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->'''Q''': You hit me! [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard]] never hit me!\\
'''Benjamin Sisko''': I'm not Picard.
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

A subtrope of {{Foil}}. Making a sequel is hard. One needs to find the perfect balance of new stuff to contrast with the original. One way to get some difference is to take your old protagonist and make his mirror image. [[DistaffCounterpart This can include changing the character's gender too.]] Was he a man? Have the new one be a woman. Was he an intellectual? Have her be more of a fighter, etc... It also sets up some interesting moments should the two ever meet. Such characters may share some more basic traits, like heroism, allowing someone to note how they are NotSoDifferent.

For contrasting villains go to ContrastingSequelAntagonist.

Contrast SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has a history of this:
** ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' has a {{supporting protagonist}} in Abe Makoto, while Yagami Taichi and Zermaru of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' are clearly the front and center stars. The functional leads of "C Mon" are Kentaro Kamon, an aloof stoic, when the few triggers of his righteous temper are not hit, who wants nothing to do with animals or digimon, and Bun, a weak glitch "Damemon" or "Badmon" [[AllAnimalsAreDogs whose behavior is identical to a dog's]]. Lacking a troubled past like Kentaro, Taichi is a sociable goof absolutely in love with his digimon Zero, a powerful [[MythologyGag evolutionary throwback]] "glitch" monster who fancies himself a noble lord. Following this is Hikaru Ryuugi of ''Manga/DigimonDCyber'', who is an IdiotHero where Taichi was TheStrategist and his Dorumon partner is initially antagonistic towards him, and doesn't have [[NominalImportance a given name]] like Bun or Zero. Tsurugi Tatsuno of ''Manga/DigimonNext'' is much better at raising and battling digimon than Hikaru, who was the worst tamer of his group. Hikaru's partner also becomes a Royal Knight, an upholder of Yggdrasil's law, while Tsurugi's is an illegal monster because it has the ability to defy and kill Yggdrasil. Taiki Kudo of the ''Xros Wars'' manga is the first protagonist who isn't HotBlooded and also the first one who hasn't raised any of the monsters he works with.
** The first protagonist, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Taichi Yagami]] was hot-headed, but grew out of it, and had an aptitude for lateral thinking; the next protagonist, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Daisuke Motomiya]] was hot-blooded and stupid to a fault, but he didn't get distracted from his goals; the third, [[Anime/DigimonTamers Takato Matsuda]], was sweet, kind and a little timid; the fourth, [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Takuya Kanbara]], was an extroverted people-pleaser; the fifth, [[Anime/DigimonSavers Masaru Daimon]], was hot-blooded and confrontational; the sixth, [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Taiki Kudou]], was a thinker and tactician; the seventh, [[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime Tagiru]], was an excitable reckless idiot, the exact opposite of Taiki; the eighth, [[Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters Haru Shinkai]], is an insecure, introverted book-worm.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'', while technically retaining the same actual protagonist throughout its long run, was intended to switch focus protagonists. Goku is the classic IdiotHero who loves nothing more than to fight, while his first son Gohan is a passive MartialPacifist and a huge nerd. Pan, who is arguably the 'hero' of GT, is also completely unlike her father Gohan, headstrong and outspoken.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''
** ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'', despite actually being a prequel, has a big contrast in Takiko as its protagonist compared to Miaka. There's a 70 year difference between their respective adventures in the Universe of the Four Gods, Takiko entering it in [[TheRoaringTwenties 1923]] and Miaka in [[TheNineties the nineties]], so their appearance is already different with Takiko wearing a hakama and Miaka a blazer-type school uniform, which had become the norm by then. Miaka was lazy in studying, did not have great grades and was extremely hotheaded at times. On the other hand, Takiko was good in school and was very active, keeping her cool during certain situations and being ''very'' self-sacrificing in order to understand other people.
** What little has been shown of [[Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun Suzuno]] in her few appearances, she's a contrast to the other priestesses in that she is described as being a very shy and quiet person, contrary to Takiko's appealing and Miaka's headstrong nature.
* In ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' the main character starts out as a puppy, who trains to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge his father]]. He joins a pack of warrior dogs, and since he is smallest and youngest he has to fight hard to earn the respect of others. Eventually he is chosen to be the leader because of his deeds and he reaches the [[SpecialAttack peak of his powers]] at the last battle of the manga. In the sequel ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' his son somehow knows how to do his father's ultimate move only by knowing that his father is a hero (he hasn't even met his father at this point) and everyone he meets treats him like an alpha male of the pack or something. The kid even lectures his father about how it [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim is not right to kill your enemy]] after the said enemy has tortured Gin and killed one of his closest friends in an extremely brutal way.
* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Whether coincidental or an intentional design choice, each protagonist of each part tends to have an opposing temperament to their predecessor.
** To put it simply, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood Jonathan]] is a NiceGuy {{Determinator}} bound by the honor of a gentleman and never giving up. His grandson, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Joseph]] is a GuileHero JerkWithAHeartOfGold who uses his wits to win against an enemy. [[Manga/StardustCrusaders Jotaro]] is an [[TranquilFury unforgiving]] PerpetualFrowner who varies from pummeling to cunning depending on his opponent. [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Josuke]] is [[HonorBeforeReason honorable]] and [[ThouShallNotKill doesn't kill his enemies]], but is also a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]] who's got a BerserkButton with his hair. [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Giorno]] has a Myth/RobinHood streak and [[GoodIsNotSoft isn't afraid to fight ruthlessly with his enemies]]. [[Manga/StoneOcean Jolyne]] is a flighty, irresponsible [[TheHedonist hedonist]] looking for a thrill. [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun Johnny]] is a stubborn and strong-willed cripple with a major InferioritySuperiorityComplex. Finally, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureJoJolion "Josuke"]] is {{Adorkable}} with some brooding moments.
** The two Josukes also heavily contrast each other as well. Josuke Higashikata of ''Diamond is Unbreakable'' is one of the most "normal" protagonists in the series to date, with his only real quirks being a gambling addiction, his extreme sensitivity towards his hair, and the [[HeroicBastard circumstances]] of his birth; other than that, he's just a good-hearted schoolboy. "Josuke Higashikata" of ''[=JoJolion=]'', on the other hand, is easily one of the weirdest protagonists in the series, being a physically abnormal and eccentric amnesiac who happens to be [[spoiler:a [[FusionDance fusion]] of two different people]].
* ''Manga/KimiNoIruMachi'', which takes place after ''Manga/{{Suzuka}}'', contrasts Haruto with previous protagonist [[IdiotHero Yamato]]. Though Haruto is prone to reckless actions, he generally comes off as more responsible and thoughtful than most of his friends.
* ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'' (Kōtetsu Tenshi Kurumi) has a different human protagonist in the first and second series, the one in the second being either the great-granddaughter or great-grandniece of the one in the first. They're reasonably similar in personality ("shy naive character dealing with a robotic StalkerWithACrush" being a crucial plot element in both), but they ''are'' of different sexes.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' stars a young, [[AdorablyPrecociousChild cute]], anxious ChildProdigy Negi Springfield. Its sequel series, ''Manga/UQHolder'', stars a much more classic HotBlooded IdiotHero, Touta Konoe. This gets lampshaded by one of Negi's former students.
-->'''Ayaka:''' My, my, my. You look nothing like Negi-sensei. Your hair, your skin... You seem like a mischief-maker, without a care in the world. His opposite in every way.
* Shinn Asuka of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' was probably meant to be this to Kira Yamato, being confrontational and arrogant where Kira was angsty and polite.
** A stark contrast between [[{{Wangst}} Kamile Bidan being an angry and angsty teen]] and [[AngstWhatAngst Judau Ashita being happy and idiotic]] sets up the whole different tones and moods in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]''... [[CerebusSyndrome initially anyway.]]
* Kousuke from ''Manga/SakuraDiscord'' was an abrasive, grumpy, always serious and (initially) slightly cynical protagonist. Asahi from ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' is (too) honest, a bit shy, clumsy, a notable ButtMonkey, and kind to a fault − as well as a bit of a CovertPervert. [[note]]While Jitsu wa isn't a direct sequel, there are some hints that the two series take place in the same universe (notably occasional [[TheCameo cameos]] from the former series.)[[/note]]
* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is an orphan without any known extended family while [[spoiler:his son]], the eponymous protagonist of ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'', has a very loving family. They are both troublemakers; however, while Naruto acted out as a means for attention, Boruto acts out as a means to get attention from his father who is always busy. Naruto's lifelong dream was to become Hokage while Boruto has no interest in the career. Naruto was considered a very weak shinobi at first and had to work hard to be strong, while Boruto is a BrilliantButLazy ChildProdigy whose skills far surpass what his father's was at the same age.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' has protagonists ranging from the basic ToBeAMaster IdiotHero like Red or Gold, to the SpeaksFluentAnimal Yellow, the GottaCatchEmAll Crystal, CampStraight Ruby, {{Manzai}} duo Diamond and Pearl, etc...
* Duke Fleed from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. Compared to all male leads of the Mazinger Trilogy (Koji of ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and Testuya of ''Anime/GreatMazinger''), he was the most mature and the less prone to put his foot in his mouth.
* This is done in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' series; [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Judai]] is more outgoing and laid-back than [[Manga/YuGiOh Yugi]] (he's stated to be more a combination of Yugi's skill and Jonouchi's personality). [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]] contrasts both Yugi and Judai by being much more serious than either of them. [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Yuma]] keeps to the trend by being even less serious than Judai was and he lacks the skills of the previous protagonists at the beginning of the story, and he's very HotBlooded and hard-headed. [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Yuya]] is a bit more like Judai with more serious issues, but he acts more comically whenever he is doing his finisher combos to entertain the audience. Also, Yuya isn't as laid-back as Judai and Yuma, and he's rather the quiet type when he's not dueling and his character is relatively well balanced. [[Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS Yusaku]], on the other hand, is different than the previous five, since he started out as a cold-hearted {{Jerkass}} (akin to Kaiba) and has a great distaste for standing out.
** Lampshaded in the abridged ''Bonds Beyond Time'' movie as Yusei says this line to Jaden:
---> '''Yusei:''' Stop being happy.
* Fuka Reventon of ''Anime/VividStrike'' is a stark contrast to her predecessor Vivio Takamachi of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''. While Vivio is a martial arts-loving GenkiGirl who easily makes friends and was adopted into a well-to-do family, Fuuka is a martial arts-hating cynical orphan who easily gets into fights with other people and needs to work various odd jobs just to feed herself.
* The producers of ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' and ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' are quite different from each other -- 765's producer is lax and just starting his career, while 346's is serious and has been at the job for some time.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* During the period in Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman when ''Batman and Robin'' briefly replaced the flagship ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' title, Morrison intentionally subverted the classic dynamic between Batman and Robin by putting [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] in the cape and cowl and making Damian Wayne his Robin. In contrast to the setup that we all grew up with, Dick was a cheerful, outgoing, blue-collar Batman trying to cope with his relative lack of experience, whereas Damian was an angry, brooding, blue-blooded Robin who [[TykeBomb was raised to be a stone-cold killer]].
* Franchise/SpiderMan:
** Done by Creator/PeterDavid for ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099''; Miguel O'Hara was created by taking Peter Parker's traits and reversing them.
--->"Pretty much every place where Stan (Lee) zigged, I zagged... whereas Peter Parker is a high school student, Miguel is a fully-realized adult working in a laboratory. Whereas Peter was shy and reticent and didn’t know how to talk to girls but talky and outgoing as Spider-Man, Miguel O’Hara was a fully-confident wiseacre with a fiancée…and as Spider-Man, relatively mute."
** The original Comicbook/SpiderGirl (Peter's teenage daughter "Mayday" in the ''Comicbook/MarvelComics2'' universe) is similar. While Peter was a [[SociallyAwkwardHero socially awkward]] loser in high school, she's both brainy but also [[LovableJock athletic and popular]]. Her origin also includes her saving Peter's life, which co-creator RonFrenz notes is an {{Inversion}} of [[DeathByOriginStory what happened to Peter's father figure]].
--->"Pete learned through the death of Uncle Ben that if he doesn't act, people die; Mayday learned in her first couple of issues that when she does act, people live. That subtle, but significant difference put her in a much more positive and proactive headspace, which was pretty much the whole vibe of the MC2 Universe."
* The original ''Comicbook/GreenArrow'', Ollie Queen, was an loud-mouthed and showy figure who had a sort of pig-headed stubbornness and cocky air about him, but was still devoted to doing the right thing and helping the poor. When he died in the Ninties, Ollie was replaced with his son Connor Hawke, who had been raised in an ashram and been studying to become a monk. As a result, Connor was much more humble and reserved than Ollie, and had difficulty coping with the stardom and larger-than-life aspects of being a superhero. One particular contrast was their reaction to the ladies; Ollie was a notorious womanizer whose libido was fairly infamous among super-heroes. Connor, on the other hand, was deeply uncomfortable around women due to his upbringing and was visibly uneasy when being hit on.
