->''It's a shame that [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames there was never a good]] ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' game on the [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]]... Oh wait, actually I take it back! There ''were'' some good ''Alien'' games on the NES! They're called ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''! Yeah.''
-->--'''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'''

A counterpart of BetterByADifferentName in a way, and also a sort of subtrope of SpiritualSuccessor and FollowTheLeader (but not always), in effect a CaptainErsatz of a story rather than a character. It's particularly evident with video games; most people have certain movie characters with tons of potential they dream of playing as in an amazing game, yet as [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames most movie licensed games are terrible]], there's almost no chance of that happening.

Technically no chance, anyway. This is when something has nothing to do with a certain series, but evokes almost the same feeling you'd imagine a decent license invoking with a certain franchise, making it (intentionally or not) a Spiritual Licensee.

This can also occur after a developer decides to create a SpiritualSuccessor to a game from a previously established franchise, but put an original spin on the game to differentiate it from its predecessor(s).

Compare {{Expy}} for the equivalent trope with characters. Also compare RecycledInSpace. Contrast SpiritualAntithesis, DolledUpInstallment, JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories and TheMockbuster. Can be a DivorcedInstallment.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' is essentially a comic prequel, sequel, and interquel to ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim''.
** It could also be seen as an (absolutely gorgeous) adaptation of ''{{Literature/Dune}}''.
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' is getting a reputation for being the best ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' film ever. Having the same director and basic plot as one of the most popular actual ''Digimon ''films probably helps on that front.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' is considered to trump ''Batman: Gotham Knight'' at being an anime adaptation of the Caped Crusader.
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' is quite possibly the best adaptation of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
* {{Flag}} seems to be ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' set in Afghanistan, with the United Nations Task Force standing in for the American military.
** The InUniverseCamera bits recall ''84 Charlie Mopic''.
* ''Anime/VoicesOfADistantStar'' is perhaps the best and most [[{{Tearjerker}} tear-inducing]] adaptation of ''TheForeverWar'' and ''Literature/EndersGame'' made by a single man.
** ...But not as old as ''{{Gunbuster}}''.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' could easily pass as an adaptation of Frank Herbert's ''Dune'' saga...with robots and spinning kicks!
** It could also pass for a good ''Gundam'' series, especially as both share the same creator.
** Comparisons to ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' are also quite apt.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' and ''HorribleHistories'' may be long gone, but really they live as a series called ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''.
** Though one couldn't help but wonder whether the overblown NationalStereotypes in ''GGundam'' might have been foreshadowing. Then again, considering just how absurd and insane said stereotypes were presented (such as Neo-Mexico's "Tequila Gundam", among others), that anime makes even ''Hetalia'' at its most over the top look subtle.
* ''MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' is basically an anime adaptation of ''Film/TopGun,'' if it took place in the future and involved Gundams. Even the openings are reminiscent of ''Danger Zone'' and late '80s-early '90s power ballads.
** However, a better one came out later on in the form of ''MacrossPlus''.
** The OVA however also makes for a nice take on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', as the GP-02 is pretty much a ''Metal Gear Gundam.''
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' could be described as an anime adaptation of ''MadMax'', only with martial arts.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is pretty much an adaptation of ''GetterRobo'''s later arcs with a bit more silliness.
** And likely the closest to an ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' anime.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' is practically ''TheDaVinciCode'' [[RecycledInSpace in the Universal Century]], with the Vist Foundation, Unicorn Gundam and Laplace's Box standing in for the Priory of Sion, codex and Holy Grail respectively.
** And as of the last episode, it can also pass for a Gundam version of ''Film/TwothousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' given that Laplace's Box resembles a monolith[[spoiler: and that Banagher and Full Frontal's Newtype vision begins very similarly to the infamous stargate sequence.]]
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' became a subversion of this trope. Many viewers considered it to be [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime version]] of ''WorldOfTanks''. Apparently the people in charge of both series thought so too, because they began a cross-promotional campaign in Japan when ''World Of Tanks'' was set to be released there.
* ''Anime/AnoHiMitaHanaNoNamaeOBokutachiWaMadaShiranai'' would be one of KeyVisualArts' best works in years, except that they didn't actually make it.
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' can be described as a YuriGenre reimagining of ''ACanticleForLeibowitz''.
* ''Anime/LastExile'' and its sequel make for a pretty good crossover between ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' and ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri.''
* Both ''RecordOfLodossWar'' and ''{{Slayers}}'' are often called anime adaptations of DungeonsAndDragons. Former is how the game is intended to be played. Latter is how it usually turns out. It helps both series were based on respective author's D&D game.
* ''Anime/FutureWar198X''is the closest thing to a Literature/TheThirdWorldWar movie adaptation.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is arguably the best ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' manga/comic ever made.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' is the best anime adaptation of ''Film/TheMatrix'' since ''TheAnimatrix''.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There are many ''Franchise/DungeonsAndDragons'' comics, but the one that captures the spirit of the game the best? ''DemonKnights''.
* Creator/AlanMoore examples:
** His version of ''{{Supreme}}'' was this to the PreCrisis ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'' comics.
** Greyshirt from ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' was seen as a revival of Eisner's ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''.
* There's been plenty of comics based on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', but only ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' really captures [[WagonTrainToTheStars the spirit]] of the show, complete with some similar character archetypes. Others feel that it's closest thing to the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' continuation that we'll never get.
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' as a character can be considered something of a gun-toting, katana-wielding spiritual licensee for ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
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[[folder:Film]]
* Because ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' featured a family of superheroes facing off against an evil genius with a grudge, it is often considered a vastly superior movie adaption of the ComicBook/FantasticFour to [[Film/FantasticFour the officially licensed movie]]. ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' even [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15070_the-10-best-animated-movies-traumatizing-kids.html?wa_user1=2&wa_user2=Movies+%26+TV&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=flashback referred to it]] as "more faithful to the comics than the actual ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie." It helps that most of the Four's powers are replicated.
** It also was considered by some to be a LighterAndSofter adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', because of the superheroes having to register with the government and go underground. Consider also the major plot point near the end of both: The BigBad [[spoiler:attacks New York with a giant, octopoid monster.]] Also, it gives the same reasoning for not wearing capes.
** And it had the best Film/JamesBond score in years.
* {{Creator/Disney}}'s ''{{Disney/Hercules}}'' is the world's first, best, and only animated {{Comicbooks/Superman}} musical.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' is sometimes called "the best ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie ever made".
** Creator/GeorgeTakei called it "a chillingly realistic documentary."
** The Two Guys from Andromeda have called it the best ''SpaceQuest'' movie out there.
** Interestingly, counting it as an "actual" ''Star Trek'' movie (it would be #10, having come out between ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'' and ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'') would "correct" the famous StarTrekMovieCurse, which had been knocked out of whack by ''Nemesis'' being terrible and [[Film/StarTrek the subsequent reboot]] being pretty decent, [[BrokenBase even if not great]].
* With Creator/ChristianBale starring, ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' is the closest thing to a ''Batman vs. Terminator'' film we will ever see.
* ''Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula'' is closer to DoctorDoom's origin story than the one in the actual ''Film/FantasticFour'' film.
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' as well.
* Béla Tarr's ''The Turin Horse'' is the best adaptation of TheGayScience ever made.
* ''Film/{{Charade}}'' was famously called the "Best Hitchcock movie that Creator/AlfredHitchcock never made".
* The ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' film is described on ThatOtherWiki as being the best ''JackKirby's [[TheFourthWorld Fourth World]]'' movie ever attempted. Though WordOfGod from the director indicates he meant to do an homage to the work of Kirby in a general sense, not the Fourth World in particular.
** Inverted in the case of AbraxasGuardianOfTheUniverse which blatantly uses plot devices like "Answer Box", "Anti-Life Equation" and something like a Boom Tube. It is not in any way a good movie, [[TheFourthWorld Fourth World]] or otherwise.
* ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'' is the best Creator/WoodyAllen film never made.
* Martin & Porter's ''DVD & Video Guide'' calls ''AFewGoodMen'' "the best Franchise/PerryMason movie ever made."
* ''Film/SnowDay'' was originally written as a film adaptation of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', and it shows.
* ''MonstersInc'' was called "the best movie that JimHenson never made" by Muppet performers shortly after its release.
* [[WebVideos/MidnightScreenings Brad Jones]] referred to ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' as "the best of all the [[Film/{{XMen}} X-Men origin movies]]". Creator/PattonOswalt and Creator/JossWhedon apparently [[https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/429300282351026176 agree]] with him.
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' is often referred to as a stealth adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' -- and a far superior adaptation to the later officially-licensed film. And even though it was just one suit, ''Aliens'' even had more PoweredArmor than the actual ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' film franchise (at least until the third, straight-to-DVD film).
* The Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme movie ''Film/DoubleImpact'' is a better ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' movie than the actual ''Film/DoubleDragon'' movie that miscasts Scott Wolf as one of the Lee Bros. It even had Bolo Yeung (the actor that Abobo was based on in the first place) playing an Abobo-like henchman who throws oil drums at his enemies.
** ''Film/{{Savages}}'' also has the basic plotline of the first ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' game. Criminals have kidnapped the girl-friend of two guys who now have to battle their way to get her back.
* Many ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fans like to consider ''Film/EventHorizon'' canonical.
** Likewise, some ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' fans consider it to be a better ''Doom'' movie than [[Film/{{Doom}} the one the game actually got]]. After all, the background of the game was, some scientists in space were experimenting with teleportation, and they created a portal, but instead of taking them from point A to point B, it led straight to hell. And hell's army comes out of the portal and threatens to doom our universe. That's the plot of the movie ''Event Horizon'' to a tee, made in 1997. And then 8 years later some people just had to go and make another ''Resident Evil'' genetic experiment gone wrong movie and go and entitle the movie ''Doom''.
** Some combine all three.
** The dark SpaceOpera setting, combined with a baroque aesthetic, make the ''Franchise/ChroniclesOfRiddick'' another excellent addition. VinDiesel, an avid tabletop gamer, even said as much in an interview for the third film.
* ''MichaelClayton'' has been called "the best JohnGrisham movie ever made".
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' could be considered a good ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' movie. Wichita even looks a bit like Zoe. It could also be viewed as an adaptation of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', particularly with regards to how players approach that game looking for the coolest ways to kill zombies.
** The Dark Carnival campaign in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' could be considered a good ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' game.
