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25th Mar '17 5:56:19 PM Dere
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': After two seasons of CharacterDerailment, first into an unpleasable harpy, and then into a doormat, Dana Tan is finally restored to her original sweet and supportive characterization... in the {{Fully Absorbed|Finale}} DistantFinale.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': After two seasons of CharacterDerailment, first CharacterDerailment into an unpleasable harpy, and then into a doormat, Dana Tan is finally restored to her original sweet and supportive characterization... in the {{Fully Absorbed|Finale}} DistantFinale.
16th Mar '17 6:24:09 PM Megadoomer
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** [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Some]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 games]] tried to make [[BigBad Eggman]] a more serious villain and downplay his comedic attributes, only for the [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes next game]] to backpedal and revert him back to his comedy relief self. Starting from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' onward, he's kept the comic relief persona but the true dastardliness of his plans is hidden if you [[BewareTheSillyOnes only concentrate on]] ''[[BewareTheSillyOnes that]]'' [[BewareTheSillyOnes aspect]] of his character.

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** [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Some]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 games]] tried to make [[BigBad Eggman]] a more serious villain and downplay his comedic attributes, only for the [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes next game]] to backpedal and revert him back to his comedy relief self. Starting from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' onward, he's kept the comic relief persona but the true dastardliness of his plans is hidden if you [[BewareTheSillyOnes only concentrate on]] ''[[BewareTheSillyOnes that]]'' [[BewareTheSillyOnes aspect]] of his character. Much like Sonic and Tails, ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' undid problems that he had in the modern era, such as [[EvilIsNotAToy falling victim to whatever forces he was using for world conquest]], and he was ultimately the final boss of the game.
16th Mar '17 10:30:10 AM X2X
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* Mamoru Chiba/Darian from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was subjected to quite the CharacterDerailment in the R season, going from a polite young man who still [[BrutalHonesty didn't unnecessarily sugarcoat his words]] and ''did'' tell his (much-younger) girlfriend and her friends what he had in his mind, to a {{Angst}}y and broken mess who acted borderline abusive to her, badmouthing her to keep her away and safe, and caused her lots of turmoil (which once almost ''killed her'' since he would not tell her what he ''did'' have his reasons... when in fact said reasons ''did'' involve her and she had all the right to know). Fortunately, once he finally told her the truth and the arc reached its end, Mamoru's OutOfCharacter half-season was put in a shelf and he returned to be the Senshi's BigBrotherMentor and a kind yet sincere boyfriend to Usagi. [[NeverLiveItDown Too bad fandom won't let him live it down, though]]....him being put heavily OutOfFocus in the next few seasons didn't help matters either.
* The [[LongRunnerCastTurnover few constants]] among the Anime/{{Pokemon}} cast seem to be re-hitting their stride in [[Videogame/PokemonXAndY the XY saga]].
** [[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 Pokemon of the Week]][[note]]Which sometimes is not a Pokemon.[[/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]].
** Ash ''[[IdiotHero himself]]'' seems to be undergoing this in Kalos as well. In Hoenn, he served as a BigBrotherMentor to Max and an equal to May. In Sinnoh, his {{Idiot|Hero}} traits are more pronounced, but he still comes off as somewhat capable, at least when he's not up against a CreatorsPet or a DiabolusExMachina. In Unova, he was [[IdiotBall completely rebooted into a full-fledged rookie]], [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe except when the plot required otherwise]], taking a backseat to his own sidekicks Iris and Cilan half the time. In Kalos, however, he returns to Hoenn-era form; he's still a bit wide-eyed, but most of his faux-pas early on have come from lack of knowledge of the new region's dynamics, as opposed to the outright virtual lobotomy in Unova. It helps that [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he started Kalos with a]] [[Awesome/{{Pokemon}} Moment of Awesome]][[note]]Climbing the Poke-Equivalent of the Eiffel Tower to peacefully subdue a rampaging Garchomp[[/note]], is a quasi-BigBrotherMentor to Bonnie,[[note]]Her ''actual Big Brother Clemont notwithstanding,[[/note]] and also has Serena to play off as she's [[TheWatson the Novice of the group]].
* Goku, TheHero of Franchise/DragonBall, was per WordOfGod never meant to be as selfless as most people think of him as being thanks to AdaptationalHeroism, instead being much more selfish with no real understanding of family values and ranking a challenge higher than many other priorities. ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is rerailing him to be much more selfish and caring more for a good fight than many other things (including his own life: he literally hired a universe-renowned assassin to kill himself just so said assassin wouldn't hold back at all), which has caused those unaware of this fact to think he's grabbed the IdiotBall or JerkassBall.

