"His name is Stanley, and the only way to describe him is imagine Bilbo Baggins just ate the Lucky Charms leprechaun and got shit out through Dopey's anus."
A formulation primarily used to pitch a show or to quickly sum up the impression a show gives by expressing it as the sum of two separate, unrelated series. The most famous variation, found in action movies, is "Die Hard on an X
", where X is a different setting or location, means of mass transportation, in SPACE!
, and so on.
Its very common in music writing — both reviews and press releases usually describe an artist as "Artist X meets Artist Y". Similarly, a work of literature may be reviewed as being the fusion of the styles of two authors; a common variation is to say that a novel is "as if X had written Y".
See also Mix And Match
, but this differs from it in that, conceptually, Mix And Match
works on the genre level (Space Opera
+ The Western
= Wagon Train to the Stars
), while X Meets Y works on the show level. Should more works be added into the mix (e.g. X + Y + Z...) and it starts specifically using mathematical symbols to define the work as parts of others, it becomes Troperithmetic
Compare Recycled In SPACE
, This Is Your Premise on Drugs
. See also Dueling Shows
, Dueling Movies
. Frequent enough with weapons to qualify for a separate trope: see Military Mashup Machine
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. Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object
is already taken.