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* Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' didn't hit its stride until episode 10, when they created the ''[[Series/{{Wipeout2008}} Wipeout]]'' course and introduced the [[MacGuffin Tower of Pimps]], once just a one-off gag done by a drunk Gavin. Until that point, it was pretty much the guys at Creator/RoosterTeeth just messing around like a bunch of idiots in various parts of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' doing random things.
** Another point would be its first multi-parter with episode 15-17 in which [[spoiler:Ryan, Jack, Gavin and Ray attempt to steal away the Tower of Pimps from Geoff, who has made a ''tower in the sky filled with lava'' and hidden it up there.]]
* WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall was pretty much just like any other review show for its first several months, though a very good one. And then Mechakara appeared, helping the show stand out from the pack with its genuinely suspenseful and compelling storylines, as well as some of the best production values seen in such a series. And all without losing focus on the reviews themselves. Though there is a growing number of people who wish that Linkara would dial down the number of {{Myth Arc}}s he's been putting in his reviews. His review of SupermanAtEarthsEnd can be considered a Beard moment as well, ditching the early "Now we've got it" intro and having memorable skits that would become recurring gags, such as "I AM A MAN", "Because Poor Literacy Is Kewl" and "Of course! Don't you know anything about science?". To say nothing of the ending, which would give the show its tagline of "Where bad comics burn".
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': The (un)appearance of Mr Rochester significantly boosted viewers' interest. Episode 8 started as if Jane might meet him on her walk, but it ended up showing Jane speaking about her late friend Helen, which was welcomed by fans as well. Mr Rochester showed up in episode 10 and each subsequent episode was TheUnreveal when his voice was heard and his arms and torso shown, but his face was revealed later in episode 13. It was an adaptation of "fire scene" from the book, re-imagined as glass crash and serious accident. The atmosphere of the video was very spooky and gloomy, and fans loved it -- both Mr Rochester's reveal and the mood of the whole video.
* WebVideo/TheCartoonHero grew the beard when he upgraded to a better camera, making his show look much more professional then the fuzzy audio and video of his early work. His writing also became more focused, and he began including a StoryArc.
* LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} is a good example of how very surprising is to visit the early instalments of popular [[LetsPlay Lets Plays]] and see how different the overall quality of them compared to their later ones.
* These days it's hard to picture WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob minus the beard. In the beginning he looked old, dorky and neurotic. Also, the video camera stock was as crappy as the films.
* The second episode of ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' cut down on the the length of the movie parodies and instead focused on the characters growing to care about each other. It also treated the movie (''WreckItRalph'') with affection other than looking at it from a film critic's point of view, and got a rocky theme tune.
* WebVideo/MarzGurl had reviews of some rather unremarkable animes early on during her time on [= TGWTG =]; one of her few claims to fame was having blue hair. In early 2011, she started reviewing the ''entirety'' of the ''LandBeforeTime'' series, including the short-lived TV show and some video games. As it went on, some of her fellow reviewers begged her to stop for her own sanity. Afterwards, she has started reviewing more mainstream animated films, such as documenting Creator/DonBluth's career.
* TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS grew the beard with episode 6, ''Nigel Strikes Back'', when it became DarkerAndEdgier, focussed more on the characters' motivations and generally gave more reasons to the audience to care more about the events of the series.
* While opinions differ on where exactly WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick got consistently good (whether it was Nella coming in more often or it was where she started looking at tropes as well as doing reviews), but the first step was probably the BlackComedy-filled "Top 10 Disturbing Songs" list where she proved dark humour is what she's incredibly good at.
* While not ''bad'' in the least, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was a little less focused in subject matter at the start of his show. He found his footing and niche sometime after starting up Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com and uploading to Blip.tv. A good bet would be his review of ''TheWizard'' or ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. His yelling felt less like pathetic whining and more hammy and over-the-top, more visual gags were in place and the increased time limit of Blip meant he could focus on more aspects of the film. Both reviews had gags that still resonate two years later. Creator/DougWalker feels somewhat embarrassed when commentating on his review for ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' in 2010, spending most of the review explaining what he hadn't got right with the Nostalgia Critic character.
* LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} grew the beard when he moved from a deadpan, straightforward style to a wackier-voiced, TalkativeLoon who just rambles stream-of-consciousness and doesn't stop unless the level's really tough. And that's just a totally dandelion dandylicious thing, isn't it, guy? Yes, it's the thingiest of things.
* Red Letter Media's ''Plinkett'' reviews were excellent deconstructions of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film franchise, but there was little else to them other than the movie reviews. It wasn't until the StarWars prequel reviews that Plinkett became a fully fleshed out character: kidnapping, rape, murder, and all. The reviews themselves were also a significant jump up in quality, to the point of being a must-see for any sci-fi fan.
* WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment's beard-growing moment is (according to both by fans and [[WordOfGod Noah Antwiller]] himself) the review of the ''VideoGame/TheThing'' computer game, which marked the point where reviews were scripted instead of improvised and where Noah developed the sarcastic and snarky personality that would become a hallmark of the Spoony character.
* ''WebVideo/SteamTrain'' was very controversial upon launch because it started the very same day Jon left [[WebVideo/GameGrumps its parent show]], leading some to cry foul of his replacement being in two separate shows on the same channel. Their first episode had a wide range of complaints against it, such as the recording equipment slowing the game to half-speed, their ineptitude at the ''tutorial level'', and the fact that most all the jokes were just them doing an annoying silly voice for a man [[OverlyLongGag for the entirety of the video.]] Their second episode cooled down the flames a bit, and things have been looking up ever since.
* Some viewers say Creator/StuartAshen's videos started getting better when he went from "Doctor Ashen" to "Ashens"
* ''WebVideo/TreeFog'' started out with simple song covers, but it really took off when it developed a plot with [[spoiler: the band splitting up.]] This coincided with the shaving of Alex's beard, strangely enough.
* ''TribeTwelve'' started out as ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' lite, but has been steadily improving.
* ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal'' started out suffering from being the sequel to the [[ToughActToFollow famously insane]] [[LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonRed original]]. The Mob spent a lot of time [[BaseBreaker tearing itself apart over Lazergator]], with many wanting to release him to make the game harder, but others wanting to keep him. When they accidentally released [[EnsembleDarkhorse Togepi]] instead, the [[KickTheMoralityPet resultant shock and regret]] caused a new RageAgainstTheHeavens plot to form in contrast to the old one's [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory aburdist theological journey]].
* While [[SomethingAwful Lowtax]]'s first three "LetsPlay ''CryOfFear''" videos were surprisingly well received, it wasn't until [[WebAnimation/TheFlashTub Dave "Shmorky" Kelly]] took up the second microphone that ''GamingGarbage'' became a possibility.
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