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Certain mediums, including RealLife, tend to have the time and space to utilize LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, a large number of individuals with significant and/or necessary contributions to the storyline. But in an adaptation it can be difficult to offer adequate time and space so that each and every character gets their just due for how they impact the story. To be faithful to these characters may, at worst, make them come across as a living PlotDevice, existing only for the sake of the plot and not a fleshed out character of their own with individual talents, interests and backstory.

A solution is to invoke artistic license and compress two or more such figures into a single character with traits drawn from all of them. [[PragmaticAdaptation For the sake of telling a proper story]] those contributions are relegated to the actions of only a few. Instead of showing the legwork of an entire team of intelligence officers to decipher important information, it's rolled up into one person putting it together. Instead of having three different [[TheSmartGuy smart guys]] on the team divided up into distinct fields, you make one of them an OmnidisciplinaryScientist and discard the others. It's a method of streamlining both the plot and the character interactions, less people to follow and everyone who is still around has more to contribute to the story.

This is frequently done in works BasedOnATrueStory, since no medium can compete with the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters featured in RealLife. While most of humanity's most interesting achievements have involved lots of people with different motivations, it suits the RuleOfDrama to simplify things to a handful of characters with well-defined objectives. While there may be nameless individuals wandering around [[HeroOfAnotherStory with their own story to tell]], [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything the core plot is dictated by the people with names]]. Some might object to removing an important character and their contribution to the story, but on the other hand it means the story has a chance to be told.

This can sometimes get complicated, as the removed character may have their ''personality'' split up among the remaining characters (DeadpanSnarker given to character A, TVGenius attributes given to character B), or it is something as simple as actually having their appearance and personality but given a different name. In some extreme cases with certain stories that have regular adaptations every few years, an EraSpecificPersonality gives them the opportunity to fuse specific versions of the SAME character in different adaptations, [[MindScrew making them a composite character of themselves]].

A MassiveMultiplayerCrossover might do this to tie the continuities together, by revealing Character A from Series 1 is "[[ExternalRetcon really]]" the same person as the similar Character B from Series 2.

Commonly involved in AdaptationDistillation and AdaptationDecay. See also EconomyCast. Sometimes a many-for-one CaptainErsatz / {{Expy}} is formed this way. Sometimes a cause of an AdaptationPersonalityChange.

The inversion, where an adaptation divides a single character's attributes among multiple characters, is DecompositeCharacter.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Atlas from TheEighties' ''Anime/AstroBoy''. He is a composite of three different characters from the manga: the original Atlas, a minor villain with a new type of AI that allowed him to break the laws of robotics; Cobalt, Astro's "brother"; and the Blue Knight, who was the robot version of Malcolm X. The 2000s series featured the Blue Knight as his own character, but its version of Atlas was still a composite of Atlas and Cobalt.
** This seems to happen a lot in Astroboy adaptations. In ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor'' numerous characters with secret identities have their original alter-egos replaced with completely different characters from established storylines (Blue Bon being replaced by [[spoiler:President Rag]] as Blue Knight, for instance) and even entirely different Tezuka stories, like Nuka being part of the Deathmask from ''PrimeRose''.
** Continuing this tradition, NaokiUrasawa's ''{{Pluto}}'' features a main villain who is a composite of [[spoiler:the original Dr Abullah/Goji, Shadow from the 2003 series and a minor robot character from an obscure story from the original manga who was raised to think he was a man]]. King Darius is also a composite of the original story's sultan Chochi-Chochi Abbaba III (deposed middle eastern ruler who finances Pluto's construction) and Cleopatra from the ''Cleopatra's Heart'' story (legitimizes his dictatorship by claiming to be a descendant of a famous historical figure).
* Mariel Lubie from the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' AlternateContinuity manga ''Suzaku of the Counterattack'' combines aspects of three characters from the anime (Cecile's GadgeteerGenius, Euphemia's being role as Suzaku's love interest, and Shirley's "girl next door" qualities) into a single character who meshes better with the story's setting.
* The 1967 "Monster Wars" film of ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' had the Mythos cyborg Helena merged with the Pu'Awak princess Helen into a "Helena" character that was ''also'' codenamed "Cyborg 0010".
* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/DeathNote'', the US president whom [[spoiler: Mello blackmails, and later dies ,with WordOfGod stating that it's "believed Kira disposed of"]], is combined with the character of [[spoiler: his replacement from the manga]].
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' vs ''Manga/GetterRobo'' manga combines different versions of probably all characters, aside Emperor Gore - Akira acts like his manga version but has powers of 70's anime Devilman, Ryoma and Hayato are their 70's anime incarnations with few traits of their manga versions and Silene seems to be a mix of anime version and later incarnations from different titles.
** While ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' in the manga was the result of the Demon Amon possessing Akira, his 1972 anime counterpart was a demon who killed and took over Akira's body.
* Jou's (rarely seen) brothers Shin and Shuu became Jim in the American dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' (and dubs based on it). Hilariously enough, the final episode shows the two standing side by side; this is never commented on. Whether or not this was intentional or a translation error is unknown.
** In a much more minor example, 02's dub also made Adventure's Digitamamon and his cousin who ran a Chinese restaurant the same character.
* Mallanox in ''Anime/EagleRiders'', the CutAndPasteTranslation of [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman II and Gatchaman F]], is an example. In ''Gatchaman II'', Leader X employed Gel Sadra as his [[TheDragon lieutenant]], who was replaced by [[AristocratsAreEvil Count Egobossler]] in ''Gatchaman F'' after the former [[GoOutWithASmile peacefully died]]. To transition between both shows, Gel Sadra's original death scene was altered to have Cybercon (Leader X) transform Mallanox into a new form: Happy Boy (Count Egobossler).
* [[TheVisionOfEscaflowne Escaflowne: The Movie]] writes out Emperor Dornkirk and makes Folken the leader of Zaibach in his place.
* ''New Manga/GetterRobo'' has Benkei Musashiboh, the third man and TheBigGuy of the Getter team. He has traits from both Musashi, the original Big Guy, and Benkei, [[spoiler: the [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute one who replaced Musashi]] after his HeroicSacrifice.]]
** The main robot of New itself counts, being based on Shin Getter's overall looks, with design cues from both Getter Dragon and the original Getter, while performing the latter's role as the first main Getter of that universe1.
** There's also Kei Kuruma from in Getter Robo Armageddon, based on manga's Kei Minamikaze, with role similar to Sho Tachibana (also from Getter Robo Go) and [[TheReveal it is later revealed]] she was [[spoiler:[[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender Armageddon's universe's Genki Saotome]], original Getter's {{tagalong kid}}.]]
* Madame Sulliman from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' is a combination of two characters from the book: Howl's old magic teacher, who was not affiliated with the king, and Wizard Suliman, the King's head wizard. He is a young man [[spoiler: transformed into a dog, who ends up marrying one of Sophie's sisters.]]
* Sumire Saitou from ''Manga/KOn'' (2011 manga), one of Azusa's new bandmates, is a combination of Mugi's appearance (without the BigOlEyebrows) and her tea-making-skills, Mio's ShrinkingViolet personality, including being Sawako's new favorite cosplay victim, and Ritsu's role as the drummer.
* A fairly minor one in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st''. Two of the more memorable MonsterOfTheWeek in the first season, namely the HellHound and the MegaNeko, were combined into one in this AdaptationDistillation, having the plot-important kitty grow into a [[PantheraAwesome demon panther]] that serves as the catalyst for Nanoha and Fate's first meeting.
* Shinn Asuka from MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny is prety much one to both [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]] and [[ZetaGundam Kamille]], his Impulse is similar to The RX-78 Gundam a CombiningMecha consisting of legs as one section, upper body as another, and SpaceFighter[=/=]MetaMecha cockpit as the torso, and a very similar red-with-gold-cross design for its shield just like Amuro even his dub voice is Amuro's Zeta dub voice and he has {{Wangst}} UnstoppableRage due to suffering through a TraumaCongaLine, and [[LoveHurts romantic troubles]] with their [[DatingCatwoman enemy-cum-love interest]] just like Kamille.
** Kira Yamato is a mix of Amuro and [[Anime/TurnAGundam Loran Cehack]], even borrowing Loran's story/romance arc (e.g., Kira/Loran's relationships with Fllay Allster/Sochie Heim and later, Lacus Clyne/Dianna Soriel, with the latter being [[ChastityCouple a platonic couple]]).
** Athrun Zala is a mix of [[CharClone Char Aznable]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]]. Some of Char's traits that appear in Athrun include him piloting red mobile suits and served as Kira's main rival in both shows. Similar to Heero, Athrun pilots transformable mobile suits, and has a tendency to self-detonate his mobile suits.
* Many {{Historical Domain Character}}s were composited in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'':
** Hachisuka Goemon is a {{Gender flip}}ped composite between [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachisuka_Masakatsu Hachisuka Masakatsu]], one of UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi's subordinates, and UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon.
** Oda Nobukatsu is a composite of the namesake aka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oda_Nobuyuki Oda Nobuyuki]], his son [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuda_Nobusumi Tsuda Nobusumi]] (which explained his name change, as historically Nobukatsu was killed by UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga when Nobusumi was still an infant), and then [[spoiler:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oichi Oichi]], Nobunaga's sister. Yes, he was sent off, crossdressed, to Asai Nagamasa]].
** Saitou Yoshikatsu is a composite of the namesake and his son Tatsuoki.
** Himiko is the composite of the three Japanese emperors that may be on throne in the latter half of 16th century.
* Anabel in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is a combination of Anabel with Yellow of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.
** Kris from the games and Marina from the anime are cross-canon counterparts, but Lyra from both is a completely separate character. In Special, Crystal was originally a counterpart to Kris, but once Kris was removed from the game series canon in the remakes of ''Gold and Silver'' and replaced with Lyra, Crystal became a counterpart to the latter.
** Ash. He was originally just an [[AdaptationNameChange anime counterpart]] of [[MemeticBadass Red]], the protagonist of [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the first generation]]. Starting around ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' he started following the path of Ethan, the (first) protagonist of that generation. Ever since he has accomplished the protagonist of that generation's goals, though they usually interact with Ash at one time or another (with their roles not in relation to their game counterparts).
** A few ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' characters are composite characters, usually mixed with minor characters. Falkner first appeared as the Police character in Elm's lab, for example.
* Due to the time constraints of a feature film, the Angels Zeruel and Armisael were merged into one character in the second ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie. Notably, Zeruel did not display the ability to absorb and assimilate victims in the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion original anime]], a trait that instead belonged to Armisael.
** Also, Sahaquiel's appearance. Being more eldritch than in the original, its first form shown, as a big immaterial floating ball of black and white eye-spots takes some hints from Leliel and Matarael, who, naturally, didn't show up in ''Rebuild''.
* Dana Sterling in Anime/{{Robotech}} is a composite of [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Komilia Maria Fallyna Jenius]] and [[Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross Jeanne Francaix]]. She's the daughter of Max and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Milia/Miriya]], appearing as the former in the first part of the series; she grows up into the latter in the second part.
* The Shirogane Brothers of ''Anime/GoLion'', Takashi and Ryou, were melded in ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' to become [[SixthRanger Sven]]. Interestingly, Ryou was introduced as Takashi's BackUpTwin after the outcry over [[SacrificialLamb the latter's death six episodes in]]. So, because of the NeverSayDie mentality, [[{{Woolseyism}} it seemed natural for WEP to adjust the script accordingly]]: [[SparedByTheAdaptation the "injured and recovering on another planet" Sven healed up]].
** In ''Anime/GoLion'', an unnamed Space Goddess broke apart the titular robot into its component Lions. In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', the Goddess was Haggar (Honerva) in disguise.
* Takeo from ''Anime/XMen'' is a combination of the characters Proteus and Legion. His RealityWarper abilities and status as the son of a prominent mutant researcher come from the former, while TheReveal of him being [[spoiler: Professor Xavier's mentally unstable illegitimate child]] comes from the latter.
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* The ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse was naturally made up entirely of these.
* DC's ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'':
** Duela Dent's father is Jack "the Joker" Dent, a combination of Harvey Dent and the Joker in the form of a relatively mundane gangster. This is probably to justify the fact that she's better known as the Joker's Daughter despite never actually being that in any other continuity.
** Because there are no male superheroes in the setting, several heroines receive elements of their {{Spear Counterpart}}s -- for instance, ComicBook/PowerGirl is best pals with ComicBook/JimmyOlsen, who alerts her with his signal watch at the first sign of trouble. Furthermore, Natasha Irons is {{Steel}} and the resident GadgeteerGenius of the hero set, and Jesse Chambers (here Franchise/TheFlash rather than Jesse Quick) now has a characterization reminiscent of Bart Allen. Jade (in addition to [[RaceLift now being Chinese]]) also has parts of [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] origin.
* Most incarnations of Two-Face in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' stories from all media use the "obsessed with duality and primarily evil" personality of Paul Sloane, the second Two-Face from the Golden Age, but with Harvey Dent's background and name. The issue becomes a might confused when both versions operate within the same continuity, as they do now (though Sloane now calls himself the Charlatan).
* In the 1940s, Creator/JackKirby created "Brooklyn" of the Boy Commandos, a tough [[BrooklynRage Brooklynite]] kid in a derby hat. In the 1970s he created ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and ''ComicBook/NewGods'' supporting character Dan "Terrible" Turpin, a tough Brooklynite police officer in a derby hat. In PostCrisis comics Turpin is an adult Brooklyn (in his original ''ComicBook/NewGods'' appearances, Turpin seems to have been a police officer since ''before'' World War II; another officer talks about "the old days, when you took the tommy guns away from the gangs!", which suggests the 1920s.)
* In ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Noir'', ComicBook/{{Elektra}} and Bullseye are combined as Eliza, the Bull's Eye Killer.
** Meanwhile, in ''X-Men Noir'', Anna-Marie Rankin is a composite of Rogue and the Mimic, Calvin Rankin.
** And in ''ComicBook/IronMan Noir'', Baron Zemo is a mish-mash of, well, Baron Zemo and [[spoiler:Howard Stark]].
* In ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', ComicBook/NormanOsborn's new alter-ego the Iron Patriot is to be a blend of elements from two of the biggest names in the superhero community: PoweredArmor a'la ''ComicBook/IronMan'' and is CaptainPatriotic like ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''. The name later gets passed to a squadron of robots, before eventually ending up with Rhodey like in ''Film/IronMan3''.
* ''[[{{Deadpool}} Deadpool Max]]'', Deadpool's crazy wife Inez turns out to be Outlaw, Domino, ''and'' Copycat.
* DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'' has the Atom as a composite of the Golden Age Atom (the name Al Pratt and the atomic powers), his son Damage (elements of his costume), his godson Atom Smasher (the power to grow in size), and the unrelated Captain Atom (employed by the military).
** And the fact Earth-2 [[Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott]] is gay is taken from ''his'' son Obsidian, since writer James Robinson felt bad that de-aging Alan was removing a gay character from existence.
** ComicBook/RedTornado is a FemBot, combining elements of the Golden Age Red Tornado, Abigail Hunkel (or more likely her granddaughter Cyclone) and the male robot version.
*** And it later turns out that Red Tornado is female because [[spoiler: [[BodyBackUpDrive she houses the resurrected mind of]] ComicBook/LoisLane]].
** Lee Travis, the original Crimson Avenger, is now an [[RaceLift African American]] [[GenderFlip woman]] like Jill Carlyle, the second Crimson Avenger.
** Red Arrow takes his costume and {{Codename}} from Roy Harper, the original Red Arrow, but has the civilian identity of Connor Hawke, the second GreenArrow from the pre-''Flashpoint'' continuity.
** Tempest from Earth-2 in ''Future's End: Teen Titans'' looks exactly like Lagoon Boy, but takes his name from the first Aqualad's second identity.
* The ''HeroesReborn'' version of Hellcat has the codename and civilian identity of her mainstream MarvelUniverse counterpart, but sports the abilities and werecat appearance of Tigra, one of her fellow Avengers.
* Some DC Comics {{Elseworld}}s do this; for instance in ''Speeding Bullets'' [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal-El]]'s rocketship is found by the Waynes and he becomes Franchise/{{Batman}}, while LexLuthor is in a chemical accident and becomes TheJoker. In ''Darkest Knight'', Bruce Wayne becomes Franchise/GreenLantern, and faces a Sinestro who's absorbed the Joker's mind, Selina Kyle as Star Sapphire, and Harvey Dent as Binary Star (Evil Star with Two Face elements).
* In Creator/MarvelComics HeroicFantasy {{Elseworlds}} ''Avataars: Covenant of the Shield'':
** Some of the heroes also fought against the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Z'Axis]] in the Worldwar, and the flashbacks suggest they are composites of GoldenAge and modern characters:
*** Blood Raven: Falcon/Red Raven
*** Warmaker: Thor/Destroyer
*** Nosferata: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)/Black Widow (Claire Voyant)
** At the end of the story Witchfire (the Scarlet Witch) raises a dying Idol (Wonder Man) as a bald energy spirit called Phantazm; a composite of the Vision and Wonder Man during the period he only existed in energy form.
* Creator/ImageComics ''Altered Image'' #2 "Everybody Smoosh Now!" was a single-continuity pastiche of [[ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse Amalgam Comics]] starring Dragaxx (ComicBook/TheSavageDragon[=/=]ComicBook/TheMaxx), [=ShadowSpawn=](ComicBook/ShadowHawk[=/=]Comicbook/{{Spawn}}), and Witchestic (Mr Majestic[=/=]ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}). Trying to correct reality in the face of Smooshed teams like [[{{Cyberforce}} Cyber]][[ComicBook/{{WildCATS}} C.A.T.S.]], they managed to resmoosh themselves as [=DragonSpawn=], [=ShadowBlade=], and Maxxestic, before eventually sorting things out.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' several similar characters from different fairy tales are often revealed to be one person. Bigby Wolf was Big Bad Wolf in both ''Literature/ThreeLittlePigs'' and ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood''. With an exception of Jack Sprat, if there was a character named Jack in any fairy tale, it was really Jack Horner, and if there was a unnamed witch, it was Frau Totenkinder.
** And there's only one Snow White, with an explanation of how she went from [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed living in the woods with her mother and sister]] to [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs living in a palace with an evil stepmother]] and why she didn't marry the prince from the ''first'' story after all.
* When Devil's Due Publishing renewed the ''GIJoe'' comics during the 2000's, years after the original Marvel run was canceled, they merged Overkill, the leader of Cobra's Battle Android Troopers, with Robert Skelton, the formerly nameless S.A.W. Viper who killed several Joes during the early 90's.
* Orlando in ''Comicbook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' in addition to being Creator/VirginiaWoolf's Orlando, is also Orlando/Roland from the Matter of France and Ludovico Ariosto's ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', "O" from Pauline Réage's ''Literature/TheStoryOfO'', and (via BalefulPolymorph) Orlando from Kathleen Hale's ''Orlando the Marmalade Cat''.
** In ''The Black Dossier'', Harry Wharton of Literature/{{Greyfriars}} is [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]], his classmate Robert Cherry is [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]], "M" to the literary Literature/JamesBond, and "Mother" from ''Series/TheAvengers''. Emma Night is Mrs Peel (in ''Series/TheAvengers'', her maiden name was "Knight". In ''League'' she's a member of the family that owns [[Series/KnightRider Knight Industries]]) and goes on to become Creator/JudiDench's M.
