* Creator/AdultSwim to Creator/{{Toonami}}'s "Midnight Run" block. Several anime series that aired on "Toonami" (originally a mainstream, family friendly[[note]]Except for certain occasions when it wasn't.[[/note]] non-safe harbor block) ended up airing on Adult Swim during its first year. The fact that it is run by the same studio that ran Toonami, Williams Street, was a plus. These comparisons stopped, however, when Creator/AdultSwim (and Creator/CartoonNetwork in general) underwent significant NetworkDecay.
** And now "Toonami" is a spiritual successor to Adult Swim's early years in an ironic and cyclical way.[[note]]Technically, it's not really Toonami at all, it's simply [[InNameOnly the previous "[adult swim] Action" block operating under a different name]]. The Toonami naming in this case originally started as an April Fool's Day joke.[[/note]]
* Free/Open Source Software is often [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork_(software_development) forked]]. This occurs when the mainline development slows down or some developers wish to try a different direction. In many cases this results in the original software project withering (if it wasn't already stagnating) as developers and users are attracted to the new project. There are such things as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "friendly" and "hostile" forks]].
** [=LibreOffice=] to [=OpenOffice.org=]. First Sun Microsystems bought [=StarOffice=] office suite[[note]]By their estimate it was cheaper to buy a ''company'' selling MS Office-compatible programs and refine it, than to buy a new version of MS Office for all their employees.[[/note]], and released its free/open source variant as [=OpenOffice.org=] to attract independent developers. The license allowed to distribute modified versions of [=OOo=] without Sun approval, but including changes in the mainline required (non-exclusive) transfer of copyright. A number of companies maintained a parallel project ''ooo-build'' later renamed to ''Go-oo'', that took each new version of [=OOo=] and added their features. After Oracle bought Sun, the development of [=OOo=] effectively stopped. Much of the team left and together with Go-oo formed The Document Foundation. They tried asking Oracle for the [=OpenOffice.org=] trademark, since they wanted to be a regular successor, but ended up having to invent another name -- [=LibreOffice=] -- and going completely independent. The majority of [[UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} Linux]] distributions, including Ubuntu, eventually replaced [=OpenOffice.org=] with [=LibreOffice=]. This didn't change much, since they were using Go-oo anyway.
** A year and a half later Oracle fired the rest of [=StarOffice=] department (those who haven't quit yet) and threw the code and trademarks at Apache [=OpenOffice=] at IBM's behest. AOO ''also'' claims to be the legitimate successor. LO has more development, AOO has more downloads. With licensing changes AOO isn't allowed to use LO code, and LO can, but won't use AOO code, as it fell far behind. Some forks are more bitter than others.
** Similarly, the Mozilla Suite, which was eventually split into the Mozilla Firefox Web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client, are essentially spiritual successors to Netscape; originally Mozilla was intended to be a codebase for the proprietary Netscape suite, but Netscape was discontinued and Mozilla's projects continued development, with Firefox and Thunderbird being maintained by Mozilla subsidiaries and the Mozilla Suite was rebranded and continued as the community-maintained [=SeaMonkey=] suite, which in turn succeeded the entire Mozilla Suite rather than parts of it.
* The [[http://www.raspberrypi.org Raspberry Pi]] computer, a $35 single-board Linux machine the size of a credit card, is meant as a successor to the UsefulNotes/BBCMicro, with its low cost and heavy emphasis on computer science education for children. The Raspberry Pi Foundation laments the change in emphasis from open computer platforms that encouraged experimentation and programming at an early age in the 80s, to using office software and depending on closed-source programs just to get basic computing done of the present day, and they hope the success of their product (which crashed the two stores that sold it on launch day and at one point was said to have received 700 orders per ''second'') will bring about a renaissance of children tinkering with their computers' internals just like the heyday of the 8-bit computers. It goes so far as to have two models, a basic Model A and an enhanced Model B (now on sale, unlike the A), just like the BBC Micro did, and even sweetens the deal by having 1080p h.264 playback capability at 30 fps.
