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19th Feb '18 3:32:23 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/SecretMountainFortAwesome'' has the episode "Uncle Grandpa" nearing the end of its run, starring a completely different cast and only brief appearances from the main characters. Eventually, ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' was greenlit for its own series. As a side-note, Uncle Grandpa [[WhatCouldHaveBeen is the star of the pilot the show was based on]], before a tremendous ReTool; the Disgustoids only had a brief appearance and were seemingly mindless monsters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SecretMountainFortAwesome'' has may be the most interesting version of this. At the end of its run, it had the episode "Uncle Grandpa" nearing the end of its run, Grandpa", starring a completely different cast and only brief appearances from the main characters. Eventually, ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' was greenlit for its own series. As a side-note, What makes this interesting is that, similar to the ''Kenny and the Chimp''/''Codename Kids Next Door'' situation above, Uncle Grandpa [[WhatCouldHaveBeen is was the star of the pilot the show ''Secret Mountain Fort Awesome'' was based on]], before a tremendous ReTool; on, with the Disgustoids only had having a brief appearance and were seemingly mindless monsters.
19th Feb '18 3:28:33 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focus on how they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes give Gwen a new superhero identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), feature supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv, school janitor and secret master magician Bezel, and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stick [[TheRival Charmcaster]] in a position where Gwen says she can [[HeelFaceTurn also reform and become a friend]], and set [[EvilOverlord the evil alien turtle Adwaita]] loose to become a potential BigBad to Gwen. WordOfGod is that these episodes could be spun off into a Lucky Girl show for CN Asia ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where Gwen is immensely popular]]). It never materialised due to the lacklustre reception of ''Omniverse'', and the entire franchise was subject to ContinuityReboot [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 two years]] after its end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focus on how they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes give have Gwen a new superhero take up her old Lucky Girl identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), series and feature supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv, [[AlmightyJanitor school janitor and secret janitor/secret master magician magician]] Bezel, and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stick a [[TheRival Charmcaster]] in a position where Gwen says she can to [[HeelFaceTurn also reform and become a friend]], and set [[EvilOverlord the evil alien turtle Adwaita]] loose to become a potential BigBad to Gwen. WordOfGod is stated that these episodes could be spun off into a Lucky Girl ''Lucky Girl'' show for CN Asia ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where Gwen is immensely popular]]). It popular]]), but it never materialised materialized due to the lacklustre lackluster reception of ''Omniverse'', ''Omniverse'' as a whole, and the entire franchise was subject to ContinuityReboot [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 two years]] after its end.
19th Feb '18 3:21:22 AM RacattackForce
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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Lawnmower Dog." After Morty's dog, made sentient due to a headset made by Rick, takes other dogs along with him to colonize an alternate universe, Rick starts to talk about how there must be satisfying stories going on in that universe and how he'd watch it for "at least eleven minutes a pop."
** Played straight with "The Ricklantis Mixup", a.k.a. "Tales from the Citadel". It's focused entirely on different Ricks and Mortys from the newly-reformed Council of Ricks.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Lawnmower Dog." After Morty's dog, made sentient due to a headset made by Rick, takes other dogs along with him to colonize an alternate universe, Rick starts to talk about how there must be satisfying stories going on in that universe and how he'd watch it for "at least eleven minutes a pop."
** Played straight with "The Ricklantis Mixup", a.k.a. "Tales from the Citadel". It's focused entirely on different Ricks
" Doubles as a reference to a failed pitch for a kids' cartoon that co-creator Justin Roiland had before making ''Rick and Mortys from the newly-reformed Council of Ricks.Morty'', which never got greenlit.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has an episode in their fifth season that's an episode of the ShowWithinAShow ''Crash Nebula'', where main characters Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are on screen for barely a minute. It's actually a pilot for a proposed spin-off, but plans never got off the ground.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has an episode in their fifth season that's an episode of the ShowWithinAShow ''Crash Nebula'', where main characters Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are on screen appear purely as a FramingDevice for barely a minute. It's what is actually a pilot for a proposed spin-off, but plans spin-off. Plans never got off the ground.ground, partly due to the creator already juggling another show [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom that also happened to be an action series starring a teenage boy learning to be a hero]].



