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Most characters are fully developed by the start of the story...

...but not this one.

This is a character that starts as either a Flat Character and/or The Everyman, but then something
extraordinary happens in his/her life (usually of the supernatural variety, but not always), and THAT extraordinary event is when the character is galvanized into its most popular form, ganing a lot of characteristics in the process.

Note that this character doesn't necessarily have to be the protagonist of the story, just a major one.

Examples of The Erin Winters include:

Anime and Manga

  • In Dragon Ball, Goku's best-known characterization started when Raditz arrived on Earth and revealed to Goku that Goku is really a Saiyan. This marked a turning point not just for Goku as a character, but for the franchise as a whole.

Comic Books

  • .An unique experiment changed The Incredible Hulk from a grey-skinned Genius Bruiser that emerged whenever the sun went down, to a green-skinned Dumb Muscle that emerges whenever Bruce Banner gets angry or sad or excited, establishing Hulk's defining characterization.

Animated Film

Live-Action Film


  • The Trope Namer is Erin Winters from Scary Go Round. Originally an unremarkable character, until she accidentally drinks a growth formula that makes her grow about 7 ft. tall. This is the true start of her character, as she learns to be more confident and assertive, stands up to Alpha Bitch Esther, and even becomes better as sports.

Western Animation

  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle's current characterization was set in stone after the events of "Magical Mystery Cure", when she gained wings, and thus became an alicorn. Much like the Troper Namer, Twilight became more assertive and confident after becoming an Alicorn. She learned to connect better with the rest of the Mane Six and became a wise Reasonable Authority Figure.
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