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Examples of Misaimed Fandom for other works.


  • William Blake's "Newton", due to its "heroic" style, is widely misinterpreted as an approving depiction of Isaac Newton (eg in the three-dimensional sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi inspired by it). In fact, the anti-materialist and mystically Christian Blake intended the work as a caricature mocking Newton for paying attention to insignificant things on Earth when he should have been thinking about his immortal soul.note  This is made clear by the engraving's original subtitle, Personification of Man Limited by Reason.


  • Self-Demonstrating Character Pages, a type of Just For Fun page on this very wiki where characters describe themselves in first person using their signature speech patterns, were born from misunderstanding the point of our Deadpool article. Deadpool's page was written as if Deadpool himself was narrating, because one of the character's defining characteristics is how he has No Fourth Wall, so the idea was that if he addresses the readers in the comic books, it's only natural that he would do the same on his TV Tropes page. Then people proceeded to miss the joke when the style caught on, and as a result there are many pages dedicated to individual Marvel and DC characters that are written with No Fourth Wall, even if the character in question doesn't behave as such. Then it proceeded to extend into different works entirely, some missing the joke by an even wider margin, as characters with actual Fourth Wall attunement are missed out in favor of others. And even if you think that just describing a character using that character's "voice" can still be interesting, that joke was itself missed by an even wider margin when tropers started creating pages for any characters they like, even if they didn't have interesting speech patterns. Fortunately, most (hopefully all) of the "uninteresting" pages were deleted.

Asian Animation

  • Rumor has it that Squirrel and Hedgehog is meant to bash and demonize the United States in favor of North Korea, but you'd never guess that. The Americans, portrayed by badass wolves armed with Ray Guns and Glowing Eyes of Doom, are five different kinds of awesome compared to the North Koreans who are portrayed by wimpy little rodents. The Big Bad Lt.Col Fox Vixen is also popular enough, particularly with the Furry Fandom, to have spawned an entire slew of fan art from Americans praising her. The explanation given is due to Values Dissonance; Americans love seeing themselves portrayed as fearsome, stoic and mighty wolves, whilst North Koreans center a lot of their cultural identity around being innocent, meek and peace-loving souls tormented by big, powerful bullies, as a result of government propaganda. Not only that, the "innocent, meek and peace-loving souls tormented by big, powerful bullies" setup mainly works if the victims have the moral high ground, something that the Flower Hill (North Korea) residents clearly lack.


  • The Conversion Bureau was written to explain fic writer Blaze's hypothesis on why Equestria had no humans, as well as being Wish Fulfillment. Due to his lack of experience as a writer, the story came off as incredibly misanthropic. The mixture of the backlash Blaze received as well as his waning interest in the story rendered it a Dead Fic. However, other authors came into the scene to write their own Recursive Fanfictions based off TCB, taking the basic framework of the story to espouse their Humans Are the Real Monsters views. This is despite the fact that the only reason that TCB had such a message was due to lack of skill by the original writer in presenting an idea, not intentional misanthropy.
  • Friendship is Optimal is a Cosmic Horror Story about an AI promising "satisfy everybody's values through friendship and ponies" and taking it to horrifying extremes. People still interpreted it as Wish Fulfillment.


