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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.
  • The Narutaki twins in Negima! Magister Negi Magi were never important characters, but in Negima!? they join Negi's team early, even ahead of characters like Yue who are far more prominent in the source material.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon: The Series itself gave several Pokemon trainers, gym leaders, or Elite Four members several team members they never had in the base game. Case in point, Brock and Misty gain several Pokemon during their travels with Ash that they never otherwise had; Brock had an Onix (later a Steelix in the anime) and a Geodude in the game, but got a Crobat, a Vulpix (given back to its trainer later on), a Forretress, a Ludicolo, a Marshtomp, a Sudowoodo, a Croagunk, a Chansey, and a Comfee. Misty, meanwhile, got a Goldeen, a Horsea, a Psyduck, a Togetic (later released), a Politoed, a Corsola, a Gyarados, a Luvdisc, and an Azurill, in addition to her Staryu and Starmie.note 

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 
  • DC Animated Movie Universe:
  • Justice League: Doom: The whole Legion of Doom. Vandal Savage, Metallo, Bane, Star Sapphire, Malefic and Mirror Master were not members of the original Superfriends version (in face Malefic postdates Superfriends). The closest is Cheetah — and even she falls under this due to being Barbara Minvera, not Priscilla Rich.
  • Catwoman: Hunted sees Leviathan composed of the Cheetah, Moxie Mannheim, Black Mask, Dr. Tzin, Oyabun Noguri (given the codename "Mr. Yakuza" in the film), and La Dama — none of them were members in the comics. In fact, the only member from the comics who does appear is Talia al Ghul, its true leader, who's using Cheetah as a proxy.
  • Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons depicts Bronze Tiger, Lady Shiva, Rose and Jericho as members of HIVE, an organization they have nothing to do with in the comics.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • While Sabretooth may be a core member of the Brotherhood of Mutants now, he was not a member in the comics until a few months after the first film included him in the Brotherhood.
    • Since X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver has been a main character in the movies. While he is definitely a part of the X-Men mythos due to being a mutant (sometimes) and the son of Magneto (sometimes), he is more commonly associated with The Avengers. The closest he ever came to joining the X-Men was the spinoff team X-Factor.
    • The only members of the Hellfire Club in the comics who are members of the version in X-Men: First Class are Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost. Additionally, once Magneto takes over and makes it the first Brotherhood, everyone but him, Mystique, and Angel Salvadore falls under this.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse adds Magneto and Storm to the Horsemen, which had also been done in X-Men: Evolution.
    • The Brotherhood's members included Quill, Spike, Arclight, Callisto, and — thanks to Adaptational VillainyPsylocke and Multiple Man.
    • The Blob, who's a member of the Brotherhood in the comics, was instead a member of Team X until their disbandment in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the new timeline, he's apparently not part of any group since Team X was never formed.
  • 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. Director James Gunn has explained that the unorthodox team showcased in the film was chosen on the idea that they were characters who could've eventually been featured in the original 80s Suicide Squad run from Johan Ostrander and Kim Yale had it not been cancelled.
  • 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.
    • On the good side, frickin’ Kano is sided with the heroes. However, he (unsurprisingly) defects to Outworld’s team after being promised more money by Kabal.
  • Spectre reveals that Le Chiffre from Casino Royale was an associate of the titular criminal organization.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Defenders, the team consists of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Luke Cage is the only one of these four who is a Defenders mainstay in the comics (where the most iconic lineup is Doctor Strange, The Incredible Hulk, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Silver Surfer). A later comics run of the Defenders would eventually assemble the above four.
  • Another example involving Cyborg. He is one of the main characters of Doom Patrol, seemingly to fill in for fellow Teen Titans member Beast Boy, who is already in a different DC Universe series.
  • While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had various allies over the years, in most works, the actual team remains just Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. The sole exception is Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, which adds in a Canon Foreigner Affirmative Action Girl named Venus de Milo. It is highly unlikely that something like this will happen again for the Turtles, since Venus was quite unpopular among most of the fans as well as TMNT's co-creator, Peter Laird.
    • Though the comic books have now (in 2019) added a female Turtle, Jennika.
  • The failed Justice League of America (1997) Pilot Movie:
    • It contains a notable Inverted example. Due to licensing issues, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, the three characters who are members of practically every version of the League, are absent.
    • A straighter example comes with the pilot using Guy Gardner, instead of a Green Lantern more commonly associated with the Justice League, like Hal Jordan or John Stewart.
  • In the mid-2010's, there was a plan for a New Warriors series that would have included Squirrel Girl and Mr. Immortal from the Great Lakes Avengers, despite neither of them ever being New Warriors in any comics.
