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23rd Jul '17 6:26:34 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} were arguably created as Marvel's [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent equivalents]] of TheFlash and ComicBook/GreenArrow ([[XMeetsY "If they were villains!"]]), but grew to be quite distinctive in their own rights.

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* ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} were arguably created as Marvel's [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent equivalents]] of TheFlash and ComicBook/GreenArrow ([[XMeetsY ([[JustForFun/XMeetsY "If they were villains!"]]), but grew to be quite distinctive in their own rights.
15th Jul '17 3:23:47 PM Kaiseror
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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': The [[AnimalMecha Lions]] in the original series were largely identical aside from color while the ones here have their own unique designs and abilities, the red lion is a FragileSpeedster GlassCannon, the yellow lion is a heavily armored MightyGlacier that frequently fights by [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming opponents]], the blue lion is a JackOfAllTrades that gets [[GracefulInTheirElement even more powerful underwater]] and the black lion is [[LargeAndInCharge significantly bigger than the other lions]] and is a MasterOfAll.
8th Jul '17 11:23:15 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': The Happy Nerd started out with the gimmick that he was the opposite of the Angry Nerd, and many of his early videos are shot-for-shot remakes of the Angry Nerd's videos, only with him extolling a good game instead of swearing at a bad one. Now, he does his own thing, although he still dresses like the Angry Nerd and drinks at the end of every review (which is actually something the ''Angry'' Nerd has generally stopped doing).
21st Jun '17 3:53:48 PM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' was derisively called ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' "IN SPACE!", but the two have diverged over the years with the former staying mostly true to its RTS roots while ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has transformed into an RPG.
** Parodied by a StopPokingMe line from Artanis
-->'''Artanis:''' This is ''not'' VideoGame/WarCraft in space! It's much more sophisticated!
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'' started as a possible spin-off of the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries''. ''Red Alert 2'' made the franchise known for being DenserAndWackier.

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* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' was derisively called ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' "IN SPACE!", but the two have diverged over the years with the former staying mostly true to its RTS roots while ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' ''Warcraft'' has transformed into [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft an RPG.
MMORPG]].
** Parodied by a StopPokingMe line from Artanis
Artanis:
-->'''Artanis:''' This is ''not'' VideoGame/WarCraft Warcraft in space! It's much more sophisticated!
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'' started as a possible prequel spin-off of the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries''. ''Red Alert 2'' made that portion of the franchise known for being DenserAndWackier.



** While not "characters" in the traditional sense, Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby were originally PaletteSwaps of Sword Kirby and Beam Kirby, respectively. Newer installments of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series have given Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby more distinct designs to make it easier to tell them apart.

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** While not "characters" in the traditional sense, Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby were originally PaletteSwaps of Sword Kirby and Beam Kirby, respectively. Newer installments of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' ''Kirby'' series have given Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby more distinct designs to make it easier to tell them apart.



* The ''Franchise/{{Doom}}'' series has the Hell Knight, introduced in ''Doom II'' as a less durable palette-swapped [[EliteMook Baron Of Hell]] that fought exactly the same by throwing green fireballs. In ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'' they got a different appearance and served the same role as the Baron Of Hell, being a more durable enemy that still threw green fire. Come [[VideoGame/{{Doom2016}} the 2016 game]], the Hell Knight is now a CloseRangeCombatant with similar looks to its ''Doom 3'' incarnation and lacks a fireball attack, while the Baron of Hell fights with both close and long range green attacks while still retaining [[BigRedDevil its looks from the first game]].

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* The ''Franchise/{{Doom}}'' series has the Hell Knight, introduced in ''Doom II'' as a less durable palette-swapped [[EliteMook Baron Of of Hell]] that fought exactly the same by throwing green fireballs. In ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'' they got a different appearance and served the same role as the Baron Of of Hell, being a more durable enemy that still threw green fire. Come [[VideoGame/{{Doom2016}} the 2016 game]], the Hell Knight is now a CloseRangeCombatant with similar looks to its ''Doom 3'' incarnation and lacks a fireball attack, while the Baron of Hell fights with both close and long range green attacks while still retaining [[BigRedDevil its looks from the first game]].
21st Jun '17 3:15:18 PM Kadorhal
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** Price's first playable level in ''[=CoD4=]'' likewise had him play identically to Soap, right down to being silent despite the dialogue he gets in the rest of the game. When he's playable again for the finale of ''3'', he's taken a cue from the ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' cast and talks just as much under your control as he did when an NPC, and he's given Juggernaut armor that Soap and all the other player characters never had access to.

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** Price's first playable level in ''[=CoD4=]'' likewise had him play identically to Soap, right down to being silent despite the dialogue he gets in the rest of the game. When he's playable again for the finale of ''3'', he's taken a cue from the ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' cast and talks just as much under your control as he did when an NPC, and for the first half of the mission he's also given NighInvulnerable Juggernaut armor that Soap and all the other player characters never had access to.



* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar 2'' handles this rather oddly: it's the ''original'' character, Long, who gets a new moveset, while his [[CloningBlues literal clone]] Shenlong has his original moveset. Then from the third game on they switched, with Long getting most of his old moves back and Shenlong getting his own moves. It's the same for Yugo and his {{expy}} from the manga in ''Extreme'', where the former's moveset was changed for the second game and beyond while the latter uses his moves from the first game.

