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27th Jan '17 9:46:05 AM Psi001
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* In early artwork the titular brothers of ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' were a trio of identical, realistic looking chipmunks. ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'' made them into the [[InformedSpecies vaguely chipmunk looking]] BigThinShortTrio they're best known as.

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* In early artwork the titular brothers of ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' were a trio of identical, realistic looking chipmunks. ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'' made them into the [[InformedSpecies vaguely chipmunk looking]] BigThinShortTrio they're best known as. Adding further onto this, while Simon and Theodore were for the most part more sensible counterparts to Alvin initially, the 80s series gave them more spotlight and quirks; Simon became TheSmartGuy and the OnlySaneMan, while Theodore became the Adorkable BigEater.
20th Jan '17 9:31:54 AM crazysamaritan
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* Music/JohnFrusciante of the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers was initially a clone of the man he was replacing, Hillel Slovak. It's especially evident in live performances from the Mother's Milk period, where he nails the old funk-punk songs perfectly (he had been an RHCP fan since the first album and learnt all their songs). However, he had melodic traits which developed over time. Rick Rubin encouraged the band to utilise them, paying off when Frusciante wrote the ballad "Under The Bridge", the band's biggest hit ever. During a period of time away from the band, in which he was addicted to heroin and cocaine, he created some extremely odd, dark and trippy solo music, which was mostly acoustic and not performed with a band. Some of this style, though raw, laid the blueprint for RHCP's own musical evolution into an alternative rock band, notably the ballad "Femininity". When Frusciante returned to the band, he fed some of this dark and melodic playing style into the album Californication, notably in such tracks as "Otherside". Frusciante's next album "To Record Only Water For Ten Days" featured synth textures and drum machine, and an entirely melodic collection of songs. It went over well with the band and producer Rick Rubin, and the style of next album By The Way evolved directly from "To Record Only Water"'s atmospheric qualities, and the full band style of By THe Way fed back into John's solo album "Shadows Collide With People". Frusciante, however, kept experimenting over the years, surprising fans with his Letur-Lefr EP and subsequent releases, which were electronic based and didn't feature as much guitar or vocals, to the point where his current style is considerably distinct to the style he created with RHCP that is still their trademark. Unsurprisingly, he has no interest in returning to the band, something which a lot of fans fail to accept.

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* Music/JohnFrusciante of the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers was initially a clone of the man he was replacing, Hillel Slovak. It's especially evident in live performances from the Mother's Milk period, where he nails the old funk-punk songs perfectly (he had been an RHCP fan since the first album and learnt all their songs). However, he had melodic traits which developed over time. Rick Rubin encouraged the band to utilise them, paying off when Frusciante wrote the ballad "Under The Bridge", the band's biggest hit ever. During a period of time away from the band, in which he was addicted to heroin and cocaine, he created some extremely odd, dark and trippy solo music, which was mostly acoustic and not performed with a band. Some of this style, though raw, laid the blueprint for RHCP's own musical evolution into an alternative rock band, notably the ballad "Femininity". When Frusciante returned to the band, he fed some of this dark and melodic playing style into the album Californication, notably in such tracks as "Otherside". Frusciante's next album "To Record Only Water For Ten Days" featured synth textures and drum machine, and an entirely melodic collection of songs. It went over well with the band and producer Rick Rubin, and the style of next album By The Way evolved directly from "To Record Only Water"'s atmospheric qualities, and the full band style of By THe The Way fed back into John's solo album "Shadows Collide With People". Frusciante, however, kept experimenting over the years, surprising fans with his Letur-Lefr EP and subsequent releases, which were electronic based and didn't feature as much guitar or vocals, to the point where his current style is considerably distinct to the style he created with RHCP that is still their trademark. Unsurprisingly, he has no interest in returning to the band, something which a lot of fans fail to accept.
17th Jan '17 6:57:18 AM Owlorange1995
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* Anime/DragonBall: Nappa and Vegeta were both [[BloodKnights bloodthirsty space pirates]] that worked under [[BigBad Frieza]] and wanted to use the Dragon Balls to gain immortality. While the former was killed in the first saga, the latter eventually became an AntiHero, started a family, and discarded the chance at immortality in favor of becoming Goku's [[TheRival rival.]]

