Created By: Superior on January 5, 2010
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Just for Fun! Inspired by Avatar's Similar Stories folder.

Sometimes, two works are obviously inspired by each other, or the younger one contains minor Shout Outs to the older one, or they are coincidentally considered Dueling Movies.

This page is NOT a collection for them. Here, we should experiment with finding some less obvious, and probably nonexistent connections, through wordplay, and selective examples of plot points.

compare: Better Than It Sounds, where wordplay and selectively mentioned plot points make a work sound silly. Here, the same things makes them sound like if their plot would be the same as another work's.

Examples:

  • Man comes from another world to harvest a rare mineral unique to only this extremely hostile moon. Ends up being forced to live among the natives and learn their ways from a local girl who he ends up falling in love with. Has to ride a fearsome creature as a right of passage into manhood, and then unites the local clans and leads them to battle against culture from which he originally came. Is it Dune? Or Avatar?

  • Our heroes obtain an ancient magical artifact from a small, old green creature who talks to himself third person. Said artifact must be destroyed to kill the Evil Overlord, but it can't be destroyed through normal physical or magical powers. Eventually, the artifact (that the heroes wear around their neck, feels unusually heavy, tries to posess them, and influences the team split up permanently. Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • January 5, 2010
    Superior
    Bump. Oh, and a better title wouldn't hurt either. Surprisingly Similar Plot has a huge alliterative failure.

    Hmmm... Averted Alliteration Always And Consistently?
  • January 5, 2010
    Tezcat
    Surprisingly Similar Story?
  • January 5, 2010
    Superior
    ^Head... desk...
  • January 5, 2010
    Tezcat
    You're welcome.
  • January 5, 2010
    callsignecho
    Lord Of The Rings, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

    ..OR is it Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams?
  • January 5, 2010
    Taelor
    Neurotic and emotionally unstable teenage girl falls in love with a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who attends her high school. There is lots of talking. Eventually, the two get caught up in love triangle with a werecreature that ends with the girl and the werecreature deciding to be Just Friends. Twilight or Bakemonogatari?
  • January 5, 2010
    macroscopic
    ^ IMO you could sum up the whole "supernatural romance" book fad that same way.
  • January 5, 2010
    Karalora
    From our own page on the Inheritance Cycle:

    "The novels feature the tale of a farmboy who discovers a Plot Coupon sent to a wise old mentor by a captured princess, and has his uncle who raised him killed by the impenetrably cowled servants of the Evil Empire. The two set off for revenge. The mentor is a former knight, who teaches the farmboy how to use his mystical powers in about five days (not that his magic is much use until he becomes stronger) and gives him a magical sword that belonged to his father before buying the farm. Luckily, the farmboy meets up with a Badass Anti Hero, rescues the princess, who is also a major player in the Rebel army, and joins the rebellion, becoming a key member before going to train with a half-mad old hermit in the forest. After this, he discovers that his father was the Empire's right-hand man and he's been betrayed by his own family..."

    Now, are we in fact talking about the book series that began with Eragon, or are we talking about something else...?
  • January 5, 2010
    callsignecho
    An enigmatic ancient alien race builds a mysterious ring-shaped planet then disappears, never to be seen again. Humans and aliens fight over, under and around this strange planet and almost reach mutual annihilation only to discover the planet is a giant cosmic death ray and the ancient aliens are actually ancient humans.

    The backstory for the video game Halo, or Larry Niven's Ringworld?
  • January 5, 2010
    foxley
    A military man, sent to remote outpost, befriends the indigenous population and comes to sympathise with their cause, making him an intolerable abberation in the military.

    Dances With Wolves or Avatar?
  • January 5, 2010
    Edgukator
    ET and the New Testament of the Bible. Or Powder and ET for that matter.
  • January 5, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Jordan- common spaceman turns out to have amazing teleportation powers and can teleport through time- The Stars My Destination or Martian Successor Nadesico?
  • January 5, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The big issue I see with this topic is vagary... two stories that are slightly similar (but not very similar) can be made to SOUND very similar when using vague enough terminology.
  • January 5, 2010
    Karalora
    A young girl who thinks her life is too ordinary has her family kidnapped by a predatory fairy being who can give you every little thing you want, but at a terrible price. With some help from those who are familiar with the fairy's ways, the girl enters the fairy's unreal, cobbled-together world, does battle with her, and through pluck and brains manages to defeat her and rescue her family.

    The Wee Free Men or Coraline?
  • January 5, 2010
    callsignecho
    Clumsy but endearing Japanese school girl meets a mysterious stranger (a Jerk With A Heart Of Gold) and before she knows it, she's pulled into supernatural adventures with him and his Five Man Band. They discover that she has a unique power that they desperately need. Over time The Crew grows close until they are almost like family. Though they try to deny it, eventually the girl and no-longer mysterious stranger admit that they care for each other.

    Is it Inuyasha, Crescent Moon, Blackbird or EVERY ANIME EVER???
  • January 6, 2010
    Tezcat
    @UT 99.155.223.211, I think the idea is simply to set up a fun page for sometimes deliberately strained comparisons. Like Better Than It Sounds, it's Just For Fun
  • January 6, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    ^It's certainly fun, but I'm not sure this is a trope so much as it's a game that belongs in the forums. Or, in short, Is This Tropeable ?
  • January 6, 2010
    SevenOfDiamonds
    The story is a musical starring an ambitious young woman who faces prejudice because of the color of her skin. Her best friend is a perky, spoiled, blonde who loves pink and has her eye on a happy-go-lucky prince. Said prince ends up falling in love with the heroine instead, despite the fact that she is green.

    Wicked or The Princess And The Frog?
  • January 6, 2010
    Game_Fan
  • January 7, 2010
    Superior
    @Game_Fan: Whole Plot References are obvious references, usually affectionate parodies, like the obligatory "Christmas Carol episode", or a "Charlie and the chocolate factory episode", (these two are subtropes on their own).

    Most examples in the above comments are quite good for the trope I was thinking about. For example no one would honestly suggest that The Princess And The Frog ripped off Wicked, yet the similarity seems to be a bit too much, from this particular point of view, for a random coincidence.

  • January 7, 2010
    BlackMageJ
    A blue hero regularly defeats an evil robot-building scientist, picking up lots of new friends over the course of many games, including a red Friendly Rival. Later in the series, they meet an amnesiac character who turns out to have been created for evil purposes but who ends up catching morals and performing a Heroic Sacrifice. However, they prove popular enough to appear in the next game anyway with little explanation.

    Mega Man or Sonic The Hedgehog?
  • January 7, 2010
    Karalora
    Can we go ahead and launch this as a Just For Fun page?
  • January 7, 2010
    Superior
    No Launching Please, I will do it tomorrow.
  • January 8, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    Agreeing that this should be a Just For Fun page, although a good one.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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