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"[We're] the type of heroes who would have their own TV show! Did you watch it, Lance? It's so cool. They got you spot-on, but Coran is like, he's all super-serious and stuff. And Allura's a little...I don't know, she's different. Keith is friendly! He's happy all the time! I mean, they got it so wrong."

Often when adapting from a book or other medium, a character will be included in the adaptation but their personality will be different from the original medium. Maybe they are a Composite Character and take on the role and personality of the one they get combined with. Maybe they only have a minor role initially but it gets expanded upon in the adaptation. Or maybe in the original their role was much bigger and got cut down in the adaptation, leaving them a little one dimensional.

See also Adaptation Explanation Extrication. Adaptational Badass, Adaptational Wimp, Adaptational Comic Relief, Adaptational Heroism, Adaptational Intelligence, Adaptational Villainy, Adaptational Jerkass, Adaptational Nice Guy, and Adaptational Dumbass are subtropes. Also compare Alternative Character Interpretation. Character Exaggeration is this trope when it takes an existing personality trait and ramps it Up to Eleven. Dub Personality Change applies to when translations do this. Compare Same Character, but Different, when the character's personality radically changes in the same continuity without any justification (such as Character Development). Adaptational Skill can sometimes overlap, though not every character with an Adaptational Skill is an example of this trope.


In fanworks, this takes often the form of Memetic Personality Change.

Note that this is not a trope to complain about minor changes in an adaptation.

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    Comic Books 
  • Max Ride: First Flight:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
      • In the comics most of the games cast resembled their counterparts in the DiC cartoons at the time (the earliest comics mirrored Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, while the later more serious stories issues adapted their Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) counterparts). The later issues tend to keep the cast far more loyal to their games incarnations, especially following the Continuity Reboot. For example, Sonic is much sassier (fitting his "dude with a 'tude" portrayal in early American media) and he isn't a Celibate Hero.
      • Outside the games characters, Sally and Antoine lost most of the comedic pomposity of their cartoon counterparts after the early issues and became more lucid, serious minded heroes (Antoine also Took a Level in Badass and became a competent swordsman and far more intelligent).
      • In the games, while Silver is stated to be insecure and naive, it rarely ever popped up. The comics make these traits much more explicit, along with depicting Silver as socially awkward and excitable.
    • Sonic the Comic:
      • Sonic is a heroic, laidback character in the games, and at the time of the comic was written in western canon as being a Totally Radical Mascot with Attitude. Sonic in the Fleetway comics exhibits none of said traits, instead being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He is heroic and does really love his friends but he has a hard time showing his emotions and uses Trash Talk a lot.
      • Tails is usually a genius Child Prodigy but here he's a naive Cheerful Child with a cowardly streak (though he's still a good engineer).
      • Amy is a level-headed Action Girl who doesn't really resemble either the classic or post-Adventure versions of her character. It's never truly specified if she has a crush on Sonic or if she's teasing him, but either way it doesn't come up much. Early on she was closer to her game personality but Executive Meddling caused her personality change.
      • Super Sonic is altered from merely being a Super Mode for Sonic to being the Mr Hyde to Sonic's Dr Jekyll, as this continuity's version of the Chaos Emeralds were "filled with evil."
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW): Silver's personality is a lot more excitable, optimistic, and socially awkward than his more serious portrayal in the games.
  • In Spider-Man future retellings, across several mediums, of Peter’s days just short of becoming Spider-Man have made him a more pure hearted person from the get-go, however, in the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko run it was quite evident Peter was more of an irritable teenager, a good guy yes but not an ideal pure hero, which gave weight to Peter’s immediate decision of trying to make money as soon as he got super powers instead of trying to be a hero right away; it was only after much hard earned experiences that Peter grew to be up a fantastic heroic person.
  • Most of the major characters in All Star Batman And Robin seriously differ from their mainstream counterparts. Superman has severe anger issues, Wonder Woman is an unsympathetic man-hater, the Joker isn't funny, and Batman himself is a violent and cruel Manchild. It was believed that the characters would eventually grow into their more recognizable selves, but that didn't ever ever happen. After of three years of erratic scheduling... they did not.
  • Ultimate Marvel:
    • The Ultimates:
      • Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver go from loving siblings who were maybe a little too close to full-blown incestuous lovers. The Scarlet Witch is icy and aloof a lot of the time.
      • Captain America is no longer the Nice Guy. He's a good guy, but Good Is Not Nice.
