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  • An Entry with a Bang!: The starting authors had to decide whether to go with the Earth of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe or the Real Life Earth, settling for the former. Fortunately, the existence of a Non-canon Stories thread allows for a glimpse at the latter. While some of the posts within will indeed come to pass after enough in-universe time has gone by, others will indeed never make the story's canon. The discussion threads, if you dare brave them, also have older versions of posts that made it to the Story Only thread. One of these had The Dukes of Hazzard explicitly show up, but it was rejected in favor of a less blatant Shout-Out.
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  • In the Discworld, A.A. Pessimal has taken the sort of threads and hints Terry Pratchett left in his novels and expanded on them; one-shot or one-line cameo characters get whole stories, for instance. It has been noted that a handful of hints, random pointers and one-line jokes in the early Discworld books, that suggested an Australia-like place existed there, eventually blossomed into fruition as a whole novel. Pessimal noted the books have just as many hints, one-liners and pointers to the existence of a South Africa-like place on the Disc. Indeed, on his death, Pratchett had an outline novel sketched out that would have explored the Discworld "Africa" in at least as much detail as he gave to Australia. Discworld's "South Africa" is realised more fully in Pessimal's world. Indeed, the whole of the "African" continent is visited by travellers in the tale Gap Year Adventures - a fair stab at the ground Terry P might have covered in the never-now-to-be-written The Dark Incontinent.
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  • The Tainted Grimoire: The author originally planned for Veis instead of Vili to join Clan Gully. Also, Vili didn't exist in the original plan. The original plan was scrapped and Vili was created because cuttingmoon57 didn't like the idea of altering important canon clans.
  • Thousand Shinji: The author once mentioned that he had played with the idea of writing the real sequel. Unlike the non-canonical, controversial side-story it would narrate the conflict foreshadowed in the last chapter of TS and it would not be a crossover. But he never got around to do it.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha fanfic, "Toward the World's End" apparently was - in the final installment of its second series - to feature a confrontation on an alien world where the protagonists became stuck in the crossfire of an alien war, ending with an alien commander appearing, who happens to look exactly like protagonist Arthur's long dead childhood friend
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  • Super Mario Bros. Z: Originally, Alvin Earthworm had plans for a ninth episode, but only part of it was actually released because, 'It was cancelled before Alvin could even finish the whole episode'.
  • The Nuptialverse: Word of God has listed multiple changes that were made to the series from the original plan as time went on:
    • Chapters for both Queen Chrysalis and Princess Cadance were written for Post Nuptials, but the author felt they would have detracted from the subject of Twilight's friends walking out on her. They have since been released as the standalone stories "Metamorphosis" and "Honeymoon", respectfully.
    • Post Nuptials:
      • The author decided against shipping Rarity with Fancypants and Fluttershy with Iron Will, because both seemed unnecessary and his readership was against them.
      • Pinkie's chapter in "Post Nuptials" was planned as a Breather Episode wherein Pinkie would have been too distracted with the reception to fret over Twilight and the narrator would have tried in vain to keep the story on its angsty track.
      • Shining Armor's chapter would have had him speak with Cadance instead of Twilight.
      • The story would have ended with Rainbow Dash and Pinkie moving Applejack and Rarity into the same bed as a prank. A similar ending showed Twilight's friends finding Octavia and Vinyl Scratch sleeping in Twilight's bed while Twilight slept with Celestia. Both were nixed to keep the story friendlier for younger audiences.
    • Families:
      • The story was planned to be focused only on Spike, and went as follows: Spike learns of a magic pool that will let him see anything asked of it. He wants to see his parents, but Twilight forbids him from going, so he runs away. As Twilight searches hopelessly for him for a month before finally giving up, Spike finds the pool guarded by a character who would become the main story's Keeper. He asks to see his mother, and what does the pool show him? None other than Twilight.
      • After the above was changed to the plot that was actually used, the story was going to have a scene at the end where Applejack realizes that Pinkie's right and she does have a crush on Twilight. This would have led into a story focused on AJ dealing with it, with tragic results due to Twilight being straight. However, the author decided to scrap that idea, and the scene wasn't included.
