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11th Nov '16 1:38:01 PM DustSnitch
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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' does this to most of its cast. Johnny Cage is shown as being a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Hollywood douchebag with a heroic spirit]], instead of the ButtMonkey who serves no purpose aside from being killed off as a gag. Likewise, Jax goes from being a stereotypical Blaxploitation hero back to his role as the {{badass}} StraightMan of the cast. And [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] finally stops being a regular playable character, and returns to his spot as the overpowered FinalBoss.

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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' does this to most of its cast. Johnny Cage is shown as being a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Hollywood douchebag with a heroic spirit]], instead of the ButtMonkey who serves no purpose aside from being killed off as a gag. Likewise, Jax goes from being a stereotypical Blaxploitation hero back to his role as the {{badass}} badass StraightMan of the cast. And [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] finally stops being a regular playable character, and returns to his spot as the overpowered FinalBoss.



* After all four of them suffered from CharacterDerailment in the previous season, the third season of ''WesterAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' rerails [[TheHero Korra]], [[GirlyBruiser Asami]], [[PluckyComicRelief Bolin]] and [[IronLady Lin Beifong]]. Within the first few episodes of that season, Korra's HotBlooded nature reaches a reasonable level again, after previously being amped up to a full blown HairTriggerTemper; Asami's [[ActionGirl back in action]], after inexplicably suffering {{Chickification}} and sitting on the sidelines for most of season two; Bolin's ditched his AcquiredSituationalNarcissism, and shed his [[IdiotHero downright moronic]] persona, returning to his previous characterization of [[NiceGuy well-meaning]] [[ManChild but somewhat immature]] supporter; and Lin is no longer relegated to [[DaChief playing the stereotypical police chief]] and [[IdiotBall inexplicably ignoring evidence for the sake of the plot]], instead getting a subplot of her own, multiple chances to show off her [[{{Badass}} badassery]] and a showcase for her detective skills.

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* After all four of them suffered from CharacterDerailment in the previous season, the third season of ''WesterAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' rerails [[TheHero Korra]], [[GirlyBruiser Asami]], [[PluckyComicRelief Bolin]] and [[IronLady Lin Beifong]]. Within the first few episodes of that season, Korra's HotBlooded nature reaches a reasonable level again, after previously being amped up to a full blown HairTriggerTemper; Asami's [[ActionGirl back in action]], after inexplicably suffering {{Chickification}} and sitting on the sidelines for most of season two; Bolin's ditched his AcquiredSituationalNarcissism, and shed his [[IdiotHero downright moronic]] persona, returning to his previous characterization of [[NiceGuy well-meaning]] [[ManChild but somewhat immature]] supporter; and Lin is no longer relegated to [[DaChief playing the stereotypical police chief]] and [[IdiotBall inexplicably ignoring evidence for the sake of the plot]], instead getting a subplot of her own, multiple chances to show off her [[{{Badass}} badassery]] her badassery and a showcase for her detective skills.
10th Nov '16 5:46:39 PM nombretomado
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** Vilgax's characterization and vocals[[note]]Though rather than Creator/SteveBlum, he's voiced by JohnDimaggio.[[/note]] in one of the ''Alien Force'' video games, ''Vilgax Attacks!'', was much closer to how he was portrayed in the first series. He also regained his original series personality in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', what with [[spoiler: [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu outsmarting a]] EldritchAbomination '''God''']] and what not.

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** Vilgax's characterization and vocals[[note]]Though rather than Creator/SteveBlum, he's voiced by JohnDimaggio.Creator/JohnDimaggio.[[/note]] in one of the ''Alien Force'' video games, ''Vilgax Attacks!'', was much closer to how he was portrayed in the first series. He also regained his original series personality in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', what with [[spoiler: [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu outsmarting a]] EldritchAbomination '''God''']] and what not.
4th Nov '16 2:42:52 AM pinkdalek
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** The original ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' had portrayed Terra as a fearful, {{Wangst}}-ridden DamselScrappy who gets [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty tormented in a vaguely sexualised manner]] by the villains and saved a lot by ''FF'' golden boy Cloud, a radical and [[{{Chickification}} borderline offensive]] departure from her original personality. This came under much criticism from fans in both the West and Japan. The expanded rerelease, ''Dissidia 012'', fixed as much as it could by rewriting her non-voiced dialogue to be braver and more optimistic, willing to do her best to fight but unhappy with the need to fight in the first place.
** After his first trip down the angst mines for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' in 2002 where he was given dialogue written for Vincent, Cloud is gradually being readjusted to be closer to his original game personality in newer material. His bio in ''Theatrhythm'' describes him as an arrogant showoff, the trait that was originally the core of his character but had been [[DeadUnicornTrope since forgotten]]. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy (2015)'' had the developers hyping up that Cloud would have "a positive personality" in the game, with trailers showing him [[GrinOfAudacity smiling while fighting]], despite him having been a PerpetualFrowner ever since his original appearance. ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'' goes back to his classic power-set and gives him quotes and poses emphasising his [[InsecuritySuperiorityComplex big ego]], and his design in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' is more heavily based on his old design and less idealised.

