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->''"Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been."''
-->--'''John Greenleaf Whittier'''

This is when directors or writers release details about plots, characters, [[BackStory back stories]], or other elements they ''thought'' about adding to the story at one point but ultimately never did. Unlike AllThereInTheManual, however, this new information is not released as WordOfGod with the intention of being added to the {{Canon}}. These elements are only What Could Have Been but never were and never will be part of the story proper.

Some may quickly find a home in FanWork. Many fans love hearing the possible paths their favorite story could have taken... even while breathing a sigh of relief (or feeling disappointed) that they ultimately didn't come to be.

This can also refer to a SequelHook that [[{{Vaporware}} never got a payoff]], alternate casts or directors, or even tantalizing news that the entire story was ''completely'' different from the one we all know, when it was first conceived.

Just a few typical reasons for why stories get altered along the way:
* The {{Media Watchdog}}s or [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] said, "No," or at the very least, "Yes, but only if you change this."
* Technical reasons: The people who were originally hired to do it backed out, the special effects plans didn't play out in their favor, there was not enough money in the budget to include it.
* WritingAroundTrademarks -- They couldn't get the legal rights to it.
* Story quality -- The writers simply decided on something different instead because some ideas, no matter how cool they sound when they first come to you, just have to go (or, in the case of comedies, the joke wasn't as funny as it should have been). Maybe the author realizes the fans wouldn't be too happy about seeing the death of a [[TheWoobie sympathetic]] or [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular]] character you originally planned to kill off (not that it stops [[JossWhedon a]] [[Creator/RomanPolanski few]] [[Creator/ChristopherNolan people]]). Or maybe you realize what sounds [[RuleOfCool oh so cool]] in your head pushes WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too far on film or paper. Or maybe it was a [[AuthorsSavingThrow bad idea]] to begin with. In any case, someone eventually had a better idea.
* A side effect of ThrowItIn -- Something had to be ''thrown out'' or made up on the spot in its place. (This apparently happens a lot when you're working with Creator/HarrisonFord or if you're a cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'')
* The [[AuthorExistenceFailure creator/actor/voice actor/author/director dies.]] Or [[CreatorKiller suffers loss of reputation]]. Or [[RichesToRags goes bankrupt]].
* Time constraints: Sometimes the creators simply run out of time and are unable to implement it.

A good place to find What Could Have Been is in DVDCommentary and out-of-continuity {{pilot}}s used to pitch a show.

Keep in mind that TropesAreNotGood and the ideas and concepts implemented into the final product are sometimes better than What Would Have Been.

See also TheOtherMarty, {{Vaporware}}, DevelopmentHell, DummiedOut and MidDevelopmentGenreShift. Contrast with OffscreenMomentOfAwesome where a particularly grand moment is seemingly perfectly set up to happen but then isn't seen, and TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot for when they used an awesome idea in a horrible, ''horrible'' way. Occasionally something that was removed survives in another part of the series, then it is RefittedForSequel.

For further reading, see the [[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3120939 TV Moments That Never Happened]] thread at Television Without Pity, the [[http://originalvidjunkie.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Never%20Got%20Made%20Files Original Vid Junkie's "Never Got Made" files]], and the "Movies that Never Were" series at [=CHUD.com=], the links for all of which are included in this [[http://chud.com/articles/articles/23158/1/MOVIES-THAT-NEVER-WERE-5-SPECIAL-LOST-MOVIES-EDITION-/Page1.html lost movies entry]]. This subject has also been covered by ''TheOnion A.V. Club'' [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/vaporware-no-more-31-lost-projects-were-hoping-to,2543/ here]] and [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/longedfor-unrealized-projects,51690/ here]], and at [=OMGHorror.com=] [[http://omghorror.blogfaction.com/article/101788/feature-the-15-greatest-horror-movies-that-never-were/ here]].
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!!Examples
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%% This is a list of MEDIA, not works. Works go on the media page.
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Anime}} Anime & Manga]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/ComicBooks
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Film}}s
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/UnsortedFilm Other Films]]
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/UnsortedAnimatedFilm Other Animated Films]]
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/DisneyAndPixar Disney and Pixar]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Literature}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/LiveActionTV
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Music}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/ProfessionalWrestling
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Sports}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Theater}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGames
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/WebOriginal
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/WesternAnimation
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!!Other Examples

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[[folder:Card Games]]
* A bit more subtle than the other examples on this page. Originally, each new expansion of ''MagicTheGathering'' was going to have a new color scheme on the card backs instead of the usual brown and tan -- for instance, ''Arabian Nights'' would have been orange and magenta, ''Ice Age'' would have been two shades of blue. This was nixed when the designers realized this would make it too easy for your opponents to identify the cards you have in your hand by their backs, giving them an unfair advantage, so the card backs have remained unchanged since day one. (Nowadays of course, most people have card sleeves...)
** The set "Planar Chaos" focused on the theme of alternate realities. One of the original ideas to express the concept was to present the set as coming from an alternate timeline where Magic has six colors instead of five. The sixth color (purple, by the way) made it quite far in the development process (at least, by the standards of rejected ideas) but was ultimately scrapped. The set was going to feature packaging showcasing an alternate logo style and other changes, though the cardback would have stayed the same.
** Wizards of the Coast kept the final set of the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block a mystery for a time, saying it would be either New Phyrexia or Mirrodin Pure, depending on which side won the war. Eventually it was revealed to be New Phyrexia. This surprised precisely no one, but for the portion of the player base who liked Mirrodin and disliked Phyrexia, we can only wonder what the set could have been like.
*** Unfortunately for them, recent articles about the development process reveal that the last set never could have been Mirrodin Pure to begin with--the block was originally going to start with New Phyrexia and go from there! That only changed when they decided it would be more interesting to show the process of Mirrodin gradually being corrupted into New Phyrexia.
** During the development of the Shards of Alara block (and several times before) there were an idea to introduce a 6th basic land: [[http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/25 the Cave]]. It was nicknamed "Barry's Land" and would be strictly worse than any other basic land, as it only tapped for colorless mana. Sounds pretty harmless right? The idea was that it would increase the number of basic land types to 6, giving abilities such as "Domain" a bigger boost. However, this came with a slew of other problems. Due to the wording on older cards, this rendered a lot of older cards much harder to use (as they say "control all basic lands" rather than "control 5") as well as broke other cards, which mentions the other 5 basic lands by name (because they search for those lands) but not Cave.
* Did you know that there was an attempt to make ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' into a card game, before the popular CCG we know and love today? [[TabletopGame/YuGiOhCarddasVersion Bandai's version of Duel Monsters]] was simplistic, if crammed with [[ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot rather bizarre rules and effects]], and was much farther detached from the card game we saw in the anime and manga than Konami's version was. However, it was reportedly rather popular, so imagine if this was the version of the game we got, instead of Konami's version...
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The starting authors of ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'' had to decide whether to go with the Earth of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan'' universe or the RealLife Earth, settling for the former. Fortunately, the existence of a [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=158593 Non-canon Stories thread]] allows for a glimpse at the latter. While some of the posts within will indeed come to pass after enough in-universe time has gone by, others will indeed never make the story's canon. The discussion threads, [[ArchivePanic if you dare brave them]], also have older versions of posts that made it to the Story Only thread. One of these had ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' explicitly show up, but it was rejected in favour of a less blatant ShoutOut.
