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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' had a [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=042009 strip about turning itself into an Ascended Fanfic]], but it turned out to be onetime gag and the series went back to using Smash Bros. characters.
** The author pulls strip ideas from the forums pretty frequently, and even has a thread for the purpose.

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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' had a [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=042009 [[http://awkwardzombie.com/comic/same-great-taste strip about turning itself into an Ascended Fanfic]], but it turned out to be onetime gag and the series went back to using Smash Bros. characters.
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characters. The author also pulls strip ideas from the forums pretty frequently, and even has a thread for the purpose.


A professionally-published story that evolved from FanFic. This can overlap with SerialNumbersFiledOff, but it [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools is by no means necessary]]. The setting of the new work will often be suspiciously similar to the source material for obvious reasons, but the plots of the two stories can come out very different indeed. Alternatively, a number of these began as {{Transplanted Character Fic}}s, which are easier to publish professionally as the only connections to the original canon are character personalities and inter-relationships that are too vague to be covered by UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. A PromotedFanboy might even rework his fanfic as an official part of the franchise.

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A professionally-published story that evolved from FanFic. This can overlap with SerialNumbersFiledOff, but it [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools is by no means necessary]].necessary. The setting of the new work will often be suspiciously similar to the source material for obvious reasons, but the plots of the two stories can come out very different indeed. Alternatively, a number of these began as {{Transplanted Character Fic}}s, which are easier to publish professionally as the only connections to the original canon are character personalities and inter-relationships that are too vague to be covered by UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. A PromotedFanboy might even rework his fanfic as an official part of the franchise.


A professionally-published story that evolved from FanFic. This can overlap with SerialNumbersFiledOff, but it [[TropesAreNotBad is by no means necessary]]. The setting of the new work will often be suspiciously similar to the source material for obvious reasons, but the plots of the two stories can come out very different indeed. Alternatively, a number of these began as {{Transplanted Character Fic}}s, which are easier to publish professionally as the only connections to the original canon are character personalities and inter-relationships that are too vague to be covered by UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. A PromotedFanboy might even rework his fanfic as an official part of the franchise.

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A professionally-published story that evolved from FanFic. This can overlap with SerialNumbersFiledOff, but it [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools is by no means necessary]]. The setting of the new work will often be suspiciously similar to the source material for obvious reasons, but the plots of the two stories can come out very different indeed. Alternatively, a number of these began as {{Transplanted Character Fic}}s, which are easier to publish professionally as the only connections to the original canon are character personalities and inter-relationships that are too vague to be covered by UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. A PromotedFanboy might even rework his fanfic as an official part of the franchise.


* ''Last and First Idol'' began as a ''Anime/LoveLive'' fanfic before going on to become a UsefulNotes/SeiunAward winning novel.

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* ''Last and First Idol'' ''LightNovel/LastAndFirstIdol'' began as a ''Anime/LoveLive'' fanfic before going on to become a UsefulNotes/SeiunAward winning novel.short story.

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* ''Last and First Idol'' began as a ''Anime/LoveLive'' fanfic before going on to become a UsefulNotes/SeiunAward winning novel.


* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' initially began life as a ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fan game. With high-speed platforming, and looping roller coaster level designs, and the character designs are very Sonic-esque, but ultimately grew into its own beast entirely. It was successfully Kickstarted and released in 2014, and is getting [[VideoGame/FreedomPlanet2 a sequel]].

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* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' initially began life as a ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' fan game. With high-speed platforming, and looping roller coaster level designs, and the character designs are very Sonic-esque, but ultimately grew into its own beast entirely. It was successfully Kickstarted and released in 2014, and is getting [[VideoGame/FreedomPlanet2 a sequel]].


* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renegade_Legion Renegade Legion]]'' was originally set in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renegade_Legion Renegade Legion]]'' was originally set in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''.

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* ''WebAnimation/ToBelong'' started out as a series of {{Transplanted Character|Fic}} {{Fanvid}}s featuring various characters from animated films. The creator has decided to make it into a web-cartoon by giving everyone new designs and changing their names.

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* The {{retraux}} 3D platformer ''VideoGame/ZeraMythsAwaken'' started out as ''Spyro: Myths Awaken''. It was originally a ''Spyro The Dragon'' FanGame and a FanSequel to ''Spyro: Year of the Dragon''. After the project was given a cease-and-desist, it was rehauled into a SpiritualSuccessor instead.


Compare the WeirdAlEffect, where fans of a derivative work forget the original existed. Also compare SpiritualAdaptation, where a work may have little-to-no connection to preexisting one (serving as one of many inspirations at best), but fans consider it to be very similar to that material regardless. See also HumbleBeginnings, of which this can be considered a subtrope.

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Compare the WeirdAlEffect, where fans of a derivative work forget the original existed. Also compare SpiritualAdaptation, where a work may have little-to-no connection to preexisting one (serving as one of many inspirations at best), doesn't violate copyright law, but fans consider it to be very similar to that material regardless.some preexisting work. See also HumbleBeginnings, of which this can be considered a subtrope.


Compare the WeirdAlEffect, where fans of a derivative work forget the original existed. Also compare SpiritualAdaptation, where a work does not violate copyright law, but fans consider it to also be similar to the source material. See also HumbleBeginnings, of which this can be considered a subtrope.

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Compare the WeirdAlEffect, where fans of a derivative work forget the original existed. Also compare SpiritualAdaptation, where a work does not violate copyright law, may have little-to-no connection to preexisting one (serving as one of many inspirations at best), but fans consider it to also be very similar to the source material.that material regardless. See also HumbleBeginnings, of which this can be considered a subtrope.


* "Negri's Boys" by Charles Coleman Finlay, which was originally fanfic of Bujold's work, was rewritten with the serial numbers filed off as "The Political Officer". It was published in ''TheMagazineOfFantasyAndScienceFiction'' and nominated for the {{UsefulNotes/Hugo|Award}} and UsefulNotes/NebulaAward.

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* ** "Negri's Boys" by Charles Coleman Finlay, which was originally fanfic of Bujold's work, was rewritten with the serial numbers filed off as "The Political Officer". It was published in ''TheMagazineOfFantasyAndScienceFiction'' and nominated for the {{UsefulNotes/Hugo|Award}} and UsefulNotes/NebulaAward.

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* Creator/PeterWatts' Hugo-nominated short story "The Things" doesn't even try to hide the fact that it's a PerspectiveFlip fanfic of ''Film/TheThing1982'' from the alien's point of view.

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* ''Salvation: Dawn of War'' very clearly started life as a [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron/Starscream]] fanfiction. Even the character names are similar.


* The [[Recap /RenAndStimpy2x09TheGreatOutdoorsTheCatThatLaidTheGoldenHairball "The Cat that Laid the Golden Hairball"]] episode of WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy was based on a fan comic that had been mailed in to Spumco.

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* The [[Recap /RenAndStimpy2x09TheGreatOutdoorsTheCatThatLaidTheGoldenHairball [[Recap/RenAndStimpy2x09TheGreatOutdoorsTheCatThatLaidTheGoldenHairball "The Cat that Laid the Golden Hairball"]] episode of WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy was based on a fan comic that had been mailed in to Spumco.

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