* A review of ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' was impressed on how much it looks like Creator/StevenSpielberg directed or produced the movie.
* Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage}}'' is a better adaptation of ''{{Postal}}'' ([[DarkerAndEdgier at least the first one, perhaps]]) than his own movie adaptation ([[LighterAndSofter likely of the second in the series]]).
* The screenwriter for ''Film/TheBookOfEli'' is a self-proclaimed fan of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. It's pretty much the movie of the game with no ghouls and the search for clean water replaced with Literature/TheBible.
** It's also arguably the best ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' movie ever made by a Western studio. Minus the exploding heads and with a [[spoiler:blind]] Badass Denzel Washington.
* Continuing the [[VideoGameMoviesSuck not-video-game-movies series]], ''Film/StreetKings'' feels a lot like ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', only set on a hot night in Los Angeles rather than a cold night in New York. If they'd included BulletTime it would be perfect, [[ActorAllusion but that would run into]] [[Film/TheMatrix some different issues.]]
* Despite being an adaption of a comic that came out years before, ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' has been said to be the closest thing to a movie adaption of ''NoMoreHeroes''.
* ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre'', in addition to its own source material, could be said to be the best adaptation of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' we're likely to ever see, given Bill Watterson's attitude toward licensing.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'':
** It's arguably the only ''{{Paprika}}'' live action film you'll ever see, which also happens to have a surreal homage to ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' (though calling it an adaptation makes ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' look like a word-for-word lift of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'').
** As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWa1eiHPhKw this mashup proves]], calling ''{{Inception}}'' a DarkerAndEdgier ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' reboot is surprisingly fitting.
** The dream Technology fits that introduced in the series Series/StargateSG1 that some feel it's the closest we'll ever get to a big-budget film set in that universe.
** It may also be the best (or ''only'') ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' movie that we ever see, considering that book's actual film adaptation has been stuck in DevelopmentHell since the '80s. It's about a thief who specializes in covertly stealing data with the aid of a machine that puts him in lifelike VR simulations, and it involves said thief taking a job from a mysterious businessman who agrees to help him reverse the effects of a major screw-up from his past. Over the course of the movie, he assembles a team of allies who eventually help him perform an elaborate heist in an ornately designed building with [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} strange architecture]] and [[GravityScrew gravity]]--all while coping with regular visits from the hallucinatory ghost of [[TheLostLenore a dead woman from his past]]. Both works even include a scene where the protagonist gets trapped in a VR construct of a surreal seaside locale, where [[YearInsideHourOutside time moves at a fraction of its normal speed]].
* ''Film/TheSpirit'' may not have captured [[IncrediblyLamePun the spirit]] of the comics it came from very well, but it's a much better adaptation of an entirely different superhero; namely, TheTick. Just compare how often they run across rooftops while monologuing about "MY CITY!" and invoking tortured metaphors.
* ''Film/DeadSnow'' might as well be a Norwegian adaptation of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty's'' NaziZombies mod. All that's missing are the hellhounds and rayguns.
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' has been compared by many, ''many'' people to ''Anime/PerfectBlue''. Both are about an overworked, up-and-coming actress so stressed she (and the audience) are unable to tell what's real and what isn't, to disturbing effect. ''Black Swan'''s director, Creator/DarrenAronofsky, has acknowledged the [[http://filmadelphia.org/blog/?p=793 similarities]], and he had previously licensed ''Perfect Blue'' so that he could give it a ShoutOut in ''Film/RequiemForADream''.
** It's also described as the closest viewers will get to a live action ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' movie.
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'''s plot, about a society that has been dumbed down by a combination of [[LowestCommonDenominator mind-rotting pop culture]] and the stupid outbreeding the smart, comes off like an unauthorized adaptation of both RayBradbury's ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' the CM Kornbluth short story "The Marching Morons", only PlayedForLaughs.
** And ''Film/{{Wall-E}}'' is pretty much the LighterAndSofter sequel to Idiocracy.
* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' is probably the best movie version of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' that we're ever likely to see.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' is the closest we will ever get to a ''{{Spelljammer}}'' movie.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard, author of ''Literature/EndersGame'', the [[Film/EndersGame adaptation]] of which [[DevelopmentHell took decades to premiere]], considers ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' to be "[[http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2011-08-11.shtml the first truly successful adaptation of my novel... to appear on the screen]]". In the past he's made similar statements about ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* ''Film/ForbiddenZone'' is probably the best live-action ''BettyBoop'' adaptation we're ever gonna get, which makes sense given that one of the film's big influences was old Fleischer cartoons.
* Did you know they made a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' movie? It was called ''Film/VanHelsing''.
* The movie ''Film/RealSteel'' had been called ''Rock'em Sock'em Robots: TheMovie''. It's actually an adaptation of the 1956 story and 1963 ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' episode "Steel", which in turn is said to have been the inspiration for Rock'em Sock'em Robots.
* ''Film/NinjaAssassin'' is pretty much the best and closest one could get to a ''NinjaGaiden'' movie.
* ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo'' and ''Film/BlackRain'' is as close one can get to a movie version of {{SNK}}'s ''Burning Fight''.
* ''Film/DeathRace'' (2008 version) may not have been particularly faithful to the original ''Film/DeathRace2000'', but it '''was''' a very close adaptation of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal''. Frankenstein's in-universe "mascot" mystique is akin to [[MonsterClown Sweet Tooth's]], and it even has the cars' {{weapon|izedCar}}s activated by driving over icons on the track, a feature pulled out of many a VehicularCombat game.
* The ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' series is a better adaptation of the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' than the official adaptation, the TV show ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced''. It was ''so'' close, in fact, that WhiteWolf and Nancy A. Collins sued the films' producers, claiming copyright infringement.
* With its combination of action and slapstick, the main character being a GentlemanThief, and the overall feel of the film, some people have called ''HudsonHawk'' a better live-action ''Franchise/LupinIII'' movie than the ''actual'' live-action ''Lupin III'' movie. This may explain why it was [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff so popular in Japan]] despite having [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped]] in the US.
* ''Film/{{Immortals}}'' is said by some to be a better remake of the ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' than the actual 2010 one. It helps that there are actual titans in the movie, but keep in mind the original 1981 classic did not have titans at all either. Though the sequel to the remake called ''Wrath of the Titans'' is fixing that problem.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick said that ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' is a better adaptation of ''Literature/TheLorax'' than the [[WesternAnimation/TheLorax actual film adaptation]].
* Given the revelation via AllthereInTheManual that the titular monsters are actually an alien bioweapon, think it's safe to call ''Film/TheDeadlySpawn'' the best [[{{Warhammer40000}} Tyranid]] movie without any Tyranids in it.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' makes for a pretty good adaptation of (warning: major spoilers) [[spoiler:the Wiki/SCPFoundation, of all things. The main bad guys are a nebulous organization of questionable morality which possesses an enormous catalogue of monsters and other dangerous supernatural items (in this case, horror movie baddies), which it keeps and controls so as to prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt an XK-Class end-of-the-world event]]. And when the heroes find out about the lengths they're willing to go to, they take one look and say "fuck it, better to let the world end."]]
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro has [[http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-says-at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-dead remarked]] that ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' is a close enough adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' that his own planned adaptation of ''ATMOM'' [[DevelopmentHell will have an uphill battle]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen entering production]] -- at this point, it would likely come off looking like a ripoff of ''Prometheus''. Later on, though, he went back on his decision to give up on his adaptation of ''ATMOM'', [[http://www.chud.com/122289/madness-guillermo-to-reattempt-the-lovecraft-mountain-climb/ saying]] "screw it, Lovecraft was there first."
** While it's quite far from the spirit of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the black goo is generally considered the only movie depiction of the most iconic villain faction, Phyrexia.
* ''Film/TheRaid'' unintentionally becomes a movie adaption of the ''Dynamite Deka'' series, aka ''Die Hard Arcade'' and ''Dynamite Cop'', by Indonesia (with a Welsh director). The movie has it all: a swat team infiltrating the building, a bad guy barking orders on the top floor, and waves upon waves of mooks on each floor. Even some movie critics said the movie feels like an adaption of arcade [[BeatEmUp beat'em ups]] from the' 90s.
* Ray Liotta's ''Film/{{Narc}}'' has quite a bit in common with ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', moreso than the actual ''Film/MaxPayne'' film did.
* The JetLi film ''Film/KissOfTheDragon'' does a rather nice job of being an adaptation of ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky''.
* In his review of ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', {{Moviebob}} called it a better remake of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' than any ''actual'' remake of ''Back to the Future'' could possibly be.
* Website/SomethingAwful's [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/current-movie-reviews/expendables2-paranorman.php?page=5 review]] of ''Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild'' called it "the closest you can get to capturing the feeling of a [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Miyazaki]] film in live action."
* ''Film/CasaDeMiPadre'' is probably the closest we will see to a feature-length version of the Conando sketches from ''[[Creator/ConanOBrien Late Night With Conan O'Brien]]'' and ''[[Series/TheTonightShow The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien]]'', as both feature the concept of an obviously white actor appearing in an AffectionateParody of telenovelas in which RuleOfFunny appears heavily.
* GerryAnderson has actually said that ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' is a better adaptation of his ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' than the actual live-action ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' film, though he also felt that ''Team America''[='=]s raunchiness hurt it (since it meant his kids couldn't watch).
* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series is sometimes thought of as The Movies Of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''.
** Well, both ARE inspired by the same [[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean theme park ride]] (after which the movie is named).
** The ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' films also bear a strong resemblance to the marine horror stories of Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson, especially ''The Ghost Pirates'' and "The Derelict".
* ''OfficeSpace'' is most likely the closest thing to a live-action ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' movie ever made.
* Either Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheFog'' was a damn good adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's short story ''TheMist'', or vice versa; they both came out the same year (1980). Less debatable is that the 2007 film adaptation of ''The Mist'' was a much better remake of ''The Fog'' than the latter film's own remake in 2005.
* ''Film/{{Movie 43}}'', between its VulgarHumor, its [[AllStarCast laundry list]] of celebrity guest stars, and it being an AnthologyFilm, is pretty much a live-action ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
* ''Film/RurouniKenshin'' would make for a good live-action epilogue for ''TotalWarShogun2: Fall of the Samurai.''
