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Missing Trailer Scene

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Sauron: Wait, will any of this actually be in the movie?
Wayne: No, it'll all be lost during post-production.
The One Ring to Rule Them All 3 teaser trailer

Never Trust a Trailer taken to the logical extreme: some trailers are so untrustworthy they include scenes that have been cut from the film itself. Or even worse, filmed just for the trailer.

Most trailers are put together by companies that have no idea what is or is not going to get cut from the film, but this doesn't really help the poor bastard that only came to see the scene that didn't make it in.

This may, however, be justified by the fact that the movie is still being edited as the trailers are released. Since the editing process may take months and sometimes only finish mere weeks before the theatrical release, it is rather common for the trailer scenes to either become a Deleted Scene or be replaced by an alternate take in the final cut.

This trope is also common in teaser trailers that are released long in advance of a film's release. They often feature special footage or scenes that are never intended to be used in the film, said footage either being made specifically for promotion or re-purposed internal materials from early production tests.


All in all, such scenes can be found in nearly every movie with a sufficient amount of promotional material. Expect them to appear in the Deleted Scenes section of the DVD or to be included in a Recut for a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition. A wealth of these can be found in this Youtube playlist.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The fourth Bleach movie has two short scenes. The first shows Shuren's Togabito group arriving as a group before the battles start. But the five are never seen together in one scene. The second scene shows Yuzu's kidnapping in the family's house. The movie shows the two sisters being already captured by the villains.
  • One Piece had a dub-only example of this. Back when 4Kids Entertainment had the license to the series, they released a promotional DVD which included music videos featuring clips from the series. Many of these clips were from the Buggy side-story, Apis, and Little Garden story arcs, which were completely skipped from the 4Kids dub of the series. To make things weirder, the dub had already passed the point where these story arcs should have been.
  • Almost all Pokémon movie trailers have scenes not in the finished movie. In fact, most of the original trailers were composed of nothing but early production footage:
    • The original Japanese teaser trailer for Pokémon: The First Movie. It not only has scenes that don't appear in the film itself, but the trailer heavily implies that it's a Distant Finale for the entire franchise.note  It shows what appears to be an older version of Misty telling a story to a young girl in a park. In addition, the ending theme it uses, "Fantasy in a Pocket", was never used in any version of the film.
    • For Pokémon 2000 an early trailer showed a scene where Ash leaps to rescue Pikachu off a cliff. A tearful Misty (who isn't wearing her jacket like in the final product) tries to run and save Ash but is stopped by Tracey. There's also a scene with Ash and Pikachu on the boat that isn't present in the final product.
    • A trailer for Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys depicted a space battle between Deoxys and Ash riding on the back of Rayquaza, which was nowhere to be seen in the final cut. This may have caused the Urban Legend of Zelda of being able to ride Rayquaza into space in Pokémon Emerald.
    • Some of the trailers for Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew show Kid's van being caught in the middle of a geyser field, Lucario dodging falling rocks, Lucario apparently dead, and various other scenes cut from the final film.
    • A teaser for what eventually became Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions originally depicted Ho-Oh and Lugia locked in aerial combat, presumably for a HeartGold/SoulSilver tie-in at the time. Other early trainers showed a shadowy Evil Twin of Ash, which also never made it to the movie.
    • Just about every movie has a trailer scene of Ash screaming as Pikachu falls from a great height. No such scene has actually been in any of the movies yet.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion:
    • The teaser for the second movie shows Misato slapping Ritsuko across the face during a heated argument. Nothing remotely close to this happens in the movie.
    • The same teaser shows Mari watching a flock of birds fly away as Zeruel attacks. In the actual movie, she's busy hijacking Unit-02 when Zeruel first arrives and begins attacking the city.
    • Almost nothing from the teaser for the third movie was included in the final film, as the script was heavily rewritten during production.
  • Most of the clips in the trailer for the first episode of Idol Time PriPara were not seen in the final version of the episode or were altered, like the glances we see of Michiru and Nino in their civilian identities.
  • None of the scenes from the announcement trailer of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection were in the actual movie because the story was rewritten several times.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003):
    • A trailer for the second half of Season 3 had Dee saying, "I'm going to bring Starbuck back to Apollo" in a cheery way. In the actual episode, "Rapture", she said it with resignation.
    • A trailer for the first half of Season 3 finishes with Baltar begging desperately for Gaeta to shoot him. In "Exodus Part 2," he is way calmer about the request.
