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Adaptation Species Change / Live-Action TV

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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
      • In the comics, "Derek Reston" is the Ace android employed by the Royal Flush Gang and modeled to look like an African-American. The series reimagines Derek Reston as a white human who's the King of the group.
      • 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" Dark 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.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • In the Little House on the Prairie books Jack is an English Bulldog however his breed was changed in the tv adaptation.
  • 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. They're still twins in the Japanese remake but are now natural humans, as The Hero is blatantly referred as the original host (whether Helena's counterpart was also cloned is left vague after the remake's Season 1 finale).
  • 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.
  • Power Rangers made certain changes from Super Sentai over the course of its run.
  • The titular Kamen Rider BLACK RX is a Cyborg, but his American counterpart is a Human Alien.
  • The titular Choujinki Metalder is a Ridiculously Human Robot, but his VR Troopers counterpart Ryan Steele is human.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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