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->''"...Here on Primus, I found too new brave friends, and a new family..."''
-->-- '''Excerpt from the OpeningNarration of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'''''

There is this new version of an old series. You may notice from the beginning that it continues from the original work instead of being a sort of reboot. However, despite TheHero still being there, most of the supporting cast has been changed for new characters, except for one or two. Sometimes this is due to the hero having moved to a new city. Part of the new cast tend to be {{Exp|y}}ies to old characters. It could be considered a ReTool.

Contrast ChangingOfTheGuard. See also SpinOff, where it's a secondary character being placed in a new setting instead of TheHero. If the (old) hero is traveling with a mix of both old and new party members, it's WithAFriendAndAStranger. RookieRedRanger is a conceptual inversion[[note]]"New Hero, Old Team"[[/note]] even though we may not have seen the team prior to TheHero joining.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'' begins with Alita stranded [[spoiler: on Zalem]], having left all her friends (and almost all other characters) back [[spoiler: on the surface]]. She soon makes new friends.
* Guts of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', after [[spoiler:losing the Band of the Hawk to the horrors of the Eclipse]], gains a new circle of TrueCompanions in the form of Puck, Serpico, Farnese, Isidro, Schierke, Ivalera, [[spoiler:Azan, Roderick, and Isma. ''Maybe'' even [[TheDragAlong Magnifico]]]]. The only person still with him from his original group is Casca, though given [[spoiler:the traumas she suffered during the Eclipse at the hands of Griffith himself]], she's not of a lot of help to the rest of the crew.
* The second season of ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' has Parn (older), and Deedlit (unchanged, given she's an elf), but most of the rest of the cast is changed. Oddly, certain characters are introduced is if the main cast has never met them, such as Parn's "first fight" with Orsen and Sharis.
* The second season of ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' gets rid of most the supporting cast.
* While the ''Advanced'' and ''Diamond & Pearl'' season of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime utilized WithAFriendAndAStranger,[[note]]As did the Orange Islands long prior,[[/note]] The ''Best Wishes'' and ''X & Y'' seasons had this Trope as Ash picked up Iris and Cilan in Unova and Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena in Kalos.%%Iris & Cilan are presently in the lower picture; I'm thinking about making an Image Picking for the nitpick that Paul was the Rival in D & P, not a party member.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' featured a new team, which included veterans TK and Kari. (See also ChangingOfTheGuard.)
** Digimon promotions beginning in Summer 2014 began to advertise a new Digimon series, whose sole line of real description amounts to "[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Tai's back.]]" Not the team -- ''Tai''. However, when ''Digimon Adventure tri'' got more announcements, this was averted as it showed that the entire ''Adventure'' team would return with Taichi.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When the de-frozen ComicBook/CaptainAmerica began having solo adventures apart of Comicbook/TheAvengers, this trope was enforced by the fact that he had already lost his supporting cast in the meantime. Fortunately, Sharon Carter and ComicBook/TheFalcon went a long way in the 1970s to make him feel better as his new companions.
** For the second year of the title, all of the original team members except Captain America left the team, with the sole members being comprised of Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.
* In ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' supporting characters come and go (and sometimes [[ContinuityPorn come back again]]) while Bruce Banner remains the central character.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' only keeps Paperinik (AKA DonaldDuck) and Uncle Scrooge (albeit DemotedToExtra), while the rest of the characters are new ones.
** MickeyMouse Mystery Magazine was a failed attempt to [[FollowTheLeader repeat the success of PKNA]].
* In the comic series ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}'', a major chunk of the secondary cast has been killed over the dozen+ volumes, (including everyone from JerkAss rival detectives to friendly superheroes) but the two leads have remained constant, aside from the occasional [[PutOnABus time on a bus]]. As a result either entirely new characters have filled in, old characters have evolved, or the focus has gotten tighter on the leads, depending on the situation.
* Franchise/WonderWoman in particular suffers from this. She had a regular supporting cast up until UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, but since then they keep being killed off or [[BrotherChuck just disappearing without explanation]]. Most infamously, they just won't let her have her original love interest, Steve Trevor, back, doing everything from killing him to marrying him off to Etta Candy (another rarely seen supporting character). Wonder Woman herself has been based off at least three different American cities over the years. ''Comicbook/WonderWomanRebirth'' returns Steve to being her love interest and also brings Etta back as a main character, but one with [[AdaptationalSexuality no interest in Steve]].

* In ''ShockTreatment'', the semi-sequel to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', Brad and Janet (and minor characters Ralph and Betty- and possibly the Criminologist) are the only Rocky characters to appear. In an unusual case, all except Ralph and the Criminologist are played by different performers, while several performers from Rocky appear in different roles.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers3Marauder'' features Johnny Rico, the protagonist of the first movie, in the leading role but the rest of the cast is completely different.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' had the townsfolk of Radiator Springs reduced to cameos in favor of new characters Finn [=McMissile=] and Holly Shiftwell to accompany Mater and Lightning [=McQueen=].
