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29th May '16 8:06:18 PM Pichu-kun
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** Even Gary Oak is an offender. In the first season, Gary was always three steps ahead of Ash, rolling around the region in a Corvette with teenage cheerleaders, acting like a total jerk to Ash whenever they met, flaunting his superiority. Then one day, he loses a match, big time, and it's assumed to be a BreakTheHaughty moment, and after that, Gary is far more modest and humble out of nowhere, and only lightly teases Ash. Also, his cheerleaders disappeared. Many fans were outraged. [[StatusQuoIsGod He later regained both his ego and his cheerleaders in time for the Johto League tournament.]]

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** Even Gary Oak is an offender. In the first season, Gary was always three steps ahead of Ash, rolling around the region in a Corvette with teenage cheerleaders, acting like a total jerk to Ash whenever they met, flaunting his superiority. Then one day, he loses a match, big time, and it's assumed to be a BreakTheHaughty moment, and after that, Gary is far more modest and humble out of nowhere, and only lightly teases Ash. Also, his cheerleaders disappeared. Many fans were outraged. [[StatusQuoIsGod He later regained both his ego and his cheerleaders in time for the Johto League tournament.]]]] Part of the reason for the change is that the English dub upped Gary's JerkAss behavior but later went with a more Japanese-accurate personality.



* Tuxedo Mask from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' also had this problem but mostly in the anime. In the first season he starts out as Sailor Moon's personal DeusExMachina, but as the Sailor Team gathers and begins to grow stronger, he starts to fall under this trope, being the only one not to receive power-ups on a regular basis. His [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] self, on the other hand, performs the inverse, as in that continuity he starts out with no real powers, but manages to get a normal semi-powerful attack spell during the second series.

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Tuxedo Mask from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' Mak also had this problem but mostly in the anime. In the first season he starts out as Sailor Moon's personal DeusExMachina, but as the Sailor Team gathers and begins to grow stronger, he starts to fall under this trope, being the only one not to receive power-ups on a regular basis. His [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] self, on the other hand, performs the inverse, as in that continuity he starts out with no real powers, but manages to get a normal semi-powerful attack spell during the second series.



* Prince Eric from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' goes from so badass that he does all of the action scenes in the first movie, to not even bothering to lift a sword in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the direct-to-video sequel]] to rescue his infant child. [[TakenALevelInBadass Inversely]], Ariel goes from being mostly a DamselInDistress to taking Eric's sword off his belt ''while he's wearing it'' and rescuing said infant daughter while Eric stands back dumb-founded. Apparently it's impossible for both of them to be competent at the same time.

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* Prince Eric from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' goes from so badass that he does all of the action scenes in the first movie, to not even bothering to lift a sword in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the direct-to-video sequel]] to rescue his infant child. [[TakenALevelInBadass [[TookALevelInBadass Inversely]], Ariel goes from being mostly a DamselInDistress to taking Eric's sword off his belt ''while he's wearing it'' and rescuing said infant daughter while Eric stands back dumb-founded. Apparently it's impossible for both of them to be competent at the same time.



* Captain Gantu from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' suffers from this. In the original movie, Gantu was a respected captain in the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]]. He stood 20 feet tall and was trained well in alien martial arts (and to a lesser extent, hula-dancing). Although he ultimately failed his mission to bring Stitch back to the Federation, he came particularly close, and generally left us with the impression that he was an overall competent, and badass character. Fast forward to later sequels and [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheAnimatedSeries the cartoon series]], where he becomes a one-man Team Rocket. Gantu has since been fired, works under the employ of ''an anthropomorphic hamster,'' and is foiled on repeated occasions by the titular duo. On one occasion, he failed to succeed in an episode's mission when Stitch was incapacitated. He was foiled by '''a 6-year old child'''. ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' took him down even further than the series did. He was indeed rather comedic and most often failed, but he was at least dedicated to his duty of capturing experiments, and he would rather spend time attacking the enemies than eating sandwiches. In ''Stitch!'', his first 'formula episode' appearance has him arguing with Reuben over flavours of sandwich, he cries uncontrollably after a sad moment in a television show (and is upset when Hamsterviel switches it off so that he can try to get Gantu to do something), and can hardly ever be said to attack. He doesn't even use his blaster even with it in the holster. But here's the doom sign; when Hamsterviel is the one who's reprimanding Reuben all the time, you know you've fallen pretty dang hard.