  • Betastuck: In-Universe, what the Horrorterrors essentially were, a group of bosses that would have been fought throughout the game. They were sealed off in the far edges of the game so you shouldn't have been able to interact with them.
  • Sonic Generations: Friendship Is Timeless : Chapter 7, which represents Sonic Adventure, uses the Lost World and Windy Valley stages. The author claims he was considering adding Twinkle Park, and one scene he had in mind involved the Hall of Mirrors Amy goes through in her playthrough of the stage, where Sonic and Tails would have seen their classic selves in the mirror and the ponies and Spike would have seen their G1 counterparts instead of their normal reflection (which could have led to a joke about Twilight's mother looking similar to G1 Twilight). This idea was scrapped because, according to the author, it "wasn't as good an idea", however, a similar scene was later used in the Adventures on the Friendship Express spin-off.
  • Twilight's List starts off with Twilight making a list of positive and negative traits for each of her friends to find someone compatible to go on a practice date with. She gets a certain thrill when she notes Applejack's athleticism, thinking about some possibilities there if it wasn't just for practice. Indeed, she comes very close to choosing Applejack, noting that the pair had a huge amount of compatibility, and only at the very last moment decides to go on a practice date with Rainbow Dash instead.
  • The God Empress of Ponykind: The author had said that he originally wanted to conclude Celestia's purge of Changelings from Fillydelphia with a scene where a young Chrysalis (who by Word of God was in the city during the battle), found Queen Metamorpha's body and swore revenge. The idea was scrapped because it would have made the chapter needlessly long, and that he wanted it to be ambiguous if Chrysalis was simply missed by Celestia's forces—and implicitly would have been killed if found—or spared for being a child.
    • The first fight with Discord would have ended with Celestia delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Discord, and later Celestia and Luna would face off against Discord and his army of Changelings with the first of the Legionnaires.
    • Also, Cadence was originally Luna's daughter, but this was cut for pacing issues and potential issues with her relationship with Shining Armor.
    • The Siege of Canterlot had a few changes made in development. For example, originally the kindly priest Celestia met prior to the battle was supposed to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to protect her, and the Loyalist Lunar Knights were to use the crystal caves underneath the city to attack the Traitor Legions from behind.
  • Equestrylvania: Originally, Marble was going to turn out to just be Actrise in disguise, but so many readers saw this coming that the author changed it so she was only possessed by Actrise, taking the opportunity to flesh the character out in the process.
    • Originally, Shatterstorm was going to be killed off rather early on, instead of becoming a main character.
    • Pinkie Pie was supposed to be the one that Shatterstorm and Spike ran into during their stroll through town, but for the sake of fleshing out the plot, it was made Rarity instead.
    • Soarin's first appearance got pushed back for pacing reasons.
    • The chapter that introduces Baldwin and Vinyl was meant to be an interlude during the portion of the story when Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm are dealing with Rose Blade. However, it ended up moved to be published afterwards.
      • Upon consolidating the volume into a single book, however, the chapter was moved to its originally planned position.
    • The author's decision to consolidate the series into a single volume means that all plans for a multi-book style series have been scrapped.
    • While consolidating the story, the author came across a set of old notes for the story, and then published in a blog some of the more notable changes between the original idea and what was written.
  • The Pony POV Series:
    • Dark World!Twilight's Half-Light Noon form was originally going to debut during a Free-Fall Fight with Fluttercruel, instead of in the Duel of Tears against Traitor Dash.
    • Alexwarlorn originally wasn't going to write any of the 7 Dreams/Nightmares chapters, but had to write Bright Eyes' story when he lost contact with writer originally assigned to it.
    • Chapter 36 of Dark World originally had scenes of Amicita restoring Neo Stream to existence and healing/redeeming the Emperor of Man. However, complaints from Neo Stream's owner in the former case and pressure from critics in the latter case forced Alexwarlorn to remove both scenes.
    • According to Word of God, General-Admiral Makarov was originally only going to be in the Shining Armor Arc for half a chapter, but somehow spun out to be Big Bad of a whole saga. Reviewers have commented that he seems to have done his job as a Parody Black Hole Sue a little too well.
