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  • Gene the Genie from DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp should be part of DuckTales (1987) continuity, but is never mentioned again outside the movie, despite the movie character Dijon appearing in the final episode, "The Golden Goose".
  • The King of this trope would have to be Sonic the Hedgehog. With the exception of Sonic, Tails and Robotnik, the whole cast of Sonic Sat AM is made up of Canon Foreigners. The most common ones were Princess Sally, Bunnie Rabbot, Rotor the Walrus, Antoine, Dulcy, Uncle Chuck, and Snively.
    • It's worth noting that the Freedom Fighters were originally based roughly off the small captive animals of the original games, even retaining their western names. However the concept was revamped before production and only a redesigned Sally Acorn (aka "Ricky") remained (though Rotor and Bunnie are arguably based off of Joe Sushi and Johnny Lightfoot respectively). Interestingly some of the Freedom Fighters (including the remodelled Sally for the show) cameoed in Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball and were intended to be playable characters in canned titles, making for a somewhat complex Canon Immigrant.
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    • Then there are Loads and Loads of Characters from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, such as Prof Von Schlemer, McHopper, and Wes Weasley.
    • Also, almost the entire cast of Sonic Underground.
    • Sticks the Badger in Sonic Boom, as well as a bevy of side characters and minor villains.
  • Cassandra, the captain of the guard's daughter and Rapunzel's lady-in-waiting and friend before betraying her, did not appear in the first Tangled film, debuted in Tangled: Before Ever After, the hour-long pilot for Tangled: The Series.
  • Floyd from Baby Looney Tunes.
  • All four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons are the absolute kings of this trope, with dozens of these characters per series (a trend that continued for each added alternate adaptation made from the original comic book, as seen above). The most notable ones are Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady from the Fred Wolf cartoon, and Cody Jones, Agent Bishop, and Hun from the 4Kids series. Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady would become franchise staples, while Hun and Bishop would go on to appear in the 2012 series, with Baron Draxum taking Shredder's place in Rise.
  • X-Men: Evolution
    • Storm's nephew Spyke, Jerk Jock Duncan Matthews, Hungan, and Morlocks members Facade, Lucid, and Torpid.
    • X-23 was altered a bit before becoming a Canon Immigrant.
      "This X-23 character is pretty popular among kids ... we should bring her into comics."
      "Let's make her a child prostitute!"
    • Spyke is a sort of example. A character with similar powers named Spike appeared in X-Force, while a canonical cousin of Storm was introduced in Black Panther (a nephew wasn't possible since Storm was quite explicitly an only child). His name is David Evan Munroe (his middle name is a Shout-Out to Spyke, whose name was Evan), but it hasn't yet been established whether or not he's a mutant. Another Spyke Expy named Spike appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • Harry Grimoire, wizard in training and friend of Felicia, of the ill-fated Darkstalkers cartoon. While he looks like a total ripoff of Harry Potter, he does in fact pre-date Rowling's work. Also, there is Hairball, Sasquatch's nephew, who bravely fended off Demitri. Klaus, Victor's stout butler also qualifies. Terramon, the health inspector and Pyron's brother from the last episode. Dracula and Van Helsing may or may not count, as they are Public Domain Characters.
  • Red Claw, Summer Gleeson, Joan Leland, Maven, Baby Doll, Roland Daggett, Calender Girl, Kyodai Ken, Boxy Bennett, and H.A.R.D.A.C. from Batman: The Animated Series, plus Harley Quinn, Renee Montoya, Gray Ghost, Roxy Rocket and Lock-Up, five successful Canon Immigrants. There's also various one-off supporting characters like Veronica Vreeland or Batman's mechanics Earl and Marva Cooper. It should be noted, though, Summer is basically an expy of Vicki Vale. A character named John Daggett who most people agree is a Shout-Out to Roland appeared in The Dark Knight Rises.
    • Temple Fugate was a subversion. Although the Clock King is a canon character, the DCAU version was an original entry with a separate name and backstory from his comic counterpart. He was also originally an enemy of Green Arrow rather than Batman while the success of the show led to other, new versions of the Clock King with a design similar to the DCAU version to premiere in the comics.
  • Ethan Bennett, Chief Angel Rojas, the Kabuki Twins, Temblor, Rumor, and Scorn (but not Wrath, who was just very obscure) from The Batman. Ellen Yin may seem like this, but she is actually a Race Lift of Ellen Yindel, the obscure female police commissioner from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. There's also Smoke and Blaze, two female sidekicks of Mirror Master and Firefly. However, Scorn became a Canon Immigrant, Rojas is basically a Hispanic composite of Gillian Loeb's personality and Harvey Bullock's build, and Ethan is a composite of Crispus Allen and Two-Face with Clayface's powers and codename.
