Replacement Scrappy

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Because The Human Torch just wasn't as cool as... the Robotic Operating Buddy?

"You can't compete with the long lost Agent Mulder. His easy good looks, his Oxford education. Mulder has what you can't have. But you stumble forward, the flatfooted cop, thinking you can put handcuffs on demons."
Josef Kobold to Agt. Doggett, The X-Files ("Daemonicus")

A popular character is killed off or otherwise written out and replaced with a new character who fills their previous role. Regardless of what this new character is like, they're likely to end up with a Hatedom directed at them, just because they're not the old favourite. If he'd been there from the start, maybe the fans could have loved this new character, or at least respected him. But no—he's a replacement. He's not even a Suspiciously Similar Substitute who at least shared some character traits with the other guy, he's a totally different guy, and so every flaw—every trait that makes him not like the character the fans want him to be—drives them crazy with longing and disgust, and all they can do is get angrier and angrier.note 

Pointing out the fact that the creators sometimes had no choice but to abandon the old character or also make a replacement may still not calm fans down.

Sometimes this is understandable: the fans mourn the loss of the old character, whom they have come to know and love, and suddenly they are forced to get to know a new character all over again, and inevitable comparisons will ensue. However, if the new character is poorly written, interacts awkwardly with the old characters, derails the show, or - worst of all - becomes a Mary Sue or Creator's Pet, fans will often go to war over their outrage. Expect the use of flamethrowers where these characters are discussed, especially if the new character gains a dissenting fandom - Broken Bases because of these characters are not unknown phenomena. Investing in fire-proof armor or a bunker deep underground may help if all-encompassing forum warfare breaks out.

In short, They Changed It, Now It Sucks, but with a main character. If lucky, he may be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.

Compare with Counterpart Comparison.

(Of course, being a Replacement Scrappy does not preclude also being a regular Scrappy. It is entirely possible that the audience would have hated the character anyway.)


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    Advertising 
  • No one was happy when Free Credit Score hired a new band to replace the old one. No one. Thankfully, the company realized this, and judging by this commercial, it looks like the old band is coming back.
  • Wendy, for whom the Wendy's fast food chain is named, is not nearly the advertiser her father (and the chain's founder) Dave Thomas was. The nameless redhead (who looks like the logo on the sign), who the company brought in to replace Wendy Thomas, isn't much better.
  • The makers of the German chocolate bar ''Kinder Schokolade'' certainly didn't expect that kind of backlash when in 2005, after decades, they replaced the boy on the packaging.
  • The UK's Admiral Insurance has received a lot of criticism for replacing their original mascot the Admiral with a female version. She was intended to be a strong and independent business woman, but ended up coming off as annoyingly obnoxious. Out of all the videos on their YouTube channel, the ones featuring her tend to get the lowest ratings.
  • UK price comparison site Confused.com's mascot Brian the Robot is considered by many to be a poor, and at worst annoying, replacement for their previous mascot Cara Confused, whose ads included catchy covers of popular songs and some racy humor.

    Fan Works 
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In-Universe example. After being Mind Raped by Arael Asuka begins to see herself as this to the dead Kal-El, thinking that he is far more deserving of their powers.
  • Thoroughly discussed in the Criminal Minds fanfiction Voices of the Forgotten, which, as the title suggests, about all the characters who've come or gone unceremoniously over the years.
    Elle: She at least thought that they would not like her replacement more than her because nobody every likes the replacement...
    Jordan: Even if they're temporary...
    Ashley: Or not technically a replacement at all.
  • In Zelda's Honor, a lot of reader hate can be directed at Cayla for not only being a disagreeable character to begin with (she does get better by the end however), but also replacing Impa after she dies as the Sage of Shadow and all that role implies.

    Film 
  • Star Wars
    • Attack of the Clones: Count Dooku is a very cool character in his own right, but at the time many fans dismissed him for not being Darth Maul. Who was himself very cool, but no Darth Vader.
    • The Force Awakens: Does this again with Kylo Ren, the successor to Darth Vader. There's a section of fans that do like him but many find him not as cool or intimidating or badass. (Even In-Universe, he struggles to live up Vader's legacy and reputation)
  • Indiana Jones: Several fans of the series have complained about the love interests in The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade in comparison to Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this is given a Lampshade Hanging that produces a heartwarming moment.
  • Detective Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass) in Curse of the Pink Panther. The plot sets him up as investigating Inspector Clouseau's disappearance, as established in the previous film, Trail of the Pink Panther. Sleigh is an New York City detective who is similarly incompetent, but eager-to-please rather than arrogant, and more aware of/confused by the chaos he's involved in than Clouseau ever was. Beyond having a different and ultimately blander character as the focus, the film itself comes off as lazy and cheap compared to its predecessors. Worse, not only was Peter Sellers' Clouseau beloved, but Trail of... used outtakes of Sellers — who had died two years prior — to create a Fake Shemp; essentially, writer-director-producer Blake Edwards was accused of grave robbing just to set up a Replacement Scrappy! Edwards tried again at this 10 years later with Son of the Pink Panther, via a Re Vision of the events of A Shot in the Dark to bring us Clouseau's illegitimate Italian son (Roberto Benigni), but it also bombed.
  • In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock the shiny new starship Excelsior threatens to be the Replacement Scrappy for the Enterprise. This was actually going to happen for real in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but a backlash from fans caused the powers that be to rethink that plan.
    • Apparently the backlash was so much that it was actually lampshaded in the fourth movie, specifically during shuttle ride through Spacedock, where Sulu claims that he's hoping the former Enterprise crew would received the Excelsior, to which Scotty scoffs at the idea and calls the ship a "bucket of bolts". Then the shuttle turns toward the Excelsior's direction (with the camera following throughout), making it seem like Sulu's wish was going to come true...only for the Enterprise-A to appear behind the Excelsior. You could almost hear the original theater audience's cheers at that point.
    • Between the third and fourth movies, the DC Star Trek comics did in fact have Kirk and Co. on the Excelsior... except for Spock, who was given command of the science vessel Surak. By the time the fourth movie came out, the comics writers had put everything back in place... but this was one reason many fans thought the crew would wind up on Excelsior. Nice fake-out be the moviemakers to make us think (for all of 0.43 seconds) that this was happening.
    • Ironically enough, the Excelsior would become one of the most popular starships in the ST fandom, both due to its unique design (at the time) and for being captained by Sulu (replacing the original captain Styles) in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. One supposes this was partly due to not becoming the Replacement Scrappy as everyone feared, instead establishing itself as its own "character" from the Enterprise. Almost burning out her engines to get to Enterprise in time to have her back, in the latter's final mission, against a cutting-edge prototype stealth warship probably didn't hurt either.
  • Superman III: While viewers were looking forward to see how Clark's relationship with Lois would develop, actress Margot Kidder argued with the producers over the firing of original director Richard Donner. As a result she was reduced to a cameo, and her role as Superman's love interest filled by Lana Lang.
  • The Three Stooges:
    • Shemp replacing Curly after Curly suffered a stroke. Opinions on him vary, however, as the reasoning wasn't that he was a bad actor but rather that he was very different from Curly and the show dynamic changed because of it. Ironically, Curly was actually the replacement for Shemp, who was the third stooge during their Vaudeville days, before Curly even began acting.
    • On the other hand, Joe Besser is universally hated, largely due to Besser's contractual stipulation that Moe couldn't hit him; this was like a kiss of death for any shorts featuring him, since annoyingly clownish characters are tolerable only so long as their annoyance is appropriately punished. Indeed, Joe Besser rather than Shemp personifies this more, as Shemp tends to be more popular than not.
    • Curly Joe De Rita, for the most part, avoided this trope. He was brought in to play the third stooge during their comeback, and managed to be an effective stooge in his own right (and despite the name, he didn't act like Curly). It also helped that the guy he was replacing was the aforementioned (and widely hated) Besser.
  • Glen Robbins in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold is a perfect example of this trope, having replaced the much-loved character Ed Furillo from the first movie.
  • James Bond
    • Jack Wade, Bond's new CIA contact, replacing Felix Leiter in the Brosnan films. While in all fairness Leiter had kinda lost his legs in Licence to Kill, the replacement of a fan-favorite character going as far back as the original novels with a muumuu-wearing, boorish American stereotype didn't go over well. When Jeffrey Wright introduces himself as Felix Leiter in Casino Royale, everyone in the audience cheers.
    • Dr. Jones from The World Is Not Enough manages the dubious honor of being a Replacement Scrappy for someone else in the same film.
  • In Godzilla (2014), Ford Brody's Base-Breaking qualities are intensified after he replaces his father as the protagonist of the film, in spite of the film's advertisements implying his dad would have a much bigger role.
  • Jurassic Park III introduces Spinosaurus as a new dinosaur antagonist... and does so by having it Curb Stomp the long-established fan favourite, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Arguably one of the most infamous examples in film - even after almost a decade and a half after the release of the film, documentary clips on YouTube featuring Spinosaurus draw a lot of hate from fans of the series. Jurassic World contains a big Take That! to Spinosaurus by having Rexie smash through a specimen's skeleton when she gets introduced in the film's climax.
  • This happens in the Power Rangers Turbo Movie when Rocky get injured during martial arts practice and has to be replaced by his younger and generally more annoying younger brother. Behind the scenes this was done to help sell the movie to younger audiences and to fill in the blue ranger role after the actor who portrayed Rocky was hurt in a similar way.

