Basic Trope: A character is much more heroic in an adaptation than in the source material.
- Justified: Due to the changes in the story Bob's Start of Darkness never happens and he remains a good guy.
- Bob was Unintentionally Sympathetic in the original, so the story was rewritten to make it an intentional aspect of his character.
- Subverted: While it looks like Bob is the hero, it later turns out that he isn't, and he takes on his original role in the story...
- Double Subverted: ... until it turns out that Bob really is the hero.
- Parodied: Bob's motives for being a Jerkass is that he hates being a comic book character and always wanted to star in a movie. Now that he is a movie character, he has little reason to be a jerk (and now that the movie is over, he goes back to being a Jerkass comic book character until a sequel is made).
- Zig-Zagged: Bob's actions are much more honorable than his original counterpart's, but some of the hardships that would have made his actions shine were omitted.
- Averted: Bob's personality and role in the story are the same in the movie as they are in the original.
- The original source had only anti-heroes, or followed Black and Grey Morality. The adaptation is trying to be Lighter and Softer, making it more clear who the hero is.
- Bob is too unlikable to be a sympathetic hero, and the adaptation gives him likable qualities so that the audience can emotionally invest in him.
- Bob is an immensely popular villain, and the adaptation wants to focus on him, but to do that, they need to make him a a hero.
- Lampshaded: Random Bystander: "Wasn't he supposed to be a bad guy just like in the comics?".
- Invoked: The director is a Bob fangirl.
- Exploited: Alice wants to hook up with Bob, but knows that she won't be able to do that as long as Bob remains a Jerkass, so she decides to wait for the eventual movie adaptation to make a move.
- Defied: The director shoots down any ideas that involve making Bob a more sympathetic character.
- Discussed:Comic Book Alice: Hey, did you hear? There's gonna be a movie adaptation of this comic!
Comic Book Bob: Oh, Goddammit! I really hope they don't invent some crap about me being nice or something.
- Conversed: "I think Bob's a bit too unsympathetic." "We could make him more heroic then."
- Implied: Robert is a hero who appears to be a Canon Foreigner. However, there is a Mythology Gag that suggests he may actually be the adaptation's version of Bob.
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