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->''"The action is intercut with human scenes that seem dragged in kicking and screaming from another movie... If there is one thing everyone in Hollywood thinks they know for sure, it's that the three most important words in movie development are story, story, story. This is not a story: A group of inconsequential human characters watch animation."''
-->-- '''RogerEbert''', [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/06/the_fall_of_the_revengers.html regarding]] ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''

So a LiveActionAdaptation of your favorite childhood FunnyAnimal cartoon is coming out. You go to see it, and... what's this? Who's this guy? Where's the cartoon character? Why should we care about this guy? Can you move it along and get to the cartoon character now? Oh, there he is! And now they're back to that guy again. Looks like it's gonna be another [[TitleDrop Human Focused Adaptation]].

Family movies that are live action (and sometimes even animated) adaptations of cartoons that otherwise probably wouldn't work as a live action blockbuster, or actually ''would'', normally seem to focus more on a newer human character and his [[RomanticPlotTumor love life]], [[DemotedToExtra rather than the character from the series the movie is adapting]]. More often than not, the plot has an UnluckyEverydude with a crappy job and a crush on his hot co-worker, having a run-in with the cartoon character of the day, or having said cartoon character as a pet. HilarityEnsues, and the cartoon character's hijinks somehow bring Everydude and his love interest together, and they live HappilyEverAfter.

These subplots mostly, if not always seem to do with the unlucky new guy [[RomanticPlotTumor in love]]. This even applies to ''already existing'' human characters who never had a love interest, and are either given a completely new one, or they take an existing character and pair them up, accuracy be damned.

This is probably caused by a combination of the costs (both time and money) of CGI and the beliefs that a human character might be [[MostWritersAreHuman more relatable]] or that people want to see a love story--no matter how much it has to be shoehorned in. This trope, while common to live action, is not exclusively a live action trope. There are many examples within anime, comics, and Western animation itself. If any adaptation reduces the importance of the major characters (or major non-human characters) to focus on more humanistic or traditional characters, it should count as being this trope, regardless of the medium. Note that this doesn't always mean "non-human characters are barely in it" but that the ratio is shifted considerably. The amount of human importance may shift from 10% original to 60% adaptation, it still leaves 40% of the movie to the non-human characters. It isn't always about "making it relatable" but being a PragmaticAdaptation if you are going to make something in a different medium.

