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Basic Trope: A character in an adaptation is a different species than they were in the source material.

  • Straight: In comic books, Bob has a cat named Alice. In the movie adaptation, she's a dog.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is a human in the movie.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice was an alien in the comics but is now human.
    • Alice was originally human but is now a Half-Human Hybrid.
    • Alice was originally an alien but is now a different species of alien.
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    • Alice was a Siamese cat in the comics. In the film adaptation, she's a Siberian cat.
  • Justified: Alice was originally a rare species of lizard, so the producers of the movie decided to make her a snake for the sake of convenience.
  • Inverted: Everything about Alice changes except her species.
  • Subverted: Bob frequently talks about his pet, Cat. Cat turns out to be a dog, just as she was in the source material.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out that Bob is just pet-sitting the dog. He actually does have a cat.
  • Parodied: Alice was a dog in the original. Now she's a horse with the mannerisms of a dog.
  • Zig Zagged: There's a lot of animals in the franchise. In the movie, some undergo species changes to some degree, others don't.
  • Averted: Alice's species never changes.
  • Enforced: The creators thought Alice would be more likable as a dog.
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  • Lampshaded: "In another story, you'd be the Team Pet."
  • Invoked: Alice, a human in the comics and initially in the movie, drinks a potion that will turn her into a dragon.
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  • Conversed: ???

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