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Visual Novels

  • With Ace Attorney:
    • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, some people complain about the moment where you're forced to make Phoenix present the diary page in the flashback trial, despite the player knowing full well it's forged evidence that will get him disbarred. These complaints miss the point that "unfair" and "gut wrenching" is exactly how this scene is meant to feel. The past is the past, and Phoenix's entire stance over what happened during that trial is "what's done is done"; he can complain about it all he wants, but it changes nothing. You can't change what happened to Phoenix through the comfort of the fourth wall.
    • In Dual Destinies, there's some people who are incredibly pissed off about the reveal where it turns out The Phantom is impersonating Bobby Fulbright, and the real Fulbright's been dead since before the game. These people are failing to realize that that's exactly what it's supposed to feel like. The Phantom played you for a fool, and made you trust him completely, only for it turn out he's not even the person he says he is. That anger you feel deep down at that plot twist? It was intentional.
  • Amnesia: Memories gets hit with this, likely due to a case of No Export for You, since the other games of the series have, so far, not been localized to the western market. This particularly hits hard because Amnesia: Later has after stories depicting the relationships after the Good Endings, often showing repercussions and consequences of actions taken during Amnesia: Memories.
    • Some western players found the boyfriends to be horrible characters, despite the entire point of their routes and Good Ending dealing with the fact that they are not as they initially appear to be. Shin may look like a bad boy, but his appearance belies that he's really got good intentions behind his harsh words. Ikki gets labeled as nothing but a playboy, when his route shows that he's sick and tired of being labeled a playboy by everyone else, and really wants to find a meaningful relationship with one person and even settle down. Kent and Toma are their own little misaimed fandom.
    • Kent's lack of social skills and extremely rational outlook on life rubs people the wrong way, citing that his relationship with the heroine is terrible and that they should break up. Some players didn't realize that Kent's entire route was one big deconstruction of the Belligerent Sexual Tension trope seen in a lot of romances in media. The game has characters admit that their relationship was likely doomed to failure because their differences, and refusal to attempt to see eye-to-eye, made both of them unhappy. Kent trying to open up and be more open about his emotions towards the heroine, as well as her own stubborn stance about not being honest herself, was necessary for them to even begin having open conversations with each other.
    • Toma gets knocked a lot for turning out to be a yandere that locks the heroine away, with many players even claiming that's his whole personality. Even thinking of him as someone who enjoys and would go through with his attempt at raping the heroine. Toma is not supposed to be seen as sympathetic in his endeavors, but also not be quickly shrugged off. He's not happy with how he acted towards the heroine and is deeply ashamed of it.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Fans often tend to believe that the Ultimates are gifted people, the best in their area and that for having talent, they are above the normal students. This goes counter to one of the main themes of the game, particularly Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, that one's worth is not necessarily defined by talent or lack thereof. Some Free Time events show the various Ultimates connecting with Makoto Naegi (the Ultimate Lucky Student) or Hajime Hinata (who has no Ultimate talent at all) more easily than most of their Ultimate classmates, simply because those two are more normal, and it's noted that the Ultimates tend to fall back on their talents in desperate situations (most of the murders involve the culprits using their talent). Near the end of the second game, Hajime, after learning that his desire for a talent led to him becoming Izuru Kamukura and essentially causing the events that led to the collapse of civilization, realizes that self-confidence is most important of all, enabling him to save the day and live on as himself, an outcome he is happy with.
      • The main character seeing the world in this light is Nagito Komaeda, who gets continuously crazier and crazier through the game and plays a later part of the game as an antagonist, even trying to kill everybody in chapter 5. Outside of him, you have the very Hope's Peak Academy, which was responsible for laying out the ground for Junko to cause The Tragedy. They treated the Reserve Students as useless cash cows, spent insane amount of money on the Main Course, of which the students were not even asked to participate the class, as long as they still had their talents, they covered up murders, genocides and bombings caused by students, who often got minimum punishment for it and created Izuru Kamukura, by injecting talents on a normal student until he became devoid of empathy for humans and was easily used by Junko as a killing machine.
    • From the first game, Chihiro Fujisaki's earned fans by being seen as a deliberate Wholesome Crossdresser rather than a disguise created to avoid bullying, and that his feminine features should be embraced because of it. It gets to the point where they consider him a "girlfriend" character of sorts or interpret him as trans, ignoring that he'd like to improve himself on his own merits instead of continually living a lie. The Unfortunate Implications of him needing to keep this facade because his natural girlniness makes him not a "real" man ignores his character arc. In fairness, this probably isn't helped by the fact that supplementary material never seems to put him in boys' clothes (possibly to maintain the twist and avoid spoiling newcomers).
    • There are those who actually agree with the Hope's Peak Saga's Big Bad, Junko Enoshima, with their "Burn it all down" attitude being cited as the primary reason considering all the corruption Hope's Peak has pulled. Junko's Evil Is Sexy looks and natural charisma are also contributing factors, even though the reason she ended up torching the system was because she was bored. She's good at analyzing what pieces of the Disaster Dominoes should lead to what, sure, but even she tells her classmates in her last living moments that there's nothing about her that remotely deserves any praise or sympathy.
