* The Franchise/SuperMarioBros' recurring nemesis Bowser switches back and forth from a vicious warlord into a simply grumpy and ineffectual villain in the Mario spinoffs with no explanation. A few of the main games, such as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', try to reconcile the radically different portrayals. Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto has admitted there is no continuity whatsoever between games, so he can be free to do whatever he wants in each game without being bound by canon. Bowser is whatever the story needs him to be, be it AffablyEvil or NotEvilJustMisunderstood.
** Peach was originally a very wise and magnanimous MsExposition, but by ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', she becomes a [[TheDitz ditzy]] DistressedDamsel. Later spinoffs and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' re-rail her by meeting these personalities in the middle making her a strong-willed (but still a bit ditzy) ActionGirl.
* Various ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' characters have been hit with this throughout the years.
** Originally, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik was a GadgeteerGenius ManChild who represented technology in contrast to Sonic representing nature and primarily built his own vehicles and robots to take on the hedgehog. From ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' onward, he continually relies on ancient destructive gods which eventually hijack him from villain status. ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' however finally allow him to be the main antagonist for once and the latter [[spoiler:had him actually be the BigBad the whole way through.]]
** Tails, originally a CheerfulChild with tech skills, has essentially lost all of his [[PingPongNaivete childlike aspects]] and [[FlatCharacter flaws]] in favor of being a ridiculously straight faced walking tool kit for the team. His friendship with Sonic has also been diluted somewhat. ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' and ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' undid some of the damage, though, especially the latter in terms of Tails' friendship with Sonic.
*** Unfortunately, SonicLostWorld inflicted further damage [[TookALevelInJerkass by making Tails an abrasive, ego-driven jerk.]] The most baffling part is how he immediately dismisses Dr. Eggman's efforts to team up with him and Sonic to rein in the Deadly Six, when just [[SonicColors two games earlier]], he genuinely believed that Eggman had reformed when he built the interstellar amusement park!
** Originally, Knuckles displayed a cunning and intelligent ability to outwit Sonic and Tails; he got tricked by Eggman into thinking that Sonic was the bad guy and wanted to steal the master emerald and was sometimes portrayed as hot headed when it came to protecting said emerald. In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' he was a philosophical WarriorMonk, struggling with his duty as the guardian of the Master Emerald, he was nonetheless calm and cool-headed most of the time and although he got tricked by Eggman again he actually doubted that Sonic would steal a piece of the Master Emerald until he saw Sonic holding a green emerald and thought that it was a shard of the Master Emerald. In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' he displayed a calm and cool-headed ability to get his job done. While he was often fooled and misled, he was still fairly competent. However, as soon as ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Advance|Trilogy}} 2'' was released (along with the anime ''Anime/SonicX'') and onward, Knuckles is now portrayed as a village idiot. The Master Emerald is hardly even mentioned and it seems like Knuckles is just hanging around Sonic for the hell of it. In addition to this he also became the patsy of Sonic and friends, as well as often being the butt of jokes at his expense. In ''Sonic Lost World'' he only has two lines in the whole game and is portrayed as an incompetent braggart, getting beaten up by Flickies and generally useless. ''Sonic Battle'', ''Sonic Chronicles'' and to some extent ''Sonic and The Black Knight'' are the only games that return Knuckles to his former glory.
*** All of Knuckles's motivations revolved around his duty to protect a gem that would doom his homeland if stolen or destroyed. He even spent much of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' reflecting on his life dedication to this task. Later games almost completely omit this, portraying him as merely a laid back adventurer. Even in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', he doesn't recognize the ruins of his homeland. When called to adventure into a dream land in ''VideoGame/SonicShuffle'', Knuckles remarked "I have nothing better to do."
** [[SmittenTeenageGirl Amy Rose.]] At first, she was a cute [[GenkiGirl Genki Girl]] with a crush on Sonic, in the ''Adventure'' games she is a sympathetic fan girl of Sonic's and even though she sometimes bugs him she shows kindness to others, wanting to help a baby blue bird find it's parents and genuinely wanting to help her friends even being the one to cause [[TheRival Shadow's]] HeelFaceTurn. At the end of ''Sonic Adventure'' she vows to become stronger and to not merely a damsel in distress so she can impress Sonic with her skills. In ''Sonic Heroes'' she is portrayed as a strong leader and an older sister figure to [[TokenMiniMoe Cream]]. However, come ''Sonic Riders'', her infatuation with the blue blur [[{{Flanderization}} almost entirely took over her character]]. ''Sonic Chronicles'' and ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' undid some of the damage.
*** [[FromBadToWorse It got even worse]] in ''Free Riders''. Ordinarily a kind girl, she becomes an [[{{Jerkass}} insufferable brat]], although this may have more to do with her new voice actress not quite having the hang of voicing Amy yet, making her lines sound brattier than they should be and coming across like a Minnie Mouse clone. She appears to be improving a little in ''Sonic Lost World'' were, unlike Knuckles who got the short end of the stick in this game, Amy finally gets to show a softer side like in ''Sonic Adventure'' taking care of the tiny animals just like she took care of the Flickie in that game.
** Even Sonic himself has suffered from [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderization]] issues. In the classic games his "trademark attitude" was mostly limited to: [[FingerWag wagging his finger]] on the game's title screens, tapping his foot impatiently when idling, and being a thrill seeker (riding on planes, snowboarding, outrunning giant bolders). Even with the advent of voice acting in ''Sonic Adventure'' he was still pretty much the same, a snarky JerkWithAHeartOfGold who still cared for others. Since ''Sonic Colors'' his attitude has now grown to encapsulate his entire character; he constantly makes jokes and sucks the drama out of any scene he appears in. Other characters (except for Tails) aren't allowed to be truly helpful and Sonic isn't allowed to be truly one upped by any of his antagonists anymore (See his interactions with the Deadly Six versus his interactions with Knuckles in ''Sonic 3'' and Shadow in ''Adventure 2'').
* ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'' gives us Jim Raynor and his relationship with Sarah Kerrigan. After Kerrigan is infested by the Zerg and is herself derailed from mere VillainProtagonist territory to a [[ForTheEvulz sadist]] in the ''Brood War'' expansion, she kills one of Raynor's oldest friends, Fenix, and he vows to kill her because he owes here that much. It lent a significant degree of tragedy to the story, and made his reasons for hating Mengsk even more justified. Come ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' and Raynor kills his best friend with the bullet he'd been saving for Mengsk in order to protect Kerrigan. Or in his own words:
-->'''Jim Raynor, ''SC I:''''' It may not be tomorow, darlin', it may not even happen with an army at my back. But rest assured; I'm the man who's gonna kill you one day. I'll be seeing you.
-->'''Jim Raynor, ''SC II:''''' I never gave up on you, Sarah!
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'' is full of departures from what the characters were like in the second fighting game (which ''Shaolin Monks'' is a remake of), from Kitana being under a spell (when she wasn't in the fighting game) to Scorpion randomly attacking the protagonists for no apparent reason. The worst offender, however, has to be Kung Lao; up until then, they made it very clear that he preferred to ''not'' be in the spotlight, and purposely kept out of the MK tournament to avoid competing with his friend Liu Kang. In ''Shaolin Monks'', he's turned into a cocky SOB with a constant and heated rivalry with Liu for glory, which became canonical in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]''.
** This characterization, for better and for worse, was kept in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the 2011 game]], where Kung Lao once again sneaks onto Shang Tsung's island to enter the tournament in secret. The difference here is that Kung Lao is more focused on avenging his ancestor's defeat at Shang Tsung's hand (which was mentioned back in ''Armageddon'') than he is on constantly one-upping Liu. [[CharacterRerailment Kung Lao's portrayal strays closer to that of the humble warrior from the original trilogy]] and his VitriolicBestBuds dynamic with Liu was mostly scaled back to that of a FriendlyRivalry.
** Speaking of ''Mortal Kombat'', Kabal easily falls into character derailment. Originally a reformed gangster in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', who joined the good guys after his ''entire gang'' was murdered, his ending in the third game stated that he'd turned his lift around. Jump to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', not only is he restarts the Black Dragon. Although it might possibly be explained that his heel turn was the result of being magically saved from death by a cleric who literally worshipped Chaos.
* In ''VideoGame/GuitarHero II'', Judy Nails was a perky Alt-Rock/Punk girl who was non-ironically described as "always bringing a smile to the stage." For ''Guitar Hero III'', almost every aspect of her was changed to better conform to the violent and aggressive "Punk Grrl" stereotype, including having a permanent pouty scowl and a reference on one of her outfits to being kicked out of Catholic school... not to mention the [[{{Stripperiffic}} dramatic wardrobe change]] itself. And gaining two cup sizes. Her change into a surly punk girl is made even more inexplicable by the fact that "rudeness" was previously listed as one of her "dislikes." She was largely reverted back in ''Guitar Hero: World Tour''. She's been almost totally reverted in ''Guitar Hero V''... but this is accompanied with her character bio being turned into a TakeThat against everyone who was bothered by the change in the first place.
** The same thing happened to the grunge/country/alternative rocker Casey Lynch, retooled into a leather-wearing rocker chick in ''Guitar Hero III''. Her description lampshades this, though, with an anecdote about how she attacked a reporter who accused her of selling out before coldly adding, "I'm sorry, I can afford to pay the medical bill."
** Xavier Stone changes dramatically both in personality and physically in ''Guitar Hero II'' ''and'' ''III''; ''III'' is especially obvious. Not only is his "cocky virtuoso" personality dropped in favor of "zen master", he appears to have lost all of his copious muscle mass and turned into a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Jimi Hendrix. It's to the point that it's nearly impossible to believe that he's the same character from previous games.
* In ''[[Franchise/SpyroTheDragon Spyro: A Hero's Tail]]'', the Dragon Elders bear no resemblance ''whatsoever'' to their previous selves apart from their names, Bentley, formerly a GeniusBruiser, loses the 'genius', and Hunter goes from being [[TheFool dim but good-natured]] to an irritating TedBaxter who [[KarmaHoudini never]] gets his [[PrideBeforeAFall comeuppance]]. And Spyro himself going from a snarky but well-meaning and loyal KidHero to an arrogant, disrespectful punk that at least a few players enjoyed being knocked down a peg late in the game.
* The Prince in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' was a somewhat cocky, but likable hero who sets out to reverse his mistakes. In ''Warrior Within'', the in-game story had the Prince as a downright arrogant {{Jerkass}} who acted entirely on his selfish intentions. ''The Two Thrones'' was originally set to be just as dark as ''Warrior Within'', but after some criticism, the developers actually set up the Prince [[AuthorsSavingThrow to confront his actions]] of the previous games. Much of the game is a conflict between him and the more selfish part of his personality that was dominant during Warrior Within, and he develops to become kinder and more selfless over the course of the game, culminating in a WorldOfCardboardSpeech as he accepts responsibility for his actions. even after learning that they [[spoiler:caused his father's death]].
* VideoGame/MegaManX to some degree. He usually complains about fighting but does it anyway. Then comes ''X7'' and he's a hyper pacifist. Though it's at least understandable given that he wanted to stop fighting in the first place.
