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Was Harry Potter inspired by The Lord of the Rings?

It seems like many parallels can be made between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Firstly between Sauron and Voldemort: They both crafted magical items so that they could transcend death. They ...
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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 there a connection between Game of Thrones and The War of the Roses

I have heard that George RR Martin roughly used the events of the War of the Roses in at least the first book, A Game of Thrones. Is this true, and if so what events match up? Is it only the first ...
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Has George RR Martin admitted Historical Influences?

There are many similarities between A Song Of Ice And Fire and real historical events I couldn't help but notice. Mainly: The War of the Roses. This one is way too complicated for me to explain it. ...
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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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Was Luke Skywalker based on George Lucas?

It isn't uncommon to see people claiming or joking that the character of Luke Skywalker was based on George Lucas. For example, George Lucas in Love and this Onion article. I can see where this is ...
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Did Tolkien create any characters based on people he knew?

Tolkien had a lot of influence from religion, mythology and geography as mentioned here to create what seems like an entire literary universe. It's also not uncommon for authors to be influenced by ...
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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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Has Star Wars borrowed from Ancient Rome?

There's some nazi borrowing in Star Wars, and perhaps a bit of George W Bush borrowing, but is there any borrowing from Ancient Rome in Star Wars? During the original trilogy, there was an existing ...
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Inheritance Cycle inspiration

Many elements in the Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini, seem to recall elements of other fantasy works. For example, the four major humanoid species (Urgals, humans, elves, and dwarves) are ...
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Did JKR ever acknowledge being influenced by “Ender's Game”?

The whole concept seems eerily similar... a young child, groomed to be the main hope to win a war, with no adult support, and deceived about the main point of the struggle. This seems to go well ...
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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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Were Tolkien's Ents inspired by Blackwood's “The Man Whom the Trees Loved”?

Reading 'The Man Whom the Trees Loved' by Algernon Blackwood, I find myself wondering if this is a case of parallel evolution, or whether JRRT was influenced by this material in working up the Ents. ...
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Are there real world creation myths that inspired The Silmarillion?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, the creation myth is based on music - the creation of elves, etc. are new themes in the music, the "devil" introduces discords that are then used to develop the ...
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What canon information exists on the inspiration for the Companions in Firefly?

In answering this question, I found out about the oiran, a class of high-status courtesans in 17th-18th century Japan. Some of the description of these people sounds very similar to the Companions who ...
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Did The Cybermen influence the creation of The Borg?

Did Doctor Who's Cybermen influence Star Trek writers when they created the Borg? Did they even copy the idea? There are many similarities: both are cyborgs, both assimilate other species by force, ...
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In Starcraft, are the Protoss inspired by anything special?

In Starcraft, the terrans are obviously humans, and Zerg are obviously inspired by Alien. Is there any particular inspiration source for the Protoss ? The answer would either present a source ...
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Was Caesar Flickerman based on any real TV presenter?

In the Hunger Games books and films, Caesar Flickerman, the host of the pre-Games tribute interviews and in some ways the 'face of the Games', seems like a realistic depiction of a modern talk show ...
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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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Did the Harry Potter movies influence JKR's later HP books?

The Harry Potter books were published in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Harry Potter movies were released 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011. As can be seen, the last 3 ...
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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 R2D2 inspired by Daleks?

I know this is a potentially silly question but thinking about how both can fly in the newer versions of their respective franchises (and this animation from the official Doctor Who tumblr), I just ...
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Use of “shadows” as servants of light/good

I found it very profound when Melisandre said, There are no shadows in the dark. Shadows are the servants of the light, the children of fire. The brightest flame casts the darkest shadows. - A ...
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Are there any creatures, species, races, or objects in Middle Earth that Tolkien totally invented?

Don't get me wrong; JRRT's Middle Earth books are awesome. I was just wondering if anything in them was entirely original, or if he borrowed everything from various mythologies (mostly Northern ...
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Is James T. Kirk known to be based on Horatio Hornblower?

Kirk is known to be based on Horatio Hornblower. (from a recent answer on SFF.SE) Is there some reference showing that ("based on") to be an actual fact as opposed to inference? I'm not asking for ...
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Is Jyn Erso based on Jan Ors and/or Kyle Katarn?

Jyn Erso from Rogue One seems to have several similarities to Jan Ors and Kyle Katarn, both of whom are Legends status characters. Jyn Erso and Jan Ors comparison: Their names sound similar; "Jan" ...
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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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Which Doctor Who episodes “explain” real life mysteries?

While reading 8 Historical Mysteries That Would Make Great 'Doctor Who' Episodes, I came across the following: Doctor Who has co-opted a number of historical figures and events, putting the Time ...
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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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Is BB-8 based on xkcd 413, “New Pet”?

OK, OK, so that title's a bit provocative, but take a look at xkcd #413, and tell me you don't immediately think "Randall Munroe invented BB-8 before BB-8 was invented!" (Note that this comic is from ...
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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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Are the different types of magic in Brandon Sanderson's books his own invention?

I initially had 2 questions here and have been encouraged to split them: Is the magic in the Cosmere connected Brandon Sanderson's approach towards magic is in my eyes rather unique. Each story has a ...
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What are the confirmed influences on Star Wars? [closed]

What are the confirmed influences on the Star Wars universe? I recall reading that Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand faces was a significant influence on the story from the first 3 Star Wars ...
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How much was Equilibrium influenced by Fahrenheit 451?

I see some similarities between the movie Equilibrium and the book Fahrenheit 451. Does anyone know if there is actually any association? or am i just looking at the extremely basic ideas of ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Rogue One's Chirrut and Baze is a reference to the Hidden Fortress characters Tahei and Matashichi?

We know that George Lucas borrowed from A Hidden Fortress for his original Star Wars movie. In particular we read: The Hidden Fortress opens with two bickering peasants, Tahei and Matashichi, ...
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Was Severus Snape based on a real person?

After the recent death of the much-loved actor Alan Rickman, it occurred to me to wonder: was the character of Severus Snape based on any real-life person? We know that JKR specifically chose Alan ...
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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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Is Ryder Azadi based on Ryder Windham?

Ryder Windham is one of the most prolific Star Wars authors out there, having written dozens of Star Wars books, including some fairly recently. The character Ryder Azadi on Star Wars: Rebels shares ...
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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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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 ...