Created By: Synchronicity on March 28, 2012 Last Edited By: triassicranger on September 20, 2012
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AdaptedOut

When a work is adapted into another medium, this character does not appear.

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When a work is being adapted, liberties with the original will have to be made. Due to time or length constraints, some things may have to be taken out. Someone being Adapted Out involves taking a character who was fairly important in the original story and cutting them out.

Could happen because of Adaptation Distillation, in a Compressed Adaptation or a Pragmatic Adaptation. These characters would usually fall victim to the existence of a Composite Character, with which there is often plenty of overlap.

Related to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome where a character vanishes without explanation from the original work.

Examples are listed in the original format of the media being adapted from as opposed to the medium they are being adapted to.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Midori Days: The anime version is only 13 episodes long, whereas the manga is 85 chapters in all. Because of the difference in length, characters like Nao and her father, Shirou, were left out of the anime, along with Lucy, who's an expy of Tiffany Lords.
  • Krillin isn't in the live action adaptation Dragonball Evolution.
  • The Code Geass manga leaves out Cornelia.

Comic Book
  • One cartoon adaptation of the Fantastic Four entirely dispensed with Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and substituted Herbie the Robot.
  • Gwen Stacy from Spider-man is absent in the first two movies and the 1994 animated series (save for one appearance in an Alternate Universe).
  • The BBC's radio adaptation of Tintin adventures Destination Moon and Explorers On The Moon omit Thomson and Thompson. Consequently, Jorgen is solely responsible for the oxygen being used up too fast on the rocket.
  • The character of Mort (one of Basin City's few honest cops) was written out of the cinema version of Sin City. In the comics, Mort is the own who picks Hartigan up outside the prison. In the movie, this was done by Bob. (The extended version still includes a scene where Mort visits Hartigan in hospital.)
  • Every live-action depiction of The Incredible Hulk omits Rick Jones, despite that character being an intrinsic element to his backstory and setting Bruce Banner up as a heroic figure willing to risk his life to save another. The Incredible Hulk is an exception where he shows up as a Mythology Gag as a college student being interviewed about the Hulk's path of destruction there). Interestingly, Ang Lee's film used a character for the same general purpose, but didn't go all the way and actually name him Jones.
    • Likewise, the real creator of the Hulk, commie spy Igor Drenkov - who Banner told to stop the countdown but didn't - doesn't appear in adaptations with the exception of The Marvel Superheroes, a Motion Comic which used the original comic book panels.
  • The character of Lisa Miller is absent from the film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim, although she does appear in the animated short.
  • Watchmen:
    • The giant squid monster is removed, yet the backstory about its creation still seems to exist.
    • Bernard and Bernie, the newspaper seller and the kid who hangs around his stand, don't appear except during the big explosion which wipes them out, making you wonder who they are. The rest of the cast of their B-plot don't even show up that much.

Film
  • Carl the friar is absent in the tie-in videogame adaption of Van Helsing. So is Chas Kramer from the Constantine tie-in game.
  • When The Producers was adapted into a stage musical of the same name, Lorenzo St. DuBois, a hippie nicknamed LSD, was given this treatment. In the original film, he walks into the Springtime for Hitler auditions by mistake and is chosen to play Hitler by virtue of his utter lack of talent. LSD's So Bad, It's Good performance as Hitler plays a large role in the play's unintentional and unwanted success. In the musical, Franz Liebkind is chosen to play Hitler, but Roger De Bris is the one to perform the role onstage after Franz breaks his leg.

