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20th Jul '16 7:56:32 PM X2X
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* With each new generation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (besides [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]]), Ash is accompanied by a different female companion. Misty ([[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Original]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Series]]) is succeeded by May (''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Advanced Generation]]''), then Dawn (''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond & Pearl]]''), then Iris (''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Best]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Wishes!]]''), then Serena (''[[VideoGamePokemonXAndY XY]]''). Note that each character from May on is the female player character from her respective games (whereas Ash starts wearing the outfits inspired by the male PC beginning with ''D/P''). Starting with ''Best Wishes!'', Ash's male companion is also different and largely serves in the same roles (being a Gym Leader, TheLancer and a TeamChef).

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* With each new generation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (besides [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]]), Ash is accompanied by a different female companion. Misty ([[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Original]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Series]]) is succeeded by May (''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Advanced Generation]]''), then Dawn (''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond & Pearl]]''), then Iris (''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Best]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Wishes!]]''), then Serena (''[[VideoGamePokemonXAndY (''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY XY]]''). Note that each character from May on is the female player character from her respective games (whereas Ash starts wearing the outfits inspired by the male PC beginning with ''D/P''). Starting with ''Best Wishes!'', Ash's male companion is also different and largely serves in the same roles (being a Gym Leader, TheLancer and a TeamChef).



20th Jul '16 7:54:36 PM X2X
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* With each new generation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (besides generation II), Ash is accompanied by a different female companion. Misty (The Original Series) is succeeded by May (Pokemon Advanced Generation), then Dawn (Pokemon Diamond and Pearl), then Iris (Best Wishes), then Serena (Pokemon X and Y). Starting with Best Wishes, Ash's male companion is also different and largely serves in the same roles (being a gym leader, TheLancer and a TeamChef.)

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* With each new generation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (besides generation II), [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]]), Ash is accompanied by a different female companion. Misty (The Original Series) ([[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Original]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Series]]) is succeeded by May (Pokemon (''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Advanced Generation), Generation]]''), then Dawn (Pokemon (''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond and Pearl), & Pearl]]''), then Iris (Best Wishes), (''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Best]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Wishes!]]''), then Serena (Pokemon X and Y). (''[[VideoGamePokemonXAndY XY]]''). Note that each character from May on is the female player character from her respective games (whereas Ash starts wearing the outfits inspired by the male PC beginning with ''D/P''). Starting with Best Wishes, ''Best Wishes!'', Ash's male companion is also different and largely serves in the same roles (being a gym leader, Gym Leader, TheLancer and a TeamChef.)
TeamChef).



** However, there are many instances where you don't have a full party in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. A better (but one-time) example is in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', where [[spoiler: you add Krile to your party literally the moment Galuf dies.]] The new character even gets all the old character's skills and equipment, making it feel like all you've really done is a sprite change (though she ''is'' a significantly different character).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. You have your core 3 characters, and the fourth one dies, leaves, gets separated, dies, or [[RuleOfThree dies]]. You don't get your final party until towards three quarter of the way through [[spoiler: and that's your original party from the original cutscene]]. This is a nuisance seeing as the grinding system in this game depends on repeating one action repeatedly in order to become better with that action, so your fourth party members (with [[WhiteMage one exception]]) are all all but useless.

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** However, there are many instances where you don't have a full party in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. A better (but one-time) example is in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', where [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you add Krile to your party literally the moment Galuf dies.]] dies]]. The new character even gets all the old character's skills and equipment, making it feel like all you've really done is a sprite change (though she ''is'' a significantly different character).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. You have your core 3 characters, and the fourth one dies, leaves, gets separated, dies, or [[RuleOfThree dies]]. You don't get your final party until towards three quarter of the way through [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and that's your original party from the original cutscene]]. This is a nuisance seeing as the grinding system in this game depends on repeating one action repeatedly in order to become better with that action, so your fourth party members (with [[WhiteMage one exception]]) are all all but useless.



* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' (and to a lesser extent, 2) uses a lot of them for characters that died in the previous games. For example, if Wrex died in the first game, he's replaced by his brother Wreav going forward. The replacement characters are usually worse when it comes to the outcomes of their story-arcs, though.
* You are the replacement astronaut in {{VideoGame/Rama}} after the mission commander's mysterious death.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' Gives us Albert after [[spoiler: Lavitz is killed]] and Miranda after [[spoiler: Shana loses the power of her dragoon spirit.]] Both join the party immediately after their predecessors can no longer travel with the party.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' (and to a lesser extent, 2) ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 2]]'') uses a lot of them for characters that died in the previous games. For example, if Wrex died in the first game, he's replaced by his brother Wreav going forward. The replacement characters are usually worse when it comes to the outcomes of their story-arcs, though.
* You are the replacement astronaut in {{VideoGame/Rama}} ''VideoGame/{{Rama}}'' after the mission commander's mysterious death.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' Gives gives us Albert after [[spoiler: Lavitz [[spoiler:Lavitz is killed]] and Miranda after [[spoiler: Shana [[spoiler:Shana loses the power of her dragoon spirit.]] spirit]]. Both join the party immediately after their predecessors can no longer travel with the party.
24th Feb '16 1:59:57 PM Loyal2NES
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* In ''VideoGame/LunarDragonSong'', Lucia leaves your party a short way into the game. Unfortunately, she's the party healer. Fortunately, Flora joins your party shortly thereafter and brings her own healing with her.
25th Dec '15 1:56:37 PM Vir
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29th Aug '15 9:04:57 PM MitchellTF
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' traditionally did this with great frequency, although there was an aversion in the last few Tenth Doctor stories. Possibly justified on the grounds that the Doctor gets lonely without a companion, or foresees one leaving, and starts actively looking for a new one.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' traditionally did this with great frequency, although there was an aversion in the last few Tenth Doctor stories. Possibly justified on the grounds that the Doctor gets lonely without a companion, or foresees one leaving, and starts actively looking for a new one. Epecially in the Moffet-Era, there are references to no-companion adventures...which are conveniently off-screen.
29th Aug '15 9:01:14 PM MitchellTF
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** The reasoning behind this is worthy of mention, however. As, originally, Picard might have left for Season 4. Thus, it was written so that, in a pinch, they COULD have had the shake-up.
9th Aug '15 11:57:46 PM Setrin
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' Gives us Albert after [[spoiler: Lavitz is killed]] and Miranda after [[spoiler: Shana loses the power of her dragoon spirit.]] Both join the party immediately after their predecessors can no longer travel with the party.
1st Jul '15 8:45:13 AM PDL
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* With each new generation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (besides generation II), Ash is accompanied by a different female companion. Misty (Seasons 1-5) is succeeded by May (seasons 6-9), then Dawn (seasons 10-13), then Iris (seasons 14-17), then Serena (season 18).

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* With each new generation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (besides generation II), Ash is accompanied by a different female companion. Misty (Seasons 1-5) (The Original Series) is succeeded by May (seasons 6-9), (Pokemon Advanced Generation), then Dawn (seasons 10-13), (Pokemon Diamond and Pearl), then Iris (seasons 14-17), (Best Wishes), then Serena (season 18).
(Pokemon X and Y). Starting with Best Wishes, Ash's male companion is also different and largely serves in the same roles (being a gym leader, TheLancer and a TeamChef.)
1st Jul '15 8:40:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzar'': Bo and Duke leave to race cars, enter {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s Coy and Vance. Bo and Luke return after the actors' contract dispute is settled, Coy and Vance leave town to aid a conveniently ill relative.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzar'': ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Bo and Duke leave to race cars, enter {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s Coy and Vance. Bo and Luke return after the actors' contract dispute is settled, Coy and Vance leave town to aid a conveniently ill relative.
1st Jul '15 8:40:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Frontline}}'', each season features a new executive producer, all of whom are equally amoral but manipulate people in slightly different ways.

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* In ''{{Frontline}}'', ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', each season features a new executive producer, all of whom are equally amoral but manipulate people in slightly different ways.



* In the first episode of ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law and Order: Special Victims Unit's]]'' second season, Ice-T's character shows up, having been reassigned to SVU. Monique Jeffries, Michelle Hurd's outgoing character, comments, "You're here for my job."

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': In the first episode of ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law and Order: Special Victims Unit's]]'' the second season, Ice-T's character shows up, having been reassigned to SVU. Monique Jeffries, Michelle Hurd's outgoing character, comments, "You're here for my job."



* The Joel-to-Mike swap on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' was a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example: Mike's first episode is Joel's last because Mike helps Joel to escape. Upon discovering that Joel is gone and they need another test subject to continue their experiments, the Mads force Mike to take Joel's place.

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* The Joel-to-Mike swap on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' was a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example: Mike's first episode is Joel's last because Mike helps Joel to escape. Upon discovering that Joel is gone and they need another test subject to continue their experiments, the Mads force Mike to take Joel's place.



