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23rd Mar '17 2:37:06 PM jtierney50
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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/{{Deadpool}}'' 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]]).

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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/{{Deadpool}}'' 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/{{Wham}} Wham!]] album underneath the action figure.
15th Feb '17 1:25:09 AM PaulA
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* DC's ''Showcase'' launched a large number of successful features, including the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] versions of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' and ''Comicbook/TheAtom'', ''Challengers of the Unknown'', ''ComicBook/MetalMen'', ''Sea Devils'', and many more. The series lasted from 1956 to 1970, and was briefly revived from 1977 to 1978. The series introduced and/or spotlighted:

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* DC's ''Showcase'' launched a large number of successful features, including the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] versions of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' and ''Comicbook/TheAtom'', ''Challengers of the Unknown'', ''ComicBook/ChallengersOfTheUnknown'', ''ComicBook/MetalMen'', ''Sea Devils'', and many more. The series lasted from 1956 to 1970, and was briefly revived from 1977 to 1978. The series introduced and/or spotlighted:



** The Challengers of the Unknown debut in #6 (February, 1957). They also headlined #7 (April, 1957) and #11-12 (December, 1957-February, 1958). They gained enough positive feedback to gain their own series starting in May, 1958. Their original series was published regularly to 1970, and sporadically to 1978 when it was cancelled for good.

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** The Challengers of the Unknown ComicBook/ChallengersOfTheUnknown debut in #6 (February, 1957). They also headlined #7 (April, 1957) and #11-12 (December, 1957-February, 1958). They gained enough positive feedback to gain their own series starting in May, 1958. Their original series was published regularly to 1970, and sporadically to 1978 when it was cancelled for good.
15th Jan '17 5:28:53 AM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* There was talk of a Catwoman movie as a follow-up to ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Creator/MichellePfeiffer wasn't very excited about the project and it never came to fruition until long after the Batman movie franchise had died. Eventually, the project was revived as a vehicle for Creator/HalleBerry, resulting in ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''.

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* There was talk of a Catwoman movie as a follow-up to ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Creator/MichellePfeiffer wasn't very excited about the project and it never came to fruition until long after the Batman movie franchise had died. Eventually, the project was revived as a vehicle for Creator/HalleBerry, resulting in the notorious 2004 flop ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''.
12th Jan '17 3:45:20 PM SolidSonicTH
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* WCW themselves took a swing at this in late 1997 when the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder "took over" ''Monday Nitro'' on Dec. 22, running it as "''[=nWo=] Monday Nitro''", complete with set changes and a modified ''Nitro'' logo with the [=nWo=] logo in place of WCW's. While on the surface this looked like just another typical [=nWo=] angle, it was actually meant to be a test to see if they could maintain a solid audience with an [=nWo=]-focused show, as WCW was planning to roll out ''Thunder'' as a secondary program the following year, and had originally hoped to run ''Thunder'' as the WCW program and turn ''Nitro'' into a standalone [=nWo=] show. However. there wasn't enough audience interestm and the time they took to restructure the show around the [=nWo=] wasn't seen as worthwhile, so the idea didn't go any further than this one episode.

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* WCW themselves took a swing at this in late 1997 when the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder "took over" ''Monday Nitro'' on Dec. 22, running it as "''[=nWo=] Monday Nitro''", complete with set changes and a modified ''Nitro'' logo with the [=nWo=] logo in place of WCW's. While on the surface this looked like just another typical [=nWo=] angle, it was actually meant to be a test to see if they could maintain a solid audience with an [=nWo=]-focused show, as WCW was planning to roll out ''Thunder'' as a secondary program the following year, and had originally hoped to run ''Thunder'' as the WCW program and turn ''Nitro'' into a standalone [=nWo=] show. However. there wasn't enough audience interestm interest and the time they took to restructure the show around the [=nWo=] wasn't seen as worthwhile, so the idea didn't go any further than this one episode.
10th Jan '17 3:19:28 PM NWolfman
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* In 2002, Disney Channel commissioned the Canadian virtual pop duo Music/{{Prozzak}} to write and perform the title song for their TV movie ''Get A Clue'', albeit with some drastic changes: the band was rechristened Simon and Milo after the two animated characters who comprised the act (presumably because they're named after a drug) and had Milo redesigned to be much more conventionally attractive. The channel aired a music video for the song during commercials, which was only unusual because it looked nothing like anything else they were airing at the time and the act had nothing else to their name. As it turns out, Disney Channel was testing the waters for a Simon and Milo animated series, but before that could come about, the network and Prozzäk co-founder Jason Levine clashed over what they each considered "child-friendly" content, resulting only in the music video and a compilation album titled ''Ready Ready Set Go'', released for the sole purpose of putting "Get A Clue" onto a CD.
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8th Jan '17 1:31:14 PM nombretomado
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* The final arc of ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' features a team-up between Spidey (Miles), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and Bombshell. This same group appears in the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: Ultimate Spider-Man'' mini-series before being spun-off in their own book as the ''All-New [[TheUltimates Ultimates]]''.

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* The final arc of ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' features a team-up between Spidey (Miles), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and Bombshell. This same group appears in the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: Ultimate Spider-Man'' mini-series before being spun-off in their own book as the ''All-New [[TheUltimates [[ComicBook/TheUltimates Ultimates]]''.
5th Jan '17 8:35:45 AM Ghilz
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Another common term for this is [[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3122752 "backdoor pilot"]]; however this can refer to other things as well, most notably a pilot broadcast as a special or MadeForTVMovie that will be picked up as a series only if the ratings are good enough.

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Another common term for this is [[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3122752 "backdoor pilot"]]; pilot"; however this can refer to other things as well, most notably a pilot broadcast as a special or MadeForTVMovie that will be picked up as a series only if the ratings are good enough.
28th Dec '16 11:51:54 PM Tron80
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* Creator/DCComics did the same thing earlier, occasionally trying out the ''idea'' of a character before going forward with "the real thing." DC's first DistaffCounterpart characters to Franchise/{{Superman}} (ComicBook/LoisLane temporarily getting powers and operating as "Superwoman" and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} [[GenderBender turning into a girl]] and operating as "Claire Kent, Super-Sister") were probably not tryouts so much as one-shot story ideas. But 1958's "The Girl of Steel" was clearly a dry run for Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. In that story, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen uses a magic totem to wish for a "Super-Girl" who would be a companion and helpmate for Superman. It doesn't work out all that well, and Jimmy ends up wishing the girl out of existence at her own request (ItMakesSenseInContext... sorta.) Reaction was positive enough that DC introduced Kara Zor-El, the "real" Supergirl, shortly after.

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* Creator/DCComics did the same thing earlier, occasionally trying out the ''idea'' of a character before going forward with "the real thing." DC's first DistaffCounterpart characters to Franchise/{{Superman}} (ComicBook/LoisLane temporarily getting powers and operating as "Superwoman" and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} [[GenderBender turning into a girl]] and operating as "Claire Kent, Super-Sister") were probably not tryouts so much as one-shot story ideas. But 1958's "The Girl of Steel" was clearly a dry run for Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. In that story, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen uses a magic totem to wish for a "Super-Girl" who would be a companion and helpmate for Superman. It doesn't work out all that well, and Jimmy ends up wishing the girl out of existence at her own request (ItMakesSenseInContext... sorta.) Reaction was positive enough that DC introduced Kara Zor-El, the "real" Supergirl, shortly after.after in ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton''.
23rd Dec '16 1:53:46 PM Midna
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* One episode of ''Manga/OutlawStar'' had Gene and co encountering two characters from ''Anime/AngelLinks'', a spinoff series that would debut a year later.
* Read the first chapter of ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun'' and see how the legend of the priestess from another world and her chosen warriors is mentioned briefly, but overall has no purpose in the chapter. The main character Suzuno doesn't even actively appear, she only shows up as an image on the final page. The chapter barely feels like it has anything to do with Fushigi Yuugi to begin with, with the sole revelation being that [[spoiler: Nirusha is actually Seiryuu warrior ''Miboshi'']]!

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* One episode of ''Manga/OutlawStar'' had has Gene and co encountering two characters from ''Anime/AngelLinks'', a spinoff series that would debut debuted a year later.
* Read the first chapter of ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun'' and see how the legend of the priestess from another world and her chosen warriors is mentioned briefly, but overall has no purpose in the chapter. The main character Suzuno doesn't even actively appear, she only shows up as an image on the final page. The chapter barely feels like it has anything to do with Fushigi Yuugi to begin with, with the sole revelation being that [[spoiler: Nirusha is actually the Seiryuu warrior ''Miboshi'']]!



