Adapted Out

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If only more adaptations were this honest.
When a work is being adapted, liberties with the original will have to be made. Due to time or length constraints, some things may have to be taken out. Sometimes it involves taking out a character who was very important in the original story.

Could happen because of Adaptation Distillation, in a Compressed Adaptation or a Pragmatic Adaptation. These characters would usually fall victim to the existence of a Composite Character, with which there is often plenty of overlap. Another possibility is that maybe some aspects of the work may be saved for potential sequels.

Related to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, where a character vanishes without explanation from the original work. Compare Demoted to Extra, where the character does appear but in a much less important role. Contrast Canon Foreigner. If a character is cut from an adaptation of an ongoing work but then turns out to be extremely important later on, this could result in an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole.

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

Examples

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     Adapted from Anime and Manga 
  • Midori Days: The anime version is only 13 episodes long, whereas the manga is 85 chapters in all. Because of the difference in length, characters like Nao and her father, Shirou, were left out of the anime, along with Lucy.
  • Krillin isn't in the live action adaptation Dragonball Evolution, even though Piccolo (who appeared much later than Krillin did) is.
  • Minamoto Shizuna-sensei is absent from Studio Shaft's TV anime adaptation of Mahou Sensei Negima!, and Takahata-sensei pretty much takes over her parts in addition to his own.
  • The direct manga adaptation of Code Geass cuts out the Knightmare Frames, which reduces the scale of the story overall by taking out a hefty chunk of the military aspect. Also removed are characters like Cornelia, who tied heavily into the military part of the anime.
  • Nozomi is absent from the anime adaptation of Elfen Lied, despite being the reason the story is called Elfen Lied in the first place.note 
  • Though he still appears in a supporting role, Toji is replaced by Asuka as the pilot of Eva Unit 03 in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. Gaghiel is also replaced by an unnamed, clock-like Angel. And due to the condensed nature of the movies, a lot of the Angels were either omitted or made into Composite Characters.
  • Aoshi, the Oniwabanshuu, and the Hiruma brothers are all omitted from the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film due to pacing issues. Aoshi's role as Kanryu's bodyguard and Gohei Hiruma's role as the impostor Battousai are both given to Jin-e. The second film featured Aoshi and the Oniwabanshuu alongside the Juppongatana.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The following Sailor Guardians do not exist in The '90s anime at all: Sailor Ceres, Sailor Pallas, Sailor Juno, Sailor Vesta, and Sailor Cosmos, albeit the first four still appear as characters (specially as villains who undergo a Heel–Face Turn) but never become Sailor Senshi.
    • Several villains from the Manga's Shadow Galactica are also nonexistent in the anime's final season, notably Sailor Heavy Metal Papilion.
    • Due to practical reasons, Luna, Artemis, and Diana are omitted from most of the Sera Myu musicals.
    • Umino does not appear in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.
  • Speedwagon, Jack the Ripper, Dire and Straizo were all removed from the movie adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1; the main problem is that Speedwagon and Straizo play important roles in Part 2—and that's before you mention the Speedwagon Foundation that supports the Joestar family all the way through Part 6.
  • Wangan Midnight has some very minor characters removed during adaption, but there are two major characters that were gutted out in different adaptions:
    • Yoshiaki Ishida, of the first arc of the manga, doesn't appear in any of video games until Maximum Tune 3, though he had a card-based cameo in the PS3 game. He was finally saved in the story's anime adaption when the fourth episode was aired.
    • Masaki, along with the Akasaka story arc he was featured in, appears prominently in the games but was completely gutted out from TV anime.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The 2003 anime cut out a lot of the cast who were introduced partway into the series (the Xingese characters, the Briggs soldiers, etc.) since the anime Overtook the Manga.
    • The Video Game "Curse of the Crimson Elixir," which loosely adapted the first few chapters of the manga before beginning its original storyline, almost completely removed Shou Tucker from the game, instead treating him as a Posthumous Character as Ed and Al investigate his house just minutes after Scar has killed him.
  • Hikari Gosunkugi, one of Akane's hopeless suitors, is largely absent during most of the Ranma ˝ anime and doesn't make an appearance until much later in the series. Until then, his role was usually given to Sasuke, a character original to the anime.
  • The Bleach Musical was adapted for stage from Bleach but left out several important characters. The most important character they left out was Uryuu Ishida, who is so important to the story that the final arc wouldn't work at all if he wasn't in the story from the beginning.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's left out Gil Graham and the Liese Twins, who were revealed to be behind the plot of the season. Metafictively speaking, this is because the movie is an in-universe adaptation of these events, and their roles in those events were classified.
  • The Super Robot Wars franchise does this often, as a result of having to tell the plots of 10-20 different Humongous Mecha anime all at the same time, along with the Original Generation plotline. Oftentimes, characters from other anime will take up the abandoned roles, but this isn't always true.
    • The recent Super Robot Wars OE reduces Gundam Wing and Gundam 00 to just their respective main characters, Heero and Setsuna, running around in their Gundams intervening in battles. The rest of their supporting cast, including their fellow Gundam pilots, are nowhere to be found.
    • In Super Robot Wars Judgment, the entire "Devil Colony" arc, as its plot comes to a halt upon Master Asia's death. Similarly, Prime Minister Wong Yun-Fat (who was involved in the TV series' final arc that the final battle is based on) and Urube Ishikawa (whose role of manipulating Domon is partially done by Azrael) are given this. In the same game, the Muge Zorbados Empire does not exist in Judgment; instead, Shapiro defects to the Gradosians.
    • Previously in Super Robot Wars Advance, Urube Ishikawa is adapted out, but Prime Minister Wong Yun-Fat took over his roles, making him the overall Big Bad.
    • This is something of a recurring problem for G Gundam in SRW. It never has much plot-inclusion and is mostly there to give the player some more Gundams to use. This is probably because most of the series is one long Tournament Arc, which would be tough to fit into the typical war story narrative of an SRW game.
    • In Shin Super Robot Wars, the other Shuffle Alliance members are not in the game entirely. Since Gundam Wing was still airing when the game was released, Heero and Zechs were the only characters in the game.
    • The humans in SD Gundam Gaiden do not appear in Super Robot Wars BX
  • The NES adaptation of the Strider manga omitted a few characters most notably Yuri (who serves as The Dragon to the Big Bad) and the Director, who created the Mind Control Weapon that's the focal point of the entire plot.
  • The "Sanctuary Chapter" OVA adaptation of the Hades saga in Saint Seiya removed Harpy Valentine and Radamanthys' Praetorian Guard from the final chapters. This is specially notable for Valentine, who returns much later in the 2nd "Inferno Chapter" OV As and references a meeting with Seiya that never happened...
  • In the anime adaptation of Trinity Blood, many characters from the novels (such as some members from the Vatican and Rosenkreuz Orden) do not appear while some have their roles reduced though some of them do appear in the manga.
  • Ataru's best friend Kosuke does not appear in the anime adaptation of Urusei Yatsura, which gave most of his role and lines to Lum's Stormtroopers.
  • The 1997 TV anime of Berserk:
    • The first episode is a loose adaptation of the manga's first chapter with a few elements of the other seven chapters of the Black Swordsman arc: Guts's encounter with a female Apostle is skipped, though she still appears during the Eclipse. Puck is cut because, despite being a major character, the rest of the anime is an arc he doesn't appear in; the girl and her father (here her grandfather) from the manga's second chapter take Puck's place in what was his introductory scene. Instead of getting a Behelit from the Count, Guts gets one from the Snake Baron. Instead of encountering the Godhand in person, Guts sees them in his dream and Griffith is mentioned by two villagers.
    • The character Donovan, a mercenary who raped Guts as a child, is cut despite a fair amount of time being devoted to Guts' childhood. This event would lead to Guts' extreme aversion to being touched, which while not completely out of character for him, does seem a bit odd without an explanation.
    • The tail end of the Golden Age Arc before the Eclipse is significantly cut down: A brief tournament Guts participates in, which introduced Silat and the Kushan Empire, is skipped. The Griffith Rescue Arc is much shorter, leaving out the fights with a squad of Kushan assassin and an Army of Thieves and Whores lead by the Apostle Wyald. Most critically, Skull Knight and any scene where he appears is cut out entirely, leaving no explanation at all for how Guts escaped the Eclipse at the anime's end.
  • The Mobile Suit Gundam novelizations, supposedly being what Yoshiyuki Tomino wanted the series to be before his sponsors got through with it, has pretty much the entire original cast of characters, and even a few new ones, but pares the Humongous Mecha roster down to the bare essentials. The Zeons only ever use the iconic Zaku and Dom mobile suits, and a few variants thereof, as well as the telepathically controlled non-humanoid mobile armors Brau Bro and Elmeth (which gets a limited production run unlike in the series) and the massive Big Zam (which does not.) The Federation gets off considerably easier, with only the rather silly looking Guntank being cut, but then they never had very many mobile suits in the original series to begin with. It also adds the G3 Gundam from the MSV series, but that's not much considering it's only a repaint of the original.
  • In Honoo No Alpen Rose, Madeleine AKA the eldest daughter and White Sheep of the Toulonchamp family is written out of the anime.
  • The short-lived manga adaptation of Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z omitted pretty much every major Powerpuff Girls villain except for Mojo Jojo and Princess.
  • The live-action Attack on Titan movie omits Levi and Erwin. Oddly, this was not due to the Loads and Loads of Characters, but the fact that their names were too difficult to pronounce for most of the Japanese actors.
  • A number of supporting characters are cut from the live action adaptation of Bakuman。, the most notable omission being Kaya Miyoshi, who is a member of the main cast in the original series.
  • The 1986 movie version of Fist of the North Star started production while the manga was still ongoing in Weekly Jump and many key characters that are absent from the movie (such as most of the Nanto warriors outside Shin and Rei) were simply the result of them not being introduced yet in the manga. However, even major characters who were already introduced in the manga, such as Toki the healer and Mamiya the female village leader, are missing in the movie. As a result, Rei dies shortly after his bout with Raoh without ever confronting his nemesis Juda.
  • School-Live!:
    • The anime removed the other survivors Kei and Miki met in the mall at the start of the Zombie Apocalypse. The only one left is the old Christian woman (who became Taroumaru's owner in the anime). In the manga going from living in a group, to only being Miki and her friend Kei, to then just being Miki alone until she was rescued exists to sho off Miki's troubles and loneliness however the anime ignored that element of her character.
    • The final episode completely removed the helicopter attempting to rescue the girls. It avoided a Downer Ending by scrapping the part where it crashs and Yuuri has a breakdown.
  • "The Birth Of Mewtwo" was a Japanese-only Pokémon radio drama that was adapted into a segment at the start of Pokémon: The First Movie. A large portion of it was cut out, such as everything involving Team Rocket and the backstory to Amber. Jessie's Missing Mom Miyamoto and Giovanni's mom Madame Boss were excluded from the animated version.
  • The anime version of Deadman Wonderland has multiple differences from the manga. Certain characters like Chaplin were removed.
  • The anime version of Happy Happy Clover removes any of the human characters that showed up in the manga besdies a few character mentioning them.

