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Added by Elfflame on 11 Jun 2011 07:42

Classic Sci-Fi Tropes

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Frankenstein (1931)
Artificial Human, creatures not unlike us, but created rather than born. Not to be mistaken with Killer Robots.
Early Space Flight, involving fantastic ideas of what might be "out there" in the universe before 1960.
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People who added this item 2014 Average listal rating (1067 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)
Killer Robots, which were created for no other purpose than to destroy humanity, or who become sentient and/or realize that humans are the cause for all problems.
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Lost Worlds, where a strangely advanced culture or formerly-extinct or giant creatures abide.
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Nature Hero, where a man lives/grew up in the wild, and feels more comfortable with animals than people. AKA Lost Heir or Wild Child or Jungle Princess.
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Buck Rogers (1939)
Rip Van Winkle, where the protagonist falls asleep and wakes in a very different world. AKA Slept Through the Apocalypse or Cold Sleep, Cold Future.
People who added this item 441 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Time Travel, where science has made travel through time (whether forward or backward) possible, and someone uses it. Often involves Dystopias when traveling forward, occasionally involves Mad Scientists as the inventors.
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Flash Gordon (1936)
Fantastic Journey, in which the protagonist finds himself on a great adventure, often in a world he did not know even existed before. See also Lost Worlds, Rip Van Winkle, Dystopias, Time Travel, and Early Space Flight.
People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Dystopia, a world that has become decadent or is in decline, often with a very regimented societal structure, often involving slavery, cannibalism, or other dark subjects. Usually set in a future time, in a city setting. Not to be confused with Future or Post-apocalyptic stories, though it can involve such ideas.

Note: Post-apocalyptic stories did exist pre-1940's nuclear hysteria, but not in as great quantity as after. Most focused on the dystopian aspects.
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Mad Scientist, where science and the evils it propagates are the main plot point of the story. AkA Evil Genius. Also a Character Archtype.
People who added this item 470 Average listal rating (298 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Alien Invasion, where aliens come to Earth to conquer or destroy us utterly.
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The Vanished, where the Protagonist, sometimes a Mad Scientist, finds himself separated from the rest of the world by circumstances beyond his control. Often features invisibility, shrinking, or alien abduction.

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Ideas mostly from TV Tropes.

List of Lists of Movies based on each theme.

* Must have at least one movie from the 30s or earlier.
* Must have at least five movies to make the list itself.

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