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1%%˛%%˛%%˛%%˛%%˛%% This list of examples has been alphabetized. Please add your example in the proper place. Thanks!˛%%˛%%˛%%˛%%˛%%˛%%˛˛%% Leave image on right, please.˛[[quoteright:300:[[Website/{{Cracked}}]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:300:[[ By Winston Rowntree]] of ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}''.]]˛˛->''"I think Homer gets stupider every year."''˛-->-- '''Professor Lawrence Pierce''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons 138th Episode Spectacular''˛˛The act of taking a single (often minor) action or trait of a character within a work and exaggerating it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character. Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic. Sitcoms and Sitcom characters are particularly susceptible to this, as are peripheral characters in shows with {{long run|ners}}s.˛˛The trope is named for one of the examples in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Ned Flanders, who was originally just a considerate neighbor and attentive father, with his devout nature simply being that he willingly attended and paid attention in church, all to make him a [[{{Foil}} contrast to Homer]], before becoming [[TheFundamentalist obsessively religious]].˛˛Note that the key to this trope is in how the process is a gradual thing, the character starts relatively normal with a few quirks, the quirks become more prominent and then gradually ''become'' the character. If it is simply about how the character is different early on before the writers know what to do with them, that is CharacterizationMarchesOn. ˛˛In general, comedies, especially {{SitCom}}s, fall into the trap of Flanderization because CharacterDevelopment is far less important than RuleOfFunny. Given a choice between getting a laugh or moving the story forward, getting the laugh will almost always take priority.˛˛[[TropesAreTools Flanderization doesn't have to be necessarily a bad thing]] -- sometimes it can be used to expand on a background character's personality when they are brought to the foreground, or make an otherwise bland character stand out more. It can even be beneficial on a cast-wide scale: A comedy that has a cast full of zany, outsized personas will probably be funnier than one full of nondescript [[StraightMan straight men]]. ˛˛When Flanderization occurs as the result of adaptation from one medium to another (manga to anime, for example), it's CharacterExaggeration and frequently a sign of AdaptationDecay. May sometimes be related to LostInImitation.˛˛See also NeverLiveItDown for when the character is more associated with some action or event than the character actually changing, and UnintentionallySympathetic, when realistic quirks are mishandled by the writers. Compare TemporarilyExaggeratedTrait, which is like flanderization but only done temporarily. Compare and contrast EarlyInstallmentWeirdness (as it applies to characters), with early depictions of a character being different from later ones simply because the producers hadn't figured out what role they should play in the story. Also see ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat, when a story brings back pre-Flanderized aspects of the character as a reminder that these traits are still there, even if you don't see them much any more.˛˛The opposite to this trope is CharacterDevelopment, naturally.˛˛Here's a list of cases of Flanderization:˛˛!!![[TookALevelInDumbass Stupidity]]˛* A character does dumb things, but manages to get gradually dumber as time goes by.˛* A character is only slightly dumb, and is capable of doing what he/she needs to, but later becomes unable to perform even the most simple tasks like reading.˛* The character's stupidity is only demonstrated by him/her saying funny phrases, but later [[TooDumbToLive starts putting his/her and others' lives at danger]]. ˛* Insanity is mistaken for stupidity, and a [[CloudCuckoolander dippy or crazy character]] becomes a dumb character.˛* A character is not dumb, just [[BrilliantButLazy lazy]] and/or [[BookDumb hates studying]], but is turned later into straight dumb.˛˛!!!Intelligence˛* A character is intelligent, but in realistic levels, later he/she becomes extremely intelligent, being comparable to many famous scientists, or even exaggerated to the point of being able to build wondrous gadgets at his/her house.˛* Insanity is mistaken for brilliance, and a [[CloudCuckoolander dippy or crazy character]] who would previously save the day through an AssPull once in a while for RuleOfFunny now does so OncePerEpisode. ˛* A character is intelligent in one or two specific areas, but more inexperienced and flawed in others. Later they are smart in every level, [[EinsteinSue providing knowledge and wisdom in every possible situation]].˛˛!!!{{Greed}}˛* A greedy character [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold has a kind side]] and often chooses what is more important instead of riches, but later, becomes even greedier to the point that he even sacrifices friends and family just for a few more pennies.˛* A character who is a collector who enjoys building his or her collection turns into a hoarder whose life revolves around filling his or her house with an excessive number of trivial possessions.˛˛!!![[TookALevelInJerkass Meanness]]˛* A {{Jerkass}} becomes much meaner and nastier, perhaps even behaving more like a villain, becoming a DesignatedHero in the worst cases.˛* A character who is generally decent but has a mocking sense of humour turns into a true bully who greatly enjoys insulting other characters.˛˛!!![[TookALevelInKindness Kindness]]˛* A NiceGuy but with human flaws becomes a PuritySue.˛* Alternately, they become kind to a fault and evolve into an ExtremeDoormat that is unable to be harsh whatsoever.˛˛!!!Villainy˛* A competent villain that came close to defeating the hero, [[VillainDecay somehow becomes more and more incompetent]] and [[HarmlessVillain gets defeated easily all the time]], without the justification of [[TaughtByExperience the hero becoming stronger]].˛* A villain sure is evil, but has a clear goal and does evil acts only to achieve it, but later, becomes much more evil and starts [[ForTheEvulz doing evil acts just for the sake of it]].˛* A realistic villain, similar to real world criminals or dictators (Even with supernatural elements), starts [[CardCarryingVillain referring to himself as evil and a professional villain all the time]].˛* A TokenEvilTeammate will do increasingly evil things to make up for teaming up with the good guys all the time, and the good guys will become less and less disgusted by these actions.˛˛!!!Annoyance˛* A character is kind of annoying but only infuriates those who are [[HairTriggerTemper especially touchy]], later becomes incredibly annoying to almost anybody, to the point that the audience empathizes with those whom the character infuriates.˛* The creators find out that a character [[TheScrappy is very hated]], and [[TakeThatScrappy decide to make fun of it]] making him intentionally annoying, however his annoying traits are cranked up and/or the character shows up with scrappy traits that he/she never had, or worse, [[AdaptationalVillainy turning the character into a villain]] even if the fans knew the character was not evil.˛* The creators discover a character is not well liked by the fans, and thus decides to hurt and humiliate the character in increasingly horrifying ways, despite the fact that the character had really done nothing wrong in recent episodes.˛* A character that is intelligent and sometimes accidentally patronizes or confuses laymen, later becomes an InsufferableGenius and may even [[KnowNothingKnowItAll lose the genius part]].˛˛!!!Likes/dislikes˛* A character has a [[TrademarkFavoriteFood favorite food]] like many people have, but later the love for that food is brought up all the time and the character becomes enamored with it to the point of addiction.˛* Conversely, if there is a food or something else that the character [[DoesNotLikeSpam doesn't like]], their distaste for it will increase over time, and the character will become more and more of a magnet for improbable situations in which the disliked thing cannot be avoided.˛˛!!!Sexuality˛* A character is known to be very [[ReallyGetsAround sexually active]] or perverted but they can control themselves. Maybe they're an EthicalSlut or ChivalrousPervert. The character's lust and sexual activity will later be their only defining characteristic and may become TheCasanova, an ExtremeOmnisexual, or even a rapist.˛* A StraightGay character may become CampGay over time, become more [[AllGaysArePromiscuous promiscuous]], or said character may possess other traits but will later become just a walking gay joke or stereotype.˛* A character who might've been pretty cool with some sexual/kinky stuff every now and then now can't stop thinking about them and might [[CasualKink casually slip in]] [[DoubleEntendre sexual innuendos]] into every conversation.˛˛!!!Others˛* A character is somewhat of an activist and organizes protests when something really bad is going on, but later [[SoapBoxSadie becomes very annoying with activism, and almost all episodes revolving around the character are about a protest]].˛* A mischievous character who loves playing lighthearted practical jokes on people turns into a sociopathic bully whose practical jokes become needlessly mean-spirited and sometimes violent.˛* A character is [[SirSwearsalot foul-mouthed]], but only curses when the situation calls for it, like being angry or scared, or just to sound cool, but later, the character can't complete a single phrase without a curse word.˛* A nervous character who finds certain situations and things scary turns into an extreme coward who freaks out at the mildest creepy things and has multiple phobias. ˛* A character [[DamselInDistress gets in]] [[DistressedDude distress]] sometimes, but has many other uses in the plot; later, the character's only use is [[DistressBall getting in danger to be rescued]].˛˛----˛˛!!Example Subpages˛[[index]]˛* Flanderization/AnimeAndManga˛* Flanderization/ComicBooks˛* Flanderization/LiveActionTV˛* Flanderization/VideoGames˛* Flanderization/WesternAnimation˛** ''Flanderization/FamilyGuy''˛** ''Flanderization/TheSimpsons''˛[[/index]]˛[[noreallife]]˛˛----˛!!Other Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Advertising]]˛* Creator/BillyMays had gotten a lot louder over the years. Compare his [[ earlier ads]] to [[ the]] [[ later ones.]]˛* Regis Philbin in ads for TDA Bank. At first he started off as a person who would question what the bank offers. Now? He doesn't know what electronic banking is and calls Kelly every hour about his balance.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Strips]]˛* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' has played with this trope over the years. With some characters it's played straight: the PointyHairedBoss went from an ordinary MeanBoss to a [[TooDumbToLive complete moron]], while Wally went from BrilliantButLazy to [[TheSlacker just lazy]]. Alice went from being a brilliant engineer with a low tolerance for stupidity to being defined by regularly screaming and punching people (or injuring/killing them with just a look.) On the other hand, Dilbert himself has become less of a nerd and more a mixture of {{Everyman}} and OnlySaneMan.˛* While most of the ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' characters had their personas taken to the extreme at times, Andy was quite extremely Flanderized, going from a simple, caring and concerned mother to the GranolaGirl {{Moral Guardian|s}} of the strip who serves her family earth-friendly fare like braised zucchini every meal, keeps the thermostat so low that ''it flash-freezes the steam from a cup of coffee'', and throws a fit if she catches the boys playing a violent video game. Unfortunately, since the series became Sunday-only, there's little chance of her changing. On the other hand, before this happened Andy pretty much didn't have a personality at all beyond Mom.˛** Which is not to say this didn't happen to other characters, too. Jason Fox pretty much became a vehicle to show how much Bill Amend knew about physics and computers, when in the early 80s he actually wasn't this as much. He was good at school but disliked it more than everyone else. Roger Fox became TooDumbToLive - when in the 80s and 90s, he was actually somewhat rational, and his lack of knowledge about computers, while still PlayedForLaughs, was actually [[TechnologyMarchesOn not as laughably stupid back then as it is to a modern reader]].˛** On the other hand, Peter [[InvertedTrope de-Flanderized]] from a bit of a JerkAss into a StraightMan. Outside his [[BigEater massive appetite]], he's probably the most normal of the Fox family now.˛* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} managed to invert this trope, then play it straight. He started out very lazy and sarcastic, but de-Flanderized into a more playful attitude by the late eighties. Over time, he's gradually shifted back into his more cynical self.˛** Garfield's (the character) de-/re-Flanderization pretty much mirrors the strip perfectly (as you'd expect). It began as a SliceOfLife strip, but as the character became less Flanderized, the strip shifted to a [[SurrealHumor light surrealist]] style, which set the tone for the franchise as a whole (probably best shown in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''). Around the mid '90s the strip shifted back to the slice of life style, [[FranchiseZombie becoming re-Flanderized into the strip we know today]].˛*** There's also Garfield's appearance and mannerisms. Originally, aside from a few human-like quirks, Garfield looked and acted like a typical cat. Overtime however, he was depicted with more and more human like behavior until it's extremely rare to see him engage in any feline activities anymore.˛** Played straight with Jon Arbuckle, who started as being the StraightMan and a bachelor who cared for Garfield. During the first months of 1979, he was Flanderized into being the StrawLoser compared to Garfield (with his role of the DeadpanSnarker going to Dr. Liz Wilson), and by the late 1990's, he was given a more CloudCuckooLander personality that occasionally borders on being a ManChild.˛* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':˛** Charlie Brown, somewhat surprisingly, was a victim of this trope. In his earliest strips, he was basically the prototype of Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' in that he was a wise cracking rascal who often got the upper hand. For instance, he comes across another character who is sweating and asks her if anything is wrong. "I'm hot!" she says. "You don't look so hot to me," he retorts before running away with a smirk. Another strip has him trying the patience of his friends as he fussily arranges them for a group photograph before playfully announcing that his camera doesn't actually have any film in it. As he runs away with his angry friends in close pursuit, he laughs and says, "I like to live dangerously!" In the very earliest strips, he even had girls fighting over his affections. Some vestiges of the later Charlie Brown were there in the early days with the other children being somewhat crueler to him than they were to their other peers, but it wasn't until later that his tendency to always come in last became such an overpowering part of his characterization.