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Tropes that related to Legacy Characters and the passing on and evolution of legacies.

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: A white male hero gets a successor who is female or belongs to a minority.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: The hero's successor is less scrupulous than their predecessor.
  • The Chosen Many
  • Collective Identity: An alias is used by more than one person at the same time.
  • Legacy Character: Someone takes up the hero's identity after their predecessor retired or died.
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  • Legacy Immortality: Every time the hero dies, someone else takes up the mantle to maintain the illusion that the hero can never die.
  • Legacy Launch: The hero's predecessor comes back, resulting in the successor returning their predecessor's identity in exchange for taking up a costumed persona of their own.
  • Legacy Seeker: A character is obsessed with leaving a lasting mark on the world.
  • Legacy Team: A team sharing obvious and significant parallels with an older one.
  • Passing the Torch
  • The Real Remington Steele: An alias a character made up turns out later to coincidentally be a real person.
  • Redeeming Replacement: A villain gets a heroic successor who aims to do good in order to make up for their predecessor's crimes.
  • Retroactive Legacy: Retroactively establishing that a character is the successor of an older hero.
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  • Secret Legacy: The hero's parents turn out to be special and they take after them.
  • Taking Up the Mantle
  • Villainous Legacy: The villain is dead, but certainly not forgotten.