To be perfectly honest… I don't feel like Phoenix is the same person anymore. I mean, his 3D model is so different from his sprites, and he acts so different… I don't hate it, but I can't see a link between Trilogy Phoenix and Present Phoenix. It honestly makes me want to remake the newer games.
Time skip Phoenix is definitely different, but it’s understandable given the whole losing his badge thing. And I do love trilogy Phoenix more, too! But with aging comes growth: Theres no way that from 26 to 35 Phoenix is going to have the exact same personality, experiences change people. All we can do is reminisce about young Phoenix and hope old Phoenix slowly reverts back to his original dorky self.