* The various Comic/BlueBeetle show this. Dan Garrett is a far more blue collar (He started as a police officer, later retconned into a Archaeologist) and has magical powers at the end of his run. Ted Kord meanwhile is a billionaire CEO, BadassNormal GadgeteerGenius. Jaime Reyes is a Hispanic teenager, who gets his powers via a set of EmpathicWeapon [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman super powered outfit]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/NecessaryToWin'', [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho Nishizumi]] is the main character; as you might expect, she's kindhearted, meek, [[IJustWantToHaveFriends open to reaching out to others]], and does not see victory as the be-all and end-all. In the prequel, ''Paths Toward Victory'', her mother, Shiho Nishizumi, takse her place as the main character, and is [[IceQueen cold]], arrogant, detached from others, and ruthlessly determined.
* Made apparent in ''Fanfic/ADifferentKindOfTruth''. Yu Narukami was a stoic yet all around nice guy with the talent of being perfect in everything he tried and the ability to easily make friends. Jonathan Joestar was a kind, idealistic, unselfish, and musclebound man. Johnny contrasts ''both'' by being a snarky, fundamentally selfish, cynical, self-centered, and scrawny kid who cannot move anything below the waist while also not intentionally looking forward to making friends or being with other people.
* ''Fanfic/LulusBizarreRebellion'' has the Fenette family fulfill the Joestar role of Part 3. However, unlike the badass, hammy, and eccentric Joestars before her, Shirley is a scared teenage girl. In particular she is very different from Jotaro, who'd normally be in her role.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and her daughter Melody in the sequel. Ariel is a mermaid who's obsessed with the land and wants to become human, while her daughter, the main character of the sequel, is a human but is drawn to the ocean and wants to be a mermaid. They're not strikingly different in temperament, but their goals are complete opposites.
* Wendy and Jane from ''Disney/PeterPan'' and its sequel ''Disney/ReturnToNeverland'' respectively. Wendy's character arc was about learning that no matter how much she might want to stay a child, she needs to grow up eventually. Her daughter, Jane, on the other hand, grew up too fast due to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and needed to be reminded that she is still a child.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and its sequel, ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', where the protagonist's companion from the first movie returns as the new protagonist. The first film has Marlin, an uptight, anxiety-ridden widower and single father looking for his missing son. The second film has Dory, a carefree, scatterbrained amnesiac woman looking for her missing parents.
* Much like ''Finding Nemo'' and ''Finding Dory'' above, ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' does this with the first movie companion returning as the main character for the sequel. In ''Cars'', the main character is Lightning [=McQueen=], a HotBlooded racer who tries to get over his selfishness by spending time in a remote town called Radiator Springs. In ''Cars 2'', the main character is [=McQueen=]'s friend Mater, a [[TheDitz ditzy]] tow truck who is far more sensitive then Lightning and [[spoiler:gets involved in a spy mission]]. Amusingly, all four films were made by the [[Creator/{{Pixar}} same people]].
* Emmet and Franchise/{{Batman}} from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''. Emmet, main character of the former movie, is an optimistic and sociable NiceGuy who is so [[TheGenericGuy generic]] that even his so-called friends cannot remember anything about him and his arc focuses on him learning that sometimes you have to break the rules and stop following the crowd. Batman, the main character of the latter movie, [[CharacterDevelopment starts out]] as a cynical and brooding {{Jerkass}}, who, being a superhero, is treated like a well-loved celebrity and his arc focuses on him learning to work with others.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* When making [[Film/TheThing2011 the 2011 prequel]] to ''Film/TheThing1982'', the director understandably didn't want to make his protagonist too similar to Creator/KurtRussell's memorable character. The solution was to contrast Russell's performance as an experienced, scruffy, alcoholic anti-social helicopter pilot with a young, less experienced but professional-minded female student of paleontology.
* For the ''Film/{{Alien}}'' prequel ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', Creator/RidleyScott intentionally avoided making Creator/NoomiRapace's character Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw too similar to Creator/SigourneyWeaver's iconic Ellen Ripley. While Ripley was a working-class engineer and single mother just looking to make an honest paycheck, Shaw is a bookish archaeologist driven by her thirst for scientific knowledge, and she's romantically involved with her crew-mate.
* Creator/JamesFranco's Oscar "Oz" Diggs, the protagonist of ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', bears this relationship to Creator/JudyGarland's Dorothy Gale in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Dorothy is a pure-hearted, [[ThePollyanna relentlessly optimistic]] farm girl who's unshakably loyal to her friends, [[WillNotTellALie always tells the truth]], and spends the whole story eager to get back home. Oscar is a cynical GuileHero and a master showman who uses illusions to his advantage, he spends the first act of the movie as [[IWorkAlone a stubborn loner]], and he ultimately elects to stay in Oz permanently as its ruler.
* The ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film series seems to be headed this way with ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', which replaced Creator/ShiaLaBeouf's long-time protagonist Sam Witwicky with the new character Cade Yeager, played by Creator/MarkWahlberg. Where Witwicky was a middle-class suburban KidHero, Yeager is a middle-aged working-class single father who works as a mechanic in rural Texas.
* Several characters in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' seem deliberately written to contrast similar characters from the original ''Film/JurassicPark'', as ''Jurassic World'' is the first film in the series that doesn't reuse any of the principal characters from the first movie. [[note]] B.D. Wong reprises his role as Dr. Henry Wu to provide continuity, but he had only a few minutes of screen-time in the original, and his only role was [[MrExposition explaining how the breeding process worked]].[[/note]]
** Claire Dearing, an [[TheStoic emotionally distant]] thirty-something {{workaholic}} who meticulously obsesses over the park's profits, contrasts John Hammond, an eccentric elderly showman who starts the park [[DoingItForTheArt to realize a personal dream]]. Where Hammond is a loving grandfather, Dearing is introduced as the child protagonists' aunt, and she's too devoted to her job to consider having children. Notably, Claire shares [[ManInWhite Hammond]]'s [[WomanInWhite all-white wardrobe]], and she's also asked to watch two children while their parents are going through a divorce. Lampshaded by Simon Masrani in one scene, when he gets sick of Claire spewing financial figures at him.
--> '''Masrani:''' When John Hammond entrusted his park to me, never once did he talk of profit. [[CatchPhrase "Spare no expense!"]], [[CallBack he always said]].
** Owen Grady, a cheerful, idealistic FluffyTamer, contrasts Robert Muldoon, a grim, cynical GreatWhiteHunter. Notably, both of them have special relationships with the velociraptors, but where Owen tries to train them [[FriendToAllLivingThings by forming bonds based on mutual respect]], Muldoon merely sees them as [[WorthyOpponent worthy adversaries]] and wants to see them all exterminated. Owen likes kids and is a former Navy man, unlike scientist Alan Grant.
** Muldoon was trim, blunt and direct, and he wanted to kill the raptors, but Hoskins is big, superficially chummy, and wants to exploit them. Visually, Muldoon wears loose, worn, practical outdoor clothes in earth tones, while Hoskins wears an spotless, too-small earth-tone shirt, with less practical black slacks and a fussy little goatee; he's not really someone who gets his hands dirty.
** Lowery Cruthers, a slovenly computer geek with an authority problem, is written to evoke [[PlayfulHacker Dennis Nedry]]. But while Dennis betrays his superiors for personal profit ultimately [[spoiler: dies trying to escape the park]], Lowery stays loyal to his boss and ultimately [[spoiler: risks his life to stay behind and [[BigDamnHeroes save Owen and Claire]]]]. Notably, Claire chews him out for having a cluttered workspace, just like Ray Arnold did to Dennis in the original.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The prequel trilogy showed Anakin Skywalker to be this towards his son Luke. Both are raised on desert planets, but whereas Luke had a happy family life on a farm with loving parental figures, Anakin was born into slavery with just his loving mother. Luke didn't really angst over the death of his family (he was upset, but since they [[ScreeningTheCall continually kept him from leaving]], he embraced the freedom their death granted), while Anakin's grief over losing his loved ones set him on his StartOfDarkness.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens''' new PowerTrio (Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron) are set up as counterparts to Luke, Leia, and Han from the original trilogy in varying ways:
*** Poe is a dashing, dark-haired ace pilot with a sardonic streak, like Han, but is already dedicated to LaResistance, like Leia. Like Leia, he is also the one who is captured by the First Order.
*** Finn is a heroic everyman like Luke, and puts up a valiant effort with a lightsaber ([[spoiler:the same one that Luke used]]). However, he initially [[RefusalOfTheCall wants no part of the Resistance]], like Han (albeit for different reasons: Han [[NotInThisForYourRevolution answers only to himself]], while Finn is an [[MookFaceTurn ex-Stormtrooper]] who wants to get as far away from the First Order as possible).
*** Rey is a courageous ActionGirl like Leia, but her origins are closer to that of Luke's; he was a farmhand living a humble life on a desert world, while she was a [[WrenchWench mechanic]] eking out a living on a harsh ScavengerWorld, and both are interested but hesitant in taking up the CallToAdventure before getting swept into it by the end. [[spoiler:She's also a fledgeling Jedi with a strong connection to the Force, and is much more adept with a lightsaber than Finn.]] She also differs from the previous female leads, Leia and Padmé, by not being royalty or from a privileged background.
*** BB-8 is a droid who serves the rebellion, like R2-D2, but as opposed to R2's tall and cylindrical "trash can" design with blue highlights, BB-8 is short and spherical with orange highlights. He's also much smaller, faster, and more agile than R2, and while R2 is primarily part of ThoseTwoGuys with C-3PO, BB-8 works alone without another droid partner. In addition, while R2-D2 is TheGadfly who loves messing with and pranking his comrades and has little obvious affection for anyone, BB-8 is more of the ConsummateProfessional who spends less time joking around and shows a great deal of respect both to those around him and to R2, whom he seems to idolize. There's also the fact that R2 was mostly a NonActionGuy while BB-8 is more of an active combatant, even [[spoiler: hijacking an AT-ST]] at one point in ''The Last Jedi.''
** Jyn Erso continues this trend in ''Film/RogueOne''. Unlike the Skywalkers or Rey, she has no questions as to her origin and believes in the Force from the beginning. Ironically, despite being given a lightsaber crystal, she has no Force abilities herself and is the first protagonist in a Star Wars film to not be on the path to become a Jedi. [[spoiler: She is also the first main hero of a film to die in the movie she first appeared in.]]
** K-2SO is this for C-3PO. Threepio is a shiny golden, human-sized NonActionGuy and CowardlyLion, while K-2SO is a black-armored droid much taller than a human and with non-humanoid proportions who is TheBigGuy of the team who [[BloodKnight seems to relish combat]]. Whereas Threepio is more of a polite, if stuffy presence to his allies who has a tendency to freak out in combat situations, K-2SO is a [[BrutalHonesty totally blunt]] enforcer who is distrustful of his comrades and remains unfailingly sarcastic even in [[CasualDangerDialogue the midst]] [[TheComicallySerious of battle.]]
** DJ in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' is deliberately set up in contrast to Lando Calrissian in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. While Lando is a clean, elegantly dressed black man in bright clothing with a BadassMoustache, DJ is a shabbily dressed hobo in dull rags with scraggly PermaStubble played by Latino actor Creator/BenicioDelToro. Lando is a smooth-talking politician who cares deeply for the people of his city enough to reluctantly strike a deal with the Empire, whereas DJ is a total loner on the bottom rung of society's ladder, who believes that the First Order and the Resistance are [[NotSoDifferent essentially the same.]] Most crucially, while Lando comes to regret working with Vader and eventually joins the Rebel Alliance, [[spoiler: DJ is on the heroes' side from the very beginning but betrays them without a second thought to save his own skin.]]
* The first ''Film/{{Predator}}'''s main character, Dutch, is a burly, patriotic commando with strict ethics who starts off with a loyal team containing a SixthRangerTraitor who manipulated him into doing his dirty work. ''Film/{{Predators}}''[='=]s main character, Royce is a mercenary and BloodKnight, a thin loner, doesn't care about most of the others on his "team", and at one point betrays them to flush out the Predators.
* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse version of Batman, compared to [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga the Christian Bale interpretation of the character]]. He's presented as an older, experienced Batman, whereas Bale's version had an entire film devoted to his origin. He also operates in a more fantastical world, and does not appear to have a ThouShallNotKill principle, unlike Bale.
** Both modern versions of Batman differ from the version introduced in the original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film and its three sequels. The Creator/MichaelKeaton Batman was a little more [[SociallyAwkwardHero awkward and eccentric]] as Bruce Wayne, in contrast to the Bale and Affleck versions who were both [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob charming, one-percenter yuppie types]]. A crucial difference is that, while the other two make sure to devote equal time to both Batman and Bruce Wayne, it's implied for the Keaton version that "Bruce Wayne" is little more than a mask to protect his identity as Batman, rather than the other way around. Unlike Bale, Keaton's version is fully willing to outright kill his enemies if necessary, and unlike Affleck, he's occasionally even ''[[PsychoticSmirk smiled]]'' while doing it.