    Literature 
  • V. C. Andrews fans don't much like Andrew Neiderman, her ghostwriter after she died. This intensified in recent years, due to the downward quality with each book published.
    • For the actual books, Annie Stonewall from The Casteel Series is this for her mother Heaven in Gates of Paradise. Fans found her to be incredibly whiny and spoiled compared to Heaven, and even fans that liked Gates of Paradise felt Annie was one of the worst parts about the book.
  • The short story Johnny Come Lately by Marc Singer tells the story from the Scrappy's point of view; based heavily on the Green Lantern furor outlined here, it tells the story of a young man picked at random as the replacement for a well-admired superhero after his death and the destruction of his league by the sentient hourglass that was his symbol, who finds his every effort, no matter how sincere, sneered at and put down by ingrates for no other reason than he's the new guy. The replacement isn't best pleased at his new lot in life.
  • Star Wars Legends regularly had characters (especially Luke) being written out temporarily. So Shadows of the Empire readers hate Dash Rendar for his similarity to Han Solo. (It takes place between Empire and Jedi.) And Fate of the Jedi readers hate Kenth Hamner for trying to replace Luke. Oddly, Ben isn't hated, despite often being considered an Expy of Anakin Solo. Parodied with Abeloth, who tries to impersonate Mara and Callista and gets the Replacement Scrappy treatment (and a few fatal lightsaber wounds) from Luke himself for her efforts.
  • The Warrior Cats fanbase has had this reaction to a few characters.
    • In Forest of Secrets, the third book in the series, Graystripe's mate Silverstream dies. Ten books later in The Sight, Graystripe, who was captured by humans in Dawn, returns to the Clans with a new mate called Millie. Millie has received a ton of hate, and most of it is for either not being Silverstream, or (among fans who completely ignore the aesop about racism) for being a former kittypet.
    • Cinderheart, the reincarnation of the snarky medicine cat Cinderpelt, is hated for being more optimistic and playful than her jaded previous incarnation.
    • In Sunrise, it was revealed that Hollyleaf, who was thought to be the subject of a prophecy, actually had no connection to the prophecy at all. When The Fourth Apprentice rolled around, Dovewing, the true hero, started receiving bile due to how different she was from Hollyleaf.
  • In The Wheel of Time, following Moiraine's Heroic Sacrifice, Rand got a new bossy female mentor-type thing in Cadsuane. Unfortunately, while Moiraine was likeable and seemed to genuinely care about people, Cadsuane was a bossy, knowitall Mary Sue.
    • In fairness, this was likely mostly intentional, as the original was putting the Aes Sedai and co in danger of being sympathetic and the author needed to keep them firmly in antagonist territory for later plot development to work. If Rand thought they were probably inclined to be reasonable and negotiated the series probably would have come in at its original intended length instead of seven or eight times longer.
  • Wicked fans haven't taken much of an interest in Liir, who replaced Elphaba after she died. Being Elphaba's son doesn't stop him from being The Scrappy, and may have been even worse for his reputation.

