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A Contrasting Replacement Character is a person who replaces or fills in for another person, and has opposite or contrasting attributes.

When a character is removed from a show, whether they were killed off or Put on a Bus, they leave a void that needs to be filled for fear of ruining the overall dynamic. Instead of going with a substitute with nearly-identical traits, writers may instead introduce a person who is nothing like their predecessor.

If the difference is addressed by the characters themselves, they may be seen as an In-Universe example of a Replacement Scrappy.

Contrast with Suspiciously Similar Substitute and Replacement Flat Character. If it's a sequel with a new main character, see Contrasting Sequel Main Character. See Contrasting Sequel Antagonist for a sequel with a new villain.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur is a loose remake of Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur, with Nobita adopting two dinosaurs named Kyu and Myu, instead of just one, Piisuke, from the original. While Piisuke from the earlier film is an aquatic dinosaur, Kyu and Myu are both feathered flyers, with many underwater scenes from the original being substituted with flying scenes in the remake. Nobita's friends in the original doesn't know about Piisuke until one-third into the movie, unlike the remake where they found out about Kyu and Myu around fifteen minutes in. While Piisuke was constantly stalked by the hostile dinosaur hunters, Kyu and Myu are observed by the benevolent Time Patrol, who's following them because they belong to a new, undiscovered dinosaur species.
  • Dragon Ball: Attempted. A third into the overall run, Gohan is introduced as an equivalent to Goku as a child, although he's very timid, well-spoken and has no true desire or aptitude for fighting, the opposite of his father. By the end of the Cell Arc, Goku has died and left his role to Gohan: his first solo arc has him in high school and devise a goofy Sentai alter-ego known as Great Saiyaman, and getting into a complicated relationship with a girl named Videl. A few chapters in however, Akira Toriyama felt that Gohan wasn't suited for the part, so he put Goku back into the story as the main character again with the arc ending with him alive and well.
  • Gears Maiden's Chapter 2 replaces Rokka as the character of focus after Jima's disappearance in Chapter 1. Both are the close friends of the unnamed boy and also disappeared at the end, but while Jima is a half-human hybrid girl conceived from an egg, Rokka is a normal human girl with no memories of her past life. And unlike Jima herself who is good-natured and adventurous, Rokka, despite being adventurous herself, is quiet and soft-spoken..
  • Girls' Last Tour has three different travelling companions that Chito and Yuuri go with who only appear in one volume each between Volumes 2 to 4, where they all contrast with one another.
    • Volume 2 introduces Kanazawa, a cartographer/mapmaker, whose first encounter with the duo was rather in poor taste at first. He was actually with his female travelling companion whose fate was completely unknown before going on his own when his bike broke down. In the final chapter of Volume 1, he internally grieves after losing all of his hand-drawn maps from a rickety elevator ride with Chito and Yuuri, yet he still is in high spirits and gives him his camera to them.
    • Volume 3 introduces Ishii, who is a contrast to Kanazawa in many ways. While both are black-haired and bespectacled, their entire character is heavily different to each other. Unlike Kanazawa who is a cartographer who wants to chart the entire megacity, Ishii is a mechanic whose goal is to escape the megacity. As mentioned above, Kanazwa's first encounter with the travelling duo started off with a poor taste, while Ishii's encounter with them firstly started with a sense of amicability. Their final fates are different. In Kanazawa's case, he loses every single maps he had drawn, and was internally in dismay; by contrast, Ishii was much more relieved of her failure to escape the megacity after her plane immediately breaks down in 40 seconds.
    • Volume 4 introduces Nuko, who is far more different than Kanazawa and Ishii in many aspects. Unlike Kanazawa and Ishii who were both humans in flesh and blood, Nuko is an Eringii who is a Talking Animal. He's also not burdened by a major problem, but instead wanting to join the duo so he can reunite with the rest of his kind, unlike the previous two who only joined Chito and Yuuri to complete their respective goal while also burdened by the seeming flaws of their goal. Nuko is more technologically proficient than the rudimentary Kanazawa and Ishii.
  • This briefly comes up at the tail end of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Once Shirogane's second term as president ends and he, Kaguya, and Fujiwara are no longer on the student council. The three new members that the recently elected Iino recruits contrast each of them:
    • Takano is a reverse Shirogane. Both of them are impures and the top of their grades, but while Shirogane is a Nice Guy who hides an inferiority complex, Taikoku has a full blown superiority complex and uses his position to lord over others. It also extends to their relationship with the rest of the student body, as Shirogane was considered to be a Big Man on Campus, while Taikoku is subjected to bullying because everyone hates his smug attitude.
    • Kanegae is basically Kaguya's opposite in every way save for both coming from zaibatsu families. While she was the top of her class and Hopeless with Tech, he's both Book Dumb and tech savvy. His parents are also implied to be a lot less strict that Gan'an was with Kaguya, as there's no signs that they have a problem with him being openly genderqueer.
    • Tono is the anti-Fujiwara. Both both of them are troublemakers, but they are exact opposites when it comes to romance (Fujiwara remains single for the entire run of the series while Tono literally defines her worth by how many boys she can get to go out with her). And unlike with Fujiwara (the only member of the original student council that Ishigami never got along with), she's the only one of the new student council members that Ishigami actually considers to be dependable.
  • Naruto: After the Time Skip, Sai, a member of the secret "Root" group, is put in Team 7 with Naruto and Sakura as the missing Sasuke's replacement. While Sasuke was aloof but with hidden violent emotions, Sai is polite and smiles often but is often said to not actually feel anything.
  • One Piece: Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura is a reimagining of the Drum Kingdom arc, takes place after Enies Lobby, which means that Robin has replaced Vivi in the crew. Both of them play the Only Sane Man role at times, but Vivi is considerably more emotional than Robin, resulting in them acting differently at times. For example, Vivi becomes comically angry when Luffy and Usopp claim to have never gotten sick, whereas Robin has no reaction. Both characters slap Usopp awake after the avalanche, but Robin uses her Devil Fruit powers to do so, and claims that he got frostbite with a straight face.
  • The Summer You Were There has the two secondary characters contrast with those of the author's previous series, The Girl I Want is So Handsome!:
    • Seri Ichihara be this to Rei Miyamoto Both are relatively hostile to the main protagonists, but while Rei doesn't know Hinami and is simply being hard on her for her clumsiness, Seri hates Shizuku for bullying Ruri. Rei has apparently met Shiki relatively recently, and they are on a Last-Name Basis, while Seri has been friends with Kaori since at least fifth grade, albeit meeting her through their mutual friend Ruri, and Kaori calls Seri by her first name while Seri calls Kaori "Kao-chan." Lastly, Rei and Hanna are the Beta Couple while Seri's friendship with Ruri appears to be entirely platonic.
    • Ruri Ichinose is this to Hanna Adachi. Hanna has the fewest interactions with Hinami out of all the cast, while Ruri's character arc involves her struggling with the question of whether to forgive Shizuku for bullying her. Hanna is calm and unflappable, while Ruri is timid and emotionally vulnerable. Hanna is tall and athletic, while Ruri is short and not good at sports, at least in elementary school. As mentioned with Seri, Hanna and Rei are the Beta Couple, while Ruri and Seri are only friends.

