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17th Mar '18 12:49:22 PM Glowsquid
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* The developer Creator/{{Psikyo}} was infamous for rigidly adhering to the formula set by the first ''VideoGame/AeroFighters'' for the entirety of its 90's shmups output: nearly all of their game were vertically-oriented shmups with 7 or 8 stages and a [[NewGamePlus second loop]]. The first three or four stages are played in a random order. Stages are short. Most bosses have two phase, usually going from a vehicle or battletation to a more humanoid or animalistic mecha... etc. While the games added at least one mechanic or changed the specific of how the random stage ordering or ChargeAttack works, the games were so interchangeable that until the company started making 3D games, all of their shmups shared the same bullets, powerups/bombs sprites and Continue? screen graphics.
15th Mar '18 1:24:13 AM yisfidri
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** The plot of the Literature/MissMarple short story "The Blue Geranium" (1929) was reused in the Hercule Poirot short story "The Lernaean Hydra" (1939).

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** The plot of the Literature/MissMarple short story "The Blue Geranium" (1929) (1929), part of ''Literature/TheThirteenProblems'', was reused in the Hercule Poirot short story "The Lernaean Hydra" (1939).
26th Jan '18 5:46:39 AM RedScharlach
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* Writer/director Kurt Wimmer admitted to rehashing many of the same concepts in ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' from his previous film ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''. Both are about a [[BoringInvincibleHero superhuman killing machine]] in a future {{dystopia}} who goes against a [[KnightTemplar quasi-religious]], fascist government that is built around fighting something (emotion/virus) that the hero possesses. The hero fights other superhuman enforcers in a number of [[CurbStompBattle Curb-Stomp Battles]] to reach the #2 man, who turns out to [[spoiler: A: have the same prohibited thing as the hero, B: be the real leader of the government, and C: be the toughest opponent of all.]]

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* Writer/director Kurt Wimmer admitted to rehashing many of the same concepts in ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' from his previous film ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''. Both are about a [[BoringInvincibleHero superhuman killing machine]] in a future {{dystopia}} who goes against a [[KnightTemplar quasi-religious]], fascist government that is built around fighting something (emotion/virus) that the hero possesses. The hero fights other superhuman enforcers in a number of [[CurbStompBattle Curb-Stomp Battles]] to reach the #2 man, who turns out to [[spoiler: A: [[spoiler:A: have the same prohibited thing as the hero, B: be the real leader of the government, and C: be the toughest opponent of all.]]



* Creator/TylerPerry receives a lot of criticism for this -- just look at his page quote. His movies usually have a black woman in an abusive relationiship (or who was in one) who is a single mom. She will meet a nice working class man, and hate him at first because of that, but they will grow to like each other. Meanwhile, somebody will have a problem with their baby mama, somebody will be on drugs, Madea will discipline some children and there will be some incest involved. But at the end, there will be a church scene where everyone finds Jesus and all is well. His first movie, ''Film/DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'', actually received decent reviews, but his later movies [[CriticalDissonance have been poorly received by critics but made quite a bit of money.]]

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* Creator/TylerPerry receives a lot of criticism for this -- just look at his page quote. His movies usually have a black woman in an abusive relationiship relationship (or who was in one) who is a single mom. She will meet a nice working class man, and hate him at first because of that, but they will grow to like each other. Meanwhile, somebody will have a problem with their baby mama, somebody will be on drugs, Madea will discipline some children and there will be some incest involved. But at the end, there will be a church scene where everyone finds Jesus and all is well. His first movie, ''Film/DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman'', actually received decent reviews, but his later movies [[CriticalDissonance have been poorly received by critics but made quite a bit of money.]]



* Jack [=McDevitt=]: Some {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s find a clue leading them to a lost location full of ancient knowledge. There's probably a government or corporation messing things up, whether [[ObstructiveBureaucrat unintentionally]] or [[CorruptCorporateExecutive malignantly]]. Someone WILL [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] him or herself, either for their comrades or to protect the knowledge (sometimes this is by way of RedemptionEqualsDeath -- see the next item). There will be a FaceHeelTurn or a HeelFaceTurn. One or two couples will develop -- generally someone in one such will die, leaving their partner devastated. When they find the cache, some huge catastrophe will destroy all of what they find except when they can carry while running away, or they'll be an epoch too late. Either way, their discovery [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore changes everything]].

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* Jack [=McDevitt=]: Some {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s find a clue leading them to a lost location full of ancient knowledge. There's probably a government or corporation messing things up, whether [[ObstructiveBureaucrat unintentionally]] or [[CorruptCorporateExecutive malignantly]]. Someone WILL [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] him or herself, either for their comrades or to protect the knowledge (sometimes this is by way of RedemptionEqualsDeath -- see the next item). There will be a FaceHeelTurn or a HeelFaceTurn. One or two couples will develop -- generally someone in one from such couple will die, leaving their partner devastated. When they find the cache, some huge catastrophe will destroy all of what they find except when they can carry while running away, or they'll be an epoch too late. Either way, their discovery [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore changes everything]].