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* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar 2'' handles this rather oddly: it's for starters, the ''original'' clone character, Long, Shenlong, is [[CloningBlues a literal clone]] of the returning character Long. On top of that, it's ''Long'' who gets a new moveset, while his [[CloningBlues literal clone]] Shenlong has his original moveset. Then Long's moves from the third game first game. From ''3'' on they switched, with Long getting most of his old moves back and Shenlong getting his own moves. It's the same for a similar but simplified moveset. Similar cases involve Yugo and his {{expy}} from the manga in ''Extreme'', where the former's moveset was Uriko, whose movesets changed for rather drastically in the second game and beyond while (Yugo going from an untrained kid to a professional boxer, Uriko going from a BrainwashedAndCrazy {{Super|Soldier}}-{{Child Soldier|s}} as the latter uses his moves FinalBoss to a playable student of the aforementioned Long) and, respectively, Fang (secret character in ''Extreme'' who shares Yugo's moveset from the first game.game) and Uranus (secret character in ''3'' onwards who is essentially a playable version of final-boss Uriko). More traditional examples involve Shina (the adopted daughter of Gado) and the second Bakuryu and Kohryu (respectively the {{legacy|Character}} and a resurrected mecha-clone of the original Bakuryu), who play rather similarly to, but still distinctive from their originators. Not to mention as well Jenny and Stun, who are straight-up [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacements]] for Fox and Mitsuko and keep their general playstyles while adding more moves to make them unique.
6th Jun '17 6:14:09 PM jtierney50
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* Although there was never a game that featured the singular character, early versions of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' had Genji and Hanzo's designs and abilities rolled into a single, samurai character. Eventually, a diverge was made to give the character's more ninja-like powers to Genji, and the bowman characteristics were given to Hanzo.
28th May '17 10:05:44 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' Ariel's sisters had more-or-less the same face and no known personalities. Future adaptations, such as the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' cartoon and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII'', give them more varying designs and more individualized personalities.

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* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' Ariel's sisters had more-or-less the same face and no known personalities. Future adaptations, such as the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' cartoon cartoon, licensed comics, and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII'' prequel film, give them more varying designs and more individualized personalities.



* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', the characters that were clones in ''Melee'' got more of this to the point that there are no true clones in ''Brawl''; there are only semi-clones. This continued onward into ''Smash 4'', with Dr. Mario becoming more of a MightyGlacier compared to Mario than in ''Melee'', while retaining similar (but not the same) movesets. Roy also received significant changes when he was released as DLC, gaining a different stance and attack animations from Marth and turning him into a true LightningBruiser.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
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In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', Brawl'', the characters that were clones in ''Melee'' got more of this to the point that there are no true clones in ''Brawl''; there are only semi-clones. This continued onward into ''Smash 4'', with Dr. Mario becoming more of a MightyGlacier compared to Mario than in ''Melee'', while retaining similar (but not the same) movesets. Roy also received significant changes when he was released as DLC, gaining a different stance and attack animations from Marth and turning him into a true LightningBruiser.



** ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' has a variation involving stages. [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes Seaside Hill]] was originally a complete throwback to [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 Green Hill Zone]], having palm trees and checkered soil, but since Green Hill Zone has reappeared playing up those elements, Seaside Hill in ''Generations'' plays up the ruins and water aspect more and even adding underwater elements.



* The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series was infamous for having several PaletteSwap characters. It started with Scorpion and Sub Zero--same sprite, same basic moves, different special moves, different standing animations. Then they added Reptile as a hidden boss--the same sprite, only green, and with both Sub-Zero's and Scorpion's special moves. Several sequels and home versions later, there were eight palette swapped male ninjas, four palette swapped female ninjas, and three [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot palette swapped cyborg ninjas]]. Once the games became 3D, all characters were each given a unique model and, since they were no longer sharing the same digitized sprites, they could have different basic moves.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
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The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series was infamous for having several PaletteSwap characters. It started with Scorpion and Sub Zero--same sprite, same basic moves, different special moves, different standing animations. Then they added Reptile as a hidden boss--the same sprite, only green, and with both Sub-Zero's and Scorpion's special moves. Several sequels and home versions later, there were eight palette swapped male ninjas, four palette swapped female ninjas, and three [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot palette swapped cyborg ninjas]]. Once the games became 3D, all characters were each given a unique model and, since they were no longer sharing the same digitized sprites, they could have different basic moves.



* Done with several boss characters in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', e.g. Kunimitsu was initially a [[ViewerGenderConfusion gender-neutral]] PaletteSwap of Yoshimitsu, but in the second game was clearly modeled as female and given a slightly different moveset. The first ''Tekken Tag Tournament'' uses her ''Tekken 2'' persona and moves with a few additional touches, but in ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'' she was given a brand new move set that differentiates her from Yoshimitsu.

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* Done with several boss characters in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', e.g. ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'':
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Kunimitsu was initially a [[ViewerGenderConfusion gender-neutral]] PaletteSwap of Yoshimitsu, but in the second game was clearly modeled as female and given a slightly different moveset. The first ''Tekken Tag Tournament'' uses her ''Tekken 2'' persona and moves with a few additional touches, but in ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'' she was given a brand new move set that differentiates her from Yoshimitsu.



* ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' has a variation involving stages. [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes Seaside Hill]] was originally a complete throwback to [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 Green Hill Zone]], having palm trees and checkered soil, but since Green Hill Zone has reappeared playing up those elements, Seaside Hill in ''Generations'' plays up the ruins and water aspect more and even adding underwater elements.



* While not "characters" in the traditional sense, Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby were originally PaletteSwaps of Sword Kirby and Beam Kirby, respectively. Newer installments of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series have given Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby more distinct designs to make it easier to tell them apart.

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
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While not "characters" in the traditional sense, Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby were originally PaletteSwaps of Sword Kirby and Beam Kirby, respectively. Newer installments of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series have given Bomb Kirby and Mirror Kirby more distinct designs to make it easier to tell them apart.


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* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse were designed as {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s to WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit and his wife Ortensia after Creator/WaltDisney lost the rights to them. As a result, Mickey and Minnie looked near-identical to the originals except for a species change. The main clothing difference between the males is that Mickey's shorts are red while Oswald's are blue, and that Mickey wears shoes while Oswald does not. With their wives, Minnie originally wore a flower hat and skirts like Ortensia. By 1939 Minnie's flower hat was phased out for her signature bow. Minnie still wears skirts, especially in {{retraux}} designs, however she is usually completely clothed (mainly in a dress).
13th May '17 6:23:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' was derisively called ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' "IN SPACE!", but the two have diverged over the years with the former staying mostly true to its RTS roots while ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has transformed into an RPG.

