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* In 2017, one of the ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' covered a video featuring a Disney movie full of strong female characters, no forced romantic subplots, and a celebration of Polynesian culture. Disney/LiloAndStitch or Disney/{{Moana}}?[[note]]It's the latter. They haven't made an honest trailer for the former.[[/note]]


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* In 2017, one of the ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' covered a video featuring a Disney movie full of strong female characters, no forced romantic subplots, and a celebration of Polynesian culture. Disney/LiloAndStitch ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'' or Disney/{{Moana}}?[[note]]It's ''WesternAnimation/{{Moana}}''?[[note]]It's the latter. They haven't made an honest trailer for the former.[[/note]]




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* The villain is an emotionless mastermind who displays LackOfEmpathy to all living beings. Their MotiveRant reveals that they despair of the state of the world, which they say has been rendered unchangeable because the continued will of supreme beings sustains it the way it is. Some of the beings in question are benevolent, or at least the benevolent side of neutral, while there is also a counterpart being that is violent and chaotic. The villain seeks the summon the benevolent beings into their world so they can use their presence to ultimately remake the world into their own desire. Some of these supreme beings normally reside in AnotherDimension parallel to that of the main story, which exists outside of reason and where everything rational breaks down.\\
''VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralfiction'' or ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]''[[labelnote:*]]Cyrus' rant in question takes place at Celestic Town.[[/labelnote]]?
* Two men arrive from abroad in a remote community with profiteering on their mind, and quickly become the centre of everyone's attention. Unable to make any money off them immediately, they spend some time wandering about the community and getting to know it. In doing so, one of them comes to realise he'd rather live here than his previous life, and the other falls in love with a woman they meet while there. In the end, they don't get their money, but they do stop the community from destruction and the second guy gets his girl (although in one case it's only implied).\\
''Film/LocalHero'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''? %%1810072342, 28 April 2019

[[AC: [=3_D_S=]]]
* This film is a DarkerAndEdgier ending to an acclaimed series; it is said by some to [[HappyEndingOverride invalidate previous endings]] [[ShootTheShaggyDogStory within the established canon.]] It is notorious for [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies brutally killing off characters]] on a scale unprecedented in canon history, and while the rest of the story had the overlying arc of stopping a GreaterScopeVillain from causing a DepopulationBomb apocalypse, this film reveals that not only were the heroes' efforts completely useless from the start, in some ways they were even ''helping'' the villain achieve his goals. The film's ending and SignatureScene takes place as the villain succeeds in causing the apocalypse in a staggering DownerEnding - almost all of the protagonists slowly dissolve into nothing in the presence of a person they greatly care for (with one notable exception not getting to see a person important to them), accompanied by a noticeably off-kilter (either [[LyricalDissonance tonally inappropriate]] or suspiciously absent) sountrack. The final scene shows the instigator of the apocalypse in a void room with orange-red walls and filled with water of the same color. In this room, the girl he loves (who had also died previously for the sake of the instigator's character arc) appears before him in the body of a child and asks him if achieving the end of the world was really worth it; the instigator reacts to this with distress, and is then shown exiting the void room and sitting down to watch the sun set on a broken world.\\
''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' or ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''?

[[AC: @/ACarlssin]]
* The hero puts something incredibly valuable into his jacket pocket, then carelessly loans his jacket to... er... either a kangaroo or a beautiful young woman.\\
''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' or ''Film/KangarooJack''? %%A Carlssin, 2 Oct 2013

[[AC: @/{{Albertosaurus}}]]
* A young person who is closely related to the family that rules the known world, but has grown up in exile due to the actions of a parent, has to travel to the capitol for the imminent election of a new emperor, who will succeed the dying current emperor. There are two candidates and the loser will die. There, the protagonist has a dangerous romance while threachery at court is afoot. The world is ruled by a pale-skinned elite which places a high value on blood purity and the local priesthood has suppressed the worship of a goddess who was once held in high esteem, but the story ends with this old order collapsing due to the actions of the protagonist. There's also quite a bit of incest involved.\\
''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'' or ''Literature/InheritanceTrilogy'' (N. K. Jemisin's, not Paolini's)?
* The finale to a long-running storyline involves many heroes from previous instalments resisting a massive invasion by the forces of evil. In the end, when all hope seems lost, the BigGood sacrifices himself to release a blast of energy which destroys all the forces of evil.\\
''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' or [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Magic the Gathering's]] ''Literature/InvasionCycle''?

[[AC: {{@/Alignment}}]]

* There's this story. It's a popular story twenty-first century work known for (among other things) its portrayal of queer characters, killer soundtrack, unexpected success and popularity, and infamous hiatuses. It's a story with alien dystopias, off-the-wall humor, a goofy and [[{{Adorkable}} adorkable]] dark-haired protagonist and many greater spoilers and revelations later on. Several of the most popular characters are also [[Main/WalkingSpoiler walking spoilers]], which is a bit frustrating for newcomers since the story starts quite slowly in the first part and takes a while to pick up the pace and get really epic. The major plot-relevant alien species first introduced has no concept of biological parents, due to a [[Main/BizarreAlienReproduction bizarre and not entirely explained method of reproduction]] which involves raw genetic material of some sort. This is plot-relevant later on.

** One major character, Rose, might not be exactly human, but passes for human better than her friend -- a visibly alien girl who is very neat and tidy, and also very proper (but still terrifying in a fight with that bladed weapon of hers -- don't mess with her. Or Rose.) In at least one canon universe, Rose is the distant (dead) mother of a compassionate young main character after having led a rebellion to try and free humanity from the grip of an alien empire and a pink-associated dictator. Her child is raised by friendly aliens.

** The other girl mentioned earlier, who may or may not be Rose's girlfriend, has a short stylish haircut and wears a sash around her waist after being run through with something onscreen. She also wears ballet flats, and has very fair skin. Her most obvious nonhuman feature(s) can be found on her head. Her placement in the alien caste system is very specialized, and she may not have wanted it, but the events of the story (or the events before it) allowed her to leave or avoid that line of work.

** Another major character is a grumpy alien who is one of the first outsider aliens the protagonist interacts with. They are initially antagonistic, frustrated by the trouble the protagonists have caused them. The alien is [[Main/LargeHam hammy]] and prone to bizarre insults, but proves to have some [[Main/HiddenDepths hidden depths]] later on, eventually joining forces with the protagonist. This character turns out to be quite a dork, muddling their way through earth culture and also drawing shipping charts at one point. This character is basically a walking spoiler but also incredibly well-known, so people often see them before actually getting involved in the work.

** At one point, one of the aliens helps to protagonist to drill to the center of a planet to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction called "The [blank]r".

** Yet another shared plot device is an accepted mechanic for [[Main/FusionDance fusing characters together]], either temporarily or permanently. At least one major character is a permanent fusion via this method. When it happens, there's a flash of light, and the fusions often have a different color scheme than the original pair. One entity created this way is unstable and under massive amounts of emotional stress due to their components hating each other. (One component is a very controversial and dangerous blue-associated alien character.)

::Now... is all of this describing characters and concepts from [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Steven Universe]], or [[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} Homestuck]]?

* Two young siblings make a plan to save or help someone dear to them, involving the unique power of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent human souls]]. Mistakes are made though, and the plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong.]] The [[CheerfulChild sweet-natured gentle]] brother loses his physical body and ends up in an unfamiliar and unwanted other form, while the other sibling takes on more mundane physical injuries. This incident ultimately grants one sibling access to some powerful and unique magic abilities and provides personal motivations for several characters, so this whole sequence of events acts as the important backstory to the main plot. However, it is not shown right from the beginning.\\
Are these siblings [[{{Anime/FullmetalAlchemist}} Ed and Al]]? Or [[{{VideoGame/Undertale}} Chara and Asriel]]?


[[AC: @/{{Alvin}}]]
* This film is a low-budget, black-and-white story of people fighting against reanimated corpses. Because it's in the PublicDomain it may be repeatedly aired by community-access TV. Both films are generally considered epitomes of a level of quality.\\
[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Really good]] quality or [[Film/PlanNineFromOuterSpace really bad]] quality? %%Alvin, 31 Oct 2013
* This is a black-and-white Christmas classic that has been imitated quite often. In it, a man is DrivenToSuicide by troubles that are basically due to one other person. His life is saved by someone who is rewarded with a promotion. At the end of the movie the would-be suicide is financially in good shape and in good spirits, even though his enemy is apparently not punished (or even on screen again). Creator/JamesStewart is in it.\\
Is he [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife playing the suicidal man]] or [[Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner in another subplot entirely]]? Wiki/ThisVeryWiki's entry for the second movie compares the two. %%Alvin, 26 May 2017

[[AC: @/AmethystLeslie]]
* In the future, Earth would be so polluted and covered with garbage to the point it becomes unlivable to humans and they evacuate the planet and let robots do the cleaning for them. Is this the backstory to ''VideoGame/{{Vectorman}}'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/WallE WALL-E]]''? %%AmethystLeslie 2/16/2017

[[AC: @/{{Andyroid}}]]
* Due to circumstances beyond her control, a down-to-earth working-class girl is forced to hang out with a flighty UpperClassTwit and other eccentric characters, including a big guy who's friends with a much smaller guy and a hopelessly romantic blonde who starts out with a crush on one of the major characters, despite having never met them. Despite driving each other up the wall (and the occasional intervention of a creepy black magic practitioner with a shadow motif), the guy and girl grow to love one another.\\
''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' or ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''? %% By Andyroid
* A series that chronicles the occasionally weird [[SliceOfLife everyday adventures]] of a group of female friends, which includes a somewhat naive bookworm, an energetic and boastful girl who fancies herself a great athlete but is actually kind of a klutz, her hard-working and more level-headed FriendlyRival, a girl who frets over her appearance a lot and is usually the most serious of the group, a bashful animal lover, and one girl who's [[CloudCuckoolander not all there.]]\\
''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''? %%By Andyroid
* After dying in an accident, a shiftless teenager gets a new job dealing with the supernatural and meets some bizarre new friends. TheGrimReaper turns out to be quite friendly.\\
''Series/DeadLikeMe'' or ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''? %%By Andyroid
* A barefoot girl with light-based powers is kept in a remote tower by her mother for the mother's own selfish and sinister purposes. A social outcast stumbles upon the girl and, armed mainly with an improvised weapon, helps her earn her freedom.\\
''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}''? %%By Andyroid
* A girl kept alone in a high tower for unscrupulous reasons is rescued by a smart-alecky thief who's initially after a big treasure connected to the girl's heritage. She ends up falling in love with him as he helps her earn her freedom. At one point, she tries to bargain with the villain in order to save the thief's life after he gets mortally wounded.\\
''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' or ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''? %%By Andyroid
* A band of UglyCute creatures who live underground and are skilled craftsmen are victims of FantasticRacism, including being unfairly accused of [[EatsBabies eating babies]] and being pressed into forced labor by one of the villains. They are saved from the brink of extinction and gradually welcomed into society thanks to the efforts of a rough-and-tumble hero (who's not at home in the world of nobs and snobs) and his bossy, outgoing, upper-class lady friend. One of the major characters in the story was raised by the creatures in question for much of their childhood.\\
''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls''? %%By Andyroid, October 27 2014
* A pseudo-medieval town is powered by the stories woven by its ruler, a WellIntentionedExtremist who hides their face in public. A motley band of outsiders (including a know-it-all with a NiceHat who is considered an expert in their field) end up travelling to the town, where they unravel its mysteries, reveal the truth, and help bring a truly happy ending to the inhabitants, including a young woman who has no idea of her secret connection to the town's history.\\
''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' or ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney''? %%By Andyroid, November 22 2014
* An alien known only by a nickname uses an unorthodox method of travel to journey through space with a boisterous companion who is often baffled by his eccentric behavior. Everywhere he goes he seems to find someone in need, and he helps them with his wits more often than brute force. He faces a number of bizarre enemies, but his most common foe is a LargeHam whom our hero frequently tries to convince to give up his evil ways.\\
''Series/DoctorWho'' or ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''?

[[AC: [=Argon2=]]]
* Not only did the Greek gods really exist, but they survived into the modern era. To prevent the BigBad Cronus from rising against them once more, the pantheon establish an ExtranormalInstitute for their descendants- most of whom have supernatural abilities like precognition, SuperStrength, and...being really, ''really'' attractive. (The [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway suckiness]] of that last one is often lampshaded.) The series' protagonists are a clique of such students, and the plot meshes their struggles to defeat Cronus with the difficulties of normal teenage life.\\
''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' or ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans''? %%Argon2, 22 October 2014
* Humanity allies itself with a race of sapient, Earth-dwelling animals, eventually forming a benevolent civilization capable of space travel. This civilization's enemies attempt to destroy it by travelling back in time and [[DealWithTheDevil giving one species sole dominance over Earth]], breaking the alliance before it is even formed...unless the hero(es) can stop them.\\
Is the protagonist a [[Literature/TheBookOfNightWithMoon cat]] or a [[VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin dolphin]]? %%Argon2, 4 December 2014
* A sorceress magically suppresses the emotions of a young boy so she can enslave him. The boy's friend- an emotional but courageous girl- resolves to free him, eventually achieving this goal through the help of various other aristocrats, criminals, witches, and ThePowerOfLove.\\
''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' or ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool''? %%Argon2, 29 March 2017
* In this children's cartoon, a cat-themed royal guard is recreated after the RightfulKingReturns. They take on the responsibility of fighting usurpers and keeping peace between all animals- a task they are helped with by the spirits of their dead predecessors.\\
''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''?


[[AC: [=AskNostalgiaBum=]]]
* An old person tells of a love story that happened a long time ago, involving a girl and boy (one British and one American) who love each other dearly. Unfortunately, the girl is being forced to marry some rich asshole. The girl attempts suicide at some point and the boy (mostly) dies at some point. They are eventually reunited at the end.
''Film/Titanic1997'' or ''Film/ThePrincessBride''?
* A possession of a Greco-Roman god is stolen and a young hero with a connection to the ocean must undergo a dangerous coming-of-age quest (joined by a friend or two) to return it safely. Really, though, the hero is only going on the quest to save a loved one of his. They face a violent biker along the way, and after an experience in a much-feared location, it turns out the real thief is really someone no one expected.
The first ''Literature/PercyJacksonandtheOlympians'' book, or ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''?
* Some children go on a series of adventures in a mysterious place and time. Most adults are too stupid or evil to help them along the way. The main villain is always making plans to go after the kids, often using disguises. The creator inserts himself into the story as a completely different character.
''Literature/ASeriesofUnfortunateEvents'' or ''Series/Lazytown''? %%AskNostalgiaBum, 13 May 2017

[[AC: [=AutumnLeaves=]]]
* It’s a play. Two guys and two girls are caught in a LoveDodecahedron on a summer night in a forest. One of the guys has flirted with one girl before but now has his sights set on the other. The two girls used to be the best of friends before all that romantic trouble began. There is a mischievous forest spirit who gets the young men lost in the woods, and there is also a love spell made with the help of flower or flowers. The ending includes several couples getting married. ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' or ''Theatre/TheSnowMaiden''?
* There is a boy who takes turns between wangsting and being heroic. The BigBad has killed at least one of his parents. One of the villain’s henchmen, though, is in love with the boy’s mother who has beautiful eyes. Said henchman ends up turning against the BigBad and dies in battle. His last words can be summarized as "take this" and he gives the boy some important artifact. The boy unexpectedly appears before the main villain, who’s gloating over his supposed victory, and kills him. ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' or ''[[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Julius Caesar in Egypt]]''?
* A babysitting heroine. A blond soft-spoken antagonist with mismatched eyes. FoeYay tension in a bizarre fantasy setting with a lot of stairways. Also involves meddling with the passage of time, a strained relationship between family members who are not blood relatives, and a name getting pronounced wrongly as a RunningGag. ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' or ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''?
* It’s a medieval CrapsackWorld. A tomboyish, misunderstood girl from a noble house with a wolf sigil runs away from the castle and finds herself among the lowest classes, disguised as one of them, and has romantic tension with a guy who shares his family’s distinctive hair color. There is also a very clever dwarf whose philosophy goes like “turn your weakness into a strength”, and someone from the girl’s family wins every battle but loses completely in politics. The girl’s brothers have extremely rare animals as familiars and communicate with them. Additionally, there is a beautiful and fierce blond woman with violet eyes, an outsider in this country, whose beloved husband has been turned into a BlankSlate. ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or ''Literature/TheCityWithoutMemory''?
* A count falsely accuses the land’s ruler of a terrible crime, an aristocrat secretly dabbles in black magic, and someone from the ruling family gets turned into a swan. ''Literature/TheSorcerersDaughter'' or ''Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}''?
* A dark-haired girl who suffers from the aloofness and borderline neglect of her parents gets someone from her family kidnapped by a magical being from another world. She has to undergo a quest in that world to save them. Some of the BigBad’s subordinates help or at least feel sorry for her. That other world includes a room that looks like her own but is in fact a creepy replica. The villain claims to love her and offers to make all her dreams come true. ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' or ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''?
* A kindhearted blond girl falls in love with an older man with a mysterious past. His sociopathic dark-haired wife attempts to frame him for murder by [[spoiler:provoking him into killing her in one case or killing herself in another]]. ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' or ''Series/DowntonAbbey''?

[[AC: [=Ayasugi=]]]
* The crew of a ship in deep space wakes up to find some oddities and discrepancies, including inexplicable injuries. They come to the conclusion that their memories of the past few days have been erased, and despite oblique warnings by a mechanical crew member, decide to investigate further. They discover that they themselves willingly allowed their memories to be erased, to protect themselves.\\
''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSIIThanksForTheMemory Thanks for the Memory]]" or ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E14Clues}} Clues]]"?[[note]]The similarity is acknowledged by the ''Red Dwarf'' writers (who wrote their episode several years before the TNG one aired, and mistaken for plagiarism by Creator/PatrickStewart until he watched more of the ''Red Dwarf'' episode and found it hilarious.[[/note]] %%Ayasugi, 28 May 2013

[[AC: [=Balaur=]]]
* The honourable leader of a noble house takes on a dangerous new job on the behest of a ruler, even though he is well aware of the danger. He ends up being betrayed and losing his life to an enemy house with unusual sexual predilections. However, his son, and said son's mother survive, and lead the fight against the murderous enemy house. It also has a leader with a powerful, prophesied child going native and learning to control powerful animals. Incest abounds.\\
Is it ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''? %%Balaur, 27 Aug 2013

[[AC: [=BalkanTrope=]]]
* A successful Romanian comedy show from PRO tv set at the countryside which mocks Romanian society and politics and who's characters include: [[{{ReallyGetsAround}} A whore]], [[{{TheAlcoholic}} A Drunkard]], [[{{TheDitz}} A ditzy teenage girl]], A moustached villager with a hat that is friends with TheAlcoholic, A fat bartender with a diminutive name [[{{BadCopIncompetentCop}} A corrupt, dumb and incompetent cop]], [[{{StickyFingers}} A Kleptomaniac]], A former expat who likes to brag and gets involved in various unorthodox ways to make money, [[{{CorruptPolitician}} A corrupt and incompetent mayor]] and [[{{CorruptChurch}} a corrupt priest]].\\
Is it ''{{Series/VacantaMare}}'' or ''{{Series/LasFierbinti}}''?





[[AC: [=Barberbarberjoe=]]]
* A purple-clad hero that normally shapeshifts must now use [[BroughtDownToBadass a different set of abilities]] and team up with their PirateGirl arch-nemesis, in order to defeat a new common foe (with the hero [[HypercompetentSidekick doing most of the work]]). [[spoiler:Said PirateGirl double-crosses the hero in the end [[BatmanGambit as part of a plan]] and maintains the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].]]\\
Am I talking about ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt'' or ''[[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Shantae and the Pirate's Curse]]''? %%Barbarberjoe, 3 Aug 2017

[[AC: [=BokhuraBones=]]]
* The protagonist is a single woman in her late 20s working as a journalist for a Japanese media conglomerate. She is characterized as being assertive and driven, which helps her achieve professional success and distinguishes her from the other, more traditional [[OfficeLady office ladies]] at the business. However, this also means that she must deal with the ingrained sexism of Japanese society, a situation which is compounded by her markedly blunt, unfeminine personality and interests. In addition, she finds additional troubles with her personal life, as her desire to succeed leads to great amounts of stress and periods of self-doubt. Although she has an attractive, successful boyfriend who appears to be a good catch, he is just as career-oriented as she is, leading to difficulties in their relationship. They can go months between seeing each other, and even when they do, communication is strained and sex is unsatisfying to non-existent.\\
''Manga/KimiWaPetto'' or ''Manga/HatarakiMan''? %%Bokhura Bones, 26 May 2013
* A beautiful, kind, and spunky, if somewhat flighty and possessive, blonde finds out right before graduation that her boyfriend is breaking up with her. Undeterred, she drops her plans for a fashion career and follows him to law school (without alerting him to this until she gets there). Once enrolled, however, her stylish clothing and intense personality [[AttractivenessIsolation set her apart from the careerist-minded crowd and leave her feeling isolated]], and her ex shows no desire to get together again. There is a NiceGuy who might just be an alternate romance option, though...\\
''Film/LegallyBlonde'' or ''Anime/GoldenTime''? %%Bokhura Bones, 24 Oct 2013

[[AC: [=BossKey=]]]
* A land of fantasy HornyVikings is under attack by dragons, and it's up to an outsider in their society to end the winged menace by defeating the dragons' cruel leader, thus freeing man and wyrm alike from its grip. Along the way, our hero befriends a dragon and gains knowledge of the dragons in order to vanquish this evil, riding toward the final battle on a dragon's back.\\
''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' or ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''? %%BossKey, May 29, 2019

[[AC: @/CaiaphasTheSympathist]]
* InAWorld where there exists a discrimination between two big groups of the population, a man who grew up among the less-fortunate group and believes that they are all being oppressed by the other group dons a mask due to horrible facial scarring resulting from this oppression and rallies the members of his group to rise up in a rebellion against the others. An outsider who originally had no plans to get involved in this conflict ends up being a key player in it, in no small part because of their desire to protect their friends. Along the way, the stranger learns that the masked rebel is being supplied with weapons from a corrupt dealer and focuses a significant part of his fury against a public figure with close ties to the state who turns out to be as bad as (if not worse than) the masked rebel. After this figure's malevolent nature is revealed to the public by a female subordinate, a confrontation occurs between him and the masked rebel which is a crucial point in the story.\\
"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani Doctor Who and the Caves of Androzani]]" or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''?
* In a city in an alternate-universe Earth, a group heavily based on rapid technological advancement and its introduction for use by the bulk of the population is suspected of partaking in less-than-savory activites by a loner. As he gradually finds out, this group is in fact in cahoots with the corrupt police force, running an operation to take poor people and criminals off the street in for their own operation, which entails their transformation into part-machine beings that have had most of their human will stripped away. The man behind the whole scheme, the group's leader, possesses a deranged pragmatism that dictates that it is but destiny that this operation should go through, bringing an age of metallic dominance upon the planet by wiping out all "imperfect" organic life. Together with a [[LaResistance group of rebels]] doing their best to oppose this group and its leader, the loner must use his own cunning and abilities to bring an end to the madman's scheme.\\
''[[VideoGame/{{Thief}} Thief II: The Metal Age]]'' or "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Doctor Who and the Rise of the Cybermen?]]"
* This notorious work of social oppression features a protagonist that, although appearing silent before the world, proves that he possesses a memorable personality. The story concerns this man's adventures as part of a group that rebels against an immeasurably large group known as the Combine, mainly against the member who operates closest to them. This is a figure the Combine wants the bulk of the populace to perceive as trustworthy and benevolent, but who in truth is cruel and manipulative. Near the story's end, this figure tries to put the silent protagonist's colleagues in doubt as to the true nature of a figure he views as a benefactor. Ultimately, the rebels' combined efforts, although insignificant to the Combine as a whole, manage to strip the figure of their authority for good.\\
It's gotta be ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', right? Or... is it ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''?
* The protagonist of this dark, dreary piece starts out as a sad, dissatisfied everyman, whose experience with a woman suddenly causes his life to take an unexpected turn as he finds himself in the middle of a crisis that eventually comes to involve many deaths. Though the woman could be branded as the pivotal cause behind the crisis, it also revolves around a tough-guy figure that the protagonist comes to regard as his only true friend in a midst of people who treat him with contempt and adversity. As the story continues, however, the protagonist's mind becomes more and more broken, as he comes to perceive every truth and facet of the people that surround him. Things finally come to a headway at the end, as the woman is at her most helpful but the protagonist discovers that the tough-guy is in fact a[[spoiler:n ethereal, chaotic version of himself]], and the man directly responsible for all the death and destruction. After a final, decisive confrontation, only one of them survives, but it does little to quell the chaos and destruction that the tough-guy's scheming has caused.\\
''Literature/FightClub'' or ''[[VideoGame/{{DarkSeed}} Dark Seed II]]''?
* In this film adaptation of a story that originated in print media, Edward Norton plays a mild-mannered person who has to deal with regularly losing himself to a completely uncontrollable alter-ego that revels in violence, chaos and destruction in a citywide scale.\\
''Film/FightClub'' or ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''?
* Set in a BadFuture version of London, this story features a society ruled over by a sinister, shadowy group whose leaders rarely, if ever, show their face in public, and if they do, it is done in disguise, mostly presenting themselves to the public via a popular personification of themselves as a whole. Despite a pretty general perception of this group being malevolent, most of the population nonetheless works for them, if only to keep their livelihood. Many of them wear blue overalls constantly, while the group's most trusted members wear black. While they try to run a mostly normal life, they know that holding any sort of contempt towards the group will bring them trouble, and so if they do, they try their very best to keep their opinion secret. The plot concerns a man who finds himself in this society but bears a strong link to the past, having lived in a time before the group seized power, with a distinct memory of an event concerning an explosion that was part of what eventually led to that. Seeking the help of the worker class, this man leads a furtive campaign against the group and their leaders after a figure he silently trusts gives him a message indicating that there are more people behind their cause. Along with his younger companion who also dresses in blue, this man meets the figure and begins to take part in a clandestine rebellion against the group's highest authorities. Along the way, the pair stumble into an old-fashioned business run by a bushy-haired caretaker [[spoiler:who later turns out to be a villain, and holds them hostage.]] At the climax's beginning, it turns out that [[spoiler:not only was the pair's supposed ally playing them, he is ultimately THE villain of the story.]]\\
''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''? ...or ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''?
* A group of peoples that have lived among humanity since its beginnings, but have always conspired to rule and manipulate others from the shadows. Many believe that the biblical Cain was their first member. Their most outspoken leaders seek peace and order through control and coercion, though there have been known cases of members of the group exploiting the benefits of being a member ForTheEvulz, and others who change their mind and attempt to rebel against the other members, having come to hate what it means to be a member of that group.\\
[[VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Vampires]] or [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Templars]]?
* A man with a morally dubious past who has reformed into a kind, loving person finds a kindred spirit in a woman whose suffering is similar to his. After the woman suffers a death that could very well be blamed on others, the man is left to care for her daughter, raising her in a place that is mostly isolated from human society. After the girl grows up and develops eye-catching beauty, a single look exchanged between her and a young boy makes them fall in love. The man initially disapproves of this relationship and is eager to do anything he can to keep the girl away from the boy, but as he learns more about him, the man eventually comes to care for the boy as much as he does for the girl. In the final act, the man goes through a desperate struggle to make sure the boy, who has put himself in a situation where he might never see them again, is reunited with the girl. Although the story has no clear-cut villains, the two characters that come closest are an authority figure with an unhealthy attachment to order and pragmatism and a mean-spirited, sycophantic but selfish Frenchman created by Creator/VictorHugo.\\
''Literature/LesMiserables'' or ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''? %%By Caiaphas The Sympathist, 26 April 2013
* This is a video game set in the early 20th century, about an ex-detective turned private eye who is beckoned to a bizarre, anachronistic environment filled with barely-human beings who want him dead in order to rescue a young girl dressed in blue. One of his most notorious opponents is an old man with an eyepatch who ends up putting himself out of commission. Some of the names in the lore include two characters named Comstock and [=DeWitt=] who have similar skills, though [=DeWitt's=] are greater, and a woman named Elizabeth who has time-related supernatural powers.\\
''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' or ''[[VideoGame/AloneInTheDark2 Alone in the Dark 2]]''? %%Caiaphas The Sympathist, 2 Nov 2013
* In this story set in a universe where most tales straddle the line between sci-fi and horror, a team of scientists and researchers travel to a remote, inhospitable location where humans have virtually no history. Once there, they being conducting an archaeological investigation but soon find vestiges of an extremely old civilisation, mostly in the form of images in the walls of caverns, as well as preserved specimens of primordial beings. Though some of these beings are dead, at least one of them breaks free and, despite showing signs of intelligence, kills several members of the team without a second thought. The other researchers continue on, though they eventually find out that they are being threatened by different, far more menacing beings. Eventually, it is revealed that the intelligent beings are AncientAstronauts who created humanity to perform menial tasks, and never meant for humans to survive or evolve beyond that. However, they also created a race of beings that were physically superior and could take on many forms, including a famous tentacled one, though these beings ended up turning against their masters and becoming a threat to humanity as well. In the end, at least two members of the research team survive, though they are scarred by the experience, and it is implied that the monsters they have faced will come back to threaten humanity in the future.\\
''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' or ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''? %%Caiaphas The Sympathist, 3 Nov 2013
* A young, somewhat inexperienced American arrives at a European town where a murder has just taken place. They gradually get to know the locals and become especially attached to a particularly charming young girl. Eventually, they hear rumours of dark witches being responsible for the murders, and the girl is killed by one of these witches. In the finale, it turns out that almost every one of the people the American was living with was a dark witch, and they intend to kill them. The American comes face to face with the leader of the witches, an incredibly old sorcerer originating from southern Europe, who tries to use the death of the girl against them. However, they manage to overpower and kill the witch leader by stabbing them with an improvised weapon, which results in the death of the rest of the coven.\\
''Film/Suspiria1977'' or ''[[VideoGame/BenJordanParanormalInvestigator Ben Jordan 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm]]''? %% Caiaphasthesympathist, 12 Jan 2104

[[AC: [=CaptainLhurgoyf=]]]
* In this epic (and very long) adventure story, all life on earth is faced with destruction as a result of a storm of airborne debris, and the only way to preserve humanity is to create a new planet to relocate to. In order to do this, a small and diverse group of people, including a no-nonsense short-haired young woman who turns out to be less cold than she comes off as, must cross portals in space leading to several themed planets where the rules of time don't work as they're used to. Along the way, they encounter members of a previous expedition with similar goals that have been suspended in time, one of which decides that the mission is hopeless and tries to kill the team, killing off a minor character before he himself dies unceremoniously. {{Stable Time Loop}}s are key to success, and Creator/{{Matthew McConaughey}} is involved in some way.\\
''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' or ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''? %% Captain Lhurgoyf, 14 Feb 2015
* A popular animated television series that became one of the most recognizable and influential of its era, this show centers around a sword-wielding hero with long blonde hair and his talking animal sidekick as they have adventures in a post-apocalyptic world in which both magic and advanced technology coexist. A prominent villain is a powerful evil sorcerer with a skull for a face.\\
''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' or ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''? %% Captain Lhurgoyf, 12 May 2015
* This elaborate and lengthy comic series is broken up into a series of arcs, referred to with a specific term, not all of which follow the same characters. The first arc is commonly regarded to be both the weakest and non-indicative of the rest of the series, and the third introduces a group of otherworldly beings themed after a set of objects used in divination and each associated with a different color which become the most famous aspect of the series despite not being present at the beginning. Most of the protagonists are members of the same family who all have names starting with "J," and the first one to be introduced has a name that's some variation of "John." Besides them, there are a number of diverse and colourful characters, many of which, including protagonists, end up being gruesomely killed off at some point (always accompanied with the word "dead" captioning the scene); these include a flamboyant young man with an at least partially purple pompadour who gets killed by a vampire in a [[MemeticMutation memetic]] fashion and a wise parental figure with an Arabic-derived name who is seemingly killed off ''twice'', the first time when an otherwise ineffectual villain shoots them with a magical weapon and who exhibits copious amounts of HoYay with a character introduced earlier in the story whose associated colour is purple. The most iconic antagonist in the series is an evil immortal who wears a brightly-coloured coat, lives in a mansion in a desert city, leads a small army of minions with different powers, and can control time. Late into the series, a CosmicRetcon reboots the universe, and future arcs take place in an alternate history following new characters that still have the same last names as the protagonists of previous arcs (including that of the aforementioned villain). The series is known for its MoodWhiplash, being both incredibly dark and incredibly silly at times, its wide array of {{Shout Out}}s, and the eccentric behavior of its author, whose initials can be written as "AH" and whose AuthorAvatar of an egomaniac artist is a supporting character. While originally a cult classic, it became extremely popular on Website/{{Tumblr}}, attracting a huge and devoted fanbase and spawning many memes.\\
Now, is that specific term [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Acts]] or [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Parts]]? %% Captain Lhurgoyf, 30 May 2015

[[AC: @/CaptainPeregrin]]
* A show touted by fans as a {{Deconstruction}} of the MagicalGirl genre, featuring the eponymous Magical Girl who wears a pink-and-white MinidressOfPower [[spoiler:and happens to be the personification of Hope]]. The TransformationTrinket is a gem [[spoiler: that's actually a Soul Jar]] fashioned into a piece of jewelry. She gets her powers from a white-haired individual who becomes increasingly menacing as the series progresses. She also has a dear friend who [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes the very thing they were fighting against]]]], and meets a black-haired person who is made out to be a villain at first, but eventually the two of them grow very close. At the end, she [[spoiler: forfeits her human form]] in order to save the world.\\
Is it ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''? Or ''Anime/PrincessTutu''? %%Captain Peregrin, 13 June 2013

[[AC: [=Chabal2=]]]
* A team of teenagers with ElementalPowers seek to restore the elemental balance which has been thrown out of whack a long time ago, while opposed by the fire-elemental bad guys (who are fought early on while their powers are weakened in the heart of the water-elemental's home at the North Pole, and later at full strength at the climax). Fire powers are strengthened by meteors. The youngest of the group has wind powers, uses a staff and helps set off the plot; the male fire user is a hot-headed idiot; the female water user is a healer, they are helped by a magnificently-bearded old man, and run into many a FantasyCounterpartCulture. There is little in the way of modern weaponry, except for fire-powered naval artillery. The shippers can be charitably described as "batshit insane", with every conceivable ship permutation receiving a PortmanteauCoupleName.\\
''Videogame/GoldenSun'' or ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''?
* A Scotsman takes the throne thanks to violent action and eventually falls in battle. He will never have sons, and the throne will pass to the descendants of his best friend. Strange prophecies and witches are involved, while the manipulative women who try to force their men into murder are dead by the end.\\
''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' or ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''?
* A white-haired boy, his brown-haired best friend who's better at fighting, and the girl who's in love with the former and annoyed by the latter. All three are inseparable until the PrettyBoy betrays the other two, leading them to run for their lives, slowly gaining a group of disparate and supernatural friends. The girl is still attracted to the PrettyBoy and oblivious to her bodyguard.\\
Is this a series suitable for [[Manga/AkatsukiNoYona younger audiences]] or [[{{Manga/Berserk}} to be kept out of their hands at all costs]]?

[[AC: Chelzero]]
* A group of brave astronauts leaves on a journey to find new home for mankind. Our protagonist is a crew on board this expedition. He leaves his child on Earth. Thanks to TimeDilation, the two are separated not only by distance but also time. The protagonist returns to Earth at last after securing a colony. Though little time has passed for the astronaut since his departure, his child has grown old in his absence.\\
''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', or "[[Music/{{Queen}} '39"]]?

[[AC: @/CrazedNinja]]
* In this campy children's film, an ordinary teenage protagonist is constantly annoyed by their younger sibling, until they inadvertantly cause said sibling to fall into danger at the hands of a group of mythical beings led by a villain with an excellent singing voice ([[TheCastShowoff played by a famous musician, no less]]), who the protagonist had heard about, but didn't think was real. The film takes place over the course of a single day, as one of the two parties is under a time limit to complete their goal.\\
Is the time limit on [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} the protagonist]] or [[Film/HocusPocus the antagonist]]? %%Crazed Ninja, 26 Oct 2013
* This wildly popular retro-inspired indie video game stars a child who falls down and ends up underground, where the entirety of the game takes place, and where there are tons of monsters. You are told right away who the antagonist is, but after they are defeated, the game is still far from over. The cycle of life and death is one of the central themes of the game, and hearts are a recurring motif as well. The game features multiple paths, with the TrueFinalBoss being an all-powerful goat monster who fires some rather ridiculous BulletHell patterns.\\
''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' or ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''? %%Crazed Ninja, 14 Dec 2015

[[AC: @/CyberTiger88]]
* The heroes of a long-running series enter [[CityOfCanals a Venice-inspired city]]. The main character of the group is [[InterspeciesRomance romanced by a girl of a different species]] while the antagonist(s) use the city’s LostTechnology to control ancient evil beings. Towards the end, a character that’s mostly blue in color dies and [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame that’s the only plot point most people know about the story]]. The question is whether the fore-mentioned character is [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 a speedy hedgehog]], or [[Anime/PokemonHeroes a psionic wyvern]].
%%CyberTiger88, 20 May 2015

[[AC: @/{{Cyclone}}]]
* This popular film starring Creator/MarkHamill involves the potential misuse of a powerful space-based energy weapon, which is later turned against our heroes. The film serves as the finale of the main protagonist's story arc as he fully comes into his own and out of the shadow(s) of his predecessor(s). Story arcs set earlier but published after help show how the world came to be the way it was when we first met said protagonist, including information on his very birth. Clearly, this is ''Return of the J-...''
** ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi ...-edi]]'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker ...-oker]]''?
* In the 2015-2016 season of this comic-based TV show, the ancient secret organization that has been plaguing our heroes for multiple seasons is dissolved, just in time for Hive (which has long-standing connections to that organization) to take center stage as the big bad of the season with an attempt to remake the world into a "better place." Is this ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' or ''Series/{{Arrow}}''?
* This popular franchise includes novels, tabletop games, video games, and even appearances on the small screen. The setting of this franchise is a place that used to be a single monarchy filled with rival noble houses. After TheCoup happened and the ruling monarch died, a dispute arose over who was the rightful heir to the throne, leading to a five-way CivilWar. At some point, a dramatic WeddingDay resulted in the apparent downfall of one of the five factions. One major antagonist is a power-hungry EntitledBitch with blonde hair from a noble house known for their wealth and an impregnable fortress that has never fallen (until it does). Her brother is a WarriorPrince, the rightful heir of his house, a legend on the battlefield, and actually the biological father of her son. The CivilWar is interrupted by the arrival of a foreign army claiming to inherit the right to rule from the pre-coup dynasty, enforcing it with force of arms and distinct military advantages over the pre-existing factions that are difficult to counter. Dragons are a thing in the setting too.
** So. Dragons. Are they [[TabletopGame/BattleTech 60-ton giant stompy robots designated DRG-1N]] or [[Franchise/ASongOfIceAndFire actual fire-breathing reptiles]]?

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[[folder:Troper Entries D-I]]

[[AC: @/DaibhidC]]
* In this UK-centric MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, a monstrous being based on a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' character threatens Londoners, but is defeated by the awesome power of Literature/MaryPoppins. A character from recent ''Film/JamesBond'' films also appears in the work, but isn't really involved in this storyline.\\
''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century 2009'' or the opening ceremony to the London 2012 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames? %%Daibhid C, 4 Oct 2013
* In a fantasy world, a young girl thoughtlessly triggers an emotional outburst from AnIcePerson. Up until now, the ice-creating character has kept a tight control on their powers, but now the land is plunged into EndlessWinter. The girl must go on a quest that takes her to the newly formed IcePalace, not so much to defeat the ice-caster as to talk them down with ThePowerOfLove, since the story makes it clear that they're not really villainous. Oh, and there's [[{{Snowlem}} a talking snowman]].\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''? %%Daibhid C 6 Dec 2014
* In this instalment of a [[LongRunners long-running series]], an eccentric engineer invents a spacecraft with a radical new power source. Unexpected factors threaten the flight of this ship, which in turn could mean TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. During the ship's launch there's a ShoutOut to the song "[[Music/{{Steppenwolf}} Magic Carpet Ride]]", possibly as a reference to its use in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}''. The ship's crew end up making an unexpected FirstContact with aliens who look a lot like one of the species on board the ship, only more dignified and powerful.\\
''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' or ''Discworld/TheLastHero''?%%Daibhid C, 8 Dec 2014
* This July 2018 [[MilestoneCelebration multiple-of-ten]] comic is the culmination of a recently reignited WillTheyOrWontThey between two long-running characters who finally got engaged. While billed as the wedding issue, in the event the bride (who has a feline codename) has a conversation with her blonde best friend (whom she hasn't really been shown interacting with for years) which convinces her not to go through with it. The fallout from this is seen in subsequent issues.\\
''Comicbook/BatmanRebirth'' #50 or ''Comicbook/XMenGold'' #30?
* In this volume of a series of children's novels about a boy called Johnny who has fantastic adventures, he and his friends visit the past by means of a trolley that can travel through time.\\
Is the "trolley" [[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy what Americans would call a shopping cart]] or [[Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine what Brits would call a tram]]? (Credit to Tropers/PaulA, who pointed this out on alt.fan.pratchett many years ago.)

[[AC: @/{{Darkblade}}]]
* In a medieval-ish post apocalyptic world humanity has been hunted by nearly unstoppable monsters. Even hiding behind mostly effective walls humanity is losing a slow war of attrition against the monsters. One day the walls fail to hold back the monsters and a young boy looses his mother to the monsters. Barely escaping with his own life he swears that one day he will rid the world of the monsters. Years later he finds some AppliedPhlebotinum that allows him to fight the monsters on equal terms at the expense of his humanity. Some people see him as a saviour others are less than pleased with him shaking up the status quo.\\
''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' or ''Literature/TheWardedMan'' %%Darkblade, 10 Nov 2013
* A long running speculative fiction franchise that recently had a landmark anniversary. Over the course of the decades the franchise has run several different actors have played the titular roll. Among the older seasons there are seven iconic portrayals that are held as sacred by parts of the fandom. A hiatus in the nineties in which movie(s) no one is sure what to do with came out before the franchise was renewed in two thousands. Also the most famous classic incarnation wore a scarf.\\
''Series/DoctorWho'' or ''Franchise/KamenRider''? %%Darkblade, 24 Nov 2013
* A young female aspiring artist witnesses a demon hunter kill a demon. Although initially frightened by his arrogance and violent tendencies she starts to fall in love with the hunter after she gets dragged further and further into his darkly magical world. Eventually it is revealed that she has some ties to this world herself and is important to the main villain's plans. The villain himself is a fallen demon hunter who is now using their evil powers along with his own abilities for his own ends.\\
''Series/{{Garo}}'' or ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''? %%Darkblade, 24 Nov 2013
* A TV show about a down on their luck middle class suburbanite that turns to drug dealing to maintain their lifestyle.\\
''Series/BreakingBad'' or ''Series/{{Weeds}}''?

[[AC: @/{{Darkestabsol}}]]
* Our main character is a guy who survives an attempt on his life via poison, but not without unintentional alternate effects on his body. From there, he goes to return to normal. The primary villains are a tall thin person (Who also happens to be the person who caused the main character's poisoning) and a big guy who isn't as smart as the tall person.\\
Is this Manga/DetectiveConan or Film/TheEmperorsNewGroove ?

[[AC: @/DecafGrub47393]]
* In this fanfic of a beloved cartoon, an eleven-year old man with the plan and a close friend run far away from home in search of a long-lost relative. During the journey, the hero falls in love with a raven-haired female while evading attempts to bring them back home.\\
Is this Fanfic/FindingDad or [[https://theloudhouse.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:MeGa_eXal/On_the_Run:_A_Loud_House_Story_-_Chapter_1 On the Run: A Loud House Story]].

[[AC: @/DensetsuNoKaboom]]
* A formerly heroic male character loses his mother and gains a high rank in the EvilEmpire while also getting a cool LaserBlade and helmet. Some years later, another male character closely related to the first one engages in a tearful IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with him, and after an incident involving lightning, the first character dies. \\
''Franchise/StarWars''' or VideoGame/{{Mother}}3? %%DensetsuNoKaboom, 21 April 2013
* At the beginning of the story, there are two siblings. One is shy and sheltered, and has blond hair; the other is more adventurous and has red hair. Events separate them from each other as well as their parents. Three years later, the younger sibling goes on an adventure with three friends, including someone raised by strange magical creatures as well as an animal sidekick; this adventure eventually leads to them finding the older sibling, who had gone into the mountains and never returned. The two siblings have grown apart in this time, and the elemental powers of one end up almost killing the other, but by the end the two have reconciled and things turn out well.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''[[VideoGame/MOTHER3 MOTHER 3]]''? %% DensetsuNoKaboom, 22 Dec 2013
* A villain works their way into a high-ranking group and manipulates their coworkers to get them out of the way in order to put themselves on top. Their evil plan involves the use of flowers which cause normally docile and intelligent anthropomorphic animals to lose their senses and go berserk. They are eventually thwarted by the two protagonists, who initially met each other on antagonistic terms but became partners over the course of these events.\\
''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' or ''VideoGame/CaveStory''? %% DensetsuNoKaboom, 1 Aug 2016
* This is the story of an alien invasion of Earth, opposed only by a young scientist and his sister. The titular protagonist and several other major characters have three-letter names. The aliens' MO for invasion involves bombarding the entire surface of a planet at once to wipe out all life.
''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', or ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''? %% DensetsuNoKaboom, 4 Apr 2017


[[AC: [=Diamonddmgirl=]]]
* This infamous fanfic shares its name with a song. A character who, in canon, was just a bit weird is now evil for no reason. A girl is oddly happy when another girl who is ''supposed'' to be one of her best friends is killed and her body is desecrated. Again, the first girl's motivations are barely explained.\\
''FanFic/MyImmortal'' or ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}''?%%diamonddmgirl
* The villain has been raising someone else's child for their own selfish purposes, keeping the child away from others and making them think that all other humans are evil. The child has long light hair. When they are in their late teens, they meet another human around their age who has brown hair. Said other human isn't anything like what the long-haired person thought that humans were like, causing them to doubt everything the villain taught them about the world. Eventually the long-haired character sides with the villain, only to realize that they were wrong when they're in the tall building they grew up in. The villain then tries to kill the brown-haired character in that same building. This story also features oddly helpful animals, people going over ledges without getting hurt and criminals dressed in medieval clothing.\\
Do the law-abiding citizens wear [[Disney/{{Tangled}} medieval clothes too]], or are they dressed like [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite modern day New Yorkers]]?%%diamonddmgirl
* This AnimatedMusical features a redheaded princess whose parents are ''both'' dead for a change. She ends up in the middle of a love triangle between a man who accompanies her throughout large portions of the plot and a blond prince who she got engaged to before she met the other guy, or so she thinks. The princess has an older sister who also makes frequent appearances but does not get a love interest. The sister is more closely connected to the supernatural than the redhead. It turns out the blond prince is evil and a liar and the true villain of the film. He wants the rest of the royal family dead for political reasons and manages to immobilize the redhead princess, after which the non-human (also non-animal and non-plant) comic relief guy proves instrumental in freeing her. In the climax a major character seems to die stopping the villain and then comes back in a way that involves the supernatural aspects of the older sister. Many scenes feature snowy landscapes, and the main plot takes place in Scandinavia.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''[[TheMockbuster The Secret of Anastasia]]''?

[[AC: [=Disney23=]]]
* A famous baseball player becomes disgraced after his misses a ball that costs his team the game. He is scorned and attacked by everyone around him to the point he attempts suicide, but in the end, he is given another chance and wins in the end.\\
Is it the ''Series/KingdomHospital'' episode "Butterfingers" or ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Boys of Bummer". %%Disney 23, 12 May 2013

[[AC: dmeagher13]]
* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of a magical enchantment placed on her. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?

[[AC: @/DonaldThePotholer]]
* An asteroid [[ColonyDrop is on a collision course with the planet]]! [[SkeletonGovernment What passes for a regional government]] decides that the best course of action is to send a rocket equipped with what is essenially BlackBox technology to the asteroid to get rid of it. The power source of the rocket is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild extracted from the essence of life itself]], and the ''de facto'' head of said regional government is tied in to the comapny that makes this energy. TheRemnant of [[AnimalWrongsGroup an environmental extremist group]] suceeds in sabotaging this rocket forcing the only remaining plan to be their plan: the unleashing of a more concentrated projection of said energy at the asteroid. The group suceedes in unleashing this projection with the help of the PlayerCharacter. As it turns out, the asteroid's collision course with the planet was a premeditated act by a third party with amazing powers of its own, which has to be defeated by said Player Character in the Final Battle of the storyline.\\
''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', right? How about [[spoiler:The "Delta Episode" of ''Videogame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'']]?
* Over the course of about two years, this "Ace" of his profession became a Legend, defying the odds time-and-time again, turning certain defeats into spectacular victories. Then, when all seemed well for him and his friends, [[HappyEndingOverride he was framed for a heinous crime]]! He was relegated to exile for [[TimeSkip a significant period]], during which things went FromBadToWorse for this man's nation. He only got back into the game with the help of a friend-[[note]][[ShipTease possibly]] [[HoYay lover]]-[[/note]]turned-ReasonableAuthorityFigure. That and the existence of a spy, whose activities include [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb bombings]] and murder. But, with the aid of a loud, brash, [[DividedWeFall mistrusting]] youngster, a [[spoiler:perceived]] [[DefectorFromDecadence traitor from]] [[BoxedCrook the other side]], and a lady who peppers her speech with some [[GratuitousForeignLanguage gratuitous european]], this Ace is able to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, capturing the spy and restoring the reputation of a man unfairly tarnished.\\
If the profession is "fighter pilot", the "Ace" is '''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderTheKilrathiSaga Christopher Blair]]'''.[[note]]And the specific game for most of the events is ''Vengeance of the Kirathi''.[[/note]] If the profession is "''[[spoiler:Attorney]]''", the "Ace" is [[spoiler:'''Phoenix Wright'''[[note]]with the specific game being ''[[Videogame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]''[[/note]].]]
* An organization located in a tropical region undertakes a project to better the lifestyles of living beings in that world. However, that organization's Director [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels takes a bit of a maniacal turn]], favoring another species of beings over the beings the project is intended to serve. Said Director [[TheManBehindTheMan suborns a known criminal into doing their dirty work]] while the rank and file of the organization still follow the Director's orders until the Director reveals [[MoleInCharge their true colors]]. The Player Character fights the Director in a place out of their world in the final battle of the primary storyline.\\
Said Director, of course, is '''[[Videogame/MegaManX8 Lumine]]'''. And it's the same being: dying [[PeekABangs and extending]] your hair, [[SueDonym adding two letters to your name]], [[GenderBender changing your operative gender]], and ''[[Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon traveling to another game series]]'' won't allow you to evade justice for long![[note]]i.e. '''Lu''sa''mine'''. Only applicable to the original versions, though.[[/note]]


[[AC: [=Dragon_Feathers=]]]

* A multiethnic team of young adults and their big, adorable, white non-human companion save an {{Americasia}} CityOfAdventure from a man in a white, red, and yellow mask. There is a suave, blue-eyed man who wants the hero's skill for his own use, but is rendered helpless by said masked man in the middle of his plan. One of the villains is motivated by revenge for the death of a female family member. Disney/BigHero6 or the first season of WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra?

* In this 2014 smash hit movie, an everyday guy (played by Creator/ChrisPratt) accidentally finds an {{Artifact of Doom}} while doing his job. He finds himself dragged into a humorous, world-hopping adventure to defeat an EvilOverlord along with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits including: an attractive {{Action Girl}}, a [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] guy with a dark color scheme, a TalkingAnimal, and a BigGuy made of something other than flesh. Does Chris Pratt play [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Emmett]] or [[Film/GuardiansoftheGalaxy Star-Lord]]?

* This story, aimed at teenagers, takes place InAWorld (but with the first installment taking place entirely in a CityOfAdventure) where some people have superpowers and use them to oppress and terrorize non-powered people. An organization that uses glove-shaped weapons is dedicated to bringing down these superpowered villains. One of the main characters is an 18-year-old who saw his father killed in front of him as a boy. It turns out that the leader of the CapeBusters group actually has very strong powers himself, and secretly uses them to give the group their edge. The second book's villain has [[MakingASplash water powers]]. The series began in 2012. ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''?

* An animated musical from a major studio made in 1998 has a heavy Christian influence and is based on a very old story, but isn't nearly as [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] or {{Anvilicious}} as such cartoons usually are. In fact, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it's quite dark for a "family" movie.]] Its opening song alone features racial oppression and [[Family-Unfriendly Violence]], which persist throughout the film. The protagonist becomes estranged from the man who he had grown up with as a family member, and eventually witnesses his death (which was likely divine intervention). The two men have an opposing duet song. The film's best song is Nightmare Fuel in visuals and lyrics, and is at least a sort of VillainSong. Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' or Creator/DreamWorks' ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''?

[[AC: [=Disciple=]]]
* A forgotten hero of a previous conflict returns to civilization from unexplored territories to face the threat of an [[EvilMask evil power bound to a mask]] hell-bent on [[OmnicidalManiac destroying the world]], with the aid of a desperate, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy manipulated pawn]]. The hero must gather four revered figures together in order to stop the antagonists. Along the way, the hero is accompanied by a [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] character who formerly [[HeelFaceTurn worked with the antagonists]] and is only helping out because he/she needed the hero's help to escape a deserted location at first. He/she then proceeds to [[NeverMyFault blame everything that got him/her stranded on the hero]]. The hero starts off the game in a much weaker state then he/she was before, and must spend the first portion of the game "healing" himself/herself. In addition, the hero must also retrieve an important object taken from him/her prior to the start of the game. Over the course of his/her journey, the hero is given advice by a cryptic, creepy character who aids in the "healing" process, a town on the verge of destruction in denial of it's fate, helps a soul stuck between life and death let go and move on into the afterlife, defends farmers from invaders from another planet, reunites a couple in a hotel, uses a mask to gain entry into a bar, is asked by someone in said bar to perform, [[ClearMyName proves the innocence of a character facing an execution ordered by a royal]] after trudging through a swamp, journeys to a desert land filled with spirits, assassins that appear out of nowhere, and faces the long-gone ruler of a vast empire. The hero stops the antagonist's attempted [[ColonyDrop Colony Drop]] and defeats him with the possible aid of an [[EleventhHourSuperpower Eleventh Hour Superpower]]. The game ends with the hero returning back to the unexplored territories once more. The hero returns later in the series as [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo a restless spirit]] in order to give aid to the new generation of heroes.\\
Is this ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' or ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''?