Literature
  • Numerous characters in the film versions of Harry Potter. Some do not appear at all (such as Peeves the poltergeist), some are absent in earlier films, but show up later when they're important with an explanation as to why they've been absent (such as Bill and Charlie Weasely) and some appear in earlier films but are absent in later ones (such as Dobby, Nearly Headless Nick and Firenze).
  • Tom Bombadil from any of the Lord of the Rings adaptations.
    • Glorfindel is absent in both adaptations, too. In the Peter Jackson films, his role of rescuing Frodo from the Nazgul and bringing him to Rivendell is given to Arwen. In Bakshi's adaptation, his role is given to Legolas. Similarly, Prince Imrahil who plays a major role in The Return of the King is omitted entirely from both the Peter Jackson films, and the Rankin/Bass versions. In the books his role supporting Gandalf's defense of Minas Tirith and his support of Aragorn as King of Gondor are fairly important plot points, as he's the one that figures Aragorn can cure victims of the Nazgul.
    • Goldberry, Ghan-buri-Ghan, Quickbeam the Ent, Elrond's sons Elladan and Elrohir are also absent from the Peter Jackson film.
  • Rita Blakemoor from The Stand, who was merged into a Composite Character with Nadine.
  • Madge Undersee and her family do not appear in the film versions of The Hunger Games probably due to casting logistics and length constraints. Instead, her role of giving the mockingjay pin to Katniss is given to a vendor.
  • There was a fourth son in The Swiss Family Robinson book. He got dropped from the Disney movie.
  • The Warrior Cats graphic novel trilogy SkyClan and the Stranger (and bonus manga at the end of SkyClan's Destiny) is unique among Warriors mangas in that they try to make all SkyClan cats appear, or at least be mentioned. While almost the entire Clan is in there, the only ones to not show up or be mentioned at all in either the trilogy or the bonus manga are Sagepaw and Egg, for whatever reason.
  • David, the Sixth Ranger of Animorphs, never appeared in the Nickelodeon TV adaptation.
  • Disney's Alice in Wonderland adaptation leaves out the Duchess, Fish Footman, the Frogman, the cook, the pig baby, the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle (although sequences were storyboarded for the deleted characters). The latter two characters were dropped for being "too talkative" (or words to that effect). Earlier drafts omitted Alice's sister.
  • Jan Svankmajer's Alice omits the Cheshire Cat and replaces the Duchess's role with the White Rabbit.
  • The Fiona Fullerton Alice in Wonderland film omits Alice meeting the Cheshire Cat. However, he does appear in a Deleted Scene.
  • Gor, the film version of Tarnsman of Gor, adapts out Tarl's father Matthew, the Older Tarl (Tarl's instructor at arms), Torm the Scribe, Tarl's sword brother Kazrak of Port Kar, the slave girl Sana, Nor the (sentient) spider, Pa-Kur the Master Assassin, Mintar the Merchant, and Tarl's tarn Ubar of the Skies.
  • Dirk, the stage adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, drops the Monk and his horse, partly to simplify the timeline of events (in the novel, the Monk spends most of the story off on his own doing things that only become significant in retrospect) and partly because incorporating a live horse was beyond the resources of the theatre that originally staged it.
  • In the animated adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia adventure The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Father Christmas does not appear. Instead Aslan gives the children their weapons.
  • Several characters are taken out of Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book, perhaps most notably Tabaqui the Jackal. Most of them do not appear in the live action adaptation either (though the second more loyal sequel Mowgli's Story features Tabaqui and a few others).
  • Hrun the Barbarian from Discworld doesn't appear in Sky1's The Colour of Magic.
  • The stage adaptation of Mort skips the Librarian due to the difficulty the original production had getting an orang-utan costume. It also replaces Rincewind with a wizard called Stibbons (I think before Ponder appeared in the books) so they could use a "generic" wizard costume rather than Rinso's canonical outfit.
  • Watership Down: Mainly due to Adaptation Distillation, rabbits not appearing in the film of the book include"
    • Those Two Guys (three actually) Hawkbit, Speedwell and Acorn
    • Plucky Comic Relief Bluebell
    • Strawberry, a refugee from Cowslip's warren
    • Hyzenthlay's friend Thethuthinang and Nelthilta, the turncoat doe
    • Plus the mouse Hazel rescues from a hawk on Watership down, who is actually the character in the book that informs the rabbits that the Efrafans have gathered below the down and are planning to attack.
  • Liir from Wicked (along with most of the characters).
  • In the cartoon adaptation of Animal Farm, Mollie and Clover are absent. Benjamin the donkey fills in for Clover, if anything.
  • The original 1902 stage version of The Wizard of Oz removes the Wicked Witch and Toto (who was replaced with a cow named Muriel).
  • Early Thomas And Friends episodes omitted many one shot or background characters used in The Railway Series novels they were adapted from, with Thomas or some other recurring engine taking their place. Jinty and Pug are absent in episodes adapted from "The Eight Famous Engines" for example, while, due to lacking budget for a model of The Flying Scotsman, "Tender Engines" was loosely adapted from "Tenders For Henry", with only the engines' tenders being shown in a cameo.
    • Numerous characters from the books (including the Mountain and Small Railway Engines) will also never appear in the television series now that it has broken away from The Railway Series.
  • When The Relic was adapted to film, Agent Pendergast was written out and Lieutenant D'Agosta was promoted into his role. Pendergast became the Breakout Character of the novel and is featured as the main character of all the novels that follow. The series is informally titled "The Agent Pendergast Series."

