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23rd Jun '17 10:22:50 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* ComicBook/{{Gambit}} started off as a RuleOfCool-based, MrFanservice ManipulativeBastard HandsomeLech [[DeathDealer Death Dealing]] BadassLongcoat who relished the challenge of getting his hands on the ForbiddenFruit Rogue, though stymied by his self-centered JerkAss qualities and the large number of people he pissed off in his thief career. Then, Rogue left him to die in Antarctica. After this, the result was a lot of {{Angst}} on Gambit's part, whose characterization was changed from the previously-described version to a [[{{Angst}} Self-loathing]] [[TheAtoner Atoner]] desperate to punish himself for his (morally blameless) role in the Mutant Massacre. More recent adaptations, however, have reached back to the character's roots: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' showed Gambit as competent, charming, handsome and relatively low-angst [[TheGambler card-shark]] who won a CoolPlane in a poker game, and ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' had Gambit as a mercenary, ruthless, charming, manipulative thief for hire (albeit in only two episodes). Whether or not this trend will continue is currently unknown.

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* ComicBook/{{Gambit}} started off as a RuleOfCool-based, MrFanservice ManipulativeBastard HandsomeLech [[DeathDealer Death Dealing]] BadassLongcoat who relished the challenge of getting his hands on the ForbiddenFruit Rogue, though stymied by his self-centered JerkAss qualities and the large number of people he pissed off in his thief career. Then, Rogue left him to die in Antarctica. After this, the result was a lot of {{Angst}} on Gambit's part, whose characterization was changed from the previously-described version to a [[{{Angst}} Self-loathing]] [[TheAtoner Atoner]] desperate to punish himself for his (morally blameless) role in the Mutant Massacre. More recent adaptations, however, have reached back to the character's roots: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' showed Gambit as competent, charming, handsome and relatively low-angst [[TheGambler card-shark]] who won a CoolPlane in a poker game, and ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' had Gambit as a mercenary, ruthless, charming, manipulative thief for hire (albeit in only two episodes). Whether or not this trend will continue is currently unknown. unknown, though his recent solo series, which compromises by having him return to his thieving roots and ultimately becoming King of Thieves, while remaining a loose faculty member at the Jean Grey School (Wolverine explains that they don't actually expect him to turn up much... but they trust him to be there when it counts, when he's really needed), before joining X-Factor, but still remaining King of Thieves.
11th Jun '17 2:48:20 PM nombretomado
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** However, his role in the Mutant Massacre brings him to derailment in other ways: he's a villain in both ''XMenEvolution'' and ''WATXM,'' because apparently leading the Marauders to the Morlock tunnels having ''no idea'' what's about to happen makes you a bad guy. However, it's softer in X-Evo, as he's found in the employ of Magneto, whose CharacterDevelopment is well on its way (though he's still mostly in opposition to the X-Men) by the time Gambit shows up. Still, we last saw Gambit as an X-Man in animation in the 1990s series.

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** However, his role in the Mutant Massacre brings him to derailment in other ways: he's a villain in both ''XMenEvolution'' ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' and ''WATXM,'' because apparently leading the Marauders to the Morlock tunnels having ''no idea'' what's about to happen makes you a bad guy. However, it's softer in X-Evo, as he's found in the employ of Magneto, whose CharacterDevelopment is well on its way (though he's still mostly in opposition to the X-Men) by the time Gambit shows up. Still, we last saw Gambit as an X-Man in animation in the 1990s series.
17th May '17 11:15:03 AM lillolillo
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** ComicBook/{{Bane}} has had this a lot. He started out as a GeniusBruiser that used a drug called Venom to augment his already impressive strength, and managed to exhaust Batman enough that he easily won their first fight, and broke Batman's back. He basically became known for ''only'' breaking Batman's back and his use of venom, and became DumbMuscle subject to TheWorfEffect. Gail Simone's ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' run would revert him to GenuisBruiser and have him try to wean himself off Venom. ''However'', then the New 52 reboot hit and Bane was back to being DumbMuscle and constantly using Venom, though ''sometimes'' showed a GeniusBruiser side. Eventually, Tom King would revert him to GeniusBruiser in his ''Batman'' run, while having Bane's Venom use be a more mental thing, with it not only augmenting his considerable physical strength, but also removing his ability to feel fear, implied to be why Bane ''really'' used Venom.
* Hal Jordan of the {{Green Lantern}}s went through this after he [[FaceHeelTurn went insane]] and killed most of the other Lanterns. It was eventually revealed that he'd been possessed by Parallax, the embodiment of fear, and though at the time this seemed like an AssPull both Parallax and the Sinestro Corps have gone on to become an integral part of the Green Lantern mythos. Oh, and several of the dead Lanterns turn out to be alive.
* Writer Creator/PeterDavid, who wrote ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' for 12 years, disliked the changes made by a subsequent writer so much that when he came back to write the title, he had the entire previous storyline revealed to have been AllJustADream.