[[AC: [=Eevee_em=]]]
* Near the beginning of the story, a 10-year-old boy finds out that he is the chosen one. Later, he is told by a girl about his age that he must go out and collect three special gems (One of which is red and associated with fire, one of which is blue, and one of which goes with the theme of the other two), and take them to a sacred place that one would associate with religion. This task would be fairly simple, except that the main villain has has been causing problems since before the hero started his task, forcing said hero to overcome many obstacles. The girl knows how to play a special song on the ocarina, and this becomes a plot point. The hero [[ImpliedLoveInterest may or may not]] have multiple love interests.\\
''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' or the first part of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''? %%Eevee_em, 24 Nov 2013
* A game by Masahiro Sakuria with a strong focus on multiplayer. In addition to the main mode, there's a mode that focuses on exploring a large area in order to collect powerups for a short contest at the end. There's also a mode that features a top-down perspective and seems like a simplification of the main mode at first, but actually plays quite differently than anything else in the game. There are exactly three panels of "achievements" to fill up. It's possible to assemble the legendary Dragoon by collecting its three pieces and then have Kirby ram someone with it.\\
''[[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby's Air Ride]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for 3DS]]''?

[[AC:EdwardGil]]

* In this ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' game, the villain is a mother driven made with MoreThanMindcontrol from a Pokémon that didn't realize what it was doing. [[spoiler: Upon being freed, she falls into a coma.]] Are we talking about the fangame ''VideoGame/PokemonUranium'' or the more recent official ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''?

[[AC: @/EmmaIveli]]
* In a MediumBlending sitcom episode involving children's toys, we are treated to an alternate universe. However one of the characters, thanks to a toy, begins to get visions and flashbacks of another world. After some digging around, he discovers the world he knows is only a fantasy caused by a combination of injury and the harsh reality of growing up. The character decides living in a fantasy world based around toys is better, but after realizing that there are things that only the real world can offer he knows that he must go back to reality.\\
''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "G.I. Jeff" or ''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Brick Like Me"?
* An episode of an animated sitcom has an episode dealing with Boy Bands and Subliminal Messages. Guest starring at least one member of *NSYNC.\\
''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "New Kids on the Blecch" or ''Westernanimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Boyz Crazy"?

[[AC: @/EndarkCuli]]
* This Creator/NipponIchi game has a notably darker tone than most other games by this company, with violent deaths and sexual abuse being important to the plot. It begins with the player creating a name for the main character, though no matter what is chosen, the true importance of this name isn't revealed until near the end. Your main ally, and the character that gives the protagonist most of their strength, is foul-mouthed, desires world domination, and views most events through the protagonist's eyes due to limitations on their powers. You are able to encounter and befriend other unique characters over the course of the game, including a ditzy girl with some beastly features and a lot of determination, and a fellow with some farm animal features that acts friendly and naive until his true intentions are revealed. The game's grand finale takes place soon after exploring a world other than your own, and the ultimate BigBad is considered to be a god.\\
''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' or ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight''?

[[AC: @/{{Floria}}]]
* During the Cold War, someone with the initials AR attempts to found an Objectivist utopia. The project goes downhill in dramatically dreadful ways that are gradually revealed to the audience. The {{Fantastic Drug}}s the community manufactures don't help.\\
''VideoGame/BioShock1'' or ''Literature/TheFountainheadFilibusterTalesFromObjectivistKatanga''? %%By Floria, 21 April 2013
* An early 21st century sci-fi(ish) series with a devoted following among geeky types. It is the product of an infamous TrollingCreator with a fondness for [[PlayingWithATrope playing with tropes]] and KillTheCutie. It features a mixed-gender ensemble (including multiple {{Action Girl}}s as major characters), non-earth planets, a {{Badass Adorable}} ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl with long dark hair, a socially privileged young male who has skills that can help the injured and is platonically close to a BadassAdorable cute girl, a dark-skinned male character fond of edged weapons, a sinister MegaCorp, a sun of unusual color, psychic powers, and lots of snark. It's also spawned its share of memes. Its representation (or lack thereof) of racial diversity has caused controversy in some quarters.\\
''Series/{{Firefly}}'' or ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''? %%Floria, 19 May 2013
* A snarky, eccentric, perpetually unshaven British BadassBookworm and a snarky, competent, take-no-crap, [[OneHeadTaller much shorter]] American woman of color solve mysteries in contemporary New York State in this SettingUpdate of a popular literary property.\\
''Series/{{Elementary}}'' or ''Series/SleepyHollow''? %%Floria, 22 Sept 2013
* In this new adaptation of a longstanding pop culture franchise, a BadassBookworm GreatDetective fights crime in a large American city. Rather than his customary male sidekick, the detective's companion is a tough Asian woman whom he mentors in detective work. One of the major villains is a beautiful, dangerous British-accented woman who is a leader in a vast criminal organization.\\
''Series/{{Elementary}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''? %%Floria, 19 Oct 2013
* A goodhearted (but [[BewareTheNiceOnes not to be underestimated]]) East Asian BadassBookworm teams up with an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]], socially inept, European genius detective of the opposite gender, and they develop a close bond, with the relatively normal nice Asian acting as the other character's [[TheWatson Watson]]. The European detective character has high-status ancestry and a less than friendly relationship with their father. They are not emotionless or lacking in the capacity for kindness, but they're not the warm and fuzzy type at all - although they do [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]] to some extent. Together, they solve murders. Despite the European detective character's strong resemblance to Literature/SherlockHolmes, this series does not take place in Victorian or Edwardian London.\\
''Series/{{Elementary}}'' or ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}''? %%Floria, 13 Jan 2014

[[AC: [=FoxMccloud=]]]
* Long ago, in a CrapsackWorld, mankind was terrorized by large, monstrous creatures. Human society managed to survive against these monsters, and eventually creates some vague semblance of peace. One day, a superior monster massacres an unprepared town, and allows its weaker kin to resume their devastating attacks on human settlements. Our protagonist, who survived the massacre, decides to join the fight against these creatures. However, they discover that [[spoiler:they have the ability to wield the powers of the monsters they fight, making them mankind's best hope to win this war.]]\\
Are these monsters [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim dragons]] or [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Titans]]? %%Fox [=McCloud=] 4387, 28 June 2013

[[AC: [=Frozenwolf150=]]]
* This comedy series was created as an intentional parody of other superhero stories. In this setting, superheroes are dime a dozen, with a wide assortment of wacky powers. Many of them are either narcissistic or completely useless, spending more time arguing than actually doing their job. The main protagonist is virtually indestructible, but the source of his power is never explained. He has a carefree goofball personality, but his sidekick takes the superhero job a lot more seriously. He lives in a small apartment and often has trouble making ends meet. He typically runs his daily errands in full costume, but nobody bats an eye. When he shows up to save the day, his fights often cause a lot of collateral damage that he doesn't seem to care about. At one point, the moon gets partially damaged thanks to the actions of a world-destroying supervillain.\\
Is this ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' or ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''?

[[AC: [=Fubuki=]]]
* In this Creator/{{Pixar}} movie, two people meet for the first time, don’t really care about each other but don’t exactly dislike each other either. One of them is convinced he can do something which he clearly cannot and the other thinks he’s an idiot for believing it. Shortly after, they clash and develop a drawn-out rivalry during which the dreamer slowly gains the upper hand. When the realist does something stupid, the dreamer reacts, things escalate, their lives get turned completely upside down, and they have to [[TeethClenchedTeamWork reluctantly work together]] to get them back. The dreamer eventually is close to despair [[spoiler: by learning from a more reliable source than his companion that his dream is impossible for him to reach, and deliberately evokes a FlyOrDie situation in which he fails at what he’s dreaming about and comes/believes to come close to getting himself killed.]] The realist goes after him with the help of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. [[spoiler: The dreamer also has a HeroicBSOD which the realist gets him out of by revealing his own insecurities. They then save each other’s lives, team up to get out of a very dire situation in a great showdown, and end up moving and living together as best friends.]]\\
''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' or ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity''? %%Fubuki, 30 June 2013

[[AC: Tropers/{{Gamermaster}}]]
* An incredibly powerful black haired demon lord loses his power and position due to a young woman and is reduced to working a bottom of the barrel job that he takes [[SeriousBusiness incredibly seriously]]. Among the people who join him in his quest to regian his power are: his [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] white haired second in command, an ordinary teenage girl, a child that can turn into a sword and views said teenage girl as a CoolBigSis, the woman who caused him to lose his powers who happens to be an angel and is constantly shipped with him in-universe, and a ButtMonkey.\\
''Videogame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' or ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer''?

[[AC: [=Ghostsoul=]]]
* Five kids accept a 'gift' from the same [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremist]] who stuffs their souls in inanimate objects. They are also made into [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]] forced to forever fight, which drives them insane as they suffer [[AFateWorseThanDeath A Fate Worse Than Death]] The very thing they had been 'gifted' had caused them to become corrupted inside.\\
''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?

[[AC: [=Gives-you-hugs=]]]
* This is a series about six babies--including a pair of twins and [[TheBabyOfTheBunch one who can't even speak to the other babies]]--and the people who look after them. Stories tend to revolve around either the lives of the caretakers or how the children misunderstand things they've seen and/or been told.
''WesternAnimation/Rugrats'' or ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters''?

[[AC:Tropers/TheGreatConversation]]
* Released in the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]], this beat-driven pop ConceptAlbum with an overarching narrative about [[CelebrityIsOverrated fame and celebrity]] and multiple lyrical {{motifs}} is the sixth studio album by an American artist who started in a niche genre but recently settled in [[SynthPop electronic pop]], although the album ends with a simple bittersweet piano ballad.\\
Music/PanicAtTheDisco's ''Pray For The Wicked'', or Music/TaylorSwift's ''Music/{{reputation}}''?


[[AC: [=gunslingerofgilead=]]]
* A modern day extension of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table act as defenders against the greatest threats known to man. The operatives of said agency take their monikers/codenames from the original knights (i.e. Galahad, Perceval, Lancelot, etc.), and new agents are only inducted upon the death of another. This is the basic set-up of both ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' and ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'', separated by roughly 130 years and taking place in different genres (spy fiction vs GaslampFantasy respectively).

[[AC: [=HellKillUsAll=]]]
* The future of a kingdom is at stake, especially a very respected individual, when a former student of theirs is out for revenge. Now a current student of the master must use all they can in a new environment to stop this evil and restore peace.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''? %%Hell Kill Us All, 9 July 2013
* A child-like character becomes a newspaper reporter to his BadBoss. However, once his friends start alienating him, he wants to reveal the truth, but the boss threatens to blackmail and overwork him if he comes clean. However, our hero uses the newspaper as a way of clearing himself and giving the boss his just desserts.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "The Krabby Kronicle" or the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Ponyville Confidential" %%Hell Kill Us All, 7 Sept 2013
* A redheaded RebelliousPrincess wants to be her own person and make her own decisions, something her royal parent doesn't approve of. Their differences escalate to the point where the parent destroys the princess's most beloved possession during a bitter argument, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone something the parent later regrets]]. The princess then runs away from home and makes a deal with a shifty witch to make their dreams come true via a magical transformation, but it only causes trouble in the kingdom, making both parties put aside their differences and become stronger on their journeys.\\
Is this ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''? %%Hell Kill Us All, 12 Jan 2014
* A film about toys, both original and preexisting, that contains a plot point about whether toys are meant to be put on display or of they're meant to be played with.\\
Is this ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''

[[AC: Troper/HeroGal2347]]
* A human finds that his alien HeterosexualLifePartner is being affected against his will by something which is turning him savage. Said friend [[FightingFromTheInside tries to resist]], but is ultimately unable to do more than stall the process. The human attempts to keep his friend safe until he returns to normal, even as his now out-of-control friend takes aim at him. Ultimately, he does something extremely risky to keep his friend from harm. However, his care pays off, and the story ends with the two of them together and unharmed. As a last hint, the human's first name begins with ''J'' and the alien is called by a name starting with ''S''.\\
''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman #4'' or ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]"?
* A character abruptly falls in love with someone high-status but inappropriate. Said character is struck with a curse which threatens to upset their whole life. The character's friends, knowing that the CurseEscapeClause has to do with true love, attempt to break it, but, owing to a misunderstanding, their first attempt is totally unsuccessful. Ultimately, the spell is broken, but the love which breaks it is platonic, not romantic.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesADuckTalesValentine A [=DuckTales=] Valentine]]"?
* A group of people are dealing with an attack by a hostile alien. However, through the course of the adventure, the heroes realize that the alien is not normally aggressive. It's attacking out of a MamaBear[=/=]PapaWolf desire to protect its children. The heroes smooth things over and they and the alien part on friendly terms. ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', or "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark The Devil in the Dark]]"?

[[AC: [=Ikacprzak=]]]
* Alien mentor recruits five teenagers to fight off alien invasion, teenagers use animal-based powers to fight, transforming into alternate forms via "morphing". Both series take place in California.\\
''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' or ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' ?

[[AC: [=ImperiumAstarte=]]]
* A clan gifted with both prodigious skill and an overarching legacy comes into conflict with a villain who is equal parts sadistic and perversely charismatic. The family would eventually defeat the villain but not before he wreaks a grievous harm to one of the family's members that would deeply affect them in the years to come. Eventually the villain would resurface by [[GrandTheftMe taking control of the body of the same person he had previously harmed]] and would subsequently confront the family's [[LegacyCharacter latest heir]] who, unlike his straight laced predecessors, is a streetwise delinquent. [[spoiler: In the climax, the villain attacks and nearly kills the heir's mentor but in the end is defeated for good through the use of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own tricks being used against him]] and [[YourHeadAsplode his head getting blown up]]]].\\
Is this the climax of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' or ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''?
* In a world where individuals who have surpassed perceived human limitations are the majority, a young man who lacks those traits finds himself ostracized by his peers and is socially unable to pursue his dream job. Not willing to back down so easily he soon finds an unlikely benefactor in the form of one of these enhanced individuals who helps him achieve his dream by donating his traits. The youth is also confronted by someone from his past who is also considered "perfect" and was [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter superior in everyway to him in their youth]] .\\
Is this the plot of ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'' or ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' ?
* After a SharedUniverse is struck by a cataclysmic event, a select group of specialists are sent back in time in order to take steps of reversing said calamity. In the climax however the BigBad attacks the group's headquarters, prompting a [[BigBadassBattleSequence fight]] that involves both the BigBad and the previous enemies fought as well [[TheCavalry as the many allies from earlier arriving in the nick of time]]. [[spoiler: In the end, the BigBad and his minions are finally defeated but only through a HeroicSacrifice made by one of the main characters]].\\
Is this ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' or ''Film/AvengersEndgame''?


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[[folder:Troper Entries J-M]]

[[AC: [=JackTheHammer=]]]
* The villains of this story are [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] running an AncientConspiracy who have constructed an artificial country and populated it with tens of millions of humans whose only purpose is to die in one momentous instant. The sheer volume of death occurring at a singular moment in time will force open a metaphysical "heaven's door" that will then force God to descend down to the earth. Also involved are superhumans running around with magical powers thanks to a tattoo somewhere on their bodies that were bestowed upon them by said Eldritch Abominations.\\
''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' or ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''? %%Jack The Hammer, 10 Oct 2013

[[AC: [=Javertshark13=]]]
* This popular anime stars a teenage MagnificentBastard who has become disillusioned with the world. One day, he is given a special power that allows him to control people's actions and/or kill them. The character who gives him this power is a supernatural DeadpanSnarker who cannot be harmed by human weapons. The main character decides to use his power to try to change the world for the better, but increasingly ends up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope as he does so. He adopts a SecretIdentity which the world knows him as, while trying to hide the truth from those around him. His primary opponent is a HeroAntagonist who is morally dubious himself, and the two share a complex relationship while trying to outdo each other.\\
''Manga/DeathNote'' or ''Anime/CodeGeass''?
* The two main characters of this film have a RedOniBlueOni dynamic. They used to be very close, but their relationship [[IncrediblyLamePun cools off]] after an incident where someone loses control of their powers, injuring or killing innocent people. After this incident, many people want to restrict or suppress one of the protagonist's powers for fear of this happening again. This character resents this control and eventually goes rogue, while the other main character pursues them in an attempt to bring them back. Things take a turn for the worse when a major character is imprisoned by people who are afraid of their powers. A major plot point involves the death of one of the protagonist's parents, which severely impacts their relationship with the other protagonist. The climax of both films takes place in a snowy area.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''?

[[AC: [=JoeMerl=]]]
* In this movie, an {{Adorkable}} young prodigy with ParentalAbandonment visits a friend's large, extended family, made up of too many colorful characters for the viewer to easily keep track of. During his stay he grows closer with the friend and the rest of TheClan. At the same time, a [[AIIsACrapshoot malicious bot]] tries to use the boy's genius to harm humanity. It turns out the [=AI=] was actually created by a member of the family.\\
''Anime/SummerWars'' or ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''?

* In this Creator/{{Pixar}} film, our main characters are a group completely dedicated to keeping a certain child happy; the protagonist is the group's leader, and everybody else is fine with them getting the most attention. However, the protagonist gets upset when another member of the group starts taking over their role, only to come to terms with this through a wacky roadtrip-style adventure.\\
''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' or ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''?

* Our main character is attending a WizardingSchool despite being raised by a non-magical family; they are eventually revealed to be TheChosenOne able to wield a powerful magical wand. They have two best friends with contrasting personalities and shares a dorm with them. Their rival is a blond-haired AlphaBitch-type with two unintelligent cronies; this character is from an old, important magical family and looks down on people who aren't. The rival gets at least some PetTheDog moments, and at some point, one of these two saves the other with a FlyingBroomstick. The first installment of this franchise features a dragon and the Philosopher's Stone as plot points.\\
''Franchise/HarryPotter'' or ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''?

* In this story, the protagonist causes another character to lose a contest; this other character becomes [[StartOfDarkness consumed with rage and bitterness]], and ultimately helps the BigBad bring about a BadFuture. The protagonist and his best friend (one of whom has blond hair, the other black hair) meet him again through TimeTravel and ultimately manage to {{Set Right What Once Went Wrong}}. The friends' family histories are plot points; specifically, there's a scene where time travel allows the black-haired friend's father, who was a DoorstopBaby, to briefly glimpse at least one of his birth parents. The black-haired friend is briefly {{Ret Gone}}d until the blond friend can save him. Also, a sapient hat causes much of the story's conflict, and at the end it is implied that the blond friend will eventually hook up with a relative of the black-haired friend (despite much of the fandom [[HoYay pairing the friends instead]]).\\
''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' or ''Theater/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild''?

* Our bespectacled, {{Adorkable}} protagonist lives in New York City, was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned as a baby]] and at some point gets HappilyAdopted by an unusual scientist. One of these two invents a TimeMachine, and the subsequent adventures exacerbate and then resolve issues with the protagonist's family arrangement. At some point the Time Machine breaks and requires fixing. The protagonist gets a LoveInterest in the form of a somewhat rude girl whose name ends in the letters -nny.\\
''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' or ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman''?

%%(Can you tell that I really like ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''?)

* This Disney-affiliated story features someone punishing another by turning them into a bear. This person journeys through the land with a younger person of the same sex, with whom they have/develop a parent-child bond. However, in an ironic twist, a relative of the BalefulPolymorph is hunting them with intent to kill, specifically because they discovered the transformed person's [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing ripped-up clothes]] and believed their loved one was ''killed'' by a bear. (This relative has already lost flesh and blood to a bear, incidentally.) Another relative who knows the situation prevents bloodshed, however, and is also able to turn the person back. The transformed person decides to take the form that will allow them to stay with their child.\\
''Disney/BrotherBear'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''?

* This series begins when an alien, who looks roughly half-human and half-horse, comes to Earth with a warning about evil alien invaders. He is killed by these evil aliens and [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin gives superpowers]] to a group of children before he dies. The resulting story is DarkerAndEdgier than your average WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld story. Also, the {{Kid Hero}}es frequently get help from an alien BenevolentAI. \\
''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' or ''Comicbook/PowerPack''?

[[AC: [=JoshuaSweetvale=]]]
* As a kid, the main sympathetic adult point of view character was visiting an archaeological dig when their parent of the opposite sex unearthed the male progenitor entity of an ancient race of biologically superior mythical beings. Said male progentior promptly woke up and started killing everything. Our protagonist's parent was only barely able to seal their child into an escape mechanism. The child is forced to watch as they're carried to safety while their parent is incinerated by the progenitor entity that had just woken up.\\
When the main story begins, the viewpoint character is all grown up...and human society has been mostly destroyed by the children of the monster their parent unleashed. They are leading the defense of a small bastion of human hope, even trying to keep some greenery alive under their aegis. Their base is fortified but ultimately doomed. When the fight against the monsters inevitably begins again, they must try to balance their ethics and desire to keep their young charges safe with their desire for revenge and a better world. The mythological monsters start dropping like flies from the onslaught of unorthodox and unethical but awesome human ingenuity, but not without their base getting trashed and losing a lot of people.\\
So, is this the life story of Misato Katsuragi from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', or Christian Bale's character from ''Film/{{Reign of Fire}}''?

[[AC: [=???=]]]
* In today's episode, a formerly DisappearedDad reappears to announce he wants to enter his kid's life again. They hang out for a couple days and have fun, and the child is convinced to join the father once again. When someone else hears wind of this, they think it's all a farce, and will only lead to more heartbreak, but the person they tell this to is unconvinced, and fumes at the thought of it. However, it turns out they were right, as the father later goes back on his words, saying that something has come up that prevents the father and child from truly reuniting as a family. When the child finds out about this, they shout something to the effect of "I don't need him anyway."\\
Now, is this an episode of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', or ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''?

[[AC: [=JuiceheadBaby=]]]
* A detective haunted by strange nightmares tracks a SerialKiller who uses antlers as a calling card. But is the detective [[{{Manga/Pluto}} a robot]] or just [[{{Series/Hannibal}} really screwed up]]?

[[AC: @/{{Kadorhal}}]]
* A shooter set NextSundayAD, concerning a growing ultranationalist power in Russia, who eventually take over, kidnap their own President, and launch attacks on America and its allies. Along the way the player watches their character die to a bomb they can do nothing about, is supported by a character from previous games in the series, chases after a gun runner or two, performs covert operations against Russian forces before they're officially at war, infiltrates a cargo ship, gets caught in a sandstorm, watches civilians in London die horribly, rescues the Russian President, and goes on to take care of the men behind the whole incident in the final mission. And from the real-world side of things: the game includes a metric ton of CoolGuns with [[GunPorn almost-impossible numbers of accessory rails and attachments to put on them]], the game only receives patches within one year of release, [[PortingDisaster the devs don't particularly care to make the PC version work as well as the console versions at release]], and the patches generally ignore actual bugs while introducing new ones.
The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' trilogy, or ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Future Soldier''?

[[AC:Tropers/{{Katdo}}]]
* This screen work loosely based on one of the most iconic comic franchises of its home country features [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters all the heroes]] [[BatFamilyCrossover in the franchise]] teaming up and traveling through time, visiting past entries in the series to collect {{MacGuffin}}s before the [[AGodAmI godlike]] villain does. The oldest and most popular hero, a hand-to-hand fighter, interacts with his past self. The Japanese cast [[RelationshipVoiceActor includes]] Creator/KeijiFujiwara, Creator/KenjiNomura as a minor villain, Creator/KazuhikoInoue, Creator/KentaMiyake, Creator/DaisukeHirakawa as a character who dresses in green [[spoiler:and is killed by the BigBad]], Fuminori Komatsu as a European hero heavily associated with silver who is close to his sister [[spoiler:and dies]], Creator/HidenobuKiuchi, Creator/BanjoGinga as a villain, Creator/WataruTakagi, Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa, Creator/YasuyukiKase, Creator/YuuichiNakamura, Creator/MiyukiSawashiro, Creator/KenjiroTsuda, and Creator/HirokiYasumoto. Is this '''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven''' or '''Film/AvengersEndgame'''?
* Characters and their supernatural abilities in this manga/anime are [[ThemeNaming named after classic works of a specific medium and the creators thereof]]. [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys The majority of characters are attractive and well-dressed men]], but {{ActionGirl}}s can be found as well. One faction is a criminal gang whose most prominent member is voiced by Creator/KenshoOno. '''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''' or '''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'''?

[[AC: [=KaptainKRapp=]]]
* The hero is a [[HeroicMime silent protagonist]] with [[RealityWarper reality-bending powers]] who finds himself in a strange land unlike his own. Upon arriving, he is greeted by a helpful (if somewhat overbearing) female figure with a {{Meaningful Name}} [[spoiler:who also happens to be the main villain's former lover.]] The hero also learns of the local villain (a regal figure who is built up to be ruthless and destructive, [[spoiler:only to be revealed as a [[AntiVillain decent]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds man]] traumatized by the loss of loved ones and driven to a sense of [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge despairing vengeance]]]]), and sets out to stop him from achieving his goals. Along the way, the hero encounters, among others, a fiery hotheaded {{Blood Knight}} working for the villain who wants him dead, a conniving spider girl in pigtails who wants money and has a penchant for nice dresses, and a shy nerdy {{Otaku}} lizard completely obsessed with all things anime. The hero also encounters a seemingly innocuous villain who is later revealed to be a nihilistic manipulative sociopath and the true villain. Said true villain wants the main villain dead, plays everyone like a fiddle, gains untold power, and becomes a god. As a god, he plans to [[OmnicidalManiac annihilate all existence]] and remake it according to his will, and it's up to the hero to stop him with rainbow-colored heart-shaped {{MacGuffin}}s. Said true villain also has similar powers to the hero.\\
''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' or ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''?

[[AC: @/{{Karalora}}]]
* A classic Creator/{{Disney}} musical about British children starved of parental attention who come under the care of a woman with magical powers, including the ability to fly and to make inanimate objects come to life. Mostly live-action, but includes a memorable sequence in which the protagonists visit a fantasy world rendered in animation, with talking animals and a sporting event with an unlikely outcome. Features Creator/DavidTomlinson in a major role and numerous songs written by Music/TheShermanBrothers.\\
''Film/MaryPoppins'' or ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''?
* This Creator/{{Pixar}} feature concerns an isolated widower who sets out on an adventure, picking up a flighty traveling companion not long into the trip. The two travel to a region all but unknown by their community, encountering strange creatures and facing terrible dangers along the way. Ultimately, the widower learns that he can't let his lingering grief prevent him from experiencing the joys that yet remain in life, and he and his companion become fast friends.\\
''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', or ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''?
* In this CGI Franchise/DisneyPrincess movie, the two leads are the elegant, reserved queen of a kingdom and her immediate relative, a spunky, redheaded princess. The central conflict of the film comes about because one of them is really gung-ho about the princess getting married on short notice, and the other is adamantly against the idea. Her resistance to the marriage causes the second woman to unleash a magical transforming curse that cannot be lifted until the two reconcile their differences.\\
''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', or ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''?
* The story's central conceit is that mythic figures of childhood like Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, and of course the jolly fat man who brings presents at midwinter are real...not only that, but it's very important that children continue to believe in them, both for their own sake and for humanity's. The villain wishes to dispel that belief and twist children's thoughts to his own purposes. Part of his plan involves invading the Tooth Fairy's realm and stealing the stored teeth. The main protagonist is a relative newcomer to this "mythic figure" business who initially doesn't want to get involved but ultimately becomes devoted to the cause, and the belief of a child close to that person proves instrumental in defeating the villain.\\
''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' or ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''?
* This computer-animated franchise is aimed at young girls but has a notable PeripheryDemographic due to being more smartly written and not nearly as saccharine as people would expect given previous iterations of the franchise. It is set in a society of magical beings who oversee the changing of the seasons, ruled by a female monarch associated with golden light. The central protagonist is a relative newcomer to her community who has trouble fitting in at first but soon establishes herself as intelligent and resourceful. The other five main female characters include a ditzy girl, a grower of plants with a Southern accent, a girl who is good with animals, a girl who makes things sparkle, and a snarky girl who is very smug about her flying speed. Each entry in the franchise teaches a lesson about friendship.\\
We've all seen ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Have we all seen the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' movies?
* In this movie from the mid-90s, a highly successful comedian plays a divorced father who feels he doesn't get to spend enough time with his offspring. He assumes an alternate identity that massively changes his appearance, including a great deal of weight gain. This enables him to get the family time he craves, but when his ex-wife and her new paramour discover the situation, they think he's mentally ill and get his visitation rights revoked. Fortunately, the dad is able to use his new role to benefit children in general and prove his sincerity, and he makes peace with the ex and resuming seeing his kid(s), now with a better understanding of what responsible parenthood entails.\\
''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' or ''Film/TheSantaClause''?
* A young girl who thinks her life is too ordinary has her family kidnapped by a predatory fairy being who can give you every little thing you want, but at a terrible price. With some help from those who are familiar with the fairy's ways, the girl enters the fairy's unreal, cobbled-together world, does battle with her, and, through pluck and brains, manages to defeat her and rescue her family.\\
''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' or ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''?

[[AC: @/{{Kartoonkid95}}]]
* A social outcast uses somebody's death as a means to become popular and succeeds, but eventually starts having second thoughts about it when questioned if everything he had before was really good enough for him.\\
''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' or ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen''?

[[AC: @/{{Kayube}}]]
* The main character of the story is a member of nobility, who has spent a long time living a sheltered life in their home. One of the few people they get a chance to meet from outside is a man with whom they develop a close relationship, believing that said man understands them better than anyone else. Not everyone agrees that this relationship is a good one, however, and partly as a result of a disagreement about the issue there is an explosion of magical power, and the two are separated while the main character goes on a journey. During this journey, other characters also express their skepticism about the man, while the main character continues to defend him. While for much of the story the doubts seem unfounded, it is eventually discovered that the man was really using the main character for his own ends, and he ends up becoming the primary villain of the story.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''?
* As the end of the world approaches, a group of people come up with a plan to save humanity. However, the plan involves not only leaving the vast majority of humans to die, but also creating a large-scale deception in order to allow the plan to work. The protagonists refuse to accept allowing the species to live by sacrificing so many lives, and eventually (after dealing with betrayal by one or more allies, and one of the leads traveling back in time to send messages to the past, creating a StableTimeLoop) come up with a better solution that saves all the living humans. In the end, the male lead is shown to be traveling to another planet to live alongside the female lead. Also, plants, food, and holes in space play an important role in the setting.\\
''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' or ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''?
* After falling down a hole, a child arrives in another world, in which they are antagonized by a creature that appears to be made of plant matter. The child harnesses the power of time travel in their journey, during which they meet, among other characters: someone who initially blocks them from leaving the starting area due to their age; an elderly shop owner; a couple of fish-related people, including one who's known for singing; a scientist whose research resulted in [[spoiler:a horrific mishmash of multiple beings]]; and a pair of skeletons who banter humorously. In the end, the child discovers that the antagonistic plant creature [[spoiler:was NotHimself at the time, and befriends him.]]\\
''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''?
* A detective finds himself traveling between two worlds, with alternate versions of people he knows in each of them. One of them is all in his mind, and the other is real, but it's left ambiguous which one is which. He has similar problems to solve in both worlds, and his experiences in one world help solve the case in the other as well. In one of the worlds, someone is trying to get him to give up on the fantasy. The very last scene involves both worlds unexpectedly colliding, after it had seemed like one had proven to be the real world.\\
The ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Abominable Bride", or ''Series/{{Awake}}''?
* This work, part of a fictional universe best known for a particular trilogy, takes place during a war between the forces of good and evil. It involves a group of companions who, setting out from a safe haven, seek to ensure the destruction of the evil forces' ultimate weapon. Ultimately, the group splits up, with only a group of three heading into the heart of the villains' base of operations. The final battle serves to create an opening for the main character, with the help of their ally, to ensure the success of the mission, which involves a long climb. Once the mission is complete, however, [[spoiler:the surrounding area is destroyed, leaving the two companions to presume that their deaths are inevitable.]] The destruction of the weapon, while it doesn't immediately lead to peace, does bring hope for a brighter future, even if [[spoiler:the main character won't be around to witness that future.]]\\
''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', or ''Film/RogueOne''?
* At nearly the end of the 20th century, a popular series of electronic-talking-pet toys are released. However, people who neglect these toys will, due to the machinations of a malevolent force, meet a horrifying fate. The toys themselves, however, while they do have sapience, are not actually evil, and ultimately end up rebelling against the malevolent force, specifically through a conflict with a different model of toy from the same line.\\
''VideoGame/{{Tattletail}}'', or the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' story "Cuddlesome"?
* This game utilizes a lot of [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking]] techniques to involve the player in the story. Some of the characters are aware that they're in a computer program, but others are not. After reaching one not-entirely-satisfactory ending, it's possible to play through a second scenario in which the world is increasingly affected by glitches. Finishing the game requires you to look through the game's files and move or delete some of them. At the final end of the game, after a discussion with an entity that has power over the game world, all the characters who died over the course of the story are brought back. Also, there's a club full of avid readers.\\
''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' or ''VideoGame/OneShot''?
* A FilmNoir-inspired movie that combines live-action and animation, bringing together many well-loved characters in the process. The main character, a human dealing with the loss of a family member, teams up with a long-eared talking animal to solve a mystery. The animal gets on the human's nerves at first but they soon grow close. The ultimate culprit turns out to be [[spoiler:an urban developer who intends to, essentially, wipe out his own species.]]\\
''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' or ''Film/PokemonDetectivePikachu''?

[[AC: [=Kilroy11235=]]]
* A young man encounters a deadly war machine when least expected. During their time together, the machine protects the young man while the young man helps the machine understand humanity, teaching him that he can go beyond his programming. During the climax, the machine sacrifices himself in order to prevent a nuclear armageddon.\\
''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''

[[AC: @/KingOfTheMimeSwing]]
* A highly beloved series (to the point where [[SacredCow criticizing it online would get you a nigh-universal tongue-lashing]]) about a man who seeks to travel across the constructed universe he lives in, much of which was based on tales and experiences of Western influence. To accomplish this, he gathers a crew of colorful individuals who he deems as the best at what they do, and becomes the captain of a well-loved ship (to the point where it's considered by most as a crew member itself). But despite being the protagonists, they are essentially considered in their universe, and would also be considered as such in ours, [[AntiHero criminals]]. But their positions as criminals is due in part to being in conflict with [[TheGovernment the totalitarian, enigmatic, morally-dubious government]] that rules most of their setting. In fact, a few crew members' backstories consist of tragedy at the hands of this mighty regime, even the captain himself. Now, what was the name of the ship that carried this fine crew?\\
Her name has to be ''[[{{Series/Firefly}} Serenity]]'', right? How about ''[[Anime/OnePiece Going Merry]]''. %%By King of the Mime Swing, 18 April 2013

[[AC: @/KnightOfNasa]]
* This dark work features protagonists with a MeaningfulName struggle to survive against the deadly environment using [[ArtisticLicensePhysics improbable physics and jetpack]]. At beginning of the story, the only thing between the protagonists and death is a wall, then the wall breaks and someone close to the protagonist dies. Later on, the protagonist suffered a near death experience and gave up on life, but a HelpfulHallucination came to reignite the protagonist's will to live. A secondary protagonist who is stronger than the main protagonist supports the main protagonist at all cost. [[DamnYouMuscleMemory Muscle memories]] saves the main protagonist from a certain death. Characters who the audiences is tricked into not dying end up dying in a TearJerker scene. The moving version of the work debut in 2013, features SceneryPorn, SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, more than four years of planning, criticized by some when the trailer first came out, and is considered a SleeperHit.\\
Is the moving frames ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' or ''Film/{{Gravity}}''? %%Knight Of NASA, 11 Nov 2013

[[AC: @/{{Lale}}]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne anoints a man with power, who subsequently goes evilly insane, requiring him to re-do the procedure. There are several big, strong, muscular, physically-impressive candidates who would seem to be the obvious choice to turn into a heroic warrior, but the story emphasizes that, although most men judge by outward appearance, the most important trait to look at is the heart, and the smallest candidate with the least impressive outward appearance is chosen and anointed with the power. A war is being fought that TheChosenOne is initially kept out of (he's instead employed as a performer), but, over protests from his superiors, he goes up against the enemy's elite champion and acquits himself ''very'' well, particularly with his use of his [[IconicItem iconic]] projectile weapon, becoming a renowned and feared super soldier who leads mighty men to one victory after another.\\
''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' or [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical story of David]]? %%Lale, 18 April 2013
* A young boy with a two-syllable name starting with "H" who gets bullied at school, has no father, and whose mother works at a diner has to hide a super-powerful robot called "Iron [noun]" that can disassemble and put itself back together again in his shed.\\
''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' or ''Film/IronMan3''? %%Lale, 6 May 2013
* The [[MakingASplash Water controller]] of an ElementalPowers-themed team goes on an obsessive quest to find and get revenge on the man who attacked someone she cared deeply about. She's closely aided by the team [[PlayingWithFire Firebender]]. Her quest ends with a SwordOverHead moment where she almost kills the guy before, of course, realizing IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim.\\
Is the episode "Teers In The Hood" of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' or "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSouthernRaiders The Southern Raiders]]" of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''? %%Lale, 12 July 2013
* BasedOnATrueStory. Creator/TomHanks plays a captain whose ship falls victim to an unprecedented disaster (so big that it makes national headlines), endangering the lives of him and his crew and trapping him and a few other men in a lifeboat with little control over the situation. All he can do is be patient and use his brains to stay alive as the agency on the other end of the radio works to get him and his crew home safely.\\
Is the captain [[Film/{{Apollo 13}} Jim Lovell]] or [[Film/CaptainPhillips Richard Phillips]]? %%Lale, 6 Dec 2013

[[AC:[=LB7979=]]]
* A book with a three-layered story or story-within-a-story-within-a-story. The innermost story could be read by the Real Life reader on its own; it also exists In Universe just like it does for us in Real Life, and the In Universe author of it (whose story can be considered the "middle-layer" story) is shrouded in mystery, which prompts the In Universe characters of the "outermost" layer to go on a quest to find out more about them. The "outermost" story is of an In Universe character reading the innermost story, wondering about its author, and getting more and more sucked into the (to the Real Life reader) innermost story, to the point they get obsessed with it and neglect the rest of their life (leading to them getting fired/threatened to get kicked out of college) and go on a downward spiral. They lose their friends, get in trouble with the law, and their relationship with their parents, [[ParentalIssues which already was bad]], now goes to non-existent. The book as a whole contains [[FootnoteFever copious amounts of Footnotes]], lots of MindScrew, lots of BilingualBonus, some TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and various amounts of UnconventionalFormatting. The book can be seen as a parody or deconstruction of literary criticism or academic writing. Quite a [[GenreBusting Genre Buster]] as well; can be seen as a horror story, a love story, or anything in between.\\
''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or [[Literature/SDorst ''S.'' / ''Ship of Theseus'']]?

[[AC: [=Lemia=]]]
* A PlatformGame with a one-word title becomes famous for its dark subversion of its initial SaveThePrincess plot, with the "hero" having [[RealityWarper reality-warping powers]] that do [[NiceJobBreakingItHero more harm than good in the long term]] and the "princess" being strongly hinted to be a highly destructive non-human entity that the hero might have been better off not pursuing in the first place. It also has a difficult-to-get secret ending that can be accessed only after collecting all the special items scattered throughout earlier levels and is [[EarnYourBadEnding even worse]] than the already-disturbing standard ending due to the hero becoming or being revealed [[VillainProtagonist to be a monster]].\\
This game is ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'', right? Or wait, is it ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}'' instead? %%Lemia, 24 Jan 2013
* In an animated film, a {{Fiery Redhead}}ed princess falls in love with a male character who has an animal sidekick, but the major obstacle holding her back from declaring her love to him is that she is not truly human in spite of her appearance and is under a magical spell that decrees that she must receive TrueLovesKiss to become fully human herself. She and her love interest come close to kissing on one occasion but are rudely interrupted before they can do so, and the two of them are separated not long after when the film's villain assumes the RomanticFalseLead role and persuades one of them to marry him/her. The wedding takes place at sunset and the villain almost succeeds in pulling it off until the other main character [[WeddingSmashers crashes the wedding]] with at least one angry animal sidekick attacking the villain. Unfortunately for the princess, the sun sets just before she can kiss the human prince and her true non-human nature is consequently revealed to everyone at the wedding. Her love interest doesn't care, however, and the villain's eventual demise is followed by the princess happily becoming the same species as her true love for good.\\
By "the same species as her true love", do we mean "[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid human]]" or "[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} ogre]]"?

[[AC: [=LogicButton=]]]
* This humorous science fiction story, complete with mystery, horror, romance, and major characters who are ghosts, is notable for its complicated plot that relies on all sorts of shenanigans involving time, space, and computer programming. The writing is deceptively accessible for how dense it is - every time you reread, you'll pick up something new. Also, it contains disappearing cats and a canny, eccentric character named Dirk. Its creator, who was already attracting attention for a previous work at the time that he began writing this one, is prolific but has been known to suffer from the occasional ScheduleSlip, partly due to his tendency to take on several projects at once. While his is not a household name everywhere, there are quite a few fannish circles in which everybody expects everybody else to have at least a passing familiarity with his work as a matter of course.\\
''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' or ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''? %%Logic Button, 9 Sept 2013

[[AC: [=MachRider1985=]]]
%% This entry was found on the Unbuilt Trope page, and is here attributed to the original author.
* An epic DarkFantasy novel featuring incest, the fate of a family over the course of an epic struggle, a morally ambiguous dwarf, loads and loads of Black and Grey Morality, a sinister supernatural force encroaching from the north and a serious downer ending.\\
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''?

[[AC: Magnus Force]]
* This action-comedy cartoon parodying the Superhero genre is about the adventures of a middle school boy who lives in an M___ City, which is protected by a superhero voiced by Creator/EricBauza. The boy looks up to said superhero and helps him out in fighting a comical but menacing RoguesGallery that includes the superhero's bitter ex-sidekick, an evil genius with mechanical arms, and a monstrous old woman who could be considered their most dangerous foe. While the duo have their differences and often bicker, they are very loyal to each other. The boy's best friend is an impulsive BadassAdorable girl with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair brightly-coloured hair]] who often helps the superhero and the boy out despite having no superpowers (except in one episode).\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'' or ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet''?
* This fantastical Disney-produced animation from the 2010s features an awkward young Hispanic boy with a red hoodie and a mole under his right eye who discovers and travels to a parallel world full of magic where he unravels its many mysteries, learns valuable life lessons, and gains a new confidence and emotional maturity along the way.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''?
* This is the story of a boy who, after years of having his dreams discouraged by cynical adults, discovers a fantastical power (which he channels using a small rod-shaped object) that allows him to live out his wildest dreams and access a magical world full of strange and eccentric people, creatures, and whatnot. As he confronts the various dangers of this strange new world, he is joined with his two best friends, a street-smart and wisecracking inhabitant of this fantastical world, and a very smart girl from the mundane world who helps him in keeping the magical world secret from the normals.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''?

[[AC: @/mariolucario493]]
* This series became a CultClassic online, spawning dozens of memes, fanart, etc. The series’ protagonist ends up in a strange town filled with strange semi-humanoid creatures. The protagonist ends up befriending several unusual characters, including a reality warping comedian, a socially awkward shut-in, and a loud show-off who wants to join the kingdom’s military forces. The protagonist goes on an adventures defeating villains with ThePowerOfFriendship and reuniting a royal couple (one being the protagonist’s motherly mentor and the other being a tragic AntiVillain).\\
WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic or the pacifist route of {{VideoGame/Undertale}}?
* This 90's Disney musical directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale takes place in medieval France and tells a story of how a woman was refused shelter one dark and stormy night. Years later, a hideously deformed man who stays locked up in a tall stone structure and talks to wisecracking [[AnimateInanimateObject animate inanimate objects]] befriends a beautiful brunette and fights a villain who lusts after her. The climax of the movie features the villain’s attempt to break into the hero’s home by using a piece of wood as a battering ram on the front doors. The [[AnimateInanimateObject animate inanimate objects]] take out the villain’s henchmen while the villain finds the hero crying in his room over the apparent loss of his love interest. The hero hides among the gargoyles on the tower to quite literally throw the villain off. The villain falls off the roof to his death below, while the hero reunites with his loved one. Featuring and the voices of Creator/TonyJay and Creator/DavidOgdenSteirs and an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic amazing soundtrack]] by Creator/AlanMenken.\\
''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' or ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''?
* A boy befriends a robot but must keep it hidden from his legal guardian. The robot begins to understand complex subjects such as mortality. The robot is very friendly, but one day, it goes on a violent rampage and attempts to kill people. However, when a threat befalls the town, the robot sacrifices its life to save everyone. Thankfully, the robot leaves one piece of its body behind, allowing it to be rebuilt in the end. Superheroes are a major theme in this animated family picture.\\
Disney/BigHero6 or WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant?
* Here's a movie about a prehistoric animal who is separated from his family. He finds a small human child and travels across the land with him. Across their journey, they battle intense weather and predators who attempt to eat the human. In the end, the prehistoric animal encounters some adult humans and shares a tearful goodbye with his new friend as the boy rejoins his kind.\\
WesternAnimation/IceAge or WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur?
* This quirky, self-aware video game series began on the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64. It features elements such as a magic book[[note]]Cheato and the Dark Prognosticus[[/note]], getting flushed down toilets, and a desert-dwelling creature that suffers AmusingInjuries[[note]]Gobi and Whacka[[/note]]. The first game in the series begins with the villain kidnapping a blond girl and locking her up in a castle high above the ground. Our hero must travel through, among other worlds, a haunted forest, a frozen tundra, a tropical island, and an arid desert before reaching the top of the villain's lair. The hero duels the villain at atop the tallest tower. The villain eventually falls off, but doesn't die. The mechanics from the first game are improved upon in the sequel. The hero travels to a new land that is bigger and far more exciting. He will have to battle dragons, travel by train, and explore a seaside town; all while being pursued by three witches. The third game tries [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent something a little different]] in terms of gameplay, which has resulted in [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks backlash from the fanbase]]. The main setting of the third game is a town between dimensions that is governed by a mysterious cloaked creature. There is also a fourth game on a handheld console that is considered SoOkayItsAverage.\\
''VideoGame/PaperMario'' or ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''?
* This family sci-fi film begins when a spaceship lands on Earth with the intent of studying the local flora. The ship leaves a mysterious lifeform behind, setting up the events of the film. The main character is an UglyCute short creature with long fingers, an extendable neck, and big eyes. His name is an acronym. He is voiced by Ben Burtt, although he isn’t able to speak much English. He is a curious fellow who studies human culture by collecting trinkets and watching old movies. He is accompanied by another creature whose name begins with an E. They have a whimsical adventure together until the curious short creature tragically dies. But thankfully, he comes back to life thanks to a [[ThePowerOfLove special connection]] with his new companion.\\
Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial or WesternAnimation/WallE?
* This pseudo-anime style cartoon lasted three seasons in the mid-2000’s. In it, a bald monk child with a glowing forehead tattoo travels the world with his friends on the back of a giant flying animal. They fight a whiny teenager using [[FourElementEnsemble elemental martial arts.]] Featuring the voices of Creator/GreyDelisle and Creator/JenniferHale.\\
WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender or WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown?
* This is a story about a mischievious prince who learns responsibility. It's an animated musical set in an African country famous for its heavy drama, SceneryPorn, and an orchestral score by Music/HansZimmer. It is actually inspired by famous older story, but they took some creative licence to modernize it. It opens with an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic song]] that cuts to black as soon as it ends. Then our main character is introduced. He is constantly getting into trouble, and his father has to remind him of the destiny he holds. One day, the protagonist is accused of murder, despite the fact that it was clearly an accident. He runs away from home, getting lost in the desert, where he is rescued by a community of outcasts. They teach him (through song, of course) to be happy with what he has, even if it's not much. Years later, the protagonist, now grown up, receives guidance from a heavenly voice that inspires him to return to his home and confront the oppressive ruler (who is a family member that the protagonist once looked up to). Our hero ends up succeeding in defeating the dictator and leading his people to a new and brighter future. The film ends with the hero overlooking his land atop a mountain as a [[BookEnds reprise of the opening song plays.]]\\
Disney/TheLionKing or WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt?
* Two unlikely heroes, one a wide-eyed idealist and the other a wisecracking sidekick who never wears a shirt, must travel across the ocean to find and restore a {{McGuffin}} that rightfully belongs to a green-skinned godlike figure. In order to do so, they must reach the lair of a monster that nobody has ever returned from. Along the way, they meet a greedy crustacean and a sweet old lady who can transform into a sea creature at will. They occasionally break into song and at one point find themselves in an undersea abyss filled with strange creatures. The idealist ends up defeating a villain by singing. Our heroes succeed in their mission while at the same time learning a valuable lesson about identity. The idealist returns home and is given a new position of authority.\\
Disney/{{Moana}} or WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie?
* A team of six heroes, one of them a robot, have to save their {{Americasia}} -inspired city from absolute destruction. One of the reoccurring elements of the story is tiny pieces that can fit together to form something larger. The six heroes have to fight a villain that got separated from his child some time ago and has become bitter because of it. One of the characters gets his arm detached, but later reattached. There is also a cute cat.\\
''Disney/BigHero6'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoNinjagoMovie''?
* A grumpy old man is obsessed with his house, as if it is somehow alive. Turns out he has just been grieving for his deceased wife. But with the help of a younger generation, the old man learns to let go of his past and enjoy his life. In the end, the old man's house is lost.\\
''{{WesternAnimation/Up}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse''?
* A green monster who dreams of terrorizing children in the middle of the night must come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, not scary at all.\\
WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity or [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure?]]
* In this Disney/Pixar film, a human child winds up in a land of creatures that appear scary, but are actually quite friendly. These creatures actually require human essence to fuel their world. The child has to wear a disguise to blend in, but a high-ranking member of the land sees through it. The high-ranking individual is [[BrokenPedestal actually revealed to be a corrupt coward who only cares about keeping his legacy alive.]] However, the child and some friends expose the villain by tricking him into [[EngineeredPublicConfession revealing his evil plan on camera.]] The human child goes home, though the creatures from the other world are allowed to visit the human world on special occasions.\\
WesternAnimation/MonstersInc or {{WesternAnimation/Coco}}?
* Talking animals are tired of being enslaved by a larger species as nothing more than a source of food. So one of these animals decides to get help to break free of their captors. The help they find appears promising, but little do they know that the "savior" they summoned is just part of a circus troupe. Nonetheless, the animals get the idea to build a giant flying BambooTechnology contraption to defeat the tyrannical overlords. By the end, the main villain has been outsmarted by birds, and the heroes are living peacefully on an island.\\
WesternAnimation/ChickenRun or WesternAnimation/ABugsLife?
* This edition in a long-running {{Creator/Nintendo}} franchise features the hero meeting their enemy in the opening cutscene, then falling from a great height. When he comes to, a flying creature decides to aid him on his quest. Other allies include the lead singer in a band and a green-clad man who carries balloons. You travel from land to land, including a [[BubblegloopSwamp wasteland of poisoned water,]] a seaside town whose ocean has been overrun with giant eels, a desert with [[DemBones talking skeletons]] and an upside-down temple, and a mountain village whose inhabitants participate in races in which they roll to the finish line (which turns out to be ThatOneSidequest). The hero uses the ability to control other people's bodies in order to overcome obstacles. There is a bird that steals the hero's items from time to time. One of the bosses is a giant serpentine creature who splits in two. The moon is always present in the sky, and the final boss is actually fought on the moon.\\
VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask or VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey?
* A stop-motion animated film about a boy from Japan who lost an organ (one of a pair) in an offscreen incident. His friends on his journey are talking animals. His enemy is an immediate relative of his (also his only living relative by the end), who [[HeelFaceTurn he eventually manages to win over.]] At least one of the characters in the movie is blind in one eye.\\
WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings or WesternAnimation/IsleOfDogs?
* A boy who has been reincarnated across generations [[SealedGoodInACan awakens from a hundred-year slumber]] to find that the world he once knew has changed. Armed with only a personal glider, he sets out to stop an evil overlord from taking over the world. To do so, he has to unlock the power of the [[FourElementEnsemble four elements]]. At one point, the moon turns red when the villains are at their most powerful.\\
WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender or VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild?
* Toys are brought to life via the power of imagination. Various characters from different franchises come together in this world in order to prevent themselves from becoming turned into lifeless dolls forever. They include an blue-collar worker with an [[TheEveryman everyman]] personality[[note]]Emmet/Mario[[/note]], a masked warrior with a bat motif[[note]]Batman/Meta Knight[[/note]], an adorable pink shapeshifter[[note]]Unikitty/Kirby[[/note]], a bearded man with a BadassBaritone[[note]]Vitruvius/Snake[[/note]], and an astronaut who has experience building spaceships out of stray parts [[note]]Benny/Olimar[[/note]]. An army of robots serves a mysterious master. As it is eventually revealed, the imaginative being that brought these characters to life is being controlled behind the scenes by the entity that wishes to put the toys into a permanent stasis. Even the most evil of villains are able to be turned to the side of good.\\
WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie or [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl The Subspace Emissary?]]
* A young man with a DisappearedDad winds up on a mysterious planet that he ends up triggering to self-destruct. Barely escaping the planet in time, he realizes he had a surrogate father in a ruthless space pirate all along. But sadly, he has to say goodbye to him as well.\\
Disney/TreasurePlanet or Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2?
* This movie is loosely based on a Shakespeare epic, and features songs by Music/EltonJohn. At one point, the theme song to a Disney park attraction is played for laughs.\\
Disney/TheLionKing or WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet?
* In this early 2000's Disney hit, a little girl makes an unlikely new best friend in a blue monster, much to the displeasure of a neurotic green cyclops. When an ObstructiveBureaucrat (who could actually be considered the film's BigGood) threatens to separate the two friends forever, one of them finds a loophole in the system to allow them to stay together.\\
WesternAnimation/MonstersInc (yes, again) or Disney/LiloAndStitch?
* An animated film based on a Marvel property in which a teenage boy attending a prestigious academy teams up with five other people to form a superhero team. Along the way, the boy discovers the mysterious masked man chasing him down is [[BrokenPedestal someone he looks up to]]. The villain ends up being a sad man who lost a loved one long ago and seeks to open a dimensional rift to set things right. At least one of the characters comes from a futuristic {{Americasia}} city and has a cute robot as a best friend.\\
Disney/BigHero6 or WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse?

