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An Orphaned Reference is a scene or line that refers to something that has been cut from the final version. In milder cases, this only means that what was supposed to be a Meaningful Echo loses its additional meaning; in more severe cases, the lost background information can cause apparent Noodle Incidents, Plot Holes or Ass Pulls.

Compare The Artifact, The Other Marty. See also Dub-Induced Plot Hole and Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole; all adaptation and dub examples go there. When the reference is found in licensed material, it's Early Draft Tie-In. Some video game examples may overlap with Dummied Out and Missing Secret. Development Gag is when this is done deliberately as a meta joke.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Hilariously lampshaded in Dragon Half, when Dug Fin is horrified to discover no one knows who he is. He gets a hold of the series' first episode on videotape and reviews it, only to discover all his scenes were cut from the final version!
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann does this, possibly unintentionally, in the first Compilation Movie, Gurren-hen. When Kittan and his sisters show up to help the heroes, Kamina reacts with "Wait, who the hell are you?", which seems an appropriate reaction considering that the movie edited the scene where Kamina and Simon first encounter them into a Travel Montage, making this their first real appearance in the movie. "Unintentional" because this same line is present in the original series (which devoted an entire episode to meeting Kittan), but in the movie, it's made funnier.
  • One Piece:
    • The cover page of Chapter 1 features Nami alongside Luffy and the Red Hair pirates, despite not even debuting in the manga until Chapter 8. This is because the original first chapter was supposed to feature her joining Luffy as his first crewmate, before it was rewritten to instead be exclusively Luffy's Origin Story.
    • During Loguetown, Usopp acquires a fresh set of goggles that become part of his standard outfit from then on, but are strangely never mentioned in dialogue. This is because originally there would've been a storyline where he had an encounter with an old rival of his father that lead to him acquiring the goggles, which was cut as Oda wanted the Straw Hats to set off for the Grand Line in Chapter 100. This storyline was added in for the anime.
    • Jinbei's sobriquet is "First Son of the Sea", a reference to a Yakuza term that can be translated as literally "Yakuza of the Sea". The title makes very little sense to be associated with Jinbei, as he has no ties to crime organisations and is one of the kindest and most heroic characters in the series, but is likely a reference to the original plan of him being a villain, with him being the Yakuza boss to Arlong's literal Loan Sharknote .

    Comic Books 
  • Justice League:
    • Famously, Armageddon 2001 was supposed to see Captain Atom undergo a Face–Heel Turn and become the merciless supervillain known as Monarch. Due to that twist leaking out beforehand, the finale was rewritten to have Hawk turn out to be Monarch instead. Despite this, a tie-in Justice League Europe issue still contains a sequence where Catherine Cobert has a nightmare about being attacked by an evil Captain Atom, something that doesn't really fit the rest of the story (which instead sees the League mourning Captain Atom after thinking he died).
    • One of the Justice League of America issues taking place in the aftermath of Final Crisis shows a depressed Red Arrow being comforted by Black Canary. The scene was written to address the absence of his girlfriend, Hawkgirl, who was originally supposed to die near the end of Final Crisis. However, this plan was changed after the Justice League issue had already been scripted and illustrated, which forced Dwayne McDuffie to do some hasty last minute rewrites to explain that Hawkgirl had left Red Arrow for Hawkman. While that would explain Red Arrow's sullen demeanor, the fact that he was inexplicably wearing black and hanging around a cemetery still makes it obvious what the original intention was.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): In the issue following the Endgame arc, where Sally had suffered an almost fatal fall, Sally suddenly starts acting out-of-character, which Sonic notes, but then it gets dropped and never comes up again. It was supposed to foreshadow a twist that Sally really had died during Endgame and her body had been replaced with a robot duplicate.
  • The Transformers
    • In The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, during a rant, Starscream briefly mentions Scourge as a Decepticon who could potentially overthrow Megatron. Scourge was originally supposed to appear in the miniseries as a kind of Evil Counterpart to Kup, but Hasbro rejected the idea. To make things more egregious, later issues contradicted the line by showing Scourge as part of the non-Decepticon aligned Dead Universe faction.
    • In Issue 12 of More Than Meets the Eye, it's briefly mentioned that Rewind is allergic to ultraviolet light, which was meant to foreshadow a reveal that never came to pass: Chromedome had used mnemosurgery to alter Rewind's memory—mnemosurgery scars having been established as only being visible under ultraviolet light—so that he wouldn't remember the fate of Dominus Ambus (who had infiltrated the Decepticons as Agent 113).
  • The first issue of Young Justice featured a buxom villainess called Mighty Endowed, who inexplicably sported a Cat Girl design. This was a holdover from when she was originally going to be called Sex Kitten, which was shot down by editorial over concerns the name was inappropriate for a book aimed at younger readers.
  • Speaking of which, when the Young Justice cartoon introduced its own Aqualad, the boy's real name was revealed to be Kaldur'ahm, an Atlantean variation of the name of his stepfather, Cal Durham. The character subsequently became a Canon Immigrant to the comics during Brightest Day, but without the connection to Cal, leaving it unexplained why their names sound so similar.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Good Omens work "I Shall Endure to The End!", A.A. Pessimal speculates on the nature of the lost book of The Bible, the Book of Enoch (see "Mythology and Religion" below), which only exists by inference - St Paul makes approving references to a great book of a prophet of old which the believer must read, but which did not make the final cut of Biblical canon. All you get are two or three enigmatic orphaned references to a prophet called Enoch who is held to be one of the greatest and mightiest ever. Pessimal speculated that the contents of the Book of Enoch were such dynamite that the angel Aziraphale was charged with hiding it and ensuring humans never got to find it again. Ever. Aziraphale, who is temperamentally opposed to burning books, hides it in his library of manuscript scrolls, but ensures enough plausible forgeries claiming to be the Book of Enoch are released into the world to divert the wrong sorts of human minds and stop them doing anything dangerous. There is also an inference in a later Discworld fic that Aziraphale has thought creatively about this problem and has handed the Book of Enoch into the safekeeping of the Librarian of Unseen University - also opposed to book-burning and who can be relied upon to keep it both safe and "lost" - on a different world completely, thus ensuring that it remains lost on Earth and an orphaned reference forever.
  • Queen of Shadows has an example brought about by the original author, Nocturne no Kitsune, disappearing offline and leaving his partner Eduard Kassel to pick up the slack in writing. Early in the story, Jade finds a severed kitsune tail in a cabinet in the Queen's antechamber to the Generals' meeting room. Apparently, Nocturne had plans for it later in the story, but failed to share them with Eduard before falling out of communication. As such, the latter has had no idea what to do with it, beyond a passing reference of Jade pondering why it's there.
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    Films — Animation 
  • The commentary for Atlantis: The Lost Empire tells a story about how there used to be a mystic named Zoltan (who used to speak in the third person, for some reason) along for the ride. At one point everybody sounds off after falling down a hole. For the longest time he was still there shouting "Zoltan is okay!" even after his character had been written out of the script.
  • From the BIONICLE movies:
    • Much of Mask of Light's ending is basically this. An earlier script draft had the island crumbling apart in preparation for the return of the deity Mata Nui, forcing everyone to flee underground, into the evil Makuta's lair. In the film, only two tremors happen and the island remains intact, Mata Nui does not wake up, and despite the characters making a huge deal out of having to move underground, only a handful of them do so. The climax where they rush through an underground gate and seal themselves on the other side ends up making little sense, as they'd be safe on the surface.
    • Some of Makuta's lines, in particular the one where he attributes his deeds to the Mask of Shadows, were meant to set up his reveal as a conflicted but not fully evil individual. This never happened, neither in the movies, nor in other media. The second movie, Legends of Metru Nui likewise referenced the idea that Makuta was originally a force of good, which was supposed to set up a Makuta origin movie that never got made. However, an alternate backstory that tied into the movie was eventually released in books and online stories.
    • In Legends of Metru Nui, Vakama cries that he saw a vision of the city being destroyed. He did see that in a deleted shot. In the final cut though, all he sees is the city engulfed in darkness. Presumably, the sight of the exploding and crumbling Coliseum tower was too much for a kids' film and got cut, as this was only three years after the 9/11 attacks.
    • In Web of Shadows, Matau stops in his tracks with his mouth agape and awkwardly tries to change the subject when Nuju mentions the "fascinating" noises he heard the night before. It's because the strange sounds actually came from Matau himself as he gave in to his animalistic urges, a scene that got cut from the film but is still in the novelization. Without this setup, it seems Matau is embarrassed about Nuju rather than himself.
  • In Brave, Merida was originally supposed to end up with Young MacGuffin, hence his name being a reference to the plot device. In the final film, his name no longer has any meaning.
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within gives a lot of attention to Aki telling a story about extracting the fifth spirit from a little girl with a terminal illness. This girl was a supporting character called Meg, who had a much larger role, but was dropped from the script.
  • In the Rankin/Bass The Hobbit, the Elf King and the Dwarves argue about how the dwarves scared off a party of elves and stole their food. This happens in the book, but they didn't add that scene to the animated film. This also leads to their very first mention being the narrated line "the Wood Elves had returned..."
  • The full-length version of "Great Big World" in Hoodwinked! contained the line "They say that goodies make the woods go 'round" and a shot of Red being carried across the river by a flock of birds. While the general theme of pastries being Serious Business was kept, the exact line doesn't come up again until the climax as part of the Goodie Bandit's Villain Song. In between, Red explains the importance of her delivery job by saying "woods don't go 'round by themselves", which makes little sense without the setup. The scene with the flock of birds also comes up twice later — it's the part of the song the Wolf sees from another angle in his retelling of the story, and the detective Nicky Flippers mentions that she was "flying a flock of birds without a permit".
  • Many fans of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride noticed that Zira seems to be smiling as she falls to her death. That's because it was originally supposed to be a suicide; however, that was deemed too dark. They added in Zira struggling, removed the most obvious parts of the suicide, and added screaming to make it seem like she accidentally fell. Unfortunately, they failed to change her expression as she fell.
  • In Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Nemo has a dream where he goes down to the pantry and sees a note on the ice box saying "You promised", before water bursts out and floods the house. Viewers watching the old VHS cut would make the connection that Nemo had just broken his promise to King Morpheus, but miss out on the double meaning because of a deleted scene while Nemo was awake where he promised his mother he'd stay out of the ice box and not eat the pie she'd baked. This was fixed in subsequent ports.
  • Pocahontas:
    • The titular heroine's love of the water and hobby of canoeing originally came from a plot point where she received advice from a river spirit called Old Man River. The actor they planned to voice this character - Gregory Peck - said Pocahontas needed a motherly figure instead. Thus they created Grandmother Willow. In the film the canoeing is justified by having Grandmother Willow's tree be near the water, and Pocahontas has to row there to visit her.
    • The end credits have a pop song called "If I Never Knew You" playing over them. This is in fact a cover of a song that was originally a romantic duet between Pocahontas and John Smith right after he has been captured, and a reprise would be sung in their final scene together. The tune of the song can be heard elsewhere throughout the movie's score.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, similar to Pocahontas and The Muppet Christmas Carol, used a pop version of "Someday", one of the three cut songs replaced by "God Help The Outcasts", for its end credits. The stage musical reinstated "Someday", albeit in a grimmer context, being sung by Esmeralda just before her execution.
  • In The Road to El Dorado, when Tulio asks why Chel would help him and Miguel steal from her own people, she says, "You've got your reasons, and I have mine." Originally, there was going to be a scene of her almost getting sacrificed to the gods, and then escaping. This is why she is seen being chased by the guards when Tulio and Miguel first meet her. This was cut out of the film for being too dark, but was left in some promotional media like the tie-in book on tape.
  • Sleeping Beauty was originally going to give the three fairies powers based off their names — Flora had powers over plant life, Fauna had powers over wildlife and Merryweather had powers over the weather. These were eliminated from the final film, but are still referenced a couple of times - Flora's plan to turn Aurora into a flower, her transforming arrows into plants and the fairies' gifts to Aurora (Flora's sequence shows flower motifs, Fauna's birds and Merryweather the sun coming out from behind a cloud).
  • The closing credits sequence of Tangled includes references to scenes that were cut from the movie, including Flynn encountering a bear and Rapunzel consulting a psychic monkey.
  • Up:
    • At one point, Carl unknowingly scares away Charles Muntz's dogs with the feedback from his hearing aid, which was supposed to set up Carl doing it deliberately later in the movie, but the filmmakers couldn't find a place to fit it in.
    • Muntz talks about how easy it is to get lost inside the labyrinth where Kevin lives, and that you can't get out once you're inside. This was the setup for a dropped ending where Muntz follows some balloons he thinks are Kevin into the labyrinth and ends up getting trapped inside.
  • Zootopia:
    • The movie features a meta example. One scene depicts various bootleg DVDs parodying Disney films. Pig Hero 6, Wreck-it Rhino, Meowna, etc. One of them is called Giraffic. This was a case of Production Foreshadowing for their upcoming film Gigantic, however it was stuck in Development Hell and was ultimately scrapped and replaced with Raya and the Last Dragon. This means the reference doesn't make any sense to people who aren't knowledgeable about Disney history, because the film it parodies never came out.
    • One of Judy's childhood friends is a cougar named Bobby Catmull. Kind of an odd name for a cougar right? That's because he was originally going to be a bobcat, but the animators didn't have enough time to build a bobcat model, so he was changed to a cougar.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • American Beauty opens with a home movie of Ricky asking Jane if she wants him to kill her father, to which she replies yes. We see the full scene later in the film, and it turns out they're just being sarcastic. But this is a remnant of a large subplot that was filmed and cut. The video would incriminate Jane and Ricky for Lester's murder.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has some milder ones:
    • "Is that seriously the end of the story?" — Originally, this was Kim's response to Scott's flashback about how he met Knives on the bus (she dropped her books, he picked them up), later echoed by Ramona when she hears it from Knives. The flashback scene was cut in the final version.
    • In an early, discarded version of Scott and Ramona's first date, Ramona was seen lighting a cigarette, saying she smokes only on special occasions. Scott was supposed to be echoing her after his battle with Roxy, when he says he only drinks on special occasions.
    • Scott has some Adaptational Nice Guy moments with Knives that look like he genuinely cares about her, such as becoming enraged when she got the dye punched out of her hair when he just looked on in the comic. This is because one of the endings was Scott getting back with Knives, but the makers decided not to go with that. The deleted scenes are in the dvd extras.
  • In The Sixth Sense, when the protagonist realizes he's a ghost, there is an echo of the boy saying "I see people". The line "I see people" was not used in the final cut (he only says "I see dead people").
  • Several in Monkeybone. One involves the stain on Stu's Grim Reaper costume, which is explained from a deleted scene that showed him stealing it.
  • In The Goonies, there is a deleted scene with an octopus. At the end of the film Data says "The octopus was scary!" while he's being interviewed, despite the fact it was cut. The octopus scene is included in the TV version of the movie, however.
  • An example of this trope is actually in the title of Batman Forever. The title seems odd to many audience members until they realize it is in reference to a line of dialogue that was in a deleted scene. Though the word "forever" was used in two different dialogues:
    Two-Face: (believed Batman was killed) Farewell forever to that pointy-eared night rat!

