History Expy / Film

4th May '16 4:19:07 PM dinohunterpat
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** Rey, Finn, and Poe from ''The Force Awakens'' are all expies of Luke Skywalker from the original ''A New Hope''. Rey is the desert native who is destined for greatness, Finn is the everyman who is proficient with both a blaster and lightsaber, and Poe is the AcePilot and Rebel commander. Poe himself is also an expy of Han Solo, sharing much of Han's dry humor and {{Big Brother Instinct}}s.

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** Rey, Finn, and Poe from ''The Force Awakens'' are all expies of Luke Skywalker from the original ''A New Hope''. Rey is the desert native who is destined for greatness, Finn is the everyman who is proficient with both a blaster and lightsaber, and Poe is the AcePilot and Rebel commander. who [[spoiler: destroys the Empire's superweapon]]. Poe himself is also an expy of Han Solo, sharing much of Han's dry humor and {{Big Brother Instinct}}s.roguish charm.
26th Apr '16 10:12:00 AM Doug86
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* Abigail Whistler from ''Film/BladeTrinity'' was a created as a stand-in for Rachel van Helsing from the ''Comicbook/TombOfDracula'' comic book.

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* Abigail Whistler from ''Film/BladeTrinity'' was a created as a stand-in for Rachel van Helsing from the ''Comicbook/TombOfDracula'' comic book.book ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.
24th Apr '16 1:58:30 PM dinohunterpat
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** Darth Maul is obviously an Expy of Darth Vader in a TheDragon sort of way. Count Dooku is also an Expy of Darth Vader, but he's actually got more in common with The Emperor, and is more of a [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] [[TheStarscream Starscream]] than a [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] [[TheDragon Dragon]]. General Greivous is a bit closer to Vader; Darth Vader has trouble breathing, Grevious has a cough, and they're both cyborgs. WordOfGod says the three were used in {{foreshadowing}}, each one being an element of Vader. Maul as TheDragon who enforces the emperor's will, Dooku as a fallen Jedi, and Grievous as a cyborg with breathing problems (though he only got them after [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]] used the Force to crush his chest).

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** In the prequel trilogy, Darth Maul is obviously an Expy Maul, Count Dooku, and General Grevious each serve as expies of Darth Vader in a TheDragon sort of way. Count Dooku is also an Expy that they serve as the top enforcers of Darth Vader, but he's actually got more in common with The Emperor, and is more of a [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] [[TheStarscream Starscream]] than a [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] [[TheDragon Dragon]]. General Greivous is a bit closer to Vader; Darth Vader has trouble breathing, Grevious has a cough, and they're both cyborgs.Sidious. WordOfGod says the three were used in {{foreshadowing}}, each one being an element of Vader. Maul as TheDragon who enforces the emperor's will, Dooku as a fallen Jedi, and Grievous as a cyborg with breathing problems (though he only got them after [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]] used the Force to crush his chest).problems.


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** Rey, Finn, and Poe from ''The Force Awakens'' are all expies of Luke Skywalker from the original ''A New Hope''. Rey is the desert native who is destined for greatness, Finn is the everyman who is proficient with both a blaster and lightsaber, and Poe is the AcePilot and Rebel commander. Poe himself is also an expy of Han Solo, sharing much of Han's dry humor and {{Big Brother Instinct}}s.
10th Apr '16 1:35:04 PM Guiletheme
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* John Wick's Ford Mustang from ''Film/JohnWick'' is nearly identical to the world's most famous Mustang, "Eleanor" from ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974''

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* John Wick's Ford Mustang from ''Film/JohnWick'' is nearly identical to "Eleanor," the world's most famous Mustang, "Eleanor" Mustang from ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974''''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000''
10th Apr '16 1:29:16 PM Guiletheme
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* John Wick's Ford Mustang from ''Film/John Wick'' is nearly identical to the world's most famous Mustang, "Eleanor" from ''Film/Gone in 60 Seconds''

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* John Wick's Ford Mustang from ''Film/John Wick'' ''Film/JohnWick'' is nearly identical to the world's most famous Mustang, "Eleanor" from ''Film/Gone in 60 Seconds''''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974''
10th Apr '16 1:27:46 PM Guiletheme
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* John Wick's Ford Mustang from ''Film/John Wick'' is nearly identical to the world's most famous Mustang, "Eleanor" from ''Film/Gone in 60 Seconds''
20th Mar '16 6:45:23 AM erforce
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* In the 1968 Spaghetti Western ''Ace High'', Cacopoulos is obviously an Expy of [[TheGoodTheBadandtheUgly Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez]], both played by Eli Wallach, both wearing silver rings on their left hands, and both carrying their guns the same way. Cacopoulos is more mellow, more playful and slightly smarter, but he's still goofy and overzealous.

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* In the 1968 Spaghetti Western ''Ace High'', Cacopoulos is obviously an Expy of [[TheGoodTheBadandtheUgly [[Film/TheGoodTheBadandtheUgly Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez]], both played by Eli Wallach, both wearing silver rings on their left hands, and both carrying their guns the same way. Cacopoulos is more mellow, more playful and slightly smarter, but he's still goofy and overzealous.