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* Anime/DragonBall: Nappa and Vegeta were both [[BloodKnights [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty space pirates]] that worked under [[BigBad Frieza]] and wanted to use the Dragon Balls to gain immortality. While the former was killed in the first saga, the latter eventually became an AntiHero, started a family, and discarded the chance at immortality in favor of becoming Goku's [[TheRival rival.]]
17th Jan '17 6:56:47 AM Owlorange1995
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* Anime/DragonBall: Nappa and Vegeta were both [[BloodKnights bloodthirsty space pirates]] that worked under [[BigBad Frieza]] and wanted to use the Dragon Balls to gain immortality. While the former was killed in the first saga, the latter eventually became an AntiHero, started a family, and discarded the chance at immortality in favor of becoming Goku's [[TheRival rival.]]
* Anime/DragonBallSuper: As it turns out Goku Black has undergone a severe case of this. [[spoiler: He started off as an AlternateSelf of Zamasu, who was indistinguishable from all other incarnations. He then used the Super Dragon Balls to swap bodies with the Goku in his timeline, gaining the latter's desire for strong enemies and comabt in the process. By the time Future Trunks meets him, he's adopted many of Goku's mannerisms and combat techniques, even trying to pass himself off as the real Son Goku and referring to himself as such. Nevertheless, he shares two elements with other Zamasus: [[FantasticRacism hatred for mortal life]] and a plan to reshape the universe in his image.]]
7th Jan '17 4:54:26 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/BulletClub and The Kingdom were coincidentally similar in that the were both {{heel}} power stables who frequently did homages to older acts(Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo and Wrestling/{{D|generationX}}X for the former, Wrestling/CMPunk and [[Wrestling/MattHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Boyz]]) for the latter. However, before the Club made it to Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH, they lost Wrestling/PrinceDevitt and replaced him with Wrestling/AJStyles, a wrestler the fans had all but given up on seeing in ROH again. After his successful [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling IWGP]] Heavyweight Title Defense at ''War Of The Worlds'', Styles would be attacked without provocation by Kingdom leader Adam Cole, who incidentally was the one member most unlike anyone in Bullet Club at the time, and be saved by Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi and Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger, giving Styles strong association with established baby {{face}}s and allowing the rest of the Club to collectively HeelFaceTurn in ROH as they went on to support Styles as he sought retribution against Cole and inevitably ran into the rest of The Kingdom.

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* Wrestling/BulletClub and The Kingdom were coincidentally similar in that the were both {{heel}} power stables who frequently did homages to older acts(Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo and Wrestling/{{D|generationX}}X for the former, Wrestling/CMPunk and [[Wrestling/MattHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Boyz]]) Boyz]] for the latter.latter). However, before the Club made it to Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH, they lost Wrestling/PrinceDevitt and replaced him with Wrestling/AJStyles, a wrestler the fans had all but given up on seeing in ROH again. After his successful [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling IWGP]] Heavyweight Title Defense at ''War Of The Worlds'', Styles would be attacked without provocation by Kingdom leader Adam Cole, who incidentally was the one member most unlike anyone in Bullet Club at the time, and be saved by Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi and Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger, giving Styles strong association with established baby {{face}}s and allowing the rest of the Club to collectively HeelFaceTurn in ROH as they went on to support Styles as he sought retribution against Cole and inevitably ran into the rest of The Kingdom.
31st Dec '16 6:18:34 PM Kirb-Star
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** Something similar happened with Ninja Kirby and Stone Kirby, both used the same sprite: Kirby with a samurai hat but with different body colors. Later installments have changed this to have Ninja Kirby wear a Naruto-esque Robe and Stone Kirby to wear a stone crown with ull horns, dismissing the samurai hat idea entirely.
30th Dec '16 8:37:15 PM nombretomado
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* Frizz and Nug of ''TheDreamstone'' started off as two interchangable {{Cowardly Sidekick}}s for Sgt Blob. Further on in the first season, Frizz became increasingly cynical and [[NervousWreck neurotic]], while Nug became more dopey and upbeat.
** Reversed for Rufus and Amberley, who started off with rather contrasting personalities in the pilot (CloudCuckooLander [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Hidden Badass]] and [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] InnocentProdigy respectively) but were downplayed to almost interchangable {{Kid Sidekick}}s for the Dream Maker for the majority of the series afterwards (albeit with Amberley remaining the [[WomenAreWiser slightly more competant of the two]]).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'':
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Frizz and Nug of ''TheDreamstone'' started off as two interchangable {{Cowardly Sidekick}}s for Sgt Blob. Further on in the first season, Frizz became increasingly cynical and [[NervousWreck neurotic]], while Nug became more dopey and upbeat.
** Reversed for Rufus and Amberley, who started off with rather contrasting personalities in the pilot (CloudCuckooLander [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Hidden Badass]] and [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] InnocentProdigy respectively) but were downplayed to almost interchangable {{Kid Sidekick}}s for the Dream Maker for the majority of the series afterwards (albeit with Amberley remaining the [[WomenAreWiser slightly more competant competent of the two]]).
26th Dec '16 9:33:52 PM Pichu-kun
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* Sakura and Ino from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' were originally both were depicted as rather mean Sasuke fangirls. By the end of the Forest of Death, Sakura took a huge leap in terms of character development. She became nicer, her feelings for Sasuke were developing into actual love, and she received an ImportantHaircut. After Ino and Sakura rekindled their friendship, Ino began behaving nicer and eventually stopped crushing on Sasuke. By ''Shippuden'' Ino was more fashionable and upbeat than Sakura while Sakura became more tomboyish and fought with her fists more. In-series, Sakura and Ino actually were more individual pre-series but became more bratty after they learned they both liked Sasuke.
* In ''Manga/AstroBoy'', Astro usually has black "hair" just like the boy he's modeled after (Tobio). In the 2003 anime, Tobio has brown hair to differentiate them more and establish Astro as a failed ReplacementGoldfish more.



