Just For Fun / X Meets Y


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 shows. The most famous variation is ""Die Hard" on an X", where X is a different location, means of mass transportation, or IN SPACE!, and so on.

It's 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/character level. Should more works/characters be added into the mix (e.g. X + Y + Z...) and it starts specifically using mathematical symbols to define the work/character as parts of others, it becomes Troperithmetic.

Compare Recycled In SPACE, Crossover, This Is Your Premise on Drugs. See also Dueling Works. Frequent enough with weapons to qualify for a separate trope: see Military Mashup Machine. It can also result in a type of Tropes That Will Never Happen.

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  • Dutch + Portuguese + Zulu = Afrikaans
  • French + Italian = Catalan
  • German + French = Dutch.
  • French + German + Latin + Celtic = English.
  • Spanish + Russian + Latin + German = Esperanto.
  • Latin + Celtic + German = French.
  • Dutch + English = Frisian.
  • French + Bantu + Kwa = Haitian Creole.
  • Dutch + Javanese + Arabic = Indonesian.
  • Latin + Spanish = Italian.
  • Chinese + Korean = Japanese.
    • Thought the same could be said about Korean being Chinese + Japanese; King Sejong the Great (creator of hangul, or the Korean Language as we know it today) used parts of both languages to create a new one.
  • Portuguese + Chinese = Macanese.
  • Arabic + Italian = Maltese.
  • Danish + Swedish = Norwegian.
  • Latin + West Slavic = Polish.
  • Spanish + French = Portuguese.
  • Italian + Russian = Romanian.
  • Latin + German = Romansh.
  • English + Norse + Gaelic = Scots.
  • Italian + Arabic + Basque = Spanish.
  • Pali + Sanskrit + Old Khmer = Thai.
  • Persian + Sanskrit + Prakrit = Urdu.
  • Portuguese + French + Chinese = Vietnamese.
  • Hebrew + German = Yiddish (Ashkenazim) and Hebrew + Spanish = Ladino (Sephardim).



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