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->'''Aoi Asahina:''' What the heck's happened to you...? You weren't like this from the beginning, you know.\\
'''Yasuhiro Hagakure:''' Well, back then my personality hadn't quite solidified yet...!
-->-- ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''

When a series starts out, the characters usually don't have firmly established personalities since the writers are just getting a feel for them. Time goes on, more and more episodes are produced, and the characters become better defined with their own set of personality and behavioral quirks. Or maybe their early personality gradually gave way to something very different due to CharacterDevelopment and/or {{Flanderization}}. Whatever the case may be, though, their early incarnations are forgotten about as people look at the firmly established characterization.

In extreme cases, a character's actions in early instances of a work can actively contradict their later, established behavior. For examples, early adventures of the noted TechnicalPacifist Batman end with him openly killing criminals. This is a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.

A form of ContinuityDrift. Compare the OutOfCharacterMoment and DependingOnTheWriter, or {{Flanderization}} where a single trait gets largely exaggerated until it's all the character is known for. When the characterization is already firmly established, but still ends up changing to something completely different (often for unsatisfying reasons), then this is CharacterDerailment.

See also CharacterCheck, when the writers abruptly remember that the character started out as different, and give him a few scenes where he acts like he used to, if only temporarily.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn/AnimeAndManga
* CharacterizationMarchesOn/ComicBooks
* CharacterizationMarchesOn/LiveActionTV
* CharacterizationMarchesOn/WesternAnimation

* Grimace in the UsefulNotes/McDonalds commercials started off as a more villainous character (the "Evil Grimace", as in a sinister smile) back when [=McDonaldland=] was first created in the 1970s, often stealing people's food which Ronald had to get back. The Hamburglar would eventually take over as the villain, and Grimace slowly evolved into the lovable oaf we know today.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Early strips featured Calvin being part of a troop of Cub Scouts. Later strips however show Calvin as being someone who dislikes organized games, so Watterson abandoned the Scout strips. Although his personality was still the same -- he really didn't work well with the Scouts and tried to avoid or lose them at every opportunity. It's easy to imagine he simply quit after it didn't work out (or more likely, got banned). Knowing Calvin's family, his dad probably urged him to try scouting as it "builds character."
** The very first strip featuring ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'' had Calvin being very skeptical of the book's quality (he said, "How good can it be if it hasn't been made into an animated TV show?") while his dad wanted to read it to him. In later strips, it's the only bedtime story Calvin ever wants to hear, and his dad is sick of it.
* The character that would eventually become the PointyHairedBoss in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' was initially an unnamed balding manager who was more cruel than stupid. Then one day, Adams accidentally drew the hair on the sides of his head slightly pointy and liked the resemblance to devil horns. Curiously enough, Adams then started making him more and more stupid but made his hair also more and more pointy...
** A similar process may be occurring to the CEO, originally a bald man dumber than PointyHairedBoss, whose forehead has been becoming more elongated until he looks like... [[http://www.dilbert.com/2010-09-22/ this]].
** Dogbert was originally just an actual pet (albeit able to talk and hyper-intelligent), even in one strip as having a leash and being taken for a walk. Nowadays, he is almost human-like and interacts with everyone on a human level (although he is still willing to take advantage of the legal implications of being a dog if it suits him).
** Dilbert himself used to be a science-fiction genius whose wild inventions made up some of the plots. Once the comic started focusing almost exclusively on office humor and lost the sci-fi elements, he was just another engineer.
*** He still has his occasional moments of sci-fi genius, however, as shown in a storyline in April 2008 where he builds a particle accelerator and took an antimatter Dilbert to work with him.
* Mo of ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' has always been on the uptight, SoapboxSadie side but was a little bit more cheery in her younger days. Two scenes in the first year of the strip shows her idly singing to nobody in particular; "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", and then "Groovy Kind of Love" in another. It is ''extremely'' difficult to image the Mo we know now singing like that.
* In ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', the dad was a stereotypical 60s buffoon: wore a hat, smoked a pipe, drank, was overweight, ignored Thel, et cetera. He was soon overhauled into a more sympathetic, trimmer father figure.
* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is super-nerd Jason's undying enthusiasm for school, with him looking forward to every big test and dreading the arrival of summer break, much to the annoyance of his siblings. In early strips, Jason hated school just like they did.
** Roger is so impossibly bad at chess that an Internet site which assessed his skill matched him up with a preschool student. In early strips, Roger was actually better at chess than Andy and she was always trying to guilt trip him into letting her win (which is also somewhat at odds with ''her'' current characterization).
** One early strip has Jason playing ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with Peter, something Peter would never do once his character became more established.
** Andy Fox is known for [[LethalChef making horrible food]] [[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou that's apparently healthy]]. An early strip shows her making Mac and Cheese and salad, only using health food when Amend wanted the reader to have a {{Squick}} reaction.
* A very early ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip shows Satchel being perfectly aware who Martha Stewart is, when Rob compares one of his meals to hers, and Satchel points out Martha Stewart doesn't use garnishes. However, a much later storyline (shortly after Stewart got jailed) involved Satchel trying to donate money for her, but not really knowing who she is, what she did wrong, and why she needed help. This possibly is more an example of SeriesContinuityError.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''
** When Sally was first born, Linus was seen considering a relationship with her ("When I'm 22 and Sally is 17, do you think she'll go out with me?"). Quite ironic when you consider he would spend the next forty years fending off ''her'' advances.
** Charlie Brown in the first few years of the comic was quite different from the self-hating loser that he would later become; he was rather cheerful, he liked to play pranks on others, and sometimes even boasted about himself.
** In the first years, Snoopy actually acted like a normal dog and had no thought bubbles. He also appeared to be more of a neighborhood dog as opposed to being Charlie Brown's pet. He consistently called Charlie Brown by his name in early comics, but suddenly forgot and started calling him "the round-headed kid".
** In her first appearances (as a baby), Lucy was a cute little {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, nothing like her later incarnation. One early also comic depicted Lucy as being able to catch baseballs on her own easily. This later looks downright ridiculous as she is shown failing to catch every ball for the rest of the series run.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''
** Jeremy's older brother Chad was initially depicted as a gleaming, near God-like figure with a square jaw whose full face is never seen. In later appearances, he is shown in full and more or less resembles Jeremy but taller and with a goatee (though that last was acknowledged in a strip where Jeremy questions Chad on why he grew the beard).
** Likewise, Pierce was more of an angry punk in the early strips before evolving into a CloudCuckoolander.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** In the early days, Garfield's behavior was much more like a real cat, with the humor being more about giving the audience a look at what a cat could think. Garfield was also more active in his early days as his catlike curiosity led him to explore in and around the house. This is a far cry from the wisecracking sarcastic and lazy character we now see. The modern Garfield also acts more like a human, doing things like walking on his hind legs, reading, writing and even operate modern technology like computers and mobile phones, while the early Garfield walked on four legs and explicitly mentioned how he would like to do some of these things but can't, because he is a cat.
** Jon, in his early days was a rather average cat owner living in the suburbs. His position in the comics was more to comment on his experience of owning a cat. Early Jon did not really possess any of the weirdness, socially awkwardness and childishness the character is now known for.
** Also, the dynamic between Garfield and Jon gradually reversed, as Jon was the StraightMan, getting frustrated with Garfield's antics, while Garfield himself frequently got himself into trouble. Nowadays, Garfield plays the StraightMan to Jon, frequently making sarcastic quips about Jon's strange behavior and how it gets Jon into trouble.
** A ''very'' early strip has the eponymous cat commenting on how he likes Mondays because he doesn't have to go to work. His attitude would change by later that same year, as he would suffer unrealistic amounts of misfortune on Mondays.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Calvin's personality in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' goes from just like [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes the comic strip]] to a GadgeteerGenius.
** Then there's the [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals Klein family.]] The first appearance of a Klein has him annoyed at Calvin's antics. Every Klein since then have been "the only cool adult [Calvin's] ever seen."
** For the [[Fanfic/TheCalvinverse Calvinverse]] at large, we have [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Rupert and Earl's crew]]. In their original appearance in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie'', they were competent threats to the duo. They progressively got dumber in later appearances until finally fitting into their current characterization. (The [[TheRemake rewrite]] of ''The Movie'' has them in their new characterization.)
* Kyouko wasn't always TheDitz in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled''. An early appearance actually has her be a GadgeteerGenius.
* A general example of this happened to Princess Luna in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom. Luna became [[EnsembleDarkhorse extremely popular]] in the fandom despite having only two short scenes and a handful of dialogue. In the gap between season 1 and 2, a commonly accepted {{Fanon}} personality for Luna emerged as a ShrinkingViolet [[TheWoobie Woobie]] who was extremely demure, shy, and easily frightened, with most fanworks and fanfic utilizing that characterization. Then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViRbz6L85z8 Luna appeared in season 2]], and basically shot that interpretation to hell; Canon Luna turned out to be a LargeHam with [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant a taste for the macabre]], whose main issue with other ponies was in trying not to accidentally intimidate them. The canon characterization quickly became even ''more'' popular, with the result that all of the fics written before season two looking ridiculous. The contrast between pre-S2 Luna and post-S2 Luna is so sharp that many fans consider the old characterization to be a completely different character, generally referred to as "Woona".
* In the first episode of ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Celestia seems to honestly like Twilight Sparkle, even if they're not as close as in canon, and actually solicits a friendship lesson from her. In later episodes, Celestia is shown to consider Twilight Sparkle obnoxious at best and creepy at worst, and to resent the letters she receives unasked -- she simply made the mistake of finding it endearing when Twilight wrote her letters about her lessons when she was a filly.
* Early on in ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Twilight is shown to be a completely self-righteous egomaniac who constantly [[AbusiveParents abuses her adopted son/slave Spike]] in some form in pretty much every scene they appear in together, much like her Friendship Is Witchcraft counterpart. But, as the series continued, both these aspects were gradually toned down, until her ego pretty much disappeared in favor of having her as a ButtMonkey [[note]] This may be justified in-universe, as unlike FIW Twilight, ponies openly despise her and treat her poorly on a regular basis, so its possible that being surrounded by ponies who treat like that regularly might have been a huge blow to her ego.[[/note]] and though she still mistreats [[TheWoobie Spike]], it isn't shown quiet as often.
** To a lesser extent, her views on non-ponies, as she is initially shown to be [[FantasticRacism prejudice against the cows]] in the fourth episode. But in ''very next'' episode, she is shown to be the only pony in town who ''isn't'' xenophobic. Or, at least open to befriending non-ponies.