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** The original ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' had portrayed Terra as a fearful, {{Wangst}}-ridden DamselScrappy who gets [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty tormented in a vaguely sexualised manner]] by the villains and saved a lot by ''FF'' golden boy Cloud, various boys, a radical and [[{{Chickification}} borderline offensive]] departure from her original personality. This came under much criticism from fans in both the West and Japan. The expanded rerelease, ''Dissidia 012'', fixed as much as it could by rewriting her non-voiced dialogue to be braver and more optimistic, willing to do her best to fight but unhappy with the need to fight in the first place.
place, but she's still wimpy in the cutscenes. The developers of ''Dissidia (2015)'' stated that they redid Terra's voice and moves for their version because they wanted her to be "optimistic" this time.
** After his first trip down the angst mines for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' in 2002 where he was given dialogue written for Vincent, Cloud is gradually being readjusted to be closer to his original game personality in newer material. His bio in ''Theatrhythm'' describes him as an arrogant showoff, the trait that was originally the core of his character but had been [[DeadUnicornTrope since forgotten]]. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy (2015)'' had the developers hyping up that Cloud would have "a positive personality" in the game, with trailers showing him [[GrinOfAudacity smiling while fighting]], despite him having been a PerpetualFrowner ever since his original appearance. ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'' goes back to his classic power-set and gives him quotes and poses emphasising his [[InsecuritySuperiorityComplex big ego]], InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and his design in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' is more heavily based on his old design and less idealised.
4th Nov '16 2:39:46 AM pinkdalek
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** After his first trip down the angst mines for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' in 2002 where he was given dialogue written for Vincent, Cloud is gradually being readjusted to be closer to his original game personality in newer material. His bio in ''Theatrhythm'' describes him as an arrogant showoff, the trait that was originally the core of his character but had been [[DeadUnicornTrope since forgotten]], and his appearance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' is more heavily based on his old design and less idealised.

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** After his first trip down the angst mines for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' in 2002 where he was given dialogue written for Vincent, Cloud is gradually being readjusted to be closer to his original game personality in newer material. His bio in ''Theatrhythm'' describes him as an arrogant showoff, the trait that was originally the core of his character but had been [[DeadUnicornTrope since forgotten]], forgotten]]. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy (2015)'' had the developers hyping up that Cloud would have "a positive personality" in the game, with trailers showing him [[GrinOfAudacity smiling while fighting]], despite him having been a PerpetualFrowner ever since his original appearance. ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'' goes back to his classic power-set and gives him quotes and poses emphasising his [[InsecuritySuperiorityComplex big ego]], and his appearance design in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' is more heavily based on his old design and less idealised.
26th Oct '16 8:05:53 PM PaulA
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* Like PeterDavid, Alan Davis dismissed a later writer's run on ''Comicbook/ClanDestine'' as a dream. It was hilarious because it was just a single-line throwaway.

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* Like PeterDavid, Alan Davis dismissed a later writer's run on ''Comicbook/ClanDestine'' as a dream. It was hilarious because it was just a single-line throwaway.
26th Oct '16 8:04:00 PM PaulA
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* Writer PeterDavid, who wrote ''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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* Writer PeterDavid, Creator/PeterDavid, who wrote ''TheIncredibleHulk'' ''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.
22nd Sep '16 6:36:14 PM nombretomado
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* One of the main points to the first season of ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' is to '''finally''' mend Kevin's abrupt, unexplained shift in characterization and powers that occurred in ''Alien Force'', ultimately culminating in [[spoiler: using his old, sanity-warping powers as a means to save the world, and becoming evil again as a side-effect.]]

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* One of the main points to the first season of ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' is to '''finally''' mend Kevin's abrupt, unexplained shift in characterization and powers that occurred in ''Alien Force'', ultimately culminating in [[spoiler: using his old, sanity-warping powers as a means to save the world, and becoming evil again as a side-effect.]]



** Vilgax's characterization and vocals[[note]]Though rather than Creator/SteveBlum, he's voiced by JohnDimaggio.[[/note]] in one of the ''Alien Force'' video games, ''Vilgax Attacks!'', was much closer to how he was portrayed in the first series. He also regained his original series personality in the GrandFinale of ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', what with [[spoiler: [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu outsmarting a]] EldritchAbomination '''God''']] and what not.

