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30th Sep '17 12:15:30 PM gurkle2
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* When[[Series/LaverneAndShirley Laverne and Shirley]] were introduced on ''Series/HappyDays'', they were both tough-talking blue-collar women with no real difference in personality. When the characters got their own SpinOff, the writers made [[TomBoyAndGirlyGirl Laverne a tomboy and Shirley a "girly girl."]]

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* When[[Series/LaverneAndShirley When [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Laverne and Shirley]] were introduced on ''Series/HappyDays'', they were both tough-talking blue-collar women with no real difference in personality. When the characters got their own SpinOff, the writers made [[TomBoyAndGirlyGirl Laverne a tomboy and Shirley a "girly girl."]]
30th Sep '17 12:15:06 PM gurkle2
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* When[[Series/LaverneAndShirley Laverne and Shirley]] were introduced on ''Series/HappyDays'', they were both tough-talking blue-collar women with no real difference in personality. When the characters got their own SpinOff, the writers made [[TomBoyAndGirlyGirl Laverne a tomboy and Shirley a "girly girl."]]
22nd Sep '17 11:39:55 PM TroperNo9001
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** Wario was once simply an evil Mario, but has since become more of a greedy Anti-Hero.

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** Wario was once simply an evil Mario, but has since become more of a greedy Anti-Hero.AntiHero.
7th Sep '17 7:44:57 PM LadySugarQuill
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** Fred and George are an identical pair of trouble makers (and are twins to boot). In the final book, George gets an ear blown off by dark magic, making it easy to tell them apart.

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** Fred and George are an identical pair of trouble makers (and are twins to boot). In the final book, George gets an ear blown off by dark magic, making it easy to tell them apart. And then, of course, [[spoiler:Fred dies]].
*** Although, if you look closely at the scenes they're in (the clearest of which is Goblet of Fire, where we see them arguing about whether or not to [[spoiler: blackmail Ludo Bagman]]), it's clear that Fred tends to take the lead, and is the more aggressive and has the shortest fuse of the two. [[WordOfGod After the series]] George [[spoiler: marries Fred's ex-girlfriend Angelina]].
31st Aug '17 7:46:45 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''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.

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* ''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 ComicBook/TheFlash became more impulsive.



* ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} were arguably created as Marvel's [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent equivalents]] of TheFlash and ComicBook/GreenArrow ([[JustForFun/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 ComicBook/TheFlash and ComicBook/GreenArrow ([[JustForFun/XMeetsY "If they were villains!"]]), but grew to be quite distinctive in their own rights.
31st Aug '17 3:41:25 AM Adept
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* Inverted in ''Literature/StClares'', where the twin protagonists, Pat and Isabel, start off as distinct individuals--with Pat being the more rebellious and outgoing of the two. As the books went on, Pat matures and becomes as responsible as her sister is. It gets to the point where, when trying to pick one of them to be the school's Head Girl, the teachers decide that they are both too similar, and they end up giving the position to ''both'' Sullivans.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/StClares'', where the twin protagonists, Pat and Isabel, start off as distinct individuals--with Pat being the more rebellious and outgoing of the two. As the books went on, Pat matures and becomes as responsible as her sister is. It gets to the point where, when trying to pick one of them to be they were both made candidates for the school's Head Girl, the teachers decide that they are both too similar, similar to pick one from, and they end up giving the position to ''both'' Sullivans. Sullivans.
31st Aug '17 3:40:37 AM Adept
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* Inverted in ''Literature/StClares'', where the twin protagonists, Pat and Isabel, start off as distinct individuals--with Pat being the more rebellious and outgoing of the two. As the books went on, Pat matures and becomes as responsible as her sister is. It gets to the point where, when trying to pick one of them to be the school's Head Girl, the teachers decide that they are both too similar, and they end up giving the position to ''both'' Sullivans.
29th Aug '17 7:32:12 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a Justified example when this happened to Peryite, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[{{Plaguemaster}} Pestilence]], Tasks, and Order, upon the introduction of Jyggalag, Daedric Prince of Order, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. Peryite's association with "Order" became downplayed and replaced with "Natural Order", essentially the cycle of growth and decay. Meanwhile, Jyggalag came to represent the idea of "Perfect Order", essentially inorganic stasis. The implication is that Peryite became tasked with representing the greater scope of "order" while Jyggalag was [[spoiler:[[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan sealed as]] [[MadGod Sheogorath]]]], because [[SomeoneHasToDoIt Someone Had To Do It]]. It also helps to explain why Peryite is looked down upon as a "loathesome" ButtMonkey by the other Daedric Princes, who are primarily [[OrderVersusChaos chaotic in nature]]. Come ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Peryite's quest fully emphasizes his association with [[MysticalPlague pestilence]].
21st Aug '17 8:18:25 PM Leefan
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* Zigzagged throughout the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. In the first [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first]] game, many of the basic creatable classes have male-female variation, which except for sprites and ''tiny'' Stat variations, are exactly the same. In the [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories second game]], each class is given different unique passive abilities to differentiate them, and there are more variations to the Stat spread of the male-female variants (like how the Male Warrior has better HP and DEF and is better at [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]] while the Female Warrior has more HIT and SPD and better with [[BladeOnAStick Spears]]). The [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice third game, however]] introduces ''more'' male-female variants to the existing single-gender classes (for example now there's a male version of the previously female-only Archers), with differing Evilities and secondary weapon (the male archer can also learn Sword skills while the female can learn Spear skills), but nearly identical Stats. The [[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten fourth game]] then removes nearly all gender variants introduced in the third game.