* ''Fanfic/TheGodSquad'' becomes very different as the story marches on, namely the princesses. Luna was set up to be the leader of the group while Celestia was the boring but smart sister. By the second season Luna has shifted so that the entire squad takes the lead while Celestia has become just as goofy as the rest of the cast.
** The sisters' relationship with Tydal. In the beginning comments are made that while he raised them they see him more as a big brother. But the end of the second season Celestia commonly refers to him as her father and Tydal tells Tirek that they are his adopted daughters.

* Casual fans of the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films might find Jason Voorhees' earliest appearances--particularly in ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2''--a bit jarring, as he's a far-cry from the hulking, implacable brute that has become entrenched in popular culture since the '80s. Though still a serious threat, Jason clearly has human vulnerabilities, he actually plans his attacks in advance, and he doesn't rely entirely on brute strength to bring down his victims; he can be heard grunting with exertion and pain in several moments, he occasionally retreats when his victims manage to defend themselves with weapons, and he uses pre-set traps (including a tree snare) in addition to handheld weapons. Part of this is due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Jason wouldn't gain many of his well-known qualities until ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'', when he was resurrected as an immortal zombie with very little of his intellect intact.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. In the appearance of the second Godzilla in ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', he acts just like his predecessor in ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' where they were very destructive. Comes Film/KingKongVsGodzilla where his personality changed to comical {{Jerkass}}, then acting like his old self, then laughing hysterically in ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster''. If that's not enough, he became a superhero archetype in the 70's. Then it all ends with ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''. No wonder Creator/IshiroHonda quit the series after ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla''.
* Sanjuro was always a grizzled, scruffy yet very wily and very powerful ronin. He was, however, much more brutal and active, much more lively in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', if cynical. In ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'' his personality is the same, only he TookALevelInKindness somewhere along the way, his moral streak being strengthened by Mutsuta's wife's advice. Additionally in ''Sanjuro'', he becomes the very definition of BrilliantButLazy ; he's smarter than everyone else but prefers to doze in a corner when he has nothing better to do.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** In ComicBook/PeggyCarter's first appearance she's a very serious no-nonsense woman who's not particularly funny. In her own [[Series/AgentCarter series]] while those personality traits are intact, she's shown to be more of a DeadpanSnarker and gets a little bit of an {{Adorkable}} side. Additionally Howard Stark's womanising ways didn't really show up until ''Agent Carter'' where he's essentially a 1940s [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Barney Stinson]].
** Agent Coulson had his UnfazedEveryman shtick from the beginning, but for awhile it was pretty much his only consistent trait. For instance, he's kind of a dick in ''{{Film/Thor}}'', which would seem at odds with the NiceGuy personality that was eventually established in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and cemented on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.
* The original ''Film/XMen1'' noticeably portrays ComicBook/{{Magneto}} as something of a MadScientist, implying that he's a skilled inventor of genius-level intellect. Not only does the plot hinge on him inventing an advanced super-weapon capable of [[spoiler: turning humans into Mutants]], it's outright stated that he built his psychic-proof helmet himself, and that he and Charles Xavier built Cerebro together. The later films mostly abandoned this aspect of his character, simply portraying him as a charismatic terrorist leader with superpowers. And after ContinuityDrift set in, it was established that he actually ''stole'' the helmet, and that a group of government scientists ''really'' invented Cerebro.

* [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Kagamine Len]] was portrayed as a sensitive crybaby in the song "Nakimushi Kareshi" by Music/HoneyWorks. In the sequel, "Suki Kirai", he's turned into a [[HandsomeLech perverted idiot]].

* Literature/{{Discworld}}: In his first appearance, in ''The Colour Of Magic'', the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork was portrayed as an obese Bond Villain parody. In ''Sourcery'', he's still got the Bond villain thing going on, but is remarkably skinny all of a sudden but not remarkably clever. However, by ''Guards! Guards!'', he's become the enigmatic, [[ManipulativeBastard supremely manipulative]] MagnificentBastard that we know today. (And no, it's not a different Patrician. WordOfGod states that it's the same guy, just written by an author who hadn't figured out what he wanted to do with the character yet.) The British Sky 1 television adaptation of ''The Colour of Magic'' and ''The Light Fantastic'' rectifies this by casting Jeremy Irons as the Patrician as seen in the later books, complete with the tiny little dog mentioned in some of those novels.
** Moreover, in ''Night Watch'', we get to see the Patrician as a young man (TimeTravel was involved), and he's just as enigmatic and manipulative as ever. So, not only did his characterization march on, but it was also been {{retconned}} into always having been that way. Then again, if you do the maths, the past-set sequence in question takes place close to the time of ''Sourcery'', meaning Vetinari ''couldn't'' have been the Patrician back then. Annoyingly, ''Sourcery'' is the first novel where the Patrician is directly named as Lord Vetinari...
*** ''Night Watch'' also takes place after ''Thief of Time'', where time was shattered and history had to be restitched. This, and the fact that it goes on fairly regularly according to the History Monks, canonically explains every inconsistency in the series.
** Additionally, ''The Colour Of Magic'' portrays [[TheGrimReaper Death]] as actively causing deaths (and speaking in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe), whereas later novels establish him as merely collecting the souls of the already dead. Indeed, the very second book considerably softened his originally malevolent image. This was because one segment of ''The Colour Of Magic'' was a more direct parody[[note]]the book breaks into four distinct segments; another is a clear Dragonrider (Pern) parody[[/note]] of the ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' series, where Death was an actively malevolent antagonist of the heroes.
** Rincewind was clearly a shadier character originally, his defining feature in ''The Colour Of Magic'' being more greed than cowardice (though he is clearly a coward). He even tries to outright fleece Twoflower and is stopped not because he felt guilty but because the Patrician ''forced'' him to look after the tourist. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that Rincewind had a dangerous spell in his head which could potentially destroy the Disc. Once it left his head in ''The Light Fantastic'', his personality may have changed back to what it was before the spell got in there.
** Ysabell is introduced as almost AxCrazy in ''The Light Fantastic'', making a serious attempt to kill both Twoflower and Rincewind. By her appearance in ''Mort'' she is much more a normal teenage girl, albeit one with several quirks from her upbringing.
** The Granny Weatherwax in ''Equal Rites'' is a much more humble figure than the one she would eventually become.
** In ''Men at Arms'' Lord Rust is a shrewd, pragmatic and not unsympathetic minor character. In every subsequent book he appeared in he has been an idiotic, stiff necked straw aristocratic.
** The Bursar is introduced in ''Moving Pictures'' as the OnlySaneMan among the Unseen University's staff. He started to go insane during the events of ''Reaper Man'' and stayed that way.
** ''Moving Pictures'' also characterised Ponder Stibbons as lazy, fat InsufferableGenius. After becoming a member of Unseen University's faculty he became a slim, MadScientist type character and [[OnlySaneMan one of the least quirky of the staff.]]
** In ''Guards! Guards!'' Sam Vimes has no strong opinions about Ankh-Morpork getting a king; he is cynical about the idea but more out of general cynicism. In later books even the idea of monarchy is practically his BerserkButton.
* In Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, Grand Admiral Thrawn is a MagnificentBastard who is [[ALighterShadeOfGrey slightly less cruel to his subordinates]] than more famous Imperials, who [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow plays mind games]] with his opponents, gets a slightly frightening amount of data from art, [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee does not tell anyone his plans]], and is pragmatic. That characterization holds true throughout. But every subsequent appearance of the man plays up his magnificence while [[DracoInLeatherPants minimizing any evil-ness]]. He was {{Affably|Evil}} ''[[AffablyEvil Evil]]''; he claimed to be helping his secret death commandos while poisoning their planet, he associated with [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Joruus C'baoth]] and ''promised to give him Leia and the twins'', he [[ILied lied]] and was going to torture [[KnowledgeBroker Talon Karrde]], and he was certainly not infallible. Very, ''very'' good, yes, but he could be taken off guard, he could lose, he could misread things or miss them altogether.
** The Literature/HandOfThrawn duology does not actually feature Thrawn [[PosthumousCharacter himself]], but his old CommanderContrarian Pellaeon regards his memory with a combination of admiration and awe, and believes that the various times that Thrawn ignored his protests and carried on with counter-intuitive plans were a form of teaching. But his reputation certainly could have fluffed up after he died.
** In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' a younger and slightly more benevolent, almost MartialPacifist Thrawn meets Jorus C'baoth - [[CloningGambit the original]] - and gets Force-Choked. He learns how to properly pronounce "Corellian" and that [[LanguageEqualsThought there is a word for striking first]]. In ''Survivor's Quest'' he's been dead for thirteen years, and Luke and Mara both think of him with a kind of nervous awe. Mara, speculating that he's BackFromTheDead for real, says that she didn't inquire too closely, since if he's back, he's not their enemy now. ...She would not have said that thirteen years ago. Partly this can be explained as Thrawn getting more jaded and pragmatic over the years, more willing to look past the means to the end.
* The early Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' was written before ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. In it, Luke has a lightness and a sometimes silly nature which he lacks in later works. That can be chalked up to CharacterDevelopment; he hasn't been through as much. However, this Luke is also a born liar with a ConMan's skill at weaving intricate, convincing explanations at the drop of a hat, and can even force himself to [[CrocodileTears cry on command]].
* In the Literature/NewJediOrder novels, [[ManipulativeBastard Nom Anor]] is initially introduced as a typical (and very highly ranked) [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] who happens to also be a devious political manipulator. By about a third of the way into the series, his characterization settles as a duplicitous DirtyCoward and atheist who is ''very'' out-of-place among his people (to the point of essentially seeing himself as the OnlySaneMan among them), and whose rank is unimpressive, though his skills give him a vastly disproportionate amount of prestige and influence. He does, however, find the ''appearance'' of orthodoxy incredibly useful. This characterization endured for the rest of the series, and made him one of its most popular characters.
* Happens a couple of times in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' especially when a character is introduced as being a typical member of a group before being portrayed as atypical of that group in later books. The most obvious is Darlin Sisnera who in his first appearance is portrayed as a borderline sadist who wants to flay Mat and Juilin for attacking the Stone of Tear, when he reappears he is noble, cares deeply for Tear and her people, and regrets forming the rebellion against Rand.
** When first introduced, Mat's reputation is mostly as a young prankster, and the sort of pranks he pulls are the kind you expect of a young child. By the third book, despite spending a bulk of the first two books recovering from being possessed, he is suddenly a worldly-wise gambler and ladies' man, despite being from one of the most remote villages in that world. And yes, this is before being granted knowledge by the Aelfinn.
