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** [[FountainOfExpies Expies of Relena]] would also include [[Anime/TurnAGundam Dianna Soreil]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Lacus]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Clyne]], [[Anime/SDGundamForce Princess Rele]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Kudelia Aina Bernstein]].

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** %%** [[FountainOfExpies Expies of Relena]] would also include [[Anime/TurnAGundam Dianna Soreil]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Lacus]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Clyne]], [[Anime/SDGundamForce Princess Rele]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Kudelia Aina Bernstein]].



* Though he's not replicated as often as Char or Yazan, DarkMessiah and ManipulativeBastard [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] has three notable expies in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Treize Khushrenada]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gilbert Durandal]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]].
* Mecha Expies are also par for the course in Gundam. ''Wing's'' Shenlong Gundam is an Expy of ''G's'' Dragon Gundam, ''X's'' Leopard is an Expy of ''Wing's'' Heavyarms, Deathscythe and Deathscythe Hell resemble Master Asia's Kowloon and Master Gundams respectively, grunt units are almost always based on either the Zaku or the GM (and sometimes a few elements of the Zaku are mixed into a GM expy, or vice versa) & if the series features mobile suits that can transform it's guaranteed that at least one will have pretty much the exact same transformation scheme as the Zeta Gundam.
** In the CE timeline, here are their mecha expies:
*** Strike = RX-78-2 Gundam
*** Freedom = Gundam Formula 91 + Gundam Double X
*** The Impulse is based on the RX-78-2 Gundam, but plays a role similar to the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Gundam Mk. II]] in ''Destiny''. Similarly, Destiny played a role similar to the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam.
*** Strike Freedom = Freedom + [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Hi-Nu Gundam]]
*** Akatsuki = Hyaku Shiki
** Speaking of Mecha expies, the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Aile Strike Gundam]] now has a expy outside the franchise: The [[Anime/CodeGeass Lancelot Air Calvary.]] The [[Anime/CrossAnge Vilkiss]] is inspired by the Strike Freedom and Destiny.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]'' has Mariemaia Khushrenada, who is based on [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mine]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ va Lao]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Zabi]].
* Fllay Allster from ''Gundam Seed'' is partially based on ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Sochie Heim, namely them [[FantasticRacism harboring a hatred for the Moonrace/Coordinators]], having their [[YouKilledMyFather father killed in front of their eyes]], and they both develop a relationship with the male lead character, only for them to lose them at the end.
** Fllay herself would be the basis for ''Gundam 00's'' Nena Trinity.
* Kira Yamato from ''Gundam Seed'' is said to [[CompositeCharacter be a mix of]] Amuro and ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Loran Cehack, having Amuro's technical aptitude and having almost every bit of Loran's events happened to him. Having a powerful mobile suit? Check. Having a distate for violence? Check. Forced to fight against their own kind (Coordinators/Moonrace)? Check. Relationship with Earthling daughter's who had her father killed by his people (Fllay/Sochie)? Check. [[ChastityCouple Sexless romance with princess figure]] (Lacus/Dianna)? Check.
** Kira was ''made'' to be the Amuro figure of the Alternative Universes. In personality, cause, and, let's not forget, power.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Shinn Asuka]] is a very close expy to [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]]: both lost their families to war right in front of them, both lose their [[AxCrazy crazy]] girlfriends and both spend a good amount of time regretting the thing they have done. The key difference is that Kamille gets help, while Shinn does not.
** Sting Oakley and Auel Neider are Expies of two characters from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', with [[OnlySaneMan Sting]] playing [[SoreLoser Clotho Bauer]] to [[SociopathicSoldier Auel's]] [[AxeCrazy Shani Andras]]. The Extended as a whole are a collective expy of UC's Cyber-Newtypes.

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* %%* Though he's not replicated as often as Char or Yazan, DarkMessiah and ManipulativeBastard [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] has three notable expies in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Treize Khushrenada]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gilbert Durandal]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]].
* %%* Mecha Expies are also par for the course in Gundam. ''Wing's'' Shenlong Gundam is an Expy of ''G's'' Dragon Gundam, ''X's'' Leopard is an Expy of ''Wing's'' Heavyarms, Deathscythe and Deathscythe Hell resemble Master Asia's Kowloon and Master Gundams respectively, grunt units are almost always based on either the Zaku or the GM (and sometimes a few elements of the Zaku are mixed into a GM expy, or vice versa) & if the series features mobile suits that can transform it's guaranteed that at least one will have pretty much the exact same transformation scheme as the Zeta Gundam.
** %%** In the CE timeline, here are their mecha expies:
*** %%*** Strike = RX-78-2 Gundam
*** %%*** Freedom = Gundam Formula 91 + Gundam Double X
*** %%*** The Impulse is based on the RX-78-2 Gundam, but plays a role similar to the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Gundam Mk. II]] in ''Destiny''. Similarly, Destiny played a role similar to the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam.
*** %%*** Strike Freedom = Freedom + [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Hi-Nu Gundam]]
*** %%*** Akatsuki = Hyaku Shiki
** %%** Speaking of Mecha expies, the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Aile Strike Gundam]] now has a expy outside the franchise: The [[Anime/CodeGeass Lancelot Air Calvary.]] The [[Anime/CrossAnge Vilkiss]] is inspired by the Strike Freedom and Destiny.
* %%* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]'' has Mariemaia Khushrenada, who is based on [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mine]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ va Lao]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Zabi]].
* Fllay Allster from ''Gundam Seed'' is partially based on ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Sochie Heim, namely them [[FantasticRacism harboring a hatred for the Moonrace/Coordinators]], having their [[YouKilledMyFather father killed in front of their eyes]], and they both develop a relationship with the male lead character, only for them to lose them at the end.
** Fllay herself would be the basis for ''Gundam 00's'' Nena Trinity.
* Kira Yamato from ''Gundam Seed'' is said to [[CompositeCharacter be a mix of]] Amuro and ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Loran Cehack, having Amuro's technical aptitude and having almost every bit of Loran's events happened to him. Having a powerful mobile suit? Check. Having a distate for violence? Check. Forced to fight against their own kind (Coordinators/Moonrace)? Check. Relationship with Earthling daughter's who had her father killed by his people (Fllay/Sochie)? Check. [[ChastityCouple Sexless romance with princess figure]] (Lacus/Dianna)? Check.
** Kira was ''made'' to be the Amuro figure of the Alternative Universes. In personality, cause, and, let's not forget, power.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Shinn Asuka]] is a very close expy to [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]]: both lost their families to war right in front of them, both lose their [[AxCrazy crazy]] girlfriends and both spend a good amount of time regretting the thing they have done. The key difference is that Kamille gets help, while Shinn does not.
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%%* Sting Oakley and Auel Neider are Expies of two characters from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', with [[OnlySaneMan Sting]] playing [[SoreLoser Clotho Bauer]] to [[SociopathicSoldier Auel's]] [[AxeCrazy Shani Andras]]. The Extended as a whole are a collective expy of UC's Cyber-Newtypes.



* Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has the honor of not only having an expy in another Gundam series (Setsuna from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]])'', but has one outside the Gundam franchise (Sosuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''). The scary thing is, Sosuke is even more anti-social and military minded than Heero. At least Heero could blend in a high school; Sosuke can barely not shoot or blow anything up that seems suspicious.
** Setsuna F. Seiei from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' is pretty much a dead ringer for [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Sosuke]]. Pilot of a [[RealityIsOutToLunch physics-defying]] SuperPrototype {{Mecha}}? Check. ChildSoldier in a wartorn Islamic country? Check. AxCrazy [[TheRival rivals]] with unhealthy obsessions? You got it. Need I go on? Makes you think their creators were trying to one-up each other.
** It goes much further with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lockon Stratos]] and [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Kurz Weber]] who are both cool snipers who excel at in giant robot sniping, who [[HandsomeLech can get almost any girl they want]], though this might have a bit to do with their [[Creator/ShinichiroMiki shared voice]]. [[spoiler: They also both die in combat sniping. Lockon turns out to have a BackupTwin, while Kurz ends up having been NotQuiteDead.]]
* Both ''Gundam Wing's'' Heero Yuy (the original one, the namesake of the Gundam pilot) and King Peacecraft, as well as ''Gundam SEED's'' George Glenn, were based on Zeon Zum Deikun. Uzumi Nara Attha is based on King Peacecraft. Uzumi is the only one of these to not be a PosthumousCharacter [[spoiler:until a HeroicSacrifice takes care of that problem]].
* Every Gundam series will have something aside from the titular Mobile Suits that differentiate themselves as main characters rather than mooks, whether it be [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Newtypes]], [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam the Shuffle Alliance]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the Zero System]], [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Newtypes again]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Moonrace]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Coordinators]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Innovators]], or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE X-Rounders]].
* As for the rest of the ''Gundam SEED'' characters:
** Murrue Ramius = a gender-flipped Bright Noa, with Archangel being White Base
*** Murrue has her own expy in ''Gundam 00'''s Sumeragi Li Noriega; her CommanderContrarian, Natarle Badgiruel, lives on as Kati Manniquin.
** Mu La Flaga = Sleggar Law with some of Char's Quattro persona thrown into the mix.
** Andrew Waltfeld = Ramba Ral, with Aisha as his Crowley Hamon.
** Nicol Amalfi = Quatre Raberba Winner; they're both kind-hearted pilots with a love for music.
** Admiral Lewis Halberton = General Revil
** Rau Le Creuset may be the series' CharClone, but his [[NietzscheWannabe other]] [[OmnicidalManiac personality]] [[BetaBaddie traits]]? And [[WarForFunAndProfit how]] [[PlayingBothSides he]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder aims]] to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt achieve them]]? Let's just say he and the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Frost Brothers]] would have a lot to talk about.
** The DOM Trooper pilots (Hilda, Mars, and Herbert) = the Black Tri-Stars; they even have the Tri-Stars' [[SignatureMove signature Jet Stream Attack]]. The only difference is that one is gender-flipped and this time they're EliteMooks in the ''heroes' ''army.

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* Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has the honor of not only having an expy in another Gundam series (Setsuna from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]])'', but has one outside the Gundam franchise (Sosuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''). The scary thing is, Sosuke is even more anti-social and military minded than Heero. At least Heero could blend in a high school; Sosuke can barely not shoot or blow anything up that seems suspicious.
**
Setsuna F. Seiei from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' is pretty much a dead ringer for [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Sosuke]]. Pilot of a [[RealityIsOutToLunch physics-defying]] SuperPrototype {{Mecha}}? Check. ChildSoldier in a wartorn Islamic country? Check. AxCrazy [[TheRival rivals]] with unhealthy obsessions? You got it. Need I go on? Makes you think their creators were trying to one-up each other.
** * It goes much further with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lockon Stratos]] and [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Kurz Weber]] who are both cool snipers who excel at in giant robot sniping, who [[HandsomeLech can get almost any girl they want]], though this might have a bit to do with their [[Creator/ShinichiroMiki shared voice]]. [[spoiler: They also both die in combat sniping. Lockon turns out to have a BackupTwin, while Kurz ends up having been NotQuiteDead.]]
* %%* Both ''Gundam Wing's'' Heero Yuy (the original one, the namesake of the Gundam pilot) and King Peacecraft, as well as ''Gundam SEED's'' George Glenn, were based on Zeon Zum Deikun. Uzumi Nara Attha is based on King Peacecraft. Uzumi is the only one of these to not be a PosthumousCharacter [[spoiler:until a HeroicSacrifice takes care of that problem]].
* Every Gundam series will have something aside from the titular Mobile Suits that differentiate themselves as main characters rather than mooks, whether it be [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Newtypes]], [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam the Shuffle Alliance]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the Zero System]], [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Newtypes again]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Moonrace]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Coordinators]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Innovators]], or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE X-Rounders]].
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%%* As for the rest of the ''Gundam SEED'' characters:
** %%** Murrue Ramius = a gender-flipped Bright Noa, with Archangel being White Base
*** %%*** Murrue has her own expy in ''Gundam 00'''s Sumeragi Li Noriega; her CommanderContrarian, Natarle Badgiruel, lives on as Kati Manniquin.
** %%** Mu La Flaga = Sleggar Law with some of Char's Quattro persona thrown into the mix.
** %%** Andrew Waltfeld = Ramba Ral, with Aisha as his Crowley Hamon.
** %%** Nicol Amalfi = Quatre Raberba Winner; they're both kind-hearted pilots with a love for music.
** %%** Admiral Lewis Halberton = General Revil
** Rau Le Creuset may be the series' CharClone, but his [[NietzscheWannabe other]] [[OmnicidalManiac personality]] [[BetaBaddie traits]]? And [[WarForFunAndProfit how]] [[PlayingBothSides he]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder aims]] to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt achieve them]]? Let's just say he and the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Frost Brothers]] would have a lot to talk about.
**
%%** The DOM Trooper pilots (Hilda, Mars, and Herbert) = the Black Tri-Stars; they even have the Tri-Stars' [[SignatureMove signature Jet Stream Attack]]. The only difference is that one is gender-flipped and this time they're EliteMooks in the ''heroes' ''army.



** Flit Asuno started out as an Amuro expy; as of part two he's somewhere between Shinn Asuka and Patrick Zala, and by part three he is channeling fellow GeneralRipper and ShellShockedVeteran [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Bask Om]] for all he is worth.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Emily Amonde]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Fa Yuriy]], are expies of [[ChildhoodFriend Frau Bow]] in this following concept: She is a semi-major character who despite having no direct conflict with or impact toward the main story, initially has a close relationship with the protagonist, and join the boy's fleet to "look after" with him. She likes him, but he doesn't notice her because he [[TemporaryLoveInterest loves somebody else]]. She also tends to suffers from the StayInTheKitchen issue.

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** Flit Asuno started out as an Amuro expy; as of part two he's somewhere between Shinn Asuka and Patrick Zala, and by part three he is channeling fellow GeneralRipper and ShellShockedVeteran [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Bask Om]] for all he is worth.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Emily Amonde]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Fa Yuriy]], Yuriy]] are expies of [[ChildhoodFriend Frau Bow]] in this following concept: She is a semi-major character who despite having no direct conflict with or impact toward the main story, initially has a close relationship with the protagonist, and join the boy's fleet to "look after" with him. She likes him, but he doesn't notice her because he [[TemporaryLoveInterest loves somebody else]]. She also tends to suffers from the StayInTheKitchen issue.



** Kirara/Mihoshi dresses up in a pink wig and star decorations while in her [[AlterEgoActing stage persona]], much like Meer Campbell from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny''. Her civilian garb is also the same as that of Marida Cruz from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn''.



* Additionally, the show has a [[RunningGag Running]] MythologyGag where many of the supporting characters or one-shot competitors look almost ''exactly'' like pilots from past Gundam shows, and in many cases use the same mobile suits operated by their counterparts:
** Mr. Ral = Ramba Ral from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''; uses the Gouf
** Takeshi Iori = Amuro Ray from ''Mobile Suit Gundam''; uses the RX-78 Gundam
** Tatsuzo the Burning = Dozle Zabi from ''Mobile Suit Gundam''; uses the Apsalus III
** Marasai Gunplay Team = Jerid Messa and Kacricon Cacooler from ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''; use the Marasai
** Alice Imai = Allenby Beardsley from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''; uses the Noble Gundam



* Every IdiotHero in shounen. [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Yusuke.]] [[Manga/OnePiece Monkey D. Luffy.]] [[Manga/YuGiOh Yugi.]] Manga/{{Naruto}}. [[Manga/FairyTail Natsu.]] [[TropeCodifier They are all Expies of]] [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]].
** The hero's [[TheRival rival]]. Hiei, Kaiba, Grey, Sasuke and Gajeel; they're all Expies of Vegeta.



** The character of both Kite and [=BlackRose=] has been used many times, particularly Kite. Aside from Kite himself, there's Shugo (Legend of The Twilight Bracelet), Azure Flame Kite (G.U.) and Azure Flame Knight (LINK). Oh and, Kite (Sora) in LINK as well as Sakuya in Quantum (both being played by females, incidentally).
*** On another note, some has noted the physical similarity of Kite's X-Form with [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu]]. Hey, Sadamoto ''is'' the character designer after all...

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** %%** The character of both Kite and [=BlackRose=] has been used many times, particularly Kite. Aside from Kite himself, there's Shugo (Legend of The Twilight Bracelet), Azure Flame Kite (G.U.) and Azure Flame Knight (LINK). Oh and, Kite (Sora) in LINK as well as Sakuya in Quantum (both being played by females, incidentally).
*** %%*** On another note, some has noted the physical similarity of Kite's X-Form with [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu]]. Hey, Sadamoto ''is'' the character designer after all...



