[[quoteright:300:[[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_azrael-b_3286.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:"I'm the goddamn Batman, and I'll '''kill''' you!\\
In the name of '''God'''!"]]

->'''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]:''' The old Batman would never descend to this level!\\
'''Azrael-As-Batman:''' The old Batman was created for older times.
-->-- ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''

Over the course of a long-running series, something happens to the main character. He [[DePower loses his powers]], makes a HeroicSacrifice, or gets OlderAndWiser and decides to retire. Sometimes they DroppedABridgeOnHim, or [[PutOnABus Put Him On A Bus]]. In a word, he's gone. But the story still goes on! [[LegacyCharacter His role is taken by a]] SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, but one with a [[DarkerAndEdgier very different characterization]]. He's how the original hero would be if he were a {{Jerkass}}, AntiHero or (most commonly) NinetiesAntiHero.

Depending on how he's portrayed, he may be a ReplacementScrappy (especially if the original character were good on his/her own and the fans already like him/her) or a refreshing change (often happens if the fans are tired of having to look at the same hero over and over again). Sometimes the substitute may even be liked more than the original.

When the substitute is bad enough, there'll be often a storyline where [[HesBack the original hero is back]] and will have to fight the substitute for the position and wins. The substitute is then reduced to a villain (either minor or major) or just a minor hero. Alternatively, said substitute may be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap by giving them a CharacterDevelopment and/or (when said substitute took the original's name) a name change.

This happened a '''lot''' during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Back then, it was common to presumptuously expect readers to like the new character, but writers have gotten savvier since then. Now, the DarkerAndEdgier version of the hero is commonly portrayed as a villain or a psychopath (or, sometimes, be redeemed), as the NinetiesAntiHero archetype has grown less popular over time. Some heroes were put through this in order to show why a hero shouldn't become DarkerAndEdgier as a subtle TakeThat to the fandom. For example, Super Patriot replaced Captain America temporarily in the 1980's to show that the Cap'n wasn't the jingoistic, nationalistic unthinking supporter of the United States government some fans thought he was or wanted him to be.

See also: CounterpartComparison, which often happens to this character. Subtrope of SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. May overlap with CostumeCopycat. Could be an ElCidPloy gone bad. Contrast with the RedeemingReplacement.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happened to ''Manga/AstroBoy'' of all people in a one-shot gag manga Creator/OsamuTezuka did as a nostalgia piece for Bungei Shunju, a popular men's magazine of the day. After Astro's apparent death in the final episode of the first TV series the ministry of science was ordered to create a replacement, but since they tried to make him [[HumansAreFlawed more humanlike than the original he turned out to be a selfish, greedy, shiftless sex maniac]].
* Since ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' changes protagonists every part, this was bound to happen.
** Part 2: The [[GentlemanAndAScholar polite and academic Jonathan Joestar]] is replaced with the [[GuileHero streetwise and pragmatic Joseph Joestar]].
** Part 3: The [[FunPersonified goofy and cheerful Joseph Joestar]] is replaced with the [[TheStoic emotionally distant and serious Jotaro Kujo]].
** Part 4: Basically the reverse happens: the [[TheStoic emotionally distant and serious Jotaro Kujo]] is replaced with the [[FunPersonified goofy and cheerful Josuke Higashikata]].
** Part 5: The [[NiceGuy kind-hearted Josuke Higashikata]] is replaced with the [[GoodIsNotSoft ruthless Giorno Giovanna]].
* When ''Anime/MazingerZ'' ended and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' started, HotBlooded, happy go lucky, self-styled ally of justice Kouji Kabuto lost his main character spot to the ever frowning, warrior-first-hero-second (but still HotBlooded, we are talking giant robots here) Tetsuya Tsurugi. Needless to say there was a lot more angst this time around.
