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Adaptation gives a character an appearance they didn't have in the source material.

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Proposed By:
Nakayama90 on Oct 10th 2018 at 12:24:41 AM
Last Edited By:
Nakayama90 on Oct 12th 2018 at 10:30:12 AM
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A Sub-Trope of Adaptation Expansion, this is the opposite of Adapted Out: a character from the same franchise is given an appearance, when they were absent in the original work. Can sometimes replace a character who was omitted for the adaptation.

Contrast Canon Foreigner, which is a character created specifically for the adaptation; this is a character from the same franchise who gets a role in the adaptation they didn't have in the source material. May overlap with Composite Character and Adaptational Early Appearance.


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Oct 10th 2018 at 1:51:44 AM

"when they were absent in the original work."

Absent, as in they're The Ghost or at least The Voice?

Oct 10th 2018 at 2:51:12 AM

^I'm pretty sure he means they're not in the work at all because they were originally introduced in a sequel

Oct 10th 2018 at 6:14:17 AM

^ The description says nothing about it, but the sole example is indeed about sequel.

Now, if the draft maker would straighten things up...

Oct 10th 2018 at 8:50:43 AM

^^ Adaptational Early Appearance?

Will have to see if Canon Foreigner, AEA, and Composite Character can cover any examples that come in.

Oct 10th 2018 at 9:39:18 AM

Sorry for my ambiguous writing - what I actually meant to say is, the character wasnít involved at all in the source material, but theyíre present in the adaptation.

And no, this isnít Composite Character - thatís merging two characters. Itís possible they could overlap, though.

Another example I just thought of, is how Legolas is present in the Hobbit movies when he wasnít a part of the original stories; thatís what Iím really getting at.

Oct 10th 2018 at 9:49:27 AM

Oct 10th 2018 at 10:04:16 AM

  • Piglet's Big Movie: Tigger is featured in the flashback sequence of when Kanga and Roo moved into the wood, which was based on Chapter 7 of Winnie The Pooh; book-wise, Tigger didn't appear until The House at Pooh Corner.

Oct 11th 2018 at 3:52:50 AM

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Oct 11th 2018 at 5:19:42 AM

"the character wasnít involved at all in the source material, but theyíre present in the adaptation."

They weren't involved, but they existed before, right?

Oct 11th 2018 at 3:04:44 PM

Oct 11th 2018 at 3:53:11 PM

The entry for Adaptation Expansion under Avengers Infinity War mentions characters who did not appear in The Infinity Gauntlet but appeared in this film (Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Falcon, War Machine, Winter Soldier/White Wolf, and Maria Hill).

Oct 11th 2018 at 6:13:46 PM

So by not present in the original work but present in the franchise, were they in expanded universe or other media? if that's the case then they would be Canon Immigrant

Oct 11th 2018 at 7:07:42 PM

^ No, Canon Immigrant is when Canon Foreigner is brought into the original work later.

Oct 11th 2018 at 10:56:28 PM

^But how is this character not in the original work to begin with? Before they are Adapted In, so to speak, they would have been a Canon Foreigner.

As I'm aware, Canon Immigrant is being used for cases of one adaptation's characters being introduced into another version of the adaptation. Unless this trope is to split up such cases?

OR are we saying they are in the source material all along but appeared where they previously didn't? Then that would be Adaptational Early Appearance

Oct 12th 2018 at 12:30:53 AM

^ the OP has already answered the question, but let me reiterate:

In the original, the character exists, but only through mentions or as background cameo and the like, or even just the manual. The character may be away from the plot but nevertheless exists. In the adaptation, the character is shown in full and is put into the main story's plot.

Oct 12th 2018 at 12:45:09 AM

^Riiight. So an unseen or almost non-existent character in the source material.

Wouldn't that just be Ascended Extra then, with a side serving of Mythology Gag?

Oct 12th 2018 at 5:26:58 AM

^ Ascended Extra isn't just about adaptations, but also later episodes and sequels.

Oct 12th 2018 at 10:29:40 AM

@4tell0life4 Perfectly, I couldn't have put it better myself!