->''"I was told, 'No sacrilege because of the Spanish market, no nudes because of the Italian market, no blood because of the French market and no martyrized animals because of the English market.' And I was supposed to be making a horror film!"''
-->-- '''Georges Franju''' on ''Film/EyesWithoutAFace''

A downplayed version of ExecutiveMeddling, where the bosses forbid only the use of a specific trope (be it a certain character, scene, PlotTwist or so on) in a work, requiring the writers to find an alternative.

There can be numerous reasons for this. Perhaps the executive considered the trope in question cliché (or breaking their personal WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief) and wants the writers to go back and re-think it; maybe that character was too popular (or [[MerchandiseDriven profitable]]) to be KilledOffForReal. Maybe the {{foreshadowing}} was too obvious for audience members; perhaps the prohibited trope was something offensive or controversial that might alienate potential audience members (or cause a [[InternetBackdraft firestorm]]), limiting the potential market for the product; or maybe it's simply a subject that the publisher wants no part of in the first place.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Creator/ChiakiKonaka mentioned on his website that during early planning for ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', one of the first concepts for Juri Katou's father was that he was a {{Yakuza}} boss working in prostitution. Unsurprisingly, the producers nuked that one from orbit, ''Digimon'' being a kids' series and all. What ended up happening wasn't all that much more child-friendly, though.
* Creator/UmeAoki mentioned [[AllThereInTheManual in one of the art books]] that she originally planned to have a WholesomeCrossdresser in the four original tenants of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', but was shot down by her publisher.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/ChrisClaremont wanted to reveal that ComicBook/{{Mystique}} was not in fact Nightcrawler's mother, but ''[[HomosexualReproduction his father]]'', having impregnated Destiny [[ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange while shapeshifted into male form]]. The editors did not approve, but more than one subsequent writer and a decent number of fans have considered {{Retcon}}ning this into being Nightcrawler's actual backstory, especially since Nightcrawler's ''actual'' parentage, mainly his father being the Marvel equivalent of {{Satan}}, and the story that revealed it are widely considered to be even worse.
* Another "who's the father" plotline involves Gwen Stacy's children from the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' arc "Sins Past." Originally Gwen's two children were intended to be Pete's but the editors vetoed it, feeling it'd age the character. Norman Osborn was eventually the one who they'd decided to make the father of Gwen's children. This story quickly fell into FanonDiscontinuity.
* Sally Acorn was originally intended to die during the events of the "Endgame" arc of the Franchise/ArchieComics ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book. The decision not to kill her off wasn't from fan backlash in response to the rumors (the loudest of whom was probably Creator/DavidGonterman). Editor Justin Gabrie (not Creator/{{SEGA}}) convinced then-writer Ken Penders not to go along with killing Sally as he has clarified on his site. The arc was also intended to be twice as long with a robot Sally taking the place of the real one for awhile. This idea was also scrapped.
* Jean Grey of the ComicBook/XMen was not originally intended to die in the classic [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] storyline. But editor-in-chief Jim Shooter insisted on a more severe punishment for her destruction of an inhabited world, so the story was rewritten at the last minute.
** As Shooter himself noted later, the original ending would be comparable to capturing UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, taking away the German Army, and sending him off to live in some suburb, since he's harmless now.
** When the Animated Series did the story-arc, they specifically changed the solar system she destroyed to being uninhabited to avoid this. In this version, her only victims during the act were a single ship of Shi'ar scientists who tried to stop her.
* The rejected plans for ComicBook/SpiderWoman's origin were that she wasn't a human with spider powers, she was a spider evolved to a humanoid form. Going back to the X-Men, there's a persistent rumor (which co-creator Len Wein denies he had any part of) that Wolverine was also to have been an evolved animal, but when the X-writers heard that it was pitched by Spider-Woman's writers and shot down they decided not to try it with Wolvie.
* Example of an entire work not coming out: the Brazilian distributor of Disney comics translated the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' manga, but Creator/SquareEnix has so far prevented it from being released, since the series never had an official release there (and most people played the games through piracy, since the imported games are ''way'' expensive).
