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18th Mar '17 5:47:11 PM nombretomado
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* In the long-running [[{{Neopets}} Neopian Times]] series ''Al the Chia'', Peacepaw (a nonconformist NewAgeRetroHippie among the wolflike Lupes) initially comes off as so saccharine that he's in his own little world, and being in his own little world with all his happy little friends quickly becomes unbearable for a third party, like Al. In later installments, he's still a hippy with all that that entails, but he's ''much'' more approachable and likable.

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* In the long-running [[{{Neopets}} [[{{Website/Neopets}} Neopian Times]] series ''Al the Chia'', Peacepaw (a nonconformist NewAgeRetroHippie among the wolflike Lupes) initially comes off as so saccharine that he's in his own little world, and being in his own little world with all his happy little friends quickly becomes unbearable for a third party, like Al. In later installments, he's still a hippy with all that that entails, but he's ''much'' more approachable and likable.
9th Mar '17 7:13:31 PM merotoker
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9th Mar '17 7:02:07 PM merotoker
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn/ComicBooks



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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** In his earliest appearances, while Batman wasn't any more particularly kill-happy than any other heroes, it's kind of shocking to see the archetypal TechnicalPacifist clearly killing off criminals, often using guns. Case in point, a line from a showdown with his first nemesis:
--> '''Batman:''' ''[as he watches the man in question '''burn to death''']'' Death... to Doctor Death!
** He also displayed a fondness for puns and cracked jokes during fights, not unlike what Spider-Man would do later. IE, "Have a seat", while smacking villains with a chair, or, while beating the Joker "You may be the JOKER, but I am the KING OF CLUBS!" or "You played your last hand!". Now, he's oh so very much TheStoic.
** And, on more than one occasion, he referred to himself as "Poppa", in the third person, as in "Quiet, or Poppa spank!" or "Right into Poppa's arms!".
** The first Catwoman story depicts Batman deliberately allowing her to escape purely because he thinks she's hot, and then joking about it with Robin. Ever since then, he's been nothing but angsty about his obsession with her.
** ComicBook/TheJoker was originally a sneering, humorless criminal mastermind instead of the cackling lunatic we know today. He was named after the Joker in playing cards, seeing as how he never told a single joke, and never laughed in his initial appearance (though he did smile, rather terrifyingly). ''The Man Who Laughs'' later rewrote the Joker's first story with the current portrayal of the Joker.
** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} was, like Batman, shown to kill people in her earlier appearances, when she would later become established as a ClassyCatBurglar whose morally-ambiguous or outright heroic nature rested on her scrupulous refusal to kill the innocent. (But not other villains, as Black Mask found out. [[DeathIsCheap Twice]].)
** ComicBook/{{Robin}} was also shown to use brutal force on crooks in his debut, hitting them with rocks from a sling and shoving them off scaffolding to their deaths. This first origin story also depicted him as ''eight'' years old while doing all these feats (compared to later retcons that would establish him as either ten or twelve).
** Also Alfred is remembered as the Wayne family's loyal butler, however he was originally written as a CluelessDetective who wasn't quite up to par with the World's Greatest Detective, Batman. Rather than swear revenge, he ended up serving in the Wayne Manor and the Batcave. Nowdays Alfred is just written as TheJeeves.
** Alfred was also originally overweight and clean shaven, but adopted his iconic thin, mustached appearance after a stay at a health spa.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man started off as a lot more hotheaded and ready to fight for little reason. As early as ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1, Spidey breaks into the ComicBook/FantasticFour's house to fight them in order to prove his worth as a potential member. He mellowed out once he became an adult so a lot of this could be chalked up to him being a teenage boy who just got super powers.
** Gwen Stacy was much different initially than later portrayed. Her characterization changes are quite startling when you consider it, from a college-aged AlphaBitch to [[BettyAndVeronica the Veronica and then the Betty]] in the ongoing LoveTriangle before winding up Spider-Man's [[PuritySue very sweet girlfriend]], and then, well, [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied you know...]] Her current portrayal (Peter's one true love who was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth) didn't exist until after her death.
** In his earliest appearances the Green Goblin was a SmugSnake who kept [[KarmaHoudini getting away after his plans failed]] and whose [[TheFaceless face we never saw.]] Then he was unmasked as ComicBook/NormanOsborn shortly after successfully learning Spider-Man's own identity, spent some time as a JekyllAndHyde, killed Gwen Stacy, got posthumously upgraded into the BigBad, and was turned into a MagnificentBastard upon his [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]], where he has more or less stayed ever since. In short, a major change due to being a BreakoutVillain.
** Mary-Jane Watson was initially introduced as a kind of flaky party-girl who was the Veronica to Gwen's Betty, which was odd since Gwen had initially been the Veronica herself. She later was revealed to have HiddenDepths and has become the woman most fans feel Peter Parker truly belongs with.
** Aunt May is another example. In the beginning, she was a sweet, extremely old and extremely frail old lady but, er, [[CloudCuckooLander somewhat senile and detached from reality]]. That she allowed herself to be charmed by ComicBook/DoctorOctopus and unshakingly saw Mary Jane Watson as a suitable partner and future wife for Peter (''before'' MJ's characterization marched on) was portrayed as evidence for this. Then in the late 1970s she became more involved in the real world, e. g. joining the Gray Panthers, a bypass operation removed her recurrent health problems, and by all appearances she actually became younger. During Roger Stern's run her reasons for continuing matchmaking also was revealed as much more canny than previously imagined; she commented to Peter that he and MJ had more in common than he knew (foreshadowing the origin story Stern and his then-wife had cooked up, but which was mostly revealed by Tom [=DeFalco=] later on). This change of Aunt May from a passive character who constantly needed to be saved or aided by Peter and others was very much appreciated by the fans.
*** This finally all led up to the day she finally learns the truth about Peter's identity in ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan'', has a sane conversation with him about it, and is ''totally able to deal with it,'' making her the [[CoolOldLady coolest old lady]] on Earth. Later episodes have her helping with the secret identity in ways that make you wonder how he ''ever'' got along when she ''didn't'' know. [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay Then, alas, it was all retconned away.]]
*** During the time Spidey was in the Avengers and his identity was public, May spent a lot of time at Avengers Tower, and had the Avengers eating out of her hand. At one point, Iron Man lends her a suit of armor!
* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** In the first two or so issues of, Beast essentially sexually harassed ComicBook/JeanGrey and was a big dumb oaf, but as early as the third issue, he became a self-described bookworm who used a much more impressive vocabulary and was far kinder to people around him, and it was treated as if he had always been so. Interestingly, in a much later arc, the Beast, now blue and furry (which is also this trope, as ''some'' don't know he wasn't always this way), has his appearance restored to his original human form, but at the cost of his intelligence dwindling as he uses his powers. He eventually talks much like his day-one self.
** ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}'s first appearances had him as a crime boss and then a ComicBook/{{Magneto}}-esque mutant supremacist, giving the same sort of speeches with more BoldInflation during [[ReplacementFlatCharacter a time when Magneto had become the New Mutants' mentor.]] The [[TheSocialDarwinist "survival of the fittest"]] aspect of his philosophy emerged soon afterward and those other characterizations quickly fell by the wayside. His backstory and status as a rare but overwhelming threat came later still.
** The original plan for the ''Comicbook/XFactor'' comic (where Apocalypse was first introduced) was that the shadowy mastermind that X-Factor had been fighting against was planned to be minor Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Spider-Man villain the Owl. When a new writer came in, they decided to create a new villain.
** Magneto himself is a good example of this. The Creator/StanLee/Creator/JackKirby version of the character was just a straightforward villain with essentially no character depth. Creator/ChrisClaremont gave Magneto a sympathetic backstory and changed him into a WellIntentionedExtremist, and these changes have more or less stuck over the intervening decades. Unfortunately, post-Claremont writers and editors re-cardboardified Magneto to some considerable extent.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} got her start as a villainous henchwoman working for ComicBook/{{Mystique}}, taking on and nearly single-handedly defeating the entire team of Comicbook/TheAvengers with a bravado that would be out of place on the troubled young girl she was soon developed into. This is particularly strange when you consider that nearly all of Rogue's earliest appearances - including that encounter with the Avengers - were written by Creator/ChrisClaremont.
** According to a tenacious urban legend, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s origin was ''intended'' to be that he was actually a wolverine mutated into human form. Creator/LenWein himself, Wolverine's co-creator, has made it clear that this is just a myth. Old plans that ''were'' made are that his claws were originally intended to be built into his gloves, and WordOfGod states that he was planned to be about as strong as Franchise/SpiderMan (i.e. at the low end of superhuman strength in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, but still able to lift about 10 tons).
** He also started out as a thug with a bad temper whose main contribution to fights was rushing in recklessly and getting [[TheWorfEffect swatted aside]] to prove that the villain couldn't be beaten without teamwork. During ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga, he TookALevelInBadass and never looked back. It's also surprising (considering how important it is to his modern characterization) how long it is between his first appearance and the first explicit mention of his HealingFactor (he says that he heals fast a little earlier, but it's in more of a "don't fuss over me just because I got myself beaten" context than an "I have a superhuman ability to heal" one).
** And how about Charles Xavier himself? In the first twenty or so issues, he used his powers a lot more, reading minds whenever he pleased, communicating telepathically even to people in the same room, harboring a secret crush on Jean Grey, and mind-wiping several of the X-Men's foes in order to get them out of the way for good. While some later writers would portray Xavier as a {{Jerkass}}, it never reached this level.
** Also, ComicBook/{{Iceman}}. Nowadays, he is mostly known as a funny guy. In the beginning, he would often attack his teammates during mission briefings. While this was probably intended to show him as immature (he was two years younger than the rest), it just made him look like a JerkAss and an idiot.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Original Superman was an outlaw hero not above dispensing rough justice in his earliest appearances. It is a little shocking for modern readers to see the character who would later become [[TheCape 'the Big Blue Boyscout']] seize a torturer and fling him to his death.
** DC later retconned these early out-of-character moments as being the Superman and Batman from Earth-2, so they're technically separate characters from the "main" Superman and Batman. Shows that they were aware just how much characterization had marched on in all those years.
** Creator/JohnByrne acknowledged this in ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' as part of the characters' evolution over time. In 1939, Franchise/{{Batman}} takes one of the Ultra-Humanite's goons on top of a giant planet model to interrogate him and lets him fall when the mook doesn't give any useful information. When he's caught by Superman, Bat-Man remarks "If I'd known you were there to catch him, I wouldn't have let him fall", and Superman responds "If I'd known you'd let him fall, I wouldn't have caught him." They resume the interrogation and, when the mook still refuses to talk, Superman makes as if to throw him off the sphere once more, at which point he finally sings.
** The Comicbook/{{New 52}} has also characterized young Superman similarly as his early incarnation.
* It's kind of a shock to see how Guy Gardner of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps was originally a pretty mellow character before (in a convoluted series of events) he received brain damage that manifested itself in the form of the arrogant, violent, unstable, and often childish personality that the character is best known for. DC has since tried to sweep this under the rug by {{retcon}}ning the brain damage thing altogether. Some flashbacks imply that Guy has always been, as he puts it, "the crazy one." Likewise, those who are most familiar with the mostly-stoic Marine in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} version of John Stewart, which has since been incorporated into the comics, may be surprised at how, well, [[JiveTurkey funky]] he is in his early comics appearances.
* Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} was far more of a dirtbag in his earliest appearances, in sharp contrast to his eventual AntiVillain status. One of his earliest appearances had him kidnapping Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}'s love interest in order to lure the Comicbook/TeenTitans into a trap, something that would seem greatly at odds with the "NeverHurtAnInnocent" code the character displayed in later stories.
* The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' foe Cheshire also started off with ''some'' standards before later writers made her into the completely vile figure she's known as today. She used to avoid CollateralDamage during her assassinations (for instance, she left a witness BoundAndGagged and even assured the man that she had no intention of harming him), and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even turned the tables on some racist South Africans who had hired her to kill a black civil rights worker]]. [[MoralEventHorizon Then she went and nuked an entire country, and hasn't looked back since…]] In an interesting case, ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portrayed Cheshire closer to her original comic book depiction. She steered clear of killing innocents, had some PetTheDog moments, and even had genuine affection for her younger sister, Artemis. This caused some fans who were more familiar with Cheshire's vile phase to claim she was being written horribly OutOfCharacter.
* Seems to have occurred with many Disney characters over decades of comic book appearances. Some examples:
** ComicBook/{{Mickey Mouse|ComicUniverse}}. In "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers" (1930), Mickey seems to be losing WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse to SmugSnake Mr. Slicker (Montmorency Rodent). He even overhears a conversation where Minnie silently lets Slicker believe Mickey is just her "little brother". Mickey's reaction? He concludes "She doesn't care for me anymore - what is there to live for! Without Minnie, I might as well end it all". ... "I can't get Minnie off my mind! I just can't go on without her!" ... "Without Minnie, all my dreams have become nightmares" ... [[ArcWords "Goodbye, Minnie! Goodbye, cruel word!"]]. Only after four failed suicide attempts does he snap out of it. This is the same Mickey who would make an art of ditching Minnie to attend to his next mystery investigation/reporting/adventuring around the world. Later stories have made a running joke of the Mouse couple [[ShippingBedDeath hardly spending any time together]].
** Phantom Blot. In "Mickey Outwits the Phantom Blot" (1939), the Blot is a rather scary opponent who easily overcomes Mickey on several occasions. With only one weakness. In his words "My cursed soft heart! I never could bear to SEE anything die! [[EvenEvilHasStandards I'm just too tender for such things]]". So he sets elaborate death traps instead, leaving them to take care of Mickey. Mickey typically escapes with minimal injuries. The Blot remains highly efficient in most of his incarnations. But the soft heart is mostly forgotten about and he takes a more direct approach. For example in "The Hooded Eagle" (1994), the Blot has no problem attacking Mickey with an axe. After taking elaborate efforts to lure him to an isolated location of the Arctic, indicating he was planning about it for some time.
*** The Phantom Blot was in his early appearances portrayed as a master thief, and was actually unmasked at the end of his first appearances. Later he went from a thief into a full-blown super villain, and the fact he even had a face under the hood was forgotten (in one comic in particular Mickey meets the Blot's brother, who for some reason is also wearing a hood, and comments that he finds it hard to think of the Blot as a regular person with a family, instead of some kind of supernatural monster). He's started appearing unmasked from time to time, and has gone back to stealing things instead of trying to take over the world or whatever (although he still has access to various high-tech devices, usually stolen prototypes, that he uses to commit crimes).
*** And in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', this goes UpToEleven as the Phantom Blot has become [[EldritchAbomination something else altogether]].
* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}}, [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]]. In his earlier appearances as a Donald Duck supporting character, Scrooge was mostly an antagonistic or even villainous character -- there was the infamous robber baron flashback in "Voodoo Hoodoo", and in "The Magic Hourglass" Scrooge sics a band of hired thugs on Donald and threatens to leave his nephews to die of thirst in the desert if they won't give up the MacGuffin he's after (though he isn't ''quite'' hard-hearted enough to go through with it). When Scrooge became the star of his own spinoff series, [[Creator/CarlBarks Barks]] had to make him more sympathetic and he quickly evolved into the proud and avaricious yet still honorable tightwad that we know today.
** In his [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck "Life and Times" series]] Creator/DonRosa tried to explain the "Voodoo Hoodoo" incident as a huge mistake that Scrooge made as a young man in a moment of hubris and spent the rest of his life regretting; but this doesn't really fit with the Barks story where the present-day Scrooge is shown laughing at the memory.
** His ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' incarnation takes a step even further, to the point of clashing with even the later comics version (and some early points of the show itself). While Scrooge remains somewhat curmudgeonly and closely tied to his money, he tames greatly, becoming more primarily a warm father figure for the triplets.
** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances -- him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ("Race to the South Seas"), and even then this trait only existed intermittently for a while before becoming cemented as a permanent focus of his character.
* In the original issues of ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', [[ScaryBlackMan Lothar]] was more or less Mandrake's negro manservant, never speaking, showing up whenever baggage needed to be carried or enemies needed to be beaten up, and vanishing between scenes when he wasn't needed. Once this became socially unacceptable, Lothar was rewritten as Mandrake's good friend, as well as a good deal smarter and proactive. On the other hand, Mandrake went from being a full-fledged wizard (kind of like a male Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}) to only being capable of using illusion magic.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}, in his earlier adventures, tended to defeat his enemies by beating them up. His condescension to the natives and cruelty to animals in ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin in the Congo]]'' are a jarring contrast to his humane attitude in the later adventures.
** Originally, the Tintin stories reflected the attitudes of Herge's mentors, who encouraged him to write religious and political propaganda pieces (''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets Tintin in the Land of the Soviets]]'') and his work reflected European colonial attitudes of 1930. A turnaround came when Herge befriended a Chinese student in Brussels who taught him about Chinese society, politics, and culture. As a result ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' is critical of Western imperialism in China and criticizes westerners making racist comments about the Chinese.
** In ''Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws,'' [[OlderSidekick Captain Haddock]] was a weak-willed alcoholic who was [[TheMillstone almost assured to mess up anything and get himself and Tintin in trouble]]. Later stories make him more competent and heroic (when not drunk), [[ButtMonkey and relegate his screw-ups to comedy relief]].
* In the early "Man of Iron" story in the Marvel UK ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic, Optimus Prime orders that the Man of Iron and his navigator and ship be destroyed to prevent the Decepticons getting their hands on them. This is the same Optimus Prime who generally goes out of his way to ''save'' noncombatants.
* Renee Montoya's sexuality is a defining character trait for her under Creator/GregRucka, but when she was originally created for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' the plan ([[AllThereInTheManual According to background info in the series bible]]) was that she was intended to be driven in her own fight on crime by the memory of her dead ''husband''. It was not until ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' that she was outed as a lesbian, which would become an integral part of an award-winning arc of that series and several [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo follow]] [[ComicBook/TheQuestion up]] comics. The same source also says that she would butt heads with Batman over his methods, whereas in almost all her appearances Renee admires him and understands why he acts outside the law.
* In the original comics, ComicBook/PlasticMan was no less serious than any other superhero at the time - he was the OnlySaneMan of his world, which was filled with wacky, cartoony characters. In fact, even his [[RubberMan powers]] were amusing, which made for an enormous contrast with his early, [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] personality. Over the years, Plas received a much more light-hearted, jokester disposition, being mostly comic relief and FunPersonified in his modern portrayals, such as the one in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, Sinestro was very generic and banal in his evil; his conquest of his planet (seen in flashback) involved him sitting on a throne, demanding tribute in the form of money and jewels in exchange for his services as protector and killing anyone who called out on what a selfish lout he was. It wasn't until 1991's Emerald Dawn II, that Sinestro's past was completely reworked to make him a UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-esque control-freak who conquered his homeworld "to protect it" as the driving force behind the evil he did.
* In several of the early comics, the Green [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] was slightly more intelligent and could talk better, barely even referring himself in the 3rd person. Then eventually this paved way to the more popular dumb beast that always spouted "[[HulkSpeak Puny human make Hulk angry! Hulk smash!]]" Though later retcons would establish that this behavior was still canon. The Hulk has [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]], with some of them being quite intelligent while others are just mindless, screaming monsters.
* When she was first introduced in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', Monstress was basically a female [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]], in both speech patterns and attitude. Once she joined the team, the writers decided it was more interesting if this hulking monster was an upbeat fashionista who called everyone "dear" or "sweetie".
* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'': Team leader Commander Arcturus Rann in the beginning had a more rakish personality somewhat like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. His speech included slang, mild swearing, and Solo-isms such as "Biotron, get your bolted butt back here!". Later, Rann's speech would become more mature and stilted as becoming of a legendary hero of the Microverse. On the other hand, Marionette, a princess of Homeworld, would start off speaking more formally, but later adopt hipster slang into her speech. Justified in her case as she is said to have spent some time on Earth away from the team.
* Hannibal King, friend of ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'', was originally introduced in ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' as a no-nonsense private eye who tended to stay calm, unobtrusive, and most professional. In ''Night Stalkers'', he became very emo, angsty, and melodramatic. And in later appearances, he became a goofy, bumbling, comic relief punching bag. This third characterization may be a response to ''Film/BladeTrinity'' and Creator/RyanReynolds' characterization of King.
* Amy in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is known as a badass OnlySaneMan of the Freedom Fighters. Her earliest appearances have her much like her game version would be known as. Her personality change was due to ExecutiveMeddling, as it was thought female readers needed a strong female role model. She was mostly reversed in the final arc, the ''Adventure'' adaptation, which makes it seem odd when Amy is standing around instead of being in the action.
* The earlier far wackier points of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' series are rather jarring to see. Most notably the characterizations of Sonic and Robotnik are based more primarily on their ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' counterparts, with Sonic being a goofy KarmicTrickster and Robotnik being a childish HarmlessVillain. The other Freedom Fighters are far more comedic than they are in later issues and even [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm the original show they came from]]. Princess Sally Acorn in particular started off as TheFinickyOne and was far more neurotic and self righteous, before becoming [[WomenAreWiser Closer To Earth]] and much more lucid and easy going.
* Before becoming [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} Moonstone]], Karla Sofen was introduced as a scantily-clad gun moll for the ComicBook/CaptainAmerica villain Doctor Faustus. There was also no hint of the cunning and manipulative personality she would later become known for.
* Jaime from the Spanish ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'' series was originally created as López's work rival, who would report everything he did wrong to their boss in an attempt to get him fired and take his girlfriend. They bonded notably in book no. 10 and became friends from then on, with Jaime appearing now as a nice, caring man. His old personality can only be seen briefly in books 35 and 36.
* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/TheDemonMages'', the Gorgon actress Ari spoke without any pronounced accents. Outside of the comics, she's known for her Southern Belle-type accent. Only in the second half of the second volume does it begin to show.
* ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/NickFury was a ''lot'' different in his initial appearance, being more like Tony Stark (i.e. a suave, cocky and insanely rich ladies man) than the stoic Creator/SamuelLJackson [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired]] character who later appeared in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': The Caliph's chambellan introduced in ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' was initially not specifically aggressive to Iznogoud and starts acting antagonistic toward him as a reaction to his angryness and obnoxiousness. When the same chambellan is reintroduced in later comics, he is portrayed as being basically Iznogoud's ArchEnemy who is trying to protect the Caliph against his overthrowing attempts. Being jailed at the end of ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' didn't help as well (although Iznogoud had good reasons to do that, to be fair).
* Aaron Stack the Machine Man started out as a very [[NiceGuy nice guy]] -- the only robot in his series who ''didn't'' [[CrushKillDestroy go mad]] and have to be put down like a wild animal, because he was [[RoboFamily lovingly raised as a son by]] [[MotherlyScientist the man who built him.]] [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Years later]] though, he went through a [[TraumaCongaLine series of traumatic experiences]] [[ComicBookDeath (getting destroyed and rebuilt,]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy infected with]] [[ComicBook/XMen Sentinel programming,]] and finally kidnapped by aliens and unceremoniously rejected as being somehow unfit) -- leading to his suffering a full fledged [[FreakOut nervous breakdown]] that turned him into the [[SecondLawMyAss misanthropic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerk]] he was in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}.'' He stayed that way for years, but recent portrayals have shown him [[CharacterCheck acting like his much mellower old self,]] so we must assume that he has [[HesBack finally managed to work past it.]]
* The Splinter who is a loving, if flawed, father is nowhere in evidence in the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', where he casually tells his sons that the reason he's been training them for years is so that they can attempt to kill a man they have never met to satisfy a vendetta they had never heard about before, a mission he intends for them to undertake with no actionable intelligence and no expectation of survival. While technically still canonical, future stories have had to gloss over these details, since they're completely at odds with the characters the turtles and Splinter would eventually become.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow was originally and for a long time after his introduction mild mannered and apolitical - essentially a better adjusted equivalent to Batman, at a time when even Batman was more prone to smiling than his current incarnation. His left wing politics and spikier personality generally only became part of his character in the late Sixties, nearly three decades after the character's introduction.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Betty originally had DumbBlonde and ClingyJealousGirl tendencies. She was even something of delusional in her obsession with Archie and would make schemes akin to Wily Coyote. By the 70s she was written as the level-headed {{tomboy}} we associate her with.
