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13th Jan '18 7:48:16 PM Jgamer
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** Namine was originally a television addict disconnected from reality. Then she became the OnlySaneMan among the cast.
13th Jan '18 5:31:30 AM erforce
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** The very first strips also have Fighter as not-dumb (He even remarks "Dude, that line sucks" when Black Mage does a [[Film/XMen Storm]] impression) and Black Mage as not-evil (He kinda feels bad for accidentally blowing up a forest. Really!). It says something about the comic when [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/04/12/episode-015-a-little-intellectual-conversation/ saying "Thanks. What's up?"]] to a guard instead of murdering him for speaking to him is out of character.

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** The very first strips also have Fighter as not-dumb (He even remarks "Dude, that line sucks" when Black Mage does a [[Film/XMen [[Film/XMen1 Storm]] impression) and Black Mage as not-evil (He kinda feels bad for accidentally blowing up a forest. Really!). It says something about the comic when [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/04/12/episode-015-a-little-intellectual-conversation/ saying "Thanks. What's up?"]] to a guard instead of murdering him for speaking to him is out of character.
5th Jan '18 10:22:38 AM Maljen
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** Kung Lao's first appearence and later games including him prior to {{VideoGame/Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks}} characterized the monk as a {{Martial Pacifist}} who faked his death during the old trilogy so that he wouldn't have to fight again and even made peace with Goro, the Shokan prince who slew his ancestor. Come ''Shaolin Monks'', Kung Lao is shown as more of a hothead and to have a rivalry with Liu Kang that wasn't mentioned in earlier lore. While the game's staus in canon is dubious, elements of it still resurfaced in later games (in this case, Kung Lao's characterization).
10th Dec '17 9:57:44 PM Nicoaln
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* Lucian, the main character of ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'' appears throughout the Divinity series. However, if one were to play the series Chronologically, getting to ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin2'', will be ''very'' surprising to find that, rather than being a BigGood who only made a few mistakes and was very affable, [[spoiler: he comes off as a total AntiHero (at best) and a JerkAss at worst - willing to allow his own son to be assassinated, happily attempting genocide, lying, and betraying some of his closest followers.]] Larian has in fact admitted this - given that ''Divinity'' has had somewhat loose continuity and the world changed to a much more CrapsackWorld... yikes.



* The ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'' series' take on Rarity changed -- voice-wise and appearance-wise -- drastically between APPLE.MOV and DRESS.MOV, from excited teenager to obese sweatshop runner.

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* The ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'' series' take on Rarity changed -- voice-wise and appearance-wise -- drastically between APPLE.MOV and DRESS.MOV, from excited teenager to obese sweatshop runner.y
7th Dec '17 8:32:01 AM REV6Pilot
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** [[EvilCounterpart Wario.]] Compare the greedy AntiHero of ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' to his first appearance in ''Super Mario Land 2''. "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhB8XG9_5Rc&feature=related Obey Wario,]]'' '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfYhLi7SqIA&feature=related DESTROY MARIO!]]'''''"
** And, of course, [[DastardlyWhiplash Waluigi]]. In his first appearance he had little personality beyond being Luigi´s angry and rude rival who wants to beat him in any competition. Some time later, we have this [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} comical and lunatic]] [[TheTrickster Trickster]] who wants to ruin the days of everyone else and wants to take over the world (you can expect him to [[HarmlessVillain fail hilariously]]) because he wants things to go right for him at least once. It's kinda amazing how a simple SatelliteCharacter can evolve into something much deeper (and funnier).\\\

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** [[EvilCounterpart Wario.]] Wario]]. Compare the greedy AntiHero of ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' to his first appearance in ''Super Mario Land 2''. "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhB8XG9_5Rc&feature=related Obey Wario,]]'' '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfYhLi7SqIA&feature=related DESTROY MARIO!]]'''''"
** And, of course, [[DastardlyWhiplash Waluigi]]. In his first appearance he had little personality beyond being Luigi´s Luigi's angry and rude rival who wants to beat him in any competition. Some time later, we have this [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} comical and lunatic]] [[TheTrickster Trickster]] who wants to ruin the days of everyone else and wants to take over the world (you can expect him to [[HarmlessVillain fail hilariously]]) because he wants things to go right for him at least once. It's kinda amazing how a simple SatelliteCharacter can evolve into something much deeper (and funnier).\\\
28th Nov '17 9:37:13 AM narm00
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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': the True Fae in the first edition were depicted as AlwaysChaoticEvil bastards with BlueAndOrangeMorality who actively kidnapped humans on regular basis to turn them into Changelings for the sake of it. Their motivations were gradually fleshed out over the course of the various book, and the second edition eventually establishes this is actually only a small fraction of them; the large majority of the species, while still subject to BlueAndOrangeMorality, are fairly neutral and would much rather stay in Arcadia minding their own business than go mess with humans.

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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': the True Fae in the first edition were depicted as AlwaysChaoticEvil bastards with BlueAndOrangeMorality who actively kidnapped humans on regular basis to turn them into Changelings for the sake of it. Their motivations were gradually fleshed out over the course of the various book, books, and the second edition eventually establishes this is actually the ones who go kidnapping humans are only a small fraction of them; the large majority of the species, whole; there are countless more who, while still just as subject to BlueAndOrangeMorality, BlueAndOrangeMorality as their kin, are fairly neutral and would much rather content to stay in Arcadia minding Arcadia, pursuing their own business interests, rather than go mess with humans.
21st Nov '17 12:53:44 PM Astaroth
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The Monster in the Darkness started out as an incompetent sidekick to Xykon and Redcloak. It was AffablyEvil, albeit somewhat dim, and generally hinted to be less terrifying than implied by Xykon. As the series continued, the Monster gradually became a stupid and naïve creature virtually incapable of comprehending much of anything, behaving and speaking almost like a child in most circumstances. Though the kernel for this existed from the get go, Flanderization took the character sufficiently far from its original form for this to become noticeable.