    Comic Books 
  • Aquaman's sidekicks have varied:
    • The first Aqualad was an introverted sorcerer and former prince named Garth who was abandoned because of a superstition about children with purple eyes.
    • While he never used the Aqualad moniker - or any code name for that matter - Aquaman's illegitimate son Koryak more or less filled the role to Garth that Jason Todd did to Dick Grayson. Like Jason, Koryak came from a marginalized background, being the son of an Inuit woman. While Garth was a full-blooded Atlantean who was raised underwater, Koryak was an Atlantean-human hybrid who grew up on land. While Garth was introverted and introspective, Koryak was hot-tempered and reckless. While Garth had a variety of magical abilities, Koryak only had enhanced physical stats and the ability to shape water.
    • The second Aqualad was a contrast to both Garth and Koryak. While Garth was a full-blooded Atlantean, Jackson was a hybrid. Jackson certainly has more in common with Koryak; both are hybrids, both were raised on land, both can shape water and both are racial minorities (Jackson is black, Koryak is Inuit). However, Jackson lacked Koryak's temper. Finally, Garth and Koryak were children of Atlantean royalty while Jackson was the son of Black Manta, a human enemy of Atlantis.
    • Tula, the first permanent Aquagirlnote  was an Atlantean princess. The second Aquagirl Lorena Marquez was a human who was transformed into an Atlantean. While Tula was white, Lorena was latina.
    • This even applies to Aquaman's two love interests, Mera and Dolphin. The former is a Fiery Redhead who dresses in green and can control water. The latter was a mute with white hair and wasn't even an Atlantean merely a human granted the ability to survive underwater.
  • Batman: The titular hero needs a Robin to act as his sidekick and Morality Pet. However, every official Robin is very different from the last one.
    • Dick Grayson's loving parents were murdered and he was taken under Bruce's wing out of sympathy. His tenure of Robin established the role as a lovable, wise-cracking sidekick and foil to Batman. Despite his guardian's anti-social tendencies, Dick is arguably one of the most beloved and sociable characters in the DC Universe next to Superman and is a natural-born leader because of this.
    • Jason Todd grew up on the streets with a dad who walked out on him and a drug addict for a mother. He was adopted by Bruce after he caught Jason stealing the tires off the Batmobile. His personality was coarser and was betrayed by his own mother to the Joker. Depending on the Writer, Bruce didn't like or tolerate Jason as much when compared to Dick. After his resurrection, Jason becomes the Red Hood, a dark and gritty Anti-Hero willing to cross lines that Batman won't.
    • Tim Drake was born into an upper-middle class family with a neglectful father who wanted a Jerk Jock for a son. Instead of Batman stumbling upon him by accident, Tim sought him out and offered to become Robin after seeing the turmoil Batman went through in the wake of Jason's death. Initially depicted as a chipper and talented teenager, he slowly becomes grimmer and more brooding after a number of tragedies in his life.
    • Damian Wayne is Bruce's biological son with Talia al Ghul. He's an Insufferable Genius who is already a master of hand-to-hand combat and trained in every skill one could expect a Robin to have. But his brutal upbringing under the League of Assassins made him indifferent to murder, which makes him come to blows with his father and adoptive brothers. In time, he grows to appreciate his role as Robin and steps away from his murderous past, making him a much kinder and more empathetic young man, even if he retains his penchant for Brutal Honesty and snark.
  • Batgirl: Barbara Gordon is an assertive bookworm who was practically born into crime fighting, as both her father and mother were cops. Her iron will and brilliant mind meant that she continued to act as a hero after she was paralyzed by the Joker, Cassandra Cain, by contrast, was born to assassins and raised to be a killer. She's an unparalleled fighter, but her upbringing has given her a mental disability that makes it difficult for her to speak and nearly impossible for her to learn how to read.
  • The Punisher: Frank Castle was a soldier in the United States military, while Joe Garrison was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Frank chose his codename for himself, whereas Joe had it thrust upon him. Frank generally uses mundane weaponry, Joe contrastingly uses hi-tech gadgets. Frank's war targeted all criminals regardless of if they had anything to do with his family's death. Joe's revenge mission, on the other hand, has a single specific target.
  • Runaways (Rainbow Rowell):
    • Abigail, introduced as a stand-in for Klara, is filled with Sugary Malice compared to Klara's Sugar-and-Ice Personality - while Klara would close herself off to people because of her traumatic past and resultant trust issues, she was very loyal to those who earned her trust. Meanwhile, Abigail, who grew up in a happy, functional family, makes friends very easily and is outwardly affectionate towards them, but beneath the surface, she's a cruel, manipulative bully.
    • Gib, introduced as a replacement for Xavin, has a past similar to Xavin's, being the child of an Absolute Xenophobe race, but where Xavin was a former child soldier who struggled to shake off years of indoctrination, Gib is more of a blank slate who only hatched recently and is still figuring out his own morality.
  • Superman:
    • In 1985, all Kryptonian characters were deemed by DC a liability which was hindering Superman's sales, and were retconned out so that Superman was Krypton's sole survivor again. Then DC came to the realization that those characters filled a necessary niche after all and spent over fifteen years trying to replace them with non-Kryptonian versions to preserve Superman's "uniqueness".
    • The original Supergirl was Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El/Linda Danvers, a naive sweetheart who grew up into a hot-tempered, confident woman. In order to replace her with a non-Kryptonian Supergirl who was not related to Superman, DC came up with: Matrix -an alternate Earth artificial lifeform who called itself Supergirl-, Andromeda -a hero with nearly identical powers and backstory, except that she is a Daxamite and cousin to Superman's own substitute Mon-El-, "Kara" -a non-Kryptonian alien born in "Argo", a city conveniently named after Kara Zor-El's hometown, whom Superman treated as a little sister-, Linda Danvers -a human Satan worshipper who became a fire angel- and Cir-El -Superman's alleged and short-tempered daughter-. After Cir-El, DC threw their hands up, admitted that neither of those replacements had worked, and brought Kara back in “The Supergirl from Krypton (2004)”.
    • Krypto was originally baby Kal-El's alien pet dog. A 90s storyline introduced the new “Krypto”, an Earth dog who was adopted and called Krypto by a Superman fanboy. In contrast with the old Krypto, who was the original Superboy's beloved action pet, the new Krypto didn't get along well with then-current Superboy at all.
  • The various Wildcats are all pretty different. Ted Grant was a former Badass Normal boxing champ who loves to fight and show off, Yolanda Montez was a Mexican American woman who developed cat-like augmentations due to experiments done to her mother, and Tommy Bronson—Ted's illegitimate son—is an incredibly powerful were-cat who loathes fighting. While Ted eventually became an Empowered Badass Normal it rarely comes into play as he picked up Resurrective Immortality from a botched spell relating to the cats have nine lives saying.