* The author originally planned for Veis instead of Vili to join Clan Gully in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire. Also, Vili didn't exist in the original plan. The original plan was scrapped and Vili was created because cuttingmoon57 didn't like the idea of altering important canon clans.
* ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'' fanfic, "Toward the World's End" apparently was - in the final instalment of its seccond series - to feature a confrontation on an alien world where the protagonists became stuck in the crossfire of an alien war, ending with an alien commander appearing, who happens to look exactly like protagonist Arthur's long dead childhood friend
* Originally, Alvin Earthworm had plans for a ninth episode of ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'', but only part of it was actually released because, [[http://alvin-earthworm.newgrounds.com/news/post/70182 'It was cancelled before Alvin could even finish the whole episode'.]]
* FanFic/TheNuptialverse: WordOfGod has listed multiple changes that were made to the series from the original plan as time went on:
** Chapters for both Queen Chrysalis and Princess Cadance were written for ''Post Nuptials'', but the author felt they would have detracted from the subject of Twilight's friends walking out on her. They have since been released as the standalone stories "Metamorphosis" and "Honeymoon", respectfully.
** ''Post Nuptials'':
*** The author decided against shipping Rarity with Fancypants and Fluttershy with Iron Will, because both seemed unnecessary and his readership was against them.
*** Pinkie's chapter in "Post Nuptials" was planned as a BreatherEpisode wherein Pinkie would have been too distracted with the reception to fret over Twilight and [[InteractiveNarrator the narrator would have tried in vain to keep the story on its angsty track.]]
*** Shining Armor's chapter would have had him speak with Cadance instead of Twilight.
*** The story would have ended with Rainbow Dash and Pinkie moving Applejack and Rarity into the same bed as a prank. A similar ending showed Twilight's friends finding Octavia and Vinyl Scratch sleeping in Twilight's bed while Twilight slept with Celestia. Both were nixed to keep the story friendlier for younger audiences.
** ''Families'':
*** The story was planned to be focused only on Spike, and went as follows: Spike learns of a magic pool that will let him see anything asked of it. He wants to see his parents, but Twilight forbids him from going, so he runs away. As Twilight searches hopelessly for him for a month before finally giving up, Spike finds the pool guarded by a character who would become the main story's Keeper. He asks to see his mother, and what does the pool show him? [[spoiler: None other than Twilight.]]
*** After the above was changed to the plot that was actually used, the story was going to have a scene at the end where Applejack realizes that Pinkie's right and she ''does'' have a crush on Twilight. This would have led into a story focused on AJ dealing with it, with tragic results due to Twilight [[IncompatibleOrientation being straight]]. However, the author decided to scrap that idea, and the scene wasn't included.
* ''Fanfic/{{Betastuck}}'': In-Universe, what the Horrorterrors essentially were, a group of bosses that would have been fought throughout the game. They were sealed off in the far edges of the game so you shouldn't have been able to interact with them.
* Chapter 7 of ''Fanfic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'', which represents VideoGame/SonicAdventure, uses the Lost World and Windy Valley stages. The author claims he was considering adding Twinkle Park, and one scene he had in mind involved the HallOfMirrors Amy goes through in her playthrough of the stage, where Sonic and Tails would have seen their classic selves in the mirror and the ponies and Spike would have seen their G1 counterparts instead of their normal reflection ([[MythologyGag which could have led to a joke about Twilight's mother looking similar to G1 Twilight]]). This idea was scrapped because, according to the author, it "wasn't as good an idea".
* ''Fanfic/TwilightsList'' starts off with Twilight making a list of positive and negative traits for each of her friends to find someone compatible to go on a practice date with. She gets a certain thrill when she notes Applejack's athleticism, thinking about some possibilities there if it wasn't just for practice. Indeed, she comes very close to choosing Applejack, noting that the pair had a huge amount of compatibility, and only at the very last moment decides to go on a practice date with Rainbow Dash instead.
* ''Fanfic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': The author had said that he originally wanted to conclude Celestia's purge of Changelings from Fillydelphia with a scene where a young Chrysalis (who by WordOfGod was in the city during the battle), found Queen Metamorpha's body and swore revenge. The idea was scrapped because it would have made the chapter needlessly long, and that he wanted it to be ambiguous if Chrysalis was simply missed by Celestia's forces--and implicitly [[WouldHurtAChild would have been killed if found]]--or [[WouldntHurtAChild spared for being a child.]]
** The first fight with Discord would have ended with Celestia delivering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Discord, and later Celestia and Luna would face off against Discord and his army of Changelings with the first of the Legionnaires.
** Also, Cadence was originally Luna's daughter, but this was cut for pacing issues and [[WifeHusbandry potential issues with her relationship with Shining Armor.]]
** The Siege of Canterlot had a few changes made in development. For example, originally the kindly priest Celestia met prior to the battle was supposed to perform a HeroicSacrifice to protect her, and the Loyalist Lunar Knights were to use the crystal caves underneath the city to attack the Traitor Legions from behind.
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleCastlevania'': Originally, [[FauxAffablyEvil Marble]] was going to [[spoiler: turn out to just be [[WickedWitch Actrise]] in disguise]], but so many readers saw this coming that the author changed it [[spoiler: so she was only ''[[DemonicPossession possessed]]'' by Actrise]], taking the opportunity to flesh the character out in the process.
** Originally, Shatterstorm was going to be killed off rather early on, instead of becoming a main character.
** Pinkie Pie was supposed to be the one that Shatterstorm and Spike ran into in chapter 2 of ''My Little Castlevania Adventure'', but for the sake of fleshing out the plot, it was made Rarity instead.
** Soarin's first appearance got pushed back for pacing reasons.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Twilight's Half-Light Noon form was originally going to debut during a FreeFallFight with [[DaddysLittleVillain Fluttercruel]], instead of in the Duel of Tears against Traitor Dash.
** Alexwarlorn originally wasn't going to write ''any'' of the ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' chapters, but had to write Bright Eyes' story when he lost contact with writer originally assigned to it.
** Chapter 36 of Dark World originally had scenes of [[spoiler: Amicita restoring [[RetGone Neo Stream]] to existence and healing/redeeming [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} the Emperor of Man]]]]. However, complaints from [[spoiler: Neo Stream]]'s owner in the former case and pressure from critics in the latter case forced Alexwarlorn to remove both scenes.
** According to WordOfGod, [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]] was originally only going to be in the Shining Armor Arc for ''half a chapter'', but somehow spun out to be BigBad of a whole saga. Reviewers have commented that he seems to have done his job as a {{Parody|Sue}} BlackHoleSue a little ''too'' well.
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'': According to WordOfGod, the author scrapped his idea of having Shendu be a secondary antagonist after his beta reader pointed out that Shendu needed ALL his Talismans to undo the stone curse, not just the Rat (though he only needs the Rat after that).
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Jade's father Shen wasn't originally going to show up in the story. The events of the Mexico City chapter were going to lead directly into [[spoiler: Jade abducting Viper to brainwash and transform her]]; that got pushed back a chapter in order to give Jade a chance to [[CallingTheOldManOut call the old man out]] first.
** Also, the author was originally going to have the Shadowkhan be a separate race that had been enslaved by the Oni, but scrapped that.
* The ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Temporal Delay" was originally named "Terror From the Year 2011", then "2012" (a reference to ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''), before adopting its current name for two reasons: the title would become dated very quickly no matter what year was chosen[[note]]aside from an obviously futuristic one, like the original film[[/note]], and there's isn't really a "terror" in the plot of the episode.