    Bruce: (to Chase about his Dark and Troubled Past) I fell. I fell forever.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian originally had a whole subplot about King Otto, who was to have been A Nazi by Any Other Name. The only mention of Otto in the finished film is when his crack suicide squad show up in the final scene.
  • The Wizard of Oz:
    • There's a scene where the Wicked Witch is giving instructions for her flying monkeys to intercept Dorothy's party, and she says, "They'll give you no trouble, I promise you that. I've sent a little insect on ahead to take the fight out of them." This was in reference to a scene where a bug called the Jitterbug stings the main characters, and they break into a dance number, which was cut to avoid dating the film (the jitterbug had been a popular dance in the late '30s to early '40s, but has long since been forgotten now).
    • Dorothy telling the Scarecrow "I think I'll miss you most of all" makes a bit more sense if you know about a cut subplot where Scarecrow's "real world" counterpart, Hunk, was Dorothy's close friend and Implied Love Interest.
    • One of the Kansas scenes has Aunt Em making reference to Hickory "tinkering on that contraption", referencing a wind machine he was working on in a scene that got cut.
  • Suspiria (1977) was originally planned to have twelve-year-old girls as the protagonists, but changed them to twenty-somethings to avoid being banned. The script was not changed, leading to...
    • When Olga is introduced, she childishly says that Suzie and Sara have the "names of snakes" and sticks her tongue out. Sara follows suit.
    • Suzie prefers to rent a room at Olga's rather than stay at the school, because she doesn't want to feel "like a kid" at boarding school. You'd be hard pressed to find a twenty-something student who'd pass up a free room in the name of maturity.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    • Eddie scolds Roger for dancing for the bar patrons and potentially blowing his cover while "I'm out there risking my neck out for you." It's a fairly generic line, except that the immediate events don't warrant it; Eddie went from leaving Roger in the hidden room at the bar straight to his office, where he meets Jessica, and then back out to find Roger dancing. The line makes more sense when one considers the deleted scene (included in the comic version and on later home media releases) that would have followed Roger's drop-off, where Eddie is caught snooping in Jessica's dressing room by Judge Doom and is sent to Toontown, where he is given a "tooneroo", a toon pig painted on top of his head. He goes back to his office to wash it off, which then segues to his encounter with Jessica.
    • An early draft of the script included an extra scene where Eddie visits Marvin Acme's funeral, which would feature more animated cameos. Then, Eddie would be spying on a private conversation between R.K. Maroon and Judge Doom, which further raised Eddie's suspicions of the former's involvement and led to him snooping into Jessica's dressing room.
  • Star Trek: Generations had baddie Soran make a hammier than usual remark about Geordi's heart just not being in a conversation. Which made no sense on its own, but referred to a cut scene that involved him torturing Geordi by repeatedly stopping his heart. You can see the cut scene here. It also has Dr. Crusher saying "I removed the nanoprobe" (that Soran used to stop Geordi's heart), leaving the audience to wonder "what nanoprobe?"
  • In National Treasure, there's a quick moment where one character is seen grabbing a knife. It was never put to use later; the production team was planning on it, but cut that element out (partly for ratings reasons).
  • For National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, they filmed a scene in which the bad guy stabs the protagonist's father; however, they took this out because they felt it crossed the Moral Event Horizon and undermined his Death Equals Redemption moment later. However, there is still a shot in the film in which the actor is acting like he's injured because they didn't re-shoot that scene.
  • The song 'When Love Is Gone' was cut from the theatrical version of The Muppet Christmas Carol, but several references to it still appear. Most obvious are the reprise 'When Love Is Found' and the pop song version during the closing credits. It is also prominently featured in the soundtrack's overture. This applies to the Blu-ray release too, which ported over a behind the scenes extra from the extended cut DVD showing the recording of 'When Love Is Gone', even though the song is completely absent from the Blu-ray.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Faramir's lines "A chance for Faramir, captain of Gondor, to prove his quality," and "Tell him I send a mighty gift" were supposed to be Meaningful Echos of what his father Denethor says to him earlier, in Osgiliath. The scene in Osgiliath was deleted, though it can be found in the Extended Version of the film. Granted, in the book, Faramir did say the first line at about the same point in the story, and Denethor did refer to the Ring as "a mighty gift" that Boromir would not have let slip by in The Return of the King, so the references are merely demoted to "shout-outs to the source".
  • The Richard Lester cut of Superman II has a few examples due to discarding a number of scenes a shot by Richard Donner:
    • When Clark sees General Zod taking over the White House, Lois tells Clark "You didn't know", only for Clark to reply "He knew". Clark is referring to Jor-El telling him about the Kryptonian villains, but those scenes were removed from the Lester cut.
    • When Clark is about expose himself to red sun radiation in order to rid himself of his powers, the recording of his mother Lara warns him that the process is permanent and cannot be reversed. Bafflingly, Clark is later able to easily restore his powers during the climax with absolutely no consequences. This is because Lara’s warning was supposed to set up the Jor-El A.I. having to sacrifice itself to repower Clark, leading to the heartbreaking reality that Clark’s decision had ultimately cost him his father. Since all footage of Marlon Brando’s Jor-El was removed from the Lester cut of the film, the entire conflict makes no sense and just comes off as lazy writing.
  • Three Men and a Baby has a deleted plot thread about Jack Holden (Ted Danson's character) appearing in a dog food commercial. This explains the cardboard standees of him that pop up in a couple spots in the final cut that inspired a famous Urban Legend.
  • In Wing Commander, the Pilgrim is asked at one point about his pilgrim pendant, to which he replies that he doesn't have it anymore. The reason why he lost it is never explained in the movie. The reason for that is because a scene where he stabs a traitor with the pendant was filmed but cut from the final version of the movie.
  • There's a deleted scene from Kung Pow! Enter the Fist where an old man writes "MOUTH" on the Chosen One's face. There's a scene or two in the final cut where this writing is still visible.
  • The War Machine armor was originally planned to appear in the first Iron Man movie, but was cut. Despite this, schematics for the suit still appear during the Creative Closing Credits.
  • The Viral Marketing for Iron Man 2 included a fake commercial for the Stark-Fujikawa subsidiary, which made little sense in the overall context of the film. This is because the character Rumiko Fujikawa (a Japanese businesswoman and one of Tony's love interests from the comics) was supposed to appear in the film, but was cut when the script was rewritten.
  • In The Avengers, Banner's line that "you could smell the crazy on [Loki]" was supposed to set up a Brick Joke of the Hulk doing just that — Loki would use duplicates but Hulk would find the real one by his scent.
  • In Four Rooms, Tim Roth's character is given five warnings: "Stay clear of night clerks, kids, hookers, and married arguments" and "Keep your cock in your pants." Over the course of the film he violates each of these... except the one about the hookers. They just never show up.note  Other evidence (some of the animations during the opening credits, and a group of naked ladies fleeing the room at the beginning of the last segment) suggests a fifth story was cut out late in the game.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
    • They cut all the scenes of the T-1000's shapeshifting malfunctions before release. Only one was left in, after he neutralizes the Terminator and a single ripple of silver runs up his body, which confused audiences until the Director's Cut was released and explained what was going on.
    • At one point after killing Todd while assuming Janelle's form, the T-1000 is seen leaving the Voight's house, briefly looking into the bathroom as he does. While Janelle is killed offscreen (hence the T-1000 taking over her form), there was originally a scene where the T-1000 kills her in the middle of a shower.
  • X-Men:
    • At one point, Senator Kelly mentions that Jean Grey is a mutant, despite no prior indication that he knew her secret. The original script had a scene where Jean would've accidentally outed herself as a mutant in front of Kelly, which was cut just before filming was to begin. This is also why there's a deleted scene on the DVD release where Xavier scolds Jean for losing control of her powers in public, something that doesn't actually happen at any point in the movie.
    • The official prequel comic book shows a photo of Logan with a mysterious woman that he knew before his memories were erased, and the woman in question even appears in some of his dreams. This was going to be a minor subplot in the actual movie (and was even referenced in one of the script excerpts Hugh Jackman read for his audition), but was ultimately removed from the script.
    • Storm's Pre-Mortem One-Liner against Toad was meant to be the anticlimactic punchline to a Running Gag of Toad arrogantly boasting about "what happens to a toad when [x]". All of Toad's dialogue setting it up was taken out of the script, leaving us with Storm making a really weird quip out of nowhere before she blasts him with lightning.
  • X-rays of wings can be seen in Stryker's lab in X2: X-Men United. This is because the movie was originally going to have a subplot where Stryker would've kidnapped Angel from the Xavier Institute and forcibly transformed him into Archangel through experimentation. Though Angel was removed from the script, the X-rays were retained.
  • Dogma has Cardinal Glick place an odd emphasis on God being male, considering the final cut has nobody telling him otherwise.
    • And before that, Mallrats had a metric crapton of them-like when Mr. Svenning meets with some network executives about his game show, they mention "trouble (he had) at the Governor's Ball", referring back to a whole opening scene that was replaced due to running too long in focus testing (and in turn, a whole subplot that got removed); some dialogue elsewhere in the movie had to be ADR'd in post and new scenes were filmed to remove further references- but some were still left in (as were references to other, unrelated scenes that got cut).
    • One deleted scene had Brodie tell a group of reporters that he's Svenning's next door neighbor, and that Svenning is a satanist. Later, in the scene where Brodie gives Svenning the tainted pretzels, Svenning sarcastically refers to Brodie as his "neighbor" in reference to this.
  • The 1995 film of Casper had a Cut Song called "Lucky Enough to Be a Ghost", which would have ended with the Ghostly Trio hoisting Dr. Harvey up to the ceiling just as Kat walks in to ask him about having the Halloween party at Whipstaff. This explains Kat's line in the finished film about her father having "hit the ceiling" when he found out about the party. Christina Ricci does deliver the line in a dry enough way to make it non-obvious that this is supposed to be a pun, but it's still hard to imagine the mild-mannered Dr. Harvey hitting the ceiling in a figurative sense either.
  • Upon its initial release, the 1932 film Rasputin and the Empress featured a scene which implied that Rasputin had raped Princess Natasha, who was a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Princess Irina Yusupov. In 1932, the real Princess Irina Yusupov was still alive and feeling litigious. Along with her husband Felix, she sued and won, which led to the This Is a Work of Fiction disclaimer. The offending scene was removed from the movie, creating a plot hole in which it's not explained why Princess Natasha changes from supporting Rasputin to being afraid of him.
  • The matador scene in The Cat in the Hat was the setup for a deleted verse which can be heard on the soundtrack CD and accessed on the "Deleted Scenes" feature on the DVD. It was removed and thus it's a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • Star Wars:
    • A New Hope:
      • Han's parting words to Jabba in Mos Eisley, calling him a "wonderful human being," made more sense in the scene as originally filmed and then deleted. At that time, Jabba was not yet the giant sluglike alien canonized in Return of the Jedi and was indeed human. The slug design was digitally edited over the original footage when the scene was restored in the Special Edition. Luckily enough, the line was already delivered in a deeply sarcastic tone, making it easy to handwave as a snarky joke on Han's part.
      • Luke's friendship with Biggs was completely cut from the original version of the movie along with the Tosche Station scene, where he met Biggs and discussed his deal with his uncle to stay on the farm for another season and Biggs told Luke that he was planning on joining the Rebellion. As a result, Luke mentions Biggs early on when bemoaning that he's never going to get off Tatooine with no indication of who Biggs is, the scene where he reunites with Biggs in the Rebel hangar before the start of the Battle of Yavin was also cut, his muttered "Blast it, Biggs, where are you?!" during the battle when he has a TIE fighter on his tail (before being saved by Wedge) seems rather random (although it could be interpreted as bitterness that he'd saved Biggs from a similar fate only a few minutes before and Biggs isn't repaying the favour), and Biggs' death at Vader's hands doesn't have the same impact (although Luke's horrified shock at it still made sense in the context that Biggs' death leaves him alone as the last hope of the Rebellion). The Special Edition restored the scene of their reunion in the hangar, making it clear that Luke knew Biggs from somewhere in his past, but with the Toshe Station scene still absent it came across more like Remember the New Guy?.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, the AT-AT pilot General Veers, who disappears after the battle of Hoth, was originally supposed to be killed by Hobbie, who is named by Luke but not seen in-person, crashing his snowspeeder into the cockpit after the targeting of the power generator. A remnant of this scene can be seen when the walker that Luke plants a grenade in explodes at the head rather than the body, and it was also reinstated in the novelization.
    • The weird bit in The Last Jedi where Admiral Holdo caresses an unconscious Poe's face and says she likes him is a rather unfortunate artifact from an earlier version of the script where Poe and Holdo were the same age and had a Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic going on.
    • In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon and Anakin are inexplicably running, with Anakin complaining that he's tired no less, right before Darth Maul shows up and starts dueling Qui-Gon. In the final film, there's no explanation for why they weren't just walking at a normal pace, but there's a deleted scene in which they encountered one of Darth Maul's probe droids and started running.
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the Evil Bill and Ted say "Good luck getting to the concert!" to the originals; while it comes off as petty mockery, in the original script they actually followed up on it by siccing real-world versions of Bill and Ted's Ironic Hells (the Easter Bunny, Bill's grandmother, and Colonel Oates) on the boys to try and stop them. This scene still occurs in the novelization and the comic book adaptation of the film.
  • Back to the Future:
    • The first film:
      • Ever wonder why George had peanut brittle for dinner in 1985? Originally, after meeting with Biff, Marty tries to urge George to stand up for himself when a child selling peanut brittle shows up. Instead, he caves, buying all of it, with the child's father saying "See, I told you we'd only have to stop at one house."
      • When Marty asks why George was not at school, the day following his encounter with "Darth Vader", George explains that he overslept. An extended version of the "Darth Vader" scene shows that Marty chloroformed George after their conversation. This is likely the reason why George overslept.
      • A deleted scene has the 1955 Doc finding a handheld hair dryer in the 1985 Doc's suitcase, explaining where the "Ray Gun" used by "Darth Vader" came from.
    • Back to the Future Part III: Originally, Buford Tannen and his gang were supposed to encounter Marshall Strickland with his son before Buford's duel with Marty. Strickland lets them go until Buford shoots him in the back, killing him, then saying "I Lied!" before riding off. It got dropped because it changed the tone of the duel. This act was so heinous that it wasn't right that Buford not die (and he can't, because Buford needs to live long enough to extend the Tannen family line). This explains why Strickland's deputy, now wearing a Marshall's badge, arrests Buford and his gang, with the line "You're under arrest for the murder of Marshall Strickland" redubbed to "You're under arrest for robbing the Pine City stage!"
  • Shanghai Noon: Originally, there was a whole sequence where Chon Wang's fellow Chinese guards are discovered by a conman named Bulldog Drummond, played by Curtis Armstrong, who tries to showcase them to audiences. When they realize what's happening, he gets beaten and they take his wagon, which is what they used to travel to the church. Drummond is subsequently mugged by Wallace and the gang, who reveals where the guards are going, which explains how they show up there in the end.
