not even teaching him how to use the toilet until he was five, but that all changed when Ash was six. Ash pushed her out of the way of a car ready to hit her, which made Delia realize that she does care for Ash.
    • The Longest Road portrays Erika in a very negative light. She's not the polite ojou she is in canon. Instead, she spews profanity and curses out Officer Jenny when she tries to confront Erika about how she bans trainers from her gym simply for disliking perfume. Erika's treatment was even worse in the original version of chapter 28. It was stated that LGBT people weren't allowed to be gym leaders, so Ash outed Erika as lesbian. Ash is presented as in the right for doing this. The writer later rewrote the chapter due to backlash.
  • Ranma ½
    • Schools United presents an older female Ranma ("Okaasan") as a motherly Ki Adept who is loyal to her husband, which seems extremely out of keeping with the canon character. Some of this is intended as a mystery for the reader to solve by figuring out how things got that bad — but a partial answer is that Akane is written as an Evil All Along supervillain helping the disasters along.
    • The Bitter End is one of the best-known "Akane-bashing" fics, in which her jealousy and anger problems progressively escalate, while Ranma becomes increasingly more cowed and damaged. As the title suggests, it ends badly.
    • Secrets is another story in which Akane slides from tsundere to jerkass, and Ranma abandons his old life and identity to live as a woman.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • I'm Here to Help: Arguably applied to Neo-Queen Serenity and the future senshi, depending on whether or not one takes Emerald's words at face value. If he is to be believed, Serenity committed planet-wide brainwashing and the senshi were ruthless soldiers. If one takes him as an Unreliable Narrator though, this trope is averted. In the latter case, there's also Pluto, who in canon takes her duties as guardian of time incredibly seriously and in the fic allows a known criminal to travel through time and change the past and alter the Crystal Tokyo in the future.
    • Conflicting Convictions, a Dark Kingdom fic that portrays Nephrite in love with Kunzite to the point of being a Crazy Jealous Guy who constantly bullies poor little Zoisite. Now, Nephrite isn't a saint in canon but he's shown to be the most redeemable of the four in the first anime and to care for his fellow Shitennou in the manga. Plus, in the first anime where the antagonism originated, Zoisite was the one bullying him. (In general, Zoisite-sympathetic fics turn Nephrite into a bully and a rapist while Nephrite-sympathetic fics turn Zoisite into a giggling sadist.)
    • Mama's Hand turns Endymion/future-Mamoru into an abuser, while making Prince Diamond out to be a loving good guy. Unusually, though, the author makes some attempt to preserve the reputation of present-Mamoru and has him 'saved' by the events of the story, so that he will no longer turn into the evil future self.
  • Saki: In canon, Teru is an Aloof Big Sister who has grown cold to her younger sister Saki around the time the series starts, to the point at which she refuses to speak with her or admit that she has a sister, although she does have more sympathetic, moments, such as when she appears completely shocked after one of her opponents collapses after their match. In Saki: After Story, found here, she goes into an Unstoppable Rage and viciously attacks Saki for trying to talk to her after defeating her team in the tournament, and also attacks Nodoka when she intervenes, putting both in the hospital.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: There's Something About Birdstyle warps Jun the Swan, canonically a caring Team Mom with a crush on Ken who shows a fiery temper sometimes, into a crazed shrieking harpy who would gladly see Joe the Condor dead for various reasons, the two biggest being his comments about the length of her skirt (which were completely out of line and out of character for him) and for flirting with Ken, whom she wants to keep all for herself.
    • [1] and its sequels give us Red Impulse as an agent of Galactor, passed over for leadership by Leader X. Yet it does so without stretching what's on screen out of recognition.
  • Taki-sensei is a stern teacher in Sound! Euphonium who Reina happens to have a crush on. Given that the Fan-Preferred Couple is Reina and her friend Kumiko, fans really dislike Taki. The fanfic Ambitious Love takes this to a logical extreme. It takes place several years post-series. Reina is stuck in an abusive relationship with Taki and is Driven to Suicide. She ends up saved by a doctor, who happens to be Kumiko, and they rekindle their relationship. Taki does not take kindly to his wife leaving him and tries to kill her and make it look like a suicide.
  • Voltron: Devoted Obsession twists Keith into a psychotic Yandere who tries to murder Allura for falling in love with Lotor. By the same author, Infinite Jest portrays him as a thoughtless lout and ends with Allura desiring to kill him for being lousy in bed, and another fic has Keith abusing Allura so she can run into Lotor's arms.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: In Crashed, Pharaoh Atem is the victim of this, being portrayed as full of wrath and needlessly cruel to his servants, disregarding his canon personality. This example is notable for being a milder example of portraying him as a despot, and the copious amounts of these fics tend to go hand-in-hand with turning Yugi into a Mary Sue, purehearted slave. Interestingly, Yami/Atem gets both Ron the Death Eater and Draco in Leather Pants treatment, presumably because of the sheer amount of different versions of his character and early series retooling into a straight shonen series.

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    Films — Animation 
  • The Lion King:
    • In Scar The Unsung Hero, Scar was abused by his brother, Mufasa, who told him that he was worthless, would gladly kill him, and gave him the scar, and was bullied by most of the lionesses plus Rafiki attempts to kill him to get revenge on Mufasa and Zazu gladly took part in bullying Scar with Mufasa and didn't bother telling the lionesses how Mufasa had treated him.
    • The Lion King Adventures story Hakuna Matata demonises Timon and Pumbaa into evil wizards with the power to drain life from living beings for themselves. And they've been doing this for two hundred years. Simba and Nala manage to defeat them by tricking them into draining each other's life at the exact same time, causing both to die.
  • Frozen: Elsa and Anna's parents have it bad, despite dying within the first ten minutes of the film. Keeping Elsa and Anna separate was misguided but in canon they're not depicted as outright Abusive Parents. They're treated as Well Intentioned Extremists who are still Good Parents who love their daughters. The Ice Behind Bars presents Elsa's father as abusive towards Elsa even before the accident. He hates her for her powers and doubts that she is even his. After Elsa accidentally injures Anna, his treatment of her only gets worse. When Anna and her mother disappear, Elsa's father uses the chance to claim that Elsa was killed along with her sister. He locks her up and regularly tortures her until Anna rescues her years later.