    Music 
  • Kenny Jones, successor to drummer Keith Moon of The Who, is this to many people - to the point where singer Roger Daltrey refused to do reunion tours with the group unless Jones was dismissed. Perhaps due to the passage of time, Jones' replacement Zak Starkey and the late John Entwistle's substitute bassist Pino Palladino have fared better.
    • In a late-90's interview, Daltrey described Jones as "a great drummer and a good friend, but he wasn't the right guy". If you listen, Jones' playing was very sedate compared to the manic style of Moon.
  • In music there's the fans reactions to the many incarnations of Queens of the Stone Age - "What happened to Nick Oliveri?", "Dave Grohl was a way better drummer than this guy", "Mark Lanegan should be the singer", "Josh should just reform Kyuss..."
  • Before the worldwide phenomenon that was Beatlemania, a fair number of their O.G. British fans resented the fact that Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best on drums. The exact reason for Best being fired varies depending on where you hear it from, being either because he didn't fit in with John, George, and Paul, he was too moody, or Brian Epstein not thinking he was a good enough drummer. At the time, Pete was the most popular member of the group in their home of Liverpool, and fans would carry signs saying, "Ringo Never, Pete Forever" at their concerts.
  • Many Metallica fans (including the other band members themselves) are guilty of heaping unnecessary scorn on Jason Newsted because he had the misfortune of replacing the late, lamented Cliff Burton on bass. Metallica themselves shared the sentiment, constantly treating Newsted like "the newbie" and burying his bass work in the mixes. Newsted eventually left the band over his poor treatment, and while his replacement, Robert Trujillo, gets some redirected scorn from fans, the band themselves absolutely love him, openly calling him "the man who saved Metallica."
  • Sammy Hagar. There's a reason people refuse to call the Hagar-era band Van Halen...
    • There's a fair bit of denial that Van Halen did a record with Gary Cherone.
    • Eddie's son Wolfgang, who replaced Michael Anthony on bass, gets unfairly treated this way at times. At least a large amount of this by fans who want Anthony to return, and/or who object to Anthony being replaced unceremoniously by Wolfgang prior to the release of A Different Kind Of Truth. Eddie, in the meantime, is open to a reunion, but credits his inspiration for the new album to jamming with Alex and Wolfgang in Eddie's studio.
  • Queen with Paul Rodgers; it isn't that he's a bad singer, it's just that Freddie is one hell of a tough act to follow. Even the band themselves insist on being known as "Queen + Paul Rodgers".
  • Similarly, INXS with J.D. Fortune isn't INXS.
  • The Finnish monster rock band Lordi has had this problem. To date, they've replaced the bassist three times (Magnum with G-Stealer, G-Stealer with Kalma, and Kalma with OX) and the pianist once (Enary with Awa.) While very few fans can deny that the quality of the music has never diminished after a switch, and has often improved, the new band member's costume can cause fits in the fandom (for example, Enary, the busty blonde valkyrie, being replaced with Awa, the grey corpse-like ghost/witch.)
  • William DuVall in Alice in Chains. He's not Layne Staley and most fans just can't accept that.
  • Ever since Scott Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots, fans and radio DJ's will still often refer to them as "Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.
  • This is very common in female-fronted metal:
    • Nightwish: after Tarja Turunen was replaced with Anette Olzon, the latter was quickly disliked for not having the strong vocal range of her predecessor. Averted with her replacement, Floor Jansen (formerly of After Forever), who is mostly well-liked.
    • The Agonist and Arch-Enemy have a similar one. In The Agonist, Alissa White-Gluz was the first vocalist (and one of the founding members) but she was kicked out of the band for joining Arch-Enemy when long-term vocalist Angela Gossow decided to call it quits. Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) is massively hated for "not being Alissa" and Alissa has the same problem in Arch-Enemy for not being Angela.
    • Tristania is often considered to not be the same after Vibeke Stene left and the Italian Mary Demurtas took over.
    • The same goes for Theatre Of Tragedy following the departure of Liv Kristine.
    • A tragic example occurs with the band Elis from Liechtenstein, whose first singer unexpectedly succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage in 2006. Given the circumstances, the fans contained themselves, but the two following singers never managed to step out of the shadow of Sabine Dünser.
  • Likewise, Tim 'Ripper' Owens was hated by many Judas Priest and Iced Earth fans for not being Rob Halford or Matt Barlow, even though he's a very talented vocalist in his own right.
    • However, being fired right around Christmas just to bring back Matt Barlow lead to a thankfully death-free version of Alas, Poor Scrappy. Which was kind of sad because many Iced Earth fans had just started to accept Ripper.
      • On the other hand, there have been relatively few complaints about Stu Block, who came in after Barlow left again, largely thanks to his ability to sound like a dead ringer for either Barlow or Ripper when he so chooses without compromising his own unique sound.
    • Similarly, Blaze Bayley is not Bruce Dickinson.
  • Accept lost a considerable amount of fans after replacing vocalist Udo Dirkschneider with David Reece and drastically changed their sound on their Eat The Heat album, after which they wisely took back Udo.
    • Notably averted, however, on their 2010 album Blood of the Nations, which features Mark Tornillo on vocals and has been widely praised by Accept fans, with many claiming it to be superior to the material produced during Udo's second stint with the band.
  • Also likewise, Mike DiMeo is hated by Masterplan fans for not being the almost identically styled Jorn Lande.
  • After Drowning Pool vocalist Dave Williams' sudden death, a lot of fans found it difficult to accept his replacement vocalist Jason Jones (which likely contributed to his departure from the band), and after Jones quit, his replacement vocalistSoil singer Ryan McCombs was slightly more accepted, though still considered inferior to Williams.
  • Even though it's been almost fifteen years, many fans of Helloween still do not accept their current vocalist Andi Deris. Deris has been with the band longer than both Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen combined! It doesn't help that Kiske was the vocalist for Helloween's most successful albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1 & Pt. 2.
  • An odd example happened early on with the new drummer brought in to back up They Might Be Giants on "John Henry". What was so odd? He replaced a drum machine. Some fans protested the move, although everyone has since gotten over it.
  • When Vince Neil left Mötley Crüe in the early '90s, they decided to replace him for their ironically self-titled album in 1994. They would retroactively blame its poor sales on "the new ingredient", as stated in Behind The Music.
  • Averted by the Thrash Metal band Municipal Waste. They got rid of their original drummer, so they decided to get Dave Witte from the legendary grindcore band Discordance Axis. No one even DARED to complain. Although it sorta sucks if you were a fan of Burnt By The Sun because Witte joining the Waste was probably one of the reasons BBTS broke up.
  • Kamelot has a rare inversion. Original vocalist Mark Vanderbilt is now disliked by most of the fandom, however, considering his mediocre to awful singing style, and replacement by the classically trained opera styled Roy Khan previously of the Progressive Metal band Conception, you can't blame them.
    • Also averted when Roy Khan left and was replaced by Tommy Karevik. He was pretty well received by the fans, both because he's a talented singer on his own right, but he can also emulate well Roy Khan's style.
  • Averted to an incredible degree by AC/DC. After singer Bon Scott died their first album with Brian Johnson was Back in Black. Back in Black is the second best selling album of all time. (Some Scott fans still don't like him, though.)
  • Various people dislike Michael Tait taking over as lead singer for the Newsboys despite him being a decent singer, simply because he doesn't sound like previous lead Peter Furler.
  • Averted by Genesis, who decided to promote drummer Phil Collins to the vocals spot instead of bringing in a replacement for Peter Gabriel, who up until then had been the face of the band with his unique voice, fairy-tale-on-acid lyrics and theatrical stage act. Collins' voice sounded similar enough to Gabriel's to work for a few albums, but after Collins' more poppy solo career was a success, the band went for a poppy sound themselves, which naturally led to a Broken Base.
  • Country music band Lonestar was heavily criticized during the period in which Cody Collins (who previously fronted another short-lived country band called McAlyster) replaced longtime lead singer Richie McDonald from 2007 to 2011. Although McDonald was already derided for delving into oversung narm, whatever fans the band had left felt that Collins was too bland and that the band just didn't sound the same. McDonald ultimately rejoined in 2011.
  • Record Producer Dann Huff has been seen as this when he replaced Mark Bright as Rascal Flatts' producer. Huff was heavily criticized for surrounding the band with extremely bombastic arrangements and saddling them with weightless, Narmy, over-sung songs starting with "What Hurts the Most". (Coincidentally, Huff was also the producer on Lonestar's derided early-2000s albums.) Rascal Flatts finally dumped Huff (except for one track) on 2014's Rewind.
  • There still are Angra fans embittered that Edu Falaschi replaced Andre Matos as lead singer (despite Matos' leaving being of his own will, and being from a more complicated matter than musical differences). One of their main complaints about Falaschi is that he couldn't even sing the band's signature song, "Carry On", without slipping out of tune.
  • This happened to Sepultura when Derrick Green replaced Max Cavalera. Curiously, Jean Dolabella didn't receive as much flak when he substituted Igor Cavalera on drums, both because the two albums he recorded (A-Lex and Kairos) were well received and because everyone (even in the band) was waiting for Igor to follow his bro, and Eloy Casagrande was given an even warmer reception after he replaced Dolabella.
  • Many fans of Exodus hate their latest vocalist Rob Dukes, partially because of his drastically different style of singing than Paul Baloff and Steve 'Zetro' Souza, their previous two singers, though they also have their own reasons. The fact that the band chose to re-record their landmark debut album with him didn't help at all. However, the band has only released 3 original albums with Dukes, so they still have time to warm up to him.
  • Faith No More both inverted and played this one straight. Inverted in that their singer on the first two albums, Chuck Mosely, was unceremoniously fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, and you can count the number of people who thought this was a bad thing on the fingers of one hand. However, since Jim Martin departed in 1993 following the release of Angel Dust, a series of guitarists appeared and each one was given grief simply for not being Jim. Even when they reformed in 2009 with the same lineup they had since 1996, some people were upset because Jim wasn't involved.
  • Quite possibly Guns N' Roses second drummer, Matt Sorum. Axl Rose described other former members of the band as 'former members', but described Sorum as a 'former employee'. It probably didn't help that the guy he replaced, Steven Adler (whose heroin addiction was so bad he could barely stay awake during recording sessions) happens to be a childhood friend of Slash.
    • Nowadays, it's everyone in the band (not counting Axl himself and longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed, the only members appearing on any albums before Chinese Democracy).
  • Jake E. Lee, who played guitar with Ozzy Osbourne after the tragic death of Randy Rhoads. Fans would hold up pictures of Rhoads during concerts and flip Jake middle fingers during his solos. Jake was ultimately fired by Sharon Osbourne after the 1987 release of the Randy Rhoads Tribute live album. His replacement, Zakk Wylde, fared much better, though Lee ultimately became Vindicated by History as a very creative, unique, and interesting guitarist who did his own thing instead of blindly copying Rhoads and ultimately became a subversion.
  • The Dead Kennedys have never been able to really recover after the bands reunion without Jello Biafra.
  • Any Yes vocalist not named Jon Anderson, and to a lesser extent any keyboardist other than Rick Wakeman and any guitarist other than Steve Howe are generally regarded as replacement scrappies by at least some large part of Yes' infamously fragmented fanbase. Howe and Wakeman themselves averted this and are actually far more popular than the band members they replaced.
