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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. AdaptationOriginConnection is a subtrope wherein a character important to the series that wasn't involved in the Hero's Origin Story in the original ''is'' in the adaptation, replacing a character who usually either got DemotedToExtra or was just a StarterVillain. See also EconomyCast. Sometimes a cause of an AdaptationPersonalityChange.

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



* CompositeCharacter/ComicBooks
* CompositeCharacter/{{Film}}
* CompositeCharacter/LiveActionTV
* CompositeCharacter/WesternAnimation

[[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).
* ''[[Anime/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.]]
* Taken to ridiculous extremes with Josuke, tha main character of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' Part 8. While he's technically the AU counterpart of Josuke (protagonist of Part 4), early on, we are led to believe his true identity is Yoshikage Kira. Later on, not only do we find out that [[spoiler:Kira himself is a CompositeCharacter of Kira and ''Jotaro'', but that Josuke himself is a FusionDance (i.e. the ''literal'' version of this trope), being a synthesis of Kira and an unnamed man ultimately revealed to be Josefumi Kujo.]]
** In terms of his character design, his face and build are almost identical to Jotaro as drawn in the new art style, he spouts his "ORA!" (although one randomly becomes "ARA!") and RapidFireFisticuffs when fighting, wears sailor clothes referencing Jotaro's marine profession (though those originally belonged to Kira, who was a ship's doctor), and occasionally bears Jotaro's "raised hand/halt" insignia.
** His personality has a lot of similarities to Kira from "Diamond is Unbreakable", being extremely analytical and mathematically inclined, with some really weird habits such as sleeping ''under'' mattresses for comfort. Though he's not amoral or deviant.
** He also has a strong value for friendship and GuileHero tendencies like his actual namesake, Josuke. It helps that their Stands work more by affecting the environment than actually combating enemies, so they go about fighting in the same manner.
* 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' is pretty much one to both [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam 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/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna'':
** 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). Not to mention that, starting from the DP saga onwards, he wears outfits based on the playable characters' clothes of each generation.
** 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 ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie. Notably, Zeruel did not display the ability to [[TheAssimilator 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.
* In ''Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore'', Technovore is initially introduced as basically Extremis combined with Ezekiel's bio-enhancements from the comics. [[spoiler: It becomes the more familiar inhuman-robot-virus near the end.]]

[[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 ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'', the Ghost Host (faceless in the original Haunted Mansion ride) takes the appearance of the Hatchet Man, a character in a portrait from the Corridor of Doors.
* In ''Series/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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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'', [[VisualNovel/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]]
* In the VertigoComics-style ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' fic ''The Harmony Trap'', one of the characters is a blue-green eagle whose dimensional-warping powers let him [[{{Shapeshifter}} take other forms]]. He's basically Rubberduck, but he takes the form of Fastback, since belief that the chelonian hero exists helps combat FantasticRacism against Reptiles. In addition, his species suggests American Eagle from ''Final Ark''.
* In ''[[Fanfic/AradsStardust Stardust]]'' and its sequels, Bradford is a composite of the original character of the same name and the player-controlled Commander.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho''[=/=]''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' crossover fic ''[[http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=56720 The All-Consuming Fir]]'', based on the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''[=/=]''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' crossover novel ''The All-Consuming Fire'', Colonel Warburton is the only villain, taking on elements of Baron Maupertuis, Tir Ram and [[spoiler: Sherrinford Holmes]] from the novel. His internet handle is Tirram345.
* ''FanFic/PokemonClefairyTales'' has at least a couple of examples:
** The boy who serves as an NPCRoadblock outside of Pewter City is combined with Bug Catcher Colton from Route 3 and given a new trainer class. Justified due to a continuity error the naming system created in ''VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen''. He's also given elements of Youngster Ben (who, as a consequence of Colton becoming a Youngster, is a [[ScoutOut Camper]] in this story).
** Magical Girl Iris, from Mt. Moon, is a composite of two Lasses: Iris, who uses a Clefairy, and Route 3-based Robin, who uses a Jigglypuff. The combination was fairly easy considering both have Level 14 Pokémon, and also necessary considering the Magical Girl class, original to the story, has its members gather in groups and use the same number of themed Pokémon (in the case of her group, two per trainer). On a side note, there's a Bulbasaur Scout in the Route 3 Cable Club named Robin who is likely a ShoutOut to ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' (e.g. her name being shared with one of the stars and her quoting the film verbatim twice[[note]]Her shouting "Inconceivable!" in particular could also be considered a MythologyGag to ''VideoGame/PokemonGreen'' considering Bulbasaur's mistranslated five-character name in that game could be shorthand for "inconceivable" since its Japanese name can be read to mean "Isn't it strange?"[[/note]]).

