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* In ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' Murray was a radically different character in the first game, being meek and cowardly, described by Sly in the opening as "part-time driver and [[TheLoad full-time burden]]", and all of his missions were {{Escort Mission}}s where he'd run away at the first sign of trouble. Starting with the second game, thanks to a two year TimeSkip, he became TheBigGuy of the team and a LargeHam who insists on being called [[SpellMyNameWithAThe "The Murray"]], whose missions are always combat-heavy. [[spoiler:But Murray's confidence is fragile and will revert back to his cowardly ways if separated from his friends, as shown in Chapter 4. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets over it]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', [[spoiler:Penelope]] was a sweet and caring character who helped the gang on multiple occasions, even saving Murray from a bomb and towing his van out of a river. Come ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', [[spoiler:she becomes a greedy, power hungry backstabber willing to kill the gang including Bentley, [[DidYouActuallyBelieve whom she pretended to love]] [[GoldDigger to get his skills]]]].

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* In ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'':
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Murray was a radically different character in the [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus first game, game]], being meek and cowardly, described by Sly in the opening as "part-time driver and [[TheLoad full-time burden]]", and all of his missions were {{Escort Mission}}s where he'd run away at the first sign of trouble. Starting with the [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves second game, game]], thanks to a two year TimeSkip, he became TheBigGuy of the team and a LargeHam who insists on being called [[SpellMyNameWithAThe "The Murray"]], whose missions are always combat-heavy. [[spoiler:But Murray's confidence is fragile and will revert back to his cowardly ways if separated from his friends, as shown in Chapter 4. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets over it]]]].
* ** In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', [[spoiler:Penelope]] was a sweet and caring character who helped the gang on multiple occasions, even saving Murray from a bomb and towing his van out of a river. Come ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', [[spoiler:she becomes a greedy, power hungry backstabber willing to kill the gang including Bentley, [[DidYouActuallyBelieve whom she pretended to love]] [[GoldDigger to get his skills]]]].


* [[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.

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* [[FortuneTeller Yasuhiro Hagakure]] from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' 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.


* Kyouko wasn't always TheDitz in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled''. An early appearance actually has her be a GadgeteerGenius.
* ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' fanon:
** 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 [[https://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". "Woona" still gets used but it's mostly regulated to Luna's childhood.
** Lyra's fanon personality underwent {{flanderization}} as time went on. What started out as jokes about her sitting upright became meta jokes about bronies and furries where Lyra was a human fangirl. This interest in humans warped into Lyra wanting to ''[[TransNature be]]'' human. It overtook most of her previous fanon characterization. After the 100th episode, this has been reversed because Lyra has more canon characterization.
** Most early fan-works wrote Derpy Hooves as InspirationallyDisadvantaged and oftentimes she spoke in [[TalkativeLoon gibberish]] (with certain words being associated with certain things, like her fan-daughter Dinky being called "muffins"). Overtime this turned into her just being TheDitz, with "muffins" just being an AffectionateNickname for Dinky.
* In the first episode of ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Celestia seems to honestly like Twilight Sparkle, even if they're not as close as in canon, and actually solicits a friendship lesson from her. In later episodes, Celestia is shown to consider Twilight Sparkle obnoxious at best and creepy at worst, and to resent the letters she receives unasked -- she simply made the mistake of finding it endearing when Twilight wrote her letters about her lessons when she was a filly.
* Early on in ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Twilight is shown to be a completely self-righteous egomaniac who constantly [[AbusiveParents abuses her adopted son/slave Spike]] in some form in pretty much every scene they appear in together, much like her Friendship Is Witchcraft counterpart. But, as the series continued, both these aspects were gradually toned down, until her ego pretty much disappeared in favor of having her as a ButtMonkey [[note]] This may be justified in-universe, as unlike FIW Twilight, ponies openly despise her and treat her poorly on a regular basis, so its possible that being surrounded by ponies who treat like that regularly might have been a huge blow to her ego.[[/note]] and though she still mistreats [[TheWoobie Spike]], it isn't shown quiet as often. To a lesser extent, her views on non-ponies, as she is initially shown to be [[FantasticRacism prejudice against the cows]] in the fourth episode. But in ''very next'' episode, she is shown to be the only pony in town who ''isn't'' xenophobic. Or, at least open to befriending non-ponies.



* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'': When Asuna first appears she's HopelessWithTech, doesn't really know how to play ''Sword Art Online'', and doesn't show signs of being a jerk. When she reappears later, she actually knows what she's doing and [[TookALevelInJerkass turned into jerk]], making her more like Kirito.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** A general example of this happened to Princess Luna. 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 [[https://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". "Woona" still gets used but it's mostly regulated to Luna's childhood.
** Lyra's fanon personality underwent {{flanderization}} as time went on. What started out as jokes about her sitting upright became meta jokes about bronies and furries where Lyra was a human fangirl. This interest in humans warped into Lyra wanting to ''[[TransNature be]]'' human. It overtook most of her previous fanon characterization. After the 100th episode, this has been reversed because Lyra has more canon characterization.
** Most early fan-works wrote Derpy Hooves as InspirationallyDisadvantaged and oftentimes she spoke in [[TalkativeLoon gibberish]] (with certain words being associated with certain things, like her fan-daughter Dinky being called "muffins"). Overtime this turned into her just being TheDitz, with "muffins" just being an AffectionateNickname for Dinky.
** In the first episode of ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Celestia seems to honestly like Twilight Sparkle, even if they're not as close as in canon, and actually solicits a friendship lesson from her. In later episodes, Celestia is shown to consider Twilight Sparkle obnoxious at best and creepy at worst, and to resent the letters she receives unasked -- she simply made the mistake of finding it endearing when Twilight wrote her letters about her lessons when she was a filly.
** Early on in ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Twilight is shown to be a completely self-righteous egomaniac who constantly [[AbusiveParents abuses her adopted son/slave Spike]] in some form in pretty much every scene they appear in together, much like her Friendship Is Witchcraft counterpart. But, as the series continued, both these aspects were gradually toned down, until her ego pretty much disappeared in favor of having her as a ButtMonkey [[note]] This may be justified in-universe, as unlike FIW Twilight, ponies openly despise her and treat her poorly on a regular basis, so its possible that being surrounded by ponies who treat like that regularly might have been a huge blow to her ego.[[/note]] and though she still mistreats [[TheWoobie Spike]], it isn't shown quiet as often. To a lesser extent, her views on non-ponies, as she is initially shown to be [[FantasticRacism prejudice against the cows]] in the fourth episode. But in ''very next'' episode, she is shown to be the only pony in town who ''isn't'' xenophobic. Or, at least open to befriending non-ponies.
* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'': When Asuna first appears she's HopelessWithTech, doesn't really know how to play ''Sword Art Online'', and doesn't show signs of being a jerk. When she reappears later, she actually knows what she's doing and [[TookALevelInJerkass has turned into jerk]], making her more like Kirito.Kirito.
* Kyouko wasn't always TheDitz in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled''. An early appearance actually has her be a GadgeteerGenius.



* Sanjuro was always a grizzled, scruffy yet very wily and very powerful ronin. He was, however, much more brutal and active, much more lively in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', if cynical. In ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'' his personality is the same, only he TookALevelInKindness somewhere along the way, his moral streak being strengthened by Mutsuta's wife's advice. Additionally in ''Sanjuro'', he becomes the very definition of BrilliantButLazy ; he's smarter than everyone else but prefers to doze in a corner when he has nothing better to do.



