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It's an interesting perspective. It couldn't be called plagiarism because you change so many aspects of a story that it becomes something else completely. Also, even if you were trying to take influence or inspiration from another person's work, the end result would be marginally different, seeing as no two works are entirely the same, and you wouldn't be satisfied copying everything beat-by-beat. That iniatiative you have is inspiring in and out of itself. If realized, you are bound to create an amazing story. It is a great state of mind to be able to self-reflect while writing a work. I implore you to keep on thinking the way you do, seeing as it can surely help you. Thank you for your question, sir.
Soooo . . . TeamFourStar? lol. Sounds like the natural process of imagination and creation. It really sounds like the description/definition of a 'genre' in and of itself. No reason to believe it wouldn't be original, just inspired. And there's no such thing as "smart" plagiarism. You're either stealing someone else's work or you are not.
My teachers, whenever we do projects that require research, would say what you describe is a resource and basis for deeper thought. Omitting a source and denying it's inclusion as a resource (when it is) is plagiarism. Using a line in a story, a motif in a song, a style of brush stroke, or a piece of information in a research journal, is evolution when you seek to build upon it. Displaying the history of where your ideas sprout inspires more ideas using same and different techniques. From what I've seen and experienced, only good comes from those that truly care about it.
When it's to the point where a few name changes would completely make it an original work no, I don't believe it's plagiarism.