Flanderization

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Here's a meme about SpongeBob's flanderization. (Art / meme by Roro102900)

Flanderization is a trope that refers to the act of taking a single trait from a character and exaggerating and amplifying it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character. Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic. Sitcoms and other comedy shows are usually the ones to suffer this, due to the writers doing anything they can to get a cheap laugh from the audience, even if it means sacrificing a character's personality. Either there are out of character personalities that are counted as against the characters we have known in love, or there are personalities that will make you have no choice but to lose all of your respect you would have had for all the characters.

Although, Flanderization doesn't always make the characters turn out awful. Some Flanderization can make them funnier and likable. It depends on how the character is flanderized. This good side of Flanderization is most noticeable in Thor from the MCU, who became a less serious and more badass hero.

The Simpsons, being the series which spawned this trope's very name, has this almost across the board. Over time, the series has, in many ways, become a symbol of this trope in its purest form.

In the topic of Flanderization, the American animated sitcom King of the Hill is a notable example of a series that used Flanderization. This series is known for giving flatter characters new aspects, then focusing on them, thus creating the sense of Flanderization at the same time as they get Character Development.

Flanderization is to not be confused with Character Derailment, in which it involves a character's trait(s) being vastly different compared to what was previously shown.

Notable victims of Flanderization

NOTE: If highlighted in green, it is positive Flanderization.