** Before we note that [[Manga/AyashiNoCeres Tooya]] and [[Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend Soushi]] are reincarnations of Tamahome (Tooya in looks and fighting skills; Soushi in looks), it must be said Tamahome is actually himself a reincarnation of Manato Sudou from ''FushigiYuugi'''s older sister, ''Shishunki Miman Okotowari''.
* Sora Hasegawa from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' strongly resembles Yoriko Nikaido from the same mangaka's earlier series ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.
* ''Manga/AILoveYou'' has numerous examples taken from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Saati is Belldandy, Toni is Urd, Kimika Aso is Sayoko Mishima. Forty fills the same spot as Skuld, but has a notably different personality and is more similar to Kaolla Su from ''Manga/LoveHina''.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' is full of this tropes, featuring characters inspired by ''Manga/LoveHina'' and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Sakurako = Naru with Asuka Soryu Langley's looks thrown in. Tsubame = Kitsune mixed with Misato Katsuragi. Kirino = Motoko. Yukari = Shinobu. Hachibei, Tsubame, Yukari and Kirino's designs respectively resemble Seiji, Rin, Midori and Nao from ''Manga/MidoriDays''.
* Ai Yazawa's series tend to borrow designs from whatever series she made that preceded them. For example, [[Manga/GokinjoMonogatari Tsutomu]] is a more fleshed-out [[Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai Ken Nakagawa]] (this is lampshaded in-series). A more obvious example comes appearance-wise from Mikako to Miwako. (Justified, though, since they're sisters.)
* ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'':
** The author transported ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'''s Akari back to earth, renamed her Hikari and [[AuthorAppeal gave her some scuba gear]]. And seemingly infused her with some interesting drugs, since Hikari tends to be even more spaced-out than her predecessor--which is quite a feat in itself.
** Later, they give us characters Akane and Chizuru who look EXACTLY like Akari and Aika respectively.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'':
** This show also has some characters that fit this trope, especially the main protagonist Yuri that looks and acts similar to LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. We also have the main protagonist [[DeadpanSnarker Otonashi]] that is like almost all the other other protagonists of Key. [[EmotionlessGirl Tenshi]] despite not looking the same as Nagato Yuki has the same personality as her.
** This serves as the driving force of a [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6149731/1/ crossover fanfiction between the two franchises.]]
** However, while Yuri visually resembles Haruhi, in personality and role she's clearly based on Saya, the gun-toting ActionGirl bonus character in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters Ecstasy''.
* In ''Manga/AoiHana'' several of the characters are [[OnlySixFaces near-identical]] to characters in ''Manga/WanderingSon''. There's even a background girl who has the same hairstyle and face as Nitori's. But the resemblances almost always end at appearances.

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** Before we note that [[Manga/AyashiNoCeres Tooya]] and [[Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend Soushi]] are reincarnations of Tamahome (Tooya in looks and fighting skills; Soushi in looks), it must be said Tamahome is actually himself a reincarnation of Manato Sudou from ''FushigiYuugi'''s older sister, ''Shishunki Miman Okotowari''.
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%%* Sora Hasegawa from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' strongly resembles Yoriko Nikaido from the same mangaka's earlier series ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.
* ''Manga/AILoveYou'' has numerous examples taken from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Saati is Belldandy, Toni is Urd, Kimika Aso is Sayoko Mishima. Forty fills the same spot as Skuld, but has a notably different personality and is more similar to Kaolla Su from ''Manga/LoveHina''.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' is full of this tropes, featuring characters inspired by ''Manga/LoveHina'' and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Sakurako = Naru with Asuka Soryu Langley's looks thrown in. Tsubame = Kitsune mixed with Misato Katsuragi. Kirino = Motoko. Yukari = Shinobu. Hachibei, Tsubame, Yukari and Kirino's designs respectively resemble Seiji, Rin, Midori and Nao from ''Manga/MidoriDays''.
* Ai Yazawa's series tend to borrow designs from whatever series she made that preceded them. For example, [[Manga/GokinjoMonogatari Tsutomu]] is a more fleshed-out [[Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai Ken Nakagawa]] (this is lampshaded in-series). A more obvious example comes appearance-wise from Mikako to Miwako. (Justified, though, since they're sisters.)
* ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'':
** The author transported ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'''s Akari back to earth, renamed her Hikari and [[AuthorAppeal gave her some scuba gear]]. And seemingly infused her with some interesting drugs, since Hikari tends to be even more spaced-out than her predecessor--which is quite a feat in itself.
** Later, they give us characters Akane and Chizuru who look EXACTLY like Akari and Aika respectively.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'':
** This show also has some characters that fit this trope, especially the main protagonist Yuri that looks and acts similar to LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. We also have the main protagonist [[DeadpanSnarker Otonashi]] that is like almost all the other other protagonists of Key. [[EmotionlessGirl Tenshi]] despite not looking the same as Nagato Yuki has the same personality as her.
** This serves as the driving force of a [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6149731/1/ crossover fanfiction between the two franchises.]]
** However, while Yuri visually resembles Haruhi, in personality and role she's clearly based on Saya, the gun-toting ActionGirl bonus character in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters Ecstasy''.
* In ''Manga/AoiHana'' several of the characters are [[OnlySixFaces near-identical]] to characters in ''Manga/WanderingSon''. There's even a background girl who has the same hairstyle and face as Nitori's. But the resemblances almost always end at appearances.
''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.



** Makoto Shinjou from the TV series is also an expy of Goh "Rocky" Mutsuki from the manga.
* Erwin of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is one for Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. The physical similarity was [[http://blog.livedoor.jp/isayamahazime/archives/7964052.html outright stated]] by WordOfGod, but the two also have the same motivations. Levi was based on the character Rorschach from the same series, but only in appearance and not personality.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', several of the main characters resemble ones from the duo's previous series. Moritaka resembles Near, Takagi resembles Light, Kosugi resembles Mikami, Miho resembles Misa, Aiko resembles Kiyomi Takada, and Hiramaru resembles Matsuda. Niizuma's character of Crow also shares some visual traits with Ryuk. Hattori also resembles Ryuk, and both appear to have been based at least partially on a real life ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' editor.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' embodies this in its similarities to Batman. Roger Smith is Bruce Wayne with a mecha instead of a batsuit, he's surrounded by his older butler Norman (Alfred) and Dastun (Commissioner Gordon) among others. Paradigm City also has a similar feel to Arkham.
* Ciel of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is incredibly similar to {{Artemis Fowl}}.
* Kentaro Yabuki reused both the appearance and the powers of both Kyoko and Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'' when designing Magical Flame Kyoko and Golden Darkness in ''Manga/ToLoveRu''.

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** %%** Makoto Shinjou from the TV series is also an expy of Goh "Rocky" Mutsuki from the manga.
* Erwin of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is one for Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. The physical similarity was [[http://blog.livedoor.jp/isayamahazime/archives/7964052.html outright stated]] by WordOfGod, but the two also have the same motivations. Levi was based on the character Rorschach from the same series, but only in appearance and not personality.
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motivations.
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In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', several of the main characters resemble ones from the duo's previous series. Moritaka resembles Near, Takagi resembles Light, Kosugi resembles Mikami, Miho resembles Misa, Aiko resembles Kiyomi Takada, and Hiramaru resembles Matsuda. Niizuma's character of Crow also shares some visual traits with Ryuk. Hattori also resembles Ryuk, and both appear to have been based at least partially on a real life ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' editor.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' embodies this ''Anime/TheBigO'''s creators previously worked on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and many characters have clear counterparts in its similarities the Batman franchise, but most are changed enough by the change in setting to Batman. Roger Smith avoid being true expies. The exception is Bruce Wayne Norman, the main character's DeadpanSnarker BattleButler sidekick, who basically ''is'' Alfred Pennyworth with a mecha instead of a batsuit, he's surrounded by his older butler Norman (Alfred) and Dastun (Commissioner Gordon) among others. Paradigm City also has a similar feel to Arkham.
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Ciel of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is incredibly similar to {{Artemis Fowl}}.
* * ''Manga/ToLoveRu'':
**
Kentaro Yabuki reused both the appearance and the powers of both Kyoko and Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'' when designing Magical Flame Kyoko and Golden Darkness in ''Manga/ToLoveRu''.Darkness.



** With the reveal of Tearju Lunatique as Yami's creator, this verges to being AlternateUniverse versions rather than [[{{Expy}} Expies]].
*** It's gone all the way there with the revelation that Yami's real name is Eve.
** Predating Manga/BlackCat is ''Yamato Gensouki'', the main hero-heroine shares exact same design with Ren (To-Love-Ru) and Kyoko (Black Cat) respectively.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Creator/TiteKubo has used three characters as expies of two characters from his ill-fated first manga, ''Manga/ZombiePowder''. Grimmjow's design is based on the ''Zombie Powder'' protagonist. On one volume cover, Grimmjow is even drawn in the exact same pose. Gamma's early design has been used for Renji and is also the basis for the design of Starrk's released form, the only difference being that Starrk uses guns instead of a chainsword.
** Orihime Inoue resemblances ''Manga/UshioAndTora'''s Mayuko in many ways. Shy and naive behaviour? Check. Second female lead? Check. Amazing supernatural barrier-creating and healing powers? Check. They even share the same ''freaking'' surname.

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** With the reveal of Tearju Lunatique as Yami's creator, this verges to being AlternateUniverse versions rather than [[{{Expy}} Expies]].
*** It's gone all the way there with the revelation that Yami's real name is Eve.
** Predating Manga/BlackCat is ''Yamato Gensouki'', the main hero-heroine shares exact same design with Ren (To-Love-Ru) and Kyoko (Black Cat) respectively.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Creator/TiteKubo has used three characters as expies of two characters from his ill-fated first manga, ''Manga/ZombiePowder''. Grimmjow's design is based on the ''Zombie Powder'' protagonist. On one volume cover, Grimmjow is even drawn in the exact same pose. Gamma's early design has been used for Renji and is also the basis for the design of Starrk's released form, the only difference being that Starrk uses guns instead of a chainsword.
**
''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime Inoue resemblances ''Manga/UshioAndTora'''s Mayuko in many ways. Shy and naive behaviour? behavior? Check. Second female lead? Check. Amazing supernatural barrier-creating and healing powers? Check. They even share the same ''freaking'' surname.



* ''Anime/TheBraveFighterOfSunFighbird'':
** Inspector Satsuda shares a few similarities with Zenigata (tan-skinned and stubborn officer of the law) from ''Franchise/LupinIII''.
** Professor Amano is has the facial features of Grandpa Jo from ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.
* How many of you consider Jo from ''Anime/BurstAngel'' to be an expy of Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''? Let's see. Silver hair? Check. [[BringMyRedJacket Red]] [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]? Check. [[GunsAkimbo Twin handguns]]? Check.
** She has a few things in commen with Nero from the fourth game too. Again, silver hair, and again, trenchcoats, (Nero's is blue though.) But they also have girlfriends that you really don't want to put in danger, otherwise they'll [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge go on rampages]] (Jo has Meg, Nero has Kyrie) and they both have glowing right arms that are linked to their superpowers. (Jo has the "Angel Tatto which glows when she gets mad and unleashes her physical strength, Nero has the "Devil Bringer" that lets him use a grappling power, sometimes with a large fist)



** Speaking of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Nobuhiro Watsuki also Expies several Shinsengumi members by using them as bases for other non-Shinsensgumi characters. In particular, he used Hijikata as a reference for Aoshi, Okita for Soujirou (who also got Okita's birth name), Harada for Sanosuke, and Kanryuusai for Kanryuu.
** In fact, all three of Watsuki's post-''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' manga series contain a Misao: Colice in ''Gun Blaze West'', Kazuki in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' and finally Elm in ''Embalming''. Elm is even paired up with an Aoshi expy, Ashuhit.
** Do not forget the many characters in RK that share way too many features with [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel characters]] to be considered merely [[ShoutOut shout-outs]]. Seeing [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]], [[ComicBook/XMen Gambit, Apocalypse]], or ''ComicBook/{{Venom}}'' fighting Kenshin in Meiji era Japan is... surreal, to say the least. Saito Hajime was also partially inspired by Comicbook/ThePunisher.
** And it's not just American comics either; Watsuki was very fond of homaging other anime characters he liked. He explicitly modeled Tsubame Sanjou after [[Anime/SailorMoon Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn]] and Yukishiro Tomoe after [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]], for instance.



** At the same time, it seems like both Daichi and Hana are slightly based off Takuto's middle school friends Natsuo (similar disposition, a "summer" themed name, [[Creator/MiyuIrino seiyuu]] and Hana (name, romantic affection). In fact, there's so many things in both anime that parallel each other (like alien mechas running on libido etc.) that there are quite a handful of theories that the two series actually share a universe in one way or another.



* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
** Claire is an almost perfect expy of Ikuno from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Down to her behaviour. (And she's attracted to Raki/Yuji too). For some added expiness read the episode in which Kitano dreams during math lesson just after reading Claymore, and notice his sword and the oni's eyes.
** Cynthia is an expy of Ryoko, the main female lead of ''Angel Densetsu''. Could explain how she's avoided cashing in the numerous death flags she's collected to date.

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* %%* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
** %%** Claire is an almost perfect expy of Ikuno from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Down to her behaviour.behavior. (And she's attracted to Raki/Yuji too). For some added expiness read the episode in which Kitano dreams during math lesson just after reading Claymore, and notice his sword and the oni's eyes.
** %%** Cynthia is an expy of Ryoko, the main female lead of ''Angel Densetsu''. Could explain how she's avoided cashing in the numerous death flags she's collected to date.



** Suzaku's Lancelot is a Gundam expy. It's the first truely humanoid design in its world of origin, with unprecedented mobility, in a white colour scheme. It even has Beam Shields! Suzaku, on the other hand, is not really a Gundam main character expy, as the series shows us quite clearly that Suzaku is part of an organisation which does not agree with, and will not allow, his [[strike: equalist]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary egalitarian]] views to come to fruition.
*** Suzaku does fairly regularly get compared to Kira Yamato (enough to get a FanNickname out of it, anyway). He's a brunet with a super mecha, opposed to violence, has a best friend for a [[TheRival Rival]], a romance with a pink-haired pacifist princess...
** [[spoiler:Rolo]]'s Vincent has a V on its head like a gundam to top it off [[spoiler: Rolo is a Geass User like lelouch but Rolo only stops the persons sense of time wile Lelouch comands people and Rolo killed Shirley a girl that Lelouch cared about and Lelouch hates Rolo for that just like how Amuro killed Lalah a girl that Char cared about and Char hates amuro for that plus Char and Amuro are Newtypes wich makes Rolo the Amuro to Lelouch]]
** Don't you dare tell me that you see no resemblance (both physical and in regards to plans) between Muruta Azrael and Schneizel el Britannia. Only difference is that Schneizel can actually keep his cool and dignity near the end.
*** On the note of Schneizel: Although people often compare Lelouch to [[Manga/DeathNote Yagami Light]], not many people realize Light actually appears in Anime/CodeGeass - They just took away his ArtifactOfDoom and changed his name to Schneizel. Face it. They look similar, they have similar attitudes, they're both geniuses, they both intend to [[spoiler: create a peaceful world by killing lots of people]], they both want to become [[spoiler: the god of that new world]]...

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** Suzaku's Lancelot is a Gundam expy. It's the first truely humanoid design in its world of origin, with unprecedented mobility, in a white colour scheme. It even has Beam Shields! Suzaku, on the other hand, is not really a Gundam main character expy, as the series shows us quite clearly that Suzaku is part of an organisation which does not agree with, and will not allow, his [[strike: equalist]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary egalitarian]] views to come to fruition.
***
Suzaku does fairly regularly get compared to Kira Yamato (enough to get a FanNickname out of it, anyway). He's a brunet with a super mecha, opposed to violence, has a best friend for a [[TheRival Rival]], a romance with a pink-haired pacifist princess...
** [[spoiler:Rolo]]'s Vincent has a V on its head like a gundam to top it off [[spoiler: Rolo is a Geass User like lelouch but Rolo only stops the persons sense of time wile Lelouch comands people and Rolo killed Shirley a girl that Lelouch cared about and Lelouch hates Rolo for that just like how Amuro killed Lalah a girl that Char cared about and Char hates amuro for that plus Char and Amuro are Newtypes wich makes Rolo the Amuro to Lelouch]]
** Don't you dare tell me that you see no resemblance (both physical and in regards to plans) between Muruta Azrael and Schneizel el Britannia. Only difference is that Schneizel can actually keep his cool and dignity near the end.
*** On the note of Schneizel: Although people often compare Lelouch to [[Manga/DeathNote Yagami Light]], not many people realize Light actually appears in Anime/CodeGeass - They just took away his ArtifactOfDoom and changed his name to Schneizel. Face it. They look similar, they have similar attitudes, they're both geniuses, they both intend to [[spoiler: create a peaceful world by killing lots of people]], they both want to become [[spoiler: the god of that new world]]...
princess...