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* Mamoru Chiba/Darian from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was subjected to quite the CharacterDerailment in the R season, going from a polite young man who still [[BrutalHonesty didn't unnecessarily sugarcoat his words]] and ''did'' tell his (much-younger) girlfriend and her friends what he had in his mind, to a {{Angst}}y and broken mess who acted borderline abusive to her, badmouthing her to keep her away and safe, and caused her lots of turmoil (which once almost ''killed her'' since he would not tell her what he ''did'' have his reasons... when in fact said reasons ''did'' involve her and she had all the right to know). Fortunately, once he finally told her the truth and the arc reached its end, Mamoru's OutOfCharacter half-season was put in a shelf and he returned to be the Senshi's BigBrotherMentor and a kind yet sincere boyfriend to Usagi. [[NeverLiveItDown Too bad fandom won't let him live it down, though]].... him being put heavily OutOfFocus in the next few seasons didn't help matters either.
* The [[LongRunnerCastTurnover few constants]] among the Anime/{{Pokemon}} ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' cast seem to be re-hitting their stride in [[Videogame/PokemonXAndY [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY the XY saga]].
** [[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 Pokemon Pokémon of the Week]][[note]]Which Week]] [[note]]which sometimes is not a Pokemon.[[/note]] Pokémon[[/note]] and sometimes putting up a NotSoHarmless offence against Ash's team. This has struck fans early on as a "happy medium". medium." Unfortunately, they became more overexposed and less useful to the plot as the series went on, [[UnpleasableFanbase leading to fan dissatisfaction once again]].
** Ash ''[[IdiotHero himself]]'' seems to be undergoing this in Kalos as well. In Hoenn, he served as a BigBrotherMentor to Max and an equal to May. In Sinnoh, his {{Idiot|Hero}} traits are more pronounced, but he still comes off as somewhat capable, at least when he's not up against a CreatorsPet or a DiabolusExMachina. In Unova, he was [[IdiotBall completely rebooted into a full-fledged rookie]], [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe except when the plot required otherwise]], taking a backseat to his own sidekicks Iris and Cilan half the time. In Kalos, however, he returns to Hoenn-era form; he's still a bit wide-eyed, but most of his faux-pas faux pas early on have come from lack of knowledge of the new region's dynamics, as opposed to the outright virtual lobotomy in Unova. It helps that [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he started Kalos with a]] [[Awesome/{{Pokemon}} Moment of Awesome]][[note]]Climbing Awesome]] [[note]]climbing the Poke-Equivalent Poké-equivalent of the Eiffel Tower to peacefully subdue a rampaging Garchomp[[/note]], is a quasi-BigBrotherMentor to Bonnie,[[note]]Her ''actual Big Brother Bonnie [[note]]her ''actual'' big brother Clemont notwithstanding,[[/note]] notwithstanding[[/note]], and also has Serena to play off as she's [[TheWatson the Novice novice of the group]].
* Goku, TheHero of Franchise/DragonBall, ''Franchise/DragonBall'', was per WordOfGod never meant to be as selfless as most people think of him as being thanks to AdaptationalHeroism, instead being much more selfish with no real understanding of family values and ranking a challenge higher than many other priorities. ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is rerailing him to be much more selfish and caring more for a good fight than many other things (including his own life: he literally hired a universe-renowned assassin to kill himself just so said assassin wouldn't hold back at all), which has caused those unaware of this fact to think he's grabbed the IdiotBall or JerkassBall.



* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns,'' Cranky Kong is cranky again (Yeah, how THAT CharacterDerailment ever managed to happen in the first place we'll never know...)
* Sonic 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 the [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog start]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns,'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', Cranky Kong is cranky again again. (Yeah, how THAT CharacterDerailment ever managed to happen in the first place we'll never know...)
* Sonic 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 [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog start]].