* This occurred to the original comic book ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', who, after starting out as flat characters, eventually began developing individual traits. The 1987 cartoon differentiated them further by [[{{Flanderization}} focusing each Turtle's characterization on a single trait]], and all subsequent adaptations have taken their cues from that.
* [[GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] started out somewhat more generic when he was first introduced as the other guy the ring could have gone to but was developed into a {{Jerkass}} when he became a regular (and more recently, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold). Johns went to even further lengths to distinguish the various Lanterns, when he brought back Hal Jordan and the Corps, by showing how the personalities of the Lanterns affected how they used (or didn't use) their rings and what sort of constructs they built.
** Case in point, ''Rebirth'' goes into detail about the way Rayner, Gardner, Stewart, Jordan, and Kilowog use their rings. Stewart, being an architect, has constructs that look like a blue print, with every individual detail within them planned out. Rayner, being an artist, often uses a construct pencil to "draw" other constructs, and the eraser construct to change details about them. Gardner's ring is literally leaking green light at all times, because "his willpower can't wait to escape". Jordan likes to go for a combination of brute force and precision, hence boxing gloves, missiles, etc. Kilowog's is the only ring among the regularly appearing characters that makes a sound, and it sounds like a cannon.
* The second Robin, Jason Todd, was originally a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Dick Grayson, differing only in hair color and style. When the universe was revamped with ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, Jason was turned into a troubled juvenile delinquent.

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* This occurred to the original comic book ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Turtles|Mirage}}'', who, after starting out as flat characters, eventually began developing individual traits. The 1987 cartoon differentiated them further by [[{{Flanderization}} focusing each Turtle's characterization on a single trait]], and all subsequent adaptations have taken their cues from that.
* [[GreenLantern [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] started out somewhat more generic when he was first introduced as the other guy the ring could have gone to but was developed into a {{Jerkass}} when he became a regular (and more recently, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold). Johns went to even further lengths to distinguish the various Lanterns, when he brought back Hal Jordan and the Corps, by showing how the personalities of the Lanterns affected how they used (or didn't use) their rings and what sort of constructs they built.
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built. Case in point, ''Rebirth'' goes into detail about the way Rayner, Gardner, Stewart, Jordan, and Kilowog use their rings. Stewart, being an architect, has constructs that look like a blue print, with every individual detail within them planned out. Rayner, being an artist, often uses a construct pencil to "draw" other constructs, and the eraser construct to change details about them. Gardner's ring is literally leaking green light at all times, because "his willpower can't wait to escape". Jordan likes to go for a combination of brute force and precision, hence boxing gloves, missiles, etc. Kilowog's is the only ring among the regularly appearing characters that makes a sound, and it sounds like a cannon.
* ComicBook/{{Robin}}:
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The second Robin, Jason Todd, was originally a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Dick Grayson, differing only in hair color and style. When the universe was revamped with ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, Jason was turned into a troubled juvenile delinquent.