  • In the Alpha and Omega fic Armarok Spirit, Eve is turned into a controlling abuser who lets someone rape her daughter. In canon, she threatens to strangle Humphrey at the mere suggestion he might have done something inappropriate with Kate.
  • In The Land Before Time, Mr. Threehorn the Triceratops didn't like other dinosaur species, but the sequels show him working together with other dinosaurs (even if he complains about it). Secret Love depicts Mr. Threehorn as an intolerant anti-interspecies jerk who's willing to exile children for this relationship and those who support this, cowed into submission only by Chomper's speech about him being intolerant.
  • In the Non/Disney fanvid fandom, and to a lesser extent the fanfic fandom, this is commonplace with characters like Jasmine from Aladdin, Elsa from Frozen, and Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. However, this is more-so because their designs and scenes make it easy to manipulate them into villains (with Word of God being that Esmeralda's design is outright based on prior Disney villains) than an actual dislike for the characters. For example, Jim from Treasure Planet is the designated "bad boy" in the Disney crossover fandom. He's a common 'Veronica' to most other male lead's 'Betty'. This fan-vid portrays Jim as Cinderella's crappy boyfriend who flirts with other girls and doesn't take her seriously. She ultimately ends up leaving him for Eric.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Tolkien's The Silmarillion has Of Stars and Spirits of Fire, which transforms Indis into a classic Wicked Stepmother who treats Fëanor with contempt and cruelty.
  • The Girl Next Door is a Les Misérables fic that features, among other... interesting things, Cosette torturing love-rival Eponine with a Sweeney Todd–esque straight razor. This from the girl who's canonically a Spoiled Sweet Proper Lady who had no idea Eponine was in love with the same guy, or indeed any real interaction with her at all.
  • Trixie Belden fanfic You Have Got to Be Kidding Me! (found here) combines this trope with a healthy dose of Die for Our Ship, Slut-Shaming, and the Madonna–Whore Complex. Dot Murray, a character who appeared in only a minimal role in a single book in the series and had no dialogue at all, is derailed into a an unrecognizable ditz who is "fake", antagonistic, shallow, and interested in Anything That Moves. Never mind that Dot was canonically portrayed as likable and talented, Trixie herself admitted Dot was amiable and her jealousy of Dot was her own personal fault, and Jim and Dot expressed a mutual romantic interest in each other. Here, none of the Bob-Whites like Dot at all, Dot is jealous of Trixie and rude to her, fixated on scoring Jim as a boyfriend, and continuously portrayed as "easy" and "loose" (ie, wearing a bikini to swim while the other girls wear one-pieces) in an attempt to villanize her.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Moon Daughter (which you can find here), gives Annabeth this treatment. She is described as a "blonde slut" who moves to the Aphrodite cabin, has "herpees from smoking Pot", and dumps Percy so he can "abbandon the prep lifestyle."
    • The similarly titled but unrelated fic Daughter of the moon portrays Annabeth as a "bitchy" traitor who cackles evilly upon killing Percy. The fic's 'heroine' eagerly tortures her with a machete, and everybody just accepts this.
  • The Twilight fic "Through Your Eyes" — which features a Bella whose shield has made her blind, among other talents — depicts Jacob's fixation on Bella as becoming particularly intense, to the point that he physically threatens Bella to try and make her be with him in the belief that she is his imprint, ignoring all Pack-presented evidence to the contrary. In the end, Bella is forced to use her powers to completely cut off Jake's senses, leaving him biologically alive but totally unaware of anything around him.
  • The Origami Yoda fic The Rise of Jango Fortune turns Harvey, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the original series, into a Jerkass who laughs when Mike gets thrown into a wall.
  • Dresden Files:
    • This fic makes Marcone an obsessive Yandere who keeps a shrine to the object of his affections. Marcone may have been unrepentantly Pragmatic Evil in canon, but it's still greatly OOC for him to make a museum exhibit out of someone's hair.
  • This trope is Older Than Feudalism:
  • Sam Siciliano's Sherlock Holmes pastiches are effectively this in published form for Watson. He is derided as being unimaginative, of distorting Holmes' character, of greatly exaggerating his friendship with Holmes, of outright inventing material (most notably Moriarty and Holmes' disappearance) and on top of that being incompetent as a doctor.
  • The Temeraire fanfic Black Wings, Black Sails turns William Laurence from an excessively honorable, patriotic, and incorruptibly good officer in His Majesty's Navy/Aviator Corps into a ruthless and terrifying pirate driven by despair from the loss of his dragon and all the good that duty to king and country has done for him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Back when he was first introduced to the show as Lucy's future husband, fics doing this with Kevin Kinkirk of 7th Heaven were a dime a dozen. Here's an example. The trend died down a bit after season 8, thankfully.
  • The Addams Family:
    • In Morticia, Please, Gomez Addams is given this treatment. His Clingy Jealous Guy traits are greatly exaggerated and his normally affable attitude towards visitors is gone, he hits a visitor after jumping to the conclusion that Morticia and he were attracted to one another, then when they do end up together, he beats the OC up.
    • Morticia Is Pregnant doesn't do this with any Addams Family character, there is a character named Lily Munster. She bears an uncanny resemblance to Lily Munster from The Munsters in that she has a son named Eddie and a husband named Herman, but she's not like the real Lily Munster at all: she's a murderer, a kidnapper and tortures Morticia and her family. Herman is also implied to have raped Morticia.
  • Many, many images, videos, and audio recordings depict Barney the Dinosaur as a child murderer courtesy of the show's Periphery Hatedom.
    • Perhaps the most notable example is the Day of the Barney Trilogy, wherein Barney is depicted as an Eldritch Abomination responsible for numerous atrocities throughout history and orders his juvenile followers to murder their parents en masse.
    • In addition, comedian Stephen Lynch recorded audio segments depicting Barney as a bus driver and a babysitter, which were often featured on Opie & Anthony when they were radio hosts in Boston. In the first track, Barney is a school bus driver who abuses children and encourages smoking. The second segment involves Barney babysitting two children. He invites over a prostitute and makes the children watch porn while doing so.
