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17th Dec '16 7:19:40 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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What separates BelatedBackstory from normal CharacterDevelopment is that this change in characterization happens without warning and little justification from what had already been shown of that character. However, since it usually occurs early on in a series, it's often accepted by fans as a needed ReTool to change the character along with the not yet solidified flow of a new series. Really, just mix and match from the BackstoryIndex.

This phenomenon is not really CharacterDerailment, as producers often state that they just didn't know the character back then, and a more complex and interesting character usually arises from [[ReTool retooling]] of the initially more [[FlatCharacter flat portrayal]], instead of the other way around (though not always).

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What separates BelatedBackstory from normal CharacterDevelopment is that this change in characterization happens without warning and little justification from what had already been shown of that character. However, since it usually occurs early on in a series, it's often accepted by fans as a needed ReTool to change the character along with the not yet solidified not-yet-solidified flow of a new series.series; in other words, a SubTrope of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Really, just mix and match from the BackstoryIndex.

This phenomenon is not really CharacterDerailment, as producers often state that they just didn't know the character back then, and a more complex and interesting character usually arises from [[ReTool retooling]] {{retool}}ing of the initially more [[FlatCharacter flat portrayal]], instead of the other way around (though not always).



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29th Sep '16 4:14:23 PM DaibhidC
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* Sam Vimes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' apparently only learns his ''own'' backstory as the books go on. In ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' he's vaguely surprised to learn Ankh-Morpork ever had kings and doesn't seem to feel strongly about them either way; ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is both the first mention that the last king was executed by Suffer-Not-Injustice Vimes and the first book where Sam expresses anti-monarchist views; and by ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' a large part of his character is his fierce egalitarian beliefs and pride in his otherwise despised ancestor.

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* Sam Vimes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' apparently only learns his ''own'' backstory as the books go on. In ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' he's vaguely surprised to learn Ankh-Morpork ever had kings and doesn't seem to feel strongly about them either way; ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is both the first mention that the last king was executed by Suffer-Not-Injustice Vimes and the first book where Sam expresses anti-monarchist views; and by ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' a large part of his character is his fierce egalitarian beliefs and pride in his otherwise despised ancestor.
29th Sep '16 4:11:14 PM DaibhidC
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* Sam Vimes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' apparently only learns his ''own'' backstory as the books go on. In ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' he's vaguely surprised to learn Ankh-Morpork ever had kings and doesn't seem to feel strongly about them either way; ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is both the first mention that the last king was executed by Suffer-Not-Injustice Vimes and the first book where Sam expresses anti-monarchist views; and by ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' a large part of his character is his fierce egalitarian beliefs and pride in his otherwise despised ancestor.
23rd Aug '16 3:20:17 AM Adept
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* The Patrician in the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book is portrayed as a fat, jewel-encrusted glutton, but later becomes an extremely spartan person who eats only bread and water and has a figure to match. Since the difference is so drastic, and it is several years in-story before the Patrician is given a name, many fans just assumed they were different men until WordOfGod said otherwise.
** A subtler example of this trope in Literature/{{Discworld}} might be the Senior Wrangler, who started out as being functionally indistinguishable from his colleagues, the Lecturer in Recent Runes and the Chair of Indefinite Studies. As of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' and ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', he's ''still'' largely interchangeable with them, except that he's fallen in love on at least two occasions. ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' also gave him a working class background for some SlobsVersusSnobs rivalry with the Dean, but this seems to have fallen by the wayside since.
** Death's daughter Ysabell in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' is a psycho with a scythe. By ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' she's a lot less insane, though still desperate for company.
* Bean from ''EndersGame'' undergoes a complete character change between his appearances in the first book and his own story arc.
23rd May '16 7:59:41 PM Anddrix
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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} are also examples of this. They both debut in Batman #1 and had their origins revealed in Detective Comics #168 and Batman #62, respectively.

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} are also examples of this. They both debut in Batman #1 and had their origins revealed in Detective Comics #168 and Batman #62, respectively.
15th May '16 9:29:49 AM nombretomado
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* {{Magneto}}'s backstory as a Holocaust survivor, though now considered an essential part of his character, is actually this. He's been the ComicBook/XMen's archenemy ever since the series' first issue in 1964, but his tragic backstory wasn't revealed until ''Uncanny X-Men'' #151 hit the stands in 1981.

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* {{Magneto}}'s ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s backstory as a Holocaust survivor, though now considered an essential part of his character, is actually this. He's been the ComicBook/XMen's archenemy ever since the series' first issue in 1964, but his tragic backstory wasn't revealed until ''Uncanny X-Men'' #151 hit the stands in 1981.
14th May '16 2:32:35 AM Doug86
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* {{Magneto}}'s backstory as a Holocaust survivor, though now considered an essential part of his character, is actually this. He's been the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s archenemy ever since the series' first issue in 1964, but his tragic backstory wasn't revealed until ''Uncanny X-Men'' #151 hit the stands in 1981.

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* {{Magneto}}'s backstory as a Holocaust survivor, though now considered an essential part of his character, is actually this. He's been the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s ComicBook/XMen's archenemy ever since the series' first issue in 1964, but his tragic backstory wasn't revealed until ''Uncanny X-Men'' #151 hit the stands in 1981.
4th May '16 5:40:19 PM AnnieLeonhardts
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* Although it takes a while, this is exactly what happens to Fernald in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.

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* Although it takes a while, this This is exactly what happens to Fernald (The Hook-Handed Man) in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.



* Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' , which is especially grating because throughout most of the game he is a completely unsympathetic complete monster.

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* Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' , which is especially grating because throughout most of the game he is a completely unsympathetic complete monster.
20th Apr '16 2:21:10 AM Doug86
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* In the first two seasons of AvatarTheLastAirbender, Avatar Roku is basically only known as the Avatar before Aang. It isn't until season 3 where we learn more about him.

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* In the first two seasons of AvatarTheLastAirbender, ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Avatar Roku is basically only known as the Avatar before Aang. It isn't until season 3 where we learn more about him.
18th Mar '16 1:34:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* This happened to [[RobotGirl Cameron]] of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' as regards her noticeably more advanced [[UncannyValley socialization]] skills in the series pilot. This was due to the large time gap between the production of the pilot and the rest of the series, during which the writers decided that pulling her back would make for a more interesting long-term character arc.

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* This happened to [[RobotGirl Cameron]] of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' as regards her noticeably more advanced [[UncannyValley socialization]] skills in the series pilot. This was due to the large time gap between the production of the pilot and the rest of the series, during which the writers decided that pulling her back would make for a more interesting long-term character arc.
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