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23rd May '16 5:02:49 PM MarkLungo
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
*** They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later his Eevee was revealed to have evolved into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the sequel.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
*** They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', the RecursiveAdaptation ''Pokémon Yellow'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later his Eevee was revealed to have evolved into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the sequel.



*** In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player only fights one. In the anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the first gym and ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' handled the first gym the same, but for the last gym it made Drayden the leader while Iris was a later opponent during the Pokémon League finals, foreshadowing how she has become League Champion in the sequel.

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*** In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player only fights one. In the anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the first gym and ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' handled the first gym the same, but for the last gym it made Drayden the leader while Iris was a later opponent during the Pokémon League finals, foreshadowing how she has become League Champion in the sequel.



* The VideoGame/{{Fallout}} games allow players to be male or female, any race they choose, and a bunch of other customization features as rudimentary as nose size. How could boxart get all of this represented at once? It doesn't; instead opting for pictures of an undefined character in power armor.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf: The Apocalypse]] - Heart of Gaia'', an abortive video-game translation of the pen and paper RPG, had the main character as a redeemed [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Black Spiral Dancer]], thus avoiding using any of the main tribes in the game.
* The Videogame/DeusEx series is an extremely interesting case. The first game (set in 2052) features 3 different endings. The [[Videogame/DeusExInvisibleWar sequel]] (set in 2072) states that all 3 essentially endings happened. The prequel, Videogame/DeusExHumanRevolution, (set in 2027) is an inversion, as it features 4 different endings, all of which could plausibly lead to the events of the original game. However, Human Revolution is getting a [[Videogame/DeusExMankindDivided sequel]] (set in 2029), and the announcement for it stated that *none* of Human Revolution's endings are canon.

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* The VideoGame/{{Fallout}} ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games allow players to be male or female, any race they choose, and a bunch of other customization features as rudimentary as nose size. How could boxart get all of this represented at once? It doesn't; instead opting for pictures of an undefined character in power armor.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf: The Apocalypse]] ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse - Heart of Gaia'', an abortive video-game translation of the pen and paper RPG, had the main character as a redeemed [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Black Spiral Dancer]], thus avoiding using any of the main tribes in the game.
* The Videogame/DeusEx ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' series is an extremely interesting case. The first game (set in 2052) features 3 different endings. The [[Videogame/DeusExInvisibleWar [[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar sequel]] (set in 2072) states that all 3 endings essentially endings happened. The prequel, Videogame/DeusExHumanRevolution, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' (set in 2027) 2027), is an inversion, as it features 4 different endings, all of which could plausibly lead to the events of the original game. However, Human Revolution is getting a [[Videogame/DeusExMankindDivided [[VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided sequel]] (set in 2029), and the announcement for it stated that *none* ''none'' of Human Revolution's ''Human Revolution'''s endings are canon.



* It's amazing the EpilepticTrees that have come from trying to figure out which, if any, endings of the various {{Geneforge}} games are canonical. A popular one for the third game argues that the main character ''died at the very beginning'' and was replaced by someone else who acted out most of the game's events before getting killed off in turn.

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* It's amazing the EpilepticTrees that have come from trying to figure out which, if any, endings of the various {{Geneforge}} ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' games are canonical. A popular one for the third game argues that the main character ''died at the very beginning'' and was replaced by someone else who acted out most of the game's events before getting killed off in turn.



* The ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film series also employed this trope. Rather than focusing on any of the canon characters from the game series, the films are centered around a new character named [[ActionGirl Alice]]. Though interacts with characters and situations from the games, in is clear that the movies are Alice's show, and the rest are just along for the ride. This allows the movies to take many liberties and diverge significantly from the game canon.

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* The ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film series also employed this trope. Rather than focusing on any of the canon characters from the game series, the films are centered around a new character named [[ActionGirl Alice]]. Though she interacts with characters and situations from the games, in is it's clear that the movies are Alice's show, and the rest are just along for the ride. This allows the movies to take many liberties and diverge significantly from the game canon.



* Some of the spinoffs from the TenchiMuyo universe pair him up with an entirely new girl, rather than stick him with a member of his UnwantedHarem.

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* Some of the spinoffs from the TenchiMuyo ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' universe pair him up with an entirely new girl, rather than stick him with a member of his UnwantedHarem.