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* Captain Gantu from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' suffers from this. In the original movie, Gantu was a respected captain in the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]]. He stood 20 feet tall and was trained well in alien martial arts (and to a lesser extent, hula-dancing). Although he ultimately failed his mission to bring Stitch back to the Federation, he came particularly close, and generally left us with the impression that he was an overall competent, and badass character. Fast forward to later sequels and [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheAnimatedSeries [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries the cartoon series]], where he becomes a one-man Team Rocket. Gantu has since been fired, works under the employ of ''an anthropomorphic hamster,'' and is foiled on repeated occasions by the titular duo. On one occasion, he failed to succeed in an episode's mission when Stitch was incapacitated. He was foiled by '''a 6-year old child'''. ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' took him down even further than the series did. He was indeed rather comedic and most often failed, but he was at least dedicated to his duty of capturing experiments, and he would rather spend time attacking the enemies than eating sandwiches. In ''Stitch!'', his first 'formula episode' appearance has him arguing with Reuben over flavours of sandwich, he cries uncontrollably after a sad moment in a television show (and is upset when Hamsterviel switches it off so that he can try to get Gantu to do something), and can hardly ever be said to attack. He doesn't even use his blaster even with it in the holster. But here's the doom sign; when Hamsterviel is the one who's reprimanding Reuben all the time, you know you've fallen pretty dang hard.



* It says something when you were more badass as a ''baby'' than you are after hitting pubert, as is the case with Tommy Pickles of '' WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. With a [[BadassCreed declaration of]] [[CatchPhrase "A baby's got to do what a baby's got to do,"]] even when he was ''aware'' [[TheFool of the danger]] such as dealing with [[TheDreaded "The Junkfood Kid,"]] he never failed to pull out his trusty screwdriver and lead [[TrueCompanions his fellow babies]] to fun and adventure. Then came ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' where he's now just another kid with crippling fears, awkwardness and just being well, [[BroughtDownToNormal normal.]] Maybe it's the hair and teeth. Of course Tommy isn't protected by AchievementsInIgnorance and InfantImmortality in the later show, and he is also dealing with RealityEnsues in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.

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* It says something when you were more badass as a ''baby'' than you are after hitting pubert, pubert, as is the case with Tommy Pickles of '' WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. With a [[BadassCreed declaration of]] [[CatchPhrase "A baby's got to do what a baby's got to do,"]] even when he was ''aware'' [[TheFool of the danger]] such as dealing with [[TheDreaded "The Junkfood Kid,"]] he never failed to pull out his trusty screwdriver and lead [[TrueCompanions his fellow babies]] to fun and adventure. Then came ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' where he's now just another kid with crippling fears, awkwardness and just being well, [[BroughtDownToNormal normal.]] Maybe it's the hair and teeth. Of course Tommy isn't protected by AchievementsInIgnorance and InfantImmortality in the later show, and he is also dealing with RealityEnsues in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
29th May '16 8:02:07 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''

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* Prince Eric from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' goes from so badass that he does all of the action scenes in the first movie, to not even bothering to lift a sword in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the direct-to-video sequel]] to rescue his infant child. [[TakenALevelInBadass Inversely]], Ariel goes from being mostly a DamselInDistress to taking Eric's sword off his belt ''while he's wearing it'' and rescuing said infant daughter while Eric stands back dumb-founded. Apparently it's impossible for both of them to be competent at the same time.
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Phoebus was at least of average intelligence and is reasonable in his attitude towards outcasts once he has some experience with them. In the sequel, he is easily hoodwinked, displays a worse attitude towards the circus folk than toward Gypsies in the original film, and generally gets in the way more than helps.
* Captain Gantu from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' suffers from this. In the original movie, Gantu was a respected captain in the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]]. He stood 20 feet tall and was trained well in alien martial arts (and to a lesser extent, hula-dancing). Although he ultimately failed his mission to bring Stitch back to the Federation, he came particularly close, and generally left us with the impression that he was an overall competent, and badass character. Fast forward to later sequels and [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheAnimatedSeries the cartoon series]], where he becomes a one-man Team Rocket. Gantu has since been fired, works under the employ of ''an anthropomorphic hamster,'' and is foiled on repeated occasions by the titular duo. On one occasion, he failed to succeed in an episode's mission when Stitch was incapacitated. He was foiled by '''a 6-year old child'''. ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' took him down even further than the series did. He was indeed rather comedic and most often failed, but he was at least dedicated to his duty of capturing experiments, and he would rather spend time attacking the enemies than eating sandwiches. In ''Stitch!'', his first 'formula episode' appearance has him arguing with Reuben over flavours of sandwich, he cries uncontrollably after a sad moment in a television show (and is upset when Hamsterviel switches it off so that he can try to get Gantu to do something), and can hardly ever be said to attack. He doesn't even use his blaster even with it in the holster. But here's the doom sign; when Hamsterviel is the one who's reprimanding Reuben all the time, you know you've fallen pretty dang hard.
* Diego from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' started off as having being a {{Badass}} being his defining trait to getting his ass kicked repeatedly in the fourth movie.