** Tusk is based on Kira Yamato.
* ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' was written and drawn by Andy Seto, who notably illustrated the manga adaptations of''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Therefore, it's not very surprising to see that the local ArrogantKungFuGuy Loneken looks ''very much'' like Terry Bodgard.
** Additionally, Bu Kang, the resident PluckyComicRelief, is a carbon copy of [[Anime/DragonBallZ Krilin]], with the only thing to tell them apart being their FacialMarkings.
* In the early '90s, Shotaro Ishinomori introduced a character by the name of Roam in a ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga adaptation ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. This character is an obvious expy for Ishinomori's ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' character 002/Jet Link.
* Ishinomori had long included Jet-expies in his works, with the character design appearing as a villain in Ishinomori's obscure manga ''Android V'', while another "Jet" made a cameo in his gag manga ''Guy Punch and Ann Doll''. ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' also had "020", a secret agent with the same type of GagNose and gravity-defying hair. The original manga even referred to 020 as "Jet", while the anime gave him the codename of "Mars". Jet and the other cyborgs (save for 003 and 001) even pop up in a cameo in the manga as "The Nine Group", a group of cyborgs not necessarily intended to be the same characters but meant to be a nod towards the other series.
* Outside of Ishinomori's works, Pizza/Soldato J-002 in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is another Jet-expy, down to him being a cyborg and having the "002" codename. Another Jet expy pops up in the form of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'s'' Kurtis. Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver even have a trainer named "Jet", whose appearance in the Pokemon Adventures manga has him drawn to look like a (slightly) more realistically-proportioned 002, when it comes to his large nose. He still has the wild hair.
** Joe Shimamura/009 and Great Britain/007 had the basics of their designs re-used for two cyborg heroes in a later Ishinomori series; ''Glacier Warrior Guyslugger''. 009 himself is no stranger to expies; the title character of ''Android V'' is one for him, and other Ishinomori heroes seem to have his style of shonen hair and/or one eye obscured by bangs as he had.
** Francoise Arnoul/003 is a somewhat bittersweet example of having many similar characters seemingly based off her design, as Ishinomori modeled her and other female characters off of his late older sister (who had died while he was in his teens). Kiyoko in Anime/{{Gilgamesh}} had her design in the original manga (though not in the anime adaptation), and "Francoise" also cropped up in ''Fantasy World Jun'' and in other series.
** Albert Heinrich/004 has encountered a load of expies in Ishinomori's own works as well as in other authors' series. Most notably, he was the inspiration for Hakaider in ''Kikaider''. [[http://homepage2.nifty.com/weisz/nuesan-sirome.html A listing of his Expies can be seen on this fansite]].
** The 2007 Skull Man anime includes expies of the villain Von Bogoot, the princess Helen, and Cyborg 001's father as antagonists. The five SIRKS cyborgs are also intended to be Expies of 002, 004, 005, 006, and 008. However, there are some clear differences in a few designs: SIRKS 01 (002) is a blond man with bangs like 009's, SIRKS 03 (008) is a middle-aged white man, and SIRKS 04 (004) is a bald and more reluctant team member.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'':
** Kimihito Kurusu is an expy of Mamoru Onodera of the mangaka's other work ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner''. Both are extremely {{nice guy}}s who constantly suffer from the affections of {{cute monster girl}}s. Hell, even their harems are similar.
** It can be argued that Miia is an expy of [[Anime/UruseiYatsura Lum Invader]]. Both are cute non-human girls with a basis in myths (Japanese oni and Greek lamia respectively) who are in love with a human guy that can't/won't marry them. Both are very sweet but also [[ClingyJealousGirl very jealous]], and both are {{lethal chef}}s (one because she's an alien and the other because of her snake taste buds). Oh, and they both call the object of their affections "Darling" in GratuitousEnglish.

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** %%** Tusk is based on Kira Yamato.
* ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' was written and drawn by Andy Seto, who notably illustrated the manga adaptations of''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Therefore, it's not very surprising to see that the local ArrogantKungFuGuy Loneken looks ''very much'' like Terry Bodgard.
** Additionally, Bu Kang, the resident PluckyComicRelief, is a carbon copy of [[Anime/DragonBallZ Krilin]], with the only thing to tell them apart being their FacialMarkings.
* In the early '90s, Shotaro Ishinomori introduced a character by the name of Roam in a ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga adaptation ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. This character is an obvious expy for Ishinomori's ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' character 002/Jet Link.
* Ishinomori had long included Jet-expies in his works, with the character design appearing as a villain in Ishinomori's obscure manga ''Android V'', while another "Jet" made a cameo in his gag manga ''Guy Punch and Ann Doll''. ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' also had "020", a secret agent with the same type of GagNose and gravity-defying hair. The original manga even referred to 020 as "Jet", while the anime gave him the codename of "Mars". Jet and the other cyborgs (save for 003 and 001) even pop up in a cameo in the manga as "The Nine Group", a group of cyborgs not necessarily intended to be the same characters but meant to be a nod towards the other series.
* Outside of Ishinomori's works, Pizza/Soldato J-002 in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is another Jet-expy, down to him being a cyborg and having the "002" codename. Another Jet expy pops up in the form of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'s'' Kurtis. Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver even have a trainer named "Jet", whose appearance in the Pokemon Adventures manga has him drawn to look like a (slightly) more realistically-proportioned 002, when it comes to his large nose. He still has the wild hair.
** Joe Shimamura/009 and Great Britain/007 had the basics of their designs re-used for two cyborg heroes in a later Ishinomori series; ''Glacier Warrior Guyslugger''. 009 himself is no stranger to expies; the title character of ''Android V'' is one for him, and other Ishinomori heroes seem to have his style of shonen hair and/or one eye obscured by bangs as he had.
** Francoise Arnoul/003 is a somewhat bittersweet example of having many similar characters seemingly based off her design, as Ishinomori modeled her and other female characters off of his late older sister (who had died while he was in his teens). Kiyoko in Anime/{{Gilgamesh}} had her design in the original manga (though not in the anime adaptation), and "Francoise" also cropped up in ''Fantasy World Jun'' and in other series.
** Albert Heinrich/004 has encountered a load of expies in Ishinomori's own works as well as in other authors' series. Most notably, he was the inspiration for Hakaider in ''Kikaider''. [[http://homepage2.nifty.com/weisz/nuesan-sirome.html A listing of his Expies can be seen on this fansite]].
** The 2007 Skull Man anime includes expies of the villain Von Bogoot, the princess Helen, and Cyborg 001's father as antagonists. The five SIRKS cyborgs are also intended to be Expies of 002, 004, 005, 006, and 008. However, there are some clear differences in a few designs: SIRKS 01 (002) is a blond man with bangs like 009's, SIRKS 03 (008) is a middle-aged white man, and SIRKS 04 (004) is a bald and more reluctant team member.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'':
** Kimihito Kurusu is an expy of Mamoru Onodera of the mangaka's other work ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner''. Both are extremely {{nice guy}}s who constantly suffer from the affections of {{cute monster girl}}s. Hell, even their harems are similar.
** It can be argued that Miia is an expy of [[Anime/UruseiYatsura Lum Invader]]. Both are cute non-human girls with a basis in myths (Japanese oni and Greek lamia respectively) who are in love with a human guy that can't/won't marry them. Both are very sweet but also [[ClingyJealousGirl very jealous]], and both are {{lethal chef}}s (one because she's an alien and the other because of her snake taste buds). Oh, and they both call the object of their affections "Darling" in GratuitousEnglish.
Yamato.



* Meanwhile, over in ''Manga/DeathNote'' land, quirky detective L is a shameless Expy... of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. No, don't stop reading. Both of them are the World's Greatest Detective. Both lose their parents at a young age, and are then raised by an elderly butler; Watari is a definitive Expy. Both rely on always being the smartest guy in the room, and on concealing their true identity. L is even a skilled martial artist, though given the nature of the story that doesn't get a lot of play. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/commissioner-gordon_8718.jpg Soichiro is Commissioner Gordon]]. Light, of course, is the supervillain of the piece, both brilliant and insanely sociopathic; he'd fit well with the likes of The Riddler.
* Without even airing (or having actual previews), it's fairly obvious that Ain of (the recently announced anime) ''Anime/{{Despera}}'' is an expy of Lain of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''. Then again, it's possible that the entire ''show'' is an expy of ''Serial Experiments Lain''.
* The three major characters of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' are visual Expies of the major characters of Aoyama's previous manga Magic Kaitou. Most especially, Kudo Shinichi is a visual Expy of Kuroba Kaito. This is lampshaded by the fact that not only do they have the [[Creator/KappeiYamaguchi same seiyuu]] in the anime, Kaito is mistaken for Shinichi once in the early manga and is able to impersonate Shinichi without his usual LatexPerfection masks in one of the {{Non Serial Movie}}s, ''Magician of the Silver Sky''. The resemblances between Aoko and Ran, and Nakamori and Kogoro, are downplayed as the Magic Kaitou cast is reintroduced into the later, and better-drawn, Detective Conan. Also, Conan himself is an Expy of the titular ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'', much as Kaitou is an Expy of the titular ''Literature/ArseneLupin''.



** Taichi of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' is an expy of Kentaro Kamon from ''Manga/CMonDigimon'', both written by Hiroshi Hizawa. V-Dramon from V-tamer is an expy of C-mon's Greymon, which was the first ever appearance of Greymon, [[ArtEvolution an appearance that later changed]] when [[MerchandiseDriven the V-pets came out]].
** V-mon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' is an expy of V-Dramon, as V-Dramon ended up becoming the most popular digital monster in Japan for a time.
** Sparrowmon from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' looks like a [[RobotMe roboticized]] version of Latios/Latias from the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series.
* Max Taylor of the anime series ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' is very much an Expy of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]]. The similarities include their weird hair, both being comical protagonists, yet serious about their fighting, having a pet with lighting attacks and both having the same (English) voice. The connection is helped in that Creator/VeronicaTaylor uses the '''exact same''' voice she used for Ash.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Creator/AkiraToriyama is fairly notorious for this, and sometimes he even lampshades his tendency to draw OnlySixFaces. His early work [[http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Boy Dragon Boy]] featured many prototypes of ''Dragon Ball'' characters, including Goku and Bulma.
** Goku of [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong, The Monkey King]] from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', with light dashes of Franchise/{{Superman}}.
** Oloong originally, of Zhu Bajie (aka "Piggy") from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' also.
** General Blue, the MachoCamp OneManArmy commander of RRA soldiiers, whose standard attire was PuttingOnTheReich, was quite obviously an expy of a real life Nazi general Ernst Rohm, the leader of Nazi stormtroopers.
*** Actually, his boss, Commander Red, who was TheNapoleon leading a nazi-eaque RRA, could be considered as an expy of Engelbert Dollfuß, the dwarfish chancellor of fascist Austria (who was, amusingly, killed by Nazis during the Anschluss)
** Muten is based on "God"/Kami-sama from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' (unrelated to the later Kami from ''Dragon Ball''). His alter-ego Jackie Chun is also clearly based on JackieChan's persona, if not his appearance.
** Yamcha is a CompositeCharacter. Initially Toryama used Sha Gojo from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' for the character. A likely prototype design for Yamcha was the title character to Akira Toriyama's one-shot Pink. Although Pink is a female, she also is a bandit living in a desert hideout who has an animal companion and rides a flying vehicle similar to Yamcha's Jet Squirrel. After cutting his long hair for the first time in the series, Yamcha looks very similar to the character Tsukutsun Tsun from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' in both appearance and characteristics.
** Chichi of Princess Iron Fan from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. Her helmet is also a homage to Ultraseven from ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''
** Launch's bad form was based on Polly Buckets, a character from ''Manga/DrSlump''.
** Bulma's Mom, from MarilynMonroe. Also overlaps with CastingGag, as her Japanese voice actress (Mariko Mukai) was her defacto voice actress for Monroe in almost all the Japanese dubs of her films. Dr. Brief resembles Albert Enstein.
** Android 8 of Frankenstein's Monster.
** The killer Tao Pai Pai. His appearance are based from the villain of the '78 Jackie Chun's movie ''Film/SnakeInTheEaglesShadow''.
** Piano (one of King Piccolo's monster) of Baramos, another pterodactyl headed cloaked humanoid from VideoGame/DragonQuestIII. The game was drawn by Toriyama and during the same year as the King Piccolo Saga.

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** %%** Taichi of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' is an expy of Kentaro Kamon from ''Manga/CMonDigimon'', both written by Hiroshi Hizawa. V-Dramon from V-tamer is an expy of C-mon's Greymon, which was the first ever appearance of Greymon, [[ArtEvolution an appearance that later changed]] when [[MerchandiseDriven the V-pets came out]].
** %%** V-mon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' is an expy of V-Dramon, as V-Dramon ended up becoming the most popular digital monster in Japan for a time.
** Sparrowmon from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' looks like a [[RobotMe roboticized]] version of Latios/Latias from the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series.
* Max Taylor of the anime series ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' is very much an Expy of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]]. The similarities include their weird hair, both being comical protagonists, yet serious about their fighting, having a pet with lighting attacks and both having the same (English) voice. The connection is helped in that Creator/VeronicaTaylor uses the '''exact same''' ''exact same'' voice she used for Ash.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Creator/AkiraToriyama is fairly notorious for this, and sometimes he even lampshades his tendency to draw OnlySixFaces. His early work [[http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Boy Dragon Boy]] featured many prototypes of ''Dragon Ball'' characters, including Goku and Bulma.
** Goku of [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong, The Monkey King]] from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', with light dashes of Franchise/{{Superman}}.
** Oloong originally, of Zhu Bajie (aka "Piggy") from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' also.
** General Blue, the MachoCamp OneManArmy commander of RRA soldiiers, whose standard attire was PuttingOnTheReich, was quite obviously an expy of a real life Nazi general Ernst Rohm, the leader of Nazi stormtroopers.
*** Actually, his boss, Commander Red, who was TheNapoleon leading a nazi-eaque RRA, could be considered as an expy of Engelbert Dollfuß, the dwarfish chancellor of fascist Austria (who was, amusingly, killed by Nazis during the Anschluss)
** Muten is based on "God"/Kami-sama from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' (unrelated to the later Kami from ''Dragon Ball''). His alter-ego Jackie Chun is also clearly based on JackieChan's persona, if not his appearance.
** Yamcha is a CompositeCharacter. Initially Toryama used Sha Gojo from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' for the character. A likely prototype design for Yamcha was the title character to Akira Toriyama's one-shot Pink. Although Pink is a female, she also is a bandit living in a desert hideout who has an animal companion and rides a flying vehicle similar to Yamcha's Jet Squirrel. After cutting his long hair for the first time in the series, Yamcha looks very similar to the character Tsukutsun Tsun from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' in both appearance and characteristics.
** Chichi of Princess Iron Fan from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. Her helmet is also a homage to Ultraseven from ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''
** Launch's bad form was based on Polly Buckets, a character from ''Manga/DrSlump''.
** Bulma's Mom, from MarilynMonroe. Also overlaps with CastingGag, as her Japanese voice actress (Mariko Mukai) was her defacto voice actress for Monroe in almost all the Japanese dubs of her films. Dr. Brief resembles Albert Enstein.
** Android 8 of Frankenstein's Monster.
** The killer Tao Pai Pai. His appearance are based from the villain of the '78 Jackie Chun's movie ''Film/SnakeInTheEaglesShadow''.
** Piano (one of King Piccolo's monster) of Baramos, another pterodactyl headed cloaked humanoid from VideoGame/DragonQuestIII. The game was drawn by Toriyama and during the same year as the King Piccolo Saga.
Ash.



** The filler character, Maron. Design wise, she's meant to be a sexier Bulma.
** Tapion from Movie 13 seems to look a lot like Crono from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' which makes since considering that AkiraToriyama designed the characters in that game also. In-universe, he's basically Future Trunks (or if you want, the time machine that brought Cell to the past) - Bulma's softer moments with him cement this.
* Walker and Erika from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' serve as expies of Isaac and Miria from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', both being a set of [[CloudCuckoolander very weird]] BirdsOfAFeather that facilitate the plot from the sidelines by being their very bizarre selves. They're even all {{Otaku}} (Yes, bandits living in the 1930s New York can apparently be OccidentalOtaku. Try not to think about it too much). The main difference is that Walker and Erika are [[CuteAndPsycho much more unstable]] than their 1930s American counterparts.
** A later ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' book set in 2002 features Huey Laforet's great-great-grandson [[spoiler:by way of Chane and Claire]], Charon Walken, who strongly resembles Kasuka Heiwajima both in appearance and personality. This is lampshaded in a later volume of ''Durarara!!'', when Saki mentions meeting a boy with an uncanny resemblance to the actor in question.
** Huey Laforet himself shares a large number of characteristics with Izaya Orihara[[note]]While ''Baccano!'' started before ''Durarara!!'', the book Huey made his first appearance in came out five months after ''Durarara!!'''s first book, making Izaya the earlier character[[/note]], being a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], apparently sociopathic, pale and black-haired {{Bishonen}} who has an interest in ethically questionable social experiments.



** And of course Kageyama, who is the mirror image of Shippuuden-version Shikamaru. Down to the shadow-based magic.
** Haru=Natsu, Elie=Lucy, Musica=Gray. The author even lampshaded this by dressing them up as each other and seeing if readers would notice. Erza from another dimension's 10 commandments=Haru's 10 commandments. Ice Make magic is pretty similiar to Silver Claimer. And of course, Plue is Plue. In fact, too many to count in these 2 series, likely with more to come.
** Gildarts is a mirror image of [[Manga/OnePiece Shanks]]. Straight down to the missing arm.
** Erza is almost exactly like VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s Mitsuru Kirijo in appearance, a little in personality, and choice of weapon being the sword. Keep in mind Persona 3 released a month before the first chapter of Fairy Tail was released.
* The headmaster of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has an appearance very similar to Dumbledore from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.