* At times, ''Film/SpringBreakers'' feels like either the best ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' adaptation ever made, or a {{deconstruction}} of such. It's got the setting, the style, the {{sociopathic|Hero}} {{Villain Protagonist}}s running headfirst across the MoralEventHorizon because "spring break, bitches!", and the winking self-awareness of its own "gangsta" attitude.
* The Film/{{Crank}} duology is also this to the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series as a whole.
* The ''[[ShowWithinAShow Jack Slater]]'' movies in ''Film/LastActionHero'' are the nearest we'll ever be to having a film adaptation of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons McBain]].
* ''Film/SideEffects'' is the closest you'll ever get to seeing the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' mod ''VideoGame/AfraidOfMonsters'' in film.
* Several YouTube commenters have made the connections between the Classic Walt Disney cartoon short ''Disney/LonesomeGhosts'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. Even one of the lines Goofy utters in the cartoon is directly lifted and placed into the main theme of the film.
-->'''Goofy''' (Chuckles nervously): I ain't 'fraid of no ghosts!\\
''I ain't 'fraid of no ghosts!''
* Franchise/IndianaJones got one port movie to game (''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]'') and one port game to movie (''[[VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis The Fate of Atlantis]]''). Many people don't know about the latter movie. This may be because [[MacGyverLostTreasureOfAtlantis it was filmed with MacGyver]].
* The ''Film/{{REC}}'' movies have been compared to what the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' and ''Film/{{Doom}}'' movies ''should'' [[InNameOnly have been]].
* Many point to ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'' as a good adaption of ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' : Humanity building giant robots to combat an alien threat. While this may be a common plot in the mecha genre of anime, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion one show probably comes to mind for many, at least younger, anime fans]]...
** To specify: TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (as opposed to the more common "far into the future"- and "another world entirely" settings) aliens, that are specifically interested in human extinction, comes, not from space, but from the depths of the earth itself. These aliens are giant monsters who fight humanity directly, instead of using robots themselves. To combat these humanity creates equally gigantic robots that requires the pilot to mentally synch not only with the robot, but also with a co-pilot (while this is only done literally in [[RebuildOfEvangelion Evangelion 3.0]], in the original series [[spoiler: the "robots" had to have a human soul implanted in them to function and both this soul and the actual pilot had to synch with each-other and the "robot"]]). The monsters also appear one-by-one instead of organizing in an army. Oh, and let's not forget the yellow fluid and the journeys into characters' minds.
** ''Alternately'' alternately, it's the best ''Manga/GetterRobo'' movie we're ever gonna get.
** Go back a bit more, to the beginning. Rocket Punch. Breast Fire. Pilots in the head docking with the body. Hell, the whole drivable robot concept. It's ''MazingerZ'', all the way. By extension to almost all the spiritual licensee above makes this the closest to a live-action ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' film ever.
** The movie has several (coincidental) similarities to the ''[[{{VideoGame/X-Com}} X-Com]]'' franchise as well. Alien threat that forces the nations of the world to band together and form an organisation dedicated to fighting them? Check. Council of nations that threatens to pull their funding because they're not getting results? Check. The alien-fighting organization forced to sell alien components on the black market to make ends meet? Check. Researchers vivisecting alien corpses in order to better understand what they're fighting against? Check. [[spoiler: A final assault on the aliens' homeworld? Check.]]
** "Mysterious giant monsters are rising from the sea, and the nations of the world combat them by fielding stylish, two-pilot giant robots whose pilot teams all have a close relationship. On a tragic mission several years ago, our hero lost his trusted partner, and with a renewed crisis, he has to get back in his revived mecha with a new rookie girl who also serves as a love interest." Why, that sounds rather like ''[[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Godannar]]''.
* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' is basically an adaptation of ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' complete with BlackComedy. In fact, there were plans for a film adaptation long before [[Film/JudgeDredd the Stallone version]], but the release of ''[=RoboCop=]'' scuppered it.
** The later Stallone vehicle ''DemolitionMan'' is said to have captured the humor of the ''Judge Dredd'' comics than the actual ''Judge Dredd'' movie!
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' is basically ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' [[RecycledInSPACE but with]] [[ZombieApocalypse Zombies]].
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'': Being based on an Creator/IanFleming novel, and made by Albert Broccoli [[ProductionPosse and many of the same people]] involved in the ''Film/JamesBond'' series at that time, some view it as an honorary Bond film.
* ''Film/{{Prisoners}}'' is the closest we'll get to a live action ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' film adaptation that would ever be made.
* By [[WordOfGod Steven E DeSouza]]'s [[http://www.polygon.com/features/2014/3/10/5451014/street-fighter-the-movie-what-went-wrong admission]], the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie was more of a Franchise/GIJoe movie than a Franchise/StreetFighter one, due to Hasbro's involvement with the merchandising.
-->''Capcom had forged a partnership with Hasbro long before production began to warp the G.I. Joe toy line into Street Fighter: The Movie licensed dolls, just in time for Black Friday. "You can look at this movie as the first G.I. Joe movie," says De Souza, "Because G.I. Joe was in a swamp at this time. It was not selling. So Hasbro wanted to reboot the G.I. Joe line by thinly disguising it as Street Fighter."''
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' may be the best movie adaptation of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' that we ever get to see. It's about a long-time veteran soldier, who's the sole survivor of a government program to create genetically-enhanced soldiers, coming out of retirement to fight a terrorist leader with ties to his past and working to uncover a conspiracy in the ranks of the government while they prepare to devastate the world with a powerful superweapon. The movie even has its own [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 tanker level]], and a scene where we find out that the government conspiracy is led by [[spoiler: a sentient {{AI}} that took over for the long-deceased human villains]].
* In ''JackRyanShadowRecruit'' Kevin Coaster plays an mid-aged, experienced, CIA Agent who brings Jack Ryan unwittingly into the service. Kevin Coaster also plays an mid-aged, experienced, CIA Agent in ''3 Days To Kill'', in which he stars as a dying man, trying to juggle his personal life and OneLastJob. Needless to say, ''3 Days To Kill'' could be seen as the movie spin off of Coaster's character in [[HeroofAnotherStory Shadow Recruit]], especially since both films were released within months of each other.
* LifeIsBeautiful is considered to be the closest we'll ever get to ''seeing'' TheDayTheClownCried.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** Guy gets sent to the past to save someone whose death is a crucial factor in the current RobotWar. [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} sounds familiar]]... However, the film is based on a [[ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast comic book]] that ''[[OlderThanTheyThink pre-dated]]'' ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
** Ever wondered what a big-budget ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' movie adaptation would look like? Blink's fight scenes give you a pretty damn good idea.
* If you're [[CultClassic one of the relatively few people]] who's seen ''WesternAnimation/StarChaserTheLegendOfOrin'', you probably had either one of two reactions to it:
** A) You hated it for being a thinly-veiled ''Franchise/StarWars'' rip-off.
** B) You ''loved'' it for being the closest thing to a full-length animated ''Franchise/StarWars'' adaptation that you'll ever see.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'' have both been seen as this for H.P. Lovecraft's work in general, even though they can't be said to be even loose adaptations of one story in particular.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s David Wong once expressed this opinion about ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', opining that it was one of the first movies ever to successfully bring Creator/DouglasAdams' unique brand of humor to the big screen, even if Adams didn't actually have anything to do with it. Adding to the irony, he argued that the movie captured Adams' style far better than the actual film adaptation of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', which was released exactly one year after it.
* A number of fans have pointed out the similarity of the central characters of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' to the original regular characters of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. (Peter=John, Gamora=Aeryn, Drax=D'Argo, Groot=Zhaan, and Rocket=Rygel.) Some of the changes made to the film characters compared to the original comic versions make them closer to the ''Farscape'' characters.
* Some critics who saw ''Film/ThePurge'' consider it to be TheHungerGames but with adults.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Simon R. Green's ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' series will be immediately familiar and fun territory to any ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' player.
* The ''Nina Wilde'' series by [=Andy McDermott=], about a semi-reluctant AdventurerArchaeologist, obviously takes more than a few cues from (and frequently references) Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. However, the number of pitched gun battles in exotic locations and rare vehicles which inevitably explode makes it far more akin to the written form of ''{{Uncharted}}''.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is probably the closest that we'll get to an American remake of ''Literature/BattleRoyale''. '''[[FanDumb And that is]] [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks all that needs]] [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment to be said]].'''
** ...unless, of course, the success of the [[Film/TheHungerGames film adaptation]] is enough to convince Hollywood that it's no longer TooSoon after UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} to pull said remake out of DevelopmentHell.
** It's also been called "''Film/TheRunningMan'' with teenagers."
* The best ''DungeonsAndDragons'' novel is, without a doubt, ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion''.
* ''TheInheritanceCycle'' is basically a medieval fantasy adaptation of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* The improbable death scenes of ''Literature/{{Another}}'' make it awfully like a Japanese ''Film/FinalDestination''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Has strong elements of ''TheLordOfTheRings'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* ''Series/BlueMountainState'' is considered the closest we've ever got to an actual ''Film/AnimalHouse'' series. There was in fact a series based on ''Animal House,'' but it wasn't until ''BMS'' that TV standards relaxed enough to show an ''Animal House'' series in all its depraved glory.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': So close to being ''Film/YoursMineAndOurs'' RecycledTheSeries that the filmmakers threatened to sue.
* ''TheBorgias'': This show is just close enough to being an adaptation of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' that one half-expects [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Ezio and company]] to show up at any time.
* ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'': This show is what ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' would've been had it been remade into a live-action series.
* ''DarkAngel'': This show was Creator/JamesCameron's attempt to make an unofficial live-action version of ''{{Gunnm}}'' (aka ''Battle Angel Alita'') after the official version he was scheduled to direct went into DevelopmentHell.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** More than a few have claimed that this show is what ''Series/BlakesSeven'' would have been if remade in the 21st Century. They're not far off.
** ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' could also be considered how Creator/TimBurton would make a SpaceOpera.
* ''{{Firefly}}'':
** Some consider it to be a very well done live-action version of ''OutlawStar''.
** Paul Darrow (Avon in ''Series/BlakesSeven'') has explicitly said in a DVD extras interview that he considered ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to have been the 21st century remake.
* ''FTroop'': This show is seen by some as a derivative of the Glenn Ford comedy film, ''Advance To The Rear''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': There are those who consider this show a jazzier version of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''. Others consider it the television version of ''ComicBook/DP7''.
* ''The Holy Pearl'': This Chinese Drama has been said to be an unofficial adaptation of ''{{Inuyasha}}''.