    • The band's stint with Trevor Rabin replacing Howe on guitar in the 1980's is a Broken Base among fans. Some say he saved the band from extinction and updated their sound, others say he ruined them by turning them into a pop band.
  • A very vocal portion of the KISS Army consider Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer Replacement Scrappies, despite having been in the band longer than the original members they replaced.
  • Ask an Obituary fan about their opinion on Ralph Santolla's run with the band. If they don't refer to him as "that drunken retard who had to play some ridiculously overblown guitar solo every thirty seconds", then you have made a very, very, very rare find. While somewhat divisive with Deicide fans, most of them enjoyed The Stench of Redemption and didn't place all of the blame on him for the lackluster quality of the other two Santolla-era Deicide albums. Obituary fans, on the other hand, despise him, wish that they had never hired him to replace Allen West, and like to pretend that the two albums that he was on never existed.
  • For many of Chicago's longtime, die-hard fans, any guitarist whose name isn't Terry Kath.
  • When brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps left The Kentucky Headhunters in 1992 to form Brother Phelps, their respective roles as lead singer and bassist were taken over by Mark S. Orr and Anthony Kenney. (Kenney had previously played in an earlier incarnation of the band in The '70s.) Orr was hated by fans, critics, and even rhythm guitarist Richard Young for having a more scratchy delivery better suited for blues or R&B than for twangy Southern rock. After doing only two albums (one a collaboration with blues pianist Johnnie Johnson) and a cover of The Beatles' "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" for a tribute album, Orr quit in 1995 over Creative Differences. Young asked Doug to rejoin, so he broke up Brother Phelps and took his brother's former role as lead singer. Doug is an aversion, as his vocal style is very similar to that of his brother (and, after Kenney quit in 2008, Doug is once again bassist as well).
  • Joe Lynn Turner is a successful and prolific hard rock singer, mostly remembered for being in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in the eighties until Blackmore disbanded Rainbow to rejoin Deep Purple. When enmity between Blackmore and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan led to the latter being fired, Blackmore eventually recruited Turner to replace him. The fans did not like this change at all, and faced with the rest of the band (and the record company) demanding Gillan's return, Blackmore agreed to drop Turner. Adding insult to injury, all the material Turner had written for the next album was handed over to Gillan to rework as his own.
    • This is adding insult to injury, because Joe Lynn Turner was already a Replacement Scrappy in Rainbow - he replaced legend in his own right Ronnie James Dio, and his time with Rainbow is considered the band's Dork Age. (Even Dio dissed the new incarnation of Rainbow, referring to them as "Foreigner Junior")
  • Three Days Grace fans have had a hard time accepting Matt Walst, Adam Gontier's replacement. For most, it was a letdown that Gontier left in the first place - his timing couldn't have been worse, and his immediate excuse was seen as flimsy as well - and Walst was just salt in the wound.
  • When Paul Bostaph replaced Dave Lombardo in Slayer he was almost immediately hated by fans for being an inferior replacement. He is a very good drummer himself, but he just happened to replace the most acclaimed drummer in all thrash metal. The fact that his joining coincided with Slayer entering the 90s Dork Age didn't help.
    • Averted by Gary Holt, who replaced the late Jeff Hanneman. It helps that he: a) is a thrash legend in his own right (with Exodus and Slayer having Friendly Fandoms) b) was already filling in for Jeff when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis c) is considered at the very least as skilled of a guitarist as Jeff. In fact the most controversial aspect of his joining is Kerry King apparently not allowing him to take part in songwriting on Repentless.
  • While Suffocation fans didn't dislike Ricky Myers at all (indeed, the consensus was that he did a very solid job as their touring vocalist), they made it very clear that they would have much rather had Frank Mullen up onstage than Myers. This has surprisingly been subverted with Kevin Muller; while they still miss Frank, Kevin's energy and surprising vocal similarity to a young Frank has managed to win over most of the fanbase.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mitsuo Momota, son of the legendary Rikidozan, was a textbook example in the transition between JWA to All Japan Pro Wrestling. Poor Momota's "legendary" for being inferior in every conceivable way.
  • One of the most famous examples is Lex Luger's face run in WWF, where he was essentially Hulk Hogan's Replacement Scrappy. Despite (or perhaps because of) him playing the All-American Face to an even greater hilt than Hogan himself, the fans still saw him as a cheap imitation and hated him. But they kept trying, and trying, and trying to get him over… It didn't help that Luger's "Narcissist" gimmick was rather well-liked and was getting pretty over when it was just inexplicably dumped for the "Made in the USA" gimmick.
  • When Crush (Brian Adams) joined Demolition in the WWF and eventually replaced Ax altogether. Similarly, Dino Bravo replacing Brutus Beefcake in the Dream Team.
    • Averted on the other hand by similar replacements in Stan Lane replacing Dennis Condrey as Bobby Eaton's partner in The Midnight Express in NWA\WCW. Also, although their push was not strong, Kato replacing Akio Sato in the WWF's Orient Express...mostly because Kato was actually Paul Diamond, Pat Tanaka's partner in the underrated Badd Company team in the AWA and ECW.
      • There's also when "Dr. Death" Steve Williams took Rick Steiner's place in the Varsity Club in NWA/WCW. But that may be a neutral replacement depending on your opinion. As would be when Sid Vicious lost his place in the Skyscrapers to some young tall redhead named Mark Callous.
  • Another great example was the fake Diesel and fake Razor Ramon (Rick "Big Titan" Bogner, best known for his work in FMW), three months after Scott Hall and Kevin Nash left for WCW. These two were a deliberate invocation of the Replacement Scrappy trope, as they were introduced by a freshly Face Heel Turned Jim Ross specifically to embarrass Vince McMahon and the WWF. There were legal issues involved as well. WWF was suing WCW at the time over Hall and Nash's appearance, claiming they were passing them off as Ramon and Diesel (the two were unnamed "invaders" at the time, and weren't named until their first PPV match, at WCW Bash at the Beach 96, where Hulk Hogan turned heel to launch the nWo). New characters with the same names (intentional Replacement Scrappy or not) was a clear sign that WWF intended to use and enforce the trademarked names.
  • Jonathan Coachman and, to a lesser extent, Joey Styles got this when they replaced Jim Ross as the play-by-play announcer for Raw.
    • Michael Cole seems to have somewhat avoided this when Ross was moved to Smack Down rather than simply taken off TV. Mostly because he was already The Scrappy to begin with.
    • And Mike Adamle got this for replacing Styles (who retired from play-by-play announcing out of the blue) on ECW. When he became Raw's General Manager (ironically, the previous GM William Regal returned from suspension on the same day), his replacement of Todd Grisham is probably seen as an improvement.
    • Joey Styles only got the job for two reasons: 1. WWE failed to snag UFC commentator Mike Goldberg, and 2. the general consensus was that Joey was the only possible choice that would not be seen as a Replacement Scrappy by the fanbase. And, while he still did get a bit of heat over it (Fan Dumb being what it is), most of the criticism of Joey actually came from the upper management, who hated his style from the very start and constantly exhorted him to call the matches more like Jim Ross used to (i.e. with less emphasis on play-by-play and more emphasis on "telling the story" of the match). It seems WWE will never be satisfied with any replacement until they can find somebody exactly like Jim Ross, but younger, less Southern, and more telegenic (in other words: Crockett Promotions-era Jim Ross), while the fans will not be satisfied until they can find somebody exactly like Jim Ross, but better able to call the moves. Either way, it shows why Jim Ross is generally thought to be irreplaceable.
      • On the plus side, Matt Striker has taken his place on SmackDown!, but his ECW replacement (Byron Saxton) isn't exactly a perfect substitute, though popular enough.
      • The hatred (and the 'Cole Miners' fanbase) for Michael Cole in 2010-2012 (largely due to his ridiculous fanboying of The Miz) until the writers gave him legitimate Character Development and became a damn near evil heel and gave him a real feud (and WrestleMania 27 match) against Jerry Lawler. Also the SmackDown table was joined by Booker T. He got turned face again, and saved, possibly for life, after the Lawler heart attack.
  • While Perro Aguayo Jr. became very popular after only a sort time in AAA, he was met with vitriol by fans attending CMLL shows, who found his father far more entertaining. However, Aguayo's persistence, some clever booking and the Perros Del Mal stable headed alongside Hector Garza lead to him becoming one of the CMLL's biggest stars.
  • When Jerry Lawler left the WWF in 2001, his replacement, Paul Heyman, got all kinds of crazed hatred from a fanbase demanding that Jerry be brought back. Heyman actually did a phenomenal job as commentator...which became all the more apparent when Jerry came back and proceeded to completely mail in his performance for the next decade. Heyman started gaining his fair share of fans over his months as an announcer, so when he was booted for the returning Lawler, Lawler got his share of this as well.
  • This concept might go a long way in explaining why Xavier is the least celebrated of the men to have held the Ring of Honor Championship belt. The first champion Low Ki was naturally a contender for the most popular man in the promotion but his title reign was over almost as soon as it got started, in favor of a man with a superficially similar wrestling style but lacking Low Ki's distinctive look, aggression, intensity and Bad Ass Baritone on top of being a Dirty Coward instead of a Spirited Competitor Challenge Seeker.
  • In their unexplained release of Daniel Puder, a proven, respected participant of the popular combat sport called Mixed Martial Arts, WWE doomed The Miz, the runner up to the WWE Tough Enough contest that Puder won by fan vote, to this status. It didn't help that Miz talked about having to overcome the stigma of not coming from something like MMA during his early years in the wrestling industry, which only drew more minds to Puder and the program with Kurt Angle that WWE thoughtlessly threw away.
  • When New Japan Pro Wrestling decided it didn't have any more use for most of its masked luchadors, Black Tiger III ended up back in CMLL but in 2005, NJPW decided it wanted Black Tiger again and rather than simply call Black Tiger III back, they made a Cuban wrestler Black Tiger IV. IV was well received but his existence made CMLL change Black Tiger III to El Bronco, who wasn't. Black Tiger III became a replacement scrappy to himself!
  • When WWC found out it could no longer book its long running top star, Ray González, they needed someone to fill his spot. Who did they choose? X-Pac, yes, that one. Oh, and when they couldn't get WWE to let them have more time with Carly, guess who was used to fill in for him? That's right, X-Pac again!
  • The Latin American Exchange suddenly had a lot more fans when Mexican America formed in TNA.
  • Alex Riley and Michael McGillicutty unfortunately became hit with this status when once again, WWE hosted a fan voted contest, in this case NXT, and once again the voted winner of the contest, Kaval in this case, vanished.
  • La Sombra and Volador junior were among CMLL's most loved and hated luchadors in 2013 but their mask vs mask match at the 80th anniversary show of the promotion was not well received by the fans, as to take place it had to deny them of a mask vs mask match between Último Guerrero and the legendary Atlantis, which they had been waiting decades to see.
  • Roman Reigns has somehow managed to become this for John Cena, of all people. What it comes down to is the "Superman" character they're both playing, and the fact that whoever is playing that character gets to be THE top guy, which is strange. The character is hated by everybody who isn't under the age of ten or a woman. That's why Cena was such a Base Breaker. That being said, for how much fans hated Cena over it, he at least made it bearable. Reigns' run with the character has gotten so bad that even the smarks miss Cena, and many are starting to speculate (half-jokingly, half-not) that this is all some grand master plan of Vince McMahon to get Cena universally over with the IWC.