Related to AdaptationDecay, MostWritersAreHuman, DevelopingDoomedCharacters, RomanticPlotTumour, JustHereForGodzilla, SpotlightStealingSquad, DemotedToExtra.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/SonicX'' during first two seasons has Chris Thorndike taking the spotlight and filling roles which, in the actual game versions of the stories ''Sonic X'' was adapted from, were filled by Tails and Amy. This turned off quite a few fans as a result. But Season 3 just about inverts this trope, with Chris in their world, as a side character.
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' gave a lot of focus and screentime to humanoid looking Fumu and Bun (Tiff and Tuff in the dub), though since Kirby was basically a baby in this [[AlternateContinuity continuity]], pretty much ''everyone'' at some point got more focus over him. Kirby sometimes didn't even ''do anything'' until the climax of the episode.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Underdog}}'', which makes ''no sense''; the original cartoon featured a 100% FunnyAnimal-populated world.
* ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'': Though the Chipmunks get a fair enough amount of screentime and focus, it still follows the "unlucky guy in love has cartoon characters as pets" formula. At least the human in question, Dave, was a part of the franchise to begin with. The "Squeakquel" introduced some reason why he couldn't be there and then replaced him with some completely random loser.
* The first live-action ''Film/{{Garfield}}'' movie came out at a time when in the comic, Liz looked down on Jon, when somehow she's madly in love with him in the movie. The comic would later follow suit.
** It should be noted, however, that Garfield is still the main character, and gets the majority of screentime.
** It could also be noted that the 'unlucky guy in love owns the non-human characters' set-up was justified by the fact that the ''comic'' has it that way. The movie just made the owner luckier with the love bit.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' movie gave less screen time to the cartoon moose and squirrel than their traditional human villains and new human characters. Rocky and Bullwinkle are on a very small part of the DVD cover (pictured above) while the human characters are front and center.
* Two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' live action movies.
** ''Film/SpaceJam'' puts its focus on bringing Michael Jordan into the Looney Tunes' world to save them from aliens by playing basketball. The first part of the movie plays like a {{Biopic}} of Jordan before the Looney Tunes show up.
** ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' introduces two human characters to team up with Bugs and Daffy and even gives them a romantic subplot.
** Additionally, a supposedly upcoming ''Marvin the Martian'' movie has been implied to follow this in its summaries.
* ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'': Although everyone in the cast basically is human (or at least HumanAliens given that the main characters are from another planet), the live-action adaptation still manages to have some of this going on. The first half hour of the movie focuses on the eponymous heroes, but once they journey to Earth, the story becomes more about the mundane Earthlings Julie and Kevin up until the final climatic battle, and then afterward returns to them for the conclusion.
* Two Creator/DrSeuss live action adaptations (and one animated one):
** ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', while still mainly focused on The Grinch, has more focus put on the Whos (who are more or less RubberForeheadAliens) than in the original, especially Cindy Lou, who gets half the movie to herself and has far less makeup than the other Whos, making her look even more human than the rest of them. Partly explainable as an attempt to stretch a short children's book into a feature length movie.
** ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' in its film adaptation.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' focuses its "past" timeline on the interactions between the titular nonhuman and the Once-ler, but the former barely appears at all in the "present" timeline, which constitutes the first third and last third of the movie. (Also, the Once-ler is now clearly human rather than AmbiguouslyHuman.)
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'' LiveActionAdaptation has the Smurfs taking refuge with a husband and wife in [[BigApplesauce New York]] after being teleported there. Pretty much follows this trope to the letter.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' takes a backseat to Ranger Smith, of all people. Yogi and Boo-Boo are all but reduced to walking, talking plot devices, while most of the story focuses on Smith's efforts to save Jellystone Park from being demolished and turned into farmland. At least here the human was actually ''in'' the original series.
* The 1932 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'' focuses on the character of Jack Thornton, played by Clark Gable, over Buck the dog. In the book, he only factors into perhaps a third of the plot.
* Although the original is also about a human, the first ''Series/MrBean'' movie, ''Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie'' did something like this. The original series is simply about a near-mute, accident prone-fellow causing chaos and havoc wherever he goes, which tends to lend itself best to brief vignettes. The movie, of course, had to flesh this out, so it centred mainly on some American art expert who Bean stays with and his troubled relationship with his family.
* Some of the Muppet productions fall under this trope:
** Played with in ''Film/TheMuppets'' where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CloKbXtD28 the trailer]] makes it look like a human-focused romantic comedy, only for Kermit the Frog to show up and reveal the real nature of the film. It still technically qualifies for this trope, though; most of the screentime is given to Creator/JasonSegel, AmyAdams and new character Walter (who is a {{Muppet}} but not in-universe[[note]]In the movie's universe, "Muppet" only refers to members of Kermit's troupe[[/note]] [[spoiler:until the final act of the movie]]), although the humans' subplot takes a backseat to the main plot for most of the movie. That said, a concerted effort was made to give the Muppets enough screen time and have them qualify as main characters.
** Referenced when Jason Segel hosted ''SaturdayNightLive'', and The Muppets were upset that they weren't asked to host.
--->'''Kermit''': [[SarcasmMode It makes perfect sense that they would pick Jason! I mean when people go to a MUPPET movie, they say, "Gee, I can't wait to see the human!"]]
** The literature adaptations are bad for this. ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' is all about Michael Caine's Scrooge, although Kermit and Gonzo get major roles as Bob Cratchett and Dickens. In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the main focus is on Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, played by TimCurry. Originally [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the "Jim Hawkins" part was going to be played by Rizo and Gonzo]] (being named Jim and Hawkins as two characters), before it was decided to make it into a ComingOfAgeStory with an actual human kid as Jim. And in ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz'' Ashanti's amount of focus makes The Muppets themselves feel like an afterthought. In this case both are based on stories where the main characters were humans, and the trope is just a side-effect of staying faithful to the story.
** The original Muppet outings tend to avert the trope by including major human characters but keeping the focus on Kermit and the gang. In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' and ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', said humans are antagonists or connected to them in some way, and ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' doesn't even have a major antagonist, with Kermit getting amnesia the problem that the climax hinges upon. Other human characters are there for the Muppets to play off of and/or to provide cameos for name performers.
* The ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' film, ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'', contains a large amount of focus on a human man played by Peter Fonda and his granddaughter played by Mara Wilson, as well as the Conductor played by Alec Baldwin. While Thomas and the other engines are in the film, this can largely be blamed on it also being an adaptation of ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'', which was a framing device for the series.

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[[folder: Fan Fics ]]

* Take any franchise focusing mainly on {{mons}}, whether it be {{Pokemon}} or {{Digimon}}. Chances are, at least half of its fics are Human romances in which no Pokemon or Digimon are even mentioned ''whatsoever''.


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[[folder: Franchises ]]

