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->''"For of all sad words of tongue 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 {{executive|Meddling}}s 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 [[Creator/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 ''Series/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.

Have in mind that, [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant although the name may suggest otherwise]], this trope is for divergent aspects of the work which were actually considered by the creators in the real world. If you want to discuss how the work could have been better if some detail was different (with that detail being just your own idea), start a WildMassGuessing.

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 [[http://omghorror.blogfaction.com/article/101788/feature-the-15-greatest-horror-movies-that-never-were/ here.]]
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!!Examples
[[index]]
%% This is a list of MEDIA, not works. Works go on the media page.
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Anime}} Anime & Manga]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/ComicBooks
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Film}}s
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/DisneyAndPixar Disney and Pixar Films]]
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/InsideOut''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Frozen}}''
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/UnsortedFilm Other Films]]
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/UnsortedAnimatedFilm Other Animated Films]]
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/SpiderMan Spider-Man Films]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Literature}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/LiveActionTV
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Music}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/ProfessionalWrestling
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{WWE}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Sports}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Theater}}
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/VisualNovels
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGames
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGamesAToF
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/DeusEx''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/DisneyInfinity''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/FinalFantasy''
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGamesGToM
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheLegendOfZelda''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/Left4Dead''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/MassEffect''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/MetalGear''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Metroid}}''
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGamesNToS
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/SonicTheHedgehog''
*** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/SuperMarioBros''
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGamesTToZ
** WhatCouldHaveBeen/VideoGameSystemsAndPeripherals
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/WebOriginal
* WhatCouldHaveBeen/WesternAnimation
** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
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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 ''TabletopGame/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...)
** Expansion sets were planned to be temporary installments played along with the main set, then forgotten as newer sets replaced them. The "Standard" format preserves this idea.
** 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.
** Eventally a true 6th colorless Basic Land came to be in ''Oath of the Gatewatch" in the form of ''Wastes''. It also solved the problem with Domain by not including a sub-type.
* 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...
* In poker, when a hand is won before all the cards are dealt, the act of revealing the cards that would have been dealt later had the hand continued is called a ''rabbit hunt''. Rabbit hunting usually isn't allowed in casinos, as it not only slows down the game, but also might reveal information about concealed hands.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'': The starting authors 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 ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' explicitly show up, but it was rejected in favor of a less blatant ShoutOut.
* ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'': The author originally planned for Veis instead of Vili to join Clan Gully. 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.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': The author once mentioned that he had played with the idea of writing the real sequel. Unlike the non-canonical, controversial side-story it would narrate the conflict foreshadowed in the last chapter of TS and it would not be a crossover. But he never got around to do it.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' fanfic, "Toward the World's End" apparently was - in the final installment of its second 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
* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'': Originally, Alvin Earthworm had plans for a ninth episode, 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.
* ''Fanfic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'': Chapter 7, 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", however, a similar scene was later used in the ''Adventures on the Friendship Express'' spin-off.
* ''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/{{Equestrylvania}}'': 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 during their stroll through town, 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 chapter that introduces Baldwin and Vinyl was meant to be an interlude during the portion of the story when Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm are dealing with [[spoiler: [[TheCaligula Rose Blade]]]]. However, it ended up moved to be published afterwards.
*** Upon consolidating the volume into a single book, however, the chapter was moved to its originally planned position.
** The author's decision to consolidate the series into a single volume means that all plans for a multi-book style series have been scrapped.
** While consolidating the story, the author came across a set of old notes for the story, and then [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/434592/equestrylvania-the-lost-notes published in a blog]] some of the more notable changes between the original idea and what was written.
* 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.
** [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Courageous Conrad]] was conceived and added to Chapter 17 late in the chapter's development. Also, Jade originally was going to go along with her ambush and first unveil her homunculus there, but the ambush was cut and the reveal pushed back to the fight in the cave.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': The 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 {{Big Bad}}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: Comicbook/{{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'', "WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite", and ''ComicBook/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.
** ''Dark Knight Over Trottingham'' had some story issues, since it technically is the first story in the universe (aside from the [[GreatOffscreenWar War in Heaven]] backstory), particularly over Blueblood's [[spoiler: capture by Zod]]. The author wasn't sure how to make the story work in that timeframe, and even considered retconning the dates. However, thanks to a fan suggestion, he found a way to harmonize the timeline so he didn't have to change the dates.
* ''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.
** The author wanted to do a horror-themed chapter, with Jade and Titans encountering Shadow Children from Japan. But after the process dragged on for months, the author ultimately realized that he couldn't do horror, so he scrapped the chapter, taking the few bits that worked (Blood's encounter with Tarakudo in Jade's mind, and Slade's twin cameos) and combining them with the Super Jinx chapter.
* ''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]].
** ''Spectacular Spider-Colt'' was originally planned as part of Phase One, with Pip to be joining in the action of that Phase's CrisisCrossover finale. However, the author realized that he couldn't fit Pip into that story, so moved when events happened, and put it on hiatus until Phase One's completion, marking it as the first Phase Two 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.
* ''FanFic/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters'': Has its [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters 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.
** One off-hand comment mentioned that [[StepfordSmiler Sweetie]] [[AntiVillain Belle]] was originally planned to be a full-fledged villain.
** Originally Chapter 39, rather than having the escape by {{Magitek}} truck, was instead a slow stealth-based escape. After having wrote it, the author scrapped it in favor of "[[PersonAsVerb Michael Baying the hell out of it]]."
* [[Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows The Shadowsverse]] has elements of this, with [[Creator/NimbusLlewelyn the author]] stating that the sequel, 'From Out of the Shadows', is a DeadFic, with his attention having moved to a mixture of RealLife and ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. Mooted plot developments were:
** The BigBad of the second book being Morgoth.
** [[{{OC}} Emrys]] would become TheHero, with Harry settling back into a more Dumbledore type role.
** Emrys would have developed into a PhysicalGod and spent the rest of his very long life teetering on the edge of becoming a FallenHero and a FallenAngel of a sort (his grandfather, Merlin [[spoiler: wasn't merely a Maia. He was the son of two of the Valar, who'd incarnated in mortal form out of curiosity and had been surprised at the results when they hadn't used protection]]) as a result of something Morgoth did to him at the end of the ''From Out of the Shadows''.
** Speaking of Merlin, he would have become a recurring character and TheChessmaster.
** The third book would have focused, in part, on Harry and Ginny's young children and Emrys' desperate struggle to control his dark side, with him finally succeeding at the end, just as Miriel, his TrueLove announces that she's pregnant.