* [[Darthwiki/NewDawn New Dawn]] went through a couple alternate BigBad's before Nebiros was picked.
** Shuuji's father, who is instead dealt with right before a WhamEpisode.
** Silmarill was delayed to book II.
** Ein Woe was initially set to be the BigBad, and even has a lot in common with Nebiros. Instead, he became the BiggerBad.
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': The series was originally only supposed to be composed of ''Mare of Steel'', which after the second arc would have dealt with Rainbow Dash/Supermare and the rest of the Mane Six fighting off [[spoiler: {{Darkseid}}]], with the fallout of the battle causing Dash to go into self-imposed exile. After a TimeSkip, this would have led to adaptations of ''Film/SupermanReturns'', "Superman vs. [[NinetiesAntiHero the Elite]]", and ''TheDeathOfSuperman'', before the story finally ended. However, the author decided to write an entire series of DCU crossovers, so all this was scrapped, with ''Mare of Steel'' ending after the second arc.
** Speaking of ''Mare of Steel'', the Red Kryptonite side story was supposed to have a scene of Twilight also tinkering with ''Pink'' Kryptonite, but that was cut.
** ''Mare of Steel'' was originally going to have a third SequelHook, with Batpony calling a meeting with Rainbow Dash and Diana (who would have met offscreen) that lays the groundwork for the Justice League. However, due to wanting to avoid EndingFatigue (and having not written the crossover story that had Batpony and Supermare meeting yet at that point), this was scrapped.
* ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'': The author's original collaborator wanted the Jade/Cyborg [[OvernightAgeUp age]] [[FountainOfYouth swap]] chapter to involve Cyborg being a {{Jerkass}} to Jade beforehand (thus making the swap karmic), and also wanted some of the chapter to be from mini-Cyborg's POV. However, the author didn't like either of those ideas, so ditched them, using Jade's DreamWalker experiences to pad out the remainder of the chapter.
** Slade's entry into the story was pushed back a chapter for pacing purposes.
* ''FanFic/HarmonysWarriors'':
** A blog post put up around the time the author started the rewrite of ''Iron Mare'' suggested that Rarity's mother Pearl was going to be the BigBad, presenting her as a KnightTemplarParent who arranges Rarity's kidnapping in order to force her to get in line with Pearl's ideas for how she should live her life. Needless to say, this isn't how the story ended up going.
** In ''Soar'', Comet Trail was originally going to be Daring Do's son, but the author realized that wouldn't work without [[RetCon rewriting large chunks of the story]].
* In ''[[FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance]]'':
** In Hercules the Heracross' [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] chapter, the writer mentioned that Hercules was originally only going to be a minor character who didn't appear much, and the dojo would be visited in a later chapter after the first [[PlotCoupon crystal]] had been retrieved. However, the writer then got the idea of making Hercules the mentor and [[TheConfidant confidant]] to one of the main characters, namely Blitz the Shinx, and thus Hercules ended up being promoted to one of the major supporting characters. This also resulted in the first visit to the dojo being pushed forward to chapter 5, and a scene which was originally going to be in chapter 5 was used in a later chapter.
** Azure the Marill joins the main characters' rescue team in chapter 20, however, she was not originally going to join their team until much later in the story. However, with how Azure's CharacterDevelopment was going, the writer felt it was only natural for her to join them sooner.
* ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'': WordOfGod is that originally the story was going to be set in the first season rather than the second, with Jade becoming Phobos' minion. However, the author decided that it would be too OOC for Jade to willingly serve an EvilOverlord, so scrapped that idea and started over.
* The fanfic WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters has it's own page of things that could've gone differently.
* ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'':
** WordOfGod is that Apple Bloom and Scootaloo's first encounter in the story was going to be when Scootaloo [[EyeScream lost her eye]], but the author thought that was too dark and moved back when she lost the eye.
** WordOfGod also states that Apple Bloom was originally going to have been raised by humans, but felt that the presence of humans completely changed the nature of the story, so changed it.
** Originally, [[MookLieutenant Merrilay]] was going to be part of a TerribleTrio of R.E.A.F. officers, who would balance out [[CoDragons Lightning Dust's]] more aggressive, psychotic personality. Except that the author realized that that would be too OOC a leap from Lightning's personality on the show; combined with being unable to cram in that many new characters, Merrilay's comrades were cut, and she was given the [[AxCrazy psychotic personality]] opposite Lightning's more sympathetic character.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Gladiators}}'' pinball was originally intended to be a ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' game, after the company's earlier ''Pinball/SuperMarioBros'' and ''Pinball/SuperMarioBrosMushroomWorld'' tables. Unfortunately, the company was unable to secure the license, and the game was rethemed with cyber warriors in a virtual reality {{Cyberspace}}.
* Creator/JonNorris was once working on a pinball table named ''Pinball/GoldenCue'', which would flip the conventions of pinball on its head by having the player complete a series of goals to beat the game, instead of being [[EndlessGame an endless high score fest.]] Unfortunately, the game was scrapped when [[Creator/{{Sega}} Sega Pinball]] folded into Creator/{{Stern}}, who tasked Creator/JohnBorg with making it into a more standard pinball table. The final result was ''Pinball/SharkeysShootout''.
* ''Pinball/BanzaiRun'' was originally named "Wreckin' Ball".
* Apparently, Pat [=McMahon=] drew [[HotterAndSexier an X-rated backglass]] for ''Pinball/BlackRose'', intended for an interested European market. It was never produced.
** Additionally, the balls were originally intended to be black (like cannonballs), but this idea was presumably scrapped for cost reasons.
* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Wizard}}!'' was originally intended to be centered around a [[WizardClassic white-bearded medieval wizard]] who used magic to turn over the game's "flip flags".
* According to designer Creator/JohnBorg, the ''Pinball/JurassicPark'' pinball was originally intended to be a [[LicensedPinballTable licensed game]] based on ''CadillacsAndDinosaurs''.
* ''Pinball/BramStokersDracula'' was originally intended to be a licensed ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' game.
* For ''Pinball/{{Breakshot}}'', the game was originally called "Cloud 9", and featured ancient gods playing with the nine planets of the solar system. Artist Stan Fukuoka's initial art designs were very adult-oriented, with nude Goddesses everywhere. Executives nixed the design to make the game appealing to family recreation centers, and the theme was changed as a result.
** In a later stage of game development, the art director wanted to replace the female characters with farm animals.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Two Pinball 2000 tables, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZcqZwEi5P0 Wizard Blocks]]'' and ''Playboy'', were in the prototype stage when Creator/WilliamsElectronics left the pinball business.
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[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* ''Franchise/TheMuppets'':
** Guest-stars who were planned for ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' but never made it:
*** Creator/RobinWilliams and Music/{{Cher}} were both announced in ''The Muppet Show Fan Club Newsletter'', but neither appeared.
*** Creator/GinaLollobrigida was planned for Season One, but when she couldn't make it Jim Henson suggested Mummenschanz.
*** The reason Chris Langham, who at the time was a ''Muppet Show'' staff writer, was the special guest in one Season 5 episode (with the central joke of the episode being that he wasn't a celebrity in any way) was, according to Langham, that Creator/RichardPryor had been booked, but then the freebasing incident happened.
** Shortly before Creator/JimHenson's death he was in discussion with Creator/DouglasAdams to make a show about computer literacy called ''Muppet Institute of Technology''. Yes, Douglas Adams nearly wrote for the Muppets.
