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reference at least one of these works.
Being Trope Overdosed indicates how popular a work is among The Contributors
. How long a work has been around has an effect; it's not hard to use a lot of tropes
when you're a Long Runner
Not to be confused with Overdosed Tropes
, which are the same but inverted. The opposite of Trope Overdosed
is Needs Wiki Magic Love
. Listings here are alphabetical.
Trope Saturated — 12000+ wicks
- Batman - Long Runner franchise about a Badass Normal superhero; spans multiple comic books, television series , movies, video games, etc.
- Discworld - Tons of books in a setting where Stories (and thus many tropes) are a law of nature.
- Dungeons & Dragons - Ubiquitous Tabletop Game. A key Trope Maker with a lot of supplemental material.
- Forgotten Realms: Overloaded. The most popular setting for the game, partly due to the large amount of supplemental material created for it, partly due to the popularity of the character of Drizzt, and partly due to the two games below.
- Final Fantasy - Trope-bustingly popular Eastern RPG series, with over a dozen games in the main series.
- Gundam - About thirty-five years old at this point, running on and off that entire time. Multiple separate series as well, one of which hits an almost entirely separate set of tropes from all of the other ones.
- Harry Potter - Seven books, eight films, some in-universe supplementary material and enough fans to make a billionaire out of their author.
- James Bond - 23 official films, some books and video games dealing with a British special agent who has become the face of Spy Fiction.
- The Legend of Zelda - A long-running and very popular Video Game series with over a dozen titles, containing at least one Alternate Continuity, several manga as well, and is Trope Maker for many Video Game (especially game puzzle) tropes.
- Pokémon - Billion-dollar media franchise with multiple games and a long-running show (with 17 [technically 16] movies and counting) and numerous manga.
- Sonic the Hedgehog - A long-running game series, several different animated series of varying degrees of success, a movie, and three comic book series about a free-spirited anthropomorphic hedgehog with Super Speed.
- Spider-Man - Multiple comic books, cartoons, movies and video games; Long Runner.
- Star Trek - Six series—three of which ran for seven seasons eachnote ; twelve movies; and one of the most massive and internally consistent Expanded Universes in history, second only to Star Wars. The original series was a Trope Maker many times over, and the franchise as a whole is responsible for an astonishing number of trope titles. The Trekkie subculture is considered the first example of the modern Fandom. And it invented slash.
- Star Wars - Six movies made in Anachronic Order, an animated full-length feature and the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which has 71 pages devoted to it.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe: Saturated. Over two thousand different pieces of material have been made fleshing out elements from the six films.
- Superman - Really Long Runner, since he's one of the first superheroes; multiple comic books, television series and movies.
- Super Mario Bros. - Long-running, trope-making, popular platform game franchise with various spin offs that range across almost all the Video Game Genres you can call to mind. The fact that a chubby, mustachioed, Italian stereotype defined video gaming is quite impressive.
- Transformers - Long Runner franchise about giant Transforming Mecha in an eons-long war. So many series that there is a Die Cast Herd used to divide continuities that have their own separate, unique pages.
- Whoniverse: 33-season-long and consummate Trope Maker Doctor Who, and its adult-themed spinoff Torchwood and more child-friendly spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures, all of which spawned a whole expanded universe of material. Doctor Who in particular has novels, comic books, stage plays and audio plays on radio and CD, to ensure that some iteration of Doctor Who can cover all the tropes missed by the TV show. Additionally, tropers collectively speculate on the Time Lord nature of one or more characters in everything, ever.
- Doctor Who: Saturated. Being the longest-running TV science fiction series ever, as well as having the premise of a Human Alien and his companions travelling across all of time and space, has allowed the show to explore a vast variety of tropes.
- Torchwood: Overdosed.
- Doctor Who Expanded Universe: Overdosed.
- X-Men - multiple comic books, a film series, and three animated series, a Long Runner.