** Then there's ''[[VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission Command Mission]]'', where he's only 1/4 of what his original character was. He has no problems kicking ass and blowing up Mavericks.
* The entire ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' cast in ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' were changed to be more hilarious, especially Murfy, who suddenly became a DeadpanSnarker with a tendency to argue with the game's ''[[NoFourthWall instruction manual]]''.
* In the time-management fashion-design game ''Jojo's Fashion Show'', recurring villain Claudio Maximo is a shrewd rival designer whose acts of villainy are fairly subtle and underhanded. The second game shows a bit of character growth on his part by having him become a FriendlyEnemy of Jojo who helps mend her relationship with her daughter by gives her a bitchy but effective reality check. The third game, however, has Maximo back in full villain mode with ridiculous evil plots, over-the-top monologuing, and [[EvilLaugh ''Mua-ha-ha-ha'']]s being spouted every other line.
* Dr. Neo Cortex from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series started his transformation from occasionally goofy, yet still seriously threatening mad scientist to a completely negligible goofball who only occasionally even gets in Crash's way at around the third game in the series (where he was revealed to be the Dragon to the real BigBad of the series), and was extremely deep into this territory by the time ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'' rolled around, where he basically turns into a human club, frisbee and snowboard, in that order.
** Cortex's boss Uka Uka also became much less menacing. In ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' and ''Videogame/CrashBash'', Uka Uka was a diabolical force of evil who gave an evil first impression just by being feared by Cortex. In ''Videogame/CrashBandicootTheWrathOfCortex'', ''Videogame/CrashBandicootTheHugeAdventure'' and ''CrashBandicoot2NTranced'', Uka Uka becomes more like a PointyHairedBoss who does nothing but complain about Cortex's failures and make empty threats of killing him. Uka Uka's evilness was arguably somewhat improved in ''CrashOfTheTitans'', where he actually DOES get rid of Cortex and battle Crash by himself, but in the sequel, ''CrashMindOverMutant'', Cortex finally does something that by that point was long overdue: He betrays Uka Uka and uses him as a source of Bad Mojo to power his [=NVs=] while feeding him cake.
* From ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Yuan went from the snarky, grumpy, ManipulativeBastard leader of LaResistance, who was almost always a step or two ahead of the party and seemed to have a plan for everything in the original game... to a minor MisterExposition NPC with almost no personality in the sequel. LaResistance disappeared entirely, although, given that what he was resisting was literally leaving the solar system at escape velocity, perhaps he was just mellowing out.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Flynn is unwaveringly LawfulGood to properly contrast with Yuri's vigilante tendencies. He absolutely ''does not approve'' of Yuri [[spoiler: killing criminals.]] What does he do in the prequel movie, ''First Strike?'' [[spoiler: helps Yuri kill a criminal. It's also implied that he, without Yuri's influence, covered up the entire event by falsifying reports.]] Game-Flynn would have a pretty solid WhatTheHellHero speech ready upon watching his movie counterpart.
* Erol in the ''{{Jak and Daxter}}'' series starts out as TheDragon to Baron Praxis, Jak's opponent in Haven City's races and his rival for Keira's affection. He seemingly dies when he tries to run Jak down with his vehicle, only to crash into a large stash of Eco and explode. Sure, he may already have been evil in that game, but in the next game, he [[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]] [[WeCanRebuildHim as a cybernatic]] OmnicidalManiac who wants to TakeOverTheWorld.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' does this through {{Railroading}}. The game really wants you to make a HeroicSacrifice and walk into a lethally irradiated room, and while you can be a bastard and have an unambiguously good NPC take your place, ''none'' of your followers are willing to do so. Clover, the slave girl mentally conditioned to do absolutely anything her "owner" wants? Refuses. Charon, a ghoul assassin with a similar mentality? Not in his contract. Fawkes, a morally-upright and heroic super mutant who more importantly ''is immune to the radiation''? Claims it's not his "destiny." Happily, the ''Broken Steel'' DLC [[AuthorsSavingThrow fixes this]], and Fawkes even hangs a nice {{lampshade}} on the fact that he's perfect for the job.
* Albert Wesker had a bad case of this in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. He goes from being a {{Chessmaster}} ManBehindTheMan who [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knew when to retreat]] to an egotistical [[AxCrazy lunatic]] with a [[AGodAmI god complex]] whose grudge against Chris Redfield took over his character. He even went OneWingedAngel in the end forgoing logic to try and kill Chris. This earned him a rocket launcher to the face. Only time will tell if this will stick.
** It has been pointed that during the final scene, Wesker started showing signs of intoxication, and if that was the case it would make sense that he started making some less than ideal reasoning. However doesn't excuse the entertaining albeit silly HoYay that started at the beginning of the game, to the point where he only focuses on somebody else they start ''shooting'' at him.
** He also only started exhibiting delusions of godhood when he literally stole the "become a god" plan from Oswell E. Spencer after killing him, which immediately followed the old man's revelation of [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn Wesker being one of several "Wesker children" kidnapped and genetically-altered by Umbrella at Spencer's behest to create a new-and-improved race of humans]]]]. One could say that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation he didn't take Spencer's words all too well]].
* SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong from the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series hasn't been [[GrumpyOldMan living up to his name]] much in later years outside of the Rare-developed ports/remakes. Quite possibly the worst example? Encouraging DK and Diddy to ''practice so they'll get better'' at the beginning of ''Donkey Konga'' after they demonstrate how horrible they are at drumming. This coming from the same character who would've previously seemed all too ready to [[{{Jerkass}} hurl insults at them for their lousy performance, tell them they're horrible and may as well give up, or at least berate them for not trying hard enough to improve]]. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' [[CharacterRerailment rerails]] him, though.
