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"I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts," he said. "My name is Ryan. I inherited this ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from was not the real Dread Pirate Roberts, either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Roberts has been retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia." Then he explained the name was the important thing for inspiring the necessary fear. You see, no one would surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley.
~ Westley explaining the secret identities of the Dread Pirate Roberts.
My other--Our other, I guess I should say... It always like you better. Hell, everyone did, I guess. I always acted like it didn't bother me. Like, I was the original, so I was just the... I don't know... The default or something... But the truth is... It rips me up, Flash. It thinks about you. The other. All the time. It doesn't think I know that, but... I do. I can feel it. Even now, with Its voice gone, I can feel it... pulling towards you... It's... It's just tough being someone else's second best, you know?
~ Eddie Brock describing the Symbiote's preference to the Venom legacy of Flash Thompson at his grave.

Identities have always been used by more than one villainous character, usually Comic Book Supervillains; names and/or titles are also passed down through generations in Families such as Darth Nox taking up the name of Aloysius Kallig. A Legacy can also be inherited through someone taking an alias from its current bearer by force if necessary as was the case of a ghost when he murdered Cosgood Creeps and Cuthbert Crawls assuming their disguise of Phantom Shadow.

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