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  • Metroid has enough (mostly from Manga) for a page.

  • The manga adaptation of AkaSeka introduces characters not seen in the game, which include the family of the (now named) heroine.
  • Traditionally there are four Saint Beasts as was the case in Angel Tales with Goh, Shin, Rey and Gai filling these roles. When Angel Tales spawned a rather different spinoff, Saint Beast, Judas and Luca were created to be the main characters and the Saint Beasts became six instead. Also, instead of the goddess, Zeus became the head god of heaven.
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  • The Art of Fighting TV special only had one, Ray. Sadly Ray wasn't long for this world, though with this movie he probably was better off.
  • In the anime adaptation of Black Cat, all 13 of the Chronos Numbers appear, including the three (Emilio, Anubis and David) that do not appear whatsoever in the manga.
  • The adaptation of The Caligula Effect gives us Shingo Tachibana, a real-world coworker of the protagonist (who in the game has a Multiple-Choice Past). He's introduced late in the anime, but ends up playing a major role in Ritsu's development.
  • The Captain Tsubasa original series has several:
    • Rika Oosawa, a half-Japanese/half-French Plucky Girl who befriends Tsubasa and the Japanese Team and acts as their tour guide when they go to France. She also appears in the non-canon movies.
    • Kojiro Hyuga's father had not even been mentioned by that time in canon, so an episode showed him and mentioned that he died of illness. The manga Retcons this by stating that he died in an accident.
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    • Otto Heffner from the filler Europe mini-arc and the movies.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
    • The anime features several supporting characters who never appeared in the manga: Meiling, Maki Matsumoto, and Wei.
    • In the manga, there were only nineteen Clow Cards, while the anime has fifty-three (fifty-two in the anime, plus the Nothing from The Sealed Card movie). The two original Sakura Cards, the Nameless and the Hope, are also anime-only.
  • Code Geass has several due to its various spinoff manga and video games, including literal Evil Twins Castor and Pollux from the Nintendo DS game; Rai, the protagonist of the Visual Novel Lost Colors; Mariel, Suzaku's Love Interest in Suzaku of the Counterattack; Nunnally's best friend Alice and the other Irregulars from Nightmare of Nunnally, and more.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the Spider themed demon, Rui, has a need to violently force demons weaker than him to join his inner circle, making them go along with his fantasy of being a family, in the manga only Father, Mother, Brother and Sister demons were introduced, the anime adaptation expanded Rui’s pretend family in a flashback, with more members to show how cruel he can be to those demons who don’t play along with his illusion.
  • All seventeen of the Dragon Ball movies, apart from Mystical Adventure and The Path to Power, featured original characters who were never seen in the original manga, although Garlic Jr. from The Dead Zone did appear in an anime-only story arc in the TV series, as did Gohan's pet dragon from The Tree of Might.
    • Bardock from the TV special Bardock - The Father of Goku made such an impression on Akira Toriyama that he became a Canon Immigrant and appeared in the manga. However, his teammates Toma, Celipa, Toteppo and Panbukin didn't make the jump, and when Toriyama revisited Bardock in a bonus chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, he instead introduced Gine, Bardock's wife and the mother of Goku and Raditz.
    • Speaking of which Broly and his father Paragus become Canon Immigrants in the latest movie. Though their characterisation and background is rewritten by Toriyama.
    • Frieza's Son, Kuriza and his ancestor, Chilled, Could both count as this since they only appear in spin-off mangas that happen in the same universe.
  • The Fatal Fury anime movies had Lily McGuire, Tony and his mother Elsa in the TV specials, as well the Gaudeamus siblings Sulia and Laocorn, Panni, Hauer and Jamin in The Motion Picture.
    • Lily does make a cameo in the Mexico stage of The King of Fighters '94 (alongside other SNK characters), and, as they were love interests and Lost Lenores to Terry in their respective appearances, both Lily and Sulia are mentioned by him in Days of Memories, an AU Dating Sim series featuring several SNK IPs.
    • Likewise, Terry's love interest in The King of Fighters: Destiny is a young woman named Angelina, who turns out to be Geese Howard's daughter.
  • Miyu Edelfelt from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA is, thus far, the only character who doesn't have a counterpart of some sort in normal Fate/stay night continuity. Drei season gives us the Ainsworths nd Tanaka, who presents in Alternate Universe.
  • In Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, the heroes Linaly, Prettz, Rouge, and Valkus, and the Big Bad Deathgyunos are canon foreigners to Final Fantasy V, and the world being known as Planet R is only mentioned in the anime.
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • Joker, Shin's anime only Dragon, who was enough of an Ensemble Dark Horse to have a canon expy (in the form of Jakoh), and to be one of the few anime-only characters acknowledged in the conclusion of the series.