** Donkey Kong himself. In most of his games, such as ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', as well as the Donkey Konga series, he's portrayed as a pleasant, laid back ape who only gets angry when his enemies steal his banana hoarde. But afteward Nintendo started portraying him as an angry jerkass who beats up animals and steals things for little established reason in Jungle Beat and the Mario vs Donkey Kong series. This has since been overturned by a small change in the plot of the Wii version of the ''Jungle Beat'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
* Happens to Prometheus in the ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' expansion campaign. It's based on AllMythsAreTrue (well, most of them anyway), and Prometheus is a trickster figure in Greek mythology who is, at least on some level, on our side (see also: fire). So how does he appear in ''Age of Mythology: The Titans''? As a fifty-foot clay monster who seems to have no goals besides smashing stuff and generally ruining people's days, and not only isn't a trickster figure, he doesn't even ''speak''.
** One should wonder what getting your liver eaten by a gigantic bird every day does to your sanity.
** Ironically in the same expansion, the Titan who's on the side of humanity? She's ''Gaea'', as in the entity (who wasn't even exactly a Titan in the original myths) who caused a ''huge'' amount of trouble for humans and the Olympians.
*** If we're to take the game's campaign as a loose continuation of the Titanomachy, this could oddly go either way, as Gaia ''was'' the one who helped Rhea deceive Cronus and subsequently raised Zeus, thus allowing the Olympians to eventually topple the Titans in the first place... but then proceeded to mate with Tartarus, giving birth to Typhon, who she sent after Zeus as retribution for imprisoning said Titans she indirectly defeated. Greek myth is weird like that.
* One of the problems some ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fans have with its [[ContestedSequel sequel]] ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is its treatment of the characters from the first game. In ''Trigger'', [[GadgeteerGenius Lucca]] joins her friends in their quest to [[ScrewDestiny avert an apocalyptic future using time travel]], and end up rewriting the past in the process. In ''Cross'', she mentions in a letter "[[BecauseDestinySaysSo what was meant to happen will happen]]," causing her adopted little sister to react in shock. "You're the one who always laughed about how there's nothin' 'definite' or 'certain' in this world..."
* Originally, Vicki Kawaguchi of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' loved ballet, which helped her play games. In ''Backyard Baseball 2007'', Vicki is just a superstar athlete. Pablo Sanchez also no longer speaks Spanish, [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench which made him loved]]. [[spoiler: [[EasterEgg But he speaks English anyway.]]]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' games, as well as in his ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' appearances, Guy was a vigilante for justice who was also dedicated to his training of his Bushin-Ryu martial art. Then came ''Final Fight: Streetwise'', and for some reason he became the leader of a Yakuza gang in Metro City's Japantown, and has reduced himself to using guns. There's a reason why Capcom never bothered localizing this game in Japan...
** Similarly, Cody starts out being on the side of the city, and fighting to protect people, including Jessica. Then, in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'', after becoming dissatisfied with his life, he starts fights for no good reason until he's incarcerated.
** Ironically, while Guy's change in characterization was loathed, many enjoyed Cody's DarkerAndEdgier turn to point that it became CharacterizationMarchesOn--when Guy and Cody returned to ''SF'' for ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', guess which depiction of Cody was chosen. (It should be noted that both are [[EnsembleDarkhorse darkhorses]] in the fandom.)
* In the original ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', Quayle is quite arrogant and stupid. In the series, he's a kindly old gnome who has adopted Aerie, caring for her after her traumatizing experience in the circus that resulted in her losing her [[WingedHumanoid wings]]. This is a rare case of a character having a ''more positive'' personality after being derailed.
** Quayle explains to Aerie that she changed him for the better, explaining his more compassionate nature. How it made him more intelligent is anyone's guess.
** Or for that matter, how either had any influence on the other at all, when he can't have been with the circus for more than a month or two, since he met the PC in baldur's gate, many miles away, a few month's ago, and the PC's travel was probably magically aided.
** Also, the novelization derails every single character's personality. Which is why fans don't acknowledge that it exists.
** Ironically, the novelization counts as canon within the Forgotten Realms setting, while the game with it's non-linearity doesn't.
*** However because most of the fans dislike the novelization, WizardsOfTheCoast declared it uncanon, much to the joy of the others.
* A portion of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' fanbase utterly ''detests'' the way that [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud & Co.]] were characterised in their various spinoffs and cameo appearances. Case in point: Cloud got over his angst in the game, but became {{Wangst}}ier than ever in both, and Sephiroth underwent MotiveDecay to the point where he's just sort of ''there'' to torment Cloud and nothing else.
** Cloud can be more a case of PanderingToTheBase-triggered CharacterDevelopment in that he is at least given some understandable reasons for his severe depression in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''. Unfortunately, those reasons are only made clear in the longer ''Advent Children Complete'' version. Also, complainers about Cloud's supposedly wangsty behavior seem to ignore that Cloud explicitly '''gets over it''' by the last third of the movie. This is even more apparent from one of the cutscenes in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' -- when Vincent talks to Cloud over the phone, Cloud is upbeat enough to snort in obvious amusement at one of Vincent's comments.
** Sephiroth in ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}'' borders this. Of all the villains he is one of only two who has no interest in either dominating or annihilating all of existence, and instead fixated on getting his memories back and then endlessly harassing Cloud like a jilted lover. Sephiroth in his own game was a FallenHero TragicVillain who wanted to absorb the planet's Lifestream to become a god [[TheUnfettered even if it meant]] destroying all of existence. Although he does pay lip service to the idea of using Chaos' power to become a god before his final battle with Cloud it seems like he is only doing this to get Cloud to take the battle seriously. He does maintain his trademark [[NervesOfSteel stoicism]], though.