Live-Action Television
  • In the original Get Smart series final season Max and 99 had twins, a boy and a girl. In the 1995 revival series only the (now adult) son is shown, and there's no mention at all of his sister.
  • In the Brady Bunch Animated Adaptation The Brady Kids Alice and the parents don't appear, and the dog Tiger is replaced by Moptop.

Newspaper Comics

Radio
  • In the original BBC radio version of The Flight of the Conchords, the optimistic New Zealanders trying to make it big in Britain have an even more optimistic Cloud Cuckoo Lander manager, played by Welsh character actor Rob Brydon. Sadly, the magnificent Brydon who did so much to make the radio series work is dropped completely from the TV adaptation.

Video Game
  • The live action film version of King of Fighters omitted the vast majority of the cast, in favor of focusing on Kyo, Iori, Mai, Terry, and Rugal.
  • In the anime adaption of Disgaea, Big Sis Prinny is left out, which is important as she's Laharl's mother and her death is the reason he's so bitter towards Love
  • A few Pokémon characters never appeared in the anime. With the Porygon episode causing a seizure incident, its evolutions will never appear in an anime episode. Quite a number of human characters do not appear as well, including Janine, Cheren, and anyone involved in Team Plasma.
  • Though his minions and many elements of Super Mario Bros. 2 appear in Animated Adaptations of the Super Mario series, Wart has yet to appear in any of them, Bowser/King Koopa usually acting as a Composite Character for them both. He did make the odd appearance in the comics however.
  • In the CLANNAD Visual Novel, Kappei was actually an important (if late introduced) character with his own ending and everything, but so far has not appeared in any Clannad anime adaptation ever.

Western Animation
  • The He-Man live action movie dumped Orko for a stand-in character who filled the same role.

Community Feedback Replies: 96
  • March 28, 2012
    Voyd211
  • March 28, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Added appropriate tags. The name is a bit too broad if this is only about characters that were cut from an adaptation. And it's not Death By Adaptation (that's about, well, death)....
  • March 28, 2012
    chicagomel
    The Stand-Rita Blakemoor. She was merged into a Composite Character with Nadine Cross.
  • March 28, 2012
    TonyG
    Tom Bombadil from any of the Lord Of The Rings adaptations.
  • March 28, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    • The He-Man live action movie dumped Orko for a stand-in character who filled the same roll.
    • One cartoon adaptation of the Fantastic Four entirely dispensed with Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and substituted Herbie the Robot.

  • March 28, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    How Did We Miss This One? Still needs a better name. Dropped Character or Adaptational Character Exclusion would work better. If we can stand another snowclone, Sir Not Appearing In This Adaptation.