** Veronica was more aggressive and generally mean early on. She didn't get along wth Betty either. Over the decades she was toned down from an AlphaBitch to a LovableAlphaBitch and is best friends with Betty.
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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** In his earliest appearances, while Batman wasn't any more particularly kill-happy than any other heroes, it's kind of shocking to see the archetypal TechnicalPacifist clearly killing off criminals, often using guns. Case in point, a line from a showdown with his first nemesis:
--> '''Batman:''' ''[as he watches the man in question '''burn to death''']'' Death... to Doctor Death!
** He also displayed a fondness for puns and cracked jokes during fights, not unlike what Spider-Man would do later. IE, "Have a seat", while smacking villains with a chair, or, while beating the Joker "You may be the JOKER, but I am the KING OF CLUBS!" or "You played your last hand!". Now, he's oh so very much TheStoic.
** And, on more than one occasion, he referred to himself as "Poppa", in the third person, as in "Quiet, or Poppa spank!" or "Right into Poppa's arms!".
** The first Catwoman story depicts Batman deliberately allowing her to escape purely because he thinks she's hot, and then joking about it with Robin. Ever since then, he's been nothing but angsty about his obsession with her.
** ComicBook/TheJoker was originally a sneering, humorless criminal mastermind instead of the cackling lunatic we know today. He was named after the Joker in playing cards, seeing as how he never told a single joke, and never laughed in his initial appearance (though he did smile, rather terrifyingly). ''The Man Who Laughs'' later rewrote the Joker's first story with the current portrayal of the Joker.
** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} was, like Batman, shown to kill people in her earlier appearances, when she would later become established as a ClassyCatBurglar whose morally-ambiguous or outright heroic nature rested on her scrupulous refusal to kill the innocent. (But not other villains, as Black Mask found out. [[DeathIsCheap Twice]].)
** ComicBook/{{Robin}} was also shown to use brutal force on crooks in his debut, hitting them with rocks from a sling and shoving them off scaffolding to their deaths. This first origin story also depicted him as ''eight'' years old while doing all these feats (compared to later retcons that would establish him as either ten or twelve).
** Also Alfred is remembered as the Wayne family's loyal butler, however he was originally written as a CluelessDetective who wasn't quite up to par with the World's Greatest Detective, Batman. Rather than swear revenge, he ended up serving in the Wayne Manor and the Batcave. Nowdays Alfred is just written as TheJeeves.
** Alfred was also originally overweight and clean shaven, but adopted his iconic thin, mustached appearance after a stay at a health spa.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man started off as a lot more hotheaded and ready to fight for little reason. As early as ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1, Spidey breaks into the ComicBook/FantasticFour's house to fight them in order to prove his worth as a potential member. He mellowed out once he became an adult so a lot of this could be chalked up to him being a teenage boy who just got super powers.
** Gwen Stacy was much different initially than later portrayed. Her characterization changes are quite startling when you consider it, from a college-aged AlphaBitch to [[BettyAndVeronica the Veronica and then the Betty]] in the ongoing LoveTriangle before winding up Spider-Man's [[PuritySue very sweet girlfriend]], and then, well, [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied you know...]] Her current portrayal (Peter's one true love who was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth) didn't exist until after her death.
** In his earliest appearances the Green Goblin was a SmugSnake who kept [[KarmaHoudini getting away after his plans failed]] and whose [[TheFaceless face we never saw.]] Then he was unmasked as ComicBook/NormanOsborn shortly after successfully learning Spider-Man's own identity, spent some time as a JekyllAndHyde, killed Gwen Stacy, got posthumously upgraded into the BigBad, and was turned into a MagnificentBastard upon his [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]], where he has more or less stayed ever since. In short, a major change due to being a BreakoutVillain.
** Mary-Jane Watson was initially introduced as a kind of flaky party-girl who was the Veronica to Gwen's Betty, which was odd since Gwen had initially been the Veronica herself. She later was revealed to have HiddenDepths and has become the woman most fans feel Peter Parker truly belongs with.
** Aunt May is another example. In the beginning, she was a sweet, extremely old and extremely frail old lady but, er, [[CloudCuckooLander somewhat senile and detached from reality]]. That she allowed herself to be charmed by ComicBook/DoctorOctopus and unshakingly saw Mary Jane Watson as a suitable partner and future wife for Peter (''before'' MJ's characterization marched on) was portrayed as evidence for this. Then in the late 1970s she became more involved in the real world, e. g. joining the Gray Panthers, a bypass operation removed her recurrent health problems, and by all appearances she actually became younger. During Roger Stern's run her reasons for continuing matchmaking also was revealed as much more canny than previously imagined; she commented to Peter that he and MJ had more in common than he knew (foreshadowing the origin story Stern and his then-wife had cooked up, but which was mostly revealed by Tom [=DeFalco=] later on). This change of Aunt May from a passive character who constantly needed to be saved or aided by Peter and others was very much appreciated by the fans.
*** This finally all led up to the day she finally learns the truth about Peter's identity in ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan'', has a sane conversation with him about it, and is ''totally able to deal with it,'' making her the [[CoolOldLady coolest old lady]] on Earth. Later episodes have her helping with the secret identity in ways that make you wonder how he ''ever'' got along when she ''didn't'' know. [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay Then, alas, it was all retconned away.]]
*** During the time Spidey was in the Avengers and his identity was public, May spent a lot of time at Avengers Tower, and had the Avengers eating out of her hand. At one point, Iron Man lends her a suit of armor!
* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** In the first two or so issues of, Beast essentially sexually harassed ComicBook/JeanGrey and was a big dumb oaf, but as early as the third issue, he became a self-described bookworm who used a much more impressive vocabulary and was far kinder to people around him, and it was treated as if he had always been so. Interestingly, in a much later arc, the Beast, now blue and furry (which is also this trope, as ''some'' don't know he wasn't always this way), has his appearance restored to his original human form, but at the cost of his intelligence dwindling as he uses his powers. He eventually talks much like his day-one self.
** ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}'s first appearances had him as a crime boss and then a ComicBook/{{Magneto}}-esque mutant supremacist, giving the same sort of speeches with more BoldInflation during [[ReplacementFlatCharacter a time when Magneto had become the New Mutants' mentor.]] The [[TheSocialDarwinist "survival of the fittest"]] aspect of his philosophy emerged soon afterward and those other characterizations quickly fell by the wayside. His backstory and status as a rare but overwhelming threat came later still.
** The original plan for the ''Comicbook/XFactor'' comic (where Apocalypse was first introduced) was that the shadowy mastermind that X-Factor had been fighting against was planned to be minor Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Spider-Man villain the Owl. When a new writer came in, they decided to create a new villain.
** Magneto himself is a good example of this. The Creator/StanLee/Creator/JackKirby version of the character was just a straightforward villain with essentially no character depth. Creator/ChrisClaremont gave Magneto a sympathetic backstory and changed him into a WellIntentionedExtremist, and these changes have more or less stuck over the intervening decades. Unfortunately, post-Claremont writers and editors re-cardboardified Magneto to some considerable extent.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} got her start as a villainous henchwoman working for ComicBook/{{Mystique}}, taking on and nearly single-handedly defeating the entire team of Comicbook/TheAvengers with a bravado that would be out of place on the troubled young girl she was soon developed into. This is particularly strange when you consider that nearly all of Rogue's earliest appearances - including that encounter with the Avengers - were written by Creator/ChrisClaremont.
** According to a tenacious urban legend, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s origin was ''intended'' to be that he was actually a wolverine mutated into human form. Creator/LenWein himself, Wolverine's co-creator, has made it clear that this is just a myth. Old plans that ''were'' made are that his claws were originally intended to be built into his gloves, and WordOfGod states that he was planned to be about as strong as Franchise/SpiderMan (i.e. at the low end of superhuman strength in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, but still able to lift about 10 tons).
** He also started out as a thug with a bad temper whose main contribution to fights was rushing in recklessly and getting [[TheWorfEffect swatted aside]] to prove that the villain couldn't be beaten without teamwork. During ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga, he TookALevelInBadass and never looked back. It's also surprising (considering how important it is to his modern characterization) how long it is between his first appearance and the first explicit mention of his HealingFactor (he says that he heals fast a little earlier, but it's in more of a "don't fuss over me just because I got myself beaten" context than an "I have a superhuman ability to heal" one).
** And how about Charles Xavier himself? In the first twenty or so issues, he used his powers a lot more, reading minds whenever he pleased, communicating telepathically even to people in the same room, harboring a secret crush on Jean Grey, and mind-wiping several of the X-Men's foes in order to get them out of the way for good. While some later writers would portray Xavier as a {{Jerkass}}, it never reached this level.
** Also, ComicBook/{{Iceman}}. Nowadays, he is mostly known as a funny guy. In the beginning, he would often attack his teammates during mission briefings. While this was probably intended to show him as immature (he was two years younger than the rest), it just made him look like a JerkAss and an idiot.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Original Superman was an outlaw hero not above dispensing rough justice in his earliest appearances. It is a little shocking for modern readers to see the character who would later become [[TheCape 'the Big Blue Boyscout']] seize a torturer and fling him to his death.
** DC later retconned these early out-of-character moments as being the Superman and Batman from Earth-2, so they're technically separate characters from the "main" Superman and Batman. Shows that they were aware just how much characterization had marched on in all those years.
** Creator/JohnByrne acknowledged this in ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' as part of the characters' evolution over time. In 1939, Franchise/{{Batman}} takes one of the Ultra-Humanite's goons on top of a giant planet model to interrogate him and lets him fall when the mook doesn't give any useful information. When he's caught by Superman, Bat-Man remarks "If I'd known you were there to catch him, I wouldn't have let him fall", and Superman responds "If I'd known you'd let him fall, I wouldn't have caught him." They resume the interrogation and, when the mook still refuses to talk, Superman makes as if to throw him off the sphere once more, at which point he finally sings.
** The Comicbook/{{New 52}} has also characterized young Superman similarly as his early incarnation.
* It's kind of a shock to see how Guy Gardner of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps was originally a pretty mellow character before (in a convoluted series of events) he received brain damage that manifested itself in the form of the arrogant, violent, unstable, and often childish personality that the character is best known for. DC has since tried to sweep this under the rug by {{retcon}}ning the brain damage thing altogether. Some flashbacks imply that Guy has always been, as he puts it, "the crazy one." Likewise, those who are most familiar with the mostly-stoic Marine in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} version of John Stewart, which has since been incorporated into the comics, may be surprised at how, well, [[JiveTurkey funky]] he is in his early comics appearances.
* Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} was far more of a dirtbag in his earliest appearances, in sharp contrast to his eventual AntiVillain status. One of his earliest appearances had him kidnapping Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}'s love interest in order to lure the Comicbook/TeenTitans into a trap, something that would seem greatly at odds with the "NeverHurtAnInnocent" code the character displayed in later stories.
* The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' foe Cheshire also started off with ''some'' standards before later writers made her into the completely vile figure she's known as today. She used to avoid CollateralDamage during her assassinations (for instance, she left a witness BoundAndGagged and even assured the man that she had no intention of harming him), and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even turned the tables on some racist South Africans who had hired her to kill a black civil rights worker]]. [[MoralEventHorizon Then she went and nuked an entire country, and hasn't looked back since…]] In an interesting case, ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portrayed Cheshire closer to her original comic book depiction. She steered clear of killing innocents, had some PetTheDog moments, and even had genuine affection for her younger sister, Artemis. This caused some fans who were more familiar with Cheshire's vile phase to claim she was being written horribly OutOfCharacter.
* Seems to have occurred with many Disney characters over decades of comic book appearances. Some examples:
