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* Steven Page left Music/BarenakedLadies in 2009, saying that it was no longer an enjoyable experience. The remaining four members decided to remain a quartet, with Ed Robertson taking over the bulk of the lead vocals.

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* Steven Page left Music/BarenakedLadies in 2009, saying that it was no longer an enjoyable experience. The remaining four members decided to remain a quartet, with Ed Robertson taking over the bulk of the lead vocals.vocals and the other three members [[StepUpToTheMicrophone stepping up to the microphone a tad more often]], particularly when they perform songs from the Page era in concert. Kevin Hearn (who usually plays keyboards, additional guitar, accordion, banjo and other instruments) generally replaces Page on songs requiring a VocalTagTeam such as "If I Had 1000000000" or "One Week".


* Music/PinkFloyd soldiered on after Music/RogerWaters left the band in 1985, at first officially as a duo with David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with Richard Wright appearing as a guest musician on ''Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason''. Wright, who himself had been fired during the recording of ''Music/TheWall'' and replaced by session musicians on ''Music/TheFinalCut'' and the vast majority of ''Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason'' (only contributing tangential keyboard and backing vocal parts), was reinstated as a full band member for ''Music/TheDivisionBell'', and the classic lineup with all four band members reunited for Live 8 in 2005, the last performance before Wright's death in 2008.

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* Music/PinkFloyd soldiered on after Music/RogerWaters left the band in 1985, at and while Waters had been the LeadBassist, the group has not had a full-time bassist since. At first they played officially as a duo with David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with Richard Wright appearing as a guest musician on ''Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason''. Wright, who himself had been fired during the recording of ''Music/TheWall'' and replaced by session musicians on ''Music/TheFinalCut'' and the vast majority of ''Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason'' (only contributing tangential keyboard and backing vocal parts), was reinstated as a full band member for ''Music/TheDivisionBell'', and the classic lineup with all four band members reunited for Live 8 in 2005, the last performance before Wright's death in 2008.


* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The Doflamingo Pirates' organization structure consists of 4 "top executives" right beneath the captain, Doflamingo, which have PlayingCardMotifs: Diamante (diamond), Trebol (club), Pica (spade) and Corazon (heart). The last one, however, is currently unoccupied -- it was meant to be filled by Trafalgar Law, but the latter defected from the group years before the present to form his own pirate group.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The Doflamingo Pirates' organization structure consists of 4 "top executives" right beneath the captain, Doflamingo, which have PlayingCardMotifs: Diamante (diamond), Trebol (club), Pica (spade) (spade), and Corazon (heart). The last one, however, is currently unoccupied -- it was meant to be filled by Trafalgar Law, but the latter defected from the group years before the present to form his own pirate group.







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* When Willie Rushton, a regular panellist on ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' since its very early years, died in 1996, they realised he could never truly be replaced and all the possible replacements were younger, alternative comedians with very different comedy styles. His seat was made a permanent guest spot instead.


Compare and contrast with TheBandMinusTheFace, where a specific member departs, RevolvingDoorBand, where lineup changes are relatively frequent, StepUpToTheMicrophone, where an existing member steps into the departed member's place, and ThePeteBest, where a replacement happens early in a group's run and the original member becomes a footnote in history.

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Compare and contrast with TheBandMinusTheFace, where TheBandMinusTheFace (where a specific member departs, RevolvingDoorBand, where departs), RevolvingDoorBand (where lineup changes are relatively frequent, StepUpToTheMicrophone, where frequent), StepUpToTheMicrophone (where an existing member steps into the departed member's place, place), and ThePeteBest, where ThePeteBest (where a replacement happens early in a group's run and the original member becomes a footnote in history.
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* After Creator/RoseanneBarr was fired from her eponymous show, ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', the decision was made to kill her character off and continue with the remaining cast as ''Series/TheConners''.


* While ''Series/{{Community}}'' averted this with Pierce and Shirley when their actors left, they did not replace Troy after Donald Glover departed.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' was created as a vehicle for Lisa Bonet. But when she departed the series, it was retooled around the remaining cast members rather than bringing in a replacement lead, with no appreciable drop in viewership.



* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' was created as a vehicle for Lisa Bonet. But when she departed the series, it was retooled around the remaining cast members rather than bringing in a replacement lead, with no appreciable drop in viewership.



* On ''Series/NewsRadio'', WNYX had two anchors - Bill and Catherine - for the first three seasons and into the fourth. After Creator/KhandiAlexander left the show Bill became the sole anchor. Bill was replaced after Creator/PhilHartman's death, but Max Louis never had a co-anchor.



* While ''Series/{{Community}}'' averted this with Pierce and Shirley when their actors left, they did not replace Troy after Donald Glover departed.


* Music/RobbieWilliams split with Music/TakeThat acrimoniously in 1995 and wasn't replaced before they broke up in 1996. The group reunited in 2005, sans Williams, and worked as a quartet before Williams reconciled with everyone and they reformed as a quintet in 2010[[note]]It could have been sooner, as Williams was willing to meet with the other members and clear the air in 2005, but the producers of a retrospective documentary intentionally kept him in the dark about a meeting between the other four members to create drama[[/note]]. Williams left again to refocus on his solo career and Jason Orange followed not long after, although everyone made it clear that these departures were friendly and the two were welcome back at any time. The remaining three continue to record and tour together.

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* Music/RobbieWilliams split with Music/TakeThat Music/TakeThatBand acrimoniously in 1995 and wasn't replaced before they broke up in 1996. The group reunited in 2005, sans Williams, and worked as a quartet before Williams reconciled with everyone and they reformed as a quintet in 2010[[note]]It could have been sooner, as Williams was willing to meet with the other members and clear the air in 2005, but the producers of a retrospective documentary intentionally kept him in the dark about a meeting between the other four members to create drama[[/note]]. Williams left again to refocus on his solo career and Jason Orange followed not long after, although everyone made it clear that these departures were friendly and the two were welcome back at any time. The remaining three continue to record and tour together.


Contrast with RevolvingDoorBand, where lineup changes are relatively frequent, StepUpToTheMicrophone, where an existing member steps into the departed member's place, and ThePeteBest, where a replacement happens early in a group's run and the original member becomes a footnote in history.

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Contrast Compare and contrast with TheBandMinusTheFace, where a specific member departs, RevolvingDoorBand, where lineup changes are relatively frequent, StepUpToTheMicrophone, where an existing member steps into the departed member's place, and ThePeteBest, where a replacement happens early in a group's run and the original member becomes a footnote in history.


* While Series/Community averted this with Pierce and Shirley when their actors left, they did not replace Troy after Donald Glover departed.

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* While Series/Community ''Series/{{Community}}'' averted this with Pierce and Shirley when their actors left, they did not replace Troy after Donald Glover departed.

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* [[Music/MomoiroCloverZ Momoiro Clover]] went from sextet to quintet after Akari Hayami left in 2011 (becoming Momoiro Clover ''Z'' in the process) and then to quartet after Momoka Ariyasu left in 2018.


** When the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' launched, Grace Lee Whitney, portraying Yeoman Janice Rand, was intended to be a series regular as a recurring love interest for Kirk, was featured even more prominently than ''Spock and [=McCoy=]'' in promotional materials, and indeed was a major fixture of the first half of season one. Whitney also directly contributed to a number of design elements, from the incredibly short female uniforms[[note]a dancer, Whitney wanted a short skirt to show off her legs[[/note]] and even the development of the tricorder. She was eventually cut from the show by the halfway point of the series.[[note]]It's unclear precisely why Rand was removed. The reasons vary from NBC looking to cut costs and argued that random nameless characters could fulfill her same role for cheaper than a regular, showrunners deciding they wanted Kirk to remain single and free to hook up with the random GirlOfTheWeek, a sexual assault by an NBC executive leading to her termination, or even blaming Whitney having personal or substance abuse problems as the reason.[[/note]] Although Rand's role as Kirk's aide was taken up by the occasional background extra, there was never a permanent replacement. And while Roddenberry long regretted her termination and Janice has remained a popular character (and Whitney was a regular fixture at conventions) ever since, this ''did'' clear the way for perhaps the most iconic PowerTrio in television history by giving more room for the Kirk-Spock-[=McCoy=] dynamic. Whitney later returned as Rand in several of the films, (having made the jump from a lowly yeoman to the officer track, eventually rising to the Executive Officer position aboard ''Excelsior'').