    Could happen because of Adaptation Distillation, in a Compressed Adaptation or a Pragmatic Adaptation. These characters would usually fall victim to the existence of a Composite Character.
  • March 28, 2012
    triassicranger
  • March 28, 2012
    TheChainMan
    Ane xtreme form of Demoted To Extra.
  • March 28, 2012
    troublegum
  • March 28, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    ^ That's good. Second.
  • March 28, 2012
    FreemDeem
    Adaptational Absence?
  • April 6, 2012
    Synchronicity
    bump?
  • April 6, 2012
    MrRuano
    Spiderman: Gwen Stacy in the first two moviesand the 1994 animated series (Save for one appearance in an alternate universe). She appears in TheAmazingSpiderMan .
  • April 6, 2012
    Larek
    Would this still apply if the character only appears in the new work as a cameo to say "I'm not in this <new adaptaion>"?
  • April 6, 2012
    Generality
    Several characters in Harry Potter were left out of the films until it became clear they were essential to the plot, such as the eldest Weasley brothers Bill and Charlie, and the barman of the Hog's Head. When the time came, they were shoved into the adaptation with a brief explanation for who they were and what they had been up to.
    • In addition to Peeves, a number of minor characters have their roles taken by others or just dropped entirely, including: the giant squid, Ludo Bagman, the O.W.L. examiners, and Dennis Creevey.
  • April 6, 2012
    IsaacSapphire
    There was a fourth son in the Swiss Family Robinson book. He got dropped from the Disney movie.
  • April 12, 2012
    Synchronicity
    ^^^ That would count as lampshading it, I think.
  • April 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Do Revivals count? In the original Get Smart series final season Max and 99 had twins, a boy and a girl. In the 1995 revival series only the (now adult) son is shown, and there's no memtion at all of his sister.
  • April 12, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • The Warrior Cats graphic novel trilogy SkyClan and the Stranger (and bonus manga at the end of SkyClan's Destiny) is unique among Warriors mangas in that they try to make all SkyClan cats appear, or at least be mentioned. While almost the entire Clan is in there, the only ones to not show up or be mentioned at all in either the trilogy or the bonus manga are Sagepaw and Egg, for whatever reason.
  • June 30, 2012
    Milbury
    David, the Sixth Ranger of Animorphs, never appeared in the Nickelodeon TV adaptation.
  • July 1, 2012
    triassicranger
    Some Alice in Wonderland examples:

    • Disney's Alice In Wonderland film leaves out the Duchess, The Fish Footman, the Frogman, the cook, the pig baby, the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle (although sequences were storyboarded for the deleted characters). The latter two characters were dropped for being "too talkative" (or words to that effect). Earlier drafts omitted Alice's sister.
    • Jan Svankmajer's Alice omits the Cheshire Cat and replaces the Duchess's role with the White Rabbit.
    • The Fiona Fullerton Alice In Wonderland film omits Alice meeting the Cheshire Cat. However, I'm not sure if this example counts, because a scene was filmed with Alice meeting the Cheshire Cat that for some reason was deleted.
  • July 2, 2012
    AgProv
    In the original BBC radio version of The Flight of the Conchords, the optimistic New Zealanders trying to make it big in Britain have an even more optimistic Cloud Cuckoo Lander manager, played by Welsh character actor Rob Brydon. Sadly, the magnificent Brydon who did so much to make the radio series work is dropped completely from the TV adaptation.
  • July 2, 2012
    triassicranger
    The BBC's radio adaptation of Tintin adventures Destination Moon and Explorers On The Moon omit Thomson and Thompson. Consequently, Jorgen is solely responsible for the oxygen being used up too fast on the rocket.
  • July 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Can also be because it's an In Name Only adaptation.
    • Gor, the film version of Tarnsman of Gor, adapts out Tarl's father Matthew, the Older Tarl (Tarl's instructor at arms), Torm the Scribe, Tarl's sword brother Kazrak of Port Kar, the slave girl Sana, Nor the (sentient) spider, Pa-Kur the Master Assassin, Mintar the Merchant, and Tarl's tarn Ubar of the Skies.
  • July 2, 2012
    PaulA
    • Dirk, the stage adaptation of Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency, drops the Monk and his horse, partly to simplify the timeline of events (in the novel, the Monk spends most of the story off on his own doing things that only become significant in retrospect) and partly because incorporating a live horse was beyond the resources of the theatre that originally staged it.
  • July 14, 2012
    triassicranger
    In the animated adaptation of The Chronicles Of Narnia adventure The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Father Christmas does not appear. Instead Aslan gives the children their weapons.
  • July 14, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    • Midori Days: The anime version is only 13 episodes long, whereas the manga is 85 chapters in all. Because of the difference in length, characters like Nao and her father, Shirou, were left out of the anime, along with Lucy, who's an expy of Tiffany Lords.
  • July 14, 2012
    jate88
    Krillin isn't in the live action adaptation Dragonball Evolution.
  • July 14, 2012
    SpaceWolf
    Compare and contrast Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
  • July 17, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • July 17, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^^ I wouldn't say Krillin was adapted out. If you consider the movie overlapping the first season of the show, Krillin doesn't show up until season 2.
  • July 17, 2012
    Psi001
    • Several characters are taken out of Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book, perhaps most notably Tabaqui the Jackal. Most of them do not appear in the live action adaptation either (though the second more loyal sequel Mowgli's Story features Tabaqui and a few others).
  • July 17, 2012
    Cider
    Extreme form of Demoted To Extra doesn't cut it. That's The Same But More. Is there any reason why any of these examples simply would be put on Demoted to extra?
  • July 17, 2012
    DaibhidC
    Demoted To Extra specifically says "This trope is for characters who become unimportant to the story, but are still seen or mentioned occasionally".