* ''[[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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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.
* 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 Myth/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 Franchise/DocSavage cousins.
* In A.C. Gaughen's retelling of Robin Hood ''Scarlet'', the titular character is a combination of Will Scarlet and [[spoiler: Maid Marian]]

* 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.

[[folder: Mythology, Folklore and Religion]]
* 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 [[Myth/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 Myth/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.
* In folklore and demonology, Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and such are all originally separate demons. They are however often combined into the same being with the various different names becoming simply [[IHaveManyNames aliases]].
* The popular conception of TheAntichrist is a merger of three prophetic figures in the Bible, none of whom are referred to by that name. The three are the "Little Horn" in the ''Book of Daniel'', the "Man of Sin" in the Epistle to the Thessalonians, who proclaims himself as God and defiles the Temple of Jerusalem, and "The Beast" in the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation''. While many Christians, especially Evangelicals, believe all of these figures refer to the same person or being, a demonically-backed dictator who will appear at the end of the world, some scholars believe they each referred to a different historical ruler: the Little Horn was Antiochus IV, a Greek king known for his brutal persecutions of Jews around the time ''Daniel'' was written; the Man of Sin was Emperor Caligula, who attempted to erect a statue of himself in the Temple; and the Beast was Emperor Nero, as the Beast's [[NumberOfTheBeast famous number, 666]] corresponds in Jewish numerology to "Neron Kaisar," the Greek form of his name.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* 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 [[Wrestling/SherriMartel 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.

[[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).

* 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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Done in ''TabletopGame/VictoryInThePacific'' with locales instead of people. To keep the game manageable, a lot of island bases of WorldWarTwo are combined. E.g. Lae represents multiple bases on the northern half of New Guinea, Saipan also represents Guam & Tinian, Pearl Harbor & Yokosuka Naval Yard stand-in for all of Hawaii & Japan respectively, etc.
* TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG
** Goodwitch is a composite of the good witches from ''Oz'' and Obi-Wan from ''Star Wars'', with elements of Qui-Gon Jinn from the latter (her lightsword is green like Qui-Gon's, and her robes take some inspiration from his).
** Similarly, Wickedwitch combines elements of the wicked witches with Darth Maul (using his distinctive dual-bladed lightsaber) and Darth Vader (she appears at least partially cybernetic).
** Farmgirl is a more straightforward fusion of Dorothy and Luke Skywalker.

* 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).
* ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'': Joe Josephson, Gussie Carnegie's producer and husband whom she divorces for Frank in the musical, is a composite of two characters from the original play, a producer named P. J. Morton and an actor husband named Harry Nixon (who is SparedByTheAdaptation).

* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' promotion for Walls' Sky Ray ice lollies meant you got printed cards featuring stories about the Doctor on them. The company didn't have the rights to use the likenesses of either of the actors who had played the character at that point, and so the artwork featured a Doctor based on a fusion between William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.

[[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.
* 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 ComicBook/{{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 ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception Drake's Deception]]'', yet his Level 3 Super utilizes the El Dorado sarcophagus from ''[[VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune 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.
* ''VideoGame/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 ''Anime/GodMars'''s Emperor Zul (has his appearance, personality and empire), [[Anime/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/MetalGear1 Metal Gear]]'', ''[[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 ComicBook/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.
* While not exactly "characters" in the regular sense, several of [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby's]] copy abilities in ''Kirby's Adventure'' had their moves added to other abilities in later installments, mainly because copy abilities having multiple moves made them obselete (Fireball's move was added to Fire, Freeze's move was added to Ice, Throw and Backdrop becoming Suplex, etc.).
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', Camu, a minor villain from [[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals the original game]], is removed entirely and his plot arc is instead carried out by Idura, giving the latter a larger role in the story.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''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.
* ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''
** The final strip of the ''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
** Come to that, ''all'' the pastiche arcs make the characters into composites of the AKOTAS characters and the characters from the work being pastiched.

[[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 ''Literature/{{Emma}}'s'' Augusta Elton.
* ''WebVideo/UniversityEverAfter'' combines several characters:
** [[PeterPan "The Captain," aka "Hook,"]] has a real name -- [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Eric.]]
** [[spoiler:Literature/SnowWhite]] is one of [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Ella's]] step-sisters.
** There's a reason [[Literature/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.]]