* The first three issues of the ReTool of Adventures of the Fly called "Fly-Man" is basically this for the originally version of the Mighty Crusaders.

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* The first three issues of the ReTool of Adventures ''Adventures of the Fly Fly'', called "Fly-Man" ''Fly-Man'', is basically this for the originally version of the Mighty Crusaders.



* The "Bloodlines" crossover in DC comics of the early 90s was 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 featured in mini-series or new 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]]''.
* Marvel tried a similar tactic with their 1993 annuals, which each introduced a new character. Of the 27 new characters created, the only one who really caught on was Legacy, who fronted his own series for a while as the new [[Comicbook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]].
* DC tried this again in 2000 with their ''Planet DC'' event, where once again, a bunch of annuals introducing new characters were launched. Pretty much the only new heroes who saw any real use were Nemesis (introduced in the ''[[Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]'' annual) and Bushido (introduced in the ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titans]]'' annual), and even those two ended up being killed off.
* Likewise, an issue of Comicbook/TheMightyThor during the "Acts of Vengeance" crossover in Marvel Comics showcased the Comicbook/NewWarriors, which received their own book months later!
* Season 9 of Comicbook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer introduces Billy, a teenage gay male Slayer-wannabe in his own story ''Billy the Vampire Slayer''. However, Billy has only made a few reappearances since then and is pretty much forgotten about in season 10.
* Heroic Publishing will occasionally use its ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' title in this manner. Likewise, ''HeroicSpotlight''.
* Creator/MarvelComics, at the start of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], had what are now called "tryouts". For instance, one [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Human Torch]] story featured a Comicbook/CaptainAmerica impostor and asked the readers if they wanted to bring back the real Captain America. On the other hand, the [[FanDumb fevered imagination of fans]] (and/or the greed of comic book speculators) has been prone to see tryouts in Marvel's pre-superhero era even when links between the precursor and later characters are tenuous at best (e.g., a '50s monster character who happened to be called "Hulk" and was renamed Xemnu the Titan once the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk showed up to avoid confusion).

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* The "Bloodlines" ComicBook/DCComics crossover in DC comics of the early 90s was 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 new 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]]''.
* Marvel ComicBook/MarvelComics tried a similar tactic with their 1993 annuals, which each introduced introduce a new character. Of the 27 new characters created, the only one who really caught on was Legacy, who fronted his own series for a while as the new [[Comicbook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]].
* DC tried this again in 2000 with their ''Planet DC'' event, where where, once again, a bunch of annuals introducing new characters were launched. Pretty much the only new heroes who saw any real use were are Nemesis (introduced in the ''[[Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]'' annual) and Bushido (introduced in the ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titans]]'' annual), and even those two ended up being killed off.
* Likewise, an issue of Comicbook/TheMightyThor ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' during the "Acts of Vengeance" crossover in Marvel Comics showcased showcases the Comicbook/NewWarriors, which who received their own book months later!
* Season 9 of Comicbook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer ''Comicbook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' introduces Billy, a teenage gay male Slayer-wannabe in his own story ''Billy the Vampire Slayer''. However, Billy has only made a few reappearances since then and is pretty much forgotten about in season 10.
* Heroic Publishing will occasionally use uses its ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' title in this manner. Likewise, ''HeroicSpotlight''.
''Heroic Spotlight''.
* Creator/MarvelComics, at the start of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], had what are now called "tryouts". For instance, one [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Human Torch]] story featured features a Comicbook/CaptainAmerica impostor and asked asks the readers if they wanted to bring back the real Captain America. On the other hand, the [[FanDumb fevered imagination of fans]] (and/or the greed of comic book speculators) has been prone to see tryouts in Marvel's pre-superhero era even when links between the precursor and later characters are tenuous at best (e.g., a '50s monster character who happened happens to be called "Hulk" and was renamed Xemnu the Titan once the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk showed up to avoid confusion).



** Franchise/SpiderMan is perhaps the most famous case. He first appeared as the cover character of the fifteenth issue of ''Amazing Fantasy'', an anthology series that was being canceled, despite an editor's note promising that ''Amazing Fantasy'' would be continued in a new format with a Spider-Man story every month. That promise would be fulfilled by a new title, ''The Amazing Spider-Man''.

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** Franchise/SpiderMan is perhaps the most famous case. He first appeared appears as the cover character of the fifteenth issue of ''Amazing Fantasy'', an anthology series that was being canceled, despite an editor's note promising that ''Amazing Fantasy'' would be continued in a new format with a Spider-Man story every month. That promise would be fulfilled by a new title, ''The Amazing Spider-Man''.



** More successful than her was probably Amadeus Cho, who co-starred in ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'' and eventually became the ComicBook/TotallyAwesomeHulk.

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** More successful than her was is probably Amadeus Cho, who co-starred in ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'' and eventually became the ComicBook/TotallyAwesomeHulk.



* DC's ''Showcase'' launched a large number of successful features, including the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] versions of ''TheFlash'', ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' and ''Comicbook/TheAtom'', ''Challengers of the Unknown'', ''ComicBook/MetalMen'', ''Sea Devils'', and many more. The series lasted from 1956 to 1970, and was briefly revived from 1977 to 1978. The series introduced and/or spotlighted:
** Fred Farrell, Fire Fighter debuted in issue #1 (April, 1956). Did not make it as a protagonist but has had his share of appearances in crossover stories.
** Issue #2 (May, 1956) was a theme issue for stories set in the wilderness, introducing three would-be protagonists. The first was Eagle Feather, a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]] shepherd who has to hunt and kill the mountain lion which preyed on his sheep. The second was an unnamed [[TheRunaway Orphan Runaway]] who managed to bond with a stray dog and save lives in a fire. The third was Billy, a trained circus bear, who is lost in the woods and has to survive in his new surroundings. The issue was not deemed popular enough to have sequels.
** issue #3 (July, 1956) featured Doug the "sardine", a trainee frogman (term for combat divers) who has to prove to his fellows that his short stature is not a liability to the team. Again not a winning concept for an ongoing series.
** Franchise/TheFlash /Barry Allen debuted in issue #4 (October, 1956). He also headlined issues #8 (June, 1957) and #13-14 (April-June, 1958). The character had enough positive feedback for DC to revive the old ''The Flash'' series with Barry as the protagonist, starting with issue #105 (March, 1959). His ongoing lasted to 1985, making the greatest hit to graduate from ''Showcase''.
** Issue #5 (November, 1956) was another theme issue, featuring "manhunters" (people who take part in an organized search for a wanted man or fugitive). The protagonists were Detective Harry Fowler, FBIAgent Don Reed, and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Frank Drew who was hunting master criminal The Eel around the globe. None of the characters was deemed popular enough to reuse in later stories.
** The Challengers of the Unknown debuted in #6 (February, 1957). They also headlined #7 (April, 1957) and #11-12 (December, 1957-February, 1958). They gained enough positive feedback to gain their own series, starting in May, 1958. Their original series was published regularly to 1970, and sporadically to 1978 when it was cancelled for good.
** ComicBook/LoisLane headlined issues #9-10 (August-September, 1957). Feedback was positive enough for Lois to gain her own series, starting in March, 1958. Her ongoing lasted to 1974.
** Space Ranger debuted in #15 (August, 1958). This hero of TheFuture also headlined #16 (September, 1958), but failed to generate enough interest to launch an ongoing. He instead became the cover character of the anthology ''Tales of the Unexpected'' starting with issue #40 (August, 1959). He maintained this position to 1964.
** ComicBook/AdamStrange debuted in #17 (December, 1958). He also headlined #18-19 (February-April, 1959). Feedback and sales were not enough to give him an ongoing, but were also too good to discontinue the character. He became the cover character of the anthology ''Mystery in Space'', starting with issue #53 (August, 1959). He was regularly featured there to 1965.
** ComicBook/RipHunter, Time Master debuted in #20 (June, 1959). He also headlined #21 (July, 1959) and #25-26 (March-May, 1960). The [[TimeTravel Time Traveler]] generated enough interest to "graduate" to his own ongoing series, starting in April, 1961. His ongoing lasted to 1965. He eventually got revived for television, as the leader of the Series/LegendsofTomorrow, played by Creator/ArthurDarvill, who had [[Series/DoctorWho time travelled before]].
** Franchise/GreenLantern /Hal Jordan debuted in #22 (October, 1959). He also headlined #23-24 (December, 1959-February, 1960). Feedback and sales were positive enough for Hal to "graduate" to his own ongoing series, starting in August, 1960. His ongoing was regularly published to 1972. It was revived in 1976 and (with a couple of revamps on the way) lasted to 1988.
** The Sea Devils debuted in #27 (August, 1960). They also headlined #28-29 (October-December, 1960). They were a quartet of scuba-diving adventurers with notable similarities to both the earlier Challengers of the Unknown and the later ComicBook/FantasticFour. Feedback and sales were positive enough for them to "graduate" to their own ongoing series, starting in October, 1961. It lasted to 1967.

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* DC's ''Showcase'' launched a large number of successful features, including the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] versions of ''TheFlash'', ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' and ''Comicbook/TheAtom'', ''Challengers of the Unknown'', ''ComicBook/MetalMen'', ''Sea Devils'', and many more. The series lasted from 1956 to 1970, and was briefly revived from 1977 to 1978. The series introduced and/or spotlighted:
** Fred Farrell, Fire Fighter debuted debuts in issue #1 (April, 1956). Did not He didn't make it as a protagonist , but has had his share of appearances in crossover stories.
** Issue #2 (May, 1956) was is a theme issue for stories set in the wilderness, introducing three would-be protagonists. The first was is Eagle Feather, a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]] shepherd who has to hunt and kill the mountain lion which preyed preys on his sheep. The second was is an unnamed [[TheRunaway Orphan Runaway]] who managed manages to bond with a stray dog and save lives in a fire. The third was is Billy, a trained circus bear, who is lost in the woods and has to survive in his new surroundings. The issue was not deemed popular enough to have sequels.
** issue Issue #3 (July, 1956) featured features Doug the "sardine", a trainee frogman (term for combat divers) who has to prove to his fellows that his short stature is not a liability to the team. Again Again, not a winning concept for an ongoing series.
** Franchise/TheFlash /Barry Allen debuted debuts in issue #4 (October, 1956). He also headlined headlines issues #8 (June, 1957) and #13-14 (April-June, 1958). The character had enough positive feedback for DC to revive the old ''The Flash'' series with Barry as the protagonist, starting with issue #105 (March, 1959). His ongoing lasted to 1985, making the greatest hit to graduate from ''Showcase''.
** Issue #5 (November, 1956) was is another theme issue, featuring "manhunters" (people who take part in an organized search for a wanted man or fugitive). The protagonists were are Detective Harry Fowler, FBIAgent Don Reed, and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Frank Drew who was hunting hunts master criminal The Eel around the globe. None of the characters was were deemed popular enough to reuse in later stories.
** The Challengers of the Unknown debuted debut in #6 (February, 1957). They also headlined #7 (April, 1957) and #11-12 (December, 1957-February, 1958). They gained enough positive feedback to gain their own series, series starting in May, 1958. Their original series was published regularly to 1970, and sporadically to 1978 when it was cancelled for good.
** ComicBook/LoisLane headlined headlines issues #9-10 (August-September, 1957). Feedback was positive enough for Lois to gain her own series, starting in March, 1958. Her ongoing lasted to 1974.
** Space Ranger debuted debuts in #15 (August, 1958). This hero of TheFuture also headlined headlines #16 (September, 1958), but failed to generate enough interest to launch an ongoing. He instead became the cover character of the anthology ''Tales of the Unexpected'' starting with issue #40 (August, 1959). He maintained this position to 1964.
** ComicBook/AdamStrange debuted debuts in #17 (December, 1958). He also headlined headlines #18-19 (February-April, 1959). Feedback and sales were not enough to give him an ongoing, but were also too good to discontinue the character. He became the cover character of the anthology ''Mystery in Space'', starting with issue #53 (August, 1959). He was regularly featured there to 1965.
** ComicBook/RipHunter, Time Master debuted debuts in #20 (June, 1959). He also headlined headlines #21 (July, 1959) and #25-26 (March-May, 1960). The [[TimeTravel Time Traveler]] generated enough interest to "graduate" to his own ongoing series, starting in April, April 1961. His ongoing lasted to 1965. He eventually got revived for television, as the leader of the Series/LegendsofTomorrow, ''Series/LegendsofTomorrow'', played by Creator/ArthurDarvill, who had [[Series/DoctorWho time travelled before]].
** Franchise/GreenLantern /Hal Jordan debuted debuts in #22 (October, 1959). He also headlined headlines #23-24 (December, 1959-February, 1960). Feedback and sales were positive enough for Hal to "graduate" to his own ongoing series, starting in August, August 1960. His ongoing was regularly published to 1972. It was revived in 1976 and (with a couple of revamps on the way) lasted to 1988.
** The Sea Devils debuted debut in #27 (August, 1960). They also headlined headline #28-29 (October-December, 1960). They were are a quartet of scuba-diving adventurers with notable similarities to both the earlier Challengers of the Unknown and the later ComicBook/FantasticFour. Feedback and sales were positive enough for them to "graduate" to their own ongoing series, starting in October, 1961. It lasted to 1967.



* DC tried to get a second try-out book off the ground in the mid-70s, partially as a replacement to the by-then-canceled ''Showcase''. It was called ''First Issue Special'', and it started because publisher Carmine Infantino realized first issues sold better and wanted a series where ''every'' issue was the first (seriously). Incidentally, this meant that each premise was only afforded one issue, whereas most often in ''Showcase'' a feature would headline for two or three issues. It only ran for 12 issues, and it only launched one comic, ''Warlord''. ''Warlord'' ended up running about ''ten times'' as long as ''First Issue Special'' did -- from 1976 to 1988. About half of the other issues featured established characters like the Creeper or Dr. Fate; the non-Warlord characters created for ''First Issue Special'' mostly disappeared after their headlining ish, though the Green Team received a quickly-canceled revival in 2013.

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* DC tried to get a second try-out book off the ground in the mid-70s, partially as a replacement to the by-then-canceled ''Showcase''. It was It's called ''First Issue Special'', and it started because publisher Carmine Infantino realized first issues sold sell better and wanted a series where ''every'' issue was the first (seriously). Incidentally, this meant means that each premise was only afforded one issue, whereas most often in ''Showcase'' a feature would headline for two or three issues. It only ran for 12 issues, and it only launched one comic, ''Warlord''. ''Warlord'' ended up running about ''ten times'' as long as ''First Issue Special'' did -- from 1976 to 1988. About half of the other issues featured feature established characters like the Creeper or Dr. Fate; the non-Warlord characters created for ''First Issue Special'' mostly disappeared after their headlining ish, though the Green Team received a quickly-canceled revival in 2013.



** Some of this was due to the introduction of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode. MoralGuardians convinced comic publishers to ban horror-related subjects like vampires, ghouls, and the undead, and those titles floundered for awhile, eventually throwing out different subjects and characters to see what would stick, easy enough to do as many of them were [[AnthologyComic anthology comics]] with 3-4 stories per issue. ''Journey Into Mystery'' started telling the story of ComicBook/TheMightyThor, the IncredibleHulk (after his one-shot series was canceled) started to guest star in ''Tales to Astonish''. ''Tales of Suspense'' was a sci-fi anthology, and the stories introducing ComicBook/IronMan and reintroducing ComicBook/CaptainAmerica spawned their own titles.

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** Some of this was due to the introduction of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode. MoralGuardians convinced comic publishers to ban horror-related subjects like vampires, ghouls, and the undead, and those titles floundered for awhile, eventually throwing out different subjects and characters to see what would stick, stick. This was easy enough to do do, as many of them were [[AnthologyComic anthology comics]] with 3-4 stories per issue. ''Journey Into Mystery'' started telling the story of ComicBook/TheMightyThor, and the IncredibleHulk (after his one-shot series was canceled) started to guest star in ''Tales to Astonish''. In ''Tales of Suspense'' was a sci-fi anthology, and Suspense'', the stories introducing ComicBook/IronMan and reintroducing ComicBook/CaptainAmerica spawned their own titles.



