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Happens when two characters who were in the same family in the source material are unrelated in the adaptation of the work. This may be the result of a Composite Character, though also occurs often in fanfiction when the writer wants to pair two related characters together without incest.

The inverse of Related in the Adaptation. A sub-trope of Adaptation Relationship Overhaul. Compare to Promoted to Love Interest.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z: None of The Powerpuff Girls are related, being classmates who never even spoke to each other prior to the Chemical Z incident. Professor Utonium also isn't the father of any of them and instead has his own son.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT: Fate was never adopted into the Harlaown family due to Precia being alive and sane in this continuity. Of course, it's downplayed due to Precia and Lindy raising their children side by side.
  • In Komori-san Can't Decline!, Masako was the homeroom teacher's younger sister in the manga, but this relationship was never mentioned in the anime. In fact, he mentioned that Komori wouldn't need to deliver her handouts when she was out sick in the manga, since Komori was only visiting to see how she was feeling, but Komori delivered them to her in the anime.
  • Episode 9 of Hell Girl features a pair of sisters who dream of opening their own cake shop. In the manga adaptation of this particular story, the two are just neighbours.
  • Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros:
    • The Koopalings are just Bowser's minions. At the time of release, they were his children.
    • In the adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Queen Koopa (Bowser) isn't Peach's evil step-mother. They live in different kingdoms. Queen Koopa becomes jealous because Princess Peach from a neighboring kingdom is the most beautiful woman in the world.
  • "Saint Seiya": In the anime and most adaptations, the saints are not all the sons of Mitsumasa Kido,the founder of the orphanage they come from

    Comic Books 
  • Ultimate Marvel:
    • Ultimate Spider-Man: Ben Reilly, who is Peter's clone in the main comics (sometimes referred to as his "brother" or identical cousin), is an unrelated lab assistant in the Ultimate verse.
    • Ultimate X-Men:
      • Much like X-Men: The Last Stand later on, the series sees this with Xavier and Juggernaut, as they're not related. Marko is also Rogue's age, rather than older than Xavier.
      • Cable isn't the son of Cyclops, but rather, he's a future Wolverine. Additionally, Stryfe isn't a clone of Cable, but a naturally born mutant.
  • New 52
  • Wonder Woman depicts the Amazons as sworn enemies of Ares. In the original myths, the Amazons were actually descendants of him, and revered him as a result.
  • Wonder Woman (Rebirth) depicts Aphrodite and Hermes' child Atlantiades/Hermaphroditus as Aphrodite's child alone despite maintianing both of their names, which both refrence their father Hermes. Atlantiades relates to their being Atlas' great-grandchild—through Hermes mother—and Hermaphroditus is a name created so they could be named after both of their parents—Hermes-Herm/Aphrodite-aphroditus—who each symbolise one of the sexes therefore alluding to their own intersex nature.
  • Teen Titans: Earth One: Both Elinore Stone and Deathstroke Slade Wilson are no longer biologically related to the children that they each raised, Victor Stone and Joseph Wilson, respectively.
  • In both the Marvel Comics 2 universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hope Pym is the biological daughter of Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp. While still the biological daughter of Hank Pym, Nadia Pym's biological mother is Hank's first wife, Maria Trovaya, with Janet as her surrogate mother.
  • In the Quake oneshot that was part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th anniversary, Daisy meets an Inhuman named Jiaying, the same name as her mother in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, who recognises her from somewhere. But comicbook Daisy's mom was almost definitely a woman named Jennifer Johnson.
  • In Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Captain Victory is the grandson of the Big Bad, Blackmaas. Blackmaas is also the Big Bad of the Massive Multiplayer Crossover Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure, but when a version of Captain Victory makes an appearance, he says he comes from a long line of Captain Victories, and no connection with Blackmaas is even implied.
  • The tie-in comic for Justice League: Gods and Monsters features Francine Evelyn Lee, the eventual wife of Man-Bat in the comics—expect they don't get married in this universe.