˛** The first two girl characters to appear in the strip, Patty and Violet, suffered heavily from this as the strip went on. Initially they were (usually) portrayed as [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent nicer characters]] than the two boys (Charlie Brown and Shermy), but as the 1950s went on they started to adopt "mean girl" personas and spent most of their time together putting Charlie Brown down. At first their attitudes seemed like a response to Charlie Brown's arrogant "nobody likes me despite how great I am" streak in the mid 1950s, but by the time he had fully flanderized into a total sad sack by the early 1960s it seemed like they were just piling on him for the sake of it. By the late 1960s they had been phased out as regulars in favor of Lucy, who Charles Schulz felt worked much better as a female "bully" character.˛* Since Greg Howard stopped writing ''ComicStrip/{{Sally Forth|Howard}}'', Ted has become quite the ManChild. This is a bit of an odd case, though, as Francesco Marculiano has admitted that he based his portrayal of Ted somewhat on himself; the {{Flanderization}} was almost a complete coincidence.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* Actually invoked by the [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Aperture Scientists]] in ''Fanfic/BlueSky.'' In their BrainUploading of [[spoiler: Wheatley]], they deliberately messed with his personality so that the part of him that produced terrible ideas would be dominant and would override other aspects of his personality in a crisis.˛* Invoked in ''FanFic/{{Eugenesis}}'' by Sygnet, a Decepticon scientist, who sees Galvatron as having the worst parts of Megatron's personality amplified a thousand-fold.˛* Estee's ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'' features a kind of In-Universe version of this with ''falling into the mark'', an extremely common psychological disorder among ponies where the pony allows their special talent to dominate their lives to the point where there is ''nothing'' outside the mark.˛** And turned horrifyingly UpToEleven in ''A Mark Of Appeal'', with the discovery of a disease that amplifies the mark magic until it renders the pony unable to do or think of anything that is not the exercise of their talent. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* Happens to several characters in ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa''. Dave Clifton goes from a fairly unremarkable provincial DJ who Alan made nasty jokes about his alleged alcoholism to, to gleefully and openly recounting his experiences with booze, cocaine, heroin and prostitutes. Lynn, previously barely mentioning her Christianity, suddenly becomes notably more openly religious. Curiously, Alan himself undergoes the opposite, becoming less distinct and more general a character in the movie.˛* [[MegaCorp The Weyland-Yutani Corporation]] in ''{{Franchise/Alien}}''. Each film, book, and game seems to exaggerate their attempts to exploit xenomorphs for profit just that much more. In the first film, they learn about the xenomorphs and try to use the crew of the Nostromo to bring it back to Earth for study. Beyond that, they don't seem particularly obsessed with it; it's just some lifeform they think might be valuable. Eight movies and a ton of comics and video games later, Weyland-Yutani seems obsessed with studying and profiting off xenomorphs to borderline suicidal degrees, to the point you start to wonder how the company even turns a profit when it's only projects seem to be screwing around with alien bugs. Their amorality is also more and more exaggerated; in the first movie they're willing to sacrifice a tiny crew of glorified truckers to get the alien, while later works show them sacrificing ridiculously huge amounts of people to their bug hunts. It's easy to lose count of how many colonies and research facilities are destroyed for the sake of studying an animal that really doesn't seem to have any practical applications.˛* [[Film/ChildsPlay2 The first]] [[Film/ChildsPlay3 two sequels]] to the horror classic ''Film/ChildsPlay'' flanderized Chucky into becoming a StupidEvil villain who was incredibly incompetent and never achieved his main objective, and instead wasted time going on killing sprees rather than possessing Andy. The [[Film/BrideOfChucky horror]] [[Film/SeedOfChucky comedies]] played the whole killer doll concept for laughs, possibly because the writers realized how silly the franchise was becoming. But then came ''Film/CurseOfChucky'', which brought Chucky [[CharacterRerailment right back on track.]]˛* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': Freddy Krueger was originally a dark, scary supernatural killer with a twisted sense of humor. But starting with the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors third film]] in the series, Freddy's humor began taking center stage. His quips and killing tactics also became cheesier with each subsequent installment. Freddy was fully Flanderized by the end of the series (''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare''), having become a campy, pun-spouting [[SelfParody parody of his former self]]. This version of Freddy has been likened to an evil Bugs Bunny. The character was returned to his dark/scary roots in the 1994 film ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare''. However, this film takes place outside of series canon; it's also not the "real" Freddy, but an [[Main/OurDemonsAreDifferent ancient demon]] who adopted Freddy's persona. The [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 2010 ''Nightmare'']] [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] featured a [[DarkerAndEdgier serious, darker]] Freddy. But "Reboot Freddy" has not supplanted Creator/RobertEnglund's version as the "official" Freddy Krueger in popular culture. So the "real" Freddy is still campy as ever, per his most recent canonical appearance (2003's ''Film/FreddyVsJason''). ˛* Similarly, while few would consider the ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' films masterpieces, the first film at least was a straight slasher movie with some comic relief. Even then, most of the humor were either sight gags or rather crude puns. By the second installment the series started amping up the humor and self-awareness to the point where it overtook the horror elements. In later sequels the Leprechaun impersonates Elvis and John Wayne, speaks entirely in rhyme, becomes a binge drinker and pot smoker, and most egregiously, ''raps''. ˛* Angela in the Creator/EddieMurphy movie ''Film/{{Boomerang|1992}}'' originally started out as really laid back, and in one scene where she finds out where Marcus cheated on her, she tells him to "Stay the fuck out of her life!"; later on in the movie her cursing habits are Amped Up To Eleven whereas, before that scene, she was relatively mellow.˛* Probably the best-remembered characteristic of Chinese detective Film/CharlieChan is his use of [[IceCreamKoan pithy "Oriental" aphorisms]] -- a trait which comes directly from the Warner Oland film adaptations, and which were the only aspect of those adaptations that Chan's original author Earl Derr Biggers himself heartily disliked. Not surprising, given that he'd explicitly created Chan as a ''subversion'' to the tired "fortune-cookie" stereotypes then popular.˛* Eddie Wilson in ''Film/EddieAndTheCruisers'' started out as a serious musician who wouldn't sell out. By the end of the sequel, his only emotional response was to run away from anything that might be critical of his music.˛* In ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] is taller, slower and more stupid than ever, possibly in order to more sharply contrast with [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmstreet Freddy Krueger]].˛* In ''Film/TheHangoverPartII'', Alan's ManChild traits are driven UpToEleven. ''Film/TheHangoverPartIII'' manages to bring it further.˛* Agent Tom Manning from the ''Franchise/{{Hellboy}}'' film series. In the [[Film/{{Hellboy}} first movie]], while not a very good field leader, he was still a competent bureaucrat; he and Hellboy butted heads but ultimately gained a bit of respect for each other, and bonded over cigars. The [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy second movie]] made him almost completely incompetent, and reduced him to bribing Hellboy with cigars to keep him in line. Maybe justified by the fact that, without the professor, there is ''no one'' who can truly keep Hellboy from doing something ''stupid''.˛* The ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise becomes increasingly campy over the course of its history, with increasing reliance on implausible action scenes, cartoonish villains, science fiction gadgets, {{Bond One Liner}}s and loads of sex. The Creator/RogerMoore era was considered the height of the franchise's campiness, while the following Creator/TimothyDalton films were an attempt to make the franchise darker. The campiness came back over the course of the Creator/PierceBrosnan era. ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' was specifically created to completely eliminate the campiness and return to the franchise's more realistic roots.˛* The ''Lethal Weapon'' series gives us Dr. Stephanie Woods, who, in the [[Film/LethalWeapon first film]] was a competent psychologist with legitimate concerns about Riggs' stability. By the [[Film/LethalWeapon3 third film]], she was an inept, touchy-feely shrink who served as little more than comic relief. It's heavily implied in ''Film/LethalWeapon4'' that it was actually Riggs's deliberately toying with her over the course of the series that pushed her to this point.˛* In the original ''Film/MenInBlack'', K is a rather stoic individual who takes his job seriously, but approaches everything with a calm demeanor, contrasting J who doesn't take the job seriously, but overreacts to everything. By ''Film/MenInBlack3'', K is so stoic, he is unable to crack a joke or a smile.˛* Happened to Creator/PeterSellers' Inspector Clouseau in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series. His French accent was originally straightforward, though ''Film/AShotInTheDark'' introduced odd accent-based pronunciation quirks ("beump" for ''bump'', for example). When he revived the character in the mid-1970s, the accent was significantly thicker and the mispronunciations were more frequent ("minkey", "rheum", "leu"), etc. Other ''Shot in the Dark'' elements became {{Running Gag}}s too: he donned more bizarre disguises with each film, and Cato's attacks grew increasingly destructive, as did the slapstick in general for the whole run of films. However, this went over like gangbusters with audiences and it didn't violate Clouseau's [[TheFool basic character]], making it one of the less destructive examples of Flanderization on this list.˛* In the first ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' movie, Wayne Szalinski is a [[AbsentMindedProfessor brilliant scientist despite a few flaws that he has]]. The DirectToVideo sequel ''Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves'' turns Wayne into a GeniusDitz at worst, considering the reason why and how he and Diane got shrunken.˛* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', originally an AffectionateParody and homage to the pirate genre, became a parody of itself after the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]], when all the character traits, quirks, and set-pieces that were more subtle in originally were turned UpToEleven, and subject to relentless self-referencing.˛* In the first ''Film/RushHour'' movie, Chris Tucker's character (whose ButtMonkey status stems from his CowboyCop tendencies alienating everyone around him) is actually a fairly competent detective, but simply not as combat effective as Creator/JackieChan's character. In the sequels, his character's competence is completely jettisoned, he becomes a classic SmallNameBigEgo, and much UncleTomfoolery ensues.˛* ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies:˛** Yoda's diction for the most part simply [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker swapped nouns and verbs in certain situations]] in a manner similar to some Earth languages. It also appears that he may have been doing this intentionally just to get on Luke's nerves; once Luke figures out who he is he starts speaking somewhat normally for the rest of his screen time. This was exaggerated in pop culture, leading the writers of the prequels to make up lines such as "[[Narm/StarWars Not if anything to say about it, I have!]]"˛** While C-3PO clearly wasn't as brave as R2-D2 and could express fear, in the original film he was still capable of self-sacrifice, even urging Luke to abandon him after 3PO had been badly damaged by the Sand People. Later, when he was cornered onboard the Death Star by some Storm Troopers, he managed to successfully bluff his way past the Troopers ("They're madmen! If you hurry you might catch them."). He also felt grief for Luke and the others when he thought they were dying. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', he's Flanderized into a total coward, unable to think about anything but himself, and frantically advocating surrender when the Falcon is being chased by Imperial Destroyers. What nuance he regained in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (being highly instrumental in gaining the Ewoks as allies and again able to provide a momentary distraction) was lost in the prequels, where he contributes nothing except extremely lowbrow humor. Since the Disney purchase, however, Lucasfilm seems to be attempting to avert this; AllThereInTheManual for ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals he has become the Resistance's droid [[TheSpymaster Spymaster]]. Possibly a moot point, however, as he hasn't really had any noteworthy scenes in Last Jedi. ˛** The Trade Federation [[MechaMooks Battle Droids]] were originally introduced as mindless animatronic soldier drones. They were just human enough to be used for slapstick, but were still inhuman enough to be mildly menacing. As the decade wore on the writers slowly morphed them into a big goofy gang of cowardly {{Harmless Villain}}s.