** Other ''Muppet'' shows that never got of the ground include ''Uncle Deadly's House of Badness'', described as "a silly ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' type show", and which presumably would have featured the titular dragon-creature as a HorrorHost.
** Also shortly before Henson's death, the Henson Company began a major publicity campaign called "The Pig of the Nineties", beginning with an article in ''People'' magazine about Piggy and Kermit splitting up. Jim died two days after the article was published, and the campaign was shelved.
** ''America's Next Muppet'', a parody of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' that possibly would also have functioned as a genuine talent-reality show for puppeteers.
* There were plans for a ''Series/FraggleRock'' spin-off featuring Travelling Matt and two new characters travelling the world in a hot-air balloon.
* An idea Henson had for one of the half-hour specials in ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' was ''The Saga of Fraggle Rock'', about how the Fraggles first arrived there.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* There are several ideas in the discussion thread of Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars, some of them did eventually come to fruition, others didn't, at some point, it was decided Andros and Enker would be in the Revenge of the Spark arc, ultimately, they didn't end up becoming part of Lucrezia's army.
** Silver was planned to appear during the Incarnates Arc as a personification of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Lust]], possibly going to levels of CompleteMonster that would almost rival Apos. Daionus decided he did not want to play as that sort of character, and declined.
*** Also, in the same arc, Catherine was planned to appear as a personification of Gluttony, and the present Catherine had to be killed in order to defeat her. It didn't happen, but it ultimately proved to be an example of TropesAreNotBad.
** Etheru states that he planned on Joey and Catherine acting as foils for one another, but arcadiarika's decision to refuse developing the character any longer shoots this possibility down.
** At one point, in revulsion of the fact that nothing was happening, Lemurian at one point thought up the "Ghost Town arc", where the characters would be dropped in a desolate town without food, water, or their powers for a week, the arc was discarded when a player pointed out that the arc wasn't proving anything, because it was pointed out to be almost exactly like the complaint: Nothing happens.
* There are so many unused story plans for Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/DinoAttackRPG they have their own page]].
* Roleplay/MagicAcademy
** Leonard, who is basically TheHero by now, had initially been planned as an Expy of ''[[ValkyrieProfile Lezard Valeth.]]'' The only vestige of this still remaining is his Dark Magic type and last name, Valenth.
** It was initially planned to have [[GodOfEvil Khaos]] and [[TheSociopath Vicelogia]] as the main villains. Then Khaos was retooled into a more benevolent being, and Vicelogia was written out entirely.
** There had been a plan to have Reitt turn evil and become an expy of the [[MaiHime Obsidian Lord]].
** [[TheGhost Riorde Blenforte]] was initially to be the EvilGenius in Qord's group.
** Matthew Streika was initially intended to be a student. He became a well known hero instead, given the time frame the RP was set in.
** And who knows how the story would've gone had the GM not changed...
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* When designing 4th edition ''D&D'', the designers decided they wanted to do a ShoutOut to Narnia and the intelligent animal fantasy concept. So originally, the Dragonborn race from 4th Edition ''[[DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' was originally supposed to be a race of [[IntellectualAnimal non-anthropomorphic talking]] ''[[IntellectualAnimal lions]]'' based on Aslan from the ''ChroniclesOfNarnia''. The idea was dropped because of questions of [[FeatherFingers how they would handle equipment]] and they were at first altered into dragons (since they believed ''Dungeons & Dragons'' should actually have dragons as a playable race) and then later into humanoid dragons called ''Dragonborn''. (Of course, they weren't called the ''Dragonborn'' in the original concept.)
* Before sales declined and their license to print TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} 3E products reverted to Wizards Of The Coast, Arthaus had planned a thirteen-sourcebook run for their Gazetteer series. The narrator S would have traveled to Clusters and Islands, some of them from on board a hired ship crewed by supporting characters. Each book would've included a different half-fiend scion of the Gentleman Caller. Eventually, Azalin's intentions for them and for S would have been revealed, as would [[spoiler: the Caller's plot to father a new and unstoppable Dukkar on a youthified Madame Eva]]. There was actually going to be a 4th Edition version of TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} released in 2011, but it was cancelled due to the fact that they couldn't get it quite right.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Games Workshop]] once found itself having to get rid of one of two unpopular armies: The [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Squats]] or the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]]. By the time Third Edition rolled around, the Tyranids were redesigned and the Squats were eaten by the Tyranids. One can only wonder what the grim darkness of the far future would be like today with a civilization of dwarves in the mix...
** Somewhat of a CommonKnowledge example rather than a true example of the trope. Several races, not just Squats and Tyranids, were selling around the same level. The Squats were dropped because no one wanted to fix the awful fluff just to create yet another army that was functionally almost identical to the Space Marines. Of course, given the UnpleasableFanbase, this has blossomed into all sorts of theories even though multiple designers active at the time have all confirmed the exact same thing. Squats were not removed by random chance or due to sales figures, so there was no possibility of them continuing.
** During big events such as GamesDay, Games Workshop often showcases Greens (prototype models) of possible new miniatures. While the majority of these do make it into production and later become available for purchase, some are left behind and never finished. The most notable of these is a 5th edition Eldar Guardian Jetbike, which was never even finished. However parts of it ended up being used to make the new Dark Eldar Reaver Jetbikes.
* While reception for the ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' miniatures game wasn't perfect, it was a pretty solid game and had some great miniatures. However, before it was discontinued, Mongoose Publishing had made some pretty big plans such as the introduction of two new races that were also going to appear in the second edition of the RPG, which was also intended to include more rules for playing Skinnies (The original edition only had one short section and a single Skinny class, with the promise of more later on). Since they lost the licence, none of this is likely to happen.
* Gareth Hanrahan, the creator of ''TabletopGame/{{Infernum}}'', actually said on his twitter that there were formerly plans for a second edition using the D&D 4th edition system, but now says it isn't going to happen.
* When ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' was still in development at WhiteWolf, there was still debate about what the next game line for the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness was going to be. One idea in the running was to make a game about angels, with the angels in question merging with the souls of human hosts. They decided to go ahead with a ghost-oriented line, but kept the idea of gestalt entities. Five years later, [[RefittedForSequel they revisited the idea with a]] [[DemonTheDescent somewhat different interpretation of angels...]]
* The TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse saw a ''lot'' of these:
** Before the games were originally cancelled, there were several books planned. For ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'', there was "Asia Ascendant", covering the telepathic Ministry and the Asian continent; an aliens book covering the Qin, the Chromatics, and the Coalition, as well as rules for making them all playable, along with info on other minor alien races of the setting; and "Bright Continent", the Africa book. Of these, "Asia Ascendant" was so close to release when cancellation hit, lacking only layout and art, that it was released as a free pdf with White Wolf's permission. For ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', there was "Brainwaves", the guide to super-intelligence, and "Aberrant: Nexus", covering various crossovers with ''Trinity''. Like "Asia Ascendant", much of "Brainwaves" had been written by cancellation, and it too was released as a free pdf.
** Following "Bright Continent", the plan was to revise ''Trinity'' - advance the timeline, clean up some of the mismatches with ''Aberrant'', etc.
** Long-time TU fan Ian Watson entered the picture a while later with plans for an unofficial ''Trinity'' adventure series resulting in the creation of a new Prometheus Chamber, which triggered all eight Aptitudes, and the creation of a new psi order from the disenfranchised of the original orders.
