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->'''Asahina:''' What the heck's happened to you...? You weren't like this from the beginning, you know.\\
'''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.

So on ''The AliceAndBob Show'', the writers didn't originally plan for Bob to be a [[GRatedDrug cereal addict]]. But somehow that trait caught on as part of his character, and later seasons have him [[{{Flanderization}} suffer a nervous breakdown when he runs out of cereal and can't get to the store]]. Thus it is quite disconcerting to watch an episode from Season One where the gang is ordering breakfast and Bob decides on pancakes rather than his beloved cereal.

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. If this happens with a work as a whole, it's a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.

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/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 Books]]
* In his earliest appearances, while Franchise/{{Batman}} wasn't any more particularly kill-happy than any other heroes, it's kind of shocking to see the archetypal TechnicalPacifist clearly killing off criminals, often using guns. Case in point, a line from a showdown with his first nemesis:
--> '''Batman:''' ''[as he watches the man in question '''burn to death''']'' Death... to Doctor Death!
** He also displayed a fondness for puns and cracked jokes during fights, not unlike what Spider-Man would do later. IE, "Have a seat", while smacking villains with a chair, or, while beating the Joker "You may be the JOKER, but I am the KING OF CLUBS!" or "You played your last hand!". Now, he's oh so very much TheStoic.
** And, on more than one occasion, he referred to himself as "Poppa", in the third person, as in "Quiet, or Poppa spank!" or "Right into Poppa's arms!".
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was originally a sneering, humorless criminal mastermind instead of the cackling lunatic we know today. He was named after the Joker in playing cards, seeing as how he never told a single joke, and never laughed in his initial appearance (though he did smile, rather terrifyingly). ''The Man Who Laughs'' later rewrote the Joker's first story with the current portrayal of the Joker.
** Robin was also shown to use brutal force on crooks in his debut, hitting them with rocks from a sling and shoving them off to their deaths. This first origin story also depicted him as ''eight'' years old while doing all these feats (compared to later retcons that would establish him as either ten or twelve).
* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' started off as a lot more hotheaded and ready to fight for little reason. As early as Amazing Spider-Man #1, Spidey breaks into the Comicbook/FantasticFour's house to fight them in order to prove his worth as a potential member. He mellowed out once he became an adult so a lot of this could be chalked up to him being a teenage boy who just got super powers.
** Gwen Stacy from was much different initially than later portrayed. Her characterization changes are quite startling when you consider it, from a college-aged AlphaBitch to [[BettyAndVeronica the Veronica and then the Betty]] in the ongoing LoveTriangle before winding up Spider-Man's [[PuritySue very sweet girlfriend]], and then, well, [[ILetGwenStacyDie you know...]] Her current portrayal (Peter's one true love who was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth) didn't exist until after her death.
** In his earliest appearances the Green Goblin was a SmugSnake who kept [[KarmaHoudini getting away after his plans failed]] and whose [[TheFaceless face we never saw.]] Then he was unmasked as NormanOsborn shortly after successfully learning Spider-Man's own identity, spent some time as a JekyllAndHyde, killed Gwen Stacy, got posthumously upgraded into the BigBad, and was turned into a MagnificentBastard upon his [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]], where he has more or less stayed ever since. In short, a major change due to being a BreakoutVillain.
** Mary-Jane Watson was initially introduced as a kind of flaky party-girl who was the Veronica to Gwen's Betty, which was odd since Gwen had initially been the Veronica herself. She later was revealed to have HiddenDepths and has become the woman most fans feel Peter Parker truly belongs with.
** Aunt May is another example. In the beginning, she was a sweet, extremely old and extremely frail old lady but, er, [[CloudCuckooLander somewhat senile and detached from reality]]. That she allowed herself to be charmed by DoctorOctopus and unshakingly saw Mary Jane Watson as a suitable partner and future wife for Peter (''before'' MJ's characterization marched on) was portrayed as evidence for this. Then in the late 1970s she became more involved in the real world, e. g. joining the Gray Panthers, a bypass operation removed her recurrent health problems, and by all appearances she actually became younger. During Roger Stern's run her reasons for continuing matchmaking also was revealed as much more canny than previously imagined; she commented to Peter that he and MJ had more in common than he knew (foreshadowing the origin story Stern and his then-wife had cooked up, but which was mostly revealed by Tom [=DeFalco=] later on). This change of Aunt May from a passive character who constantly needed to be saved or aided by Peter and others was very much appreciated by the fans.
