The biggest challenge for the new Star Wars was to make us love Rey and Finn as much as Luke and Han. Mission accomplished! But most of the time, when a venerable franchise introduces new characters, it’s a horrendous failure. Here are 10 long-running series that actually made us care about new characters.
There are plenty of lists cataloguing the times that a series added a brand new character who ruined everything. The Scrappy Doo effect. But what about the cases where new characters (or a whole new cast) came along and everyone embraced them?
Here are our picks, in no particular order: