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8th Jun '18 2:40:10 PM comicwriter
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* The ''Comicbook/FearItself: The Home Front'' mini-series had a 3-part story featuring Comicbook/{{X 23}}, Comicbook/AmadeusCho, [[Comicbook/AnyaCorazon Spider-Girl]] and the new Power Man Thunderstrike. The story was clearly meant to build momentum for a new teen superhero team featuring the characters, but it never got off the ground.
20th May '18 10:09:11 AM mimitchi33
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* Speaking of ''Animaniacs'', "Spellbound" gives WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain a full half-hour story before getting their own show.

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* Speaking of ''Animaniacs'', "Spellbound" gives WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain a full half-hour story before getting their own show, and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo Clock" was a pilot for a ''Slappy Squirrel'' series. The credits for the latter episode also feature different end credits music than the other episodes of ''Animaniacs''.
** The episode "Plan Brain From Outer Space" from the actual ''Pinky and the Brain'' series was another example of this. It was intended as a pilot for a show called ''Zalgar, The Brain Eater'', which featured the alien from the Animaniacs episode "PottyEmergency" trying to go after different brains of people. Most of the episode's dialogue had to be altered to remove references to the
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* Halfway through Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', Bobby and Ronnie Anne move with their extended family, the Casagrandes. This happens during a full 2-parter episode where we meet the entire family, that is an obvious way to launch a spin-off. And indeed, in early 2018 ''Los Casagrandes'' was announced as his own show.

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* Halfway through Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', Bobby and Ronnie Anne move with their extended family, the Casagrandes. This happens during a full 2-parter episode where we meet the entire family, family that is an obvious way to launch a spin-off. And indeed, in early 2018 Nickelodeon announced ''Los Casagrandes'' was announced as his own show.Casagrandes''.
17th May '18 10:58:00 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Similarly, the ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has been stated to be a testing bed for films based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}. The fact that the two were the most common points of criticism (Gambit for AdvertisedExtra, Deadpool for TheyChangedItNowItSucks) would tell you it didn't work.
** However, Creator/RyanReynolds' performance as Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement was very well received, to the point where he really was the only choice to play the lead role in the actual ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' movie. But although TheStinger of ''Origins'' did leave its version of Deadpool salvageable (re-opening his mouth and apparently undoing his brainwashing), the ''Film/Deadpool2016'' film opted for a TruerToTheText ContinuityReboot (restoring Deadpool's [[BreakingtheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking powers]] and ComedicSociopathy, while shedding the EyeBeams, [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Blades Below the Shoulders]], and {{Teleportation}}[[note]]though he's frequently had access to artificial teleporters in the comics, it's nothing like what's depicted in ''Origins''[[/note]]). These differences were (naturally) lampshaded in ''Film/Deadpool2016'', where a scene begins with a close-up of an action figure of Deadpool's original appearance and Wade saying "this is my most prized possession" before it's revealed he's talking about a ''[[Music/GeorgeMichael Wham!]]'' album underneath the action figure.

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* Similarly, the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
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''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has been was stated to be a testing bed for films based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}.ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}[=/=]Wade Wilson. The fact that the two were the most common points of criticism (Gambit for AdvertisedExtra, Deadpool for TheyChangedItNowItSucks) would tell you it didn't work.
** However, Creator/RyanReynolds' performance as Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement was very well received, to the point where he really was the only choice to play the lead role in the actual ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' ''Film/Deadpool2016'' movie. But although TheStinger of ''Origins'' did leave its version of Deadpool salvageable (re-opening his mouth and apparently undoing his brainwashing), the ''Film/Deadpool2016'' ''Deadpool'' film opted for a TruerToTheText ContinuityReboot (restoring Deadpool's [[BreakingtheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking powers]] and ComedicSociopathy, while shedding the EyeBeams, [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Blades Below the Shoulders]], and {{Teleportation}}[[note]]though he's frequently had access to artificial teleporters in the comics, it's nothing like what's depicted in ''Origins''[[/note]]). These differences were (naturally) lampshaded in ''Film/Deadpool2016'', the film itself, where a scene begins with a close-up of an action figure of Deadpool's original appearance and Wade saying "this is my most prized possession" before it's revealed he's talking about a ''[[Music/GeorgeMichael Wham!]]'' album underneath the action figure.figure.



** Subverted with X-Force's appearance in ''Film/Deadpool2'', because it's not "disguised" in the slightest. One of Deadpool's motives for forming the team is to gather a bunch of young people who can carry a franchise for a decade or so.

