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22nd Mar '17 2:02:06 PM LordOfTheSword
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** Sometimes facetiously called "The Legend".
16th Mar '17 5:41:08 PM akaun6899
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* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation has also been accused of enforcing this trope in most of their CGI-animated movies during the 2000s: in the beginning, the main character is an outcast (or at the very least is "different"). Throughout the film he becomes a better person. In the end, he saves the day and everyone accepts him for who he is. Add bonus points for pop culture references, fart jokes, gratuitous {{Celebrity Voice Actor}}s, and the occasional DreamWorksFace, and you're good to go. They later outgrew it, but it's since been adopted by every ''other'' CGI animation studio, while Dreamworks has joined Disney and Pixar in the ranks of companies that know there's more to an animated film than that.

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* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation has also been accused of enforcing this trope in most of their CGI-animated movies during the 2000s: in the beginning, the main character is an outcast (or at the very least is "different"). Throughout the film he becomes a better person. In the end, he saves the day and everyone accepts him for who he is. Add bonus points for pop culture references, fart jokes, gratuitous {{Celebrity Voice Actor}}s, and the occasional DreamWorksFace, and you're good to go. They later outgrew it, but it's since been adopted by every ''other'' CGI animation studio, while Dreamworks [=DreamWorks=] has joined Disney and Pixar in the ranks of companies that know there's more to an animated film than that.



* While this doesn't apply to the films themselves, the teaser posters for Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation films have followed the formula of main-character(s)-looking-at-main-setting-or-plot-point-with-backs-turned-toward-the-viewer. The poster for the first ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' shows Flint joyously looking at the falling food. The poster for ''Film/TheSmurfs'' features Papa, Smurfette, and Clumsy spectating New York City from the top of a building. [[RuleOfThree The poster for]] ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' shows Arthur and Evie staring up at his dad's sleigh. [[OverlyLongGag The poster for]] ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' shows some of Drac's friends looking at the titular hotel. The newly released poster for ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'' shows some of the Smurfs exploring the Forbidden Forest.

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* While this doesn't apply to the films themselves, the teaser posters for Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation films have followed the formula of main-character(s)-looking-at-main-setting-or-plot-point-with-backs-turned-toward-the-viewer. The poster for the first ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' shows Flint joyously looking at the falling food. The poster for ''Film/TheSmurfs'' features Papa, Smurfette, and Clumsy spectating New York City from the top of a building. [[RuleOfThree The poster for]] ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' shows Arthur and Evie staring up at his dad's sleigh. [[OverlyLongGag The poster for]] ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' shows some of Drac's friends looking at the titular hotel. The newly released teaser poster for ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'' shows some of the Smurfs exploring the Forbidden Forest.
12th Mar '17 5:07:32 AM malter
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' takes the modern Zelda formula and smashes it with full force against the wall. Whatever sticks is tossed into a blender with [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the very first game]]'s nonlinear, open-world formula and some SurvivalSandbox elements such as weapon durability and crafting (cooking food in this case). The result is an ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]''-esque [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] where you can tackle the quests and dungeons in any order you want, just like in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI first game]]. No more finding special items and gadgets, those are given to you from the get-go after a few tutorials. And the Master Sword is no longer a SwordOfPlotAdvancement, just a good sword, and optional; in fact, you can dash straight to Ganon right from the start, in your underwear armed with a stick.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' takes the modern Zelda formula and smashes it with full force against the wall. Whatever sticks is tossed into a blender with [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the very first game]]'s nonlinear, open-world formula and some SurvivalSandbox elements such as weapon durability BreakableWeapons and crafting ItemCrafting (cooking food in this case). The result is an ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]''-esque [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] where you can tackle the quests and dungeons in any order you want, just like in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI first game]]. No more finding special items and gadgets, those are given to you from the get-go after a few tutorials. And the Master Sword is no longer a SwordOfPlotAdvancement, just a good sword, and (and unbreakable) sword. It's also optional; in fact, you can skip it, the quests and the dungeons and just dash straight to Ganon the FinalBoss right from the start, in your underwear armed with a stick.few sticks.
12th Mar '17 4:41:25 AM malter
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' takes the modern Zelda formula and smashes it with full force against the wall. Whatever sticks is tossed into a blender with [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the very first game]]'s nonlinear, open-world formula and some SurvivalSandbox elements such as weapon durability and crafting (cooking food in this case). The result is an ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]''-esque [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] where you can tackle the quests and dungeons in any order you want, just like in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI first game]]. No more finding special items and gadgets, those are given to you from the get-go after a few tutorials. And the Master Sword is no longer a SwordOfPlotAdvancement, just a good sword, and optional; in fact, you can dash straight to Ganon right from the start, in your underwear armed with a stick.
10th Mar '17 12:54:48 PM hullflyer
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* MajorLeague is probably one of the most unoriginal sports movies ever made, with the traditional RagtagBunchOfMisfits (a pitcher who can't hit the strike zone? Check. A slugger who almost never connects? Check. MiracleRally and villainous OpposingSportsTeam? Check and check.) finally learning to work as a team and win the BigGame. It gets away with this by executing the formula so well that you don't care.

