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This trope is for when an adaptation of a team or organization (usually, but not always, a superhero or supervillain team) prominently features a character who was not a core member of the team in the source material.

Occasionally overlaps with Canon Foreigner. May also involve Adaptational Job Change.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Inazuma Eleven:
    • In the video games, Shadow is no more than a recurring scout character, therefore not an official member of Raimon's soccer club. In the anime, he does join the club in the second season, although he's never ascended to main character since the school club is barely in focus in the second and third seasons.
    • Tamano Gorou is no more than a scout character in the video games. In the manga, he becomes an official member for Raimon, replacing Shishido Sakichi, who is an official member in the games and anime.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, gym leaders Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina start off as admins of the criminal organization Team Rocket, which they had no connection to in the games or any other adaptations. Likewise, Blaine is revealed to be a former scientist who worked for Team Rocket. Finally, when the group is revived, two of its members are Will and Karen, who were merely Elite Four members in the game, and lead by Pryce, who was only just a gym leader.

    Comic Books 

  • This is somewhat common on Earth 27, thanks to being a Patchwork Fic and an Ultimate Universe.
  • "Team Swap" Alternate Universe Fics are pretty common in general, especially for franchises like Naruto and RWBY.
    • In The Element of Time, Hinata and Sakura end up getting their team designations switched so that Hinata is on Team 7 with Naruto and Sasuke, while Sakura ends up on Team 8 with Kiba and Shino.
    • In A Case STudy in the Sturdiness of the Rookie 9, Team 7 consist of Shino, Sakura, and Choji; Team 8 consist of Shikamaru, Hinata, and Sasuke; and Team 10 consist of Naruto, Kiba, and Ino.
    • In True Potential Naruto's teammates are Hinata and Shikamaru, while Kiba takes Naruto's place on Team 7 and Shino takes Shikamaru's place on Team 10.
      • An evil version of this trope is Kabuto becoming a member of Akatsuki due Orochimaru dying much earlier than in the manga.
    • Son of the Sannin changes all the teams minus Teams 10 and Gai, with the new teams being Naruto, Hinata and Haku, Sasuke, Sakura and Karin and lastly Kiba, Shino and Tamaki.
  • Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge has an example with Pyrrhon. In canon, he’s out for himself, and while he helps out during one of the plot arcs, he isn’t part of any faction. In this fanfic, he is now a high-ranking member of the Forces of Nature, seemingly one of the top Lieutenants. The story never reveals why he changed alignment, or even comments on the change.
  • Act 3 of the Kingdom Hearts fanfic Antipode sees Hans recruited into Organization XIII under the name "Nahxs".
  • It's not uncommon for Total Drama Fix Fics and Alternate Universe Fics to shuffle team members of certain seasons (and add new ones) to create new storylines and expand on characters' relationships.
    • A Codette World Tour shifts Cody over from Team Amazon to Team Victory to get the Cody-Bridgette friendship (and eventual romance) going. Additionally, canonical Team Victory members Lindsay and Ezekiel are instead on Team Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot and Team Amazon respectively, while Izzy is placed on Team Amazon instead of Team CIRRRRH in the story (resulting in her and Ezekiel becoming a Beta Couple).
    • TDWT Reducks Redux switches Duncan from Team Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot to Team Victory, while doing the opposite with Ezekiel and adding Katie (who was not in the canon season) to Team Amazon. This results in much more drama on Team Victory (due to Duncan's conflicts with Harold, Leshawna, and Bridgette), Ezekiel getting more development (by befriending Izzy, Tyler, and Owen), and Team Amazon having much less tension (due to Katie playing The Heart in the Gwen-Courtney-Heather conflict).
    • Total Drama All-Stars Rewrite adds Owen, Brick, and Dawn to the Heroic Hamsters (while removing canon member Sam), as well as Noah and Anne Maria to the Villainous Vultures (although Noah is later moved to the Hamsters alongside Duncan).
    • Total Drama Island: A New Beginning: Harold, Duncan, Bridgette, Courtney, and Eva are on the Screaming Gophers instead of the Killer Bass, while the reverse is applied to Lindsay, Beth, Justin, Izzy, and Leshawna. The results are some very different interactions and character dynamics, including Heather being a much less successful villain (and Justin being far more successful); Bridgette, Leshawna, and Izzy not developing romances with Geoff, Harold, and Owen respectively; and numerous new rivalries and friendships that did not exist in the original season.
