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* [[ItWasHisSled Although well known now]], ''VisualNovel/KajiriKamuiKagura'' pulled a variation of this trope with its villainous group, the Yatsukahagi. These demonic entities are eventually revealed to be several members of the former main cast from ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'' having turned to NecessaryEvil in order to deal with [[OmnicidalManiac Hajun]]. The fact that the setting of ''Kajiri Kamui Kagura'' is set in a sort of medieval Japan while ''Dies Irae'' had a more contemporary setting makes this reveal all the more notable as it completely re-contextualizes how the two stories not only connect to each other, but with the greater series as a whole.

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* [[ItWasHisSled Although well known now]], ''VisualNovel/KajiriKamuiKagura'' pulled a variation of this trope with its villainous group, the Yatsukahagi. These demonic entities are eventually revealed to be [[RogueProtagonist several members of the former main cast cast]] from ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'' having turned to NecessaryEvil in order to deal with [[OmnicidalManiac Hajun]]. The fact that the setting of ''Kajiri Kamui Kagura'' is set in a sort of medieval Japan while ''Dies Irae'' had a more contemporary setting makes this reveal all the more notable as it completely re-contextualizes how the two stories not only connect to each other, but with the greater series as a whole.


* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fangame ''VideoGame/PokemonZetaAndOmicron'', the main antagonist, Odin (in Zeta) or Zeus (in Omicron) is revealed to be [[FallenHero The protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', who had his Lugia (in Zeta) or his Ho-Oh (in Omicron) turned into a [[TheHeartless Shadow Pokemon]] and stolen from him by your EvilTwin, and [[FaceHeelTurn turned evil]] in an effort to gain enough power to take it back.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fangame ''VideoGame/PokemonZetaAndOmicron'', the main antagonist, Odin (in Zeta) or Zeus (in Omicron) is revealed to be [[FallenHero The protagonist of of]] ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', who had his Lugia (in Zeta) or his Ho-Oh (in Omicron) turned into a [[TheHeartless Shadow Pokemon]] and stolen from him by your EvilTwin, and [[FaceHeelTurn turned evil]] in an effort to gain enough power to take it back.

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* In ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' an extra who [[https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2006-06-28 shows up]] in a flashback is dubbed "Shy Girl" and is [[https://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/2006-06-30 well received by fans]] only to be [[https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2010-12-27 revealed]] as Rhoda sporting a different look.


* In ''Batman: Urban Legends'' #5, a Batgirls story features a new "wildcard" character of unclear allegience, who turns out to be a young African-American woman. At the end of the story, with the Batgirls still unclear on who she is or what her agenda is, the last panel shows her standing in front of a camper van with a potted plant in the window, and "Ryan Was Here" graffitied on the wall behind her, all indicating that she's a CanonImmigrant version of [[Series/{{Batwoman}} Ryan Wilder]].

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* In ''Batman: Urban Legends'' #5, a Batgirls story features a new "wildcard" character of unclear allegience, allegiance, who turns out to be a young African-American woman. At the end of the story, with the Batgirls still unclear on who she is or what her agenda is, the last panel shows her standing in front of a camper van with a potted plant in the window, and "Ryan Was Here" graffitied on the wall behind her, all indicating that she's a CanonImmigrant version of [[Series/{{Batwoman}} Ryan Wilder]].


** From the same comic, halfway through the series, the character of Tsuna takes up the conflict under a new alias to help Mega Man: [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]].

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** From the same comic, halfway through the series, the character of Tsuna Suna takes up the conflict under a new alias to help Mega Man: [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]].


** Inverted with Miss Grundy, who turns out to be an imposter who stole her current identity from a dead woman of the same name.
** Zigzagged with the man who attacked Fred in the Season One finale. Season Two reveals that the assailant is the show's version of Black Hood, but it turns out that his true identity isn't anyone who took on the mantle of the Black Hood in the comics, but rather fellow canon character Hal Cooper.

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** Inverted with Miss Grundy, who turns out to be an imposter impostor who stole her current identity from a dead woman of the same name.
** Zigzagged with the man who attacked Fred in the Season One finale. Season Two reveals that the assailant is the show's version of Black Hood, but it turns out that his true identity isn't anyone who took on the mantle of the Black Hood in the comics, but rather [[CompositeCharacter fellow canon character Hal Cooper.Cooper]].


