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  • The villain is an emotionless mastermind who displays Lack of Empathy to all living beings. Their Motive Rant 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 Another Dimension parallel to that of the main story, which exists outside of reason and where everything rational breaks down.
    Blaz Blue Centralfiction or Pokémon Platinum?
  • 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).
    Local Hero or The Road to El Dorado?


  • This film is a Darker and Edgier ending to an acclaimed series; it is said by some to invalidate previous endings within the established canon. It is notorious for 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 Greater-Scope Villain from causing a Depopulation Bomb 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 Signature Scene takes place as the villain succeeds in causing the apocalypse in a staggering Downer Ending - 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 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.
    End of Evangelion or Avengers: Infinity War?


A Carlssin

  • 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.
    Titanic (1997) or Kangaroo Jack?


  • A young heroine, famed for her red hair, is driven out of her homeland and is forced to leave her sheltered life due to some unfortunate circumstances, and cuts off her special hair to escape the clutches of a selfish noble who desires to "own" her. Throughout her journey away from home, she endures a lot of hardship, such as traveling in harsh environments, facing bandits and human traffickers, catching illnesses, etc., but manages to survive thanks to her True Companions. She wins the hearts of many people and earns the loyalty and admiration of others much stronger than herself, through her sheer determination and compassion for others. Although she is beloved by all, she is closest to her tight-knit group that include her obvious Love Interest, a young medical prodigy, a slightly goofy but extremely dedicated aide, a quiet and serious swordsman, and an Ambiguously Bi Lovable Rogue who sometimes flirt with both leads. Later into the story, the heroine re-encounters her Abhorrent Admirer, and through her strength of character, manages to inspire him to become a better person and a worthy leader of his own right. This reformed man would prove to be an extremely useful ally for the heroine as she gets involved in larger conflicts, and despite retaining his romantic feelings for her, could never be anything more to her than a friend. Also, despite being a Shōjo manga, this brave heroine's story has attracted a decent male fanbase.
    Yona of the Dawn or Snow White with the Red Hair?


  • 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.
    The Stone Dance of the Chameleon or Inheritance Trilogy (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 Big Good sacrifices himself to release a blast of energy which destroys all the forces of evil.
    Power Rangers in Space or Magic the Gathering's Invasion Cycle?


  • 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 dark-haired protagonist and many greater spoilers and revelations later on. Several of the most popular characters are also 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 bizarre and not entirely explained method of reproduction involving machines and raw genetic material. 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 hammy and prone to bizarre insults, but proves to have some 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. They're a Walking Spoiler for the aliens, but well-known enough 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 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 Steven Universe, or Homestuck?

  • Two young siblings make a plan to save or help someone dear to them. The unique power of human souls is involved. Mistakes are made though, and the plan goes horribly wrong. The 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 Ed and Al? Or Chara and Asriel?

  • The story opens with a Switched at Birth scenario in which one infant is The Antichrist. The title features the word "Omen". At least part of the story is set in England. But is the genre primarily horror, or comedy?


  • This film is a low-budget, black-and-white story of people fighting against reanimated corpses. Because it's in the Public Domain it may be repeatedly aired by community-access TV. Both films are generally considered epitomes of a level of quality.
    Really good quality or really bad quality?
  • This is a black-and-white Christmas classic that has been imitated quite often. In it, a man is Driven to Suicide 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). James Stewart is in it.
    Is he playing the suicidal man or in another subplot entirely? This Very Wiki's entry for the second movie compares the two.

Amethyst Leslie

  • 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 Vectorman or WALL-E?