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** %%** And of course Kageyama, who is the mirror image of Shippuuden-version Shikamaru. Down to the shadow-based magic.
** %%** Haru=Natsu, Elie=Lucy, Musica=Gray. The author even lampshaded this by dressing them up as each other and seeing if readers would notice. Erza from another dimension's 10 commandments=Haru's 10 commandments. Ice Make magic is pretty similiar to Silver Claimer. And of course, Plue is Plue. In fact, too many to count in these 2 series, likely with more to come.
** %%** Gildarts is a mirror image of [[Manga/OnePiece Shanks]]. Straight down to the missing arm.
** Erza is almost exactly like VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s Mitsuru Kirijo in appearance, a little in personality, and choice of weapon being the sword. Keep in mind Persona 3 released a month before the first chapter of Fairy Tail was released.
* The headmaster of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has an appearance very similar to Dumbledore from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
arm.



* ''Anime/FushigiBoshiNoFutagoHime'': The vice principal and his two henchmen from season 2 are the spitting images of the Moon Kingdom's [[spoiler:former and late]] chancellor and his two henchmen from season 1.
* The ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' girls have counterparts in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' -- Saki and Mai. This is strong enough that a preview for the Italian version of ''Splash Star'' boasts of the former's "return", though ultimately this was dropped for the actual dub.
** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' apparently tried to do it again before changing their tune to make a more traditional MagicalGirl team; traces of Nagisa and Honoka can still be found in Rin and Karen, despite their being tweaked considerably. More obvious is Komachi, otherwise known as [[Manga/TokyoMewMew Retasu]].
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' had the blatant [[Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch Lucia]] expy Love/Cure Peach.
** [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Kumojacky]] is a younger [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Kintolesky]].
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' shared the same character designer as ''Anime/YesPrecure5''...leading to the teams looking almost ''identical''.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'':
** Osamu Sugo/Knight Shoemach. Let's see, he has a SecretIdentity, he's a [[TheAce really fast driver]], he has a little sister who's in love with the main character, also being the [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]] of said little sister, he's TheRival of the hero, he has a cool accessory covering his face ([[CoolShades his sunglasses]]), he's [[EnsembleDarkhorse really popular with the fans]] and he drives a white and red machine (in his case a race car)...does this [[CharClone remind you]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam of somebody?]]
** There's also Kyoshiro Nagumo from ''SAGA'' and ''SIN'', who is an expy for Gilbert Dullindal of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. They have almost exactly the same looks and motives and they are both voiced by Creator/ShuichiIkeda.
** Henri Claytor is an expy for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Yzak Joule]], except that Henri has a strand of red streak on his bangs and Yzak doesn't have one.
* Leiji Matsumoto is another writer who uses 'actors' to the extreme, which considering the number of crossover characters in his series, can be confusing as hell. It's particularly noticeable in ''Anime/GalaxyExpress999'', when after watching enough episodes you can predict a character's personality, and even their chances of surviving the episode, the first time they appear. Strangely enough, this doesn't make the series any less awesome.
* The Count in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' is an expy of Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Both have the same Japanese voice actor, and the Count exhibits a number of traditional vampire traits (in fact, he might be ''more'' of a traditional vampire than Alucard). Also, both manifest ExtraEyes when they're about to do something badass/terrifying. Admitedly, the vampire idea in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' derives in part from the Count of the novel being compared to one, specifically the Byron-expy Lord Ruthven- the anime just took the idea literally.

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* %%* ''Anime/FushigiBoshiNoFutagoHime'': The vice principal and his two henchmen from season 2 are the spitting images of the Moon Kingdom's [[spoiler:former and late]] chancellor and his two henchmen from season 1.
* The ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' girls have counterparts in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' -- Saki and Mai. This is strong enough that a preview for the Italian version of ''Splash Star'' boasts of the former's "return", though ultimately this was dropped for the actual dub.
** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' apparently tried to do it again before changing their tune to make a more traditional MagicalGirl team; traces of Nagisa and Honoka can still be found in Rin and Karen, despite their being tweaked considerably. More obvious is Komachi, otherwise known as [[Manga/TokyoMewMew Retasu]].
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' had the blatant [[Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch Lucia]] expy Love/Cure Peach.
** [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Kumojacky]] is a younger [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Kintolesky]].
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' shared the same character designer as ''Anime/YesPrecure5''...leading to the teams looking almost ''identical''.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'':
**
''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Osamu Sugo/Knight Shoemach. Let's see, he has a SecretIdentity, he's a [[TheAce really fast driver]], he has a little sister who's in love with the main character, also being the [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]] of said little sister, he's TheRival of the hero, he has a cool accessory covering his face ([[CoolShades his sunglasses]]), he's [[EnsembleDarkhorse really popular with the fans]] and he drives a white and red machine (in his case a race car)...does this [[CharClone remind you]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam of somebody?]]
** There's also Kyoshiro Nagumo from ''SAGA'' and ''SIN'', who is an expy for Gilbert Dullindal of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. They have almost exactly the same looks and motives and they are both voiced by Creator/ShuichiIkeda.
** Henri Claytor is an expy for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Yzak Joule]], except that Henri has a strand of red streak on his bangs and Yzak doesn't have one.
* Leiji Matsumoto is another writer who uses 'actors' to the extreme, which considering the number of crossover characters in his series, can be confusing as hell. It's particularly noticeable in ''Anime/GalaxyExpress999'', when after watching enough episodes you can predict a character's personality, and even their chances of surviving the episode, the first time they appear. Strangely enough, this doesn't make the series any less awesome.
* The Count in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' is an expy of Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Both have the same Japanese voice actor, and the Count exhibits a number of traditional vampire traits (in fact, he might be ''more'' of a traditional vampire than Alucard). Also, both manifest ExtraEyes when they're about to do something badass/terrifying. Admitedly, the vampire idea in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' derives in part from the Count of the novel being compared to one, specifically the Byron-expy Lord Ruthven- the anime just took the idea literally.
somebody?]]



** Both series also have an entity named Leader X (or President X, both acceptable translations of the Japanese "Sosai X"). The original version is the BigBad and alien entity from a planet called Selector, while the ''Crowds'' version is a female-voiced artificial intelligence in the program GALAX that at first seems a little more heroic. The newer X does later get used for a villainous purpose by Katse, but is able to be freed and returned to her proper owner. In the original Gatchaman, Katse was TheDragon to X.



* Everyone in the ''Anime/GiantRobo'' {{OVA}} is an Expy of a character from various manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.
* Maho Nishizumi from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' bears many similarities to Teru Miyanaga of ''{{Manga/Saki}}''. Both are [[AloofBigSisters Aloof Big Sisters]] to the main characters, and are champions at the game their families play (tankery for Maho, mahjong for Miho). However, there are critical differences regarding their relationships with their little sisters; while Teru [[IHaveNoSon denies having a sister]] after their parents separate, Maho does not, and it is revealed in ''Little Army'' that [[spoiler:she actually does love Miho dearly and her main reason for living up to her family's standards is so that Miho will be free to live her own way]]. Similarly, Miho and Saki have some similarities, as they go from hating tankery and mahjong, respectively, due to [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers their family's attitude on winning]], but grow to love it at their new school, as they bring their underdog school to success against more experienced and better funded teams.
* ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace'':
** Leopard looks a ''lot'' like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. And in the words of Leopard himself, that should he be human, he would in fact look like Lelouch. And for extra points, both he and Lelouch has the [[Creator/JunFukuyama same voice actor.]]
** Takane is a carbon copy of Chikane from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''--except she is probably not lesbian, at least as far as we know. Their names even rhyme, c'mon that's just too easy.
* Nana-senpai of ''LightNovel/GoldenTime'' looks and acts exactly like [[Manga/{{Nana}} Nana Osaki]] -- to the point that other characters in the show note this -- though she's geared more toward ComedicSociopathy rather than drama.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'':
** Van is an expy of Spike of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' in terms of very similar appearance, and Carmen 99 is an obvious expy of Faye from the same series.
** Michael Garrett looks a ''lot'' like Kira Yamato, they both dislike violence, and they both have sex with a love interest who is a part of an organization they joined in an unorthodox way. When the two meet in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, this tends to be Lampshaded. "Stop Fighting!" "No, you stop fighting!"

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* Everyone in the ''Anime/GiantRobo'' {{OVA}} is an Expy of a character from various manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.
* Maho Nishizumi from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' bears many similarities to Teru Miyanaga of ''{{Manga/Saki}}''. Both are [[AloofBigSisters Aloof Big Sisters]] to the main characters, and are champions at the game their families play (tankery for Maho, mahjong for Miho). However, there are critical differences regarding their relationships with their little sisters; while Teru [[IHaveNoSon denies having a sister]] after their parents separate, Maho does not, and it is revealed in ''Little Army'' that [[spoiler:she actually does love Miho dearly and her main reason for living up to her family's standards is so that Miho will be free to live her own way]]. Similarly, Miho and Saki have some similarities, as they go from hating tankery and mahjong, respectively, due to [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers their family's attitude on winning]], but grow to love it at their new school, as they bring their underdog school to success against more experienced and better funded teams.
* ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace'':
** Leopard looks a ''lot'' like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. And in the words of Leopard himself, that should he be human, he would in fact look like Lelouch. And for extra points, both he and Lelouch has the [[Creator/JunFukuyama same voice actor.]]
** Takane is a carbon copy of Chikane from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''--except she is probably not lesbian, at least as far as we know. Their names even rhyme, c'mon that's just too easy.
* Nana-senpai of ''LightNovel/GoldenTime'' looks and acts exactly like [[Manga/{{Nana}} Nana Osaki]] -- to the point that other characters in the show note this -- though she's geared more toward ComedicSociopathy rather than drama.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'':
** Van is an expy of Spike of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' in terms of very similar appearance, and Carmen 99 is an obvious expy of Faye from the same series.
**
''Anime/GunXSword'': Michael Garrett looks a ''lot'' like Kira Yamato, they both dislike violence, and they both have sex with a love interest who is a part of an organization they joined in an unorthodox way. When the two meet in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, this tends to be Lampshaded. "Stop Fighting!" "No, you stop fighting!"



* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', resident StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku Katsura began as a clear {{Expy}} of Utena from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', being an assertive and somewhat tomboyish girl with long, pink hair, good and school and sports, and being idolized by pretty much the whole school for being beautiful, talented, and kind if somewhat aloof. Including the [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer hoard of adoring fangirls gushing over her]]. She's basically Utena if she was on the student council instead of opposing it, although she's also the KendoTeamCaptain much like Utena's first opponent Saionji. Heck, for the early part of the series Hinagiku was even drawn in a different, much more flowery style than everyone else which heavily resembled the Utena art style, and her intro chapter cover even showed her with a suspiciously similar-looking rapier and lots and lots of the iconic Utena style roses. While she quickly became her own character, the heavy similarities combined with many elements of the actual plot bearing a striking resemblance to aspects of ''Revolutionary Girl Utena'' - including the student council being atop a clock tower on a nexus of magic/spirit energy, a magical castle called "The End of the World", the "Pillars of Abraxas", and a "power of the gods" which may or may not bring revolution - are a prime source of speculation as Hinagiku becomes more and more entwined in it.
* The author of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' admits that almost every damn character was 100% ripped off from his old works. As far as is known, the Hellsing family (minus Integra), the council of 12 members and the minor Millennium villains (Valentine brothers, Rip van Winkle, Zorin Blitz and Tubalcain Alambra) are the only characters created wholly for the series.
* ''Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical'''s main characters have shocking resemblances to the boys of ''LightNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' and the premise is almost the same as [=UtaPri's=] first season.

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* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', resident StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku Katsura began as a clear {{Expy}} of Utena from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', being an assertive and somewhat tomboyish girl with long, pink hair, good and school and sports, and being idolized by pretty much the whole school for being beautiful, talented, and kind if somewhat aloof. Including the [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer hoard of adoring fangirls gushing over her]]. She's basically Utena if she was on the student council instead of opposing it, although she's also the KendoTeamCaptain much like Utena's first opponent Saionji. Heck, for the early part of the series Hinagiku was even drawn in a different, much more flowery style than everyone else which heavily resembled the Utena art style, and her intro chapter cover even showed her with a suspiciously similar-looking rapier and lots and lots of the iconic Utena style roses. While she quickly became her own character, the heavy similarities combined with many elements of the actual plot bearing a striking resemblance to aspects of ''Revolutionary Girl Utena'' - including the student council being atop a clock tower on a nexus of magic/spirit energy, a magical castle called "The End of the World", the "Pillars of Abraxas", and a "power of the gods" which may or may not bring revolution - are a prime source of speculation as Hinagiku becomes more and more entwined in it.
* The author of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' admits that almost every damn character was 100% ripped off from his old works. As far as is known, the Hellsing family (minus Integra), the council of 12 members and the minor Millennium villains (Valentine brothers, Rip van Winkle, Zorin Blitz and Tubalcain Alambra) are the only characters created wholly for the series.
*
%%* ''Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical'''s main characters have shocking resemblances to the boys of ''LightNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' and the premise is almost the same as [=UtaPri's=] first season.''LightNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama''.



* Reading into some of Creator/HiromuArakawa's non-''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' works shows a few oddly familiar faces. She openly admitted that Jean Havoc and Lust were based on Jack and Kuo from Shanghai Youma Kikai. Then there's Dr. Tachibana, who looks like Ranfan with glasses.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** The anime featured a {{Ninja}} named Hanzo who was similar in design to Kazemaru (who was also a ninja) from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', which was also based on a manga by Togashi.
** There's also a lot of similarities between the Hunter gang and Team Urameshi, especially if you put Gon and Yusuke, Killua and Hiei, Kurapika and Kurama (seriously even their names sound alike), and Leorio and Kuwabara together.
** Gon himself is also an {{Expy}} of [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]].
** Upon arriving to an unknown land, two main characters run into a female martial artist who puts them through days-long TrainingFromHell to hone their skills, has trained one of the characters' mentors, and [[spoiler:can conceal her true age through manipulation of said martial art.]] Is this Biscuit or [[Series/JojosBizarreAdventure Lisa Lisa]]?
* Yukiho from ''[[Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia The iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia]]'' looks ''exactly'' like Shiori from ''Kanon'', and even has a [[SnowMeansLove snow reference]] in her name.

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* Reading into some of Creator/HiromuArakawa's non-''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' works shows a few oddly familiar faces. She openly admitted that Jean Havoc and Lust were based on Jack and Kuo from Shanghai Youma Kikai. Then there's Dr. Tachibana, who looks like Ranfan with glasses.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** The anime featured a {{Ninja}} named Hanzo who was similar in design to Kazemaru (who was also a ninja) from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', which was also based on a manga by Togashi.
** There's also a lot of similarities between the Hunter gang and Team Urameshi, especially if you put Gon and Yusuke, Killua and Hiei, Kurapika and Kurama (seriously even their names sound alike), and Leorio and Kuwabara together.
** Gon himself is also an {{Expy}} of [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]].
**
''Manga/HunterXHunter'': Upon arriving to an unknown land, two main characters run into a female martial artist who puts them through days-long TrainingFromHell to hone their skills, has trained one of the characters' mentors, and [[spoiler:can conceal her true age through manipulation of said martial art.]] Is this Biscuit or [[Series/JojosBizarreAdventure Lisa Lisa]]?
* Yukiho from ''[[Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia The iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia]]'' looks ''exactly'' like Shiori from ''Kanon'', and even has a [[SnowMeansLove snow reference]] in her name.
Lisa]]?



* The three main characters of ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' were all upgrade expies from an earlier Kaishaku work called ''Cross Triangle''. (Kurusugawa Himeko and Oogami Souma even shared partial names with their predecessors -- Kurusu and Oogami.)
** All of them have returned yet again in supporting roles in ''Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora'': virtually unchanged, except that Himeko now affects [[{{Meganekko}} a pair of glasses]].
*** Then there's Kaishaku's most recent manga, ''Manga/ZettaiShoujoSeiikiAmnesian''. Guess who's back. You may find the scanlation [[http://zefiberyl.blogspot.com/search/label/Amnesian here]].
*** And if anyone's interested, there's also the web novel ''Himegami''. You know who are the main characters, [[http://www.himegami.com/1.html so here's the link]]. It's in Japanese, BTW, so you might want to wait for someone to translate it.
*** Of course, Himegami and Amnesian also have expies of other Kaishaku characters. They sure love reusing.
*** Reincarnation at work.
* Pick any character from ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'' and you will find someone from ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Takei's previous work, who resembles them. Rune and Manta is probably the most infamous.
** Machi Shina looks like Yuuko from ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' right down to [[SmokingIsGlamorous stylish smoking]] and [[FortuneTeller similiar]] [[HotWitch professions.]]