* TheMusketeer pretty much became the SpiritualSuccessor to the KnightInShiningArmor. Several factors include AdamSmithHatesYourGuts where to be a Knight you needed to be wealthy to afford and maintain your very expensive and heavy suit of armor and your warhorses whenever you go into battle. Knight charges were also easily countered newer military tactics like Pike and Shot or HitAndRunTactics. And last but not least, as time went on firearms became more accurate with greater muzzle velocity making [[ArmorIsUseless armor useless]].
** France's [[PraetorianGuard Musketeers of the Guard]] where not all that different from their Knight counterpart. Like Knights, the Musketeers where also from the nobility and were the [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Special Forces]] during their time.
* Oreo cookies are the spiritual successor of Hydrox cookies.
* After the demise of the {{Amiga}}, a number of users migrated to [[UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} Linux]]. More so, the open source movement on the Amiga was quite strong before Linux appeared and some important Linux programs, like the [[http://www.vim.org/ VIM editor]], started life on Amiga. The AppleMacintosh occupies the same niche for graphics, video and audio work that the Amiga did in the late '80s and early '90s.
** The Amiga itself was the spiritual successor to the [[Atari8BitComputers Atari 8-bit line]], as it was developed by many of the same people with the same design philosophy. In a better world, it would have been made at Atari. Conversely, the AtariST is the spiritual successor to the {{Commodore 64}}, as it came out after Jack Tramiel took over the company and was aggressively priced the way the C64 was.
* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' supposedly got one after its demise in the form of ''Magazine/NintendoForce''. However, this is a subversion since the latter magazine is not officially licensed, authorized, sanctioned by, or otherwise affiliated with Nintendo themselves.
* This is starting to crop up in vehicle manufacturing. %% NOTE - A vehicle spiritual successor cannot use the same model name as what it's trying to succeed. If it does, then it's merely a successor.
** Toyota created the Toyota 86 specifically as a spiritual successor to the [=AE86=] Corolla GT. This is probably due to the [=AE86's=] popularity among car enthusiasts, notably drifters.
** Honda has produced the CR-Z, a spiritual successor of sorts to the CR-x.
** Nissan has a concept car to be a successor to the once popular [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datsun_510 Datsun 510]].
* In a way ''Creator/SabanBrands'' is this to the old ''Creator/SabanEntertainment''. A bit of a subversion though since Haim Saban himself is not involved with the company directly.
* Fears about terrorism could be a modern version of the RedScare.
* Both Linux and the [=BSDs=] are spiritual successors to {{UsefulNotes/UNIX}}.
* {{Vortexx}}, a SaturdayMorningCartoon block on TheCW, can be seen as one for both FoxKids and KidsWB.
* The IBMPersonalComputer and later [=PCs=] are the spiritual successor to the S-100 bus computers.
* Members of the Tea Party movement consider themselves the spiritual successors to the Founding Fathers and their movement a spiritual successor to UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution.
* Creator/SentaiFilmworks is the spiritual successor to Creator/ADVFilms.
* In TheBeautifulGame, [[UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams AFC Wimbledon to Wimbledon F.C.]]
* Walt Disney Records' "Songs and Story" series of CD's is essentially this to the "Storyteller"[[note]]The albums weren't called by this name exactly. They were identified by having "ST" or even "Storyteller" as part of their catalog numbers. A number of them had titles [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming usually beginning with]] "The Story of __"[[/note]] series of LP's released by their predecessor Disneyland Records.
* When one thinks about it, dollar stores are this to the old "five and dime" stores.
* The "8 Minute New Core Series" of exercise videos was created by the same people who created the previous "8 Minute__"[[note]]"8 Minute Abs", "8 Minute Legs", etc.[[/note]] series of exercise videos.
* Nationwide Insurance has a series of live action commercials featuring actress Jana Kramer in a SpyCatsuit, replacing damaged and stolen items. The commercials seem to be a successor to Esurance's long-gone "Erin Esurance" commercials, which featured an animated character doing similar things.
* [[http://www.motoiq.com MotoIQ]], a website dedicated to modified/modifying sports cars, is this to Sport Compact Car, known for being the only import-focused magazine to truly go in-depth into the various details involved in properly modifying cars for performance, rather than focusing on over-the-top show cars (At least, before it died; see MagazineDecay for details.) A few key ''SCC'' writers also contribute to the site.