Trope Smothered — 6000-11999 wicks
- Avatar The Last Airbender - Franchise taking place in a Constructed World where some of the people have Elemental Powers. Pretty impressive for something started with a 3-season, 61-episode Nickelodeon TV show without that much in the way of supplementary material. Has a live-action adaptation, The Last Airbender; an ongoing Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra; and three concurrently published ongoing Interquel graphic novel trilogies: The Promise, The Search, and The Rift.
- The Avengers - Marvel's crossover Super Team.
- Buffyverse - Which makes sense considering TV Tropes has its roots in Buffistas.org, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel community. Two shows, lasting from 1997-2004, each with a comic book continuation and the limited series Fray as well as a Spike spinoff comic.
- Digimon - Seven anime series and a separate film, five manga and at least thirty video games, almost all within their own Alternate Continuity, and all spawned from the Spear Counterpart of Tamagotchi.
- Dragon Ball - Old-school martial arts Science Fantasy manga. 500 episodes and manga chapters (not counting its Recut with 60+ more episodes), 16 animated theatrical films, 3 TV specials and a live action movie, with dozens of video games along with an MMO in the works.
- The Elder Scrolls - An RPG franchise renowned for its open-ended worlds and meticulous World Building. Has five official titles, numerous spinoffs, and a devoted modding community the creators have been very welcome to.
- Fallout - Long Running post-apocalyptic video game series. Four main games, two spinoffs, somehow lighthearted and dark all at once, and plenty of humor to spare.
- Fire Emblem - Long running cult Turn-Based Strategy game by Nintendo; twelve games spanning five continuities, with a thirteenth on the way.
- Kamen Rider - 40 years worth of shows and movies with only a break in the 90s.
- Kingdom Hearts - Disney Animated Canon mega crossover video game series.
- Looney Tunes - Over 1000 short subjects lasting from 1930 to 1969, Loads and Loads of Characters, dozens of TV projects, Long Runner, Cash Cow Franchise, and nine feature length movies.
- Mass Effect - A critically acclaimed and commercially successful Reconstructor Fleet of 70's and 80's sci-fi space operas, it merrily throws in tropes from outside the genre as well and has become incredibly popular over the past three years. Three main games, one spin-off game, three books, a comic series, and OVER 30 SUBPAGES before the third game was even released.
- Mega Man - Multiple series and spinoffs, that like Transformers, have received separate pages for each continuity.
- Metal Gear - (Metal Gear?) Multiple long, story-heavy games and oodles of spin-offs.
- My Little Pony - A three decade-old Merchandise-Driven franchise about colorful talking ponies.
- Naruto - Shonen manga about a Highly-Visible Ninja. Official Long Runner as of 2012 and still going.
- Nasuverse - A long-running Urban Fantasy Multiverse franchise of Visual Novels, Light Novels and their animated adaptations. Consists of Tsukihime and its spin-off fighting game, Fate/stay night, its prequel, sequel, and spin-offs, Kara no Kyoukai, Angel Notes, and a couple of upcoming novels, remakes and adaptations.
- Power Rangers - Long Runner children's Sentai series. Helped by its nature. Each year, the cast, story, props, sets, and costumes (and all associated tropes) are scrapped and they start clean the next season, making it less like "one show" and more like "17 separate but closely related shows"note . And yes, each of the seasons from Zeo on has its own individual page.
- Resident Evil - Survival Horror/Action Horror video game series, originating on the PlayStation. Six major titles and more spinoffs.
- Shin Megami Tensei - Video game franchise that kicked off on the NES, as the video game adaptation of a novel. Currently has four main games, a couple of obscure OVAs, and countless spin-offs with their own merchandise, including the Persona games. Also predated Pokémon as the creator of the Mons genre.
- The Simpsons - The animated sitcom, created by Matt Groening. 25 seasons, 500+ episodes, a movie, comic books, some shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show and a lot of games and other merchandise.
- Stargate Verse - Consists of four series and three movies.
- Super Sentai - Sentai show which Power Rangers borrows footage from.