*** [[JMSSpiderMan This finally all led up to the day she finally learned the truth about Peter's identity,]] had a sane conversation with him about it, and was ''totally able to deal with it,'' making her the [[CoolOldLady coolest old lady]] on Earth. Later episodes have her helping with the secret identity in ways that make you wonder how he ''ever'' got along when she ''didn't'' know. [[OneMoreDay Then, alas, it was all retconned away.]]
*** During the time Spidey was in the Avengers and his identity was public, May spent a lot of time at Avengers Tower, and had the Avengers eating out of her hand. At one point, Iron Man lends her a suit of armor!
* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** In the first two or so issues of, Beast essentially sexually harassed Jean Grey and was a big dumb oaf, but as early as the third issue, he became a self-described bookworm who used a much more impressive vocabulary and was far kinder to people around him, and it was treated as if he had always been so. Interestingly, in a much later arc, the Beast, now blue and furry (which is also this trope, as ''some'' don't know he wasn't always this way), has his appearance restored to his original human form, but at the cost of his intelligence dwindling as he uses his powers. He eventually talks much like his day-one self.
** ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}'s first appearances had him as a crime boss and then a SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}-esque mutant supremacist, giving the same sort of speeches with more BoldInflation during [[ReplacementFlatCharacter a time when Magneto had become the New Mutants' mentor.]] The [[TheSocialDarwinist "survival of the fittest"]] aspect of his philosophy emerged soon afterward and those other characterizations quickly fell by the wayside. His backstory and status as a rare but overwhelming threat came later still.
** The original plan for the ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' comic (where Apocalypse was first introduced) was that the shadowy mastermind that X-Factor had been fighting against was planned to be minor Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Spider-Man villain the Owl. When a new writer came in, they decided to create a new villain.
** Magneto himself is a good example of this. The Creator/StanLee/Creator/JackKirby version of the character was just a straightforward villain with essentially no character depth. Creator/ChrisClaremont gave Magneto a sympathetic backstory and changed him into a WellIntentionedExtremist, and these changes have more or less stuck over the intervening decades. Unfortunately, post-Claremont writers and editors re-cardboardified Magneto to some considerable extent.
*** As of recent, due partly in thanks to [[Film/XMen the film series]], writers have explained this as Magneto having effectively succumbed to ThoseWhoFightMonsters.
** Rogue got her start as a villainous henchwoman working for Mystique, taking on and nearly single-handedly defeating the entire team of Comicbook/TheAvengers with a bravado that would be out of place on the troubled young girl she was soon developed into. This is particularly strange when you consider that nearly all of Rogue's earliest appearances - including that encounter with the Avengers - were written by Creator/ChrisClaremont.
** According to a tenacious urban legend, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s origin was ''intended'' to be that he was actually a wolverine mutated into human form. Creator/LenWein himself, Wolverine's co-creator, has made it clear that this is just a myth. Old plans that ''were'' made are that his claws were originally intended to be built into his gloves, and WordOfGod states that he was planned to be about as strong as Franchise/SpiderMan (i.e. at the low end of superhuman strength in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, but still able to lift about 10 tons).\\
He also started out as a thug with a bad temper whose main contribution to fights was rushing in recklessly and getting [[TheWorfEffect swatted aside]] to prove that the villain couldn't be beaten without teamwork. During TheDarkPhoenixSaga, he TookALevelInBadass and never looked back. It's also surprising (considering how important it is to his modern characterization) how long it is between his first appearance and the first explicit mention his HealingFactor (he says that he heals fast a little earlier, but it's in more of a "don't fuss over me just because I got my ass kicked" context than an "I have a superhuman ability to heal" one).