* In ''{{Minder}}'', Arthur's nephew Ray arrives looking for a job in the same episode (the season opener) that Arthur learns Terry has [[PutOnABus emigrated to Australia]].

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* In ''{{Minder}}'', ''Series/{{Minder}}'', Arthur's nephew Ray arrives looking for a job in the same episode (the season opener) that Arthur learns Terry has [[PutOnABus emigrated to Australia]].



* [[TwoAndAHalfMen Two and a Half Men]]: Ashton shows up the same episode we found out Charlie was killed.
* Zigzagged on ''{{Series/Farscape}}''. Jool first appears in the same story where Zhaan leaves and takes over the position of ship's medical expert. However, Stark, who replaces Zhaan as the ship's mystic, had been an on-and-off guest star for a season prior to Zhaan's departure. Sikozu shows up to replace Jool as the annoyingly smart redhead chick a few episodes before Jool actually leaves. Averted with Noranti replacing Stark: there's a fairly large gap between Stark's departure and Noranti's introduction.
* In ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', Will Cartwright was set up to be this for Adam Cartwright, but it was {{subverted}} when Will ended up leaving the show before Adam did.
* ''NewsRadio'': After dealing with Bill's death in the first episode of the fifth season, his replacement, Max Louis, is introduced in the next episode.
* ''LastOfTheSummerWine'': It almost always happens when one of the members leaves the trio. Seymour is called out of retirement and leaves, and the long-gone Foggy returns to the village on the very next bus. Years later, Foggy is supposed to be temporarily out of town, and the lads hang out with Truly Truelove in his absence. However, Foggy's trip becomes permanent when he suddenly marries, and Truly simply carries on in his place.
* ''{{Rookie Blue}}'': In Season 3, Sam's ex-bf, Detective Luke Callahan, returns to the division seemingly just in time for [[spoiler:the current lead Detective Jerry Barber to get fatally stabbed within the next two episodes, leaving Luke to step up into Barber's old role.]]
* ''{{The Dukes of Hazzard}}'': Bo and Duke leave to race cars, enter {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s Coy and Vance. Bo and Luke return after the actors' contract dispute is settled, Coy and Vance leave town to aid a conveniently ill relative.
* When the actor who played Coach on ''{{Cheers}}'' died, they brought in Woody, not only to fill the job of tending bar, but also the job of TheDitz.

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* [[TwoAndAHalfMen Two and a Half Men]]: ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Ashton shows up the same episode we found out Charlie was killed.
* Zigzagged on ''{{Series/Farscape}}''.''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Jool first appears in the same story where Zhaan leaves and takes over the position of ship's medical expert. However, Stark, who replaces Zhaan as the ship's mystic, had been an on-and-off guest star for a season prior to Zhaan's departure. Sikozu shows up to replace Jool as the annoyingly smart redhead chick a few episodes before Jool actually leaves. Averted with Noranti replacing Stark: there's a fairly large gap between Stark's departure and Noranti's introduction.
* In ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', Will Cartwright was set up to be this for Adam Cartwright, but it was {{subverted}} when Will ended up leaving the show before Adam did.
* ''NewsRadio'': ''Series/NewsRadio'': After dealing with Bill's death in the first episode of the fifth season, his replacement, Max Louis, is introduced in the next episode.
* ''LastOfTheSummerWine'': ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'': It almost always happens when one of the members leaves the trio. Seymour is called out of retirement and leaves, and the long-gone Foggy returns to the village on the very next bus. Years later, Foggy is supposed to be temporarily out of town, and the lads hang out with Truly Truelove in his absence. However, Foggy's trip becomes permanent when he suddenly marries, and Truly simply carries on in his place.
* ''{{Rookie Blue}}'': ''Series/RookieBlue'': In Season 3, Sam's ex-bf, Detective Luke Callahan, returns to the division seemingly just in time for [[spoiler:the current lead Detective Jerry Barber to get fatally stabbed within the next two episodes, leaving Luke to step up into Barber's old role.]]
* ''{{The Dukes of Hazzard}}'': ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzar'': Bo and Duke leave to race cars, enter {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s Coy and Vance. Bo and Luke return after the actors' contract dispute is settled, Coy and Vance leave town to aid a conveniently ill relative.
* When the actor who played Coach on ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' died, they brought in Woody, not only to fill the job of tending bar, but also the job of TheDitz.
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