    Fan Works 
  • Failure to Explode: After Katsuki fails to make it into U.A., Monoma Neito winds up in Class 1-A instead. Both are outspoken, prideful blond teenage boys who play major roles in Izuku's life; however, Katsuki was incredibly egotistical, caring only about himself at the expense of all others, and regularly beat the crap out of Izuku, so he's more than happy to leave his former friend behind him. Neito, meanwhile, proves to be a True Companion, with their friendship being forged in fire when the League of Villains attacks the USJ.
  • A major point of Master Control is the differing styles of Izuku and Ben. Ben, while heroic, uses the Omnitrix as a weapon to fight villains and takes a hands-on approach to heroics. Izuku acts as a Support Party Member who utilizes the Omnitrix's various functions to help bolster others, such as altering the DNA of others to give them better powers, creating items, or teleporting lost people back home and he defers to less violent methods even after learning to transform. This is emphasized when Izuku is teleported to Ben's world to stop the Highbreed: Ben was going to violently confront the high council, but Izuku, after meeting Reiny and hearing his story, suggests using Pesky Dust to share his memories with the council to convince them coexistence is possible (it should be noted that Ben did not have Pesky Dust by this point so it wasn't an option he had). Furthermore, Azimuth decides to let Izuku keep the original Omnitrix and gives Ben the ultimatrix, highlighting their different styles.
  • Miraculous Ladybug Salt-Shots: In Spots of Change, Marinette decides to pass the Earrings to a new heroine, Anatis, who contrasts her in several ways:
    • While the teenaged Marinette was selected by Master Fu after unknowingly passing his Secret Test of Character, with Fu not bothering to get to know her first, Marinette searched for an adult. Anatis' secret identity is not revealed, but she knows who Marinette is and expresses the utmost respect for her predecessor, implictedly working closely with her.
    • Marinette frequently struggled with others taking advantage of her better nature; her Fair-Weather Friends expected her to be their "everyday Ladybug" and cater to their every whim, while Chat Noir exploited her being The Reliable One, refusing to take his heroic duties seriously and sexually harassing her. Anatis makes clear that she has no patience for anyone's self-serving antics, bluntly informing Chat Noir that he will be replaced if he keeps acting up and calling Alya out for acting like a Tabloid reporter.
  • Noblesse Oblige: Anne Mallard fills the familiar role for Joseph in the fanfic and she's basically the complete opposite to Sheffield. Both are the Familiars to him and are summoned by the same Void mage, but their characterisations are wildly different. Sheffield is a villain who serves as an assassin, the leader of Reconquista and Joseph's right-hand man and has knowledge of Halkeginia. Anne is simply an average, eccentric Earthling from France who is sent to Halkeginia, having had no clue of the world's cultures and was immediately thrown into a state of culture shock over Halkeginia, making her a Fish out of Water. Sheffield is quiet, formal and calm who speaks in a formal tone, while Anne is loud, informal and brash who speaks in an informal, crude tone.
  • Peace's Apprentice: Like Aizawa before him, Sir Nighteye is extremely self-important, thinking very highly of himself and convinced that his judgment is naturally superior to others. Both immediately dislike Izuku and make no effort to hide their biases against him, and both are stunned at having to face the natural consquences of their Jerkassery. However, while Aizawa is a lazy Apathetic Teacher who had no intention of putting in any effort to help Izuku or any other students he didn't care about, Nighteye is actually willing to work with Izuku and impact some honestly valuable lessons.
  • Ten Times The Witch gives Luz the Omnitrix instead of Ben Tennyson. Unlike Ben, Luz sees each of her alien forms as independent identities completely separate from herself, and she doesn't enjoy having to deal with others knowing who she is after her secret identity is exposed.
    Luz: When I control fire it's with Heatblast, not Luz Noceda. When I absorb and redirect energy it’s Chromastone, not Luz Noceda. Everything cool I do is with one of the aliens in this watch, not as myself.

    Film - Animation 
  • Toy Story: Andy and Bonnie are both the caring and imaginative owners of Woody and the gang. However, Andy himself was an energetic individual all around while Bonnie was very shy while in public. Even more so in Toy Story 4, while Andy loved Woody more than all the other toys, Bonnie plays with all the other toys, while ignoring Woody.

    Film - Live Action 

  • Harry Potter: Due to Lord Voldemort cursing the Defence Against the Dark Arts post when Dumbledore refused him the job, every book has a different teacher in this position, and all seven of them are very different characters.
    • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Professor Quirrel is a stuttering Nervous Wreck who is afraid of his own subject, and his lessons are noted to be disappointingly boring. It's later revealed that this is all an act, as he is actually a loyal supporter of Voldemort trying to steal the Stone for him.
    • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart is an arrogant narcissist who is always talking about his fame and accomplishments, and he is revealed to be a fraud taking credit for things other people have done.
    • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin is an old friend of Harry's parents who proves to be the series' first competent DADA teacher, a kind and gentle man and a good mentor to Harry who is sadly forced to resign due to anti-werewolf prejudice. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mad-Eye Moody is a cranky, paranoid retired auror who uses very extreme teaching methods such as actually performing illegal curses on students, but nonetheless proves to be a good teacher. Although he is later revealed to be Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise, subsequent books confirm that this is still a pretty accurate portrayal of Moody's real personality.
    • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge is a Sadist Teacher who despises Harry while hiding this under a veneer of motherly politeness, and seeks to undermine Dumbledore on behalf of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge.
    • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Severus Snape is also a Sadist Teacher who hates Harry, but is much more openly hostile to him. Snape also contrasts Umbridge by being loyal to Dumbledore, and he actually teaches practical lessons, while Umbridge simply forced her class to read extremely boring books all the time. As Snape switches subjects from Potions master, his replacement in that role, Horace Slughorn, is also very different from him, being a jolly Big Fun who loves Harry and considers him his best student.
    • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Amycus Carrow, the final DADA teacher, is the only one who doesn't even attempt to hide being evil, being an open Death Eater who actually teaches students how to use the Dark Arts instead of defending themselves against them.
  • Metro 2034: Artyom Popov replaces the original Artyom's spot, yet he plays out very differently to the previous Artyom. Whereas the original Artyom is presented as a hero of the Moscow Metro for stopping the Dark Ones' threat, Popov is the polar opposite to all of them, where he is not only more different from his predecessor, but Popov is a mistaken Heroic Mime who shares the same first name as his predecessor and has a vastly different occupation. The main Artyom is the mainstay hero of the franchise, while Popov is a side character, as he only appears on 2034's latter half and he is not the story's main protagonist where that role is instead taken by Homer and Sasha. Their occupations also vastly contrast. While the main Artyom hailed from Exhibition station before becoming a key figure of the Dark Ones' collapse and the eventual member of the Rangers and is married to Anna, Popov hails from Sevastopolskaya station and is an ordinary soldier stationed within Tulskaya station and is married to Galya. Unlike the main Artyom who is a Silent Protagonist, Popov is actively conversational in the novel. The main Artyom is an obvious protagonist to the franchise, while Popov is a Decoy Protagonist, as he is not even the main protagonist of 2034.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Avengers (1960s):
    • Emma Peel has a few things in common with Cathy Gale - they're both widows (though Emma's husband was eventually revealed to be alive) and they both kick ass while wearing black leather. That said, Emma is lot more easy-going and less uptight than Cathy, as well as having a more playful, flirtatious relationship with Steed. Whereas Cathy's fighting style was judo, Emma was into kung-fu and karate. Whereas Cathy was motivated by a desire to help the innocent, Emma just loves the adventure and adrenaline.
