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Basic Trope: A character is much more villainous in an adaptation than they originally were.

  • Straight: Bob, originally a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, becomes an outright Jerkass in The Film of the Book.
  • In the manga The Adventures of Bobu, Yuzu was a lonely Cute Ghost Girl from an abandoned mansion who helped the heroes traverse it. In the anime adaptation, she's a malevolent Stringy Haired Ghost Girl Yandere who keeps them prisoner there.
  • Exaggerated: Bob was practically a saint in the original, but the adaptation makes him a psychotic Complete Monster.
  • Downplayed: Bob is pretty much the same Jerkass in The Film of the Book that he was in the original story, but he does do a couple of mean things that he didn't do in the book.
  • Justified:
    • The adapters have to simplify, expand on, or change the story to make it into a movie, and Bob's motives and sympathetic qualities are too complex to be filmed.
    • Bob is combined with the much nastier Carl. The resulting Composite Character has Bob's name, appearance, and mannerisms, but Carl's villainous personality.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob was a villain in the book, but becomes a good guy in The Movie.
    • A villain is given sympathetic qualities that he or she didn't have originally to make their character more complex than in the original work.
  • Subverted: While it looks like Bob is the villain, 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 villain.
  • Parodied: Bob decides to become evil because he feels that he got no respect in the original, and he wants revenge.
  • Deconstructed: Bob, while he sticks to his original, more benevolent personality at first, becomes steadily more villainous due to differences in the plot that exploit his darker side. However, he never does anything to make him an outright villain.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is a clear villain from the start, instead of simply being neutral or ambiguous, even though the plot is otherwise the same.
  • 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 no clear villain, or the villains are more comical than truly evil. The adaptation is trying to be Darker and Edgier, making it more clear who the villain is by making the antagonistic character really evil instead of misguided, sympathetic, or likeable.
  • Lampshaded: "Why are you evil, Bob? I thought you were supposed to be nicer than this!"
  • Invoked: "Bob looks like a nasty piece of work. Let's make him the villain - he's scarier-looking than the one in the original."
  • Exploited: The Big Bad chooses Bob as a henchman because no one will suspect him of being a villain.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob's actions are much more henious than his original counterpart's, but he also has a more sympathetic backstory to explain his behaviour where he didn't before.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to do anything truly evil in the adaptation, keeping his Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality intact.
  • Discussed: "I bet the villain in the movie will be that creepy-looking guy, even though he isn't bad in the book."
  • Conversed: "Why did they make Bob a bad guy? Wasn't he an OK guy in the original?"

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