˛** It is a joke among many that [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Stormtroopers cannot aim]] and are incompetent in their roles, something that has crept into the franchise itself through numerous references. In the Original Trilogy however, [[PlotArmor this only really applied to when they faced the protagonists]]. Their introduction in ''A New Hope'' features them curb-stomping the garrison of the Tantive IV with ease, and the troops investigating the whereabouts of the Death Star plans on Tatooine come close to finding them. Later on in the Death Star proper, the guards quickly see through Han and Luke's disguise, and in the ensuing battle are under orders to [[IWantThemAlive capture them alive]]. In ''The Empire Strikes Back'', the Snowtroopers again make short work of the Rebels at Echo Base, and the Stormtroopers at Cloud City are again under orders to keep the heroes alive. It is ''Return of the Jedi'' that the portrayal of Stormtroopers as incompetent pushovers began to set in, [[NeverLiveItDown inspired by their consistent failure to land hits against our heroes despite otherwise being reasonably efficient at what they are supposed to do]].˛* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Sunglasses and long coats. In the first film they actually took a ''relatively'' realistic approach to them: Neo and Trinity wear them in order to hide their belts of weapons from the security guards in the Agent's office block and then immediately ditch them before commandeering the helicopter. Even Morpheus has lost them by the time he is captured by Smith. You will note that after these points we never see any of the main characters wear them again until the closing scene with Neo flying away. Come the sequels and ''everyone'' is wearing sunglasses and/or a long coat in more or less every single scene throughout the movie even when it makes no sense such as when holding a mission briefing in a darkened room. ˛* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'': Harry and Lloyd. In the original, they were stupid but had some common sense and their own individual personalities. In ''Film/DumbAndDumbererWhenHarryMetLloyd'', their stupidity is pretty much their main personality trait, if not their only personality trait!˛* In ''Film/MajorLeague'', Roger Dorn was a veteran ballplayer who was a superstar in his prime, and even at the tail end of his career had plenty of skills and talent left. He's just stopped applying himself, coasting on his past and slacking off in the field to avoid injury limiting his options during upcoming contract negotiations (thus not making the plays he ''should'' be making). Jake Taylor calls him out on his attitude and behavior, and how his lackadaisical play is spoiling things for the younger players who may be getting their only shot, while also reminding him that he used to be a great player, eventually leading to him straightening out and playing like the star he is. Come ''Major League II'', Dorn is whiny, incompetent, and is presented as a complete joke of a player, whose announcement that he's reactivated himself is met with annoyance by his teammates.˛* Jay and Silent Bob received quite a bit of flanderization over the course of Kevin Smith's ''Film/TheViewAskewniverse'' film series.˛** Jay became wilder, stupider and more perverted. In the original ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', he's shown conversing with a girl quite casually (despite insulting her when she arrives) whereas in the later films like ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' he can barely talk to a girl without it being completely sex related. The number of F-bombs he dropped also seemed to increase with each film.˛** Silent Bob's characterisation actually went back and forth between films. He spends most of the original Clerks smoking cigarettes and didn't really do anything until towards the end where he dances with Jay and later gives the convenient store clerk, Dante, some helpful relationship advice (this would later become the defining trait of the character). The following film ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' however portrayed a much sillier Bob, where he partakes in some goofy antics and is much more expressive. ''Film/ChasingAmy'' went back to the more reserved and deadpan Bob from Clerks, ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' did a mixture of the two personalities and in Strikes Back and ''Film/ClerksII'' he was goofy again.˛* In ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', Donatello demonstrated a certain knack with mechanical contraptions, as emphasized in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 cartoon]] and toy line. In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', Donatello speaks in a nerdy voice, and wears high tech, spectacle-like goggles to emphasize that he is a nerd.˛* ''Film/{{Help}}'':˛** The film versions of the band were supposed to exhibit exaggerated versions of their own personalities: John as a snarky smartaleck, Paul as a smooth lady killer, George as a miserly spendthrift, and Ringo as... well, Ringo. Most of this gets lost in the finished version, though.˛** Whereas ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' showed the band as individuals, ''Film/{{Help}}'' now shows them as one band living in the same house with four separate doors.˛* In the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''˛** Tony Stark in ''Film/IronMan1'' was a charismatic celebrity billionaire who could walk into any group of people and become the center of attention because of his fast talking wit. After his life changing experience being captured by terrorists, his [[HeelRealization moral compass changed dramatically]] but his ''personality'' remained the same, still very fast talking and had a quick wit. This was largely due to Creator/RobertDowneyJr and the director deciding on a lot of {{improv}} so they [[ThrowItIn can take the best material from that]]. Starting with ''Film/IronMan2'' his wit was replaced with making a lot of quips, generally refusing to take a situation seriously and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny often easily distracted]]. This continued through ''Film/{{The Avengers| 2012}}'' and ''Film/IronMan3'' before reaching its apex in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' (it's even been argued that due to the success of RDJ as Tony Stark that this trait has been pushed through much of the MCU, with almost every individual series having a lot of quipping characters even though it has little basis on their various comics counterparts). This trait was largely reversed in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' as Tony was going through a lot of personal issues and looked constantly tired, and we see him return to that "charismatic celebrity" personality when he went out to recruit Peter Parker, which was maintained with ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''.˛** Happens to Drax in the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' movies. In the first film, he is intelligent but LiteralMinded and doesn't understand figurative speech. The movie is vague as to whether his native language doesn't use idioms, if he doesn't get ''human'' expressions, or if he's just dense in more ways than one. But in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 the sequel]], this trait is expanded to him having no verbal filter whatsoever, saying whatever is on his mind regardless of how wildly inappropriate it is. ˛** As a whole, the MCU films didn't have foul language that are stronger than "Damn", "Hell", "Crap", and occasionally "Son of a Bitch". Since after the ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', the films tend to blurt out the S-word once per film (sometimes with that word being [[CurseCutShort almost said the second time]]). However, after the release of ''Series/TheDefenders'' on Netflix, the films have gradually made characters say words usually as strong as the S-word in [[ClusterFBomb almost every situation]], while having some characters giving out [[FlippingTheBird certain rude gestures]].˛* Brought up in-universe in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. Part of what makes Cobb understand that [[spoiler:his mental projection of Mal]] is fake is that it’s basically an idealized Flanderization of the real person; taking [[spoiler:her love for him]] and acting as if that was her one and only personality trait, [[{{Yandere}} with nasty results]].˛* Everyone in the first three ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films, but special mention goes to Sam's parents. In the first film, they're fairly typical embarassing parents; the Dad is cheap and obsessed with lawn care, and the Mom is (as {{Podcast/Rifftrax}} puts it) shrill and annoying. In one scene she openly talks about Sam having ADateWithRosiePalms, but in the privacy of their own home, and she apologizes for it when she sees how awkward it made everyone. In later films, shouting embarassing things in public seems to be her favorite thing to do, and she doesn't care what anyone thinks about it. The Dad also seems to become less sophisticated as the films go on. In the first film, he's shown relaxing with a glass of wine. In the second film, he's drinking a Budweiser at a restaurant in Paris, while [[EveryoneHatesMimes threatening a mime]].˛[[/folder]] ˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' ˛** Ron Weasley starts off fairly average if slightly lazy and only seems to get lazier as the series progresses, though this tends to be balanced by moments of sharp insight, with his main asset being stubborn loyalty to Harry (which applies in every instance save for when his jealousy understandably gets the better of him for about a month in ''Goblet of Fire'', and when the locket horcrux gets at him - and even then, he comes back and destroys it). It probably didn't help that [[Film/HarryPotter the film adaptations]] tended to play him up as being a lot dumber than Harry or Hermione, to the point that he often came across as TheLoad - and then became or at least bordered on being TheLoad in the books as well. ˛** Hermione's intelligence undergoes this too. Initially in book's 1 and 2 she is merely very clever; able to learn at a slightly faster pace and work at a slightly higher level to everyone else. By the end of the series there is literally not a single spell or potion she is ever mentioned at having failed at, although admittedly, Harry is repeated shown to best Hermione in the topic of Defense Against the Dark Arts. The only time she ever comes close to being overshadowed in a subject, other than DADA, is when she is up against the Half-Blood Prince in Potions Class, and even then it's only because she refused to deviate from the official instructions. ˛* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', this happened to Rachel, though it was intentional.˛** All the characters were Flanderized, actually, to a lesser extent. Cassie was the most notable (other than Rachel) - she goes from a slightly more moral person than the others to someone who ''couldn't stand to kill Visser 3''. Note that her Flanderization was mostly reversed after Book 45.˛** Jake was noticeably Flanderized as well - his leader angst goes from mild to extreme, until the last book, at which point he feels like [[spoiler:Tom and Rachel's death]] was his fault and becomes clinically depressed.˛** The Flanderization was, really, the point. The war took whatever aspect of their personalities was most useful to the fight (bloodlust, strategizing, manipulating people, etc.) and forced them to exaggerate it until it ate the rest of their lives.˛* ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' suffers from this in regards to Anita's sex life and sexually-fueled magical powers, to the point where the longest book in the series to-date barely managed to get out of the bed, to say nothing of the bedroom.˛* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': ˛** While she was originally just an aversion of the Model Minority stereotype, Claudia Kishi, despite [[ComicBookTime being in eighth grade for about ten years]], eventually gets to the point where she can't even spell her friends' names -- or her own! Despite being able to spell them ''perfectly'' well in seventh grade, mind. Most of the other girls' quirks (Kristy's bossiness, Dawn's environmentalist {{soapbox|Sadie}}ing, Mallory's geekiness, and Jessi's anxiety about her race and dancing skills) suffered this to some degree, as well.˛** Margo Pike's motion sickness. In ''Boy-Crazy Stacey'', Margo almost gets car-sick on the way to Sea City but feels better once she moves to the front seat. Somehow, this turned into pretty much her only character trait, to the point where it was surprising she could walk down the street without getting sick.˛* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'':˛** Greg's StrawLoser status has become a lot more noticeable as time went on, to the point where the plotlines of the book starts off good, but only goes worse and worse for Greg.˛** Rowley, Greg Heffley's best friend, was a normal kid who showed a slight interest in things outside his age group, but was otherwise coming along well. Following ''The Last Straw'', Rowley's personality became a lot more juvenile and so did his interests, to the point even Greg felt embarrassed to have him as his friend. However, as of the recent books, this is being slightly undone with Rowley finally growing up from the kiddy interests. In fact, there's a little bit of hints that unlike Greg, Rowley is actually advancing as a teenager.˛** Susan Heffley was originally an [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParent amazingly-embarrassing mother]] who was a [[TotallyRadical bit behind on what kids Greg's age liked]] and was slightly skeptical of modern technology. She did show a stern side, such as when Greg broke Rowley's arm in the first book and then Rodrick's party in ''Rodrick Rules''. The later books made her a strict [[MoralGuardians moral guardian]] who thinks all new technology is denigrating children's social life, to the point she even ''made the town ban technology for two days''. However, she still has the occasional embarrassing side.˛** Manny Heffley went from a spoiled, mildly socially awkward child whose nasty prankster side would come out occasionally and showed surprising intelligence, to the point he refused to socialize with children, yet was clever enough to turn the electricity off in his house and even speak fluent Spanish.˛* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':˛** The characterisation of Rincewind shifted from sensible fear of the unknown to full-fledged cowardice, and finally to having an entire philosophy based on the principle of running away from things.˛*** Then again, in his first appearance Rincewind was a greedy {{Jerkass}} who is only protecting people so the Patrician doesn't have to kill him. By ''Sourcery'' he TookALevelInKindness and became a JerkWithAHeartOfGold PunchClockHero.˛** There's also Willikins, who started out as Standard Issue Butler #48592, and then his combat skills were established in ''Jingo'' and his street-fighting past in ''Thud!''