Created By: SirPsychoSexy on March 19, 2010
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Oh, no, your sister just died!

But you don't have the Applied Phlebotinum to make a Replacement Goldfish to remember her by. But hey, you look kind of like her, right? So your Dead Little Sister will live on through you!

May or may not involve a Wholesome Crossdresser, depending on the gender of the person being replaced and the person doing the replacing. May or not be related, possibly just good friends.

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Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • March 15, 2010
    LarryD
    I recall a Naruto mission where this was inverted, a country's princess took her assassinated brother's place, to keep the assassination secret.
  • March 15, 2010
    Chabal2
    • Seen it as a horror setting: the surviving sibling more or less recreates the dead one's personality in his head. It doesn't work out too well for him. Bonus points if the dead one is the murderer.
  • March 15, 2010
    randomsurfer
    This just came up in Family Guy where Stewie pretended to be a girl named Mary in order to get on a TV show - when he revealed he was really a boy he claimed he was keeping his sister Mary's memory alive.
  • March 15, 2010
    TBTabby
    On Black Lagoon,' Gretel becomes this after her bother is killed. Before that, they just dressed like each other for kicks.
  • March 15, 2010
    TheRedRedKroovy
    Alfred Ashford in Resident Evil: Code Veronica. His sister isn't dead, but she's been cryogenically frozen for the last fifteen years.
  • March 15, 2010
    fallen1
    Angel Sanctuary inverts this, with the brother Boyz dying. His twin sister Noyz later cuts her hair to better resemble him and says he'll live on through her.
  • March 15, 2010
    Ryusui
  • March 16, 2010
    SirPsychoSexy
    I like Living For Two.

    The female-to-male exapmles aren't really inversions; it's just the male-to-female and same-gender versions tend to be more common.
  • March 16, 2010
    GoatBoy
    That actually sounds like the plot to Sleepaway Camp.
  • March 16, 2010
    melloncollie
    Lizzie attempts to do this for Ivan in Priest since she just happens to look like his dead girlfriend for some reason. He's not very receptive, though.
  • March 16, 2010
    Motmot
    One or two brother-for-brother examples.

    Film
    • An Officer And A Gentleman: Turns out Sid only wanted to be a naval officer to live for his brother who died in Vietnam.
    • Not sure if this counts, but how about Avatar? Jake takes his deceased twin brother's place in the Avatar program... I don't recall how much of his role he was trying to fill, however.
  • March 16, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In the HBO series In Treatment, one of the patients was treated by his parents as a replacement for his older brother, who died young and was the favorite child.
  • March 17, 2010
    Kriegsmesser
    Subtrope of Dead Person Impersonation.

    My vote is for Living For Two.
  • March 17, 2010
    AlexChurchill
    The manga Yubisaki Milk Tea does this. The original reason the male main character crossdresses was to pretend to be his big sister in photo shoots.
  • March 17, 2010
    SirPsychoSexy
    BUMP
  • March 18, 2010
    Idler2.0
    A very dark example of this occurs in an episode of Criminal Minds: a serial killer dies, and his accomplice, who was in love with him, psychologically and physically (insofar as he can) transforms into him.

    EDIT: I've just remembered that there was actually another episode like that, but in that one the replacement killer didn't actually start turning into the dead one.
  • March 18, 2010
    Motmot
    Video Games
    • In Pheonix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All, the Miney sisters. The two got into a car accident, killing Ini Miney and leaving Mimi Miney severely burned. Mimi underwent plastic surgery and her face was accidently rebuilt as her sisters, due to a photo of her sister being in her pocket. Mimi then decided to live as Ini to hide from her past failures as a nurse and get revenge for her sister's death.

    Edited based on Tim_sama's reply below. (Thanks for bringing that up, it's been quite a while since I played the game!)