  • Shenny authors in the The Big Bang Theory tend to ignore Sheldon's canonical aversion to romance, his unique brand of love for canonical girlfriend Amy, his close, almost father/son like relationship with his roommate, Leonard, and the fact that while he does count her as one of his closest friends, his relationship with Penny defaults to Vitriolic Best Buds. Instead, Sheldon becomes a poor soul that's been in love with Penny for years, but that "asshole Leonard" (canonically an incredibly nice, often stepped over, guy) saw her first (ignoring the fact they are canonically a loving couple). Eventually Penny (canonically an independent weapons expert/sharp shooter/Girly Bruiser) will escape from under his abusive, whiny thumb, and will somehow find her way to Sheldon. One of the more egregious examples can be found here. While it does play with the typical amount of time it takes for Penny and Sheldon to find each other, it makes up for it by being written specifically to piss off fans of the canonical characterizations and also giving the Draco in Leather Pants treatment to Leonard's mother, Beverly, who in canon was an Abusive Parent that basically thought mind raping her kids was okay if she could use the experience to write parenting books and push them to the tops of their fields as adults.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The authoor of the fic Penny For Your... is especially blatant when it comes to clearing away Buffy's other boyfriends in order to leave room for her "one twoo wub", Spike. Angel is depicted as an arrogant idiot child with a god-complex, while Riley is turned into a sadistic monster whose attitude actually improves once he's turned into a vampire. And of course, Buffy's friends are all okay with her getting with Spike, even the vampire-hating Xander.
    • Spuffy authors really don't give Angel or Riley a break. The fanfic Five Words or Less is another, albeit much milder example. Riley is portrayed as a bastard boyfriend who likes to gleefully beat up Spike for no reason other than he's proving to be a better match for Buffy, and while Angel isn't bashed nearly as much as Riley, there is one instance where he comes off as a little too childish and petty.
    • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Superman crossover The Child of Rao, Willow is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who stole Jenny Calendar's magic books immediately after learning she died, frequently uses black magic, hates Cordelia and Faith with a passion for being more attractive and confident than her, and has tried to break up Xander and Cordelia multiple times with magic. The author uses the justification that Willow became addicted to black magic much sooner than canon in this story.
  • In-Universe example: the gang at Cheers have an elevated Deconstruction about the Road Runner / Wile E. Coyote shorts to the point where an Orphaned Punchline has Norm exclaiming, "Oh, I suppose that proves that the coyote is the Anti Christ?"
  • One particularly bad and extremely unsettling NSFW Degrassi fic called The Junkie Journals turns Riley Stavros into a Mind Rapist, gay basher, drug addict, Jerk Jock, Villain Sue, and Karma Houdini. People walk away from the story feeling like they've come across the seedy underbelly of the world. All of this without warning or explanation. The main character of the story is also rescued by Peter, but it's a mystery why the so-called "author" couldn't just make up an OC who's evil instead of having to defile Riley's character.
  • Allecto's controversial critiques of Firefly are something of an extreme example of this; the actions of several of the characters (especially the Caucasian males) are often twisted in order to fit an extreme radical feminist reading or her preconceived notions about gender relationships, thus unfairly painting them as evil. One such example is Allecto's citing of Zoe calling Mal "sir" (presented as an ingrained habit developed from their days together in the military, simply for the reason that he was her superior officer and you call your superior officers "sir" in the military) as an example of Mal being evil and sexist. It's also fair to suggest that Allecto tends to let her preconceptions affect her views of the characters, such as her assumption that Wash must be abusive toward Zoe (despite the fact that she could "kill me [Wash] with her pinkie") because every relationship between a white man and a woman of color that Allecto has seen has allegedly been abusive.
  • The Friends fic Somebody Save Me (found here) has portrayed Richard—a perfectly decent guy whose relationship with Monica only broke up because of Age-Gap Romance problems—as a drunken, selfish, physically and emotionally abusive asshole who doesn't care for Monica at all, so that Chandler can have an even better reason to be there for her. Why an OC abusive boyfriend cannot be made up, seeing as Monica dates dozens of men throughout the run of Friends, is a mystery. It's not the only one of its kind either. And it's not even like he ever got in the way of the Chandler and Monica pairing either.
  • Game of Thrones: In Hadrian Lannister, Lion of the Rock, Catelyn becomes a hateful shrieking bitch when Ned tells her he cannot bring Sansa from the South because it would lead to his bannermen demanding her to be condemned to death for treason. All of this turns out to be so Catelyn can Die for Our Ship, allowing a somehow-still-alive Ashara Dayne to step in Catelyn's place almost immediately.
  • This Laverne & Shirley fanfiction has Shirley forgetting about a man lying injured on the ground and Laverne remembering him but not caring.
  • Happy Daze has an alien known as "Mork from Ork". If he's the same Mork from Ork as in Mork & Mindy, then he's definitely an example of this trope: he forces a man to become a woman against his will for sexist reasons (believes human women "belong" to their boyfriends and are less tough than human men).
  • The Muppet Show: Various internet communities have done this to Kermit the Frog for whatever reason that’s always Played for Laughs:
    • SMG4, covered below, also has done this to Kermit. In one video based on Assassin's Creed Origins Kermit wished to destroy Egypt and reshape it in his image.
    • He is regularly depicted in the Vinesauce community as Joel's abusive father.
    • Jacksfilms made a duo of animations involving Kermit singing and telling rather disturbing songs and stories to children.
    Kermit: When I'm through with you, they'll never find your body. And even if they did...all they'd find would be teeth!
  • Done fairly often to Amita of NUMB3RS, usually by authors of Charlie Eppes slashfic to take her out of "contention" so Charlie can be free to end up with whoever the writer happens to have in mind. Generally, this end up taking the form of run-of-the-mill bad behavior (i.e. calling Charlie homophobic names) more than outright evil.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Elmo, who suffers a similar Periphery Hatedom as Barney, gets this treatment as well. This is especially evident in the Aerosmith parody "Elmo's Got a Gun" by Tommy & Rumble, though it should be noted that it was miscredited to "Weird Al" Yankovic, who denied writing the song.
    • In addition, this website from 1997 depicts Bert as an evil man siding with Adolf Hitler and being present at events such as the Kennedy assassination.