  • July 17, 2012
    triassicranger
    These examples wouldn't fit in Demoted To Extra because they never appeared in the work's adaptation in the first place. If you're demoted to extra than you at least appeared in greater capacity at some point in the work.
  • July 17, 2012
    MiinU

    Film

    • The live action film version of King of Fighters omitted the vast majority of the cast, in favor of focusing on Kyo, Iori, Mai, Terry, and Rugal. Given that none of the cast resembled their video game counterparts, and how badly they butchered the game's established canon for example, replacing Andy with Iori as Mai's boyfriend, and having Terry work for the CIA!, it's likely one of the few instances where adapting characters out was seen as a good thing.
  • July 26, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • July 27, 2012
    Arivne
    Do we have a trope for the inverse of this, where a new character is added in an adaptation? If we do, I can't find it on Media Adaptation Tropes or Derivative Works.

    However, neither of those mentioned a Super Trope of the type I'm talking about. It would be a Sub Trope of Adaptation Expansion, which mentions adding new characters.

    If we have it, it should be mentioned in the description. If we don't have it, we need it.
  • July 27, 2012
    Astaroth
    Carl the friar is absent in the tie-in videogame adaption of Van Helsing. So is Chas Kramer from the Constantine tie-in game.
  • July 27, 2012
    spellraiser
  • July 27, 2012
    isk2837
    The film Jumanji had a woman called Sarah Whittle as one of the four players of the titular board game. When an animated series based on the film was made (also called Jumanji), they wrote Sarah out, focusing on the adventures of the other three players.
  • July 28, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^Does that one count? Jumanji was originally a book. Sarah and Alan were invented for the film. If anything, Peter and Judy's friends who found the board game at the end would be this trope.
  • July 28, 2012
    isk2837
    ^I think it depends on what you consider to be the original - the film that the animated series was based off or the book that the film itself was based off. It doesn't help that the animated series kept some of the characters from the film while leaving others out, making it hard to say if it counts as an adaptation of the film, the book, or both.
  • July 28, 2012
    triassicranger
  • July 29, 2012
    triassicranger
  • July 29, 2012
    NESBoy
    Garfield And Friends removed Blue and Cody from the US Acres cartoons. Also, in a rather odd example, one U.S. Acres quickie was an adaptation of this comic, but it removed Sheldon.
  • July 29, 2012
    raisingirl83
    Watership Down: Mainly due to Adaptation Distillation, rabbits not appearing in the film of the book include - Those Two Guys (three actually) Hawkbit, Speedwell and Acorn - Plucky Comic Relief Bluebell - Strawberry, a refugee from Cowslip's warren - Hyzenthlay's friend Thethuthinang and Nelthilta, the turncoat doe - Plus the mouse Hazel rescues from a hawk on Watership down, who is actually the character in the book that informs the rabbits that the Efrafans have gathered below the down and are planning to attack.
  • July 30, 2012
    triassicranger
    @Arivne: It would appear that Canon Foreigner is suffering from Trope Decay as I have seen examples on there that list characters being added in an adaptation (as opposed to being added in the Expanded Universe). I apologise for using that trope as such in one of my earlier posts (and have since removed my misuse of it).

