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7th Apr '16 10:47:06 PM Pichu-kun
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* Cleveland Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was portrayed as a little, energetic kid and then was almost never seen anymore for the longest time... until ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' when he reappeared transformed into a fat, slow-witted Chris Griffin {{Expy}}. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode ''A Rodent Like This'' when Junior points out to Rallo that he looks nothing like Cleveland [[spoiler:and it is revealed that the real Cleveland Junior was killed and the current one [[ItMakesSenseInContext is really a spy who replaced him in order to get to his next target]]]]. Naturally the episode has a ResetButtonEnding]]

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* Cleveland Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was portrayed as a little, energetic kid and then was almost never seen anymore for the longest time... until ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' when he reappeared transformed into a fat, slow-witted Chris Griffin {{Expy}}. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode ''A Rodent Like This'' when Junior points out to Rallo that he looks nothing like Cleveland [[spoiler:and and it is revealed that [[spoiler:that the real Cleveland Junior was killed and the current one [[ItMakesSenseInContext is really a spy who replaced him in order to get to his next target]]]]. Naturally the episode has a ResetButtonEnding]]ResetButtonEnding.



* Bubbles in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was a sensitive, FriendToAllLivingThings and was TheHeart of the trio. In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' her {{cloudcuckoolander}} traits are exaggerated even compared to her post-{{flanderization}} characterization in the previous series. She's not portrayed nearly as sensitive as before and has an [[GenkiGirlGirl excitable]] [[FunPersonified personality]]. Her [[BewareTheNiceOnes darker side]] is more obvious as well.

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* Bubbles in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was a sensitive, FriendToAllLivingThings and was TheHeart of the trio. In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' her {{cloudcuckoolander}} traits are exaggerated even compared to her post-{{flanderization}} characterization in the previous series. She's not portrayed nearly as sensitive as before and has an [[GenkiGirlGirl [[GenkiGirl excitable]] [[FunPersonified personality]]. Her [[BewareTheNiceOnes darker side]] is more obvious as well.
7th Apr '16 10:42:40 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' plays with this. Most of the residents of Mineral Town are recycled characters from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'', but despite the same name and character designs, they have completely different personality, job description and even relationships with the other villagers.

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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' plays with this. Most of the residents of Mineral Town are recycled characters from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'', but despite the same name and character designs, they often have completely different personality, personalities, job description descriptions, and even relationships with the other villagers.



* Cleveland Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was portrayed as a little, energetic kid and then was almost never seen anymore for the longest time... until ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' when he reappeared transformed into a fat, slow-witted Chris Griffin {{Expy}}.
** [[spoiler: This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode ''A Rodent Like This'' when Junior points out to Rallo that he looks nothing like Cleveland and it is revealed that the real Cleveland Junior was killed and the current one [[ItMakesSenseInContext is really a spy who replaced him in order to get to his next target]]. Naturally the episode has a ResetButtonEnding]]

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* Cleveland Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was portrayed as a little, energetic kid and then was almost never seen anymore for the longest time... until ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' when he reappeared transformed into a fat, slow-witted Chris Griffin {{Expy}}.
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{{Expy}}. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode ''A Rodent Like This'' when Junior points out to Rallo that he looks nothing like Cleveland and [[spoiler:and it is revealed that the real Cleveland Junior was killed and the current one [[ItMakesSenseInContext is really a spy who replaced him in order to get to his next target]].target]]]]. Naturally the episode has a ResetButtonEnding]]



* ''TotalDrama'' kind of did this with [[InformedAttractiveness Justin]]. In the first season proper he was very OutOfFocus--he only spoke in the first episode and got voted off around episode five. In the first season special, however, he [[SuddenlyVoiced talks a lot more]] and is presented as a rather crafty antagonist. Season two continued with this characterization and set him up as the new villain, only to [[AbortedArc forget about that arc]] and replace him with [[JerkassSue Courtney]], who is a straight-up case of CharacterDerailment.

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* ''TotalDrama'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' kind of did this with [[InformedAttractiveness Justin]]. In the first season proper he was very OutOfFocus--he only spoke in the first episode and got voted off around episode five. In the first season special, however, he [[SuddenlyVoiced talks a lot more]] and is presented as a rather crafty antagonist. Season two continued with this characterization and set him up as the new villain, only to [[AbortedArc forget about that arc]] and replace him with [[JerkassSue Courtney]], who is a straight-up case of CharacterDerailment.