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** Vilgax's characterization and vocals[[note]]Though rather than Creator/SteveBlum, he's voiced by JohnDimaggio.[[/note]] in one of the ''Alien Force'' video games, ''Vilgax Attacks!'', was much closer to how he was portrayed in the first series. He also regained his original series personality in the GrandFinale of ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', what with [[spoiler: [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu outsmarting a]] EldritchAbomination '''God''']] and what not.
18th Sep '16 2:55:48 PM Vrahno
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* Onua's personality from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was very inconsistent despite him being a StaticCharacter. Originally a GeniusBruiser who only spoke if it was really necessary, the first movie (and the non-canon tie-in game) portrayed him more as a tough but jolly muscle guy. His [[Toys/{{Bionicle2015}} Generation 2]] counterpart was also meant to be wise and smart, to which the 2015 online webisodes didn't quite do justice, mostly due to how dumb the voice work made him sound. Finally, he got re-railed in ''The Journey to One'' animated mini-series: a soft-spoken and mature heavyweight, equally capable physically and mentally.
2nd Aug '16 11:30:50 PM JewelSatellite
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*** This one is very, very arguable. The original murderous Joker was a cold, grim, relatively rational but bad-tempered professional criminal who rarely made "jokes" as such. The wacky antics started during his HarmlessVillain Silver Age period. "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge" actually merged the two for the first time, establishing the wacky but horrifically evil personality that he's had ever since.

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*** This one is very, very arguable. The original murderous Joker was a cold, grim, relatively rational but bad-tempered professional criminal who rarely made "jokes" as such. The wacky antics started during his HarmlessVillain Silver Age period. "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge" actually merged the two for the first time, establishing the wacky but horrifically evil personality that he's had ever since.



* At this point, there are at least three different characterizations of ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, with authors repeatedly [[ArmedWithCanon rerailing one by derailing the others]]. The original characterization was a generically evil BigBad. Creator/ChrisClaremont's tormented WellIntentionedExtremist is the most complex and long-running, considered his "true" self by most, but Creator/GrantMorrison's AxCrazy villain is actually arguably closer to the character's roots. However, nobody complained about Magneto's return to the character he'd been from 1975 to 2003 immediately after by Claremont himself, with Morrison's Magneto revealed as an impostor. Morrison, however, wasn't the first to try and make him TheHeavy again, though they did make sure he had sufficient provocation for "Fatal Attractions" back in the 90s.

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* At this point, there are at least three different characterizations of ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, with authors repeatedly [[ArmedWithCanon rerailing one by derailing the others]]. The original characterization was a generically evil BigBad. Creator/ChrisClaremont's tormented WellIntentionedExtremist is the most complex and long-running, considered his "true" self by most, but Creator/GrantMorrison's AxCrazy villain is actually arguably closer to the character's roots. However, nobody complained about Magneto's return to the character he'd been from 1975 to 2003 immediately after by Claremont himself, with Morrison's Magneto revealed as an impostor. Morrison, however, wasn't the first to try and make him TheHeavy again, though they did make sure he had sufficient provocation for "Fatal Attractions" back in the 90s.



* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', Vernon's portrayal which sees him as friends with April who helps her and Raph rescue the others arguably has him closer to how he originally was portrayed in the first season of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the '87 cartoon]] before he TookALevelInJerkass and became April's cowardly rival.

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* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', Vernon's portrayal which sees him as friends with April who helps her and Raph rescue the others arguably has him closer to how he originally was portrayed in the first season of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the '87 cartoon]] before he TookALevelInJerkass and became April's cowardly rival.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' rerailed arguably the entire Monkey Island franchise, but ESPECIALLY [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=], turning him truly evil and threatening again after his disappointing appearance subservient to Ozzie in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' rerailed arguably most of the entire Monkey Island franchise, but ESPECIALLY characters, especially [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=], turning him who was truly evil and threatening again after his disappointing appearance subservient to Ozzie in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Many of the characters have undergone {{Flanderization}} after the movie. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick TookALevelInDumbass, though the most notable change is Mr. Krabs' greed [[TookALevelInJerkass stooping to horrible levels]]. Arguably at the turn of Season 9, many of these changes were decreased and the characters began to act somewhat like their former selves, and even more in episodes aired after the second movie, which can be attributed to creator Stephen Hillenberg returning to the series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Many of the characters have undergone {{Flanderization}} after the movie. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick TookALevelInDumbass, though the most notable change is Mr. Krabs' greed [[TookALevelInJerkass stooping to horrible levels]]. Arguably at the turn of During Season 9, many of these changes were decreased and the characters began to act somewhat like their former selves, and even more in episodes aired after the second movie, which can be attributed to creator Stephen Hillenberg returning to the series.
19th Jun '16 1:36:09 AM jormis29
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* Before ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'' (see below), the Literature/SherlockHolmes meets UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper film ''Murder by Decree'' made a good-faith effort to rescue Watson from his post-Nigel Bruce image as a dundering blockhead. James Mason's Watson is an occasional DeadpanSnarker who makes one of the biggest contributions to solving the case, when he isn't taking out a much younger man in a fistfight.

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* Before ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'' (see below), the Literature/SherlockHolmes meets UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper film ''Murder by Decree'' ''Film/MurderByDecree'' made a good-faith effort to rescue Watson from his post-Nigel Bruce image as a dundering blockhead. James Mason's Watson is an occasional DeadpanSnarker who makes one of the biggest contributions to solving the case, when he isn't taking out a much younger man in a fistfight.
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