  • Stripes: In the theatrical cut, Sgt. Hulka tells the platoon that some soldiers left the base without permission, and threatens to punish the entire platoon before John and Russell reluctantly fess up to that. If you watch the extended cut of the film, you'll find that they tried to desert during Basic, and somehow end up parachuting into somewhere in South America, before running into a group of rebels, accidentally dumping a bunch of LSD into their stew, almost getting killed, and sneaking off before getting put back on the plane and sent back to Basic. Also, Stripes was initially planned to be a Cheech and Chong movie, so such a scene would have fit their comedic style.
  • Titanic has one hour worth of Deleted Scenes, so it isn't surprising that the final cut has multiple instances of this.
    • When Jack makes Rose "fly" at the bow, he starts singing the popular 1910 song Come Josephine In My Flying Machine and she laughs. This is because she remembers singing it in an earlier, deleted scene after Jack brings Rose to a party in steerage. On their way back to First Class, the two sing Come Josephine.
    • When Cal finds Rose near the lifeboats, he is disgusted to see her in a poor-looking chequered blanket. In a deleted scene, she is gifted that blanket by a steerage couple after they escape the flooding hallway. The same steerage couple is seen swimming in the freezing water after the ship goes down.
    • Lovejoy bleeds from his head in his last scene because he had a deleted fight scene with Jack in the flooding dining room. This fight ended with Jack pushing Lovejoy's head into a glass pane.
    • Before the final plunge, Rose shares a glance with a terrified blonde woman holding onto the rails. This woman, Helga, was originally a love interest of Fabrizio and a Foil to Rose - she would choose her family over her love to their mutual downfall - but her subplot was cut. The only scene that remains in the movie to justify Rose recognizing her is a brief shot of Fabrizio dancing with her when Rose goes to steerage.
    • A Chinese passenger appears twice in the movie: right after Fabrizio and Jack enter the ship, and again when they try to exit steerage through the fenced stairs. He never interacts with anyone but his presence is striking because he's at the center of the screen both times and the only non-white actor in the movie. The Chinese passenger is Fang Lang, a real survivor who was saved by the returning lifeboat; these appearances were meant to set his rescue scene but it was cut.
    • First-time watchers are surprised to see the little girl Cora and her father among the Titanic 'ghosts' in the last scene. A deleted scene showed them drowning behind a hallway fence in steerage (along with their mother and wife), but James Cameron thought it was too depressing.
  • Bright:
    • In the film's original draft, Officer Ward was going to be separated from his wife. In Jakoby and Ward's first ride together, Jakoby says that Ward doesn't know anything about love and that he hasn't had sex in a long time. However, that whole subplot is dropped from the final film, where Ward is still Happily Married, making the conversation completely nonsensical and undermining Jakoby's claim to be able to "sense" these things.
    • Tikka's childlike behavior made a lot more sense when she was written to be a child. They made her into a young woman because a scene required her to enter a strip club, but she retains the body language of a child, which makes it seem like something is wrong with her.
  • The first death in Final Destination featured Tod getting startled by a shadow in the mirror, and the water he slipped on in the bathroom retreating back into the toilet to make his death look like a suicide. This is left over from when all the deaths were planned this way, but the filmmakers changed their minds to have the others as accidents.
  • In the climax of Carrie (1976), boulders can be seen crashing through the ceiling of the house. This ties in with a planned opening showing Carrie as a child making stones rain down on the roof that was cut. Additionally, the scene would have had the house getting buried by falling boulders. But the machine malfunctioned and they had to just burn the house down instead. This is also why Carrie's grave is under a pile of stones.
  • Hook has a scene where Peter's daughter Maggie sings a song for the pirates. This is a leftover from when the film was planned as a musical. The school play also has a song called "We Don't Wanna Grow Up".
  • The Lovely Bones originally adapted the subplot from the book where Abigail has an affair with the detective. There's a lot of chemistry between the two characters in a scene at the police station - which was clearly meant to start the subplot off. And later in the scene where Jack hugs the detective, he can be seen looking a little guilty.
  • The Technicolor remake of Imitation of Life was planned as a musical - hence the plot point of Lora becoming a Broadway star instead of a businesswoman, the cameo of Mahalia Jackson singing at Annie's funeral and Sarah Jane becoming a dancer and chorus girl instead of a waitress.
  • Kingdom of Heaven's final battle features Queen Sibylla cutting all her hair off before going incognito to tend to the wounded. This act makes much more sense with Ridley Scott's planned ending where the character would become a nun - who traditionally cut their hair off as a symbol of giving up their old life to serve God now. But Executive Meddling wanted Balian and Sibylla to end up together at the end. In the Director's Cut the haircut still makes some sense too as Sibylla chose to poison her son as a Mercy Kill when she discovered he had leprosy - so it could be seen as an act of mourning.
  • The World of Suzie Wong's eponymous heroine speaks in broken English - which comes from her original actress France Nuyen having limited English (and having to learn her lines phonetically). Midway through filming she was replaced with Nancy Kwan - who spoke perfect English.
  • (500) Days of Summer has a flashback to the teenage Summer cutting her hair. In the original script, Summer is described as having short hair (making it a Visual Pun that she has a pixie haircut). But Zooey Deschanel wears her hair long, so the flashback seems like a Non Sequitur (although it does fit in with Summer's impulsive personality).
  • In America:
    • Christy narrates over her parents sleeping together "and that's when the baby was conceived". It's implied that she's narrating in the present tense at the same age she is now. She's ten. In the original script she was written to be a thirteen-year-old - explaining why she would know about conception. Sarah Bolger (who was ten) simply gave the best audition and you can just assume that Christy knows more than she should.
    • The film also has a couple of holdovers from when it was going to be set in 1982:
      • The first is the family going to see E.T. in cinemas - and the film having a recurring significance for them (Johnny nearly bankrupts everyone getting an ET doll from a carnival, another character dying pretends he's going to his home planet like ET). The filmmakers lucked out when ET was re-released in 2002 to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
      • Mateo's death from AIDS, given that 1982 was during the crisis, especially the film's New York setting. Given that Jim Sheridan based the film on his own experiences in New York in the 80s, it's likely a fictionalisation of someone he knew with the disease.
      • A minor one is the Sullivans not knowing what trick-or-treating is when they move to New York. Halloween was never a particularly big deal in Ireland (ironically it was Irish immigrants who introduced it to America in the first place), and there wasn't much of an industry for costumes (especially in the poor economy of the 60s and 70s when the parents would have grown up) - explaining why they make their own. So in 2002 (when the movie takes place) the family not knowing about trick-or-treating is especially odd. Making their own costumes, however, is justified by their poverty at the start.
  • Laurel and Hardy: The short Twice Two has one of the wives mention a "surprise" for Ollie. We never learn what this surprise was in the film. According to the notes on the Laurel & Hardy Essential Collection DVD set, the script states the surprise as being a 16mm home movies projector. Back in 1933, such a device would have cost a lot of money!
  • House of Wax (2005) had an alternate opening featuring a girl called Jennifer being killed on the side of the road. It was cut from the film, but a waxwork of Jennifer is still given special attention in the third act - as the winner of the 'Miss Ambrose' Beauty Contest. The pageant is discussed a couple of times earlier in the film at least.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Right before she's kidnapped by the villains, Daphne is seen running out of a building and slamming the door shut. This is because of a cut scene that took place inside the girls' locker room - where Daphne encountered a possessed Velma and several other girls. They're who she was running from.
    • Shaggy knows to look for Daphne's soul in the pit after he's found Fred and Velma's. The reason is that he was originally going to stumble upon Daphne's soul being extracted from her body and a monster inhabiting it. This scene too was deleted.
    • Old Man Smithers/The Luna Ghost was originally meant to be the main villain of the movie. In the finished product, he only appears in the film's prologue, but the Luna Ghost was still featured prominently on the movie poster.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Justin Finch-Fletchley is Demoted to Extra in Chamber of Secrets, and Harry knowing who he is right before the snake incident in Duelling Club appears to be Remember the New Guy?. An extended version of the scene had Harry meeting Justin in the club and chatting about him being Muggle-born.
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
      • There's one to the original plan to break into Umbridge's office after Harry's vision - where Luna, Ginny and Neville are brought in because they helped. In the film it's just Harry, Ron and Hermione breaking in.
      • Percy Weasley is shown accompanying Cornelius Fudge in several scenes, including one in which he's restraining Harry in Dumbledore's office. There's no in-film explanation for why Percy is in these scenes, and he never even gets any lines. These appearances are just artifacts of the book's subplot in which he got a job at the Ministry and disowned his family.
    • In the attack on the Burrow in Half Blood Prince, Ginny inexplicably does nothing once Fenrir Greyback shows up. As shown in the trailer, he disarmed her from afar. Ginny can be seen picking up her wand as soon as Lupin and Tonks get there too.
  • Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later:
    • The opening credits show a newspaper picture of a pair of bloody scissors - referencing the ending of the fourth film. Originally the fourth, fifth and sixth films were going to be acknowledged in a scene where one of Laurie's students gives a report on 'the Haddonfield murders'. The finished film ended up being a Soft Reboot that ignored the previous three movies.
    • Michael Myers notably has no burn scars, despite having been in a fire at the end of the second film. While it seems like a simple Series Continuity Error, it was originally a hint to the planned reveal that it wasn't the real Michael, but a copycat killer.
  • A Knight's Tale:
    • When Kate is teaching William to dance she asks what he's planning to do with his hair for the evening. Originally William was supposed to appear at the banquet with his hair slicked back and covered in silver after Kate restyles it for him. A single scene, which ended up being cut, was filmed with this hairstyle before the crew realised it looked ridiculous. The rest of the banquet was shot with William's usual blonde curls which leaves Kate's comment as an odd non-sequitir.
    • After Chaucer pays off Simon the Summoner and Peter the Pardoner the duo leave with Simon making a snarky comment that they'll see Chaucer again very soon. Originally they were supposed to appear again later in the movie to inform Chaucer that William's true identity has been discovered but that scene was cut.
  • In The Fly (1986), after his tryst with Tawny Seth is often clutching the left side of his abdomen for the next few minutes; some time later when he has figured out how to Wall Crawl Seth reveals to Veronica that there is a bizarre growth there and jokes "Oh, look at this. What's this? I dunno." The payoff to this scene was part of the infamous "monkey-cat" Deleted Scene that was slotted between Veronica telling Stathis about her pregnancy and her Nightmare Sequence: Seth, alone in The Madness Place and having just created and slain a hybrid baboon-cat creature with his telepods, is on the roof of the warehouse when a sudden pain from the growth causes him to tumble off. Managing to slide down the wall and land on an awning, he is horrified to see an insect leg emerge from the growth — so he bites it off. In the finished film's climax, the right-side counterpart to the severed leg emerges upon his One-Winged Angel transformation (meaning he was supposed to have six limbs, just like a fly).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) starts In Medias Res with Sonic attempting to outrun Dr. Robotnik and his Eggpod, then the scene freezes and after some narration from the title character, the film rewinds to the beginning of the film's story. During the rewind a brief blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Tom Wachowski's truck driving past an "Oregon Welcomes You" sign is shown, except there's no point in the movie where Tom or Sonic ever visit Oregon, suggesting it's a remnant of a Deleted Scene.
  • During a montage in Ghostbusters II, there's an odd moment where Ecto-1 goes through an intersection while Peter looks surprised. This is the leftover of a deleted sequence where Vigo possesses Ray and tries to force him to crash Ecto-1 before being stopped by Winston.
  • James Bond:
    • In Goldfinger, Goldfinger's nuclear warhead is stopped with 7 seconds left (displayed as 007), but James Bond quips "Three more clicks and Goldfinger would have hit the jackpot" because the bomb originally was intended to be defused with 3 (003) seconds left.
    • In Tomorrow Never Dies, when Q shows Bond his BMW 750i, there's a cage with a live jaguar next to it. In the uncut scene, Q was saying "Your new car..." and opens the crate with the jaguar inside, with the exchange "Jaguar?" "Wrong assignment." preceding the proper reveal.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 had a deleted scene as part of the montage of assassins going after the bounty Santino has placed on John, in which he would've fought off a pair of assassins in the streets of Chinatown. The final film however still contains a brief remnant of this scene, with the sequence of the Continental's clerks creating the bounty including a shot of John walking through Chinatown.
  • The original cut of Planes, Trains and Automobiles was over 3 hours long, before it was cut down to 2 hours, and then eventually 90 minutes. There are several references to the cut material in the finished product.
    • Many scenes on the airplane were cut, including long stretches of Del talking Neal's ear off. This is referred to in the final cut where Neal, during his first big blow-up with him, accuses Del of telling boring, unamusing anecdotes.
    • When Neal accuses Del of stealing his money, he mentions that Del went through his wallet to pay for pizza. This refers to a deleted scene where Del orders pizza their first night, and pays for it with money out of Neal's wallet. This also makes Neal's accusation of theft more believable. The burglar also was not just some random thief who stole Neal and Del's money by sheer coincidence. He was actually the pizza delivery guy from earlier. He broke in and stole their money in revenge for Del paying him a one dollar tip in pennies.
    • The exploding beer can was shown in a deleted scene while Neal and Del are eating pizza, rather than simply being mentioned after-the-fact.
    • The black eye that Del receives out of nowhere near the end of the trip (although implied in the final cut to be the result of an antsy truck driver) was the result of Neal punching him in a deleted scene upon discovering that Del had accidentally driven past Chicago the previous night. This would also explain why the state trooper that pulls them over has a Wisconsin badge. In the original cut, he's the one who informs them of the overshot.
    • An entire subplot was cut where Neal's wife suspects that he's having an affair and that "Del" is merely a persona he's created to explain why he hasn't arrived home yet. The tears of joy when Neal finally comes home was originally supposed to be elation upon discovering that Neal was telling the truth the whole time.
  • The Breakfast Club:
    • The movie has a deleted scene where Allison breaks into a teacher's locker and, finding a copy of 1999 (Album) by Prince, tells Andy "You know what this means? They're human." The final version of the film has a scene in the library where Allison is shown, in a reaction shot, to be inspecting the album, with no explanation of where she got it or why she has it.
    • There's a deleted scene in which Clair acts out a parodied conversation with her parents, to go along with Bender's "A Night at Big Bri's House" bit, and Brian's response (which was also deleted). What she says informs Bender's later statement about her "Poor, rich, drunk mother in the Caribbean" which otherwise just seems like information he's pulling out of nowhere.
  • In The Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak is a Vietnam War veteran, but in the original draft, it was revealed that Walter didn't actually serve in Vietnam. Following Donny's funeral, the Dude was going to yell at Walter, "You were never fucking in Vietnam, Walter". We still see shades of this as the Dude gets angry at Walter for ranting about Vietnam during his eulogy for Donny.
  • Dead Poets Society: After Todd finds out that Neil's dead, he despondently runs towards the school's dock, screaming Neil's name. In a deleted scene, Todd and Neil were at the dock helping him rehearse for A Midsummer Night's Dream, showing Todd more open and at ease with himself, which was why Todd ran there.
  • The Incredible Melting Man was intended to be a spoof of 1950s monster movies, but the executives insisted that the director make it a straight horror movie. The result is that there are many odd scenes that clash horribly with the film's serious tone, which—along with the film's ridiculous title—are all holdovers of the original comedic premise.
  • Spider-Man: J. Jonah Jameson mentions that "Eddie" has been trying to photograph Spider-Man for weeks, referring to a version of Eddie Brock played by R.C. Everbeck whose scene was cut from the film.