- The Tales Series - JRPG series that always starts off with a massive list of cliches before dismantling them all in the most brutal and downright terrifying ways possible. The colourful graphics mean they're for kids!
- Tolkien's Legendarium - An important fantasy Trope Maker, published over a span of 70 years.
- Warcraft - A franchise of three strategy games, the MMORPG and other stuff. Has a total of twenty-four articles about official works set in the universe on the wiki right now.
- World of Warcraft: Overloaded. The 800-pound gorilla of the MMORPG scene, and by far the most popular one out there today.
- Warhammer 40,000 - Including spinoff novels, tabletop and video games, no fewer than 30 of which have their own pages, and a character page. All of it trying to kill you in some fashion.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! - Card game marketed franchise that includes anime and manga.
Trope Overloaded — 3000-5999 wicks
- Ace Attorney - Courtroom Antics in Video Game form. 7 games and a musical (soon to be 2) that has lots of Lampshading, Shout Outs, and general Mundane Made Awesome for a series about FRIKKING LAWYERS.
- Alien - Five films, and among the related material a spinoff franchise.
- Assassin's Creed
- Babylon 5 - A 90's Sci-Fi show that ran for five seasons, took the use of the Story Arc to a new level and is the Trope Namer for Wham Episode.
- Battlestar Galactica - Three different series, the third of which ran for over four seasons; also has a prequel series.
- The Bible - Older Than Feudalism religious text, the main text of the world's largest religion, and has inspired many Shout Outs, symbolism and Faux Symbolism in other works.
- Bleach - more than 500 chapters of manga, 366 episodes of anime, several movies, and more or less every character trope in existence.
- Call of Duty - Runs neck-and-neck with Halo as the defining FPS franchise of the 00's thanks to the Modern Warfare sub-series. Ten games in total.
- Captain America - Another Golden Age superhero that's still going strong, with a long-awaited film adaptation.
- Castlevania - A long-running franchise that helped shape up the Metroidvania genre.
- Classical Mythology - What we would call Greek, and eventually Roman mythology.
- Classic Disney Shorts - One of the most well-known series of cartoons to take off from The Golden Age of Animation.
- Code Geass - What would you expect from a show that's best described as "Gundam + Death Note?" It's so fantastically Troperiffic that we had to give the main character a Character page all to himself!
- CSI Verse - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (an official Longrunner), CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and two spinoff series (Without a Trace and Cold Case) and other expanded universe material.
- Death Note - a long and popular manga, its equally popular anime adaptation, and three live-action movies.
- Disgaea - Four Strategy RPGs, two Platformers, a visual novel, and an anime series that all enjoy playing with and lampshading tropes.
- Dragon Age - A computer RPG equivalent of a Doorstopper set in a Darker and Edgier (Deconstruction of the) Standard Fantasy Setting.
- Dragon Quest - Inventor of the Eastern RPG-genre, Long Runner.
- The Dresden Files - A very consciously Troperiffic series.
- Family Guy - Seth Mac Farlane-created Un-Cancelled Long Runner, and its plots go all over the place. Has a spin-off.
- Firefly - A series that's only 14 episodes, a movie and a few comics.
- Fullmetal Alchemist - one manga, two different anime, and a few videogames for good measure.
- Futurama - A satirical series taking place 1,000 years into the future. Lasted seven seasons, Uncancelled and picked up by another network ending in 2013 with hopes of coming back again, released four Direct-to-DVD films which also serve as the series fifth season, and made by the same guys behind The Simpsons
- Godzilla - Long series of films (with some animated and comic book spinoffs), quintessential example of Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever, both Trope Codifier and best-known work of the kaiju and tokusatsu genres, and one of the very first Japanese fiction franchises to become an international hit.
- Grand Theft Auto - Rockstar's long-running open world game series, consisting of five main games and several spinoffs.