  • Ned Flanders (The Simpsons; the trope namer, went from merely enjoying going to church to being obsessively religious and overly nice, and then later an obnoxiously intolerant bigot who will lash out at anyone that doesn't support Christianity)
  • Moe Szyslak (The Simpsons; became the show's punching bag, even before he was the show's punching bag, he was the main punching bag whenever he gets prank called by Bart, other things else, either done in a funny way or not so funny way)
  • Homer Simpson (The Simpsons; became a selfish and sometimes crazy moron.)
  • Marge Simpson (The Simpsons; turned into an overprotective mother who's no fun at all, what is completely against her character. This happens in the episodes where the episode is disliked by fans, considered boring, or is just plain bad)
  • Bart Simpson (The Simpsons; turned into a borderline sociopath, though not as bad as Peter Griffin)
  • Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons; became a know-it-all Social Justice Warrior, which is far too against her character)
  • Maggie Simpson (The Simpsons; became a flawless Mary Sue, despite the fact that she is likable and cute)
  • Garfield (The Garfield Show; became an unlikable slob)
  • Jon Arbuckle (The Garfield Show; became an idiot)
  • Nermal (The Garfield Show; became a jerk)
  • Harry Potter (Harry Potter novels 5-7; became an unlikable jerk)
  • Peter Griffin (Modern) (Family Guy; Season 7-present; became an insane, rude, hypocritical, selfish, psychopathic, and an egotistical person)
  • Lois Griffin (Post Season 6) (Family Guy; Season 7-present; became a sex-crazed, abusive short-tempered wife)
  • Meg Griffin (Family Guy; Seasons 6-14; became a punching bag up until Season 14)
  • Chris Griffin (Family Guy; Season 7-present; became a character going in full idiot mode in the worst way possible)
  • Brian Griffin (Family Guy Seasons 7-present) (Family Guy; Season 7-present; his entire personality now amounts to being a "liberal", and became a complete jerk and got even worse when he came back)
  • Glenn Quagmire (Family Guy; Season 7-present; became not just a pervert, but an implied 'child molester.
  • Stewie Griffin (Family Guy; went from a toddler with the mind of an evil genius to a toddler with the mind of a stereotypical gay guy)
  • Robin (Teen Titans Go!); is now a complete overbearing and severely mentally or psychologically ill dominant jerk.
  • Starfire (Teen Titans Go!); is more child-like and immature. She also adds "the" in almost every sentence she says and it gets annoying really quickly. Not to mention that she screams a lot that it sounds like a high-pitched anime girl in an english dub yelling at the top of her lungs.
  • Beast Boy (Teen Titans Go!); has been turned into an immature, whiny, destructive, literal party-animal teenager and a lazy couch potato who barely gets up to do something simple.
  • Cyborg (Teen Titans Go!); has become an annoying idiot, with his giraffe neck gag being annoying at times.
  • Ed (Ed, Edd n Eddy; Seasons 5-6; became a too-dumb-to-live idiot, although he is still likable)
  • Edd (Ed, Edd n Eddy; Seasons 5-6; became a constantly complaining goody-two-shoes)
  • Eddy (Ed, Edd n Eddy; Seasons 5-6; became an unlikable violent maniac)
  • Jimmy (Ed, Edd n Eddy; Seasons 2-6; became a vengeful camp gay crybaby)
  • Jonny 2x4 (Ed, Edd n Eddy; Seasons 2-6; became an annoying loudmouth goofball and saboteur who can't act or function without Plank)
  • Spongebob Squarepants (Spongebob Squarepants; Seasons 6-8; became an obnoxiously happy moronic idiot and a crybaby in some episodes)
  • Patrick Star (Spongebob Squarepants; Seasons 1b-5; 6-8; he suffered two flanderizations; he started out as a kind of dumb but fairly intelligent, but as Season 1 progressed, he became more stupid and immature and eventually his stupidity became his main, defining trait (This was a good Flanderization that made him funnier and more memorable); then, in Seasons 6-8, he had second Flanderization (which wasn't a good one). He essentially became brain dead, with his actions becoming dangerous at times. He also became a selfish jerk. True, Patrick had his jerky and antagonistic moments in earlier seasons, but these moments pretty much became a major part of him in these seasons. Then, in Season 9 onwards, he finally got better after years of complaints from fans and critics)
  • Mr. Krabs (Seasons 6-8) (Spongebob Squarepants; Seasons 6-8; turned into an even bigger black-hearted and self-serving greedy monster who, in one episode, terrorized Plankton to the point where he attempted suicide (yes, seriously) and Mr. Krabs just brushed it off like it was nothing; his love for money also became over-exaggerated)
  • Timmy Turner (The Fairly OddParents; was portrayed as essentially a good kid in the first few seasons, who occasionally gave into his selfishness. However, he was still very likable. However, by about the fourth or fifth season, he became somewhat of a jerk along with all the other denizens of this hellish parody of sitcom America, including his Fairy Godparents who were summoned to help him the first place. Timmy has returned to most of his original affable characterization by the sixth season onward but it still shows up every now and again, before relapsing back into it in the nineth and tenth season upon the introduction of Chloe Carmichael)