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* MajorLeague is probably one of the most unoriginal sports movies ever made, with the traditional RagtagBunchOfMisfits (a pitcher who can't hit the strike zone? Check. A slugger who almost never connects? Check. MiracleRally and villainous OpposingSportsTeam? Check and check.) finally learning to [[MiracleRally work as a team team]] and win the BigGame.BigGame against the villainous OpposingSportsTeam. It gets away with this by executing the formula so well that you don't care.
10th Mar '17 12:53:34 PM hullflyer
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* MajorLeague is probably one of the most unoriginal sports movies ever made, with the traditional RagtagBunchOfMisfits (a pitcher who can't hit the strike zone? Check. A slugger who almost never connects? Check. MiracleRally and villainous OpposingSportsTeam? Check and check.) finally learning to work as a team and win the BigGame. It gets away with this by executing the formula so well that you don't care.
3rd Mar '17 4:49:53 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' always followed the same formula. There's a murder, and the victim had [[AssholeVictim several possible enemies]]. One of the suspects is Jessica's niece, nephew, long-lost friend or love interest of the same, and the police always zero in on that person. Jessica must then catch the real killer, usually by EngineeredPublicConfession or by using [[INeverSaidItWasPoison something only the killer would know]]. If the murderer's story is [[SympatheticMurderer particularly tragic]], it ends with Jessica shaking her head sadly, otherwise there's a MoodWhiplash cut to the EverybodyLaughsEnding. The pacing was also always the same. Expect the body to fall at about the 20 minute mark, and the wrongful arrest of the obvious suspect at the 40. On the rare occasion there was a dead body before 15 minutes, there's going to be a second death in the show later.

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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' always followed the same formula. There's a murder, and the victim had [[AssholeVictim several possible enemies]]. One of the suspects is Jessica's niece, nephew, long-lost friend or love interest of the same, and the police always zero in on that person. Jessica must then catch the real killer, usually by EngineeredPublicConfession or by using [[INeverSaidItWasPoison something only the killer would know]]. If the murderer's story is [[SympatheticMurderer particularly tragic]], it ends with Jessica shaking her head sadly, otherwise there's a MoodWhiplash cut to the EverybodyLaughsEnding. The pacing was also always the same. Expect the body to fall at about the 20 minute mark, and the wrongful arrest of the obvious suspect at the 40. On the rare occasion there was a dead body before 15 minutes, there's going to be a second death in the show later. And finally, only once in a blue moon was the last frame of the episode (which is frozen in place with the Executive Producer credit) something other than Jessica alone.
26th Feb '17 4:58:52 PM nombretomado
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%%* From what little we see of it, the [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within a Movie]] ''Where Are My Pants?'' from ''Film/TheLegoMovie'' is likely this.

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%%* From what little we see of it, the [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within a Movie]] ''Where Are My Pants?'' from ''Film/TheLegoMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' is likely this.
26th Feb '17 4:31:33 PM trulymadmoves
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* Later Disney films have adopted a different formula: ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', ''Disney/BigHero6'' and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' have all ditched the classic, ObviouslyEvil Disney villains in favor of keeping the identity of the BigBad as a climactic plot twisting [[TheReveal reveal]], which fans eventually began to expect. The latter three films added another aspect to the formula by having an unsavory character, always played by Creator/AlanTudyk, serve as [[RedHerring a decoy villain]] to further obfuscate the BigBad's identity.

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* Later Four consecutive Disney films have adopted had a different formula: formula of their own: ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', ''Disney/BigHero6'' and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' have all ditched the classic, ObviouslyEvil Disney villains in favor of keeping the identity of the BigBad as a climactic plot twisting [[TheReveal reveal]], which fans eventually began to expect. The latter three films added another aspect to the formula by having an unsavory character, always played by Creator/AlanTudyk, serve as [[RedHerring a decoy villain]] to further obfuscate the BigBad's identity.
26th Feb '17 4:30:13 PM trulymadmoves
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* Later Disney films have adopted a different formula: ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', ''Disney/BigHero6'' and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' have all ditched the classic, ObviouslyEvil Disney villains in favor of keeping the identity of the BigBad as a climactic plot twisting [[TheReveal reveal]]. However, for the past few films, they fell into the formula of having an unsavory character serve as [[RedHerring a decoy villain]] to further obfuscate the BigBad's identity.

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* Later Disney films have adopted a different formula: ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', ''Disney/BigHero6'' and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' have all ditched the classic, ObviouslyEvil Disney villains in favor of keeping the identity of the BigBad as a climactic plot twisting [[TheReveal reveal]]. However, for the past few films, they fell into reveal]], which fans eventually began to expect. The latter three films added another aspect to the formula of by having an unsavory character character, always played by Creator/AlanTudyk, serve as [[RedHerring a decoy villain]] to further obfuscate the BigBad's identity.
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