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There will always inevitably be characters who the fandom must say farewell to, leaving a vacancy for someone new to take their place. Quite often this replacement will be detested, but sometimes the newcomer is received better than the original.

Perhaps their predecessor was polarizing or outright hated, which necessitated an Author's Saving Throw to get rid of them. Or maybe the new character has simply overshadowed their predecessor by being a fan favorite. Whatever the case, the change is generally welcomed.

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See also Superior Successor for In-Universe examples. Compare Rescued from the Scrappy Heap where the fan response is for the same character. Related to Surprisingly Improved Sequel and More Popular Spinoff for when this trope applies to a show as a whole. See The Pete Best for one of the Real Life versions, especially in the case of bands who manage to have more than one successful replacement. See also Second Episode Substitute when a character gets replaced very early in the show.

Sometimes actors who are The Other Darrin for a character can become this - if their portrayal is considered superior.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pokémon:
    • Halfway into the original series, Jessie's Lickitung was accidentally traded for a Wobbuffet, who quickly became a popular Plucky Comic Relief for Team Rocket and ended up a mainstay in the anime series, compared to Likitung, who made only sporadic appearances beforehand.
    • Dawn is this to her immediate predecessor, May, who was deemed a Replacement Scrappy to Misty for being too similar in personality while not living up to the original. In contrast, Dawn had a more refreshing straight-up Nice Girl personality and lacking the previous girls' tsundere side. While Dawn doesn't quite surpass Misty's popularity, she is still held in quite high regard by the fanbase.
    • Serena is this to Iris, who is one of the least popular female companions to date. While Serena is not without her detractors for her Romantic Plot Tumor and being retconned into being Childhood Friends with Ash, most in the fandom agree that she's an improvement over Iris. She also further won fans for having an arc of Character Development that helped to have her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, although how it ended is a point of contention that you REALLY need to tread carefully around.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • Sinon serves as the Arc Hero of the Phantom Bullet arc, where she takes over from Asuna as the female lead much like Leafa did. However unlike Leafa who ended up being a Replacement Scrappy, Sinon ended up being a welcome change and would go on to become a Breakout Character. Fans praised her for her compelling personality, her much deeper backstory, having a more realistic motivation for taking up gaming, as well as being the first female protagonist who is not defined by having an interest in Kirito. There's a large group who wish Sinon was the solo protagonist of the GGO arc without having to share the limelight with Kirito.
    • Alice, who might just be the most positively received female lead yet. While she's loved for being a similarly strong heroine much like her predecessors, she avoids the flack that all the past SAO girls get by not being dependent upon Kirito and prove to be formidable and badass completely on her own.
    • Quinella to Sugou. While all of the villains that came after him were more popular due to Sugou being reviled by the fandom, special mention goes to Quinella due to being an overall very similar character but is held in extremely high regard. She's deemed a far more complex villain and a far bigger threat, while Sugou was extremely one-dimensional and pathetic. She also has a very large following due to her invoking Evil Is Sexy.
  • Dr. Stone began with a Power Trio of Senkuu, Taiju, and Yuzuriha. The latter two and their romance were criticized for being boring, and they were Put on a Bus at the end of the first part. Senkuu ended up finding a new supporting cast in the Ishigami villagers and two new best friends in Kohaku and Chrome, who were praised as being much more fun.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Chibi Chibi is introduced in the series' last season to replace Chibiusa as the resident Tagalong Kid. Many western fans like her better than Chibiusa, mainly because she's sweeter and less of a Bratty Half-Pint.
    • Speaking of Chibiusa, the episodes dubbed by Clowerway replaced her original voice actress, Tracey Hoyt, with Stephanie Beard. While most of the other replacements were poorly received, most fans prefer Beard's performance over Hoyt's.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • The second JoJo Joseph Joestar is a lot more popular than his predecessor and grandfather Jonathan Joestar, mainly because Joseph is a great Troll and Guile Hero who undergoes some development and has a memetic ability of predicting his opponents' lines while Jonathan is a fairly standard good-hearted hero.
    • In the Japanese fandom, the third JoJo Kujo Jotaro is more iconic than either though in the West, he has more divisive reception.
    • Americans were more fond of the fourth JoJo, Josuke Higashikata than Jotaro due to being a Nice Guy with some amusing quirks. The Big Bad of Part 4, Yoshikage Kira, was considered a worthy successor to DIO.

