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10th Apr '18 6:40:09 PM MadAnthony94
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* It's argued that ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''s Joker is a rerailment of the character as he appeared way back in the Golden Age: he doesn't bother with giant jack-in-the-boxes or acid-squirting corsages, used public announcements to terrify Gotham, and despite ''having'' an evil laugh, he was far from a giggling loon (in fact, his expression was usually pretty dead).
31st Mar '18 11:28:14 PM Sammettik
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft:

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23rd Mar '18 12:37:53 PM Manny20444
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* The {{Franchise/DCAU}} team has admitted that Superman got [[TheWorfEffect derailed into a punching bag]] during the early days of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech took steps in later episodes to remind viewers]] why he's, well, ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''.

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* The {{Franchise/DCAU}} team has admitted that Superman got [[TheWorfEffect derailed into a punching bag]] during the early days first season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech took steps in later episodes to remind viewers]] why he's, well, ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''.
25th Feb '18 11:32:59 AM Dere
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* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}:

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25th Feb '18 11:31:12 AM Dere
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* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} in ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. After a few years of being portrayed in the games as something of a goody-goody {{invincible hero}}, he's back to being a slightly more nuanced version of the snarky MascotWithAttitude that he was supposed to be from [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the start]].
** Before that, ''Anime/SonicX'' was able to strike somewhat of a middle point, giving him a personality that could be described as a combination of his friendly and optimistic portrayal from the contemporary games and his somewhat aloof self from [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVAs]].

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* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} in ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. After a few years of being portrayed in the games as something of a goody-goody {{invincible hero}}, he's back to being a slightly more nuanced version of the snarky MascotWithAttitude that he was supposed to be from [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the start]].
** Before that, ''Anime/SonicX'' was able to strike somewhat of a middle point, giving him a personality that could be described as a combination of his friendly and optimistic portrayal from the contemporary games and his somewhat aloof self from [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVAs]].
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9th Feb '18 2:49:23 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer goes from {{Jerkass}} to the original Homer sometimes at will. Flanders was de-{{Flanderized}} in TheMovie.

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Homer goes from {{Jerkass}} to the original Homer sometimes at will. Flanders will.
** Ned Flanders, the namesake of {{Flanderization}}, returned to his earlier personality (a devout but accepting NiceGuy) in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''.
** Bart went through a failed attempt at this around 2010-12. He
was de-{{Flanderized}} initially BrattyHalfPint who frequently got in TheMovie.trouble for his outrageous pranks and snappy one-liners, but the coming of more "extreme" characters like [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Eric Cartman]] and [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]], as well as [[ValuesDissonance society's more lax stance on child discipline]], made Bart's once-shocking antics seem tame by comparison. Episodes like "Love is a Many Strangled Thing" and "Postcard from the Wedge" tried to return him to his "bad boy" roots, but because of the writers' attempts to outdo his successors, Bart ended up coming off as [[TheSociopath a destructive, uncaring monster]].
30th Jan '18 10:31:48 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* ''Film/RogueOne'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi'' take two of the original trilogy's most beloved characters back to their roots in magnificent fashion: In ''Rogue One'', [[spoiler: Darth Vader is shown as an unstoppable, terrifying, borderline-horror film-level '''[[TheDreaded MONSTER]]''' who wades through rebels like he's carving a cake,]] and ''The Last Jedi'' undoes many years of {{Flanderization}} by returning [[spoiler: Yoda to the goofy, expressive, optimistic TricksterMentor he was in the first films, and keeps his famous speech pattern to an appropriate minimum. Plus, he's also portrayed by an actual ''puppet'' rather than CGI.]]
15th Jan '18 8:39:52 AM Manny20444
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** The is zig-zagged with Ben himself in ''Omniverse''. His personality owes to the exaggerated moron from Season 3 of Alien Force, much to the irritation of the fans who liked him as a more competent and heroic character, but some episodes like "Malefactor" or "Max's Monster" do showcase him as smarter and more competent. Unfortunately, by the next episode he usually tends to get back to be a moron, and the writers hadn't settled on either portrayal by the series' end.
1st Jan '18 8:29:27 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' 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.
** Although Stewie attempt to make himself evil again after Brian called him out on how soft he had gotten. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked]]. Unfortunately, the writers dialed this new evil Stewie's ChaoticEvil UpToEleven, turning him into a ChaoticStupid character, while completely discarding his mastermind-style LawfulEvil from the original characterization. [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste But then, that was the whole point.]]
** Joe was originally a HandicappedBadass cop who became an excuse to make cripple jokes after the show got UnCancelled. The previous characterization is somewhat more apparent in recent episodes such as "Joe's Revenge".