* In issue #1 of ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' it was originally planned for Starfire to be in a semi-transparent bikini, but the editorial shot it down. Considering how controversial the book proved to be even without that, it was probably for the best.
* DC vetoed plans to have ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} marry her longtime girlfriend/fiancee, Maggie Sawyer. Their reasoning was no member of the Bat Family should ever be allowed to marry, because the decision to be vigilantes means that their personal lives will always be sacrificed and that they'll never be happy. Afterwards, both writers announced they were leaving the book after finishing the current arc, due to this being only the final straw on a list of vetoes. [=DC=] then vetoed ''that'', and fired them two issues early.
* Sega rejected the idea of [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Metal Sonic]] and [[Franchise/MegaMan Bass]] [[FusionDance fusing]] in ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', as well as VideoGame/MegaManX gaining a SuperMode alongside Sonic and Mega Man at the climax of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite''.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' was occasionally subject to editorial veto. In ''The Pre-History of the Far Side: A Tenth Anniversary Book'', Larson writes that in the cases of some of the cartoons that were vetoed, his editors probably [[TropesAreNotBad saved his career]] by refusing to publish them.
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had such a moment when the creator, Chester Gould, put Dick in a truly inescapable DeathTrap. Gould was so stumped for a solution that he decided to have Tracy BreakTheFourthWall and address Gould himself who literally extends his hand to lift the Detective out. His publisher, Joseph Patterson, rightly concluded that this was an incredibly lame idea and ordered Gould to redraw into something, anything, else.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' creator Scott Adams wanted to introduce Satan as a character in the strip, but the syndicate wouldn't allow it. He came up with Phil, The Prince of Insufficient Light -- a watered-down version of Satan, who carries a pitch-spoon and darns people to heck for minor misdeeds. Adams considers the resulting character an improvement over his original idea.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* One of the ideas in an early draft of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'' was for the ponies to encounter some characters from ''Franchise/GIJoe'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''; specifically, a couple of ponies would have passed by Shipwreck, who would then have [[NoMoreForMe poured his drink away]]. Reportedly, the Creator/{{Hasbro}} representative's response was "Very funny. No."
* ''Franchise/GiJoe'':
** Rumor has it that Duke was to be killed off in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie''. The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' crew liked this idea and decided to do the same for Optimus Prime in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie their movie]], which was released first. However, after the massive kids' outcry from Optimus dying, they decided to soften it just before release by putting in dialogue that confirmed Duke was in a coma, not dead (and the Joes learn that he recovers shortly after they save the day). This [[http://www.joeheadquarters.com/interviews_dixon.shtml article]] seems to confirm the rumor, as does Buzz Dixon's commentary on the Blu-Ray, where he in no uncertain terms (and using the [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus dead parrot sketch]] to boot!) states Duke was supposed to die.
** And according to Creator/WarrenEllis, writer of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', the Hasbro executives told him that he couldn't have Cobra Commander wipe out Beijing; however, they were fine with him wiping out Moscow (Hasbro toys are manufactured in China).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'':
** The original ending had Veronica [[spoiler:take J.D.'s bomb and blow up herself and everyone in school]], followed by a surreal sequence where everyone [[spoiler:who died is shown in the afterlife at a prom, where everyone -- regardless of what clique they were in when they were living, if they were in a clique at all -- gets along]]. This was regarded as "too dark" by executives and it was changed to one where [[spoiler: Veronica rejects J.D.'s ideals and J.D. kills himself with the bomb.]].
** Executives also changed Heather's posthumous underlined copy of ''Literature/CatcherInTheRye'' to ''Literature/MobyDick'', due to the notorious real-life killers associated with ''Catcher'' (and due to Salinger's refusal to relinquish the rights). The word "Eskimo" does not appear in ''Moby Dick'' for Heather to have underlined (though "Esqimaux" appears[[note]]it can be pronounced the same, however[[/note]]), whereas ''Catcher'' has the following section about the Natural History Museum:
--->The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.
** The "Snappy Snack Shack" was supposed to be a 7-11 but the execs at the chain didn't want to be associated with the film.
* In the DVD commentary for the film ''Film/BulletproofMonk'', the writers discuss how the original story had Seann William Scott's character being killed by the villain and Jaime King's character becoming the Monk's successor. The studio wouldn't allow it, so the writers had to fudge the ending, allowing both characters to live and share the Monk's power.
