Mind-Altering SubstanceBrand X is full of examples that might be better served in Bland-Name Product (like all of those "Pineapple" or "Pear" brand computers). It's probably also being wrongly used.
Dragon WriterThis is a messy pair of pages. The picture on BX is not helping either. IIRC, Bland-Name Product is supposed to be about parodies of (well-known) name brands, while Brand X is supposed to be about disguising/hiding brand labels on-camera . BX also claims BNP is a Sub-Trope.
edited 16th Sep '13 8:50:55 AM by Stratadrake
No, the other one.Isn't Brand X basically just where the real brands aren't used? Which can either be hiding them or using fake brands. Bland-Name Product is a fake brand that references a real (or several) brand. Anyway, supertropes often do collect examples that should go on a subtrope instead, so that particular problem isn't exactly new. I do think the description goes a bit too much into law stuff, which is only related to the trope as far as justifications and origin for it goes. That can probably be moved to Analysis or something else.
Yes, Brand X is when they create a generic brand wholecloth. Bland-Name Product is when they create a new brand, but it's specifically referencing a real life brand. So a computer running Doors operating system would be Bland-Name Product, but if it were running Operating Operator system, then it would be Brand X.
So you're saying Bland-Name Product is a lawyer-safe Shout-Out?
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No, the other one.Basically.
Playing tricks on EVIL!And how does Fictional Counterpart fit into this? —R.J.
No, the other one.I'm not sure if it's different enough from Bland-Name Product, but it seems to be about the same, only about corporations rather than products. It also seems to be (supposedly; I've not looked at the examples) when you need to tailor it to suit the show's needs, which makes it part Bland-Name Product (which is just disguised to make it different), part original (for the purposes of the plot). Either way, both are subtropes to Brand X.
edited 18th Sep '13 3:00:24 PM by AnotherDuck
I am not sure if I understand the difference between Bland-Name Product and Fictional Counterpart. Here is the current example on VideoGame.Sim City.
Seasons GreetingsI feel like these might suffer similar problems with Expy and Counterpart Comparison...
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Playing tricks on EVIL!What's the action under proposal? —R.J.
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