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->'''Minute Man''': I'm black?\\
'''Cosgro Toys Exec''': We decided to take a multi-cultural approach.\\
'''Minute Man''': But, I'm not black.\\
'''Cosgro Toys Exec''': I think you have vaguely African features...
-->-- ''Film/TheSpecials''

So, the [[Creator/MarvelComics Big]] [[Creator/DCComics Two]] comic publishers have a couple of issues. The first: brand new characters not [[ContinuityPorn heavily tied to already existing characters and continuity]] have a hard time becoming popular and long-lasting. The second, the eras when characters could stick (the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] and [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver]] Ages) produced heterosexual white males almost exclusively. The solution to both? Take a preexisting character, and pass their [[LegacyCharacter superhero identity]] to a [[AffirmativeActionGirl female]] or [[TokenMinority minority]] character!

Trouble is, the legacy characters often don't stick very well either; in 2009-2010, Creator/DCComics depowered, marginalized, or outright killed almost ''all'' of the {{Legacy Character}}s established in the PostCrisis era and replaced them with their [[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. 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.

See also GenderFlip, RaceLift, ShesAManInJapan.
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!!Examples:

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* Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}: Barbara Gordon (white) replaced with [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] (half-Chinese half-white) who was replaced with [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown]] (white, lower-class), replaced with [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2011}} Barbara Gordon]] (formerly disabled).
** The final issue of the pre-Comicbook/{{New 52}} ''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]]'' volume showed an [[AlternateTimeline alternate future]] where the Batgirl identity had been taken up by an African American teenager named Nell.
** In the ''Comicbook/BatmanBeyond'' universe, the new Batgirl is a black teenager named Nissa.
** ''Future's End'' introduced a future team known as the League of Batgirls. In addition to the aforementioned Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, the team's third Batgirl was a 12-year old African-American girl named Tiffany Fox.
* A [[RetroactiveLegacy retcon story]] established that prior to becoming Franchise/{{Batman}}, Bruce Wayne operated as part of a team of Chinese superheroes under the name Darknight. Years later, a new, Chinese Darknight appeared as a member of the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]].
* TheQuestion: Vic Sage (white male) replaced with Renee Montoya (Hispanic gay female, a [[TwoferTokenMinority Threefer]]), a CanonImmigrant from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' who had previously starred in ''Comicbook/GothamCentral''. She assumed the title in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' upon Vic's death from lung cancer. The Comicbook/{{New 52}} version is back to being a white male - though thanks to having a radical new origin involving being {{UnPerson}}ed, we don't know if it's Vic in some form or a new guy altogether.
* 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.
** [[TheChosenMany The Green Lantern Corps]] members also include squirrels, a robot, a ''[[GeniusLoci planet]]'', alien ''smallpox'', a ''living math equation'', and are (or were) led by blue space midgets. Having a black guy and a white guy is downright boring by comparison (a point which a black man even uses to call Jordan out on his racism back in the 70's).
** Kyle's Hispanic ethnicity is a {{retcon}} introduced when he found his father Gabriel Vasquez (who was undercover as Aaron Rayner when Kyle was born.) Outside of JuddWinick, no writer has so much as mentioned this retcon ever since.
*** His dad did actually reappear in one of the Halloween anthologies DC puts out every year, and he was indeed Latino.
** The ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'' universe has a Chinese girl named Jade Yifei as the Green Lantern of Earth. She's a RaceLift of Jennifer-Lynn Hayden, Alan Scott's daughter in the main universe.
** The Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot did something similar to Alan Scott, the AlternateUniverse Green Lantern. The original Golden Age version was your average white dude; in the New 52 he's still white but now a gay man. Notably, this trope wasn't the main purpose of the change; he had a gay son who was {{Retgone}}'d in the reboot, so they made ''him'' gay instead.
** As mentioned above, the New 52 has since introduced a fifth Earth Lantern. The new Green Lantern is an Arab American man named Simon Baz, who became a member of the most recent iteration of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.
*** 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''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' were criticized by some fans for using John Stewart (black) rather than Kyle Rayner (white), the current GL at the time, and the one already established in the {{Franchise/DCAU}}. Other fans were pleased to see John finally get some recognition, though.
** 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.
** Kyle Rayner did eventually appear as a background Lantern, having previously been featured in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Hal Jordan was relegated to a ShoutOut - his name painted on a fighter jet at an airbase - and a five minute cameo when some TimeTravel shenanigans caused him to spontaneously take Stewart's place. Alan and several other Golden Age characters were used as the basis for an alternate world in one storyline.