* While most of the characters, settings, and storylines in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' were derived from fairy tales and myths, it seemed that the [[ArtifactOfDoom Dark One's dagger]] was an original creation. However, it was revealed in the fifth season that the dagger was fashioned from the broken blade of Excalibur.
** Season 2's August is a mysterious character who's implied at various points to be the Author and Baelfire, or possibly an ''actual'' CanonForeigner, but he's none of those; he's Pinocchio, coming to Storybrooke after magic returning to the world means his own curse activates and he turns back into wood for being selfish.

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* While most of the characters, settings, and storylines in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' were derived from fairy tales and myths, it seemed that the [[ArtifactOfDoom Dark One's dagger]] was an original creation. However, it was revealed in the fifth season that the dagger was fashioned from the broken blade of Excalibur.
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** Season 2's August Wayne Booth is a mysterious character who's implied at various points to be the Author and Baelfire, or possibly an ''actual'' CanonForeigner, but the end of Season One reveals he's none of those; he's a grown up Pinocchio, coming to Storybrooke after magic returning to the world means his own curse activates and he turns starts turning back into wood for being selfish.selfish.
** While most of the characters, settings, and storylines have been derived from fairy tales and myths, the [[ArtifactOfDoom Dark One's dagger]] seems for most of the show to be an original creation. However, it's revealed in the fifth season that the dagger was fashioned from the broken blade of Excalibur.

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** Eggert Benedict, the culprit of the first game's final case, is really Ashley ''Milverton'', the infamous blackmailer villain (though much more sympathetic).
** Klint Van Zieks is revealed in the final case to be the equivalent of Jack Stapleton/Rodger Baskerville, as he uses a hound to murder his victims and winds up creating a legend, like the original. Like Milverton, he is also given AdaptationalSympathy.

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* the crossover fic ''Fanfic/TheSecretBiographyOfDonaldDuck'' has Kay K from the ''ComicBook/DoubleDuck'' series make an appearance during Donald Duck's secret agent arc as his love interest; after [[ItMakesSenseInContext Kay narrowly survives a rocket crash and goes off the grid to become a vigilante PI]] the two of them have a brief reunion before offically breaking up. However this isn't the last time she pops up, as the final chapter reveals that Pepper from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' was actually Kay K in disguise who infiltrated F.O.W.L. as a sleeper agent.


* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2019'', one of main protagonists, Sergeant Kyle Garrick, at first seemed to be a completely new character without a direct counterpart from the original ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' trilogy. Until at the very end of the story when Laswell reveals to Price his nickname: ''Gaz'', a diminutive of his surname. Which means he's a rebooted version of the original Captain Price's second-in-command all the way back from ''Call of Duty 4''.

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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2019'', one of main protagonists, Sergeant Kyle Garrick, at first seemed to be a completely new character without a any direct counterpart counterparts from the original ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' trilogy. Until at That is, until the very end of the story Campaign when Laswell reveals to Price his nickname: ''Gaz'', a diminutive of his surname. Which means he's surname, making Garrick a rebooted version of the original Captain Price's second-in-command all the way back from ''Call of Duty 4''.


* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', Destro's M.A.R.S. armaments company is the main villain, but the members are the usual members of Cobra (The Baroness, Storm Shadow, Zartan, etc). The only CanonForeigner is the Doctor...or so it seems. At the end of the film, the Doctor reveals that he is taking control of M.A.R.S. and turning it into Cobra with himself as Commander. Yes, the Doctor is Cobra Commander.

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* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', Destro's M.A.R.S. armaments company is the main villain, but the members are the usual members of Cobra (The Baroness, Storm Shadow, Zartan, etc). The only CanonForeigner is the Doctor...or so it seems. At While one might initially assume he's this version's Dr. Mindbender, The Doctor reveals in his {{Backstory}} that he ''met'' Mindbender and was mentored by him, and at the end of the film, the Doctor reveals that he is taking control of M.A.R.S. and turning it into Cobra with himself as Commander. Yes, the Doctor is Cobra Commander.


* Earlier drafts of the script for ''Film/GreenLantern'' featured a mysterious elderly narrator known only as "Pipe," who somehow knew about the Green Lantern Corps and referred to Abin Sur as an old friend. The ending would have revealed that Pipe was none other than Alan Scott, the [[UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Green Lantern from the 1940s.

