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Now that Adaptational Nice Guy got launched, examples where the characters remain on the same alignment in the adaptation but become nicer (a villain becoming more Affably Evil, or a heroic character losing its Good Is Not Nice traits) should be moved there are removed from here.
In the comics, Merlyn's real name was Arthur King. Tommy Merlyn was introduced in the New Fifty Two as a Canon Immigrant from Arrow.
Pulled this from the Iron Patriot entry:
However, in that storyline, Osborn underhandedly acquires the suit which was intended for a more heroic character, so it's possible that Osborn will steal it in a later film.
Because a) the Iron Patriot armour in the comics was created by Norman himself, "cobbled together from StarkTech" as the Marvel Wiki puts it. And b) It's not really possible for Osborn to steal the armor in a later Iron Man film, because he's a Spider-Man character. (I doubt the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch getout clause would apply to him.)
Is it at all possible to do this in a fanfic without going straight into Draco in Leather Pants territory? Suppose, for instance, both characters were (arguably) A Lighter Shade of Black, and one of them was relatively a Nice Guy before they snapped. The other, however, was pretty much a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, but decidedly a Chaotic Evil by alignment. This all happens in canon. Now, suppose post-series-end, the fanfic gives them a chance to be more heroic. They still have their characters intact, but the setting is completely different, and the circumstances are such that they're a lot less forced to commit evil acts. Does it become this trope done right or something else?
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