Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr on Mar 14th 2019 at 4:16:09 PM
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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr on Mar 16th 2019 at 5:35:02 AM
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A popular series will inevitably get a Spin-Off (or Prequel or Sequel Series) containing Transplants from the original series. However, there may come a point when a character from the original moves to the spinoff at some point after it premiered.
There can be a few reasons for this. Maybe the original series ended while the spinoff is still around, freeing the person to join the spinoff. Maybe the spinoff isn't doing well, so it needs an additional character from the original to give it a boost in the ratings. Maybe the character didn't exist at the time the spinoff was created. Or maybe there is an in-universe reason that the character doesn't appear until later in the run.
This is for characters who join a spinoff as a regular. For characters who make periodic appearances only, it's a Required Spinoff Crossover.
- After Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, Spike became a regular on Angel during its fifth season.
- Gus Fring from Breaking Bad joined the prequel Better Call Saul during the latter's third season.
- Following the cancellation of The Golden Girls sequel Golden Palace, Sophia moved to the spinoff series Empty Nest during Season 6.
- Law & Order alum Mike Logan was added to the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in season 5 in order to boost ratings and allow for several non-Goren episodes after health problems forced Vincent D'Onofrio to take time off.
- The Flash (2014): Wally West moves to Legends of Tomorrow during Season 3.
- Screech from Saved by the Bell joined the cast of the spinoff The College Years, but after its cancellation, he joined the cast of the other spinoff The New Class in Season 2.
- Worf joined the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in Season 4 in order to boost ratings.
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