** And how about Charles Xavier himself? In the first twenty or so issues, he used his powers a lot more, reading minds whenever he pleased, communicating telepathically even to people in the same room, harboring a secret crush on Jean Grey, and mind-wiping several of the X-Men's foes in order to get them out of the way for good. While some later writers would portray Xavier as a {{Jerkass}}, it never reached this level.
** Also, Iceman. Nowadays, he is mostly known as a funny guy. In the beginning, he would often attack his teammates during mission briefings. While this was probably intended to show him as immature (he was two years younger than the rest), it just made him look like a JerkAss and an idiot.
* Similar to the Franchise/{{Batman}} example above, Franchise/{{Superman}} was an outlaw hero not above dispensing rough justice in his earliest appearances. It is a little shocking for modern readers to see the character who would later become [[TheCape 'the Big Blue Boyscout']] seize a torturer and fling him to his death.
** DC later retconned these early out-of-character moments as being the Superman and Batman from Earth-2, so they're technically separate characters from the "main" Superman and Batman. Shows that they were aware just how much characterization had marched on in all those years.
** Creator/JohnByrne acknowledged this in ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' as part of the characters' evolution over time. In 1939, Franchise/{{Batman}} takes one of the Ultra-Humanite's goons on top of a giant planet model to interrogate him and lets him fall when the mook doesn't give any useful information. When he's caught by Superman, Bat-Man remarks "If I'd known you were there to catch him, I wouldn't have let him fall", and Superman response "If I'd known you'd let him fall, I wouldn't have caught him." They resume the interrogation and, when the mook still refuses to talk, Superman makes as if to throw him off the sphere once more, at which point he finally sings.
** See also [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=28&Itemid=45 Superman Is A Dick]].
** The Comicbook/{{New 52}} has also characterized young Superman similarly as his early incarnation.
* It's kind of a shock to see how Guy Gardner of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps was originally a pretty mellow character before (in a convoluted series of events) he received brain damage that manifested itself in the form of the arrogant, violent, unstable, and often childish personality that the character is best known for. DC has since tried to sweep this under the rug by {{retcon}}ning the brain damage thing altogether. Some flashbacks imply that Guy has always been, as he puts it, "the crazy one." Likewise, those who are most familiar with the mostly-stoic Marine in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} version of John Stewart, which has since been incorporated into the comics, may be surprised at how, well, [[JiveTurkey funky]] he is in his early comics appearances.
* Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} was far more of a dirtbag in his earliest appearances, in sharp contrast to his eventual AntiVillain status. One of his earliest appearances had him kidnapping Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}'s love interest in order to lure the Comicbook/TeenTitans into a trap, something that would seem greatly at odds with the "NeverHurtAnInnocent" code the character displayed in later stories.
* The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' foe Cheshire also started off with ''some'' standards before later writers made her into the completely vile figure she's known as today. She used to avoid CollateralDamage during her assassinations (for instance, she left a witness BoundAndGagged and even assured the man that she had no intention of harming him), and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even turned the tables on some racist South Africans who had hired her to kill a black civil rights worker]]. [[MoralEventHorizon Then she went and nuked an entire country, and hasn't looked back since…]] In an interesting case, ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' portrayed Cheshire closer to her original comic book depiction. She steered clear of killing innocents, had some PetTheDog moments, and even had genuine affection for her younger sister, Artemis. This caused some fans who were more familiar with Cheshire's vile phase to claim she was being written horribly OutOfCharacter.