    Radio 
  • Directly addressed in Adventures in Odyssey. Over the course of two loosely-connected episodes, Whit turns out to have left for the Middle East off-camera while his friend Jack Allen is introduced. Jack winds up taking over as manager of Whit's End, as well as approximating Whit's original role to the point where Connie freaks out and accuses Jack of trying to "replace" him. She gets over it by the end of the episode, thanks in part to Jack himself acknowledging that neither he nor anyone else could ever replace Whit.
  • Narrowly averted on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. When the much-beloved chairman Humphrey "Humph" Lyttleton died unexpectedly in 2008, the remainder of the series was cancelled, and the future of the series was in doubt. When the series was confirmed to be returning, rather than risk the inevitable disappointment of whoever replaced him, there's a rotating series of hosts — Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, and Rob Brydon, all fairly popular comics who had appeared on the show before.
    • Humph was 87 when he died. It says something that he lived to that age, and everyone was still shocked and felt he went far too soon.
    • The rotating hosts have since been abandoned, and Jack Dee is, as of 2012, the permanent replacement host. Most believe that he's doing well, although some simply find they can't listen to the programme anymore.
  • After longtime radio broadcaster Paul Harvey died in 2009, his two radio shows (Paul Harvey's News and Comment and The Rest of the Story) were replaced by similar formats hosted by ABC radio staffers Gil Gross and Doug Limerick, both of whom had filled in for Harvey when he was ill. Despite this, Gross's and Limerick's shows lasted three weeks before being canned for The Huckabee Report.
  • Terry Wogan made a truly heroic effort to prevent this when Chris Evans took over his morning slot on BBC Radio 2, aided and abetted by the fact that at least nobody was foolish enough to try to find a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Wogan. Audience reactions were mixed, to say the least, and generally varied, according to whether you could stand the drivetime show Evans had been hosting previously, and how much you missed Sarah Kennedy, whose immediately preceding show was shortened and sidelined to give Evans more airtime. note 
  • What had been Sarah's early morning show - cut in length and pushed back to a far earlier starting time to accommodate Evans - is currently being presented by her successor, Vanessa Feldtz, a woman who had an embarrassingly public Creator Breakdown on Celebrity Big Brother. Fans of Sarah Kennedy tend to consider Vanessa is pretty much a Replacement Scrappy.
  • American Country Countdown fired longtime host Bob Kingsley in 2005 and replaced him with Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. Many longtime fans of the show dislike Kix Brooks for his high, whiny voice and "chummy" attitude towards artists, as well as the corporate decision to cut the show from 40 to 30 because program directors were "uncomfortable" with the newness of the 31-40 songs (the show later reverted to 40). He was also derided for modernizing the show too much — while the songs that Bob played between countdown slots could often be up to 20 years old, Kix quickly refused to play anything more than a year or two old. Kix also seems to lack Bob's interest in showing historical behind-the-scenes info on songs, to the point that he constantly gets chart information and even artists' names wrong. Meanwhile, many professional deejays hate Kix for quickly rising in the ranks of professional radio hosts despite a lack of experience. But fans of Kingsley have had little to worry about, as he promptly moved over to Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40, which is nearly identical to the format that ACC used when he was still the host.
  • The show that ACC spun off from, American Top 40, went through something similar when co-creator and longtime host Casey Kasem left the show over a contract dispute in 1988, and was replaced by Shadoe Stevens, a move that for many fans signaled the beginning of the end for the show. Stevens himself was disliked simply because he didn't have the style, charm, or personality of Kasem (similarly to Bob Kingsley above, many previously-loyal listeners ended up jumping ship to Kasem's Spiritual Successor program, Casey's Top 40, which began the year after Kasem left AT40), but his years on the program were also marred with attempts at appealing to a Younger and Hipper audience. As a result, the show was removed from American airwaves in 1994 and cancelled altogether in 1995.
    • Nine years later, in 2004, Kasem took his second (and final) bow from the program (which had been Un-Canceled in 1998), to be replaced by the current host, American Idol's Ryan Seacrest. While there was a lot less said about the changeover this time around, many longtime fans still don't hold Seacrest (or the current iteration of the show, for that matter) in nearly as high a regard.
  • Due to a syndicate merger, two rival shows focusing on classic Country Music were subject to this. Country Gold replaced longtime host Rowdy Yates with Alabama lead singer Randy Owen in mid-2012, while Rick Jackson's Country Hall of Fame was ended entirely due to the syndicate not wanting two similar shows. Under Owen's watch, Country Gold was cut from 5 hours to 4, and listener requests were voicemailed instead of taken live. Randy was criticized both for his sleepy delivery (a far cry from Rowdy's more boisterous tones) and for focusing the show more on ass-kissing stories about fellow artists instead of the historical tidbits that Rowdy offered. Once rights issues were settled, both Rowdy and Rick started new shows, The Original Country Gold and Rick Jackson's Country Classics respectively, both of which were identical to their predecessors. As a result, many affiliates who had been stuck with Randy Owen switched back to Rowdy and/or Rick once their new shows got off the ground. Randy's show struggled to find affiliates, to the point that many doubted that it was even airing anywhere, until a March 2016 announcement that Canadian country singer Terri Clark would take his place and the show would begin focusing more on 90's material.