** This would have been followed by two more books, one starring the main cast's grown up children, the second set at least a millennium later and starring a descendant of Aragorn's who was the victim of a usurper and protected/guided by a disguised Emrys, who by now probably qualifies as the bitterest man in Middle Earth, his wife having been poisoned (the poisoner was aiming for Arwen and got it wrong). This resulted in Emrys entering a state of TranquilFury and going on a [[DisproportionateRetribution truly epic]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge rampage]] before pulling a SaltTheEarth on the city of the man responsible. This book would have led to Emrys finally being able to reach his eternal rest and the end of the series.
* By the same author, ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' probably has quite a few of these, since the author has cheerfully admitted that he's adding/removing characters and chopping and changing things all the time. The only one that has been revealed is that the story was originally intended to be about 100,000 - 150,000 words, cover all seven books, then end with a Harry/Sif ship. Needless to say, with over 730,000 words of [[DoorStopper the first book]] being posted, making it longer than ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy]]'' (and the damn thing isn't even ''finished'' yet) and [[Creator/NimbusLlewelyn the author]] casually mentioning at least three ''volumes'' and over a dozen sequels planned and partially written, along with spinoffs, prequels and the odd AU, things have changed considerably.
* ''Fanfic/RevengeOfLavan'' was supposed to have the main characters of Franchise/ArchieComics and Webcomic/TwilightSparkleAndTheBigCity, but the latter's comic coming to an end and copyright concerns involving the former caused the idea to be scrapped and Archie being replaced with Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog.
* The author of the five-chapter ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'' sketched out a sixth chapter but abandoned it for various reasons, primarily because he thought it would overshadow [[TheReveal Heather's revelation]] at the end of Chapter 4, which is the story's dramatic climax. The author later posted the Chapter Six sketch, which interested parties can access from the work's [[Trivia.LegacyTotalDrama Trivia subpage]].
* In ''Fanfic/BackgroundPony'', Lyra Heartstrings is under a curse that causes any being to instantly forget about her as soon as they look away from her, and all evidence of her existence, even her writing, automatically disappears. In the original plans, Trixie would have been immune to the curse due to her MasterOfIllusion abilities. Her friendship with Lyra would have triggered Trixie's HeelFaceTurn. Eventually, Lyra would have been cured at the cost of forgetting all of her experiences while under the curse, leaving Trixie the only one to remember.
* The entire story for ''Fanfic/SuperSentaiVsPowerRangersTheLiveblog'' would have been a straight MST with other characters snarking on the story, ''Fanfic/SuperSentaiVsPowerRangers'', throughout; and they would have been freed from a dimensional rift that trapped them. When Sean Akizuki cleared out some errors, changed scenes, and deleted several chapters and rebooted others, the idea was scrapped.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** A blog post by the author, Tarbtano, gave some details about the original plot. It was going to be a short story taking place in Manehattan with a heroine caring for a depowered and shrunk kaiju. When another, more malign monster enters Equestria, the first one transforms to fight it off before they both are teleported back to Earth. Basically the first act of ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'' with Godzilla characters and ponies.
*** While the story as a whole was greatly expanded, some elements of the original ending sequence did work their way into the story proper. The build up of fight between Anguirus and the dragons in the campground does closely resemble the Digimon plot, with key elements like the malign giant monster (Garble) destroying a bridge, and the smaller good monster (Anguirus) growing in size to save two bystanders from falling debris.
** Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan's Equestrian forms were originally going to be Earth Pony, Alicorn, and Pegasus respectively.
** Originally, Franchise/{{Gamera}} was going to be one of kaiju sent to Equestria, but he was later replaced by Anguirus. Some leftover elements of this remained in the final story, such as Anguirus being befriended by a young filly (since Gamera is a FriendToAllChildren).
** Scenes from Anguirus' battle against Garble and the dragons were going to be illustrated, but the artist Faith's pictures looked kind of awkward and were scrapped.
** Monster X was originally going to turn into a Kirin in Equestria.
** Faith drew a rough sketch of Monster X regrouping with Gigan in Equestria and Gigan was fully visible, but the finished product had Gigan hidden in shadows to make it easier to draw.
** The picture for Derpy's introduction was slightly different and originally showed both of the princesses in frame.
** Xenilla and Blade Dancer's manes were going to have a more Greco-Roman style.
** The Halloween Special was going to have a picture of Gigan's fight with Mane-iac, but then they decided to do one of Mane-iac flirting with Gigan because it would be funnier.
** Destroyah's teeth were going to be a lot longer and nastier looking, resembling Sabor from ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''.
** The Holiday Special was originally going to have Godzilla and friends enter the Equestria Girls realm before it was changed to Monster X and Irys.
** The concept art of Monster X's human form originally had him with claws and his face was not covered.
** The Holiday Special was going to have an image of Irys and Sunset Shimmer's hug, but Faith found she's not good at drawing vehicles (the scene took place at the threshold of a bus).
** The Mother's Day special originally was going to have a DownerEnding with [[MuggleFosterParents Azusa]] finding out about Godzilla Junior's supposed death in the first chapter with Dimension Tide sucking him and five other kaiju into a black hole. This was cut to avoid any DarknessInducedAudienceApathy and give a [[EarnYourHappyEnding upbeat]] ending to what typically amounts to a happy holiday.
** The Father's Day Special was going to star Godzilla's father and Tarbtano even started a rough draft of it. Then he decided since the Mother's Day Special starred Godzilla's mother, he should mix it up and have it star Celestia and Luna's father instead.
** The author planned for Queen Chrysalis to infiltrate the Crystal Empire at some point before changing his mind and coming up with a different plan for her eventual appearance.
** The Youtube videos that accompany some chapters would have been fully animated instead of still images, but Tarbtano and Faith lack the time, resources, and expertise to do this.
** Tarbtano noticed that his planned Chapter 29 (which would have been called "Henshin, Henshin!!!") was a little short, so he combined it with Chapter 28.
** Tarbtano bounced around which Siren would start bonding with Monster X before choosing Aria Blaze because she has the least amount of headcanon of the three Sirens, so it would be easier to work with her personality without upsetting the fans.
** There was going to be a chapter called "Siren Dame, Dragon Knight". Because it was over 31000 words long, it was split in half, into "Siren Dame" and "Dragon Knight", with "Siren Dame" ending on one of Tarbtano's classic cliffhangers.
** Tarbtano originally planned for Orga from ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'' to be in the cast. He would be a tragic figure because he started out as an alien scientist who wanted to conquer Terra to give his people a place to live, but then his transformation into a Kaiju warped his mind.
