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  • Lola Bunny in Space Jam would eventually become a Looney Tunes Canon Immigrant, with analogues in Baby Looney Tunes, Loonatics Unleashed, and The Looney Tunes Show.
  • Wybie in the Coraline movie, who serves as The Watson.
  • Astro Boy 2009 has loads — Zane, Widget, Grace, Sludge, and Orrin, to name the more appealing ones — as well as replacing Cathy with Cora.
  • The Night Fury dragons are actually found only in the film adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon. In the books, Toothless was much smaller and looked more like a Terrible Terror dragon than a Night Fury dragon.
  • Andrea Beaumont, the title villain from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, who is actually based on Rachel Caspian from Batman: Year Two.
  • Li Mei, the Mandarin's descendant from The Invincible Iron Man. Though a similar character named Sasha has been introduced in the comics as the Mandarin's daughter, it's unclear if the two are intended to be the same person.
  • The 1991 film adaptation of The Little Engine That Could, we get Chip the bird (a friend of the title character), a doctor engine, a Jerkass control tower, and a human boy's skeptical older sister.
  • Mika Milovana, princess of Dale in Gene Deitch's 1966 adaptation of The Hobbit.
  • Sunset Shimmer and Flash Sentry in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, and the Dazzlings in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • The Doorknob in Disney's Alice in Wonderland is the only character in the entire movie who was not originally created by Lewis Carroll.
      • Unless of course, you count most of the creatures Alice meets in the Tulgey Wood.
    • Lucifer in Cinderella. For that matter, a good number of animal sidekicks in Disney movies count. Averted with Djali, who is indeed in Victor Hugo's original novel.
    • Thumper and Flower in Bambi aren't from the book.
    • Gopher in Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons. This gets lampshaded several times, the subtlest probably being:
    "Here's my card! I'm not in the book, but I'm at your service!"
    • Many of the characters from the Tinker Bell movies were never in the books. Most notably are Periwinkle, Milori and the rest of the ice fairies, Zarina, and Nyx, who never existed in any form or were ever mentioned in the books.
    • Most of the cast of Beauty and the Beast. If we're being generous, the Beast's servants were in some versions of the original fairy tale as various unnamed, sometimes invisible servants employed by the Beast. If we're being especially strict, then Belle and her father Maurice are also Canon Foreigners based on their differences from the original story: the heroine's father is typically a merchant, not an inventor, and the protagonist herself is not only generally unnamed but also lacks the characterization of being an avid reader. Gaston and Le Fou are whole-cloth, though, and have no equivalents in most pre-Disney versions of the story (Gaston, however, does somewhat resemble a similar Romantic False Lead in the Jean Cocteau version).
  • Horton Hears a Who! gave the title character a sarcastic mouse friend named Morton, as well as some animal kids who look up to him. In Whoville, meanwhile, we have the Mayor's family (including a wife and 96 daughtersnote ), his assistant Ms. Yelp, the scientist Dr. Mary Lou LaRue and a Jerkass city councilor.
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole:
    • The movie has a great gray owl named Allomere, who has never appeared in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole books. He is not only a guardian at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, but he's also a traitor working with Metal Beak to destroy the Guardians.
    • There's also the Echidna, another original character, who guides Soren and his Band across the Sea of Hoolemere and appears to "foretell" stuff bound to happen.
  • Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors introduces Gwen Stacy's childhood friend Kevin, who fills the same role Peter Parker did in that he's her best friend who knows she's a hero, that unfortunately gets killed off, filling the same role Peter usually does in Ghost Spider/Spider Gwen stories.
  • The Lion King (2019) features an elephant shrew, a bush baby, a bat-eared fox, an aardvark, dik-diks, and a flock of guinea fowl living with Timon and Pumbaa in their jungle, as opposed to just Timon and Pumbaa in the 1994 movie.
  • Uglydolls:
    • Lucky Bat is a character in the movie who never appeared in the toyline. He blends the basic idea of the original toyline's Ice-Bat (who was a main character in the franchise during the toyline era) with personality aspects of Ninja Batty Shogun (a mystical ninja-like character with Asian influences). Despite Lucky Bat fulfilling these roles, Ice-Bat and Ninja Batty Shogun still exist in the franchise, with Ice-Bat making minor appearances as a citizen in the movie, while also changed into a female character, and both still remaining in the movie's toyline.
    • All of the Perfection Dolls were created for the movie. Before their creation, only the Uglydolls existed in the toyline's canon as the only living creatures in the Uglyverse.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman
    • Rachel Dawes from The Dark Knight Trilogy. Like Andrea Beaumont from Mask of the Phantasm, she is based on Rachel Caspian.
    • Batman Forever has a love interest named Dr. Chase Meridian, who only ever existed in that movie. Later incorporated into the comics via Legends of the Dark Knight.