* Similarly to the Batman example, every cinematic version of ComicBook/SpiderMan has made sure to make its version of Peter Parker subtly different. Tobey Maguire's [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy version]] was a rather pathetic awkward geek who developed the Spider-Man persona to win the heart of the girl he loves, and differed from his successors by using ''organic'' web-shooters. Andrew Garfield's [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries incarnation]] was more of a [[HollywoodNerd handsome, charismatic]] [[CoolLoser "nerd"]] who had a slightly darker personality than Maguire, and started as a vigilante hunting down the man who killed Uncle Ben. His Parker was unique in that his powers had [[AdaptationOriginConnection a direct connection]] to Oscorp. And finally, Tom Holland's [[Film/SpiderManHomecoming performance]] is a young, WideEyedIdealist who's inspired by the other superheroes around him to do good in the world, and shares his secret with others. Holland is also both the first Spider-Man actor who's [[DawsonCasting even remotely close to Peter's actual age]] and the first to play him in a world where [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse other superheroes exist.]] All of them have had different love interests thus far (Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacey, and Liz Allen, respectively.)
* Every cinematic version of Franchise/{{Superman}} has had different interpretations over the decades, each of them having different ways to portray the Superman/Clark Kent dichotomy. Creator/ChristopherReeve's Superman was a light-hearted, old-fashioned kind of hero reminiscent of the Silver Age who merely used the Clark persona as a facade. Creator/BrandonRouth's [[Film/SupermanReturns version]] was mostly similar to Reeve's, albeit a bit quieter and more introspective, what with him returning to Earth after a five-year long journey to Krypton, questioning his relevance in the 21st century and [[spoiler:having a son out of wedlock with ComicBook/LoisLane]]. Creator/HenryCavill's [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse portrayal]] is the most flawed and morally conflicted version of Superman, constantly mindful of the effects his actions have on humanity and questioning his place in the world. Another difference from Reeve and Routh is that Cavill portrays both Superman and Clark as the "real person", with the issue of a SecretIdentity not addressed until the end of ''Film/ManOfSteel''. In the [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice sequel]], the difference between Clark and Superman becomes a bit more obvious, with Cavill playing Superman in a stoic and patient, sometimes stern, manner, and Clark becoming more dynamic and assertive.
* ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' subtly frames the members of its all-female Ghostbusters team as {{Foil}}s of the team from the original 1984 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', resulting in them being recognizable stand-ins with their own distinct personalities.
** Erin Gilbert to Peter Venkman. Like Venkman, she's initially the least enthused about busting ghosts, and joins the team after losing her university teaching gig. But where Venkman was a self-centered, slovenly, BrilliantButLazy AntiHero who started the Ghostbusters to turn a profit, Gilbert is idealistic, ambitious, and highly professional, and she gets into busting ghosts to help people. While Venkman was TheCharmer who often used his charisma to get his way, Gilbert is the most shy and socially awkward of the group in spite of her determination and leadership skills.
** Abby Yates to Ray Stantz. Like Stantz, she's TheHeart of the group who's initially the ''most'' enthused about busting ghosts, she brings the most knowledge of the paranormal to the table, and she's known for her {{Adorkable}} enthusiasm and energy. But while Stantz was somewhat reserved and shy, and had to be convinced by his friend Venkman to use his paranormal knowledge to start a business, Abby is the most confident and outgoing of the group, and she's the one who convinces ''Gilbert'' to start a paranormal investigation business.
** Jillian Holtzmann to Egon Spengler. Like Spengler, she's [[TheSmartGuy The Brains]] of the group who brings the scientific know-how that makes busting ghosts possible, and knows much more about "hard" science and engineering than her companions. But while Egon was a stoic and somewhat emotionally stilted genius [[NotGoodWithPeople who felt more comfortable around science experiments than around people]], Holtzmann is a quirky, fun-loving BunnyEarsLawyer who's the most laid-back of the crew, and regularly makes jokes in dangerous situations. She's also something of a BloodKnight, and tends to charge into danger faster than any of her friends.
** Patty Tolan to Winston Zeddemore. Like Zeddemore, she's the street-smart, working-class TokenMinority of the group who joins the Ghostbusters to assist on missions, despite lacking the others' specialized scientific skills. But while Winston was openly apathetic about the paranormal, and only joined the Ghostbusters [[OnlyInItForTheMoney because they offered him a steady paycheck]], Tolan ''[[JumpedAtTheCall volunteers]]'' to join the team because she believes that they need her skills, and she's initially their first client after she witnesses a haunting in the New York Subway. [[spoiler: Lampshaded, when it turns out that her uncle is played by Ernie Hudson.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise has this with its title character: [[Film/{{Godzilla 1954}} the original Godzilla]] was a TragicMonster, the Showa incarnation was a villain who eventually let go of his anger and became a hero, the Hensei incarnation was an indifferent NoNonsenseNemesis, [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} the Legendary version]] doesn't even seem to hate or even bear a grudge against humanity (even going out his way to avoid hurting people deliberately) and Film/ShinGodzilla's mere existence as an radiated character is a tragedy onto itself and the Godzilla of ''Anime/GodzillaPlanetOfTheMonsters'' is one of the more malevolent incarnations of the creature -- and that's without getting into the Godzillas of the reboot-happy Millennium series.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': The movie is set the same year as ''Assassin's Creed II: Discovery'', which means Aguilar and [[Characters/AssassinsCreedIITheAssassins Ezio Auditore]] are contemporaries. Aguilar, like Ezio, is an Assassin, wears a hood, has hidden blades and [[LeParkour parkours]] his way through his city. Both Ezio and Aguilar are {{Multi Melee Master}}s and confront the Templars-led Spanish Inquisition at the time of the Granada War (Ezio does in ''Discovery''). However, Aguilar's origins are very much a MysteriousPast while Ezio's are well established, Ezio's lavish white and red outfit reflects his Florentine nobleman origins while Aguilar's darker and more humble outfit has Moorish influences (since he comes from the Emirate of Granada). Also, Ezio didn't have one of his fingers severed during his induction in the Brotherhood, and Aguilar doesn't wear a BadassCape.

* In ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Mariel of Redwall]]'', the fourth in the Redwall series, Brian Jacques intentionally made Mariel very distinct from Matthias, Martin and Mattimeo, the protagonists of the first three books. Most obviously he made her female, but her revenge motive and relative dose of [[CombatPragmatist combat pragmatism]] serves to distinguish her personality. Her weapon, the Gullwhacker, is even designed to be as unlike the Sword of Martin as possible, being a disposable object (it is revealed in ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Bellmaker]]'' that she keeps replacing the original) instead of an ancestral heirloom weapon. She is also very HotBlooded, unlike her more calmer male counterparts.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'': each series has a quite different main character from the previous.
** Daine of ''Literature/TheImmortals'' isn't as different from Alanna as the rest, but she's a NatureHero and foreigner to Tortall who is almost exclusively a mage rather than a knight and combatant.
** Keladry of ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' is a spiritual successor to Alanna of ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' as a knight-in-training, but they're quite different to each other. Alanna is short, quick-tempered, quick to fight, and has a very powerful magic Gift. Kel is very tall and keeps growing (5'8" last time we see it mentioned) and quite TheStoic--while not averse to a fight, she doesn't like to if it's not needful. She's also a BadassNormal without even a sniff of magic and has GoodParents who remain quite alive throughout her books.
** Aly of ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' is a ConsummateLiar and TheSpymaster, while the previous three ladies are quite straightforward and honorable. Her story also takes place outside of Tortall, a first in the series.
** Beka Cooper of the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books is a commoner living in Corus' slums and as such her life and morality is a lot messier than any of the previous protagonists, and she meets most nobles at a distance.[[note]]While Daine ''is'' a village-born commoner, the king's personal {{Archmage}} takes her under his wing as soon as she gets into Tortall.[[/note]] She's also a ShrinkingViolet who [[FramingDevice keeps a journal]].
* Vin of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' and Waxillium (aka Wax) of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw''. Vin started out as a [[BrokenBird mistrustful and abused]] StreetUrchin while Wax came from a noble family and ran off to the [[WildWest untamed wilds]] to become TheSheriff. Vin is somewhat BookDumb, but [[IndyPloy thinks quickly on her feet]]; Wax is more intellectual, relying more on science and plans things out. Also Marasi the female lead of ''Alloy'' contrasts Vin in that Vin is a badass ActionGirl but also has some more feminine interests like dancing and dresses, while Marasi is more of a girly girly but is a member of her school's gun club and studies criminology, both of which are quite stereotypically masculine interests.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Bilbo is a respectable gentlehobbit who wants nothing to do with adventures, but is prodded into it and comes back happier, having traded his reputation at home for many friends throughout Middle-earth and mostly good memories. In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Frodo, Bilbo's cousin and adopted son, is seen as odd (even before he starts idolizing Bilbo) and very much wants to go on an adventure like his cousin; when he does, it takes a heavy physical and emotional toll on him and leaves him unable to live in peace in Middle-earth.
* The title character in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' (first in the Death subseries) is a vaguely well-meaning young man who "thinks too much" about useless things (like why the sun comes out during the day, when the light would be more useful at night) and is prone to going along with things because it's easier than arguing. His daughter Susan, in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' and subsequent Death books, is a highly determined and practically-minded young woman who has very strong opinions on everything.
* In Creator/LFrankBaum's ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the protagonist Dorothy Gale was famously written as a FishOutOfWater AudienceSurrogate, an ordinary Kansas farm girl who finds herself whisked away to the Land of Oz by a tornado and spends the whole novel desperately trying to get home. For the first sequel, ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', Baum replaced Dorothy with the new protagonist [[OnlyOneName Tip]], a young '''boy''' who's a native of Oz, and turns out to be [[spoiler: Ozma, the long-lost Queen of Oz, magically de-aged and gender-flipped and unaware of her true identity]].
* ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' protagonist Magnus Chase is this to Percy Jackson. While the direct sequel series to ''Percy Jackson and the Olympians'', ''The Heroes of Olympus'', purposely made Jason Grace a counterpart to Percy, Rick Riordan Apparently decided to go a different route in his following series. Both Magnus and Percy are demigods, but while Percy is an adept fighter who becomes a great warrior and embraces his demigod lifestyle, Magnus [[spoiler: dies shortly into the first book, is a healer, is the son of a peaceful god and is not suited for fighting,]] and initially rejects his new demigod life. Magnus loves books, while Percy hates reading. He's more likely to think or talk through a problem than fight, is less physically affectionate, and is generally less emotionally open and friendly. Many fans especially like to poke fun at the fact that Magnus hates the color blue, Percy's signature favorite color.
** Also, while Percy wondered his entire childhood who his father was, but was extremely uncomfortable and awkward when he finally did meet Poseidon. Magnus, on the other hand, never really let it bother him (and when he did finally meet Frey, he immediately went in for a hug.)
** Of course, there's the comparison of the main three characters of ''The Lost Hero'' versus those of ''The Lightning Thief''. Jason is more serious and heroic compared to Percy, Leo is far more reckless and dangerous compared to mild and cautious Grover, and Piper is more timid and (initially) uncomfortable in battle compared to ActionGirl Annabeth.
* Aya Tachibana, the protagonist of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', is [[NervousWreck constantly worrying]], mildly introverted, and meticulous; while her sister Nako who stars in the ''Genie Team G Jiken Note'' spinoff is outgoing, carefree, and ditzy.
* [[Literature/DoraWilkSeries Dora Wilk]] of her eponymous series is a FieryRedhead who sees the best in everyone and is quick to make friends; by contrast, Nikita of the spin-off ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' is quiet, aloof, and distrustful.
* Ikhsior, the protagonist of ''Literature/CantataInCoralAndIvory'' is a former sea captain, strong and good at wrestling, that's from a well off territory and is [[FishOutOfWater way out of place]] at the Coral Palace. The protagonist of ''Literature/PavaneInPearlAndEmerald'', Kide, is TheSocialExpert and is dependent on his knowledge of court manners and art to survive, with no athletic skills worth mentioning.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** In the second series, the three main protagonists are very different from Firestar: Brambleclaw, the closest comparison to Firestar, is bolder and more assertive, but he also doubts himself much more, fearing that he's destined to be like his evil father. Squirrelflight is feisty and disobedient just for the sake of it, unlike her much more serious father, despite their similar physical appearance. Leafpool is a medicine cat apprentice, rather than a warrior apprentice, following an entirely different path in life.
** Jayfeather in the third series particularly stands out from the earlier main characters in that he's blind and that his path in life is one he actively didn't want at first.
** Alderheart in the sixth series is, compared to other protagonists, far more sensitive, anxious, and uncertain of himself; he blames himself for everything that goes wrong.
* ''Literature/{{Jumanji}}'' ends with the game falling into the hands of two boys, Walter and Danny, with a tendency to start games without reading the instructions, unlike ''Jumanji'' protagonists Judy and Peter. When Walter and Danny received their own book, ''Literature/{{Zathura}}'', said book also revealed them as more prone to arguing.
* The ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' prequel series ''Another Vampire Hunter'' has the Noble Greylancer in contrast to D. While D is a half-vampire that works as a lone hunter, Greylancer is a vampire lord that rules over his own territory with armies at his disposal. Whereas D is distant, stoic and doesn't let people get too close, Greylancer is more sociable and approachable in addition of relying on his family for counsel and advice.
* ''Literature/BlackJewels'': Jaenelle in the main trilogy, and Cassidy in the sequel novels ''The Shadow Queen'' and ''Shalador's Lady.''
