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Sometimes adaptations change the way characters feel towards one another. Maybe they're not as close in the source or maybe they're made into enemies in the adaptation. Adaptational Heroism, Promoted to Love Interest, and Adaptational Villainy typically affect how the characters act towards each other, as do being Demoted to Extra and being an Ascended Extra. Often times, being a Pragmatic Adaptation changes things around as well.


A Super-Trope to Promoted to Love Interest, Team Member in the Adaptation, Unrelated in the Adaptation, Related in the Adaptation and Related Differently in the Adaptation.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The anime version of Angelic Layer switches around the main couples. In the manga's epilogue, Misaki ends up with Kotaro, while Tamayo starts dating Ojiro. In the anime, however, Misaki ends up with Ojiro, while Tamayo gets together with Kotaro. The anime also adds a lot of Ship Tease between Icchan and Shuuko, which didn't exist in the Manga.
  • Dragon Ball Super:
    • In the anime, both Goku Black and Future Zamasu genuinely consider each other as "kindred sprits" who work together to achieve their goal of a Zero Mortals plan including fighting together and even speaking in unison with one another. In the manga, however neither of them are fond of one another due to differing ideals in what they considered power and their partnership is more based on pragmatism than anything else and when overwhelmed, are willing to turn on each other briefly. Case in point is how Future Zamasu react to Black turning down immortality, in the anime, Zamasu accepted his proposal even though he disagreed with it while the manga, Zamasu looks down on Black for it and even calling him out on it when both Goku and Vegeta overwhelmed them.
    • Unlike the anime where Caulifla shows a special attachment to Kale and treats her like a protégée, Caulifla in the manga doesn't appear to treat her beyond as another member of her gang who she thinks is in need of more training, to the point that she even questions Cabba when he recruits her for the tournament. This is in contrast to the anime where it is Caulifla the one who suggested to bring her in for the tournament.
    • In the original movies where he appeared, Broly obsessively hated Goku, and just the sight of him (or anyone with a Strong Family Resemblance) could send him into a murderous rage. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Broly has never met Goku and treats him like any other enemy. He even befriends Goku by the end of the movie.
  • F-Zero Falcon Densetsu:
    • In the games, Zoda is the Arch-Enemy of the Arrows. In the anime, He is Ryu's Arch-Enemy instead. Also, Zoda is one of Black Shadow's Co-Dragons in the anime, while in the game they're individual villains.
    • Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh are rivals, even it's one-sided on Goroh's part. The rivalry is omitted in the anime.
    • While Antonio Guster is still Goroh’s former partner turned vengeful rival like in the games, the anime adds his sister Lisa Brilliant, who is also Goroh’s wife. This makes things just as, if not more personal.
  • Hanebad! has a strange example: in the anime, Riko and Nozomi are friends from middle school who meet again after several years during a tournament. In the manga they have no connection, but Nozomi has a connection to Nagisa, Riko's best friend, that doesn't seem to exist in the anime.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • In the main continuity, Precia and Lindy have no relationship with each other (barring the fact that Lindy adopted Precia's daughter Fate) and they only spoke with each other twice while Lindy was trying to place Precia under arrest. In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT, they're Heterosexual Life-Partners (probably so Fate can be with both of her families).
    • INNOCENTS also turned Momoko into Quint's high school senpai. This also applies to Signum and Tre (or rather, Mituki).
    • In Gears of Destiny, the Materials were originally Yuri's guardians, essentially the precursor for the Wolkenritter's relationship with Hayate. When the story was adapted into movie form for Reflection and Detonation, it's instead revealed that they were her pet cats turned into familiars by Iris. However, both stories end with them having a familial relationship.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! contains several In-Universe examples. Catarina remembering her past life causes some character relationships to be different from the original Fortune Lover game, mostly involving how other characters see her, but also relationships she's no part of:
    • In Fortune Lover it's implied that Catarina likes Geordo, but Geordo doesn't like her back, and only keeps their betrothal as a convenient shield to keep other girls at bay. Here, Geordo doesn't want to break their engagement because he is genuinely in love with her.
    • Catarina originally bullied and tormented her adoptive brother Keith for most of his childhood. Due to her radically different treatment of him, Keith ends up falling in love with Catarina while maintaining close ties with her as siblings.
    • Catarina's parents in the game had an extremely tense relationship, in large part due to Catarina's mother believing Keith is her husband's bastard (he's actually the bastard of a distant cousin). Now she knows the truth and they are deeply in love.
    • Similarly, Catarina's mother was supposed to be cold and abusive to Keith (due to, as noted above, believing that he is her husband's bastard). Now, they have bonded over mutual exasperation at Katarina's antics and she openly considers him in many ways a better child than her actual daughter.
    • Catarina in the game also bullied Maria at any opportunity. Now, she defends Maria from bullies and is on very good terms with her. Maria appears to be in love with Catarina as well.
    • Similarly, Maria could fall in love with either Geordo, Keith, Alan, or Nicol. Now she doesn't show any hints of being attracted to any of them, and none of them display any romantic interest towards her in return, since all of them are in love with Catarina.
    • Due to barely appearing in Alan and Nicol's routes, Catarina had no relationship with neither Alan, Nicol, Mary, or Sophia. Now she's friends with all of them, and all four of them are in love with her, especially Mary.
    • Alan and Mary are betrothed in the game and are initially in love with each other. Due to Catarina's unwitting interference, while they're still betrothed, they don't show any romantic feelings for each other, mostly due to being in love with Catarina as seen above.
    • Originally, Geordo and Alan had a pretty tense relationship, due to the latter feeling overshadowed by the former's talent at seemingly anything. Due to Catarina finding that Geordo is terrified of snakes and sharing said knowledge with Alan, and encouraging Alan to develop his talent for music enough for him to snap out of his self-esteem issues and his reckless need to prove himself, their relationship is much smoother. Due to Alan seeing his own worth, he doesn't develop a rivalry against Maria, who is second on the academy's ranking to enter the Student Council while he's below her, simply content that he's one of the best.
  • In One-Punch Man, the manga version has focused on and added several events showing the more pure and caring side Tatsumaki has for her little sister Fubuki, that was quite underplayed in the webcomic which culminated in the Psycho Sisters arc showing that Tatsumaki and Fubuki’s relationship was actually unhealthy, with Tatsumaki wanting Fubuki to be as much of a loner as she is, believing that to be true strength, going as far as considering she should just start thinking for Fubuki altogether.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Red and Blue are shown to have met at age ten. Their game counterparts are long-term friends turned rivals. They still become friends but the tension of "friend turned rival" is gone, with instead them just being rivals before becoming friends.
    • Shauna, X, Y, Trevor, and Tierno are all childhood friends while their game versions only met recently.
    • Sabrina, Koga, and Lt. Surge are originally all close enough Team Rocket members. In the games they are unaffiliated with Team Rocket and don't know each other more than they know any other gym leader.
  • Pokémon: The Series
    • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl your rival is your childhood friend and next-door neighbor; your fathers are even childhood friends. In the anime, the game's rival's role of Dawn's childhood friend was instead given to an Expy named Kenny. Barry would be introduced into the anime later, but Barry and Dawn wouldn't know each other personally (but they have a mutual friend in Kenny).
    • Similarly, in Pokémon Black and White, Cheren and Bianca are close friends of yours who receive their starters at the same time as the player character. In the anime, Bianca was introduced early on and is a friend of Ash and his traveling companions. Cheren meanwhile appears much later in his Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 incarnation, where he's a new gym leader. The anime's version of Cheren and Bianca never meet and don't know each other at all.
