Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now
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William T. Riker is not based on James T. Kirk. On the contrary, he is based (at least in part) on Willard Decker. The original concept of Will Riker had much in common with the Willard Decker character as intended for Star Trek: Phase II; indeed, the background story of the love affair between Riker and Troi is somewhat similar to that of Decker and Ilia ...


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According to Kripke (and Mark Sheppard, who discussed Neil Gaiman's reaction to his version of Crowley), "Crowley’s name is a reference to the character of the same name in Good Omens." Interestingly, Crowley is introduced in 5.10 Abandon All Hope... which opens with an overhead shot of a freeway, which evokes the description in Good Omens of the M25 which ...


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Yes. Shigeru Miyamoto is a fan of Disney and drew upon Peter Pan for inspiration when creating Link for the Legend of Zelda. Interestingly, Link bears a resemblance to Peter Pan, as they are both elf-like, wear green clothing, fight with swords, and are sometimes accompanied by a Fairy. Link also fights his shadow in some games, either Dark Link or Shadow ...


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I have never seen any indication that Gaiman and Pratchett's work was used as the basis for Supernatural's Crowley, and the similarities between the two characters are mostly superficial. Crowley from the novel is a demon whose existence dates back at least to the Garden of Eden; his name is just a modernized version of "Crawley" ("Crawly", in the novel), ...


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Ron can tell them apart: in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows chapter 22, Ron recognizes Fred from his voice through the radio. Harry can tell them apart at least in Deathly Hallows, where in chapter 31 he recognizes but it might be easier at that point, because George has one of his ears hexed off by Snape. I believe their mother Mrs. Weasley can tell ...


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No, he isn't. This has been confirmed and explained by Robert Jordan himself, see point 23 in this interview report from Theoryland: Is Olver Gaidal Cain? RJ: No. I didn't really think that this would last as long as it has. The timing is wrong. He has another reason for being there besides being a red herring, though. He's too old. RJ: ...


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I'm confident that if Moffat was asked if he had based the twelfth doctor on Dr House, he would refute it emphatically. However, if Moffat were asked about the similarities in character traits I'm sure he would also see some common ground as you have. Mr Lister's comment that he "I heard that House was based on Sherlock Holmes" is very interesting as we ...


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Unclear, but unlikely (see below) In the ST:III script, Kruge's pet is referred to as a ... ... frightening creature, half timber wolf, half lizard... ...but there's no indication what species it is. The ST:III Novelisation (developed alongside the film) states that the animal is called Warrigul, but again there are no indications what species it is. ...


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No, the creators claim that Aladdin wasn't an intentional influence. Rebels creator Dave Filoni spoke on a panel at the April 2015 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and said the comparison is flattering but unintentional. Ralph Macchio is an actor best known for starring in the Karate Kid film series. The Aladdin comparison is definitely widely made, though,...


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In both the older novels and the new Thrawn, Thrawn is introduced to the Empire after a ship looking for smugglers finds the camp on a remote planet where he's been serving out his exile. Thrawn manages to get aboard the Imperial ship where the captain is so impressed that he takes him to Coruscant. The new book explains that Thrawn's exile was actually a ...


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Yes, absolutely he was. Whedon cites "Blade the Vampire Slayer" (and specifically The Tomb of the Dracula) as one of the key influences in the development of the characters of Robin and Nikki Wood. He and Doug Petric are on record as being chuffed to bits that they actually got Gene Colan (the co-creator of Blade) to pencil a later Buffy comic in 'Tales of ...


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At the present time, the similar appearance between Hope Summers and Jean Grey seems to be a coincidence only...but there are some hints by Marvel that might indicate otherwise. Hope Summers' biological mother, Louise Spalding, was a green-eyed redhead too, described by her own... ...mother as being a fiery redhead with a strong will, free spirit, and a ...


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Yes, it seems that Mr Dark is a homage to Morpheus From the Fables Wiki: While Dark Man's name does not come from any specific story, it is clear that his presence carries out in various panels of literature, folklore and mythology, having collected names such as the Bogeyman, the Dullahan, the Khokhan, the Buse, Mörkö, The Dunganga, The Abo Ragl Ma ...


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Nope. According to an interview with George Lucas in TheVulture we learn that Jar Jar was largely inspired by Disney's Goofy; "I can't even begin to tell you how much of an influence Disney has had on me," Lucas told fans at Disney’s D23 expo in Anaheim on Friday. "I will say one secret that nobody knows: Not many people realize that Goofy was the ...


