Idk about you but if you have watched Cinemasins Review of Warcraft movie, one of the major criticisms he had was Warcraft Movie is a Tolkein Copy pasta. However I don't think that's really fair. Yes There a million stuff Warcraft has copied from other fantasy Worlds that if you take them away you barely have anything original left in Warcraft. Here are few examples: - Elves, Dwarves, Orcs are pure copies from LOTR both in shape and some in personality. - The Order of the silver hand is basically the Jedi Order and Arthas is Anakin skywalker tho both of their betrayals were different, none of them made logical sense and none fit the tragic hero Type. - Burning Legion is inspired by Forces of Chaos in Warhammer tho makes sense since Warcraft was gonna originally be a Warhammer game anyways. - Dalaran is a mix of magical orders in other fantasy books tho not exact copy from certain one while the idea of undead is not entirely original to Warcraft. - You obviously have Pandaria from the chinese mythology culture and Odin from Norsc mythology but that's in WoW and WoW lore is shit and non-cannon from my view. so this thread will focus on Warcraft lore mainly to make fair since it would be bashing thread if it was WoW. The point of this thread is not to argue whether Warcraft done huge Copy pastas or not. The point is that I think it's fine that Warcraft Copy pastad since it's true the orcs, elfs, dwarves were copied. Their stories are totally different to LOTR. Here is what I mean, Fantasy movies get criticized to death for having same elements as each other. Meanwhile for example an action movie or a World War 2 movie never gets a criticism for using same elements. There are billions of those movies all using the same elements. Oh WoW another US secret agent solving something? Oh WoW another World War 2 movie with Germans in them and where Germans are the bad guys and get defeated? Nobody says that yet as soon as there are Orcs/Demons in Fantasy movie everybody says that. You see Just like Germans in World War 2 movie and Secret agents in Action movies, Orcs, elfs, Undead, demons, dragons, Magic, Force/Light etc are elements of a story not the Story itself! So As long as the stories are different, it's okay to use the same fantasy elements. You see there is reason, Warhammer, Warcraft, Shannara chronicles, Dungeons and Dragons and so many others are popular despite basically all of them having copied Tolkeins elements in them. The answer is simple: PEOPLE WANT THEM SINCE THEY HAVEN'NT HAD ENOUGH YET! You see when first James Bond movie came out, nobody was like oh Alright Secret agent movies are now a cliche. Lets watch something else. Same is said with World War 2 movies. The reason is both settings have potential for tons of stories. Yes Now they are kinda overused as there are 100s of movies about them however same cannot be said for High Fantasy movies! There are legit only quite few actual high fantasy movies in existence and only one High fantasy TV series in existence (Shannara chronicles, Game of thrones technically is not a high Fantasy). Therefore It's fair people want more of them tho with different stories. Now next time someone tells you have not had enough orcs, dragons elfs etc in movies yet, Tell them have we not have enough secret agent movies or World War 2 movies yet?