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Basic Trope: A work's translation deliberately deviates from the original version in order to better represent the translator's views.

  • Straight: The English version of The Adventures of Bob adds a few references to characters' political views. The heroes happen to have the same views as the translator, while the villain happens to have opposing views.
  • Exaggerated: The Adventures of Bob is translated from a completely non-political children's novel into a full-blown Author Tract with a completely different story.
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  • Downplayed: The translator is against smoking, and slightly tones down some Smoking Is Cool scenes in the translation without fully eliminating the trope.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: An Author Tract is translated into a completely non-political work.
  • Subverted: There was a deviation in tone. It turns out to have been from an amateur translator not getting the connotations. After brushing up the translator does a faithful translation.
  • Double Subverted: That was a lie to save face.
  • Parodied: The Big Bad is changed from a generic fantasy evil emperor into a modern-day real-life politician without changing anything else about the story's setting. Many gags are made about how unfitting the character is in a fantasy world.
  • Zig Zagged: The translation sometimes seems to have an agenda, but sometimes seems accurate, and sometimes even seems to undermine its own agenda.
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  • Averted: The translation is kept intact whenever possible, even at the cost of needing to include note boxes to explain major Values Dissonance.
  • Enforced: The funder demanded a more favorable translation, implicitly or otherwise.
  • Lampshaded: "Wait — since when did we talk about politics?"
  • Invoked: The original author suggests translators can add new political interpretations.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The author makes sure all the translations are accurate.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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