  • Parodied in Season 2 of Danger 5, where each Previously On… montage includes a scene that wasn't shown in the previous episode.
  • The first teaser for The Defenders (2017), which announced the show's release date of August 18, 2017, was elevator security camera footage of the heroes' escape from Midland Circle after a fight with the Hand, ending with Jessica smashing the camera. In the actual show, this scene is skipped, as episode 3 ends at the moment that the teaser footage starts, and the next episode opens with them arriving at the Royal Dragon.
  • Doctor Who: The trailer for 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time" includes a scene where the First and Twelfth Doctors exit their TARDISes, which are parked side-by-side, at the same time. Naturally, this is nowhere to be found in the episode itself.
  • One trailer for iCarly has a Ship Tease moment where Freddie asks Carly if she was jealous. It's not in the final episode.
  • The trailer for Kamen Rider Decade's Grand Finale movie shown after the final episode contains exactly 0% of the footage from the final product. Going beyond that, the plotlines alluded to in the trailer were almost entirely thrown out, though two (Natsumi opposing Decade and Kivala becoming a Kamen Rider) were merged together. This may be an Enforced example; reportedly Toei had to throw out all their plans for the movie and start over after Japanese PTA groups complained that the series was nothing but a giant advertisement for the movie.
  • Cloud 9's industry trailer for The Legend Of William Tell includes several scenes and lines of dialogue that did not appear in the show. One showed up as a flashback despite not being shown the first time around.
  • Some early promos for Parks and Recreation included footage filmed specifically for TV spots, such as the one in which Leslie and Tom are standing on a railed boardwalk ("It's a wooden walkway.", "It's over a drain, so it's a bridge.") In a subversion, a short scene originally filmed for a TV spot (Leslie encountering a raccoon inside) was later incorporated into the show itself as a Flashback Cut. Also note that the page quote heading our own article on Parks And Recreation ("I hate the public. The public is stupid.") is from a deleted scene in the pilot which was nevertheless heavily featured in early TV spots.
    • Similarly a tv spot for the episode in season two where Ron has a Bunion has a scene where Ron says that he named his bunion with the quote "Yes, I named it Paul. Paul Bunion." The scene is not even the cut scenes on the DVD.
  • Person of Interest: One of Sameen Shaw's most famous lines is "When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail." It's from the trailer of "Liberty", and was cut from the episode proper.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. To the annoyance of J/C fans, a UPN Promo trailer showed a Ship Tease moment between Captain Janeway and Commander Chakotay that had been cut from "Hunters".
  • The first trailer for Season 2 of The Walking Dead (using footage from the season premiere) showed a haggard Shane running down a street with a bag as a horde of walkers chase him, then turning around and firing several shotgun rounds at them in a rage. A later scene in the trailer showed walkers consuming bodies, standing up with flesh in their mouths and Rick saying "to hell with the noise" before Shane yells at him and the group fires on the walkers. This is due to the fact that said episode, "What Lies Ahead", had two-thirds of its footage scrapped in production. It was originally meant to go from Shane's car running out of gas and him fleeing the horde to the group discovering that the Vatos (from the first season) were all executed offscreen and had their supplies stolen. Even more notable is that there are deleted scenes from the episode on the boxset, but they begin from when Dale, Rick and Glenn rescue Shane in the RV, and don't have the shotgun sequence or take of Rick saying the line before shooting the walkers at the retirement home.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Early "modules" for Dungeons & Dragons used cover illustrations that evoked their contents' more exciting scenes, yet left out or obscured details that would reveal the exact circumstances and/or the nature of the adventure's Big Bad. This is because many Dungeon Masters liked to use unfolded module-covers as impromptu DM screens, the better to conceal their own notes while viewing the maps printed on the covers' interior, and accurate artwork on the obverse would be a spoiler to players.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic did a trailer for a The Force Awakens review that had almost completely different footage to said review. People enjoyed it (Rob calls it his favorite episode), but that was never explained. Those trailer-exclusive scenes include Malcolm-as-Finn unmasking and saying "wow, a black guy", Kylo's three-bladed lightsaber with many messages against complaining fans and BB-8 with many messages describing it as a cutesy Merchandise-Driven character.
  • Played for laughs in A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever. The Insightful Best Friend is sipping wine in the bathtub and says "This scene doesn't make it to the final cut of the movie."
  • Ultra Fast Pony had a trailer for Season Two, which mainly consisted of voiceover narration over short scenes or still images, but did contain one scene that could have been from an upcoming episode: Twilight Sparkle, in the midst of her mental breakdown from "Lesson Zero", shouting "I'm just so full of all the emotions!" Then when UFP parodied "Lesson Zero" not long afterwards, that line was absent. When a fan wondered what happened to that line, series creator Wacarb clarified "the trailer is its own thing really."