*** Really a lot of the characters in ''Dissidia'' are like this. [[TropesAreTools Tropes are Not Bad, though]]; almost all of the characters [[DivergentCharacterEvolution have certain aspects of their personality highlighted to set them apart from each other]]. For Sephiroth, they focused on the FallenHero aspects of his character. Some characters like the Onion Knight and Warrior of Light, had their character basically [[OriginalGeneration invented for the game]]. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] is seen as considerably meeker while Tifa picks up her more ActionGirl traits; [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] is heavier on the MonsterClown and lighter on the ManipulativeBastard but actually gets an AlasPoorVillain moment where it's revealed that [[StepfordSmiler he can't comprehend true happiness]] and acts like a troll because he wants everyone else to be miserable too. Most of Kefka MagnificentBastard traits went to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emperor]] who acts like the quasi-BigBad of the game, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand even manipulating the other villains]]. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]] loses almost ''all'' of his [[MagnificentBastard capacity for magnificent bastardry]] and acts like a whining, arrogant child although the prequel ''Duodecim'' reveals that [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn at the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' stuck and he initially acts as a ReverseMole aiding the heroes until Kefka catches him and [[FakeMemories manipulates his memories]] to make him loyal to Kefka]]. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] is more optimistic and tough here than in his own game. And then of course there's [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]] who went from very generic EvilOverlord to an amusing LargeHam BarrierWarrior who has probably the best defense in the game.
* Joanna Dark. In the original ''PerfectDark'', she had a {{Bifauxnen}} haircut and a posh British accent, but in ''Zero'', she has long red hair, an American accent, and a much more girly personality.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' takes the [[TragicVillain complex villain]] [[spoiler:Giygas]] from its predecessor and makes him the [[UltimateEvil embodiment of all evil]]. The shift is so dramatic that despite WordOfGod it's debated within the fan community whether it is the same character.
** Yes, they are the same character. [[spoiler:Giegue]] from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' is known as Gyiyg [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (officially pronounced "geeg")]] in Japan, and [[spoiler:Giygas]] also goes under the same name in ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound MOTHER 2]]''. Also, while not obvious, it is noteworthy that the reason [[spoiler:Giygas]] is even like that in the second game is because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the song that Ninten and his friends from the first game sang to stop him caused him to go insane.]]
* Phoenix Wright by the time of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' has completely changed personalities from rather neurotic, hardworking, and perpetually frazzled, to a rather lazy, sloppy pseudo-MagnificentBastard. Even if you really reach and say that it's a result of what he's been doing the last seven years, there's a sequence where you flash back to him not long after the first trilogy, and he's ''completely'' OOC there, most severely in that he's contemptuous of newcomer prosecutor Gavin, telling him that he should have stayed back in Germany and gotten more experience. Considering how he began his own career, and how hurt he seemed when Mia confided that to Maya in the original game, Phoenix would '''never''' say that to anyone. If anything, it sounds more like perpetual loser Winston Payne.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has ''not'' been kind to certain characters from the ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise. The need for raid bosses has turned complex {{Anti Hero}}es into outright villains, and a distressing number of characters' stories end with "went insane and turned evil." At the same time, the need to justify {{PvP}} means that the {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s who formed the cross-faction alliance against the Burning Legion in ''Warcraft III'' get to be completely marginalized if they're lucky, and if they're ''unlucky'', well, just see what happened to Jaina...
** Illidan Stormrage was a sympathetic, if selfish AntiHero who tried to do the right thing, but often did so at great expense, using dark magic and hurting his allies in the process. Someone motivated by both a lust for power and UnrequitedLove for Tyrande Whisperwind. In ''Warcraft III'' and its expansion he resorted to demonic magic to combat the Scourge, alienating his brother Malfurion, and ending with Illidan forced to serve the Burning Legion, but he's been able to double-cross demonic masters in the past...
*** But come ''World of Warcraft'' and the ''Burning Crusade'' expansion, Illidan has undergone complete MotiveDecay. He attacked the Naatru in Shattrath City (off-screen) for no reason, became a vicious slave driver to the Broken tribes he allied with, and convinced himself he actually defeated Arthas during their duel in Icecrown. He then spent all of the expansion [[OrcusOnHisThrone sitting atop the Black Temple]], doing nothing.
** Kael'thas Sunstrider was a WellIntentionedExtremist rather than a DesignatedVillain, the prince of the Blood Elves who felt that the Alliance had failed his people, leading him to ally with Illidan and travel to Outland in hopes of finding a way to sate their magical addiction. In ''Burning Crusade'', the rest of the Blood Elves are eager to be reunited with their beloved leader...
*** ...only to find that he's now serving the Burning Legion and is capturing Blood Elf pilgrims as slaves. Then in the Maigster's Terrace encounter, Kael attempts to summom Kil'jaeden, the most powerful demon lord of the Burning Legion, ranting that he wants to see the Azeroth burn and that he ''never trusted Illidan to begin with''. Explanations for this drastic change range from Kael getting fed up with Illidan's insanity (a Character Derailment chain reaction?) or Fel magic being inherently corrupting, which is bad news for Warlock players.
** Zul'jin was a hero of the Horde during ''Warcraft II'', portrayed as such in the canceled ''Lord of the Clans'', and even the Darkspear trolls have said "vengeance for Zul'jin!" since ''Warcraft III''. [[http://www.wowhead.com/?quest=7844 He was painted positively]] in several Horde quests in ''World of Warcraft'', and the trolls' /charge emote is "For Zul'jin!"