** The usual seventh, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, was recovering from a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway laughable]] [[InkStainAdaptation legacy]], so they needed a seventh and decided to [[TheSmurfettePrinciple add a second woman]]. Furthermore, they chose the more Hispanic-seeming (and voiced by Maria Canals-Barrera) Hawkgirl[[note]]In fact, all Thanagarians that appeared in the {{DCAU}} were voiced by Hispanic actors, making them some sort of FantasyCounterpartCulture[[/note]], as opposed to the more traditional, and white, Black Canary or Zatanna. Zatanna, Black Canary and Hawkman were introduced later, and the early introduction of Hawkgirl was used to set up and clear up the [[ContinuitySnarl Hawk-Snarl]].
* The New 52 version of DoctorFate is a young Egyptian man named Khalid. Fitting since despite all the other Fates being white, the Nabu entity that empowers them is from Egypt.
** Also, there were two female Doctor Fates which succeeded Kent Nelson after he died, one of them being his widow Inza.
*** Kent actually wasn't dead while Inza was Doctor Fate. It's... well, let's just say that AWizardDidIt and leave it at that.
* Comicbook/{{Firestorm}}: Ronnie Raymond (white) replaced with Jason Rusch (black). Ronnie was eventually resurrected, and now they both share control over the composite Firestorm entity.
* Judomaster: Rip Jagger (white male) replaced with Sonia Sato (Asian female).
** There was a previous Asian Judomaster in the 90's. He appeared in one issue and was never seen again.
* Holly Robinson, who briefly replaced Selina Kyle as Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, is a lesbian.
** The new Catwoman in ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' is also a [[AmbiguouslyBrown dark-skinned]] woman of mostly-unrevealed lineage.
* 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.
** {{Retcon}}! ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Incorporated]]'' has established that Kathy Kane was the first Batwoman, for about a year early in Batman's career. Their relationship is that Kathy is Kate's aunt.
** In addition, Kate Kane passed on the Batwoman mantle to the above-mentioned Cassandra Cain in the alternate future ''Titans Tomorrow....Today!'' storyline.
* TheAtom: Ray Palmer (white male) replaced by Ryan Choi (Asian male). Choi's run in ''The All-New Atom'' ended in a [[MoodWhiplash thudding tonal shift]] around the time Ray Palmer returned from a self-imposed extradimensional exile.
** 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.
** Choi was later restored to life in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} due to the controversy.
** And now there's Rhonda Pineda, a Latina college student and the newest Atom. [[spoiler: Just kidding! She's the evil Atomica from [[MirrorUniverse Earth 3]], and a mole for the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate of America.]]]]
* BlueBeetle: Ted Kord (white male) replaced by Jaime Reyes (Hispanic male).
** Ryan, Jason, and Jaime also appear in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. All of their predecessors have also appeared in some capacity as well.
* {{Comicbook/Starman}}: Ted Knight (white male) replaced by Mikaal Thomas (bisexual blue alien).
** To an extent... Mikaal wasn't bisexual in the seventies stories where he was ''the'' Starman; that was a later {{retcon}} by James Robinson. And while Robinson later wrote Mikaal as a {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} member, the Starman name belonged to Thom Kallor (straight white male alien) at first, so he was simply referred to as Mikaal. Once Thom left to return to the future, Mikaal began to be referred to as Starman again.
* 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.
** Similarly, there's Johnny Thunder's successor, Jakeem. Though this may owe more to the fact that DC seems to have a thing about [[Comicbook/BlackLightning black guys with]] [[ComicBook/{{Static}} electric powers]].
* Stargirl: Female legacy of both Star-Spangled Kid and Starman.
* Comicbook/TheSpectre: Hal Jordan (white male) replaced by Crispus Allen (black male). Though Crispus is really more of a successor to Jim Corrigan (also white male.) Not to be confused with the Jim Corrigan who killed Crispus Allen. That was a totally different white male also named Jim Corrigan.
* Wildcat: Ted Grant (white male) was replaced for a while by Yolanda Montez (Hispanic female.) She died and he's back as a RetiredBadass.
* The original Son of Vulcan from CharltonComics was a white guy. He showed up in a 2005 DC mini-series [[DyingToBeReplaced just long enough to die and pass the mantle to a Latino kid named Miguel]].
* A villainous example for DC: The replacement Rogues featured an African-American Captain Cold. The original white one took back the identity pretty quickly though.