  • Shadows Awakening: According to Word of God, the author scrapped his idea of having Shendu be a secondary antagonist after his beta reader pointed out that Shendu needed ALL his Talismans to undo the stone curse, not just the Rat (though he only needs the Rat after that).
  • Queen of All Oni: Jade's father Shen wasn't originally going to show up in the story. The events of the Mexico City chapter were going to lead directly into Jade abducting Viper to brainwash and transform her; that got pushed back a chapter in order to give Jade a chance to call the old man out first.
    • Also, the author was originally going to have the Shadowkhan be a separate race that had been enslaved by the Oni, but scrapped that.
    • Courageous Conrad was conceived and added to Chapter 17 late in the chapter's development. Also, Jade originally was going to go along with her ambush and first unveil her homunculus there, but the ambush was cut and the reveal pushed back to the fight in the cave.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series: The episode "Temporal Delay" was originally named "Terror From the Year 2011", then "2012" (a reference to Terror from the Year 5000), before adopting its current name for two reasons: the title would become dated very quickly no matter what year was chosennote , and there's isn't really a "terror" in the plot of the episode.
  • New Dawn went through a couple alternate Big Bads before Nebiros was picked.
    • Shuuji's father, who is instead dealt with right before a Wham Episode.
    • Silmarill was delayed to book II.
    • Ein Woe was initially set to be the Big Bad, and even has a lot in common with Nebiros.
  • Justice League of Equestria: The series was originally only supposed to be composed of Mare of Steel, which after the second arc would have dealt with Rainbow Dash/Supermare and the rest of the Mane Six fighting off Darkseid, with the fallout of the battle causing Dash to go into self-imposed exile. After a Time Skip, this would have led to adaptations of Superman Returns, "Superman vs. the Elite", and The Death of Superman, before the story finally ended. However, the author decided to write an entire series of DCU crossovers, so all this was scrapped, with Mare of Steel ending after the second arc.
    • Speaking of Mare of Steel, the Red Kryptonite side story was supposed to have a scene of Twilight also tinkering with Pink Kryptonite, but that was cut.
    • Mare of Steel was originally going to have a third Sequel Hook, with Batpony calling a meeting with Rainbow Dash and Diana (who would have met offscreen) that lays the groundwork for the Justice League. However, due to wanting to avoid Ending Fatigue (and having not written the crossover story that had Batpony and Supermare meeting yet at that point), this was scrapped.
    • Dark Knight Over Trottingham had some story issues, since it technically is the first story in the universe (aside from the War in Heaven backstory), particularly over Blueblood's capture by Zod. The author wasn't sure how to make the story work in that timeframe, and even considered retconning the dates. However, thanks to a fan suggestion, he found a way to harmonize the timeline so he didn't have to change the dates.
  • A Shadow of the Titans: The author's original collaborator wanted the Jade/Cyborg age swap chapter to involve Cyborg being a Jerkass to Jade beforehand (thus making the swap karmic), and also wanted some of the chapter to be from mini-Cyborg's POV. However, the author didn't like either of those ideas, so ditched them, using Jade's Dream Walker experiences to pad out the remainder of the chapter.
    • Slade's entry into the story was pushed back a chapter for pacing purposes.
    • The author wanted to do a horror-themed chapter, with Jade and Titans encountering Shadow Children from Japan. But after the process dragged on for months, the author ultimately realized that he couldn't do horror, so he scrapped the chapter, taking the few bits that worked (Blood's encounter with Tarakudo in Jade's mind, and Slade's twin cameos) and combining them with the Super Jinx chapter.
    • The original collaborator wanted the Star Chan situation to be a mini-arc several chapters long. The author couldn't make this work, so compressed it all down into a single chapter.
  • Harmony's Warriors:
    • A blog post put up around the time the author started the rewrite of Iron Mare suggested that Rarity's mother Pearl was going to be the Big Bad, presenting her as a Knight Templar Parent who arranges Rarity's kidnapping in order to force her to get in line with Pearl's ideas for how she should live her life. Needless to say, this isn't how the story ended up going.
