Which Classic Character Did Not Need a Goddamn Childhood Trauma Added To Their Backstory?

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It’s Screenwriting 101. When you’re taking a beloved character, who’s lasted decades or even centuries with a simple, streamlined origin, the first thing you do is add something terrible to his or her childhood. Because why would you ever want to preserve the character’s classic simplicity?

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Lately, we’ve been just drowning in well-known characters who suddenly have a newly-introduced childhood misfortune. We won’t go into some of them here because it’s a bit of a spoiler—but feel free to go to town in comments. Please mention the name of the character, where he/she appears, the terrible childhood mishap that was added to their past—and please throw in a picture or clip!

Top image: Willy Wonka, from Tim Burton’s reimagining. Why? Seriously, WHY?


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omniusalpha
OmniusAlpha

Nope. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. Sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to be just... evil, without a childhood trauma to try and round out a character that nobody asked to round out. Sadly, this has become a huge trend with Disney in recent years.