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->''"I bet when Scully took her exams to become a Doctor she never foresaw a day when she would be suited and booted in riot gear, clutching onto a forbidding firearm, and taking part in a domestic terrorist sting."''
-->-- '''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-x-files-season-four_17.html Doc Oho]]''' on ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Tunguska"

The Adrenaline Makeover is a particular form of CharacterDevelopment for action genre entertainment that disguises itself as a {{Love Trope|s}}. It's what happens to a ShrinkingViolet, or a GirlNextDoor who finds herself embroiled in an adventure situation. It is most common in movies, but has been known to turn up in other media.

The Adrenaline Makeover candidate is almost always or was BeautifulAllAlong. But at the beginning of the story, our heroine is mousy, shy, wearing the bad glasses, the frumpy clothes, etc.

Sometimes she's secretly, unknowingly, the HotLibrarian, or a case of [[SheIsAllGrownUp late blooming gorgeous]]. Sometimes they're gorgeous but shy, mild-mannered, aloof or standoffish because they have to work twice as hard to be [[YouGoGirl thought of as half as good in a male-dominated field]]; and being sexy equals not being taken seriously; and [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon being aggressive is considered a negative trait for a female]] -- at least, in this part of the story. If the woman is used to being overlooked for being mousy and plain, this can also result in ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe at some point during the transformation.

The usual progression of the trope has the character starting out blinded to the world by their academic pursuits. She's in trouble that she needs assistance to get out of, resulting in a hero showing up and helping her through an epic adventure. The adventure distracts her from maintaining her frumpiness; the hero is there to rescue her, to help her de-frump, and to fall in love with her, making her realize as she returns his affections that if she'd just shaken out the hair and dumped the glasses before, she might have gotten a hot hero guy that much sooner.

By the end of the movie, she's come out of her shell, cast off her shyness, and come into her own in her own field. She [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]], amps all the way up to ActionGirl, and [[InHarmsWay joins the guy in his field]], and they become a BattleCouple.

This often happens to make TheChick [[AmazonChaser more palatable]] to men (and sometimes, [[RealWomenDontWearDresses "more exigent" females]]), and to [[TokenRomance add that romantic element]] so that [[MostWritersAreMale action movies]] can also be [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls date movies]]. The recipient of the Adrenaline Makeover is almost AlwaysFemale, though a NonActionGuy can occasionally also get a Makeover.

The Adrenaline Makeover may be seen as a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop by way of contradicting the BeYourself trope. This trope can also be viewed as implying that a woman is not desirable just as she was; she was not worth noticing or the hero's interest until her adventure-triggered transformation took her from plain to pretty.

Basically FanservicePack as CharacterDevelopment. The opposite of {{Chickification}}.

Subtrope of TookALevelInBadass and FanServicePack. May involve a SignificantWardrobeShift. Related to ThePowerOfLove. Compare {{Xenafication}}, when there is no CharacterDevelopment at all and a FanservicePack is optional. Contrast SeriouslyScruffy (for when a change in someone's appearance makes it clear that the stress is getting to them, rather than making them more badass).