* ''Series/HotInCleveland'' is [[SettingUpdate a modernized]] version of earlier SitCom ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' with younger women but a similar FourGirlEnsemble (including Creator/BettyWhite in both shows' casts), the same kind of humor, and similar plots.
* ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=]]]'' is one of these to the film ''Coogan's Bluff''.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is almost a TV adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''.
* ''Series/{{Outcasts}}'': This unsuccessful BBC SF series looked very much like a UK version of 21st-century ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]''.
* ''ParkerLewisCantLose'': This show is sometimes called "''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''[='s=] real adaptation".
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'', a sprawling Victorian fantasy saga starring [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Mina Harker]], [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Victor Frankenstein]] and [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]], may as well be a TV spinoff of ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. In a rather uncanny coincidence, it even stars a former Franchise/JamesBond actor (Creator/TimothyDalton) as Mina's father Malcolm Murray. [[note]] The original ''League'' graphic novel series involved James Bond's grandfather, Campion Bond, as a major supporting character; in something of a CastingGag, the [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen film adaptation]] cast Creator/SeanConnery in the lead role of Allan Quatermain, and it was rumored that the producers also wanted to cast Creator/RogerMoore as Campion before the character was cut from the movie.[[/note]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': There's a reason why this show was dubbed [[FanNickname Terminator: The Power Rangers Chronicles]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADK3wggGYk Taken to its logical conclusion.]]
* ''PushingDaisies'': Could be called the TV series Creator/TimBurton never made.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** Set in [[AfterTheEnd a world]] where all electricity has stopped working and humanity has gone back to the Dark Ages, is pretty much Creator/SMStirling's ''[[{{Emberverse}} Dies the Fire]]'' adapted to television.
** The series is ''loaded'' with references to the work of Creator/StephenKing, especially ''TheStand'' and ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. Particularly with with a man named Randall Flynn (Randall Flagg) and the Tower (Dark Tower). In case you're wondering, Stephen King is not involved with the show, but Creator/JJAbrams is a big fan of King's work.
* ''SavedByTheBell'': This show is essentially a live-action version of ''ArchieComics''.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The earliest episodes owe a ''hell'' of a lot to ''ForbiddenPlanet''.
* ''SuperRobotRedBaron'':
** (And, by extension, its follow-up successor series ''Super Robot Mach Baron'') can be pretty much considered a live-action version of ''MazingerZ''.
** To the point that, in Spain, footage from ''Mach Baron'' was made into a theatrical movie and retitled "Mazinger Z, el Robot de las estrellas" (''Mazinger Z, The Robot from the Stars'') to benefit from ''Mazinger'' popularity. There was even a comic-book adaptation made by an Spanish artist that lasted some forty issues, and was known to a generation of spanish children as "El Mazinger Rojo" (''Red Mazinger'').
* ''Total Recall 2070'': Despite its name has more to do with ''Film/BladeRunner'' than ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. The WordOfGod says the show is based on the original Philip K. Dick stories which were the source material for the aforementioned films.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' has been referred to by many as ''Wiki/SCPFoundation: The Series''.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was frequently compared to a modern-day remake of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' when it first premiered, only as a DarkerAndEdgier drama instead of a {{sitcom}}.
* Creator/TylerPerry's television drama ''The Have and the Have Nots'' is pretty much the television series version of his film ''The Family That Preys''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Both ''Tee'd Off'' and ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'' strongly invoke ''Film/{{Caddyshack}},'' given they all feature golfers pitted against annoying gophers. Someone even modified a ''Gofers'' table into ''Caddyshack'' by repainting the cabinet and backglass.
* ''Pinball/HollywoodHeat'' is so close to ''Series/MiamiVice'' that it falls into TheMockbuster as a result.
* ''Pinball/F14Tomcat'' wants to be ''Film/TopGun'' with more combat, while ''Gold Wings'' goes straight into being a shameless [[TheMockbuster mockbuster]].
* It's difficult to play ''Pinball/CirqusVoltaire'' and not be reminded of ''Creator/CirqueDuSoleil''.
* Inadvertently done with ''Pinball/AttackFromMars''; it's highly reminiscent of ''Film/MarsAttacks,'' even though WordOfSaintPaul insists it's a case of parallel development instead.
* Deliberately invoked with ''Pinball/SlickChick'', which was created to capitalize on the then-popularity of Hugh Hefner's ''{{Playboy}}'' Key Clubs.
* Also deliberately invoked in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Mayfair}}'', which is based on the film version of ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'' tried to be this for ''[[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Rambo: First Blood Part II]]''.
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* The European segment of ''Film/ColinQuinnLongStoryShort'' seems to take a lot of cue from ''AxisPowersHetalia''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* If there was ever a tabletop game version of ''Literature/WatershipDown'', it would be called ''BunniesAndBurrows''.
* The {{Space Marine}}s in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' come almost prepackaged from Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
** SpiritualAntithesis Licensee in that case, considering the [[WarIsHell very different outlook]] on [[WarIsGlorious Heinlein's militarism.]]
** Calling ''Warhammer 40000'' an [[AdaptationExpansion expanded adaptation]] of the ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'' universe wouldn't be too far off the mark, however. Later publications from the two even started to share writers.
* ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' is naturally the tabletop game roleplaying game equivalent of the Marvel and DC universes so much so that fans had every character from both publishers statted out in the forums. Furthermore, while both companies tended to develop their own [=RPGs=] in the past, DC Comics released its most recent tabletop game under third edition ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' rules.
* TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} is considered by many TableTopGames/DungeonsAndDragons players to be D&D 3.75 (halfway between 3.5 and 4th Edition). It helps that it is heavily based on D&D's rule set.
** Pathfinder is more like "the successor to D&D 3.5 in all but name" and 4 is "the successor to D&D 3.5 in name only". 4th edition is really an entirely different game that happens to share the same name (and a lot of flavor text). It's almost trivial to convert a D&D 3.5 adventure to Pathfinder rules, something that's ''not'' true of 4th Edition.
* ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' is... well, let's be fair. ''FATAL'' is probably the '''worst''' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' RPG ever made, but it's still the closest we'll ever come to a ''Berserk'' RPG.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' has alternatively been called a SpiritualLicensee to ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'', for its BeatEmUp combat combined with RPG Elements and slapstick humor, and ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'', for its open world gameplay, myriad of (often silly) [[SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer sidequests and time wasting options]], and similar fighting styles.
* Many people consider ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' the best ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' game ever.
** The ''VideoGame/TheHidden'' [[GameMod mod]] for ''VideoGame/HalfLife2 '' also feels like a ''Predator'' game.
* ShigeruMiyamoto had originally wanted to make a ''{{Popeye}}'' arcade game in the early 1980s, but Nintendo's right to the character were revoked midway through production. Miyamoto then took the idea of [[SuperMarioBros a scrappy hero]] rescuing [[DamselInDistress a helpless damsel]] from [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong a hulking brute]] and made video game history.
* The ''KunioKun'' soccer league games, including Nintendo World Cup may as well be called ''Captain Tsubasa: The Game''.
* Several games have been cited as evoking the feeling of the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' films.
** Although ''Aliens'' is notable for averting TheProblemWithLicensedGames on various occasions, ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' is probably the most recent example. In fact, [[http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2013/02/sage-reviews-acm/ at least one critic]] remarked that ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' was a better ''Aliens'' game than the much-maligned ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'', which was released around the same time.
** Speaking of ''Dead Space'', owing to its somewhat derivative nature, and quality despite that, it has been mentioned as evocative of pretty much every notable sci-fi horror film ever.
** ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'' was originally set to be based on ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', but the developers scrapped the idea as soon as they heard the movie producers' strict demands for such a game. The game was then reimagined as a combination between ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' and ''Franchise/EvilDead''.
** The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games captured the essence of the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies better than any of the licensed games did. Samus Aran ↔ Ellen Ripley. Metroids ↔ Xenomorphs. The main antagonist of the series, Ridley, is even a ShoutOut to Ridley Scott, director of the 1979 ''Film/{{Alien}}'' film.
** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' does feel remarkably like a ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' sequel, however.
** The TurboGrafx16 pinball game ''VideoGame/AlienCrush'' has some suspiciously Creator/HRGiger-like graphics.
** WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, in [[http://cinemassacre.com/2013/10/22/alien-3-angry-video-game-nerd/ his review]] of the NES adaptation of ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', noted that ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' and the aforementioned ''Metroid'' made for much better ''Alien'' games than [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames the dreck that he had played]].
* Although some official ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' games have averted TheProblemWithLicensedGames, the ''{{Uncharted}}'' series are by far the best Indy games you will ever play. Creator/SethRogen and Evan Goldberg have even [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/27/seth-rogen-and-evan-goldberg-asked-to-write-uncharted-film said]] that this is why they've turned down repeated offers to write an ''Uncharted'' movie -- they love the games, but they couldn't find a way to not make it similar to ''Indiana Jones''.
** Before it underwent major decay, the same was said of ''Franchise/TombRaider''.
** ''{{Uncharted}}'' has also been claimed by HeyAshWhatchaPlayin to be a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' game of sorts, pointing out Nathan Drake's physical resemblance to star NathanFillion, the same music composer, as well as several eerily similar plot details in ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves''.
** ''Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure'' also seems remarkably influenced by the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films.
*** Ditto the original Atari ''Pitfall'' games. ''Pitfall 2'''s theme music even [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sounds similar]] to the Raiders March.
** Creator/DataEast's ''The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy'' seems like it really wanted to be ''Indiana Jones: The ArcadeGame''.
** ''Deadfall Adventures'', which also appears to be partly inspired by ''Pitfall''.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' (the first one at least) is often regarded as the best ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game that Capcom ever made. It helps that the first game's director, HidekiKamiya, LOVES [[VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}} the first Castlevania]].
* ''{{Starcraft}}'' reminds many people of, alternatively, ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''[[note]]Debatably. Basically, they both have {{Space Marine}}s, a HordeOfAlienLocusts and ScaryDogmaticAliens, but that's also true of several other science fiction franchises.[[/note]] and, as of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* Similarly, {{Blizzard|Entertainment}}'s other big RTS franchise, ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', is practically ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' in disguise.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' and ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' have been called "the best ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games of the year" at times.