    • Not only that, "Bertstrips" depict almost every resident of the Street as some sort of sociopath or do-badder in situations that are usually based around racism, sex, murder, or hate crimes.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • The otherwise fairly well-written Janeway/Seven Just Between Series has a tendency to do this with any male in Janeway's history, turning Cheb Packer into a raving drug addict, smuggler, and murderer who's terrible in the sack and even bringing Justin Tighe Back from the Dead in order to demonstrate that he would have made a much worse spouse than Seven.
    • And then there's SF Debris's reviews of the various Star Trek series. Picard of The Next Generation is generally portrayed as a fanatical child-hater who would happily order Worf to saw up a teddy bear in order to interrogate a child, and may or may not have ordered Jack Crusher to his death solely to increase his chances of getting with Beverly; Voyager reviews, meanwhile, react to the uneven characterization of Janeway by portraying her as a demented supervillain who views her crew as entertainment dispensers—even inventing a holiday, "Condescending Bitch Day", which happens every day and involves selecting someone to torment—and is planning to take over the entire Alpha Quadrant when she gets back. Chuck Sonnenberg has even joked that Janeway is his favourite villain.
    • This fic portrays Picard and the majority of his crew as insensitive and being rude when Troi is extremely sad, eventually abandoning her.
    • The online games A Cadet's Adventure and The Wrath of Riker do this to the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew: Picard gives the cadet a promotion even after s/he assaults Riker (and claims he doesn't mind), Riker is a Clingy Jealous Guy towards Troi and eventually gets into a fistfight with the cadet, Geordi has ended his friendship with Data and acts like he dislikes Data, and Data may or may not be a bit sleazy.
  • Meg Masters of Supernatural is a frequent victim of this, usually in fics which pair Castiel with Dean Winchester. Meg fans frequently refer to these as "proxy" fics due to their tendency to use Cas's relationship with Meg as a jumping off point to getting together with Dean. These frequently include other ship names in their tags and descriptions despite being very anti that ship. On Archive of Our Own, the vast majority of fics tagged "Megstiel" are actually Destiel fics, many of which fall into this trope.
  • Super Mario 64 and Garry's Mod machinimist SMG4 regularly depicts Teletubbies as insane, xenophobic, crowbar-wielding, Ax-Crazy maniacs in his videos. Mostly Played for Laughs.
  • Torchwood
    • There's an entire website dedicated to doing this to Gwen Cooper. In them, she's reduced to a shrill harpy who wants nothing more than to get into Jack's pants and hurt Ianto in the process, no matter how little sense it makes at the time. There's even one story where the rest of the team can't stand her and murder her with no remorse. It makes one wonder why they didn't just fire her. For clarity's sake: the team has shown no sign of despising her in Canon, and she gets along well with Ianto despite the fact that she has two-sided UST with Jack (with whom Ianto is eventually an Official Couple).
    • Similarly to the Death Eater-ifying of Gwen, a subset of the Torchwood fanbase that ships Gwen with Jack also does this to Rhys Williams, Gwen's husband, or Ianto, despite the fact that in Canon, all of them get along fairly well with each other after a period of tension.


    Tabletop Games 


    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Klavier Gavin is one of the few rivals who isn't an Amoral Attorney, and is The Charmer. In these fics (hide your kids first), both by the same author, well... this comment left on one of the fics will explain:
    Okay, I know that Klavier can be mean(in a funny way) but THIS mean? That's sick. That's just sick! Maybe he likes Ema but not that much. Why would he rape her? I know its fanfiction but GAWD.
    • The fanfic Dirty sympathy turns Butt-Monkey attorney who never seems to get respect from anyone Apollo Justice and Klavier into Amoral Attorneys who frame Kristoph Gavin and Daryan Crescend for the murders of Shadi Smith and Romein Le Touse just so they can get a Dirty Cop and another Amoral Attorney in jail/executed. However this overlaps with Draco in Leather Pants as Klavier and Apollo are also portrayed more sympathetically than Kristoph or Daryan.
    • Iris is sometimes changed from misguided but kind and well-intentioned person to Extreme Doormat who will do whatever her sister asks her to including murder. Case in point: This fic has her actively help murder Phoenix even though her canonical motivation for participating in Dahlia's necklace plot in the first place was to prevent her from doing just that.
  • Borderlands 2 has an In-Universe example in Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep (a abridged retelling of the main story in the form of a Dungeons & Dragons-esque game). Tiny Tina makes you fight an Expy of Angel, who turns into a giant maniacal spider-woman. That's because she's pinning Roland's death on her, when in reality, Handsome Jack shot Roland from behind after Angel died in the battle, due to having her Eridium supply destroyed.
  • Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns gives this good to Bhelen, complete with ridiculously long rant.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • While he's already a bad guy (or at least as much as the animatronics in general are), Balloon Boy/BB's dickery gets bolstered quite a bit, most infamously in Five Nights at Fuckboy's.
    • A number of people, such as MatPat of Game Theory, believe the murderer and Phone Guy to be one and the same, citing how both were security guards and how one of the former's sprites has him holding an object interpreted to be an old-fashioned phone, among other things. This has largely died down following the release of the third game, as it shows the killer met his end after Freddy Fazbear's Pizza was closed and left to rot, wheras Phone Guy died possibly years earlier when it was still in operation, thus disproving the theory, but a number of people (such as the aforementioned MatPat, as seen here) still believe it regardless.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Mega Man:
    Narrator: M is for Mega Man, a hero to some. But in Robot Land, he just ruins all the fun.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • In Zelda's Honor, even though it is zigzagged and justified within the context of the story, it is still shocking to see Ruto, the Zoran princess turn evil for the majority of the fanfic; often times swapping sides based on either mood or circumstance.
      • Played straight with Kafei who is first introduced as chivalrous and good but turns full-on villain by the end of his story arc
    • In "The Fate of House Tula", Ganondorf makes some comments expressing male chauvinist tendencies. Not only has he never even been hinted to have sexist views, it would make no sense for him to do so given his background and upbringing.
  • Nerf NOW!! also did this to The Legend of Zelda series star Link.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • The fanfic Bloody Domination took Anti-Hero Shadow the Hedgehog and turned him into an insane, remorseless paedophile by the second chapter, rapidly moving on to a complete psychopathic serial killer and rapist, driven insane because... well... why the hell not? The author was apparently bent on discovering just how gruesome a story she was capable of writing, and most reviewers seemed to find it successful (while others didn't seem to get that this was the point). Many demanded a sequel...
