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* ''VideoGame/Tyranny'': The EvilEmpire already won and you work for it.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'': Just another FantasyCounterpartCulture TabletopRPG, [[FurryFandom but this time with furries]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'': Just another FantasyCounterpartCulture TabletopRPG, [[FurryFandom [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom but this time with furries]].
9th Nov '17 11:24:27 AM fruitstripegum
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* Creator/BretEastonEllis [[WordOfGod called]] the premise of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' a high concept: a serial killer on Wall Street.
* Pretty much any sci-fi by Creator/JulesVerne or Creator/HGWells were High Concept, especially for their time. In Verne's case, the Concept [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is often stated in the title:]] ''Literature/FiveWeeksInABalloon'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', etc. (Wells had ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' and ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', himself.)
* ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' - An ambassador from Earth has to try and convince the [[HumanoidAliens humanoid members]] of another planet to join the federation of all the other planets - and the planet he's on is both stuck in an Ice Age and has no gender.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': A boy goes to a WizardingSchool while trying not to get killed by an EvilOverlord who killed his parents.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': {{Literature/Flashman}}'s [[RecycledINSPACE space adventures]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY in the]] [[{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}} 400th century]].
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': DistaffCounterpart ''HoratioHornblower'' in space
* ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'': What if the Napoleonic Wars were fought from the backs of intelligent dragons?
* ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'': Famous war hero who's secretly a coward trying to keep his reputation and hide intact in Victorian England.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn'': Two friends buy the LA Dodgers, and move them back to a rebuilt Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in the mid-1980's.
* ''The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake'': a young girl develops the ability [[MagicalRealism to taste the emotions of people in the food that they make.]]
* Literature/TheDresdenFiles: "The only wizard in [[UrbanFantasy the Chicago phone directory]]", or "Film/DirtyHarry [[Franchise/HarryPotter Potter]]".
* Creator/BrandonSanderson likes doing these for his books.
** ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': What if the gods lost their magic? 
** ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': What if the evil overlord won?
** ''Literature/{{Steelheart}}'': What if all supers were evil?
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': What could justify ridiculously large anime [[{{BFS}} BFSs]]? This one gets poked fun at the most, as ''Stormlight'' is by far his most ambitious series, clocking in at ten books of at least a thousand pages each. So he's writing over ten thousand pages to justify really big swords.
* Most books by Creator/StephenKing fall into this.
** ''Literature/{{IT}}'': Seven misfits fight a monster that lives in the sewers.
** ''Literature/StandByMe'': A writer looks back to the weekend when he and three friends traveled to see a dead body.
** ''Literature/TheStand'': After a plague kills most of the world's population, the survivors gather in a battle between good and evil.
** ''Literature/MisterMercedes'': A retired cop hunts for a serial killer.
** ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' : In a dystopian AlternateHistory , a man participates in a deadly game show.
** ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' : After he's injured in a car accident, a writer must write for his life against his deadliest fan.
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* Creator/BretEastonEllis [[WordOfGod called]] the premise of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' a high concept: a serial killer on Wall Street.
* Pretty much any sci-fi by Creator/JulesVerne or Creator/HGWells were High Concept, especially for their time. In Verne's case, the Concept [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is often stated in the title:]] ''Literature/FiveWeeksInABalloon'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', etc. (Wells had ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' and ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', himself.)
* ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' - An ambassador from Earth has to try and convince the [[HumanoidAliens humanoid members]] of another planet to join the federation of all the other planets - and the planet he's on is both stuck in an Ice Age and has no gender.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': A boy goes to a WizardingSchool while trying not to get killed by an EvilOverlord who killed his parents.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': {{Literature/Flashman}}'s [[RecycledINSPACE space adventures]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY in the]] [[{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}} 400th century]].
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': DistaffCounterpart ''HoratioHornblower'' in space
* ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'': What if the Napoleonic Wars were fought from the backs of intelligent dragons?
* ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'': Famous war hero who's secretly a coward trying to keep his reputation and hide intact in Victorian England.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn'': Two friends buy the LA Dodgers, and move them back to a rebuilt Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in the mid-1980's.