    • In Soar, Comet Trail was originally going to be Daring Do's son, but the author realized that wouldn't work without rewriting large chunks of the story.
    • Spectacular Spider-Colt was originally planned as part of Phase One, with Pip to be joining in the action of that Phase's Crisis Crossover finale. However, the author realized that he couldn't fit Pip into that story, so moved when events happened, and put it on hiatus until Phase One's completion, marking it as the first Phase Two story.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance:
    • In Hercules the Heracross' day in the limelight chapter, the writer mentioned that Hercules was originally only going to be a minor character who didn't appear much, and the dojo would be visited in a later chapter after the first crystal had been retrieved. However, the writer then got the idea of making Hercules the mentor and confidant to one of the main characters, namely Blitz the Shinx, and thus Hercules ended up being promoted to one of the major supporting characters. This also resulted in the first visit to the dojo being pushed forward to chapter 5, and a scene which was originally going to be in chapter 5 was used in a later chapter.
    • Azure the Marill joins the main characters' rescue team in chapter 20, however, she was not originally going to join their team until much later in the story. However, with how Azure's Character Development was going, the writer felt it was only natural for her to join them sooner.
  • Kage: Word of God is that originally the story was going to be set in the first season rather than the second, with Jade becoming Phobos' minion. However, the author decided that it would be too OOC for Jade to willingly serve an Evil Overlord, so scrapped that idea and started over.
  • The Walking Dead: Real Monsters: Has its own page of things that could've gone differently.
  • Bad Future Crusaders:
    • Word of God is that Apple Bloom and Scootaloo's first encounter in the story was going to be when Scootaloo lost her eye, but the author thought that was too dark and moved back when she lost the eye.
    • Word of God also states that Apple Bloom was originally going to have been raised by humans, but felt that the presence of humans completely changed the nature of the story, so changed it.
    • Originally, Merrilay was going to be part of a Terrible Trio of R.E.A.F. officers, who would balance out Lightning Dust's more aggressive, psychotic personality. Except that the author realized that that would be too OOC a leap from Lightning's personality on the show; combined with being unable to cram in that many new characters, Merrilay's comrades were cut, and she was given the psychotic personality opposite Lightning's more sympathetic character.
    • One off-hand comment mentioned that Sweetie Belle was originally planned to be a full-fledged villain.
    • Originally Chapter 39, rather than having the escape by Magitek truck, was instead a slow stealth-based escape. After having wrote it, the author scrapped it in favor of "Michael Baying the hell out of it."
  • The Shadowsverse has elements of this, with the author stating that the sequel, 'From Out of the Shadows', is a Dead Fic, with his attention having moved to a mixture of Real Life and Child of the Storm. Mooted plot developments were:
    • The Big Bad of the second book being Morgoth.
    • Original Character Emrys would become The Hero, with Harry settling back into a more Dumbledore type role.
    • Emrys would have developed into a Physical God and spent the rest of his very long life teetering on the edge of becoming a Fallen Hero and a Fallen Angel of a sort (his grandfather, Merlin wasn't merely a Maia. He was the son of two of the Valar, who'd incarnated in mortal form out of curiosity and had been surprised at the results when they hadn't used protection) as a result of something Morgoth did to him at the end of the From Out of the Shadows.
    • Speaking of Merlin, he would have become a recurring character and The Chessmaster.
    • The third book would have focused, in part, on Harry and Ginny's young children and Emrys' desperate struggle to control his dark side, with him finally succeeding at the end, just as Miriel, his True Love announces that she's pregnant.
    • This would have been followed by two more books, one starring the main cast's grown up children, the second set at least a millennium later and starring a descendant of Aragorn's who was the victim of a usurper and protected/guided by a disguised Emrys, who by now probably qualifies as the bitterest man in Middle Earth, his wife having been poisoned (the poisoner was aiming for Arwen and got it wrong). This resulted in Emrys entering a state of Tranquil Fury and going on a truly epic rampage before pulling a Salt the Earth on the city of the man responsible. This book would have led to Emrys finally being able to reach his eternal rest and the end of the series.
