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  • The film of A Dog's Purpose edited down the first 54 pages of the book to less than 4 minutes. It very briefly showed Toby with his siblings but didn't name any of them, resulting in Toby and his family being Demoted to Extra. It also outright removed Senora, Senora's peers, Coco, Top Dog, Spike, and Rottie. The film removes several other, mostly minor, characters.
  • The 1939, 1960 and 1993 versions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn cut out Tom Sawyer, who plays a small, but major part in his pal's story. The 1955 telemovie kept Tom, but wrote out Jim, the novel's other major character.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
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    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
  • 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 (2014):
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    • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Tim Burton's Batman (1989) 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.
  • Mitch's son Hobie is not present in the Baywatch movie.
  • 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.
  • Blade: Trinity introduces the Nightstalkers including Hannibal King but Frank Drake is omitted, his place taken by Canon Foreigner Abigail Whistler who is the daughter of the movie-only character Abraham Whistler. The name "Drake", however is used as an alias for the Big Bad in the film. Although Blade, Frank Drake, and King were all introduced in Marvel's Tomb Of Dracula, Dracula appears to have been adapted out as well. King explains that there are lot of myths and misconceptions that may or may not be true and it is implied that, unlike in the Marvel comic, the historical "Vlad Dracul" (aka Vlad the Impaler) did not become a vampire and that the events of Bram Stoker's novel (which also never suggested that Vlad and Count Dracula are the same person) did not happen in universe. King, also shows Blade a Marvel Tomb of Dracula comic to drive home the point. Drake, does, suggest, however, that he has been around long enough to borrow a few famous aliases.
  • The film version of Camelot eliminated Nimue and Morgan le Fey, both of whom appeared in one-scene each in the original play.
  • 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.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
  • 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.
  • In Clueless, a modern adaptation of Emma, Frank Churchill's analogue Christian is made gay instead of having a secret engagement, so the character of Jane Fairfax was rendered obsolete.
  • Quite a few characters from the Netflix film, Death Note (2017) - unsurprisingly, given the film's runtime of less than two hours, as compared to the much longer Japanese adaptations. Other than L, Watari and James Turner/Sochiro Yagami, none of the other Kira task force members - Matsuda, Mogi, Aiwaza etc. - have counterparts in the film. Also absent is Rem, and given Mia's death at the end of the film, she's unlikely to appear in possible sequels. Near and Mello also do not appear, though it is mentioned that there were other children trained to be master detectives by the same project that trained L, making it possible that they might appear in sequels. Light's sister Sayu also doesn't have a counterpart.
  • Discworld:
  • 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 eponymous Allegiant, participates 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.
  • The Universal verson of Dracula dispenses with Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood altogether.
  • Krillin isn't in the live-action Dragon Ball adaptation, Dragonball Evolution, even though his death is what caused Goku to go after King Piccolo (who is in the movie) in the first place.
  • Paul and Chani's first son, Leto, who was murdered by the Harkonnen forces, was omitted from the David Lynch film adaptation of Dune.
  • 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.
  • 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 film of Go Ask Alice leaves out many minor/oneshot characters, Alex, and Carla's grandparents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hannibal Lecter:
    • Alan Bloom is given only a minor part in Manhunter and completely left out of the Hopkins / Norton take of Red Dragon.
    • Hannibal:
      • 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.
      • 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 movies.
  • Numerous characters in the film versions of Harry Potter. Some do not appear at all (such as Ludo Bagman and 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). Kreacher was almost removed from the film of the fifth book, until Rowling stepped in to inform the screenwriter that he was going to be important later.
    • Peeves was originally going to appear in the series played by Rik Mayall. He was in the first film as a Deleted Role and they decided to simply never use the character.
    • Dobby appeared in the second film (where his character was critical to the plot) but was ommitted from the fourth, fifth, and sixth films, likely because he only appeared in a few scenes and his actions were easy enough to give to another character (in the fourth and fifth) or write them out altogether (in the sixth). When he ended up being an important character in the seventh book, the writers had to put in an extra scene to reintroduce the character in order to set up his later appearance, because he hadn't been hanging around for three years in the films.
  • Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman from the Hellboy comics don't appear Hellboy (2019) as a means to differentiate it from the previous adaptations. Subverted with Abe who appears in his tank at the end of the movie as a Sequel Hook.
  • 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. Said vendor may or may not be Greasy Sae, making her an example of either this trope or Demoted to Extra.
    • 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.
  • 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 named 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.
  • 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.
  • The live-action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable adaptation decided to have an Adaptational Early Appearance of Yoshikage Kira's Sheer Heart Attack kill Keicho Nijimura instead of Akira Atoishi, who murdered him in the original manga (and its anime adaptation). Since the film was originally conceived as a trilogy (which may or may not end up being released, since the film was a financial flop), this was probably meant to cut out many of the minor antagonists of that arc and beeline immediately to the Big Bad.
  • In the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book, 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 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 Hal Jordan Green Lantern doesn't appear in the live-action Justice League (2017) movie, making him the only member of the team from the New 52 origin not to show up. This is particularly notable since nearly every other adaptation of the Justice League has included at least some iteration of the Green Lantern, whether it be Hal Jordan, John Stewart or Guy Gardner.
  • 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 by fans of the original film. Unlike Denham, though, Wilson is crushed to death by Kong's feet in this film.
  • The live action film version of The King of Fighters omitted the vast majority of the cast, in favor of mostly focusing on Kyo, Iori, Mai, Terry, and Rugal.
  • Land of Oz:
    • 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.
  • The Last Airbender, the film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender was trying to condense a whole season into one film, so Jet and Bumi were left out. Suki and the Kyoshi warriors were going to appear, but their twenty minutes were cut; this also seems pretty justified since Sokka already had a Love Interest in Yue anyway.
  • 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.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Tom Bombadil and his wife Goldberry, together with the Hobbits' entire "Old Forest" adventure, are absent.
    • Glorfindel is absent, his role of rescuing Frodo from the Nazgûl and bringing him to Rivendell is given to Arwen.
    • Prince Imrahil who plays a major role in The Return of the King is omitted entirely. 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. His (and his son's) role as Pippin's friend is given to Faramir. His role in defending Faramir from premature cremation is simply cut, 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. Quickbeam the Ent appears in the crowd shots, Demoted to Extra.
  • 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 eponymous Masters claims that Skeletor has captured a number of their allies.
  • In The Magnificent Seven Petra's father, the counterpart of Manzo from Seven Samurai, is mentioned but never appears.
  • The "Bulb Monsters" that appeared during the climax of The Scorch Trials, don't appear in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
  • Mortal Engines:
    • Katherine Valentine's pet wolf Dog does not appear in the movie.
    • Due to Tunbridge Wheels and everything related to it being left out of the movie, the town's mayor Chrysler Peavy and his group of pirates are also absent.
    • As a side effect of Shrike never being brought to London in this adaptation, the other Stalkers created by Dr Trix from studying Shrike don't exist in the film's universe.
  • Kung Lao was one of the few significant Mortal Kombat characters at the time to never appear in either of the live-action movies. On the villain side, Kintaro and Sektor were also absent.
  • 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.
  • In the live-action adaption of Nodame Cantabile, Yunlong is entirely absent, presumably due to content constraints. This is even though he does play a role that, while not big, is just as important as fellow friends Tanya and Frank. Any of his parts left in are given to other characters instead.
  • 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 Paint Your Wagon removed Ben's daughter Jennifer and her Latin Lover Julio, who were the primary couple in the original show.
  • Karin is never mentioned or seen in the film adaptation of Paper Towns.
  • 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, Tantalus and the Party Ponies got the shaft this time.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu cuts out several characters and elements from the original game:
    • Emilia Christie, Tim's female partner, was scrapped and replaced by Lucy Stevens.
    • Heck, pretty much any human character aside from Tim, Harry, and Roger gets cut out of the film.
    • Most of the Pokémon included in the game, such as Burmy, Tepig, and Mimikyu, were also cut.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers experiences this in Power Rangers (2017), as Bulk and Skull are written out, as are most of Rita's forces outside of Goldar and the Putties.