** Another idea Ian had was to reboot the whole TU New World of Darkness-style, with a corebook outlining the setting, then supplements on playing Novas and Psions (Daredevils could have been included in the core or given their own supplement). This actually got greenlit by White Wolf, but it didn't come to anything due to their merger with CCP.
** Several years on, Ian ended up overseeing the official reboot. Initial signs suggest it's going in a different direction...
* Before Guardians of Order folded, there were plans to expand many of the franchise-based entries to the ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' series. For instance, there were plans to supplement the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series by including entries for ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'', ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' and ''Anime/PrettySammy'' (the first entry only had the OVA and only the first 13 episodes to it).
* There is a Japanese RPG called ''Gundam Senki'' which is ''{{Gundam}}'''s One Year War setting using the ''{Mekton}}'' rules. An English-language release was planned, but fell through.
* [=AEG's=] swashbuckling RPG ''SeventhSea'' ended on a story arc where a ship had managed to sail beyond the mystical barrier that kept Thea (a continent roughly analogous to Europe, China, and the Middle East) and the chains of islands around them (representative of the United Kingdom, Nordic countries, and Polynesia) separate from the rest of the world. There were also plans to reveal the true nature of [[{{Precursors}} The Syrneth]], and why their artifacts seem to fall into four general camps.
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[[folder: Theme Parks -- Disney]]
* ''TheHauntedMansion'' went through several different ideas. Early concepts included a hangout for horror-themed Disney villains, like the Disney/LonesomeGhosts and [[TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad the Headless Horseman]], having a Raven narrate the ride (abandoned when it was decided the Ghost Host would work better), and a Hatbox Ghost which carried around a severed head as a character (ditched due to the Imagineers deciding it didn't look good enough). Other concepts from the 1950s included several much darker walkthrough attractions, a version where Walt himself narrated, and several very long illusions including a ghost flooding a room.
* There were many locations Disney was going to originally build Disneyland before he decided to locate in California. One of the places he really had his heart set on was none other than... Flagstaff, Arizona (no, really). He loved the weather the place got during the summer, but then he came and visited during the winter, felt the harsh snowy weather, and subsequently changed his mind.
** Originally, Walt Disney World was going to be in St. Louis, Missouri. Then the mayor of St. Louis mocked Walt's plans to run a resort without selling liquor. [[LaserGuidedKarma His moment of jerkassery cost the city billions in tourism revenue.]]
* At Walt Disney World in Florida, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_River_Expedition Western River Expedition]] was intended as the Wild West version of Pirates of the Caribbean and was to be exclusive to the park, thus making the California park the only one with the pirates. But early visitors to the Magic Kingdom were upset that Pirates of the Caribbean wasn't included in the lineup, so getting a Florida version of Pirates up and running became top priority, and the new ride never came to pass.
* Several more countries were considered for Epcot's World Showcase, including a country from Africa or a simple "Equatorial Africa" pavillion. This one was scrapped because the only country willing to back it was South Africa, which was under apartheid in the 1980s. Two years after the park opened, Morocco was added to the lineup.
** Scrapped attractions for World Showcase included boat-based rides for Germany and Italy. ''Meet the World'', an Audio-Animatronic show retelling the history of Japan, made it as far as its show building going up -- but since it glossed over World War II Disney executives feared it would offend Americans (especially veterans). The show did successfully make it into the original Tokyo Disneyland lineup.
** Japan was also originally going to have a ride. Possibilities included a Mt. Fuji roller coaster (supposedly scrapped because of Fuji Film, and Kodak sponsoring other rides...seriously), and a Circlevision (similar to what Canada and China has) train ride which might have been attacked by Godzilla!
** For more on the original plans for World Showcase, which also included Israel and United Arab Emirates pavillions, see this [[http://allears.net/ae/issue670.htm article featuring a 1978 press release]].
* Plans for Disney's Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios) included some ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''-themed attractions (cancelled due to legal issues), a [[TheMuppets Muppet]] version of The Great Movie Ride (cancelled due to Jim Henson's death) and a ''Film/DickTracy'' ride (cancelled due to King Features Syndicate taking Creator/WarrenBeatty to court).
** Originally, much more of The Great Movie Ride would have been based around ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' -- riders would be "swept away" by the tornado to Munchkinland, and the final room would be the Wizard's chamber, in which he introduced the closing {{Montage}} of great film moments. Because Ted Turner (the movie's rights-holder) stipulated that only so much time could be given over to ''Oz'' scenes, the tornado was replaced by a ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' segment, and the final room became nondescript.
** There would have essentially been a Muppet-themed land had Henson not died in the early years of the park's creation. It would have been centered around the courtyard where the ''Muppetvision 4D'' theatre currently is.
* Animal Kingdom was originally going to have a land called "Beastly Kingdom" (or perhaps "Kingdomme") based around mythical animals, but budget cuts forced that to the back burner; the space Camp Minnie-Mickey now occupies was intended for this.
** Rumor has it that the designers of the Beastly Kingdom land jumped ship to Universal and took some of their ideas with them. Specifically, Dueling Dragons (now the Franchise/HarryPotter dragon coaster) would have been a major thrill ride for Animal Kingdom.
* What Could Have Been for Walt Disney World ''Hotels'':
** The Boardwalk Inn & Villas and their adjoining actual boardwalk were salvaged from plans for a mini-park that would have recreated seaside amusement parks of the early 20th century.
** Disney's Pop Century Resort was originally going to cover 1900-1949 with a second set of buildings on the other side of Hourglass Lake, but the September 11th attacks happened shortly before the completed first set (1950-99) was to open; those eventually opened in 2004. The second set had the building "shells" put up, but there was never enough demand for rooms to complete them. Disney ultimately made the shells the basis for the Art of Animation Resort, which opened in 2012.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WestCOT WestCOT]] would have been Disneyland Anaheim's answer to Epcot in Florida. It would have had its own version of Spaceship Earth, a World Showcase based on the individual continents, and a SpiritualSuccessor to Adventure Thru Inner Space. Alas, the whole thing was scrapped in 1995, and Disney built the California Adventure park instead. (And it's too bad, because the [[http://www.yesterland.com/images-westcot/westcot1_illustrative.jpg concept art]] for [=WestCOT=] looked ''really'' cool.)
* In the early 1990's, Disney planned to open a theme park devoted to American history called ''Disney's America'' near Manassas, Virginia. The plan fell through in 1994, due to vehement opposition from people worried about the impact on traffic and the potential for damage to key historic sites (the Manassas National Battlefield, site of two major AmericanCivilWar battles, is located very close to the site that had been proposed for the park), not to mention concerns about the company that named the trope {{Disneyfication}} presenting a whole park built around RealLife history. The idea was revived a few years later when Disney considered purchasing Knott's Berry Farm, but once again came to nothing. Some elements of the proposal were finally incorporated into Disney's California Adventure when that park opened in 2001.
* ''{{Myst}}'' almost had a Disney World attraction -- Disney owned the company that published the ''Myst'' book series -- which would have been set up on the island that once hosted the Discovery Island wildlife mini-park. (That attraction shut down in TheNineties, but its name was subsequently given to a pavillion at Animal Kingdom.)
* TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_never_built_Disney_attractions whole list of attractions]] that Disney cancelled for whatever reason.
