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1* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' had a cute brunette scientist with oversized glasses. She is replaced by a slightly less cute brunette scientist without glasses in ''Film/RoboCop2'', and then the slot is filled by Dr. Lazarus in ''Film/RoboCop3''.* R (Creator/JohnCleese) in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films is introduced in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''. In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' he becomes the new Q. Those who hadn't seen the previous film would assume he was TheOtherDarrin since he's exactly like his predecessor.* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'': Frank Pentangeli was a replacement character for Peter Clemenza.* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII'': Tom Hagen is written out (died in between sequels) and is replaced by the much less charismatic and interesting George Hamilton character, B.J. Harrison. This was done thanks to a paycheck dispute with Robert Duvall, forcing Francis Ford Coppola to create this new replacement from scratch.* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'' Grumpy sidekick John Taggart from the previous movies is replaced by almost identical cop Jon Flint, since actor John Ashton had to drop out due to obligations to other pending film projects.* ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' has a couple of examples of this:** Lt. Mauser replaced Capt. Harris in the 2nd & 3rd movies, acting as that film's villain and having more or less the same traits has Harris had, filling the same role. They were so similar that when Harris returned in the 4th movie, he was paired of with Mauser's assistant, Proctor, and the two had the same relationship Mauser and Proctor had.** When Steve Guttenberg refused to reprise his role as Sgt. Mahoney for the 5th and 6th movies, Commandant Lassard's nephew Nick was brought in to fill Mahoney's shoes, while the 7th movie had a cadet named Kyle Connors also fill the very same spot.* When the Wachowski siblings wrote [[Film/TheMatrixReloaded the second]] and [[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions third]] ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' films, they originally intended to bring back the character of Tank from the first one. But after they had a falling-out with his actor, they created Link as a replacement.* Abigail Whistler from ''Film/BladeTrinity'' was originally supposed to be Rachel van Helsing from the comics, but was changed to an original character to avoid comparisons to the ''Film/VanHelsing'' movie.* Roman in ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' replaced Dominic from ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' as the AntiHero with a criminal past. Though it's worth noting that Brian is now the main character with Roman as his sidekick, instead of co-lead with Dom. Both Roman and Dom are back in ''Fast Five''.* ''Film/{{Beerfest}}'' plays this one for gags, when Landfill dies and the character is promptly replaced by his twin brother, portrayed by the same actor, who asks the rest of the characters to refer to him by his dead brother's name and never speak of the death again. He then promptly sleeps with his dead brother's widow and "feels that he's already known them all his life."* The Creator/KeanuReeves character in ''Film/{{Speed}}'' was replaced by Jason Patric's character in [[Film/Speed2CruiseControl the sequel]], with Creator/SandraBullock being the holdover from the first film and having mentioned her previous relationship.* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''** A rather bizarre set of examples occurred regarding the monster Baragon. First, ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' was going to have Baragon be the monster seen destroying France. Unfortunately, the suit was too badly damaged and instead Gorosaurus was used (Ironically, the dub version [[IAmNotShazam still calls Gorosaurus "Baragon"]])...And Baragon himself was reduced to a mere 10 second cameo. Later, Baragon was going to appear in ''Film/GodzillaVSMechagodzilla'' but the suit was still too damaged to function and Anguirus was used instead. In both cases, Anguirus and Gorosaurus were given traits that were originally attributed to Baragon (IE: Jumping and burrowing). Then averted in ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack!'', when the director wanted to use Varan, Anguirus and Baragon as the Guardian Monsters, but the studio wanted more popular kaiju. This time, Baragon survived the axe.** ''Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla'' was going to have Godzilla team up with the human-built Mechagodzilla previously seen in ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'' to fight [=SpaceGodzilla=], but Creator/{{Toho}} realized that having Godzilla fight alongside the machine that came close to killing him would make the battle against the new villain too one-sided. Instead, they brought in M.O.G.U.E.R.A., another human-built robot that had also been controlled by alien invaders when first seen in its [[Film/TheMysterians Showa era incarnation]].