    Adapted from Comic Books 
  • The 1978 cartoon adaptation of the Fantastic Four entirely dispensed with Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, and substituted Herbie the Robot, due to The Human Torch's rights not being available as they had been negotiated separately and were with a different company. The reason was not, as is often mentioned, due to worries that children might set themselves on fire trying to imitate the Torch.
  • Tim Burton's Batman had The Joker as the killer of Bruce Wayne's parents, rather than Joe Chill, the man who shot them in the original comic books. The other crook may be Joe Chill himself, but isn't named within the film.
  • Batman Forever has Dick Grayson's family murdered by Two-Face, rather than Tony Zucco. Much like with Jason Todd.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • Gwen Stacy from Spider-Man is absent in the cartoon (save for one appearance in an Alternate Universe.)
    • The show's adaptation of Secret Wars removed the X-Men and The Avengers, with Storm and Captain America instead serving as the lone representatives from their respective teams. It also left out most of the villains from the crossover, such as Ultron and Galactus.
    • Jean DeWolff, a police detective and sometimes ally of Spider-Man's, is replaced with an Expy named Terri Lee.
    • Betty Brant, who was Peter's first love interest in the comics before Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane were later introduced, is completely removed from the cartoon.
  • With Peter Parker's high-school years compressed into the first third of Spider-Man, you could argue that most of the villains Spider-Man fought in his early years were adapted out of Sam Raimi's trilogy, for instance Electro, Mysterio, the Vulture, Kraven, and the Kingpin. Also a number of supporting characters, e.g. Mary Jane takes over Liz Allan's role at Midtown High, while her Aunt Anna is replaced by her parents. Joe Robertson's son Randy (who went to college with Peter) and Bugle staffers Frederick Foswell and Ned Leeds also drop by the wayside, and Flash Thompson, who eventually became Peter's friend in the comics, drops from sight after Peter's high-school graduation in the films.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man had Walter Hardy, the father of Black Cat, as Uncle Ben's killer. In the original comics and most other adaptations, Ben's killer was just a generic burglar.
  • Hawkeye is absent from both Ultimate Avengers movies, despite being a major character in The Ultimates, the series the films were inspired by.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Ant-Man and The Wasp were left out of The Avengers and had their spots as founders taken by Hawkeye and Black Widow. Joss Whedon tried to include Wasp as part of the team, but had to write her out of the script.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron:
      • Tony Stark creates Ultron instead of Hank Pym, Ultron's creator in the comics.
      • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's father Magneto and the term "mutant" do not appear, due to 20th Century Fox owning the X-Men film rights — instead, the twins' powers are the result of experimentation and their father is mentioned to have died in a bombing alongside their mother.
      • Ultron's body was originally built of the indestructible metal adamantium. Since Fox also owns the rights to that (adamantium is more associated with Wolverine than anyone else), instead Ultron builds a new body out of vibranium, the equally resistant element that constitutes Captain America's shield.
      • In comics, The Vision's mind is a copy of the mind of Wonder Man, and has to struggle with having a human mind in a robotic body. In the film, Wonder Man does not exist, and neither that special relation, as J.A.R.V.I.S. was already an artificial intelligence to begin with.
      • Likewise, the Vision was created by Professor Phineas Horton from the remains of the Golden Age Human Torch. In the movie, his body is instead created from scratch by Helen Cho.
    • Though he does appear near the end of the film, Nick Fury is replaced by Captain America as the leader of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger. This is likely due to the fact that Fury apparently does not possess his comic counterpart's slowed aging in the movies, and thus would be too young to be a veteran of World War II. The fact that Fury is black in the movies might also have complicated things given the institutionalized racism a black soldier would've faced in the 40's.
    • In Daredevil, Ben Urich doesn't work for the Daily Bugle, as Sony had not yet made the deal to bring Spider-Man into the MCU when the show was in production.
    • Carol Danvers and Scott Lang don't appear in Jessica Jones, and Carol's role as Jessica's blond best friend is taken by Trish Walker. Jessica's schoolgirl crush on Peter Parker was also cut, since there's a significant age gap between the two in the MCU, meaning there's no way they could have been classmates like in the comics (in addition to the above-mentioned rights issues meaning that Spider-Man wasn't part of the MCU when the show was initially written).
  • Logan's childhood friend Rose was omitted from his back story in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and much of her role in the plot was given to Sabretooth. As was Dog, Logan's half-brother.
  • The BBC's radio adaptation of Tintin adventures Destination Moon and Explorers On The Moon omit Thomson and Thompson. Consequently, Jorgen is solely responsible for the oxygen being used up too fast on the rocket.
  • The character of Mort (one of Basin City's few honest cops) was written out of the cinema version of Sin City. In the comics, Mort is the own who picks Hartigan up outside the prison. In the movie, this was done by Bob. (The extended version still includes a scene where Mort visits Hartigan in hospital.) He does appear in the sequel, though.
  • Iron Man used the short-lived Force Works team from the comics, but replaced U.S. Agent with Hawkeye for some unknown reason.
  • Every live-action depiction of the Incredible Hulk omits Rick Jones, despite that character being an intrinsic element to his backstory and setting Bruce Banner up as a heroic figure willing to risk his life to save another. Interestingly, Ang Lee's film used a character for the same general purpose, but didn't go all the way and actually name him Jones. And the real creator of the Hulk, commie spy Igor Drenkov - who Banner told to stop the countdown but didn't - doesn't appear in adaptations with the exception of The Marvel Superheroes, a Motion Comic which used the original comic book panels.
    • Betty Ross, Bruce’s eternal Morality Pet, is not brought up once in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, she is only mentioned offhand in her father’s, Thunderbolt Ross, file being pointed out as a relative of his; at the time the game was released Betty was dead for a long time in the Comics, and she would only come back years after the game’s release, however the game followed its own continuity by taking several comic sagas into its own narrative inspiration, Betty’s complete neglect is quite jarring.
  • In the original Spawn comics, Al Simmons was killed by Chapel, a character from Rob Liefeld's Youngblood series. Rights issues made it impossible for Chapel to appear in the movie, so the character Jessica Priest was created as a replacement.
  • In the X-Men comic books:
    • Magneto had an infant daughter named Anya, whose death was a major contributing factor to his fall from grace. Another important factor was that while working for the C.I.A. as a Nazi hunter in South America, he captured a Nazi war criminal the C.I.A. wanted to use for its own ends and brought him to justice; to punish him the C.I.A. killed Isabelle, Magneto's personal physician and Love Interest. Neither Anya nor Isabelle, nor Anya's mother, Magda, appear in X-Men: First Class, which instead presents a missile attack from the U.S. and Soviet navies as the final reason Magneto turns to villainy. However, Magda in the comics is also the mother of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and since Quicksilver appears in X-Men: Days of Future Past with his family, it appears that Magda has some sort of counterpart in the movie universe and now one may speculate if Anya also existed there.
    • In the comics, Professor Xavier was crippled by an alien named Lucifer. In the movies, he's accidentally crippled by Magneto.
  • Pretty much every retelling of how Captain America was found and unfrozen (Captain America (1990), Ultimate Avengers, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Captain America: The First Avenger) omits Namor, the one who caused his frozen body to be found in the first place.
  • The New Batman Adventures, Young Justice, and any other adaptation featuring Nightwing ignore Superman's role in the character's originnote . It's especially noticeable since the Nightwing identity dates back to Krypton! Although Young Justice doesn't show how Dick adopted the Nightwing persona, since it occurs some point during a five year Time Skip. It's still possible that Superman was involved. When asked, producer Greg Weisman admitted that they hadn't worked out all the details of how Dick chose the name "Nightwing." Similarly, in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dick's becoming Nightwing is literally just Batman suggesting the name out of the blue.
  • DC Universe Animated Original Movies Animated New 52:
  • Wonder Girl was the only founding member of the Teen Titans not to appear in the animated series. This was due to the infamously convoluted rights issues regarding the Wonder Woman franchise. And the original Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, is the only founding Titan not to appear in Young Justice due to legal issues, though her successor Cassie joins the team in the second season. Word of God also says that Donna was a member of the team during the five year Time Skip but had left by the time of the second season.
  • In the pre-New 52 comics, The Silver Age Atom, Ray Palmer, retired and passed the mantle to Ryan Choi after his ex-wife Jean Loring murdered Sue Dibny during Identity Crisis. In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Palmer simply retired from crime-fighting so that he could focus on his research.
  • The character of Lisa Miller is absent from the film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim, although she does appear in the animated short. Also, Wallace's boyfriend Mobile never appears in the film. While he doesn't affect the plot much directly, he does spark a fairly important subplot where Wallace decides to move in with him, leaving Scott without a place to live until he takes the plunge and moves in with Ramona. The closest the film comes to this is Wallace telling Scott to move out for no particular reason, and then never bringing it up again.
  • Watchmen:
    • The giant squid monster is removed, yet the backstory about its creation still seems to exist.
    • Bernard and Bernie, the newspaper seller and the kid who hangs around his stand, don't appear except during the big explosion which wipes them out, making you wonder who they are. Though they are put back in the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, the rest of the cast of their B-plot still either don't show up much, or are cut out entirely (as with Joey and Aline, the feuding lesbian couple).
    • Dr. Long, Rorschach's prison psychiatrist, has his role cut down significantly due to time purposes. Thus, his wife and her subplot of leaving him were dropped. Rorschach's land-lady and her kids also went missing.
    • Ozymandias originally had three Vietnamese servants, who would later die from him drugging their wine.
    • In the comic there is a flashback where a little-seen costumed vigilante named Captain Metropolis calls together a meeting to form a group called Crimebusters. In the film, this role is given to Ozymandias, and the group's name is Watchmen. As a side note, the comic carefully avoided ever using that particular name about any group.
  • Tim Drake, Onyx, and all mentions of Stephanie Brown are cut from Batman: Under the Red Hood. This was likely due to the characters and references not being familiar with anyone but existing comic book readers. Additionally, in making it a stand-alone feature, the original story's ties to Infinite Crisis were omitted, including Deathstroke and Captain Nazi. The cause of Jason's resurrection is likewise changed from Superboy-Prime to the more-familiar to Batlore Ra's Al-Ghul and the Lazarus Pit, and Gotham's police commissioner at the time, Michael Akins is replaced with the more traditional James Gordon.
  • DCAU:
    • Jason Todd, the second Robin, was completely skipped over in Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. Though some argue that their version of Tim Drake is more a Composite Character of Tim and Jason, both in origin and personality.
    • Crime bosses Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni were removed from Batman: The Animated Series, with Rupert Throne taking over the former's role as Gotham's most powerful crime boss and the latter's role in Two-Face's origin.