*** Yet in ''Burning Crusade'' he's turned into a hostile raid boss, and not even one treated seriously - the heroes aren't dispatched to stop him by their faction, but by a treasure-hunting redneck. Blizzard tried to make him a HandicappedBadass by cutting off his arm and cutting out his eye - problem is, ''[[HealingFactor trolls can regenerate]]''.
** Jaina Proudmoore made the difficult decision to abandon Lordaeron as a lost cause and lead her people to Kalimdor, where she was able to ally with an old enemy to stop the Burning Legion. She was even willing to sacrifice her own father to maintain the peace between the Alliance and Horde in ''Warcraft III'''s expansion.
*** And in ''World of Warcraft'', she spent several years doing... nothing. When [[TheScrappy/WorldOfWarcraft King Wrynn]] returned for ''Wrath of the Lich King'', Jaina deferred to his "[[ConflictBall leadership]]," even though as the ruler of Theramore and daughter of the ruler of the city-state of Kul Tiras, she was really Varian's peer and arguably the better leader.
*** Players pleading with Blizzard to let Jaina ''do something'' [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor got their wish]] in ''Mists of Pandaria'', when Warchief Garrosh nukes Theramore, driving Jaina over the DespairEventHorizon so that a former AllLovingHero just manages to stop herself from retaliating by destroying Orgrimmar. Then in the "[[HeWhoFightsMonsters Purge of Dalaran]]" storyline, after learning one of the supposedly neutral Sunreaver elves helped with the theft of the [[ArtifactofDoom the Divine Bell]], Jaina decides to arrest the faction's leader, cutting down any who [[PoorCommunicationKills resist arrest]] [[InnocentBystander or try to flee]]. The conversation she has with King Wrynn afterwards is shocking because it sounds like the dialogue has been [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness given to the wrong characters.]]
--->'''Jaina Proudmoore''': [[ShoottheDog I have purged the Horde from Dalaran]]. You have you wanted, your majesty. [[NeutralnoLonger The Kirin Tor belongs to the Alliance]].
--->'''Varian Wrynn''': [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt I was opening negotiations with the Sunreavers to accept them back in The Alliance.]] [[DiabolusExMachina By attacking their people, you have driven them back to the Horde]].
--->'''Jaina Proudmoore''': [[AccidentalInnuendo Don't get soft on me Varian]].
*** And in ''Mists of Pandaria'''s conclusion, when the Horde leaders are all gathered for some deliberations, she encourages Varian to up and assassinate them, [[WhatTheHellHero Thrall included]], while they're vulnerable. At least by ''Literature/WarCrimes'' she and Thrall have finally made peace.
** Related is what happened to Tyrande Whisperwind in ''Mists of Pandaria''. In ''Warcraft III'' she's established as the leader of the night elven Sentinels, someone with over ten ''thousand'' years of combat experience. Tyrande can still be hot-headed, but tactical about it. But in the quest "A Little Patience" her great idea is to charge a fortified Horde position, leading Varian Wrynn, a forty-year-old warmonger, to suggest a better plan that ends with no Alliance casualties. So like Jaina, Tyrande's character had to take a hit so that Blizzard could try and make the reviled King Wrynn more tolerable. The fact that these derailed characters are both female leads to some UnfortunateImplications.
** The legendary daggers questline does this for the Red Dragonflight, whose matriarch is close to a BigGood and acts like a motherly sort of goddess to your character, if occasionally GoodIsNotNice. But in this chain it's revealed they were going to manipulate a newborn dragon, had experimented on him, planned to control his life, and planned this all in front of him. While the last is a case of TooDumbToLive its a far cry from their previous characterization.
** Garrosh Hellscream is less an example of CharacterDerailment as much as he is an example of outright character ''inconsistency''. In ''The Burning Crusade'', he's a depressed orc chieftain who just wants to be left alone due to shame over his family legacy. Thrall tells him of his father's heroism against Mannoroth, inspiring him to be a leader. But when he returns in ''Wrath of the Lich King'', Garrosh suddenly resents Thrall, challenges his leadership, becomes an aggressive conqueror obsessed with war against the Alliance, and is somehow essentially the second-in-command of the entire Horde. In ''Catacylsm'', Thrall unwisely leaves Garrosh in command, and though still a warmonger Garrosh gets some actual, positive CharacterDevelopment - even though it's another 180-degree turn from a raging racist and inept tactician, he manages to become a masterful tactician and warchief that, while flawed, is given plot lines that suggest he is growing as a person. But by then the damage was done, and enough players hated Garrosh for Blizzard to give up on him. In ''Mists of Pandaria'' he loses any redeeming qualities to become ObviouslyEvil, and serves as the expansion's FinalBoss, and the leading antagonist of ''Warlords of Draenor'' for good measure.
** Related to Garrosh's example, ''the entire Horde faction.'' With the exception of [[TokenEvilTeammate the Forsaken]], the Horde was a collection of honorable, shamanistic {{Proud Warrior Race}}s capable of peaceful coexistence with others - despite being called TheHorde they were very much TheAlliance in function. But starting with ''Wrath of the Lich King'', a noticeable portion of orc characters started being characterized as bloodthirsty brutes who distrusted their allies, the faction was given the VillainBall, and half of the racial leaders became ObviouslyEvil. By ''Mists of Pandaria'' all but ''three'' orc characters were portrayed as StupidEvil, xenophobic brutes who slavishly followed Garrosh, and previously positively-portrayed orcs were either {{Retcon}}ned to have always been evil, or were [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome forgotten about]]. At least when the orcs ''were'' evil in the first two ''Warcraft'' games they were [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic about it]] and had respect for their allies, with several orc organizations being led by ogres, and trolls being described as their brothers in spirit.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'', [[Franchise/{{Zoids}} Major Zairin]] suffers from this hard. In his origin series (''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'') he's the WorthyOpponent [[TheRival Rival]] to KidHero Ruuji, but that just means he considers him a good pilot and enjoys fighting him (And will do if possible). In the game he FOLLOWS Ruuji and seeks for rematches when possible, going as far to ally himself with [[{{Gaiking}} Proist]] and [[{{Dangaioh}} Gil Barg]] to get to face Ruuji. Thing is, Proist and Gil are villains while Zairin's a pretty honorable guy, who in canon (And also the game) does a HeelFaceTurn after finding out his boss [[AGodAmI Emperor Gene]] is also a villain, so Zairin siding with the two jerks makes no sense. Way to go, Banpresto.
