Change is never easy, but it seems that it’s more difficult for fans of comics and escapist fiction to accept a Replacement Character than other fandoms.  Nevermind that the whole POINT of the Pokemon franchise is for the monsters to evolve, Pikachu will never become Raichu and decades later, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner are still treated as fill-ins.  Back when I was young, the Powers That Be even took out mighty Megatron, replacing him with another character whom my teenaged brain was dead certain would be inferior, if only because of a lack of Frank Welker.  Galvatron was even voiced by the always-awesome Leonard Nimoy and in his first moments of life, gave Starscream the quick-and-brutal murdering that he probably deserved, leading to today’s interim query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows Kup and Hot Rod just bought it, but can’t DEAL with that right now, asking: What replacement characters do you find yourself liking, even though you hate that the original was replaced?

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  1. I have to give it to Ezri Dax. I was so annoyed when Jadzia was killed off, and planned on hating Ezri, but they intentionally differentiated her and made her so awkward and unsure of herself as the new Dax host (much in the same way that audience could perceive her as a replacement character) that I couldn’t help but love her.

    • Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

      I kinda get it. But Terry Farrell and her Dax was my favorite part of DS9 so I just couldn’t get there. No hate, just not entranced.

  2. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Woody replacing Coach. He filled the role of absent minded lovable guy just like Nicholas Colasanto but as a completely different person and brought his new character to life.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    David Tennant’s Doctor, magnificent run from beginning to end, but I so wanted more than one season of Christopher Eccleston. Gone way too soon.

  4. I like Hot Rod, my introduction to Transformers was Marvel comics and our Finnish edition run started with funeral of Optimus Prime, so the movie wasn’t much of a shock.

    Also, the “new” team of X-Men in the 70’s. Much more diverse and interesting, leading into the best run they ever had.

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