[[AC: [=MarioTropes=] ]]
* Strange events have been happening, so a small party is sent to the source. They come across a land filled with creatures thought to be not alive at the time. After spending some time in the land, a larger party arrives. Terrible events involving some of the creatures causes the combined party to leave the land, bringing some of the creatures with them to a large American city. The chaos, however, follows them to said city. Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark or Fanfic/HeroesAndAllies?



[[AC: @/MasterGhandalf]]
* This shorter first installment of a SequelSeries to a popular fantasy epic is set after a lengthy TimeSkip and follows a new generation of heroes in a world which was previously early-industrial and is now a mix of early modern and SteamPunk. It is primarily set within a single city, and the plot focuses heavily on social upheaval within said city. Three of the main protagonists are a serious, responsible male, a joking, clownish male (both of whom have magical powers) and an elegant rich girl who can [[SilkHidingSteel handle herself]] [[LadyOfWar in a fight]]. The BigBad is a charismatic masked revolutionary with weird powers who relies heavily on theatricality in his methods. He has a wealthy backer who is related to one of the heroes.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Book One or ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw''? %%Master Ghandalf, 16 Aug 2013
* In this HeroicFantasy series, an ActionGirl assassin goes undercover as a minor noblewoman in the court of an EvilOverlord (who is known only by his title and used strange magic forbidden to the lower classes to become a powerful conqueror), in the process attending several dances and balls. She must mask both her competence and her secret heritage, from which she derives her supernatural abilities. She gradually discovers that an ancient evil thought defeated a thousand years ago is stirring, and she may be the only one who can defeat it. Eventually she gets a dog. Another main character is an idealistic young nobleman with a tyrannical, abusive father. In the backstory, one of the protagonists was sent to an infamous death camp but managed to survive. \\
Does the assassin [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy kill the Evil Overlord]] or does she [[Literature/ThroneOfGlass become his champion]]? %%Master Ghandalf, 3 Oct 2013

[[AC: [=Mercuriesandrandomness=] ]]
* A Japanese work centered around hope and despair with characters named Kyouko, Sayaka, Junko, and Sakura. There is also someone voiced by Creator/ChiwaSaito. The BigBad is a cute animal with a high-pitched voice who is a ManipulativeBastard. The protagonist is the most ordinary character on the show and is a bit insecure about their lack of talent, but they are the most optimistic person out of the entire cast and become hope near the end. Sayaka is a blue-haired girl who serves as a bit of a DecoyProtagonist, for she is one of the first characters to die. The show's {{Deuteragonist}} is a stoic girl who is associated with the color purple, comes off as incredibly mysterious, and eventually warms up to the protagonist. One of the show's first deaths is incredibly shocking due to how brutal it is, the girl with twintails dies in a memetic manner, someone dies in a fire, and Sakura performs a HeroicSacrifice. There is a disaster shelter involved in the story, which the protagonist leaves at the end, going against Junko's wishes. At least one character is a WalkingSpoiler, there is an IllBoy, the protagonist has a younger sibling, and the cast's memories of an event have been erased.\\
Is this''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' or ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''?
* This is the second game in a VisualNovel series by Spike/Chunsoft, which opens with the protagonist opening their eyes and discovering that they are trapped somewhere, and the first character to interact with them has white hair. They then discover that there are multiple people being held in the same place, and that they're apparently at the mercy of a sadistic talking animal who likes poking fun at their situation. There is also a talking rabbit with them. Of the people they are trapped with, the protagonist most closely interacts with a woman who they get some ShipTease with and the white-haired person who found them. The rest of the people include of an AI, the child of a character from the previous game, a massive {{Jerkass}}, and someone voiced by Creator/YoshimasaHosoya. During the game, the characters undergo a virus being released, being trapped in a building, someone threatening to blow up where they are, and multiple murders. Some [[TheReveal reveals]] include that the surviving characters are not in the location where they think they're in and that the apocalypse has occurred. In addition, the most significant reveal is when the protagonist has a TomatoInTheMirror moment and discovers that they do not look like what they think they look like, and are responsible for the entire plot. Finally, the protagonist from the first game shows up at some point, and the game's name was changed when it was translated into English.\\
Now, is the ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' or ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''?

[[AC: Tropers/Mickoonsley19]]
* An installment of a long-running cartoon. In this installment, the characters explore and learn about the world. Some MediumBlending is used to incorporate real photos of the world. \\
''WesternAnimation/PostcardsFromBuster'' or ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf: Around the World in 20 Days''?
* A normal boy receives supernatural help with his daily problems, only for things to never go as planned and backfire in the end. \\
''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''?
* A popular cartoon adapted from a comic series. India rebooted it in 2012. \\
''Manga/NinjaHattori'' or ''Animation/MotuPatlu''?
* A long-running anime that teaches lessons to children. The main character is a blue cat. \\
''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' or ''Animation/ThreeThousandWhysOfBlueCat''?
* A children's animated series centered around a bunch of AnthropomorphicFood items who work together. The show has an Indian English dub. The show has fallen victim to KeepCirculatingTheTapes. \\
''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' or ''Animation/SimpleSamosa''?

[[AC: [=mimitchi33=]]]
* This {{Kidcom}}, produced by Rick Siggelkow, was created to bring a popular British stop motion series to North America via a FramingDevice. In it, a parent-like figure runs a business related to the cartoon the show frames and get visited by a group of kids as well as a crazy adult. There are also some characters that come to life that usually sing songs, represented by puppets. During each episode, the kids face some sort of problem, which is usually solved by one of the characters telling a story, which cuts to the stop motion show in question. \\
''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' or ''Series/TheNoddyShop''?
* In this ChristmasSpecial that's also a musical released in November of 2017, two characters find out that they don't have a holiday tradition. One of their friends tries to fix this by finding a tradition that they would like through a musical number, but a problem occurs with the traditions that they found. In the end, the characters decide to create a tradition that is about bonding with the ones they love.\\
Now, is this special's name ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' or ''WesternAnimation/TrollsHoliday''?

[[AC: [=metaljohn=]]]
* This series is CGI in some way. It is about a young hero who is the last of his kind, but people don't seem to bring this up that often. His kind was killed by a ruler who was colored Grayish-White and had Red markings all over him, along with a legion of soldiers who look similar and are all the same species because of knowledge that he shouldn't have heard. The only survivor being an infant: The main Character, but little did anyone know that the people who were killed actually survived by escaping to a faraway place that is difficult to access. In one particular "Episode" of this series, we see the hero join a group that he looks up to, a group who is tasked with defending the Hero's World, and he ends up having to fight a villain who used to be a part of the group, but left due to the current leader of the group in some way. The villain is defeated by completely destroying his body.
Is this "Franchise/RatchetandClank" or "Film/KungFuPanda"?

[[AC: Miracle at St. Olaf]]
* An underprivileged youth moves to the west coast with his single mother, has trouble fitting in, and is beaten up at a party by a blond-haired bully who practices martial arts. He then trains in that same art under a foreign-born mentor with a tragic past, hooks up with the bully's ex-girlfriend, and then wins the bully's respect by defeating him in the final match of a martial arts tournament.
...Now, are we talking about ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'', or ''Film/NeverBackDown''?

[[AC: [=mirisu92=]]]
* In this timeless, defining classic of the {{Horror}} genre, entire communities of people are being terrorized by an ancient, monstrous, and SuperPersistentPredator with sharp teeth, and by extension, an unmistakable dental CallingCard. The monster begins by attacking the residents of a seaside town. In response to these attacks, a motley crew assembles for the sole purpose of monster-hunting, including the everyman protagonist[[note]][[Film/{{Jaws}} Brody]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Jonathan Harker]][[/note]], one expert on the type of monster in question[[note]][[Film/{{Jaws}} Dr Hooper]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Van Helsing]][[/note]], and a professional adventurer whose name starts with "Quin"[[note]][[Film/{{Jaws}} Quint]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Quincey Morris]][[/note]]. The crew then spend several days tracking down the killer. The final chase involves extensive boat trips, and one of the intrepid party is eventually murdered [[note]]in both cases the "Quin-"[[/note]], before the survivors manage to kill the monster itself in a high-octane finish, surrounded by some form of water. CueTheSun.\\
Is the monster [[Film/{{Jaws}} a shark]] or [[Literature/{{Dracula}} a vampire]]?
* In this gritty reboot of a classic media franchise, a major city is targeted by terrorist attacks from a smart, savvy but [[TheSociopath psychopathic]] villain, whose main motivation is neither money nor power and whose mouth is severely disfigured in some way. The hero is from a wealthy family and grew up in a BigFancyHouse but was orphaned in his DarkAndTroubledPast; he's a highly trained fighter with no superpowers but with access to cool gadgets and a CoolCar. In either case the villain kills a LoveInterest, and incapacitates a crucial government agency (which includes an official played by a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' actor), forcing the hero to swoop in and save the day. Also, ''plenty'' of FoeYay ensues between the hero and villain, and digital technology plays a huge role in the conflict.\\
''Film/TheDarkKnight'' or ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''?
* In this novel, with a title ending in "-nner" and set in a time of religious and social upheaval, the narrator harbours a deep-seated grudge toward a man who turns out to be his half-brother. [[CainAndAbel Said grudge eventually drives the narrator to attempt to utterly ruin his brother's life.]] Two fathers are featured in this story; one is fairly liberal for his era, not particularly religious or God-fearing, and considerably wealthy and influential in his society besides, whilst the other is substantially more conservative and a devout follower of his faith. The spectre of religious fundamentalism hangs over the entire book; the primary villain is a scarily convincing [[TheFundamentalist religious extremist]] who is not above murdering all those who do not fit his narrow definition of a true believer—and who is indirectly responsible for the narrator's brother's death. The narrator himself tries to ignore the potentially dire consequences of letting the villain get away with his actions, but towards the end of the novel, when these consequences can no longer be ignored, he begins asking himself: MyGodWhatHaveIDone. [[note]]Oh, and he's either Sunni Muslim or Calvinist Christian.[[/note]]\\
''Literature/TheKiteRunner'' or ''Literature/ThePrivateMemoirsAndConfessionsOfAJustifiedSinner''?
* In this European novel, an [[NoSocialSkills antisocial]] main character with an AmbiguousDisorder and a strong affinity for computers and numbers finds themselves investigating multiple deaths, at least one of which is clearly attributable to murder. At the same time, someone in the novel is also writing a nonfiction book. One domestic animal is brutally murdered, and one human is suspected dead but turns out to be alive and living elsewhere. The abovementioned main character also endures abuse from government authorities, and is thus driven to lash out against them physically. Finally, TheReveal about at least one death takes place when the author of the nonfiction book is in a room AloneWithThePsycho—whom said author is fairly closely acquainted with.\\
''Literature/TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime'' or ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]''?
* An UrbanFantasy / ParanormalRomance set in a central European region shown to be a part of present-day Austria, whose [[ProtagonistTitle title character]] is a girl with supernatural powers who, hitherto to the series' beginning, was [[GirlInABox sealed up in a specialised coffin]], until she manages to escape in the middle of a time period corresponding to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and subsequently meets a lighter-haired [[{{Muggles}} muggle]] girl whom she quickly, effectively, falls in a duly reciprocated love with. The couple has saved each other's lives a number of times, including from professional Germanic killers, and one of the two belongs to the traditional nobility of the said central European region.\\
''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' or ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch''?
* A Creator/{{Netflix}} original series centred around a gang of thieves and career criminals who commit largely nonviolent heists, with a female European investigator on their tail who often has to answer to a disagreeing male superior. Some thieves in the series are more dangerous, more morally suspect, and more willing to resort to violence than the others though. The series has a geographical theme, namedropping several world cities, and one of the main characters is a relatively young, pretty, and Hispanic female thief, with a pseudonym based on one of those cities, and an iconic, all-red outfit.\\
''Series/LaCasaDePapel'' or ''WesternAnimation/CarmenSandiego''?

[[AC: @/MOARPYLONZ]]

[[AC: @/molokai198]]

* The story involves two best friends, one of whom is a human who grew up in a world of non-human creatures, and whose meeting with the other was specifically engineered by a godlike being to fulfill a third party's wish. Together, they go on adventures to win glory, fighting extremely powerful creatures, but the defeat of one particularly powerful creature leads to the death of one of the two (the one who was a human in a world of non-human creatures), though after the battle and not as a result of injuries from it. The grieving surviving friend wants the dead one revived, though in further journies several powerful characters tell him/her that this is not the right thing to search for.\\
''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' or ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''?

* The main characters of this story are a group of beings who live in a realm which protects the hope and feelings of the living world. The villain is an evil, shapeshifting spirit who wishes to eradicate this from people. Two ordinary humans, a boy and a girl, also join them, and along with some of the aforementioned guardians get ready to travel through a teleportation device as part of their plan to stop the spirit. But the device breaks, leaving two of the guardians trapped in a jungle world populated by creatures who are a different species from most characters in the story, at last one of whom resembles an anthropomorphized big cat, and they are stuck there for much of the story. The initial reaction of the character(s) who first see said cat creature is to assume he's a threat. The villain has a human ally who s/he mentors in using dark powers. In the climax of the story, all hope seems lost, but all of the guardians band together, including the ones who were trapped or otherwise incapacitated for most of the story, and they defeat the villain with the help of his/her human ally, who does a HeelFaceTurn. It ends in a DistantFinale with an aging former major character on regular Earth.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' or ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''?\\\
The protagonist of this story is a competent but prideful TragicHero, who is the child of highly ranked individuals in his/her society and descendant of a ruler. S/he is known for opposing a villain of the opposite gender who looked like a lion but wasn't and spoke very obliquely. Around the time that said villain left, someone in the society was murdered, and all of the characters are now trying to find the killer. There is also a dangerous plague at the same time. The main character eventually finds out that his/her parents aren't who s/he thinks they are, and tries to find them despite misgivings. It is eventually revealed that the protagonist was the murderer, as well as the true identity of his/her parent, who is someone s/he was very close to. Said [[TheReveal]] means that the protagonist and mother are in violation of a major taboo in their society, and their horror at this leads to the mother being suicidal and the protagonist running away from the society. The story also involves a male BlindSeer.\\
It's ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', right? Or is it the second half of ''Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree'' from Hollyleaf's point of view?

[[AC: @/MontyPythonFanatic2]]
* In this November 2013 Disney film loosely based on Scandinavian legend, two siblings have been separated on the order of their father, the king. Following a death in the royal family, one sibling, an outgoing adventure-seeker, tries to reestablish contact with the other, a withdrawn loner with ice powers, in order to end a crisis that is threatening their kingdom. Neither of the siblings are happy with the state of their relationship, and the outgoing sibling in particular wishes it could be the way it was when they were children. At one point, the ice-powered sibling appears to attack and wound the other. Additionally, the elder sibling rejects the throne, but ultimately [[spoiler: the ice-powered sibling]] has control of the kingdom by the end.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', right? Or is it ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''?
* In this Summer 2012 film pegged as a risky venture by box office analysts, a young hero witnesses the death of a beloved family member and embarks on a quest for revenge against the responsible party, honing some newly acquired skills to achieve this goal. However, despite his best efforts, he doesn't find initial success, but is inspired to use his skills to help the greater good when he discovers a major threat to humanity. Eventually, he wins the respect and admiration of countless Americans, who help him foil the villain's plot to begin the end of the human race. However, this victory comes at the cost of a close personal friend.\\
Is it ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' (risky due to being a reboot of an [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy under-10-year-old series]])? Or ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''?

[[AC: [=Morenohijazo=]]]
* This work's protagonist is a young boy and, despite living in a world with both humans and anthropomorfic animals, happens to be the only human there with a tail, for at first unknown reasons. He doesn't know his true origins, having been adopted at an early age. He's always on the lookout to help those in need, something which ends up getting him allies that were initially his enemies (the first one serving as comic relief during most of the work, but the last one taking a lot to fully integrate into the group even after joining it), and gives him a SuperMode when he's enraged. The story begins when he meets a young woman who needs protection on a long trip and requests his help. Initially, the antagonist is an evil emperor who's looking for a group of {{Mac Guffin}}s that provide great power, one of them being carried by the girl, but as the story progresses more villains appear. Eventually, the protagonist meets his evil older brother and his origins are revealed: he's an alien and his real purpose was to exterminate the planet's population, but due to a SpannerInTheWorks, he grew ignorant of it. The protagonist decides his friends are the most important thing to him, and he fights against his own race to protect the planet he grew in.\\
Is it ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', or ''Manga/DragonBall''?

[[AC: @/MorganWick]]
* In a time of myths and legends, TheHero and his band of misfits stumble into a plot by the BigBad to obtain a great reward by opening one of a number of "gates" and freeing a great menace that will destroy humanity and even threaten the gods (as the SealedEvilInACan already once proved against the Greek gods) if unleashed, at the behest of the patron god of one of the main villains. The hero had previously hunted down and fought another one of the villains for more personal reasons, at the time unaware of his involvement in the wider plot; the BigBad is one of those two. Now the hero and his team must go on a wild goose chase across the world to get to each gate and stop the BigBad from freeing the world-threatening menace. However, not everything is how the BigBad thinks it is...\\
Is it the ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' single-player campaign? Or ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''? %%Tropers/MorganWick

[[AC: Tropers/{{Mullon}}]]
* An AntiHero with a knack for gadgets, living on an incredibly polluted CrapsackWorld, is trying to reach a {{Utopia}} floating in the sky called Elysium. Initially trying to reach Elysium for selfish reasons, he eventually starts trying to get to Elysium for altruistic reasons, culminating in [[spoiler: performing a HeroicSacrifice so the person they care about can get to Elysium]].\\
''Film/{{Elysium}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}''?

[[AC: @/MyFinalEdits]]
* This Japanese series has a StoryArc of 26 or 28 episodes whose BigBadEnsemble consists of seven opponents with exceptional powers who can only be defeated by employing out-of-the-box strategies during the battles. Because of this, the protagonists are initially outskilled, and thus have to enhance their traditional strengths. When the last of the villains falls, though, an evil ruler whose power is ''even higher and more malicious'' reveals himself, thus making the main characters know that the definitive battle is still ahead.\\
''Manga/SaintSeiya'' (Asgard Arc), or ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (Chapter Black Saga)? %%My Final Edits, 24 Sept 2013
* In this video game, the protagonist enters a surreal world by falling through a seemingly endless hole. Inside, he ventures through a very troubled land where, in one way or another, masks serve as a thematic motif; and more is learned about it as the adventure progresses. Though the story puts emphasis on the protagonist, the player has the option to play as up to four characters, each with their own special ability or gimmick, and each visited region of the land may be suited best for one of them. One of the bosses (the third-to-last one, specifically) is a sturdy aquatic creature which has to be hit five times to be defeated. The FinalBoss is fought in a place located ''very'' high in the sky, and evil masks are placed in the background of the battlefield, serving as a symbolic audience. The game may or may not be AllJustADream (even then, the "dream" is hinted to be real within a dimension apart from the "real" one). While it is an OddballInTheSeries, since its release it has become a very influential installment by bringing new elements to its parent franchise, even having a SpiritualSuccessor many years later.\\
''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''? %%My Final Edits, 15 Jul 2018
* This is the third 3D installment in a long-running video game series, but it's chronologically distanced from its two predecessors. As such, it is starred by a protagonist who nonetheless carries the same name as that of the other games', and who accepts a mission for a more personal motivation besides "I want to save the world". At first, it seems like the character's key objective will be completed at the start after having executed a seemingly-flawless plan that included infiltrating through the BigBad's territory, except said BigBad catches wind of the plan and ends up torpedoing the protagonist's goal, leaving him in a very delicate situation a normal person wouldn't normally survive. During the course of the game, he rethinks his plan and retries the mission the harder, yet more effective way; and as he does so he'll receive support from allies but also opposition from strong enemies. The protagonist learns to move on from the past and look ahead in the future, and after lots of struggling gets to confront the FinalBoss in a serene, yet melancholic battlefield that is later obliterated. The ending is heartbreaking, but necessary in order to assure a better future for the living world.\\
''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', or ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''? %%My Final Edits, 7 May 2019
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[[AC:Tropers/{{Nepeta}}]]
* The protagonist of this series is a BadassBookworm who has NoSocialSkills. They are often accompanied by a character who is associated with pink and is a PluckyGirl. The protagonist meets a rival who is arrogant, associated with blue and stars and boasts of their magical prowess. Said rival got their hands on a special amulet, which is the source of their powers. At the end, the protagonist exposes said rival and destroys the amulet. ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''?
* This story revolves around horrific creatures that were once men born from profane magic, which is spread by a shining, innocent-looking entity. The only way to kill said monsters is to use said magic, which will end up transforming YOU into a monster eventually for others to kill in an endless cycle. Souls, despair, and hope are all central to the story, as despair is what triggers the transformation from man to beast. The main storyline also involves a HoYay -filled relationship between two sorcerers, one of which locks themselves into an endless loop in order to save their 'dear friend'. ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?
* This story is animated in at least one version. It is about this young male character, who grows up under the tutelage of a benevolent father, who is known to fight for justice in their country and called 'king'. This father has been clashing with another male character for some time. This male character is a ruthless murderer, and will cheat to get their way. The sole mention of their name strikes fear in the hearts of everyone who hears it. Eventually, the father gets murdered and the aforementioned murderer takes over. The young male character is adopted into another family, and switches from side. It is until a childhood friend shows themselves, that they turn back and fight for justice once more. Together, they eventually manage to call the murderer out and punish them. ''Disney/TheLionKing'', isn't it? Could be, but it could also be about the DL-6 Incident from ''VideoGame/AceAttorney''.

[[AC:Tropers/{{NhazUl}}]]
* In the {{Backstory}}, two men were fighting over a woman and hated each other. One was charismatic and athletic, with stag as an AnimalMotif. The other was a brooding, black-clad man who was titled "Prince". The woman was a BlitheSpirit whose death happened at the end of a bloody war. One of the men caused the death of the other, and the surviving one lived a life of [[TheLostLenore grieving over the woman]] who is known or implied to have loved the other, and hating his rival (and everyone related to him) even in death. [[spoiler: Part of this information is kept secret until the end of the series]].
* A boy raised by the family of the dead woman's sibling in which he is looked down on is sent to an institution whose members wear black. He has the best friend of one of the rival men as a father figure. The boy is a natural leader, has the head of the organization as a mentor and after his death takes the lead. One of his teachers is a bitter and gruff man who hates him because of his father [[spoiler: or adoptive father]]. [[spoiler: May or may not have a SecretLegacy as the son of the man and woman above who died in the backstory]].
* A frail but cunning man was in love with a beautiful red-haired woman who preferred his athletic rival (who died), survives and retains his feeling for the woman, hating everything else and living a life of spite.
* Another grim and scarred man who hated his brother, but is not really a bad person himself, if somewhat unhinged and homicidal. His AnimalMotif is a dog.\\
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (if a certain fan hypothesis proves true) or ''Literature/HarryPotter''?

[[AC:Tropers/{{Nightelf37}}]]
* Taken from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E2TheCrystallingPart2 this page]]: An incompetent, red-haired magic user with a scruffy beard who knows how magic works, but not how to use it, had a hard time at magic school, and, even though he considers himself a failure, still wears the traditional wizard garb, gets roped into something he wants (at first) no part in, and ends up saving the day. Are we talking about [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Sunburst]] or [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Rincewind]]?
* Taken from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB0oGh2F3yM this video]]: This 2014 film features an unlikely hero [[spoiler:and an otherworldly "father"]] starred by Creator/ChrisPratt find an ancient artifact, after which he's immediately challenged by an evil authority figure. He's then captured but quickly freed by his future LoveInterest. Rigth after, they head to a secret location, home to all kinds of unique individuals, and among Chris Pratt's future teammates include a one-of-a-kind creature with a super positive attitude and a horrible temper, a tech-savvy one who can build things really quick and deals with computers, and a stubborn muscle. This is where the team begins to form, but this location is then attacked by an invading enemy fleet with the aid of a pirate, but the team managed to get gone. From there, the team bonds and forms a plan, with the Chris Pratt character even saying "I…have a plan.", with his teammates not assured. They infiltrate the enemy base and everything was going according to plan until a massive battle breaks out and the team gets supported by an entire army that seemed to come out of nowhere. In the end, Chris Pratt defeats the enemy boss with the artifact said boss was after the entire movie. Among other things, there is a character with a vast collection of super-rare artifacts. {{Easter Eggs}} pertaining to its franchise abound. There's even an evil force pulling the strings from behind the scenes. \\
Is this film ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''?
* Taken from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfwmZS2ThEE this video]]: There is a pissed-off head of a samurai with a shrine. This head flew around and caused natural disaster levels of damage. And this samurai's goal was to liberate a nation being oppressed by (an) evil overlord(s) who wanted to control the everyday people. \\
Is this the legend of [[JidaiGeki Taira No Masakado]], or the plot of ''SamuraiZombieNation''?

[[AC: @/NNLand]]
* A guy is so inspired by the works of super heroes that he decides to become one. Time and time again though, he gets his ass kicked over and over, thus causing people in the city who are better at fighting than he is to persuade him to stop fighting. It gets to the point where the main character does something that manages to get positive attention from the normal crowds, causing them to believe in heroes. The main character, now kinda famous, is then forced to fight an even bigger villain that he never expected. He wins, of course, but not without some consequence.\\
''Comicbook/{{Kickass}}'' or ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''?

[[AC: [=ObiwanLivesForever2=]]]
* In this [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney animated feature]], a young person is kept isolated from the outside world in an old-fashioned structure by their controlling, emotionally manipulative, and eventually evil guardian of the same gender. This person is not their biological parent; instead, they took them from their parent(s) as an infant. The only friend that the main character has is a small, talking creature which lives with them in captivity. After a spectacular IWantSong, they are persuaded to leave their confines, with the help of a streetwise love interest who accompanies them on their journey. The love interest is an outlaw of some kind, but misunderstood by most of society. They also meet a soldier who initially attempts to stop them but soon comes over to their side. The love interest teaches the main character about the outside world, and in one scene the protagonist joins in a dance in the town square. Near the middle of the movie, the protagonist sings a love song comparing their romantic interest to light. In the end confrontation, which takes place upon the structure where the character was imprisoned, the villain attempts to kill the love interest, but they are saved from near death by the protagonist. The villain then falls over the edge to their death, with the help of one of the building’s denizens. The story ends with a mass celebration among the villagers.\\
Is it ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 6 May 2013
* In this movie adaptation of a popular comic, a group of beloved characters bands together to save the world from alien invasion. Their greatest obstacle lies not in the enemy but in their unwillingness to work together. The team includes a patriotic American WWII veteran who constantly bickers with one of the other characters, an arrogant womanizer, and a Russian. One of the early scenes showing the alien invaders terrorizing random townspeople takes place in Germany. There is also a scene where a character makes a dramatic appearance while rock music is playing. Much of the action takes place aboard an airship, which at least one character falls off towards the ¾ mark of the movie.\\
Is it ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' or ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia: Paint It White]]''? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 6 May 2013
* Based loosely off real-life events, this upbeat story is set in Central Europe during a historical time period. A free-spirited, headstrong and optimistic young woman who finds herself incompatible with the group of people she wishes to belong to is sent to the household of an aloof dark-haired Austrian man. He’d had a previous marriage, but it is now over. Several younger people share the mansion with them; they are treated strictly by the man but kindly by the woman. One of these children, a naïve brunette, falls in love with a young blond German soldier, but his preoccupation with his duties to the ruling regime cause their romance to end in tragedy. Meanwhile, the man and woman find themselves inching closer and closer to love themselves. The man is revealed to have a softer side, as shown in his interactions with the woman as well as a scene where he plays music for the aforementioned child. In fact, music is an important theme for the main romance. A blond character also serves (more obviously [[BettyAndVeronica in one story]] than in [[ShippingGoggles the other]]) as a rival love-interest for the man, but they are unsuccessful. The main man and woman are eventually married. After a time skip, the Anschluss of Austria places the characters in a tight situation, with the man being summoned to serve the Germans, but all the main characters survive.\\
''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', right? Or is it Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia, with an emphasis on the characters of Austria and Hungary? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 6 Oct 2013
* In this modern retelling of the Nancy Drew mystery adventures, the girl sleuth goes to a major Californian metropolis and stays in an old house which used to belong to a famous actress. Her ghost is believed to haunt the mansion and 'appears' to Nancy twice, although it becomes apparent that a woman living there [[spoiler: is faking all of the hauntings.]] Other characters Nancy encounters include a brunette twenty-something who is without a proper home and at one point [[spoiler: resides in the mansion]], and a middle-aged, grey-haired, sharply-dressed man who [[spoiler: turns out to be the culprit]]. Nancy explores hidden passageways, investigates the historical actress' life, and, based off clues found in some of the woman's documents, discovers her will in a Chinese puzzle box. The next case she is to crack involves an iconic European figure and a missing diamond. \\
''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Message in a Haunted Mansion]]'' or [[Film/NancyDrew the 2009 Nancy Drew film?]] %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 15 Nov 2013
* It takes place on a fictional American island called "[abstract noun] Island." Residents are in an uproar over a large marine creature which has recently appeared in the nearby water and seems to frequent the area. Some, including a grizzled old fisherman, think the creature should be instantly removed due to the threat it poses to locals, while others, such as a younger scientist from the city, wish to study it. One character is either mayor or running for mayor. The climax involves the protagonist, the scientist, one other important character with an obsession with a particular aquatic species, and the animal itself, and takes place aboard a boat. The antagonist threatens the protagonist and the scientist, but they both survive. The animal either kills or incapacitates the other important character on board the boat.\\
As a hint, [[http://karenplaysnancydrew.tumblr.com/post/65641386367/propmasterofdeath-i-was-going-to-make-a-post this site]] also saw at least the "Residents in uproar over a large marine creature" part, though didn't give any specifics.\\
Is it ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Danger on Deception Island]]'' or ''Film/{{Jaws}}''? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 20 Nov 2013; assisted by the Above Site.
* In this famous musical, a HeartwarmingOrphan girl is adopted by an initially aloof but ultimately benevolent father figure who gives her a better life and is himself changed by the child's love. A pair of devious small-time criminals, one male and one female, try to pass themselves off as the girl's rightful guardians, but are thwarted. One of the most famous and iconic songs in the play is an inspiring ballad about what will happen tomorrow. A live action movie version came out in the early 2010s.\\
Is it ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' or ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''?
* This mystery-adventure computer game from around the turn of the 21st century is the second installment of a long-running series. The protagonist investigates a case of murder/attempted murder among the cast of (one or more) live-action TV program(s). Some of the characters involved with this/these show(s) are two men – the brown-haired culprit and their {{Asshole Victim}} – two younger women, one of whom was romantically involved with both men in the past, and one annoying old woman. The main villain openly despises their victim/intended victim, and turns out to be a deranged psychopath and one of the most depraved and well-known villains in the series. They reveal their true nature to the protagonist in a creepy scene. A {{Big Damn Heroes}} moment in which a character bursts through a door factors into their defeat. At one point in this or a later game, this evildoer kidnaps the hero’s bubbly, BigEater female friend and holds her hostage in exchange for something they want, but the protagonist and their more serious dark-haired friend manage to save her.\\
Is it ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Stay Tuned for Danger]]'' or ''Farewell My Turnabout'' from ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Justice for All]]''?
* Our computer-animated story takes place in the British Isles, in a medieval castle surrounded by a mysterious moor. The area is haunted by stories of ghostly lights, witchcraft, and a vicious monster which was once a human being. One of the main characters is an adolescent girl who is unenthusiastic about her tutoring in the family duties by a woman whose name starts with E. The girl has a very strained relationship with her mother figure, causing her to drug her food and transform her (whether physically or psychologically) into the dreaded beast. A redheaded young woman must put things right. In the end, mother and daughter decide to patch up their relationship. A tapestry important to the family is involved in the story. One character is named Elinor.\\
Is it ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Curse of Blackmoor Manor]]'' or Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''?
* An eccentric, mysterious and talented man who has achieved near-legendary status within his own universe meets five children: the kind, optimistic and good-natured main character, a gluttonous boy addicted to candy, a rude, over-competitive girl, a greedy spoiled brat, and a boy obsessed with technology. Themes include the dangers of laziness, selfishness, and overindulgence in junk food, as well as the importance of good behavior in children. It takes place in a very bright, colorful setting in which impromptu musical numbers abound.\\
Is it ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' or ''Series/LazyTown''?
* A group of people are invited to a mysterious island, where they begin to be [[DwindlingParty killed one by one]] in gruesome ways. They desperately try to make it to safety, but this is complicated by the fact that an ocean storm has cut off their access to the mainland. It takes place in a year containing the numbers 1, 9, 9, and 3 (in a certain order). There are 10 important characters, one of whom is played by Sam Neill.
Now, do [[Film/JurassicPark some of them make it out alive]], or [[Series/AndThenThereWereNone2015 do they all die?]]
* This epic two-part finale concludes a section of an iconic sci-fi/action/adventure series involving time travel, extraterrestrial beings, and massive threats to reality as we know it. It serves as a CrisisCrossover in which a large cast of characters from multiple shows/movies within the same canon come together for a final battle. They range from centuries-old alien superheroes to BadassNormal human spies/agents. Their opponent is a megalomaniacal supervillain with a god complex who gathers together a group of objects to help him destroy life on an unimaginably huge scale (his victims are shown dissolving into nothing). At some point in the story, two different versions of one of the main heroes are seen side-by-side on screen. The first part of the finale ends on a cliffhanger, with things looking very grim for our heroes. The second part, however, sees the good guys come out on top, though not without losses of their own. At least one character chooses to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. [[spoiler: A woman with long red hair]] gets a particularly tragic fate. Someone decides to [[spoiler: stay in another dimension/timeline to grow old with their lover.]]\\
This is ''[[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Avengers: Infinity War]] and [[Film/AvengersEndgame Endgame]]'', right? Or is it the Doctor Who Season 4 finale, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]''?

[[AC: [=OriCat=]]]
* In this [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids technically-a-children’s-book-series]], our hero, a black-haired preteen orphan boy (who looks basically just like his dad), gets introduced to a whole society he has lived his entire life apart from - his family has kept him from it. The society informs him that he is TheChosenOne - there’s a prophecy about it. Around the time of the hero’s birth, everyone was being terrorized by a cult of tattooed NounVerber magical villains, who were defeated once (defied by the hero’s parents) but are now coming back into power, and he has to finish their defeat. The leader of the cult is driven by the desire to become immortal, and has sold away a significant portion of their humanity to do so, but they have to kill the Hero in order to make it final. The hero - along with his two best friends, one male, one female - episodically has one confrontation with the villains per book. He has to destroy some important magical artifacts, including one that was with him for the entire time although he didn’t know it. Nonetheless, TheHeroDies, gets a PietaPlagiarism, but gets better. But the main villain dies too, fairly ignominiously. Also features the hero idolizing his father (who died trying to save his life) [[BrokenPedestal but finding out he]] [[AwfulTruth was actually very flawed]]; a LoveTriangle between the hero’s dad, mom, and another guy; the hero’s dad’s friends becoming mentors; loads and loads of [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]]; scars that are ''very'' important to the plot; the hero’s girl friend getting tortured; the hero talking to a certain clade of animals; and the inherent immorality of raising the dead. Significant themes in the series include death and parental love.\\
''Literature/HarryPotter''? Or ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness''?

[[AC: [=Paper-Moon=]]]
* This is a movie from the 2010s produced by one of the many studios that comprise the Walt Disney Company, adapted from an older source material, and is part of one of Disney's [[CashCowFranchise largest, most successful franchises]]. This franchise has been criticized in the past for how it has portrayed gender dynamics and womanhood, something that this film works to address. The female lead has more agency than she did in the source material, not to mention some [[ActionGirl impressive action scenes]]. The story is about a woman with blonde hair. Years ago, she was abducted, and her kidnapper has been {{gaslighting}} her ever since, telling her that she is weak and that her safety and moral righteousness depend on staying with them. In fact, while the fans debate [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation whether or not]] the antagonist actually cared about the heroine, it's clear that the kidnapper's priority is the woman's unique abilities. She has been imbued with a powerful energy that [[PowerGlows glows]] when activated, and allows her to do physically impossible things. One of many lies that she is told is that strange-looking, aggressive villains pose a threat to her. In fact, these "villains", while indeed strange-looking and not without sordid pasts, are ultimately good people just trying to get by in a world where they have been dealt an unfair hand. Gradually, the heroine figures out the secrets of her past and realizes who her true allies and enemies are. She triumphs over her abductor on her own terms, with help from a wisecracking male ally, her adorable but thoroughly badass [[ActionPet animal sidekick]], and the group previously perceived as villains. She reunites with her family, then has many other adventures explored elsewhere in the franchise. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also]], the aforementioned animal causes the lead male character some grief.\\
''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess line? Or ''Film/{{Captain Marvel|2019}}'' in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse?


[[AC: [=Pamina=]]]
* This 1997 animated feature stars a reddish-haired, blue-eyed, 18-year-old protagonist, who was born into a royal family but separated from them at a young age by the villain and grew up unaware of his/her heritage. His/her only clue is an engraved trinket that was around his/her neck when (s)he was found by the people who raised him/her. As a dissatisfied teenager, after singing a classic IWantSong about longing to find "where I belong," (s)he learns that (s)he is or might be the lost prince(ess) and sets out to do whatever it takes to reunite with his/her family. This involves gaining a helpful animal companion, then gaining a streetwise JerkWithAHeartOfGold male teacher (who trains him/her for his/her new role in a TrainingMontage set to music), and then traveling to a big city to prove him/herself. (S)he also finds a JerkWithAHeartOfGold love interest, who initially lies to him/her and uses him/her for personal gain, but eventually falls for him/her and becomes a better person. But then the love interest's duplicity is revealed to the hero(ine), who is devistated and loses all trust in her/him. The love interest is forced to take dramatic selfless action to get back in his/her good graces. The villain, meanwhile, is a funny yet dangerous supernatural male figure who lives in the afterlife, targets the hero(ine) because he hates his/her family, and has at least one comical non-human sidekick. He spends most of the story sending supernatural dangers the hero(ine)'s way, but (s)he survives them all and doesn't know about the villain until late in the movie, when they finally meet in person. In the final battle that defeats the villain, the love interest seemingly dies trying to save the hero(ine), who weeps over her/his body, but in the end it's only a DisneyDeath. Then our hero(ine) has to choose between living a royal life with his/her newfound family, as (s)he longed to throughout the story, or giving it all up to marry his/her lower-born love interest. (S)he chooses the love interest and says goodbye to his/her family, who lovingly accept his/her decision. This movie has often been criticized for making hash of its much darker source material.\\
''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''? %%Pamina, 6 Nov 2013
* In this musical retelling of a universally-known story, two legendary enemies are depicted in their youth as best friends. Only over time are they driven apart, as the protagonist becomes an outlaw who stands up for the oppressed, while the other character rises to power and upholds the oppressive status quo. The ending is bittersweet, as the two leads part ways forever, but the future looks hopeful for the protagonist, his/her love interest (who is initially linked to the second lead before switching to the protagonist instead) and the people (s)he champions. The musical score is by Stephen Schwartz.\\
''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{The Prince of Egypt}}''? %%Pamina, 6 Nov 2013
* In this popular family musical set in the New York City of a past era, a child separated from his/her family tries to find them. In the process he/she makes new friends, including a pretty, caring female, a common domestic animal, and the richest person in the city. There’s also a sleazy male villain who disguises himself to exploit the child for money. At one point the child is trapped in a place where he/she is forced to work like a slave, but runs away, and at another point (s)he meets a camp of cynical homeless people. The songs include an ode to optimism, a sweetly sad song that the child sings about his/her missing family, and a happy duet that the child and a friendly adult male sing about their relationship. All ends happily, with the child in the care of a loving family.\\
''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{An American Tail}}''? %%Pamina, 8 Nov 2013
* This musical TV show for children stars a female magician with a horned head, multicolored hair, and one or more stars on her person, whose spells sometimes go awry. Other characters include an egotistical JerkWithAHeartOfGold who can fly, a female BigEater, a pair of inseparable troublemakers, and a young male dragon to whom the magician is a big sister/mother figure and whose [[SneezeofDoom sneezes can be destructive.]]\\
''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' or ''[[{{Series/EureekasCastle}} Eureeka's Castle]]''? %%Pamina, 11 Nov 2013
* This musical children’s TV show takes place in a fantasy world inhabited by colorful non-human creatures. It centers around a {{Vague Age}}d group of friends, which includes a sweet, nurturing GirlyGirl whose coloring includes pale pink, a brash, athletic {{Tomboy}} with a [[ColorfulThemeNaming color-based name]], a practical, down-to-earth character with an orange body and a “rustic” speech pattern who sometimes serves as the tomboy’s FriendlyRival, a nervous, insecure character whose coloring includes yellow (and who in one episode learns to be more “confident” but [[TookaLevelinJerkass Takes a Level in Jerkass]] as a result), and an [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]]/{{Grumpy Bear}}. These main characters [[DoItYourselfThemeTune sing the theme song themselves.]] Three different “races” of creatures exist in this world and rely on each other. Other characters besides the leads include a small, friendly green creature of a different species (or many), a large male of yet another species who starts out as a villain but eventually does a HeelFaceTurn, and various colorful background characters. [[OnceAnEpisode Nearly every early episode]] features a letter exchanged between the main character and his/her older mentor of the same gender; this formula is altered later in the series. The [[AnAesop Aesops]] of the series tend to involve harmony and friendship, but plenty of humor is present to keep it from becoming {{Anvilicious}}. This show has aired on Creator/TheHub, and is just as popular with adults as with children, if not more so.\\
''Series/FraggleRock'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]''? %%Pamina, 17 Nov 2013 (IIRC, the letter-writing leads both have purple hair. [=DtP=])
* This sweet and heartwarming yet {{Glurge}}-free children's classic of both page and screen takes place on a farm, with {{Talking Animal}}s as the main characters. The protagonist is a male piglet, who is taken from his birthplace and sent to live on the aforementioned farm at the beginning. Initially lonely, he soon befriends a female creature of a different species, who becomes a mother figure of sorts to him. The humans plan to eventually butcher and eat him (which he naively doesn't realize until another animal tells him, leaving him distraught), but ultimately change their minds when an animal (either the pig himself or his close friend) performs a miraculous feat that in the real world would be impossible for his/her species. We also meet a {{Jerkass}} male animal who, surprisingly enough, helps the pig in the end. Another prominent supporting character is a water fowl. One sad scene late in the story involves the death of an elderly female creature who was a friend of the pig's. But the ending is a happy one, with the pig famous among humans and animals alike and secure in the farmer's affection and pride.\\
''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' or ''Film/{{Babe}}''? %%Pamina, 17 Nov 2013
* This children’s TV show stars a group of six friends: a nerdy female braniac, a tough, brash tomboy, a vulnerable, insecure character with yellow hair, a romantic-minded LargeHam, a fun-loving prankster, and a strong, competent character who’s probably the overall flattest of the group. In the first episode, one of these characters enters the show’s main setting for the first time and meets all the others. This show also includes a pair or group of {{Alpha Bitch}}es, a kindly female teacher, assorted bullies, and a colorful variety of background characters. Episodes include one in which the athlete of the group has an emotional breakdown because (s)he thinks (s)he’s lost his/her touch, a few in which the meek one [[TookaLevelinBadass Takes a Level in Badass]] or [[TookaLevelinJerkass Jerkass]], one in which the romantic is disillusioned by his/her crush, one in which the five “supporting” leads all compete for a special favor from the main character which they all get to share in the end, one in which HilarityEnsues after a group of kids play matchmaker to a female teacher and a man they know, and one or more in which one of the leads goes slightly insane.\\
''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''? %%Pamina, 20 Nov 2013 (Don't the Flat Characters also serve as their respective groups' {{Number Two}}s? [=DtP=])
* In this hit family musical based on a beloved printed-page source material, a spunky little girl escapes from her miserable upbringing, triumphs over three villains - a sleazy man always scheming to get rich, a bleach-blonde floozy, and a child-hating woman who runs an institution for children and terrorizes her charges - and in the end finds a happy new home with a loving adoptive parent.\\
''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' or ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}''? %%Pamina, 20 Nov 2013
* In this classic musical fantasy film from the late 1930s, loved by both children and adults, the protagonist is an adolescent orphan girl who has one or more animal companions, and who wears an iconic dress that includes the color blue and at least one ribbon in her hair. At the beginning she longs for more than what she has and sings an IWantSong in the yard of her home. Soon afterward, she’s forced away from home and into a new place, where she meets several lovable male doofuses who become her best friends. The comic relief these characters provide is much needed to balance the NightmareFuel provided by the villainess, a wicked witch who wears black, lives in a castle, and cackles dramatically. She wants to kill the heroine because the girl has something that she wants, and is able to locate her at any time thanks to a magic crystalline object. The lovable doofuses eventually show surprising courage by facing the witch’s wrath to try to save the girl they’ve come to love. At one point the witch magically poisons some pretty red plant growth, which sends the heroine into a death-like sleep, but a benevolent third party revives her. Eventually the witch dies in a dramatic climax that involves water. At some point or other, the heroine meets friendly little people, while at another point she’s harassed by (seemingly) living trees. As much as she loves her new friends, her greatest wish is to reunite with some person or people she left behind when she left home. In the end she says goodbye to her friends, reunites with her long-lost loved one(s), and seems poised to live happily ever after. This movie is based on a story from a book, but [[AdaptationDisplacement has far eclipsed the source material in most people's minds.]]\\
That thing the heroine has that the witch wants... is it [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs unsurpassed beauty]] or [[Film/TheWizardofOz a pair of magic slippers]]? %%Pamina, 4 Dec 2013
* A teenage boy moves to a new neighborhood, where he deals with bullies and being a misfit at school, as well as conflict with his (step)sister. But then he accidentally releases a group of comical fantasy creatures into the real world. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and complications ensue. Fortunately for the fantasy creatures, [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself it’s Halloween when they arrive in the boy’s hometown, so they blend in with all the costumes.]] The plot largely consists of the protagonist and villains struggling over possession of a magical book, and at one point the villains cast a spell on all the adults in town, including the protagonist’s parents. The protagonist and his sister are forced to put aside their differences and work together to save the day and send the fantasy creatures back where they came from. The movie isn’t a musical, but at one point one of the fantasy creatures sings a pre-existing pop song.\\
''Film/HocusPocus'' or ''[[Film/TheNeverendingStory The Neverending Story III]]''? %%Pamina, 9 Nov 2014
* An innocent young male encounters [[MrsRobinson an attractive married woman]] whose given name is never mentioned, who tries to seduce him. She later [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accuses him of rape.]] In at least one version of the story, he eventually ends up with her daughter. This story originated in a book, but received a popular media adaptation in the late 1960s. It includes a character named Benjamin, and the protagonist, or at least the actor who famously played him, is Jewish.\\
Film/{{The Graduate}} or [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical story of Joseph son of Jacob]]? %%Pamina, 8 Nov 2013 (If you delete stuff "to make room", then at least put it on the discussion page! [=DtP=])
* This work revolves around a rebellious young outcast from a troubled home. His/her main issues are related to his/her father. At the beginning we see his/her first day at a new school, where (s)he clashes with the other students. (S)he is a fundamentally good person, but over the course of the story, his/her own actions endanger him/her and inadvertently result in at least one other person's death. (S)he also becomes close to two other young people: one of the opposite gender who becomes his/her love interest despite initially being involved with someone else, and one of the same gender who's officially just a friend, but with whom WordOfGod has confirmed intentional [[HoYay Ho/Les Yay]]. Of these two, the girl treats the protagonist dismissively at first, but eventually warms up to him/her, while the boy is eventually killed (or seemingly killed), devastating him/her. The ending is bittersweet, with tragic loss but a note of hope. This work has been very popular with teenagers who identify with the protagonist.\\
''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' or ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''? %%Pamina, 9 Nov 2013
* This Creator/DreamWorksAnimation film features a protagonist who used to lead a happy life as a normal brown-haired human until an event that should have killed them instead turned them into a [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired]] superpowered being. Their main source of angst is how their newfound nature makes it nigh impossible for them to interact normally with humanity, and they join a team of similarly superpowered beings as the fifth and most powerful member to take down a sinister villain.\\
''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' or ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''?
* This film is centered on a young woman whose name begins with J and ends with E and her painful struggle to cope with her husband's death, a struggle that involves her moving far away from her husband's home with very few possessions to call her own in spite of her late husband's wealth in an (ultimately futile) attempt to leave the past behind and build an entirely new life. In her new living grounds, she comes into contact with another female known (and often derided) for her sexual choices/lifestyle. The female protagonist, in contrast, has severe difficulties in forming a connection with another man in spite of at least one man professing his love for her. Later on in the film, it's revealed that the protagonist's husband had been unfaithful to her and that his mistress was someone the protagonist had known and trusted as a friend. A haunting song she connects deeply with her husband is frequently heard and referred to in the film. In addition, the film's title has the word "Blue" in it. Surely this film's title must be...\\
...''Film/BlueJasmine''! Or could it be simply ''[[Film/ThreeColorsTrilogy Blue]]'' instead?
* In this love story, the young heroine is an impoverished yet intelligent, strong-willed brunette who doesn’t fit into her era’s mold of what a woman should be like. Modern female audience members/readers tend to find her very relatable. Through some circumstance or other, she comes to live in the home of a wealthy yet brooding, physically unattractive man with a dark, secret past. At first he seems gruff and unpleasant, but gradually she comes to see a kinder side to him and they fall in love. (Some feminist critics lambast this work for “encouraging girls to think they can change abusive men.”) At one point she leaves him, but eventually she goes back and affirms her love for him after he nearly dies. Another, handsomer and more “respectable” man also proposes marriage to her, but she rejects him. Ultimately the two lovers are married and all ends happily.\\
''Literature/JaneEyre'' or ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''?

[[AC: [=PDL=]]]
* Within the backstory, there is a legend of two very closely related entities with god-like power who ruled the land. The elder one was associated with light, the color white and had control over fire while the younger one was associated with darkness, the color black and had control over lightning. Eventually, the younger one grew dissatisfied with the status quo and started to fight with the elder one, which threw the land into complete chaos. Eventually, one of the entities [[SealedEvilInACan sealed the other within a circular object]] and peace was restored to the land. However, by the climax of the main story, the sealed entity is unsealed and six others have to face and defeat it with with the PowerOfFriendship. None of these characters are human.\\
Is this ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''?
* This Japanese made series stars a particularly badass protagonist who has a good heart but his way of solving problems is through the merciless slaughter of hundreds of mooks using deadly techniques that he can [[PowerCopying copy]] from his opponents. His resolve is able to trump over even the mightiest of foes. However, there are a few other characters who can rival his strength and are notably badass themselves. The main motif of this series are stars.\\
''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' or ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''?
* In this Creator/{{Disney}} movie, a strange young girl who is bullied by others makes an unlikely friend who was created to be bad and destroy things. At some point, this friend ends up destroying something personal to the girl and she hates him for it. However, the supposedly bad friend does something to regain the girl's friendship.\\
''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' or ''Disney/WreckItRalph''?
* A naive but idealistic young man grows up in a world where human beings are restricted to only a few safe spots while the rest of the world is filled with dangerous "monsters". Due to certain circumstances, he is forced to leave home, but at least he is granted a mystic power that allows him to survive away from civilization. He ends up befriending the non-human locals that live in these wild areas, including a spirit who initially dislikes him, but eventually warms up to him when he manages to prove his worth as a hero. With her help, the hero gains more powers after overcoming various trials and learns that there is an ultimate evil who wants nothing more then to destroy everything. The hero and the great evil do battle and eventually the hero is the victor, but the nature of this evil means that it cannot be completely eradicated. The Hero is eventually reincarnated and is tasked to protect the world from evil throughout all his lifetimes. This installment is the earliest in the series' timeline.\\
Is this ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', or the ''Beginnings'' two-parter of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''? %%PDL, 20 Oct 2013

[[AC: @/PeabodySam]]
* In the FinalBattle, the original main villain finds himself rejected by his own family. He is horribly mutated into a monstrous reptilian creature that breathes purple fire, and his body is possessed by a malevolent black/purple-themed demon who has been manipulating him the whole time and now has hijacked the plot, becoming the true main antagonist. The possessed villain is forced to keep fighting a battle he no longer wants to fight, and the heroes engage him in final battle atop a great tower in a major city. Upon his defeat, a wave of "light" energy is released, cleansing the city of the demon's "dark" energy.\\
''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}''?
* In the penultimate episode, the main characters are trapped in an EldritchLocation with a malevolent spirit which has cast illusions of their worst fears brought to life. For one character, his greatest fear is the death of a loved one, which leads to him suffering a HeroicBSOD even while she, unaffected by the illusions, tries desperately to snap him out of it. In the final episode, she is KilledOffForReal, sending him into a depression. He also learns that [[YourDaysAreNumbered his days are numbered]] and begins to undergo RapidAging. In a ThanatosGambit, he ultimately performs a HeroicSacrifice to banish that malevolent spirit.\\
''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' or ''Series/BeingHumanUS''?
* A living planet seeks to reproduce by spreading to and infecting other planets. This planet can manifest itself as bright blue tendrils of energy, or in a humanoid form directly related to the protagonist. The hero, using the planet's own energy to fight against it, travels to the center of the planet and fights the humanoid form. When a giant brain at the center of the planet is killed, the humanoid form disintegrates and the whole planet implodes, with the hero barely escaping in time.\\
''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' or ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''?

[[AC: @/{{PeachLover94}}]]
* In [[Film/TheForceAwakens Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens]], [[LoveableRogue Han Solo]] says to his [[TheDragon son Kylo Ren]] who [[UsedToBeASweetKid used to be his son Ben Solo]] that he is only an expendable pawn of [[DiscOneFinalBoss Supreme Leader Snoke]]'s plans for the galaxy. I cannot help but notice its similarities to a line from the Creator/DicEntertainment and Pioneer/Optimum English-language dub of [[Anime/SailorMoonRTheMovie Sailor Moon R: Promise of the Rose]]. Compare...
** '''Han Solo''': [[TheChessmaster Snoke]] is ''using'' you for ''your power''. When he gets what he wants, he'll ''crush'' you! ... You know it's true.
** '''Sailor Mars''': ''You're'' the one who's been tricked! Kisenian Blossom wants to rule ''alone''. She'll ''destroy'' you, Fiore. Once she gets what she wants, ''you're history'', and Darien will be too!

[[AC: @/PerfumePreppy]]
* We have ourselves a young girl whose stories originated in a comic book. A PintSizedPowerhouse with short black hair, a noticeably bigger than usual facial feature, and SuperStrength, who never backs down from potential conflict when teased or taunted, usually having the upper hand in a fight.\\
Now, are we talking about [[Film/AlitaBattleAngel Alita]] or [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Monica]]?

