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  • Cinderella (2015):
    • The prince: He was really just a glorified plot device in the original animated film. The adaptation gives him several significant improvements.
      • He actually has a personality. And his relationship with his father here makes him even more of The Woobie than Cinderella for some audiences.
      • He becomes attracted to Cinderella because of reasons other than her looks or apparent wealth.
      • He doesn't spend three nights dancing with Cinderella then forgets her face and voice (in several versions of the fairy tale, the step sisters almost pass for Cinderella by cutting part of their foot off to wear the shoe).
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    • Cinderella has always been one of the more divisive characters of the Disney Princess line. Prior to this movie, she was frequently derided as being an anti-feminist character. This movie gave her character more depth, highlighting her as a brave survivor of abuse.
  • A rather complicated (and completely intentional) version occurred in The Chronicles of Narnia with Edmund Pevensie. In the beginning of the series he was...well...kinda detestable, but by the end of the first book he made a complete turn around and showed in later books that he had definitely changed for the better. A lot of people never read any further than the first book and so by the time Prince Caspian came out, their hatred for Edmund was pretty deep seated. Needless to say, many people were completely blown away by seeing "bratty" Edmund behaving so maturely. The many crowning moments of awesome he got probably didn't hurt, either.
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  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Sulu in command redeems the U.S.S. Excelsior, last seen as the obnoxious, slickly supermodern Enterprise substitute in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The appearance of the Excelsior class as a supporting workhorse ship in Star Trek: The Next Generation likely helped.
  • Star Trek: Generations: Peter David made Captain Harriman, a.k.a. the indecisive idiot who got Kirk killed, a lot more tolerable in his tie-in novel The Captain's Daughter.
    • A one shot comic did the same thing: after a talk from McCoy telling him to get his act together, Harriman, when the ship was caught in a Klingon ambush and had no chance of winning, pulls off the same con Kirk did in Star Trek III. Only his surrender involved beaming his ship's entire load of torpedo warheads on to the Klingon ship. He gains a great deal of self-confidence and the respect of his crew.
  • Erickson in Saw VI. In the standard year-long wait between Saw films, Erickson had become something of an in-joke with the fanbase for his ever-present bluetooth headset, as well as what was seen as his "unfortunate status" of being the last good guy still standing (and seeming to blindly play his role in The Chessmaster's latest plan, at that). Saw VI... changed that, and to say how without spoilers is impossible. The first scene Erickson appears in in the film's present timeline has him revealing that he had helped fake a fellow FBI agent's demise for the sake of effectively putting her out of harm's way, so the two of them would have the time and evidence necessary to convict Jigsaw's living apprentice. Granted, he kills both of them, but he has to take a level in badass to do so, and they make him sweat heavily in the process.
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  • The version of Godzilla seen in Godzilla (1998) was so disliked that fans took to calling him GINO (Godzilla In Name Only). Toho even had him officially renamed "Zilla" for taking the "God" out of "Godzilla." But after Godzilla: Final Wars and subsequent Godzilla comics made him a canonically separate kaiju who fought the real King of the Monsters, fans have warmed up to him on these grounds. This is particularly true after Godzilla: Rulers of Earth turned him into a full-on Villainous Underdog, facing up to the vastly stronger Godzilla with nothing but his tunneling skills and strategic sense. Gareth Edwards, in an interview where he talks about making Godzilla (2014) more faithful to the spirit and aesthetic of the original series, admitted that he finds Zilla to be pretty cool looking on its own.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Before the movie's release Evan Peters' portrayal of Quicksilver was already being highly criticized for a) not being the same as Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron and b) his costume, which many called ridiculous. When the people got to see him in the actual film though, the public's opinion of him changed radically after the Kitchen Scene.


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