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  • The first RP of Darwin's Soldiers was planned to feature an interdimensional battle but it was scrapped after the creator, Serris, decided that the potential for Narm outweighed the potential for coolness.
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  • Glenn Rubenstein has told people various plots that he intended to incorporate into lonelygirl15 (such as Elizabeth Avery being the woman behind OpAphid), but he left the show due to "Creative Differences," taking the rights to the OpAphid characters with him.
  • Several examples abound for the various Channel Awesome shows and specials:
    • The Spoony Experiment:
      • Spoony's commentary for Kickassia reveals that during the fight over who would rule Kickassia, Spoony, who had turned into Doctor Insano and "got better", originally grabbed the hat, gave a That Guy-style speech about how pointless the fighting was — and then put the hat on and ran off, because he was still Insano. It got cut because they ran out of time to shoot it. In a related note, LordKat's role was scaled back after Jason twisted his ankle during filming of the invasion of Molossia.
      • Spoony proposed a scene in which Santa Christ after being resurrected would give JewWario a look, as if to show that he knew JewWario didn't believe in him. This was nixed pretty quickly.
      • RolloT has mentioned that as a tie-in to the Second Anniversary, he and LordKat wrote a skit paying Homage to The Usual Suspects, with the pair of them attempting to interrogate several of the site's personalities (including Paw, who would have had the line, "What, are you guys like fat cop, fatter cop?"). Chris says he still regrets that they never got the chance to do it, as the material was rather funny.
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    • The Nostalgia Critic:
      • Doug Walker was originally going to do an episode where he compared the old and new versions of The War of the Worlds. He nixed the idea as he decided that neither of them were all that good.
      • The Nostalgia Critic had announced plans to review movies such as Drop Zone and Newsies, but he later replaced them, with one reason being that other TGWTG reviewers were going to review them. And shortly afterwards, The Nostalgia Chick indeed reviewed Newsies as part of the Dark Nella Saga.
      • Doug Walker was originally going to do a Nostalgia Critic review of Matilda but when he first announced he would, he got so much flak he just couldn't do it. Matilda would resurface later as part of Doug's List of Movies He Hates but Everyone Else Loves in 2011. Eventually, the Chick would review it.
      • The planned final Nostalgia Critic episode (before the series was Uncancelled) was going to be a review of Small Soldiers. While Doug saw the movie and personally thought it was bad, he didn't feel there was enough material for a full review, so he reviewed Scooby-Doo instead. He did eventually review Small Soldiers two years later however.
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    • Atop the Fourth Wall:
      • Linkara was guilty of planning reviews and then replacing them (In his case "The Wanderers" #5, "Syphons" #1, and "Q-Unit" #1).
      • He scheduled the Howard the Duck Christmas Special as part of his 2010 XMas series.
      • Originally he was going to do a review of Arcomics Premiere #1, but was replaced with one for The Backstreet Project #1.
      • He swapped the reviews of New Guardians #1 or #3 and Brute Force #3!
      • To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Linkara wanted to review the first Doctor Who comic ever published. However numerous factors resulted in that never happening.
      • Lovhaug has mentioned an idea to create a "90s Kid Video Game Review Show" in which he would review video games made in The '90s from 90s Kid's unique perspective. So far, only one came up, and that was a gag interrupting a review if anything.
      • According to his commentary he had planned for The Entity to appear as multiple 90s Kids speaking over each over. He also states that he originally planned to fight The Entity with a Quasar Saber, but decided on Talking the Monster to Death, realizing that after all the build he had given it that Linkara killing it in a straight up fight would make him too much of a Gary Stu.
      • Another scrapped idea for the The Entity finale was to reveal that The Entity actually wanted to become an Elder God and would journey to the city of R'lyeh, only for it to discover all the Elder Gods died of boredom long ago.
      • The original plan for the "Linkara Lost" story arc would have had fans submit their own AT4W episodes, but it was instead replaced with the supporting characters doing the episodes.
