* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' casts the same sort of shadow over role-playing games (and that's '''''all''''' role-playing games ever produced, whether they be tabletop or video games) that {{Superman}} casts over superhero comic books. If it's a role-playing game, it's playing Follow the Leader with ''D&D''. Even the recent trend toward more experimental games with more loosely-defined and user-contributed rules, such as ''{{TabletopGame/Fiasco}}'' or ''TabletopGame/MyLifeWithMaster'', is effectively one of {{Deconstruction}} of the TropeCreator.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is the TradingCardGame equivalent of ''Dungeons & Dragons''. In fact, two of its unsuccessful imitators, ''TabletopGame/{{Spellfire}}'' and ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'', was produced by Creator/{{TSR}}, the makers of ''Dungeons & Dragons'', and the commercial failure of ''Dragon Dice'' was a major reason why TSR and its franchises were sold to Wizards of the Coast (though ''they'' got bought out by Hasbro two years later).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' was the original point-buy roleplaying game. Originally, that made ''Champions'' unique; but nowadays point-buy is a very common method of character generation among tabletop gamers. This means that a majority of roleplaying games out there (even the current version of ''D&D'' has an optional point-buy system) are now playing FollowTheLeader with ''Champions''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' began as a spin-off of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' set [[foldercontrol]]

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]], with everything that appeared in ''Warhammer Fatnasy'' having some futuristic counterpart. While the setting has since matured and has in fact overshadowed its predecessor, ''40k'' has gone on to inspire other works - compare its power-armored Space Marines, psychic and technological Eldar, and skittering hordes of Tyranids to the power-armored Terran Marines, psychic and technological Protoss, and skittering hordes of Zerg found in ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. This inevitably leads to arguments and flame wars when gamers don't realize that ''40k'' is OlderThanTheyThink, such as when one [[http://venturebeat.com/2011/05/25/how-many-ways-can-thqs-space-marine-game-rip-off-gears-of-war/ reviewer]] accused THQ and Games Workshop of ripping-off ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' for the game ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine''. (After ''40k'' fanboys complained vociferously, he revised the review to clarify that he was referring more to gameplay and general feel than to setting, the latter of which he admitted to knowing little about.)
** Besides video games, ''40k'' and ''Warhammer Fantasy'' helped spawn other tabletop wargames, most notably the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' games.
** For the record; the many variants of Powered Armor are based on Laserburn's [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fu3m1hVipXo/Tk1PV3nVOnI/AAAAAAAAAr8/lOF9xwT4OnQ/s1600/GZG_Japanese_PA.JPG GZG Japanese Powered Armor]]. Which existed 7 years before Warhammer 40,000.
*** ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', the novel, codified PowerArmor, BugWar, and SpaceMarine as tropes, period, in 1959. It is not the UrExample, which may be the Lensmen series of the late 30's. If told those Laserburn minis were meant to represent the Mobile Infantry of Literature/StarshipTroopers, they'd be entirely appropriate. The MI even packed mini atomic rockets on Y-shaped frames of some kind.
* Pretty much every horror tabletop role playing game owes a debt to the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' game, which was the TropeCreator for the SanityMeter.