    • Sun & Moon anime:
      • In the original Pokémon Sun and Moon, Island Trials were overseen by trial captains. In the anime, they're run by the Island Kahunas themselves. The jobs of trial captains effectively don't exist. Instead, four out of the seven trial captains are now Ash's classmates and are close friends. The other three are effectively Demoted to Extra but get an appearance here and there.
      • The relationship between Lusamine, Lillie and Gladion. In Sun and Moon, Lusamine is insanely devoted to obtaining the Ultra Beasts so far as to dress Lillie as close as to one of them as possible. Gladion ended up running off in defiance and it would take Lillie her encounters with the player character to openly defy her mother. In the anime, Lusamine is an Amazingly Embarrassing Parent who is overly affectionate towards her kids and whose only real crime in the series is not being too attentive to them. This is more on par with her characterization in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games, though the anime shows them being much closer than even that.
  • In Ranma ½ Ukyo and Shampoo had almost no interaction with each other in the manga. Whereas the anime portrayed them as being rivals, for Ranma's affections and as chefs.
  • Due to Adaptation Personality Change, Rei's closest friend is Usagi in the '90s Sailor Moon anime. In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal she bonds more with Minako.
  • School-Live!:
    • In the anime Taromaru doesn't like Miki much, despite her wishes. In the manga Taroumaru was a Oneshot Character who never even met Miki. Back when Megu-nee was alive, before the girls met Miki, they found a puppy who was later found out to have been bit by a zombie and had to be thrown out. It's implied Kurumi killed him when he returned to the school after already becoming a zombie.
    • In the anime, one of the reasons Miki joined the School Live Club was because she thought Yuki made living in a Zombie Apocalypse more bareable. This contrasts the original manga, where Miki was annoyed by Yuki's delusions and it took several chapters for them to become mutual friends. In general, Miki in the manga was initially very distant and distrusting of everyone. The anime removed these elements.
  • X/1999: After being hit with Adaptational Villainy in the movie, Kusanagi becomes mortal enemies with Yuzuriha and even kills her without a second thought which is in contrast with the manga and anime where Yuzuriha has a crush on Kusanagi despite being on the opposing side.

    Comic Books 
  • Afterlife with Archie:
    • Betty's and Veronica's relationship is far more bitter than in the main Archie continuity. No Vitriolic Best Buds here, they dislike each other for the most part.
    • Traditionally Betty and Archie are childhood friends when Veronica comes to town, usually in high school. Here Veronica and Betty were "friends" until Archie moved into Riverdale during middle school.
    • Jughead outright hates Veronica in this continuity. In contrast, the main continuity versions bicker a lot but don't really hate each other.
  • Jem and the Holograms (IDW):
    • Roxy and Jetta hate each other in the cartoon. In the comics they disliked each other originally but bonded over a mutual interest in boxing, are now best friends, and are even roommates.
    • The Misfits don't mind Clash, their groupie who wants to be in their band, hanging around them as much as they did in the cartoon.
    • The Holograms overall seem to act more like sisters in the comic. Kimber and Jerrica are the only biologically related ones however Shana and Aja were their foster sisters since childhood. In the cartoons they're all close but the comic portrays them as more familial. Noticeably Kimber and Jerrica actually call Shana and Aja their sisters in the comics.
    • Rio in the cartoon is in love with Jem, despite already having a girlfriend, though thankfully at least Jem is his girlfriend. Rio in the comics doesn't like Jem at all and thinks she should leave the band. She comes off as a diva to him and she is constantly ditching the other bandmates (since Jerrica can't be in the same room as Jem).
    • Rio and Jerrica are childhood friends in the cartoon and Rio only meets The Misfits once the series starts. In the comics Rio bumps into Jerrica at the start of the series and has worked with The Misfits.
    • Synergy has a much bigger role besides just being a supercomputer. She genuinely seems like the girls friend and there's foreshadowing that Synergy is based on Kimber's and Jerrica's deceased mother early on, though in comic canon she isn't based on Jacque.
    • It's subtle however the cartoon depicts Roxy as having the best relationship with Stormer, even if she's frequently howling on Stormer. In the comics however Roxy is best friends with Jetta and just seems to have a decent relationship with Stormer.
  • Jughead the Hunger:
    • In the mainline comics, Jughead and Reggie rarely did worse than pull simple pranks and bicker with one another, and there were often times where they enjoyed each other's company. Here, they both outright hate each other, which only intensifies after Reggie kidnaps Jellybean when Jughead nearly kills him by accident.
    • In the main continuity, Betty and Archie are both romantically interested in each other. Here, Betty reveals that it was all a facade to keep up the illusion of a regular high school girl while she was keeping an eye on Jughead. Archie's romantic interest in her quickly fades away as well, though the two remain friends.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Spider-Man: Life Story: In the 616 comics and other AU, Aunt May and Mary Jane always had a very close relationship, with both of them seeing each other as surrogate daughter and mother. In this series, MJ comes to have issues dealing with May's dementia, especially when she nearly endangers and loses her babies on a stroll in a park.
  • In Superman & Batman: Generations, Barbara Gordon is James Gordon's granddaughter rather than daughter, in order to get the timeline to work (since Jim was commissioner in the thirties, but Batgirl has to make her debut in the sixties).
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • In the original comics Karai is unrelated to The Shredder Oroku Saki. In the 2003 continuity she's his adopted daughter. In the 2012 series it's originally implied that she's Saki's biological daughter, but later revealed that he took her as a baby and her real father is Hamato Yoshi, making her the turtles' adoptive sister. In the IDW comics she’s his granddaughter.
    • The turtles’ feelings towards April change in each continuity. In the original films Raph was teased for being attracted to her. In the 2003 show Don had a Precocious Crush. In the 2012 series Don has a full blown crush and is Casey's romantic rival. In the 2014 film series Mikey has a stalkerish crush on her.
    • In most versions April acts as a Cool Big Sis and Team Mom to the turtles, but in the 2012 series that aspect is mostly removed, likely as a result of her Age Lift into a teenager within the turtles‘ age group.
    • While April and Casey are usually an Official Couple, there are exceptions. In the 1987 series, Casey is Demoted to Extra and there is nothing outright romantic between him and April. In the 2012 series, Casey often flirts with April and she sometimes shows signs of reciprocating, but they never officially get together. In the sequel to the 2014 film there’s a moment where Mikey (incorrectly) suspects they are an item, but that’s it.note 
    • Splinter's dynamic with Hamato Yoshi also changes. Originally he's Yoshi's pet rat mutated into a humanlike form. In some versions (such as the 80s cartoon) he simply is Hamato Yoshi transformed into a rat. In the 2003 series despite being his pet, Splinter views Yoshi as a father figure, even more so when they start communicating through a mystic orb. The turtles likewise respect him as if he were their grandpa. In the IDW comics he’s Yoshi’s reincarnation. In the 2014 films Yoshi doesn't even exist, and they instead view April as their guardian spirit, since she treated them like pets as a child when they were part of her father's science experiment.