  • Everyone in Batman Beyond except Bruce Wayne, Barbara Gordon, and Mister Freeze. Prominent examples would be Terry McGinnis (who would later become a Canon Immigrant) and his family, Max Gibson, the vast majority of the villains (including Big Bad Derek Powers), Barbara's husband Sam and Terry's love interest Dana Tan. The members of the JLU (barring Superman and Big Barda) were similar to Terry, being new Legacy Characters that were patterned after existing DC heroes: Warhawk for Hawkman (with Justice League Unlimited later revealing him to be the son of Hawkgirl and John Stewart), Aquagirl for Aquaman and Micron for The Atom, with Kai-Ro serving as Earth's future Green Lantern.
  • Avengers, Assemble!
    • A Season 1 episode has Molecule Kid, the young son of the Marvel villain Molecule Man.
    • Season 5 has an episode centered around Yemandi, a female Black Panther who fought alongside Thor hundreds of years ago.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    • Kru'll the Eternal, Music Meister, Equinox, Baby Face, Fun Haus, and Scream Queen were all created for the show. There were also a few supporting characters like Plastic Man's wife Ramona. However, Kru'll is composite of King Kull and Vandal Savage and Fun Haus is an expy of the Jack Nimball Toyman.
    • The Batmen of All Nations are featured in one episode, and while Knight, El Gaucho, Legionnaire, Musketeer, Ranger and Wingman all originated in the comics, there's also an unnamed black Batman from South Africa who did not appear in the source material. The same segment also introduced a group of international Jokers, all of whom were created for the show.
  • In Batman: The Killing Joke, the prologue introduces Perry Francesco and Don Francesco.
  • From the 1972 adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days come Lord Maze, his niece Belinda, whom Phileas Fogg wants to marry, and Passpartout's pet monkey Toto.
  • Bruiser the Betelgeusian berserker baboon from the Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars animated series.
  • Bluster Kong and Eddie the Mean Old Yeti from Donkey Kong Country. Also, Kaptain Scurvy and Kong Fu. note 
  • Godzookie from the 70s Godzilla.
  • Eugene and Amani from The New Archies.
  • Indira "Indy" Daimonji and any villain who wasn't Electro, the Lizard, the Kingpin, Kraven, or Silver Sable in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. Though Talon is an admitted Captain Ersatz of Black Cat, whom she was initially intended to be before the producers snagged female rapper Eve for the part and changed the character's appearance accordingly.
  • Hypnotia, Elastika, and Dark Aegis from Iron Man.
  • Most of the villains from Static Shock were created for the series, with the major exceptions being Hot-Streak, Puff, Tarmack, D-Struct and Rubberband Man. Richie Foley (AKA Gear) and She-Bang were also created for the show, though the former was a Captain Ersatz of Rick Stone, Static's buddy from the comics.
  • Gopher from the Disney version of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He lampshades this constantly — his Catchphrase is "I'm not in the book!"
  • The Geek, a female child companion to Sam & Max: Freelance Police, was created for the kid-friendly cartoon series. She was, however, created by the creator of the original comic books, with a light dash of Executive Meddling: originally he created The Geek as a male character, intended to make the series more kid's-TV-friendly, but when the network suggested Max be made female, he opted to make The Geek female instead. (A much more acceptable compromise.)
  • Blade's mentor, Whistler, in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, where his two main functions are to exposit about Blade and vampires and to convince Blade to trust and cooperate with the other heroes. In fact, Whistler was created for the animated series and reused in the movie, and is an interesting example of a canon foreigner existing in two mediums without becoming a full Canon Immigrant (though he was referenced in the 2002 Marvel Encyclopedia). However, he's a composite of Jamal Afari (Blade's mentor) and "Bible" John Carik (looks and personality).
  • Skeeter from Muppet Babies (1984). While Skeeter has never appeared as a Muppet proper, she did appear in the "Muppet Teens" series of books, which was the Muppet Babies as teenagers. Oh, and as a grown-up in an issue of The Muppet Show Comic Book.
    • In a similar vein, Muppet Babies (2018) introduces Summer Penguin, who's among the circle of the show's titular characters.
    • The 2018 series also introduces Priscilla and Beep, Camilla's chick companions. Muppet chickens have always been white before, but Priscilla is yellow and Beep is brown.
  • 3/4 of the characters from The Super Mario Bros Super Show!, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World cartoons have never been (and likely will never be) seen in the games. Most notably Oogtar and every other caveman character inhabiting Dinosaur Land in Super Mario World, every character based off a movie or story in Super Show, and every single character from the 'real world/Earth' in the first two cartoons.