    • Tara King is significantly younger and less experienced than either of her predecessors. Whereas they were equal partners with Steed who enjoyed a bit of flirtatious banter, Steed took on a teacher/father role to Tara. She's also sported the shortest haircuts out of the three partners of Steed. Whereas both Cathy and Emma were both widows, Tara was single woman who hero-worshipped Steed.
  • On Babylon 5, this treatment was made to several characters.
    • Ko'dath, G'kar's first attaché, is very rough and even growls at Londo when touched by him. Contrast with her replacement, Na'toth, who appears more learned, has finesse, and can also be devious (think Romulan but with a Narn filter).
    • The station's first Commanding Officer, Jeffrey Sinclair, was a quiet, somewhat gloomy, strongly spiritual man; a good administrator and adept Rules Lawyer who knew how to work the system to get what he wanted; and a man who suffered from strong PTSD after his experiences at the Battle of the Line. Sinclair's replacement John Sheridan was the opposite in almost every way: younger, more cheerful, more energetic, preferred combat command to administration, and prone to taking the shortest route to his goal regardless of the difficulty or the possible consequences.
    • Lyta Alexander had a rough, almost tomboyish edge to her characterization. Contrast that with the more feminine, soft-spoken, and more "stuck-up" Talia Winters. Then Talia gets replaced by Lyta again, who has become even more rough after being on the run from Psi Corps.
    • The first Vorlon Ambassador, Kosh, though very enigmatic, appears genuinely curious about humans and the other races on the station. Contrast that with the darker, somewhat more malevolent Ulkesh who makes it apparent that he cares little for the Younger races as his predecessor did.
    • Susan Ivanova is a snippy, sarcastic, at times pessimistic person who hates being political and genuinely wants to do what's right. She is also genuinely religious. Elizabeth Lockley is more low-key in her sarcasm, has more experience being political. She is also somewhat religious, and unlike Ivanova, her childhood trauma was from running away and being an addict and not the loss of a parent from Psi Corps.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Over the course of the series, a number of characters are either killed off or written out, being replaced in their roles by characters who contrast them in one way or another.
    • Buffy's first major love interest is Angel, a vampire with a soul who seeks to atone for his one hundred years of sadism and murder as the vile Angelus. Angel leaves the show in season 3 for his own series and is replaced in season 4 by Riley Finn as Buffy's boyfriend. Unlike Angel, Riley is an ordinary human with a completely mundane backstory. After Riley's own departure in season 5, Spike takes his role as Buffy's love interest in season 6. Like Angel, Spike is a vampire but doesn't have a soul (until season 7) and there relationship is deliberately portrayed as much more toxic and destructive than Buffy's romances with Angel and Riley.
    • Willow's first love interest is the stoic and reserved werewolf Oz. After coming out as a lesbian in season 4, Willow enters a relationship with the shy and quiet witch Tara, who dies towards the end of season 6. In season 7, Willow enters a relationship with the more extroverted Kennedy who is a potential Slayer.
    • Xander's first girlfriend is Cordelia Chase. After their relationship ends in season 3, he starts up a relationship with the former vengeance demon Anya. Like Cordelia, Anya is known for being very blunt in her opinions but is a lot more socially inept.
    • Season 2 featured Kendra Young, a secondary Slayer who was activated due to Buffy's temporary death in season 1. After Kendra is killed in the penultimate episode of season 2, another Slayer named Faith is activated. While Kendra was a rigid rule-follower, Faith is a wild, thrill-seeking rebel. In addition, Kendra remained on the side of the angels for her brief tenure, while Faith spent some time as a villain.
    • The first principal of Sunnydale was Robert Flutie, a kind man who was truly dedicated to helping his students. After his death in "The Pack", he was replaced by the harsh and petty Snyder who despised teenagers and was secretly working for the Mayor. In the final season of the show, the rebuilt Sunnydale High gets a new principal in the form of Robin Wood who is not only good, but is also aware of the supernatural and has the skills to fight monsters.
  • Charmed (1998): Prue was replaced by Paige. Whereas Prue was the oldest child and frequently meddled in Piper and especially Phoebe's lives, Paige was raised as an only child and strives to maintain her own identity, keeping her suspicions about Cole to herself. Prue witnessed her mother's death, which left her with a fear of the water, and blames her father for abandoning the family afterward, until Character Development kicks in. Paige witnessed her adopted parents' deaths, which didn't leave her with any phobias, but she blamed herself. Even their most prominent Love Interests contrast: Andy and Henry are both cops, but Andy was Prue's childhood sweetheart, whereas Henry and Paige first met late in the show. Andy decides he doesn't want magic to be part of his life, so he breaks up with Prue (despite still loving her); Henry is so accepting of magic, he duels another half-witch/half-whitelighter for Paige's hand and ends up marrying her.
  • Community: Buzz was introduced in Season Five to replace Pierce as the elderly member of the main cast. While Pierce was a Scatterbrained Senior who would often cause problems for the group, Buzz was often the voice of reason and usually only reluctantly went along with whatever wacky hijinks were going on.
  • Doctor Who when Doctors and companions change. Some glaring examples:
    • Whether deliberately or not, Doctors often seem to be opposite to their predecessor in some personality element.
      • Compared to the sometimes intimidating and morally dubious First Doctor, the Second Doctor was more laid back but also more strongly moralistic, with a conscious obligation to fight evil.
      • Compared to the anti-authority Second Doctor, the Third Doctor was much suaver and more comfortable interacting with authority figures on an equal level.
      • Compared to the sociable Third Doctor, the Fourth Doctor was much more self-sufficient and aloof. This was also the source of a split among the writers: some wanted to differentiate Four by making him funnier and loopier to contrast with Three's dignity and some wanted to differentiate Four by making him darker and more brutal to contrast with Three's nobility, so Tom Baker and Robert Holmes just did both at once.
      • Compared to the aloof and sometimes inconsiderate Fourth Doctor, the Fifth Doctor was more of a people-pleaser.
      • By contrast again, the Sixth Doctor was extremely abrasive.
      • Compared to the short-tempered Sixth Doctor, who would often lash out at whim when angered, the Seventh Doctor started off as a loveable buffoon who used Obfuscating Stupidity to stop his foes. His later stories solidified him into an ice-cold Manipulative Bastard.
      • Compared to the ruthless Seventh Doctor, the Eighth Doctor was almost too sensitive at times.