    • Splinter and the turtles’ relationship has evolved over time. In the original comics, Splinter raised and trained them as tools for revenge against the Shredder, but is later depicted as a caring father figure, while in the 1987 cartoon, Splinter trains the turtles for self-defense rather than revenge-killing, but refers to them as his pupils rather than sons. All following incarnations make it clear Splinter and the Turtles see each other as father and sons respectively and that he trained them for self-defense, making the original comics and cartoon’s portrayal of their dynamic come off as Early Installment Weirdness nowadays. This gets Lampshaded in Turtles Forever when the 1987 turtles are surprised to hear the 2003 turtles call Splinter "father".
  • In Thor comics, Loki is portrayed as the title character's brother, having been adopted by his father, Odin. In Norse Mythology, Odin and Loki were more along the lines of Blood Brothers.note 
  • In IDW's first universe of Transformers comics, the few hetero relationships between Cybertronians that existed in prior media are usually Adapted Out, in part due to the initial attempt to paint Cybertronians as an asexual race — i.e. only males existed except for Arcee, who became a much different character than the original — that was retconned as all the female Cybertronians existing on far off, forgotten colony worlds.
    • Optimus Prime and Elita-1's Starcrossed Lovers dynamic is gone entirely, and the two don't know each other, and she plays more of an antagonistic role to Cybertron as a whole.
    • Arcee and Springer aren't romantically involved at all, with her most important relationship instead being with Sideswipe.
    • Ironhide and Chromia aren't in a relationship, with the only allusion to it being the usually serious Chromia's flustered insistence that Windblade not tell Ironhide that she talked about him. Later on, he'd be the one to arrest her for her crimes, an extreme cry from their wholesome relationship in the G1 cartoon.
  • Ultimate X-Men: Longshot is the ex of Spiral, just like in the original. However, he's the psycho one, instead of her.
  • In Wonder Woman, Ares is the sworn enemy of the Amazons. In Classical Mythology, the first Amazons were daughters of Ares (including Hippolyta who is still his daughter in most comics), and he was said to be one of the few gods that they worshiped. This has a lot to do with the Amazons' overall Adaptational Heroism.
    • Hercules gets some Adaptational Villainy in DC Comics, having raped Hippolyta in the past. In the myths the two got along pretty well, until Hera forced a conflict between them. Even then, he killed her based on a misunderstanding; there was no rape involved.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Large changes were made to Diana's relationships with her Earth-Two, Earth-One and tv series boyfriend/husband Steve Trevor who is older than her in this continuity and in a relationship with the local radically different version of Etta Candy.
    • Wonder Woman (Rebirth): Dr. Anderson and Ferdinand were dating in the Post-Crisis continuity, here Anderson dies while still allied with Cale — who is more sympathetic — so they are never anything other than enemies.

    Films — Animation 
  • Todd and Cooper aren't even friends in the original The Fox and the Hound book. The Disney film plays them as a tragic friendship.
  • In Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, the title character's father, the sea king, is a minor character, and his daughter's relationships with her sisters and grandmother get much more emphasis. In the Disney film, Ariel's sisters are minor characters, her grandmother is Adapted Out, and King Triton is built up as an Overprotective Dad with anti-human prejudice, whose rocky relationship with Ariel and journey to acceptance of her desire to be human becomes the very heart of the story.
  • In the original Peabody's Improbable History shorts from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, Mr. Peabody was more of a distant guardian or mentor to his son Sherman who was rather stoic in his tone of voice when addressing him. He also disliked being called "Dad/Daddy" and insisted Sherman call him "Mr. Peabody". Then in the Dreamworks Mr. Peabody & Sherman animated film adaptation, Mr. Peabody is much more kind and loving to Sherman and is a Good Parent who protects and treats him like his own son.
  • In Rapunzel, Rapunzel's parents are two peasants who decide to steal from a witch's garden. When she gets upset, they give up their baby to her. Disney's Tangled takes a different route by making Gothel steal a newborn princess for her youth-giving powers. The film also portrays the witch as Rapunzel's (emotionally abusive) mother figure, unlike in the original story where she's just a caretaker.
  • In Sleeping Beauty, the fairies who give the princess her magic gifts only appear at the beginning, except for the one who saved her life, who briefly comes back to put the rest of the castle to sleep along with her. None of them have any real relationship with the princess, who is raised by her parents in their castle. In the Disney film, the fairies take her away and raise her as their foster child to try to protect her from Maleficent's curse, only reuniting her with her parents in the end.
  • In The Voyage of Alice, Jolly U is the pirate mastermind: the Three Captains mention that they have been chasing him, he is revealed to be the one who tortured the Third Captain, and he gives all the orders when the heroes are in captivity. Rat, meanwhile, is implied to be The Dragon who barely speaks in his presence. In The Mystery of the Third Planet, Rat is the mastermind and Jolly U the dumber second-in-command. That’s because by the time of the movie’s making, the earlier dynamic had become Early Installment Weirdness in the book series as well, as more books had appeared featuring the two, describing Rat as the leader.
  • Wonder Woman (2009): Continuing from the comic books (see above), Ares here is not only an enemy of the Amazons, he raped Hippolyta at some point in the past. In the original myths, he's her father.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • DC Extended Universe: Barry Allen's age lift and lack of experience makes him the most junior member of the Justice League in the films, whereas the comic version is usually just as experienced as the rest of them — Wally West, Barry's successor as the Flash in the comics, is usually somewhat younger than most of the League, but he's never painted as inexperienced like DCAU Barry is, since he started superheroics as a kid.
  • The live-action Netflix Death Note (2017) movie centers around a Light who's lower on the social totem pole and not nearly so coolly in-control.
    • Ryuk, the shinigami who dropped the Death Note, openly encourages Light to use it (even downplaying the consequences of killing someone; he's sure he's dreaming, so what the hell) and goes on to hover with a more personally threatening, scarier presence.
    • The movie's equivalent to Misa Amane, Mia Sutton, appears earlier in the story, and as soon as she gets in on the Death Note, "second Kira" nothing, she takes control of the whole thing — with bloodier results than he had had in mind. Light outmaneuvering her at the end is a turnabout rather than kind of a default.
    • In a scene that's clearly based on dialogue from the source material, L confronts Light with his suspicions about being the mysterious killer known as "Kira". In the manga and anime, L puts him to a series of friendly-seeming mental challenges concerning recent evidence while Light plays along and their repartee turns into a mind-screw of "if I were Kira" hypotheticals. In the American movie, while this version of L tells him he has several different possibilities to explain his long-distance murders, he approaches it with certainty, and he can't quite seem to believe that Light himself is genuinely not in control of the "Kira" incident. Before long, rather than digging at each other with a smile, the two of them are openly antagonistic.
  • In the original book version of Doctor Sleep, Rose the Hat is part of a polyamorous romance with both Crow Daddy and Snakebite Andi. In the film adaptation, while Rose and Crow are still romantically linked, Rose has more of a "mentor/pupil" dynamic regarding Andi so as to reflect the similar relationship between Dan and Abra and make it clearer that Rose is Dan's Shadow Archetype. Additionally, considering how Andi is technically underage for the majority of both the novel and film's timespans, this change was likely done to prevent accusations of pedophilia (even though there aren't any actual sexual relations between Andi and the other members of the True Knot in the original book).
  • In Charles Edward Pogue's original draft of The Fly (1986), the lead characters were a scientist and his wife as in the original short story and 1958 film adaptation thereof. One of the two key changes David Cronenberg made to this script (the other being that the protagonist is able to communicate via speech with others until the very last step of his Metamorphosis) was to make the leads a scientist and a reporter who meet only at the beginning of the story and fall in love while she covers his development of teleportation technology, a relationship that directly shapes the rest of the plot.