** As has ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}''.
* ''{{Freelancer}}''/''{{Starlancer}}'' to ''VideoGame/WingCommander''/''Privateer'', joked by the fans of both series. All four projects being helmed by the same guy (Chris Roberts) didn't hurt. ''Starlancer'' and the ''Wing Commander'' movie also shared a number of digital effects credits.
** ''{{Starlancer}}'' is also noteworthy for having a backstory that's basically the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' [[WithTheSerialNumbersFiledOff thinly disguised]] by having DirtyCommunists instead of Cylons. It's also rather better than the officially licensed BSG game for the Playstation 2 and XBox despite being made by ''the same studio''.
* Also between games, it's good to see a game in the ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' universe again, albeit a spinoff called ''{{Overlord}}'' under a different genre.
** Not to mention the board game ''[[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/45315/dungeon-lords Dungeon Lords]]''.
** And the new game ''[[http://forum.kalypsomedia.com/showthread.php?tid=5820 Dungeons]]'' by Kalypso Media.
** And now there's ''[[https://wftogame.com/ War For The Overworld]]'', which is basically a FanRemake with enough WritingAroundTrademarks to enable commercial sale.
* The way the ''NeedForSpeed'' franchise turned to a street racing theme from ''Underground'' to ''Undercover'' pretty much screamed out ''TheFastAndTheFurious''.
** And the latest ''Hot Pursuit'' version is an awesome ''{{Burnout}}'' sequel!
* As [[http://www.actionbutton.net/?p=352 Action Button Dot Net]] puts it: "''...someone finally made a good SherlockHolmes game, and it's not even a real SherlockHolmes game. It's about [[Franchise/ProfessorLayton some dude named Layton]].''"
* It's no exaggeration to say that ''GodHand'' looks like one of the best ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' games ever made, considering that [[NoExportForYou we didn't get any good ones at all]] until ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage''.
** ''GodHand'' is also said to be a better [=3D=] version of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' than either of the actual [=3D=] ''Final Fight'' games (one which was a competitive fighting game, and other a ''GTA''-clone).
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' is to ''Film/JacobsLadder'' what the first few ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games were to GeorgeRomero's work.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starflight}}'' is certainly in the running for the best ''Franchise/StarTrek'' game ever made, and certainly the best of the 1980s.
* ''Film/RedDawn1984'' has a lot of Licensees that aren't.
** ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters''. One of [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] favorites, this game has apparently so ''much'' of ''Red Dawn'' it might be as well THE ''Red Dawn'' game.
** ''WorldInConflict'' and ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: [[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert 2]]'' are "''Red Dawn'': The [[RealTimeStrategy RTS]]", with the latter even getting the cheesiness down.
** ''{{Homefront}}'' towers over them all -- its plot is written by ''John Milius himself'' and is basically the original ''Red Dawn'' with North Koreans in place of the Russians. [[HilariousInHindsight And this was before the 2012 remake]].
*** And in turn, it's been hailed as the sequel ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' has never gotten.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{Stalker}} S.T.A.L.K.E.R.]]'' games are an almost absurdly obvious example of this for classic Russian science fiction novel ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic'' and its FilmOfTheBook, ''Film/{{Stalker}}''.
* Subversion: ''Dynamite Deka'', a [=3D=] [[BeatEmUp beat-'em-up]] for the arcades and SegaSaturn released in Japan, was heavily inspired by the ''Film/DieHard'' films to the point that the game's main character, Bruno Delinger, [[ComicBookFantasyCasting bore more than a passing resemblance]] to BruceWillis. When Sega worked on the game's international version, they tacked on the ''Die Hard'' license, renamed Bruno Delinger into John [=McClane=], and modified the main villain into Hans Gruber.
** Note that the sequel ''Dynamite Cop'', the international version of ''Dynamite Deka 2'', did not retain the ''Die Hard'' license.
*** ''Dynamite Cop'' is the best game adaption of ''UnderSiege'' or ''Film/{{Speed}} 2'' we will ever see in our lifetime.
* The Sunsoft game ''VideoGame/JourneyToSilius'' for the NES was originally intended to be a game based on the first ''{{Terminator}}'' movie.
* The unreleased NES game ''Sunman'', also by Sunsoft, was originally intended to be a ''{{Superman}}''-based side-scrolling action game. An early build of the game actually had the Man of Steel as the player character with John Williams' iconic theme as the first stage music, but for some reason Sunsoft lost the license and Supes got replaced with an [[CaptainErsatz obvious pastiche]].
* The original ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' was intended to be an ''Anime/AstroBoy'' game, so you could say that the ''Mega Man'' games are the best ''Astro Boy'' video games created (at least until ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor'' was released).
** ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'', a series about a boy who becomes an android in order to fight a big army of robots, with his robot-dog companion who can turn into vehicles. There also is an evil-protype twin-brother and a girl as protagonists/antagonists. [[SarcasmMode Any resemblance]] ''Mega Man'' [[SarcasmMode might have to this is only coincidence]].
** ''Mega Man'' eventually ended up being more of an amalgam of ''Anime/AstroBoy'' and ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern''.
** To bring it full circle, ''Anime/CasshernSins'' has been called an excellent ''Videogame/MegaManZero'' anime.
** Mega Man has been said before to be inspired by both characters.
*** Comparisons between Casshern and Dio, could also easily be brought up with Capcom's [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante and Virgil]].
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series was heavily inspired by two major sources: {{Disneyland}}'s original PiratesOfTheCaribbean ride, and the Creator/TimPowers novel ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' (in not-at-all related news, the fourth ''POTC'' movie was ''coincidentally'' based on the same book).
** This also seems to work backwards, with the second ''POTC'' featuring a few uncanny similarities to the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games, such as Jack using a casket as a rowboat and a voodoo priestess hiding in a swamp.
** The whole casket thing is sort of from ''MobyDick'', though.
** If one were to see the trailer for the original ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' while being unaware of the franchise, it wouldn't be a huge leap to expect it to be a straight-up Monkey Island movie, even though the influence actually went the other way.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' was already a perfectly good ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' game before ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' was made. In the leap from screen to game, ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' was basically forced to ''rip off itself''. One could also easily consider ''Vice City'' to be a VillainEpisode game of ''Series/MiamiVice''.
** Similarly, the Los Santos chapters ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' play out like ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and ''Film/MenaceIISociety'', while the Las Venturas section is basically ''Film/{{Casino}}'' (for the main story strand) and ''Film/OceansEleven'' (for the optional casino heist plot).
** And to go further back, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' looks and plays a lot like the ''{{Driver}}'' games that started on the PlayStation. Essentially, it's ''Driver'' with a criminal VillainProtagonist and on-foot controls that actually work -- something that it took Reflections, the makes of ''Driver'', four games to get right (something that is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d more than once in the ''GTA'' series), by which point it was ''them'' who came off looking like Johnny-come-latelies.
** Going in the other direction, some people consider ''SaintsRow'' to be the true successor to ''San Andreas'' and the ''III''-era ''GTA'' games, especially after ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' went in a more realistic, DarkerAndEdgier direction.
** Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' was busy being the best game based on ''TheWire'' ever made.
*** And ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'' became the best game based on ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' ever.
** It goes back even further, if you squint; the original 2D ''Grand Theft Auto'' owes a huge amount of thematic inspiration to ''Film/DirtyHarry'' and ''TheFrenchConnection'', and the levels set in the NoCommunitiesWereHarmed versions of New York and San Fransisco are about as close to video game adaptations of each film as the technology of the period could achieve.
* ''LostOdyssey'' is a pretty good ''FinalFantasy'' game, made by that series' original creator and musician after they left SquareEnix (the former founding his own game design company and the latter going freelance).
** Similarly, ''BlueDragon'' takes heavily from ''DragonQuest'', even getting AkiraToriyama to do the character designs.
** Now the next big RPG from the guy is ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'', and merely from the name and logo design (which is all that is known about it) the games looks like another ''FinalFantasy'' attempt.
* ''RedFaction'' bears striking resemblance to the Martian society depicted in ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' was originally meant to be an adaptation of ''Film/TheWarriors'', but Rockstar couldn't get the license at the time. They later made an officially licensed ''[[VideoGame/TheWarriors Warriors]]'' BeatEmUp that is ''incredibly'' close to the film, and also an example of fans having SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames.
** Some have suggested that the sequel, ''Manhunt 2'', is a spiritual licensee of ''Film/FightClub''.
** Both games are, together, also among the best translations of an '80s SlasherMovie to video game form, with their extended stalking sequences and ultraviolent stealth kills committed with a wide arsenal of melee weapons. The main difference, of course, is that here you're ''supposed to'' root for the killer to take out the human garbage in front of him, [[VillainBasedFranchise not like that's]] [[TheScourgeOfGod such a big change]].
* While it's pretty unlikely that anyone would ever make a ''Franchise/PerryMason'' video game, the world will always have ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''.
* Despite the creator's efforts to give it a more unique art style, ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' -- while SoBadItsGood -- remains a closest thing we have that can be considered a ''TwinPeaks'' game.
** Even moreso than ''AlanWake'', which in turn owes a bit for Creator/StephenKing's work.
* Another one of Creator/DavidLynch's works, ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'', has its own SpiritualLicensee in the form of ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''. The similarities between the two are uncanny.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' is sometimes considered an impressive adaptation of the CthulhuMythos. The game used inspiration from the stories and even the books can be found, but you can't read them, only observe them.
* Barring the lack of giant bugs, ''VideoGame/{{Section 8}}'' is the most true adaption of the [[Franchise/StarshipTroopers Mobile Infantry]] ever.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' bears so many similarities to ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' that the game actually carries a disclaimer explicitly stating that it's not based on the movie. At one point, George Romero himself ''autographed'' someone's copy of the game without knowing much about it.
** The DLC, ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising3 Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition Ex Plus Alpha ]]'', makes a great ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' game; along with ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' as well. There is even an unlockable costume of Mike Haggar that Frank West can wear.
* Aside from being a spiritual entry in the ''LuminousArc'' series, ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' can be seen as a SpiritualLicensee to the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''. The characters are in anime-design, there are skits that tend to be on the light-hearted side, costumes can be acquired (though they can only bee seen on the character's portrait) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it isn't release in Europe]]. Two developers who worked on the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' even worked on this game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' was meant to be a ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' game, but that didn't work out. The resulting game still had the essential story of the original ''BSG'' and the mood of the re-imagined series (despite the game predating the latter).
