A ReplacementArtifact is when the writers of a series decide they don't need one of its devices any more, be it a plot point, a background rule, or whatever, and do away with it, often spectacularly... and then, later on, bring it back under a different name. Often the second attempt is more confusing and less internally stable than the original, yet has an almost-identical effect on the plot.

Usually happens after a change of writers, or during a PostScriptSeason. Obviously, only has ''time'' to happen during a long-running series. Compare TheArtifact.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Brock's CasanovaWannabe aspect [[{{Flanderization}} became the sum of his character as the series went on]]; he left at the end of the ''[[Videogame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond & Pearl]]'' series. In the ''[[Videogame/PokemonXAndY XY]]'' series, we have [[TokenMiniMoe Bonnie]] who sometimes tries to set up a beautiful girl [[GiveGeeksAChance with her]] {{Big Brother|Worship}} Clemont. Fortunately: A: she doesn't do this with ''every'' eligible lady (yet), B: Clemont [[UnwantedAssistance is suitably embarrassed by this]], and C: she's just so young and cute otherwise that she's given a greater leeway for flaws.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Hypertime was the Franchise/DCUniverse's attempt to bring back the story possibilities of [[AlternateUniverse alternate Earths]], which it had previously gotten rid of (claiming they had become "confusing") during the ResetButton event ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. However, this lacked the coherency of the original [[AlternateUniverse Multiple Earths]] rules, and confused far more people than the original ever did. To make things worse (or possibly just more confusing) even Hypertime has been discontinued in favor of "anomalies" from ''Infinite Crisis''. Even the most hardened continuity buffs would be better off adopting the MST3KMantra.
** DC has adopted the concept of "The Bleed" from Wildstorm, which allows for infinite realities once again, featured prominently in the Wildstorm series' ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' and ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', both created by Creator/WarrenEllis.
** While Hypertime as a general structure and editorial direction for the DCU as a whole has fallen out of style, Creator/GrantMorrison (one of the originators of the idea, along with Creator/MarkWaid) still very much is a believer in it. He deals with the concept in his long-running work with Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/SevenSoldiers, a run of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics]], ComicBook/FinalCrisis, and ComicBook/TheMultiversity; in Multiversity particularly, he plays with {{Mythology Gag}}s and {{Call Back}}s from throughout the DCU and treats the entire universe's history as still in play, even if it's been retconned out "officially".
* Marvel has hit the halfway mark for this as well, in several of its series. ''ComicBook/EarthX'', ''Universe X'' and ''Paradise X'' is a story about an AlternateUniverse which has some major revelations about the whole of the Marvel Multiverse, which they generally haven't decided to keep. While they always did this to a degree with their SlidingTimescale, they never made it a story feature.
* Archie's ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book killed off Dr. Robotnik in issue #50. He was soon replaced by an alternate dimension Robotnik who had turned himself into a machine and was formerly involved twice with events of this universe before switching to the "Eggman" design of Robotnik of the new games. Then this new Robotnik was made organic again. By aliens.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' introduces [[TimeMachine Time-Turners]]. Rowling quickly realized that their existence could cause problems, so [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix two books later]] she had them all destroyed. Years later, in ''Theater/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' ([[FanonDiscontinuity which many fans ignore]]) we discover that minor character Theodore Nott eventually makes a new, ''better'' Time-Turner that can go farther back and [[AlternateTimeline actually change the past]]. And then, when the plot requires it, we learn that actually Malfoy has a ''second'' even-better Time-Turner as well!


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** ''Doctor Who'' didn't write out the Cybermen, but replaced the old ones from a BizarroWorld Earth physically located in Earth's solar system with ''another'' BizarroWorld in another universe. The original Cybermen still exist, and the new series ''has'' featured them, in the series five finale and twice in season six[[note]]plus the head of a classic series model in season one[[/note]]-- but we only know that by WordOfGod, because they use the same props as the other type of Cyberman and nobody has ever brought up the difference on-screen. And then the Classic ones are brought back, and given a level or two in badass. Though without the mention of origins.
** In the Classic series, it was intended to retire the Daleks along with William Hartnell, giving Patrick Troughton two Dalek stories ("Power of the Daleks", a very good story with tons of Dalek FanService designed to ensure viewers would tune in after the regeneration, and "The Evil of the Daleks", which was intended to be the Daleks's very definitely final death). They go away for several years after that, but attempts to find a replacement Dalek MascotMook (the Krotons? the Macra?) failed, the only monsters making as close a cultural dent being the Cybermen and the Autons, and possibly the Yetis. Fan outcry led to the Daleks making a return in "Day of the Daleks", five years after their retirement. Not very long after their return, "Genesis of the Daleks" drastically reinvented the Daleks, updating them by {{retcon}}ning out the more dated backstory elements while fleshing out others, and introducing their leader and creator, Davros, which completely changed the nature of them as a threat.
* This was done with Zen and the Liberator in ''Series/BlakesSeven'', necessitating a new ship and talking computer in the PostscriptSeason.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' killed off precognitive artist Isaac Mendez near the end of the first season. Unable to let go of prophetic art, the next few seasons would be quick to whip out previously-unknown lost works of his (a series of unfulfilled paintings in the second, some comic books and a sketchbook in the third). And gave the same ability to at least three other characters.