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I've not seen the show myself, but I found this on Screenrant: In a surprising twist, the Warlock Lord took the human form of Manu Bennett's Allanon, since the ritual was performed using Allanon's blood.


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None that's been revealed About all we know about Jango Fett's history in the new canon is that he isn't a Mandalorian; Pablo Hidalgo confirmed as much on Twitter in early 2016: @pablohidalgo: The Fetts aren't Mandalorian, though I suppose Jango claimed to be from Concord Dawn at some point. Almec, then-Prime Minister of Mandalore, reiterates Fett's ...


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Hela is an Asgardian, same as Thor and Odin. Death, also known as Mistress or Lady Death, is a completely separate entity - a cosmic entity that is the personification of death, come to collect the souls of those who have died. Hela is referred to as the Goddess of Death because all Asgardians are considered to be Gods, Thor is the God of Thunder, Loki is ...


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The eyes are meant to invoke the night sky, as is his cape at times. The night being the time for dreams.


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This is not addressed in canon. Memory Alpha speculates that It is also possible that a Klingon monster dog seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Jackal mastiffs seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country were different breeds of targs based on similar appearances and similarity to canine breeds. Out of universe, each of the three ...


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There is nothing official or definitive regarding the relationship between Gantu and Worf. Other than Gantu's mannerisms and disposition, the only connection I can detect is that, before Kevin Michael Richardson had voiced Captain Gantu in Lilo & Stitch (2002), he had also voiced Sarevok Anchev, Gorgeig, Cohrvale, and Yaga-Shura in the game Baldur's ...


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Who are Hope's parents? This has already been answered at the link above, there is no known relation. I think it's a red herring (or a red hairing with green eyes).


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The nature of their biological relationship, if one exists at all, is unknown... The only mention of any sort of biological relationship between the two on the Marvel Wikia is: Hope has red hair, green eyes and a "close" relationship with the Phoenix. This has led some fans to assume that she is Jean Grey reincarnated, though this has not been confirmed ...


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No. In Love with the Mark (warning: TvTrope) is a common trope and there is no reason for River Song to have been specifically based off of any previous iteration of that trope.


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The primordial giant with a fishnet is Loki (who may be a god or a giant or both, depending upon how one counts). In fact, Loki is supposed to have invented nets while he was on the run from the Aesir. He used the net he created to get food from the waters, but when the Aesir were nearly upon him, he turned into a salmon and tried to hide from them. ...


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It's unlikely. Alex Hirsch, creator of Gravity Falls, has stated that his inspiration for Soos was a friend of his from college, Jesus Chambrot (pronounced Hey-Zeus, and, went by "Soos" for short). He even posted a picture on twitter where the guy looks remarkably like Soos. Certain other aspects, like his last name, were taken from other sources, such as ...


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As @DJClayworth said in the comments, these two stories are by different authors so I higlhy doubt they are connected. Both are recovering from an/the apocalypse In The Hunger Games, they are recovering from a massive rebellion against the Capitol, so it's basically a "military apocalypse". In the Maze Runner, the apocalypse was caused by ...


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According to the Wikipedia article, there was a movie, The Legend of Hillbilly John and Brian Keene referenced John explicitly in his novel, Dark Hollow. You can find a list of less explicit depictions in the Wikipedia article. Not being familiar with the "Silver John" books, I don't know if Hosea Songmaker from Mercedes Lackey's Spirits White as Lightning ...


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The definition of Targ needs to be settled prior to establishing if either animal seen in ST II, or III. If a Targ is an animal possessing the traits of both a mammalian canine and a dinosaur, then it is possible to imagine that there were different breeds of this animal developed for different purposes, some being more ancient and closer to the original ...


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I think that the producers did not base Gordon on Blade, but it is more like a nod to Marvel's character "Blade". Both are African-American vampire hunters (like you stated). And also, Gordon's last name "Walker" hints at Blade whom the vampires call "Daywalker" for his ability to walk in daylight (Blade is half vampire). The producers did not give any ...


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The facts are that Kripke has mentioned the huge influence that Good Omen’s had on the creation of supernatural. Spn’s Crowley’s namesake is in fact Crowley from GO. Even Castiel’s character design is completely inspired from the Sandman character John Constantine. There are many references littered throughout the show, clearly Kripke’s way of showing his ...


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