     Roleplay 
  • In Dino Attack RPG, when his own primary character of Zenna ended up in a coma due to massive blood loss, Atton Rand decided to try Playing Against Type, going against his usual idealistic all around good-natured women in favor of a cold-blooded anti-hero, who would also follow as a Spiritual Successor to the very popular anti-hero Dust. Unfortunately the resulting character of Trigger acted like a Jerkass to his fellow cast members, which came as a unexpected shock to players who were familiar with the friendly Zenna, and unlike the more interesting and complex Dust, Trigger's motivations were far less complex and interesting, making him seem shallow in comparison; as a result, he became a Replacement Scrappy on two fronts. Reception started to warm up with a series of flashbacks detailing his rivalry with Amanda (and in the process introduced his partner Montoya, who was ironically had a significantly warmer reception) until he went and deserted the team, which again took chilled his reception. Eventually, the whole deal got so out of hand that Atton Rand eventually killed him off and humiliated him further with a humorous afterlife scene that also poked fun at an earlier Deus ex Machina... and that was not as well-received as he'd hoped.
    • Stromling!Palmer was originally created to fill in the void left open by the Zachary's redemption and Ahua's sudden death. Unfortunately, the idea wasn't too well received by other players, and he was quickly humiliated by the Darkitect himself and subsequently beheaded by Trigger.

    Sports 
  • Whenever a prominent/legendary athlete retires or leaves his longtime team via a trade or free agency, his replacement at that position is almost certain to become this. We say "almost", because the replacement could become legendary in his own right (see Steve Young replacing Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers replacing Brett Favre, Cory Schneider replacing Martin Brodeur, Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter, or Andrew Luck replacing Peyton Manning, for instance). Usually averted only when there isn't even a candidate worthy of being considered a successor, even by a long shot. Some sports franchises go long periods of time without a "face of the franchise" type after the departure of a particularly memorable one. Fans of the Boston Celtics, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bulls, among others, should know all about this. More recently, the post-Kobe Lakers seem likely to endure such a run, with little or no end in sight.
  • The Because It's The Cup commercials promoting the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Pretty good in their own right, but few are happy to see them replacing History Will Be Made.
  • Jason Giambi had to deal with this TWICE, being Mark McGwire's replacement in Oakland and then replacing fan favorite Tino Martinez (who had been a mainstay for four World Series championship teams) with the Yankees. Martinez could likely sympathize, as he had replaced Don Mattingly in New York and went from there to St. Louis to replace McGwire.
  • After the Boston Red Sox suffered a major collapse in September 2011 that cost them a trip to the World Series, manager Terry Francona, who had led the Sox to two World Series wins, was fired, and replaced by Bobby Valentine, who has repeatedly come off as a disrespectful jerk, and has actually sent the Sox close to last place in the MLB.
  • MASSIVELY averted with MLB's 2013 season; new Red Sox manager John Farrell, taking over from Bobby Valentine, not only managed the Sox to first place in the AL East - a complete turnaround from the previous year - but they also made it to the 2013 World Series.
  • With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal having been living legends in the sport of tennis for so long, it's safe to say that anyone who replaced them as the World No. 1 would be doomed from the very start to be unable to live up to his universally beloved predecessors in many tennis fans' eyes. Add to that how Novak Djokovic tends to be somewhat of a Large Ham in contrast to Federer and Nadal and how his ascension to the No. 1 spot in 2011 included inflicting a series of painful losses on both of them, and you have the sports equivalent of this trope. Djokovic's gained his own large fanbase since then, but there are still some fans who will never forgive him for not being Federer or Nadal.
  • Australian Rules Football: When the Fitzroy Lions were forced to merge with the Brisbane Bears to become the Brisbane Lions at the end of the 1996 season, many Fitzroy fans saw the new entity as this... at least, until they won the premiership in 2001, and then went on to make it three in a row in the next two years. On the other hand, the Fitzroy loyalists who follow the Victorian team are still going strong and don't give two hoots about the Brisbane club so this trope still applies in good doses. It's especially painful when the AFL introduced clubs in areas of the country that are nowhere near as hardcore about the sport just to attract new markets.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Tome of Battle classes in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 are often acknowledged as some of the best-designed in the game, being fun, reasonably powerful, and very capable of doing their jobs. However, the fact that they seemed to be designed after certain older classes (warblade as fighter, crusader as paladin, swordsage as monk), while also being considerably better than them earned them no small amount of scorn from fans of those classes, who thought Tome of Battle signaled that Wizards was giving up on them. The mild-to-moderate Animesque nature of the classes in question didn't help.