* Disney [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0 announced]] in 2009 that they would try to compete with/catch up to Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Wizarding World of Franchise/HarryPotter'' by expanding Walt Disney World's Fantasyland with immersive meet-and-greets for Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, and Tinker Bell. However, they later realized this expansion might not have an audience beyond little girls. They later [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weDcPQ8ontY decided]] to keep the most gender-neutral parts of the expansion, move the meet-and-greets into one of the pre-existing Fantasyland buildings, and use the newly opened space to construct a (hopefully universally-appealing) roller coaster through the Seven Dwarfs' mine.
* Speaking of Harry Potter, Disney was actually the first company to acquire the franchise's theme park rights. The rights were unfortunately picked up during a turbulent time at Disney, and were partly motivated by then-CEO Michael Eisner's desire to show Hollywood that he still knew what he was doing in the wake of the Disney-{{Pixar}} breakup. But then Eisner was ousted and replaced by Bob Iger, who felt that mending Disney's relationship with Pixar (along with fixing Disney's own studio) was at that moment more important to the company's long-term growth than any other deals that Eisner had made with outside companies, which included the Harry Potter theme park rights. Creator/JKRowling eventually got tired of waiting for Disney to sort itself out, and went to Universal.
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[[folder: Theme Parks -- Universal Studios]]
* A [[Film/HowToTrainYourDragon How To Train Your Dragon]] attraction was discussed, but scrapped due to failed negotiations between Universal and Dreamworks Animation.
* A ride based off of Casper the Friendly Ghost was first considered for the Studios park, but dropped after the 1995 film failed to meet Universal's expectations. Such a ride was later again considered, this time for the Toon Lagoon section of Islands of Adventure, but again failed to make it past the drawing boards.
* A roller coaster based off of Apollo 13 was in development, (yes, we're '''really''' serious) but axed after The Mummy was released in 1999 to great success, making Universal see the latter as a much stronger franchise to make a thrill ride out of.
* A [[Film/VanHelsing Van Helsing]] ride was under development for Islands of Adventure, but the underpeformance of the respective film ultimately proved to be its undoing. The space it was slated for later became the site for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (which uses the same KUKA Arm technology the Van Helsing ride was originally planned to).
* Also considered for the space Forbidden Journey now takes up would have been a new King Kong ride along with a whole Skull Island area to go with it.
** However, if rumors be true, this concept may soon finally be coming to life, but instead located between Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park.
* There were fairly recent plans to make a rather elaborate ride for [[Film/TheLorax The Lorax]], but apparently the Seuss family rejected Universal's ideas.
* Jurassic Park: The Ride was originally planned to be built at the Universal Studios Florida park, where Men In Black: Alien Attack stands now. However, Steven Spielberg came in and successfully encouraged Universal to do something more elaborate for the franchise, resulting in the fully themed island area now at the sister park.
* Earthquake: The Big One was originally going to be themed as a trolley ride through a crumbling San Francisco, until the decision was made to duplicate the same Earthquake subway scene from the Hollywood Studio Tour. The only remnant of the original plan was the trolley house theming of the attraction's entrance.
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[[folder: Theme Parks -- Other]]
* Graphic artist and designer Roger Dean, best known for his work on album covers and stage designs for the progressive rock band {{Yes}}, designed several theme park attractions with his brother Martyn which were never used. The sketches appear in his book ''Magnetic Storm.''
* From TheNineties onward, MichaelJackson conceived several theme park projects for various locales; some were formally announced but none went forward. These were:
** "Majestic Kingdom" in Detroit.
** "[[http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com/2009/11/d-exclusive-michael-jacksons-peter-pans.html Peter Pan's Neverland]]" (scroll down the page to see the article).
** "World of Childhood" in Poland.
** "Crystal Kingdom" in Dubai.
* Back in 1992, there were once plans to put in a full size replica of the Enterprise from the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' series in Las Vegas. And it ''almost'' happened: everyone involved loved the idea, from the development company, to the city, to even Paramount themselves. The only reason it was scrapped was because studio chairman Stanley Jaffe feared that if a Star Trek movie flopped, the attraction would make Paramount look bad, and scrapped it. Read the entire account [[http://www.thegoddardgroup.com/blog/index.php/now-it-can-be-told-the-star-trek-attraction-that-almost-came-to-life-in-1992/ here]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20410_5-insane-theme-parks-you-wont-believe-were-almost-built.html Cracked takes a look at five insane theme parks that were almost built]].
* Alton Towers wanted to take the songs from the video game ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon 2'' and use it for unspecified purpose for their park. Sadly, it didn't materialize.
* Would you believe that there really was going to be a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' amusement park? [[http://gizmodo.com/metropolis-the-real-life-town-that-superman-couldnt-s-1172537331 Gizmodo]] has the story. Cliff Notes version: Metropolis, Ill, and DCComics had planned to open a theme park centered around the legendary Man of Steel. A set of concept pictures and designs were drawn by NeilAdams showing off everything the theme park would have had, including a massive Fortress of Solitude topped with a stained-glass roof and a room filled with statues of Superman's greatest foes. A comic book, "The Superman Story", was also made around this time to showcase it. The park would have cost around the tune of $25 million USD. Then, [[RealityEnsues the OPEC oil crisis hit]] and they were forced to back down. However, one has to wonder how long it would have lasted - about a decade later would have been ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and it would have rendered it all moot.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/BIRNKRANT Mel Birnkrant]] has done a ton of toyline pitches that could be listed in this category on his Website/YouTube page, most notably the second wave of Outer Space Men, a line called Invasion that is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a neat take on the Rock Em Sock Em Robots concept called Gladiators, cool little bobbing toys called Its Alive, the aborted Maxx FX figures, a toy called My Pretty Pony that was beat to the punch by MyLittlePony; but actually is far better designed, and most notably his Creatures line, which [[http://bogleech.com/creatures.html sorta got produced]] but has a lot of cool figures that never got made. All so damned cool, a shame that none of them were ever made.
** My Pretty Pony did come out. My Little Pony was actually a brand extension that proved much more popular.
* While most Transformers fans know about the unproduced ''Unicron'' prototypes from the G1 and ''Beast Wars Neo'' lines, you probably don't know about [[http://www.toyarchive.com/Transformers/Prototypes/OrganicPrototype1.html this weird guy over here]], apparently a prototype for some sort of spinoff for Transformers, that I can literally find nothing other than that link about. I really want to hear more about this strange, aborted branch of the Transformers line, so can anybody help me out?
** There are an incredible amount of abandoned Transformers concepts and individual toys. While the media examples are on the Western Animation page, there's a [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/index.php?title=Category:Things_that_don%27t_exist&action=edit whole category on the TFWiki called "Things That Don't Exist"]] featuring numerous cancelled toys. The Generations book also features [[http://www.transformertoys.co.uk/content.php?/transformers-article/transformers-prototypes/14/transformers-prototypes/transformers+concept+art.html a number of rejected Transformers concepts]].
* [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/09/the_10_most_tragically_unreleased_action_figure_li.php Everything on this list]] and [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/02/9_more_tragically_unreleased_action_figure_lines.php this list]] counts for this.
** Speaking of unreleased Alien figures, a [=ToyFair=] article on Stan Winston Creations' then-upcoming Aliens figures mentioned a figure that was scrapped (for obvious reasons) that would've had an actual BiggusDickus. I wish I was joking, here; a 6" Alien figure with a phallus reaching to its chest. Imagine if that had managed to get through...
* {{Bionicle}}:
** The traitorous Matoran, and servant of [[BigBad Teridax]], Ahkmou was originally meant to have a new set coming out in '08, as a Shadow Toa. Plans were quickly scrapped, thus his only set remains his Matoran form from '04. He never became a Toa in the story either.