* Perhaps the most extreme form of executive veto comes from Creator/GeneRoddenberry's proposed script for a sequel to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' -- one in which the Enterprise crew has to go back to November 22, 1963 and ensure that UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy [[WhoShotJFK is assassinated]] to keep history flowing in the right direction. Apart from it being a RecycledScript (remember when [[Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever Kirk had to make sure a social worker died to keep the universe Nazi-free?]]), it was also glaringly TooSoon (this being not yet 20 years after the event even), and the script idea was so firmly vetoed by the execs that Roddenberry was removed from his post as producer, setting up for the much better ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}''.
** This actually happened several times, as Roddenberry kept pitching the idea for the next movie(s), and the studio kept vetoing it.
*** This plot was finally used by ''Series/RedDwarf'' decades later.
*** And an episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' had Sam as Oswald, though he did get to leap into a Secret Service agent to save Mrs. Kennedy.
*** And "Profile in Silver", an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'', where a historian named Joseph Fitzgerald, a distant relative of JFK, uses a time machine to prevent the assassination, and eventually brings the President (played by [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Andrew Robinson]]) to the 22nd century.[[spoiler:..while [[HeroicSacrifice dying in JFK's place]] to prevent his own alteration of the timestream from triggering WorldWarIII.]]
* The film ''Film/LayerCake'' has an example where an executive veto made a scene stronger: in the novel of the same name, the protagonist and his hired ColdSniper shoot an American tourist, mistaking him for TheDragon. The film was originally going to play the scene out in the same way, but Creator/{Sony}} Pictures felt uncomfortable with killing the American and asked for the scene to be changed. It was: the Dragon snipes the sniper before he takes his shot at the tourist, which the director's commentary states makes for a better scene.
* ''Film/Alien3'' was originally not going to feature Ellen Ripley. Fox vetoed, saying she was the core of the franchise (and as [[ExecutiveMeddling/{{Film}} other]] [[TroubledProduction pages]] show, things only got worse from there on). Early on, the only veto was against using the aliens' home planet as the setting because it would be too expensive. The demand to feature Ripley came in 1989, when Joe Roth became chairman of FOX, and the ExecutiveMeddling only became worse after that.
* Rocky was originally supposed to die in the street at the end of ''Film/RockyV'', symbolizing his total ruination. The producer and director reportedly called Creator/SylvesterStallone and said "By the way, Rocky doesn't die."
* The line "I haven't been fucked like that [[BlackComedy since grade school]]" in ''Film/FightClub'' was a replacement, after the original line was considered [[VulgarHumor too crass]] by Fox executives, and the writer got them to agree [[TemptingFate that ANYTHING else was better]] and they would not veto the line a second time. The original line? [[spoiler: "I [[CrossesTheLineTwice want to have your abortion.]]"]] Incidentally, actress Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, who delivered the line, didn't know that "grade school" is the American equivalent of "primary school" and was ''quite displeased'' when she found out afterwards.
* Jon Peters is infamous for demanding a fight between the lead and a giant spider in whatever franchise he was producing during the '90s, such as ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. The only giant spider that managed to make its way into theatres under Peters's watch in the end was ''Film/WildWildWest''. ''A western''.
* The '90s also saw a similar case in Fox executive Dylan Sellers. The victim was the planned reboot of ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' and Sellers's veto was his demand of a scene where the apes played UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} with the lead. The then projected [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty reboot]] with the title ''Return of the Apes'' and starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as a scientist {{time travel}}ling to prehistoric UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} was canceled mere months before filming was scheduled because writer Terry Hayes fervently refused to include the baseball scene, so Sellers had him fired and director Phillip Noyce resigned in solidarity with Hayes. Sam Hamm was then brought in and penned a more comedic, child-friendly, straight space Sci-Fi draft with ''two'' scenes featuring apes playing baseball. This script never got to the filming stage as Sellers was arrested soon after for [[DrunkDriver drunk driving]]; [[ARareSentence afterwards, no ''Apes'' script included baseball]].
