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Character Derailment is usually undone quick enough for the character to return to the way he/she was always meant to be.

If it isn't undone, at least we can take comfort in that it came late enough in the game for everyone to remember the original state of the character.

And sometimes, this trope happens.

This is when Character Derailment becomes the new status quo for the character. The Derailment lasts so long that newer viewers/readers/players don't even realize the character has been Derailed at all.

As such, those new viewers are prone to They Changed It, Now It Sucks when the character finally gets rerailed (or shows signs of his/her's actual characterization), while longtime viewers take a breath of relief.

Above: How Erin Winters is supposed to be remembered as Below: How she is currently remembered as

Examples of Character Collision include:

Comic Books


  • Originally, Freddy Krueger was characterized as a legitimate menace, and his kills were more direct and efficient. As the sequels passed, his sense of humor overtook not just his character (who became Laughably Evil), but his kills as well (becoming more elaborate and outlandish), and that's how the character is currently stuck as (New Nightmare and the 2010 remake aren't canon and thus have no bearing on the character).

Web Original

  • In post-The Review Must Go On Nostalgia Critic, Malcolm was originally characterized as the Only Sane Man, often offering valuable insight and trying to reign in Critic's destructive tendencies. Over time, this faded away for the Yes-Man characterization that he is better remembered for.


Western Animation