      • Instead of a Recovered Addict, Tony Stark fully embraces alcoholism and he's the Hard Drinking Party Guy.
    • Everyone on the Ultimate Fantastic Four gets a dose. Sue is more sexually aggressive, Johnny is a Brainless Beauty, and Ben and Reed are both angstier. All of this can probably be attributed to their younger ages.
    • Ultimate Spider-Man:
      • Mary Jane Watson goes from outgoing and flirty (with some repressed past baggage) to being somewhat nerdy and rather shy. On the flipside, Gwen Stacy becomes a rebellious punk who's quite troubled, even threatening bullies with a knife when their treatment of Peter gets out of hand.
      • Aunt May is more assertive than her mainstream counterpart. Until she learns during "The Clone Saga", she's also less tolerant of stuff related to Peter hiding he's Spider-Man from her than her 616 counterpart.
    • Miles Morales was instead created in the Ultimate Marvel universe, and then transplanted to the other one. In the original run Jeffeson was the helicopter parent, and Rio was the oblivious parent. Here, their roles are exchanged.
    • Ultimate X-Men:
      • Professor X while he's done numerous morally questionable things for sake of mutantkind is still very benevolent in the 616 universe. In Ultimate Marvel he abuses his telepathy powers, compares his love for his son David as akin to owning a pet and made a drug from Wolverine's DNA.
      • Wolverine is far more unpleasant than his mainstream counterpart as while 616 Logan is occasionally amoral he does have standards and lines he does not cross, Ultimatum Wolverine however sleeps with a 19 year old Jean Grey and worse still in Peter Parker's body pervs on cheerleaders and even tries to have sex with a 16 year old Mary Jane Watson which makes Logan an ephebophile. This Wolverine also tries to kill Cyclops over Jean, mainstream Wolverine despite his flaws would never murder a teammate.
      • Jean in the 616 universe is a compassionate person but also someone who will protect her loved ones fiercely as Sabretooth discovered the hard way. Ultimate Jean is a Tomboy who is very quick to abuse her powers and too eager dish out Disproportionate Retribution such as swapping Wolverine's mind with poor Spider-Man simply because former hit on her too many times. Not to mention she admonishes Spidey for picturing her naked even when she's the one who put the thought in his head in the first place. 616 Jean never reads people’s minds without permission.
      • Dazzler is a bright, outgoing and positive character in the mainstream universe. In the Ultimate universe she's a foul-mouthed punk.
      • Nightcrawler is an unabashed Nice Guy in the 616 universe who doesn't judge people on their religious beliefs or sexual orientation, in the Ultimate universe Nightcrawler is homophobic to Colossus and stalks the aforementioned Dazzler.
      • Emma Frost in the Ultimate Universe is a pacifist whose willingly to teach human students, in the 616 universe Emma is often a Well-Intentioned Extremist who’s got many Anti-Human sentiments.
  • Jem and the Holograms:
    • In the cartoon Rio is very overprotective of Jerrica, gets jealou easily, and is in a Two-Person Love Triangle with Jem/Jerrica. In the comics he's taken a serious chill pill, doesn't even like Jem at first, and is only romantically interested in Jerrica.
    • Jerrica from the cartoon is a confident young woman but in the comics she's a Shrinking Violet with Stage Fright. The comic also puts more emphasis on how overworked she can get, something that is mostly glossed over in the cartoon.
    • Pizzazz's good qualities are more apparent in the comics. She's also more serious about music, instead of being in it simply for the fame.
    • Stormer has more bite than in the cartoon, while in turn Jetta is more tame.
  • Nightfall (1988):
    • Aton, astronomer and scientist, is now the local city leader. He spends the first part of the movie obsessed with a mysterious woman, and stubbornly insisting that they live in a city of light.
    • Sor, religious leader and off-screen antagonist, is now given screentime equal to Aton. He seems to encourage archeology and preparations for the coming Darkness, but he is still obsessed with his cult, and ritualistically blinds his followers by having hawks eat their eyes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Boom! Studios): Willow goes from Shrinking Violet in dowdy sweaters and skirts, to Extraverted Nerd wearing fishnets and ripped jeans. She's also out of the closet much earlier.
  • Rick and Morty (Oni): The "Rick and Morty Presents" spinoff line of comics does this with many of the side characters it focuses on:
    • The All New All Different Vindicators get Adaptational Heroism and Adaptational Nice Guy, as they are a lot more heroic and considerate than the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing originals (with the exception of Noob-Noob, who becomes the Big Bad, Boon, in a case of Adaptational Villainy).