* The title character of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Although thankfully this one has not yet fallen into {{wangst}}. Fowl has, however, kept what badassery he did have, and has yet to be as {{anvilicious}} as any of our heroes. The elves were parodies of other rather more anvilicious interpretations of the fairy folk.
** Possibly spoofed in the most recent book, in which he travels back in time to match wits with... well.... himself. One exchange later and he's left stranded on a telephone pole with nothing more than the line "I hate me."
* [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Count Olaf]], although not [[TheWoobie woobie]]-fied, is less and less scary as the books go on, and more and more ludicrous. How much of this was deliberate is unknown.

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* The title character of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Although thankfully this one has not yet fallen into {{wangst}}. Fowl has, however, kept what badassery he did have, and has yet to be as {{anvilicious}} as any of our heroes. The elves were parodies of other rather more anvilicious interpretations of the fairy folk.
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folk. Possibly spoofed in the most recent book, in which he travels back in time to match wits with... well.... himself. One exchange later and he's left stranded on a telephone pole with nothing more than the line "I hate me."
* [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents 'Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Count Olaf]], Olaf, although not [[TheWoobie woobie]]-fied, is less and less scary as the books go on, and more and more ludicrous. How much of this was deliberate is unknown.



** Vampires have been portrayed as conflicted and used to explore themes of sexuality ''[[OlderThanTheyThink since before]] Creator/BramStoker''. The gothic horror tradition is rife with these themes: Literature/VarneyTheVampire was angsting over his vampiric nature 200 years before Edward Cullen was thought of, and Carmilla's entire hat was EvilIsSexy. Even in Anne Rice's works, they're still thoroughly portrayed as monstrous, even the sympathetic ones (which is where their angst comes from). If anything, vampires suffer more from {{Flanderization}} than this trope.

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** Vampires have been portrayed as conflicted and used to explore themes of sexuality ''[[OlderThanTheyThink since before]] Creator/BramStoker''. The gothic horror tradition is rife with these themes: Literature/VarneyTheVampire was angsting over his vampiric nature 200 years before Edward Cullen was thought of, and Carmilla's Literature/{Carmilla}}'s entire hat was EvilIsSexy. Even in Anne Rice's works, they're still thoroughly portrayed as monstrous, even the sympathetic ones (which is where their angst comes from). If anything, vampires suffer more from {{Flanderization}} than this trope.



* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'':
** Castiel made his debut as a {{badass}} Angel of the Lord who dragged Dean out of Hell, slaughtered an entire group of demons single-handedly, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm burned out Pamela's eyes when she saw his true form]], caused a lightning storm just by appearing, and [[NoSell No Sell'd]] [[OneHitKill Ruby's Knife]]. Fast forward a couple seasons, and he's been flanderized into a socially awkward, klutzy virgin.

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* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'':
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''{{Series/Supernatural}}'': Castiel made his debut as a {{badass}} Angel of the Lord who dragged Dean out of Hell, slaughtered an entire group of demons single-handedly, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm burned out Pamela's eyes when she saw his true form]], caused a lightning storm just by appearing, and [[NoSell No Sell'd]] [[OneHitKill Ruby's Knife]]. Fast forward a couple seasons, and he's been flanderized into a socially awkward, klutzy virgin.



* Similarly to Rise Against above, Twisted Sister of 80s hair metal fame went from being the bane of concerned parents everywhere [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and their lead singer delivering an eloquent and effective speech to the United States Congress while still in the clothes he wore after that previous night's concert, reading it from a piece of paper he folded up and put in his pocket]], to making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV-SpT69IZ8&fmt=22 a Christmas album.]]

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* Similarly to Rise Against above, Twisted Sister Music/TwistedSister of 80s hair metal fame went from being the bane of concerned parents everywhere [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and their lead singer delivering an eloquent and effective speech to the United States Congress while still in the clothes he wore after that previous night's concert, reading it from a piece of paper he folded up and put in his pocket]], to making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV-SpT69IZ8&fmt=22 a Christmas album.]]



* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] goes back and forth between this and [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]]. He varies between a genuine threat to the Mushroom Kingdom and a BigBadWannabe that pines for Peach's love or a harmless villain that [[GoKartingWithBowser go-karts with Mario]]. Generally, the main platformer series portray him as the former, while the spinoffs portray him as the latter.

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* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Bowser
goes back and forth between this and [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]]. He varies between a genuine threat to the Mushroom Kingdom and a BigBadWannabe that pines for Peach's love or a harmless villain that [[GoKartingWithBowser go-karts with Mario]]. Generally, the main platformer series portray him as the former, while the spinoffs portray him as the latter.



** First is Miles "Tails" Prower, Sonic's right-hand man. In the Classic games he was a standard TagalongKid {{Sidekick}} but he could definitely keep up with Sonic and was just as capable as him taking on Eggman. In the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Adventure]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 series]] he undergoes major CharacterDevelopment to stop relying on Sonic to always have his back and the result is beating Eggman and saving Station Square by himself, and then goes on to come up the plan of how to destroy a satellite laser. Nowadays he hardly fights and is more than content with just standing on the sidelines while Sonic handles all of the work; tellingly he's easily frightened by some Nightmares in Unleashed when he's done far greater feats in the past.

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** First is Miles "Tails" Prower, Sonic's right-hand man. In the Classic games he was a standard TagalongKid {{Sidekick}} but he could definitely keep up with Sonic and was just as capable as him taking on Eggman. In the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Adventure]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 series]] he undergoes major CharacterDevelopment to stop relying on Sonic to always have his back and the result is beating Eggman and saving Station Square by himself, and then goes on to come up the plan of how to destroy a satellite laser. Nowadays he hardly fights and is more than content with just standing on the sidelines while Sonic handles all of the work; tellingly he's easily frightened by some Nightmares in Unleashed ''Unleashe'' when he's done far greater feats in the past.



* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'''s uber-wolf R.L. [[http://www.kevinandkell.com]]. R.L. begins the strip as the most fearsome predator at Heard Thinners, Inc. He does not lose his hunting skills, but after his medical domestication and marriage to Kevin's ex-wife Angelique, R.L now allows his rabbit wife to keep him collared and leashed. He fears smelly retribution if he fails to be a good father to his twenty skunk step-children.

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* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'''s uber-wolf R.L. [[http://www.kevinandkell.com]]. R.L. begins the strip as the most fearsome predator at Heard Thinners, Inc. He does not lose his hunting skills, but after his medical domestication and marriage to Kevin's ex-wife Angelique, R.L now allows his rabbit wife to keep him collared and leashed. He fears smelly retribution if he fails to be a good father to his twenty skunk step-children.



* In the ''Franchise/BacktotheFuture'' film trilogy, Marty [=McFly=] was breaking the time barrier and facing off against terrorists and western gunmen. In the [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture animated series]], [[TheLoad he]] needs constant supervision from at least one of the Browns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the titular hero's nemesis and EvilCounterpart is Kevin 11, suffers this through a toned down version of RedemptionDemotion; in the original series, he was an 11 years old AxCrazy CreepyChild who could actually stand against Ben of his own. The sequel ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', taking place after a 5 years TimeSkip, has him going through a HeelFaceTurn and becoming a AntiHero. While he remains useful, he was now unable to fully use his abilities [[spoiler:which was later explained by the fact it was his powers who caused him to go psychotic when he abused of them]], resulting in him becoming ridiculously weak compared to before (just before his HeelFaceTurn, he fight Ben and is easily defeated). To sum up, he went from Ben's second most dangerous arc-foe to the weakest of the protagonists.

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* In the ''Franchise/BacktotheFuture'' ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' film trilogy, Marty [=McFly=] was breaking the time barrier and facing off against terrorists and western gunmen. In the [[WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture animated series]], [[TheLoad he]] needs constant supervision from at least one of the Browns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the 10}}'':
** The
titular hero's nemesis and EvilCounterpart is Kevin 11, 11 suffers this through a toned down version of RedemptionDemotion; in the original series, he was an 11 years old AxCrazy CreepyChild who could actually stand against Ben of his own. The sequel ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', taking place after a 5 years TimeSkip, has him going through a HeelFaceTurn and becoming a AntiHero. While he remains useful, he was now unable to fully use his abilities [[spoiler:which was later explained by the fact it was his powers who caused him to go psychotic when he abused of them]], resulting in him becoming ridiculously weak compared to before (just before his HeelFaceTurn, he fight Ben and is easily defeated). To sum up, he went from Ben's second most dangerous arc-foe to the weakest of the protagonists.