** The spinoff ''Film/RebirthOfMothra'' trilogy apparently knew it wanted to save [[ArchEnemy King]] [[EldritchAbomination Ghidorah]] for the role of [[Film/RebirthOfMothra3 the final film]]'s antagonist, but also wanted to draw audiences into the series with a villain of comparable menace. The first film's solution? The totally original, terrifying, powerful, destructive, ''evil'' new monster... Death Ghidorah. ...Hmm.* ''Los Superagentes: Nueva Generación''. Unlike the sequels to ''Bañeros'' and ''Brigada Explosiva'', the new characters were clearly meant to replace the originals, as per the original Tiburon and Delfin show up in insultingly short cameos as opposing to joining in the action. Worse, the original Mojarrita and Chief of Acuario don't even show up.* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' When Crazy Ralph was killed in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPart2 Part 2]]'', audiences were introduced to very similar doomsayers in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII Part III]]'' and ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan VIII]]''.* Subverted like no tomorrow in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}''. Characters are thrown at us as being replacements for the characters of the original film, but [[spoiler:most of the new characters die]], the [[FinalGirl apparent Sidney replacement]] [[spoiler:turns out to be the killer, and is more of a replacement of the killer from the [[Film/Scream3 previous film]]]], and we even get a [[spoiler:[[RedHerring subverted]]]] Billy replacement who [[spoiler:is almost successfully framed for all the murders]].* Jamie Kennedy as the new Mask in ''Film/SonOfTheMask''.* Every Cenobite that follows Pinhead that is NOT Butterball, Chatterer or the Female Cenobite in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' sequels.* Due to not having a high enough budget to render the characters' powers onscreen, Husk and Chamber were excluded from the ''Comicbook/GenerationX'' TV movie and replaced with Buff and Refrax, two [[CanonForeigner new]] heroes who had similar, but [[CoconutSuperpowers cheaper abilities]].* The Creator/MarxBrothers -- Allan Jones essentially takes over for Zeppo in ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'' and ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces''.* ''Film/HarryPotter'':** Nigel Wolpert appears to be a replacement CompositeCharacter for Colin and Dennis Creevey. Colin appeared in the second film, but the actor decided not to do any more after that. Dennis never appears in the films full stop, but he's a very minor character in the books anyway.** Due to [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor the actor who plays Vincent Crabbe being convicted for drug offences]], Crabbe was PutOnABus for the two Deathly Hallows films. Gregory Goyle took on his role, and Blaise Zabini took on Goyle's role. Because of this switch, this case is sometimes mistaken for a RaceLift.* ''Franchise/StarWars'':** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has Captain Panaka (Hugh Quarshie), Queen Amidala's bodyguard. After Quarshie was unable to make it to the location shooting for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', he was replaced with Captain Typho (Jay Laga'aia). Aside from the {{eyepatch|OfPower}}, they're the same, both in appearance and personality, to the point that some viewers wondered why Captain Panaka was suddenly sporting an eyepatch.** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'':*** The movie features the planet Jakku--a backwater desert planet [[ScavengerWorld filled with rusting spaceship junkyards]], bustling marketplaces and isolated moisture farms--as a major location. When images of the Jakku sets were first revealed to the public, they looked so similar to the old Tatooine sets that the fandom almost universally assumed that the planet ''was'' Tatooine until WordOfGod confirmed otherwise. Considering Tatooine has appeared [[OncePerEpisode in all but one of the previous six films]], it wasn't exactly an illogical assumption.*** While a number of characters are [[GenerationXerox clearly filling similar roles to the original cast]], including members ''of'' the original cast, Kylo Ren in particular is an almost ostentatious DarthVaderClone, obvious even from the first trailers. What's not as obvious is that he's also [[CompositeCharacter a combination of]] [[spoiler:[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Jacen Solo and Kyp Durron]].]]*** Captain Phasma, with her cool armor, [[EnsembleDarkHorse limited screen time]], and [[spoiler:being defeated anticlimactically like an absolute idiot by the {{Deuteragonist}} with whom ItsPersonal in her second appearance]] is touted by the filmmakers as Boba Fett for a new generation.** And before her, ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' featured Jango Fett, of whom Boba was supposed to be a literal clone. Supplementary material tried really hard to cement Jango as the same kind of badass antihero as his "son" was in the original expanded universe, with mixed results.