** The OC's like Blade Dancer and Blueberry Frost were going to be very minor characters, but the positive fan reaction to them led to their roles being expanded. Similarly, there were not going to be any romantic pairings, but the positive fan reaction to ShipTease moments led to Tarbtano changing his mind.
** The song Azusa sings in Chapter 32 was meant to be one from ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'', but Tarbtano says it was hard to find the lyrics and when he finally did, he realized it didn't fit the situation, so he instead had her sing the Edo Lullaby.
* ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' was almost a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover.
* ''FanFic/TheVow'': the author had originally intended the story to be a crossover (one media being ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' and the other probably being ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' from which a lot of the fic's elements are borrowed), but decided against it to better suit the story's purposes.
** Also, the author pondered between two alternatives to title the fic: "The Vow" and "China Moon".
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4107185/1/Ariel-s-Melody Ariel's Melody]]'' was originally a script for a sequel to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', which the author hoped would be accepted by Disney ([[CaptainObvious it wasn't]]). Also, as it was written before the actual sequel came out, Melody was originally named Ariadne.
* [[Tropers/{{Kenyastarflight}} Kenya Starflight]]'s ''Franchise/StarWars''/''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' crossover ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1734634/1/Centaur-of-Attention Centaur of Attention]]'': In the author's notes at the end of the fic, it's mentioned that the author's original plans for a ''Star Wars'' and ''Xanth'' crossover revolved around Jango Fett and a five-year-old Boba Fett crash-landing on Xanth and having to find the Holey Grail, a vessel full of holes that turned ordinary water into powerful healing elixir, in order to repair their ship. The planned villain was Darius Dracotaur, a dragon/centaur Magician. The concept eventually morphed into a Luke and Vader story, with Darius as the only surviving plot element, though Boba Fett would go on to feature in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2421185/1/Catacombs the sequel]].
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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, midway through development, Gottlieb reached a deal for the ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' license on the condition that they use the license quickly. The game was rethemed and reprogrammed to match, but the deal fell through; without any more time to revert the game to ''Zelda,'' it was decided to theme it 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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* 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.
* According to artist Creator/GregFreres, Creator/{{Bally}} had planned a pinball based on ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial]]''. It was never produced due to licensing issues, and became ''BMX'' instead.
* ''Pinball/{{Avatar}}'' was to have been Creator/SteveRitchie's next game after ''[[Pinball/SpiderManStern Spider-Man]]''; after he was laid off from Stern Pinball in 2010, Steve posted the blueprint on his website. ''Avatar'' was eventually released, but was designed by John Borg.
* According to programmer Dwight Sullivan, ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was to have been based on the movie, ''Film/UnderSiege''.
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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 included ''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.
** 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.
*** Now it may have been picked up again. In 2015 ABC will be airing TheMuppets, which has Kermit and Piggy broken up but [[WorkingWithTheEx still working together]]
** ''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 ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' -- which, at that point, was supposed to rotate through four different styles of shows from week to week (effectively: traditional Muppet comedy poking fun at TV, Creature Shop fare like ''Series/TheStoryteller'', children's picture book adaptations, and miscellaneous one-offs) -- was the special ''The Saga of Fraggle Rock'', about how the Fraggles first arrived there.
* On ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'', according to [[https://www.mixcloud.com/djbobshow/the-dj-bob-show-a-berry-bear-reunion-christmas-at-the-big-blue-house/ this]], the song "What If?" from ''A Berry Bear Christmas'' was written to end with Bear himself singing about wondering what would happen if there was no Big Blue House. This was vetoed by show creator Mitchell Kriegman as a bit too much, as Bear was the rock that viewers were to rely on. So having Tutter worry about this was as far as they could go.
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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 Complete Monster 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 [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].
** 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 [[Anime/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 ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was originally supposed to be a race of [[IntellectualAnimal non-anthropomorphic talking]] ''[[IntellectualAnimal lions]]'' based on Aslan from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. 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.)
** Creator/{{Wizards|OfTheCoast}} [[https://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/dx20021209x of the Coast's]] [[http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?55220-Fantasy-Setting-Search-Semi-Finalists-being-published Fantasy Setting Search]] was a contest that eventually went with ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', but quite a few settings were submitted; like ''Dawnforge, The Sunset Kingdoms,'' and ''Morningstar''.
* 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/{{Warhammer40000}} 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 took nearly a decade before seeing a release (with massive changes).
* 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 license, 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 Creator/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]] [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent somewhat different interpretation of angels...]]
** David A. Hill Jr proposed ''Fury: The Scourge'' as a potential NWOD game line, but it ultimately didn't get picked up. The basic idea is that you play someone akin to ComicBook/TheSpectre, someone who got screwed over, who lashed out and took revenge... and got chosen by ''something'' to become a supernatural agent of vengeance, punishing selected sinners. An expanded version of the pitch [[http://machineageproductions.net/wpmocha/fury-the-scourge/ can be found here.]]
* 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 ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'''s One Year War setting using the ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' rules. An English-language release was planned, but fell through.
* The first edition of [=AEG's=] swashbuckling RPG ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' ended on a story arc where a ship had managed to sail beyond the mystical barrier that kept Theah (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. The second edition, now under John Wick Presents, is a reboot, and doesn't have a barrier in place.
* TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} was originally going to have the strange mechanical world of Autochthonia in its core, but was cut for space. We did eventually get to the world of Brass and Shadow, but it's been an optional addition for the entire run of the game.
** In the game's very earliest stages, there was only one type of Exalted, the Dragon-Blooded, with powers based on the kinds of magic they used. Said magic [[MarkOfTheSupernatural changed the Exalted physically]] in different ways depending on the type used.
** At one point in development, TheFairFolk were supposed to be Lunars gone wrong, driven insane by prolonged exposure to [[PrimordialChaos the Wyld]]; the Fair Folk went on to become their own thing, while the chimera filled the slot of Lunars gone wrong.
** When it came time to do the Fair Folk as a playable group, they were supposed to use European faerie tropes laid over a new and unique portrayal, rather than played straight, but the original drafts simply played the tropes straight, so as damage control they were quickly rewritten to draw on Myth/HinduMythology instead.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Theme Parks -- Disney]]
* ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' went through several different ideas. Early concepts included a hangout for horror-themed Disney villains, like the Disney/LonesomeGhosts and [[Disney/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.
