The term is also used within the animation world to refer to non-cartoon characters: in a live-action/animated film such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Mary Poppins, in which humans and cartoons co-exist, "live-action" characters are the "real" actors, such as Bob Hoskins and Julie Andrews, as opposed to the animated "actors", such as Roger Rabbit himself.
Live-action can also means that a film or a show is adapted from an anime, manga, or comics. Example of this show that are adapted from manga are Death Note and Great Teacher Onizuka. The show that are adapted from anime are Speed Racer and Dragonball. The shows that are adapted from comics are from Marvel comics such as Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four. DC Comics such as Superman and Batman are also adapted into live-action films.