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' was derisively called ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' "IN SPACE!", but the two have diverged over the years with the former staying mostly true to its RTS roots while ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has transformed into an RPG.
20th Apr '17 9:39:07 AM FF32
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* The ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' and ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'' crossover, ''{{VideoGame/Persona Q}}'', did this for both its main protagonists and for Fuuka and Rise, the latter two being MissionControl type support characters. The protagonists of ''3'' and ''4'' are both identical in that they can change their Personas constantly, resulting in their stats being higher than their allies and being able to adapt to any situation. Since both are stuck with their starting Personas (both which get dropped early in their respective games) and able to equip a "sub" Persona, both had to be built differently. The P4 hero is a JackOfAllStats who specializes in [[ShockAndAwe lightning magic]], while the P3 hero's stats are generally higher than the rest of the party, with his greatest two assets being his speed and magic, and specializes in [[PlayingWithFire fire magic.]] The P3 hero's higher stats are likely to compensate that he starts off weak to two elements (one being the instant-killing [[CastingAShadow dark element]]), while the P4 hero is immune to it, ''and'' he drops his weakness to [[BlowYouAway wind]] when [[spoiler:his initial Persona, Izanagi, ascends to Izanagi-no-Okami; even after the P3 hero's Persona ascends, it does not lose its darkness weakness.]]

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* The ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' and ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'' crossover, ''{{VideoGame/Persona Q}}'', ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', did this for both its main protagonists and for Fuuka and Rise, the latter two being MissionControl type support characters. The protagonists of ''3'' and ''4'' are both identical in that they can change their Personas constantly, resulting in their stats being higher than their allies and being able to adapt to any situation. Since both are stuck with their starting Personas (both which get dropped early in their respective games) and able to equip a "sub" Persona, both had to be built differently. The P4 hero is a JackOfAllStats who specializes in [[ShockAndAwe lightning magic]], while the P3 hero's stats are generally higher than the rest of the party, with his greatest two assets being his speed and magic, and specializes in [[PlayingWithFire fire magic.]] The P3 hero's higher stats are likely to compensate that he starts off weak to two elements (one being the instant-killing [[CastingAShadow dark element]]), while the P4 hero is immune to it, ''and'' he drops his weakness to [[BlowYouAway wind]] when [[spoiler:his initial Persona, Izanagi, ascends to Izanagi-no-Okami; even after the P3 hero's Persona ascends, it does not lose its darkness weakness.]]
19th Apr '17 2:02:30 AM rafi
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* ''Anime/DragonBall'': Nappa and Vegeta were both [[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.]]

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* ''Anime/DragonBall'': Yakko from ''Anime/AkazukinChaCha'' started as Chacha's DarkActionGirl counterpart in her first appearance. After that she switches from magic to alchemy.
* 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.
* Played straight and also zig-zagged in ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita Last Order]]''. Sechs, Elf, and Zwölf start as clones of Alita/Gally in the Tuned arc of the first series, but by the time they are reunited at the start of Last Order, Elf and Zwölf have switched to more waifish bodies and Sechs has gone feral. Sechs's divergence continues when she [[spoiler: switches to a male body]], while Elf and Zwölf's [[spoiler: similarity to Alita actually increases over time]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
Nappa and Vegeta were both [[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.]]



* Repeatedly happened to Minako/Sailor Venus from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', who Usagi was originally an expy of. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon original manga]], the main difference is Venus' superhero persona is much more capable and composed. Other adaptations played with these extremes. [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Her live-action self]] was made almost completely serious and sober, while TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon animated counterpart]] is an outright Fruit Loop.
* The twins Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin get this in ''Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' once they realized that Haruhi could differentiate them. [[spoiler:Kaoru becomes the more mature of the two, but is overly self sacrificing. By the time the mini arc is over, they're beginning to force themselves to grow apart by dying their hair and nearly drop the twincest act, but decide that is too much.]]
* The twins, Homare and Misao in ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''. There is no way to distinguish them from one another by appearance, but over the course of the series Homare is shown to be much more emotional, and eventually he realizes he is wildly in love with Ayase.

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* Repeatedly happened to Minako/Sailor Venus from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', who Usagi was originally an expy of. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon original manga]], the main difference is Venus' superhero persona is much more capable ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' Jumonji, Kuroki, and composed. Other adaptations played Togano started out as stereotypical delinquents. This didn't last, with these extremes. [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Her live-action self]] was made almost completely serious Togano becoming an aspiring artist, Jumonji outed as a smart guy hanging out with the wrong crowd, and sober, while TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon animated counterpart]] is an outright Fruit Loop.
* The twins Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin get this in ''Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' once
Kuroki remaning a typical, but friendlier, thug. Despite all being linemen, they realized that Haruhi could differentiate them. [[spoiler:Kaoru becomes also began to be differentiated by their abilities, with Kuroki being the more mature of fastest, Togano the two, but is overly self sacrificing. By strongest and Jumonji the time the mini arc is over, smartest and most technically skilled.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has [[ThoseTwoGuys Maria Ross and Denny Brosh.]] In their first appearance,
they're beginning to force themselves to grow apart by dying their hair mainly comic relief and nearly drop thus rather similar in personality. The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 show]] delegates this role to Brosh and makes Ross more serious; it also develops her into something of a surrogate mother figure for Edward. The manga followed suit to an extent, throwing Ross into the twincest act, but decide that is too much.serious portions of the plot and [[LockedOutOfTheLoop leaving Brosh on the sidelines.]]
* The twins, Homare ''Manga/GunslingerGirl Teatrino'' does this to Angelica and Misao Claes in ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''. There is no way to distinguish them from one another by appearance, but over terms of design. In the course of the series Homare is shown to be much manga and original anime they both have long, blueish black hair and blue eyes. ''Teatrino'' [[AdaptationDyeJob changed]] Angelica's design so that she has brown hair and green eyes.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[TheHero Nanoha]] and [[TheLancer Fate]] initially functioned very similarly in combat, save that Fate had
more emotional, of a preference for Melee combat due to Bardiche's [[SinisterScythe Scythe Form]]. Starting in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'' Fate began to become more of a FragileSpeedster while Nanoha continued becoming more and eventually he realizes he is wildly more of a MightyGlacier. This trend continued in love with Ayase.''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.