* In Threeboot ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', Micro Lad/Colossal Boy is a combination of, you guessed it, Micro Lad (a villain from the original continuity who could shrink) and Colossal Boy (a hero from the original continuity who could grow). The twist is that this Micro Lad comes from Big City, where everyone is a giant, and his power is technically to shrink to normal human size. Virtually everyone but himself refers to him as Colossal Boy because the Micro Lad name is just too awkward and confusing to normal sized people.
* On the animated version of ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'', they had the Agente Bestiájez fulfilling the roles of many one-off characters in the comics, probably so they could reuse his design and voice actor.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}} Season 11'', Barbara Gordon is Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}, complete with escrima sticks. Her costume is similar to Dick's in the comics, only with yellow "wings" (like Dick had originally) instead of blue or red, and occasionally purple highlights in the black sections, both suggesting the Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} costume. She also takes some personality elements from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Stephanie Brown]].
* Speaking of Steel, he is DC Comics' CompositeCharacter {{Expy}} of Marvel Comics' [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and ComicBook/IronMan.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}: Adventures in the 8th Grade'' Linda Lee's EvilTwin Belinda "Superior Girl" Zee has a few obvious Bizarro elements, but is thematically closer to "Dark Supergirl".
* The ComicBook/{{New 52}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' character [[ComicBook/HelOnEarth H'el]] appears to take aspects of the Eradicator (obsessed with rebuilding Krypton), Bizarro (chalky skin, reversed S-symbol), Superboy-Prime (S-shield scar), and possibly the GoldenAge character Halk-Kar (name, connected to the House of El but not exactly a member of it).
* Similarly, there was a storyline in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' in which they visited an alternate reality where the world's heroes were the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice]] [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titans]], based in Gothamopolis and led by Hal Grayson, [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Night]] [[Franchise/GreenLantern Lantern]]. (Amusingly, Franchise/TheFlash looks unchanged, until you learn his real name is Wally Allen). Their archenemies, the Brotherhood of Injustice are composites of Batman and Superman's RoguesGallery, led by Lex Joker. It turns out [[spoiler: to be one of Dr Destiny's dreamworlds]].
* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'', Kid Supreme was more or less Supreme's sidekick. In Alan Moore's run, Kid Supreme was the superhero identity of a young Ethan Crane before he grew older and became Supreme.
* In Creator/DCComics' ''First Wave'' line of TwoFistedTales, featuring Franchise/DocSavage, ComicBook/TheSpirit, etc. The Franchise/{{Batman}} wields twin revolvers, in sharp contrast to his [[DoesNotLikeGuns usual characterisation]], and seems to be there because DC no longer had the rights to Radio/TheShadow.
* Many examples from the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe:
** The ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' version of Proteus is a composite of the original Franchise/MarvelUniverse Proteus (Kevin [=McTaggart=], son of Moira and Joseph [=McTaggart=]) and Legion (David Haller, son of Professor X and Gabrielle Haller). Ultimate Proteus is David Xavier, son of Moira and Professor X.
** The Ultimate version of Lady Deathstrike is a Japanese thief who had some history with ComicBook/{{Storm}}, apparently borrowed from Earth-616's Yukio, who is close friends with Storm and has a past history as a thief alongside Gambit.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Liz Allan, who was mutant-phobic for a long time, discovers she's herself a mutant - this universe's Firestar. In a great twist of irony from the writer, she is helped to accept her newly activated powers by Spidey and Bobby "Iceman" Drake, in a story arc titled ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''.
** Another Ultimate example--from ''Ultimate Human'', a mini-series focusing on ComicBook/IronMan and [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]], the Ultimate version of Hulk baddie, the Leader. The Ultimate incarnation the Leader combined elements of the Classic Leader with [[ComicBook/{{Excalibur}} Peter Wisdom]]. The latter should not be surprising, considering [[Creator/WarrenEllis the creator of the original Wisdom wrote it.]]
** Yet another ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' example--the Hobgoblin in the Ultimate Universe is Harry Osborn, killing two birds of the [[NormanOsborn Green Goblin]]'s legacy (Harry following in his father's foot steps and the Hobgoblin) with one stone.
** Ultimate Jessica Drew[=/=]ComicBook/SpiderWoman is an OppositeSexClone of Peter Parker, introduced in the Ultimate Clone Saga as the only Spider-Clone not to go completely mad, and who then sets off to forge her own identity. So she's a combination of [[Comicbook/SpiderWoman the 616 Jessica]] and Ben Reilly/The Scarlet Spider.
** After ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', Jessica becomes the [[LegacyCharacter newest]] Comicbook/BlackWidow.
** In ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'', Pluskommander Geheneris Hala´son Mahr Vehl serves the role of ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, but his name includes a variant of "Genis", Mar-Vell's son's name.
** The Ultimate version of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' has two examples. Sasquatch has Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane in the mainstream continuity) as its human form, rather than Walter Langkowski, while Vindicator is John Wraith (a member of Weapon X) rather than James Hudson.
** Ultimate Doc Ock was the MadScientist behind the Clone Saga, taking the role of 616's Jackal.
** The Ultimate-[[CanonForeigner exclusive]] character Tyrone Cash is basically Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk's Mr. Fixit [[SplitPersonality persona]] combined with ComicBook/LukeCage.
** Ultimate ComicBook/MoonKnight has the characters Paladin and Ronin as [[SplitPersonality Split Personalities]].
** Ultimate ComicBook/NickFury was an African-American soldier who was unjustly injected with a dose of the SuperSerum that created CaptainAmerica during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, making him the Ultimate counterpart of Isiah Bradley, the black Captain America.
** The Maker/[[spoiler:Reed Richards]] shares many elements with DoctorDoom. He's also likened to be the counterpart of Avengers foe, Kang the Conqueror, until an actual, Gender Flipped Kang shows up. She herself is an example of this, since she's a FutureBadass version of [[spoiler:Sue Storm]] instead of Iron Lad of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers.
* In the DCComics ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' titles, the Cyborg Superman is a composite of the original Cyborg Superman and [[spoiler: Zor-El]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Blog/AlwaysHavingJuice'' features Gaia Mercury, a combination of the Werehog from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and the ghost girl from the ''Night of the Werehog'' short created to promote the game. Dark Gaia as well is a combination of Mephiles the Dark from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' and its namesake, also from ''Unleashed''.
* In TheOC fanfic 'AVDC', Alex is a combination of herself and Ryan.
* Godzilla in himself has had so many different continuities and incarnations across 60 years in film, that almost any fan-work featuring him is bound to be this. The Big G from the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony:FriendshipIsMagic'' crossover, ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' has elements of this trope. While it's stated he's the grown up Godzilla jr. from the 1980s-90s Heisei series, the images depict him as looking closer to the ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' incarnation in appearance. Personality wise he's a mixture of the late Showa and Late Heisei era incarnations.
* In ''FanFic/TheCaptainOfTheVirtualConsole'', Blaine, being from Pokemon Yellow, has traits of his game and anime selves.
* ''FanFic/EquestrianThrowdown'', Miles Skylark is, according to [[WordOfGod HexMark]] a combination of the two protagonists from his previous scrapped fanfictions.
* ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' has the character Red Eye, who combines attributes of many characters from the various Fallout games, including the Lieutenant, John Henry Eden (he even uses Eden's speeches), Ashur, and the Lone Wanderer.
* ''Fanfic/GodSlayingBladeWorks'', [[FateStayNight Emiya Shirou]] from the Heaven's Feel route obtains the memories of [[spoiler: EMIYA as well as the Shirous of the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works routes]].
* ''FanFic/HarmonysWarriors'':
** Cherrilee is [[{{Foreshadowing}} set up]] to become [[spoiler: The Lizard]] in ''The Spectacular Spider-Colt'', but in her first appearance in ''Flutterhulk'', she takes on the role of Sterns/The Leader as the scientist Fluttershy goes to for help.
** Also in ''Flutterhulk'', Snowflake is in the role of Blonsky/The Abomination, but when he eventually [[OneWingedAngel transforms]] he turns into the RedHulk.
** Chrysalis takes on the role of Laufey in ''Soar'', but by the end of the story [[spoiler: has essentially become the Skrull Queen]].
** Due to her [[JekyllAndHyde dual personalities]], Pinkie is both Hawkeye (as herself) and Bullseye (as Pinkamena).
** Dinky is Franklin Richards, though she also has aspects of both Gwen and Mary Jane.
** Diamond Tiara isn't just an AlphaBitch, like several that have appeared in Spider-Man, but she's also Emma Frost.
* In the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fanfic ''FanFic/InTheShadowOfTheTollBridge'', [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Ella's]] stepmother is a composite of [[{{Disney/Cinderella}} Lady Tremaine]] and [[{{Film/EverAfter}} Rodmilla de Ghent]].
* In ''Fanfic/JustAnUnorthodoxThief'', Lupin becomes the Servant Assassin. However he's an amalgamation of different incarnations of Lupin. He has the manga version's {{Chessmaster}} abilities, ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine'' and his first anime version's charisma, skill, and their ruthlessness, and his second anime version's morals.
* In the ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'' series, Shining Armor's role as Franchise/GreenLantern contains elements from several canonical human Green Lanterns (Hal Jordan's origin story, John Stewart's military background, and Kyle Rayner's self-doubts).
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Robert Light has traits from all versions of Mega Man as well as a ponytail like Zero.
* In ''Fanfic/NecessaryToWin'', [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Ami Chouno]] is not only Oarai's temporary tankery teacher like she was in canon, but she also shares a role with [[{{Manga/Saki}} Sukoya Kokaji]], who defeated Harue 10 years ago.
* In ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' the character of Mari Illustrious Makinami is combined with Asuka's unnamed half-sister from the manga. It should be mentioned this was an EpilepticTree for ''RebuildOfEvangelion''.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has several characteristically that are [[spoiler:{{reincarnation}}s[=/=]fusions of G3 characters. Most notable is Twilight Sparkle, either a straight reincarnation or a fusion of G3's Minty and G1's Twilight.]]
* Interestingly averted in the case of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts in the Series/{{Glee}} fanfiction ''FanFic/QuinnInWonderland''. The two of them are not only separate characters, but the Red Queen is also a mere [[StealthPun pawn]] for the Queen of Hearts, who is the BigBad. This is played straight, however, with the Dodo and the White Knight, although this makes a little more sense since the two of them are both considered Lewis Carroll's {{Author Avatar}}s.
* The later stories in [[FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty The Dashverse]] have indulged in this: In ''May the Best Friends Win'', Trixie combines her canon personality (from "Boast Busters", anyway) with Gilda's role as Rainbow Dash's abrasive friend. Then ''Hot Heads, Cold Hearts and Nerves of Steel'' has [[BigBad Sombra]] combine the backstory and [[FlatCharacter little personality]] canon gave him with aspects of G1 villain Grogar.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has Sonata. She's [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a unicorn]] that shares some of her characteristics with ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' characters, such as [[IdenticalStranger Mia's looks]], Adrian Andrew's job type, and the ruthlessness of [[AmoralAttorney Manfred Von Karma]] and pre-CharacterDevelopment Edgeworth. Since ''Ace Attorney'' protagonist Phoenix is there, he catches wind of most of these similarities, which freaks him out a little.
-->'''Phoenix:''' ''[InnerMonologue]'' This is getting weeeird...
* In a rather literal example: In ''The Universal Experiment'', the ComicBook/{{Batman}} who appears in the world notes that he has [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West's nose and height]], [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Christan Bale's build and mouth]], [[Film/BatmanForever Val Kilmer's chin and cheekbones]], [[Film/{{Batman}} Michael Keaton's eyes]], and [[DCAnimatedUniverse Kevin Conroy's voice]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', this happens to several characters from the [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} original comics]]. The film's version of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine shares the name of a minor character from ''Secret'', but his more villainous characterization is drawn from the Bird Brothers from the comic, and he also inherits some traits of the comic's Omar Ben Salaad, such as his employment of [[TheDragon Allan]] and his taking over the ''Karaboudjan''.
* Rasputin as he appears in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' is actually a mix between the historical character, and a character from Russian folklore Koschei the Deathless.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' was adapted from the ''Batman: Year Two'' storyline. In the comic, the Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachael was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, [[spoiler:Andrea Beaumont was both the Phantasm and the love interest.]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'':
*** the Queen of Hearts is mainly the Queen of Hearts, but has the Duchess's bipolar personality and uses the Red Queen's line "All ways are mine". This makes less sense than it does when the Red Queen says it, since the Red Queen is a chess piece with the ability to go any way she wants on the board. Though for the Queen of Hearts, it's likely due to her ego.
*** The Mad Hatter in the same film gets his obsession with unbirthdays from Humpty-Dumpty.
*** At one stage of that film's development, Dinah and the Cheshire Cat were merged into a single character.
** ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': In the [[Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians original novel]], the parents of the puppies were Pongo and Missis; Perdita was later brought in because Missis couldn't nurse all of her puppies by herself. The film adaptations drop that particular plot point altogether, and combine Missis and Perdita into a single character.
** In ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' the characters of The Horned King and Arawn are combined. In Lloyd Alexander's five-part book series, Arawn is the BigBad and The Horned King is TheDragon. The movie keeps "The Horned King" as his name and general appearance, but has Arawn's role as "the Dark Lord".
** Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is actually a composite of the Sea Witch from the original Creator/HansChristianAndersen fairy tale [[spoiler: and the woman who ended up marrying the prince instead of the Mermaid, and therefore prompting her to commit suicide.]]
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', in which they did it twice: condensing the two genies (magic ring and lamp) into one (lamp), and combining the sorcerer who wanted the genie with the vizier trying to discredit Aladdin after his rise to wealth. In fact, the two Aladdin examples mentioned above are commonly done in ''most'' adaptations of the story. Many readers aren't even aware of the fact that there ''are'' two genies in the story until they read the original. Interestingly enough, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen at one point]] there were plans for both genies to appear.
** Clopin in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a composite of the original novel's Clopin (the psychotic King of the Gypsies) and Gringoire (the goofy troubadour).
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'':
*** The Fates from are a composite of the Fates from ClassicalMythology (the youngest Fate spins a thread representing a person's life, signifying his/her birth; the middle weaves said thread, therefore determining how long that person will live; and the oldest cuts the thread, therefore killing the person the thread represents) and the Gray sisters (they all share a single eye).
*** They also merged Hades with Hera, and Hera with Alcmene.
** In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' Kerchak is a composite of Burroughs's Kerchak (leader of the Mangani during Tarzan's childhood) and Tublat (mate of Kala who is vaguely resentful of Tarzan, but not a villain). To confuse things further, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' introduced a character more like the book version of Kerchak (violent killer ape seeking revenge on Tarzan) ... and called him Tublat.
** Also done in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''; Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey of the original ''TreasureIsland'' are combined into [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Doctor Delbert Doppler.]]
** Queen Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is a composite character of the Snow Queen and Kai from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen''. Naturally, she is based off the Snow Queen for being a queen with ice powers and a palace made of ice, but her role in the story is closer to that of Kai, a character who grows distant from a loved one (in this movie, her sister Anna) [[spoiler:and they ultimately reconcile through the PowerOfLove.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' the giant in the ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' tale [[spoiler:is long dead before the story begins. The golden goose that was their target is just a chick, and its ''mother'' (presumably the true goose from the tale) is the giant that Puss and company have to deal with.]]
* TheBigBadWolf in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is apparently a composite of the wolves from ''Literature/ThreeLittlePigs'' and ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood''.
* In the DirectToVideo movie ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', there's only one replacement Superman, who has elements of three of the replacements in the original ''TheDeathOfSuperman'' arc: he's a clone like ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, he has a zero-tolerance approach to crimefighting like the Eradicator, and he's [[spoiler:secretly working for a villain]] like the Cyborg.
* In ''Film/UltimateAvengers 2'', BlackPanther possesses the ability to transform into a werepanther, much like the Coal Tiger, his son from the [[MarvelComics2 MC2]] continuity.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Red Queen in Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is mostly the Queen of Hearts, with a few elements of the Red Queen from the second book. This is also done in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' and ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars''.
* Subverted with Deep Throat in ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen''. A number of critics and amateur sleuths were convinced Deep Throat was an invention of Bob Woodward to make it harder to identify one informant in UsefulNotes/RichardNixon’s inner circle. Also because Deep Throat seemed too freaky to be real. [[HistoryMarchesOn Until 2005, when former CIA associate director W. Mark Felt revealed he was Deep Throat]].
* ''Film/AlmostFamous'', the pseudo-biography of director Cameron Crowe, features the fictitious band Stillwater as a composite of several groups Crowe toured with as a ''Rolling Stone'' columnist, including the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and the Who.
* Patty Ryan in ''Film/AnAmericanCrime'' is a composite of three real-life girls involved in the historical events - Darlene [=MacGuire=], Anna Siscoe and Judy Duke.
* The film version of ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'' merged two love interests, Mary and Arabella, into a single character named Arabella.
* In ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', a whole team of astronauts and engineers working to figure out how to power up the command module again was rolled into Ken Mattingly and a couple of other guys.
* Vicky Vale in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' was actually a combination of the comic's Vicky Vale (in terms of name and occupation) with Silver St. Cloud (in terms of personality and characterization), a love interest of Batman from TheSeventies who knew his secret identity.
** The same film's version of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker gave him the [[DeathByOriginStory defining role of]] [[spoiler: Joe Chill.]][[note]]Though his partner during the night he killed Bruce's parents could be Joe Chill himself.[[/note]]
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' has an interesting case where Mr. Freeze is a composite of two very different versions of himself. The tragic origins, including a sick wife he tried to cure but had to freeze to preserve, come from his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' version, while a lot of his behavior -- themed henchmen, {{Card Carrying Villain}}y, and ice puns -- are taken from the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show.
** ''Film/BatmanForever'' gives us a composite origin for Robin, who is Dick Grayson in name and occupation (circus acrobat, alongside his parents), but gets his origin combined with Jason Todd's (Two-Face responsible for parents' death, and wanting to kill Two-Face for it).
* Eric Bana, Ewan [=McGregor=], Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, and William Fichtner's characters in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' are all composites of various different US Army Rangers and Delta Force operators from the novel of the same name. Necessary, since hundreds of soldiers took part in the Battle of Mogadishu and so making composite characters allowed the producers to cut the cast of dozens from the novel down to less than ten... and because one of the real-life counterparts [[spoiler:would later be convicted of rape and child molestation]].
* In ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', C.W. Moss is a composite of two members of the Barrow Gang, W.D. Jones and Henry Methvin.
* The real Frank Abagnale Jr. wasn't chased by just one man - Carl Hanratty from ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' is an amalgam of several officers.
* ''Film/{{Christine}}'' merged the [=LeBay=] brothers into one character. This also served to completely invert one brother's personality and morals.
* The 2010 remake of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' merged Acrisius (Perseus's father) and Calibos (Andromeda's disfigured would-be fiancee and Perseus's mortal rival) into the same person.
* In the film version of ''Literature/CloudAtlas'', the characters Chang and Hae-Joo Im were combined to create the much more sympathetic character of Hae-Joo Chang, with whom Sonmi-451 falls in love with.
* In the film adaptation of the ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' series, Georgia's friends Ellen, Jools, and Mabs were initially replaced by a composite TokenMinority character called Namita. Fans complained, and so Namita's scenes were {{redubb|ing}}ed and she became Ellen.
* In ''Film/{{Daredevil}},'' Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, takes the place of Slade, [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather the hired thug who beat Matt's father to death]]]].