See also CostumeEvolution.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* After [[spoiler:she saves Athrun's life and ends up having to defect from ZAFT as a consequence]], [[BridgeBunnies Meyrin]] [[NaiveEverygirl Hawke]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' switches from a rather modest cadet uniform and GirlishPigtails to a tighter jacket/pants combination and [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange wearing her long hair loose]]. [[spoiler: Subverted in the GrandFinale, when she puts on her cadet uniform again when she hops back into a ship as a BridgeBunny for Lacus and Kira's groups.]]
* Youko Nakajima from ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms'' is a more subdued version. She starts shy and mousy [[{{Joshikousei}} in her dark grey school uniform]], becomes a DarkSkinnedRedhead ActionGirl in Chinese clothing after being TrappedInAnotherWorld, later is seen in regal clothing when crowned as the Queen of the Kei Kingdom... then switches to her traveler outfits whenever she leaves the palace.
* In ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', when Hikaru Makiba decides to [[TookALevelInBadass toughen up]] and become an ActionGirl, her wardrobe changes from flowing dresses to miniskirts and boots.
** Inverted with Maria Grace Fleed. When she appears,, she wears skin-tight bodysuits; when she properly joins the cast, she keeps them as fighting clothes and begins wearing dresses and flowing skirts as civilian outfits.
* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''. [[spoiler: Kuniko Tooya]] drastically changed her looks between a ''very'' traumatic incident and her arrival to Class A, going from a normal school uniform to ''ko-gal''-like clothes, but takes her ''much'' more than that to fully blossom. In fact, the Class Q people are plainly ''weirded out'' when they realise who she is. And it doesn't hurt that in the process she'd been a case of BewareTheNiceOnes from the start...
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun'' gives one to Reipin/Neiran. After she finally strikes up a friendship with [[IneffectualLoner Nirusha]], she gains more confidence in herself; to seal this, [[BeautifulAllAlong she puts on some new clothes that Nirusha gives her as a thank you gift and she begins styling her hair differently]], and won't take the abuse from her family anymore.
* ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth'' has Alice. She doesn't change her appearance ''too'' much, but she becomes more extroverted and able to speak her mind, even rushing in action to try to do something herself compared to how she previously was so shy, she had difficulty making friends in her [[NewTransferStudent new school]].
* ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has Rin Asano, who starts out so weak that she hired Manji in order to protect her life while she tracks down the man who ordered the [[YouKilledMyFather murder of her father and rape/murder of her mother.]] Cut to about 20 volumes later, when Manji has vanished without a trace. Rin starts kicking ass and taking names ''all the way into Edo Castle'' and doesn't stop until she's in Manji's cell. When he finally sees her again, he ''[[SheIsAllGrownUp doesn't recognize her right away]].''
* Shirin Bakhtiar from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. After being an assertive and outspoken adviser to princess Marina Ismail in the first season, while wearing presumably typical flowing court dresses, she switches to baggy pants and tight T-shirts when she becomes a rebel against {{the Federation}} in the second season.
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Tenma is a rare male example as he grows his hair long and gains a PermaStubble, which is odd, considering that the hotter he gets, the more the other characters will tell him that he looks [[InformedAttribute awful and too skinny]].
** Actually, this is FridgeBrilliance at it's finest. For the circle Tenma is in (doctors, people of great importance, and educated fellows) a guy with long hair and a beard is seen as uneducated and ugly, however, for normal persons like us. It's the opposite. We find it attractive because it's not acceptable as social norm, but, in part, [[EscapistCharacter what we wish]].
* [[spoiler: Homura Akemi]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', who [[LettingHerHairDown lets her long hair down]] and [[TheGlassesGottaGo gets rid of her glasses]] [[spoiler: after going though several different timelines and failing to save her beloved Madoka in every single time]]. This is a plot point: [[spoiler: she changes her looks ''specifically'' so Madoka won't recognize her as the quiet {{Meganekko}} with long braids that she befriended at the beginning. In the Rebellion Story movies, this is definitely sealed when she switches to EvilWearsBlack after here FaceHeelTurn, opposite Madoka's WomanInWhite {{Physical God}}dess]].
* In a male example from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Simon goes from adult Simon to a taller Kamina look-alike when [[spoiler: he's going to go save Nia from the Anti-Spirals]].
* A rare villainous example happens in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. War orphan Katejina Loos starts the series rather modestly dressed and with a headband keeping her long blond hair in order. When she joins the Zanscare, she starts using tight military uniforms and puts her hair in BraidsOfAction. By the end of the series, as she has become a ''really'' AxCrazy DarkActionGirl, she gains more cleavage and [[LettingHerHairDown lets her hair loose]].
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' gives the male Yu one, involving letting his uniform jacket hang open.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. This is a JustifiedTrope with Triela (already a badass cyborg ActionGirl) reflecting her changing relationship with her handler, former German police officer Victor Hilshire. All the cyborgs have been brainwashed to obey their handlers and this strongly influences the way they dress and act. [[GermanicDepressives Hilshire]] however doesn't know how to relate to his cyborg child killer, so keeps an emotional distance. Therefore Triela starts the series wearing frumpy clothes and {{Badass Longcoat}}s. Later Hilshire works to bridge the gap between them, so Triela [[BadassInANiceSuit dresses the same as he does]] as if she's his police partner. When Triela starts thinking of Hilshire as a ParentalSubstitute, she ends up wearing a pleated schoolgirl skirt as if she's his daughter.
* ''Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner'':
** Both [[TomboyAndgirlyGirl Anna Stephanie and Simone Reflanne]] go through this [[spoiler: after the TimeSkip and joining LaResistance]]. Anna switches from a TomboyishPonytail to a MotherlySidePlait and wears a slightly adorned red minidress with ProperTightsWithASkirt; Simone cuts her BoyishShortHair ''even shorter'', ditches [[MulticoloredHair her pink hair stripe]] and wears a blue and skin-tight SpyCatSuit.
** Eiji can be said to be a RareMaleExample, as he wears a white space suit most of the time but [[spoiler: when he returns after the same TimeSkip]] he's seen in denim clothes and with a more tough guy-like appearance in general.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' provides a male example in the form of Kaneki. He starts out as a ShrinkingViolet prone to wearing frumpy clothing and is criticized by [[LoveInterests Touka]] for being too skinny. After the TimeSkip, he's become a white-haired AntiHero that runs around in a form-fitting black SexyBacklessOutfit and gets a good amount of WorkoutFanservice to show off how much he's filled out. However, when they're finally reunited, Touka isn't particularly pleased by the change and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls]] [[WhatTheHellHero him]] out on his claims of having done it all to protect everyone.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the changes in Hinata's design, from childhood to teens to young adulthood, easily fit this trope. [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/naruto/images/4/4f/Hinata_p1_render.png/revision/latest?cb=20160124060038 In Part I]], she has short hair and very baggy clothes. [[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/naruto/images/a/ac/Hinata_timekip.png/revision/latest?cb=20150825083511 In Part II]], she lets her hair grow and while her clothes don't show skin, they cannot hide her [[BuxomIsBetter growing curves]]. [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/naruto/images/d/d4/Hinata_-_The_Last.png/revision/latest?cb=20160424214508 Finally]], in ''The Last'', her hair reaches her hips and she ditches the baggy coat/pants combo in favor of a sleeveless sweater, [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]], and even ZettaiRyouiki.


