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23rd Sep '16 5:11:43 AM Unityd3v
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* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}: Started as white female but had a body swap making her an Asian female. The Asian body has since become her most famous iteration, and some adaptations in other media have just used it without the earlier backstory (though she is born and raised in Britain) in all adaptations. The exception was the '90s WesternAnimation/XMen cartoon, which had her in original form. Her ''twin'' brother Captain Britain remains Caucasian even in the adaptations that have her of mixed decent.

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* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}: Started as white female but had a body swap making her an Asian female. The Asian body has since become her most famous iteration, and some adaptations in other media have just used it without the earlier backstory (though she is born and raised in Britain) in all adaptations. The exception was the '90s WesternAnimation/XMen cartoon, which had her in original form. Her ''twin'' brother Captain Britain remains Caucasian even in the adaptations that have her of mixed decent.descent.
9th Sep '16 8:01:07 PM merotoker
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** Despite the initial outrage, John's appearances on the cartoon led to a greatly increased level of prominence for the character within the comics and in people's minds, enough that some thought the Green Lantern featured in [[{{Film/GreenLantern}} the movie]] appearing afterwards should have been black. John's military background in the show was also [[RetCanon carried over]] to the comic, where he was previously an architect.

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** Despite the initial outrage, John's appearances on the cartoon led to a greatly increased level of prominence for the character within the comics and in people's minds, enough that some thought the Green Lantern featured in [[{{Film/GreenLantern}} [[Film/GreenLantern the movie]] appearing afterwards should have been black. John's military background in the show was also [[RetCanon carried over]] to the comic, where he was previously an architect.



* Happened by necessity in the {{Elseworlds}} comic ''JLA: Created Equal'', where a {{Gendercide}} kills off every male on the planet. Barbara Gordon (the aforementioned Batgirl) becomes the new Green Lantern, and a black grad student named Jill Atherton becomes the new Atom after recreating Ray Palmer's size-changing technology from the notes he left behind.

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* Happened by necessity in the {{Elseworlds}} {{Elseworld}}s comic ''JLA: Created Equal'', where a {{Gendercide}} kills off every male on the planet. Barbara Gordon (the aforementioned Batgirl) becomes the new Green Lantern, and a black grad student named Jill Atherton becomes the new Atom after recreating Ray Palmer's size-changing technology from the notes he left behind.



* The original Iron Patriot was NormanOsborn, a white male. The second was the above-mentioned James Rhodes, and the third is Toni Yinsen, who is Asian ''[[TwoferTokenMinority and]]'' a lesbian.
* [[ComicBook/XMen Psylocke]]: Started as white female but had a body swap making her an Asian female. The Asian body has since become her most famous iteration, and some adaptations in other media have just used it without the earlier backstory (though she is born and raised in Britain) in all adaptations. The exception was the '90s WesternAnimation/XMen cartoon, which had her in original form. Her ''twin'' brother Captain Britain remains Caucasian even in the adaptations that have her of mixed decent.

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* The original Iron Patriot was NormanOsborn, ComicBook/NormanOsborn, a white male. The second was the above-mentioned James Rhodes, and the third is Toni Yinsen, who is Asian ''[[TwoferTokenMinority and]]'' a lesbian.
* [[ComicBook/XMen Psylocke]]: ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}: Started as white female but had a body swap making her an Asian female. The Asian body has since become her most famous iteration, and some adaptations in other media have just used it without the earlier backstory (though she is born and raised in Britain) in all adaptations. The exception was the '90s WesternAnimation/XMen cartoon, which had her in original form. Her ''twin'' brother Captain Britain remains Caucasian even in the adaptations that have her of mixed decent.



** Played straight with the newest Ronin, who [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil thanks to spoilers from Marvel]], was revealed to be [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Blade}}]]. He was even given Barton's old costume by ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} and [[ComicBook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]].

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** Played straight with the newest Ronin, who [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil thanks to spoilers from Marvel]], was revealed to be [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Blade}}]]. He was even given Barton's old costume by ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} and [[ComicBook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]].ComicBook/JessicaJones.



* After the Asgardians became unworthy of Mjölnir, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'s title as God of Thunder was assumed by a woman in 2014. That woman was [[spoiler:Jane Foster. What makes her even more special is that [[IllGirl she's stricken with cancer]] and [[CastFromLifeSpan becoming Thor makes her cancer]] ''worse''.]]

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* After the Asgardians became unworthy of Mjölnir, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'s title as God of Thunder was assumed by a woman in 2014. That woman was [[spoiler:Jane Foster. What makes her even more special is that [[IllGirl she's stricken with cancer]] and [[CastFromLifeSpan becoming Thor makes her cancer]] ''worse''.]]''worse'']].
9th Sep '16 5:52:41 AM supergod
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Trouble is, the legacy characters often don't stick very well, either; in 20092010, Creator/DCComics depowered, marginalized, or outright killed almost ''all'' of the legacy characters established in the ComicBook/PostCrisis era and replaced them with their [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] counterparts. It also doesn't help that sometimes, these new characters don't catch on and fall out of a regular role, occasionally resulting in [[CListFodder another trope entirely]].

