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22nd Jun '16 3:35:14 AM Adept
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* The WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} cartoons have gotten an unfair reputation as being this, but while that does apply to the bulk of the FamousStudios shorts, this is surprisingly ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' the case with the FleischerStudios Popeye cartoons. Despite the notoriety of the spinach cliche and the characters love triangle, more than half of their shorts eschew the latter formula or have some clever variation of it. Out of the 109 Fleischer shorts, 49 of them (close to half of them) [[OutOfFocus don't feature Bluto at all.]] Even shorts that do feature both Bluto and the spinach have clever gags and unique situations built around them--one short, "Fighting Pals", twists the formula by having Popeye tearing through a jungle in ''search'' of Bluto, and when he's clearly battered and fatigued from his endless search, Bluto ends up saving his life with the spinach! "Lets Celebrake" is completely devoid of conflict, as Popeye lets Olive and Bluto go out together so Popeye can take Olive's grandmother out for New Years Eve. And on top of that, there are 19 of the Fleischer Popeyes where he doesn't eat the spinach, or spinach is absent altogether.[[note]] The shorts in question are Never Kick A Woman, Hospitaliky, Lost and Foundry, I Like Babies and Infinks, Popeye the Sailor and the Jeep and it's similarly named follow-up Popeye the Sailor Presents Eugene the Jeep, Cops Is Always Right, Leave Well Enough Alone, Wotta Nitemare, Never Sock a Baby, Nurse Mates, Puttin on the Act, Wimmin is a Myskery, I'll Never Crow Again, Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix, Flies Ain't Human, Pest Pilot, Child Psykolojiky, and Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket.[[/note]]

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* The WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} cartoons have gotten an unfair reputation as being this, but while that does apply to the bulk of the FamousStudios shorts, this is surprisingly ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' the case with the FleischerStudios Creator/FleischerStudios Popeye cartoons. Despite the notoriety of the spinach cliche and the characters love triangle, more than half of their shorts eschew the latter formula or have some clever variation of it. Out of the 109 Fleischer shorts, 49 of them (close to half of them) [[OutOfFocus don't feature Bluto at all.]] Even shorts that do feature both Bluto and the spinach have clever gags and unique situations built around them--one short, "Fighting Pals", twists the formula by having Popeye tearing through a jungle in ''search'' of Bluto, and when he's clearly battered and fatigued from his endless search, Bluto ends up saving his life with the spinach! "Lets Celebrake" is completely devoid of conflict, as Popeye lets Olive and Bluto go out together so Popeye can take Olive's grandmother out for New Years Eve. And on top of that, there are 19 of the Fleischer Popeyes where he doesn't eat the spinach, or spinach is absent altogether.[[note]] The shorts in question are Never Kick A Woman, Hospitaliky, Lost and Foundry, I Like Babies and Infinks, Popeye the Sailor and the Jeep and it's similarly named follow-up Popeye the Sailor Presents Eugene the Jeep, Cops Is Always Right, Leave Well Enough Alone, Wotta Nitemare, Never Sock a Baby, Nurse Mates, Puttin on the Act, Wimmin is a Myskery, I'll Never Crow Again, Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix, Flies Ain't Human, Pest Pilot, Child Psykolojiky, and Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket.[[/note]]
18th Jun '16 12:43:13 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/{{ACDC}} is often accused of being formulaic, but they actually embrace it. Once they defended themselves: "People say all our ten albums are the same. They actually mean eleven, because they always forget our live album."



* Music/{{Dismember}} had only had one major change in their career, that being focusing a lot on MelodicDeathMetal. And even then it only became ''slightly'' more noticeable as they kept their famous buzzsaw-like guitar tone throughout the years.



* Music/{{ACDC}} is often accused of being formulaic, but they actually embrace it. Once they defended themselves: "People say all our ten albums are the same. They actually mean eleven, because they always forget our live album."
16th Jun '16 4:21:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''FanFic/SleepingWithTheGirls'' and its sequel ''Sleeping With the Girls: Chaos Theory'' play it semi-straight, but avert this. The Self-Insert (keep reading) is hopping between worlds that typically operate under "Strictly Formula" rules. Being from the "Real" world, he can see these conventions playing out and has played with them in order to accomplish his goals. To prove this, he was able to talk [[TenchiMuyo Washu]] through one of the oldest perverted jokes in anime history, the Perverted Walk In[[note]] where someone walks in on another person while bathing, or while in a compromising position[[/note]]. He is able to do this to the ''second'', pointing out every single part of the joke and how it works.

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* ''FanFic/SleepingWithTheGirls'' and its sequel ''Sleeping With the Girls: Chaos Theory'' play it semi-straight, but avert this. The Self-Insert (keep reading) is hopping between worlds that typically operate under "Strictly Formula" rules. Being from the "Real" world, he can see these conventions playing out and has played with them in order to accomplish his goals. To prove this, he was able to talk [[TenchiMuyo [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Washu]] through one of the oldest perverted jokes in anime history, the Perverted Walk In[[note]] where someone walks in on another person while bathing, or while in a compromising position[[/note]]. He is able to do this to the ''second'', pointing out every single part of the joke and how it works.
3rd Jun '16 5:41:06 PM MyFinalEdits
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** The ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series to an extent. New reploids are introduced and they turn out to be evil or just backstab people. Usually Sigma is involved. In fact, [[spoiler:it's a plot twist in the last game when [[HijackedByGanon he really wasn't secretly behind it]] all.]]
* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' was based on its eerie adhesion to the plot of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. The resemblance of ''MGS'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', however, hasn't been commented on.
** ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' breaks out of its ''deja vu'' in an [[GambitPileup extremely]] [[MindScrew shocking]] [[GainaxEnding manner]] which subverts this trope. It turns out, all of the events leading up to the end were constructed to [[spoiler: make the new protagonist, Raiden, become as great a soldier as Solid Snake via the "S3" program, to train a super-soldier.]]
** But in reality [[spoiler: the S3 Plan isn't a "Solid Snake Simulation" but a program to test the Patriots' capacity to manipulate events]]; this add another level on the gambit pileup to the point of the trope's namer parody. Making it [[spoiler:a MagnificentBastard training simulation.]]

