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28th Jul '17 1:31:51 PM GrammarNavi
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* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' TimeTravel special for the Millennium, ''Blackadder Back And Forth'', Edmund beats up Shakespeare in revenge for 400 years of schoolchildren who have to put up with his plays. And for being indirectly responsible for "[[KennethBranagh Ken Branagh's]] endless, uncut, four-hour version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''".

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* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' TimeTravel special for the Millennium, ''Blackadder Back And Forth'', Edmund beats up Shakespeare in revenge for 400 years of schoolchildren who have to put up with his plays. And for being indirectly responsible for "[[KennethBranagh "[[Creator/KennethBranagh Ken Branagh's]] endless, uncut, four-hour version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''".
11th Jun '17 9:30:20 AM JulianLapostat
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* Shakespeare knew some Jews, or a Jew, which is why ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' was FairForItsDay. Sometimes the Jew in question is Rodrigo Lopez, who was a physician to Queen Elizabeth until he was convicted of treason.

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* Shakespeare knew some Jews, or a Jew, which is why ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' was is supposedly FairForItsDay. Sometimes the Jew in question is Rodrigo Lopez, who was a physician to Queen Elizabeth until he was convicted of treason.
11th Jun '17 9:13:27 AM kazokuhouou
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* Shakespeare in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' is an office worker who writes ''Literature/HarryPotter'' SelfInsertFic in his spare time. His office mates include Mercutio, a SmallNameBigEgo; and Ophelia, who has a crush on him but doesn't quite get his interests.

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* Shakespeare in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' is an office worker who writes ''Literature/HarryPotter'' SelfInsertFic in his spare time. His office mates include Mercutio, a SmallNameBigEgo; and Ophelia, who has a crush on him but doesn't quite get his interests. [[spoiler: It's strongly suggested he's the ''real'' Shakespeare, who was kicked out by the time traveling scientists in the 'Scientific Revolution' storyline because they found out he wasn't a scientist. They kicked him out in the 1990s because they couldn't be bothered to go back to the 1500s.]]
26th May '17 4:42:21 PM XFllo
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* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', he makes a deal with Dream--he's given writing ability, and in return Dream will get two plays from him (which end up being ''Theatre/TheTempest'' and ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''). Hamnet dies after being captivated by the real world version of Titania, and it's implied that this leads to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. (And Shakespeare's ability to write a death that made the audience cry). It's hinted that ''The Tempest'' is a bit of vanity on Dream's part; "We are such stuff as dreams are made on," etc. Prospero has a lot in common with Morpheus...
** More specifically, Dream wanted ''The Tempest'' to end the way it did because, ''unlike'' Prospero, he will never be able to abandon magic and leave his own "island".

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* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', he makes a deal with Dream--he's given writing ability, and in return Dream will get two plays from him (which end up being ''Theatre/TheTempest'' and ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''). Hamnet dies after being captivated by the real world version of Titania, and it's implied that this leads to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. (And Shakespeare's ability to write a death that made the audience cry). It's hinted that ''The Tempest'' is a bit of vanity on Dream's part; "We are such stuff as dreams are made on," etc. Prospero has a lot in common with Morpheus...
** More specifically,
Morpheus... Dream wanted ''The Tempest'' to end the way it did because, ''unlike'' Prospero, he will never be able to abandon magic and leave his own "island".



** FridgeBrilliance: Shakespeare spelled his name eleven different ways when he was alive. There wasn't really any standardization of spelling at the time.



* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', obviously. The entire movie is about real-world events that inspired his play. Some examples of this include:
** Marlowe's death looks like it's important. Shakespeare claims to be Marlowe at a ball where he gets between Lady Viola and her fiancé, so he later ends up thinking that the fiancé had Marlowe killed. It turns out to be a RedHerring; when Shakespeare shows up at Marlowe's funeral, [[AttendingYourOwnFuneral the fiancé's reaction]] inspires the scene with Banquo's ghost in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
** Lady Viola (who dresses as a boy in order to be able to act) is the inspiration for the character of the same name in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. She may also be the beautiful young man of the Sonnets.