    Western Animation 
  • The first trailer for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! has a completely different animation style and voice cast compared to the final show. However, re-done versions of some of the scenes made their way into the episodes "Come the Conqueror" and "The Kang Dynasty", among others.
  • During the SDCC 2015 mid-season trailer for Gravity Falls, Ford and Stan are seen simultaneously correcting their glasses. However, as this scene was not included in the episode "A Tale Of Two Stans", and during the trailer they are seen before a backdrop featuring the portal, this scene could no longer be possible as Ford destroyed the portal in the following episode.
  • Literally none of the animation used in Miraculous Ladybug trailer from 2012 was used in the final product (and only a small amount of it vaguely resembles scenes from the cartoon). The series was stuck in Development Hell for a while. In the process the art-style was changed dramatically from animesque to All CGI, the action was toned down, and Felix was cut out completely and replaced by (the highly similar but not identical) Adrien.
  • The Simpsons
    • The Season Three DVD includes a promo for "Colonel Homer" with a deleted scene. The inclusion on the deleted scene is specifically noted, and is evidently the only reason why it was included on the DVD.
    • The promo for "Large Marge" included scenes of Marge's breasts giving Bart confused feelings.
    • The promo for "Brake My Wife Please" features a line not heard in the final episode.
    Homer: It's like you hate me, your own husband, whom you're contractually obligated to like!
    • On the deleted scenes audio commentaries, the show's creators have mentioned several times when a "weaker" joke will be cut for time, only for Fox to unknowingly use it prominently in the episode's promos.
  • The original promo for the South Park post-Election 2016 episode featured an unused scene from the original plot. The episode was called "The Very First Gentleman" and had Bill Clinton visiting South Park Elementary after his wife Hillary was elected president. When it turned out that Donald Trump was elected president, the episode was quickly reworked into "Oh Jeez".
    • A promo clip for "World War Zimmerman" featured Cartman wearing his normal clothes, whereas the episode itself had him wearing a rapper outfit (which he wore in in the scene before it).
  • Parodied in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Meapless in Seattle". The fake trailer at the end of the earlier episode "The Chronicles of Meap" features a fight scene between Meap and Suzie. No such scene happens in "Meapless in Seattle", but the fake trailer for "Meap Me in St. Louis" features the exact same fight scene.
  • The original trailer for Close Enough shown at SDCC 2017 is your standard rapidfire montage of scenes from the upcoming season... except it isn't. The trailer was actually a case of TBS showing off the pitch reel that the creators made to sell the show to begin with, long predating any finished episodes to take clips from. Thus, the few cases in which the final series does have a scene that matches the trailer is a case of them recycling that animation.


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Thor Ragnarok: trailer vs film

Original video by Zhiying Di.<br>The teaser for 'Thor Ragnarok' contains unused takes, unfinished CGI and an alternate location for Hela's introduction.

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