    • Garou, Ryuga's fiercely loyal right hand, who reveals Ryuga's location and motivation to Kenshiro after his defeat.
    • Shion, the brother and first lieutenant of Hyui, who acts as informant between the Wind Brigade and Rihaku.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • F Zero GP Legend has Rick Wheeler, Lucy Liberty, Luna Ryder and Lisa Brilliant. All of them achieved Canon Immigrant status soon after, being playable in the GP Legend video game adaptation, as well as Climax.
  • The anime adaptation of Granblue Fantasy introduces a new character, Aaron, as a childhood friend of Gran. However, Aaron only remains in the island of Zinkenstill and does not follow Gran in his adventure.
  • Happy Happy Clover: The Wolf from episode 12 is exclusive to the anime.
  • In the one-shot manga to Heat Guy J, Team Clair is given an Expy of Team Daisuke's Motherly Scientist, Antonia, in the form of a scantily-clad Dark Chick by the name of Trinity. She appears to be in some kind of rivalry with Antonia regarding who is better at robotic engineering, and shares some kind of relationship with Clair, though neither her rivalry nor her relationship are really expounded upon. The anime does not help, as Trinity does not appear in the anime.
  • The Heavy Object anime gives us Klondike, the pacifistic religious figure from the Faith Organization.
  • Josef the Saint Bernard in Heidi, Girl of the Alps did not exist in Johanna Spyri's novel.
  • Inuyasha has a few. Ayame, a wolf-demon girl and supposed bride-to-be to Koga; Akitoki Hojo, a past ancestor of one of Kagome's classmates. Kagome's friends, Eri, Ayumi, and Yuka, could also be considered as such. While they appear in the manga only one of them (Eri) is named and they hardly have any parts to play as opposed to the anime where they're used for many a filler.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: about half the main cast were introduced in the anime, such as Tiff, Tuff, their parents, Escargoon, and many, many others. However, Escargoon, the NME salesman, and two one-time characters have made it into minor sub-games in Kirby Mass Attack, and the Monster of the Week from the first episode can be painted on a canvas in Kirby Star Allies.
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions's Animated Adaptation has a lot, due to the need of Adaptation Expansion and the eventual Broad Strokes treatment. In order of first appearance: resident sleepyhead Kumin, Rikka's older sister Touka, and Bratty Half-Pint Sanae.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth has Innouva (season 1), plus Nova, Debonair and Sierra (season 2).
  • Marvel Anime: X-Men had Yui Sasaki and her son Takeo, who essentially acted as Japanese versions of Moira MacTaggert and David/Legion. There were also a few minor characters like the U-Men member Kick and Hisako/Armor's best friend Kyoko.
  • Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers features a large number of heroes and villains from across the Marvel Universe, but the central viewpoint characters are a group of kids named Akira, Hikaru, Jessica, Edward and Chris. The same holds true for the follow-up, Marvel Future Avengers, which features the Avengers mentoring a trio of young superhumans named Makoto, Chloe and Adi.
  • Mazinger Z: Go Nagai created Mazinkaiser at the behest of Banpresto in order to give Kouji Kabuto an upgrade for the Super Robot Wars franchise; he subsequently introduced the machine to his canon of works. Several years he created Mazin Emperor G, a "Kaiser" version of Great Mazinger, again for SRW. As of this writing Emperor has yet to filter back into Nagai's canon, but given his fondness for such things it's probably just a matter of time.
  • The anime of My Hero Academia gave Tsuyu A Day in the Limelight at the end of the Stain Arc, thus inventing Selkie, the Pro Hero whom she was training under, and his sidekick Sirius.
  • Naruto: Sakura's parents, Mebuki and Kizashi, were created exclusively for the sixth Shippuden movie, Road to Ninja, which is non-canon, and their subsequent appearances have only been in the Shippuden anime filler. They have never appeared in the manga, nor in any other canon material. In this 2014 Fuji TV Kobayashi interview, Masashi Kishimoto reveals that Sakura's unpopularity and his own antipathy towards her are the reasons why her parents are not canon.
  • The numerous anime that drew from Negima! Magister Negi Magi surprisingly do not add a lot for all of the changes they make; the most well-known immigrant was the demonic king that made a Deal with the Devil with Asuna, which ends up in her death from the 2005 anime adaptation.
  • The Ninja Gaiden OVA gave Irene an Intrepid Reporter best friend named Sara, while Robert had a partner at his detective agency named Jeff. The Big Bad Bucky-Wise, as well as Katherine and her dad, were also created for the OVA.