** Jaenelle is a SuperpowerLottery winner and a mythic figure - Witch, Dreams Made Flesh, the Living Myth. This has had its downsides - in her youth, she had difficulty with basic MundaneUtility magic because her overwhelming magical strength interfered with fine control, and her parents didn't understand her powers and experiences and doubted her mental stability. She first appears in the books as a preteen child. Jaenelle becomes estranged from her biological family and her adopted father is the king of the underworld.
** Cassidy is fairly low-powered - rank four out of thirteen according to the setting's power ranking system - and possesses no unique special powers. Her lack of overt specialness has caused her trouble in the past - she lost her first position as a Queen because her followers deserted her for someone more glamorous. Cassidy first appears in the books as a grown woman in her early thirties. Cassidy gets along well with her birth parents and her father is a carpenter.
* In ''Literature/{{Provenance}}'', by Ann Leckie, which is a standalone spin-off from Leckie's ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' novels, the heroine, Ingray, is deliberately the opposite in many respects of Breq, the protagonist of the ''Ancillary'' books. Whereas Breq began her series as an ExperiencedProtagonist and is consistently a ConsummateProfessional, Ingray basically starts out as TheIngenue, albeit of a SpiritedYoungLady variety. Notably, both books start out with their main characters rescuing someone who was in storage, but whereas one of Breq's first scenes involves her effortless curbstomping attackers outside of a bar, Ingray starts out with ASimplePlan immediately unraveling, as her transporter refuses to carry her [[GirlInABox person in a box]] off-planet unless he gets the cargo's consent once defrosted, and shortly after that, Ingray finds out she's apparently had the wrong person broken out of jail. Further, whereas Breq is from TheEmpire that's an absolute monarchy essentially ruled by a GodEmperor, and her society has no gender roles but a default female pronoun, Ingray is from an oligarchic republic with multiple genders and pronouns.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Picard of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' compared to Kirk of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Kirk is more adventurous and action prone, BoldlyComing and more likely to dive and be at the fore front of any situation. Picard, on the other hand, is more diplomatic, older, more reserved and philosophical. He's also more prone to delegate to his subordinate, almost never going on away missions - unlike Kirk.[[note]]Though by Picard's time rules had changed and captains weren't supposed to go on away missions anyway.[[/note]] Also unlike Kirk, Picard does not generally mingle in his free time with his bridge crew. That's why the final scene of the series, where he finally joins their weekly poker game, feels so meaningful. Kirk, however would regularly play chess with Spock or spend time with Bones, going on shore leave with Scotty. Curiously, they also have inverted backstories; Kirk was studious and straight-laced when in the academy, though once he graduated he cut loose and became a casual and easygoing, playing fast and loose with the rules. Picard is a FormerTeenRebel who was an infamous skirt-chaser until a near-fatal injury got him to shape up and become the fastidious and intellectual GentlemanAdventurer we all know and love.
** Sisko of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' compared to Picard. Picard is the quintessential OfficerAndAGentleman, being content to look at the big picture in a given situation, while Sisko is much more of a front-line officer, and is more willing to get his hands dirty and deal with problems directly. Notably, Sisko is also the first ''Star Trek'' protagonist with a family (he's a widower and a single father), meaning that he's also far less stoic and objective than Picard, and is more likely to get emotionally involved in situations since he knows that he has a son to protect, and because he had to endure losing his wife in a previous battle. And while Kirk and Picard were idealists who took the high road whenever possible, even when it cost them, Sisko will always ShootTheDog if it gets the job done.
** The same pattern holds true when comparing Janeway of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' to Sisko. While both had inclinations in both command and technical directions, Sisko was a full-time command officer who would occasionally do engineering work, while Janeway had spent long enough at the science officer's desk that she was doing double duty for about half of ''Voyager''. Sisko, as discussed above, was focused on doing what he had to do, while Janeway cared about Starfleet ideals to an almost unhealthy degree. Sisko had a very low tolerance for many groups of adversaries, while Janeway was more diplomatic most of the time, even negotiating with the Borg.
** Archer of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' appears to borrow some traits from all his predecessors (from our view point, he actually predates them all if going by the setting's timeline). Being the captain of the only friendly ship in unexplored space, he's more of a pathfinder like Kirk or Janeway and is frequently forced to make do with whatever resources he had on hand rather than relying on any other Federation/Earth ship/station. His diplomatic skills skirt between reasonable (he is responsible for kick-starting what will become the Federation) and explosive (especially when concerning Vulcans, with whom he has a personal score to settle). Being an explorer also means that he has probably the [[ButtMonkey worst]] [[DesignatedVictim luck]] among any of the Captains. He also makes some ethically questionable decisions, such as withholding a cure from a dying species and resorting to piracy in order to complete his objective. He's also not bound by any Federation rules, since the Federation doesn't exist yet, so he makes up rules as he goes.
** It'll remain to be seen how Burnham of the upcoming ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' performs, especially since she's the first ''Star Trek'' protagonist who's not in command of a ship or a station. Having been raised as Spock's adoptive sister, she's the first ''Trek'' main character not to grow up on Earth, and differs from the others by being both black and female, and appears to be the youngest since ''TOS'' Kirk. Like Kirk, she expresses FantasticRacism towards the Klingons, but in reverse, Burnham hates them for killing her parents, while Kirk hated them for killing his son. She also displays an aggressive and impulsive streak, like Kirk, but while Kirk was something of a CowboyCop in terms of his command style but still had great respect for Starfleet regulations, [[spoiler: Burnham actually directly rebels against the chain of command and attempts a mutiny that gets her court-martialed and thrown in prison.]]
** Every subsequent installment of the franchise has done TheSpock differently than the TropeNamer. [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The originator]] was the TokenNonhuman alien science officer {{Deuteragonist}} onboard a Starfleet crew who tempered the more emotional or [[BoldlyComing carnal]] desires of his crew member with logic that, at first glance, seems cold and unfeeling. [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data]] was the {{Tritagonist}} and an ArtificialHuman Second Officer, and where Spock strove to suppress the emotions that he was born with, Data's goal was the opposite, seeking to [[BecomeARealBoy become more human]] by developing an understanding of emotion that he, as a robot, never had. Data was also much more openly friendly and approachable than Spock. [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] was, in contrast to both Data and Spock, a grouchy security officer with VoluntaryShapeshifting powers who ''detested'' humans and hated having to take a humanoid form. His makeup was also much more [[UncannyValley extreme]] than either Spock or Data. [[Series/StarTrekVoyager The Doctor]] was an [[{{Adorkable}} somewhat goofy]] artificial intelligence program who appeared identical to a human except for being [[ProjectedMan intangible]], and frequently responded to dangerous situations with severe [[DeadpanSnarker dry wit]]. He was also the RenaissanceMan, and quite [[InsufferableGenius proud of it.]] [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise T'Pol]] differed from her predecessors by being [[DistaffCounterpart female]], [[ActionGirl a fighter]], and placed on the crew by Vulcan High Command to keep a close eye on the crew. And finally, [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery Saru]] is the first non-human [[NumberTwo First Officer]] of a Starfleet crew, and has the most distinctively alien appearance of any [[TheSpock Spock]] in the main cast. Personality-wise, he's a serious [[TheEeyore depressive]] [[SourSupporter sourpuss]] who's always the first in any encounter to advocate a [[LovableCoward graceful retreat.]] As of Episode 13 of ''Discovery'', he's also the first [[spoiler: alien [[RankUp captain]] of a Star Trek show's primary vessel.]]
* ''Series/KungFu'' takes place in the WildWest, where Caine is alone WalkingTheEarth. ''Kung Fu: The Legend Continues'' takes place in contemporary UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}. The job of Protagonist is split between Kwai Chang Caine II (the IdenticalGrandson of ''Kung Fu'''s Caine) and his son Peter, a police detective. "[[IAmNotMyFather I'm not my father]]. I don't do kung fu. I'm a cop, ''that's'' who I am, ''that's'' what I do."
* Detective Inspector Sam Tyler of the original BBC series ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was the calmer ByTheBookCop to Gene's CowboyCop. Detective Inspector Alexandra Drake of the spinoff ''Series/AshesToAshes'' is less by the book and more {{Tsundere}} LadyDrunk.
* Ryuga Dougai, the current bearer of the GARO title from ''Series/GAROTheOneWhoShinesInTheDarkness'' is hotheaded, emotional, socially outgoing, but inexperienced in battle. Whereas Kouga Saejima, the main character from the original ''Series/{{GARO}}'' series is stoic, almost always ahead of his enemies, but socially detached. Happens again with ''GARO: Makai no Hana''. Raiga, the son of Kouga and Kaoru, is a very caring and warm person, who is generally good with people, while pre-character development Kouga was everything but that.
* Although ''{{Series/Angel}}'' was a spinoff of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' (Until season 5) and not a sequel, Angel fits this trope well in contrast to Buffy. Serious and brooding where the original was cheerful and social, a vampire where Buffy was a human, an anti-hero where Buffy was more of a straight hero (occaisional "what the hell, hero" moments excluded), solitary where Buffy was social, and generally facing adult problems like parenthood, unemployment and legal issues, where Buffy started out in high school and only started facing adult problems in her later seasons.
* In most ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows, each year's show will have a notably different protagonist.
** The [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga first]] [[Series/KamenRiderAgito three]] [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki post-revival]] riders were friendly and heroic. Then we had apathetic [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Takumi]] [[KnightInSourArmour Inui]], who became a rider only by a coicidence as compared to [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Kazuma]] [[HotBlooded Kenzaki]]. The hyper-competent [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Souji Tendou]] was followed by the clumsy ButtMonkey [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Ryotaro Nogami]]. The nervous, shy [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Wataru Kurenai]] was followed by the cocky, assured [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Tsukasa Kadoya]]. Broken drifter [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Eiji Hino]] gave way to innocent child [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Gentaro]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings Kisaragi]], whose [[HotBlooded hot blood]] contrasted the stoic attitude of [[Series/KamenRiderWizard Haruto]] [[GoodIsNotNice Soma]]. After the [[CombatMedic (Non)combat medic]] [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Emu Hojo]] came the BadassBookworm [[Series/KamenRiderBuild Sento Kiriyu]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Most incarnations of the Doctor are the opposite of their previous incarnation in some large, glaring way (while other parts of the characterisation shift more subtly). Over the classic series, the haughty and moody First Doctor was followed up by the {{Hobo}}ish and easy-going Second, who was succeeded by the grumpy, elegant and noble Third, the childish, scruffy and carefree Fourth, the responsible and kindly Fifth, the obnoxious and unstable Sixth, the playful and Machiavellian Seventh. The Eighth Doctor was honest and romantic, in contrast to Seven's solitary scheming, whereas the Ninth was less trusting and more conflicted. Ten was more chipper than Nine ever got, but at the same time down-to-Earth and relatable to humanity more than any other Doctor, whereas Eleven was completely alien and out of touch with conventions of any kind. The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this--the very young-appearing (and acting), light-hearted, and incredibly confident Eleventh Doctor was replaced by the much older-looking, grumpier, and self-doubting Twelfth. In-between Eight and Nine we have the War Doctor, who very deliberately refuses to call himself "Doctor", spending his life fighting the Daleks in the Time War and making some questionable choices. "The Day of the Doctor" contrasts his grizzled, mature attitude to Ten's regretfulness and Eleven's playful forgetfulness. Thirteen will be played by a woman, but we have yet to learn what kind of a Doctor she will be.
** Done peculiarly in the Fourth Doctor's first season - half of the creative team wanted to differentiate the new Doctor by making him [[LighterAndSofter lighten up and be wackier]] after such a [[ActionHero serious]] previous Doctor, and the other half wanted to differentiate him by making him [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and more brutal]] after such a [[IdealHero noble]] previous Doctor. It is real testament to the ability of Creator/TomBaker and Creator/RobertHolmes that they managed to pull off both, at the same time.
** Certain companions were replaced with their complete opposites:
*** The First Doctor's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute 'granddaughters']]: first a dark-haired, cautious, weird, ethereal girl, then a blond-haired, outgoing, perky NightmareFetishist. Both were {{Impossible Genius}} girls from utopian future civilisations, so the replacement was a not-too-bright 1960s woman who implicitly came from a broken home.
*** Liz Shaw, an intelligent, astute and ambitious scientist, was replaced with the ditzy, undereducated and [[ScreamingWoman scream-prone]] Jo (who nevertheless would clobber bad guys with heavy objects). This was done because it was felt Liz was too strong a Doctor substitute. Then the writers realised how anti-feminist this looked and replaced the gentle and compliant Jo with a bright and hot tempered journalist who would shout back at the Doctor.
*** The Fourth Doctor's companions: Sarah Jane Smith, a clued-in but physically delicate MuggleBestFriend, was substituted with Leela, an intelligent but undereducated NubileSavage who the Doctor [[TricksterMentor tended to pick on as an inferior]] and who specialised in [[TheSocialExpert intuition]] and [[ActionGirl violence]]. Then she was replaced with Romana, the Doctor's ''superior'' in intelligence but with less life experience. Then Romana, so competent that she often took charge and had the Doctor learning from her, got subbed out for Adric, also a genius alien but a young boy instead of an adult woman, and who the Doctor was [[StudentAndMasterTeam raising as a protege]].
