Growing The Beard: Fan Fics

  • A literal case in the prequel to the Alternate History Let's Play/Fan Fic A Scotsman In Egypt, An Egyptian in Scotland. Heruben, the leader of the Egyptian refugees, grows a beard over the first inhospitable British winter. After this, he takes a noticeable level in badass.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series starts out as Rouge Angles of Satin and Plagiarism: 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 Clash of the Elements 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.
  • Escape from The Hokage's Hat starts off slow with the first two arcs basically being Recycled Script 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.
  • Following Trial By Fire, the Facing The Future Series slowly bean to grow its beard, but it fully grew after A Family Thing where afterwards it introduces many exciting Myth Arcs, the introduction of Danielle as a permanent member of the Fenton family, new ghost powers, a Mysterious Watcher, and a member of the Rogues Gallery performing a Heel-Face Turn, and the series is only getting better from there.
  • Chapter 15 of One And Only Son, where the already excellent fic, gets its beard grown in a full-blown Wham Episode.
  • While fairly well-received, fans of First Try Series widely agree that the story really hit it's stride with First Try: Team Tetsuo, particularly since it completely ignores The Stations of the Canon.
  • The Return really hit its stride when the author abandoned the last of Ranma canon, hit the First Law of Gender-Bending and started treating it like original fiction.
  • Although the Tamers Forever Series is an undoubtedly fun and surprisingly well written series, it's still fairly average, until "Forget the Y2K, This is Madness!!", whereupon the series adopts a quality of writing that is on par if not better than that of professional authors.
  • The Wizard in the Shadows 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.
  • 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, Violence Inherent in the System without losing any of the humor or idealistic aspects.
  • At first, You Got HaruhiRolled! was just a compilation of short sketches that didn't really parody anything in particular. Chapter 20 gives us its first full-blown Story Arc, and from there the stories got much longer and more effective parodies. Ironically, the end of the first arc was originally where the author intended to end it. It's a good thing he didn't.