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Plagiarism and Inspiration in VGMs Thread by rebooter23 at 1:06 PM EDT on May 31, 2017
Let's collect musical pieces and other sources our beloved VGM composers got influenced by, copied or plagiarized.


I'll start.

The superstar Koji Kondo got heavily influenced by these tracks:

Super Mario World Overworld Theme
Matt Bianco - Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed

Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks
Intro to "The Adventures of Milo and Otis" (at 3:21, it's the second part of the Dire, Dire Docks Melody)

Starman Theme
What's The Buzz from Jesus Christ Superstar
by hcs at 3:43 PM EDT on May 31, 2017
Heh, don't know how I went so long without hearing these pointed out!

I know there's a lot in ZUN's stuff, the only one I recognized was a Neon Genesis Evangelion reference (though others have claimed it comes from elsewhere):

Subterranean Animism Satori Maiden ~ 3rd Eye

She said "don't make others suffer for your personal hatred" (an arrangement of the NERV theme)

It could just be a common phrase, I guess.

The Skullgirls Opening is the main one people point to.

Even Depot in GoldenEye has a little of it.

edited 4:10 PM EDT May 31, 2017

edited 4:15 PM EDT May 31, 2017
by Ghignarda at 4:38 PM EDT on June 4, 2017
To be honest I think it's pretty unfair to call any of these examples plagiarism - a lot of these riffs are fairly accessible and not exclusive to the tracks mentioned.
by rebooter23 at 6:54 AM EDT on June 5, 2017
Ghignarda, please tell me where anybody claimed somebody has plagiarized anything. All I ever did was to say that Kondo got heavily influenced. I never discounted his works.
by hcs at 8:01 AM EDT on June 5, 2017
Well, it being the first word in the title probably is involved in that impression.

I didn't mean to imply plagiarism either, I have the word "reference" stuck in there but maybe too subtly.
by rebooter23 at 9:45 AM EDT on June 5, 2017
I think she or he took the "and" in the title logically
by G-Boy at 3:43 PM EDT on June 5, 2017
Marble Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog
Andy Williams - Music to Watch Girls By
by mariofan12ify at 9:34 PM EDT on June 5, 2017
Revenge of Meta Knight Ending - Kirby Super Star
House of the Rising Sun - Animals

edited 9:34 PM EDT June 5, 2017
by rebooter23 at 10:01 AM EDT on July 5, 2017
Mario Strikers Charged Pause and Outro Music
copied heavily from
Chet Baker - There will never be another you
Also Keaton Simons covered that Chet Baker too.
by RebeccaSugar at 3:57 PM EDT on July 5, 2017
Here is a very good video on a topic at hand!
Why Soundtracks aren't taken Seriously

It's worth a watch!

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