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16th May '16 4:52:42 PM Winner1
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'': Admittedly, Batman himself has suffered this trope due to a heavy case of AesopAmnesia. In ''Origins'', the dark knight learns that his IWorkAlone attitude is not the way to go about his quest to end evil in Gotham City and eventually learns to form alliances with others in his life's mission. However, by ''City'' he absolutely refuses help from others such as Robin and Oracle, thinking that he can handle something small like an entire city-wide district of his entire rogues gallery all by himself in a single night. Then by ''Knight'', Batman actually thinks that he can take care of the entire city being annexed by Scarecrow and the unpredictable Arkham Knight's forces on his own as well, while the rest of the Bat family stays on the sidelines and handle less important missions to help him. This gets taken to a high point hallway through the game when [[spoiler: Bruce reveals that he's become infected by a disease turning him into the Joker and only has a few hours before his mind is consumed by it. When Robin offers to help him by handling crime for him while Batman remains locked up in a cell, he ''thrashes Robin and locks his sidekick up in the cell instead''. Bruce informs his young ward that by keeping him trapped in a cell with supervillains running wild, this is the better option. Naturally, Robin gets captured by Scarecrow and used as leverage against the dark knight. Meaning that his loss to the Scarecrow resulted in his own poor thinking.]]


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* Councilor Udina in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' went from being a [[JerkassHasAPoint harsh, but intelligent advisor]] who supported Shepard's battle strategies for the very first time [[spoiler: into a traitor who actually though that [[StupidEvil Cerberus]] was the organization that would save the galaxy. Keep in mind, Cerberus is also well-known for their catastrophic failed evil plans.]]
11th Oct '15 10:53:13 AM nombretomado
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* Akihiko Sanada, one of your party members in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'', began as a student who, while [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to other peoples' feelings]], [[NoSocialSkills lacking in social skills]], was perceptive, is established to get good grades in school, is a very caring BigBrotherMentor type, and can step in as a decent stand-in leader in certain situations. A major part of his character revolves around his [[BloodKnight unhealthy love of fighting and training]], but it's clearly established that it stems from a feeling of weakness that came about when his [[CynicismCatalyst sister died when he was a child.]] His CharacterDevelopment involves him changing his purpose to fight from personal weakness to protecting those he cares about instead (and this is emphasized even more in the PSP [[VideoGameRemake remake]], namely if you play as a female protagonist instead). Not only are the nuances of his development tossed out the window in ''Persona4Arena'', but his love of fighting is back in full force, it's established that he dropped out of college to WanderTheEarth and train, and his obliviousness to everything is cranked UpToEleven (the [[RummageSaleReject ridiculousness of his outfit]] and him being oblivious as to ''why'' it's ridiculous is a RunningGag between both ''Arena'' games). On top of those, his perceptiveness is toned down, he's [[TookALevelInJerkass somewhat more arrogant]], and he grows a bizarre love of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood protein]] that wasn't even remotely there in ''Persona 3.''

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* Akihiko Sanada, one of your party members in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'', began as a student who, while [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to other peoples' feelings]], [[NoSocialSkills lacking in social skills]], was perceptive, is established to get good grades in school, is a very caring BigBrotherMentor type, and can step in as a decent stand-in leader in certain situations. A major part of his character revolves around his [[BloodKnight unhealthy love of fighting and training]], but it's clearly established that it stems from a feeling of weakness that came about when his [[CynicismCatalyst sister died when he was a child.]] His CharacterDevelopment involves him changing his purpose to fight from personal weakness to protecting those he cares about instead (and this is emphasized even more in the PSP [[VideoGameRemake remake]], namely if you play as a female protagonist instead). Not only are the nuances of his development tossed out the window in ''Persona4Arena'', ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', but his love of fighting is back in full force, it's established that he dropped out of college to WanderTheEarth and train, and his obliviousness to everything is cranked UpToEleven (the [[RummageSaleReject ridiculousness of his outfit]] and him being oblivious as to ''why'' it's ridiculous is a RunningGag between both ''Arena'' games). On top of those, his perceptiveness is toned down, he's [[TookALevelInJerkass somewhat more arrogant]], and he grows a bizarre love of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood protein]] that wasn't even remotely there in ''Persona 3.''
28th Apr '15 7:07:51 PM FurryKef
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* ''SuperMarioBros'' Bowser. Originally, just a straight up, ObviouslyEvil, DesignatedVillain. The lighthearted nature of the series, however, lead to his portrayals as a dumb, immature bully, leading him down the path of this trope.