    Comic Books 
  • Zatara was a member of the Justice Society of America, but has been completely overshadowed by his daughter, Zatanna.
  • The Flash: The second Flash, Wally West, is considered by a lot of readers to be an improvement over his predecessor, Barry Allen. In fact, he is seen as the Flash by a considerable chunk of the fanbase and it's not uncommon for modern interpretations of Barry to incorporate some aspects of Wally's personality to his own.
  • For Robin, Tim Drake was much more warmly welcomed by fans compared to Jason Todd. This is mostly because Jason himself was a Replacement Scrappy for Dick Grayson and also due to his excessively angsty nature. In contrast, Tim was the Nice Guy who meshed well with the rest of the Bat family. Though Jason himself would end up undergoing a case of Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after coming Back from the Dead and took up the identity of Red Hood.
  • Black Canary:
    • Black Canary's original co-star and love interest was Johnny Thunder. Black Canary was a bit villain in his books, but became a Breakout Villain and soon eclipsed Johnny Thunder. Black Canary's series replaced Johnny's and she was given a new male lead: detective Larry Lance, her eventual husband.
    • The second Black Canary, Dinah Lance, is more well-known than her Badass Normal mother Dinah Drake. She was the Black Canary from 1986 to 2011 (before becoming a Composite Character for the New 52 reboot) and is the one most associated with the supersonic scream.
  • Hal Jordan is technically the second Green Lantern and is more well-known than the first one Alan Scott. Granted the Green Lantern mythos being reinvented with Hal, Alan Scott comes off as an in-name-only Green Lantern.
  • Blue Beetle is best-known as either the quirky billionaire Badass Normal Ted Kord or the Scarab-wielding Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes, but most people only know Dan Garrett as the original Blue Beetle from the '40s, and little else.
  • Batgirl:
    • Batgirl is best known for Barbara Gordon, however within the comic community many preferred her under the identity of Oracle, the wheelchair-bound Mission Control after her paralyzing by The Joker in The Killing Joke. Since then, she had two successors in the form of Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, both of which were very well-received as Batgirls during their runs. In fact, when the New 52 reset the status quo back to Babs after over 20 years of being Oracle, while kicking out Cass and Steph, there was very considerable outcry from comic fans, comparing it to if Dick Grayson had become Robin again.
    • The original Batgirl wasn't technically Barbara Gordon. A few years prior to her creation, Bat-Girl (real name Elizabeth "Betty" Kane) originated as Batwoman's sidekick. She was a Smitten Teenage Girl in love with Robin (who was a strict Celibate Hero at the time). She was quickly retired due to her unpopularity but appeared again years later, only to be retconned come Crisis of Infinite Earths. Betty was brought back later as Bette Kane but she is now under the mantle of Flamebird. It's no longer canon that she was ever Bat-Girl note .
  • Ant-Man is a comparatively recent example. The original is Hank Pym, but many nowadays prefer Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. Hank is a brilliant scientist on par with the likes of Reed Richards and Tony Stark, and founder of The Avengers, who is very important to much of the Marvel mythos. That said, he's also well-known for hitting his wife once in a scene that gets taken out of context, and which Ultimate Marvel drove to Domestic Abuser levels with Flanderization. He also created Ultron, and can be kind of a jerk at times. Because of his infamy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe chose to star Scott, who in comparison is less controversial but also far less important to the comics, and since then Scott has been promoted as the main Ant-Man of the Marvel Universe. Many would say they prefer Scott even aside the controversial stuff involving Hank, if only because he's a more down-to-earth guy and relatable as someone who's an average joe without the suit.

    Film 
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had Newt Scamander replacing the titular Harry Potter as The Hero. While Harry was never hated, many have cited Newt as being a better protagonist and a more interesting character. Fans give points to Newt for crafting his own greatness, while Harry was made great by virtue of being The Chosen One.
  • Home Alone 5 had Kevin McCallister being replaced by Finn Baxter as The Protagonist which fans approved of, having gotten sick of Kevin in the (poorly received) previous film, especially since his original actor was too old to reprise the role and ended up retconning his previous portrayal. This is ironic considering the first time he got replaced in Home Alone 3, his then successor Alex Pruitt attained Replacement Scrappy status simply because he was a new character.
    • Over time however, people do seem to have warmed up to Alex, mainly because the actor is rather charming. Some people argue that his character is better portrayed then Kevin’s in 2.
  • In Scream 2 fans find Gale's replacement camera man Joel far more entertaining than his predecessor Kenny.