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* Bubbles in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' was a sensitive, FriendToAllLivingThings and was TheHeart of the trio. In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' her {{cloudcuckoolander}} traits are exaggerated even compared to her post-{{flanderization}} characterization in the previous series. She's not portrayed nearly as sensitive as before and has an [[GenkiGirlGirl excitable]] [[FunPersonified personality]]. Her [[BewareTheNiceOnes darker side]] is more obvious as well.
2nd Apr '16 11:38:11 AM nombretomado
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* Clare Bates, in ''EastEnders''. She was a regular character in the show as a young teenager back in the 1990s. She was sweet, a doting daughter, and all-round girl scout. Actress Gemma Bissix found fame in a brief stint on ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' playing a scheming bitch, so the ''[=EastEnders=]'' writers decided to bring her back as a similar character. Now, 15 years might have passed in between for Clare to turn evil, but it was still a bit disappointing that the writers had to basically turn her previous exit storyline, a happy ending, into a sad one.

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* Clare Bates, in ''EastEnders''.''Series/EastEnders''. She was a regular character in the show as a young teenager back in the 1990s. She was sweet, a doting daughter, and all-round girl scout. Actress Gemma Bissix found fame in a brief stint on ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' playing a scheming bitch, so the ''[=EastEnders=]'' writers decided to bring her back as a similar character. Now, 15 years might have passed in between for Clare to turn evil, but it was still a bit disappointing that the writers had to basically turn her previous exit storyline, a happy ending, into a sad one.
15th Mar '16 4:31:29 PM Adept
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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' plays with this. Most of the residents of Mineral Town are recycled characters from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'', but despite the same name and character designs, they have completely different personality, job description and even relationships with the other villagers.
17th Dec '15 1:47:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* Kiara as a cub hated the idea of becoming queen in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' but in the midquel ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' she's pleased with the idea and lords it over Kion. She was also shown to be a very poor hunter even as an adult in ''Simba's Pride'', to the point where Kovu had to teach her how to, but in ''The Lion Guard'' she seems to be a pro even as a cub.
21st Nov '15 12:19:00 PM Sapphirea2
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** In "Terror of the Zygons" the Zygon technology only allowed them to double humans if the [[ReplicantSnatching humans were captured and kept in specialised tanks for the duration of the transformation]], and the doubling was only a relatively small part of their plot (which mostly focused on their cyborg technology and the use of the [[StockNessMonster Skarasen]]). In "Day of the Doctor", they don't appear to have this restriction and simply have doubling as their Hat, directly confronting the UNIT members they're shapeshifted into - they also have the ability to double memories and feelings, which they couldn't do originally.

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** In "Terror of the Zygons" the Zygon technology only allowed them to double humans if the [[ReplicantSnatching humans were captured and kept in specialised tanks for the duration of the transformation]], and the doubling was only a relatively small part of their plot (which mostly focused on their cyborg technology and the use of the [[StockNessMonster Skarasen]]). In "Day of the Doctor", they don't appear to have this restriction and simply have doubling as their Hat, directly confronting the UNIT members they're shapeshifted into - -- they also have the ability to double memories and feelings, which they couldn't do originally.originally. Their next appearance "The Zygon Invasion" / "The Zygon Inversion" explains that their abilities have evolved over time, and in this story they can now impersonate a potential victim's loved ones by reading their thoughts and copying what they find there, and continue to hold the form of a human even after the original has died. This story also reveals that they still use captivity pods in case the person they're impersonating needs to be pumped for information later.
16th Nov '15 5:35:28 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Happens all the time in {{WWE}}, when a character will return after several months - or even years - [[HeelFaceTurn as a face when they previously were a heel]], or [[FaceHeelTurn vice versa]], just to keep the character fresh or quickly get him back in a title hunt. Double- (if not triple-) subverted once by Tatanka, who returned to WWE after about a decade as the same old [[NobleSavage "Native American Warrior"]], stuck to the face gimmick for over a year, then abruptly turned heel and transformed himself into a {{Sting}}-like "vengeful spirit" in black-and-white corpse paint - then was unceremoniously released from WWE just three weeks later.