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Mario gets this treatment in Super Tanooki Skin 2D for wearing fur... despite said fur not coming from an animal at all.
    • Mario is seen like this by a great part of the fanbase (particularly when those two Game Theory videos came out), mostly because of Luigi (Luigi doesn't get as much screen time as him, but many people make it look like Mario mistreats and abuses his brother), the endless enemies he stomps (other playable characters aren't blamed), and his relationships with Daisy and Pauline (both relationships are long since dead) besides Peach. Some of these fans use a mildly OOC moment of Mario stepping on Luigi's foot in a Mario Tennis game as an example of Mario abusing his brother, but the Mario & Luigi series where he is shown to love his brother and come to his rescue various times (to name an example) is usually ignored.
    • In Brutal Mario Mario is apparently trying to take back the Mushroom Kingdom he ran as a dictatorship beforehand.
    • The Axe does this to Luigi, albeit justified. After Bowser killed Mario, Luigi slowly grows more dangerous in his grief. It culminates when Bowser sends a letter to Luigi apologizing, and in return, Luigi stormed Bowser's castle, killed the Koopalings and fought Bowser, ending it by using the axe to brutally murder Bowser rather than simply dropping him into the lava.
    • The aforementioned SMG4 has made it his mission to utterly wreck the image of Mario, portraying him as an overweight, violent, Chaotic Neutral moron who will destroy entire cities just to have sexual intercourse with literal spaghetti. The reason was stated in the 2015 QnA:
      i didn't really want a ""normal" or heroic main charachter cause that would be boring. so i thought i'd just focus on the laugh factor of my videos and uhhh...i did stupid jokes using mario. and thats why he's the weirdo you know today.
      • He also regularly does this with Toad. Toad is apathetic, likes using his giant Toad-Headed Gundam to kill people, he played Darth Vader in a three-part Star Wars parody, and would be a complete hate-sink if not for his equally psychotic girlfriend torturing him.
    • Endlessly done to Luigi in Super Mario World ROM hacks. Some examples:
    Luigi: "Brother, I've become a wielder of Black Magic."
    • In the Super Mario World creepypasta I HATE YOU, the level that the storyteller discovers ends with Luigi facing off against Mario, apparently sick of always being in his brother's shadow. He also seems to have been working with Bowser the entire time. What follows afterwards is a cutscene where the two fight, ending with Mario punching Luigi into a pit of lava in the arena.
    • Flash-Gitz Animation's Racist Mario just has Mario bigoted against non-Nintendo characters and goes on a killing spree. He also puts glass in Yoshi's face and sends a Bullet Bill to kill Luigi.
    • Married to the Koopa King features a more bitter Mario than in canon. He is angry at Peach being unable to annul her marriage to Bowser simply because it means that he can't go on adventures, and be worshipped as a hero anymore, without Peach constantly being kidnapped.
    • I Hate You turns Luigi into a Green-Eyed Monster who works with Bowser and wants his brother dead.
    • Bowser and Bowser Jr., whilst normally antagonistic, may sometimes have thier more sympathetic and affable elements dowplayed or even eliminated. This is most obvious in Koopaling-centric fanfics such as More Than You Know where Bowser is upgraded to a full-blown Abusive Dad and rapist despite never being portrayed as such in official material. The Koopalings themselves also get this in certain fics such as Without Bowser where they're portrayed as Spoiled Brats while Junior is the only one to show remorse over his father's death.
  • Spyro the Dragon: Ember was included in The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn mainly to defy this trope because the author was sick and tired of her getting this treatment by the fandom. Quite a few readers agreed and she ended up being the Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Touhou:
    • The Chinese Touhou doujin Yuyuko's Yukkuri Farm goes to the extreme and has Yuyuko raising yukkuris in order to eat their babies (warning: link is to Danbooru and has NSFW images). The author is extremely fond of depicting Yuyuko as a sadist and has a major dislike of her.
    • A Dark Fic author by the name of Stripe Pattern believes Byakuren, a kind, selfless Buddhist magician who believes in equality between humans and youkais, is a psychotic monster. In Stripe Pattern's doujin Love and Peace, Byakuren is shown helping youkais slaughter humans for food before she was sealed, saying that since humans and youkais are equal, youkais eating humans is exactly the same as humans eating rice and fruit. The author actually quotes Byakuren's background to support the "fact" that she's evil.

      The same author also depicts Sanae, a happy-go-lucky ditz with racist tendencies and an overt fondness for youkai exterminationnote , as a very serious, sadistic Blood Knight who hates her own goddesses (people she loves in canon) who goes insane frequently.
    • One author, Zounose, has Byakuren come up with a way to keep the youkai she takes care of from eating people: use the corpses of recently dead babies to fertilize the fruit trees she grows, so that the resulting fruit technically counts as human fleshnote . Just so we're clear that the author doesn't consider this to be a good thing, everything is done in sinister tones and Byakuren chews on the flesh of one of the fruits, saying it's the secret to her youthnote , which is, for obvious reasons, a major no-no in Japan. Or anywhere else. The same artist also considers Sakuya to be willing to murder her own mistress, someone she's undyingly loyal to in canon.
    • There's a mildly popular series among a certain subset of fans revolving around Koishi, who can manipulate subconsciousnesses, being a cannibalistic, sadistic psychopath who drives all of Gensokyo into mass murder and torture. Note that, in canon, Koishi is considered to be brain-dead, with absolutely no thoughts or personality of her own.note  That said, it should be noted that Koishi isn't the one causing the insanity, but was simply set up like this by the true antagonists so they could put Yukari in a position to be killed.
    • This is subverted in the doujin The Silence of the Rabbits, which depicts Eirin as a sadistic monster who does cruel experiments and is also a cannibal. The subversion is that this isn't the real Eirin, but a clone that Eirin created to manage the other clones that she created, but who went evil, incapacitated and imprisoned her. The clone wanted to come up with a poison that could kill a Hourai immortal, but despite her advances, she feared the original, and it turns out during the climactic battle between the Eirins that Eirin created her using the template for the Reisen clones rather than her own.