** As if this weren't enough, the manga then takes this trope ''very'' literally with an ultimate THIRD ending [[spoiler:where Ryu and Fou-lu split ''again'', Fou-lu is basically BroughtDownToNormal, and the two live/hide out as monks at the Chek monastery where Fou-lu is basically trying to learn why Ryu thinks HumansAreSpecial]]. The latter resulted in [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Much Rejoicing]] in Japan, among others.
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the unofficial sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', picking up from where that game left off - when the spaceship reaches Alpha Centauri. However, while in Civilization the starship would be built by one nation (it's one of the win conditions), the starship in Alpha Centauri was a United Nations project sponsored by several nations.

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** As if this weren't enough, the manga then takes this trope ''very'' literally with an ultimate THIRD ending [[spoiler:where Ryu and Fou-lu split ''again'', Fou-lu is basically BroughtDownToNormal, and the two live/hide out as monks at the Chek monastery where Fou-lu is basically trying to learn why Ryu thinks HumansAreSpecial]]. The latter resulted in [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Much Rejoicing]] in Japan, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, among others.
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the unofficial sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', picking up from where that game left off - when the spaceship reaches Alpha Centauri. However, while in Civilization ''Civilization'' the starship would be built by one nation (it's one of the win conditions), the starship in Alpha Centauri ''Alpha Centauri'' was a United Nations UsefulNotes/UnitedNations project sponsored by several nations.



** In fact, one of the major sponsors was not a nation but a Namibian company, which allowed its CEO Nwabudike Morgan to install a secret [[HumanPopsicle sleeper pod]] onboard the ship (he justifies it by claiming that he, technically, owns part of the ship).

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** In fact, one of the major sponsors was not a nation but a Namibian UsefulNotes/{{Namibia}}n company, which allowed its CEO Nwabudike Morgan to install a secret [[HumanPopsicle sleeper pod]] onboard the ship (he justifies it by claiming that he, technically, owns part of the ship).



* The story of the original ''BibleBlack'' game has two main routes: viewpoint protagonist Minase either [[spoiler:keeps the eponymous grimoire and becomes Kitami's [[VillainProtagonist apprentice in the dark arts]]]], or (more conventionally) [[spoiler:lets it fall into Saeki's hands and winds up trying to save his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Imari from [[GrandTheftMe Kitami's plot]]]]. The anime sacrifices the story's integrity ([[PornWithPlot which, yes, it]] ''[[PornWithPlot did]]'' [[PornWithPlot actually have]]) in order to [[PornWithoutPlot maximize the sex scenes]], [[spoiler:following the former route up to [[MoralEventHorizon Minase delivering Imari to Kitami]], at which point [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Kitami abandons Minase for Saeki]], prompting an instant HeelFaceTurn in Minase, and the latter route takes over]]. Now, this combination [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot might actually have made some sense]] if they'd just included a line or two about [[spoiler:Kitami [[MagnificentBastard stringing Minase along to get at Imari]] (although it still wouldn't have excused Minase's just-too-late "change of heart")]], but [[TheyJustDidntCare they didn't]].
* The original ''TwoWorlds'' has two possible endings: either you choose to join Gandohar and rule the world, or you kill Gandohar and save your sister Kyra. ''Two Worlds 2'' doesn't follow from either ending; instead it posits that you actually ''lose'' the final battle against Gandohar, and spend the next 5 years as a prisoner in his dungeon while he takes over the world, which is where the game picks up.
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' is the sequel to a route that ''couldn't'' happen in ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'' most of the Servants and Masters are still alive, even those that died in every route. Turns out the explanation is that [[AWizardDidIt Rin did it]]. She made a mistake that turned the city into a location where all realities are possible and sorta merged all the routes plus various universes we didn't see into one. She's off at Clock Tower at the start of the game to make up for this mistake.
* In Clue, the board game, the culprit always ends up being one of the players (Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, etc). In one of the endings to [[Film/{{Clue}} the film version]], [[spoiler: the murderer turns out to be ALL of the dinner guests (except Mr. Green), as well as an added character, Wadsworth the butler.]]