    • Hal Jordan was never a Green Lantern, and his origin was instead given to Kyle Rayner. Hal and Aquaman were also replaced by John Stewart and Hawkgirl as founding members of the Justice League, though Aquaman did make guest appearances from time to time. Hal was still implied to exist in the DCAU (Kyle Rayner's episode of Superman the Animated Series shows a plane with "Colonel Hal Jordan" written on it), and got to make a tiny cameo in a later episode of Justice League Unlimited, where he briefly replaced John thanks to a Timey-Wimey Ball.
    • Guy Gardner, the Green Lantern before John, was omitted as well. A mugger who looked a lot like Guy did appear in the episode of Superman: The Animated Series that introduced Kyle and Sinestro, but that's it.
    • Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, also never appeared in the DCAU, though his job as a forensic scientist was given to his nephew, Wally West, who is the Flash in the DCAU. That said, both a cop in the episode "The Brave and the Bold" and Wally's boss in "Flash and Substance" resemble Barry and in the latter episode, Wally also mentions an uncle who's flying in.
  • The adaptation of Days of Future Past from the X-Men animated series completely omitted Kitty Pryde. Her pivotal role in the plot was instead given to Bishop, likely due to his popularity in the comics at the time. In fact, Kitty Pryde was the only major member of the X-Men to never make any sort of appearance in the 90's cartoon. In episodes loosely based off stories she appeared in back in the original comics, her role would usually be given to Jubilee.
  • While they added a lot of characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past (in the original story, only Magneto, Storm, Colossus, Kitty, and Wolverine survived while Beast and Magneto's younger self were not involved in the story), at the same time a lot of characters were removed from the original story.
    • Rachel Grey and Franklin Richards are not present in the bad future, partly because Rachel's parents were dead and Franklin is tied to the Fantastic Four and thus would require too much explanation to include them; movie Kitty meanwhile, as a character from the first three X-Men films, is too young to have lived in the 1970s (in which the "past" part of X-Men: Days of Future Past is set), which means her future self could not be sent back in time to the body of her (non-existent) 1970s self.
    • The film has Wolverine work with Beast and Xavier rather than the group of X-Men who worked with Kitty in the comic version (Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Angel and Nightcrawler), and Mystique had her own Brotherhood of mutants helping her, none of whom who appear in the film. At least one of these, Pyro, is justified by being tied into the original films' timeline and so isn't born at this point, as was the X-Men team involved.
    • In the comics, the X-Men had to save presidential hopeful Senator Kelly, Professor X and Moira MacTaggert from being assassinated by the Brotherhood. This is replaced by a very different plot the movie version, and Kelly and MacTaggert do not appear at all. The Senate Committee at which the assassination attempt took place in the comic version had already been used as the model for the hearing with Kelly, Professor Xavier and Jean Grey (standing in for Moira MacTaggert) in X-Men, the very first film of the movie franchise, so there's another good reason they did not want to use that part again.
  • The adaptation of Secret Invasion in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! ignored Spider-Woman and divvied up her role in the plot between Mockingbird and Black Widow. Elektra was also omitted in favor of Viper. Also, though understandable due to the franchise having Loads and Loads of Characters, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch were left out as well. It's only notable since Hawkeye, who joined the Avengers in the same issue as them, and Black Panther, who came much later, were included as part of the team.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Lashina and Stompa were the only members of the Female Furies. Additionally, Mongal replaced Granny Goodness as the Furies' master. In the comics, Tatsu Yamashiro became the vigilante Katana after her husband and children were murdered by a Yakuza boss named Takeo. In the show, Tatsu instead became Katana after Takeo murdered her sensei Tadashi. This was mostly due the cartoon's version of Katana being far too young to have been married.
  • Oroku Nagi, older brother of the Shredder, never appeared outside of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, where he was a prominent part of his brother's origin. His role in the Hamato Yoshi/Tang Shen love triangle was replaced either by original character Yukio Mashimi or the Shredder himself. Also in the 2003 series the episode "Time Travails" in the original comics guest starred Cerberus The Aardrvark. He wasn't included in the cartoon story obviously, although a normal aardvark wearing a mask makes a brief appearance as a reference to him.
  • The Animated Adaptations of the first two arc of the Superman/Batman comics had this.
    • In Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the adaptation of the comic of the same name, the future Superman, Pete Ross, the John Stewart Green Lantern, the Super- and Bat-families, the Michael Holt Mister Terrific and the original Flash and Green Lantern were all omitted from the comic. While some were minor (Mister Terrific, Jay Garrick, and Alan Scott only appeared in a scene that led with a fight Superman and Batman had with Captain Marvel and Hawkman), three are notable: the future Superman since he figured into the sub-plot to destroy the Kryptonite meteor, Pete Ross because he was Luthor's Vice President, and John Stewart because he was the only member of Luthor's Super Team not to appear.
    • In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, based on "The Supergirl from Krypton", Bernadeth, a member of the Female Furies didn't appear, though in the comic, she spent the Furies' fight with Wonder Woman and Big Barda sitting on the sidelines with Granny Goodness. The Justice League, JSA, Teen Titans, and Outsiders were also omitted from the scene at the end when Superman introduces Kara as Supergirl.
  • Justice League: Doom is based off Mark Waid's "Tower of Babel" story, but omits Aquaman, Plastic Man, Wally West, and Kyle Rayner, and replaces them with Cyborg, Barry Allen, and Hal Jordan. Also Ra's al Ghul was the lead villain in the original story. In the movie, he's replaced by Vandal Savage and the Legion of Doom.
  • Young Justice, in addition to Donna Troy:
    • Roy Harper had his arm severed by Prometheus. In the show, the arm was instead amputated by generic Cadmus scientists. Also, Roy's bionic arm was created by Cyborg in the comics, while in the show, Lex Luthor provided it.
    • Maxwell Lord was the one who killed Ted "Blue Beetle" Kord in Infinite Crisis, but in the show, Kord was murdered by Deathstroke and Sportsmaster.
    • Paul Westfield is entirely removed from Superboy's origin, with Lex Luthor taking his place as Conner's creator from the very beginning.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man:
    • The series makes omits the three White Tigers who came before Ava Ayala, instead establishing that she inherited the mantle directly from her father. It also skips over the Sons of the Tiger, a trio of martial artists who had the tiger amulet before the original White Tiger.
    • Eddie Brock. While Venom does appear as a recurring villain (and then a recurring hero starting in Season 3), Eddie Brock, his most famous and longest-lasting host, does not. Not even as Anti-Venom, as Harry replaced Eddie was the first Venom and Anti-Venom.
  • Black Panther's father, King T'Chaka, was killed by Klaw in the original comics, but the identity of his murderer is changed in almost every adaptation. T'Chaka was killed by Herr Kleiser in Ultimate Avengers 2, Moses Magnum in Iron Man: Armored Adventures, M'Baku the Man-Ape in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (albeit in this last case, Klaw appears in the series and his hidden help is what allows M'Baku to kill T'Chaka) and Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War. Like Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Civil War is another weird example because Klaw does exist in the MCU, just not as T'Chaka's murderer.
  • In Beware the Batman, Katana takes Robin's place as Batman's traditional sidekick. The show intentionally ignores Batman's most iconic foes in favor of trying to raise the profile of his more obscure villains. For instance, Magpie and Anarky serve the roles traditionally held by Catwoman and The Joker, with some cases bordering on outright Expy status.
  • The Generation X TV movie from the 90s had to omit Chamber and Husk due to budgetary reasons, replacing them with two similar characters named Refrax and Buff. Synch was also left out, but no reason was given.
  • The Hulk And The Agents Of SMASH episode "Inhuman Nature" retells the Fantastic Four's first encounter with The Inhumans, but with the Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. replacing the FF. A-Bomb is even given the Human Torch's romance plot with Crystal.
  • The version of the Royal Flush Gang seen in Arrow is missing Ten, who traditionally acts as the team's other female member.
  • Silver Samurai and Sunfire do not appear in Big Hero 6, as the film rights to the X-Men franchise are owned by 20th Century Fox, not Disney or Marvel. Not that they would fit in anyway, since the film's world is now a more tech-based sci-fi world, and mutants with superpowers would seem very out of place.
  • The novelization to The Death of Superman yanks out just about everyone in the DC Universe save for the lineup of the Justice League at the time, Wonder Woman and Batman. This also includes Green Lantern Hal Jordan, who is very a big part of the finale due to the destruction of Coast City.
  • Superman: Doomsday, wrote out every non-Superman character. Because of its nature as a Direct-to-DVD animated movie and legal issues with Superboy, the replacement Supermen are also replaced by a clone (like Superboy) with elements of Cyborg-Superman and the Eradicator. Jonathan Kent is also written out.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • In the 2014 live-action film, Hamato Yoshi is nowhere to be seen, with Splinter a mutated rat (not Yoshi himself) who learned ninjitsu from reading books on it.
    • The 2003 animated series cuts out Oroku Saki, instead reimagining the Shredder as a robotically enhanced Utrom warrior named Ch'rell, who merely adopts the alias "Oroku Saki" while posing as a human.
    • So far, every adaptation of the original comics has omitted Oroku Saki's older brother Oroku Nagi, who was Hamato Yoshi's original nemesis and rival before he met Saki. In the comics, Yoshi and Saki only became enemies after Yoshi killed Nagi to protect his beloved Tang Shen, leading Saki to declare a vendetta against him; in most adaptations, Saki is the one who kills Shen, and he and Yoshi are enemies from the get-go.
  • Astérix usually omits certain characters from the film adaptations. Most of the time these are usually certain Romans (the 80s and 90s adaptations tended to use the same design for legionaries and centurions) or people Asterix and Obelix meet during their travels. A major one however occurs in Asterix Versus Caesar. The film is an adaption of Asterix the Gladiator and Asterix the Legionary. The former involves Cacofonix being kidnapped by the Romans and set up as the main attraction at the Circus Maximus (in other words, he's getting thrown to the lions). The film instead features Panacea and Tragicomix from Legionary being the ones kidnapped. Cacofonix makes several very small "blink and you'll miss it" cameos and doesn't have a single line.
  • In adapting Proteus into a Composite Character for Ultimate X-Men, Gabrielle Haller (Legion's mother) and Joseph MacTaggert (Proteus's father) were written out with Professor Xavier and Moira MacTaggert having the child together, rather than them having sons with separate people.
  • Spider-Man: The New Animated Series suffered some Executive Meddling that forbade old people from appearing. While J. Jonah Jameson only got Demoted to Extra, outside of a picture, Uncle Ben and Aunt May never appeared, despite the former being the reason why Peter is Spider-Man and the latter being an important person in Peter's life. Robbie Robertson didn't even get that, being written out altogether.
  • Batman: The Animated Series writes out Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni, fusing the former's role as Gotham's most powerful crime boss and the latter's role as the man who caused Harvey Dent to become Two-Face into its version of Rupert Throne.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Batman: Year One removes Branden's seocnd-in-command Pratt, is omitted, with Branden himself (renamed Brendon) being the one Batman punches through a wall. Likewise, the movie removes mentions of Loeb's resignation and his successor, Grogan.
  • The 2009-2010 The Clone Saga "Director's Cut" miniseries removed many characters like Seward Trainor, Spidercide, Judas Traveller, Grim Hunter, and the Scriers. It also goes with an earlier idea and has Harry Osborn as the one behind it, not his father Norman, who's still dead in this version.
  • Downplayed with Lucky Luke in the Les Dalton cartoons, where he is said to be in retirement.