* The 2005 ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' might have featured Creator/JimCarrey as Willy Wonka and been directed by Tom Shadyac (the ''Film/AceVentura'' films, ''Film/LiarLiar''), but this was vetoed by Creator/RoaldDahl's widow Felicity.
* Creator/SaulBass's first poster design for ''Film/OneTwoThree'' depicted a stylized Coca-Cola bottle with an American flag sticking out of it. The Coca-Cola Company vetoed this.
* Creator/TerryPratchett was approached by an American studio wanting to make a move out of his novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan''. Things went well until a studio exec said "Americans are gonna have a problem with the character of {{Death}}. Lose him, willya?" Pratchett pointedly withdrew from negotiation after that.

* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Slaves of the Abyss'' was originally intended to end with the player character making a HeroicSacrifice, staying in the Abyss to allow everyone else to escape. Steve Jackson felt that the player should get a massive reward for winning, and so the ending was changed to one where they get godlike powers instead.

* Editors forced Creator/RobertAHeinlein to change the ending of ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars'' so that the title character doesn't die at the end. Modern copies have both endings.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** In early planning phases for the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' and subsequent books, Anakin Solo was planned as becoming a major character, taking up Luke's mantle as leader of the Jedi, and maybe even falling to TheDarkSide, while his older brother Jacen was going to be killed in the Yuuzhan Vong War. When Del Rey Books (or Creator/GeorgeLucas himself, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Anakin_Solo#cite_ref-draft2_44-0 things are uncertain]]) thought that it was too similar to the journey of Anakin's namesake, [[spoiler:the boys' roles were swapped; they killed Anakin and had Jacen fall]].
** Amongst known vetoes in ''Star Wars'' fiction are: the name of Yoda's species, his planet of origin and, of course, killing off the Big Three (Han, Luke and Leia). They managed a workaround with that last one by setting some of the stories over a century in the future, long past their natural lifespans.
** The 1994 ''Star Wars'' Style guide imposed several restrictions on writers. Changing the power structure of the galaxy or introducing new technology was a no go. One of the biggest rules imposed in it (before the prequels came about and negated them) was "Do not talk about the past". Specifically, writers were barred from depicting ''anything'' that took place before ''Film/ANewHope'' (i.e. the Clone Wars, specifics of the Old Republic, how the Emperor came to power, how the rebellion stole the X-Wing prototype, the fall of the Republic and the Jedi Knights, the history of the Emperor and Vader, the history of the Mandalorians, and anything about the history of the Jedi Knights).
** For a time, George Lucas forbid the creation of further Wookiee Jedi, but later reversed the decision and even had a Wookiee youngling introduced on [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]] series
* In the original version of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', Captain Nemo was a Polish noble fighting his personal vendetta against the Russian Empire after his family has been murdered by Russian troops during the ill-fated January Uprising. Pierre-Jules Hetzel however asked Verne to change the Captain's nationality as France was allied with Russia at the time and a sympathetic anti-Russian protagonist could stir political trouble. An Indian noble fighting the British -- enemies of both the French and the Russians -- was fair game, though.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/{{FOX}} stopped the producers of ''Series/TwentyFour'' from actually killing President Keeler in the fourth season. They had to make do with putting him in a coma instead.
* Creator/{{ABC}} prevented the creators of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' from killing Jack in the first episode. The plane's pilot was created and killed instead.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Creator/TheBBC ordered the removal of all shots of Captain Jack's naked backside from the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf Bad Wolf]]".
** Midge's unexplained death in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]" is because BBC executives considered the original scripted fate for him (after he loses the motorbike-chicken game with the Doctor, the Master has the other cheetah-infected boys tear him apart for showing weakness) unacceptably gruesome.
** Various eras of the show saw BBC executives shoot down any suggestion of a ''Doctor Who'' story set in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany on [[TooSoon taste grounds]], although several [[Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} Expanded Universe]] media got away with it. This was finally broken with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]".
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Richard Dean Anderson wanted to leave the show and retire as early as season 6 but the Sci-Fi Channel wouldn't let him. It wasn't until after season 8 and the success of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' that Jack O'Neill finally got PutOnABus.