. By ''Snuff'' a ''lot'' of his lines revolve around his ability to kill anyone with anything sharp, and he doesn't even bother to put on the Jeeves impression.˛** [[NeverMessWithGranny Granny Weatherwax's]] first appearance has her as a very competent witch (her WizardDuel with the Archchancellor of Unseen University ends in a tie), but she isn't portrayed as being anything out of the ordinary as witches go, and doesn't receive an inordinate amount of respect. A few sequels later and she is TheDreaded, with entire species having titles for her that basically translate to "Stay the hell away!". Her stubbornness, strong will, grumpiness, and pride have all been exaggerated as well. ˛*** Perhaps because of this development into a walking DeusExMachina, Granny Weatherwax has not starred as a focus character since ''[[Discworld/CarpeJugulum Carpe Jugulum]]'', with [[Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen Tiffany Aching]] becoming the new protagonist of the witches stories, with Granny Weatherwax as a mentor. There always seems to be a hint that Granny could deal with the situation [[BewareTheNiceOnes (though you might not like her solution)]] but is letting Tiffany handle it herself because they both agree that [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself being a witch means taking care of your own problems]].˛** Vimes starts out as an intelligent and honest but nonetheless flawed man, with a deep sense of righteous anger at the unfairness of the world. As the series progresses his righteous anger is inflated to the point of making him into a semi-Messianic figure incapable of doing wrong - in Thud! he alone is able to resist a very powerful soul-possessing demonic superbeing, which regards Vimes as a worthy opponent and occasionally endows him with supernatural vengeance/crime-detection powers (albeit ones that mainly extend to seeing in the dark and understanding the speech of things that live there). ˛*** Well, it depends on your definition of wrong - as time goes by, he becomes much more willing to bend the rules, something he worries about. Additionally, while Vimes is increasingly smart and courageous, a lot of that could be put down to his having crawled out of the bottle and displacing his alcoholism with crime solving - something, ironically, that makes him very much like the vampires he hates. ˛* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': In the first part of the novel, Sancho Panza gives a HurricaneOfAphorisms only ''once''. In the second part, he gives it [[RunningGag continuously]], and so do [[LamarckWasRight his wife and his daughter]].˛* David Eddings' series ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' have Kalten, who starts out as Sparhawk's boyhood friend, a talented knight and skilled fighter who can't use magic because their kind of magic requires being fluent in the Styric language, which Kalten can't get the hang of. As the books continue, he turns into someone too stupid to ''spell his name correctly'', for some reason. It later turns out to be ObfuscatingStupidity as he lampshades how he plays up his being BookDumb to make people underestimate him.˛-->'''Kalten:''' I know, this stupid-looking face of mine is very useful sometimes.˛* ''Literature/{{Everworld}}''. In the first book, ''Search for Senna'', the eponymous character was a quiet, withdrawn, and somewhat [[CloudCuckooLander strange]] EmotionlessGirl who had a mostly positive romantic relationship with [[TheHero David]], and demonstrated genuine concern for others on occasions. As the books went on, her negative traits were repeatedly emphasized and expanded, though this was initially saved from being Flanderization by her character also becoming more complex and interesting. In the last two books, her goal of overthrowing the powers of Everworld and crowning herself took over her characterization, and just about all of her other personality traits were thrown out in favor of it. She became an outright sadist, a tyrannical and megalomaniac EvilOverlord who no longer cared at all for how much death or pain she caused if it got her greater power. However, this is subject to YMMV, as some have interpreted it as Senna becoming overwhelmed by the magic of Everworld, and developing a [[AGodAmI God complex.]]˛* Played for horror and incorporated ''as a plot point'' in ''Literature/FactionParadox''. A Space CultColony called the Remote colonists became sterile, and so developed technology to avoid extinction: Remembrance Tanks. You insert some biomass ready for cloning (a corpse) and get a few friends of the deceased so the machine can scan their minds for memories of the dead person, allowing the device to weave them together and form the clone's mind. This had the unpleasant side effect of making every iteration more and more stereotypical, to the degree Remote time-travelers are often disgusted and confused by meeting their future selves, often wondering if they are just that damn unpleasant.˛* ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' has Drake, who was much more a misanthrope and sadist than he was a [[StrawMisogynist misogynist.]] He seemed to want to torture everyone -Or most- equally, and never seemed to hold too much of a preference of who he wanted to beat up. Yes, he ''did'' hate women with a near religious conviction, but he seemed to hate men just as much. Yet in ''FEAR'', he suddenly has some personal vendetta against all females, which is Lampshaded by himself. ˛* This is how self-will destroys the damned in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce''. If one embraces a sin and never lets it go, it overwrites the rest of one's character, and sometimes the rest of one's self.˛* Zoey Redbird from ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series went from a somewhat more advanced vampyre who happened to have a boyfriend in ''Marked'' to TheChosenOne with an UnwantedHarem by ''Betrayed''. ˛* Both Brandon's ignorance and Nick's rage towards it are flanderized throughout ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime''.˛* All of the Flock from ''Literature/MaximumRide'' suffer this. In ''The Angel Experiment'' at least they were a bit more realistic and believable.˛** Nudge has gone from an extremely talkative young girl to a materialistic celebrity-obsessed tween.˛** Angel is a manipulative KarmaHoudini.˛** Total is now even more of a cartoonish sidekick figure than he was originally.˛** Iggy seems to be getting dumber and more childish in each book. Where in the first three he was treated by Max and Fang as one of the older kids, now he appears to have a mental age of twelve and spends most of his time with Gazzy, who admittedly has a similar outlook and personality, but is way younger than him. ˛** Max has started to use TotallyRadical slang and seems to be occasionally channeling the spirit of [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella Swan]], in the author's clumsy attempt to cash in on the teen romance successes of late.˛* Hannibal Lecter, who first appeared in ''Literature/RedDragon'', was originally just a very intelligent and cultured man, whose expertise in his chosen field of psychiatry made him a particularly dangerous (and somewhat ironic) insane killer. By the (book) sequel, ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', he is quite clearly one of the greatest if not ''the'' greatest psychiatrist in the world, and by the threequel ''Hannibal'', he's revealed to be a world-class genius in pretty much any field he sets his mind to, from Renaissance art to particle physics.˛** And in the TV series, his brilliance and complete lack of human emotion has evolved to such a degree that he's hasically a secular Satan whose plans - no matter how convoluted - practically almost work. ˛* In Neal Shusterman's ''Literature/TheSkinjackerTrilogy'', Shusterman unveils a world between life and death, where your appearance is based entirely on your memory of yourself. This leads to such effects as remembering only the chocolate smudge on your face and turning entirely into chocolate, or remembering your acute sense of smell and gaining nostrils that extend to your feet. The LawfulEvil villain even encourages this trope as her thousands of followers reenact their "perfect day" every single day (when they're not fighting our protagonist). This example takes the trope in more of a literal sense, as you may have guessed, rather than the degeneration of a character's demeanor.˛* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Hallis Mollen develops a tendency to [[CaptainObvious state the obvious]], which gradually becomes his defining trait.˛* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse:˛** Some accuse the ''Literature/StarTrekVulcansSoul'' trilogy of flanderizing the relationship between President Zife and Koll Azernal, with Zife being an ineffective president relying on scheming Azernal to run the government for him. It is certainly more obvious in this trilogy than in ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo''. The BrainsAndBrawn partnership of Rehaek and Torath from ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' is flanderized by this trilogy, too.˛** The novel ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheNextGenerationRelaunch Before Dishonor]]'' essentially Fladerizes Worf, Seven of Nine, and Admiral Nechayev, presenting them in a surprisingly one-dimensional way, taking their various social flaws (Worf's aggressive stoicism, Seven's cold precision, Nechayev's impatience and sharp tongue) and blowing them out of proportion. Or so some readers argue.˛* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse nearly everything mentioned in the Star Wars movies as a side-note is turned by the Expanded Universe into the main characteristic of whatever subject.˛** Apparently all Corellians find statistical analysis abhorrent, due to the method in which Han Solo told [=C3PO=] to shut up in ''The Empire Strikes Back'' ("Never tell me the odds!").˛** "You look strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark." The Clone Wars had its gundarks modeled with ridiculously huge ears. The explanation for one of the designers was "We know about the Gundarks that they have huge ears, so they have to be visible".˛** Just about every Sith falls victim to this at some point or another, especially as one moves further away from their original appearance. Most notably, Revan. ˛** In Karen Traviss' early works the Mandalorians/Clones were badass and the Jedi were somewhat clue-less/misguided. Cue later works where the Mandalorians are [[MarySue perfect at everything]] and the Jedi are basically evil hypocrites. ˛** Zabrak (Darth Maul's species) Sith like double bladed lightsabers better than regular ones.˛** Most species with a single mention in the movies experience this treatment. All Hutts are crime lords, all Wookiees go berserk, all Bothans are spies, all Trandoshans are bounty hunters, all Rodians are more bounty hunters, all Gand are still more bounty hunters, et cetera. One can find exceptions, but source material states this as the rule. ˛** [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn's]] strategic ability tended to get exaggerated to a ludicrous extent by later writers. Timothy Zahn, the author of the Thrawn Trilogy, took a shot at this in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology where, after watching the rest of the galaxy work itself up into a frenzied panic over the mere possibility of the Grand Admiral's resurrection, the main characters all note that Thrawn was good, but he wasn't ''that'' good. ˛* Jacob Black from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Over the course of the saga, his initially fairly healthy and respectful affection towards Bella was Flanderized into obsession, probably done to sway "Team Jacob" shippers to be more sympathetic to Edward. For the most part, unfortunately, [[FromBadToWorse this ended up only spurring the Team Edward/Team Jacob rivalry even further]].˛* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Hollyleaf starts as the [[TheSmartGuy smart one of the group]] who tries to respect the Warrior Code. By the end, she is completely consumed by the Warrior Code, freaking out if someone even mentions breaking it. This culminates with her [[spoiler: finding out her mom severely broke the code and going on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge murderous rampage]].]]˛** Far earlier, in the first series, Fireheart's sister Princess is a kittypet who is curious about Clan life but wouldn't want to live that way, and who makes one or two comments on how Fireheart doesn't look like he's getting enough to eat. By the end of that series, she's become a hysterical worrywart terrified of the forest. ˛* {{Literature/Tarzan}}: Edgar Rice Burroughs original Tarzan was a highly intelligent GeniusBruiser who taught himself to read and write both English and French from books his parents left, was fluent in English and conversant in French by the end of book 1 and quickly developed impeccable manners. Even while living among the apes he displayed an interest in dressing well and a well-developed (though somewhat morbid) sense of humour, which blossomed fully when he came in contact with civilization. It is also established very early on that the only reason he speaks in HulkSpeak is that he has never actually spoken any of the languages he reads and writes. All consequent adaptations completely ignore these facets of the character, preferring to make him a stupid but good-hearted child of nature, to contrast with the evils of the civilized world.˛* In the first Literature/WaysideSchool book, Joy steals Dameon's lunch (and frames several other students for the theft) because she's seriously hungry, having forgotten her own lunch, and is said to have suffered extreme guilt over it for months afterwards. In the two subsequent books, one of Joy's major character traits is that she steals things whenever she gets the chance, including, at one point, another lunch (this time showing no guilt at all).˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Music]]˛* Music/AliceInChains is a good example of fan-Flanderization. A lot of the band's songs (mostly by Cantrell) have nothing to do with drugs. However, when vocalist Layne Staley's addiction worsened, his songs about heroin addiction led people to believe their pre-''Dirt'' content (''Facelift'' and ''Sap'') are about drugs as well, oblivious to the fact he wasn't addicted to heroin until just before ''Dirt''. Even then, half of ''Dirt'' is not about drugs - their self-titled, however, almost entirely features songs about the horrors of drugs.˛** This is present Post-Staley as well. A lot of people assume all of the band's songs with [=DuVall=] are about Layne in some way now.˛** Jerry Cantrell, the guitarist, wrote the band's most popular songs, while Staley wrote most of the non-single tracks. However, because Cantrell wrote the more well-known songs, most people (especially [=DuVall=] supporters) assume Cantrell is the "main songwriter" - if one were to count the number of songs by each of the two, it would be almost exactly 50-50.