     Adapted from Film 
  • Carl the friar is absent in the tie-in videogame adaption of Van Helsing. So is Chas Kramer from the Constantine tie-in game.
  • When The Producers was adapted into a stage musical of the same name, Lorenzo St. DuBois, a hippie nicknamed LSD, was given this treatment. In the original film, he walks into the Springtime for Hitler auditions by mistake and is chosen to play Hitler by virtue of his utter lack of talent. LSD's So Bad, It's Good performance as Hitler plays a large role in the play's unintentional and unwanted success. In the musical, Franz Liebkind is chosen to play Hitler, but Roger De Bris is the one to perform the role onstage after Franz breaks his leg.
  • The TV version of M*A*S*H drops Duke Forrest, Tom Skerritt's character in the film, in order to tighten up the cast. Additionally, some of the film's supporting characters (Spearchucker, Lt. Dish, Ho-Jon, etc.) make scattered appearances in the first season, but were all Brother Chucked by the second season.
  • The Licensed Pinball Table for Bram Stoker's Dracula omits Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker completely, as neither Winona Ryder nor Keanu Reeves would allow their likenesses to be used. Aftermarket plastics with their images based on prototypes are available, however.
  • Similarly, Apollo 13 is completely devoid of Tom Hanks, the star of the film. The closest substitute is the astronaut on the backglass, whose face is covered by a One-Way Visor.
  • In the Junior Novel version of The LEGO Movie, all of the live-action characters are excluded from the film, as is the plotline with Finn and his father.
    • Similarly, The LEGO Movie Videogame keeps Finn, but leaves out everything regarding his father, The Man Upstairs, including taking out his foreshadowing in Emmet's opening vision.
    • Additionally, not only are certain guest characters who appeared in the movie not playable in the game (such as Milhouse, for example), but their places in the cutscenes (taken from the movie itself) have been blurred out.
  • Omni Consumer Products, the company that turned police officer Alex Murphy into the titular cyborg in the RoboCop film series, is nowhere to be seen in RoboCop: Alpha Commando.
  • In the Beetlejuice cartoon, the Maitlands, the central protagonists from the original film, do not appear at all.
  • Power Records's book and audio record adaptaion of Escape from the Planet of the Apes omits Dr Milo. Zira and Cornelius are instead the only occupants of the spaceship and it is Cornelius who susses out that he and Zira have travelled back in time.
  • Ghostbusters Pinball is a Digital Pinball Table based on the first two movies, yet Vigo the Carpathian is nowhere to be found.
  • When the events of Frozen were incorporated into season 4 of Once Upon a Time, the important human characters - Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans - were brought over. Sven also was brought over. But Olaf is noticeably absent, and the events at the end of Frozen seem to have been changed so that Hans is still on the loose looking for new schemes to take over Arendelle (perhaps he escaped from the boat that was meant to ship him back to the Southern Isles). A probable reason for Olaf's absence is due to him being pretty superfluous and, meta-wise, too difficult to have around in terms of special effects.
  • Sega's Space Jam Pinball game is notable for completely omitting Lola Bunny.
  • Jane is absent from the video game adaptation of Thor: The Dark World, along with the rest of Thor's supporting cast from Earth. Since this means that the plot thread with her getting possessed by the Aether was dropped, the Dark Elves now intend to use Uru-forged weapons to bring about the end of the universe.
  • It's not exactly an adaptation, but Bagheera and Kaa from The Jungle Book don't get roles in Talespin.
    • However, in the 2016 reboot, "The Jungle Book (2016)", Shanti, the girl at the end of the original, is clearly cut, with Mowgli remaining in the jungle at the end of the movie instead of following her and living with the humans.
    • The storybook of The Jungle Book 2 omits the scene where Kaa attempts to eat Shanti, thus removing Kaa from the story.
  • In part due to the Compressed Adaptation nature and Alternate Timeline plot of Terminator Genisys, many characters from from the first two movies are omitted, including Sarah's roommate Ginger Venture, Lt. Traxler and Sgt. Vukovich, and John Connor's foster parents Janelle and Todd Voight. Given both the Alternate Timeline plot, and the original Terminator and T-1000's Deaths by Adaptation, they're probably alongside Kyle Reese, the heroic T-800, and Miles Dyson in Spared by the Adaptation.
  • In Little Shop of Horrors Seymour is an orphan when in original film his mother was a major character.
  • The 1976 remake of King Kong is missing Carl Denham from the original 1933 film. He is instead replaced by Corrupt Corporate Executive Fred Wilson, a character that to this day is openly mocked at by fans of the original film. Unlike Denham, though, Wilson is crushed to death by Kong's feet in this film.
  • Shrek: The Musical:
    • In the UK version, The Magic Mirror is absent. Instead, Lord Farquaad gets the information he needs from The Gingerbread Man. A couple of fairy tale characters were also left out and replaced with characters that would be more recognisable to the UK audience.
    • The Magic Mirror also tends to be cut when it is performed in community theaters, because the Magic Mirror uses motion capture and most theaters can't afford that. Gingy, like above, gives the information.
  • The videogame adaptation of Revenge of the Sith leaves out the character of Padmé entirely. (Natalie Portman must be feeling a little burned; see the Thor: The Dark World example above.)
  • Toy Story: The Musical
    • Certain toys were adapted out from the theater version. Hannah, Sid's sister, is also not present in the theater version.
  • Some storybook adaptations of Oliver & Company remove Georgette.
  • Video game adaptations of Casper keep Carrigan, but omit her assistant Dibs.