* Seems to have occurred with many Disney characters over decades of comic book appearances. Some examples:
** MickeyMouse. In "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers" (1930), Mickey seems to be losing MinnieMouse to SmugSnake Mr. Slicker (Montmorency Rodent). He even overhears a conversation where Minnie silently lets Slicker believe Mickey is just her "little brother". Mickey's reaction? He concludes "She doesn't care for me anymore - what is there to live for! Without Minnie, I might as well end it all". ... "I can't get Minnie off my mind! I just can't go on without her!" ... "Without Minnie, all my dreams have become nightmares" ... [[ArcWords "Goodbye, Minnie! Goodbye, cruel word!"]]. Only after four failed suicide attempts does he snap out of it. This is the same Mickey who would make an art of ditching Minnie to attend to his next mystery investigation/reporting/adventuring around the world. Later stories have made a running joke of the Mouse couple [[ShippingBedDeath hardly spending any time together]].
** Phantom Blot. In "Mickey Outwits the Phantom Blot" (1939), the Blot is a rather scary opponent who easily overcomes Mickey on several occasions. With only one weakness. In his words "My cursed soft heart! I never could bear to SEE anything die! [[EvenEvilHasStandards I'm just too tender for such things]]". So he sets elaborate death traps instead, leaving them to take care of Mickey. Mickey typically escapes with minimal injuries. The Blot remains highly efficient in most of his incarnations. But the soft heart is mostly forgotten about and he takes a more direct approach. For example in "The Hooded Eagle" (1994), the Blot has no problem attacking Mickey with an axe. After taking elaborate efforts to lure him to an isolated location of the Arctic, indicating he was planning about it for some time.
*** The Phantom Blot was in his early appearances portrayed as a master thief, and was actually unmasked at the end of his first appearances. Later he went from a thief into a full-blown super villain, and the fact he even had a face under the hood was forgotten (in one comic in particular Mickey meets the Blot's brother, who for some reason is also wearing a hood, and comments that he finds it hard to think of the Blot as a regular person with a family, instead of some kind of supernatural monster). He's started appearing unmasked from time to time, and has gone back to stealing things instead of trying to take over the world or whatever (although he still has access to various high-tech devices, usually stolen prototypes, that he uses to commit crimes).
*** And in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', this goes UpToEleven as the Phantom Blot has become [[EldritchAbomination something else altogether]].
* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}}, [[TheScrooge Scrooge McDuck]]. In the his earlier appearances, Creator/CarlBarks depicted Scrooge as quite an immoral individual-there was the infamous robber baron flashback in "Voodoo Hoodoo", and in "The Magic Hourglass", another early Scrooge story, Scrooge sics a band of hired thugs on WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} and is willing to leave his nephews to die of thirst in the desert to attain his goals. When Barks began to use Scrooge as a hero in his own right, he began depicting Scrooge as a greedy, tightfisted old miser, but one who [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules followed his own code of honor.]] This is the depiction most fans remember, and the one that shows up in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and the works of Creator/DonRosa.
** Speaking of "Voodoo Hoodoo", Creator/DonRosa managed to explain it in terms of Scrooge's new characterization near the end of ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. Rather than being indicative of how Scrooge normally is, it's written as [[MyGreatestFailure his biggest mistake]], and the reason he starts out the present day as an embittered old duck, estranged from his family.
*** The {{retcon}} still doesn't quite work in relation to the original story, though: in "Voodoo Hoodoo" Scrooge doesn't express a hint of regret, and finds the entire zombie debacle rather amusing. [[ValuesDissonance And no-one so much as suggests that the old Voodoo priest Foola Zoola should be given his stolen, sacred lands back.]]
** His ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' incarnation takes a step even further, to the point of clashing even the later comics version (and some early points of the show itself). While Scrooge remains somewhat curmudgeonly and closely tied to his money, he tames greatly, becoming more primarily a warm father figure for the triplets. In all fairness, he ''was'' originally inspired by [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]]...
** Gladstone Gander was only an arrogant dandy who served as TheRival for Donald in his first three appearances - him being BornLucky on top of that wasn't established until his fourth appearance ('Race to the South Seas'), but it immediately became THE defining trait of his character.
