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  • Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney ends up with blue eyes in the English version, but his other features (including hair color) stayed the same.
  • In the Art of Fighting games (as well as his subsequent appearances in The King of Fighters), Ryo Sakazaki is a blonde. In the Animated Adaptation from the '90s, he had black hair, which ironically caused him to look even more like Ryu, the character he's frequently accused of being a rip-off of.
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  • Betrayal at Krondor has two examples: Locklear's hair colour change from blond to brown gets lampshaded when he and Jimmy meet. Also, Pug - having dark brown hair and a beard in the books, and usually wearing his Great One's black robe - gets shoulder-length blond hair, a clean-shaven face and a white robe.
  • Simon Belmont's hair color has varied between the various the Castlevania entries throughout the years.
    • In the original NES game, Simon had brown hair in his in-game sprite, with the manual art for the Japanese Disk System version giving it a reddish tone.
    • In the sequel, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Simon is depicted with blond hair and a red armor on the promo art, but because of the color limitations of the NES, his in-game sprite draws him with black hair.
    • For Super Castlevania IV, Simon's sprite was this time drawn with brown hair and a green-ish armor. The Japanese packaging artwork closely resembles his in-game design, but with blue armor, while the American artwork depicts him with blond hair and gold armor.
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    • For the X68000 version of Akumajō Dracula, Simon was drawn with blond hair and brown armor. When the game was ported to the original PlayStation under the title of Castlevania Chronicles, this version added an alternate design by illustrator Ayami Kojima (of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night fame), depicting him with red hair and black armor. For a while this was the defacto look for Simon, before Konami went back to his more traditional design.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Tanya was a blonde. In previous Red Alert games, she was a brunette.
  • Disgaea: In the games, Etna's hair is bright red, while in the anime adaptation, her hair is a much darker maroon-ish color.
  • In original arcade version of Double Dragon, Billy and Jimmy Lee had blond and brown hair respectively. When the game was adapted for the NES, their hair colors were switched, giving Billy brown hair and Jimmy blond hair. As a result, the hair colors of the Lee brothers had been inconsistent throughout the series, switching back and forth between original arcade style and the NES style depending on the developer.
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  • Duke Nukem has always had blond hair, however his skin colour has changed twice. In his original trilogy, he had red skin (due to EGA palette limitations). In Duke Nukem II, with a jump to 16-colour VGA, it was changed to a light brown. Duke Nukem 3D finalised his appearance with his characteristic tanned skintone.
  • In the first anime special based on the Fatal Fury games, Andy Bogard is represented with silver hair instead of the blond that he has in the games. In later anime, Mai also gets red hair, while in most games she appears in her hair is brown.
  • Happened in the early installments of the Final Fantasy series, where many characters (most notably Terra) who were blond in Amano's concept art had a different hair color so the sprites would be distinct.
    • A straighter example is Dissidia: Final Fantasy, where characters from the first six games are redesigned from their sprites to appear more similar to Amano's original designs. Terra, for example, has her hair change from a greenish teal to blond. Cecil and Firion both have hair that goes from blue to white. Oddly Bartz remains fairly faithful to his sprite, as his hair is still brown. In most cases, you can obtain different outfits that make them appear closer to their original looks.
    • Montblanc from the Ivalice games, seems to have orange hair and yellow fur in his game sprites. In the artworks and portrait sprites, he has blond hair and brown-peach fur. This also happened to Hurdy's hair, but averted.
  • The anime adaptation of Inazuma Eleven did this with the girls' school uniforms. In the first two video games, the ribbon, skirt and knee-socks are the same colour, which changes dependent on the classroom (e.g.Aki has green and Haruna has orange), while in the anime only the ribbon changes and every girl wears a grey skirt and blue socks. The only exception is Natsumi, who keeps her pink uniform in the anime, presumably because of her position. The third game retcons this to match the anime.
    • In the game, Fubuki's hair, in addition to getting spiked up, also turns into lighter gray, almost white, when he switches to his Split Personality. In the anime, his hair still spikes up, but its colour stays the same. Another instance of this trope happens in the Ares series. While in the original and in GO his hair is light gray with a very faint bluish tint, in Ares it's light purple.
  • In the iOS / Android Joe Dever's Lone Wolf, Lone Wolf is depicted with black hair unlike the cover of the Rune War book shows him with blond hair.
  • Kantai Collection: Fubuki's eyes are a very dark green, almost brown, in the game. This resulted in a sort of divergent evolution when the anime came out and went with the dark to the point of becoming brown, while later official art by her original artist emphasised the green.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!:
    • Kirby's feet are noticeably darker red than in the games.