* The junkyard dogfish in the first ''FreddiFish'' game was your typical kind of AngryGuardDog: the kind that growls at you and refuses to let you pass without any distractions. Cut to a long SequelGap in ''[[PanderingToTheBase ABCs Under the Sea]]'', where he becomes a BigFriendlyDog willing to help Freddi and Luther sort out the trash. He still looks like an AngryGuardDog, so that only makes it worse.
* Anders in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' is a HeroicNeutral DeadpanSnarker mage who wants to be left along from the Templars to have his own harem. At one point in the game, he even comments on how much it is a bad idea for the entirety of the mages to rebel against the Templars. Anders in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is melancholy KnightTemplar who takes it upon himself to be the defender of mage rights, and is completely dismissive/hostile towards those who disagree with his extremer viewpoints. [[spoiler: This ends up being a rare case where the derailment was justified, as his massive personality shift is a plot point.]]
** Plus you can see him slowly changing over the course of the game. When you first encounter him in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' he's notably sullen and not quite as cheerful as he was in Awakening, but he still cracks a joke and smiles once in awhile. He gets along with just about everyone, but is occasionally irrating about his mage justice. As the Acts of the game (3 of them, between which about 3 years pass in the story) he gets worse and worse, until he's always quiet and sullen and everyone except Varic (and possibly Hawke) is sick and tired of him and his crusade all the time and only put up with him because he hangs out with Hawke.
*** It should also be noted that Anders is only irritating ''if you don't agree with him''. If you agree with him that the Circle system is unjust and Mages are being mistreated, then Anders' constant anger about it makes perfect sense: he's frustrated that everyone is willing to condone (through their silence) unjust domination and dismiss the guy trying to bring it to their attention, without ever giving the guy a fair and serious hearing. As a real-life parallel, Martin Luther King Jr. would often become extremely annoyed and agitated, but that was because most whites were simply not willing to see how much they constantly made black people suffer when, to our modern ears, it's perfectly obvious. So, whether or not Anders has been derailed depends not on the mages vs. templars conflict but depends on where you stand when it comes to what does, and does not, constitute ethical and unethical social systems. If you think it's unjust to imprison people because of what they ''might'' do, then Anders is perfectly justified in being angry at the citizens' collusion with an evil social order; as Desmond Tutu said, if you remain neutral when an elephant steps on a mouse's tail, the mouse will not thank you for your neutrality. If you ''don't'' think it's unjust, then Anders becomes insufferable to listen to, because the meaning of both Anders' behavior and the behavior of ''the rest of the characters'' changes depending on whether or not you think sometimes it is possible for an idea to both be "the way things are according to most people in a society" and completely unethical. Either Anders is an annoying prick and the rest of the citizens just want to be left alone, or Anders is a Socrates-level gadfly who's trying to show the citizens how awful they're being on a daily basis.
* Played for either laughs or serious tones in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' for Jin Kisaragi, depending on where it is. Jin is normally level-headed and TheStoic to the cast, never fretting over anything... until Ragna appears. This is his cue to be ''[[{{Yandere}} insane]]'', with his speech becoming littered with... [[BiTheWay overtones.]] However, in his Gag Reel and the bonus material and FourthWallMailSlot "Teach Me, Miss Litchi"/"Help Me, Professer Kokonoe", the overtones are lampshaded and UpToEleven. Nobody has yet to complain, possibly because fans are only using the jokes that Arc System Works started. ''It should be noted that this change is '''only''' in bonus material, and does not affect the main story.''
** ''Continuum Shift'' showed Nu-13 being turned from a cyborg that's either very machine-like or a {{Yandere}}-Fangirl to a cheerleader-stereotype. However, much like Jin's personality in Gag Reels and bonus selections, Nu-13 ''only'' appears in the Gag Reels, and much like Jin, this is played for laughs.
* [[MsFanservice Krystal]] changed from a decent-looking, somewhat useful and not quite helpless addition to the team into an AxCrazy jilted-lover in ''VideoGame/StarFox Command''.
* Many argue ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' did this to Viktor with the release of Jayce. Viktor is a scientist whose motivation was bitterness over his inventions being stolen and a desire to prove his own skill. In Jayce's lore, Viktor steals Jayce's invention. To add further indignity to this shift into blatant hypocrisy Jayce then creates a new device and singlehandedly storms Viktor's lab, defeating him and his acolytes on his own turf with a weapon he created on the fly. Even by ''League of Legends'' standards the forum response has been fairly venomous.
** As soon as was possible without being an admission of utter failure the lore was modified so that Jayce comes into possession of a unique crystal instead of his own invention, which Viktor seizes after his offer of alliance was rejected, and Jayce manages to destroy the crystal instead of defeating Viktor outright.