  • Likewise in Scream 4 Kirby is meant to be an Expy of Tatum from the first film - as the snarky best friend of the Final Girl. Critics called Kirby the best part of the movie and like to imagine He's Just Hiding! unlike Tatum (though she's not disliked).
  • Carrie (2002) has a few casting choices that are considered superior to those from the original film - though given how beloved the original is, this is in Broken Base territory.
    • Amy Irving's Sue is very divisive, with some finding her portrayal quite flat, wooden and unsympathetic. Kandyse McClure's take on the character makes her unambiguously heroic and she's far more of The Atoner. It's made clear in this version that Sue was not in on the prank.
    • Betty Buckley's portrayal of the gym teacher is considered Narmy and lacking in the necessary fire - not to mention getting a scene where she throws Sue out of the prom while she's trying to warn about the prank. Rena Sofer captures the Cool Teacher persona of someone who is willing to fight for Carrie perfectly. She's also seen helping people escape from the prom disaster.
    • Edie McClurg is seen as a weird casting choice for Helen, given that she was in her thirties already and doesn't fit in with the Girl Posse. Chelan Simmons gives the character a Heel–Face Turn so that she becomes Carrie's friend at the prom and nearly stops the prank. As divisive as the remake is, she's considered one of the better things about it.
  • The 1937 version of The Prisoner of Zenda received a Shot-for-Shot Remake in Technicolor that's not exactly fondly remembered. Deborah Kerr however is considered a better Flavia than Madeleine Carroll.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: Apocalypse features a version of Scott Summers that is better received than his portrayal in the previous trilogy (not that James Marsden was bad; he was just not given much to work with). Tye Sheridan's portrayal widely redeemed Scott in the eyes of movie fans.
    • Apocalypse also features a much cooler version of Psylocke - as her appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand was pretty much In Name Only. Her actress Olivia Munn also fought for the character to wear her famous Leotard of Power.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Bruce Banner was played by Edward Norton in his debut movie but replaced with Mark Ruffalo for The Avengers (2012). Fans near unanimously prefer Mark Ruffalo in the role, and he was catapulted to the A-list because of it (there had previously been a trope called Mark Ruffalo Syndrome - about an actor who's always stuck in supporting roles).
    • To a lesser extent few people remember that War Machine was played by Terence Howard in Iron Man. Although Don Cheadle replacing him in Iron Man 2 was divisive, he became a fan favorite pretty much by the time Avengers: Age of Ultron came around.
    • Zachary Levi replaces Josh Dallas as Fandral for Thor: The Dark World. His accent was much better and is generally considered a better actor. He was actually the original choice for Thor but he was committed to Chuck at the time.
    • Tom Holland is the third actor to play Spider-Man (though the first two were not part of the MCU). While there is rivalry over whether Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield were superior to each other - Tom Holland generally gets more love than either of them.
  • Speaking of Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man chose to feature Gwen Stacy as Peter's girlfriend instead of Mary Jane Watson from the Spider-Man Trilogy. In the Sam Raimi trilogy, Mary Jane wasn't too well thought of - both for being too bitchy and getting captured too many times. Gwen was beloved for Emma Stone's Adorkable chemistry with Andrew Garfield and proving quite useful in the climax. Killing her off in the second movie was met with outrage.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • In Arrow Caity Lotz took over from Jacqueline Mac Innes Wood in playing Sarah/Sara Lance. In her initial appearance she was a fairly forgettable throwaway character serving simply as the sister of female lead Laurel. But upon her return and recast to Caity Lotz, she became a Breakout Character who was beloved by the fandom to the point where her Popularity Power had her be Brought Back From The Dead and given her own spin-off show.
  • Emma Peel was the third of four people to costar with John Steed on The Avengers, but the chemistry between actors Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg made her by far the most popular choice.
  • In-universe in Band of Brothers. Lieutenant Jones arrives fresh out of West Point as a replacement for the incompetent Lieutenants Dike and Peacock. Initially disliked by the men, he proves himself an effective leader and quickly earns their respect.
  • Barney Miller had as one of the detectives for the first two years Chano Amenguale, an excitable Puerto Rican who didn't really make as much of an impression as other characters like Yemana or Harris or Fish. When actor Gregory Sierra left the cast after two seasons, he was replaced by Steve Landesberg as detective Arthur Dietrich, The Comically Serious Deadpan Snarker who became a fan favorite and stuck around for the rest of the show's run.