* Inversion: ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' were actually supposed to be supporting characters in a series concept by Tom Warburton. Creator/CartoonNetwork saw the potential of the neighbors, and next thing you know, a "Kenny and the Chimp" short ''without'' the KND (although the wacky scientist in that short did make a few appearances in the main show as a VillainOfTheWeek) ended up being part of the first KND episode instead of the other way around.

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* Inversion: The Sector V kids from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' were actually supposed to be the supporting characters in a different series concept pitched by creator Tom Warburton. Creator/CartoonNetwork saw the potential in this group of the neighbors, neighborhood kids, and next thing you know, had him create a second pilot alongside "Kenny and the Chimp" short ''without'' the KND (although the wacky scientist in that short did make a few appearances in focused purely on them. Viewer response lead to the main show as a VillainOfTheWeek) ended up "Kids Next Door" being part of chosen over "Kenny", and the first KND episode instead of the other way around.rest is history.



** The GrandFinale BigDamnMovie "Underfist" relegates the show's main trio of characters to cameos in order to focus on five of the show's supporting cast members as they form the titular superhero team. It never got off the ground, allegedly due to being ScrewedByTheNetwork, which didn't air the special again for years afterward.

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** The GrandFinale BigDamnMovie Halloween special "Underfist" relegates relegated the show's main trio of characters to cameos in order to focus on five of the show's supporting cast members as they form the titular superhero team. It never got off the ground, allegedly due to being ScrewedByTheNetwork, which didn't air with the creator later explaining that the executives interested in the project had left the company while the special again for years afterward.was being produced, and the new ones weren't interested.



* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focus on how they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes give Gwen a new superhero identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), feature supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv, school janitor and secret master magician Bezel, and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stick [[TheRival Charmcaster]] in a position where Gwen says she can [[HeelFaceTurn also reform and become a friend]], and set [[EvilOverlord the evil alien turtle Adwaita]] loose to become a potential BigBad to Gwen. WordOfGod is that these episodes could be spun off into a Lucky Girl show for CN Asia ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where Gwen is immensely popular]]). It never materialised due to the lacklustre reception of ''Omniverse'', which was replaced by the ContinuityReboot [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 two years]] after its end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focus on how they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes give Gwen a new superhero identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), feature supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv, school janitor and secret master magician Bezel, and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stick [[TheRival Charmcaster]] in a position where Gwen says she can [[HeelFaceTurn also reform and become a friend]], and set [[EvilOverlord the evil alien turtle Adwaita]] loose to become a potential BigBad to Gwen. WordOfGod is that these episodes could be spun off into a Lucky Girl show for CN Asia ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where Gwen is immensely popular]]). It never materialised due to the lacklustre reception of ''Omniverse'', which and the entire franchise was replaced by the subject to ContinuityReboot [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 two years]] after its end.
10th Feb '18 5:18:43 PM LorienTheYounger
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** However, Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement (and TheStinger with him) is considered quite awesome, to the point where he really was the only choice to play the lead role in the actual ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' movie. However, though ''Origins'' leaves its version of Deadpool salvageable (with the brainwashing apparently undone in the end, he's free to put on a mask and act like the Wade from the scenes people ''like'' while having the comics' version of the face behind the mask), the ''Film/Deadpool2016'' film ended up being a complete ContinuityReboot that is much TruerToTheText (with Deadpool getting back his [[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 ''Deadpool'', where a scene begins with a shot focused on 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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** However, Ryan Reynolds' performance as Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement (and TheStinger with him) is considered quite awesome, 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. However, though But although TheStinger of ''Origins'' leaves did leave its version of Deadpool salvageable (with the brainwashing (re-opening his mouth and apparently undone in the end, he's free to put on a mask and act like the Wade from the scenes people ''like'' while having the comics' version of the face behind the mask), undoing his brainwashing), the ''Film/Deadpool2016'' film ended up being opted for a complete TruerToTheText ContinuityReboot that is much TruerToTheText (with Deadpool getting back his (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 ''Deadpool'', ''Film/Deadpool2016'', where a scene begins with a shot focused on 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.



** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. The first 15 minutes, featuring River Phoenix as a young Indy in search of a historical MacGuffin, are this for ''Series/YoungIndianaJones''. Though it's somewhat lessened by River Phoenix's untimely death, which meant that he had to be replaced by Sean Patrick Flannery when the show finally aired.