- Half-Life - Valve's popular debut game with three arguably canon expansions by Gearbox. Also spawned a just-as-successful (if not moreso) sequel with two episodic expansions (and one more getting delayed AGAIN!note ) Also the basis for many mods, some of which have launched their own franchises.
- Halo - One of the definitive first-person shooters of the new millennium. Six games and some Expanded Universe covered.
- The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy - a science fiction series that has been adapted into just about every medium there is.
- Incredible Hulk
- Indiana Jones - Four films, a short-lived TV spinoff, several video game spinoffs and adaptations
- Iron Man - Multiple comic books, animated series and movies; Long Runner.
- Justice League of America
- Kirby - A Badass Adorable Walking Head swallows his foes, screws things up, and defeats untold horrors before the day is over.
- Law & Order - Concluded crime and punishment series, lasting 20 seasons, survived by various spinoffs.
- LOST - Screwy genre busting show on ABC that lasted six seasons about survivors of a plane crash on a magical Island, known for its flashbacks, flashforwards and flashsideways and giving psychic nosebleeds to both viewers and characters.
- Lyrical Nanoha - Loves playing with tropes from multiple genres.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! - Multiple series, most tropes coming from the manga, which is incredibly Troperiffic and loves playing around with almost everything.
- The Matrix - Three Mind Screws of movies, an animated spinoff, and some games.
- Mazinger: Classic Humongous Mecha anime show. It is Super Robot Genre Trope Namer, Trope Maker, Trope Codifier AND Genre Popularizer. Forty-years-old Long Runner.
- Metroid - Science fiction adventure game series which both made and codified the Metroidvania genre. Famous for that person in the Powered Armor being a girl, which was quite the twist back then. Consists of eleven games.
- Mortal Kombat - Fighting game known for its brutality, use of Xtreme Kool Letterz and running neck-to-neck with Street Fighter in America.
- MOTHER - Eastern RPG Cult Classic trilogy by Shigesato Itoi. Known for strange humor, simplistic cartoony graphics, and endings that range from sad to terrifying.
- EarthBound: Overdosed. Currently the only game that made it out of Japan, known for the aforementioned strange humor and a Final Boss battle that is so iconic that it could very well fill a whole work page by itself.
- MS Paint Adventures - Collective group of webcomics by Andrew Hussie, known for their updating schedules, creative universes and strange blends of both genre and medium. Includes Problem Sleuth and Homestuck, the latter of which already having gone through around 5,000 updates and is overdosed on its own. Is currently the Internet's largest webcomic in terms of sheer update count.
- Homestuck: Overloaded. The current, unspeakably popular installment in the franchise.
- The Muppets - Long-running puppet franchise, with many, many, many, many, many TV series, and several film adaptations.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Cult Classic TV Show, with its main focus on skewering bad movies. Popularized a new brand of "film criticism as entertainment." Continues to be a major influence on online video review shows.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Most of them are from the original 26 episode series and the End of Evangelion movie. There's also an ongoing manga and 4 planned Rebuild movies, 3 of which were released as of this writing. And lots of other adaptations.
- Old World of Darkness (Classic World of Darkness) - A long-running series of Tabletop Games with two computer game spinoffs.
- One Piece - Over 700 manga chapters, 600 TV episodes, and thirteen movies as of this writing. Long Runner, since its first publication on Shonen Jump was in 1997.
- The Order of the Stick - With over 900 strips (not counting stories unique to the print collections), based off of D&D, with a Genre Savvy Quirky Bard in the party and a board game based on it, it has earned its position on the list.
- Pretty Cure - Troperiffic Magical Girl Warrior action series, with (thus far) 8 separate continuities over ten seasons, plus a series of crossover movies.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica - A deconstruction of the Magical Girl challenge, and the first original series by Studio SHAFT. Although with only twelve episodes, it also produced a manga adaptation and three spin-off manga. Two compilation movies were released, and a third will be released as a sequel.