** Earlier in the series, Knuckles went from a [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles smug echidna who laughed at being able to outwit Sonic]] to a [[SonicAdventureSeries completely serious guardian who is a bit gullible]]. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' attempted to combine the two portrayals into a bumbling [[TheLancer Lancer]] who is smug at getting one over Sonic. The game also marked the point in which Knuckles' HotBlooded nature and bumbling naivete started to get [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] in a case of TookALevelInDumbass and BadassDecay. His role as guardian of Angel Island is also frequently neglected in favor of being another generic associate of Sonic. And then he returns to his Adventure persona again in ''VideoGame/SonicRunners''. They're still working on the "being a Guardian of the Master Emerald" thing. In the ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom continuity]], they addressed the derailment...by taking the bumbling nitwit characterization and running with it for the most humor, making him the DumbMuscle of the team. The Guardian aspect was dropped due to the Master Emerald not existing in the Boom continuity.
** Tails as well. For a few games, he simply became a walking toolkit for the team, losing the childlike and friendly aspects that made him interesting and likable in the first place (and that his character was built from). VideoGame/SonicColors undoes some of the damage, especially that done to his friendship with Sonic.
** Amy Rose. Originally an AllLovingHero with a [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]] [[{{Hammerspace}} that she kept pulling out of nowhere]], who had a crush on Sonic. She got a PlotRelevantAgeUp from eight to twelve come ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', in which she became an AllLovingHero and got much more persistent about her attraction to Sonic without being entirely unreasonable. Cue ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', where being a StalkerWithACrush had completely taken over her character. She derailed even further in ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', becoming a SpoiledBrat, albeit one [[JerkassHasAPoint that had some good points about Sonic's actions at times]]. She was eventually rerailed in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', back to somewhere between Sonic CD and Sonic Adventure levels of crushing, though she'd have much less of a storyline role in the games onward. In the ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom continuity]], they addressed fan perceptions of the derailment by treating the Boom version as more of an ActionGirl, with elements of her AllLovingHero status returned. Her crush on Sonic is more nuanced and tolerable along the lines of CD and SA1-2, along with her [[CannotSpitItOut trying to hide said crush]] instead of showing it.
** [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Some]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 games]] tried to make [[BigBad Eggman]] a more serious villain and downplay his comedic attributes, only for the [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes next game]] to backpedal and revert him back to his comedy relief self. Starting from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' onward, he's kept the comic relief persona but the true dastardliness of his plans is hidden if you [[BewareTheSillyOnes only concentrate on ''that'' aspect]] of his character.
** That being said, what counts as Character Derailment or Rerailment depends on the fan, due to the Sonic franchise's notoriously BrokenBase. Fans who started during the more serious periods, between ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', consider the shift to the more humorous and less plot-intensive games from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and onwards as Character Derailment and yearn for the serious, complicated stories of that middle era.

