History Expy / Literature

11th Sep '17 8:08:46 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Loren D. Estleman's Claudius Lyon invokes and parodies this trope with regards to Literature/NeroWolfe; Lyon is a HeroWorshipper of the more famous detective and has sought to emulate his life as closely as he can within his own abilities and without being sued. However, Lyon -- while not incapable -- is not ''quite'' as good as Wolfe, meaning that things frequently get a bit skewed in translation (for example, while Wolfe is famous for growing orchids in his rooftop greenhouse, Lyon lacks a green thumb and so has to make do with growing tomatoes instead, because they're easier to grow).

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* Loren D. Estleman's Claudius Lyon invokes and parodies this trope with regards to Literature/NeroWolfe; Lyon is a HeroWorshipper of the more famous detective and has sought to emulate his life as closely as he can within his own abilities and without being sued. However, Lyon -- while not incapable -- is not ''quite'' as good as Wolfe, meaning that things frequently get a bit skewed in translation (for translation. For example, while Wolfe is famous for growing orchids in his rooftop greenhouse, Lyon lacks a green thumb and so has to make do with growing tomatoes instead, because they're easier to grow).grow.
11th Sep '17 8:08:26 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Loren D. Estleman's Claudius Lyon invokes and parodies this trope with regards to Literature/NeroWolfe; Lyon is a HeroWorshipper of the more famous detective and has sought to emulate his life as closely as he can within his own abilities and without being sued. However, Lyon is not ''quite'' as good as Wolfe, meaning that things get a bit skewed in translation (for example, while Wolfe is famous for growing orchids in his rooftop greenhouse, Lyon lacks a green thumb and so has to make do with growing tomatoes instead).

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* Loren D. Estleman's Claudius Lyon invokes and parodies this trope with regards to Literature/NeroWolfe; Lyon is a HeroWorshipper of the more famous detective and has sought to emulate his life as closely as he can within his own abilities and without being sued. However, Lyon -- while not incapable -- is not ''quite'' as good as Wolfe, meaning that things frequently get a bit skewed in translation (for example, while Wolfe is famous for growing orchids in his rooftop greenhouse, Lyon lacks a green thumb and so has to make do with growing tomatoes instead).instead, because they're easier to grow).
8th Sep '17 1:06:02 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Loren D. Estleman's Claudius Lyon invokes and parodies this trope with regards to Literature/NeroWolfe; Lyon is a HeroWorshipper of the more famous detective and has sought to emulate his life as closely as he can within his own abilities and without being sued. However, Lyon is not ''quite'' as good as Wolfe, meaning that things get a bit skewed in translation (for example, while Wolfe is famous for growing orchids in his rooftop greenhouse, Lyon lacks a green thumb and so has to make do with growing tomatoes instead).
1st Sep '17 9:39:15 AM XFllo
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* Shows up a bit in Creator/JohnGreen's work. Especially ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' and ''Literature/PaperTowns''; Alaska and Margo are both attractive, popular girls whose exciting, fun-loving personalities hide internal troubles and complexities. Miles and Quentin are both nerdy boys who have a dull life at the start of their respective books and idealize the aforementioned girls.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': James Potter and Sirius Black's young, teenage selves as seen in the 800-word prequel JK Rowling wrote for charity are completely interchangeable with Fred and George Weasley, who also go on to use the Marauder's Map (invented by James and Sirius and their friends), as well as [[spoiler: one of them dying and leaving the other scarred for life]]. If you changed the names in the 800-word prequel, the story would fit exactly to Fred and George with the exception of physical descriptions, their dialogue has exactly the same patterns and brand of humour, making James and Sirius seem very shallow in development (at least, them in their youth.)
** In the first book, there's a member of Dudley's gang named Piers Polkiss. From his description and what little we see of his personality, he's essentially an early version of Peter Pettigrew, which -- if you look at his name -- is deliberate. "Piers" is another form of Peter. "Polkiss" is Finnish if you squint at it. If you plug it into a translator, the meaning that comes up is "cycled around." One can assume Piers Polkiss to literally mean "Peter recycled." Except the real word is "polkisi" and means "would stamp" or "would pedal" and translates to "cycle" only in the means of bicycling, making it a case of the author using a foreign word without knowing the language. Still, "polkis" would be slang for "polkisi", and "Polkiss" only one step away from that.
** Harry and Dumbledore are expies of Wart and Merlin, respectively, from ''Literature/TheSwordInTheStone''.
** Voldemort has shades of Adolf Hitler and Darth Sidious.
*** Probably of Dorian Gray, too; young Tom Riddle's attractiveness is very much emphasized by the characters and the narration; the more evil he commits, the uglier he becomes, and he has multiple soul jars, while Dorian had, well, a beauty jar.
*** Continuing on with the ''Film/StarWars'' parallels, Dumbledore is an old man trained in some form of magic who delivers the baby of two close friends to the baby's aunt and uncle after said friends died. He then proceeds to mentor said baby when he comes of age only to killed by an old friend of his who (eventually) gets redeemed, and he then ascends to a higher plane of existence. In his youth, he turned against a close friend of his and dueled him. Finally, he has a tendency to sometimes speak FromACertainPointOfView, and the BigBad was APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil. So in short: Dumbledore is an Obi-Wan Kenobi {{Expy}}.
*** Harry, meanwhile, is an orphan who is delivered to his aunt and uncle after his parents died, and is informed that his parents were secretly warriors of sorts that could control forces that are BeyondTheImpossible in RealLife when he becomes older. He is accompanied by a by-the-books female friend and a act-now-questions-later male friend, with the two of them eventually hooking up. He proceeds to become on of the best of his generation, and defeats the BigBad, whom is disfigured in some way, in a climactic battle. Are we talking about Luke Skywalker or Harry now?
*** Finally, Snape was a troubled kid who was tempted by dark forces when he was younger whilst in love with the mother of TheHero. He becomes inadvertently responsible for the death of said love interest, and is one of the BigBad's most trusted supporters. He constantly dresses in black, kills TheMentor of the hero, and eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn and is killed by the BigBad. Anyone thinking of Darth Vader?
** Harry has been thought of one of Jesus Christ while Lily one of the Virgin Mary.