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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. The first 15 minutes, featuring River Phoenix as a young Indy in search of a historical MacGuffin, are this for ''Series/YoungIndianaJones''. Though it's somewhat lessened by River Phoenix's untimely death, which meant that he had Phoenix declined to be reprise the role for TV, and was replaced by Sean Patrick Flannery when Flanery in the show finally aired.series itself.
28th Dec '17 6:02:37 PM nombretomado
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* Whether intended as one or not, the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' three-parter that introduces {{Galactus}} serves as a backdoor pilot for the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''.

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* Whether intended as one or not, the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' three-parter that introduces {{Galactus}} ComicBook/{{Galactus}} serves as a backdoor pilot for the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''.
28th Dec '17 2:21:54 PM nombretomado
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* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk appeared in backdoor pilots in both ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' and ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'', before being spun off into his own [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk cartoon]] (which aired on UPN rather than FoxKids).

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* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk appeared in backdoor pilots in both ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' and ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'', before being spun off into his own [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk cartoon]] (which aired on UPN rather than FoxKids).Creator/FoxKids).
3rd Dec '17 9:10:31 AM nighttrainfm
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** With Phase 3, they introduced ComicBook/BlackPanther and Spider-Man in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' before spinning them off into their own movies.
** A big criticism of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is that significant chunks of the movie rather blatantly exist to set up ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' and the above-mentioned ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' movie.

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** A big criticism of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is that significant chunks of the movie rather blatantly exist to set up ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.
** With Phase 3, they introduced ComicBook/BlackPanther and Spider-Man in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' before spinning them off into their own movies. \n** A big criticism of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is that significant chunks of Overall, this was better-received than the movie rather blatantly exist to set up ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' and previous examples, with the above-mentioned ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' movie. characters themselves proving quite popular.
19th Nov '17 10:38:41 PM TSBasilisk
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* ''VideoGame/GuildWars Eye of the North'' was this for the sequel, ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. The main storyline had three separate arcs which focused on the Asura, Charr, or Norn, each of which became a playable race in the sequel. The Sylvari was also present in the form of a sapling White Tree. While the primary antagonist was the Great Destroyer, the presence of the Elder Dragons was also foreshadowed, including Kralkatorrik appearing as part of the landscape.
** The ''Beyond'' storylines were introduced to renew interest in the franchise after it had laid dormant and increase awareness of the sequel. ''War in Kryta'' reintroduced the Krytan royal family and Shining Blade while also introducing the all new Seraph, the main human army in the sequel. ''Winds of Change'' similarly sets up the shift of Cantha into a monolithic, xenophobic human state. An additional storyline was planned to show how Elona would begin moving towards its defeat by Palawa Joko but was not completed.
20th Oct '17 4:27:24 AM C2
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* ''WesternAnimation/GrooveSquad'', an animated movie featuring three cheerleaders who gain super powers by drinking fruit smoothies (one with x-ray and telescopic vision, one with super strength and one with flight) and are given gadgets by a former secret agent to battle a world domination obsessed MadScientist (who happens to be the father of their AlphaBitch school rival), was made as a pilot. The series was not picked up.
17th Oct '17 5:25:08 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focus on how they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes give Gwen a new superhero identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), feature supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stick [[TheRival Charmcaster]] in a position where Gwen says she can [[HeelFaceTurn also reform and become a friend]], and set [[EvilOverlord the evil alien turtle Adwaita]] loose to become a potential BigBad to Gwen. WordOfGod is that these episodes could be spun off into a Lucky Girl show for CN Asia ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where Gwen is immensely popular]]). It never materialised due to the lacklustre reception of ''Omniverse'', which was replaced by the ContinuityReboot [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 two years]] after its end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focus on how they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes give Gwen a new superhero identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), feature supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv Xagliv, school janitor and secret master magician Bezel, and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stick [[TheRival Charmcaster]] in a position where Gwen says she can [[HeelFaceTurn also reform and become a friend]], and set [[EvilOverlord the evil alien turtle Adwaita]] loose to become a potential BigBad to Gwen. WordOfGod is that these episodes could be spun off into a Lucky Girl show for CN Asia ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff where Gwen is immensely popular]]). It never materialised due to the lacklustre reception of ''Omniverse'', which was replaced by the ContinuityReboot [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 two years]] after its end.
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