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** Earlier in the series, Knuckles went from a [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles smug echidna who laughed at being able to outwit Sonic]] to a [[SonicAdventureSeries completely serious guardian who is a bit gullible]]. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' attempted to combine the two portrayals into a bumbling [[TheLancer Lancer]] who is smug at getting one over Sonic. The game also marked the point in which Knuckles' HotBlooded nature and bumbling naivete started to get [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] in a case of TookALevelInDumbass and BadassDecay. His role as guardian of Angel Island is also frequently neglected in favor of being another generic associate of Sonic. And then he returns to his Adventure ''Adventure'' persona again in ''VideoGame/SonicRunners''. They're still working on the "being a Guardian of the Master Emerald" thing. In the ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom continuity]], they addressed the derailment... by taking the bumbling nitwit characterization and running with it for the most humor, making him the DumbMuscle of the team. The Guardian aspect was dropped due to the Master Emerald not existing in the Boom ''Boom'' continuity.
** Tails as well. For a few games, he simply became a walking toolkit for the team, losing the childlike and friendly aspects that made him interesting and likable in the first place (and that his character was built from). VideoGame/SonicColors ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' undoes some of the damage, especially that done to his friendship with Sonic.
** Amy Rose. Originally an AllLovingHero with a [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]] [[{{Hammerspace}} that she kept pulling out of nowhere]], who had a crush on Sonic. She got a PlotRelevantAgeUp from eight to twelve come ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', in which she became an AllLovingHero and got much more persistent about her attraction to Sonic without being entirely unreasonable. Cue ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', where being a StalkerWithACrush had completely taken over her character. She derailed even further in ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', becoming a SpoiledBrat, albeit one [[JerkassHasAPoint that had some good points about Sonic's actions at times]]. She was eventually rerailed in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', back to somewhere between ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD CD]]'' and Sonic Adventure ''Sonic Adventure'' levels of crushing, though she'd have much less of a storyline role in the games onward. In the ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom continuity]], they addressed fan perceptions of the derailment by treating the Boom ''Boom'' version as more of an ActionGirl, with elements of her AllLovingHero status returned. Her crush on Sonic is more nuanced and tolerable along the lines of CD ''CD'' and SA1-2, ''[=SA1=]-2'', along with her [[CannotSpitItOut trying to hide said crush]] instead of showing it.
** [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Some]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 games]] tried to make [[BigBad Eggman]] a more serious villain and downplay his comedic attributes, only for the [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes next game]] to backpedal and revert him back to his comedy relief self. Starting from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' onward, he's kept the comic relief persona but the true dastardliness of his plans is hidden if you [[BewareTheSillyOnes only concentrate on ''that'' on]] ''[[BewareTheSillyOnes that]]'' [[BewareTheSillyOnes aspect]] of his character.
** That being said, what counts as Character Derailment or Rerailment depends on the fan, due to the Sonic franchise's notoriously BrokenBase.BrokenBase (and the series' constant admission onto the CerebusRollercoaster). Fans who started during the more serious periods, between ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', consider the shift to the more humorous and less plot-intensive games from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and onwards as Character Derailment and yearn for the serious, complicated stories of that middle era.



** Cloud's plotline in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'' is there to serve as a (re)introduction to the character for fans who don't remember the original, and writes him extremely close to his original game characterisation. When his memory problems begin to make him doubt his own existence, he reacts with snark and determination rather than angst, at one point [[AsideGlance eyeing the camera]] to say "I got sick of moping". His arrogant streak is back, with his backhanded compliments to Wol and rudeness to Echo driving a lot of the storyline's humour. He's still aloof, but not so unreasonably that he isn't able to express open gratitude when Wol and Echo try to give him emotional support.

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** Cloud's plotline in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'' is there to serve as a (re)introduction to the character for fans who don't remember the original, and writes him extremely close to his original game characterisation. When his memory problems begin to make him doubt his own existence, he reacts with snark and determination rather than angst, at one point [[AsideGlance eyeing the camera]] to say "I got sick of moping". moping." His arrogant streak is back, with his backhanded compliments to Wol and rudeness to Echo driving a lot of the storyline's humour. He's still aloof, but not so unreasonably that he isn't able to express open gratitude when Wol and Echo try to give him emotional support.



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

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' rerailed most of the Monkey Island characters, especially [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=], [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=], who was truly evil and threatening again after his disappointing appearance subservient apparent subservience to Ozzie in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''.]]
4th Mar '17 1:27:31 PM comicwriter
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* Comicbook/ThePunisher famously went through a 90s DorkAge where he was reimagined as a supernatural character who hunted demons at the behest of Angels from Heaven. Creator/GarthEnnis took over the character and brought him back to his gritty roots, with the Heaven stuff dismissed with a single (now iconic) HandWave line:
-->'''Punisher''': Tried it. Didn't like it.
* Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} used the same tactic when he got ahold of Comicbook/TheCreeper during his ''Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}'' run. The Creeper had previously been heavily reimagined in the {{New 52}} as a DarkerAndEdgier Japanese {{Oni}}, much to the ire of his fans. Priest brought back the character's original appearance, and only mentioned the Oni stuff in passing with a line saying that the Creeper had been going through some changes recently, but was now feeling like his old self again.
1st Mar '17 7:30:15 PM nombretomado
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* Television did this for both ''Franchise/PerryMason'' and ElleryQueen. In different series of movies in the 30's and 40's, Mason was depicted as a hard-living playboy with lavish offices and expensive tastes, while Queen was a comic bungler who was TooDumbToLive. It took Raymond Burr (Mason) and Jim Hutton (Queen) to bring those characters back to the authors' original characterizations (which were far more serious and sensible).