On the other hand, several of these characters have gone on to be popular and enduring heroes in their own right; it's worth noting that the aforementioned DC Comics purge was met with a storm of angry criticism from many fans, and the decision had more to do with a desire to bring back the Silver Age lineup than a rejection of the minority characters.

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Trouble is, the legacy characters characters, minority or not, often don't stick very well, either; in 20092010, Creator/DCComics depowered, marginalized, or outright killed almost ''all'' of the legacy characters established in the ComicBook/PostCrisis era well and replaced there is a history of them with their [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] counterparts. being replaced. It also doesn't help that sometimes, these new characters don't catch on and fall out of a regular role, occasionally resulting in [[CListFodder another trope entirely]].

entirely]]. On the other hand, several of these characters have gone on to be popular and enduring heroes in their own right; it's worth noting that the aforementioned DC Comics purge was met with a storm of angry criticism from many fans, and the decision had more to do with a desire to bring back the Silver Age lineup than a rejection of the minority characters.
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9th Sep '16 5:40:11 AM supergod
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On the other hand, several of these characters have gone on to be popular and enduring heroes in their own right; it's worth noting that the aforementioned DC Comics purge was met with a storm of angry criticism from many fans, and the decision had more to do with a desire to bring back the Silver Age lineup than a rejection of the minority characters. The move was so unpopular that DC partially reversed it by restoring the legacy versions of ComicBook/BlueBeetle and ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} in their controversial 2011 ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch.

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On the other hand, several of these characters have gone on to be popular and enduring heroes in their own right; it's worth noting that the aforementioned DC Comics purge was met with a storm of angry criticism from many fans, and the decision had more to do with a desire to bring back the Silver Age lineup than a rejection of the minority characters. The move was so unpopular that DC partially reversed it by restoring the legacy versions of ComicBook/BlueBeetle and ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} in their controversial 2011 ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch.\n
11th Aug '16 9:01:20 AM narm00
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** In the New 52, ''Jaime'' is apparently the first Blue Beetle; in ComicBook/DCRebirth, he teams up with a younger version of Ted, inspiring him to come up with his own costume and equipment.

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** In the New 52, ''Jaime'' is apparently the first Blue Beetle; in ComicBook/DCRebirth, he teams up with a younger version of Ted, inspiring him to come up with his own costume and beetle-themed equipment.



** ComicBook/DCRebirth sees two more: ComicBook/LoisLane gets Superman's powers and becomes Superwoman, while Kenan Kong, a Chinese guy from Shanghai, gets Superman's powers and becomes a China-based Superman.

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** ComicBook/DCRebirth sees two more: In ComicBook/DCRebirth, ComicBook/LoisLane gets Superman's powers and becomes Superwoman, while [[spoiler:ComicBook/LanaLang gets Superman's {{Energy Being|s}} powers and becomes another Superwoman]], and Kenan Kong, a Chinese guy from Shanghai, gets Superman's powers and becomes a the China-based Superman.ComicBook/NewSuperMan.


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* ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'', along with introducing a Chinese Super-Man, also introduces a Chinese Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman.
1st Jul '16 7:32:42 AM comicwriter
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* The original Iron Patriot was NormanOsborn, a white male. The second was the above-mentioned James Rhodes, and the third is Toni Yinsen, who is Asian ''[[TwoferTokenMinority and]]'' a lesbian.
29th Jun '16 12:59:58 PM VampireBuddha
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** In Dynamite's King Features comics, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician's ally Lothar takes up the mantle of the Phantom while seeking the Phantom family's heir, becoming the first black Phantom. (The last of the Phantom family died with his heir missing. Lothar's predecessor couldn't find the heir, so he took on the Phantom mantle, and before he died, he asked Lothar to find the heir. Believing the world still needed a Phantom while he searched, Lothar decided to take on the name.)

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** * In Dynamite's King Features comics, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician's ally Lothar takes up the mantle of the Phantom while seeking the Phantom family's heir, becoming the first black Phantom. (The last of the Phantom family died with his heir missing. Lothar's predecessor couldn't find the heir, so he took on the Phantom mantle, and before he died, he asked Lothar to find the heir. Believing the world still needed a Phantom while he searched, Lothar decided to take on the name.)) The actual heir to the Phantom legacy turns out to be a woman, Jen Harris.



* During a period where Mark Grayson was unable to fulfill his duties, he was replaced in the ComicBook/{{Invincible}} role by his buddy Zandale Randolph. As ''Invincible'' [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] a number of superhero elements, replacing Mark with a black dude was likely an intentional invocation of this trope.

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* During a period where Mark Grayson was unable to fulfill his duties, he was replaced in the ComicBook/{{Invincible}} role by his buddy Zandale Randolph. As ''Invincible'' [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] {{deconstruct|ion}}s a number of superhero elements, replacing Mark with a black dude was likely an intentional invocation of this trope.
13th Jun '16 3:58:29 AM narm00
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* Franchise/GreenLantern: Guy Gardner (white) replaced with John Stewart (black) and later Hal Jordan (white) with Kyle Rayner (originally white, later retconned to be half-Hispanic), followed by Simon Baz (Arab). However, the fact that the Green Lanterns are a police organization with 7200 members makes this more believable. Currently all four serve as equal members of the Corps.

