* The character Priss from ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' was originally going to be killed off and replaced by Vision, who was suspiciously similar (brown hair, kind of feisty, was a singer) but ultimately fans liked the character, so she wasn't killed off after all, thus avoiding the trope entirely.
* ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'''s [[spoiler:Keisei]] dies, allowing Ouri to come closer to [[spoiler:Makina]] and to also be brought into the story as a major player instead of a male damsel in distress and hapless bystander. About 2 episodes later [[spoiler:Keisei's mentor]] is introduced. He has a very similar hairstyle and replaces the former as the even more [[spoiler:perverted comic relief and Ouri's new mentor.]]
* Vincent Volaju is one for Vicious in the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' movie.
* After Tup Dop, a supporting character of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' was killed, he was replaced by his equally chubby and androgynous sister, Cash Dop.
* Near from ''Manga/DeathNote''. This is intentional -- Near ''tries'' to imitate L [[spoiler:and eventually admits that he failed to imitate L, but succeeded through TeethClenchedTeamwork]]. The reasoning in the story being rather interesting, Near has more tendency to 'cheat' in his methods, the example being that if he were in L's shoes, he'd have released all information on the Death Note to the public and let the ensuing mass manhunt capture Kira. He tries to imitate L because he knows that in the real world, his methods would cause far too much collateral damage even if they succeeded.
* Digimon is infamous for this. Every male protagonist is a HotBlooded IdiotHero with GogglesDoNothing and brown hair, both in the anime and in the video games. The main exception was ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', with Masaru deliberately breaking the goggle trend.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', where Taichi declared Daisuke to be the leader of the new group, partly due to being the character most like him.
** The Digimon Kaiser is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute to Neo Saiba of the manga.
** And after his HeelFaceTurn, Ken gained a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' with Koichi Kimura.
*** ''Each season's'' [[TheLancer lancer]] is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Yamato from the first season. He, Ken/Digimon Kaiser, Ruki, Kouji, Touma, and Kiriha are varying degrees of [[RedOniBlueOni blue oni to the Goggle Boy's red oni,]] each has some connection to the color blue, all but Ken and Kiriha are partnered with or transform into canids, and three of them are blond males. Kiriha's an odd duck, though, as he is partnered with a Greymon, traditionally associated with the Goggle Boy. At least it's blue this time around.
** The real SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute breaker is Takato from ''Anime/DigimonTamers.'' While he has goggles, it's because he's a fan of the InUniverse Digimon franchise. In personality, he's nothing like the HotBlooded main characters of series past and future (Masaru/Marcus is ''very much'' a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in all but headgear.) and has to grow into the role of being TheHero instead of being gung-ho from the beginning. Secondary character Kazu is the goggle-head archetype, but remains a member of ThoseTwoGuys.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Akira Toriyama planned on having Goku and Vegeta [[FusionDance fuse]] during the Buu Saga; however, at the time ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'' was about to come out and one of the film's big selling points was that ''it'' was going to be the first appearance of Goku and Vegeta's Fusion, Gogeta. Not wanting to step on Toei's toes, Toriyama invented Vegetto, who's created when Goku and Vegeta use a completely different method of fusion. Interestingly, Vegetto seems to have become the "official" fusion, appearing in the manga and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' while Gogeta remains in the dubious canon territory of ''[[NonSerialMovie Fusion Reborn]]'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' (though of course, both appear in video games).
** The villains from most of the ''DBZ'' movies are stand-ins[=/=]retreads of villains from the original manga: [[Anime/DragonBallZDeadZone Garlic Jr.]] is a much more menacing Pilaf[[note]]They even share voice actors in several countries, including the original Japanese and both Funimation and the Ocean Group's English dubs[[/note]], [[Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight Tullece]] copies Vegeta (while also being a take on [[ForWantOfANail "What if Goku had stayed evil?"]]), Lord Slug is a transparent copy of Demon King Piccolo, [[[[Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge Cooler]] is (obviously) a copy of his younger brother Freeza, and [[Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn Janemba]] is a riff on Majin Buu. [[Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13 Android 13]] has some vague similarities to Cell, mostly in that he absorbs parts from his "brothers" to assume a more powerful form.
* After Raoh was killed off in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', the authors introduced a very similar antagonist named Kaioh, who also rode a huge elephant-sized horses. He is eventually revealed to be Raoh's [[AssPull previously unmentioned]] [[BackupTwin blood-related older brother.]]