  • The Glee concerts (and thus The Film of the Concert) are considered an adaptation or official alternate universe to the TV show, and in them everyone gets along really well, which is not something present on the show. That is, except Brittany and Blaine, who have a rivalry that isn't on the show, either. Also of note is that in the concerts Santana is clearly publicly out and dating Brittany, which she wasn't on the show until after the concert film.
  • In the Godzilla movies, Godzilla and Mothra are constantly at odds with one another and the only time they team up is when they are against a much larger threat. In the MonsterVerse, the two are allies from the beginning and actually have a symbiotic relationship.
  • In Tarnsman of Gor, the first book in the series, Tarl, a Warrior of the City-State Ko-Ro-Ba and the protagonist, is opposed by Marlenus, the Ubar (king) of the City-State Ar. In the course of the book Tarl kidnaps Marlenus' daughter. In the film Gor very loosely based on the book, Marlenus is the feeble old king of the village Koroba who gets kidnapped by the Big Bad and Tarl rescues him, helped by the King's daughter.
  • In the comics Hellboy had a fairly positive relationship with Professor Bruttenholm. In Hellboy (2019), Hellboy has a strained relationship with him due to believing that he was raised to be Bruttenholm's weapon.
    • In Hellboy (2004) Bruttenholm is full on Hellboy's Father Figure. While he's had a positive relationship with him in the comics, it's repeatedly made clear that Hellboy was more or less raised collectively by the earliest iteration of the B.P.R.D. in the comics rather than one specific person taking on the majority of his care, and Bruttenholm dies fairly early on in the series along with not playing a large part in the comics as a whole. In the 2004 film, his death triggers the final act, and Hellboy is pissed.
    • The 2004 film also features an overhaul with Liz into a fully romantic couple with Hellboy, whereas the two were more Like Brother and Sister in the comic.
  • In Maleficent, Aurora views Maleficent as her fairy godmother. This is very different both from the fairytale (where the evil fairy is not even named, and only appears two times) and the first Disney adaptation, where Maleficent is the villain.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers: Tony Stark / Iron Man and Bruce Banner / the Hulk become friends in the film. Not only are they both experts in science, Tony recognizes something of himself in Bruce, in that they're both men Cursed with Awesome that could use their terrible powers for good. In the comics, the two aren't friends, and Tony's "science pal" is usually Reed Richards. Stark was even one of the men that exiled Bruce from Earth in the prelude to Planet Hulk.
    • In the comics, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan are married; in the MCU, Pepper becomes Tony Stark’s love interest. According to Jon Favreau, Happy’s actor, Happy is still in love with Pepper, but she doesn’t reciprocate. Later, Happy is given another romantic interest in, of all characters, Spider-Man’s Aunt May.
    • The Asgardians, already overhauled and remixed from Norse Mythology, are altered even further in the MCU. Heimdall and Lady Sif are not siblings, Hela is Odin’s daughter instead of Loki’s, Frigga is Thor’s biological mother rather than step-mother, and Donald Blake and Thor are two different people, the former being Jane Foster’s unseen ex-boyfriend.
    • Maria Hill is Nick Fury's successor as director of SHIELD and a decided foil, with what little interaction they have being frosty at best. In the movies, she's his loyal Number Two.
    • In the Captain America comics, Agent 13 is one of the Captain's main partners, and his most prominent love interest to boot. The movies divide up these roles and grants them to Black Widow and Peggy Carter, and Sharon ends up as barely an acquaintance as a result.
    • Steve and Bucky's relationship is more akin to a brotherly relationship between equals, whereas the comics had a sense of seniority due to Steve being noticeably older than Bucky (Bucky eventually caught up to Steve's age thanks to aging during his missions as the Winter Soldier) and seeing him as Kid Sidekick, a little brother at best.
    • Bucky and Sam's relationship is much more antagonistic than in the comics, with the two always making jokes at the other's expense and not getting along, and are pretty much only connected through their mutual friendship with Steve. In the comics, the two get along very, very well even outside of both knowing Steve, and don't ever really make fun of the other.
    • The MCU plays up Spider-Man’s status as a Kid Hero, and that informs how many other characters interact with him. Tony Stark in particular becomes a mentor and Parental Substitute to Peter Parker, a relationship that’s considerably dicier in the comics. As Uncle Ben has already been killed off by the time Spidey is introduced, Iron Man is functionally Peter’s only father figure in this setting.
    • In the Black Panther comics, Queen Ramonda is T’Challa’s step mother and Shuri is his half-sister. In Black Panther (2018), they are his biological mom and full sister respectively.
    • In Captain Marvel (2019), Carol's best friend is a fellow Air Force pilot named Maria Rambeau. In the comics, the two have little to no history with one another, and it's actually Maria's daughter Monica who is Carol's ally. This is because Carol's usual best friends, Spider-Woman (aka Jessica Drew) and Jessica Jones, cannot be used in the film — the film rights of the former belong to Sony instead of Disney who runs the MCU, while the latter starred in her own series, with her ties to the superhero community Adapted Out.
  • Mortal Engines:
    • In the book, Tom developed a crush on Katherine the moment he met her, although this gradually went away over the course of the story as he and Hester grew closer. Nothing of the sort is even hinted at in the movie.
    • In the books, there's no indication that Pandora Rae a.k.a Pandora Shaw — Hester Shaw's mother and Anna Fang knew each other or had even met. In they were close friends and allies to the point where Anna spent years trying to find Hester after Pandora’s death.
    • In the book, Tom and Bevis don't know each other and have no interactions with each other. In the film they appear to be casual acquaintances on first name basis.
    • Katherine and Bevis were love interests to each other in the book, but in the film outside of one significant look when they first meet this isn't alluded to.
    • In the books, Katherine and Thaddeus Valentine were very close with one another, with Katherine describing Thaddeus as more like a best-friend than a father and is unwilling to believe that he could be involved with the MEDUSA plot until 2/3rds of the way through the novel. In turn Katherine functions as Thaddeus' Morality Pet to the point where her calling him out on his and Magnus Crome's plan to destroy Batmunhk Gompa and kill innocent people causes him to develop doubts about whether he's really doing the right thing. In the film this closeness is absent due to the two of them have only a few scenes together, with Katherine being immediately suspicious of her father the moment it seems he’s withholding information from her and near the climax Thaddeus only seems briefly swayed by her words before he chooses to ignore them and continue with his plan.
  • Ophelia:
    • In Hamlet, while Hamlet and Ophelia clearly have romantic feelings for each other, it's never made clear if they acted upon them. Here, they are depicted as having a Secret Relationship, and go as far as getting married. Furthermore, in Hamlet the title character had a rather strained relationship with Ophelia due to his own grief and paranoia, while here they tend to confide in each other more and even feign an argument to throw off Claudius (e.g. the film presents Hamlet's "go to a nunnery" line as a literal warning for Ophelia to shelter in a nunnery rather than an insult).
    • In the play Ophelia and Claudius barely interact with each other and so have little in the way of a discernible relationship. Here, their relationship becomes firmly antagonistic by the second half on the film; Claudius sees her as a meddlesome threat to his power, while she views him with a mixture of fear and contempt for his evil actions and corrupting influence on others, especially those she loves.