* While the 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film and its sequel are often mocked for this due to its high visibility, the [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} franchise in general]] has a long history of it. The first half of ''TransformersArmada'' was almost more about the humans than about the robots, and ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' takes it UpToEleven, gradually morphing into a HenshinHero series as the actual Autobots are displaced by an increasing number of humans in PoweredArmor. In the case of the live-action movies, if they didn't have humans as part of the plot and focused more on the Transformers, there would really be no reason to make a live-action adaptation, as opposed to just going all CG. Plus there's the fact that the CGI for every frame with a Cybertronian in it took about twenty-four hours to render and [[NeverLiveItDown Devastator melted a computer]], so it would be pretty much impossible to be more robocentric without setting parts of Hollywood on fire. It got slightly better in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', where (apart from Sam's role in the first act) the Transformers are treated as actual characters rather than plot devices to help Sam get the girl and satisfy his sex drive. Although unhealthy amounts of time are still given to human characters, the main plot definitely focuses on the Transformers and their history (most of the human screentime consists of subplots).
** This trope was lampshaded in the first panel of [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=239 this]] ''VGCats'' comic.
--->Starring a cast of two-dimensional characters no one cares about! With special guest stars the Transformers.
** The show was similarly human focused since the Autobots were learning Earth culture through their human friends and exploration. Also, very few plots were because the Autobots stumbled upon a Decepticon plot, and Teletraan-1 intercepted human communications for possible Decepticon involvement.
** ''Inverted'' with ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines,'' the only show in the franchise to ''lack'' human characters (barring a brief flashback).
* By default, every ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' adaptation with the sole exception of ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution'' - though the existence of human Tamers for the {{mons}} was part of the original fluff for the virtual pets, said fluff didn't mention any specific human characters, and the majority of adaptations - most prominently the various anime - tend to focus much more on the interactions and struggles of the humans, relegating their Digimon partners to more of a support role. This is also averted by ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' where Digimons actually managed to end up being more developed than some of the human cast. A rare TropesAreNotBad example.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The official novelisation of ''Series/DoctorWho'''s DevelopmentHell episode, "Shada", gives the two helpful human characters, who fulfilled their plot function and were then put OutOfFocus in the original, roles about as prominent as that of the Doctor and Romana. Their relationship with each other goes from being ImpliedLoveInterest to explicitly romantic, with Chris's conflict being how he CanNotSpitItOut and admit he loves Clare - Chris even [[GrandTheftMe literally hijacks the Doctor]] during his climactic defeat of the villain to say "I love you" to her. Most of the middle of the book is also rejigged to be from Chris's point of view. TropesAreNotBad, of course, as it serves the purpose of allowing outsider perspectives on [[LargeHam the Doctor's antics]] - the Fourth Doctor's character is very much defined by the eccentric ways he moves and goes about doing things, which is easy to represent on television, but in a book his actions have to be relayed through a witness who understands him as little as we do.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* The TV adaptation of ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' changed Bob the Skull from a disembodied air-spirit to the ghost of a human wizard, so he could be portrayed by an actor rather than a cloud of CGI sparks or an animated prop.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}''. [[WordOfGod Greg Farshtey]] has stated this as the main reason why {{LEGO}} never allowed a theatrical movie to be made. They received several pitches for it, and all of them involved human kids somehow ending up in the ''BIONICLE'' universe - which is supposed to be a ConstructedWorld ''in which humans do not and never will exist''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* A rare ''video game'' example in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. The Creator/{{Disney}} and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters seem secondary to the original cast. Part of this is that Disney laid down so much ExecutiveMeddling [[TeethClenchedTeamwork behind the scenes in the first game]] that the production team decided that in general, original characters were the only ones they could tell new or interesting stories with, and not have to worry about Disney pitching a fit at characterization or portrayals of their properties.
* {{Inverted}} with several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' spinoffs. While the games and most adaptations place a healthy amount of focus on the eponymous pocket monsters, the stories generally center on the adventures of their human trainers. In some spinoff titles such as ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' and ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii'', humans receive a passing mention at best.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* {{Parodied|Trope}} in Creator/RoosterTeeth's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2matH4B9bTo trailer]] [[RealTrailerFakeMovie for the]] ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' movie, in which the human characters have more screen time and focus than the birds and pigs. Note that there are no humans in the source material.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A fully animated example is the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', whose title characters take a backseat to a little orphan girl, in a plot that seems like they were trying to remake ''Disney/TheRescuers'' as a musical with Tom and Jerry thrown in as an afterthought. Averted with the DirectToVideo ''Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz'' where they and other MGM animated characters are OffToSeeTheWizard.
* The ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has an interesting history with this Trope, especially considering [[MerchandiseDriven its nature]]:
** [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The orig]][[MyLittlePonyAndFriends inal show]] had a human girl named Megan who, along with her siblings in the shows, helped the ponies in their fight against whatever apocalypse was threatening them at the moment. Granted, she was very seldom the main character of an episode, but she was still around for most. Books and comics for the series also frequently included humans, typically either normal people or magical beings like witches. %%Question: How often did she or her siblings act as Deus Ex Machina?
** Most of the sequel series [[AvertedTrope avert this]] being SliceOfLife series that focus solely on the ponies.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', the first appearance of this Trope since G2, is about human versions of G4 ponies [[HighSchoolAU attending high school]]. It can be considered {{Downplayed|Trope}}, however, since the characters have either been [[HumanityEnsues transformed]] or [[AlternateSelf re-imagined]] as human beings rather than introduced to brand new human characters.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]]'' has another similar inversion. The show originally focused on an orphan girl named Holly who helped the eponymous talking dogs, while her WickedStepmother served as the main villain. [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 The remake]] now focuses mostly on the dogs.
* While ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' does have the human main character of Blythe, the trope is {{downplayed|trope}} as she is merely ''a'' main character and the pets receive a good amount of focus.
* The animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has Harry Grimore as the main protagonist, next to Felicia.
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