    • In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", the Hive Mind Unity is referred to with gender-neutral pronouns, but in its issue here, where it almost-exclusively uses its main female body from that episode, it's referred to with female pronouns and called Rick's "girlfriend". In the series, Unity is implied to have Single-Target Sexuality for Rick (calling itself "yours, and nobody else's"), but in the comic, it has at least four other ex-boyfriends. While the Unity of the TV series is actually surprisingly benevolent and well-meaning, it gets a major case of Adaptational Jerkass and Adaptational Villainy here, being very selfish and prioritizing its ambition above all else, and manipulating and coercing its ex-boyfriends to help with its plans.
  • In the main DCU, Jason Blood is portrayed as a former knight bonded to the demon Etrigan, a ruthless beast that would (depending on the iteration) would speak in verse. In Batman: Damned, in a case of Composite Character, he is portrayed as rap-artist J Blood. It is ambiguous whether or not he is a human or a demon, his red eyes being sunglasses and his horns an elaborate set of piercings, but it is implied he has some level of mind-control over his audience and he only saves Batman from the fire out of Cruel Mercy.
  • In Transformers Victory, Star Saber is a kind heroic Autobot who is very much an Ideal Hero. In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Adaptational Villainy turned him into a horrible, fascistic, religious Knight Templar.

  • In the Modesty Blaise novel The Night of Morningstar, The Dragon is Major the Earl St. Maur, who is a continuity transplant of a character who originally appeared in a story arc of the comic strip. In both versions, he's a former commando and a cunning strategist. In the comic strip arc, where he's the Big Bad, he's also got a flamboyant personality and a Complexity Addiction that leads to his downfall; in the The Night of Morningstar, he's The Dragon, and has a more pragmatic personality, becoming the underling who advocates a quick and simple death for the heroes and is ignored by the complexity-addicted Big Bad.
  • Harry Faulk is almost as mercenary when it comes to money in the short story adaptation of The Twilight Zone (1985) episode "Healer" as he is in the original but he still has a conscience. In the episode, Harry refuses to use the stone to heal Jackie Thompson's gunshot wound since he wants all of the money that they have made for himself. In the short story, Harry makes a genuine effort to heal Jackie but he becomes scared and runs away, promising to call an ambulance as he does so.
  • In Will in Scarlet, an adaptation of the Robin Hood mythos:
    • The Sheriff is less villainous than most adaptations, a commoner who knows that his only chance for survival is to back the current power. he countenances the Merry Man and other bandits as long as they avoid killing people in the forest, and avoid people who have paid protection fees. When Sir Guy begins sacking the surrounding farms, he lays siege to the castle to avoid further depredation.
    • Much is a much more cynical, and less cheerful, character than in the adaptations, courtesy of having to disguise herself as a boy to survive.
    • Rob, eventually Robin Hood, is a drunkard who only becomes heroic after Will's example. His backstory is that of a common portrayal of Alan O'Dale as the common man forbidden to marry his higher-born love, except that in this case he failed, which drove him to drink.

  • In The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy novel And Another Thing..., Left Brain (Zaphod Beeblebrox's detached second head) is The Spock and resents all the time he's been subsumed by Zaphod's wild and often stupid primary personality. In the Hexagonal Phase of the radio series, while still more intelligent than the remaining head, he's a lot more Zaphod-like. Presumably because if you cast Mitch Benn because of how he played Zaphod in the stage show, you want him to actually play the character that way.

  • In real life, Thomas Jefferson was extremely socially awkward and introverted and likely was somewhere on the Autism spectrum but in Hamilton, he’s charming and gregarious.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera does this to the three main characters from Gaston Leroux’s original novel, which thanks to the broadway musical’s immense popularity has led to some Pop Culture Osmosis.
    • The Phantom (named Erik in the book) is the most blatant, in the novel he’s a Tragic Monster with the empathise on the “monster” part and his behaviour makes him out to be a Psychotic Manchild even regarding his obsession with Christine. In the musical The Phantom is ridiculously sensual and is far less malicious than his book counterpart whom was willingly to blow up half of Paris if Christine refuses his Scarpia Ultimatum. The musical version limits himself to just strangling Christine’s Love Interest Raoul instead. Webber even makes The Phantom the hero in the sequel which ironically was treated with Canon Discontinuity by even diehard fans of the musical.