*** The Guardians of the Galaxy got this treatment ''twice''. First were introduced in Marvel Super Heroes in the late 60s and nothing came of it. A few years later they made guest appearances in ''Marvel Two-In-One'' and ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'' before they got their own book as the stars of ''Marvel Presents''.
* Franchise/ArchieComics tried to salvage their failing 1960s superhero line by using "Mighty Comics" as their "Showcase", featuring such heroes as The Web, The Shield, The Black Hood, and Steel Sterling. It wound up killing the line for about 15 years!
* One StoryArc in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' was a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for "Excelsior", a support group for former teen heroes that ended up getting sent to chase the main characters. It was eventually launched as ''ComicBook/TheLoners'', after it turned out that the trademark on "Excelsior" belonged to Creator/StanLee, who had put out a book about his experiences in comics by that title.
* During the nineties, ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' met during a battle with Hydra a superhero named "Shoc", obviously meant to appear in his own series. It was also pretty obvious who his SecretIdentity was. Fortunately, he was quickly forgotten.

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*** The Guardians of the Galaxy got this treatment ''twice''. First they were introduced in Marvel Super Heroes in the late 60s '60s, and nothing came of it. A few years later they made guest appearances in ''Marvel Two-In-One'' and ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'' before they got their own book as the stars of ''Marvel Presents''.
* Franchise/ArchieComics tried to salvage their failing 1960s superhero line by using "Mighty Comics" as their "Showcase", featuring such heroes as The Web, The Shield, The Black Hood, and Steel Sterling. It wound up killing the line for about 15 years!
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* One StoryArc in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' was is a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for "Excelsior", a support group for former teen heroes that ended up getting sent to chase the main characters. It was eventually launched as ''ComicBook/TheLoners'', after it turned out that the trademark on "Excelsior" belonged to Creator/StanLee, who had put out a book about his experiences in comics by that title.
* During the nineties, ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' met meets during a battle with Hydra a superhero named "Shoc", obviously meant to appear in his own series. It was It's also pretty obvious who his SecretIdentity was. Fortunately, he was quickly forgotten.



* Issue 99 of Gerard Jones's ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run was clearly an attempt to drum up support for a series about the altered children who took over the issue, the Strangebrood. This didn't pan out, and the Strangebrood never showed up again anywhere.

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* Issue 99 of Gerard Jones's ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run was is clearly an attempt to drum up support for a series about the altered children who took over the issue, the Strangebrood. This didn't pan out, and the Strangebrood never showed up again anywhere.



* In 2005, the anthology series ''Franchise/StarWars Tales'' featured two stories taking place in the ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' era. One was issue sized while the other lasted only six pages. Two months after the release of the issue featuring the first story, a ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comic series was announced. It was likely that both ideas were created around the same time, however.

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* In 2005, the anthology series ''Franchise/StarWars Tales'' featured two stories taking place in the ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' era. One was is issue sized while the other lasted lasts only six pages. Two months after the release of the issue featuring the first story, a ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comic series was announced. It was likely that both ideas were created around the same time, however.



* Comicbook/ThePunisher himself had his own pilot in the pages of Comicbook/SpiderMan (man, Spidey is popping up a lot).
* Another famous case is ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. He first popped up in an issue of the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. The creators wanted to use him in other titles but didn't have a clear idea what they wanted to do with the character. They ended up tossing him onto the "ComicBook/XMen", in large part because he had been identified as Canadian and they wanted "international" characters for the new team.
* Chuck Austen's final few issues of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' served as a springboard for the ''[[Comicbook/TheInvaders New Invaders]]''. This was a particularly egregious example, as the finished product read like an Invaders story that just happened to guest star a few of the Avengers.
* The second and third issues of the original ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' series gave one of the flip-sides to ''ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}}'' and Supreme, respectively. The fourth issue featured a prelude to ''ComicBook/{{Pitt}}'', but without the flip-book format.
* The plot for ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' was kicked of in a {{Crossover}} with ''Franchise/GIJoe''.

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* Comicbook/ThePunisher himself had has his own pilot in the pages of Comicbook/SpiderMan (man, Spidey is popping up a lot).
* Another famous case is ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. He first popped up in an issue of the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. The creators wanted to use him in other titles but didn't have a clear idea what they wanted to do with the character. They ended up tossing him onto the "ComicBook/XMen", ComicBook/XMen, in large part because he had been identified as Canadian and they wanted "international" characters for the new team.
* Chuck Austen's final few issues of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' served serve as a springboard for the ''[[Comicbook/TheInvaders New Invaders]]''. This was is a particularly egregious example, as the finished product read reads like an Invaders story that just happened happens to guest star a few of the Avengers.
* The second and third issues of the original ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' series gave give one of the flip-sides to ''ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}}'' and Supreme, respectively. The fourth issue featured features a prelude to ''ComicBook/{{Pitt}}'', but without the flip-book format.
* The plot for ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' was is kicked of off in a {{Crossover}} with ''Franchise/GIJoe''.



* New ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' Annual #2 introduced us to The Vigilante, who got his own comic book the following month.
* The second-to-last ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' storyline by Felicia Henderson was meant to be a backdoor pilot for a new ''Comicbook/{{Static}}'' comic book series. The DC relaunch delayed the series and by the time it launched a year later, it had been retooled to the point that it literally abandoned every bit of set-up introduced in the ''Teen Titans'' arc.
* The ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Comicbook/{{Hardware}} team-up in ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' included an extremely obvious set-up for a new ''Hardware'' solo series.

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* New The ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' Annual #2 introduced introduces us to The Vigilante, who got his own comic book the following month.
* The second-to-last ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' storyline by Felicia Henderson was meant to be a backdoor pilot for a new ''Comicbook/{{Static}}'' comic book series. The DC relaunch delayed the series series, and by the time it launched a year later, it had been retooled to the point that it literally abandoned every bit of set-up introduced in the ''Teen Titans'' arc.
* The ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Comicbook/{{Hardware}} team-up in ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' included includes an extremely obvious set-up for a new ''Hardware'' solo series.



* The ninth issue of the original ''Comicbook/WhatIf'' series was probably intended to be this for a series starring the various heroes from Marvel's 1950s comics. Which did happen, albeit 30 years later, with ''Comicbook/AgentsOfAtlas''. A much later issue of ''What If'' was the basis for the entire ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2'' universe and ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl''.
* ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' had a story arc where Sam met Justice and Speedball, two of the washed-up former members of the New Warriors. Around the same time, ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan Team-Up'' featured an arc where Otto encountered a new heroine named Sun Girl. The characters involved soon met and teamed up for the Comicbook/MarvelNOW relaunch of ''ComicBook/NewWarriors''.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' #358 (August, 1998) was a spotlight issue for the OddCouple of Bishop and Deathbird, established earlier, with them gaining a new ally and getting involved in a struggle against another version of TheEmpire in space. The issue is often commented on, in retrospect, as seeming to serve as a pilot or sales pitch for a SpaceOpera series or storyline, but if so the plans never materialized.
* The crossover between ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' and Creator/ImageComics served as a pilot episode for writer Ken Penders' incredibly short-lived, creator-owned ''ComicBook/TheLostOnes'' series.
* The final arc of ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' featured a team-up between Spidey (Miles), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and Bombshell. This same group appeared in the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: Ultimate Spider-Man'' mini-series before being spun-off in their own book as the ''All-New [[TheUltimates Ultimates]]''.
* Early 00's CrisisCrossover MaximumSecurity was clearly an attempted launching pad for a few concepts, including a cosmic Avengers team and former stand-in Captain America US Agent. Agent did get his own series, but it was short lived.

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* The ninth issue of the original ''Comicbook/WhatIf'' series was probably intended to be this for a series starring the various heroes from Marvel's 1950s comics. Which did happen, albeit 30 years later, with ''Comicbook/AgentsOfAtlas''. A much later issue of ''What If'' was is the basis for the entire ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2'' universe and ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl''.
* ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' had has a story arc where Sam met meets Justice and Speedball, two of the washed-up former members of the New Warriors. Around the same time, ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan Team-Up'' featured features an arc where Otto encountered encounters a new heroine named Sun Girl. The characters involved soon met later meet and teamed team up for the Comicbook/MarvelNOW relaunch of ''ComicBook/NewWarriors''.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' #358 (August, (August 1998) was is a spotlight issue for the OddCouple of Bishop and Deathbird, established earlier, with them gaining a new ally and getting involved in a struggle against another version of TheEmpire in space. The issue is often commented on, in retrospect, as seeming to serve as a pilot or sales pitch for a SpaceOpera series or storyline, but if so the plans never materialized.
* The crossover between ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' and Creator/ImageComics served serves as a pilot episode for writer Ken Penders' incredibly short-lived, creator-owned ''ComicBook/TheLostOnes'' series.
* The final arc of ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' featured features a team-up between Spidey (Miles), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and Bombshell. This same group appeared appears in the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: Ultimate Spider-Man'' mini-series before being spun-off in their own book as the ''All-New [[TheUltimates Ultimates]]''.
* Early 00's CrisisCrossover MaximumSecurity was is clearly an attempted launching pad for a few concepts, including a cosmic Avengers team and former stand-in Captain America US Agent. Agent did get his own series, but it was short lived.



* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Another Ibáñez character, Tete Cohete, was introduced in a Mortadelo comic of the same title.

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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Another Ibáñez character, Tete Cohete, was is introduced in a Mortadelo ''Mortadelo'' comic of the same title.name.



* Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000's crossover with Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan was meant to be this, as the latter story was in the midst of being written as part of NaNoWriMo.

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* Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000's ''Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000''[='s=] crossover with Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan ''Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan'' was meant to be this, as the latter story was in the midst of being written as part of NaNoWriMo.UsefulNotes/NaNoWriMo.



* A large chunk of the plot in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', such as Harry Osborn's transformation into the Green Goblin and subsequent meeting with Gustav Fiers in TheStinger, was clearly meant to set up the Film/SinisterSix movie.
* Yes, this happens in film. ''Film/BladeTrinity'' was partially intended as a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler's "Nightstalker" characters. It didn't work out.
* Similarly, the ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has been stated to be a testing bed for films based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and {{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, Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement (and TheStinger with him) was 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'' left its version of Deadpool salvageable (with the brainwashing apparently undone in the end, he was free to put on a mask and act like the Wade from the scenes people ''liked'' while having the comics' version of the face behind the mask), the ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' film ended up being a complete ContinuityReboot that was 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 was depicted in ''Origins''[[/note]]).
** Years later, there were plans to have a new version of Gambit (played by Creator/ChanningTatum) appear in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' to set him up for his own spin-off. The solo ''Gambit'' movie is still happening, but the planned appearance in ''Apocalypse'' was nixed.
* And Marvel seems to like this a lot, because their first five films of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse were meant to collectively lead into an ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' [[Film/TheAvengers2012 film]].
** ''Film/IronMan2'' in particular received a ''lot'' of ExecutiveMeddling to make it set up ''Avengers'', with ComicBook/NickFury and Comicbook/BlackWidow's roles in the plot being a good example of this. JonFavreau was so frustrated by this that he refused to direct ''Film/IronMan3''.

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* A large chunk of the plot in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', such as Harry Osborn's transformation into the Green Goblin and subsequent meeting with Gustav Fiers in TheStinger, was clearly meant to set up the Film/SinisterSix ''Film/SinisterSix'' movie.
* Yes, this happens in film. ''Film/BladeTrinity'' was partially intended as a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler's "Nightstalker" characters. It didn't work out.
* Similarly, the ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has been stated to be a testing bed for films based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and {{Deadpool}}.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, Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson from ''before'' his disfigurement (and TheStinger with him) was 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'' left leaves its version of Deadpool salvageable (with the brainwashing apparently undone in the end, he was he's free to put on a mask and act like the Wade from the scenes people ''liked'' ''like'' while having the comics' version of the face behind the mask), the ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' film ended up being a complete ContinuityReboot that was 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 was what's depicted in ''Origins''[[/note]]).
** Years later, there were plans to have a new version of Gambit (played by Creator/ChanningTatum) appear in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' to set him up for his own spin-off. The solo ''Gambit'' movie is still happening, was greenlit, but the planned appearance in ''Apocalypse'' was nixed.
* And Marvel seems to like this a lot, because their first five films of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse were meant to collectively lead into an ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' [[Film/TheAvengers2012 film]].
** ''Film/IronMan2'' in particular received a ''lot'' of ExecutiveMeddling to make it set up ''Avengers'', with ComicBook/NickFury and Comicbook/BlackWidow's roles in the plot being a good example of this. JonFavreau Creator/JonFavreau was so frustrated by this that he refused to direct ''Film/IronMan3''.



** A big criticism of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is that significant chunks of the movie rather blatantly existed to set up ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' and the above-mentioned ''Film/BlackPanther'' movie.

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** A big criticism of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is that significant chunks of the movie rather blatantly existed exist to set up ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' and the above-mentioned ''Film/BlackPanther'' movie.



* WonderWoman made her cinematic debut in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' in order to set up a solo ''[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Wonder Woman]]'' movie starring the same actress. The other members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica all appeared in cameos to set up the upcoming ''Film/JusticeLeague'' movie, with some critics likening the cameo sequence to a trailer within the movie.

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* WonderWoman made makes her cinematic debut in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' in order to set up a solo ''[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Wonder Woman]]'' movie starring the same actress. The other members of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica all appeared appear in cameos to set up the upcoming ''Film/JusticeLeague'' movie, with some critics likening the cameo sequence to a trailer within the movie.



* You wouldn't think this could happen in book form, but it has. Literature/NancyDrew Files #39: ''The Suspect Next Door'' focused heavily on Nancy's neighbor, a girl named Nikki Masters. Not too long after, Nikki got her own spin-off, a romance series called ''River Heights''. It lasted about 16 issues before getting run off the face of the earth and is largely forgotten now.
* ''Rinkitink in Oz'' is a book in the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series of books]] that was originally written as a standalone fantasy novel in the land of Pilgaree. It didn't get published in that form, but eventually, Creator/LFrankBaum changed it into an Oz book just by putting in what amounted to a gratuitous {{Crossover}} with some Oz characters. Mind you, at this point in his career, Baum was finding that [[FranchiseZombie whether he liked it or not, his books could only be commercially successful if they were Oz books]].
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}''. [[spoiler: A large cast of new characters, aptly named the Axillary Animorphs, were introduced into the series near the climax. One would think this would mean shoehorning them into getting a spinoff right? Nope, they were all unceremoniously killed off.]]

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* You wouldn't think this could happen in book form, but it has. Literature/NancyDrew Files #39: ''The Suspect Next Door'' focused focuses heavily on Nancy's neighbor, a girl named Nikki Masters. Not too long after, Nikki got her own spin-off, a romance series called ''River Heights''. It lasted about 16 issues before getting run off the face of the earth and is largely forgotten now.
* ''Rinkitink in Oz'' is a book in the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series of books]] that was originally written as a standalone fantasy novel in the land of Pilgaree. It didn't get published in that form, but eventually, Creator/LFrankBaum changed it into an Oz book just by putting in what amounted amounts to a gratuitous {{Crossover}} with some Oz characters. Mind you, at this point in his career, Baum was finding that [[FranchiseZombie whether he liked it or not, his books could only be commercially successful if they were Oz books]].
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}''. [[spoiler: A large cast of new characters, aptly named the Axillary Animorphs, were are introduced into the series near the climax. One would think this would mean shoehorning them into getting a spinoff spinoff, right? Nope, they were they're all unceremoniously killed off.]]



* Wrestling/{{WWE}} did something like this shortly after acquiring Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 2001, trying to test the waters for a separate WWE-run WCW show during a ''Monday Night Raw'' episode emanating from Tacoma, WA. They covered the ring in WCW logos, replaced their own commentators with Arn Anderson and Scott Hudson, and had Buff Bagwell and Booker T wrestle a match on July 2. Unfortunately the crowd hated this so the whole thing was thrown under the bus quickly (the infamous "Invasion" angle was what was spawned from the failure of using WCW as an entirely separate entity).
* WCW themselves took a swing at this in late 1997 when the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder "took over" ''Monday Nitro'' on Dec. 22, running it as "''[=nWo=] Monday Nitro''" complete with set changes and a modified ''Nitro'' logo with the [=nWo=] logo in place of WCW's. While on the surface this looked like just another typical [=nWo=] angle, it was actually meant to be a test to see if they could maintain a solid audience with an [=nWo=]-focused show as the following year, WCW was planning to roll out ''Thunder'' as a secondary program and had originally hoped to run ''Thunder'' as the WCW program and turn ''Nitro'' into a standalone [=nWo=] show. However there was not enough audience interest and the time they took to restructure the show around the [=nWo=] was not seen as worthwhile so the idea did not go any further than this one episode.

