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"Great, guessed right one more time!"

"Think about a real or fictional character. I will try to guess who it is."

Akinator is an online Twenty Questions game where you challenge the eponymous genie, Akinator, to guess a character or real-world person you've picked.

It is noted for having a very extensive database of characters and people from even the most niche and obscure works—this is because the database is being constructed by the players; not only they can introduce new characters to Akinator, but he also learns more about the characters as more questions about them are answered.

As a result, it is typical to see "Akinator threads" on various forums which are mostly filled with people being amazed at how ably Akinator can "read their mind".

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  • Allegedly Free Game: Akinator is this on mobile devices. If you visit Akinator's website from a mobile OS or are playing the game from an Akinator mobile app, there is a limit on how many characters you can play before all but the most popular characters get flagged as "VIP characters" that you must unlock by paying real money. No such restrictions apply if you are playing Akinator from a desktop PC.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Akinator doesn't take into account the similarities between questions, so you may be asked the same question with different wording multiple times, or you may be asked contradictory questions (such as about a character's age, hair color, clothing...). He can even ask the same question again with no changes. His face also reflects poorly on how close he actually is to the answer, sometimes suddenly getting the "close to the answer" look and asking something utterly irrelevant.
  • The Assimilator: A variant of this, where you can increase the knowledge of Akinator by submitting characters he couldn't guess. You can send in questions too, so he can have more ways of narrowing down his options.
  • Bat Deduction: Sometimes appears to exhibit this, in cases where he asks a lot of seemingly (but not genuinely) pointless questions and then jumps to the correct answer. One reason he might do this is that he's actually already figured out your character, and is using the extra questions to learn more about them.
  • Becoming the Genie: This is supposedly what will happen to you if you try to cheat by giving wrong answers.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Can occasionally be invoked with a combination of questions; for example, "Is your character a My Little Pony?" "Does your character have wings?" "Is your character a serial killer?"
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Sometimes, he may end up guessing your character in a few questions.
  • Developer's Foresight: Half of the point of the site is to Defy this trope by trying to find a character that isn't in the database. It Only Works Once for each character, as if you do succeed, you are expected to add your character. This has led to some extremely unusual characters, and non-standard results if you keep giving nonsense answers.
    • "Someone who kept clicking on No to see what happens"
    • "A smart guy who presses 'Yes' (that would be you)."
    • Likewise, saying Probably/Partially to everything will get you "Probably Someone"
    • Don't Know leads to "The One About Whom Nothing Is Known"
    • Probably Not/Not Really will lead to "Someone who Doubts their Own Doubt"
    • He can even guess what he calls "Something I Can't Talk About" — whose accompanying picture is a man staring, fascinated, down his boxer shorts.
    • "I wasn't actually thinking of anyone."
    • Giving a lot of very strange, sometimes contradictory answers results in "A player that probably needs brand new glasses (You)".
    • "Your Own Character" is also a possibility, as are "Yourself", "Your mum", "Your father", "your martial arts instructor" and "your horse".
    • "Television", "keyboard" and some variations on "computer" and "laptop" are also possible guesses, as are a lot of other inanimate objects such as "Light bulb", "Windows operating system", "iPad", "Wi-Fi", "Xbox-360", "Xbox-360 controller", "gamecube", "Printer", "magnets", and "The Internet".
    • Worse yet, Akinator himself is included, to the point where he'll ask "Do you think I'm too stupid to guess who it is?"
    • If you were thinking of his mother, a picture of a model in a genie suit appears.
    • If you are listed as young and the answer generated is a wild guess he gives you "I know the answer, but I don't think it's for children."
    • If you try to get it to guess something that's not a character, he will sometimes say something along the lines of "Something I don't know because it's not a character".
    • Not only is Akinator included, but so is everything in his room, including the gold decorations on the pedestal, Akinator's mustache, and the sphinx-like statue nearby.
    • "Your imaginary friend" can be suggested for certain apparently random combinations of attributes.
    • The developers are included as "The ones who created this site". They also show up as "Akinator's creator" with a picture of a chimpanzee, the description says "How did you get his photo?"
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Sometimes, he may ask questions like this. Examples are asking "Does your character wear a mask?" after you answer yes to "Does your character always wear a mask".
    • Expect lots of different questions all pertaining to hair color.
  • Evil Twin: A possible answer is "Akinator's evil brother," who looks the same as Akinator only with dark clothing.
  • Excuse Plot: The "Story of Akinator".
  • Expressive Accessory: The feather in Akinator's turban curls like a question mark when Akinator is curious and becomes jagged when Akinator is angry.
  • Fission Mailed: Sometimes he only guesses the wrong character because he tries to guess too quickly. Click "Yes" to continue, and the second time he guesses, he'll usually be right. (For example, answering questions in a certain way may cause him to guess "Urdnot Wrex" from the Mass Effect series. If you were thinking of "Urdnot Grunt" instead, who superficially has a lot of similar characteristics but isn't as famous and therefore wouldn't spring to mind as quickly, rest assured that he'll answer "Grunt" the second time he tries to venture a guess after you've given him more information.) There's always a 90% chance he'll guess correctly after four or five tries.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Akinator, though he doesn't grant wishes.
  • Graceful Loser: Akinator is this when he failed to guess your character. ("Bravo! You have defeated me." And he applauds you too, even if it feels somewhat half-hearted.)
  • Hive Mind: Akinator's "intelligence" is the result of the gazillion users' contributions.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: If the character is female and real, expect "is it a porn actor" to come up.
  • Just One More Level!: The website was supposedly created to satisfy Akinator's perpetual addiction to 20 Questions. From the other side of the screen, people can spend quite a bit of time finding a character obscure enough to stump him.
  • Mood-Swinger: Akinator can switch from raging mad (usually after a string of "no"s) to smugly satisfied with a single question (if you answer yes after said string). He can also become confused if you give him an answer he did not expect, especially if he was very sure that he knew who it was.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes Akinator will ask a logical series of questions leading to your character, then suddenly start asking random unrelated questions, apparently having been thrown off the scent. In the end though, he gets the character right. He figured out what your character was early on, and was just using the remaining questions (and you) to learn more about the character in question.
  • Non Sequitur: The questions can be extremely vague (Is your character real?) or very detailed (Is your character a Defender for Chelsea FC?), especially jarring when they follow each other.
  • Oh, Crap!: If Akinator asks a very specific question, it (usually) means he knows the answer. However, there are times where he actually doesn't know, but nonetheless was very sure that he had it; see Mood Swinger above.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Akinator is more likely to correctly guess a Villain of the Week from an obscure anime than, say, an important historical figure.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Some of Akinator's poses when he tries to read the player's character involve this.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Some of the characters' names are poorly spelled (e.x. "Centerpedle" instead of Centipeetle). They can thankfully be fixed, however.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He'll often start to get a little narcissistic ("Is your character handsome?") if you're using him.
  • Self-Deprecation: "The maker of this site" is represented by a literal jackass.
  • Take That!: Unpopular people, such as George W. Bush or Tim Buckley, generally are associated with questions like "Is your character stupid?"
  • Victory Pose: You're going to be seeing it A LOT.