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* The story of the original ''BibleBlack'' ''Bible Black'' game has two main routes: viewpoint protagonist Minase either [[spoiler:keeps the eponymous grimoire and becomes Kitami's [[VillainProtagonist apprentice in the dark arts]]]], or (more conventionally) [[spoiler:lets it fall into Saeki's hands and winds up trying to save his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Imari from [[GrandTheftMe Kitami's plot]]]]. The anime sacrifices the story's integrity ([[PornWithPlot which, yes, it]] ''[[PornWithPlot did]]'' [[PornWithPlot actually have]]) in order to [[PornWithoutPlot maximize the sex scenes]], [[spoiler:following the former route up to [[MoralEventHorizon Minase delivering Imari to Kitami]], at which point [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Kitami abandons Minase for Saeki]], prompting an instant HeelFaceTurn in Minase, and the latter route takes over]]. Now, this combination [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot might actually have made some sense]] if they'd just included a line or two about [[spoiler:Kitami [[MagnificentBastard stringing Minase along to get at Imari]] (although it still wouldn't have excused Minase's just-too-late "change of heart")]], but [[TheyJustDidntCare they didn't]].
* The original ''TwoWorlds'' ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds'' has two possible endings: either you choose to join Gandohar and rule the world, or you kill Gandohar and save your sister Kyra. ''Two Worlds 2'' doesn't follow from either ending; instead it posits that you actually ''lose'' the final battle against Gandohar, and spend the next 5 years as a prisoner in his dungeon while he takes over the world, which is where the game picks up.
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' is the sequel to a route that ''couldn't'' happen in ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'' most of the Servants and Masters are still alive, even those that who died in every route. Turns out the explanation is that [[AWizardDidIt Rin did it]]. She made a mistake that turned the city into a location where all realities are possible and sorta merged all the routes plus various universes we didn't see into one. She's off at Clock Tower at the start of the game to make up for this mistake.
* In Clue, ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'', the board game, the culprit always ends up being one of the players (Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, etc). In one of the endings to [[Film/{{Clue}} the film version]], [[spoiler: the murderer turns out to be ALL of the dinner guests (except Mr. Green), as well as an added character, Wadsworth the butler.]]



* ''Zelda'' is famous for having an AlternateTimeline from the two endings of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. All well and good, except for the classic games not fitting in either one. Instead of making some game connecting them to the modern entries, Nintendo [[TakeAThirdOption made a third timeline]] taking place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina's'' final battle.

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* ''Zelda'' ''Fraqnchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is famous for having an AlternateTimeline from the two endings of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. All well and good, except for the classic games not fitting in either one. Instead of making some game connecting them to the modern entries, Nintendo [[TakeAThirdOption made a third timeline]] taking place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina's'' final battle.



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', TheHero Chrom could marry one of a five characters: a female Avatar, Sully, Sumia, Maribelle or Olivia. Possibly to avoid the ''insane'' ShipToShipCombat over the issue, the Drama CD seems to go with the nameless village maiden as Chrom's wife, the one who, in-game, he only marries if all of the above options are already taken or [[FinalDeath dead]]. For each of the above 5, Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina will have a sibling, which the audio drama also adapts out though the village maiden, making Lucina an only child. There is also one Drama CD with a male Avatar and one with a female one, as well as a Drama CD where both male and female Morgans (the Avatar's child) meet up in the Outrealms. These are situations not possible in the game since [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter both versions of these characters can't exist at the same time.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', TheHero Chrom could marry one of a five characters: a female Avatar, Sully, Sumia, Maribelle or Olivia. Possibly to avoid the ''insane'' ShipToShipCombat over the issue, the Drama CD seems to go with the nameless village maiden as Chrom's wife, the one who, in-game, he only marries if all of the above options are already taken or [[FinalDeath dead]]. For each of the above 5, Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina will have a sibling, which the audio drama also [[AdaptedOut adapts out out]] though the village maiden, making Lucina an only child. There is also one Drama CD with a male Avatar and one with a female one, as well as a Drama CD where both male and female Morgans (the Avatar's child) meet up in the Outrealms. These are situations not possible in the game since [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter both versions of these characters can't exist at the same time.]]
8th Apr '16 1:47:49 PM TARINunit9
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was a special edition. In the US, their Pokémon Blue is just the original Pokémon Green re-branded for the market.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was a special edition. In the US, their an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue is just the original Pokémon Green re-branded for the market.are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
6th Apr '16 4:43:26 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' expanded media such as the [=OVAs=], musicals, drama [=CDs=] and movie, it never clearly states which girl(s) Oogami has a romantic relationship with or Taiga in the New York stuff. There is usually slight hints toward Sakura (as the poster girl) but since games have a serial progressing plot and the [=OVAs=] and Drama CDS fill in the gaps it wouldn't jive to take the controller away from the player, and thus in the [=OVAs=] StatusQuoIsGod.

