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Why is her name Michael in Star Trek Discovery?

I see several explanations online, what was the true inspiration for the character's final production name "Michael Burnham?" Star Trek: Discovery's lead female role was initially announced under the ...
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Where did they get the name for Star Trek’s Q?

What inspired the god-like being Q introduced in Star Trek:The Next Generation Encounter at Farpoint? Where did the show's creators get the name and inspiration for Q's character?
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Who or what inspired the character Geordi La Forge?

Fictional characters often are named and inspired by real people, for example Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham is named after her character's biological father "Mike" Burnham. Where ...
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Do the hypnotic moths in these works share a common origin?

In The Worst Witch TV series (2017), there's a creature called a hypnapillon. It's a moth, described as feeding off of people's "minds, fears, imagination," and it hypnotizes its prey with patterns on ...
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Were Hecate and Miss Cackle's personalities based on the books?

In the most recent iteration of the TV show The Worst Witch, two of the teachers are Hecate Hardbroom and the headmistress, Miss Ada Cackle. I couldn't help but notice that their personalities seemed ...
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What is the meaning of this drawing of a combine soldier holding a baby next to the word 'Caste' in Half Life 2?

I used to play the Half Life games a few years ago, and among the many screenshots I had taken, here is the most questionable one: What is this picture about?
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Meaning behind DC Raven's “Rachael Roth” name?

If you swap letters "CH" and "TH" and remove the "a" from "Rachael Roth" you get the words "Rathel Roch" which according to wikitionary "Rathel" has two meanings it's related to "raddle" which is ...
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Is there an intended relation between Baal and R'hllor?

In Essos, we see many worshipers of the Lord of Light, also known as R'hllor. In Israel, time of Ahab, we see many worshipers of Baal, the personification of the sun. I'm wondering. Baal worshipers ...
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What historical event was “A Grand Tour” in the Honorverse based on?

In the anthology More Than Honor (An anthology in the Honorverse, edited by David Weber), there is an author's note following A Grand Tour (By David Drake) claiming that the events are based on ...
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Are Hogwarts houses based on real life UK? [duplicate]

It’s been referred several times that Rowling modelled Hogwarts after standard UK structure for schools, which makes sense given she attended those. Stuff like OWLS and NEWTs are modelled around ...
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Is Zam Wesell inspired by early Ralp McQuarrie Concept Art of Han Solo & Starkiller Hero?

I was recently looking at some early McQuarrie concept art (and my 30th anniversary action figures based on them) commissioned for George Lucas' second draft, which would eventually become A New Hope. ...
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Is the way wizard duel in Harry Potter based on fencing?

As in how they (like fencing) put their wand up to their face before they duel and how they have their stance.
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Did Douglas Adams get the idea of communication/alien dolphins from “Stationary Orbit” by Peter Macey?

Inspired by this question/answer. Given that the novel by Macey was written four years prior to the first broadcast of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and subsequent novelization, is there any ...
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Is Lord Grant based on an actual Jazz musician?

In Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, Peter, the main character, has a father (Lord Grant) who was repeatedly almost famous. There are enough hints and descriptions of the various events, that ...
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Where did the idea of using bottle caps as money come from?

Being a fan of both the DuckTales and the Fallout series, I have only recently noticed that in the former there was an episode The Land of Trala La where the main characters introduce a concept of ...
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Where did the Prime Directive come from?

The Prime Directive is the main principle that Starfleet/the Federation follows, barring them from interfering with the development of another less developed civilization. The question I am asking is ...
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Was Edna Mode's “No Capes!” rule inspired by Dollar Bill?

In The Incredibles, Edna Marie "E" Mode" famously voices her opinion on capes. These examples are hardly the first cases of what TV Tropes calls a "cape snag". (...
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What is the significance of the Red Lotus?

The theme of a Red Lotus seems to show up in various fantasy works. For instance: In Ice Fantasy, where the Red Lotus seems to a magical flower of great power. In The Legend of Korra, where it is an ...
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Does this “collecting royal souls” plotline have a common origin?

A few works seem to share a rather specific plotline, regarding the collection of the souls of various royal bloodlines. For instance, in The Bone Witch and its sequels, by Rin Chupeco, part of the ...
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Are there any clear predecessors to the idea from Harry Potter of wands with special cores?

It now seems like a common idea, perhaps one with a long reaching tradition. But my Google results seem to be solely dominated by Harry Potter references. I've found references to wands with different ...
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Were any Star Wars aliens based on national stereotypes?

Many reviews and scholars have suggested that George Lucas seems to have based certain species in Star Wars human ethnicities, and particularly on stereotypes thereof. For instance, the Toydarians (...
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Did Iain Banks ever acknowledge Hermann Hesse as an inspiration?

To an outside observer it seems that the game of Azad, from the empire of the same name featured heavily in The Player of Games, bears strong similarities to the Glass Bead Game from Hesse's 1943 ...
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Does Captain Ronald Tracey resemble a particular figure from U.S. history? [closed]

In the Star Trek episode "TOS: Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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The traitor Bamu Cormorant - historical inspiration for the “favorite method”?

In The Traitor Bamu Cormorant a significant development near the end happens when Has there been an historical analog to this?
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Was the Monks storyline a Brexit metaphor?

TV Tropes claims that the Monks storyline on Doctor Who (seen in "The Pyramid at the End of the World," etc.) is an allegory for Brexit: ...the actual Who Brexit allegory story (the Monks trilogy) ...
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Inspiration for Ulysses 31?