    Literature 
  • The 2012 edition of The Discworld Companion contains a version of Dr. Andrew Millard and Prof. Terry Tao's rules for Cripple Mr Onion, with a note that this was intended to tie in with an official Caroc deck. As of 2021, there is no official Caroc deck.
  • An interesting example happened with an issue of People magazine where Betty White was interviewed concerning her 100th birthday. Said issue wound up being released on the day she passed away.
    • The Fathom Event that was held to celebrate her 100th birthday averted this trope. The title was changed from Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration to Betty White: A Celebration to reflect the fact that she had died.
    • A Woman's World magazine that was published on January 17, 2022 also featured a piece on Betty White turning 100.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: In "A Hole in the World", Angel is having a phone conversation with Giles, trying to get a hold of Willow to help solve the Fred/Illyria problem. Before the show was cancelled, Willow was planned to show up in Season 6 to help separate Fred and Illyria's souls.
  • Better Call Saul: Midway through the fifth season, it's revealed through crime scene pictures and a witness that Mike tracks down that Lalo had burned down the Travel Wire after he killed Fred Whalen, the innocent clerk, in the season 4 finale. Lalo setting the fire wasn't shown in the season 4 finale when it aired, but the footage was filmed and can be seen in the deleted scenes.
  • Charmed's fifth season premiere has Phoebe and Cole mutually agreeing that their relationship is over - which is very inconsistent with Cole's attempts to win her back for the rest of his time on the show. This is because the episode was going to start an arc with Cole falling in love with Paige instead. When both actors protested the storyline, it was dropped.
  • When the first few hour-long episodes of Cheap Seats were cut down to a half-hour, a few references and jokes were left orphaned. Example: in the "Superdogs/Superjocks" episode, there was a warning in "What 2 Look 4" for an obscene number of dog-puns. The subsequent edits chopped out the majority of them. (there were still some groaners, but not enough to justify a warning.)
  • Chernobyl: In the early minutes of the disaster, Dyatlov mentions that he's "seen worse" but the show never follows upon. Another episode was going to reveal that he had survived a nuclear accident two decades prior, but the relevant scene was cut.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Dialogue in "The Macra Terror" refers to the Macra as being "insects", having apparently not been rewritten when they were changed to giant crabs (or in a couple of cases rewritten as "an insect like a crab"). Parodied in Doctor Who Magazine's "Blogs of Doom" feature, in which the Pilot says that Medok's claim he saw a giant insect that looked exactly like a crab is perhaps less likely than that he saw a giant crab. (Although he didn't see that either, obviously.)
    • In the first episode of "State of Decay", the peasants greatly fear something called "The Wasting", which they all refuse to explain what it is.... and then it's never brought again for the rest of the serial. It was apparently a holdover from an earlier version of the story.
    • In "Castrovalva", the newly-regenerated Fifth Doctor mentions sensing an malevolent presence at the center of the Tardis. This would've been followed up on later in the season, but the planned story ("The Enemy Within" by Christopher Priest) got dropped, leaving the reference sticking out as an odd aside.
    • Robert Shearman has stated that the reference to Van Statten's birthday at the start of "Dalek" was supposed to be set up for an ultimately cut plot thread that the Dalek had been tortured just to make it say "Happy Birthday" to Van Statten.
    • In "The Doctor Dances", when Captain Jack arrives at the climax, the Doctor shouts to him "Change of plan!", but they never actually made a plan. In the script book, Steven Moffat explains that the plan was in an earlier draft of the script and got cut because it was slowing the episode down.
      • From the same episode, the joke about the Doctor going back in time to give Rose's child self a Christmas present is the remnant of a dropped storyline that would've revealed that the Doctor had been secretly using time travel to alter Rose's life in order to make her into the perfect companion.
    • In "The Eleventh Hour", the Eleventh Doctor suddenly takes an interest in a duck pond, noting that there aren't any ducks. This was supposed to set up a Brick Joke in the series finale where, as the Doctor, Amy, and Rory take off in the Tardis, the duck pond would've been shown again—this time with ducks, implying that they'd been removed from history by the cracks in time. This got cut after the scene was moved to Amy's garden.
    • In "Twice Upon a Time", during the Twelfth Doctor's speech for his future self, he tells them to "never ever eat pears". This is a reference to "Human Nature", where the Tenth Doctor leaves a list of instructions behind for Martha to follow to make sure his human self doesn't do something bad, including a very passionate speech about how much he hates pears and to never let him eat one. The only problem being that this speech was never audible in the final episode, and ended up in the fast-forwarded bit. This is a bit of an edge case, though, since "Human Nature" aired years before "Twice Upon a Time" was written, and so the reference was already "orphaned" even before it was written. The writers may have intended it as a Mythology Gag, since the full cut of Ten's "pears" speech has become quite popular online, and originally came from the much shorter list in the Doctor Who New Adventures version of Human Nature.
  • Firefly: Inara’ as syringe in the pilot and her comment in “Out of Gas” about not wanting to die at all were meant to hint at her having a terminal illness, which would have been revealed had the show not been cancelled. It was eventually addressed in the novel “Life Signs”.
  • Friends. In "The One With the Kissing" there was a scene where Joey tries to imitate Chandlers "European Greeting" on Monica, the scene was cut but later a scene in the episode had Monica get locked out of the apartment and Joey told her he'd "Knock down the door if she gave him some sugar". Feeling very random and out of nowhere.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Season 1 features a cameo for Jeyne Poole and a couple of lines alluding to her. She gets a big role in the book A Storm of Swords where Littlefinger passes her off as Arya and marries her to Ramsay Bolton. By the time the show came around to adapting this plot, the writers had decided to give the story to Sansa instead, and thus this Early-Bird Cameo amounts to nothing.
    • In Prince Oberyn's first appearances, he writes a poem for his daughter Elia and tells Cersei he has eight bastard daughters. This is true in the books, but when the show introduced the Sand Snakes next season, they only used the three eldest (Obara, Nymeria and Tyene). Tyene is also combined with Elia, who never appears in the series.
  • Parodied in Garth Marenghis Darkplace. The theme song of the Show Within a Show includes an inexplicable clip of the protagonist running away from an exploding ambulance while cradling a baby. We never see any sort of context for it, until one of the interview segments reveals that Garth somehow managed to blow the budget for an entire episode on that one shot, forcing the crew to cut the episode.
  • The Haunting of Hill House originally had the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue revealed as just another illusion created by the Red Room - showing that they were all still in the house. This explains why the sequence is a lot more sentimental than the show is known for.
  • After Season 4 of Lucifer (2016) was cancelled, two episodes from it which had already been filmed were aired as "specials". Eventually, a different Season 4 was produced by Netflix, which rendered the placement of these two specials as post-Season 3 untenable; Word of God gave both fo them new official places in the timeline, prior to the finale of Season 3. This causes an issue with a beat in Boo Normal: when Ella asks Chloe if she deems Ella "crazy" for her claims that she can see a ghost, Chloe denies it and explains that she's seen "much, much crazier things". This was clearly scripted as a reference to her having found out about Lucifer's true nature in the Season 3 finale. If the episode takes place in Season 3, i.e. before Chloe gets conclusive proof of the supernatural, it's not clear what she might be referring to or why she's so accepting of Ella, possibly giving the unfortunate impression that she doesn't believe Ella and is patronisingly humoring her delusion.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Season 1's "Skin Deep" has a flashback to Regina walking into Rumpelstiltskin's castle saying she has a problem with a certain mermaid. This is because Ariel was down in the plans to show up in Season 2, but had her debut pushed back to Season 3. In Ariel's actual episode, her flashback doesn't involve Rumple at all.
    • Another Season 1 episode "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" mentions that the genie is from Agrabah, which was meant to be Foreshadowing to Aladdin's planned debut in Season 2. Like Ariel, he was pushed back and didn't show up until Season 6!
    • The Season 5 "Broken Heart" has a flashback where Snow White sends Lancelot to get help from his mother, who is the Lady of the Lake - and Lancelot's debut episode was indeed titled "Lady of the Lake". He's never seen again. There was a deleted scene showing him seeing the Dark Curse being cast from far away, but be powerless to help anyone. The next episode cut all scenes resolving the Camelot arc, and it went in a different direction in the second half of the season.
  • The producer's cut of the Parks and Recreation episode "Halloween Surprise" includes a scene where Chris recommends that Ann try "dating herself" instead of getting involved with any more men, but this was cut from the aired version. In the next episode, "Ben's Parents", Ann mentions that she can't date Chris because she is dating herself. Although she explains what she means, it comes slightly out of nowhere.
  • Person of Interest: In "Aletheia", when Finch tells Shaw to plan an escape route like Reese would, he says, "As you've said, you're a hammer." Shaw did refer to herself as a hammer, back in "Liberty"...or at least, in its trailer.
  • Red Dwarf: The name of the spaceship the Dwarfers discover in the eponymous "Trojan" was meant to be foreshadowing for a later episode which would have revealed a monster on board the Trojan had stowed away on Red Dwarf, which ended up not getting produced.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch's "When Teens Collide" is about molecular instability causing things to go haywire in the Spellman house - including the sofa sucking in anyone who sits on it, and a black hole opening in the kitchen sink. When Hilda references these things, she mentions keeping their guests "out of the chair" - referencing another case of molecular instability that was presumably cut for time.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures: In "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?", Maria is wiped from time and only Alan remembers her. Chrissie pays Alan a visit after time has been altered and tells him they never had a daughter. Alan protests that Chrissie was at their house earlier and saw Maria. This refers to a cut scene earlier in the serial where Chrissie does indeed visit the house and sees Maria.
  • Seinfeld: At the end of "The Frogger", Kramer tries to block off the street so that George can move the Frogger machine to the other side, but runs out of police tape. This is part of a cut storyline where Kramer uses the police tape to attempt to woo a woman.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: At the end of "Relics," as Scotty prepares to depart, Troi gives him a kiss on the cheek, which seems odd as she's had virtually no interaction with him. However, there was originally a scene between them earlier in the episode, in which she tried to draw him out but he reacted poorly when he realized she was a therapist.
  • This can occasionally happen on Wheel of Fortune, of all shows. Typically, the producers will edit out a cycle of turns if it doesn't affect the score or the puzzle (for instance, if all three players consecutively call wrong letters, hit Lose a Turn, and/or hit Bankrupt when they have nothing that they can lose to it). In some instances, host Pat Sajak has made reference to such turns — most often in the form of telling a player that a letter was already called, when the first such instance was edited out; saying that a player hit Bankrupt X amount of times; or making some comment conducive to finally uncovering a letter after several wrong ones were called, even though the home viewer only saw one or two at best.
  • One episode of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger has a Callback to a deleted scene from The Movie. Apparently someone didn't get the message that that scene would be important later on.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • In The Bible:
    • St. Paul refers approvingly to a work called the Book of Enoch, which he recommends to true believers as an edifying work of faith and religion which can only deepen the reader's understanding of the ways of God and His working in the world. In context, Enoch was a prophet of old Israel - there are several stray references to him in the Old Testament as one of the mighty prophets of old who was righteous in the sight of G-d and who is seen as in the next tier down from Abraham and Moses. But go to the Old Testament to look for the book which St. Paul all but says is indispensable to an understanding of faith...not a trace. Not there. Just these orphaned references to a lost prophet and a lost book of the Bible. Luckily the Ethiopian church kept some copies around (originally dismissed as fakes but confirmed as genuine when fragments were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls) so it's widely available now, although most churches don't consider it canon.
    • There is the lost "Book of Jasher", which is mentioned in Joshua 10:13, which talks about a time when the sun stayed up longer than usual and ends with "Is it not written in the Book Of Jasher"? as a rhetorical question, implying said book would be well-known to the original audience (the ancient Israelites). Alas, nothing of the book has been found, other than what is almost certainly a forgery.
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    Tabletop Games 
  • In Delta Green: Impossible Landscapes several times quote a set of three short stories: Broadalbin, Ambrose, and Sosostris, all written by Delta Green co-creator and Impossible Lanscapes lead writer Jonh Scott Tynes. The problem is, those three stories were published in a very limited run back in the 90s and reprinted to a few obscure anthology books and magazines. The Delta Green: The Conspiracy kickstater finally financed the re-release of those stories so fans won't be lost on the references.
  • BattleTech:
    • Fans were left scratching their heads over the Liberator, a mysterious 40-ton 'Mech that showed up in the assignment tables in early sourcebooks, most notably the first edition printing of the Mechwarrior RPG. Unlike all the other 'Mechs that appeared in the source books, no reference sheet for the machine ever existed, nor could anyone actually place where the thing came from. Some argued that it was meant to be an early version of the Sentinel, but the Sentinel did not appear in any form until nearly 3 years later. Someone on the design team caught on to this mystery 'Mech and finally gave it an identity after twenty-seven years: the Liberator ended up being a Flawed Prototype that suffered from such devastating Overheating problems that it violently exploded from an ammunition rack detonation within a minute of firing its weapons in earnest.
    • The entry for the Vixen in Technical Readout: 3055 mentioned a mech called the Matador, another mech that fans were left scratching their heads about. There would eventually be a mech named the Matador released seven years later in Technical Readout: 3060, but Word of God from one of the writers would eventually reveal that "Matador" had originally been the name used for the mech that was labeled the Phoenix Hawk IIC in Technical Readout: 3055 and the reference had been missed after the name was changed.
  • The Margaret Weis Marvel Heroic Roleplaying books mention certain characters as being included in supplements that either only existed briefly in PDF format (Professor X in Civil War: X-men Supplement), or never appeared at all (Black Bolt in Annihilation: War of Kings).
  • The Mutants & Masterminds Second Edition Silver Age book has a reference to a Supervillain's Handbook that never materialized. According to Steve Kenson, most of the material got turned into the 3E Gamemaster's Guide instead.
  • The Avalon sourcebook for 7th Sea has a Destiny Spread that grants the character a "1 Point Druidic Secrets Advantage." But Druidic Secrets didn't make it to the printed book.
  • The Second Edition Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Imperial Guard made reference to allying with units from Codex: Squats. The Squat race were an embarrassment that Games Workshop struggled to make work, and were unceremoniously removed from the setting with their planned codex canned just after the Imperial Guard codex came out in print. Something similar happened in fifth edition; Ultramarines (and no other Imperial armies) had a rule that they could ally with Tau to the same degree as with other Imperial armies. GW never did really explain what that was supposed to be about.

