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24th Sep '16 4:29:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* White Wolf hires freelance writers to write their ''{{Exalted}}'' books, often assigning different people to write different chapters. Normally, it's not that noticeable, but the Infernals book bears mentioning. In some chapters, there are obvious hints that [[NobleDemon hey, Infernal Exalts don't HAVE to be evil]], but in other chapters you're beaten over the head with the fact that [[AlwaysChaoticEvil all Infernals are horrible evil monsters and can never be good, ever]]. WordOfGod has since cleared up what the creators ''intended'' to get across, but it's still a hotly-debated subject.
* White Wolf tends to have a few problems with this, and one stand-out example is in ''ChangelingTheDreaming'', where the writers kept going back and forth on what "Banality" was, aside from "the death of hope." Banality was [[ScienceIsBad trying to define and tie down the world too much]]... except the [[GadgeteerGenius nockers]] kept insisting that the moon landing resulted in the biggest rush of glamour anyone had seen in several life times. So Banality was [[MeasuringTheMarigolds boring, ultra-focused practicalities]]... except there were sample [=NPCs=] who got Glamour from those activities because of mindset. When it got to the point that ''{{LARP}}'' was associated with the [[WeirdnessCensor Autumn People]], you knew there was a basic communication breakdown. Sadly, the line was cancelled before ''The Book of Glamour'' (which would have laid out some basics on Glamour and Banality) could be released.

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* White Wolf hires freelance writers to write their ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' books, often assigning different people to write different chapters. Normally, it's not that noticeable, but the Infernals book bears mentioning. In some chapters, there are obvious hints that [[NobleDemon hey, Infernal Exalts don't HAVE to be evil]], but in other chapters you're beaten over the head with the fact that [[AlwaysChaoticEvil all Infernals are horrible evil monsters and can never be good, ever]]. WordOfGod has since cleared up what the creators ''intended'' to get across, but it's still a hotly-debated subject.
* White Wolf tends to have a few problems with this, and one stand-out example is in ''ChangelingTheDreaming'', ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', where the writers kept going back and forth on what "Banality" was, aside from "the death of hope." Banality was [[ScienceIsBad trying to define and tie down the world too much]]... except the [[GadgeteerGenius nockers]] kept insisting that the moon landing resulted in the biggest rush of glamour anyone had seen in several life times. So Banality was [[MeasuringTheMarigolds boring, ultra-focused practicalities]]... except there were sample [=NPCs=] who got Glamour from those activities because of mindset. When it got to the point that ''{{LARP}}'' was associated with the [[WeirdnessCensor Autumn People]], you knew there was a basic communication breakdown. Sadly, the line was cancelled before ''The Book of Glamour'' (which would have laid out some basics on Glamour and Banality) could be released.
23rd Sep '16 6:25:52 AM Blazer
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** This is also a problem with ''ComicBook/CivilWarII''. One of the main problems is the characterization of [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]]. Sometimes she's portrayed as a heroine who, despite the moral ambiguity of using a precog to stop potential crimes, is conflicted on if she's doing the right thing and relying on other heroes to help guide her in her path, not wanting to have anything like [[spoiler:the death of War Machine]] happen again. Other times, she's depicted as an authoritarian JerkAss who'd happily detain anyone and everyone who even idly dreams of a crime, making her conflict with [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] seem less like a conflict of morals and more of a morality-based dick-measuring contest.
13th Sep '16 12:27:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The ComicBook/NewGods. Oh '''boy''' the New Gods. You have some names and some basic relationships. Nothing else will stay consistent between writers or even in different appearances by the same writer. This falls broadly into two camps: people who never actually read the thing and people who ''did'' but [[TheyJustDidntCare changed things they didn't particularly care for.]] Examples: the nature of the [[CompellingVoice Anti]]-[[BrownNote Life]] [[EldritchAbomination Equation]], the nature of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien New]] [[PhysicalGod Gods]] themselves, whether Neo Genesis and Apokolips were somewhere in space or [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths another dimension entirely]], and [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever what their actual size is]].