* Prince Erik from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' goes from so badass that he does all of the action scenes in the first movie, to not even bothering to lift a sword in [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea the direct-to-video sequel]] to rescue his infant child. Inversely, Ariel goes from being mostly a DamselInDistress to taking Erik's sword off his belt ''while he's wearing it'' and rescuing said infant daughter while Erik stands back dumb-founded. Apparently it's impossible for both of them to be competent at the same time.
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Phoebus was at least of average intelligence and is reasonable in his attitude towards outcasts once he has some experience with them. In the sequel, he is easily hoodwinked, displays a worse attitude towards the circus folk than toward Gypsies in the original film, and generally gets in the way more than helps.
* Captain Gantu from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' suffers from this. In the original movie, Gantu was a respected captain in the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]]. He stood 20 feet tall and was trained well in alien martial arts (and to a lesser extent, hula-dancing). Although he ultimately failed his mission to bring Stitch back to the Federation, he came particularly close, and generally left us with the impression that he was an overall competent, and badass character. Fast forward to later sequels and the cartoon series, where he becomes a one-man Team Rocket. Gantu has since been fired, works under the employ of ''an anthropomorphic hamster,'' and is foiled on repeated occasions by the titular duo. On one occasion, he failed to succeed in an episode's mission when Stitch was incapacitated. He was foiled by '''a 6-year old child'''.
** ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' took him down even further than the series did. He was indeed rather comedic and most often failed, but he was at least dedicated to his duty of capturing experiments, and he would rather spend time attacking the enemies than eating sandwiches. In ''Stitch!'', his first 'formula episode' appearance has him arguing with Reuben over flavours of sandwich, he cries uncontrollably after a sad moment in a television show (and is upset when Hamsterviel switches it off so that he can try to get Gantu to do something), and can hardly ever be said to attack. He doesn't even use his blaster even with it in the holster. But here's the doom sign; when Hamsterviel is the one who's reprimanding Reuben all the time, you know you've fallen pretty dang hard.



* Number 4 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' he started out as a competent badass who enjoyed a good fight every now and then and had some brilliant tactics to his plans, in later episodes he became very whiny, a lot less intelligent, and lost nearly every fight he was involved in.

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* Number 4 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' he ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. He started out as a competent badass who enjoyed a good fight every now and then and had some brilliant tactics to his plans, in later episodes he became very whiny, a lot less intelligent, and lost nearly every fight he was involved in.



* Megan from ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' in the first special was a rough cowgirl, with a bulky frame (for a 12 year old girl, that's it) and wasn't afraid of fighting barehanded against monsters or diving downstream to rescue a friend, without mentioning how at the end of the first TV special, [[spoiler: she kills Tirac.]] Her second TV special turned her into a feminine Bishoujo girl and her Movie/TV series final redesign turned her into a boney girl who kept being overpowered by dumb enemies or falling for the dumbest traps and was nowhere as rough or competent as the original Megan.
* Shining Armor from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' went from a Captain of the Royal Guard to getting his butt constantly handed to him by the BigBad and making a fool of himself in front of the main cast. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes.

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* Megan from ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials first special special]] was a rough cowgirl, with a bulky frame (for a 12 year old girl, that's it) and wasn't afraid of fighting barehanded against monsters or diving downstream to rescue a friend, without mentioning how at the end of the first TV special, [[spoiler: she kills Tirac.]] Her second TV special turned her into a feminine Bishoujo girl and her Movie/TV series Movie/[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends TV series]] final redesign turned her into a boney girl who kept being overpowered by dumb enemies or falling for the dumbest traps and was nowhere as rough or competent as the original Megan.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Shining Armor from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' went from a Captain of the Royal Guard to getting his butt constantly handed to him by the BigBad and making a fool of himself in front of the main cast. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes.



* It says something when you were more badass as a ''baby'' than hitting puberty as is the case with [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Tommy Pickles.]] With a [[BadassCreed declaration of]] [[CatchPhrase "A baby's got to do what a baby's got to do,"]] even when he was ''aware'' [[TheFool of the danger]] such as dealing with [[TheDreaded "The Junkfood Kid,"]] he never failed to pull out his trusty screwdriver and lead [[TrueCompanions his fellow babies]] to fun/adventure. Then came ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' where he's now just another kid with crippling fears, awkwardness and just being well, [[BroughtDownToNormal normal.]] Maybe it's the hair and teeth. Of course Tommy isn't protected by AchievementsInIgnorance and InfantImmortality in the later show, and he is also dealing with RealityEnsues in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
* Diego from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' started off as having being a {{Badass}} being his defining trait to getting his ass kicked repeatedly in the fourth movie.