* Creator/CassandraClare. So far, both of her series have been about an ordinary teenage girl who learns she has [[SecretLegacy magical powers]] her conveniently absent parents hid from her. Unable to go home, she finds herself living at the local ExtranormalInstitute and gets into a [[BettyAndVeronica love triangle]] between a DeadpanSnarker and a NiceGuy. The villain, who has mysterious ties to her parentage, aims to TakeOverTheWorld with the help of her evil older brother. And most of the characters in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are {{exp|y}}ies from ''Fanfic/TheDracoTrilogy'', her ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction.

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* Creator/CassandraClare. So far, both of her series have been about an ordinary teenage girl who learns she has [[SecretLegacy magical powers]] that her conveniently absent parents hid from her. Unable to go home, she finds herself living at the local ExtranormalInstitute and gets into a [[BettyAndVeronica love triangle]] between a DeadpanSnarker and a NiceGuy. The villain, who has mysterious ties to her parentage, aims to TakeOverTheWorld with the help of her evil older brother. And most of the characters in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are {{exp|y}}ies from ''Fanfic/TheDracoTrilogy'', her ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction.
14th Jan '18 8:02:43 AM crazyrabbits
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* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' is an act-for-act rehash of its prequel, ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
** Snake Plissken is arrested for past crimes and offered a choice between entering the isolated prison to rescue a VIP, or facing execution.
** Snake accepts the job and is given an ExactTimeToFailure in the form of an injection that will kill him if he doesn't complete his mission in time.
** Snake is provided a high-tech, stealth way to enter the prison, complete with fancy 3D rendered entry.

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* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' is an act-for-act rehash of its prequel, the first film, ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
** The plot is motivated by a government official in a position of power (the President in 1997, TheFundamentalist President's daughter in 2013) being involved in a hijacking on Air Force One[=/=]Three. They use an EscapePod to launch themselves into an isolated island while carrying a briefcase with a MacGuffin (a cassette holding the secret to nuclear fusion[=/=]the arming device for a global superweapon).
** Snake Plissken is arrested for past crimes and offered a choice between entering the isolated prison to rescue a the VIP, or facing execution.
** Snake accepts the job and is given an ExactTimeToFailure in the form of an injection that will kill him if he doesn't complete his mission in time.
time. He is also presented with his gear by the government officials and is presented with a wristwatch that can track his location and display how much time he has left to complete his mission.
** Snake is provided a high-tech, stealth way to enter the prison, complete with fancy 3D rendered entry. He manages to avoid some major obstacles along the way.
7th Dec '17 8:54:29 PM PaulA
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* Creator/JodiPicoult's books all have the same (general) formula after she wrote ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'', which was (and still is) her most successful book: People (usually centering on the woman) living a normal life (in some New England town), something big happens/happened to them (i.e. husband is cheating, child is arrested) and there ends up being a court case either involving family members (i.e a family member committed a crime) or involving family members suing each other. Usually the court case involves children or teens. Expect one child to be severely ill and wiser than their years. The parents will/already did forget about the other child, if there is one. It is often a TearJerker, but is successful because of that (the judge/jury feels sorry for the defendant). Usually there is a Shocking Swerve near the end, and somebody dies. Examples include: ''Literature/VanishingActs, House Rules, Literature/HandleWithCare'', and more.

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* Creator/JodiPicoult's books all have the same (general) formula after she wrote ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'', which was (and still is) her most successful book: People (usually centering on the woman) living a normal life (in some New England town), something big happens/happened to them (i.e. husband is cheating, child is arrested) and there ends up being a court case either involving family members (i.e a family member committed a crime) or involving family members suing each other. Usually the court case involves children or teens. Expect one child to be severely ill and wiser than their years. The parents will/already did forget about the other child, if there is one. It is often a TearJerker, but is successful because of that (the judge/jury feels sorry for the defendant). Usually there is a Shocking Swerve near the end, and somebody dies. Examples include: ''Literature/VanishingActs, House Rules, Literature/HandleWithCare'', and more.''Literature/VanishingActs'', ''Literature/HouseRules'', ''Literature/HandleWithCare''.
22nd Nov '17 12:56:34 PM ASBusinessMagnet
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*Website/FanFictionDotNet has had to explicitly ban "rewriting names of characters/locations of one story in order to upload to multiple categories" (although this only concerns the most blatant version of this trope).
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16th Oct '17 11:53:31 PM VulgarBee
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* Series/{{Gotham}}: The plot between Gordon and Barbara is very similar to Thomas and Martha Wayne in ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}.
21st Aug '17 7:17:54 PM PaulA
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* Creator/MercedesLackey has several series that are just the same story happening two or three times in a row. For instance, the Mage Storms trilogy.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey has several series that are just the same story happening two or three times in a row. For instance, the [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Mage Storms trilogy.trilogy]].
16th May '17 6:12:27 PM HyperEmerson
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** Snake sits on a chair to take a break and think about what to do next, only for someone to catch his attention.
2nd Mar '17 3:58:08 PM eroock
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-->--'''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''''' on ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''

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-->--'''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''''' -->-- '''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''''' on ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''
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