    • Total Loud Island: Due to Lincoln and Dawn being placed on the Killer Bass, Tyler is moved over to the Screaming Gophers in order to balance out the teams.
    • Twinning With a Twist: Sugar and Sammy have switched their canonical team placements, with Sugar being placed on the Floating Salmon and Sammy on the Confused Bears.
  • Of the fan-named 'Team Natsu' from Fairy Tail, Carla is the only canon team member among the main characters in Alternate Tail Series. The rest of the team consist of Gajeel, Levy, Lyon, Mira, Pantherlily, and Kagura.
    • Guild membership has also changed. Lyon, Merudy, Jellal, Rogue, and Frosch are members of Fairy Tail; Gray is part of Lamia Scale, and Juvia was a member of Grimoire Heart.
  • It is popular in One Piece fanfictions for other characters to join the Strawhats. Popular examples include Coby, Vivi, and Sabo.
  • Many My Hero Academia fics will have Izuku be a member of a class other than 1-A like in canon, such as either Class 1-B (Ex:Sheep Go to Heaven), the support course (Cheat Code: Support Strategist), or the general course (Juxtapose). This can also apply to other characters, such as Hitoshi Shinsou becoming a member of class 1-A.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The franchise has cemented The Incredible Hulk as one of the core members of The Avengers in most of the public's eyes. In the comics, while he was a founding member of the team, he left in the second issue and didn't fully rejoin until the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline (which, for the record, began after the first MCU Avengers movie was released).
    • In Iron Man 3, Aldrich Killian is the head and founder of the A.I.M. organization, while Maya Hansen is one of his chief scientists. Neither Killian nor Hansen were part of A.I.M. in the comics (with the group generally being run by characters like M.O.D.O.K. or the Scientist Supreme), and instead worked for a company called FuturePharm.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, Nebula and Rocket Raccoon become members of the team during the five year Time Skip. Neither character was ever an Avenger in the comics, save for a brief storyline in The '80s where Nebula infiltrated the team (which was subsequently Retconned away as Ravonna using her name).
  • X-Men Film Series:
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Killer Croc and Katana were first added to the Suicide Squad comics in Vol. 5, originally released 2 months after the 2016 film, which they were main characters in.
    • Birds of Prey has Harley Quinn as the movie's central character, and a part of the group that becomes the Birds of Prey (though she is not a member of the actual team when it is formed at the end, she's basically just a temporary ally to them in the Final Battle). Harley's association with the Birds of Prey in the comics was as a villain, not a member, until she was added to the team specifically so the comics would line up with the movie, which even then took place in out of continuity works for DC Black Label.
    • For The Suicide Squad, the roster is a mixture of canon and new members. The newcomers who weren't part of the Squad in the comics have been confirmed to be Bloodsport, Polka Dot Man, Peacemaker, Ratcatcher and Mongal. Due to the lead time of comics being quicker compared to films, Bloodsport and Peacemaker were eventually added in the comics as well as a result of the film, with those comics being released before the film itself was.
  • In quite possibly the weirdest example of this trope, in Clouds of Sils Maria, protagonist Maria Enders lists among her film credits a stint in the X-Men Film Series, playing a character named "Nemesis". As Enders is a fictional character, obviously she wasn't in the X-Men movies. Additionally, while there are characters with the name "Nemesis" in Marvel comics, none of the female Nemeses have ever been closely connected to the X-Men.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • In the original 1995 movie, Sub-Zero and Scorpion work for Shang Tsung. In the first game, Sub-Zero actually entered the tournament to kill Shang Tsung, while Scorpion entered to get his revenge on Sub-Zero.
    • The 2021 reboot depicts Kabal and Nitara as part of Shang Tsung's Outworld forces. In the games, Kabal was actually a good guy who fought for Earthrealm, while Nitara was an unaffiliated vampire who actually sought to liberate her people from Outworld's rule.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In the original Les Misérables, Marius is not necessarily a member of Les Amis, coming to the meetings on Courfeyrac's insistence. In the musical, however, Marius seems to be a principal member of Les Amis.
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark features a version of the Sinister Six consisting of research scientists who used to work for OsCorp before they were mutated into superhuman freaks by the Green Goblin as punishment for severing their ties with his company. The roster consists of Swarm, Electro, Carnage, the Lizard, Kraven the Hunter and a Canon Foreigner named Swiss Miss. Of the five members who originated in the comics, Swarm and Carnage were never members of any version of the Sinister Six that existed prior to the musical, though the Spider-Man and the X-Men miniseries that came out afterwards did have Carnage included as part of a Sinister Sixty-Six consisting of illusions created by Mojo and Mysterio as well as Swarm forming his own Sinister Six.