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* Television did this for both ''Franchise/PerryMason'' and ElleryQueen.''Series/ElleryQueen''. In different series of movies in the 30's and 40's, Mason was depicted as a hard-living playboy with lavish offices and expensive tastes, while Queen was a comic bungler who was TooDumbToLive. It took Raymond Burr (Mason) and Jim Hutton (Queen) to bring those characters back to the authors' original characterizations (which were far more serious and sensible).
25th Feb '17 5:25:43 AM pinkdalek
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** Cloud's plotline in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'' is there to serve as a (re)introduction to the character, and writes him extremely close to his original game characterisation. Notably, when his memory problems begin to make him doubt his own existence, he reacts with snark and determination rather than angst, at one point [[AsideGlance eyeing the camera]] to say "I got sick of moping".

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** Cloud's plotline in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'' is there to serve as a (re)introduction to the character, character for fans who don't remember the original, and writes him extremely close to his original game characterisation. Notably, when When his memory problems begin to make him doubt his own existence, he reacts with snark and determination rather than angst, at one point [[AsideGlance eyeing the camera]] to say "I got sick of moping". His arrogant streak is back, with his backhanded compliments to Wol and rudeness to Echo driving a lot of the storyline's humour. He's still aloof, but not so unreasonably that he isn't able to express open gratitude when Wol and Echo try to give him emotional support.
23rd Feb '17 10:53:58 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* ''Film/CurseOfChucky'' brings the titular killer doll back to his original characterization, and out of his {{flanderiz|ation}}ed StupidEvil traits.
20th Feb '17 7:20:33 AM Dere
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** Earlier in the series, Knuckles went from a [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles smug echidna who laughed at being able to outwit Sonic]] to a [[SonicAdventureSeries completely serious guardian who is a bit gullible]]. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' attempted to combine the two portrayals into a bumbling [[TheLancer Lancer]] who is smug at getting one over Sonic. After that, however, Knuckles' HotBlooded nature and bumbling naivete was [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] [[TookALevelInDumbass further]] in a case of BadassDecay. His role as guardian of Angel Island is also frequently neglected in favor of being another generic associate of Sonic. And then he returns to his Adventure persona again in ''VideoGame/SonicRunners''. They're still working on the "being a Guardian of the Master Emerald" thing. In the ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom continuity]], they addressed the derailment...by taking the bumbling nitwit characterization and running with it for the most humor, making him the DumbMuscle of the team. The Guardian aspect was dropped due to the Master Emerald not existing in the Boom continuity.

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** Earlier in the series, Knuckles went from a [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles smug echidna who laughed at being able to outwit Sonic]] to a [[SonicAdventureSeries completely serious guardian who is a bit gullible]]. ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' attempted to combine the two portrayals into a bumbling [[TheLancer Lancer]] who is smug at getting one over Sonic. After that, however, The game also marked the point in which Knuckles' HotBlooded nature and bumbling naivete was started to get [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] [[TookALevelInDumbass further]] exaggerated]] in a case of TookALevelInDumbass and BadassDecay. His role as guardian of Angel Island is also frequently neglected in favor of being another generic associate of Sonic. And then he returns to his Adventure persona again in ''VideoGame/SonicRunners''. They're still working on the "being a Guardian of the Master Emerald" thing. In the ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom continuity]], they addressed the derailment...by taking the bumbling nitwit characterization and running with it for the most humor, making him the DumbMuscle of the team. The Guardian aspect was dropped due to the Master Emerald not existing in the Boom continuity.
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**Cloud's plotline in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'' is there to serve as a (re)introduction to the character, and writes him extremely close to his original game characterisation. Notably, when his memory problems begin to make him doubt his own existence, he reacts with snark and determination rather than angst, at one point [[AsideGlance eyeing the camera]] to say "I got sick of moping".
18th Feb '17 12:59:41 PM Dere
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** Before that, ''Anime/SonicX'' was able to strike somewhat of a middle point, giving him a personality that could be described as a combination between his friendly and optimist portrayal from the then current games and his somewhat aloof self from the [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie OVAs]].

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** Before that, ''Anime/SonicX'' was able to strike somewhat of a middle point, giving him a personality that could be described as a combination between of his friendly and optimist optimistic portrayal from the then current contemporary games and his somewhat aloof self from the [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVAs]].
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