* 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.
* The twins, Homare and Misao in ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''. There is no way to distinguish them from one another by appearance, but over the course of the series Homare is shown to be much more emotional, and eventually he realizes he is wildly in love with Ayase.
* The Matsuno brothers of ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'' started out as generally similar-acting sextuplets. By the sequel series ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', they've all grown personalities and appearances to set themselves apart: Osomatsu becomes a bullheaded young man with an "act first, think later" mentality, [[CasanovaWannabe Karamatsu]] tries acting cool to impress girls, [[OnlySaneMan Choromatsu]] finds fault with the gang's actions, [[LazyBum Ichimatsu]] became apathetic and lazy, [[{{Keet}} Jyuushimatsu]] is a ball of energy, and [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide Todomatsu]] became a manipulative SocialClimber. For sake of the audience, they were also ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
* The twins Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin get this in ''Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' once they realized that Haruhi could differentiate them. [[spoiler:Kaoru becomes the more mature of the two, but is overly self sacrificing. By the time the mini arc is over, they're beginning to force themselves to grow apart by dying their hair and nearly drop the twincest act, but decide that is too much.]]
* Repeatedly happened to Minako/Sailor Venus from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', who Usagi was originally an expy of. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon original manga]], the main difference is Venus' superhero persona is much more capable and composed. Other adaptations played with these extremes. [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Her live-action self]] was made almost completely serious and sober, while TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon animated counterpart]] is an outright Fruit Loop.



* Played straight and also zig-zagged in ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita Last Order]]''. Sechs, Elf, and Zwölf start as clones of Alita/Gally in the Tuned arc of the first series, but by the time they are reunited at the start of Last Order, Elf and Zwölf have switched to more waifish bodies and Sechs has gone feral. Sechs's divergence continues when she [[spoiler: switches to a male body]], while Elf and Zwölf's [[spoiler: similarity to Alita actually increases over time]].
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[TheHero Nanoha]] and [[TheLancer Fate]] initially functioned very similarly in combat, save that Fate had more of a preference for Melee combat due to Bardiche's [[SinisterScythe Scythe Form]]. Starting in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'' Fate began to become more of a FragileSpeedster while Nanoha continued becoming more and more of a MightyGlacier. This trend continued in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' Jumonji, Kuroki, and Togano started out as stereotypical delinquents. This didn't last, with Togano becoming an aspiring artist, Jumonji outed as a smart guy hanging out with the wrong crowd, and Kuroki remaning a typical, but friendlier, thug. Despite all being linemen, they also began to be differentiated by their abilities, with Kuroki being the fastest, Togano the strongest and Jumonji the smartest and most technically skilled.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has [[ThoseTwoGuys Maria Ross and Denny Brosh.]] In their first appearance, they're mainly comic relief and thus rather similar in personality. The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 show]] delegates this role to Brosh and makes Ross more serious; it also develops her into something of a surrogate mother figure for Edward. The manga followed suit to an extent, throwing Ross into the serious portions of the plot and [[LockedOutOfTheLoop leaving Brosh on the sidelines.]]
* Yakko from ''Anime/AkazukinChaCha'' started as Chacha's DarkActionGirl counterpart in her first appearance. After that she switches from magic to alchemy.
* The Matsuno brothers of ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'' started out as generally similar-acting sextuplets. By the sequel series ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', they've all grown personalities and appearances to set themselves apart: Osomatsu becomes a bullheaded young man with an "act first, think later" mentality, [[CasanovaWannabe Karamatsu]] tries acting cool to impress girls, [[OnlySaneMan Choromatsu]] finds fault with the gang's actions, [[LazyBum Ichimatsu]] became apathetic and lazy, [[{{Keet}} Jyuushimatsu]] is a ball of energy, and [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide Todomatsu]] became a manipulative SocialClimber. For sake of the audience, they were also ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl Teatrino'' does this to Angelica and Claes in terms of design. In the manga and original anime they both have long, blueish black hair and blue eyes. ''Teatrino'' [[AdaptationDyeJob changed]] Angelica's design so that she has brown hair and green eyes.
* 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.



* ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': Originally, all of the characters came from self contained comic books and in their individual books they all played TheHero archetype to their own supporting casts. When these characters were pulled together into the Justice League, the result was that the cast was composed of the exact same character type and had the same personality. Over time, their character traits became more diversified and today, the character differences are exaggerated in the team up book and downplayed in each character's solo comics. Franchise/{{Superman}} became more of a boy scout, Franchise/{{Batman}} became more of a {{jerkass}}, Comicbook/GreenLantern became more of a jock, and TheFlash became more impulsive.

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* ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': Originally, all of the characters came from self contained comic books and in their individual books they all played TheHero archetype to their own supporting casts. When these characters were pulled together into the Justice League, the result was that the cast was composed of the exact same character type and had the same personality. Over time, their character traits became more diversified and today, the character differences are exaggerated in the team up book and downplayed in each character's solo comics. Franchise/{{Superman}} became more of a boy scout, Franchise/{{Batman}} became more of a {{jerkass}}, Comicbook/GreenLantern became more of a jock, and TheFlash became more impulsive.