* ''The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake'': a young girl develops the ability [[MagicalRealism to taste the emotions of people in the food that they make.]]
* Literature/TheDresdenFiles: "The only wizard in [[UrbanFantasy the Chicago phone directory]]", or "Film/DirtyHarry [[Franchise/HarryPotter Potter]]".
* Creator/BrandonSanderson likes doing these for his books.
** ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': What if the gods lost their magic? 
** ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': What if the evil overlord won?
** ''Literature/{{Steelheart}}'': What if all supers were evil?
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': What could justify ridiculously large anime [[{{BFS}} BFSs]]? This one gets poked fun at the most, as ''Stormlight'' is by far his most ambitious series, clocking in at ten books of at least a thousand pages each. So he's writing over ten thousand pages to justify really big swords.
* Most books by Creator/StephenKing fall into this.
** ''Literature/{{IT}}'': Seven misfits fight a monster that lives in the sewers.
** ''Literature/StandByMe'': A writer looks back to the weekend when he and three friends traveled to see a dead body.
** ''Literature/TheStand'': After a plague kills most of the world's population, the survivors gather in a battle between good and evil.
** ''Literature/MisterMercedes'': A retired cop hunts for a serial killer.
** ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' : In a dystopian AlternateHistory , a man participates in a deadly game show.
** ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' : After he's injured in a car accident, a writer must write for his life against his deadliest fan.
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6th Nov '17 4:23:19 PM Stealth
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': A FantasyCounterpartCulture FeudalFuture with HumongousMecha.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'': Just another FantasyCounterpartCulture TabletopRPG, [[FurryFandom but this time with furries]].
** ''Jadeclaw'': A ''{{Wuxia}}'' film roleplaying game... [[CaptainObvious with furries]].
** ''Furry Pirates'': TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy, [[LicensedGame The Game]]... [[RunningGag with furries]].
28th Sep '17 9:09:46 AM Eagal
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* ''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'': ''Film/{{Big}}'' (see below), [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]].
24th Sep '17 11:18:14 AM corruptmalemenace
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* ''VideoGame/{{Superhot}}'': "TIME. ONLY. MOVES. WHEN. YOU. MOVE."
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9th Sep '17 9:41:38 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* Plenty of examples from ''Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom''
** ''Literature/DecadesOfDarkness'': The United States becomes an expansionist slave empire after Thomas Jefferson dies of a heart attack in 1809.
** ''Literature/AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'': Walt Disney is elected president in 1952.
** ''Literature/ForAllTime'': FDR dies of a stroke two weeks after Pearl Harbor, leading to possibly the ultimate CrapsackWorld.
** ''Literature/ChaosTimeline'': What happens to the world if the Mongol Empire was never formed?
** ''Literature/GreenAntarctica'': Antarctica is a habitable landmass with its own native population.
** ''Literature/AGreaterBritain'': Oswald Mosley never becomes a fascist and is elected Prime Minister of Great Britain.
** ''Literature/TwilightOfTheRedTsar'': Joseph Stalin survives his stroke and remains in charge of the Soviet Union.
** ''Literature/ZhirinovskysRussianEmpire'': Vladimir Zhirinovsky takes control of Russia in 1991.
** ''Literature/HoldingOutForAHeroGustavStresemannSurvives'': Germany doesn't fall to the Nazis in the 1930's.
9th Sep '17 9:08:22 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice:'' What if the [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 God-Emperor of Mankind]], [[AndIMustScream after 10,000 years on the Golden Throne]], received a text-to-speech device to communicate?

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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice:'' What if the The [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 God-Emperor of Mankind]], [[AndIMustScream after 10,000 years on the Golden Throne]], received receives a text-to-speech device to communicate?communicate with the Imperium.
9th Sep '17 9:07:23 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice:'' What if the [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 God-Emperor of Mankind]], [[AndIMustScream after 10,000 years on the Golden Throne]], received a text-to-speech device to communicate?
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