  • Much like Dragon Ball, One Piece has loads of filler characters, and Non-Serial Movie villains that are absent from the manga. Zephyr from One Piece Film: Z in particular taught the Admirals and many other Marines before going rogue yet he isn’t so much as mentioned by any Marine in the manga. The exception is Shiki the Golden Lion from One Piece Film: Strong World (which was written by Oda) who was hinted at being a Canon Immigrant in the manga before being confirmed as one in Chapter 956.
  • In Onegai! Samia-don (an Animated Adaptation of the book Five Children and It) includes several of those, since the series is 78 chapters long. It has Anne the Girl Next Door who replaces Althea and her Bumbling Dad, Harry the Glory Hound, the kids's neighbor Mr. Matthews, etc.
  • Persona 4: The Animation has the minor recurring character Aika Nakamura. She's now kind of a Canon Immigrant, being mentioned by name in both Persona 4: Arena and Persona 4 Golden.
  • Ping Pong: Yurie, who gets introduced in the anime as Ryūichi's cousin... and girlfriend.
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  • Powerpuff Girls Z:
    • The anime adaptation of The Powerpuff Girls, has quite a lot of characters who weren't present in the original cartoon, the most notable ones being Professor Utonium's son Kitazawa Ken and the monsters created by the black light other than the girls' normal Rogues Gallery.
    • The short-lived manga version in turn has some characters that never appeared in the anime: Natsuki, a boy Momoko/Blossom has a one-sided crush on, and Alpha and Beta, a pair of androids who start off as villains before having a Heel–Face Turn after learning that two scientists created them to be their children.
  • Puella Magi Oriko Magica uses this heavily, with Oriko, Kirika, and Yuma, the inhabitants of a mystery timeline where the titular character decided to muck with the events of the series. The question of what happened in the other timelines would eventually be answered in a spinoff starring only Canon Immigrants.
  • Sasuke Sarugakure, the ninja servant of the Kunō family in the Ranma ½ anime, is at least a semi-regular character who never appears in the original manga. On his first appearance, he did the actions originally done by Gosunkugi, a character oddly removed from the anime at first, and introduced much later. There are a number of other anime-only characters, but few of them appear in more than one episode.
  • The Rebuild of Evangelion movies feature two Angels not seen in the original TV series. There's the snake-like Third Angel that Mari faces at the beginning of the second film, as well as the unnamed clock-like Angel that Asuka curb stomps during her debut. Several brand new Angels also appear in the third film after the Time Skip.
  • Barasuishou, the second Big Bad of the Rozen Maiden anime, who replaces the manga's Kirakishou. Well, not entirely...
  • The Aliens and the Makaiju in the first arc of Sailor Moon R, the similarly themed Fiore in the Sailor Moon R movie and Perle & the villains from the Sailor Moon SuperS movie. Also Yūichirō, Rei's love interest.
  • Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary: The false Athena. In the original series, the villain merely claims Athena stays inside her temple and forbids others from entering.
  • Homura, the Big Bad of the second season of Gensoumaden Saiyuki, and his two henchmen, Zenon and Shien. Homura didn't make it to Canon Immigrant status, but original manga-ka Minekura Kazuya did write and illustrate an Omake chapter about him.
  • School-Live! has several Recurring Extra characters in the anime, such as the collar wearing girl with Multicolored Hair. In the manga Yuki's hallucinations aren't given such depth and they're random students.
  • Ashil from the Shaman King anime. And the Lily Five, who became surprisingly popular among the fans.
  • For the most part, the cast of Shuumatsu no Walküre: Record of Ragnarok is composed of preexisting characters from history and mythology. That is, with a few exceptions.
    • Adamas, the second son of Kronos and the Greek god of conquest. There's no record of his existence in any actual Greek myth, which is explained in the story with Poseidon having killed him and then having any record of his existence destroyed.
    • Zerofuku, the original form of the Seven Lucky Gods. Nowhere in Japanese Mythology is there any mention made of the Seven Lucky Gods having once been one being, making him a completely original character to the manga.
  • The anime adaptation of Slayers has quite a few of these, with the standouts being Zangulus from the first season, Martina from the second, Filia, Valgaav, his henchmen, and the guardians of the Black Orb from the third, and Pokota from the fourth and fifth.
    • The manga adaptations that branched off even further from the novel canon also has these, namely Lyos from Knight of the Aqualord and Noah and Ranzam from Hourglass of Falces. There's also the video games, with Lark and Rynnea from the Royal games and Demia and Viola from Slayers Wonderful.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • The rarely seen Sonic the Hedgehog released by Shogakukan in 1992 also had some canon foreigners of it's own. Aside from the three main characters of the games at that time, it also featured Nikki as an ordinary version of Sonic, Nikki's family (Anita, Brenda and Paulie), Little John, Anton, Madd, Amy, and Charmy.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie has three: Sara, the President, and Old Man Owl.