    Video Games 
  • Spider-Man (PS4) contains the first ever version of the Sinister Six with Mr. Negative as a member.
  • Marvel's Avengers sees Hulk villain Abomination as a member of A.I.M.
  • Pokémon:
    • Remakes and Updated Rereleases of Pokémon games will often change which Pokémon an NPC trainer uses on their team. While we cannot list every example of this, some notable examples include:
      • Pokémon Yellow almost completely changes Blue/Green's team from Red and Blue, with the only shared Pokémon between the two versions being Raticate, Alakazam, and Exeggutor.
      • In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Red has an Espeon on his team. In the remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and all of Red's subsequent appearances, Espeon is replaced with Lapras.
      • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Wally's Ralts evolves into a Gallade instead of a Gardevoir like in the original Ruby and Sapphire.
      • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, there were very few Fire-Type Pokémon in the Sinnoh PokéDex. As a result, the Elite Four Fire-Type specialist, Flint, only had two Fire-Types on his team- Infernape and Rapidash- with the rest of his team consisting of Steelix, Lopunny, and Drifblim. Pokémon Platinum added more Fire-Types to the Sinnoh Dex, and replaced Flint's non-Fire-Types with Houndoom, Flareon, and Magmortar.
    • Some Updated Rereleases of Pokémon games have changed the Pokémon League roster from the original games as well.
  • Green Arrow's arcade ending in Injustice 2 where President Superman works with two character undergoing Adaptational Heroism: the Flashpoint timeline's Wonder Woman and Superman: Red Son Batman.

    Western Animation 
  • The Avengers: United They Stand is an Inverted example, with the Avengers' Big Three (Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor) not being part of the team in this version. Despite being present in the opening sequence, Tony and Cap appear in one episode each, and Thor never appears at all.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
    • This is another Avengers adaptation to feature the Incredible Hulk as one of the team's main members. The show initially has him leave in the second episode in a way more in line with the original comics (as he left the Avengers in the second issue), but a two part episode involving his enemy Leader would see him forgive his teammates and rejoin their ranks, only leaving again when an episode involving Red Hulk framing him would be used as an opportunity by Skrull!Captain America to get him off the roster for the Skrulls' Secret Invasion, being absent from the final battle with the Skrulls and only reappearing several episodes later when Red Hulk was defeated. Even then, he still wanted to be alone for a while, only helping the team again when Back for the Finale against Galactus.
    • This also applies to half of the main lineup of the show's version of the Masters of Evil. While Baron Zemo, The Enchantress, and Executioner were indeed members, albeit only for the original lineup from the 1960s (though Marvel Ultimate Alliance would also include Enchantress and Executioner), Wonder Man, Abomination, and later recruit Chemistro have each only been a part of one of the comic book lineups (and Wonder Man has actually been a hero in the comics outside of the single issue he was part of the Masters, and maybe his time as the leader of the Revengers in the 2010s), in the case of Abomination he is from the Marvel Adventures version of the roster, and Chemistro is from the House of M roster. Grey Gargoyle was a member of Helmut Zemo's roster, which was another basis for the show version (given that the Siege on Avengers Mansion, an attack that group performed in the comics, was done in the show by the show's team) and was also in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance version, but he is only shown as a member for a few seconds before being Killed Offscreen for serving his purpose. Aside from a different person bearing the identity in Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Valentin Shatalov in that game, Ivan Vanko in the show), Crimson Dynamo has never been a Master of Evil in the comics, and Living Laser, a later recruit for the team, was definitely never a member in the comics.
    • The episode "New Avengers" is about the team of the same name. Among the characters featured in that episode, which included Wolverine, Spider-Man, Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, Immortal Iron Fist, and The Thing, War Machine is the only one who has never been a member of the New Avengers in the comics.
  • Adaptations of the Fantastic Four almost never stray from the original lineup of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and The Thing. The sole exception is the 1978 cartoon, where the Torch couldn't be used due to his rights being wrapped up in a solo film project that was ultimately never made. In his place was a Canon Foreigner, H.E.R.B.I.E. (Reed Richards' robot lab assistant).