* In the ''Manga/{{Batman}}'' manga, the Hangman deliberately tries to do this to Batman, but [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumps Off The Slippery Slope]] right at the beginning by [[EngineeredHeroism persuading a mentally-disabled man to commit a robbery]] and then killing him, to establish his vigilante credentials.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise has of course run the gamut of protagonists over its [[LongRunners nearly 40-year history]], but probably the biggest example of this is Mikazuki Augus, protagonist of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. The heroes of the last few ''Gundam'' series before him (particularly [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Yamato]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]] [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer F. Seiei]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Kio Asuno]]) were {{All Loving Hero}}es and {{Messianic Archetype}}s who [[MartialPacifist deliberately avoided killing even enemy combatants]]. In contrast, Mika is a CombatPragmatist ChildSoldier who doesn't spare his opponents a second thought; if you attack him or his [[TrueCompanions "family"]], he's going to kill you, and God help you if you actually [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge hurt someone he cares about]]. He also contrasts with most other Gundam protagonists by '''not''' being a WarriorTherapist, and even shutting down opponents who try the same by telling them "YouTalkTooMuch", or just straight up [[KilledMidSentence killing them mid-sentence]]. His character is actually quite divisive among the fandom, with some detractors even claiming that his cold-blooded, merciless nature makes him a straight-up VillainProtagonist.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This happens to Franchise/{{Batman}} a lot:
** During the ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' story arc, Batman was temporarily paralyzed by Bane and gave his cowl to Azrael, who quickly became a KnightTemplar after [[BrainwashedAndCrazy his latent brainwashing]] was accidentally triggered by Scarecrow's fear gas. This forced Batman to undergo TrainingFromHell under ComicBook/LadyShiva to fight [[FanNickname AzBats]] and reclaim his old identity. [=AzBats=] turned out to be a deliberate TakeThat at the fans who wanted Batman to be closer to ThePunisher than, well, Batman. ("You wanted Needlessly Violent Batman? There you go!") As it turns out, the only people that were all that thrilled with him were the makers and players of ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom'', a high-quality ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' mod. Well, maybe a few others, since after being bounced from the Batman position [[BreakoutCharacter his solo series lasted over a hundred issues]].
** Cheerful and lovable circus brat Dick Grayson was replaced by cheerful and lovable circus brat Jason Todd in the early 80s. Then, post-Crisis, in a rare case of a character being replaced by an AntiHero version ''of himself,'' Jason Todd was retcon'd into an eleven-year-old street kid who jacked the wheels off the Batmobile.
** Following his death and resurrection, he also spent a bit of time as a psychopathic version of ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. Then, during the ''Battle for the Cowl'' event, Jason would also take up the mantle of Batman after [[spoiler: his apparent death]] and became a gun-wielding psychopath. He was played as the villain of the story, however.
** During the aforementioned ''Battle for the Cowl'', Two-Face also attempted to become the next Batman and Hush impersonated Bruce Wayne with the help of MagicPlasticSurgery.
** During the ''Batman and Son'' storyline, fake Batmen began showing up in Gotham City and committing crimes, and Bruce was forced to fight them. The eventual source of these was revealed to be psychological experiments conducted by the Gotham Police Department to create replacement Batmen should anything ever happen to the real one. This didn't turn out so well.
** Current Robin Damian Wayne is more of an AntiHero than his predecessor, but new Batman Dick Grayson has made it his goal to craft him into a true superhero and not an AntiHero.
** [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] as ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} seems like this at first glance: she's a silent, intimidating woman covered in scars with a DarkAndTroubledPast, who wears a costume that wouldn't be out of place in a horror movie. [[SubvertedTrope However]], it quickly becomes clear that she's [[TheCutie an absolute sweetheart]] [[TheCape who might be even more idealistic than Barbara,]] [[ThouShaltNotKill literally being willing to jump in front of an assault rifle to protect a]] ProfessionalKiller from friendly fire. Her silence is due to being mentally disabled because of her awful childhood, and her creepiness is just due to her [[NoSocialSkills complete lack of social skills]].
*** Cassandra's Batgirl outfit was previously worn by the Huntress during ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand'', who played it straight.
** During the "Titans Tomorrow" arc, a potential future version of [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] becomes a gun-wielding Batman.
