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* In the RPG ''Megatraveller: The Zhodani Conspiracy'' (based on the ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' game), if any of your party members dies you can recruit a replacement at the spaceport, who will carry on in their stead just as good as anyone else. But if all of the original members are dead, the game ends even if everyone else is alive. The recruits just don't have the same commitment to the original quest.


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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' from the beginning has begged this question ever since it was described how the transporters work. The transporter's function on the show was to be a magic elevator that took the away team to the planet without requiring the director to film a shuttle landing over and over again. The transporters work by dissolving the away team member and assembling a copy of them on the planet below, which makes you wonder if the same consciousness is moved also. Further questions are begged when you consider that in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a glitch in the transporter created a copy of William Riker who was marooned on the space station he was transported from, with tests affirming that both Rikers should be considered to be the 'real' one as nobody could determine a difference beyond the fact that one had been trapped on another planet for eight years. Yet more questions are begged when one episode features the only POV shot in the entire series of someone going through the transporter and mid stream being bitten by the MonsterOfTheWeek which suggests that the experience of being transported has no break in consciousness.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' from the beginning has begged this question ever since it was described how the transporters work. The transporter's function on the show was to be a magic elevator that took the away team to the planet without requiring the director to film a shuttle landing over and over again. The transporters work by dissolving the away team member and assembling a copy of them on the planet below, which makes you wonder if the same consciousness is moved also. Further questions are begged when you consider that in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a glitch in the transporter created a copy of William Riker who was marooned on the space station he was transported from, with tests affirming that both Rikers should be considered to be the 'real' one as nobody could determine a difference beyond the fact that one had been trapped on another planet for eight years. Yet more questions are begged when one episode features the only POV shot in the entire series of someone going through the transporter and mid stream being bitten by the MonsterOfTheWeek which suggests that the experience of being transported has no break in consciousness. There have also been two instances of conversations continuing between beaming subjects mid-beam in the TOS movies; Kirk explaining the "By The Book" subterfuge to Savvik in Star Trek II, and the badly timed rescue beam-out from Rura Penthe in Star Trek VI.

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** USS ''Constellation'' is even more complicated and a little controversial. According to the US Navy's records, the 1797 frigate USS ''Constellation'' was given a major refit in 1854 turning her into a sloop of war. However, some contemporary accounts and analysis of the current ship indicates that USS ''Constellation'' was broken and up and sloop of war built from her timbers plus some in Navy stockpile. This was done as a scheme to secure funding from a congress that might have been wary of funding construction of an entirely new vessel. It's now more common to list the frigate and surviving sloop as different vessels.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' episode "Farewel, 2 Arms", Molly gradually replaces bits of her body with tougher parts in order to become stronger. As she does so, she gradually becomes more and more cruel and domineering. This culminates in her ripping off her own head, the last part of her original body, and replacing it with a staple remover. Squishington manages to reattach the head to her original body, which resets Molly to her original, gentle personality. She then confronts the form she made over the course of the episode, which is still rampaging, and claims to be what Molly always wanted to be. Molly admits she was wrong.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' episode "Farewel, "Farewell, 2 Arms", Molly [[AppendageAssimilation gradually replaces bits of her body with tougher parts parts]] in order to become stronger. As she does so, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul she gradually becomes more and more cruel and domineering.domineering]]. This culminates in her ripping off her own head, the last part of her original body, and replacing it with a staple remover. Squishington manages to reattach the head to her original body, which resets Molly to her original, gentle personality. She then confronts the form she made over the course of the episode, which is still rampaging, and claims to be what Molly always wanted to be. Molly admits she was wrong.wrong.
* Joked about in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy.'' Joan Rivers was doing interviews on the red carpet of the Adult Video Awards, and said that she was once asked to do a porno but couldn't because, since she's had so much plastic surgery, more than 50% of her body was under 18 years of age.



* Joked about in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy.'' Joan Rivers was doing interviews on the red carpet of the Adult Video Awards, and said that she was once asked to do a porno but couldn't because, since she's had so much plastic surgery, more than 50% of her body was under 18 years of age.

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-->''"The intention of the original builders is what survived. The wood of which the design is constructed decays and is replaced when necessary. To be overly concerned with the original materials, which are merely sentimental souvenirs of the past, is to fail to see the living building itself."''


* In ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita'' characters such as Alita frequently replace their entire bodies with robot ones, with their still-organic brains being the only still-human part of them. [[spoiler: Alita eventually finds out that after getting blown up by Desty Nova and reconstructed in-between the original manga and ''Last Order'', her brain was replaced with a Tipharian brain chip with her memories uploaded into it, leaving absolutely nothing left of her original physical being, and the resulting identity crisis causes her to ''literally disintegrate''.]]