[[AC: @/{{Pikafan}}]]
* A teenage boy, who's name begins with the letter "D" and is voiced by Creator/DavidKaufman, interacts with technology which leads to an accident. After the accident happens he gains superpowers that can be activated at will by [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull yelling out a certain phrase]]. Furthermore his family has no idea he has superpowers. Now am I talking about [[WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} Dexter Douglas]] or [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny Fenton]]?
* A {{Manga}} released in the U.S. by Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment, that focuses on a dragon, who has been [[TheExile exiled]] by their family for [[FelonyMisdemeanor a trivial thing]] that they did, and as a result of the dragon being exiled, they have to live on their own. Now is this manga [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid ''Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life'']] or [[https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/dragon-goes-house-hunting/ Dragon Goes House-Hunting]]?

[[AC: @/{{PPPSSC}}]]
* Once upon a time there was this guy who used the same number of swords as hands with a dead mother. He was trying to save the world from this WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who intends to use the goddess that they always worshipped in a way to destroy the world, there is rampant racism, especially towards those who were half-human and half-humanoid-other-person, a family in which said Woobie Destroyer of Worlds was involved in, with the help of a {{Deconstructed}} MarySue who can be a vessel for a goddess, and his pessimistic, extremely intelligent half-blood mage best friend, one of whom has silver hair. Is this ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' or ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''?%%PPPSSC 20 Feb. 2014

[[AC: @/{{Premonition45}}]]
* A couple friends head to Las Vegas for a fun time, and after a night of drunken partying, wake up in their disheveled hotel room to discover they've apparently gotten married to some Vegas cocktail waitresses. As they attempt to make sense of what happened and get out of their new marriages, they face such obstacles as show tigers and a celebrity boxer.\\
''Film/TheHangover'' or [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Viva Ned Flanders"]]? %%Premonition 45, 22 Dec 2013

[[AC: @/{{Psyga315}}]]
* This anime film revolves around a universe that's very different compared to the series its based off. The film also involves [[spoiler:an omnipotent goddess' powers being stolen by her otherwise loyal and logical friend that became emotionally unstable due to a GroundhogDayLoop. With that power, the friend creates a world where it's more of a normal and peaceful life for the main characters, even though that 1) they know full well that this world will not last and 2) one of them manages to be aware of the situation.]]\\
Now, was what happened in that film considered a [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya disappearance]] or a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion rebellion]]?
* There has been a disappearance. Police have been looking for this missing person. However, the evidence that piles on suggests that it's not a missing persons case, but rather a full-blown murder, with all the clues pointed to someone who spurned said missing person with an affair and who is said to have anger towards said missing person. However, it turns out this was all a plan conducted by a WomanScorned in an attempt to get the accused into trouble and out of their life forever.\\
Now, was this [[Literature/GoneGirl the plot to a book]] or [[Series/OnceUponATime the subplot to a TV show]]?
* In this 2015 spy thriller based off a classic series, the team our hero works for is under threat of dissolution due to his past actions in an attempt to uncover the truth behind an enemy force [[MythologyGag modeled after a villainous team from said series' past]]. As a result of this, the hero is labeled a rogue by his organization, currently undergoing a takeover by a larger organization [[spoiler:with ties to said villainous team]]. This all culminating in a chase across London in the middle of the night. Now, the question is...\\
Is this enemy {{Film/SPECTRE}} or a [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation Rogue Nation]]?
* In this 2015 movie set in the early 2000s and based off a true story, someone finds a scandal in which many, innocent lives are caught in ruin. The problem preventing him from bringing it up to light? The people behind the scandal are one of the largest organizations imaginable and to tango with them is close to impossible, [[spoiler:but in the end, they manage to expose the scandal]]. The question then becomes...\\
Is this organization [[{{Film/Concussion}} The NFL]] or [[{{Film/Spotlight}} The Church]]?
* This battle anime takes place in a world formed around one base idea of warrior that is able to use a spiritual energy. The hero is a young and plucky kid who enters a school dedicated to training these warriors and ends up being in a four-man team that is the school standard. At some point, a TournamentArc commences that ends with the entire city the school is based in getting invaded, ending with the MentorArchetype being killed by the BigBad, who was looking for a person to suit their needs and the team breaking apart. It's eventually revealed that the BigBad isn't even the BigBad, but having ties to the true BigBad, a group of people who, in turn, are allied to an even ''bigger'' bad: a white skinned demonic woman.\\
{{Anime/Naruto}} or {{WebAnimation/RWBY}}?
* This story involves characters from a fictional story emerging into the real world. What results is reality ensuing as battles become devastating to the world and status quo, eventually getting the government involved. To everyone's surprise, though, the government is more than willing to help the fictional characters adjust to their home, even going as far as to say they don't resort to [[TheyWouldCutYouUp the cliches]] [[GovernmentConspiracy you see]] corrupt governments\\
Is the story [[{{Fanfic/Emergence}} a fanfic]] or [[Anime/ReCreators an anime]]?

[[AC: @/{{Pyrite}}]]
* In a time of change and upheaval, our main character - a man of great strength with an easily-recognisable mark on his person - finds himself unable to escape his past, and a woman's death weighs heavily on his conscience and influences his actions. He constantly crosses paths with a dogged police officer with an unshakeable moral code. In the meantime, following the death of a popular politician, a motley group of revolutionaries with a remarkably charismatic leader plan an uprising against the ruling government, and a brooding young man joins them - and for the sake of the girl that likes him, the main character must bring him back, all while trying not to kill anybody in the process. Other supporting cast members include a street urchin and pickpocket with absurd courage, an innkeeper with old ties to aforementioned brooding young man, and a crossdresser with a ton of unrequited love issues.\\
''Literature/LesMiserables'', or ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'''s Kyoto Arc? %%Pyrite, 12 Aug 2014

[[AC: @/{{Pyxis}}]]
* In a franchise where an ordinary game is played for [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame absurdly and sometimes supernaturally high stakes]] and ThePowerOfFriendship plays a major role, the third installment (directly preceding the significantly less popular one with aliens) has the protagonists face off against a group of time travellers (several of whom have Greek words as names) seeking to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong - it turns out said all-important game has set in motion a chain of events that threaten the world's very survival many years into the future, and the antagonists are attempting to erase the game from history to prevent this from occurring. Also, the main antagonist [[spoiler:has the same face as the protagonist]]. \\
Is the game [[VideoGame/InazumaEleven soccer]] or [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds cards]]?
* A protagonist who is very bubbly and enthusiastic but not good at much encounters a calm and stoic nonhuman with a white/pale color scheme, whose pantlessness is the stuff of fandom memes, with a major part of his mind missing. The protagonist must collect the various shattered pieces of this person's mind, which have scattered all over town and semi-possess people by augmenting their fears and desires; and their love for this person also enables them to change form, assisted by the plot-important pendant they wear around their neck. The nonhuman love interest occasionally gets possessed by a fragment of the main antagonistic force, turning him evil and giving him a black color scheme instead. There is also a stoic and not very nice character with a darker and edgier color scheme that functions as both the protagonist's rival and friend; they turn out to not entirely be human, and this causes great anguish to both them and the protagonist attempting to bring them back with ThePowerOfFriendship.\\
Is this Anime/PrincessTutu or Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL? %%Pyxis, 24 Dec 2017
%%maybe I'm just dumb but WHY doesn't the line break work here the way it does in other places, I've been adjusting and readjusting trying to figure it out but it just won't work

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[[AC: @/RainingMetal]]
* There is a war going on between three factions: The United States, China, and a third faction whose home nation is never clear, but nonetheless have enough support and resources to be a superpower. In some cases, [[EnemyMine The United States and China team up]], and in others, [[spoiler: the third faction manages to manipulate both sides and their technologies]].\\
Is the third faction [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII Cordis Die]] or [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals The Global Liberation Army]]?
* This story takes place during a war between Capitalist and Communist nations. Among the more notable characters on the Soviet side are a manipulative leader, a subordinate played by Andrew Divoff whose name starts with "Kr", and a worrisome scientist. [[spoiler:The scientist makes an attempt to defect to the Allies.]]\\
Is Divoff's character [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Kravchenko]] or [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Krukov]]?
* In a war between Capitalist and Communist nations (again), the United States faces an invasion brought by the Russian army, in an act of bitter revenge. Two Russians, Vladimir and Yuri, are the most violent of rivals (and sometimes, enemies). The second entry in this game's franchise takes place mostly in the United States, while the third is a tad bit more international. [[spoiler: One American isn't trustworthy]].\\
Who is the BigBad? [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Vladimir]] or [[RedAlert Yuri]]?
* Around the middle of the 20th century, crime is rampant in the city. A doctor brainwashes people into doing bad things, and a man named Fontaine is pulling the strings. The story also features an egotistical man named Cohen. [[spoiler:The hero dies in the end]].\\
VideoGame/Bioshock1 or VideoGame/LANoire?
* On one half of the clouds in this realm is the overworld, full of floating land masses and a functional society. On the other half is an urban wasteland abandoned long ago. The villain attempts to manipulate the hero into furthering his own goals. With an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack, this gem of a story is bound to entertain you in some way, even if some elements of the story don't make sense. It also features a CatGirl.\\
Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie or VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2?
* In this video game released in the 2010s with pixel graphics, it's said to be a "kill or be killed world". However, in spite of this, there are many relatable characters and an option to inflict as little violence as possible. Still, the most violent route ends up with many said characters kicking the bucket and one ''hell'' of a DownerEnding where everybody dies. There is a nefarious character who follows the player around and provides scathing commentary on the player's/character's actions with mind-bending powers. The game calls the player out on restarting the game in an attempt to change the narrative.\\
{{Videogame/Undertale}} or VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber?

[[AC: Troper/{{Rassilon001}}]]
* A silver-eyed young hero new to the wide world. Cheerful, innocent, fast on their feet, having a strong sense of justice, and possessing a rare incredible power that they don’t fully understand. Accompanied by: a {{Lancer}} commonly associated with water/ice whom had a rough childhood, an {{Everyman}} with no spectacular ability who none-the-less makes for a great audience surrogate, comic relief, and later determined warrior in his own right. As well as several others, including a sibling, a brawler, and one with a dark past they’re trying to overcome. Occasionally mentored by a gray-haired, wise OldMaster who has a love of a brewed beverage. And menaced by a QuirkyMiniBossSquad and their [[PlayingWithFire firey]] leader. At least, until a greater BigBad is revealed.\\
[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]] or WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}?

[[AC: [=Sapphirea2=]]]
* This attraction at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World's]] Epcot theme park -- just head for the imagination-themed pavillion -- tells the tale of a BlitheSpirit with magical powers who arrives in a place desperately in need of fun, whimsy, and color. The person in charge, a LargeHam (and played by a performer likely recognized by the adult viewers for their other work), is aghast at the magic being woven by Our Hero and tries to get them under control. But Our Hero knows that they just need to get in touch with a hidden, lovely part of themselves, and -- singing an EarWorm song all the way -- makes a grateful friend of them and transforms the setting in the process. There's some StuffBlowingUp, EverythingsBetterWithRainbows, and the final scene is set amongst the stars.\\
''Film/CaptainEO'' or ''Journey Into Imagination with Figment''? (From 2010-13, these attractions played alongside each other!), %%Sapphirea 2, 18 Sept 2013

[[AC: [=Silverbolt1=]]]
* A PlanetEater, who transformed and upgraded an alien into his herald, is heading to the hero protagonists (who have [[TheSmurfettePrinciple a single female]] among them) homeworld. The initial heroes' attack on the eater failed. The herald turned against his master, but also failed. Then a flame-themed, impulsive IdiotHero finds the [[MacGuffin only thing that can stop]] the devourer, who is successfully defeated.\\
The ComicBook/{{Galactus}} Trilogy (''ComicBook/FantasticFour #48-50'') or ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''?

[[AC: [=Simple Groups=]]]
* After their home is invaded by evil forces, a swordsman with spiky hair sets off with his father, his half-blood mage best friend, an innocent maiden with light hair, and an older female mentor figure to restore peace to the land. This group also includes a pair of siblings where the older one raised the younger after their parents abandoned them (in a house later in the game, one can find their mother, but the offspring end up rejecting her). The father trains the hero in swordplay until he leaves the group, and criticizes him for oversleeping on the day of their first mission. During the course of the journey, they must be wary of accepting help even from others who share their goal of defeating the BigBad. In a large and powerful empire, they find a ruler willing to help them, but who is being manipulated by corrupt and racist political figures. An enigmatic non-human man with long hair, who turns out to be a legendary founding hero, also sometimes aids them, but is not on the same side and is actually TheChessmaster. The hero seeks to become stronger to protect the young innocent maiden in their group, who holds a plot device related to the Goddess. There is rampant racism, especially towards half-bloods, and several half-bloods on the other side comment on how the mage is similar to them. The hero manages to recruit several other characters to their cause, the first of which is a FragileSpeedster female assassin with purple hair who first helps them storm an enemy fort. After their father is no longer in the group, the hero learns that his father was one of the four leaders of the group they're fighting, but became wracked with guilt over killing his wife in extreme circumstances. One of these four is also secretly a leader in the opposing army. The hero's father must also fight his former student, who is a major figure of the evil side. The hero encounters this student twice before their real showdown, but both encounters are {{Hopeless Boss Fight}}s. After a difficult battle where the hero must fight alone, a powerful and very old not-quite-human man who has betrayed the group before may join the group, depending on your gameplay - your alternative is someone much younger and associated with red and pink, who fights similarly and was on the other side in order to help someone they loved. In the end, the hero grows wiser but never loses his idealism, and one of the heroes of legend commends him on his worldview. The hero defeats the former student, and kills the BigBad, who will change to a different form after he is defeated the first time. However, a couple years later it is discovered that after the hero removes the BigBad, corrupt political forces from the most powerful nations have been oppressing one of the nations, and a powerful spirit threatened to cause destruction of the world unless it is stopped. Two new heroes, a young boy without parents and a girl, start a new journey, meeting up with the heroes in the original story and needing to fight with the original hero. On top of that, it turns out that the Goddess they had been worshipping was in large part, a lie, and one of legendary heroes from long ago is actually a major antagonist.\\
''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' or ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''?

[[AC: [=SlargTheGnome=]]]
* A group of protagonists moves into a mysterious old building to get a new start on life, [[CosmicHorrorStory which proves to be a fatal mistake]]. Everything seems fine at first, but gradually the tenants start making more and more disturbing observations about their building before arriving at the inescapable conclusion that something is ''horribly wrong'' with it - for starters, it's [[spoiler: much, '''much''' BiggerOnTheInside.]] The characters mount several days-long expeditions to explore the entirety of the building by traveling miles underground before everything goes to hell, one guy goes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation batshit crazy]] and tries to kill everyone else, and one character is killed by the building itself. Ultimately, the building is revealed to be nothing but a gateway to an incomprehensible EldritchLocation that the characters must scramble to escape from with their lives.\\
''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or ''[[Literature/PeterClinesFourteen 14]]''?
* Millions of years ago, an alien parasite crashed into earth and began influencing humans' evolution, causing them to emerge as the dominant species on the planet. However, this was all done by the parasite in order to harvest human energy and eventually [[ApocalypseHow destroy the earth]], sending copies of itself out into space to begin the cycle anew. The protagonists eventually learn of the existence of this parasite and vow to destroy it, asserting their belief in humanity's will to live and determine its own fate. The first major (human) antagonist is a fearsome militaristic conqueror who commands a vast army and whose defeat seems crucial to save the world, [[spoiler: until it's [[WhamEpisode shockingly revealed]] that their goal all along has been to ''destroy'' the alien parasite, and they end up [[HeelFaceTurn joining the heroes.]]]] The story's true villain is [[AbusiveParents their mother]], an all-powerful EvilMatriarch who rules over a mighty empire, allies with the alien parasite and betrays all of humanity in the process (even her own two children). She is ultimately defeated in a OneWingedAngel battle high above the earth, and the alien parasite is destroyed by crashing into it with a flying ship.\\
''Anime/KillLaKill'' or ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''?
* Every night at midnight, there exists a secret [[TheHiddenHour midnight hour]] that most humans cannot experience due to being [[TimeStandsStill frozen in time]]. During this hour, [[ColorCodedTimestop the world becomes tinted a certain color]], (most) electronic devices stop working, there's a seriously BadMoonRising, and a slew of [[DarkIsEvil dark, shadowy creatures]] emerge to prey on humans. Only a group of seemingly [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Students]] are conscious during this time, and they must use their various superpowers to fight against the dark creatures. The protagonist is a NewTransferStudent who moves to a new city, is quickly taken under the wing of the other monster-fighting teens, [[StoryBreakerPower and turns out to be]] [[TheChosenOne the most powerful of them all]]. Together the teens must contend with not only the dark creatures but also a group of [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters morally dubious humans]] who have been abusing the midnight hour for their own gain, as well as an EvilMentor. In the end, [[spoiler: the protagonist performs a HeroicSacrifice to [[SealedEvilInACan seal away the threat to the human world]].]]\\
''VideoGame/Persona3'', right? ...Or wait, is it ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}''?


[[AC: @/{{Snickerway}}]]
* Our heroes, travelers who often encounter strange creatures, meet a group of individuals from a dying civilization. The members of this group kidnap one of the heroes, intending to save their civilization by surgically removing the hero's brain. Our heroes respond to this by attacking the dying group, saving the brain, and leaving the dying group to fend for themselves (and probably die out). Is this [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TheLastOfUs the video game generally considered the best ever made]]]], or [[spoiler: [[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain the Star Trek episode generally considered the worst ever made]]]]?

[[AC: @/StarAndroidJaguar]]
* This indie game's name is one word long. It is [[WorldOfPun littered with puns everywhere]]. Notable characters include: a male FoulFlower who is fond of making [[NightmareFace creepy faces]], a [[CuteMonsterGirl female human(oid)/fish hybrid]] who has a [[AlwaysAccurateAttack nigh unavoidable]] attack that immobilises you but does no damage, which [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience is associated with green]] and a robot who is considerably more [[AIIsACrapshoot dangerous]] compared to their creator. Said scientist may have come off as UnintentionallyUnsympathetic or TheScrappy. In the battle against the robot, [[DidntNeedThoseAnyway their body parts fall off]]. In the game's best ending, [[spoiler: the game's {{MacGuffin}}s are used to free everyone after you caused a demonic entity to break down crying.]] In the worst, [[spoiler: you make a DealWithTheDevil]].\\
[[spoiler: '''''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''''' or '''''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'''''?]]

[[AC: Steel Edge]]
* This trio of two humans and a god live in a CrapsackWorld. The HeroicMime SilentSnarker and the PluckyGirl lived with each other for as long as they can remember. The PluckyGirl impatiently wants her and TheHero to become warriors together, but are deemed too young. On the day when their mentor figure(s) decide that they are ready to leave their safe haven and receive the weapons that allow them to fight, the life of the hero changes forever as they meet the god. The three of them gain companions on their journey to kill the beings that plague their world forever, including an older man whose younger brother is ashamed to be related to, a boy who [[spoiler: is revealed to have a strong connection with the beings plaguing the world]], and a tough CoolBigSis who is a mother figure to her adopted family. The god aiding the heroes has some power involving death and also allows the hero to summon and command others in battle, the hero is the reincarnation of someone important to the reason why the world is so horrible, and the heroine is easily tricked by a god. One route involves [[spoiler: killing everyone in the universe, including the hero's friends and the god. The route starts with the hero killing many people considered to be family, and ends with the death of the world's god.]] All real endings involve the hero [[spoiler: going to an alternate dimension to kill the god ruling over a world]].\\
Are the names of the hero, heroine, and god [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse Nanashi, Asahi, and Dagda]], or [[VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters Revya, Danette, and Gig]]?]]
* An infamous historical evil emerges because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve lots of people believe in them]], which completely blindsides everyone else. One of the characters is initially antagonistic due to a complicated case of child abuse and the fact that[[spoiler: one of the main antagonists is posing as their father figure after the death of their real father]], and many other characters suffer from missing or absent parents. The plot is hampered because at least one main character has amnesia. Greek gods are prominent figures, and Apollo is especially important to the main protagonist.\\
''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' or ''VideoGame/Persona2'' (Innocent Sin)?
* This story is the second part in a series. The main character is a young man with a strange power [[spoiler:that he's had since childhood]] that is strongly associated with the sun, and at at least one point is shown riding a motorcycle. His allies include someone younger than him who is discriminated against due to their race, a guy who conceals his machine gun in an odd place, an attractive CoolBigSis [[spoiler:who revealed to be very linked with his past]], and another young man of the same age who is a staunch ally despite fighting with the main character in his first appearances. That young man also views the CoolBigSis as a mother figure, and [[spoiler:has a complicated history with his father involving abandonment and rejection]]. All of these people fight against the fulfillment of an ancient {{Mayincatec}} prophesy. Nazi are involved, and one main character [[spoiler:dies tragically.]] Also, there are several cameos of older versions from the previous entry.\\
''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', or ''VideoGame/Persona2''(Innocent Sin)?
* This story is part of a franchise known for summoning monsters with computers, but this story is unusual because the heroes transform into monsters to fight. It is LighterAndSofter than the previous entries, and comes off the heels of another dark one. The heroes are granted that power by a mysterious woman who appears only as a voice and is sort of an angel. Their enemies have similar powers to theirs. The heroes are also arranged by element and have strong FiveManBand themes. The fire elemental starts with the power of the Hindu god Agni but [[spoiler:also gains the power of the Asura Vritra, along with a ton of control issues]]. The main character by the end gains the power of Ardha. The last party member to join [[spoiler:is actually a ghost, and he looks almost identical to another party member, except for hair and clothes. The ghost knew why they're identical long before the party member figured it out]]. Everything changes after [[spoiler:the digital world that the main characters were living in is deleted, and they emerge in the real world with their powers intact]].\\
''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', or ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''?
* The hero of this story is a genuine Samurai from a feudal kingdom, but goes by a Western name. [[spoiler:He does have a Japanese name that is never revealed to the audience]]. He is called to fight a powerful demon with a black color scheme, but the demon evades him. The Samurai is then unwillingly sent to a futuristic world where the demon is the leader of a powerful faction. That faction has a heavy emphasis on survival of the fittest, to the point where caring for each other is considered weakness. That futuristic world is considered to be very odd by the Samurai, containing things like electricity and talking nonhumans. Culture shock is great.\\
Is the Samurai's name ''[[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Jack]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV Flynn]]''?

[[AC: [=SuperLlama=]]]
* The main characters face off against the ultimate BigBad of the story, [[GreaterScopeVillain who stays in the background for most of said story.]] Try as they might, the main characters find that they can't defeat the BigBad, due to said BigBad being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of something that will always exist [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there are living things around to experience it]]. One of the main characters then manages to at least stop the BigBad temporarily by performing a HeroicSacrifice to form a seal around the moon.\\
Is this the ending to Manga/SoulEater or VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}?\\
For certain values of "[[DragonInChief Main]] [[HeelFaceTurn Charac]][[EleventhHourRanger ter]]" and "[[NoPlaceForMeThere Sacrifice/Seal]]", this could also apply to ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIV''. - Donald The Potholer%%Original by Super Llama, 21 Aug 2013; addition by Donald The Potholer, 2 Feb 2014.

[[AC: [=TaylorHyuuga=]]]
* Technically the third entry in a series of mystery visual novels, that looks into the nature of truth and lies, doesn't tell you what is true and false by the end, has a twist that makes the events of the story fictitious, but with enough room to claim that they could have actually happened, has 16 humans as part of its main cast, with all but a handful of them being dead by the game's ending, a character who insists that magic is real and that they aren't using tricks, a delusional incestuous man whose lover is deceased, a main rival who's GoodAllAlong and a giant {{Troll}}, a BigBad with blue hair, Characters voiced by Creator/KenichiSuzumura and Creator/KikukoInoue, shout-outs to previous games without being outright connected, and an AmbiguousEnding. ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' or ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpav3''?
* Animated series about a team of children training in a battle school where everyone has a weapon that is different from a normal weapon, whose main character is a girl who wields a scythe, and other main characters include her relative, who also wields a scythe, a ninja who wields a sword, a character with connection to the gods, a race of people with a connection to animals, which one of the main characters is a part of, and the main antagonist is an old evil with a black and white color scheme and a rivalry with the series' BigGood, and the two are a part of the same family. Oh, and there's a lot of focus on the moon, which is different from the normal moon in some way. ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' or ''Manga/SoulEater''?
* The third game in an RPG series, that has someone close to the main character die in the first few hours, has robots as one of the primary antagonists, with creatures being merged with these robots, with one of the people close to the protagonist being one of them, both of whom are brainwashed into opposing the protagonist, the protagonist has blonde hair with a red color scheme in their clothing, is the chosen one because they have a special ability that nobody else has, the backstory involves the original world being destroyed, and the final boss's true name is "Claus/Klaus". ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles'' or ''VideoGame/Mother3''?

[[AC: [=TheBagel=]]]
* It's the third in a well-known sequence of games, all of which have similar gameplay; however, although some liked it, many others gave the game lower reviews than the obscure but still good first game and the famous second game. Also, LetsPlay/PewDiePie has played at least one of the games at some point. The protagonist is a mostly ordinary girl who can fight sometimes, but is mostly helpless. The real gameplay comes from using a mysterious (male) spirit to overcome the obstacles of the story, including a group of people from a facility who wish to use her powers for their own selfish purposes. Despite how useful the spirit is, the girl is scared of him, and she has no real control over him, leading him to do annoying or destructive things just for fun. Eventually, it is revealed that the spirit is actually [[spoiler:the protagonist's twin brother, who died when they were babies.]] Events of the story include: the girl being inside an institution for a significant part of her life, and the girl using her powers to take revenge on a group of bullies (which leads to her being considered insane by some of the characters).\\
Is it ''VideoGame/ClockTower: Ghost Head/The Struggle Within'' or ''{{VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls}}''? %%The Bagel, 22 Oct 2013
* A work from the 90s that was born out of the creator's desire to make a story belonging to one of their favorite genres, but also to bring a DarkerAndEdgier tone to the medium (with the tone considerably altering the work's early concept). Despite being mocked frequently by people on the Internet for its emphasis on its melodramatic story, poor production values and frequent MindScrew elements, all of which culminated in a highly unpopular ending which got rid of all action to the point of resembling a psychoanalysis session, the work is one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved in its medium. The plot concerns a young man who is thrust into a plot he does not understand because of a responsibility to pilot a HumongousMecha and, despite the work's cliche start, it soon becomes a philosophical discussion on the nature of existence and the psyche (making use of religious symbolism and Freudian references - some researched, others not), with the hero having a twisted relationship with his red-headed girlfriend. Keeping track of which characters are actually the same becomes difficult due to {{Reincarnation}}, people using the same body, some characters splitting in two (with one half remaining the original body and the other entering a robotic one), and characters having split-personality disorders. Everyone in the cast has some kind of issues, such as: surviving the death of one parent and watching the other go off the rails, being separated from your same-sex parent and suffering through their slightly deranged actions, the mind of one parent being absorbed into a giant robot, actually being a reincarnation of a pseudo-deity, losing your father to an apocalypse, surviving the apocalypse but having your true powers be surpressed and being largely ignored in the modern day as anything but backup (the character suffering from this also generates a strong audience reaction), being a DoubleAgent, and going through a traumatic struggle and almost losing family members simply for being born in a certain way. In the end, the protagonist discovers that humanity was created by a godlike creature that was created from, and has the soul of, a creature from a higher dimension (which could easily be described as "God"), but the creature is not actually God in itself. It also created an Adam figure and an Eve figure; the Eve figure is the BigBad who changes position and has her body altered several times throughout the story, and the Adam figure is mostly indifferent but could easily cause the apocalypse (it's a moot point anyway, because the Eve figure kills him to advance her own goals). More of an active BigBad is the AncientConspiracy seeking a DepopulationBomb, and the character who is related to the protagonist, hopes to revive someone following the death of a loved one, and kind of works for the AncientConspiracy but stabs them in the back when the time comes. Following the DepopulationBomb going off (despite the death of the conspiracy members) and most (but not all) of the giant robots ceasing to function, the protagonist kills the god-like being with a combination of therapy and epic giant robot fights, and finally reunites with his girlfriend, hopeful for the future and preparing to reunite with his other friends, with one giant robot left as a symbol of the story's concepts. It's been retold as a series recently, with some characters altered and others being cut from wholecloth, but the reboot is considered inferior to the original (if still tolerable). The third installment of this reboot ended on a cliffhanger, with the deaths of several characters (although they may survive in another form) and attempts to restore the old planet - although this calls back to the beginning of the conclusion of the original work, the philosophy is traded for action.\\
Is it ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' or ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''? %%The Bagel, 6 Nov 2013
* A 2013 video game where a manly character with a beard and played by Troy Baker guards a teenage girl who can occasionally hold her own in a fight as they explore a twisted version of the USA. The man does this because he failed to protect his daughter. Although the game features many monsters, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans are also major enemies]], especially a corrupt human government and the morally ambiguous resistance movement. Despite being from a genre which produced many games in 2013 and the years before, the game was critically acclaimed and has at least one version in the top 100 at Gamerankings. The company which made it also produced other critically acclaimed franchises, and although the gameplay between the game and the franchise is similar, the company makes the shift between "adventure" and "tragedy".\\
''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' or ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''? %%The Bagel, 17 Nov 2013
* One character accidentally causes some kind of disaster, causing two other characters to chase them, with the viewpoint switching between the two characters and the one character. There's also a fourth character, but he only occasionally gets focus and is more often seen the story of another character who has a close relationship to them - when this character falls in love with another, the fourth character becomes less important. The protagonist also has superpowers, which another faction is very interested in, and has quite a lot of {{Angst}} involving seriously injuring someone. The plot goes in a different direction when it begins to make use of classic myths; at this point, objects start coming to life and acting malevolent, new villains are introduced, and a group of creatures find a prophecy which provides a solution to the problems, with one of the characters coming back to life through the mystical powers of these creatures. In the background, the characters' town is freezing over, with the snowstorm growing in scale until it becomes almost impossible to survive - the snow stops when the protagonist learns the secret of the aforementioned mystical powers. The story has become regarded as a particularly good example of it's sub-genre by critics, even proving that it is still a viable genre and setting a standard for it. The title is one word, beginning with "F".\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}''? Or ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''? %%The Bagel, 11 Jan 2014
* Humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction by bizarre {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, and only a small, specialized force has the means to combat them. The main character is a member of said force: a mentally disturbed teenager with a dead mother and an estranged father with glasses and a beard. He's able to fight said abominations by controlling a giant humanoid from within the back of its neck (though unfortunately said humanoid has gone berserk and out-of-control before.) Later on, it's discovered that a member of said force with a connection to the hero is actually a [[TheMole mole]] and one of the abominations they've been fighting.\\
Is this ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' or ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''?

[[AC: [=ThecnoNSMB=]]]
* The ongoing story of a team of friends, including the braggart speedster, the one who only wants to bring joy to everyone, the Large Ham, the stereotypical Southerner who's smarter than they look, the rogue with better fashion sense than the rest, and others. Occasionally they defeat hellish foes with the power of teamwork, but most of the time they just go about their day jobs.\\
''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''? %%Thecno NSMB, 23 Nov 2013.
* After having to deal with a traumatizing loss, the hero realizes the evil inherent in the world's controlling government, and after assembling a team of friends, rescuing some prisoners, and going on a globetrotting crusade, the hero uses a technique that nobody outside of their team has discovered to take the fight to the government headquarters in Central Europe, where the fight climaxes with a deadly explosion.\\
Is the hero [[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder B.J. Blazkowicz]] or [[FanFic/{{Luminosity}} Bella Swan]]?
* This over-a-dozen-times platinum album released in the early 80s by Creator/ColumbiaRecords is one of the most iconic and bestselling albums of all time. Even though the topics across the album strike a balance between following your dreams and creeping danger, it's not a concept album, with songs about leaving town, meeting a pretty young woman, fame, a former acquaintance named B. Jean, the commonly misunderstood title track[[note]]"Born In The U.S.A." is really a criticism of America, and "Thriller" is really about watching a scary movie with Michael Jackson[[/note]], and others. The album got 7 Top 10 singles, and the album cover is famous in its own right, being an iconic shot of the male artist's torso against a simple background.\\
Is the album ''{{Music/Thriller}}'' or ''[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Born In The U.S.A.]]''?

[[AC: [=TheGreatUnknown=]]]
* So, you wake up after a long hibernation in a medical capsule only to find out you're inside a scientific facility where an insane female AI has murdered all the personnel. She proceeds to mock and insult you the entire way through the mazelike corridors, and in order to beat her you have to repeatedly break parts of her off and destroy them. Then, in the sequel (set many years later), a new threat arises in the form of another AI, a male this time, equally evil but somewhat more bizarre and erratic in behavior. This requires you to temporarily team up with the female AI, who insists on referring to you as her minion despite being in a very diminished state. For some time, she also poses as a friendly ExpositionFairy but is very bad at it and obviously plotting against you.\\
''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' or ''VideoGame/SystemShock''?

[[AC: [=TheWeb0123=]]]
* In this classic flash-animated cartoon, a terrific athlete gets into various hijinks with a nerdy bookworm, a quiet nature-lover, a store owner, a physics-bending comic relief, a rude magician, a pint-sized punching-bag, and the ruler of the land, who all tend to hang out by a tree. Letters are an integral part of the series and are treated as SeriousBusiness by the leader of a group of friends. One of the main villains is an s-shaped dragon made out of various animal parts.\\
''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''? %%The Web 0123, 18 May 2013 (Oh, and Strong Bad isn't the Protagonist, at least not officially. Hence, the correction. [=DtP=])

[[AC: [=TheWhiteQueen=]]]
* A movie about a bunch of soldiers from a well-known, old world. They are the first ones sent to a new world recently discovered, with the special mission to bring back home a precious mineral. One of them manage to approach the local [[TheChiefsDaughter chief's daughter]], who is very close to nature, and they quickly fall in love. Meanwhile, their respective people do not get along well and finally decide to attack each other at the climax.\\
''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' or ''Film/{{Avatar}}''?

[[AC: @/ToraYakari]]
* A recent cartoon reboot based on a franchise originating in the '80s, spearheaded by producers and writers who've had previous experience in acclaimed animation. The series begins with a story arc spanning two episodes, and the first episode opens with the mention of a plot-significant historical event that most citizens no longer believe is relevant to the modern day. The main character's mentor is the ruler of the land, and the villain is the mentor/ruler's sibling, who rebelled in a fit of jealousy only to be defeated and sealed away for years. Now they've returned to take revenge and conquer the world, and only the hero and their friends can stop them.\\
That's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' right? Or wait... ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures''?

[[AC: @/{{T-Jack}}]]
* A fantasy warrior character is somehow transported to the real world to live with his creator and proceeds to turn said creator's life upside down. He slowly takes over the creator's life by wooing his girlfriend, winning over his friends and taking his job, after which the creator transports himself into the fantasy world to take the character's place.\\
Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Final Reward'' or ''[[WebVideo/TheUncannyValley Dragonbored]]''? %%T-Jack, 30 July 2013

[[AC:@/VampocalypseNow]]
* An UrbanFantasy series focusing on a legacy of adolescent girls with super powers specifically created to fight certain enemies (although both actually have very similar roots) with plenty of despair for everyone. These girls are overseen by a far-off group, who we don't see a whole lot (with the exception of a permanent fixture at their school) who are soon revealed to be [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] at best. There are two significant LesYay pairings on the show. One is made up of a girl who tries to be noble, although is prone to [[KnightTemplar Knight Templardom]] brought on by [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODs]], and a girl with a terrible home life, and a more bloodthirsty fighting style. They start of excited to not be alone and find someone who understands them, although the former is somewhat disgusted by the latter's callous disregard for human life. The latter eventually finds redemption, several FoeYay filled fights later. The other pairing most prominently features a girl who goes from an awkward, nerdy schoolgirl with a crush on one of her few friends, but becomes one of the most powerful characters on the show. She becomes especially powerful, and increasingly morally ambiguous, after the death of her lover. Eventually, her aforementioned crush, who also serves as TheHeart, manages to save the world without the fight everyone else had been gearing up for. In general, everyone's parents are useless or abusive, although the main character's mom manages to dispense some good advice, despite being unaware of the supernatural context. The title, which comes from the main character's name and a description of her supernatural career, is...\\
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?

[[AC:[=VanHohenheimOfXerxes=]]]
* In this tale, which reflects sexual and gendered anxieties of its era and has more than a bit of ValuesDissonance, two travelers (at least one of whom appears to be a virgin) are on a trip to revisit their past when they get captured by a mysterious, insular group of degenerate foreigners with ways different from their own. The foreigners take the travelers to their bizarre and [[TheVamp vampish]] leader, an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette with extensive biological expertise, control over life and death, and uncanny powers of seduction. Despite the indiscriminate use of seduction as a means of control, this leader ''is'' in love with one specific man, who was previously a dead puppet but has recently come to life. The leader becomes violently protective of this lover, even going so far as to MurderTheHypotenuse and to force the man into eternal love-servitude. Fortunately, the leader dies during a strange ritual gone awry, and the travelers escape. Oh, and somewhere along the line, an attempt at cannibalism occurs.\\
''Literature/{{She}}'' or ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''?
* While settling into a new home and way of life in the big city, our psychologically troubled teen hero falls in with a group of friends who practice magic by channeling the power of a metaphysical entity. One of these friends - the eventual BigBad of the story - can manipulate lightning, has a lot more to teach about magic than the others, and is sinister, charismatic, and [[EvilIsHammy delightfully hammy]]. The protagonist delves deeper and deeper into the supernatural arts and is quickly revealed to have far more natural ability than the other practitioners. Unfortunately, after foraying into BlackMagic under the BigBad's guidance, the protagonist becomes isolated and morally off track. And even though our hero embraced darkness partly for the sake of a relationship, the dark arts turn the relationship disturbing and creepy, and the LoveInterest ends up dying as a result. Ultimately, the BigBad makes a final dick move, leading the former hero to have a HeelRealization, defeat the BigBad, and make peace with the other mages. \\
''Film/TheCraft'' or ''Franchise/StarWars''?
* In one of the world's most populous, prosperous, and cosmopolitan cities, a young loner discovers a mysterious object that fell from the sky. With encouragement from a sinister and otherworldly - but entertainingly sassy - monster, the young man decides to use this object to commit murder (though only against {{Asshole Victim}}s) and gain fame, prestige, and power (and the affection of an obnoxious, ditzy blonde girl, while he's at it). But eventually, after being slowly driven into villainy, our main character murders the only father figure in his life and ends up all alone - until his monstrous "friend" turns on him and kills him too. The ditzy blonde girl ends up dead too, and the monster is still out there, nastier and more powerful than ever and ready to wreak even more havoc upon humanity. Oh, and while all this is happening, there's a group of nigh-omniscient entities moving invisibly among the characters, watching and commenting on their every move. \\
''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' or ''Manga/DeathNote''?
* Starting in TheSixties, this [[LongRunners long-running franchise]] has been a staple of British popular culture. The franchise is known for featuring exotic locales, attractive female companions, zany gadgets, outlandish and often [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] villains, intense MoodWhiplash, and campy yet gripping adventures. Oh, and there are also the thrilling theme songs and beautifully surreal opening sequences (which have maintained iconic elements throughout the franchise's history, including a spiraling vortex in the opening sequence, and the twangy EarWorm used as the main theme in earlier installments). Over the course of fifty years, TheHero has been played by at least half a dozen actors (although most if not all have been white men), allowing the series to keep going and the fanbase to remain devoted even after half a century. The hero also has many morally ambiguous moments (which sometimes provide a healthy dose of {{Wangst}}) and has recently been hinted to be [[BiTheWay bisexual]]. \\
''Film/JamesBond'' or ''Series/DoctorWho''?
* This novel, later adapted into a play as well as a film featuring Creator/DannyDeVito, is largely set in a facility run by a mannish, sadistic [[TheBaroness Baroness]] figure for the purposes of shaping the people there into obedient members of society. Although there have always been occasional rebels against the totalitarian system, the only one who succeeds in the long term is a youthful newcomer with idealistic goals but cynical methods of carrying them out. This newcomer bands together with several sympathetic friends, including some who had gotten used to being terrorized by TheBaroness (and by their family members) after experiencing repression all their lives. At the climax of the story, the newcomer devises and executes a plan to end the tyranny. Ultimately, even though TheBaroness is still out there, she's utterly humiliated, defeated, and powerless. At long last, her former subjects can be themselves again. \\
''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' or ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''?\\\
Alternatively: The title character of this novel and its [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] is a girl raised by an abusive family that belittles her and refuses to let her be herself. The school she attends is equally abusive, but at least she finds a friend in a sympathetic teacher. While attending school, she discovers that she has burgeoning telepathic powers and ultimately uses them to get revenge on her abusers at the climax of the novel. At least one school staff member resigns in terror after this.\\
''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' or ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''?
* An ethereal, animal-loving adolescent spends a century in suspended animation only to be awakened by the child of a local ruler. ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'' or ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''?
* In a story produced by Disney incognito and set in a CityNoir, a PrivateDetective with a DarkAndTroubledPast is forced to confront a depraved, superpowered mutant who is the primary cause of our antihero's DarkAndTroubledPast (and whose actor is also known for playing a beloved time-traveling doctor). One of the main characters is an attractive woman named Jessica. \\
''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' or ''Series/JessicaJones''?
* This {{paranoia|Fuel}}-inducing work from TheEighties, written by a creator known for his scary stories, centers on creatures that have infiltrated the human race by [[TheyLookLikeUsNow making themselves look indistinguishable from us]] and posing as benevolent members of our society. With the help of at least one other human ally, our hero finds out about these grotesque foes, thereby learning how to identify them and how to protect himself and other humans. Eventually, he stumbles upon a secret meeting of the monsters (along with a human who was previously unaware of their existence). After one of the monsters at the meeting gives a speech detailing their plans, the hero discovers an enemy weapon that he hijacks to deal a debilitating blow to the inhuman enemies. Although he and the other human who witness the meeting have their lifespans severely shortened from the encounter, the hero considers it a worthy sacrifice since he enabled humanity to defeat the infiltrators.\\
''Literature/TheWitches'' or ''Film/TheyLive''?

[[AC: [=Volt-V=]]]
* An enthusiastic yet naive pasta lover with a considerably less energetic older brother and [[spoiler:a connection to a powerful man who vanished]] attempts to become a warrior. Despite his attempts, he's generally regarded as incompetent yet lovable. His friend, who is already quite the warrior in their own right, tries to help him train, but considers him not cut out for the job, even if they keep trying. He also befriends a former enemy after several captures and escapes that never last long, and they end up sort of "dating" this friend after some misunderstandings. So, is this pasta lover [[VideoGame/{{Undertale}} Papyrus]] or [[WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia Italy]]?

[[AC: Tropers/VulgarBee]]
* A film featuring an AllStarCast, setting in Casino City as background, involving a convoluted heist against a powerful evil casino owner in order to rescue a crew mate, only to find out this convoluted plan is the cover to another plan in order to trick the casino owner. Are we talking about ''Film/OceansEleven'' or ''Anime/OnePieceFilmGold''?
* A very [[{{Gorn}} gory]] Japanese manga series that feature alien organisms falling from the sky taking over human bodies giving each one power. This power would usually turn the character into a monster of sorts, however our protagonist is an exception and fights these monsters and along the way, he meets allies and enemies alike. Is this manga called ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' or ''Manga/{{Jagaaaaaan}}''?

[[AC: @/WhatArtThee]]
* An eccentric individual travels around in a flying box through time and space, showing companions the wonders of the universe.\\
''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' or ''Series/DoctorWho''?

[[AC: @/WillKeaton]]
* In a sci-fi franchise a member of Earth's military named Shep(p)ard is caught up in an epic struggle against an ancient and powerful race that harvests humans.\\
''Series/StargateAtlantis'' or ''Franchise/MassEffect''?
* A cocky protagonist must save the world from evil by collecting seven magic gems before the villain, while sometimes undergoing a transformation that leaves all his hair golden and standing on end.\\
''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''Franchise/DragonBall''?
* A long running video game franchise where a blue protagonist must stop an evil doctor with a mustache and a bald spot from taking over the world with an army of machines. In the third installment of said franchise a red character is introduced who initially acts as an adversary to the hero but quickly becomes a staunch ally to him. Later a black-coloured character is introduced with the same powers as the hero.\\
''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' or ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''?
* An EvilOverlord has conquered much of the known world and has banished the king into AnotherDimension. A RagtagBunchOfMisfits set out to stop the evil one and return peace to the land. They are led by a princess, the daughter of the king; a cocky, brash teen and the one who the show is named after; a cowardly, self-styled LadyKiller who likes the princess; and a young child who has the ability to fly.\\
''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' or ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''?

[[AC: @/{{WooBoo}}]]
* Temporal anomalies cause prehistoric creatures to arrive in the modern world. An elite team is sent to solve the problem, which leads to them discovering that said temporal anomalies and the people who cross into them end up causing [[ApocalypseHow ecological/temporal disaster]]. Humans battle the dinosaurs while attempting to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. A mysterious woman repeatedly appears with an ulterior motive and seemingly hostile intent, but may have a connection with one of the protagonists and be the key to the whole strange situation.\\
''Series/{{Primeval}}'' or ''[[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Dino Crisis 2]]''? %%Wooboo, 30 July 2013
* A protagonist [[HeroicBSOD haunted by the past]] leads a group of soldiers to recover the survivors of an accident on a deserted island. Along the way, they discover that the island is home to [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys super-intelligent, genetically modified apes]] that prove to be [[PlayingWithSyringes the result of experiments gone awry]]. The hero must lead the survivors out, with the killer simians hounding their every step.\\
The Creator/MatthewReilly novel ''Hell Island'', or the film ''Primal Force'' staring Creator/RonPerlman? %%Wooboo, 13 Sept 2013

[[AC: wootzits]]
* Two women, one an older, rich blonde and the other a younger, poor brunette, have a complicated relationship during Christmas.\\
''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing'' or ''Film/{{Carol}}''?
* A naive heroine goes on an adventure in a world of weirdness to find someone. She picks up a few allies along the way, one of which she has to save from being harassed by the locals, and at some point or another travels through a labyrinth. There's also an evil, sexy monarch who has a crush on her.\\
''Film/{{Barbarella}}'' or ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''?
* Two sisters cope with a third family member's grave illness in the country. The stressful situation makes the two sisters fearful and angry at each other, while calm and stability comes in the form of someone big-bodied and lovable.\\
''Film/CriesAndWhispers'' or ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro''?

[[AC: [=Yisfidri=]]]
* A man ambitiously decides to commit murder for power and wealth, and his significant other aids him by planning how to carry it out. He pretends to be a loving protector of the victim, who is threatened by other enemies, and then kills them in their sleep, leaving a bloody mark to direct suspicion away from himself and his partner in crime. The plan starts to go wrong and the pair commit more murders to try (unsuccessfully) to get away with the first one.\\
''{{Theatre/Macbeth}}'' or Creator/AgathaChristie's [[spoiler:''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'']]?
* Suppose you're a kid attending wizard school, with classes in Potions and Broom Flying, in a medieval castle surrounded by dark forests. It's hard for you, since you weren't raised by a magical family, but you make two best friends pretty quickly, and then spend the rest of the series getting into adventures with them—usually of the out-of-bounds kind. Your chief rival, meanwhile, is the stuck-up scion of an old magical family... who, to make things worse, is blatantly the favourite of one of your most-hated professors, the sour-faced potions teacher. At least the kindly old head teacher is on your side.\\
''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''?

[[AC: [=ZehMonsieur=]]]
* Released in November of 2016, this story, part of an already popular franchise, sees its main character traveling to a foreign land. Powers never seen before in the franchise and alternate dimensions that house mysterious beings factor into the plot and the protagonist receives a sample of this power in the form of an accessory that houses a MineralMacGuffin. The first antagonist featured is a man disinterested in the status quo due to how he perceives he was wronged by it; [[spoiler:he, however, turns out to be a pawn for the real villain of the work, a prominently discussed character with access to these strange dimensions.]] In the climax of the story, [[spoiler:the villain opens this dimension into the real world and assumes a monstrous humanoid form to confront the main character]]. After a final battle that plays with their series' conventions for such, the main character is given the opportunity to take on a position of great authority with the culture they have become acclimated to; a shorter sequence follows after the credits roll in which previously established characters ask the protagonist for their assistance.\\
Was this story produced by [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Nintendo]] or [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 Marvel]]?
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[[AC: [=1810072342=]]]
* The villain is an emotionless mastermind who displays LackOfEmpathy to all living beings. Their MotiveRant reveals that they despair of the state of the world, which they say has been rendered unchangeable because the continued will of supreme beings sustains it the way it is. Some of the beings in question are benevolent, or at least the benevolent side of neutral, while there is also a counterpart being that is violent and chaotic. The villain seeks the summon the benevolent beings into their world so they can use their presence to ultimately remake the world into their own desire. Some of these supreme beings normally reside in AnotherDimension parallel to that of the main story, which exists outside of reason and where everything rational breaks down.\\
''VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralfiction'' or ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]''[[labelnote:*]]Cyrus' rant in question takes place at Celestic Town.[[/labelnote]]?
* Two men arrive from abroad in a remote community with profiteering on their mind, and quickly become the centre of everyone's attention. Unable to make any money off them immediately, they spend some time wandering about the community and getting to know it. In doing so, one of them comes to realise he'd rather live here than his previous life, and the other falls in love with a woman they meet while there. In the end, they don't get their money, but they do stop the community from destruction and the second guy gets his girl (although in one case it's only implied).\\
''Film/LocalHero'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''? %%1810072342, 28 April 2019

[[AC: [=3_D_S=]]]
* This film is a DarkerAndEdgier ending to an acclaimed series; it is said by some to [[HappyEndingOverride invalidate previous endings]] [[ShootTheShaggyDogStory within the established canon.]] It is notorious for [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies brutally killing off characters]] on a scale unprecedented in canon history, and while the rest of the story had the overlying arc of stopping a GreaterScopeVillain from causing a DepopulationBomb apocalypse, this film reveals that not only were the heroes' efforts completely useless from the start, in some ways they were even ''helping'' the villain achieve his goals. The film's ending and SignatureScene takes place as the villain succeeds in causing the apocalypse in a staggering DownerEnding - almost all of the protagonists slowly dissolve into nothing in the presence of a person they greatly care for (with one notable exception not getting to see a person important to them), accompanied by a noticeably off-kilter (either [[LyricalDissonance tonally inappropriate]] or suspiciously absent) sountrack. The final scene shows the instigator of the apocalypse in a void room with orange-red walls and filled with water of the same color. In this room, the girl he loves (who had also died previously for the sake of the instigator's character arc) appears before him in the body of a child and asks him if achieving the end of the world was really worth it; the instigator reacts to this with distress, and is then shown exiting the void room and sitting down to watch the sun set on a broken world.\\
''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' or ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''?

[[AC: @/ACarlssin]]
* The hero puts something incredibly valuable into his jacket pocket, then carelessly loans his jacket to... er... either a kangaroo or a beautiful young woman.\\
''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' or ''Film/KangarooJack''? %%A Carlssin, 2 Oct 2013

[[AC: @/{{Albertosaurus}}]]
* A young person who is closely related to the family that rules the known world, but has grown up in exile due to the actions of a parent, has to travel to the capitol for the imminent election of a new emperor, who will succeed the dying current emperor. There are two candidates and the loser will die. There, the protagonist has a dangerous romance while threachery at court is afoot. The world is ruled by a pale-skinned elite which places a high value on blood purity and the local priesthood has suppressed the worship of a goddess who was once held in high esteem, but the story ends with this old order collapsing due to the actions of the protagonist. There's also quite a bit of incest involved.\\
''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'' or ''Literature/InheritanceTrilogy'' (N. K. Jemisin's, not Paolini's)?
* The finale to a long-running storyline involves many heroes from previous instalments resisting a massive invasion by the forces of evil. In the end, when all hope seems lost, the BigGood sacrifices himself to release a blast of energy which destroys all the forces of evil.\\
''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' or [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Magic the Gathering's]] ''Literature/InvasionCycle''?

[[AC: {{@/Alignment}}]]

* There's this story. It's a popular story twenty-first century work known for (among other things) its portrayal of queer characters, killer soundtrack, unexpected success and popularity, and infamous hiatuses. It's a story with alien dystopias, off-the-wall humor, a goofy and [[{{Adorkable}} adorkable]] dark-haired protagonist and many greater spoilers and revelations later on. Several of the most popular characters are also [[Main/WalkingSpoiler walking spoilers]], which is a bit frustrating for newcomers since the story starts quite slowly in the first part and takes a while to pick up the pace and get really epic. The major plot-relevant alien species first introduced has no concept of biological parents, due to a [[Main/BizarreAlienReproduction bizarre and not entirely explained method of reproduction]] which involves raw genetic material of some sort. This is plot-relevant later on.

** One major character, Rose, might not be exactly human, but passes for human better than her friend -- a visibly alien girl who is very neat and tidy, and also very proper (but still terrifying in a fight with that bladed weapon of hers -- don't mess with her. Or Rose.) In at least one canon universe, Rose is the distant (dead) mother of a compassionate young main character after having led a rebellion to try and free humanity from the grip of an alien empire and a pink-associated dictator. Her child is raised by friendly aliens.

** The other girl mentioned earlier, who may or may not be Rose's girlfriend, has a short stylish haircut and wears a sash around her waist after being run through with something onscreen. She also wears ballet flats, and has very fair skin. Her most obvious nonhuman feature(s) can be found on her head. Her placement in the alien caste system is very specialized, and she may not have wanted it, but the events of the story (or the events before it) allowed her to leave or avoid that line of work.

** Another major character is a grumpy alien who is one of the first outsider aliens the protagonist interacts with. They are initially antagonistic, frustrated by the trouble the protagonists have caused them. The alien is [[Main/LargeHam hammy]] and prone to bizarre insults, but proves to have some [[Main/HiddenDepths hidden depths]] later on, eventually joining forces with the protagonist. This character turns out to be quite a dork, muddling their way through earth culture and also drawing shipping charts at one point. This character is basically a walking spoiler but also incredibly well-known, so people often see them before actually getting involved in the work.

** At one point, one of the aliens helps to protagonist to drill to the center of a planet to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction called "The [blank]r".

** Yet another shared plot device is an accepted mechanic for [[Main/FusionDance fusing characters together]], either temporarily or permanently. At least one major character is a permanent fusion via this method. When it happens, there's a flash of light, and the fusions often have a different color scheme than the original pair. One entity created this way is unstable and under massive amounts of emotional stress due to their components hating each other. (One component is a very controversial and dangerous blue-associated alien character.)