    Fan Works 
  • Happens in a lot of Frozen fanfics. Anna and Elsa are the Fan-Preferred Couple by far (at least with adult fans) however many are squicked about pairing up two sisters. Thus may fanworks depict them as childhood friends or meeting as teens/adults. Most High School AUs, College AUs, and Setting Update fics depict them as unrelated. Café Liégeois is a popular fanfic where they Meet Cute at Starbucks. A Snowflake In Spring is another popular fic where Anna meets Elsa at an asylum her brother Hans (who is her unrelated love interest in the film) is at.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: Cynthia and Professor Carolina are not biologically related, although the latter still considers the former like a granddaughter.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse) both inverts this and plays it straight. Thea Queen is not Malcolm Merlyn's biological child with Moira — Oliver, however, is.
  • Comatose: Here, Ariel's a human who was turned into a mermaid. As a result, she isn't related to Triton.
  • Popular in The Loud House fandom with Lincoln being unrelated to the titular family. Granted, lots of those stories end up with him being Happily Adopted by the Louds by the end of it but that doesn't stop shippers.
  • Warriors Redux: Bluestar, Mistyfoot, and Stonefur have no relation anymore. They're just coincidentally similar looking blue-grey cats. According to the writer, they hated how Warriors added on more family drama into an arc already packed with family drama. They also found it nonsensical that no one ever guessed the twins were Bluestar's kits, so that plot point was removed in Warriors Redux.
  • In RWBY canon, Ruby and Yang are half-sisters. In Summer Rose Court they've been raised together since Ruby was ten but aren't biological siblings. As a result, it's possible to date Yang.
  • In My Fluttering Heart, Flurry is not Cadance's biological daughter. She is Chrysalis'.
  • Like in Summer Rose Court, Ruby and Yang aren't half-sisters in Vale's Underground. In fact, the whole Rose/Branwen/Xiao Long has this. If they don't have the same surname, they aren't related in this story.
  • RWBY: Scars: A Wham Episode reveals that Qrow is Ruby's biological father, not Taiyang. Summer and Qrow were High-School Sweethearts but they broke up when Ruby was a baby. She later began living with Tai, who raised Ruby as his own.
  • RWBY: Cherish depicts Blake as an orphan. Kali and Ghira were close friends of her parents and were like an aunt and uncle to Blake as a child.
  • In Yokai Watch Re!, Nate is adopted. This is done to make him Lord Enma's son.
  • Aitran: Unlike their Myst counterparts, Cirrus, Archeon, and Aldro have no biological connections to Star Swirl.
  • In Do You Believe In Fairies?, Luna is Candace's paternal half-sister and doesn't share any blood with their grandmother Shelly, though she stil sees her as her grandmother nevertheless.
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    Films — Animation 
  • How to Train Your Dragon: In the books, Snotlout is Hiccup's cousin, and sees himself as a better choice as heir to the chieftainship. In Dreamworks continuity, there's no suggestion he's in line for the title, although he still sees himself (wrongly) as a better leader than Hiccup.
  • In the original Bambi books, Faline is Bambi's cousin. To avoid Kissing Cousins, this aspect of their relationship is never referenced in the Disney Bambi (though some tie-in books have referred to them as cousins).
  • Hercules:
  • Tarzan: In the novel Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan eventually learns that his real name is John Clayton and he is the cousin of Professor Porter's colleague William Clayton. In Disney's film, Tarzan never learns the identity of his human parents, and there's no indication that he and Clayton are related.
  • Wonder Woman (2009): Ares is made Hippolyta's evil former husband, despite their animosity for each other in the comics and the fact that he's her father as well as just about the only Greek god who regularly protects his kids and avoids sleeping with any of his own descendants in the original myths.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Occurs in Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, the fourth live-action Asterix movie. In the comic that it's primarily based on, Asterix in Britain, as well as its animated adaptation, Anticlimax is Asterix's cousin. In the live-action movie, they aren't related at all, seeing how neither of them recognize the other during the first scene they share together.
  • In Clash of the Titans (2010), two rather disturbing variants occur. For one, in this version, Perseus' mother, Danae, was a queen married to King Acrisius. In the actual myth, King Acrisius was her father. Furthermore, Perseus winds up with Io at the end of the film...a character who, in the story, would have been his great x 7-grandmother. Something this film shares with Clash of the Titans (1981) is that in the actual myth, Medusa and Poseidon were Pegasus' parents, but here, Pegasus is a sacred animal of Zeus and has nothing to do with Medusa or Poseidon.
  • While Andromeda Tonks (née Black) exists in the Harry Potter films, she’s never mentioned by name. Her name is on the family tapestry in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and her daughter exists but that’s about it. Sirius never calls her nor her daughter his cousin like he does in the book. Bellatrix and Narcissa also never say they have another sister so for all intents and purposes, this is played straight.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: The Secret Service has Jack London as Eggsy's uncle, but Jack's film counterpart Harry Hart isn't related to Eggsy in any way.