** ComicBook/{{Mickey Mouse|ComicUniverse}}. In "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers" (1930), Mickey seems to be losing WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse to SmugSnake Mr. Slicker (Montmorency Rodent). He even overhears a conversation where Minnie silently lets Slicker believe Mickey is just her "little brother". Mickey's reaction? He concludes "She doesn't care for me anymore - what is there to live for! Without Minnie, I might as well end it all". ... "I can't get Minnie off my mind! I just can't go on without her!" ... "Without Minnie, all my dreams have become nightmares" ... [[ArcWords "Goodbye, Minnie! Goodbye, cruel word!"]]. Only after four failed suicide attempts does he snap out of it. This is the same Mickey who would make an art of ditching Minnie to attend to his next mystery investigation/reporting/adventuring around the world. Later stories have made a running joke of the Mouse couple [[ShippingBedDeath hardly spending any time together]].
** Phantom Blot. In "Mickey Outwits the Phantom Blot" (1939), the Blot is a rather scary opponent who easily overcomes Mickey on several occasions. With only one weakness. In his words "My cursed soft heart! I never could bear to SEE anything die! [[EvenEvilHasStandards I'm just too tender for such things]]". So he sets elaborate death traps instead, leaving them to take care of Mickey. Mickey typically escapes with minimal injuries. The Blot remains highly efficient in most of his incarnations. But the soft heart is mostly forgotten about and he takes a more direct approach. For example in "The Hooded Eagle" (1994), the Blot has no problem attacking Mickey with an axe. After taking elaborate efforts to lure him to an isolated location of the Arctic, indicating he was planning about it for some time.
*** The Phantom Blot was in his early appearances portrayed as a master thief, and was actually unmasked at the end of his first appearances. Later he went from a thief into a full-blown super villain, and the fact he even had a face under the hood was forgotten (in one comic in particular Mickey meets the Blot's brother, who for some reason is also wearing a hood, and comments that he finds it hard to think of the Blot as a regular person with a family, instead of some kind of supernatural monster). He's started appearing unmasked from time to time, and has gone back to stealing things instead of trying to take over the world or whatever (although he still has access to various high-tech devices, usually stolen prototypes, that he uses to commit crimes).
*** And in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', this goes UpToEleven as the Phantom Blot has become [[EldritchAbomination something else altogether]].
* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}}, [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]]. In his earlier appearances as a Donald Duck supporting character, Scrooge was mostly an antagonistic or even villainous character -- there was the infamous robber baron flashback in "Voodoo Hoodoo", and in "The Magic Hourglass" Scrooge sics a band of hired thugs on Donald and threatens to leave his nephews to die of thirst in the desert if they won't give up the MacGuffin he's after (though he isn't ''quite'' hard-hearted enough to go through with it). When Scrooge became the star of his own spinoff series, [[Creator/CarlBarks Barks]] had to make him more sympathetic and he quickly evolved into the proud and avaricious yet still honorable tightwad that we know today.
** In his [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck "Life and Times" series]] Creator/DonRosa tried to explain the "Voodoo Hoodoo" incident as a huge mistake that Scrooge made as a young man in a moment of hubris and spent the rest of his life regretting; but this doesn't really fit with the Barks story where the present-day Scrooge is shown laughing at the memory.
** His ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' incarnation takes a step even further, to the point of clashing with even the later comics version (and some early points of the show itself). While Scrooge remains somewhat curmudgeonly and closely tied to his money, he tames greatly, becoming more primarily a warm father figure for the triplets.
** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances -- him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ("Race to the South Seas"), and even then this trait only existed intermittently for a while before becoming cemented as a permanent focus of his character.
* In the original issues of ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', [[ScaryBlackMan Lothar]] was more or less Mandrake's negro manservant, never speaking, showing up whenever baggage needed to be carried or enemies needed to be beaten up, and vanishing between scenes when he wasn't needed. Once this became socially unacceptable, Lothar was rewritten as Mandrake's good friend, as well as a good deal smarter and proactive. On the other hand, Mandrake went from being a full-fledged wizard (kind of like a male Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}) to only being capable of using illusion magic.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}, in his earlier adventures, tended to defeat his enemies by beating them up. His condescension to the natives and cruelty to animals in ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin in the Congo]]'' are a jarring contrast to his humane attitude in the later adventures.
** Originally, the Tintin stories reflected the attitudes of Herge's mentors, who encouraged him to write religious and political propaganda pieces (''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets Tintin in the Land of the Soviets]]'') and his work reflected European colonial attitudes of 1930. A turnaround came when Herge befriended a Chinese student in Brussels who taught him about Chinese society, politics, and culture. As a result ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' is critical of Western imperialism in China and criticizes westerners making racist comments about the Chinese.
** In ''Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws,'' [[OlderSidekick Captain Haddock]] was a weak-willed alcoholic who was [[TheMillstone almost assured to mess up anything and get himself and Tintin in trouble]]. Later stories make him more competent and heroic (when not drunk), [[ButtMonkey and relegate his screw-ups to comedy relief]].
* In the early "Man of Iron" story in the Marvel UK ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic, Optimus Prime orders that the Man of Iron and his navigator and ship be destroyed to prevent the Decepticons getting their hands on them. This is the same Optimus Prime who generally goes out of his way to ''save'' noncombatants.
* Renee Montoya's sexuality is a defining character trait for her under Creator/GregRucka, but when she was originally created for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' the plan ([[AllThereInTheManual According to background info in the series bible]]) was that she was intended to be driven in her own fight on crime by the memory of her dead ''husband''. It was not until ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' that she was outed as a lesbian, which would become an integral part of an award-winning arc of that series and several [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo follow]] [[ComicBook/TheQuestion up]] comics. The same source also says that she would butt heads with Batman over his methods, whereas in almost all her appearances Renee admires him and understands why he acts outside the law.
* In the original comics, ComicBook/PlasticMan was no less serious than any other superhero at the time - he was the OnlySaneMan of his world, which was filled with wacky, cartoony characters. In fact, even his [[RubberMan powers]] were amusing, which made for an enormous contrast with his early, [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] personality. Over the years, Plas received a much more light-hearted, jokester disposition, being mostly comic relief and FunPersonified in his modern portrayals, such as the one in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, Sinestro was very generic and banal in his evil; his conquest of his planet (seen in flashback) involved him sitting on a throne, demanding tribute in the form of money and jewels in exchange for his services as protector and killing anyone who called out on what a selfish lout he was. It wasn't until 1991's Emerald Dawn II, that Sinestro's past was completely reworked to make him a UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-esque control-freak who conquered his homeworld "to protect it" as the driving force behind the evil he did.
* In several of the early comics, the Green [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] was slightly more intelligent and could talk better, barely even referring himself in the 3rd person. Then eventually this paved way to the more popular dumb beast that always spouted "[[HulkSpeak Puny human make Hulk angry! Hulk smash!]]" Though later retcons would establish that this behavior was still canon. The Hulk has [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]], with some of them being quite intelligent while others are just mindless, screaming monsters.
* When she was first introduced in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', Monstress was basically a female [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]], in both speech patterns and attitude. Once she joined the team, the writers decided it was more interesting if this hulking monster was an upbeat fashionista who called everyone "dear" or "sweetie".
* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'': Team leader Commander Arcturus Rann in the beginning had a more rakish personality somewhat like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. His speech included slang, mild swearing, and Solo-isms such as "Biotron, get your bolted butt back here!". Later, Rann's speech would become more mature and stilted as becoming of a legendary hero of the Microverse. On the other hand, Marionette, a princess of Homeworld, would start off speaking more formally, but later adopt hipster slang into her speech. Justified in her case as she is said to have spent some time on Earth away from the team.
* Hannibal King, friend of ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'', was originally introduced in ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' as a no-nonsense private eye who tended to stay calm, unobtrusive, and most professional. In ''Night Stalkers'', he became very emo, angsty, and melodramatic. And in later appearances, he became a goofy, bumbling, comic relief punching bag. This third characterization may be a response to ''Film/BladeTrinity'' and Creator/RyanReynolds' characterization of King.
* Amy in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is known as a badass OnlySaneMan of the Freedom Fighters. Her earliest appearances have her much like her game version would be known as. Her personality change was due to ExecutiveMeddling, as it was thought female readers needed a strong female role model. She was mostly reversed in the final arc, the ''Adventure'' adaptation, which makes it seem odd when Amy is standing around instead of being in the action.
* The earlier far wackier points of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' series are rather jarring to see. Most notably the characterizations of Sonic and Robotnik are based more primarily on their ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' counterparts, with Sonic being a goofy KarmicTrickster and Robotnik being a childish HarmlessVillain. The other Freedom Fighters are far more comedic than they are in later issues and even [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm the original show they came from]]. Princess Sally Acorn in particular started off as TheFinickyOne and was far more neurotic and self righteous, before becoming [[WomenAreWiser Closer To Earth]] and much more lucid and easy going.
* Before becoming [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} Moonstone]], Karla Sofen was introduced as a scantily-clad gun moll for the ComicBook/CaptainAmerica villain Doctor Faustus. There was also no hint of the cunning and manipulative personality she would later become known for.
* Jaime from the Spanish ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'' series was originally created as López's work rival, who would report everything he did wrong to their boss in an attempt to get him fired and take his girlfriend. They bonded notably in book no. 10 and became friends from then on, with Jaime appearing now as a nice, caring man. His old personality can only be seen briefly in books 35 and 36.
* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/TheDemonMages'', the Gorgon actress Ari spoke without any pronounced accents. Outside of the comics, she's known for her Southern Belle-type accent. Only in the second half of the second volume does it begin to show.
* ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/NickFury was a ''lot'' different in his initial appearance, being more like Tony Stark (i.e. a suave, cocky and insanely rich ladies man) than the stoic Creator/SamuelLJackson [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired]] character who later appeared in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': The Caliph's chambellan introduced in ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' was initially not specifically aggressive to Iznogoud and starts acting antagonistic toward him as a reaction to his angryness and obnoxiousness. When the same chambellan is reintroduced in later comics, he is portrayed as being basically Iznogoud's ArchEnemy who is trying to protect the Caliph against his overthrowing attempts. Being jailed at the end of ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' didn't help as well (although Iznogoud had good reasons to do that, to be fair).
* Aaron Stack the Machine Man started out as a very [[NiceGuy nice guy]] -- the only robot in his series who ''didn't'' [[CrushKillDestroy go mad]] and have to be put down like a wild animal, because he was [[RoboFamily lovingly raised as a son by]] [[MotherlyScientist the man who built him.]] [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Years later]] though, he went through a [[TraumaCongaLine series of traumatic experiences]] [[ComicBookDeath (getting destroyed and rebuilt,]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy infected with]] [[ComicBook/XMen Sentinel programming,]] and finally kidnapped by aliens and unceremoniously rejected as being somehow unfit) -- leading to his suffering a full fledged [[FreakOut nervous breakdown]] that turned him into the [[SecondLawMyAss misanthropic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerk]] he was in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}.'' He stayed that way for years, but recent portrayals have shown him [[CharacterCheck acting like his much mellower old self,]] so we must assume that he has [[HesBack finally managed to work past it.]]
* The Splinter who is a loving, if flawed, father is nowhere in evidence in the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', where he casually tells his sons that the reason he's been training them for years is so that they can attempt to kill a man they have never met to satisfy a vendetta they had never heard about before, a mission he intends for them to undertake with no actionable intelligence and no expectation of survival. While technically still canonical, future stories have had to gloss over these details, since they're completely at odds with the characters the turtles and Splinter would eventually become.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow was originally and for a long time after his introduction mild mannered and apolitical - essentially a better adjusted equivalent to Batman, at a time when even Batman was more prone to smiling than his current incarnation. His left wing politics and spikier personality generally only became part of his character in the late Sixties, nearly three decades after the character's introduction.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Betty originally had DumbBlonde and ClingyJealousGirl tendencies. She was even something of delusional in her obsession with Archie and would make schemes akin to Wily Coyote. By the 70s she was written as the level-headed {{tomboy}} we associate her with.
** Veronica was more aggressive and generally mean early on. She didn't get along wth Betty either. Over the decades she was toned down from an AlphaBitch to a LovableAlphaBitch and is best friends with Betty.
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* Sanjuro was always a grizzled, scruffy yet very wily and very powerful ronin. He was, however, much more brutal and active, much more lively in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', if cynical. In ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'' his personality is the same, only he TookaLevelInKindness somewhere along the way, his moral streak being strengthened by Mutsuta's wife's advice. Additionally in ''Sanjuro'', he becomes the very definition of BrilliantButLazy ; he's smarter than everyone else but prefers to doze in a corner when he has nothing better to do.