* Erek from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is a robotic ActualPacifist. Near the end of the series, the Animorphs have to blackmail him (by threatening to kill people if he doesn't help them) to get him to follow their plans. Which is fine, until you go back to his earlier appearances when he's very much intent on fighting the Yeerks and sees his nonviolence programming to be something of a hindrance (even after he decides that he doesn't want to experience the horror of actually taking part in fighting again). In #26 he ''deliberately withholds'' from the Animorphs information that would portray the Howlers in a more sympathetic light, which seems very out of character compared with his pacifist rants in the final book.
* In the first ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel, ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', Holmes had a number of character traits that were dropped afterward. In particular, he was initially a bit of an ''idiot-savant'' who knew everything there is to know about crime and its detection but almost nothing about anything else. Though his claim not to know or care that the Earth goes round the sun does get one callback in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', in most of the later stories he's shown to be a much more well-rounded person with deep knowledge on a variety of topics.
** Also in ''A Study in Scarlet'', Watson observes that:
-->Holmes was certainly not a difficult man to live with. He was quiet in his ways, and his habits were regular. It was rare for him to be up after ten at night, and he had invariably breakfasted and gone out before I rose in the morning.
::: However, later stories establish Holmes as a man of very ''irregular'' habits who is very ''difficult'' to live with (due to his great untidiness and eccentricity) and who -- far from going to bed early -- is very much a [[TheInsomniac night-owl]].
* Supreme Commander Anatole Leonard of the Southern Cross segment of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' was depicted as a stubborn commander in the animated series. At worst, he was a poor strategist, preferring a "throw everything we've got at them" approach, rather than studying the enemy and vying for peace, like Rolf Emerson. However, the Jack [=McKinney=] novels turned Leonard into a obsessive, megalomaniac, religious fanatic with some weird BDSM fetishes. The Southern Cross did have fascist leanings, but it wasn't mustache-twisting evil about it. However, [=McKinney=] wrote the definitely evil General Edwards as having connections with Leonard. In the original Japanese ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' (and to an extent, ''Robotech'' itself), Leonard was simply depicted as a dedicated, no-nonsense military man who had a difficult job in defending the planet and keeping a group of bureaucrats and politicians satisfied. Additionally, the [=McKinney=] novels turned those bureaucrats and politicians (including the Prime Minister) into Leonard's puppets.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's "Extricating Young Gussie", the short story that introduced the world to Literature/JeevesAndWooster, Jeeves is a bit player with only one line. At one point, Bertie finds himself in trouble and acknowledges that he doesn't know who to go to for help. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness He doesn't consult Jeeves]]--something that would become unthinkable by the very next story, fittingly titled "Leave It to Jeeves".
* In the first ''Literature/MissMarple'' book (''Literature/TheMurderAtTheVicarage'') by Creator/AgathaChristie, Miss Marple was characterized as a nosy, bossy, rather unpleasant woman that the narrator of the story didn't like. Realizing that this character wouldn't stay very popular if she was kept like this in later books (and perhaps not wanting to have repeat the experience of disliking a protagonist, as she did with Literature/HerculePoirot) Christie significantly toned down the character in later books.
* The first published ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' book, ''The Happy Return'' (or ''Beat to Quarters'' for Americans) has the title character as much more ill-tempered and choleric than his other appearances. Although taken as a whole, you can rationalize it as young Hornblower being moody and less confident, middle Hornblower (i.e. the first published books) being more settled but also irritable with the various fool's errands the Navy puts him on, and the late-chronology books having him mellow out with age (something Hornblower notes in ''The Commodore'').
* Luke Castellan from ''{{Literature/Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}'' was established, in the last three books of the original series, as a complex {{Antivillain}} and WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds with a case of EvenEvilHasLovedOnes towards his old friends Annabeth and Thalia. This is why it's rather jarring to see him act much more overtly evil in the second book, ''The Sea of Monsters'', the first book set after TheReveal of him as a villain, where he goes so far as to order [[MoralityPet Annabeth]] EatenAlive in front of Percy just to spite him.
* In ''Literature/TheScorchTrials'', Jorge was introduced as a brute willing to commit murder for minor insults, and savagely beating one of the protagonists. [[spoiler:In ''The Death Cure'', this turns out to almost totally be an act and he's later a generally inoffensive pilot and a sort of doting uncle to Brenda.]]
* One frequent criticism of the later ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' books is that their protagonist goes from full-blown MagnificentBastard who [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] at every conceivable opportunity, to [[LighterAndSofter a more conventional hero]] who occasionally does unpleasant things.
* In the older Literature/MaxAndRuby books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the Creator/NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.
** Doris another character created by Rosemary Wells who showed up in AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TimothyGoesToSchool'' and the "Yoko & Friends" book series. Started out as an antagonist in the 1985 book "Hazel's Amazing Mother" [[http://www.canallector.com/old-thumbs/84-204-6803-7i4.jpg as one of the bullies that tear up Hazel's doll and made fun of her for owning one along with messing with her hat]]. She did end up apologizing to Hazel and ends up fixing her doll when Hazel's mother arrives. When she reappeared in the original "Timothy Goes To School" and "Yoko & Friends" series along with Charles and Nora. [[HeelFaceTurn Doris became more tolerable]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but would sometimes pushy and gets annoyed very easily during certain situations.]] So seeing Doris in her original appearance can be jarring to those used to her appearances in later books and the animated series.
** One of the oldest characters created by Creator/RosemaryWells is Nora who debuted in the Noisy Nora book in 1973. In the book she is very mischievous and would be seen knocking down various furniture in her family house. When she showed up in ''Yoko & Friends'' and ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool'', she no longer acts mischievous but instead acts more like a BrattyHalfPint.
* In Tomie [=DePaola's=] ''Strega Nona'' series, the character of Bambolona first appeared as a minor character in the second book an AbhorrentAdmirer to Big Anthony. In the third book she became Strega Nona's apprentice, and for the rest of the series was a competent, {{Closer to Earth}} assistant in contrast to Big Anthony's irresponsibility. Her crush on him also disappeared.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Largely applicable to almost everyone due to gimmick changes and whatnot, but several examples stand out.
* Wrestling/ElSanto was supposed to be a mysterious rogue terrorizing the [[{{CMLL}} EMLL]] roster but the crowds were so enamored with the mysterious part that [[HeelFaceTurn he ended up]] close to a paragon numerous people wanted to hang out with.
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner Gorgeous George]] was a good, clean wrestler, seemingly long divorced from his {{delinquent|s}} roots, before he became, well, the {{Trope Namer|s}} for GorgeousGeorge.
* Wrestling/TripleH: Hard to believe that [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable COO of the WWE]] started out as a WickedCultured {{Blueblood}}, became Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' AnythingThatMoves sidekick [[SidekickGraduationsStick and later]] leader of Wrestling/DGenerationX, to a SmugSnake {{Jerkass}} dragon to Wrestling/TheCorporation and the Corporate Ministry, then a MagnificentBastard before and during the [=McMahon-Helmsley=] Era, Determinator DesignatedHero after the quad injury, Bastard/Monster with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney with money]] in Wrestling/{{Evolution}}, FourthWallObserver after the DX reunion and finally, a BloodKnight vs. Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 27''. At heart, he was always a jerk, he just got A LOT more mic time as he rose to power.
* You know, not many men can say they've been a fun-loving rapper, an evil king, a demon, a casanova, and a thug for hire in one lifetime. WWE's Viscera can.
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}: Began as a [[IWorkAlone dark loner]] and became a [[TookALevelInJerkass jerkass]] with a bit of JerkJock who pulls his own hair out like a [[VillainousBreakdown crazed madman]] when he's about to finish someone. Is also, in his 2010 feud with Wrestling/{{Kane}}, apparently a ManipulativeBastard with a tendency to use [[SarcasmMode lifelike]] mannequins. Plus in between all this he had a comedic slant during the time when Wrestling/MickFoley was commissioner. He also was a vampire early in his career - and, except for his comedic tag pairing with Christian around the TurnOfTheMillennium, he's never lost his dark side, even as a face.
* Remember when Wrestling/JohnCena wasn't a rapper? That gimmick lasted about one night. Unless you look far back enough into his pre WWE career and see he was originally a {{cyborg}} as a way of explaining his lack of charisma.
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] initially wore a white mask, stalked around seething and shouted random, unintelligible things in Gateway Championship Wrestling. TheUnintelligible part stuck but his mask became green, he became known for sprinting around without direction at the sound of the bell and having a {{motor mouth}}. Similarly, Wrestling/{{Chikara}}'s Wrestling/{{Hallowicked}} initially just screamed a lot before he met Delirious and also became known for unintelligible babbling.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly's heel gimmick originally started out as a [[Wrestling/BobHolly Hardcore Holly]] type who wanted the division to be more serious. This eventually evolved into a self-righteous prude who gets mocked for having huge buttocks. Funnily enough she reverted back to her initial persona around 2003 or so and the HollywoodPudgy was dropped.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton. When he first debuted, he was a clean cut babyface, and even when he turned heel a few months later, he still had his optimism -- compare that to the modern-day Orton, a psychotic sociopath who hears voices in his head, and it's like seeing two entirely different people. There's an in-universe {{justifi|edTrope}}cation for this, which is frequently referred to: his ousting from Wrestling/{{Evolution}}, something Randy ''never'' got over. From that point on, his obsession with the WWE Championship and his seething resentment over the betrayal gradually drove Randy to the depths of insanity, and even now, almost a decade after the stable fully dissolved, one can still see Evolution's influence. The event functioned as his StartOfDarkness, and eventually came to define his ''entire'' career -- it took a continuous effort from [[SevenYearRule 2004 to 2011]] for him to get closure over the issue.
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe's transition from Wrestling/RingOfHonor to Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Previously, as a simple "assassin" of Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels' Prophecy OnlyInItForTheMoney showed his one standard was a refusal to compromise his integrity and break the CodeOfHonor. In TNA, Joe had no standards showing an outright derision for what Wrestling/AJStyles called the honor code of the X-division. Unlike most cases, Joe remained in ROH for three years after he started showing up in TNA, so it could be measured side by side for a time until he was pulled out of the former for seven years. By the final year of his TNA run, his "characterization" had marched to the point it came full circle though.
* Remember when Wrestling/MickieJames was a lesbian? Skip that, remember when she was a ''complete psychopath''?