    • With some characters, it gets up to a Memetic Mutation, as shown on Memes.Touhou. The opposite is rarer, due to White and Gray Morality in canon.
  • Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge gives this treatment to Dark Pit, or as he is referred to in the story, Pitoo. In the source material, he is neutral at worst, while the fanfic has him as part of the Big-Bad Ensemble. His track record in the story includes attacking a university and submitting various tortures upon the children within, stealing a nuke, then building his own when it's stolen off him, sacrificing Pit to create a 'zomboy' army, stealing The 3 Scarred Treaures, unleashing The Smooze on the world, teaming up with Hitler, Stalin, Frollo, and David Cameron, tricking Cloud Angle into destroying the world, framing Pit for terrorism, brainwashing Mao Zedong into attacking Japan, and building a laser cannon to bring the world to his mercy.
  • Undertale:
  • Pokémon:
    • Darkest Night twists Grimsley into a sadist who regularly rapes female challengers to the Pokemon League and has done the same to Shauntal. In fact, Grimsley gets this treatment fairly often due to his sinister appearance and having a habit of gambling, although usually not to the extent of this fanfic.
    • Another fic by the same author, Silver Bindings, warps Well-Intentioned Extremist N into a psychotic, possessive Yandere who kidnaps Hilda and forces her to be his queen. When she protests, he has her thrown in a dungeon and beaten. When she won't have sex with him to produce an heir, he rapes her. When she escapes, he stalks her and tries to have her "soul mate" Hilbert murdered. It's particularly ironic seeing as his actually psychotic boss Ghestis tends to become a Draco in Leather Pants in the fanbase.
    • In Gym Leaders On Survivor, Morty is turned into a selfish, bossy, and overbearing prick who plans to cheat in the Survivor game so he can win.
    • Our Eternal Journey turns Calem into an arrogant, stoic Jerk Jock who bullies Serena and constantly makes callous remarks.
    • The PETA satire game "Pokémon Black and Blue" depicts Professor Juniper among other characters from Pokémon Black and White as animal killers. As stated above Ash from the anime gets this treatment as well.
  • Miitopia plays with this. In the game you can cast Miis as various characters in the story, including the main villain the Dark Lord. Sometimes this leads to this trope such as Dark Lord Morshu or Dark Lord SpongeBob.
  • Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals is a parody of Cooking Mama by PETA that turns Mama into a messy animal-hater just because she isn't vegan. Halfway through, she turns good after becoming vegan and pledging not to cook non-vegan recipes anymore.
  • Harvest Moon: Sugarapplesweet likes depicting the sweet, chaste pastor Carter as villainously lustful towards Popuri in particular. The oneshot Condemned Passion turns Carter into a rapist and a murderer. He's lusted after the childishly innocent Popuri for a long time. One day he spiked her wine and tried to have his way with her, but Popuri resisted, which resulted in him hitting her and accidentally killing her. Satan's Ballroom outright turns Carter into a Pedophile Priest drooling over a child Popuri.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY
    • In the fic Trials Of A Workaholic, Weiss is depicted as sexually abusive. This was apparently based off her Squee!ing over Pyrrha's battle skills for all of two scenes. Why the author even thought that it was sexually motivated, we don't know.
    • In Pinned, Pyrrha—of all characters—is depicted as a rapist. This is the girl whose greatest canonical flaw is that she's so compassionate she can't speak up for herself.
    • Pyrrha is not the only example. Taiyang Xiao Long has been depicted a few times as being a poor parent to Yang or Ruby or. in the case Fixing A Broken Mother, a terrible husband to Summer. Mind you, Taiyang's defining character trait is that of being the best father he can be to his children, exemplified by the fact that his Establishing Character Moment is of him sleeping in a chair at his comatose daughter's bedside, and had a Heroic BSoD upon Summer's death. Fans who prefer the theory that Qrow is Ruby's father often downplay Taiyang's relationship with Ruby, such as A Simple Request where Ruby wants her uncle to give her away on her wedding day because she's closer to him than she is with her father.
    • In The Plus One Of RWBY, Weiss is portrayed as greedy, short sighted and selfish, with all her canon acts being reinterpreted as one sided and all Rule Of Comedy thrown out. Her line "I'm not perfect, not yet" is considered a heinous act of arrogance, and causes the "hero" to go into a psychotic rage and considers killing her for it justified (he doesn't do it, but acts like not killing her is showing restraint and mercy)
    • The Betrayal Fic Queen Of Grimm has Weiss and Pyrrha team up with CRDL to kill Ruby simply because they find her to be deadweight.
    • Learning To Bloom downplays Neptune's good elements and turns him into a womanizing Gold Digger towards Weiss, while Jaune is a suffocating boyfriend (bordering on Abhorrent Admirer) towards Pyrrha.
    • Second Summer has Taiyang manipulating Ruby into acting as a mini version of her mother Summer. This includes answering to Summer's name and having sex with him. Eventually Qrow finds out, kills Taiyang, and rescues his nieces.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Be My Escape does this to Princess Bubblegum, as she goes from a sweet, smart girl who occasionally acts somewhat Cute and Psycho to an Ax-Crazy, sociopathic, (implied) pedophile.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius... thing "Jimmy Neutron Happy Family Happy Hour" depicts Hugh Neutron as a maniac who murders his wife apropos of nothing and demands that his son "bond with him" by watching TV at gunpoint. Just another day in the life of Jimmy Neutron.
  • Arthur:
    • Proper Discipline:
      • Proper Discipline turns the spoiled 4-year-old D.W. into an outright Enfant Terrible with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She set her house on fire for petty reasons and is almost completely unrepentant (her only qualm being that her Grandma Thora was accidentally killed in the fire). She also causes Tommy Tibble to go deaf by blaring loud music in his ears during a Kindergarten classroom tantrum, again showing no remorse for it.
      • Mr. Ratburn, it turns out, is jailed for stealing Mrs. Tibble's identity and confesses to the police that he had an affair with Millicent Crosswire, spilling dirt on the Crosswire's less-than-honest business dealings, getting them arrested as well.