      • Compared to the gentle Eighth Doctor, the Ninth Doctor was extremely abrasive again.
      • Compared to the self-questioning Ninth Doctor, the Tenth Doctor was extremely convinced of his own righteousness, sometimes to a Well-Intentioned Extremist degree.
      • Compared to the Tenth Doctor, who allowed his companions to become obsessed with him to a degree that was sometimes damaging to them, the Eleventh Doctor was very concerned about encouraging his companions not to get too co-dependent with him.
      • Compared to the "manic pixie dream Doctor" Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor was initially very stern and unsympathetic, although he later mellowed. The Eleventh and Twelfth are also inversions of themselves, with the Eleventh a youthful and goofy eccentric on the outside, but showing a much more elderly and worldweary individual on the outside, whereas the Twelfth might seems like a cold and formal philosopher or professor on the outside, but also hides a cheeky and playful side of almost "bratty teen" tendencies.
      • Compared to the Twelfth Doctor, the Thirteenth Doctor is less intimidating and also less willing to interfere massively in the situations she finds, preferring to solve immediate problems and then leave people to solve the bigger issues. She also inverts Twelve's personality, with Twelve having a superficial grouchiness and hostility masking an extremely deep capacity for love and attachment, while Thirteen is much friendlier on the surface but tends to keep her inner thoughts guarded and rarely opens up to others.
    • Companions:
      • Compared to the highly intelligent and poised Liz Shaw, Jo Grant is cute and ditzy.
      • Compared to the somewhat scatter-brained but resourceful Action Girl Jo whom the Third Doctor harbored romantic feelings for (feelings that were obviously not reciprocated, much to The Doctor's clear sorrow), Sarah Jane Smith is more grounded but still very intelligent, while at the same time the romantic dynamic is reversed — she sometimes seems to be flirting with/falling for The Doctor while he's totally oblivious to it, to the point of unceremoniously dumping her in Aberdeen when he's called back to Gallifrey.
      • Leela was specifically created by Philip Hinchcliffe to be a more proactive character after hearing a little girl say that she identified more with the male Doctor than the female Sarah Jane. Whereas Sarah Jane was a clued-in but physically delicate Muggle Best Friend, Leela was an intelligent but undereducated Nubile Savage who the Doctor tended to pick on as an inferior and who specialised in intuition and violence.
      • Leela's replacement Romana was similarly conceived as a contrast to her. Where Leela was worldly but uneducated, Romana was intellectual but inexperienced, having a greater technological knowledge than the Doctor but, at least initially, being largely ignorant of how the universe worked having led a sheltered life on Gallifrey, compared to Leela's tough upbringing in a tribal system. While she occasionally got into scuffles, she was far more inclined to try and think her way out of a problem rather than using violence.
      • Mel, a stereotypical screamer, is replaced by Ace, one of the toughest female companions ever.
      • Amy Pond's character arc is intentionally all about her growing healthily disillusioned with the Doctor, after years of idolizing and hero-worshipping him after a chance friendly meeting in her childhood. She learns to let go of it, and realizing her own life and her life with fiancé Rory are what she really wants. In contrast, as the next companion, Clara Oswald is very skeptical of the Doctor, making good-natured fun of him and his (admittedly overzealous) initial interest in her. She flat out refuses to leave her life behind to travel with him, insisting on an adventure together every now and then. The three main companions of the Eleventh Doctor's era also reflect his own character development of an old soul in the guise of a young-looking man, coming of age and maturing in his relationships with other people. The Eleventh Doctor increasingly cares about his companions not growing overly fond of him, worried about creating co-dependent, unhealthy friendships with his pals.
  • Farscape: Frequently. Spiritual and educated Team Mom and The Medic Zhaan was replaced by Stark on the spiritual side and Jool on The Smart Guy side. But Stark is practically insane compared to Zhaan's composed serenity, while Jool is bratty load. Jool was later replaced by Sikozu, a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, and Stark by Noranti, a Cloudcuckoolander Cool Old Lady.
  • Homicide: Life on the Street: Steve Crosetti and his replacement Mike Kellerman were entirely different outside of their friendship with Meldrick Lewis. Crosetti was a middle-aged, overweight family man who was fairly scatterbrained and wasn't particularly competent. Kellerman was an attractive young man who was something of a womanizer and was very competent at his job.
  • Law & Order:
    • Rey Curtis replaced Mike Logan. Once again, the two were ostensibly very similar—young, good-looking, Catholic—but that's where the similarities ended. Curtis was a devout Catholic and Happily Married family man, in sharp contrast to Logan, who was a lapsed Catholic and implied to be quite a womanizer.
    • The original psychiatric consultant, Elizabeth Olivet, was sensitive and tactful and tended to see in shades of grey, although at the end of the day she was fine with being a prosecution witness. From Season 8 onward she was—aside from a few The Bus Came Back episodes—replaced by Emil Skoda. He was blunter and had a more black-and-white philosophy, making no bones about the fact that he just plain didn't like most of the suspects he interviewed.
  • Law & Order: UK: DS Sam Casey replaces DS Matt Devlin. Despite some obvious similarities with his predecessor (being young, good-looking, having absent and possibly abusive father), there are some equally obvious differences. Matt's temper was generally limited to certain issues, whereas Sam appears to have a short fuse about everything. Matt also clearly cherished the "surrogate father figure" he had in Ronnie. Sam seems to resent Ronnie's attempts at playing the father despite generally getting along. And the two simply do not have the rapport that Matt and Ronnie did.
  • Every replacement surgeon from M*A*S*H:
    • Henry Blake was the Commanding Officer in name only; in everyday life he was The Alleged Boss who both Trapper and Hawkeye would cheerfully evade, and who Burns and Houlihan had no respect for. The Korean War was also his first war as a CO and he wasn't very military; he was a civilian doctor in fatigues, and it showed. In contrast, Sherman Potter was a career Army man who served in both World Wars, came up through the ranks from enlisted man to Colonel, and (most important) had the attitude of a Commanding Officer, so he demanded, and received, the respect and obedience that was his due.
    • Frank Burns was a Jerkass whose surgery skills was subpar at best. He was also bullied by Hawkeye and Trapper and later B.J.. His replacement, Charles Winchester, was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and was a excellent surgeon. His relationship with Hawkeye and B.J. was also slightly better and he wasn't above joining in playing pranks.
    • B.J. Hunnicutt is a downplayed example for Trapper John. They both filled the same role as second banana to Hawkeye Pierce. However, B.J. was a family man who loved his wife Peg to the point that he felt ashamed that he cheated on her. In contrast, Trapper constantly cheated on his wife with zero regret for his actions. There was also a contrast in morals. One episode during BJ's tenure recycled a plot from an earlier episode with Trapper. Hawkeye wants to perform unnecessary surgery to keep a particularly callous officer off the front for a little while longer. Trapper had gone along with that plan no problem, BJ considered it a horrific violation of the Hippocratic Oath. This severely strained Hawkeye and BJ's friendship (and strained Alan Alda and Mike Farrell's working relationship).