** The Homeworld series also heavily suggests that it takes place in the universe of the ''Terran Trade Authority''. Or at least could. The game manual gives a thorough background of the Kushan history using the same narrative style of the TTA books. Also, like the TTA books, the illustrations are exclusively of spaceships and {{BigDumbObject}}s, but almost never people (unless they're wearing spacesuits). The spaceships look as if they were designed by Chris Foss and Peter Elson. These two artists weren't involved in the game's design but were given "props" in the credits. Elson was actually supposed to design the gamebox but then they decided for some reason to go with CGI.
** The Mattel UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} game ''Space Battle'' was also intended to be a ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' game, according to the Blue Sky Rangers.
* It takes a bit of time to realize that ''{{X-COM}}: UFO Defense'' is [[{{UFO}} not set in 1980, and was not made by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson]].
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', with its drop pods, is quite possibly the best adaptation of ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' outside of ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' itself reads very similarly to ''Aliens'', with its space marines, flying dropships, kinetic weapons, battles with parasitic aliens, and Sergeant Johnson, who is basically just Apone with a different name.
** It also has one of the best depictions of the architecture and technical power of Literature/TheCulture.
* ''{{Okage}}'' is probably the greatest Creator/TimBurton game no one has ever heard of.
** ''{{VideoGame/Dont Starve}}'' have also been cited as being a Creator/TimBurton game.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' was greeted by one review with the sarcastic remark "Leather coats, BulletTime, automatic weapons... [[Film/TheMatrix I wonder what the first mod of it will be.]]"
** ''HardBoiled''?
*** Which - by the way - much like ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' above, [[VideoGame/JohnWooPresentsStranglehold also had been forced to rip off itself as well]].
**** ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' is a good video game adaption of ''Film/ManOnFire''. Just look at the first trailer of the game when Max describes his situation and you will notice the similarities instantaneously.
* Given the way the grappling hook is used, ''VideoGame/JustCause'' does a better job being a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' than... well... the 2009 ''VideoGame/BionicCommando''.
** It's also as close to a ''Series/BurnNotice'' video game as we'll ever get.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' had, by far, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the best]] Film/JamesBond [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome title song you'll ever hear.]]
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' to ''InvaderZim'', down to having the same tone, humor, and Richard Horvitz voice your ExpositionFairy.
* ''KaneAndLynch'' has a noted similarity to the films of MichaelMann, specifically ''Heat'' and ''Collateral''. The magazine PC Powerplay specifically noted that the game "[took] some pages out of Mann's notebook."
* Many gamers consider ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' to be a great sequel to the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' games. Makes sense, considering it was made by the old ''Diablo'' dev team.
** And of course, [[VideoGame/DiabloIII the first Diablo game in years]] [[DuelingGames came out the same summer]] as ''VideoGame/TorchlightII''...
** ''[[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft]] and the Guardian of Light''.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is pretty much ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater: The Game'', only with more gunplay [[spoiler: and no hostile humans]].
** Possibly supplanted by DayZ, which plays almost exactly like an MMORPG/FPS hybrid set in the ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' universe.
* There's a reason ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' is often referred to as ''[[SpiderMan Venom]]: The Game''.
** It's also often compared to ''Film/TheThing1982''.
** It is also notable as literally being a SpiritualSuccessor to [[TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction an earlier game]] based on ''TheHulk'' made by the same studio.
* ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'' is essentially ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' the video game.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'', as mentioned in its Laconic section, might as well be called ''[[spoiler:Literature/IAmLegend: The Game]]'', especially once TheReveal is cruelly shown.
* Play some classical music, and ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' could easily pass itself off as a Western adaptation of ''LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes.'' There's even a mod that lets you import both [[TheEmpire the Reich]] and the [[TheRepublic Free Planets Alliance]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'' is a wonderful interactive adaptation of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', only with the AuthorTract {{deconstruct|ion}}ed and re-examined.
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' comes across at times like a dark Disney movie, which isn't helped by Elizabeth channeling [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]] and [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel]] as well as just about every other Disney princess ever.
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' was originally planned to be a ''{{Rambo}}'' arcade game. The game's title actually comes from the Japanese version of ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', which was titled ''Rambo: Ikari no Dasshutsu''. The SegaMasterSystem game ''Ashura'', which plays similarly, picked up the ''Rambo'' license when it was exported to the US.
* People are calling ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'' a better ''{{X-Com}}'' game than the upcoming FPS one in the making by 2K Games. Understandably, when Firaxis's TBS one was announced, DuelingGames immediately ensued.
* ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'' is essentially ''EccoTheDolphin'' with a mermaid and a little {{Metroidvania}}.
* According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanquish_%28video_game%29#Development Shinji Mikami]] he wanted to do a ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'' game, but since he already did [[GodHand a brawler game]], he decided to put more emphasis on shooting. Hence, ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'' is the closest we will ever get to a ''Casshern'' video game adaptation.
* ''TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly'' is all but a ''CrocodileDundee'' game, having an obvious CaptainErsatz player character and a plot suspiciously like ''Crocodile Dundee II''.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is sometimes considered a Spiritual Prequel to ''Film/TheRock'', spelling out Gen. Hummel's '60s era adventures. It even borrows some of the elements of that movie, namely [[spoiler: a plot to attack the USA with face-melting green gas, a reveal of the truth of the JFK assassination, and American commandos being "disappeared" or forgotten by the government.]]
* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'' is probably the closest you'll ever get to a game adaptation of Orwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' (general JustBeforeTheEnd / RuinsOfTheModernAge grimness, a ForeverWar between 20. century megaempires fueled by fanatical propaganda, etc.).
* ''VideoGame/InFamous'' has exactly the same premise as ''StaticShock'', and its hero has precisely the same superpowers.
* Although it's now gone to full-fledged series and is far more popular than its inspiration, ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' was as close to a ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini'' series as we're ever going to get.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has had a couple of decent games to its name, but by far the best ones are ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' makes a excellent game adaption of ''Film/LastActionHero'', but with {{Toku}} themes instead.
* Even though all the monsters are taken from the [[PublicDomainCharacter public domain]], and Simon Belmont looks like something by FrankFrazetta, the first ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}'' is obviously a take on the [[UniversalHorror Universal Monsters]], especially with the fake credits at the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacred}}'' was the best sequel for ''Diablo II'' in its day.
* ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' was thought to be more a sequel to ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom II]]'' than ''Doom 3'' turned out to be.
* ''VideoGame/RunSaber'' pretty much works as a substitute for a SNES version of ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'', right down to the [[LaserBlade laser blades]] and the same number of stages as the arcade original.
* ''Tass Times in Tonetown'': This 1986 Interplay adventure PC game has much of the style and mood of the mid '80s Saturday morining cartoon ''KiddVideo''. The game was released near the end of the cartoon's run. Like the MTV inspired cartoon, ''Tass Times'' had an overarching popular music theme (although given the limitations of a typical 1986 computer, there wasn't much of an opportunity to realise the music aspect). Tonetown (the game's setting) fits right in with the many locations that Kidd and the band visit during their adventures througout the Flip Side. Both can be described as a music-themed surreal fantasy nowhereland populated by all sorts of strange beings. And finally, both are an homage to what was so good about the '80s, and are unashamed of their 80s style.
* The adventure game ''Operation Stealth'' by Delphine Software was so obviously an homage to ''Film/JamesBond'' that its American publisher (Interplay) was able to make minor changes to the dialogue and release the result as an actual licensed game, ''VideoGame/JamesBond007TheStealthAffair''.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWar'': ''VideoGame/ShogunTotalWar'' and [[VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2 its sequel]] are pretty much the closest you can get to an epic scale adaptation of ''every'' Japanese samurai movie ever. And the latest DLC Expansion, ''Fall of the Samurai,'' seems set to do the same for ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', minus Creator/TomCruise. ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' and the ''VideoGame/MedievalTotalWar'' series can be described as adaptations of ''Gladiator'' and ''Kingdom of Heaven'' respectively.
* A [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/02/23/wot-i-think-crusader-kings-ii/#more-95722 Rock Paper Shotgun review]] of ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' calls it "the best ''Series/GameOfThrones'' game you will probably ever play." There exists a GameMod for both the first and second game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is in many ways similar to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', having a similar tone, overall setting (of sorts) and some smaller things such as the use of the title "Ser". It could also be thought of as yet another TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons game possessing not only the classes but certain concepts that are idiosyncratic to [=DnD=] like the Grease spell and the idea of a Bard as a spy that picks up a variety of talents. That the developer worked on official ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' games in the past helps.
* ''Lost Patrol'' from 1990 is the closest any game has come to capturing the dark view on the Vietnam War exhibited in movies such as ''{{Platoon}}'', ''FullMetalJacket'' and ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}'' is very close to being a Creator/StudioGhibli video game, using much of the [[AfterTheEnd setting]] and [[GreenAesop themes]], and conspicuously inserting familiar-looking objects (such as the [[Anime/CastleInTheSky floating castle]]). Most notably, the insect-infested jungle [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind seems very familiar]], and the boss ''is'' an Ohmu.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is essentially a licensed ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series. Or rather, ''Babylon5'' with dialogue options. It also serves nicely as a ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' game. Hell, the main villains are even similar (robotic beings that want to destroy or assimilate all life and are ungodly powerful).
** Let's see here, extinct alien precursors leave behind warnings of a machine intelligence whose function is to purge the galaxy of sentient life? Mass Effect ''is'' RevelationSpace: The Game.
* ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster'' is more of an adaptation of ''GameOfDeath'' than the JackieChan movie which shares its title in Japan (''Spartan X'', a.k.a. ''Film/WheelsOnMeals'').
* On a review of it in this very wiki, ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' was called the best ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' game ever put onto a Nintendo system. Likewise, it's an awesome entry in the ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'' franchise.
* [=iOS=] game ''Star Command'' is barely even trying to hide that it's essentially a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' game.
* Likewise, the ''Videogame/ArtemisSpaceshipBridgeSimulator'' tries to replicate being on the bridge of the ''Enterprise'' as closely as possible.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'' is basically ''Film/DeathRace2000'' with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. By the time ''Carmageddon: TDR 2000'' came out, they weren't even bothering with the filing.
* The ancient arcade game ''Death Race'' is also an unofficial adaptation of ''Death Race 2000'', as well as a spiritual precursor to ''Carmageddon''.