* ''Film/RockStar'' depicts such a replacement when the main character Chris, lead singer of a tribute band, is hired to replace his idol due to his intentionally similar appearance and slightly better vocals. The film culminates in Chris [[spoiler: picking a fan out of the audience at a concert to replace himself]]. This is based on actual events: Music/JudasPriest replacing their original lead singer by picking the front man of a Priest tribute band.* Played in ''Film/TheGamers'': Ambrose dies, to be replaced by the nearly-indistinguishable Magellan, with a heaping helping of PlugNPlayFriends. ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'' parodies it even further. Leo's bard invariably dies from one hit whenever he participates in a fight, so the player prepares 50 copies of the same character sheet, expending them in a single fight. Eventually, the players hide behind "the mound of dead bards".* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Kyle Vogt, the actor who plays Peter (essentially the voice of reason, or the man who "is always playing psychiatrist"), left during shooting - he had told the production team he would only be available for a limited time, but due to the film's TroubledProduction, his scenes were not complete by the time he had to leave for another project. Another actor replaced Peter and took the lines he would have had in a later scene. However, the new character (named "Steven" in the credits) never has any formal introduction. It is just implied he is another friend of Johnny and company.* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' Jim Broadbent plays a character meant to be a stand-in for Marcus Brody, who had died since the last movie, just as the actor Denholm Elliott had died in between films. Also, the character Mac, played by Ray Winstone, is essentially a replacement for Sallah (John Rhys-Davies); a BoisterousBruiser side kick with a shady past. The reason Mac is there instead of Sallah [[spoiler: might be that the plot calls for him to turn from good to evil, wich would be a depressing ending for the fans of the previous films]].* ''Film/CitySlickersIITheLegendOfCurlysGold'' ** Duke is a suspiciously similar substitute for his deceased identical twin Curly. Granted, his personality is different enough (less of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, more Machiavellian) not to be cause for viewers to truly cry foul (there are shades of the EvilTwin trope here), but he's a suspiciously similar substitute all the same.** Bruno Kirby did not return from the first movie, so his spot was filled by Creator/JonLovitz, playing Creator/BillyCrystal's annoying brother.* Quarrel Jr., in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for his father, Quarrel, who was killed in ''Film/DrNo''. This is because the films were made in a different order from the books, where Quarrel gets introduced in ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', before being killed in ''Film/DrNo''.* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':** Grindor from ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''. He looks exactly like Blackout in both shape, size, appearance, and alt-mode (they both turn into helicopters).** Creator/MeganFox's Mikaela being replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Carly in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. The script was mostly finished before Fox was fired, and it's rather obvious that most of the scenes that ultimately ended up going to Huntington-Whitely were originally written with her in mind. In particular, Carly being hired as the curator of Gould's car collection seems like a plot point that would've made far more sense for Mikaela, given that the previous films established that she has an immense knowledge of automobiles.* In the second ''[[Disney/TheRescuers Rescuers]]'' film (which takes place in [[LandDownUnder Australia]]), the role of Orville Albatross is replaced by that of his brother, Wilbur. Wilbur gets a lot more character focus and is a much more memorable character than Orville, being voiced by Creator/JohnCandy.* [[Film/TheThreeStooges The Third Stooge]]. While Shemp was not Suspiciously Similar, Joe Besser and "Curly" Joe [=DeRita=] were. All three of them had their own unique method of delivery, however, distinct from Curly.* When Creator/GeorgeSanders grew tired of appearing in ''The Falcon'' movie series, it was decided that his Gay Lawrence character would be killed off. The series continued with Gay's brother Tom stepping into the role of the Falcon. Tom Lawrence was played by Tom Conway ... who just happened to be George Sanders' brother.* In ''Film/TheMightyDucks'', Coach Bombay's mentor is his late father's old friend, a kindly Norwegian sporting goods vendor named Hans. In the sequel, he is replaced by his brother Jan, who makes an offhand comment that Hans is visiting their mother in Norway. Then, in the third movie, Hans has returned, and Jan is nowhere to be seen--he doesn't even show up at [[spoiler:Hans's funeral]].