    • When Knuckle Joe first appeared in Episode 19, while using his enemy colors, he was depicted as having purple skin.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Mai from the Makeruna! Makendou series (or "Josephine" if you've played the first game's American release "Kendo Rage", which was the only installment to reach North America) always had brown hair throughout the four-part franchise, except for in said first game, in which her hair was red. That was only in that game, though, and it was still brown in the Japanese box art.
  • Maxim is one of the few characters in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals to retain his original hair colour from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. Particular examples include Tia going from blue to orange, Artea becoming a fair blond elf, Iris's new Mystical White Hair and Dekar's pink hairdo.
  • Every Metal Gear game has depicted Solid Snake with brown hair. However . . .
    • In the first Metal Gear Solid, his clone-brother Liquid has blond hair, and in the briefings, Campbell says "Except for the skin tone, he looks exactly like you." The briefings are monotone, so it's hard to see, but Snake looks fair-haired. It seems possible that when he cuts his hair to look less like Liquid, he dyes it too for good measure, and decides to keep the look for MGS2 . . .
    • But in the GC remake of MGS, The Twin Snakes, his hair is clearly already dark in the briefings. Also, he and Liquid are clones of Big Boss (Naked Snake), and MGS3 and Portable Ops depict him with brown hair.
      • It could be that Liquid is the one who dyed his hair to be less like Snake.
      • Or it's the fact that blonde hair is caused by recessive genes, and brown hair by dominant genes, which Liquid and Solid received respectively.
      • In that same remake, the normally red-headed Meryl becomes a brunette, while Sniper Wolf's odd, slightly greenish hair becomes straight-up blonde.
  • Word of God for the Myst series is that Atrus has the characteristic D'ni eyes, which are consistently described as "pale". This requires anyone playing the games to ignore Rand Miller's dark-hazel eyes.
  • Quote the Player Character from Cave Story has black hair and eyes in the original game. Blade Strangers changes his hair to dark brown and his eyes to blue to match his partner Curly Brace.
  • The Hero in Sierra's Quest for Glory series sported very bright blond hair in the EGA version of Quest for Glory I (partially due to the technology limitations of the 16-color EGA graphics). When the game received its 256-color VGA remake, the Hero's hair became more of a sandy color. This particularly stands out since the other titles in the series kept a brighter yellow, though somewhat toned down through more realistic and detailed shading, hair color.
  • In Perfect Dark for the Nintendo 64 title character Joanna Dark had brown hair, in the sequel Perfect Dark Zero for Xbox 360 she had red hair with a blonde patch. The developers claimed that the Nintendo 64 didn't have the technological capabilities for red hair - ignoring the many red objects in the game. Fans thought the developers were just liars who didn't want to admit to a character redesign. The majority of the promotional artwork for Joanna Dark depicted her with a burnt red colour. This was changed again in the Xbox 360 remake, turning her into a brunette.
  • The English version of Persona caused some scratching of heads when Persona 2 got a more faithful localization as some players wondered how Ellen went from blonde (in the U.S. version of the first game) to brunette (the color of her hair in Japan).
    • The Japanese fans probably just wondered how she went from purple to brunette.
    • The illusory Pierce Boy also gained back his wild blue hair (Again, You Gotta Have Blue Hair), and the earring he didn't actually have in the US version of Persona.
  • Pokémon:
    • Serena has grey eyes in Pokémon X and Y but her anime counterpart has blue eyes.
    • Dawn and Lucas from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl have lighter shades of blue hair in the anime.
    • Kris from Pokemon Crystal has blue hair. Her counterpart in Pokémon Golden Boys has brown hair, while the one in Pokémon Adventures originally had brown hair before being retconned blue later.
    • Lance's hair in the anime has a pink hue instead of being red.
    • Pokémon Origins mixes together the costumes from Pokémon Red and Blue with the remake costumes. On a more traditional note, Red's mother has brown hair instead of blue to emphasise their Strong Family Resemblance.
    • Several of the Pokedex holders in Pokémon Adventures have eye colors that differ from their game counterparts. Red has red instead of brown, Green (male) has green instead of brown, Blue has blue instead of brown, Gold has golden instead of blue, Ruby has red instead of amber, and Platinum doesn't have blue eyes.
    • Hareta from Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! is based on Lucas but has black hair instead of dark blue.
    • The Japanese version of Pokémon Battle Revolution only let you create characters of one skin tone, but the American version lets you choose from three skin tones. With this new feature, boss characters Rosie and Sashay are also changed to be darker skinned than they were.
