In Metal Gear Solid 4, our erstwhile special-ops hero, Solid Snake, is now a grizzled veteran facing legions of bipedal robots - and doubtlessly, he also is up against a cadre of superpowered bad guys and the usual save-the-world situation.
Rather than sinking without a trace, as many erstwhile efforts from talented but unknown teams have historically done, Serious Sam won a raft of gaming awards, including GameSpot's game of the year, and sold quite well.
Dixie Cooney was a duck out of water in Pine Valley, but her intrinsic naivety and sweetness appealed to the rascal Tad and redeemed him from bad boy to erstwhile hero.
Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill and cousin Matthew Followill are the offspring (and nephew) of erstwhile traveling Pentecostal preacher, Leon Followill.
According to a source close to the erstwhile prankster, Steve-O was admitted to Cedars-Sinai in order to log some recovery time from his "reckless lifestyle."
Kristen Bell (of Veronica Mars and Heroes) voices the erstwhile title character and signs off her erstwhile narrations with xoxo, Gossip Girl.
These erstwhile suitors are the subject of comedies from Shakespeare to Friends, and yet the fact is that it is a reality.
It was not a good day for crime for the mugger as the erstwhile crime fighter - Jack Osbourne - soon overtook him.
The ruthless methods by which the Spaniards forced the natives to labour for them caused a change in the attitude of the erstwhile friendly Borinquenos.
Until modern times the city was built largely on floating pontoons or on piles at the edges of the innumerable canals and water-courses which formed the thoroughfares, but to meet the requirements of modern life, well-planned roads and streets have been constructed in all directions, crossing the old canals at many points and lined with well-built houses, for the most part of brick, in which the greater part of the erstwhile riparian population now resides.