  • X-Men cartoons:
    • In 1983, there were plans for an X-Men cartoon that was never picked up. Among its cast were a version of Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) (who isn't even a mutant in other continuities, much less a member of the X-Men) named "Lady Lightning", and Videoman (a Canon Foreigner from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends).
    • In a What Could Have Been example, had the "Beyond Good and Evil" four-parter indeed ended up the Grand Finale for X-Men, it would've seen Archangel, Psylocke, Bishop, and Shard join the X-Men. While the former three are mainstays of the team (Archangel even being an original member), Shard was part of sister team X-Factor in the comics.
    • X-Men: Evolution:
      • Iceman is on the New Mutants team instead of the X-Men proper until Spyke leaves. For that matter, Jubilee, Multiple (Minus the "Man" as he's a kid), and Berzerker, the former two being a part of the X-Men and auxiliary teams and the latter being a Morlock through his tenure.
      • While Quicksilver was a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants in some of the Brotherhood's earliest appearances, it wouldn't be long before he underwent a Heel–Face Turn and joined The Avengers. In X-Men: Evolution, he is not only a member the whole way through, but the de facto team leader. The same applies to his twin sister, the Scarlet Witch (minus being team leader). Boom-Boom also joins the Brotherhood for a team after leaving the New Mutants and this applies to Sabretooth in the first season as it was in production before the arc that'd see him join the team in the comics saw print,
      • Apocalypse forcibly conscripts Professor X, Storm, Magneto, and Mystique to be his Horsemen. Also inverted as Angel is never one of them despite that being a big thing in the comics.
      • The only Acolytes from the comics that're members of this version are Magneto and Colossus (albeit due to blackmail instead of a crisis of faith). The Evo version's ranks including Sabretooth, Pyro, and Gambit.
    • Wolverine and the X-Men:
      • Much like Evolution, Quicksilver is not only a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants the whole way through, but the de facto team leader. Domino is also a Brotherhood member, even though she's an ally of the X-Men in every other continuity.
      • The same applies to his twin sister, the Scarlet Witch, though here she's a member of the Acolytes. In the Acolytes' case, this also applies to Pyro, Mystique, the Juggernaut, Mercury, and Blink.
  • Justice League cartoons:
  • Young Justice:
    • While The Team never calls themselves Young Justice, they include some members that were never part of the original team, like Miss Martian, a Canon Immigrant Aqualad, a de-aged Adaptational Heroism version of the Artemis Crock Tigress (a Justice Society villain), Zatanna, Rocket, Wolf (an expy of Krypto the Superdog as a mutated wolf), Roy Harper (made a Decomposite Character with the original as Arsenal and a clone as Red Arrow), Tempest (who served offscreen aside from Young Justice: Legacy and the Series Fauxnale), Aquagirl (who also served offscreen aside from that same game, which explained her death in the show), Troia (again, offscreen), Jason Todd (also offscreen and Killed Offscreen until he came back), Mary Marvel (as Sergeant Marvel, you guessed it, offscreen), Barbara Gordon, Bumblebee, Blue Beetle, Mal Duncan, Static, Spoiler (who does later join the relaunched team as a reserve), Traci Thirteen, Geo-Force, Halo, Forager, Terra, Cyborg, and El Dorado. Even Robin and Kid Flash are examples, since the comics used Tim Drake and Bart Allen (as "Impulse"), while the show used Dick Grayson and Wally West. Only Superboy, and technically the Super-Cycle (who is initially introduced under Canon Foreigner identity Sphere before revealing her hovercycle form), were from the original team at first, and it was only in later seasons that Tim, Wonder Girl, Bart, and Arrowette were also added. The show also incorporates Beast Boy, Lagoon Boy, Cassandra Cain, and an offscreen inclusion of Captain Marvel Jr. (renamed Lieutenant Marvel) from a short-lived New Young Justice.
    • The Justice League also includes members who were never a part of the League in the comics. Specifically, Icon, the aforementioned Rocket, Zatara (Zatanna's father, though he takes on the Doctor Fate identity, who has served the Justice League, later), Batwoman, and Hardware, plus an offhanded reference to Magog.
    • For Young Justice: Outsiders, the only member who's actually part of the Outsiders in the comics is Geo-Force (And later, for both the show and the comics, Terra). Metamorpho and Katana are part of Batman Inc., Black Lightning is more of a satellite character to the group, and while she's a very important character for the season, Halo never actually becomes a member of the group. This version of the team has more in common with the Teen Titans, being lead by Beast Boy and featuring Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, Bart as Kid Flash, Static, and Superboy, plus a de-aged El Dorado and obscure New God Forager.