      • And to round out the trifecta, Arthur's aunt and uncle (Cousin Mo's parents) are apparently mobsters as well.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Mai in the fan comic How I Became Yours. Because how dare the woman be angry that her husband cheated on her and had a kid with another woman, clearly she deserves to be killed. Admittedly, she poisons Katara, causing her to miscarry, and later tries to kill her personally, almost killing the Out of Character but Heel Face Turned Azula in the process, but she comes off as more reasonable and sympathetic than the author intended her to be, which is surprising considering how much the author tried to derail and demonize her.
    • Aang in this Toph/Katara fic, Do You Hate Me?, is twisted into a swearing, angry jackass who throws rocks and hurts Toph on purpose. Granted, this does take place during "The Desert" and he was angry at Toph for not saving Appa, but he'd never go out of his way to hurt her. He, in fact, became upset after intentionally hurting buzzard-wasp hybrid creatures. It's also incredibly out of character for Toph since the canon Toph wouldn't put up with that sort of treatment from him for anymore than a second. She's someone who invented an entirely new form of bending to kick someone's ass in a manner more humiliating than the normal Curb-Stomp Battle she'd deliver, after all.
    • Embers. Katara's season three rage over Zuko getting Aang mostly-killed after she'd started to trust him is transposed into a season one homicidal fury that Zuko is of the Fire Nation and has the nerve to be a better healer than she is. Since then, Katara has been publicly humiliated by the amazing Zuko in three or four different ways and has been reclaimed as an acceptable being. Of course, the fic then goes on to use both Zuko and Katara to give this treatment to Aang, who is now a horrible, selfish boy who's deeply intolerant of everything that doesn't fit into his childhood culture (which by the way is secretly evil).
    • Aang gets hit with this again in Stormbenders, where he's painted as a whiny, unsympathetic child who only cares about his love for Katara and isn't worthy of being The Hero the way Zuko is. Doubles as Accusation Fic in which Sokka brutally calls him out for "not keeping up his end of the Avatar bargain" and blaming him for the invasion's failure when in canon, he blamed himself.
    • Mended is a Zuko/Katara fic that revolves around Katara and her infant daughter being kicked out by an emotionally and physically abusive Aang. This leads Katara to run to Zuko for sanctuary.
  • Batman Beyond: Where's Max shifts Dana from her canon Spoiled Sweet characterization into an outright villain who orchestrates Max's kidnapping out of jealousy over Terry.
  • Sarah from The Boondocks gets this a lot. She is a bit domineering, is a little flirty towards men, and can get bored with Tom but is still presented as in love with him. In fanworks Sarah will frequently cheat on Tom and is sometimes even abusive towards Tom or Jazmine. For example, Chasing Pavements has her cheating on Tom multiple times and turning to drug-dealing and prostitution after he divorces her. She's portrayed as abusive towards Jazmine, to the point where Jazmine disowns the person she has become.
  • Code Lyoko fans who love to ship Odd/Aelita tend to do this to Jeremie in their fanfics, often twisting him into a possessive Jerk Ass that abuses and insults Aelita. An example can be found here .
  • The Fairly OddParents!: It's Not Your Fault takes place six years post-series. It's never mentioned what happened to Trixie, but it's implied that Tad and Chad, two boys she hangs out with, raped her at her 16th birthday party.
  • Invader Zim Born Again Christian does this to poor Dib, who's an anti-heroic Well-Intentioned Extremist in canon, but in the fic is literally The Anti-Christ.
  • Merida and Astrid: The Absesses Of The Heart and Hiccup: The Hasteful Hatred Of The Pericardium both depict Hiccup as a demented misogynistic pervert who tries to rape the protagonist/s of the story, failing horribly at that. He's also a Mad Scientist for some reason, and a cry-baby who whines to "daddy" about the protagonist/s hurting him.
  • Jem:
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Not only does Abuse Cycle (found here) take the Mako/Korra relationship down the road of Domestic Abuse and murder, but the author's notes make it clear that they think the signs of it on Mako's part are self evident in the show itself.
    • Voices (found here) does a bizarre inversion. The narrator (Korra's noncanon adopted sister) quickly falls for and latches onto Mako, while Korra is portrayed as being an irresponsible ditz who has no sense of manners or responsibility and needs her sister to be her "manager", because she can't take her Avatar training seriously (ignoring how, in canon, Korra loved being the Avatar more than anything). Given that the author proclaimed a rather loud hatred of Asami, in the notes of another fic, it's no surprise that she turns out to be an Equalist Sympathizer with little to no sympathy once she's found out.
    • A fic called High School Romance (which can be found here, if one were really that curious) turns the sheltered but painfully honorable Asami into a shallow, spiteful Alpha Bitch. As per the previous example, this is the result of the author unabashedly hating the character for getting in the way of Makorra.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Subverted in The Awful Truth About The Powerpuff Girls. The fanfic reveals that Professor Utonium and Ms. Keane are evil siblings working together to use the Powerpuff Girls to control the world, however it turns out everything is a film that the characters are in.
  • Rugrats: Drew Pickles is often portrayed as a misogynistic, sadistic homosexual rapist courtesy of the Barney Bunch videos who would stop at nothing to get the satisfaction he needs.
  • The Secret Show: Sneaky Agent and other fanfics written by agentmatt portray Alphonse, normally a gentle Italian artist and Anita Knight's canon boyfriend, as a sadistic asshole bent on killing Victor Volt because he stole his girl.
  • The Simpsons: The fic Hidden Secrets, a Lisa/Nelson romance, portrays Dogged Nice Guy Milhouse as a rapist and eventually a murderer.
  • Steven Universe:
  • Teen Titans:
  • Total Drama:
    • Geoff in Total Drama Luxury Tour. About a third of the way into the story, he goes from being one of the nicer competitors (as he is in canon) to being insane and overly violent, with one of his actions even giving Trent a serious injury that forces him to be removed from the game. After his elimination, he is shown to become so crazy that all he can say is "Bridgette," the name of his ex-girlfriend.
    • Total Drama: Some Stars gives us Mike, The Generic Nice Guy in canon, and the Establishing Character Moment of imitating Manitoba Smith to make his wife cry. This is explained in-universe as expanding upon the implied Split-Personality Merge after the much-reviled Reset Button in the finale of All Stars. By Word of God, this was used as an excuse to remove Mike first, considering his canonical character boring and offensive (ironically, the writers of the fic like this Mike better than his canon self, since they feel he's an actually rounded character like this), since they felt they just had to feature him in a season where an entire team is a recognized Spotlight-Stealing Squad. He does, however, retain his canonical concern for Zoey, and even has a few moments where he's regretfully aware that he's becoming crueler.