* Wrestling/SantinoMarella: Began as a foreign [[TheEveryman everyman]], became the [[ButtMonkey eternal loser]], added ChickMagnet to this repertoire and graduated into a slightly more competent PluckyComicRelief with his similarly evolving, albeit in the apparent opposite direction, {{tag team}} championship partner Wrestling/VladimirKozlov.
* Back about 2006-2007, many fans were thinking of Wrestling/TheMiz as [[ItWillNeverCatchOn the single most worthless WWE Superstar there was]]. [[TookALevelInBadass But today...]]
* Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} was initially portrayed as a clumsy ditz on the third season of NXT but soon morphed into a quirky [[TheLadette Ladette]] to match her BFF Wrestling/AJLee.
* Wrestling/{{LayCool}} started out as a rather generic heel tandem with AlphaBitch tendencies. They eventually became [[LargeHam much hammier]], obsessed with their looks, much ditzier and a borderline lesbian couple.
* {{Wrestling/Bayley}} began as more of a starstruck ShrinkingViolet, who appeared to be a little [[CloudCuckooLander touched in the head]]. She quickly developed into an AllLovingHero who wanted to hug everyone. Her shyness and PromotedFanboy nature disappeared after a while.
* Wrestling/SashaBanks when she first turned heel was pretty much a generic BetaBitch. After the crowd started chanting 'ratchet' at her[[note]]A ghetto slur for a woman who thinks she's high class when she's really seen as trashy[[/note]], Sasha started to add more rhinestones to her gear and act a bit more ghetto. As she had appeared in a leaked promo class video playing a snobby ghetto character weeks before she actually turned heel, this appears to be somewhat intentional.
* Wrestling/BeckyLynch debuted with an {{Oireland}} stereotype gimmick - complete with green gear, ceili entrance music and a jig as a taunt. This was phased out due to the InternetBackdraft and Becky became a mosh pit girl instead. Also on NXT she was presented as a smart tactical OnlySaneMan in comparison to the more exaggerated characters. As of her debut on the main roster she was portrayed more as a GenkiGirl who loved puns and wordplay - which is more or less incorporating her own real-life persona.
* {{Wrestling/Lita}} was actually presented as something of a SpicyLatina when she debuted as Essa Rios's valet. When she hooked up with Team Xtreme, she adopted the punk rock [[TheLadette Ladette]] image she's better known for.
* {{Wrestling/Sable}} was a bit of a PluckyGirl when she was competing in the women's division. Upon her return in 2003 she played up her FemmeFatale traits and was more of a dangerous seductress who liked to play mind games.
* {{Wrestling/Paige}} was initially a BloodKnight who happened to be a face, making her more of a WildCard. By mid-2014 she became much hammier, resembling her clowny persona from the indies. As of a 2015 face turn she also became more of a DeadpanSnarker and CoolLoser in comparison to the AlphaBitch Wrestling/BellaTwins.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', early portrayals of Karl Franz make him into a cowardly and inept leader. Today he is known as a badass Emperor who fights with his Griffon.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the first named Space Marine was Pedro Cantor of the Crimson Fists. The guy was little more than a rude lout who wouldn't look out of place in a mob of football hooligans. In fact, all the Space Marines were psychopathic thugs in graffittied armor with beaked helmets. And for a bunch of bio-engineered supersoldiers, they were awfully weak. They were somewhat stronger than a regular human but had exactly equal amounts of Toughness. Not to mention that Space Marines were classified as humans in terms of race and so they had the exact same maximum stat limits as any other human character. Later editions would see the Space Marines get further fleshed out in detail and have them take a couple of levels in kindness and badass (after detailing the 19 different organs that they get implanted with and writing their chapter histories) Pedro would return as Pedro Kantor, now Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists, and not only show considerable depth and consideration for the common folk of the Imperium, but also one of the more badass and disciplined Chapter Masters to boot.
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' planeswalker (mage of significant power, typically also recurring characters) Nissa Revane was originally an [[FantasticRacism Elf supremacist]] when she debuted in 2009. At a panel in 2015, Wizards of the Coast explicitly stated that they were dropping that aspect of her character for ''Magic Origins,'' and to paint her in a much more heroic role as she defended her homeland from [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]] in ''Battle for Zendikar.''
* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': the True Fae in the first edition were depicted as AlwaysChaoticEvil bastards with BlueAndOrangeMorality who actively kidnapped humans on regular basis to turn them into Changelings for the sake of it. Their motivations were gradually fleshed out over the course of the various books, and the second edition eventually establishes the ones who go kidnapping humans are only a fraction of the whole; there are countless more who, while just as subject to BlueAndOrangeMorality as their kin, are content to stay in Arcadia, pursuing their own interests, rather than go mess with humans.
** Similarly, earlier drafts of ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'' depicted ''all'' {{Hero|Antagonist}}es as irredeemable, AxCrazy {{Knight Templar}}s with an ego problem who hunted Beasts out of FantasticRacism. The final version of the book clarified there ''are'' actually good Heroes who actually deserve the titles, the Beasts just tend to run mostly into the ones with low Integrity. The supplement ''Conquering Heroes'' then provided sample Heroes with various shades of gray and motivations, clarifying not all of them fit this description.

* From Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' franchise:
** BigBad Makuta Teridax is the most apparent example, and [[TropesAreNotBad the most embraced by the fandom]]. In early story material, he is a generic mysterious villain lurks in shadows, always angry, monologues to himself, releases hordes of {{Mooks}} and is beaten at the end of every story. Then the author got a free hand to write a novel about absolutely anything he wanted, and he made use of the opportunity to transform the character into a highly mastermind that [[IMeantToDoThat turned his former defeats to his advantage]] in his EvilPlan, and had a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. He was still a LargeHam like before, but this time quite intentionally.
** Sidorak was at first characterized as a capable warlord whose only weakness was his love of combat, so he spent too much time out in the field to notice that his viceroy Roodaka [[TheStarscream had been scheming against him]]. One of the movies then depicted him as a weak and cowardly buffoon who was only interested in marrying Roodaka. Despite outspokenly disliking the movie, the writer later on combined the two characterizations while {{Retcon}}ing Sidorak's former accomplishments as those of Roodaka. The new Sidorak became a GloryHound who stole the credits of Roodaka's victories from her to become the leader of the Visorak horde, and while still a capable leader knew deep down he never earned his position and so tended to overcompensate by making his victories as impressive as possible, which made it all too easy for Roodaka to string him along.
** Kongu was, among the generally playful and fun loving Air Matoran, the mostly serious and battle-ready leader of the Le-Koro Airforce. Upon upgrading into a Toa, he became a standard, wisecracking Air character who specialized in making lame [[OneLiner one liners]] and complaining about stuff. When another character [[LampshadeHanging called him out on this]], his response was that Toa Lewa, another Toa of Air, had taught him to loosen up and that ''somebody'' needed to keep the humor up in a group that was so serious.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', [[CulturedBadass Dudley]] was GentlemanSnarker, spewing a surprising amount of trash talk (''[[CatchPhrase Gutter Trash]]'' talk, to be precise). In ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman he is much more dignified and respectful toward his sparring-mate]]. This gets even more confusing when you consider that ''SFIV'' takes place [[AnachronicOrder before]] ''SFIII'' in the timeline. Essentially, Dudley goes from an out-and-out NiceGuy whose only criticism is against a rival boxer who is a legitimate disgrace to the sport (i.e. Balrog) to something of a rich jerk in ''III'', only to ease into his [[FountainOfMemes more well-known]] GentlemanSnarker characterization by the time of ''Third Strike''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Luigi was originally a just a PaletteSwap of his older brother, Mario. The early ''Mario Bros.'' anime and other promotional art depicted him as taller and thinner than Mario early on, but this depiction would take until the US version of ''Super Mario Bros. 2'' to show up in the actual games. He also gained divergent gameplay traits in both, ''[=SMB2=]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels The Lost Levels]]'', jumping higher and, in the Japanese game, having less traction while stopping.\\\
Additionally, the CowardlyLion traits and fear of ghosts first displayed in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' also stuck through later games, going a long way to distinguish his personality along with his physical characteristics. Later games (especially the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series) would have quite a bit of fun with this.\\\
Many of Luigi's distinctive character traits came from Western sources like ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and were eventually introduced into the games, in a rare example of Mario canon [[AscendedFanon embracing rather than contradicting fanon.]] Even the character's voice has gradually come to sound more like his cartoon counterpart.\\\
It's interesting to listen to the openings to battles in the ''Mario and Luigi'' games-- it's always "Here we go" and "Okie-dokie", but the tone of the latter (Luigi's line) changes over the three games, and goes from fairly-reluctant to... well, pretty confident. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bighor6Lclo The scene where Luigi joins the party]] in ''Super Paper Mario'' is also worth mentioning.
** Mario was presented as more of a {{Jerkass}} and an AntiHero in his pre-''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' titles, often being an obvious animal abuser in ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' titles. He shows mild signs of this personality in later games, which makes it a common AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, but for the most part he's TheHero.
** Yoshi gained a host of abilities in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' (swallowing enemies to make and shoot eggs, the GroundPound, shooting his tongue up, the variation on the DoubleJump), that became an inherent part of his character in his later appearances. As such, it's a bit of a shock when one plays the severely limited Yoshi in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', especially since said game was set chronologically after ''Yoshi's Island''.
** Princess Peach was also a more generic monarch figure in earlier games but was changed to a girlier, ditzier character with a high voice and a sweet tooth in modern games because she's arguably more fun that way.
** [[EvilCounterpart Wario]]. Compare the greedy AntiHero of ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' to his first appearance in ''Super Mario Land 2''. "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhB8XG9_5Rc&feature=related Obey Wario,]]'' '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfYhLi7SqIA&feature=related DESTROY MARIO!]]'''''"
** [[DastardlyWhiplash Waluigi]]. In his first appearance he had little personality beyond being Luigi's angry and rude rival who wants to beat him in any competition. Some time later, we have this [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} comical and lunatic]] [[TheTrickster Trickster]] who wants to ruin the days of everyone else and wants to take over the world (you can expect him to [[HarmlessVillain fail hilariously]]) because he wants things to go right for him at least once. It's kinda amazing how a simple SatelliteCharacter can evolve into something much deeper (and funnier).\\\
Conversely, Waluigi was somewhat ''scary'' in his original appearance in ''VideoGame/MarioTennis''. Note his [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/thumb/c/c0/Eviluig.PNG/180px-Eviluig.PNG glowing eyes]]. While the glowing eyes did make a brief reappearance in ''GameAndWatchGallery 4'', Waluigi's scary side was dropped to make him a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain comic relief villain]].