˛* Popular Warp Records techno group, Autechre, began their career composing clever but still mainstream sounding techno tracks with easy to follow rhythms. However, years later, they began to compose very complex songs that eliminated the easy to understand rhythms and sound like noise to those who don't understand their unique style. To get a good example: compare their earlier albums like Incanabula and Amber, to their later albums like Confield and Draft 7.30. ˛* A certain portion of the Music/AvengedSevenfold fanbase have taken to portraying the band members as thuggish gangsters - when, in actually, the band members are generally down-to-earth and friendly.˛* One of the main things that annoyed Music/TheBeatles about their 'Fab Four' image was how it reduced all four of them to a quick-caption stereotype which lingered -- Music/{{John|Lennon}} was the 'funny' one, Music/{{Paul|McCartney}} the 'handsome' one, Music/{{George|Harrison}} the 'quiet' one and Music/{{Ringo|Starr}} the 'normal' (i.e. [[ThisLoserIsYou less talented and klutzy]]) one.˛** Lennon in particular has been caricatured as the ''Genius with a capital "G"'' within The Beatles, almost as if he was the only intelligent, innovative and creative force within the group. This seriously underestimates the talents of the other band members and especially from the group as a unity. Furthermore most of the Beatles songs everyone sings along to were made possible by [=McCartney=]'s ear for good melody. If you look at the Beatles solo careers one quickly realizes that none of the individual members were able to have a succesful solo career, except for Paul - and even his solo works have a lot of cheesy stuff in it. Most of John's solo output is pretty much hit-and-miss, except for ''Music/JohnLennonPlasticOnoBand'' and ''Music/{{Imagine}}'' due to this tendency to write too many personal songs about his relationship with Yoko, which are quite boring for other listeners. Apart from that Lennon also made some very avant-garde tracks under influence of Yoko Ono that most people will never play more than once. In fact, the bestselling Beatles solo record of all time is ''Music/AllThingsMustPass'' by George. ˛** In modern times, the Lennon/[=McCartney=] writing partnership tends to be oversimplified as 'Lennon wrote all the [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]], [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible complex]], rebellious and therefore 'good' songs, whereas [=McCartney=] wrote all the SillyLoveSongs and fluffy album filler.' Which not only tends to unfairly deny [=McCartney=] the credit in several cases ''and'' do a disservice to several of the songs, but collapses entirely when you remember that Lennon wrote "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Norwegian Wood ", "This Boy" and "Dear Prudence" and [=McCartney=] wrote "Eleanor Rigby", "Helter Skelter", "Carry That Weight" and "Yesterday". Furthermore, half of the Lennon/[=McCartney=] songs were genuine 50:50 collaborations. Lennon ''did'' tend more towards CreatorBreakdown than [=McCartney=] in later years, however.˛** George is thought of usually as either 'quiet' 'mystic' or 'grouchy', but people forget that Music/GeorgeHarrison wrote "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' and "Savoy Truffle" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''.˛*** George was also characterized in works like ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' as being a somber and serious mystic (especially in the latter). His son Dhani complained about this once, as his dad actually had a pretty good sense of humor. The man personally financed ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' just because he wanted to see it and the last letter he ever wrote was to Mike Myers about how much he loved Film/AustinPowers.˛*** In ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' George is more "deadpan" than "serious", not only because it was part of his personality but also because he lacked the natural talent for comedic acting of John and Ringo. But he gets two of the funniest bits of the movie: the "what would you call your hairstyle?" joke and the scene where he's mistaken for a fashion model (both of which work well with a DeadpanSnarker).˛*** Overlaps a bit with TruthInTelevision: when asked what would they do with the money they made in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', George simply asked the reporter "What money?"˛* Music/ElvisPresley has been shamelessly Flanderized after his death by Elvis impersonators. In his youth Elvis actually was slim with boyish good looks and a pleasant smooth tenor voice with only a little shaking in it. If he was anything like most of his impersonators he would not be nearly as popular as he was in the late 1950s.˛* Music/GreenDay is usually characterized by detractors of their music as having all of their songs have exactly the same 3 guitar chords. While a lot of their songs from the 90's could be classified as this, ever since their 2000 album, Warning, they've been working to diversify their sound more by either mixing influences from more genres than just their usual Pop Punk, or diversifying their sound more to break away from their usual 3-chord sound. It still crops up every so often on their albums, but its lessened since the 90's.˛* Music/{{NWA}}, on the album ''Music/StraightOuttaCompton'', mostly stuck to an aggressive GangstaRap style they called "reality rap", and used quite a few songs to explicitly criticise the conditions and harrassment endured by the black population of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Then Music/IceCube bailed, and they became ridiculously over-the-top, violence-celebrating {{Horrorcore}} with ''[=Efil=]4zaggin.'' [[note]]Basically, they went from GangstaRap Type 1 to Type 3. [[/note]]˛** Truth be told, many rap artist provide examples of Flanderization. In fact, they're so many examples you would need a separate page to describe them all. ˛* Music/OzzyOsbourne gets this a lot from the press. For example, from the way people talk, you'd think he bites the heads off bats all the time. In truth, he only did such a thing once (completely by accident![[note]]A fan threw it on stage, and Ozzy assumed it was a rubber prop (because what sort of deranged person would carry around a real bat?) and decided it would be funny to bite the head off; he was shocked when it turned out to be a real bat and bit him back.[[/note]]) and went to the hospital for a rabies shot immediately after.˛* Music/{{Pantera}}. When they hit the mainstream with ''Cowboys From Hell'' in 1990, they had a then-unique "street tough" attitude but had no problem getting into some pretty emotional/sensitive topics with their music. Starting around ''Far Beyond Driven'', however, their "toughness" was heavily Flanderized with many songs revolving around Phil's over-inflated ego, and (with a couple exceptions) the band shed all traces of angst and sensitivity.˛* Music/{{Queen}} is another example of fan-Flanderization. Due to the publicity surrounding Freddie Mercury's bout with AIDS, many now assume their classic songs are about his illness and/or bout with homosexuality. Freddie was actually bisexual, and he wasn't diagnosed with AIDS until after the release of ''A Kind of Magic'' (the band's third-to-last official album before his death).˛** Freddie himself has been Flanderized by his tribute acts; he had so many different looks down the years yet what does every tribute singer focus on? Yep, THAT yellow jacket.˛* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers tends to get Flanderized by detractors as always singing about California. Their [[WordSaladLyrics jumbled lyrics]] also are exaggerated, as has their [[PrettyFlyforaWhiteGuy white boy rap]] which Anthony Keidis has largely avoided the past 15 years. AVClub tends to portray them as nigh-unintelligible horndogs. ˛** They've had success with ballads, and then did so many that they inevitably became bland and predictable.˛** The same thing happened to Music/GunsNRoses. They were a basic rock band in every sense and proud of it. Then Axl Rose started to want to make more and more long rock ballads after the huge success of "November Rain" and later "Estranged" Slash, the popular lead guitar player, disagreed with this direction among other personal issues with Axl and left the band. ˛* When Music/{{Rihanna}} came out she sang about a variety of topics. Now it seems like all of her singles have devolved into songs about sex with the occasional love song in them.˛* When Music/{{Weezer}} burst into the music scene back in 1994, they were just naturally geeky. Instead of trying to have some kind of bombastic or showy image, they were completely themselves. However, around the time the Green Album was released, their geekiness was heavily Flanderized. They all began dressing deliberately in geeky/outdated fashions, frontman Rivers Cuomo began wearing thick-rimmed glasses, etc. Plus, even though he's now well over 40, Rivers STILL obsessively sings about topics like snagging the sexy cheerleader goddess!˛* Music/TaylorSwift's music appears to have devolved from the usual country themes and stories her young audience can relate to being {{Take That}}s to her several famous exes.˛** Many of her album tracks have focused on other subjects than the "Taylor gets back at her exes" subject so often depicted in the media ("Back to December" places the blame solely on herself; "Mean" is about bullying; "Never Grow Up" is a celebration of childhood innocence; "Long Live" is a tribute to her backing band/stage crew/fans; songs like "Mine" and "Enchanted" show positive experiences with exes), but it seems most of the singles chosen for her albums like to emphasize her "getting back at exes"-side.˛** She's shown more self-awareness about this in her later albums. "Blank Space" in particular [[SelfDeprecation sends up the image of her]] as the girlfriend from hell, and other tracks on ''1989'' recognize Swift's tendency for crash-and-burn romance ("Style," "Wildest Dreams") or blame herself for relationship foul-ups ("I Wish You Would").˛* Music/TheyMightBeGiants are often thought of as just writing funny or novelty songs, especially by non-fans, but their work also has a lot of serious, personal and political songs. Songs like James K. Polk and Istanbul are really in the minority, and Flansburgh writes almost no songs like that.˛** Two of their better known Silly Songs ("Istanbul" and "Why Does the Sun Shine?") are covers; the original versions were written long before They Might Be Giants was formed. "Why Does the Sun Shine?" was released the same year Linnell -- the older of the two -- was born, but "Istanbul" definitely predates both Johns. Admittedly, they did choose to ''perform'' these songs.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Myths & Religion]]˛* Gods originally portrayed as GreyAndGrayMorality or even mostly good are frequently reinterpreted as evil by competing sects/religions historically. Modern media does the same and removes the character flaws of "good" gods in retellings of mythology [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade in order to simplify them]], making them fit modern good/evil dichotomies better.˛** [[HijackedByJesus Virtually every mythology in modern day media is subject to the latter.]] Hades and Set are victims of the former: the Greek god of the Underworld [[EverybodyHatesHades is frequently interpreted as the villain of the Greek pantheon]] when in fact he was feared but ''never'' unjust, while the Egyptian god of chaos and some aspects of death apparently became evil rather than a [[LawfulNeutral scary enforcer for good]] due to Egyptian religious political wars.˛* In the old polytheistic days, gods weren't characters in anthologies, they were everyday gods that you'd pray to when you needed something, or just as part of your daily ritual. So when you'd hear "Zeus," your first thought would be "[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure king of gods, god of hospitality, law, civilization,]]" not "DepravedBisexual who'll do AnythingThatMoves in [[PowerPerversionPotential Whatever Shape He Likes.]]" Similarly, "Hera" would inspire "[[ProperLady goddess and protectress of women, home, family, and domestic life]]" not "{{Clingy Jealous G|irl}}oddess [[BitchInSheepsClothing in Sheep's Clothing]]." However, because [[AdaptationDistillation now all that we have left]] [[AdaptationDisplacement of these gods]] [[AdaptationDecay are the stories]] they left behind (and ''what'' [[Myth/ClassicalMythology stories]]!), we tend to picture pretty much ''all'' gods as caricatures of their original selves.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:News Media]]˛* Sports broadcasters and a lot of radio personalities do this to themselves as time goes on. Chris Berman, Tony Kornheiser, Dick Vitale, Jim Rome all immediately come to mind as people that have particular quirks that are used more in more as they continue and their knowledge hasn't grown so they cover it up with their personality.˛* Canadian hockey broadcasting legend Don Cherry certainly qualifies. Originally a serious, though outspoken, broadcaster noted for wearing occasionally over the top suits, he has since morphed into a loudmouthed cranky old man who wears the most garish suits known to man.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Podcasts]]˛* When the ''Podcast/InterstitialActualPlay'' party encounters ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, he has been boiled down to two character aspects: an amicable fellow and a plucky fighter.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]˛* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, anyone? At the height of his popularity, he was simply a very tough working-class guy who was lashing out at the oppression of the modern world. Over time, the "underdog" side of his character became deemphasized and the "rebel" side became predominant, with the inevitable result that he devolved into an unabashed {{Jerkass}} - and the fans ''still'' cheered him!˛* Wrestling/TheUndertaker went from being a [[ImplacableMan nigh-unstoppable]] zombie type of character to becoming almost literally a god of death and the occult. Briefly reversed when he became a "biker" character for a few years. Wrestling/PaulBearer was no stranger to this trope either, with his voice and mannerisms getting progressively goofier over the years. Compare this [[ early 1991 promo]] to this [[ later 1994 promo]].˛* Inverted with Wrestling/TripleH, who started out as an UpperClassTwit but eventually developed into a fairly normal, non-pretentious guy who just happens to be very rich.˛* Despite the negative connotations behind Flanderization, it's been said that the best gimmicks are really just exaggerations of a wrestler's real-life personality.