A New Character For A New Era
A character is introduced to a work, has a highly different theme to any character in that work
So you have a franchise, and it’s going, shall we say, slightly downhill. In an effort to spice things up, you add extra details to the character models, shift around certain priorities, and add another character to help cement these changes. If done well, this can breathe new life into a much ailing work of fiction. If done poorly, this can lead to The Scrappy. Either way, you are introducing A New Character For A New Era. Symptoms of A New Character For A New Era include:
- using methods or techniques that other characters wouldn’t, wouldn’t need to, or wouldn’t even dream of. IE; weapons, unusual transport, superpowers, etc.
- possible overlap with Mary Sue or God-Mode Sue.
- Sometimes but not always being created in a period of the franchise’s history when sales (and respect) are low.
- Will often have a backstory added later or subtly, to either excuse or explain how they are. Other times, may be retconned (or Ret-Gone’d) entirely.
- In Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT, there are several characters that could be considered to have the syndrome, but only GT would most likely qualify, as (to this troper’s knowledge), the series was still going strong during the original run and Dragonball Z.
- One example from GT would possibly even be Goku himself, under the effects of the Super Saiyan 4 transformation. He becomes, to some fans, increasingly brutal and callous throughout. YMMV, of course.
- Shadow the Hedgehog, when he was introduced, was intended to be a one-shot character (hence his apparent death at the end of the first game to feature him). Since then, he has gone on to utilise realistic firearms, vehicles, and to push the boundaries of the series in new ways. Most fans will agree that he is a successful utilisation of this trope, and is indeed the source for the original name of the trope.
- Silver the Hedgehog is a far straigher play of the trope, however. His backstory, which is in itself a huge Tone Shift for the series, added to his unusually strong psionic powers, combined with the [[Sonic2006 timing of his introduction]] add up to a perfect example of the trope. Unfortunately for the fans, he has since been Retconned in almost every appearance he has made.
- The Great Gazoo from The Flintstones is a Raygun Gothic magical space alien in an otherwise stone-age setting, introduced after the writers had run out of ideas.
- Tirek, from pre-friendship is magic My Little Pony, absolutely counts. He is an indescribably evil Centaur that turns ponies into dragons to pull his chariot of doom through the sky, and one of his minions is essentially The Devil. On the one hand, he's metal as BUCK. On the other, it's, yknow, My Little Pony.
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