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  • Maybelle West in Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple takes the role and dialogue of other characters from the original stories. Also, Inspector Sharpe, who only appears in Hickory Dickory Dock (that book wasn't adapted in the series), takes the role of Japp. It is believed that this is because Japp sounds like Jap, an offensive way to call a Japanese.
  • Atlas from The '80s' Astro Boy. He is a composite of three different characters from the manga: the original Atlas, a minor villain with a new type of AI that allowed him to break the laws of robotics; Cobalt, Astro's "brother"; and the Blue Knight, who was the robot version of Malcolm X. The 2000s series featured the Blue Knight as his own character, but its version of Atlas was still a composite of Atlas and Cobalt.
    • This seems to happen a lot in Astroboy adaptations. In Astro Boy: Omega Factor numerous characters with secret identities have their original alter-egos replaced with completely different characters from established storylines (Blue Bon being replaced by President Rag as Blue Knight, for instance) and even entirely different Tezuka stories, like Nuka being part of the Deathmask from Prime Rose.
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    • Continuing this tradition, Naoki Urasawa's Pluto features a main villain who is a composite of the original Dr Abullah/Goji, Shadow from the 2003 series and a minor robot character from an obscure story from the original manga who was raised to think he was a man. King Darius is also a composite of the original story's sultan Chochi-Chochi Abbaba III (deposed middle eastern ruler who finances Pluto's construction) and Cleopatra from the Cleopatra's Heart story (legitimizes his dictatorship by claiming to be a descendant of a famous historical figure).
  • Mariel Lubie from the Code Geass Alternate Continuity manga Suzaku of the Counterattack combines aspects of three characters from the anime (Cecile's Gadgeteer Genius, Euphemia's being role as Suzaku's love interest, and Shirley's "girl next door" qualities) into a single character who meshes better with the story's setting.
  • Cyborg 009:
    • The 1967 "Monster Wars" film had the Mythos cyborg Helena merged with the Pu'Awak princess Helen into a "Helena" character that was also codenamed "Cyborg 0010".
    • The twist ending of the 2007 Skull Man anime reveals that the titular hero goes on to become Skull, the leader of Black Ghost and the Big Bad of Cyborg 009. He and his girlfriend, Kiriko, also become the parents of Joe Shimamura, the titular 009.
  • In the anime adaptation of Death Note, the US president whom Mello blackmails, and later dies ,with Word of God stating that it's "believed Kira disposed of", is combined with the character of his replacement from the manga.
  • Devilman vs Getter Robo manga combines different versions of probably all characters, aside Emperor Gore - Akira acts like his manga version but has powers of 70's anime Devilman, Ryoma and Hayato are their 70's anime incarnations with few traits of their manga versions and Silene seems to be a mix of anime version and later incarnations from different titles.
    • While Devilman in the manga was the result of the Demon Amon possessing Akira, his 1972 anime counterpart was a demon who killed and took over Akira's body.
  • Digimon:
    • Jou's (rarely seen) brothers Shin and Shuu became Jim in the American dub of Digimon Adventure (and dubs based on it). Hilariously enough, the final episode shows the two standing side by side; this is never commented on. Whether or not this was intentional or a translation error is unknown.
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    • In a much more minor example, 02's dub also made Adventure's Digitamamon and his cousin who ran a Chinese restaurant the same character.
    • Dorumon in Digimon X-Evolution uses the Dorugamon line, but his Mega form is Alphamon from the Raptordramon line rather than Dorugoramon.
  • For Dragon Ball, Bulma's personality was based on the princess from Akira Toriyama's one-shot Dragon Boy and her appearance was from Plamo from another one of Toriyama's one-shots named The Adventures of Tongpoo. Her personality is also similar to Akane from Doctor Slump.
  • Mallanox in Eagle Riders, the Cut-and-Paste Translation of Gatchaman II and Gatchaman F, is an example. In Gatchaman II, Leader X employed Gel Sadra as his lieutenant, who was replaced by Count Egobossler in Gatchaman F after the former peacefully died. To transition between both shows, Gel Sadra's original death scene was altered to have Cybercon (Leader X) transform Mallanox into a new form: Happy Boy (Count Egobossler).