˛* In Wrestling/TheShield, Wrestling/DeanAmbrose was a mercenary type character who was able to put on a normal face, but was obviously unhinged and just waiting for an excuse to hurt somebody. After The Shield broke up and he didn't bother with that normal facade anymore, he began devolving briefly into a "lunatic" character who frequently costs himself matches by trying to perform pointless stunts that only end up hurting himself.˛* The formation of Wrestling/TeamHellNo caused the heel personas of both Wrestling/DanielBryan and Wrestling/{{Kane}} to be cranked up to near self-parody levels, creating some of the most hilarious moments in recent WWE history. The audience loved their interactions so much that despite being heels who hadn't changed character at all, they got the face treatment.˛* Wrestling/PaulHeyman defined the term "Hardcore Wrestling" as "Having a hard-working and dedicated attitude towards fans and the art of professional wrestling, no matter what it takes". This could mean the guy who's willing to get powerbombed through a flaming barbed wire table, but it could also mean the guy who puts on great technical matches night after night. Many outsiders missed the latter meaning and took it to mean "no rules and lots of violence". Heyman's preferred term for wrestling with no rules and lots of violence was "Extreme Wrestling", as shown by the name of [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} his promotion]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Radio]]˛* Birdie in Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve has more nuanced characterization in early seasons, even the occasional subplot about her life outside of her job, such as the episode where she enlists Gildersleeve's help with an auction at her church. Over the years she devolves into a one-note {{Mammy}} stereotype, who only drops in to make sardonic comments on Gildersleeve's absurdity-of-the-week.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Roleplay]]˛* One of the many side-effects of the World Split hitting ''Roleplay/InkCity'' was certain characters undergoing this as a sign they were growing increasingly unbalanced. [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow Don]], for instance, is a fan of giving and receiving hugs, which he calls 'sugar'. Due to losing all his ink after the Split, he turns bright pink and can't say anything other than "[[PokemonSpeak Sugar sugar sugar]]."˛* At one point, ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'''s Espartano unit went from [[AllThereInTheManual ostensibly]] unisex TykeBomb training program to AmazonBrigade factory. Has a bit of NeverLiveItDown due to the main contributor just happening to prefer [[LittleMissBadass badass lolitas]], thus inadvertently bringing the other players assume the factuality of said flanderization. They in turn started making Espartano characters using said assumption, resulting in the concept's flanderization. This was cleaned up in v5, when the new unit for the role, the Engelmacht, was explicitly stated to be unisex.˛* [=PeabodySam's=] [[ Garry's Mod tribute]] to ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' plays this for laughs, with every character oversimplified to their most basic traits. Rex is "a guy who was a dinosaur", Dr. Rex goes from spending three quarters of the RPG as the BigBad to "a mad science guy who went into a thing that did something and became a dinosaur", Hotwire is a guy who lost a leg, Dust goes fromm a complex anti-hero to "this guy who was really cool and then he died", Kate Bishop is "a girl who cried", and Andrew is some guy who watched a movie with an alien.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* One criticism of the second edition of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is that it took the interesting characters from 1e and flattened them out. Especially the Deathlords - First and Forsaken Lion went from being an interesting character who wanted to take over the Underworld and didn't care about Creation to Mask of Winters v2 who wants to CONQUER AND/OR DESTROY EVERYTHING!˛** Thankfully, Third Edition statements seem intent on stepping away from the sins of second edition while not repeating the same things 1e did in terms of number of non-interesting or incredibly forgettable characters that both editions had. There have been a few bits released out for fiction, though if they succeeded is [[UnpleasableFanbase up to]] [[BrokenBase the readers]].˛* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Chaos God Khorne was flanderized from an incredibly bloodthirsty but moderately ''honorable'' warrior who preferred [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]] and whose servants would sometimes spare [[NotWorthKilling non-combatants]], to [[AxCrazy wanting all blood from everyone all the time]]. While Khorne is still often portrayed [[NobleDemon as honorable]], his followers are now almost all blood-thirsty psychopaths. Note that at no point was '''Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!''' not part of the deal.˛** Interestingly, in the 2012 audio drama ''Chosen of Khorne'', Khârn the Betrayer - who is often considered to be the most AxCrazy of all of Khorne's mortal servants in ''Warhammer 40,000'' - was significantly de-flanderized. He's quite level-headed outside of combat, despite being prone to violent visions and impulses, and even refuses to harm non-combatants (so long as they [[BerserkButton don't touch his axe]]). It's also revealed that [[spoiler: he's been killing off the remnants of the World Eaters' Pre-Heresy command structure in a bid to reunite the Legion under his own banner]], which is hardly the MO of a frothing, myopic lunatic.˛** And again in [[ The Wrath of Kharn]] short story.˛*** [[MemeticMutation Swell guy, that Kharn.]]˛* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ([[RecycledInSpace Originally Warhammer in Space!]]), the Imperium of Man is continuously suffering from this trope. Every year, it seems to become more repressive, depressing, backwards, ignorant, and desperate. The Space Marines become more KnightTemplar, the [[RedShirtArmy Imperial Guard]] becomes more likely to invoke WeHaveReserves, and so on. The Tau, however, have received [[DivergentCharacterEvolution modest character development]], transforming from a MarySuetopia to a more complex faction and one of the few Greys in the usual EvilVersusEvil. Writers have been trying to reverse the process of flanderisation and turn them back into an authoritative and overly bureaucratic but still functional dictatorship with genuine heroes.˛** Matt Ward has been working on Flanderizing the Ultramarines from a respected puritan Chapter of strict adherents to the Codex Astartes into the absurd force of [[IncorruptiblePurePureness unimpeachable]] and [[MarySue unbeatably]] [[GodModeSue awesome]] [[FanNickname Ultrasmurfs]] that we all know and hate. At a stroke, he accomplished this mission for the Grey Knights with the 2011 codex, turning them from an interesting faction of thin-spread heroes fighting desperately against horrors which often threatened them and the entire Imperium into BigDamnHeroes who GodModeSue it up, curb stomp all your foes in tabletop, and not only are completely incorruptible, but can't be beaten. Let's see. GameBreaker units? Check. IncorruptiblePurePureness that can survive alone in the Warp and isn't tainted by bathing in the blood of Sisters of Battle? Check. GodModeSue fluff? In spades. Before, Grey Knights were earlier well-liked by fans, who still used them even with a codex that was a bit out of date. Fan and critical reaction has not been positive to the changes.˛** The Necrons originally had vague allusions to ancient Egyptians, and their fantasy counterpart, the Tomb Kings. Come 5th Edition, they're all wearing pharaoh hats and wearing gold and blue jewelry while wielding sickle blades. Also done by Matt Ward. The players received massive CharacterDevelopment in the process. That's because Games Workshop were savvy enough to control Ward's antics this time with at least two people getting the job of simply checking he does it right and stopping him when it goes awry. It worked. Of course, it also resulted in the complete destruction of the Necron's pre-fifth-edition backstory, but hey, you can't win them all.˛*** To say nothing of the fact that, with Necron pre-5e backstory being a race of mindless OmnicidalManiac {{Skelebot 9000}}s controlled by evil {{Energy Being|s}} {{Physical God}}s who feed on bio-energy, there wasn't that much of a backstory to lose.˛** There have been some attempts to reverse the Flanderization of the Imperium in the tie-in novels, most notably the Horus Heresy books and, of course, Literature/CiaphasCain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!˛** A smaller one, but no less hilarious, is the Flanderization of weapons and equipments in the Codexes. Space Wolves don't have "lightning claws", they have "Wolf Claws". Blood Angels don't have Power Fists, they have "Bloodfists". And almost every single melee weapon available to the Grey Knights are now some flavour of "Nemesis Force", although that is somewhat justified due to them being previously named under the blanket "Nemesis Force Weapons", meaning that there is simply more of a distinction now rather than a full rename (unlike the aforementioned Bloodfist, which is functionally identical to Power Fists). There's also the "Artifacts" section of newer Codexes, meant to be a selection of rare weapons and equipment that can only be selected once-per-army. However the naming gets silly with the Tyranids, who have "Bio-Artifacts" that somehow grows on their body but are still "artifacts" in that they're unique in the universe. ˛** The Inquisition has been partially Flanderized (at least among the fandom) in regards to their usage of [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]]. In-universe, Exterminatus is meant to be a last resort when there is no hope of reclaiming the planet from something like Chaos' corruption or a Tyranid invasion, and the Inquisition is very careful to make sure that there is [[GodzillaThreshold absolutely '''no''' alternative]] before sacrificing an inhabitable world (a very finite resource that the Imperium can't afford to waste); in the fandom, simply mentioning heresy in any way, shape, or form is enough to warrant the planet being nuked into oblivion.˛* Half-Orcs in 1st edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' were originally just [[TheGrotesque ugly]] [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] with a bonus in Strength. By the time 3rd edition came around, they, along with their full-blooded orc kindred, became [[DumbMuscle strong but stupid brutes]] with penalties to Intelligence as well as Charisma, thus limiting their utility as player characters to be much else.˛** Likewise, when first introduced in the 1st edition "Vault of the Drow" adventure module, it was only the ''[[AristocratsAreEvil drow nobility]]'' who were demon-worshipping evil monsters. The common drow had a default alignment of ''TrueNeutral''; not really buying the demon-worship or enjoying it like their superiors, but reluctantly going along with it in order to avoid ending up on the sacrificial altar themselves. In fact, commoner drow could become allies to the party during that adventure. Although some later works do hint that common drow tend to be more cynical about Lolthism and more likely to be trustworthy, in comparison to the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder infamously treacherous]] noble houses, as a whole, the drow are considered AlwaysChaoticEvil.˛** The gnolls are a race of MonstrousHumanoid [[BeastMan Hyenas]] who went from merely having been taken over by worship of the Demon Prince Yeenoghu after he stole them from their uncaring creator-god to having been directly created by him in 4th edition. At the same time, though, the trope was Zigzagged in that this same edition notes that despite this demonic taint (gnolls being either hyenas that scavenged Yeenoghu's kills or hyenas he forcefed demons to), gnolls were ''not'' an AlwaysChaoticEvil race and that many packs or tribes instead turned away from their demonic heritage to embrace their natural origins and live as hyenas with human-level intellects would do. Such gnolls were hardly fluffy bunny rabbits, but they weren't the cannibalistic slave-taking marauders that Yeenoghu's worshippers were. Then came 5th edition, when their 4e fluff was flanderized: now, all gnolls are essentially nothing more than a particularly weird kind of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]], being living avatars of Yeenoghu's hunger to devour all life and having essentially nothing in common with natural life at all.˛** Kenku, a race of humanoid ravens, were never a particularly well-developed race in D&D, being defined almost entirely by their obsession with stealing things. But, 5th edition still managed to do this to them: in previous editions, kenku were famous for their skill at vocal mimicry, and their use of mimicry to create elaborate code languages. 5e rendered them completely incapable of innovation; they can't even form their own language, and instead mimic other noises because they're mentally incapable of speech.˛** St. Cuthbert became this somewhere in 3rd Edition. In his original appearances in ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'', he was characterized as a LawfulGood god who [[ToBeLawfulOrGood leaned towards]] LawfulNeutral, with a portfolio consisting of wisdom, common sense, dedication, and truth, who hated evil but prioritized order first and foremost. He was suggested to one of the most down-to-earth gods, and highly resentful of KnightTemplar types like Pholtus - though he was blunt, and cared about converting others, he wasn't into killing people for not worshipping him. Somewhere along the line, it was realized he was the most prominent Lawful Neutral-leaning deity in the setting, and he ended up losing his kinder traits while absorbing a lot from Helm and Pholtus, to the point that "worshipper of St. Cuthbert" became a byline for "stick-in-the-mud JerkAss ChurchMilitant who wants to convert everybody by force."˛* Happened in-universe in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. During the Avatar Storm crisis, a detachment of The Technocratic Union became stranded and warped by the Void. The result? Their role in The Technocratic Union consumed ''everything else'', including their ''[[BlueAndOrangeMorality humanity]]''. For example, The Progenitors who wish to advance humanity by biological science now wants to grant perfection to all humans by turning them all into a soulless HiveMind, and Iteration X who sees cybernetics as means to an end now is more machine than man. [[spoiler:They are know known as Threat Null, and [[AlienInvasion they want to go back]].]