** Nuparu Mahri's set was also supposed to come with a so called Aqua Blaster Blade, and it was even written into the books, yet the final model didn't include it. Similarly Toa Inika Jaller was originally suppose to have two of his Energized Flame Swords, but was given only one (In-Universe, he still has two).
** The Toa Inika were originally suppose to have glow-in-the-dark faces, to represent the blinding light that obscured their features when their masks were off. However because their face is a 2 part plastic blend (green plastic on top, white on the bottom, for their eyes and teeth respectively) and it didn't take the glow-in-the-dark paint well, the concept had to be scrapped because they couldn't fix the problem before release date.
** Toa Iruini and Toa Norik were originally suppose to be Toa Nidhiki and Toa Dume respectively. However it was decided that they should not release "legacy" characters (Dume had become a Turaga by that point, and Nidhiki was dead) and instead changed them to two of the Toa Hagah. It is unknown how much different their original incarnations would have been, as Iruini's mask is a dead ringer for Nidhiki's mutant head and, as part of the Toa Mangai, Nidhiki could have worn the same golden armor as Lihkan did. Norik, likewise, has the same chestpiece as Turaga Dume and the same mask.
** And as revealed by German and Russian documentaries on {{LEGO}}, the Toa from the Mistika line had gone through a couple changes as well before finalization, mostly in the color scheme department. Official people have also mentioned that their prototypes resembled their original '02 sets closer than the final models. There was much complaining.
** The sets and story originally planned for '10 and '11 (which is four waves, containing about ''40-50'' sets altogether). They scrapped all of this [[WrapItUp in preparation]] for the line's abrupt {{Cancellation}}, and released a wholly new line of merely ''6'', small-sized sets instead. That means no Element Lords, no shapeshifting assassin robots, no [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg]] [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]] (although the basic setting has been recycled in HeroFactory), and no sequel to that movie that ends on a {{Cliffhanger}}.
** They had vastly different plans for the '06-'11 storyline originally too. '08 would have seen the continuation of the "Jaller and his team try to save Mata Nui's life'' arc (wrapped up in '07), followed by a multi-year story of the Toa Nuva trying to awaken him. The latter arc got compressed into '08, and instead of the originally planned happy ending, had a shocking [[DownerEnding Downer]]/GainaxEnding.
* Back in the late 80's/early 90's there was [[http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Europa Europa]], an ultimately cancelled Lego theme based on Europe in the 18th century, canned due to being too similar to Castle and Pirates.
* [[http://theswca.com/collectors.html This website]] features [[http://theswca.com/images-unproduced.html a bunch]] of prototypes of ''Franchise/StarWars'' toys that never made it to stores. [[http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&item_id=39555 This one]] is particularly painful to see.
** But you're forgetting about a bigger WhatCouldHaveBeen, in which Creator/{{Kenner}} in 1986-87 put together [[http://theswca.com/images-speci/85LineExt/ a massive pitch]] to, in essence, create the StarWarsExpandedUniverse five years before there WAS an Expanded Universe so they could make more toys.
* What do you mean there are tons of [[{{Macross}} Valkyries and other merchandise]] we never got in the States [[ExecutiveMeddling because]] of [[Anime/{{Robotech}} Harmony Gold]]? This has been going for ''how'' long?
* ''MonsterInMyPocket'' had a slew of products that were due to come out including unreleased monster figures, a Haunted House play-set, and a collector fan club that would issue 1 free figure each month; all of these were unrealized dreams.
* Palisades, the company behind [[http://www.oafe.net/articulation/0511.php those awesome]] ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' toys, got the license to do ''Series/SesameStreet'' toys in the same style. The figures (barely) got into production, but then Palisades had a major shake-up and folded. No one from the company was even 100% sure what stage the toys were in: if the toys had made it onto the boat from China, they'd be able to sell them; if not, they were dead forever. That means that at some point in late 2005/early 2006, there were entire shipping containers full of [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/2009/11/happy-40th-birthday-sesame-street/ the most amazing Sesame Street collector toys imaginable]], but they legally couldn't be shipped or sold, and were most likely destroyed.
* Revell-Monogram's ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' toy line took up enough of the product development budget that another project had to be cancelled. A planned 1/25 scale Dodge Diplomat sedan was thus cancelled - a {{Headdesk}} moment for '80s cop show fans.
* Back when the ''Gundam'' franchise was still active, there were plans to release figurines of the Mobile Suits from the second half of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and figurines were planned for ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' (including a Zeta Gundam figurine that could turn into its Waverider form). However, the oversaturation from the release of the ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' figurines and the relative failure of the ''SDGundamForce'' figures killed this.
* In the mid nineties Creator/PlaymatesToys had a line of action figures based on ''WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily'' cartoon show. They featured the whole family except for Wednesday, Cousin Itt, and Thing. These figures were pictured on the back of the other figures' packaging, however, with a small blurb saying that they were "coming soon". They never came. It's a shame too considering that those three are usually the most popular characters.
** Playmates did the same thing with the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' characters Wildcat and Mad Dog.
* In the late 90s, [=McFarlane=] Toys released the "3D Animation from Japan" figurine series, featuring characters from popular anime. In the second series, the figurine for ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'''s Tenchi Masaki had a stand that had two grooves on one end. Seeing as the stand for the first series ''Tenchi'' representative, Ryoko Hakubi, fits in perfectly in those groves, it meant that a third figurine was planned, but nothing was revealed if it was possibly Princess Ayeka or another character from the series.
* Bonnie Zacherle designed ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' as a unisex series but Hasbro thought that AllGirlsLikePonies and marketed as a female only series. As the years passed the toys became increasingly more feminine, eventually warping into the G2 and G3 we know of today. The series was stuck in the GirlShowGhetto for a long time and frequently made {{Shallow Parod|y}}ies of due to the apparent "Girly pastel unicorns and pegasus stuff for 6 year olds" concept until Lauren Faust made ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'', which was specifically designed to be entertaining for little girls and their family members.
** On another note, Bonnie didn't design any unicorns or pegasi. The original six ponies - Cotton Candy, Butterscotch, Blossom, Blue Belle, Minty and Snuzzle - were all what modern fans would call "earth ponies". It wasn't until Year 2 that pegasi, unicorn, and sea ponies were introduced.
** In the late 80s there was supposed to be a set of 18 toys called the "Irresistibles" that were designed to look more like realistic horses and had beads in them. To go with the misc animals like Kingsley, there were meant to be more humans in the toy line than Megan and Molly but they were scrapped. The Fairybright/Celestial ponies were never developed beyond concept art but they were apparently alien ponies.
** Bubbles is a pink pony but was originally blue and there are [[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Prototype_Ponies several ponies]] who had their poses changed. In G3 a winter version of the Cute Curtsey carriage was created, and apparently even had an ad in Australia, but never released.
* Several figures in Kenner's JurassicPark toyline did not make it past prototype stage, although some were released in later toylines (the Bull T-Rex in the sequel's toyline, for example, was originally designed for the second wave of the first movie's toys). The best example is probably the Chaos Effect toyline. [[{{TheScrappy}} Widely disliked by fans]] due to weird concept of MixAndMatchCritter hybrid dinosaurs and bizarre colour choises (all the dinosaurs were painted in eye-searingly bright neon colours), it didn't do much better with the general public eighter, and poor sales let to the cancellation of the actually pretty cool Ultimasaurus figure (the biggest new dinosaur figure in the serie, which was essentially the combination of traits from all the most badass dinosaurs) and the entire second wave of toys. Prototypes of the Ultimasaurus occasionally appear on ebay, but the second wave never seems to ahve made it very far in the developement, as all that exists of it are a few picutes in a promotional cataloque showing repainted versions of existing toys.