    • Christine is a textbook case of The Ingenue in the musical and her passive Stockholm Syndrome concerning her abduction at The Phantom’s hands is exaggerated to the point where she hardly resists to his machinations and emotional manipulation. This is in contrast to the book where Christine is a Plucky Girl who’s described as “strong” in the text and whom does her best to not only escape from The Phantom but protect Raoul from him as well. Her relationship with The Phantom is also more consensual in the musical with Christine being utterly captivated by his countenance as well as his music. In the book she trusts him at first when he thinks he’s the Angel of Music sent by her dead father but is completely horrified at learning the truth and while Christine does pity him she still tries to kill herself when faced the prospect of marrying him.
    • Raoul in the book is quite a complicated character. He struggles in the first half of the book to be a polite gentleman when Christine repeatedly keeps him at arms distance and is reluctant to tell him anything about her mysterious tutor or rekindle their childhood romance. This results in Raoul following Christine around, jump to jealous conclusions and generally be a whiny and possessive brat about her. He only simmers down when Christine tells him everything. The musical version? He’s a Nice Guy who cares about Christine... that’s it.
  • Wicked:
    • Nessarose is portrayed differently between the book and the musical. Nessarose's father Frexspar is a religious man and he passed on his beliefs to his youngest daughter. Nessarose is a rather preachy woman who's always talking about the Unnamed God. Her religious views are a large element of her character. The musical Adapted Out everything about Lurline and the Unnamed God (to the point where the characters swear to Oz). This means the religious foundation of Nessa's personality was scrapped, putting more emphasis on her jealousy streak.
    • Glinda's Dumb Blonde elements are more emphasised early on in the musical.
    • Fiyero is a Composite Character of Fiyero and Avaric. As a result, he's much more flamboyant and free-spirited than his book incarnation.

    Video Games 
  • A common trait to the Super Robot Wars series, as the different circumstances means that characters would develop differently than they did in their own shows. The Z series is famous for helping Shinn Asuka change from a rash, angry youth into a mature, young soldier. Other changes include Haman Khan being noticeably kinder than her show counterpart, as at several points she expresses genuine concern for Marida and Mineva's well-being. Though in the case of Mineva, Unicorn retroactively shows us that Haman had at least one Pet the Dog moment with Mineva in ZZ, likely due to Char calling her out in Zeta for her treatment of the girl. The SRW games just make the change in perspective apparent from the beginning.
    • A more famous example that occurs in several SRW timelines is Shinji Ikari: Given the friendship, support, and respect he never attained in his home series, he goes from lonely and introverted to stable, cheerful, and open.
    • In Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Gargoyle never knew that he was never from Atlantis but just a regular human being. In Super Robot Wars X, he does manage to figure out before he disintegrates and warns Nemo about the Keepers of Order.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories, due to the game being released before Battle City came out, Ishizu/Isis and Priest Seto are majorly different than their manga and anime counterparts.
  • DmC: Devil May Cry infamously does this to several characters.
    • Dante of course get this the most, in his original depiction and in the games following the second Dante is a light-hearted, quip-happy Manchild. In the reboot "Donte" is far more moody and angsty and tends to cuss people with actual swear words instead of "Flock off, feather face". He's also inexplicably more successful with women being quite amorous while the irony with canon Dante was that he has lousy luck with ladies despite his good looks.
    • Vergil's personalty also differs from his canon portrayal where he is a Noble Demon who values honor, in the reboot Vergil is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who wants to enslave humanity after Mundus gets defeated. Canon Vergil also believes Guns Are Worthless while in the reboot he happily uses a sniper rifle to abort Lilith's demon baby.
    • Mundus the Big Bad is also very different from his original depiction, where he was a Angelic Abomination and the Evil Overlord of the Underworld. In the reboot he's more like a Kingpin-figure in his normal form being a petty asshole demonic politician instead of a tyrannical god-like monster.
  • In The Legend of Zelda series, the Zora are traditionally depicted as regal Fish Men, while the Gerudo are Desert Bandits (and in one case, pirates), respectively. Cadence of Hyrule, a Rogue like Spin-Off installment, abandons this in favor of making them a group of laid-back Surfer Dudes and a Desert Punk community of inquisitive scavenger-scientists, respectively.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • Jason Todd in Batman: Arkham Knight. Whereas his comic counterpart (at least pre-New 52) was truly sadistic, reveling in the deaths he caused, and clearly cared very little for the rest of the batfamily, here he's a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who still loves Barbara and Alfred, and seems largely unconcerned with his violent actions. Also, where in the comics (again, pre-New 52 only) he only gets worse, adding cops and civilians to his list of targets, here he makes a full Heel–Face Turn.