::Now... is all of this describing characters and concepts from [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Steven Universe]], or [[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} Homestuck]]?

* Two young siblings make a plan to save or help someone dear to them, involving the unique power of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent human souls]]. Mistakes are made though, and the plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong.]] The [[CheerfulChild sweet-natured gentle]] brother loses his physical body and ends up in an unfamiliar and unwanted other form, while the other sibling takes on more mundane physical injuries. This incident ultimately grants one sibling access to some powerful and unique magic abilities and provides personal motivations for several characters, so this whole sequence of events acts as the important backstory to the main plot. However, it is not shown right from the beginning.\\
Are these siblings [[{{Anime/FullmetalAlchemist}} Ed and Al]]? Or [[{{VideoGame/Undertale}} Chara and Asriel]]?


[[AC: @/{{Alvin}}]]
* This film is a low-budget, black-and-white story of people fighting against reanimated corpses. Because it's in the PublicDomain it may be repeatedly aired by community-access TV. Both films are generally considered epitomes of a level of quality.\\
[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Really good]] quality or [[Film/PlanNineFromOuterSpace really bad]] quality? %%Alvin, 31 Oct 2013
* This is a black-and-white Christmas classic that has been imitated quite often. In it, a man is DrivenToSuicide by troubles that are basically due to one other person. His life is saved by someone who is rewarded with a promotion. At the end of the movie the would-be suicide is financially in good shape and in good spirits, even though his enemy is apparently not punished (or even on screen again). Creator/JamesStewart is in it.\\
Is he [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife playing the suicidal man]] or [[Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner in another subplot entirely]]? Wiki/ThisVeryWiki's entry for the second movie compares the two. %%Alvin, 26 May 2017

[[AC: @/AmethystLeslie]]
* In the future, Earth would be so polluted and covered with garbage to the point it becomes unlivable to humans and they evacuate the planet and let robots do the cleaning for them. Is this the backstory to ''VideoGame/{{Vectorman}}'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/WallE WALL-E]]''? %%AmethystLeslie 2/16/2017

[[AC: @/{{Andyroid}}]]
* Due to circumstances beyond her control, a down-to-earth working-class girl is forced to hang out with a flighty UpperClassTwit and other eccentric characters, including a big guy who's friends with a much smaller guy and a hopelessly romantic blonde who starts out with a crush on one of the major characters, despite having never met them. Despite driving each other up the wall (and the occasional intervention of a creepy black magic practitioner with a shadow motif), the guy and girl grow to love one another.\\
''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' or ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''? %% By Andyroid
* A series that chronicles the occasionally weird [[SliceOfLife everyday adventures]] of a group of female friends, which includes a somewhat naive bookworm, an energetic and boastful girl who fancies herself a great athlete but is actually kind of a klutz, her hard-working and more level-headed FriendlyRival, a girl who frets over her appearance a lot and is usually the most serious of the group, a bashful animal lover, and one girl who's [[CloudCuckoolander not all there.]]\\
''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''? %%By Andyroid
* After dying in an accident, a shiftless teenager gets a new job dealing with the supernatural and meets some bizarre new friends. TheGrimReaper turns out to be quite friendly.\\
''Series/DeadLikeMe'' or ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''? %%By Andyroid
* A barefoot girl with light-based powers is kept in a remote tower by her mother for the mother's own selfish and sinister purposes. A social outcast stumbles upon the girl and, armed mainly with an improvised weapon, helps her earn her freedom.\\
''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}''? %%By Andyroid
* A girl kept alone in a high tower for unscrupulous reasons is rescued by a smart-alecky thief who's initially after a big treasure connected to the girl's heritage. She ends up falling in love with him as he helps her earn her freedom. At one point, she tries to bargain with the villain in order to save the thief's life after he gets mortally wounded.\\
''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' or ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''? %%By Andyroid
* A band of UglyCute creatures who live underground and are skilled craftsmen are victims of FantasticRacism, including being unfairly accused of [[EatsBabies eating babies]] and being pressed into forced labor by one of the villains. They are saved from the brink of extinction and gradually welcomed into society thanks to the efforts of a rough-and-tumble hero (who's not at home in the world of nobs and snobs) and his bossy, outgoing, upper-class lady friend. One of the major characters in the story was raised by the creatures in question for much of their childhood.\\
''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls''? %%By Andyroid, October 27 2014
* A pseudo-medieval town is powered by the stories woven by its ruler, a WellIntentionedExtremist who hides their face in public. A motley band of outsiders (including a know-it-all with a NiceHat who is considered an expert in their field) end up travelling to the town, where they unravel its mysteries, reveal the truth, and help bring a truly happy ending to the inhabitants, including a young woman who has no idea of her secret connection to the town's history.\\
''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' or ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney''? %%By Andyroid, November 22 2014
* An alien known only by a nickname uses an unorthodox method of travel to journey through space with a boisterous companion who is often baffled by his eccentric behavior. Everywhere he goes he seems to find someone in need, and he helps them with his wits more often than brute force. He faces a number of bizarre enemies, but his most common foe is a LargeHam whom our hero frequently tries to convince to give up his evil ways.\\
''Series/DoctorWho'' or ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''?

[[AC: [=Argon2=]]]
* Not only did the Greek gods really exist, but they survived into the modern era. To prevent the BigBad Cronus from rising against them once more, the pantheon establish an ExtranormalInstitute for their descendants- most of whom have supernatural abilities like precognition, SuperStrength, and...being really, ''really'' attractive. (The [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway suckiness]] of that last one is often lampshaded.) The series' protagonists are a clique of such students, and the plot meshes their struggles to defeat Cronus with the difficulties of normal teenage life.\\
''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' or ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans''? %%Argon2, 22 October 2014
* Humanity allies itself with a race of sapient, Earth-dwelling animals, eventually forming a benevolent civilization capable of space travel. This civilization's enemies attempt to destroy it by travelling back in time and [[DealWithTheDevil giving one species sole dominance over Earth]], breaking the alliance before it is even formed...unless the hero(es) can stop them.\\
Is the protagonist a [[Literature/TheBookOfNightWithMoon cat]] or a [[VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin dolphin]]? %%Argon2, 4 December 2014
* A sorceress magically suppresses the emotions of a young boy so she can enslave him. The boy's friend- an emotional but courageous girl- resolves to free him, eventually achieving this goal through the help of various other aristocrats, criminals, witches, and ThePowerOfLove.\\
''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' or ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool''? %%Argon2, 29 March 2017
* In this children's cartoon, a cat-themed royal guard is recreated after the RightfulKingReturns. They take on the responsibility of fighting usurpers and keeping peace between all animals- a task they are helped with by the spirits of their dead predecessors.\\
''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''?


[[AC: [=AskNostalgiaBum=]]]
* An old person tells of a love story that happened a long time ago, involving a girl and boy (one British and one American) who love each other dearly. Unfortunately, the girl is being forced to marry some rich asshole. The girl attempts suicide at some point and the boy (mostly) dies at some point. They are eventually reunited at the end.
''Film/Titanic1997'' or ''Film/ThePrincessBride''?
* A possession of a Greco-Roman god is stolen and a young hero with a connection to the ocean must undergo a dangerous coming-of-age quest (joined by a friend or two) to return it safely. Really, though, the hero is only going on the quest to save a loved one of his. They face a violent biker along the way, and after an experience in a much-feared location, it turns out the real thief is really someone no one expected.
The first ''Literature/PercyJacksonandtheOlympians'' book, or ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''?
* Some children go on a series of adventures in a mysterious place and time. Most adults are too stupid or evil to help them along the way. The main villain is always making plans to go after the kids, often using disguises. The creator inserts himself into the story as a completely different character.
''Literature/ASeriesofUnfortunateEvents'' or ''Series/Lazytown''? %%AskNostalgiaBum, 13 May 2017

[[AC: [=AutumnLeaves=]]]
* It’s a play. Two guys and two girls are caught in a LoveDodecahedron on a summer night in a forest. One of the guys has flirted with one girl before but now has his sights set on the other. The two girls used to be the best of friends before all that romantic trouble began. There is a mischievous forest spirit who gets the young men lost in the woods, and there is also a love spell made with the help of flower or flowers. The ending includes several couples getting married. ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' or ''Theatre/TheSnowMaiden''?
* There is a boy who takes turns between wangsting and being heroic. The BigBad has killed at least one of his parents. One of the villain’s henchmen, though, is in love with the boy’s mother who has beautiful eyes. Said henchman ends up turning against the BigBad and dies in battle. His last words can be summarized as "take this" and he gives the boy some important artifact. The boy unexpectedly appears before the main villain, who’s gloating over his supposed victory, and kills him. ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' or ''[[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Julius Caesar in Egypt]]''?
* A babysitting heroine. A blond soft-spoken antagonist with mismatched eyes. FoeYay tension in a bizarre fantasy setting with a lot of stairways. Also involves meddling with the passage of time, a strained relationship between family members who are not blood relatives, and a name getting pronounced wrongly as a RunningGag. ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' or ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''?
* It’s a medieval CrapsackWorld. A tomboyish, misunderstood girl from a noble house with a wolf sigil runs away from the castle and finds herself among the lowest classes, disguised as one of them, and has romantic tension with a guy who shares his family’s distinctive hair color. There is also a very clever dwarf whose philosophy goes like “turn your weakness into a strength”, and someone from the girl’s family wins every battle but loses completely in politics. The girl’s brothers have extremely rare animals as familiars and communicate with them. Additionally, there is a beautiful and fierce blond woman with violet eyes, an outsider in this country, whose beloved husband has been turned into a BlankSlate. ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or ''Literature/TheCityWithoutMemory''?
* A count falsely accuses the land’s ruler of a terrible crime, an aristocrat secretly dabbles in black magic, and someone from the ruling family gets turned into a swan. ''Literature/TheSorcerersDaughter'' or ''Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}''?
* A dark-haired girl who suffers from the aloofness and borderline neglect of her parents gets someone from her family kidnapped by a magical being from another world. She has to undergo a quest in that world to save them. Some of the BigBad’s subordinates help or at least feel sorry for her. That other world includes a room that looks like her own but is in fact a creepy replica. The villain claims to love her and offers to make all her dreams come true. ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' or ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''?
* A kindhearted blond girl falls in love with an older man with a mysterious past. His sociopathic dark-haired wife attempts to frame him for murder by [[spoiler:provoking him into killing her in one case or killing herself in another]]. ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' or ''Series/DowntonAbbey''?

[[AC: [=Ayasugi=]]]
* The crew of a ship in deep space wakes up to find some oddities and discrepancies, including inexplicable injuries. They come to the conclusion that their memories of the past few days have been erased, and despite oblique warnings by a mechanical crew member, decide to investigate further. They discover that they themselves willingly allowed their memories to be erased, to protect themselves.\\
''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSIIThanksForTheMemory Thanks for the Memory]]" or ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E14Clues}} Clues]]"?[[note]]The similarity is acknowledged by the ''Red Dwarf'' writers (who wrote their episode several years before the TNG one aired, and mistaken for plagiarism by Creator/PatrickStewart until he watched more of the ''Red Dwarf'' episode and found it hilarious.[[/note]] %%Ayasugi, 28 May 2013

[[AC: [=Balaur=]]]
* The honourable leader of a noble house takes on a dangerous new job on the behest of a ruler, even though he is well aware of the danger. He ends up being betrayed and losing his life to an enemy house with unusual sexual predilections. However, his son, and said son's mother survive, and lead the fight against the murderous enemy house. It also has a leader with a powerful, prophesied child going native and learning to control powerful animals. Incest abounds.\\
Is it ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''? %%Balaur, 27 Aug 2013

[[AC: [=BalkanTrope=]]]
* A successful Romanian comedy show from PRO tv set at the countryside which mocks Romanian society and politics and who's characters include: [[{{ReallyGetsAround}} A whore]], [[{{TheAlcoholic}} A Drunkard]], [[{{TheDitz}} A ditzy teenage girl]], A moustached villager with a hat that is friends with TheAlcoholic, A fat bartender with a diminutive name [[{{BadCopIncompetentCop}} A corrupt, dumb and incompetent cop]], [[{{StickyFingers}} A Kleptomaniac]], A former expat who likes to brag and gets involved in various unorthodox ways to make money, [[{{CorruptPolitician}} A corrupt and incompetent mayor]] and [[{{CorruptChurch}} a corrupt priest]].\\
Is it ''{{Series/VacantaMare}}'' or ''{{Series/LasFierbinti}}''?





[[AC: [=Barberbarberjoe=]]]
* A purple-clad hero that normally shapeshifts must now use [[BroughtDownToBadass a different set of abilities]] and team up with their PirateGirl arch-nemesis, in order to defeat a new common foe (with the hero [[HypercompetentSidekick doing most of the work]]). [[spoiler:Said PirateGirl double-crosses the hero in the end [[BatmanGambit as part of a plan]] and maintains the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].]]\\
Am I talking about ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt'' or ''[[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Shantae and the Pirate's Curse]]''? %%Barbarberjoe, 3 Aug 2017

[[AC: [=BokhuraBones=]]]
* The protagonist is a single woman in her late 20s working as a journalist for a Japanese media conglomerate. She is characterized as being assertive and driven, which helps her achieve professional success and distinguishes her from the other, more traditional [[OfficeLady office ladies]] at the business. However, this also means that she must deal with the ingrained sexism of Japanese society, a situation which is compounded by her markedly blunt, unfeminine personality and interests. In addition, she finds additional troubles with her personal life, as her desire to succeed leads to great amounts of stress and periods of self-doubt. Although she has an attractive, successful boyfriend who appears to be a good catch, he is just as career-oriented as she is, leading to difficulties in their relationship. They can go months between seeing each other, and even when they do, communication is strained and sex is unsatisfying to non-existent.\\
''Manga/KimiWaPetto'' or ''Manga/HatarakiMan''? %%Bokhura Bones, 26 May 2013
* A beautiful, kind, and spunky, if somewhat flighty and possessive, blonde finds out right before graduation that her boyfriend is breaking up with her. Undeterred, she drops her plans for a fashion career and follows him to law school (without alerting him to this until she gets there). Once enrolled, however, her stylish clothing and intense personality [[AttractivenessIsolation set her apart from the careerist-minded crowd and leave her feeling isolated]], and her ex shows no desire to get together again. There is a NiceGuy who might just be an alternate romance option, though...\\
''Film/LegallyBlonde'' or ''Anime/GoldenTime''? %%Bokhura Bones, 24 Oct 2013

[[AC: [=BossKey=]]]
* A land of fantasy HornyVikings is under attack by dragons, and it's up to an outsider in their society to end the winged menace by defeating the dragons' cruel leader, thus freeing man and wyrm alike from its grip. Along the way, our hero befriends a dragon and gains knowledge of the dragons in order to vanquish this evil, riding toward the final battle on a dragon's back.\\
''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' or ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''? %%BossKey, May 29, 2019

[[AC: @/CaiaphasTheSympathist]]
* InAWorld where there exists a discrimination between two big groups of the population, a man who grew up among the less-fortunate group and believes that they are all being oppressed by the other group dons a mask due to horrible facial scarring resulting from this oppression and rallies the members of his group to rise up in a rebellion against the others. An outsider who originally had no plans to get involved in this conflict ends up being a key player in it, in no small part because of their desire to protect their friends. Along the way, the stranger learns that the masked rebel is being supplied with weapons from a corrupt dealer and focuses a significant part of his fury against a public figure with close ties to the state who turns out to be as bad as (if not worse than) the masked rebel. After this figure's malevolent nature is revealed to the public by a female subordinate, a confrontation occurs between him and the masked rebel which is a crucial point in the story.\\
"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani Doctor Who and the Caves of Androzani]]" or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''?
* In a city in an alternate-universe Earth, a group heavily based on rapid technological advancement and its introduction for use by the bulk of the population is suspected of partaking in less-than-savory activites by a loner. As he gradually finds out, this group is in fact in cahoots with the corrupt police force, running an operation to take poor people and criminals off the street in for their own operation, which entails their transformation into part-machine beings that have had most of their human will stripped away. The man behind the whole scheme, the group's leader, possesses a deranged pragmatism that dictates that it is but destiny that this operation should go through, bringing an age of metallic dominance upon the planet by wiping out all "imperfect" organic life. Together with a [[LaResistance group of rebels]] doing their best to oppose this group and its leader, the loner must use his own cunning and abilities to bring an end to the madman's scheme.\\
''[[VideoGame/{{Thief}} Thief II: The Metal Age]]'' or "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Doctor Who and the Rise of the Cybermen?]]"
* This notorious work of social oppression features a protagonist that, although appearing silent before the world, proves that he possesses a memorable personality. The story concerns this man's adventures as part of a group that rebels against an immeasurably large group known as the Combine, mainly against the member who operates closest to them. This is a figure the Combine wants the bulk of the populace to perceive as trustworthy and benevolent, but who in truth is cruel and manipulative. Near the story's end, this figure tries to put the silent protagonist's colleagues in doubt as to the true nature of a figure he views as a benefactor. Ultimately, the rebels' combined efforts, although insignificant to the Combine as a whole, manage to strip the figure of their authority for good.\\
It's gotta be ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', right? Or... is it ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''?
* The protagonist of this dark, dreary piece starts out as a sad, dissatisfied everyman, whose experience with a woman suddenly causes his life to take an unexpected turn as he finds himself in the middle of a crisis that eventually comes to involve many deaths. Though the woman could be branded as the pivotal cause behind the crisis, it also revolves around a tough-guy figure that the protagonist comes to regard as his only true friend in a midst of people who treat him with contempt and adversity. As the story continues, however, the protagonist's mind becomes more and more broken, as he comes to perceive every truth and facet of the people that surround him. Things finally come to a headway at the end, as the woman is at her most helpful but the protagonist discovers that the tough-guy is in fact a[[spoiler:n ethereal, chaotic version of himself]], and the man directly responsible for all the death and destruction. After a final, decisive confrontation, only one of them survives, but it does little to quell the chaos and destruction that the tough-guy's scheming has caused.\\
''Literature/FightClub'' or ''[[VideoGame/{{DarkSeed}} Dark Seed II]]''?
* In this film adaptation of a story that originated in print media, Edward Norton plays a mild-mannered person who has to deal with regularly losing himself to a completely uncontrollable alter-ego that revels in violence, chaos and destruction in a citywide scale.\\
''Film/FightClub'' or ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''?
* Set in a BadFuture version of London, this story features a society ruled over by a sinister, shadowy group whose leaders rarely, if ever, show their face in public, and if they do, it is done in disguise, mostly presenting themselves to the public via a popular personification of themselves as a whole. Despite a pretty general perception of this group being malevolent, most of the population nonetheless works for them, if only to keep their livelihood. Many of them wear blue overalls constantly, while the group's most trusted members wear black. While they try to run a mostly normal life, they know that holding any sort of contempt towards the group will bring them trouble, and so if they do, they try their very best to keep their opinion secret. The plot concerns a man who finds himself in this society but bears a strong link to the past, having lived in a time before the group seized power, with a distinct memory of an event concerning an explosion that was part of what eventually led to that. Seeking the help of the worker class, this man leads a furtive campaign against the group and their leaders after a figure he silently trusts gives him a message indicating that there are more people behind their cause. Along with his younger companion who also dresses in blue, this man meets the figure and begins to take part in a clandestine rebellion against the group's highest authorities. Along the way, the pair stumble into an old-fashioned business run by a bushy-haired caretaker [[spoiler:who later turns out to be a villain, and holds them hostage.]] At the climax's beginning, it turns out that [[spoiler:not only was the pair's supposed ally playing them, he is ultimately THE villain of the story.]]\\
''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''? ...or ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''?
* A group of peoples that have lived among humanity since its beginnings, but have always conspired to rule and manipulate others from the shadows. Many believe that the biblical Cain was their first member. Their most outspoken leaders seek peace and order through control and coercion, though there have been known cases of members of the group exploiting the benefits of being a member ForTheEvulz, and others who change their mind and attempt to rebel against the other members, having come to hate what it means to be a member of that group.\\
[[VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Vampires]] or [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Templars]]?
* A man with a morally dubious past who has reformed into a kind, loving person finds a kindred spirit in a woman whose suffering is similar to his. After the woman suffers a death that could very well be blamed on others, the man is left to care for her daughter, raising her in a place that is mostly isolated from human society. After the girl grows up and develops eye-catching beauty, a single look exchanged between her and a young boy makes them fall in love. The man initially disapproves of this relationship and is eager to do anything he can to keep the girl away from the boy, but as he learns more about him, the man eventually comes to care for the boy as much as he does for the girl. In the final act, the man goes through a desperate struggle to make sure the boy, who has put himself in a situation where he might never see them again, is reunited with the girl. Although the story has no clear-cut villains, the two characters that come closest are an authority figure with an unhealthy attachment to order and pragmatism and a mean-spirited, sycophantic but selfish Frenchman created by Creator/VictorHugo.\\
''Literature/LesMiserables'' or ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''? %%By Caiaphas The Sympathist, 26 April 2013
* This is a video game set in the early 20th century, about an ex-detective turned private eye who is beckoned to a bizarre, anachronistic environment filled with barely-human beings who want him dead in order to rescue a young girl dressed in blue. One of his most notorious opponents is an old man with an eyepatch who ends up putting himself out of commission. Some of the names in the lore include two characters named Comstock and [=DeWitt=] who have similar skills, though [=DeWitt's=] are greater, and a woman named Elizabeth who has time-related supernatural powers.\\
''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' or ''[[VideoGame/AloneInTheDark2 Alone in the Dark 2]]''? %%Caiaphas The Sympathist, 2 Nov 2013
* In this story set in a universe where most tales straddle the line between sci-fi and horror, a team of scientists and researchers travel to a remote, inhospitable location where humans have virtually no history. Once there, they being conducting an archaeological investigation but soon find vestiges of an extremely old civilisation, mostly in the form of images in the walls of caverns, as well as preserved specimens of primordial beings. Though some of these beings are dead, at least one of them breaks free and, despite showing signs of intelligence, kills several members of the team without a second thought. The other researchers continue on, though they eventually find out that they are being threatened by different, far more menacing beings. Eventually, it is revealed that the intelligent beings are AncientAstronauts who created humanity to perform menial tasks, and never meant for humans to survive or evolve beyond that. However, they also created a race of beings that were physically superior and could take on many forms, including a famous tentacled one, though these beings ended up turning against their masters and becoming a threat to humanity as well. In the end, at least two members of the research team survive, though they are scarred by the experience, and it is implied that the monsters they have faced will come back to threaten humanity in the future.\\
''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' or ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''? %%Caiaphas The Sympathist, 3 Nov 2013
* A young, somewhat inexperienced American arrives at a European town where a murder has just taken place. They gradually get to know the locals and become especially attached to a particularly charming young girl. Eventually, they hear rumours of dark witches being responsible for the murders, and the girl is killed by one of these witches. In the finale, it turns out that almost every one of the people the American was living with was a dark witch, and they intend to kill them. The American comes face to face with the leader of the witches, an incredibly old sorcerer originating from southern Europe, who tries to use the death of the girl against them. However, they manage to overpower and kill the witch leader by stabbing them with an improvised weapon, which results in the death of the rest of the coven.\\
''Film/Suspiria1977'' or ''[[VideoGame/BenJordanParanormalInvestigator Ben Jordan 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm]]''? %% Caiaphasthesympathist, 12 Jan 2104

[[AC: [=CaptainLhurgoyf=]]]
* In this epic (and very long) adventure story, all life on earth is faced with destruction as a result of a storm of airborne debris, and the only way to preserve humanity is to create a new planet to relocate to. In order to do this, a small and diverse group of people, including a no-nonsense short-haired young woman who turns out to be less cold than she comes off as, must cross portals in space leading to several themed planets where the rules of time don't work as they're used to. Along the way, they encounter members of a previous expedition with similar goals that have been suspended in time, one of which decides that the mission is hopeless and tries to kill the team, killing off a minor character before he himself dies unceremoniously. {{Stable Time Loop}}s are key to success, and Creator/{{Matthew McConaughey}} is involved in some way.\\
''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' or ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''? %% Captain Lhurgoyf, 14 Feb 2015
* A popular animated television series that became one of the most recognizable and influential of its era, this show centers around a sword-wielding hero with long blonde hair and his talking animal sidekick as they have adventures in a post-apocalyptic world in which both magic and advanced technology coexist. A prominent villain is a powerful evil sorcerer with a skull for a face.\\
''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' or ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''? %% Captain Lhurgoyf, 12 May 2015
* This elaborate and lengthy comic series is broken up into a series of arcs, referred to with a specific term, not all of which follow the same characters. The first arc is commonly regarded to be both the weakest and non-indicative of the rest of the series, and the third introduces a group of otherworldly beings themed after a set of objects used in divination and each associated with a different color which become the most famous aspect of the series despite not being present at the beginning. Most of the protagonists are members of the same family who all have names starting with "J," and the first one to be introduced has a name that's some variation of "John." Besides them, there are a number of diverse and colourful characters, many of which, including protagonists, end up being gruesomely killed off at some point (always accompanied with the word "dead" captioning the scene); these include a flamboyant young man with an at least partially purple pompadour who gets killed by a vampire in a [[MemeticMutation memetic]] fashion and a wise parental figure with an Arabic-derived name who is seemingly killed off ''twice'', the first time when an otherwise ineffectual villain shoots them with a magical weapon and who exhibits copious amounts of HoYay with a character introduced earlier in the story whose associated colour is purple. The most iconic antagonist in the series is an evil immortal who wears a brightly-coloured coat, lives in a mansion in a desert city, leads a small army of minions with different powers, and can control time. Late into the series, a CosmicRetcon reboots the universe, and future arcs take place in an alternate history following new characters that still have the same last names as the protagonists of previous arcs (including that of the aforementioned villain). The series is known for its MoodWhiplash, being both incredibly dark and incredibly silly at times, its wide array of {{Shout Out}}s, and the eccentric behavior of its author, whose initials can be written as "AH" and whose AuthorAvatar of an egomaniac artist is a supporting character. While originally a cult classic, it became extremely popular on Website/{{Tumblr}}, attracting a huge and devoted fanbase and spawning many memes.\\
Now, is that specific term [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Acts]] or [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Parts]]? %% Captain Lhurgoyf, 30 May 2015

[[AC: @/CaptainPeregrin]]
* A show touted by fans as a {{Deconstruction}} of the MagicalGirl genre, featuring the eponymous Magical Girl who wears a pink-and-white MinidressOfPower [[spoiler:and happens to be the personification of Hope]]. The TransformationTrinket is a gem [[spoiler: that's actually a Soul Jar]] fashioned into a piece of jewelry. She gets her powers from a white-haired individual who becomes increasingly menacing as the series progresses. She also has a dear friend who [[spoiler: [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes the very thing they were fighting against]]]], and meets a black-haired person who is made out to be a villain at first, but eventually the two of them grow very close. At the end, she [[spoiler: forfeits her human form]] in order to save the world.\\
Is it ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''? Or ''Anime/PrincessTutu''? %%Captain Peregrin, 13 June 2013

[[AC: [=Chabal2=]]]
* A team of teenagers with ElementalPowers seek to restore the elemental balance which has been thrown out of whack a long time ago, while opposed by the fire-elemental bad guys (who are fought early on while their powers are weakened in the heart of the water-elemental's home at the North Pole, and later at full strength at the climax). Fire powers are strengthened by meteors. The youngest of the group has wind powers, uses a staff and helps set off the plot; the male fire user is a hot-headed idiot; the female water user is a healer, they are helped by a magnificently-bearded old man, and run into many a FantasyCounterpartCulture. There is little in the way of modern weaponry, except for fire-powered naval artillery. The shippers can be charitably described as "batshit insane", with every conceivable ship permutation receiving a PortmanteauCoupleName.\\
''Videogame/GoldenSun'' or ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''?
* A Scotsman takes the throne thanks to violent action and eventually falls in battle. He will never have sons, and the throne will pass to the descendants of his best friend. Strange prophecies and witches are involved, while the manipulative women who try to force their men into murder are dead by the end.\\
''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' or ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''?
* A white-haired boy, his brown-haired best friend who's better at fighting, and the girl who's in love with the former and annoyed by the latter. All three are inseparable until the PrettyBoy betrays the other two, leading them to run for their lives, slowly gaining a group of disparate and supernatural friends. The girl is still attracted to the PrettyBoy and oblivious to her bodyguard.\\
Is this a series suitable for [[Manga/AkatsukiNoYona younger audiences]] or [[{{Manga/Berserk}} to be kept out of their hands at all costs]]?

[[AC: Chelzero]]
* A group of brave astronauts leaves on a journey to find new home for mankind. Our protagonist is a crew on board this expedition. He leaves his child on Earth. Thanks to TimeDilation, the two are separated not only by distance but also time. The protagonist returns to Earth at last after securing a colony. Though little time has passed for the astronaut since his departure, his child has grown old in his absence.\\
''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', or "[[Music/{{Queen}} '39"]]?

[[AC: @/CrazedNinja]]
* In this campy children's film, an ordinary teenage protagonist is constantly annoyed by their younger sibling, until they inadvertantly cause said sibling to fall into danger at the hands of a group of mythical beings led by a villain with an excellent singing voice ([[TheCastShowoff played by a famous musician, no less]]), who the protagonist had heard about, but didn't think was real. The film takes place over the course of a single day, as one of the two parties is under a time limit to complete their goal.\\
Is the time limit on [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} the protagonist]] or [[Film/HocusPocus the antagonist]]? %%Crazed Ninja, 26 Oct 2013
* This wildly popular retro-inspired indie video game stars a child who falls down and ends up underground, where the entirety of the game takes place, and where there are tons of monsters. You are told right away who the antagonist is, but after they are defeated, the game is still far from over. The cycle of life and death is one of the central themes of the game, and hearts are a recurring motif as well. The game features multiple paths, with the TrueFinalBoss being an all-powerful goat monster who fires some rather ridiculous BulletHell patterns.\\
''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' or ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''? %%Crazed Ninja, 14 Dec 2015

[[AC: @/CyberTiger88]]
* The heroes of a long-running series enter [[CityOfCanals a Venice-inspired city]]. The main character of the group is [[InterspeciesRomance romanced by a girl of a different species]] while the antagonist(s) use the city’s LostTechnology to control ancient evil beings. Towards the end, a character that’s mostly blue in color dies and [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame that’s the only plot point most people know about the story]]. The question is whether the fore-mentioned character is [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 a speedy hedgehog]], or [[Anime/PokemonHeroes a psionic wyvern]].
%%CyberTiger88, 20 May 2015

[[AC: @/{{Cyclone}}]]
* This popular film starring Creator/MarkHamill involves the potential misuse of a powerful space-based energy weapon, which is later turned against our heroes. The film serves as the finale of the main protagonist's story arc as he fully comes into his own and out of the shadow(s) of his predecessor(s). Story arcs set earlier but published after help show how the world came to be the way it was when we first met said protagonist, including information on his very birth. Clearly, this is ''Return of the J-...''
** ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi ...-edi]]'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker ...-oker]]''?
* In the 2015-2016 season of this comic-based TV show, the ancient secret organization that has been plaguing our heroes for multiple seasons is dissolved, just in time for Hive (which has long-standing connections to that organization) to take center stage as the big bad of the season with an attempt to remake the world into a "better place." Is this ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' or ''Series/{{Arrow}}''?
* This popular franchise includes novels, tabletop games, video games, and even appearances on the small screen. The setting of this franchise is a place that used to be a single monarchy filled with rival noble houses. After TheCoup happened and the ruling monarch died, a dispute arose over who was the rightful heir to the throne, leading to a five-way CivilWar. At some point, a dramatic WeddingDay resulted in the apparent downfall of one of the five factions. One major antagonist is a power-hungry EntitledBitch with blonde hair from a noble house known for their wealth and an impregnable fortress that has never fallen (until it does). Her brother is a WarriorPrince, the rightful heir of his house, a legend on the battlefield, and actually the biological father of her son. The CivilWar is interrupted by the arrival of a foreign army claiming to inherit the right to rule from the pre-coup dynasty, enforcing it with force of arms and distinct military advantages over the pre-existing factions that are difficult to counter. Dragons are a thing in the setting too.
** So. Dragons. Are they [[TabletopGame/BattleTech 60-ton giant stompy robots designated DRG-1N]] or [[Franchise/ASongOfIceAndFire actual fire-breathing reptiles]]?

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[[folder:Troper Entries D-I]]

[[AC: @/DaibhidC]]
* In this UK-centric MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, a monstrous being based on a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' character threatens Londoners, but is defeated by the awesome power of Literature/MaryPoppins. A character from recent ''Film/JamesBond'' films also appears in the work, but isn't really involved in this storyline.\\
''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century 2009'' or the opening ceremony to the London 2012 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames? %%Daibhid C, 4 Oct 2013
* In a fantasy world, a young girl thoughtlessly triggers an emotional outburst from AnIcePerson. Up until now, the ice-creating character has kept a tight control on their powers, but now the land is plunged into EndlessWinter. The girl must go on a quest that takes her to the newly formed IcePalace, not so much to defeat the ice-caster as to talk them down with ThePowerOfLove, since the story makes it clear that they're not really villainous. Oh, and there's [[{{Snowlem}} a talking snowman]].\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''? %%Daibhid C 6 Dec 2014
* In this instalment of a [[LongRunners long-running series]], an eccentric engineer invents a spacecraft with a radical new power source. Unexpected factors threaten the flight of this ship, which in turn could mean TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. During the ship's launch there's a ShoutOut to the song "[[Music/{{Steppenwolf}} Magic Carpet Ride]]", possibly as a reference to its use in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}''. The ship's crew end up making an unexpected FirstContact with aliens who look a lot like one of the species on board the ship, only more dignified and powerful.\\
''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' or ''Discworld/TheLastHero''?%%Daibhid C, 8 Dec 2014
* This July 2018 [[MilestoneCelebration multiple-of-ten]] comic is the culmination of a recently reignited WillTheyOrWontThey between two long-running characters who finally got engaged. While billed as the wedding issue, in the event the bride (who has a feline codename) has a conversation with her blonde best friend (whom she hasn't really been shown interacting with for years) which convinces her not to go through with it. The fallout from this is seen in subsequent issues.\\
''Comicbook/BatmanRebirth'' #50 or ''Comicbook/XMenGold'' #30?
* In this volume of a series of children's novels about a boy called Johnny who has fantastic adventures, he and his friends visit the past by means of a trolley that can travel through time.\\
Is the "trolley" [[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy what Americans would call a shopping cart]] or [[Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine what Brits would call a tram]]? (Credit to Tropers/PaulA, who pointed this out on alt.fan.pratchett many years ago.)

[[AC: @/{{Darkblade}}]]
* In a medieval-ish post apocalyptic world humanity has been hunted by nearly unstoppable monsters. Even hiding behind mostly effective walls humanity is losing a slow war of attrition against the monsters. One day the walls fail to hold back the monsters and a young boy looses his mother to the monsters. Barely escaping with his own life he swears that one day he will rid the world of the monsters. Years later he finds some AppliedPhlebotinum that allows him to fight the monsters on equal terms at the expense of his humanity. Some people see him as a saviour others are less than pleased with him shaking up the status quo.\\
''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' or ''Literature/TheWardedMan'' %%Darkblade, 10 Nov 2013
* A long running speculative fiction franchise that recently had a landmark anniversary. Over the course of the decades the franchise has run several different actors have played the titular roll. Among the older seasons there are seven iconic portrayals that are held as sacred by parts of the fandom. A hiatus in the nineties in which movie(s) no one is sure what to do with came out before the franchise was renewed in two thousands. Also the most famous classic incarnation wore a scarf.\\
''Series/DoctorWho'' or ''Franchise/KamenRider''? %%Darkblade, 24 Nov 2013
* A young female aspiring artist witnesses a demon hunter kill a demon. Although initially frightened by his arrogance and violent tendencies she starts to fall in love with the hunter after she gets dragged further and further into his darkly magical world. Eventually it is revealed that she has some ties to this world herself and is important to the main villain's plans. The villain himself is a fallen demon hunter who is now using their evil powers along with his own abilities for his own ends.\\
''Series/{{Garo}}'' or ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''? %%Darkblade, 24 Nov 2013
* A TV show about a down on their luck middle class suburbanite that turns to drug dealing to maintain their lifestyle.\\
''Series/BreakingBad'' or ''Series/{{Weeds}}''?

[[AC: @/{{Darkestabsol}}]]
* Our main character is a guy who survives an attempt on his life via poison, but not without unintentional alternate effects on his body. From there, he goes to return to normal. The primary villains are a tall thin person (Who also happens to be the person who caused the main character's poisoning) and a big guy who isn't as smart as the tall person.\\
Is this Manga/DetectiveConan or Film/TheEmperorsNewGroove ?

[[AC: @/DecafGrub47393]]
* In this fanfic of a beloved cartoon, an eleven-year old man with the plan and a close friend run far away from home in search of a long-lost relative. During the journey, the hero falls in love with a raven-haired female while evading attempts to bring them back home.\\
Is this Fanfic/FindingDad or [[https://theloudhouse.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:MeGa_eXal/On_the_Run:_A_Loud_House_Story_-_Chapter_1 On the Run: A Loud House Story]].

[[AC: @/DensetsuNoKaboom]]
* A formerly heroic male character loses his mother and gains a high rank in the EvilEmpire while also getting a cool LaserBlade and helmet. Some years later, another male character closely related to the first one engages in a tearful IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with him, and after an incident involving lightning, the first character dies. \\
''Franchise/StarWars''' or VideoGame/{{Mother}}3? %%DensetsuNoKaboom, 21 April 2013
* At the beginning of the story, there are two siblings. One is shy and sheltered, and has blond hair; the other is more adventurous and has red hair. Events separate them from each other as well as their parents. Three years later, the younger sibling goes on an adventure with three friends, including someone raised by strange magical creatures as well as an animal sidekick; this adventure eventually leads to them finding the older sibling, who had gone into the mountains and never returned. The two siblings have grown apart in this time, and the elemental powers of one end up almost killing the other, but by the end the two have reconciled and things turn out well.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''[[VideoGame/MOTHER3 MOTHER 3]]''? %% DensetsuNoKaboom, 22 Dec 2013
* A villain works their way into a high-ranking group and manipulates their coworkers to get them out of the way in order to put themselves on top. Their evil plan involves the use of flowers which cause normally docile and intelligent anthropomorphic animals to lose their senses and go berserk. They are eventually thwarted by the two protagonists, who initially met each other on antagonistic terms but became partners over the course of these events.\\
''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' or ''VideoGame/CaveStory''? %% DensetsuNoKaboom, 1 Aug 2016
* This is the story of an alien invasion of Earth, opposed only by a young scientist and his sister. The titular protagonist and several other major characters have three-letter names. The aliens' MO for invasion involves bombarding the entire surface of a planet at once to wipe out all life.
''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', or ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''? %% DensetsuNoKaboom, 4 Apr 2017


[[AC: [=Diamonddmgirl=]]]
* This infamous fanfic shares its name with a song. A character who, in canon, was just a bit weird is now evil for no reason. A girl is oddly happy when another girl who is ''supposed'' to be one of her best friends is killed and her body is desecrated. Again, the first girl's motivations are barely explained.\\
''FanFic/MyImmortal'' or ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}''?%%diamonddmgirl
* The villain has been raising someone else's child for their own selfish purposes, keeping the child away from others and making them think that all other humans are evil. The child has long light hair. When they are in their late teens, they meet another human around their age who has brown hair. Said other human isn't anything like what the long-haired person thought that humans were like, causing them to doubt everything the villain taught them about the world. Eventually the long-haired character sides with the villain, only to realize that they were wrong when they're in the tall building they grew up in. The villain then tries to kill the brown-haired character in that same building. This story also features oddly helpful animals, people going over ledges without getting hurt and criminals dressed in medieval clothing.\\
Do the law-abiding citizens wear [[Disney/{{Tangled}} medieval clothes too]], or are they dressed like [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite modern day New Yorkers]]?%%diamonddmgirl
* This AnimatedMusical features a redheaded princess whose parents are ''both'' dead for a change. She ends up in the middle of a love triangle between a man who accompanies her throughout large portions of the plot and a blond prince who she got engaged to before she met the other guy, or so she thinks. The princess has an older sister who also makes frequent appearances but does not get a love interest. The sister is more closely connected to the supernatural than the redhead. It turns out the blond prince is evil and a liar and the true villain of the film. He wants the rest of the royal family dead for political reasons and manages to immobilize the redhead princess, after which the non-human (also non-animal and non-plant) comic relief guy proves instrumental in freeing her. In the climax a major character seems to die stopping the villain and then comes back in a way that involves the supernatural aspects of the older sister. Many scenes feature snowy landscapes, and the main plot takes place in Scandinavia.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''[[TheMockbuster The Secret of Anastasia]]''?

[[AC: [=Disney23=]]]
* A famous baseball player becomes disgraced after his misses a ball that costs his team the game. He is scorned and attacked by everyone around him to the point he attempts suicide, but in the end, he is given another chance and wins in the end.\\
Is it the ''Series/KingdomHospital'' episode "Butterfingers" or ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Boys of Bummer". %%Disney 23, 12 May 2013

[[AC: dmeagher13]]
* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of a magical enchantment placed on her. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?

[[AC: @/DonaldThePotholer]]
* An asteroid [[ColonyDrop is on a collision course with the planet]]! [[SkeletonGovernment What passes for a regional government]] decides that the best course of action is to send a rocket equipped with what is essenially BlackBox technology to the asteroid to get rid of it. The power source of the rocket is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild extracted from the essence of life itself]], and the ''de facto'' head of said regional government is tied in to the comapny that makes this energy. TheRemnant of [[AnimalWrongsGroup an environmental extremist group]] suceeds in sabotaging this rocket forcing the only remaining plan to be their plan: the unleashing of a more concentrated projection of said energy at the asteroid. The group suceedes in unleashing this projection with the help of the PlayerCharacter. As it turns out, the asteroid's collision course with the planet was a premeditated act by a third party with amazing powers of its own, which has to be defeated by said Player Character in the Final Battle of the storyline.\\
''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', right? How about [[spoiler:The "Delta Episode" of ''Videogame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'']]?
* Over the course of about two years, this "Ace" of his profession became a Legend, defying the odds time-and-time again, turning certain defeats into spectacular victories. Then, when all seemed well for him and his friends, [[HappyEndingOverride he was framed for a heinous crime]]! He was relegated to exile for [[TimeSkip a significant period]], during which things went FromBadToWorse for this man's nation. He only got back into the game with the help of a friend-[[note]][[ShipTease possibly]] [[HoYay lover]]-[[/note]]turned-ReasonableAuthorityFigure. That and the existence of a spy, whose activities include [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb bombings]] and murder. But, with the aid of a loud, brash, [[DividedWeFall mistrusting]] youngster, a [[spoiler:perceived]] [[DefectorFromDecadence traitor from]] [[BoxedCrook the other side]], and a lady who peppers her speech with some [[GratuitousForeignLanguage gratuitous european]], this Ace is able to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, capturing the spy and restoring the reputation of a man unfairly tarnished.\\
If the profession is "fighter pilot", the "Ace" is '''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderTheKilrathiSaga Christopher Blair]]'''.[[note]]And the specific game for most of the events is ''Vengeance of the Kirathi''.[[/note]] If the profession is "''[[spoiler:Attorney]]''", the "Ace" is [[spoiler:'''Phoenix Wright'''[[note]]with the specific game being ''[[Videogame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]''[[/note]].]]
* An organization located in a tropical region undertakes a project to better the lifestyles of living beings in that world. However, that organization's Director [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels takes a bit of a maniacal turn]], favoring another species of beings over the beings the project is intended to serve. Said Director [[TheManBehindTheMan suborns a known criminal into doing their dirty work]] while the rank and file of the organization still follow the Director's orders until the Director reveals [[MoleInCharge their true colors]]. The Player Character fights the Director in a place out of their world in the final battle of the primary storyline.\\
Said Director, of course, is '''[[Videogame/MegaManX8 Lumine]]'''. And it's the same being: dying [[PeekABangs and extending]] your hair, [[SueDonym adding two letters to your name]], [[GenderBender changing your operative gender]], and ''[[Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon traveling to another game series]]'' won't allow you to evade justice for long![[note]]i.e. '''Lu''sa''mine'''. Only applicable to the original versions, though.[[/note]]


[[AC: [=Dragon_Feathers=]]]

* A multiethnic team of young adults and their big, adorable, white non-human companion save an {{Americasia}} CityOfAdventure from a man in a white, red, and yellow mask. There is a suave, blue-eyed man who wants the hero's skill for his own use, but is rendered helpless by said masked man in the middle of his plan. One of the villains is motivated by revenge for the death of a female family member. Disney/BigHero6 or the first season of WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra?

* In this 2014 smash hit movie, an everyday guy (played by Creator/ChrisPratt) accidentally finds an {{Artifact of Doom}} while doing his job. He finds himself dragged into a humorous, world-hopping adventure to defeat an EvilOverlord along with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits including: an attractive {{Action Girl}}, a [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] guy with a dark color scheme, a TalkingAnimal, and a BigGuy made of something other than flesh. Does Chris Pratt play [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Emmett]] or [[Film/GuardiansoftheGalaxy Star-Lord]]?

* This story, aimed at teenagers, takes place InAWorld (but with the first installment taking place entirely in a CityOfAdventure) where some people have superpowers and use them to oppress and terrorize non-powered people. An organization that uses glove-shaped weapons is dedicated to bringing down these superpowered villains. One of the main characters is an 18-year-old who saw his father killed in front of him as a boy. It turns out that the leader of the CapeBusters group actually has very strong powers himself, and secretly uses them to give the group their edge. The second book's villain has [[MakingASplash water powers]]. The series began in 2012. ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''?

* An animated musical from a major studio made in 1998 has a heavy Christian influence and is based on a very old story, but isn't nearly as [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] or {{Anvilicious}} as such cartoons usually are. In fact, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it's quite dark for a "family" movie.]] Its opening song alone features racial oppression and [[Family-Unfriendly Violence]], which persist throughout the film. The protagonist becomes estranged from the man who he had grown up with as a family member, and eventually witnesses his death (which was likely divine intervention). The two men have an opposing duet song. The film's best song is Nightmare Fuel in visuals and lyrics, and is at least a sort of VillainSong. Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' or Creator/DreamWorks' ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''?

[[AC: [=Disciple=]]]
* A forgotten hero of a previous conflict returns to civilization from unexplored territories to face the threat of an [[EvilMask evil power bound to a mask]] hell-bent on [[OmnicidalManiac destroying the world]], with the aid of a desperate, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy manipulated pawn]]. The hero must gather four revered figures together in order to stop the antagonists. Along the way, the hero is accompanied by a [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] character who formerly [[HeelFaceTurn worked with the antagonists]] and is only helping out because he/she needed the hero's help to escape a deserted location at first. He/she then proceeds to [[NeverMyFault blame everything that got him/her stranded on the hero]]. The hero starts off the game in a much weaker state then he/she was before, and must spend the first portion of the game "healing" himself/herself. In addition, the hero must also retrieve an important object taken from him/her prior to the start of the game. Over the course of his/her journey, the hero is given advice by a cryptic, creepy character who aids in the "healing" process, a town on the verge of destruction in denial of it's fate, helps a soul stuck between life and death let go and move on into the afterlife, defends farmers from invaders from another planet, reunites a couple in a hotel, uses a mask to gain entry into a bar, is asked by someone in said bar to perform, [[ClearMyName proves the innocence of a character facing an execution ordered by a royal]] after trudging through a swamp, journeys to a desert land filled with spirits, assassins that appear out of nowhere, and faces the long-gone ruler of a vast empire. The hero stops the antagonist's attempted [[ColonyDrop Colony Drop]] and defeats him with the possible aid of an [[EleventhHourSuperpower Eleventh Hour Superpower]]. The game ends with the hero returning back to the unexplored territories once more. The hero returns later in the series as [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo a restless spirit]] in order to give aid to the new generation of heroes.\\
Is this ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' or ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''?

[[AC: [=Eevee_em=]]]
* Near the beginning of the story, a 10-year-old boy finds out that he is the chosen one. Later, he is told by a girl about his age that he must go out and collect three special gems (One of which is red and associated with fire, one of which is blue, and one of which goes with the theme of the other two), and take them to a sacred place that one would associate with religion. This task would be fairly simple, except that the main villain has has been causing problems since before the hero started his task, forcing said hero to overcome many obstacles. The girl knows how to play a special song on the ocarina, and this becomes a plot point. The hero [[ImpliedLoveInterest may or may not]] have multiple love interests.\\
''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' or the first part of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''? %%Eevee_em, 24 Nov 2013
* A game by Masahiro Sakuria with a strong focus on multiplayer. In addition to the main mode, there's a mode that focuses on exploring a large area in order to collect powerups for a short contest at the end. There's also a mode that features a top-down perspective and seems like a simplification of the main mode at first, but actually plays quite differently than anything else in the game. There are exactly three panels of "achievements" to fill up. It's possible to assemble the legendary Dragoon by collecting its three pieces and then have Kirby ram someone with it.\\
''[[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby's Air Ride]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for 3DS]]''?

[[AC:EdwardGil]]

* In this ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' game, the villain is a mother driven made with MoreThanMindcontrol from a Pokémon that didn't realize what it was doing. [[spoiler: Upon being freed, she falls into a coma.]] Are we talking about the fangame ''VideoGame/PokemonUranium'' or the more recent official ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''?

[[AC: @/EmmaIveli]]
* In a MediumBlending sitcom episode involving children's toys, we are treated to an alternate universe. However one of the characters, thanks to a toy, begins to get visions and flashbacks of another world. After some digging around, he discovers the world he knows is only a fantasy caused by a combination of injury and the harsh reality of growing up. The character decides living in a fantasy world based around toys is better, but after realizing that there are things that only the real world can offer he knows that he must go back to reality.\\
''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "G.I. Jeff" or ''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Brick Like Me"?
* An episode of an animated sitcom has an episode dealing with Boy Bands and Subliminal Messages. Guest starring at least one member of *NSYNC.\\
''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "New Kids on the Blecch" or ''Westernanimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Boyz Crazy"?

[[AC: @/EndarkCuli]]
* This Creator/NipponIchi game has a notably darker tone than most other games by this company, with violent deaths and sexual abuse being important to the plot. It begins with the player creating a name for the main character, though no matter what is chosen, the true importance of this name isn't revealed until near the end. Your main ally, and the character that gives the protagonist most of their strength, is foul-mouthed, desires world domination, and views most events through the protagonist's eyes due to limitations on their powers. You are able to encounter and befriend other unique characters over the course of the game, including a ditzy girl with some beastly features and a lot of determination, and a fellow with some farm animal features that acts friendly and naive until his true intentions are revealed. The game's grand finale takes place soon after exploring a world other than your own, and the ultimate BigBad is considered to be a god.\\
''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' or ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight''?

[[AC: @/{{Floria}}]]
* During the Cold War, someone with the initials AR attempts to found an Objectivist utopia. The project goes downhill in dramatically dreadful ways that are gradually revealed to the audience. The {{Fantastic Drug}}s the community manufactures don't help.\\
''VideoGame/BioShock1'' or ''Literature/TheFountainheadFilibusterTalesFromObjectivistKatanga''? %%By Floria, 21 April 2013
* An early 21st century sci-fi(ish) series with a devoted following among geeky types. It is the product of an infamous TrollingCreator with a fondness for [[PlayingWithATrope playing with tropes]] and KillTheCutie. It features a mixed-gender ensemble (including multiple {{Action Girl}}s as major characters), non-earth planets, a {{Badass Adorable}} ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl with long dark hair, a socially privileged young male who has skills that can help the injured and is platonically close to a BadassAdorable cute girl, a dark-skinned male character fond of edged weapons, a sinister MegaCorp, a sun of unusual color, psychic powers, and lots of snark. It's also spawned its share of memes. Its representation (or lack thereof) of racial diversity has caused controversy in some quarters.\\
''Series/{{Firefly}}'' or ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''? %%Floria, 19 May 2013
* A snarky, eccentric, perpetually unshaven British BadassBookworm and a snarky, competent, take-no-crap, [[OneHeadTaller much shorter]] American woman of color solve mysteries in contemporary New York State in this SettingUpdate of a popular literary property.\\
''Series/{{Elementary}}'' or ''Series/SleepyHollow''? %%Floria, 22 Sept 2013
* In this new adaptation of a longstanding pop culture franchise, a BadassBookworm GreatDetective fights crime in a large American city. Rather than his customary male sidekick, the detective's companion is a tough Asian woman whom he mentors in detective work. One of the major villains is a beautiful, dangerous British-accented woman who is a leader in a vast criminal organization.\\
''Series/{{Elementary}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''? %%Floria, 19 Oct 2013
* A goodhearted (but [[BewareTheNiceOnes not to be underestimated]]) East Asian BadassBookworm teams up with an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]], socially inept, European genius detective of the opposite gender, and they develop a close bond, with the relatively normal nice Asian acting as the other character's [[TheWatson Watson]]. The European detective character has high-status ancestry and a less than friendly relationship with their father. They are not emotionless or lacking in the capacity for kindness, but they're not the warm and fuzzy type at all - although they do [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]] to some extent. Together, they solve murders. Despite the European detective character's strong resemblance to Literature/SherlockHolmes, this series does not take place in Victorian or Edwardian London.\\
''Series/{{Elementary}}'' or ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}''? %%Floria, 13 Jan 2014

[[AC: [=FoxMccloud=]]]
* Long ago, in a CrapsackWorld, mankind was terrorized by large, monstrous creatures. Human society managed to survive against these monsters, and eventually creates some vague semblance of peace. One day, a superior monster massacres an unprepared town, and allows its weaker kin to resume their devastating attacks on human settlements. Our protagonist, who survived the massacre, decides to join the fight against these creatures. However, they discover that [[spoiler:they have the ability to wield the powers of the monsters they fight, making them mankind's best hope to win this war.]]\\
Are these monsters [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim dragons]] or [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Titans]]? %%Fox [=McCloud=] 4387, 28 June 2013

[[AC: [=Frozenwolf150=]]]
* This comedy series was created as an intentional parody of other superhero stories. In this setting, superheroes are dime a dozen, with a wide assortment of wacky powers. Many of them are either narcissistic or completely useless, spending more time arguing than actually doing their job. The main protagonist is virtually indestructible, but the source of his power is never explained. He has a carefree goofball personality, but his sidekick takes the superhero job a lot more seriously. He lives in a small apartment and often has trouble making ends meet. He typically runs his daily errands in full costume, but nobody bats an eye. When he shows up to save the day, his fights often cause a lot of collateral damage that he doesn't seem to care about. At one point, the moon gets partially damaged thanks to the actions of a world-destroying supervillain.\\
Is this ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' or ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''?