      • Lewis was approached to make a movie for The Uncanny Valley, but had to decline because he was making an AT4W DVD.
      • In the "Guns and Sorcery" arc, the original reason Linkara's magic stopped working was because the Magic Gun was getting jealous of the Arsenal of Freedom.
      • After Holokara was defeated there were plans for Jaeris to utilise it in battle with Linkara and have the two physically battle one another. However due to time constraints, due in no small part because of how big the conclusion to the storyline already was, the subplot was dropped and Jaeris just shot Linkara in the back and stole the gun that way.
      • Harvey Finevoice was going to have his own spinoff where he reviewed event comics.
      • In the Atop The Fourth Wall Movie, Linkara did have plans in case those who he plan to appear decided not to do the Film. If Nash had not agreed to be in the film, his role would have been given to Spoony. Had Obscurus Lupa not appeared, the Nostalgia Critic would have been given a larger role, with a side story about how the others don't really like him. However, Nineties Kid would try to open up and be supportive to the Critic.
      • His Patreon-sponsored review of The Spectacular Spider Man "Persona" was originally going to be a review of Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do, but both parties agreed that it'd better to do something more fun, as opposed to the mini, controversial for retconning that Felicia was raped in college.
      • In his review of Captain Electron #1, he mentions how if he ever did a costume change, he'd want include a top hat. In the comments for the YouTube video, he explains that when he did his costume change in 2014, he ran out of time to find a good top hat for the costume.
      • According to the Runimations on the YouTube videos Lewis mentions that the original plan to conclude Jaeris' story was for Linkara and co to arrive in his home dimension and help him overthrow the totalitarian government controlling his planet. But Real Life Writes the Plot and Jaeris' had to be quickly written out of the show.
      • Originally, the in-universe reason for Linkara's move to Viga's house was going to be 90 Kid's betrayal and Vice taking him, along with the various earlier security breaches, being the straw that broke the camel's back and causing Linkara to move. However, with the delays in the Sleepwalker story, it was ultimately decided on the comedic hiking his rent to $10,000 with the confrontation with 90s Kid and Vice taking him happening after the move.
    • Brad Jones planned to do a Kung Tai Ted episode about The Room until he heard Tommy Wiseau was taking down videos for copyright infringement (including The Nostalgia Critic's review) so he made a Brad & Jerrid sketch where they reenact scenes from the movie.
    • Benzaie's short movie, "Students," was originally supposed to a feature length cross between Clerks and Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return. He was only able to make the first ten minutes and an English dub.
    • In Linkara and Iron Liz's commentary, Liz mentions that the original script for Suburban Knights was much longer. One thing she mentions specifically was a female zombie named Mildred who would bite Phelous. This would lead to Phelous becoming progressively more zombie-like, only for the same end reveal (he was perfectly fine and was just being in character). According to Linkara, most of Mildred's role was replaced by the Good Witch of the Wood.
    • There were two ideas for the third anniversary special: a fantasy epic, which eventually became Suburban Knights, and another idea called Ninjas vs. Pirates that was ultimately rejected.
    • A few rejected ideas are mentioned in the cast commentary. Among them:
      • Apparently there were several working titles for Suburban Knights, including "Flights of Fantasy"note  and "Dungeons and Critics".
      • The Angry Joe Show: Angry Joe had a line where he lampshaded how the Critic continually tricks them into showing up for his mad schemes.
      • Bennett had a much more prominent running gag where he would try to say something epic and bungle it.
      • Luke and Bad Movie Beatdown's Film Brain had a more extensive scene, where Luke's "inners" from his Film Conscience reviews came into play.
      • When the Critic refused to go along with Linkara's plan to write a musical number for their adventure, there was a cut scene where Linkara would call someone (possibly Andrew Lloyd Weber) and say that the Critic didn't go for it. Linkara would they say "What do you mean 'who is this'?"