  • Escaflowne: The Movie writes out Emperor Dornkirk and makes Folken the Big Bad in his place.
  • New Getter Robo has Benkei Musashiboh, the third man and The Big Guy of the Getter team. He has traits from both Musashi, the original Big Guy, and Benkei, the one who replaced Musashi after his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • The main robot of New itself counts, being based on Shin Getter's overall looks, with design cues from both Getter Dragon and the original Getter, while performing the latter's role as the first main Getter of that universe1.
    • There's also Kei Kuruma from in Getter Robo Armageddon, based on manga's Kei Minamikaze, with role similar to Sho Tachibana (also from Getter Robo Go) and it is later revealed she was Armageddon's universe's Genki Saotome, original Getter's tagalong kid.
  • Madame Sulliman from Howl's Moving Castle is a combination of two characters from the book: Howl's old magic teacher, who was not affiliated with the king, and Wizard Suliman, the King's head wizard. He is a young man transformed into a dog, who ends up marrying one of Sophie's sisters.
  • Jiro Horikoshi from The Wind Rises is a composite of real life Jiro, novelist Tatsuo Hori, and Hayao Miyazaki’s father , Katsuji. Jiro designed the planes from the film. Tatsuo was a chain smoker who wrote a novel based on his own life that was set in the same time period based on his wife suffering from TB. Miyazaki Sr. had elements of both men, being a aerospace engineer whose wife also had TB.
  • Another Miyazaki example is from My Neighbor Totoro which is based on his own childhood. The film revolves around two sisters while Miyazaki has three brothers. He combined them into two siblings to streamline the story but made them girls so it wouldn’t be too similar to his own childhood.
  • Taken to ridiculous extremes with Josuke, the main character of Jojos Bizarre Adventure Part 8. While he's technically the AU counterpart of Josuke (protagonist of Part 4), early on, we are led to believe his true identity is Yoshikage Kira. Later on, not only do we find out that Kira himself is a Composite Character of Kira and Jotaro, but that Josuke himself is a Fusion Dance (i.e. the literal version of this trope), being a synthesis of Kira and an unnamed man ultimately revealed to be Josefumi Kujo.
    • In terms of his character design, his face and build are almost identical to Jotaro as drawn in the new art style, he spouts his "ORA!" (although one randomly becomes "ARA!") and Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs when fighting, wears sailor clothes referencing Jotaro's marine profession (though those originally belonged to Kira, who was a ship's doctor), and occasionally bears Jotaro's "raised hand/halt" insignia.
    • His personality has a lot of similarities to Kira from Diamond is Unbreakable, being extremely analytical and mathematically inclined, with some really weird habits such as sleeping under mattresses for comfort. Though he's not amoral or deviant.
    • He also has a strong value for friendship and Guile Hero tendencies like his actual namesake, Josuke. It helps that their Stands work more by affecting the environment than actually combating enemies, so they go about fighting in the same manner.
  • Sumire Saitou from K-On! (2011 manga), one of Azusa's new bandmates, is a combination of Mugi's appearance (without the Big Ol' Eyebrows) and her tea-making-skills, Mio's Shrinking Violet personality, including being Sawako's new favorite cosplay victim, and Ritsu's role as the drummer.
  • This is relatively common in the manga adaptations of The Legend of Zelda series.
  • A fairly minor one in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st. Two of the more memorable Monster of the Week in the first season, namely the Hell Hound and the Mega Neko, were combined into one in this Adaptation Distillation, having the plot-important kitty grow into a demon panther that serves as the catalyst for Nanoha and Fate's first meeting.
  • The first Lupin III anime sometimes gave the roles of one-shot Girl of the Week Femme Fatale characters from the early chapters of the manga to Fujiko Mine. A notable example is the episode "Who Had the Last Laugh?" which was adapted from a chapter that featured a pair of sisters named Fuji and Michi, who were combined into Fujiko for the animated version. Another episode is based on a manga chapter where Lupin escapes from prison by tying up and impersonating Zenigata's partner Melon Cop, but in the anime, it's Zenigata himself who Lupin replaces.