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* Sanjuro was always a grizzled, scruffy yet very wily and very powerful ronin. He was, however, much more brutal and active, much more lively in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', if cynical. In ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'' his personality is the same, only he TookaLevelInKindness TookALevelInKindness somewhere along the way, his moral streak being strengthened by Mutsuta's wife's advice. Additionally in ''Sanjuro'', he becomes the very definition of BrilliantButLazy ; he's smarter than everyone else but prefers to doze in a corner when he has nothing better to do.



* In the older Literature/MaxAndRuby books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.

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* In the older Literature/MaxAndRuby books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the NickJr Creator/NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.



* Zant was portrayed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as a stoic, almost menacing figure whose facade only broke when he was on the verge of defeat. In ''HyruleWarriors'', his PsychopathicManchild traits are more prominent and he's more prone to bouts of histronics and hysteria, though he still retains his moments of smartness. The end result is that he comes off as more eccentric than normal. This may just be because, in the context of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Zant is no more the main antagonist, but one of Ganondorf's second in command, sharing his spotlight with Girahim, it's harder to be frightened by the man when you keep the child-like mood swings and temper tamtrums, but remove the creepy music, the build-up and the army backing him up, and then [[OvershadowedbyAwesome put him in a game where Ganondorf is one of the playable character.]] Context is mostly what made Zant menacing.

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* Zant was portrayed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as a stoic, almost menacing figure whose facade only broke when he was on the verge of defeat. In ''HyruleWarriors'', his PsychopathicManchild traits are more prominent and he's more prone to bouts of histronics and hysteria, though he still retains his moments of smartness. The end result is that he comes off as more eccentric than normal. This may just be because, in the context of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Zant is no more the main antagonist, but one of Ganondorf's second in command, sharing his spotlight with Girahim, it's harder to be frightened by the man when you keep the child-like mood swings and temper tamtrums, tantrums, but remove the creepy music, the build-up and the army backing him up, and then [[OvershadowedbyAwesome put him in a game where Ganondorf is one of the playable character.]] Context is mostly what made Zant menacing.



** The multiple developers of the series couldn't seem to agree on a characterisation for Nina. In ''Twinsanity'', she was initially conceived as a SilentProtagonist without much of a personality. In ''Ripto's Rampage'' she was a infantile baddie with a fondness for cute things. The Radical Entertainment games established a more consistent personality for her, a bratty, conniving villainess who plots to usurp her uncle's position.

