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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • In the Secret Warriors comics, both Quake and Slingshot were human women who gained superpowers as a result of having superhuman fathers (Mister Hyde and Griffin, respectively). In the show, they're both Inhumans.
    • Likewise, Hive was a human HYDRA agent who was subjected to an experiment involving ravenous parasites that ended up bonding with him. The series has him as an ancient and powerful Inhuman.
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    • In the comics, Hellfire's powers are supernatural in nature, and stem from him being the grandson of Carter Slade, the original Ghost Rider. In the show, Hellfire is yet another Inhuman.
  • Variation in Animorphs the short-lived TV series rarely used the signature morphs of the protagonists. Rachel never did her bear morph, Marco never went gorilla, possibly because there wasn't the budget for a ton of CGI and they wanted to use animals they could work with decently well. Then the Transformers toys got into it, with things like a Jake-bear and Jake-stingray toy.
  • Arrowverse
    • Arrow
      • Black Canary is a Badass Normal instead of a metahuman like in the comics. That's the Earth-1 version, though, as the Earth-2 version is Truer to the Text.
      • Amazo is a freighter instead of a Killer Robot.
      • Brother Eye is a collective hacker group allied with the HIVE rather than a super computer in the comics.
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    • The Flash (2014):
      • In the comics, King Shark is a supernatural demigod. He is made into a normal metahuman in the show instead.
      • In the comics, Deathstorm is undead. Like King Shark above, he is made into a normal metahuman in the show.
      • Due to being a Composite Character, Hunter Zolomon/Zoom becomes the "zombie speedster" Black Flash in the Season 2 finale.
    • Legends of Tomorrow:
      • In the comics, Waverider is a time traveling superhero. He is made into the titular team's time traveling Cool Starship in the show.
    • Supergirl
      • In the comics, Hellgrammite is a human named Roderick Rose, who mutated himself into an insectile monster. In the series, he's one of the alien prisoners in Fort Rozz.
      • In the 1984 movie, Selena is a human sorceress. In the series, she's a Kryptonian priestess.
      • In Young Justice, Rip Roar is a New God, in the series he's a human named Russell Rogers.
      • In JLA, Rama Khan was a powered human from the fictional Asian nation of Jarhanpur, and his associate Gamemnae was Atlantean. In the series, they're both from the planet Jarhanpur. The season 5 finale introduces their fellow Jarhanpurans Sela and Tezumak, who in the comics were from ancient Africa and Central America respectively.
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  • Birds of Prey made Helena Kyle, her mother Selena and Dinah Drake-Lance (renamed Carolyn Lance) metahumans. While not elaborated on, The Joker is seen blasting people with electricity through his palm in a flashback.
  • The titular Choujinki Metalder is a Ridiculously Human Robot, but his VR Troopers counterpart Ryan Steele is human.
  • In Cloak & Dagger, D'Spayre is a human who gained powers from a scientific accident rather than a demon.
  • Almost happened in the Netflix live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. A leak of the casting script suggested that Ein was going to be changed from a Corgi to a Siberian Husky, but later on a brief teaser of the show was posted online focusing on Ein and showing that he is going to be a Corgi like in the original.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Robb, Jon, Arya, Rickon, and Sansa are all normal humans, albeit particularly badass ones, making Bran the only "warg" in the family. However, in the books, both Jon and Arya have been revealed as skinchangers, with Jon being specifically stated as such, Rickon has shown clear signs of being one, (such as wolf dreams) and Word of God has confirmed that all the Stark children are wargs.
    • Bran dreams of a three-eyed raven rather than a three-eyed crow, which is probably Pragmatic Adaptation in favour of the animal wranglers but takes away a delightful Double Meaning from the books.
  • Hercules:
    • Herc's second wife Deianeira was just a normal human princess in Greek Mythology, while she is depicted as a wood nymph in the miniseries.
    • The Cretan Bull and Cerberus were all inhuman monsters faced by Hercules as part of his labors. Here, they are just aliases adopted by human characters, to be specific, one man only, Anteus.
  • The titular Kamen Rider BLACK RX is a Cyborg, but his American counterpart is a Human Alien.
  • In the Little House on the Prairie books Jack is an English Bulldog however his breed was changed in the tv adaptation.
  • Lost in Space (2018) makes two "species" changes from previous versions, more or less. One is the change of the Robot from a Earth-manufactured device brought along on the trip to an alien robot discovered on the planet that the characters crash-land on in Season 1. The second is the change of Debbie the Bloop (an alien that is adopted by Don West as a pet in the film version) to Debbie the Chicken.
  • In the original Pickman's Model short story, Robert Upton Pickman was a normal guy, and his connection to the monstrous creatures in his paintings was never really made clear. In the TV adaptation featured in Night Gallery, Pickman is heavily implied to be a Half-Human Hybrid whose mother was raped by one of the creatures many years ago, explaining how he knows so much about them.
  • In Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the character of Elizabeth is inspired by Bill the Lizard in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but in addition to being Gender Flipped, she's a human who's nicknamed "Lizard". She seems to be the only talking animal Wonderland character to get this treatment in the series. (A comic book about Once Upon a Time's Mad Hatter also introduced a human March Hare.)
  • In Orphan Black, The Hero Sarah Manning and her long lost twin Helena are both clones along with the rest of Tatiana Maslany's characters. In the Japanese remake, the twins are now natural humans as they are the original hosts in this version.
  • Power Rangers made certain changes from Super Sentai over the course of its run.
  • Roswell, New Mexico: In the book series and the original show Maria is a human, here it's revealed that she's actually descended from an alien survivor of the '47 crash.
  • Runaways (2017):
    • Molly is a mutant in the comics, but because the X-Men franchise was off-limits at the time, the TV show depicts her as a human who got powers from extraterrestrial rocks that her parents had been studying.
    • Likewise, Xavin is a Skrull in the comics, but a Xartan (an existing but far more obscure race of alien shapeshifters) in the series.
  • Madame Dorothea is a mundane in City of Bones, but "Dot" is a witch in Shadowhunters.
  • In Smallville, Brainiac is not a Coluan, but rather a Kryptonian AI, similar to Superman: The Animated Series.
  • The eponymous Spider-Man (Japan) is empowered by a Human Alien (who then becomes a spider) instead of the original story's Earth-made radioactive spider.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "Elegy", the caretaker of the cemetery asteroid Happy Glades Jeremy Wickwire is a robot. In the short story by Charles Beaumont, his counterpart Mr. Greypoole is a human who became a cyborg after being augmented with artificial parts to restore his health and keep him alive for centuries.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • Elena in the books is revealed to be half human/half angel. In the series, she starts out as a normal human and then becomes a vampire.
    • Tyler is a werewolf in the books. In the show, this remains true, though he becomes a vampire-werewolf hybrid later on.
    • Klaus is a pure-blooded vampire in the books. In the show he is made into a vampire-werewolf hybrid.

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