* ''VideoGame/OrcsMustDie'' feels a lot like an ''Army of Darkness'' game, but with Orcs instead of skeletons. Hell, the War Mage character even gets a boomstick in the sequel!
* Creator/{{Paradox Interactive}}'s ''Gettysburg: Armored Warfare'' shares the same plot as ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'' (a time traveler from the 21st century brings advanced weapons and tactics back to the Civil War to try and help the CSA win), albeit with less philosophizing.
* As [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] so eloquently put it, "''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' in WorldWarII has already been done, and it was called ''TheSaboteur''."
* The SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/ObsCure'' is this to ''Film/TheFaculty''. In both works, [[BreakfastClub a group of high school students from across various cliques and social circles]] battle monsters who used to be their classmates (only with less [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse paranoia]] and more BodyHorror in ''ObsCure''), and it turns out that [[spoiler:the school's administration is a major part of what's happening]]. The creators of ''ObsCure'' even said that they had Creator/JoshHartnett (one of the stars of ''The Faculty'') in mind when designing the character of Stan.
* ''VideoGame/RobotAlchemicDrive'' is the closest Westerners will ever get to ''GiantRobo: The Video Game''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' essentially ''was'' a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign.
* Creator/{{Taito}} loves this during the late 80s and the 90s, aside from their own briliant licensed games. Examples include:
** ''Operation Thunderbolt'', besides being a spiritual successor to Taito's own Operation Wolf, is basically the game version of ChuckNorris film ''Film/TheDeltaForce''.
** ''Chase HQ'' basically reenacts any movie cops versus bad guys car chase like those in ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' or ''Film/TheFrenchConnection''.
** ''Rastan Saga'' (or ''Nastar'', depends on the version) is basically ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' the game.
*** ''Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III'' is an excellent ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' game.
** ''Space Gun'' might as well being a spiritual grandfather to ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', being one of the gameplay mechanic is to shoot off the limbs of the aliens (though it because the chest and the head is armored), also the eerie atmosphere of alien infested outer space station. Not only that, it can also work as an ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' game too. The game even has a motion tracker just like the movie, and the aliens have a similar scream to those in the film. As pointed out in this [[http://blamethecontrolpad.com/spacegun/spacegun.htm review]]
** ''Dead Connection'' did it before ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' and ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'' licensed game, being a mafia revenge noir shooter.
** This got turned around with ''VideoGame/{{Kamui}}'' that is a spiritual licensee to ''VideoGame/{{Ray|Series}}Force''. ''Kamui'' features many gimmicks from ''[=RayForce=]'', such as HomingLasers that attack background enemies, 2D graphics with extensive use of Mode 7-esque effects, and a plot involving an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil AI]].
* The same could be said for Creator/DataEast.
** ''VideoGame/CrudeBuster'' is the video game equivalent to ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
** ''VideoGame/HeavyBarrel'' is ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' without the [[TankGoodness tanks]] and more {{BFG}}s.
** ''VideoGame/SlySpy'' would be a good ''Film/JamesBond'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_Spy#James_Bond_references game]], except that Bond is British and the game's character is blatantly American.
* ''VideoGame/AfterBurner'', according to Website/HardcoreGaming101, is "undoubtedly inspired by ''Film/TopGun'', just minus Tom Cruise and all of the homoerotic undertones. (Also far better than any of the actual ''Top Gun'' games, of which there are far, far too many.)"
** ''Laser Invasion'' is a spiritual successor to the NES ''Top Gun'' licensed games.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Allied Assault''=''SavingPrivateRyan": The Game''.
* ''The Last V8'' for the C64 is clearly inspired by ''Film/MadMax'', which also had a [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames (crappy)]] officially licensed game on the NES.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fuel}}'' may be considered the unofficial ''Mad Max'' WideOpenSandbox {{racing game}}.
** Nintendo's early NES racing game ''Mach Rider'' was also highly inspired by ''Mad Max'', with a touch of Sega's ''Hang On'', and possibly a spiritual predecessor to ''RoadRash''.
** Also similar to ''Mad Max'': ''VideoGame/{{RAGE}}''.
* ''SleepingDogs'' feels like a distant, HD sequel of ''RiverCityRansom'' which we ever got, because of the emphasis on hand-to-hand combat.
** The same could be said for Rockstar's ''Bully'' and the video game version of ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''
** The three of them handles it differently though, but still a great games.
* Many people have bemoaned the fact that ''VideoGame/ActRaiser'' never got a real sequel which featured the combination of town-building sim and real-time action (''[=ActRaiser=] II'' was a sequel InNameOnly and fully ditched the city-building aspect while making the platformer nigh-impossible.). But it did. It was called ''VideoGame/DarkCloud.''
** ''Terraria'', despite being made as a 2D equivalent of Minecraft and it shows, actually feels more as a sequel of ActRaiser due to the improved combat aspect and NPC interaction (it also crosses with ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' too).
* The naval missions of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' are what many say a game based of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' should play like.
** Funnily enough, there ''was'' a ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' game adaptation with naval battles in a similar vein that came out on the PC. It wasn't a bad game, per se, but it had two issues: [[InNameOnly Its plot bore no resemblance to the movies]] and it was a [[GameBreakingBug bug-ridden]] [[ObviousBeta mess]].
** The popularity of the naval elements of VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII has led to the sequel, VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag being even more similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean. The game embraces and spoofs the Pirates connection in-game with its ''Devils of the Caribbean'' fake trailer and deconstructs several aspects of the main series.
* PunchOut takes elements of {{Rocky}}, HajimeNoIppo, and for Little Mac's Last Stand mode in the Wii game, The climax of AshitaNoJoe and combines it all into one fine package.
* Suda51 has made some quirky and original games, but some of them feel like adaptions of other games or movies:
** ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'' is pretty much a ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' game and a ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' game made in to a ThirdPersonShooter. The plot is about the same: a man's girlfriend is captured by demons and he must go to hell/the underworld to rescue her. There is also a [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] supernatural weapon that tags along with the heroes to help them with their quest. The [[ArtifactOfDoom Terror Mask]] for Rick and the floating skull, [[SwissArmyWeapon Johnson]], for Garcia.
** ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' is a ''VideoGame/{{Onechanbara}}'' game but more over top, [[{{Camp}} campy]], and a story that takes itself even way less seriously than the latter.
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' feels like an adaption of seasons 1 and 2 of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' set in the modern day. Both stories involve reaching the #1 assassin/the number 1 headband, [[CycleOfRevenge the cycle of revenge]], and the former #1 getting back his title after [[TenMinuteRetirement falling out]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is the closest players can get to playing a ''SakuraTaisen'' sequel for the immediate future. That the developers also worked on the older franchise probably helps.
* ''VideoGame/ItCameFromTheDesert'' is an unofficial adaptation of ''Film/{{Them}}'', which was also the basis for the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' quest "Those!".
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqSUZRQ4vIA#t=746s review]] points out that ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is as close we are going to get to a modern ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' game. Or it would be the closest thing, until Capcom [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jMwcJI0pEg rebooted]] ''Strider''.
** ''VideoGame/CannonDancer'' was this to the arcade ''Strider'', until it got an official sequel.
** [[http://www.capcom-unity.com/mega_man/go/thread/view/7461/30098841/drawing-parallels-between-megaman-and-metal-gear-rising-revengeance This forum post]] also explained how ''Revengeance'' is a 3D ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' game.
** Many ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fans also think ''Revengeance'' is the closest thing to a KLK game. Ironically, there are claims that Hideki Kamiya has no interest in making a KLK game.
* ''[[VideoGame/NiNoKuni Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch]]'' is generally considered one of the best examples of a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ActionRPG.
* The 1986 computer game ''The Great Escape'' was not licensed from [[Film/TheGreatEscape the movie of the same name]] but merely inspired by it.
* ''Deathbots'' is an unlicensed NES knockoff of ''Film/TheTerminator'', which had its share of subpar official games.
* While an official ''Series/StargateSG1'' video game languished for years in DevelopmentHell with nothing ever coming out of it, ''{{Outcast}}'' is a very close match to one. Modern-day humans discover a gateway to an alien world? Check. A RetiredBadass DeadpanSnarker career military man is dragged back into duty to lead an expedition there? Check. Locals regard the arrivals with clear religious overtones? Check. The alien world appears to be mainly pre-industrial with curious instances of highly advanced technology peppered about? Check.
* ''Starhawk''(no relation to the PS3 game) and ''Star Fire'' were unofficial arcade adaptations of the Death Star battle from ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', both predating ''Star Wars: The Arcade Game'' by 5 years. Also predating the licensed arcade game were the UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} game ''Star Strike'' and ''VideoGame/BuckRogersPlanetOfZoom'' (which doesn't look like a ''Buck Rogers'' game because it wasn't one in the first place).
* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', to ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' (for gameplay) and ''supposed'' to resemble ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' in terms of the setting. Emphasis on "supposed to", because most of the levels in RKS are in broad daylight, whereas ''Castlevania'' takes place mostly at night (especially in the early 2D games). If anything, it bears a lot more resemblance to the much more obscure ''VideoGame/{{Valis}}'' series.
* Do you want ''Film/TheRunningMan'': The Video Game? There are four options: ''VideoGame/SmashTV'', ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'', or ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Action52}} The Cheetahmen]]'' to ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'', in addition to being an amalgam of pretty much every action movie from [[TheEighties '80s]] and [[TheNineties early '90s]], can also be considered be an awesome ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' game, as well, with its over the top weapons, cheesy one liners, and retro-futuristic visuals.
* The visual novel ''Quartett!'' looks like something straight out of HidekazHimaruya's portfolio if he did eroge.
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' is as close as it gets for a ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS FPS game.
** It has also [[http://gamingbolt.com/did-titanfall-totally-rip-off-japanese-manga-attack-on-titan invited]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e308wwpFdsw comparisons]] with ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It also involves elite air-mobile soldiers[[note]]albeit with jetpacks rather than 3D Maneuver Gear[[/note]] fighting giants called "Titans"[[note]]albeit mechanical rather than organic[[/note]] that have a weak point at the back of the "head" [[spoiler:where they are "piloted".]]
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' is considered by some as being the closest westerners will ever get to a game adaptation of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
** Others call it a pretty decent {{Animesque}} adaptation of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* ''La Abadía del Crimen'' is commonly assumed to be a LicensedGame based on ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose''. It got around not actually obtaining the license by having the player character be the HistoricalDomainCharacter the novel's protagonist is based on.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is often compared to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', as they share a similar art style, a saxophone-dominant score, and are both set in TheSixties.
