"Let her go."

"You may not care about her safety."

"Don't you dare tell me I don't care about her."

"You love her."

~ John Smith and John Rolfe, competing for Pocahontas's affections

These are heroes who get demoted to supporting characters in some sequels or TV episodes, either for historical accuracy, outgrowth, safety, betrayal, or just for the greater good, depending on the outcome. This is the opposite of successors.