This trope is defined at "A character who joins the cast as a replacement for a character who has left the show due to real-life distractions (contract negotiations, death, etc.) despite being integral to the plot or concept of the series."
In other words, the actor playing the character is no longer available, so instead of doing The Other Darrin
they invent a new character with a new actor to take their place.
Given that fact, how come we are seeing characters in mediums where this can't happen?
So pretty much the entirety of Anime and Manga
, Card Games
, Comic Books
, and all the other sections involving mediums that don't use actors are misuse, as are all the wicks for such shows.
Not to mention that the entirety of the PlayingWith.Suspiciously Similar Substitute
page is inaccurate and gives bad examples that would be misuse, and the laconic also leaves out key parts of the definition and therefore promotes misuse.
So do we need to?
- Simply cleanup misuse
- Rename to better describe the trope and remove bad examples while implementing the new name
- Expand the definition to fit the inaccurate way that the trope is summed up in the Laconic and Playing With sections, which also matches the misuse, while creating a Trivia page that covers the current definition
edited 24th Dec '13 5:07:14 AM by Catbert