    • Tim Drake's Robin is a lot more similar to Dick Grayson in the series, as he is older, uses a lot of sarcasm and has a relationship with Oracle.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Kefka in Final Fantasy VI is hateful, cruel and sadistic in the English localisation, when in the original Japanese he was a Psychopathic Manchild with Ambiguous Innocence. Even Square regarded the English version as an improvement, and took elements of his English characterization back into Kefka's appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake:
      • Cloud comes across as a darker and much more emotionally repressed character than in the original due to more low-intensity physical acting, a generally more serious tone, and the removal of a lot of the choices players could make about his behaviour. In the original, Cloud had the option to hit on the girls or respond with enthusiasm or honesty to his friends, but in Remake, he always tries to push girls away and coldly rejects other people. The original presented Cloud's personality as very theatrical and overconfident, with continuous hair-flipping and pose-striking while in Remake he is more based around the idea of constantly holding back his emotions, displaying extreme anxiety when forced to go outside of his emotional comfort zone. Remake also adds a subplot that the magical treatments that gave Cloud his strength has drastically shortened his lifespan, which isn't indicated in the original and explains his stronger reticence to get involved with people. It's worth observing Cloud's character development in Remake still takes him up to the point he was at by the end of the Midgar section in the original, with him becoming much more expressive and earnest, dropping his mask in a vision of Aerith and doing cocky poses while flirting with Rufus. Not to mention the dance sequence Cloud partakes in the Honey Bee Inn, which is right in line with the goofy situations Cloud got in the original game.
      • Barret in Remake comes off as consistently more well-balanced, socially responsible and smarter. In the original, Biggs, Wedge and most of the rest of the people of Sector 7 are terrified of him, with their awe of Cloud being linked in part to the fact that Cloud is able to stand up to him. Barret's also shown using much more physical violence, beating Biggs and intimidating other people by firing his weapon and bashing holes in walls, crates and, apparently, destroying Sector 7's communal TV by shooting it to pieces. The Remake Barret is A Father to His Men and popular in town for being a reliable local toughguy who helps out with various local causes, and while he still has a powerful temper he is detached enough to make wry fun of Cloud, and even consciously imitate him when need be. The original game had a couple of scenes that indicated Barret had a scholarly side to him, like his enthusiasm at going to Cosmo Canyon and making a reference to Buddhist literature which didn't translate, but in Remake he quotes Planetology texts and is visibly overwhelmed with delight when seeing the Shinra library.
      • Tifa in the original game (in stark contrast with her wardrobe) was pretty shy about expressing her own feelings, (particularly towards Cloud) and in general was empathetic and motherly. It also helps that she keeps the knowledge about Zack hidden from Cloud throughout most of the game to save him the from mental anguish of The Reveal. In the Remake Tifa is much more outgoing as she actively helps people in the Section 7, is quite sultry and flirtatious when serving Cloud drinks (and doesn’t shy away from hugging or holding onto him) and is quite bold when comes to her Action Girl skills claiming to Cloud, “You’ve seen how much ass I can kick”. Although ironically Remake Tifa does have more Angst than the original as she completely breaks down at destruction of Sector 7 unlike the original game where she remained strong and consoled Barret who was the distraught one.
      • Aerith in the original was a cross between a Mysterious Waif and Manic Pixie Dream Girl who was so lighthearted and childish she’d sometimes unintentionally be oblivious to other people’s troubles as was the case with Barret in the Gold Saucer. In Remake Aerith is still full of confidence and cheer, but she more readily shows a more serious side to her personality, this is seen in moments like when she warns Cloud not to fall in love with her, her fierce protection of Marlene when captured by Shinra and a cold dislike and dismissal of Sephiroth in the Final Battle.
      Cloud: He’s tough.
      Aerith: So what? Screw him.
      • Sephiroth is mostly a Noble Demon and soft spoken Big Bad in the original game who’s backstory involving JENOVA and Hojo makes him somewhat sympathetic even if he’s not above mentally tormenting Cloud in revenge after the latter throws him into the Mako reactor. In Remake Sephiroth is somehow even crueler and more psychotic, he actively relishes taunting Cloud about how he murdered his mother “the shiver of her flesh yielding to cold steel” and even gives Cloud visions of him killing Tifa and Barret just For the Evulz. On the other hand Remake Sephiroth does encourage Cloud to get stronger and even offers him the chance to join him in “saving” the planet.