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** One of the new Task Force X members introduced in the opening scene of ''Film/TheSuicideSquad'' is a mysterious character known only as T.D.K., who refuses to explain what the acronym stands for. Once the Squad is engaged in a firefight, it's revealed his codename is "The Detachable Kid," making him the film's version of the obscure ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' member Arm-Fall-Off-Boy.

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* In ''Batman: Urban Legends'' #5, a Batgirls story features a new "wildcard" character of unclear allegience, who turns out to be a young African-American woman. At the end of the story, with the Batgirls still unclear on who she is or what her agenda is, the last panel shows her standing in front of a camper van with a potted plant in the window, and "Ryan Was Here" graffitied on the wall behind her, all indicating that she's a CanonImmigrant version of [[Series/{{Batwoman}} Ryan Wilder]].


* In the ''Literature/FateZero'' anime, the metafictional "Einzbern Consultation Room" shorts feature a GenkiGirl named Zecchan, who ''somehow'' gets pulled into the Grail and becomes friends with Irisviel. She's a time-traveling, amnesiac [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Taiga Fujimura]].

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* In the ''Literature/FateZero'' anime, the metafictional "Einzbern Consultation Room" shorts feature a GenkiGirl named Zecchan, who ''somehow'' gets pulled into the Grail and becomes friends with Irisviel. She's a time-traveling, amnesiac [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Taiga Fujimura]].



* In the 2018 ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' series, Selina encounters and befriends a group of homeless teen runaways who live in her old neighborhood of Alleytown. One of the kids is an Asian pickpocket known only as Shoes, who initially seems to be a new character like the others. However, the ''DC Festival of Heroes'' one-shot reveals she's an amnesiac Lian Harper, the daughter of Roy Harper and Cheshire, who was previously thought to have been {{RetGone}}d out of existence by the Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot.

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* In the 2018 ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' series, Selina encounters and befriends a group of homeless teen runaways who live in her old neighborhood of Alleytown. One of the kids is an Asian pickpocket known only as Shoes, who initially seems to be a new character like the others. However, the ''DC Festival of Heroes'' one-shot reveals reveals she's an amnesiac Lian Harper, the daughter of Roy Harper and Cheshire, who was previously thought to have been {{RetGone}}d out of existence by the Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot.



* One of the central antagonists of ''Film/TheWolverine'' is a new character named Ichirō Yashida. To stave off his impeding death via cancer, he hooks himself up to a gleaming set of samurai-styled PoweredArmor, becoming the film's version of Silver Samurai.

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* One of the central antagonists of ''Film/TheWolverine'' is a new character named Ichirō Yashida. To stave off his impeding death via cancer, cancer, he hooks himself up to a gleaming set of samurai-styled PoweredArmor, becoming the film's version of Silver Samurai.



*** An unusual case occurs with Vigilante. In the comics, he's been various people, most notably Adrian Chase, but in Season Five of ''Arrow'', Chase turns out to be an alias of BigBad Prometheus, whose real name was never revealed in the comics and is given here as Simon [[Creator/GrantMorrison Morrison]]. However, early in Season Six, Dinah Drake's old cop partner, Vincent Sobel, who was believed to have died years ago, is unmasked as Vigilante (this incarnation wears Adrian's suit from the comics, to add to the reveal).

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*** An unusual case occurs with Vigilante. In the comics, he's been various people, most notably Adrian Chase, but in Season Five of ''Arrow'', Chase turns out to be an alias of BigBad Prometheus, whose real name was never revealed in the comics and is given here as Simon [[Creator/GrantMorrison Morrison]]. However, early in Season Six, Six, Dinah Drake's old cop partner, Vincent Sobel, who was believed to have died years ago, is unmasked as Vigilante (this incarnation wears Adrian's suit from the comics, to add to the reveal).



** In the third episode, the heroes meet a dorky but goodnatured American tourist named Steven, who has come to Paraguay for a procedure that will grant him superpowers. He emerges from the transformation chamber in TheStinger, revealing himself to be the show's version of Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man.

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** In the third episode, the heroes meet a dorky but goodnatured American tourist named Steven, who has come to Paraguay for a procedure that will grant him superpowers. He emerges from the transformation chamber in TheStinger, revealing himself to be the show's version of Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man.

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