** While Terry [=McGinnis=] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has most of the heroic qualities of the original, the series premise of a hot-headed SnarkKnight and former juvenile delinquent stepping into Bruce's place after the latter's retirement is very much in line with this trope.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} was killed, and replaced by four guys: [[BadassNormal Man]] [[PoweredArmor of Steel]], [[CloningBlues Superboy]], [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Cyborg]] [[EvilCounterpart Superman]], and [[NinetiesAntiHero Last Son]] [[LegacyCharacter of Krypton]] (Eradicator). Of these, Cyborg turned out to be EvilAllAlong, and Eradicator was basically a DarkerAndEdgier version of the genuine article.
** Superboy isn't a great example of this, as he simply claimed to be a clone of Superman (he was essentially telling the truth) and was more of a [[AntiHero Disney Anti-Hero]] at worst, with wisecracks, flirtations, and only the occasional blowup (usually when someone called him "Superboy"). It wasn't until later incarnations, such as the animated ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and the New 52, where he became more of a bad boy, yet the Reign of the Supermen angle was abandoned anyway.
** And ComicBook/{{Steel}} was a complete ''inversion'' of this; if anything, he was [[UpToEleven even more heroic than the original]]. Also, unlike the other three, Steel admitted from the start he wasn't really Superman, but that he was trying to represent the spirit of what Superman stood for.
** While neither passed themselves off as Superman, both [[ComicBook/KingdomCome Magog]] and [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Proteus]] tried to usurp his position as the DCU's foremost superhero by being more ruthless, aggressive and proactive. Both were deliberately set up to fail; Magog went too far and Proteus was evil from the start.
** Also, in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' mini-arc 'Hereafter', after Superman vanishes from the face of the planet after Toyman manages to pull of a successful attack on him, '''''Lobo''''', of all people, tries to step in as his replacement.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** The original Supergirl -a classic Cape- was killed in the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and replaced with Matrix, a shape-shifter mass of protoplasmic matter who took shape of a blond woman wearing a female version of Superman's costume for unexplained reasons. Matrix was unpredictable, prone to sudden outbursts of violence, and wore a {{Stripperific}}, spiky version of her costume for a while. To sum up, DC replaced [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/2a/7f/5b/2a7f5bfad3d75f836a24e71da0ad5655.jpg Kara Zor-El]] with [[http://static3.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/0/4/34957-5263-39047-1-supergirl.jpg this]].
** Later on, Matrix merged with a troubled human girl named Linda Danvers. [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/18/86/37/188637e318e00ef52ae2f2fb10812766.jpg Linda]] was also replaced with [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/93/Cir-El.jpg Cir-El]], a black-wearing, angry, angsty edgy teenager with a dark and troubled past. Cir-El was very unpopular, and she was soon replaced with a modern version of Kara Zor-El, who was also initially more abrasive and angsty than her pre-Crisis version - this was unpopular with fans and was eventually retconned as due to chronic Kryptonite poisoning, thus restoring her more idealistic and happy personality and finally inverting the trope.
* Franchise/WonderWoman was forced to give up her name and costume because her mother had a vision of her death. Her place was taken by Artemis, but in the end it was she who was killed, not Diana. The trope was also deconstructed, as Artemis's arrogant, abrasive and often overly violent conduct in the role undid a lot of Diana's hard work in getting Man's World to accept her and the Amazons and rubbed many of Diana's former allies up the wrong way, thus making things much more difficult for her than they had to be.
** This was essentially [[RecycledScript an update of an older story]] from the 70's, wherein Diana was briefly replaced as Wonder Woman by an abrasive redheaded Amazon named Orana. Orana was KilledOffForReal the very next issue, allowing Diana to reclaim her costume and identity.
* After being severely beaten, ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' briefly had her place taken by her crazed clone April. April later pulled a HeroicSacrifice to save the original Spider-Girl.
* [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] has both subverted and played this trope straight at the same time. After ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'', with the Hulk [[spoiler:imprisoned by the army]], his series was taken over by Hercules and a new series was launched with a mysterious ComicBook/RedHulk as the central character. ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules subverted the trope quickly, proving he's anything ''but'' an AntiHero, while Red Hulk played it straight, acting like a ''total dick'' and [[spoiler:making Hulk lose his powers]].