     Adapted from Literature 
  • Common targets of this trope on adaptations of The Adventures of Pinocchio are Mastro Cherry, Alidoro, the Green Fisherman, most of the Talking Animals and Mangiafuoco's puppets.
  • Numerous characters in the film versions of Harry Potter. Some do not appear at all (such as Peeves the poltergeist), some are absent in earlier films, but show up later when they're important with an explanation as to why they've been absent (such as Bill and Charlie Weasley) and some appear in earlier films but are absent in later ones (such as Nearly Headless Nick and Firenze). The same thing happens in the video games, but since there are multiple versions of each game for different platforms (there are five different versions of the first game alone), nearly every non-major character is absent from one game or another without explanation, which leads to apparent cases of Remember the New Guy in later games. Kreacher was almost removed from the fifth film, until Rowling stepped in to inform the screenwriter that he was going to be important later.
  • Twilight ended up cutting several of the human characters and Pair the Spares by having two characters who had their love interests taken out with each other.
  • Examples from the various adaptations of The Lord of the Rings:
    • Tom Bombadil and his wife Goldberry, together with the Hobbits' entire "Old Forest" adventure, are absent from both film adaptations made so far.
    • Glorfindel is absent in both adaptations, too: In the Peter Jackson films, his role of rescuing Frodo from the Nazgûl and bringing him to Rivendell is given to Arwen. In Bakshi's animated adaptation, his role is given to Legolas.
    • Similarly, Prince Imrahil who plays a major role in The Return of the King is omitted entirely from both the Jackson and the Rankin/Bass version. In the books his role supporting Gandalf's defense of Minas Tirith and his support of Aragorn as King of Gondor are fairly important plot points, as he's the one that figures Aragorn can cure victims of the Nazgûl.
    • Beregond is cut from most adaptations. His (and his son's) role as Pippin's friend is given to Faramir in the Jackson films. His role in defending Faramir from premature cremation is simply cut from the same, so Pippin's dash for Gandalf is even more desperate and they only get there just as the pyre is about to be lit. Purportedly, Ian Hughes' character was meant to be Beregond, but the name was changed in post-production because the role had been so reduced. (Not that you hear either name said onscreen.)
    • Ghan-buri-Ghan and Elrond's sons Elladan and Elrohir are also absent from the Peter Jackson film. Quickbeam the Ent appears in the crowd shots, Demoted to Extra.
  • Scarlett O'Hara's children from her first two marriages, Wade Hampton Hamilton and Ella Lorena Kennedy, appear not to exist in the film adaptation of Gone with the Wind.
  • Rita Blakemoor from The Stand, who was merged into a Composite Character with Nadine. Elements of Nadine's character (particularly the presence of Joe) were also merged with the Lucy character. Fran's mother is dead in the beginning of the TV adaptation. And Dayna is also a Composite Character with another minor character.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • Madge Undersee and her family do not appear in the film version of The Hunger Games probably due to casting logistics and length constraints. Katniss instead gets the mockingjay pin (now lacking its Back Story involving Maysilee Donner) from a vendor at the Hob.
    • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
      • Enobaria is not mentioned here.
      • Fulvia and the prep team aren't present due to their roles being taken by Effie.
    • Delly Cartwright, a teenage girl from District 12 is absent from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Her most significant part (first visit at Peeta after he attacked Katniss) is taken by Prim.
  • There was a fourth son in The Swiss Family Robinson book. He got dropped from the Disney movie.
  • Dune: Paul and Chani's first son, Leto, who was murdered by the Harkonnen forces, was omitted from the David Lynch film adaptation.
  • The Warrior Cats graphic novel trilogy SkyClan and the Stranger (and bonus manga at the end of SkyClan's Destiny) is unique among Warriors mangas in that they try to make all SkyClan cats appear, or at least be mentioned. While almost the entire Clan is in there, the only ones to not show up or be mentioned at all in either the trilogy or the bonus manga are Sagepaw and Egg, for whatever reason.
  • Examples from adaptations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
    • Disney's Alice in Wonderland adaptation leaves out the Duchess, Fish Footman, the Frogman, the cook, the pig baby, the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle (although sequences were storyboarded for those characters) and replaces Pat with the Dodo. The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle were dropped for being "too talkative" (or words to that effect). Earlier drafts omitted Alice's sister.
    • Jan Svankmajer's Alice omits the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, the Cheshire Cat and replaces the roles of the Duchess and her cook with the White Rabbit.
    • Burbank Films's 1988 Alice in Wonderland has the Dodo show Alice the Mock Turtle as opposed to the Gryphon.
    • In Through The Looking Glass, after ringing the bells for the castle, Alice is greeted by a frog. He is omitted in the 1985 TV movie. The food whom Alice is introduced to are both absent, perhaps because the writers needed more time for the sequence with the Jabberwocky. Dinah's kittens are also absent due to the story being adapted to take place directly after Alice's trip to Wonderland (as opposed to 6 months later).
    • The BBC's 2012 audio adaptation of Through the Looking-Glass omits Lily. So when Alice asks why she is being assigned the role of White Pawn, the Red Queen tells her to keep quiet.
    • The Red Knight is often left out of adaptations of Through the Looking-Glass. Alice just meets the White Knight without encountering the Red Knight in the first place.
    • Dinah and the kittens are absent in the 1998 Through the Looking-Glass film. The story is instead bookended with Alice reading the Through the Looking-Glass book to her daughter.
  • Gor, the film version of Tarnsman of Gor, adapts out Tarl's father Matthew, the Older Tarl (Tarl's instructor at arms), Torm the Scribe, Tarl's sword brother Kazrak of Port Kar, the slave girl Sana, Nor the (sentient) spider, Pa-Kur the Master Assassin, Mintar the Merchant, and Tarl's tarn Ubar of the Skies.
  • Dirk, the stage adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, drops the Monk and his horse, partly to simplify the timeline of events (in the novel, the Monk spends most of the story off on his own doing things that only become significant in retrospect) and partly because incorporating a live horse was beyond the resources of the theatre that originally staged it.
    • The pilot episode of Dirk Gently, based very loosely on the book, also skips the Monk and his horse. And Professor Chronotis. And Michael Wednesday-Week. And the alien. And ... look, it's got Dirk, Richard, Susan and Gordon.
  • Due to the novel having Loads and Loads of Characters, Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line fails to feature several major characters, including Queen the Texan.
  • In the animated adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia adventure The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Father Christmas does not appear. Instead Aslan gives the children their weapons. That was also the original plan for the 2005 film before someone designed a Father Christmas who looked more suited to the story.
  • Several characters are taken out of Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book, perhaps most notably Tabaqui the Jackal. Most of them do not appear in the live action adaptation either (though the second more loyal sequel Mowgli's Story features Tabaqui and a few others).
  • Discworld:
    • Hrun the Barbarian from Discworld doesn't appear in Sky1's The Colour of Magic.
    • Professor Pelc, Prehumous Professor of Bibliomancy, doesn't appear in their adaptation of Going Postal.
    • Other people omitted from the Going Postal adaptation are Anghammarad the ancient golem, Anoia the Goddess of Things That Stick in Drawers, most of the Grand Trunk's board, and (by implication) the Guild of Assassins.
    • The stage adaptation of Mort skips the Librarian due to the difficulty the original production had getting an orang-utan costume. It also replaces Rincewind with a wizard called Stibbons (before Ponder appeared in the books) so they could use a "generic" wizard costume rather than Rinso's canonical outfit.
  • Watership Down: Mainly due to Adaptation Distillation, rabbits not appearing in the film of the book include:
    • Those Two Guys (three actually) Hawkbit, Speedwell and Acorn
    • Plucky Comic Relief Bluebell
    • Strawberry, a refugee from Cowslip's warren
    • Hyzenthlay's friend Thethuthinang and Nelthilta, the turncoat doe
    • Plus the mouse Hazel rescues from a hawk on Watership down, who is actually the character in the book that informs the rabbits that the Efrafans have gathered below the down and are planning to attack.
  • From Wicked: Liir, Sarima, Nor (and the rest of the family), Nanny, and Yackle (and the rest of the nuns), as well as less important characters like Sir Chuffrey (Glinda's husband) and Shell (Elphaba's brother).
  • In the cartoon adaptation of Animal Farm, Mollie and Clover are absent. Benjamin the donkey fills in for Clover, if anything.
  • Land of Oz:
    • The original 1902 stage version of The Wizard of Oz removes the Wicked Witch and Toto (who was replaced with a cow named Muriel).
    • The 1925 In-Name-Only movie version, in addition to changing almost the entire plot, takes this Up to Eleven and removes everyone except for Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, and the Wizard. Characters loosely based on those from later books appear in place of the omitted characters.
    • In the original novels, Glinda was the Good Witch of the South, and the Good Witch of the North Dorothy met when she first arrived in Oz was a different character. The film version combined the two into a single character... Named Glinda. (This led to the infamous Plot Hole of Glinda giving the ruby slippers to Dorothy in the beginning of the movie but not telling her that she could use them to get home until the end of the movie.) Due to Adaptation Displacement, most subsequent adaptations have also had Glinda as the only Good Witch.
    • Ozma seems to have fallen victim to this in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, if the Scarecrow and his friends being in charge of Oz is anything to go by.
  • Early Thomas and Friends episodes omitted many one shot or background characters used in The Railway Series novels they were adapted from, with Thomas or some other recurring engine taking their place. Jinty and Pug are absent in episodes adapted from "The Eight Famous Engines" for example, while, due to lacking budget for a model of The Flying Scotsman, "Tender Engines" was loosely adapted from "Tenders For Henry", with only the engines' tenders being shown in a cameo.
    • Numerous characters from the books (including the Mountain and Small Railway Engines) will also never appear in the television series now that it has broken away from The Railway Series.
  • The Relic:
    • When the book was adapted to film, Agent Pendergast was written out and Lieutenant D'Agosta was promoted into his role. Pendergast became the Breakout Character of the novel and is featured as the main character of all the novels that follow. The series is informally titled "The Agent Pendergast Series."
    • William Smithback, a reporter and recurring character in the Pendergast novels, was also cut from the film, though unlike Pendergast his character traits weren't given to anyone.
  • The movie version of Jurassic Park leaves out the character of publicist Ed Regis. The character of Gennaro in the movie is a Composite Character of him and the book's Gennaro.
  • The Cider House Rules, whose adapted screenplay was written by the novel's author, leaves out Melony entirely. More importantly, Angel is left out, completely altering the second half of the story.
  • A Christmas Carol:
    • The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge two children named Ignorance and Want, whom Scrooge must avoid. A few adaptations don't have the Ghost show Scrooge the children.
    • Scrooge's younger sister Fan also gets left out in some adaptations, which is strange, considering witnessing her kindness to him in the past is what triggers Scrooge's Heel Realization about his attitude towards her son Fred. The Mr. Magoo version leaves not only Fan, but Fred too.
    • Many adaptations reduce the Cratchits' six children (Martha, Peter, Belinda, an unnamed boy and girl, and of course Tiny Tim) to just five, four or three.
  • In most adaptations of Oliver Twist, including the musical version Oliver!, Monks and the Maylies are omitted. In Alan Bleasdale's mini-series, Monks and Rose Maylie are retained, but Rose (who retains her original name Rose Fleming) is now Mr. Brownlow's ward.
  • The TV movie adaptation of The Westing Game lacks Theo Theodorakis, Flora Baumbach, Dr. Denton Deere, and Madame Hoo.
  • Beorn, Bolg, Roäc, and the Master of Lake-town are absent from the animated film of The Hobbit.
  • Bound to happen with Les Misérables as it's difficult to adapt a 1500-page book into anything remotely watchable without cutting several characters.
    • The Thenardiers and their children are hit with this often.
    • M. Gillenormand frequently gets the ax as well, although after being cut in the musical, he was restored in the film of the musical.
  • Obviously the amount of characters that encompass King Arthur is immense, and Merlin was never going to fit them all in (in fact, they did the now-rare move of separating the characters Morgana and Morgause, who in many adaptations are combined into a Composite Character), but there were a few key characters that never appeared: Elaine, Galahad and Kay. These three in particular usually make it into other adaptations, and fans of the show often commented on their absence here.
  • The original novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a sort of detective story, and the central character is the Amateur Sleuth Mr Utterson. As adaptations typically drop the mystery aspect, his character tends to get Adapted Out or merged with Dr Lanyon.
  • The Phantom of the Opera:
    • In order to concentrate on the main love triangle, the musical version of The Phantom of the Opera left out several side characters, most notably Raoul's older brother Philippe and the mysterious Persian—the latter's function as Raoul's guide into the Phantom's realm was assumed by Mme. Giry.
    • Most other adaptations also omit Philippe, the Persian, and/or the ratcatcher (a minor character regarded as something of a mascot by fans of the book).
  • The film adaptations of Percy Jackson and the Olympians have a few. The Lightning Thief left out several characters, and this notably includes Ares and Kronos, two major antagonists of the book and in the latter's case, the Big Bad of the entire series. Other characters like Clarisse and Dionysus were also left out. The sequel makes Clarisse, Dionysus and Kronos appear, but Circe got the shaft this time.
  • At least one film adaptation of the first book of Beau Geste left out a particular character who in subsequent books was revealed to be plot-critical in the original book.
  • Given that the original books are edging on doorstoppers, it's understandable that several characters would be missing from the film adaptations of The Vampire Chronicles. Not only minor characters got ignored, though:
    • Interview with the Vampire axes Louis' younger brother Paul, whose death was the catalyst for Louis' suicidal depression in the beginning of the book, replacing him with a brief mention of a dead wife and child who didn't exist in the books. An entire subplot regarding a woman named Babette who Louis secretly advises in running her family was also dropped.
    • Queen of the Damned is much more liberal with the axe. Louis and Nicolas are both entirely absent, despite being Lestat's love interests and, especially in Nicolas' case, integral to the plot. (It was his violin Lestat played to wake Akasha.) Daniel is also dropped, leaving Armand Demoted to Extra as his plotline revolved mostly around Daniel. Mekare is also missing, apparently having become a Composite Character with her sister Maharet, and Khayman is nowhere to be seen, as much of the backstory was dropped to focus on the modern plot. The Talamasca agent Aaron Lightner has also been removed from the film, with his role as Jessie's mentor being taken over by the Composite Character David Talbot.
  • If you like Journey to the West, you probably know that you'll have a hard time finding any adaptations which don't cut down Yu Lung's role or just remove him entirely, but Enslaved: Odyssey to the West does that and removes Sha Wujing.
  • As an adaptation of a book series with Loads and Loads of Characters, Game of Thrones has a fair number of Composite Characters as well as a fair number of minor characters who have been adapted out completely.
    • The most notable example is Jeyne Westerling who has been removed in favor of Canon Foreigner Talisa Maegyr - the Westerlings are still mentioned, but have no story significance unlike the books.
    • Comments by one of the actors suggest that the character Lady Stoneheart may not be appearing in the TV series either, though it's too early to be sure.
    • The Brave Companions are another example. Jaqen, Rorge, and Biter join the Lannister army instead. Their roles after they go over to Roose Bolton are replaced by a group of Bolton men-at-arms led by Locke, Bolton's Dragon.
    • Willas and Garlan Tyrell's roles have been delegated to either Loras or Margaery.
    • Stannis' main supporters in House Florent (minus his wife) do not appear.
    • Cersei's Hired Swords, the brothers Kettleblack, and Barristan Selmy's traveling companion Strong Belwas are not in the TV series.
    • Victarion Greyjoy is absent from the Greyjoy plot; his brothers Aeron and Euron, however, finally appear in season six.
    • Aegon VI Targaryen, Jon Connington and their plot are omitted from the series, and is Jorah Mormont that is infected by greyscale instead of Connington.
    • Arianne Martell and Quentyn Martell do not exist in the TV series, along with their plot.
  • Margot Verger is entirely absent from the film adaptation of Hannibal, and as a result the manner of death for her brother, Mason changes considerably between the two, since she killed him in the original book.
  • Alan Bloom is given only a minor part in Manhunter and completely left out of the Hopkins / Norton take of Red Dragon. Inverted in Hannibal where he's gender swapped and turned into Allana Bloom, who becomes a major supporting character and Grahams' potential love interest. Ditto Margot Verger, who appears in season 2. Since the show is a lengthy prequel to the original story, both they and every other character get greatly expanded roles.
    • Because Scott Glenn refused to return for the film adaptation of Hannibal (and given what he went through, who can blame him?note ), the character of Jack Crawford was written out. A deleted scene reveals a combination of type 2 of Death by Adaptation and Killed Offscreen and that he died between movie.
  • Julia and her sister are entirely absent from the movie version of My Sister's Keeper. Julia's absence leads to an entire romantic subplot between her and Campbell being cut, substantially reducing Campbell's screen time.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has Loads and Loads of Characters on the Golden Ticket tour as written, but many of the adults have dialogue/plot functions that are easily handed to others. Depending on the adaptation, some are Demoted to Extra, and others fall under this trope.
  • Mike Nichols' film adaptation of Catch-22 drops several of the Loads and Loads of Characters, including Major _____ de Coverley, Chief White Halfoat, and Ex-PFC Wintergreen.
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: The character of Conseil is often left out. The notable exception is the Disney version where he's played by Peter Lorre. In some more recent adaptations, Conseil is replaced by Professor Arronax's daughter.
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries TV adaptation, True Blood, completely left Bubba out of the show.
  • Onegai! Samia-don is an Animated Adaptation of the book Five Children and It, but the eldest daughter Althea isn't included in the series and Canon Foreigner Anne Hopkins takes her in-story spot.
  • In the theatrical adaptation of Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, P.S.: So Does May from the Junie B. Jones books, Junie B.'s little brother Ollie is mentioned, but not actually seen. Likely true for the productions of other titles from the series as well. This is most likely because all of the children are played by real kids and it would be more trouble than it's worth for a production of this type to try to cast a kid that young.
  • Minor characters like Kaitlyn, Lydia and Gus' sisters are not present in The Fault in Our Stars. Van Houten gives Augustus' eulogy to Hazel personally, while Isaac fills the slightly comedic relief role. Some other scenes are also cut to improve the flow (and shorten the length) of the film. John Green's cameo as the parent of Jackie, the little girl who wanted to try on Hazel's cannula, was also cut.
  • In Vampire Academy, this is the fate of several minor characters of the first novel:
    • Jeremy, a human housemate of Rose and Lissa, is adapted out. So is the scene where Lissa uses compulsion to convince him to hand over his car keys.
    • Teacher Stan Alto is also missing, along with the scene where he publically grills Rose for details on her guardian methods.
    • Xander Badica is missing, along with the scene where he asks to taste the blood of Rose.
    • The dhampirs Anthony and Mile are missing, along with the scene where they try to force Rose to sleep with them.
    • The most important character missing is probably Eddie Castile, Mason Ashford's best friend. He only appears as a party boy in the original novel. He would receive more meaningful roles from Frostbite onwards, becoming one of the most important supporting characters.
  • Chaim Rosenzweig, the Israeli scientist whom Buck Williams reminisces about regarding Russia's all-out attack on Israel in the first few chapters of the first Left Behind book, doesn't even get a mention by Buck in the 2014 film adaptation, since its story is so tightly focused on the airplane trip that the Rapture takes place during.
  • Phoebus does not appear in The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo, the series based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • The Secret Garden: The character of Mrs. Susan Sowerby is oddly absent from the 1993 film.
  • Trainspotting: Despite being one of the main five who go down to London at the end of the book for the drug deal, Second Prize is absent in the film, though some of his character traits are given to Spud. Other important book characters such as Matty, Davie, Lesley, Kelly and Mark's brothers are also absent.
  • Karin is never mentioned or seen in the film adaptation of Paper Towns.
  • In The Glass Scientists, Utterson is reduced to a mere Easter Egg, as according to the author, an Audience Surrogate of a gothic horror would not make a good character, and his only function has been taken over by far more lively Jasper.
  • Frozen is even more "loosely based" on its source, The Snow Queen, than other Disney films. While Gerda and Kai have counterparts in Anna and Kristoff, the Robber Girl and the mirror are missing.
  • In Nelvana's Animated Adaptation of Rosemary Wells Timothy Goes to School book and "Yoko & Friends". Hazel from Hazel's Amazing Mother and Nora's sister we're both absent from the series even though Hazel was in the original 1998 "Yoko" book.
  • Multiple major and minor Disney Fairies characters were ignored in the film adaptations such as Rani and Bess.
  • The 100 TV series leaves out Glass, one of the four viewpoint characters from the book.
  • Divergent:
    • Many of Tris' friends and fellow initiates from the books do not make it in to the films so that more focus could be put on her romance with Four. This includes Uriah, Lynn, Marlene, Lynn's sister Shauna, Uriah's brother Zeke, and Will's sister Cara. The Divergent Series: Insurgent features them in a much more reduced role, with Lynn only coming up just once to remind the others that the recently deceased Marlene did have a name.