  • Due to circumstances beyond her control, a down-to-earth working-class girl is forced to hang out with a flighty Upper-Class Twit 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.
    The Princess and the Frog or Ouran High School Host Club?
  • A series that chronicles the occasionally weird 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 Friendly Rival, 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 not all there.
    Azumanga Daioh or My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic?
  • After dying in an accident, a shiftless teenager gets a new job dealing with the supernatural and meets some bizarre new friends. The Grim Reaper turns out to be quite friendly.
    Dead Like Me or Yu Yu Hakusho?
  • 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.
    Tangled or ICO?
  • 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.
    Tangled or The Castle of Cagliostro?
  • A band of Ugly Cute creatures who live underground and are skilled craftsmen are victims of Fantastic Racism, including being unfairly accused of 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.
    Snuff or The Boxtrolls?
  • A pseudo-medieval town is powered by the stories woven by its ruler, a Well-Intentioned Extremist who hides their face in public. A motley band of outsiders (including a know-it-all with a Nice Hat 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.
    Witches Abroad or Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney?
  • 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 Large Ham whom our hero frequently tries to convince to give up his evil ways.
    Doctor Who or Wander over Yonder?
  • A darkly-humourous video game with an elaborate crafting system in which your character, trapped in a fantasy world, must learn to farm, gather, build, fight, and dabble in the dark arts in order to make their way home.
    Don't Starve or Graveyard Keeper?


  • Not only did the Greek gods really exist, but they survived into the modern era. To prevent the Big Bad Cronus from rising against them once more, the pantheon establish an Extranormal Institute for their descendants- most of whom have supernatural abilities like precognition, Super Strength, and...being really, really attractive. (The 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.
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Class of the Titans?
  • 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 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 cat or a dolphin?
  • 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 The Power of Love.
    The Snow Queen or The Irregular at Magic High School?
  • In this children's cartoon, a cat-themed royal guard is recreated after the Rightful King Returns. 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.
    Thunder Cats or The Lion Guard?


  • 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.
Titanic (1997) or The Princess Bride?
  • 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 Percy Jacksonandthe Olympians book, or The Spongebob Squarepants Movie?
  • 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.
A Seriesof Unfortunate Events or Lazytown?


  • It’s a play. Two guys and two girls are caught in a Love Dodecahedron 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. A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Snow Maiden?
  • There is a boy who takes turns between wangsting and being heroic. The Big Bad 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 Big Bad 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. Harry Potter or Julius Caesar in Egypt?
  • A babysitting heroine. A blond soft-spoken antagonist with mismatched eyes. Foe Yay 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 Running Gag. Hogfather or Labyrinth?
  • It’s a medieval Crapsack World. 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 Blank Slate. A Song of Ice and Fire or The City Without Memory?
  • 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. The Sorcerer's Daughter or 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 Big Bad’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. Coraline or 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 provoking him into killing her in one case or killing herself in another. Rebecca or Downton Abbey?


  • 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.
    Red Dwarf episode "Thanks for the Memory" or Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Clues"?note 



  • Film begins with all the animals coming to see the birth of the new Prince, who also happens to be the Main Character. The Film then shows their childhood, before one of their parents gets killed. We then Time Skip to their Adulthood, where they fall in love with a childhood friend. The film climaxes with a huge fire and then the epilogue book ends the beginning of the film, with all the animals coming to see the birth of the Main Character's offspring, as said Main Character looks down from a giant rock.
    Am I describing the Story of Bambi or The Lion King?


  • 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 A Song of Ice and Fire or Dune?




  • 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 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.
    Kimi wa Petto or Hataraki Man?
  • 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 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 Nice Guy who might just be an alternate romance option, though...
    Legally Blonde or Golden Time?


  • A land of fantasy Horny Vikings 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.
    How to Train Your Dragon or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?

Caiaphas The Sympathist
  • In a World... 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.
    "Doctor Who and the Caves of Androzani" or The Legend of Korra?
  • 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 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.
    Thief II: The Metal Age or "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 Half-Life 2, right? Or... is it One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?
  • 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 an 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.
    Fight Club or 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.
    Fight Club or The Incredible Hulk?
  • Set in a Bad Future 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 who later turns out to be a villain, and holds them hostage. At the climax's beginning, it turns out that not only was the pair's supposed ally playing them, he is ultimately THE villain of the story.
    Nineteen Eighty Four? ...or Professor Layton and the Unwound Future?
  • 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 For the Evulz, 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.
    Vampires or 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 Victor Hugo.
    Les Misérables or Hotel Transylvania?
  • 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.
    BioShock Infinite or Alone in the Dark 2?
  • 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 Ancient Astronauts 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.
    At the Mountains of Madness or Prometheus?
  • 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.
    Suspiria (1977) or Ben Jordan 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm?