** Jason and Percy are nearly expies of one another and share a lot of similarities, but have enough differences to be considered very different from each other. They both acknowledge their similarities in ''The Mark of Athena'' and ''The House of Hades'', and even act somewhat similar whenever they both say that they feel that they are failing since they aren't used to being among demigods of equal stature.
1st Sep '17 9:32:40 AM XFllo
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* In ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', Alice meets the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. In ''Through the Looking Glass'', she meets two of the White King's messengers, Hatta and Haigha (Hatter and Hare).



* Jane Bennet from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' and Jane Fairfax from ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' have the same first names and are both beautiful, kind-hearted and soft-spoken [[ProperLady Proper Ladies]] whose reserved natures end up creating problems for them in their relationships with men who are wealthier and more gregarious than them.



* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Gothon is one of [[StarWars Darth Vadar]]
** He wears black armor with a facemask that distorts his voice.
** He's an authority figure in an evil empire.
** [[spoiler: He turned evil for the sake of his wife that he unintentionally harmed.]]
** [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather He's the father of Kalak]].]]
** [[spoiler: He strikes the finishing blow to the Big Bad.]]
** He used a Force Choke on an officer that had failed him.



* Pretty much every main/significant minor character in every Creator/DanBrown book ever.



* Technically, mystery writer Creator/DickFrancis didn't reuse protagonists, but in terms of personality, with very few exceptions, they're all exactly the same guy.
** Yes, he did. Sid Halley (4 books) and Kit Fielding (2). How sad is it that I know this? But otherwise, yeah, they're all pretty much the same bloke.
* While Creator/HPLovecraft himself largely avoided this (indeed, he's on record as wanting to break ''free'' of the tired old horror clichés that were en vogue in his time, as well as a confirmed materialist), later {{Theme Park Version}}s of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos frequently end up looking rather like straight-up expies of the literal forces of Hell. Forbidden pacts, supernatural corruption, Things Man Was Not Meant To Traffic With Lest He Lose His Immortal Soul... it's all there, just dressed up with more tentacles.
** However, it's been pointed out that ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'' can be read as ''A Princess of Mars'' with EldritchAbomination horror.
*** Except that about all the two Carters have in common is a last name and that they're both male.

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* Technically, mystery writer Creator/DickFrancis didn't reuse protagonists, but in terms of personality, with very few exceptions, they're all exactly the same guy.
** Yes, he did. Sid Halley (4 books) and Kit Fielding (2). How sad is it that I know this? But otherwise, yeah, they're all pretty much the same bloke.
* While Creator/HPLovecraft himself largely avoided this (indeed, he's on record as wanting to break ''free'' of the tired old horror clichés that were en vogue in his time, as well as a confirmed materialist), later {{Theme Park Version}}s of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos frequently end up looking rather like straight-up expies of the literal forces of Hell. Forbidden pacts, supernatural corruption, Things Man Was Not Meant To Traffic With Lest He Lose His Immortal Soul... it's all there, just dressed up with more tentacles.
** However, it's been pointed out that ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'' can be read as ''A Princess of Mars'' with EldritchAbomination horror.
*** Except that about all the two Carters have in common is a last name and that they're both male.
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* Creator/OscarWilde did this - the briefly-mentioned Baron von Arnheim (aristocratic, art-loving, corrupt, heavily implied to be gay) in ''Theatre/AnIdealHusband'' is an obvious expy of the (ditto all of the above) Lord Henry in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''. Lord Illingworth from ''A Woman of No Importance'' differs from the other two only in being slightly less evil and slightly more attracted to women.