  • Cosmo (The Fairly OddParents; was originally simply The Ditz and a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander, sometimes dim but still relatively normal, and perhaps strangest of all, he and Wanda seemed to be on an equal level of airheaded and careless intelligence ("We're two halves of a whole idiot!") Starting around Season 2, he started to become increasingly dumber with each season. Now he's just The Ditz. Just look back at his character in the original Oh Yeah! Cartoons pilot — he was actually a suave and sophisticated guy, barely resembling the character he became. Also, his relationship with Wanda in Seasons 4 and 5 was the foil for a lot of marriage jokes; in a couple of episodes, he claimed to be trapped in the marriage to Wanda and that she had tricked him into it. This characteristic was toned down in Season 6, when the birth of Poof turned them into loving parents)
  • Wanda (The Fairly OddParents; was originally portrayed as being dimmer than Cosmo, believe it or not, then at around Season 1 they shared an equal amount of intelligence. From Season 2 onwards, Wanda became simply the wiser one who chastised Timmy and Cosmo whenever they did something wrong. Then, all her jokes tend to be that she's a total nag, to the point where the Barbarian Hero episode had her become the whip-cracking Nagules. Her marriage to Cosmo also became one of the biggest sources of humor on the show, to the point where Cosmo made it appear that he was trapped in the marriage to Wanda; however, this was toned down in Season 6, when the birth of Poof brought them closer together and they are currently revamped as loving parents)
  • Mr. Turner (The Fairy OddParents) and Mrs. Turner (The Fairly OddParents; they go from busy and clueless to extremely negligent parents who have hinted at times that they don't truly love Timmy, and see him as a burden. This was actually the plot catalyst in an episode guest-starring the late Steve Irwin as 'The Bad Parent Hunter')
  • Hank Hill (King of the Hill; is known for preferring traditional things over trendy new ones. This starts to get overdone in the later seasons; case in point, "Get Your Freak Off". In this episode, Hank is more Amish than the Amish; he's almost medieval)
  • The Annoying Orange (The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange; became more annoying than he was in the web series to the point where he is not even funny)
  • Danny Phantom; became more selfish and unintelligent in season 3.
  • Jamie (TAWOG Season 3)
  • Eric Cartman (South Park; became an absolute villain rather than just a jerk; not to mention, his bigotry used to be only targeted toward Kyle)
  • Butters Stotch (South Park; became a very sweet boy, one of the few times a Flanderization made a character even more popular)
  • Randy Marsh (South Park; became a paranoid coward and a manchild)
  • Bloo (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; started out as being protective over and caring of Mac in the pilot whilst being only slightly mischievous and then became a "jerk with a heart of gold" type of character in the first season, but then eventually he lost the "heart of gold" part and just became a full-blown, straight-up, outright meanie whose jerkiness kept getting worse and worse as the show went on until he finally started leveling off around the end of the series)
  • Earl Devereaux (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; became a rude and manipulative jerk in the TV show adaption)
  • Mater (Cars; became an idiot jerk in the second film)
  • Optimus Prime (Became a psychotic killing machine in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen)
  • Ren Hoek (Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon; same as Optimus Prime)
  • Son Goku (Dragon Ball GT and Super; became dumber and more man childish)
  • Chi-Chi (Dragon Ball ZGT and Super; became an obnoxiously overbearing mother to her sons, Gohan and Goten, to the point where she attempted to take Gohan's infant daughter away from him as she couldn't stand the thought of her becoming a Z-Fighter when she grew up)
  • Broly (Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming; became a brainless lunatic who did nothing but scream "KAKAROT!" at the top of his lungs)
  • Miho Nosaka (Yu-Gi-Oh! 1998; became a selfish, hypocritical ditz who uncaringly strings Honda around when she clearly has no interest in him and just uses him for her own personal gain)
  • Sakura Haruno (Naruto; became a violent psychopath who attacks Naruto for no reason)
  • Sheen Estevez (Planet Sheen; Went from being a funny comic relief to an immature, childish and unfunny idiot)
  • Spike Bulldog (The Tom and Jerry Show; went from being a friend to Jerry to a mean, short-tempered jerk who hates both Tom and Jerry)
  • Tommy Oliver (Power Rangers; became an annoying ranger every season after season)
  • Manny the Mammoth (Ice Age; became a stereotypical over-caring father in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and became dumber and dumber as films went on.)
  • Sid the Sloth (Ice Age; Became a stereotypical lazy bum in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and became dumber and dumber as films went on.)
  • Max Russo (Seasons 3-4) is changed from a funny, laid-back, and yet, kind-hearted and dimwitted character with slight intelligence, to an annoying, aggravating, arrogant, jerky, and a too dumb to live-type character, who's only there for comedic purposes only, much like Patrick Star from Seasons 6-8 of SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • Red (Angry Birds Toons; Season 2-3; because an overprotective Gary-Stu angry bullylike jerk that likes beating the innocent pigs for fun and leaving them to starve. He is also very racist towards the pigs and is very mean to them for no real reason)
  • Chuck (Angry Birds Toons Seasons 2-3; Changed from a lovable, funny speed demon to an annoying idiotic jerk who cares more about looking cool than protecting the eggs, he also gets too much screentime in the newer seasons.0
  • Jim, Jake, And Jay, (The Blues From Angry Birds Toons; Seasons 2-3; became annoying troublemaking brats that also like to beat the pigs for fun.)