    If there are enough faux-examples on that page, then we have the makings of another trope. Or if we already have a page for characters added by adaptation, somebody tell us!
  • July 30, 2012
    CobraPrime
    Glorfindel in The Lord Of The Rings. In the Peter Jackson films, his role of rescuing Frodo from the Nazgul and bringing him to Rivendell is given to Arwen. In Bakshi's adaptation, his role is given to Legolas. Similarly, Prince Imrahil who plays a major role in The Return of the King is omitted entirely from both the Peter Jackson films, and the Rankin/Bass versions. In the books his role supporting Gandalf's defense of Minas Tirith and his support of Aragorn as King of Gondor are fairly important plot points, as he's the one that figures Aragorn can cure victims of the Nazgul.
  • July 30, 2012
    piscula
    The Reeds have been cast for season 3 of Game Of Thrones. Does it not count even if the adaption just changes things for the budget?
  • July 30, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^ The trope description says characters removed by Pragmatic Adaptation count.

    I'm afraid I'm not familiar with Game Of Thrones (or its source material) and can't help any further.
  • July 30, 2012
    piscula
    I mean, but they weren't removed, they were just delayed because it made more sense to cast children once they were absolutely needed (to avoid them growing too fast and having to be recast and also to avoid spending money before it would move the story much).

    They will be in the new seasons starting next spring.
  • July 30, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    In the Boondocks TV adaptation, Caesar is notably missing.
  • July 30, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^For a series still in development, there will probably be a bit of trope mislabeling. Until season 2, they were Adapted Out (at least if they were doing important things). Now that they're back for season 3, it wouldn't be this trope any more.
  • July 30, 2012
    piscula
    Then maybe no in progress adaptions should be listed, since it is difficult to know who will and wont end up in the series and in what capacity. The fact of the matter is, though, that the reeds don't fit this trope, since they weren't adapted out?

    Or maybe I am misunderstanding what this trope is supposed to be.
  • July 31, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^ From what I've read on this wiki's Game Of Thrones article, the seasons are adapted from different books. If the Reeds were absent from a season but were present in a book adapted into a season, it counts as being Adapted Out. It's like Generality's Harry Potter example above of characters not appearing in earlier films but added in later ones when they become plot relevant.

    And speaking of Harry Potter, there have also been characters in the books who made it into earlier films but vanished in later ones (such as Dobby, Nearly Headless Nick and Firenze).
  • July 31, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    The cartoon version of Baby Blues got rid of Hammie and Wren, as it focused on when Zoe was a baby and neither were born yet.
  • July 31, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Should loose adaptations count? Comics have Loads And Loads Of Characters, so of course adaptations would drop many.
  • July 31, 2012
    piscula
    ^^^ I suppose, but lots of characters are moved around. There ARE characters adapted out or changed enough that they might as well have been adapted out. For example:

    From Game of thrones, Jeyne Westerling and, in fact, the whole Westerling family, seem to have been adapted out in favor of a single character from Volantis named Talisa.

    The show loosely goes along with the show, but the Reeds didn't do much in the second book but exist at winterfell, where as in the third book on they become important. It just seems like if this is going to include in progress items it will get messy fast and will lead to "recently"s or "at the time of writing"s which is generally frowned upon within articles.

    The Harry Potter example is slightly different because it's done and we can see how each character was included or adapted out. Game of Thrones is still in its infancy and with a book series that has well over 1500 characters, there are going to be a lot left out but we won't really know until later who the producers deem important enough to include.

    Just to be clear, however, I do think this is a good trope and an important one to have. I just think it needs to specifically be about completed adaptions.
  • July 31, 2012
    MiinU
    Is this one Rolling Updates? Because there's been a slew of examples offered so far.
  • July 31, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^^Depends on the adaptation. For instance, if a Batman adaptation was made without Alfred, who is a pretty big figure in the Batman universe, it would count. However, leaving out characters like part of the rogue gallery, or other minor characters, it doesn't really count.