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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' expanded media such as the [=OVAs=], musicals, drama [=CDs=] and movie, [[Anime/SakuraWarsTheMovie movie]], it never clearly states which girl(s) Oogami Ogami has a romantic relationship with or Taiga in the New York stuff. with. There is are usually slight hints toward Sakura (as the poster girl) but since the games have a serial progressing plot and the [=OVAs=] and Drama CDS fill in the gaps it wouldn't jive to take the controller control away from the player, and thus in the [=OVAs=] StatusQuoIsGod.StatusQuoIsGod. The same thing applies for his New York-based nephew [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove Shinjiro]].
28th Mar '16 10:11:34 AM Kitch
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was a special edition. In the US, their Pokémon Blue is just the original Pokémon Green re-branded for the market.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
1st Mar '16 4:17:09 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a number of examples, as players have two or three options given to them when a new game comes out, and various adaptations have to account for all of them. Most of the time this revolves around the choice of starting Pokémon:
** The former {{Trope Namer}}, ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. Ash would get all three starters later; however, only one of them (Charmander) ever evolved. Later, they confirmed once and for all that [[TheRival Gary's]] starter was a Squirtle, while his in-game counterpart always chose the Pokémon that had a type advantage over the player's choice. They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival (Gary's counterpart) ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee.
*** And then even that Eevee is subject to this. In ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later seasons when more potential evolutions for Eevee were known, his Eevee becomes an Umbreon.
** Ash also got all three starters (Chikorita/Totodile/Cyndaquil) from ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''/''Crystal'', but once again only one of the three (Chikorita) evolved at all while actually part of Ash's team. Cyndaquil eventually evolved into Quilava, but it wasn't until ''late'' into the "Diamond and Pearl" arc, over 10 seasons since it first appeared. Totodile has yet to evolve at all, but similar to the Hoenn scenario he's only one stage behind both.
** In Hoenn, adapting ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', Ash only got one starter (Treecko), while May got the Torchic and Brock took the Mudkip. Ash and May's starters each evolved twice into their final stages, while Brock's only evolved once, into its second stage.
** Ash also has two of the three starters from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'': Turtwig (now Torterra), and Chimchar (now Infernape), with the third (Piplup) belonging to Dawn and never evolving at all.
** For an in-game version, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and its [[VideoGameRemake remake]] features battles against [[HeroicMime Red]] and [[TheRival Blue]], the characters Ash and Gary are based off of, respectively. Red's team features all four possible starters (which includes a Pikachu to represent Yellow Version), with the remaining Pokémon being forced encounters or gifts in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the original games]] (one of the route-blocking Snorlaxes in both, alongside either the free Eevee from Celadon in the originals or the free Lapras from Silph Co. in the remakes). Blue's team is based off of his ''Red & Blue'' team, omitting the starter; whereas in the original he had three potential Pokémon, one of which is replaced by the starter with the same type, ''Gold and Silver'' uses all three non-starter Pokémon.
** Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Gold and Silver''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starters equally between them. Averted by the anime, which almost never takes a third option: the main character, Ash, was established when the male PC was the only option available; and if a later game's PC joins him it's always the female option. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a number of examples, as players have two or three options given to them when a new game comes out, and various adaptations have to account for all of them. Most of the time this revolves around the choice of starting Pokémon:
them.
** The former {{Trope Namer}}, ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. Ash He would later get all three of the game's starters later; however, only as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of them (Charmander) ever evolved. Later, his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they confirmed once and for all that [[TheRival Gary's]] starter was a Squirtle, while his in-game counterpart always chose the Pokémon that had a type advantage over the player's choice. would evolve would vary.
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They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival (Gary's counterpart) rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee.
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Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this. In this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later seasons when more potential evolutions for Eevee were known, his Eevee becomes an Umbreon.
** Ash also got all three starters (Chikorita/Totodile/Cyndaquil) from ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''/''Crystal'', but once again only one of the three (Chikorita) evolved at all while actually part of Ash's team. Cyndaquil eventually
was revealed to have evolved into Quilava, but it wasn't until ''late'' into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the "Diamond and Pearl" arc, over 10 seasons since it first appeared. Totodile has yet to evolve at all, but similar to the Hoenn scenario he's only one stage behind both.
** In Hoenn, adapting ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', Ash only got one starter (Treecko), while May got the Torchic and Brock took the Mudkip. Ash and May's starters each evolved twice into their final stages, while Brock's only evolved once, into its second stage.
** Ash also has two
sequel.
*** For another case
of the three starters from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'': Turtwig (now Torterra), and Chimchar (now Infernape), with the games taking a third (Piplup) belonging to Dawn and never evolving at all.
** For an in-game version,
option, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and its [[VideoGameRemake remake]] features feature battles against [[HeroicMime Red]] Red (''Red and [[TheRival Blue]], the characters Ash Blue''[='s=] player character) and Gary are based off of, respectively. Blue (''Red and Blue''[='s=] Rival). Red's team features all four possible starters (which includes a Pikachu to represent Yellow Version), ''Yellow Version''), with the remaining two Pokémon being forced encounters or gifts in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the original games]] ''Red and Blue'' (one of the route-blocking Snorlaxes in both, Snorlaxes, alongside either the free Eevee from Celadon in the originals original versions or the free Lapras from Silph Co. in the remakes). Blue's Blue uses the same team is based off of his he used in ''Red & and Blue'' team, omitting the starter; whereas in the original he had three potential Pokémon, with one of which is replaced by the exception; in ''Red and Blue'' he'd have his starter with in place of one other Pokémon of the same type, while ''Gold and Silver'' uses all three non-starter Pokémon.
makes no such substitutions.
** Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Gold and Silver''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starters starter Pokémon equally between them. Averted Zig-zagged by the anime, which almost never takes a third option: anime: the main character, Ash, was established when based on the ''Red and Blue'' PC where male PC was the only option available; available, and if a later game's PC joins him it's always many of his traveling companions are either gym leaders from the games or original characters; however, sometimes the latest games' female option.PC would also be selected to travel with Ash, leaving the male PC out. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').
12th Feb '16 10:41:26 AM Prfnoff
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* At the time that the ''MapleStory'' anime was created, there were already four available classes in the game, so there would naturally be some difficulty in deciding which one the protagonist belonged to. So what do the writers do? Make him a [[CherryTapping perma-beginner]]! (explained in the anime as him being a human while the other classes are represented by monsters from the different in-game towns)