** Chaos Effect is in itself an example of this. One of the people involved in the production of the toyline once made a post on JPtoys.com (this was years ago, so it may have been deleted since) where he expained that the toyline was originally going to be tie-in to an animated series, and the bizarre aesthetic choises such as the weird colour schemes and the lack of details like scale on the new scultps were done to match the cell-shaded artstyle of the cartoon. The cartoon never seems to have made past early design phases, but Kenner went ahead with producing the toyline anyway.


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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' was originally meant to parody multiple 8 bit games, such as Metroid, or River City Ransom. But the comic didn't go that route, and stuck to parodying VideoGame/FinalFantasyI.
* Tom Siddell mentioned in [[http://www.brokenfrontier.com/lowdown/details.php?id=1180 an interview]] that ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is actually a LighterAndSofter take on his original idea. If you read much of the comic you'll realize this is saying something.
-->"''Gunnerkrigg Court'' was originally going to be more adult when I started working on it, but by the time I finished the first chapter I realized it would work better if I made it more accessible to a wider audience."
* Part of the final storyline in ''BobAndGeorge'' summarizes what would have happened if the original hand drawn comic had run its course: a fairly unoriginal superhero comic.
** An early storyline had George mention some "pesky aliens" that might have followed him to the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' Universe. This was a plotline from the hand drawn comic that Dave intended to intergrate into the sprite comics about alien body snatchers replacing people, but it was simply never gotten to. The original idea in the hand drawn comic involved one character getting replaced, then the alien slowly BecomingTheMask. The other characters find out, but the one who was replaced was such a {{jerkass}} that no one cared.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The sequence where Roy wears the [[ManIFeelLikeAWoman Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity]] was originally envisioned as Roy putting it on to engage in "girl talk" with Miko before discovering he couldn't remove it. However, as Rich Burlew wrote Miko, he discovered that her character didn't really mesh with "light romantic comedy", so the sequence became much more dramatic.
** Roy was also originally intended to be the party wizard, with Belkar being the warrior of the five-man group. Vaarsuvius only came into being because Rich needed someone to serve as the know-it-all character, and it would limit the jokes if Roy did that because he could hardly be his own straight man.
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' originally had a different template, where a Maiasaurus was a fourth character -- she appears in the first two panels instead of the ''T. rex''. Additionally, the pixel art on the characters in the remaining four panels were slightly different, resulting in small yet undesirable details. You can see this early version [[http://www.qwantz.com/comics/comic1-1.png here]].
* In another world, Creator/DougWalker and [[Webcomic/ElGoonishShive Dan Shive]] might have [[http://danshive.blogspot.com/2010/01/nostalgic-tale.html collaborated on a webcomic]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' describes itself thus: "This comic started as an attempt to make pornography. It degenerated into sex comedy pretty much immediately." It could have made some good porn.
** Still is, really.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'':
** In an early strip, Davan takes Monette to a lesbian bar and winds up annoying one of its patrons. Originally that lesbian was going to be a recurring character named Rochelle whom Davan would develop feelings for; the author wound up scrapping the idea and gave the IncompatibleOrientation gag to [=PeeJee=]==>Jhim instead.
** Davan was almost made Rory's biological father, after a bunch of fans straight up told Randy Milholland that he couldn't do it. Randy realized that he'd be acting just as stupid as the readers who pissed him off, so stuck with his original "not Davan" plan.
* In ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'', [[WordOfGod Ironychan]] stated that she originally intended for Neithe to be the main character and Asher to be her foil/sidekick. Asher turned out to be more fun and interesting to write for, so she went in that direction.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'':
** [[WordOfGod Mookie himself]] stated that he intended for Luna to die at the end of the Maltak arc, but realized that Luna's death would pretty much destroy Dominic, so altered things so that Luna is saved at the last moment by Jacob.
** He also said he originally didn't want to, but thought it might make his story stand out more and be more "dramatic." He then decided that a good writer doesn't ''need'' to kill important characters to be a good writer, and went back to his original plan. A rare case of WhatCouldHaveBeen turning around and becoming What Was instead.
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/13773662051/first-thanks-for-all-those-character-questions Almond originally had blue hair.]] Gigi also considered making a comic with Tartelette and Baguette and their bakery as the focus.
* Quite a few things in ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'', though in fairness the series has a quite a bit of WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants. WordOfGod and the commentary for the {{Comic Book Adaptation}}s of ''ProblemSleuth'' and ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' explain there were a number of {{Aborted Arc}}s - many of which were missed by the readers. Some examples from ''Homestuck'':
** Originally, the comic after ''Problem Sleuth'' would have been a [[BreakoutCharacter Midnight Crew]] comic. In the universe of ''Homestuck'' (the actual comic after ''Problem Sleuth''), ''MS Paint Adventures'' actually ''is'' doing a Midnight Crew comic. AlternateUniverse versions of the Midnight Crew appear in ''Homestuck'', and eventually the actual Midnight Crew is revealed to be in an AlternateDimension themselves.
** ''Homestuck'' was originally supposed to be drawn entirely in Flash. This was cut due to Flash being difficult to use. The original all-Flash Beta edition of ''Homestuck'' can still be seen on the website.
** Dave's InventoryManagementPuzzle with the hash modus was originally supposed to lead up to a [[IncrediblyLamePun hash-rap]] battle with his Bro. This was changed to a sword fight and Dave later {{Lampshades}} this afterwards. But ''much'' later we get an actual hash rap battle.
** Rose's battle with Bec Noir was supposed to be a full blown Flash, but the author decided that it would be a waste of time in an already long-running arc. So in-story, the disk of ''Homestuck'' gets scratched, reducing the events of the battle to a few panels.
* Thanks to Christian Weston Chandler's ever-changing fleets of fancy, one could say the entirety of ''{{Sonichu}}'' is full of {{What Could Have Been}}s. The most telling is that he left issue 11 unfinished after finishing issue 10 and [[CreatorBreakdown told his fans to back off and let him make his work whenever he wants to.]] Some of those plans included a return of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and the return of [[EvilKnockoff Metal Sonichu]] as the new BigBad.
* The ContinuityReboot of ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' originally had a ''much'' different introduction for Nin Wah and her crew. While the final version cuts to [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/04/12/nin-wah/ them meeting a contact at a hotel]], an unfinished, more action-oriented sequence with Grootly and company stealing a box from a SpaceTrucker was posted on [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151352934335259&set=a.215101020258.176419.213857110258&type=1&relevant_count=1 the]] [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151354820205259&set=a.215101020258.176419.213857110258&type=1&relevant_count=1 Facebook]] [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151364792350259&set=a.215101020258.176419.213857110258&type=1&relevant_count=1 page]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': [[WordOfGod Mark Stanley, on the forums]], has said that Winston was originally to be a one-shot character, with Niomi to be [[UpliftedAnimal Florence]]'s primary human contact with the local colonists. The readership made comments to the effect that [[InterspeciesRomance the relationship between him and Florence]] was too good to leave by the wayside, so that particular plot course was amended.
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