      The exclusion of Cara is particularly significant, since in Allegiant, she is one of the leaders of the titular Allegiant, participates together with Tris' group to get to the fringes of Chicago, and also gets the task of informing Four at the end about Tris' death.
    • Tori's brother, George, and Four's mentor, Amar, do not appear in The Divergent Series: Allegiant. However, since they figure little if at all in the book (other than serving some Tear Jerker moments as Tori was killed just moments before, rendering her entire goal to take revenge a Shaggy Dog Story), it does not greatly impact the plot.
  • Aodua does not appear in Around the World in 80 Days (Burbank Animation), and is replaced with a random girl who only has a few minutes of screentime.

     Adapted from Live Action TV 
  • In El Chavo Animado, the Animated Adaptation of El Chavo del ocho, The Chilindrina didn't appear because Maria Antonieta de Las Nieves (her actress) owns the rights to that character. This is one of the reasons this adaptation is hated by many fans of the series.
  • In the original Get Smart series final season Max and 99 had twins, a boy and a girl. In the 1995 revival series only the (now adult) son is shown, and there's no mention at all of his sister.
  • In the Brady Bunch Animated Adaptation The Brady Kids Alice and the parents don't appear, and the dog Tiger is replaced by Moptop.
  • The Red Dwarf novel Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers replaces Captain Hollister with a female captain named "Kirk" (the name being a Shout-Out to the Captain from Star Trek: The Original Series).
  • The novel of Kamen Rider Decade omits the Hikari Photo Studio and its owner Eijiro, Natsumi's grandfather. In the series, Tsukasa and friends travel between worlds by changing the backdrop in the studio; in the novel they simply use Tsukasa's camera. Sayo, Tsukasa's sister from The Movie, also does not exist in the novel.
  • Super Sentai to Power Rangers is an odd case, as it adapts a Japanese live action show to an American live action show. In this adaptation process many characters or concepts have a direct counterpart. However, some just lack a counterpart in Power Rangers, resulting in this trope. The most common victims of this trope in Power Rangers are multiple Monsters Of The Week, as Power Rangers mostly has a shorter episode run compared to Sentai. More specific examples include:
  • Nurse Christine Chapel, one of the main characters from Star Trek: The Original Series (and one of only two female leads), is The Unseen in Star Trek (McCoy does name-check her but she is not actually seen on-screen), presumably so Uhura can benefit more from The Smurfette Principle. Chapel's absence is Handwaved in Star Trek Into Darkness, but even though this confirmed that at least she still exists and is alive in-universe, it didn't go over too well with fans.