* The ''Film/DeathRace'' prequels star Luke Goss as Carl Lucas, rather than Jason Statham as Jensen Ames. Like Statham, Goss is a white British man with a shaved head and PermaStubble. The characters aren't hugely similar, but appearance-wise they're very much alike.* Most of the ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974'' follow-ups introduce new family members who are similar to Drayton and Nubbins, Leatherface's brothers in the first film.* Scheduling issues with Creator/JetLi prevented him from reprising his role as Yin Yang in ''Film/TheExpendables2'' beyond a cameo. He was replaced by Maggie Chan, a new Chinese character played by Yu Nan.* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus has similar motives to Admiral Cartwright from ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', who envisioned a more militarized Federation in the face of Klingon aggression and was willing to murder his own to see that dream become a reality]]. And he's played by the [[Creator/PeterWeller same guy]] that once played a human supremacist willing to use deadly force in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.** In ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Star Trek VI]]'', Spock's young, female Vulcan protégé Valeris was created as a very blatant replacement for Saavik, his young, female Vulcan protégé from the previous films. Saavik ''was'' originally going to be in the movie, but several factors (including Kirstie Alley being uninterested and worries that fans would not be happy about a popular character [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn becoming a villain]]]]) resulted in her being replaced with a new character.* Mohawk from ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' is one for Stripe from the first movie. In this case, it is justified because, [[WordOfGod according to director Joe Dante]], Mohawk is in fact Stripe himself reincarnated into a completely new character.* In ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', Dave the octopus fills in the role of MadScientist sea animal antagonist of the penguins that Dr. Blowhole the dolphin from [[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar the tv series]] has.* Charlton Heston requested a smaller part in ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'', that would require Taylor to only show up at the beginning and end. Thus the film stars James Franciscus - cast specifically because he looked a lot like Heston - as another time-displaced astronaut. Though when the two finally meet, [[ContrastingSequelProtagonist the differences between their characters]] are pretty stark.* Malcolm from ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' is blatantly similar to Will from ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', being a likable, sympathetic human character who tries to stop war from breaking out between the humans and the apes. The movie even has a scene where Ceasar tells Malcolm that Will was "A good man...like you."* Dr Who's niece Louise and Tom the idiotic policeman in ''Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD'' are replacements for Dr Who's granddaughter Barbara and Ian her idiotic boyfiend in ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks''.* ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan'': Creator/PierceBrosnan's Dr. Lawrence Angelo was replaced in the sequel ''Beyond Cyberspace'' by Patrick Bergin's Dr. Benjamin Trace, who is a clear stand-in for the former.* Being a {{long runn|er}}ing film series with a LongRunnerCastTurnover, it's unsurprising that the ''Film/CarryOn'' film series suffered from this when an actor was unavailable to fill a certain role.** Creator/SidJames was known in the series for mostly playing TheChessmaster and DirtyOldMan that were [[InformedAttractiveness weirdly sex gods]]. When he was busy with other media commitments, he was replaced by Creator/PhilSilvers and Harry H. Corbett (from ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'') for ''Film/FollowThatCamel'' and ''Film/CarryOnScreaming''. Like Sid James, both weren't conventionally attractive and were at least his age (50s) at the time (or close enough).** For ''Film/CarryOnUpTheJungle'', Creator/KennethWilliams couldn't make the movie, so he was replaced by comedian Creator/FrankieHowerd, even though Howerd had appeared in the series before, playing a completely different character. Both actors had a lot of controversy throughout their careers from rumours of being homosexual (although they were revealed to be true after their deaths), and it was often reflected through [[CampStraight their performances]] -- even hinted in some of the dialog. It's debatable whether it was a CastingGag or just pure coincidence.** When Creator/CharlesHawtrey was suspended from the cast for diva-like behaviour, comedian Lance Percival appeared in ''Film/CarryOnCruising'', portraying a socially-awkward chef that couldn't function on a cruise ship when he was seasick, and made a soup explode.