  • Matilda (Angry Birds Toons; Season 2-3; Became an OCD overprotective Neat Freak that wants everything to be perfect.)
  • Bomb (Angry Birds Toons; Seasons 2-3; Became a boring penguin with no personality and eats ice cream for no reason.)
  • The Pigs (Angry Birds Toons; Seasons 2-3; Became 1-dimensional villain characters who want to steal the eggs from the Birds for no real reason when they could’ve eaten something else, They also Became punching bags for the Birds.)
  • Book (Battle For BFDI; became an unlikable douchebag to Taco)
  • Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (film) became an idiot.
  • Frank Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (film) is the same as Greg.
  • Susan Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (film) became a selfish and egotistical mother who belittles her family and bashes modern technology. She can also be an idiot at times like Greg and Frank.
  • Sam Puckett (iCarly Seasons 4-5; Sam & Cat); Was flanderized twice. In the earlier seasons of iCarly, she started out as being an aggressive tomboy. During Seasons 4-5, however, she became somewhat less aggressive and more girly. Then, during Sam & Cat, she became a selfish jerk.
  • Cat Valentine (Sam & Cat) became even dumber than she was in Victorious to the point of being an absolute idiot.
  • Sam Wilson/Falcon (Marvel Comics; became out of character after becoming the "new" Captain America)
  • Mark Taylor (Home Improvement; Season 7; became a gothic weirdo.)
  • Agent 3 (Splatoon); Started out as the hero you play as that defeated Octarains reasonably because they stole the Great Zapfish, to a heartless racist jerk who attacked Agent 8 simply because He/She was an Octoling because Octolings used to be the bad guys in Splatoon, but this Octoling heard the Calamari Inkantation and became good and wouldn't attack Agent 3, yet, Agent 3 still wants to attack Agent 8 for the sake of being an "evil" Octoling. Thankfully, Agent 3 became good in Octo Expansion because he/she saved Agent 8 and Cap'n Cuttlefish from being blended alive and was nice to agent 8 and was self-aware that not all octarians are bad guys.)
  • Wonder Woman (2011); Became a selfish, cold-hearted and murderous bully.
  • Superman (DCEU); Became an eternally depressed grump who almost never smiles.
  • Batman (DCEU); Became a crazed sociopath who kills people for no reason.
  • Lex Luthor (DC Extended Universe); Became a spoiled daddy’s boy who acts like a wacky cartoon character.
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: The Last Jedi); became a cowardly old grump who nearly refused to train Rey.
  • Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls (2016)); (Blossom became a neurotic geek, Bubbles became one of the girliest girls while still retaining some of her more psychotic episodes, and Buttercup became a bully).
  • Jerry (Gene Deitch Era); Became a flat-out sadistic jerk who enjoys torturing Tom for fun.
  • Eustace Bagge (Courage the Cowardly Dog) (Courage the Cowardly Dog in Ball of RevengeTTSW); Became a murderous jerk who wants Courage dead because he gets all the attention from Muriel.
  • Will Schuester (GleeBTSW Season 4-5);Became a stubborn, obsessive and pushy manchild.
  • Rachel Berry (GleeBTSW Season 2);Became a complete psychopath who never does something without an ulterior motive of stardom.
  • Tina Cohen-Chang (GleeBTSW Season 4-5);Became an unlikable diva.
  • Blaine Anderson (GleeBTSW Season 3-5);Became an immature manchild.
  • Buddy Thunderstruck (Get the Hock Out and Cannonballistic; became a despicable and annoying amateur who usually does stupid things and often gets himself in trouble and doesn't listen to other people in front of him and act like he doesn't care for the bad things that happen to them or even himself to the point of him never getting told off or punished for his mean-spirted and stupid actions).
  • Big Tex Arkana (Buddy Thunderstruck in Get the Hock OutTTSW) and Thunderstruck Rab Cab; became an even greedier and villainous Mr. Krabs (Seasons 6-8) and Moneybags wannabe who often does illegal things such as hiring two people (Buddy and Darnell) with no money just to scam and take people's items away despite them already paying for them in his pawnshop property and stealing other people's driving secrets (especially Buddy's), yet he never got his pawnshop sued or himself arrested for these crimes).
  • Artichoke (Buddy Thunderstruck in Get the Hock Out; became an stereotypical Edgelord replacement of "Sheriff Cannonball" who rarely shows charm and only threatens to kill and threat other people when he gets distracted or stole his motorcycle).
  • Auntie Uncle (Buddy Thunderstruck in Get the Hock Out]; became an extremely braindead and spoiled party animal with zero redeemable qualities who only cares about losing Buddy's money to other people and treating him like a homeless and poor person and even sell all of Buddy's and even her own furniture to Big Tex just to "keep the business going" which could gave Patrick Star or Peter Griffin a run for their money).
  • Robby Burgles (Buddy Thunderstruck in Get the Hock Out; became an useless repo man with stomach problems which caused him to be only there for bathroom humor).
  • Mama Possum (Buddy Thunderstruck in Post Get the Hock Out; became a dumb, whiny and annoying coward who often gets herself and her babies in danger, especially in Get the Hock Out when two thieves show up for her birdbath while trashing her front garden, she told them to take her birdbath instead of calling the cops on both of them).
  • Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones Season 8 Part 2; Became a poorly written mad tyrant and destroyer of the common.)
