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Were parts of Harry Potter inspired by James and the Giant Peach?

James and the Giant Peach: full name James Henry Trotter parents killed by a rampaging rhinoceros when he was very young lived with 2 abusive aunts until magic came into his life Harry Potter: full ...
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Was Kubo and the Two Strings based on anything?

This exact question was brought up by my wife while we were watching the movie. I have some very minimal awareness of Shinto and that there are some common elements in play, such as the celestial ...
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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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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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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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Was Hogwarts named such because of a connection to warthogs?

Was Hogwarts named 'Hogwarts' because of a connection to warthogs? Or was it named for hogs and warts separately, or something else entirely?
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Is George RR Martin's character Tyrion connected or inspired from Kurt Vonnegut's character Newton Hoenikker?

Just started reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and found it interesting that Newton, the youngest of 3 children, of "one of the so-called 'fathers' of the first atomic bomb", Dr. Felix Hoenikker, ...
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Is the Klingon Bird of Prey a Canada Goose?

While partly written to celebrate the 150th Birthday of Canada today, what follows is a serious question nonetheless. The Klingon Bird of Prey is one of the iconic ships of Star Trek. In-universe, ...
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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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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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Was Good Omens' character Crowley used as a template for Supernatural's Crowley?

I've been watching the TV show Supernatural for years. Last year I listened to the audio book version of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens and was astounded by the similarities between the ...
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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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Out of universe - Was the Y-wing design influenced by The Enterprise?

I find the Y-wing has a quite unique design among the star wars crafts and always wondered if it was influenced from elsewhere. Despite the difference in sheer size it looks similar to the Enterprise ...
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How much did Larry Niven's Ringworld inspire the Halo game franchise?

I have heard that the First Person Shooter Halo game franchise was inspired by Larry Niven's Ringworld. How Ringworldy is it? Is there more to the connection between Niven's classic Ringworld and the ...
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Was the idea of Batman inspired by vampires?

When the character of Batman was first created, is there any indication that it was inspired or influenced by vampires? In-universe, here is a description of how Batman chose his identity, from the ...
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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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Has GRRM ever confirmed that he named some ASOIAF characters after the Muppets?

In The World of Ice and Fire, we are introduced to few historical Tully characters, which are: Lord Kermit Tully Lord Elmo Tully Lord Grover Tully To those who may not be familiar with the Muppets, ...
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Is the Well of Ascension based on the Eye of the World?

The Eye of the World, from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and the Well of Ascension, from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, seem to be far too similar for coincidence. Here follows a lot of ...
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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 the plot of 'The One' (2001) influenced by 'Highlander'?

The two plots seem very similar: A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills. Obviously it's taking form the age old ...
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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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Similarities between Dune and Wheel of Time?

When I first read Wheel of Time (shortly after I read Dune), I was struck by the similarity between the Aiel and the Fremen, as well as the White Tower and the Bene Gessirit. Are there any other such ...
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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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Was there any real-world inspiration for the DS9 episodes “Homefront” and “Paradise Lost”?

In Star Trek, I've come to notice that several in-universe events mimic events that were going on in the real world at the time of writing (the Klingon/Federation war in TOS mirrors the Cold War, the ...
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Was Riker based on Kirk?

I have noticed that, regarding character, both Kirk and Riker have some similarities - both are womanizers and can be cheeky. There are certainly differences, such as Kirk being much less formal than ...
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Does Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space reference the concept of radioactivity?

I've read several interpretations and background information on "The Colour out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft, which all say his goal was to create a kind of truly alien monster - a color instead of a ...
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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 there a Batman-Lovecraft connection?

Arkham is the fictional town that many of Lovecraft's stories take place in. Arkham Asylum in Gotham is named from its founder. But with the line of Arkham-named Batman games, I cannot help but wonder,...
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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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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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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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Were the Observers in Fringe inspired by Marvel's Watchers?

In the Fringe universe, the Observers are bald and dispassionate and seem to do little more than observe important events throughout history. Except for once or twice when one of them can't help but ...
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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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Is the Stargate SG-1 episode “Nightwalkers” a retelling of an older story, and if so, which one?

When I was watching the SG-1 episode "Nightwalkers", I had this strange sense of déjà vu - like I'd seen a similar story line (aliens recruit unwitting townsfolk to rebuild/repair their crashed/...
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Was Harry Potter the inspiration for Tommy Taylor?

There are so many analogies between Tommy Taylor in the Unwritten comics and Harry Potter it seems unlikely to be a coincidence (Voldemort/the Count, the grouping and make-up of the two sidekicks, the ...
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Is eating in Miyazaki films tied to Japanese culture?

In several Miyazaki films, eating seems to hold strong weight as a method of performing magic. For example: Spirited Away: Chihiro's parents are transformed after eating the spirits' food No Face ...
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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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Was Legend inspired by North and South Korea?

In the Legend series by Marie Lu, there are two countries side-by-side in what used to be the U.S. One is a hereditary military dictatorship that controls every aspect of its citizens' lives. The ...
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Was the design of the Peacekeepers inspired by the Stormtrooper design?

The Peacekeepers of The Hunger Games and the Stormtroopers of Star Wars have many similarities: Both wear almost entirely white full-body armor. Both see out of dark, face-obscuring black glass. Both ...
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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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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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Was 'The Bad Place' inspired by All You Zombies?

In Robert A. Heinlein's “—All You Zombies—” involves time travel and some fairly weird paradoxes. One of which is the self-fertilization by an intersex individual, a concept shared by Dean Koontz's '...
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In Neal Stephenson's “Anathem,” is Cnoüs' statue a reference to Freemasonry?

In Part 2 ("Apert") of Anathem, Erasmas was guiding a tour and was explaining the story of a statue of Cnoüs: "The central sculpture was more than six thousand years old; it had been a world-...
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What was the inspiration for Frank Herbert's 'Litany Against Fear' in Dune?

Does anyone know if there was some inspiration behind the 'Litany against Fear' in Dune? Perhaps some philosopher or ancient proverb? If there is no primary inspiration, were there any fundamental ...
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Are there any identifiable characters from works of SF to be found on the cover of Iron Maiden's “Stranger in a Strange Land”?

The cover of Iron Maiden's single "Stranger in a Strange Land", features their mascot, Eddie, in a futuristic bar. According to Wikipedia (although uncharacteristically unsourced), Eddie's ...
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Was the villain of Justice League Dark based on a Sandman villain?

The main villain of the movie Justice League Dark features a sprit who In the 24 Hour Sandman story, the main villain is a man who Did 24 Hour inspire Justice League Dark, or is this just an ...
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Who is Gilderoy Lockhart based on?

J.K. Rowling has stated that Gilderoy Lockhart is the only character in the Harry Potter series who is based on a real person she knows. Are any of your characters based on real people? The ...
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Has George Lucas or another Star Wars director ever stated that Jar Jar Binks' character was in anyway influenced by C-3PO?

Both Jar Jar and C-3PO utter this phrase: How Rude? It seems likely to me that Jar Jar and C-3PO serve a similar purpose: Comic ...