      • Possibly the most heart warming example from "Suburban Knights", Doug almost scrapped the project do to weather and technical difficulties, and would edit it into a 'Lost in Lamoncha' style documentary. Holly rallied everyone together and convinced him to carry on. So yeah, we almost didn't get it.
    • Way back when Channel Awesome was in its infancy and the Nostalgia Critic was their only feature, site execs Mike Michaud and Bhargav Dronamraju planned a Paranormal Investigation series in the vein of Ghost Hunters.
    • Obscurus Lupa had plans to review more of Scott Shaw's Zen films after Max Hell Frog Warrior. But when Shaw and his lawyers forced the video (as well as a positive retrospective on him) taken down, Lupa realized that wouldn't happen.
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      • Around April 2014, due to a somewhat hectic schedule and real life getting in the way, Matthew had written two reviews scripts; one for The Other Woman (2014) and the other The Quiet Ones, but only had enough time to do one review. He eventually settled on The Quiet Ones, leaving The Other Woman un-filmed but did post the script online.
      • Reviews were announced for both Postman Pat The Movie and Moshi Monsters The Movie, but for whatever reason neither manifested.
      • He also planned on reviewing Capture the Flag which hadn’t had a release date yet, only for him to find out after he’d seen it that it had already had a limited US release 2 months previously which hadn’t been listed on any major film websites.
      • The review for Ghostbusters (2016) originally supposed to opened with Buck discussing all the controversy surrounding the film, but he decided to cut it because he felt it started what was a fairly mixed review on a negative note, and combined with him talking about the original movie meant the review essential had two openings.

    • The 2014 pick-ups had many well-known reviewers among the rejected. Many in hindsight considered it a dodged bullet;
  • The first season of Red vs. Blue, and by extension the entire series, was originally supposed to unfold in a dramatically different fashion than the finished product. DVD Audio Comentary for the first season reveals that, as originally envisioned, the entire project would only have been six to nine episodes in length, which had all been very loosely planned in advance. Additionally, the format of the first two episodes (The Reds talking at their base while the Blues observe them through the sniper rifle and make snarky comments) was supposed to be maintained until the end. However, by the third episode the expanding script had already pulled the Blues to their own base, and when they reached the tenth episode the writers realized they had not gotten to almost any of the jokes they had planned for the "final" ninth episode (Specifically, putting Donut in the pink armor). The episodes continued to be written until the immediate story was completed, with a total of nineteen episodes which were subsequently billed as "Season One." Continuing the leftover plots points from those episodes lead into four more seasons, as well as several sequel series, and are still ongoing.

    The characters themselves were also supposed to evolve differently, and their portrayals in their first appearances (Even throughout the entire first season) contrast heavily with their final forms. Caboose, the Breakout Character legendary for his severely warped mind and personality, was originally a rather bland character who was introduced to the series simply to serve as a catalyst to get Church angry. Donut, who became almost as widely known for his armor-induced personality, was one of the "normal" characters of the series, and as a whole the entire cast was saner and more likely to at least notice the Idiot Ball, even if they could not quite let go of it. Fan reaction to individual points of personality that each character showed lead the writers to magnify and focus on those points, which eventually resulted in the insanity of the series itself.
    • Grif and Sarge were originally supposed to be friendly to each other! When Tex headshots Sarge, Grif revives him with CPR (don't ask) and Church, who'd already have been dead, convinces Sarge to lay off of Grif. However, they decided it wouldn't work out in the end and, when Sarge is revived, he berates Grif for his means of reviving him.
  • Pops up from time to time in Survival of the Fittest as a result of either an Aborted Arc, handlers scrapping the idea, characters' deaths before the idea could be executed, mods disapproving, and other causes. Examples noted on the wiki include Blood Boy getting a facial reconstruction in pre-game, a lot of things about Cillian Crowe that were planned but never carried out, Adam Dodd Taking the Bullet for Amanda Jones, Walter Smith being an Evil Counterpart to a character that never made it into the game, and others.