* Another rare villain example can be found in the Batman foe Tally Man. The first was a white guy, while the second one introduced during the ''One Year Later'' event was a black guy. What happened to the original is never stated, though the ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' novelization [[AllThereInTheManual mentions that he was killed by]] Two-Face.
* The half-white, half-Latina Kendra Saunders was introduced as the new Hawkgirl in the 90's, but like many of the others on this list was eventually killed off to make way for the return of her white predecessor. It seems she has gotten the last laugh though, as she is now the Hawkgirl in the Comicbook/{{New 52}}.
** {{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.
* Mark Richards was the third villain to call himself Tattooed Man, and was the first African-American to hold the mantle (the original two were white guys).
* [[Comicbook/NewGods Mister Miracle]], Scott Free ({{Human Alien|s}} resembling a white male) and his protege Shilo Norman (black male teen). As a bonus, Shilo Norman is AmbiguouslyJewish.
* The criminal Toyman, Winslow Schott, and the heroic Japanese Toyman, Hiro Okamura, who was later revealed to be a robot constructed by Winslow.
* In the pages of ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' Bwana Beast (a MightyWhitey) was replaced by a black man from Africa who renamed the hero Freedom Beast.
** The final issue of ''Justice League of America'' vol. 2 had one of the heroes returning to Africa to find a successor for the Freedom Beast mantle much later in the time line.
* The original Ranger from the [[MultinationalTeam Batmen of All Nations]] was a white Australian. After his death, the mantle was passed onto Johnny Riley, an Aboriginal teen who joined [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Incorporated]] under the moniker of "Dark Ranger".
* 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.
* GreenArrow II Connor Hawke is the son of the White Green Arrow Oliver Queen and a half Black, half Korean woman. For a while his skin seemed to go back and forth from issue to issue.
** It looks like he's gotten more white over time, and that he was darker at birth, canonically. A lot of colorists have messed it up over the years, though. It definitely does not help that his hair is dyed blonde.
** In the New 52, he's now the new Red Arrow, while Roy Harper calls himself Arsenal.
* Doctor Mid-Nite was originally Charles [=McNider=], a white man. He was replaced by Beth Chapel, a black woman, who was later replaced by Pieter Cross, another white man.
* ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'': John Henry Irons, one of the four would-be Supermen in ''[[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Reign of the Supermen]]'' before adopting the code name "{{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.
** Steel's niece, Natasha, also took over the mantle for a short time and uses it in the ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'' series.
* Lee Walter Travis, the white male Crimson Avenger was followed by Jill Carlyle, a black female Crimson Avenger.
* Speedy: GreenArrow's white male sidekick Roy Harper changed his code name to Arsenal and later Red Arrow, and Mia Dearden, an HIV-positive, female, former teen prostitute became the new Speedy.
* 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.
** It's also worth noting that in the show's continuity Garth was never Aqualad, presumably making Kaldur the first.
* In the alternate future depicted in ''[[Creator/GrantMorrison JLA: Rock of Ages]]'', the white male ComicBook/{{Aztek}} had been killed off by {{Darkseid}}, and his costume and codename had been passed on to a black woman known as Azteka.
* The alternate future depicted in the final issue of ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'' had two major examples. Jade, a white[[note]]Well, ethnically white. Actually ''green''.[[/note]] female superhero from the current timeline had been replaced by her brother Todd's adopted Asian daughter, while [[Comicbook/{{Manhunter}} Kate Spencer]]'s gay son Ramsey had succeeded her as the new Manhunter. As a woman, Kate herself qualifies since each of the previous bearers of the Manhunter mantle were white males.
* Two examples in the ''[[MilestoneComics Milestone Forever]]'' series. Curtis Metcalf passed on the Comicbook/{{Hardware}} identity to the female Tiffany Evans, and it was implied that Raquel Erving (Rocket) had succeeded Augustus Freeman as the new ComicBook/{{Icon}}.
* ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' is chock full of this, as it takes place in a future where many ''classic'' white male superheroes are either dead or retired. Lian Harper (who has a white father and Asian mother) has become the new Red Hood (the original was a white male), the new Star Spangled Kid and Stripes are both black, Johnny Thunder's genie has been passed on to a black male, the new Judomaster is an Asian woman, Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} (a black male) has become the new Robotman, and Iris West (who has a white father and Asian mother, though with her blue eyes and light hair, apparently takes after her father) has become the new [[TheFlash Kid Flash]].