** The attractive members of the cast suffered through this as well. They usually went through two stereotypes: the [[TheKlutz clumsy]] PrettyBoy and the [[WomenAreWiser sane]] MsFanservice.*** Barbara Windsor is the most famous one that appeared in this role, but before her were Creator/ShirleyEaton and Liz Fraser. All three were [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blonde]] but the latter two were often smarter than her characters. The brunette versions were Amanda Barrie and Anita Harris -- the former portrayed the villainous UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra}} in ''Film/CarryOnCleo''.*** The men of these types were Creator/JimDale, Creator/LesliePhillips and Richard O'Callaghan. They were often the OnlySaneMan who either fell in love with a woman they meet or are a seemingly-HopelessSuitor, and occasionally trip over something.*** This was often invoked by the production team. When Jim Dale proved unavailable, recurring actor Julian Holloway would be brought in to replace him.*** Kenneth Cope. ''Film/CarryOnRoundTheBend'' shows what could possibly happen if two pretty boys were in the same ''Carry On'' movie, in which he and O'Callaghan ''physically'' fought each other over the affections of Sid James' attractive daughter. When it came to ''Film/CarryOnMatron'' a year after, Cope was playing the stereotypes straight -- his character being like a hybrid of O'Callaghan and Creator/KennethConnor.** ReluctantFanserviceGirl Angela Douglas appeared throughout most of the mid-60s' movies, mostly being the nice attractive blonde girl who often fell in love with Jim Dale. When it came to the early '70s, the attractive blonde Jacki Piper would often fall in love with Richard O'Callaghan.** In ''Film/CarryOnSergeant'', there were two army leaders that were the {{foil}} to the nicer Creator/WilliamHartnell. In many ArmedFarces films to follow, they were either RedOniBlueOni, {{Officer Jerkass}}es, {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, or a BloodKnight and his {{beleaguered|assistant}} DeadpanSnarker.** The 6'7 Bernard Bresslaw was in the series for ten years. When the 6'4 Jack Douglas appeared, he would start to get bigger roles, whereas Bresslaw seemed to be getting demoted into background characters, eventually leaving the series for good in 1975.* Captain Sawada from ''Film/StreetFighter'' was created as a stand-in for Fei Long. Made even more obvious in the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterTheMovie video game adaptation]], where like Fei Long, he fights shirtless. Fei Long was even planned to appear in the game, portrayed by Kenya Sawada, the same actor who played Captain Sawada!* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': When Tony's AI J.A.R.V.I.S. is destroyed [[spoiler: and later reconstituted as part of Comicbook/TheVision]], he starts using a new program, F.R.I.D.A.Y., who serves the same function as J.A.R.V.I.S., but has a female, Irish voice.* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Two of the Assassins fighting at the end fight in styles similar to Shao Jun and Arno Dorian. Naturally, they likely learned these styles ''from'' Shao Jun and Arno Dorian through the Animus.* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' has Kitty for ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'''s Eve Teschmacher. Both are minions/{{Implied Love Interest}}s for Comicbook/LexLuthor, like expensive things, are attracted to Superman, and have some degree of a HighHeelFaceTurn.* ''[[Film/{{Olsenbanden}} Jönssonligan]]'' had to replace the criminal mastermind they're named for after the first five movies, Charles-Ingvar "Sickan" Jönsson (the actor quit, and it was explained as the character having had a nervous breakdown), with each of the remaining (pre-reboot) three having a new replacement. The first was Dr. Max Adrian Busé, who nominally was the psychiatrist treating the original mastermind and got inspired, but in practice quickly slotted in a similar role. The second was Herman Melvin, who played with things a bit more in that he ''wasn't'' actually a criminal mastermind... he just had a good memory and was Busé's cellmate who got out sooner. The third was Sven-Ingvar "Sivan" Jönsson, Sickan's brother, whose twist was that he was ''aware'' of how similar he was to his brother and had spent most of his life going against his instincts to be as different as possible -- up until the last half of the movie, where he gives in.* The Franchise/UniversalHorror {{crossover}}s ''Film/HouseOfFrankenstein'' and ''Film/HouseOfDracula'' both featured a ''different'' MadScientist with a [[TheIgor hunchbacked minion]], who [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally weren't]] Henry Frankenstein and Fritz (since they were both [[KilledOffForReal dead]] by that point). ''House of Frankenstein'' had "Dr. Niemann" and his sidekick Daniel, while ''House of Dracula'' featured "Dr. Edlemann" and his sidekick Nina. Just in case the audience didn't get the hint, the posters refer to them as "The Mad Doctor" and "The Hunchback". [[SarcasmMode Subtle]].----

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