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Basic Trope: A character is much more heroic in an adaptation than in the source material.

  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Adaptational Nice Guy
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    • Bob is almost the same character in The Film of the Book that he was in the original story, but he gets a few added Pet the Dog moments.
    • Bob is still evil in the adaptation, but he's not absolute pure evil like in the original.
  • Justified: Due to the changes in the story Bob's Start of Darkness never happens and he remains a good guy.
  • Inverted:
  • 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).
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  • 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.
  • Enforced:
    • 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.
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  • 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:
  • 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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