- Sailor Moon - Probably the best-known Magical Girl series in the West. Its anime adaptation ran for five seasons (spanning 6 arcs), though not everyone got to see all five. Also 3 movies and 6 specials. Also the orginal manga spanning 5 arcs. Also adapted into a live-action series and 29 different stage musicals and a number of video games including an RPG. Also the prequel manga, Codename: Sailor V.
- Scooby-Doo - Long-running franchise featuring four teenagers and their dog investigating mystery cases.
- Sherlock Holmes - The Trope Codifier for the Great Detective.
- Silent Hill - A series of horror games that helped define Survival Horror
- A Song of Ice and Fire - Doorstopper fantasy series. Five books released and seven planned in total. Now has an HBO adaptation.
- South Park - Famously rude and offensive adult cartoon Long Runner initially animated with paper cutouts starring foul-mouthed 8-year-olds.
- Spongebob Squarepants - Long Runner children's show about a fast food frycook sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Nickelodeon's Cash Cow Franchise that drew a sizable Periphery Demographic and had a hit film, a sequel for said film that's in the works, and is still going strong despite some Seasonal Rot.
- Street Fighter - Famous fighting game series, best known for the second game and its various additions. Important Trope Maker and Codifier.
- Supernatural - Cult hit TV show with ten seasons and two series of supplemental comics, about eleven tie-in novels, and a monster guide.
- Super Robot Wars - Turn Based Strategy Game Crossover series of many a Mecha anime, with original characters thrown in. Long Runner but with licensing problems in the US.
- Team Fortress 2 - Crazy multiplayer FPS filled with over-the-top espionage assassins from the minds behind Half-Life. Updated frequently since 2007, and features quite a bit of supplemental material.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A long-running comic-turned-multimedia empire, consisting of the several comics series, three animated cartoon shows, four films with one upcoming, a live-action TV series that neither the creators nor the fans like to talk about, and a series of Video Games.
- Teen Titans - Comic book series that was adapted as an Animesque animated series, which was in turn adapted twice: as a movie and a comic book of its own.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Troperiffic Reconstructor Fleet for the Super Robot genre that increases more times than it's possible to count.
- Terminator - Four films and a short-lived TV spinoff.
- Touhou - With a cast of over 80 cute girls, their relative distinctions cover all sorts of tropes.
- When They Cry - A series of four Visual Novels and their various adaptations (manga for each arc, manga arcs made for the manga, multiple seasons of anime and OVAs, remakes on various consoles, new arcs on consoles, spinoff games..) which involve people dying over and over again while the protagonists figure out the driving forces behind the murders.
- WWE - Company that brought Professional Wrestling to the masses through its TV shows, including Raw and SmackDown!, and its annual Pay Per Views such as WrestleMania.
Trope Overdosed — 1500-2999 wicks
This doesn't mean that these works are actually better,
- 24 - A hit TV series notable for taking place in nearly real-time.
- Adventure Time - Troperiffic widget Cartoon Network original with a rather big cult following about two heroes named Jake the Dog and Finn the Human; been on the air since 2010 and is currently in its sixth season. Also has a comic book series published by KaBOOM! Comics.
- Aladdin - Disney's take on an Older Than Radio fairy tale from the Arabian Nights became a box-office hit in 1992. Spawned two sequels, The Return of Jafar and The King of Thieves, as well as an animated series.
- American Dad!
- Animaniacs - A popular 1990's throwback to the likes of the Looney Tunes.
- Animorphs - Popular series of children's books from the nineties.
- Axis Powers Hetalia - A webcomic, manga, and anime series describing the history of the world with Anthropomorphic Personifications of various countries.
- Back to the Future - Successful '80s Time Travel franchise, with three movies, an Animated Adaptation and an adventure game series.
- The Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr sing many kinds of songs.
- Ben 10 - A story about a young boy who finds himself with the Omnitrix, a watch that just happens to be able to turn him into different aliens. Has spawned numerous movies and three sequel series about the now teenage Ben.