  • YouTube was originally conceived of as a dating site. Indeed, the site was originally called "Tune In Hook Up", and would have essentially been a video version of (the original site layout was also designed with this in mind). The site creators redeveloped the site, however, and launched it in 2005...and history was made.
  • Chaos Fighters: Cyber Assault-The Secret Programs is supposed to be span eight sub-arcs, but cancelled as it was too ambitious to begin with. It's summary can be read here.
  • The second season of The New Adventures of Captain S was cancelled in 2009. A blog post, a podcast and a thread on the official forum reveal what it would have been like.
    • First, in the comic that "bridged" seasons 1 and 2, Buddy would have sacrificed himself, so Captain S could take out the guy who enslaved a village. Captain S would've taken Buddy's 6-button joypad and gone to the moon, to curb the source of the video virus. He would have discovered that Video Land became unstable when he killed the Game Genie, because the Game Genie was actually one of the three guardians that made the world. Captain S would have used a cheat code to make everything back to normal, and that would have been the end of the comic.
    • In the second season proper there would have been three villains: the first would have been a guy named Adam Jaguar, who would've become Chad Belmont's rival; the second would have been a game programmer gone insane, named Tobias; the third would have been the resurrected Game Genie. Nigel Edmund Silverman would have returned as a member of a third faction, neither good nor evil, called "The Third Party", led by the third defender of the X-Code, the Gypsy who sold the Genesis cartridge that turned Chad into Captain S. The final episodes would have been completely set in Videoland.
  • The Brian & Jill Show was created after negotiations fell through to continue its predecessor morning radio show, The Mark & Brian Radio Program, with Jill Whelan taking over as Brian's co-host following Mark's retirement.
  • The Death Battle series had one. After the Battle Royal between the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there was a vote to decide who'd fight the winner. The winner of that vote was Zits. Who was the other choice? Tommy Oliver, the White Ranger Tommy would, years later, get his chance to shine, battling Zechs and the Gundam Epyon.
    • During the live stream of Samus Aran vs. Boba Fett Remastered, the unaired pilot for Death Battle was shown before the fight. In it, Ben (aka, Wiz) was the only host and the show was entitled Who Would Win?. The fight at the end was also placed against a live-action background rather than one made out of sprites.
    • The Mewtwo vs. Shadow battle was actually supposed to be much longer, but the animation creator deliberately did a poor job on it because they didn't want to do fight animations anymore.
  • Achievement Hunter has a number of Let's Play videos that they haven't released (either yet or never will). Among them are four other parts to their World of Warcraft LP and one concerning Magic: The Gathering. The Magic one is one they will never release, though, as it was a unpleasant experience for them.
  • Arby 'n' the Chief had a few moments that never happened:
    • Season 3 was originally going to be a storied season that would've expected the disappearances of Todd and Travis (and later Cortana), but was abandoned well into the beginning of the season itself. What eventually became of the story was the closing moments of Season 3's finale episode, King.
    • Adam and Clyde of Chaos Theosis in Season 6 were originally going to be brothers as revealed in a behind-the-scenes video by Jon Graham. Since it was never brought up in the series itself, it's unknown if this fact is still true or not.
    • Season 7's Wham Episode, "Heat" was to feature a different setup for the season. Both Arbiter and Greg would know about Chief killing Cortana and would've rolled with it. However because Jon had a hard time trying to write the rest of the season with this premise, he instead had so that only Greg would know about it.
  • At one point, the Bad Webcomics Wiki was very close to doing a review of Homestuck, but it was a while before someone actually volunteered to write it, and by that time the site's members couldn't reach a consensus on whether or not the comic was bad enough to feature. If someone had stepped in sooner, God only knows what could've happened, although it's likely that the backlash would've been huge.
  • Marble Hornets was only planned to go till the end of the first season; originally, the final shots of Entry #26 would have had Jay attempting the escape the Operator in his car, only to have it repeatedly show up on the side of the road till he cut Jay off completely and then left his fate ambiguous. However, the creators decided to keep going afterwards, and ended up creating a whole two more seasons.