  • 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 Loops are key to success, and Matthew McConaughey is involved in some way.
    Homestuck or Interstellar?
  • 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.
    Adventure Time or He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)?
  • 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 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 Ho Yay 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 Cosmic Retcon 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 Mood Whiplash, being both incredibly dark and incredibly silly at times, its wide array of Shout Outs, and the eccentric behavior of its author, whose initials can be written as "AH" and whose Author Avatar of an egomaniac artist is a supporting character. While originally a cult classic, it became extremely popular on Tumblr, attracting a huge and devoted fanbase and spawning many memes.
    Now, is that specific term Acts or Parts?

Captain Peregrin


  • A team of teenagers with Elemental Powers 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 Fantasy Counterpart Culture. 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 Portmanteau Couple Name.
    Golden Sun or Avatar: The Last Airbender?
  • 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.
    A Scotsman in Egypt or 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 Pretty Boy 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 Pretty Boy and oblivious to her bodyguard.
    Is this a series suitable for younger audiences or to be kept out of their hands at all costs?


  • An ancient war comes to an abrupt halt after one of our heroes accidentally awakens an extremely powerful, long-lost entity with the power to end it. Our heroes assemble a rag-tag, multinational team to travel the world and defeat the entity behind the war. Our heroes include but are not limited to: a couple of family members who are here to support each other, the lost heir to a royal family that fucked up pretty badly and who is hoping to fix their fuck-upedness, and one person who is technically an ancient magical spirit who is walking around in an apparently frail human body for world-saving reasons. Our main villain is a drama queen who doesn’t quite live in an active volcano. These heroes go on a long and harrowing trip across the world. They traverse an abandoned underground tunnel, are relentlessly attacked by enemy forces, and find that the ancient, impenetrable stone city that holds the line for the rest of its kingdom is desperately clinging to its existence and its walls, and the leadership is crumbling, to put it mildly. Finally, at the most desperate moment, the drama queen villain is defeated by the mercy of the protagonist and the support of his friends.

Is the entity that wakes up and kicks off the plot the One Ring or the Avatar?


  • 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 Time Dilation, 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.
    Interstellar, or "'39"?

Commander Visor

  • A Disney Princess show about a heroic long-lost teenage princess adjusting to her new life and how to rule over her kingdom while going on miscellaneous slice-of-life tales and adventures with her new friends while protecting her land from an old evil sorcerer and her lackies that want to take it over? Said princess discovering/gaining magic light powers related to why she disappeared in the first place? A Light/Darkness Juxtaposition between two MacGuffins? And a Season 3 about betrayal and redemption, revolving around a formerly heroic character(s) having a Face–Heel Turn because they felt unloved as The Unfavorite/Always Second Best in comparison to their "sister" figure (the princess) and are scared that I've Come Too Far to be redeemed/forgiven, especially by said "sister"? Said former hero also gains powers opposite of the princess's powers while also being manipulated by the Big Bad into these beliefs in order to use her/him as a tool to accomplish their evil plans to destroy/take over the kingdom? The heroes and former hero having to accept the Awful Truth that they're enemies now and that they have to hurt each other to defend themselves? Meanwhile, a former teen villain changes their allegiance when their father gets Taken for Granite and also has a Missing Mom? Eden Espinosa and James Monroe Iglehart are in this? Are we talking about Tangled: The Series or Elena of Avalor?

Crazed Ninja

  • In this campy children's film, an ordinary teenage protagonist is constantly annoyed by their younger sibling, until they inadvertently 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 (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 the protagonist or the antagonist?
  • 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 True Final Boss being an all-powerful goat monster who fires some rather ridiculous Bullet Hell patterns.
    The Binding of Isaac or Undertale?

Cyber Tiger 88


  • This popular film starring Mark Hamill 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-...
  • 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 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or 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 The Coup happened and the ruling monarch died, a dispute arose over who was the rightful heir to the throne, leading to a five-way Civil War. At some point, a dramatic wedding day resulted in the apparent downfall of one of the five factions. One major antagonist is a power-hungry Entitled Bitch 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 Warrior Prince, the rightful heir of his house, a legend on the battlefield, and actually the biological father of her son. The Civil War 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.