* The ''Haunted Mansion'' anniversary issue of the D23 magazine revealed plans for an indoor, perpetual-twilight Disney park that would have featured the Haunted Mansion on a hill at the end of their Main Street USA equivalent, rather than the familiar Disney castle that serves as the entrance for Fantasyland.
* Early concepts for Disneyland called for Adventureland to be where Space Mountain is now (directly east of Main Street - it was built directly west instead). Some prototype maps even show parts of it existing on ''both'' sides of Main Street.
* The original design for Disneyland incorporated numerous orange trees already present on the property. Walt's staff marked trees to be kept and trees to be removed with different colors of ribbon. Unfortunately, all of the trees were destroyed - the bulldozer operator was colorblind.
* 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. It was going to be housed in a giant pavilion that also included a "runaway" mine train themed roller coaster, hiking trails atop Thunder Mesa (the show building that housed the attractions), a Pueblo Indian village, and a pack mule attraction. But then a few things got in the way:
** 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. Western River Expedition was seen to be a western themed version of ''Pirates''.
** Phase II development of Tomorrowland was underway at this time (which added Space Mountain, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, the Astro Orbiter, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority [=PeopleMover=]). The construction of the Tomorrowland rides meant that money and resources couldn't be allocated to construction of attractions in other lands.
** Ultimately, the Western River Expedition was scrapped, but two of its rides would eventually be built in Frontierland: the mine train roller coaster opened in 1980 as ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'', while the boat ride opened in 1992 as ''Splash Mountain''.
** Incidentally, when Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was being built, Imagineer Marc Davis (the brainchild of the WRE), desperate to save the boat ride, tried to compromise: the roller coaster could be built as long as a scaled down WRE with just the boat ride was built opposite the railroad tracks. Unfortunately, this didn't work, and Frontierland didn't get a water ride until Splash Mountain opened in 1992.
** Much of Disneyland Paris's Frontierland is derived from the plans for the Western River Expedition. In particular, the land is themed as the town of Thunder Mesa, named in tribute to the WRE. 'Dry Gulch', which would have been a depiction of a wild mining town in WRE, would be incorporated into [[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]] as a ghost mining town called Phantom Canyon, including elements like a bank robber and cowardly sheriff engaging in a gunfight, as well as a showgirl and bartender at a saloon.
* The Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World was originally planned as a fully-functioning city rather than a theme park, and was a major part of Walt Disney's personal plans for "The Florida Project." After Walt died, the idea fell by the wayside for over a decade. When the plans were revisited, the prospect of building Epcot as a functional city exactly as Walt envisioned it was simply too impossible, so it was re-tooled into a theme park. The would-be model is now a display viewed from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority [=PeopleMover=] while transiting through the show building housing Stitch's Great Escape.
** The basic idea of Disney forming their own city was not forgotten however, and the idea was later realized when Disney created the town of Celebration, Florida.
* 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 the country's actions in World War II Disney executives feared it would offend Americans (especially veterans). The show did successfully make it into the original Tokyo Disneyland lineup.
*** Elements of the boat rides for Germany and Italy actually did see the light of day. One was the massive show building in Germany being built and still standing, the other being the boats for the Italy ride, which are now static props in the World Showcase Lagoon in front of Italy.
** Japan was also originally going to have a ride. Possibilities included a Mt. Fuji roller coaster (supposedly scrapped because of Fuji Film, and [[Creator/EastmanKodak Kodak]] sponsoring other rides...seriously), and a Circlevision (similar to what Canada and China has) bullet train simulator, one version of which called for the train to be attacked by Franchise/{{Godzilla}}! The Godzilla part may have fallen through because Toho wasn't making ''Godzilla'' films after the mediocore box-office returns for ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'', and Godzilla wasn't relevant at the time, and wouldn't be until two years after Epcot.
** For more on the original plans for World Showcase, which also included Israel and United Arab Emirates pavilions, see this [[http://allears.net/ae/issue670.htm article featuring a 1978 press release]]. For the record, the UAE pavilion was scrapped due to financial issues, and Israel was scrapped for security reasons.
* Disney's Hollywood Studios grew out of plans for a movie-making-themed pavilion at Epcot's Future World.
* Plans for Disney's Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios) included some ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''-themed attractions (cancelled due to legal issues, though the Benny the Cab ride did see the light of day at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland), a [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] version of The Great Movie Ride (cancelled due to Creator/JimHenson'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.
** Had Henson not died in the early years of the park's operations, Muppets Courtyard (around where the ''[=MuppetVision=] 3D'' theatre currently is) would have been planned right from the start, and originally included the above Great Muppet Movie Ride. The idea finally got off the ground once the Streets of America land was removed from the park in April 2016, though without the movie ride.
* At one point, there was talk of the Muppets taking over all of Disneyland in 1991 and renaming it Muppetland, with the explanation that Mickey and friends had taken a vacation following the 35th anniversary year. Like the original Muppets Courtyard, it was scrapped after Henson's death.
* The original plans for Animal Kingdom had called for 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 as "Dragon's Keep"
** It seems mythical animals will finally see the light of day, as Camp Minnie-Mickey was shuttered to construct a land based on James Cameron's AVATAR. Odd fit, but the concept art promises spectacular stuff.
* The original plans for Animal Kingdom's ''Countdown to Extinction'' (now ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'') would have featured a ''Tyrannosaurus rex''. With the discovery of ''Carnotaurus sastrei'', however, Disney wanted to be less cliché and added ''Carnotarus'' instead. It's also said that Disney didn't want it to look like a rip-off of [[Ride/UniversalStudios its rival's]] ''Ride/JurassicParkRiverAdventure''.
* Ride revamps that were considered but not implemented:
** Re-theming the ''Journey into Imagination'' ride at Epcot to ''Film/{{Flubber}}''.
** Re-theming the Submarine Voyage (which closed in 1998)/20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (closed in 1994) rides at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, respectively, to ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. When the film bombed at the box office, the Florida submarine lagoon was demolished in 2005 the land eventually reclaimed for New Fantasyland, while California got a ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' retheming that opened in 2007 and is still running.
* 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 9/11 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. As a result, Disney alumni jokingly refer to the Pop Century as the "Pop Half-Century Resort".
** The Venetian Resort was to have been built between the Contemporary and TTC, but the site would have needed a very deep foundation. Despite this, the land was actually cleared for the hotel in the 1990s for the also-cancelled Mediterranean Resort, which was also cancelled because of the swampy and poor ground samples.
** The Asian Resort actually began construction in the 1970s, but the hotel was scrapped due to the Energy Crisis, and the Grand Floridian now stands in its place.