* In the original issues of ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', [[ScaryBlackMan Lothar]] was more or less Mandrake's negro manservant, never speaking, showing up whenever baggage needed to be carried or enemies needed to be beaten up, and vanishing between scenes when he wasn't needed. Once this became socially unacceptable, Lothar was rewritten as Mandrake's good friend, as well as a good deal smarter and proactive. On the other hand, Mandrake went from being a full-fledged wizard (kind of like a male Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}) to only being capable of using illusion magic.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}, in his earlier adventures, tended to defeat his enemies by beating them up. His condescension to the natives and cruelty to animals in ''Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo'' are a jarring contrast to his humane attitude in the later adventures.
** Originally, the Tintin stories reflected the attitudes of Herge's mentors, who encouraged him to write religious and political propaganda pieces (''Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets'') and his work reflected European colonial attitudes of 1930. A turnaround came when Herge befriended a Chinese student in Brussels who taught him about Chinese society, politics, and culture. As a result ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus'' is critical of Western imperialism in China and criticizes westerners making racist comments about the Chinese.
** In ''Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws,'' [[OlderSidekick Captain Haddock]] was a weak-willed alcoholic who was [[TheMillstone almost assured to mess up anything and get himself and Tintin in trouble]]. Later stories make him more competent and heroic (when not drunk), [[ButtMonkey and relegate his screw-ups to comedy relief]].
* In the early "Man of Iron" story in the Marvel UK ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic, Optimus Prime orders that the Man of Iron and his navigator and ship be destroyed to prevent the Decepticons getting their hands on them. This is the same Optimus Prime who generally goes out of his way to ''save'' noncombatants.
* Renee Montoya's sexuality is a defining character trait for her under Creator/GregRucka, but when she was originally created for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' the plan ([[AllThereInTheManual According to background info in the series bible]]) was that she was intended to be driven in her own fight on crime by the memory of her dead ''husband''. It was not until ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' that she was outed as a lesbian, which would become an integral part of an award-winning arc of that series and several [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo follow]] [[TheQuestion up]] comics. The same source also says that she would butt heads with Batman over his methods, whereas in almost all her appearances Renee admires him and understands why he acts outside the law.
* In the original comics, ComicBook/PlasticMan was no less serious than any other superhero at the time - he was the OnlySaneMan of his world, which was filled with wacky, cartoony characters. In fact, even his [[RubberMan powers]] were amusing, which made for an enormous contrast with his early, [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] personality. Over the years, Plas received a much more light-hearted, jokester disposition, being mostly comic relief and FunPersonified in his modern portrayals, such as the one in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}} was very generic and banal in his evil; his conquest of his planet (seen in flashback) involved him sitting on a throne, demanding tribute in the form of money and jewels in exchange for his services as protector and killing anyone who called out on what a selfish lout he was. It wasn't until 1991's Emerald Dawn II, that Sinestro's past was completely reworked to make him a UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-esque control-freak who conquered his homeworld "to protect it" as the driving force behind the evil he did.
* In several of the early comics, the Green [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] was slightly more intelligent and could talk better, barely even referring himself in the 3rd person. Then eventually this paved way to the more popular dumb beast that always spouted "[[HulkSpeak Puny human make Hulk angry! Hulk smash!]]" Though later retcons would establish that this behavior was still canon. The Hulk has [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]], with some of them being quite intelligent while others are just mindless, screaming monsters.
* When she was first introduced in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', Monstress was basically a female [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]], in both speech patterns and attitude. Once she joined the team, the writers decided it was more interesting if this hulking monster was an upbeat fashionista who called everyone "dear" or "sweetie".
* ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'': Team leader Commander Arcturus Rann in the beginning had a more rakish personality somewhat like [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]. His speech included slang, mild swearing, and Solo-isms such as "Biotron, get your bolted butt back here!". Later, Rann's speech would become more mature and stilted as becoming of a legendary hero of the Microverse. On the other hand, Marionette, a princess of Homeworld, would start off speaking more formally, but later adopt hipster slang into her speech. Justified in her case as she is said to have spent some time on Earth away from the team.
* Hannibal King, friend of ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'', was originally introduced in ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' as a no-nonsense private eye who tended to stay calm, unobtrusive, and most professional. In ''Night Stalkers'', he became very emo, angsty, and melodramatic. And in later appearances, he became a goofy, bumbling, comic relief punching bag. This third characterization may be a response to ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade Trinity]]'' and RyanReynolds' characterization of King.
