Misleading Summaries

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  1. How would you go about describing a TV show, game, movie, book series -- anything at all, really -- in a way that makes it sound like something completely different than what it is, all while still technically not lying about anything in your summary? For example, can you make something lighthearted and kid-friendly sound dark and gritty? Can you make a notoriously bad movie sound really clever and interesting? This is just a fun thing that I've thought about from time to time, and I thought I'd start a thread here to see what people can come up with. Here are a few:


    A half-human half-alien hybrid is born on earth, causing the mother to die in the process. The child lives on, struggling to make sense of his identity as a human or an alien. He uses his alien abilities to help defend the earth from monsters, aided by friends of the child’s mother. The hybrid child sometimes struggles with thinking that it’s his fault that his mother died, and worries that his caretakers resent him for causing his mother’s death. Steven Universe

    A bunch of kids play a video game together, and accidentally trigger the apocalypse. They embark on a journey through time, space, and even the afterlife, discovering the true nature of their universe and its origins. They are unable to save their world as they knew it, but they are eventually become gods and create a new world to live in. Homestuck

    An MMO where, if you die in the game, you die in real life. The danger in playing the game is not kept a secret — in fact, players are even warned about it up-front — and news outlets have already covered many stories regarding the real danger that people have encountered while playing this game and the real lives that have been endangered. Despite all this, the game remains immensely popular, and has seen more downloads than any other game of its kind. Pokemon Go


    And lastly, a special bonus entry...

    A world where one’s lifespan is directly tied to their popularity. Individuals who remain well-known and well-liked get to enjoy a long life, while individuals whose popularity has run out will soon have to face their quickly-approaching demise — and, worse yet, it seems that hardly anyone will care that they’re gone. Surprisingly, hardly anyone in this world calls attention to how harsh this situation is, and they often continue to treat popularity contests as just that — popularity contests. Fandomstuck: Fandom Square


    :P Were you surprised by the answers to any of these? Did I at least get a laugh out of you? Think you can do better? Post your misleading summaries here!

    Just be sure to put the answers in spoilers of some kind, so that no one accidentally skims ahead and spoils it for themselves. :P
     
    #1 Kagayours, Jul 22, 2016
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  2. A man guilty of multiple genocides travels the world, picking up young women on the way and always getting them either killed or in terrible situations.
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    Doctor Who


    An old sand hermit takes a farmer away from his home, during which the boy falls for his sister and kills his father.
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    Star Wars

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  3. A group of four kids and a stutterring dog ruins people's plans to expand their businesses.
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    Scooby Doo
     
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  4. In a world where the most popular sport involves caging feral animals and forcing them to fight their own kind for their master's prestige....

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    Pokemon

     
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  5. In a world where digital monsters are trapped in cards and forced to battle for their own lives and sometimes their masters against ancient evils. Also, a boy sometimes randomly grows, shrinks and has voice changes.

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    Yu-Gi-Oh
     
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  6. a brutal thug goes around beating up the employees of legitimate businessmen who happen to have illegal dealings on occasion

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    batman

     
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  7. The story of a man who loses his wife and kills a bunch of people just to adopt a dog.

    John Wick
     
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  8. An undocumented immigrant arrives in the US, ultimately resulting in havoc for the town he lives in and making enemies with a well-known public figure and philanthropist. Superman
     
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  9. A boy who gets in touch with his feminine side while fighting with a colorful supporting cast of weirdos. All while wrestling with his feelings for a really bad chef.

    Show Spoiler


    Ranma 1/2

     
  10. A show that takes its original source material and flips it. It is widely loved by children and parents but hated by most fans of the original source material. Teen Titans Go and/or Powerpuff girls 2016
     
  11. Forced to live in a small town by her superior, this future leader must learn to adapt to her new life and make allies if she is to find success.

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    My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic
     
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  12. A Rich man has a fetish for unintelligible accents and an animal decides to hand out knuckle sandwiches to the crime culture of a city.
     
  13. Three aging women and a horse venture around New York sampling all the alcohol they can get their hands on, hoping it will reverse their ages back to adolescence. Sex and the City/spoili]
     
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  14. A low level scientist clocks unexpected overtime trying to correct a severe workplace health and safety violation while being unknowingly being eyed for a promotion under another employer.

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    Half-Life


    An old wizard takes an orphaned teenager under his wing and enables him to join a well-funded terrorist organization that would ultimately force the orphan to commit unspeakable genocide.

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    Star Wars A New Hope


    A man gets knocked up on the job and his child grows up to become an unrecognizable serial killer that begins to target his coworkers.

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    Alien


    Terrified toddler with a bad case of crabs leaves a trail of destruction in its wake as society doesn't know how to cope with it.

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    Cloverfield


    Distinguished career military marine with an unhealthy relationship with technology faces off against foreign religious fundamentalists whose twisted beliefs will lead them to attempt to pull off the most devastating attack in history. Both the marine and the fundamentalists also have to endure a persistent outbreak of fungal infection.

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    Halo
     
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  15. Follow the adventures of a happy go lucky man as he teaches those around him about life. Watch as he never gives up and always keeps striving to reach heights others believe impossible for him to reach!

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    Ramsey Snow, Game of Thrones
     
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  16. Hey now.

    Sarah Jessica Parker is a beautiful clydsdale. Don't be mean.
     
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  17. A man is about to lose everything when he get's whisked away into a new land. This new land gives him a new life and in return he also teaches them some new lessons as he leads them to a new era.

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  18. A sovereign citizen and small business contractor knowingly harbours a dangerous, wanted fugitive out of spite for the government. His associates put themselves in peril for enabling his world view.

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    Firefly


    A handicapped man takes out his frustrations with Catholic guilt on local businesses, damaging his relationships with his friends and job. His unstable behaviour attracts his toxic ex-girlfriend back into his life

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    Daredevil


    A humble man struggles sudden fame and celebrity due to his advocation of societal reform while dealing with the impossible expectations of an overbearing yet abscent father. He is punished for other people's mistakes.

    Show Spoiler
    The Bible


    A troubled man attempts to take his own life after realizing that the childish and rebellious antics of his friends and himself are causing harm to others.

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    Fight Club
     
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  19. Several people compete with one another to obtain a priceless antique piece of uncomfortable furniture. Meanwhile, there is a hostile refugee crisis at the border that threatens the local citizen's way of life, while a woman who has a dangerous fixation with collecting exotic animals takes on rampant human rights abuses.

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    Game of Thrones
     
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  20. After waking up from a long lasting coma, a woman sets out on a long and arduous journey, crossing continents and back to meet her old associates and friends, her lover, and her long lost daughter. <3

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    Kill Bill
     
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