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22nd Aug '16 10:38:29 PM Midna
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* Many ''Kirby'' platform games (among them ''Kirby's Adventure'', ''Kirby's Return to Dream Land'', and ''Kirby Triple Deluxe'') follow a distinct formula. Popstar, or occasionally a series of other planets, is endangered or inconvenienced in some way and Kirby heads off to stop it. The first world is always a grassland world, and island and snow worlds are also commonly seen. Levels are usually connected via a HubLevel. In most cases, the world names are alliterative and spell out a plot-relevant acronym (V-I-B-G-Y-O-R, C-R-O-W-N-E-D, F-L-O-W-E-R, etc.) After defeating what appears to be the final boss, the plot begins to thicken and it turns out that Kirby's attempts to fix things have actually made them significantly worse. The player then faces the real final boss (with the title of their battle music always referencing the aforementioned acronym), sometimes after an UnexpectedShmupLevel, and the day is saved and everyone goes home.

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* Many ''Kirby'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' platform games (among them ''Kirby's Adventure'', ''Kirby's Return to Dream Land'', and ''Kirby Triple Deluxe'') follow a distinct formula. Popstar, or occasionally a series of other planets, is endangered or inconvenienced in some way and Kirby heads off to stop it. The first world is always a grassland world, and island and snow worlds are also commonly seen. Levels are usually connected via a HubLevel. In most cases, the world names are alliterative and spell out a plot-relevant acronym (V-I-B-G-Y-O-R, C-R-O-W-N-E-D, F-L-O-W-E-R, etc.) After defeating what appears to be the final boss, the plot begins to thicken and it turns out that Kirby's attempts to fix things have actually made them significantly worse. The player then faces the real final boss (with the title of their battle music always referencing the aforementioned acronym), sometimes after an UnexpectedShmupLevel, and the day is saved and everyone goes home.
22nd Aug '16 10:37:28 PM Midna
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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' nearly always followed this formula: Kirby and his friends live their happy lives. Dedede acts stupid and [[MonsterOfTheWeek orders a monster]], or on rare occasions, Holy Nightmare Co. send something over without immediately informing him. The monster attacks. Kirby inhales something and [[PowerCopying copies its power]]. The monster is defeated. [[StatusQuoIsGod Kirby and his friends return to living their happy lives]]. This extends to even the special two-part episodes, and the SeriesFinale. The only episodes that don't seem to follow this are a couple of the "someone comes to Dream Land to get revenge for something" episodes, and even then, there are many similarities to it.

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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' nearly always followed this formula: Kirby and his friends live their happy lives. Dedede acts stupid and [[MonsterOfTheWeek orders a monster]], or on rare occasions, Holy Nightmare Co. send [=NightMare=] Enterprises sends something over without immediately informing him. The monster attacks. Kirby inhales something and [[PowerCopying copies its power]]. The monster is defeated. [[StatusQuoIsGod Kirby and his friends return to living their happy lives]]. This extends to even the special two-part episodes, and the SeriesFinale. The only episodes that don't seem to follow this are a couple of the "someone comes to Dream Land to get revenge for something" episodes, and even then, there are many similarities to it.



* Creator/BioWare's {{RPG}}s from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' onward have mostly identical structures. Semi-TutorialLevel, [[CallToAdventure event that sets up initial quest]], initial quest [[PyrrhicVictory succeeds at high cost]], status quo is shaken up and [[OpeningTheSandbox leads to new, more open area with more sidequests]], the PlayerCharacter attains full status in whatever HeroesRUs [[PurelyAestheticGender s/he]] enlisted in (Jedi, Spirit Monk, Specter, Grey Warden) and gets [[GottaCatchThemAll larger task to gather]] [[MacGuffin four clues/allies]]. Each part of TheQuest involves a separate zone with multiple stages that can be [[StoryBranching solved in different ways]], with numerous {{Side Quest}}s in each area. Progress in each area will be completely useless towards completing the others, except in terms of equipment and party members recruited there to aid you in combat. A fifth area will open up after three of them are complete, you may or may not be [[PlotTunnel forced to complete it immediately]]. Once all five are done, the plot will continue in a linear fashion to the final area, [[PointOfNoReturn generally with no sidequests]], culminating in a cinematic conclusion. [[http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/4475/bwcliches.png This chart sums it up nicely.]] Deviations from the formula include:

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* Creator/BioWare's {{RPG}}s from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' onward have mostly identical structures. Semi-TutorialLevel, [[CallToAdventure event that sets up initial quest]], initial quest [[PyrrhicVictory succeeds at high cost]], status quo is shaken up and [[OpeningTheSandbox leads to new, more open area with more sidequests]], the PlayerCharacter attains full status in whatever HeroesRUs [[PurelyAestheticGender s/he]] enlisted in (Jedi, Spirit Monk, Specter, Grey Warden) and gets [[GottaCatchThemAll larger task to gather]] [[MacGuffin four clues/allies]]. Each part of TheQuest involves a separate zone with multiple stages that can be [[StoryBranching solved in different ways]], with numerous {{Side Quest}}s in each area. Progress in each area will be completely useless towards completing the others, except in terms of equipment and party members recruited there to aid you in combat. A fifth area will open up after three of them are complete, you may or may not be [[PlotTunnel forced to complete it immediately]]. Once all five are done, the plot will continue in a linear fashion to the final area, [[PointOfNoReturn generally with no sidequests]], culminating in a cinematic conclusion. [[http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/4475/bwcliches.png This chart sums it up nicely.]] Deviations from the formula include:


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* Many ''Kirby'' platform games (among them ''Kirby's Adventure'', ''Kirby's Return to Dream Land'', and ''Kirby Triple Deluxe'') follow a distinct formula. Popstar, or occasionally a series of other planets, is endangered or inconvenienced in some way and Kirby heads off to stop it. The first world is always a grassland world, and island and snow worlds are also commonly seen. Levels are usually connected via a HubLevel. In most cases, the world names are alliterative and spell out a plot-relevant acronym (V-I-B-G-Y-O-R, C-R-O-W-N-E-D, F-L-O-W-E-R, etc.) After defeating what appears to be the final boss, the plot begins to thicken and it turns out that Kirby's attempts to fix things have actually made them significantly worse. The player then faces the real final boss (with the title of their battle music always referencing the aforementioned acronym), sometimes after an UnexpectedShmupLevel, and the day is saved and everyone goes home.
19th Aug '16 10:19:28 AM Psyga315
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** Hell, the endgame for the Pokemon arcs also fall victim to this. After Ash gets the final badge, two things happen. One, the villains of the region get [[CosmicDeadline a rushed closure]] with their downfall being closely related to a Legendary Pokemon who is the NonProtagonistResolver. And then Ash enters the league where he'll ''always'' lose to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a guy with stronger Pokemon]] bordering on DiabalosExMachina (and much like above, will almost always be a man), and then he'll ditch his friends and Pokemon and journey to the next region, hitting a giant ResetButton on the way out.

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** Hell, the endgame for the Pokemon arcs also fall victim to this. After Ash gets the final badge, two things happen. One, the villains of the region get [[CosmicDeadline a rushed closure]] with their downfall being closely related to a Legendary Pokemon who is the NonProtagonistResolver. And then Ash enters the league where he'll ''always'' lose to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a guy with stronger Pokemon]] bordering on DiabalosExMachina DiabolusExMachina (and much like above, will almost always be a man), and then he'll ditch his friends and Pokemon and journey to the next region, hitting a giant ResetButton on the way out.
19th Aug '16 10:19:00 AM Psyga315
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** Hell, the endgame for the Pokemon arcs also fall victim to this. After Ash gets the final badge, two things happen. One, the villains of the region get [[CosmicDeadline a rushed closure]] with their downfall being closely related to a Legendary Pokemon who is the NonProtagonistResolver. And then Ash enters the league where he'll ''always'' lose to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a guy with stronger Pokemon]] (and much like above, will almost always be a man), and then he'll ditch his friends and Pokemon and journey to the next region, hitting a giant ResetButton on the way out.