** The Persian Resort was to have been themed around Iran. In fact, the Shah of Iran was ready to fund it, but the Iranian Revolution caused the plans to be scrapped. Apparently, there was to be a monorail spur running to the hotel, then into Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom (against Walt's wishes, which were to keep the monorail outside the park).
* In early 2003, blueprints were leaked for a discarded plan called "Project Gemini," a complete redesign of Epcot's Future World area in an attempt to solve its {{Zeerust}} problem. As part of a three year plan, Future World would be renamed "Discoveryland" (even though the name had been used as Disneyland Paris' version of Tomorrowland) and feature some of the most bizarre decision choices that Walt Disney Imagineering had ever come up with:
** ''Spaceship Earth'' would become a thrill ride called ''Time Racers''' sponsored by Microsoft, though its post show Global Neighborhood would still be sponsored by AT&T for some reason.
** ''Innoventions'' would be split into six separate buildings and consist of two restaurants, two shops and two exhibits.
** The ''Universe of Energy'', ''Mission Space'' and ''Test Track'' rides would remain intact, but the ''Wonders of Life'' pavilion would become an unknown new attraction and Disneyland's old Junior Autopia would be resurrected and added to the exterior of ''Test Track'' for kids too short to ride the attraction.
** ''The Land'' pavilion would gain an outdoor hedge maze and an outdoor "rainforest" roller coaster, as well as a clone of the Disney's California Adventure attraction ''Soarin''[='=] (which managed to go through). ''The Living Seas'' pavilion would become an attraction re-themed to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' called ''Under The Sea'' (which was later realized in the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom), while the ''Journey into Imagination'' dark ride would get a re-theme to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' (later becoming ''Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!'' at Disney California Adventure, replacing the short-lived ''Superstar Limo'')
* When the ''Country Bear Jamboree'' show was to be removed from Disneyland, the Imagineers attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow to at least keep the Country Bear characters themselves in the form of a WackyRacing attraction called the ''Critter Country 500''. Unfortunately, nothing could stop then-Disney Parks head Paul Pressler's demands for a profitable ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' attraction, whose exit is directly next to a major gift shop.
* [[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, clones of Journey into Imagination and Horizons, and a SpiritualSuccessor to Adventure Thru Inner Space. Alas, the whole thing was scrapped in 1995 due to budget issues and local opposition to the park's version of Spaceship Earth (or Spacestation Earth, as it was to be called) being a whopping ''300 feet tall'', 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] 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, as well as an attraction that would cast riders as runway slaves on the Underground Railroad. 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.
* Also in the early 90's, Disney tried to get Creator/{{Nintendo}} to license their characters for their theme parks. This was actually part of a huge plan then-Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg had formulated for Nintendo had the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' LiveActionAdaptation they had released was successful. They would have begun efforts to integrate Nintendo into their business in every possible medium they had. The film, however, ended up becoming a TroubledProduction, and it was ultimately released to disastrous reviews and box office returns. Disney soon abandoned these plans once Nintendo started becoming more restrictive toward their property after the film's failure, along with Katzenberg's departure from Disney a year after the film's release to start Creator/DreamWorks. Two decades later, in 2015, Disney's [[NeverLiveItDown worst fears]] [[LaserGuidedKarma were realized]] when Nintendo snubbed them for Universal.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 land at Animal Kingdom.)
* [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] 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 (formerly the site of ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage'') to construct a 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-Creator/{{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.
** It probably didn't help that Disney's plans for ''Harry Potter'' was just one ride that would involve guests shooting at 3D interactive screens with wands. Rowling wanted something more immersive, but Disney refused. Shortly after losing the ''Harry Potter'' rights to Universal, Disney retooled the plans into ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory Midway Mania''.
** Before Michael Eisner was ousted, Disney planned for an entire theme park themed after ''Harry Potter'' at Singapore. The plans were shelved when Bob Iger replaced Eisner as Disney CEO and shot down for good when Disney tossed the Harry Potter license to the can for Universal to recycle.
* There were plans for a Switzerland pavilion at EPCOT Center's World Showcase, which would have brought the Matterhorn Bobsleds down to Florida.
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[[folder: Theme Parks -- Universal Studios]]
!!!General
* Universal Orlando Resort's expansion plan in the 1990s was originally supposed to have the resort consist of two areas. The second area would sit down the road from the main resort, and would consist of a country club, golf course, another [=CityWalk=] district and an unknown theme park(s). Unfortunately, before the second area could begin construction, the September 11 attacks and the economic recession that followed it caused major financial losses at Universal, forcing them to sell off the patch of land that would have been slated for the area. Fast forward to the 2010s, and with [=NBCUniversal=] under the new corporate heads at Comcast, rumors allege that the idea is being revisited as Comcast bought much of the undeveloped land (about '''450 acres''') back for $130 million near the end of 2015.
!!!Universal Studios Florida
* ''Earthquake: The Big One'' was first planned to be a trolley ride through a crumbling San Francisco, but with both financial and technical limitations, 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 design of the attraction's entrance.
* Two regarding ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'':
** The original concept consisted of nothing more than Doc Brown flying guests through different time periods. ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' creators Creator/RobertZemeckis and Bob Gale found this too insubstantial a concept for a ride inspired by the movies.
** Universal considered having Doc Brown's EvilTwin brother, also portrayed by Creator/ChristopherLloyd, as the antagonist. When they brought Peyton Reed[[labelnote:*]]Later known as the director of ''Film/BringItOn'' and ''Film/AntMan'', among others[[/labelnote]] and Mark Cowen to help rewrite the script, the duo suggested that bringing back Biff Tannen as an antagonist would strengthen the connection to the movies.
* A ride based off of Casper the Friendly Ghost was first considered in the mid 90's, 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. With Universal later ''owning'' Casper, however, things could be set back into motion.
* A roller coaster based off of ''{{Film/Apollo13}}'' was in development (yes, '''really''') as a replacement for ''Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}'', but axed after ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 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, resulting in ''Ride/RevengeOfTheMummy''.
* ''Ride/JurassicParkRiverAdventure'' was originally planned to be built at the area where ''Ride/MenInBlackAlienAttack'' 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 Islands of Adventure.
* At one point in the mid-1990s, there were plans by Universal to build attractions based off the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' video game franchises, due to their then-ownership of said franchises. It is said that Creator/{{Sony}} (who published the games for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation console) shot the plans down in objection, so they instead came up with a meet-and-greet experience for the Crash Bandicoot character. The franchises are now under the ownership of Creator/{{Activision}}, who have no plans to license rides based off either franchise.