  • Charmed (1998):
    • Paige was brought onto the show to replace Prue but she was fleshed out into a completely different character than Prue and is quite popular among fans. Most people who say they prefer the episodes with Prue and dislike the later seasons don't have a problem with Paige herself but rather the difference in tone.
    • Paige's final love interest in the show Henry is also the most liked out of her boyfriends. The chemistry between them is so good that fans don't mind how quickly they were paired up.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • Rossi started out as a Replacement Scrappy for Gideon, but he became more well-liked by fans as the show went on and now many fans prefer him over Gideon.
    • Prentiss quickly established herself as part of the team and was well-liked by fans after effectively replacing Elle Greenaway, who was not exactly a fan favorite.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor was this to Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor, who among the Doctor's regenerations was easily The Scrappy for his cowardice, crudeness, and was overall considered obnoxious. The Seventh Doctor, on the other hand, is one of the more popular regenerations for bringing an air of mysteriousness and mischief to the role that revolutionized future Doctor portrayals.
    • Later on, David Tennant's Tenth Doctor became this to Christopher Eccleston's Ninth with Ten possibly being the most popular Revival era Doctor — though plenty of fans still appreciate Nine, hence the adage "don't skip Nine" to new viewers who might be inclined to overlook Eccleston's respectable (if short) tenure just because Tennant ended up overshadowing him.
    • Ace has a very, very committed personal fanbase, and outside that group is mostly remembered affectionately. She followed Peri and Mel, who are probably the two most widely-disliked companions in the history of the series.
    • Amy Pond was this to some for the divisive Donna Noble, who rubbed many fans the wrong way with her anger outbursts and belittling of the Doctor. Amy, on the other hand became a fan-favorite of modern Doctor Who and was only rivaled by Rose Tyler, with Amy being loved for being one of the most complex companions and having very compelling chemistry with the Doctor.
    • Bill Potts was wholeheartedly welcomed by the fandom after she takes over from her polarizing predecessor Clara Oswald, who got criticized for being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad and being involved in a Romantic Plot Tumor. Bill also wins points from the LGBT Fanbase for being the first openly gay main cast member.note 
  • The Drew Carey Show had Mr Bell in season one, who was unseen as Drew Carey's boss until the season finale. From season two onward, he was replaced by Mr Wick, who became an Ensemble Dark Horse soon after. Being played by Craig Ferguson helps.
  • Farscape: Sikozu was in every way designed as an upgrade to Jool, who was originally created as a replacement for fan favourite Zahn. But where Jool was a stuck-up, spoiled princess whose main feature was a scream that could melt metal (yes, really), Sikozu was more of a frustrated genius coping with being surrounded by crazy people, which made her all the more sympathetic, despite her abrasive personality.
  • Good Game originally featured P-Nutz a stuffed monkey as a sidekick host, but he was reviled by fans which eventually led to the character being killed. A few years down the track, another non-human sidekick, a robot named D.A.R.R.E.N., showed up on the spin-off sister show Good Game: Spawn Point who became very popular especially among kids for how funny he was and the amazing chemistry he had with the human hosts.
  • Keeping Up Appearances had Rose played by Shirley Stelfox in Season 1, and she was replaced with Mary Millar in Season 2. The sitcom is considered to have grown the beard at that point, and Mary Millar is seen as a funnier Rose.
  • Surprisingly common on Law & Order:
    • On the original show, there was both Detective Lennie Briscoe and ADA Jack McCoy. The former was more well-liked than both of the detectives he replaced (Greevey and Cerreta) due to his Deadpan Snarker personality to the point that most fans look at him as the best character on the show (if not the entire franchise) and believe his demise caused the show to Jump the Shark. The latter, even through his more controversial antics, is leaps and bounds more popular than ADA Stone just because of how charismatic he is. Both men are considered the heart of the show to the point that it doesn't truly feel like Law & Order without them. The same goes for Lt. Van Buren, ADA Kincaid and ADA Rubirosa, with the former two being the rare example of Executive Meddling going right.
    • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Detective Tutuola is considered a superior replacement for Munch's previous partners Cassidy and Jeffries as well as his appearances surpassing Munch himself. Anytime a storyline focused on him, it would catch fans' attention.