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* In ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita'' characters such as Alita frequently replace their entire bodies with robot ones, with their still-organic brains being the only still-human part of them. [[spoiler: Alita eventually finds out that after getting blown up by Desty Nova and reconstructed in-between the original manga and ''Last Order'', her brain was replaced with a Tipharian brain chip with her memories uploaded into it, leaving absolutely nothing left of her original physical being, and the resulting identity crisis causes her to ''literally disintegrate''. Don't worry, [[DeathIsCheap she gets better]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', Ayano can speak online with [=Selene2005=], who brings up this paradox as an alternative discussion topic instead of theirů [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans preferred topic]] of discussion.


* Something of a theme in ''WebAnimation/GenLOCK'' when it comes to the titular [[BrainUploading gen:LOCK]] technoclogy. One can even see the phrase "Ship of Theseus" pinned to a wall in Dr. Weller's lab. [[spoiler: As it turns out, when the gen:LOCK program first got started, the doctor made a habit of uploading [[TheHero Chase]]'s mind into ''two'' cyberbrains simultaneiously, one running a [[HumongousMecha Holon]], and the other a spare copy. After [[TheEmpire the Union]] captured Chase ([[ReforgedIntoAMinion eventually turning him into the Nemesis]]), Dr. Weller uploaded the copy back into Chase's body and kept it a secret. So the question becomes: which mind is the ''real'' Chase? Both? Neither?]]

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* Something of a theme in ''WebAnimation/GenLOCK'' when it comes to the titular [[BrainUploading gen:LOCK]] technoclogy.technology. One can even see the phrase "Ship of Theseus" pinned to a wall in Dr. Weller's lab. [[spoiler: As it turns out, when the gen:LOCK program first got started, the doctor made a habit of uploading [[TheHero Chase]]'s mind into ''two'' cyberbrains simultaneiously, simultaneously, one running a [[HumongousMecha Holon]], and the other a spare copy. After [[TheEmpire the Union]] captured Chase ([[ReforgedIntoAMinion eventually turning him into the Nemesis]]), Dr. Weller uploaded the copy back into Chase's body and kept it a secret. So the question becomes: which mind is the ''real'' Chase? Both? Neither?]]

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* During an interview about Matilda on the ''Series/RobotWars'' "House Robots" special DVD, it was mentioned that she'd been upgraded so extensively over the course of the first five series that barely any of her original parts were being used at all. When the presenter joked that the only remaining original part was the strap holding the back of her shell on, her supervisor admitted that even that wasn't there originally; it had been added for Series 4 to stop the shell falling off every time she was flipped.
** When the series was rebooted in 2016, all-new and [[TookALevelInBadass massively updated]] versions of Sir Killalot, Shunt, Dead Metal and Matilda were created to face the new generation of competitors. Despite being completely new machines incorporating no components of the long-retired originals, nobody ever questioned that they were the same House Robots "returning" to fight again.

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* Something of a theme in ''WebAnimation/GenLOCK'' when it comes to the titular [[BrainUploading gen:LOCK]] technoclogy. One can even see the phrase "Ship of Theseus" pinned to a wall in Dr. Weller's lab. [[spoiler: As it turns out, when the gen:LOCK program first got started, the doctor made a habit of uploading [[TheHero Chase]]'s mind into ''two'' cyberbrains simultaneiously, one running a [[HumongousMecha Holon]], and the other a spare copy. After [[TheEmpire the Union]] captured Chase ([[ReforgedIntoAMinion eventually turning him into the Nemesis]]), Dr. Weller uploaded the copy back into Chase's body and kept it a secret. So the question becomes: which mind is the ''real'' Chase? Both? Neither?]]


* Happened to Creator/DouglasAdams when he visits [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkaku-ji Kinkaku-ji]] in Japan (which he wrote about in his non-fiction book ''Last Chance to See''), and finds that it looks suspiciously new. He asks about it and is told that the building burned down, and was rebuilt from all new materials. And that this has happened multiple times. He asks how it's the same building then, and is told "It's always the same building". Adams concludes that ''someone'' is missing the point, but that it might be him.