  • 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 Break Out 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Secret Garden: The character of Mrs. Susan Sowerby, who has a small but influential role in the novel, is absent from the 1993 film.
  • SHAZAM! (2019) is based on the comic book origin story as it was post-Flashpoint. However, Black Adam is only alluded to, since he is getting his own movie. As a tradeoff, the movie gets more focus on Dr. Sivana, who was a secondary villain in the original story. Also removed from the movie are Mr. Bryer (whom the Seven Deadly Sins posses during the comic origin's finale, while they serve as the source of Sivana's powers in the movie), Francesca (the woman who appears in reflective surfaces and giving out exposition), and Tawny the tiger from the Philadelphia Zoo (possibly because the Magiclands story arc, an adaptation of which was heaavily being hinted at in the movie, introduces a more classic style Tawny who lives in the Wildlands).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (2009) (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, confirming that at least she still exists and is alive in-universe.
  • The 1994 Street Fighter movie includes just about every single character from Super Street Fighter II, with one major exception. Cammy, T. Hawk and Dee Jay all appear, but the fourth New Challenger, Fei Long, does not, and is instead replaced with a Canon Foreigner / Suspiciously Similar Substitute named Captain Sawada. Several reasons for Fei Long's absence were given, among them being the creators considering him "too generic," worries he'd seem too redundant given the inclusion of Ryu and Ken, and the possibility of having to pay royalties to the estate of Bruce Lee.
  • Princess Peach is oddly missing from the movie of Super Mario Bros.. Instead it's Princess Daisy and set up as Luigi's love interest instead of Mario's.
  • There was a fourth son in The Swiss Family Robinson book. He got dropped from the Disney movie.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Hamato Yoshi is nowhere to be seen, with Splinter a mutated rat (not Yoshi himself) who learned ninjitsu from reading books on it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The 2018 Tomb Raider film omits the entire supporting cast of the 2013 Tomb Raider game, most notably Samantha "Sam" Nishimura, who played a major role in its plot.
  • Despite being one of the main five who go down to London at the end of Trainspotting 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.
  • 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.
  • In Vampire Academy, this is the fate of several minor characters from 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 publicly 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.
  • 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 (aside from a brief cameo, where he's played by Bruce Spence), 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. Lestat's maker Magnus is also absent, being replaced by Marius, who is also a Composite Character.
  • Venom (2018) set itself the impressive challenge of adapting Venom without any reference to Spider-Man, the single character most central to Venom's comic backstory, ultimately having the symbiote brought to Earth by a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Elon Musk and making Eddie's fall from grace at least mostly his own fault.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The TV movie adaptation of The Westing Game lacks Theo Theodorakis, Flora Baumbach, Dr. Denton Deere, and Madame Hoo.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X2: X-Men United is loosely based on the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills. In the book, Stryker's second-in-command is a mercenary named Anne. The movie omits her in favor of making Lady Deathstrike his number one henchwoman.
    • While they added a lot of characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past (in the original story's future, 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:
      • Rachel Summers and Franklin Richards are not present in the bad future, since Rachel's parents were killed before conceiving her and Franklin is tied to the Fantastic Four and thus would require too much explanation. Giving Rachel's powers to Future Kitty as some sort of secondary mutation was the least problematic solution.
      • In the comic storyline, the present-day X-Men fight against the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Mystique, Destiny, The Blob, Pyro, and Avalanche. In the movie, Mystique works alone. The only justified absence is Pyro, who in the movies is a classmate of Kitty's and thus wouldn't have been born yet in the 1970's.
    • Professor Xavier was crippled by an alien named Lucifer in the comics. In the movies, he's accidentally crippled by Magneto.
    • In the comics, Jean Grey has an older sister named Sara. Sara is absent from both X-Men: The Last Stand and Dark Phoenix, despite the heavy focus on Jean's childhood and backstory. Also omitted from both films is Jean's childhood friend Annie, whose death is what actually triggered Jean's powers in the first place (though she does get mentioned in the novelization of The Last Stand).
    • Logan's half-brother Dog and childhood friend Rose were omitted from his back story in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and their roles in the plot were given to Sabretooth.

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