Daibhid C


  • A musical based on a popular Greek myth, featuring an Adorkable hero charming a Broken Bird in spite of her jaded exterior. She sings a song about falling in love with him despite the fact that she should know better based on her backstory, with backup harmonies coming courtesy of a Greek Chorus group of female characters representing a well known group of minor Greek Goddesses. They’re happy together for a short while, but due to the Broken Bird making a deal with Hades, lord of the dead, she has to go down to the Underworld. The hero, spurred by his mentor and his love for her, goes down to rescue her from Hades. Does the story have a happy ending or is it a tragedy?


  • 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 Applied Phlebotinum 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.
    Attack on Titan or The Warded Man
  • 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.
    Doctor Who or Kamen Rider?
  • 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.
    GARO or The Mortal Instruments?
  • A TV show about a down on their luck middle class suburbanite that turns to drug dealing to maintain their lifestyle.
    Breaking Bad or Weeds?


  • 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 Detective Conan or The Emperor's New Groove?

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  • 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 Finding Dad or On the Run: A Loud House Story.

Densetsu No Kaboom

  • A formerly heroic male character loses his mother and gains a high rank in the Evil Empire while also getting a cool Laser Blade and helmet. Some years later, another male character closely related to the first one engages in a tearful "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight with him, and after an incident involving lightning, the first character dies.
    Star Wars' or Mother3?
  • 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.
    Frozen or Mother 3?
  • 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.
    Zootopia or Cave Story?
  • 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.
Iji, or Invader Zim?


  • 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.
    My Immortal or Cupcakes?
  • 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 medieval clothes too, or are they dressed like modern day New Yorkers?
  • This Animated Musical 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.
    Frozen or The Secret of Anastasia?


  • 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 Kingdom Hospital episode "Butterfingers" or The Simpsons episode "The Boys of Bummer".


  • 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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold 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 Happily Ever After. Both had a profound impact on the landscape of animated movies, albeit with the first of these films killing fairy-tale based animated films at the start of a decade, while the second revived them at the start of the next. Are we talking about Shrek or Tangled?

Donald The Potholer


  • 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. Big Hero 6 or the first season of The Legend of Korra?

  • In this 2014 smash hit movie, an everyday guy (played by Chris Pratt) 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 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 Emmett or 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 water powers. The series began in 2012. The Reckoners Trilogy or The Legend of Korra?

  • 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 Narmy or Anvilicious as such cartoons usually are. In fact, 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 The Hunchback of Notre Dame or DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt?


  • A forgotten hero of a previous conflict returns to civilization from unexplored territories to face the threat of an evil power bound to a mask hell-bent on destroying the world, with the aid of a desperate, 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 snarking character who formerly 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 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, 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 Colony Drop and defeats him with the possible aid of an 11th-Hour Superpower. The game ends with the hero returning back to the unexplored territories once more. The hero returns later in the series as a restless spirit in order to give aid to the new generation of heroes.
    Is this The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask or Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords?

  • Starting out as a Visual Novel Dating Sim, a one-sentence disclaimer hints at nasty surprises to come. Your character is a student at a Japanese school who is classmates with their childhood friend. At school, they meet a shy and timid bookworm, a Tsundere, and the school's most popular girl, all of whom the player character starts to date. As the player gets to know his suitors, strange events start happening, and people are being killed. The game itself starts to glitch out until it's no longer playable, and the villain (who carries a heart-shaped pen) reveals herself to be a Medium Aware AI who's trying to get through to the player themselves. The player's choices in the game determines what kind of ending results from the playthrough. Is the game How To Date A Magical Girl! or Doki Doki Literature Club!?


  • 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 may or may not have multiple love interests.
    Pokémon 2000 or the first part of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time?
  • 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.
    Kirby's Air Ride or Super Smash Bros. for 3DS?

