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Flanders +‎ -ization, from the progressive shift in the characterization of Ned Flanders on The Simpsons.


Flanderization (uncountable)

  1. (fandom slang) The act of progressively exaggerating a single trait (or set of traits) of a character until it overtakes all other characterization.
    • 2009 June 7, tmc1982 [username], “Seasonal Rot - Television Tropes & Idioms”, in rec.arts.tv, Usenet[1]:
      Many fans say that season 5 was the beginning of its downfall as Flanderization occurred. JD went from being a little emotionally needy to a whiny man-child and Elliot became every negative stereotype about women instead of her usual neurotic but lovable self.
    • 2012 December 21, David Johnson, “Re: Elementary - Episode 8 - The Long Fuse”, in rec.arts.tv, Usenet[2]:
      Irene's whole gimmick is that she's the one woman in the world who can outwit Holmes. Although in the actual story, her victory is extremely limited, flanderization takes hold in adaptations.
    • 2014 September 9, Sea Wasp (Ryk E. Spoor), “On My Shelves: The Stainless Steel Rat”, in rec.arts.sf.written, Usenet[3]:
      Part of the decrease was a "Flanderization" of the Rat [] his characteristics became exaggerated to the point that he seemed to me to be approaching self-caricature [] and Harrison's writing quirks began to dominate the story, rather than merely accent it.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:Flanderization.