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* ''SuperMarioBros'' Bowser. Originally, just a straight up, ObviouslyEvil, DesignatedVillain. The lighthearted nature of the series, however, lead led to his portrayals as a dumb, immature bully, leading him down the path of this trope.
16th Feb '15 8:05:16 AM QueenBEAUTY
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* Akihiko Sanada, one of your party members in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'', began as a student who, while [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to other peoples' feelings]], [[NoSocialSkills lacking in social skills]], was perceptive, is established to get good grades in school, is a very caring BigBrotherMentor type, and can step in as a decent stand-in leader in certain situations. A major part of his character revolves around his [[BloodKnight unhealthy love of fighting and training]], but it's clearly established that it stems from a feeling of weakness that came about when his [[CynicismCatalyst sister died when he was a child.]] His CharacterDevelopment involves him changing his purpose to fight from personal weakness to protecting those he cares about instead (and this is emphasized even more in the PSP [[VideoGameRemake remake]], namely if you play as a female protagonist instead). Not only are the nuances of his development tossed out the window in ''Persona4Arena'', but his love of fighting is back in full force, it's established that he dropped out of college to WanderTheEarth and train, and his obliviousness to everything is cranked UpToEleven (the [[RummageSaleReject ridiculousness of his outfit]] and him being oblivious as to ''why'' it's ridiculous is a RunningGag between both ''Arena'' games). On top of those, his perceptiveness is toned down, he's [[TookALevelInJerkass somewhat more arrogant]], and he grows a bizarre love of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood protein]] that wasn't even remotely there in ''Persona 3.''
** It gets worse in the spinoff game ''{{VideoGame/Persona Q}}'' - protein is mentioned almost every other time he speaks (in the P4 route, he even establishes it as the main thing he likes!), and a scene in the P3 side presents us with the notion that he's unaware as to what constitutes as sexual harassment. It's all the more bizarre, as unlike ''Arena'', ''Q'' is set during September of ''Persona 3.''
20th Dec '14 1:39:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''FinalFantasy'': [[GenkiGirl Rikku]] got significantly ditzier between ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 X-2]]''.

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* ''FinalFantasy'': ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': [[GenkiGirl Rikku]] got significantly ditzier between ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 X-2]]''.
5th Oct '14 6:42:18 PM BlackYakuzu94
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Knuckles. Ok, he was never the sharpest tool in the shed but that was more due to naivete and lacking sort of social skills, and even then had enough sense to stay on task and get the job done. Over time though, his lack of intelligence was [[{{Flanderization}} played up to the sacrifice of all of his other traits]] which led to this trope. Almost all of his appearances nowadays(With the exception of his comic appearances) emphasize his lack of intelligence above all else.
23rd Jun '14 7:47:30 PM Valiona
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** Maya Fey grew incredibly ditzy over the series as well. In the beginning, she did all she could to help Phoenix on his cases, even if she wasn't always right. Afterwards, Maya uses off the walls logic to justify her reasoning (which usually didn't solve anything and annoyed Phoenix) and always goes on about food at inappropriate times, turning her into a CloudCuckooLander.

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** Maya Fey grew incredibly ditzy over the series as well. In the beginning, she did all she could to help Phoenix on his cases, even if she wasn't always right.right, and didn't have any useful skills apart from the ability to channel her dead sister's spirit (which, due to her incomplete training, wasn't always reliable). Afterwards, Maya uses off the walls logic to justify her reasoning (which usually didn't solve anything and annoyed Phoenix) and always goes on about food at inappropriate times, turning her into a CloudCuckooLander.



* Yasuhiro Hagakure of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' was never very bright, but over time his actions and dialogue become increasingly more erratic and idiotic. This is lampshaded in the following exchange between him and Aoi Asahina.
-->'''Hina''': "What the heck's happened to you...? You weren't like this from the beginning, you know."
-->'''Hiro''': "Well back then my personality hadn't quite solidified yet...!"



* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' has Larson Carraway, a hired henchman who has a redneck accent and wasn't too bright, but he wasn't a complete idiot either. By ''Tomb Raider Chronicles'', his character is retconned to become even dumber (he tries to shoot Lara from a rooftop instead of letting her get the MacGuffin(s) so that their work is made easier) and his accent sounds like a redneck ''even more''.



* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' has Larson Carraway, a hired henchman who has a redneck accent and wasn't too bright, but he wasn't a complete idiot either. By ''Tomb Raider Chronicles'', his character is retconned to become even dumber (he tries to shoot Lara from a rooftop instead of letting her get the MacGuffin(s) so that their work is made easier) and his accent sounds like a redneck ''even more''.

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* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' has Larson Carraway, a hired henchman who has a redneck accent and wasn't too bright, but he wasn't a complete idiot either. By ''Tomb Raider Chronicles'', his character is retconned to become even dumber (he tries to shoot Lara from a rooftop instead of letting her get the MacGuffin(s) so that their work is made easier) and his accent sounds like a redneck ''even more''.
5th Apr '14 2:50:27 AM Viira
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* Detective Gumshoe in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series started off as a scatterbrained but reliable ally to Phoenix Wright (defense attorney), even though he was usually under the thumb of Miles Edgeworth (prosecutor). As time went on, Gumshoe progressively grew ditzier and can't even solve simple logical problems, relying on Phoenix and the prosecutor of the week to solve everything.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
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Detective Gumshoe in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series started off as a scatterbrained but reliable ally to Phoenix Wright (defense attorney), even though he was usually under the thumb of Miles Edgeworth (prosecutor). As time went on, Gumshoe progressively grew ditzier and can't even solve simple logical problems, relying on Phoenix and the prosecutor of the week to solve everything.
19th Mar '14 8:02:34 AM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' has Larson Carraway, a hired henchman who has a redneck accent and wasn't too bright, but he wasn't a complete idiot either. By ''Tomb Raider Chronicles'', his character is retconned to become even dumber (he tries to shoot Lara from a rooftop instead of letting her get the MacGuffin(s) so that their work is made easier) and his accent sounds like a redneck ''even more''.
14th Mar '14 7:23:55 AM mlsmithca
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** YMMV for this one, as there are multiple series for ''SuperMarioBros'' and there are of course differences between series. In the [[RolePlayingGames RPGs]], while starting out rather formidable, he gradually got more and more harmless. The sports games of course just show him as a regular player (who doesn't even cheat). But in the main series and platformers, he is sill a credible threat able to capture the princess and take over the entire Mushroom Kingdom with ease. He also took control of the entire galaxy (twice).
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