** When DamselInDistress [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Princess Daisy]] made her reappearance in ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' for the Nintendo 64, she was made out to be an {{Adorkable}} [[TheKlutz Klutz]] as shown in her [[https://youtu.be/ctpvor3o8jw?t=2m44s trophy celebration]]. This characterisation was kept until the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] era, which gave her a more energetic, tomboyish personality while dropping her clumsier moments. It's best shown with her [[https://youtu.be/70xFTWguDOc?t=1m18s trophy celebration]] in ''Mario Power Tennis''.
* Captain Falcon of the ''VideoGame/FZero'' games never had much development character-wise that differed from his lawful bounty hunter racing driver look. Then ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' gave him the [[MemeticMutation FALCOOOON PAUUUUNCH]] and other such moves, to the point that he [[AscendedMeme even uses it]] in the official anime of the series.
* Aran Ryan (don't think too hard about his name) was just a generic opponent, more or less, in the SNES incarnation of ''Super VideoGame/PunchOut''. Then Next Level Games decided to play up the "hot-tempered Irishman" stereotype for the Wii game and made him a ''[[AxCrazy complete lunatic]]''.
** In the Wii game, Kid Quick was probably ''going'' to be this... but his [[CampGay new characterization]] got so out of hand that the developers just called him a new character, Disco Kid. %%Needs better indentation.
* In ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'', [[KarmaMeter Evil]] Cole was an actively malicious {{Jerkass}} who thrived on causing pain and trouble and saw Empire City as his personal playground to do whatever he wanted. In ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'', if one plays the evil route, Cole is simply unconcerned with the consequences of his actions rather than actively sadistic.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In his debut on ''{{VideoGame/Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble Triple Trouble]]'', Knuckles was constantly laughing at you whenever he activated one of his traps, hindering your way. In the following games and other adaptations, Knuckles is portrayed as a deadly serious guy who never laughs or even smiles (when is not a sarcastic smile).
--->"Unlike Sonic I don't chuckle, I'd rather flex my muscles!"
--->--[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Unknown from M.E., Theme of Knuckles]]
:: :This characterization itself has become disposed of as Knuckles became more comical and jovial once again in later games. All the games usually have him smug about getting one over [[TheRival Sonic]]. Since the majority of his role in ''Sonic 3'' revolved around him torturing and hindering Sonic this attitude seems more consistent.
** Shadow is a similar case. During his first battle against Sonic in his debut on ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', he seemingly shares the same cockiness as Sonic, saying boastful lines such as "I'm the coolest!". As of [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his own game]] and beyond, this trait soon disappeared in favor of being portrayed as the stoic, serious {{anti hero}}ic counterpart to Sonic.
** Sonic himself is an example as well. Starting with Adventure, his trademark attitude was greatly toned down, and he was portrayed as a generic straight-laced NiceGuy hero. From Colors onward, while he remains an overall nice guy, his trademark attitude returned, making him a cocky jokester who rarely takes anything seriously.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', Orbot (named SA-55) was very robotic, criticizing Eggman in a very robotic and monotone voice. In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' onwards, his sarcasm has become more subtle, his voice is much less robotic, and he expresses a wider variety of emotions.
** Starting in ''Sonic Adventure'', Amy's personality ([[FlatCharacter at least, what little personality she had in the Classic era]]) was given a bit of a revamp, making slightly more mature and giving her the goal of wanting to prove herself to Sonic and win his heart at the same time. As the games continued on however, she became progressively more [[TookALevelInJerkass abrasive, temperamental and combative]] to the point that her pining for Sonic would often turn into borderline bullying if he didn't reciprocate the way she wanted him to. Starting from Generations, however, her personality has been tweaked to bring back a lot of her softness, taking her back to something fitting between her Classic and Adventure personality while still keeping a bit of her abrasive edge from time to time. This is without factoring in her SonicBoom remodeling, which gives her an AdrenalineMakeover that turns her more into a [[LittleMissSnarker sassier]], [[LadyOfWar more obviously competent]] version of her Sonic Adventure personality while retaining her kind, nurturing elements, and changing her obsessive behavior over Sonic into [[CannotSpitItOut an obvious crush that she tries to keep hidden]].
** Tails was originally a KidHero sidekick who wanted to prove himself to Sonic, and was said to be quite a show-off. Starting with ''Sonic Adventure'', he became TheSmartGuy whose I.Q. was said to rival EvilGenius Dr. Eggman's, playing up his tendency to be good with machines (while also making him [[CaptainCrash utterly incapable of landing any plane he created]]), though his levels still focused around beating Sonic. ''Sonic Adventure 2'' scaled back Tails' hero worship of Sonic a bit more, and ''Sonic Colors'' got rid of it entirely in favor of just making him a GadgeteerGenius. His friendship with Sonic has always been constant, though these days it's more like Sonic sees Tails as a little brother.
*** Tails' name has also been subject to this. In his first appearance in ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2," his name was stated as Miles Prower, with "Tails" in quotation marks, making it clear that it was a nickname. Later characterization rarely, if ever, mentions his full name of Miles Prower, and just treats "Tails" like it's his birth name.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** In the first game, Kirby lacks the [[PowerCopying power absorbing ability]] which would later become his most well-known characteristic. Not to mention in the box art he was white rather than pink.
** Also, King Dedede in the early games is portrayed as an outright villain, rather than the AntiVillain he would become for most of the games.
* While some vestiges of her original personality remain, the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' character Marisa Kirisame was significantly different in the first five (PC-98) games. She was originally fairly bland, distinctly feminine, and moderately evil. Following the shift to Windows, she became the tomboyish LoveableRogue we know and love. To some extent, Reimu had it worse, as she didn't really have a defined personality in those games at all.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat1'' features a ''very'' different [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] from the rest of [[Franchise/MortalKombat the series]]. In every other game, he's the protector of Earthrealm, the mentor to [[MessianicArchetype Liu Kang]] and the other Earthrealm warriors, and one of the most powerful forces for good. In the first one? He's a ChaoticStupid {{Jerkass}} who enters the tournament simply to show he's not afraid of Shang Tsung, thinks nothing of the mortals he's fighting, and in his ending bans anyone but gods from entering the tournament [[spoiler: and blows up the Earth as a result]]. Whenever a work references the events of the original, they just pretend the second characterization is what happened.
** Kung Lao's first appearence and later games including him prior to {{VideoGame/Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks}} characterized the monk as a {{Martial Pacifist}} who faked his death during the old trilogy so that he wouldn't have to fight again and even made peace with Goro, the Shokan prince who slew his ancestor. Come ''Shaolin Monks'', Kung Lao is shown as more of a hothead and to have a rivalry with Liu Kang that wasn't mentioned in earlier lore. While the game's staus in canon is dubious, elements of it still resurfaced in later games (in this case, Kung Lao's characterization).
* Occurred often in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' and ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' franchise as they added new playable characters, even if they had previously been generic [=NPCs=] in the games in look and voice -- for example, Cao Pi (son of Cao Cao) was Zhen Ji's generic NPC husband in ''3'' and ''4'', only to later acquire a unique look, weapon, and personality in ''5'' when he was promoted to both a major playable character. (Amusingly, one hentai doujinshi author put out a Zhen Ji-centric doujin based on ''[=DW3=]'' with Cao Pi looking like one of the game's generic NPC general templates, only to later release another doujin based on ''[=DW5=]'', now with their ''[=DW5=]'' versions.)
** Likewise, Sima Zhao (second son of Sima Yi) is somewhat "Sima Yi Lite" in his mannerisms and speech in ''Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends'' (in Meng Huo's Legend Mode stage), ''5'' (Battles of Jieting and Chencang) and ''6'' (in Sima Yi's ending cutscene), only to get a complete revamp in personality befitting his central role in the Jin storyline of ''7''.
* Several of the characters in the first ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' had very different personalities.
** Andy was a NaiveNewcomer taken to the extreme. While he's still somewhat innocent and excitable in later games, you'd never see him [[TooDumbToLive asking what an airport is.]]
** Olaf filled the role of the [[GeneralFailure incompetent]] StarterVillain, who was stated to be a former Orange Star CO who defected to Blue Moon, and vaguely implied to be Nell's father. While he had been tricked into fighting Orange Star, he still acts far more antagonistic than he does in later games, where he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold at worst who's more than willing to help out the other nations if they're in danger, albeit grudgingly. Later games also seem to retcon his origins, giving him PatrioticFervor towards Blue Moon (now stated to be his homeland) and dropping all hints of connection to Nell.
** Eagle was TheRival to Andy in a manner that borders on BloodKnight. In later games, he's a lot less cocky and smug, though still prone to rushing into things.
** Kanbei was a [[LordErrorProne total moron]] who needs his daughter's advice to do anything right... and he ''still'' screws it up. (Told he should have bases to deploy units? Makes a base on an island where his units can't do anything) In later games he's more of your typical honorable samurai, his only remaining comedic trait being his [[OverprotectiveDad extreme over-protectiveness of Sonja.]]
** While Sonja was still TheStrategist, her methods are a lot more morally-grey in the first game, where she knocks out and kidnaps the Orange Star commanders just to test her theories.
* The Medic from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. What his in-game lines and a laconic bio provided by Valve revealed was not much more than "swaggering MadDoctor with fairly CampGay mannerisms". The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36lSzUMBJnc "Meet the Medic"]] video released 4 years after the game not only deepened his character, but also nearly completely changed what he was originally perceived as - he turned out to not be cold and grumpy, but much, much more outspoken and affable than first thought. He isn't even an ounce less insane than before, though.
** The Scout's unsuccessful attempts to hit on Miss Pauling were first introduced in [[SupplementalMaterial/TeamFortress2 the TF2 comics]], and treated as nothing more than macho posturing by him that was ignored by her out of disgust. Three years later, ''A Cold Day In Hell'' hinted his attraction to her might be sincere, since in it the Scout turns down sex from a horny {{Sensual Slav|s}} upon thinking staying chaste might give him a bigger chance with Miss Pauling. The short film ''Expiration Date'' then completely recharacterized their relationship. In it the Scout's swaggering pickup lines turn out to be because he doesn't know any other way to treat girls aside from as stereotypical "chicks", a problem he recognizes. As for Miss Pauling aversion to him, she's actually ObliviousToLove and hadn't noticed his feeble attempts to ask her out. Unlike the comics, she has no personal aversion to the Scout [[spoiler:and they end up planning ''one'' date at the end of the short (since she works literally 364 days a year.)]]