* ''WesternAnimation/JourneyBackToOz'' features Dorothy returning to Oz...however the only one of her old companions who's willing to help her is the Scarecrow. So naturally, her new party is made up of new characters.
* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' pairs up Optimus Prime and Bumblebee with an almost completely new team of Autobots as well as brand new human allies.
* This was the case for the first several ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movies, with Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames being the only constants throughout the first three films while all of their other teammates or supervisors would be replaced or killed off. The fourth film plays with it a bit, in that Rhames' character is mostly absent outside of a cameo at the end, but Simon Pegg's minor character from the third film is given an expanded role. It's outright averted in the fifth film, as Cruise, Pegg, Rhames and Jeremy Renner (who was a prominent supporting figure in the fourth film as well) all return in major parts.

* Every ''Literature/TomSwift'' series that hasn't simply used the [[GenerationXerox next generation of Swifts]] has used this instead.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ''[[Series/TheAvengers New Avengers]]'' keeps only Steed. Of course, his partner changed anyway during the original series.
* ''Series/CharlesInCharge'': When it moved from network to first run syndication the only characters carried over were Charles & Buddy. The mother from the previous family was there as a SpinoffSendoff, showing the house to the new family moving in.
* In ''Series/{{Chef}}'', only Gareth and Everton carry over for all three seasons. The supporting cast changes frequently.
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'': by the end of the series the only character left from the first episode is Sandoval, TheDragon to the Taelons and - after the Taelons AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence - the Atavus.
* The revival of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' in TheEighties had Jim Phelps lead an all new Impossible Missions Force. One of the character however was the son of an original series one, who appeared in a few episodes.
* ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', by virtue of it mostly being set outside of Wales and Torchwood staff having a low life expectancy. The previous series, ''Children of Earth'' also had a milder change of focus.
* Due to its time travel format, ''Series/DoctorWho'' rarely had recurring cast outside of the Doctor and between one and three companions. However, the Third Doctor's era had a strong rapport between the Doctor and UNIT...which dissolved after he regenerated into [[TheNthDoctor the Fourth Doctor]] and he no longer had a connection to 20th century Earth.
** Most of the Tenth Doctor's allies went on to with their own lives (and spinoff shows), leaving him alone for the 2009 specials, and with a brand new recurring and main cast once he regenerated in ''The End of Time''.
* Season 4 of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' was slated to be this, judging by the teaser. New work environment, new rivals, new (ex)boyfriends, yet Creator/KristenBell was still playing the lead role despite the notable lack of other series regulars. Sadly, it was too good to last.
* ''The New Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': about half of the characters from the old show were still at WKRP, with several new characters replacing the rest of the cast.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Thanks to its high mortality rate, several major characters were [[KilledOffForReal killed off]], and anyone who managed to survive was almost always PutOnABus. Jack was the only real constant character in the show.
** Season 4 managed to subvert this. Although Jack and Chloe were initially the only returning characters when the season started, by the halfway point most of the newly introduced characters had been written out with only a handful remaining while several classic characters from the first three seasons were brought back in.
* This often occurs in the judge panels of casting shows, if the main judge has strong ItsAllAboutMe tendencies:
** Most judges of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' didn't last very long, but in cycle 19, the ''entire panel'' was dumped. Except for Creator/TyraBanks, of course.
** Heidi Klum of ''Germany's next Topmodel'' is notorious for this. Her co-judges are lucky if they get to stick around for more than one season.
** The same goes for Dieter Bohlen of ''Deutschland sucht den Superstar'' (the German version of Series/AmericanIdol).
* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned]]'' features a variant. The main characters are still the same (and quite a few addition), but every single antagonist this season are brand new characters.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ryo and Robert were the only recurring characters in ''[[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Art of Fighting 3]]''. Yuri also returns as an NPC. The rest were essentially rehashed (albeit slightly reworked) versions of the original cast with the exceptions of [[WhipItGood Lenny]], [[ActionGirl Sinclair]], and [[BigBad Wyler]].