What surprised me most about Ulysses 31 was its use of Greek mythology in a futuristic setting. For example, the protagonists encountered Zeus (amongst other mythological characters): What inspired ...
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Did Robert Heinlein write about his real-life cats?

Robert Heinlein must have known and loved many cats. Pete, in The Door into Summer is a fully realized character, and Pixel in two of the Lazarus Long books is also memorable. The title of The Door ...
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Do Aes Sedai wear tallitot?

The tallit is a Jewish garb, which has a lot of resemblance to the Aes Sedai shawl: It's a shawl It's got fringes The fringes are (or at least were) dyed blue However, I couldn't find any reference ...
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Identifying a story similar to Black Mirror “Christmas Special” episode

I'm trying to identify a short story on which the Black Mirror episode "White Christmas" might have been based. Or at least is very similar. In the story, the protagonist was regularly visiting a ...
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Are there any real-life parallels to the Night's Watch and their fall from prestige? [closed]

In A Song of Ice and Fire (and also in the series Game of Thrones), the Night's Watch is a peculiar institution: Regardless of its actual usefulness, it serves a supposedly "vital" function which was ...
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Is Ender's game inspired by 1984?

I read Ender's Game recently and found that Ender reminded me of Winston in 1984. I was wondering if this was a coincidence or not.
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Was the mythology in “Moana” based on an established myth?

I just recently finished watching the film Moana. The plot includes the Realm of Monsters, complete with upside down giant crabs, a shape-shifting demigod with a magical hook, a giant lava monster, a ...
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What was one of the inspiration sources of Harry Potter? [closed]

I wanted to know this because I was curious what triggered J.K. Rowling to write this.
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Is the Fuaran based on a real-world legend?

Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch series already has some links to real-world mythology via the character of Gesar, and possibly also Zabulon. This made me wonder about the in-universe legend of the ...
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What influenced the novel 'Definitely Maybe' by the Strugatsky's?

For those who have read Definitely Maybe by the Strugatsky brothers or know a bit about 1970's Russia, the Brezhnev Era or how the Mikhail Kheifets case with Boris Strugatsky testifying as a witness: ...
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Where does this rhyme about Quatermass come from?

I found this rhyme about Quatermass II. I'm trying to find out who wrote it and whether there's an expanded version somewhere. Does the rhyme have a real-world origin? There was a man from outer ...
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Are there any specific examples in Lord of the Rings that are influenced by WWII?

I know that Tolkien is greatly influenced by folklore of many cultures and WWI directly. However, I wonder if there are any specific examples that show influence from WWII? The best conjecture so far ...
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Origin of a custom of deceased attending their own wakes?

In the first book of the Amra Thetys series a charming local custom is described in which the deceased attends his own funeral banquet: I was a little late. They’d already had the ceremonial meal ...
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How influential was Dune in the creation of Star Wars? [closed]

There are claims that Dune has been influential in, and an inspiration for the writing and creation of Star Wars. In what ways is that evidenced? Please give examples.
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Was Daenerys Targaryen based on Cleopatra?

Was Daenerys Targaryen based on Cleopatra Philopator, queen of ancient Egypt? They have many commonalities. Royal Birth Both women were born into royal families. Cleopatra the VII was born into ...
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Is the monster Godzilla based on an old myth/legend?

In the 1998 Roland Emmerich-directed film Godzilla,* a Japanese sailor who survived an attack by the monster early in the film identifies the creature as "Gojira." Later in the film, news reporter ...
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Is there any evidence that this Yoda quote was inspired by Romans 5:3-4?

Yoda famously said that "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." This seems to fit just a little too well with Romans 5:3-4, as rendered in some translations of the Bible:...
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Was Tolkien explicitly referencing C.S. Forester's “Captain Hornblower”?

In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien named a couple of Hobbit families (Hornblower and Bracegirdle) with names that also appear in the Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester. Horatio Hornblower is ...
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Is Cersei's pregnancy realistic (age wise)? [closed]

In episode 5 of season 7, Cersei tells Jaime that she's pregnant. Some have pointed out that this does not seem to fit Maggy the Frog's prophecy, but there is another issue. In the same season, ...
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What are the inspirations for “The Expanse” novels?

The Expanse novels are set in multiple locations and tell of different situations; many of them have a vague familiar feel, like in example the whole Miller neo-noir subplot and Ceres has points of ...
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Has Brent Weeks talked about copying from the Wheel of Time series in the Night Angel Trilogy?

I have just finished reading the Night Angel Trilogy and while it is a fun read I couldn't help but feel large parts of the world were copied from the Wheel of Time series. Female "Casters" are ...
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Are Grey Wardens from “Dragon Age” inspired by Night's Watch from “A Song of Ice and Fire”?

Does anyone know if BioWare used the Night's Watch as an inspiration for their Grey Wardens? Duncan could be Benjen Stark and the Human story could be right out of A Song of Ice and Fire. In ...
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How much is W40K inspired from the Incal series?

I discovered Warhammer 40K quite late, and something struck me: There is a french comic called the Incal, set in a Sci-Fi world led by a "perfect imperoratriz", a supposedly perfect androgynous ...
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Which Valérian and Laureline stories is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets based on?

There are some 29 short stories and albums in the Valérian and Laureline series. Which does the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets take elements from?
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What existing songs, if any, was the soundtrack of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” based on?

The soundtrack to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt featured songs composed by Mikolai Stroinski, Marcin Przybyłowicz, Piotr Musiał, and the band Percival Schuttenbach (which takes its name from the character ...