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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} did something like this shortly after acquiring Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 2001, trying to test the waters for a separate WWE-run WCW show during a ''Monday Night Raw'' episode emanating from Tacoma, WA. They covered the ring in WCW logos, replaced their own commentators with Arn Anderson and Scott Hudson, and had Buff Bagwell and Booker T wrestle a match on July 2. Unfortunately the crowd hated this this, so the whole thing was thrown under the bus quickly (the infamous "Invasion" angle was is what was spawned from the failure of using WCW as an entirely separate entity).
* WCW themselves took a swing at this in late 1997 when the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder "took over" ''Monday Nitro'' on Dec. 22, running it as "''[=nWo=] Monday Nitro''" Nitro''", complete with set changes and a modified ''Nitro'' logo with the [=nWo=] logo in place of WCW's. While on the surface this looked like just another typical [=nWo=] angle, it was actually meant to be a test to see if they could maintain a solid audience with an [=nWo=]-focused show show, as the following year, WCW was planning to roll out ''Thunder'' as a secondary program the following year, and had originally hoped to run ''Thunder'' as the WCW program and turn ''Nitro'' into a standalone [=nWo=] show. However However. there was not wasn't enough audience interest interestm and the time they took to restructure the show around the [=nWo=] was not wasn't seen as worthwhile worthwhile, so the idea did not didn't go any further than this one episode.



* The nightmare minigame in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was a tech demo for an original game that was being developed by the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' team titled ''Guy Savage''. However, ''Guy Savage'' was canceled and the minigame was removed in later versions of ''[=MGS3=]''.

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* The nightmare minigame in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was is a tech demo for an original game that was being developed by the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' team titled ''Guy Savage''. However, ''Guy Savage'' was canceled and the minigame was removed in later versions of ''[=MGS3=]''.



** Similar to the ''Wario Land'' example, Yoshi's first major starring game was titled ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]'' despite being a ''prequel'' to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and all the other ''Mario'' games. Also similar to ''Wario Land'', the ''Super Mario World'' part was dropped for all subsequent ''Yoshi'' games.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' featured several mini levels where you controlled Captain Toad, who couldn't jump, in a more puzzle-oriented environment. Flash forward to E3 2014, and Nintendo announces ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', an ''entire game'' starring the titular character and based around these kind of levels.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne's'' bonus campaign "The Founding of Durotar", with its shift from RTS to RPG gameplay, was a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The quest driven nature was rare for {{MMORPG}}s at the time, but was planned as a major feature of ''World of Warcraft'', and the campaign even features the Resurrection Stones that were originally going to be in ''World of Warcraft'' before the death system was revamped (the stones would ultimately become Meeting Stones).

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** Similar to the ''Wario Land'' example, Yoshi's first major starring game was is titled ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]'' despite being a ''prequel'' to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and all the other ''Mario'' games. Also similar to ''Wario Land'', the ''Super Mario World'' part was dropped for all subsequent ''Yoshi'' games.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' featured features several mini levels where you controlled control Captain Toad, who couldn't can't jump, in a more puzzle-oriented environment. Flash forward to E3 2014, and Nintendo announces ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', an ''entire game'' starring the titular eponymous character and based around these kind of levels.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne's'' bonus campaign "The Founding of Durotar", with its shift from RTS to RPG gameplay, was is a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The quest driven quest-driven nature was rare for {{MMORPG}}s at the time, but was planned as a major feature of ''World of Warcraft'', and the campaign even features the Resurrection Stones that were originally going to be in ''World of Warcraft'' before the death system was revamped (the stones would ultimately become Meeting Stones).



* Although Creator/TCampbell has never said so outright, the ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' arc "The New Reality" appears to have been in part a trial run for a spin-off set in Hollywood and focusing on Sara (like the arc itself). In late 2010, Campbell held an [=eBay=] auction for the privilege of having a character named after the highest bidder, in a new webcomic to be launched the following year. The listing stated that names which appeared in the ''Penny and Aggie'' cast page would be ineligible, as would the names "Lucy, Hilary or Martin," three of the characters from "The New Reality" arc. In the end, Campbell followed ''P&A'' with an entirely different spin-off, ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', which starred Sara and Lisa as college roommates.

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* Although Creator/TCampbell has never said so outright, the ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' arc "The New Reality" appears to have been in part a trial run for a spin-off set in Hollywood and focusing on Sara (like the arc itself). In late 2010, Campbell held an [=eBay=] auction for the privilege of having a character named after the highest bidder, in a new webcomic to be launched the following year. The listing stated that names which appeared in the ''Penny and Aggie'' cast page would be ineligible, as would the names "Lucy, Hilary or Martin," three of the characters from "The New Reality" arc. In the end, Campbell followed ''P&A'' with an entirely different spin-off, ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', which starred stars Sara and Lisa as college roommates.



* The third episode of the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses 2013 anniversary special ''WebVideo/TheUncannyValley'' titled "The Reviewers" was actually the pilot episode of a [[WebVideo/TheReviewers potential new series]], which was picked up a year later.
* Ethan originally intended Webvideo/TheDoubleAgent to be about reviewing other reviewers and also about random topics (as his first episode is about the worst candies in Halloween) after he left his first show Webvideo/WorstMusicOfTheYear behind, but he slowly warmed up talking about music again.

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* The third episode of the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses 2013 anniversary special ''WebVideo/TheUncannyValley'' ''WebVideo/TheUncannyValley'', titled "The Reviewers" was Reviewers", is actually the pilot episode of a [[WebVideo/TheReviewers potential new series]], which was picked up a year later.
* Ethan originally intended Webvideo/TheDoubleAgent to be about reviewing other reviewers and also about random topics (as his first episode is about the worst candies in Halloween) worse types of Halloween candy) after he left his first show Webvideo/WorstMusicOfTheYear behind, but he slowly warmed up to talking about music again.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' featured a {{Crossover}} with ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou'', introducing Gunther as Erma's brother in law. The episode quickly focuses on the officers trying to find a missing kid, with the Boyles shoved into the background.
** ''Wait Till Your Father Gets Home'' was one of two animated segments of ''LoveAmericanStyle'' prepared as potential pilots (this was titled "Love And The Old Fashioned Father"). The second, ''Melvin Danger'' (as "Love And The Detective"), did not get past its initial airing on ''Style''.
* The WesternAnimation/AndyPanda short "Knock Knock" was in actuality a vehicle short for Creator/WalterLantz's intended new star WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, with the bird getting much more screentime than Andy and his poppa.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had "Pendragon", which ended with a resurrected King Arthur heading out to wander the world in search of Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. This was in fact a Poorly Disguised Pilot for a show that never came to fruition.
** The World Tour arc was rife with these. There was "The New Olympians", a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for... ''The New Olympians''. "Sentinel" was a more subtle predecessor to ''Gargoyles 2198''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the creator's "ramble" on the episode:

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' featured features a {{Crossover}} with ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou'', introducing Gunther as Erma's brother in law. The episode quickly focuses on the officers trying to find a missing kid, with the Boyles shoved into the background.
** ''Wait Till Your Father Gets Home'' was is one of two animated segments of ''LoveAmericanStyle'' ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'' prepared as potential pilots (this was titled "Love And The Old Fashioned Father"). The second, ''Melvin Danger'' (as "Love And The Detective"), did not didn't get past its initial airing on ''Style''.
* The WesternAnimation/AndyPanda short "Knock Knock" was is in actuality a vehicle short for Creator/WalterLantz's intended new star WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, with the bird getting much more screentime than Andy and his poppa.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had has "Pendragon", which ended ends with a resurrected King Arthur heading out to wander the world in search of Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. This was is in fact a Poorly Disguised Pilot for a show that never came to fruition.
** The World Tour arc was is rife with these. There was There's "The New Olympians", a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for... ''The New Olympians''. "Sentinel" was is a more subtle predecessor to ''Gargoyles 2198''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the creator's "ramble" on the episode:



* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'''s sixth series pushed the engines into the background, to focus on a group of construction vehicles called Jack and the Pack. The proposed series was not picked up, but 13 episodes were filmed and a few years later went straight-to-video (albeit with the titles altered to make it seem Thomas and Percy were the stars of most episodes).
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', "Comedy Cowboys", used its full half-hour length to introduce a bevy of new characters (Honcho, The Mysterious Maverick and Posse Impossible) all evidently itching to get their own cartoon. (Only one, ''Posse Impossible'', succeeded when it appeared on ''WesternAnimation/CBBears''.) Lampshaded in that Phooey does hardly anything in the episode, as they point out at the end.