  • Midnight Caller: Jack's original boss Devon King pretty much gave him free rein and seemed more interested in well-researched, even-handed coverage of social issues than in ratings. Her replacement Nicky Molloy is much tougher and stricter and cares about building the business above all else.
  • Monk: Sharona Fleming is Monk's assistant/nurse from season 1 through season 3, and Natalie Teeger takes over the role from season 3.5 through the end of the series. While Natalie was initially presented as a similar substitute for Sharona since the two were single mothers (and some of her first episodes used scripts originally written for Sharona), their circumstances were very different. While Sharona was a divorcee with a scum ex-husband, Natalie was a widow who was Happily Married. Sharona also came from a working class background and who was a nurse most of her life while Natalie came from a rich family and had multiple jobs. Oh, and Sharona had a son while Natalie had a daughter.
  • Mystery Road: Both seasons have Jay Swan investigating a crime with the help of a local female cop. However, Emma in the first season is the middle-aged white cop in charge of the local force, who is a member of the community's most important family, while Fran in the second season is a young Aboriginal constable who has strained relations with her family members, who disapprove of her being a cop.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • Joel is a father figure to the bots (after all, he did build them) and generally pretty calm and laid-back. His replacement, Mike, interacts with the bots as their equal (at best), tends to be more overtly sarcastic, and more often tries to rebel against his captors. While the bots see Joel as a father figure, they see Mike as a brother figure, and thus are more inclined to mess around with Mike and prank him relentlessly than they would Joel.
    • Jonah takes Mike's place in season 11, bringing to the role a mix of Mike's energy and more optimism than even Joel had. The bots have even less respect for Jonah than they did for Mike—if Mike was a brother figure, then Jonah's the younger kid from next door who keeps trying to hang out.
    • Dr. Clayton Forrester's original second banana, Dr. Laurence Erhardt, starts off close to Clayton's equal, then develops into something of a Professional Butt-Kisser. He's also quite chipper about being capital-E Evil. His replacement, TV's Frank, starts off clearly subservient to Clayton, but they both develop into a weirdly codependent and mercurial relationship, where Frank might be Clayton's Butt-Monkey in one scene, then they'd act Like an Old Married Couple in the next. Frank's also more dim-witted and affable than Larry.
    • When Frank leaves, his role is filled by Clayton's overbearing mother, Pearl Forrester. She becomes the first character to consistently scare Clayton into submission.
    • Then Clayton Forrester leaves, and Pearl slots into his role instead. Where Clayton had been a manic Mad Scientist, Pearl becomes more of an evil adventurer (and later, would-be Diabolical Mastermind) who dabbles in science on the side. She's also even more of a bully towards Mike and her own minions than Clayton had been.
    • The new minions, Observer and Professor Bobo, are collectively even more bumbling and ineffectual than Frank had been. Bobo is just dumb as a brick; Observer is the Only Sane Man who nevertheless is powerless because no one takes him seriously. (And they slotted nicely into a Comic Trio, with Pearl as their misguided navigator.)
    • Kinga Forrester (daughter of Clayton) takes over as the head Mad in season 11. She approaches her villainy as an evil media mogul first and a mad scientist second: instead of taking over the world, her goal is to sell the Mystery Science Theater 3000 brand to Disney for a billion dollars. Personality-wise, she's the least mature of the Forresters, alternating between cloying sweetness and shrieking temper tantrums at the drop of a hat.
    • Kinga's minion Max (aka TV's Son of TV's Frank) is the closest the show's come to a Suspiciously Similar Substitute, with the in-story justification that he's deliberately emulating his father's appearance and role. Max is still somewhat distinct: he's more consistently a Yes-Man than Frank ever was, and he has an unrequited crush on Kinga.
  • New Tricks: Generally replacements of UCOS members would contrast quite heavily with each other:
    • The straight-laced, calm and wise Jack Halford is a serious, no nonsense investigator but also a warm and grandfatherly figure, who nevertheless had a hidden strength and can be a strong authority figure and voice of reason when required. He was replaced, by the debonair, smartly dressed, action prone Steve McAndrew, who is far more happy to bend the rules when he felt it is warranted, as well as play the tough guy and be a follower.
    • Both UCOS The Smart Guy heavily contrast, Brian Lane is a brilliant but troubled man, struggling with both OCD and Paranoia, as well as a history of strained family relationships and alcoholism. He nevertheless maintained lovingly close relationship with his wife Ester and was overall a nerdish but outgoing man. By contrast Dan Griffin, a suave Deadpan Snarker who could seemingly do just about anything, who nevertheless is introverted and struggles with loneliness due to his daughter leaving for College, and his difficulties to get back into dating.
    • Gerry Standing is an old fashioned, dependable but grounded and realistic detective, who is both a charismatic ladies man and a caring family man. His replacement Ted Case was a superstitious, imaginative man who is open minded in his investigations and capable of linking seemingly unconnected threads. Ted was also happily married to another man.
    • Both UCOS's Deputy Assistant Commissioners contrast as well. DAC Donald Bevan is a smug, and somewhat belligerent man, who's obsessed with bureaucracy and only cares about politics. Disliking the teams successes as he only intended them to be a PR stunt and several expose corruption in the police force. DAC Robert Strickland meanwhile, whilst a political animal and something of a Glory Hound quickly proves to be a strong willed and supportive Reasonable Authority Figure. Whilst somewhat self-serving, Strickland first and foremost cares about cases resolved correctly and the guilty being exposed reguardless of the ramifications. Thus he regularly uses his political know how to navigate team through political quagmires and often sticks his neck out to protect them during investigations liable to result in backlash.
  • In The Orville, Talla replaces Alara in season 2. Whereas Alara spent much of her tenure struggling with crippling self-doubt because of her "learning disability" (she has only slightly-above-human intelligence, whereas most of her peers are geniuses), Talla has no such disability. On the other hand, whereas Alara's issues made her humble and thus made her very popular with her crewmates, Talla's confidence sometimes makes her crewmates assume that she's arrogant.
  • Our Miss Brooks: In the fourth television season of the series, Miss Brooks receives two successive love interests. For a few episodes, Miss Brooks is pursued by Clint Albright; for about half a season, it's Gene Talbot. Miss Brooks' love interest on the radio and TV up to this point had been Mr. Boynton Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton at the end of The Movie Grand Finale ; notable for being shy and oblivious. In direct contrast, the gym teachers Clint Albright and Gene Talbot are much more aggressive. Albright flirts with Miss Brooks immediately on seeing her, soon catching Miss Brooks under mistletoe and forcing a kiss on her. Talbot calls Miss Brooks honey, and by the end of his tenure Connie's furious at him for taking her up to the Hollywood Hills on dates . . . late into the night. As to the gym teachers' reception by fans, by the end of the season, The Bus Came Back with Mr. Boynton aboard.
  • In Parks and Recreation, Mark was initially placed in the role of Leslie's love interest, presented as a playboy type who was relaxed and cynical about government. At the end of season two he was written out and new character Ben was added who then took on that role, him being a neurotic geek who could be a hard-ass but deeply believed in government and had high ambitions like Leslie.