** Earlier on in the 80s this trope popped up, with the normal destructive but rarely malicious green Hulk being replaced by an amoral jerkass grey Hulk named Joe Fixit. Green Hulk is an anti-hero to begin with but the trope still stands as Joe Fixit is several notches down the scale. The twist is Joe Fixit is just another of Bruce Banner's repressed personalities.
** And while we're on the subject: Dr. Leonard Samson was a nerdy little nebbish scientist who managed to de-Hulkify Hulk, turning him back into Bruce Banner. He then used a portion of the stored gamma energy to turn himself into Doc Samson, who wasn't really an anti-hero so much as he was just kind of an egotistical jerk. When he started wooing Betty, it convinced Bruce (who was initially ''thrilled'' to be himself again) to use the ''rest'' of the stored gamma energy to turn himself back into the Hulk.
* In an inverse of this trope, Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn turned evil]] during the ''Emerald Twilight'' arc and the role of "original hero" as described by the intro was played by his replacement Kyle Rayner.
** Played straight, however, was Guy Gardner replacing Hal Jordan in 1985. To clarify: Guy Gardner is not some crazy killing machine or anything (unless you count the Warrior storylines where he's a living weapon); he just has more of a fly-off-half-cocked, kick-butt-take-names, punch-first-ask-questions-later personality than Hal.) He's the gym teacher everyone despised in high school.
*** While Guy fits, he technically didn't replace Hal. Hal resigned to spend more time with his girlfriend (who subsequently became a more psychotic version of Star Sapphire) and was replaced by John Stewart as Earth's GL. Later, during Crisis on Infinite Earths, a faction of the Guardians healed Guy from a coma and gave him a ring and mission. By the end of that mission, Hal was a Green Lantern again.
* ''Franchise/CaptainAmerica'':
** In TheEighties, Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, was replaced by John Walker, a NinetiesAntiHero version of himself. To his credit, Walker did eventually make an honest effort to emulate Rogers' ethics until the ComicBook/RedSkull completed his manipulation of him. When Rogers regained the mantle, Walker continued operating as the U.S.Agent. In something of an inversion from the previous examples, the DarkerAndEdgier Walker wore the classic red, white, and blue Cap outfit, while Steve took up a black costume and shield as The Captain.
** Like ''Knightfall'' this was apparently a deliberate in your face. And the same thing happened with ComicBook/BuckyBarnes as Captain America. That said, Steve went on record in ''Comicbook/HeroicAge: Superheroes'' that there's not a man out there more fit to wear those colors than James Buchanan Barnes.
*** It should be noted that during Bucky's tenure as Cap, that while he did use his gun and his costume did invoke a DarkerAndEdgier angle[[note]]the costume had far more black than the red, white, and blue.[[/note]], the main conflict for Bucky was whether or not he could do right by Steve Rogers as Captain America. As such, Bucky would act as best of a hero as he possibly could during that amount of time as Cap.
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'':
** In an inversion, Thor was replaced by Thunderstrike a.k.a Eric Masterson in TheNineties, except Thunderstrike was less likely to kill a dangerous opponent and he came across as a dork when he tried to sound like an anti-hero. Thunderstrike did however, look the part. Complicating the whole thing was that Thunderstrike had previously ''been'' Thor himself.
** Also [[DonwPlayedTrope downplayed]] by Beta Ray Bill, who was somewhat more merciless compared to Thor but otherwise still a noble and courageous soul.
** Played a bit straighter with Eric Masterson's son, Kevin Masterson. Not long after inheriting his father's Thunderstrike Mace, Kevin becomes the [[LegacyCharacter second Thunderstrike]]. While not even remotely evil or anything, being a young teenager in a slightly aged-up alter-ego body who was struggling with the loss of his father (who he felt was largely abandoned by the Avengers) definitely lends him to be more superficially anti-heroic than his dad was.
** As of mid-2017, there are ''three'' Thors running around. The Odinson himself, Jane Foster (wielding Mjolnir), and the "War Thor" - a traumatised [[spoiler: Volstagg]] wielding Ultimate Thor's hammer. The first two are straightforward heroes, but the third is very much this.