- Berserk- Long-Running Dark Fantasy manga about a warrior named Guts who seeks to kill a man named Griffith who betrayed and sacrificed their mercenary unit in order to become a Godhand. Also has a 25 episode Anime and a 3-Part Movie Adaptation which both cover the first third of the manga. The manga itself is noted for its beautiful artwork, graphic violence, and irregular updating schedule.
- The Big Bang Theory
- BIONICLE - LEGO's Merchandise-Driven Science Fantasy toyline, powered by Rule of Cool and surprisingly in-depth World Building. A Long Runner which spanned a good decade before passing the torch.
- BioShock - A popular FPS series in which concepts of certain ideologies get dissected.
- BlazBlue - Spiritual Successor to the almost as popular Guilty Gear-Fighting Game series.
- Borderlands - A series of humorous sci-fi FPSes with over a bazillion guns.
- Calvin and Hobbes - Popular newspaper comic known for its mixing of comic episodes and philosophical musings that are surprisingly complex for something made in a medium dominated by gag-a-day works.
- The Calvinverse - A series of fanfics based upon the above work.
- The Chronicles of Narnia - Fantasy literature series, with seven books. Has had a Television Serial and several film adaptations to its name.
- Chrono Trigger - A popular, critically-acclaimed RPG by Square which involves Time Travel. Produced a spinoff visual novel, and in turn a well-received, but polarizing sequel.
- City of Heroes - A superhero MMORPG.
- Command & Conquer - A series of real time strategy games.
- Community - An Ensemble Cast Sitcom that is very self aware of tropes.
- Conan the Barbarian - The most iconic creation of Robert E. Howard, Trope Maker and Trope Codifier for much of Sword and Sorcery genre.
- Cowboy Bebop
- Danny Phantom - A Freak Lab Accident gives a teenage boy ghost powers. Nickelodeon's first action series, lasted three seasons.
- Deus Ex - A critically acclaimed stealth FPS trilogy with RPG elements.
- Devil May Cry
- Diablo - A popular and influential series of action RPGs by Blizzard Entertainment.
- Die Hard
- Donkey Kong Country - Video game series that is in a Shared Universe with the above Super Mario Bros., consisting of popular Platform Games and various Spin Offs.
- Dune - Long-running space opera novel series.
- El Goonish Shive - A Transformation Comic that's been running for over a decade.
- Exalted - A Troperiffic Fantasy Kitchen Sink about super-powered demigods, with a large helping of Rule of Cool.
- The Fairly OddParents - Nickelodeon series about an average kid who no-one understands having misadventures with his wishing-granting Fairy Companions. A Long Runner, second only to SpongeBob as Nickelodeon's most succesful franchise.
- Fairy Tail
- Fantastic Four - A long-running comic book that has been adapted into several films and animated series.
- Farscape - An Australian produced Sci-Fi series, managed to avoid getting cancelled long enough to produce a wide array of genre tropes.
- Fist of the North Star - 1983 manga and accompanying anime that serves as the Trope Maker for many Shōnen fighting series cliches. Plot concerns a martial artist named Kenshiro as he wanders about a Post Apocalyptic wasteland making people explode by striking their Pressure Points. Franchise also includes a novel, seven spinoff Manga, two spinoff Anime, six Movies, a three part OVA series, and numerous Video Games.
- Friday the 13th
- Friends - Acclaimed sitcom, ran for 10 years.
- Garfield - Long-running newspaper comic that has since evolved into a multimedia empire. Spawned two animated shows, two live-action movies, and a handful of games.
- Gargoyles - A short-lived Disney cartoon, but its main villain had such an impact a couple of tropes were named after him.
- Ghostbusters - A staple of The Eighties. The franchise has two movies, two cartoon adaptations and a video game. A rumoured third movie has long been in Development Hell.
- Ghost in the Shell - Based on the famous manga series that spawned two movies and a 52 episode anime- itself followed by another movie (and spawned another manga), with a live-action adaptation stuck in Development Hell. Codified many tropes for Cyberpunk anime. Was a big influence on The Matrix.