*** The concept for Ace was basically 'the exact opposite of Mel'. Mel was a girly, garishly-dressed DamselScrappy who nagged the Doctor into improving his health, wheras Ace was a punky [[RealWomenDontWearDresses tomboy]] who lived on a council estate and blew things up with homemade explosives.
*** Rose, a blonde working-class shopgirl in a life slump, is replaced by Martha, a black middle-class medical student with an ambitious personality. Both preceding companions fall in love with the Doctor, so the next one, Donna, repeatedly states that she finds the Doctor unattractive. She's also more snarky and assertive than both of the other two combined.
*** Clara Oswald is a Caucasian nanny/teacher who's addicted to travel and adventure and recklessly brave; in short, she's the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart. An outside force arranges for them to be brought together because of the trouble their similarities can cause and possibly [[spoiler: to fulfill an apocalyptic prophecy]], and Clara ends up directly affecting his lives more than ''any'' previous companion -- to the point that he first seeks her out based on what she has already done from ''his'' perspective -- evolving into one of his few canonical love interests, albeit a platonic one. Eventually, the Twelfth Doctor is forced to let her go for good, and goes on to fulfill another romantic relationship with not-quite-companion River Song, whose whole existence emerged from his (as she is [[spoiler: the child of two of his companions, conceived in the TARDIS, and kidnapped and raised to kill him]]).
*** After these relationships moved by cosmic forces, Twelve meets Bill Potts, a black cafeteria worker who just gets swept up in his adventures, and so far does not look to become another love interest, but rather a curious soul who needs easing into his world. Bill Potts is also the first overtly LGBT companion in the show's history (unless you count [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Jack Harkness]]), and as such obviously has no interest in the Doctor himself, but rather a strictly platonic Professor-Student relationship.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'': In keeping with the show's premise as an anthology series, every new season-long story tends to go with a main cast of core characters who are as different from the previous season's core cast as possible--often giving the actors a chance to show off their range by playing characters that deliberately contrast their previous roles in the previous seasons.
** ''[[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse Murder House]]'', a family drama set in suburban California, is told mainly from the perspective of the Harmons, a solidly middle-class nuclear family--the adulterous psychiatrist Ben, the tormented former musician Vivien, and the sardonic teenage rebel Violet.
** ''[[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum Asylum]]'', a psychological drama set in a New England mental institution, is told mainly from the perspective of the head nun Sister Jude and the wrongly incarcerated mental patients Lana Winters and Kit Walker--a closeted lesbian newspaper reporter and a working-class widower formerly in a secret interracial relationship, respectively.
** ''[[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven Coven]]'', a boarding school drama set in Louisiana, is told from the perspective of the staff and students of a boarding school for witches--most prominently the ambitious aging socialite Fiona, her estranged adult daughter Cordelia, and the teenage GirlNextDoor Zoe.
** ''[[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow Freak Show]]'', a showbiz drama set in Florida, is told from the perspective of a traveling troupe of carnival performers--most prominently the eccentric singer and carnival manager Elsa, the angry young rebel Jimmy, and the sheltered conjoined siblings Bette and Dot.
* Due to the "Fresh cast" approach PowerRangers has, this is usually a given for the ranger who's generally the main focus of the season. (I.E. the red ranger)
* The main characters of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** Oliver of ''Arrow'' started out a carefree playboy, with 5 years of perpetual trauma turning him into the stoic shadowy figure he is today. As a hero, he operates mainly as a TerrorHero, preferring espionage, intimidation, and then punching his way out.
** Barry of ''The Flash'' is ThePollyanna, rarely letting the crap in his life get him down. Barry tends to rely on his powers, usually running first and planning second. While Oliver tends to stick to the shadows and let his status as TheDreaded do the job for him, Barry actively strives to be a symbol of hope.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' display this every so often, with crossover movies highlighting the differences:
** [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Sosuke]], cheerful IdiotHero is followed by [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Takeru]], sour TheStoic. The CrazyAwesome [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Captain Marvelous]] goes before [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters Hiromu]], relatively stoic leader who happens to have a traumatic fear to chickens, and only became a hero by accident. Followed by [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Daigo]], HotBlooded MagneticHero, who also happens to be the ChosenOne.
** [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger Takaharu]] is yet another HotBlooded IdiotHero whose team (and family) regularly call him out on his antics, whereas [[Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger Yamato]] is calm NiceGuy and the OnlySaneMan of his team, followed by [[Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger Lucky]], who is (very) passionate, like {{Keet}} version of Daigo, and also happens to add a BornLucky streak.

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* Toa Tahu, leader of the heroes in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s first saga, was a fiery, impulsive hothead, always wanting to prove himself and compete with his fellow Toa. Toa Vakama from the second saga (actually a prequel) was insecure, perpetually angsty, but more controlled and calculating, although still ruled by his emotions. Toa Jaller from the third saga deliberately invoked this trope, having learned from Tahu's and Vakama's mistakes, so he was more level-headed and confident in his approach, but willing to listen to others. Also, Tahu and Vakama both struggled to keep their team together and act as a leader, whereas Jaller was already a respected Captain and friends with his team members prior to becoming a Toa.
* Kion from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' is a WisePrince who is mindful of the rules. In contrast, his father Simba from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was a playful RebelPrince as a cub,

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* {{Subverted|trope}} with Wrestling/RingOfHonor and its sister promotion Full Impact Pro. The wild and party happy Homicide ''was'' a very different champion than the stern technicians that were Wrestling/LowKi, Xavier and Wrestling/SamoaJoe, more concerned with maiming people than proving anything or earning respect, but Homicide lost the FIP title to Wrestling/BryanDanielson, who was closer to the mold of the previous ROH title holders and then Danielson lost the ROH belt to Homicide. In the TagTeam divisions the split lasted a little longer with ROH's teams being comparatively less comical and more focused on technique and respect(or lack there of in the case of Special K) but they were brought in line with the fifth team to become champions both in ROH and FIP, The Briscoes.
* Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}'s first five singles champions[[labelnote:*]]Wrestling/SaraDelRey, Wrestling/MsChif, Madison Eagles, Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa, Sweet Saraya[[/labelnote]] were all [[ImplacableMan unrelenting nigh invulnerable]] wrestlers who bent and pulverized their opponents in very direct manners and required similarly [[TheDreaded dreaded]] wrestlers or particularly skewed odds to defeat[[labelnote:*]]Melissa was only done in by team efforts or ambushes and she was the least dominant champion of the five[[/labelnote]]. By contrast, the first five singles champions of sister promotion SHINE[[labelnote:*]]Radiant Rain, Wrestling/IvelisseVelez, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Taylor Made[[/labelnote]] were all unlikely ones that relied on shameless cheating or subtle ingenuity to stay undefeated[[labelnote:*]]Velez was rendered unconscious by just one member of an under card trio who had to wrestle twice on one show just to get a shot at her and she was the most dominant champion of the five[[/labelnote]]. There was not as clear a contrast between the tag team champions though.
* Compare the first ROH Top Prospect Mike Bennett, a Wrestling/CMPunk wannabe in the ring who was famously [[SickeningSweethearts dedicated to his significant other]] with 2013 ROH Top Prospect Matt Taven, a wannabe {{pretty boy}}, CasanovaWannabe and DirtyCoward with the 2014 Top Prospect Hanson, a somewhat stocky, hotheaded, NoNonsenseNemesis. Taven relied on trickery and connections on his path to success, Hanson took runner up Raymon Rowe with him and pummeled his way to the top of the tag team division, rolling over Taven in the process. The 2015 ROH Top Prospect Donovan Dijak, a towering man who wrestles like a scaled up super junior with the 2016 Top Prospect Wrestling/LioRush, a man too small to technically qualify as a junior heavyweight yet strives to wrestle like one anyway. Dijak would turn down his promised television spot for a failed run in the tag team division while Rush would be denied his and instead go straight after the world champion after which Prince Nana's manipulations would lead to him and Dijak switching places.[[/folder]]

* In many ways, Albus Potter is the inverse of his father in ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild''. Harry grows up unaware of the wizarding world, is sorted into Gryffindor, and becomes a popular and talented wizard with great skill on a broom. Albus, by contrast, grows up in the wizarding world with two famous parents, gets sorted into Slytherin, and ends up a bullied IneptMage who's rubbish on a broom.
* Though by no means sequels, it's easy to draw comparisons between ''Theatre/InTheHeights''[='s Usnavi=] and ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'''s Alexander Hamilton. Usnavi is a [[{{Adorkable}} tongue-tied]], [[CannotSpitItOut awkward]] shopkeep with no big ambitions in life besides returning to his home island in the Caribbean. Compare that to Hamilton, [[TheCasanova charming ladies']] soldier-cum-Secretary-of-Treasury who wants to make a name of himself [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking with no desire to visit his Caribbean birthplace]]. Of course, there are similarities: both were played by Creator/LinManuelMiranda, both have MotorMouth tendencies, and both are concerned with legacy and who will tell their story (which naturally are important themes in both shows).

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'': Both Toni Cipriani and [[TheMafia the Leone Crime Family]]. Their main role in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'' is a huge contrast to the [[EvenEvilHasStandards Grove Street Families]] from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Unlike them, they have no problem with things such as drug trafficking, torture and supporting {{sociopath}}s like [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Donald Love]].
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': Niko Bellic is this to various degrees.
** He marks a huge contrast to the previous protagonists. While Tommy Vercetti and CJ led a criminal life to fill their pockets, Niko is not happy with this lifestyle.
** Ironically, despite wanting to get away from his past, Niko also marks a huge contrast in terms of coldness. Yes, Vercetti was a mafia enforcer for years and CJ committed very reprehensible crimes, but none of them committed human trafficking in their past as Niko did. Besides, Niko's work directly involves killing people. After all, he's a ProfessionalKiller working for the police, criminal organizations or committing acts of vigilantism. It doesn't help the fact that Niko has the highest bodycount in the entire series.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'':
** Both Michael and Trevor make a huge contrast when you compare them with Niko. Unlike Niko, who is a man who wants to get away from violence, both Michael and Trevor are much more [[BloodKnight entusiasthic]] in this lifestyle, especially [[AxCrazy Trevor]].
** On the other hand, Franklin marks a contrast to [[GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony Luis Lopez]]. While Luis wanted to leave this lifestyle to focus on legal business, Franklin wants to be a better kind of criminal.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Link is TheStoic, was orphaned, had the fairy Navi as a companion, was TheChosenOne, and sealed Ganondorf away. In the AlternateTimeline shown in ''VideoGame/TheWindWaker'', Link has {{Adorkable}} elements, grew up with his sister and grandmother, was TheUnchosenOne, worked without an ExpositionFairy, and [[spoiler: outright killed Ganondorf by impaling him through the head.]]
* Maia of ''VideoGame/{{Summoner 2}}'' compared to Joseph of ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}''. Joseph [[IJustWantToBeNormal shunned his destiny]], and only answered TheCall because TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive - twice. Maia's been raised as TheChosenOne and embraces her destiny, seeking to accomplish it. It makes her more headstrong, but also less likely to listen to others - believing she knows best, unlike Joseph who was far more willing to take advice - but could be (and was) manipulated as a result.
* The [[NominalHero "hero"]] of ''Videogame/{{Drakengard}}'', Caim, is a [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]] AxCrazy SociopathicHero, only saved from VillainProtagonist status by TheEmpire he fights being worse. In the [[Videogame/{{Drakengard 2}} sequel]], he's [[RogueProtagonist something of an antagonist]] and the protagonist, Nowe, is a fairly standard IdiotHero WideEyedIdealist. [[spoiler:The fact that they're related, as Nowe is Caim's nephew, makes this even more notable.]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' (which has a new protagonist in each game, plus cameos from the previous cast) the personalities of each main character alternated for the first four games. The first and third games had characters who were after power (Laharl wanted to become an Overlord, while Mao was in it ForScience) and the second and fourth games had characters with more [[NobleDemon noble goals]] (Adell wanted to end the curse which turned everyone into demons and Valvatorez wanted to keep his promise to the prinnies he's trying to emancipate). Played with in the later games: ''VideoGame/DisgaeaD2ABrighterDarkness'' had a post-character-development Laharl as the main character again, who was not quite as power-hungry as previous appearances, and ''VideoGame/Disgaea5AllianceOfVengeance'' Killia, who was plenty noble, but had been more like pre-character-development Laharl in his backstory.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** Solid Snake, a hardened, battle-hardened, cynical ladies' man and AntiHero, of ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'' as against Raiden, an optimistic, idealistic rookie with no real combat experience and a steady girlfriend, of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]''. Made particularly explicit as Snake is the protagonist of the [[DecoyProtagonist introduction]] to the latter game.
** Raiden is in turn contrasted by Naked Snake in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]''. Naked Snake was energetic and confident, experienced, and sleeps with the [[spoiler:Chinese spy]] EVA at the end of the game. And Naked Snake in turn was contrasted by Old Snake (Solid Snake after some RapidAging) in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots 4]]''. Now nearly a DeathSeeker, a man without a place in the current battlefield and almost no attraction to his female allies.
** Which was contrasted by Big Boss (formerly Naked Snake) in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', a disillusioned veteran without a country or cause, seeking a purpose. Unlike Snake, Raiden, and even his younger self, he forms a sort of ersatz family out of his mercenary company, compared to the series' typical lone wolf approach.