     Theme Parks 
  • In general, whenever a theme park closes a ride for a new one, many fans of the old ride won't be too thrilled with the new ride.
  • The above especially applies to Disney Theme Parks. Usually examples are mixed with a nice helping of They Changed It, Now It Sucks for attractions that get revamps.
    • Disneyland's most well-known example is Light Magic, a rather underwhelming replacement for the world famous Long Runner Main Street Electrical Parade. Being stripped of the Electrical Parade (which has not been performed in its place of origin since its original cancellation and is now at Walt Disney World) has haunted Disneyland fans for years.note 
    • Actually, this is true whenever a new Disneyland parade or show replaces an old one. See Parade of Dreams vs. Celebrate! A Street Party. This will usually wear off after a while if the show is any good, though. Subverted with Celebrate!'s replacement, Mickey's Soundsational Parade.
    • Epcot's Imagination pavilion has Nigel Channing, who replaced Dreamfinder as the host of a revamp of its dark ride. Unusually for this trope, he predated the revamp; he was imported from the popular 3-D Honey, I Shrunk the Audience in an attempt to tie all of the pavillion's attractions together. Then again, the Journey Into Imagination revamps are largely They Changed It, Now It Sucks anyway, thanks in part to penny-pinching on the part of Disney Theme Parks at the time.
    • Also, Stich's Great Escape, which replaced The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. The horror show in the dark premise of the original production was replaced with a comedy show in the dark, which only served to annoy adults while still frightening children.
    • When The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland replaced their Mourning Bride character with the more modern Constance Hatchway, with updated effects and a more sinister personality, casual park visitors responded fairly well to her, but many die hard Mansion fans did not react well to the new character.
    • Needless to say, countless fans were downright outraged when The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure was re-themed into Guardians of the Galaxy - MISSION: BREAKOUT in 2017.
  • In late 2007, Universal Studios closed Back to the Future: The Ride to replace it with The Simpsons Ride. To say that the fans of the former weren't happy is an understatement. This is the reason why the new ride's queue video loop includes an original segment in which Professor Frink attempts to use Time Travel to keep the Institute of Future Technology from being replaced with Krustyland, and instead ensures that it is. From there, Doc Brown — voiced by Christopher Lloyd — takes up Krusty's offer of employment at his park!

    Toys 
  • Hero Factory used to be this for many BIONICLE fans, particularly those who were in it for the story rather than the toys. As for the toys, the "CCBS" building system introduced in Hero Factory, which completely replaced BIONICLE's older style, is more divisive with a fair share of supporters, despite what many haters say.
  • Barbie was with Ken for forty-three years before Mattel decided to have them break up so she could date Blaine, an Australian surfer. Sales meant that their relationship was significantly shorter.
  • There's a fair amount of people who didn't take kindly to Hasbro's decision to redesign the Generation 3 line of My Little Pony toys. Originally looking like traditional ponies, the characters all got a Super-Deformed design that some felt was rife with the Uncanny Valley. The negative reaction to these Generation 3.5 ponies may well have reached Hasbro, as the toys ran for only around one and a half years before they released Generation 4, which have proportions much closer to those of the original toys.
  • Not a whole lot of Rock Raiders fans were pleased by LEGO Power Miners. Although the quality of the sets themselves had improved, the lime/orange color scheme, less-memorable characters, and goofier Rock Monsters made Power Miners seem inferior to their predecessors.
  • Way before the BIONICLE - Hero Factory debacle, LEGO received scorn for replacing their original foray into the world of buildable robotic action figures, Slizers, with the much more esoteric Robo Riders, which were weird-looking alien motorbikes instead of posable action figures. The line wasn't a success, and for its follow-up (BIONICLE), they went back to and refined the Slizers formula instead.
  • From the Transformers Generations "Combiner Wars" line, Alpha Bravo, Offroad, and Rook are seen as this for Slingshot, Wildrider, and Groove respectively. While an Author's Saving Throw has been made with Slingshot and Wildrider being released later this year (As Quickslinger and Brake-Neck respectively), Groove (as a Legends class figure) now only appears as an accessory to Defensor.
    • An Author's Saving Throw has now been given to Groove as well, who got a Deluxe toy of his own in Japan, and later in America. And he even got to keep his name, too.
    • Rook also gets off a bit more lightly than the other two with his toy widely considered to be one of the best in the line.
    • The highly unpopular "One-Step Changers" and other simplified Transformers merch aimed strictly at very young kids have replaced much of the "regular" toy lines in Europe in the early 2010s. Many large retailer chains carry them in mass quantities, with the more detailed and highly regarded Generations toys, which for years have been unavailable, still being rare and hard to find. The alleged reason for this distribution method is that there aren't as many older fans living in the affected territories as in the States or Japan, and low-quality, simplified toys based on current cartoons or movies are easier to sell to kids.

    Web Video 
  • When Jon left Game Grumps and Danny of Ninja Sex Party took his place, he got hit with this reaction by half the fanbase (the others accepting him and trying to calm the angry half down).
    • And then on the same channel is Steam Train, starring Danny and RubberRoss, which started the same day that Jon left. Ross stated that the show had nothing to do with Jon's departure and the timing was unfortunate.