  • In the Stuart Little book, Stuart is the biological son of the Littles who just happens to somehow look like a mouse and be extremely small like one. The Stuart Little films make him a Happily Adopted mouse.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • In the comics, Mystique is the stepmother of Rogue. However, in the film continuity, the two never meet each until after Magneto kidnaps Rogue in the original movie, and don't share any type of interaction whatsoever.
    • In X-Men: The Last Stand there is no relationship between Xavier and Juggernaut while they are step-brothers in the comics (with Juggernaut's hatred of Xavier being his major motivation).
    • Happens again with Nightcrawler. The films give no indication that Mystique and Azazel are his parents like they are in the comics. In X-Men: Apocalypse a much younger Mystique has no significant reaction at all when she finds and rescues a young Nightcrawler.
    • Banshee and Siryn are father and daughter in the comics, but Banshee is killed sometime between First Class and Days of Future Past, while Siryn shows up as a child in X2: X-Men United (which takes place decades later). The timeline means there's no way Banshee could have fathered Siryn in this universe, though it's possible they could be related in some other, unspecified way.
  • In the V.I. Warshawski film, Bernard "Boom-Boom" Grafaulk, who was V.I.'s cousin in the original books, was changed to a potential love interest. Considering he was the murder victim in both, it didn't get far enough to start getting weird.
  • Banlieue 13 has Lola being changed from Leito's sister in the original to his ex-girlfriend in the remake Brick Mansions.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In the original mythology and The Mighty Thor, Lady Sif and Heimdall are siblings, but there's no sign of that in the movies. The fact that Heimdall received a Race Lift while Sif didn't makes blood relations unlikely.
    • While Odin appears riding the eight legged horse Sleipnir in Thor, the Mr. Seahorse backstory is never mentioned, specifically Loki shapeshifting into a female horse and getting impregnated.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Tyr, who is Thor's older brother in the comics, is depicted as just another Asgardian warrior.
    • A variation with Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. In the comics, she is Loki's biological daughter, or was at least created by him. Here, she is actually Odin's biological daughter and the long-lost older sister of Thor (and Loki by adoption). This means that while she is no longer biologically related to Loki, she is now related to Thor. This also makes her a Composite Character with Angela, who is the comic universe's lost sister. Also played straight with Fenris. In the comics, he's Loki's son and Hela's brother. Here, she is simply Hela's servant.
    • A combination of this and Related in the Adaptation, but Star-Lord/Peter Quill is normally the son of J-Son of Spartax. Here, they are unrelated (and J-Son is only vaguely alluded to at most), and is instead the child of Ego the Living Planet, when in the comic, they are unrelated.
    • Since his redevelopment in 2005, Bucky Barnes has been Black Widow’s main love interest but besides their mutual friendship with Captain America, they don’t really know each other in the MCU. It comes from the fact that in the comics, Widow has the same super serum as him and they trained together in the USSR whereas they don’t have that connection in the MCU. Comics Widow was born in the 1930s (the serum slows down her aging) but MCU Widow was canonically born in 1984 like Scarlett Johansson. MCU Bucky was born in 1917 so in other words they’re not 15 years apart in age or so, he’s old enough to be her grandpa.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra shows no sign that Heavy Duty and Roadblock are cousins.
  • Jem and the Holograms has this with Shana and Aja. In the cartoon they're Kimber and Jerica's foster sisters in the cartoon, and this is kept in the film, however here they are barely acquainted. The close bond between them from childhood is lost.
  • Fantastic Four (2015): Rather than have Susan and Johnny Storm be blood siblings, Susan was adopted into the Storm family. This was done so they could give Johnny a Race Lift to increase the team's diversity without having to do the same to Sue.
  • Batman & Robin sees Batgirl as Alfred's niece instead of Commissioner Gordon's daughter.
  • The 1987 adaptation of The Secret Garden makes Mr. Craven an old family friend rather than Mary's uncle, in order have Colin Promoted to Love Interest while avoiding Kissing Cousins.
  • Halloween (2018) ignores all the films after the first one, and thus the second film's revelation that Laurie Strode and Michael Myers were long-lost siblings will not apply in this continuity.
  • In the comics, the Riot symbiote, like the Scream and Carnage ones, was the spawn of the Venom symbiote. In Venom (2018), no such ties exist.
  • DOA: Dead or Alive: In the video games, Ayane is Hayate and Kasumi's half-sister and cousinnote . Here, she is a member of their ninja village in service to them and becomes Hayate's love interest.
  • In the Shazam comics, Mary and Billy are twins. In SHAZAM! (2019) they're foster siblings and Mary is older by a few years.
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet does this with Paris, Mercutio and the Prince who were all related in the original play. For the movie, Mercutio and Captain Prince were both Race Lifted into black men while Dave Paris is white. Almost all of the dialogue establishing the familial relationship between Paris and the Prince was cutnote  and none of the characters are ever seen interacting.