* The eponymous ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Bros.]]'' were originally written exactly the same - {{Pollyanna}} Hardy Boys parodies that were forever trying to solve mysteries. By the end of Season 3, Hank has become the more masculine and adventurous of the two (as well as a bit of a wannabe Casanova) while Dean is sensitive, intelligent and extremely afraid of sex.
** Justified as at the end of season 3, [[spoiler: all of the brothers' clones are killed in a large battle as a makeshift army of soft zombie-like bodies (ItMakesSenseInContext) and now have to live as anyone else does instead of the convenience of death being incredibly cheap for Dr. Venture when you can just roll out more clones and have no personality developments as a result.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart and Lisa Simpson started out as a pair of interchangeable brats. Both were shameless pranksters and not too bright, their main function being to drive their parents up the wall. This worked well for the original three-minute Ullman shorts, which didn't have much time for characterization. The first few episodes of the regular series feature this portrayal as well, with Lisa causing as much trouble as Bart. The writers decided having two identical characters wasn't very interesting in a half-hour format, so the episode "Moaning Lisa" was produced, which re-creates Lisa as artistic, sensitive, and very intelligent, but insecure and [[SoapboxSadie obnoxiously self-righteous]]. Basically the total opposite of her brother. This version of the character has remained ever since. Note there were some ''slight'' differences in the original shorts, where Lisa was a delinquent, but still somewhat wilier and reserved than Bart and usually more a GreekChorus to his antics (and eventual comeuppance).
** Lenny and Carl are also an example, starting as two of Homer's dumb friends, now Lenny's somewhat of a CloudCuckoolander and Carl is now a DeadpanSnarker.
** Patty and Selma. When they were created, there was almost no difference between them. Later it turned out that Selma is interested in marrying a man (having several failed marriages over the course of the show) and having a child; Patty initially just DoesNotLikeMen but later comes out as a lesbian. Also, Selma is shown to hate Homer a ''little'' less than Patty, DependingOnTheWriter. (Most particularly, in "I Married Marge" she helped them get back together when she saw how miserable Marge was without him.)
* Kyle and Stan from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' used to have pretty much the same personality in earlier seasons. Now they are still very alike, but their interests and attitudes differ. Kyle is [[TheSmartGuy smarter]] and [[HotBlooded more reactionary]], especially when [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] is around. Stan is more down to earth, often taking the role of the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane]] [[TheEveryman Everyman]], as well as being a bit more sensitive at times.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': In a similar vein to the Simpsons example, Cosmo and Wanda began life as "two halves of a whole idiot," a pair of [[{{Keet}} cheerful]], [[CloudCuckooLander wacky]] fairies. By the start of the second season, said traits were absorbed and amplified by Cosmo, while Wanda became [[WomenAreWiser more down to earth]] (and increasingly naggy, while Cosmo became increasingly childlike) in order to balance off the couple.