    • ADA Cabot is an interesting example. While she's not an example of this herself initially (as she is the first primary ADA that the show had and the most popular), but she eventually re-replaced the series' least popular ADA, Kim Greylek after she got out of witness protection and the new prosecutor went to work in the nation's capital.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow, the Season 1 lineup included the heavily disliked Hawkman and Harkgirl who had a long list of criticism from terrible character arc to poor acting. In Season 2 their spots got replaced by Nate Heywood/Steel and Amaya Jiwe/Vixen, who were tremendously better received by the fandom for being more likable characters and being a better fit for the team.
  • In M*A*S*H. B.J. is better received than his predecessor Trapper, for being a more-rounded and fleshed-out, as well having a contrasting personality to Hawkeye, whereas Trapper was much like a mirror of Hawkeye though reduced to a sidekick.
  • Merlin (2008)'s first Big Bad was Nimueh who - while not disliked and in fact more could have been done with - isn't remembered that much. Season 2 introduced another evil sorceress in Morgause - who is far more popular. In her debut she beats Arthur in a duel and later curses all of Camelot in an enchanted sleep just to kill Uther.
  • Jim Phelps (played by Peter Graves) was the second leader of Mission: Impossible team and is the series' most iconic character. The original leader, Dan Briggs (played by Steven Hill), only appeared in the original series and is forgotten by all but the most dedicated fans.
  • NCIS: Ziva is more widely recognized than her predecessor Kate, given that the show gained widespread recognition after Kate's departure. As a result, many newer viewers don't even know who Kate is until they either stumble across an episode where she's mentioned or view one of the first two seasons later on.
  • In Nowhere Boys, the New Nowhere Boys who debuted in Season 3 all had a varying levels of Replacement Scrappy for the originals, except for Luke Hamill who took the spot of Andy as the nerd and became far more popular due to having a more fun personality, being a Pop-Cultured Badass, and probably in part due to being played by Kamil Ellis who had been garnering a reputation in ABC television.
  • Ben Wyatt for Mark Brendanawicz from Parks and Recreation. Mark was seen as a generic guy who didn't stand out among the more colorful cast members. Ben in contrast was well received by fans thanks to his Adorkable nature and being seen as a good Foil for Leslie Knope and their good chemistry when they hooked up.
  • Party of Five's Sarah Reeves filled this role in two ways; a) she was the third love interest for Bailey after Kate (who was Put on a Bus) and Jill (who was Killed Off for Real) and b) she replaced Nina as Julia's regular best friend. She didn't show up until Season 2 when the series had been Un-Cancelled but Jennifer Love Hewitt became a star from the role. Sarah was even popular enough that they tried giving her a spin-off.
  • Robot Wars started with Jeremy Clarkson as the host. His tenure is largely forgotten, to the point that the BBC even edited first series episodes to remove his appearances. In the second series, Craig Charles took over as host and he is often considered synonymous with the show amongst fans.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch:
    • After the first season, Sabrina's best friend Jenny disappears without explanation and is replaced by new girl Valerie. Thankfully, Valerie becomes far more popular and remembered than Jenny, for being funnier and more Adorkable. The dynamic with Sabrina being the confident friend worked much better.
    • Mr Pool likewise disappears after the first season to be replaced with another Cool Teacher in Mrs Quick. She's just as popular - if not more so - than him for being Cute and Psycho.
    • Season 1 had an intimidating Principal LaRue who didn't really do much. Season 2 demotes him to The Ghost and introduces Vice Principal Kraft as an antagonist. He makes for a much more effective antagonist, especially when paired with Libby who was mainly just mean to her lower classmates in Season 1.
  • After season one of Top Gear concluded, presenter Jason Dowe left the program and was replaced by James May. In part due to his longer tenure on the show and dynamic with Jeremy and Richard, James became immensely more popular than Dowe to the point where many people forget or never knew about Dowe's presence on the show at all.
  • In the 2004 revival of Spanish game show Un, dos, tres, the Fahrenheit 451-inspired negative character Colonel McPhantom failed to catch on and was Demoted to Extra after four episodes. His replacement, General Antilivroff, much goofier and more in the vein of previous negative characters of the show, did achieve some popularity.

    Music 
  • Famously, The Beatles replaced Pete Best with the more talented Ringo Starr as drummer right before getting big. Needless to say, most fans agree that it's not The Fab Four without Ringo.
  • Destiny's Child replaced Latoya and Lativa with Michelle and Farrah. Although Farrah left after only a couple of singles, Michelle is more remembered than her predecessors - while ironically still being considered the Lesser Star of the group.
  • Sugababes member Heidi Range replaced Siobhan Donaghy. Once she joined the group experienced much more commercial success, while also keeping their previous level of critical acclaim.