** Too bad AlexRoss failed to do his research and drew both Kid Flash and Red Hood as ginger white kids.
** Red Hood's mantle has since been taken by Jason Todd (White Male) though funny side note, with the Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot, he's now working alongside (as well as becoming good friends with) Roy Harper in a world were Lian doesn't exist...yet
** It should be mentioned that a lot of the ''Kingdom Come'' legacy characters became {{Canon Immigrant}}s.
* In the mainstream DC Comics continuity, Iris West (who as mentioned above, is half white and half Korean) became the new Impulse. Bart Allen, the original Impulse, was a white male. However, Iris West IS the daughter of Wally West, another holder of TheFlash mantle.
** In the {{New 52}} continuity, Wally is back to being a teenager, but was {{Race Lift}}ed into an African-American. The ''Futuer's End'' tie-in to the series has a possible future where Wally has once again replaced Barry as the Flash.
* Johnny Quick, a white male hero, was replaced by Jesse Chambers, his daughter. She now fights crime while using his costume and the slightly modified moniker of Jesse Quick.
** She eventually changed her costumed identity to Liberty Belle, originally her mother's
* TheFlash in ''Justice League [[ComicBook/BatmanBeyond Beyond]]'' is a black woman named Danica Williams.
* Several examples pop up in [[JuddWinick Judd Winick's]] ''[[Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational Justice League: Generation Lost]]'' series. The future iteration of the Justice League features Damian Wayne (Bruce Wayne's mixed Chinese/European/Arab son) as the new Batman, an unnamed African-American woman as the new ComicBook/BlackCanary, and a Middle-Eastern woman named Sahar Shazeen as the new [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]. Captain Marvel would count as a {{Twofer|TokenMinority}}, since the original Cap was a white male named Billy Batson.
* ''Elseworld's Finest: Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} & Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' had future versions of ComicBook/BlackCanary and [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], both of whom were black.
* The aforementioned Damian Wayne is the new {{Robin}}, a role which has traditionally been filled by white males. [[note]]No need to talk about Stephanie "Spoiler/Batgirl" Brown, who was briefly Robin, depending on who is doing the counting.[[/note]] Damian-as-Batman has also featured in a couple of Creator/GrantMorrison future tales - in one story ''he's'' the RetiredBadass "Mr Wayne" who trains [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]].
** In ''Futures End'', the new Robin is a black teenager named Duke Thomas.
* The trend was parodied in the ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] Presents: ComicBook/PlasticMan'' one-shot, where two children claim that Plastic Man is lame because he was never replaced by a minority like many of the popular heroes of the 90's were.
* The original Element Girl was Caucasian, while her successor Element Woman is Korean American.
* ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' does this briefly. Readers are shown a number of alternate universes, one of which features black versions of Superman and Wonder Woman. The black Wonder Woman is revealed to be Nubia, Wonder Woman's largely-forgotten "sister" from the 1970's. Meanwhile, the black Superman is the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent president of the United States]].
* [[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.
* In the 1970s the Comicbook/TeenTitans member Mal Duncan/Herald (African-American) took the identity of the Guardian, a white GoldenAge hero. Even when a clone of the original character was introduced in ''Jimmy Olsen'' as security for Project Cadmus, he called himself the Golden Guardian, letting Mal keep the original name. (PostCrisis, none of this happened, and the clone was simply the Guardian.) In ''SevenSoldiers'', Jake Jordan (also African-American) is given the title Manhattan Guardian by a newspaper which bought the rights to the name and costume from Cadmus.
* 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 {{Superman}}.
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* 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.
** Because Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan was a popular franchise in and of itself, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the change was highly controversial]] and UltimateMarvel was occasionally accused of pandering. Following the ''actual release'' of the comics, reception has been mixed but largely positive, with the book usually receiving good reviews.
** One of Miles' enemies is a new [[RaceLift Latino version]] of the Scorpion. In the Ultimate universe, the first Scorpion was an actual clone of Peter Parker, making the new guy an example of this even if there doesn't appear to be any connection as of yet.
** In another villainous example, the second Ultimate Comicbook/{{Venom}} was [[spoiler: Conrad Marcus, the African-American scientist who created the spiders that gave Peter and Miles their powers in the first place]].
** Monica Chang, an Asian American woman who was the holder of the ComicBook/BlackWidow mantle before Natasha Romanoff and then retired only for the alias to be passed down to Natasha. In the FaceHeelTurn and subsequent death of Natasha Romanoff, Chang comes back at Fury's request and takes up the alias again. This is an inversion.