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* %%* The three main characters of ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' were all upgrade expies from an earlier Kaishaku work called ''Cross Triangle''. (Kurusugawa Himeko and Oogami Souma even shared partial names with their predecessors -- Kurusu and Oogami.)
** All of them have returned yet again in supporting roles in ''Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora'': virtually unchanged, except that Himeko now affects [[{{Meganekko}} a pair of glasses]].
*** Then there's Kaishaku's most recent manga, ''Manga/ZettaiShoujoSeiikiAmnesian''. Guess who's back. You may find the scanlation [[http://zefiberyl.blogspot.com/search/label/Amnesian here]].
*** And if anyone's interested, there's also the web novel ''Himegami''. You know who are the main characters, [[http://www.himegami.com/1.html so here's the link]]. It's in Japanese, BTW, so you might want to wait for someone to translate it.
*** Of course, Himegami and Amnesian also have expies of other Kaishaku characters. They sure love reusing.
*** Reincarnation at work.
* Pick any character from ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'' and you will find someone from ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Takei's previous work, who resembles them. Rune and Manta is probably the most infamous.
** Machi Shina looks like Yuuko from ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' right down to [[SmokingIsGlamorous stylish smoking]] and [[FortuneTeller similiar]] [[HotWitch professions.]]
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* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is basically a retelling of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Characters are fighting using wearable [[HumongousMecha mechas]]/[[ClothesMaketheSuperman suits]]. Check.
*** Main character's suit/mecha has special ability to take over other mechas/[[spoiler: core strings]]. Check.
*** Main character's suit's/mecha's performance is connected to his mental state. Check.
** For the first half of the show we have a [[spoiler: decoy villain]]. Check.
*** Whose powers are [[NotSoDifferent alike to that of main character]]. Check.
*** Who resides in a big ass, round and high artificial city. Check.
*** Who has four commanders, and several less important soldiers, out of which one plays more major role. Check.
*** [[spoiler: In the end he/she [[HeelFaceTurn helps the protagonists fight the Big Bad]]]]. Check.
** Then halfway through we have a revelation about [[spoiler: the real [[BigBad Big Bad]] of the series]]. Check.
*** Who is actually an alien. Check.
*** Who end up {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[FaceHeelTurn one of main cast into their service]]. Check.
** The allies... Well:
*** There is a mentor guy full of [[WholesomeCrossdresser sexual]] [[{{Stripperriffic}} innuendos]]. Check.
*** There is sibling-like character who often motivates protagonist by [[LargeHam silly speaches]]. Check.
*** There is a [[BadassNormal badass]] who discerns the series main weaponry and fights using a rifle instead. Check.
*** They have a friggin edged battleship as their base (and both ships also have the same last attack). Check.
*** In the final fight their all powers are combined into one mecha/suit using the protagonist exclusive ability. Check.
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' is a [[DistaffCounterpart gender-flip]] of [[Manga/{{Bastard}} Dark Schneider]].

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* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is basically a retelling of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Characters are fighting using wearable [[HumongousMecha mechas]]/[[ClothesMaketheSuperman suits]]. Check.
*** Main character's suit/mecha has special ability to take over other mechas/[[spoiler: core strings]]. Check.
*** Main character's suit's/mecha's performance is connected to his mental state. Check.
** For the first half of the show we have a [[spoiler: decoy villain]]. Check.
*** Whose powers are [[NotSoDifferent alike to that of main character]]. Check.
*** Who resides in a big ass, round and high artificial city. Check.
*** Who has four commanders, and several less important soldiers, out of which one plays more major role. Check.
*** [[spoiler: In the end he/she [[HeelFaceTurn helps the protagonists fight the Big Bad]]]]. Check.
** Then halfway through we have a revelation about [[spoiler: the real [[BigBad Big Bad]] of the series]]. Check.
*** Who is actually an alien. Check.
*** Who end up {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[FaceHeelTurn one of main cast into their service]]. Check.
** The allies... Well:
*** There is a mentor guy full of [[WholesomeCrossdresser sexual]] [[{{Stripperriffic}} innuendos]]. Check.
*** There is sibling-like character who often motivates protagonist by [[LargeHam silly speaches]]. Check.
*** There is a [[BadassNormal badass]] who discerns the series main weaponry and fights using a rifle instead. Check.
*** They have a friggin edged battleship as their base (and both ships also have the same last attack). Check.
*** In the final fight their all powers are combined into one mecha/suit using the protagonist exclusive ability. Check.
*
%%* The title character of ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' is a [[DistaffCounterpart gender-flip]] of [[Manga/{{Bastard}} Dark Schneider]].



* D'Eon from ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'' is pretty obviously a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] Expy of Oscar from Manga/RoseOfVersailles.

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* %%* D'Eon from ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'' is pretty obviously a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] Expy of Oscar from Manga/RoseOfVersailles.



* ''Anime/LostUniverse'' is considered the sister series to ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' for the near-identical parallels between plot and characters; the plot is more or less the same but in a sci-fi setting, with a BigBad sharing a similar name to the BigBad of the latter series. It's [[EpilepticTrees theorized]] that both franchises are a part of the same universe because of the presences of a {{God}} and a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Satanic]] force in each, and because LU's BigBad Dark Star Dugradigdu appeared as the main antagonist of the third season of the ''Slayers'' anime. WordOfGod insists otherwise, but it's fairly plausible.
** As for the characters, protagonist Kane Blueriver is a male, less sociopathic version of [[RedHeadedHeroine Lina Inverse]], [[{{Tsundere}} Millie Nocturne]] and [[TheDitz Nina Mercury]] are split parts of [[ThePollyanna Princess Amelia's]] personality, Railey Claymore carries a few of[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis']] traits, and [[BigBad Dark Star's]] human form is a more evil-looking version of [[IdiotHero Gourry Gabriev.]] In addition to all of this, Music/MegumiHayashibara (Lina) voices [[GenkiGirl Canal Vorfeed]], Creator/YasunoriMatsumoto (Gourry)voices Dark Star, Masami Suzuki (Amelia) voices Nina, and Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (Zelgadis) voices Riley.
* When ''Franchise/LoveLive Sunshine!!'' was announced, many saw instant comparisons between the new characters' designs and the designs of the characters in the original ''Anime/LoveLive''. However, as character bios were released it became clear that most of the characters were similar only in appearance - for example, Hanamaru looks just like a longer-haired Hanayo and is also a first-year, but while Hanayo is a ShrinkingViolet, Hanamaru is more like an old woman in a young girl's body, mild but playful. However, this trope is PlayedStraight with Chika, who is a straightforward expy of Honoka, being a slightly boyish BookDumb GenkiGirl who was the one to start up the idol group, and also in her design being based on Kasane, the most popular original Normal idol from the ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival'' game.
* Tsukasa in ''Manga/LuckyStar'' is a visual (at least) expy of Akari Kamigishi from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart'' (though many fans mistake her and her sister as expies of Ryou and Kyou from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''), which the series delights in [[LampshadeHanging pointing out]]. The poor girl once gets photographed by an {{Otaku}} who sees the resemblance and [[OtakuSurrogate Konata]] once gives her Akari's red uniform.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Signum from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' is an obvious Expy of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lamia Loveless]]: they look quite similar if looked through a good light, some of Signum's attacks are similar to those of Lamia's Angelg (Main offender is Signum's bow attack, which is a ShoutOut to Phantom Phoenix. Her clothing in the final episode of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' looks a bit like Lamia's, and they are voiced by the same [[Creator/KaoriShimizu Seiyuu]] in a very similar way.
** See also [[AmplifierArtifact Agito]] from [=StrikerS=], who is such an obvious expy that Western fans have taken to calling her [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} "Etnagito"]]. Don't forget the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro and Char]] vibes Nanoha and Fate give off, either: Nanoha's costume is even intended to evoke Amuro's signature RX-78-2 Gundam.
** Subaru has short hair, wears a bandana, is a big fan of [[TheHero Nanoha]], and goes out of her way to copy her techniques. That gives her a striking similarity to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Kasugano Sakura]]. Though the techniques is only in the name and instead looks like the features of ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'', leading to her FanNickname '[=GaoGaiGar=]-tan'
** Vita may as well be of [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Guy]] in loli form. Not only do they both sport a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon huge mech drill hammer]], but the scene where Vita went up against the Cradle's engine and Eisen shattered (complete with dramatic fall) resembled Goldy shattering and Gaogaigar falling in [[Anime/GaoGaiGar FINAL]]. Vita's name is also involved with Hell and Heaven. (gemu giru gan go gufo, vita.) You also have [[http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5430/vitaguy.jpg this]].
** AntiVillain Zest Grangaitz is pretty much a giant Expy of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Zengar Zonvolt]]. Not only do they look similar and share a deep sense of honor, their big-brother relationships to young orphan girls also plays out in many ways similar.
** Arnage of Hückebein. As a busty, tattooed BigEater FieryRedhead {{Genki| Girl}} {{Dark Action| Girl}} Girl With {{Gatling| Good}}s who favours skimpy clothing, specifically a tank top and short shorts, she hits the right notes to remind one of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko]], [[Manga/BlackLagoon Revy]] and [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Heavy]].
** Veyron's design strongly resembles Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
** As shown in ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]'', Olivie Sägebrecht, the Sankt Kaiser, looked almost exactly like [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]]. There are also similarities in their backstories, and that they are both considered legendary monarchs in the modern era.
** Miura Rinaldi from ''[=ViVid=]'' resembles Nanoha despite representating Hayate. Both had an ordinary life (except that they live in completely different worlds), and they were very unhappy with their lives and they seemed to be depressed about not having any talents/reasons to live, until they encountered Strike Arts/magic. They are natural talents with a lot of potential, became quickly strong and they have a star theme, a similar magic color and Breaker magic. Both also defeated people who were stronger or more experienced than them, thanks to be {{Determinator}}s. Ironically, [[spoiler:Miura happens to be the one who defeat Nanoha's daughter in the tournament]].
** Sieglinde Jeremiha from ''[=ViVid=]'' is apparently an expy of all three Aces. She's an overpowered young girl with dark magic and has connection to the Ancient Belkan Era like Hayate, prefers black clothes, has long GirlishPigtails and an {{Adorkable}} personality and is a multi-talented combat mage like Fate, and she has a similar friendliness like Nanoha including being a WarriorTherapist who [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends]] other people and having a devlish persona.
*** Sieglinde also has a very strong resemblance with Franchise/BlackRockShooter, thanks to her long black GirlishPigtails and black outfits. Both, her leisure suit (which has a hood) and her Barrier Jacket resemble Black Rock Shooter's outfit. Translators made a joke about that: "'I am not Black Rock Shooter ;_;'":
--> '''Victoria''': "Hm? Wrong series? Are you lost?"\\
'''Victoria''': (''to a running Sieglinde'') "Don't get lost again anymore, okay?!"\\
'''Sieglinde''': "I wasn't lost!!"



* Mahoro from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' and Noel from ''Manga/ShinaDark'' are both RobotGirl [[RobotMaid maids]] who hate {{ecchi}} things with a passion voiced by Ayako Kawasumi. ''Mahoromatic'' and ''Shina Dark'' are by the same author, so the expyness makes sense.
** Also in ''Shina Dark''. Noel's other form resembles the Numbers' from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. And Gallet resembles and has a similar personality to Signum from ''Nanoha''. And to solidify it all, Shina Dark's artist is authoring a ''Nanoha'' spin-off.
** No, that's the definition of an Expy, it doesn't just 'make sense'.
** Chapter 19 plays with the Noel / Mahoro connection to its logical extreme.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a large cast who have traits of several other anime and video game characters:
** While it's common for more personality types to be recycled endlessly anyway, many of the most prominent characters are toned-down analogues to ''Manga/LoveHina'' characters:
*** Asuna and Chisame are both expies of [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]], although of different aspects of her. Asuna is based on 'protective Naru', while Chisame is 'nerdy Naru'.
*** Nodoka is an early Shinobu.
*** Ku Fei is Su with brawns switched with [[GadgeteerGenius brains]].
*** Chizuru Naba is like Mutsumi Otohime in many ways; she has the biggest talents among all her peers, very nice and very kind to others just to name a few. Though Mutsumi does not share the habits of losing her temper nor trying to give you homemade leek enemas like Chizuru sometimes will.
*** Asakura is Kitsune, just as a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound rather than a ConArtist.
** Fate Averruncus is obviously based on Program Number 0 from Akamatsu's first manga, ''Manga/AILoveYou''.
** Yue Ayase's prototype design was given to Akamatsu by the artist for the ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie Read Or Dream]]'' manga, [[http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8771/00062ch4.png based on Hisami]], [[IdiotHair ahoge]] and [[SchoolGirlLesbians all]].
** Chachamaru is based on the two [[RobotGirl robot]] [[{{Meido}} maids]] from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart''. While she looks and acts more like [[EmotionlessGirl Serio]], as her hair color entails, she has some of [[{{Dojikko}} Multi]] in her as well.
** Student 31 Zazie bears a strong resemblance to [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Pagliaccio]] of the 31 Primevals, made more obvious in her [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]] [[BareYourMidriff performance]] [[http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9602/pagliazie.jpg outfit]]. Their facial marks and skin tone are basically flipped, and both are [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] [[MonsterClown clowns]] with robed cohorts. There have been joking [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] that Zazie is the [[FinalBoss last boss]]... [[spoiler: As of chapter 294, they might have been surprisingly close]].
** On another note, several ''Negima'' characters draw upon other ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters in one way or the other:
*** Yue's second, better known source is Patchouli Knowledge, a magician with long purple hair and unexcitable personality usually seen in a [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything vast library]]. Yue's wand bears [[LampshadeHanging Patchouli's trademark crescent]] and she wears a similar hat during the school festival.
*** One of Chisame's cosplay outfits makes her resemble Patchouli's assistant Koakuma.
*** Evangeline shares more than a few traits with Remilia Scarlet, the FinalBoss of ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'', in that they are both immortal loli vampires with similar personalities. Her doll manipulation and blonde hair are taken from Alice Margatroid, while her SuperMode gives her ice wings similar to Cirno's.
*** Kazumi Asakura resembles the crow tengu Aya Shameimaru, down to having an artefact called "Raven's Eye".
*** Setsuna Sakurazaki resembles Youmu Konpaku, being a swordswoman dedicated to a mischevious and slightly [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter-than-she-seems]] noble lady (though said lady looks more like Kaguya Houraisan), as well as being a half-human with naturally white hair.
*** Mana Tatsumiya resembles Reimu Hakurei, being a part-time shrine maiden with a somewhat similar hairstyle who works for money and solves problems with MoreDakka ([[HugeSchoolgirl the]] [[TheGunslinger similarities]] [[CombatPragmatist end]] [[GagBoobs there]], however).
* Most ''Anime/MaiOtome'' characters are Expies of ''Anime/MaiHime'' characters. In fact, almost all of the main characters of ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' appear in ''Mai-Otome'', although they may only be supporting characters or even extras. The reverse is often true as well -- the main character of ''Mai-Otome'', Arika, appeared in ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' for only a few seconds at the end of the last episode. One character, the android Miyu, actually seems to be the exact same Miyu and not a new character after all, as though ''Mai-Otome'' is set in ''Mai-[=HiME=]'''s future. The future-time setting leads to some fan speculation about the Mai-Otome characters being reincarnations.
** Rena Sayers, however, is an expy of ''not'' of a character from Mai-[=HiME=], but that of a character of another series: Rena Yuuki of the UsefulNotes/PlayStation game ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula: The New Challenger''. Their first names sound alike (except the "L" replaces the "R") and addition to that, the series' main character designer is also the main character designer for the last 2 [=OVA=]s for ''Cyber Formula'' as well as most of video games based on that series.
* Judging from some of his character designs in ''Manga/MakenKi'', Takeda Hiromitsu seems to be a fan of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** Himegami shares a lot in common with Rachel Alucard: They're both both twintailed blondes who are childlike in appearance, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld despite being centuries old]], they're both [[BlueBlood descended of nobility]], each dresses in [[ElegantGothicLolita gothic lolita fashion]], and are accompanied by a trio of familiars.
** Inaho is a dead ringer for Makoto Nanaya, having the appearance of a squirrel-girl (minus the tail) and even shares Makoto's perpetual CatSmile.
** Demitra could be [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheOrochiSaga96 Leona Heidern's]] twin sister, but with twin braids instead of a ponytail. She has [[AmazonianBeauty a matching physique]] and a similar backstory, being that both have been [[EmotionlessGirl emotionally repressed]] since childhood and eventually became mercenaries.
** Otohime and her twin brother, Gouken, are near identical to Rose and Adelheid Bernstein. Otohime and Rose have [[OjouRinglets the same hairstyle]], MegaTwinTails and all, each [[BigBrotherWorship thinks the world of their brothers]], and they're a pair of [[RichBitch spoiled]] [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bitches.]] Whereas Gouken and Adelheid are [[TheStoic calm and reserved]] in contrast to their sisters, they're both {{bishonen}}, and they excel at martial arts.
* The teacher/aide in Creator/KenAkamatsu's ''Anime/MaoChan'' looks identical to Naru from ''Manga/LoveHina'', including the use of the same {{seiyuu}}, Horie Yui. The similarity is remarked on in the animated adaptation when the gang goes to a remarkably familiar looking hot spring inn and meet the un-named but equally familiar hostess.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', Lunar's dad is the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace WITH BLOND HAIR]]. ]] Lunar herself bears quite a resemblance to [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} Etna]].
** "Quite a resemblence""? Lunar not only looks virtually identical to Enta (Lunar's hair being a few shades lighter, and her tail is different), her real personality is also very close to Etna's.
* Nanaka from ''Anime/MyselfYourself'' resembles and initially acts like [[JerkAss Komachi Tsugumi]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' started the ReiAyanamiExpy in later works, but in the show itself, Asuka is a DistaffCounterpart of Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', sharing a lot of his traits. AcePilot? Check. HotBlooded? Check. Arrogant? Check. {{Tsundere}}? Check. ConvenientlyAnOrphan? Check. Huge abandonment and self-assuredness issues and a need to stand out due to this? Check. Huge amounts of InferioritySuperiorityComplex? Check. Breakdown due to their psychological trauma and personality issues? Definitely check. Fight against nine Mass Produced models of their own Mecha? Check. Ironically this makes her an Expy of the character who codified -and deconstructed long ago- the trope that she tried to deconstruct.
* Gainax has claimed that ever since ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' they have just been using Shinji as a base for their male protagonists and changing how he was raised. For example, Simon from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is Shinji who admired his cool older brother and Takeru from ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' is Shinji with abandonment issues towards his mother rather than his father. Hopefully we don't forget ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'''s Naota as well.
* Lots of people note how the ''LightNovel/No6'' characters Shion and Nezumi are similar to Kanda and Allen from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there were two characters who share similarites to Nami who appeared in previous versions of Romance Dawn. One was a Swordswoman who joined Luffy's crew, personality wise she was more gentle than Nami. Another was more similar to Nami's current self in terms of personality however from the way the Pilot's story was going it seemed like she wouldn't join the crew.
** Weirder case here because we have [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism no reason to think Oda was ever influenced]] by ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', but the resemblance between Zoro and Guts is rather uncanny. It's as if Zoro is how Guts probably would've been if he was a allowed to have an easier life and [[spoiler:much, much more faithful friends.]]
** Also, The seven Warlords are quite similar to the seven bosses from ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa 2''
* Tamaki Suou and Kyouya Ootori from ''Manga/OuranHighschoolHostClub'' appear very similar to Satsuki and Toyua respectively from Hatori's older work, ''Manga/MillenniumSnow''.
** Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin are a pair of red-headed twins nobody else is quite sure they can really trust [[TricksterTwins because they're the resident mischief-makers]]; they'll occasionally [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finish each other's sentences]], [[TwinTelepathy seem to be two halves of the same whole]], and love to confuse the people around them by pulling the TwinSwitch or otherwise claiming to be the opposite twin at any and every possible opportunity - although it's easy to tell the two apart once you realize one of them is the brash and cocky ringleader who comes up with most of the ideas, while the other is more sensitive and empathetic, and more likely to be the conscientious voice of reason among the two of them. [[Franchise/HarryPotter Now, why does that sound familiar?]]
* Likewise, most characters in ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' correspond to characters in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Most obviously, the Cat God is basically Chiyo-Chichi, with a pinch of Mr. Kimura.