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** Subverted with X-Force's appearance in ''Film/Deadpool2'', because it's not "disguised" in the slightest. One of Deadpool's motives for forming the team is to gather a bunch of young people who can carry a franchise for a decade or so. [[spoiler:Further subverted when every member of the team except for Deadpool and Domino end up dying ''minutes'' into their first mission.]]
16th May '18 6:07:39 PM comicwriter
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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has "In Brightest Day", an episode that focuses primarily on the origin of the Kyle Rayner version of Franchise/GreenLantern, and does a pretty good job of establishing his mythology and arch-enemy Sinestro. Superman is a secondary character at most, and a victim of TheWorfEffect. Ultimately, though, no new GL show came of it and when ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' came along, John Stewart was used as the team's Green Lantern rather than Kyle. Kyle would not appear again until many years later in the ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode "The Return," where it was revealed that he'd been stationed on Oa after the events of "In Brightest Day," thus explaining why John was acting as Earth's Green Lantern instead.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has "In Brightest Day", an episode that focuses primarily on the origin of the Kyle Rayner version of Franchise/GreenLantern, and does a pretty good job of establishing his mythology and arch-enemy Sinestro. Superman is a secondary character at most, and a victim of TheWorfEffect. Ultimately, though, no new GL show came of it and when ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' came along, John Stewart was used as the team's Green Lantern rather than Kyle. Kyle would not appear again (save for a silent cameo in the ''Justice League'' episode "Hereafter") until many years later in the ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode "The Return," where it was revealed that he'd been stationed on Oa after the events of "In Brightest Day," thus explaining why John was acting as Earth's Green Lantern instead.
30th Apr '18 12:12:08 PM ZimFan89
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* Many of the entries in the anthology series ''Fanfic/HalloweenUnspectacular'' are open-ended and can easily be expanded into full stories of their own, with the author often suggesting that he might do so one day. In the case of one story from the first edition, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6447961/1/Eureka he actually did]].
29th Apr '18 11:41:36 AM TeraChimera
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** Subverted with X-Force's appearance in ''Film/Deadpool2'', because it's not "disguised" in the slightest. One of Deadpool's motives for forming the team is to gather a bunch of young people who can carry a franchise for a decade or so.
28th Apr '18 9:16:03 PM nombretomado
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* The "Bloodlines" ComicBook/DCComics crossover of the early 90s is basically one massive series of Poorly Disguised Pilots, with that year's "annual" issue for each ongoing series showcasing the origin of a new superhero. Although a few of these "New Blood" characters were later featured in mini-series or ongoing series, the only one that managed any kind of success was Garth Ennis's ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'', which spun out of ''[[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} The Demon]]''.

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* The "Bloodlines" ComicBook/DCComics Creator/DCComics crossover of the early 90s is basically one massive series of Poorly Disguised Pilots, with that year's "annual" issue for each ongoing series showcasing the origin of a new superhero. Although a few of these "New Blood" characters were later featured in mini-series or ongoing series, the only one that managed any kind of success was Garth Ennis's ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'', which spun out of ''[[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} The Demon]]''.
24th Apr '18 9:15:03 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' spin-off ''AudioPlay/JagoAndLitefoot'' (who appeared on [[Series/DoctorWhothe TV-show]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]") started out by testing the waters with a story in the Companion Chronicles range, named ''The Mahogany Murderers'', centering around the Victorian duo trying to get to the bottom of a strange mystery in London, featuring no interference or even appearance by the Doctor whatsoever. This format was well-received, and kicked off what is perhaps ''Big Finish Doctor Who''[='s=] most successful spin-off

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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' spin-off ''AudioPlay/JagoAndLitefoot'' (who appeared on [[Series/DoctorWhothe [[Series/DoctorWho the TV-show]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]") started out by testing the waters with a story in the Companion Chronicles range, named ''The Mahogany Murderers'', centering around the Victorian duo trying to get to the bottom of a strange mystery in London, featuring no interference or even appearance by the Doctor whatsoever. This format was well-received, and kicked off what is perhaps ''Big Finish Doctor Who''[='s=] most successful spin-off
24th Apr '18 9:14:48 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' spin-off ''AudioPlay/JagoAndLitefoot'' (who appeared on [[Series/DoctorWhothe TV-show]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]") started out by testing the waters with a story in the Companion Chronicles range, named ''The Mahogany Murderers'', centering around the Victorian duo trying to get to the bottom of a strange mystery in London, featuring no interference or even appearance by the Doctor whatsoever. This format was well-received, and kicked off what is perhaps ''Big Finish Doctor Who''[='s=] most successful spin-off
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16th Apr '18 3:54:52 PM comicwriter
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** ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #92 featured a guest appearance from Comicbook/{{Iceman}} of the X-Men. The story was apparently testing the waters for an Iceman/Doctor Strange split-book that had been planned, but the series never materialized.
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