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* The eponymous ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Bros.]]'' [[AmbiguousDisorder Lemongrab]] and [[RoyallyScrewedUp his clone]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' were both originally written exactly the same - {{Pollyanna}} Hardy Boys parodies that were forever trying to solve mysteries. By the end of Season 3, Hank has become the more masculine equally [[CloudCuckoolander bizarre]] and adventurous of the two (as well as a bit of a wannabe Casanova) while Dean is sensitive, intelligent and extremely afraid of sex.
** Justified as at the end of season 3,
[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold angry]]. After [[spoiler: all of [[ImAHumanitarian he tried to eat his clone]]]], the brothers' clones are killed in a large battle as a makeshift army of soft zombie-like bodies (ItMakesSenseInContext) original Lemongrab [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope became incredibly, insanely evil]] and now have to live as anyone else does instead of [[FatBastard much fatter]], while the convenience of death being incredibly cheap for Dr. Venture when you can just roll out more clones other became [[TookALevelInKindness nicer]] and have no personality developments as a result.skinnier. [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope Then they were caught in an explosion and were reformed back into one person]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart and Lisa Simpson started out as a pair
In early artwork the titular brothers of interchangeable brats. Both ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' were shameless pranksters 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 not too bright, their main function being to drive their parents up the wall. This worked well Theodore were for the original three-minute Ullman shorts, which didn't have much time for characterization. The first few episodes of most part more sensible counterparts to Alvin initially, the regular 80s series feature this portrayal as well, with Lisa causing as much trouble as Bart. The writers decided having two identical characters wasn't very interesting in a half-hour format, so gave them more spotlight and quirks; Simon became TheSmartGuy and the episode "Moaning Lisa" was produced, which re-creates Lisa as artistic, sensitive, OnlySaneMan, while Theodore became the Adorkable BigEater.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimatin/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball
and very intelligent, but insecure and [[SoapboxSadie obnoxiously self-righteous]]. Basically the total opposite of her brother. This version of the character has remained ever since. Note there Darwin were some ''slight'' differences in the original shorts, where Lisa was a delinquent, but still somewhat wilier and reserved than Bart and usually more a GreekChorus to his antics (and eventual comeuppance).
** Lenny and Carl are also an example, starting as two of Homer's dumb friends, now Lenny's somewhat of a CloudCuckoolander and Carl is now a DeadpanSnarker.
** Patty and Selma. When they were created, there was almost no difference between them. Later it turned out that Selma is interested in marrying a man (having several failed marriages over the course of the show) and having a child; Patty initially just DoesNotLikeMen but later comes out as a lesbian. Also, Selma is shown to hate Homer a ''little'' less than Patty, DependingOnTheWriter. (Most particularly, in "I Married Marge" she helped them get back together when she saw how miserable Marge was without him.)
* Kyle and Stan from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' used to have pretty much the same personality in earlier seasons. Now they are still very alike, but their interests and attitudes differ. Kyle is [[TheSmartGuy smarter]] and [[HotBlooded more reactionary]], especially when [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] is around. Stan is more down to earth, often taking the role of the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane]] [[TheEveryman Everyman]], as well as being a bit more sensitive at times.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': In a similar vein to the Simpsons example, Cosmo and Wanda began life as "two halves of a whole idiot," a pair of
sometimes TheDividual, both [[{{Keet}} cheerful]], [[CloudCuckooLander wacky]] fairies. By perpetually enthusiastic]] and [[{{Adorkable}} naive]], often acting in unison. Other times, Gumball was [[IdiotHero very dumb and reckless]], while Darwin was [[StraightMan smarter and more moral]], but so passive that he usually went along with whatever Gumball was doing. Which one was written first is hard to tell given the start of season aired ''extremely'' OutOfOrder, but from the second season, said traits were absorbed and amplified by Cosmo, season on, they're given a milder form of the latter characterization, where Gumball is reckless but not a complete idiot (and can even be the StraightMan between the two) while Wanda became [[WomenAreWiser more down Darwin is assertive enough to earth]] (and increasingly naggy, while Cosmo became increasingly childlike) in order to balance off the couple.actually argue with Gumball and [[BewareTheNiceOnes can be incredibly aggressive if provoked.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans,'' Speedy was originally a Robin expy, playing his {{Foil}} in his first appearance. He soon became more of an egoistical "Bad Boy." It's even lampshaded in one episode after he saves a child's cat:
--> '''Boy:''' Thanks, Robin! I like your other costume better though.
--> '''Speedy:''' I'm ''not'' Robin!
** Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''. Speedy is more like Robin than ever before. They even have the same body shape and voice. Exploited in-universe, where they swapped clothes and hairstyles and nobody knew the difference.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'':
** In the transition from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films to the spinoff TV series ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', the chimp characters Mason and Phil have evolved into Mason being a NeatFreak and Phil being slovenly and relaxed.
** [[TheUnintelligible Rico]]'s appearance wise evolved too; in the movie he looks like a taller and skinnier Skipper and you could barely tell him apart from him or Kowalski. But in ''A Christmas Caper'' and later the series he has a scar on his beak and three feathers sticking up like hair to help him stand out.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'''s first episode, [[BigBadDuumvirate the Almighty Tallests]] basically take turns between being TheDitz and the StraightMan for each other. By "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" Red was established as the smarter one while Purple was more emotional and impulsive. (Though they still both spend most of their time yelling at people and stuffing their faces.)
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' originally treated the twins as one entity. As the seasons went on, Phil turned into more of a DeadpanSnarker who was a borderline AudienceSurrogate. Lil meanwhile became more headstrong and emotional. By the time of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' Phil had kept their original obsession with grossness, while Lil was desperate to fit in and prove that she was a GirlyGirl.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has had this happen with the actual series after the original "Whoopass Stew" short and the two ''What a Cartoon!'' pilots, as well as some Invoked examples within the series:
** In "Whoopass Stew" and the What a Cartoon pilots "Crime 101" and "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", the girls had virtually the same personality, while the actual show makes Blossom the intelligent leader, Bubbles the naive and innocent one, and Buttercup the aggressive tomboy.
** In "Super Zeroes", each girl [[SuperheroEpisode wanted a different gimmick]]: Blossom became TheCape with a CoolCar, Bubbles [[LighterAndSofter dressed up as a bunny]] and Buttercup became a [[DarkerAndEdgier supernatural antihero]]. They were so focused on standing out that it got in the way of their heroics. It was the MonsterOfTheWeek who told them they were better off [[ResetButton without the gimmicks, gadgets or angst.]]
** Several episodes establish that each of the girls have a power the other two don't: Blossom getting [[AnIcePerson ice breath]], Bubbles becoming an {{Omniglot}} and Buttercup having to come to terms with merely being a FlyingBrick.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', HeterosexualLifePartners Katie and Sadie originally had pretty much the exact same personality--eternally-happy, sweet, innocent girls who couldn't bear parting from each other. Nowadays, Katie has kept the original personality of the two, but Sadie is now slightly more practical and willing to drop her friend during certain situations. This evolution was made especially obvious with Beth and Lindsay, who became the pair's [[{{Expy}} Expies]] in Total Drama Action.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has had this happen with the actual series after the original "Whoopass Stew" short Originally WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's nephews Huey, Dewey and the two ''What a Cartoon!'' pilots, as well as some Invoked examples within the series:
** In "Whoopass Stew" and the What a Cartoon pilots "Crime 101" and "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", the girls had virtually the same personality, while the actual show makes Blossom the intelligent leader, Bubbles the naive and innocent one, and Buttercup the aggressive tomboy.
** In "Super Zeroes", each girl [[SuperheroEpisode wanted a different gimmick]]: Blossom became TheCape with a CoolCar, Bubbles [[LighterAndSofter dressed up as a bunny]] and Buttercup became a [[DarkerAndEdgier supernatural antihero]]. They
Louie were so focused on standing out that it got in the way of their heroics. It was the MonsterOfTheWeek who told them they were better off [[ResetButton without the gimmicks, gadgets or angst.]]
** Several episodes establish that each of the girls have a power the other two don't: Blossom getting [[AnIcePerson ice breath]], Bubbles becoming an {{Omniglot}} and Buttercup having to come to terms with merely being a FlyingBrick.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', HeterosexualLifePartners Katie and Sadie originally had
pretty much the exact same personality--eternally-happy, sweet, innocent girls who couldn't bear parting from each other. Nowadays, Katie has kept the original identical in both personality of and design. Later they were given different colored clothes and by the two, but Sadie is now slightly more practical and willing to drop her friend during certain situations. This evolution was 90s they had gained distinguishable personalities, made especially obvious with Beth most noticeable in ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack''; Huey is the proactive leader, Dewey the clever thinker, and Lindsay, who became Louie the pair's [[{{Expy}} Expies]] in Total Drama Action.most simple minded.



* As mentioned in the ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' entry in the above comics section, this has happened with the protagonists, though [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] looks to take it even further by giving the turtles body-types that are plausible given their individual life-styles (Leonardo is able-bodied, Raphael somewhat huskier than the rest and has a chip on his shell, Michelangelo slightly chubbier, and Donatello tall and lanky), that presumably is made to make them more recognizable even without the weapons and bandannas.

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* As mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': In a similar vein to the ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' entry in Simpsons example, Cosmo and Wanda began life as "two halves of a whole idiot," a pair of [[{{Keet}} cheerful]], [[CloudCuckooLander wacky]] fairies. By the above comics section, this has happened with start of the protagonists, though [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] looks to take it even further by giving the turtles body-types that are plausible given their individual life-styles (Leonardo is able-bodied, Raphael somewhat huskier than the rest second season, said traits were absorbed and has a chip on his shell, Michelangelo slightly chubbier, and Donatello tall and lanky), that presumably is made to make them amplified by Cosmo, while Wanda became [[WomenAreWiser more recognizable even without down to earth]] (and increasingly naggy, while Cosmo became increasingly childlike) in order to balance off the weapons and bandannas.couple.