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** The multiple developers of the series couldn't seem to agree on a characterisation for Nina. In ''Twinsanity'', she was initially conceived as a SilentProtagonist HeroicMime without much of a personality. In ''Ripto's Rampage'' she was a infantile baddie with a fondness for cute things. The Radical Entertainment games established a more consistent personality for her, a bratty, conniving villainess who plots to usurp her uncle's position.
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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** In his earliest appearances, while Batman wasn't any more particularly kill-happy than any other heroes, it's kind of shocking to see the archetypal TechnicalPacifist clearly killing off criminals, often using guns. Case in point, a line from a showdown with his first nemesis:
--> '''Batman:''' ''[as he watches the man in question '''burn to death''']'' Death... to Doctor Death!
** He also displayed a fondness for puns and cracked jokes during fights, not unlike what Spider-Man would do later. IE, "Have a seat", while smacking villains with a chair, or, while beating the Joker "You may be the JOKER, but I am the KING OF CLUBS!" or "You played your last hand!". Now, he's oh so very much TheStoic.
** And, on more than one occasion, he referred to himself as "Poppa", in the third person, as in "Quiet, or Poppa spank!" or "Right into Poppa's arms!".
** The first Catwoman story depicts Batman deliberately allowing her to escape purely because he thinks she's hot, and then joking about it with Robin. Ever since then, he's been nothing but angsty about his obsession with her.
** ComicBook/TheJoker was originally a sneering, humorless criminal mastermind instead of the cackling lunatic we know today. He was named after the Joker in playing cards, seeing as how he never told a single joke, and never laughed in his initial appearance (though he did smile, rather terrifyingly). ''The Man Who Laughs'' later rewrote the Joker's first story with the current portrayal of the Joker.
** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} was, like Batman, shown to kill people in her earlier appearances, when she would later become established as a ClassyCatBurglar whose morally-ambiguous or outright heroic nature rested on her scrupulous refusal to kill the innocent. (But not other villains, as Black Mask found out. [[DeathIsCheap Twice]].)
** ComicBook/{{Robin}} was also shown to use brutal force on crooks in his debut, hitting them with rocks from a sling and shoving them off scaffolding to their deaths. This first origin story also depicted him as ''eight'' years old while doing all these feats (compared to later retcons that would establish him as either ten or twelve).
** Also Alfred is remembered as the Wayne family's loyal butler, however he was originally written as a CluelessDetective who wasn't quite up to par with the World's Greatest Detective, Batman. Rather than swear revenge, he ended up serving in the Wayne Manor and the Batcave. Nowdays Alfred is just written as TheJeeves.
** Alfred was also originally overweight and clean shaven, but adopted his iconic thin, mustached appearance after a stay at a health spa.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man started off as a lot more hotheaded and ready to fight for little reason. As early as ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1, Spidey breaks into the ComicBook/FantasticFour's house to fight them in order to prove his worth as a potential member. He mellowed out once he became an adult so a lot of this could be chalked up to him being a teenage boy who just got super powers.
** Gwen Stacy was much different initially than later portrayed. Her characterization changes are quite startling when you consider it, from a college-aged AlphaBitch to [[BettyAndVeronica the Veronica and then the Betty]] in the ongoing LoveTriangle before winding up Spider-Man's [[PuritySue very sweet girlfriend]], and then, well, [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied you know...]] Her current portrayal (Peter's one true love who was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth) didn't exist until after her death.
** In his earliest appearances the Green Goblin was a SmugSnake who kept [[KarmaHoudini getting away after his plans failed]] and whose [[TheFaceless face we never saw.]] Then he was unmasked as ComicBook/NormanOsborn shortly after successfully learning Spider-Man's own identity, spent some time as a JekyllAndHyde, killed Gwen Stacy, got posthumously upgraded into the BigBad, and was turned into a MagnificentBastard upon his [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]], where he has more or less stayed ever since. In short, a major change due to being a BreakoutVillain.
** Mary-Jane Watson was initially introduced as a kind of flaky party-girl who was the Veronica to Gwen's Betty, which was odd since Gwen had initially been the Veronica herself. She later was revealed to have HiddenDepths and has become the woman most fans feel Peter Parker truly belongs with.
** Aunt May is another example. In the beginning, she was a sweet, extremely old and extremely frail old lady but, er, [[CloudCuckooLander somewhat senile and detached from reality]]. That she allowed herself to be charmed by ComicBook/DoctorOctopus and unshakingly saw Mary Jane Watson as a suitable partner and future wife for Peter (''before'' MJ's characterization marched on) was portrayed as evidence for this. Then in the late 1970s she became more involved in the real world, e. g. joining the Gray Panthers, a bypass operation removed her recurrent health problems, and by all appearances she actually became younger. During Roger Stern's run her reasons for continuing matchmaking also was revealed as much more canny than previously imagined; she commented to Peter that he and MJ had more in common than he knew (foreshadowing the origin story Stern and his then-wife had cooked up, but which was mostly revealed by Tom [=DeFalco=] later on). This change of Aunt May from a passive character who constantly needed to be saved or aided by Peter and others was very much appreciated by the fans.
*** This finally all led up to the day she finally learns the truth about Peter's identity in ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan'', has a sane conversation with him about it, and is ''totally able to deal with it,'' making her the [[CoolOldLady coolest old lady]] on Earth. Later episodes have her helping with the secret identity in ways that make you wonder how he ''ever'' got along when she ''didn't'' know. [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay Then, alas, it was all retconned away.]]
*** During the time Spidey was in the Avengers and his identity was public, May spent a lot of time at Avengers Tower, and had the Avengers eating out of her hand. At one point, Iron Man lends her a suit of armor!
* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** In the first two or so issues of, Beast essentially sexually harassed Jean Grey and was a big dumb oaf, but as early as the third issue, he became a self-described bookworm who used a much more impressive vocabulary and was far kinder to people around him, and it was treated as if he had always been so. Interestingly, in a much later arc, the Beast, now blue and furry (which is also this trope, as ''some'' don't know he wasn't always this way), has his appearance restored to his original human form, but at the cost of his intelligence dwindling as he uses his powers. He eventually talks much like his day-one self.
** ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}'s first appearances had him as a crime boss and then a SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}-esque mutant supremacist, giving the same sort of speeches with more BoldInflation during [[ReplacementFlatCharacter a time when Magneto had become the New Mutants' mentor.]] The [[TheSocialDarwinist "survival of the fittest"]] aspect of his philosophy emerged soon afterward and those other characterizations quickly fell by the wayside. His backstory and status as a rare but overwhelming threat came later still.
** The original plan for the ''Comicbook/XFactor'' comic (where Apocalypse was first introduced) was that the shadowy mastermind that X-Factor had been fighting against was planned to be minor Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Spider-Man villain the Owl. When a new writer came in, they decided to create a new villain.
** Magneto himself is a good example of this. The Creator/StanLee/Creator/JackKirby version of the character was just a straightforward villain with essentially no character depth. Creator/ChrisClaremont gave Magneto a sympathetic backstory and changed him into a WellIntentionedExtremist, and these changes have more or less stuck over the intervening decades. Unfortunately, post-Claremont writers and editors re-cardboardified Magneto to some considerable extent.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} got her start as a villainous henchwoman working for Mystique, taking on and nearly single-handedly defeating the entire team of Comicbook/TheAvengers with a bravado that would be out of place on the troubled young girl she was soon developed into. This is particularly strange when you consider that nearly all of Rogue's earliest appearances - including that encounter with the Avengers - were written by Creator/ChrisClaremont.
** According to a tenacious urban legend, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s origin was ''intended'' to be that he was actually a wolverine mutated into human form. Creator/LenWein himself, Wolverine's co-creator, has made it clear that this is just a myth. Old plans that ''were'' made are that his claws were originally intended to be built into his gloves, and WordOfGod states that he was planned to be about as strong as Franchise/SpiderMan (i.e. at the low end of superhuman strength in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, but still able to lift about 10 tons).
** He also started out as a thug with a bad temper whose main contribution to fights was rushing in recklessly and getting [[TheWorfEffect swatted aside]] to prove that the villain couldn't be beaten without teamwork. During ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga, he TookALevelInBadass and never looked back. It's also surprising (considering how important it is to his modern characterization) how long it is between his first appearance and the first explicit mention of his HealingFactor (he says that he heals fast a little earlier, but it's in more of a "don't fuss over me just because I got myself beaten" context than an "I have a superhuman ability to heal" one).
** And how about Charles Xavier himself? In the first twenty or so issues, he used his powers a lot more, reading minds whenever he pleased, communicating telepathically even to people in the same room, harboring a secret crush on Jean Grey, and mind-wiping several of the X-Men's foes in order to get them out of the way for good. While some later writers would portray Xavier as a {{Jerkass}}, it never reached this level.
** Also, Iceman. Nowadays, he is mostly known as a funny guy. In the beginning, he would often attack his teammates during mission briefings. While this was probably intended to show him as immature (he was two years younger than the rest), it just made him look like a JerkAss and an idiot.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Original Superman was an outlaw hero not above dispensing rough justice in his earliest appearances. It is a little shocking for modern readers to see the character who would later become [[TheCape 'the Big Blue Boyscout']] seize a torturer and fling him to his death.
** DC later retconned these early out-of-character moments as being the Superman and Batman from Earth-2, so they're technically separate characters from the "main" Superman and Batman. Shows that they were aware just how much characterization had marched on in all those years.
** Creator/JohnByrne acknowledged this in ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' as part of the characters' evolution over time. In 1939, Franchise/{{Batman}} takes one of the Ultra-Humanite's goons on top of a giant planet model to interrogate him and lets him fall when the mook doesn't give any useful information. When he's caught by Superman, Bat-Man remarks "If I'd known you were there to catch him, I wouldn't have let him fall", and Superman responds "If I'd known you'd let him fall, I wouldn't have caught him." They resume the interrogation and, when the mook still refuses to talk, Superman makes as if to throw him off the sphere once more, at which point he finally sings.
** The Comicbook/{{New 52}} has also characterized young Superman similarly as his early incarnation.
* It's kind of a shock to see how Guy Gardner of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps was originally a pretty mellow character before (in a convoluted series of events) he received brain damage that manifested itself in the form of the arrogant, violent, unstable, and often childish personality that the character is best known for. DC has since tried to sweep this under the rug by {{retcon}}ning the brain damage thing altogether. Some flashbacks imply that Guy has always been, as he puts it, "the crazy one." Likewise, those who are most familiar with the mostly-stoic Marine in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} version of John Stewart, which has since been incorporated into the comics, may be surprised at how, well, [[JiveTurkey funky]] he is in his early comics appearances.
* Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} was far more of a dirtbag in his earliest appearances, in sharp contrast to his eventual AntiVillain status. One of his earliest appearances had him kidnapping Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}'s love interest in order to lure the Comicbook/TeenTitans into a trap, something that would seem greatly at odds with the "NeverHurtAnInnocent" code the character displayed in later stories.
* The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' foe Cheshire also started off with ''some'' standards before later writers made her into the completely vile figure she's known as today. She used to avoid CollateralDamage during her assassinations (for instance, she left a witness BoundAndGagged and even assured the man that she had no intention of harming him), and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even turned the tables on some racist South Africans who had hired her to kill a black civil rights worker]]. [[MoralEventHorizon Then she went and nuked an entire country, and hasn't looked back since…]] In an interesting case, ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portrayed Cheshire closer to her original comic book depiction. She steered clear of killing innocents, had some PetTheDog moments, and even had genuine affection for her younger sister, Artemis. This caused some fans who were more familiar with Cheshire's vile phase to claim she was being written horribly OutOfCharacter.
* Seems to have occurred with many Disney characters over decades of comic book appearances. Some examples:
** ComicBook/{{Mickey Mouse|ComicUniverse}}. In "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers" (1930), Mickey seems to be losing WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse to SmugSnake Mr. Slicker (Montmorency Rodent). He even overhears a conversation where Minnie silently lets Slicker believe Mickey is just her "little brother". Mickey's reaction? He concludes "She doesn't care for me anymore - what is there to live for! Without Minnie, I might as well end it all". ... "I can't get Minnie off my mind! I just can't go on without her!" ... "Without Minnie, all my dreams have become nightmares" ... [[ArcWords "Goodbye, Minnie! Goodbye, cruel word!"]]. Only after four failed suicide attempts does he snap out of it. This is the same Mickey who would make an art of ditching Minnie to attend to his next mystery investigation/reporting/adventuring around the world. Later stories have made a running joke of the Mouse couple [[ShippingBedDeath hardly spending any time together]].
** Phantom Blot. In "Mickey Outwits the Phantom Blot" (1939), the Blot is a rather scary opponent who easily overcomes Mickey on several occasions. With only one weakness. In his words "My cursed soft heart! I never could bear to SEE anything die! [[EvenEvilHasStandards I'm just too tender for such things]]". So he sets elaborate death traps instead, leaving them to take care of Mickey. Mickey typically escapes with minimal injuries. The Blot remains highly efficient in most of his incarnations. But the soft heart is mostly forgotten about and he takes a more direct approach. For example in "The Hooded Eagle" (1994), the Blot has no problem attacking Mickey with an axe. After taking elaborate efforts to lure him to an isolated location of the Arctic, indicating he was planning about it for some time.
*** The Phantom Blot was in his early appearances portrayed as a master thief, and was actually unmasked at the end of his first appearances. Later he went from a thief into a full-blown super villain, and the fact he even had a face under the hood was forgotten (in one comic in particular Mickey meets the Blot's brother, who for some reason is also wearing a hood, and comments that he finds it hard to think of the Blot as a regular person with a family, instead of some kind of supernatural monster). He's started appearing unmasked from time to time, and has gone back to stealing things instead of trying to take over the world or whatever (although he still has access to various high-tech devices, usually stolen prototypes, that he uses to commit crimes).
*** And in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', this goes UpToEleven as the Phantom Blot has become [[EldritchAbomination something else altogether]].
* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}}, [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]]. In his earlier appearances as a Donald Duck supporting character, Scrooge was mostly an antagonistic or even villainous character -- there was the infamous robber baron flashback in "Voodoo Hoodoo", and in "The Magic Hourglass" Scrooge sics a band of hired thugs on Donald and threatens to leave his nephews to die of thirst in the desert if they won't give up the McGuffin he's after (though he isn't ''quite'' hard-hearted enough to go through with it). When Scrooge became the star of his own spinoff series, [[Creator/CarlBarks Barks]] had to make him more sympathetic and he quickly evolved into the proud and avaricious yet still honorable tightwad that we know today.
** In his [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck "Life and Times" series]] Creator/DonRosa tried to explain the "Voodoo Hoodoo" incident as a huge mistake that Scrooge made as a young man in a moment of hubris and spent the rest of his life regretting; but this doesn't really fit with the Barks story where the present-day Scrooge is shown laughing at the memory.
** His ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' incarnation takes a step even further, to the point of clashing with even the later comics version (and some early points of the show itself). While Scrooge remains somewhat curmudgeonly and closely tied to his money, he tames greatly, becoming more primarily a warm father figure for the triplets.
** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances -- him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ("Race to the South Seas"), and even then this trait only existed intermittently for a while before becoming cemented as a permanent focus of his character.
* In the original issues of ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', [[ScaryBlackMan Lothar]] was more or less Mandrake's negro manservant, never speaking, showing up whenever baggage needed to be carried or enemies needed to be beaten up, and vanishing between scenes when he wasn't needed. Once this became socially unacceptable, Lothar was rewritten as Mandrake's good friend, as well as a good deal smarter and proactive. On the other hand, Mandrake went from being a full-fledged wizard (kind of like a male Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}) to only being capable of using illusion magic.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}, in his earlier adventures, tended to defeat his enemies by beating them up. His condescension to the natives and cruelty to animals in ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin in the Congo]]'' are a jarring contrast to his humane attitude in the later adventures.
** Originally, the Tintin stories reflected the attitudes of Herge's mentors, who encouraged him to write religious and political propaganda pieces (''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets Tintin in the Land of the Soviets]]'') and his work reflected European colonial attitudes of 1930. A turnaround came when Herge befriended a Chinese student in Brussels who taught him about Chinese society, politics, and culture. As a result ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' is critical of Western imperialism in China and criticizes westerners making racist comments about the Chinese.
** In ''Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws,'' [[OlderSidekick Captain Haddock]] was a weak-willed alcoholic who was [[TheMillstone almost assured to mess up anything and get himself and Tintin in trouble]]. Later stories make him more competent and heroic (when not drunk), [[ButtMonkey and relegate his screw-ups to comedy relief]].
* In the early "Man of Iron" story in the Marvel UK ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic, Optimus Prime orders that the Man of Iron and his navigator and ship be destroyed to prevent the Decepticons getting their hands on them. This is the same Optimus Prime who generally goes out of his way to ''save'' noncombatants.
* Renee Montoya's sexuality is a defining character trait for her under Creator/GregRucka, but when she was originally created for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' the plan ([[AllThereInTheManual According to background info in the series bible]]) was that she was intended to be driven in her own fight on crime by the memory of her dead ''husband''. It was not until ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' that she was outed as a lesbian, which would become an integral part of an award-winning arc of that series and several [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo follow]] [[ComicBook/TheQuestion up]] comics. The same source also says that she would butt heads with Batman over his methods, whereas in almost all her appearances Renee admires him and understands why he acts outside the law.
* In the original comics, ComicBook/PlasticMan was no less serious than any other superhero at the time - he was the OnlySaneMan of his world, which was filled with wacky, cartoony characters. In fact, even his [[RubberMan powers]] were amusing, which made for an enormous contrast with his early, [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] personality. Over the years, Plas received a much more light-hearted, jokester disposition, being mostly comic relief and FunPersonified in his modern portrayals, such as the one in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, Sinestro was very generic and banal in his evil; his conquest of his planet (seen in flashback) involved him sitting on a throne, demanding tribute in the form of money and jewels in exchange for his services as protector and killing anyone who called out on what a selfish lout he was. It wasn't until 1991's Emerald Dawn II, that Sinestro's past was completely reworked to make him a UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-esque control-freak who conquered his homeworld "to protect it" as the driving force behind the evil he did.
* In several of the early comics, the Green [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] was slightly more intelligent and could talk better, barely even referring himself in the 3rd person. Then eventually this paved way to the more popular dumb beast that always spouted "[[HulkSpeak Puny human make Hulk angry! Hulk smash!]]" Though later retcons would establish that this behavior was still canon. The Hulk has [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]], with some of them being quite intelligent while others are just mindless, screaming monsters.
* When she was first introduced in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', Monstress was basically a female [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]], in both speech patterns and attitude. Once she joined the team, the writers decided it was more interesting if this hulking monster was an upbeat fashionista who called everyone "dear" or "sweetie".
* ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'': Team leader Commander Arcturus Rann in the beginning had a more rakish personality somewhat like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. His speech included slang, mild swearing, and Solo-isms such as "Biotron, get your bolted butt back here!". Later, Rann's speech would become more mature and stilted as becoming of a legendary hero of the Microverse. On the other hand, Marionette, a princess of Homeworld, would start off speaking more formally, but later adopt hipster slang into her speech. Justified in her case as she is said to have spent some time on Earth away from the team.
* Hannibal King, friend of ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'', was originally introduced in ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' as a no-nonsense private eye who tended to stay calm, unobtrusive, and most professional. In ''Night Stalkers'', he became very emo, angsty, and melodramatic. And in later appearances, he became a goofy, bumbling, comic relief punching bag. This third characterization may be a response to ''Film/BladeTrinity'' and Creator/RyanReynolds' characterization of King.
* Amy in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is known as a badass OnlySaneMan of the Freedom Fighters. Her earliest appearances have her much like her game version would be known as. Her personality change was due to ExecutiveMeddling, as it was thought female readers needed a strong female role model. She was mostly reversed in the final arc, the ''Adventure'' adaptation, which makes it seem odd when Amy is standing around instead of being in the action.
* The earlier far wackier points of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' series are rather jarring to see. Most notably the characterizations of Sonic and Robotnik are based more primarily on their ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' counterparts, with Sonic being a goofy KarmicTrickster and Robotnik being a childish HarmlessVillain. The other Freedom Fighters are far more comedic than they are in later issues and even [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm the original show they came from]]. Princess Sally Acorn in particular started off as TheFinickyOne and was far more neurotic and self righteous, before becoming [[WomenAreWiser Closer To Earth]] and much more lucid and easy going.
* Before becoming [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} Moonstone]], Karla Sofen was introduced as a scantily-clad gun moll for the ComicBook/CaptainAmerica villain Doctor Faustus. There was also no hint of the cunning and manipulative personality she would later become known for.
* Jaime from the Spanish ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'' series was originally created as López's work rival, who would report everything he did wrong to their boss in an attempt to get him fired and take his girlfriend. They bonded notably in book no. 10 and became friends from then on, with Jaime appearing now as a nice, caring man. His old personality can only be seen briefly in books 35 and 36.
* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/TheDemonMages'', the Gorgon actress Ari spoke without any pronounced accents. Outside of the comics, she's known for her Southern Belle-type accent. Only in the second half of the second volume does it begin to show.
* ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/NickFury was a ''lot'' different in his initial appearance, being more like Tony Stark (i.e. a suave, cocky and insanely rich ladies man) than the stoic Creator/SamuelLJackson [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired]] character who later appeared in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': The Caliph's chambellan introduced in ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' was initially not specifically aggressive to Iznogoud and starts acting antagonistic toward him as a reaction to his angryness and obnoxiousness. When the same chambellan is reintroduced in later comics, he is portrayed as being basically Iznogoud's ArchEnemy who is trying to protect the Caliph against his overthrowing attempts. Being jailed at the end of ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' didn't help as well (although Iznogoud had good reasons to do that, to be fair).
* Aaron Stack the Machine Man started out as a very [[NiceGuy nice guy]] -- the only robot in his series who ''didn't'' [[CrushKillDestroy go mad]] and have to be put down like a wild animal, because he was [[RoboFamily lovingly raised as a son by]] [[MotherlyScientist the man who built him.]] [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Years later]] though, he went through a [[TraumaCongaLine series of traumatic experiences]] [[ComicBookDeath (getting destroyed and rebuilt,]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy infected with]] [[ComicBook/XMen Sentinel programming,]] and finally kidnapped by aliens and unceremoniously rejected as being somehow unfit) -- leading to his suffering a full fledged [[FreakOut nervous breakdown]] that turned him into the [[SecondLawMyAss misanthropic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerk]] he was in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}.'' He stayed that way for years, but recent portrayals have shown him [[CharacterCheck acting like his much mellower old self,]] so we must assume that he has [[HesBack finally managed to work past it.]]
* The Splinter who is a loving, if flawed, father is nowhere in evidence in the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', where he casually tells his sons that the reason he's been training them for years is so that they can attempt to kill a man they have never met to satisfy a vendetta they had never heard about before, a mission he intends for them to undertake with no actionable intelligence and no expectation of survival. While technically still canonical, future stories have had to gloss over these details, since they're completely at odds with the characters the turtles and Splinter would eventually become.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow was originally and for a long time after his introduction mild mannered and apolitical - essentially a better adjusted equivalent to Batman, at a time when even Batman was more prone to smiling than his current incarnation. His left wing politics and spikier personality generally only became part of his character in the late Sixties, nearly three decades after the character's introduction.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Betty originally had DumbBlonde and ClingyJealousGirl tendencies. She was even something of delusional in her obsession with Archie and would make schemes akin to Wily Coyote. By the 70s she was written as the level-headed {{tomboy}} we associate her with.
** Veronica was more aggressive and generally mean early on. She didn't get along wth Betty either. Over the decades she was toned down from an AlphaBitch to a LovableAlphaBitch and is best friends with Betty.
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20th Feb '17 10:56:49 PM Anddrix
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* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'': Team leader Commander Arcturus Rann in the beginning had a more rakish personality somewhat like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. His speech included slang, mild swearing, and Solo-isms such as "Biotron, get your bolted butt back here!". Later, Rann's speech would become more mature and stilted as becoming of a legendary hero of the Microverse. On the other hand, Marionette, a princess of Homeworld, would start off speaking more formally, but later adopt hipster slang into her speech. Justified in her case as she is said to have spent some time on Earth away from the team.