- G.I. Joe - A long-running Merchandise-Driven franchise, spawning some animated shows and a live action film
- Girl Genius
- Glee - A musical dramady, now in its fourth season.
- Golden Sun
- Green Lantern - Comic book character that has been around since the golden age (Though the characters most associated with the comic debuted in the Silver Age).
- Haruhi Suzumiya - Eleven Light Novels and an internationally-acclaimed anime; has no one clearly-defined genre and highly Genre Savvy protagonists who make a business of lampshading everything.
- Hellsing - Manga series about an epynomous secret organization in England headed by the great-granddaughter of Arthur van Helsing that hunts vampires using an even stronger vampire. Also has a Thirteen Episode Anime and a 10 episode OVA.
- Heroes - Superhero show with four seasons (in the guise of five volumes), and a lot of characters to fit into 44 minutes.
- Homestar Runner - Eccentric Flash animated series with famous Fourth Wall Mail Slot spinoff show with over 200 episodes and a ton of further spinoffs from that. Created in 2000, on hiatus since late 2009.
- House - Mystery show, starring a curmudgeon cripple and has diseases instead of crimes. Ran for 8 seasons.
- How I Met Your Mother - A late 2000's sitcom, probably the closest things to Friends since Friends.
- InuYasha - Long-running manga series, with an equally long-running anime adaptation. The anime became infamous for overtaking the manga and being Cut Short without a proper resolution. It has since been re-aired and resolved once the manga finally finished.
- Invader Zim
- Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure - 8-Part manga that started in 1987 about a man named Jonathan Joestar and his descendants (whose names can all be abbreviated as JoJo) and their superpower-fueled adventures and struggles against a vampire named Dio Brando and his retinue. The third and most popular part, Sardust Crusaders, introduced the concept of Stands to the series, which has become a franchise mainstay. Two Ova adaptations of Part 3, an Anime covering Parts 1 and 2, and video game adaptations of Parts 3 and 5 as well as a pan-series game are also included.
- Jurassic Park - Two science fiction novels that in turn resulted in a very well-known series of films and some spinoff video games. Possibly the most popular work of fiction devoted to dinosaurs.
- Kim Possible - A Fiery Redhead Action Girl, her blond male sidekick, and a Voice with an Internet Connection. They Fight Crime. And Lampshade everything whilst they do.
- King of the Hill
- Land of Oz - A book series by L. Frank Baum that originated in the turn of the 20th century, the first book of which more remembered as a classic 1939 film.
- Left 4 Dead - From the makers of Half-Life, one of the first video games to truly capture the feel of the Zombie genre, includes co-op play and has a sequel with a host of new characters and settings.
- The Lion King - Disney's biggest box-office hit. Spawned two sequels, some games, a non-canon TV spinoff, and a Broadway musical that is still running to this day.
- Macross - Long-running mech anime franchise, with many successful spinoff titles to its name.
- Magic The Gathering - Long-running Collectible Card Game that's used just about every fantasy trope in the book by now.
- Marvel vs. Capcom - The best-known series of "Capcom vs. Whatever" crossover fighting games.
- The Mighty Thor- Long-running comic book character, has a film series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Monkey Island - A popular 1990's comedy adventure game series by LucasArts, which has seen a 2009 revival by Telltale Games and two Updated Rereleases.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus - A British surrealist sketch comedy show that although only lasted four years made quite an impact in humour.
- NCIS - A very popular military-themed crime show with a lot of Recurring Characters. A Spin-Off from JAG, going strong since 2003
- New World of Darkness - A series of horror-themed Tabletop Games, loosely similar to but separate from the Old World of Darkness.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street - One of the most iconic Slasher series.
- The Nostalgia Critic - A Caustic Critic reviewing bad films from the audience's childhood; paved way for a popular website.
