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Other adaptations provide examples of:

  • Animated Adaptation: Several, but the most recent 2007 anime Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette is probably best known.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Is there any other kind when it comes to Les Misérables? Now, Compressed Is Not Bad, but still. Fourteen hundred pages.
    • The 2007 Anime adaption for the World Masterpiece Theater series had 52 Episodes to tell the story, and even that was too compressed.
  • Determinator: Javert. Taken almost to Implacable Man levels in some versions.
  • Inspector Javert: Trope Namer.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Shoujo Cosette anime. It has more people survive than other adaptations and quite a few added cutesy scenes, especially involving Chou Chou the dog, a character whom Cosette and Gavroche adopt as a puppy. He ends up saving Gavroche from the barricade.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Various adaptations made Valjean fall in love with Fantine. By the time the two met she was sickly, dying, and completely insane from a disease that reached her brain.
  • Relationship Compression: Marius/Cosette.
  • Rock Opera: The original French concept album was a complete show in and of itself, and is pretty much self-contained in the music.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In the anime, the barricade's last stand is set to perky, sparkly J-pop music.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Gavroche, Mme. Thénardier, Valjean and Javert manage to survive in at least one adaptation each.
  • Stern Chase: Javert hounding Valjean for decades. (Which is really an artifact of adaptation distillation/compression; Javert is not such a monomaniac in the book.) Some do at least give the impression he actually did other things, but keeps hearing about that ONE guy...
  • Widget Adaptation: Arm Joe.
  • Wife Husbandry: In the 2000 TV miniseries, Valjean admits to Marius that he is in love with Cosette. Squick.
  • You Are Number Six: Valjean's prison number is mentioned by most adaptation, but few of them do more than name it. Many filmmakers seem to have a problem with the numbers that Hugo chose, as the number often gets changed to: 2906 (1935 adaptation), 872 (1947 Italian adaptation), 1082 (1952 adaptation), 335 (1955 Indian adaptation), 1205 (1982 adaptation)...
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