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Website: Akinator
Get used to seeing this.

Think about a real or fictional character. I will try to guess who it is.

Akinator is an online Twenty Questions game where you challenge the eponymous genie, Akinator, to guess a character or real-world person you've picked.

It is noted for having a very extensive database of characters and people from even the most niche and obscure works—this is because the database is being constructed by the players; not only they can introduce new characters to Akinator, but he also learns more about the characters as more questions about them are answered.

As a result, it is typical to see "Akinator threads" on various forums which are mostly filled with people being amazed at how ably Akinator can "read their mind".


I think of... these tropes:

  • Artificial Stupidity: Akinator cannot recognize identical/opposite questions, so sometimes he asks you for your character's gender two or three times. It can be Fridge Brilliance at times—some characters, particularly AFGNCAAPs, can be both female and male, or neither, or crossdressing or transgender. Of course, he'll ask if they have black hair and then ask if they have blond hair, plus the always entertaining "Asks if they're from one universe, is told yes, guesses a different universe". This is likely the only program to think Mass Effect and Halo are the same universe. And sometimes it will ask you if you've met/said hello to the character after you've confirmed it's a fictional character or dead historical figure. Apparently it believes you might be Thursday Next or a time traveler.
  • The Assimilator: A variant of this, where you can increase the knowledge of Akinator by submitting characters he couldn't guess. You can send in questions too, so he can have more ways of narrowing down his options.
  • Bat Deduction: Sometimes appears to exhibit this, in cases where he asks a lot of seemingly (but not genuinely) pointless questions and then jumps to the correct answer.
  • Becoming the Genie: This is supposedly what will happen to you if you try to cheat by giving wrong answers.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Sometimes, he may end up guessing your character in a few questions.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
    • Well, not the dev team actually, but the contributors/players. Akinator can guess such "characters" as "Someone who kept clicking on No to see what happens," as well as "A smart guy who presses 'Yes' (that would be you)." Likewise, saying the 'Probably/Partially' answer will get you 'Probably Someone', Don't Know leads to 'The One About Whom Nothing Is Known', and 'Probably Not/Not Really' will lead to 'Someone who Doubts their Own Doubt'. He can even guess what he calls "Something I Can't Talk About" — whose accompanying picture is a man staring, fascinated, down his boxer shorts, as well as "I wasn't actually thinking of anyone." Worse yet, Akinator himself is included, to the point where he'll ask "Do you think I'm too stupid to guess who it is?" And if if you were thinking of his mother, a picture of a model in a genie suit appears. If you are listed as young and the answer generated is a wild guess he gives you "I know the answer, but I don't think it's for children." If you try to get it to guess something that's not a character, he will say something like "Something I don't know because it's not a character".
    • Not only is Akinator included, but so is everything in his room, including the gold decorations on the pedestal, Akinator's mustache, and the sphinx-like statue nearby.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Sometimes, he may ask questions like this. Examples are asking "Does your character wear a mask?" after you answer yes to "Does your character always wear a mask".
  • Excuse Plot: The "Story of Akinator".
  • Fission Mailed: Sometimes he only guesses the wrong character because he tries to guess too quickly. Click "Yes" to continue, and the second time he guesses, he'll usually be right. (For example, answering questions in a certain way may cause him to guess "Urdnot Wrex" from the Mass Effect series. If you were thinking of "Urdnot Grunt" instead, who superficially has a lot of similar characteristics but isn't as famous and therefore wouldn't spring to mind as quickly, rest assured that he'll answer "Grunt" the second time he tries to venture a guess after you've given him more information.) There's always a 90% chance he'll guess correctly after four or five tries.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Akinator, though he doesn't grant wishes.
  • Graceful Loser: Akinator is this when he failed to guess your character. ("Bravo! You have defeated me." And he applauds you too, even if it feels somewhat half-hearted.)
  • Hive Mind: Akinator's "intelligence" is the result of the gazillion users' contributions.
  • Just One More Level: The website was supposedly created to satisfy Akinator's perpetual addiction to 20 Questions. From the other side of the screen, people can spend quite a bit of time finding a character obscure enough to stump him.
  • Mood-Swinger: Akinator can switch from raging mad (usually after a string of "no"s) to smugly satisfied with a single question (if you answer yes after said string).
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes Akinator will ask a logical series of questions leading to your character, then suddenly start asking random unrelated questions, apparently having been thrown off the scent. In the end though, he gets the character right. He figured out what your character was early on, and was just using the remaining questions (and you) to learn more about the character in question.
  • One of Us: He knows about Trope-Tan.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: If it's easy for you to beat Akinator, it generally means that the stuff you like — or the stuff you've created — hasn't made a significant impression on the rest of the world. Really, this is a game you're hoping to "lose".
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Some of the characters' names are poorly spelled. Thankfully they can be fixed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He'll often start to get a little narcissistic ("Is your character handsome?") if you're using him.
  • Take That:
    • Unpopular people, such as George W. Bush or Tim Buckley, generally are associated with questions like "Is your character stupid?"
    • "The maker of this site" is represented by a literal jackass.
  • Victory Pose: You're going to be seeing it A LOT.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: If you try to make him guess an anime character, you're likely to get a chain of questions like "Does your character have blue hair? Does your character have green hair? Does your character have purple hair? Does your character have pink hair? Does your character have..."


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