  • In the film of RENT, Benny is on much less friendly terms with the bohemians, and Maureen and Joanne have a lot less arguments to the point that their relationship is sort of stable and they even get engaged.
  • In the Super Mario Bros. movie Mario is several years older than Luigi and is his father figure. In the games they are fraternal twins.
  • The film adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory portray Veruca and Violet as rivals. They do not interact in the book.

  • In the myths and stories of Arthurian Legend, Mordred gets hit with this frequently. In the earliest versions, there wasn't any indication he and Arthur became antagonistic and were actually downright friendly with the otherwise poorly detailed Mordred simply being Arthur's chosen heir, his nephew by his younger sister. It was later on in newer takes like The Alliterative Morte Arthure that they became antagonistic.
  • Several modern versions of Beauty and the Beast combine this with Adaptational Heroism regarding Beauty's sisters. In the original tale they're mean and jealous of Beauty, but in the two Robin McKinley retellings, Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast and Rose Daughter, and in Megan Kearney's webcomic, they're perfectly decent, nice young women (though a bit more flawed in the webcomic than in the two novels) and all three sisters are very close.
  • This is common with Achilles and Patroclus, characters first introduced in The Iliad, due to their ambiguous relationship. They pass for lovers (such as in The Song of Achilles and in the vision of many reviewers, including Plato himself), cousins (like in Troy), or just very good friends with lots of Ho Yay, with it all Depending on the Writer and how they are trying to portray Achilles.
  • The 1997 The Jewel Kingdom starred four sisters. The 2020 reprint, Jewel Kingdom, makes them cousins to facilitate three of them getting a Race Lift.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Animorphs, Tobias (who's already pretty different than his book counterpart) only meets the others right before Elfangor shows up; this even leads to a short subplot where the others comment that they don't really know him enough to necessarily trust him. In the books, he was an acquaintance of Jake's after being saved by him from bullies, with a few hints that he may have known Rachel as well.
  • The Boys (2019): The team is more dysfunctional than the cohesive unit they were in the comic, particularly MM and Frenchie.
  • Brave New World: In the book, Lenina hits on John but he rejects this because he only wants to have a more serious relationship (which is foreign to her, as the society she grew up in outright discourages monogamy). Here, they not only have sex but also get into a more serious relationship, which Lenina wants too.
  • Elementary:
    • Traditionally Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson when he needs a roommate. In Elementary Sherlock and Joan meet when she becomes his sober companion, making their relationship more intimate. However, Watson is not Promoted to Love Interest; She and Sherlock are Platonic Life-Partners.
    • Irene Adler secretly being this adaptation's incarnation of Moriarty completely changes their relationship with Sherlock and Watson.
  • The Expanse: In the books, Nancy Gao is a political ally of Chrisjen Avasarala, who was apparently instrumental in her replacing Esteban Sorrento-Gillis as UN Secretary-General. In the series, it was Avasarala whom Gao ran against for the position (Sorrento-Gillis having resigned following the Earth-Mars war), and she ran a somewhat dirty campaign against Gao, which didn't endear the two to each other. This has severe consequences later, as Avasarala learns of Marco Inaros' impending attack against Earth and tries to warn Gao about it, but she's blocked at every turn — and by the time she finally manages to reach her, it's already too late. As a result, millions of innocent people die, including both Gao herself and Avasarala's husband Arjun.
  • The Flash: Wally West is Iris's younger brother instead of her nephew due to him being a Composite Character of comic Wally and Daniel West, Iris's brother from the New 52 continuity. In addition, Wally's relationship with Linda Park was removed in favor of her being a minor love interest for Barry.
  • Game of Thrones often has to change character relationships in the process of adaptation and has its own page.
  • Jupiter's Legacy: Raikou has never even met Walter in the comics (though she figured out he's her birth father). Here, they're not only in contact but have some kind of relationship. Walter also indicates he was with her mother for a time, whereas in the comics she was just seduced by him once.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: In the books, Phryne's (most recurrent) love interest is Lin Chung. He gets married later into the books and continues to be friends with Phryne. In the show, after he gets married neither he nor his wife reappear, and Phryne instead has Unresolved Sexual Tension with Inspector Robinson, who is much older in the books and only has a professional relationship with her.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): There are two related examples in "I, Robot". Nina Link is Dr. Charles Link's niece in the 1964 version of "I, Robot" while Mina Link is Dr. Link's daughter in the 1995 version. Nina does not have much of a relationship with the robot Adam Link in the former but Mina thinks of Adam as being like her brother in the latter.
  • Happens very often with Power Rangers in regards to its source material Super Sentai:
    • In Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Kegler is Villamax's long-time friend and companion who is loyal to him to no end, their Seijuu Sentai Gingaman counterparts, Bucrates and Sambash respectively, were definitely not friends on that level as Sambash was barely tolerated by the other members of Balban and besides listening to Bucrates' advice, was at odds with the old man.
    • Urara/MagiBlue and Hikaru/MagiShine got married and became an Official Couple near the end of Mahou Sentai Magiranger, their Power Rangers Mystic Force counterparts, Madison/Blue Mystic Ranger and Daggeron/Solaris Ranger did not get married nor even get romantically involved with each other as Madison instead gets together with Nick/Red Mystic Ranger (since the Rangers here, except for Vida and Madison who are sisters, aren't siblings like in Magiranger).
  • Riverdale:
    • In the comics, Jason and Cheryl bicker like is common for siblings. In Riverdale, they're toned down and much more friendly, though it's unknown if their relationship is as 'friendly' as they are in Afterlife with Archie. Cheryl outright considers Jason to be her soulmate.
    • Traditionally Archie and Betty are childhood friends, Veronica moves into town, Cheryl moves in later, and last is Kevin moving in. Cheryl and Kevin already live in Riverdale when Veronica comes along.
    • In the show, Jughead and Betty are romantically involved, but in the comics they were Platonic Life-Partners at best due to Jughead's lack of interest in romance.
  • She's Gotta Have It: Nola and Opal were just friends in the film, although Opal's into more than that. Here, she's a past lover of Nola's, and they're Friends with Benefits then briefly date again.
  • In the Takeshi Kovacs novels Quelcrist Falconer was vaporized a couple centuries before Kovacs was born. In Netflix's adaptation of Altered Carbon he was part of her revolution and her lover. Also, Reileen is changed from just some mobster who hired Kovacs once and recommended him to Bancroft, to his sister who has a semi-incestuous obsession with him.
  • The Walking Dead (2010) makes significant changes to characters and their relationships in order to make the show's story distinct from the comic's story. For example, Andrea in the comics is in a relationship with Dale before moving on to Rick. In the show, Andrea gets involved with Shane, and later shows interest in the Governor, with Michonne getting with Rick instead.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Rand and Egwene were chaste childhood sweethearts in the books, but in the show they sleep together, which categorically did not happen in the books. It also doesn't seem like a new thing, and thus implies they've had sex before too.
    • In the books, Moiraine and her best friend Siuan Sanche did occasionally share a bed in their Novice years, but nobody saw it as anything serious. Twenty years later, there's nothing sexual in their friendship. Here, they are still passionate lovers.
    • Love Triangle: Rand-Egwene-Perrin. The latter did not reveal anything, though, and quietly stepped aside when Egwene chose Rand.


  • In the original Dawn of a New Age, Zia and Ciro were recently acquainted and, while Zia was as flirty as always, there wasn't anything explicitly romantic between them. Because they got on well, the rebooted Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues changed things so that they'd been friends for a decade and harbor mutual crushes on each other.

