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13th Jan '17 11:25:26 AM MathematicalVoid
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** While Tails could be controlled by Player 2 in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles the third game]] allowed you to play the game with ''only'' Tails, keeping [[GameBreaker his flying ability]] in exchange for [[NecessaryDrawback making him vulnerable to attacks like Sonic]].
12th Jan '17 2:47:46 PM MurlocAggroB
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* In ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'', Hartsock is an NPC in the first game, but is the main playable character in the second.
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' is an {{Interquel}} taking place before the second game that features Wilhelm and the Sheriff of Lynchwood (known as Nisha) as playable characters as well as SeriesMascot Claptrap and Athena from the General Knoxx DLC of the first game. Even Handsome Jack counts in a way- a DLC allows you to play as a body double of him. The only exception is Aurelia, who is a new character introduced to the series though she is connected to a previous character (being the sister of Sir Hammerlock).
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* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'': Zigzagged with [[spoiler:The Keeper]]. It's not directly the same character, but his attack style, unique life mechanic, appearance, and unlock method are obvious references to fan-favourite MiniBoss [[spoiler:Greed]].


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* In ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'', Hartsock is an NPC in the first game, but is the main playable character in the second.
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' is an {{Interquel}} taking place before the second game that features Wilhelm and the Sheriff of Lynchwood (known as Nisha) as playable characters as well as SeriesMascot Claptrap and Athena from the General Knoxx DLC of the first game. Even Handsome Jack counts in a way- a DLC allows you to play as a body double of him. The only exception is Aurelia, who is a new character introduced to the series though she is connected to a previous character (being the sister of Sir Hammerlock).
19th Dec '16 7:08:46 AM MegaMarioMan
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** Wario was strictly a bad guy in his first few appearances (''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2'', ''Mario & Wario'', and ''Wario's Woods''). He was first playable in ''Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!'', then got [[VideoGame/WarioLand his own series]], and now he's both a recurring ''Mario'' playable character and a star in his own right.

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** Wario was strictly a bad guy in his first few appearances (''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2'', (''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'', ''Mario & Wario'', and ''Wario's Woods''). He was first playable in ''Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!'', then got [[VideoGame/WarioLand his own series]], and now he's both a recurring ''Mario'' playable character and a star in his own right.



* In ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', the free Plague of Shadows DLC makes former boss fight Plague Knight a playable character, complete with hs own story. He is DifficultButAwesome, being capable of pretty much anything he can do as a boss, and fights [[spoiler:Shovel Knight]] in his own stage, justified by him looking into a disruption in his laboratory. Specter Knight and King Knight are scheduled for the same.

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* In ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', the free Plague of Shadows DLC makes former boss fight Plague Knight a playable character, complete with hs his own story. He is DifficultButAwesome, being capable of pretty much anything he can do as a boss, and fights [[spoiler:Shovel Knight]] in his own stage, justified by him looking into a disruption in his laboratory. Specter Knight and King Knight are scheduled for the same.
15th Dec '16 12:21:37 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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* ZigZaggedTrope: After not being playable since the fifth game in the series, Donkey Kong finally becomes playable again in ''VideoGame/MarioParty 10''. Bowser also becomes playable for the first time in ''Mario Party 10'' in Bowser Party and {{Toys/amiibo}} Party modes.

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* ZigZaggedTrope: After not being playable since the fifth game in the series, Donkey Kong finally becomes playable again in ''VideoGame/MarioParty 10''. Bowser also becomes playable for the first time in ''Mario Party 10'' in Bowser Party and {{Toys/amiibo}} Party modes.modes (if one does not count his playable appearance in ''Mario Party 4'''s Beach Volley Folley minigame).
15th Dec '16 12:18:37 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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* Many a character from the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series games.

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* Many a character characters from the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series games.
10th Dec '16 7:56:12 PM JMQwilleran
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* In the original version of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', Prince Crescendo and Princess Serenade are royalty who your party interact with at various points in the game. The UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 UpdatedRerelease makes them both playable and adds a new dungeon, Lament Mirror, that cements their playable status.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'' makes a whopping number of characters playable that weren't in the first game of the series and adds a significant amount of playable time for two that were only very briefly playable in the original title.
10th Dec '16 3:43:43 AM Silverblade2
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* ''Franchise/{{Rayman}}:''
** ''VideoGame/RaymanM'' promotes Globox, [[BigBad Razorbeard]], the Teensies and Henchman 800 from ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}2''. Globox and the Teensies would be playable again in the platformer ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''.
** ExpositionFairy Murphy is playable in the Wii U version of ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends''
5th Dec '16 1:27:50 PM Galacton
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** This also counts for several of the [[MonsterAllys helpers]] in ''KirbySuperStar'' that appeared as enemies in prevvious games such as Waddle Doo, Blade Knight, Parasol Waddle Dee, Bugzzy, Bonkers, etc.

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** This also counts for several of the [[MonsterAllys [[MonsterAllies helpers]] in ''KirbySuperStar'' that appeared as enemies in prevvious games such as Waddle Doo, Blade Knight, Parasol Waddle Dee, Bugzzy, Bonkers, etc.
5th Dec '16 1:22:27 PM Galacton
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*** Though, it's worth noting tha Bandana Dee was playable way back when he debutted in Kirby Super Star's MegatonPunch.
** Gooey was a simple NPC Kirby found trapped in a sack in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2''. He got promoted to second player in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''.
** This also counts for several of the helpers that appeared as enemies in prevvious games such as Waddle Doo, Blade Knight, Parasol Waddle Dee, Bugzzy, Bonkers, etc.

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*** Though, it's worth noting tha Bandana Dee was playable way back when he debutted in Kirby Super Star's MegatonPunch.
MegatonPunch minigame.
** Gooey was a simple NPC Kirby found trapped in a sack in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2''. He got promoted to [[PlatformingPocketPal second player player]] in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''.
** This also counts for several of the helpers [[MonsterAllys helpers]] in ''KirbySuperStar'' that appeared as enemies in prevvious games such as Waddle Doo, Blade Knight, Parasol Waddle Dee, Bugzzy, Bonkers, etc.
1st Nov '16 6:30:05 PM Sterok
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* Croagunk in ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament'' was just a Support Pokemon at first that lowered the opponent's defenses. A later update made it a playable character while also retaining its Support Pokemon status.
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