** ComicBook/{{Elektra}}'s origin has almost nothing in common with that of her comic counterpart, and is much closer to that of Echo, another female martial artist who tried to kill Daredevil after he was framed for the murder of her father. Interestingly enough, Echo appears in the movie's video game adaptation [[AdaptationalVillainy as a villain]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** The movie Arnold Flass resembled Harvey Bullock more, being dark-haired, overweight, and unshaven rather than being blonde, fit, and clean-shaven as in the comics, but he does have the comics' version's corruption.
** The film Gillian Loeb is basically Michael Akins with Loeb's name, being young, African-American, and honest, rather than being old, corrupt, and Caucasian. That said, he's still antagonistic towards Batman (due to being a vigilante).
** Henri Ducard's [[spoiler: alias Ra's al Ghul,]] also fits this trope. [[spoiler: In the comics, Henri Ducard was one of the people Bruce Wayne hired to teach him to be good at everything ever. However, he was not a member of the League of Shadows, let alone its leader, or even associated with al Ghul at all.]]
** Lucius Fox's role was expanded to fill his normal role as CEO along side the role of tech support, which was occasionally filled by others or left unexplained and filled in gaps about how Batman uses Wayne Corp resources in his crimefighting.
** [[CanonForeigner John Blake]] has elements of [[spoiler:the first three Comicbook/{{Robin}}s. He grew up on the streets like Jason Todd, he deduced Batman's identity as a teen like Tim Drake and he's an orphan who becomes a police officer as an adult and Batman's eventual successor like like Dick Grayson. His real name being Robin is a neat nod.]]
* In ''Film/DarkShadows'', the characters of Victoria Winters and Maggie Evans are now one and the same. Also, Angelique, who is a combination of herself and rival fishery owner Burke Devlin.
* In the second ''Manga/DeathNote'' movie, Takada replaces [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Higuchi]] completely and has a few elements of Mikami mixed in. She performs the role of the third Kira almost identically to Higuchi's portrayal, down to the character's being [[spoiler: disposed of by Light]].
** In the first movie there's Shiori, Light's new SatelliteLoveInterest -- she's the smart girl on campus like Takada (though as mentioned above Takada does appear later in Higuchi's role) and also fulfills the same role as Yuri, aka [[Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami the Girl from the Bus]]. Also she has a strong sense of justice, is studying to be a prosecutor, and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend is very protective of Light]]--like another of Light's allies who never got any screentime in the live action movies--a GenderFlipped prenote![[HoYay Teru Mikami]]?
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' (based on Film/InfernalAffairs): Dr. Madden is a combination of therapist Dr. Lee, the undercover cop's love interest, and Mary, the infiltrator's girlfriend, creating a LoveTriangle where there had been none before.
* The Blank of ''Film/DickTracy'' makes the character also known as Faceless Redrum into the alias of another ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' regular: [[spoiler: Breathless Mahooney.]]
* Subverted (or possibly even double subverted, if the PlayingWith is to be believed) in ''Film/DonnieBrasco''. Lefty in the movie is a composite of the real Lefty, the real Sonny Black, and several other wiseguys Joe Pistone met during his undercover work. Sonny Black appears in the movie, although InNameOnly. Michael Madsen wasn't too happy about that one.
* Most film adaptations of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' eliminate at least one of Lucy's suitors (almost always Quincey Morris, and often Lord Godalming as well). Sometimes Lucy and Mina are combined into a single DistressedDamsel, and Jonathan stands in for all of her suitors.
** In the parody ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', Creator/MelBrooks dispenses with all of Lucy's suitors except Seward, who becomes her much-older guardian instead. Harker takes over the role of all the four younger men. It's mentioned that he liked Lucy, while being Mina's suitor. Liked, not LIKE-Liked.
--->'''Van Helsing:''' It must be done by one who LOVED her in life!
--->'''Harker:''' I only LIKED her!
--->'''Van Helsing:''' Close enough, here! (hands him the stake and mallet.)
** Meanwhile, Harker's ordeal in Transylvania is given to Reinfield.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', Mehmet II is combined with Vlad's brother Radu the Handsome. The whole "Vlad's brother who supports the Ottomans and sides against him" motif in the film belonged to Radu in real life.
* ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' fused the two Piccolos (Daimaou and Ma Junior) into one. Although, technically, Ma Junior ''was'' Daimaou in the original, or at least his reincarnation.
** Goku's character acts suspiciously like the teenaged version of his son, Gohan, from one of the later arcs of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* An early draft of ''Film/EdWood'' showed Ed meeting his first wife Norma McCarty (and their subsequent short-lived marriage). After this part was cut some of their dialogue was moved to the scene where Ed first meets Kathy O'Hara, his second wife up to Wood's death.
* In the novel ''FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'', the ticket-scalper character is separate from Mike Damone. The two were combined in the movie.
* Michael Merriman (John Cusack's character in ''FatManAndLittleBoy'') is a composite of two real Manhattan Project physicists, Louis Slotin and Henry K. Daghlian, Jr. [[spoiler: Both died as the result of separate criticality accidents involving the same [[ArtifactOfDoom "demon" bomb core]] ''after the Hiroshima and Nakasaki bombings''.]]
* In the [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' movie, Shin's right-hand man Jackal takes his name from a gang leader villain in the manga, but his origin story as a villain who was disfigured by Kenshiro in the past resembles that of Kenshiro's evil adoptive brother Jagi. Neither, Jagi nor Jackal had anything to do with Shin, other than the fact that Jagi was the one who persuaded Shin to turn evil and Jackal was an underling of Shin in the TV series (but not in the manga).
** In the same movie, Shin takes the place of Kenshiro's adopted brother Raoh as the killer of his Sensei, Ryuken.
* In ''Film/GhostRider'', Johnny Blaze not only takes on qualities of [[Comicbook/GhostRider his comic namesake]], but also his successor Danny Ketch (such as his chain weapon and Penance Stare). His father Barton Blaze also supplants "Crash" Simpson in [[spoiler: being the one whom Johnny tried to save with his DealWithTheDevil.]]
** Also, Carter Slade and the Caretaker were two different characters in the comics.
* In ''Film/GIJoe'', [[spoiler:Rex Lewis]]/The Doctor/[[spoiler:Cobra Commander]] is a merging of Doctor Mindbender and [[spoiler: Cobra Commander]]. Only in role, however, as Mindbender actually shows as a brief character in a flashback.
** In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' Roadblock's background has several elements taken from Stalker in the comics, such as being involved with a gang when growing up in the city, being best buddies with Snake Eyes, and having kids.
* Both film versions of [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo]] turn Anita Vanger into a PosthumousCharacter; the woman thought to be Anita turns out to be Harriet Vanger herself.
* Dr. Ishiro Serizawa from ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' has the surname and world-weariness of Daisuke Serizawa, is a palaeontologist that wants to study the monsters versus killing them like Dr. Kyohei Yamane, and his insistence that Godzilla will save the day.
* Each character in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' is a composite of several people involved in the real event.
* The ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie establishes that Parallax was once Krona, a completely separate villain in the comics.
* In the film adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', Uncle Jocko and Herbie become the same person.
* A boy named Nigel from the later film adaptations of the ''Film/HarryPotter'' series seems to be a composite of the two Creevey brothers (Colin and Dennis) from the books. Oddly enough, Colin did appear (with that name) in the second film. WordOfGod is that Nigel was created after Hugh Mitchell (who played Colin in the second film) went through a massive growth spurt and the filmmakers didn't think he'd be able to portray a character who was supposed to appear small and mousy anymore.
** This is done surprisingly little, considering how many characters are in the series. But there is the odd case of minor characters being written out with their often only prominent scene given to a more important character. For example, the second film has Hermione ask Professor [=McGonagall=] about the Chamber of Secrets rather than Professor Binns.
** Notoriously, Neville acts his role and replaces Dobby in the fourth film.
** In the fourth film, the character of Ludo Bagman was removed and some of his characteristics combined into the character of Barty Crouch Sr., resulting in Crouch being more comical than his completely serious nature in the book. His commentary is taken up by Cornelius Fudge during the Quidditch World cup. His exclusion is likely due to much of the scenes involving him being cut so what little remained was given to others.
** Bellatrix Lestrange is prominently involved in the battle at the end of the sixth film, but she was not even in the corresponding scene from the book. All her actions in the film version of the scene (coaxing Draco to kill Dumbledore, firing the Dark Mark into the sky, catching Hagrid's hut on fire) were performed by various {{Mooks}} in the book.
** Luna Lovegood takes over Tonks' role of finding Harry on the Hogwarts express in The Half blood Prince
** Due to actor Jamie Waylett's legal troubles, Crabbe was written out of ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', and his [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ultimate fate]] was given to Goyle instead. Blaise Zabini was then brought in as the third man of Draco's PowerTrio.
** In the second book, it's stated that Vernon paid someone to fit the bars on Harry's window. In the movie version, Vernon just does it himself.
* A rare non-adaptation example: the first few drafts of ''Film/HotFuzz'' had a love interest for Nick Angel. When her part was cut, the majority of her lines (as well as the peace lily subplot) were given to Danny Butterman's character, which resulted in quite a bit of intentional HoYay.
* In ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', Bruce's father (who had no abilities in the comics) is given the powers of the Absorbing Man, and later transforms into [[ShockAndAwe a being of pure electricity]], much like Zzzax.
* In many adaptations of ''Literature/JaneEyre'', Helen Burns is combined with Julia Severn, the girl who has her hair cut off as punishment for curling it (making the character even more tragic - she has all her hair cut off and then dies of tuberculosis a few scenes later). In some versions the haircutting happens to Jane herself. Also a few adaptations combine the kindly Miss Temple with Miss Scatcherd.
* ''Film/{{JFK}}'' does this here and there, most notably with Willie O'Keefe. Willie is a composite of several of Jim Garrison's witnesses, among them Perry Russo, the central witness of the case; he exists in the film largely so that Oliver Stone doesn't have to answer why Garrison chose not to use most of them in the trial (and to hide Russo's laughable unreliablity).
* In ''Film/JMenForever'', the multiple villains edited from the original Republic [[FilmSerial Film Serials]] became the singular Lightning Bug. To explain his radically changing appearance, The Lightning Bug was made into a MasterOfDisguise.
* ''Film/JohnCarter'', the film adaptation of ''JohnCarterOfMars'' appears to have collapsed several minor characters into more major related ones. Notably, Tars Tarkas is chieftain of his own band of Tharks in the film, whereas in the book he was second-in-command to Lorquas Ptormel; Tardos Mors is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Dejah Thoris']] father in the film, while he was her grandfather in the book, thereby combining him with his son Mors Kajak; and film Sab Than is Jeddak (king) of Zodanga rather than prince, combining him with ''his'' father Than Kosis.
* The PR guy (Ed Regis) and the lawyer (Donald Gennaro) from ''Literature/JurassicPark'' were merged for [[Film/JurassicPark the movie]].
** The nerdy black kid and the adventurous (and older) blond girl that were Levine's assistants/protegees in ''TheLostWorld1995'' were merged into Malcolm's black gymnast daughter for [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark the second film]].
** From ''The Lost World'': "Doc" Thorne, BadassBookworm and former scientist that now makes field systems for a living, was merged with Eddie Carr, his no-nonsense, smart employee. The movie version of Eddie has his own field systems company, but is much geekier. Even though he tries to rescue Sarah, Malcolm, and Nick from the falling trailer exactly as Doc Thorne did, he's torn apart by the T.rexes. The original Eddie is killed by raptors instead, while Thorne lives to lead the survivors off the island.
** In ''The Lost World'': the movie's Sarah Harding has elements of Richard Levine's character (for example, the incompetence - novel!Sarah was nowhere nearly as idiotic) and plays his role in parts.
* In the sequel to ''Film/KickAss'', Jim Carrey plays a character called Colonel Stars and Stripes, a composite of Colonel Stars and Lieutenant Stripes from the comic.
* In ''[[Literature/LeftBehind Left Behind II: Trbiulation Force]]'', Verna Zee is the composite of her original character with Lucinda Washington, the African-American editor-in-chief of the Global Weekly office in Chicago who was raptured. For the most part, movie Verna is book Verna's personality in Lucinda's body (or a version of Lucinda that never became a believer).
* The 1935, 1952 and [[Film/LesMiserables1998 1998 versions]] of ''Literature/LesMiserables'' either diminish the role of, or remove entirely, Enjolras, giving his role as leader of the Friends of the ABC to Marius.
* Too many to count in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', which had to deal with the books' Loads and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. In the books, the elf-lord Glorfindel saved Frodo at the Ford of Bruinen. In the movies, Arwen does it. In the animated film, [[EconomyCast it was Legolas]].
* The protagonist of ''Film/LordOfWar'' is a composite of several real life arms dealers (five, according to IMDB).
* In the 1971 film of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', the part of the third murderer was given to AscendedExtra [[AdaptationalVillainy Ross]], instead of [[RememberTheNewGuy some nameless guy]].
* Chico in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' is a composite of two characters from the original ''Film/SevenSamurai'': Katsushiro, the young samurai who begins a relationship with a village girl, and Kikuchiyo, the boisterous samurai wannabe who tags along with the others uninvited and [[spoiler:turns out to be a peasant by birth]].
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Darren Cross had no supervillain alias in the original comics, but in the ''Film/AntMan'' movie, he is given {{Sizeshifter}} abilities and the CodeName Yellowjacket. Both of these come from [[Comicbook/AntMan Henry Pym]], who used the name Yellowjacket in the comics. This is a rare case of DecompositeCharacter as well, since Pym ''is'' in the movie, just as a civilian scientist rather than a costumed superhero.
** The ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' does this with [=MacGuffins=]. ''The Avengers'' (and the films immediately before it) introduce an alien device called the Tesseract or "the Cube", standing in for the Cosmic Cube of the comics. ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' then reveals that it's also one of the Infinity Stones.
** Early reports would seem to indicate that in ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron'', ScarletWitch and {{Quicksilver}} will be given elements of the Fenris Twins from the comics (namely they start off as Baron Strucker's enforcers and agents of HYDRA). Comicbook/BlackWidow also wields a pair of batons much like those used by her fellow Avenger, Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}.
** The version of the RedSkull seen in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has a lot in common with Baron Strucker (the founder of HYDRA) and the first Baron Zemo (a [[RedRightHand disfigured]] MadScientist in charge of the Nazis' [[StupidJetpackHitler super-weapon development]]), though retains his usual appearance and his status as being literally worse than Hitler.
*** The film's take on Peggy Carter combines the inherent ActionGirl-ness and relationship to [[{{Agent 13}} Sharon Carter]] of her namesake, along with the appearance and role of Lt. Cynthia Glass from the ''Adventures of Captain America: The Sentinel of Liberty'' miniseries released in the early 90s.
*** Howard Stark creates Captain America's iconic shield, much like Dr. Myron [=MacLian=] in the original comics.
*** Montgomary Falsworth, the pencil-moustached, red-bereted British officer in the movie's Howling Commandos, is an amalgam of Montgomary Falsworth, the costumed hero Union Jack, and Percy Pinkerton, the pencil-moustached, red-bereted British officer in the comic's Howling Commandos. In fact, given it contains Falsworth, Cap and Bucky Barnes, the Commandos could be considered an amalgam of the comicbook Commandos and The Invaders.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Alexander Pierce is given elements of [[spoiler: Aleksander Lukin]], namely his role as [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier's handler and the mastermind behind the entire plot]].
** This is the treatment given to the {{Whip|ItGood}}lash character in ''Film/IronMan2'': he is a composite of the comics characters Crimson Dynamo and [[CaptainObvious Whiplash/Blacklash]].
** ''Film/IronMan3'' has Comicbook/WarMachine wearing NormanOsborn's Iron Patriot armour. He also goes by that moniker, but makes it clear he preferred War Machine.
*** Aldrich Killian is a composite the scientist who created Extremis, and [[spoiler:The Mandarin]].[[note]]However, there appears to be a real Mandarin...[[note]]
* Bert in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' is a merging of several minor characters from [[Literature/MaryPoppins the original short stories]].
* In MenOfHonor, Robert De Niro's role as the hardline, racist Master Chief who makes Brashear's life hell, is an amalgamation of a couple different commanding officers the real Brashear had during his career.
* ''Film/{{Moneyball}}'' merges several of Billy Beane's associates, particularly Paul [=DePodesta=], into Peter Brand. [=DePodesta=] refused to have his name used in the film, which led to this.
* In the film version of ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', the character ''Dr. Eileen Cole'' never existed. She was supposed to represent an amalgam of several people who helped the main character.
* In the film ''ComicBook/NickFury: Agent of SHIELD'' (starring Creator/DavidHasselhoff, not Creator/SamuelLJackson), Baron von Strucker is succeeded as the leader of Hydra by his daughter Andrea, aka Viper. In the comics, Viper/Madame Hydra is an orphan whose true name is unknown, and Andrea von Strucker is one half of the mutant Fenris Twins.
* In the Russian movie ''Literature/NightWatch'', Bear's real name is Ilya. In the books, Bear and Ilya are two different people. The Inquisition in the sequel ''Day Watch'' might also count: in the books they are a big group, a third Watch, while in the movie they are just two old CreepyTwins.
** The incident at the beginning of the first film, with Anton going to a witch to get his girlfriend back happened to a woman in the ''Day Watch'' book and was part of a larger story. Additionally, Anton is not Yegor's father in the books and was recruited as a teen, not an adult.
** The killer of Dark Others in the second film is revealed to be [[spoiler:Kostya's father]]. In the books, they are different characters.
* The made-for-TV movie ''Noah's Ark'' made Noah into a composite of himself and... Abraham, and made other changes, such as Noah living in one of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (In Literature/TheBible, Abraham explicitly didn't live in either, certainly not that close to their destruction; and those cities were post-flood), and Lot just being some guy Noah knows.
* Dr Langford Fife in the parody film ''The Norman Rockwell Code'' is a composite character of Dr Robert Langdon from ''TheDaVinciCode'', and Barney Fife from ''TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* ''Film/{{North}}'' had the [=FedEx=] guy and Johnny Fingers from the book merged into one guy who appears to North randomly during his journey to find his parents.
* Based on a true story, ''OctoberSky'' merged Sherman Siers and Jimmy O'Dell into one character called Sherman O'Dell. (The original book, ''RocketBoys'', did not do this.)
* ''Film/PainAndGain'': Dwayne Johnson's character Doyle is fictional, a combination of two or three additional members of the Sun Gym Gang.
* Benjamin "The Ghost" Martin in Creator/MelGibson's ''ThePatriot'' was based primarily on Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion, with elements of about four other Revolutionary War leaders mixed in.
* In ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt'', Edward Norton plays a character named Alan Isaacman, after the lawyer who defended Flynt before the Supreme Court. This character essentially stands in for ''all'' the legal assistants Flynt had employed. For instance, he is wounded in the 1978 shooting attack on Flynt; that event happened to Gene Reeves, Jr.
* In the [[FilmOfTheBook film version]] of [[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The LightningThief]] Annabeth Chase has the [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians book version]] of Clarisse La Rue's first major scene, personality, and hair color. She's really more Clarisse than she is Annabeth.
** [[spoiler:Film!Luke takes over Ares' role as the person who duped Percy into taking the Bolt to Hades.]]
* In ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Red White is merged with the character of April May. He [[spoiler:murders Mia [[HeKnowsTooMuch after learning she's uncovered certain evidence]]]], but also is the one who [[spoiler:wiretapped her phone to begin with and acts as the witness who accuses Maya of the murder]]. There's a more minor example later. While both Gumshoe and Larry are in the movie, Gumeshoe's role in loaning Phoenix the metal detector so he can look for "Gordy" is given to Larry, who owns the detector and is the only one to use it [[spoiler:until the end of the last trial.]]