Edward Gil

Emma Iveli

  • In a Medium Blending 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.
    Community episode "G.I. Jeff" or The Simpsons 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.
    The Simpsons episode "New Kids on the Blecch" or Gravity Falls episode "Boyz Crazy"?

Endark Culi

  • This Nippon Ichi 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 Big Bad is considered to be a god.
    Soul Nomad & the World Eaters or The Witch and the Hundred Knight?

  • 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 Drugs the community manufactures don't help.
    BioShock or The Fountainhead Filibuster: Tales from Objectivist Katanga?
  • An early 21st century sci-fi(ish) series with a devoted following among geeky types. It is the product of an infamous Trolling Creator with a fondness for playing with tropes and Kill the Cutie. It features a mixed-gender ensemble (including multiple Action Girls as major characters), non-earth planets, a Badass Adorable Extraordinarily Empowered Girl with long dark hair, a socially privileged young male who has skills that can help the injured and is platonically close to a Badass Adorable cute girl, a dark-skinned male character fond of edged weapons, a sinister Mega-Corp, 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.
    Firefly or Homestuck?
  • A snarky, eccentric, perpetually unshaven British Badass Bookworm and a snarky, competent, take-no-crap, much shorter American woman of color solve mysteries in contemporary New York State in this Setting Update of a popular literary property.
    Elementary or Sleepy Hollow?
  • In this new adaptation of a longstanding pop culture franchise, a Badass Bookworm Great Detective 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.
    Elementary or Beware the Batman?
  • A goodhearted (but not to be underestimated) East Asian Badass Bookworm teams up with an 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 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 defrost to some extent. Together, they solve murders. Despite the European detective character's strong resemblance to Sherlock Holmes, this series does not take place in Victorian or Edwardian London.
    Elementary or Gosick?


  • This work stars talking animals as the main characters. After two friends are separated, one tries to find the other. The main character, a former pet whose name starts with an "M", briefly joins a group of animals dedicated to the destruction of humankind. One of the other characters that journeys with the protagonist for a while is a brown-furred dog. There's a minor character named Tiberius.
    The Secret Life of Pets or War With No Name?


  • Long ago, in a Crapsack World, 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 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 dragons or Titans?


  • 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 The Tick or One-Punch Man?


  • In this 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 reluctantly work together to get them back. The dreamer eventually is close to despair by learning from a more reliable source than his companion that his dream is impossible for him to reach, and deliberately evokes a Fly Or Die 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 Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. The dreamer also has a Heroic BSoD 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.
    Toy Story or Monsters University?

  • 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 incredibly seriously. Among the people who join him in his quest to regian his power are: his 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 Cool Big Sis, 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 Butt-Monkey.
    Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten or The Devil Is a Part-Timer!?



  • This is a series about six babies—including a pair of twins and 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.
Rugrats or Gakuen Babysitters?

The Great Conversation


  • 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 Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Order: 1886, separated by roughly 130 years and taking place in different genres (spy fiction vs Gaslamp Fantasy respectively).

  • A school where things are relatively normal. Classes proceed without much incident. Two characters even begin to start to fall in love with on another. Then one girl's machinations begin to ruin everything; causing bloody deaths that have lasting effects on all characters involved. One of the victims is one of the love-interests. Now, are we talking about Danganronpa 3 - Despair Arc or RWBY: Volume 3.
  • 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 Kung Fu Panda or My Little Pony: Equestria Girls?
  • A child-like character becomes a newspaper reporter to his Bad Boss. 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 SpongeBob SquarePants episode "The Krabby Kronicle" or the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Ponyville Confidential"
  • A redheaded Rebellious Princess 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, 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 The Little Mermaid or Brave?
  • 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 Toy Story 2 or The LEGO Movie

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  • A human finds that his alien Heterosexual Life-Partner is being affected against his will by something which is turning him savage. Said friend 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.
    All-Star Superman #4 or Star Trek: The Original Series episode "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 Curse Escape Clause 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.
    Frozen or DuckTales (1987) episode "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 Mama Bear/Papa Wolf desire to protect its children. The heroes smooth things over and they and the alien part on friendly terms. Home, Chicken Little, or "The Devil in the Dark"?


  • 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.
    Animorphs or Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers ?




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