** Happens in-universe, in a more literal sense. A news reporter who has a scoop on the Stargate program is told that her boss was ordered by the president of the US to kill the story.
* According to ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' executive producer John Goldwyn, Showtime would not allow Dexter to be killed off in the series finale, resulting in the show's now infamous [[AssPull "lumberjack ending"]].
* FOX executives wouldn't let the production crew of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' film an expensive fight scene where the T-850 model Cromartie takes on an entire SWAT team. Instead, series creator Josh Friedman opted for an alternate fight scene that didn't show most of the violence. The end result, a SWAT raid that goes awry and is only seen from beneath the water in a hotel pool as Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around" plays, [[TropesAreNotBad is considered by many to be a much more effective way of showing the carnage]].
* Creator/TinaFey wrote the role of Jenna in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' for her friend Rachel Dratch, but NBC wouldn't let her do it. Fey got back at them by writing all kinds of bizarre one-shot characters who are all played by Dratch.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Writers originally intended for Tommy to be killed off like his ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' counterpart during the "Green Candle" multiparter. Saban nixed that, instead having him be BroughtDownToNormal and written out temporarily. This was a brilliant decision, as Tommy was the most popular character, and keeping him alive kept viewers interested.
* Series/{{MASH}} had a planned episode in the first season where Hawkeye impregnated two nurses and tries to avoid marrying either one. FOX shot down this idea.
* A second season episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', called "The Bet", was scripted, but never filmed. In the script, Jerry and Elaine make a bet about the ease of buying a gun, and a subplot about George finding out whether Kramer slept with an airline stewardess. [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] felt it to be too dark and disturbing. In particular, Creator/JasonAlexander mentions when she read a scene in which she holds the gun to her head reading "where do you want it Jerry? The Kennedy? [holds the gun to her stomach] The [[UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley McKinley]]?", she turned to him and said "I'm not doing this". The script was thrown out and "The Phone Message" was written in two days to take its place.
* The producers estimated that they needed to build at least nine ships for the second season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', which was based on a book that features [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Fantasy!Vikings]] invading the North, a massive naval battle on Blackwater Bay and Daenerys being attacked by an assassin on the docks of Qarth and leaving this city by ship in the end. HBO replied that they had money for '''one''' ship and no more. So all ships were the same one multiplied by CGI (with different CGI sails for variety), the Fantasy!Viking landing proper took place offscreen, the Battle of Blackwater (which was considered to take place entirely offscreen as well) was fought on land after most of the enemy fleet was destroyed in a CGI explosion, and the scene with Daenerys was pushed to the third season.

* Music/PatBenatar wanted the central character of the music video for "Love is a Battlefield" to become a prostitute after she runs away from home. The executives at her label, Creator/ChrysalisRecords, rejected it; thus the character gets a job as a dime-a-dance girl in a strip club (a la Music/TinaTurner's "Private Dancer").
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic:
** Al got a veto from Music/MichaelJackson against recording a parody of "Black or White", stating that he didn't want anything to dilute the song's message. Other than that, he has free reign with Jackson's discography.
** He also got a veto from the vegetarian Music/PaulMcCartney against recording "Chicken Pot Pie" (Live and Let Die) because it deals with eating meat.
** Music/{{Prince}} never agreed to parodies of his songs, though Yankovic once said he checked with him every few years just to see if he lightened up. ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen He never did]].)
** Jimmy Page refused permission to record a polka medley of Music/LedZeppelin songs, although allowed for a sample of "Black Dog" to be used in "Trapped in at the Drive-Thru".
** Daniel Powter refused permission to do a parody of "Bad Day", called "You Had a Bad Date". Powter changed his mind, however, and ultimately gave permission the day before the recording of "Straight Outta Lynwood" was to begin. But by that time, as Yankovic stated, "the train had left the station."