    Theatre 

Creators:

  • William Shakespeare had to deal with it (or at least his literary executors did): In the First Folio there are various references to things which were changed from the original "final" texts. For example in Henry IV there's a reference to Oldcastle in the stage directions, which is the name Falstaff first had until some descendants of the real Oldcastle complained. There's also a punny line that only works with the name Oldcastle.
    • There is also Hamlet's "I am but mad north-northwest. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw". No-one today has any clue what he is referencing, but scholars figure that it references something common in the 1600s that has been lost to time.
    • In The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Host of the Garter Inn repeatedly references a subplot about three German guests at his Inn. These German characters are never seen in the play, but oddly enough, they eventually steal the Host's horses, thus providing poetic justice for the Host's earlier pranks on Caius and Evans. This detail is so odd that it is only reasonable to assume that some material was cut. Either these Germans befriended Caius and Evans, or, as many scholars theorize, they were simply Caius, Evans, and perhaps Bardolph in disguise.

Works:

  • In "Wonderful Music" from 110 in the Shade, Lizzie ecstatically sings, "Now I'm no longer alone" on a soaring phrase that seems to have been inserted to cover a modulation. In fact, it derives from one of the show's many Cut Songs, File's "Why Can't They Leave Me Alone?"
  • Usually, Anne of Green Gables has Matthew sing a song called "The Words," which is reprised by his sister Marilla near the end. However, an alternate song is provided with the book for amateur productions to use as needed if they want to buy more time for a wig swap for Anne in the next scene. Productions that use "When I Say My Say" instead of "The Words" often keep the latter's reprise intact without any context to what it's supposed to be alluding to.
  • Trekkie Monster from Avenue Q was originally a Trekkie but this was changed to avoid copyright problems. The name remained unchanged.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had a scene deleted after the show had been up and running for a while that resulted in this. Willy Wonka's introductory song "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" has the lyrics "Beyond this door's a factory/Begat from just a bean". Originally, the phrase "just a bean" — referring to the humble cacao bean that serves as the first ingredient in chocolate — turned up in the Opening Narration of the animated prologue "Creation Overture", so the lyric was a Meaningful Echo further strengthened by the audience realizing that the offscreen narrator was actually Mr. Wonka. "Creation Overture" was cut when the show had its first major cast change, so the echo is now lost.
  • Frozen (2018)
    • The melody of the Adapted Out opening number "Frozen Heart" can be heard as background music in several instances, notably during the new opener "Let The Sun Shine On" when Queen Iduna warns Elsa against using her ice magic in public. Said number also incorporates Elsa and Anna's "One two three together, clap together, snap together" chant from the Cut Song "We Know Better".
    • "True Love" was cut from later productions but its lyrics and melody are still heavily referenced in Reprise Medley song "Colder by the Minute".
  • In Fun Home, Alison's line in "Telephone Wire," "I really tried to deny my feelings for girls," is meant as an echo of an earlier song that was omitted from the Broadway version and its soundtrack.
  • In Gypsy, while most of the music and lyrics of "Rose's Turn" are based on or allude to earlier numbers, the "Momma's talking loud" section is a reference to the Cut Song "Momma's Talkin' Soft".
  • Jasper In Deadland originally had a song called "Agnes", involving Jasper singing about his best friend Agnes and why she was so important to him. The song was eventually cut and replaced with "The Killing", however the much later song "Lifesong" suddenly plays the same melody with similar lyrics when it mentions Agnes.
  • In the second act of Lady in the Dark, Liza picks up a book on astrology Allison had left for her, and starts hearing voices mocking her: "Astrology! The stars! And you're clutching at it! Helplessly! You're clutching at anything!" The third Dream Sequence soon ensues, and Liza was originally to have defended her indecisions in a Western Zodiac-themed Cut Song.
  • In the finale of Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey and Seymour (now part of the plant) sing, "We'll have tomorrow!" This was the title of a Cut Song.
  • Madama Butterfly has a modulating theme heard at two different points in the Intermezzo, which derives from a usually-cut portion of the love duet where Butterfly sings it to the Italian lyrics: "Ma, vi dico in verità, a tutta prima le propose invano."
  • In On the Town, the verse to "Lonely Town" begins with Gabey singing, "Gabey's comin', Gabey's comin' to town." Both the words and the tune of this were an ironic Call-Back to a song cut from the original Broadway production, though later productions have frequently reinstated it.
  • The Ring of the Nibelung: Drafts of The Young Siegfried had Alberich bringing a horde of Nibelungs with him to claim the Ring after Fafner's death, and Siegfried, once he emerges from the cave with the Ring, using its power to order the Nibelungs to disperse (as Alberich does in Das Rheingold). Wagner ultimately decided not to include a Nibelung ensemble in Siegfried, but this helps explain Hagen's otherwise mysterious explanation in Götterdämmerung that the Nibelungs have become slaves to Siegfried.
  • Ruddigore: Originally in the second act, Old Adam was to have changed his name to Gideon Crawle when he turned evil along with his master. This change of name was undone, but one reference to Gideon Crawle inexplicably remained.
  • Due to time constraints, many stage productions of Sweeney Todd cut the second part of the contest scene between Todd and Pirelli, where they compete to pull a person's tooth quickly and cleanly. However, few if any productions alter Todd's line before the contest, that he "can shave a cheek and pull a tooth with ten times more dexterity" than Pirelli. Or even Pirelli's singing "To shave-a the face/to pull-a the toot."
  • In Vanities; The Musical, the intro melody of "Fly Into the Future" is a vestige of the cut song "Nothing Like a Friend". Likewise, the coda of "Looking Good" from the Off-Broadway production and cast album has the line "Hey there, beautiful", the title of another cut song.
  • Wicked:
    • One Cut Song was called "I Hope You're Happy". "Defying Gravity" contains references to the song at the start and end with the "I hope you're happy!/I hope you're happy now!" lines.
    • A deleted song, "Making Good", is referenced by Madame Morrible in the intro of "The Wizard and I", the song that replaced it.
    • The line "We deserve each other" in "Dancing Through Life" is a leftover reference to its precursor, "Which Way is the Party?".

    Theme Parks 
  • To this day, Disney's Animal Kingdom contains several references to Beastly Kingdom - an area in the park that was going to be themed around mythical animals, but was scrapped at the last minute. References to this area include a "Unicorn" section in the parking lot, a dragon silhouette appearing in the park's logo, a stone dragon head on the entry gates, a dragon-shaped fountain that can be seen from the bridge to Pandora – The World of Avatar, and lastly a dragon cave that can be viewed along the long boardwalk from Pandora to Africa.
  • In E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios, Bontanicus tells the guests to bring E.T. home with either a spaceship or their bikes. When the attraction first opened, there was a special vehicle for wheelchair-bound guests that resembled E.T.'s mothership, which is what Bontanicus is referring to when he says "spaceship". For unknown reasons, the special vehicles were taken out at some pointnote , leaving this part of his holographic distress call a bit of a headscratcher.
  • The queue music for Splash Mountain includes an instrumental version of "Sooner or Later", the Cut Song that was replaced by "Burrow's Lament".