    • Batman Forever also gives Dick Grayson a brother, who died along with the other Flying Graysons.
    • Subverted in The Dark Knight Rises, which introduces two new characters: Miranda Tate and John Blake. Miranda Tate is really Talia al Ghul, and John Blake is a composite of the first three Robins.
    • Max Schreck of Batman Returns is notable as he's a canon foreigner that holds his own as a villain in a Big-Bad Ensemble alongside Penguin and Catwoman.
    • While Vicki Vale from Batman (1989) had a history in the comics going decades back, her sidekick Alexander Knox was created expressly for the film.
  • Ross Webster and Gus Gorman from Superman III. Also Lex Luthor's Totally Radical nephew Lenny Luthor in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy added various tertiary characters as well as additional individually identified bad guys. To this end, one of the Uruk-Hai in Fellowship of the Ring was given more importance and called "Lurtz". Similarly, Gothmog fills this role in Return of the King. Technically, the latter was in the book, but only mentioned in passing, and it's unspecific whether he's even an orc. The movie expands on this by making him a big nasty orc with what appears to be Proteus Syndrome. Incidentally, both Gothmog and Lurtz are portrayed by the same actor under different makeup prosthetics.
    • Sharku, the nastily injured Orc Warg-rider in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The name is from one of Saruman's nicknames during the Scouring of the Shire in The Return of the King. Sharku also appears in the game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II.
    • The Hobbit trilogy has the character Tauriel; a female Wood-Elf played by Evangeline Lilly, put in to make sure the film has at least one female character.
  • Mortal Kombat: The Movie has Liu Kang's younger brother Chan, and Art Lean, an Earthrealm martial artist who befriends Johnny Cage before being killed by Goro.
  • Yet another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles example; as in the original cartoon, they outnumber the actual canon characters. Tatsu, (TMNT I and II), Tokka, Rahzar (TMNT II), all the introduced characters in TMNT III and Max Winters (TMNT'') are the most notable.
  • The Death Note movies:
    • The first movie introduces Shiori Akino, Light's classmate and girlfriend. Word of God is that she was created to highlight Light's more ruthless and negative aspects, since he arranges her death as part of his plan.
    • A policewoman named Sanami was also added to the Task Force so that it wouldn't consist entirely of men.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The talking Shrunken Heads in the Knight Bus scene from Prisoner of Azkaban.
    • There are quite a few more Gryffindors, and students in general, in Harry's year in than there are in the books. For example Bem, a Gryffindor boy who only appears in the third movie while there were only five boys (Harry, Ron, Neville, Dean and Seamus) sorted into Gryffindor in 1991 in the books.
    • The train station diner waitress in Half-Blood Prince as that entire scene was not in the book.
    • Nigel is this... sort of. He's a Composite Character for the Creevey brothers, but he's still original to the films. Okay, he's Dennis Creevey, but at least the name is original.
  • The Owl in Irwin Allen's 1985 Alice in Wonderland is a character that does not appear in the original Lewis Carroll novel.
  • Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Although those characters were alluded to in the original material, they were never seen and certainly were not main characters. The film also features an Expy for the Invisible Man because they couldn't get the rights to the H. G. Wells character.
  • Alice in the Resident Evil films, to the point of overshadowing the canon characters, up to and including replacing canon characters in the few scenes they actually adapted from the source. Oh, she's played by the Director's wife? Fancy that.
  • Calibos and Bubo in Clash of the Titans (1981), and Io in Clash of the Titans (2010).
  • Agent Myers was added to Hellboy (2004) as an Audience Surrogate. The sequel ditches him, since his role is no longer necessary.
  • Clue had Wadsworth the butler. Wadsworth can also be considered a result of Third-Option Adaptation; that way, at least one of the endings - the last to be shown on editions that show all three in sequence, implying its canonicity - would have a culprit who wasn't one of the playable characters.
  • Robert Hammond, a U.S. Senator and the father of Hector Hammond, in Green Lantern.
  • In Supergirl, all of the major characters save Supergirl herself, her parents, Jimmy Olsen, and Lucy Lane. Another (sort of) exception is Principal Danver. In the comic book, the Danvers are Supergirl's foster parents on Earth. Perhaps this character (or one of his relatives) was supposed to adopt Supergirl in a sequel that was never made.
  • The Blade Trilogy movies have many:
    • In the first one, Blade and Deacon Frost were the only comic characters. Blade's quasi-love interest and all of the named vampires were created for the movie.
    • In the second, Blade was essentially the only comic character to be featured in the movie. While there was a team called the Blood Pack in the original material, the individual members featured in the movie were new.
    • Like the Blood Pack, the third film featured a team of vampire hunters that were lifted from the comics called Night Stalkers, but Hannibal King was the only member taken from the comic series. Whistler did not have a superhero daughter and the rest were completely new characters. Also, while Marvel Comics did have a version of Dracula who has fought Blade many times, this film featured a version that was taken in a different direction.