    • In what could be a case of Misaimed Hatedom, some believe Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is an insult to the fandom, due to numerous Take That, Audience! remarks to the in-universe viewers and the end goal of ending Danganronpa in-universe is a sign they just want the franchise to end. The development has said this wasn't the case and the nature of the player and the in-universe audience was supposed to simply be on a similar level.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: There are people who agree with Monika that nothing she did was wrong because she did it to fictional characters, not real people. These same people will downplay Monika's more negative traits of her being a Yandere who manipulated, gaslit, and murdered her friends, then destroyed her game's world just to get close to the player. Part of this has to do with her illustrating surprising Hidden Depths during Act 3, showing her polite demeanor wasn't entirely an act. What these fans miss is that the game clearly portrays Monika as a monster, even if there is a tragic reason behind her actions. Monika herself even realizes this once the player deletes her from the game. It's also called further into question by the ending's reveal that being meta-aware isn't a Monika-specific thing, but more something that comes with being the Club's President. Depending on which of the Multiple Endings a player gets, Sayori will start to act just as bad as Monika before she's stopped in the bad ending, or thank the player for trying to make everyone happy despite knowing they were all video game characters in the good ending. Monika is and was always meant to be in the wrong, and her stance that "it's just a video game" doesn't excuse how she acted.
  • Katawa Shoujo:
    • The game itself is an inversion; on hearing that a game about dating crippled girls (blind, amputees, etc) is being written by (mostly) refugees of 4chan, many reviewers are prepared to find a depressingly cruel, mocking game on par with Rapelay, instead of a fairly realistic and touching game about living with (and dating) handicaps.
    • On the other hand, Word of God (word of the devblog, actually) has denied the opposite interpretation that the story is meant to be a sympathetic analysis of life with a handicap. The setting comes second to the genre (romance). The fact that they claim the handicaps are not actually the focus of the game makes it even better.
    • The moral in Hanako's route is that Hanako doesn't like her crippling shyness and insecurities and wants people to see her as an equal instead of as a broken child to protect and baby. There are quite a few KS fans who love Hanako for her "adorable shyness" and get upset at Hisao for his and Hanako's first time going so wrong, despite the fact that Hanako was the one who initiated it. The fact that Hisao has a brief Heroic BSoD upon mistakenly believing that he forced Hanako into sex and Hanako has to clear up that he didn't rape her should say, uh, something.
    • Similarly, the fact that Shizune is really Not Good with People and straightforward to the point of bluntness makes people believe that she raped Hisao in Their First Time.
  • Type Moon works are heavily subjected to this.
    • A theme that head writer Nasu uses quite often is the idea that we all have darkness within ourselves. You still get a little agitated when you think of something thoughtless that your friend did years ago. You feel that the girl you like should have gone with you instead of this other guy. You have an old grudge towards one of your relatives. Your acquaintances all have little flaws that annoy you. And so on and so forth. But you keep all of this under wraps, because you realize that you're being irrational or petty and/or that it's insignificant next to how much you care about this person. But what happens when you're possessed by a supernatural power and forced to act on all of these dark urges? Suffice to say, none of us would be good people. Nasu has used this with no less than four characters, and two of them have Hatedoms that center their bashing around said character's actions while in this state, despite the fact that they would never behave that way normally, and even after Nasu had spent the better part of the story beating them over the head with the concept.invoked
    • The Tsukihime fandom often fails to understand Kohaku's character, despite it being spelled out in black and white. She masked her emotions and detached herself from the world around her in response to being abused as a child. She took on the cheerful persona in response to her formerly cheerful sister becoming mopey and reserved. Kohaku's cheerful personality gradually became her real one without her realizing it. The Kohaku that we see is the real one. She formulated a plan to get the Tohnos to kill each other not because she was angry, but because she thought that it was what a normal person would do. She is not a vengeful sadist who would randomly murder your family because she likes seeing you squirm.
    • Fate/stay night has a similar problem with the fandom in regards to the protagonist, Shirou Emiya. If you asked most casual fans of the Fate series about Shirou, most would say he's an idiot and boring. The whole point of his character is that he starts off that way, only for the story to reveal the layers of why he acts the way he does. He has a serious cause of Survivor's Guilt that makes him think he owes his life to those who died, and so he wants to protect others to give his own life some kind of meaning, all to justify why he survived but others didn't. Various characters question why Shirou does this, and point out how unhealthy this is, but Shirou doesn't see it that way. And yet the story makes sure to point out that he is flawed in this approach. He's an intended Deconstruction of the All-Loving Hero and Chronic Hero Syndrome for a reason. Despite this, Shirou still gets criticized as a Stock Shōnen Hero in spite of the fact that the series spends a good deal of time examining his character flaws.

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