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* A '''literal''' case in the prequel to the AlternateHistory LetsPlay[=/=]FanFic ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'', ''An Egyptian in Scotland''. [[TheGoodKing Heruben]], the leader of the Egyptian refugees, grows a beard over the first inhospitable British winter. After this, he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a noticeable level in badass]].
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' starts out as RougeAnglesOfSatin and {{Plagiarism}}: [[TitleTheAdaptation The Fan Fic]] before finding an identity of its own by Season 2 and ''really'' starts getting better in Season 3 and beyond.
* Debatable in ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'' like most tropes on this page, but while Part 1 has some glaring grammar problems and lack of focus at the beginning, the story steadily improves throughout and becomes rather consistent around Chapter 13...Though there are still some grammar issues here and there. However, the beard grows even further in Movie 1, where there is a LOT less grammar mistakes, the battles feel more steamlined, and more details words are used in the narrative to avoid repetition. And finally there is Part 2, which removes nearly all grammar problems, has a fluid narrative with great battles, and a better focus on the characters and villains. It is pretty impressive to read through at that point considering that this is a Mario fanfic and all.
* Following ''Trial By Fire'', the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' slowly bean to grow its beard, but it fully grew after ''A Family Thing'' where afterwards it introduces many exciting {{Myth Arc}}s, the introduction of Danielle as a permanent member of the Fenton family, new ghost powers, a MysteriousWatcher, and a member of the RoguesGallery performing a HeelFaceTurn, and the series is only getting better from there.
* Chapter 15 of ''Fanfic/OneAndOnlySon'', where the already excellent fic, gets its beard grown in a full-blown WhamEpisode.
* ''FanFic/TheReturn'' really hit its stride when the author abandoned the last of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma]]'' {{canon}}, hit the FirstLawOfGenderBending and started treating it like [[WebOriginal original fiction]].
* Although the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' is an undoubtedly fun and surprisingly well written series, it's still fairly average, until ''"Forget the [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]], This is Madness!!"'', whereupon the series adopts a quality of writing that is on par if not better than that of professional authors.
** Then along comes ''Silent Sorrow'', which takes EmotionalTorque SerialEscalation throws in a fantastically deep and complicated plot and wonderfully insightful CharacterDevelopment and tops it all of by having a ridiculously large HolyShitQuotient, essentially growing a beard so massive, it could be used as a rope ladder to heaven.
* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' starts out as a straight up Tenth Walker, albeit a good one with a few minor variations, but really begins to hit its stride with the Breaking of the Fellowship, and a following ability to develop its own identity and the author developed and refined his style. This is signified by an increase in the length of the chapters to consistently 3000 words plus.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5353683/1/The_Girl_Who_Loved The Girl Who Loved]]'' is a particularly impressive case, as the first few chapters are incredibly rough, with all the problems that it entails, including the usual {{Flanderization}} of characters. By about the fourth chapter, the plot begins to develop, most characters become increasingly fleshed out (some don't and a few fanon characterizations are deconstructed), and really hits its stride in chapter 7 and keeps going into its darker sequel, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5619147/1/Violence-Inherent-in-the-System Violence Inherent in the System]] without losing any of the humor or idealistic aspects.
* At first, ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' was just a compilation of short sketches that didn't really parody anything in particular. Chapter 20 gives us its first full-blown StoryArc, and from there the stories got much longer and more effective parodies. [[HilariousInHindsight Ironically, the end of the first arc was originally where the author intended to end it.]] It's a good thing he didn't.
* ''Escape from The Hokage's Hat'' starts off slow with the first two arcs basically being RecycledScript bar certain details and mostly dealing with the power plays and politicking between Jiraiya and the council. Come chapter 22, the story picks up from the previous rather {{Filler}} and isolated feel the first two arcs as more of the world gets involved in the story.