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** * The ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series to an extent. New reploids are introduced and they turn out to be evil or just backstab people. Usually Sigma is involved. In fact, [[spoiler:it's a plot twist in the last game when [[HijackedByGanon he really wasn't secretly behind it]] all.]]
* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' was based on its eerie adhesion to the plot of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. The resemblance of ''MGS'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', however, hasn't been commented on.
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on. ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' breaks out of its ''deja vu'' in an [[GambitPileup extremely]] a [[MindScrew shocking]] [[GainaxEnding manner]] which subverts this trope. It turns out, all of the events leading up to the end were constructed to [[spoiler: make the new protagonist, Raiden, become as great a soldier as Solid Snake via the "S3" program, to train a super-soldier.]]
** But in reality [[spoiler: the S3 Plan isn't a "Solid Snake Simulation" but a program to test the Patriots' capacity to manipulate events]]; this add another level on the gambit pileup to the point of the trope's namer parody. Making it [[spoiler:a MagnificentBastard training simulation.
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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: There's always three hacks per episod.
** Averted if she feels like adding a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"

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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: There's always three hacks per episod.
** Averted if
episode, except when she feels like adding a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"
3rd Jun '16 9:36:24 AM ImNotMonty
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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: Three hacks per episode. Averted if she adds a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"

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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: Three There's always three hacks per episode. episod.
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Averted if she adds feels like adding a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"
2nd Jun '16 10:36:15 PM MyFinalEdits
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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: Three hacks per episode.
** Averted if she adds a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"

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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: Three hacks per episode.
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episode. Averted if she adds a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"
2nd Jun '16 5:58:36 PM ImNotMonty
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* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids: Three hacks per episode.
** Averted if she adds a fourth hack. "That's it for this episode - oh wait! I still have one more!"
2nd Jun '16 5:29:28 PM DrRomoray
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has a habit of recycling old character traits and mixing/overlapping them into new crewman. For instance, each show has featured or at least attempted a do-over of Spock & Bones. Besides TOS, each show features a wet ensign who's supposedly representative of Earth's finest. Each show features the Klingons or some thinly-disguised variant thereof. Each show tended to revolve around a [[TheBartender bartender]] after the success of Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan (famously, the ''Enterprise'' series finale [[OutOfFocus sidelined the regular castmates]] in favor of "Chef"). It is also common for ''Trek'' series to feature one (or more) character who feels trapped between two cultures.''Voyager'' had the others well-beaten in this respect: It had the Half-Klingon hybrid B'Elanna Torres, the ostracized Native American Chakotay, the former Borg drone Seven of Nine, and the Emergency Medical Hologram.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has a habit of recycling old character traits and mixing/overlapping them into new crewman.crewmen. For instance, each show has featured or at least attempted a do-over of Spock & Bones. Besides TOS, each Each show features a wet ensign who's (Chekhov, Wesley, Nog, Kim, Mayweather) who is supposedly representative of Earth's finest. Each show features the Klingons Klingons, or some thinly-disguised variant thereof. Each show tended to revolve around a [[TheBartender bartender]] after the success of Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan (famously, the ''Enterprise'' series finale [[OutOfFocus sidelined the regular castmates]] in favor of "Chef"). It is also common for ''Trek'' series to feature one (or more) character who feels trapped between two cultures.''Voyager'' had the others well-beaten in this respect: It had the Half-Klingon hybrid B'Elanna Torres, the ostracized Native American Chakotay, the former Borg drone Seven of Nine, and the Emergency Medical Hologram.
1st Jun '16 10:54:31 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** There are a number of other outcomes. There is, for example, a story where a woman becomes more beautiful, but it damages her personality for the worse and hurts her husband. Or a story where a guy is turned into a LivingLieDetector and it causes problems for his girlfriend. In this case we get the formula of ruining the life of someone around the friend. The third formula is George intending to benefit from the change, but failing to. The sole case when George does gain something seems to be in "To the Victor", where he gets laid by a beautiful girl offscreen.

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*** ** There are a number of other outcomes. There is, for example, a story where a woman becomes more beautiful, but it damages her personality for the worse and hurts her husband. Or a story where a guy is turned into a LivingLieDetector and it causes problems for his girlfriend. In this case we get the formula of ruining the life of someone around the friend. The third formula is George intending to benefit from the change, but failing to. The sole case when George does gain something seems to be in "To the Victor", where he gets laid by a beautiful girl offscreen.
1st Jun '16 9:02:53 AM Omeganian
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*** There are a number of other outcomes. There is, for example, a story where a woman becomes more beautiful, but it damages her personality for the worse and hurts her husband. Or a story where a guy is turned into a LivingLieDetector and it causes problems for his girlfriend. In this case we get the formula of ruining the life of someone around the friend. The third formula is George intending to benefit from the change, but failing to. The sole case when George does gain something seems to be in "To the Victor", where he gets laid by a beautiful girl offscreen.
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