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Visual Novels]]˛* Happens to a number of recurring characters in ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. The Judge seems to get dumber and become more of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} every game, as does Gumshoe (though ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' dialed the Judge's ditziness back a little). Additionally, Larry progressively becomes more of a loser, and Wendy Oldbag becomes more of a {{jerkass}} [[AbhorrentAdmirer unrepentant stalker]] with every appearance. Winston Payne, a prosecutor who is meek and easily intimidated, became much more arrogant while also becoming a lot more spineless in later games. His brother, Gaspen Payne, takes these traits UpToEleven with a mix of {{Jerkass}} in the 3D installments. Pearl Fey went from being a child who thinks [[ShipperOnDeck Maya and Phoenix are a couple]] and gets mad whenever Phoenix is talking to another woman to being a child that outright slaps Phoenix for even being ''near'' another woman in front of Maya. Pearl would ditch this trait once she got older.˛* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'' Michiru started off fairly dumb and intentionally obnoxious but had both a serious side and played a rather crucial role in making everyone get along without either killing each other or collapsing from overwork. By ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' this aspect of her has almost entirely disappeared, leaving her as nothing but the butt of jokes or someone that has no clue what's going on.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Animation]]˛* [[NewMeat Noob]] from ''WebAnimation/BattlefieldFriends'' started out as simply making rookie mistakes and only suffering an occasional misunderstanding. However, he quickly began to get dumber and dumber, to the point where, in the second season, he barely understands even core gameplay concepts and is a [[TheMillstone complete liability to his own team.]]˛** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Engineer.˛--> '''Engineer:''' It's like he's getting ''worse''!˛* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' ˛** The title character was Flanderized from TheFool into TheDitz, while Coach Z's creepiness, the King of Town's unpopularity and Bubs's tendency towards dodgy dealings were also blown out of proportion.˛** Strong Sad actually seemed to go through ''reverse'' Flanderization, going from a rather one-note downer to an artsy and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] OnlySaneMan.˛* Several characters in ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' have undergone Flanderization:˛** Anchovie, AKA The Pizza Guy/Dude, was a young man that was deeply in love with Germaine, even though she always rejected him. He slowly became a stalker and even borderline rapist no matter how many times Germaine rejected him.˛** Germaine's sexual fantasies and desires were exposed more and more up to the point where Germaine relished it and became a hooker. The reboot arc eliminates the sexual shtick but later on dived right back into it and done it even harder than before.˛** The Hatta' was Foamy's BlackBestFriend with a hint of black stereotypes. The Hatta' is now a walking stereotype of black characters and claims [[HypocriticalHumor everyone is a racist except him.]]˛* In Kirbopher's ''WebAnimation/SuperFreakinParodyRangers'' series, the Rangers themselves are basic Flanderized versions of the original Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers: Meat, the [[TheHero Red Ranger]], is an extreme sports nut who continually flexes his muscles; Willy, the [[TheSmartGuy Blue Ranger]], is a short and stereotypical nerd; Pinky, the Pink Ranger, is definitely TheChick; and in reference to the original Black and Yellow Rangers, Mace the Black Ranger and Chan the Yellow Ranger are, well, an African-American and a Chinese girl, respectively.˛* The Website/GoAnimate "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos have evolved into complete and utter BlackComedy over time thanks to this trope. Originally, the grounding videos were more or less parents grounding their kids and not really liking it at all. However, as time passed on, the grounding reasonings got more and more ridiculous and, thanks to people like Issac Anderson, the creator of "Punishment Days", became more violent, with the characters changing to fit the mood.˛* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is a good example of why Flanderization isn't necessarily a bad thing: in very early episodes, the characters are all quirky, but mostly sane enough to function in real life. Within the space of the first season, they grow increasingly zany, with increasingly hilarious results, and it's doubtful the show would have become so popular otherwise.˛** Donut starts as a somewhat wimpy rookie who is unfortunately assigned pink armor. He at first despises and insists it is "lightish red" but later on seems to embrace that armor, becoming full-fledged flamboyantly AmbiguouslyGay (or extremely, extremely CampStraight, depending on your interpretation). He still wears [[InsistentTerminology lightish red]] armor, though.˛** Caboose's childish incompetence and naivety becomes insanity and nearly reality-warping levels of stupidity. Unlike most of the others, his is actually given a reason, in that O'Malley's insanity played a part in his devolving, as did the explosive firefight in his head when Tex and Church drove him out.˛--->'''Sarge:''' Sounds like [O'Malley] took all of the carpet when he moved out. And the drapes. And I wouldn't expect to get that deposit back either.˛** Simmons changes from occasionally kissing ass to displaying extremely sycophantic behavior ("You're not only a wonderful leader but also a handsome man, sir!").˛** Sarge's dislike of Grif progressed to actually trying to kill Grif on a fairly regular basis, though in later seasons, it got toned down. ˛** Grif himself started as the most competent member of the Reds with occasional references to slacking off (most likely because his work would have been utter nonsense anyway). This evolved into extreme sloth and gluttony. ˛** Tucker, who talked about "picking up chicks" in the first few episodes, became a literal font of innuendo.˛** Tex went from a skilled and amoral special forces soldier to a legendarily powerful badass, especially after the Blood Gulch Chronicles.˛** Church, however, remained roughly as grouchy and cynical throughout, perhaps actually becoming more complex as time passed. Except for his aim. In early episodes, he narrowly (albeit constantly) misses with his SniperRifle. By season 6, he manages to [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy unload an entire clip at a guy barely a foot away without hitting him even once]].˛** Doc. He started out as a conscientious objector but had no true defining behavioral quirks. Quickly he became a useless wimp (to the point that he reveals he ran track in high school because it was the least competitive sport he could find) and pacifist, serving as a hilarious counter-balance to O'Malley's aggressive ranting.˛* Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement: In ''[[ Unlockable Weapons]]'', the BLU Soldier is a competent if overoptimistic fighter who got cornered by a Scout. In ''[[ Grenade Launcher]]'' he's TooDumbToLive, willfully standing on a sticky-mine trap.˛* In ''Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas'', [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas The Courier]] [[InUniverse accuses]] Caesar's Legion of flanderizing the Roman Empire, citing that they got their [[RapePillageAndBurn military practices down to pat]] but saying they don't have any right to call themselves true successors to Rome until they demonstrate great works of architecture and poetry on top of that.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Comics]]˛* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'''s Cassandra "Roast Beef" Kazanzakis is an interesting case. He didn't have a personality to speak of to begin with, but around the party arc we learn that he is depressed and [[DespairEventHorizon borderline suicidal]]. Shortly after that the trait began to dominate his personality, though despite this high focus on his depression he remains a rather multifaceted and interesting character.˛* David from ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl''. The author originally intended him to be far less weird and wacky than his later appearances suggest.˛* Pretty much everyone on Webcomic/BobAndGeorge. Mega Man and Bass go from being a bit ditzy and out-there to having full disconnects from reality, Dr. Light goes from being a competent though slightly uncaring scientist to being a vaguely insane drunk, Bob goes from a jerkass to an omnicidal maniac willing to destroy the universe he's in because it's there, and George goes from having a few issues with the casual use of violence to solve an issues to being a full-on Straw Pacifist.˛* Ethan in ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel '' began as TheDitz, but moved on to CloudCuckoolander. More recently, he has surpassed this, and some fans are starting to suspect he is in fact clinically insane. (This may explain why [[spoiler: Ethan made a HeroicSacrifice to prevent a dystopian future from happening, and the entire strip is going to be rebooted.]])˛* Szark Sturtz from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' was originally a master swordsman and a sadist. Following his HeelFaceTurn and admittance to having a crush on the title character, he eventually became "Szark ([[PetHomosexual who is gay]])", according to one forum that follows the comic.˛** Siggy's racism. Quilt's stupidity. Dominic's ability to plan ahead. Luna's bids for independence. Dex's timing for [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] moments.˛* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', this happens to at least four characters. Black Mage goes from merely sadistic and murderous to a full-on OmnicidalManiac, Fighter goes from being gullible and dim to being stupider than the furnishings (although given the number of times he's been stabbed in the head this may technically constitute CharacterDevelopment), Bikke goes from being a bit dim to making Fighter look like a genius, and King Steve goes from incompetent and callous to being a crazed tyrant who acts entirely at random.˛* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace's bubbly innocent side was gradually cranked up while her role in the story was reduced until she appeared to be little more than a PluckyComicRelief character. Later arcs revealed she was putting up a bubbly front to cover some serious inner conflicts.˛* ''WebComic/GirlGenius'' has two cases, both in-universe:˛** Punch and Judy are two constructs created by the legendary Heterodyne Boys, and helped them save countless people from mad Sparks. Punch was mute but intelligent and kind, known among his friends for building toys for orphan children, while Judy was severe but compassionate, and eventually retired to become a teacher. Pretty much every story of the Heterodyne Boys reduced them both to the status of ButtMonkey and ComicRelief, and they're generally just referred to as "dopey monsters." When Jägermonsters who actually ''met'' them talk to the actors who play them, the actors are aghast. One tries to get permission to have the character dictate a treatise on the dignity of man, but he gets shot down by his boss.˛** Klaus Wulfenbach is the feared emperor and dictator of Europe, ruling with astonishing competence and surprising compassion backed up by an iron fist when people don't cooperate (which is often--most rulers are {{Mad Scientist}}s, after all, with emphasis on the mad). Yet whenever he appears in the Heterodyne stories, he is usually portrayed as a braggart, a coward, and a ButtMonkey. The only reason why the storytellers and actors keep their heads is because Klaus secretly [[ActuallyPrettyFunny finds this portrayal hilarious]].˛* ''Webcomic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow'' has Grim, the personification of death, speaking in a slightly garbled manner in the beginning but it begins to get more and more difficult to understand as the story moves on.˛* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' Act 6 Intermission 3 game, some of the Pre-Scratch Trolls are revealed to be Flanderized versions of their "dancestors." In particular, Cronus Ampora reflects all of the worst, most recognizable traits in the fandom's vision of Eridan (i.e. his romantic troubles, douchebaggery, and hipsterism), while Meulin Leijon is an exaggeration of how the fandom sees Nepeta (i.e. shipping and cat puns).˛** Aradia is an interesting case, in that the trait that's been exaggerated is one she didn't actually possess at the beginning, but picked up after [[spoiler:coming back to life]]. She went from a cheerful person with a couple of minor death-fangirl quirks to spending entire scenes bearing a truly demented SlasherSmile and generally being more than a little creepy.˛** While Feferi and Nepeta were rather cute in their early appearances, Act 6 has them do nothing but stand around and do adorable things in the background while smiling. This is taken even further with [[FusionDance Fefetasprite]], which upped their new status as ThoseTwoGuys by combining them together and (mostly through Roxy) painted the sprite as a "poor, sweet, precious" person who didn't deserve what happened to them.˛* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'', from the same creative team, has seen this happen to most of the characters, but it's particularly noticable with Rayne, whose childlike obsession with Star Wars and other geek properties and 12-year old boy-like obsession with getting laid have basically consumed his personality, to the point where it's a surprise when he acts like an actual person, or even gets something accomplished, other than weirding people out with his desire to be Emperor or getting laid.˛* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' was always intended to be an AlwaysChaoticEvil insensitive dick and main comic relief, but his antics in later parts have done nothing but break the pace of the story.˛** [[spoiler: And then Subverted when the whole thing turns out to be a coping mechanism over the fact he is forced to be evil.]]˛* Defied and discussed in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Sten]] gets tired of the cookie jokes ''[[BerserkButton real]]'' [[BerserkButton fast.]]˛* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' is somewhat prone to this:˛** Gary manages both CharacterDevelopment and flanderization, simultaneously. On his first appearance, he's a quiet {{geek}} who is still a virgin due to severe problems in dealing with women. However, he is also able to assert himself a little when pushed, and he sometimes demonstrates flashes of insight or snark. Over time, he loses his virginity, and gains much more confidence in dealing with women (presumably because he's often surrounded by attractive women who sometimes want his sexual services). However, his geekiness becomes worse, if anything -- he drags a non-geek date into a comics shop at least once -- and his quiet nervousness decays into total spinelessness and passivity, which the comic {{lampshade|Hanging}}s on occasion.