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* Mahoro from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' and Noel from ''Manga/ShinaDark'' are both RobotGirl [[RobotMaid maids]] who hate {{ecchi}} things with a passion voiced by Ayako Kawasumi. ''Mahoromatic'' and ''Shina Dark'' are by the same author, so the expyness makes sense.
** Also in ''Shina Dark''. Noel's other form resembles the Numbers' from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. And Gallet resembles and has a similar personality to Signum from ''Nanoha''. And to solidify it all, Shina Dark's artist is authoring a ''Nanoha'' spin-off.
** No, that's the definition of an Expy, it doesn't just 'make sense'.
** Chapter 19 plays with the Noel / Mahoro connection to its logical extreme.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a large cast who have traits of several other anime and video game characters:
** While it's common for more personality types to be recycled endlessly anyway, many of the most prominent characters are toned-down analogues to ''Manga/LoveHina'' characters:
*** Asuna and Chisame are both expies of [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]], although of different aspects of her. Asuna is based on 'protective Naru', while Chisame is 'nerdy Naru'.
*** Nodoka is an early Shinobu.
*** Ku Fei is Su with brawns switched with [[GadgeteerGenius brains]].
*** Chizuru Naba is like Mutsumi Otohime in many ways; she has the biggest talents among all her peers, very nice and very kind to others just to name a few. Though Mutsumi does not share the habits of losing her temper nor trying to give you homemade leek enemas like Chizuru sometimes will.
*** Asakura is Kitsune, just as a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound rather than a ConArtist.
** Fate Averruncus is obviously based on Program Number 0 from Akamatsu's first manga, ''Manga/AILoveYou''.
** Yue Ayase's prototype design was given to Akamatsu by the artist for the ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie Read Or Dream]]'' manga, [[http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8771/00062ch4.png based on Hisami]], [[IdiotHair ahoge]] and [[SchoolGirlLesbians all]].
** Chachamaru is based on the two [[RobotGirl robot]] [[{{Meido}} maids]] from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart''. While she looks and acts more like [[EmotionlessGirl Serio]], as her hair color entails, she has some of [[{{Dojikko}} Multi]] in her as well.
** Student 31 Zazie bears a strong resemblance to [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Pagliaccio]] of the 31 Primevals, made more obvious in her [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]] [[BareYourMidriff performance]] [[http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9602/pagliazie.jpg outfit]]. Their facial marks and skin tone are basically flipped, and both are [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] [[MonsterClown clowns]] with robed cohorts. There have been joking [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] that Zazie is the [[FinalBoss last boss]]... [[spoiler: As of chapter 294, they might have been surprisingly close]].
** On another note, several ''Negima'' characters draw upon other ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters in one way or the other:
*** Yue's second, better known source is Patchouli Knowledge, a magician with long purple hair and unexcitable personality usually seen in a [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything vast library]]. Yue's wand bears [[LampshadeHanging Patchouli's trademark crescent]] and she wears a similar hat during the school festival.
*** One of Chisame's cosplay outfits makes her resemble Patchouli's assistant Koakuma.
*** Evangeline shares more than a few traits with Remilia Scarlet, the FinalBoss of ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'', in that they are both immortal loli vampires with similar personalities. Her doll manipulation and blonde hair are taken from Alice Margatroid, while her SuperMode gives her ice wings similar to Cirno's.
*** Kazumi Asakura resembles the crow tengu Aya Shameimaru, down to having an artefact called "Raven's Eye".
*** Setsuna Sakurazaki resembles Youmu Konpaku, being a swordswoman dedicated to a mischevious and slightly [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter-than-she-seems]] noble lady (though said lady looks more like Kaguya Houraisan), as well as being a half-human with naturally white hair.
*** Mana Tatsumiya resembles Reimu Hakurei, being a part-time shrine maiden with a somewhat similar hairstyle who works for money and solves problems with MoreDakka ([[HugeSchoolgirl the]] [[TheGunslinger similarities]] [[CombatPragmatist end]] [[GagBoobs there]], however).
* Most ''Anime/MaiOtome'' characters are Expies of ''Anime/MaiHime'' characters. In fact, almost all of the main characters of ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' appear in ''Mai-Otome'', although they may only be supporting characters or even extras. The reverse is often true as well -- the main character of ''Mai-Otome'', Arika, appeared in ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' for only a few seconds at the end of the last episode. One character, the android Miyu, actually seems to be the exact same Miyu and not a new character after all, as though ''Mai-Otome'' is set in ''Mai-[=HiME=]'''s future. The future-time setting leads to some fan speculation about the Mai-Otome characters being reincarnations.
** Rena Sayers, however, is an expy of ''not'' of a character from Mai-[=HiME=], but that of a character of another series: Rena Yuuki of the UsefulNotes/PlayStation game ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula: The New Challenger''. Their first names sound alike (except the "L" replaces the "R") and addition to that, the series' main character designer is also the main character designer for the last 2 [=OVA=]s for ''Cyber Formula'' as well as most of video games based on that series.
* Judging from some of his character designs in ''Manga/MakenKi'', Takeda Hiromitsu seems to be a fan of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** Himegami shares a lot in common with Rachel Alucard: They're both both twintailed blondes who are childlike in appearance, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld despite being centuries old]], they're both [[BlueBlood descended of nobility]], each dresses in [[ElegantGothicLolita gothic lolita fashion]], and are accompanied by a trio of familiars.
** Inaho is a dead ringer for Makoto Nanaya, having the appearance of a squirrel-girl (minus the tail) and even shares Makoto's perpetual CatSmile.
** Demitra could be [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheOrochiSaga96 Leona Heidern's]] twin sister, but with twin braids instead of a ponytail. She has [[AmazonianBeauty a matching physique]] and a similar backstory, being that both have been [[EmotionlessGirl emotionally repressed]] since childhood and eventually became mercenaries.
** Otohime and her twin brother, Gouken, are near identical to Rose and Adelheid Bernstein. Otohime and Rose have [[OjouRinglets the same hairstyle]], MegaTwinTails and all, each [[BigBrotherWorship thinks the world of their brothers]], and they're a pair of [[RichBitch spoiled]] [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bitches.]] Whereas Gouken and Adelheid are [[TheStoic calm and reserved]] in contrast to their sisters, they're both {{bishonen}}, and they excel at martial arts.
* The teacher/aide in Creator/KenAkamatsu's ''Anime/MaoChan'' looks identical to Naru from ''Manga/LoveHina'', including the use of the same {{seiyuu}}, Horie Yui. The similarity is remarked on in the animated adaptation when the gang goes to a remarkably familiar looking hot spring inn and meet the un-named but equally familiar hostess.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', Lunar's dad is the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace WITH BLOND HAIR]]. ]] Lunar herself bears quite a resemblance to [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} Etna]].
** "Quite a resemblence""? Lunar not only looks virtually identical to Enta (Lunar's hair being a few shades lighter, and her tail is different), her real personality is also very close to Etna's.
* Nanaka from ''Anime/MyselfYourself'' resembles and initially acts like [[JerkAss Komachi Tsugumi]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' started the ReiAyanamiExpy in later works, but in the show itself,
''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Asuka is a DistaffCounterpart of Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', sharing a lot of his traits. AcePilot? Check. HotBlooded? Check. Arrogant? Check. {{Tsundere}}? Check. ConvenientlyAnOrphan? Check. Huge abandonment and self-assuredness issues and a need to stand out due to this? Check. Huge amounts of InferioritySuperiorityComplex? Check. Breakdown due to their psychological trauma and personality issues? Definitely check. Fight against nine Mass Produced models of their own Mecha? Check. Ironically this makes her an Expy of the character who codified -and deconstructed long ago- the trope that she tried to deconstruct.
* Gainax has claimed that ever since ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' they have just been using Shinji as a base for their male protagonists and changing how he was raised. For example, Simon from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is Shinji who admired his cool older brother and Takeru from ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' is Shinji with abandonment issues towards his mother rather than his father. Hopefully we don't forget ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'''s Naota as well.
*
%%* Lots of people note how the ''LightNovel/No6'' characters Shion and Nezumi are similar to Kanda and Allen from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there were two characters who share similarites to Nami who appeared in previous versions of Romance Dawn. One was a Swordswoman who joined Luffy's crew, personality wise she was more gentle than Nami. Another was more similar to Nami's current self in terms of personality however from the way the Pilot's story was going it seemed like she wouldn't join the crew.
** Weirder case here because we have [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism no reason to think Oda was ever influenced]] by ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', but the resemblance between Zoro and Guts is rather uncanny. It's as if Zoro is how Guts probably would've been if he was a allowed to have an easier life and [[spoiler:much, much more faithful friends.]]
** Also, The seven Warlords are quite similar to the seven bosses from ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa 2''
* Tamaki Suou and Kyouya Ootori from ''Manga/OuranHighschoolHostClub'' appear very similar to Satsuki and Toyua respectively from Hatori's older work, ''Manga/MillenniumSnow''.
** Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin are a pair of red-headed twins nobody else is quite sure they can really trust [[TricksterTwins because they're the resident mischief-makers]]; they'll occasionally [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finish each other's sentences]], [[TwinTelepathy seem to be two halves of the same whole]], and love to confuse the people around them by pulling the TwinSwitch or otherwise claiming to be the opposite twin at any and every possible opportunity - although it's easy to tell the two apart once you realize one of them is the brash and cocky ringleader who comes up with most of the ideas, while the other is more sensitive and empathetic, and more likely to be the conscientious voice of reason among the two of them. [[Franchise/HarryPotter Now, why does that sound familiar?]]
* Likewise, most characters in ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' correspond to characters in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Most obviously, the Cat God is basically Chiyo-Chichi, with a pinch of Mr. Kimura.
''Manga/DGrayMan''.



* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[TheDragon Hy Shaltat]] has the exact face of Chirico Cuvie, main character of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' (another HumongousMecha anime from the creator of ''Galient'').

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* %%* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[TheDragon Hy Shaltat]] has the exact face of Chirico Cuvie, main character of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' (another HumongousMecha anime from the creator of ''Galient'').



* ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' features several with ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', though it inverts the Shinji-Asuka-Rei dynamic. There is even one scene in episode 3 where Tsukasa falls on top of Isla that [[ShoutOut directly mimics]] the scene where Shinji is on top of Rei:
** Tsukasa is a NaiveNewcomer with light brown hair who falls for a ReiAyanamiExpy, which makes him similar to Shinji in some respects.
** Isla is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot with whiteish-silver hair and red eyes. She starts out [[TheQuietOne asocial]] and aloof due to her career and because she is [[spoiler:SecretlyDying]]. Tsukasa manages to [[DefrostingTheIceQueen bring her out of her shell]].
** Michiru is a FieryRedhead who is {{Tsundere}} towards Tsukasa. She has [[CannotSpitItOut unrequited]] [[HopelessSuitor feelings]] towards him.
** Kazuki is an older, HardDrinkingPartyGirl who loves beer and is a mentor to Tsukasa, as well as being his boss. She's a motherly figure to Isla.
** Yasutaka looks and acts very much like Kaji.



** Ritchie is a expy to Ash (and Red from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''), who also has a few of the same Pokémon as Ash.
** Ash's Sinnoh rival Paul is an expy of [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Silver]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' in [[{{Jerkass}} personality]] and appearance. He ironically is even crueller than his original, releasing untold numbers of Pokémon that he captures because he finds them too weak.

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** %%** Ritchie is a expy to Ash (and Red from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''), who also has a few of the same Pokémon as Ash.
** Ash's Sinnoh rival Paul is an expy of [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Silver]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' in [[{{Jerkass}} personality]] and appearance. He ironically is even crueller than his original, releasing untold numbers of Pokémon that he captures because he finds them too weak.
Ash.



** Each new generation of the Pokémon Anime brings one or a few expies of a previous generation, usually in the form of a Pokémon owned by a main character, but sometimes in the form of a human character.
** Ash's Charizard's backstory and progress on the show is very well-known to all fans of the anime, and as such, he has had his fair share of expies.
*** Two of Ash's other Fire-type starters, Infernape and Pignite, have very similar backstories, having been abandoned by abusive trainers before being taken in by Ash and becoming massive powerhouses on his team. The similarities regarding the abusive trainer are especially true for Pignite, whose trainer abandoned it by lying to it, then later revealing his true colors to it. While Paul was much more outright abusive to Infernape as a Chimchar, there was never any deception involved.
*** Dawn's Mamoswine is easily an expy of Charizard due to the progress of its storyline as a disobedient powerhouse. Dawn caught it as a Swinub, which was happy and obeyed her. However, once it evolved into Piloswine, it suddenly stopped listening to her. It also evolved into Mamoswine only a couple of episodes after evolving into Piloswine, and continued its pattern of disobedience. Then it became injured and Dawn had to spend time nursing it back to health, which restored its loyalty to her.



* Pikachu in ''Manga/{{Pokemon}}'' manga (for example Red's Pikachu, Pika, from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'') tend to be headstrong and disobedient at least at first, similar to how Ash's Pikachu was in the early episodes of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
* Hareta from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is an expy of Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall''. Both are HotBlooded [[WildChild wild children]] who are incredibly ignorant, [[BloodKnight love to fight]], love [[BigEater love food]], and are very [[AllLovingHero compassionate]]. They're also friends with a teenage CoolBigSis.
* It would be safe to say that every character in ''VisualNovel/PrincessLover'' has drawn inspiration from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Sylvia van Hossen is almost a complete clone of Saber, Charlotte is an Ilya clone, Yuu is heavily based on Sakura, and Seika is a copy of Rin.
* Shii from ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'' is quite a lot like Hyatt from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', only excluding the tendency to cough up blood, drop dead, and come back to life, and including glasses and outrageously huge GagBoobs. They even have the same voice actress, in both the Japanese and English versions.
** Poemi ([[RunningGag also]] [[NoFourthWall known as]] [[ActorAllusion Kobayashi]]) herself is an Expy of [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel]] (Expel?), only [[UpToEleven more]] [[GenkiGirl genki]].

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* Pikachu in ''Manga/{{Pokemon}}'' manga (for example Red's Pikachu, Pika, from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'') tend to be headstrong and disobedient at least at first, similar to how Ash's Pikachu was in the early episodes of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
* Hareta from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is an expy of Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall''. Both are HotBlooded [[WildChild wild children]] who are incredibly ignorant, [[BloodKnight love to fight]], love [[BigEater love food]], and are very [[AllLovingHero compassionate]]. They're also friends with a teenage CoolBigSis.
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%%* It would be safe to say that every character in ''VisualNovel/PrincessLover'' has drawn inspiration from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Sylvia van Hossen is almost a complete clone of Saber, Charlotte is an Ilya clone, Yuu is heavily based on Sakura, and Seika is a copy of Rin.
* Shii from ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'' is quite a lot like Hyatt from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', only excluding the tendency to cough up blood, drop dead, and come back to life, and including glasses and outrageously huge GagBoobs. They even have the same voice actress, in both the Japanese and English versions.
** Poemi ([[RunningGag also]] [[NoFourthWall known as]] [[ActorAllusion Kobayashi]]) herself is an Expy of [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel]] (Expel?), only [[UpToEleven more]] [[GenkiGirl genki]].
Rin.