* Sanjuro was always a grizzled, scruffy yet very wily and very powerful ronin. He was, however, much more brutal and active, much more lively in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', if cynical. In ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'' his personality is the same, only he TookALevelInKindness somewhere along the way, his moral streak being strengthened by Mutsuta's wife's advice. Additionally in ''Sanjuro'', he becomes the very definition of BrilliantButLazy ; he's smarter than everyone else but prefers to doze in a corner when he has nothing better to do.



* In the older ''Literature/MaxAndRuby''' books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the Creator/NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.

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* In the older ''Literature/MaxAndRuby''' ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'' books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the Creator/NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.



* ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'':
** Ivan as he was originally conceived was intended to be more amoral (including one non-canonical instance of him attempting to manipulate the stock market for personal gain), but he's since developed into someone with a more upstanding and decent attitude.
** Initially Ivy was written as being unapproachable, too concerned with her routine to [[HatesSmallTalk bother with small talk]]. This characterisation was dropped fairly early in favour of making her less haughty and more shy, and her initial traits were picked up by [[ScheduleFanatic Jacob]].
** Originally conceived as a one-dimensional rich jerk, Benedict's personality was greatly expanded as the GM got a better handle on him, making it so that much of his attitude was due to an [[AbusiveParents abusive upbringing]] from his homophobic, classist father.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', commonly happens due to changing tastes and styles of writers, especially if a character has been written for a long time.
* 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.



* 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/TheGunganCouncil'', commonly happens due to changing tastes and styles of writers, especially if a character has been written for a long time.



* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': the True Fae in the first edition were depicted as AlwaysChaoticEvil bastards with BlueAndOrangeMorality who actively kidnapped humans on regular basis to turn them into Changelings for the sake of it. Their motivations were gradually fleshed out over the course of the various books, and the second edition eventually establishes the ones who go kidnapping humans are only a fraction of the whole; there are countless more who, while just as subject to BlueAndOrangeMorality as their kin, are content to stay in Arcadia, pursuing their own interests, rather than go mess with humans.
** Similarly, earlier drafts of ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'' depicted ''all'' {{Hero|Antagonist}}es as irredeemable, AxCrazy {{Knight Templar}}s with an ego problem who hunted Beasts out of FantasticRacism. The final version of the book clarified there ''are'' actually good Heroes who actually deserve the titles, the Beasts just tend to run mostly into the ones with low Integrity. The supplement ''Conquering Heroes'' then provided sample Heroes with various shades of gray and motivations, clarifying not all of them fit this description.



* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': the True Fae in the first edition were depicted as AlwaysChaoticEvil bastards with BlueAndOrangeMorality who actively kidnapped humans on regular basis to turn them into Changelings for the sake of it. Their motivations were gradually fleshed out over the course of the various books, and the second edition eventually establishes the ones who go kidnapping humans are only a fraction of the whole; there are countless more who, while just as subject to BlueAndOrangeMorality as their kin, are content to stay in Arcadia, pursuing their own interests, rather than go mess with humans.
** Similarly, earlier drafts of ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'' depicted ''all'' {{Hero|Antagonist}}es as irredeemable, AxCrazy {{Knight Templar}}s with an ego problem who hunted Beasts out of FantasticRacism. The final version of the book clarified there ''are'' actually good Heroes who actually deserve the titles, the Beasts just tend to run mostly into the ones with low Integrity. The supplement ''Conquering Heroes'' then provided sample Heroes with various shades of gray and motivations, clarifying not all of them fit this description.



* Zant was portrayed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as a stoic, almost menacing figure whose facade only broke when he was on the verge of defeat. In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', his PsychopathicManchild traits are more prominent from the start and he's more prone to bouts of histronics and hysteria, though he still retains his moments of smartness, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass being particularly cunning as a battlefield commander.]] The end result is that he comes off as more eccentric than truly frighteningly insane. This may just be because, in the context of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Zant is no more the main antagonist, but one of Ganondorf's second-in-commands, sharing his spotlight with Girahim, so it's harder to be frightened by the man when you keep the child-like mood swings and temper tantrums, but remove the creepy music, the build-up and the army backing him up, and then [[OvershadowedbyAwesome put him in a game where Ganondorf is one of the playable characters.]] Context is mostly what made Zant menacing.

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* Zant was portrayed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as a stoic, almost menacing figure whose facade only broke when he was on the verge of defeat. In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', his PsychopathicManchild traits are more prominent from the start and he's more prone to bouts of histronics and hysteria, though he still retains his moments of smartness, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass being particularly cunning as a battlefield commander.]] The end result is that he comes off as more eccentric than truly frighteningly insane. This may just be because, in the context of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Zant is no more the main antagonist, but one of Ganondorf's second-in-commands, sharing his spotlight with Girahim, Ghirahim, so it's harder to be frightened by the man when you keep the child-like mood swings and temper tantrums, but remove the creepy music, the build-up and the army backing him up, and then [[OvershadowedbyAwesome put him in a game where Ganondorf is one of the playable characters.]] Context is mostly what made Zant menacing.



* 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.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'':
** Trisha Cappelletti was ''far'' bitchier in her debut episode, almost nothing like the NiceGirl she currently is.
** Brittnay Matthews started out as a stereotypical DumbBlonde whose only qualities were anger and vapidness, but she had gradually evolved into, in the creators' words, a lot smarter, more independent "hardened diamond of hell".



* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'':
** Trisha Cappelletti was ''far'' bitchier in her debut episode, almost nothing like the NiceGirl she currently is.
** Brittnay Matthews started out as a stereotypical DumbBlonde whose only qualities were anger and vapidness, but she had gradually evolved into, in the creators' words, a lot smarter, more independent "hardened diamond of hell".
* 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.
* 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.



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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** D'rizzl has his IQ go up 120 points upon joining the Dark Warriors, since the team needed a straight man.
** The very first strips also have Fighter as not-dumb (he even remarks "Dude, that line sucks" when Black Mage does a [[Film/XMen1 Storm]] impression) and Black Mage as not-evil (he kinda feels bad for accidentally blowing up a forest. Really!). It says something about the comic when [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/04/12/episode-015-a-little-intellectual-conversation/ saying "Thanks. What's up?"]] to a guard instead of murdering him for speaking to him is out of character.
* 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.
* In ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'':
** Zexion was originally supposed to be the OnlySaneMan who would exist for Axel and Marluxia to play off. He developed into a King among {{Jerkass}}es.
** Marluxia started off as Axel's partner in crime and psychopathy. When Zexion's characterization marched on, Marluxia became superfluous and was DemotedToExtra. After that, he turned gay. Then he got re-promoted to main character, in more or less the StraightMan role Zexion was originally going to play.
** Namine was originally a television addict disconnected from reality. Then she became the OnlySaneMan among the cast.
* 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 the earliest ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' strips, Elliot and Tedd were alike in perversion, and Sarah was a borderline StrawFeminist. These days, it's hard to imagine Sarah giving more than an annoyed glare to Tedd's suggestion to strip, and it's hard to imagine Elliot going along with it.
** Tedd, for his part, while his libido hasn't really changed, has lost a lot of his MadScientist cred with the revelation that he's just been reverse-engineering alien tech, and parts of it (which work on the same principles as Earth "magic") remain a mystery to him.
*** He also went from straight-up pervert to ChivalrousPervert, to the point of removing an [[SeeThruSpecs x-ray function from his glasses]] because he thought it was too unethical.
** Grace, as well, is much less naïve in early strips (in the most glaring case, later {{retcon}}ned as having been explained to her, realizing what people would think of a woman wearing nothing but a trenchcoat), something Dan admits he regrets.
** Also, Principal Verrückt's first appearance was a quick "the principal is UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler" cutaway gag, complete with GratuitousGerman; in his very next appearance, Ellen points out just how he looks with a wig, and from then on, he's bald with a bushier moustache, never once speaks another word in German, and comes off as a good-hearted bumbler.
** Ashley was a {{Tsundere}} (of the non-violent, sullen, in-denial sort) with regard to Elliot in her first couple of appearances. Once she began actually to interact with him, however, she abruptly became a perky, [[CrushBlush blushing]], sweet-natured, {{Adorkable}} sort, honest and open about everything--even her fetishes--and has remained that way, with no hint of tsundere, since.
* [[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/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.
* ''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.
** 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]].
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'''s main character suffers from this. At first, he is a LovableSexManiac, an idiot who gets laid a lot, a lot like Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}''. His stupidity was emphasized in early strips. As the series progress, his stupidity becomes [[ManChild immaturity]], [[SuddenIntelligence making him a very smart guy]] that just likes to act childish from time to time. He also gets geekier and geekier, up to the point where he is JustForFun/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.
* 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.