* A ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' attraction was discussed, but scrapped due to failed negotiations between Universal and Dreamworks Animation. It was supposedly planned as a replacement for ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', which was ultimately replaced with ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem''. There are talks Universal is revisiting this idea, though, since [=DreamWorks=] is now ''owned'' by Universal.
* There was talk of a ride based off ''Franchise/StarTrek'' being envisioned as a replacement for ''Ride/Shrek4D'' at one point, but the plans were shelved after talks with Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{Paramount}} collapsed. Universal ''did'' have the ''Star Trek'' attraction rights at one point, but they only used them for an interactive attraction in the early to mid 90's called ''The Screen Test Home Video Adventure'', which gave guests the option to do a ''Star Trek''-inspired film or a film based off the Universal Newsreels.
* Reportedly there were plans to revamp the Woody Woodpecker's [=KidZone=] section at Universal Studios Florida into an area based of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} franchises, in order to make up for the closure of Nickelodeon Studios and ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast''. The plans apparently went nowhere, however, and the only thing that may have came out of it was a ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''-themed gift shop at a store formerly themed after Creator/WalterLantz cartoons. Despite ditching the Nickelodeon-themed land, [[http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2014/08/universal-orlando-rumors-twister-and.html Universal hasn't put the revamp plans on the table just yet]].
* Before ''Ride/TwisterRideItOut'' in the New York area was slated for removal, Universal planned to revamp the ride and replace its suspenseful undertone with a more comedic style. Creator/JimmyFallon would replace Creator/BillPaxton and Helen Hunt as the ride hosts (yes, [[SincerityMode no kidding]]), [[AdaptationDisplacement breaking the ride away from its]] [[Film/{{Twister}} source material]]. Universal realized it wouldn't fix the area's NetworkDecay issue, so they instead decided to give Fallon his own ride, ''Race Through New York'', ending most of the decay in the process.

!!!Universal Studios Hollywood
* In February 2000, Universal [[https://www.facebook.com/goddardgroup/posts/10153965068159333:0 submitted plans for a live-action stage show]] called ''Franchise/HarryPotter and the Magic Talisman''. A draft had already been written, but Creator/JKRowling rejected the plans as being underwhelming. Universal would try again to win Rowling over with ''The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'' a decade later, to massive success.

!!!Islands of Adventure
* The site where Islands of Adventure stands now was slated for a shopping mall. It was canceled before Universal Studios Florida opened next to the site after the then-mayor of Orlando felt that entertainment would be a more viable concept.
* During Islands of Adventure's conception, it was first thought of as a "Cartoon World,"[[note]][[http://www.themeparktourist.com/sites/default/files/images/Cartoon%20World.preview.jpg Concept art here]][[/note]] which would have featured attractions and rides themed after WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, Creator/DCComics characters and Creator/DrSeuss characters. While Universal was able to move forward with the Dr. Seuss themed-land, the former two concepts were rejected after Creator/WarnerBrothers refused to license the characters to Universal (likely to keep their relationship with Creator/SixFlags afloat, [[FridgeLogic despite Six Flags not operating any parks in Florida]]). In addition, the massive success of ''Film/JurassicPark'' pressured Universal's research and development team to develop and entire land based off the film, which brought the "Cartoon World" concept to its coffin. The DC Comics concept would later be transformed to a Creator/MarvelComics land that went through.
** At one point, the DC Comics land was to be themed entirely after Franchise/{{Batman}}, being a replica of Gotham City. The land would have featured a Batmobile ride, a funhouse run by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, a Batman stunt show, a roller coaster with trains modeled after the Batwing, a tower drop ride featuring the Riddler, and a teacup ride featuring Mr. Freeze. The fourth, fifth and sixth concepts were revisited and themed after the Hulk, Dr. Doom and the X-Men respectively once Universal jumped ship to Marvel.
* A ''Film/VanHelsing'' ride was under development, but the underperformance of the film ultimately proved to be its undoing. The space it was slated for later became the site for ''Ride/HarryPotterAndTheForbiddenJourney'' (which uses the same KUKA Arm technology the ''Van Helsing'' ride was originally planned to).
* [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/04/23/28/04232806810f2d40622a6cc41837f9a6.jpg Early]] [[http://imageshack.us/download/594/jbx5ekwkxqhjm1.jpg concept art]] for the Hogsmeade section of ''The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'' at Islands of Adventure revealed a more cheaper take of the original plans, with the most notable difference being the retention of the Enchanted Oak Tavern, which would have only been slightly refurbished and re-themed into a ''Harry Potter'' atmosphere. Universal soon realized this wasn't going to be enough to appease fans, and decided to remove the Tavern entirely and give the entire area a near-exact replica of Hogsmeade.
* A replica of the Forbidden Forest as well as a ride in Arthur Weasley's Flying Ford Anglia were planned for Hogsmeade, but cut due to lack of space and/or budget. The Forbidden Forest replica was eventually integrated into ''Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey'', and a replica of the Flying Ford Anglia was made for the queue of ''Dragon Challenge'' (formerly ''Dueling Dragons'').
* ''Skull Island: Reign of Kong'' was planned to be built in the space where ''Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey'' now takes up, rather than the space between Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park.
* There were plans to make a rather elaborate ride for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' based on the CGI Creator/IlluminationEntertainment film, but the film's mixed reception and objections from the Seuss family led Universal to shelve the project.
* There is concept art depicting a playground next to the Cat in the Hat attraction known as "[[https://parkpedia.wordpress.com/the-noisarium/ The Noisarium]]". Why it didn't come to be is unknown.
* A ''[[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Grinch]]'' roller coaster through Mt. Crumpit was one of the many concepts for Seuss Landing that ultimately never came to be. There are rumors that Universal is looking to revisit this idea, though.
* A Jeep Safari ride and a Helicopter tour simulator were in the plans for Jurassic Park, but were cut due to budget.
* Marvel Superhero Island was going to feature a dark ride shooter themed around the ComicBook/XMen, but was also a victim of budgeting. The dark ride shooter concept would later become ''Men in Black: Alien Attack'' over at the other park.
* After the X-Men ride was cut, a stunt show themed around either the X-Men or The Avengers was planned to be built in its place, but too fell to budgeting. A more cheaper stage show was ultimately built for Toon Lagoon.
* ''The Incredible Hulk'' roller coaster was actually planned to center around the Silver Surfer. The idea fell apart quickly when the creative team realized that they would need a chrome color for the coaster, which wouldn't do so well in the Florida sunlight.