  • Aunt Millicent in the 2003 version of Peter Pan.
  • Count Olga, The Dragon, in Snow White and the Three Stooges is this to the Snow White tales, mainly so Prince Charming will have a villain to fight in the climax.
  • Everybody who isn't Dick Tracy in the 1937 Dick Tracy serial, up to and including giving Tracy a brother who has never appeared in the comic strips, "Gordon Tracy".
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The Magic Christian, based on a novel about a billionaire named Sir Guy Grand, creates the secondary lead character of Grand's adopted son so that Ringo Starr can star alongside Peter Sellers.
  • Captain Sawada in Street Fighter, who was created as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Fei Long.
  • DOA: Dead or Alive introduces Max Marsh, a new fighter and Christie's partner, and Weatherby, a Hollywood Nerd and Helena's love interest.
  • The Transylvanians fromThe Rocky Horror Picture Show. The original stage version used "phantom" back-up singers who weren't part of the story, not party-goers.
  • Colonel Hardy and General Swanwick don't exist in the comics Man of Steel is based on. Though Swanwick might be considered a stand-in for Lois Lane's father General Sam Lane, who filled the military brass role in Superman: Secret Origin. In addition Colonel Hardy is referred to by the codename "Guardian" near the end of the movie. Colonel Hardy is seemingly a replacement for Jim Harper, aka Guardian.
  • Godzilla (2014):
    • Although Toho's Godzilla franchise features plenty of giant mutant insectoid monsters, the makers of this film decided to introduce the Mutos as an original set of this sort of creature for Godzilla to fight.
    • The Teaser Trailer Monster only appeared in the SDCC teaser trailer, but did not appear in the final film. There is, however, a small nod to it in the form of a peculiar and brightly coloured millipede in the Janjira zone.
  • Millicent and her explorer father in Paddington, who never appeared in any of the books is brought in to make an action/thriller plot.
  • The main premise of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is about the gang battling the costumes of some of their past foes brought to life. Most of the costumes made into real monsters originated from the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but the one exception is the Cotton Candy Glob, who was apparently created for the movie and never appeared in any of the cartoons.
  • In The Magnificent Seven, the American remake of the Japanese film Seven Samurai, two of the samurai, Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo were rolled into one of the gunfighters, Chico. This left a spot on the team for a completely new character: the paranoid and neurotic gunfighter Lee, who actually gets more of a character arc than some of his comrades who are in both films.
  • Half the main cast of the 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth are this trope, allowing the addition of a female character, Team Pet, and villain to what was originally an all-male party.
  • The 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth adds two witches (a child and an infant), a child soldier who Macbeth gets attached to (and who dies during the battle against Macdonald), and a child for the Macbeths (who died prior to the events of the movie).
  • A new character, Edgar, replaces the role that Edward (the Dauntless guy who is forced to go factionless in Divergent) would take in The Divergent Series: Insurgent and beyond. Unlike Edward, though, Edgar survives all the way to the middle of The Divergent Series: Allegiant (he's actually the one who kills Tori), while Edward dies just a few pages into Allegiant.
  • Miss Gulch, Professor Marvel and the three farmhands from The Wizard of Oz.
  • WarCraft adds Taria Wrynn to have more women on screen and explain how king Llane has a childnote , and Callan, Lothar's son, to propel Lothar's character development.
  • The Thing (1982) adds several new characters to the original cast of Who Goes There? - Windows, Fuchs, Childs, Palmer, and the Norwegians are not in the short story.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Big Bad Richmond Valentine is a completely new character that did not appear in the comic.
  • Logan has several, such as Gabriela and the Munson family. The most significant is X-24, a clone of Wolverine who ultimately serves as the film's final antagonist.
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials:
    • Whilst The Scorch Trials revealed that in addition to the Gladers from the The Maze Runner, there was also a second group of Gladers in a different maze – consisting of a group of girls and one boy. The film goes further adding in multiple groups of Gladers who weren't in the books.
    • Mary Cooper; a scientist working for The Right Arm and had previously been a part of WCKD, is also a film only character.
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has Donna's mother, Ruby, who is a completely new character not present in the original play or the first film. In fact, she was implied to be dead in the first film. ("Somebody up there has got it in for me. I bet it’s my mother.")
  • Aladdin (2019) features Princess Jasmine's servant Dalia who becomes a love interest and eventual wife of the Genie as well as Prince Anders and Hakim who take on the roles of Prince Achmed and Razoul, respectively.
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie:
    • Mr. Bloom, Mrs. Dempsey and Mr. and Mrs. Weinstein do not appear in the original episode "Kick the Can".
    • The short story "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby does not feature either Helen Foley or Anthony's elder sister Sarah.
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