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Four boys searching for lost pirate treasure in The Goonies.

Adventure is a theme in fiction where characters leave the comforts of their normal life to visit new places and meet new people, usually resulting in a richer more nuanced perspective of life in the process.


Some of the earliest media I remember experiencing were adventures, and they left a lasting impression on me. I remember seeing films like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Dune when I was around five years old. My mother would also read to me bedtime stories which incorporated a lot of adventure, and among the earliest video games I played, I tended to gravitate the most to those with a lot of adventure elements. This didn't change as I got older, and, though I was quite shy as a child, I always romanticized over the idea of going on adventures.


This is a list of adventure media that is important to me. For more titles, see the category.

Title Released Media Type
Aladdin 1992-11-25 Film
Back to the Future 1985-07-03 Film
The Baroque Cycle (series) 1997-07-07 Books
Beauty and the Beast 1991-09-29 Film
Bionic Commando (NES) 1988-07-20 Video Game
Chrono Trigger 1995-03-11 Video Game
Dune 1965-08-?? Book
Final Fantasy VI 1994-04-02 Video Game
The Goonies 1985-06-07 Film
Half-Life (series) 1998-11-19 Video Games
Harry Potter (series) 1997-06-26 Books
Hitchhiker's Guide (series) 1978-03-08 Multiple
Howl's Moving Castle 2004-09-05 Film
The Goats 1990-07-01 Book
Good Omens 1990-05-01 Book
Indiana Jones (series) 1981-06-12 Films
Kiki's Delivery Service 1989-07-29 Film
King's Quest (series) 1984-05-10 Video Games
The Last of the Mohicans 1992-08-26 Film
The Legend of Zelda (series) 1986-02-21 Multiple
The Lion King 1994-06-15 Film
The Little Mermaid 1989-09-17 Film
Loom 1990-01-?? Video Game
The Lord of the Rings (series) 2001-12-10 Films
Metroid (series) 1986-08-06 Video Games
Mulan 1998-06-19 Film
The Neverending Story 1984-04-06 Film
Neverwhere 1996-09-16 Book
Pirates of the Caribbean (series) 2003-06-28 Films
The Princess Bride 1987-09-25 Film
Secret of Mana 1993-08-06 Video Game
Shadowgate 1987-07-30 Video Game
Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge 1987-11-14 Video Game
Stand by Me 1986-08-08 Film
Star Trek 1966-09-08 TV Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987-09-28 TV Series
Star Wars (series) 1997-05-25 Films
Super Mario World 1990-11-21 Video Game
Where the Red Fern Grows 1961-??-?? Book
A Wrinkle in Time 1962-??-?? Book



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