* Several of William Makepeace Thackeray's novels have female characters with a B. name who are TheVamp or a FemmeFatale (Becky Sharp in ''Literature/VanityFair'', Beatriz in ''Henry Esmond'', and a Blanche in ''Pendennis'').
1st Sep '17 2:55:03 AM XFllo
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* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has Keifer Porter, who is a noble, has blonde hair, and is a sadistic spoiled brat. ''Extremely'' similar to Joffrey from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. He is killed before the plot proper even starts.



* It might border on CaptainErsatz, given the similarity of names, but in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Samwell Tarly is an affectionate ShoutOut to Samwise Gamgee of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', and with this in mind, it also seems like ThoseTwoGuys on the Night Watch, Grenn and Pyp, are supposed to suggest Merry and Pippin.
** Similarly, [[GuileHero Tyrion Lannister]] is equal parts [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Mark and Miles Vorkosigan]] except [[DarkerAndEdgier nastier.]]
** Lord Walder Frey (and a fair few of his family) manages an excellent impression of [[AllTrollsAreDifferent most kinds of]] {{Troll}} you can think of while still maintaining human genetic structure.
** The Valyrian Freehold is reminiscent of Melnibone from Literature/TheElricSaga in many ways, and one character from the background, Brynden Rivers, is a straight-up expy of Elric himself, while his nemesis Bittersteel is appropriately enough an expy of [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]].
*** Many characters are expies of various historical figures. [[TheGoodChancellor Eddard Stark]], [[DepravedDwarf Tyrion Lannister]], [[PrinciplesZealot Stannis Baratheon]] and [[BeingEvilSucks Theon Greyjoy]] all have traits of the historical [[UsefulNotes/RichardIII Richard III]], while [[EvilUncle Arnolf Karstark]] has traits of the theatrical [[Theatre/RichardIII Richard III]]. Some of the historical figures in this world's history, along with being expies of historical figures, are expies of characters in the main series, such as [[OvershadowedByAwesome Maekar]] [[ResignedToTheCall and Stannis]], [[CainAndAbel Harwyn Hoare]] [[EvilOverlord and Euron Greyjoy]].
7th May '17 4:39:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''Academ's Fury,'' second book Jim Butcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' features the Vord. The Vord are a race of insect-like creatures that have specialized sub-breeds for different combat roles, share a sentient hive mind, can infest humans to take over their bodies, and are dependent on a waxy substance that they smear across the ground in their nests. They also have a four letter name, the third letter of which is R, though that similarity to [[StarCraft the Zerg]] was probably coincidental.

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* ''Academ's Fury,'' second book Jim Butcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' features the Vord. The Vord are a race of insect-like creatures that have specialized sub-breeds for different combat roles, share a sentient hive mind, can infest humans to take over their bodies, and are dependent on a waxy substance that they smear across the ground in their nests. They also have a four letter name, the third letter of which is R, though that similarity to [[StarCraft [[VideoGame/StarCraft the Zerg]] was probably coincidental.
9th Apr '17 7:02:05 AM Anddrix
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!!Books with their own pages
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* ''Expy/TheHeroesOfOlympus''
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7th Apr '17 9:01:11 PM NightShade96
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!!Books with their own pages
[[index]]
* ''Expy/TheHeroesOfOlympus''
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7th Apr '17 8:57:04 AM GranChi
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* Shows up a bit in Creator/JohnGreen's work. Especially ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' and ''Literature/PaperTowns''; Alaska and Margo are both attractive, popular girls whose exciting, fun-loving personalities hide internal troubles and complexities. Miles and Quentin are both nerdy boys who have a dull life at the start of their respective books and idealize the aforementioned girls.



* Shows up a bit in Creator/JohnGreen's work. Especially ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' and ''Literature/PaperTowns''; Alaska and Margo are both attractive, popular girls whose exciting, fun-loving personalities hide internal troubles and complexities. Miles and Quentin are both nerdy boys who have a dull life at the start of their respective books and idealize the aforementioned girls.
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