* In the live-action 1996 version of ''Film/{{Pinocchio}}'', the villain Lorenzini is a merger of the characters Mangiafuoco (the Puppeteer) and The Little Man (Land of Toys coachman). Later, he is transformed into a giant sea monster, thus also merging The Terrible Dogfish into his character.
* ''Film/ThePostman'' has "Ford Lincoln Mercury", an amalgam of several characters. Abby is a mix of a minor one-chapter character named Abby, and the Love Interest who appeared later (in the chapters about the [[spoiler: fake]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot sentient AI]] and the SuperSoldier army that never made it into the film).
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'':
** In at least the 1940 and 2005 versions, Mr. Bingley's two sisters Caroline and Louisa are melded into the films' version of Caroline.
** It's common for modern-day adaptations to remove Kitty and/or Mary Bennet and transpose elements of them into Lydia, since fewer families have five children than in Austen's day, and they are the only sisters that don't end up with husbands by the end of the book.
** The Bollywood adaptation ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice'' has Caroline Bingley and Luisa Hurst swapped for just one sister of Mr Bingley as its character Kiran Balraj. ''Bride and Prejudice'' also has Lakhi stand in for the two youngest Bennets, Lydia and Kitty.
** The Latter-Day SettingUpdate has just one sister instead of both Caroline and Louisa. It also reduces Charlotte's character to one scene, with Mary being the one marrying Collins, while Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh are merged into Darcy's sister Euphemiana.
* In the 1969 film of ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'', the "Brodie Set" is reduced from six to four. In the absence of Joyce and Rose, Mary is the one who dies in the Spanish Civil War and Jenny is the one who Miss Brodie wants to have an affair with Mr Lloyd in her place.
* ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'': Princess Tamina, judging by her actions and behavior, is a combination of all the female characters from the games ([[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime Farah]], [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin Kaileena]], and [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 Elika]]).
* ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' combines a number of characters in the novel, while many others are simply removed. Aaron Lightner, the man who recruited Jesse into the Talamasca and was her mentor for a time, is merged into the role of his friend David Talbot. Magnus, Lestat's maker, and Marius are merged into just Marius. Maharet in the novel has a twin named Mekare, and it's Mekare the one who kills Akasha and takes her place as the Queen. In the film, Maharet is never mentioned to have a sister, and she is the one who finishes off Akasha. The roles of makers are also shifted. In the film, Lestat turns Jesse instead of Maharet, and Marius turns David instead of Lestat. The film itself appears to be an amalgamation of the plots of ''The Vampire Lestat'' and ''Queen of the Damned''.
* In ''RagingBull'', the character Joey La Motta, played by Joe Pesci, is a composite of the real Joe La Motta and Jake La Motta's best friend, Pete Petrella. The infamous "You fuck my wife?" scene happened between Jake and Pete, not between the two brothers as depicted in the movie.
* Film/TheRedBaron: "During [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]] many Jewish pilots fought for the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Empire]]. ... They are represented by the fictional character of Friedrich Sternberg." Whose plane is identifiable by the Star of David in its NoseArt.
* The film version of ''Film/TheRelic'' does this with their version of Lt. Vincent D'Agosta, mixing characteristics of both his novel counterpart and that of [[Literature/AgentPendergast Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast]].
* Sheryl Yoast, Coach Bill Yoast's daughter in ''RememberTheTitans''. In real life, Sheryl was one of ''four'' daughters Coach Yoast had. Though the other daughters were okay with it.
* ''Film/ReturnToOz'', itself a composite of ''The Land of Oz'' and ''Ozma of Oz'', combines the (very different) characters Princess Langwidere, from ''Ozma of Oz'', and Mombi, the Wicked Witch of the North, from ''The Land of Oz'', into the evil Princess Mombi.
* In the graphic novel ''RoadToPerdition'', the protagonists are pursued by several faceless goons. The movie combined them all into a single character, which the novel's author admitted was an improvement.
* In ''Film/RurouniKenshin'', Jin-e takes Aoshi's role as Kanryu's bodyguard, as well as Gohei's role as the impostor Battōsai.
** Gein, while seemingly being based on the Gein from the manga with his mask and cloak and initial use of wires to suspend Kenshin in the air, is more closer to being a combination of Aoshi and Hannya. From Hannya, he uses a mask to conceal disfigurement (though not to the level of Hannya) and uses a kodachi like Aoshi. Though Aoshi will appear in the sequel.
* Although both appear in the film, Roxy Richter in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' inherits quite a few traits from [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim the comic book's]] version of Envy, [[spoiler: including her [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point]].]] Interestingly, they ''were'' supposed to become one in the film's production, but later volumes convinced the film makers to include both characters.
** Had they kept Roxy from the comic book as-is, they'd also have to include [[spoiler:Knives's overprotective dad]], who helps Scott beat her.
* Warden Norton in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' was a composite of various characters from the novella; in that, Shawshank prison was run by several different figures with varying degrees of cruelty. The same goes for his [[TheDragon henchman]], Byron Hadley.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' uses several examples in its parody of ''Star Wars''. Lone Starr grafts Luke Skywalker's Force (er, Schwartz) powers and role as TheHero onto Han Solo. Colonel Sandurz is a mixture of the various Imperial officers that appear throughout ''Franchise/StarWars'' (although he can be most directly compared to Tarkin). Yogurt is primarily based on Yoda, but also has traits of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** Mary Jane in the first film was a composite of comics Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy and Liz Allan from the comics. She gets Liz Allan's role as most popular girl at Midtown high and Peter's high school crush who is dating Flash but develops an interest in Peter, she gets Gwen Stacy's GirlNextDoor personality and knack for being thrown off a bridge by the Green Goblin and she has Mary Jane's bad home life, name, interest in acting and red hair. All 3 girls were also involved with Harry Osborn like Mary Jane in the films but here the relationship most resembles the one with Gwen were both Peter and Harry were fighting for her. In the comics, Harry and Liz Allan became an item long after Peter had any interest in Liz and Mary Jane and Harry were dating before Peter had much of an interest in Mary Jane.
** The sequel gave her Tsundere tendencies, which some see as similar to the ones displayed by Gwen in some of her earliest appearances before [[CharacterizationMarchesOn her characterization changed]] (although Mary Jane did have these tendencies in the comics too following her marriage to Peter). Likewise, when Gwen is introduced in the third film, she has MJ's status as 'love rival' from the comic and career as a model. Although in the comics Gwen started as 'love rival' (to Betty Brant) and was introduced as a high school beauty queen. Also, when Peter Parker went to the Savage Land for the Daily Bugle, Gwen was taken along as a bikini model.
** Likewise, Gwen Stacy in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. She has Gwen Stacy's name, blonde hair, interest in Science (played up by the movies much like ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''), status as Peter's first love, the police captain father, and Gwen's most iconic moment but also again replaces Liz Allan as Peter's high school crush and gets some of Mary Jane's more playful tendencies. In fact, when Emma Stone was cast many fans felt she would have been more suited to play Mary Jane.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook of ''TheStand'', Nadine Cross and Rita Blakemoor were merged into a single character. In the book, Larry meets Rita in New York, but she kills herself a few days after they leave the city. He then meets Nadine in Maine. But in the movie, he meets Nadine in New York. And although she has Joe/Leo with her in the book, it's Lucy who has Joe in the movie.
** Also, Dr. Dietz in the Atlanta CDC facility and Elder in the Vermont CDC facility were combined into Dr. Dietz in the series who appears in the Vermont facility. Basically, Dietz in the novel was a kind, honest, hardworking doctor who was making a sincere but doomed effort to stave off Captain Trips, before succumbing to it himself; after the Atlanta facility was compromised, Stu Redman was moved to Vermont, and when Elder caught Captain Trips he tried to kill Stu because he didn't want Stu to live while he died. These two characters were combined in the TV Series. Also, Dietz's bedside interaction with Stu was markedly different in the novel from how it was in the TV series; in the TV series, Dietz was nasty and arrogant to Stu while in the novel he was friendly. This difference is exemplified most in how in both adaptations Dietz told Stu "you son of a bitch," but in a different tone in each adaptation; in the TV series, Dietz said it in a very nasty, defensive tone, while in the novel he said it "with a sense of wonder," implying a non-insulting tone.
* ''Film/StreetFighter'' combined Blanka (the green man-beast from Brazil) and Charlie (Guile's combat buddy who was killed by Bison) into one character named Carlos Blanka, a combat buddy of Guile who gets captured by Bison and turned into a green man-beast. Even though Blanka's actual origin story in the games made it impossible for him and Charlie to be the same character, it didn't stop fans from speculating otherwise until Charlie debuted as a player character in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' {{prequel}} series.
* ''Film/TheStuntMan.'' Director Eli Cross is a combination of Gottschalk the director and Bruno de Fe the cinematographer from the original novel.
* In ''Film/SwampThing'', Alice Cable is an amalgam of Abby Arcane and Matt Cable, being a government agent with the surname Cable, and Swamp Thing's love interest with a first name starting with "A". Anton Arcane takes the role of the gangsters who destroyed Alec's lab.
* In the original ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic, Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Nagi fought over the love of a woman. Yoshi killed Nagi and the couple fled to New York. Years later Nagi's brother Saki avenged his brother's death by killing them and stayed in New York while calling himself The Shredder. The first [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie]] [[AdaptationDistillation simplified]] this by combining the two brothers: Saki is Yoshi's rival; Yoshi flees the country as a way to avoid having to fight him, but Saki follows them, and from there the story follows the comic.
* R.J. [=MacReady=] in ''Film/TheThing1982'' is based on [[Literature/WhoGoesThere the original story's]] [=McReady=] (TheHero, second-in-command of the base) and Van Wall (chief pilot).
* In the film adaptation of ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', the characters of Miss Rachel (Dill's alcoholic aunt) and Miss Stephanie (the town gossip) were merged so that Stephanie became Dill's aunt.
* ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' has Davie Mitchell's embarrassing incident in the novel given to Spud, along with Second Prize's AlcoholInducedIdiocy. Matty's death in the book happens to Tommy in the film. Many other characters are left out of the film, due to the book having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* Occurs in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' series. A few examples:
** Sam is based mostly on Spike from the Generation One cartoon. However, his absorbing of the [[MacGuffin Allspark's]] energy and having visions due to it a taken from Buster of the Marvel comics.
** Bumblebee combines elements of his [[KidAppealCharacter G1 counterpart]] (the former TropeNamer), while his design takes cues from Autobots such as Prowl and Bluestreak.
** Megatron takes elements of his ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' descendant and original 1984 character.
** Sentinel Prime is a combination of G1 Sentinel (former Autobot leader before Optimus), Alpha Trion (Optimus's mentor, as well as a scientific genius), and [[spoiler: G1 Nova Prime (Becomes evil, and boasts about the superiority of Cybertronians over all life).]]
** Jetfire is a combination of G1 Jetfire (originally being a Decepticon) and Kup (an old timer who tells stories of old times).
** Brains was based somewhat on Blaster when he took on the form of a laptop, and Rewind, one of Blaster's Mini-cassettes, in that he spouts useless info.
** Sideswipe is slightly like himself combined with Hot Rod (rumored name) and Drift (wielding two sword).
* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' films, the characters of Jessica Stanley and Lauren Mallory were merged into one character named Jessica.
** Plus Eric Yorkie is himself plus Ben
* In ''VelvetGoldmine'', Curt Wild is mainly supposed to be an {{expy}} of Iggy Pop. A lot of the incidents involving him are based on other real-life figures, such as Mick Ronson, Lou Reed, and [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]].
** Also, central character Brian Slade, while most ostensibly based on Bowie, is also a composite character and bears definite traces of Brian Eno, Marc Bolan, and Jobriath.
* Any war movie ever made does this -- both ones based on actual wars/conflicts and ones based on novels.
** Averted in ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' where there are named historical characters who don't even have speaking roles. In fact, the majority of the characters are based on real people (yes, even the [[CloudCuckooLander guy with an umbrella]]).
* In 2005's ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' starring TomCruise, Ogilvy, the man who is trapped in a basement with Cruise's character and his daughter, is a composite of the astronomer of the same name, the artilleryman, and the curate from the original novel.
* In ''Film/WaterForElephants'', the roles of Uncle Al (evil ringmaster) and August (evil animal trainer and Marlena's husband), were merged together to create the film's version of August.
* This induces FridgeLogic in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. At the beginning of [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the book]] by LFrankBaum Dorothy meets the Good Witch of the North, who tells her to "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." At the end, she meets Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, who tells her that the slippers her sister the North Witch saw her put on are the keys to get her home. In the movie, the characters are merged into Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, which leads you into wondering why she didn't mention the key in the first place. {{Handwave}}d in the film this by insinuating that the shoes, wouldn't work until Dorothy learned for herself that "there's no place like home." Glinda is even asked why she didn't tell Dorothy the shoes' magic power in the beginning and she laughs "she wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself."
** Webcomic ''Webcomic/CheshireCrossing'' has Dorothy venting [[http://www.cheshirecrossing.net/page.php?issue=2&pagenum=1 her feelings about this]].
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18881_5-reasons-greatest-movie-villain-ever-good-witch.html This Cracked.com article]] says that Glinda was a villain in the movie (albeit unintentionally).
** Glinda's a CompositeCharacter in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' too, though it's with a different character. In the third book in [[LandOfOz the series]] King Pastoria's daughter was a girl named Ozma who the Wizard kidnapped and handed over to a sorceress named Mombi so that Ozma couldn't interfere with the Wizard's takeover of Oz. ''Oz: The Great and Powerful'' [[AdaptedOut removed Ozma]] and made Glinda the heir of the previous King instead. Presumably this was done both to simplify the plot and to avoid the MoralDissonance of her disposal by the Wizard. (The later books also {{Retcon}}ed away this by [[CanonDiscontinuity pretending it has never happened]].)
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', [[spoiler: Sir John Talbot]] replaces the Gypsy's son, Bela, [[spoiler:as the werewolf who gives Lawrence his curse.]] Ben Talbot replaces Frank Andrews as Gwen's fiancé.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMen1'':
*** After Beast was removed from the script for the movie due to budgetary concerns, elements of his character were grafted onto Jean Grey. Jean takes his place as the team's medical and scientific expert, and scenes written for Beast ended up being given to her.
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'':
*** Jason Stryker is a composite of three comics characters: Jason Wyngarde (a.k.a. Mastermind), from whom he gets his first name and powers; Reverend Stryker's unnamed mutant child from the ''God Loves, Man Kills'' graphic novel (though his name was eventually revealed to be Jason as well); and Professor X's autistic son David Haller (a.k.a. Legion), from whom he gets his mismatched eyes, multiple personalities, and insanity.
*** Colonel William Stryker in the X-Men movies is a composite of Rev. William Stryker from ''God Loves, Man Kills'' and Professor Thornton, the man who gave {{Wolverine}} his Adamantium skeleton (though it's implied in the comics that he had a part in the Weapon X program).
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'':
*** Callisto merges the powers of the comic characters Caliban and {{Quicksilver}}. Her leadership role and personality (which isn't all that fleshed out in the movie, but overall it's pretty consistent with the comics) are the only traces of the comics' Callisto.
*** Jean Grey and Phoenix were separate characters in the comics, but were rewritten into separate personalities in a single body for the movie. But whether Phoenix was a separate entity or just Jean's SuperpoweredEvilSide depends on [[RetCon who's writing]].
*** Kid Omega is Quill. The writers even state so in the DVDAudioCommentary.
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':
*** The film went along with the comic book's then (and rather compelling) implication of Dog Logan and Victor Creed/Sabretooth being the same individual, years later however, the comics show Dog and Sabretooth as not being the same person. Movie Victor also takes on Rose's role from the ''Origin'' comic as the person who helped Logan run away.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Sebastian Shaw mixes character traits associated with the comics version of that character (a wealthy DiabolicalMastermind with EnergyAbsorption powers) with those associated with fellow X-villain Mr. Sinister (a [[TheAgeless seemingly-immortal]] EvilutionaryBiologist who experimented on {{Magneto}} in a Nazi concentration camp and believes that mutants are the key to [[TakeOverTheWorld world conquest]]).
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
*** Ichiro Yashida has elements of [[spoiler: Shingen Harada, the second Silver Samurai. The most obvious being the suit of PoweredArmor]].
*** Shingen in the film is a combination of the comics Shingen Yashida and the personality of Kenuichio Harada.
*** Yukio's knife-throwing skills were given to Mariko, in a plot-important role.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** The future Sentinels are the fusion of the regular Sentinels with the [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Nimrod_(Earth-811) Nimrod Sentinel's]] AdaptiveAbility.
*** Rachel Summers's role in [[Comicbook/DaysOfFuturePast the original comic]] is given to Kitty Pryde. Likewise, Kitty's role in the original is given Wolverine.
*** Bolivar Trask is given Senator Kelly's role from [[Comicbook/DaysOfFuturePast the original story]].
*** {{Quicksilver}} looks and acts like his comic-counterpart's nephew, [[YoungAvengers Speed]], and even wears a similar pair of goggles.
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* ''[[Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat 1066 and All That]]'' has "the memorable Dutch King Williamanmary."
* Many adaptations of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' conflate the Queen of Hearts with the Red Queen. The first is from "Adventures in Wonderland" and is a playing card; the second is from "Through the looking glass" and is a chess piece.
* In the ''AnnoDracula'' short story "Castles in the Air", the vampire hippy guru Khorda from the 1973 film ''Deathmaster'' turns out to be one of Dracula's hangers-on from the earlier books, General Iorga. This is a gag on the fact that Robert Quarry, who played Khorda, had previously played the title character in ''CountYorga, Vampire'' and ''The Return of Count Yorga'', and many people consider ''Deathmaster'' to be a SpiritualSuccessor.
** "Flattop" in the ''Film/JamesBond'' pastiche sections of ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha'' is a composite of the ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' villain of the same name, FrankensteinsMonster, and Bond [[TheDragon Dragons]] [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]] and [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Jaws]].
** Dracula himself, constantly reinventing himself and shapeshifting to match, is a composite of every portrayal of the Count.
** Kit and Holly in "You'll Never Drink Blood in This Town Again" are the main characters of the film ''Film/{{Badlands}}'', but have a string of aliases suggesting they're every OutlawCouple in 20th century fiction.
** Simuilar to Dracula, Hamish Bond in ''Cha-Cha-Cha'' is a composite of Creator/IanFleming's Literature/JamesBond and Creator/SeanConnery's Film/JamesBond, before [[spoiler: Mother Roma's influence turns him into Creator/RogerMoore's Bond]].
* The title character in ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' was based on two different girls whom Creator/StephenKing went to school with growing up, both of whom had difficult lives and died young.
* In Arthur Miller's ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', the utterly vile Danforth stands for several different judges who presided over the witch trials. Miller initially worried that he had made Danforth too one-dimensional ... only to find that the real judges were even worse.
* Creator/JosephConrad's ''UnderWesternEyes'' begins with the assassination of a Tsarist official, [[SpellMyNameWithABlank de P___]], who is a composite of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Pobedonostsev Konstantin Pobedonstev]] and another P-named official who really was assassinated. The implication was that Conrad hoped that the fate of the latter would happen to the former.
** Also by Conrad, Kurtz of ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' is a combination of a number of sadistic EvilColonialist types in the Belgian Congo, although his name in particular references Georges Antoine Klein (Kurtz is German for short and Klein is German for small) who had just died when Conrad was in the Congo.
* Sultan Mehmed of ''Literature/CountAndCountess'' is a mix of the real-life Sultan Mehmed and his father.
* ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'':
-->"The life of the man N. S. Rubashov is a synthesis of the lives of a number of men who were victims of the so-called Moscow Trials. Several of them were personally known to this author. This book is dedicated to their memory."
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** The [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisation]] of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Invasion of Time'' combines the characters of Jasko and Ablif into a single character. The character in the book is named, appropriately enough, "Jablif".
** The ''New Series Adventures'' novel ''The Ressurection Casket'' is ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' RecycledInSpace. The character of Kevin is Ben Gunn, and the parrot, and [[spoiler: the Black Spot -- ItMakesSenseInContext]].
* Dame Alice from ''The Gallows in the Greenwood" by Phyllis Ann Karr is a composite of three different characters from the RobinHood stories and ballads. She starts off as the Sheriff's Wife (a minor character in some ballads), takes her husband's place when Robin and his outlaws murder him (becoming the Sheriff for the events of several famous stories) and finally [[spoiler: retires to a convent, becoming the Prioress who ultimately kills Robin Hood in some versions.]]
* In the Dramatic Audio version of the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Armageddon'', GC officer Anita Sanchez is one for two female officers (a Hispanic and an African-American) working in the San Diego headquarters where Chloe Williams was incarcerated.
* Nellie Oleson in the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' books was a composite of three different girls Laura Ingalls Wilder knew growing up: Nellie Owens, Genevieve Masters and Stella Gilbert. There is some speculation that Mr. Edwards was a composite, as well, since pinning down his historical personage has proved confusing.
* Similar to ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', above, DI Jack Spratt in the ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' books by Creator/JasperFforde is every fairy tale Jack. Although he insists he [[NeverLiveItDown didn't kill many giants]].
* From the preface to ''Literature/TomSawyer'':
-->''"Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual—he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture."''
* Elenn in Creator/JoWalton's Literature/{{Sulien}} series is a composite of Guinevere from the Literature/KingArthur mythos and Fionnbharr from the ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge''.
* In PhilipJoseFarmer's Wold Newton family, he sometimes does this to tie characters together. Most notably, the Duke of Holdernesse and his illigitimate son James Wilder, from the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Adventure of the Priory Road School", are combined with John Clayton, Earl of Greystoke and Clark Savage Sr, to make {{Tarzan}} and DocSavage cousins.
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* Donnie Gill from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' is named after the [[LegacyCharacter second]] [[AnIcePerson Blizzard]], but has a science and engineering background like Gregor Shapanka, the original SilverAge Blizzard.
* Maya Resik, mother of Sebastian Blood in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', has a name based on two characters from the comics: Anna Resik, mother of Brother Blood VIII, and May Bennett, mother of Brother Blood IX. 
* ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''
** The Beetleborgs, by virtue of their armored forms, are composites of the main heroes of ''Series/JuukouBFighter'' and ''Series/BFighterKabuto''.
** One MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Series/BFighterKabuto'' was Driceraija, who was created from a part of [[TheDragon Raija]]. In ''Metallix'', this became Nukus's upgraded form, Mega Nukus.
* In the first episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'', Michael Callow is a composite character of real Prime Minister David Cameron, and his Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg - taking a fair amount of qualities and mannerisms from both.
* ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' combines Night Nurse, an obscure character from the comics who specializes in helping injured superheroes, with Claire Temple, one of LukeCage's old love interests.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Five Doctors", when Tom Baker declined to participate, the Fourth Doctor's lines were given to the First Doctor.
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Moriarty turns out to share qualities with [[spoiler: Irene Adler. Actually, forget "shares qualities", they're the same person.]]
* Believe it or not, Robert Barone from ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' is one of these. His main mannerisms (being a cop, being divorced, jealous of his brother, doing "crazy chin", etc.) are taken from Ray's brother Richard, but his name is taken from Ray's ''other'' brother Robert. (When asked why the TV Ray didn't have two brothers like the real one, Ray claimed the real Robert was "the normal one" in his family, and therefore felt he wasn't interesting enough for the show).
* In ''Series/TheFlash1990'', Barry Allen is given one of [[LegacyCharacter Wally West]]'s love interests, and also the need to eat large amounts to "refuel". The costume also looks more like Wally's, with the lightning bolt "belt" coming to a point.
* Happens frequently in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', with many characters taking traits from a variety of book characters. Some of many examples include:
** Gendry, perhaps the biggest example, has seen his own book plot combined with the book plot of [[spoiler: Edric Storm, another of Robert's bastards who only appears in the book series.]]
** TV's Rakharo combines Jhogo and Rakharo, two of Dany's Dothraki bodyguards. 
** In series 2, Rodrik Cassel's [[spoiler: death is a combination of the death scenes of several minor Winterfell peasants, nanely Benfred Tallhart and Farlen.]]
** Jory Cassel gets several conversations from minor Stark guardsmen. 
** In another major example, Davos's seven sons in the book are condensed into one, Matthos.
** Ser Barristan Selmy is, conversely, a downplayed example, taking no story plots from other characters, yet taking elements of Ser Arthur Dayne's {{Badass}} reputation (although book-Barristan was just as badass as his TV counterpart, this mostly takes the form of compliments and stories about Dayne in the book being redirected to Selmy), and taking the role of the knight Jaime Lannister squired for, held in the books by Lord Crakehall.
** Thoros of Myr takes some characteristics from fellow Brotherhood members Lem Lemoncloak and Tom 'o Sevenstrings
** Loras Tyrell is a combination of his brothers Willas and Garlan's roles, who seem to have been written out of the series entirely. 
** In Season 2, Tyrion names Bronn [[spoiler: Lord Commander of the Gold Cloaks]] rather than Jacelyn Bywater, who only has a few scenes in A Clash of Kings and dies in the Battle of Blackwater anyway.
* ''Film/{{Gia}}'', the made-for-television biography of model Gia Carangi, has several of these characters, most significantly, her makeup artist-turned-girlfriend.
* In the {{Sky1}} adaptation of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Crispin Horsefry becomes Reacher Gilt's second in command, representing the entire board of the Grand Trunk in the novel. Also Mustrum Ridcully is given Professor Pelc's role as MrExposition.
* The 2005 Hallmark Minines "Hercules" has Antaeus who is a combination of Antaeus, Zeus, the Cretan Bull and Cerberus. Antaeus is Hercules' enemy and a Son of Mother Earth, Hercules' father, a bandit leader called the Cretan Bull and is the one present when Hercules goes down to the gates of Hades instead of Cerberus.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' (mini-series): Archie Kennedy is a composite of various minor characters throughout the series of novels it is based on. He notably given actions of an unnamed sailor in "The Even Chance" (AKA "The Duel") by [[spoiler: having a seizure during a raid, forcing Horatio to knock him out to keep him quiet]], and Lt. Bracegirdle's lines in "The Frogs and the Lobsters" (AKA "The Wrong War").
* The 1990s ''Film/JusticeLeague'' pilot. Ice is Tora Olafsdotter, but has Sigrid Nansen's origin. TheFlash is Barry Allen but has Wally West's personality, and Comicbook/GreenLantern is called Guy Gardner, but has elements of Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner.
* The ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' AlternateUniverse visited in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' did this with its version of protagonist Shoichi, who was a composite of [[spoiler:the three main Riders of the original ''Agito'' show, having been G3 until his powers started developing, turning him into Gills before he finally reaches the "perfect evolution" of Agito.]] Even his name is a composite: [[spoiler:his surname Ashikawa comes from Ryo '''Ashi'''hara (Gills) and Makoto Hi'''kawa''' (G3)]]].
** Also, the ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'' arc has a friend of Takumi whose name is Yuri (half Yuka and half Mari, at least in name - she's little like either character.)
** In the Kabuto arc, Tendou's [[spoiler: two sisters]] are combined into one character, Mayu. To get her, we combine Hiyori's [[spoiler: turning out to be a Worm with Jyuka's being an adorable teenage girl who idolizes her bro.]] The storyline happens in a much more satisfying way than it did in ''Kabuto'' due to the lack of sudden actor departures.
* In Series/KamenRiderRyuki, three unnamed characters were possessed by [[BigBad Kanzaki]], and turned into Kamen Rider Odin. In Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight, they became the singular Vic Frasier (Kamen Rider Wrath). Wrath was possessed by Xaviax, so we still have the Rider form as the BigBad's avatar throughout both series.
** Also [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki's]] two main females, Reiko Momoi, IntrepidReporter and senior to [[TheHero Shinji]], and Yui Kanzaki, the only non-rider who could see the mirror world were combined into one character in Maya Young.
** Our hero himself is an example and an inversion at once. We have Kit as Dragon Knight (aka Ryuki, Shinji's shiny suit) until his [[spoiler: disloyal]] alternate self takes over after his DisneyDeath. After his return, Kit becomes Onyx (aka Ryuga, evil alternate Shinji's shiny suit.) However, we first saw Onyx in a ''dream'' of Kit's involving him taking Xaviax's lure. This means Dragon Knight is a composite of Ryuki and Ryuga, but Onyx is splitting Ryuga into two guys.
** There's also some of Len's counterpart Ren ''in Kit.'' There's a Rider whose greatest desire is to see a certain loved one restored. Said loved one is brought out of coma just long enough to try and tempt said Rider. So, are we talking about Kit's dad or Ren's fiancee, now?
** The two Alternative Riders (former colleagues of the BigBad who developed their own powers to thwart him) were merged into Eubulon the Advent Master, who also supplants Kanzaki as the creator of the Rider powers.
* In ''LegendOfTheSeeker'', Cara was primarily the character of the same name from [[SwordOfTruth the books]] with traits of two other Mord-Sith from the third book on thrown in, and was [[DarkerAndEdgier darker than]] [[CharacterExaggeration any of them]]. Nicci filled the roles of three distinct and very different Sisters of the Dark; the schemer [[EvilSorcerer Liliana]] who tried to deceive Richard and steal his magic, their [[TheDragon leader]] and strongest [[EvilGenius Ulicia]], and the AntiVillain [[KnightTemplar Nicci]] who didn't become important until much later in the series. Curiously, Ulicia did show up briefly, only for [[TheWorfEffect Nicci to kill her]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and absorb her Han]].
* In the 1996 revival of ''TheLiverBirds'', Polly James reprises the role of Beryl, except that Beryl has become a composite of the Beryl she played in the first four seasons and Carol, Beryl's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]] in seasons 5-9. Notably, Beryl has somehow acquired Carol's family.
* ''M*A*S*H'': The television version of Major Frank Burns combines the incompetence and ego of the novel's Captain Frank Burns with the holier-than-thou piousness of Major Hobson
* Dex from MaskedRider was based off of ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX''. In several episodes, Film/KamenRiderZO and Film/KamenRiderJ were used in StockFootage as his Rider Form. Due to the differences in the suits, [[StockFootageFailure this did not go unnoticed]].
** One notable MonsterOfTheWeek in ''MaskedRider'' was Hydrasect, who had a OneWingedAngel form called Arachnida. Both forms came from the unrelated monsters Hachi Onna and Kumo Onna from Film/KamenRiderJ and Film/KamenRiderZo, respectively.
* The 1998 ''Film/{{Merlin}}'' series does this at least twice, combining Morgan le Fay with Morgause into a single character that isn't much like either of them simply called Morgan le Fay, and also combining two different Elaines (there's a lot in Arthurian Mythology) into a single character of that name.
** {{Averted}} in [[Series/{{Merlin}} the television series of the same name]]: not only are Morgana and Morgause separate characters (half-sisters), but so were Vivienne (their mother), the Lady of the Lake (a druid girl called Freya) and Nimueh (an [[EvilSorcerer evil sorceress]]), three very distinct characters that are usually conflated in various retellings, and the source material itself. There was also another character called Vivian who had no relation whatsoever to the above characters.
*** In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the titular character is the one to throw Excalibur back to the Lady of the Lake [[spoiler:after Arthur's death]], a role that in most legendary sources belongs to Sir Bedivere. 
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has too many characters to list. Notable examples include:
** Mr. Glass ([[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen's]] mirror/[[spoiler:Genie of Agrabah]])
** Mr. Gold (Rumpelstiltskin/[[Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast]]/[[Literature/PeterPan the crocodile that took Captain Hook's hand)]] The third being a reference to the appearance of his skin once he becomes "The Dark One".
** Ruby (Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, [[spoiler:TheBigBadWolf]], and probably [[SnowWhiteAndRoseRed Rose Red]]
** Cora (The miller's daughter from ''{{Literature/Rumpelstiltskin}}'' and [[spoiler:The Queen of Hearts from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.]]
** Literature/PeterPan is also Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin
** Regina (the evil queen from Literature/SnowWhite) pretends to be Ursula (the Sea Witch from ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'') and has her role as the person who makes the deal with Ariel to temporarily make her human, but it turns out Ursula actually does exist.
** {{Cinderella}} is also combined with the heroine of Rumpelstiltskin too, with the latter filling the role her fairy godmother played (sort of).
* Its spinoff, ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'', gives us The Knave of Hearts/[[spoiler:Will Scarlet from RobinHood]]
* Technically, the Rangers in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' with more than one Ranger identity (I.E., [[GotTheCallOnSpeedDial Tommy]] and the ([[MidSeasonUpgrade Super]]) [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Megaforce Rangers]] ) fall under this trope. Some season-unique examples:
** Divatox in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' melded Gynamo's position as the BigBad with Zonnette's design and backstory about [[spoiler:her being Dimitria's older sister.]]
** [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Astronema]] melds together two villains from ''[[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]]'': Dr. Hinelar (TheDragon and TheStarscream, creator of ThePsychoRangers plot) and Shibolena (cyborg DarkMagicalGirl, surrogate daughter of a villain). Her brother, Andros, melds Mega Red together with Dr. Kubota (TheMentor, had prior history with DragonInChief). Likewise, Ecliptor himself also melds Hinelar's fathery affection toward Shibolena with Yugande.
** In [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]: Lucas melds the ex-racer backstory of his Sentai counterpart, Ayase, with the womanizer side of Katie's [[ShesAManInJapan Sentai counterpart]], Domon.
** [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Princess Shayla]] is a composite of [[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gaoranger's]] Priestess Tetomu (TheMentor of the modern Ranger team) and her grandmother, Murasaki (TheMentor of the past Ranger team, had a history with the SixthRanger).
*** Master Org also supplants Shuten and Ura during their tenures as BigBad, while claiming their [[AllYourPowersCombined combined]] [[OneWingedAngel form]] with Rasetsu, Senki, as his own. His costume is also taken from [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger's]] Gorma XV.
** [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Cam, the Green Samurai Ranger]], is a composite of Oboro (snarky techie offspring of the Rangers' Sensei) and Shurikenger (the SixthRanger) from ''[[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Hurricaneger]]''.
** The multiple users of the Cursed Armor in ''[[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abaranger]]'' became the singular cyborg henchman Zeltrax in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]''. However, the role of the second user of the cursed armor is picked up by Elsa in the last few episodes.
** [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Sam, the Omega Ranger]] is a composite of SixthRanger Deka Break and one-shot guest star Hikaru of ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Dekaranger]]''. The latter grows up to be the former and arrives via TimeTravel. Bridge, meanwhile, melds Deka Green/Sen-Chan with the psychic powers of Z's Sentai Counterpart, Jasmine.
*** Mora/Morgana owes as much to ''Abaranger'''s Rije/Rijewel as she does to Succubus, the villainness her sentai footage comes from.
** [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Mother]] is a composite of [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magiel]] and [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Bandora]] (aka Rita Repulsa), by virtue of being said to have once been referred to as Rita. Both of these characters were played in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' by the late Machiko Soga with the two being unrelated in their respective shows.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'' has four in its adaptation from ''[[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]]'':
*** Tyzonn, the Mercury Ranger, mixes in [[SixthRanger Bouken Silver]] (ItsPersonal against the Ashu/Fear Cats), one-shot guest star Ragi (human transformed into [[LegoGenetics dragonman]]), and Bouken Red (backstory with deaths of former team).
*** Kamdor directly parallels Yami no Yaiba, and Maboroshi no Gekkou (the latter being the BigBad of the third faction and the monster maker and [[MakeMyMonsterGrow enlarger]]). Also, Miratrix mostly has Shizuka's role, but her monster form is Gekkou's. Shizuka's monster form becomes a one-off monster earlier in the series.
*** The Sentinel Knight is a counterpart to one of the [[MacGuffin Precious]], but has the traits of [[OriginalGeneration Aka Red]], since they're both borderline-{{Physical God}}s who are important players in the MilestoneCelebration crossover.
*** Andrew Hartford is based off of Mister Voice (TheMentor), Morio Makino (creator of the Rangers' tech) and Kouichi Akashi (The Red Ranger's AdventureArchaeologist father).
** RJ in ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' takes two roles from [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Gekiranger]]. As the Rangers' mentor, he's part Sha-fu. As the accidental WolfMan and later Wolf Ranger, he's part Gou. Sha-fu also has Master Mao as a counterpart as well, but since he dies early on RJ takes the bulk of his role.
** Although original to ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'', BigBad Venjix uses battle bodies that in ''[[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Go-onger]]'' were the characters Hiramechimedes and Yogoshimacritein.
*** RPM also has Summer who's Ranger designation is of Saki, but her rich upbringing is shared with Go-onger's Go-on Wings.
** Deker in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' is directly based on Fuwa Juzo, with his backstory [[spoiler:as Dayu's lost love, and the indirect catalyst for her becoming a Nighlok]] being based on Shinza.
* Done, kind of, in ''Series/RobinHood''. At the end of Season Two, Marian, Will Scarlett, and Djaq the Saracen are written permanently out of the show. The next season introduces Kate, who fills all their niches in the group and show, as well as aspects of their personalities. She takes the place of Marian as LoveInterest and {{Tsundere}}, Djaq as [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Token Girl]], and Will as the representative of the suffering peasantry. She also experiences the murder of her brother (like Allan), has a tempestuous relationship with her parent (like Marian) and is separated from her family (like Little John). Naturally, she was considered an instant ReplacementScrappy and ended up a CreatorsPet in record time.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' - Elaine was a composite of various ex-girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. (The other main characters were based on Seinfeld, David, and David's neighbor Kenny Kramer.)
* The TV adaptations of ''{{Sharpe}}'' have a tendency to do this, in order to avoid LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, with many recurring characters from the books becoming one-off characters and/or suffering ChuckCunninghamSyndrome. For instance, the company of men that follow Sharpe in the books are reduced to half a dozen key characters. Two specific examples occur in ''Sharpe's Revenge'' to avoid bringing back characters from ''Sharpe's Siege'': Maillot is a composite of Maillot (the officer guarding Napoleon's treasure) and Lassan (Lucille's brother), while Wigram is a composite of Wigram (the officer in charge of Sharpe's court martial) and Bampfylde (the officer Sharpe fights a duel with).
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Charles Augustus Magnussen is a version of the blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton in the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but also takes on major elements of Conan Doyle's Professor Moriarty in appearance, personality and plot role that were not elements of the very different Jim Moriarty who appears in ''Sherlock''.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' featured Tess Mercer, a combination of Mercy Graves (Lex Luthor's assistant from ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''), Miss Tessmacher (One of Lex's underlings from ''Film/{{Superman}}''), and [[spoiler:Lena Luthor (Lex's sister from the comics).]] In the Season 11 comics she becomes [[spoiler: Comicbook/RedTornado, essentially the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' BrainUploading {{Gynoid}} version of the Tornado decomposited from Earth-2 Lois and composited onto Tess]].