    Literature 
  • A Tale Of...: Queen Leah is not Aurora's mother despite their Strong Family Resemblance. Maleficent is through a spell and Aurora is the physical embodiment of all that was good in Maleficent.
  • In Christian Jacq's five part series about Ramses II, rather than him having 156 children by God know how many wives and concubines during his 90+ year long life, all but three (Khaemwaset, Merneptah and Meritamen) are being changed into students at the Academy Rameses set up in the palace, them being nicknamed "The Children of Ramses"

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow:
      • The Ravager. She's usually the illegitimate daughter of Slade Wilson. Here, she's merely his Dragon. Justified though, as she's a Composite Character of Isabel Rochev, who's the Ravager's actual civilian identity in this version.
      • Jean Loring and Ray Palmer are a married couple in the comics. In the show, she's given an Age Lift and is now old enough to be his mother while Ray mentions a dead fiancee. Legends reveals that Ray's aforementioned late fiancee was named Ana Loring, making her and Jean a Decomposite Character.
      • A weird example in a character initially introduced as Tina Boland before she reveals her real name "Dinah Drake"; which is the name of comic book Dinah Laurel Lance's mother. Thing is, the show already introduced Dinah Drake-Lance way back in the first season, who is Laurel's mother. Of course, the show's characters based on the Black Canary are a strange mix of Composite Character and Decomposite Character to the one in the comics, making it hard to tie down which one directly adds up to which other.
      • In the comics Emiko Queen is the daughter of Robert Queen and Shado. In the series, she's the daughter of Robert and a woman named Kazumi Adachi, since the Shado who appeared in the first two seasons' island flashbacks clearly couldn't have a daughter Emiko's age, even if giving her an unmentioned relationship with Oliver's father wouldn't have been both contrived and squicky. Kazumi Adachi is briefly mentioned in Teen Titans Special #1 as Shado's grandmother's name, making her an example as well.
    • The Flash (2014):
      • Eddie Thawne, when compared to his closest comic counterpart Malcolm Thawne: in addition to being a much nicer person, Eddie has no blood relation to Barry Allen, whereas Malcolm was Barry's identical Evil Twin, which along with Impulse, gives Barry familiar ties to his arch-foe, Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash. However, while he's not a blood relative of Barry's, Eddie is still an ancestor to Eobard.
      • Jesse Quick is the daughter of WWII heroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle in the comics; in the show she's the daughter of Canon Foreigner Harrison Wells.note 
    • Legends of Tomorrow: In the comics, Connor Hawke is Oliver's bastard son and successor as Green Arrow. Here, he's merely someone inspired to take up Oliver's superhero mantle. This is a result of him being turned into a Decomposite Character, as his original status as Oliver's illegitimate son was given to William Clayton in the show. Instead, he's John Diggle's son. If that's the case, then he is also Related in the Adaptation to Lyla Michaels, Harbringer from the comics, who is John Diggle's wife.
    • In a cross-show example, Ronnie Raymond and Felicity Smoak. In the comics, she's his Wicked Stepmother. On TV, he's a Recurring Character on The Flash and she's a regular on Arrow, and they've never even met.
    • In another cross-show example, Roy and Jim Harper. In the comics, they are nephew and uncle respectively. On TV, Roy is a regular character on Arrow while Jim s a guest character on Supergirl, and not only did they never even met, but they exist on different parts of The Multiverse.
  • Lieutenant Sharon Agathon in Battlestar Galactica (2003). She has the callsign Athena, which makes her the counterpart to Admiral Adama's daughter Lieutenant Athena in Battlestar Galactica (1978), but there's no relationship at all. In fact, this Athena is a copy of the Number Eight model of humanoid Cylon.
  • Done multiple times in adapting Super Sentai into Power Rangers:
    • In Lightspeed Rescue and Mystic Force; their Sentai counterparts Go Go V and Magiranger were Super Family Teams composed of siblings, but none of the core Lightspeed Rangers were relatednote  and family relations of the Mystic Rangers were drastically reduced: the Blue and Pink Rangers were sisters, and only the Red Ranger was related to supporting characters instead of the entire team.
    • Inverted and played straight in Ninja Steel. In Ninninger, the Red and White Rangers were siblings and the other core Rangers were their cousins, while Starninger was unrelated to them. In Ninja Steel, the core Rangers are unrelated while the Red and Gold Rangers are brothers.
  • Played straight and inverted with the New Enchanted Forest version of the Tremaine family in Once Upon a Time. The "wicked stepmother" (in addition to being Rapunzel) is actually Tremaine's first wife, meaning he's the biological father of Anastasia and Drusella and the stepfather of Ella; the exact reversal of the traditional version.
  • In Inhumans: In the comics, Black Bolt and Medusa are Kissing Cousins, but in the TV show, Medusa's dialogue indicates that she and Black Bolt aren't related.
  • While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise rarely made the distinction on whether Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo were related by blood or adoption, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation notably made it so that the brothers weren't related by blood so that they could have Ship Tease with the fifth female turtle Venus de Milo and have her established as having mutated with the other four before being separated from them without raising incestuous implications.
  • Downplayed in the Poirot adaptation of The Murder on the Links, where Jack Renauld is said to be the stepson of Paul Renauld, instead of his biological son, as in the books.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: In the original myths, Hercules' sidekick Iolaus was his nephew, the son of his brother Iphicles. In the show, Iolaus is two years older than Hercules and is simply his best friend.