* Gilgamesh in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is an arrogant {{jerkass}} with a god complex. While he was like that at one point in the mythological canon, he was humbled and had character development into a better person after he failed to obtain the secret of immortality. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in a [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] sense even if not a Watsonian one, in that he was needed to be a villain and his having been humbled already would have ruined that.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** Those who romanced Jacob Taylor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' will discover that his love isn't as genuine in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' when [[spoiler:he not only cheats on Shepard while she's impounded but also manages to knock up another girl at the same time. Keep in mind that Shepard was only in jail for ''six months'' and it's implied that the relationship has been going on for a while. He lessens his derailment somewhat by at least admitting he's been a bastard when [=FemShep=] calls him out on it.]] It doesn't help that his writer transferred to the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' team after [=ME2=] was completed.
** How about Cerberus' top hitman Kai Leng, Who when introduced in Retribution, comes off as ruthless, intelligent and quite the manipulator. Come his appearance in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' Leng is stripped of any of his more engaging traits and is little more then his boss' named EliteMook.
** Liara T'Soni is a lesser example. In the first game, she's an innocent archeologist and rather naive about the various dangers present within the galaxy. By the second game, she has become a ruthless information broker and killing people in her way isn't an issue in her war against the elusive Shadow Broker.
*** It's worth noting however that these differing portrayals are later reconciled in the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC'', where she admits that this was [[BeneathTheMask simply a front]] put on to survive in the criminal underworld, a coping mechanism to cope with Shepard's death, in addition to the lingering guilt over turning Shepard's body over to Cerberus, even if it was to prevent the Shadow Broker from acquiring it for [[BigBad the Collectors]].
** The Geth in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' suffer from this [[spoiler: by deciding to upgrade themselves to true AI status by using Reaper code. So much for their philosophy of self-determination and not cheating by skipping ahead]].
*** Somewhat understandable as the main writer for the AI characters in the second game, Chris L'Etoile, did not return for the third game and mentioned[[http://www.holdtheline.com/threads/me2-writer-chris-letoile-on-the-ai-characters-and-the-reapers.4229/ in an interview]] to have been unhappy with all the changes [[ExecutiveMeddling forced upon him]] to make the AI characters more "[[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove emotional]]", despite being creatures supposedly of pure ''logic''.
* Alex Mercer got this in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' to make way for James Heller. Alex started out in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' as a sociopathic amnesiac who slowly discovered the AwfulTruth about himself, gained a conscience, and grew to become an AntiHero who cared about [[MoralityPet his sister]] and [[DisneyDeath sacrificed himself]] to save Manhattan. In the sequal he became a megalomaniac with a [[AGodAmI god complex]] who wanted to [[AssimilationPlot infect the entire world]] because [[HumansAreBastards he lost all faith in humanity]]. The {{Interquel}} comic makes this ''slightly'' more believable, though its events aren't mentioned at all in Mercer's MotiveRant towards the end. Quite a few fans of the first game were put off from the second because of this and most will agree TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter.
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', [[spoiler: Penelope]] joins the gang and is helpful, friendly, and kind. In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', [[spoiler: she becomes TheMole for the BigBad for a poorly set-up reason and acts completely contrary to her characterization in the previous installment]].
* Lara Croft in the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' franchise goes from being witty with a sense of danger and thrills to throwing herself into harm's way at every chance she can get just to get some artifacts that contain power (she only studies them and doesn't actually use them for personal gain) while killing any person that gets in her way. By the ''Angel Of Darkness'' installment, she becomes a near total {{Jerkass}} to everyone around her. The Crystal Dynamics reboot attempts to throttle back the derailment of Lara's character and make her seek out dangers for thrills and throwing snark and wit at anyone who deserves it while also becoming compassionate when the scene calls for it.
** Which doesn't help much, as she becomes derailed once again when it comes to her parents. The Core Design era established that Lara's parents were fine and well and Lara never spoke a word of them. Then in Legend, her parents were retconned into being MIA with her father being a treasure hunter like she is. Her obsession with finding them overshadows her other traits and transforms her into the same AxeCrazy {{Jerkass}} she was in the later Core games with her parents taking the place of artifacts. And this is when she's not [[ContemplateOurNavels navel gazing about how thoughtlessly she slaughters people]] or [[AxeCrazy descending into murderous rage at the mere thought of Jaquline Natla or Amanda Everet still being alive.]]
* Athena in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series: In the two first games and spin-off she's etablished as a benevolent deity and the [[OnlySaneMan only sane woman]] in the pantheon. While she can't go against Zeus' will, she shows compassion for what happens to Kratos [[spoiler: and remorse for what happened to his brother by her fault.]] At the end of the second game, she perfoms an HeroicSacrifice to save Zeus (because killing Zeus would lead to the destruction of Olympus). Comes the last game of the trilogy, she [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence comes back as a ghost]] and encourages Kratos to kill Zeus because she understood his death is necessery to free humanity. [[spoiler: And then at the end of the game it's revealed she was manipulating him in order her to become [[AGodAmI the new Queen of Olympus]]. When Kratos decides to give the power of Hope to humanity instead to her by sacrifice, she left him to die angrily.]]
* In the ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' series: Nitori Kawashiro, a GadgeteerGenius, in the span of three games, was [[InformedFlaw supposedly shy]] in Mountain of Faith. Then fast forward to Hopeless Masquerade, she TookALevelInJerkass for no rhyme or reason. She randomly became a HollywoodAtheist, bragging about swindling humans out of their money.
* Yukari and Mitsuru go through this in PlayableEpilogue for ''VideoGame/Persona 3.'' Yukari was fully willing [[spoiler: to risk reviving Nyx and cause the end of the world just to see the Protagonist again]], and Mitsuru, the SmartGuy, takes her side. This causes [[spoiler: the group to become divided and start fighting each other]].

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