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* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'': Team leader Commander Arcturus Rann in the beginning had a more rakish personality somewhat like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. His speech included slang, mild swearing, and Solo-isms such as "Biotron, get your bolted butt back here!". Later, Rann's speech would become more mature and stilted as becoming of a legendary hero of the Microverse. On the other hand, Marionette, a princess of Homeworld, would start off speaking more formally, but later adopt hipster slang into her speech. Justified in her case as she is said to have spent some time on Earth away from the team.
14th Feb '17 11:13:53 AM SwampAdder
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* In the first ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel, ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', Holmes had a number of character traits that were dropped afterward. In particular, he was initially a bit of an ''idiot-savant'' who knew everything there is to know about crime and its detection and almost nothing about anything else. Though his claim not to know or care that the Earth goes round the sun does get one callback in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', in most of the later stories he's shown to be a much more well-rounded person with deep knowledge on a variety of topics.
** Also in ''A Study in Scarlet'', Watson also observes that:

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* In the first ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel, ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', Holmes had a number of character traits that were dropped afterward. In particular, he was initially a bit of an ''idiot-savant'' who knew everything there is to know about crime and its detection and but almost nothing about anything else. Though his claim not to know or care that the Earth goes round the sun does get one callback in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', in most of the later stories he's shown to be a much more well-rounded person with deep knowledge on a variety of topics.
** Also in ''A Study in Scarlet'', Watson also observes that:
14th Feb '17 11:05:58 AM SwampAdder
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** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances -- him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ("Race to the South Seas"), and even then this trait only existed intermittently for a while before becoming cemented as a permanent aspect of his character.

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** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances -- him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ("Race to the South Seas"), and even then this trait only existed intermittently for a while before becoming cemented as a permanent aspect focus of his character.
14th Feb '17 11:05:36 AM SwampAdder
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* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}}, [[TheScrooge Scrooge McDuck]]. In the his earlier appearances, Creator/CarlBarks depicted Scrooge as quite an immoral individual-there was the infamous robber baron flashback in "Voodoo Hoodoo", and in "The Magic Hourglass", another early Scrooge story, Scrooge sics a band of hired thugs on WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} and is willing to leave his nephews to die of thirst in the desert to attain his goals. When Barks began to use Scrooge as a hero in his own right, he began depicting Scrooge as a greedy, tightfisted old miser, but one who [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules followed his own code of honor.]] This is the depiction most fans remember, and the one that shows up in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and the works of Creator/DonRosa.
** Speaking of "Voodoo Hoodoo", Creator/DonRosa managed to explain it in terms of Scrooge's new characterization near the end of ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. Rather than being indicative of how Scrooge normally is, it's written as [[MyGreatestFailure his biggest mistake]], and the reason he starts out the present day as an embittered old duck, estranged from his family.
** His ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' incarnation takes a step even further, to the point of clashing even the later comics version (and some early points of the show itself). While Scrooge remains somewhat curmudgeonly and closely tied to his money, he tames greatly, becoming more primarily a warm father figure for the triplets. In all fairness, he ''was'' originally inspired by [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]]...
** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances - him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ('Race to the South Seas'), but it immediately became THE defining trait of his character.

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* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}}, [[TheScrooge [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]]. In the his earlier appearances, Creator/CarlBarks depicted appearances as a Donald Duck supporting character, Scrooge as quite was mostly an immoral individual-there antagonistic or even villainous character -- there was the infamous robber baron flashback in "Voodoo Hoodoo", and in "The Magic Hourglass", another early Scrooge story, Hourglass" Scrooge sics a band of hired thugs on WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} Donald and is willing threatens to leave his nephews to die of thirst in the desert if they won't give up the McGuffin he's after (though he isn't ''quite'' hard-hearted enough to attain his goals. go through with it). When Barks began to use Scrooge as a hero in became the star of his own right, spinoff series, [[Creator/CarlBarks Barks]] had to make him more sympathetic and he began depicting Scrooge as a greedy, tightfisted old miser, but one who [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules followed his own code of honor.]] This is quickly evolved into the depiction most fans remember, proud and the one avaricious yet still honorable tightwad that shows up in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' we know today.
** In his [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck "Life
and the works of Creator/DonRosa.
** Speaking of "Voodoo Hoodoo",
Times" series]] Creator/DonRosa managed tried to explain it in terms of Scrooge's new characterization near the end of ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. Rather than being indicative of how "Voodoo Hoodoo" incident as a huge mistake that Scrooge normally is, it's written made as [[MyGreatestFailure a young man in a moment of hubris and spent the rest of his biggest mistake]], and life regretting; but this doesn't really fit with the reason he starts out Barks story where the present day as an embittered old duck, estranged from his family.
present-day Scrooge is shown laughing at the memory.
** His ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' incarnation takes a step even further, to the point of clashing with even the later comics version (and some early points of the show itself). While Scrooge remains somewhat curmudgeonly and closely tied to his money, he tames greatly, becoming more primarily a warm father figure for the triplets. In all fairness, he ''was'' originally inspired by [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]]...
triplets.
** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances - -- him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ('Race ("Race to the South Seas'), but it immediately became THE defining Seas"), and even then this trait only existed intermittently for a while before becoming cemented as a permanent aspect of his character.



::: However, later stories would establish Holmes as a man of very ''irregular'' habits who is very ''difficult'' to live with (due to his great untidiness and eccentricity) and who -- far from going to bed early -- is very much a night-owl.

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::: However, later stories would establish Holmes as a man of very ''irregular'' habits who is very ''difficult'' to live with (due to his great untidiness and eccentricity) and who -- far from going to bed early -- is very much a night-owl.[[TheInsomniac night-owl]].
14th Feb '17 8:45:57 AM SwampAdder
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* When Dr. Watson first meets Literature/SherlockHolmes he is amazed at his ignorance about everything that doesn't pertain to crime. Holmes doesn't even know that the earth revolves around the sun. But as the series progresses this narrow characterization seems a bit unlikely. For example, in ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet,'' Watson lists Holmes' knowledge of philosophy as "nil," but Holmes frequently quotes philosophers in later works. In the same book, Watson muses that Holmes' temperance in all areas of his life precludes the possibility of drug use, but in later stories Holmes' frequent cocaine use became one of his defining characteristics.

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* When Dr. Watson In the first meets Literature/SherlockHolmes ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel, ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', Holmes had a number of character traits that were dropped afterward. In particular, he is amazed at his ignorance about was initially a bit of an ''idiot-savant'' who knew everything that doesn't pertain there is to crime. Holmes doesn't even know about crime and its detection and almost nothing about anything else. Though his claim not to know or care that the earth revolves around Earth goes round the sun. But as sun does get one callback in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', in most of the series progresses this narrow characterization seems a bit unlikely. For example, in ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet,'' Watson lists Holmes' knowledge of philosophy as "nil," but Holmes frequently quotes philosophers in later works. In the same book, Watson muses that Holmes' temperance in all areas of his life precludes the possibility of drug use, but in later stories Holmes' frequent cocaine use became one he's shown to be a much more well-rounded person with deep knowledge on a variety of topics.
** Also in ''A Study in Scarlet'', Watson also observes that:
-->Holmes was certainly not a difficult man to live with. He was quiet in
his defining characteristics.ways, and his habits were regular. It was rare for him to be up after ten at night, and he had invariably breakfasted and gone out before I rose in the morning.
::: However, later stories would establish Holmes as a man of very ''irregular'' habits who is very ''difficult'' to live with (due to his great untidiness and eccentricity) and who -- far from going to bed early -- is very much a night-owl.
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