** Also Chloe, often regarded as an Expy of Lois Lane, but is actually this trope being a combination of Lois Lane (intrepid reporter) and the comic version of Lana Lang (UnluckyChildhoodFriend from high school) and she spent most of high school trying to uncover Clark's secret much like Lana and Lois tried in the SilverAge. Then again, Lana Lang started off as an Expy of Lois, so its no wonder.
** For that matter, the version of Comicbook/GreenArrow appearing in ''Smallville'' is essentially Oliver Queen filling [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] role in the DC Universe. Like the comics' Green Arrow, he's a BadassNormal vigilante from Star City with a RobinHood-themed M.O. and an arsenal of deadly arrows. Like Batman, he's the main force behind the founding of the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and Clark's closest ally in the superhero community. [[note]] This was likely done because the producers of ''Smallville'' couldn't get the television rights to Batman. The only made ''Smallville'' in the first place because they couldn't make a series about a young Bruce Wayne, as they'd originally intended.[[/note]]
** The Star-Spangled Kid is Sylvester Pemberton, but sports a BadassLongCoat and Cosmic Staff like the Jack Knight version of Comicbook/{{Starman}}.
** While his true name is Bart Allen and he is eventually given the codename ''Impulse,'' he's advertised as the Flash for his debut episode, and is a composite of all of them: his fake ID cards have the names Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, and Wally West.
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': While [[Series/DenkouChoujinGridman Naoto Sho and Gridman]] were separate characters who merged together, Sam Collins and Servo are one and the same.
* ''TheTudors'' : Henry VIII in RealLife had two sisters, Mary and Margaret. The character portrayed in the show is given the biography of Mary, but the name of Margaret; creator Michael Hirst said this was to reduce confusion on the set, since Henry's daughter Mary was a major character. There are a number of Thomases in the show, but they're almost always referred to by their last names or titles--Cromwell, More, Wolsey, etc. Edward Seymour's wife Anne Stanhope has a storyline which is an altered (and expanded) version of his historical first wife's antics. This one doesn't have even a flimsy plot excuse, it's simply for the sake of more random sex - oh, and ensuring the complete lack of functional marriages in the show.
* ''TheVampireDiaries'': Bonnie Bennett is a combination of the fair, redheaded, and rather ditzy version from the novels and Meredith, the darker-skinned and more serious best friend.
* ''Series/VRTroopers'' has its share of examples:
** Dark Heart is directly based on Top Gunder of ''Series/ChoujinkiMetalder'', but his backstory [[spoiler:as Ryan Steele's father, Tyler,]] not only merges Dr. Koga from ''Metalder'', but Dr. Bio from ''Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban''.
** Grimlord, while directly based on God Neros from ''Metalder'', effectively supplants [[Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban Queen Pandora]] and [[Series/SpaceSheriffShaider Kubilai]] as the [[BigBad main villain]] of [[CutAndPasteTranslation the entire conglomerate]]. Slightly subverted in that counterparts for both villains did appear, but were DemotedToExtra, Kubilai (a.k.a. Oraclon) becoming Grimlord's monster-maker and Pandora (a.k.a. Desponda, [[TheDragon Despera's]] sister) becoming a one-shot guest villain.
** Ryan Steele, by virtue of his two armored forms, is a composite of ''Metalder'' and ''Shaider''.
** J.B. Reese and Kaitlin Starr were composites of [[Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban Spielban and Diana Lady]], as well as Metalder's two human friends, [[Series/ChoujinkiMetalder Hakko and Mai]] (despite the fact that Spielban was the hero of his own show, J.B. was more of a sidekick to Ryan like Hakko was to Ryusei, while Kaitlin was a reporter like Mai). When footage of Spielban's sister Helen Lady (who wore the same suit as Diana Lady) was adapted into ''VR Troopers'', she became a mirror image of Kaitlin who could be summoned in battle, essentially making Kaitlin a composite of three characters.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** The show's version of The Governor is a combination of brothers Brian and Philip Blake from the comics since he is both the Governor and the real father of [[UndeadChild Penny]].
** Lilly Chambler is a combination of Lilly Caul and April Chalmers from the comics/novel.
** Due to Dale's [[DeathByAdaptation early death]], his succeeding characterizations and story arcs were instead fused with Hershel Greene's. 
** Tomas from the prison group is a combination of Thomas Richards and Dexter from the comics, while at the same time possess The Governor's comic appearance.
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* Music/TheBangles created "Anna Lee" as a composite character on their 2011 album ''Sweetheart of the Sun'', for the song "Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)":
-->'''Susanna Hoffs''': Interestingly, a character sort of developed in the song. We had all just read ''Girls Like Us'', the book about Carly Simon, Carole King and Joni Mitchell, and we were inspired by it. We sort of made up a portrait of a person based around those women -- it's kind of mythical.
* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' has Mary Magdalene combine elements of herself with those of the unnamed woman whose "waste" of costly perfume on Jesus in Bethany was condemned by the disciples in the New Testament, but just by Judas Iscariot in the rock opera. However, Mary Magdalene has been traditionally identified with the unnamed woman of Bethany for centuries, so this wasn't the first time it happened.
* ''[[Music/{{Hero}} !HERO: The Rock Opera]]'''s Maggie is Mary Magdalene combined with the Samaritan woman at the well.
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* This is done often in mythology and its various adaptations as a result of both time constraints and general mixing of the stories.
* OlderThanPrint: In [[KingArthur Arthurian Literature]], the role of the mother of Mordred (who may or may not be [[BrotherSisterIncest Arthur's son]]) is frequently given to Morgan Le Fay; the original mother (Morgause) is either absent or given a different role.
** Morgan is also often mixed with [[MerlinAndNimue Nimue]]. Also Elaine of Carbonek ([[BedTrick lover of Lancelot]] who was [[StalkerWithATestTube the mother]] of [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Galahad]]) can be combined with Elaine of Astolat ([[UnrequitedTragicMaiden unrequited]] lover of Lancelot who [[DeathByDespair pined away]]).
** Even inanimate objects can get this treatment: see ExcaliburInTheStone.
* In the RobinHood legends and ballads, there's about a half dozen Merry Men all named "Will;" most adaptations boil them down to one.
* The American SantaClaus is a composite of several European myths and folk lore.
* In Christian traditions going back at least to the middle ages, Mary Magdelene was identified both with the nameless adulteress brought before Jesus (who then said: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone") and the nameless woman of Bethany who perfumed him.
* Medieval legends about saints occasionally mixed up saints bearing the same name, e. g. Dionysius (Dénis), martyred bishop of Paris (3rd century), with the Dionyisius the Areopagite (converted by St. Paul).
* In NorseMythology the trickster god Loki and the fire giant Logi are often thought of as the same character, such as in the Ring Cycle where they are merged into Loge.
* Combined with AdaptedOut, almost every film version of Exodus from TheBible removes [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron Aaron]] completely and gives all his meetings with Pharoah and the miracles performed by him to Moses.
* In TheQuran's story about the Virgin Mary, named "Maryam" in Arabic, she has a brother named Harun ("Aaron") and a father named Imram ("Amram")...just like the Old Testament's Miriam, who would also be called "Maryam" in Arabic. Of course, a Muslim would argue that this is a coincidence or the case of purposefully naming one's kids after revered historical figures, while non-Muslims generally argue that Muhammad heard the stories of both "Maryams," mistakenly thought they were the same person and then re-separated the stories later when he realized his error.
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/RandyOrton is a strange example. He has the snake motif of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, with a similar fighting style and devil-may-care whoop-your-ass attitude, but he's also the youngest world champion in WWE history and a third-generation superstar. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Sound familiar?]]
* Wrestling/TrishStratus started out as something of a hodgepodge of [[Characters/WWEDivas Sunny]] (hot manager of a TagTeam that stood no chance of getting over), Wrestling/{{Sable}} as a heel (only about a couple of weeks into her run and she was ''already'' talking about suing for sexual harassment and she'd barely ''done'' anything yet) and [[Characters/WWEDivas Terri Runnels]]' more heelish tendencies.
* Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa still dressed like a cheerleader but had not done anything related to her name sake for years. Alissa Flash debuted on Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact paying tribute to Sensational Sherri Martel in addition to [[TheTease being a zipper happy tease]]. As Flash's TNA career wound down though, she started wearing new, zipper less gear and using Cheerleader Melissa's moves, and stopped using Sherri makeup. In post TNA appearances Melissa would wear that same gear and openly refer to Flash's actions as her own.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''The [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] [[Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians Musicians of Bremen]]'', the cruel former owners of the animals are also the bandits they scare away from the house.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz'', the Munchkins also serve the role of the Field Mice in ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', rescuing Dotothy and friends from Poppyfields and explaining to Dorothy how the Witch's magic cap works. Which makes sense, since they're played by the rats (with Rizzo as a composite of the Mayor of Munchkinland from [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the MGM film]] and a {{Gender Flip}}ped Queen of the Field Mice).
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In the Quintessential Stage of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Van Harl, the Vogon who's taken over the Guide in ''Mostly Harmless'', is combined with Zarniwoop, who was the editor-in-chief in the Secondary Phase and ''The Restaurant at the End of the Universe''. This does not appear to have been done to simplify the story (it doesn't); they simply liked Jonathan Pryce's portrayal of Zarniwoop and wanted him back.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Billy Flynn, "the silver-tongued prince of the courtroom" of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', was a composite of William Scott Stewart and W. W. O'Brien, the real life attorneys of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan (the real life Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart).
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's Japan-only tour ''Theatre/{{Fascination}}'' combined acts from ''Theatre/LeCirqueReinvente'' and ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience''; appropriately, the Ringmaster here was a composite of the ''Reinvente'' Ringmaster and the Great Chamberlain of ''Nouvelle'', who served similar emcee functions. This Ringmaster had the ''Reinvente'' costume and backstory of a transformed "Ordinary Person", but was played by ''Nouvelle'''s actor (Brian Dewhurst) and from there participated in the latter show's slackwire act.
* Anthony Burgess combines Cyrano's best friend Le Bret with his Captain Carbon de Jaloux in his adaptation of ''CyranoDeBergerac''.
* In ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'' Hagen is a merging of several versions of the same character. Like in Literature/Nibelungenlied he is a grim figure, like ''Nibelungenlied'' and ''Thidreks Saga'' he kills Siegfried, like ''Thidreks Saga'' his father is an elf and like ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs'' he is Gunther's brother (though the ''Nibelungenlied'' calls him a kinsman the relation is not clear). He also seems to have some merging with [[BastardBastard Bastard Bastards]] like Edmund from Theatre/KingLear.
** Wagner also conflated Loki, Norse god of mischief, with Logi, a god of fire. He may have done this mistakenly, or based his characterisation on a previous scholar who made the mistake.
* In ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', Effie White is not only patterned primarily after "third Supreme" Florence Ballard, but also after Etta James and Aretha Franklin.
* In Bernard Pomerance's ''TheElephantMan'', Ross is a composite of Tom Norman (Merrick's manager when Treves met him, and a fairly decent guy as far as P.T. Barnum types go) and the Belgian showman who abandoned him and robbed him of his life's savings.
* Pseudolus from ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', an amalgam of various [[TheTrickster trickster servant]] characters from the works of Roman playwright Creator/{{Plautus}}.
* Mimi in LaBoheme merges the characters of Mimi and Francine from the original novel, La Vie de Boheme.
** Rodolfo from the same Opera merges the novel's Rodolfo and Jacques.
** Joanne in LaBoheme's SettingUpdate, ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', is a [[GenderFlip female version]] of Alcindoro, but also inherits some traits from Marcello (the Mark character).
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Thenardier's henchman Brujon takes his name from a minor criminal who only associated with Thenardier. His status as TheBrute comes from the novel's Gueulemer. The musical also does away with the Thenardiers' second daughter, Azelma, giving her plot points to Madame Thenardier (which is not difficult, since the point of the character was that she was growing up just like her mother).
* In productions of the opera ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the role of the Speaker has been merged with that of the old priest Tamino encounters in the first act finale for so long that few people know that they originally may not have been the same character.
* The stage version of ''{{Newsies}}'' replaces reporter Brian Denton and Jack's love interest Sarah with Katharine Plummer, a reporter who becomes Jack's love interest.
* Almost every adaptation of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' transplants most aspects of the Daroga's character into Madame Giry.
** In the original novel, Raoul is a bit of an UpperClassTwit who relies on the Daroga's know-how to survive Erik's machinations. In the musical, the Daroga is omitted, and Raoul becomes much more competent as a result.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', [=MechaMew2=] is primarily based on Mewtwo, but also has Mew's unique feature of knowing every Pokemon move.
* In the musical version of ''Film/ReeferMadness'', Jimmy Harper is a composite of the original film's protagonist Bill Harper and his girlfriend Mary's kid brother Jimmy.
* In Frank Wildhorn's musical of ''Theatre/TheScarletPimpernel'', Percy's eighteen strong League of The Scarlet Pimpernel (aside from Percy himself and brother-in-law Armand), was folded up into nine men: Dewhurst [[note]]Who also inherits the novel's Ffoulkes position as TheLancer[[/note]], Elton, Farleigh, Ben, Hal, Ozzy, Hastings, Neville, and Leggett. Later revisions cut the later three men out and give their lines to the first six.
* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', John Adams is somewhat combined with his cousin Sam Adams, who doesn't appear in the play. Many people now associate the quote about how there would be trouble "[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar a hundred years hence]]" if slavery was allowed to continue to John when it was really Sam who said it. (Incidentally, they had to take out the "hundred years" bit because they thought the [[RealityIsUnrealistic audience would never believe it]].)
* Happens too often to count in Shakespeare's history plays, and not just characters, but also with battles and other events.
* ''{{Shadowlands}}'' combines Joy Gresham's two sons into one. This is also done for the film version; the original teleplay kept both sons.
* The musical ''ShowBoat'' combined two characters from Edna Ferber's novel, the heavy Frank and the juvenile lead and Elly's husband Schultzy, into Frank Schultz. Ike Keener, the sheriff of Lemonye, and Vallon, the police chief of New Orleans, were similarly combined into Ike Vallon. The 1929 film version of ''ShowBoat'' made Hetty Chilson, a character from Ferber's novel that was eliminated from the musical, an alternate identity of Julie.
* Part of the reason that ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' is DarkerAndEdgier than the original ''Beggars Opera'' is because of this trope. In the original, Macheath is a fairly sympathetic (if lecherous) example of TheHighwayman, and Peachum is a corrupt thief-taker (he works both sides of the law- he conspires with criminals, but also turns those criminals in for a reward when they're outlived their usefulness to him). In Brecht's version, Peachum, while still corrupt, is the head of a beggar's guild, and Macheath is a much more unpleasant gangster. This version of Macheath is a "grass" and he gets the lines of the original Peachum when he treacherously plots to turn the loyal members of his gang to save his own skin.
* Some productions of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' cut Fabian and give his role in Act II, Scene V to Feste. In fairness, it's almost ''too'' easy to do this, since Maria earlier tells Toby, Andrew ''and'' Feste to show up for the said scene, and Fabian never appears until that moment, when he's introduced as a whole new character who has inexplicably been invited to join the fun, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse while Feste is nowhere to be found]]. Some analysts have speculated that Fabian was invented for [[RealLifeWritesThePlot some practical reason or other]], and that Feste was originally supposed to appear in the scene. 
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', Fiyero and Boq, via spells by Elphaba and Nessarose, are transformed into the Scarecrow and the Tinman. In the original novel, they were all separate characters.
** Fiyero's musical counterpart is also a composite of the original Fiyero (Elphaba's love interest and a prince) and minor character from the book named Avaric (most of his personality traits). Meanwhile the name "Avaric" was given to a retainer of Fiyero who is only seen onstage breifly. 
* In the Opera of ''Literature/AllTheKingsMen'', entitled Willie Stark, Stark's aide Jack Burden supplants his love interest Anne's brother, Adam, in ultimately [[spoiler: killing Stark.]]
* ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown]]'' has Patty, whose lines and scenes come not only from the original comic strip's Patty (not to be confused with the later Peppermint Patty), but also Violet, Frieda, and Sally (enough of Sally, in fact, that the Broadway revival went ahead and re-identified the character).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A Composite Character ''Class'' example is from later ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' games. ''Battlefield 2'' had seven different player classes[[note]]Assault, Medic, Anti-Tank, Support, Special Forces, Engineer, and Sniper[[/note]]. Later games trimmed the number down and compiled gadgets, weapons, and bonuses from classes that were to be cut into classes that remained - both ''Battlefield 2142'' and ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' removed the Medic kit and [[CombatMedic gave their medical supplies to Assault]].
* In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight]] are both single characters that represent the four-man {{AFGNCAAP}} team from their respective games. The Onion Knight was especially strange, as there was already a DS remake of ''III'' that gave identities to the heroes.
** Exdeath has the appearance of his humanoid and armored form, yet he wants to return everything to the Void, which is what Neo-Exdeath's goal was.
* In the NES version of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragon Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'', the enemy character Abore is a combination of two different enemies from the arcade version. His moves are similar to the ones used by the Mission 2 boss from the arcade version (who was given the name "Abore" in the Mega Drive version), but his appearance resembles that of a recurring sub-boss (a HeadSwap of Bolo/Abobo named "Oharra" in the Mega Drive version).
** The [[VideoGame/{{Double Dragon 1}} original NES game]] also had Jimmy Lee, who not only serves as the new final boss, but essentially replaces Jeff (the head-swapped Lee brother boss from the arcade version) as the boss who [[MirrorBoss uses all of the player's moves.]]
* According to some sources in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] is an in-universe example of this. He is composed of 3 different men--Hjalti Earlybeard, Ysmir Wulfharth, and Zurin Arctus--who became a singular entity after their deaths as a result of [[RealityBreakingParadox The Warp in the West]] and ascended to godhood. He even went as far as to do a CosmicRetcon and make himself one man as a mortal in the past.
* Haken Browning and Kaguya Nanbu from ''EndlessFrontier'' take after both the OriginalGeneration character they share the name of, and the one they share the sex of. Overall, Haken is more like Kyosuke, but inherits Excellen's combat style and flirtatiousness, while Kaguya takes more after Excellen, but inherits Kyosuke's more down-to-earth personality (but not his intelligence) and a combat style much more like his -- though not identical.
* Some people make a compelling case for Kuja, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', being a composite of a bunch of different villains in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. Especially viable since he's the villain in a game intended to be an anniversary celebration chock full of [[ShoutOut shout outs.]]
** Garland from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' gets a separate character named after him, but it's worth noting that FFI Garland kidnaps Princess Sarah. Kuja [[spoiler: does this too - we just don't know that Garnet's real name is Sarah at that point.]]
** He borrows a lot of his deportment - before he [[spoiler: snaps after figuring out he's mortal]] - from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'''s Emperor, staying relatively snooty and cool for most of the game. They also both kidnap a woman named Hilda.
** Xande in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' gets exactly the same revelation as Kuja; that's he's [[spoiler: mortal.]] Cue [[spoiler: SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum]] from both.
** From Golbez in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' he takes [[spoiler: the [[LukeIAmYourFather "protagonist I am your brother"]] plot twist and his alien origins.]]
** Like ExDeath from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', he draws power from a tree that collects souls.
** From Kefka in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' we get the way he kills [[spoiler: Garland, booting him off a ledge in Terra; Kefka pulled the same thing on Gestahl.]] Both villains also boast an initial status as an [[TheDragon underling to an Emperor/Queen]] who eventually rises to BigBad status. Oh, and a large part of both their plans involves Eidolons.