-->'''Narrator:''' Behold the War Thor, and prepare to bleed.
* Most of ComicBook/NormanOsborn's Dark Avengers were villains that had their costumes redesigned to look like familiar heroes. He went a bit overboard on this front, creating the Dark (now Shadow) X-Men, making the HAMMER organization to replace ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}, and forming The Cabal, essentially a copy of the already morally ambiguous Illuminati, as well as his own Initiative with ComicBook/TheHood and his gang.
** Comparably, ComicBook/{{Venom}} could count as a rare villain-to-villain example of this. Eddie Brock, the original Venom was certainly a homicidal maniac, but he eventually was tailored into a NinetiesAntiHero of sorts. The third Venom, Mac Gargan (the Scorpion) is more evil than Brock and thus since he pretends to be a hero as part of the Dark Avengers, he's both an AntiHeroSubstitute for Franchise/SpiderMan (who he impersonates) ''and'' Venom. The second Venom (Angelo Fortunato) didn't last long enough to be considered a substitute. Now that Flash Thompson is Venom, you could argue for it being an odd reverse villain-hero example; Flash being more heroic than Eddie at his very best.
* Happened, of all people, to ComicBook/TheAuthority once, when they were defeated by G8's agent and replaced with bunch of {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es. For many people Authority are a bunch of {{Jerkass}}ses at best and {{Villain Protagonist}}s at worst, but comparing to replacements they look like fricking saints.
** [[spoiler:Of course, the second the real Authority comes back, they start their revenge by killing in cold blood the ''only'' redeemable character among the new team: Rush, the Canadian replacement for Swift, who didn't kill anybody they wouldn't have and hated all her teammates. They catch hell for this later.]]
* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com Johnny Saturn]], Johnny Saturn I (John Underhall) retires, and he is soon replaced by Johnny Saturn II (Greg Buchanan). Many of the characters in Johnny Saturn are {{legacy character}}s.
* After Horatio Hellpop gave up the mantle of {{Nexus}} it was taken by Stan Korivitsky. Sadly, the mission of killing worst murderers was too much for him, and he quickly snapped and turned worse than those he was supposed to kill. That forced Horatio to take back Nexus powers and kill him.
* Comicbook/GhostRider has an odd example. He is already an AntiHero but in the nineties, a character named ''Vengeance'' showed up who was supposed to be a DarkerAndEdgier version of a character that was already the epitome of DarkerAndEdgier. A new Vengeance has since appeared -- as a villain. And the de-powered original Vengeance seems to be a pretty nice guy these days.
* Intentionally done again in the '90s, when the ComicBook/FantasticFour were [[ComicBookDeath presumed dead]], and Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]], and Comicbook/GhostRider took their places, swearing to avenge the heroes' deaths. Only three of the four were really {{Anti Hero}}es, but the extremely ill-suited-for-eachother group fought amongst themselves so much and were so bad at emulating the FF's legendary teamwork that Spidey was pretty much ineffectual in getting them to shape up and the whole team made the Fantastic Four's dysfunctional family dynamics look incredibly well-adjusted by comparison.
** Marvel played homage to that story a few years ago with even ''more'' antiheroic versions of those four - the abovementioned Red Hulk and Ghost Rider's DistaffCounterpart Alejandra, ComicBook/{{X 23}} and Flash Thompson's Comicbook/{{Venom}} (RedeemingReplacement to previous Venoms, but much more antiheroic than Spider-Man).
* ''Franchise/TheFlash'':
** Happened to Wally West with [[FanNickname Dark Flash]], a mysterious character that turned out to be an alternate universe version of Wally who went by Walter. Unlike Walter, Wally wasn't able to save Linda Park in his equivalent of the ComicBook/TerminalVelocity story, and received some training under his universe's Savitar (a villain Wally defeated) before killing him. After Wally and Linda end up in his world, both were seemingly killed by Abra Kadabra, and Walter swore to avenge them. He started wearing a darker outfit and travelled to the main DC Universe. He was distrusting of other heroes and didn't reveal his identity to all but a select few, and was a bit more brutal in his methods. When Wally and Linda return, Walter is forced to leave, as he and Wally couldn't occupy the same universe for too long.