  • Smallville: Lois Lane becomes a member of the Justice League in the show, despite never being a member in the comics.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers primarily adapted Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger and started off with (an Americanized version of) its exact lineup of Rangers. However, they eventually ran out of footage of Burai the Dragon Ranger to use for Tommy the Green Ranger in season 2. As a result, Tommy was turned into the White Ranger, using footage of Kou the Kiba Ranger, who is from an entirely different Super Sentai team.
  • VR Troopers is an interesting case. The source footage was taken from three different shows, so only two of the Troopers, JB and Kaitlyn, ever fought together or met each other in the originals, with Ryan always on his own. Any footage showing Ryan fighting together with JB and Kaitlyn was American-original.
  • Renata Klein in Big Little Lies gets this treatment, especially in Season 2. In the book, she is a secondary antagonist (although she eventually sees the error of her ways) with a totally separate group of friends. Season 1 follows that arc, too, except that Renata is actually present when Perry attacks Celeste and Bonnie kills him, which means that Renata is part of the conspiracy between the other women (Celeste, Bonnie, Madeleine, and Jane), to cover up Perry's death and becomes a member of the core group.
  • Vagrant Queen adds Amae, Dengar, Krob, Hath, and Winnibot to Elida and Isaac's expedition to Wix, whereas in the original comic, Elida and Isaac travel to Wix alone. With the exception of Hath, all of the extra party members are Canon Foreigners.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow's version of Task Force X incorporates Cupid, who was not a member in the comics. In the team's later appearance as the "Ghost Initiative", they also include China White, Joe Wilson, and Richard Dragon.
    • Team Arrow consists of characters unassociated with Green Arrow lore throughout its run, including John Diggle (the Arrowverse version of John Stewart), Huntress, Felicity Smoak (traditionally a Firestorm (DC Comics) character), The Atom, Mister Terrific, Wild Dog, Ragman, and the Dinah Drake Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance, who indeed was a member of The Team in this incarnation, technically twice, is the one associated with Green Arrow in the comics).
    • Harbinger is Amanda Waller's Number Two in A.R.G.U.S., eventually taking over the organization after the latter's Death by Adaptation.
    • The Church of Blood also boasts members such as Deathstroke (who is The Man Behind the Man to Brother Blood, the organization's actual leader in the comics) and Cyrus Gold (the man who would go onto become Solomon Grundy).
    • The Flash: Team Flash is quite different from the Flash Family, having Vibe, Killer Frost, Joe West, Firestorm, and Pariah, as well as several of the Rogues Gallery members either being the Big Bad Friend or undergoing a Heel–Face Turn such as Reverse-Flash, Zoom, Dr. Alchemy, and Pied Piper.
    • Legends of Tomorrow: The Arrowverse version of the Legion of Doom includes Reverse-Flash (who was only a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains), while Damien Darkh is an Ascended Extra who was never part of any such team outside HIVE.
    • While The Legends are themselves an original creation of the Arrowverse, they are loosely based off the Forgotten Heroes, a team assembled to fight against Vandal Savage. All members sans Rip Hunter himself were never members of this team.
    • Speaking of Vandal Savage, his villainous group includes Negative Woman, Pohzar, Per Degaton, and a Brainwashed and Crazy Hawkman (who later pulls a Heel–Face Turn) as members.
    • The Justice Society of America mostly includes members from various iterations of the team, with the exception of Vixen, who has never been a member before (though this is not the same Vixen from the comics, but her grandmother who was created for the show). The Justice Society that appears is from World War II, but encounters another instance of the trope with Obsidian (the son of the Golden Age Green Lantern) and Stargirl (a modern successor to Starman) being present in the roster, when both members were much younger and only appeared in later Justice Society rosters.
    • The Legends have referred to Green Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl as "The Trinity". Outside the Arrowverse, the DC trinity is Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (though it's never been an In-Universe nickname).
    • Supergirl: Martian Manhunter (who also disguises himself as Hank Henshaw, traditionally the villain Cyborg Superman) and Supergirl's adoptive sister Alex Danvers are the highest ranking members of the D.E.O. In the comics, Martian Manhunter is more associated with the Justice League of America while Supergirl's adoptive brother is an infant. Winslow Schott, Jr. (the son of Superman villain Toyman), Valor, and Brainiac 5 became members at some point as well, with the latter even becoming its director in the second half of season 5. And post Crisis on Infinite Earths, Lex Luthor becomes the founder.
    • Speaking of Winslow Schott, Jr., he ultimately joins the show's version of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
    • While all are members of the comicbook Justice League, the Arrowverse team has Supergirl, Batwoman, Sara Lance, and Black Lightning as founding members.
