* The author of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' admitted that the second chapter doesn't fit with the rest of the comic, because he was still figuring things out. Since it's popular with the fans, he's left it in place.
* One of the first plot arcs in ''QuestionableContent'' involves an aborted romance between Marten and Faye's coworker Sarah. Sarah vanished completely within the first 50 strips, as Faye and Dora became the female leads.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', this meant that Ben didn't always act like he was struck with TourettesShitcockSyndrome when around girls. [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/13 See here.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' initially wasn't even a webcomic, it was a site for Munroe to upload random sketches.
* ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'' felt more like a SliceOfLife comic in its early years, while the plotlines gradually became more outrageous.
* ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' initially opened with it being quite clear that the characters were derived from the early MMO {{Furcadia}}, but then moved to being a more fleshed out world of its own, even if still retaining some of its old "MMO made real" elements -- Alexis' Banhammer became a magical greathammer, the Twinks become a "normal" organized crime gang, etc. And there are also other elements that linger a while before being more or less phased out -- for example, [[BewareTheNiceOnes Lorenda]] was introduced having saved Jyrras from muggers by eating them, got evicted because she'd ''eaten'' her neighbors and then proceeds to eat several door-to-door salesmen. While she was admittedly self-proclaimed as preferring not to eat people, and this was a common source of friction with her mother, it hasn't been mentioned for hundreds of comics. In fact, neither has her much more predatory mother's tendency to eat people.
* ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity'' begins with poor continuity, flimsy logic, dumb jokes, and not much plot. It has since developed story arcs, better continuity, better humor, and actual semi-plausible (considering the TimeTravel, aliens, and what not) logic.
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' was originally pitched to NewspaperComic syndicates, and early installments reflect this. There's much less sense of the passage of time; character development ranges from slow to absent; the pets Charles and Finister are featured much more often; details about the setting are purposefully obscured to the point that the series could have taken place in Canada, and the LesYay, aside from one bit of LoveLetterLunacy, is basically absent, even Sara in one strip being ''noticeably attracted to a boy''; the {{Retcon}} of this makes it a plot point.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
** The earliest comics had copious FourthWallBreaking, little or no backgrounds, poor story arc planning (some of which still poses a problem), and Tedd not having a permanently visible mouth.
** Quite a few characters ended up being subjected to [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Characterization Marching On]] compared to their previous personalities. Elliot was just as much of a pervert as Tedd (he's now incapable of even thinking dirty thoughts while ''trying'' to), Tedd was more a straight pervert instead of a ChivalrousPervert, Grace was aware of the sexual implications of wearing nothing but a trench coat (where afterwards she suddenly became the InnocentFanserviceGirl with NoNudityTaboo) and Sarah was much more of a feminist (before the feminist part was shifted over to her friend Susan).
** When the "Elliot gets turned into a girl" arc was first published, Sarah and Susan both seemed cheerfully willing to make out with her if she was interested. Though there was a justification (pheromones), the author eventually realized the UnfortunateImplications of the whole thing, so a few lines and panels were quietly changed.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' introduces several pieces of hardware as new or exceptional, then pretends that they were normal all along. The captain needs to be told what a fabricator ("Fabber") is, but later we see that they're widespread, important and something Tagon should probably know about. Even more odd is the fact the mercenary company doesn't start out wearing armor, either low or high profile, until they encounter a unit wearing some.
** And then there was the copious [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth-Wall Breaking]], with the narrator frequently getting pulled into the action. The last time the Fourth Wall got broke was in 2006, with the author making a personal appearance during a near-death dream-sequence - one is forced to assume that they finally had that wall reinforced with fullerene armor, or possibly some nice hullplates...
** Also, the 'Grunts' used to be so stupid they could barely talk without resorting to HulkSpeak. Nick couldn't count past 7 because he lost 3 fingers on one hand during an accident. While they're still [[DumbMuscle not exactly brilliant]] - with Nick in particular being prone to not understanding figures of speech or long, complicated words - they've at least reached the point where they're BELIEVEABLY stupid.
* The first month of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' consisted of [[KidHero John]] hanging around in his room and house and getting nothing done, and that was followed by a few months of mucking around with [[TheGamePlaysYou Sburb]]'s ability to let them them to build and manipulate objects in each other's houses. ''Then'' things get more intense, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to say the least]]. This can be [[JustifiedTrope chalked up to the fact that]] at that point, ''Homestuck'' was still driven by [[InteractiveComic reader commands]] and they'd just come off the tail of the incredibly silly ''ProblemSleuth'', so this is what people knew to do; the suggestion boxes were closed partway through and that's when the series is generally considered to have [[GrowingTheBeard grown its very strange beard]]. A common symptom of this is people finding it difficult to get into ''Homestuck'' because of how long the first few months of hanging around is (though said first few months includes ''loads'' of {{Foreshadowing}}, [[ChekhovsGun Chekhovs Guns]], and subtle set-ups if you know where to look).
** The beginning of the first Act has a moment where [[AudienceSurrogate the player]] directly interacts with the game world and moves an object on John's behalf. This never happens again in the comic and for the most part if a character wants to do something they just do it themselves.