** Which was contrasted by Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', a mercenary who claimed to fight for justice but also sought, well, {{revenge}}ance. Which was contrasted by [[spoiler:"Jack the Ripper", Raiden's CombatSadoMasochist persona who just plain likes to kill things.]]
** Which is contrasted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' by "Venom Snake" (an even older, grumpier Big Boss), who contrasts both Raiden and ''himself'' from "prequel chapter" ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes'' (which takes place less than a month after ''Peace Walker''). While Venom is still a charismatic leader who's AFatherToHisMen, he's also a revenge-driven man well on his way to becoming a villain. He's also a lot more subdued in personality compared to previous protagonists (including the ''Snake Eater'' and ''Peace Walker'' versions of himself). [[spoiler:Also, while Raiden ultimately decides to follow his own path, Venom Snake is actually a BodyDouble who's been carrying out the will of the ''real'' Big Boss.]]
--->(wearily) Kaz...I'm already a demon.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Lloyd Irving is a classic IdiotHero - headstrong, quick to action, confident in himself, and optimistic about bringing change to the worlds. In contrast ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Dawn of the New World's]]'' protagonist, Emil Castagnier, is a male ShrinkingViolet, [[ApologizesALot quick to apologize]], and lacking confidence in himself until his CharacterDevelopment and SuperpoweredEvilSide [[spoiler: / SplitPersonality]] kick in.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' is a prequel to ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' and fittingly the protagonists contrast each other. Outside of Zestiria's protagonist being male and Berseria's female, Sorey is a hero raised by Seraphim, becomes the Shepherd, and faces the Lord of Calamity before [[spoiler: becoming a Seraph]]. Velvet is an AntiHero raised by humans, becomes a daemon, and [[spoiler: fights a [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade "legendary Shepherd"]] while going down in history as a Lord of Calamity]].
* Whenever the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series introduces a new assassin protagonist, you can bet that they'll be different from previous protagonists in some way. The series never sticks with one assassin for too long.
** Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' is a [[TheStoic no-nonsense]] (if overconfident) veteran ProfessionalKiller.
** Ezio Auditore da Firenze of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' is a playboy youth from a wealthy banking family who chooses to enter the cloak-and-dagger world of the Assassins [[ItsPersonal to take revenge on the Templars who betrayed and killed his parents]], only officially joining the Order in the final mission.
*** The contrast between the two goes even further when their complete lives are viewed. Altaïr was extremely cynical all the way to the end, taking the view of HumansAreTheRealMonsters and seeing a CrapsackWorld. Ezio gained a real appreciation for life, taking the view that HumansAreFlawed, but overall decent people and that TheWorldIsJustAwesome. Even their deaths are portrayed in contrast. Altaïr dies alone, locking himself in a vault, having lost his wife and one of his sons to inter-factional conflict within the Order. Ezio dies on a bench, watching his wife and daughter in the market, content with his life.
** Connor Kenway of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is an idealistic rookie Assassin who's treated as an outsider because of his Mohawk ancestry, and ends up directly at odds with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad his father Haytham, the Grandmaster of the Templar Order]]]] in the course of his mission.
*** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation'' has the series' first female and black protagonist, Aveline de Grandpre. She can switch between different "personas" for different situations, which is a lot more subtle than Connor. She rebels against her assigned role as a nobleman's daughter, while Connor's Native American background was clearly dominant. She's also more conflicted than Connor about morality, and tends to be impulsive in contrast to his stoicism. She too, has a NiceHat.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' stars Connor's grandpa, Edward Kenway, a nigh-alcoholic, selfish pirate who ends up getting mixed up in this Assassin and Templar nonsense entirely by accident and spends most of the plot insisting that he's [[NotInThisForYourRevolution not in it for their revolution]]. He also spends a good portion of the game pining over his lost love. And he's [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking blonde]]. At the same time, he and other pirates attempt to establish their own Republic, which harkens back to Connor's beliefs in freedom.
*** Adéwalé, Edward's NumberTwo for much of the game, is the protagonist of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedFreedomCry'' By that point, he's a slave-turned-pirate-turned-Assassin. Having experienced life from multiple sides, he has finally found a purpose in life with the Assassins, which puts him in contrast with Edward, who wanted nothing to do with the group. In the DLC, Adéwalé is ship-wrecked on Saint-Domingue and ends up getting involved in the Maroon rebellion, helping free hundreds of slaves. The Assassin-Templar conflict is only tangentially involved here, and the main struggle is against the British slave-owners. While Adéwalé is reluctant to spend so much time away from his Assassin duties, he eventually grows to sympathize with the Maroons and helps them greatly, to the point of a HeroicBSOD when [[spoiler:the British governor opts to kill slaves ''en masse'' rather than allow them to be freed]].
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue'': has Shay Patrick Cormac - a one time Assassin who betrays them and becomes a Templar. He kills the very people who took him in and helped raised him. He also works with the villains whom were in part III, making himself a VillainProtagonist. And while he's given a FreudianExcuse for this, it still doesn't justify his actions. [[spoiler: Especially since the ending shows him committing the assassination at the beginning of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' that led to the French Revolution.]]
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' features Arno. While the son of an assassin, he was partially raised by the templars, only coming back to the assassins later in life. He also places more value on relationships than ideology, demonstrated by his willingness to join his ChildhoodFriend Elise (a templar) on her quest for vengeance, while also dancing around the assassin's council and different factions for the sake of those he cares for most.
** And this is in turn contrasted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' with the twin Jacob and Evie. Both of them are career assassins, with commitment to the cause first, though they differ over methodology. Jacob is also HotBlodded and tends to leap first at the templars before wondering about consequences. Evie meanwhile is methodical almost to a fault, devoted to her father's ideals (Jacob personally holds some resentment towards him due to being AlwaysSecondBest) and more the stoic than most of the previous 3 protagonists.
** Desmond, the true protagonist of the first three numbered titles, has run away from the Farm, unwilling to spend his life in a SecretWar against an AncientConspiracy, and becomes a bartender, until said conspiracy finds him and pulls him back in. He's reluctant, but ends up personally experiencing the lives of several of his Assassin ancestors, filling him with renewed confidence in the Assassin cause, as well as using the "bleeding effect" to learn his ancestors' skills. His ultimate [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] sets him aside from all the other protagonists.
** The protagonists of the present day plot, unlike Desmond, are regular everyday schmucks who managed to get roped into Assassin-Templar conflict. The protagonist of ''Black Flag'' and ''Rogue'' are both new employees at Abstergo who are given a chance to aid the Assassins and the Templars respectively. The protagonist of ''Unity'' and ''Syndicate'' are normal citizens that the Assassins manage to come across while hacking into the Helix.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain.''
** Blood Omen's Kain is a former noble man destined to becomes the Balance Guardian of Nosgoth, he's assassinated by the Death Guardian, turned into a vampire, who then seeks revenge against his assassins. Kain decides to damn Nosgoth so the vampires can rule it.
** Soul Reaver's Raziel is a former [[spoiler: vampire hunter]] who was vampyrised then betrayed by a jealous Kain. (Except not really It's complicated) Raziel returns as a wraith-type creature who can travel between both the spectral and material realms, and he plans to kill his vampire killers to save Nosgoth. Both protagonists are after revenge, but by contrast Raziel is driven more by justice and Kain is driven by survival for his race.
* In the first ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia'', the protagonist is a classic heroic PrinceCharming. In the second, the protagonist is a PluckyGirl alchemist. In the third, the protagonist is an OmnicidalManiac (the BigBad of the first game).
* ''VideoGame/DotHackR1Games''[='=] Kite is an optimistic KidHero, while ''VideoGame/DotHackGU''[='=]s Haseo is a darker, more brooding figure who prides himself on [[BullyHunter killing Player-Killers]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' likes to vary its tone a lot:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'''s heroes were HeroicMime characters with [[HelloInsertNameHere no names]] and fixed Jobs, so ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' stars a main character with a CanonName (Firion), flexible skills and a whole game mechanic based around talking. Then ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' is back to using something in the middle - the characters have dialogue but it isn't assigned to one character in particular, and while you can change their Jobs you are restricted to using specific Job classes instead of the more flexible approach taken by Firion.
** Cecil of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is an emotional man atoning for the sins of his past, a highly decorated soldier and has dramatic and intense relationships with his party members. Bartz of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is a laid back IdiotHero with no particular qualifications beyond birthright, who has a [[{{Bathos}} bickering, 'normal' relationship with his party members]].
** Terra of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is an insecure former enslaved soldier, with amnesia from mind control, who has to come to terms with her repressed inner strength to succeed. Cloud of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a traumatised young man and swaggering former elite SOLDIER, who [[FakeMemories remembers too much]] due to mind control and has to come to terms with his repressed inner weakness to succeed. (Cloud's personality draws somewhat from ''VI'''s deuteragonist Celes, another cocky and aloof magic soldier who was designed to contrast Terra in much the same way.)
** Squall of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' was intentionally written to be more 'human' and 'normal' than the ''FF'' heroes so far. Where Terra and Cloud's troubles are about self-identity, Squall's troubles are about his relationships with his friends and family, with his teenage identity problems more in the background. Previous ''FF'' heroes (even the most everyman ones) existed strictly in a fantasy world, but Squall goes to high school, rents cars and reads his classmates' blog posts.
** Zidane of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Tidus of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and Vaan of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' were more friendly and confident heroes to counter the brooding and insecure Terra, Cloud and Squall.
** Lightning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is back to being moody and serious, with elements of her character and look designed to be a DistaffCounterpart to Cloud and Squall.
** Noctis of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has a MeaningfulName (Noctis Lucis Caelum) which is supposed to indicate his contrast to previous Creator/TetsuyaNomura-designed heroes - 'Lucis' (clear) to contrast with Cloud, and 'Noctis Caelum' (night heavens) to contrast with Sora (daytime sky). Unlike Lightning, he's a sweet and slightly childish individual who likes junk food and sleeping.
** ''Compilation of Final Fantasy VII'':
*** Zack Fair from ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' is more hotheaded, attitude-driven, laid back, and friendlier than the colder, thoughtful, insane Cloud Strife from the previous game. Various motifs are set up to contrast the two - Zack ''Fair'' and ''Cloud'' Strife, how the compassionate Zack uses the blunt edge of his blade while the intimidating Cloud always uses the sharp edge, and the AnimalMotif that compares Zack to a puppy and Cloud (in ''Anime/AdventChildren'') to a wolf.
*** The main characters of the original ''VII'' are Cloud, Aeris, Tifa and Barret, with Cid getting a lot of important things to do towards the end. ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'''s protagonists are Vincent and Yuffie, who had been {{Optional Party Member}}s in the original, and Reeve, the alter ego of party member Cait Sith; Cloud, Barret and Tifa appear only in a brief cameo and get a couple of lines each.
* [[WordOfGod Deliberately invoked]] in the ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' games; Welkin Gunther from the original is a brilliant but rather absent-minded and eccentric intellectual, Avan Hardins from ''[[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII II]]'' is a BookDumb and HotBlooded IdiotHero with lots of charisma, and Kurt Irving from ''[[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII III]]'' is a studious and military-minded pragmatist with NoSocialSkills.
** ''III''[='s=] PowerTrio as a whole definitely contrast the trios from previous games. Whereas Welkin-Alicia-Isara and Avan-Zeri-Cosette are fighting for a clearly honorable cause, earn plenty of public accolade, and are supportive of each other from the beginning; Kurt-Alicia-Imca are fighting in morally dubious missions, will never have their heroics made public, and start with a lot of venom between themselves. That said, ''III''[='s=] trio are all good at heart, just like their predecessors.
* Arguably the case with Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, highly trained pros from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'', and Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', the first a rookie cop [[FirstDayFromHell on his first day on the job]], the second a civilian with minor training.
** Ethan Winters from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' plays this trope far more straight compared to the above mentioned characters. Ethan is just an ordinary man who has had no previous training in any sort of fighting force (like the B.S.A.A or S.T.A.R.S) or even experience with the type of horrors that the rest of characters have been exposed to. Considering that the game marks the return to the survival horror genre that the series was originally known for, this makes sense since the [[ActionizedSequel actionized sequels]] ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 6]]'' had the whole cast [[TookALevelInBadass take pretty large levels of badass]] and are [[SeenItAll far more used to this kind of stuff]].
* The first two ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games feature this. ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' stars Harry Mason, an [[{{Determinator}} implacable]] PapaWolf who, in the best ending, is painted as MessianicArchetype. In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', the new protagonist, James Sunderland, is quite the opposite: cowardly, self-centered and [[spoiler:even responsible for at least two deaths]].
** Heather from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' is a frightened but rather sassy young woman. ''VideoGame/SilentHill4''s protagonist, Henry Townsend is quiet, agoraphobic and almost emotionless. ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' stars Travis Grady, a calm, lonely trucker. Alex Shepard from ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'' is a delusional though determined vet and ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''s Murphy is a thoughtful yet violent inmate.
** The first game's [[VideoGameRemake reimagining]] ''Videogame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' does this ''with the same person''. Here, Harry retains his drive, but lacks the physique to, say, fight off monsters with his bare hands. What's more, he loses his role as a ChasteHero, and [[spoiler:has gone through a divorce instead of having his wife die]]. Also, the game silently judges you on what your real intentions are; if you're not focused enough, [[spoiler:it'll turn him into a drunk, a womanizer or a coward]].