    Video Games 
  • In BioShock, the crawlspace behind a stall in the Farmer's Market contains two corpses hanging on meathooks. This was supposed to relate to a plot about a serial killer operating around the time of Rapture's fall that never went anywhere.
  • Child of Light's map includes the Isle of Nereida, which was supposedly planned to be the location of the Very Definitely Final Dungeon, but was left out of gameplay due to the game being Christmas Rushed. In the released game, following the battle with Nox in the Palace of the Sun beneath the Cynbel Sea and Aurora's death/resurrection cutscene, the party goes straight to fighting the Final Boss Umbra in some sort of airborne castle ruin.
  • Dawn of War: In the first game, stealth units couldn't attack while hiding, and could be detected by squad leader units along with minefields (as the tooltips said). In the second expansion (Dark Crusade), stealth units can attack invisibly, but there are only a few units capable of detecting them (and few commanders among them), but the tooltips still say heroes and commanders can detect stealth units and minefields.
  • In Chapter 2 of Deltarune, the first battle against Berdly takes place on a roller coaster. If you use the Bump X command, the text says "The whole gang will attempt to bump into Berdly's car!", and they all sequentially hit his car. This act can never fail or miss, and there are no obstacles, despite the wording of "attempt" making it seem as though it won't always work. The game has unused graphics and code for randomly-spawning obstacles on the track that the characters would ram into instead of Berdly, which aren't in the final version.
  • In Deus Ex, three in-game newspapers (written by in-universe publisher APR) refer to a place called the "Zhou Enlai Lunar Mining Complex," which is detailed as a place that was fully-staffed and running normally... until an unspecified incident onboard the station led to one of its payloads crashing back to Earth, killing 2,000 people in the Nigerian city of Ibadan. The newspapers are the only reference to an unimplemented "moon" mission, which would have seen lead character JC Denton travel to the complex to face off against a hostile AI named "ADA". This was initially intended to be the last mission of the game, but was cut prior to beta versions, though elements of it remain in the game — notably, enough evidence exists to state that the Ocean Lab level is a repurposed "moon" stage, now set underwater instead of within a crater, as the outside of the facility shows.
  • Disco Elysium:
    • The stripy yellow and blue background to the Detective's portrait was the pattern of his tie in his first revealed design, from before it was reimagined as the paisley, potentially animate Horrific Necktie.
    • The Detective is noted at several points to have heavily scarred hands, but no explanation is given for them (other than that some of it is nicotine damage). A Dummied Out piece of Visual Calculus in the first release of the game is the only explanation for them:
      Perception (Sight) - But the most vicious mark hides inside your weaker hand, as you open your palms — a scar on the left covers your life line, its contour so freakishly pale.
      Visual Calculus (Medium 10) - It could be a defensive wound, i.e. from grabbing a knife.
    • There's a running theme of the Detective noticing unsafe buildings around him, such the high Visual Calculus check on the wooden bridge towards Rue de Saint Ghislane, and the Perception orb warning about the crumbling arch on the rooftop accessible through Cuno's hideout. The Dummied Out Ledger case file "THE COLLAPSING TENEMENT" reveals that members of the RCM are required to take a 'civic specification' in order to round out their skillset, and the Detective's was building safety regulations, explaining why he's so knowledgeable about these.
    • At the end of the game, when Kim describes your behaviour to Jean, he will tell him you haven't been drinking in the past week if you either 1) have not used alcohol ever in the game, or 2) have the Thought "Wasteland of Reality" internalised - even if you had used alcohol before (or even after) you did that. Considering the level of Developers' Foresight in play, this seems like a weird inconsistency. This is because, earlier in development, the "Wasteland of Reality" Thought would be gained if the player did not drink in the first two days of the game, then agreed with Endurance to carry on being sober - so it wouldn't have been possible to have internalised the "Wasteland of Reality" thought if you had used alcohol. In the finished game, "Wasteland of Reality" is earned by agreeing with one of two NPC characters that you need to quit drinking, which is more forgiving to players who wanted to experiment with alcohol before discarding it, but also means Kim's line is a seemingly out-of-character lie.
    • A more detailed summary of the story of "Sixteen Days in Coldest April" (and therefore the history on the Yugo-Graad riots) is only available when looking at the jacket of the book in a Dummied Out scenario where the book is purchased at the bookshop than in the scene where you, er, actually read the agonising, enervating book.
    • When looking at the pile of books in the island fortress, there's a surprisingly tricky check to determine what of any interest is in them, and the check's result isn't anything particularly interesting (all it allows you to determine is that there's a lot of academic theory books from Communist presses). At some point the check would have allowed you to find and take a book to actually read ("Un Pays Infernal") which would have given you a Communism point if you read it, not that your character can make any sense of it. This was cut (possibly making inventory assets for the book was too much?), making the check a bit anticlimactic. note 
  • In Driver, the music tracks "Los Angeles Day" and "Los Angeles Escape at Day" are never used for their intended purpose, as LA lacks a daytime setting in-game due to graphical limitations, though they still play during certain Undercover missions in the other cities.
  • In Duke Nukem 64:
    • The gun shop in the second level, which was originally a porno bookstore, still has a peep show in its back hall, albeit with more modestly dressed women.
    • The Alien Queen is Adapted Out, but her Protector Drones appear as "Alien Beasts" in a few levels.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Morrowind has an Imperial Legion quest which is only partly removed. It is possible to have the dialogue options for the quest appear when speaking with the quest giver, but as the rest of the quest has been cut, you can never actually complete it.
    • Oblivion:
      • There's a quest hook that can be added to your list about the Black Horse Courier needing more staff. The quest itself was never added to the game.
      • There are also references scattered in odd places (a journal entry here, a sign there) of a town called Sutch, near Kvatch. Sutch never made it into the final game, but not all references of it were scrubbed before launch.
  • In Escape Velocity Nova, the Universe Chronology included in the bundled documentation mentioned something called TCTLIDS being discovered and used to create a Fantastic Drug called FATE. The game's FAQ reveals that TCTLIDS was supposed to stand for "The Creature That Lives In Deep Space" before being removed from the Nova universe during its development.
  • In Euro Truck Simulator 2, most cities contain a bus station you can enter and drive around. This is a very odd inclusion for a game about trucking; entering the bus stations are required to achieve 100% map exploration, but otherwise they have absolutely no purpose whatsoever. Their inclusion is a leftover from the original plans for the game; the intent after the game's release was that its map could be recycled to create an "Euro Coach Simulator", hence the inclusion of places you can park coaches. Since Euro Truck became a big Sleeper Hit however, SCS Software instead chose to focus on expanding the game and left the coach simulation in the dust, only very occasionally teasing the idea that they might eventually add coaches as DLC at some point.
  • EverQuest has a few odd examples:
    • In the Misty Thicket (the Halfling newbie area) there are several quests involving killing goblins and retrieving items from them. One Quest Giver says something about goblins using some kind of grappling hooks to scale the great wall that bisects the zone, and asks you to give him one if you find any. After more than two decades no one has found a device that matches what he describes, meaning it was likely Dummied Out and this line was left in by mistake
    • There is one quest where a character asks you for "bull elephant tusks". While bull elephants do exist in-game, there is no such item as "bull elephant tusks". However, mammoth tusks, in addition to being dropped by wooly mammoths, are also dropped by bull elephants, and players correctly inferred that that was what the Quest Giver really wanted. The text was later fixed so she asks for mammoth tusks instead.
  • In Fallout, a holodisk in the Glow details Forced Evolutionary Virus experiments on raccoons and mentions that two pairs escaped. This hints at the Tribe of the S'Lanter, intelligent mutated raccoons which were cut from the game.
  • Considering the sheer amount of content cut from Fallout: New Vegas, there are quite a few of these:
    • The developers created an elaborate series of symbols based on actual "hobo code" that were to be placed on various walls of buildings and settlements, indicating whether an area was dangerous, was worth looting, had clean drinking water, etc., with the player presumably learning the meaning of the symbols somewhere in the game. For whatever reason, the "hobo code" system was cut, but not before someone on the dev team placed a large "Doctor here" symbol on the side of the New Vegas Clinic.
    • Besides Jane, Mr. House originally had another female-programmed private Securitron named Marilyn based on Marilyn Monroe in the Lucky 38 penthouse, who was cut late in development due to issues with her voiceover. However, Veronica still says "I was surprised [House] only had the two robot sex slaves."
    • After killing the Fiend leader Driver Nephi, Bert Gunnarsson says he hopes his soul finds peace, even though the dialogue option where Bert talks about his past with Nephi was disabled.
    • One of Rotface's tips is "There's a guy out on the main drag who sells second hand adventuring gear. He's got an okay selection, but where does it come from?" which refers to a cut merchant in Freeside named Tom Dooley.
  • In Fe, singing near one of the stranded fish in the drained swamp brings up a song icon that doesn't match any of those that the titular protagonist learns, likely indicating a Dummied Out animal language.
  • Final Fantasy IX:
    • The optional Memoria boss Hades has a lot of eye imagery on his design - which resembles the motifs found in Terra and Memoria. This is left over from when Hades was planned to be the final boss, but he was replaced with Necron late in development.
    • Mt Gulug uses a remixed version of the theme of Gurgu Volcano from Final Fantasy. This is because Gurgu was mistranslated as 'Gulug'.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has a questline in which you can receive the Haurchefaunt emote which makes you do a huge grin. This was a behavior Haurchefaunt would do when he's excited to see the player character in a cutscene that was removed from non-Japanese versions to make him look less like the Chivalrous Pervert he was supposed to be.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade has a line claiming that Lloyd's sword can drain the life from those he faces in both the Japanese and international versions. In the Japanese version, he has a Runesword, which does indeed have Life Drain properties, but the international release changed it to a Light Brand (likely to make the fight less annoying), which has no such properties.
    • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn features a localization-only example. In a base conversation explaining the weapon forging system, the merchants mention selling unneeded weapons for scrap metal, and offer to not charge you for the materials of the first forged weapon you make. In the Japanese version, forging weapons required "forging points" in addition to gold, and these were obtained by selling weapons. The English version decided to remove the forging points mechanic entirely, but didn't alter this conversation. Similarly, the description of the Silver Card item (buy items at half price) says "Does not earn any Training Points" in the English version, which is a reference to an Obvious Rule Patch on the item in the Japanese version (otherwise you could get infinite forging points by buying a weapon, selling it, buying it again for the same price, repeat) that is meaningless with the system removed.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
      • The Flame Emperor bears the Crest of Flames, but never puts it to practical use outside of its minor in-battle effect, its significance to the plot being only thematic. The developers revealed that in the original concept, they were supposed to be a direct rival to Byleth and could interfere with their Divine Pulse ability.
      • If any students fell in battle during Part 1 and the player chooses the Silver Snow route, at the start of Chapter 13 Edelgard will mention that some of her former classmates defected to her side. It was originally planned that any student defeated during Part 1 would become an enemy in Part 2 of Silver Snow, but this ended up being cut.
  • Forza Motorsport 4 Dummied Out Forza 3's Rally di Positano course, which was a 7.5-mile tarmac rally based on Amalfi Coast, but reassigned the Rally di Positano name to the normal Amalfi circuit for some reason.
  • Through no fault of the developers, this is now the case with Uber Jason and the spaceship Grendel being accessible in Virtual Cabin 2.0 of Friday the 13th: The Game. Because of a lawsuit surrounding the legal status of the franchise, all future expansions and content for the game have been cancelled, among them a stage based on Jason X and its particular incarnation of Jason.
  • In the original version of Freedom Planet's script, Carol and Milla didn't get along, and later Lilac commended them for agreeing on something for once. While the relationship was revised to be more cordial, Lilac's comment remained in the game, making no sense at all. A later patch removed this line as well.
  • In GoldenEye (1997), the briefing for the Frigate mission says that Xenia Onatopp is on the boat, but the player never encounters her here.
  • In the last mission of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, main villain Tenpenny angrily calls CJ a "motherfucking piece of shit gangbanging cocksucker." While funny on its own, it was originally a Call-Back to a Dummied Out line in the first cutscene of the game where after hearing Carl swear in anger, Tenpenny sarcastically replies with "Don't swear Carl, you motherfucking piece of shit gangbanging cocksucker." Since the prologue line was dummied out, the final mission line becomes this.
  • In Gran Turismo 5 and 6, the downloadable track Special Stage Route X has a strange infield course featuring cylindrical tunnels, half-pipes, banked turns, and spiral ramps that was unfortunately never implemented as a playable circuit, but is partially visible from the main oval (as well as in certain promotional videos) and has a number of leftover assets in the game's code, including a track map and a loading screenshot of the half-pipe section. In GT Sport, the visible portions of the unused infield are still modeled, complete with the "End of Cant" signs, though the other assets have since been removed.
  • Halo:
    • In Halo: Combat Evolved, Cortana's "This cave is not a natural formation" line was often mocked for being a case of Captain Obvious, as the cave in question is very obviously artificial. This was a consequence of the game's script being handled by Microsoft's Franchise Division, who were tasked with completing it within a few days only using descriptions of each level and without even being able to look at the game itself. In this case, a writer only had outdated concept art that showed a more natural-looking cave to go by, and felt the clarification was necessary.
    • In Halo 2, the chapter where the Flood first appear is titled "Juggernaut", which was the name of a Dummied Out Flood monster.
    • Also in 2, Tartarus captures Commander Miranda Keyes and Sergeant Johnson. The Chief at one point says of this "That brute has the Index. And Miranda and Johnson." Originally there was going to some Ship Tease between her and the Chief, with him eventually being on First-Name Basis with her. The ship tease was dropped, but the line was kept; leading to the otherwise stoic and professional Master Chief referring to his commanding officer by her first name.
  • In Halo Infinite, one of the audio logs makes reference to the Banished running supply convoys using a vehicle called a "Skiff". The Skiff was intended to be a Banished troop-transport vehicle usable in-game, but it was cut. That isn't the only reference to the Skiff either: There's a Mega Construx set based on it, and you can still find the odd mangled wreckage of it scattered around the map.
  • Journey to Silius was originally developed as a Licensed Game of The Terminator, but converted to an original IP after the rights were yanked. A few references to the license remain in the game, including the intro cutscene and music, the helicopter boss resembling an Aerial Hunter-Killer, a Tank-Tread Mecha that looks like the ground-based HK's, and the SkeleBot 9000 Final Boss.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The instruction manual in the English version of the first game states that the Pols Voice enemy hated loud noises. Most players had assumed that the monster in question was weak to the Recorder, but when they used it, the monster wasn't affected. This is a case of a literal translation from the Japanese version of the game where Japanese players had to shout into the microphone on one of the Famicom's controllers in order to defeat Pols Voice, a feature that American NES controllers did not have. This was changed in the American and European versions so that a single arrow can kill a Pols Voice instantly and you can kill multiples at once if they're lined up.
    • In the original version of Link's Awakening, one part of the Chain of Deals has you returning a bikini top to a mermaid, and if you try to dive underwater in the area immediately around her before getting it, she'll call you a pervert. In the English translation, the bikini top was bowdlerised into a pearl necklace, and her message for diving underwater near her has her instead simply tell you that she's already checked the immediate area for it. The narration text still stutters and acts embarassed when you acquire the pearl necklace, however.
      • Still on Link's Awakening, one Hippo in the Animal Village in an artist's house sits down after Link enters the house. In the japanese version, she was posing nude for a painting, and wearing a robe around her, leading to her covering herself up once Link enters.
    • Although the Fire Rod was scrapped from The Minish Cap in favor of the Flame Lantern, the European version of the Ice Wizzrobe's figurine still advises you to "hit them with your Fire Rod!"
    • A screenshot from the boxart of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is from a beta version and displays the scrapped Magic Meter. This also explains the otherwise useless Green Chu Jelly you can get by killing a Green Chu in the Cave of Ordeals in the Wii version of the game.