[[AC: [=Fubuki=]]]
* In this Creator/{{Pixar}} movie, two people meet for the first time, don’t really care about each other but don’t exactly dislike each other either. One of them is convinced he can do something which he clearly cannot and the other thinks he’s an idiot for believing it. Shortly after, they clash and develop a drawn-out rivalry during which the dreamer slowly gains the upper hand. When the realist does something stupid, the dreamer reacts, things escalate, their lives get turned completely upside down, and they have to [[TeethClenchedTeamWork reluctantly work together]] to get them back. The dreamer eventually is close to despair [[spoiler: by learning from a more reliable source than his companion that his dream is impossible for him to reach, and deliberately evokes a FlyOrDie situation in which he fails at what he’s dreaming about and comes/believes to come close to getting himself killed.]] The realist goes after him with the help of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. [[spoiler: The dreamer also has a HeroicBSOD which the realist gets him out of by revealing his own insecurities. They then save each other’s lives, team up to get out of a very dire situation in a great showdown, and end up moving and living together as best friends.]]\\
''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' or ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity''? %%Fubuki, 30 June 2013

[[AC: Tropers/{{Gamermaster}}]]
* An incredibly powerful black haired demon lord loses his power and position due to a young woman and is reduced to working a bottom of the barrel job that he takes [[SeriousBusiness incredibly seriously]]. Among the people who join him in his quest to regian his power are: his [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] white haired second in command, an ordinary teenage girl, a child that can turn into a sword and views said teenage girl as a CoolBigSis, the woman who caused him to lose his powers who happens to be an angel and is constantly shipped with him in-universe, and a ButtMonkey.\\
''Videogame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' or ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer''?

[[AC: [=Ghostsoul=]]]
* Five kids accept a 'gift' from the same [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremist]] who stuffs their souls in inanimate objects. They are also made into [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]] forced to forever fight, which drives them insane as they suffer [[AFateWorseThanDeath A Fate Worse Than Death]] The very thing they had been 'gifted' had caused them to become corrupted inside.\\
''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?

[[AC: [=Gives-you-hugs=]]]
* This is a series about six babies--including a pair of twins and [[TheBabyOfTheBunch one who can't even speak to the other babies]]--and the people who look after them. Stories tend to revolve around either the lives of the caretakers or how the children misunderstand things they've seen and/or been told.
''WesternAnimation/Rugrats'' or ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters''?

[[AC:Tropers/TheGreatConversation]]
* Released in the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]], this beat-driven pop ConceptAlbum with an overarching narrative about [[CelebrityIsOverrated fame and celebrity]] and multiple lyrical {{motifs}} is the sixth studio album by an American artist who started in a niche genre but recently settled in [[SynthPop electronic pop]], although the album ends with a simple bittersweet piano ballad.\\
Music/PanicAtTheDisco's ''Pray For The Wicked'', or Music/TaylorSwift's ''Music/{{reputation}}''?


[[AC: [=gunslingerofgilead=]]]
* A modern day extension of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table act as defenders against the greatest threats known to man. The operatives of said agency take their monikers/codenames from the original knights (i.e. Galahad, Perceval, Lancelot, etc.), and new agents are only inducted upon the death of another. This is the basic set-up of both ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' and ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'', separated by roughly 130 years and taking place in different genres (spy fiction vs GaslampFantasy respectively).

[[AC: [=HellKillUsAll=]]]
* The future of a kingdom is at stake, especially a very respected individual, when a former student of theirs is out for revenge. Now a current student of the master must use all they can in a new environment to stop this evil and restore peace.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''? %%Hell Kill Us All, 9 July 2013
* A child-like character becomes a newspaper reporter to his BadBoss. However, once his friends start alienating him, he wants to reveal the truth, but the boss threatens to blackmail and overwork him if he comes clean. However, our hero uses the newspaper as a way of clearing himself and giving the boss his just desserts.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "The Krabby Kronicle" or the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Ponyville Confidential" %%Hell Kill Us All, 7 Sept 2013
* A redheaded RebelliousPrincess wants to be her own person and make her own decisions, something her royal parent doesn't approve of. Their differences escalate to the point where the parent destroys the princess's most beloved possession during a bitter argument, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone something the parent later regrets]]. The princess then runs away from home and makes a deal with a shifty witch to make their dreams come true via a magical transformation, but it only causes trouble in the kingdom, making both parties put aside their differences and become stronger on their journeys.\\
Is this ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''? %%Hell Kill Us All, 12 Jan 2014
* A film about toys, both original and preexisting, that contains a plot point about whether toys are meant to be put on display or of they're meant to be played with.\\
Is this ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''

[[AC: Troper/HeroGal2347]]
* A human finds that his alien HeterosexualLifePartner is being affected against his will by something which is turning him savage. Said friend [[FightingFromTheInside tries to resist]], but is ultimately unable to do more than stall the process. The human attempts to keep his friend safe until he returns to normal, even as his now out-of-control friend takes aim at him. Ultimately, he does something extremely risky to keep his friend from harm. However, his care pays off, and the story ends with the two of them together and unharmed. As a last hint, the human's first name begins with ''J'' and the alien is called by a name starting with ''S''.\\
''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman #4'' or ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]"?
* A character abruptly falls in love with someone high-status but inappropriate. Said character is struck with a curse which threatens to upset their whole life. The character's friends, knowing that the CurseEscapeClause has to do with true love, attempt to break it, but, owing to a misunderstanding, their first attempt is totally unsuccessful. Ultimately, the spell is broken, but the love which breaks it is platonic, not romantic.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesADuckTalesValentine A [=DuckTales=] Valentine]]"?
* A group of people are dealing with an attack by a hostile alien. However, through the course of the adventure, the heroes realize that the alien is not normally aggressive. It's attacking out of a MamaBear[=/=]PapaWolf desire to protect its children. The heroes smooth things over and they and the alien part on friendly terms. ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', or "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark The Devil in the Dark]]"?

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* Alien mentor recruits five teenagers to fight off alien invasion, teenagers use animal-based powers to fight, transforming into alternate forms via "morphing". Both series take place in California.\\
''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' or ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' ?

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* A clan gifted with both prodigious skill and an overarching legacy comes into conflict with a villain who is equal parts sadistic and perversely charismatic. The family would eventually defeat the villain but not before he wreaks a grievous harm to one of the family's members that would deeply affect them in the years to come. Eventually the villain would resurface by [[GrandTheftMe taking control of the body of the same person he had previously harmed]] and would subsequently confront the family's [[LegacyCharacter latest heir]] who, unlike his straight laced predecessors, is a streetwise delinquent. [[spoiler: In the climax, the villain attacks and nearly kills the heir's mentor but in the end is defeated for good through the use of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own tricks being used against him]] and [[YourHeadAsplode his head getting blown up]]]].\\
Is this the climax of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' or ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''?
* In a world where individuals who have surpassed perceived human limitations are the majority, a young man who lacks those traits finds himself ostracized by his peers and is socially unable to pursue his dream job. Not willing to back down so easily he soon finds an unlikely benefactor in the form of one of these enhanced individuals who helps him achieve his dream by donating his traits. The youth is also confronted by someone from his past who is also considered "perfect" and was [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter superior in everyway to him in their youth]] .\\
Is this the plot of ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'' or ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' ?
* After a SharedUniverse is struck by a cataclysmic event, a select group of specialists are sent back in time in order to take steps of reversing said calamity. In the climax however the BigBad attacks the group's headquarters, prompting a [[BigBadassBattleSequence fight]] that involves both the BigBad and the previous enemies fought as well [[TheCavalry as the many allies from earlier arriving in the nick of time]]. [[spoiler: In the end, the BigBad and his minions are finally defeated but only through a HeroicSacrifice made by one of the main characters]].\\
Is this ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' or ''Film/AvengersEndgame''?


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* The villains of this story are [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] running an AncientConspiracy who have constructed an artificial country and populated it with tens of millions of humans whose only purpose is to die in one momentous instant. The sheer volume of death occurring at a singular moment in time will force open a metaphysical "heaven's door" that will then force God to descend down to the earth. Also involved are superhumans running around with magical powers thanks to a tattoo somewhere on their bodies that were bestowed upon them by said Eldritch Abominations.\\
''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' or ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''? %%Jack The Hammer, 10 Oct 2013

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* This popular anime stars a teenage MagnificentBastard who has become disillusioned with the world. One day, he is given a special power that allows him to control people's actions and/or kill them. The character who gives him this power is a supernatural DeadpanSnarker who cannot be harmed by human weapons. The main character decides to use his power to try to change the world for the better, but increasingly ends up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope as he does so. He adopts a SecretIdentity which the world knows him as, while trying to hide the truth from those around him. His primary opponent is a HeroAntagonist who is morally dubious himself, and the two share a complex relationship while trying to outdo each other.\\
''Manga/DeathNote'' or ''Anime/CodeGeass''?
* The two main characters of this film have a RedOniBlueOni dynamic. They used to be very close, but their relationship [[IncrediblyLamePun cools off]] after an incident where someone loses control of their powers, injuring or killing innocent people. After this incident, many people want to restrict or suppress one of the protagonist's powers for fear of this happening again. This character resents this control and eventually goes rogue, while the other main character pursues them in an attempt to bring them back. Things take a turn for the worse when a major character is imprisoned by people who are afraid of their powers. A major plot point involves the death of one of the protagonist's parents, which severely impacts their relationship with the other protagonist. The climax of both films takes place in a snowy area.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''?

[[AC: [=JoeMerl=]]]
* In this movie, an {{Adorkable}} young prodigy with ParentalAbandonment visits a friend's large, extended family, made up of too many colorful characters for the viewer to easily keep track of. During his stay he grows closer with the friend and the rest of TheClan. At the same time, a [[AIIsACrapshoot malicious bot]] tries to use the boy's genius to harm humanity. It turns out the [=AI=] was actually created by a member of the family.\\
''Anime/SummerWars'' or ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''?

* In this Creator/{{Pixar}} film, our main characters are a group completely dedicated to keeping a certain child happy; the protagonist is the group's leader, and everybody else is fine with them getting the most attention. However, the protagonist gets upset when another member of the group starts taking over their role, only to come to terms with this through a wacky roadtrip-style adventure.\\
''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' or ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''?

* Our main character is attending a WizardingSchool despite being raised by a non-magical family; they are eventually revealed to be TheChosenOne able to wield a powerful magical wand. They have two best friends with contrasting personalities and shares a dorm with them. Their rival is a blond-haired AlphaBitch-type with two unintelligent cronies; this character is from an old, important magical family and looks down on people who aren't. The rival gets at least some PetTheDog moments, and at some point, one of these two saves the other with a FlyingBroomstick. The first installment of this franchise features a dragon and the Philosopher's Stone as plot points.\\
''Franchise/HarryPotter'' or ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''?

* In this story, the protagonist causes another character to lose a contest; this other character becomes [[StartOfDarkness consumed with rage and bitterness]], and ultimately helps the BigBad bring about a BadFuture. The protagonist and his best friend (one of whom has blond hair, the other black hair) meet him again through TimeTravel and ultimately manage to {{Set Right What Once Went Wrong}}. The friends' family histories are plot points; specifically, there's a scene where time travel allows the black-haired friend's father, who was a DoorstopBaby, to briefly glimpse at least one of his birth parents. The black-haired friend is briefly {{Ret Gone}}d until the blond friend can save him. Also, a sapient hat causes much of the story's conflict, and at the end it is implied that the blond friend will eventually hook up with a relative of the black-haired friend (despite much of the fandom [[HoYay pairing the friends instead]]).\\
''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' or ''Theater/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild''?

* Our bespectacled, {{Adorkable}} protagonist lives in New York City, was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned as a baby]] and at some point gets HappilyAdopted by an unusual scientist. One of these two invents a TimeMachine, and the subsequent adventures exacerbate and then resolve issues with the protagonist's family arrangement. At some point the Time Machine breaks and requires fixing. The protagonist gets a LoveInterest in the form of a somewhat rude girl whose name ends in the letters -nny.\\
''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' or ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman''?

%%(Can you tell that I really like ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''?)

* This Disney-affiliated story features someone punishing another by turning them into a bear. This person journeys through the land with a younger person of the same sex, with whom they have/develop a parent-child bond. However, in an ironic twist, a relative of the BalefulPolymorph is hunting them with intent to kill, specifically because they discovered the transformed person's [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing ripped-up clothes]] and believed their loved one was ''killed'' by a bear. (This relative has already lost flesh and blood to a bear, incidentally.) Another relative who knows the situation prevents bloodshed, however, and is also able to turn the person back. The transformed person decides to take the form that will allow them to stay with their child.\\
''Disney/BrotherBear'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''?

* This series begins when an alien, who looks roughly half-human and half-horse, comes to Earth with a warning about evil alien invaders. He is killed by these evil aliens and [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin gives superpowers]] to a group of children before he dies. The resulting story is DarkerAndEdgier than your average WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld story. Also, the {{Kid Hero}}es frequently get help from an alien BenevolentAI. \\
''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' or ''Comicbook/PowerPack''?

[[AC: [=JoshuaSweetvale=]]]
* As a kid, the main sympathetic adult point of view character was visiting an archaeological dig when their parent of the opposite sex unearthed the male progenitor entity of an ancient race of biologically superior mythical beings. Said male progentior promptly woke up and started killing everything. Our protagonist's parent was only barely able to seal their child into an escape mechanism. The child is forced to watch as they're carried to safety while their parent is incinerated by the progenitor entity that had just woken up.\\
When the main story begins, the viewpoint character is all grown up...and human society has been mostly destroyed by the children of the monster their parent unleashed. They are leading the defense of a small bastion of human hope, even trying to keep some greenery alive under their aegis. Their base is fortified but ultimately doomed. When the fight against the monsters inevitably begins again, they must try to balance their ethics and desire to keep their young charges safe with their desire for revenge and a better world. The mythological monsters start dropping like flies from the onslaught of unorthodox and unethical but awesome human ingenuity, but not without their base getting trashed and losing a lot of people.\\
So, is this the life story of Misato Katsuragi from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', or Christian Bale's character from ''Film/{{Reign of Fire}}''?

[[AC: [=???=]]]
* In today's episode, a formerly DisappearedDad reappears to announce he wants to enter his kid's life again. They hang out for a couple days and have fun, and the child is convinced to join the father once again. When someone else hears wind of this, they think it's all a farce, and will only lead to more heartbreak, but the person they tell this to is unconvinced, and fumes at the thought of it. However, it turns out they were right, as the father later goes back on his words, saying that something has come up that prevents the father and child from truly reuniting as a family. When the child finds out about this, they shout something to the effect of "I don't need him anyway."\\
Now, is this an episode of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', or ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''?

[[AC: [=JuiceheadBaby=]]]
* A detective haunted by strange nightmares tracks a SerialKiller who uses antlers as a calling card. But is the detective [[{{Manga/Pluto}} a robot]] or just [[{{Series/Hannibal}} really screwed up]]?

[[AC: @/{{Kadorhal}}]]
* A shooter set NextSundayAD, concerning a growing ultranationalist power in Russia, who eventually take over, kidnap their own President, and launch attacks on America and its allies. Along the way the player watches their character die to a bomb they can do nothing about, is supported by a character from previous games in the series, chases after a gun runner or two, performs covert operations against Russian forces before they're officially at war, infiltrates a cargo ship, gets caught in a sandstorm, watches civilians in London die horribly, rescues the Russian President, and goes on to take care of the men behind the whole incident in the final mission. And from the real-world side of things: the game includes a metric ton of CoolGuns with [[GunPorn almost-impossible numbers of accessory rails and attachments to put on them]], the game only receives patches within one year of release, [[PortingDisaster the devs don't particularly care to make the PC version work as well as the console versions at release]], and the patches generally ignore actual bugs while introducing new ones.
The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' trilogy, or ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Future Soldier''?

[[AC:Tropers/{{Katdo}}]]
* This screen work loosely based on one of the most iconic comic franchises of its home country features [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters all the heroes]] [[BatFamilyCrossover in the franchise]] teaming up and traveling through time, visiting past entries in the series to collect {{MacGuffin}}s before the [[AGodAmI godlike]] villain does. The oldest and most popular hero, a hand-to-hand fighter, interacts with his past self. The Japanese cast [[RelationshipVoiceActor includes]] Creator/KeijiFujiwara, Creator/KenjiNomura as a minor villain, Creator/KazuhikoInoue, Creator/KentaMiyake, Creator/DaisukeHirakawa as a character who dresses in green [[spoiler:and is killed by the BigBad]], Fuminori Komatsu as a European hero heavily associated with silver who is close to his sister [[spoiler:and dies]], Creator/HidenobuKiuchi, Creator/BanjoGinga as a villain, Creator/WataruTakagi, Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa, Creator/YasuyukiKase, Creator/YuuichiNakamura, Creator/MiyukiSawashiro, Creator/KenjiroTsuda, and Creator/HirokiYasumoto. Is this '''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven''' or '''Film/AvengersEndgame'''?
* Characters and their supernatural abilities in this manga/anime are [[ThemeNaming named after classic works of a specific medium and the creators thereof]]. [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys The majority of characters are attractive and well-dressed men]], but {{ActionGirl}}s can be found as well. One faction is a criminal gang whose most prominent member is voiced by Creator/KenshoOno. '''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''' or '''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'''?

[[AC: [=KaptainKRapp=]]]
* The hero is a [[HeroicMime silent protagonist]] with [[RealityWarper reality-bending powers]] who finds himself in a strange land unlike his own. Upon arriving, he is greeted by a helpful (if somewhat overbearing) female figure with a {{Meaningful Name}} [[spoiler:who also happens to be the main villain's former lover.]] The hero also learns of the local villain (a regal figure who is built up to be ruthless and destructive, [[spoiler:only to be revealed as a [[AntiVillain decent]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds man]] traumatized by the loss of loved ones and driven to a sense of [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge despairing vengeance]]]]), and sets out to stop him from achieving his goals. Along the way, the hero encounters, among others, a fiery hotheaded {{Blood Knight}} working for the villain who wants him dead, a conniving spider girl in pigtails who wants money and has a penchant for nice dresses, and a shy nerdy {{Otaku}} lizard completely obsessed with all things anime. The hero also encounters a seemingly innocuous villain who is later revealed to be a nihilistic manipulative sociopath and the true villain. Said true villain wants the main villain dead, plays everyone like a fiddle, gains untold power, and becomes a god. As a god, he plans to [[OmnicidalManiac annihilate all existence]] and remake it according to his will, and it's up to the hero to stop him with rainbow-colored heart-shaped {{MacGuffin}}s. Said true villain also has similar powers to the hero.\\
''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' or ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''?

[[AC: @/{{Karalora}}]]
* A classic Creator/{{Disney}} musical about British children starved of parental attention who come under the care of a woman with magical powers, including the ability to fly and to make inanimate objects come to life. Mostly live-action, but includes a memorable sequence in which the protagonists visit a fantasy world rendered in animation, with talking animals and a sporting event with an unlikely outcome. Features Creator/DavidTomlinson in a major role and numerous songs written by Music/TheShermanBrothers.\\
''Film/MaryPoppins'' or ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''?
* This Creator/{{Pixar}} feature concerns an isolated widower who sets out on an adventure, picking up a flighty traveling companion not long into the trip. The two travel to a region all but unknown by their community, encountering strange creatures and facing terrible dangers along the way. Ultimately, the widower learns that he can't let his lingering grief prevent him from experiencing the joys that yet remain in life, and he and his companion become fast friends.\\
''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', or ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''?
* In this CGI Franchise/DisneyPrincess movie, the two leads are the elegant, reserved queen of a kingdom and her immediate relative, a spunky, redheaded princess. The central conflict of the film comes about because one of them is really gung-ho about the princess getting married on short notice, and the other is adamantly against the idea. Her resistance to the marriage causes the second woman to unleash a magical transforming curse that cannot be lifted until the two reconcile their differences.\\
''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', or ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''?
* The story's central conceit is that mythic figures of childhood like Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, and of course the jolly fat man who brings presents at midwinter are real...not only that, but it's very important that children continue to believe in them, both for their own sake and for humanity's. The villain wishes to dispel that belief and twist children's thoughts to his own purposes. Part of his plan involves invading the Tooth Fairy's realm and stealing the stored teeth. The main protagonist is a relative newcomer to this "mythic figure" business who initially doesn't want to get involved but ultimately becomes devoted to the cause, and the belief of a child close to that person proves instrumental in defeating the villain.\\
''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' or ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''?
* This computer-animated franchise is aimed at young girls but has a notable PeripheryDemographic due to being more smartly written and not nearly as saccharine as people would expect given previous iterations of the franchise. It is set in a society of magical beings who oversee the changing of the seasons, ruled by a female monarch associated with golden light. The central protagonist is a relative newcomer to her community who has trouble fitting in at first but soon establishes herself as intelligent and resourceful. The other five main female characters include a ditzy girl, a grower of plants with a Southern accent, a girl who is good with animals, a girl who makes things sparkle, and a snarky girl who is very smug about her flying speed. Each entry in the franchise teaches a lesson about friendship.\\
We've all seen ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Have we all seen the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' movies?
* In this movie from the mid-90s, a highly successful comedian plays a divorced father who feels he doesn't get to spend enough time with his offspring. He assumes an alternate identity that massively changes his appearance, including a great deal of weight gain. This enables him to get the family time he craves, but when his ex-wife and her new paramour discover the situation, they think he's mentally ill and get his visitation rights revoked. Fortunately, the dad is able to use his new role to benefit children in general and prove his sincerity, and he makes peace with the ex and resuming seeing his kid(s), now with a better understanding of what responsible parenthood entails.\\
''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' or ''Film/TheSantaClause''?
* A young girl who thinks her life is too ordinary has her family kidnapped by a predatory fairy being who can give you every little thing you want, but at a terrible price. With some help from those who are familiar with the fairy's ways, the girl enters the fairy's unreal, cobbled-together world, does battle with her, and, through pluck and brains, manages to defeat her and rescue her family.\\
''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' or ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''?

[[AC: @/{{Kartoonkid95}}]]
* A social outcast uses somebody's death as a means to become popular and succeeds, but eventually starts having second thoughts about it when questioned if everything he had before was really good enough for him.\\
''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' or ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen''?

[[AC: @/{{Kayube}}]]
* The main character of the story is a member of nobility, who has spent a long time living a sheltered life in their home. One of the few people they get a chance to meet from outside is a man with whom they develop a close relationship, believing that said man understands them better than anyone else. Not everyone agrees that this relationship is a good one, however, and partly as a result of a disagreement about the issue there is an explosion of magical power, and the two are separated while the main character goes on a journey. During this journey, other characters also express their skepticism about the man, while the main character continues to defend him. While for much of the story the doubts seem unfounded, it is eventually discovered that the man was really using the main character for his own ends, and he ends up becoming the primary villain of the story.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''?
* As the end of the world approaches, a group of people come up with a plan to save humanity. However, the plan involves not only leaving the vast majority of humans to die, but also creating a large-scale deception in order to allow the plan to work. The protagonists refuse to accept allowing the species to live by sacrificing so many lives, and eventually (after dealing with betrayal by one or more allies, and one of the leads traveling back in time to send messages to the past, creating a StableTimeLoop) come up with a better solution that saves all the living humans. In the end, the male lead is shown to be traveling to another planet to live alongside the female lead. Also, plants, food, and holes in space play an important role in the setting.\\
''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' or ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''?
* After falling down a hole, a child arrives in another world, in which they are antagonized by a creature that appears to be made of plant matter. The child harnesses the power of time travel in their journey, during which they meet, among other characters: someone who initially blocks them from leaving the starting area due to their age; an elderly shop owner; a couple of fish-related people, including one who's known for singing; a scientist whose research resulted in [[spoiler:a horrific mishmash of multiple beings]]; and a pair of skeletons who banter humorously. In the end, the child discovers that the antagonistic plant creature [[spoiler:was NotHimself at the time, and befriends him.]]\\
''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''?
* A detective finds himself traveling between two worlds, with alternate versions of people he knows in each of them. One of them is all in his mind, and the other is real, but it's left ambiguous which one is which. He has similar problems to solve in both worlds, and his experiences in one world help solve the case in the other as well. In one of the worlds, someone is trying to get him to give up on the fantasy. The very last scene involves both worlds unexpectedly colliding, after it had seemed like one had proven to be the real world.\\
The ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Abominable Bride", or ''Series/{{Awake}}''?
* This work, part of a fictional universe best known for a particular trilogy, takes place during a war between the forces of good and evil. It involves a group of companions who, setting out from a safe haven, seek to ensure the destruction of the evil forces' ultimate weapon. Ultimately, the group splits up, with only a group of three heading into the heart of the villains' base of operations. The final battle serves to create an opening for the main character, with the help of their ally, to ensure the success of the mission, which involves a long climb. Once the mission is complete, however, [[spoiler:the surrounding area is destroyed, leaving the two companions to presume that their deaths are inevitable.]] The destruction of the weapon, while it doesn't immediately lead to peace, does bring hope for a brighter future, even if [[spoiler:the main character won't be around to witness that future.]]\\
''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', or ''Film/RogueOne''?
* At nearly the end of the 20th century, a popular series of electronic-talking-pet toys are released. However, people who neglect these toys will, due to the machinations of a malevolent force, meet a horrifying fate. The toys themselves, however, while they do have sapience, are not actually evil, and ultimately end up rebelling against the malevolent force, specifically through a conflict with a different model of toy from the same line.\\
''VideoGame/{{Tattletail}}'', or the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' story "Cuddlesome"?
* This game utilizes a lot of [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking]] techniques to involve the player in the story. Some of the characters are aware that they're in a computer program, but others are not. After reaching one not-entirely-satisfactory ending, it's possible to play through a second scenario in which the world is increasingly affected by glitches. Finishing the game requires you to look through the game's files and move or delete some of them. At the final end of the game, after a discussion with an entity that has power over the game world, all the characters who died over the course of the story are brought back. Also, there's a club full of avid readers.\\
''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' or ''VideoGame/OneShot''?
* A FilmNoir-inspired movie that combines live-action and animation, bringing together many well-loved characters in the process. The main character, a human dealing with the loss of a family member, teams up with a long-eared talking animal to solve a mystery. The animal gets on the human's nerves at first but they soon grow close. The ultimate culprit turns out to be [[spoiler:an urban developer who intends to, essentially, wipe out his own species.]]\\
''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' or ''Film/PokemonDetectivePikachu''?

[[AC: [=Kilroy11235=]]]
* A young man encounters a deadly war machine when least expected. During their time together, the machine protects the young man while the young man helps the machine understand humanity, teaching him that he can go beyond his programming. During the climax, the machine sacrifices himself in order to prevent a nuclear armageddon.\\
''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''

[[AC: @/KingOfTheMimeSwing]]
* A highly beloved series (to the point where [[SacredCow criticizing it online would get you a nigh-universal tongue-lashing]]) about a man who seeks to travel across the constructed universe he lives in, much of which was based on tales and experiences of Western influence. To accomplish this, he gathers a crew of colorful individuals who he deems as the best at what they do, and becomes the captain of a well-loved ship (to the point where it's considered by most as a crew member itself). But despite being the protagonists, they are essentially considered in their universe, and would also be considered as such in ours, [[AntiHero criminals]]. But their positions as criminals is due in part to being in conflict with [[TheGovernment the totalitarian, enigmatic, morally-dubious government]] that rules most of their setting. In fact, a few crew members' backstories consist of tragedy at the hands of this mighty regime, even the captain himself. Now, what was the name of the ship that carried this fine crew?\\
Her name has to be ''[[{{Series/Firefly}} Serenity]]'', right? How about ''[[Anime/OnePiece Going Merry]]''. %%By King of the Mime Swing, 18 April 2013

[[AC: @/KnightOfNasa]]
* This dark work features protagonists with a MeaningfulName struggle to survive against the deadly environment using [[ArtisticLicensePhysics improbable physics and jetpack]]. At beginning of the story, the only thing between the protagonists and death is a wall, then the wall breaks and someone close to the protagonist dies. Later on, the protagonist suffered a near death experience and gave up on life, but a HelpfulHallucination came to reignite the protagonist's will to live. A secondary protagonist who is stronger than the main protagonist supports the main protagonist at all cost. [[DamnYouMuscleMemory Muscle memories]] saves the main protagonist from a certain death. Characters who the audiences is tricked into not dying end up dying in a TearJerker scene. The moving version of the work debut in 2013, features SceneryPorn, SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, more than four years of planning, criticized by some when the trailer first came out, and is considered a SleeperHit.\\
Is the moving frames ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' or ''Film/{{Gravity}}''? %%Knight Of NASA, 11 Nov 2013

[[AC: @/{{Lale}}]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne anoints a man with power, who subsequently goes evilly insane, requiring him to re-do the procedure. There are several big, strong, muscular, physically-impressive candidates who would seem to be the obvious choice to turn into a heroic warrior, but the story emphasizes that, although most men judge by outward appearance, the most important trait to look at is the heart, and the smallest candidate with the least impressive outward appearance is chosen and anointed with the power. A war is being fought that TheChosenOne is initially kept out of (he's instead employed as a performer), but, over protests from his superiors, he goes up against the enemy's elite champion and acquits himself ''very'' well, particularly with his use of his [[IconicItem iconic]] projectile weapon, becoming a renowned and feared super soldier who leads mighty men to one victory after another.\\
''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' or [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical story of David]]? %%Lale, 18 April 2013
* A young boy with a two-syllable name starting with "H" who gets bullied at school, has no father, and whose mother works at a diner has to hide a super-powerful robot called "Iron [noun]" that can disassemble and put itself back together again in his shed.\\
''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' or ''Film/IronMan3''? %%Lale, 6 May 2013
* The [[MakingASplash Water controller]] of an ElementalPowers-themed team goes on an obsessive quest to find and get revenge on the man who attacked someone she cared deeply about. She's closely aided by the team [[PlayingWithFire Firebender]]. Her quest ends with a SwordOverHead moment where she almost kills the guy before, of course, realizing IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim.\\
Is the episode "Teers In The Hood" of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' or "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSouthernRaiders The Southern Raiders]]" of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''? %%Lale, 12 July 2013
* BasedOnATrueStory. Creator/TomHanks plays a captain whose ship falls victim to an unprecedented disaster (so big that it makes national headlines), endangering the lives of him and his crew and trapping him and a few other men in a lifeboat with little control over the situation. All he can do is be patient and use his brains to stay alive as the agency on the other end of the radio works to get him and his crew home safely.\\
Is the captain [[Film/{{Apollo 13}} Jim Lovell]] or [[Film/CaptainPhillips Richard Phillips]]? %%Lale, 6 Dec 2013

[[AC:[=LB7979=]]]
* A book with a three-layered story or story-within-a-story-within-a-story. The innermost story could be read by the Real Life reader on its own; it also exists In Universe just like it does for us in Real Life, and the In Universe author of it (whose story can be considered the "middle-layer" story) is shrouded in mystery, which prompts the In Universe characters of the "outermost" layer to go on a quest to find out more about them. The "outermost" story is of an In Universe character reading the innermost story, wondering about its author, and getting more and more sucked into the (to the Real Life reader) innermost story, to the point they get obsessed with it and neglect the rest of their life (leading to them getting fired/threatened to get kicked out of college) and go on a downward spiral. They lose their friends, get in trouble with the law, and their relationship with their parents, [[ParentalIssues which already was bad]], now goes to non-existent. The book as a whole contains [[FootnoteFever copious amounts of Footnotes]], lots of MindScrew, lots of BilingualBonus, some TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and various amounts of UnconventionalFormatting. The book can be seen as a parody or deconstruction of literary criticism or academic writing. Quite a [[GenreBusting Genre Buster]] as well; can be seen as a horror story, a love story, or anything in between.\\
''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or [[Literature/SDorst ''S.'' / ''Ship of Theseus'']]?

[[AC: [=Lemia=]]]
* A PlatformGame with a one-word title becomes famous for its dark subversion of its initial SaveThePrincess plot, with the "hero" having [[RealityWarper reality-warping powers]] that do [[NiceJobBreakingItHero more harm than good in the long term]] and the "princess" being strongly hinted to be a highly destructive non-human entity that the hero might have been better off not pursuing in the first place. It also has a difficult-to-get secret ending that can be accessed only after collecting all the special items scattered throughout earlier levels and is [[EarnYourBadEnding even worse]] than the already-disturbing standard ending due to the hero becoming or being revealed [[VillainProtagonist to be a monster]].\\
This game is ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'', right? Or wait, is it ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}'' instead? %%Lemia, 24 Jan 2013
* In an animated film, a {{Fiery Redhead}}ed princess falls in love with a male character who has an animal sidekick, but the major obstacle holding her back from declaring her love to him is that she is not truly human in spite of her appearance and is under a magical spell that decrees that she must receive TrueLovesKiss to become fully human herself. She and her love interest come close to kissing on one occasion but are rudely interrupted before they can do so, and the two of them are separated not long after when the film's villain assumes the RomanticFalseLead role and persuades one of them to marry him/her. The wedding takes place at sunset and the villain almost succeeds in pulling it off until the other main character [[WeddingSmashers crashes the wedding]] with at least one angry animal sidekick attacking the villain. Unfortunately for the princess, the sun sets just before she can kiss the human prince and her true non-human nature is consequently revealed to everyone at the wedding. Her love interest doesn't care, however, and the villain's eventual demise is followed by the princess happily becoming the same species as her true love for good.\\
By "the same species as her true love", do we mean "[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid human]]" or "[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} ogre]]"?

[[AC: [=LogicButton=]]]
* This humorous science fiction story, complete with mystery, horror, romance, and major characters who are ghosts, is notable for its complicated plot that relies on all sorts of shenanigans involving time, space, and computer programming. The writing is deceptively accessible for how dense it is - every time you reread, you'll pick up something new. Also, it contains disappearing cats and a canny, eccentric character named Dirk. Its creator, who was already attracting attention for a previous work at the time that he began writing this one, is prolific but has been known to suffer from the occasional ScheduleSlip, partly due to his tendency to take on several projects at once. While his is not a household name everywhere, there are quite a few fannish circles in which everybody expects everybody else to have at least a passing familiarity with his work as a matter of course.\\
''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' or ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''? %%Logic Button, 9 Sept 2013

[[AC: [=MachRider1985=]]]
%% This entry was found on the Unbuilt Trope page, and is here attributed to the original author.
* An epic DarkFantasy novel featuring incest, the fate of a family over the course of an epic struggle, a morally ambiguous dwarf, loads and loads of Black and Grey Morality, a sinister supernatural force encroaching from the north and a serious downer ending.\\
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin''?

[[AC: Magnus Force]]
* This action-comedy cartoon parodying the Superhero genre is about the adventures of a middle school boy who lives in an M___ City, which is protected by a superhero voiced by Creator/EricBauza. The boy looks up to said superhero and helps him out in fighting a comical but menacing RoguesGallery that includes the superhero's bitter ex-sidekick, an evil genius with mechanical arms, and a monstrous old woman who could be considered their most dangerous foe. While the duo have their differences and often bicker, they are very loyal to each other. The boy's best friend is an impulsive BadassAdorable girl with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair brightly-coloured hair]] who often helps the superhero and the boy out despite having no superpowers (except in one episode).\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'' or ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet''?
* This fantastical Disney-produced animation from the 2010s features an awkward young Hispanic boy with a red hoodie and a mole under his right eye who discovers and travels to a parallel world full of magic where he unravels its many mysteries, learns valuable life lessons, and gains a new confidence and emotional maturity along the way.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''?
* This is the story of a boy who, after years of having his dreams discouraged by cynical adults, discovers a fantastical power (which he channels using a small rod-shaped object) that allows him to live out his wildest dreams and access a magical world full of strange and eccentric people, creatures, and whatnot. As he confronts the various dangers of this strange new world, he is joined with his two best friends, a street-smart and wisecracking inhabitant of this fantastical world, and a very smart girl from the mundane world who helps him in keeping the magical world secret from the normals.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''?

[[AC: @/mariolucario493]]
* This series became a CultClassic online, spawning dozens of memes, fanart, etc. The series’ protagonist ends up in a strange town filled with strange semi-humanoid creatures. The protagonist ends up befriending several unusual characters, including a reality warping comedian, a socially awkward shut-in, and a loud show-off who wants to join the kingdom’s military forces. The protagonist goes on an adventures defeating villains with ThePowerOfFriendship and reuniting a royal couple (one being the protagonist’s motherly mentor and the other being a tragic AntiVillain).\\
WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic or the pacifist route of {{VideoGame/Undertale}}?
* This 90's Disney musical directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale takes place in medieval France and tells a story of how a woman was refused shelter one dark and stormy night. Years later, a hideously deformed man who stays locked up in a tall stone structure and talks to wisecracking [[AnimateInanimateObject animate inanimate objects]] befriends a beautiful brunette and fights a villain who lusts after her. The climax of the movie features the villain’s attempt to break into the hero’s home by using a piece of wood as a battering ram on the front doors. The [[AnimateInanimateObject animate inanimate objects]] take out the villain’s henchmen while the villain finds the hero crying in his room over the apparent loss of his love interest. The hero hides among the gargoyles on the tower to quite literally throw the villain off. The villain falls off the roof to his death below, while the hero reunites with his loved one. Featuring and the voices of Creator/TonyJay and Creator/DavidOgdenSteirs and an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic amazing soundtrack]] by Creator/AlanMenken.\\
''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' or ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''?
* A boy befriends a robot but must keep it hidden from his legal guardian. The robot begins to understand complex subjects such as mortality. The robot is very friendly, but one day, it goes on a violent rampage and attempts to kill people. However, when a threat befalls the town, the robot sacrifices its life to save everyone. Thankfully, the robot leaves one piece of its body behind, allowing it to be rebuilt in the end. Superheroes are a major theme in this animated family picture.\\
Disney/BigHero6 or WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant?
* Here's a movie about a prehistoric animal who is separated from his family. He finds a small human child and travels across the land with him. Across their journey, they battle intense weather and predators who attempt to eat the human. In the end, the prehistoric animal encounters some adult humans and shares a tearful goodbye with his new friend as the boy rejoins his kind.\\
WesternAnimation/IceAge or WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur?
* This quirky, self-aware video game series began on the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64. It features elements such as a magic book[[note]]Cheato and the Dark Prognosticus[[/note]], getting flushed down toilets, and a desert-dwelling creature that suffers AmusingInjuries[[note]]Gobi and Whacka[[/note]]. The first game in the series begins with the villain kidnapping a blond girl and locking her up in a castle high above the ground. Our hero must travel through, among other worlds, a haunted forest, a frozen tundra, a tropical island, and an arid desert before reaching the top of the villain's lair. The hero duels the villain at atop the tallest tower. The villain eventually falls off, but doesn't die. The mechanics from the first game are improved upon in the sequel. The hero travels to a new land that is bigger and far more exciting. He will have to battle dragons, travel by train, and explore a seaside town; all while being pursued by three witches. The third game tries [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent something a little different]] in terms of gameplay, which has resulted in [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks backlash from the fanbase]]. The main setting of the third game is a town between dimensions that is governed by a mysterious cloaked creature. There is also a fourth game on a handheld console that is considered SoOkayItsAverage.\\
''VideoGame/PaperMario'' or ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''?
* This family sci-fi film begins when a spaceship lands on Earth with the intent of studying the local flora. The ship leaves a mysterious lifeform behind, setting up the events of the film. The main character is an UglyCute short creature with long fingers, an extendable neck, and big eyes. His name is an acronym. He is voiced by Ben Burtt, although he isn’t able to speak much English. He is a curious fellow who studies human culture by collecting trinkets and watching old movies. He is accompanied by another creature whose name begins with an E. They have a whimsical adventure together until the curious short creature tragically dies. But thankfully, he comes back to life thanks to a [[ThePowerOfLove special connection]] with his new companion.\\
Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial or WesternAnimation/WallE?
* This pseudo-anime style cartoon lasted three seasons in the mid-2000’s. In it, a bald monk child with a glowing forehead tattoo travels the world with his friends on the back of a giant flying animal. They fight a whiny teenager using [[FourElementEnsemble elemental martial arts.]] Featuring the voices of Creator/GreyDelisle and Creator/JenniferHale.\\
WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender or WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown?
* This is a story about a mischievious prince who learns responsibility. It's an animated musical set in an African country famous for its heavy drama, SceneryPorn, and an orchestral score by Music/HansZimmer. It is actually inspired by famous older story, but they took some creative licence to modernize it. It opens with an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic song]] that cuts to black as soon as it ends. Then our main character is introduced. He is constantly getting into trouble, and his father has to remind him of the destiny he holds. One day, the protagonist is accused of murder, despite the fact that it was clearly an accident. He runs away from home, getting lost in the desert, where he is rescued by a community of outcasts. They teach him (through song, of course) to be happy with what he has, even if it's not much. Years later, the protagonist, now grown up, receives guidance from a heavenly voice that inspires him to return to his home and confront the oppressive ruler (who is a family member that the protagonist once looked up to). Our hero ends up succeeding in defeating the dictator and leading his people to a new and brighter future. The film ends with the hero overlooking his land atop a mountain as a [[BookEnds reprise of the opening song plays.]]\\
Disney/TheLionKing or WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt?
* Two unlikely heroes, one a wide-eyed idealist and the other a wisecracking sidekick who never wears a shirt, must travel across the ocean to find and restore a {{McGuffin}} that rightfully belongs to a green-skinned godlike figure. In order to do so, they must reach the lair of a monster that nobody has ever returned from. Along the way, they meet a greedy crustacean and a sweet old lady who can transform into a sea creature at will. They occasionally break into song and at one point find themselves in an undersea abyss filled with strange creatures. The idealist ends up defeating a villain by singing. Our heroes succeed in their mission while at the same time learning a valuable lesson about identity. The idealist returns home and is given a new position of authority.\\
Disney/{{Moana}} or WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie?
* A team of six heroes, one of them a robot, have to save their {{Americasia}} -inspired city from absolute destruction. One of the reoccurring elements of the story is tiny pieces that can fit together to form something larger. The six heroes have to fight a villain that got separated from his child some time ago and has become bitter because of it. One of the characters gets his arm detached, but later reattached. There is also a cute cat.\\
''Disney/BigHero6'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoNinjagoMovie''?
* A grumpy old man is obsessed with his house, as if it is somehow alive. Turns out he has just been grieving for his deceased wife. But with the help of a younger generation, the old man learns to let go of his past and enjoy his life. In the end, the old man's house is lost.\\
''{{WesternAnimation/Up}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse''?
* A green monster who dreams of terrorizing children in the middle of the night must come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, not scary at all.\\
WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity or [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure?]]
* In this Disney/Pixar film, a human child winds up in a land of creatures that appear scary, but are actually quite friendly. These creatures actually require human essence to fuel their world. The child has to wear a disguise to blend in, but a high-ranking member of the land sees through it. The high-ranking individual is [[BrokenPedestal actually revealed to be a corrupt coward who only cares about keeping his legacy alive.]] However, the child and some friends expose the villain by tricking him into [[EngineeredPublicConfession revealing his evil plan on camera.]] The human child goes home, though the creatures from the other world are allowed to visit the human world on special occasions.\\
WesternAnimation/MonstersInc or {{WesternAnimation/Coco}}?
* Talking animals are tired of being enslaved by a larger species as nothing more than a source of food. So one of these animals decides to get help to break free of their captors. The help they find appears promising, but little do they know that the "savior" they summoned is just part of a circus troupe. Nonetheless, the animals get the idea to build a giant flying BambooTechnology contraption to defeat the tyrannical overlords. By the end, the main villain has been outsmarted by birds, and the heroes are living peacefully on an island.\\
WesternAnimation/ChickenRun or WesternAnimation/ABugsLife?
* This edition in a long-running {{Creator/Nintendo}} franchise features the hero meeting their enemy in the opening cutscene, then falling from a great height. When he comes to, a flying creature decides to aid him on his quest. Other allies include the lead singer in a band and a green-clad man who carries balloons. You travel from land to land, including a [[BubblegloopSwamp wasteland of poisoned water,]] a seaside town whose ocean has been overrun with giant eels, a desert with [[DemBones talking skeletons]] and an upside-down temple, and a mountain village whose inhabitants participate in races in which they roll to the finish line (which turns out to be ThatOneSidequest). The hero uses the ability to control other people's bodies in order to overcome obstacles. There is a bird that steals the hero's items from time to time. One of the bosses is a giant serpentine creature who splits in two. The moon is always present in the sky, and the final boss is actually fought on the moon.\\
VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask or VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey?
* A stop-motion animated film about a boy from Japan who lost an organ (one of a pair) in an offscreen incident. His friends on his journey are talking animals. His enemy is an immediate relative of his (also his only living relative by the end), who [[HeelFaceTurn he eventually manages to win over.]] At least one of the characters in the movie is blind in one eye.\\
WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings or WesternAnimation/IsleOfDogs?
* A boy who has been reincarnated across generations [[SealedGoodInACan awakens from a hundred-year slumber]] to find that the world he once knew has changed. Armed with only a personal glider, he sets out to stop an evil overlord from taking over the world. To do so, he has to unlock the power of the [[FourElementEnsemble four elements]]. At one point, the moon turns red when the villains are at their most powerful.\\
WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender or VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild?
* Toys are brought to life via the power of imagination. Various characters from different franchises come together in this world in order to prevent themselves from becoming turned into lifeless dolls forever. They include an blue-collar worker with an [[TheEveryman everyman]] personality[[note]]Emmet/Mario[[/note]], a masked warrior with a bat motif[[note]]Batman/Meta Knight[[/note]], an adorable pink shapeshifter[[note]]Unikitty/Kirby[[/note]], a bearded man with a BadassBaritone[[note]]Vitruvius/Snake[[/note]], and an astronaut who has experience building spaceships out of stray parts [[note]]Benny/Olimar[[/note]]. An army of robots serves a mysterious master. As it is eventually revealed, the imaginative being that brought these characters to life is being controlled behind the scenes by the entity that wishes to put the toys into a permanent stasis. Even the most evil of villains are able to be turned to the side of good.\\
WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie or [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl The Subspace Emissary?]]
* A young man with a DisappearedDad winds up on a mysterious planet that he ends up triggering to self-destruct. Barely escaping the planet in time, he realizes he had a surrogate father in a ruthless space pirate all along. But sadly, he has to say goodbye to him as well.\\
Disney/TreasurePlanet or Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2?
* This movie is loosely based on a Shakespeare epic, and features songs by Music/EltonJohn. At one point, the theme song to a Disney park attraction is played for laughs.\\
Disney/TheLionKing or WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet?
* In this early 2000's Disney hit, a little girl makes an unlikely new best friend in a blue monster, much to the displeasure of a neurotic green cyclops. When an ObstructiveBureaucrat (who could actually be considered the film's BigGood) threatens to separate the two friends forever, one of them finds a loophole in the system to allow them to stay together.\\
WesternAnimation/MonstersInc (yes, again) or Disney/LiloAndStitch?
* An animated film based on a Marvel property in which a teenage boy attending a prestigious academy teams up with five other people to form a superhero team. Along the way, the boy discovers the mysterious masked man chasing him down is [[BrokenPedestal someone he looks up to]]. The villain ends up being a sad man who lost a loved one long ago and seeks to open a dimensional rift to set things right. At least one of the characters comes from a futuristic {{Americasia}} city and has a cute robot as a best friend.\\
Disney/BigHero6 or WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse?

[[AC: [=MarioTropes=] ]]
* Strange events have been happening, so a small party is sent to the source. They come across a land filled with creatures thought to be not alive at the time. After spending some time in the land, a larger party arrives. Terrible events involving some of the creatures causes the combined party to leave the land, bringing some of the creatures with them to a large American city. The chaos, however, follows them to said city. Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark or Fanfic/HeroesAndAllies?



[[AC: @/MasterGhandalf]]
* This shorter first installment of a SequelSeries to a popular fantasy epic is set after a lengthy TimeSkip and follows a new generation of heroes in a world which was previously early-industrial and is now a mix of early modern and SteamPunk. It is primarily set within a single city, and the plot focuses heavily on social upheaval within said city. Three of the main protagonists are a serious, responsible male, a joking, clownish male (both of whom have magical powers) and an elegant rich girl who can [[SilkHidingSteel handle herself]] [[LadyOfWar in a fight]]. The BigBad is a charismatic masked revolutionary with weird powers who relies heavily on theatricality in his methods. He has a wealthy backer who is related to one of the heroes.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Book One or ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw''? %%Master Ghandalf, 16 Aug 2013
* In this HeroicFantasy series, an ActionGirl assassin goes undercover as a minor noblewoman in the court of an EvilOverlord (who is known only by his title and used strange magic forbidden to the lower classes to become a powerful conqueror), in the process attending several dances and balls. She must mask both her competence and her secret heritage, from which she derives her supernatural abilities. She gradually discovers that an ancient evil thought defeated a thousand years ago is stirring, and she may be the only one who can defeat it. Eventually she gets a dog. Another main character is an idealistic young nobleman with a tyrannical, abusive father. In the backstory, one of the protagonists was sent to an infamous death camp but managed to survive. \\
Does the assassin [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy kill the Evil Overlord]] or does she [[Literature/ThroneOfGlass become his champion]]? %%Master Ghandalf, 3 Oct 2013

[[AC: [=Mercuriesandrandomness=] ]]
* A Japanese work centered around hope and despair with characters named Kyouko, Sayaka, Junko, and Sakura. There is also someone voiced by Creator/ChiwaSaito. The BigBad is a cute animal with a high-pitched voice who is a ManipulativeBastard. The protagonist is the most ordinary character on the show and is a bit insecure about their lack of talent, but they are the most optimistic person out of the entire cast and become hope near the end. Sayaka is a blue-haired girl who serves as a bit of a DecoyProtagonist, for she is one of the first characters to die. The show's {{Deuteragonist}} is a stoic girl who is associated with the color purple, comes off as incredibly mysterious, and eventually warms up to the protagonist. One of the show's first deaths is incredibly shocking due to how brutal it is, the girl with twintails dies in a memetic manner, someone dies in a fire, and Sakura performs a HeroicSacrifice. There is a disaster shelter involved in the story, which the protagonist leaves at the end, going against Junko's wishes. At least one character is a WalkingSpoiler, there is an IllBoy, the protagonist has a younger sibling, and the cast's memories of an event have been erased.\\
Is this''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' or ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''?
* This is the second game in a VisualNovel series by Spike/Chunsoft, which opens with the protagonist opening their eyes and discovering that they are trapped somewhere, and the first character to interact with them has white hair. They then discover that there are multiple people being held in the same place, and that they're apparently at the mercy of a sadistic talking animal who likes poking fun at their situation. There is also a talking rabbit with them. Of the people they are trapped with, the protagonist most closely interacts with a woman who they get some ShipTease with and the white-haired person who found them. The rest of the people include of an AI, the child of a character from the previous game, a massive {{Jerkass}}, and someone voiced by Creator/YoshimasaHosoya. During the game, the characters undergo a virus being released, being trapped in a building, someone threatening to blow up where they are, and multiple murders. Some [[TheReveal reveals]] include that the surviving characters are not in the location where they think they're in and that the apocalypse has occurred. In addition, the most significant reveal is when the protagonist has a TomatoInTheMirror moment and discovers that they do not look like what they think they look like, and are responsible for the entire plot. Finally, the protagonist from the first game shows up at some point, and the game's name was changed when it was translated into English.\\
Now, is the ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' or ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''?

[[AC: Tropers/Mickoonsley19]]
* An installment of a long-running cartoon. In this installment, the characters explore and learn about the world. Some MediumBlending is used to incorporate real photos of the world. \\
''WesternAnimation/PostcardsFromBuster'' or ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf: Around the World in 20 Days''?
* A normal boy receives supernatural help with his daily problems, only for things to never go as planned and backfire in the end. \\
''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''?
* A popular cartoon adapted from a comic series. India rebooted it in 2012. \\
''Manga/NinjaHattori'' or ''Animation/MotuPatlu''?
* A long-running anime that teaches lessons to children. The main character is a blue cat. \\
''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' or ''Animation/ThreeThousandWhysOfBlueCat''?
* A children's animated series centered around a bunch of AnthropomorphicFood items who work together. The show has an Indian English dub. The show has fallen victim to KeepCirculatingTheTapes. \\
''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' or ''Animation/SimpleSamosa''?

[[AC: [=mimitchi33=]]]
* This {{Kidcom}}, produced by Rick Siggelkow, was created to bring a popular British stop motion series to North America via a FramingDevice. In it, a parent-like figure runs a business related to the cartoon the show frames and get visited by a group of kids as well as a crazy adult. There are also some characters that come to life that usually sing songs, represented by puppets. During each episode, the kids face some sort of problem, which is usually solved by one of the characters telling a story, which cuts to the stop motion show in question. \\
''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' or ''Series/TheNoddyShop''?
* In this ChristmasSpecial that's also a musical released in November of 2017, two characters find out that they don't have a holiday tradition. One of their friends tries to fix this by finding a tradition that they would like through a musical number, but a problem occurs with the traditions that they found. In the end, the characters decide to create a tradition that is about bonding with the ones they love.\\
Now, is this special's name ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' or ''WesternAnimation/TrollsHoliday''?

[[AC: [=metaljohn=]]]
* This series is CGI in some way. It is about a young hero who is the last of his kind, but people don't seem to bring this up that often. His kind was killed by a ruler who was colored Grayish-White and had Red markings all over him, along with a legion of soldiers who look similar and are all the same species because of knowledge that he shouldn't have heard. The only survivor being an infant: The main Character, but little did anyone know that the people who were killed actually survived by escaping to a faraway place that is difficult to access. In one particular "Episode" of this series, we see the hero join a group that he looks up to, a group who is tasked with defending the Hero's World, and he ends up having to fight a villain who used to be a part of the group, but left due to the current leader of the group in some way. The villain is defeated by completely destroying his body.
Is this "Franchise/RatchetandClank" or "Film/KungFuPanda"?

[[AC: Miracle at St. Olaf]]
* An underprivileged youth moves to the west coast with his single mother, has trouble fitting in, and is beaten up at a party by a blond-haired bully who practices martial arts. He then trains in that same art under a foreign-born mentor with a tragic past, hooks up with the bully's ex-girlfriend, and then wins the bully's respect by defeating him in the final match of a martial arts tournament.
...Now, are we talking about ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'', or ''Film/NeverBackDown''?