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* At the time that the ''MapleStory'' ''Anime/MapleStory'' anime was created, there were already four available classes in [[VideoGame/MapleStory the game, game]], so there would naturally be some difficulty in deciding which one the protagonist belonged to. So what do the writers do? Make him a [[CherryTapping perma-beginner]]! (explained in the anime as him being a human while the other classes are represented by monsters from the different in-game towns)



* ''[[AlphaCentauri Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri]]'' is the unofficial sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', picking up from where that game left off - when the spaceship reaches Alpha Centauri. However, while in Civilization the starship would be built by one nation (it's one of the win conditions), the starship in Alpha Centauri was a United Nations project sponsored by several nations.

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* ''[[AlphaCentauri Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri]]'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the unofficial sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', picking up from where that game left off - when the spaceship reaches Alpha Centauri. However, while in Civilization the starship would be built by one nation (it's one of the win conditions), the starship in Alpha Centauri was a United Nations project sponsored by several nations.
8th Feb '16 11:01:27 AM erforce
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* The first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film had Splinter and Casey Jones, rather than one of the turtles, defeating BigBad Shredder.

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* The first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film had ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' has Splinter and Casey Jones, rather than one of the turtles, defeating BigBad Shredder.
29th Jan '16 10:36:57 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:250:That's more like a fourth option one.]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:That's [-[[caption-width-right:250:That's more like a fourth option one.]]]]-]






* AmagamiSS retells the story six times, each one following a different route from the game.

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* AmagamiSS ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}} SS'' retells the story six times, each one following a different route from the game.
26th Jan '16 3:43:37 PM DragonRanger
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* The former {{Trope Namer}}, ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. Ash would get all three starters later; however, only one of them (Charmander) ever evolved. Later, they confirmed once and for all that [[TheRival Gary's]] starter was a Squirtle, while his in-game counterpart always chose the Pokémon that had a type advantage over the player's choice.
** They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival (Gary's counterpart) ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a number of examples, as players have two or three options given to them when a new game comes out, and various adaptations have to account for all of them. Most of the time this revolves around the choice of starting Pokémon:
**
The former {{Trope Namer}}, ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. Ash would get all three starters later; however, only one of them (Charmander) ever evolved. Later, they confirmed once and for all that [[TheRival Gary's]] starter was a Squirtle, while his in-game counterpart always chose the Pokémon that had a type advantage over the player's choice.
**
choice. They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival (Gary's counterpart) ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee.



** Ash also has two of the three starters from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum'': Turtwig (now Torterra), and Chimchar (now Infernape), with the third (Piplup) belonging to Dawn and never evolving at all.