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* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'''s sixth series pushed push the engines into the background, to focus on a group of construction vehicles called Jack and the Pack. The proposed series was not picked up, but 13 episodes were filmed and a few years later went straight-to-video (albeit with the titles altered to make it seem Thomas and Percy were are the stars of most episodes).
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', "Comedy Cowboys", used uses its full half-hour length to introduce a bevy of new characters (Honcho, The Mysterious Maverick and Posse Impossible) Impossible), all evidently itching to get their own cartoon. (Only one, ''Posse Impossible'', succeeded when it appeared on ''WesternAnimation/CBBears''.) Lampshaded in that Phooey does hardly anything in the episode, as they point out at the end.



* The episode "The Fear" from ''The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians'' is acknowledged by its writers as having been intended to lead into a solo ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' series. And in a way, it eventually did, since it was written by Alan Burnett, who went on to produce ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.

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* The episode "The Fear" from ''The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians'' is acknowledged by its writers as having been intended to lead into a solo ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' series. And in a way, it eventually did, since it was it's written by Alan Burnett, who went on to produce ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.



** The episode where Suzie celebrates Kwanza with her family was meant to be this, as it was planned to have a spin-off featuring Suzie and her family. It never materialized.
* Parodied in the DVDCommentary of the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Western Air Temple", where they joked that Haru, Teo, and the Duke messing around in the temple was one of these for a spin-off called ''The Last Street Luger'' with a lost pilot episode that consisted of [[LeaveTheCameraRunning 22 minutes of Teo riding around in his wheel-chair while passing various kinds of plants]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E2122ShortFilmsAboutSpringfield 22 Short Films About Springfield]]" was a backdoor pilot for a Simpsons spinoff called "Tales from Springfield" [[ADayInTheLimelight that would showcase the lives of every character on the show who wasn't a member of The Simpson family.]] But the crew decided it would be too much work and the idea was abandoned.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had an episode in their fifth season that was an episode of the ShowWithinAShow ''Crash Nebula'', where main characters Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are on screen for barely a minute. It was actually a pilot for a proposed spin-off, but plans never got off the ground.
* There was a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' called "Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century", which was clearly designed as a backdoor pilot for a potential new series that never entered production because {{Creator/Filmation}} had fallen upon hard times by this point (''Bravestarr'' ultimately went on to become Filmation's final, fully produced series). This bore no relation to the later Creator/DICEntertainment series ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'', which like the two part episode in question, was set in "New London" (''Bravestarr'' was set on the planet of "New Texas").
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had a "Postcards from Buster" special, a while before the series.

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** The episode where Suzie celebrates Kwanza Kwanzaa with her family was meant to be this, as it was planned to have a spin-off featuring focusing on Suzie and her family. It never materialized.
* Parodied in the DVDCommentary of the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Western Air Temple", where they joked joke that Haru, Teo, and the Duke messing around in the temple was is one of these for a spin-off called ''The Last Street Luger'' with a lost pilot episode that consisted consists of [[LeaveTheCameraRunning 22 minutes of Teo riding around in his wheel-chair while passing various kinds of plants]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E2122ShortFilmsAboutSpringfield 22 Short Films About Springfield]]" was is a backdoor pilot for a Simpsons spinoff called "Tales from Springfield" Springfield", [[ADayInTheLimelight that which would showcase the lives of every character on the show who wasn't a member of The Simpson family.]] But the The crew decided it would be too much work work, and the idea was abandoned.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had has an episode in their fifth season that was that's an episode of the ShowWithinAShow ''Crash Nebula'', where main characters Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are on screen for barely a minute. It was It's actually a pilot for a proposed spin-off, but plans never got off the ground.
* There was There's a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' called "Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century", which was is clearly designed as a backdoor pilot for a potential new series that never entered production because {{Creator/Filmation}} Creator/{{Filmation}} had fallen upon hard times by this point (''Bravestarr'' ultimately went on to become Filmation's final, fully produced series). This bore bears no relation to the later Creator/DICEntertainment series ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'', which which, like the two part two-part episode in question, was is set in "New London" (''Bravestarr'' was is set on the planet of "New Texas").
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had a "Postcards from Buster" special, special a while before the series.series started.



** "vs The Big One": Notice all the named characters introduced, including one whose name (or rather, a viewer-friendly anagram of his name) is shouted by [=SpongeBob=] every time he appears. Note the utter absence of the show's usual humor style. Note the fact that [=SpongeBob=] and the gang didn't act out of character so much as they acted without character. There could have been anybody standing in for them, and everything would have played out the same way.

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** "vs "vs. The Big One": Notice all the named characters introduced, including one whose name (or rather, a viewer-friendly anagram of his name) is shouted by [=SpongeBob=] every time he appears. Note the utter absence of the show's usual humor style. style of humor. Note the fact that [=SpongeBob=] and the gang didn't don't act out of character so much as they acted without character. There act ''without'' character, like blank slates that could have been anybody standing in for them, and any character from any show, with everything would have played playing out the same way.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' did an episode where the heroes meet a male and female pair of younger adventurers; it was likely an example of this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' did an episode where the heroes meet a male and female pair of younger adventurers; it was it's likely an example of this trope.



** The episode where Uncle Scrooge becomes the crime fighting "Masked Mallard". Originally just a one shot story, the fans and writers liked it so much they started coming up with ideas for a sequel episode. Then finally deciding there were just too many good ideas that they wanted to do and created ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
** The episode "Double-O-Duck" where Launchpad gets mistaken for a James Bond-style secret agent seemed to be the set up for a spin off, though the Film/JamesBond right-holders weren't too thrilled with the "Double-O" part. F.O.W.L. ('''F'''iendish '''O'''rganization for '''W'''old '''L'''arceny), introduced in the episode, became the main villains for Darkwing Duck.

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** The episode where Uncle Scrooge becomes the crime fighting "Masked Mallard". Originally It wasn't originally intended to be one, just a one shot story, the but fans and writers liked it so much they started coming up with ideas for a sequel episode. Then They finally deciding decided there were just too many good ideas that they wanted to do and created ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
** The episode "Double-O-Duck" "Double-O-Duck", where Launchpad gets mistaken for a James Bond-style secret agent seemed agent, seems to be the set up for a spin off, though the Film/JamesBond right-holders weren't too thrilled with the "Double-O" part. F.O.W.L. ('''F'''iendish '''O'''rganization for '''W'''old '''L'''arceny), introduced in the episode, became the main villains for Darkwing Duck.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' was rife with crossovers with the rest of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, and [[WordOfGod the writers]] have since revealed that the two-parter with Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} was meant to launch another series, which ended up not being made. Also the last episode of season 4 really seems like they were trying start a Prowler TV spinoff.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends]]'' also featured various episodes where the PowerTrio would encounter several other Marvel heroes, including the Franchise/XMen. Notably, Wolverine used the same Australian accent he used on the later "Pryde of the X-Men" pilot, even though he's Canadian.
** It was meant to be a backdoor pilot for an X-Men show that never got off the ground, but strangely enough, [[WolverinePublicity did not include Wolverine]]. It would've had Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, ComicBook/{{Storm}}, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and ComicBook/MsMarvel ([[AdaptationNameChange renamed]] "Lady Lightning") as [[HighSchoolAU teenagers attending a public high school]] rather than the Xavier Institute.
*** The idea was finally successfully used in 2000's ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' was is rife with crossovers with the rest of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, and [[WordOfGod the writers]] have since revealed that the two-parter with Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} was meant to launch another series, which ended up not being made. Also the last episode of season 4 really seems like they were trying start a Prowler TV spinoff.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends]]'' '[WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' also featured features various episodes where the PowerTrio would encounter encounters several other Marvel heroes, including the Franchise/XMen. Notably, Wolverine used uses the same Australian accent he used uses on the later "Pryde of the X-Men" pilot, even though he's Canadian.
** It was meant to be a backdoor pilot for an X-Men show that never got off the ground, but strangely enough, [[WolverinePublicity did not include Wolverine]]. It would've had Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}, ComicBook/{{Storm}}, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and ComicBook/MsMarvel ([[AdaptationNameChange renamed]] "Lady Lightning") as [[HighSchoolAU teenagers attending a public high school]] rather than the Xavier Institute.
***
Institute. The idea was finally successfully used in 2000's ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.



* The ([[InNameOnly alleged]]) ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' short ''[[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} Popeye The Sailor]]''. While Betty was in the cartoon for about 30 seconds, a certain one-eyed sailor took up most of the screentime, and then got his own cartoon series.