*** After Monica Chang became the director of {{SHIELD}}, [[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] succeeded her as the third Black Widow. She's the first non-heterosexual woman (she's either a lesbian or bisexual and has a crush on Kitty Pryde) to use the Black Widow identity.
** Inverted with Tyrone Cash, the original [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]]. It's established that Cash was originally an Afro-British scientist who taught Bruce Banner (the iconic Hulk) everything he knew, and was around years before Banner became a Hulk in his own right.
** The newest [[TheVision Vision]] from ''TheUltimates'' is a young black man named Robert Mitchell.
* Phyla-Vell, the new (and now former) ComicBook/{{Quasar}} is a lesbian alien.
** In addition, the character started out in an AU where she shared the Captain Marvel identity with her brother Genis.
* Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes became the new ComicBook/IronMan; eventually Stark became Iron Man again, and Rhodes became Comicbook/WarMachine.
** During the ComicBook/SecretWars, Reed Richards got to see the man under the armour while repairing it. Jim asked him if he was surprised that the man under the armour was black; Reed just said that he knew that 'there was a man in there', reacting more along the lines of 'what's race got to do with anything?', being as unconcerned about the race of who was in the armor as he's always been about everyone else.
** The Iron Man of 3030 is [[spoiler: Rhodey Stark, Tony's African-American granddaughter]].
* [[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.
* The original Wraith (an obscure Spider-Man villain) was a white male named Brian Dewolff. The second Wraith is Yuri Watanabe, a Japanese-American woman.
* The GoldenAge hero Toro was a white kid named Thomas Raymond. The modern Toro is a Latino teenager named Benito Serrano.
** Though original Toro could turn his body into fire and fought during WWII, and the modern Toro has a Bull-like fighting form and is the legacy of a character from the Counter-Earth storylines. They're related in name only.
* Puck of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' was revealed to be the father of Zuzha Yu, a half-Chinese daughter who took up her dad's identity. Zuzha was eventually killed off in the pages of ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', and the original Puck has since returned to using the name.
* Playing with the trope: Comicbook/MsMarvel started off as a DistaffCounterpart of Captain Marvel but has since surpassed him in terms of screentime and popularity, and he was dead and she was a solo heroine for quite a long time. Basically, she started out as the AlternateCompanyEquivalent to Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and developed into the AlternateCompanyEquivalent of Franchise/WonderWoman.
** Also done straight up with Carol as she becomes the second Captain America in the MarvelMangaverse.
** Played straight with her becoming the newest Captain Marvel in 2012.
** And now with Carol as the new Captain Marvel, they've introduced a Pakistani-American teenager named Kamala Khan as the new [[{{Comicbook/MsMarvel2014}} Ms. Marvel]]. Also one of the few Muslim superheroes in all of comicdom.
* Marvel's second Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, was a black female. Like all the Marvel Captains Marvel since [[{{Captain Mar-Vell}} Mar-Vell]], she has undergone several name changes, and now operates as part of the Mighty Avengers under the name Spectrum.
* The original Red Ronin was a HumongousMecha, while the second Red Ronin, Namie, is a [[ArtificialHuman life-like android]] that resembles a teenage Japanese girl.
* {{ComicBook/Hawkeye}}: Clint Barton had his alias adopted by [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Kate Bishop]].
** Barton has since returned to his old codename, but it doesn't appear that Bishop will be giving up her use of it anytime soon.
* Unique example with Thunderbird. The first two users of the name were Apaches from America. The most recent user is from India.
* Ronin: InvertedTrope. Originally held by Maya Lopez, a deaf Hispanic woman, then passed on to white male [[{{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} Clint Barton]].
** It's [[RetroactiveLegacy since been established]] that the original Ronin was a Japanese man in the 1940's. The most recent Ronin was another white guy named Alexei Shostakov (who used to be the Red Guardian, a [[RedScare villainous Soviet version]] of CaptainAmerica).
** 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 LukeCage and [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]].
* The character Bill Foster initially fought crime under the name Black Goliath, before eventually changing his CodeName to simply Goliath, and later, Giant-Man. Goliath and Giant-Man are two identities originated by [[Comicbook/AntMan Hank Pym]].
* There have been numerous people who have borne the Comicbook/GhostRider title, most of them white males. ''Comicbook/FearItself'' introduced Alejandra Jones, a Nicaraguan woman, as the next Spirit of Vengeance.
** 2014 ''ComicBook/AllNewGhostRider'' gives us yet another new Rider, this time in Robbie Reyes, Latino male. Instead of being passed the mantle, it's forced on him.