  • Power Rangers had several Rangers be replaced during the Zordon Eranote  before the tradition of starting an entirely fresh premise and cast in each new season.
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
      • The original Red Ranger was Jason Lee Scott, a serious-minded leader. He was replaced by Rocky DeSantos a laid-back goofball who served as the comic relief and was not the leader.
      • The original Black Ranger was Zack Taylor, an outgoing extrovert. His replacement, Adam Park, was more shy and introverted until Character Development kicked in. Also, while Zack was African-American Adam was Asian-American.
      • Downplayed with the Yellow Ranger and her replacement. The original Yellow Ranger was Trini Kwan, a studious Asian-American girl and was the Tomboy to Kim's Girl Girl. Her replacement, Aisha Campbell, was more or less the same with the exception of being a Sassy Black Woman. Aisha would later be replaced by Tanya Sloan who was more introverted.
      • The original Pink Ranger, Kimberly Ann Hart, was your typical All-American Valley Girl. Her replacement was Kat Hillard, a shy Australian girl.
    • Power Rangers Zeo: Trey of Triforia, the original Gold Ranger, was an alien from outer space. He was temporarily replaced by Jason Lee Scott who is human and from Earth.
    • Power Rangers Turbo:
      • Tommy, the Red Turbo Ranger, is Native Americannote  and is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy. His replacement, TJ Johnson, is a black Bald of Authority. While Tommy was known for his fighting prowess, TJ's cunning and strategic skills were displayed more.
      • Katherine, the Pink Turbo Ranger, was smart, white, Australian and traditionally feminine. Her replacement, Cassie Chan, was an Asian-American tomboy and something of an airhead.
      • Adam, the Green Turbo Ranger, was mature and level-headed. His replacement, Carlos Vallerte, was a hotheaded Jerk with a Heart of Gold who had to learn the value of teamwork.
      • Tanya, the Yellow Turbo Ranger, was an aspiring DJ. Her replacement, Ashley Hammond, was a cheerleader.
      • In the Turbo movie, Rocky injures his back while practicing for a martial arts tournament and his place as the Blue Turbo Ranger is taken by Justin. While Rocky was a Book Dumb teenager, Justin is a pre-teen Child Prodigy.
  • In the third season of Robin of Sherwood, Baron Simon de Belleme was replaced (with no in-story explanation) with Gulnar as the recurring Evil Sorceror villain. The two characters are diametrically opposed in personality and style - de Belleme is a cold, calm Hermetic occultist who goes toe-to-toe with Robin throwing spells at him, while Gulnar is a twitchy, giggling Welsh pagan shaman who determinedly avoids combat, and tends to work through mooks or magically created or summoned entities.
  • In the first season of Shining Time Station, Harry Cupper was the titular station's engineer. He could come off as a gruff, humourless and grumpy man to those who don't know him, but he is a wise old man who really cares deeply about his friends, especially his granddaughter, Tanya, and only yells at them if it's his intention to keep them safe. In the show's second season, Harry had been transferred to Fort Farley, and Billy Twofeathers became the Station's new engineer. Like Harry, Billy is wise, but Billy is a bit younger and a lot more friendly, rarely losing his temper and not being the kind of guy who'd hold a grudge against someone, save for Hobart Hume III from "Schemer's Special Club", who insults his Native American heritage by calling him an "Indian". Harry and Billy meet each other in "One of the Family", the third of four one-hour-long family specials produced after the show ended its original three-season run, when Harry visits his other granddaughter, Kara.
  • On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) was replaced for second season by Dr. Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur). Where Crusher was soft-spoken and got along with pretty much everyone, Pulaski was more sharp-spoken, more cynical, and more directly confrontational when she thought someone was wrong about something. At the time, some fans believed that the Pulaski character, and especially her interactions with Picard and Data, was a deliberate attempt to evoke the Kirk-Spock-McCoy dynamic from the Original Series - an attempt that failed, so she was transferred out and Crusher came back on board.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Jadzia is The Ace: smart, strong, skilled at everything she does, able to keep up with Ferengi at the gambling table and with Klingons in a fight (and in bed). She's later replaced by Ezri, who is shy and awkward and was totally unprepared for hosting a Trill symbiont. Complicating matters is that Ezri is carrying the same symbiont that Jadzia was, casting her in this light to many of Jadzia's former crewmates and even Ezri herself.
  • In Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, the almost preposterously noble Chris Pike takes over as The Captain from the devious Gabriel Lorca. It takes the crew a while to adjust.
  • In Three's Company, the first two roommates of Chrissy and Cindy Snow were dumb blondes while the third blonde of Terri Alden was much smarter.
  • In the second season of Twin Peaks, after BOB's identity is revealed, he seemingly disappears and a new villain starts menacing the town: Wyndham Earle. While BOB is an animalistic monster and force of nature with no dialog or comprehensible motivations (he's just Made of Evil), Wyndham Earle is an Evil Genius with comprehensible motivations and a love of gambits, disguises, and hammy dialog.
  • The X-Files:
    • Agent Mulder's mysterious informants: X was very different from Deep Throat, replacing grandfatherly benevolence with deadly pragmatism.
    • Marita, X's replacement, was quite different from either of her predecessors and turned out to be a mole acting for the conspiracy to boot.
    • Agents of Doggett and Reyes were very different from Mulder and Scully, replacing the Absolute Believer/Healthy Skeptic dichotomy with Absolute Skeptic/Open-Minded, and replacing Mulder and Scully's relationship with a more conventional gender dynamic. While they become close, they're never as emotionally dependent on each other as Mulder and Scully, and they're on a First-Name Basis right from the start while Scully and Mulder never stop using surnames.

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  • Journey into Imagination: Dreamfinder tells the guests about the wonders of imagination in the original version. Dr. Nigel Channing from the next two versions of the ride is more interested in the scientific studies of imagination (though Figment's antics in the current version do inspire him to rethink his views).

    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue: In the first game, there's the Robot Girl Nu-13, who mostly acts robotic... But when she's around Ragna, her personality changes to that of a highly psychotic and obsessed one, and deep down she also harbors desire to destroy the world. She then appeared to meet her demise in the end. In the second game, her predecessor Lambda-11 is introduced; unlike Nu, she's a straight Robot Girl, monotonous and obedient to her master, Kokonoe. She does also have some attraction to Ragna, though not as strongly.
  • Devil May Cry: The first three games pair Dante with a heroine who aids him, each one differing from the last in a number of ways.
    • Devil May Cry 1: Trish is a demon created in the image of Dante's mother by Mundus to lure the devil hunter to a trap where Mundus will kill him. Trish pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes an ally to Dante.
    • Devil May Cry 2: Lucia is a member of the Protectors of Vie de Marli, a clan of demon hunters. Like Trish, Lucia brings Dante to the island where the plot takes place and is revealed to be a demon created by the main villain. Unlike Trish, however, Lucia was unaware of this initially and her allegiance doesn't change, remaining a hero throughout the game. While Trish is a blonde white woman who dresses in black leather, Lucia is a dark-skinned redhead whose most striking article of clothing is her white cape.