* Mousy lawyer Jennifer Walters becomes the 6'6" green supermodel superhero ''Comicbook/SheHulk'', though it's not adrenaline that does it so much as [[ILoveNuclearPower deadly radiation]]. It's played with in more recent stories, where she starts taking her normal meek persona more seriously and comes out of shell as Jen as well, ''without'' letting her hair down or taking off the glasses.
* After rejoining the Reds in ''Red Lanterns,'' Guy Gardner eventually grows out his hair as well as a BadassMustache.

* In FanFic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids, Achmed gives Sam a "rocker chick" makeover in chapter 9, however, [[SubvertedTrope she's never seen in that look for the rest of the story.]]
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: Hinata is nearly killed, losing a big chunk of her hair and her jacket in the process. Afterwards, she embraces Naruto's emotional support, gets an ImportantHaircut and a more revealing (though not Stripperiffic) uniform.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', there's no {{Love Interest|s}} involved, but it's fighting for her life and her family that causes [[IJustWantToBeNormal Reluctant Hero]] Violet Parr to come out of her shell, learn a [[PowerUp new power]], and quit hiding behind her hair. In the same movie, getting back in the hero game inspires her bored father Bob to slim down (and bulk up) and have more fun with his family. Incidentally, the guy at school Violet was pining after only notices her post-adventure. Rather understandable, since before she only had the confidence to lurk behind the scenery staring at him and now she can talk to him.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is a reverse example of this, [[SweetPollyOliver as in order to become a kickbutt swordswoman she has to hide her beauty]], but that doesn't stop her from looking fantastic in the final battle with Shan-Yu where she wears a simple but still cute dress and has her hair down.
* A male version of this happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', combined with ClarkKentOutfit.
* Hiccup in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' suits himself up with dragon-riding gear, gains some confidence, and finishes out the movie looking even more hardcore with [[spoiler:a prosthetic limb]].
** [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35000000/Hiccup-from-HTTYD-2-how-to-train-your-dragon-35062225-1223-1920.jpg Taken even further in]] ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''.
* Jane Porter's clothes and hair change in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' over the course of the film. It starts with her wearing her hair in a bun and in a large yellow dress. When she brings Tarzan back her hair is loose, and she starts wearing a shirt and skirt and occasionally goes barefoot. When she falls in love she's wearing loose fitting clothing, and by the end of the film she's wearing animal skin like Tarzan.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Emilie in ''Film/{{Lockout}}'' does this when she stands up to the evil Scottish brothers. Snow, overhearing her via the comm. system, turns back to rescue her, realizing that her new upgrade makes her more desirable and awesome.
* Chris in ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'' is played from a slightly different angle. She finds out during a night of running from gangbangers and criminals that her boyfriend is cheating on her because she won't put out. She gets everybody safely home, parents none the wiser, and gets a nicer, new, upgraded boyfriend when all is said and done -- all ''without'' changing her look. Then again, she doesn't really ''need'' to change her look -- a running gag/subplot of the film is the IdenticalStranger who is the current Playmate of the Month, for whom she is repeatedly mistaken.
* ''Film/FantasticFour2005'': Sue Storm, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman. She was acknowledged as extremely beautiful from the very beginning but she was the "hair in a bun, glasses on the face" science girl. Starting from the moment they get back to Earth, she starts wearing the hair down and ditches the glasses. The movie progresses through her reconciling with Reed, and by the end of the movie they're an AdventureDuo plus two. By the [[Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer sequel]], she's [[TookALevelInBadass way more skilled with her powers]] and takes no crap, even from Reed.
* ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006'', when the nerdy pacifist protagonist shed a few layers of clothing, [[TookALevelInBadass broke out the weaponry]], and stomped off to avenge his family and cause some serious mutant pain.
* The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movies avert this trope. All the women in Indy's life are spitfires. Yes, they still fall in love with him, but they don't go from frump to bombshell in the process.