    • Volkner's hair is a dirtier blond in the anime, probably to avoid legal issues with Naruto like they did with another character (who was not from Naruto, but another anime)
    • Giovanni's jacket is orange in the anime, instead of black like his standard Rocket grunts, and his hair is brown rather then black.
    • Byron's hair is purple in the games. In the anime, it's brown.
    • In old promo art of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Morty has blond hair. In the games proper, he has white hair due to palette limitations. In the anime, he has orange hair and is later shown with blond hair during a flashback in a Lyra episode. In Pokémon Stadium 2, he has brown hair. In the remakes, it's back to blond.
    • Flannery in her debut game has orange hair while other appearances including the official art give her reddish pink hair.
    • May in the games and anime has brown hair. Her Pokémon Adventures counterpart appears to have grey hair at a lot of times, though it's a toned down brown.
    • Lt. Surge traditionally has blonde hair however in Pokémon Stadium 2 he is a brown-haired.
    • Misty's eye color constantly sways between blue and green in the anime. In the games they are green.
    • The first protagonist, Red, had black hair in the original games. Come the remakes and he has brown hair, possibly to more resemble his Distaff Counterpart Leaf.
    • Erika has black hair in the games, but blue hair in the anime. She also only wears a kimono in one scene. Subverted with Pokémon: I Choose You!, which is an Alternate Universe take on Ash's Kanto adventure. It uses Erika's Firered and Leafgreen design instead of her original anime one.
    • Isamu from Pocket Monsters has green eyes while Red has brown eyes.
    • Bill has brown hair in the games. This is consistent with all adaptations other than the anime, where he has green hair.
    • A non-human example of this is Hydreigon, whose official Ken Sugimori artwork and sprite/model in the main series games depict the insides of its frills and lines of scales on its belly as being bright pink. In every other medium, they're dark red, presumably to make it look more sinister.
    • The first two generations used Black Bead Eyes while adaptations usually gave characters eye colors.
    • Pikachu's design is different between the anime and video games. All the basics are identical however the way its body and head are shaped is slightly different. When Pikachu appear in media they are always based on the anime version. Pokémon Generations uses the oval-shaped game head though.
    • Most Pokedex owners in Pokémon Adventures have an Iconic Item which helps differentiate them from their game counterparts. Gold wears goggles, Crystal wears star-shaped earrings, Silver has black gloves, etc.
    • Blue's original hairstyle in Adventures was styled differently from the unused female protagonist she is based on. Proto!Leaf had a hime cut with trimmed bangs. Subverted when Blue is updated to match Leaf's design in FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • In Police Quest Sonny dyes his hair to go undercover, and retains the blond hair in the sequel, but returns to being brown-haired in the third game.
  • Glass Joe in the Punch-Out!! series has different hair in each appearance. It's dark brown in the arcade, blond in the NES, and reddish-brown on the Wii.
  • In Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Jill Valentine has brown eyes, but in the RE1 remake and 5 she has blue eyes.
    • Chris Redfield's eyes have been at least blue, brown, green and hazel. Also, while he's brown-haired in all of his games, the actor who played him in the live-action opening/endings of Resident Evil was a redhead.
    • Claire Redfield is a brunette as well, but in Resident Evil – Code: Veronica Claire’s hair is auburn and in the Resident Evil: Degeneration movie, her hair almost looks as if it's dyed deep red bordering on magenta. The red hair was kept for Revelation 2 and the light gun Wii games. The remake of Resident Evil 2 switched Claire back to brunette, though you still find a good many fans who like red hair regardless of continuity.
    • Leon is brunette the same as fellow protagonist above, Resident Evil 4 however makes his hair far lighter then Resident Evil 6 and Namco × Capcom make Leon outright dirty blonde.
  • In the original 16-color release of The Secret of Monkey Island, love interest Elaine Marley had black hair. In the upgraded 256-color re-release this became red hair with blue eyes, which carried over into The Curse of Monkey Island. In the latest installment, Tales of Monkey Island, Elaine has red hair and green eyes.
    • In Escape from Monkey Island, her hair was usually light brown, except in the cutscenes where usage of a different model changed it back to red several times. Guybrush himself has also had this, appearing brown-haired in the first two games, and in the close-ups in the first being black-haired with brown highlights in the original 16 colours. The 32-colour update changed the close-ups to the blond of the cover, a change which carried over from Curse onwards.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Tails in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Sat AM and early Archie comics. Orange/yellow in the video games, anime, manga and most artwork; brown in the American cartoons and comics He seems to switch randomly from orange/brown to pale yellow depending on which game you're playing, too.
