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An Allegory Adventure is a creative work in which the characters, plot, or both parallel those in another creative work. It isn't a Whole-Plot Reference, because the reenacted story is acknowledged — sometimes as fiction, other times as a record of real events. In fact, there is usually an explicit connection between the two stories.

The characters in an Allegory Adventure might be clones of those in the story being imitated, or some of them might actually be those characters. In the latter case, expect to see a Direct Line to the Author in effect. In either case, the events in the Allegory Adventure are likely to be suspiciously similar to the the ones in the story being aped— but don't expect anyone to notice.

To illustrate, here is a fictional example of an Allegory Adventure: Ten-year-old Alice Smith, who has to write a book report on Alice in Wonderland for school, falls into a rabbit's warren. There she meets the Cheshire Cat, March Hare, etc. (or Captain Ersatz versions of them) and has adventures which are uncannily similar to Alice Liddel's.

See also Whole-Plot Reference.


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    Films — Animation 
  • The film Shrek begins with the eponymous ogre reading a traditional fairy tale and saying "Like that's ever going to happen." Despite the fact that the film is a parody of fairy tales, that plot is roughly the one used in the film.
  • The LEGO Movie has an in-universe example, as the entire plot of the film was a metaphor for Finn's playtime in his dad's study. But it's notably ambiguous just how much the movie conforms to this trope.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ball of Fire was said by Word of God to be based on the Seven Dwarves
  • Being There has been theorized as having commonalities with Genesis from the Old Testament. It takes place over seven days, the female lead is named Eve, and Ben Rand is seen as omnipotent in terms of financial resources.
  • In Jackie Chan's The Forbidden Kingdom, a teenager obsessed with kung fu movies is transported to ancient China, where he must return the Ruyi Jingu Bang to the Monkey King.
  • A Little Princess (1995) threads in bits of the Ramayana by making it Sara Crewe's favorite book. The strong implication is that King Rama's story mirrors Captain Crewe's—the two characters are even played by the same actor.


     Live Action TV 
  • Wishbone runs on this, as the titular dog compares events in his life to stories like Romeo and Juliet and Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • In the 2001 miniseries The Lost Empire, a Chinese-literature expert joins forces with with the Monkey King, Friar Sand, and Monk Pig to save the kidnapped Wu Chen'en (author of Journey to the West).

    Web Comics 
  • Distortion Nuzlocke has an in-universe example. Everyone Johnny encounters is imagined as part of the Pokemon world, and each of his Pokemon represent something about him.