** Juan in ''AFistfulofDynamite'' was written as an expansion on the character.
** Tae-goo in ''TheGoodtheBadtheWeird'' is another one.

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** Juan in ''AFistfulofDynamite'' ''Film/AFistfulofDynamite'' was written as an expansion on the character.
** Tae-goo in ''TheGoodtheBadtheWeird'' ''Film/TheGoodtheBadtheWeird'' is another one.



** Jack Napier is not only TheJoker, but an Expy of Joe Chill, the mugger who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne.

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** Jack Napier is not only TheJoker, SelfDemonsrating/TheJoker, but an Expy of Joe Chill, the mugger who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne.



* In Film/BeyondTheLights, main character Noni is a {{Rihanna}} expy. Both are light-skinned, black, pop-R&B singers with foreign accents and a hyper-sexualixed, bad-girl image. And they both deal with traumatizing and very publicized issues: for Noni, depression and a suicide attempt, for Rihanna, an abusive relationship.

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* In Film/BeyondTheLights, ''Film/BeyondTheLights'', main character Noni is a {{Rihanna}} Music/{{Rihanna}} expy. Both are light-skinned, black, pop-R&B singers with foreign accents and a hyper-sexualixed, bad-girl image. And they both deal with traumatizing and very publicized issues: for Noni, depression and a suicide attempt, for Rihanna, an abusive relationship.



** Harry (RobertDeNiro), the GentlemanThief [[LaResistance resistance fighter]] => Creator/JohnCleese

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** Harry (RobertDeNiro), (Creator/RobertDeNiro), the GentlemanThief [[LaResistance resistance fighter]] => Creator/JohnCleese



* General Hager from ''[[Film/FantasticFour Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer]]'' was originally supposed to be ComicBook/NickFury, but this had to be changed at the last minute due to [[ExiledFromContinuity rights issues]] ([[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] owns film rights to the ''FF'', while [[MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] has rights to Fury). It's especially obvious since one of Hager's conversations with Mr. Fantastic is taken almost word-for-word from a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Nick Fury in ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Extinction]]''.

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* General Hager from ''[[Film/FantasticFour Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer]]'' ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'' was originally supposed to be ComicBook/NickFury, but this had to be changed at the last minute due to [[ExiledFromContinuity rights issues]] ([[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] owns film rights to the ''FF'', while [[MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] has rights to Fury). It's especially obvious since one of Hager's conversations with Mr. Fantastic is taken almost word-for-word from a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Nick Fury in ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Extinction]]''.



* Aldrich Killian from ''Film/IronMan3'' has almost nothing in common with his comic book counterpart, and has much more in common with Mallen, the [[SuperSerum Extremis]]-powered terrorist from WarrenEllis' ''Iron Man'' run.
** Raza from the [[IronMan1 first movie]] is an [[RaceLift Arabic]] Expy of Wong-Chu from the comics.

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* Aldrich Killian from ''Film/IronMan3'' has almost nothing in common with his comic book counterpart, and has much more in common with Mallen, the [[SuperSerum Extremis]]-powered terrorist from WarrenEllis' ''Iron Man'' Creator/WarrenEllis' ''Comicbook/IronMan'' run.
** Raza from the [[IronMan1 [[Film/IronMan1 first movie]] is an [[RaceLift Arabic]] Expy of Wong-Chu from the comics.



* ''StarWars'', a lot of the characters from the Prequel Trilogy are expies of characters from the Original Trilogy (Even if both characters are actually in the original trilogy):

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* ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', a lot of the characters from the Prequel Trilogy are expies of characters from the Original Trilogy (Even if both characters are actually in the original trilogy):



* ''{{Transformers}} II Revenge of the Fallen''; [[spoiler: In ''Transformers 1'', of course, they couldn't have a giant robot turn into outdated '80s technology so they had an expy of Soundwave by taking one of Soundwave's tapes (Frenzy) and turning him into a CD player. In ''Revenge of the Fallen'', they turn Soundwave himself into a satellite, and he sends another one of his tapes, Ravage, to Earth to spy on the humans. The whole Expy thing becomes a bit Meta, because Ravage spews a bunch of little metal balls which come together and form another character who is an expy of Movie 1's Frenzy!]]

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* ''{{Transformers}} II Revenge of the Fallen''; ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''; [[spoiler: In ''Transformers 1'', of course, they couldn't have a giant robot turn into outdated '80s technology so they had an expy of Soundwave by taking one of Soundwave's tapes (Frenzy) and turning him into a CD player. In ''Revenge of the Fallen'', they turn Soundwave himself into a satellite, and he sends another one of his tapes, Ravage, to Earth to spy on the humans. The whole Expy thing becomes a bit Meta, because Ravage spews a bunch of little metal balls which come together and form another character who is an expy of Movie 1's Frenzy!]]



* Del Preston from ''[[WaynesWorld Waynes World 2]]'' is Danny from ''Film/WithnailAndI'', and is even played by the same actor. This could be considered a ShoutOut.