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'''s Machine #3 pilot, who tend to have similar pattern of being a fat ButtMonkey individual who is prone to injury and death.
* After Takashi was killed early on in ''Anime/GoLion'', he was replaced by his [[BackUpTwin brother]] Ryou. The two were so similar that the American adaptation, ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', [[CompositeCharacter combined them into one character]] ("Sven").
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Byakuya comes in after Kagura's death and not only looks and acts like her, but has similar powers and plays the same role that she played.
* In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the Huckebein family more or less have the same role as the Wolkenritter during ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', albeit [[DarkerAndEdgier more grim]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' [[spoiler:Neil Dilandy, killed late in the 1st series, is replaced by his twin brother Lyle Dilandy.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sai, the quiet, serious and emotionally distant ninja replaced Sasuke, the quiet, serious and emotionally distant ninja. It doesn't help that they look so similar, either. Much like Sasuke during the early arcs, Sai's rocky friendship with Naruto and Sakura has slowly eroded his stoicism. The similarities between Sai and Sasuke have been lampshaded in-series. During his introduction this was played for drama, with Naruto and Sakura openly hostile at Sai attempting to replace Sasuke. Afterward it was played for comedy, such as Konohamaru's use of both Sai and Sasuke in his male version of the Sexy Jutsu.
* In ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', Takeo Kumagami replaces Kanuka Clancy after Clancy returns to America. They have very similar skills and fulfill the same police positions, although Kumagami is given a few quirks to distinguish her.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The female coordinator character May (who replaced the significantly different Misty) was replaced by the female coordinator character Dawn.
** Dawn was then replaced by Iris, who in a roundabout way, is actually closer to Misty in terms of personality. Iris would later be replaced by Serena, who also has a personality similar to May and Dawn.
** Brock was replaced with Cilan, who is the same with more food focus and less lechery. Cilan was later replaced by Clemont (another gym leader who became fascinated by Ash's battle style and the resident TeamChef).
** While it skipped several years, Bonnie is essentially a DistaffCounterpart to Max.
** Jessie and James release their Victreebel (a carnivorous plant Pokémon) and Arbok (a poisonous snake Pokémon). Later on, James acquires a Cacnea (a cactus Pokémon) and Carnivine (a carnivorous plant Pokémon), which both retain Victreebel's tendency to accidentally injure its owner in displays of affection, and Jessie gets a Seviper, which is...a poisonous snake Pokémon.
** Ash gets a new bird Pokémon in every region which eventually is fully evolved (Pidgeot, Noctowl, Swellow, Staraptor, and Unfezant respectively).
** The Mewtwo that appears in ''[[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened Genesect and the Legend Awakened]]'' is a different one from the one in ''[[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'' and [[Anime/PokemonMewtwoReturns its direct sequel]]. However, despite a slight change in personality, voice and abilities, it functions almost exactly like the original, and little justifies the existence of this new one (in and of itself a bizarre choice as prior to this it was universally depicted as a SingleSpecimenSpecies). Made even more apparent considering the prologue dedicated to it gives it almost the exact same past as the old one, but with all things Team Rocket related removed, and the film's ending, which [[spoiler:puts it in a city... which is exactly where we last saw the original Mewtwo]].
* Sakuya Tougane is a one for [[PutOnABus Shinya Kougami]] in the second season of ''Anime/PsychoPass''. It is strongly implied, OTOH, that he ''is'' [[TheBusCameBack Kougami]] in a PaperThinDisguise, though ultimately it just was the animators {{troll}}ing the audience. [[spoiler: With Togane turning out to be one of the main villains of the series.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Lyra Orpheus was popular in the first movie and so later on in the Hades Saga, Lyra Orphee was created with the exact same backstory, lover, Cloth and hair style except he wasn't as dark and wasn't a villain.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is unique in that the third {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA did something of an alternate continuity substitution. Mihoshi's partner in the Galaxy Police had long been Kiyone Makibi in the Universe and Tokyo continuities, but [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental materials]] Kiyone was the name of Tenchi's Mother (The first movie, based off the first TV series, named her Achika). OVA 3 introduces us to Noike, who happens to be Mihoshi's previously not known to exist GXP partner, while Tenchi's mother is finally officially named as Kiyone (and (re)introduced, in a way, by Tenchi's older sister who is strangely identical to her).
* Scattorshot in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' is an {{expy}} of Ironhide from ''Anime/TransformersEnergon''. Likewise, the Jones family in ''Energon'' is this to the Witwickys from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''.