  • Atomic Kitten initially had Kerry Katona as the third Kitten. She left the group to focus on raising her children, and was replaced with Jenny Frost. Jenny became the Ensemble Dark Horse of the group and remained in the public eye the most. Ironically for a reunion, Kerry replaced Jenny when she was pregnant.
  • A song example for S Club 7. Their debut single off the Seeing Double album "Alive" was release around the time Jo was suffering from back problems. An alternate version of the single was recorded with Rachel on lead vocals instead of Jo. General consensus seems to be that Rachel's version was better - even though it was never officially released.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • NXT Season 3 abruptly dropped the 7 ft Aloisa from the competition after erotic fetish photos of her were found online. Her replacement Kaitlyn ended up winning the contest and later becoming Divas' Champion. In terms of wrestling ability, Aloisa was seen as clumsy and uncoordinated in the ring - while Kaitlyn caught onto wrestling pretty fast.
  • Aksana was apparently given a gimmick pitched by Maxine - that of a Femme Fatale who seduced Teddy Long. Aksana was agreed to be a better choice for the role - merging Funny Foreigner with Innocent Fanservice Girl - and the resulting segments were Innocent Innuendos that provided many funny moments.
  • The New Age Outlaws weren't part of the original line-up of D-Generation X - which consisted of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna and Rick Rude. In the second incarnation, the Outlaws were added and they're considered a classic part of the group. Some even forget that Rick Rude was even associated with them.
  • LayCool initially began as an alliance between Michelle McCool and Alicia Fox. Alicia was inexplicably traded to Raw after a couple of months, and Layla started teaming with Michelle. They eventually made them a proper stable who really dominated the division. Layla ended up becoming champion twice, and was the Ensemble Dark Horse of the group.

    Video Games 
  • Tawna Bandicoot was Crash Bandicoot's Satellite Love Interest and Damsel in Distress in the first game in the series, though it quickly touched a nerve with Universal executives due to her over-sexualised appearance. Naughty Dog became disillusioned with the character after the conflict it caused and complied to Sony of Japan's request to make a replacement female sidekick for Crash. Coco Bandicoot, Crash's little sister, remained a mainstay after the second game and became popular enough to be Promoted to Playable in future titles.
  • In The King of Fighters, K9999 was derided for being a blatant Tetsuo ripoff (even if he has his fans). 2002: Unlimited Match replaces him with Nameless (that's his name), who stands on his own better as a character and is better received.
  • Super Mario: Princess Peach is a much more popular and iconic character than Pauline, Mario's girlfriend in Donkey Kong. Pauline is mostly only remembered now because of being a interesting bit of video game history, though she still appears in some Mario games.
    • This has arguably gone circular as of Super Mario Odyssey, as Peach had become known as a Damsel Scrappy among many, particularly in this game, while Pauline was completely reinvented as a confident, capable mayor of a big city, with arguably more displays of leadership that Peach usually shows, not to mention one hell of a singing voice.
  • In Super Mario 3D World, Peach replaced the Yellow Toad, assuming the cast is derived from the New Super Mario Bros series. This was universally welcomed with open arms. It helps that all the characters received different playstyles compared to the Palette Swap treatment in New Super Mario Bros..
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ike tends to get favored over Roy as characters from the Fire Emblem franchise. This is due to Ike not being a Moveset Clone like Roy is/was.
  • In Persona 5, Sojiro Sakura serves the Parental Substitute role that Ryotaro Dojima did in the previous game. Sojiro is somewhat better liked, though, since while both men have a somewhat distant relationship with their daughters, in Sojiro's case, it's more due to Futaba's severe personal issues (including suicidal depression and Survivor Guilt) than his own failings. Near the end of the game, while Dojima brings the protagonist in for questioning, thereby leaving his daughter vulnerable to being kidnapped, Sojiro, after finding evidence linking Futaba to the Phantom Thieves, questions them about it, but ultimately decides to support them in spite of the fact that the Phantom Thieves are currently wanted for murder.

    Web Original 
  • When Danny Sexbang replaced JonTron in Game Grumps, he was at first considered a Replacement Scrappy by most fans upset with the sudden change. However, he quickly proved to be quite charming and funny and a good foil to Arin's craziness, now regularly ranking as favorite Grump in reddit fan-polls and fans constantly claiming to see him appear even more often in the middle-slot video.

    Western Animation 

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