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* Zigzagged throughout the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. In the first [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first]] game, many of the basic creatable classes have male-female variation, which except for sprites and ''tiny'' Stat variations, are exactly the same. In the [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories second game]], each class is given different unique passive abilities to differentiate them, and there are more variations to the Stat spread of the male-female variants (like how the Male Warrior has better HP and DEF and is better at [[AnAxeToGrind Axe]] while the Female Warrior has more HIT and SPD and better with [[BladeOnAStick Spears]]). The [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice third game, however]] introduces ''more'' male-female variants to the existing single-gender classes (for example now there's a male version of the previously female-only Archers), with differing Evilities and secondary weapon (the male archer can also learn Sword skills while the female can learn Spear skills), but nearly identical Stats. The [[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten fourth game]] then removes nearly all gender variants introduced in the third game.
20th Aug '17 7:24:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* Giana's sister in ''VideoGame/TheGreatGianaSisters'' started out as simply a green haired {{Palette Swap}} of her. ''VideoGame/GianaSistersTwistedDreams'' revamped her design to be more individual. While Giana has blonde hair in a bob and wears a blue dress, Maria has her green hair in a long ponytail with a ribbon in it and wears a red dress. Her design in the EndlessRunner spinoff ''Dream Runners'' however dials her back to essentially a palette swap, however all the characters in that game look near-identical.

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* Giana's sister in ''VideoGame/TheGreatGianaSisters'' started out as simply a green haired {{Palette Swap}} of her. ''VideoGame/GianaSistersTwistedDreams'' revamped her design to be more individual. While Giana has blonde hair in a bob and wears a blue dress, Maria has her green hair in a long ponytail with a ribbon in it and wears a red dress. Her design in the EndlessRunner endless runner spinoff ''Dream Runners'' however dials her back to essentially a palette swap, however all the characters in that game look near-identical.



* 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.

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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 {{Adorkable}} BigEater.



* 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.
** The triplets have always been clever, adventurous, and mischievous, and while they retain these traits in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', they each emphasize a different one: Huey is the brainiest, Dewey is an adventure junkie, and Louie doesn't even contest the other two labeling him the [[EvilTwin Evil Triplet.]] Additionally, the producers decided that since they're always listed "Huey, Dewey, Louie", in that order, that that's their birth order, and they've drawn some characterization from birth order tropes. Huey, the oldest, is more responsible; Dewey, suffering from a bad case of MiddleChildSyndrome, does whatever he can to stand out; and Louie, the youngest, is content to go with the flow.

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* 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, personalities. Different works opt for different personalities:
** This is
made most noticeable in ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack''; ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack''. Huey is the proactive leader, Dewey the clever thinker, and Louie the most simple minded.
** ** The triplets have always been clever, adventurous, and mischievous, and while they retain these traits in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', they each emphasize a different one: Huey is the brainiest, Dewey is an adventure junkie, and Louie doesn't even contest the other two labeling him the [[EvilTwin Evil Triplet.]] Additionally, the producers decided that since they're always listed "Huey, Dewey, Louie", in that order, that that's their birth order, and they've drawn some characterization from birth order tropes. Huey, the oldest, is more responsible; Dewey, suffering from a bad case of MiddleChildSyndrome, does whatever he can to stand out; and Louie, the youngest, is content to go with the flow.



* ''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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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': In a similar vein to the Simpsons ''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.



* ''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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has had this happen with the actual series after the original "Whoopass Stew" "Recap/WhoopassStew" short and the two ''What a Cartoon!'' ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' pilots, as well as some Invoked examples within the series:
** In "Whoopass Stew" and the What ''What a Cartoon 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.



* 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
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The eponymous ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Bros.]]'' 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.
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