  • Les Misérables:
    • Marius is a full-fledged member of the revolutionary group and close friends with all the others, while in the novel he isn't a member and is only really close friends with Courfeyrac. He also treats Éponine as a close friend and is distraught as she dies in his arms, while in the novel he only pities her, can be very cold to her when he's in a bad mood or distracted by Cosette, and doesn't particularly mourn her death.
    • Marius and Jean Valjean's interactions are more positive too. The novel's Valjean initially hates Marius and wants him to die at the barricade rather than take Cosette from him, but in the musical he almost immediately prays for his life and describes him as "like the son I might have known if God had granted me a son." As for Marius, in the novel he pushes Valjean out of Cosette's life after he learns that Valjean is an ex-convict, only to regret it later, while in the musical it's Valjean who makes the decision to leave and Marius tries unsuccessfully to dissuade him.
    • The novel's Mme. Thénardier is afraid of her husband, always obeys him and would never dream of publicly criticizing him, but the musical's Mme. Thénardier gleefully insults him in front of their inn customers and is often (for example, in the film version) portrayed as the one who "wears the pants" in their marriage.

    Video Games 
  • In the Licensed Game Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno Azula keeps on referring to her older brother Zuko as her younger brother. She might be condescending, however it's also possible that the writers got that mixed up.
  • Season 2 of Batman: The Telltale Series famously gave a role reversal to the Joker and Harley Quinn. Mr. J (here an unstable mental patient who's not yet a criminal mastermind) is the fawning, eager, lovesick minion while Harley is impassive, exploits Joker's feelings for her, and Harley is the one in charge (although she hints she has some feelings for him, but sees him as childish and wasting his potential). Two different versions of the finale take this in still other directions:
    • In the "Vigilante" version, Joker will actually be willing to turn her in to the authorities for her own good, even knowing she'll hate him for it.
    • In the "Villain" version, Joker becomes more assertive and earns Harley's admiration, with them becoming more equal parters and a borderline Outlaw Couple though you soon learn that Joker is willing to work behind her back to mess with Batman, and when the chips are down he even flees the scene, leaving her behind with a half-abashed smile.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: The game potrays Johnny's and Alt's relationship as a The Masochism Tango on-and-off friends with benefits/casual dating relationship, while in Cyberpunk they were a firmly established couple.
  • Dante's Inferno changes the relationship between Dante and Beatrice from the Inferno from the one-sided Courtly Love of Dante to a full-on marriage. This makes it easier to explain their dynamic without relying on the Vita Nuova and to reduce her to a Damsel in Distress for Dante to rescue.
  • In Dragon Ball Online, the villainous duo Towa and Mira are married; in Dragon Ball Xenoverse their relationship is strictly creator and creation; they even turn on each other in Xenoverse 2, since Mira starts disobeying Towa's orders out of desire for a good fight and eventually absorbs her to become more powerful.
    • A side-effect of this is completely changing the character of Fu. In Online he's Towa and Mira's biological son and only appeared in a guidebook as a baby, with Towa planning to make him ruler of the Demon Realm when he grows up. In Xenoverse 2 he's an Artificial Lifeform made with Towa and Mira's DNA, which allows him to appear as a young adult and actually participate in the plot. He also turns out to be the White Sheep of the family, refusing to go along with their plans and simply wanting to study history and time travel.
  • In Dynasty Warriors 5, there's a lot of Ship Tease between Guan Ping and Xingcai who is a Composite Character of Zhang Fei's two daughters who are also Liu Shan's two wives. The seventh game onwards downplayed the relationship, making them Platonic Life-Partners instead after Liu Shan became a playable character. In the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the historical records which the game and the novel is based from, no such relationship exist between them.
  • In Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister and Margaery Tyrell have virtually no relationship with each other, and seem somewhat indifferent about each other, with the most overall connection being that Tyrion seems to have some amount of respect for Margaery, and Margaery seems mostly to just accept him. In Game of Thrones (Telltale) however Margaery dislikes Tyrion, to the point where she almost fires Mia Forrester for merely talking to him. Part of this is Justified as Mira is from North, which makes her suspicious to some and Margaery knows this.
  • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature was an outsourced retool of Harvest Moon 64 where a large portion of the characterization was changed. Many characters relationships were revamped:
    • In 64 the bachelorettes are the grandchildren of the SNES bachelorettes — Ann is related to Ann, Maria is related to Maria, Elli is related to Ellen (who is still alive), Karen is related to Eve, and Popuri is related to Nina. Back To Nature holds no such implications and takes place in Mineral Town instead of Flowerbud Village. The protagonist is heavily implied to be the grandson of the first protagonist in 64 while in Back To Nature he gets his farm from an unrelated older man who he befriended as a child.
    • In 64 the rival couples were Ann/Cliff, Maria/Harris, Elli/Jeff, Karen/Kai, and Popuri/Gray. In Back To Nature, the rival couples are Ann/Cliff, Mary/Gray, Elli/Doctor, Karen/Rick, and Popuri/Kai.
    • In 64 Gotz owned the local winery, was married to Sasha, and Karen was his daughter. In Back To Nature Gotz is a widower living in the woods while Sasha is married to Jeff. In 64 Jeff was Ellen's father figure and love interest.
    • In 64 Rick is related to Ann and Gray, who are siblings. They all have red hair due to their grandmother, Ann from the first game. In Back To Nature Rick is Popuri's sibling. Gray isn't related to Ann or Rick, and neither is Ann related to either man.
    • In 64 Kai and Rick don't interact or show any dislike for each other. In Back To Nature Rick is an overprotective older brother while Kai Took a Level in Jerkass and frequently teases him.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • The series alters the dynamic between Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith. In which, Aerith is implied to be Cloud's love interest, while Tifa is portrayed as the manifestation of his inner light (it's left vague if she is even an actual person or not). When, in Final Fantasy VII's canon, Cloud and Tifa are the game's Official Couple and Aerith dies, only to be Together in Death with her boyfriend Zack.
    • In Final Fantasy VII and its related games, Zack is a Posthumous Character but was Aerith's love interest. In this canon Zack and Aerith haven't even met, and Zack is alive. Probably.
  • Mega Man (Classic):
    • Mega Man, Roll and Proto Man are "sibling robots" made by the same creator, Dr. Light, as do the other DLN line of Robot Masters such as Elec Man or Bomb Man. In Mega Man Battle Network, all of them are unrelated; Roll, Guts Man and Proto Man are Mega Man's allies made by different people.
    • In Classic, Bass was created by Dr. Wily. In BN, he's created by Dr. Cossack instead.
    • Treble (aka Gospel) is Bass' robot wolf companion in Classic. In BN, it's a separate entity made out of internet bugs that threaten the Internet. Although later Bass do come in contact with this Gospel and take its power for himself.
    • Many BN versions of enemy Robot Masters end up becoming Mega Man's friends and allies, although some of them do start as Mega Man's foes.
  • Nier: Since Nier was aged up in the western port to appeal to western audiences, Yonah is changed from his sister to his daughter.
  • In One Piece, Crocodile and Mihawk don't have any real opinion of each other, and their only interaction was a brief confrontation at Marineford when Crocodile protected Daz Bones from Mihawk. In Crocodile's story in Grand Adventure, the two were friendly rivals.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls (1998), Buttercup has an unrequited Precocious Crush on Ace. In FusionFall, she is given a Plot-Relevant Age-Up (though still not old-enough-looking to date Ace) and they're a couple.