** Though it's important to note that, under U.S. law, none of those vetoes were really enforceable because of fair use laws (as Yankovic's work falls squarely into the parody category). It's simply his policy to ask for permission out of respect. However, he often does play refused parodies live.[[note]]He does still need permission to use the actual music, though; the only exception being "Lasagna", his parody of "La Bamba", which is in the public domain (although his parody is based on the Ritchie Valens version).[[/note]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon exercises full creative control over the Wrestling/{{WWE}} and often uses the executive veto. On the good side, he was effective enough at filtering Wrestling/VinceRusso's ideas that Russo was regarded as a creative genius before he left WWE. On the negative side, he's done such things as veto Paul Burchill's Jack Sparrow-inspired pirate gimmick because he hadn't seen the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series (despite the fact that it was a cultural phenomenon) and thought the character was all wrong, as he thought that Burchill's character should have been more like an Creator/ErrolFlynn-style swashbuckler, and nixed the character despite Burchill being over with the fans.
* One of the things that contributed to Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s death was that Wrestling/HulkHogan had "complete creative control" written into his contract, which meant he could literally rewrite the cards to put himself over at the expense of everyone and everything else. He did this frequently.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff wanted to an invasion angle with WCW after seeing shoot style Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation invade strong style Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. He vetoed Ole Anderson's choice of Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling though, as well as WCW and Smokey Mountain's talent exchange. Both of these still happened a year later after Smokey Mountain closed and Ole Anderson was fired, just with the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo (invaders) and Heartland Wrestling Association (talent developmental) in its place.
* Wrestling/CMPunk credits Wrestling/PaulHeyman for preventing WWE from changing his ring name and repackaging Punk with a different gimmick. The story Punk doesn't tell is that he was in line to have a male cheerleader gimmick alongside [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]]. That gimmick ended up going to the Spirit Squad, who didn't even have the benefit of a female cheerleader to accompany them... though Punk's was to be a baby {{face}}, the Squad [[TheCheerleader were not]].

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' would have ended with Kermit announcing that ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' [[{{Uncancelled}} will be brought back]] "this fall on Creator/{{ABC}}!" Disney put an ax to that plan. Then waited four years and [[Series/TheMuppets let it actually happen]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' was originally planned to have a single, ambiguous ending, and expected the player to infer what happened based on their actions. However, higher-ups didn't like this and pushed for the developers to include a good and a bad ending. Many would argue this as a positive example of the veto.
* According to legend, when Creator/HideakiAnno was told that Creator/StudioGainax had rejected the offer for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' to be in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', he said, essentially, "There's no way you're keeping my [=EVAs=] from fighting beside the likes of [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter]] and [[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinger!]]"
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' is noted for having a relatively complex plot for a Mario game, but Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto kept the team from going further in that direction for [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 the sequel]], reflecting his belief that Mario games shouldn't really have deep plots.
** Similarly, the developers of ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' were said to have wanted a more dramatic kidnapping scene than Miyamoto would allow.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' got a similar treatment. It was originally going to have a plot with strong continuity ties to the rest of the series (cut dialogue suggests it was originally planned to be about the Imprisoning War from the backstory of ''A Link to the Past''), but when Miyamoto saw it he complained that the plot should not be something that confused the player -- leastways not with this particular game -- and "upended the teatable" on the project. What's left is a game with strong hints of both ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' but without clear continuity, even retelling Ganondorf's backstory. In the end, the [[AllThereInTheManual official timeline]] dictates that ''Four Swords Adventures'' and ''A Link to the Past'' are in [[AlternateTimeline different timeline branches]] split off from ''Ocarina of Time''. Even so it still raises [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] as it clearly wasn't written with continuity in mind.
* The second ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' originally had a KillEmAll ending, and may not have had a Light Side path at all. One of the few bits of ''good'' executive meddling from Lucasarts was to tell Obsidian to dummy those out. It's also important to remember that the rest of Lucasarts's ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the game being rushed out and losing about 1/4 of its planned content. Unfortunately as a result, the game had no real ending at all.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'': John Madden outright refused to put his name on the six man football prototype EA first showed him, forcing the project to be shelved until consoles came around that could handle full teams.
* ''Seymour Goes to Hollywood'' would have been a ''VideoGame/{{Dizzy}}'' game, except that Creator/{{Codemasters}} forbade placing Dizzy in the modern world.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' was originally planned to use Donkey Kong Jr. as the Player 2 character. Nintendo's veto of this idea led to the creation of Diddy Kong.