      • Heidegger is largely a comical and idiotic villain in the original Final Fantasy VII, with his main trait being his overwhelming temper and tendency to beat his own men. In Remake, he becomes a calculating villain, defined by his dated, wartime mindset and associated bigotry, who still terrorises his men, but does so verbally rather than by launching on them to beat them.
      • The Turks, in the original, are portrayed as Punchclock Villain guys who are comical and therefore charming, but who do legitimately terrible things without guilt. In Remake, they are shown experiencing intense guilt and conflict over their mission to drop the Plate on Sector 7, knowing they have to do it out of their work ethic, but unable to make themselves do something so awful. Cloud, despite having No Social Skills, is even able to pick up on Reno's reluctance and calls his bluff on it, and Reno still isn't able to bring himself to do it.
      • In the original, Reno was characterised as something of an incompetent blowhard, with three flunkies with him there to laugh at his jokes, hypocritically telling them not to step on the flowers after walking right through them himself, and then, thinking he's killed Aerith, remarking that she shouldn't have put up a fight. In Remake, he still has a big ego that motivates him, but it's more about rescuing his wounded pride after getting destroyed by a Phony Veteran than in abusing his power. When his men fire on Aerith in this version, he immediately reprimands them as his orders were to capture her alive.
      • The Shinra Manager in the original stuck up for himself against Barret, but clearly hated his job and life. He was mostly seen (justifiably) whining about the increasingly awful travel and accommodation situations he had to endure as part of his work or getting owned by higher ranking employees in a Funny Background Event. In Remake, he's a true believer and sticks up for himself against Barret by unironically spouting corporate motivational catchphrases; he's also shown with a family he loves and works to look after.
  • Kirby's Avalanche for the SNES was Puyo Puyo with a Kirby coat of paint on it. Thus, it was handled by different people than the regular Kirby games, and since Kirby games have little dialogue and plot as it is, they had to make up a lot. As a result, Kirby (whose personality has since been tweaked to being little more than a toddler) is making dramatic anime-style speeches to his opponents or being a snarky little Jerkass with a big grin on his face; at one point he stomps on Whispy's root after being told not to do so, saying he's in the mood for apple pie.
  • Batman: The Telltale Series:
    • Renee Montoya in the comics and Batman: The Animated Series was a supporter of Batman. In the Telltale game, she's against the Batman and tries to arrest him, though she's sympathetic to him as Bruce Wayne.
    • Vicki Vale in the comics and most media is a compassionate Intrepid Reporter who loves Bruce Wayne and sometimes Batman. In game however she despises Bruce for atrocities his father committed to her parents and Gotham in general which led to her being orphaned and abused and becoming a Tragic Villain. Vicki still likes Batman, but she's stricken to learn he and Bruce Wayne are the same person and refuses to be consoled by Bruce's words of sympathy.
    • John Doe aka The Joker is of course vastly different from his Monster Clown Chaotic Evil comic counterpart (though the player can cause his Start of Darkness). The biggest difference between the comic version is that Telltale Joker isn't self-driven caring greatly for those he's close to and are nice to him whereas comic Joker only "cares" for his beloved nemesis Batman and everyone else are just pawns and playthings.
    • Harley Quinn is a different beast from her animated and comic versions. In the Telltale game she's a cruel manipulative bitch while she's Cute and Psycho in other media and tends to have a compassionate side, albeit still highly mentally unstable and too prone to violence. In Telltale game she also effectively leads the Rogues Gallery while in most comics Harely is too immature for that kind of position.
  • While it's hard to get a grasp on personalities in Super Smash Bros., some characters are still presented differently than they are in their home-series:
    • Mario is presented as a far more serious individual than he is in Super Mario Bros.. He is a Perpetual Frowner and lacks his usual joviality.
    • Luigi goes from being a heroic Cowardly Lion in his home series to an apathetic Butt-Monkey who is constantly sad and has a depressed-sounding voice. Even when later games try to make him seem more energetic as in his canonical depiction, he maintains the depressed tone in his voice.
    • In F-Zero, Captain Falcon is rather stoic. In Smash, he is a Hot-Blooded Large Ham.