[[AC: [=mirisu92=]]]
* In this timeless, defining classic of the {{Horror}} genre, entire communities of people are being terrorized by an ancient, monstrous, and SuperPersistentPredator with sharp teeth, and by extension, an unmistakable dental CallingCard. The monster begins by attacking the residents of a seaside town. In response to these attacks, a motley crew assembles for the sole purpose of monster-hunting, including the everyman protagonist[[note]][[Film/{{Jaws}} Brody]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Jonathan Harker]][[/note]], one expert on the type of monster in question[[note]][[Film/{{Jaws}} Dr Hooper]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Van Helsing]][[/note]], and a professional adventurer whose name starts with "Quin"[[note]][[Film/{{Jaws}} Quint]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Quincey Morris]][[/note]]. The crew then spend several days tracking down the killer. The final chase involves extensive boat trips, and one of the intrepid party is eventually murdered [[note]]in both cases the "Quin-"[[/note]], before the survivors manage to kill the monster itself in a high-octane finish, surrounded by some form of water. CueTheSun.\\
Is the monster [[Film/{{Jaws}} a shark]] or [[Literature/{{Dracula}} a vampire]]?
* In this gritty reboot of a classic media franchise, a major city is targeted by terrorist attacks from a smart, savvy but [[TheSociopath psychopathic]] villain, whose main motivation is neither money nor power and whose mouth is severely disfigured in some way. The hero is from a wealthy family and grew up in a BigFancyHouse but was orphaned in his DarkAndTroubledPast; he's a highly trained fighter with no superpowers but with access to cool gadgets and a CoolCar. In either case the villain kills a LoveInterest, and incapacitates a crucial government agency (which includes an official played by a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' actor), forcing the hero to swoop in and save the day. Also, ''plenty'' of FoeYay ensues between the hero and villain, and digital technology plays a huge role in the conflict.\\
''Film/TheDarkKnight'' or ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''?
* In this novel, with a title ending in "-nner" and set in a time of religious and social upheaval, the narrator harbours a deep-seated grudge toward a man who turns out to be his half-brother. [[CainAndAbel Said grudge eventually drives the narrator to attempt to utterly ruin his brother's life.]] Two fathers are featured in this story; one is fairly liberal for his era, not particularly religious or God-fearing, and considerably wealthy and influential in his society besides, whilst the other is substantially more conservative and a devout follower of his faith. The spectre of religious fundamentalism hangs over the entire book; the primary villain is a scarily convincing [[TheFundamentalist religious extremist]] who is not above murdering all those who do not fit his narrow definition of a true believer—and who is indirectly responsible for the narrator's brother's death. The narrator himself tries to ignore the potentially dire consequences of letting the villain get away with his actions, but towards the end of the novel, when these consequences can no longer be ignored, he begins asking himself: MyGodWhatHaveIDone. [[note]]Oh, and he's either Sunni Muslim or Calvinist Christian.[[/note]]\\
''Literature/TheKiteRunner'' or ''Literature/ThePrivateMemoirsAndConfessionsOfAJustifiedSinner''?
* In this European novel, an [[NoSocialSkills antisocial]] main character with an AmbiguousDisorder and a strong affinity for computers and numbers finds themselves investigating multiple deaths, at least one of which is clearly attributable to murder. At the same time, someone in the novel is also writing a nonfiction book. One domestic animal is brutally murdered, and one human is suspected dead but turns out to be alive and living elsewhere. The abovementioned main character also endures abuse from government authorities, and is thus driven to lash out against them physically. Finally, TheReveal about at least one death takes place when the author of the nonfiction book is in a room AloneWithThePsycho—whom said author is fairly closely acquainted with.\\
''Literature/TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime'' or ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]''?
* An UrbanFantasy / ParanormalRomance set in a central European region shown to be a part of present-day Austria, whose [[ProtagonistTitle title character]] is a girl with supernatural powers who, hitherto to the series' beginning, was [[GirlInABox sealed up in a specialised coffin]], until she manages to escape in the middle of a time period corresponding to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and subsequently meets a lighter-haired [[{{Muggles}} muggle]] girl whom she quickly, effectively, falls in a duly reciprocated love with. The couple has saved each other's lives a number of times, including from professional Germanic killers, and one of the two belongs to the traditional nobility of the said central European region.\\
''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' or ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch''?
* A Creator/{{Netflix}} original series centred around a gang of thieves and career criminals who commit largely nonviolent heists, with a female European investigator on their tail who often has to answer to a disagreeing male superior. Some thieves in the series are more dangerous, more morally suspect, and more willing to resort to violence than the others though. The series has a geographical theme, namedropping several world cities, and one of the main characters is a relatively young, pretty, and Hispanic female thief, with a pseudonym based on one of those cities, and an iconic, all-red outfit.\\
''Series/LaCasaDePapel'' or ''WesternAnimation/CarmenSandiego''?

[[AC: @/MOARPYLONZ]]

[[AC: @/molokai198]]

* The story involves two best friends, one of whom is a human who grew up in a world of non-human creatures, and whose meeting with the other was specifically engineered by a godlike being to fulfill a third party's wish. Together, they go on adventures to win glory, fighting extremely powerful creatures, but the defeat of one particularly powerful creature leads to the death of one of the two (the one who was a human in a world of non-human creatures), though after the battle and not as a result of injuries from it. The grieving surviving friend wants the dead one revived, though in further journies several powerful characters tell him/her that this is not the right thing to search for.\\
''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' or ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers''?

* The main characters of this story are a group of beings who live in a realm which protects the hope and feelings of the living world. The villain is an evil, shapeshifting spirit who wishes to eradicate this from people. Two ordinary humans, a boy and a girl, also join them, and along with some of the aforementioned guardians get ready to travel through a teleportation device as part of their plan to stop the spirit. But the device breaks, leaving two of the guardians trapped in a jungle world populated by creatures who are a different species from most characters in the story, at last one of whom resembles an anthropomorphized big cat, and they are stuck there for much of the story. The initial reaction of the character(s) who first see said cat creature is to assume he's a threat. The villain has a human ally who s/he mentors in using dark powers. In the climax of the story, all hope seems lost, but all of the guardians band together, including the ones who were trapped or otherwise incapacitated for most of the story, and they defeat the villain with the help of his/her human ally, who does a HeelFaceTurn. It ends in a DistantFinale with an aging former major character on regular Earth.\\
Is it ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' or ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''?\\\
The protagonist of this story is a competent but prideful TragicHero, who is the child of highly ranked individuals in his/her society and descendant of a ruler. S/he is known for opposing a villain of the opposite gender who looked like a lion but wasn't and spoke very obliquely. Around the time that said villain left, someone in the society was murdered, and all of the characters are now trying to find the killer. There is also a dangerous plague at the same time. The main character eventually finds out that his/her parents aren't who s/he thinks they are, and tries to find them despite misgivings. It is eventually revealed that the protagonist was the murderer, as well as the true identity of his/her parent, who is someone s/he was very close to. Said [[TheReveal]] means that the protagonist and mother are in violation of a major taboo in their society, and their horror at this leads to the mother being suicidal and the protagonist running away from the society. The story also involves a male BlindSeer.\\
It's ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', right? Or is it the second half of ''Literature/WarriorCatsPowerOfThree'' from Hollyleaf's point of view?

[[AC: @/MontyPythonFanatic2]]
* In this November 2013 Disney film loosely based on Scandinavian legend, two siblings have been separated on the order of their father, the king. Following a death in the royal family, one sibling, an outgoing adventure-seeker, tries to reestablish contact with the other, a withdrawn loner with ice powers, in order to end a crisis that is threatening their kingdom. Neither of the siblings are happy with the state of their relationship, and the outgoing sibling in particular wishes it could be the way it was when they were children. At one point, the ice-powered sibling appears to attack and wound the other. Additionally, the elder sibling rejects the throne, but ultimately [[spoiler: the ice-powered sibling]] has control of the kingdom by the end.\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', right? Or is it ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''?
* In this Summer 2012 film pegged as a risky venture by box office analysts, a young hero witnesses the death of a beloved family member and embarks on a quest for revenge against the responsible party, honing some newly acquired skills to achieve this goal. However, despite his best efforts, he doesn't find initial success, but is inspired to use his skills to help the greater good when he discovers a major threat to humanity. Eventually, he wins the respect and admiration of countless Americans, who help him foil the villain's plot to begin the end of the human race. However, this victory comes at the cost of a close personal friend.\\
Is it ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' (risky due to being a reboot of an [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy under-10-year-old series]])? Or ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''?

[[AC: [=Morenohijazo=]]]
* This work's protagonist is a young boy and, despite living in a world with both humans and anthropomorfic animals, happens to be the only human there with a tail, for at first unknown reasons. He doesn't know his true origins, having been adopted at an early age. He's always on the lookout to help those in need, something which ends up getting him allies that were initially his enemies (the first one serving as comic relief during most of the work, but the last one taking a lot to fully integrate into the group even after joining it), and gives him a SuperMode when he's enraged. The story begins when he meets a young woman who needs protection on a long trip and requests his help. Initially, the antagonist is an evil emperor who's looking for a group of {{Mac Guffin}}s that provide great power, one of them being carried by the girl, but as the story progresses more villains appear. Eventually, the protagonist meets his evil older brother and his origins are revealed: he's an alien and his real purpose was to exterminate the planet's population, but due to a SpannerInTheWorks, he grew ignorant of it. The protagonist decides his friends are the most important thing to him, and he fights against his own race to protect the planet he grew in.\\
Is it ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', or ''Manga/DragonBall''?

[[AC: @/MorganWick]]
* In a time of myths and legends, TheHero and his band of misfits stumble into a plot by the BigBad to obtain a great reward by opening one of a number of "gates" and freeing a great menace that will destroy humanity and even threaten the gods (as the SealedEvilInACan already once proved against the Greek gods) if unleashed, at the behest of the patron god of one of the main villains. The hero had previously hunted down and fought another one of the villains for more personal reasons, at the time unaware of his involvement in the wider plot; the BigBad is one of those two. Now the hero and his team must go on a wild goose chase across the world to get to each gate and stop the BigBad from freeing the world-threatening menace. However, not everything is how the BigBad thinks it is...\\
Is it the ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' single-player campaign? Or ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''? %%Tropers/MorganWick

[[AC: Tropers/{{Mullon}}]]
* An AntiHero with a knack for gadgets, living on an incredibly polluted CrapsackWorld, is trying to reach a {{Utopia}} floating in the sky called Elysium. Initially trying to reach Elysium for selfish reasons, he eventually starts trying to get to Elysium for altruistic reasons, culminating in [[spoiler: performing a HeroicSacrifice so the person they care about can get to Elysium]].\\
''Film/{{Elysium}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}''?

[[AC: @/MyFinalEdits]]
* This Japanese series has a StoryArc of 26 or 28 episodes whose BigBadEnsemble consists of seven opponents with exceptional powers who can only be defeated by employing out-of-the-box strategies during the battles. Because of this, the protagonists are initially outskilled, and thus have to enhance their traditional strengths. When the last of the villains falls, though, an evil ruler whose power is ''even higher and more malicious'' reveals himself, thus making the main characters know that the definitive battle is still ahead.\\
''Manga/SaintSeiya'' (Asgard Arc), or ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (Chapter Black Saga)? %%My Final Edits, 24 Sept 2013
* In this video game, the protagonist enters a surreal world by falling through a seemingly endless hole. Inside, he ventures through a very troubled land where, in one way or another, masks serve as a thematic motif; and more is learned about it as the adventure progresses. Though the story puts emphasis on the protagonist, the player has the option to play as up to four characters, each with their own special ability or gimmick, and each visited region of the land may be suited best for one of them. One of the bosses (the third-to-last one, specifically) is a sturdy aquatic creature which has to be hit five times to be defeated. The FinalBoss is fought in a place located ''very'' high in the sky, and evil masks are placed in the background of the battlefield, serving as a symbolic audience. The game may or may not be AllJustADream (even then, the "dream" is hinted to be real within a dimension apart from the "real" one). While it is an OddballInTheSeries, since its release it has become a very influential installment by bringing new elements to its parent franchise, even having a SpiritualSuccessor many years later.\\
''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''? %%My Final Edits, 15 Jul 2018
* This is the third 3D installment in a long-running video game series, but it's chronologically distanced from its two predecessors. As such, it is starred by a protagonist who nonetheless carries the same name as that of the other games', and who accepts a mission for a more personal motivation besides "I want to save the world". At first, it seems like the character's key objective will be completed at the start after having executed a seemingly-flawless plan that included infiltrating through the BigBad's territory, except said BigBad catches wind of the plan and ends up torpedoing the protagonist's goal, leaving him in a very delicate situation a normal person wouldn't normally survive. During the course of the game, he rethinks his plan and retries the mission the harder, yet more effective way; and as he does so he'll receive support from allies but also opposition from strong enemies. The protagonist learns to move on from the past and look ahead in the future, and after lots of struggling gets to confront the FinalBoss in a serene, yet melancholic battlefield that is later obliterated. The ending is heartbreaking, but necessary in order to assure a better future for the living world.\\
''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', or ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''? %%My Final Edits, 7 May 2019
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* The protagonist of this series is a BadassBookworm who has NoSocialSkills. They are often accompanied by a character who is associated with pink and is a PluckyGirl. The protagonist meets a rival who is arrogant, associated with blue and stars and boasts of their magical prowess. Said rival got their hands on a special amulet, which is the source of their powers. At the end, the protagonist exposes said rival and destroys the amulet. ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''?
* This story revolves around horrific creatures that were once men born from profane magic, which is spread by a shining, innocent-looking entity. The only way to kill said monsters is to use said magic, which will end up transforming YOU into a monster eventually for others to kill in an endless cycle. Souls, despair, and hope are all central to the story, as despair is what triggers the transformation from man to beast. The main storyline also involves a HoYay -filled relationship between two sorcerers, one of which locks themselves into an endless loop in order to save their 'dear friend'. ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?
* This story is animated in at least one version. It is about this young male character, who grows up under the tutelage of a benevolent father, who is known to fight for justice in their country and called 'king'. This father has been clashing with another male character for some time. This male character is a ruthless murderer, and will cheat to get their way. The sole mention of their name strikes fear in the hearts of everyone who hears it. Eventually, the father gets murdered and the aforementioned murderer takes over. The young male character is adopted into another family, and switches from side. It is until a childhood friend shows themselves, that they turn back and fight for justice once more. Together, they eventually manage to call the murderer out and punish them. ''Disney/TheLionKing'', isn't it? Could be, but it could also be about the DL-6 Incident from ''VideoGame/AceAttorney''.

[[AC:Tropers/{{NhazUl}}]]
* In the {{Backstory}}, two men were fighting over a woman and hated each other. One was charismatic and athletic, with stag as an AnimalMotif. The other was a brooding, black-clad man who was titled "Prince". The woman was a BlitheSpirit whose death happened at the end of a bloody war. One of the men caused the death of the other, and the surviving one lived a life of [[TheLostLenore grieving over the woman]] who is known or implied to have loved the other, and hating his rival (and everyone related to him) even in death. [[spoiler: Part of this information is kept secret until the end of the series]].
* A boy raised by the family of the dead woman's sibling in which he is looked down on is sent to an institution whose members wear black. He has the best friend of one of the rival men as a father figure. The boy is a natural leader, has the head of the organization as a mentor and after his death takes the lead. One of his teachers is a bitter and gruff man who hates him because of his father [[spoiler: or adoptive father]]. [[spoiler: May or may not have a SecretLegacy as the son of the man and woman above who died in the backstory]].
* A frail but cunning man was in love with a beautiful red-haired woman who preferred his athletic rival (who died), survives and retains his feeling for the woman, hating everything else and living a life of spite.
* Another grim and scarred man who hated his brother, but is not really a bad person himself, if somewhat unhinged and homicidal. His AnimalMotif is a dog.\\
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (if a certain fan hypothesis proves true) or ''Literature/HarryPotter''?

[[AC:Tropers/{{Nightelf37}}]]
* Taken from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E2TheCrystallingPart2 this page]]: An incompetent, red-haired magic user with a scruffy beard who knows how magic works, but not how to use it, had a hard time at magic school, and, even though he considers himself a failure, still wears the traditional wizard garb, gets roped into something he wants (at first) no part in, and ends up saving the day. Are we talking about [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Sunburst]] or [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Rincewind]]?
* Taken from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB0oGh2F3yM this video]]: This 2014 film features an unlikely hero [[spoiler:and an otherworldly "father"]] starred by Creator/ChrisPratt find an ancient artifact, after which he's immediately challenged by an evil authority figure. He's then captured but quickly freed by his future LoveInterest. Rigth after, they head to a secret location, home to all kinds of unique individuals, and among Chris Pratt's future teammates include a one-of-a-kind creature with a super positive attitude and a horrible temper, a tech-savvy one who can build things really quick and deals with computers, and a stubborn muscle. This is where the team begins to form, but this location is then attacked by an invading enemy fleet with the aid of a pirate, but the team managed to get gone. From there, the team bonds and forms a plan, with the Chris Pratt character even saying "I…have a plan.", with his teammates not assured. They infiltrate the enemy base and everything was going according to plan until a massive battle breaks out and the team gets supported by an entire army that seemed to come out of nowhere. In the end, Chris Pratt defeats the enemy boss with the artifact said boss was after the entire movie. Among other things, there is a character with a vast collection of super-rare artifacts. {{Easter Eggs}} pertaining to its franchise abound. There's even an evil force pulling the strings from behind the scenes. \\
Is this film ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''?
* Taken from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfwmZS2ThEE this video]]: There is a pissed-off head of a samurai with a shrine. This head flew around and caused natural disaster levels of damage. And this samurai's goal was to liberate a nation being oppressed by (an) evil overlord(s) who wanted to control the everyday people. \\
Is this the legend of [[JidaiGeki Taira No Masakado]], or the plot of ''SamuraiZombieNation''?

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* A guy is so inspired by the works of super heroes that he decides to become one. Time and time again though, he gets his ass kicked over and over, thus causing people in the city who are better at fighting than he is to persuade him to stop fighting. It gets to the point where the main character does something that manages to get positive attention from the normal crowds, causing them to believe in heroes. The main character, now kinda famous, is then forced to fight an even bigger villain that he never expected. He wins, of course, but not without some consequence.\\
''Comicbook/{{Kickass}}'' or ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''?

[[AC: [=ObiwanLivesForever2=]]]
* In this [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney animated feature]], a young person is kept isolated from the outside world in an old-fashioned structure by their controlling, emotionally manipulative, and eventually evil guardian of the same gender. This person is not their biological parent; instead, they took them from their parent(s) as an infant. The only friend that the main character has is a small, talking creature which lives with them in captivity. After a spectacular IWantSong, they are persuaded to leave their confines, with the help of a streetwise love interest who accompanies them on their journey. The love interest is an outlaw of some kind, but misunderstood by most of society. They also meet a soldier who initially attempts to stop them but soon comes over to their side. The love interest teaches the main character about the outside world, and in one scene the protagonist joins in a dance in the town square. Near the middle of the movie, the protagonist sings a love song comparing their romantic interest to light. In the end confrontation, which takes place upon the structure where the character was imprisoned, the villain attempts to kill the love interest, but they are saved from near death by the protagonist. The villain then falls over the edge to their death, with the help of one of the building’s denizens. The story ends with a mass celebration among the villagers.\\
Is it ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 6 May 2013
* In this movie adaptation of a popular comic, a group of beloved characters bands together to save the world from alien invasion. Their greatest obstacle lies not in the enemy but in their unwillingness to work together. The team includes a patriotic American WWII veteran who constantly bickers with one of the other characters, an arrogant womanizer, and a Russian. One of the early scenes showing the alien invaders terrorizing random townspeople takes place in Germany. There is also a scene where a character makes a dramatic appearance while rock music is playing. Much of the action takes place aboard an airship, which at least one character falls off towards the ¾ mark of the movie.\\
Is it ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' or ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia: Paint It White]]''? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 6 May 2013
* Based loosely off real-life events, this upbeat story is set in Central Europe during a historical time period. A free-spirited, headstrong and optimistic young woman who finds herself incompatible with the group of people she wishes to belong to is sent to the household of an aloof dark-haired Austrian man. He’d had a previous marriage, but it is now over. Several younger people share the mansion with them; they are treated strictly by the man but kindly by the woman. One of these children, a naïve brunette, falls in love with a young blond German soldier, but his preoccupation with his duties to the ruling regime cause their romance to end in tragedy. Meanwhile, the man and woman find themselves inching closer and closer to love themselves. The man is revealed to have a softer side, as shown in his interactions with the woman as well as a scene where he plays music for the aforementioned child. In fact, music is an important theme for the main romance. A blond character also serves (more obviously [[BettyAndVeronica in one story]] than in [[ShippingGoggles the other]]) as a rival love-interest for the man, but they are unsuccessful. The main man and woman are eventually married. After a time skip, the Anschluss of Austria places the characters in a tight situation, with the man being summoned to serve the Germans, but all the main characters survive.\\
''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', right? Or is it Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia, with an emphasis on the characters of Austria and Hungary? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 6 Oct 2013
* In this modern retelling of the Nancy Drew mystery adventures, the girl sleuth goes to a major Californian metropolis and stays in an old house which used to belong to a famous actress. Her ghost is believed to haunt the mansion and 'appears' to Nancy twice, although it becomes apparent that a woman living there [[spoiler: is faking all of the hauntings.]] Other characters Nancy encounters include a brunette twenty-something who is without a proper home and at one point [[spoiler: resides in the mansion]], and a middle-aged, grey-haired, sharply-dressed man who [[spoiler: turns out to be the culprit]]. Nancy explores hidden passageways, investigates the historical actress' life, and, based off clues found in some of the woman's documents, discovers her will in a Chinese puzzle box. The next case she is to crack involves an iconic European figure and a missing diamond. \\
''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Message in a Haunted Mansion]]'' or [[Film/NancyDrew the 2009 Nancy Drew film?]] %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 15 Nov 2013
* It takes place on a fictional American island called "[abstract noun] Island." Residents are in an uproar over a large marine creature which has recently appeared in the nearby water and seems to frequent the area. Some, including a grizzled old fisherman, think the creature should be instantly removed due to the threat it poses to locals, while others, such as a younger scientist from the city, wish to study it. One character is either mayor or running for mayor. The climax involves the protagonist, the scientist, one other important character with an obsession with a particular aquatic species, and the animal itself, and takes place aboard a boat. The antagonist threatens the protagonist and the scientist, but they both survive. The animal either kills or incapacitates the other important character on board the boat.\\
As a hint, [[http://karenplaysnancydrew.tumblr.com/post/65641386367/propmasterofdeath-i-was-going-to-make-a-post this site]] also saw at least the "Residents in uproar over a large marine creature" part, though didn't give any specifics.\\
Is it ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Danger on Deception Island]]'' or ''Film/{{Jaws}}''? %%Obiwan Lives Forever, 20 Nov 2013; assisted by the Above Site.
* In this famous musical, a HeartwarmingOrphan girl is adopted by an initially aloof but ultimately benevolent father figure who gives her a better life and is himself changed by the child's love. A pair of devious small-time criminals, one male and one female, try to pass themselves off as the girl's rightful guardians, but are thwarted. One of the most famous and iconic songs in the play is an inspiring ballad about what will happen tomorrow. A live action movie version came out in the early 2010s.\\
Is it ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' or ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''?
* This mystery-adventure computer game from around the turn of the 21st century is the second installment of a long-running series. The protagonist investigates a case of murder/attempted murder among the cast of (one or more) live-action TV program(s). Some of the characters involved with this/these show(s) are two men – the brown-haired culprit and their {{Asshole Victim}} – two younger women, one of whom was romantically involved with both men in the past, and one annoying old woman. The main villain openly despises their victim/intended victim, and turns out to be a deranged psychopath and one of the most depraved and well-known villains in the series. They reveal their true nature to the protagonist in a creepy scene. A {{Big Damn Heroes}} moment in which a character bursts through a door factors into their defeat. At one point in this or a later game, this evildoer kidnaps the hero’s bubbly, BigEater female friend and holds her hostage in exchange for something they want, but the protagonist and their more serious dark-haired friend manage to save her.\\
Is it ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Stay Tuned for Danger]]'' or ''Farewell My Turnabout'' from ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Justice for All]]''?
* Our computer-animated story takes place in the British Isles, in a medieval castle surrounded by a mysterious moor. The area is haunted by stories of ghostly lights, witchcraft, and a vicious monster which was once a human being. One of the main characters is an adolescent girl who is unenthusiastic about her tutoring in the family duties by a woman whose name starts with E. The girl has a very strained relationship with her mother figure, causing her to drug her food and transform her (whether physically or psychologically) into the dreaded beast. A redheaded young woman must put things right. In the end, mother and daughter decide to patch up their relationship. A tapestry important to the family is involved in the story. One character is named Elinor.\\
Is it ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Curse of Blackmoor Manor]]'' or Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''?
* An eccentric, mysterious and talented man who has achieved near-legendary status within his own universe meets five children: the kind, optimistic and good-natured main character, a gluttonous boy addicted to candy, a rude, over-competitive girl, a greedy spoiled brat, and a boy obsessed with technology. Themes include the dangers of laziness, selfishness, and overindulgence in junk food, as well as the importance of good behavior in children. It takes place in a very bright, colorful setting in which impromptu musical numbers abound.\\
Is it ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' or ''Series/LazyTown''?
* A group of people are invited to a mysterious island, where they begin to be [[DwindlingParty killed one by one]] in gruesome ways. They desperately try to make it to safety, but this is complicated by the fact that an ocean storm has cut off their access to the mainland. It takes place in a year containing the numbers 1, 9, 9, and 3 (in a certain order). There are 10 important characters, one of whom is played by Sam Neill.
Now, do [[Film/JurassicPark some of them make it out alive]], or [[Series/AndThenThereWereNone2015 do they all die?]]
* This epic two-part finale concludes a section of an iconic sci-fi/action/adventure series involving time travel, extraterrestrial beings, and massive threats to reality as we know it. It serves as a CrisisCrossover in which a large cast of characters from multiple shows/movies within the same canon come together for a final battle. They range from centuries-old alien superheroes to BadassNormal human spies/agents. Their opponent is a megalomaniacal supervillain with a god complex who gathers together a group of objects to help him destroy life on an unimaginably huge scale (his victims are shown dissolving into nothing). At some point in the story, two different versions of one of the main heroes are seen side-by-side on screen. The first part of the finale ends on a cliffhanger, with things looking very grim for our heroes. The second part, however, sees the good guys come out on top, though not without losses of their own. At least one character chooses to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. [[spoiler: A woman with long red hair]] gets a particularly tragic fate. Someone decides to [[spoiler: stay in another dimension/timeline to grow old with their lover.]]\\
This is ''[[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Avengers: Infinity War]] and [[Film/AvengersEndgame Endgame]]'', right? Or is it the Doctor Who Season 4 finale, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]''?

[[AC: [=OriCat=]]]
* In this [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids technically-a-children’s-book-series]], our hero, a black-haired preteen orphan boy (who looks basically just like his dad), gets introduced to a whole society he has lived his entire life apart from - his family has kept him from it. The society informs him that he is TheChosenOne - there’s a prophecy about it. Around the time of the hero’s birth, everyone was being terrorized by a cult of tattooed NounVerber magical villains, who were defeated once (defied by the hero’s parents) but are now coming back into power, and he has to finish their defeat. The leader of the cult is driven by the desire to become immortal, and has sold away a significant portion of their humanity to do so, but they have to kill the Hero in order to make it final. The hero - along with his two best friends, one male, one female - episodically has one confrontation with the villains per book. He has to destroy some important magical artifacts, including one that was with him for the entire time although he didn’t know it. Nonetheless, TheHeroDies, gets a PietaPlagiarism, but gets better. But the main villain dies too, fairly ignominiously. Also features the hero idolizing his father (who died trying to save his life) [[BrokenPedestal but finding out he]] [[AwfulTruth was actually very flawed]]; a LoveTriangle between the hero’s dad, mom, and another guy; the hero’s dad’s friends becoming mentors; loads and loads of [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]]; scars that are ''very'' important to the plot; the hero’s girl friend getting tortured; the hero talking to a certain clade of animals; and the inherent immorality of raising the dead. Significant themes in the series include death and parental love.\\
''Literature/HarryPotter''? Or ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness''?

[[AC: [=Paper-Moon=]]]
* This is a movie from the 2010s produced by one of the many studios that comprise the Walt Disney Company, adapted from an older source material, and is part of one of Disney's [[CashCowFranchise largest, most successful franchises]]. This franchise has been criticized in the past for how it has portrayed gender dynamics and womanhood, something that this film works to address. The female lead has more agency than she did in the source material, not to mention some [[ActionGirl impressive action scenes]]. The story is about a woman with blonde hair. Years ago, she was abducted, and her kidnapper has been {{gaslighting}} her ever since, telling her that she is weak and that her safety and moral righteousness depend on staying with them. In fact, while the fans debate [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation whether or not]] the antagonist actually cared about the heroine, it's clear that the kidnapper's priority is the woman's unique abilities. She has been imbued with a powerful energy that [[PowerGlows glows]] when activated, and allows her to do physically impossible things. One of many lies that she is told is that strange-looking, aggressive villains pose a threat to her. In fact, these "villains", while indeed strange-looking and not without sordid pasts, are ultimately good people just trying to get by in a world where they have been dealt an unfair hand. Gradually, the heroine figures out the secrets of her past and realizes who her true allies and enemies are. She triumphs over her abductor on her own terms, with help from a wisecracking male ally, her adorable but thoroughly badass [[ActionPet animal sidekick]], and the group previously perceived as villains. She reunites with her family, then has many other adventures explored elsewhere in the franchise. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also]], the aforementioned animal causes the lead male character some grief.\\
''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess line? Or ''Film/{{Captain Marvel|2019}}'' in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse?


[[AC: [=Pamina=]]]
* This 1997 animated feature stars a reddish-haired, blue-eyed, 18-year-old protagonist, who was born into a royal family but separated from them at a young age by the villain and grew up unaware of his/her heritage. His/her only clue is an engraved trinket that was around his/her neck when (s)he was found by the people who raised him/her. As a dissatisfied teenager, after singing a classic IWantSong about longing to find "where I belong," (s)he learns that (s)he is or might be the lost prince(ess) and sets out to do whatever it takes to reunite with his/her family. This involves gaining a helpful animal companion, then gaining a streetwise JerkWithAHeartOfGold male teacher (who trains him/her for his/her new role in a TrainingMontage set to music), and then traveling to a big city to prove him/herself. (S)he also finds a JerkWithAHeartOfGold love interest, who initially lies to him/her and uses him/her for personal gain, but eventually falls for him/her and becomes a better person. But then the love interest's duplicity is revealed to the hero(ine), who is devistated and loses all trust in her/him. The love interest is forced to take dramatic selfless action to get back in his/her good graces. The villain, meanwhile, is a funny yet dangerous supernatural male figure who lives in the afterlife, targets the hero(ine) because he hates his/her family, and has at least one comical non-human sidekick. He spends most of the story sending supernatural dangers the hero(ine)'s way, but (s)he survives them all and doesn't know about the villain until late in the movie, when they finally meet in person. In the final battle that defeats the villain, the love interest seemingly dies trying to save the hero(ine), who weeps over her/his body, but in the end it's only a DisneyDeath. Then our hero(ine) has to choose between living a royal life with his/her newfound family, as (s)he longed to throughout the story, or giving it all up to marry his/her lower-born love interest. (S)he chooses the love interest and says goodbye to his/her family, who lovingly accept his/her decision. This movie has often been criticized for making hash of its much darker source material.\\
''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''? %%Pamina, 6 Nov 2013
* In this musical retelling of a universally-known story, two legendary enemies are depicted in their youth as best friends. Only over time are they driven apart, as the protagonist becomes an outlaw who stands up for the oppressed, while the other character rises to power and upholds the oppressive status quo. The ending is bittersweet, as the two leads part ways forever, but the future looks hopeful for the protagonist, his/her love interest (who is initially linked to the second lead before switching to the protagonist instead) and the people (s)he champions. The musical score is by Stephen Schwartz.\\
''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{The Prince of Egypt}}''? %%Pamina, 6 Nov 2013
* In this popular family musical set in the New York City of a past era, a child separated from his/her family tries to find them. In the process he/she makes new friends, including a pretty, caring female, a common domestic animal, and the richest person in the city. There’s also a sleazy male villain who disguises himself to exploit the child for money. At one point the child is trapped in a place where he/she is forced to work like a slave, but runs away, and at another point (s)he meets a camp of cynical homeless people. The songs include an ode to optimism, a sweetly sad song that the child sings about his/her missing family, and a happy duet that the child and a friendly adult male sing about their relationship. All ends happily, with the child in the care of a loving family.\\
''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{An American Tail}}''? %%Pamina, 8 Nov 2013
* This musical TV show for children stars a female magician with a horned head, multicolored hair, and one or more stars on her person, whose spells sometimes go awry. Other characters include an egotistical JerkWithAHeartOfGold who can fly, a female BigEater, a pair of inseparable troublemakers, and a young male dragon to whom the magician is a big sister/mother figure and whose [[SneezeofDoom sneezes can be destructive.]]\\
''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' or ''[[{{Series/EureekasCastle}} Eureeka's Castle]]''? %%Pamina, 11 Nov 2013
* This musical children’s TV show takes place in a fantasy world inhabited by colorful non-human creatures. It centers around a {{Vague Age}}d group of friends, which includes a sweet, nurturing GirlyGirl whose coloring includes pale pink, a brash, athletic {{Tomboy}} with a [[ColorfulThemeNaming color-based name]], a practical, down-to-earth character with an orange body and a “rustic” speech pattern who sometimes serves as the tomboy’s FriendlyRival, a nervous, insecure character whose coloring includes yellow (and who in one episode learns to be more “confident” but [[TookaLevelinJerkass Takes a Level in Jerkass]] as a result), and an [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]]/{{Grumpy Bear}}. These main characters [[DoItYourselfThemeTune sing the theme song themselves.]] Three different “races” of creatures exist in this world and rely on each other. Other characters besides the leads include a small, friendly green creature of a different species (or many), a large male of yet another species who starts out as a villain but eventually does a HeelFaceTurn, and various colorful background characters. [[OnceAnEpisode Nearly every early episode]] features a letter exchanged between the main character and his/her older mentor of the same gender; this formula is altered later in the series. The [[AnAesop Aesops]] of the series tend to involve harmony and friendship, but plenty of humor is present to keep it from becoming {{Anvilicious}}. This show has aired on Creator/TheHub, and is just as popular with adults as with children, if not more so.\\
''Series/FraggleRock'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]''? %%Pamina, 17 Nov 2013 (IIRC, the letter-writing leads both have purple hair. [=DtP=])
* This sweet and heartwarming yet {{Glurge}}-free children's classic of both page and screen takes place on a farm, with {{Talking Animal}}s as the main characters. The protagonist is a male piglet, who is taken from his birthplace and sent to live on the aforementioned farm at the beginning. Initially lonely, he soon befriends a female creature of a different species, who becomes a mother figure of sorts to him. The humans plan to eventually butcher and eat him (which he naively doesn't realize until another animal tells him, leaving him distraught), but ultimately change their minds when an animal (either the pig himself or his close friend) performs a miraculous feat that in the real world would be impossible for his/her species. We also meet a {{Jerkass}} male animal who, surprisingly enough, helps the pig in the end. Another prominent supporting character is a water fowl. One sad scene late in the story involves the death of an elderly female creature who was a friend of the pig's. But the ending is a happy one, with the pig famous among humans and animals alike and secure in the farmer's affection and pride.\\
''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' or ''Film/{{Babe}}''? %%Pamina, 17 Nov 2013
* This children’s TV show stars a group of six friends: a nerdy female braniac, a tough, brash tomboy, a vulnerable, insecure character with yellow hair, a romantic-minded LargeHam, a fun-loving prankster, and a strong, competent character who’s probably the overall flattest of the group. In the first episode, one of these characters enters the show’s main setting for the first time and meets all the others. This show also includes a pair or group of {{Alpha Bitch}}es, a kindly female teacher, assorted bullies, and a colorful variety of background characters. Episodes include one in which the athlete of the group has an emotional breakdown because (s)he thinks (s)he’s lost his/her touch, a few in which the meek one [[TookaLevelinBadass Takes a Level in Badass]] or [[TookaLevelinJerkass Jerkass]], one in which the romantic is disillusioned by his/her crush, one in which the five “supporting” leads all compete for a special favor from the main character which they all get to share in the end, one in which HilarityEnsues after a group of kids play matchmaker to a female teacher and a man they know, and one or more in which one of the leads goes slightly insane.\\
''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''? %%Pamina, 20 Nov 2013 (Don't the Flat Characters also serve as their respective groups' {{Number Two}}s? [=DtP=])
* In this hit family musical based on a beloved printed-page source material, a spunky little girl escapes from her miserable upbringing, triumphs over three villains - a sleazy man always scheming to get rich, a bleach-blonde floozy, and a child-hating woman who runs an institution for children and terrorizes her charges - and in the end finds a happy new home with a loving adoptive parent.\\
''Theatre/{{Annie}}'' or ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}''? %%Pamina, 20 Nov 2013
* In this classic musical fantasy film from the late 1930s, loved by both children and adults, the protagonist is an adolescent orphan girl who has one or more animal companions, and who wears an iconic dress that includes the color blue and at least one ribbon in her hair. At the beginning she longs for more than what she has and sings an IWantSong in the yard of her home. Soon afterward, she’s forced away from home and into a new place, where she meets several lovable male doofuses who become her best friends. The comic relief these characters provide is much needed to balance the NightmareFuel provided by the villainess, a wicked witch who wears black, lives in a castle, and cackles dramatically. She wants to kill the heroine because the girl has something that she wants, and is able to locate her at any time thanks to a magic crystalline object. The lovable doofuses eventually show surprising courage by facing the witch’s wrath to try to save the girl they’ve come to love. At one point the witch magically poisons some pretty red plant growth, which sends the heroine into a death-like sleep, but a benevolent third party revives her. Eventually the witch dies in a dramatic climax that involves water. At some point or other, the heroine meets friendly little people, while at another point she’s harassed by (seemingly) living trees. As much as she loves her new friends, her greatest wish is to reunite with some person or people she left behind when she left home. In the end she says goodbye to her friends, reunites with her long-lost loved one(s), and seems poised to live happily ever after. This movie is based on a story from a book, but [[AdaptationDisplacement has far eclipsed the source material in most people's minds.]]\\
That thing the heroine has that the witch wants... is it [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs unsurpassed beauty]] or [[Film/TheWizardofOz a pair of magic slippers]]? %%Pamina, 4 Dec 2013
* A teenage boy moves to a new neighborhood, where he deals with bullies and being a misfit at school, as well as conflict with his (step)sister. But then he accidentally releases a group of comical fantasy creatures into the real world. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and complications ensue. Fortunately for the fantasy creatures, [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself it’s Halloween when they arrive in the boy’s hometown, so they blend in with all the costumes.]] The plot largely consists of the protagonist and villains struggling over possession of a magical book, and at one point the villains cast a spell on all the adults in town, including the protagonist’s parents. The protagonist and his sister are forced to put aside their differences and work together to save the day and send the fantasy creatures back where they came from. The movie isn’t a musical, but at one point one of the fantasy creatures sings a pre-existing pop song.\\
''Film/HocusPocus'' or ''[[Film/TheNeverendingStory The Neverending Story III]]''? %%Pamina, 9 Nov 2014
* An innocent young male encounters [[MrsRobinson an attractive married woman]] whose given name is never mentioned, who tries to seduce him. She later [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accuses him of rape.]] In at least one version of the story, he eventually ends up with her daughter. This story originated in a book, but received a popular media adaptation in the late 1960s. It includes a character named Benjamin, and the protagonist, or at least the actor who famously played him, is Jewish.\\
Film/{{The Graduate}} or [[Literature/TheBible the Biblical story of Joseph son of Jacob]]? %%Pamina, 8 Nov 2013 (If you delete stuff "to make room", then at least put it on the discussion page! [=DtP=])
* This work revolves around a rebellious young outcast from a troubled home. His/her main issues are related to his/her father. At the beginning we see his/her first day at a new school, where (s)he clashes with the other students. (S)he is a fundamentally good person, but over the course of the story, his/her own actions endanger him/her and inadvertently result in at least one other person's death. (S)he also becomes close to two other young people: one of the opposite gender who becomes his/her love interest despite initially being involved with someone else, and one of the same gender who's officially just a friend, but with whom WordOfGod has confirmed intentional [[HoYay Ho/Les Yay]]. Of these two, the girl treats the protagonist dismissively at first, but eventually warms up to him/her, while the boy is eventually killed (or seemingly killed), devastating him/her. The ending is bittersweet, with tragic loss but a note of hope. This work has been very popular with teenagers who identify with the protagonist.\\
''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' or ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''? %%Pamina, 9 Nov 2013
* This Creator/DreamWorksAnimation film features a protagonist who used to lead a happy life as a normal brown-haired human until an event that should have killed them instead turned them into a [[MysticalWhiteHair white-haired]] superpowered being. Their main source of angst is how their newfound nature makes it nigh impossible for them to interact normally with humanity, and they join a team of similarly superpowered beings as the fifth and most powerful member to take down a sinister villain.\\
''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' or ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''?
* This film is centered on a young woman whose name begins with J and ends with E and her painful struggle to cope with her husband's death, a struggle that involves her moving far away from her husband's home with very few possessions to call her own in spite of her late husband's wealth in an (ultimately futile) attempt to leave the past behind and build an entirely new life. In her new living grounds, she comes into contact with another female known (and often derided) for her sexual choices/lifestyle. The female protagonist, in contrast, has severe difficulties in forming a connection with another man in spite of at least one man professing his love for her. Later on in the film, it's revealed that the protagonist's husband had been unfaithful to her and that his mistress was someone the protagonist had known and trusted as a friend. A haunting song she connects deeply with her husband is frequently heard and referred to in the film. In addition, the film's title has the word "Blue" in it. Surely this film's title must be...\\
...''Film/BlueJasmine''! Or could it be simply ''[[Film/ThreeColorsTrilogy Blue]]'' instead?
* In this love story, the young heroine is an impoverished yet intelligent, strong-willed brunette who doesn’t fit into her era’s mold of what a woman should be like. Modern female audience members/readers tend to find her very relatable. Through some circumstance or other, she comes to live in the home of a wealthy yet brooding, physically unattractive man with a dark, secret past. At first he seems gruff and unpleasant, but gradually she comes to see a kinder side to him and they fall in love. (Some feminist critics lambast this work for “encouraging girls to think they can change abusive men.”) At one point she leaves him, but eventually she goes back and affirms her love for him after he nearly dies. Another, handsomer and more “respectable” man also proposes marriage to her, but she rejects him. Ultimately the two lovers are married and all ends happily.\\
''Literature/JaneEyre'' or ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''?

[[AC: [=PDL=]]]
* Within the backstory, there is a legend of two very closely related entities with god-like power who ruled the land. The elder one was associated with light, the color white and had control over fire while the younger one was associated with darkness, the color black and had control over lightning. Eventually, the younger one grew dissatisfied with the status quo and started to fight with the elder one, which threw the land into complete chaos. Eventually, one of the entities [[SealedEvilInACan sealed the other within a circular object]] and peace was restored to the land. However, by the climax of the main story, the sealed entity is unsealed and six others have to face and defeat it with with the PowerOfFriendship. None of these characters are human.\\
Is this ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''?
* This Japanese made series stars a particularly badass protagonist who has a good heart but his way of solving problems is through the merciless slaughter of hundreds of mooks using deadly techniques that he can [[PowerCopying copy]] from his opponents. His resolve is able to trump over even the mightiest of foes. However, there are a few other characters who can rival his strength and are notably badass themselves. The main motif of this series are stars.\\
''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' or ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''?
* In this Creator/{{Disney}} movie, a strange young girl who is bullied by others makes an unlikely friend who was created to be bad and destroy things. At some point, this friend ends up destroying something personal to the girl and she hates him for it. However, the supposedly bad friend does something to regain the girl's friendship.\\
''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' or ''Disney/WreckItRalph''?
* A naive but idealistic young man grows up in a world where human beings are restricted to only a few safe spots while the rest of the world is filled with dangerous "monsters". Due to certain circumstances, he is forced to leave home, but at least he is granted a mystic power that allows him to survive away from civilization. He ends up befriending the non-human locals that live in these wild areas, including a spirit who initially dislikes him, but eventually warms up to him when he manages to prove his worth as a hero. With her help, the hero gains more powers after overcoming various trials and learns that there is an ultimate evil who wants nothing more then to destroy everything. The hero and the great evil do battle and eventually the hero is the victor, but the nature of this evil means that it cannot be completely eradicated. The Hero is eventually reincarnated and is tasked to protect the world from evil throughout all his lifetimes. This installment is the earliest in the series' timeline.\\
Is this ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', or the ''Beginnings'' two-parter of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''? %%PDL, 20 Oct 2013

[[AC: @/PeabodySam]]
* In the FinalBattle, the original main villain finds himself rejected by his own family. He is horribly mutated into a monstrous reptilian creature that breathes purple fire, and his body is possessed by a malevolent black/purple-themed demon who has been manipulating him the whole time and now has hijacked the plot, becoming the true main antagonist. The possessed villain is forced to keep fighting a battle he no longer wants to fight, and the heroes engage him in final battle atop a great tower in a major city. Upon his defeat, a wave of "light" energy is released, cleansing the city of the demon's "dark" energy.\\
''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}''?
* In the penultimate episode, the main characters are trapped in an EldritchLocation with a malevolent spirit which has cast illusions of their worst fears brought to life. For one character, his greatest fear is the death of a loved one, which leads to him suffering a HeroicBSOD even while she, unaffected by the illusions, tries desperately to snap him out of it. In the final episode, she is KilledOffForReal, sending him into a depression. He also learns that [[YourDaysAreNumbered his days are numbered]] and begins to undergo RapidAging. In a ThanatosGambit, he ultimately performs a HeroicSacrifice to banish that malevolent spirit.\\
''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' or ''Series/BeingHumanUS''?
* A living planet seeks to reproduce by spreading to and infecting other planets. This planet can manifest itself as bright blue tendrils of energy, or in a humanoid form directly related to the protagonist. The hero, using the planet's own energy to fight against it, travels to the center of the planet and fights the humanoid form. When a giant brain at the center of the planet is killed, the humanoid form disintegrates and the whole planet implodes, with the hero barely escaping in time.\\
''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' or ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''?

[[AC: @/{{PeachLover94}}]]
* In [[Film/TheForceAwakens Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens]], [[LoveableRogue Han Solo]] says to his [[TheDragon son Kylo Ren]] who [[UsedToBeASweetKid used to be his son Ben Solo]] that he is only an expendable pawn of [[DiscOneFinalBoss Supreme Leader Snoke]]'s plans for the galaxy. I cannot help but notice its similarities to a line from the Creator/DicEntertainment and Pioneer/Optimum English-language dub of [[Anime/SailorMoonRTheMovie Sailor Moon R: Promise of the Rose]]. Compare...
** '''Han Solo''': [[TheChessmaster Snoke]] is ''using'' you for ''your power''. When he gets what he wants, he'll ''crush'' you! ... You know it's true.
** '''Sailor Mars''': ''You're'' the one who's been tricked! Kisenian Blossom wants to rule ''alone''. She'll ''destroy'' you, Fiore. Once she gets what she wants, ''you're history'', and Darien will be too!

[[AC: @/PerfumePreppy]]
* We have ourselves a young girl whose stories originated in a comic book. A PintSizedPowerhouse with short black hair, a noticeably bigger than usual facial feature, and SuperStrength, who never backs down from potential conflict when teased or taunted, usually having the upper hand in a fight.\\
Now, are we talking about [[Film/AlitaBattleAngel Alita]] or [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Monica]]?

[[AC: @/{{Pikafan}}]]
* A teenage boy, who's name begins with the letter "D" and is voiced by Creator/DavidKaufman, interacts with technology which leads to an accident. After the accident happens he gains superpowers that can be activated at will by [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull yelling out a certain phrase]]. Furthermore his family has no idea he has superpowers. Now am I talking about [[WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} Dexter Douglas]] or [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny Fenton]]?
* A {{Manga}} released in the U.S. by Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment, that focuses on a dragon, who has been [[TheExile exiled]] by their family for [[FelonyMisdemeanor a trivial thing]] that they did, and as a result of the dragon being exiled, they have to live on their own. Now is this manga [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid ''Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life'']] or [[https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/dragon-goes-house-hunting/ Dragon Goes House-Hunting]]?

[[AC: @/{{PPPSSC}}]]
* Once upon a time there was this guy who used the same number of swords as hands with a dead mother. He was trying to save the world from this WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who intends to use the goddess that they always worshipped in a way to destroy the world, there is rampant racism, especially towards those who were half-human and half-humanoid-other-person, a family in which said Woobie Destroyer of Worlds was involved in, with the help of a {{Deconstructed}} MarySue who can be a vessel for a goddess, and his pessimistic, extremely intelligent half-blood mage best friend, one of whom has silver hair. Is this ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' or ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''?%%PPPSSC 20 Feb. 2014

[[AC: @/{{Premonition45}}]]
* A couple friends head to Las Vegas for a fun time, and after a night of drunken partying, wake up in their disheveled hotel room to discover they've apparently gotten married to some Vegas cocktail waitresses. As they attempt to make sense of what happened and get out of their new marriages, they face such obstacles as show tigers and a celebrity boxer.\\
''Film/TheHangover'' or [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Viva Ned Flanders"]]? %%Premonition 45, 22 Dec 2013

[[AC: @/{{Psyga315}}]]
* This anime film revolves around a universe that's very different compared to the series its based off. The film also involves [[spoiler:an omnipotent goddess' powers being stolen by her otherwise loyal and logical friend that became emotionally unstable due to a GroundhogDayLoop. With that power, the friend creates a world where it's more of a normal and peaceful life for the main characters, even though that 1) they know full well that this world will not last and 2) one of them manages to be aware of the situation.]]\\
Now, was what happened in that film considered a [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya disappearance]] or a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion rebellion]]?
* There has been a disappearance. Police have been looking for this missing person. However, the evidence that piles on suggests that it's not a missing persons case, but rather a full-blown murder, with all the clues pointed to someone who spurned said missing person with an affair and who is said to have anger towards said missing person. However, it turns out this was all a plan conducted by a WomanScorned in an attempt to get the accused into trouble and out of their life forever.\\
Now, was this [[Literature/GoneGirl the plot to a book]] or [[Series/OnceUponATime the subplot to a TV show]]?
* In this 2015 spy thriller based off a classic series, the team our hero works for is under threat of dissolution due to his past actions in an attempt to uncover the truth behind an enemy force [[MythologyGag modeled after a villainous team from said series' past]]. As a result of this, the hero is labeled a rogue by his organization, currently undergoing a takeover by a larger organization [[spoiler:with ties to said villainous team]]. This all culminating in a chase across London in the middle of the night. Now, the question is...\\
Is this enemy {{Film/SPECTRE}} or a [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation Rogue Nation]]?
* In this 2015 movie set in the early 2000s and based off a true story, someone finds a scandal in which many, innocent lives are caught in ruin. The problem preventing him from bringing it up to light? The people behind the scandal are one of the largest organizations imaginable and to tango with them is close to impossible, [[spoiler:but in the end, they manage to expose the scandal]]. The question then becomes...\\
Is this organization [[{{Film/Concussion}} The NFL]] or [[{{Film/Spotlight}} The Church]]?
* This battle anime takes place in a world formed around one base idea of warrior that is able to use a spiritual energy. The hero is a young and plucky kid who enters a school dedicated to training these warriors and ends up being in a four-man team that is the school standard. At some point, a TournamentArc commences that ends with the entire city the school is based in getting invaded, ending with the MentorArchetype being killed by the BigBad, who was looking for a person to suit their needs and the team breaking apart. It's eventually revealed that the BigBad isn't even the BigBad, but having ties to the true BigBad, a group of people who, in turn, are allied to an even ''bigger'' bad: a white skinned demonic woman.\\
{{Anime/Naruto}} or {{WebAnimation/RWBY}}?
* This story involves characters from a fictional story emerging into the real world. What results is reality ensuing as battles become devastating to the world and status quo, eventually getting the government involved. To everyone's surprise, though, the government is more than willing to help the fictional characters adjust to their home, even going as far as to say they don't resort to [[TheyWouldCutYouUp the cliches]] [[GovernmentConspiracy you see]] corrupt governments\\
Is the story [[{{Fanfic/Emergence}} a fanfic]] or [[Anime/ReCreators an anime]]?