** [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Willie Scott]] goes from bombshell to frump and back, but remains thoroughly useless the entire time.
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'': Evy is a dressed down HotLibrarian as the [[Film/TheMummy1999 first movie]] begins. She's prim, easily offended, and rather stiff, but brainy. But because she's the object of desire for the CardCarryingVillain, of course she has to be dressed up properly to be a VirginSacrifice (or the closest thing to it). Along comes Rick, and along the way they fall in love. By the end of the movie, she's completely calm about all the insanity she's encountered and [[RescueRomance madly in love with her rescuer]]. By the [[Film/TheMummyReturns sequel]], she's [[TookALevelInBadass leveled up]], and she and Rick are a BattleCouple, which carries over into the [[WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries animated series]]. Not only that, but she is a MamaBear as well.
* ''Film/RomancingTheStone'': Joan Wilder is a mousy, reclusive romance novelist. But when she gets in over her head in Colombia, Jack T. Colton is there to help her out -- for a price. Along the way, after he chops the heels off her shoes and tosses her suitcase full of sensible business suits into the jungle, they ride a mudslide, swing on vines, and do the sort of things she writes about in her novels. By the midpoint of the movie, her hair is down and she's dip-dancing in Jack's arms. By the end of the movie, she's no longer mousy or reclusive. By the sequel, Joan's backslid a little and [[MissionPackSequel goes through the transformation a second time]].
* ''Film/TheSaint1997'': Emma is a shy, nervous nuclear physicist who is brilliant enough to have invented Cold Fusion. She meets Simon in one of his aliases, and it's LoveAtFirstSight. Once she gets over being astonished that a man like him would notice her, she's so worked up she has to take [[DisabledLoveInterest her heart medication]] before they go to bed. But he betrays her. Incensed, Emma throws off the meek mouse persona and tracks him down. Along the way, they're pursued by the Russian Mafia, and by the end of the movie, she can do a 100 yard dash, and doesn't need her pills anymore.
** In the original ending, she was going to die of heart problems, but test audiences didn't like it.
* Sarah Connor in ''Film/TheTerminator'' is a simple young woman who has a waitress job at a family restaurant. By her own admission, she can't even balance her own checkbook. She's meek, and mild-mannered, but smart enough to know bad things are happening when people with her name start dying. Then Kyle shows up. Once she's done being scared to death of him, they fall in love, and by the time the movie ends, she's got the first few experience points toward [[TookALevelInBadass taking her level in badass]]. By the time of the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay sequel]] she's a full-fledged MamaBear you don't want to mess with.
* Helen Tasker in ''Film/TrueLies''. The meek housewife ditches the glasses, the hairdo, and the frumpy clothes that concealed her incredible physique. By the final scene, she and her husband are apparently a BattleCouple.
* Tristan in ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' is a male example, as he gets a makeover in the mundane sense from the CampGay Captain Shakespeare. At the same time, he becomes a more competent and heroic character.
* ''Film/TankGirl'' has a LesYay example. Jet Girl is meek and mousy, and lets the Water and Power mook push her around until she makes friends with Tank Girl. By the end of the movie, Jet has quit stuttering, is telling off people on the radio, cowing the Reavers when they cross her, and even killing the mook who sexually harassed her.
* Lucy in ''Film/TheFrighteners'' starts out as a beleaguered widow, a little frumpy, and a doctor who's not taken seriously by the patients of the male doctor she occasionally replaces. After the events of the movie, she ends up with Frank, the hero, in more ways than one.
* Ellie Sawyer of ''Film/MyScienceProject'' starts out as a dowdy, glasses-adorned nerd, eventually losing her hairpins and glasses in the midst of the action. In the end, though, she's still a nerd -- just a more attractive one.
* Over the course of the three films, Elizabeth Swann of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' loses the corset, lets her hair down, and gets the upgrade from DamselInDistress to ActionGirl ([[spoiler:Captain Swann]]!)([[spoiler:''Pirate King'' Swann]]!), which debatably results in better outfits in the process (not to mention a tan and sun-bleached hair!)
* Creator/GuyPearce in the remake of ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}''.
* Somewhat of an inversion with Annie from ''Film/TheInvisible''. She starts out brutal, violent, and dressed in guys' clothes, no to mention the leader of the school bullies. As she realizes the consequences of her violent life, her bad choices, and the fact that Nick was more like her than she gave him credit for, she feminizes -- beginning to wear her hair down, and her clothing less gender neutral.