* The original ComicBook/BlackPanther (African male) was replaced briefly by his younger sister Shuri.
** Prior to that, he was briefly replaced by Kasper Cole, a young man of mixed African-American and Jewish heritage. Cole later became one of several people to use the Comicbook/WhiteTiger name.
* While not intended to replace the original {{Wolverine}} (who remained active), the original's son {{Daken}} operated with the DarkAvengers using the name Wolverine, and is half-Japanese and bisexual.
* The first two people to use the 3-D Man identity were two white brothers in the 1950's. The identity is currently used by Delroy Garrett, a black member of the AgentsOfAtlas and a former member of Comicbook/TheAvengers.
* There have been numerous hosts for CaptainUniverse, with the one who joined the MarvelNOW [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] roster being a black woman.
* Amadeus Cho was initially introduced as a new version of the GoldenAge hero Mastermind Excello, though he usually goes by his real name.
* The first version of Nightmask from ''TheNewUniverse'' was a white guy named Keith Remsen. The new Nightmask introduced in the 2007 revival was a Japanese woman named Izanami Randall.
** The newest version of Nightmask, who is native to Earth 616, is an artificial human who resembles a black man.
* The NewMutants member Cypher was a white male, while his successor, Cipher, is a black teenage girl. [[DeathIsCheap The original has since come back from the dead]], but there's no real issues thanks to the two heroes having entirely different abilities.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** 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.
** The original Angel was Warren Worthington III. During Creator/GrantMorrison's run, the title passed to Angel Salvadore, an Afro-Latina teenager. Since Warren had changed his name to Archangel at the time, there was little conflict. Warren is now back to calling himself Angel, while Angel Salvadore operates without a CodeName.
** In ''Comicbook/BattleOfTheAtom'', the future version of Jubilee (Chinese-American) is now the new {{Wolverine}}. Also, Billy Kaplan (Wiccan, who as mentioned below is gay and Jewish) is the new [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]].
* Marvel retroactively declared that there was a black ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Isaiah Bradley, who, in a situation inspired by the unethical Tuskegee Experiments, was unwittingly dosed with a flawed recreation of the Super-Soldier serum used on Steve Rogers, the original, white Captain America. Bradley would eventually escape his captors with a Captain America Shield and costume, and, realizing his body and mind were breaking down from the flawed mixture, go on one final mission to destroy Germany's Super-Soldier program. Isaiah has his own modern day legacy: his grandson Eli Bradley operates as [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Patriot]].
** Which is also a legacy name. The first Patriot Jeffrey Mace (white male) also substituted for the original Cap. Also retroactively.
** In an AlternateUniverse seen in ''Children's Crusade'', Eli [[SidekickGraduationsStick has become the new Captain America]]. Meanwhile, TheFalcon has been succeeded by his daughter Samantha, the new [[BuckyBarnes Bucky]] is an African American child named Steve (he's the son of Eli and Samantha), the new [[{{CaptainMar-Vell}} Captain Marvel]] is the openly-gay Teddy Altman (Hulkling, who is also half-Kree/half-Skrull, making him a rare example even outside human parameters), and the new Comicbook/DoctorStrange is Billy Kaplan (Wiccan), who is gay as well (incidentally, Billy and Teddy are dating).
** 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 LukeCage.
** During the [[MarvelNOW Avengers NOW!]] initiative, Steve will be replaced as Captain America by his former partner [[TheFalcon Sam Wilson]].
* Rikki Barnes took on [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers']] briefly used alias Nomad.
** She was also initially a female version of {{Bucky|Barnes}}, Cap's sidekick from the 40's.
** Lemar Hoskins also briefly used the Bucky identity before someone pointed out that "Buck" [[ValuesDissonance used to be a derogatory term for black men]]. He quickly changed his name to Battlestar and adopted a new costume.
* The first two holders of the Miss America identity were white women. The current holder of the title is a Latina teenager named America Chavez.
* The first Golden Girl was a white woman named Elizabeth Ross, while her successor was a Japanese-American girl named Gwenny-Lou Sabuki. Sabuki's two granddaughters would later carry on her legacy as the heroines Goldfire and Radiance.
* Comicbook/{{Nova}} Sam Alexander is half-Latino.