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* The ([[InNameOnly alleged]]) ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' short ''[[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} Popeye The Sailor]]''. While Betty was is in the cartoon for about 30 seconds, a certain one-eyed sailor took takes up most of the screentime, and then got his own cartoon series.



** "Plane Dumb" feels like a prototype for the two Van Beuren Amos n Andy shorts, since the bulk of the cartoon has Tom & Jerry disguised in blackface makeup and acting like Amos N Andy, even talking a lot, something they almost never did in previous shorts.
* The "[[ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit Adventures of Sir Johan and Peewit]]" episodes in Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' came off as this. This is the opposite of the original French language comic where the Smurfs originally appeared in the ''Johan et Pirlouit'' album ''La Flute à Six Schtroumpfs'' ("The Six Smurf Flute") before getting their own series. This also explains why the Smurfs take so long to turn up in the movie ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'' (based on the aforementioned album).

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** "Plane Dumb" feels like a prototype for the two Van Beuren Amos n 'n' Andy shorts, since the bulk of the cartoon has Tom & Jerry disguised in blackface makeup and acting like Amos N Andy, 'n' Andy. They even talking a lot, something talk, often--something they almost never did do in previous shorts.
* The "[[ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit Adventures of Sir Johan and Peewit]]" episodes in Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' came come off as this. This is the opposite of the original French language comic comic, where the Smurfs originally appeared in the ''Johan et Pirlouit'' album ''La Flute à Six Schtroumpfs'' ("The Six Smurf Flute") before getting their own series. This also explains why the Smurfs take so long to turn up in the movie ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'' (based on the aforementioned album).



* ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'': Despite being labeled as a MickeyMouse short, this is actually one of the first WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts to focus almost entirely on WesternAnimation/{{Pluto|thePup}}.

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* ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'': Despite ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'', despite being labeled as a MickeyMouse short, this is actually one of the first WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts to focus almost entirely on WesternAnimation/{{Pluto|thePup}}.



** The GrandFinale BigDamnMovie "Underfist" 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 the special again for years afterward.
** When the show was still known as "Grim & Evil," and featured ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' shorts, one episode featured the character Max Courage and his family in what was apparently intended to be the pilot for a spin-off that never materialized.
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'' had an episode featuring Ming-Ming visiting a cousin of hers that was a poorly disguised pilot for a possible spin-off series with Ming-Ming as the lead character, but said spin-off was never made.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focused on how they were doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes gave Gwen a new superhero identity (Lucky Girl, a revamp of an old alias from the original series), supporting cast members like Professor Xagliv and a [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Hex, stuck [[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 immensley popular]]), though it hasn't happened yet.

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** The GrandFinale BigDamnMovie "Underfist" relegated 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.
** When the show was still known as "Grim & Evil," and featured ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' shorts, one episode featured features the character Max Courage and his family in what was apparently intended to be the pilot for a spin-off that never materialized.
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'' had has an episode featuring Ming-Ming visiting a cousin of hers that was is a poorly disguised pilot for a possible spin-off series with Ming-Ming as the lead character, but said spin-off was never made.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' put the characters of Gwen and Kevin [[PutOnABus on a bus]], but three episodes focused focus on how they were they're doing at Gwen's college. Those episodes gave 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, stuck 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 immensley immensely popular]]), though it hasn't happened yet.



** Two episodes of the series focused on Elmyra's previously unseen and unmentioned family. The first one introduced us to Mr. Skullhead, as the subject of Elmyra's imaginary TV show. He went on to become a recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Although the episodes never got picked up for a series, Elmyra did eventually end up starring in [[WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain another show]], which her family (and even Furrball) got left out of.
** "The Return of Batduck", which was a homage and tie-in to the 1992 Tim Burton film, ''Film/BatmanReturns'', was a pilot for the short-lived spin-off, ''The Plucky Duck Show'', which otherwise wound up airing only as a package of previously-aired Plucky Duck cartoons from ''Tiny Toons'' (though some shorts aired on ''The Plucky Duck Show'' first).
** "Fields of Honey" and "Two-Tone Town" were also suspected of being this; the latter even lampshades the show's eventual replacement (with "ACME Oop!", a.k.a ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'').
* Speaking of ''Animaniacs'', "Spellbound" gave WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain a full half-hour story before getting their own show.
* ''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 was 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' had "In Brightest Day", an episode that focused primarily on the origin of Franchise/GreenLantern, and did a pretty good job of establishing his mythology and arch-enemy Sinestro. Superman was 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, the main Lantern was John Stewart. This episode remains Kyle Rayner's ''only'' animated appearance, if we don't count a few tiny cameos in ''JLU.''

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** Two episodes of the series focused focus on Elmyra's previously unseen and unmentioned family. The first one introduced introduces us to Mr. Skullhead, as the subject of Elmyra's imaginary TV show. He went on to become a recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Although the episodes never got picked up for a series, Elmyra did eventually end up starring in [[WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain another show]], which her family (and even Furrball) got are left out of.
** "The Return of Batduck", which was is a homage and tie-in to the 1992 Tim Burton film, ''Film/BatmanReturns'', was is a pilot for the short-lived spin-off, ''The Plucky Duck Show'', which otherwise wound up airing only as a package of previously-aired Plucky Duck cartoons from ''Tiny Toons'' (though some shorts aired on ''The Plucky Duck Show'' first).
** "Fields of Honey" and "Two-Tone Town" were are also suspected of being this; the latter even lampshades the show's eventual replacement (with "ACME Oop!", a.k.a ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'').
* Speaking of ''Animaniacs'', "Spellbound" gave gives WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain a full half-hour story before getting their own show.
* ''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 was 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' had has "In Brightest Day", an episode that focused focuses primarily on the origin of Franchise/GreenLantern, and did does a pretty good job of establishing his mythology and arch-enemy Sinestro. Superman was 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, the main Lantern was is John Stewart. This episode remains Kyle Rayner's ''only'' animated appearance, if we don't count a few tiny cameos in ''JLU.''



* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' has an example that's like an odd cross between this and a ReTool. It introduced a trio of evil velociraptor-like aliens from outer space in "Ancient Sharkonauts," and introduced their counterparts, the heroic Dino Vengers, in the following episode, "Sharkotic Reaction." The dinosaurs then proceeded to stick around for the next six episodes, which, as it turns out, were the FINAL six episodes of the series. The opening title sequence even changed to call the show ''Dino Vengers Featuring Street Sharks'' in the original airings. This resulted in the Dino Vengers and raptors, heavily retooled and having cut continuity with ''Street Sharks'', getting their own show the next year: ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' had Sofia rescue a princess named Elena. Sure enough, ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' made it to television screens later that year, making this one of the most successful examples of this trope in the recent past.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' has an example that's like an odd cross between this and a ReTool. It introduced introduces a trio of evil velociraptor-like aliens from outer space in "Ancient Sharkonauts," and introduced introduces their counterparts, the heroic Dino Vengers, in the following episode, "Sharkotic Reaction." The dinosaurs then proceeded proceed to stick around for the next six episodes, which, as it turns turned out, were are the FINAL six episodes of the series. The opening title sequence even changed to call the show ''Dino Vengers Featuring Street Sharks'' in the original airings. This resulted in the Dino Vengers and raptors, heavily retooled and having cut continuity with ''Street Sharks'', getting their own show the next year: ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' had has Sofia rescue a princess named Elena. Sure enough, ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' made it to television screens later that year, making this one of the most successful examples of this trope in the recent past.trope.
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* The ''[[{{VideoGame/Skylanders}} Skylanders Academy]]'' episode "Crash Landing" features VideoGame/CrashBandicoot as a special guest star. Here, he is SuddenlyVoiced, much more intelligent than normal, and everyone thinks he's extremely cool, especially Spyro, who begins trying to mimic him and essentially becomes his FanBoy. The idea of Crash getting his own show is outright lampshaded in the episode itself.

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* The ''[[{{VideoGame/Skylanders}} Skylanders Academy]]'' ''WesternAnimation/SkylandersAcademy'' episode "Crash Landing" features VideoGame/CrashBandicoot as a special guest star. Here, he is SuddenlyVoiced, much more intelligent than normal, and everyone thinks he's extremely cool, especially Spyro, who begins trying to mimic him and essentially becomes his FanBoy. The idea of Crash getting his own show is outright lampshaded in the episode itself.
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