* Kenny in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is a NiceGuy in Episode 1, his most unlikable features being nothing more than shades of PapaWolf. In Episode 2 onward, he kills [[spoiler:Larry]] when it appears he may become a zombie and then has the nerve to hold a grudge against you if you were trying to revive the man, advises against putting a dying woman out of her misery so that she can act as a distraction, may fight Lee on the train when informs him that [[spoiler:his son is turning into a walker]], and generally gets extremely annoyed if Lee disagrees with him, even leaving him to die at certain times depending on previous choices. Possibly justified, as the gap between Episodes 1 and 2 is 3 months, the longest of the whole game.
** After [[WhamEpisode Episode 3]] Kenny seems to have a single focus in his life and is fueled by anger and persistence to chase it (and is the hardest NPC to convince to join up with you when StormingTheCastle), come [[spoiler: Season 2]] and he has mellowed down a lot until [[spoiler: he loses his new friends and family and he's all but a homicidal maniac who happens to be on your side]].
* Raynor as seen ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''. His CharacterDevelopment over the course of the original ...
** This was intentional, as a result of stress over the ineffectual rebellion and [[MyGreatestFailure the whole Kerrigan thing]] led him [[OffTheWagon drink way too much]] and suffer a protracted HeroicBSOD. His NumberTwo, Matt Horner, actually points this out in a cutscene later in the game, which inspires Raynor to [[CharacterRerailment pull himself together]].
* While Anders's personality shift from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' to ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' can be explained by his [[MesACrowd passenger]], Merrill changes from a serious, sensible minor character in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' who calmly greets Duncan in the elven ruins to a cheerful Cloudcuckoolander who can [[NoSocialSkills barely get out a complete greeting to Hawke and company]], for no apparent reason.
* [[FortuneTeller Yasuhiro Hagakure]] from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' starts off a bit weird, but gradually grows [[CloudCuckoolander even dopier]] as the game goes on and other characters start [[AnyoneCanDie dropping like flies]], leaving him with the "comic relief" role. The page quote is provided when one of his classmates notes his change in behavior.
* Lara Croft in the Core Design era of ''Franchise/TombRaider'' started out as a cheeky but bold woman. This is contrast to Lara's later appearances in the series where she's deep in DeadpanSnarker territory and is prone to using violence to achieve her goals.
* Zant was portrayed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as a stoic, almost menacing figure whose facade only broke when he was on the verge of defeat. In ''HyruleWarriors'', his PsychopathicManchild traits are more prominent from the start and he's more prone to bouts of histronics and hysteria, though he still retains his moments of smartness, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass being particularly cunning as a battlefield commander.]] The end result is that he comes off as more eccentric than truly frighteningly insane. This may just be because, in the context of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Zant is no more the main antagonist, but one of Ganondorf's second-in-commands, sharing his spotlight with Girahim, so it's harder to be frightened by the man when you keep the child-like mood swings and temper tantrums, but remove the creepy music, the build-up and the army backing him up, and then [[OvershadowedbyAwesome put him in a game where Ganondorf is one of the playable characters.]] Context is mostly what made Zant menacing.
* Compare and contrast the way the characters are in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' to how they are in games ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' and afterwards. Karen, for example, was a cold woman until you [[DefrostingTheIceQueen befriend]] or court her who wanted to leave the small town she was raised in for the city. In future games she works at a grocery store instead of a bar, loses all of her attitude, and becomes a CoolBigSis. Even ''Back to Nature'' to ''Friends of Mineral Town'' has this, to a far lesser degree. Kai was a JerkAss who intentionally bugged Rick but in later games Rick is just an overprotective brother towards Popuri and Kai is a NiceGuy.
* In the first two ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'', the Sinistrals were typical evil gods without much to distinguish them from each other in terms of how they wreaked their havoc. Come ''VideoGame/LufiaTheLegendReturns'', Amon and Daos develop differing methods suiting their powers of Chaos and Terror respectively, while Gades gets his ([[MemeticMutation frue]]) destructive tendencies exemplified. This carried over into the remake of ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Lufia II]]'', ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals''.
* ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'': Ryusei Date, one of the "mascot" characters from the franchise, was an outright JerkAss in his first appearance. Almost all his in-battle dialog when dodging an attack amounts to "Wow, you suck. Just give up already, loser." And at one point, he goes around telling the other characters that his teammate Rai is gay (which earns him the beating of a lifetime when Rai finds out), and several of the official {{Yonkoma}} end with the two of them [[MexicanStandoff pointing guns at each other]]. In fact, Banpresto actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in the ''Original Generation'' storyline, where Ryusei's rival Tenzan Nakajima essentially has Ryusei's old personality, demonstrating that he's a better person thanks to opening up and making friends instead of obsessing over [[IKnowMortalKombat video games]] like he did in ''Shin''.
* Compare the first ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game with its ContinuityReboot ''VideoGame/StarFox64''. Fox and Falco didn't change much, if at all, but the other two members of the team are noticeably different. Slippy had a VerbalTic and showed no signs of the GadgeteerGenius tendencies he would eventually develop, but Peppy is almost a completely different character. In the SNES game, he was far more excitable and came off as HotBlooded in some instances, demanding to know "Who's next?!" after each stage. In ''64'', he's the oldest member of the crew and typically acts as a mentor figure of sorts.
* In ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' Murray was a radically different character in the first game, being meek and cowardly, described by Sly in the opening as "part-time driver and [[TheLoad full-time burden]]", and all of his missions were [[EscortMission Escort Missions]] where he'd run away at the first sign of trouble. Starting with the second game, he became TheBigGuy of the team and a LargeHam who insists on being called [[SpellMyNameWithAThe "The Murray"]], whose missions are always combat-heavy.
* In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves [[spoiler: Penelope]] was a sweet and caring character who helped the gang on multiple occasions, come Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time[[spoiler: she becomes a power hungry backstabber willing to kill the gang including Bently]]
* Leon Magnus in the PSX ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' was a short-tempered JerkassWoobie who enjoyed shocking his teammates (especially Rutee) when they wouldn't listen to him. When he appears in the [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2 second game]], he's a much calmer snarker with more of a SugarAndIcePersonality. The remake of the first game sticks closer to his [[spoiler: Judas]] characterization, while keeping some of his short temper but removing any of his more sadistic qualities.
* One of the first pieces of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' media was ''The Cortana Letters'', a series of emails sent to a ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' fansite. They show that early on, Cortana was an expy of Durandal from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', being contemptuous of the Master Chief and wanting to achieve godhood. Fragments of these letters were eventually used in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', but re-purposed and with the unused parts declared non-canon. [[spoiler:The "achieving godhood" part was repurposed for ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', though unlike in the ''Letters'', Cortana still has a soft spot for the Chief.]]
* Several cases occurred in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise, especially due to the series constantly trading hands:
** In his first appearance, Tiny was a more terrifying silent associate of N. Brio working to stop Crash from helping Cortex. From ''Warped'' onwards, he is Cortex's most loyal follower, and upon gaining his HulkSpeak patterns, more emphasis is put on his childish, clumsy personality compared to his fierce one as games go on. The Radical Entertainment games reinvent Tiny completely, making him a soft spoken, intelligent, and somewhat wimpy cohort of Cortex, almost a complete antithesis of his original self.
** The multiple developers of the series couldn't seem to agree on a characterisation for Nina. In ''Twinsanity'', she was initially conceived as a HeroicMime without much of a personality. In ''Ripto's Rampage'' she was a infantile baddie with a fondness for cute things. The Radical Entertainment games established a more consistent personality for her, a bratty, conniving villainess who plots to usurp her uncle's position.
** Most of the villains to some degree became more goofy and hammy as games passed, especially Cortex and N. Gin.
* Albert Wesker in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' was nothing more than the mole in the S.T.A.R.S. unit working for (and also working against) the Umbrella corporation and was also the one who was in cahoots with the other scientists when the mansion incident releasing the T-virus happened. In his original incarnation, Wesker just wanted to take the results of the research for himself and was using his teammates as guinea pigs. In Wesker's later appearances, he's a cold, calculating, and very cunning villain with superhuman powers that manipulates ''everyone'' to further his own goals and by the events of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', he attempts to annihilate the world to "save" the human race from their own self destruction.
* ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'': When introduced, Goro Majima was a notorious madman who liked to bash on his underlings for laughs. As the series progresses, his more insane traits are gradually downplayed: while he is still nuttier than a squirrel, he's more an eccentric genius, becoming the leader of one of the biggest and most powerful branch families in the Tojo Clan and inspiring UndyingLoyalty in his ranks.
* [[VideoGame/{{Neptunia}} Nepgear]] was a somewhat bland and very VanillaProtagonist in [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMkii her debut]]. There was an attempt to remedy this with her lack of defining features being a RunningGag in [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory the sequel]], along with being ButtMonkey for a vicious and humiliating universe, but to no avail[[note]]Her original appearance included the option of Nepgear willfully perpetrating the ''horrifying'' events of the [[KillEmAll Conquest]] [[DownerEnding Ending]], which cast a long shadow on her popularity[[/note]]. After three {{Video Game Remake}}s worth of progressive retrofits to her character, her next fully original appearance in ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'' is as a well-rounded, well-liked mecha-nerd.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'', Ragna was far more belligerent and unheroic in the original Calamity Trigger than later on. Notably, the pre-release short stories for CT showed he murdered indiscriminately. After ''Continuum Shift'' however, his more common traits began to show, to the point of that ''Continuum Shift's'' retelling of Calamity Trigger retconned his initial acts of violence and personality.
* [[TheLancer Garrus Vakarian]] of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is introduced as an aggressive, violent and uptight CowboyCop who seethes constantly. Two years later, he's reintroduced as a laid-back, friendly DeadpanSnarker who rapidly locks in as Shepard's NumberTwo and keeps this characterisation indefinitely. Presumably, working with a squad in Omega helped mellow him out a lot.
--->'''Joker:''' It seems like Garrus has finally worked that stick out of his butt, but now he's beating people to death with it.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] have experienced this as a race. Originally, were simple "hurr durr smash hoomies" Tolkien-style Orcs with nothing particularly noteworthy about them (they weren't even playable in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''). Beginning with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', however, their characterization has shifted massively. Rather than just being dumb, they've been severely marginalized for ages - even their patron deity reflects this. The [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]] of [[TheGoodKing Emperor Uriel VII]]'s time, among other things, however, helped them to begin to properly integrate into the Empire better - thus [[PromotedToPlayable making them playable]].