** Future Flash was a Barry Allen from a future timeline. He wore a blue outfit and killed his villains, because his failure to save the new Wally West resulted in him snapping and travelling back through time. Notably, he killed his villains on his way back, even though his plan would mean their actions wouldn't happen anyway. He fought the main Barry, who eventually got stuck in the Speed Force, and Future Flash took his place for a while. He eventually died.
* The [[TheAdjectivalSuperhero Irredeemable]] ComicBook/AntMan, Eric O'Grady, was this to the original ComicBook/AntMan, Hank Pym [[note]] not without his own problems- see NeverLiveItDown[[/note]]. O'Grady got his costume from stealing one of Pym's, and is an often lecherous, cowardly, and amoral man who nonetheless had some positive traits and often wished he was a better person. (Not to be confused with Scott Lang, who if anything was ''more'' heroic than Pym; yes, he also stole the Ant-Man suit, but he was ''really sorry'' about it, and only did it to save his daughter.)
** O'Grady eventually [[DroppedABridgeOnHim got killed off]] (albeit in a HeroicSacrifice to save a child) right around the time Marvel decided to bring Lang back.
* ComicBook/IronMan did this to himself, in a way. When his suit was damaged, he built the Comicbook/WarMachine armor. Not only did it have the appropriate DarkerAndEdgier name but it was loaded with BFG's and was colored black and gray. Stark wore the armor in a few issues, invoking this trope even though it was the same guy in the armor. After that arc, he gave it to Jim Rhodes who is actually a bit nicer than Stark who can be a JerkAss from time-to-time.
** It should also be noted that Rhodes replaced Tony as Iron Man for a couple of years due to Stark's alcoholism so in a way, it was the inversion of this trope.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] for Franchise/SpiderMan in ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''. The original aim of the series, itself a continuation of a Silver Age storyline, was an attempt to roll back the creeping cynicism of the nineties. Whilst Peter Parker continued to spiral ever downward into depression and anger, [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]] was introduced as a LighterAndSofter Spider-Man with the same set of memories as the original, a powerful statement of just how far Peter had fallen.
** The entire premise of ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'', which sees Otto Octavius becoming a DarkerAndEdgier Spider-Man after performing a FreakyFridayFlip with Peter Parker and then leaving him to die in Ock's frail body. As Spider-Man, Otto spies on criminals 24/7 with automated "Spider-bots" equipped with cameras, he employs a private mercenary army called "Spider-Patrol 7", and he even has his own force of eight-legged HumongousMecha decked out in Spider-Man's classic red and blue. Notably, where Peter was the classic HeroWithBadPublicity who was frequently treated as a criminal nuisance by the cops and the press, Otto frequently ''gives orders'' to the police and city hall.
* ComicBook/EmmaFrost. While she never adopted the name or costume, she essentially became this to Jean Grey after the latter's death in ''New X-Men'', replacing her as the team's resident telepath, the Institute's headmistress and Cyclops' bedmate. This was a status that she was aware of and more than one character (including a teenage Jean) has needled her about it.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'', Stacia and Grace take over from Sophie as a SplitPersonalityTeam to be Promethea in the physical world during Sophie's quest into the Immateria. They have a somewhat more violent and hedonistic attitude to things, and end up fighting with Sophie when she gets back.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When one Slayer dies another girl is called forward to take her place. Well Buffy did die and despite being revived is replaced by Kendra, a KnightTemplar whose sole focus is on hunting and killing vampires regardless of who they are. When she died she was replaced by Faith, very much an AntiHero before, during and after her FaceHeelTurn. Not a typical example, since Buffy was only dead for a few minutes at most; so she continued being the main character and maintained the role as the main slayer. With Faith as the "active" slayer, if she died, a new slayer would have taken her place, but Buffy's later [[BackFromTheDead (temporary)]] death did not have any effect.
** ''{{Series/Angel}}'' also did this with Spike, to comedic effect. Where Angel would pound rapists into the pavement and recieve a smooch as reward (to Spike's vocal disgust), "Blondie Bear" just chides the girls for stupidly walking home at night ''and'' alone.