    • Princess Peach is presented in a mildly Hotter and Sexier manner. Her chest is bigger and personality-wise she is more flirty and mischievous, in sharp contrast to her normal Purity Personified characterization. She also has some Ditzy Genius elements.
    • While mostly true to his depiction in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link's Hair Flip taunt in Melee is unusual for him.
    • Roy is, judging by his Kiai screams, much more Hot-Blooded than he is in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. In his case, it's justified due to that his game was still in development when he debuted in Melee, meaning his canon personality wasn't set in stone yet.
    • A Lost in Translation example: in the English translation, some of Lucina's victory quotes (specifically "This is the Hero-King?" and "And this is the Radiant Hero?", when she wins against Marth and Ike respectively) are delivered in a far more condescending way than she would ever act in Fire Emblem Awakening, much less towards legendary heroes, or how the same lines are delivered in the Japanese version, which convey deep respect.
    • Mega Man is presented as generally more robotic and stoic than he is in Mega Man (Classic). This extends to his design being less human-looking.
  • The comic of Team Fortress 2 generally tones down the characters' personalities (though the Soldier gets Flanderized) - Heavy and Spy go from a boisterous Blood Knight and a smarmy Jerkass (respectively) to being almost 100% serious, for example. The Catch-Up Comic attributes these differences to the game being a documentary portraying the events of the comics.
  • Resident Evil 2 (Remake) does this to several members of the cast making them more realized and realistic characters instead of stoic 90s action heroes.
    • Claire is a bit different from her 1998 counterpart. She's still looking for brother Chris and still cares about Sherry and Leon but this version of Claire swears like a sailor, gets aggressive and angry when upset (as seen with Annette), has flirtatious and awkward rapport with Leon and shows more enthusiasm about taking on giant eyeball monsters and Umbrella. She also comes close to tears after Elliot is ripped apart in front of her and apologies to his corpse for being unable to save him. Given Claire is only 19, this can be chalked up to Age-Appropriate Angst.
    • Leon is also somewhat different from the original game, like Claire he tends F-Bomb when troubled and he's more stoic than his naive 1998 version. The biggest change however is that Leon is far less gullible in the remake as seen when Ada uses her feminine wiles to manipulate him, in the original he's duped completely but in the remake Leon turns against Ada immediately when he learns from Annette that she's not a FBI agent and is notably quite pissed off. Remake Leon is also not above a few quips and even gives a Bring It to Mr X in the Final Battle.
    • Robert Kendo was kinda sleazy (he hits on Claire) and a pretty unsympathetic loser in the original who gets devoured by zombies. In the remake Kendo is much more tragic as his daughter has been infected and he's utterly distraught his life has been ruined. It's even implied he takes his own life as well as mercy killing his daughter.
    • Annette Birkin isn't a one-note Mad Scientist who's insanely loyal to husband's genius, she's horrified over what's happened to the city and is actually trying to destroy remaining T-Virus samples herself, which brings her into conflict with Ada who wants to steal them. Annette also cares greatly for her daughter Sherry in this version and claims her life is not Claire's concern and while she does write Sherry off as dead at one point she still saves her from infection at the end and apologizes for being a terrible mother, in the original Anette neglects Sherry throughout.
  • Resident Evil 3 (Remake):
    • Jill gets the most of this, even compared the aforementioned protagonists Leon and Claire. In the original Jill was cool and confident throughout the game displaying little angst beyond a hatred of Umbrella and a little sadness that the people of Raccoon City didn’t have the strength to stop them. In the remake Jill is quite moody, swears at Carlos and has severe PTSD due to the Spencer Mansion incident and has nightmares about zombifying.
    • Carlos was a Casanova Wannabe in the original and is bit of sucker later in the game after his machismo dries up. He’s also dismissive about the morality of working for Umbrella telling Jill “He’s just a mercenary”. In the remake Carlos is incredibly professional and while he’s not above flirting with Jill he’s still quite respectful and admiring of her. His attitude towards Umbrella is different when he learns Jill was completely right about them and is ashamed of himself and the fact Jill trusted him regardless.
    • Brad is a textbook Dirty Coward in the original game and shows no real concern for fellow S.T.A.R.S member Jill and only cares about his own skin when the zombies horde shows up. This makes his death at the spiked tentacle of Nemesis more karmic. In the remake Brad has a much braver personality, not only does he warn Jill about Nemesis’s attack but he also holds a door closed against the horde giving Jill a chance to escape and gets himself turned in the process.