** The [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] cross this over with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. The personalities of many of the Princes are ''very'' different in their first appearance in ''Daggerfall'' than they would go on to be depicted in later games. Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]], is a notable example he didn't seem to settle into his MadHatter-esque characterization until his ADayInTheLimelight episode in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. (Even his vocal appearance in his quest in vanilla ''Oblivion'' didn't match in voice or temperament.) For details on the other Daedric Princes, see their entries on the series' [[Characters/TheElderScrollsDaedra Daedra Characters page]].
** This is also the case for many of the types of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] which have made multiple appearances in the series. Please see the series' [[Characters/TheElderScrollsDaedra Daedra Characters page]] for specific examples.
* Lucian, the main character of ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'' appears throughout the Divinity series. However, if one were to play the series Chronologically, getting to ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin2'', will be ''very'' surprising to find that, rather than being a BigGood who only made a few mistakes and was very affable, [[spoiler: he comes off as a total AntiHero (at best) and a JerkAss at worst - willing to allow his own son to be assassinated, happily attempting genocide, lying, and betraying some of his closest followers.]] Larian has in fact admitted this - given that ''Divinity'' has had somewhat loose continuity and the world changed to a much more CrapsackWorld... yikes.
* Ocelot in ''Franchise/MetalGear'' is introduced as being an unsympathetic and somewhat nerdish villain; he's a sadistic torturer, screws up most of his plans, sexually harasses his female coworker, and his boss fight is a simple chase-and-shoot affair while he breathes heavily over his cool gun. TheReveal that he was really working for the President the whole time plays more like his toadying to Liquid is taken to its logical extreme. Come ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', though, and he's much cooler and more intimidating, getting a BigEntrance, and disowning his previous stated motions as a lie. His backstory as revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' makes him a fairly sympathetic, even {{Adorkable}} AntiHero, as well as [[SuddenlySexuality gay]] (making his apparent attraction to Wolf seem very weird).

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* In very early episodes of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', it's pretty clear that most of the personalities haven't really been defined yet, especially on the Red side. {{Flanderization}} sets in quickly as they find clearer, more defined roles in the overall cast dynamic, and by season two the characterization has gelled - from then on, most major change falls under CharacterDevelopment.
* The ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'' series' take on Rarity changed -- voice-wise and appearance-wise -- drastically between APPLE.MOV and DRESS.MOV, from excited teenager to obese sweatshop runner.y
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'':
** Trisha Cappelletti was ''far'' bitchier in her debut episode, almost nothing like the NiceGirl she currently is.
** Brittnay Matthews started out as a stereotypical DumbBlonde whose only qualities were anger and vapidness, but she had gradually evolved into, in the creators' words, a lot smarter, more independent "hardened diamond of hell".
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Balloon started out as just a character who gets killed over and over, but by episode 4, he started to gain more of a prominence to the story instead of just a gag.
** At first Dave only existed to be TheBully to the point of being a HateSink, but episode 5 opened up some HiddenDepths for him and shown that he has an InferioritySuperiorityComplex.

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* Marc from ''{{Webcomic/Comc}}'' was originally intended to be a stereotypical teenager with a love of music (with similar tastes to the author), but he quickly evolved to more of a sensible teenager, taking over the original role of Victor to some extent (his love of music is unchanged, but is focused on less). Victor, on the other hand, became slightly sillier than the original idea already in the first str'p.
* Sil'lice from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' brutality and cruelty seems to have been toned down in the later remake chapters compared to the earlier chapters. She actually seems to be somewhat reasonable now and has two little twins whom she clearly loves. It's widely agreed to be an improvement. And most of the worst traits she had before now seem to have been transferred to her daughter Kadara, whose viciousness when dealing with two children who are also her cousins seems to take Sil'lice aback.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The Monster in the Darkness started out as an incompetent sidekick to Xykon and Redcloak. It was AffablyEvil, albeit somewhat dim, and generally hinted to be less terrifying than implied by Xykon. As the series continued, the Monster gradually became a stupid and naïve creature virtually incapable of comprehending much of anything, behaving and speaking almost like a child in most circumstances. Though the kernel for this existed from the get go, Flanderization took the character sufficiently far from its original form for this to become noticeable.
** In one of her earliest appearances, Celia blasts Nale with a lightning bolt to punish him for pranking her into thinking her family was dead. Later strips have established her as an ActualPacifist who won't willingly harm another living creature even when her own life is threatened.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Hannelore was first introduced when [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=515 Marten was so drunk he went in the wrong bathroom]], and she ''tried to pick him up''. Later, her OCD [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1315 was seriously played up]]. Eventually, she explains her earlier behavior by saying that she "was on some pretty powerful anti-anxiety meds" and "wasn't myself".
** Hanners is also smoking in that comic, something even less likely for the OCD character she has developed into.
** She seems to be [[{{Flanderization}} deflanderizing]] [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1404 a bit]].
* Non-work safe comic ''Webcomic/SexyLosers''. In particular, early "Madame X" strips featured a couple of friends who mainly existed to bounce exposition off of...[[http://sexylosers.com/006.html at first]]. Later strips saw the characters earning the {{Fan Nickname}}s [[VitriolicBestBuds Abusive Friend]] and [[ClusterFBomb Swearing Friend]], based on strips like [[http://sexylosers.com/043.html this]]. As the author put it, "But you said nothing happened last time," practically sounds like a doctoral thesis coming from a character known for lines like "Your fuck is shit, dickass."
** This is also true for the Suicide Girl comics. [[http://sexylosers.com/007.html At first]], he would ask the girl if they would have sex prior making you believe he would have either or. [[http://sexylosers.com/097.html Now]] he's only interested in corpses.
** Also true for the Kenta's Hot Mom comics. [[http://sexylosers.com/048.html At first]], Kenta ''actually'' had feelings for his mother. This gets weird seeing how he is openly disgusted at his mom's sexual advances in every other comic.
* D'rizzl in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had his IQ go up 120 points upon joining the Dark Warriors, since the team needed a straight man.
** The very first strips also have Fighter as not-dumb (He even remarks "Dude, that line sucks" when Black Mage does a [[Film/XMen1 Storm]] impression) and Black Mage as not-evil (He kinda feels bad for accidentally blowing up a forest. Really!). It says something about the comic when [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/04/12/episode-015-a-little-intellectual-conversation/ saying "Thanks. What's up?"]] to a guard instead of murdering him for speaking to him is out of character.
* For the first year or so of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive,'' Davan is portrayed as being completely hopeless with women. He's shown being rejected by women multiple times, and the few relationships he has had have been with women who were either mentally unstable or who spontaneously decided to cheat on him (and in one instance, both). This changed due to a bit of outside interference: according to WordOfGod (in a Website/YouTube post), Milholland had the idea of Davan meeting a really cool girl in the bar he frequented, then having her be creeped out by his getting involved in an altercation. A friend suggested that instead of going for the thousandth downer, that he cut Davan a break and let him be happy for once. His going for this idea and starting a romantic plotline for Davan probably killed the whole "women hate Davan" gag; since then, Davan has been involved with a handful of reasonably stable women, including some friends-with-benefits closet-action. Davan still references the ''idea'' that he only attracts crazy women, but then nobody in the comic seems entirely sane.
* Problem Sleuth, at the beginning of ''[[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth his series]]'', didn't have the crippling phobia of ethnic cheer murals that he shows later on. He originally considered the mural in his office money well spent.
** The only other ethnic cheer mural he encountered [[EverythingTryingToKillYou attempted to beat him to death.]]
** He was also more of a jerk to the other characters, though that one has elements of FireForgedFriends.
* In the earliest ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' strips, Elliot and Tedd were alike in perversion, and Sarah was a borderline StrawFeminist. These days, it's hard to imagine Sarah giving more than an annoyed glare to Tedd's suggestion to strip, and it's hard to imagine Elliot going along with it.
** Tedd, for his part, while his libido hasn't really changed, has lost a lot of his MadScientist cred with the revelation that he's just been reverse-engineering alien tech, and parts of it (which work on the same principles as Earth "magic") remain a mystery to him.
*** He also went from straight-up pervert to ChivalrousPervert, to the point of removing an [[SeeThruSpecs x-ray function from his glasses]] because he thought it was too unethical.
** Grace, as well, is much less naïve in early strips (in the most glaring case, later {{retcon}}ned as having been explained to her, realizing what people would think of a woman wearing nothing but a trenchcoat), something Dan admits he regrets.
** Also, Principal Verrückt's first appearance was a quick "the principal is UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler" cutaway gag, complete with GratuitousGerman; in his very next appearance, Ellen points out just how he looks with a wig, and from then on, he's bald with a bushier moustache, never once speaks another word in German, and comes off as a good-hearted bumbler.
** Ashley was a {{Tsundere}} (of the non-violent, sullen, in-denial sort) with regard to Elliot in her first couple of appearances. Once she began actually to interact with him, however, she abruptly became a perky, [[CrushBlush blushing]], sweet-natured, {{Adorkable}} sort, honest and open about everything--even her fetishes--and has remained that way, with no hint of tsundere, since.
* It takes a while for the characters to get established in ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'', and there are too many out-of-character moments in early strips to count. However the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} (and {{squick}}y) would have to be when [[ChildrenAreInnocent Philippe]] -- later established to be perpetually five years old -- has sex with Ultra Peanut.
** Well, all we really see is that they've taken their clothes off. Chris Onstad suggests in the book that they went outside to play in the sprinklers.
* Minor example in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': In [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010909c an early strip,]] Chadling is excited by the prospect of bananas. Bananas never come up in the comic again, and the rest of the time, Chadling's TrademarkFavoriteFood is ice cream (like most of the other dumb characters). In the commentary, David Anez says that the love of bananas was a reference to a friend of his whom Chadling was named after, and he never got around to using it again.
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Trudy starts out as a CardCarryingVillain who routinely drops safes on GPF's competitors, killing them. In the year before Surreptitious Machinations, she gradually evolves into a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] who manages to take over the world in an alternate future, becoming emotionally unhinged after killing [[spoiler:Nick for rejecting her]], the first time she had ever killed someone herself.
* [[CampGay Franz]] from ''Webcomic/ElijahAndAzuu'' started out as an AllGaysArePromiscuous gag character, which feels at odds with the devoted relationship he's in once he has some CharacterDevelopment. In particular, [[WordOfGod the author]] said that he regretted making Franz [[spoiler:have a three-way with his boyfriend and mother]] because it was awkward to write around in a later, more serious story arc.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Dave is known as TheStoic who can go off into epic wordplay at the drop of a hat and has a very consistent demeanor that's incredibly difficult to falter. However, the few times we see him talk to John pre-naming, he comes off as more emotional and brief, actually using punctuation and emotion, with John able to casually troll him with a simple reference to ''Film/LittleMonsters''.