  • Shinn Asuka from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny is pretty much one to both Amuro and Kamille, his Impulse is similar to The RX-78 Gundam a Combining Mecha consisting of legs as one section, upper body as another, and Space Fighter/Meta Mecha cockpit as the torso, and a very similar red-with-gold-cross design for its shield just like Amuro even his dub voice is Amuro's Zeta dub voice and he has Wangst Unstoppable Rage due to suffering through a Trauma Conga Line, and romantic troubles with their enemy-cum-love interest just like Kamille.
    • Kira Yamato is a mix of Amuro and Loran Cehack, even borrowing Loran's story/romance arc (e.g., Kira/Loran's relationships with Fllay Allster/Sochie Heim and later, Lacus Clyne/Dianna Soriel, with the latter being a platonic couple).
    • Athrun Zala is a mix of Char Aznable and Heero Yuy. Some of Char's traits that appear in Athrun include him piloting red mobile suits and served as Kira's main rival in both shows. Similar to Heero, Athrun pilots transformable mobile suits, and has a tendency to self-detonate his mobile suits.
  • Many Historical Domain Characters were composited in The Ambition of Oda Nobuna:
    • Hachisuka Goemon is a Gender flipped composite between Hachisuka Masakatsu, one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's subordinates, and Ishikawa Goemon.
    • Oda Nobukatsu is a composite of the namesake aka Oda Nobuyuki, his son Tsuda Nobusumi (which explained his name change, as historically Nobukatsu was killed by Oda Nobunaga when Nobusumi was still an infant), and then Oichi, Nobunaga's sister. Yes, he was sent off, crossdressed, to Asai Nagamasa.
    • Saitou Yoshikatsu is a composite of the namesake and his son Tatsuoki.
    • Himiko is the composite of the three Japanese emperors that may be on throne in the latter half of 16th century.
  • In One Piece, Nami's design and personality (and arguably her background story as well) is the result of a long process with several other similar characters. The first apparent character in the process of developing towards Nami was Silk in Romance Dawn, Version 1, who was then followed by another girl called Ann in Romance Dawn, Version 2. Each one of the girls had her own personality which seemed to have been placed into Nami's overall design.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • A few Pokémon Adventures characters are composite characters, usually mixed with minor characters. Falkner first appeared as the Police character in Elm's lab, for example.
    • Kris was the female protagonist of Pokemon Crystal but Lyra from the remakes is apparently a completely separate character. In Adventures, Crystal was originally a counterpart to Kris, but once Kris was removed from the game series canon in the remakes of Gold and Silver and replaced with Lyra, Crystal became a counterpart to the latter.
    • X from the Pokémon X and Y chapters of Adventures is a counterpart to Calem as the protagonist. However, Y, the manga's counterpart to Serena, is the daughter of Gracenote  instead of X in addition to being the long-term resident of Vanivillenote ; X is Conveniently an Orphan.
  • The classic Pokémon anime:
    • Ash was was originally just an anime counterpart of Red, the protagonist of the first generation. Starting around Pokémon Gold and Silver he started loosely following the path of Ethan, the male protagonist of that generation. Ever since, he has co-opted the male protagonist of that generationnote  and often interacts with the female protagonist of said generationnote  with said female often acting as a Deuteragonist. Not to mention that, starting from the DP saga onwards, he wears outfits based on the playable characters' clothes of each generation.
    • Serena's quest in the middle of the Pokémon X and Y arc is an alternate version of Contests from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire,note  whose remakes were made in that generation. This plus her other primary character aspect effectively made her a Composite of her game counterpartnote  and Yancy, an Idol Singer who is Nate's Implied Love Interest.note 
    • Lusamine in the anime is a combination of her original Pokémon Sun and Moon incarnation and her Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon incarnation. She has the toned-down personality of the latter but she combines with Nihilego like the former.
  • Due to the time constraints of a feature film, the Angels Zeruel and Armisael were merged into one character in the second Rebuild of Evangelion movie. Notably, Zeruel did not display the ability to absorb and assimilate victims in the original anime, a trait that instead belonged to Armisael.
    • Also, Sahaquiel's appearance. Being more eldritch than in the original, its first form shown, as a big immaterial floating ball of black and white eye-spots takes some hints from Leliel and Matarael, who, naturally, didn't show up in Rebuild.