  • Pac-Man (Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures; went from a video game icon who turns out to be lovable to a glutton who focuses more on food rather than helping others.)
  • Tyler Navarro ("Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge"; became an idiot, an unlikable Red Ranger and one of the most annoying character)
  • Riley Griffin ("Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge"; became immature and only cares about winning.)
  • Koda ("Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge"; became a silly comic relief in second season)
  • Woody Woodpecker (Woody Woodpecker; Became an Unlikable Sadist)
  • The Banana Splits (The Banana Splits Movie; Became murderous monsters)
  • Lanolin (Orson's Farm; Became a HUGE Jerk Towards Everyone, Especially Roy)
  • Mr. Goodman (Post 2016) (SML; Became a jerk towards Mario)
  • Mario (SML; Became a stupid, stereotypical dad)
  • Bowser Junior (SML mid-late 2019-2020; Became overly annoying and stupid)
  • Joseph (SML 2017-2020); Became an unlikable character whose sole purpose is to be Bowser Junior's Yes Man, and also became a greedy spoiled jerk on par with The Goodman Family in "Joseph the Millionaire!"
  • Rosalina (SML 2016-2017 & 2019-2020; Became an insensitive and nagging mother who yells at Mario and defends Jeffy. Not even she is immune to flanderization)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (Ralph Breaks the Internet; became an immature and selfish jerk who lives to only have Vanellope by his side.)
  • Hua Mulan (Mulan (2020); became a Mary Sue and physical fighter and is apparently born as gifted.)
  • Kai (LEGO Ninjago: Masters of SpinjitsuBTSW; Seasons 8-12, went from a short tempered, yet caring ninja to a whiny, narcissistic character
  • Jay (LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu; Seasons 8-onward; His timidness overtime evolved into just being plain dim-witted)
  • Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon (LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu; Seasons 11-present; became more of a stereotypical leader in a kids' cartoon.)
  • Dareth (LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu; Seasons 8-present; became more of an attempted comic relief character than an actual comic relief character)
  • Johnny Test (JohnnyBTSW TestTTSW; Seasons 4-6; went from an adventurous and rebellious boy who cared about his family to a spoiled, manipulative, whiny, and irresponsible brat)
  • Dukey (Johnny Test; Seasons 4-6; went from a reluctant yet nice talking dog who seemed like a role-model for Johnny to a yes-man Butt-Monkey like character, and although he does point out when Johnny does wrong, he's perfectly willing to join him and if not, he's easily bribed with meat. He is also portrayed as a Karma Houdini at times. Not once is he blamed for putting Johnny into a handful of situations)
  • Susan and Mary Test (Johnny Test; Seasons 4-6, went from great partners in training with comedic traits with creative experiments, along with safety precautions on Johnny to having no problem experimenting on Johnny no matter how dangerous. More than half of those are for Gil. They are also hypocrites)
  • Hugh Test (Johnny Test; Seasons 4-6, went from a caring father to obviously hating Johnny, as he wanted to send him to military academy and he made him bet that if he didn't use his manners he would make him clean his room for a year and yell out that he loves his meatloaf. Those are cruel punishments that no good father would ever make his son/daughter do)
  • Bling-Bling Boy (Johnny Test; Seasons 4-6; became blander as a villain, while at the same time actually gaining character development)
  • Lego (Object Invasion; Episode 6-onward; he went from a kind, yet self conscious friend of Cup to a bossy leader who gets angry when his team loses, and he once blamed his own team for losing the challenge, and doesn't care about whatever gets in his way, which led to his elimination)
  • Danger Mouse (Danger Mouse; Became a stereotypical hero who can often be very unlikable)
  • Penfold (Danger Mouse; Went from a humorous dim-witted coward to a stereotypical bland and gay coward)
  • Colonel K (Danger Mouse; Season 5 (1981)-onward; Became a dumb yet likable colonel)
  • Stiletto Mafiosa (Danger Mouse; Season 5 (1981)-onward; Went from a loyal henchman of Baron Greenback to a stupid henchman)
  • Narrator (Danger Mouse; Season 4 (1981)-Season 10 (1981); Season 1 (2015)-onward; Started off not having a problem, then started hating his job wanting to quit since the fourth seasons seventh episode Tower of Terror, saying he wanted to be on Radio 3. However, after the reboot he started tolerating his job more, being the comic relief character and a show-stealer, all while still being likable)
  • Jack Sullivan (The Last Kids on EarthTTSW; Became an unlikable idiot)
  • Fred Jones (BCSDTTSW; Became even more obsessed with traps to the point it permanently damages his relationship with Daphne.)
  • Daphne Blake (BSCD; Became very stupid, to the point it also damages her relationship with Fred.)
  • Velma Dinkley (BSCD; Became a know-it-all.)
  • Shaggy Rogers (BSCD; Also became very stupid, to the point where he is more stupid than cowardly)
  • Scooby-Doo (BSCD; Same as Shaggy)
  • Axzyte's mom (Axzyte; Became a mother who beats up Axzyte and Zack for almost no reason at all)
  • The Days Union (ROBLOX; Went from being passive myths that are against The Night Coalition to being hostile and rabid myths)
  • JackCult (ROBLOX; Same as The Days Union, he went from a nice 14 year old child that was the only safe Cult Family myth to a hostile myth)
  • BrandonCult (ROBLOX; Went from a serious myth from a corrupt family to a user that looks unrecognizable and acts nothing like his past self, and also made a disgusting game where you literally eat poop.