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' does the same, with Ryu and Ken being the only returning characters. The [[UpdatedRerelease Updated Rereleases]] adds Akuma and Chun Li, respectively, but everyone else is new to the series (albeit a lot of them counts as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of old characters.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'', only Terry Bogard is still around. Rock Howard, the game's protagonist, is mostly an AscendedExtra (with a few cameos in Terry's endings in older games), and the rest of the cast is completely new to the series (with a lot of [[{{Expy}} expies]] as well).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'': Yuna and Rikku go have their own adventures, with a new team-member (Paine) in tow, and a whole bunch of N.P.C.s. The other playable characters from FFX have either died ([[KilledOffForReal properly]]), been erased from existence, gone to settle down to start a family, or gone on to rebuild his tribe's society.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'': Vaan, Penelo and a couple [[AscendedExtra Ascended Extras]] steal a sky pirate ship and meet a new buddy, Lyudd. It takes them a while, but the other characters from your main cast do eventually rejoin your party.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' is this for ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon''. So is ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', although the focus is placed more on the "New Pals" than the "Old Hero".
* The ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' expansion ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' transplants the player's Warden to a different part of Ferelden, where they acquire a whole new RagtagBunchOfMisfits (save one veteran who suffered from LateCharacterSyndrome in the main game). This is also mostly true for the standalone DLC mini-campaigns that star the Warden: "[[BrutalBonusLevel The Golems of Amgarrak]]" give you the Dace brothers, their pet bronto, and a healing golem as companions, while "Witch Hunt" sees a Dalish warrior and a Circle mage join you (alongside Dog from the original game) on the quest to find Morrigan.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the late Commander Shepard is back in action but with a largely newly recruited crew, while his/her old crew is (mostly) unavailable. This is mostly reversed in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', though, with only one new squad member (two with DLC), while the rest are familiar faces/voices.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' keeps Yuri for sequel, but with brand new party since the previous heroine [[spoiler: is dead]] and rest of party busy elsewhere with own lives. Some do reappear in the game though or are referenced.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' stars the eponymous character in the lead role once more but the entire supporting cast from the first two games is replaced with new characters. This is likely due to the fact [[spoiler: that most of them end up dead.]]
* While Reimu and Marisa are constantly playable (Marisa only after the third game), this has happened twice in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** The first instance is during the switch from PC-98 to Windows. Many of the PC-98 characters are merely one-shots that are never heard of again after being defeated. However, [[CuteGhostGirl Mima]] and [[OlderSidekick Genjii]] are some of the exceptions, appearing prominently in almost all games. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome They are never heard of again]] after ''Mystic Square'', the fifth game.
** After ''Mountain of Faith'', the tenth game, starts the [[FanNickname Moriya Shrine Conspiracy]] arc, the characters from the sixth to ninth games have been getting a lot less appearances. Unlike the first case, though, the characters are explicitly shown to still exist, just not getting as much screentime.
* With the exception of Donkey Kong himself, none of the characters who appeared in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' trilogy on SNES or in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' appears in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat''. Instead, DK's friends and family have been replaced with the Helper Monkeys, as well as the Jungle Buddies (who are similar to the Animal Buddies from the previous games, but clearly aren't the same). Averted with later Donkey Kong games, who would bring back characters from the games developped by Creator/{{Rare}}.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': A major event followed by a seven-year-timeskip between the third and fourth games leaves title character Phoenix Wright the SameCharacterButDifferent, as he's gone from a generally well-respected lawyer to a bum-like pianist/poker player. Following this, his supporting cast's gone in the fourth game with little mention as well, and is replaced by his adopted daughter, his new employee Apollo, and ''their'' supporting cast (as Phoenix is now the {{Deuteragonist}} instead of the protagonist). ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice'', however, have appearances by Wright's companions, with the [=DLC=] case of the latter being a NostalgiaLevel featuring Maya as the sidekick, Edgeworth as the prosecutor, and Larry as a witness.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* Season 1 of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' ends with everybody passing the test of the 2nd floor except for main character Baam, [[spoiler:who got betrayed and pushed into the lake by Rachel and got assigned to be guided by Hwa Ryun]]. Season two begins with several new characters meeting a new, stronger and far more stoic Baam. The rest of the season 1 cast has since begun to be reintroduced into the story, at least the important ones... and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Para]][[TheFriendNobodyLikes kewl]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'' was this for ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. He-Man and Skeletor travel to planet Primus, where they join the Galactic Guardians and the Evil Mutants respectively. The Sorceress appears from time to time and there's one episode with Teela.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}} Fast Forward'' sends the Turtles and Splinter to the future, where they meet new people.
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', wherein Egon Spengler from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' assembles a new Ghostbusters team.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', the movie spin-off of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', had Twilight and Spike enter the mirror to the human-world without their friends, but in the process make new friends out of the older ones' humanized counterparts. Technically, those humans ''are'' Twilight's friends, but at the same time they aren't, so it's likely debatable. As of the third movie, none of the characters from the show appear at all, though as usual, most of the cast consists of expies.
* Similar to the ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' example, the only returning Autobots in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' from the previous series, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', are Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, accompanied with a new cast of Autobots and humans. Arcee, Bulkhead, and Ultra Magnus do appear in spin-off comics though.