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** ComicBook/{{Bane}} has had this a lot. He started out as a GeniusBruiser that used a drug called Venom to augment his already impressive strength, and managed to exhaust Batman enough that he easily won their first fight, and broke Batman's back. He basically became known for ''only'' breaking Batman's back and his use of venom, and became DumbMuscle subject to TheWorfEffect. Gail Simone's ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' run would revert him to GenuisBruiser GeniusBruiser and have him try to wean himself off Venom. ''However'', then the New 52 reboot hit and Bane was back to being DumbMuscle and constantly using Venom, though ''sometimes'' showed a GeniusBruiser side. Eventually, Tom King would revert him to GeniusBruiser in his ''Batman'' run, while having Bane's Venom use be a more mental thing, with it not only augmenting his considerable physical strength, but also removing his ability to feel fear, implied to be why Bane ''really'' used Venom.
* Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan of the {{Green Lantern}}s went through this after he [[FaceHeelTurn went insane]] and killed most of the other Lanterns. It was eventually revealed that he'd been possessed by Parallax, the embodiment of fear, and though at the time this seemed like an AssPull both Parallax and the Sinestro Corps have gone on to become an integral part of the Green Lantern mythos. Oh, and several of the dead Lanterns turn out to be alive.
* Writer Creator/PeterDavid, who wrote ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk'' for 12 years, disliked the changes made by a subsequent writer so much that when he came back to write the title, he had the entire previous storyline revealed to have been AllJustADream.



* The entire purpose of ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' was to get Spider-Man single again and make him "young and fresh" again. In order to do this, he was made to [[CharacterDerailment make a deal with Mephisto to save his aunt from dying, at the cost of his wife and unborn child]], then was reset to being single, "young and fresh", and... living with his elderly aunt again. Safe to say, this [[ThisLoserIsYou didn't work out so well]], but later writers have done their best to salvage it.

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* The entire purpose of ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' was to get Spider-Man Franchise/SpiderMan single again and make him "young and fresh" again. In order to do this, he was made to [[CharacterDerailment make a deal with Mephisto to save his aunt from dying, at the cost of his wife and unborn child]], then was reset to being single, "young and fresh", and... living with his elderly aunt again. Safe to say, this [[ThisLoserIsYou didn't work out so well]], but later writers have done their best to salvage it.



* An issue of Chris Claremont's ''Uncanny X-Men'' had the villain Arcade light a match on Doctor Doom's armour, with Doom just allowing it. Many felt this was CharacterDerailment, and as it turns out, so did John Byrne. During his run on the title, he retconned that the Doom who worked with Arcade was actually a Doombot, and when the real Doom questions it on how he killed Arcade for such an act, the Doombot says it did not, for it felt Doom may need Arcade. [[https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8100/8559598933_ed6cfbbdb0_b.jpg Doom then casually destroys the Doombot]], exclaiming, "Doom needs ''no one''." This actually became one of Doom's most memorable moments as a character.