* Franchise/{{LEGO}} forbade the creators of the ''[[VideoGame/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Online Game]]'' from focusing on the Toa, as they wanted to tell their story through a video game, but they received a lot of freedom about handling the islanders. This is seen as one reason why the ''BIONICLE'' line became so popular, since the game allowed for kids to [[FeaturelessProtagonist imagine themselves into the]] PlayerCharacter's shoes, discover the lore through talking to the EnsembleDarkhorse villagers, and by only seeing glimpses of the heroes, they seemed much more mysterious. After the video game got canceled, and it was too late to conclude the Toa's story in the comics, the ''MNOG'' was free to use the Toa for the epic ending.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The executives of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' were once presented with the character of Stinkor to be included as a villain in the show. They hated the idea, thinking the character ridiculous enough to not be taken seriously by the fanbase. As a result, they resolved to never use him in ''She-Ra'' or any other ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse''-based media. The character was eventually allowed to be used in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002''. WebVideo/{{Phelous}} gave them some flak for this when he brought up a similarly scent-based good-guy character named "Perfuma", who ''was'' in the show, and the obvious rivalry therein.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Executives for objected to showing the Graysons' deaths. The producers opted to use a SoundOnlyDeath instead, deciding it was more powerful this way.
** It was actually a common policy for the show: the writers would write scenes, the executives would veto the scene, so the writers would [[CensorDecoy write a worse scene that somehow got through]]. Possibly the best overall example (as opposed to individual scenes throughout the series) is the Joker Venom: it originally killed its victims, but since you can't have a mass murderer actually [[NobodyCanDie kill people]] on a kids' show, they instead had them have a permanent grin on their face and laugh uncontrollably, which made for much creepier scenes.
** In that same vein, Alan Burnett revealed that he once wrote an episode in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' where Terry and Dana break up for a final time and Terry hooks up with his best friend Max. Creator/BruceTimm vetoed it, because when he proposed the episode, he'd intended that Terry/Dana ''finally'' have their important date at the end.
* The crew of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' averted this by pestering the higher-ups endlessly over marrying off Filbert and Hutch. In spite of the rules at the time stating that no [[Creator/{{Nicktoons}} Nicktoon]] could have any continuity, the execs caved and let the show go through with the wedding. They skipped the process and just gave the okay when the guys asked for permission to give Filbert and Hutch kids.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** According to WordOfGod, this is the reason that Princess Celestia is a [[PrincessesRule Princess]] and not a Queen, because apparently, Hasbro claimed that Creator/{{Disney}} [[TropeCodifier made it so that]] little girls [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen affiliated queens with evil]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses with good]].
** Applejack, one of the main characters, harvests apples by kicking the apple trees. She was originally to headbutt the trees, before Hasbro reminded the studio their primary audience is girls 6-10 years old.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler: Jet]] dies during the Ba Sing Se arc, but it isn't very clear on what happens and the most confirmation we get is Toph using her LivingLieDetector ability to figure out that he's lying about being okay. Confusing? Extremely, to the point where fans jumped on HesJustHiding theories and the creators actually Lampshaded it in the episode ''The Ember Island Players'' (in which the eponymous actors bungle the death scene, resulting in the actor portraying [[spoiler: Jet]] having to crawl underneath the boulder that's supposed to have crushed him, leaving the real Team Avatar confused over his fate). Turns out that Bryke planned for him to die on-screen, but the executives shot that idea down and refused to let them confirm it outright. Until the commentary for the abovementioned episode, that is.
* Inverted with the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', with producer Eddie Selzer repeatedly pre-emptively vetoing ideas, and Chuck Jones making the cartoon he was told not to do. For example, he was once told not to make a cartoon about bullfighting, the resulting short was "Bully for Bugs".
* Creator/ComedyCentral executives told Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone not to have ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' character Butters being [[AbusiveParents beaten by his parents]] after viewing the notorious ending to "[[Recap/SouthParkS6E1JaredHasAides Jared Has Aides]]".
* Executives demanded that the ending of the "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS1E4TreeTrunks Tree Trunks]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' be rewritten to clearly demonstrate that Tree Trunks hadn't died. Probably a good thing given the fan enthusiasm for many of the later episodes centering on her.