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* Happens all the time in {{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, when a character wrestler will return after several months - or even years - [[HeelFaceTurn as a face when they previously were a heel]], or [[FaceHeelTurn vice versa]], just to keep the character them fresh or quickly get him back in a title hunt. Double- (if not triple-) subverted once by Tatanka, Wrestling/{{Tatanka}}, who returned to WWE after about a decade as the same old [[NobleSavage "Native American Warrior"]], stuck to the face {{face}} gimmick for over a year, then abruptly turned heel and transformed himself into a {{Sting}}-like Wrestling/{{Sting}}-like "vengeful spirit" in black-and-white corpse paint - then was unceremoniously released from WWE just three weeks later.
10th Oct '15 9:54:55 PM TheomanZero
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* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Rocket Racoon, previously a wise-cracking gunslinging racoon who was otherwise jovial and friendly, during Bendis' run on the title he's turned into a near-sociopath who enjoys yelling "Blam! Murdered you!" at everyone he kills, declares he isn't a racoon, and suddenly developed a massive hatred for Earth, despite previously having stated he loves Earth, and our awful TV shows, not to mention his friendship with several humans, including Peter Quill and [[ComicBook/XMen Corsair]].

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* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Rocket Racoon, Raccoon, previously a wise-cracking gunslinging racoon raccoon who was otherwise jovial and friendly, during Bendis' run on the title he's turned into a near-sociopath who enjoys yelling "Blam! Murdered you!" at everyone he kills, declares he isn't a racoon, raccoon, and suddenly developed a massive hatred for Earth, despite previously having stated he loves Earth, and our awful TV shows, not to mention his friendship with several humans, including Peter Quill and [[ComicBook/XMen Corsair]].
10th Oct '15 4:44:09 PM nombretomado
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* NormanOsborn was seemingly killed during a fight with Spider-Man in 1973, leading to his son Harry Osborn taking up the mantle. Norman, revealed to have a HealingFactor that let him survive impalement, returned in the 1990's, having orchestrated ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, and has since become a BigBad within the Marvel Universe in general. Prior to his "death", Osborn was an absentee father and CorruptCorporateExecutive, but had something of a split personality that wanted to make a name for himself in New York's underworld by dressing in a bizarre costume, but following his return he became a MagnificentBastard [[TheSociopath sociopath]] with the Goblin persona now seemingly being merged with the original Norman.

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* NormanOsborn ComicBook/NormanOsborn was seemingly killed during a fight with Spider-Man in 1973, leading to his son Harry Osborn taking up the mantle. Norman, revealed to have a HealingFactor that let him survive impalement, returned in the 1990's, having orchestrated ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, and has since become a BigBad within the Marvel Universe in general. Prior to his "death", Osborn was an absentee father and CorruptCorporateExecutive, but had something of a split personality that wanted to make a name for himself in New York's underworld by dressing in a bizarre costume, but following his return he became a MagnificentBastard [[TheSociopath sociopath]] with the Goblin persona now seemingly being merged with the original Norman.
10th Oct '15 10:04:46 AM nombretomado
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** This is also a complaint among some readers with several characters as they're written in the {{New 52}}. In particular, the older members of the JSA who had the most radical changes, such as being [[YoungerAndHipper aged down significantly.]] Other readers argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
*** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is another example. Traditionally he begins his superhero career as a [[ChildrenAreInnocent ten-year-old]] and is the living embodiment of IncorruptiblePurePureness. The new version is fifteen and is supposed to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but comes off as too much of a jerk for a lot of Billy's old fans to accept.

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** This is also a complaint among some readers with several characters as they're written in the {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}}. In particular, the older members of the JSA who had the most radical changes, such as being [[YoungerAndHipper aged down significantly.]] Other readers argue that the core of most characters remains the same. There's certainly quite a bit of BrokenBase for the entire DCU due to this.
*** [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is another example. Traditionally he begins his superhero career as a [[ChildrenAreInnocent ten-year-old]] and is the living embodiment of IncorruptiblePurePureness. The new version is fifteen and is supposed to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but comes off as too much of a jerk for a lot of Billy's old fans to accept.
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