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Draco in Leather Pants

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A Draco in Leather Pants is when a fandom takes a controversial or downright villainous character and downplays his/her flaws, often turning him/her into an object of desire and/or a victim in the process. This can cause conflicts if the writers are not willing to retool the character to fit this demand.

Named for a term in the Harry Potter fandom, for the mostly sympathetic Fan Fic portrayals of Draco Malfoy, who, in Canon, is a petty, smug, elitist, Spoiled Brat. The Trope Namer himself, Draco Malfoy. Even though he's a smug elitisist Spoiled Brat Dirty Coward who only feels confident behind his burly cronies, fans like to paint him as a sexy and sensitive guy. He does get a little better by Half-Blood Prince and becomes somewhat of a Jerkass Woobie, but he's still far from nice, and never canonically lives up to the Mr. Fanservice treatment by his fans. Some fanfics get a little ridiculous, pairing Draco with the most unlikely people (Hermione, Ginny, Luna, etc).

This was thoroughly mocked in the Potter Puppet Pals episode "Draco Puppet", where Harry responds to the numerous fan requests to introduce a Puppet Pal Draco. Having established that he's doing this, Harry spends the rest of the video in Sarcasm Mode as he introduces us to our new puppet friend:

Draco Puppet: I'm Draco! I'm really rich, and I'm really proud of the fact that I'm pureblooded white! I mean wizard! Tee hee!
Harry: What a wonderful person!

Another slightly subtle example on Draco Malfoy's at times almost saintly status in fanon is this: In the canon, i.e. in the books, Harry always calls him and thinks of him as "Malfoy". Harry almost always thinks of teachers and authority figures (which Malfoy can't exactly be categorized as) using their last names, and the same goes for other people he disdain and/or feel aloof to. However, fans - especially the ones that like Malfoy - usually refer to him as "Draco", while they don't refer to, say, Dumbledore as "Albus" quite as often. Needless to say, there's a reason this trope isn't called "Malfoy in Leather Pants".

Other Examples are:

In Harry Potter other then Draco we have. Severus Snape, Sirius Black, James Potter, occasionally Lucius Malfoy (when he's not Flanderized in to being a sadistic abusive father to Draco) Voldemort, and the entire Death Eater movement.


Satan/Lucifer the original Draco in Leather Pants. Making this trope older then feudalism.

Melkor/Morgoth in The Silmarillion. He committed atrocities both large and small. He sadistically tortures the Eru's creations for fun and out of spite for not being created by him. He kills Finwë and steals the Silmarils. He does everything he can to make everyone miserable. He tries to destroy the world out of spite because he can't create anything on his own. And generally behaves like a spoiled brat throwing a temper tantrum. There isn't even the faintest hint of sympathy portrayed for him by any of the story's characters. But that hasn't stop some " fans" from declaring him a massive Woobie. There is even a major Russian fanfic, The Black Book Of Arda, that even was piratey published as a book, that retells Silm from "Melkor's viewpoint".

Fëanor. So, so much. This because despite being a massive dick. He was also a complete badass. It helps that Fëanor not only had the luck of being born into the only broken family in a Physical Heaven but he was also the cause of his family becoming unhappy simply by being born. He still gets more sympathy than he deserves.

The elves in general are this. As many people only familiar with The Lord of the Rings will have a overly idealistic view of them that there can do no wrong. The Silmarillion reveal that they are just as flawed as humans if not even more so. The the reason they look like so perfect in the Lord of the Rings is that they're not very many left and most of the really foolish, wicked, stupid, etc elves got themselves killed long ago.

In the Inheritance cycle there Galbatorix, and Sloan.

Galbatorix has hardly done a single heroic thing in the whole series. And is perfectly willing to commit mass murder in order to get what he wants and has man eating monster and demon possessed sorceress enforces his will.

And may people treat what Eragon did to Sloan a MEH but completely ignore that what he did was in response to Sloan's own MEH crossing and while it was harsh the only other option would to straight up execute him or worst leave him to die.

In Once Upon a Time we have Rumpelstiltskin/Mr Gold there was really no avoiding it. So for The Evil Queen/Regina again it was unavoidable. Killian Jones/Captain Hook (or at least per character development.) Subverted by Peter Pan who fans like because he's a complete monster.

Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII is the poster boy for this (even more so then the trope named.  Although once most people realized/were informed that he was in control of Jenova and not vice versa, accusations and complaints of Draco in Leather Pants began to outweigh actual instances of it.

Ganondorf from Legend of Zelda series though not without reason. Vaati and Ghirahim also gets this occasionally.

An weird one is Vicar Amelia beast form from  Bloodborne. While Rule 34 explicitly states "no exceptions"
this extends to non-sexualized art to.

Alucard from Hellsing. (Also the Major and the Captain)

Asura from Soul Eater. (Also Medusa.)

Envy and Zolf J. Kimbley from Fullmetal Alchemist.

Aizen and Grimmjow from Beach ( Kenpachi Zaraki also qualifies).

Light Yagam from Death Note. (L and Mello qualify to. Though given the extreme black and gray morality anyone from Death Note qualities.)

Akito from Fruits Basket. (So what justified though.)

Sebastian from Blake Butler (Ciel is no saint, either.)

Zim from InvaderZim. (Gar even more so.)

Father and the Delightful Children from Down Under the Lane from Codename Kids Next Door. (Though to be fair there are a lot more unsympathetic villains on this show)

Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. While he dose pull a genuine Heel Face Turn he still a bit of a jerk.

Prince Blue Blood a one dimensional jerk.

Spike is a minor one. He a nice guy most of the time but there still a few moments were he acts like a brat and they fail to realize that episodes like "Just for Sidekicks" are about him receiving Laser-Guided Karma, not Kafka Komedies.

Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls ( Princess also qualifies.)

big time for Eric Cartman From South Park. (Again given the extreme amorality of this show, the whole cast counts.)

Darth Maul from Star Wars.

Joker occasionally.

Harley Quinn also qualifies. however unlike her bastard boyfriend she actually does have some sympathetic qualities. Making this trope more understandable.

Duncan from Total Drama Island.
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