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** Hell, the endgame for the Pokemon arcs also fall victim to this. After Ash gets the final badge, two things happen. One, the villains of the region get [[CosmicDeadline a rushed closure]] with their downfall being closely related to a Legendary Pokemon who is the NonProtagonistResolver. And then Ash enters the league where he'll ''always'' lose to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a guy with stronger Pokemon]] bordering on DiabalosExMachina (and much like above, will almost always be a man), and then he'll ditch his friends and Pokemon and journey to the next region, hitting a giant ResetButton on the way out.
18th Aug '16 8:40:01 PM Psyga315
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** Hell, the endgame for the Pokemon arcs also fall victim to this. After Ash gets the final badge, two things happen. One, the villains of the region get [[CosmicDeadline a rushed closure]] with their downfall being closely related to a Legendary Pokemon who is the NonProtagonistResolver. And then Ash enters the league where he'll ''always'' lose to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a guy with stronger Pokemon]] (and much like above, will almost always be a man), and then he'll ditch his friends and Pokemon and journey to the next region, hitting a giant ResetButton on the way out.
6th Aug '16 6:45:37 PM ErichoTOME
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* Every ''FinalDestination'' movie features someone getting a vision of themselves and other people dying in a big accident. They save themselves and about eight or so other people from it, only for them all to die in horrible ways in the order they would have died in the accident. FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
30th Jul '16 6:01:07 PM nombretomado
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* Every single Brazilian SoapOpera (which usually have a 6-8 months run), specially the ones aired by TV Globo, can specially {{Egregious}} at this. 90% of the main plots are about a forbidden love between a lovable underdog and a lovable rich, and the antagonist in these cases is always a [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Rich Bastard]] who is "in love" with the aforementioned rich part of the OfficialCouple, and spends the whole run of the show [[GambitIndex using one gambit after another]] to try and break them apart. There's a Foreign Background for a couple of episodes (usually Europe, Middle East or Asia) and a set of PluckyComicRelief characters. In the last episode, the main couple get married and the villain is killed or goes to jail. Sometimes the villain will be killed by an unknown murderer some 20-30 episodes prior to the end, and the subsequent episodes will completely revolve around the mistery of who killed the villain.

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* Every single Brazilian SoapOpera (which usually have a 6-8 months run), specially the ones aired by TV Globo, can specially {{Egregious}} at this. 90% of the main plots are about a forbidden love between a lovable underdog and a lovable rich, and the antagonist in these cases is always a [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Rich Bastard]] who is "in love" with the aforementioned rich part of the OfficialCouple, and spends the whole run of the show [[GambitIndex using one gambit after another]] to try and break them apart. There's a Foreign Background for a couple of episodes (usually Europe, Middle East or Asia) and a set of PluckyComicRelief characters. In the last episode, the main couple get married and the villain is killed or goes to jail. Sometimes the villain will be killed by an unknown murderer some 20-30 episodes prior to the end, and the subsequent episodes will completely revolve around the mistery mystery of who killed the villain.



* DaveBarry wrote a book about his family's trip to Japan, and describes how his wife was able to accurately describe what was happening in an episode of a Tokyo SoapOpera without knowing a word of Japanese, just through knowledge of soap tropes.

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry wrote a book about his family's trip to Japan, and describes how his wife was able to accurately describe what was happening in an episode of a Tokyo SoapOpera without knowing a word of Japanese, just through knowledge of soap tropes.
30th Jul '16 11:57:22 AM nombretomado
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* DanBrown's novels.

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* DanBrown's Creator/DanBrown's novels.
9th Jul '16 1:03:05 PM nombretomado
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* {{LEGO}} ''{{Franchise/Bionicle}}'' in its early years ('01-'03). Whenever FanDumb starts an [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks it went downhill in '04]] topic on an online forum, someone always points out that all of those years followed the same formula: the six heroes are a given - the BigBad unleashes something bad - the village elders somehow know all about said bad things - heroes collect stuff - they go underground to defeat the current boss. Thankfully later years did away with this concept, and gave justification for the elders' secret knowledge. This argument is also frequently brought up when someone berates ''Bionicle'''s "replacement" line, ''HeroFactory'' for being too darn formulaic and predictable, though in the latter's case, that was the point, since LEGO wanted to avoid another overly-complex and difficult to follow storyline.

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* {{LEGO}} ''{{Franchise/Bionicle}}'' ''{{Toys/Bionicle}}'' in its early years ('01-'03). Whenever FanDumb starts an [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks it went downhill in '04]] topic on an online forum, someone always points out that all of those years followed the same formula: the six heroes are a given - the BigBad unleashes something bad - the village elders somehow know all about said bad things - heroes collect stuff - they go underground to defeat the current boss. Thankfully later years did away with this concept, and gave justification for the elders' secret knowledge. This argument is also frequently brought up when someone berates ''Bionicle'''s "replacement" line, ''HeroFactory'' for being too darn formulaic and predictable, though in the latter's case, that was the point, since LEGO wanted to avoid another overly-complex and difficult to follow storyline.
7th Jul '16 9:55:49 AM gewunomox
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** Every teaser ends with Horatio's [[GlassesPull putting on his shades]] then making a pun. '''[[MemeticMutation YEEEEEEE]][[TheWho EEAAAAAAAAA]][[{{Narm}} AAAHHHHH!]]'''

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** Every teaser ends with Horatio's [[GlassesPull putting on his shades]] then making a pun. '''[[MemeticMutation YEEEEEEE]][[TheWho YEEEEEEE]][[Music/TheWho EEAAAAAAAAA]][[{{Narm}} AAAHHHHH!]]'''
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