     Western Animation  
  • ReBoot
    • A case of this happening in-series is when Enzo has to replace Bob as guardian. Despite being just as competent at saving the day, the people think of the most inane reasons to dislike him. Like being green instead of blue.
    • Also, in a bizarre case of meta-trope, certain Bootniks hated Matrix for "replacing" Enzo, despite him being the older version of Enzo. The abrupt transformation was just too much for some oldschoolers to parse.
    • Parodied in the second movie where Bob is believed to be a copy when another Bob, who looks and sounds more like the original shows up. This is particularly highlighted in the opening scene which takes place in front of a live audience. The audience cheers when any other character enters, but when Bob arrives, all we hear are the crickets chirping.
  • Toonami gets hit hard with this: the first 3 TOMs have had changes, but still kept the basic structure (a somewhat humanoid robot with a cool motorcycle helmetish head). More importantly, the TOM models have increased in awesome over the years. TOM4's head and torso looks like they were ripped off Thomas The Tank Engine, and his limbs looked like vacuum cleaner hoses. And they replaced SARA, his AI sidekick, with a couple of 'explorer robots'. Much earlier, TOM himself got hit with this when he introduced himself as "the new Moltar".
  • South Park:
    • Parodied when Kenny died "permanently" (he came back after one season), the three remaining boys took a previously minor character, Butters, as his replacement. They then proceeded to manipulate and torture him, constantly comparing him to their sadly missed Kenny to try to force him to do things their way. After a few episodes they "fired" him for not being good enough, and replaced him with another minor character, Tweek. Interestingly, the boys warm up to him a lot quicker (aside from Cartman), even though he also vanished after a few episodes. Meanwhile Butters, despite being officially "demoted," actually wound up being a subversion both in and out universe – even after Kenny's resurrection he continues to be a major character on par with the others, as well as quite the Ensemble Dark Horse, his relationship with the other boys is also developed somewhat (only a season later it is made clear the others at least like him a lot more than Cartman).
      • Also parodied in much earlier in "Succubus" when Chef quits his job as the school chef and is replaced with a skinny white Cloudcuckoolander named Mr. Derp, who has No Fourth Wall and believes that the viewers will love him as much as Chef.
      • Within the fanbase, both Butters and Tweek had actually received backlash from fans that missed Kenny. When Butters had been replaced with Tweek (although it too wouldn't last long), his fans also cried foul and directed their anger at the other character. In the end after all was said and done, Butters' role continued to grow in the series while Tweek's appearances decreased, culminating in him vanishing from the classroom scenes in season 15.
    • Following the death of voice actress Mary Kay Bergman in 1999, these accusations have been flung at her replacements. Mona Marshall is mostly tolerated as she doesn't voice as many roles for the fans to draw comparisons to, but Eliza Schneider and her own replacement April Stewart receive more criticism and backlash.
    • Detective Yates gets this treatment for replacing the much funnier Officer Barbrady.
  • Subverted in-show in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. In one episode, Mandy and Grim replace Billy with a new friend named Bobby. The two of them wind up thinking Bobby is better than Billy ever was, much to Billy's horror. Eventually though, Billy destroyed Bobby with Grim's scythe, and Mandy doesn't even care, showing that even liking someone better than Billy doesn't mean she likes them.
  • Many Super Mario Bros. fans greatly dislike Oogtar the caveboy from the Super Mario World cartoon, who was essentially an obnoxious replacement for a major character from the games (Toad), despite the fact that no cavepeople, including Oogtar, ever appeared in the Super Mario World video game.
  • When The Fantastic Four (1978) was in development, a prior contract with Universal was already in place for a potential Human Torch movie, which kept him from being used. So they replaced him with HERBIE (above pic), Reed Richards' assistant robot. The irony here is that Johnny Storm was originally a replacement himself. Oddly, fans didn't mind when HERBIE was added to the comics. The Torch wasn't kept out of those.
  • Dimmy from The Snorks was written out of the scripts after season two. At the same time Corky, Big Weed, and Lil Seaweed were introduced.
  • During the ninth season of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, the Shredder and his crew were replaced by invading alien Lord Dregg, who took over as Big Bad during the show's last two seasons. While capably voiced by Tony Jay and arguably more menacing and effective than the Shredder, many fans found that he lacked the charm of his predecessors.
  • In The Critic webisodes, Jay Sherman's new make-up lady/girlfriend Jennifer is this, replacing his original make-up woman Doris and his actual girlfriend Alice Tompkins, both of whom are loved characters from the original TV series. In this case, the substitution itself was mildly justified because neither character's voice actor was available (Doris's had died and Alice's had retired).
  • The Simpsons:
    • Parodied in the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"; when Barney replaces Wiggum in the titular band, Wiggum spitefully organises a gang of fans to picket their next gig shouting "Wiggum forever! Barney never!" at the stage, while Wiggum watches with a smug smile on his face. Then Barney opens his mouth, reveals he can sing ten times better than Wiggum, and the chants immediately switch to "Barney forever! Wiggum never!" Wiggum ends up slinking out of the bar unnoticed. Like most of the episode, this parodies a similar situation The Beatles faced (specifically, when Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best).
    • Also parodied in the infamous episode "The Principal and the Pauper" where Principal Skinner is revealed to be an impostor named Armin Tamzarian who assumed Skinner's identity when the latter was assumed dead. The real Skinner (voiced by Martin Sheen) takes Armin's place as principal while Armin leaves town. However, despite the real Skinner being a nice and reasonable fellow, the other Springfield citizens decide to kick him out of town (even his mother who preferred the doormat Armin to the independent Seymour) and get a judge to order everyone never speak of this again under penalty of torture because… they preferred the old Skinner. There's a reason most fans (and some writers) follow suit and pretend this episode never happened.
    • Parodied in the "Behind The Laughter" episode which describes that, while Bart was serving jail time for assaulting a flight attendant, his role was taken by Richie Rich and said episodes proved highly unpopular.
    • Happened to Marge's current German voice actress Anke Engelke – she took over after Marge's original voice Elisabeth Volkmann passed away in 2006. There is no telling, however, what kind of backlash a new voice actor for Homer Simpson will be facing now that Norbert Gastell, who was almost universally beloved by German Simpsons fans, has died at the (admittedly quite proud) age of 86.
    • This also happens a lot in the Brazilian dub, as the studio constantly replaces the voice actors for any reason. The most emblematic case was in 2007, when Homer's voice actor Waldyr Sant'Anna was withdrawn from the series due to a lawsuit he had moved against Fox, due to the unauthorized use of his voice in The Simpsons DVD box sets. Shortly before the movie, he was replaced by Carlos Alberto, who inevitably received heavy backlash from the Brazilian fans.
    • Gil Gunderson is often seen as one for Lionel Hutz, as he fills the same role of an incompetent authority figure who's usually on the side of the family. After the tragic death of Phil Hartman, Gil tended to assume the role of the family's attorney in any court-related episodes, but with Hutz's charming idiocy and slimeball panache replaced by a whiny Straw Loser.
  • Within the Disney fandom, many fans of A Goofy Movie are not fond of Mona. Roxanne was Max's high-school sweetheart, the girl he strives to get with the entire movie. Come the sequel, she's nowhere to be found though that's because Max goes to college. The last time she was seen was in an episode of House of Mouse. Come Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, he's exiting college and has a new girlfriend, Mona. Mona comes off as a Replacement Scrappy, though almost ten in-series years has passed since A Goofy Movie.
  • The Total Drama fandom went through this phase with the announcement of the fourth season and the fact that there would be a new cast replacing the old one, and needless to say, it did NOT going well for fans of the original cast.
  • Pick a generation of My Little Pony. Expect the main protagonists of future generations to be this to that gen. Noticeable examples tend to be Firefly vs Rainbow Dash and Surprise vs Pinkie, since the latter ponies are heavily based on those ponies.
  • Many fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic view Starlight Glimmer as an poorly done Expy to Sunset Shimmer, who remains confined to the Equestria Girls spin-off. Starlight committed far worse crimes than Sunset, but was even more Easily Forgiven than Sunset (lacking her Break the Haughty); being instantly forgiven by the town she enslaved, wasting the chance to put her through what redeemed Sunset to the fandom. Reception to Starlight's redemption have been mixed, coming off as a Tough Act to Follow at best.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree: While a majority of the fandom disliked Flash Sentry in the Equestria Girls films due to being a Satellite Love Interest to Twilight, the fourth film introduces Timber Spruce who repeated his mistakes. And since Flash's popularity had been slowly rising over the years his supporters weren't happy that he was pushed to the background.
  • In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Fasttrack is highly disliked among the fanbase, due to his powers and coloration seeming very similar to that of XLR8, who is a fan favorite and a series mainstay since the original show. There had been other "replacement" Omnitrix forms before, but they always had unique traits that let them develop voices of their own; Fasttrack didn't have that. Word of God's claims that he's faster and stronger have provoked a few favoritism accusations.
    • It seems most of the show's staff didn't like him that much either, seeing as he was deliberately left out of the next series, Omniverse, which had made a point to bring almost every form back.
  • Speaking of Omniverse, the villains of the show suffered this. The first new Big Bad was Malware, an scary and amoral mechamorph who was beloved by fans. When he was defeated, he was replaced with characters like the Incurseans, the Rooters, and Maltruant. None of the new villains were able to generate even remotely the level of interest that Malware had, being seen as pale imitations. One of the biggest reasons for the show's Seasonal Rot was that Malware's absence left a directionless hole that couldn't be filled. Worse yet, the show was cancelled just as Malware was set to return in a big way.
  • When Transformers: Beast Wars started airing, this was at the exact magnetic center of much of the controversy, better known as TRUKK NOT MUNKY.
    • Before that, there was Rodimus Prime, formerly Hot Rod, who took over as leader after Optimus died in The Movie. Rodimus was not only not accepted because he wasn't Optimus, was partly responsible for the death of his predecessor and sometimes insecure over his leadership abilities, when he wasn't also being sharply sarcastic. However, Rodimus Prime also has a share of fans who like him better than Optimus, for the very same qualities he's hated for. To a lesser degree the rest of the 1986 Transformers cast brought in after the movie suffered from this, as many of the beloved older characters had been killed off to sell toys or just weren't shown anymore.
      • Rodimus did however, notably have a big Jerkass moment in one episode where unable to free an alien planet from the Decepticons, he instead choose to blow it up, and then commented Cybertron would be a better for "not being so perfect" after one of the other Autobots lamenting the fact they just depraved an alien species of their home.
      • Most of the Season 3 cast developed strong followings, mostly thanks to getting a lot more Character Focus compared to the Cast Herd of earlier seasons. However, very few defenders exist for Daniel and Wheelie, who filled the "younger robot and Tagalong Kid" slot previously filled by Spike and Bumblebee. Spike and Bumblebee are considered by a lot of fans to be how to do a Kid-Appeal Character right, with their understated roles, genuine competence, and charming eagerness. On the other hand, Daniel and Wheelie are considered to be how to do it wrong - Daniel, for being too young, constantly crying, and acting like an idiot, Wheelie, for his dorky design, constantly rhyming, and having the tracker/survivalist elements of his character constantly downplayed in favor of making him Robot Dennis the Menace.
    • Transformers in general suffers from this, as every new series, new character, new toy, and so on inevitably gets compared to GEEWUN. The Classics and Universe lines have taken it to whole new levels, with Astrotrain and Powerglide's color schemes receiving Replacement Scrappy status.
    • Though with the color schemes, it's a bit more justified: the Classics figures are of the G1 characters (the G1 Dreamwave Comics series was underway) with today's toy technology - in the 80s, "transformation" sometimes meant "stand it on its side," and a lot of characters didn't look like their toys, to the point where you simply can't have your favorite in toy form; just some thing that turns into a vehicle that's vaguely similar if you squint. The fandom then heard that all their favorites were getting more accurate and poseable and generally awesomer figures... and then they see that they've been given "improved" color schemes that brought them right back down to "I can't have Powerglide, just something that turns into a similar vehicle." See Twilight Sparkle above. However, almost all of those figures have since had show-accurate repaints.
    • Speaking of Beast Wars, Beast Machines developed Optimus Primal into some sort of religious leader, while Cheetor stepped up into his place as a Supporting Leader. The new writers introduced Nightscream to fill in Cheetor's old role as the kid. Unfortunately, Cheetor was designed to grow from a annoying and kinda dumb newbie to a capable fighter and leader, while Nightscream was just annoying and kinda dumb.
    • Transformers Animated, despite the usual reaction it got from the Unpleasable Fanbase, quickly became a fan favorite - and then, it was swiftly canceled - toyline and all - for a very... polarizing movie, and the next series was already catching some flak just based on the preview images for being extremely Movie-based. Needless to say, Animated fans were not pleased. After more designs and characters had been revealed, many of them very Animated-like, fans have begun to see Prime as some kind of copycat, an inferior, pandering substitute at best. However after the show had actually started airing, many fans changed their mind about the ordeal, calling Prime the best thing ever, especially those that hated Animated to begin with. But never mind that, even some (former) Animated fans were declaring its cancellation a good riddance!
      • This is about par for the course with the Unpleasable Fanbase of Transformers. Every new series is the worst ever until you get used to it and see it for more than just the changes. That's when Hasbro, being Hasbro, pulls another reboot just as the series is spreading its wings (they prefer to overhaul the toyline every couple of years or so.) and the process repeats. There are always those who consider it their religious duty to hate everything that isn't G1 just for not being G1.
  • Princess Sally, Sonic's love interest in Sonic SatAM and the Archie comics, sometimes gets flack from some fans for supposedly being a "replacement" for the video games' Amy Rose - though this isn't exactly fair, seeing as the idea that Amy was a major character by the time of Sally's introduction is far from true. In fact, the American manual for Amy's debut, Sonic the Hedgehog CD, actually refers to Amy as Princess Sally in an effort to tie-in with the show, indicating that, for Americans, Princess Sally preceded (or at least appeared around the same time as) Amy Rose.
    • Amy was already a major character at the time in Japan. The reason she was unknown in America is because Sonic CD, which introduced Amy to Western Audiences (name change notwithstanding), had its American release delayed by several months, during which time the US-centric comics and cartoon started up. Amy's renaming in the American manual has since received an Orwellian Retcon, and Sega pretends it never happened.
  • While not a character example, try finding any fan of Recess who didn't hate Myles Jeffrey's portrayal as T.J. in Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Down, the two Direct-to-Video movies released in 2003 after the show ended. Due to T.J.'s previous voice actor, Andrew Lawrence, going through puberty in-between the time the last episode was produced and the time the two DTV movies were produced, he was replaced with Myles Jeffrey, who gets tons of flack from almost the entirety of the fanbase due to his portrayal of T.J. having a much higher voice with less of the emotion Andrew Lawrence gave him. Some fans even find it frustrating as at the time (2002-2003), Disney did have some child voice actors who sounded enough like Andrew Lawrence's T.J. This trope was actually avoided when Andrew Lawrence replaced Ross Malinger as the voice of T.J. at the beginning of season two, due to Ross Malinger's voice breaking. Some fans even thought that Andrew Lawrence was an even better voice for T.J.. Also could be contributing to the fact that the second season is widely considered to be the point where the show grew the beard.
  • Another voice actor example in Hey Arnold!: Arnold had four voice actors throughout the series (five if you count the pilot episode), but his final voice actor, Alex D. Linz is near-universally disliked by the fandom for two reasons. One, Linz's voice was higher-pitched than the previous actors making Arnold sound too young (much like Myles Jeffery above). Two, he replaced Spencer Klein, who most fans consider to be the Arnold despite the fact that Klein was the third person to voice him (though he lasted the longest and unlike his predecessors did not portray any other character after his voice broke) and played Arnold when he was at his blandest. Linz only voices Arnold in the last three episodes, however, and when the Grand Finale known as The Jungle Movie was Uncancelled, they cast Mason Vale Cotton (who sounds closer to the others) as Arnold.
  • Legends of Chima is widely considered this by fans of Ninjago (Chima began the same year Ninjago was originally intended to end) and the 2011 version of ThunderCats (the main character of Chima is Lion-O in LEGO form, even though the similarities end there). It's gotten to the point where the art director for ThunderCats 2011 thinks that Chima is a ThunderCats knock-off.
  • Roy's fate in Winx Club was sealed from the moment the fandom's infamous Nabu fangirls first discovered his existence, thinking it would ruin any chance of the latter just hiding. It also didn't help that he was a massive Flat Character with no personality.
    • The selkies seem are this for the pixies, being essentially rehashes without anything that made the pixies likable. Thankfully they don't return after season 5.
  • Family Guy:
    • The show made the decision to kill Brian to bring in the character of Vinny. They shouldn't have, because within hours of the episode's airing angry fans reacted exactly how one would expect them to. (It doesn't really help that Vinny is an Italian-American stereotype, either.) Turns out it didn’t stick.
    • It wasn't meant to last anyway. Not only did Vinny only last 4 episodes ( which is 4 weeks of airing compared to the usual half year of production the episodes go through), but titles and plots of later episodes would show Brian would return eventually.
    • And bringing things to an ironic full circle, Brian ended up becoming one to Vinny. After Brian was brought back, he took a huge level in Jerkass, with episodes like "Herpe, the Love Sore," "Brian's a Bad Father," and "Brian the Closer" being cited as especially low points for him. Vinny meanwhile, in spite of his flaws, was a clear Jerk with a Heart of Gold, to the point of his final episode consisted of him selflessly helping Stewie finding a way to alter the timeline to bring Brian back, even though he knew that this would keep him from ever meeting the Griffins, causing him to be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for many. Now many fans are wishing that Brian's death had been permanent and Vinny had stayed with the Griffins for more than those 4 episodes.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man is seen as this for The Spectacular Spider-Man by many. Even though Spectacular's fate was sealed, Ultimate gets a lot of flak for being Denser and Wackier, with the drama and dark tone replaced with slapstick and fourth wall jokes, and not being faithful to any existing version of Spider-Man.
  • Sanjay and Craig is considered this by fans of the Short-Lived and Obscure Robot and Monster. Doesn't help that Dave Pressler (one of Robot and Monster’s creators) mentioned once that he actually likes Sanjay and Craig.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: Emily was considered to be this by some fans for a while, the need for a prominent female character leading her to take the role of eighth Steam Team member, which left Duck Demoted to Extra. Some fans also considered her introduction pointless due to the existence of Daisy and Mavis, two female characters who were popular with the fans, were well-developed and had interesting personalities. Especially telling is that while Emily was promoted to main cast in Season 8, there was no effort made to make the other female characters (not even the coaches) more prominent, thus defeating the intention to be politically correct. She ended up being a fairly popular, or at least tolerable, character once most of the fanbase warmed up to her. The "Emily replaced Duck!" issue was acknowledged in a rather cruel light in Season 18's "Duck and the Slip Coaches", where Emily comes to the sheds twice and finds them full due to Duck taking residence for those nights. These scenes alone caused quite a ruckus.
  • Fans of Planet Sketch consider Melville from season 2 a poor replacement for June Spume.
  • The Stingers are this to The Misfits in Jem. They're more Base Breakers than true Scrappies though. For one Riot is a male lead singer, when previously all the bands were all-female. More important though is Riot likes Jem. He's indifferent to Jerrica but loves her alter ego Jem, saying she is the perfect women and he is the perfect man so they are destined for each other. Jem was already in a confusing love triangle involving Rio and herself, nevermind Riot and Minx (who wants Rio). There's also the issue that the beloved Misfits were put on the bench for The Stingers. Romance was emphasized heavily in the third season. Some fans think The Stingers are why the show was cancelled but the reality was Hasbro wasn't liking the toy sales.
  • The Veggietales spin-off Veggietales In The House introduced Ichabeezer, while long-time cast member Mr. Nezzer disappeared. Many fans were disappointed. While Ichabeezer is voiced by Rob Paulsen, to tell the truth that's really the only thing long-time Veggie fans tend to like about the character.
  • Many assumed that the reason Oopsy was introduced in Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot was to replace Good Luck Bear- which he technically didn't, Good Luck Bear was also demoted to extra for reasons unknown.
  • Teen Titans:
    • After threatening and iconic villain Slade was seemingly defeated for good at the end of season 2, hammy and incompetent Brother Blood took his place in season 3 as the Arc Villain. Thankfully, Slade was brought back in season 4.


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