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Playing With: Replacement Flat Character
Basic Trope: When a Flat Character shows Hidden Depths, a new character takes their place.
  • Straight: After Bob grows a backbone, Charlie is introduced to fill that role.
  • Exaggerated: In one episode Bob goes from being a Lovable Coward, to the bravest character on the whole show. The new character Charlie is so cowardly he disgusts even the villains.
  • Downplayed: At first Bob and Charlie were interchangeable cowards, though Bob had a bigger role. After Bob becomes braver, Charlie gets a bigger role to highlight Bob's development.
  • Justified: Bob was sent into the group by Emperor Evulz in hope that he would betray the team. When Bob becomes braver, Evulz sends Charlie into the group.
  • Inverted: After Bob cowardice is Flanderized, Charlie comes in to play Bob's original role.
  • Subverted: But then it turns out Charlie gets some Character Development too.
  • Double Subverted: ...only to get replaced by yet another flat character.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob remains a coward.
    • No "new coward" joins the group.
  • Enforced: "Half of the fans like the fact that Bob grew a backbone, the other half miss his cowardice. To please both halves, lets introduce a new character."
  • Lampshaded:
    "That coward Charlie, running away on us"
    "You were like that once Bob."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob realizing that Charlie would run away, plans accordingly.
  • Defied: The team refuses to let another coward onto the team.
  • Discussed: "So Bob has finally grown a backbone, a new coward will probably join the team."
  • Conversed: ???

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