* 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/EightBitTheater'':
** D'rizzl has his IQ go up 120 points upon joining the Dark Warriors, since the team needed a straight man.
** The very first strips also have Fighter as not-dumb (he even remarks "Dude, that line sucks" when Black Mage does a [[Film/XMen1 Storm]] impression) and Black Mage as not-evil (he kinda feels bad for accidentally blowing up a forest. Really!). It says something about the comic when [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/04/12/episode-015-a-little-intellectual-conversation/ saying "Thanks. What's up?"]] to a guard instead of murdering him for speaking to him is out of character.



* Problem Sleuth, at the beginning of ''[[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth his series]]'', didn't have the crippling phobia of ethnic cheer murals that he shows later on. He originally considered the mural in his office money well spent.
** The only other ethnic cheer mural he encountered [[EverythingTryingToKillYou attempted to beat him to death.]]
** He was also more of a jerk to the other characters, though that one has elements of FireForgedFriends.
* In the earliest ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' strips, Elliot and Tedd were alike in perversion, and Sarah was a borderline StrawFeminist. These days, it's hard to imagine Sarah giving more than an annoyed glare to Tedd's suggestion to strip, and it's hard to imagine Elliot going along with it.
** Tedd, for his part, while his libido hasn't really changed, has lost a lot of his MadScientist cred with the revelation that he's just been reverse-engineering alien tech, and parts of it (which work on the same principles as Earth "magic") remain a mystery to him.
*** He also went from straight-up pervert to ChivalrousPervert, to the point of removing an [[SeeThruSpecs x-ray function from his glasses]] because he thought it was too unethical.
** Grace, as well, is much less naïve in early strips (in the most glaring case, later {{retcon}}ned as having been explained to her, realizing what people would think of a woman wearing nothing but a trenchcoat), something Dan admits he regrets.
** Also, Principal Verrückt's first appearance was a quick "the principal is UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler" cutaway gag, complete with GratuitousGerman; in his very next appearance, Ellen points out just how he looks with a wig, and from then on, he's bald with a bushier moustache, never once speaks another word in German, and comes off as a good-hearted bumbler.
** Ashley was a {{Tsundere}} (of the non-violent, sullen, in-denial sort) with regard to Elliot in her first couple of appearances. Once she began actually to interact with him, however, she abruptly became a perky, [[CrushBlush blushing]], sweet-natured, {{Adorkable}} sort, honest and open about everything--even her fetishes--and has remained that way, with no hint of tsundere, since.
* It takes a while for the characters to get established in ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'', and there are too many out-of-character moments in early strips to count. However the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} (and {{squick}}y) would have to be when [[ChildrenAreInnocent Philippe]] -- later established to be perpetually five years old -- has sex with Ultra Peanut.
** Well, all we really see is that they've taken their clothes off. Chris Onstad suggests in the book that they went outside to play in the sprinklers.
* Minor example in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': In [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010909c an early strip,]] Chadling is excited by the prospect of bananas. Bananas never come up in the comic again, and the rest of the time, Chadling's TrademarkFavoriteFood is ice cream (like most of the other dumb characters). In the commentary, David Anez says that the love of bananas was a reference to a friend of his whom Chadling was named after, and he never got around to using it again.
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Trudy starts out as a CardCarryingVillain who routinely drops safes on GPF's competitors, killing them. In the year before Surreptitious Machinations, she gradually evolves into a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] who manages to take over the world in an alternate future, becoming emotionally unhinged after killing [[spoiler:Nick for rejecting her]], the first time she had ever killed someone herself.
* [[CampGay Franz]] from ''Webcomic/ElijahAndAzuu'' started out as an AllGaysArePromiscuous gag character, which feels at odds with the devoted relationship he's in once he has some CharacterDevelopment. In particular, [[WordOfGod the author]] said that he regretted making Franz [[spoiler:have a three-way with his boyfriend and mother]] because it was awkward to write around in a later, more serious story arc.
* ''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.
** Hussie also notes this happening to John in the notes for the second book:
--->Also [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002224 this conversation]] is kind of interesting because as the story moves along, John kind of smooths out slightly into more of a StraightMan to the ridiculous ravings of others, but in this first conversation there was more of a [[SnarkToSnarkCombat smartass give-and-take]].
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'''s main character suffers from this. At first, he is a LovableSexManiac, an idiot who gets laid a lot, a lot like Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}''. His stupidity was emphasized in early strips. As the series progress, his stupidity becomes [[ManChild immaturity]], [[SuddenIntelligence making him a very smart guy]] that just likes to act childish from time to time. He also gets geekier and geekier, up to the point where he is JustForFun/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.



* In ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', two examples
** Zexion was originally supposed to be the OnlySaneMan who would exist for Axel and Marluxia to play off. He developed into a King among {{Jerkass}}es.
** Marluxia started off as Axel's partner in crime and psychopathy. When Zexion's characterization marched on, Marluxia became superfluous and was DemotedToExtra. After that, he turned gay. Then he got re-promoted to main character, in more or less the StraightMan role Zexion was originally going to play.
** Namine was originally a television addict disconnected from reality. Then she became the OnlySaneMan among the cast.
* On her introduction in ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'', Neirenn made a number of cryptic statements that implied some kind of clairvoyance. This was quickly dropped, and she acted like a normal (magic-wielding and mysteriously motivated) teenager from then on.
* The Reverend in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' started out as [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-11-19 "more of an irreverend"]]; in most future appearances, while he's willing to snark as much as anyone else, he approaches his duties a lot more seriously.



* The Ninja from ''WebVideo/AskANinja'' was much more creepy, ominous, and stoic in the first episode. Later episodes portray him more as a comically upbeat, AffablyEvil {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* 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.
* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': He started out aping the AVGN style as closely as possible, to the point that a few of his videos are directly "inspired" by specific episodes (the intro to ''Metal Storm'' was lifted from ''The Karate Kid''; ''Nightshade'' is a riff on ''Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout''). Over time, he's dropped most of the AVGN (and [[BizarroUniverse anti-AVGN]]) elements, and now all that remains are the name itself, along with a few props (the shirt and the wine).



* 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.



* The Ninja from ''WebVideo/AskANinja'' was much more creepy, ominous, and stoic in the first episode. Later episodes portray him more as a comically upbeat, AffablyEvil {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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* The Ninja from ''WebVideo/AskANinja'' WebVideo/ThomasSanders: In the earliest ''Sanders Sides'' videos, Virgil (the personification of Thomas' anxiety) was portrayed as being actively malicious, intentionally causing problems for Thomas, and enjoying himself while doing it. However, as his personality developed, he became much more creepy, ominous, sympathetic -- a lot of the videos centered on Virgil point out that being the manifestation of anxiety, fear, and stoic in the first episode. Later episodes portray him more as insecurity, and consequentially being TheFriendNobodyLikes on top of that isn't exactly a comically upbeat, AffablyEvil {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.picnic for ''him'', either.



* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': He started out aping the AVGN style as closely as possible, to the point that a few of his videos are directly "inspired" by specific episodes (the intro to ''Metal Storm'' was lifted from ''The Karate Kid''; ''Nightshade'' is a riff on ''Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout''). Over time, he's dropped most of the AVGN (and [[BizarroUniverse anti-AVGN]]) elements, and now all that remains are the name itself, along with a few props (the shirt and the wine).
* WebVideo/ThomasSanders: In the earliest ''Sanders Sides'' videos, Virgil (the personification of Thomas' anxiety) was portrayed as being actively malicious, intentionally causing problems for Thomas, and enjoying himself while doing it. However, as his personality developed, he became much more sympathetic -- a lot of the videos centered on Virgil point out that being the manifestation of anxiety, fear, and insecurity, and consequentially being TheFriendNobodyLikes on top of that isn't exactly a picnic for ''him'', either.


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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** In the early days, Garfield's behavior was much more like a real cat, with the humor being more about giving the audience a look at what a cat could think. Garfield was also more active in his early days as his catlike curiosity led him to explore in and around the house. This is a far cry from the wisecracking sarcastic and lazy character we now see. The modern Garfield also acts more like a human, doing things like walking on his hind legs, reading, writing and even operate modern technology like computers and mobile phones, while the early Garfield walked on four legs and explicitly mentioned how he would like to do some of these things but can't, because he is a cat.
** Jon in his early days was a rather average cat owner living in the suburbs. His position in the comics was more to comment on his experience of owning a cat. Early Jon did not really possess any of the weirdness, social awkwardness and childishness the character is now known for.
** Also, the dynamic between Garfield and Jon gradually reversed, as Jon was the StraightMan, getting frustrated with Garfield's antics, while Garfield himself frequently got himself into trouble. Nowadays, Garfield plays the StraightMan to Jon, frequently making sarcastic quips about Jon's strange behavior and how it gets Jon into trouble.
** A ''very'' early strip has the eponymous cat commenting on how he likes Mondays because he doesn't have to go to work. His attitude would change by later that same year, as he would suffer unrealistic amounts of misfortune on Mondays.
** For most of the strip's run, Dr. Liz Wilson's interactions with Jon largely consisted of snarky replies to his CasanovaWannabe attempts. After [[Film/{{Garfield}} the live-action movie]] made Jon and Liz a couple, the strip followed suit, with Liz now having much more positive interactions with Jon, Garfield, and even Odie.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** In the early days, Garfield's behavior was much more like a real cat, with the humor being more about giving the audience a look at what a cat could think. Garfield was also more active in his early days as his catlike curiosity led him to explore in and around the house. This is a far cry from the wisecracking sarcastic and lazy character we now see. The modern Garfield also acts more like a human, doing things like walking on his hind legs, reading, writing and even operate modern technology like computers and mobile phones, while the early Garfield walked on four legs and explicitly mentioned how he would like to do some of these things but can't, because he is a cat.
** Jon in his early days was a rather average cat owner living in the suburbs. His position in the comics was more to comment on his experience of owning a cat. Early Jon did not really possess any of the weirdness, social awkwardness and childishness the character is now known for.
** Also, the dynamic between Garfield and Jon gradually reversed, as Jon was the StraightMan, getting frustrated with Garfield's antics, while Garfield himself frequently got himself into trouble. Nowadays, Garfield plays the StraightMan to Jon, frequently making sarcastic quips about Jon's strange behavior and how it gets Jon into trouble.
** A ''very'' early strip has the eponymous cat commenting on how he likes Mondays because he doesn't have to go to work. His attitude would change by later that same year, as he would suffer unrealistic amounts of misfortune on Mondays.
** For most of the strip's run, Dr. Liz Wilson's interactions with Jon largely consisted of snarky replies to his CasanovaWannabe attempts. After [[Film/{{Garfield}} the live-action movie]] made Jon and Liz a couple, the strip followed suit, with Liz now having much more positive interactions with Jon, Garfield, and even Odie.



* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. In the appearance of the second Godzilla in ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', he acts just like his predecessor in ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' where they were very destructive. Comes Film/KingKongVsGodzilla where his personality changed to comical {{Jerkass}}, then acting like his old self, then laughing hysterically in ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster''. If that's not enough, he became a superhero archetype in the 70's. Then it all ends with ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''. No wonder Creator/IshiroHonda quit the series after ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla''.

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* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. In the appearance of the second Godzilla in ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', he acts just like his predecessor in ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' ''Film/{{Go|dzilla1954}}jira'' where they were very destructive. Comes Film/KingKongVsGodzilla Next comes ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' where his personality changed to comical {{Jerkass}}, then acting like his old self, then laughing hysterically in ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster''. If that's not enough, he became a superhero archetype in the 70's. Then it all ends with ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''. No wonder Creator/IshiroHonda quit the series after ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla''.



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** Agent Coulson had his UnfazedEveryman shtick from the beginning, but for awhile it was pretty much his only consistent trait. For instance, he's kind of a dick in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', which would seem at odds with the NiceGuy personality that was eventually established in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and cemented on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.

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** Agent Coulson had his UnfazedEveryman shtick from the beginning, but for awhile it was pretty much his only consistent trait. For instance, he's kind of a dick in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', which would seem at odds with the NiceGuy personality that was eventually established in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and cemented on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''



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

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* Luke Castellan from ''{{Literature/Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}'' was established, in the last three books of the original series, as a complex {{Antivillain}} 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.



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* ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'': Kagamine Len was portrayed as a sensitive crybaby in the song "Nakimushi Kareshi" by Music/HoneyWorks. In the sequel, "Suki Kirai", he's turned into a [[HandsomeLech perverted idiot]].
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* The Tres Horny Boys of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'', particularly Taako and Merle, who didn't plan out much of their backstories before the game began. For example, when asked to label themselves before taking the Bureau's reclaimer test, the boys decide to call Taako the bravest, Merle the smartest, and Magnus the strongest. Magnus's title stays fairly accurate, but the other two choices seem absolutely bizarre in hindsight. One could argue that Taako and Merle rightfully earn each other's titles in later arcs- Taako by blossoming into a dangerously creative CombatPragmatist, and Merle by [[spoiler: selflessly offering up his life to the Hunger dozens of times during parley.]]

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* The Tres Horny Boys of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'', particularly Taako and Merle, who didn't plan out much of their backstories before the game began. For example, when asked to label themselves before taking the Bureau's reclaimer test, the boys decide to call Taako the bravest, Merle the smartest, and Magnus the strongest. Magnus's title stays fairly accurate, but the other two choices seem absolutely bizarre in hindsight. One could argue that Taako and Merle rightfully earn each other's titles in later arcs- Taako by blossoming into a dangerously creative CombatPragmatist, and Merle by [[spoiler: selflessly offering up his life to the Hunger dozens of times during parley.]]parley]].



* Wrestling/ElSanto was supposed to be a mysterious rogue terrorizing the [[{{CMLL}} EMLL]] roster but the crowds were so enamored with the mysterious part that [[HeelFaceTurn he ended up]] close to a paragon numerous people wanted to hang out with.

