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Dungeons & Dragons is the Trope Namer for:

Dungeons & Dragons is the partial Trope Namer for:

Dungeons & Dragons is the Trope Codifier for:

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  • Demand Overload: The original edition had a first run of 1,000 copies. It sold out within weeks.
  • Follow the Leader: Inspired many, many other tabletop games and video games.
  • Genre Popularizer: For pencil-and-paper roleplaying games.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 5e is built on this. The DMG directly references worlds for which there are no official 5e materials, since fans have spent the age of the internet converting them anyway. The Dungeon Masters Guild has since made most of those earlier edition books available for purchase as pdfs, along with some fan made material for Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Ravenloft.
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  • Name's the Same: The Grimlocks here are expies of the Morlocks from H.G. Wells' novel The Time Machine, not the Tyrannosaurus rex Dinobot Grimlock.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: A great deal of it in 2nd through 4th edition, especially through the Dragon magazine which often featured articles written by fans. While 5th edition goes the quality over quantity route with fewer but better made sourcebooks, it's still present. Of note is the Oblex from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, which was designed by a child through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
  • Old Shame: For a few past creators:
    • Gary Gygax cited psionics and the Monk class as his. For the former, he felt psionic powers was something that belonged in a modern or futuristic setting and not in a medieval fantasy game; for the latter, the class rode in on a kung-fu action craze that was sweeping America in The '80s and he wanted the class moved to an oriental adventures add-on.
    • The sexism of AD&D 1st Edition - the Chainmail Bikini artwork, the "female characters suffer a malus to their Strength stat" rules, etc.- is something that a lot of later game designers would like everyone to forget.
    • Colin McComb will probably never live down the AD&D 2nd Edition splatbook "The Complete Guide to the Master Race". Uh, the Complete Guide to Elves, sorry.
  • Streisand Effect: Although the The New Rock & Roll hysteria by ignorant Moral Guardians in the 1980s was a source of worry for TSR, it was also a major marketing boost quadrupling sales income from 2.3 million dollars in 1979, to 8.7 million by the end of 1980 as many buyers purchased the game to see what the fuss was about.
  • The Wiki Rule: D&D Wiki, another D&D Wiki, another D&D Wiki, D&D Homebrew Wiki, D&D 4th Edition Wiki, D&D 5th Edition Wiki, and D&D 5th Edition Homebrew Wiki. In addition to probably having one for every single one of its settings, the core rulebooks for 3.5E plus the Expanded Psionics Handbook were ported to a website under the Open Game License, The Hypertext d20 SRD.

The game is also the subject of the filk musical Tripod Versus the Dragon.

The Movie

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $45 million. Box office, $33,807,409.
  • Casting Gag: Richard O'Brien offering to give the heroes a precious stone (a ruby, in this case) if they can solve his booby-trapped maze seems like an obvious Shout-Out to his time as host of cult British game show The Crystal Maze, albeit a pretty esoteric one given it was a Czech-American production for an international audience.
  • Corpsing: When Profion goes "My destiny!", you can see Bruce Payne (Damodar) desperately try to contain his laughter.
  • Creator Killer: Courtney Solomon's directing career took a critical hit with this movie. He did not get another screen credit for 5 years and has only directed twice since.
  • Deleted Scene: Found on the DVD, with commentary. Some were removed to stop plot-holes.
    • Though there's also the scene of Ridley and Marina in the map, which was removed despite containing the setup for the entire story. Some very awkward exposition was shoved in afterwards instead.
    • In a deleted scene, Ridley places the Eye of the Dragon on Snails' grave, activating the crystal. A voice says, "your friend awaits you," and the group is teleported away.
  • Executive Meddling, Screwed by the Lawyers: First-time filmmaker Courtney Solomon tells a harrowing tale of meddling by TSR's owner (who rejected several famous directors, including James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola), by the threat of a lawsuit from Wizards of the Coast who were trying to reclaim the movie rights; the terms of the settlement required, among other things, that he use an old script that had been approved by TSR years ago instead of an updated version that he had wanted to use. Source.
  • Follow the Leader:
  • Franchise Killer: Well, the tabletop game didn't suffer, but another film wouldn't come for another five years - as a made for cable film. A new theatrical release has seemed impossible, though that has changed in recent years.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Jeremy Irons rather famously took the role of Profion to pay for the refurbishment of a castle he had just bought (how appropriate). On the other hand he seems to be having a wonderful time playing an EVILLLL wizard. Certainly more fun than the audience is having.
  • Recursive Adaptation:
  • Running the Asylum: Courtney Solomon's credentials consisted of being a D&D fanboy and spending ten years trying to get a D&D movie made. This does raise questions about why it has nothing to do with the source material.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The movie was made after several attempts at a Dungeons & Dragons movie, with multiple different scripts. Different versions of a Dungeons & Dragons movie were pitched by Gary Gygax and Lorraine Williams years earlier.
  • What Could Have Been: There were a lot of things that had to be cut because they didn't have the money to pull them off. Some of these unfinished scenes are on the DVD. Also, see Executive Meddling above.
    • Note that the most expensive cut scene actually contained the entire set-up for the main plot! Solomon was then forced to shoehorn in some awkward expository dialogue in the scene directly afterward.
    • Another cut scene featured a Creator Cameo by Dave Arneson (one of the original co-creators of D&D) playing one of a group of mages fighting a dragon.
    • Izmer was almost introduced as a tabletop game setting in a cancelled game module tie-in to the movie.
    • A Blackmoor source book would have placed the Empire of Izmer beyond the Great Mountains to the West of the Afridhi.
    • In a particularly bad example, one of the characters even having a name at all ended up as a part of this. In the film itself, the team flees from their enemies into a sewer, and when they emerge they suddenly have a dwarf in the party. This dwarf is never named on camera. He did give his name in the sewer scene, when they met him... but that ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Word of Saint Paul: A cancelled Blackmoor source book by Dave Arneson would have placed the Empire of Izmer beyond the Great Mountains to the West of the Afridhi as part of the shared Mystara setting.

The Animated Series:

  • Executive Meddling: Not much, but still present. Eric turned out the way he did because of this.
  • Exiled from Continuity: It was one of the few Hasbro-related cartoons to not air on Discovery Family (formerly The Hub), as Disney owns the rights to the series.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Wasn't released on DVD until 2005, thanks to a number of changes in ownership (Disney bought the series along with Marvel Productions' library from Fox as part of its purchase of Fox Family Worldwide Inc. in 2001). Said DVD went out of print several years later due to the distributor ceasing operations. It's now available via Mill Creek Entertainment (though without any of the special features of the previous set).
  • Recursive Adaptation:
    • There were a few board games based on the animated series. They are not compatible with the tabletop game.
    • A DVD box set included a Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition Animated Series Handbook.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: When BCI Eclipse first released the series on DVD in 2005, all of the original music was replaced with generic music due to Disney being unable to gain clearance for it. When Mill Creek re-released the set in 2009, all of the original music was restored.
  • What Could Have Been: The script for the unaired final episode.

The Pinball:

  • Prop Recycling: The "Magic Save" feature was originally used on Bally's BMX and Hardbody games, both designed by Ward Pemberton.

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