* This is prevalent in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games.
** The PlayerCharacter of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' started as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and a MommasBoy. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', Aleph is an ArtificialHuman and is a [[DancingIsSeriousBusiness good enough dancer]]. The only thing they both have in common is that they have ''no affinity for magic'', making both of them [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]].
** The Demi-Fiend/Hito-Shura of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' started out as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent until he was dragged into the Vortex World and forcibly transformed into a HalfHumanHybrid. On the other hand, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' is an adult BadassNormal military officer deliberately getting himself involved in the plot.
** Flynn from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' is a blue-clad {{Samurai}} from feudal Mikado with a HimeCut. This is contrasted by Nanashi of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', who is a green-clad HunterOfMonsters from post-apocalyptic Tokyo with DelinquentHair.
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'''s protagonist ([[Anime/DevilSurvivor2 Hibiki Kuze]]) is pretty much the exact opposite of the protagonist from ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' ([[ComicBookAdaptation Kazuya Minegishi]]). [=DS2's=] protagonist wears white-blue in complete contrast to the [=DS1=] hero's black-red, and his dialogue options are overall much more upbeat and silly. Also, [=DS2's=] hero is much more proactive about getting to understand his party members and helping them change.
** This is also prevalent in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' sub-series:
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' do a subtle change off. Both main characters are still blank slates, but P4's protagonist ([[CanonName Yu Narukami]]) has a larger build than his P3 counterpart ([[ComicBookAdaptation Minato Arisato]]/[[Anime/Persona3TheMovie Makoto Yuki]]) and also looks far more masculine. Most likely a result of a few fans complaining that P3's protagonist looked wimpy. Even in the crossdressing contest in ''Persona 4'', it's very hard to mistake Yu as feminine.\\
Additionally, the [[Anime/Persona3TheMovie animated]] [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation adaptations]] have them show a contrast in a single character archetype: TheStoic. While both Makoto and Yu have DeadpanSnarker and CloudCuckoolander tendencies, Yu's eccentric stoicism is played much more for laughs than Makoto's, largely because Yu is a friendly and empathetic individual from the start, while Makoto starts off as cold and detached. Additionally, Makoto tends to get [[NotSoStoic more openly emotional]] when [[BewareTheNiceOnes his friends are threatened]] than Yu does.
*** The optional female protagonist of ''Persona 3 [[UpdatedRerelease Portable]]'' has dialogue choices which imply that [[RedOniBlueOni she's much more upbeat and energetic than her male counterpart]]. It's even apparent in the color choices for each scenario; the male protagonist is associated with the color blue, and the female protagonist with red.
*** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology pulls this with its player characters: ''Innocent Sin'''s Tatsuya Suou is an aloof teenage loner, while ''Eternal Punishment'' 's Maya Amano is a [[GenkiGirl perky]], outgoing young woman.
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' extends this trope to the entire cast of playable characters. ''Persona 4''[='=]s heroes are {{Amateur Sleuth}}s. ''Persona 5'''s heroes are {{Phantom Thie|f}}ves. More specifically, the protagonist of ''Persona 5'' contrasts greatly with previous protagonists; unlike the P4 protagonist who had very straight hair and becomes very popular at school, this protagonist has rather messy hair an is treated with disdain and mistrust due to his criminal background. And unlike the previous two protagonists, he has virtually no school life; he participates in no sports teams or clubs, and only two of his non-party confidants actually have any connection to his school (and most of their events occur outside of school). Furthermore, the previous two protagonists tend towards [[TheStoic stoicism]] and have rather subdued reactions, whereas the protagonist presents himself as a stoic in his day-to-day life only for the facade to fall off as a PhantomThief, where he's more prone to theatrics.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', complete with making the protagonist of the first the villain of the second. Alex Mercer, the original protagonist, was amnesiac, manipulated somewhat easily, and sullen. The protagonist of the second, James Heller, was rage filled, remembered everything, and saw through his enemies' plans. [[NotAsYouKnowThem Alex also became more verbose in 2]], in contrast to Heller's bluntness and propensity for swearing.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock''
** Jack from ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', as an ordinary human who fights mostly with scavenged small arms and improvised weapons, had a distinct feeling of vulnerability to him even as he acquired more powerful Plasmids and began to prove himself in battle. This is compounded by the revelation that he [[spoiler:was little more than a mind-controlled slave of Fontaine's from the very start, devoid of free will.]] [[VideoGame/BioShock2 Subject Delta]], on the other hand, is a hulking, heavily-spliced monster of a man, clad in an armoured suit and capable of braving even the ocean floor unscathed. Meanwhile, others regard him as nothing but a mindless automaton, but the fact that he actually ''does'' possess free will is a large part of his character and motivation.
** Unlike the first two, Booker [=DeWitt=] of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' has a significant identity outside of his mission, which isn't a quest for survival; he's hired to rescue Elizabeth, who is herself a marked contrast to the loneliness that permeated the first few games. He speaks and comments much more on the things going on around him, [[HeroicMime in that he speaks and comments at all]].
* The mainline ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' games are fought as the heroic Spartan super-soldier Master Chief. ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' reduces the player's fame and power by having them play as an [[ItsRainingMen Orbital Drop Shock Trooper]], an [[BadassNormal unaugmented special forces soldier]]. Additionally, [=ODSTs=] tend to [[TheRival resent Spartans and compete against them]] ([[UnknownRival though the Spartans themselves are too mission-oriented to really care]]). ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has you as a super-soldier again, but now a cheaper Spartan-III who specialized in black-ops missions against humans, not [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]]. ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' features two alternating player character: the aforementioned Master Chief and a new character named Jameson Locke, a veteran soldier upgraded to SPARTAN-IV. Additionally, in ''VideoGame/Halo2'', the player would likewise alternate between the Master Chief and the Arbiter, a Covenant soldier in a similar role.
* The ''Franchise/MegaMan'' franchise does this all the time.
** The innocent, childlike Mega Man of [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic the original series]] was followed by X, who both looks and acts more grown-up.
** VideoGame/MegaManX was contrasted (both in his own series and the sequel) with Zero. Where X is deeply conflicted about violence and morality, Zero loves to fight and doesn't worry much about gray areas.
** After Zero came Aile and Vent in the first ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' game. Zero is a robot who's missing his memory but knows how to handle himself; Aile and Vent are humans with no mental problems, but they have a lot to learn about the heroism business.
** The second ZX game pulls this trope on the first in ''two'' ways. The new player characters (Ashe and Grey) have more complicated pasts and more adult perspectives than Aile and Vent. Their partner, Model A, is ''very'' different from the easily heroic Models X and Z -- he's selfish and unmotivated for large parts of the game. (He doesn't even change forms the same way they do.)
** In the AlternateUniverse, ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'''s optimistic and fun-loving heroes Lan and [=MegaMan=] were succeeded in the ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' games by the mopey Geo and his gruff, strange-looking alien friend Omega-Xis. This has often been compared to the original/X series change.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' While both protagonists were canonically light-sided by Creator/LucasArts fiat, outcry over making Revan yet another white, male, heterosexual video game hero (like every Star Wars game hero had been up until that point) led to Exile being an AmbiguouslyBrown female. [[FlameBait Of course]], [[BrokenBase just try]] [[FanonDiscontinuity asking the fanbase about it]].
** The mentor figures for both games are also basically polar opposites: Bastila and Kreia. The former is a youthful, self-righteous LivingLegend, praised throughout the Jedi for defeating TheDreaded Revan. The latter is an old, jaded ConsummateLiar who was expelled from the Jedi Order for teachings they felt were heretical. Bastila really likes to stress following the light side to a fault, where Kreia derides both extreme light and dark side choices equally [[spoiler: and, as a more specific contrast to Bastila, is actually a Sith Lord bent on destroying the Force entirely]]. Both comment throughout the game based on choices the PC makes, and both end up leaving the party mid-game [[spoiler: to become primary antagonists: Bastila becomes the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] new [[TheDragon Dragon]] in I, and Kreia becomes the BiggerBad of II.]]
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'': ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' had a quiet, bookish wizard's slave named Gwydion discover he was a prince named Alexander and endure an arduous quest to rescue his sister. ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'' follows spirited, PluckyGirl Princess Rosella as she is disguised as a peasant on a quest to rescue her dad.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' has Kalas, who is ([[CharacterDevelopment initially]]) a jerkass who cares nothing of anyone's problems other than his own. Meanwhile in Origins, Sagi is quite the nice guy, and is often eager to help out others. [[spoiler: Also, while Kalas is a spiriter, Sagi's is a malideiter, his power coming from a dark god.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' stars Frank West, a calm, cocky photojournalist who is nevertheless altruistic. ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' stars Chuck Green, a straight-laced and extremely serious stunt man who cares deeply for his daughter. ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' features Nick Ramos, a panicky mechanic who [[spoiler: is immune to the zombies]].
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is Ajay Ghale, a Kyrati-American twenty-something [[TheAtoner former-troublemaker]] who gets swept up in a civil war in a foreign land and becomes their strongest warrior, and [[TheBeastmaster he happens to really have a way with animals]]. Compare the protagonist of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', Jason Brody, a [[MightyWhitey caucasian]] twenty-something rich [[MemeticMutation So-Cal asshole]] who gets swept up in a resistance movement in a foreign land and becomes their strongest warrior. Oh, and AnimalsHateHim. [[EverythingTryingToKillYou A lot]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'', the protagonist is Justin, a wide-eyed, optimistic youth who [[JumpedAtTheCall eagerly sets off on an adventure to explore the world]]. In ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'', the protagonist, Ryudo, is a cynical "Geohound" [[note]]mercenaries who have a bad reputation within the setting, though it's never really explained why[[/note]] who more or less gets [[ReluctantHero dragged into the plot against his will]].
* This was suppose to be the case in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'', with the protagonist Nero. He is a demon hunter for a religious cult, who is fighting for the love of his girlfriend and his faith. However, he hides the fact that he was born with a demon arm which gives him special abilities which makes him insecure. Dante is a freelance demon hunter for hire. He doesn't have an established love interest, despite working with two attractive women. He is proud of his half demon heritage and the abilities that come with it. Ultimately, subverted, however, because Nero has the same cocky personality as Dante, not separating the two.
* The four non-DLC Vault Hunters from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' each contrast with a different Vault Hunter from [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} the original]]:
** Roland and Axton were both former soldiers who utilize turrets in battle. However, Roland's the closest thing to a good guy [[CrapsackWorld Pandora]] has, and he left because of corruption in his unit. Axton, on the other hand, is a GloryHound and MilitaryMaverick who was dishonorably discharged because of his proclivity for excessive collateral damage.
** Lilith and Maya are both Sirens, two of six women spread across the universe with mysterious powers, who came to Pandora looking for more information about the Sirens. Lilith is HotBlooded with an addictive personality, and tends to enjoy violence more than she knows she should. Maya is of a more sophisticated upbringing, the TeamMom and TokenGoodTeammate of her gang, and while killing does seem to amuse her, she's not as bloodthirsty about it.
** Mordecai and [=Zer0=] both fill the sniper role, but in very different ways. [=Zer0=] is a stoic, mysterious, soft-spoken, and AmbiguouslyHuman Assassin with a sleek, high-tech appearance that favors cutting-edge Hyperion weapons. Mordecai's a loud, brash, alcoholic, and definitely human Hunter that's visibly wilder and more rugged and favors old-fashioned Jakobs weapons .
** Brick and Salvador are both violence-loving berserkers who manage to come off as the TokenEvilTeammate even for Pandora. Brick turns out to be a BruiserWithASoftCenter with HiddenDepths who occasionally comes across as the OnlySaneMan. Salvador is completely AxCrazy and doesn't really have an off switch. Even their physiques and specialties are different: Brick is massive and relies on his fists to pummel foes, while Salvador is TheNapoleon and a GunNut.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}''.
** Neptune is a cheerful, childish, ditzy, lazy, but confident girl who loves to break the serious mood and is always positive. She balances her flawed personality with her [[SuperMode Goddess form]] Purple Heart, a true LadyOfWar and OnlySaneWoman among the four goddesses. Neptune's younger sister however is dutiful, calm, polite, but lacks self-confidence, and her Goddess form Purple Sister is barely different from her human form. Since Nepgear is too plain and not as amusing as her older sister, Neptune becomes the protagonist of the next two main games again.
** In terms of goddesses from another dimension, there are Plutia from ''[[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory Victory]]'' and Uzume Tennouboshi from ''[[VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII Victory II]]''. Both are newcomers from their respective installments, but they differ greatly in terms of personality and importance in story. Plutia is very calm, to the point where she seems to be perpetually tired. She is kind but ditzy, with a minor sadistic tendency and tends to ignore her duties and responsibilities as Goddess, as she spends most of her time either sleeping, making dolls or playing around with Neptune. Occasionally, she [[CrossesTheLineTwice goes overboard]] when showcasing her somewhat [[ComedicSociopathy twisted sense of humor]]. Her Goddess form Iris Heart is a HeroicComedicSociopath and {{Dominatrix}} who indiscriminately and mercilessly frightens anyone else, friend or foe alike. She doesn't care how long her victim(s) suffer from her "lecture", as long as she gets her kicks. Uzume, on the other hand, is mannish but fiercely loyal and honest to her friends, and she rarely speaks ill of them, and unlike the other Planeptune goddesses, she is the most responsible. As Orange Heart, she becomes childlike and bubbly, although she is no less serious about doing her job, particularly when it comes to protecting her friends and her dimension.