  • By the same author, Child of the Storm probably has quite a few of these, since the author has cheerfully admitted that he's adding/removing characters and chopping and changing things all the time. The only one that has been revealed is that the story was originally intended to be about 100,000 - 150,000 words, cover all seven books, then end with a Harry/Sif ship. Needless to say, with the first book being over 800,000 words long, making it longer than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, the sequel being over 750,000 words long after 51 chapters and the author casually mentioning at least three volumes and over a dozen sequels planned and partially written, along with spinoffs, prequels and the odd AU, things have changed considerably. Revealed examples include:
    • Originally, it was going to ship Harry/Ginny, something repeated with increasingly less conviction as time went by, before the author finally mentioned that he'd 'managed to write himself out of a corner' on that particular score.
    • Vague mention was also made of Harry/Gwen Stacy, but that also seems to have been shoved firmly aside, in relation to a significant chunk of the later fic (as in, 200,000 words of story, notes, and ideas) being outright deleted, including The Reveal that chief Magnificent Bastard Doctor Strange was, in fact, a future version of Harry. Why this was discarded isn't entirely clear, but Word of God is something along the lines of the fact that it got too complicated and outright depressing to write - which considering that this is a writer famous for his Complexity Addiction, is really saying something.
  • Revenge Of Lavan was supposed to have the main characters of Archie Comics and Twilight Sparkle and the Big City, but the latter's comic coming to an end and copyright concerns involving the former caused the idea to be scrapped and Archie being replaced with Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • The author of the five-chapter Total Drama story, Legacy sketched out a sixth chapter but abandoned it for various reasons, primarily because he thought it would overshadow Heather's revelation at the end of Chapter 4, which is the story's dramatic climax. The author later posted the Chapter Six sketch, which interested parties can access from the work's Trivia subpage.
  • In Background Pony, Lyra Heartstrings is under a curse that causes any being to instantly forget about her as soon as they look away from her, and all evidence of her existence, even her writing, automatically disappears. In the original plans, Trixie would have been immune to the curse due to her Master of Illusion abilities. Her friendship with Lyra would have triggered Trixie's Heel–Face Turn. Eventually, Lyra would have been cured at the cost of forgetting all of her experiences while under the curse, leaving Trixie the only one to remember.
  • The entire story for Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers: The Liveblog would have been a straight MST with other characters snarking on the story, Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers, throughout; and they would have been freed from a dimensional rift that trapped them. When Sean Akizuki cleared out some errors, changed scenes, and deleted several chapters and rebooted others, the idea was scrapped.
  • The Bridge:
    • A blog post by the author, Tarbtano, gave some details about the original plot. It was going to be a short story taking place in Manehattan with a heroine caring for a depowered and shrunk kaiju. When another, more malign monster enters Equestria, the first one transforms to fight it off before they both are teleported back to Earth. Basically the first act of Digimon: The Movie with Godzilla characters and ponies.
      • While the story as a whole was greatly expanded, some elements of the original ending sequence did work their way into the story proper. The build up of fight between Anguirus and the dragons in the campground does closely resemble the Digimon plot, with key elements like the malign giant monster (Garble) destroying a bridge, and the smaller good monster (Anguirus) growing in size to save two bystanders from falling debris.
    • Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan's Equestrian forms were originally going to be Earth Pony, Alicorn, and Pegasus respectively.
    • Originally, Gamera was going to be one of kaiju sent to Equestria, but he was later replaced by Anguirus. Some leftover elements of this remained in the final story, such as Anguirus being befriended by a young filly (since Gamera is a Friend to All Children).
    • Scenes from Anguirus' battle against Garble and the dragons were going to be illustrated, but the artist Faith's pictures looked kind of awkward and were scrapped.
    • Monster X was originally going to turn into a Kirin in Equestria.
    • Faith drew a rough sketch of Monster X regrouping with Gigan in Equestria and Gigan was fully visible, but the finished product had Gigan hidden in shadows to make it easier to draw.