    • In Breath of the Wild, Link acquires the Sheikah Slate at the beginning of the game; a tablet-like device which gives him access to his rune powers and the game's map in-universe. The Sheikah Slate was envisioned when the game was still a Wii U exclusive with significant gamepad integration; the player would be able to quickly switch between runes and look at the map on the gamepad without pausing, making the Sheikah Slate a Diegetic Interface for those functions within the game. When Breath of the Wild was ported to the Switch, the gamepad functionality was completely gutted, but the Sheikah Slate was so integral to the game's design by that point that it stuck around, just without the obvious parallel to the gamepad.
  • The Lion King contains several levels and enemies inspired by concept art that never made it into the film, including the scenes that were eventually truncated into "Hakuna Matata". You can see a bit about it here, with Louis Castle of Westwood Studios (who worked on the game).
  • One of Marathon's manual images is a Hunter accompanied by a rejected creature known as the Hound. A wall texture resembling this creature can be seen in the Pfhor Ship levels. Also, the Hunters' alert howl was originally intended for the Hounds, while the Hunters themselves would have used a different sound.
  • MediEvil:
    • the cutscene at the start of the Ghost Ship level shows Sir Dan fleeing from a dragon and ends with a purple worm coming out of Dan's skull to warn him about a vulture. The worm never appeared before nor again making its presence a borderline Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. Morten the Earthworm was meant to play a larger role in the game, and was even supposed to have his own level to himself, where he would help Dan unlock the door to the Asylum by going through the keyhole and getting the key from inside. In the PS4 remake, he gets his own entry in the Book of Gallowmere.
    • A book in the Sleeping Village mentions the cut level "The Silver Woods".
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 features Deadpan Snarker wizard Sand and Pyromaniac sorceress Qara as companions who detest each other. Just before the Final Boss, whichever one of them you have less Influence Points with will betray you to join the bad guys. For Qara, who loves burning whatever gets in her way and hates being told what to do, this makes perfect sense. If Sand betrays you, however, he will weirdly insist that Qara is somehow more dangerous than the Big Bad. This refers to a Dummied Out scene where he confronts her and she reveals that she is significantly more powerful than she appears the rest of the time in order to intimidate him.
  • In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the Windswept Wastes has a hidden area with a non-functional elevator, which likely would have been the entrance to the Dummied Out Gorlek Mines shown in the 2018 gameplay trailer and mentioned by a couple NPCs.
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King: One room in Bowser's Castle contains weapons used by Spikes: their spike balls, and their spiked rollers from Super Mario 3D World. While origami Spikes in this game can spit up and throw spike balls, the rollers are never seen. Despite this, there's a Dummied Out model associated with them that depicts this same roller.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Goldenrod Pokémon Center in Pokémon Crystal was originally a large building called the Pokémon Communication Center which allowed pseudo-online trading and battling via a mobile phone adaptor. Because mobile phones weren't nearly as widespread outside of Japan at the time, this entire feature was cut and the PCC became a regular Pokémon Center. However, a few characters still mention the Goldenrod Pokémon Center having been renovated recently, and all dialogue from the PCC was fully translated into English, just Dummied Out.
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: The Hall of Origin is an unused location where you can find (and catch) Arceus, which was meant to be accessed via the Azure Flute, an event item that was never distributed because it was thought to be too confusing to use. However, the Wonder Card for the 20th Anniversary Arceus distribution, nine years later, explicitly mentions that "Arceus could first be encountered in the Hall of Origin in Diamond and Pearl".
    • Pokémon Black and White has an NPC in Castelia City named Mr. Lock, the "magical clown who can open anything." He has no function in the final game, but he was supposed to be part of a scrapped download event that would've started in HeartGold and SoulSilver. The event would give players an item called the Lock Capsule, which could be transferred to BW via the Relocator, where Mr. Lock would open it, giving the player TM95 Snarl. The event was never released, not even in Japan, so Snarl remained an elusive Dummied Out move, until Black 2 and White 2 gave the Snarl TM through normal means.
    • Several Pokédex entries in the first two generations reference cut elements that were removed during development. For example Ledyba is the "Five Star Pokémon" because it originally had a star pattern on its back, Umbreon's entries mention poison because it originally was a Poison-type rather than a Dark-type, and mentions of Vulpix being born with one tail, apart from being a reference to the mythology which inspired the Pokémon in question, were also there because Vulpix originally had a pre-evolution with three tails.
    • The finalized designs for Remoraid and Octillary don't look particularly like they have anything in common besides being water creatures, and although their English names are derived from "raid" and "artillery" and Octillery's Japanese name is often romanized as Okutank (and it learns the move Octazooka), they barely look like they have any connection to military stuff even if you squint. The connection was far clearer at an earlier point in the design process, when they more obviously resembled a gun and a tank, respectively. The Hoppip line, meanwhile, was heavily based not only on dandelions as per their final designs, but also cats, explaining why Hoppip itself has some vaguely catlike traits (which its evolutions now lack) and why its Japanese name includes the word "neko".
  • In Portal 2, while fighting Wheatley, he will comment that he didn't expect you to survive up till then because all the others he tried to escape with died. This was a reference to a subplot that was ultimately dropped, but they kept the line because they thought it sounded fitting and might incite curiosity into what happened while Chell was asleep.
  • In Rainbow Six, the Red Wolf mission originally involved the Free Europe terrorist group taking hostages in a Belgian bank. In the Nintendo 64 port, Free Europe was replaced in this mission with the Phoenix Group, but the building still sports a "Free Europe" banner on its front colonnade. The N64 manual also has a screenshot of the mission briefing for Blue Sky, which was cut from this version.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando:
    • When you meet Angela on Grelbin, she mentions Yeedil having "nasty orbital defenses". This was meant to tie in to a final Star Explorer level that occurred there, but in the final game the orbital defenses are nil and you can just land on Yeedil without hazard.
    • At the end of the game, it was originally going to be revealed that the Protopets are weak to water. This is referenced in a room in the final level, Yeedil, that has a floor made of ice that you can melt into water with the Thermanator, killing several Protopets on it. However, the "weak to water" plot point was removed from the story, making this room come off as a weird Non Sequitur since the Thermanator has no other uses but melting ice and freezing water, and it doesn't solve any puzzles or help with traversal in this room, unlike every other time you used it before.
  • The cover of Rayman Origins features some scrapped enemies: a plucked bird with an eyeglass, an early design of the Golem, a blue ant-like creature, and a zombie chicken, though the last two are barely visible.
  • Resident Evil:
    • The original had an entire subplot dedicated to the architect behind the Spencer Mansion, George Trevor, which was completely scrapped from the game, though the developers left his (now nameless) tombstone to be found after defeating Yawn the Snake. His entire subplot was restored in the 2002 Nintendo GameCube remake.
    • Similarly, numerous additional areas were all planned that weren't able to be included due to limited disk space and never actually saw the light of day. The only remnant of these was during a pre-rendered cutscene where you can catch a glimpse of the door on the entryway stairs that would have led to the graveyard which is missing in the actual game. Again, like Trevor's subplot, these areas (and then some) were restored in the remake.
    • The description of the Colt Python informs you it is loaded with "magnum" rounds, implying there to be different kinds of ammunition like the Bazooka. While there are fully functional "Dum Dum" rounds in the game, they were Dummied Out and are only accessible by hacking them into the inventory, and were meant to be slightly more powerful against zombies but weaker against other enemies. The beta and demo versions show that the Magnum originally worked like a somewhat stronger Beretta, able to kill most enemies in 2-3 shots but occasionally scoring a One-Hit Kill against zombies; in the final release, they simply gave the Magnum a huge buff to let it one-shot zombies from the get-go, as well anything else that isn't a boss, and dropped the dum dums for being redundant. Oddly, the 2002 remake contains the same description on the weapon, and the same fully functional but dummied-out rounds.
    • There is a bed in the 2002 Remake that, when examined, informs you there are footprints that appear to pass right through it. Rumor is there was originally an escape route that came out from under the bed that was ultimately scrapped. A common Fan Wank is that the mansion is riddled with secret passages only accessible by Wesker and this is one of them.
  • Resident Evil 2 has Sherry remark that she can hear "the monster", a mutated version of her father, calling her name. Originally William was to be able to speak but this was Dummied Out, instead leaving fans to wonder if perhaps he was able to speak before they showed up or if Sherry was just imagining it. The remake expands on this by having his roars very vaguely sound like he's screaming for her, and adding gestures and body language like clutching his head that make it clear he's still somewhat conscious and trying to resist the influence of the G-Virus (you also hear roars that sound somewhat like "help me" as well).
  • Shadow: War of Succession, an obscure Mortal Kombat Mockbuster for the 3DO, has a "Finish Him/Her" prompt when the opponent is near defeat, but no finishing moves were programmed.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Hill Top Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has near-identical graphics to Emerald Hill Zone, and has an enemy shaped like a dinosaur. This is a remnant of the prototype storyline for the game, which would've involved time travel. Hill Top would've been the "past" version of Emerald Hill.
    • The animated cutscenes for Sonic the Hedgehog CD show a scene where Sonic jumps from tile to tile in an area not seen in the game. The scene is from a cut level (dubbed "R2" by fans, due to the naming scheme of the folders used by the PC version of the game).
    • The intro to Sonic Adventure shows an early version of Windy Valley that looks very different from the final version. That version was removed a few months before release and replaced with the finalized version.
    • In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow proclaiming "This is who I am" in every single ending would have made more sense if they had kept the original theme for the game. Alas, Executive Meddling by the band's producer prevented Sega from using "Who I Am" by Magna-Fi, leading to "I am... All of Me" by Crush 40 becoming the game's theme at the last minute.
    • Sonic Boom contains several echidna and hedgehog statues that no one comments on. These are remnants of an older plot for the game that delved into Sonic's backstory and the history of hedgehogs. Sega vetoed it because they prefer for Sonic to have a Mysterious Past.
  • One of the scrolls in Splatoon prominently features an unused shirt.
  • There were two different versions of Splinter Cell: Double Agent, one on sixth-generation consoles like the Nintendo GameCube and one on PC and seventh-generation consoles like the PlayStation 3, each with distinctly different plots and some characters that are In Name Only to one another. Only the seventh-generation version features Enrica Villablanca's Anti-Villain qualities that make her sympathetic and her budding friendship/romance with Sam, but both games have Sam's fierce objection to killing her and his Heroic BSoD when she dies. This makes it seem completely out of character and out of nowhere when Sam suddenly cares immensely about her well-being in the sixth-generation version. Ironically, the game where she does have these qualities is also the game where framing her for the failure of the cruise ship explosion is an option (and the canonical events, no less), and doing this has Sam stand by and watch her get shot in the head without even flinching.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • One NPC in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! accidentally calls Cloud Temples by its original name "Mystic City". This was corrected in the remake.
    • Spyro: Year of the Dragon contains an unused island out in the distance of the Midnight Mountain home level. The only thing on it is three butterflies (life-ups). The island was originally supposed to have a bonus round on it accessible via a tall whirlwind after beating the Final Boss, but the artist went on vacation, the round was moved to another location, and no one ever bothered to delete the leftover island. The island was made accessible again in the remake, though the Super Bonus Round still retains its original location.
  • Super/Return of Double Dragon, which was rushed out as an Obvious Beta, has several.
    • The glass elevator in Mission 1 is cracked when you board it. The enemies jumping onto the lift to attack you were supposed to break the glass.
    • Mission 2 takes you through a baggage claim area with several idle conveyor belts. These were planned to move and drop the player into pit traps similar to the conveyors in earlier DD games, but the coding was lost.
    • At the end of the truck ride in Mission 4, Duke and his henchmen show up, but then disperse without further word. A cutscene would have taken place here, followed by a boss fight with Jeff, who is reduced to a Mini-Boss in the final game, after McGwire fled the scene.
    • In Mission 5, you enter a building at the end of an alleyway, and immediately exit into another alleyway. An indoor factory area was designed for this section, but left unimplemented.
  • Noki Bay from Super Mario Sunshine contains a book that doesn't do anything and is mostly hidden from view. The book was originally meant to serve as a way to get a Shine Sprite but was replaced with getting red coins instead. The book itself was never removed. Contrary to urban legends, the book is also left unused in the Japanese version.
  • The "Special Video" in Super Smash Bros. Melee shows unused elements of the game, such as the Temple stage including an extra platform.
  • The 2003 game of The Hobbit originally featured a boss fight with a cave troll near the end of "Over Hill and Under Hill", which was scrapped, although references to it are found throughout the level.
  • Tales of Symphonia has a lighthouse in Palmacosta which is blocked off by an NPC who won't let you enter because "anyone who goes up there gets sick", which basically screams out loud of "subquest". However, partway through the game Palmacosta gets destroyed and becomes inaccessable, and you never get the chance to enter the lighthouse. What was up there and making people sick is never revealed, though it's believed there was originally a sidequest there to get the Heart of Chaos weapon, before this was dropped in favor of getting it from Koton instead.
  • Tomba! had a number of levels removed from the game late in development, and notably did a poor job cleaning up any leftovers:
    • Early in the game you find a telescope and peer out over the water, seeing a pair of Koma Pigs rowing toward an ominous-looking pig-shaped island that just screams "The Very Definitely Final Dungeon". This entire area was removed from the game, and instead you face the final boss in The Underground Maze. "Pig Island" is never so much as mentioned ever again save for a brief clip of it collapsing in the end cinematic, unless you have the Japanese version of Tomba!, where it's visible on the world map (it was removed from the US and European versions). Taking a peek at the game's code features an area named internally as "Outer Wall of Pig Island" but it is actually a completely different area in the game (atop the giant flower).
    • Masakari Jungle and The Village of Civilization were hit hard by this. There's an entire village visible on the map in the jungle that can never be visitednote , and an entire underground area in the Lumberjack Factory that is blocked by an invisible wall and contains only a single berry.
  • Undertale:
    • Sans's theme song plays at Napstablook's snail farm, even though he never actually appears there or has any involvement with it besides an optional phone call where Papyrus compares the snails to him. This is possibly because he was originally intended to appear there, as the game has some unused dialogue from an unknown NPC who mentions that "that skeleton over there" told them about how orange attacks work, which was likely cut because said attacks don't appear until Hotland, where Alphys explains them to you instead.
    • After the "Undertale: The Musical" sequence, calling Papyrus and Undyne will have them mention that you danced with Mettaton even though you could only walk around the stage. This is based on some unused dialogue where Mettaton describes your dancing, indicating that you would have originally danced with him during that scene.
  • Vexx originally consisted of 6 worlds with three levels each, until time and budget forced only 9 of the 18 levels to make it in and the world idea to be scrapped. However, one of the cutscenes has Reia tell Vexx that he has to "activate the outer three structures of Astara," with those outer structures most likely being the three outer worlds of Astara that would be unreachable until a way was found somehow.
  • WarCraft III: In the game, several missions gave you hints on what to do, such as loading Goblin Sappers into Zeppelins or throw a Storm Bolt at a mechanical ship. Being major Game Breakers, this was removed in the expansion, and trying it with the expansion installed gets an error message even as the hint is being displayed.
  • In Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, the Sega Master System sequel to Wonder Boy in Monster Land, the Mouseman dungeon reuses the cave theme from the arcade version of its predecessor, which was absent from the SMS port.
  • Yo-Kai Watch: The important-looking orb on Jibanyan's collar is a remnant of an old ability of his. He originally could transform into humans using a "Transform Orb". In another case of this, his haramaki/belt was originally made of cursed seals that could be peeled off like sticky notes. Jibanyan using seals was scrapped, however his Japanese inspirit still mentions that he uses paralyzing seals.