  • In Ratchet & Clank (2016) (the Ratchet & Clank movie based on the original game) and Ratchet & Clank (2016) (the game based on that movie), Ratchet and Clank are much more friendly towards each other, much like their characterization in most of the other games, in stark contrast to their characterizations in Ratchet & Clank (2002) where Ratchet is a Jerkass toward Clank for most of the game and Clank occasionally gets snappish back at him.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Amy Rose debuted in the April 1992 issue of Shogaku Ninensei (Second Grade) as a brown hedgehog without a surname. The Shogakukan series depicted her and Sonic (or rather, his manga-exclusive Secret Identity) as an Official Couple. Sonic the Hedgehog CD and all later appearances changed her from a traditional supportive girlfriend to a Clingy Jealous Girl whose affections may or may not be reciprocated.
  • Spider-Man (PS4):
    • This happened to both sides of the same character. In the comics, Mr. Negative and his alter ego "Martin Li" were a case of Split Personality, being aware of the other's existence, but not the other's actions. While there's hints of Negative being Li's Superpowered Evil Side, Li doesn't have a split personality and thus is consciously Mr. Negative.
    • Among the many changes to the Tinkerer in Spider-Man: Miles Morales is that the character is Rick Mason's younger sister, not Rick's elderly father as in the comics.

    Web Animation 
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, Starfire and her sister Blackfire have only a brief, one-sided rivalry, and once Blackfire makes a Heel–Face Turn in the movie she's introduced in, the two get along fine. One episode even has them bonding together. In the comics, they loathe each other. Blackfire even sold Starfire into slavery.

  • In Dumbing of Age, which started as an Alternate Continuity for the combined works of the Walkyverse, numerous characters have slightly altered or completely different relationships from the original canon. For instance:
    • Walky and Joyce are not only not in a relationship, they actually dislike one another.
    • Becky and Joyce are childhood friends rather than meeting well into adulthood.
    • Dina and Becky are in a romantic relationship, while they didn't even meet in the Walkyverse until after Shortpacked!'s finale because the former had originally died.
    • Amber, Mike, and Ethan have known each other from before high school rather than meeting as employees in a toy store like in Shortpacked!
    • Amber and Sal first met when the latter held up a convenience store and the former stabbed her in the hand after she'd gotten arrested, thanks to her father calling her weak for not trying to stop her. In the Walkyverse, they don't really know each other at all.
    • Billie and Danny know each other and nearly had sex once, but aren't close at all, while in the Walkyverse they're an Official Couple.
  • In Kiwi Blitz Steffi and Ben were Childhood Friends who later got a Relationship Upgrade. In their sole scene in Sleepless Domain a now adult Ben is merely the long-suffering manager of Steffi's Magical Girl team.

    Web Video 
  • What If the Star Wars Prequels Were Good? is a rewrite to the Star Wars prequel trilogy that changes around the characters' relationship, particularly the relationship between Luke and Leia's future adoptive parents (Owen Lars and Bail Organa) and the rest of the main characters. Specifically, Michael Barryte turns Bail into Padme's brother who is known for his sympathies for the Separatists, while Owen Lars becomes one of Padme's pilots, becoming Bash Brothers with Anakin due to their shared homeworld.

    Western Animation 
  • Francine in the original Arthur books clearly likes Arthur. This is heavily toned down in the cartoon, however, they have a fair amount of Ship Tease and are suggested to be a future Official Couple.
  • In the original Ben 10 Ben and Gwen were, at best, Vitriolic Best Buds, and rarely an episode would pass without them name-calling, hitting and insulting each other. In Ben 10 (2016) (which is a reboot), they are a lot more affectionate to each other, don't argue as often or as harshly and act more like best friends than cousins.
  • DC Super Hero Girls 2019: Dick and Barbara are usually friends and are frequently even love interests. In DC SuperHero Girls, they dislike each other and are rivals. Dick is brattier and meaner than the norm. He makes fun of Barbara for wanting to be Batman's second Kid Sidekick.
    • Depending on the target audience, almost every version of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are best friends or life partners, with Harley being basically the only human Ivy has positive emotions towards. In the show Ivy can’t stand Harley, and the two almost kill each other fighting over a TV remote.
  • In the Discworld novel Soul Music, Susan's closest friends at the Quirm Academy for Young Ladies are Gloria Thogsdaughter the dwarf and Princess Jade the troll — both, like her, outsiders who are mocked by the other girls. In the Animated Adaptation, it's Gloria and Jade who are making fun of Susan.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In contrast to the original series, the triplets treat Webby as an equal instead of an Annoying Younger Sibling.
    • Donald Duck's enemy-next-door Jughead Jones has become his anger management therapist, with whom Donald gets on much better. Donald is also a much better friend towards Goofy, whom he tends to bully and look down upon in other media.
    • In the original, Tootsie the Triceratops was the loving pet of Bubba the cave-duck. In this series, she and Bubba meet for the first time (through Time Travel, since non-avian dinosaurs did not live at the same time as people), and they become enemies due to her extremely aggressive nature.
    • Almost every media Daisy has appeared with Donald, their romantic relationship is already established before we see them interact. Here however, has Donald meet her for first time and falling in love with her.
    • In the comics, Donald and Gladstone would compete for Daisy's affections. Here, Gladstone does not show any interest in Daisy and is willing to let her and Donald's relationship be, from what we can see during their only scene together in the Grand Finale.
    • In the comics April, May, and June were Daisy's nieces and Distaff Counterparts to the triplets. Here, they're clones created by F.O.W.L., specifically May and June were cloned from April, who is Webby. Oh, and Webby was cloned from Scrooge McDuck.
  • In the original 1984 version of Muppet Babies, the babies all live together in a nursery, with Nanny as their Parental Substitute. Why they don't live with their parents is never explained. In the 2018 reboot, the main setting is a daycare, Miss Nanny is the babies' teacher (hence why they call her Miss Nanny), and they have their own houses and parents that they go home to.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021):
    • Cringer was Adam's pet in the original series. Here, Cringer is much older and is a Parental Substitute for Adam who was separated from his family with amnesia when he was six.
    • Krass is just a comrade to He-Man and a soldier for Eternia in prior incarnations, but Krass in this incarnation is essentially Adam's adoptive sister.
    • In the original series, Teela is Duncan's daughter, usually by adoption. With Duncan much younger in this series, the two have no relationship outside of working together for Kronis and Evelyn.
    • Man-At-Arms and Trap Jaw generally have no connection to each other outside of the Heroic Warriors/Evil Warriors conflict. This time, Kronis took Duncan in as an apprentice and ward until Duncan eventually defected.
  • Jellystone!:
    • The original versions of Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har-Har (who is male) are Heterosexual Life-Partners. The Jellystone! versions of Lippy and Hardy (who is female) are married.
    • Overlapping with Adaptational Sexuality; Jonny Quest and Hadji are canonically married, but it wasn't explicit in the show. However, they were adopted brothers in the original. It could be that they're Unrelated in the Adaptation.
    • Yakky Doodle and Chopper are just friends in the original show. In this series, Yakky explicitly calls Chopper "Mom".
    • On a non-family angle, Mr. Jinks no longer has any business with Pixie and Dixie. El Kabong and Bobbie Louie are no longer involved with each other either.