** The anime would have originally had Shampoo look a lot more like Lum; in the season one opening, there are eye-catches of Shampoo showing her with dark green hair and light blue eyes.



** WordOfGod says that the [[OfficialCouple Inu Yasha and Kagome romance]] is pretty much a mirror of [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma and Akane's romance]]; I/K's is treated more "seriously" simply because it's an adventure show more than a comedy.
** But Inuyasha is a lot more Ranma than Kagome is Akane- note the perching, attitude, and even resemblance. Inuyasha and male Ranma even share a voice actor (in Japanese and, in the later seasons, English as well).



*** Nabiki and Akemi share a few features, but neither one is a ripoff of the other. Deep down, waaaaay deep down, Akemi is still a nice person whereas Nabiki is [[MoneyFetish The Ultimate Capitalist]]...
*** Akemi is generally linked with Benten from UruseiYatsura (earthy characters, same voice actress)
** Yotsuya from ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' looks identical to Sekoi from Takahashi's early series ''Dust Spot'' (a.k.a. ''Wasted Minds''). The fact that Sekoi is a secret agent and Yotsuya keeps his job a secret from the residents of Ikkoku has lead some fans to wonder if they're actually the same person. Given the tendency, however, for Takahashi's works to not exist in a shared universe (as well as the lack of fantasy/supernatural elements in ''Ikkoku'' which in itself sets it apart from her other major series'), it is unlikely, but not impossible, that they are meant to be the same person.



*** [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Kuno Tatewaki]] is also comparable to [[UruseiYatsura Shutaro Mendou]]. Both are absurdly rich (although Mendou shows it a lot more,) both always carry a sword, which Ranma/Ataru [[BareHandedBladeBlock catches]], they also want to kill/defeat the main character, for "stealing' their love.
* Many of the characters in Creator/RumikoTakahashi's latest work, ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'', seem to be expies from her older works (though in looks, Rinne's grandmother Tamako seems to be a genderbent [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichimaru]]. For example, Sakura Mamiya is a more laid-back [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome]], Tsubasa Jumonji looks a ''lot'' like [[Manga/InuYasha Miroku]] (though his personality is more like [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ryôga's]]). Ageha looks very similar to [[Manga/InuYasha Abi-hime]], too, though personnality-wise she's a lot like [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Kodachi]].
* The characters in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' are all expys of the characters in Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. All three shows were originally unrelated but combined together to tell a multigenerational epic.

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*** ** [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Kuno Tatewaki]] is also comparable to [[UruseiYatsura Shutaro Mendou]]. Both are absurdly rich (although Mendou shows it a lot more,) both always carry a sword, which Ranma/Ataru [[BareHandedBladeBlock catches]], they also want to kill/defeat the main character, for "stealing' their love.
* Many of the characters in Creator/RumikoTakahashi's latest work, ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'', seem to be expies from her older works (though in looks, Rinne's grandmother Tamako seems to be a genderbent [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichimaru]]. For example, Sakura Mamiya is a more laid-back [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome]], Tsubasa Jumonji looks a ''lot'' like [[Manga/InuYasha Miroku]] (though his personality is more like [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ryôga's]]). Ageha looks very similar to [[Manga/InuYasha Abi-hime]], too, though personnality-wise she's a lot like [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Kodachi]].
* The characters in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' are all expys of the characters in Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. All three shows were originally unrelated but combined together to tell a multigenerational epic.
love.



** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': In the second season. A very briefly seen character had pale hair with devious eyes. And she was even voiced by Rie Tanaka who also voiced Suigintou.



** There was also the transition of Amano -> Umino (although the latter, thanks to his notably larger role in TheNineties anime, got significantly more character development and sympathy) and (to a lesser extent) Hikaru -> Naru.
** [[WordOfGod According]] to Creator/HideakiAnno, Misato from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was specifically designed to be Usagi if she had no superpowers and grew up to be a very unhappy adult. Hence the CastingGag of getting Creator/KotonoMitsuishi to do her voice.
* Lucifer of ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] with black hair--they are otherwise identical in looks. However, he zig-zags all over the place in regards to similar personality, so that whenever Lucifer gets screen time (especially with Zeus) it just feels rather...odd.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s lead characters are designed by the same author and look it. Mugen evokes a Spike before his series began, but otherwise share the same afro, nihilism, and English voice actor.
* Maria Cadenzavna Eve from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' looks like Hibiki Hojo from ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''. Not only that, she shares the same first name with Hibiki's mother and got Cure Melody's haircolor (Hibiki's MagicalGirl Alter Ego) while [[TheHeroine Hibiki]] herself shares her first name with Hibiki Tachibana.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** Baio's and Ouka Nishizawa's younger selves are heavily based on Ryu and Chun-Li from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', although in the present their lives are radically different.
** Other examples Eddy Honda, one of Ouka's opponents in her street fighting days, to Edmond Honda from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''; a monster called "Ningen", with appearance and background nearly identical to Adam from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and an unnamed alien judge who looked identical to the judge from Phoenix Wright, save for green skin and an antenna on his forehead.
* Chizuru from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' definitely rings a bell regarding Ryouko from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
* Utau Hoshina from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' and Fate Testarossa from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series share many traits. They are both [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magic Girls]] who aren't actually evil and are doing it for the sake of someone (Precia and Ikuto), both of them have long blonde pigtails, they [[DontYouDarePityMe refuse any peaceful or friendly attempt from the main character]] and both of them recieve a HeelFaceTurn undergoing DefeatMeansFriendship. A rather long list of shared traits right? They are also voice by the same [[Creator/NanaMizuki voice actress!.]]
* Creator/HiromuArakawa's manga ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' is ''full'' of expies of her previous work ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' - the main character is a male version of Shezka, one major character is the spitting image of the first Greed, and one background character appears to be a younger version of Roy Mustang, to name a few instances.

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** There was also the transition of Amano -> Umino (although the latter, thanks to his notably larger role in TheNineties anime, got significantly more character development and sympathy) and (to a lesser extent) Hikaru -> Naru.
** [[WordOfGod According]] to Creator/HideakiAnno, Misato from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was specifically designed to be Usagi if she had no superpowers and grew up to be a very unhappy adult. Hence the CastingGag of getting Creator/KotonoMitsuishi to do her voice.
* Lucifer of ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] with black hair--they are otherwise identical in looks. However, he zig-zags all over the place in regards to similar personality, so that whenever Lucifer gets screen time (especially with Zeus) it just feels rather...odd.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s lead characters are designed by the same author and look it. Mugen evokes a Spike before his series began, but otherwise share the same afro, nihilism, and English voice actor.
* Maria Cadenzavna Eve from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' looks like Hibiki Hojo from ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''. Not only that, she shares the same first name with Hibiki's mother and got Cure Melody's haircolor (Hibiki's MagicalGirl Alter Ego) while [[TheHeroine Hibiki]] herself shares her first name with Hibiki Tachibana.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** Baio's and Ouka Nishizawa's younger selves are heavily based on Ryu and Chun-Li from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', although in the present their lives are radically different.
** Other examples Eddy Honda, one of Ouka's opponents in her street fighting days, to Edmond Honda from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''; a monster called "Ningen", with appearance and background nearly identical to Adam from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and an unnamed alien judge who looked identical to the judge from Phoenix Wright, save for green skin and an antenna on his forehead.
*
%%* Chizuru from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' definitely rings a bell regarding Ryouko from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
* Utau Hoshina from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' and Fate Testarossa from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series share many traits. They are both [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magic Girls]] who aren't actually evil and are doing it for the sake of someone (Precia and Ikuto), both of them have long blonde pigtails, they [[DontYouDarePityMe refuse any peaceful or friendly attempt from the main character]] and both of them recieve receive a HeelFaceTurn undergoing DefeatMeansFriendship. A rather long list of shared traits right? They are also voice by the same [[Creator/NanaMizuki voice actress!.]]
* Creator/HiromuArakawa's manga ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' is ''full'' of expies of her previous work ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' - the main character is a male version of Shezka, one major character is the spitting image of the first Greed, and one background character appears to be a younger version of Roy Mustang, to name a few instances.
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* ''Manga/SoulEater'', several characters are expies or callbacks to the author's previous series B.Ichi. Whether its the name of an attack like Law Abiding Silve Gun or the whole character being a mix of previous characters depends on the individual, but it seems that about half the cast has a callback to a prvious character in some form.
* Creator/StudioTrigger's short anime series ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' is full of references to their previous works and to their predecessors Gainax, so it's not a surprise that almost all of the main characters are visually similar to past characters or partly modeled upon them. Here they are:
** Luluco is Mako Mankanshoku from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', but more grounded in reality
** Alpha Omega Nova is ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s Kaworu with a hint of [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Brief]]'s {{bishonen}} form
** Midori is ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'''s Haruko (mostly for the alien-ness, attitude and [[Creator/MayumiShintani voice actress]])
** Over Justice is Anime/InfernoCop from his eponymous series, right down to being a [[DemBones skeleton]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer police officer]] with a [[FlamingSkulls flaming skull]].
** Over Justice's unnamed secretary is Teacher Ursula from ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''.
** Lalaco Godspeed [[spoiler:Luluco's mom]] is Ragyo from ''Anime/KillLaKill''.
** Unrelated to the others, Keiji (Luluco's dad) is more or less [[Film/BladeRunner Rick Deckard]] crossed with [[Franchise/AceAttorney Dick Gumshoe]].



* A number of characters in both ''Manga/SusumeKitakouHousoubu'' and ''Barjona Bombers'' are recycled from a doujinshi project that Creator/HidekazHimaruya did as a teenager, where he personified the prefectures of Japan. These characters would then wind up re-used as Japan's prefectures in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. A few of the characters' personalities and archetypes were also given to some of the countries in the manga:
** Hatoba "Big Boss" Isahaya is a lax, calm guy who really loves cats and sleeps a lot, similar to Greece.
** Noto Kanazawa is sometimes compared to Lithuania in appearance (though the latter has longer hair), and with his unlucky nature. North Italy was initially meant to be more based off of Noto, but plans changed. Barring his crossover appearance, Noto's character is recycled two times in ''Hetalia'': Once as a feudal clan of Japan (Kanazawa-han), and later in artwork as the Ishikawa prefecture (re-used from Himaruya's old project).
** Noto's childhood friends are based off of the personifications of Toyama and Fukui, with their names also being direct inspiration (Iriyoshi '''Toyama''', Wakasa '''Fukui'''). A number of characters all have some sort of injoke in their name that relates to a prefecture.
** Azuki Shougoin's loud egotistical nature is sometimes compared to that of Prussia, along with her being unlucky. Although design-wise, she is a copy of Himaruya's personification of Kyoto.
** Seychelles was inspired from the initial Nagasaki design that Himaruya drew in 2004. When he re-introduced Nagasaki, he lightened her skintone and removed her hair bows to downplay the resemblance.
** Barjona examples: Nomaru Hunai was based off of "Oita", Yamato Nara started as "Nara", Kalom Hikone was "Shiga", and Tsukomi Hoke was "Osaka". Osaka would appear again in Hetalia, as part of both the feudal clans and the modern prefectures.
*** Homare Aizu appears as the Aizu clan in Hetalia, although this is averted with the modern personification of Fukushima.
*** Kalom's design was somewhat reused for England, while England's personality is more in line with Homare's sarcastic nature.
** Tira Sugusuku was inspired by an Okinawa personification that Himaruya drew, although when he re-introduced Okinawa in Hetalia, he [[GenderFlip changed the character to be a guy]].
** Himaruya had drawn a comic called ''[=MoeKan=]'' in early 2006, who had a Korean lead character named Sena. After he began work on Hetalia, his initial plan was to reuse Sena's design for South Korea and make the character a pop idol wannabe. The female South Korea appeared in [[http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/kanhura.gif one tiny webcomic sketch (arguing with France over tea)]], but was scrapped and he introduced a male version instead. The female South Korea design would return though, for the Nyotalia artwork of the Asian countries.
* In one episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' there was a Team Gurren member who had the same clothes and hair as Battle Frontier Brain Noland from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** In a more prominent example, Simon himself is basically [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] with blue hair and a ''very'' inspirational rolemodel and [[BloodBrothers "Bro"]] in the form of Kamina. Well, [[CharacterDevelopment at least early on]]. It's ''really'' hard to see the similarities between Simon and Shinji in the end of their respective series.



* The original 1975 ''Anime/TimeBokan'' by Creator/TatsunokoProduction featured a TerribleTrio consisting of a FatAndSkinny duo headed by a {{Stripperiffic}} female. From then on, the succeeding series of ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman, Itadekiman and Kiramekiman would feature expies with same characteristics, and same voice actors.
** In fact it is not just limited to the antagonists. The original ''Time Bokan'' had the two main protagonists be a BattleCouple, and five series afterwards would have their own respective expies (Yattodetaman and Ippatsuman just had a single hero be the main protagonist). Regularly these Battle Couples would have a RobotBuddy as well.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'':
** Besides the ''Manga/BlackCat'' references cited above, Lala is inspired from Lum of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Both are beautiful alien princesses in love with a human boy. Both have all sorts of inventions that hardly work right or do not work at all. And they both love to cook food that is way too spicy or inedible for humans to eat.
** Run is inspired from Ran of the same manga (their names are almost the same even), minus the BitchInSheepsClothing aspect of her character. Like Ran with Lum, Run was Lala's childhood friend who went through a lot of slapstick abuse and was forced to dress up like a girl as Ren. At least Ren/Run didn't get spanked like Ran did, though.
* Appearing only in the animated adaptation of ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', Serge Starjon is the expy of Serge Batouille, the main character of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''. Both are similar in appearance and personality.
* Subverted ''massively'' in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', where the major characters are warned that during their dimension-hopping, they will likely meet many different versions of the same person. This results in later volumes featuring Expys of characters from earlier in the same manga. Continuing with the "AlternateUniverse" theme, nearly all of these recurring characters are themselves Expys from an earlier Creator/{{CLAMP}} work.
** And then inverted when [[spoiler: one of the "same face, different place" characters really ''does'' turn out to be the same person they'd met before.]]
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} later on, when one Expy turns out to be [[spoiler: the ''son'' of the character he mimics, for... [[Theatre/OedipusRex less than healthy reasons]].]]
** CLAMP wrote ''Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle'' as a 20th anniversary {{Fanservice}} gift to its fans, so {{Expy}} is essentially the raison d'etre for the series. ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' is a concurrent CLAMP manga series that intersects so tightly with ''Tsubasa'' as to require reading both to fully appreciate and understand each story. For the 100+ list of CLAMP {{Expy}}s in ''Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle'', see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tsubasa:_Reservoir_Chronicle_characters#Crossover_characters Tsubasa Chronicle Crossover Characters]] Note that the crossovers with ''[=XxxHOlic=]'' are mostly deleted from the anime adaptations because separate production companies animated each series, creating contractual and creative differences. {{Expy}} instances in ''Tsubasa'' vary in the anime because the series veers from the manga late in season two (though is recovered mostly in the ''Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations'' OVA series.

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* The original 1975 ''Anime/TimeBokan'' by Creator/TatsunokoProduction featured a TerribleTrio consisting of a FatAndSkinny duo headed by a {{Stripperiffic}} female. From then on, the succeeding series of ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman, Itadekiman and Kiramekiman would feature expies with same characteristics, and same voice actors.
** In fact it is not just limited to the antagonists. The original ''Time Bokan'' had the two main protagonists be a BattleCouple, and five series afterwards would have their own respective expies (Yattodetaman and Ippatsuman just had a single hero be the main protagonist). Regularly these Battle Couples would have a RobotBuddy as well.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'':
** Besides the ''Manga/BlackCat'' references cited above,
''Manga/ToLoveRu'': Lala is inspired from Lum of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Both are beautiful alien princesses in love with a human boy. Both have all sorts of inventions that hardly work right or do not work at all. And they both love to cook food that is way too spicy or inedible for humans to eat.
** Run is inspired from Ran of the same manga (their names are almost the same even), minus the BitchInSheepsClothing aspect of her character. Like Ran with Lum, Run was Lala's childhood friend who went through a lot of slapstick abuse and was forced to dress up like a girl as Ren. At least Ren/Run didn't get spanked like Ran did, though.
*
%%* Appearing only in the animated adaptation of ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', Serge Starjon is the expy of Serge Batouille, the main character of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''. Both are similar in appearance and personality.
* Subverted ''massively'' in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', where the major characters are warned that during their dimension-hopping, they will likely meet many different versions of the same person. This results in later volumes featuring Expys of characters from earlier in the same manga. Continuing with the "AlternateUniverse" theme, nearly all of these recurring characters are themselves Expys from an earlier Creator/{{CLAMP}} work.
** And then inverted when [[spoiler: one of the "same face, different place" characters really ''does'' turn out to be the same person they'd met before.]]
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} later on, when one Expy turns out to be [[spoiler: the ''son'' of the character he mimics, for... [[Theatre/OedipusRex less than healthy reasons]].]]
** CLAMP wrote ''Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle'' as a 20th anniversary {{Fanservice}} gift to its fans, so {{Expy}} is essentially the raison d'etre for the series. ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' is a concurrent CLAMP manga series that intersects so tightly with ''Tsubasa'' as to require reading both to fully appreciate and understand each story. For the 100+ list of CLAMP {{Expy}}s in ''Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle'', see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tsubasa:_Reservoir_Chronicle_characters#Crossover_characters Tsubasa Chronicle Crossover Characters]] Note that the crossovers with ''[=XxxHOlic=]'' are mostly deleted from the anime adaptations because separate production companies animated each series, creating contractual and creative differences. {{Expy}} instances in ''Tsubasa'' vary in the anime because the series veers from the manga late in season two (though is recovered mostly in the ''Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations'' OVA series.
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* Characters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' with counterparts in the sequel, ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
** Right from the mouths of the [[WordOfGod powers that be]], the protagonist, Judai, was designed with Jyonouchi's personality and Yugi's dueling skills.
** The Season 2 BigBad, Saiou, is basically an {{Expy}} of Marik (with his sister Mizuchi an Expy of Isis), using the same strategy as Dartz.
** Kaiba has ''three'' in Kaiser Ryo, Manjoume and Edo Phoenix, all of which encompass different aspects of Kaiba's character.
** Sho seems to be based on little Yugi.
** The Sacred Beasts are Expys of the God Cards.