    • When Amy debuted in a 1992 manga, she was depicted as a brown hedgehog.
    • Almost everyone had an eye color change in Sonic the Comic, once it adapted Sonic Adventure. Tails had brown eyes (instead of blue eyes) for most of the arc, Amy had brown eyes (instead of green eyes), and Knuckles had blue eyes (instead of purple eyes).
    • In the Archie comics Amy had purple eyes early within the Adventures arc for some reason.
    • Bizarrely, the GUN Commander, usually grey-haired, had purple hair in Sonic Chronicles. What makes this odder is that humans in Sonic tend to have realistic hair colors. What makes it even odder is that the game was produced by American developers, so you wouldn't expect them to be the ones to introduce anime-like hair colors into the series.
    • While Sonic's arms are skin-colored in the main series and spin-offs prior to it, in the Sonic Boom video games and the cartoon of the same name, Sonic's arms are blue.
  • Space Quest: Roger Wilco changed hair color from brown to blond in the fourth game.
  • In the Street Fighter cartoon, Ken's hair went from blond to brown.
    • Ryu's hair color, which is normally black or brown, is depicted as red in SF I, as well as in the Alpha series, while Vega's hair color seems to vary between brown or blond depending on the artwork.
    • Another anime, a movie based off Alpha, changed Ryu from having brown eyes to blue eyes.
  • The Super Mario Bros Super Show!:
    • Peach is a redhead instead of a blonde. In her case it looks like she was based on her NES sprite, not any of her official art (which has always depicted her as being blond in Japan). Peach's hair was only brown/red in the games since the NES would only display three colors (plus a transparent color) per sprite. In Super Mario Bros. 2, Peach's gown is already pink while her skin is white. If they have used blond for her hair, it would've make her sprite look weird since the outline would be yellow too. Once the developers were capable of using more colors in the SNES games, they gave Peach's sprite her proper hair color
    • In Super Mario Bros. 2 and beyond, Mario wore blue overalls with a red shirt, while Luigi wore blue overalls and a green shirt. In The Super Mario Bros Super Show! and subsequent series, however, the colors of the overalls and shirts were switched, giving both brothers blue shirts with overalls of their respective colors.
    • For whatever reason, Luigi is given dark green eyes in the cartoons; with Mario getting dark blue, which is admittedly closer to the bright blue eyes both brothers usually have.
    • Both Mario and Luigi have black hair instead of their normal brown.
    • Bowser looks vastly different and is more green than normal.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • The enemies in the game Super Mario All-Stars. For example, the gray Cheep-Cheeps in SMB were changed to green, and the Bloopers from white to for some reason, pink; and the pink Shy Guys from SMB2 were changed to blue. Also, the Piranha Plants will all either be colored green or red depending on which game they are in.note 
    • And the Koopalings' shell colors. In Super Mario Bros. 3, all of them wore green shells, except Morton, who wore a gray shell, and both Roy and Wendy, who both wore pink shells. In Super Mario World, Morton's shell is now colored green like everyone else's, and Roy's shell is now colored gray, while Wendy still wears a pink shell and everyone else still wear green ones (although Ludwig's sprite for some reason had him wear a yellow shell). In an early draft of Super Princess Peach, Roy's shell is now colored green like everyone else's, with the only Koopaling that has a differently-colored shell still being Wendy, who is still wearing pink, but from New Super Mario Bros. Wii onwards, all of the Koopalings are given individually colored shells, with the only Koopas sharing the same color shell being Bowser and Bowser Jr.
  • Super Metroid is a Comic-Book Adaptation of its video game counterpart which gives Samus light purple hair instead of blonde.
  • Syphon Filter: Mara Aramov was a brunette in the first game, but blonde in all subsequent games, even in the flashbacks in the third game.
  • The Touhou fighting games change some of the colours. Mostly eye colours, which aren't always consistent even in the shmups, but Remilia went from pale blue hair to dark purple.
  • The Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? cartoon portrays Carmen with black hair and Icy Blue Eyes. Traditionally in the Carmen Sandiego games she is a brunette with darker eyes. She also received a Race Lift.
  • In the opening animation for Wild Arms 3, the anime style changes 3 times. So does the girl's hair color.
  • Wing Commander's Todd "Maniac" Marshall started out with darker hair. While the jump to Full Motion Video kept close to that with Tom Wilson, in the 1998 movie Wing Commander, Maniac was depicted as blond.

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