The Overall Reason Why This Trope Sucks

  • Basically, this trope serves as reverse character development, where the characters you either love or hate (gets worse or gets ruined and lose any likability in them).

Comments


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Tallryie

6 months ago
Score 2
If your gonna flanderize them, You should flanderize yoursself.
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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
Score 1 You
or as I like to name it......FLANDERLISM! GET IT?
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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
Score 1 You
You should add The Banana Splits here.
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MrAnonymous

2 months ago
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THEY'RE ANIMATRONICS, NOT THE REAL ONES!
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Whoacks

5 months ago
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We should add Kai from Ninjago (Seasons 8-present) and Dareth (Season 9)
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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I learned to hate flanderization because of the Touhou fandom. Because the Touhou fandom just LOVES to flanderize ALL the characters, even if it's for jokes. Pc-98 characters? Only Mima and Shinki matter. Speaking of Shinki, she's nothing but Alice's mom, even though she created a freaking world of demons. Reimu? Only cares for money. Marisa? A lesbian womanizer. Cirno? A complete idiot. Meiling? Everyone's lazy punching bag. Patchouli? Suddenly loves Marisa despite all the crap she has to put up with her. Sakuya? Suddenly obsessed with her breast size and preying on Remilia. Remilia? A neat freak who's even more selfish than in canon. Flandre? A complete psychopath who just LOVES to destroy everything. Chen? Suddenly a "cute kitty" despite being a dangerous shikigami. Alice? Loves Marisa all of a sudden, even though she HATES Marisa in canon (or at least, doesn't get along well with her). Youmu? A dork and a pushover. Yuyuko? A glutton who does nothing but eat ALL THE TIME. Ran? Strips and nosebleeds whenever Chen does something cute. Yukari? Suddenly has a crush on Reimu, despite Reimu being 17, and her being 17,000,000 years old or something. Mystia? Yuyuko's food, apparently. Keine? Wants nothing but to molest Mokou. Tewi? A sociopathic prankster. Reisen? A pushover who's only good for her sex appeal. Eirin? HELP ME EIRIN!1 Kaguya? A NEET who just lies around all day doing nothing. Mokou? A boring, suicidal emo despite being immortal. Rinnosuke? Suddenly the only man in Gensokyo and everyone's (Gary-Stu) love interest. Aya? Takes panty photos. Yuuka? A genocidal gardener who kills ANYONE for *gasp* DARING TO TOUCH HER PRECIOUS SUNFLOWERS. Komachi? Lazy and doesn't listen for shits and giggles. Eiki? A dwarf who yells at everyone. Hina? Spins ALL THE TIME. Nitori? Another one of Marisa's lovers. Momiji? A puppy that goes "awoo". Sanae? A psychopath that enjoys acting like a "good girl" and ruining Reimu's life. Kanako? SCIENCE, BITCH! Tenshi? A masochist that LOVES pain, ESPECIALLY from Yuuka. Satori? Another depressed emo. Utsuho? Says "unyuu" at the end of every sentence. Koishi? Suddenly another psychopath that's obsessed with her own hat. Ichirin? Who's that? Nothing but Unzan's hitbox. Shou? Loses her pagoda ALL THE TIME. Byakuren? More like youkai jesus! Kyoku? Suddenly a dog despite that she's based on a monkey-like creature. Yoshika? No personality. Seiga? A necrophilic. Clownpiece? AMERICA F--K YEAH! Junko? Has a sexual fetish for Reisen. Hecatia? Weird Hot Topic girl despite being the literal goddess of hell. Shion? Deserves ALL the sympathy in the world, despite her negative energy making things worse. Nemuno? A serial killer. Aunn? Only cares about the Hakurei Shrine and not any other temples or shrines. Narumi? Another one of Marisa's love interests. Okina? Can suddenly show off dat leg, even though the manga confirms she's crippled. Urumi? COW MILF WITH BIG BEWBS. Kutaka? Another one of Yuyuko's meals, even though she's a god of chickens. Keiki? DeviantArt. Saki? YEE-HAW! Seriously, these depictions of the characters from my favorite game series is just saddening. Worst part is that it's 2020, and the fandom keeps doing these stupid flanderiztions. If I were ZUN (Touhou's creator), I would HATE to see my characters ruined in such a mean-spirited way.

I can safely see the same for the examples of flanderization on this page.
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Radzz105

5 months ago
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This can't be more true. I personally believe that Touhou fandom is as toxic as Undertale and MLP fandom, if not, even more due to the over-flanderization on almost every single character. That, along with overall toxicity is the main reason why I'm done with Touhou fandom once for all. In my opinion the award for the most severely flanderized Touhou character has to go to Sanae. I haven't seen any video game character flanderized like this, the best examples of how people flanderized her are something like this: "Green Reimu", "Green Armpit Girl", "Good Girl", "Sakuya Replacement" etc.

I also searched "Touhou" on Rule 34, it has over 61k results, more than Undertale, Fnaf, and My Hero Academia combined (as if those three fanbases aren't toxic enough)!

TBH I still have a lot of respect to ZUN, the creator of Touhou Project. It's quite admirable how much popularity this francise managed to get despite it was only made by one single person, however it's very distasteful how much the fandom loved to flanderized everyone to oblivion. If I was ZUN, I would've suffered a mental breakdown for every single of my characters getting flanderized like this.

And for that I approve your message buddy.
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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Not to mention Pokemon Adventures (The manga) also flanderizes A LOT of the characters. For example, they make the Elite Four from Kanto evil (ESPECIALLY Lance), even though they were good in the games. They also make Pryce, of all Gym Leaders, one of the antagonists, "Ice Mask" in the GSC chapters, despite that Pryce is just the Ice-type gym leader of Johto in the games.

I feel like just making the Gym Leaders and Elite Four evil makes them go against their actual characters, because they're meant to PROTECT their regions, not enslave everyone for crying out loud!
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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@Radzz105: Wow, thank you for your comment! I couldn't agree more, too. Plus, I never would have thought that my comment would be replied to, especially by a member of this wiki. Btw, I really love games like Touhou, Len'en Project, and Undertale, I just have a problem with their fandoms (and hatedoms).

Thank you for the reply, overall.
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Radzz105

5 months ago
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You're welcome pal, I also really liked solo made indie games like Touhou Project and Undertale and I'm also very familar with both of the fandoms for their overall toxicity.