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* Wrestling/ElSanto was supposed to be a mysterious rogue terrorizing the [[{{CMLL}} [[Wrestling/{{CMLL}} EMLL]] roster but the crowds were so enamored with the mysterious part that [[HeelFaceTurn he ended up]] close to a paragon numerous people wanted to hang out with.



*** When initially introduced at the end of 2nd Edition of the game and the beginning of 3rd, the [[MechanicalLifeform Necrons]] lacked a lot of character, consisting of mindless automatons dedicated to wiping out and harvesting the galaxy's lifeforms with only the [[JerkassGods C'tan]], the Deceiver in particular, showing any real personality. The 5th Edition [[{{Sourcebook}} Codex]] expanded the faction's characterisation, background, fighting style and unit choice considerably, HandWaving a lot of the early characterization as damage from their eons of stasis.

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*** When initially introduced at the end of 2nd Edition of the game and the beginning of 3rd, the [[MechanicalLifeform Necrons]] lacked a lot of character, consisting of mindless automatons dedicated to wiping out and harvesting the galaxy's lifeforms with only the [[JerkassGods C'tan]], the Deceiver in particular, showing any real personality. The 5th Edition [[{{Sourcebook}} Codex]] expanded the faction's characterisation, background, fighting style and unit choice considerably, HandWaving {{handwav|e}}ing a lot of the early characterization as damage from their eons of stasis.



* 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.

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* 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 LovableRogue 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.



** Kung Lao's first appearence and later games including him prior to {{VideoGame/Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks}} characterized the monk as a {{Martial Pacifist}} who faked his death during the old trilogy so that he wouldn't have to fight again and even made peace with Goro, the Shokan prince who slew his ancestor. Come ''Shaolin Monks'', Kung Lao is shown as more of a hothead and to have a rivalry with Liu Kang that wasn't mentioned in earlier lore. While the game's staus in canon is dubious, elements of it still resurfaced in later games (in this case, Kung Lao's characterization).

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** Kung Lao's first appearence appearance and later games including him prior to {{VideoGame/Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks}} ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'' characterized the monk as a {{Martial Pacifist}} MartialPacifist who faked his death during the old trilogy so that he wouldn't have to fight again and even made peace with Goro, the Shokan prince who slew his ancestor. Come ''Shaolin Monks'', Kung Lao is shown as more of a hothead and to have a rivalry with Liu Kang that wasn't mentioned in earlier lore. While the game's staus in canon is dubious, elements of it still resurfaced in later games (in this case, Kung Lao's characterization).



* Raynor as seen ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''. His CharacterDevelopment over the course of the original ...

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* Raynor as seen ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''.''VideoGame/StarCraftII''. His CharacterDevelopment over the course of the original ...



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* Lucian, the main character of ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'' appears throughout the Divinity series. However, if one were to play the series Chronologically, getting to ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin2'', will be ''very'' surprising to find that, rather than being a BigGood who only made a few mistakes and was very affable, [[spoiler: he comes off as a total AntiHero (at best) and a JerkAss at worst - willing to allow his own son to be assassinated, happily attempting genocide, lying, and betraying some of his closest followers.]] Larian has in fact admitted this - given that ''Divinity'' has had somewhat loose continuity and the world changed to a much more CrapsackWorld... yikes.

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* Lucian, the main character of ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'' appears throughout the Divinity series. However, if one were to play the series Chronologically, getting to ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin2'', will be ''very'' surprising to find that, rather than being a BigGood who only made a few mistakes and was very affable, [[spoiler: he comes off as a total AntiHero (at best) and a JerkAss at worst - willing to allow his own son to be assassinated, happily attempting genocide, lying, and betraying some of his closest followers.]] followers]]. Larian has in fact admitted this - given that ''Divinity'' has had somewhat loose continuity and the world changed to a much more CrapsackWorld... yikes.



** Solid Snake has a {{Camp}}y-cool, suave side to him in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', cracking witty one-liners, and being quite friendly in overall demeanour, giving sincere compliments to his radio contacts and attempting to [[TheCharmer sweep all the women he meets off their feet]]. (Creator/HideoKojima even said he was inspired by Franchise/LupinIII.) In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' this is mostly dropped, and he becomes more of a dry, serious character, and StraightMan to the more comical [[ThisLoserIsYou Otacon (and, later, Raiden)]].
** Ocelot in is introduced as being an unsympathetic and somewhat [[{{Otaku}} nerdish]] villain; he's a sadistic torturer, screws up most of his plans, sexually harasses his female coworker, and his boss fight is a simple chase-and-shoot affair while he breathes heavily over his cool gun. TheReveal that he was really working for the President the whole time plays less like he's a manipulative genius, and more like his obsessive toadying to Liquid is taken to its logical extreme. Come ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', though, and he's much cooler and more intimidating, getting a BigEntrance, and disowning his previous stated motivations as a lie in a WhamLine. His backstory as revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' makes him a fairly sympathetic, even {{Adorkable}} AntiHero, as well as [[SuddenlySexuality gay]] (making his apparent attraction to Wolf in ''1'' seem very weird in retrospect).
** Otacon's introduced as being shy, awkward, and quite thoughtful and sad. He's responsible for several humorous moments, but they are largely unintentional. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' he is suddenly much more funny and playful, and displays a detached, cynical reading of situations in contrast to his naive personality in the original. His brief scene of [[NeverLiveItDown crying]] about the death of a woman is also {{Flanderized}} into a CartwrightCurse and a tendency to break down into tears. Also, in ''Metal Gear Solid'', he has a consistent theme of being deeply superstitious, obsessed with curses, bad luck and general magical thinking - this side of him is all but scrapped with no explanation, save for his conviction in ''4'' that Vamp's powers are based on magic, while Snake thinks [[DoingInTheWizard otherwise]] and is proven right.

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** Solid Snake has a {{Camp}}y-cool, suave side to him in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', cracking witty one-liners, and being quite friendly in overall demeanour, giving sincere compliments to his radio contacts and attempting to [[TheCharmer sweep all the women he meets off their feet]]. (Creator/HideoKojima even said he was inspired by Franchise/LupinIII.) In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' this is mostly dropped, and he becomes more of a dry, serious character, and StraightMan to the more comical [[ThisLoserIsYou Otacon (and, later, Raiden)]].
** Ocelot in is introduced as being an unsympathetic and somewhat [[{{Otaku}} nerdish]] villain; he's a sadistic torturer, screws up most of his plans, sexually harasses his female coworker, and his boss fight is a simple chase-and-shoot affair while he breathes heavily over his cool gun. TheReveal that he was really working for the President the whole time plays less like he's a manipulative genius, and more like his obsessive toadying to Liquid is taken to its logical extreme. Come ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', ''Metal Gear Solid 2'', though, and he's much cooler and more intimidating, getting a BigEntrance, and disowning his previous stated motivations as a lie in a WhamLine. His backstory as revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' makes him a fairly sympathetic, even {{Adorkable}} AntiHero, as well as [[SuddenlySexuality gay]] (making his apparent attraction to Wolf in ''1'' seem very weird in retrospect).
** Otacon's introduced as being shy, awkward, and quite thoughtful and sad. He's responsible for several humorous moments, but they are largely unintentional. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' he is suddenly much more funny and playful, and displays a detached, cynical reading of situations in contrast to his naive personality in the original. His brief scene of [[NeverLiveItDown crying]] about the death of a woman is also {{Flanderized}} {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into a CartwrightCurse and a tendency to break down into tears. Also, in ''Metal Gear Solid'', he has a consistent theme of being deeply superstitious, obsessed with curses, bad luck and general magical thinking - this side of him is all but scrapped with no explanation, save for his conviction in ''4'' that Vamp's powers are based on magic, while Snake thinks [[DoingInTheWizard otherwise]] and is proven right.