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* Characters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' with counterparts in the sequel, ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
** Right from the mouths of the [[WordOfGod powers that be]], the protagonist, Judai, was designed with Jyonouchi's personality and Yugi's dueling skills.
**
%%** The Season 2 BigBad, Saiou, is basically an {{Expy}} of Marik (with his sister Mizuchi an Expy of Isis), using the same strategy as Dartz.
** Kaiba has ''three'' in Kaiser Ryo, Manjoume and Edo Phoenix, all of which encompass different aspects of Kaiba's character.
** Sho seems to be based on little Yugi.
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%%** The Sacred Beasts are Expys of the God Cards.



* Expies in the second sequel ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** Jack Atlas in ''[=5D's=]'' is clearly Kaiba. The dub plays this aspect up.
** His assistant Mikage also seems to be an Expy of Scheris from ''Scryed'' in both appearance and her relationship with Jack.
** Bruno looks like an Expy of Johan from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', with his blue hair and instant HoYay relationship with TheHero to the point of making other characters jealous. Johan himself was actually an Expy of ''Judai.'' So Bruno is an expy of Johan who is an expy of Judai who is an expy of Yugi/Jyonouchi.
*** Thankfully, the similarity between them exists only within the role they play. Personality and backstory-wise, they are radically different characters.
** Sherry seems like a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of Edo Phoenix from ''GX'' -- a BadAss WellIntentionedExtremist out to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge her parents' murder]].
** In a nutshell, Kazuki Takahashi seems to love mixing different characters together to create new ones, usually combinations of the three original main characters.
*** Yusei Fudo has Yami Yugi's facial structure and eye shape, Jonouchi's height range (middle height of the main trio) and obviously, Kaiba's blue eyes, humble (coming from Satellite) origins and 'no-nonsense' attitude.
*** And of course, Jack Atlas with the majority of Kaiba's personality.
*** And ZONE of 5D's would seem to be the ADAM to Aporia's Gendou. Sherry has similarites to Rei Ayanami, being a key part of the end of the world.
* The trend continues in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''.
** Yuma has Yugi's background (artifact, legacy deck, spirit companion, ChildhoodFriendRomance) and Jonouchi's noobishness.
** Kotori is an expy of Anzu (personality, relationship) and Ruka (appearance).
** Shark is an expy of early Jonouchi.
** Kaito is an expy of Kaiba (the obsessing over his brother)
** Astral and No.96 being expys of Atem/Dark Yugi and Dark Bakura, respectively.
** This is the basic formula of all shows: Main character tends to be TheAce and has a 2500 ATK trademark monster (Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya). They are backed up by a GoodIsNotNice [[TheLancer lancer]] who has a 3000 ATK dragon as a trademark card (Kaiba, Chazz, Jack, Kite, Declan). A girl will be TheHeart (Tea, Alexis, Luna, Tori, Yuzu). And there will be at least one supporting character with supernatural ties (Bakura, Atticus, Akiza, Astral, Sora).
* Zofis from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' is a rather blatant expy of [[Franchise/DragonBall Frieza]], both styled as gender ambiguous, extremely cruel and powerful lords. Though in contrast with Frieza's penchant for physical torture, Zofis prefers watching, and causing the breakdown of the human spirit.

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* Expies in the second sequel ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** %%** Jack Atlas in ''[=5D's=]'' is clearly Kaiba. The dub plays this aspect up.
** %%** His assistant Mikage also seems to be an Expy of Scheris from ''Scryed'' in both appearance and her relationship with Jack.
** Bruno looks like an Expy of Johan from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', with his blue hair and instant HoYay relationship with TheHero to the point of making other characters jealous. Johan himself was actually an Expy of ''Judai.'' So Bruno is an expy of Johan who is an expy of Judai who is an expy of Yugi/Jyonouchi.
*** Thankfully, the similarity between them exists only within the role they play. Personality and backstory-wise, they are radically different characters.
** Sherry seems like a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of Edo Phoenix from ''GX'' -- a BadAss WellIntentionedExtremist out to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge her parents' murder]].
** In a nutshell, Kazuki Takahashi seems to love mixing different characters together to create new ones, usually combinations of the three original main characters.
*** Yusei Fudo has Yami Yugi's facial structure and eye shape, Jonouchi's height range (middle height of the main trio) and obviously, Kaiba's blue eyes, humble (coming from Satellite) origins and 'no-nonsense' attitude.
*** And of course, Jack Atlas with the majority of Kaiba's personality.
*** And ZONE of 5D's would seem to be the ADAM to Aporia's Gendou. Sherry has similarites to Rei Ayanami, being a key part of the end of the world.
* The trend continues in
%%* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''.
** Yuma has Yugi's background (artifact, legacy deck, spirit companion, ChildhoodFriendRomance) and Jonouchi's noobishness.
** Kotori is an expy of Anzu (personality, relationship) and Ruka (appearance).
** Shark is an expy of early Jonouchi.
**
%%** Kaito is an expy of Kaiba (the obsessing over his brother)
** %%** Astral and No.96 being expys of Atem/Dark Yugi and Dark Bakura, respectively.
** This is the basic formula of all shows: Main character tends to be TheAce and has a 2500 ATK trademark monster (Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya). They are backed up by a GoodIsNotNice [[TheLancer lancer]] who has a 3000 ATK dragon as a trademark card (Kaiba, Chazz, Jack, Kite, Declan). A girl will be TheHeart (Tea, Alexis, Luna, Tori, Yuzu). And there will be at least one supporting character with supernatural ties (Bakura, Atticus, Akiza, Astral, Sora).
* Zofis from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' is a rather blatant expy of [[Franchise/DragonBall Frieza]], both styled as gender ambiguous, extremely cruel and powerful lords. Though in contrast with Frieza's penchant for physical torture, Zofis prefers watching, and causing the breakdown of the human spirit.
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20th Jun '16 3:32:05 AM Adept
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* Reading into some of HiromuArakawa's non-''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' works shows a few oddly familiar faces. She openly admitted that Jean Havoc and Lust were based on Jack and Kuo from Shanghai Youma Kikai. Then there's Dr. Tachibana, who looks like Ranfan with glasses.

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* Reading into some of HiromuArakawa's Creator/HiromuArakawa's non-''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' works shows a few oddly familiar faces. She openly admitted that Jean Havoc and Lust were based on Jack and Kuo from Shanghai Youma Kikai. Then there's Dr. Tachibana, who looks like Ranfan with glasses.
13th Jun '16 11:35:11 AM sorako
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' started the ReiAyanamiExpy in later works, but in the show itself, Asuka is a GenderFlip of ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]]'', sharing a lot of his traits. AcePilot? Check. HotBlooded? Check. Arrogant? Check. {{Tsundere}}? Check. ConvenientlyAnOrphan? Check. Huge abandonment and self-assuredness issues and a need to stand out due to this? Check. Huge amounts of InferioritySuperiorityComplex? Check. Breakdown due to their psychological trauma and personality issues? Definitely check. Fight against nine Mass Produced models of their own Mecha? Check. Ironically this makes her an Expy of the character who codified -and deconstructed long ago- the trope that she tried to deconstruct.
* Gainax has claimed that ever since ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' they have just been using Shinji as a base for their male protagonists and changing how he was raised. For example [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] is Shinji who admired his cool older brother and [[Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld Takeru]] is Shinji with abandonment issues towards his mother rather than his father. Hopefully we don't forget [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota]] as well.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' started the ReiAyanamiExpy in later works, but in the show itself, Asuka is a GenderFlip DistaffCounterpart of ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]]'', Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', sharing a lot of his traits. AcePilot? Check. HotBlooded? Check. Arrogant? Check. {{Tsundere}}? Check. ConvenientlyAnOrphan? Check. Huge abandonment and self-assuredness issues and a need to stand out due to this? Check. Huge amounts of InferioritySuperiorityComplex? Check. Breakdown due to their psychological trauma and personality issues? Definitely check. Fight against nine Mass Produced models of their own Mecha? Check. Ironically this makes her an Expy of the character who codified -and deconstructed long ago- the trope that she tried to deconstruct.
* Gainax has claimed that ever since ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' they have just been using Shinji as a base for their male protagonists and changing how he was raised. For example [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] example, Simon from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is Shinji who admired his cool older brother and [[Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld Takeru]] Takeru from ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' is Shinji with abandonment issues towards his mother rather than his father. Hopefully we don't forget [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota]] ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'''s Naota as well.
6th Jun '16 11:00:49 AM sorako
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* Chizuru from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' definitely [[LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya rings a bell]].[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RyoukoKnife_9397.jpg]]

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* Chizuru from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' definitely [[LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya rings a bell]].[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RyoukoKnife_9397.jpg]]bell regarding Ryouko from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.



* L-Elf from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' is like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Both are once part of TheEmpire which they are cast off, joined a rebellion group to take down that group, great strategists, and having a love life [[spoiler:who dies from TheEmpire's plans.]]



* L-Elf from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' is like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Both are once part of TheEmpire which they are cast off, joined a rebellion group to take down that group, great strategists, and having a love life [[spoiler:who dies from TheEmpire's plans.]]
6th Jun '16 10:57:43 AM sorako
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* Chizuru from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' definitely [[LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya rings a bell]].[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RyoukoKnife_9397.jpg]]



* L-Elf from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' is like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Both are once part of TheEmpire which they are cast off, joined a rebellion group to take down that group, great strategists, and having a love life [[spoiler:who dies from TheEmpire's plans.]]
* Chizuru from ShinryakuIkaMusume definitely [[LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya rings a bell]].[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RyoukoKnife_9397.jpg]]



* Just like pretty much every mecha anime, ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' gets compared to Gundam a lot. Especially SEED. But let's be real both series are about a seemingly normal male student getting involved in a war, because they wanted to protect someone. Sipmply because of the fact that their neutral colony gets attacked by enemies. Turns out these neutral countries owned a very powerful mecha.

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* Just like pretty much every mecha anime, L-Elf from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' gets compared to Gundam a lot. Especially SEED. But let's be real both series is like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Both are about a seemingly normal male student getting involved in a war, because once part of TheEmpire which they wanted are cast off, joined a rebellion group to protect someone. Sipmply because of the fact take down that their neutral colony gets attacked by enemies. Turns out these neutral countries owned group, great strategists, and having a very powerful mecha. love life [[spoiler:who dies from TheEmpire's plans.]]
5th Jun '16 9:35:14 AM sorako
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* Related to the Negima examples below, Mina Tepes from ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' is an obvious expy of Evangeline. They're both blonde vampire girls with hot adult [[OlderAlterEgo forms]], both are very powerful, and both are often shown in [[{{Fanservice}} skimpy clothing and in various states of undress]].

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* Related to the Negima ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' examples below, Mina Tepes from ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' is an obvious expy of Evangeline. They're both blonde vampire girls with hot adult [[OlderAlterEgo forms]], both are very powerful, and both are often shown in [[{{Fanservice}} skimpy clothing and in various states of undress]].
5th Jun '16 9:32:36 AM sorako
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*** Asuna and Chisame are both expies of [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]], although of different aspects of her. Asuna is based on 'protective Naru', while Chisame is 'nerdy Naru'.



*** Chisame looks and acts like [[{{Meganekko}} nerd]] [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]].
5th Jun '16 9:26:41 AM sorako
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a large cast who have traits of several other anime and video game characters. While it's common for more personality types to be recycled endlessly anyway, many of the most prominent characters are toned-down analogues to ''Manga/LoveHina'' characters:
** Nodoka is an early Shinobu.
** Ku Fei is Su with brawns switched with [[GadgeteerGenius brains]].
** Chisame looks and acts like [[{{Meganekko}} nerd]] [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]].
** Chizuru Naba is like Mutsumi Otohime in many ways; she has the biggest talents among all her peers, very nice and very kind to others just to name a few. Though Mutsumi does not share the habits of losing her temper nor trying to give you homemade leek enemas like Chizuru sometimes will.
** Asakura is Kitsune, just as a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound rather than a ConArtist.
** A rather obscure one: Fate Averruncus is obviously based on Program Number 0 from Akamatsu's first manga, ''Manga/AILoveYou''.
** Yue Ayase's prototype design was given to Akamatsu by the artist for the [[Anime/ReadOrDie Read Or Dream]] manga, [[http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8771/00062ch4.png based on Hisami]], [[IdiotHair ahoge]] and [[SchoolGirlLesbians all]].

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a large cast who have traits of several other anime and video game characters. characters:
**
While it's common for more personality types to be recycled endlessly anyway, many of the most prominent characters are toned-down analogues to ''Manga/LoveHina'' characters:
** *** Nodoka is an early Shinobu.
** *** Ku Fei is Su with brawns switched with [[GadgeteerGenius brains]].
** *** Chisame looks and acts like [[{{Meganekko}} nerd]] [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]].
** *** Chizuru Naba is like Mutsumi Otohime in many ways; she has the biggest talents among all her peers, very nice and very kind to others just to name a few. Though Mutsumi does not share the habits of losing her temper nor trying to give you homemade leek enemas like Chizuru sometimes will.
** *** Asakura is Kitsune, just as a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound rather than a ConArtist.
** A rather obscure one: Fate Averruncus is obviously based on Program Number 0 from Akamatsu's first manga, ''Manga/AILoveYou''.
** Yue Ayase's prototype design was given to Akamatsu by the artist for the [[Anime/ReadOrDie ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie Read Or Dream]] Dream]]'' manga, [[http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8771/00062ch4.png based on Hisami]], [[IdiotHair ahoge]] and [[SchoolGirlLesbians all]].all]].
** Chachamaru is based on the two [[RobotGirl robot]] [[{{Meido}} maids]] from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart''. While she looks and acts more like [[EmotionlessGirl Serio]], as her hair color entails, she has some of [[{{Dojikko}} Multi]] in her as well.
** Student 31 Zazie bears a strong resemblance to [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Pagliaccio]] of the 31 Primevals, made more obvious in her [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]] [[BareYourMidriff performance]] [[http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9602/pagliazie.jpg outfit]]. Their facial marks and skin tone are basically flipped, and both are [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] [[MonsterClown clowns]] with robed cohorts. There have been joking [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] that Zazie is the [[FinalBoss last boss]]... [[spoiler: As of chapter 294, they might have been surprisingly close]].



*** Chachamaru is based on the two [[RobotGirl robot]] [[{{Meido}} maids]] from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart''. While she looks and acts more like [[EmotionlessGirl Serio]], as her hair color entails, she has some of [[{{Dojikko}} Multi]] in her as well.
*** Student 31 Zazie bears a strong resemblance to [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Pagliaccio]] of the 31 Primevals, made more obvious in her [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]] [[BareYourMidriff performance]] [[http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9602/pagliazie.jpg outfit]]. Their facial marks and skin tone are basically flipped, and both are [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] [[MonsterClown clowns]] with robed cohorts. There have been joking [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] that Zazie is the [[FinalBoss last boss]]... [[spoiler: As of chapter 294, they might have been surprisingly close]].
5th Jun '16 9:20:49 AM sorako
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** Asakura is Kitsune, just as a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound rather than a con artist.

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** Asakura is Kitsune, just as a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound rather than a con artist.ConArtist.



** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Before it was scrapped]], Akamatsu was hired to draw a manga of ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate''. A number of its character designs can be seen transmigrated to Negima. Most obvious are Negi having elements of Rue, and Anya being a dead ringer for [[{{Tsundere}} Princess Mint]].
4th Jun '16 9:28:47 AM sorako
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* ''Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical'''s main characters have shocking resemblances to the boys of ''LightNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' and the premise is almost the same as UtaPri's first season.

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* ''Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical'''s main characters have shocking resemblances to the boys of ''LightNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' and the premise is almost the same as UtaPri's [=UtaPri's=] first season.
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