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    Toys 
  • The fairy-tales in Ever After High are a bit loose compared to the actual stories. For example, the future Snow White and the future Wicked Stepmother (referred to exclusively as the "Evil Queen") are the same age. There's never any mention of Raven being Apple's future step-mother. She's just expected to poison Apple one day.

    Video Games 
  • Mega Man: in Mega Man (Classic), Mega Man, Roll, and the DLN series robots are "sibling bots" made by Dr. Light. In Mega Man Battle Network (an alternate universe/continuity), they're all unrelated; Mega Man, Roll and Guts Man are at least friends while others are either Mega Man's enemy or just a neutral presence.
  • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature does this a lot compared to Harvest Moon 64:
    • Karen is not the daughter of Sasha and Gotz. She is the daughter of Sasha and Jeff.
    • Ann, Gray, and Rick were all related in 64 (thus their shared red hair) but aren't in Back to Nature. Ann and Gray were siblings and Rick was their cousin.
    • Stu's brother Ken was Adapted Out. Stu is no longer related to the Peddler and is instead Elli's little brother.
    • There's no mention to the original girls from the SNES title, thus making it ambiguous if the bachelorettes are still their granddaughters.

    Web Comics 
  • Dumbing of Age, which adapts the author's Walkyverse comics into a College AU.
    • In the Walkyverse, Faz turned out to be Amber's half-brother, conceived from her dad's extramarital affair. In Dumbing of Age, Faz is apparently her stepbrother instead. (It has since been hinted that, nope, he's her half-brother, but not actually confirmed.)
    • Happens again with Carla, who is the Dumbiverse incarnation of Ultra-Car. UC sees Joe and Rachel as her parents because they built her. Carla is a human about the same age as Joe and Rachel and with no known connection to Joe at all, and the slimmest of connections to Rachel (they live on the same floor).
    • Youth Pastor Powers from Joyce's old church is the Dumbiverse counterpart of David Powers, aka Sal and Walky's real dad. As far as is known, he has no connection to them whatsoever in this universe.

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