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The Monster in the Darkness started out as an incompetent sidekick to Xykon and Redcloak. It was AffablyEvil, albeit somewhat dim, and generally hinted to be less terrifying than implied by Xykon. As the series continued, the Monster gradually became a stupid and naïve creature virtually incapable of comprehending much of anything, behaving and speaking almost like a child in most circumstances. Though the kernel for this existed from the get go, Flanderization took the character sufficiently far from its original form for this to become noticeable.noticeable.
** In one of her earliest appearances, Celia blasts Nale with a lightning bolt to punish him for pranking her into thinking her family was dead. Later strips have established her as an ActualPacifist who won't willingly harm another living creature even when her own life is threatened.
16th Nov '17 7:38:05 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* The original ''Film/XMen1'' noticeably portrays ComicBook/{{Magneto}} as something of a MadScientist, implying that he's a skilled inventor of genius-level intellect. Not only does the plot hinge on him inventing an advanced super-weapon capable of [[spoiler: turning humans into Mutants]], it's outright stated that he built his psychic-proof helmet himself, and that he and Charles Xavier built Cerebro together. The later films mostly abandoned this aspect of his character, simply portraying him as a charismatic terrorist leader with superpowers. And after ContinuityDrift set in, it was established that he actually ''stole'' the helmet, and that a group of government scientists ''really'' invented Cerebro.
27th Oct '17 7:44:51 AM Prometheus117
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** BigBad Makuta Teridax is the most apparent example. In early story material, he is a generic mysterious villain lurks in shadows, always angry, monologues to himself, releases hordes of {{Mooks}} and is beaten at the end of every story. Then the author got a free hand to write a novel about absolutely anything he wanted, and he made use of the opportunity to transform the character into a highly mastermind that [[IMeantToDoThat turned his former defeats to his advantage]] in his EvilPlan, and had a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. He was still a LargeHam like before, but this time quite intentionally.
** Sidorak was at first characterized as a capable warlord whose only weakness was his love of combat, so he spent too much time out in the field to notice that his viceroy Roodaka [[TheStarscream had been scheming against him]]. One of the movies then depicted him as a weak and cowardly buffoon who was only interested in marrying Roodaka. Despite outspokenly disliking the movie, the writer later on made this characterization stuck, and {{Retcon}}ned Sidorak's former accomplishments as those of Roodaka, saying that he only stole the credits from her.
** Kongu was, among the generally playful and fun loving Air Matoran, the mostly serious and battle-ready leader of the Le-Koro Airforce. Upon upgrading into a Toa, he became a standard, wisecracking Air character who specialized in making lame [[OneLiner one liners]] and complaining about stuff. When another character [[LampshadeHanging called him out on this]], his response was that Toa Lewa, another Toa of Air, had taught him to loosen up.

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** BigBad Makuta Teridax is the most apparent example.example, and [[TropesAreNotBad the most embraced by the fandom]]. In early story material, he is a generic mysterious villain lurks in shadows, always angry, monologues to himself, releases hordes of {{Mooks}} and is beaten at the end of every story. Then the author got a free hand to write a novel about absolutely anything he wanted, and he made use of the opportunity to transform the character into a highly mastermind that [[IMeantToDoThat turned his former defeats to his advantage]] in his EvilPlan, and had a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. He was still a LargeHam like before, but this time quite intentionally.
** Sidorak was at first characterized as a capable warlord whose only weakness was his love of combat, so he spent too much time out in the field to notice that his viceroy Roodaka [[TheStarscream had been scheming against him]]. One of the movies then depicted him as a weak and cowardly buffoon who was only interested in marrying Roodaka. Despite outspokenly disliking the movie, the writer later on made this characterization stuck, and {{Retcon}}ned combined the two characterizations while {{Retcon}}ing Sidorak's former accomplishments as those of Roodaka, saying that he only Roodaka. The new Sidorak became a GloryHound who stole the credits of Roodaka's victories from her.
her to become the leader of the Visorak horde, and while still a capable leader knew deep down he never earned his position and so tended to overcompensate by making his victories as impressive as possible, which made it all too easy for Roodaka to string him along.
** Kongu was, among the generally playful and fun loving Air Matoran, the mostly serious and battle-ready leader of the Le-Koro Airforce. Upon upgrading into a Toa, he became a standard, wisecracking Air character who specialized in making lame [[OneLiner one liners]] and complaining about stuff. When another character [[LampshadeHanging called him out on this]], his response was that Toa Lewa, another Toa of Air, had taught him to loosen up.up and that ''somebody'' needed to keep the humor up in a group that was so serious.
26th Oct '17 1:01:41 PM LentilSandEater
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** The Howlers destroyed his creators, they are a special case. Erek is a bit of a hypocrite.
** Part of the reason for Erek's change is that his pacifism was briefly disabled, allowing him to do a lot of things he came to very strongly regret.
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