˛** [=DiDi's=] sexual frustration becomes more and more prominent over time — though this may be considered a matter of CharacterDevelopment, as she is becoming more desperate. Also, her near-total inability to process ordinary social cues maybe gets worse over time.˛** James rapidly goes from vaguely liberal to StrawFeminist to displaying weird hang-ups for the sake of the plot.˛* ''WebComic/MuhPhoenix'': Almost everybody. Comicbook/ScarletWitch really resents that people only remember her for depowering the mutants and being {{Robosexual}}.˛* Miko from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' was always a bit excessively-Lawful and stubborn as a mule, but she was in fact capable of reason and being talked down, and while she could jump to conclusions, it wasn't a defining trait of her character. After 80 strips OutOfFocus, though, she came back as a completely LawfulStupid caricature who constantly jumped to conclusions and was completely incapable of understanding that she might, in fact, be wrong about them.˛* In-universe example in ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', where Llewellyn's horns exaggerate character traits when worn. [[TheStoic Ozy]] becomes so passive he goes a whole day without moving, [[GenkiGirl Millie]] becomes so mischievous she tries to cut off Ozy's tail, and [[SmallNameBigEgo Avery]] does nothing but gush about how awesome he is after putting them on.˛* Webcomic/PennyArcade has two main characters, both pretty heavily Flanderized. Tycho went from a slightly meaner than normal, slightly smarter than normal person with some issues to a psychotic genius with an abused past and a fetish for long-necked animals like giraffes. By contrast, Gabe went from being "Not as smart as Tycho" to being portrayed as stupid enough to glue his hands to his face and not quite understand how children are made (as a 30-something man WITH A CHILD at this point). On the other hand, the characters were somewhat bland and interchangeable in the earliest days, so this ended up making them more distinguishable.˛* Inverted in ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'' (sort of). Most of the minor characters are introduced pre-Flanderized. Played straight, however, for Shii Ann Hu. Mentioned by trope name in the alt-text for [[ strip 237]].˛* ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship deconstructed this trope in a particularly dark installment, "Gee Golly Jeepers," in which the actor of an obviously flanderized sitcom character -- looking very much like the later manifestations of this page's Trope Photo -- hates what his alter ego has become so much that he offs himself. It was an expression of CreatorBreakdown, as the author had started to fear his ''own work'' becoming flanderized.˛* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'':˛** Hannelore, shortly after her first appearance, mentioned that she had severe OCD. Over time, she developed more and more quirks and phobias to the point of being essentially a female [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]] (she even had a "sex" dream about him, where they cleaned together in the nude). It wasn't long before they had to HandWave the fact that she even has piercings, and the circumstances of her first appearance -- loitering in a public restroom, smoking and nonchalantly talking to a ''man'' peeing in the sink -- have become absolutely inconceivable. (In fact she wins a massive bet with her wealthy mother by simply agreeing to briefly touch the toilet in a public restroom!) The problems had to be explained in Comic 1046, where Hannelore [[spoiler:reveals she's always had these problems; it just varies by the drugs she takes.]]˛** Also from ''QC'' is Raven. At ''first'' she was an easy-to-rile goth stereotype who was not the brightest bulb. Then she reappeared as a {{Perky|Goth}} {{Emo}}. Then she was a little bit of a GenkiGirl with rare flashes of wisdom and occasional casual sex. More recently she is a flat out bizarre {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (even by the standards of Cloudcuckoolanders), and has probably [[ReallyGetsAround gone around the block]] an innumerable number of times.˛** Even Pintsize to an extent. Originally he was just a quirky, [[ComedicSociopathy sociopathic]] robot with weird fetishes. Now he is just /b/ personified doing anything for attention.˛* Leo from ''Webcomic/VGCats'' was at first a typical CloudCuckooLander whom, despite some unusual quirks, still made sense at times. This got worse, much to the discomfort of his co-star, Aeris. Now he is effectively a textbook [[TheDitz Ditz]].˛* ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'' sees this invoked by Luxuria, an incarnation of Lust. He picks out six other humans who are inclined towards another of the Seven Deadly Sins and manipulates them to be dominated by this emotion, to make them ideal vessels for his fellow spirits.˛* ''Webcomic/{{Whomp}}'' and its titular chacter, Ronnie. Starting off the series as an introverted, geeky and somewhat overweight otaku, all of these characteristics get exaggerated to comic proportions over time, until he is literally unable to interact with people in a normal manner, his eating is out of control and his Japanophilia borders on manic obsession.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* A lot of people probably don't realize that the original "Caturday" pictures (now known as WebOriginal/LOLCats) were captioned in proper English. They were still funny, because the photos were inherently bizarre, like photos you might see in magazine caption contests. [[MemeticMutation Now it's escalated to the point]] where any photo of a cat combined with bad enough English is supposedly hilarious.˛* WebSite/SFDebris delights in taking ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tropes and characters to their extremes. These range from running gags in fandom, such as Janeway's coffee obsession or Troi's bad piloting skills, to total re-imaginings such as:˛## As Trek's StockAesops age naturally over time, The Federation is increasingly depicted as an Orwellian state. ˛## Probably most famous is Chuck's interpretation of Captain Janeway as a supervillain on par with [[Franchise/StarWars Palpatine]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Dr. Wily]]. This originated with Janeway's inconsistent characterization over the course of the series, when viewers were expected to [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality blindly side with her]] despite the writers disagreeing over how she would act from week-to-week. ˛## Almost as famous is Harry Kim's sexual confusion and ButtMonkey role. It's worth mention that this and Janeway's mental illness are regarded as WordOfSaintPaul by the actors themselves.˛## Captain Archer as a deranged homeless man who was abducted and put in charge of a starship. His resentment of the Vulcans, a running theme on ''Enterprise'', has been inflated to [[GeneralRipper cartoon-level paranoia]].˛--->'''[[TalkativeLoon Captain Archer]]:''' I told them I told them I TOLD THEM the Vulcans you can't trust the Vulcans they run up the flat to the back of the dragon and hold their tails so you can't fly no more and then you can't know your thoughts no more because they've already stolen the wrench to your mind...˛* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' does this to gnomes (its version of hobbits) to a certain extent, when comparing the species to the one from Middle-Earth. The latter are respectable to a fault and don't think much of people who travel too much or have adventures -- the former literally consider "adventure" a dirty word and take pains to use an UnusualEuphemism.˛-->'''Hazel:''' What I mean to say is that she's an... a lady of wandering interests [...] You know, prone to seek out, ah, random encounters.˛* Wiki/TVTropes: The Self-Demonstrating SelfDemonstrating/CharacterPages on this very wiki are prone to this, [[SelfDeprecation which is outright acknowledged on the]] SelfDemonstrating/RickAndMorty page. For example, the page for SelfDemonstrating/CaptainFalcon uses excessive IntentionalEngrishForFunny and BoldInflation due to his GratuitousEnglish and LargeHam tendencies in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series; in a similar vein, the SelfDemonstrating/IncredibleHulk page has the Savage Hulk's ''every word'' in BoldInflation and seems unable to depict him[[note]]and not his alternate identities[[/note]] in any mode other than "angry as all hell". Hell, the [[BoldInflation allcapsed and bolded]] SelfDemonstrating/BillyMays page even acknowledges this in its tropes.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Videos]]˛* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' started out as a jaded sort of fellow who would only start dropping F-bombs when the game truly deserved it, and concentrated more on the reviews themselves. As the series continued, the Nerd would collapse into screaming apoplexy at the slightest provocation, game-related or not, and the shows gradually got more and more taken over by movie-like set pieces and LargeHam supporting characters (this was about when Mike Matei got an expanded role).˛* The Website/YouTube user WebAnimation/{{Benthelooney}} has suffered this in his videos. Originally, on his old [=PuffyZillaman4=] account, he was consistently calm and laidback, despite several rants. However, enter later half of 2010, and he becomes a lot more loud and aggressive in tone. This is possibly to add effect to his rants however. Another thing that has been flanderized about him, is his opinions. For example: In his "Nickelodeon" salute, he didn't exactly say he hated ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', but he didn't think that it aged well, but it was good for nostalgia purposes, but in a later video, he says he hates it, and that it's not even good for a "nostalgia trip" and was baffled that many people his age love it. The same could be said for his opinions on ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' and ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. To add to this, he has received another Flanderization, when it comes to his opinion towards Pixar. In his older videos, he enjoyed their first couple of movies but wasn't too happy about their later ones and Pixar winning the Oscars. Now, it has gone to the extreme, of him actually hating Pixar, and thinking that they have ruined {{animation|AgeGhetto}}. He has expressed hate for them in several comments. He even flat-out [[ ranted]] on Pixar (He [[ apologized]] for it later). However, in occasional videos, he realizes this and tries to go back to his 2009-2011 persona in occasional videos. Ben Tannehill (the web-show's creator) himself is pretty much the opposite of the character himself in real-life, as he is actually very nice.˛* Jake from College Humor's ''WebVideo/JakeAndAmir'' went from being a regular guy having to deal with Amir's antics to being somewhat of a {{Jerkass}}, and Amir became less and less sane.˛* WebVideo/JonTron was originally an AVGN-ish review show. Similarly to the Nerd's anger, Jon became more and more wacky and less down-to-earth as videos continued. After he quit WebVideo/GameGrumps, the videos became even more wacky as a result of his time there. This has worked out well, as his recent videos are some of the most-liked ones.˛* Hugo, one of [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro's]] clones, started out as being mildly stupid, but later became insane.˛* Miranda of WebVideo/MirandaSings started out as a fairly believable StealthParody of amateur singers on Website/YouTube who are deluded about their talent before her singing, fashion sense, and [[SmallNameBigEgo overall attitude]] slowly started getting more and more over the top. Compare [[ this]] to [[ this]]. Colleen Ballinger, the creator of the character, says she was deliberately exaggerating whatever traits were most derided in the comments section in order to make her more annoying. And due to PoesLaw, some still seem to not immediately get that she's a fictional character.˛* A couple of characters from ''Series/{{Noob}}'' got this:˛** Sparadrap started out as a {{Noob}} in pure form : annoying, not listening to people giving him advice, overestimating his talent and the ego that comes with it all. Overtime, {{forgetful|Jones}}ness and sheer idiocy became the only reasons he was doing anything wrong. That stupidity led to a tendency to be friendly in situations that called for battle that expanded to other domains, eventually making him into a StupidGood ManChild.˛** Gaea started out as the AudienceSurrogate, then hinted that accumulating in-game currency was a bigger priority to her than other things, which makes sense for a new player. Her means of raking in more money have gotten more and more elaborate over time, to the extent that she's now known to be a greedy ManipulativeBastard by any of her acquaintances that are not a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.˛* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan''˛** The Brooklyn firefighter from ''Stuck in a Tree'' originally was helpful but dumb, as he got distracted by a phone and failed to save Toad. However, starting from ''Bowser Junior's Summer School 5'', he is a DeadpanSnarker, and [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands keeps working for more jobs as time progresses]].˛** Rosalina, in her first two appearances, kept screaming and crying about Luma, and blames the Sun, which she believes is a planet. However, in her current appearances, she became more of a stereotypical ditzy blonde.˛* In ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Jonathan's signature move is the revolver he uses on Dio when Dio is a vampire. Will A. Zeppeli repeatedly uses the frog punch on his foes. At one point, he does the frog punch on Dio's zombies, and giant fists rain down upon them. The grenade deflection attack is one of Straizo's signature moves.˛* ''LetsPlay/GamingGarbage'' hosts [[Website/SomethingAwful Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka]] and [[WebAnimation/TheFlashTub Dave "Shmorky" Kelly"]] started out utilizing {{deadpan|snarker}}, casual deliveries before Lowtax [[LargeHam took several levels in ham]] and Shmorky settled into a hyper-effeminate {{Uke}} personality with a frail, high-pitched voice.˛* ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'': In an odd example, Oancitizen tends to be more comically pretentious in {{crossover}}s than in his regular reviews.˛[[/folder]]˛----


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