* In the 1980's DC introduced Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}, a BadassNormal mercenary who frequently fought the ComicBook/TeenTitans. A few years later Marvel would introduce {{Deadpool}}, essentially an expy of Deathstroke with a slightly different costume. However, while Deathstroke has remained pretty much the same over the years, Deadpool has transformed into a [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breaking]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} cloudcuckoolander]] with [[GoodThingYouCanHeal powerful healing abilities.]]

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* In the 1980's DC introduced Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}, a BadassNormal mercenary who frequently fought the ComicBook/TeenTitans. A few years later Marvel would introduce {{Deadpool}}, ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}, essentially an expy of Deathstroke with a slightly different costume. However, while Deathstroke has remained pretty much the same over the years, Deadpool has transformed into a [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breaking]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} cloudcuckoolander]] with [[GoodThingYouCanHeal powerful healing abilities.]]



* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' Ariel's sisters had more-or-less the same face and no known personalities. Future adaptations give them more varying designs and more individualized personalities.
* This is even clearer in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' and its sequels. In the original, Drizella and Anastasia are nearly indistinguishable, in terms of personality, except that Drizella tends to take the lead. The sequels develop this, making Drizella truly mean-spirited, but Anastasia a doormat who's been overpowered by her mother and sister all her life, and who eventually undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and full-on redemption.

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* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' Ariel's sisters had more-or-less the same face and no known personalities. Future adaptations adaptations, such as the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' cartoon and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII'', give them more varying designs and more individualized personalities.
* This is even clearer in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' and its sequels. In the original, Drizella and Anastasia are nearly indistinguishable, in terms of personality, except that Drizella tends to take the lead. The sequels [[Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue The]] [[Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime sequels]] develop this, making Drizella truly mean-spirited, but Anastasia a doormat who's been overpowered by her mother and sister all her life, and who eventually undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and full-on redemption.
13th Dec '16 8:38:36 PM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In what may be [[GoMadFromTheRevelation a shocking discovery]] for recent ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' fans, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in the]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia first game]] the FragileSpeedster Pegasus Knights promoted into the MightyGlacier Dragon[=/=]Wyvern Rider class, making the latter simply an upgrade of the former (and just as dodgy). Eventually ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of Holy War]]'' put an end to this madness by making them different classes, albeit the previous game started this process by giving Pegasi a decent Resistance (Magic Defense) stat that they lost when promoting (this also applies to the remake of the first game).

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In what may be [[GoMadFromTheRevelation a shocking discovery]] for recent ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''Fire Emblem'' fans, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in the]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia first game]] the FragileSpeedster Pegasus Knights promoted into the MightyGlacier Dragon[=/=]Wyvern Rider class, making the latter simply an upgrade of the former (and just as dodgy). Eventually ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of Holy War]]'' put an end to this madness by making them different classes, albeit the previous game started this process by giving Pegasi a decent Resistance (Magic Defense) stat that they lost when promoting (this also applies to the remake of the first game).
3rd Dec '16 3:54:03 AM Morgenthaler
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** Even more so, Clark and Ralf from the same series (working for an actual honest-to-gosh ColonelBadass, Heidern) start as nearly identical wrestler/brawler characters, but over the years have differentiated so that Ralf has more punching-based "brawling" special moves and fewer and less-effective command throws (although still more than the average character) and Clark has become almost a pure wrestler, with more throws and almost no other special moves. At the same time, their personalities were distinguished, with Clark being the quiet, sensitive, friendly guy and Ralf being quite the BoisterousBruiser. They are both still complete {{badass}}es, of course, and compared to the rest of the cast, effectively {{Badass Normal}}s.

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** Even more so, Clark and Ralf from the same series (working for an actual honest-to-gosh ColonelBadass, Heidern) start as nearly identical wrestler/brawler characters, but over the years have differentiated so that Ralf has more punching-based "brawling" special moves and fewer and less-effective command throws (although still more than the average character) and Clark has become almost a pure wrestler, with more throws and almost no other special moves. At the same time, their personalities were distinguished, with Clark being the quiet, sensitive, friendly guy and Ralf being quite the BoisterousBruiser. They are both still complete {{badass}}es, badasses, of course, and compared to the rest of the cast, effectively {{Badass Normal}}s.
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