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* Franchise/GreenLantern: Guy Gardner (white) replaced with John Stewart (black) and later Hal Jordan (white) with Kyle Rayner (originally white, later retconned to be half-Hispanic), followed by Simon Baz (Arab).(Arab-American). However, the fact that the Green Lanterns are a police organization with 7200 members makes this more believable. Currently all four serve as equal members of the Corps.



*** Creator/GeoffJohns' final GL issue showed a possible future where Simon acts as a mentor to Jessica Cruz, a female, Latina Green Lantern. She appeared in the aftermath of ComicBook/ForeverEvil, where it turns out she's not a Green Lantern, but the new host to the Power Ring of Earth-3. So she's an affirmative action legacy ''villain''. (However, she does end up becoming a GL eventually.)

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*** Creator/GeoffJohns' final GL issue showed a possible future where Simon acts as a mentor to Jessica Cruz, a female, Latina Green Lantern. She appeared in the aftermath of ComicBook/ForeverEvil, where it turns out she's not a Green Lantern, but the new host to the Power Ring of Earth-3. So Earth-3, so she's an affirmative action legacy ''villain''. (However, However, she does end up becoming a GL eventually.)Lantern at the end of ''ComicBook/DarkseidWar''.



** And now un-replaced with the return of Palmer and the death of Choi, which sparked a [[InternetBackdraft sizable outrage]], and was even covered on some non-comic websites.

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** And now then un-replaced with the return of Palmer and the death of Choi, which sparked a [[InternetBackdraft sizable outrage]], and was even covered on some non-comic websites.



* Mr Terrific: Terry Sloane (white male) replaced by Michael Holt (black atheist male). Though Terry had been gone for a long time when Michael came along which probably helped produce the especially positive response Holt has gotten from readers. He got his own series in 2011's ComicBook/{{New 52}} launch, something his predecessor never managed, though it didn't last long.

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* Mr Terrific: Terry Sloane (white male) replaced by Michael Holt (black atheist male). Though Terry had been gone for a long time when Michael came along along, which probably helped produce the especially positive response Holt has gotten from readers. He got his own series in 2011's ComicBook/{{New 52}} launch, something his predecessor never managed, though it didn't last long.



** Also from Batman comics: The original Ventriloquist, Arnold Wesker (male) was killed off in ''One Year Later'' and replaced by Peyton Riley (female). The New52 introduced yet another Ventriloquist (also female).

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** Also from Batman comics: The original Ventriloquist, Arnold Wesker (male) was killed off in ''One Year Later'' and replaced by Peyton Riley (female). The New52 ComicBook/New52 introduced yet another Ventriloquist (also female).



* In the pages of ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' Bwana Beast (a MightyWhitey) was replaced by a black man from Africa who renamed the hero Freedom Beast.

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* In the pages of Grant Morrison's ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' Bwana Beast (a MightyWhitey) was replaced by a black man from Africa who renamed the hero Freedom Beast.



* The first ComicBook/{{Azrael}} (best known for temporarily [[LegacyLaunch becoming the new Batman]] during ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'') was a blonde named Jean-Paul Valley, while his successor is a black guy named Michael Lane.

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* The first ComicBook/{{Azrael}} (best known for temporarily [[LegacyLaunch becoming the new Batman]] during ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'') was a blonde named Jean-Paul Valley, while his successor is was a black guy named Michael Lane.Lane. Like a few others on the list, this got reset in the New 52, with Jean-Paul back as Azrael.



** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Wally is back to being a teenager, but was {{Race Lift}}ed into an African-American. The ''Future's End'' tie-in to the series has a possible future where Wally has once again replaced Barry as the Flash.

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** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity, Wally is went back to being a teenager, but was {{Race Lift}}ed into an to being half African-American. ComicBook/DCRebirth retcons it so that New 52 Wally is actually the cousin of the original Wally, who'd been [[RetGone removed from time]] for a few years before making a return, and sees New 52 Wally take up his cousin's Kid Flash mantle. The ''Future's End'' tie-in to the series has a possible future where New 52 Wally has once again replaced Barry as the Flash.
11th Jun '16 7:47:57 PM comicwriter
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** In the New 52, Cassandra is no longer Batgirl, but becomes the new Orphan (the identity her father had) after the original performs a HeroicSacrifice.
26th May '16 9:05:51 AM narm00
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** ComicBook/DCRebirth sees Choi reintroduced to DC's main continuity, several years younger, taking up the Atom identity to find Ray Palmer in the Microverse.



** In the New 52, ''Jaime'' appears to be the first Blue Beetle, though there's a young Ted around.

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** In the New 52, ''Jaime'' appears to be is apparently the first Blue Beetle, though there's Beetle; in ComicBook/DCRebirth, he teams up with a young Ted around.younger version of Ted, inspiring him to come up with his own costume and equipment.
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