** When the trolls are first introduced, Karkat makes comments such as "quit playing a girl's game", or making fun of Sollux by implying he's never had any relationships with a girl. Lines like this were written before Andrew Hussie decided upon a lot of the WorldBuilding for the trolls (namely that [[EveryoneIsBi gender is arbitrary]] to them).
* One of the first strips in ''Webcomic/Misfile'' has Emily flipping the bird. Later strips show that she is not the sort of person to do that.
* The first 13 comics of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' have no plot and take place in a blank featureless dungeon. Then they introduce the ExcusePlot of having to kill an evil lich. Around the 120th strip they finally get out of the dungeon, but there still isn't much emphasis on plot. Around page 300 however, things start to [[CerebusSyndrome heat up...]]
* Even outside of CerebusSyndrome and the GenreShift, early ''WapsiSquare'' still had narration, which was absent from later strips as well as characterization that differed from what would come later.
* ''{{Drowtales}}'' was originally set in the ForgottenRealms setting, and was a lot more explicit about sexuality, deliberately introducing [[{{Squick}} Squicky]] details about the drow sex lives to [[DeliberateValuesDissonance intentionally weird out the readers]] and showing Ariel as a more outright VillainProtagonist. Later on the first several chapters were redone to make the tone and setting more internally consistent with later story arcs.
* The initial focus of ''WebComic/NeglectedMarioCharacters'' actually wasn't comics, but instead humorous biographies and fact sheets for various obscure Mario characters. Then Jay Resop created a comic based on the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', and from there the site gradually changed...
* ''{{Webcomic/Sire}}'' starts before the main character receives her distinctive facial scar. The cover of the first chapter stands out as it's used in all the banners and promotional material and does not feature the scar.
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' had a long list of cast members we've never seen or heard from again in its first year or two, including a few female staffers, with Miranda being a standout as the only female ''tech'', not the only female in the company at all. Pitr doesn't speak with a Slavic accent, Sid is not there at all, and the Chief's hair has to be seen to be believed.
* ''ZebraGirl'' started with very random magical hijinks and lots of postmodernist jokes that made absolutely no sense and were only funny because of how unexpected, and out of place they were, even during its first serious story arc.
* Early ''{{Webcomic/Goblins}}'' strips often involved back and forth interaction between the adventurers and their oversensitive DM. As the series went on, that was increasingly dropped in favor of more internally consistent worldbuilding and character interaction.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': in the early stages, the Mega Man jokes were only there to fill in until a hand-drawn strip could be introduced, but after a couple of false starts, the hand-drawn part was dropped entirely and it was retooled into a full-time Mega Man sprite comic. There was also character-related oddness such as Bass having a decent IQ (later he became TheDitz even by comparison to Mega Man).
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' got its start as a straight-up ''WorldOfWarcraft'' parody. It was much more cartoonish in both drawing style and narrative, with Richard burning Kale to ash in his first appearance, then having a conversation with him as a pile of ashes in a pouch while seeking out the priestess Ben'Joon ("Benny") to resurrect him. In the years that followed, the comic has developed its own unique world. It remains comedic but has lost its more cartoonish elements.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' had a much cruder art style, and largely revolved around jokes about Kirby eating random things rather than the deeper plot lines and characterization in later issues. The comic also initially included quite a few {{Take That}}s (such as one directed at Creator/ElectronicArts), in contrast to the later strips mostly avoiding potentially controversial topics for the sake of concentrating on the comic's signature cute, universally humorous gags.
* {{Achewood}}'s early installments are virtually unrecognisable. Strips tended to rely on non-sequitur humour. Mr Bear wasn't the elderly sophisticate he would be established as later on. Philippe was described as "retarded" rather than simply being 5 years old. Characters like Pat and Lie Bot were far more prominent, the former being more of a beatnik. Ray and Roast Beef were minor characters, the former established as being quite poor. The fact that Philippe, Teador, Lyle and Mr Bear were stuffed animals was a major recurring element. Basically, pretty much everything apart from the characters' names was retconned out.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Educomix}}'', the characters all speak strangely, but only slightly, and some more recent strips only have dialogue that would make sense in real life. However, the first few strips contained some of the strangest dialogue, e.g.:
-->'''Dave:''' I would like to apply for a job descriptions of the fire engine, ma'am.
** Also, the first four strips used a different font to the one which became standard in strips 5-200.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' used to be a collection of pin-up images consisting of Ally dominating Lisa and Anne. Many of these featured descriptions of Ally enslaving them and subjecting them to unsafe punishments, as might be expected of a pure fantasy scenario. Since deciding to write ''Sunstone'' as a serious story aiming at debunking popular misconceptions of BDSM the author removed most of the problematic strips...
** ...for them to later reappear [[DaydreamSurprise as fantasy sequences of main characters. ]]
* [[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]] is a unique example. It is entirely coded and developed in Flash and it is painfully obvious that the creator's ambition out-reaches their abilities in the first 60 or so pages, particularly with the jerky "fighting" animations. [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1694220/page-22-a-flurry-of-futile-fists/ Compare this offering]] to [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1790280/chapter-2-page-19-sweet-dreams/ this recent animation]].
* At the start of ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', the PettingZooPeople main cast was treated as something unusual in a human world. The author soon dropped the "something unusual" angle as not really being where he wanted to take the webcomic, and since then has gravitated over time towards making more of the characters anthropomorphic animals.
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