    Visual Novels 
  • The eighth Episode of Umineko: When They Cry makes a reference to Land of the Golden Witch, an arc which was supposed to be the original Episode 3 of the series. When the author saw that everyone found both Legend and Turn to be too difficult, he scrapped Land and released Banquet of the Golden Witch instead. In-universe, Land of the Golden Witch is the third message bottle from Rokkenjima that was never found.
  • Partway through the final trial of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, the Big Bad tries to escape from the courtroom, Phoenix yells at them, and they stop the attempt and say "I'm not going anywhere". This is a reference to an earlier draft of the script, where they did escape the courtroom, which would've led to another investigation sequence.

    Web Games 
  • You get much advice on how to fight Kofo-Jaga scorpions in the Mata Nui Online Game, even though their minigame has been scrapped from the final release.
    • Images adorning the Great Telescope's base were meant to foretell significant events or characters that would appear during the game. Most of these are pretty straightforward, though fans can only speculate about some, including a pair of cryptic face or mask-like carvings. Bionicle was originally planned to be much more spiritual with more overt inspiration taken from real life Polynesian cultures and god figures. These were removed due to complaints from actual Maori tribes, leaving parts of the game's imagery without clear-cut explanations.
    • The mechanical circuitry pattern that briefly appears in the background when the Toa Kaita show up were an orphaned reference for about 17 years, until unfinished alpha versions of the PC game The Legend of Mata Nui got leaked to the net, revealing there was an actual area under the island that looked like the inside of a giant computer which the Kaita had to traverse. Without this info, it seemed the pattern seen in the web game was just a random artistic choice.

    Web Original 
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    Web Video 
  • Aaron has Adam comment on Chris's house being messy. This line was written for the original house they were going to film in, but they had to change locations at the last minute. The kitchen itself is much cleaner and tidier.
  • In season 4 of Red vs. Blue, when Church asks Sheila where Simmons - who had defected to the Blues earlier - had gone to, she tells him to ask their captured Warthog jeep in an agitated tone. This is a nod to an earlier plot point where Sheila would have been upset at Church for valuing collecting the team's vehicles instead of worrying about the other Blue Team members who were on their own plot. The vehicle scene in question was in the episode proper for the web release, but was relegated to a deleted scene in the home video version as the plot point didn't go anywhere beyond that.
  • Late into Act 1 of Half-Life VR but the AI is Self-Aware the Science Team meet up with Benrey again, but he introduces himself as "Stong" and acts as if he's never met Gordon before. In the commentary streams, the cast allude to this being part of a Running Gag that never took off where Scorpy would keep showing up as different security guards who all happened to look, sound, and act the same, but had different names.
  • When Inugami Korone of hololive played Actraiser, the game's composer, Yuzo Koshiro, created a remix for her off the game's sound found. Known as "Koroneraiser Inu-more", the song is popular with her fans (even scoring a metal cover from Jules Conroy). However, the original Actraiser streams have been taken down following a massive legal obstacle that required every game to get permission from the publisher to stream it. Some older streams got restored, but Korone's Actraiser stream still remains missing.
  • Vinesauce: The highlights video for Vinny's New York City Bus Simulator stream has a segment where he goes exploring the game's rendition of Times Square, poking fun at all the legally distinct store names scattered throughout. When he comes across an "Old Con Creamery", a piece of fanart is shown of him being served some disgusting-looking ice cream while an offscreen clerk cheerfully informs him "I'll be four dollars!". That last bit was a reference to a similar mistake in the subtitles when Vinny tried to order a beer later in the stream, but that part ended up getting cut from the highlight reel.

    Western Animation 
  • Beast Wars usually has the characters use weapons that look like they came of the beast mode of the transformer and only characters that have flight capable beast modes can fly, a distinction stretched when Inferno came but flying ants aren't unheard of. This means that Optimus Primal's twin swords and jetpack look out of place on a gorilla but would have been more appropriate for the bat form he was originally conceived with. It looks less out of place after the upgrades when more once earth bound bots got flight modes.
  • Early episodes of The Cleveland Show had a few of these on account of certain scenes getting deleted from the final cut, while still leaving behind a few callbacks that seem like non-sequiturs out of context.
    • The title of the episode "The One About Friends" was obviously a reference to the idiosyncratic episode naming of Friends, though there's not much of a reason that justifies why they chose to make that reference. The Season 1 DVD shows that there were supposed to be a number of scenes throughout the episode, featuring a miniature "C-Story" of Rallo getting addicted to watching Friends, which got cut from the final product, likely due to time constraints.
    • In the episode "Cleveland Live!", the entire cast of the episode gathers together at the end for a celebration, including a drill sergeant who never appeared at any point in the show. A deleted scene exclusive to the Season 2 DVD showed that there was originally supposed to be a cutaway gag where Cleveland went to boot camp and this drill sergeant was his instructor.
    • In this same episode, Cleveland also mentions Roberta's Iranian friend, Tassie, who had never appeared before. A deleted scene from the Season 1 episode "Love Rollercoaster" showed Tassie made her on-screen debut, telling Roberta that she was a fan of an Iranian terrorist comedian named Jad Astro Vani. Apparently, this "Tassie" was intended to be a recurring character but she sort of disappeared from the show before she even debuted on account of her debut scene being cut.
  • In the Danny Phantom episode that introduces Vlad Masters, Danny somehow knows that he uses "Plasmius" as a supervillain name, though Vlad never calls himself that in the version that aired. This and many other things about Vlad (both names, plus the overall look of his ghost form) are leftovers from the original plan of him being a vampire.
  • Futurama: In "Parasites Lost", Hermes is shown scooping some of Amy's popcorn with a cesta (a scoop-like device used in the sport of Jai alai), referencing a deleted scene where he announces that the crew will be using alternative utensils due to the kitchen's plates going missing.
  • Gargoyles: the villain of the third season John Castaway who leads the Quarrymen in their crusade against the gargoyles was intended to be revealed to be Jon Canmore who continues his father's vendetta against the Gargoyles. In the final version, Castaway's motives are never explicitely revealed but there are a few references notably in the final episode when Goliath berates Castaway for destroying innocent lives for a mere "ancient hatred". The Comics (that ignores The Goliath Chronicles past the first episode where the Quarrymen are introduced) explicitly identifies John Castaway as Jon Canmor.
  • Gravity Falls: At the end of Bill Cipher's introductory scene in "Dreamscaperers", he randomly rattles off conspiracy-theory nonsense ("Reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, BYE!"). This was a holdover from his original (vastly smaller and less malicious) concept as a prankster who fed Dipper cryptic information that was actually nonsense.
  • In the Infinity Train episode "The Corgi Car", the Steward demands that Tulip "return to her seat." It's an odd line, since assigned seating isn't exactly a thing on the train. When the show was in development, however, Tulip would have started her journey in such a seat, waking up alongside other passengers who were stuck gazing at hypno-screens that prevented them from trying to explore the train. This was still the intended plot when the pilot was written, of which "The Corgi Car" is a reworked version.
  • In the Invader Zim episode "Tak the Hideous New Girl", we get a commercial break after The Reveal that Tak is an Irken trying to conquer the planet. Upon returning, we get a few seconds of Zim defeating a ham demon. It's the kind of non-sequitur you'd expect from the show normally, but that particular gag was a reference to a scrapped B-plot from when the episode was intended to be an hour-long special.
  • Jem:
    • In one episode, Stormer has a line that love has been hard for her. This was originally supposed to lead into a song, however the song was scrapped.
    • In "Culture Clash", Pizzazz records "Surprise Surprise" in a studio and sings "Wait'll you see, what's in store for you". This line isn't in the actual song. It was originally in the song and exists on the mastertape, but the song was shortened in development and the line was cut.
  • Justice League Unlimited has "To Another Shore", which was written as an Aquaman episode initially, but had to change things up due to WB planning a TV series based on him at the time (WB had a policy of not featuring the same characters on multiple shows). They changed it to Wonder Woman, due to the two having relatively close powersets and the plot hinging on them being a representative of a fantastical nation. Despite this, it's still pretty darn obvious that it was an Aquaman episode: most of the action takes place by the water, Wonder Woman is unusually aggressive and isolationist, and most importantly, there's a clear Captain Ersatz of Aquaman's main archnemesis Black Manta, going by Devil Ray, who spends most of the episode fighting with her.
  • Scooby-Doo: Velma and Shaggy were originally intended to be brother and sister. It's why Velma has Shaggy's cough medicine with her in "What a Night for a Knight" and why Shaggy is the one carrying Velma's spare glasses in "A Decoy for a Dognapper".
  • The Simpsons:
  • South Park: The episode "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" has a scene where Stan is lying down in a puddle of water. This is a reference to a deleted scene where his sister Shelley set him on fire and threw a bucket of water to douse the flames, only for her to repeat the process over and over again.
  • Steven Universe: Despite the Crystal Gems generally distancing themselves from humanity and getting around by Warp Pad, Pearl knows how to drive a car without explanation. This is a remnant from an abandoned idea where the Crystal Gems would hang out among humans incognito, and Pearl drove them around.
  • The Transformers:
    • "It's a miracle we survived that blast," says Optimus Prime in the episode The Key to Vector Sigma, Part 1, in reference to an explosion that was cut from the finished episode.
    • When Rodimus Prime appears to be dying in "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 2," he says to his comrades that his "time in the light is short," which Arcee remarks is what Optimus Prime said on his own deathbed... except he didn't say that. This is meant to be a Call-Back to a line from an early version of Prime's death scene in The Transformers: The Movie—it was cut from the film, but not the show.
    • The episode "Starscream's Ghost" contains a number of odd lines and sequences that seem to indicate the episode was originally written to star Blitzwing, but was hastily rewritten to feature the newer character Octane instead. Most notably, when the eponymous specter first appears, a frightened Octane becomes stuck in a malformed state halfway between his truck and robot modes, which is consistent with Blitzwing's official bio but has no basis in Octane's. Starscream also disparagingly refers to Octane as an "older model", which works as a bit of meta humor in regards to Blitzwing (his action figure was over a year old at the time) but seems a bit inexplicable for Octane.
      The episode is meant to follow on from the end of "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5", which concluded with Galvatron banishing Blitzwing from his ranks (Octane even quotes this dialogue word-for-word when discussing his own banishment); the final episode references the events of the episode "Thief in the Night" instead, which had yet to air and didn't actually end with Octane leaving the Decepticons in bad faith. It all makes for some pretty significant Continuity Snarl in a series that tended to be very light on continuity anyway.
  • Transformers: Animated:
    • The first season finale was meant to have a scene where the rebuilt Megatron fights the Dinobots, but it was cut for being poorly animated. The final episode still has a scene reintroducing the Dinobots in the first part and the Autobots fighting the Decepticons on their island, leaving their absence rather conspicuous.
    • The Grand Finale has a rather strange scene where Slipstream appears, mentions she's looking for Starscream, shoots Optimus Prime out of the air when she realizes he isn't him, and is never seen again. This was meant to set up a scene where she would find Starscream's body and revive it with a piece of her AllSpark fragment, which was cut when the crew knew for certain the third season would be the last.
  • Transformers: Prime: Breakdown was originally drafted as a new version of the transforming bomber Lugnut from Animated but was changed when the writers wanted more ground based Decepticons. Breakdown's characterization still has elements that would be Lugnut's, for one Starscream never disapproves of his alt like all the other non jet based Decepticons, his rivalry with Bulkhead was a carryover and his entire personality of being a hard hitting bruiser is much more Lugnut then Breakdown, whose schtick is that he is always about to have a breakdown rather then cause one. This is particularly notable if his history in War For Cybertron is taken into account where he was G1 Breakdown to a tee.

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