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' subverted this trope with Stewie: in the season 9 premiere, he killed a character for the first time in years and revealed that he still wanted to kill Lois, although this still hasn't happened.
** Although Stewie attempt attempted to make himself evil again after Brian called him out on how soft he had gotten. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked]]. Unfortunately, the writers dialed this new evil Stewie's ChaoticEvil UpToEleven, turning him into a ChaoticStupid character, while completely discarding his mastermind-style LawfulEvil from the original characterization. [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste [[IntendedAudienceReaction But then, that was the whole point.]]
** Joe was originally a HandicappedBadass cop who became an excuse to make cripple jokes after the show got UnCancelled.UnCanceled. The previous characterization is somewhat more apparent in recent episodes such as "Joe's Revenge".
31st Dec '17 6:16:21 PM Psi001
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** [[TerribleTrio Jessie, James, and Meowth]] were first introduced as true members of the evil Team Rocket organization, constantly obeying their leader [[BigBad Giovanni]] all the time. But after their obsession with capturing Ash Ketchum's Pikachu began in the show's second episode, they started to ignore Giovanni and mainly went after Pikachu, which inevitably resulted in them constantly getting kicked around and "being blasted off again" every single time, even when Ash continued his journeys beyond Kanto. By Sinnoh, they had gone from their original intentions of {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s to an outright GoldfishPoopGang with silly dances and Boss Fantasies being seen as outright detrimental to both the show in general and the Terrible [=TRio=] specifically. The writers for the ''Best Wishes'' arc made them super competent and super important; which generated (yet another) BrokenBase and was ultimately seen as [[CerebusSyndrome swinging the pendulum too far the other way]]. Early Kalos seems to have split the difference, wherein Team Rocket's plans are self-contained and usually doomed to failure, yet Pikachu is now an ''occasional'' target, giving way to the [[VictimOfTheWeek Pokémon of the Week]] [[note]]which sometimes is not a Pokémon[[/note]] and sometimes putting up a NotSoHarmless offence against Ash's team. This has struck fans early on as a "happy medium." Unfortunately, they became more overexposed and less useful to the plot as the series went on, [[UnpleasableFanbase leading to fan dissatisfaction once again]].

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** [[TerribleTrio Jessie, James, and Meowth]] were first introduced as true members of the evil Team Rocket organization, constantly obeying their leader [[BigBad Giovanni]] all the time. But after their obsession with capturing Ash Ketchum's Pikachu began in the show's second episode, they started to ignore Giovanni and mainly went after Pikachu, which inevitably resulted in them constantly getting kicked around and "being blasted off again" every single time, even when Ash continued his journeys beyond Kanto. By Sinnoh, they had gone from their original intentions of {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s to an outright GoldfishPoopGang with silly dances and Boss Fantasies being seen as outright detrimental to both the show in general and the Terrible [=TRio=] specifically. The writers for the ''Best Wishes'' arc made them super competent and super important; which generated (yet another) BrokenBase and was ultimately seen as [[CerebusSyndrome swinging the pendulum too far the other way]]. Early Kalos seems to have split the difference, wherein Team Rocket's plans are self-contained and usually doomed to failure, yet Pikachu is now an ''occasional'' target, giving way to the [[VictimOfTheWeek Pokémon of the Week]] [[note]]which sometimes is not a Pokémon[[/note]] and the trio sometimes still putting up a NotSoHarmless offence against Ash's team.team that led to intense two-way fights instead of one-sided beatings. This has struck fans early on as a "happy medium." Unfortunately, they became more overexposed and less useful to the plot as the series went on, with VillainDecay once again seeping in, [[UnpleasableFanbase leading to fan dissatisfaction once again]].
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