* Amy in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is known as a {{badass}} OnlySaneMan of the Freedom Fighters. Her earliest appearances have her much like her game version would be known as. Her personality change was due to ExecutiveMeddling, as it was thought female readers needed a strong female role model. She was mostly reversed in the final arc, the ''Adventure'' adaptation, which makes it seem odd when Amy is standing around instead of being in the action.
* The earlier far wackier points of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' series are rather jarring to see. Most notably the characterizations of Sonic and Robotnik are based more primarily on their ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' counterparts, with Sonic being a goofy KarmicTrickster and Robotnik being a childish HarmlessVillain. The other Freedom Fighters are far more comedic than they are in later issues and even [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm the original show they came from]]. Princess Sally Acorn in particular started off as TheFinickyOne and was far more neurotic and self righteous, before becoming [[WomenAreWiser Closer To Earth]] and much more lucid and easy going.
* Jaime from the Spanish ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'' series was originally created as López's work rival, who would report everything he did wrong to their boss in an attempt to get him fired and take his girlfriend. They bonded notably in book no. 10 and became friends from then on, with Jaime appearing now as a nice, caring man. His old personality can only be seen briefly in books 35 and 36.
* In the first volume of ''TheDemonMages'', the Gorgon actress Ari spoke without any pronounced accents. Outside of the comics, she's known for her Southern Belle-type accent. Only in the second half of the second volume does it begin to show.
* {{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/NickFury was a ''lot'' different in his initial appearance, being more like Tony Stark (i.e. a suave, cocky and insanely rich ladies man) than the stoic Creator/SamuelLJackson [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired]] character who later appeared in ''TheUltimates''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': The Caliph's chambellan introduced in ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' was initially not specifically aggressive to Iznogoud and starts acting antagonistic toward him as a reaction to his angryness and obnoxiousness. When the same chambellan is reintroduced in later comics, he is portrayed as being basically Iznogoud's ArchEnemy who is trying to protect the Caliph against his overthrowing attempts. Being jailed at the end of ''Iznogoud's Birthday'' didn't help as well (although Iznogoud had good reasons to do that, to be fair).
* Aaron Stack the Machine Man started out as a very [[NiceGuy nice guy]] -- the only robot in his series who ''didn't'' [[CrushKillDestroy go mad]] and have to be put down like a wild animal, because he was [[RoboFamily lovingly raised as a son by]] [[MotherlyScientist the man who built him.]] [[DarkAge Years later]] though, he went through a [[TraumaCongaLine series of traumatic experiences]] [[ComicBookDeath (getting destroyed and rebuilt,]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy infected with]] [[XMen Sentinel programming,]] and finally kidnapped by aliens and unceremoniously rejected as being somehow unfit) -- leading to his suffering a full fledged [[FreakOut nervous breakdown]] that turned him into the [[SecondLawMyAss misanthropic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerk]] he was in ''NextWave.'' He stayed that way for years, but recent portrayals have shown him [[CharacterCheck acting like his much mellower old self,]] so we must assume that he has [[HesBack finally managed to work past it.]]
* The Splinter who is a loving, if flawed, father is nowhere in evidence in the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', where he casually tells his sons that the reason he's been training them for years is so that they can attempt to kill a man they have never met to satisfy a vendetta they had never heard about before, a mission he intends for them to undertake with no actionable intelligence and no expectation of survival. While technically still canonical, future stories have had to gloss over these details, since they're completely at odds with the characters the turtles and Splinter would eventually become.

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* ''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 became; 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". ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} in general is chock ''full of this''. One early 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.
** In her first appearances, Lucy was a cute little {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, nothing like her later incarnation.
* ''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 happy but very eccentric guy.
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' early 1986, Roy wasn't quite the {{Jerkass}} he'd become later on. In fact, he was similar to his animated counterpart. The character traits he's known for (ThePrankster) were present but weren't yet a core aspect of his character. The cast expanded in the strip, and his traits were Flanderized to keep him interesting.