    • Nikolai was a stoic villain in the original, he’s pretty polite to Jill and even when showing his true colours is still fairly Affably Evil since he has nothing against Jill personally. In the remake Nikolai is a repulsive Smug Snake who delights in multiple Kick the Dog moments with Jill including locking a traincart so she can’t escape Nemesis, stomping her fingers when she’s dangling from a platform and destroying the cure to the T-Virus right in front of her.
    • Tyrell from what little characterisation he gets in his one scene in the original is a paranoid grunt who threatens to kill Carlos in the hospital. In the remake he’s more likeable being Bash Brothers with Carlos and shows compassionate and selfless traits when he aids Jill in the finale before Nemesis kills him.
  • When he created Spider-Man 2099, Peter David decided to make Miguel O'Hara a Contrasting Sequel Main Character, keeping quiet and being serious when as Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions presents its version of Miguel in a manner similar to most Peter Parker, quipping and making jokes in costume.
  • Delta Rune, the second game by Toby Fox has multiple characters returning from his first game, Undertale. However due to Deltarune being in a different timeline and setting than Undertale, there are some differences in the characters. Perhaps the most glaring one is the meek shut-in in the northern part of town, who is all but said to be none other than Mettaton. Likewise, Alphys leaves an "anonymous" glowing review in the library of Mew Mew Kissy Cutie 2, favorably comparing it to the original in every respect; in Undertale, she savaged it as a terrible sequel. Undyne has no clue who Alphys, her eventual lover in Undertale, is. Bratty and Catty, two best friends, are also now hateful next-door neighbors.
  • BIONICLE Heroes took a comedic approach to its source material and redefined character personalities (as well as abilities) from scratch. Axonn, a devoted paragon of justice who repeatedly beat back the villainous Piraka became a thuggish bad guy in service of said group, the brilliant but impulsive Brutaka exchanged personalities with the slow dimwit Krekka, the likewise rather intelligent Thok similarly became a hapless goof (when Reidak already filled the role of "the dumb one" in canon), and the utterly no-nonsense, brooding Zaktan became a grinning, showoff Large Ham. Despite the game being completely detached from the main franchise and featuring canonically long-dead characters as enemies, it's still perplexing that the developers reinterpreted certain characters seemingly at random, instead of picking ones that would have fit the roles the developers had in mind.
  • As a Darker and Edgier reboot of the Spyro the Dragon series, The Legend of Spyro ended up completely overhauling each of the three returning characters' personalities:
  • In The Great Giana Sisters, Giana is a cheeky teenager. In the Giana Sisters DS reboot, she is a cute cheerful child.
  • The Shrek 2 game heavily modified Little Red Riding Hood's personality from how she was portrayed in the movie to justify making her a playable character. In the movie, she had little character beyond being afraid of ogres and otherwise appeared to be a normal little girl. In the game, she (now renamed Lil' Red) was reinvented as a spunky, sarcastic, tomboyish softball pitcher who isn't afraid to sass villains and is good friends with Shrek, Fiona and Donkey.

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  • Sonic In X Minutes: Infinite in the Forces series. His personality is almost a complete reversal of his portrayal in Sonic Forces. In the game, he was basically just a bully who relied almost entirely on the Phantom Ruby's brute strength to hurt people, making him Unskilled, but Strong. He was also The Dreaded because of his sheer power. Here, he starts out as a stoic, perpetually bored minion who does very little, but later episodes give him more depth. In the series, Infinite uses his powers in much more creative, clever ways, like helping him and Eggman infiltrate the rebel base, manipulating Eggman into not firing him, and more. On the flipside, everyone sees him as a joke despite his skill. It's established that in this series, everyone knows that Infinite's illusions really are illusions, so nobody takes the illusions seriously. Infinite has to really concentrate to produce something (the sun) that will actually harm people. Basically, here he's Weak, but Skilled. Also, instead of turning evil because of one bad incident with Shadow like in the original game, here it's shown that Infinite has been bullied for presumably most of his life, and that's what drove him to villainy. When Cream shows him sympathy, Infinite makes a Heel–Face Turn, unlike in the original game, where he stays evil to the end and has an Uncertain Doom.

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  • Awkward Zombie portrays Marth from Fire Emblem rather differently than the games do. The author was rather surprised when confronted with a game highlighting the difference, noting that "Sometimes I forget that I kinda sorta totally made up his characterization for the purposes of this comic."

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Alternative Title(s): Adaptational Personality Change


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