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** When the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' launched, Grace Lee Whitney, portraying Yeoman Janice Rand, was intended to be a series regular as a recurring love interest for Kirk, was featured even more prominently than ''Spock and [=McCoy=]'' in promotional materials, and indeed was a major fixture of the first half of season one. Whitney also directly contributed to a number of design elements, from the incredibly short female uniforms[[note]a uniforms[[note]]a dancer, Whitney wanted a short skirt to show off her legs[[/note]] and even the development of the tricorder. She was eventually cut from the show by the halfway point of the series.[[note]]It's unclear precisely why Rand was removed. The reasons vary from NBC looking to cut costs and argued that random nameless characters could fulfill her same role for cheaper than a regular, showrunners deciding they wanted Kirk to remain single and free to hook up with the random GirlOfTheWeek, a sexual assault by an NBC executive leading to her termination, or even blaming Whitney having personal or substance abuse problems as the reason.[[/note]] Although Rand's role as Kirk's aide was taken up by the occasional background extra, there was never a permanent replacement. And while Roddenberry long regretted her termination and Janice has remained a popular character (and Whitney was a regular fixture at conventions) ever since, this ''did'' clear the way for perhaps the most iconic PowerTrio in television history by giving more room for the Kirk-Spock-[=McCoy=] dynamic. Whitney later returned as Rand in several of the films, (having made the jump from a lowly yeoman to the officer track, eventually rising to the Executive Officer position aboard ''Excelsior'').

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* On ''Series/BlakesSeven'', after Gan was killed off, he was never replaced. The show retained the "Seven" part of its name by considering the computer Orac, who was already part of the show, to be one of the "Seven".


* After Denise Crosby's character was killed off in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s first season, Worf (Michael Dorn) was promoted to Security Chief to consolidate the ensemble to the core we know now.

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** When the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' launched, Grace Lee Whitney, portraying Yeoman Janice Rand, was intended to be a series regular as a recurring love interest for Kirk, was featured even more prominently than ''Spock and [=McCoy=]'' in promotional materials, and indeed was a major fixture of the first half of season one. Whitney also directly contributed to a number of design elements, from the incredibly short female uniforms[[note]a dancer, Whitney wanted a short skirt to show off her legs[[/note]] and even the development of the tricorder. She was eventually cut from the show by the halfway point of the series.[[note]]It's unclear precisely why Rand was removed. The reasons vary from NBC looking to cut costs and argued that random nameless characters could fulfill her same role for cheaper than a regular, showrunners deciding they wanted Kirk to remain single and free to hook up with the random GirlOfTheWeek, a sexual assault by an NBC executive leading to her termination, or even blaming Whitney having personal or substance abuse problems as the reason.[[/note]] Although Rand's role as Kirk's aide was taken up by the occasional background extra, there was never a permanent replacement. And while Roddenberry long regretted her termination and Janice has remained a popular character (and Whitney was a regular fixture at conventions) ever since, this ''did'' clear the way for perhaps the most iconic PowerTrio in television history by giving more room for the Kirk-Spock-[=McCoy=] dynamic. Whitney later returned as Rand in several of the films, (having made the jump from a lowly yeoman to the officer track, eventually rising to the Executive Officer position aboard ''Excelsior'').
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After Denise Crosby's character was killed off in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s first season, Worf (Michael Dorn) was promoted to Security Chief to consolidate the ensemble to the core we know now.

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* While Series/Community averted this with Pierce and Shirley when their actors left, they did not replace Troy after Donald Glover departed.

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