** He totally borrows [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth's]] WhiteHairBlackHeart aesthetic, although he brought only about [[{{Stripperific}} half the clothes]] with him. They're also both [[spoiler: genetically engineered, though Kuja to a much greater extent than Sephiroth.]] They both also pull a MacGuffinDeliveryService on the heroes, although Sephiroth resorts to sneaky tactics while Kuja just abducts the party outright.
* In ''VisualNovel/FullMetalAlchemistBluebirdsIllusion'', [[spoiler: Father and Hohenheim are ''one and the same'']]--it's horrifying when you [[FridgeHorror stop and think about it]]. As this is a fanwork created back when the manga was still [[spoiler:[[RedHerring trying to set up Hohenheim as the bad guy]]]], this composite was likely unintentional.
* The MasterSystem version of ''GoldenAxe'' ditched the three main characters from the arcade version and introduced a new one named Tarik, who is a renamed Ax Battler with the abilities to use the magic powers from the original trio.
** Ironically enough, Tarik and Ax Battler were combined into one character in ''Golden Axe: Beast Rider'' named "Tarik the Ax Battler."
* In the video game adaptation of ''Film/IronMan3'', Aldrich Killian becomes {{MODOK}} after [[BrainUploading uploading his mind]] into an android body.
* When [[spoiler: Lea]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' comes BackFromTheDead, it's as a CompositeCharacter ''of himself.'' [[spoiler: He keeps Axel's clothing, weapons, powers, and memories, but regains his original memories and insists on being called Lea.]]
* The character Beauty in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' is unsurprisingly based on the heroine of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', but her initial circumstances (slaving under a wicked stepmother) are those of Cinderella.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes'', Ryu could change his fighting style and palette mid-fight to match those of Ken's and Akuma's. This is because he is not meant to be a standard incarnation of Ryu, but a combination of himself, Ken, and Akuma representing the entire ''StreetFighter'' series. This is why his theme music in the game is the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' title tune instead of his usual theme and why he is labelled as "Complete Change Ryu" in the [=PS1=] version. A more subtle example is Zangief, who can switch between his regular self and his alternate Mecha-Zangief form, who was originally an alternate character in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter Marvel vs. Street Fighter]]''.
** Haggar fits gameplay wise. He was supposed to be a character in Street Fighter 2, but was replaced with Zangief. He appears again in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' as a standalone character, using moves he already had and a couple of nods to Zangief. His theme is also a composite of Cody and Guy's themes from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''.
** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' also has a ton of unlockable [[WholeCostumeReference costumes]] for the Marvel characters that are taken from other, unplayable heroes. For example, you can unlock the Sam Alexander Comicbook/{{Nova}} costume for Richard Rider, the [[NormanOsborn Iron Patriot]] suit for Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/ThePunisher's post-''Comicbook/CivilWar'' duds for CaptainAmerica, and so on.
* The Proto Man in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' is based not only on the original [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Proto Man]] (name and general appearance), but [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] (long hair, prefers close combat, specifically swords) as well.
** Meanwhile, Zero is [[spoiler:the carrier of the [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]], the real cause of the war]] in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series. When a version of Zero actually appears in ''Battle Network'', [[spoiler:he ''is'' TheVirus himself.]]
** The four Dark Man robots in ''VideoGame/MegaMan5'' were represented in ''Battle Network'' by the singular Dark Man.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', Vamp is a composite of two characters from the game's original plan - the original Vamp, and Chinaman. Vamp kept his main personality but inherited Chinaman's water-based and magic-themed powers (such as standing on water, swimming, shadow-pinning) in addition to his own immortality, bullet-dodging and parkour, and the boss fight with him is based primarily on the encounter planned with Chinaman with the railing parkour from Vamp's encounter thrown in. This explains why a large chunk of the powers Vamp uses in that boss fight are not previously shown in the story at all and come across as a bit random. Chinaman still appears in a flashback, as the dark-haired man in Fatman's arms when Pliskin tells Raiden about Dead Cell.
* The unmasked version of Sub-Zero was among the list of characters that were cut out from the {{Nintendo 64}} version of ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]''. However, most of his Special Moves and Finishing Moves were instead given to the masked Sub-Zero.
* ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' has just about the entire roster taking elements and abilities from their home series with little to no respect for canon. [[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak]]'s default outfit takes most of its influence from ''Jak 3'' along with all the outfits he's worn throughout the series, while his Eco abilities match the game they came from by Level. [[note]]Eco Vent as his Level 1, Dark Jak as his Level 2 and Light Jak as his Level 3[[/note]] [[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Nathan Drake]] uses weapons and tactics from ''Drake's Deception'', yet his Level 3 Super utilizes the El Dorado sarcophagus from ''Drake's Fortune'', which has sunk into the ocean by the end of that game. [[Franchise/BioShock Big Daddy]] fights like a standard [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Bouncer type]], yet can use plasmids like Subject Delta from VideoGame/BioShock2 and his unlockable icons reference VideoGame/BioShockInfinite. These are just a few examples.
* A literal example from ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'': the Chimerabots are combinations of Robot Masters from the [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan3 games]]: Cut Man and Elec Man for the first, Wood Man and Quick Man for the second, and Needle Man and Gemini Man for the third. Each robot is the body and weapon of one Master with the AI and weapon path of the other.
* ''SamuraiWarriors'':
** It's been suggested that Saika Magoichi is a combination of Suzuki Shigehide (who sided with Hideyoshi in [=SW1=]-2) and Suzuki Shigetomo (Who sided with Masamune in the latter half of [=SW2 and SW3=]), both men who held the title of "Saika Magoichi", which is treated as the composite character's.
** Kunoichi [[MsFanservice stands]] in for the historical Sanada Ten Braves, while Kotaro Fuma may also be a composite character for the Fuma ninja clan.
* The Spyro of ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' mixes the classic ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' personality with ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro Legend of]]'' Spyro's backstory.
* Dan Hibiki from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' is essentially the two main characters from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' combined into one, looking a lot like Robert Garcia, but wearing Ryo Sakazaki's gi.
* The Emperor Zul in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'' is a combination of GodMars's Emperor Zul (has his appearance, personality and empire), [[MiraiRoboDaltanious Daltanias's]] Emperor Dolmen (because of the Kroppen cloning plot) and the King of Vega (he led the attack that destroyed Planet Fleed))
* Mr. Game and Watch from the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series primarily looks like the random jumping civilians from the Game and Watch game "Fire", but he has many weapons based on many other GameAndWatch games.
** Solid Snake has elements from every appearance of his in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series: he has the Codec from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', the outfit and equipment from ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', the alternate camo patterns and [[BigEater food-eating noises]] from ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'', and also fights to music from the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops]]'', and ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}''.
** [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]] in the fourth game is mostly the basic design from the Classic series, but uses elements from the ''Manga/MegaManMegamix'' manga such as lines around the body and the hands and feet having a subtly different design.
* In ''{{Tekken}}'' ''3'' and ''Tag Tournament'', Ogre has many moves from several characters who didn't appear in the game, most notably Jun, who is rumored to have been killed by him. He also has some of Anna's moves because Anna was originally not going to be included in ''Tekken 3'' as the games were trying to phase out clone characters.
** Raven was introduced as a replacement character for Kunimitsu. As Kunimitsu's moves were almost entirely the same as Yoshimitsu's with a few exclusive moves, a new fighting style was developed for Raven, and her exclusive moves were added to his moveset.
*** All Jacks from Gun Jack onwards are considered regular Jacks, but have the flying move introduced by Tekken 2's Prototype Jack. P. Jack only existed in the first place because the first two games had subbosses.
**** Lee Chaolan had the same moves as Marshall Law with a few added in the first two games. Tekken 3 introduced Forest Law who has more flips and is more fast moving than Marshall. The Lee Chaolan of Tekken Tag added more of Forest's moves to Lee's moveset, and some more kicks to make him unique. When Marshall returned in Tekken 4, he was like his old self, whereas Lee was more similar to Forest. By Tekken 5, Lee is completely distinct with more kicks, and this is most obvious in Tekken Tag 2 when Forest returned after several absences from games.
* When the ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' game moved from the PC-98 to Windows things ''changed''. One of the striking examples is Marisa, who really only kept the basic theme and appearance of the PC-98 character of that name. Her new personality is much more similar to (the now absent) Mima's.
** Both of the Moriya Shrine goddesses, Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya, have elements of several other deities such as Take-Minakata, his wife Yasakatome, and Take-Mikazuchi. It's also implied Kanako came into existence as an in-universe example, from the worship of a group of people venerated as a single entity.
* UminekoNoNakuKoroNi manages with a in-universe example of this trope with [[spoiler: Yasu who created [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] Beatrice persona based upon the ghost legends surrounding Beatrice on Rokkenjima, the rumors about Kinzo's secret lover, her mother's and grandmother's identities and her self]].
* Gameplay-wise, Cassie from the upcoming ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is a composite of her two parents, as far as her fighting style goes, combining both Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage's moves from previous games, with a little of Jax and Stryker's thrown in.
* In the first ''XMenLegends'', Allison Crestmere (Magma of the NewMutants) is given a personality and background similar to Kitty Pryde and the powers of her mainstream counterpart. The developers admitted that they wanted to use Kitty Pryde, but her powers don't translate well to an action RPG.
** This also applies to most of the characters that appear in the game, as they appear with their mainstream "Earth 616" personalities and backstories, but start by default with their Ultimate appearances. The sequel also adds ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' into the mix.
** It's ''really'' hard to combine AOA and 616 Sabretooth. Blink sees him as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold because "Mr. Creed" rescued her once (purely out of the goodness of his heart. In character for AOA.) Your character is more familiar with a 616 Sabretooth, saying "If he's got a good heart, it's because he ripped it out of someone's chest!" It really is as if you've met two different Victor Creeds. All the other cast members, though, are the straight-up 616 versions wearing the UltimateMarvel costumes.
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* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' does this with its LifeEmbellished cast, featuring at least a few people who are based off of various people the author has met, merged into one person.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' merged a background character unofficially called Shy Girl with a minor character named Rhoda who then became more of a supporting character.
* The final strip of the ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''-pastiche arc had the revelation that Arthur (who up til then had been Xander) was a werewolf, and Guenevere realising this was also a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' pastiche. So..
** Guenevere = Buffy Summers/Bella Swan
** Lancelot = Angel/Edward Cullen
** Arthur = Xander Harris/Jacob Black/Probably "Oz" Osbourne
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Being an adaptation of TTA ''{{TOME}}'' has a bunch of these.
** Nylocke seems to be a mash-up of Nailock and Kirbopher15 from the original. [[spoiler: Justified, because Kirbopher and Zetto are the same character in this new incarnation, any conflict between Kirbopher15 and Zetto from the original would no longer work. As a result, Nylcoke is the one who imprisions the Forbidden Power into the drain edge/sword instead of Kirbopher and also tried to convince him to not take the game so seriously during the Gemini Tournament. ]]
** And then there's Kizuna, who combines Ruri and [[spoiler: Voltarius]] from the original. She's still Zetto's partner, but in this version, [[spoiler:Kizuna is the leader of the hackers while Zetto (who kind of acts like a second-in-command here) doubles as Kirbopher instead.]]
** And don't even get started on Swordicon, who might've inspired the idea that [[spoiler: Kirbopher and Zetto]] are the same person.
* A variation occurred in ''ThereWillBeBrawl'': While fans were still awaiting [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Young Link]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Toon Link]] to finally show up or be mentioned, like every other character in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', it's eventually revealed that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Link]] also ''is'' Young Link and Toon Link. They were compressed into one character. Link looks at a photo of his younger self. This photo includes both, Young Link[=/=]Toon Link, implying that they are both the same guy during the same period of time. Link is just their grown-up version.
* Roleplay/{{Crinoverse}} The Crinoverse, existing as it does as a combination of multiple superhero universes, has a few of these. There's the Justice Avengers, a combination of the JLA and the Avengers, and a few others-Psimon is a combination of the Champions character and the DC character of the same name.
* Present on ThisVeryWiki - TropePantheons have Hercules, who is composite of Hercules from Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys, [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Disney Hercules]], Hercules from VideoGame/GodOfWar, Berserker from VisualNovel/FateStayNight and IncredibleHercules. And probably all other versions of the character.
* ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', a present-day adaptation of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', has several changes:
** The Bennet family has three daughters instead of five: Jane, Lizzie and Lydia. Lydia has shades of Kitty (she's not as insufferable as Lydia in the books and, in a sense, has a happier ending). Mary Bennet is present as the girls' cousin.
** Bing Lee, the adaptation's version of Mr. Bingley, only has one sister instead of two, Caroline Lee. She also fulfills the role of Anne de Bourgh as a girl who Catherine de Bourgh sees as Darcy's girlfriend and at the end, Caroline's part corresponds to Lady Catherine as someone who unintentionally brings the main couple together when she tries to separate them.
* ''WebVideo/EmmaApproved'' takes place in the same [[TheVerse verse]] as ''The Lizzie Bennet Diaries''. The latter's Caroline Lee is a verse-spanning Composite Character by taking the place of ''{{Emma}}'s'' Augusta Elton.
* ''WebVideo/UniversityEverAfter'' combines several characters:
** [[PeterPan "The Captain," aka "Hook,"]] has a real name - [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Eric.]]
** [[spoiler: SnowWhite]] is one of [[{{Cinderella}} Ella's]] step-sisters.
** There's a reason [[TheLittleMermaid the swimmer who dreams of leaving the water]] is called "Ari" instead of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Ariel"]]. It's actually short for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ari]]''[[Disney/{{Frozen}} anna]]'', and she's the beloved cousin of [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsie, a talented chemist whose gift can sometimes also be a dangerous curse.]]
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* An odd InUniverse/meta version of this trope can be seen in WesternAnimation/AdventureTime, in regards to Fionna. At first she seems like nothing more then a gender flipped version of Finn, but a later episode suggests that her voice and various personality quirks were also sub-consciously taken from [[spoiler: Ice King's girlfriend, Betty]].
* TheFalcon from ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' has elements of James Rhodes, namely [[spoiler: he was initially intended to pilot the Comicbook/WarMachine armor before deciding on the Falcon suit instead]].
** {{MODOK}} has elements of the [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger movie version of]] Arnim Zola, mainly his role as the RedSkull's chief scientist.
*** MODOK later merges with the Super-Adaptoid, a completely unrelated character in the original comics.
** The Midgard Serpent is given elements of Skadi from ''Comicbook/FearItself'', specifically [[spoiler: like Skadi, the Serpent is prophesied to kill Thor]].
** [[SquadronSupreme Hyperion]] is merged with TheSentry and King Hyperion from ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}''. He has the alien fortress of the former and genocidal/megalomanical tendencies of the latter.
** The show's version of Dracula has elements of Baron Blood, such as his connections to Captain America and UsefulNotes/WorldWar2.
** The AlternateTimeline version of ComicBook/TheDefenders has a DarkerAndEdgier version of Hawkeye who calls himself Bullseye (after the Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} villain), and an evil version of Comicbook/BlackWidow who acts and dresses exactly like Madame Masque.
** ComicBook/AntMan was explicitly stated to be a composite character by the show's producers, which is why his real name is never given. He's a scientific authority on Pym Particles like the original Ant-Man, Henry Pym, but wears the costume worn by the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang, in the upcoming ''Film/AntMan'' movie.
* In ''TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Comicbook/BlackWidow is a costumed ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agent who apparently defects to HYDRA, but is really a triple agent reporting directly to NickFury. Then he disappears, so she can no longer prove this. That's [[SpiderWoman Spider-Woman]]'s story in ''ComicBook/NewAvengers''.
** Along those same lines, Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}} is given most of Spider-Woman's plot from ''SecretInvasion'', right down to [[spoiler: getting kidnapped and replaced by Veranke, the Skrull Queen]].
** Baron Zemo is another one, mixing first Zemo (fought Cap during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and leads Masters Of Evil) with his son, the second Zemo (costume and personality, and the fact he's disfigured due to the actions of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica).
** Viper combines her comics namesake with [[spoiler: Skrull Elektra]].
** There is also Hulk, who takes from different versions of himself at different periods of time, mixing his original personality, well-known Savage Hulk and recent Green Scar Hulk.
** The ComicBook/NewAvengers are basically given the origin story of the YoungAvengers.
** William "Crossfire" Cross is given his cousin Darren Cross's role in [[AntMan Scott Lang]]'s origin story.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'':
** Dr Hugo Strange is initially introduced as the {{morally ambiguous|Doctorate}} director of [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]], who views the insanity of Batman's villains (and Batman himself) as a fascinating riddle. While he soon becomes the MadScientist of the comics, the early appearances owe more to Dr Jeremiah Arkham.
** In the final season, Firefly becomes this, when he came into contact with an isotope and gained the powers and (partly) the codename of minor Batman baddie Doctor Phosphorus.
** [[WordOfGod Alan Burnett]] said the Flash was Barry Allen, but the character has a personality more in line with Wally West and Bart Allen. Like Wally, he also [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly needed to consume large amounts of food]] to keep up with his ultra-fast metabolism.
** Ethan Bennet/Clayface is a combination of Two-Face (friend of Bruce connected to the police, anger issues that turn into a SplitPersonality) and Clayface (name, powers).
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' once paid homage to the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' with the Terrific Trio, which actually consists of two examples: most prominently is team leader Magma, a RockMonster like the Thing but also associated with fire like the Human Torch, while Freon has more in similarity with Vapor of the U-Foes (enemies of the Hulk) than with the Invisible Girl/Woman.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Clayface is this of the original three men to bear the name in the comics. He's an actor (Basil Karlo) named Matt Hagen who gained shapeshifting powers (Matt Hagen) but consequentially became horribly disfigured (Preston Payne).
** Vertigo is a composite of Ebeneezer Darrk and the GreenArrow foe Count Vertigo. His name, powers, and Eastern European heritage come from Count Vertigo, while his status as a pupil of Ra's al Ghul and a turncoat member of the League of Assassins comes from Darrk.
** The second Robin who appears in the final season is a composite of the second and third Robins, Jason Todd and Tim Drake, possessing Jason's backstory and general attitude and Tim's name and computer expertise.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
** Similar to Venom is ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} in The original Firestorm was an amalgam of slacker student Ronnie Raymond and physicist Martin Stein, then Raymond and Mikhail Arkadin, then Raymond on his own. After his death the new Firestorm was teenager Jason Rusch, who would combine with whomever happened to be nearby but would eventually combine with his friend Mick Wong, then Stein, then Firehawk, then his girlfriend Gehenna. The animated version was formed by a combination of gym teacher Ronnie Raymond and his student, a pre-teen Jason Rusch (now a science whizz-kid to provide Stein's atomic knowledge). As of ''BrightestDay'' and the ''{{New 52}}'', the Rusch/Raymond combo is in the comics as well.
** The TB&TB incarnation of Damian Wayne combines elements of three separate children of Bruce Wayne from different continuities - obviously he gets his name from Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman, but the story he appears in is more like {{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} "Imaginary Stories" with Bruce Wayne Jr. (complete with the FramingStory of Alfred writing fiction). And his mother isn't Talia, like comics Damian, or Kathy Kane, like Bruce Jr., but Catwoman like Helena Wayne of Earth-2, who became a vigilante in order to avenge the death of her mother, and continued on, taking her father's place after his subsequent death.
** The Weeper in "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous" is based on a Golden Age character who was a foe of Bulletman, but the story itself is based on a team-up between Joker and a character called Willy the Weeper. The composite character has the original Weeper's real name and appearance (and is shown fighting Bulletman in flashback), but like Willy is an IneffectualSympatheticVillain who cries ''genuine'' tears for his victims.