  • On the original MacGyver (1985), Jack Dalton was a recurring character who made appearances maybe once or twice a season. In the revival, he's part of a team with the title character for the first three seasons.
  • WandaVision reveals that Monica Rambeau is a member of S.W.O.R.D. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when she had no such affiliation in the comics. Her mother Maria also wasn't a member, much less one of its co-founders and its former director.
  • Loki:
    • Ravonna Renslayer is a high-ranking member of the Time Variance Authority, a group she was never a part of in the comics.
    • Immortus is revealed to be the mysterious Founder of the Time Variance Authority. In the comics, he was never part of the organization, and certainly was not their leader.
  • Game of Thrones inverts this by removing the mercenary group The Brave Companions.
    • Leader Vargo Hoat is replaced by Lord Locke. Unlike the unaffiliated Hoat, Locke is a loyal bannerman to Lord Roose Bolton.
    • Criminals Rorge and Biter escape on route to the Wall. In the books they join the Brave Companions, but in the show they join the Lannister army.
    • Mad Scientist and Doctor Qyburn acted as the field medic to the Brave Companions, after being kicked out of the Maesters. In the show he acted as a Back-Alley Doctor.
  • Hawkeye: Echo is the current leader of the Tracksuit Mafia, while she had no affliation with them in the comics. The Tracksuit Mafia works under the Kingpin, who they didn't have any affilation with in the comics, but Echo personally did.
  • The Boys:
    • Teenage Kix member Gunpowder appears as a member of Payback.
    • Stormfront becomes a new member of the Seven, when her comics counterpart was only affiliated with Payback.
    • Season 3 reveals that Black Noir used to be affiliated with Payback before joining the Seven, when the comic book only showed him to be a member of the Seven.

  • 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.
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance had an incarnation of Black Widow in the Dark Avengers, which no Dark Avengers roster in the comics had, in this case, villainous Black Widow Yelena Belova is the one here. Red Skull in his Dell Rusk persona is also the founder of the team, when in the comics that was Norman Osborn.
  • 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 sees President Superman work with two character undergoing Adaptational Heroism and thus weren't part of the original Justice Incarnate: the Flashpoint timeline's Wonder Woman and the Superman: Red Son version of Batman.

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    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, 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: The Animated Series, 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 (given her relation to Bishop, no pun intended) 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 are 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 (2009):
      • 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 (2010):
    • 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, El Dorado, and Mist. 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, with Secret also only appearing in a single Halloween Episode despite being the initial reason for Tim, Conner, and Bart getting together. 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 Gods character Forager. In the timeskip between season 3 and 4, Looker, Windfall, and Tim Drake, members in the comics, also join, but other new members by that point include Stargirl and Livewire.
    • The Sentinels of Magic debut in season 4, but only Zatanna was a member in the comics. The other members who aren't part of the team in the comics are Traci Thirteen, Mary Bromfield, and Khalid Nassour.
    • 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.
    • The League of Shadows (the show's renamed version of the League of Assassins) contains a number of members who weren't part of the team in the comics, such as Cheshire, Black Spider, Sportsmaster and the Shade (who promptly leaves them later on). Cheshire would later be RetCanoned as having been part of the League of Assassins during the New 52.
    • The Lex Luthor-alligned incarnation of Infinity, Inc. later defects to Markovia, where classic Outsiders member Geo-Force becomes their leader.
  • 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 (Ruby-Spears) 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:
    • 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 (2003)
    • 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 Fiendish 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.
    • Similarly, a version of Strika from Beast Machines is one of Megatron's highest generals off-camera for most of the show, but while she was loyal to the Megatron of Beast Machines, it was only because he was ruler of Cybertron by that point, the position she and her partner Obsidian are actually loyal to. Plans for the cacnelled fourth season would have given this exact same treatment to a planned Animated version of Obsidian as well.
    • This generally happens to unaffiliated villainous characters like Lockdown and Unicron in marketing, as until recently, the toys were sold as either under the Autobot or Decepticon banner, with no third faction, so various toys of those two have been released as Decepticons, albeit only in packaging. In the case of Lockdown, his IDW version is still a bounty hunter for hire like his original Animated self, but wears the badge, because the 'Cons give him consistent and substantial payment. Meanwhile, his Cyberverse version is just a straight up Decepticon, with no trace of being a bounty hunter.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series had Ragnar become a member of the Red Lantern Corps, when his comics counterpart was sentenced to death and beheaded long before the Red Lanterns, or any color Lanterns besides the Green Lantern Corps, were confirmed to exist.
  • In Sonic Boom, Amy Rose is shown to be a core member of Team Sonic unlike in the games, where she often led her own team in the form of Team Rose.