  • While Rick and Morty is a parody rather than a straight adaptation of Back to the Future, it portrays the title duo as grandfather and grandson rather than an Intergenerational Friendship.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • In Mystery Incorporated, the show starts with Velma and Shaggy already in a relationship. But as the first season progresses, it becomes evident that the two aren't compatible due to Velma's controlling attitude and Shaggy's inconsiderate behavior (not to mention Scooby's incredibly-jealous attitude towards it), and they have a somewhat messy break-up midseason.
    • The Mystery Incorporated Fred and Daphne are also in a relationship, but whereas other entries have them express interest in other people, Fred appears to not be attracted to anyone other than Daphne.
    • Mystery Incorporated also has Scooby and Velma generally not too fond of each other, at least at first, spending much of the first season feuding over Shaggy's attention. In previous productions, most notably A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, it's all but stated that Velma is Scooby's second best friend after Shaggy.
    • The live-action movie, Curse of the Lake Monster, has Velma and Shaggy enter a relationship, and unlike their portrayal in Mystery Incorporated, it's mainly happy and they end the movie still together.
    • In Be Cool!, unlike their usual depictions, Fred and Daphne are not romantically interested in each other.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Catra and Adora are childhood friends raised together since they were both babies and become an Official Couple at the end of the series, when in the 80s cartoon they were just arch-enemies. Bow and Sea Hawk are no longer Adora's love interests but are just good friends, with Adora even being a Shipper on Deck for Sea Hawk and Mermista. Hordak moved away from playing a parental role to Adora to a distant overlord (with the parental role being given to Shadow Weaver instead), while Entrapta went from one of his low-ranking minions in the original series to his lab partner, probably closest friend, and possibly romantic interest in the reboot. Scorpia wants to be Catra's best friend instead of being Catra's fierce rival.
  • Sonic Boom:
    • Amy's affections for Sonic are more like your standard crush, rather than the near-Stalker with a Crush obsession seen in many of the games. In return, Sonic isn't constantly annoyed at her affectionate behavior and is actually more reciprocative, as opposed to running away on instinct at the sight of her.
    • Throughout the Sonic series, the brotherly relationship between Sonic and Tails has been a near-constant element ever since Tails debuted in 1992. However, while still often the two closest characters in Boom, Tails is much more independent and the two seem to possess a lot of mutually exclusive hobbies, leading to relatively less character interaction between the two.
    • Sonic and Knuckles' have a frat-boyesque friendship that gained more and more of a presence on the show as it went on. In the games, Sonic and Knuckles rarely interact one-on-one, with their relationship being one of Vitriolic Best Friends at best and competitive rivals at worst.
  • In Spider-Man comics, Alistaire Smythe builds Spider-Slayers because he blames Spidey for the death of his father. In Marvel's Spider-Man, he sides with Osborn against the Jackal in the Enemy Civil War to get out from his father's shadow, and enthusiastically pits his Slayer against Spencer Smythe's.
  • Mario and Peach have a strictly platonic relationship in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. In the Super Mario Bros. games, they are heavily Implied Love Interests to each other. In the cartoon it can be justified as Mario seems to be middle-aged while Peach acts like someone in their late teens to early twenties. In the games they're both the same age, averting a May–December Romance.
  • The 2011 Thundercats reboot changed just about all the relationships between all the characters:
    • In the original, Lion-O and his second-in-command Tygra were, if anything, best friends, showing more concern and fear when the other was in danger than they did for anyone else. In the reboot, they're adopted brothers but arch rivals with little to no respect for each other. The only thing both pairs have in common is an amusing amount of subtext.
    • The original had zero romance outside of a few very rare, isolated incidents of flirting between Lion-O and Cheetara, which never turned into anything significant. No one had a love interest, and no one was a love interest, not even among side characters. A major focus of the reboot is a love triangle between Lion-O, Cheetara, and Tygra, followed by Lion-O falling hard for Pumyra (who, thanks to Adaptational Villainy, turns out to be a Honey Trap who was Evil All Along). Had the series not been prematurely cancelled, Lion-O (much closer in physical age to her in this version) would have ended up with Wilykit after a Time Skip.
    • The 2011 Panthro, now much older than the young prince, doesn't have nearly as much respect for Lion-O as his 1985 counterpart did.
    • In the original, Grune was a Posthumous Character whose ghost threatens the team; he was Jaga's close friend when he was alive before he turned evil. In the reboot, since he's still alive at the start of the series and a generation below Jaga, he's made Panthro's closest friend and battle partner instead (prior to his Face–Heel Turn, of course).
  • Total DramaRama: Many of the relationships between the characters' teen selves are overhauled with their toddler counterparts in this series.
    • Leshawna was formed a female friendship Power Trio with Bridgette and Gwen in the first season of Total Drama, but in DramaRama, she isn't shown to be especially friendly with either of them, being occasionally hostile towards Bridgette and actually being afraid of Gwen instead.
    • Harold as a teenager was well-remembered for his friendship with Leshawna and frequent attempts to impress her. In DramaRama, the two obviously lack their romantic interactions, but they are not especially close in any other way, which contrasts how the interactions between Owen and Izzy or Duncan and Courtney in DramaRama allude to their teen counterparts' romances in some way.
    • Duncan had hostile relationships with many of his costars in the original series, such as Harold (whom he loved bullying) and Bridgette (who disliked his mean attitude). However, his DramaRama incarnation gets along much better with the others instead, due to his jerkass tendencies being toned down.
    • Gwen in the original series developed many friendships and complex relationships with other contestants, but in DramaRama, she's instead The Dreaded amongst the others due to being recharacterized as a sadistic Creepy Child. Ironically, the main exception seems to be Noah, who instead has a minor Odd Friendship with her in DramaRama rather than the mild mutual dislike for each other their teenage counterparts seemed to have.
    • Beth's major Adaptational Jerkass qualities in DramaRama have resulted in some of the more pleasant relationships she had with others as a teenager (such as with Duncan at the end of the second season and Leshawna) becoming much more negative (she frequently squabbles with Duncan and Leshawna in many episodes like "Wristy Business" and "Sharing is Caring").
  • Watership Down (1999): Blackberry and Campion have little to do with each other in the book or 1978 film. In the 90's animated series, Blackberry is changed to a female and they have a romance.
  • Young Justice (2010) does this a lot, in part because characters join the team at different points and can experience Age Lifts relative to each other as a result. For example, Tim/Robin and Conner/Superboy are best friends in the comic, but have no real relationship to speak of here, in part because Conner's already a legal adult when Tim is still a teenager.
    • In the comics, Tim Drake/Robin and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler are an Official Couple; Tim has dated Cassie Sandsmark/Wonder Girl before (first in the Post Flashpoint continuity, then in the New 52), but notably only when Stephanie was supposedly dead or Exiled from Continuity. In this series Tim and Cassie start dating while Tim and Stephanie are simply teammates.
    • Similarly, Beast Boy and Terra were dating in the comics, providing plenty of angst material when he realizes that she's The Mole. Again, they're merely teammates here, though interestingly Beast Boy's girlfriend, Perdita, comes off as something between a Suspiciously Similar Substitute and a Good Counterpart for her. Likewise, Deathstroke is now Terra's manipulative mentor, while the comics made them co-villains with a creepy sexual relationship.

Alternative Title(s): Adaptional Relationship Change, Adaptational Relationship Change, Adaptational Relationship Overhaul