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** Ash also has two of the three starters from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum'': ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'': Turtwig (now Torterra), and Chimchar (now Infernape), with the third (Piplup) belonging to Dawn and never evolving at all.



** In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player only fights one. In the ''Best Wishes'' anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the first gym and ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Best Wishes'' also gave Ash all three starters again, although only one evolved and only once - Tepig into Pignite.
*** Averted with [[Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite one of the Best Wishes movies]], which much like the games comes in two similar-but-different versions.
*** Similarly, ''PokemonSpecial'' did something a little different concerning Drayden and Iris. While Drayden was indeed the Gym Leader (like in ''Black'') and protagonist of the BW Chapter, Black, fights him for his badge... he ''also'' later battles Iris during the Top 4 placement matches of the Unova League Finals. This has the [[FridgeBrilliance added bonus]] of foreshadowing the fact that Iris will not only succeed her mentor (as in the games), but surpass him and become Champion.
** Also, since Gen III, the plots [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo of two versions]] have differed notably. The problem with canon has been fixed by a literal third option. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]].
*** These were also loosely imitated by the anime. firstly, both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.
*** Also averted when it comes to the player characters. The anime decisively chose the female ones for the 3rd, 4th and 6th generations to accompany Ash. The exception is ''Pokémon Chronicles'', where both player characters from the 2nd generation appeared, albeit working independently.

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** In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Outside of starter Pokémon, adaptations also have to account for the choice of male and female player characters starting with ''Gold and Silver''. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' generally takes both options and TheRival and makes them a PowerTrio of co-protagonists, splitting up the starters equally between them. Averted by the anime, which almost never takes a third option: the main character, Ash, was established when the male PC was the only option available; and if a later game's PC joins him it's always the female option. Only ''Pokémon Chronicles'' used both player options (from ''Gold and Silver'').
** Plots can also differ due to the games' use of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo; often resolved in canon by releasing a third version of the game combining elements of both of
the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player only fights one. In the ''Best Wishes'' anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the first gym and ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Best Wishes'' also gave Ash all three starters again, although only one evolved and only once - Tepig into Pignite.
*** Averted with [[Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite one of the Best Wishes movies]], which much like the games comes in two similar-but-different versions.
*** Similarly, ''PokemonSpecial'' did something a little different concerning Drayden and Iris. While Drayden was indeed the Gym Leader (like in ''Black'') and protagonist of the BW Chapter, Black, fights him for his badge... he ''also'' later battles Iris during the Top 4 placement matches of the Unova League Finals. This has the [[FridgeBrilliance added bonus]] of foreshadowing the fact that Iris will not only succeed her mentor (as in the games), but surpass him and become Champion.
** Also, since Gen III, the plots [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo of two versions]] have differed notably. The problem with canon has been fixed by a literal third option.
two. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan/May]] save Hoenn from Team Magma, that was going to make volcanoes erupt by resurrecting the ancient Kaiju, Groudon? Or did s/he save Hoenn from Team Aqua's plan to literally drown everything by resurrecting Kyogre? No, s/he defeated both evil teams and stopped Groudon and Kyogre's battle with the help of Rayquaza. Did [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] try to use the ruler of Time, Dialga, to destroy and recreate the world? Or did he try to use the ruler of Space, Palkia, for that? Well, he used both and was then defeated by [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]].
*** These were also loosely imitated by
Giratina]]. In the anime. firstly, anime and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', both Aqua and Magma were enemies of the protagonists, and the arc ended with a Kyogre/Groudon clash; also, Cyrus summoned both Dialga and Palkia, but was defeated without Giratina's involvement.
*** Also averted when it comes to In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player characters. The anime decisively chose only fights one. In the female ones for anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the 3rd, 4th first gym and 6th generations to accompany Ash. The exception is ''Pokémon Chronicles'', where both player characters ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the 2nd generation appeared, albeit working independently.last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' handled the first gym the same, but for the last gym it made Drayden the leader while Iris was a later opponent during the Pokémon League finals, foreshadowing how she has become League Champion in the sequel.
*** Averted with [[Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite one of the movies]] for ''Black and White'', which much like the games comes in two similar-but-different versions.
19th Dec '15 12:13:00 PM Saurubiker
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* In the arcade version of the original ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragonI Double Dragon]]'', the Lee brothers fight each other at the end after both players defeat the final boss to see who wins over Marian, with the remaining player getting a kiss from her. When the game was remade for the Game Boy Advance under the title of ''Double Dragon Advance'', Marian interrupts just when one of the brothers deliver a finishing blow.
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