* David/Bud in ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' starts the film as a shy, downtrodden loner who gets [[TrappedInTVLand beamed into his favorite wholesome 50s Sitcom]]. Halfway into the story, he's forced to help the town firemen put out a fire (all they did previously was rescue cats from trees), subsequently gets a date [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders with a cheerleader]], and rescues his mother from a gang of thugs. From that point on, he becomes a strong, competent leader whose insights and bravery eventually bring color and life to the previously sterile black-and-white world he's (temporarily) living in.
* ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' alumnus ''Film/AlienFromLA'' is built on this trope, as applied to Kathy "DullSurprise" Ireland's adventures BeneathTheEarth in search of her DisappearedDad.
* Wesley in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' is a quiet nebbish who hates his life and apologizes for ''everything'', even things that aren't his fault out of reflex. He knows his best friend is sleeping with his girlfriend, and just takes it. The morning after he meets Fox about 25 minutes into the film, he goes back to the life he hates. His [[PointyHairedBoss boss Janice]] gives him crap, and he realizes he could take Fox up on her offer. He walks out, showing the first inkling of being a badass. The transformation continues into the movie.
* Another male example, Morgan Sullivan of ''Film/{{Cypher}}'' begins as an awkward and insecure mid-level suit who takes a job in industrial espionage. In the process of inventing and adopting personality and character quirks for his cover, confidence noticeably grows in his posture and speech patterns, he begins smoking and knocking back scotch casually, then loses the glasses and tie while dressing and hairstyling more fashionably.
* Evey Hammond of the ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'' film begins as a meek, conventionally pretty pushover of a woman, but after V's done with her (most noticeably her shaved hair) she is independent, fearless, and for many much more striking.
* In ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', the Kevin Bacon's character is disappointed to discover that the girl scientist he's sent to meet is not particularly attractive, in that she's wearing a [[HollywoodHomely floppy hat and glasses]]. When the graboids start attacking, however, she loses some of her clothing and becomes more attractive to him.
* Gwen gradually gets this over the course of ''Film/TheWolfman2010''. Initially, she comes off as a very proper and somewhat quiet woman. However, as she becomes determined to find a cure for Lawrence towards the end of the movie, she starts to wear less fancy attire and her hair is noticeably a little unkempt from her nights of searching for answers. By the finale, her hair is down, she is wearing a slightly lower cut and dirtier looking dress than her earlier attire, and carries around a silver bullet loaded pistol.
* Arguably the original version of this was Creator/GraceKelly in ''Film/HighNoon'' who fires a decisive gunshot despite being a pacifist (and openly telling Gary Cooper's sheriff to get out of town) through most of the film. While it may not be as adrenalin charged as other examples above it is a pretty major shift in terms of the character!
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', Claire goes from stiff and sleek to a disheveled woman of action during the course of the film.
* ''Film/InnerSpace'' has a literal example. Tuck in his tiny ship literally stimulates Jack's adrenal gland. But the harrowing adventure he has gone through cures him of his nervous hypochondriac tendencies, and turns him into a full on Action guy ready to take on the bad guys without hesitation.
* Film/IndependenceDayResurgence: A male example that plays with the trope. It's love and action that fuel the makeover, but not romantic love. Former President Thomas Whitmore is badly battle scarred from the events of the invasion 20 years ago. He's shaky, easily agitated, suffering nightmares and visions. He can barely stand without his cane. But when the aliens come back, he struggles from bed and goes to warn the current President. As events progress he rapidly goes back to his old self, first abandoning his cane, and finally shaving his BeardOfSorrow, suiting up and getting behind the stick again to defeat the aliens in order to protect his adult daughter.
* Marci Eyre from the 2000 film ''Film/{{Spiders}}'' is a young scientific reporter is forced to survive giant spiders, she pretty much starts with more curlier hair, glasses and wears more clothing, but during the movie after she's forced to survive against the spiders her hair becames more wavy, loses the glasses and loses most of her clothing, remaining in just a tank top.

* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:after getting turned into a vampire and everything, Isabelle notes Simon's gotten more attractive]].
* In ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'' Salli gets one when she sets out to rescue her own bodyguard after they're attacked by space pirates.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Gabrielle goes from a mousy wannabe bard to a [[SaiGuy sai wielding]] ActionGirl over the course of the series, inciting a [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l9hf7fzhxn1qbg38lo1_500.jpg very]] [[http://www.xena.nu/gabrielle35.JPG dramatic]] change in retrospect.
* Willow from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as a wimpy nerd and becomes one of the most powerful characters in the series by the end of the show, with the most notable shift being between seasons 3 and 4. Although she has a few romances along the way, her transformation isn't a direct result of any one of them.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Fred is first seen as a dowdy librarian, eventually gets her kicks, and ends as Illyria.
* Juliet from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had many traits of someone before the makeover: meek and [[ExtremeDoormat somewhat of a pushover]]. Her hair was even styled very intricately. Then she joined [[GoingNative the Others]]. Flashforward to her introduction in the series where she [[LettingHerHairDown let her hair down]] and was the badass [[TheStoic Stoic]] who didn't take crap from anyone. [[HeelFaceTurn Not even]] [[MagnificentBastard her boss]].
* ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'': John started off as a meek, quiet, shy, depressed doctor and than as the series continues, winds up as an [[BadassAdorable adorable]] adrenaline junkie that you ''do not'' want to mess with. Oh, and, possibly pre-Series 3, he was practicing medicine ''when he thought his best friend died.''
* Dana Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'' started off the series as a painfully serious, straight-laced, everything-by-the-book agent who wore unfashionable blazer/skirt combos. By the end of the series, she is no longer as uptight and has embraced the idea of the paranormal. The frumpy plaid pantsuits are gone, replaced by more flattering clothes.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has a few examples from two of its main heroines.
** Arya Stark is seen wearing dresses in the same style as her sister Sansa and has an intricate hairstyle. At the end of the first season, her hair is cut short and she is forced to dress as a boy, but for the rest of the series is a fully-fledged ActionGirl.
** Daenerys Targaryen starts out in the series as a meek little girl under the thumb of her cruel brother and is dressed like a doll in flowing gowns. However, after her marriage to Khal Drogo, she begins to embrace her status as Khaleesi of the Dothraki and dresses in their fashion with leathers and BraidsOfAction. In the books, it is explicitly stated that her brother Viserys was killed off because of his refusal to change his ways to adapt to the Dothraki.

