Reposted: The Same Story Told Ten Thousand Times

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The Same Story Told Ten Thousand Times

I’m thinking of a story. Can you guess what it is?

It is the story of a young man who is whisked away into a parallel world. There he suddenly acquires a set of rare and overpowered special abilities that make him the strongest being to ever walk the face of that planet. Though he encounters endless hordes of enemies, he destroys them with ease. As he explores the world, he amasses a small army of nubile young women, all of whom adore him and are also highly skilled combatants. Together, they go on grand adventures to conquer new foes, find new treasure, and recruit more women.

What’s the title of the story?

Yes.

Whatever title you’re thinking, the answer is yes.

Isekai harem stories are everywhere. They have the same setup, the same character archetype, the same story beats. From a high-level perspective, almost all of them are functionally indistinguishable from each other.

Here’s another story. See if you can guess the title.

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