!!!Universal Studios Singapore
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' boat ride had early plans to feature a drop in a volcano-based finale and it was all actually built, but severe flaws in ride's infrastructure resulted in the drop having to be removed and the finale redesigned. The ride itself was at one point envisioned as a "Photo Safari" attraction, but was changed early in development.
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[[folder: Theme Parks -- Other]]
* As a general rule, many theme park attractions that are in the drawing board likely stay in that process for years. The above-mentioned park operators Disney and Universal, for instance, have dozens of concepts dating all the way back to their parks' opening dates that are simply stuck in DevelopmentHell, sitting in the shelves and their likelihood of ever getting realized growing more and more unlikely as the days go on. For Disney, the aforementioned Muppets Courtyard is an example of this, having been talked about since the park's conception in the 1980s but only realized almost three decades later when the park was stuck in such an outdated and [[NetworkDecay decaying]] state that they ''had'' to revisit the idea. For Universal, they had concepts for various Creator/{{Nintendo}} attractions sitting in the shelves for years out of belief that Nintendo would never approve of them. Then Nintendo came knocking on [=NBCUniversal=]'s door....
* Graphic artist and designer Roger Dean, best known for his work on album covers and stage designs for the progressive rock band Music/{{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, Music/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 Creator/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.
* In 1996, the works of Creator/LFrankBaum inspired a Kansas City theme park, The Wonderful World of Oz. Most of the attractions evoked the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' stories, particularly the 1939 movie ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Baum's book of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus'' also prompted the addition of Santa's Workshop near Glinda's castle. Unfortunately, a vote among the Kansas City Council reportedly favored leaving the park unbuilt. Several pieces of concept art have turned up [[http://www.thegoddardgroup.com/blog/index.php/the-story-of-the-great-unbuilt-wizard-of-oz-theme-park-as-told-by-the-parks-creator-gary-goddard-part-1/ here]], [[http://www.thegoddardgroup.com/blog/index.php/the-story-of-the-great-unbuilt-wizard-of-oz-theme-park-as-told-by-the-parks-creator-gary-goddard-part-2/ here]], [[https://web.archive.org/web/20131128155230/http://www.thegoddardgroup.com/blog/index.php/the-story-of-the-great-unbuilt-wizard-of-oz-theme-park-as-told-by-the-parks-creator-gary-goddard-part-3/ here]], and [[http://www.thegoddardgroup.com/blog/index.php/the-story-of-the-great-unbuilt-wizard-of-oz-theme-park-as-told-by-the-parks-creator-gary-goddard-part-4/ here]].
* In 1987, there were plans for a Muppetville theme park. [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppetville_%28concept%29?file=Muppetville.gif Concept art]] shows that as well as Franchise/TheMuppets, there would be a section devoted to ''Series/FraggleRock''. However, Creator/JimHenson finally decided "Disney does it so well that we could never do it better."
* In 1996, Cedar Point built a Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up coaster called ''Mantis''[[note]]later converted in 2015 to a floorless coaster called Rougarou[[/note]]. However, the original planned name for the ride was ''Banshee'', after the mythical wailing ghost in Irish folklore. In the days following the initial announcement, however, there was some negative reaction from the public regarding the term Banshee, which in the dictionary is described as a female spirit that warns of an impending family death. Thus the ride name was changed to ''Mantis''. The original ''Banshee'' ride logo would instead end up being used on ''Steel Force'', a hypercoaster at Dorney Park. Ultimately, in 2014, Cedar Fair finally did build a roller coaster named ''Banshee'' at one of their parks - as a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster at Kings Island.
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* [[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 Franchise/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. A 6" Alien figure with a phallus reaching to its chest. Imagine if that had managed to get through...
* Toys/{{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 supposed 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 Franchise/{{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 {{Downer|Ending}}/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.
** A bigger WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/{{Kenner}} in 1986-87 put together [[http://theswca.com/images-speci/85LineExt/ a massive pitch]] to, in essence, create the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse five years before there WAS an Expanded Universe so they could make more toys.
* What do you mean there are tons of [[Anime/{{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?
* ''Franchise/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 ''Anime/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.
** A similar case happened with the ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' figures. The back of the only wave of figures released teases figures of Adamai, Kriss Krass and Grougaloragran that never happened.
* Tinker Bell was originally in the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise, but was cut because she did not fit into the princess mythology. She did later get her own franchise, however.
** Esmeralda from ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame'', Jane from ''Tarzan'', Megara from ''Hercules'', and Alice from ''Disney/AliceinWonderland'' also seem to have been cut, as they were all featured in several magazines and dolls. Esmeralda was even featured on a several products alongside the original eight.
** Gisselle from ''Enchanted'' was to be included, but was cut because she was only in a half-animated film, and Disney would've had to pay all the money made by Gisselle to her actress, Amy Adams. Likewise, Anna and Elsa were to be included, but because of the success of ''Frozen'', they have not been included, though they still me in the future.
* 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 non-pony animals like Kingsley the lion, 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 yellow pony with a blue mane and tail, but was originally completely blue and in a standing pose instead of sitting. G3 Minty is green with pink hair, but was originally going to be entirely green. There are [[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Prototype_Ponies several ponies]] who had their poses changed, or sometimes their colors or races (earth pony, unicorn, Pegasus, etc). 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 Franchise/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 {{Mix and Match Critter|s}} 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 series, 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.
* In the [[TheEighties mid-1980s]], Hornby Railways had plans to produce a model of "City of Truro", but the idea was rejected because the sample model looked too much like the Churchward County class, which Hornby were already manufacturing models of. For Comparison's sake, [[http://spellerweb.net/rhindex/UKRH/GreatWestern/Narrowgauge/CountyClass.jpg this]] is a Churchward County, and [[http://trainsferriesbuses.co.uk/2007_10_05-3440-5553-md2.jpg this]] is what City of Truro looks like. Given that Hornby's quality standards were somewhat lower than those of its competitors at the time (Dapol and Palitoy), it's possible that Hornby's sample model of "City of Truro" wasn't a completely accurate representation of the real thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' changed variously before the toys and show hit:
** Before Cartoon Network came along, Mixels was "Monsters". Sets of five in a tribe, but overly simple designs.
** According to some preliminary packages, Shuff and Seismo's names would have been swapped with each other, Shuff would have had a looser crystal on his head that looked like hair, Vulk's ears would have been red instead of black. Also, the Nixels would have come in various shapes, and not all just be squares.