    • For the first official appearance of the Suicide Squad/Task Force X, its members are Captain Boomerang, Black Manta and Monsieur Mallah. While Boomerang is a well known member, and Manta was a member of the New 52 incarnation, Mallah has never been part of the Squad. A canon audio play at DC FanDome adds Green Arrow villain Brick and Canon Foreigner Tuppence Terror of the Terror Twins as well.
    • The Light, the show's version of the Secret Society of Super Villains, features the Bialyan version of Queen Bee, Klarion the Witch Boy, Granny Goodness, and Bad Samaritan as members of the group, which they've never been a part of in the original comics, working with other members who have such as Vandal Savage, Ra's Al-Ghul, Lex Luthor, Ocean Master, the Brain, Black Manta, Deathstroke, and Ultra-Humanite.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series has the Insidious Six, the series' version of the Sinister Six (the name change was because Fox Kids censored the "Sinister" word). The team was formed by Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Shocker, Chameleon, Rhino and Scorpion. Apart from having a different group than any of the comic book versions (Doc Ock and Mysterio being the only original members, at least until another original member, Vulture, was added in the team's final arc as a substitute for Mysterio once he was Killed Off for Real, Shocker being a member in some incarnations, Chameleon and Rhino only being part of the team in Ends of the Earth and Scorpion never being part of the team before), the Insidious Six was formed by The Kingpin instead of Doc Ock (who's still the team leader, but acted as The Dragon to Kingpin).
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold's version of the Justice League International replaces the Ted Kord incarnation of the Blue Beetle (who is dead before the series starts in this continuity) with Jaime Reyes, and adds Aquaman, who is from the main League.
  • In the American Mega Man series, Aloof Big Brother Proto Man isn't an ally but The Dragon to Dr. Wily throughout the series, a role he never played in the original series, unless you count Mega Man 5, but even then he's revealed to actually be an Evil Doppelgänger of Proto Man made by Wily, with the real Proto Man still on Rock's side.
  • Harley Quinn (2019):
    • The Legion of Doom adds many new members, mostly members of Batman's Rogues Gallery. Many of those, such as The Joker (a member who the LoD excommunicated in the comics in DC Rebirth but was also present in Robot Chicken, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold), Two-Face (who was only present in Robot Chicken and LEGO DC Super Villains), Bane (again, from Robot Chicken but also in Justice League: Doom), and The Penguin (also only in Robot Chicken and LEGO DC Super Villains) weren't members in the comics, with a few other examples of villains not in any comics roster but being in other adaptation's versions before being in this show's roster were Reverse-Flash, Calendar Man, Killer Croc, Felix Faust, and Livewire. Only Man-Bat is entirely new, having been rejected as a member in LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom.
    • The series also includes Bane on the Injustice League.
  • The 1990s Iron Man show used Force Works, but replaced U.S. Agent with Hawkeye.
  • Teen Titans:
    • While the Brotherhood of Evil had classic members Brain, Monsieur Mallah, Madame Rouge, General Immortus, Phobia, Plasmus, and Warp, it expanded to include almost every other villain in the show. Among the few exceptions are Slade, Brother Blood, Trigon, Blackfire, and the villains of Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
    • Titans East also has this. The only member of that team who's a member of the group in the comics is Cyborg (who, while helping the group get established, doesn't stay as a part of it). This continuity's Titans East consists of Bumblebee, Speedy, Aqualad, and Canon Immigrant duo Mas y Menos.
  • DuckTales (2017)
    • S.H.U.S.H., a S.H.I.E.L.D. expy from Darkwing Duck, is brought back in the episode "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!", with the organization director being Ludwig von Drake and its agents including Beatrice Beakley and Scrooge McDuck.
    • F.O.W.L. (the Fiendesh Organization for World Larceny) was reintroduced as the main antagonist of the third season. Alongside returning members Steelbeak and the High Command (who are the members of Scrooge's Board of Directors) and Canon Foreigner Black Heron, the organization has Gandra Dee, John D. Rockerduck,and the Phantom Blot among their ranks.
  • Transformers Animated made their version of Dirt Boss a Constructicon when neither of the previous Transformers to go by that name (who appeared respectively in Transformers Armada and Transformers Cybertron) were affiliated with that Decepticon sub-faction.


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