* Gordon, Henry and James of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', while having many solo stories, usually acted as a near interchangeable trio of arrogant peers, bickering with other engines or making pompous remarks. As season passed the three began to appear together less and gained more individual characteristics. Henry in particular became far less egotistical, converting into a sensitive {{Hypochondriac}} and NatureLover. James and Gordon retained their vanity as their defining quirks, however while Gordon became the main team's GrumpyBear, James became more cheerful and mischevious (and by Season Seventeen seems to have become ThePrankster). This evolution occurred in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' novels as well, albeit to a lesser extent due to the show's more evident {{Flanderization}}.

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* Gordon, Henry On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'''s first episode, [[BigBadDuumvirate the Almighty Tallests]] basically take turns between being TheDitz and James of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', the StraightMan for each other. By "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" Red was established as the smarter one while having many solo stories, usually acted as a near interchangeable trio Purple was more emotional and impulsive. (Though they still both spend most of arrogant peers, bickering with their time yelling at people and stuffing their faces.)
* Twilight Sparkle and Moondancer in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' were, in flashbacks, ''literal'' {{Palette Swap}}s of each
other engines or making pompous remarks. As season passed (save for Moondancer's glasses). However after blowing off Moondancer's party to go to Ponyville, Twilight learned the three began to appear together less value of friendship and gained more individual characteristics. Henry in particular kept her original appearance, while Moondancer became far less egotistical, converting into a sensitive {{Hypochondriac}} embittered and NatureLover. James reclusive, letting her eyebrows grow thick, donning whatever clothes she had laying around, and Gordon retained their vanity as their defining quirks, however while Gordon became the main team's GrumpyBear, James became more cheerful and mischevious (and by Season Seventeen seems tying her hair back rather than bothering to have become ThePrankster). This evolution occurred in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' novels as well, albeit to a lesser extent due to the show's more evident {{Flanderization}}.get it cut. She gets better personality-wise, though keeps her new appearance.



* Originally WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie were pretty much identical in both personality and design. Later they were given different colored clothes and by the 90s they had gained distinguishable personalities, made most noticeable in ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack''; Huey is the proactive leader, Dewey the clever thinker, and Louie the most simple minded.

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* Originally WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's nephews Huey, Dewey ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'':
** In the transition from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films to the spinoff TV series ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', the chimp characters Mason
and Louie Phil have evolved into Mason being a NeatFreak and Phil being slovenly and relaxed.
** [[TheUnintelligible Rico]]'s appearance wise evolved too; in the movie he looks like a taller and skinnier Skipper and you could barely tell him apart from him or Kowalski. But in ''A Christmas Caper'' and later the series he has a scar on his beak and three feathers sticking up like hair to help him stand out.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has had this happen with the actual series after the original "Whoopass Stew" short and the two ''What a Cartoon!'' pilots, as well as some Invoked examples within the series:
** In "Whoopass Stew" and the What a Cartoon pilots "Crime 101" and "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", the girls had virtually the same personality, while the actual show makes Blossom the intelligent leader, Bubbles the naive and innocent one, and Buttercup the aggressive tomboy.
** In "Super Zeroes", each girl [[SuperheroEpisode wanted a different gimmick]]: Blossom became TheCape with a CoolCar, Bubbles [[LighterAndSofter dressed up as a bunny]] and Buttercup became a [[DarkerAndEdgier supernatural antihero]]. They
were pretty much identical so focused on standing out that it got in both personality and design. Later the way of their heroics. It was the MonsterOfTheWeek who told them they were given different colored clothes better off [[ResetButton without the gimmicks, gadgets or angst.]]
** Several episodes establish that each of the girls have a power the other two don't: Blossom getting [[AnIcePerson ice breath]], Bubbles becoming an {{Omniglot}}
and by the 90s they had gained distinguishable personalities, made most noticeable in ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack''; Huey is the proactive leader, Dewey the clever thinker, and Louie the most simple minded.Buttercup having to come to terms with merely being a FlyingBrick.



* [[AmbiguousDisorder Lemongrab]] and [[RoyallyScrewedUp his clone]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' were both originally equally [[CloudCuckoolander bizarre]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold angry]]. After [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian he tried to eat his clone]]]], the original Lemongrab [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope became incredibly, insanely evil]] and [[FatBastard much fatter]], while the other became [[TookALevelInKindness nicer]] and skinnier. [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope Then they were caught in an explosion and were reformed back into one person]].]]
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimatin/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball and Darwin were sometimes TheDividual, both [[{{Keet}} perpetually enthusiastic]] and [[{{Adorkable}} naive]], often acting in unison. Other times, Gumball was [[IdiotHero very dumb and reckless]], while Darwin was [[StraightMan smarter and more moral]], but so passive that he usually went along with whatever Gumball was doing. Which one was written first is hard to tell given the season aired ''extremely'' OutOfOrder, but from the second season on, they're given a milder form of the latter characterization, where Gumball is reckless but not a complete idiot (and can even be the StraightMan between the two) while Darwin is assertive enough to actually argue with Gumball and [[BewareTheNiceOnes can be incredibly aggressive if provoked.]]
* 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.
* Twilight Sparkle and Moondancer in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' were, in flashbacks, ''literal'' {{Palette Swap}}s of each other (save for Moondancer's glasses). However after blowing off Moondancer's party to go to Ponyville, Twilight learned the value of friendship and kept her original appearance, while Moondancer became embittered and reclusive, letting her eyebrows grow thick, donning whatever clothes she had laying around, and tying her hair back rather than bothering to get it cut. She gets better personality-wise, though keeps her new appearance.