* Keppler, the TemporarySubstitute for ''Series/{{CSI}}'''s Gil Grissom. He was prone to bending the rules a lot more than Grissom, and nearly got the whole team in trouble with his "reverse forensics" plan to nail a criminal they couldn't otherwise touch.
* At the beginning of season five of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Nucky Thomson has replaced his bodyguard Eddie Kessler, [[spoiler:who committed suicide when being blackmailed by the FBI.]] Kessler was affable, decent, but determined and capable in a fight -- by no means a hero, but [[ALighterShadeOfGrey one of the nicest characters in the setting]], and fast becoming a MoralityPet for Nucky. The replacement is silent, menacing, and viciously brutal in a fight -- even slicing the ear off a dead attacker and keeping it in his suit pocket. The implication is that Nucky [[spoiler:hates that he got personally attached to Kessler only to lose him, and has hired a bloodthirsty stoic he won't mistake for a friend.]]
-->'''Senator:''' Doesn't say much, does he?\\
'''Nucky:''' [[BeingPersonalIsntProfessional That's what I like about him.]]
* It has happened in ''Series/DoctorWho'' thrice so far.
** When the mild-mannered Fifth Doctor died and regenerated into the Sixth, who was frequently a JerkAss, controversially violent, and started his life by trying to kill his own companion in a bout of post-regenerative psychosis. (Not that Five didn't get up to some violent acts himself, but he seemed much more conflicted about it.)
** The Eighth Doctor sat on the sidelines during the Time War, a major interstellar conflict set in-between the classic series and the revamp. Upon learning that an seemingly fatal incident he was involved in actually was fatal, meaning that [[YouAreAlreadyDead he was already dead]], he chose to drink an elixir that was specifically formulated to give Time Lords more-than-usual conscious control over the nature of their next self, becoming the "War Doctor", played by Creator/JohnHurt, who was specifically crafted by his former self to be a person who would [[ShootTheDog do anything necessary]] to end the war. What the War Doctor eventually did led to his subsequent selves refusing to even consider him deserving of being called "the Doctor", to the point that it's strongly implied that he is the one thing in the universe that Eleven is most frightened of.\\\
This is lampooned in the ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'' "series", in which the Inspector was ''very'' briefly played by an A-list actor and bummed around as a dirty cop.
** They did it again when the Eleventh Doctor regenerates into the far more abrasive and openly ruthless Twelve, with his main character arc for his first season revolving around whether he still counts as a "good man", which he himself doubts.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The introduction of K' in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '99'', blatant attempt at DarkerAndEdgier, had a very mixed reception. Unlike most examples however, he received enough CharacterDevelopment to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap save him]] from [[ReplacementScrappy the heap]], and is now a [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favourite]]. Then SNK went even ''further'' down the line with VillainProtagonist Ash Crimson in the next arc. The reception was even ''[[CreatorsPet more]]'' [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff mixed]].
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon has [[FriendToAllLivingThings Shana]] get benched and lose her power as a Dragoon. Her successor is Miranda, a WarriorPrincess with a penchant for punching people.
* Plutia in ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'' is considered as SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Compa, as both are TheDitz and CombatMedic. Unlike Compa, however, she is less heroic than aforementioned character and more like a TokenEvilTeammate, [[TheDreaded scaremonger]] and VillainProtagonist, especially as Iris Heart; she pretty much spend most of time scaring anyone else, both friend and foe alike. Much like Ash Crimson above, the reception was [[MarySue mi]][[JerkSue xed]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff bag]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** Villainous example. Beatrice gave her title to Eva's hidden personality. When Eva-Beatrice was acting like a monster all-time, Beato get a few PetTheDog moments, and got to make a HeroicSacrifice, after realizing her mistakes. Then it's revealed [[spoiler:it was all a clever BatmanGambit she put in order to make Battler admit she's a witch.]]
** EP 5 replaces [[spoiler:Battler himself]] for [[spoiler:Furudo Erika]]. It's played with irony considering the second is more or less an aspect of the BigBad and Battler is not incapacitated and actively fighting the against change.