** Balk was originally shorter and squatter with thinner tentacles and smaller pupils.
** Kraw was originally named "Bouncer", Gobba was "Chippo" and Tentro was "Flexi" . Some sources still slip up on Tentro and call him Flexi, though...including an issue of the LEGO magazine.
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[[folder:Transportation]]
* The UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway has seen a fair share of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposed_expansion_of_the_New_York_City_Subway proposed lines or extensions of existing lines]] that never came to fruition.
* Highway revolts have happened several times in the United States as the first freeways were built.
** UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia saw the freeway revolts in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Had it not been for the revolts of several city neighborhoods that would have been at risk of getting razed, the freeways could've been a lot different. Namely, instead of terminating in Buckhead, the Georgia 400 would have continued south through East Atlanta, approximately 2-3 miles east of the Downtown Connector (which carries I-75 and I-85), and connected with I-675 at the south end of the Perimeter (I-285).
** There was a planned beltway around the UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado metropolitan area, which was to be signed as Interstate 470. It would have been the third auxiliary Interstate in Colorado, after I-225[[note]]a twelve mile highway from the Tech Center to I-70[[/note]] and I-270[[note]]a connection in the northeast between I-25, I-76 and I-70[[/note]]. Eventually, a compromise was reached, and three-quarters of the beltway was built, using three different designations: Colorado State Highway 470 (from I-70 in Golden to I-25 in Lone Tree), E-470 (from I-25 in Lone Tree, past I-70 northeast of Buckley Air Force Base, and Denver International Airport, to I-25 in Eastlake to the north of Denver), and the Northwest Parkway (from I-25 in Eastlake to Broomfield). Currently, a gap remains in the northwest part of the beltway, as it stops short of reaching the Denver suburbs of Broomfield and Golden, where fierce opposition to the road continues. Golden is opposed to completion of the beltway; Broomfield supports it, and has been exploring alternate routes.
* In the 1980s, the Southern Pacific Railroad was contemplating merging with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. The holding companies merged, and were so confident enough that the ICC would approve it, that they began repainting locomotives into a new unified "Southern Pacific Santa Fe" paint scheme, including the letters SP or SF and an adjacent empty space for the other two (as SPSF, the reverse order of the holding company). Most nicknamed this the "Kodachrome" paint scheme since it resembled a box of Kodak camera film. The merger was opposed by the Justice Department in 1985 and denied in a 41 vote by the Interstate Commerce Commission on July 24, 1986, who ruled that such a merger included too many duplicate routes and was therefore monopolistic over west coast freight rail service. These two railroads would end being merged in the mid-1990s with other railroads: Southern Pacific was bought out by the Union Pacific Railroad, while the Santa Fe was merged with Burlington Northern, creating the BNSF Railway.
* The UsefulNotes/ChicagoL has a history as rich as the New York City Subway's. This includes many lines that were proposed but never built.
** The Orange Line was originally planned to run all the way to Ford City Mall, and rollsigns for the new 3200 series cars even had a Ford City destination sign incorporated into them. However, due to budget cuts, the line was only built to Midway Airport, two miles north of the Ford City Mall.
** The Blue Line has two: you'll notice at the west portal of the Milwaukee-Dearborn Subway near UIC-Halsted Street station empty tunnel portals to the outside of the ones used by the active tracks. These were once intended for a four track subway line; only two tracks were ever built, and the unused tunnels dead-end after a few yards.
** Also on the Blue Line, you'll notice looking out the front or rear windows that when the tracks curve from Lake Street to Milwaukee Avenue, the tunnel bores continue west, albeit with no track of any kind on them, which were intended for a future subway under Lake Street that never saw the light of day.
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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 ''Webcomic/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/{{Mega Man|Classic}} 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.
** Instead of immediately segueing into the "Attack of Mynd" storyline after the Halloween strip, Mynd would spend a whole week reading the entire webcomic, while the other characters continued to harass him. This would have culminated with his discovery of the EvilOverlordList. The author realised that he's drawn things out long enough, so he dropped this arc. You can read these original strips [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/011101c here]].
* ''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 inste.ad.
** 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.
** Conversely, everybody was going to survive the storyline with the [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext army of murderous preteen catgirls]], until one fan wrote that Milholland wasn't "allowed" to kill anybody--"not even [[JerkassWoobie Pepito]]." Guess who wound up [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath dying horribly]].
** Originally, Monette was only supposed to stay with Fred and Faye for a few months before they got sick of her and kicked her out.
* 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 ''Webcomic/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 [[{{Pun}} hash-rap]] battle with his Bro. This was changed to a sword fight and Dave later {{lampshade|Hanging}}s 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.
** When Hussie opened up reader suggestions for the third character's name, he intended to choose the third suggested name (out of those fitting the four-letter requirement). He accidentally used the second name (Dave Strider) instead. If he had counted correctly, this character's name would have been... Chad Buskin.
* Thanks to Christian Weston Chandler's ever-changing fleets of fancy, one could say the entirety of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' is full of What Could Have Beens. 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.
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': The original plan was for the San siblings to be revealed to be Weres and Jyrras to die and rise Undead around the same time Dan's lineage is uncovered; this was dropped due to Amber deciding it wouldn't leave enough Beings on the cast. This leaves a number of hints at the first orphaned, up to and including [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_366.php a human Biggs in shadow]] that a [[http://www.missmab.com/Demo/were.php similar-looking Were]] had to be introduced to [[{{Retcon}} explain away]], to the point that it remains a perennial EpilepticTree despite being thoroughly {{Jossed}}. The "undead Jyrras" thing is mentioned (and rejected by Mab) in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1029.php Comic #1029.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'', Pages 11 and 12 of Chapter 5 were originally going to be [[http://geckozen.deviantart.com/gallery/52430711/Scrapped-pages much different]]. They were ultimately changed both for making things [[VillainSue too easy for the villains]] ''and'' [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow too hard for the heroes to later deal with believably]].
* For ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', trial sketches of character designs are available on the site, with many characters undergoing fairly radical makeovers. Personalities have shifted too - originally, the main antagonists were going to be Klaus Ujebeck and his son Gilgamesh, who were not going to be sympathetic at all. Instead, Klaus is the EmperorScientist and a very clear demonstration of the fact that TheExtremistWasRight (although still pretty much an antagonist, [[spoiler:especially after his override of Gil's personality]]), and Gil is one half of the LoveTriangle involving Agatha and an occasionally misguided [[spoiler:and occasionally mind-controlled]] protagonist.
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