** There's also the Trolls, though in their case not much was known about them at the time. Compare their earlier pesterlogs in Acts 3 and 4 to what is later revealed about them in Act 5 (looking at you, Tavros).
** Hussie also notes this happening to John in the notes for the second book:
--->Also [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002224 this conversation]] is kind of interesting because as the story moves along, John kind of smooths out slightly into more of a StraightMan to the ridiculous ravings of others, but in this first conversation there was more of a [[SnarkToSnarkCombat smartass give-and-take]].
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'''s main character suffers from this. At first, he is a LovableSexManiac, an idiot who gets laid a lot, a lot like Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}''. His stupidity was emphasized in early strips. As the series progress, his stupidity becomes [[ManChild immaturity]], [[SuddenIntelligence making him a very smart guy]] that just likes to act childish from time to time. He also gets geekier and geekier, up to the point where he is OneOfUs.
* Lisa of ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', in her earliest appearances, bears little resemblance to the cheerful, extroverted GenkiGirl she's best known as. Instead, she's presented as a somewhat alienated and angry sort, apart from her friendly overtures to Aggie. Writer T Campbell [[{{Retcon}} later explained]] [[AllThereInTheManual in the comic's forum]] that Lisa was in a "transitional period" then as a NewTransferStudent, and was also going through a "rebel phase" which put more distance between her and others than she's usually been known to maintain.
** Also, Sara: in [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=4 one of her first appearances]] (in fact, only the fourth panel ''ever''), she expresses interest in Italian boys. This seems very strange in retrospect given her later ComingOutStory. It didn't take long for that subplot to start being foreshadowed, though, and you could always just wave it off as her trying to fit in.
* Hogan from ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'' is widely remembered by fans as a good-natured [[TheAce Ace]] with a playful sense of humor who was the series' first big "heroic" character, so it can be quite jarring to reread Season 1 and discover that he was actually a massive JerkAss with barely a trace of humor for the first couple of episodes and didn't become really likable until halfway through the season. Suffice it to say that the Hogan from [[ReunionShow All-Stars]] would ''never'' have tried throwing an immunity challenge solely because he hated almost all of his tribemates and wanted to vote them off.
* In ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', two examples
** Zexion was originally supposed to be the OnlySaneMan who would exist for Axel and Marluxia to play off. He developed into a King among {{Jerkass}}es.
** Marluxia started off as Axel's partner in crime and psychopathy. When Zexion's characterization marched on, Marluxia became superfluous and was DemotedToExtra. After that, he turned gay. Then he got re-promoted to main character, in more or less the StraightMan role Zexion was originally going to play.
** Namine was originally a television addict disconnected from reality. Then she became the OnlySaneMan among the cast.
* On her introduction in ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'', Neirenn made a number of cryptic statements that implied some kind of clairvoyance. This was quickly dropped, and she acted like a normal (magic-wielding and mysteriously motivated) teenager from then on.
* The Reverend in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' started out as [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-11-19 "more of an irreverend"]]; in most future appearances, while he's willing to snark as much as anyone else, he approaches his duties a lot more seriously.
* ''Webcomic/{{Whomp}}'' Ronnie starts off as an [[http://www.whompcomic.com/2010/06/21/06212010/ angry]] [[http://www.whompcomic.com/2010/08/27/surely-it-is-back-there/ Jerkass]] who frequently [[http://www.whompcomic.com/2010/08/17/08172010/ stood up to Motivation Dude]]. Later he would be a weepy ExtremeDoormat.

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* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'':
** The original characterisation of [[StraightGay Sean O'Cann]] was as an abusive and rude JerkJock, somehow he managed to wind up as slightly brusque and somewhat sarcastic. The difference is such that without the name you wouldn't be able to tell it was the same character.
** From the same version, [[PsychoLesbian Lyn Burbank]] was initially a cold, calculating psychopath ready to die as long as she could take down as many people as she could. It only took a small handful of threads before she changed dramatically: becoming bitter, more emotional and prone to [[VillainousBreakdown breakdowns]], her intended murderous rampage becoming focused on [[AlphaBitch Frost]] instead, the narrative focusing more on the more [[TheWoobie woobie-ish]] parts of her character, and the revelation that she was in fact terrified of dying. Her original self was {{handwave}}d away in the end with the explanation that she was just trying (and ultimately failing) to play the part she thought she was expected to play.
** In version 4, we have Aileen Borden, who in her early pre-game posts started out as a [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] EmoTeen. As her characterization was more fleshed out, though, she changed radically. By the time v4 actually rolled around, her originally intended personality became more clear as a [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] KnightInSourArmor, and ultimately became a {{Foil}} to [[WellIntentionedExtremist Aaron Hughes]] in-game. [[WordOfGod Her handler]] has said that the reason why was simply because it was taking a while to really get her characterization down.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd was initially the Angry ''Nintendo'' Nerd, and only started calling himself by his much more well-known moniker after realizing there were quite a few other games and game systems he would receive requests to do reviews of. He also mostly stuck to games from the '80s, didn't have a theme song, and his first two videos were incredibly strange for two opposite reasons; the first video didn't show the Nerd at all, while the second was just him sitting at a computer and talking to the audience with only the odd screen shot.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic '':
** Fans of the Critic may be surprised to see that in the character's first ever appearance, he is commenting on the first live-action ''Transformers'' movie in a style closer to that of Doug Walker's other character, Chester A. Bum. Over the course of the next few reviews, The Nostalgia Critic became the cynic most viewers are familiar with, and the 'hyper' style was given to Chester A. Bum. This was lampshaded when The Nostalgia Critic briefly resumed the prior characterization when reviewing ''Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen'', and Chester A. Bum walked in at the end and asked "Did he just steal my act?"
** In a much more character-based example, and [[WordOfGod confirmed by Doug]] in the Cartoon All-Stars commentary, he was much more manlier and much less pathetic/woobiefied back in the earlier reviews. For example, when he screamed back then, he sounded scary and angry. When he screams now, it's more like he's seriously getting freaked out. And there's a lot more crying involved.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick seems to have gone through stages. First she was just a [[DistaffCounterpart female version]] of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, with the slightly-milder yelling and the funny "WTF" reaction shots. Then she was a [[DeadpanSnarker dry]], girly OnlySaneWoman with a couple moments of being NotSoAboveItAll. It wasn't until "Top Ten Disturbing and Inescapable Christmas Songs" that she started to develop the kinda scary, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold gold-hearted]] BitchInSheepsClothing BrokenBird persona that we all know and love. Her reviewing style also has gradually morphed from being a straight-through synopsis that pokes fun at various FridgeLogic (like the Critic's reviews) and become more of general study of the review subject's themes, characters, plot (and plot holes) and so on. Even in reviews like ''Grease'' or ''Mulan'', she takes time from the synopsis to analyze various details.
* Eddie Cohen of Roleplay/{{The Insane Quest|OfUnfathomableRandomness}} started off as more of an apathetic EmoTeen who would only do the bare minimum to contribute to his team's goals. As time went on, however, he was {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into a cowardly, inept ButtMonkey who was friendlier towards the other members of Smoosh and mostly avoided obstacles out of fear rather than laziness.
* In ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', not only did the Homestuck Trolls take this route, but various canon characters have marched onto new designs.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', commonly happens due to changing tastes and styles of writers, especially if a character has been written for a long time.
* In his early videos, LetsPlay/{{Gronkh}} tended to put things much more bluntly and was much less talkative than he is now; all in all, his in-show personality wasn't developed yet.
* In the long-running [[{{Website/Neopets}} Neopian Times]] series ''Al the Chia'', Peacepaw (a nonconformist NewAgeRetroHippie among the wolflike Lupes) initially comes off as so saccharine that he's in his own little world, and being in his own little world with all his happy little friends quickly becomes unbearable for a third party, like Al. In later installments, he's still a hippy with all that that entails, but he's ''much'' more approachable and likable.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Gaea and Sparadrap were respectively the AudienceSurrogate and a typical {{Noob}} when introduced in the webseries. They eventually turned into the [[TheScrooge greedy]] DirtyCoward and StupidGood player they get more obviously introduced as in the novels and comic. Couette also started out as Sparadrap's DistaffCounterpart before DivergentCharacterEvolution took place in all three media.
* The Ninja from ''WebVideo/AskANinja'' was much more creepy, ominous, and stoic in the first episode. Later episodes portray him more as a comically upbeat, AffablyEvil {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* The Foundation ''itself'' from the ''Wiki/{{SCP Foundation}}'' is subject to a lot of this. Early articles and tales portray a much smaller, much more disorganized Foundation subject to the whims of a motley collection of BunnyEarsLawyer scientists. The current community, including the creators of most of the aforementioned characters, regards this as form of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and frowns on use of many story ideas that were popular early on, such as cross-testing anomalies with one another and a Foundation that believes that WeHaveReserves.
* When ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' released their first video, Matt was focused on the game while Pat provided light-hearted commentary. In the next one, their roles switched, and Matt became sort of a bumbling doofus while Pat was an angry guy pissed off by his friend's incompetence. As time passed by, Matt gained more seriousness while staying a light-hearted character, while Pat mellowed out a bit.
* ''WebOriginal/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'': When Asuna first appears she's HopelessWithTech, doesn't really know how to play ''Sword Art Online'', and doesn't show signs of being a jerk. When she reappears later, she actually knows what she's doing and [[TookALevelInJerkass turned into jerk]], making her more like Kirito.
* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': He started out aping the AVGN style as closely as possible, to the point that a few of his videos are directly "inspired" by specific episodes (the intro to ''Metal Storm'' was lifted from ''The Karate Kid''; ''Nightshade'' is a riff on ''Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout''). Over time, he's dropped most of the AVGN (and [[BizarroWorld anti-AVGN]]) elements, and now all that remains are the name itself, along with a few props (the shirt and the wine).
* WebVideo/ThomasSanders: In the earliest ''Sanders Sides'' videos, Virgil (the personification of Thomas' anxiety) was portrayed as being actively malicious, intentionally causing problems for Thomas, and enjoying himself while doing it. However, as his personality developed, he became much more sympathetic -- a lot of the videos centered on Virgil point out that being the manifestation of anxiety, fear, and insecurity, and consequentially being TheFriendNobodyLikes on top of that isn't exactly a picnic for ''him'', either.