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* It says something when you were more badass as a ''baby'' than you are after hitting puberty pubert, as is the case with [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Tommy Pickles.]] Pickles of '' WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. With a [[BadassCreed declaration of]] [[CatchPhrase "A baby's got to do what a baby's got to do,"]] even when he was ''aware'' [[TheFool of the danger]] such as dealing with [[TheDreaded "The Junkfood Kid,"]] he never failed to pull out his trusty screwdriver and lead [[TrueCompanions his fellow babies]] to fun/adventure.fun and adventure. Then came ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' where he's now just another kid with crippling fears, awkwardness and just being well, [[BroughtDownToNormal normal.]] Maybe it's the hair and teeth. Of course Tommy isn't protected by AchievementsInIgnorance and InfantImmortality in the later show, and he is also dealing with RealityEnsues in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
* Diego from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' started off as having being ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'':
** The girls have taken
a {{Badass}} being his defining trait blow to getting his ass kicked repeatedly their powerfulness due to the emphasis on comedy and the lower violence levels compared to [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original cartoon]]. Bubbles has gotten her arm easily broken and her eye bruised by things that wouldn't even scratch her in the fourth movie.original continuity. The girls in general also tend to get more overwhelmed than before during fights and even get defeated by stuff they originally could beat more easily.
** All of Mojo Jojo's threatening side seems to have been eliminated in the reboot. He is comedic relief at best.
23rd May '16 5:43:45 PM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker

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3rd May '16 12:32:05 PM Silverblade2
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* According to Creator/RogerEbert, all famous movie villains run the lifespan of going from scary to camp to self-parody. You name the classic to modern villain, it runs this course, from ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'' and ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' [[Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein meeting]] Creator/AbbottAndCostello, to Hannibal Lecter and [[Film/FreddyVsJason Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees]].
5th Apr '16 10:43:55 AM Tinandel_1
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** [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] also gets increasingly hit by this trope in later seasons. As a millenia-old PhysicalGod, [[TheGoodKing ruler of her own nation,]] and [[FamedInStory universally renowned]] hero with numerous EldritchAbomination battle victories under her belt, you would expect her to effortlessly dominate virtually all threats the show's protagonists face. In the show's early run, she almost always had a good reason for why she didn't. Later on, however, she starts getting defeated for increasingly less convincing reasons - after all, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption there wouldn't be much of a story if she solved all of their problems effortlessly.]]
16th Mar '16 9:24:11 AM ObsidianFire
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* A rare "objective" take on this in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'': Ogisu ''thinks'' he's suffering from this (his {{genre savvy}}ness, unfortunately, is [[WrongGenreSavvy off mark]], and ends there too). Essentially he doubts if he is {{Badass}} because he keeps being defeated in battle once he transfers into a new school despite being undefeated previously. He ''is'' Badass but Ogisu is simply being OvershadowedByAwesome.

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* A rare "objective" take on this in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'': Ogisu ''thinks'' he's suffering from this (his {{genre savvy}}ness, unfortunately, is [[WrongGenreSavvy off mark]], and ends there too).this. Essentially he doubts if he is {{Badass}} because he keeps being defeated in battle once he transfers into a new school despite being undefeated previously. He ''is'' Badass but Ogisu is simply being OvershadowedByAwesome.



** Also, at the end of the first season Angemon fought the strongest mon by himself while taking care of all the other protagonists, also during a scene in the second season he makes a brief appearance (which also doubles as genre savviness for both him and Takeru for coming up with the idea) to one-hit several mooks and at the same time showing off his then rival how far behind his league he was.

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** Also, at the end of the first season Angemon fought the strongest mon by himself while taking care of all the other protagonists, also during a scene in the second season he makes a brief appearance (which also doubles as genre savviness for both him and Takeru for coming up with the idea) to one-hit several mooks and at the same time showing off his then rival how far behind his league he was.