  • Justice League and Unlimited used a bunch of characters who split the difference between Canon Foreigner and Expy:
  • For The Fairly OddParents!, the Copper Cranium and the Gilded Arches show up only in the Crimson Chin webtoon. Arches later appeared in a video game. King Oberon, Queen Titania, and the Shadow only appear in the video game Shadow Showdown.
  • Eva Skinner/XANA and about ten other one-off characters are introduced in the Code Lyoko novels.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men has Dr. Sybil Zane, a scientist heavily involved in the Sentinel project, and Christy Nord, a young mutant being pursued by Weapon X. Christy is unique in that while she doesn't exist in the comics, her father, Maverick, is an actual comic character.
  • The Legend of Zelda animated series had several of these, including Zelda's father King Harkinian, the fairy Spryte, and every other character to appear who wasn't Link, Zelda, or Ganon.
  • Mostly averted in The Spectacular Spider-Man as much as any adaptation probably can—the creators decided that every named character should be someone from Spider-Man canon, and more or less stuck to it, even with minor characters like Norman Osborn's assistant, the high school drama teacher, etc.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man:
    • One episode has Mac Porter, the head of Damage Control and a loving tribute to deceased comic creator Dwayne McDuffie, who created Damage Control.
    • There's also the Plymouth Rocker, Salem's Witch (a possible Shout-Out to Scarlet Witch) and Slam Adams, a trio of Boston-based supervillains.
    • The Mysterio used in the show is Francine Beck, the daughter of Quentin Beck, the original Mysterio. In the comics, Quentin never had any children.note 
  • Lightwave, Iceman's half-sister from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
  • Alexis Luthor and Kell-El/Superman-X from Legion Of Superheroes. Though the latter is essentially a Composite Character of Kon-El and Kal Kent.
  • Young Justice primarily averts this (see The Spectacular Spider-Man by the same creator), but introduced a new Aqualad, who was adapted to the comics before the show even aired. There's also the villainous organization called The Light, though the actual members are all existing characters and it's really The Secret Society undergoing Adaptation Name Change.
    • Averted with Artemis; after much confusion by fans, she turned out to be an adaptation of Artemis Crock, the minor comics villainess Tigress. Though she did get her own version in the comics... before she got Stuffed into the Fridge five pages in.
    • A proper example would be the Terror Twins, a pair of teen villains created for the show, and Green Beetle, a Martian with the same sort of Scarab used by Blue Beetle.
    • The tie-in comic gives Robin three new relatives: a cousin and aunt who die along with his parents, and an uncle who survived, but was crippled and couldn't care for him. For bonus points, Word of God reveals that Robin is named after his uncle, who went by Rick— offering an explanation for why a show taking place "now" would feature a kid named Dick.
  • Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm introduced a red female ninja named Ruby. Though a red female ninja named Skarlet was eventually introduced in the video game canon, she has nothing in common with Ruby other than the basic color motif.
  • Teen Titans had a metric ton of these. Most of the time they were to act as supporting characters or the Monster of the Week. A small handful (Mas y Menos, Billy Numerous, Cinderblock) managed to make it into the comics.
  • Superman: The Animated Series had quite a few with Volcana, Luminus, the Preserver, Sgt. Corey Mills, General Hardcastle, Detective Kurt Bowman, Darci Mason, and Unity. Mercy Graves, Livewire, and Angela Chen started here and became Canon Immigrants.
  • Heroes On Hot Wheels was actually based on a French comic book called Michel Vaillant. The characters of Frank (Michel's younger brother), Hanna (Frank's photographer girlfriend), Quincy (Team Vaillante's mechanic) and Fox (one of Team Leader's racers) were not in the original comics.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series has Razer, the new Red Lantern. There's also a few original Green Lanterns who were made to provide Cannon Fodder like Dulok, M'Ten and Shyir Rev. Many of the villains of the Week, such as General Zartok and Drusa, were also created for the show.
  • DuckTales (1987) primarily based off the Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge comics, had Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Beakly, Duckworth (Scrooge's butler is always some stock character in the comics), Gizmo-Duck, Bubba Duck, and Doofus Drake. There was also Webbigail Vanderquack, who was an expy of Daisy Duck's nieces from the comics.
    • DuckTales (2017) continues this trend by introducing new characters such as Lena and Mark Beaks.
  • The Groovie Goolies from Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies were Sabrina, the Teenage Witch spinoffs... but from her animated series, not the Archie comic book. The characters were owned by Filmation, and never appeared in Archie Comics (or comic books from any other company, for that matter.)
    • Similarly, the first two characters who appeared in the Filmation version of Archie were Spencer and Ophelia, who were never in the comic books.