One thing I almost forgot to mention, flanderization also happen generally among any fanbases. For Example Nepgear from Hyperdimension Neptunia is sometimes depicted as a "murderous maniac" by fans thanks to conquest ending (if you don't know anything about Neptunia and CE, I highly recommend you not to search about it because it'll ruin your good day for sure)

Fortunately most of the Neptunia characters dodged the flanderization and kept their already existing personality. From my experience I think that Hyperdimension Neptunia fanbase is one of the least toxic fanbase I've experienced. If you're not familar with Neptunia I recommend you to check it out because there are lots of funny otaku jokes and gaming references in HN :) (but make sure not to search for conquest ending, I WARNED YOU!!)
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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@Radzz105: Yeah, I'll probably check out what Neptunia is.

Also, I forgot to mention a few things in my first comment, once again about the flanderizations of Touhou characters.

Letty? Is a fatass simply because her hitbox is too big. Wriggle? Yuuka's punching bag, for some reason. Yuugi? Overly muscular to the point where she doesn't even resemble her portrait in SA. People draw characters like Eiki and Parsee frowning all the time, despite them mostly seen smiling in their debut games. Not to mention Momiji isn't that "cute puppy that's in love with Aya", in fact, she's the complete opposite in canon (she takes her job seriously and doesn't get along with Aya). Plus, people like to draw her as a "loli", even though I personally think in physical appearance, she looks early teens to 16. As for people drawing Eiki short, in one of PoFV's endings, she's actually as tall as Komachi. I myself personally think Eiki is 5'7 and a half. Also, people like to compare Yoshika with zombies, even though she's based on a Jiang-Shi, which are actually vampires, not zombies.

If you thought Rule34 wasn't bad enough, on Danbooru, there is LITERALLY A POOL OF EVERY TOUHOU CHARACTER (up until HSiFS's demo) GETTING RAPED/HAVING SEX. WHAT?!

All in all, the Touhou fandom is toxic, but, in my opinion, not as toxic as the Pokemon fandom. Also, since you suggested Neptunia, I'll suggest you take a look at Len'en Project (which is actually inspired by Touhou).

I really wish that one day ZUN, JynX (Len'en's creator), and Toby Fox one day work on a game together.

So thanks for the other reply, all in all!
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5 months ago
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@Radzz105: I also forgot to mention another depiction I hate:

The Touhou fandom also makes Eirin out to be a mad doctor who tests on Reisen and Tewi, and has no respect for Kaguya. Even though in canon, she respects the rabbits and especially Kaguya.
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5 months ago
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@Radzz105: Since we're speaking about flanderization, the Undertale fandom does this a lot with Sans (don't even get me started on the AUs), Papyrus (he really isn't all that innocent, yet also tells puns like Sans), Asgore (all he wanted was to free monsters and avenge his children), Chara (the fandom makes them out to be evil, but they really aren't), Mettaton (his EX form is drawn all the time, yet in the game, he's mostly in his base form), Flowey (seriously, why did they make him into a tsundere?), etc. The MLP fandom also does this to Pinkie Pie, Big Mac, Rainbowdash, Twilight, Fluttershy, and even Princess Celestia (thanks to those stupid creepypastas). The Len'en fandom also flanderizes some of the characters thanks to memes, but it's not as bad as the former two I listed above.

Btw, about Touhou characters getting flanderized, the fandom gets a few things inaccurate: They think Tewi doesn't care for Reisen and pranks her 24/7, yet Tewi's ability is to give good luck. Also Clownpiece, they constantly compare her with America because of her design, but Clownpiece's species is a Nymph (a greek fairy), and she's Hecatia(based on the greek god of hell)'s underling.

About Sanae, her hatedom is mostly made up of Sakuya fanboys who whine about the latter not being in the next game(Mima's fanboys also do this). Like, my favorite character is actually Elis (from Touhou 1: HRtP), but I don't complain about her not being in the next Touhou game. What's worse is that Sanae's hatedom also calls her a "slut", when she really isn't.

Something else in the Touhou fandom that's infuriating is that people make Rule34 art of Eika, EVEN THOUGH SHE'S THE SPIRIT OF A STILLBORN, WHAT THE HELL?!

And about Reimu x Yukari, I hate the pairing because Yukari is WAY older than Reimu, making it pedophilia. Plus, I mostly see Yukari seeing Reimu as more as a daughter-figure (same with Seiga with Yoshika).

You know what wouldn't be surprising? If Touhou had an Ogre Youkai, the fandom would probably flanderize her with Shrek memes.

All in all, some other things I wanted to get off my chest.
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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@Radzz105: Btw, I love KKHTA, but I just don't understand the creator's depiction of Koishi. Like, when did she grow long nails, WTF?