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* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', obviously. The entire movie is about real-world events that inspired his play. Some examples of this include:
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For example, Marlowe's death looks like it's important. Shakespeare claims to be Marlowe at a ball where he gets between Lady Viola and her fiancé, so he later ends up thinking that the fiancé had Marlowe killed. It turns out to be a RedHerring; when Shakespeare shows up at Marlowe's funeral, [[AttendingYourOwnFuneral the fiancé's reaction]] inspires the scene with Banquo's ghost in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
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''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''. Lady Viola (who dresses as a boy in order to be able to act) is the inspiration for the character of the same name in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. She may also be the beautiful young man of the Sonnets.
20th May '17 5:11:46 AM TheCuza
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote a very short story called "The Immortal Bard" about a physicist who uses a time machine to bring Shakespeare to the present. He relates this to an English professor at a faculty mixer, who, it turns out, [[spoiler: had Shakespeare in his class on Shakespeare -- and flunked him.]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote a very short story called "The Immortal Bard" about a physicist who uses physics professor at a time machine to bring Shakespeare to the present. He relates this faculty mixer bragging to an English professor at that he invented a faculty mixer, who, it turns out, [[spoiler: had time machine that can bring famous historical figures into the present. Out of all the ones he tried, Shakespeare in his class on was the only one who could handle [[FishOutOfTemporalWater being out of temporal water]] and didn't ask to be sent back right away. However, one day the professor was approached by a ''very'' pissed-off Shakespeare -- who ''demanded'' to be sent back to his own time, having never felt so insulted in his life. The English professor, who clearly doesn't believe a word of this story, asks what could ''possibly'' make Shakespeare so angry. [[spoiler:He took the English professor's class on Shakespeare... [[DeathOfTheAuthor and flunked him.]]flunked]]]].
30th Apr '17 3:39:49 PM Xtifr
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* ''Ink and Steel'' and ''Hell and Earth'' by Creator/ElizabethBear are urban fantasy novels with Shakespeare and Marlowe as protagonists. They start with Marlowe's (apparent) death, and much is made of the ([[ShownTheirWork very real]]) Marlowe references in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. Interestingly, Hamnet's death in these books is ''also'' the Puck's fault--this may be a ShoutOut to ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]''.

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* ''Ink ''[[Literature/ThePrometheanAge Ink and Steel'' Steel]]'' and ''Hell and Earth'' by Creator/ElizabethBear are an urban fantasy novels duology with Shakespeare and Marlowe as protagonists. They start with Marlowe's (apparent) death, and much is made of the ([[ShownTheirWork very real]]) Marlowe references in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. Interestingly, Hamnet's death in these books is ''also'' the Puck's fault--this may be a ShoutOut to ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]''.
29th Apr '17 8:53:51 PM Xtifr
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* ''Ink and Steel'' and ''Hell and Earth'' by Elizabeth Bear are urban fantasy novels with Shakespeare and Marlowe as protagonists. They start with Marlowe's (apparent) death, and much is made of the ([[ShownTheirWork very real]]) Marlowe references in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. Interestingly, Hamnet's death in these books is ''also'' the Puck's fault--this may be a ShoutOut to ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]''.

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* ''Ink and Steel'' and ''Hell and Earth'' by Elizabeth Bear Creator/ElizabethBear are urban fantasy novels with Shakespeare and Marlowe as protagonists. They start with Marlowe's (apparent) death, and much is made of the ([[ShownTheirWork very real]]) Marlowe references in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. Interestingly, Hamnet's death in these books is ''also'' the Puck's fault--this may be a ShoutOut to ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]''.
31st Mar '17 10:45:25 AM Trialman
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* The works of ''Creator/DetsniyOffSkiword'' follow the footsteps of the above mentioned Dark Yagami, with "Shakespear"(Among other spellings), being The King of England, even in the Franchise/AceAttorney world of TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, continuing to speak in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe, planning on trips to the RedLightDistrict, and also randomly referring to himself as [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns ore-sama]]. He also shows himself as [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething a king who does take action]], as when '[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture Bill Hacks]]' launches an inter-dimensional invasion of London, Shakespeare turns up to help in the resulting fight.
4th Feb '17 4:31:08 PM Psychopompos007
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* In ''[[ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer The Testament of William S.]]'', Shakespeare is a posthumous character. The story is set in 1958 and is an investigation about the mystery surrounding Shakespeare's real authorship of his works. [[soiler: It turns out that William Shakespeare is actually the collective pen-name of two friends, an English peasant named William Shake (who became the official face of their duo) and an Italian aristocrat named Guillermo Da Spiri. Since his family forbade him to befriend this kind of commoners, Da Spiri couldn't use his real name to sign their plays, thus the pen-name "William Shake-Speare" ("Guillermo" being the Italian equivalent of "William". Ir's also revealed that "Shakespeare" simulated his death in 1616 and fled England with his friend Da Spiri, living in Italy under a fake identity for a couple of decades..]]

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* In ''[[ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer The Testament of William S.]]'', Shakespeare is a posthumous character. The story is set in 1958 and is an investigation about the mystery surrounding Shakespeare's real authorship of his works. [[soiler: [[spoiler: It turns out that William Shakespeare is actually the collective pen-name of two friends, an English peasant named William Shake (who became the official face of their duo) and an Italian aristocrat named Guillermo Da Spiri. Since his family forbade him to befriend this kind of commoners, Da Spiri couldn't use his real name to sign their plays, thus the pen-name "William Shake-Speare" ("Guillermo" being the Italian equivalent of "William"."William"). Ir's also revealed that "Shakespeare" simulated his death in 1616 and fled England with his friend Da Spiri, living in Italy under a fake identity for a couple of decades..]]
15th Jan '17 7:59:37 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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** Rimmer has a collection of books he treasures, and among them ''The Complete Works'' of the bard. Unfortunately, he hasn't read any of them. When asked to quote something, he cites the great monologue that starts with "NOW" something-something-something...

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** Rimmer has a collection of books he treasures, and among them ''The Complete Works'' of the bard. Unfortunately, he hasn't read any of them. When asked to quote something, he cites the great monologue that starts with "NOW" something-something-something... (Rimmer also thought his first name was Wilfred. Then again, Lister hadn't even heard of him).
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