* Creator/KeijiInafune wants to make another ''Mega Man'' game, but he doesn't own the rights anymore, so he's making ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'' instead, which is basically [[SerialNumbersFiledOff the exact same thing]].
* ''Bug Hunt'' is a World Builder adaptation of the original ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* ''{{Katakis}}'' for the Amiga and Commodore 64 was a [[SerialNumbersFiledOff thinly veiled adaptation]] of ''RType'', which many considered superior to the systems' official ''R-Type'' ports. Not surprisingly, Irem sued Factor 5 over it.
** Konami also produced an arcade ''R-Type'' clone titled ''Xexex'', which was never sequelized or ported to any consoles, again possibly due to legal threats from Irem.
* Jaleco's ''Formation Z/Aeroboto'' may be considered an early game adaptation of ''{{Macross}}[=/=]{{Robotech}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{eXceed}} 2nd'' can be seen as one to ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' due to its use of the polarity system.
* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' are the best adaptations of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' there is.
** According to their respective Laconic Wiki pages, ''Arkham Asylum'' is a ''Film/DieHard'' game and ''Arkham City'' is an ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' game.
** Also ''Arkham Asylum'' is ''ShutterIsland : The Game'' complete with scarecrow gas and detailed complex setting and strong presence of doctors and staff. Incidentally, both game and movie were originally going to come in 2009 with ShutterIsland's release pushed to 2010 at the last moment.
* The SegaSaturn game ''Gekka Mugentan Torico'' (known as ''Lunacy'' in the U.S) feels like ''ThePrisoner''. The City of Mists, curiously enough has architecture reminiscent of Portmerion, Wales, which was used for The Village of ''The Prisoner''. The show has an eerie atmosphere and several characters who play headgames with our mysterious player character who is known only as Fred.
* Given its humorous tone, ImprobableAimingSkills and ShowdownAtHighNoon as crucial parts of its mechanics, its BeenThereShapedHistory take on TheWildWest, and the presence of the Dalton brothers you could argue that ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezGunslinger'' is essentially a slightly DarkerAndEdgier ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' game.
* Capcom did make another Franchise/BreathOfFire game for the Playstation 2 (and arguably a better installment than ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter''). It's called ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''.
* Creator/{{Konami}}'s beat'em up, ''VideoGame/ViolentStorm'', feels like an excellent sequel to ''VideoGame/FinalFight''.
* ''Killerball'' was for all intents and purposes an unlicensed adaptation of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}''.
** And ''{{Pararena}}'' is basically ''Rollerball'' {{IN SPACE}}!!!
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsLegendsOfTroy'' is the video game of Troy Achilles looks a little like Brad Pitt, Hector like Eric Bana and the initial chapter has a lot of echoes from the movie, of course this time there are Gods and mythological creatures but still...
* The unlicensed NES game ''Cosmos Cop'' [[XMeetsY combines]] the graphics art of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' with the gameplay of ''VideoGame/SpaceHarrier''.
* ''VideoGame/RadRacer'' is the closest thing the NES has to a port of ''VideoGame/OutRun''.
* KID may have gone bankrupt, but their [[{{VisualNovel/Never7}} In]][[{{VisualNovel/Ever17}} fin]][[{{VisualNovel/Remember11}} ity]] series lives on in spirit as [[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors Zero]] [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward Escape]].
* A number of creepypasta games, especially those based on [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-087, SCP-432]] and ''7 Days'', feature [[AlienGeometries dark, changing structures (including, in the case of the first one, a seemingly endless descending stairwell)]] inhabited by [[NothingIsScarier some dark, sinister, unseen entity that stalks the player]]. These games can be thought of as proof of concept for a ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' Unity game.
* With its premise of gathering 80's action heroes to blow bad guys to smitherness, ''VideoGame/{{Broforce}}'' could be considered a video game adaptation of ''Film/TheExpendables''.
** ''Someone'' apparently agreed, since there's now an officially licensed ''Expendables'' spinoff of ''Broforce'' called ''The Expendabros''.
* You ever wanted to play a game in the vein of [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino]], specifically ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''? Look no further than ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''.
* ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' is basically a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' game in all but name--indeed, an ''actual'' Godzilla game, ''Godzilla Domination'', is essentially a copy of ''[=KotM=]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'' is one of the best (and overlooked) ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' games out there, going as far as having two of the main characters as expies of Mokoto Kusanagi and Daisuke Aramaki. (Creator/ShirowMasamune is actually listed in the "Special Thanks" section of the game's credits.)
* ''VideoGame/SenkoNoRonde'' is the closest thing to a video game adaptation of ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' that nobody has ever played.
* ''VideoGame/TroubleWitches'' goes by another name: ''VideoGame/MagicalChase 2''.
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBreaker''[='=]s spin-off beat 'em up game, ''Phantom Breaker: [=BattleGrounds=]'', is basically the new ''VideoGame/PanzerBandit''.
* If you're looking for a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' game that isn't a fighting game or a mass brawler, one that feels like it's from the early Heisei era, look no further than ''VideoGame/MegaManZX''.
* While the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'' games on the PS2 aren't bad, they were often criticized for not featuring all of Ben's forms for the sake of the gameplay. On the flipside, games that feature all of Ben's forms often have simplified gameplay for the sake of character variety. However, one game managed to combine the best of both worlds, bringing gameplay and character variety together. The name of the game? ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX Megaman ZX Advent]]''.
* Due to the rather disappointing quality of most recent ''Franchise/StarWars'' games, many fans of the series have been pointing to ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' as a worthy successor to the franchise in terms of style, tone, and character archetypes. It's even got a lot of plot and tone similarities to the popular ''Star Wars'' comic ''{{ComicBook/Legacy}}''.
* A little indie game named ''Richard and Alice'' is the closest we've got to the videogame adaptation of ''Literature/TheRoad''.
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* The Website/{{Newgrounds}} flash game ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/600197 Super Adventure Pals]]'' is the best ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' platformer that you'll find on the web that isn't actually a licensed ''Adventure Time'' game.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is probably the closest we'll get to an animated series based on DouglasAdams' work.
** The episode, The Late Philip J. Fry is one for "TheTimeMachine".
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is a spiritual licensee of ''{{Hamlet}}''.
** Some had said it was a Disney-adaptation of ''KimbaTheWhiteLion''. [[TakeAThirdOption Some say it can]] [[XMeetsY be both]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is this to ''JonnyQuest'' as it shares not only the same premise, but the same continuity as well. (Race dies at the beginning of a season 1 episode, and adult Jonny becomes a reoccurring character.)
* ''ReBoot'' is this to ''{{Tron}}'', but limits the User to PlayerCharacter in Games and DeusExMachina, focusing on the lives of the programs instead. Also increased the premise's scope beyond a single system by factoring in the internet.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' is just Sherman & Peabody, if Peabody was a gay robot and Sherman had Peabody's genius mind and were accompanied by a CowboyCop.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has an identical premise to FrankMiller's comic from the 80's, ComicBook/{{Ronin}}.
* ''GIJoeRenegades'' may as well have been an animated remake of ''Series/TheATeam''
* Some of Don Bluth's (''TheLandBeforeTime'', ''TheSecretOfNIMH'') films have been considered this to the Disney films of GoldenAgeOfAnimation.
* ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' is probably the closest Disney will get to adapting the Sherlock Holmes stories.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is perhaps the best AnimatedAdaptation of SuperMarioBros there will ever be.
** And TabletopGame/CandyLand.
*** And VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is this generation's ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', complete with the non sequitur but hilarious humor and the slacker protagonists, who are pretty much Beavis and Butthead in animal form.
** RegularShow is even more of this to SamAndMax, only set in California rather than New York - Sam and Mordecai being the taller , laidback straight men to the short and easily annoyed Max and Rigby especially. In both shows, the characters have been inseparable friends since childhood, find themselves in extremely strange situations, and solve mysteries, and are basically the only people who can put up with each other. The main difference is obviously that SamAndMax are freelance detectives, whereas Mordecai and Rigby are park workers under contract to Mr Maillard (albeit with Benson supervising them).
*** There are also pretty obvious parallels with ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', some feeling that it is Cartoon Network's version of the show. If nothing else, Benson is clearly an {{Expy}} for Squidward.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series has more in common with the comic book ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' rather than the original ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' series it was based on. In fact, it was originally pitched as a ''Young Justice'' show. In contrast, the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' animated series which was released years later is more like the comic book ''Teen Titans''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' is fairly close to being an AnimatedAdaptation of ''Film/TheGreatRace''.
* The talkie season of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' is probably the best adaptation we'll get of ''Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles'', with Aeon and Trevor as {{Gender Flip}}ped versions of Jerry and Miss Brunner.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' might as well be a humanized remake of [[WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog the [=SatAM=] Sonic cartoon]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is regarded as a ''far'' better ThreeStooges cartoon than the ones that were actually made.
** It has also been called an animated ''{{Jackass}}'' due to the wild stunts the Eds pull and the associated slapstick and injuries.
* Many fans of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' have noted that the show is just as much a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' adaptation as it is a ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' adaptation, considering it's about a smart-ass teenager [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld moonlighting as a superhero while attending high school]], it opens with the teenage hero [[DeathByOriginStory losing his father]], and many of the villains in Terry [=McGinnis=]' RoguesGallery are clear [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of Spider-Man villains. [[note]] Derek Powers (a.k.a. "Blight") is Norman Osborn (a.k.a. "The Green Goblin"), the Stalker is Kraven the Hunter, Spellbinder is Mysterio, Shriek is the Shocker, False-Face is the Chameleon, Inque is Venom, etc.[[/note]] Fittingly, its [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture futuristic setting]] also makes it the closest thing to a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'' show that we'll probably ever see.
* Leon Thomas from ''WebVideo/RenegadeCut'' called ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' the best Franchise/{{Superman}} [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/leon-thomas/renegade-cut/43921-the-iron-giant movie ever made]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' is the best adaptation of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' that we're likely ever to get.
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* The [=MagiQuest=] simulated-adventure franchise, although much lower-tech and modest in scale, is currently the closest that fans of Niven & Barnes ''Literature/DreamPark'' can come to savoring the fictional mega-theme park's attractions.
* ''MonsterHigh'' has been described as the closest fans will ever get to a ''ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool'' franchise.
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