Another thing I hate about Touhou fanon is that the fanon depictions are mostly just meant to bash the characters. Like Cirno, Meiling, Alice, Youmu, Ran, Mystia, Reisen, Kaguya, Yuuka, Eiki, Yorihime and Toyohime, Tenshi, Sanae, Kanako, Ichirin, Shou, Clownpiece, Junko, and Hecatia. I'd probably say any picture involving characters like Meiling or Tenshi getting beaten up by other characters would be considered hate art (which I already can't stand, but why Touhou, of all things?).
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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@Radzz105: Another piece of irony from the Touhou fandom: They say Eirin constantly helps Kaguya, despite that in Stage 6A of Touhou 8, it's the other way around, with Kaguya helping Eirin in the last spellcard.
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Radzz105

5 months ago
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One more thing I'd like to say, I don't know how fans flanderized Nue Hoojuu, since she is my favorite TH character and I don't mind anything if she's absent in rest of the TH series, TH fandom probably see her as an UFO fetish.

In my opinion the absolute worst fandom is still Fnaf by a longshot, Fnaf fans are way worse than Touhou, Undertale and Pokemon fans. The fans really love to flanderize the living hell out of all animatronics and even protagonists, phone guys and William Afton.

TBH I think that Fnaf series are actually very average games, they aren't even great games like Touhou project and Undertale because those games are only about checking cameras, close doors and prepare for cheap jumpscares and random animatronic screams, but Fnaf fans are even more entitled than pretty much any other fanbases.

The animatronics in Fnaf are nothing but murderous mascots, but fans love to make each one of them fell in love with each other and even have a dedicated fandom for each animatronic, the most nocicable are Foxy's fans. Foxy fans are nothing but 11 year olds dreaming about having a gay honeymoon with their favorite homicidal possessed animatronics.

Also let's not forget to mention about The Last Of Us fans, this fandom is getting worse and worse. After TLOU 2 leak many fans are outraged (including me) and wanted to boycott the game because TLOU2 is nothing but a SJW propaganda. However a part entitled and "super dedicated" TLOU fans just want to block their ears and berate the other part of the fandom for insulting the "GOAT game of 2020", even think that it's better than Cyberpunk 2077. Trust me, TLOU fandom (or at least the bad part) is about to overtake Fnaf as the worst fandom in existence. TLOU 2 is now selling record high, but don't worry, once they find out that a golfclub is ruining their day, they are going to cry for a refund. It's guaranteed going to be E.T. of 2020.

Thanks to mention about Len'en project, I know something about it but I'm not very familar with Len'en.
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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@Radzz105: Yeah, thanks for the information! I really hope we can continue these types of conversations.

(I just really hate the Pokemon fandom for MULTIPLE reasons, especially after Sword and Shield's release).
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CouyZ

3 months ago
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Why don't you add some other characters from Battle for BFDI? It's basically the internet's own Family Guy.
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PokeDigi

3 months ago
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Is Anyone Going T Add Jamie From TAWOG?
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FreezingTNT

2 months ago
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Reminder: a character being out-of-character is not Flanderization. You guys might be thinking of "Character Derailment", in which a character becomes largely different, exhibiting behavior contrary to what has been previously shown.
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DirectViolations102

2 months ago
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You people are loathseome
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Hookuai

2 months ago
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you know you are also loathsome you know that
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I have no idea

one month ago
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How Danger Mouse got flanderized

1981

  • Danger Mouse - Caring yet strict secret agent
  • Penfold - Lovable D-smart coward
  • Colonel K - Dim-witted, yet lovable colonel
  • Squawkencluck - Recurring, smart male scientist
  • Greenback - Average typical 20th century villain
  • Stiletto - Dim-witted crow henchman

2015

  • Danger Mouse - Gary Stu show-off
  • Penfold - Robert Cullen's political soapbox
  • Colonel K - Even stupider colonel
  • Squawkencluck - Know-it-all female chicken
  • Greenback - Stewie Griffin
  • Stiletto - Crow
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Easy Peasy Miraheasy

one month ago
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Does anybody laugh at the word “political soapbox”
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SweetBoy

one month ago
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Add Gegege No Kitaro

In episode 74-75 went from hero willing to kill and/or let a villain die if necessary to unrealistically merciful hero stereotype who refused to kill villains and practically forced Rei Isurugei to redeem even thought he already committed too much
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Tony Li

one month ago
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Some can flanderize into good characters
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MCSMFan2

18 days ago
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Do not forget about Curly Brace (Blade Strangers) who became a Mary Sue whose only goal is to save Mimiga, this is mediocre

Also Isaac (Blade Strangers) became an unlikable crybaby.
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I have no idea 2.0

16 days ago
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I am really pissed off that I can't edit the Flanderization page for four days, and I have to make TEN F*CKING EDITS.
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AttackerAngel85

3 days ago
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We should add Picard from Star Trek: Picard on here.

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