* In his original appearance, [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Roberto Rastapopoulos]] was portrayed as an actually threatening villain, being a MagnificentBastard who led a whole drug traffic in the first story arc in the whole series, almost succeeded in killing Tintin at several points and display some degree of {{Genre Savvy}}ness. In ''Fly 714 for Sydney'', he is turned into a comical villain who ends up accidentally revealing his whole plan under the effect of a truth serum and get heavily ridiculized, even failing to crush a ''spider''. Might be intentional, however, as Hergé's purpose when writing this book was to {{deconstruct|ion}} the adventure genre.

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* In his original appearance, [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Roberto Rastapopoulos]] was portrayed as an actually threatening villain, being a MagnificentBastard who led a whole drug traffic in the first story arc in the whole series, almost succeeded in killing Tintin at several points and display some degree of {{Genre Savvy}}ness.points. In ''Fly 714 for Sydney'', he is turned into a comical villain who ends up accidentally revealing his whole plan under the effect of a truth serum and get heavily ridiculized, even failing to crush a ''spider''. Might be intentional, however, as Hergé's purpose when writing this book was to {{deconstruct|ion}} the adventure genre.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the titular hero's nemesis and EvilCounterpart is Kevin 11, suffers this through a toned down version of RedemptionDemotion; in the original series, he was an 11 years old AxCrazy CreepyChild with some degree of {{Genre savvy}}ness who could actually stand against Ben of his own. The sequel ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', taking place after a 5 years TimeSkip, has him going through a HeelFaceTurn and becoming a AntiHero. While he remains useful, he was now unable to fully use his abilities [[spoiler:which was later explained by the fact it was his powers who caused him to go psychotic when he abused of them]], resulting in him becoming ridiculously weak compared to before (just before his HeelFaceTurn, he fight Ben and is easily defeated). To sum up, he went from Ben's second most dangerous arc-foe to the weakest of the protagonists.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the titular hero's nemesis and EvilCounterpart is Kevin 11, suffers this through a toned down version of RedemptionDemotion; in the original series, he was an 11 years old AxCrazy CreepyChild with some degree of {{Genre savvy}}ness who could actually stand against Ben of his own. The sequel ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', taking place after a 5 years TimeSkip, has him going through a HeelFaceTurn and becoming a AntiHero. While he remains useful, he was now unable to fully use his abilities [[spoiler:which was later explained by the fact it was his powers who caused him to go psychotic when he abused of them]], resulting in him becoming ridiculously weak compared to before (just before his HeelFaceTurn, he fight Ben and is easily defeated). To sum up, he went from Ben's second most dangerous arc-foe to the weakest of the protagonists.
17th Feb '16 12:28:38 PM SomeoneElse17
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** Nigel [=McGuinness=] was a force to be reckoned with in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, the biggest complaint against him being his first baby face champion run relying ''too much'' on [[{{Determinator}} fighting spirit]]. Then his stint as Desmond Wolfe in TNA - after a very promising start in which he brutalized Angle - led to one humiliation after the other. This case was particularly harsh, as TNA started burying him after [[TakeThatAudience the fans voted him as the person they most wanted to see as their World Champion.]]

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** Nigel [=McGuinness=] Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness was a force to be reckoned with in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, the biggest complaint against him being his first baby face champion run relying ''too much'' on [[{{Determinator}} fighting spirit]]. Then his stint as Desmond Wolfe in TNA - after a very promising start in which he brutalized Angle - led to one humiliation after the other. This case was particularly harsh, as TNA started burying him after [[TakeThatAudience the fans voted him as the person they most wanted to see as their World Champion.]]
8th Feb '16 2:20:28 PM DoctorCooper
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger went from being an [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} awesome]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian action]] [[Film/TotalRecall1990 hero]] to a [[LoveItOrHateIt typically divisive]] politician, and became slightly out-of-shape in the process, at least at first. [[HumiliationConga It also didn't help when combining the two flaws to claim]] UsefulNotes/BarackObama was a [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "girly-man"]] under that shirt before the famous [[WalkingShirtlessScene beach shot]] when everybody still remembered [[FanDisservice Arnold's black speedo]] and the whole [[YourCheatingHeart knocking up the nanny scandal]] that ''killed'' the once-unshakeable loyalty Maria Shriver had in him, making ''her'' [[UpToEleven even more of American royalty]] and him [[UpToEleven more]] [[ButtMonkey talk show fodder.]]