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* Happened to Creator/DouglasAdams when he visits visited [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkaku-ji Kinkaku-ji]] in Japan (which he wrote about in his non-fiction book ''Last Chance to See''), and finds found that it looks looked suspiciously new. He asks asked about it and is was told that the building burned down, and was rebuilt from all new all-new materials. And that this has had happened multiple times. He asks asked how it's the same building then, and is was told "It's always the same building". Adams concludes concluded that ''someone'' is was missing the point, but that it might be have been him.



* Sports teams. Are the Chicago Cubs who won the World Series in 1908 and the Chicago Cubs who won the World Series in 2016 the same team in any meaningful sense?

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* Sports teams. Are the Chicago Cubs who won the World Series in 1908 and the Chicago Cubs who won the World Series in 2016 the same team in any meaningful sense?sense?[[note]]Although, unlike the Dodgers and other teams, the Cubs have remained in a single city for at least 111 years (1908-2019).[[/note]]


* The same joke appears in Creator/DavidJason's previous sitcom ''Series/OpenAllHours'':
-->'''Granville''': We need a new brush.\\
'''Arkwright''': Nonsense! That's a marvelous old brush, that! I've had that for fourteen years. It's only had two new heads and three new handles.



* Franchise/StarTrek from the beginning has begged this question ever since it was described how the transporters work. The transporter's function on the show was to be a magic elevator that took the away team to the planet without requiring the director to film a shuttle landing over and over again. The transporters work by dissolving the away team member and assembling a copy of them on the planet below, which makes you wonder if the same consciousness is moved also. Further questions are begged when you consider that in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a glitch in the transporter created a copy of William Riker who was marooned on the space station he was transported from, with tests affirming that both Rikers should be considered to be the 'real' one as nobody could determine a difference beyond the fact that one had been trapped on another planet for eight years. Yet more questions are begged when one episode features the only POV shot in the entire series of someone going through the transporter and mid stream being bitten by the MonsterOfTheWeek which suggests that the experience of being transported has no break in consciousness.

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* Franchise/StarTrek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' from the beginning has begged this question ever since it was described how the transporters work. The transporter's function on the show was to be a magic elevator that took the away team to the planet without requiring the director to film a shuttle landing over and over again. The transporters work by dissolving the away team member and assembling a copy of them on the planet below, which makes you wonder if the same consciousness is moved also. Further questions are begged when you consider that in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a glitch in the transporter created a copy of William Riker who was marooned on the space station he was transported from, with tests affirming that both Rikers should be considered to be the 'real' one as nobody could determine a difference beyond the fact that one had been trapped on another planet for eight years. Yet more questions are begged when one episode features the only POV shot in the entire series of someone going through the transporter and mid stream being bitten by the MonsterOfTheWeek which suggests that the experience of being transported has no break in consciousness.


* Franchise/StarTrek from the beginning has begged this question ever since it was described how the transporters work. The transporter's function on the show was to be a magic elevator that took the away team to the planet without requiring the director to film a shuttle landing over and over again. The transporters work by dissolving the away team member and assembling a copy of them on the planet below, which makes you wonder if the same consciousness is moved also. Further questions are begged when you consider that in an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, a glitch in the transporter created a copy of William Riker who was marooned on the space station he was transported from. Yet more questions are begged when one episode features the only POV shot in the entire series of someone going through the transporter and mid stream being bitten by the MonsterOfTheWeek which suggests that the experience of being transported has no break in consciousness.

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* Franchise/StarTrek from the beginning has begged this question ever since it was described how the transporters work. The transporter's function on the show was to be a magic elevator that took the away team to the planet without requiring the director to film a shuttle landing over and over again. The transporters work by dissolving the away team member and assembling a copy of them on the planet below, which makes you wonder if the same consciousness is moved also. Further questions are begged when you consider that in an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a glitch in the transporter created a copy of William Riker who was marooned on the space station he was transported from.from, with tests affirming that both Rikers should be considered to be the 'real' one as nobody could determine a difference beyond the fact that one had been trapped on another planet for eight years. Yet more questions are begged when one episode features the only POV shot in the entire series of someone going through the transporter and mid stream being bitten by the MonsterOfTheWeek which suggests that the experience of being transported has no break in consciousness.


* ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2014-11-17 here]] by having an alien claim that humans only live about sixteen hours. Sure the body persists for decades, but if life is continuity of consciousness and humans spend eight hours a day ''un''conscious than over those decades 30,000 people or so will inhabit it.

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* ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2014-11-17 here]] by having an alien claim that humans only live about sixteen hours. Sure the body persists for decades, but if life is continuity of consciousness and humans spend eight hours a day ''un''conscious than over those decades 30,000 people or so will inhabit it. The votey reveals he's just messing with her.

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