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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.
5th May '16 8:07:56 PM fusilcontrafusil
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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.

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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.
26th Apr '16 5:00:53 AM narm00
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** In ComicBook/DCRebirth, Kenji Kong, a Chinese guy from Shanghai, gets infused with Superman's powers, becoming a China-based Superman.

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



** Played straight with the newest Ronin, who [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil thanks to spoilers from Marvel]], has been 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]], has been 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]].



** Incidentally, Dr. Pym is a bit of walking backstory generator. He built the first Ultron (who self-iterated into the current Ultron, and then built several other less notable villains) gave Wasp her powers. In addition: his Ant-Man persona has three legacy heroes (all white males, though one had daughter who became his (differently named) successor). Pym then went around as Giant-Man (see above for the only other Giant-Man) before rebranding himself Goliath (which spawned 4 legacies: Hawkeye, Black Goliath, a (white, male) villain now called Atlus, and Black Goliath's (black) nephew. Then he had a mental breakdown(/''FaceHeelTurn'') and became Yellowjacket. The Yellow Jacket persona spawned a black/hispanic female legacy character. Of final note, he was briefly took up his ex-wife's mantle, making him also an inversion of this trope.

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** Incidentally, Dr. Pym is a bit of walking backstory generator. He built the first Ultron (who self-iterated into the current Ultron, and then built several other less notable villains) and gave Wasp her powers. In addition: his Ant-Man persona has three legacy heroes (all white males, though one had a daughter who became his (differently named) successor). Pym then went around as Giant-Man (see above for the only other Giant-Man) before rebranding himself Goliath (which spawned 4 legacies: Hawkeye, Black Goliath, a (white, male) villain now called Atlus, and Black Goliath's (black) nephew. Then he had a mental breakdown(/''FaceHeelTurn'') and became Yellowjacket. The Yellow Jacket Yellowjacket persona spawned a black/hispanic black/Hispanic female legacy character. Of final note, he was briefly took up his ex-wife's mantle, making him also an inversion of this trope.



** 2014 ''ComicBook/AllNewGhostRider'' gives us yet another new Rider, this time Robbie Reyes, a Latino male. Instead of being passed the mantle, it's forced on him.

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** The 2014 ''ComicBook/AllNewGhostRider'' gives us yet another new Rider, this time Robbie Reyes, a Latino male. Instead of being passed the mantle, it's forced on him.



** More recently, it's been revealed that [[spoiler:he will become [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the new Hulk]].]]

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** More recently, it's been revealed that [[spoiler:he will become [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Following ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', he became [[ComicBook/TotallyAwesomeHulk the new Hulk]].]]



** ComicBook/{{X 23}}, the OppositeSexClone of Wolverine, will be taking on Logan's mantle following ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}''.

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** ComicBook/{{X 23}}, the OppositeSexClone of Wolverine, will be taking took on Logan's mantle following ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}''.



** Kiyoshi Morales is Commander A, the Captain America of the 25th century. He's of mixed African American, Japanese, Latino and Native American ancestry, meant as a nod to [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace theory that most races will blend together in the future]]. He's also implied to be a descendant of ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}.

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** Kiyoshi Morales is Commander A, the Captain America of the 25th century. He's of mixed African American, Japanese, Latino and Native American ancestry, meant as a nod to [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace the theory that most races will blend together in the future]]. He's also implied to be a descendant of ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}.



** The Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}} version of Captain America is a Latina woman named Roberta Mendez. Her teammates include Tania, an African-American woman who has become the new ComicBook/BlackWidow, and Sonny Frisco, the new Iron Man, who suffers from dwarfism. A new version of ComicBook/TheVision is also seen, and this one is a woman.



** The Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}} version of Captain America is a Latina woman named Roberta Mendez. Her teammates include Tania, an African-American woman who has become the new ComicBook/BlackWidow, and Sonny Frisco, the new Iron Man, who suffers from dwarfism. A new version of ComicBook/TheVision is also seen, and this one is a woman.



** Creator/GregRucka's run featured the Punisher recruiting a young woman named Rachel Cole-Alves as his DistaffCounterpart. The series ended with Frank in jail and Rachel taking his place as the new Punisher. Unfortunately, this was plot point was abandoned, and Frank soon returned as the Punisher.

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** Creator/GregRucka's run featured the Punisher recruiting a young woman named Rachel Cole-Alves as his DistaffCounterpart. The series ended with Frank in jail and Rachel taking his place as the new Punisher. Unfortunately, this was plot point was abandoned, and Frank soon returned as the Punisher.
24th Apr '16 10:49:02 PM merotoker
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** ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'s ArchNemesis Shadow Thief was briefly replaced by a black man. The replacement quickly ended up in ComicBookLimbo, and the original returned to using the identity.

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** ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'s ArchNemesis ArchEnemy Shadow Thief was briefly replaced by a black man. The replacement quickly ended up in ComicBookLimbo, and the original returned to using the identity.




* The third volume of ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan introduced thirteen-year-old Miles Morales, of Latino and African-American heritage, who took up the mantle of Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}. He is currently the page image.

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\n* The third volume of ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan introduced thirteen-year-old Miles Morales, of Latino and African-American heritage, who took up the mantle of Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}.Franchise/SpiderMan. He is currently the page image.



** Clint Barton had his alias adopted by [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Kate Bishop]].

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** Clint Barton had his alias adopted by [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Kate Bishop]].ComicBook/KateBishop.



** The original Sprite was Kitty Pryde. After ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', a Chinese girl named Jia Jing was introduced as the new Sprite. There's no conflict though, since Kitty hasn't used the name in decades.

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** The original Sprite was Kitty Pryde.ComicBook/KittyPryde. After ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', a Chinese girl named Jia Jing was introduced as the new Sprite. There's no conflict though, since Kitty hasn't used the name in decades.



** In the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' universe, [[spoiler:while Peter is still active as Spider-Man, Hobbie Brown, the Prowler, also doubles as Spider-Man when Peter's away from New York.]]

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** In the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' universe, [[spoiler:while Peter is still active as Spider-Man, Hobbie Brown, the Prowler, also doubles as Spider-Man when Peter's away from New York.]]York]].



* ''Comicbook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' actually {{Lampshades}} the use of this trope in comics, especially in high profile instances like ''The Death Of Superman''. While trying to proclaim his innocence, Boomerang claims that there could be a bunch of other people using the Boomerang identity now, even a teenager or a black guy.

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* ''Comicbook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' actually {{Lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the use of this trope in comics, especially in high profile instances like ''The Death Of Superman''. While trying to proclaim his innocence, Boomerang claims that there could be a bunch of other people using the Boomerang identity now, even a teenager or a black guy.
















* ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics' Brat Pack had mention of the future descendants of Uncle Sam (II). Sam married the daughter of black superheroine, Talon, and their children went on to become Uncle Sam III, and Miss Liberty II (after Uncle Sam II's mother (The original Uncle Sam was his grandfather, a UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} hero, and the <3-Verse's Captain America analog, a power which continued along the family line)).

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\n* ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics' Brat Pack had mention of the future descendants of Uncle Sam (II). Sam married the daughter of black superheroine, Talon, and their children went on to become Uncle Sam III, and Miss Liberty II (after Uncle Sam II's mother (The original Uncle Sam was his grandfather, a UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}WII hero, and the <3-Verse's Captain America analog, a power which continued along the family line)).



26th Mar '16 1:28:27 PM 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, except Guy Gardner, who's joined the Red Lanterns.

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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, except Guy Gardner, who's joined the Red Lanterns.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''.

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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 she's an affirmative action legacy ''villain''. (However, she does end up becoming a GL eventually.)



* Katherine "Kate" Kane, the current ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, is a Jewish lesbian. Interestingly, she is not a legacy within the comics themselves, as her predecessor (The original Batwoman) was {{retcon}}ed out of existence in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and she is a reimagining of the same character instead of an inheritor of the title.

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* Katherine "Kate" Kane, the current ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, is a Jewish lesbian. Interestingly, she is not a legacy within the comics themselves, as her predecessor (The original Batwoman) was {{retcon}}ed {{retcon}}ned out of existence in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and she is a reimagining of the same character instead of an inheritor of the title.



** Choi was later restored to life in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} due to the controversy.

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** Choi was later restored to life in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} ComicBook/{{Convergence}} due to the controversy.



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

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



* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': John Henry Irons, one of the four would-be Supermen in ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Reign of the Supermen]]'' before adopting the code name "ComicBook/{{Steel}}". He was probably an invocation of this trope as much as the other Supermen invoked other trends in superheroics[[note]]AntiHeroSubstitute for the Eradicator and the Cyborg, for instance.[[/note]] at the time.

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John Henry Irons, one of the four would-be Supermen in ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Reign of the Supermen]]'' before adopting the code name "ComicBook/{{Steel}}". He was probably an invocation of this trope as much as the other Supermen invoked other trends in superheroics[[note]]AntiHeroSubstitute for the Eradicator and the Cyborg, for instance.[[/note]] at the time.



** In ComicBook/DCRebirth, Kenji Kong, a Chinese guy from Shanghai, gets infused with Superman's powers, becoming a China-based Superman.



* Creator/GregWeisman has created a new, black Aqualad named Kaldur'ahm for his ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' animated series, and the character was recently [[CanonImmigrant brought over into the comics]] as well (where he is Black Manta's estranged son). However unlike most characters who exemplify this trope, Kaldur's predecessor had not gone by "Aqualad" in well over a decade.

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* Creator/GregWeisman has created a new, black Aqualad named Kaldur'ahm for his ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' animated series, and the character was recently [[CanonImmigrant brought over into the comics]] as well (where he is Black Manta's estranged son). However However, unlike most characters who exemplify this trope, Kaldur's predecessor had not gone by "Aqualad" in well over a decade.



* [[ComicBook/FreedomFighters Lanford]] and [[ComicBook/YoungJustice Ray Terril]], the first two holders of the Ray identity, were white. Stan Silver, the third Ray, was African-American while Lucien Gates, the current Ray, is Korean American.

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* [[ComicBook/FreedomFighters Lanford]] and [[ComicBook/YoungJustice Ray Terril]], the first two holders of the Ray identity, were white. Stan Silver, the third Ray, was African-American African-American, while Lucien Gates, the current Ray, is Korean American.



* Happened by necessity in the {{Elseworlds}} comic ''JLA: Created Equal'', where a {{Gendercide}} kills off every male on the planet. Barbara Gordon (the afforementioned 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'' introduces a black Kryptonian named Val-Zod as the second Franchise/{{Superman}}.

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* Happened by necessity in the {{Elseworlds}} comic ''JLA: Created Equal'', where a {{Gendercide}} kills off every male on the planet. Barbara Gordon (the afforementioned 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'' introduces a black Kryptonian named Val-Zod as the second Franchise/{{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}} of that universe.
7th Feb '16 4:53:10 AM Zark
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*** It's been done to Doc Ock in the comics as well. During ''Comicbook/TheCloneSaga'' he was killed by Kaine and replaced by a female Doctor Octopus. She was featured prominently during the storyline and fell into obscurity soon afterwards, not least because the original came back.


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** The female Punisher idea is OlderThanTheyThink: in the 90s a policewoman Lynn Michaels briefly took the Punisher mantle.
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