** Krull the Eternal is mostly VandalSavage, but his name and appearance come from [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] caveman enemy, King Kull. He also takes visual cues and a [[Creator/MichaelDorn voice actor]] from {{Darkseid}}'s son Kalibak.
** The Hunter's name and appearance come from the Faceless Hunters who appeared in ''Strange Adventures''. His role as humanoid frontman for Starro is loosely based on Cobi from ''R.E.B.E.L.S.''
** Equinox is two ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' villains: Libra (balance-obsessed, cosmic-powered villain) and the Gray Man (embittered and crazy ex-agent of the Lords of Order).
** OMAC enemy General Kafka is combined with the completely unrelated character Shrapnel, for no reason that's easy to figure out.
** The Batman of Planet X is an existing character in his own right, but his civilian identity (created for the show) is heavily inspired by [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]. Likewise, Vilsi Vayla is a combination of Vicki Vale (name and appearance) and LoisLane (personality, [[CastingGag voice]], and relationship with the two Batmen).
* The BlackLightning shorts on WesternAnimation/DCNation imply that Black Vulcan, Black Lightning's CaptainErsatz / {{Expy}} from ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', was simply an identity that he used in the past.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Mock 5", an AffectionateParody of ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', had Dee Dee playing the roles of both [[TagalongKid Spritle]] and [[LongLostSibling Racer X]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' revived [[NoIndoorVoice LOUD HOWARD]], a character who'd proved quite popular with readers of [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} the strip]] but who the author thought was too {{flat|Character}} to make much use of. To make him more interesting, the show merged him with Nervous Ted and had him shout constantly about trivial worries.
* The 1990s ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' animated series replaces the unnamed Mended Drum barman in ''Wyrd Sisters'' with Hibiscus Dunelm, the new proprietor in ''Soul Music''. ''Soul Music'' also gives Adrian "Big Mad Drongo" Turnipseed all the lines belonging to the other two students at the High Energy Magic Building, Skazz and Tez the Terrible. He's also given Skazz's BlindingBangs.
* In the original ''Franchise/GIJoe'' animated series, the General Flagg that appears in the original "MASS Device" mini-series has the same name and role as the General Flagg from the comics, but his character design resembles that of General Austin, General Flagg's adviser from the comics.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', the [[AnIcePerson Blizzard]] has the real name of Donnie Gill, the better-known Blizzard II in the comics. But his backstory as an embittered ex-Stark scientist who created the cryosuit comes from Gergor Shapanka, the original Blizzard.
** And Justin Hammer is [[spoiler: Titanium Man]].
** Whitney Stane is a composite of Whitney Frost (as Madame Masque) and Ezekiel Stane (as Obadiah Stane's child [[spoiler:and a user of the Iron Monger armor]]).
** The Black Knight used in the show is the villainous Nathan Garrett version, but he sports the costume and clean-shaven appearance of Dane Whitman, his [[LegacyHero his heroic successor]].
*** The same combination (Garrett's personality and identity, Whitman's costume and physical appearance) was used for the Black Knight's appearance in the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand Avengers: United They Stand]]'' tie-in comic.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' episode "Inhuman Nature" is basically the original [[TheInhumans Inhumans]] storyline from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' with A-Bomb in the role of the Human Torch (outsider who falls in love with Crystal, thereby leading his superhero team to Attilan).
* The version of [[SpiderWoman Julia Carpenter]] seen in ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' has a lot of elements of Pepper Potts thrown in. This is especially obvious in the second season.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' has [[KentBrockmanNews Hank Anchorman]] in every season following the first; he looked much different in the first season before his design was changed to a human version of the one-off robot anchorman from "Sonic Johnny".
* TheFlash in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' was the Wally West incarnation, but also had elements of his predecessor Barry Allen (such as being a police scientist rather than a mechanic). His foe Mirror Master was the Sam Scudder version but possessed the amped up, supernatural abilities of his successor.
** Also in ''Justice League Unlimited'' Steven Mandragora is a combination of Tobias Whale, BlackLighting's ArchEnemy and Stefano Mandragora, the man murdered the ComicBook/{{Huntress}}' parents. Steven Mandragora has Tobias Whale's look and physical strength, but has Mandragora's name and status as the man who murdered Huntress' parents.
** One brief gag during the episode ''TheGreatestStoryNeverTold'' had ComicBook/BoosterGold see what appears to be Superman fall from the sky, only for "Superman" to turn towards Booster, showing the other is Batman, and addressed Booster with the voice of ''Wonder Woman.''
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' pays tribute to Franchise/{{Superman}}'s entire legacy of PhantomZone criminals in the form of Drax, a young Kryptonian [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS with a big 'Z' on his chest]] and an inexplicable British accent who was ''born'' in the Phantom Zone and has design elements of the non-Kryptonian Zod from ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright''.
** The spikes on him are reminiscent of Doomsday. The pale skin may be a shout out to Bizarro as well.
* A few of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ponies are Composite Characters with other ponies, due to loss of trademark on the G1 ponies that were meant to be used. Surprise became Pinkie Pie, Firefly got turned into Rainbow Dash, Glory became Rarity, Twilight became Twilight Twinkle (though her name was changed to "Twilight Sparkle"), and Posey became Fluttershy.
** Pinkie Pie is the best example of this. G1 Surprise was a fun-loving prankster who used that quality to confuse her enemies when it was time to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]]. However, G3 Pinkie Pie was a party planner. FIM Pinkie has Surprise's madcapness ''and then some'' but she's the foremost party planner in Ponyville. A lot of FIM characters are a G1 character's personality with a G3 character's name, but the FIM Pinkie Pie is ''really'' a fusion of Pinkie Pie and Surprise instead of just being Surprise in Pinkie Pie's colors. (Compare to Rainbow Dash, whose G3 incarnation was more like Rarity in personality, ''[[InNameOnly none]]'' of it carrying over to FIM RD aside from her color scheme.)
** Surprise was originally a Pegasus, and Posey an Earth pony, but the races were switched for their G4 counterparts.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Bart claims his comic character "Angry Dad" is not based purely on one person, but is a composite of his dad, [[ShapedLikeItself Lisa's dad, and Maggie's dad]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''
** Greedy Smurf is a composite of both Baker Smurf and Chef Smurf and the original [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs comic book]] version of Greedy.
** Painter Smurf in the cartoon show combined elements of the comic book version and Sculptor Smurf. He still is that way in the [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]] series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Montana of the Enforcers and the Shocker (originally Herman Schultz in the comics) are now a single character. His partner in the Enforcers, Fancy Dan, becomes Ricochet (a ''hero'' in the comics continuity). The Ox also gets a power suit, but stays the Ox.
** Their boss, Lonnie "Tombstone" Lincoln, also uses the alter-ego "Big Man," originally Frederick Foswell in the comics. (Interestingly, Foswell was in the series, and said that he ''knew'' if anyone was the Big Man, it wasn't Lincoln; it's unclear if something would have developed with this had the show not been ScrewedByTheLawyers.) As a billionaire VillainWithGoodPublicity he's also ''far'' more reminiscent of the Kingpin than thug-for-hire comic Tombstone, or even the original Big Man, who was more of a street gang leader. WordOfGod says they were originally going to include the Kingpin as "the Big Man of Crime," but had to [[WritingAroundTrademarks Write Around Trademarks]] since they were only allowed to use official ''SpiderMan'' characters. Kingpin is technically a ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain, so Sony didn't have the rights to him.
** And the Cat, Black Cat's GentlemanThief father, is combined with [[spoiler:Uncle Ben's killer]], which in turn makes Black Cat combined with [[spoiler:Jessica Carradine]].
** There's also Sable Manfredi. Her role as the loyal daughter of the elderly crime-lord Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi comes from Alisha Silver in ''{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}''. Her name and appearance are clearly based on Nazi-hunter and occasional Spidey ally SilverSable (Silver Sablinova).
** A minor example, the treacherous business partner who stole Adrian Toomes's inventions and drove him to become the Vulture got folded into NormanOsborn's character. WordOfGod also suggests that Norman invented Globulin Green himself, while in the comics it was made by his mentor, Mendel Stromm.
** Liz Allan's brother Mark has a gambling addiction, much like Betty Brant's brother in the comics.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] is a combination of Kyle and Hal Jordan.
** Franchise/TheFlash is a combination of the second and third Flashes Wally West (name and personality) and Barry Allen (occupation and Base of Operations).
** Supervillain Brainiac on this series is a curious amalgamation of the comics' Brainiac and none other than Galactus, from Marvel comics. Since both characters are creations of Jack Kirby, this is a nifty choice. The same year this series was released, DC and Marvel published Amalgam Comics, a series of issues that combined characters from both companies. One of them was Galactiac, amalgam of Galactus and Brainiac. Coincidence?
* On ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', Scorpio (Nick Fury's brother in the comics) is [[spoiler:Nick Fury himself using the identity to infiltrate Dr. Doom's plans.]]
* In the original ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic book, Splinter was the pet rat of ninja master Hamato Yoshi, who gained anthropomorphic qualities after exposure to the mutagen. In [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 animated series]], Splinter was Hamato Yoshi himself, who gained rat-like qualities due to the mutagen.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 version]] averts this, being the only animated adaptation that does so. However, in the first cartoon, the Shredder was teamed up with an exiled, brain-like alien megalomaniac who got around in a robotic body. In this series, the Shredder IS an exiled, brain-like alien megalomaniac operating a robotic body. Although WordOfGod is that the show runners tried to keep the two dissimilar, ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' went one step further and gave the 2003 Shredder a body with the same MakeMyMonsterGrow function Krang's android body once displayed. (Shredder even said that Krang's technology and the Utroms worked well together.)
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 cartoon reboot]] does the same thing, making Splinter and Hamato into the same person once again.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 show]] reintroduces Krang, but as a species of aliens called "The Kraang", who wear human disguises and operate covertly, combining the character with the alien species of the Utroms.
* Robin from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is an amalgam of the first three characters who went by that name, although he is mainly implied (and later confirmed in the tie-in comics) to be Dick Grayson.
** Tim Drake, the second Robin in the ''[[{{DCAU}} The New Adventures of Batman]]'', has Jason's Todd's origin and some of the attendant attitude ([[spoiler:plus similar luck with the Joker]]), but had Tim Drake's name and, judging by his future career as a communications engineer, his intelligence. Typical Robin wisecracking came from both. Perhaps as a result of being partially based on Jason Todd, Tim also had some of young Dick Grayson's traits as well, though Dick himself appears in the series.
* This was a shrewd method of giving the lead character more roles in early episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas and Friends]]'' adapted from ''TheRailwaySeries'' novels. Whenever the original novels utilized a generic or unadapted engine, Thomas would be used in it's place. For example, he is the engine that tries to pull Henry out of the tunnel in "The Sad Story of Henry", or the rude engine that fetches James' trucks in "Troublesome Trucks", both of which were unnamed background characters in the original books.
** The Fat Controller also took the role of the Narrow Gauge Controller in early episodes. Later on Mr Percival was created to take the role of the Thin Controller from the original books.
* In the Ellipse-Nelvana adaptation of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' book "Coke in Stock", sheik Bab-El-Ehr's part as the rebels' leader is absorbed into Mull Pasha's (Bab-El-Ehr himself [[TheGhost had no screen time anyway in the book]]).
* During 40's and 50's, MGM's animation studio used two bulldogs named Spike: the famous one seen in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', and the one Creator/TexAvery made up for [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons his own shorts]]. Avery's Spike is mostly gone from most modern media involving the characters due to the OneSteveLimit, with his role as Droopy's foil taken by Avery's own wolf character. However, for ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryComedyShow'', the ''Tom and Jerry'' Spike takes the role of both, acting as and adversary for the cat and mouse and as a character Droopy would interact with (and occasionally be pit against).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Megatron is a combination of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers his original cartoon incarnation]], his larger and more vicious [[TransformersFilmSeries live-action movie incarnation]] but with a little dash of [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars his Beast Wars namesake]] added in.
** Blackarachnia is a combination of her ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' namesake and Elita One from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', with her design featuring elements of all of Blackarachnia's appearances in the ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Beast]]'' [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines era]].
** The Japanese dub actually did this to ''everyone'' by making them all the same characters as the ones in [[Film/{{Transformers}} the live action movies.]] Especially Bulkhead, who was actually even renamed "Ironhide".
** However, that's a very [[InformedAbility informed]] trait that doesn't show up in the series itself. In fact, ''comedic'' elements were added to that particular character that make "Ironhide" even less like Movie Ironhide than Bulkhead was.
** Inverted (or something; we're not quite sure what) with Skywarp and Cyclonus. In ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1,'' Cyclonus ''may or may not'' be an upgraded Skywarp (blame error-prone animation for a confusing TransformationSequence.) The ''Animated'' version, however? Skywarp is one of several clones of Starscream, each with one trait of the original taken UpToEleven. Skywarp represents his cowardice. As for Cyclonus, he's a brief cameo, but AllThereInTheManual tells us that his "internal chronometer" is way off, he is seeking someone named Galvatron (that's Megatron's upgraded form in G1 and several other series), and he has some circuitry in common with Starscream, particularly his (now disabled) self-preservation instinct. This hints without saying that Cyclonus is from the future and used to be Skywarp.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
** Airachnid at first appears to be an {{Expy}} of Blackarachnia. However, personality-wise, she appears to be more a combination of [[TransformersAnimated Lockdown]] and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Tarantulas]], with just a little bit of the Franchise/{{Predator}} thrown in.
** Arcee looks and acts more like Chromia than her G1 counterpart, who was pink, TeamMom and TheChick rather than being blue, an ActionGirl and LadyOfWar.
** Shockwave combines the logic-driven mad scientist characterization of his G1 incarnation with the hulking death machine appearance of his Movie counterpart.
** As with ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Megatron has taken cues from both his G1 self ([[Creator/FrankWelker his voice actor]] albeit deeper, the buckethead, his lower legs resemble a pistol's handgrip) and film incarnations (sharp angles on his shoulders, two-toed feet, a demonic face with shark-like teeth, and alt-mode).
** The ''Prime'' Scraplets are a composite of two Transformer-eating species from the Marvel Comic: The Scraplets (name, small size, that those almost eaten look like having a disease) and the Mechaniballs (general shape, not as small as actual Scraplets, and a more direct, physical approach to eat rather than the Scraplets' "infection and multiplication" one)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' Harry Osborn becomes Comicbook/{{Venom}}. In most continuities he becomes the [[LegacyCharacter second]] Green Goblin while Venom is a separate character named Eddie Brock.
** The origin of the Venom Symbiote also comes from Carnage's origin in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. The only major difference is that in the original comics, Curt Conners was the one who created the Symbiote from Peter's blood, rather than [[spoiler: Doctor Octopus]].
** Scorpio is based off Jake Fury, NickFury's brother from the comics, but is named after Max Fury, Nick's evil [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Life Model Decoy]] from ''SecretAvengers''.
** Electro starts off in his normal Earth-616 form (complete with the classic costume), but transforms into his energy-based [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] counterpart after an accident.
** The Power Man used is the original LukeCage version, but his costume is heavily based off that of Victor Alvarez, the modern Power Man.
** Hector Ayala, the original ComicBook/WhiteTiger, is merged with his own father so that he becomes [[LegacyCharacter Ava Ayala's]] dad (he's her older brother in the comics).
** Amadeus Cho becomes the Iron Spider, an identity used by Peter Parker around the time of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' in the comics.
** The Vulture is the original Adrian Toomes version, but in contrast his comic book counterpart (who has no powers and relies on a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman winged flight suit]]), is an actual [[WingedHumanoid bird mutate]] like the Jimmy Natale version of the Vulture.
* When Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} re-introduced America to ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' in 2011, they crammed the first two seasons into four, one-hour specials. The season two special, "The Shadow Phoenix," merged Lord Darkar with [[spoiler:Professor Avalon]] by making the latter a disguise. In the original full season, [[spoiler:the Avalon the Winx met was an imposter working for Darkar.]] The change caused a PlotHole in the third season, since [[spoiler:the real Avalon had arrived at Alfea by then]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' comics Nerissa's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Shagon and bestial Kor were random man and his dog turned into her servants. In the cartoon this fate is given to Will's boyfriend Matt and his pet rat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', Lady Deathstrike was merged with Mariko Yashida, and thus was stated to be Wolverine's former lover from Japan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Avalanche seems to be a combination of the comic book Avalanche (name, role with the Brotherhood) and Rictor of the New Mutants (appearance, the details of how his powers work, occasional consideration of a HeelFaceTurn). The hotheadedness comes from both of them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine and the X-Men}}'', Marrow appears in the BadFuture, where she befriends Rover the Sentinel and takes on the role of Tom Skylark in the comic book BadFuture ''Here Comes Tomorrow'', only without the {{Technopath}}y that explained ''how'' Tom had made friends with a Sentinel. Instead, she was given it by Polaris.
** The show's version of Arclight is a male like the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' characters, but sported the powers of the classic Marvel version who's a woman and wears a [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] version of her costume.
** Master Mold is combined with Danger, the evil sentient [[ArtificialIntelligence A.I.]] from JossWhedon's run. Because of this, Master Mold [[GenderFlip is depicted as a]] {{Gynoid}}.
** Silver Samurai is merged with Noburu Hideki, Mariko's fiance from the original FrankMiller ''{{Wolverine}}'' mini-series. This causes a bit of {{Squick}}, [[BrotherSisterIncest since Silver Samurai is Mariko's BROTHER in the original comics]].
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Artemis, who shares the name and backstory of her counterpart, but also has elements of Arrowette and Mia Dearden thrown in. Notably, the chest emblem on Artemis' costume comes from Mia's Speedy costume.
** Match is also given elements from various Bizarros (backwards S, insanity due to the difficulty of copying kryptonian DNA) and Superboy-Prime (carving an S-symbol into his own chest, having black eyes, status as the "original" Superboy).
** The Queen Bee in the show is the Post-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] version from ''JusticeLeagueInternational'', but also possesses the mind-control abilities of the original SilverAge Queen Bee.
** Mark Desmond/Blockbuster gets his role as control-freak Cadmus boss who created ComicBook/{{Superboy}} from Director Westfield.
** Klarion the Witch Boy's status as an [[AdaptationalBadass insanely powerful]] and [[AdaptationalVillainy evil]] Lord of Chaos comes from The Child, a foe of Hawk and Dove and the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]. Also, in "Misplaced" he takes the role of Bedlam in ''JLA: World Without Grownups.''
** Red Tornado's siblings Red Torpedo and Red Inferno both believed themselves to be human and became superheroes during the GoldenAge. Red Torpedo's human identity was the ''original'' Red Torpedo from Quality Comics, and Red Inferno was the ComicBook/AllStarSquadron character Firebrand.
** The Runaways are based on the [[CanonForeigner made for TV]] [[CanonImmigrant members of]] the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', but also bear some similarities to Lex Luthor's iteration of ComicBook/InfinityInc
*** Comicbook/{{Static}} replaces Black Vulcan in the show's group of ''{{Superfriends}}'' analogues. His jacket however is a [[MythologyGag nod]] to Vulcan's black and yellow costume. (Presumably, it's because Black Lightning, whom Black Vulcan was based on, is ''already'' in the show elsewhere.)
** Mercy is combined with Robo-Lois from Creator/PaulCornell's "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''.
** The tie-in comic reveals that the Ultra-Humanite's gorilla body originally belonged to Tolifhar, one of the Gorilla Knight's from GailSimone's ''WonderWoman'' run.
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