  • Transformers fan Raksha has a whole series of essays detailing how the Decepticons are the truly oppressed minority and actually noble creatures (yes, even Starscream and Megatron) and that the Autobots are the bad guys.
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • Not Just A Sleepover (found here) states right at the beginning that it's for non-Jean and Cyclops fans, and just gets worse from there.
    • Tsunami (found here) depicts Jean Grey as a cliche Alpha Bitch, with everyone vocally denouncing her as a two-faced bitch, all while her powers are degraded to Pre-Claramont Comics!Jean level in order to "fix" how "perfect" she is.
    • In Diamonds Are A Fuzzy Dudes Best Friend (here) Cyclops and Jean get this treatment. Jean gets pretty much nothing but abuse from Emma Frost with everyone stating how she 'deserves' it, while Cyclops is depicted as a moron who just follows either Jean or Xavier's every word.
    • Logan Vs Lance (here) has Avalanche portrayed as a cheating, abusive, Bastard Boyfriend to motivate the X-Men to beat him up so Kitty would have a reason to break up with him.
    • Web Of Shadows turns Rogue into a mean spirited Satanist. (here). Although it's worth noting that the whole thing is a Troll Fic and a Stealth Parody of Spider-Man's resident Canon Sue Carlie Cooper and of this type of Character Derailment. In the former ending before it was continued, it turned Carlie Cooper and all Mary Sues into evil entities that try to take over fictional universe.
  • Sure, the eponymous character of SpongeBob SquarePants can be annoying and troublesome, but he is still well intended. Despite this, many people who believe that the cartoon suffered Seasonal Rot, will paint him as a Villain Protagonist, who annoys or causes trouble on purpose. The fanfic, Squidward Wins! is a notable example.
  • South Park: The fanfic Strike is written by an author who hates the depicted pairing, and it shows. In this fic, set many years after canon, Stan (nicknamed "Darth Stan" by the reviewers) is turned into a possessive Control Freak that commits Domestic Abuse, who beats Wendy regularly, so much so that he caused her to have five miscarriages before the story even starts. He constantly belittles her intelligence and prevents her from getting a job (even though he spends all of their money on alcohol) and continually uses their son as emotional blackmail, constantly threatening to take him away from her because of her alleged bad parenting, blaming her for the kid's slow language development. He is convinced that she is cheating on him, and even goes so far as to shoot and kill her out of irrational jealousy. Though this turns out to just be part of a story-within-a-story, the rest of the abuse is not, as the story was written by another character in order to deter Wendy from going back to him. It is quite difficult to imagine the canonical Stan doing anything like this, let alone the canonical Wendy allowing the relationship to deteriorate to this point to begin with. The other characters aren't any more in-character: Kyle is Stupid Neutral about the whole thing, Cartman is the one to take initiative in getting Wendy out, and Heidi and Bebe somehow get convinced, using the same flimsy logic as Stan, that Wendy is trying to steal Cartman from Heidi, though they see reason at the end.
  • In Daria, this has happened to just about every character at some point, due to the fandom's penchant for Darker and Edgier or Dark Fics:
    • An odd but notable case is Skylar Feldman. A one-off character who basically served as a Spear Counterpart for Quinn, there have been multiple fics that depict him as an insane rapist or murderer, such as "Sins of the Past." It's become a bit of a fandom joke at this point, with No Fourth Wall fics having him wonder why everybody thinks he's a psychopath.
    • Naturally, Die for Our Ship has had quite an effect on Tom, but given his Scrappy status he gets it outside of shipping too. Again, somewhat of a fandom joke at this point, with the Fan Nickname "T(h)om" for (often over-the-top) evil depictions.
    • The Fate Summer Lane Deserved does this to Summer Lane, turning her into an abusive drug addict who has sex for money and possibly drugs and used sex to pay off a CPS agent who came to investigate her. She's apparently so terrible her kids are perfectly fine leaving her to die of a overdose and nobody in her family thinks to pay for a burial or funeral, leaving her to be forgotten in an unmarked grave.
    • Young Love does this to Brian Taylor. While he is already a perfect example of Kids Are Cruel in canon, the fanfic throws all pretense to the wind by having him rape Tricia Gupty. Though, it also turns him into a Woobie, as it's revealed he was molested by his mother, which his father blamed him for and which is implied to have turned him into he person he became.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fic Rumors, schoolyard bullies Kim and Chloe try to rape someone. Yeah, they're jerks in canon, but...really?
  • The Sidekick fic Lost and Found does this to Vana, who, while already an Alpha Bitch and a selfish jerkass, at least had the occasional flash of kindness towards Eric, Trevor and Kitty. This fic takes it so far, she may as well be Satan. She's turned into an abusive girlfriend to Eric after he uses the Ga-Ga Goggles on her, in which after a brief period of kindness, she goes mad and forces him to build a statue of her, throws her own mother out of her own mansion, makes him give up the Sidekick Academy to get a job, refuses to pay the power bills in her mansion and forces Eric to do it instead, stabs him with needles, forces him to watch her kissing several other boys, and near the end of the fic it's revealed she never was affected by the Ga-Ga Goggles, and everything she did was of her own volition. It also turns out she was the one who caused Maxum Man to go missing by kidnapping him, jealous that he chose Eric over her, and she then goes on to attempt to kill Kitty and actually kills Trevor when he tries to stop her, before finally being killed herself by Eric.
  • The Loud House:
    • The Troll Fic Itty Bitty Bobby does this to Lori. While she isn't exactly a saint in canon, one of her endearing qualities is her love for Bobby; this fic completely turns that o its head by having Lori cruelly break up with Bobby after discovering he has a Teeny Weenie and then humiliating him by taking a picture of it and sending it around to the entire school, ensuring his reputation would be ruined and he's never get another date. It also does this to Lincoln, as it's implied he apparently tricked Leni into giving him handjobs, claiming it as "exercise".

Alternative Title(s): Paint The Hero Black, Fanfic Character Assassination


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