    • Devil May Cry 3: Unlike Trish and Lucia, Lady is a human with no demonic heritage and relies on her skills with guns. She is also very openly hostile towards Dante for being part demon initially, though she gets over this once she realizes Dante's heroism.
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel and its sequel have different characters playing the role of Mission Control for the playable cast: Jeanne's vengeful "Radio Woman" half for the Taranis in the first game, and Hax for the Tarascus and its Exo-Taranis fusion in the second. Backstory-wise, both are Artificial Intelligences integrated into the power source of their respective tanks, but the original Jeanne was an AI created from scratch and later integrated into the Taranis as a control mechanism, whereas Hax is an AI copy of the first game's Big Bad that was created by accident when his namesake and the Tarascus were originally defeated. Jeanne kept her identity a secret from the children up until the first game's climax (where it was revealed that she was Playing Both Sides of the conflict), whereas Hax makes it clear who and what he is from the moment the second game begins (and has no ulterior motives whatsoever). Funnily enough, Hax is more actively cold and logical than Jeanne was— whereas Jeanne preyed on the children's emotions and desperation and goaded them into using the Soul Cannon when in a tight situation, Hax prefers to be more direct and matter-of-fact to the children, and takes on a far more hands-on approach to the Soul Cannon by personally selecting a child to power it.
  • The King of Fighters introduced in 2001 K9999, who, due to looking a bit too much like AKIRA's Tetsuo Shima for SNK's taste, got booted out of 2002: Unlimited Match in favor of Nameless. Although the two have the same general moveset, they look and act nothing alike - for starters, while K9999 is a complete dick who treats his own allies like dirt, Nameless is a good man on the wrong side who devotes himself completely to his beloved Isolde.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has plenty of party members who contrast the party from Knights of the Old Republic.
    • Kreia, twice over.
      • She contrasts Bastila Shan. Both are the deuteragonists of their respective stories and have a significant amount of the plot revolve around your relationship with them. However, Bastila is a young padawan who very firmly believes in the Jedi code while Kreia is a burnt-out old woman who has lost all faith in it. Both betray you for the dark side, but while Bastila can be saved and redeemed, Kreia remains resolute and dies no matter what you do.
      • She contrasts Jolee Bindo. Both are older Consulars who have neutral alignment and are estranged from the Jedi. However, Jolee's personal philosophies lie much closer to the Jedi than the Sith, while Kreia is the opposite. Jolee never falls to the dark side under any circumstances and ultimately either returns to the Jedi after the first game's events (light side) or dies in combat with the just-fallen protagonist (dark side), while Kreia returns to the Sith and dies in combat with the Exile no matter what.
    • Atton Rand to Carth Onasi. They are the first muggle companions you meet, and couldn't be any more different; Carth is a completely upstanding Republic soldier who remains a Badass Normal, while Atton is a neutral scoundrel who can be swayed to either the light or the dark by the Exile and trained as a Jedi Sentinel.
    • Hanharr to Zaalbar. Both are Wookie scouts with the exact same stat spread and have major plot threads involving their life-debts. However, Hanharr is an Ax-Crazy bounty hunter who wants to kill Mira to get out of his debt and voluntarily estranged himself from Wookie society, while Zaalbar is a Gentle Giant who upholds his debt until and unless you decide to kill his best friend Mission and was exiled due to attacking his brother in a rage.
  • E-102 Gamma from Sonic Adventure was a robot who was part of the E-100 series, who initially worked for Dr. Eggman but soon turned against him due to a combination of Eggman mistreating his brothers and Amy showing kindness towards him after she saved him from Sonic (due to Gamma releasing her from her prison cell). After rescuing the animals trapped inside his brothers, Gamma was mutually killed off by an upgraded E-101 Beta at the end of his storyline, only re-appearing in Sonic Shuffle as an unlockable character. Sonic Heroes introduced E-123 Omega, the Power member of Team Dark. While Omega is also a member of the E-100 series of robots, somewhat sharing Gamma's physical appearance and having also turned against Eggman, Omega is a lot more violent and destructive than Gamma is, destroying anything that stands in his way instead of just what needs to be destroyed. Further, while Gamma grew beyond his programming and realized the immorality of Eggman's actions, Omega opposes Eggman out of sheer spite.
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope has Faize, a Royal Rapier wielding Magic Knight whose's physical damage is fairly weak but balanced by the wide array of symbology magic he can use. He's also a Nice Guy whose desperation to save his people results in him leaving the party and becoming the final boss of the game. He is replaced by Arumat, a Sinister Scythe wielding brooding, edgy Type-III Anti-Hero with a Dark and Troubled Past, and is by far the strongest physical fighter out of the entire cast.

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    Western Animation 
  • Bojack Horseman: Sarah Lynn and Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzarelli-McQuack are the daughter archetype who acted as Bojack's Morality Pet. Sarah had a traditional family unit of a mother and a stepfather. However, the mother only cared about her acting career and didn't care what she wanted and her stepfather was implied to have molested her. She also attempted to latch onto Bojack as a father figure but who ended up as an Anti-Role Model who was partially responsible for her death. In contrast, Hollyhock was Happily Adopted to 8 men who are in a gay polygamous relationship. She also didn't want a father-daughter relationship with Bojack but instead wanted to connect to her birth mother. Bojack himself actually made attempts to not ruin Hollyhock's life and became a wreck when he thought he was responsible for Hollyhock's accident overdose.
  • There's Stella from The Loud House for Ronnie Anne who moved away. Both were introduced rather similar with them never appearing on-screen in their debut episodes. However Stella is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and a genuine friendly girl unlike Ronnie Anne who's a rough lad-ette with a Hidden Heart of Gold. Also while Ronnie Anne is presented as a potential love interest with Lincoln with both She Is Not My Girlfriend and Will They or Won't They?, Stella is someone Lincoln actually had a crush on but settled for being Just Friends.
  • The Simpsons:
    • After Lionel Hutz was retired following the death of Phil Hartman, "Good Old" Gil Gunderson usually served as the Simpsons' lawyer. However, Hutz was suave and extroverted whereas Gil is whiny and introverted.
    • After Edna Krabappel was retired following the death of Marcia Wallace, Rayshelle Peyton took over as the fourth grade teacher. Whereas Edna was depressed and bitter, Rayshelle is passionate and kind. Also, Edna's husband left her, while Rayshelle is Happily Married.
  • The Transformers: After the treacherous, scheming Decepticon second-in-command Starscream is killed off in the movie, his role as The Dragon is taken by Cyclonus, an unwaveringly loyal Noble Demon.


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Contrasting Robin to Vivi

Movie 9 is a reimagining of the Drum Kingdom arc, if it had taken place after Enies Lobby, which means that Robin has replaced Vivi in the crew. Both of them play the Only Sane Man role at times, but Vivi is considerably more emotional than Robin, resulting in them acting differently at times.

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