[[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.

* Literature/{{Discworld}}: In his first few appearances, (''The Colour Of Magic'', ''Sourcery'') The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork was portrayed as an obese Bond Villain parody. However, by ''Guards! Guards!'', he magically transforms into the ''thin'', 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...
*** ''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 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.
** The Howlers destroyed his creators, they are a special case. Erek is a bit of a hypocrite.
** Part of the reason for Erek's change is that his pacifism was briefly disabled, allowing him to do a lot of things he came to very strongly regret.
* When Dr. Watson first meets Literature/SherlockHolmes he is amazed at his ignorance about everything that doesn't pertain to crime. Holmes doesn't even know that the earth revolves around the sun. But as the series progresses this narrow characterization seems a bit unlikely. For example, in ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet,'' Watson lists Holmes' knowledge of philosophy as "nil," but Holmes frequently quotes philosophers in later works. In the same book, Watson muses that Holmes' temperance in all areas of his life precludes the possibility of drug use, but in later stories Holmes' frequent cocaine use became one of his defining characteristics.
* 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 fascist doesn't always mean evil. It's just another type of government. However, [=McKinney=] wrote the definitely evil General Edwards as having connections with Leonard. In the original Japanese Southern Cross (and to an extent, Robotech), 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/MurderAtTheVicarage'') 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/TheMazeRunner The Maze Runner Trilogy]]'', Jorge was introduced as a brute willing to commit murder for minor insults, and savagely beating one of the protagonists. [[spoiler: 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.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Largely applicable to almost everyone due to gimmick changes and whatnot, but several examples stand out.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* Remember when Wrestling/MickieJames was a lesbian? Skip that, remember when she was a ''complete psychopath''?
* Back about 2006-2007, many fans were thinking of Wrestling/TheMiz as [[ItWillNeverCatchOn the single most worthless WWE Superstar there was]]. [[TookALevelInBadass But today...]]
* 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/MollyHolly's heel character originally started out as a Hardcore Holly type who wanted the division to be more serious. This eventually evolved into a self-righteous prude who gets mocked for having a huge ass. Funnily enough the character reverted back to her initial persona around 2003 or so and the HollywoodPudgy was dropped.
* 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.
* Remember when Wrestling/JohnCena wasn't a rapper? That gimmick lasted about one night.
* 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 [[JustifiedTrope justification]] 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 -- only recently has Randy ever managed to get any closure over what happened.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' early portrayals of Karl Franz is he is a cowardly and inept leader. Today he is known as a BadAss Emperor who kicks ass with his Griffon.
* In {{Warhammer 40K}}, 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)

* From Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' franchise:
** BigBad Makuta Teridax is the most apparent example. 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 GenreSavvy 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 made this characterization stuck, and {{Retcon}}ned Sidorak's former accomplishments as those of Roodaka, saying that he only stole the credits from her.
** 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.

[[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''.
* Luigi of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' was originally a just a palette swap 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.
** Minor note, but this can be fairly inconsistent. 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 ''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, anyone?]] 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!]]'''''"
** And, of course, [[DastardlyWhiplash Waluigi]]. In his first appearence 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).
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'': In the first game, [[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 the second game, 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 the first ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' 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 ObiWan 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.
* 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''.
* 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 dis-likable 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.
* 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.
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zant]] was portrayed in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' 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 and he's more prone to bouts of histronics and hysteria, though he still retains his moments of GenreSavvy. The end result is that he comes off as more eccentric than normal.
** To be fair, this may just be because, in the context of ''HyruleWarriors'', Zant is no more the main antagonist, but one of Ganondorf's second in command, sharing his spotlight with Girahim, it's harder to be frighten by the man when you keep the child-like mood swing and anger tamtrum, 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 character.]]. 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.

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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.

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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 ''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/{{X-Men}} 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.
* 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 ''{{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.
* 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 [[{{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.