[[AC: @/{{Pyrite}}]]
* In a time of change and upheaval, our main character - a man of great strength with an easily-recognisable mark on his person - finds himself unable to escape his past, and a woman's death weighs heavily on his conscience and influences his actions. He constantly crosses paths with a dogged police officer with an unshakeable moral code. In the meantime, following the death of a popular politician, a motley group of revolutionaries with a remarkably charismatic leader plan an uprising against the ruling government, and a brooding young man joins them - and for the sake of the girl that likes him, the main character must bring him back, all while trying not to kill anybody in the process. Other supporting cast members include a street urchin and pickpocket with absurd courage, an innkeeper with old ties to aforementioned brooding young man, and a crossdresser with a ton of unrequited love issues.\\
''Literature/LesMiserables'', or ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'''s Kyoto Arc? %%Pyrite, 12 Aug 2014

[[AC: @/{{Pyxis}}]]
* In a franchise where an ordinary game is played for [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame absurdly and sometimes supernaturally high stakes]] and ThePowerOfFriendship plays a major role, the third installment (directly preceding the significantly less popular one with aliens) has the protagonists face off against a group of time travellers (several of whom have Greek words as names) seeking to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong - it turns out said all-important game has set in motion a chain of events that threaten the world's very survival many years into the future, and the antagonists are attempting to erase the game from history to prevent this from occurring. Also, the main antagonist [[spoiler:has the same face as the protagonist]]. \\
Is the game [[VideoGame/InazumaEleven soccer]] or [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds cards]]?
* A protagonist who is very bubbly and enthusiastic but not good at much encounters a calm and stoic nonhuman with a white/pale color scheme, whose pantlessness is the stuff of fandom memes, with a major part of his mind missing. The protagonist must collect the various shattered pieces of this person's mind, which have scattered all over town and semi-possess people by augmenting their fears and desires; and their love for this person also enables them to change form, assisted by the plot-important pendant they wear around their neck. The nonhuman love interest occasionally gets possessed by a fragment of the main antagonistic force, turning him evil and giving him a black color scheme instead. There is also a stoic and not very nice character with a darker and edgier color scheme that functions as both the protagonist's rival and friend; they turn out to not entirely be human, and this causes great anguish to both them and the protagonist attempting to bring them back with ThePowerOfFriendship.\\
Is this Anime/PrincessTutu or Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL? %%Pyxis, 24 Dec 2017
%%maybe I'm just dumb but WHY doesn't the line break work here the way it does in other places, I've been adjusting and readjusting trying to figure it out but it just won't work

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[[folder:Troper Entries Q-Z]]

[[AC: @/RainingMetal]]
* There is a war going on between three factions: The United States, China, and a third faction whose home nation is never clear, but nonetheless have enough support and resources to be a superpower. In some cases, [[EnemyMine The United States and China team up]], and in others, [[spoiler: the third faction manages to manipulate both sides and their technologies]].\\
Is the third faction [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII Cordis Die]] or [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals The Global Liberation Army]]?
* This story takes place during a war between Capitalist and Communist nations. Among the more notable characters on the Soviet side are a manipulative leader, a subordinate played by Andrew Divoff whose name starts with "Kr", and a worrisome scientist. [[spoiler:The scientist makes an attempt to defect to the Allies.]]\\
Is Divoff's character [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Kravchenko]] or [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Krukov]]?
* In a war between Capitalist and Communist nations (again), the United States faces an invasion brought by the Russian army, in an act of bitter revenge. Two Russians, Vladimir and Yuri, are the most violent of rivals (and sometimes, enemies). The second entry in this game's franchise takes place mostly in the United States, while the third is a tad bit more international. [[spoiler: One American isn't trustworthy]].\\
Who is the BigBad? [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Vladimir]] or [[RedAlert Yuri]]?
* Around the middle of the 20th century, crime is rampant in the city. A doctor brainwashes people into doing bad things, and a man named Fontaine is pulling the strings. The story also features an egotistical man named Cohen. [[spoiler:The hero dies in the end]].\\
VideoGame/Bioshock1 or VideoGame/LANoire?
* On one half of the clouds in this realm is the overworld, full of floating land masses and a functional society. On the other half is an urban wasteland abandoned long ago. The villain attempts to manipulate the hero into furthering his own goals. With an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack, this gem of a story is bound to entertain you in some way, even if some elements of the story don't make sense. It also features a CatGirl.\\
Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie or VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2?
* In this video game released in the 2010s with pixel graphics, it's said to be a "kill or be killed world". However, in spite of this, there are many relatable characters and an option to inflict as little violence as possible. Still, the most violent route ends up with many said characters kicking the bucket and one ''hell'' of a DownerEnding where everybody dies. There is a nefarious character who follows the player around and provides scathing commentary on the player's/character's actions with mind-bending powers. The game calls the player out on restarting the game in an attempt to change the narrative.\\
{{Videogame/Undertale}} or VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber?

[[AC: Troper/{{Rassilon001}}]]
* A silver-eyed young hero new to the wide world. Cheerful, innocent, fast on their feet, having a strong sense of justice, and possessing a rare incredible power that they don’t fully understand. Accompanied by: a {{Lancer}} commonly associated with water/ice whom had a rough childhood, an {{Everyman}} with no spectacular ability who none-the-less makes for a great audience surrogate, comic relief, and later determined warrior in his own right. As well as several others, including a sibling, a brawler, and one with a dark past they’re trying to overcome. Occasionally mentored by a gray-haired, wise OldMaster who has a love of a brewed beverage. And menaced by a QuirkyMiniBossSquad and their [[PlayingWithFire firey]] leader. At least, until a greater BigBad is revealed.\\
[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]] or WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}?

[[AC: [=Sapphirea2=]]]
* This attraction at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World's]] Epcot theme park -- just head for the imagination-themed pavillion -- tells the tale of a BlitheSpirit with magical powers who arrives in a place desperately in need of fun, whimsy, and color. The person in charge, a LargeHam (and played by a performer likely recognized by the adult viewers for their other work), is aghast at the magic being woven by Our Hero and tries to get them under control. But Our Hero knows that they just need to get in touch with a hidden, lovely part of themselves, and -- singing an EarWorm song all the way -- makes a grateful friend of them and transforms the setting in the process. There's some StuffBlowingUp, EverythingsBetterWithRainbows, and the final scene is set amongst the stars.\\
''Film/CaptainEO'' or ''Journey Into Imagination with Figment''? (From 2010-13, these attractions played alongside each other!), %%Sapphirea 2, 18 Sept 2013

[[AC: [=Silverbolt1=]]]
* A PlanetEater, who transformed and upgraded an alien into his herald, is heading to the hero protagonists (who have [[TheSmurfettePrinciple a single female]] among them) homeworld. The initial heroes' attack on the eater failed. The herald turned against his master, but also failed. Then a flame-themed, impulsive IdiotHero finds the [[MacGuffin only thing that can stop]] the devourer, who is successfully defeated.\\
The ComicBook/{{Galactus}} Trilogy (''ComicBook/FantasticFour #48-50'') or ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie''?

[[AC: [=Simple Groups=]]]
* After their home is invaded by evil forces, a swordsman with spiky hair sets off with his father, his half-blood mage best friend, an innocent maiden with light hair, and an older female mentor figure to restore peace to the land. This group also includes a pair of siblings where the older one raised the younger after their parents abandoned them (in a house later in the game, one can find their mother, but the offspring end up rejecting her). The father trains the hero in swordplay until he leaves the group, and criticizes him for oversleeping on the day of their first mission. During the course of the journey, they must be wary of accepting help even from others who share their goal of defeating the BigBad. In a large and powerful empire, they find a ruler willing to help them, but who is being manipulated by corrupt and racist political figures. An enigmatic non-human man with long hair, who turns out to be a legendary founding hero, also sometimes aids them, but is not on the same side and is actually TheChessmaster. The hero seeks to become stronger to protect the young innocent maiden in their group, who holds a plot device related to the Goddess. There is rampant racism, especially towards half-bloods, and several half-bloods on the other side comment on how the mage is similar to them. The hero manages to recruit several other characters to their cause, the first of which is a FragileSpeedster female assassin with purple hair who first helps them storm an enemy fort. After their father is no longer in the group, the hero learns that his father was one of the four leaders of the group they're fighting, but became wracked with guilt over killing his wife in extreme circumstances. One of these four is also secretly a leader in the opposing army. The hero's father must also fight his former student, who is a major figure of the evil side. The hero encounters this student twice before their real showdown, but both encounters are {{Hopeless Boss Fight}}s. After a difficult battle where the hero must fight alone, a powerful and very old not-quite-human man who has betrayed the group before may join the group, depending on your gameplay - your alternative is someone much younger and associated with red and pink, who fights similarly and was on the other side in order to help someone they loved. In the end, the hero grows wiser but never loses his idealism, and one of the heroes of legend commends him on his worldview. The hero defeats the former student, and kills the BigBad, who will change to a different form after he is defeated the first time. However, a couple years later it is discovered that after the hero removes the BigBad, corrupt political forces from the most powerful nations have been oppressing one of the nations, and a powerful spirit threatened to cause destruction of the world unless it is stopped. Two new heroes, a young boy without parents and a girl, start a new journey, meeting up with the heroes in the original story and needing to fight with the original hero. On top of that, it turns out that the Goddess they had been worshipping was in large part, a lie, and one of legendary heroes from long ago is actually a major antagonist.\\
''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' or ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''?

[[AC: [=SlargTheGnome=]]]
* A group of protagonists moves into a mysterious old building to get a new start on life, [[CosmicHorrorStory which proves to be a fatal mistake]]. Everything seems fine at first, but gradually the tenants start making more and more disturbing observations about their building before arriving at the inescapable conclusion that something is ''horribly wrong'' with it - for starters, it's [[spoiler: much, '''much''' BiggerOnTheInside.]] The characters mount several days-long expeditions to explore the entirety of the building by traveling miles underground before everything goes to hell, one guy goes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation batshit crazy]] and tries to kill everyone else, and one character is killed by the building itself. Ultimately, the building is revealed to be nothing but a gateway to an incomprehensible EldritchLocation that the characters must scramble to escape from with their lives.\\
''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' or ''[[Literature/PeterClinesFourteen 14]]''?
* Millions of years ago, an alien parasite crashed into earth and began influencing humans' evolution, causing them to emerge as the dominant species on the planet. However, this was all done by the parasite in order to harvest human energy and eventually [[ApocalypseHow destroy the earth]], sending copies of itself out into space to begin the cycle anew. The protagonists eventually learn of the existence of this parasite and vow to destroy it, asserting their belief in humanity's will to live and determine its own fate. The first major (human) antagonist is a fearsome militaristic conqueror who commands a vast army and whose defeat seems crucial to save the world, [[spoiler: until it's [[WhamEpisode shockingly revealed]] that their goal all along has been to ''destroy'' the alien parasite, and they end up [[HeelFaceTurn joining the heroes.]]]] The story's true villain is [[AbusiveParents their mother]], an all-powerful EvilMatriarch who rules over a mighty empire, allies with the alien parasite and betrays all of humanity in the process (even her own two children). She is ultimately defeated in a OneWingedAngel battle high above the earth, and the alien parasite is destroyed by crashing into it with a flying ship.\\
''Anime/KillLaKill'' or ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''?
* Every night at midnight, there exists a secret [[TheHiddenHour midnight hour]] that most humans cannot experience due to being [[TimeStandsStill frozen in time]]. During this hour, [[ColorCodedTimestop the world becomes tinted a certain color]], (most) electronic devices stop working, there's a seriously BadMoonRising, and a slew of [[DarkIsEvil dark, shadowy creatures]] emerge to prey on humans. Only a group of seemingly [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Students]] are conscious during this time, and they must use their various superpowers to fight against the dark creatures. The protagonist is a NewTransferStudent who moves to a new city, is quickly taken under the wing of the other monster-fighting teens, [[StoryBreakerPower and turns out to be]] [[TheChosenOne the most powerful of them all]]. Together the teens must contend with not only the dark creatures but also a group of [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters morally dubious humans]] who have been abusing the midnight hour for their own gain, as well as an EvilMentor. In the end, [[spoiler: the protagonist performs a HeroicSacrifice to [[SealedEvilInACan seal away the threat to the human world]].]]\\
''VideoGame/Persona3'', right? ...Or wait, is it ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}''?


[[AC: @/{{Snickerway}}]]
* Our heroes, travelers who often encounter strange creatures, meet a group of individuals from a dying civilization. The members of this group kidnap one of the heroes, intending to save their civilization by surgically removing the hero's brain. Our heroes respond to this by attacking the dying group, saving the brain, and leaving the dying group to fend for themselves (and probably die out). Is this [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TheLastOfUs the video game generally considered the best ever made]]]], or [[spoiler: [[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain the Star Trek episode generally considered the worst ever made]]]]?

[[AC: @/StarAndroidJaguar]]
* This indie game's name is one word long. It is [[WorldOfPun littered with puns everywhere]]. Notable characters include: a male FoulFlower who is fond of making [[NightmareFace creepy faces]], a [[CuteMonsterGirl female human(oid)/fish hybrid]] who has a [[AlwaysAccurateAttack nigh unavoidable]] attack that immobilises you but does no damage, which [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience is associated with green]] and a robot who is considerably more [[AIIsACrapshoot dangerous]] compared to their creator. Said scientist may have come off as UnintentionallyUnsympathetic or TheScrappy. In the battle against the robot, [[DidntNeedThoseAnyway their body parts fall off]]. In the game's best ending, [[spoiler: the game's {{MacGuffin}}s are used to free everyone after you caused a demonic entity to break down crying.]] In the worst, [[spoiler: you make a DealWithTheDevil]].\\
[[spoiler: '''''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''''' or '''''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'''''?]]

[[AC: Steel Edge]]
* This trio of two humans and a god live in a CrapsackWorld. The HeroicMime SilentSnarker and the PluckyGirl lived with each other for as long as they can remember. The PluckyGirl impatiently wants her and TheHero to become warriors together, but are deemed too young. On the day when their mentor figure(s) decide that they are ready to leave their safe haven and receive the weapons that allow them to fight, the life of the hero changes forever as they meet the god. The three of them gain companions on their journey to kill the beings that plague their world forever, including an older man whose younger brother is ashamed to be related to, a boy who [[spoiler: is revealed to have a strong connection with the beings plaguing the world]], and a tough CoolBigSis who is a mother figure to her adopted family. The god aiding the heroes has some power involving death and also allows the hero to summon and command others in battle, the hero is the reincarnation of someone important to the reason why the world is so horrible, and the heroine is easily tricked by a god. One route involves [[spoiler: killing everyone in the universe, including the hero's friends and the god. The route starts with the hero killing many people considered to be family, and ends with the death of the world's god.]] All real endings involve the hero [[spoiler: going to an alternate dimension to kill the god ruling over a world]].\\
Are the names of the hero, heroine, and god [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse Nanashi, Asahi, and Dagda]], or [[VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters Revya, Danette, and Gig]]?]]
* An infamous historical evil emerges because [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve lots of people believe in them]], which completely blindsides everyone else. One of the characters is initially antagonistic due to a complicated case of child abuse and the fact that[[spoiler: one of the main antagonists is posing as their father figure after the death of their real father]], and many other characters suffer from missing or absent parents. The plot is hampered because at least one main character has amnesia. Greek gods are prominent figures, and Apollo is especially important to the main protagonist.\\
''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' or ''VideoGame/Persona2'' (Innocent Sin)?
* This story is the second part in a series. The main character is a young man with a strange power [[spoiler:that he's had since childhood]] that is strongly associated with the sun, and at at least one point is shown riding a motorcycle. His allies include someone younger than him who is discriminated against due to their race, a guy who conceals his machine gun in an odd place, an attractive CoolBigSis [[spoiler:who revealed to be very linked with his past]], and another young man of the same age who is a staunch ally despite fighting with the main character in his first appearances. That young man also views the CoolBigSis as a mother figure, and [[spoiler:has a complicated history with his father involving abandonment and rejection]]. All of these people fight against the fulfillment of an ancient {{Mayincatec}} prophesy. Nazi are involved, and one main character [[spoiler:dies tragically.]] Also, there are several cameos of older versions from the previous entry.\\
''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', or ''VideoGame/Persona2''(Innocent Sin)?
* This story is part of a franchise known for summoning monsters with computers, but this story is unusual because the heroes transform into monsters to fight. It is LighterAndSofter than the previous entries, and comes off the heels of another dark one. The heroes are granted that power by a mysterious woman who appears only as a voice and is sort of an angel. Their enemies have similar powers to theirs. The heroes are also arranged by element and have strong FiveManBand themes. The fire elemental starts with the power of the Hindu god Agni but [[spoiler:also gains the power of the Asura Vritra, along with a ton of control issues]]. The main character by the end gains the power of Ardha. The last party member to join [[spoiler:is actually a ghost, and he looks almost identical to another party member, except for hair and clothes. The ghost knew why they're identical long before the party member figured it out]]. Everything changes after [[spoiler:the digital world that the main characters were living in is deleted, and they emerge in the real world with their powers intact]].\\
''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', or ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''?
* The hero of this story is a genuine Samurai from a feudal kingdom, but goes by a Western name. [[spoiler:He does have a Japanese name that is never revealed to the audience]]. He is called to fight a powerful demon with a black color scheme, but the demon evades him. The Samurai is then unwillingly sent to a futuristic world where the demon is the leader of a powerful faction. That faction has a heavy emphasis on survival of the fittest, to the point where caring for each other is considered weakness. That futuristic world is considered to be very odd by the Samurai, containing things like electricity and talking nonhumans. Culture shock is great.\\
Is the Samurai's name ''[[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Jack]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV Flynn]]''?

[[AC: [=SuperLlama=]]]
* The main characters face off against the ultimate BigBad of the story, [[GreaterScopeVillain who stays in the background for most of said story.]] Try as they might, the main characters find that they can't defeat the BigBad, due to said BigBad being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of something that will always exist [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there are living things around to experience it]]. One of the main characters then manages to at least stop the BigBad temporarily by performing a HeroicSacrifice to form a seal around the moon.\\
Is this the ending to Manga/SoulEater or VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}?\\
For certain values of "[[DragonInChief Main]] [[HeelFaceTurn Charac]][[EleventhHourRanger ter]]" and "[[NoPlaceForMeThere Sacrifice/Seal]]", this could also apply to ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIV''. - Donald The Potholer%%Original by Super Llama, 21 Aug 2013; addition by Donald The Potholer, 2 Feb 2014.

[[AC: [=TaylorHyuuga=]]]
* Technically the third entry in a series of mystery visual novels, that looks into the nature of truth and lies, doesn't tell you what is true and false by the end, has a twist that makes the events of the story fictitious, but with enough room to claim that they could have actually happened, has 16 humans as part of its main cast, with all but a handful of them being dead by the game's ending, a character who insists that magic is real and that they aren't using tricks, a delusional incestuous man whose lover is deceased, a main rival who's GoodAllAlong and a giant {{Troll}}, a BigBad with blue hair, Characters voiced by Creator/KenichiSuzumura and Creator/KikukoInoue, shout-outs to previous games without being outright connected, and an AmbiguousEnding. ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' or ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpav3''?
* Animated series about a team of children training in a battle school where everyone has a weapon that is different from a normal weapon, whose main character is a girl who wields a scythe, and other main characters include her relative, who also wields a scythe, a ninja who wields a sword, a character with connection to the gods, a race of people with a connection to animals, which one of the main characters is a part of, and the main antagonist is an old evil with a black and white color scheme and a rivalry with the series' BigGood, and the two are a part of the same family. Oh, and there's a lot of focus on the moon, which is different from the normal moon in some way. ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' or ''Manga/SoulEater''?
* The third game in an RPG series, that has someone close to the main character die in the first few hours, has robots as one of the primary antagonists, with creatures being merged with these robots, with one of the people close to the protagonist being one of them, both of whom are brainwashed into opposing the protagonist, the protagonist has blonde hair with a red color scheme in their clothing, is the chosen one because they have a special ability that nobody else has, the backstory involves the original world being destroyed, and the final boss's true name is "Claus/Klaus". ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles'' or ''VideoGame/Mother3''?

[[AC: [=TheBagel=]]]
* It's the third in a well-known sequence of games, all of which have similar gameplay; however, although some liked it, many others gave the game lower reviews than the obscure but still good first game and the famous second game. Also, LetsPlay/PewDiePie has played at least one of the games at some point. The protagonist is a mostly ordinary girl who can fight sometimes, but is mostly helpless. The real gameplay comes from using a mysterious (male) spirit to overcome the obstacles of the story, including a group of people from a facility who wish to use her powers for their own selfish purposes. Despite how useful the spirit is, the girl is scared of him, and she has no real control over him, leading him to do annoying or destructive things just for fun. Eventually, it is revealed that the spirit is actually [[spoiler:the protagonist's twin brother, who died when they were babies.]] Events of the story include: the girl being inside an institution for a significant part of her life, and the girl using her powers to take revenge on a group of bullies (which leads to her being considered insane by some of the characters).\\
Is it ''VideoGame/ClockTower: Ghost Head/The Struggle Within'' or ''{{VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls}}''? %%The Bagel, 22 Oct 2013
* A work from the 90s that was born out of the creator's desire to make a story belonging to one of their favorite genres, but also to bring a DarkerAndEdgier tone to the medium (with the tone considerably altering the work's early concept). Despite being mocked frequently by people on the Internet for its emphasis on its melodramatic story, poor production values and frequent MindScrew elements, all of which culminated in a highly unpopular ending which got rid of all action to the point of resembling a psychoanalysis session, the work is one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved in its medium. The plot concerns a young man who is thrust into a plot he does not understand because of a responsibility to pilot a HumongousMecha and, despite the work's cliche start, it soon becomes a philosophical discussion on the nature of existence and the psyche (making use of religious symbolism and Freudian references - some researched, others not), with the hero having a twisted relationship with his red-headed girlfriend. Keeping track of which characters are actually the same becomes difficult due to {{Reincarnation}}, people using the same body, some characters splitting in two (with one half remaining the original body and the other entering a robotic one), and characters having split-personality disorders. Everyone in the cast has some kind of issues, such as: surviving the death of one parent and watching the other go off the rails, being separated from your same-sex parent and suffering through their slightly deranged actions, the mind of one parent being absorbed into a giant robot, actually being a reincarnation of a pseudo-deity, losing your father to an apocalypse, surviving the apocalypse but having your true powers be surpressed and being largely ignored in the modern day as anything but backup (the character suffering from this also generates a strong audience reaction), being a DoubleAgent, and going through a traumatic struggle and almost losing family members simply for being born in a certain way. In the end, the protagonist discovers that humanity was created by a godlike creature that was created from, and has the soul of, a creature from a higher dimension (which could easily be described as "God"), but the creature is not actually God in itself. It also created an Adam figure and an Eve figure; the Eve figure is the BigBad who changes position and has her body altered several times throughout the story, and the Adam figure is mostly indifferent but could easily cause the apocalypse (it's a moot point anyway, because the Eve figure kills him to advance her own goals). More of an active BigBad is the AncientConspiracy seeking a DepopulationBomb, and the character who is related to the protagonist, hopes to revive someone following the death of a loved one, and kind of works for the AncientConspiracy but stabs them in the back when the time comes. Following the DepopulationBomb going off (despite the death of the conspiracy members) and most (but not all) of the giant robots ceasing to function, the protagonist kills the god-like being with a combination of therapy and epic giant robot fights, and finally reunites with his girlfriend, hopeful for the future and preparing to reunite with his other friends, with one giant robot left as a symbol of the story's concepts. It's been retold as a series recently, with some characters altered and others being cut from wholecloth, but the reboot is considered inferior to the original (if still tolerable). The third installment of this reboot ended on a cliffhanger, with the deaths of several characters (although they may survive in another form) and attempts to restore the old planet - although this calls back to the beginning of the conclusion of the original work, the philosophy is traded for action.\\
Is it ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' or ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''? %%The Bagel, 6 Nov 2013
* A 2013 video game where a manly character with a beard and played by Troy Baker guards a teenage girl who can occasionally hold her own in a fight as they explore a twisted version of the USA. The man does this because he failed to protect his daughter. Although the game features many monsters, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans are also major enemies]], especially a corrupt human government and the morally ambiguous resistance movement. Despite being from a genre which produced many games in 2013 and the years before, the game was critically acclaimed and has at least one version in the top 100 at Gamerankings. The company which made it also produced other critically acclaimed franchises, and although the gameplay between the game and the franchise is similar, the company makes the shift between "adventure" and "tragedy".\\
''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' or ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''? %%The Bagel, 17 Nov 2013
* One character accidentally causes some kind of disaster, causing two other characters to chase them, with the viewpoint switching between the two characters and the one character. There's also a fourth character, but he only occasionally gets focus and is more often seen the story of another character who has a close relationship to them - when this character falls in love with another, the fourth character becomes less important. The protagonist also has superpowers, which another faction is very interested in, and has quite a lot of {{Angst}} involving seriously injuring someone. The plot goes in a different direction when it begins to make use of classic myths; at this point, objects start coming to life and acting malevolent, new villains are introduced, and a group of creatures find a prophecy which provides a solution to the problems, with one of the characters coming back to life through the mystical powers of these creatures. In the background, the characters' town is freezing over, with the snowstorm growing in scale until it becomes almost impossible to survive - the snow stops when the protagonist learns the secret of the aforementioned mystical powers. The story has become regarded as a particularly good example of it's sub-genre by critics, even proving that it is still a viable genre and setting a standard for it. The title is one word, beginning with "F".\\
''Disney/{{Frozen}}''? Or ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''? %%The Bagel, 11 Jan 2014
* Humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction by bizarre {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, and only a small, specialized force has the means to combat them. The main character is a member of said force: a mentally disturbed teenager with a dead mother and an estranged father with glasses and a beard. He's able to fight said abominations by controlling a giant humanoid from within the back of its neck (though unfortunately said humanoid has gone berserk and out-of-control before.) Later on, it's discovered that a member of said force with a connection to the hero is actually a [[TheMole mole]] and one of the abominations they've been fighting.\\
Is this ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' or ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''?

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* The ongoing story of a team of friends, including the braggart speedster, the one who only wants to bring joy to everyone, the Large Ham, the stereotypical Southerner who's smarter than they look, the rogue with better fashion sense than the rest, and others. Occasionally they defeat hellish foes with the power of teamwork, but most of the time they just go about their day jobs.\\
''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''? %%Thecno NSMB, 23 Nov 2013.
* After having to deal with a traumatizing loss, the hero realizes the evil inherent in the world's controlling government, and after assembling a team of friends, rescuing some prisoners, and going on a globetrotting crusade, the hero uses a technique that nobody outside of their team has discovered to take the fight to the government headquarters in Central Europe, where the fight climaxes with a deadly explosion.\\
Is the hero [[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder B.J. Blazkowicz]] or [[FanFic/{{Luminosity}} Bella Swan]]?
* This over-a-dozen-times platinum album released in the early 80s by Creator/ColumbiaRecords is one of the most iconic and bestselling albums of all time. Even though the topics across the album strike a balance between following your dreams and creeping danger, it's not a concept album, with songs about leaving town, meeting a pretty young woman, fame, a former acquaintance named B. Jean, the commonly misunderstood title track[[note]]"Born In The U.S.A." is really a criticism of America, and "Thriller" is really about watching a scary movie with Michael Jackson[[/note]], and others. The album got 7 Top 10 singles, and the album cover is famous in its own right, being an iconic shot of the male artist's torso against a simple background.\\
Is the album ''{{Music/Thriller}}'' or ''[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Born In The U.S.A.]]''?

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* So, you wake up after a long hibernation in a medical capsule only to find out you're inside a scientific facility where an insane female AI has murdered all the personnel. She proceeds to mock and insult you the entire way through the mazelike corridors, and in order to beat her you have to repeatedly break parts of her off and destroy them. Then, in the sequel (set many years later), a new threat arises in the form of another AI, a male this time, equally evil but somewhat more bizarre and erratic in behavior. This requires you to temporarily team up with the female AI, who insists on referring to you as her minion despite being in a very diminished state. For some time, she also poses as a friendly ExpositionFairy but is very bad at it and obviously plotting against you.\\
''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' or ''VideoGame/SystemShock''?

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* In this classic flash-animated cartoon, a terrific athlete gets into various hijinks with a nerdy bookworm, a quiet nature-lover, a store owner, a physics-bending comic relief, a rude magician, a pint-sized punching-bag, and the ruler of the land, who all tend to hang out by a tree. Letters are an integral part of the series and are treated as SeriousBusiness by the leader of a group of friends. One of the main villains is an s-shaped dragon made out of various animal parts.\\
''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' or ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''? %%The Web 0123, 18 May 2013 (Oh, and Strong Bad isn't the Protagonist, at least not officially. Hence, the correction. [=DtP=])

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* A movie about a bunch of soldiers from a well-known, old world. They are the first ones sent to a new world recently discovered, with the special mission to bring back home a precious mineral. One of them manage to approach the local [[TheChiefsDaughter chief's daughter]], who is very close to nature, and they quickly fall in love. Meanwhile, their respective people do not get along well and finally decide to attack each other at the climax.\\
''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' or ''Film/{{Avatar}}''?

[[AC: @/ToraYakari]]
* A recent cartoon reboot based on a franchise originating in the '80s, spearheaded by producers and writers who've had previous experience in acclaimed animation. The series begins with a story arc spanning two episodes, and the first episode opens with the mention of a plot-significant historical event that most citizens no longer believe is relevant to the modern day. The main character's mentor is the ruler of the land, and the villain is the mentor/ruler's sibling, who rebelled in a fit of jealousy only to be defeated and sealed away for years. Now they've returned to take revenge and conquer the world, and only the hero and their friends can stop them.\\
That's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' right? Or wait... ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures''?

[[AC: @/{{T-Jack}}]]
* A fantasy warrior character is somehow transported to the real world to live with his creator and proceeds to turn said creator's life upside down. He slowly takes over the creator's life by wooing his girlfriend, winning over his friends and taking his job, after which the creator transports himself into the fantasy world to take the character's place.\\
Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Final Reward'' or ''[[WebVideo/TheUncannyValley Dragonbored]]''? %%T-Jack, 30 July 2013

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* An UrbanFantasy series focusing on a legacy of adolescent girls with super powers specifically created to fight certain enemies (although both actually have very similar roots) with plenty of despair for everyone. These girls are overseen by a far-off group, who we don't see a whole lot (with the exception of a permanent fixture at their school) who are soon revealed to be [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] at best. There are two significant LesYay pairings on the show. One is made up of a girl who tries to be noble, although is prone to [[KnightTemplar Knight Templardom]] brought on by [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODs]], and a girl with a terrible home life, and a more bloodthirsty fighting style. They start of excited to not be alone and find someone who understands them, although the former is somewhat disgusted by the latter's callous disregard for human life. The latter eventually finds redemption, several FoeYay filled fights later. The other pairing most prominently features a girl who goes from an awkward, nerdy schoolgirl with a crush on one of her few friends, but becomes one of the most powerful characters on the show. She becomes especially powerful, and increasingly morally ambiguous, after the death of her lover. Eventually, her aforementioned crush, who also serves as TheHeart, manages to save the world without the fight everyone else had been gearing up for. In general, everyone's parents are useless or abusive, although the main character's mom manages to dispense some good advice, despite being unaware of the supernatural context. The title, which comes from the main character's name and a description of her supernatural career, is...\\
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?

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* In this tale, which reflects sexual and gendered anxieties of its era and has more than a bit of ValuesDissonance, two travelers (at least one of whom appears to be a virgin) are on a trip to revisit their past when they get captured by a mysterious, insular group of degenerate foreigners with ways different from their own. The foreigners take the travelers to their bizarre and [[TheVamp vampish]] leader, an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette with extensive biological expertise, control over life and death, and uncanny powers of seduction. Despite the indiscriminate use of seduction as a means of control, this leader ''is'' in love with one specific man, who was previously a dead puppet but has recently come to life. The leader becomes violently protective of this lover, even going so far as to MurderTheHypotenuse and to force the man into eternal love-servitude. Fortunately, the leader dies during a strange ritual gone awry, and the travelers escape. Oh, and somewhere along the line, an attempt at cannibalism occurs.\\
''Literature/{{She}}'' or ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''?
* While settling into a new home and way of life in the big city, our psychologically troubled teen hero falls in with a group of friends who practice magic by channeling the power of a metaphysical entity. One of these friends - the eventual BigBad of the story - can manipulate lightning, has a lot more to teach about magic than the others, and is sinister, charismatic, and [[EvilIsHammy delightfully hammy]]. The protagonist delves deeper and deeper into the supernatural arts and is quickly revealed to have far more natural ability than the other practitioners. Unfortunately, after foraying into BlackMagic under the BigBad's guidance, the protagonist becomes isolated and morally off track. And even though our hero embraced darkness partly for the sake of a relationship, the dark arts turn the relationship disturbing and creepy, and the LoveInterest ends up dying as a result. Ultimately, the BigBad makes a final dick move, leading the former hero to have a HeelRealization, defeat the BigBad, and make peace with the other mages. \\
''Film/TheCraft'' or ''Franchise/StarWars''?
* In one of the world's most populous, prosperous, and cosmopolitan cities, a young loner discovers a mysterious object that fell from the sky. With encouragement from a sinister and otherworldly - but entertainingly sassy - monster, the young man decides to use this object to commit murder (though only against {{Asshole Victim}}s) and gain fame, prestige, and power (and the affection of an obnoxious, ditzy blonde girl, while he's at it). But eventually, after being slowly driven into villainy, our main character murders the only father figure in his life and ends up all alone - until his monstrous "friend" turns on him and kills him too. The ditzy blonde girl ends up dead too, and the monster is still out there, nastier and more powerful than ever and ready to wreak even more havoc upon humanity. Oh, and while all this is happening, there's a group of nigh-omniscient entities moving invisibly among the characters, watching and commenting on their every move. \\
''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' or ''Manga/DeathNote''?
* Starting in TheSixties, this [[LongRunners long-running franchise]] has been a staple of British popular culture. The franchise is known for featuring exotic locales, attractive female companions, zany gadgets, outlandish and often [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] villains, intense MoodWhiplash, and campy yet gripping adventures. Oh, and there are also the thrilling theme songs and beautifully surreal opening sequences (which have maintained iconic elements throughout the franchise's history, including a spiraling vortex in the opening sequence, and the twangy EarWorm used as the main theme in earlier installments). Over the course of fifty years, TheHero has been played by at least half a dozen actors (although most if not all have been white men), allowing the series to keep going and the fanbase to remain devoted even after half a century. The hero also has many morally ambiguous moments (which sometimes provide a healthy dose of {{Wangst}}) and has recently been hinted to be [[BiTheWay bisexual]]. \\
''Film/JamesBond'' or ''Series/DoctorWho''?
* This novel, later adapted into a play as well as a film featuring Creator/DannyDeVito, is largely set in a facility run by a mannish, sadistic [[TheBaroness Baroness]] figure for the purposes of shaping the people there into obedient members of society. Although there have always been occasional rebels against the totalitarian system, the only one who succeeds in the long term is a youthful newcomer with idealistic goals but cynical methods of carrying them out. This newcomer bands together with several sympathetic friends, including some who had gotten used to being terrorized by TheBaroness (and by their family members) after experiencing repression all their lives. At the climax of the story, the newcomer devises and executes a plan to end the tyranny. Ultimately, even though TheBaroness is still out there, she's utterly humiliated, defeated, and powerless. At long last, her former subjects can be themselves again. \\
''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' or ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''?\\\
Alternatively: The title character of this novel and its [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] is a girl raised by an abusive family that belittles her and refuses to let her be herself. The school she attends is equally abusive, but at least she finds a friend in a sympathetic teacher. While attending school, she discovers that she has burgeoning telepathic powers and ultimately uses them to get revenge on her abusers at the climax of the novel. At least one school staff member resigns in terror after this.\\
''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' or ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''?
* An ethereal, animal-loving adolescent spends a century in suspended animation only to be awakened by the child of a local ruler. ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'' or ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''?
* In a story produced by Disney incognito and set in a CityNoir, a PrivateDetective with a DarkAndTroubledPast is forced to confront a depraved, superpowered mutant who is the primary cause of our antihero's DarkAndTroubledPast (and whose actor is also known for playing a beloved time-traveling doctor). One of the main characters is an attractive woman named Jessica. \\
''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' or ''Series/JessicaJones''?
* This {{paranoia|Fuel}}-inducing work from TheEighties, written by a creator known for his scary stories, centers on creatures that have infiltrated the human race by [[TheyLookLikeUsNow making themselves look indistinguishable from us]] and posing as benevolent members of our society. With the help of at least one other human ally, our hero finds out about these grotesque foes, thereby learning how to identify them and how to protect himself and other humans. Eventually, he stumbles upon a secret meeting of the monsters (along with a human who was previously unaware of their existence). After one of the monsters at the meeting gives a speech detailing their plans, the hero discovers an enemy weapon that he hijacks to deal a debilitating blow to the inhuman enemies. Although he and the other human who witness the meeting have their lifespans severely shortened from the encounter, the hero considers it a worthy sacrifice since he enabled humanity to defeat the infiltrators.\\
''Literature/TheWitches'' or ''Film/TheyLive''?

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* An enthusiastic yet naive pasta lover with a considerably less energetic older brother and [[spoiler:a connection to a powerful man who vanished]] attempts to become a warrior. Despite his attempts, he's generally regarded as incompetent yet lovable. His friend, who is already quite the warrior in their own right, tries to help him train, but considers him not cut out for the job, even if they keep trying. He also befriends a former enemy after several captures and escapes that never last long, and they end up sort of "dating" this friend after some misunderstandings. So, is this pasta lover [[VideoGame/{{Undertale}} Papyrus]] or [[WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia Italy]]?

[[AC: Tropers/VulgarBee]]
* A film featuring an AllStarCast, setting in Casino City as background, involving a convoluted heist against a powerful evil casino owner in order to rescue a crew mate, only to find out this convoluted plan is the cover to another plan in order to trick the casino owner. Are we talking about ''Film/OceansEleven'' or ''Anime/OnePieceFilmGold''?
* A very [[{{Gorn}} gory]] Japanese manga series that feature alien organisms falling from the sky taking over human bodies giving each one power. This power would usually turn the character into a monster of sorts, however our protagonist is an exception and fights these monsters and along the way, he meets allies and enemies alike. Is this manga called ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' or ''Manga/{{Jagaaaaaan}}''?

[[AC: @/WhatArtThee]]
* An eccentric individual travels around in a flying box through time and space, showing companions the wonders of the universe.\\
''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' or ''Series/DoctorWho''?

[[AC: @/WillKeaton]]
* In a sci-fi franchise a member of Earth's military named Shep(p)ard is caught up in an epic struggle against an ancient and powerful race that harvests humans.\\
''Series/StargateAtlantis'' or ''Franchise/MassEffect''?
* A cocky protagonist must save the world from evil by collecting seven magic gems before the villain, while sometimes undergoing a transformation that leaves all his hair golden and standing on end.\\
''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''Franchise/DragonBall''?
* A long running video game franchise where a blue protagonist must stop an evil doctor with a mustache and a bald spot from taking over the world with an army of machines. In the third installment of said franchise a red character is introduced who initially acts as an adversary to the hero but quickly becomes a staunch ally to him. Later a black-coloured character is introduced with the same powers as the hero.\\
''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' or ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''?
* An EvilOverlord has conquered much of the known world and has banished the king into AnotherDimension. A RagtagBunchOfMisfits set out to stop the evil one and return peace to the land. They are led by a princess, the daughter of the king; a cocky, brash teen and the one who the show is named after; a cowardly, self-styled LadyKiller who likes the princess; and a young child who has the ability to fly.\\
''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' or ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''?

[[AC: @/{{WooBoo}}]]
* Temporal anomalies cause prehistoric creatures to arrive in the modern world. An elite team is sent to solve the problem, which leads to them discovering that said temporal anomalies and the people who cross into them end up causing [[ApocalypseHow ecological/temporal disaster]]. Humans battle the dinosaurs while attempting to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. A mysterious woman repeatedly appears with an ulterior motive and seemingly hostile intent, but may have a connection with one of the protagonists and be the key to the whole strange situation.\\
''Series/{{Primeval}}'' or ''[[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Dino Crisis 2]]''? %%Wooboo, 30 July 2013
* A protagonist [[HeroicBSOD haunted by the past]] leads a group of soldiers to recover the survivors of an accident on a deserted island. Along the way, they discover that the island is home to [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys super-intelligent, genetically modified apes]] that prove to be [[PlayingWithSyringes the result of experiments gone awry]]. The hero must lead the survivors out, with the killer simians hounding their every step.\\
The Creator/MatthewReilly novel ''Hell Island'', or the film ''Primal Force'' staring Creator/RonPerlman? %%Wooboo, 13 Sept 2013

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* Two women, one an older, rich blonde and the other a younger, poor brunette, have a complicated relationship during Christmas.\\
''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing'' or ''Film/{{Carol}}''?
* A naive heroine goes on an adventure in a world of weirdness to find someone. She picks up a few allies along the way, one of which she has to save from being harassed by the locals, and at some point or another travels through a labyrinth. There's also an evil, sexy monarch who has a crush on her.\\
''Film/{{Barbarella}}'' or ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''?
* Two sisters cope with a third family member's grave illness in the country. The stressful situation makes the two sisters fearful and angry at each other, while calm and stability comes in the form of someone big-bodied and lovable.\\
''Film/CriesAndWhispers'' or ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro''?

[[AC: [=Yisfidri=]]]
* A man ambitiously decides to commit murder for power and wealth, and his significant other aids him by planning how to carry it out. He pretends to be a loving protector of the victim, who is threatened by other enemies, and then kills them in their sleep, leaving a bloody mark to direct suspicion away from himself and his partner in crime. The plan starts to go wrong and the pair commit more murders to try (unsuccessfully) to get away with the first one.\\
''{{Theatre/Macbeth}}'' or Creator/AgathaChristie's [[spoiler:''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'']]?
* Suppose you're a kid attending wizard school, with classes in Potions and Broom Flying, in a medieval castle surrounded by dark forests. It's hard for you, since you weren't raised by a magical family, but you make two best friends pretty quickly, and then spend the rest of the series getting into adventures with them—usually of the out-of-bounds kind. Your chief rival, meanwhile, is the stuck-up scion of an old magical family... who, to make things worse, is blatantly the favourite of one of your most-hated professors, the sour-faced potions teacher. At least the kindly old head teacher is on your side.\\
''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''?

[[AC: [=ZehMonsieur=]]]
* Released in November of 2016, this story, part of an already popular franchise, sees its main character traveling to a foreign land. Powers never seen before in the franchise and alternate dimensions that house mysterious beings factor into the plot and the protagonist receives a sample of this power in the form of an accessory that houses a MineralMacGuffin. The first antagonist featured is a man disinterested in the status quo due to how he perceives he was wronged by it; [[spoiler:he, however, turns out to be a pawn for the real villain of the work, a prominently discussed character with access to these strange dimensions.]] In the climax of the story, [[spoiler:the villain opens this dimension into the real world and assumes a monstrous humanoid form to confront the main character]]. After a final battle that plays with their series' conventions for such, the main character is given the opportunity to take on a position of great authority with the culture they have become acclimated to; a shorter sequence follows after the credits roll in which previously established characters ask the protagonist for their assistance.\\
Was this story produced by [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Nintendo]] or [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 Marvel]]?
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* A {{Manga}} released in the U.S. by Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment, that focuses on a dragon, who has been [[TheExile exiled]] by their family for [[FelonuMisdemeanor a trivial thing]] that they did, and as a result of the dragon being exiled, they have to live on their own. Now is this manga [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid ''Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life'']] or [[https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/dragon-goes-house-hunting/ Dragon Goes House-Hunting]]?

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* A {{Manga}} released in the U.S. by Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment, that focuses on a dragon, who has been [[TheExile exiled]] by their family for [[FelonuMisdemeanor [[FelonyMisdemeanor a trivial thing]] that they did, and as a result of the dragon being exiled, they have to live on their own. Now is this manga [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid ''Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life'']] or [[https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/dragon-goes-house-hunting/ Dragon Goes House-Hunting]]?



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* A {{Manga}} released in the U.S. by Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment, that focuses on a dragon, who has been [[TheExile exiled]] by their family for [[FelonuMisdemeanor a trivial thing]] that they did, and as a result of the dragon being exiled, they have to live on their own. Now is this manga [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid ''Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life'']] or [[https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/dragon-goes-house-hunting/ Dragon Goes House-Hunting]]?


* This {{Kidcom}}, produced by Rick Sigglekow, was created to bring a popular British stop motion series to North America via a FramingDevice. In it, a parent-like figure runs a business related to the cartoon the show frames and get visited by a group of kids as well as a crazy adult. There are also some characters that come to life that usually sing songs, represented by puppets. During each episode, the kids face some sort of problem, which is usually solved by one of the characters telling a story, which cuts to the stop motion show in question. \\

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* This {{Kidcom}}, produced by Rick Sigglekow, Siggelkow, was created to bring a popular British stop motion series to North America via a FramingDevice. In it, a parent-like figure runs a business related to the cartoon the show frames and get visited by a group of kids as well as a crazy adult. There are also some characters that come to life that usually sing songs, represented by puppets. During each episode, the kids face some sort of problem, which is usually solved by one of the characters telling a story, which cuts to the stop motion show in question. \\


* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of a magical enchantment placed on her. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium start of a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?

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* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of a magical enchantment placed on her. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium start of a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?


* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of her having certain magical properties. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium start of a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?

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* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of her having certain a magical properties.enchantment placed on her. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium start of a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?

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* A princess is locked in a tower for most of her life as a result of her having certain magical properties. Naturally, she yearns to see the outside world. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold eventually stumbles across her tower, and agrees to take her to and show her the outside world, not because he cares for her (or at least admits that he does) but because of his own ulterior motives. They oppose a villain who wants to exploit the princess for their own selfish reasons. Eventually, the bad guy manages to get ahold of the princess but is thwarted in their moment of triumph, the Jerk over comes his selfish ways, the enchantment on the princess is broken and they fall in love and live HappilyEverAfter. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films [[GenreKiller killing]] fairy-tale based animated films at the start of [[TurnOfTheMillennium start of a decade]], while the second [[GenreRelaunch revived]] them at the start of the [[TheNewTens next]]. Are we talking about ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' or ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''?


* Technically the third entry in a series of mystery visual novels, that looks into the nature of truth and lies, doesn't tell you what is true and false by the end, has 16 humans as part of its main cast, with all but a handful of them being dead by the game's ending, a character who insists that magic is real and that they aren't using tricks, a delusional incestuous man whose lover is deceased, a main rival who's GoodAllAlong and a giant {{Troll}}, a BigBad with blue hair, Characters voiced by Creator/KenichiSuzumura and Creator/KikukoInoue, shout-outs to previous games without being outright connected, and an AmbiguousEnding. ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' or ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpav3''?

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* Technically the third entry in a series of mystery visual novels, that looks into the nature of truth and lies, doesn't tell you what is true and false by the end, has a twist that makes the events of the story fictitious, but with enough room to claim that they could have actually happened, has 16 humans as part of its main cast, with all but a handful of them being dead by the game's ending, a character who insists that magic is real and that they aren't using tricks, a delusional incestuous man whose lover is deceased, a main rival who's GoodAllAlong and a giant {{Troll}}, a BigBad with blue hair, Characters voiced by Creator/KenichiSuzumura and Creator/KikukoInoue, shout-outs to previous games without being outright connected, and an AmbiguousEnding. ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' or ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpav3''?


* A successful Romanian comedy show from PRO tv set at the countryside which mocks Romanian society and politics and who's characters include: [[{{ReallyGetsAround}} A whore]], [[{{TheAlcoholic}} An Drunkard]], [[{{TheDitz}} A ditzy teenage girl]], A moustached villager with a hat that is friends with TheAlcoholic, A fat bartender with a diminutive name [[{{BadCopIncompetentCop}} A corrupt, dumb and incompetent cop]],[[{{StickyFingers}} A Kleptomaniac]], A former expat who likes to brag and gets involved in various unorthodox ways to make money, [[{{CorruptPolitician}} A corrupt and incompetent mayor]] and [[{{CorruptChurch}} a corrupt priest]].\\
Is it ''{{Series/VacantaMare}}'' or ''{{Series/LasFierbinti}}''?





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* A successful Romanian comedy show from PRO tv set at the countryside which mocks Romanian society and politics and who's characters include: [[{{ReallyGetsAround}} A whore]], [[{{TheAlcoholic}} An A Drunkard]], [[{{TheDitz}} A ditzy teenage girl]], A moustached villager with a hat that is friends with TheAlcoholic, A fat bartender with a diminutive name [[{{BadCopIncompetentCop}} A corrupt, dumb and incompetent cop]],[[{{StickyFingers}} cop]], [[{{StickyFingers}} A Kleptomaniac]], A former expat who likes to brag and gets involved in various unorthodox ways to make money, [[{{CorruptPolitician}} A corrupt and incompetent mayor]] and [[{{CorruptChurch}} a corrupt priest]].\\
Is it ''{{Series/VacantaMare}}'' or ''{{Series/LasFierbinti}}''?






* A succesful Romanian comedy show from PRO tv set at the countryside witch mocks Romanian society and politics and who's characters include: [[{{ReallyGetsAround}} A whore]],[[{{TheAlcoholic}} A drunkard]],[[{{TheDitz}} A ditzy teenage girl]],A moustached villager with a hat that is friends with TheAlcoholic,A fat bartender with a diminutive name [[{{BadCopIncompetentCop}} A corrupt,dumb and incompetent cop]],[[{{StickyFingers}} A Kleptomaniac]],A former expat who likes to brag and gets involved in various unorthodox ways to make money,[[{{CorruptPolitician}} A corrupt and incompetent mayor]] and [[{{CorruptChurch}} a corrupt priest]].\\

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* A succesful successful Romanian comedy show from PRO tv set at the countryside witch which mocks Romanian society and politics and who's characters include: [[{{ReallyGetsAround}} A whore]],[[{{TheAlcoholic}} A drunkard]],[[{{TheDitz}} whore]], [[{{TheAlcoholic}} An Drunkard]], [[{{TheDitz}} A ditzy teenage girl]],A girl]], A moustached villager with a hat that is friends with TheAlcoholic,A TheAlcoholic, A fat bartender with a diminutive name [[{{BadCopIncompetentCop}} A corrupt,dumb corrupt, dumb and incompetent cop]],[[{{StickyFingers}} A Kleptomaniac]],A Kleptomaniac]], A former expat who likes to brag and gets involved in various unorthodox ways to make money,[[{{CorruptPolitician}} money, [[{{CorruptPolitician}} A corrupt and incompetent mayor]] and [[{{CorruptChurch}} a corrupt priest]].\\


* A multiethnic team of young adults and their big, adorable, white non-human companion save an {{Americasia}} {{City of Adventure}} from a man in a white, red, and yellow mask. There is a suave, blue-eyed man who wants the hero's skill for his own use, but is rendered helpless by said masked man in the middle of his plan. One of the villains is motivated by revenge for the death of a female family member. Disney/BigHero6 or the first season of WesternAnimation/{{The Legend of Korra}}?

* In this 2014 smash hit movie, an everyday guy (played by Chris Prat) accidentally finds an {{Artifact of Doom}} while doing his job. He finds himself dragged into a humorous, world-hopping adventure to defeat an {{Evil Overlord}} along with a {{Ragtag Bunch of Misfits}} including: an attractive {{Action Girl}}, a [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] guy with a dark color scheme, a {{talking animal}}, and a {{Big Guy}} made of something other than flesh. Does Chris Pratt play [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Emmett]] or [[Film/GuardiansoftheGalaxy Star-Lord]]?

* This story, aimed at teenagers, takes place {{In A World}} (but with the first installment taking place entirely in a {{City of Adventure}}) where some people have superpowers and use them to oppress and terrorize non-powered people. An organization that uses glove-shaped weapons is dedicated to bringing down these superpowered villains. One of the main characters is an 18-year-old who saw his father killed in front of him as a boy. It turns out that the leader of the {{Cape Busters}} group actually has very strong powers himself, and secretly uses them to give the group their edge. The second book's villain has [[MakingASplash water powers]]. The series began in 2012. ''The Reckoners'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''?

* An animated musical from a major studio made in 1998 has a heavy Christian influence and is based on a very old story, but isn't nearly as [[Narm Narmy]] or {{Anvilicious}} as such cartoons usually are. In fact, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it's quite dark for a "family" movie.]] Its opening song alone features racial oppression and [[Family-Unfriendly Violence]], which persist throughout the film. The protagonist becomes estranged from the man who he had grown up with as a family member, and eventually witnesses his death (which was likely divine intervention). The two men have an opposing duet song. The film's best song is Nightmare Fuel in visuals and lyrics, and is at least a sort of {{Villain Song}}. Disney's Disney/{{The Hunchback of Notre Dame}}, or Creator/DreamWorks' "WesternAnimation/{{The Prince of Egypt}}"?

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* A multiethnic team of young adults and their big, adorable, white non-human companion save an {{Americasia}} {{City of Adventure}} CityOfAdventure from a man in a white, red, and yellow mask. There is a suave, blue-eyed man who wants the hero's skill for his own use, but is rendered helpless by said masked man in the middle of his plan. One of the villains is motivated by revenge for the death of a female family member. Disney/BigHero6 or the first season of WesternAnimation/{{The Legend of Korra}}?

WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra?

* In this 2014 smash hit movie, an everyday guy (played by Chris Prat) Creator/ChrisPratt) accidentally finds an {{Artifact of Doom}} while doing his job. He finds himself dragged into a humorous, world-hopping adventure to defeat an {{Evil Overlord}} EvilOverlord along with a {{Ragtag Bunch of Misfits}} RagtagBunchOfMisfits including: an attractive {{Action Girl}}, a [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] guy with a dark color scheme, a {{talking animal}}, TalkingAnimal, and a {{Big Guy}} BigGuy made of something other than flesh. Does Chris Pratt play [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Emmett]] or [[Film/GuardiansoftheGalaxy Star-Lord]]?

* This story, aimed at teenagers, takes place {{In A World}} InAWorld (but with the first installment taking place entirely in a {{City of Adventure}}) CityOfAdventure) where some people have superpowers and use them to oppress and terrorize non-powered people. An organization that uses glove-shaped weapons is dedicated to bringing down these superpowered villains. One of the main characters is an 18-year-old who saw his father killed in front of him as a boy. It turns out that the leader of the {{Cape Busters}} CapeBusters group actually has very strong powers himself, and secretly uses them to give the group their edge. The second book's villain has [[MakingASplash water powers]]. The series began in 2012. ''The Reckoners'' ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''?

* An animated musical from a major studio made in 1998 has a heavy Christian influence and is based on a very old story, but isn't nearly as [[Narm [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] or {{Anvilicious}} as such cartoons usually are. In fact, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it's quite dark for a "family" movie.]] Its opening song alone features racial oppression and [[Family-Unfriendly Violence]], which persist throughout the film. The protagonist becomes estranged from the man who he had grown up with as a family member, and eventually witnesses his death (which was likely divine intervention). The two men have an opposing duet song. The film's best song is Nightmare Fuel in visuals and lyrics, and is at least a sort of {{Villain Song}}. VillainSong. Disney's Disney/{{The Hunchback of Notre Dame}}, ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' or Creator/DreamWorks' "WesternAnimation/{{The Prince of Egypt}}"?
''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''?



* Characters and their supernatural abilities in this manga/anime are [[ThemeNaming named after classic works of a specific medium and the creators thereof]]. [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys The majority of characters are attractive and well-dressed men]], but {{ActionGirl}}s can be found as well. One faction is a criminal gang whose most prominent member is voiced by Creator/KenshoOno. '''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''' or '''Manga/BungouStrayDogs''?

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* Characters and their supernatural abilities in this manga/anime are [[ThemeNaming named after classic works of a specific medium and the creators thereof]]. [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys The majority of characters are attractive and well-dressed men]], but {{ActionGirl}}s can be found as well. well. One faction is a criminal gang whose most prominent member is voiced by Creator/KenshoOno. Creator/KenshoOno. '''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''' or '''Manga/BungouStrayDogs''?
'''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'''?



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* Characters and their supernatural abilities in this manga/anime are [[ThemeNaming named after classic works of a specific medium and the creators thereof]]. [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys The majority of characters are attractive and well-dressed men]], but {{ActionGirl}}s can be found as well. One faction is a criminal gang whose most prominent member is voiced by Creator/KenshoOno. '''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''' or '''Manga/BungouStrayDogs''?


Is this''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' or ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''?

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Is this''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' or ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''?''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''?

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