    • The picture for Derpy's introduction was slightly different and originally showed both of the princesses in frame.
    • Xenilla and Blade Dancer's manes were going to have a more Greco-Roman style.
    • The Halloween Special was going to have a picture of Gigan's fight with Mane-iac, but then they decided to do one of Mane-iac flirting with Gigan because it would be funnier.
    • Destroyah's teeth were going to be a lot longer and nastier looking, resembling Sabor from Tarzan.
    • The Holiday Special was originally going to have Godzilla and friends enter the Equestria Girls realm before it was changed to Monster X and Irys.
    • The concept art of Monster X's human form originally had him with claws and his face was not covered.
    • The Holiday Special was going to have an image of Irys and Sunset Shimmer's hug, but Faith found she's not good at drawing vehicles (the scene took place at the threshold of a bus).
    • The Mother's Day special originally was going to have a Downer Ending with Azusa finding out about Godzilla Junior's supposed death in the first chapter with Dimension Tide sucking him and five other kaiju into a black hole. This was cut to avoid any Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy and give a upbeat ending to what typically amounts to a happy holiday.
    • The Father's Day Special was going to star Godzilla's father and Tarbtano even started a rough draft of it. Then he decided since the Mother's Day Special starred Godzilla's mother, he should mix it up and have it star Celestia and Luna's father instead.
    • The author planned for Queen Chrysalis to infiltrate the Crystal Empire at some point before changing his mind and coming up with a different plan for her eventual appearance.
    • The Youtube videos that accompany some chapters would have been fully animated instead of still images, but Tarbtano and Faith lack the time, resources, and expertise to do this.
    • Tarbtano noticed that his planned Chapter 29 (which would have been called "Henshin, Henshin!!!") was a little short, so he combined it with Chapter 28.
    • Tarbtano bounced around which Siren would start bonding with Monster X before choosing Aria Blaze because she has the least amount of headcanon of the three Sirens, so it would be easier to work with her personality without upsetting the fans.
    • There was going to be a chapter called "Siren Dame, Dragon Knight". Because it was over 31000 words long, it was split in half, into "Siren Dame" and "Dragon Knight", with "Siren Dame" ending on one of Tarbtano's classic cliffhangers.
    • Tarbtano originally planned for Orga from Godzilla 2000 to be in the cast. He would be a tragic figure because he started out as an alien scientist who wanted to conquer Terra to give his people a place to live, but then his transformation into a Kaiju warped his mind.
    • The OC's like Blade Dancer and Blueberry Frost were going to be very minor characters, but the positive fan reaction to them led to their roles being expanded. Similarly, there were not going to be any romantic pairings, but the positive fan reaction to Ship Tease moments led to Tarbtano changing his mind.
    • In the scene where Blade Dancer steps in to stop Junior from attacking Xenilla, Junior would have been releasing so much heat that her sword melted. Tarbtano changed his mind when he realized if Junior was hot enough to do that, Blade Dancer's body would catch on fire. Tarbtano thought such a cool moment wasn't worth breaking the willing suspension of disbelief.
    • The song Azusa sings in Chapter 32 was meant to be one from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, but Tarbtano says it was hard to find the lyrics and when he finally did, he realized it didn't fit the situation, so he instead had her sing the Edo Lullaby.
    • The Generation 1 Tirek would have appeared as a villain, until "Twilight's Kingdom", which revealed the Generation 4 Tirek, aired. Starlight Glimmer would have been an antagonist, but Tarbtano wanted to wait until Season 5 was over to learn more about her. Starlight's older sister Moonbeam was then created and used as a minor antagonist.
  • The Next Frontier was almost a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover.
  • The Vow: The author had originally intended the story to be a crossover between Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Swan Princess, but decided against it to better suit the story's purposes. In addition to that, the author pondered between two alternatives to title the fic; "The Vow" and "China Moon".
  • Ariel's Melody was originally a script for a sequel to The Little Mermaid, which the author hoped would be accepted by Disney (it wasn't). Also, as it was written before the actual sequel came out, Melody was originally named Ariadne.