    I'm going to second Living For Two also, and I think the description might be a bit more accurate without the "Although you're male," in that fifth sentence -- at least not states as if it's the norm for this trope -- since as many of these examples seem to be same-gender. I think you definitely have a trope on your hands, but I don't think gender is a factor in it, really.
  • March 19, 2010
    Tim_sama
    Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All, The Miney Sisters are not an entirely straight example, because Mimi simply woke up with Ini's face due to the doctors reconstructing it based on a photo in her pocket. It was only after this that Mimi decided to live as Ini, to hide from her past failures as a nurse and get revenge for her sister's death. Definitely belongs on the examples list, though.
  • March 19, 2010
    deathjavu
    Whoa, nobody brought up Psycho? At the end, it turns out that the hotel owner has been dressing up as his mom, who has been dead for some time.

    Oh, I guess I could unspoiler that considering how old that movie is. But I think at this point it's actually so old that it's become a spoiler again.
  • March 19, 2010
    CodeMan38
    This is central to the plot of the manga Basara (which is Not To Be Confused With Sengoku Basara).
  • March 19, 2010
    TJ
    Real Life Example: Author James M. Barrie was one of ten children. His older brother David was their mother's favorite, and after David was killed in a skating accident, six-year-old James began trying to ease his mother's grief by taking on David's mannerisms and dressing in his clothes.
  • March 20, 2010
    Motmot
    Anime and Manga
    • In Digimon Adventure 02, Ken's parents often had the spotlight on his older brother, who was regarded as a child prodigy. Out of jealousy,Ken wished he were dead, and soon after he died in a car accident. After that, Ken took on several of his brother's attributes out of guilt, and in hopes that his parents would recognize him more.
  • March 20, 2010
    Doug S. Machina
    @deathjavu: I'd say that one's famous enough to be It Was His Sled.

    One episode of Jonathan Creek had a plot point of woman whose identical twin had been killed while attempting a dangerous stage-magic trick, and she took on her identity to avoid grief for her sister's family. (IIRC)
  • March 20, 2010
    dotchan
    There's also the darker sister trope, Kill And Replace.
  • March 20, 2010
    callsignecho
    Living For Two instantly made me think of pregnancy and the common phrase "eating for two" (and the sardonic variations "sleeping for two," "peeing for two," etc). I don't have a better suggestion, though.

    I think Jake and his brother in Avatar are a pretty literal example of this trope as described.
  • March 21, 2010
    SirPsychoSexy
  • March 21, 2010
    nekouken
    Comic Books
    • Inverted, then played straight in the DCU by the Crimson Fox.
      • The inversion: Upon gaining their superpowers, identical twins Constance and Vivian D'aramis, co-owners of a Parisian perfume company, arranged to fake Constance's death, so each of them could go back and forth playing Vivian and the Crimson Fox.
      • Played straight: When Vivian was actually killed in action, Constance assumed both roles.
  • March 24, 2010
    SirPsychoSexy
    BUMP
  • March 24, 2010
    JurassicMosquito
    If I'm understanding the description, then:
  • March 24, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    (sorry for nitpicking) in the recent episode of Family Guy mentioned above, Stewie pretends to be a girl named Karina Smirnoff in order to land a part on the American Adaptation of his favorite television show - the only part available was playing a little girl named Mary. He then falls in love with one of his (female) costars, but the costar explains to her/him that she's not a lesbian ... so Stewie marches into the (conveniently live) taping of the episode, and in character (as Mary, not Karina/Stewie) explains that Karina was actually his sister who died, and he was Desmond - a perfectly normal little boy transvestite - who was trying to carry on her memory.
  • March 27, 2010
    SirPsychoSexy
    Yeah, the trope was referenced in the Show Within A Show for Family Guy.
  • March 30, 2010
    SirPsychoSexy
    BUMP
  • March 30, 2010
    tengu
    Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, as Viola takes on the role of her brother Sebastian. Gender bending hilarity ensues.
  • March 30, 2010
    voodoochild
    That Criminal Minds episode mentioned upthread is "Identity".
  • March 30, 2010
    SomeGuy
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