  • Lily Bobtail and her family in CBeebies' and Nick Jr. Peter Rabbit animated series.
  • In the Rainbow Magic movie, Lydia, her girl posse, and the snowmen were created for the movie.
  • Francois (Esmeralda's brother), Dennis the monk and Angelica (Esmeralda and Francois' adoptive grandmother), in The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo.
  • The DiC Entertainment adaptation of Dennis the Menace introduced PeeBee Kappa, Jay Weldon, Lars, Mr. Cavallini and Professor Mentalapse.
  • Harold, Gawain and many others in Ivanhoe: The King's Knight.
  • Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot introduced Oopsy Bear and Wingnut. They were not part of the Care Bears (1980s) canon and did not reappear in Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot.
    • Speaking of Care Bears, there's Unlock the Magic's Dibble, the Team Pet of the cast who only speaks in coos and gibberish.
  • The animated adaptation of Baby Blues added the Bittermans, Darryl's co-worker Kenny, and Bizzy the babysitter.
  • The kids in Defenders of the Earth, Rick Gordon, Lothar Junior, Jedda Walker (the Phantom canonically has twins called Heloise and Kit) and Kshin. The Phantom was also given an evil older brother called Kurt Walker.
  • In Mixels, various background Mixels are created from the show that do not originate in the toyline. Some notable ones include the Flexer teacher (the first female character in the series) and Booger, who ended up becoming the main character of the series finale.
  • The sea life, Mr. Lambert and many others in H2O: Mermaid Adventures.
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon, an Animated Adaptation of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, featured a lot of Garbage Pail Kids that didn't exist in the original trading cards, most of them appearing as bit characters in the movie parody segments. Two notable examples are Louie Litter the sentient trash can and wrecked airplane Bombed Bill, who both appeared in the episode "Honest Abe Has a Close Shave".
  • The Redstone and Darkhaven warrens — and their rabbit denizens — were created just for the Watership Down animated series, as they didn't appear in either the film or the book. And although there was a mouse character in the book, he was almost completely different personality-wise from Hannah in the series.
  • Spider-Man (1967) featured quite a few villains created for the animated series who never turned up in the comics. Among the most notable of such villains are Parafino, the Human Fly twins (no relation to the villain who debuted in the tenth issue of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual), and Dr. Matto Magneto (not to be confused with the archenemy of the X-Men).
  • Many of the minor and supporting characters in Arthur were created for the series and not found in the original children's books by Marc Brown. The most notable such character was George Lundgren, who became a main character after season 9.
  • The Incredible Hulk (1982) featured two major characters who were created for the show and never appeared in the comics: Rick Jones' girlfriend Rita and her father Rio.
  • Spider-Man (1981) gave J. Jonah Jameson a nephew named Mortimer, a relative he never had in the comics.
  • Pinkalicious & Peterrific gave us characters like Rafael, Jasmine, and Lila, who weren't seen in the original Pinkalicious books.
  • Stargate Infinity introduces several new alien races to the Stargate-verse, as well as an entirely different cast of characters from its parent show: Stargate SG-1.
  • Cheater Gunsmoke was the only criminal on The Dick Tracy Show who did not originate from the comic strip. Obviously there was not much the UPA studio could do with Gunsmoke as he appeared in only two episodes.
  • The Japanese Tamagotchi virtual pets got an American animated video in 1997 called Tamagotchi Video Adventures, which features a character named Cosmotchi. Cosmotchi was made specifically for this video and does not make any other appearances in the franchise.
  • The animated special Olive, the Other Reindeer features many characters who weren't present in the original book. The most notable examples are Olive's owner Tim, the penguin Martini, and the Postman trying to stop Olive from saving Christmas.
  • Dilbert featured Loud Howard, originally a throwaway gag from the comic strip but promoted to side character in the TV show.
  • Most of the villains in Krypto the Superdog, since Krypto didn't have much of a Rogues Gallery in the comics, and Superman villains aren't generally pet owners (unlike Batman villains, so Bat-Hound stories got to feature Catwoman's Isis or Joker's hyenas). Stretch-O-Mutt and Streaky's nephew Squeaky are also original. And while most of the Dog Stars are based on the Space Canine Patrol Agency in the comics (yes really), their leader Brainy Barker is unique to the series.
  • Harvey Street Kids has Pinkeye, Fredo, Bobby the Elder, Zoe, Maria, Stu, Frufru, The Bow, Emil and Chevron, even though they weren't seen in the original Harvey Comics.
  • Green Eggs and Ham: Only Sam, Guy, the mouse, the goat and the fox appeared in the book. Every other character was invented for the show.

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