  • Kenya Starflight's Star Wars/Xanth crossover Centaur of Attention: In the author's notes at the end of the fic, it's mentioned that the author's original plans for a Star Wars and Xanth crossover revolved around Jango Fett and a five-year-old Boba Fett crash-landing on Xanth and having to find the Holey Grail, a vessel full of holes that turned ordinary water into powerful healing elixir, in order to repair their ship. The planned villain was Darius Dracotaur, a dragon/centaur Magician. The concept eventually morphed into a Luke and Vader story, with Darius as the only surviving plot element, though Boba Fett would go on to feature in the sequel.
  • The Lost King: When the story was announced, the author mentioned she was thinking about using either Garon or Arete as viewpoint character, and would base her decision on what the readers wanted. In the end, they asked for Garon.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim has had several examples of this, per Word of God:
    • Episode 4's chase across the city was supposed to include a trip to the Mall and an appearance by Slab Rankle. But because the writing of the chapter had dragged on so long, the author decided to cut that bit out and just wrap up the chapter.
    • Similarly, Episode 5 was going to have several more Death Traps in the SEN library, but the author couldn't make them fit, so cut them.
    • Steve and Viera weren't originally going to be siblings. However, making them brother and sister made it easier to bring them both into the story at the same time.
    • In Episode 7, the automated emergency teleport off of the Meekrob ship was a last minute addition by the author, after he realized that the Alien Geometries he'd given the ship meant that no one would be able to just run out in time to escape the Self-Destruct Mechanism.
    • Episode 9 was originally going to be about a spell going wrong and trapping all the main characters in their worst nightmares and having to team up to escape. Instead, the author decided to go with a lighter Dream Walker angle. Also, even after the change, it was supposed to focus on Viera, but was switched to Dib when the author decided having two chapters in a row focused on her would be too much.
    • In Episode 11, it was originally going to be Viera's Eye of Fire amulet that was sacrificed to destroy the Central Root. But at the last minute, the author decided that it worked too well as a Weapon of Choice for her to throw it away, so destroyed Dib's BFG instead.
    • Episode 12 was originally titled "Norlock vs the Knock Offs", until the author realized that he spent more time fighting Slab Rankle than the Twilight parody's cast. So it was changed to "Norlock vs the Mall".
    • Episode 15 wasn't even part of the author's original plan for the story, but was suggested by a friend. The author liked the idea and included it, but altered it quite a bit in order to remove a lot of M-rated content. Also, Norlock's role in the chapter (his presence in the daylight being justified by a weak Hand Wave) was removed and replaced by Squidman.
    • Episode 18 was originally going to be about Team Save Earth and Zim's group having misadventures at a generic ComicCon knock-off, until the author decided that having them do so at that point would kill the momentum of the Story Arc, so it was shifted to Gaz instead. And that resulted in the convention being shifted to be specifically about video games, which inspired the idea of bringing in Iggins.
    • In Episode 19, the author apparently juggled around which group would retrieve the Meekrob crystal and how the other groups would get its information anyway. Most of the scenarios thought up had to be discarded because they involved Skoodge betraying Zim to Tak and Tenn, which wouldn't have worked due to the Character Development that had happened in the process of writing the story.
    • Project Domination was originally going to be a reality warping device, but the author felt that was too much of a game breaker, so just made it a really powerful Wave Motion Gun.
    • Instead of ending up in a coma at the end of his first appearance, Havok was supposed to become Zim's hired muscle. However, this was originally planned during the period where Skoodge's above-mentioned betrayal was meant to still happen and leave Zim understaffed compared to the other factions. Between that not happening, and the author being given permission by the creator of Nyx and Ying to use them in the series, Havok seemed less necessary in that role and was given a different outcome.
  • A Man of Iron:
    • At the end of Book 1, Mr. Chaos admits that an early idea was to make Varys the equivalent of The Kingpin, but he quickly realized it was a bad idea, being based entirely on his appearance and not fitting his personality at all.
    • He went through a few ideas on which Marvel character to make the resurrected Sansa, including the Phoenix and Enchantress, before just making an original character.