- Phineas and Ferb - Disney Channel Animated Series about two boys using their summer vacation to do the impossible, their teenage sister who runs herself ragged trying to bust them, and their pet platypus who is a secret agent repeatedly thwarting a Mad Scientist Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. Earned its fame through likable characters, a love of lampshading, and catchy Musical Numbers Once an Episode.
- Pirates of the Caribbean - Four extremely popular movies. Not bad for something based on a Disney theme park ride.
- Portal - From the makers of Half-Life, a 2007 hit game and its sequel. Also tied in to the Half-Life universe.
- The Powerpuff Girls - One of Cartoon Network's most popular shows. Stars Cute Bruiser Flying Brick triplets created with sugar, spice, everything nice, and Chemical X who fight crime.
- Ranma ˝
- Ratchet & Clank - A lombax with a wrench joins forces with a little robot and goes around beating stuff with weapons.
- Red Dwarf - Cult mainstream comedy show from Britain set on a mining vessel.
- Red vs. Blue - A Halo-based comedy/dramedy machinima that helped the genre become mainstream. Created by Rooster Teeth, it has gone through eleven seasons so far, with the 12th currently airing.
- Saints Row
- Saturday Night Live - A long running sketch comedy show.
- Scrubs - Medical dramedy known for its Imagine Spots. Lasted nine seasons on two channels.
- Slayers - A sword and sorcery anime based on a series of light novels
- Sluggy Freelance - One of the longest of Long Runner, a Web Comic about a Five-Man Band and two animals trying to find a fulfilling life.
- Soul Eater - Two mangas, an anime, and three video games. Fans pushing for a second anime.
- Soul Series
- StarCraft - World-renowned real time strategy game series from the creators of Warcraft, set in a science fiction world.
- Star Fox - A long-running Nintendo franchise consisting of six games, not including a planned sequel to the first that never got released.
- Super Smash Bros. - Video Game Massive Multiplayer Crossover of numerous Nintendo franchises (and in its third game, Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear). Paved the way for future Mascot Fighters.
- Tenchi Muyo!
- Tomb Raider
- Total Drama
- Toy Story - The flagship franchise for Pixar, it ushered in a new era of computer-generated animation. The three films have almost universal acclaim, with the third one breaking box-office records.
- TRON - Franchise best known for its iconic visualization of Cyberspace and for being one of the first films to make extensive use of CGI technology.
- Twilight - Four books and three films.
- The Venture Bros. - An [adult swim] original cartoon. Began as a Deconstruction of the "Youth Adventure" (think Jonny Quest) and "Costumed Heroes/Villains" genres, but eventually grew into something more, always keeping its Dark Humor throughout.
- Warhammer - A fantasy tabletop game. Spawned a spinoff series that is distinct enough to have its own place on this page.
- Warrior Cats - Childrens' book series known for its violence and gigantic amount of characters.
- Watchmen - Acclaimed graphic novel that helped create The Dark Age of Comic Books, had a film adaptation.
- The Whateley Universe
- The Wheel of Time - Long Runner fantasy book series.
- Wonder Woman - The quintessential comic book female superhero. Considered one of the "Big Three" for DC Comics alongside Superman and Batman.
- The X-Files - Long Running American Sci-Fi series. Defined The Nineties. Is the Trope Namer for Shipping.
- YuYu Hakusho
just that more tropers watch them and add examples. Or possibly that one really, really crazy troper
watches it and adds examples. Or possibly that the show just happens to have a really, really high trope quotient
while a show you don't see on here doesn't. Of course, a show with a lot of presence here is likely to gain more fans
A brief note on methodology. To determine a work's ranking under Trope Overdosed, you can take the "related to" number of the page related to a work that has the most references.
For those who want a perfectly accurate count, though, check out this
Python script. Correct usage of it will allow you to determine exactly how many wiks a franchise with really complicated cross references (such as Final Fantasy
) has. Note, however, that this page doesn't list exact numbers. We only care about the thousands digit. If you're making a change based on Python data, be sure to mention this in the "edit reason" box.