  • Dana Sterling in Robotech is a composite of Komilia Maria Fallyna Jenius and Jeanne Francaix. She's the daughter of Max and Milia/Miriya, appearing as Komilia in the first part of the series, and growing up into Jeanne in the second part.
  • Sailor Moon: In the manga, Sailor Tin Nyanko was said to be a woman from Mau who came to work for Shadow Galactica after murdering Sailor Mau, her planet's Sailor Guardian. Her final appearance in the anime, however, reveals that Nyanko was actually a heroic former Sailor Guardian who had been brainwashed and corrupted, implying she was once Sailor Mau before her involuntary Face–Heel Turn.
  • The Shirogane Brothers of GoLion, Takashi and Ryou, were melded in Voltron to become Sven. Interestingly, Ryou was introduced as Takashi's Back Up Twin after the outcry over the latter's death six episodes in. So, because of the Never Say "Die" mentality, it seemed natural for WEP to adjust the script accordingly: the "injured and recovering on another planet" Sven healed up.
  • Marvel Anime:
    • X-Men:
      • Takeo Sasaki is basically a Race Lifted verison of Ultimate Proteus, which makes him a combination of the classic Proteus and Legion. His Reality Warper abilities and status as the son of a prominent mutant researcher come from the former, while The Reveal of him being Professor Xavier's mentally unstable illegitimate child comes from the latter.
      • Mastermind is given Sebastian Shaw's role as the Hellfire Club/Inner Circle's leader.
    • Blade:
      • Blade himself has the backstory of his original comics incarnation (hailing from London, England) with the costume and weaponry of the Blafe from the film series.
      • Noah Van Helsing is a character from the comics, but he also fills Jamal Afari's role as Blade's mentor and has some of the roughness of "Bible" John Carik (the latter two of whom were similarly combined into Whistler in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and the films).
    • In Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Technovore is initially introduced as basically Extremis combined with Ezekiel's bio-enhancements from the comics. It becomes the more familiar inhuman-robot-virus near the end.
  • The original Urusei Yatsura manga wrote Lum's Stormtroopers out of the series after Mendou arrived, but the TV show brought them back in far bigger roles. This meant that many episodes would give them lines and scenes that originally belonged to Kosuke, Ataru's friend from the manga who was Adapted Out of the TV series.
  • In the mid-1980s, the Mazinger Z anime was dubbed as "Tranzor Z". While predominately a dub of Toei's 1972 adaptation of Go Nagai's manga, it also has elements from Great Mazinger, including its launch sequence, and what is clearly Tetsuya from the latter series piloting the Brain Condor and docking with Great Mazinger. As a result, while "Tommy" from the Tranzor Z dub is predominately Kouji Kabuto from the Japanese original, he also has elements of Tetsuya.
  • Implied In-Universe in Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. According to the official history of Shin-Yogo, their first king and his band of warriors met a young boy who claimed to be a benevolent water spirit; however, he actually turned into a terrifying demon which they had to slay. What actually happened is that a water spirit Sharing a Body with a boy was attacked by one or more demons, and the group of warriors had to protect him. The boy was killed, like all previous Guardians, though the spirit survived.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Knuckles the Echidna was made a treasure hunter just like Fang the Sniper, and given a hat similar to his.
  • Grimms Fairytale Classics:
    • This series' version of "The Six Swans" gives the evil mother-in-law's role in the story to the Wicked Stepmother.
    • In "The Iron Stove", there's no second princess claiming that the prince/former Iron Stove is her fiancé. Instead, the Hot Witch is both the Big Bad and the Princess' love rival.
  • In Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam Build Fighters Try and Gundam Build Divers, as the Mobile Suits of that series are actually Gunpla (Gundam plastic models), it's not uncommon to see characters design suits that carry weapons, parts or even systems of other suits. The most insane of these composite creations is Yukio Hidaka's Jegan Blast Master. The base machine is a Jegan from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, but it has weapons from other machines - the Double Zeta's Hi-Mega Cannon, the Strike Freedom's abdomen beam cannon, the skirts made up of the G-Self's beam rifles and AGE-3 Fortress Sig Maxiss Cannons, the feet made up of GN Cannons from the Seraphim Gundam and two Satellite Cannons from the Gundam X!

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