    • Mr. Chaos admitted that he originally planned to have Catelyn believe the Lannisters' offer to return "Sansa" for Jaime, leading to a fight that dissolves her marriage with Ned, and results in him marrying Margaery Tyrell. He threw this all out for making no sense.
    • He's also mentioned some half-formed ideas that have been tossed over time, like Jaime becoming Iron Fist or Drogon being Fin Fang Foom.
    • He had a very hard time figuring out how to include the Hulk, and was seriously considering leaving it out entirely before a scene in And the Giant Awoke gave him the idea of Brienne becoming She-Hulk. And beyond that, he wasn't going to include Bruce and certainly not as the Hulk beyond a brief mention of the source of the powers, but came up with a new idea for a role he could play in Book 3 literally while he was writing the backstory.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
    • Originally, Anon e Mouse Jr. had written Professor Bill Neigh’s class to include a physics question from the What's a Henway? page. He changed it after deciding it wasn’t as funny as he’d thought it was at first.
    • Rex's Fall Formal outfit was originally a Shout-Out to a different character, before Anon e Mouse Jr. decided on the final version.
    • Chapter 41 originally began with the group getting picked up in a limo to go to the dance, as in canon, but Anon e Mouse Jr. decided it didn't feel right and skipped straight to the dance. In addition, the entire chapter was going to be from Xvital's point of view, until Anon e Mouse Jr. decided the actual dancing scenes fit better with Night Blade.
  • Before settling on the final version of A Night in the Sculpture Garden, the author considered setting it in a sauna. In that version, Molly Hooper would also have been naked. The basic premise would have been the same with Irene Adler asking her to deliver a message to Sherlock and Molly steadfastly refusing to do so. Irene would then get her revenge on Molly by stealing her clothes and possibly even trapping her in her locker. The author ultimately came to the conclusion that Molly should get the upper hand and scrapped the sauna scenario entirely.
    • Another version would not have involved Molly at all and instead have been a Rocky Horror crossover. It would have depicted a meeting between Irene and Dr. Frank-N-Furter and would have ended with him literally turning her into a statue via the Medusa device. The author decided against it since he had already used Frank in The Story To End All Stories and wanted to write for characters he had not written for before.
  • According to an author's note for Free, Lars and Ulrich were originally intended for Becoming Family. Elsa and Freya were going to have a biological child through them. However, the situation ended up more complicated than originally imagined. Thus, Elsa adopted an orphan instead. Lars and Ulrich were refitted for an interquel oneshot. They're still The Beard to Freya and Elsa respectively, but there's no children involved.
  • Fallen Angel:
    • As shown in the Director's Cut, Sarah (then called "Sarah McGregor" not "Sarah Arella") was originally a bit character. She was Amy's roommate that Amy had met after being refugees. Sarah originated from another unreleased fanfic, where she was a girl being interrogated by a robotnik. She was supposed to just cameo in Fallen Angel as Amy's roommate who was being robbed, but the writer liked her too much after writing a flashback scene to how Amy met Sarah. As a result the fanfic became about their friendship. One other change was that, unlike in the final product, Sarah's parents died, explaining why she roomed with Amy.
    • The Director's Cut shows a few rewritten and cut scenes. For example, Metal Sonic was meant to appear and there was an unused scene where Amy vents her anger at Sonic by destroying her scrapbook of him.
  • In Fire and Shadow, Fireheart's original Adaptation Name Change was "Firestorm", not "Firefang".
  • The trilogy Rainbow Brite and the War of Darkness started out as a 24-episode outline for a second season of Rainbow Brite. The writer had wanted to send it to Hallmark but the division had closed down by then. It then turned into Rainbow Brite and the Quest for the Past, a story about the origin of various elements of Rainbow Brite, before being turned into its finalized form (a sequel series to the cartoon).
  • Storm Clouds And Grey Skies was originally a fanfic about Claire and Leia's friendship. Claire was supposed to end up with Gray. Partway through the fic, the writer decided to change it so that Claire ends up with Leia instead. She ends up falling for Leia and rethinks her budding relationship with Gray.


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