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* Del Preston from ''[[WaynesWorld Waynes World 2]]'' ''Film/WaynesWorld2'' is Danny from ''Film/WithnailAndI'', and is even played by the same actor. This could be considered a ShoutOut.



** Sgt. Calhoun could be based on any number of commando characters from video games. But in particular she seems to be a cross between [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] and a [[GoodIsNotNice Paragade]] [[Franchise/MassEffect Female Shepherd]], with the language kept family-friendly.

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** Sgt. Calhoun could be based on any number of commando characters from video games. But in particular she seems to be a cross between [[{{Metroid}} [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] and a [[GoodIsNotNice Paragade]] [[Franchise/MassEffect Female Shepherd]], with the language kept family-friendly.



** ''Sugar Rush'' at first seems like any other kart racing game from the '90s, only it's themed on candy. But [[WordOfGod Rich Moore stated]] that his favorite current game is ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', so we can assume that's the basic inspiration. Indeed, it seems like a cross between ''MarioKart'' and Candy Land.

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** ''Sugar Rush'' at first seems like any other kart racing game from the '90s, only it's themed on candy. But [[WordOfGod Rich Moore stated]] that his favorite current game is ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', so we can assume that's the basic inspiration. Indeed, it seems like a cross between ''MarioKart'' ''Mario Kart'' and Candy Land.



*** [[spoiler:His King Candy persona is one of The Wizard from ''TheWizardOfOz''. He comes from another land (his own game), is leading his subjects on through manipulation and usurping the rightful ruler and having their memories locked away (Ozma and Vanellope), the hero comes to him for a favor (in Ralph's case, the medal he got from ''Hero's Duty''), while he asks of something in return that involves the "villain" (Vanellope, which he calls "The Glitch", and smashing her candy car), and is ultimately a fraud hiding behind another image that makes the hero appreciate the things they have in life. Heck, there's even some cute allusions with the fact he's ruling over what can be considered Munchkins (the other candy racers) and has Oreo guards which chant in the same fashion as those from the movie.]]

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*** [[spoiler:His King Candy persona is one of The Wizard from ''TheWizardOfOz''.''Literature/TheWizardOfOz''. He comes from another land (his own game), is leading his subjects on through manipulation and usurping the rightful ruler and having their memories locked away (Ozma and Vanellope), the hero comes to him for a favor (in Ralph's case, the medal he got from ''Hero's Duty''), while he asks of something in return that involves the "villain" (Vanellope, which he calls "The Glitch", and smashing her candy car), and is ultimately a fraud hiding behind another image that makes the hero appreciate the things they have in life. Heck, there's even some cute allusions with the fact he's ruling over what can be considered Munchkins (the other candy racers) and has Oreo guards which chant in the same fashion as those from the movie.]]



** In the same way that King Candy is an Expy of [[spoiler:TheWizardOfOz]] Vanellope can be seen as one for [[spoiler:Princess Ozma]] in the sense that [[spoiler:she's the rightful ruler of the kingdom and was ousted through trickery, and has no memory of who she really is. And like Ozma she's eventually restored to her rightful place]].

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** In the same way that King Candy is an Expy of [[spoiler:TheWizardOfOz]] [[spoiler:Literature/TheWizardOfOz]] Vanellope can be seen as one for [[spoiler:Princess Ozma]] in the sense that [[spoiler:she's the rightful ruler of the kingdom and was ousted through trickery, and has no memory of who she really is. And like Ozma she's eventually restored to her rightful place]].



* The AdventurerArchaeologist protagonists of ''Film/SkyPirates, Film/KingSolomonsMines,'' and the remake of ''Film/TheMummy1999'' are basically clones of Franchise/IndianaJones.

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* The AdventurerArchaeologist protagonists of ''Film/SkyPirates, Film/KingSolomonsMines,'' ''Film/SkyPirates'', ''Film/KingSolomonsMines,'' and the remake of ''Film/TheMummy1999'' are basically clones of Franchise/IndianaJones.
10th Feb '16 8:22:26 AM Anddrix
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* Like the Hager example, Jessica Priest from ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' was created to replace Chapel, since it turned out his rights were tied to Creator/RobLiefeld's ''{{Youngblood}}'' franchise.

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* Like the Hager example, Jessica Priest from ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' was created to replace Chapel, since it turned out his rights were tied to Creator/RobLiefeld's ''{{Youngblood}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' franchise.
8th Feb '16 6:35:28 PM PaulA
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* The main characters in ''BuckarooBanzai'' are all Expies of Doc Savage and his boys. Likewise, Buckaroo's unseen nemesis, Hanoi Xan, is an Expy of another pulp literary character, FuManchu.

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* The main characters in ''BuckarooBanzai'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' are all Expies of Doc Savage Franchise/DocSavage and his boys. Likewise, Buckaroo's unseen nemesis, Hanoi Xan, is an Expy of another pulp literary character, FuManchu.Franchise/FuManchu.
7th Jan '16 11:53:10 AM comicwriter
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* Abigail Whistler from ''Film/BladeTrinity'' was a created as a stand-in for Rachel van Helsing from the ''Comicbook/TombOfDracula'' comic book.
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