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* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': He started out aping the AVGN style as closely as possible, to the point that a few of his videos are directly "inspired" by specific episodes (the intro to ''Metal Storm'' was lifted from ''The Karate Kid''; ''Nightshade'' is a riff on ''Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout''). Over time, he's dropped most of the AVGN (and [[BizarroWorld anti-AVGN]]) elements, and now all that remains are the name itself, along with a few props (the shirt and the wine).

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* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': He started out aping the AVGN style as closely as possible, to the point that a few of his videos are directly "inspired" by specific episodes (the intro to ''Metal Storm'' was lifted from ''The Karate Kid''; ''Nightshade'' is a riff on ''Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout''). Over time, he's dropped most of the AVGN (and [[BizarroWorld [[BizarroUniverse anti-AVGN]]) elements, and now all that remains are the name itself, along with a few props (the shirt and the wine).


** BigBad Makuta Teridax is the most apparent example, and [[TropesAreNotBad the most embraced by the fandom]]. In early story material, he is a generic mysterious villain lurks in shadows, always angry, monologues to himself, releases hordes of {{Mooks}} and is beaten at the end of every story. Then the author got a free hand to write a novel about absolutely anything he wanted, and he made use of the opportunity to transform the character into a highly mastermind that [[IMeantToDoThat turned his former defeats to his advantage]] in his EvilPlan, and had a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. He was still a LargeHam like before, but this time quite intentionally.

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** BigBad Makuta Teridax is the most apparent example, and having gone through at least four or five distinct characterizations. While his changes are perhaps [[TropesAreNotBad the most embraced by the fandom]]. In early story material, fandom]], it is still a controversial topic.
*** Early on,
he is was envisioned as an immaterial concept rather than a living being. Franchise co-creator Christian Faber based Makuta on his illness at the time, while Alastair Swinnerton thought of him as the force of destruction. Neither evil not good, he was merely the other side of creation, essentially the act of taking apart LEGO models so they could be rebuilt into something else.
*** The LEGO company itself wanted a villain they could eventually actually sell as a toy, so Makuta was given a physical form. The 2001 ''Mata Nui Online Game'' stuck close to his original idea, but presented him as a monstrous, shifting mass of LEGO elements. Still, he wasn't evil, just a force of the universe.
*** One 2003 character bio, never officially made public, re-imagined him as a misguided, tragic villain who had his own distinct personality and body. No longer a godly entity, he was compared to an illness that makes one's immune system stronger. His goals were ultimately benevolent, but his justifications and actions were controlled by the evil Mask of Shadows he wore. This characterization served as a basis for Makuta in the ''Mask of Light'' movie, but he was eventually distilled into
a generic mysterious cartoon villain in the prequel film lurks in shadows, always angry, monologues to himself, releases hordes of {{Mooks}} and is humiliatingly beaten at the end of every story. Then the end. By this point, his previous incarnations had been wholly abandoned.
*** In 2005, comic and book
author Greg Farshtey got a free hand to write a novel about absolutely anything he wanted, and he made use of the opportunity to transform the character into a highly mastermind that [[IMeantToDoThat turned his former defeats to his advantage]] in his EvilPlan, and had a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. humor, often coming off as a LargeHam. He was still a LargeHam like before, no longer "the" Makuta, much less an immaterial force, but this time quite intentionally.rather a member of an entire species of Makuta with an elaborate backstory, a character, his own agenda and a new name: Teridax.


* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat1'' features a ''very'' different [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] from the rest of [[Franchise/MortalKombat the series]]. In every other game, he's the protector of Earthrealm, the mentor to [[MessianicArchetype Liu Kang]] and the other Earthrealm warriors, and one of the most powerful forces for good. In the first one? He's a ChaoticStupid {{Jerkass}} who enters the tournament simply to show he's not afraid of Shang Tsung, thinks nothing of the mortals he's fighting, and in his ending bans anyone but gods from entering the tournament [[spoiler: and blows up the Earth as a result]]. Whenever a work references the events of the original, they just pretend the second characterization is what happened.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
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''VideoGame/MortalKombat1'' features a ''very'' different [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] from the rest of [[Franchise/MortalKombat the series]].series. In every other game, he's the protector of Earthrealm, the mentor to [[MessianicArchetype Liu Kang]] and the other Earthrealm warriors, and one of the most powerful forces for good. In the first one? He's a ChaoticStupid {{Jerkass}} who enters the tournament simply to show he's not afraid of Shang Tsung, thinks nothing of the mortals he's fighting, and in his ending bans anyone but gods from entering the tournament [[spoiler: and blows up the Earth as a result]]. Whenever a work references the events of the original, they just pretend the second characterization is what happened.



* Kenny in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is a NiceGuy in Episode 1, his most unlikable features being nothing more than shades of PapaWolf. In Episode 2 onward, he kills [[spoiler:Larry]] when it appears he may become a zombie and then has the nerve to hold a grudge against you if you were trying to revive the man, advises against putting a dying woman out of her misery so that she can act as a distraction, may fight Lee on the train when informs him that [[spoiler:his son is turning into a walker]], and generally gets extremely annoyed if Lee disagrees with him, even leaving him to die at certain times depending on previous choices. Possibly justified, as the gap between Episodes 1 and 2 is 3 months, the longest of the whole game.
** After [[WhamEpisode Episode 3]] Kenny seems to have a single focus in his life and is fueled by anger and persistence to chase it (and is the hardest NPC to convince to join up with you when StormingTheCastle), come [[spoiler: Season 2]] and he has mellowed down a lot until [[spoiler: he loses his new friends and family and he's all but a homicidal maniac who happens to be on your side]].



--->'''Joker:''' It seems like Garrus has finally worked that stick out of his butt, but now he's beating people to death with it.

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--->'''Joker:''' -->'''Joker:''' It seems like Garrus has finally worked that stick out of his butt, but now he's beating people to death with it.


* This is actually quite realistic. A person may act like a bully one day and beat someone up for no reason but the next day (even without being punished by authorities or caught) he may be the friendliest person in the world even to his victim. A person may have been able to disarm a knife with a thug one time. But even in the next time even in the exact same circumstances he was unable to disarm and gets stabbed. In real life actions and people's personality are not always consistent and a person who was genuinely a hardworker may suddenly become lazy one day for no reason and remain lazy the rest of his life.

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* This is actually quite realistic. A person may act like a bully one day and beat someone up for no reason but the next day (even without being punished by authorities or caught) he may be the friendliest person in the world even to his victim. A person may have been able to disarm a knife with a thug one time. But even in the next time even in the exact same circumstances he was unable to disarm and gets stabbed. In real life actions and people's personality are not always consistent and a person who was genuinely a hardworker hard worker may suddenly become lazy one day for no reason and remain lazy the rest of his life.life (although [[ItMakesSenseInContext there usually are hidden reasons for such changes in character]]).


-->-- ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''

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-->-- ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''
''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''


* In ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' Murray was a radically different character in the first game, being meek and cowardly, described by Sly in the opening as "part-time driver and [[TheLoad full-time burden]]", and all of his missions were {{Escort Mission}}s where he'd run away at the first sign of trouble. Starting with the second game, he became TheBigGuy of the team and a LargeHam who insists on being called [[SpellMyNameWithAThe "The Murray"]], whose missions are always combat-heavy.
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', [[spoiler: Penelope]] was a sweet and caring character who helped the gang on multiple occasions. Come ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', [[spoiler: she becomes a power hungry backstabber willing to kill the gang including Bently]].