* In Telltale's ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', the protagonist of Season One is a grown man, Lee Everett, who (both metaphorically and quite literally) crashes into the ZombieApocalypse and has to adapt from day one, but is given a chance to start anew and find redemption. Whereas the protagonist of Season Two is a young girl, Clementine, who comes of age during it, and has her happy life ripped from her and needs to avoid succumbing to corruption.
** Season Three introduces a new playable character, Javier. He had a much bigger name than the previous two protagonists for being a disgraced baseball player. He's also the first protagonist to have lasting and significant difficulties with his family members and is the only one to meet some of them during the apocalypse.
* The ''Mafia'' series:
** ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven''[='=]s protagonist, Tommy Angelo, was originally an innocent taxi cab driver who joined the mob for protection, ultimately turned against the mob [[spoiler: and got killed for it.]]
** ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' features Vito Scaletta, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII vet [[TradingBarsForStripes who only joined the army to avoid jail]] and turned to the mob to help his family pay a loan shark, deciding afterward that he liked being a mobster and having money, being willing to hurt people, [[spoiler: and even along with his best friend, Joe Barbaro, killed Tommy]].
** ''VideoGame/MafiaIII'' features Lincoln Clay, a vet of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and member of the black mob with no ties to the mafia and in fact is targeting them after they killed his family. [[spoiler: Depending on the choices the player has Lincoln make, Lincoln can be killed by Father James Ballard for having gone too far, contrasting Tommy being killed by Vito and Joe for testifying against Don Salieri]].
* While they are the secondary main characters of their respective series, this is played straight with Ky Kiske and Jin Kisaragi in Creator/ArcSystemWorks two fighting game franchises, VideoGame/GuiltyGear and Franchise/{{Blazblue}} respectively. Ky is a rather straight example of a KnightInShiningArmor being chivalrous and all around morally upright, if somewhat naive despite the CrapsackWorld he lives in. Jin is more of a KnightInSourArmor by comparison and barely holds his contempt for everything around him and is pretty nihilistic on top of it all. Surprisingly, this trope is averted with the actual main characters, who while having some key differences they both more or less have similar dispositions.
* Marcus Holloway of ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'' is this Aiden Pearce of ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' even though they are both hackers fighting against a corrupt society. Aiden is a cynical aloof loner who is driven by avenging the death of his niece. In contrast, Marcus is a much nicer person who is driven to not only clear his name but to also help others incriminated by the very system that screwed him over in the first place.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', Ryder contrasts Shepard of [[Franchise/MassEffect the original trilogy]] in several ways:
** Shepard ''starts'' the series as an elite, well-regarded soldier being considered for SPECTRE status (which basically means being ''above the law''). Ryder is less experienced and more visibly in over their head.
** Only one of Shepard's three origins has any living relatives, and even then their mother only contacts them by phone. Ryder's family has a much bigger impact on their personal story, starting with them being [[StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter one of two siblings.]]
** Shepard's iconic outfit is N7 red and black. Ryder is generally depicted in [[LighterAndSofter blue and white]].
* Makoto in ''VideoGame/RakenzarnFrontierStory'' is this to Kyuu from ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales''. In ''Tales'', Kyuu is gifted with a very rare class, granting him the potential to become the strongest of all the party members. In ''Frontier Story'', Makoto has classes that aren't very stand out and his level of strength relative to his teammates remains about the same through the game.
* Pearl and Marina from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'' contrast with Callie and Marie from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. While the duos still have {{Odd Friendship}}s, they're played differently. Pearl is similar to Callie as they're both ''{{Boke|AndTsukkomiRoutine}}'' and they're both [[GenkiGirl energetic]], however Marina is [[ShrinkingViolet demure and shy]] while Marie is [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic and outspoken]]. The English translations made Marina more like Marie however they later toned her sassiness down.
* Blaze and his Wardog Squadron from ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' are a bunch of idealistic, but talented rookie pilots who fly the planes command has given them and identify strongly with their nation (to the point of fighting against their own when they come to believe that their cause is unjust). Cipher and Pixy from its prequel ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'', meanwhile, are both jaded, battle-scarred mercenaries who bring their own planes and hold no particular attachment to their cause except money, and even on the Knight path, Cipher's [[KnightInSourArmor armor is mostly sour]].
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedTheLostLegacy'' has Chloe Frazer step in as the protagonist now that series main stay Nathan Drake has gone steady. Besides the obvious of being a girl with mixed ancestry from Australia, Chloe differs from Drake in personality as well. Chloe tries to keep her partners in a strictly business relationship where Nate usually made fast friends with his. Chloe keeps her feelings bottled up while Nate usually wore his heart on his sleeve. Heck even the way they react to the random problems that a MC faces is different, Nate is usually annoyed in a Why-Me fashion while Chloe tends to laugh it off as a bit of extra fun and excitement. Though that said they also share more then a bit in common, such as being fiercely loyal to those they care about.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Not a sequel, but a prequel: The protagonist of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou Emiya, is a WideEyedIdealist who is dragged into the 5th Holy Grail War. In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', his adoptive father Kitsurugi Emiya is a WellIntentionedExtremist who willingly enters the 4th Holy Grail War.
* The protagonist of ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'', Hatou Kei, is a timid, unassertive girl who constantly need to be protected by [[ActionGirlfriend her girlfriend(s)]]. Her cooking is also honest-to-the-gods awful. Cue the sort-of sequel ''VisualNovel/AoiShiro'', where the protagonist, Osanai Syouko, is a clear-headed captain of an all-girl kendo team with a very good sense of culinaire-- good enough to exceed the girl that she must constantly protect.
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', protagonist Makoto Naegi is idealistic, non-confrontational, and a little naive, and in awe of his fellow classmates' talents that helped them get into Hope's Peak Academy since his own talent is rather mundane in comparison (Super High School-Level Good Luck, due to being picked from a lottery to be able to attend the school). In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Hajime Hinata is more cynical, outspoken, and sarcastic, and despite being unable to remember what his talent is he treats his classmates more or less as equals, while at the same time being more wary of them.
** Komaru Naegi, Makoto Naegi's [[LittleSisterHeroine little sister]] and protagonist of the series' GaidenGame ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'', sets herself apart from her brother and Hinata by being very emotionally fragile, requiring constant moral support to keep her from giving up (which she very nearly does a few times).
** And the tradition is continued in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', with Kaede Akamatsu, the first female protagonist on a numbered series. According to the comments of her VA and Famitsu, Kaede openly seeks the role of [[TheLeader leadership]] in her group, something her predecessors never did. She also seems to be more of a GenkiGirl, in contrast to Makoto and Hajime who often play OnlySaneMan to their classmates antics. Famitsu particularly stated that she will be more active than Naegi and from her one line on the second teaser, she seems to be a bit of a GoGetterGirl as well. [[spoiler:The game itself, however, subverts it relatively early on, as Kaede is revealed to be a DecoyProtagonist, and from Chapter 2 and going forward [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent the perspective switches]] to the true player character, Shuichi Saihara, who in many ways is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for the series' previous player characters.]]
* The Science Adventure series tends to have fairly distinct protagonists. ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' has ClassicalAntiHero Takumi Nishijou who is pretty much a cowardly otaku who takes awhile to gain motivation. ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'''s Okabe retains some loser traits due to his delusions, but is portrayed as much more confident in his ambitions. At least until the plot rears its head.
* The first two main characters in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice, are young men who [[TheComicallySerious are hilarious in their attempts to be serious]], are able to bluff their way through nervous moments pretty well, and who have pretty unremarkable backstories (or at least enough so that we don't learn much about them). Athena Cykes is a young woman who is more of an obvious {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ButtMonkey who occasionally locks up in terror and who has a ''very'' DarkAndTroubledPast.

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* [[Webcomic/BlackAdventures Black]] was a straight teen who had a crush on his female next door neighbor ([[SurpriseIncest that he could never be with]]) and traveled around with an older guy. [[Webcomic/XYAdventures Xavier]] is a gay teen who travels around with his female next door neighbor and has a crush on an older guy ([[IncompatibleOrientation that he can never be with]]).
* ''WebComic/ParadoxSpace'' an example between two of its anthology comics. The titular dog of "A Fun Day For Bec" uses his teleportation to fly round the world grabbing baseballs, playing with frisbees, and enjoying himself; meanwhile, "A Fun Day For [=GCat=]" features a cat appearing throughout the world eating birds and killing mice before dumping the rotting remains in some poor person's room.

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* Played with in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' with Agent Washington. Wash is introduced in [[DarkerAndEdgier Season 6]] as a more serious, disciplined soldier to contrast with the more cynical Reds and Blues. Unlike other examples of this trope, Wash didn't replace the Reds and Blues, but became the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Man]] among their [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag band of idiots]].

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* Avatar Korra of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' compared to Avatar Aang of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. They are of opposite genders and noticeably different ages (Aang is 12, while Korra starts off at 17 and ends at 21). Aang is pacifistic and spiritual, knows only airbending at the start of the series, and initially [[RefusalOfTheCall Refused The Call]]. Korra is hot-headed, far more pugnacious, has known how to waterbend, earthbend and firebend since she was a child, and JumpedAtTheCall. And by her own admission, she's not so good at the spiritual stuff. Visually speaking, Aang is a short, bald-headed, fair-skinned young boy, while Korra is a tall, long-haired, brown-skinned young woman. Aang [[SingleTargetSexuality only had eyes for Katara]] the entire series. Korra goes on a date with Bolin, has a failed relationship with Mako, and ends the series with [[spoiler: [[BiTheWay Asami]]]]. Both however share a good sense of humor, lots of compassion for strangers, and a certain impulsiveness. They also learn different advanced bending forms. Aang learned tremorsense and lightning redirect, Korra learned metalbending, healing and spirit pacification.
** As one comment puts it:
--> "Aang is good and learns to be the Avatar, Korra is the Avatar and learns to be good."
** It's worth noting that there's a twist to the formula here: Aang and Korra ''are technically the same person''. Korra is the reincarnation of Aang.
** It's been shown that each Avatar was more or less a contrast to the previous one. Yangchen was wise and responsible, Kuruk was playful and less eager to interfere with mortal affairs, Kyoshi was dead serious and active, and Roku considered his inattentiveness his greatest failure.
* This pops up frequently in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Most notably in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', where this is pretty much how Batman beats ComicBook/TheJoker.
--> '''Joker:''' (After getting kicked in the crotch) What are you doing?!
--> '''Batman:''' Fighting dirty.
--> '''Joker:''' The ''real'' Batman would never (kicked again).
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Optimus Prime]] and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Optimus Primal]]. Both noble and brave leaders who do battle against a Transformer who goes by "Megatron" for the fate of the Earth. While Prime was seasoned leader of the Autobots, Primal had no military background and was the leader of a small crew of Maximals who only responded to Megatron's theft of the Golden Disk because they were the closest. Prime was a respected and idealized warrior who carried the Matrix of Leadership that gave him the collected wisdom of past Primes, Primal is more down to Earth while having his team question his orders or undermine him, though when he carried Optimus Prime's spark during the season 3 premiere, he started to exhibit more of Prime's personality.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Optimus is longtime leader of the Autobots who was stoic, wise, patient and respected by Autobot and Decepticon alike. ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'': Bumblebee, who served under him in ''Prime'', is emotional, unsure, more used to being part of a team than leading one and frequently dealt with both disobedience and lack of respect early on. He attempted to emulate Optimus once, but it went nowhere and Optimus told him that he needs to lead his team his own way.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' and ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' if one expands "sequel" to mean "SpiritualSuccessor made by the same guys and [[CanonWelding set in the same town]]." The former is about a pair of [[CheerfulChild ridiculously chipper]] brothers who were BornLucky and succeed at any ridiculous thing they try; the latter about a [[ThePollyanna ridiculously chipper]] boy who was BornUnlucky ([[HereditaryCurse literally]]) and often has to struggle through the simplest tasks. By extension one could contrast Candace (an older sister always on her brothers' case until she learns to get along with them [[AesopAmnesia over and over again]]) and Sara (an older sister who's unquestioningly supportive), or Perry (a secret agent platypus who has a habit of disappearing from his owners' sight, causing people to say "Hey, where's Perry?") and Diogee (an ordinary dog who has a habit of appearing before Milo, causing him to say "Diogee, go home").
* ''Western/{{Daria}}'' is a SpinOff of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead.'' You'll find many people shocked by this: the parent show was about two boys who were TooDumbToLive (but somehow managed) and had [[FreeRangeChildren no apparent families]], while [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] suffering through IntelligenceEqualsIsolation and a family whom she ([[CharacterDevelopment initially]]) couldn't stand. The former relies on ToiletHumor; the latter on {{Genius Bonus}}es. It makes sense, since Daria was created specifically to be a smart, female {{Foil}} to the boys.