* The original [[GoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Sun Girl was a white blonde woman. The new Sun Girl seen in the ''NewWarriors'' is a biracial girl with an African-American mother.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange was temporarily succeeded as "Sorcerer Supreme" by Haitian-born Jericho Drumm, aka Brother Voodoo. It seems that this was meant partially as a response to those who saw Strange as a MightyWhitey. The name "Doctor Strange" did not pass on because that is his real name (Stephen Strange) and title (neurosurgeon). Brother Voodoo is also a doctor in his own right (psychologist).
* Marvel's [[TheRemake relaunch]] of ''Creator/CrossGen'''s ''Sigil'' replaces future soldier Samandahl "Sam" Rey (white male) with OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Samantha "Sam" Rey (white female).
* Marvel's [[{{Marvel2099}} 2099]] line had Miguel O'Hara as Spider-Man, half-Hispanic, half-Irish.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'' introduces a new version of Spidey's nemesis Doctor Octopus for the 2099 era. The new Doc Ock is Serena Patel, an Indian-American woman.
* The {{ComicBook/Spider-Girl}} seen in ''OldManLogan'' is Ashley Barton, the half-African American daughter of {{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} and granddaughter of Peter Parker.
** In a rare ''villain'' example, the new Kingpin is black. Might double as a ShoutOut to MichaelClarkeDuncan's portrayal in the 2003 ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie.
* Combining this with CanonImmigrant, the miniseries ''Battle Scars'' introduced Marcus Johnson, whose real name was revealed to be Nick Fury, Jr., an African-American man based on the UltimateMarvel version of Fury and son of the original Nick Fury.
* A rare villain example would be the ComicBook/IronMan foe Detroit Steel. The original was a white guy named Doug Johnson III, while the second is a mixed-race (half-white and half-Chinese) woman named Sasha Hammer. And that isn't the only legacy Sasha's a part of as her mother is the {{Thunderbolts}} enemy Justine Hammer (who herself is an example of this trope) and her father is Iron Man's archenemy, the Mandarin.
* Speaking of Justine Hammer, she herself is part of two: She took up the identity of the Crimson Cowl, which originated with Ultron (a robot, but usually presented in a male form) and later, after the death of her father, classic Iron Man foe Justin Hammer, took over his company.
* In a rare villain example, the original Beetle (Abe Jenkins), a member of the Spider-Man foe group the Sinister Six, ended up making a HeelFaceTurn, and a newer iteration of the team, ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' has Janice Lincoln, biracial (half-African American, half-Dominican) daughter of [[EvilAlbino Tombstone]], as the new Beetle.
* After being depowered, [[TheMightyThor Thor]]'s title as God of Thunder is set to be assumed by a woman in 2014.
* For a while, Comicbook/ThePunisher was thought dead, so his MissionControl Microchip recruited Latino Navy SEAL Carlos Cruz to adopt his role. Cruz was later killed off.

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Cleopatra, a Franchise/WonderWoman {{Expy}} who in the present day is a dark-skinned woman. Stories set earlier in the ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' universe, however, show a previous Cleopatra who was a blonde Caucasian woman.
* Women have donned the mantle of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', though so far only temporarily (the oath made by the Phantoms specifies 'sons'). The 21st and current Phantom's children consists of twins, a boy and a girl, and should he ever kick the bucket (yeah, right) it has been implied that the two of them might end up sharing the duties of the Phantom.
* The original Fighting Yank eventually died, and his daughter Carol decided to carry on his legacy as the Fighting Spirit. In addition to being a female (the original Fighting Yank was obviously male), Carol was eventually revealed to be a lesbian as well, making her a twofer.
* 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.
* The Golden Age hero American Crusader was a white man. His modern-day successor in the ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'' universe is a black man.
* In ''[[Comicbook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'', the character of Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter, was suceeded by his granddaughter, Samantha Slade.
* The ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' franchise would count, since the main story revolves around an Italian-American cop named Sara Pezzini. According to WordOfGod, the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime, the ''Witchblade Takeru'' manga, and the novel ''Witchblade: Ao no Shōjo'' are all considered canon in the {{Topcow}} universe, making these an example since the three protagonists (Masane Amaha, Takeru Ibaraki, and Yuri Miyazono) are all Japanese.
** Sara was also briefly replaced by Danielle Baptiste, a young bisexual woman.
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* Parodied in the above quote from ''Film/TheSpecials''. Especially funny considering James Gunn, who plays Minute Man, doesn't look even ''remotely'' like anything other than white.
* In ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', African-American Patience Philips is established as the latest successor to the Catwoman name.
* M in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films was first played by a woman, Dame Judi Dench, in 1995's ''Film/GoldenEye.''

