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The opposite of Adaptational Villainy. Some adaptations make a character Take a Level in Jerkass, this is the reverse. A character is villainous or just not very nice in their original medium. When the time comes for the adaptation, however, things are altered. Possibly many scenes where they Kick the Dog are removed. Perhaps they are a Composite Character with someone who was nice in the original. Possibly, the original suffers from Values Dissonance and so the character is portrayed more sympathetically to match the values of a modern audience. Maybe a Generic Doomsday Villain has a motive in the adaptation and comes across as an Anti-Villain or a Jerkass Woobie. Another common way is to expand the character's backstory, giving them Hidden Depths and Character Development.

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