     Adapted from Newspaper Comics 
  • Garfield and Friends removed Blue and Cody from the U.S. Acres cartoons. Also, in a rather odd example, one U.S. Acres quickie was an adaptation of this comic, but it removed Sheldon.
    • Arlene, Garfield's (ir-)regular girlfriend from the strip, was also missing from the show. Reportedly, this was at creator Jim Davis's request – the suits apparently wanted her acerbic personality toned down (and they disliked her buck-teeth) and Davis was unwilling to allow the changes. Garfield eventually got a different girlfriend, Penelope, later in the cartoon's run.
    • Every woman other than Dr. Liz Wilson that Jon dated or attempted to date is also absent, in favor of playing up Jon's futile attempts to woo Liz.
    • The unnamed Spiders (whose antics fill many a Sunday strip) are missing, though mostly because those strips only became commonplace after the cartoon ended. The spiders appeared in at least one Quickie, however.
  • The cartoon version of Baby Blues got rid of Hammie and Wren, as it focused on when Zoe was a baby and neither were born yet.
  • Michael Caesar is completely absent from The Boondocks cartoon series, despite being Huey's best friend and the second most frequently seen character in the comic strip.

     Adapted from Radio 
  • In the original BBC radio version of The Flight of the Conchords, the optimistic New Zealanders trying to make it big in Britain have an even more optimistic Cloud Cuckoolander manager, played by Welsh character actor Rob Brydon. Sadly, the magnificent Brydon who did so much to make the radio series work is dropped completely from the TV adaptation.
  • The Haggunenons of Episode 6 of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were written out when the episode was novelized as part of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, to be replaced by Disaster Area. The TV series followed suit. This also eliminated the only actual appearance of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, still mentioned in some Guide entries that were moved up earlier in the books. The reason for this seems to be that the Haggunenons were largely a John Lloyd idea and Adams didn't want the complications of including concepts that weren't his.

     Adapted from Tabletop Games 
  • The animated adaptations of the Queen's Blade gamebooks took some liberties towards some characters and plot events:
    • Hans (Hobby Japan's collective Word of God and Author Avatar) does not appears in the animated TV series, but he appears in the CD dramas and the videogames, His role is replaced in the anime by The Head Archangel instead.
    • Nyx doesn't appear in the first season, as the producers of the anime seems to run out of episodes for including her (other than a brief cameo), not to mention she's not very important, plot-wise, for the story (despise having a designated voice actress). She appears in the second season for real.
    • Alice, the main protagonist of the Queen's Gate novels and gamebooks, only appears in the Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos game and she doesn't appear in the anime. Also, neither her friends nor her family in Europe and her backstory from the novels are mentioned anywhere in the game.
    • While she is a crossover character in the Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos game, Noel Vermillion is the only character from her universe who appears, and despise being mentioned in the game and being the main motivation for her for being in the game, Jin Kisaragi doesn't not appear in the game. This is somewhat egregious, as while the events of the game are not canon for the BlazBlue universe, both characters are vital for Hazama aka Yuuki Terumi for his plans to work and he's not mentioned anywhere.
    • Also, none of the characters from the Sword of the Unicorn novels appears anywhere, as the events of those novels are not canon, since the novels took some liberties with the already established backstory. (For beginners, there's no QB tournament here)

     Adapted from Theater 
  • There were originally six greasers in Grease, but the number was shortened to five when the show was tweaked for Broadway audiences. The principal of Rydell High and a few other characters were also cut. A remake of this version (titled The Original Grease) was produced in 2011 and re-instated some of the scrapped characters, with the exception of the principal.
  • The film version of Paint Your Wagon removed Ben's daughter Jennifer and her Latin Lover Julio, who were the primary couple in the original show.
  • The film version of Camelot eliminated Nimue and Morgan le Fey, both of whom appeared in one-scene each in the original play. Morgan le Fey is also absent from many modern productions.
  • The Musical version of Chicago eliminated the role of Jake, a reporter who served as the Audience Surrogate.
  • In the film version of On the Town, Claire's fiancé Pitkin is absent, which serves to remove the adulterous implications of her affair with Ozzie.
  • The film version of Animal Crackers entirely eliminated the part of Wally Winston, a society gossip columnist (who, like many other such characters from contemporary plays and movies, was a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Walter Winchell). His love interest, Arabella, was made a Composite Character.
  • Annie:
    • Rooster and Lily, Hannigan's brother and his significant other, are two major antagonists who are cut from the 2014 film version. Considering their role in the source musical as the ones who act as Annie's fake parents, that wouldn't necessarily work out here. Their part in "Easy Street" is given to Guy.
    • Also, Mr. Bundles the laundry guy doesn't appear in this adaptation, though that's mainly due to the Setting Update.
  • Into the Woods:
    • The Narrator. The majority of his lines are now said by the Baker through a voice over. (This works in favor of the film's ending.)
    • Cinderella's drunkard father is also said to have passed away shortly after marrying her stepmother.
    • Snow White and Sleeping Beauty don't get their cameos like in the musical, for obvious reasons: Cinderella's Prince is still a cad, but Disney probably didn't want to make two of their leading ladies into The Mistress.
    • Rapunzel's twins were cut. They wouldn't make sense in the compressed time-frame, contributed little to the plot, and disappeared during Act Two.
  • In Falstaff, the Verdi opera based on The Merry Wives of Windsor, Justice Shallow, Slender, Sir Hugh Evans and Master Page are all eliminated, as is Nym, who was little more than a Continuity Cameo in Shakespeare's play.
  • The original Stratford production of Matilda included a classmate named Reginald, but he was cut from subsequent productions in order for there to be an even number of desks.
  • In Stupid F—ing Bird, a modern take on The Seagull, Mash(a)'s parents and Sor(i)n's estate workers were deleted, while Sorin and Dr. Dorn were composited into Dr. Sorn.