    ^^I suppose it could depend on how important a character is in a certain section. Using your Game Of Thrones example, until the Westerlings do important things, we don't need to fret over them. But if, say, Rita Skitter were adapted out of either the 4th or 5th movie, it would sort of count.
  • August 1, 2012
    piscula
    ^ That makes sense to me.
  • August 1, 2012
    Warpcorps
    Liir from Wicked. Also: Most of the characters from Wicked.
  • August 1, 2012
    miru
    Amy rose is.not seen in Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog.amd Sonic Satam.
  • August 1, 2012
    surgoshan
    • cough* Peeves wasn't a ghost; he was a poltergeist. A ghost is the shade of a once-living person, whereas a poltergeist is a sentient collection of chaotic energy, or energetic chaos. It's all about the entropy.
  • Film
    • When The Producers was adapted into a stage musical of the same name, Lorenzo St. DuBois, a hippie nicknamed LSD, was given this treatment. In the original film, he walks into the Springtime for Hitler auditions by mistake and is chosen to play Hitler by virtue of his utter lack of talent. LSD's So Bad Its Good performance as Hitler plays a large role in the play's unintentional and unwanted success. In the musical, Franz Liebkind is chosen to play Hitler, but Roger De Bris is the one to perform the role onstage after Franz breaks his leg.
  • August 1, 2012
    Rognik
    Game
    • In the anime adaption of Disgaea, Big Sis Prinny is left out, which is important as she's Laharl's mother and her death is the reason he's so bitter towards Love
  • August 1, 2012
    foxley
    The character of Mort (one of Basin City's few honest cops) was written out of the cinema version of Sin City movie. In the comics, Mort is the own who picks Hartigan up outside the prison. In the movie, this was done by Bob. (The extended version still includes a scene where Mort visits hartigan in hospital.)
  • August 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the Brady Bunch Animated Adaptation The Brady Kids Alice and the parents don't appear, and the dog Tiger is replaced by Moptop.
  • August 10, 2012
    triassicranger
    Have rolled most of the examples and have also Dummied Out three comments (let's just say they referred to an example where the spoiler tag didn't do any good and said example is now untrue).
  • August 10, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    More Lord Of The Rings book characters left out of the film: Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, Ghan-buri-Ghan, Quickbeam the ent, Elrond's sons Elladan and Elrohir.
  • August 10, 2012
    PDL
    A few Pokemon characters never appeared in the anime. With the Porygon episode causing a seizure incident, its evolutions will never appear in an anime episode. Quite a number of human characters do not appear as well, including Gary's sister, many members of the Elite 4, Cheren and anyone involved in Team Plasma.
  • August 11, 2012
    shastab24
    Every live-action depiction of the Hulk omits Rick Jones, despite that character being an intrinsic element to his backstory and setting Bruce Banner up as a heroic figure willing to risk his life to save another. Interestingly, Ang Lee's film used a character for the same general purpose, but didn't go all the way and actually name him Jones.
  • August 11, 2012
    DaibhidC
    I think Canon Foreigner is using the phrase Expanded Universe too loosely, and is meant to include adaptations. I base this belief on the fact it's named by analogy with Canon Immigrant, which uses Expanded Universe the same way and was definitely meant to include adaptations. (Harley Quinn from Batman The Animated Series being described as "the quintessential example").

    • The stage adaptation of Mort skips the Librarian due to the difficulty the original production had getting an orang-utan costume. It also replaces Rincewind with a wizard called Stibbons (I think before Ponder appeared in the books) so they could use a "generic" wizard costume rather than Rinso's canonical outfit.
  • August 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The original 1902 stage version of The Wizard Of Oz removes the Wicked Witch, Toto, the silver slippers, and the Yellow Brick Road; the Cowardly Lion is reduced to an extra role. The stage version of the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz removes Miss Gultch Toto, and the Winged Monkeys, and the And You Were There aspects of the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, and Wizard.
  • August 13, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^ Given the Cowardly Lion still appeared, he isn't a case of Adapted Out. And the silver slippers and yellow brick road aren't characters.

    About your 1939 example, were the companions and the farm hands turned into separate characters? If they were, that would be an inverted Composite Character.
  • August 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^Farmhands and Professor Marvel aren't in the play at all.
  • August 14, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^ Thanks for clarifying.

    Except now I've had a thought. Are we counting adaptations of adaptations (i.e. examples like the Jumanji example (see above) and your 2nd Wizard of Oz example)?
  • August 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Thinking more, the Wizard of Oz example may be unique. The producers of the play got the rights for the songs from the movie, but per their contract weren't allowed to use any dialogue from the movie which wasn't directly from the book. Since Miss Gultch and And You Were There element of the movie weren't in the book, they didn't use them.
  • August 18, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^ But given that The Wizard Of Oz was originally a book and the Oz characters having Kansas counterparts were invented for the film, does it still count?