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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger went from being an [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} awesome]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian action]] [[Film/TotalRecall1990 hero]] to a [[LoveItOrHateIt typically divisive]] politician, and became slightly out-of-shape in the process, at least at first. [[HumiliationConga It also didn't help when combining the two flaws to claim]] UsefulNotes/BarackObama was a [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "girly-man"]] under that shirt before the famous [[WalkingShirtlessScene [[ShirtlessScene beach shot]] when everybody still remembered [[FanDisservice Arnold's black speedo]] and the whole [[YourCheatingHeart knocking up the nanny scandal]] that ''killed'' the once-unshakeable loyalty Maria Shriver had in him, making ''her'' [[UpToEleven even more of American royalty]] and him [[UpToEleven more]] [[ButtMonkey more talk show fodder.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:31:18 AM Blazer
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** Even ''Gohan'' suffers this, although not in as direct a path as Vegeta. At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's implied to have great 'hidden power' and this is shown repeatedly throughout the Saiyan and Namek sagas, with him injuring or even fighting evenly with much more powerful opponents for short times. He fades from prominence in the Android and Cell sagas, but all the buildup eventually culminates in him becoming the most powerful character in the series in the Cell Games. By the time the Buu saga rolls around, however, he's a glorified punching bag, and though he eventually makes an attempted return to glory, it lasts about three episodes before he goes back to getting thoroughly destroyed. Kid just could not fill the old man's shoes. Possibly justified in Gohan's case in that he doesn't really ''want'' to be [[IAmNotMyFather like Goku]] and [[IJustWantToBeNormal really just wants to study and be a Salaryman]] like [[EducationMama Chi-Chi]] [[MommasBoy wanted.]] This is taken to its logical extreme come ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when he cannot even hold a basic Super Saiyan form due to neglicting his training for so long.

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** Even ''Gohan'' suffers this, although not in as direct a path as Vegeta. At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's implied to have great 'hidden power' and this is shown repeatedly throughout the Saiyan and Namek sagas, with him injuring or even fighting evenly with much more powerful opponents for short times. He fades from prominence in the Android and Cell sagas, but all the buildup eventually culminates in him becoming the most powerful character in the series in the Cell Games. By the time the Buu saga rolls around, however, he's a glorified punching bag, and though he eventually makes an attempted return to glory, it lasts about three episodes before he goes back to getting thoroughly destroyed. Kid just could not fill the old man's shoes. Possibly justified in Gohan's case in that he doesn't really ''want'' to be [[IAmNotMyFather like Goku]] and [[IJustWantToBeNormal really just wants to study and be a Salaryman]] like [[EducationMama Chi-Chi]] [[MommasBoy wanted.]] This is taken to its logical extreme come ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when he cannot even hold a basic Super Saiyan form due to neglicting his training for so long. [[spoiler:However, after the events of the ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' adaptation, which had Frieza kill Piccolo because of his stagnation forced the Namekian to save his life, Gohan has decided to get back into training, so it seems that this trope might be subverted for him.]]
21st Jan '16 7:00:51 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* While many had dismissed WWE's "Championships" already after the Great Khali's reign, 2011 was a particular bad year when ''The'' WWE Championship belt changed hands nine times in the span of seven months, also resulting in instant badass decay for Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/CMPunk, who each enjoyed zero day reigns during this stretch. It almost halted all the momentum built up by duplicating the Summer Of Punk when drama over Wrestling/KevinNash and Wresting/TripleH text messages were deemed more important that the title picture. Thankfully, Punk would turn things around for himself and the belt, going on to have the longest reign of the modern era after decisively knocking Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and all other distractions away. The reign was long enough to outlast the reputation flattening of Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and give the champion importance again.

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* While many had dismissed WWE's "Championships" already after the Great Khali's reign, 2011 was a particular bad year when ''The'' WWE Championship belt changed hands nine times in the span of seven months, also resulting in instant badass decay for Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/CMPunk, who each enjoyed zero day reigns during this stretch. It almost halted all the momentum built up by duplicating the ROH Summer Of Punk angle when drama over Wrestling/KevinNash and Wresting/TripleH text messages were deemed more important that the title picture. Thankfully, Punk would turn things around for himself and the belt, going on to have the longest reign of the modern era after decisively knocking Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and all other distractions away. The reign was [[ThreeMonthRule long enough enough]] to outlast [[VindicatedByHistory outlast]] the reputation flattening of Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and give the champion importance again.again.
* In Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, Madison Eagles slowly progressed from [[PaperTiger over sized jobber]] to [[towering madwoman who meticulously breaking down challengers to straightforward technician of overwhelming power. In SHINE, she came in with much fanfare but started to be taken a lot less seriously due to losing three times in a row, getting half of her victories through luck and several ineffective attempts to cheat.
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