Created By: RetroRaider6400kGb on October 1, 2012 Last Edited By: RetroRaider6400kGb on July 24, 2014

Imported Character

A Character from a previous work being brought in as a regular in a newer one.

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This is where a character from a previous work is appropriated for a newer, relatively unrelated one as a regular. This isn't an Expy or Captain Ersatz, this is the original character with all their backstory. This is different from a Crossover where several characters from two or more works join up for a single event or for an entire Serial, though an Imported Character resulting from a Crossover does count; a Spin-Off would technically count but in these cases the works are explicitally linked from the start.

In non-official filmed works The Other Darrin will often be used, and The Nth Doctor is another possibility. Bearing this in mind, some changes to the character are allowed to be changed so long as in name and basic personality/backstory they are still the same.

The Trope Codifiers are the That Guy with the Glasses versions of Ma-Ti (Captain Planet), Terl/Turrell (Battlefield Earth) and Genral Zod (Superman), as portrayed by Bhargav Dronamraju, Noah Antwiler and Doug Walker respectively; first appearing in The Nostalgia Critic reviews of their original work in the case of the first two, and in the Merry Zodmas special in Zod's case.
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  • October 1, 2012
    Damr1990
  • October 1, 2012
    MrRuano
    ^The trope may be related, but this trope involves characters from a completely unrelated series getting sent in as a character.
    • An possible trope maker is Yoshimitsu, who was originally from the Tekken series. As a bit of a crossover attempt after the success of the first two games, Yoshi was translated over to Soul Calibur. He has been in both universes as a longstay, though his Soul Series version has had a replacement with the same name.
  • January 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Would these count?
  • January 29, 2013
    Tuomas
    • Flex Mentallo originally appeared as a supporting character in Doom Patrol. Then he was given a mini-series of his own. While Flex's basic character and powers remain the same in the mini, it takes place in what seems to be a completely different universe, with none of the elements from Doom Patrol used besides Flex himself.
  • January 29, 2013
    Tuomas
    • Ursula, played by Lisa Kudrow, was originally a character in Mad About You. Then Kudrow got the role of Phoebe in Friends, which wasn't a spinoff or otherwise related to Mad About You. However, the writers of Friends decided to add Ursula to their series, with the explanation that she was Phoebe's identical twin. She kept on appearing in both series, so this was technically a crossover between Mad About You and Friends, but the crossover resulted from the Imported Character, not the other way around.
  • January 29, 2013
    Duncan
    Miles O'Brien spun off from Star Trek The Next Generation to Star Trek Deep Space Nine in the pilot episode of the latter show, but Worf made the switch in the 4th Season of DS 9 (as Next Gen was ending).
  • January 29, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    See also The Cameo, if the character's appearance is only for a short while and the canon is debatable
  • January 29, 2013
    Hodor
    "The Trope Codifiers are the That Guy With The Glasses versions of Ma-Ti (Captain Planet), Terl/Turrell (Battlefield Earth) and Genral Zod (Superman), as portrayed by Bhargav Dronamraju, Noah Antwiler and Doug Walker respectively; first appearing in The Nostalgia Critic reviews of their original work in the case of the first two, and in the Merry Zodmas special in Zod's case."

    I don't think you know what the term Trope Codifier means.
  • January 29, 2013
    StarSword
    How is this different from Transplant?
  • January 30, 2013
    Shinr
    At first glance I though that this was already covered in Old Save Bonus.
  • January 30, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    There's a few games out there which actually allow you to play with characters from other games as Old Save Bonuses, DLC or mods.

    Example is a 'Monster Rancher' game (dunno which, sorry). Having a 'Dead Or Alive' save on the game system allows you to summon a pixie-fied Kasumi as a character.
  • January 30, 2013
    MokonaZero
    All the characters from Tsubasa are taken from previous Clamp works and inserted into one story.
  • July 24, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    bump
  • July 24, 2014
    DAN004
    Now... can somebody explain what this thing is to me, and how they would compare with other tropes?
  • July 24, 2014
    Snicka
    As far as I understand, this is when a previously established character show up in an other work, and becomes a regular character. Basically a combination of Cross Over and Canon Immigrant.
  • July 24, 2014
    Larkmarn
    It's Transplant. Plain and simple.

    And OP has no idea what Trope Codifier means, apparently.

    Anyhoo, this is covered. MTD.
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