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* Brigadier Winifred Bambera (an African woman) to [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]".
** The revived series brought us the Brigadier's daughter, Kate, who now serves as the Doctor's contact within UNIT.
** Invoked in-universe by the Doctor in "The Doctor's Wife" and "Death of the Doctor", who confirms the long-held [[AscendedFanon fan belief]] that Time Lords can indeed change [[GenderFlip genders]] and [[RaceLift ethnicities]] during a regeneration, although [[TheNthDoctor his incarnations]] (thus far) have all been white males.
** In the former episode, the Doctor mentions a friend of his named the Corsair, who was famous for changing sex in his/her regenerations, being described as a good man and a very ''[[GoodBadGirl bad]]'' girl.
** In "Let's Kill Hitler" it's revealed that Mels, the black twenty-somthing childhood friend of Amy and Rory is actually the previous incarnation of the white, middle-aged, River Song. Mels in turn regenerated from the white, seven year old Melody and was forced to grow up ''again'' after her first regeneration left her as a toddler.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=462 Amber created]] the non-{{stripperiffic}} persona of [[foldercontrol]]

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in order to provide an actual female superhero rolemodel, both for herself and others. When Lucy (who is black) was hired to the store, she bonded with Amber over the lack of female rolemodels in comics. Later, after Amber has left the store, a thief is in the stockroom, and Robin [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1929 unveils the Amazi-Girl outfit]] for Lucy.
-->'''Schtick-Shift:''' ...the hell do you think ''you'' are?\\
'''Lucy:''' I'm the new Amazi-Girl.\\
'''Robin:''' ''[from off-panel]'' [-psst, say it like it's a logo-]\\
'''Lucy:''' What?\\
'''Robin:''' [-like in comic books. say it like it's a logo-]\\
'''Lucy:''' Robin, this ''isn't'' a comic book. You can tell because I'm a woman with agency.\\
'''Robin:''' [-doooo eeeet-]\\
'''Lucy:''' ...I'm the new [[/folder]]

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'''Robin:''' [-muy bueno-]\\
'''Lucy:''' I said it the ''same way''.

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* 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)).
* In the GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse, the original Stonewall (an invulnerable, super-strong superhero active in the 1970s and 80s) was a white man from suburbia. His successor, who has the same power set, is a black woman from the inner city.
* Parodied in [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/marvel-reimagines-green-goblin-as-lefthanded,36507/ this]] article from TheOnion, which announces Marvel is making a new version of the Green Goblin...left-handed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has a Black Aqualad named Kaldur'ahm, created for the show. In the show's continuity, Garth (the original Aqualad) {{refus|alOfTheCall}}ed the joint (with Kaldur) invitation to become Aqualad.
** Early press material for the series showed that Arrowette, one of Green Arrow's sidekicks, was part of the cast. Later the character's name was changed to Artemis Crock, who in the comics was a villain unrelated to Green Arrow. In the series proper, Artemis has her own background, and is half-white and Vietnamese. Her mother Huntress, a former villain, is a Vietnamese woman in the series, as well. Arrowette is shown in the series as a young girl, though.
** The series also has Mal Duncan take on the Guardian identity after the original abandoned it, like his original comic book incarnation (see above). In this version, Mal was never Herald and the original was a clone to begin with.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' tends to use minority legacy heroes in favor of their predecessors, despite the show being primarily influenced by {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}. The Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle, the Ryan Choi version of the Atom, and the Jason Rusch version of Firestorm are all used in major roles on the show. The only white legacy hero on the show is Dinah Lance, the second ComicBook/BlackCanary, the two exceptions being the Vic Sage version of the Question rather than Renee Montoya, and B'wana Beast instead of Freedom Beast.
** ''Brave and the Bold'' is essentially Modern Age comics with a Silver Age flair. Note that the originals sometimes appear as well. For example, two entire {{Flashback}} episodes dealt specifically with Ted Kord (Blue Beetle II).
* The {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} featured in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has several examples of this. The new Franchise/GreenLantern is a Tibetan teenager named Kai-ro and [[TheAtom the Atom's]] successor is a black man known as Micron.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had an [[CanonForeigner entirely new character]] as the first Clayface; a black police officer named Ethan Bennett. Something of an inverse as well since the show established Basil Karlo (who was the first Clayface in the comics) as Bennett's successor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Peter briefly utilizes the Iron Spider armor and identity before ditchig it. The Iron Spider identity reappears in Season 3, where it is take up by the Korean-American prodigy Amadeus Cho.
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