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* The ComicBook/NewGods. Oh '''boy''' the New Gods. You have some names and some basic relationships. Nothing else will stay consistent between writers or even in different appearances by the same writer. This falls broadly into two camps: people who never actually read the thing and people who ''did'' but [[TheyJustDidntCare changed things they didn't particularly care for.]] for. Examples: the nature of the [[CompellingVoice Anti]]-[[BrownNote Life]] [[EldritchAbomination Equation]], the nature of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien New]] [[PhysicalGod Gods]] themselves, whether Neo Genesis and Apokolips were somewhere in space or [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths another dimension entirely]], and [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever what their actual size is]].
4th Sep '16 8:39:31 PM CountDorku
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* Myth/KingArthur. Basically every possible interpretation of him has been seen somewhere, from noble warrior with a few minor failings, to a largely inactive figure who sits back and lets the Knights do all the work, to a deeply flawed man who happens to be the hero Logres needs, to a bloody-handed tyrant. This is to say nothing of the lineup of the Round Table, many of whom have been altered so many times and written in so many different ways that only the name remains even semi-constant.
2nd Sep '16 10:20:46 PM MasoTey
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* ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'': Illya is usually fairly indifferent to heterosexual romance (and sometimes even implied to be a CelibateHero) -- but when Alan Caillou is writing him, he suddenly becomes interested in girls.
1st Sep '16 6:31:24 AM N8han11
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*** Another aspect also in flux is the Joker's fighting ability. Sometimes he's got a glass jaw and has to hide behind his schemes, sometimes he can hold off Batman or even take him on toe-to-toe, or even take on [[MortalKombat monsters, gods and the greatest martial artists in the world]].

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*** Another aspect also in flux is the Joker's fighting ability. Sometimes he's got a glass jaw and has to hide behind his schemes, sometimes he can hold off Batman or even take him on toe-to-toe, or even take on [[MortalKombat [[VideoGame/MortalKombatvsDCUniverse monsters, gods and the greatest martial artists in the world]].
30th Aug '16 7:02:54 PM PaulA
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In some stories, a character is very different every time they appear -- so different that it's almost [[AlternateUniverse a different character with the same name]]. This is particularly common with LongRunners and comic books and even ThisVeryWiki, due to the large number of writers on staff. But there are some characters where even the same writer makes them different every time.

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In some stories, a character is very different every time they appear -- so different that it's almost [[AlternateUniverse a different character with the same name]]. This is particularly common with LongRunners long-running shows and comic books and even ThisVeryWiki, due to the large number of writers on staff. But there are some characters where even the same writer makes them different every time.



* WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' is a LongRunner with lots of writers, and as such, the intelligence, competence, and hormone levels of the three protagonists tends to vary.

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* WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' is a LongRunner with lots of writers, and as such, In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', the intelligence, competence, and hormone levels of the three protagonists tends to vary.
29th Aug '16 4:01:20 PM smalltime
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* In ''Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood'', the Sheriff will often switch between being the CorruptCop[=/=]EvilDebtCollector he is depicted as in most adaptations and being a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who is JustFollowingOrders.
20th Aug '16 9:52:32 AM nombretomado
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* This happens in the {{Dragonlance}} series of novels as well. Elves in particular can get very different portrayals depending on the writer. They are sometimes depicted as being vegetarians, and being disgusted with eating meat, or they are depicted as having no problem with eating meat. They are also sometimes depicted as having a somewhat different mindset than humans due to their long lives, other times they are very human-like and have no trouble relating to humans. The world as a whole can either be depicted as a gritty, medieval one, or a fairly tame Renaissance Faire-like world.

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* This happens in the {{Dragonlance}} ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series of novels as well. Elves in particular can get very different portrayals depending on the writer. They are sometimes depicted as being vegetarians, and being disgusted with eating meat, or they are depicted as having no problem with eating meat. They are also sometimes depicted as having a somewhat different mindset than humans due to their long lives, other times they are very human-like and have no trouble relating to humans. The world as a whole can either be depicted as a gritty, medieval one, or a fairly tame Renaissance Faire-like world.



* ''AtlantaNights'' manages to do this within a single book, which makes sense considering that it's a collaborative hoax by several writers.

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* ''AtlantaNights'' ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' manages to do this within a single book, which makes sense considering that it's a collaborative hoax by several writers.
12th Aug '16 11:30:06 PM Terran117
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** The Krusty Krab is either highly successful or always on the brink of bankruptcy. The former is convenient for episodes with Plankton while the latter is convenient for episodes dealing with Mr. Krabs' greed.
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