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* [[AmbiguousDisorder Lemongrab]] and [[RoyallyScrewedUp his clone]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' were both ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' originally equally [[CloudCuckoolander bizarre]] treated the twins as one entity. As the seasons went on, Phil turned into more of a DeadpanSnarker who was a borderline AudienceSurrogate. Lil meanwhile became more headstrong and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold angry]]. After [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian he tried emotional. By the time of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' Phil had kept their original obsession with grossness, while Lil was desperate to eat his clone]]]], fit in and prove that she was a GirlyGirl.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart and Lisa Simpson started out as a pair of interchangeable brats. Both were shameless pranksters and not too bright, their main function being to drive their parents up the wall. This worked well for
the original Lemongrab [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope three-minute Ullman shorts, which didn't have much time for characterization. The first few episodes of the regular series feature this portrayal as well, with Lisa causing as much trouble as Bart. The writers decided having two identical characters wasn't very interesting in a half-hour format, so the episode "Moaning Lisa" was produced, which re-creates Lisa as artistic, sensitive, and very intelligent, but insecure and [[SoapboxSadie obnoxiously self-righteous]]. Basically the total opposite of her brother. This version of the character has remained ever since. Note there were some ''slight'' differences in the original shorts, where Lisa was a delinquent, but still somewhat wilier and reserved than Bart and usually more a GreekChorus to his antics (and eventual comeuppance).
** Lenny and Carl are also an example, starting as two of Homer's dumb friends, now Lenny's somewhat of a CloudCuckoolander and Carl is now a DeadpanSnarker.
** Patty and Selma. When they were created, there was almost no difference between them. Later it turned out that Selma is interested in marrying a man (having several failed marriages over the course of the show) and having a child; Patty initially just DoesNotLikeMen but later comes out as a lesbian. Also, Selma is shown to hate Homer a ''little'' less than Patty, DependingOnTheWriter. (Most particularly, in "I Married Marge" she helped them get back together when she saw how miserable Marge was without him.)
* Kyle and Stan from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' used to have pretty much the same personality in earlier seasons. Now they are still very alike, but their interests and attitudes differ. Kyle is [[TheSmartGuy smarter]] and [[HotBlooded more reactionary]], especially when [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] is around. Stan is more down to earth, often taking the role of the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane]] [[TheEveryman Everyman]], as well as being a bit more sensitive at times.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans,'' Speedy was originally a Robin expy, playing his {{Foil}} in his first appearance. He soon
became incredibly, insanely evil]] more of an egoistical "Bad Boy." It's even lampshaded in one episode after he saves a child's cat:
--> '''Boy:''' Thanks, Robin! I like your other costume better though.
--> '''Speedy:''' I'm ''not'' Robin!
** Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''. Speedy is more like Robin than ever before. They even have the same body shape
and [[FatBastard much fatter]], voice. Exploited in-universe, where they swapped clothes and hairstyles and nobody knew the difference.
* As mentioned in the ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' entry in the above comics section, this has happened with the protagonists, though [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] looks to take it even further by giving the turtles body-types that are plausible given their individual life-styles (Leonardo is able-bodied, Raphael somewhat huskier than the rest and has a chip on his shell, Michelangelo slightly chubbier, and Donatello tall and lanky), that presumably is made to make them more recognizable even without the weapons and bandannas.
* Gordon, Henry and James of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'',
while the having many solo stories, usually acted as a near interchangeable trio of arrogant peers, bickering with other engines or making pompous remarks. As season passed the three began to appear together less and gained more individual characteristics. Henry in particular became [[TookALevelInKindness nicer]] far less egotistical, converting into a sensitive {{Hypochondriac}} and skinnier. NatureLover. James and Gordon retained their vanity as their defining quirks, however while Gordon became the main team's GrumpyBear, James became more cheerful and mischevious (and by Season Seventeen seems to have become ThePrankster). This evolution occurred in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' novels as well, albeit to a lesser extent due to the show's more evident {{Flanderization}}.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', [[HeterosexualLifePartners Katie and Sadie]] originally had pretty much the exact same personality--eternally-happy, sweet, innocent girls who couldn't bear parting from each other. Nowadays, Katie has kept the original personality of the two, but Sadie is now slightly more practical and willing to drop her friend during certain situations. This evolution was made especially obvious with Beth and Lindsay, who became the pair's [[{{Expy}} Expies]] in Total Drama Action.
* The eponymous ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Bros.]]'' were originally written exactly the same - {{Pollyanna}} Hardy Boys parodies that were forever trying to solve mysteries. By the end of Season 3, Hank has become the more masculine and adventurous of the two (as well as a bit of a wannabe Casanova) while Dean is sensitive, intelligent and extremely afraid of sex.
** Justified as at the end of season 3,
[[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope Then they were caught in an explosion and were reformed back into one person]].]]
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimatin/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball and Darwin were sometimes TheDividual, both [[{{Keet}} perpetually enthusiastic]] and [[{{Adorkable}} naive]], often acting in unison. Other times, Gumball was [[IdiotHero very dumb and reckless]], while Darwin was [[StraightMan smarter and more moral]], but so passive that he usually went along with whatever Gumball was doing. Which one was written first is hard to tell given the season aired ''extremely'' OutOfOrder, but from the second season on, they're given a milder form
all of the latter characterization, where Gumball is reckless but not brothers' clones are killed in a complete idiot (and can even be large battle as a makeshift army of soft zombie-like bodies (ItMakesSenseInContext) and now have to live as anyone else does instead of the StraightMan between the two) while Darwin is assertive enough to actually argue with Gumball and [[BewareTheNiceOnes can be convenience of death being incredibly aggressive if provoked.]]
* 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
cheap for the most part Dr. Venture when you can just roll out more sensible counterparts to Alvin initially, the 80s series gave them more spotlight clones and quirks; Simon became TheSmartGuy and the OnlySaneMan, while Theodore became the Adorkable BigEater.
* Twilight Sparkle and Moondancer in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' were, in flashbacks, ''literal'' {{Palette Swap}}s of each other (save for Moondancer's glasses). However after blowing off Moondancer's party to go to Ponyville, Twilight learned the value of friendship and kept her original appearance, while Moondancer became embittered and reclusive, letting her eyebrows grow thick, donning whatever clothes she had laying around, and tying her hair back rather than bothering to get it cut. She gets better personality-wise, though keeps her new appearance.
have no personality developments as a result.]]
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