    I presume the stage adaptation is a (more or less) straight adaptation of the film and doesn't go to lengths of Adaptation Expansion the Jumanji cartoon went to.
  • August 18, 2012
    mdulwich
    The character of Lisa Miller is absent from the film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim, although she does appear in the animated short.
  • August 18, 2012
    Psi001
    • Though his minions and many elements of Super Mario Bros 2 appear in Animated Adaptations of the Super Mario series, Wart has yet to appear in any of them, Bowser/King Koopa usually acting as a Composite Character for them both. He did make the odd appearance in the comics however.
    • Early Thomas And Friends episodes omitted many one shot or background characters used in The Railway Series novels they were adapted from, with Thomas or some other recurring engine taking their place. Jinty and Pug are absent in episodes adapted from "The Eight Famous Engines" for example, while, due to lacking budget for a model of The Flying Scotsman, "Tender Engines" was loosely adapted from "Tenders For Henry", with only the engines' tenders being shown in a cameo.
  • August 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^The 1940s stage version explicitly wasn't an adaptation of the film, it was an adaptation of the book but also using the songs from the film. Not having seen any version of Jumanji I can't speak to any comparison. It may not count.

    ETA: In retrospect I probably shouldn't have used that pothole (even though it's listed on the Screen To Stage Adaptation page), but I'm leaving it for historical purposes.
  • August 19, 2012
    ClockStopping
    • In the Clannad Visual Novel, Kappei was actually an important (if late introduced) character with his own ending and everything, but so far has not appeared in any Clannad anime adaptation ever.
    • The Fruits Basket anime aired before the manga finished and never got a second season, so characters introduced afterwards, including Kureno, Rin, Kakeru and Machi, all of whom have at least some sort of definite impact on the plot in later chapters, are left out.
  • August 19, 2012
    jate88
    @Rognik: Piccolo is in Dragonball Evolution and he doesn't appear in the anime until long after krillin appears.
  • September 17, 2012
    Synchronicity
    Bump?
  • September 18, 2012
    WaxingName
    LAUNCH IT NOW, SYNCHRONICITY!
  • September 18, 2012
    ShadowHog
    Amy Rose didn't exist when Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Sat AM were made. Is that really an example?
  • September 19, 2012
    triassicranger
    ^ Good point. Edited.
  • September 19, 2012
    azul120
  • September 19, 2012
    Psi001
    Amy's first appearance was around the same time they were released (1993), since Di C released series such as the Mario games to tie in with their release (this actually lead to some inprovised names and concepts at times, eg. the Koopa Kids), it's arguable whether it counts, though all three Sonic cartoons used the franchise in a rather obscure manner. Tails similarly isn't in Sonic Underground.
  • September 19, 2012
    miru
    SATAM got a season 2 in 1994 where they could have reasonably put Amy in.
  • September 19, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Except Amy Rose wasn't even a fully developed character until Sonic Adventure, almost four years later.
  • September 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Watchmen
      • the giant squid monster is removed, yet the backstory about its creation still seems to exist.
      • Bernard and Bernie, the newspaper seller and the kid who hangs around his stand, don't appear except during the big explosion which wipes them out, making you wonder who they are. The rest of the cast of their B-plot don't even show up that much.
    • As noted above, Rick Jones doesn't show up in any live-action version of the Hulk (except as a Mythology Gag in the The Incredible Hulk where he shows up as a college student being interviewed about the Hulk's path of destruction there). Likewise, the real creator of the Hulk, commie spy Igor Drenkov - who Banner told to stop the countdown but didn't - doesn't appear in adaptations with the exception of The Marvel Superheroes, a Motion Comic which used the original comic book panels.
  • September 20, 2012
    Sheora
    • When The Relic was adapted to film, Agent Pendergast was written out and Lieutenant D'Agosta was promoted into his role. Pendergast became the Break Out Character of the novel and is featured as the main character of all the novels that follow. The series is informally titled "The Agent Pendergast Series."
  • September 20, 2012
    triassicranger
    Deleted the Fruits Basket example for the same reason the Amy Rose example was deleted - the characters didn't exist yet.
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