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* In ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' Murray was a radically different character in the first game, being meek and cowardly, described by Sly in the opening as "part-time driver and [[TheLoad full-time burden]]", and all of his missions were {{Escort Mission}}s where he'd run away at the first sign of trouble. Starting with the second game, thanks to a two year TimeSkip, he became TheBigGuy of the team and a LargeHam who insists on being called [[SpellMyNameWithAThe "The Murray"]], whose missions are always combat-heavy.combat-heavy. [[spoiler:But Murray's confidence is fragile and will revert back to his cowardly ways if separated from his friends, as shown in Chapter 4. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets over it]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', [[spoiler: Penelope]] [[spoiler:Penelope]] was a sweet and caring character who helped the gang on multiple occasions. occasions, even saving Murray from a bomb and towing his van out of a river. Come ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she becomes a greedy, power hungry backstabber willing to kill the gang including Bently]].Bentley, [[DidYouActuallyBelieve whom she pretended to love]] [[GoldDigger to get his skills]]]].

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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'': all of Nazuna's early cards feature him glaring or looking angry, presuming in reference to his tendency of getting annoyed when anyone calls him cute or treats him like a kid. However, it swiftly became clear that most of the characters - especially his juniors in Ra*bits - were simply too nice to annoy him like that. Instead, he became more of a genuinely helpful BigBrotherMentor and an OnlySaneMan among the third years. As a result, his cards swiftly changed to instead typically feature him looking friendly and earnest (or, at best, flustered). Since most characters typically use their original one star card as their profile image, Nazuna is the only one who has a totally different personality than most people initially think.


** Lyra's fanon personality underwent {{flanderization}} as time went on. What started out as jokes about her sitting upright became meta jokes about bronies and furries where Lyra was a human fangirl. This interest in humans warped into Lyra wanting to ''[[TransNature be]]'' human and overtook most of her fanon characterization. After the 100th episode, this has been reversed because Lyra has more canon characterization.
** Most early fan-works wrote Derpy Hooves as InspirationallyDisadvantaged and oftentimes she spoke in gibberish (with certain words being associated with certain things, like her fan-daughter Dinky being called "muffins"). Overtime this turned into her just being TheDitz, with "muffins" just being an AffectionateNickname for Dinky.

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** Lyra's fanon personality underwent {{flanderization}} as time went on. What started out as jokes about her sitting upright became meta jokes about bronies and furries where Lyra was a human fangirl. This interest in humans warped into Lyra wanting to ''[[TransNature be]]'' human and human. It overtook most of her previous fanon characterization. After the 100th episode, this has been reversed because Lyra has more canon characterization.
** Most early fan-works wrote Derpy Hooves as InspirationallyDisadvantaged and oftentimes she spoke in gibberish [[TalkativeLoon gibberish]] (with certain words being associated with certain things, like her fan-daughter Dinky being called "muffins"). Overtime this turned into her just being TheDitz, with "muffins" just being an AffectionateNickname for Dinky.



* In the older Literature/MaxAndRuby books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the Creator/NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.

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* In the older Literature/MaxAndRuby ''Literature/MaxAndRuby''' books by Creator/RosemaryWells, Ruby was more of a DeadpanSnarker and sometimes strict with her brother Max. Which can be seen in "Max's Chocolate Chicken" and "Max's Christmas". She even said to Max "Max, you'd have trouble finding your own ears if they weren't attached to your head" in Max's Chocolate Chicken since Max didn't gather eggs and was busy gathering acorns and making an Acorn Pancake. In later and more recent Max And Ruby books, Ruby became more cheerful and kind around Max but is also a ControlFreak and her DeadpanSnarker personality was toned down. Especially in the Creator/NickJr animated series for Max & Ruby.



** Princess Peach was also a more generic monarch figure in earlier games she's 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. This change happened between ''64'' and ''Sunshine'', with ''64 DS'' keeping the old characterization for remake's sake.

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** Princess Peach was also a more generic monarch figure in earlier games she's but games. Later, she 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.SweetTooth. This change happened between ''64'' and ''Sunshine'', with ''64 DS'' keeping the old characterization for remake's sake.



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': The series has a pretty shaky history of consistent characterization, which makes sense since multiple writers are working on the series and some never communicate with each other. Because of this, characters tend behave very differently between games DependingOnTheWriter, with very broad traits to keep them recognizable.
** This especially evident when one compares how the plot is handled through years. Starting out, the games had as much plot as you would expect from a 2D platforming series in the 90's (As in, [[ExcusePlot barely]]) and characterization was very minimal (Sonic was the MascotWithAttitude, Tails was his sidekick, Knuckles his rival, etc) but starting in VideoGame/SonicAdventure the series adopted a more cohesive and serialized narrative not unlike common Shonen Anime/Manga, and characters and relationships became much more dynamic. (Series BreakoutCharacter Shadow the Hedgehog debuts here, and has the most fleshed out background of any character to date,) but after much criticism over that direction, starting with VideoGame/SonicUnleashed the series is back to simpler characterizations and plot to allow for more broader narratives but mostly ignored the character development that took place before. (I.e. Tails is mostly back to being Sonic's sidekick despite his bout of independence before.)

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': The series has a pretty shaky history of consistent characterization, which makes sense since multiple writers are working on the series and some never communicate with each other. Because of this, characters tend behave very differently between games DependingOnTheWriter, with very broad traits to keep them recognizable.
**
recognizable. This especially evident when one compares how the plot is handled through years. Starting out, the games had as much plot as you would expect from a 2D platforming series in the 90's (As in, [[ExcusePlot barely]]) and characterization was very minimal (Sonic was the MascotWithAttitude, Tails was his sidekick, Knuckles his rival, etc) but starting in VideoGame/SonicAdventure ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' the series adopted a more cohesive and serialized narrative not unlike common Shonen Anime/Manga, and characters and relationships became much more dynamic. (Series BreakoutCharacter Shadow the Hedgehog debuts here, and has the most fleshed out background of any character to date,) but after much criticism over that direction, starting with VideoGame/SonicUnleashed ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' the series is back to simpler characterizations and plot to allow for more broader narratives but mostly ignored the character development that took place before. (I.e. Tails is mostly back to being Sonic's sidekick despite his bout of independence before.)



* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch 2'' is essentially a SoftReboot that changed a lot of elements to [[RetCanon match]] the [[Anime/YokaiWatch anime]] more:

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* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch 2'' ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch2'' is essentially a SoftReboot that changed a lot of elements of ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' to [[RetCanon match]] the [[Anime/YokaiWatch anime]] more:


* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In his debut on ''{{VideoGame/Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble Triple Trouble]]'', Knuckles was constantly laughing at you whenever he activated one of his traps, hindering your way. In the following games and other adaptations, Knuckles is portrayed as a deadly serious guy who never laughs or even smiles (when is not a sarcastic smile).
--->"Unlike Sonic I don't chuckle, I'd rather flex my muscles!"
--->--[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Unknown from M.E., Theme of Knuckles]]
:: :This characterization itself has become disposed of as Knuckles became more comical and jovial once again in later games. All the games usually have him smug about getting one over [[TheRival Sonic]]. Since the majority of his role in ''Sonic 3'' revolved around him torturing and hindering Sonic this attitude seems more consistent.
** Shadow is a similar case. During his first battle against Sonic in his debut on ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', he seemingly shares the same cockiness as Sonic, saying boastful lines such as "I'm the coolest!". As of [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his own game]] and beyond, this trait soon disappeared in favor of being portrayed as the stoic, serious {{anti hero}}ic counterpart to Sonic.
** Sonic himself is an example as well. Starting with ''Adventure'', his trademark attitude was greatly toned down, and he was portrayed as a generic straight-laced NiceGuy hero. From ''Colors'' onward, while he remains an overall nice guy, his trademark attitude returned, making him a cocky jokester who rarely takes anything seriously.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', Orbot (named SA-55) was very robotic, criticizing Eggman in a very robotic and monotone voice. In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' onwards, his sarcasm has become more subtle, his voice is much less robotic, and he expresses a wider variety of emotions.
** Starting in ''Sonic Adventure'', Amy's personality ([[FlatCharacter at least, what little personality she had in the Classic era]]) was given a bit of a revamp, making slightly more mature and giving her the goal of wanting to prove herself to Sonic and win his heart at the same time. As the games continued on however, she became progressively more [[TookALevelInJerkass abrasive, temperamental and combative]] to the point that her pining for Sonic would often turn into borderline bullying if he didn't reciprocate the way she wanted him to. Starting from ''Generations'', however, her personality has been tweaked to bring back a lot of her softness, taking her back to something fitting between her Classic and Adventure personality while still keeping a bit of her abrasive edge from time to time. This is without factoring in her SonicBoom remodeling, which gives her an AdrenalineMakeover that turns her more into a [[LittleMissSnarker sassier]], [[LadyOfWar more obviously competent]] version of her Sonic Adventure personality while retaining her kind, nurturing elements, and changing her obsessive behavior over Sonic into [[CannotSpitItOut an obvious crush that she tries to keep hidden]].
** Tails was originally a KidHero sidekick who wanted to prove himself to Sonic, and was said to be quite a show-off. Starting with ''Sonic Adventure'', he became TheSmartGuy whose I.Q. was said to rival EvilGenius Dr. Eggman's, playing up his tendency to be good with machines (while also making him [[CaptainCrash utterly incapable of landing any plane he created]]), though his levels still focused around beating Sonic. ''Sonic Adventure 2'' scaled back Tails' hero worship of Sonic a bit more, and ''Sonic Colors'' got rid of it entirely in favor of just making him a GadgeteerGenius. His friendship with Sonic has always been constant, though these days it's more like Sonic sees Tails as a little brother. Tails more childish qualities from the Classic games have been dialed down to focus on him being a AdorablyPrecociousChild.
*** Tails' name has also been subject to this. In his first appearance in ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2," his name was stated as Miles Prower, with "Tails" in quotation marks, making it clear that it was a nickname. Later characterization rarely, if ever, mentions his full name of Miles Prower, and just treats "Tails" like it's his birth name.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In his debut
''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': The series has a pretty shaky history of consistent characterization, which makes sense since multiple writers are working on ''{{VideoGame/Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'' the series and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble Triple Trouble]]'', Knuckles was constantly laughing at you whenever he activated one some never communicate with each other. Because of his traps, hindering your way. In the following this, characters tend behave very differently between games and other adaptations, Knuckles DependingOnTheWriter, with very broad traits to keep them recognizable.
** This especially evident when one compares how the plot
is portrayed handled through years. Starting out, the games had 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
much plot as you would expect from M.E., Theme of Knuckles]]
:: :This
a 2D platforming series in the 90's (As in, [[ExcusePlot barely]]) and characterization itself has become disposed of as Knuckles became more comical and jovial once again in later games. All the games usually have him smug about getting one over [[TheRival Sonic]]. Since the majority of his role in ''Sonic 3'' revolved around him torturing and hindering Sonic this attitude seems more consistent.
** Shadow is a similar case. During his first battle against Sonic in his debut on ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', he seemingly shares the same cockiness as Sonic, saying boastful lines such as "I'm the coolest!". As of [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his own game]] and beyond, this trait soon disappeared in favor of being portrayed as the stoic, serious {{anti hero}}ic counterpart to Sonic.
** Sonic himself is an example as well. Starting with ''Adventure'', his trademark attitude was greatly toned down, and he was portrayed as a generic straight-laced NiceGuy hero. From ''Colors'' onward, while he remains an overall nice guy, his trademark attitude returned, making him a cocky jokester who rarely takes anything seriously.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', Orbot (named SA-55)
was very robotic, criticizing Eggman in a very robotic and monotone voice. In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' onwards, his sarcasm has become more subtle, his voice is much less robotic, and he expresses a wider variety of emotions.
** Starting in ''Sonic Adventure'', Amy's personality ([[FlatCharacter at least, what little personality she had in
minimal (Sonic was the Classic era]]) was given a bit of a revamp, making slightly more mature and giving her the goal of wanting to prove herself to Sonic and win his heart at the same time. As the games continued on however, she became progressively more [[TookALevelInJerkass abrasive, temperamental and combative]] to the point that her pining for Sonic would often turn into borderline bullying if he didn't reciprocate the way she wanted him to. Starting from ''Generations'', however, her personality has been tweaked to bring back a lot of her softness, taking her back to something fitting between her Classic and Adventure personality while still keeping a bit of her abrasive edge from time to time. This is without factoring in her SonicBoom remodeling, which gives her an AdrenalineMakeover that turns her more into a [[LittleMissSnarker sassier]], [[LadyOfWar more obviously competent]] version of her Sonic Adventure personality while retaining her kind, nurturing elements, and changing her obsessive behavior over Sonic into [[CannotSpitItOut an obvious crush that she tries to keep hidden]].
**
MascotWithAttitude, Tails was originally his sidekick, Knuckles his rival, etc) but starting in VideoGame/SonicAdventure the series adopted a KidHero sidekick who wanted to prove himself to Sonic, more cohesive and was said to be quite a show-off. Starting with ''Sonic Adventure'', he serialized narrative not unlike common Shonen Anime/Manga, and characters and relationships became TheSmartGuy whose I.Q. was said to rival EvilGenius Dr. Eggman's, playing up his tendency to be good with machines (while also making him [[CaptainCrash utterly incapable of landing any plane he created]]), though his levels still focused around beating Sonic. ''Sonic Adventure 2'' scaled back Tails' hero worship of Sonic a bit more, and ''Sonic Colors'' got rid of it entirely in favor of just making him a GadgeteerGenius. His friendship with Sonic has always been constant, though these days it's much more like Sonic sees Tails as a little brother. Tails more childish qualities from the Classic games have been dialed down to focus on him being a AdorablyPrecociousChild.
*** Tails' name has also been subject to this. In his first appearance in ''Sonic
dynamic. (Series BreakoutCharacter Shadow the Hedgehog 2," his name was stated as Miles Prower, debuts here, and has the most fleshed out background of any character to date,) but after much criticism over that direction, starting with "Tails" in quotation marks, making it clear VideoGame/SonicUnleashed the series is back to simpler characterizations and plot to allow for more broader narratives but mostly ignored the character development that it was a nickname. Later characterization rarely, if ever, mentions took place before. (I.e. Tails is mostly back to being Sonic's sidekick despite his full name bout of Miles Prower, and just treats "Tails" like it's his birth name.independence before.)

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** When she was first introduced, Jason was actually upset by the fact that his new teacher Miss O'Malley was open-minded and unflappable, giving him extra credit for overachieving rather than "going batty" the way his previous teacher Mrs. Grinchley apparently did. However, in almost every subsequent appearance Miss O'Malley is obviously frustrated by Jason, assigning him detention for acting out in class and making grumbling remarks that suggest he makes her go through a lot of headache medicine.


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[[caption-width-right:270:Nothing solves a past of animal abuse better than donut parties.[[note]]Though [[note]]Although to be fair, that one the first gorilla was his Grandpa.[[FlipFlopOfGod (grand)father]].[[/note]]]]


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