* Music/{{Rihanna}} after the assault on her by Music/ChrisBrown (at least during the ''Rated R'' era).

* Scaramouche gets one in ''Theatre/WeWillRockYou'' when she and Galileo make it to the Bohemians. However she started out as a DeadpanSnarker and became a stripperiffic deadpan snarker after the makeover.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Princess Garnet starts off very shy, awkward around commoners, and unsure of her future status as Queen. She's still beautiful and useful in combat (especially after she gains her summons), but has this whole Franchise/DisneyPrincess thing about her. But about 3/4 through the game, she decides to be more daring and uses Zidane's dagger to [[ImportantHaircut cut her hair short]], and her personality becomes more forward. Even her profile pic changes to a front-facing smile instead of the previous distant stare.
** Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is very shy, quiet, and is almost ready to apologize for anything that happens to people, even if it's not her fault at all (she even apologizes for being ''kidnapped''!). After spending her journey with Tidus and seeing how far he is willing to go to make a difference in the world, Yuna sheds her shy personality for a much more outgoing and cheerful one in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' and is also willing to take a stand for what she believes in. Yuna's appearance changes as well; she goes from a summoner with a staff and very modest clothing to a sphere hunter with more revealing clothing, has a long ponytail, and uses guns in combat (which is a huge deal since guns were seen as complete evil in the past).
* ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'': As seen in ''Tenchu 2'' (a prequel), Ayame never took ninja training seriously, and thought of it all more of a game than anything. But then [[spoiler:the guy she loved got amnesia, killed the whole village where she was trained in, killed his master (which was also her foster father), fell in love for another woman; and Ayame was forced to kill him]]. Some years later she became a DeadpanSnarker ActionGirl, naturally.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'': [[WrenchWench Keira]] was stuck in the [[LimitedWardrobe same]] [[BareYourMidriff crop-top]] and capris ensemble for the first five games. When she finally goes on an adventure with [[ActionHero Jak]] and [[WeaselMascot Daxter]] in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterTheLostFrontier'', she gets a new shirt, new jacket, new pants, new boots, and [[GunsAkimbo two pistols]]. The only part of her original outfit are her [[CharmPoint goggles]].
* Anya from ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''. In the first two games, she was MissionControl and wore a non-combat outfit. In the third game, she becomes an ActionGirl and wears combat armor while fighting on the frontlines. {{Justified|Trope}} because humans are going extinct, and WordOfGod states that every available body is needed for battle.
** Also applies to [[BigBad Queen Myyrah]], who, after [[spoiler:the flooding of the Locust Hollows and the current Lambent Invasion]], has donned her battle armor and personally leads the remnants of the Locust in battle from atop her Tempest warmount.
* [[HotScientist Liara]] goes through a rather [[BreakTheCutie darker]] variant in between ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* Elizabeth from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' undergoes three. She starts out in a white blouse and full-length skirt, matching her status as a naive GirlInTheTower. After killing Daisy Fitzroy and getting covered in her blood, Elizabeth changes into a [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]] and getting a haircut. In the ''Burial at Sea'' {{DLC}}s, she has changed her outfit to fit in with the aesthetics of Rapture. Her much more ruthless personality is reflected by her HotterAndSexier outfit, which includes a tight white shirt, a tight skirt, fishnet stockings and heels.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Zig-Zagged with ''Webcomic/{{Ciem|WebcomicSeries}}'': Candi undergoes so many transformations that are either straight adrenaline makeovers or attempts at hiding, that it gets downright confusing. When she dyes her hair red and cuts it, she could be said to look ''less'' attractive.
* In ''Webcomic/NightmareFactory'', Emai's braided hair get loose during her confrontation with Phirre. And depending on the reader, [[spoiler: after she kills him, she can even make being drenched in green blood somehow look good.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' features the spear counterpart: 25th Baam, after taking a level in badass during the time skip, changes his appearance quite a bit. Most notably, he has become a TroubledButCute anti-villainous AgentPeacock. The motivation behind this change is darker than the usual examples.
* Between the adventure in Castle Wulfenbach and her re-appearance in Mechanicsburg after somehow escaping the castle Sleipnir O'Hara of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', cuts her hair short and trades in her frumpy jumpsuit for a revealing halter-top, and very... "fitted" bodice and pants.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Over the entire fourth season, Ron slowly worked toward becoming cool enough to be Kim Possible's boyfriend. In the finale, when a threat downs the girl who can do anything, the sidekick steps up and embraces his Monkey Kung Fu.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Connie gets this in the opening titles. In the first season, when she was mostly defined as Steven's {{Adorkable}} best friend, she was shown with a dress and big floppy hat, carrying ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. In the revised second season titles, starting with "Sworn to the Sword" (in which Pearl trains her in swordfighting), she's wearing shorts, a sleeveless top, no hat, and the book is replaced with Rose Quartz's sword, which is nearly as large as Connie herself.