    • Entry #37 was originally completely different; they had even completed filming and editing it. However, creator Troy Wagner felt it was weak and inconsistent with the plot at that point, so it was scrapped and replaced by what became the Totheark-jacking enttry #37. The cut version made it onto the season two DVD as a bonus feature.
  • Team Four Star could have provided voices for episode 7 of Ducktalez, but getting in contact was very difficult.
    They didn't return my messages.
  • Speaking of TeamFourStar, in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged 2, they threw in Gohan asking Piccolo why he didn't dodge a critical shot from Frieza. In the Episode Breakdown, Kaiser Neko mentions that they considered not thinking of using the line in the original series (would've been Episode 29) "the biggest missed opportunity in the entire series".
    • LittleKuriboh had auditioned to play Captain Ginyu, but they loved his Freeza voice and asked for a second audition tape for Freeza.
    • The abridging of The History of Trunks had the team waffling over the idea of having Gohan taking up Bulma's offer for sex, but ended up not doing it, something they were proud of.
      • Monty Oum was their first pick to play Future Gohan, but his death prevented that.
    • Android #17 was supposed to have a Totally Radical voice, but it proved annoying and dropped. It was used by Cell as proof that he didn't know anything about #17
    • The initial script for the Buu Saga would have played Mr. Satan as a Conspiracy Theorist who wanted to reveal to the world that the alien superheroes who saved the world from Perfect Cell exist.
    • Markiplier and JonTron were approached to voice Broly and Paragus respectively for the Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan abridging, but both were unavailable due to their schedules.
    • There were plans to abridge Bojack Unbound, but the team had underestimated how much they hated the movie and the ended up cancelling it. They admitted that if they brought it out as is, they would have had a movie pouring with frustration over the movie and it wouldn't have been funny.
    • They initially decided to abridge the Buu Saga, but it ran into similar problems as Bojack, which, combined with their fears of copyright strikes, caused them to decide to end the series altogether.
  • There was supposed to be a season 4 of TVTome Adventures, which would have tied up all loose ends, make several reveals, introduce the true Big Bad, Dark Eyes of Anubis, and feature an epic conclusion battle with Alpha. Naturally, the creator, Chris Niosi, had to go to college before that could happen, and so the series was left with an uneven 73 episodes instead of the planned 100. When Niosi finally got out of college, he was no longer in touch with the people he worked with and just redid the whole thing.
  • Joan Rivers was asked to be a guest on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee in 2014, but she pulled out due to the schedule conflicting with a surgical procedure. It's entirely possible this was the surgery where she developed the complications that killed her.
  • RWBY Chibi: During RTX 2016, one fan asked if they wanted to do more dead Pyrrha references. According to Miles Luna, they wanted to do one skit where Pyrrha gets ketchup on her and Jaune, seeing the splotch, freaks out.
  • Googlebrains: Disgust Destroys Fluxburgh 2 was originally going to include Keemstar as a main character rather than a cameo.
  • Wacky Game Jokez, 4 Kidz! ends on a Wham Line at the conclusion of Season 1. Season 2 and the series in general, however, had been cancelled. Max Gilardi had been kind enough to post what would have been the plot layout though, which can be read here.
  • SiIvaGunner's ending vlog video was going to be a Loud Nigra video, but the rips featuring the Theme Tune for The Nutshack became unexpectedly popular, so the vlog video became "the nutshack theme but the first nutshack is replaced with me ending the channel".
  • Shipwrecked Comedy wanted to include Johnny Kickstarter, a character created for the Case of the Gilded Lily Kickstarter video, in the film itself, but the actor was unavailable.
  • Harlan Ellison started a Youtube channel in 2013, after decades of being suspicious of new technology and contrarian to anything new. He had a debilitating stroke the very next year and only posted a handful of videos before his death (the vast majority of the videos on his channel are short commentaries that were shown on the Sci-Fi Channel back in the 90s.) The few videos he did produced are some of the best reviews and video essays to be found on Youtube.

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