     Adapted from Toys 
  • Each and every Transformers toyline has characters that aren't added to the TV shows, comics, or movies.
    • The G1 cartoon had the Monsterbots and the Duocons (as well as the toys made for the original line after the show was cancelled).
    • Almost all Generation 2 characters, especially the PAL-region exclusive figures.
    • Beast Wars had several dozen examples, as did Beast Machines.
    • Many of these characters were eventually used throughout the Expanded Universe, or in other media. However, some characters have never made the jump to fiction.
  • My Little Pony:
    • This also applies to every generation of the My Little Pony franchise to be adapted. Hundreds of characters is just too impractical to include in cartoons, so at least half of all ponies never appear in adaptations.
    • The current fourth iteration of the toyline has Lily Blossom, a Pegasus with a unique design (something normally reserved for major characters) who was part of the early wave of releases along with the six leads from the TV series, yet has never appeared in the show.
  • The Masters of the Universe film dumped Orko for a stand-in character who filled the same role in the franchise. This is Hand Waved when one of the titular Masters claims that Skeletor has captured a number of their allies.

     Adapted from Video Games 
  • The live action film version of King of Fighters omitted the vast majority of the cast, in favor of focusing on Kyo, Iori, Mai, Terry, and Rugal.
  • The featureless player character from Kantai Collection, The Admiral, was not made into a leading character or someone with known features in the Anime; he is an unseen figure instead, mentioned offhand by others, taking a different approach from other Anime Adaptations of popular works like The Idolmaster and Super Sonico, where The Producer and The Manager were given features and sufficient characterization.
  • In the anime adaption of Disgaea, Big Sis Prinny is left out, which is important as she's Laharl's mother and her death is the reason he's so bitter towards Love.
  • In the Final Fantasy Relay, the Sealed Cave from Final Fantasy IV is skipped over. Instead, Cecil has the 8th Crystal due to a glitch, and when he walks in Kain betrays him as he does in the game.
  • A few Pokémon characters never appeared in the anime.
    • Leaf,note  Hilda and Hilbert,note  Nate and Rosa,note  and Calemnote  do not show up at all despite being Player Characters from some of the games. The show focuses on Ash who has become a Composite of all of the main series male player characters to datenote  even though his design is based off of Red, the first protagonist of the series, whose adventures he was originally supposed to emulate.
    • Gary doesn't have a sister like his game counterpart, since Ash doesn't need the Town Map she provides, nor does he spend much time in Pallet Town, where she resides.
    • Game rivals, Wallynote  and Hugh are completely absent. Silver is mostly absent, but makes a very brief cameo in a special and got an expy in Paul during the Diamond and Pearl saga.note  Cheren didn't appear a a rival but appeared as a gym leader; though this means he and Bianca are different ages.
    • Koga's daughter (and Gym Leader successor) Janine from Pokémon Gold and Silver never makes an appearance. The part of the game she's in requires visiting Kanto to get the region's badges; while Ash did return to Kanto to face off against the Hoenn Frontier Brains, he didn't visit the gyms due to the fact that he'd already gotten the badges. Koga does get a sister named Aya, who pretty fills the same role as Janine.
    • While their existence is acknowledged, some Elite Four members from Hoenn and Unova are never shown.
    • Sinnoh's Frontier Brains, other than Palmer, do not appear.
    • Characters from spinoff games rarely appear in the anime. The only ones who do are from the Pokémon Ranger games. The Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon Trozei! characters don't appear.
  • In Pokémon Adventures Orre is never referenced. This means none of the Pokémon Colosseum or Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness characters cameo in the manga.
  • Though his minions and many elements of Super Mario Bros. 2 appear in Animated Adaptations of the Super Mario Bros. series, Wart has yet to appear in any of them, Bowser/King Koopa usually acting as a Composite Character for them both. He did make the odd appearance in the comics however.
  • In the CLANNAD Visual Novel, Kappei was actually an important (if late introduced) character with his own ending and everything, but so far has not appeared in any Clannad anime adaptation ever.
  • When Popotan got its adaptation, some characters disappeared completely. One of them was the main character.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • The live-action film adaptation of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney had to drop nearly all of the third case and a good chunk of the second, so quite a few characters were cut. Most notable were April May (whose role was taken over by Redd White), Cody Hackins, Wendy Oldbag, Jack Hammer, and Will Powers. Every character introduced in the fifth case, "Rise from the Ashes", is also missing. However, given that that case wasn't in the original GBA game, instead being added to the Updated Re-release for the DS as an epilogue of sorts, that's kind of understandable.
  • The manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask completely omits the sub-plot of Epona getting stolen by Skull Kid, leaving no way for Romani and Cremia to appear in the story. The artist apologizes for this at the end of the book and makes it up by showing an illustration of the two.
  • Wing Commander's Player Character, Christopher Blair, is all but written out of most of the Wing Commander novels, save for Heart of the Tiger and The Price of Freedom, both novelizations of the games. The books instead tend to focus on the exploits of either Admiral Tolwyn, Jason Bondarevsky, or a number of Blair's wingmen from the games.
  • Metroid Prime Pinball: Of the five main bosses from Metroid Prime, Flaahgra is the only one to make no appearance.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • In two manga adaptations of the Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War games, different characters hqave been cut out:
    • Mitsuki Oosawa manga: Holyn and Beowulf, prospect love interests for Ayra and Raquesis, disappear from the story — while Ayra hooks up with Lex and Raquesis with Finn. (after having her Brother-Sister Incest deal with Eldigan cranked Up to Eleven until he dies) This was presumably done to avert Derailing Love Interests - which doesn't explain why Oosawa kept an expy of Eldigan's canon wife Grahnye around and made her a total asshole, while still capable of making a Love Triangle between Ferry, Lewyn and Sylvia without derailing the loser (Sylvia, who instead is very sympathetic).
      • On the antagonist side, Queen Hilda of Freege also apparently did not appear, and considering that she's one of the worst Hate Sink of the timeline, it's probably to make the story not too dark, or as seen with other antagonists, Oosawa is known to make otherwise one or two dimensional villains look more sympathetic, but Hilda is just far too evil for Oosawa to salvage, when she actually did include another Hate Sink, Prince Chagall of Agustria, and made his negative qualities more apparent.
    • Nea Fuyuki manga: Sylvia's children Leen and Corple. (And in the meantime, Leen's love interest Ares has his eyes set on Princess Julia instead). Fuyuki allegedly said in author's notes that she wanted to keep them around, but time restrains didn't allow her to.
  • The first Breath of Fire manga, which adapted the first game, omitted the Quirky Miniboss Squad almost entirely (only 1 out of its 4 members appears) despite being the main enemies for a fourth of the game.
  • In the Mass Effect Expanded Universe, it's fairly common for Commander Shepard to be entirely absent, due to very customizable nature of the character (in terms of gender, ethnicity, background, and major plot decisions). The writers tend to take it as an opportunity to flesh out the wider universe instead.
  • Since Super Robot Wars BX has Macross 30 and Macross Frontier listed with no mention of the other Macross series, the other Macross series will not be making an appearance. Also, the plot of Macross 30 won't be in BX.
  • In the 1994 movie Street Fighter, just about every single character from Super Street Fighter II appears in the movie, with one exception. The New Challengers Cammy, T. Hawk and Dee Jay appear but the fourth New Challenger Fei Long does not. While it has a Suspiciously Similar Substitute in the character of Captain Sawada, there were several reasons why, among them being the producers felt the character was "too generic", the idea of his character not fitting the movie's theme, the idea of him making Ken and Ryu seem redundant and the royalties they would have to pay to Bruce Lee's estate.
  • The novelization of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots by Project Itoh omits the BB Corps completely, rewriting most of their scenes into battles with regular PMC soldiers and Haven Troopers.
    • The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain novelization never mentions George Sears/Solidus Snake and act as if David and Eli (aka Solid and Liquid) were the only clones that Big Boss ever had.
  • The Sonic the Comic adaptation of Streets of Rage 2 ditches Adam Hunter completely, replacing him with a new character named Officer Murphy, Skates' stepfather and a former ally of Axel and Blaze. Skates is never even referred by his real name.
  • WarCraft, film adaptation of Warcraft, drops a thing or two:
    • The Blood of Mannoroth, one of games' most important MacGuffins, is dropped, with fel fulfilling its function.
    • The Burning Legion isn't as much as mentioned, though Medivh's demonic form implies that they at least exist in the movie universe.

     Adapted from Web Original 
  • In the original Noob webseries, an Evil All Along character was introduced under the context's equivalent of a fake identity that lasted a few episodes. The novel and comic first show the character under her real identity. The fake one is mentioned in the novel, but seemingly completely disappeared in the comic before briefly showing up in a comic-only subplot.

     Adapted from Western Animation 
  • When Fluppy Dogs was adapted into an hour-long Television Movie, there was a sixth Fluppy named Fanci who did not appear in the film at all.
  • The film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender ommited Suki, The Warriors of Kyoshi, Jet, and King Bumi.
  • The live-action film adaptation of Inspector Gadget by Disney, aside from other notable changes made to the source material, completely omits Dr. Claw's international crime organization M.A.D., instead having him assisted by a goon named Sykes and a Mad Scientist named Kramer. The sequel also avoids using M.A.D., instead having Claw assisted by a pair of crooks names Brick and McKibble and later hiring three criminals known as Squint, Jungle Bob, and the Ninja, though ironically the latter two were M.A.D. agents in the original cartoon.
  • In the novelization of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, Derpy is replaced with Trixie, likely to avoid mentioning her name.
  • In the web adaption of Dora the Explorer, any non-human character is almost never seen, but some users do try, but it almost always looks terrible, given the software's limitations. This is also partially done in fear of being pinned as a "baby show lover", like the Caillou example below.
  • Unlike the Dora example above, only a few characters never show up in the GoAnimate version of Caillou, such as Mr. Hinkle, normally in fear of being pinned as a "baby show lover".


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