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15th Sep '17 8:42:12 AM Titeufoo
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** Once considered Sonic's equal and the respected guardian of a powerful artifact, Knuckles the Echidna has now devolved into a ButtMonkey who always gets tricked by an outside party and is the embodiment of DumbMuscle. [[DemotedToExtra He's hardly even an important character anymore either.]] Fans were getting tired of playing multiple characters and wanted to go back to ''just'' Sonic. Tails has gotten better since ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. Meanwhile, Knuckles is still a butt monkey, however the ''WestenAnimation/SonicBoom'' turns him into the funniest and most likable character, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA1dtqyTRAI seen here]].

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** Once considered Sonic's equal and the respected guardian of a powerful artifact, Knuckles the Echidna has now devolved into a ButtMonkey who always gets tricked by an outside party and is the embodiment of DumbMuscle. [[DemotedToExtra He's hardly even an important character anymore either.]] Fans FanDumb were getting tired of playing multiple characters and wanted to go back to ''just'' Sonic. Tails has gotten better since ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. Meanwhile, Knuckles is still a butt monkey, however the ''WestenAnimation/SonicBoom'' turns him into the funniest and most likable character, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA1dtqyTRAI seen here]]. Of course, he stills suffer of Flanderization and became nothing more than a DumbMuscle.
14th Sep '17 7:33:54 AM TommyTiger
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* This happens to the hitman Vincent in ''Film/{{Collateral}}''. He goes through most of the movie as a cold blooded killer who shoots down enemies in seconds. When it comes time for the climax, [[spoiler:he is gunned down by the cabbie hero who had never picked up a gun in his life]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d after a fashion and probably justified: [[spoiler:His last words are [[TemptingFate to taunt the hero with how much better at this stuff he is.]] Doesn't matter how experienced you are if you let hubris get the better of you, genius]].

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* This happens to the hitman Vincent in ''Film/{{Collateral}}''. He goes through most of the movie as a cold blooded killer who shoots down enemies in seconds. When it comes time for the climax, [[spoiler:he is gunned down by the cabbie hero who had never picked up a gun in his life]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d after a fashion and probably justified: [[spoiler:His last words are [[TemptingFate to taunt the hero with how much better at this stuff he is.]] Doesn't matter how experienced you are if you let hubris get the better of you, genius]].]]]]
6th Sep '17 10:55:46 AM NNinja
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* Miles Edgeworth in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is introduced as a ruthless, brutal prosecutor who seems not to care at all about human rights and terrifies everyone around him, even his subordinates. Eventually, though, he becomes instead quirky, awkward and fussy but likable, while Gumshoe and his other subordinates are {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into useless [[TheDitz ditzes]] that he has to use ToughLove on. This seems due mostly to his status as EnsembleDarkhorse, but [[WatsonianVersusDoylist is explained in-universe]] by learning from his former friend Phoenix that one doesn't have to be brutal to be just. Unfortunately, they ruin that last part with the {{retcon}} that [[spoiler:he never knowingly used forged evidence]], thus taking away a lot of his original badass (and villainous) points.
23rd Aug '17 5:50:24 PM LlamaAdventure
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** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' (which takes place before the rest of the Arkham games) inflicts the Riddler with this retroactively, as when he was just a simple hacker/extortionist known as Enigma he was surprisingly competent and far less openly arrogant. In fact [[spoiler: Origins is not only the only game in which Eddie evades capture, but ultimately succeeds in his goal due to it not being humiliating Batman for once (which was just a side project.)]] Sadly, at some point he became obsessed with proving himself to be Batman's intellectual superior, and the pompous yet largely ineffectual Riddler was born.
23rd Aug '17 5:39:41 PM LlamaAdventure
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** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' (which takes place before the rest of the Arkham games) inflicts the Riddler with this retroactively, as when he was just a simple hacker/extortionist known as Enigma he was surprisingly competent and far less openly arrogant. In fact [[spoiler: Origins is not only the only game in which Eddie evades capture, but ultimately succeeds in his goal due to it not being humiliating Batman for once (which was just a side project.)]]

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** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' (which takes place before the rest of the Arkham games) inflicts the Riddler with this retroactively, as when he was just a simple hacker/extortionist known as Enigma he was surprisingly competent and far less openly arrogant. In fact [[spoiler: Origins is not only the only game in which Eddie evades capture, but ultimately succeeds in his goal due to it not being humiliating Batman for once (which was just a side project.)]])]] Sadly, at some point he became obsessed with proving himself to be Batman's intellectual superior, and the pompous yet largely ineffectual Riddler was born.
23rd Aug '17 5:33:05 PM LlamaAdventure
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** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' (which takes place before the rest of the Arkham games) inflicts the Riddler with this retroactively, as when he was just a simple hacker/extortionist known as Enigma he was surprisingly competent and far less openly arrogant. In fact [[spoiler: Origins is not only the only game in which Eddie evades capture, but ultimately succeeds in his goal due to it not being humiliating Batman for once (which was just a side project.)]]
13th Aug '17 4:25:17 PM thatsnumberwang
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' gives us the Harsesis - a child born with all of the knowledge of the Goa'uld's advanced technology. So much of a potential asset/threat was he, that an ascended being with powers approaching that of a god eventually had to take him under her wing for everyone's protection. The thing to note about Goa'uld tech though is that whilst it is hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years ahead of our own, it all amounts to the equivalent of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries stone knives and bearskins]] when put up against the technology of the Ancients and the Asgard. Thus when the Earth eventually gained a fleet of space ships powered by Asgard tech, and a [[Series/StargateAtlantis flying Ancient city,]] and an Ancient ship [[Series/StargateUniverse that can jump whole galaxies in weeks,]] and complete databases of all of said races latest technology... lets just say that the Harsesis child is actually a bit underwhelming now.
13th Aug '17 7:34:50 AM RoninMacbeth
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** Varys. At the beginning of the show, he was a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] and [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] ''par excellence''. By Season 7, however, he's just...there. His intelligence network must either be composed of amateurs or just nonexistent, because it failed to notice tiny little details like [[BloodKnight Euron Greyjoy]]'s fleet attacking [[BadassGay Yara]] and Theon's ships, and then also slipping up on the fact that House Lannister had abandoned Casterly Rock and was marching on Highgarden, the seat of Targaryen ally House Tyrell, and also the aforemntioned Euron sailing to Casterly Rock to cut off Dany's forces there. Possibly justified, given that [[TheDragon Qyburn]] might have taken over Varys' spy network. On the other hand, that shows a very dangerous lack of foresight on Varys' part. Also a case of AdaptationalWimp, given that, in the books, [[spoiler:Varys still has his "little birds", and uses them to kill [[TheGoodChancellor Kevan Lannister]].]]
8th Aug '17 9:19:38 AM Piterpicher
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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 [[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 more 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]] 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 [[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 more talk show fodder.
7th Aug '17 1:30:57 PM gb00393
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** Jaime goes through this InUniverse as he is captured, out-fought, and finally crippled, losing ''all'' of his prodigious skill as a swordsman. By Season 4, even the majority of his family regard him as a has-been.

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** Jaime goes through this InUniverse as from the beginning of the series onwards he is captured, out-fought, out-fought by a woman, and finally crippled, losing ''all'' of his prodigious skill as a swordsman. By Season 4, even the majority of his family own father and Cersei regard his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calls him as a has-been.
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