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* An issue of Chris Claremont's ''Uncanny X-Men'' ''Franchise/XMen'' had the villain Arcade light a match on Doctor Doom's Comicbook/DoctorDoom's armour, with Doom just allowing it. Many felt this was CharacterDerailment, and as it turns out, so did John Byrne. During his run on the title, he retconned that the Doom who worked with Arcade was actually a Doombot, and when the real Doom questions it on how he killed Arcade for such an act, the Doombot says it did not, for it felt Doom may need Arcade. [[https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8100/8559598933_ed6cfbbdb0_b.jpg Doom then casually destroys the Doombot]], exclaiming, "Doom needs ''no one''." This actually became one of Doom's most memorable moments as a character.character.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} was originally a short-tempered but optimistic, sweet girl. When she was reintroduced in 2004, editors thought the best way to bring the character up to date was characterizing her as a permanently angry, immature, edgy jerkass. Fans hated it and mass-dropped the book. The next creative team hurried to revert her to her kind-hearted self, and writer Sterling Gates dismissed her initial weird characterization as temporary Kryptonite-induced craziness. No one complained.



* The main aim of most [[FixFic fixfics]].



* In ''{{Charmed}}'' Phoebe's character was seriously derailed in Season 5 and remained loathed by the fanbase. But when Season 8 came along, we saw a return to a maturer version of the original Phoebe. She was a lot less self-centred and less boy crazy - her SerialRomeo lifestyle was actually Deconstructed.

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* In ''{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' Phoebe's character was seriously derailed in Season 5 and remained loathed by the fanbase. But when Season 8 came along, we saw a return to a maturer version of the original Phoebe. She was a lot less self-centred and less boy crazy - her SerialRomeo lifestyle was actually Deconstructed.
30th Apr '17 4:57:16 PM ghidorah15
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In Season 5, Pam developed a cocaine addiction, and her ''whole character'' suddenly revolved around this. Not only this made her incredibly unfunny, but also turned her into TheMillstone. After noticing how much [[TheScrappy fans hated this]], in Season 6 her character was returned to her [[EnsembleDarkhorse much beloved]] persona from Seasons 3 and 4.
24th Apr '17 7:12:17 PM nombretomado
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* Many of the engines' slowly waxed and waned in the long run of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', some becoming almost polar opposites of their former selves. From Season 17 onward however, a new writing team was brought on board, reverting back many of the engines to their original personalities and refreshing its roots to ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Some traits introduced in the TV show remain, albeit more as HiddenDepths.

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* Many of the engines' slowly waxed and waned in the long run of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', some becoming almost polar opposites of their former selves. From Season 17 onward however, a new writing team was brought on board, reverting back many of the engines to their original personalities and refreshing its roots to ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Some traits introduced in the TV show remain, albeit more as HiddenDepths.
20th Apr '17 8:43:06 PM rjd1922
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* FanFic {{Spork}}ings sometimes have the characters derailed in the fic comment on what the character would have actually done in whatever situation the fic describes.

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* FanFic {{Spork}}ings [[{{MST}} Sporkings]] sometimes have the characters derailed in the fic comment on what the character would have actually done in whatever situation the fic describes.
20th Apr '17 7:46:47 AM TommyTiger
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' horribly subverted this trope with Stewie: in the season 9 premiere, he killed a character for first time in years and revealed that he still wanted to kill Lois, although this still hasn't happened.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' horribly subverted this trope with Stewie: in the season 9 premiere, he killed a character for first time in years and revealed that he still wanted to kill Lois, although this still hasn't happened.
9th Apr '17 6:37:19 PM nombretomado
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* While in the past two or three volumes, she was [[AxCrazy murderously insane]] in every single chapter, in volume 8 of ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Chiri returns to her original characterization as [[SuperOCD very uptight]], but still somewhat the StraightMan.

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* While in the past two or three volumes, she was [[AxCrazy murderously insane]] in every single chapter, in volume 8 of ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Chiri returns to her original characterization as [[SuperOCD very uptight]], but still somewhat the StraightMan.
8th Apr '17 11:01:07 AM nombretomado
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* Many of the engines' slowly waxed and waned in the long run of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', some becoming almost polar opposites of their former selves. From Season 17 onward however, a new writing team was brought on board, reverting back many of the engines to their original personalities and refreshing it's roots to ''TheRailwaySeries''. Some traits introduced in the TV show remain, albeit more as HiddenDepths.

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* Many of the engines' slowly waxed and waned in the long run of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', some becoming almost polar opposites of their former selves. From Season 17 onward however, a new writing team was brought on board, reverting back many of the engines to their original personalities and refreshing it's its roots to ''TheRailwaySeries''.''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Some traits introduced in the TV show remain, albeit more as HiddenDepths.
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