    • Sonic X featured more Canon Foreigners than characters from the games. Most notably are the Thorndyke family, Eggman's crew, Cosmo, and the Metarex, aliens led by Dark Oak.
  • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time: Pierre and his big sister, Kurin, are exclusive to the manga adaptation. They're a child duo of bounty hunters from the Sanmite Republic, who are initially minor antagonists to Fayt, Nel, and Cliff. But they eventually seek Pierre for his ability to control beasts, to help them capture Crossel.
  • Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation features a new character named Shun, who claims to be Ryu's little brother (though this turns out to be a lie). He allegedly served as one of the inspirations for Makoto from Street Fighter III.
  • The 1986 Super Mario Bros. anime film The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach! has Princess Peach's fiancee, Prince Haru of the Flower Kingdom. (Peach/Mario fans don't have to worry about him showing up in any future game.)
  • The characters Crys Mu, Dark Mu and Hattori Kinzo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legend of the Supermutants OVA series.
  • Kiyone from Tenchi Muyo! was added in the TV version as a Straight Man foil for Mihoshi. She has since become one of the more popular cast members, but never featured in the original OVA canon, where her name is used for a completely different character.
    • She has a counterpart in the third OVA in Noike; the green-haired, no-nonsense former partner of Mihoshi.
    • She is also in the semi canonical Mihoshi Special (Which in canon is Mihoshi telling a story which may or may not be based on real events) and the movie Daughter of Darkness which takes place in the OVA continuity. Or rather, a version of the OVA continuity that spins off after the first 13 episodes.
  • The Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann manga introduces Nia's eldest sister, Princess Straea, who was discarded many years ago only to have chosen to serve her father by running the all-women village for him, and now wants Nia to take her place.
  • Everyone in The Tower of Druaga except for Gilgamesh, Ki, Succubus, and Druaga counts.
  • Trigun: Several one-shot villains in the first half of the anime, a few of which even wound up making cameos in the manga, most notably Descartes. Gung-Ho Guns Caine the Longshot and Chapel the Evergreen are exclusive to the anime (although Chapel does have an equivalent in the manga).
  • The Ultima manga introduces the Dragon Warriors Aida, Bigelow, Genji, and Lennon, in The Terror of Exodus, Deane and Shiva, in The Quest of the Avatar, and Susadora and Vitor, in The Fall of Magincia.
  • Variable Geo: While Satomi enters the tournament of her own free will in the Advanced V.G. game series, the OVA makes it so she's blackmailed into it, by introducing several all new characters:
    • Damian is cast as Miranda Jahana's most trusted employee and is the one who discovers Satomi's latent fighting potential. Which convinces him that she'd make the ideal vessel for Miranda's disembodied spirit.
    • Siritahi is also exclusive to the OVA and is a lab technician at the Jahana Research Facility, who provides Damian with medicated injections to help him control his alter ego.
    • The Old Man and the mute girl with him aid Yuka, by saving her and her friends from Damian in the second episode. Then imparts her with words of wisdom to help her find the strength she'd need to save Satomi.
    • Washio serves as Reimi's personal aide and adjutant, who helps her by uncovering the goings-on at the research facility. Which is how Reimi learns that Damian's been secretly working for her mother.
  • Liu Kowloon, Eva Durix, Oni-Maru and Alexander the flying squirrel from the Virtua Fighter anime series.
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils has Krummel/Carrot, Nils's pet hamster, a cute Non-Human Sidekick who is created for the anime series.
  • In The World is Still Beautiful there is the council of elders that Livi always consults - they do not exist (or are at least never shown) in the manga while in the anime they often appear and have no real role other than be the Plucky Comic Relief. Nike's retinue of maids might count as well, as while she was attended by maids in the manga, they were not given distinctive designs, unlike the trio shown in the anime.
  • In the X/1999 movie, Shougo Asogi was created to fill the until-then empty space in the Dragons of Earth (since Kakyou Kuzuki hadn't appeared) and use the Kill It with Water powers that Yuuto wouldn't show off until much later.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has many, but one of the most notable would be Noah Kaiba; the character would be the actual son of Gozaburo Kaiba (Mokuba and Seto's foster father), who conveniently died right before Mokuba and Seto arrived at the Kaiba manor. He also looks a lot like Seto (more specifically, he looks like how Kaiba did in the Death-T arc of the manga as well as the Toei anime, right down to the white clothes and green hair), even though they're not blood-related.


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