History Expy / WesternAnimation

7th May '17 5:19:06 PM Golondrina
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** Hera Syndulla is a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Twi'lek]] equivalent to [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jan Ors]], being a skilled pilot that is the partner/love interest of a Jedi. They even share a voice actress (VanessaMarshall).

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** Hera Syndulla is a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Twi'lek]] equivalent to [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jan Ors]], being a skilled pilot that is the partner/love interest of a Jedi. They even share a voice actress (VanessaMarshall).(Creator/VanessaMarshall).
1st May '17 10:45:23 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Most of Terry's RoguesGallery is made up of Expies of Spider-Man villains:
** Stalker: Kraven the Hunter
** Shriek: Shocker, [[CompositeCharacter with the name and color scheme of Shriek]], another soundwave-based Spidey villain.
** Inque: Venom, and alien symbiotes in general. Just try watching her introductory scene and not get a Venom symbiote vibe. The animators had fun lampshading this one, as her debut episode has [[http://imgur.com/a/6mhSx a scene depicting her with two white spots on her face]] (she has a single one the rest of the time) that make her look remarkably like Spider-Man in his symbiote costume. And just after that scene, she makes a symbiote-esque claw, forms and throws spikes that look identical to Carnage's (except black), and turns her arms into spiky bladed weapons, reminiscent of Carnage. Then her second appearance had her wrapping herself around another person like the symbiote, and making a Venom-like tongue. Lastly, her weaknesses are based on the symbiotes' weakness (fire), except that they're the opposite (contact with water, and getting frozen).
** Spellbinder: Mysterio, [[CompositeCharacter with the name and color scheme an obscure Silver Age Batman villain]], who is also a Mysterio Expy himself.



* Lola of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is a near identical copy of Brinna from ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski''. Both are bratty blonde younger sisters who compete in beauty pageants, dress up as princesses, and have short tempers. Also both characters are voices by Creator/GreyDeLisle and both series are created by Chris Savino.

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* Lola of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is a near identical copy of Brinna from ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski''. Both are bratty blonde younger sisters who compete in beauty pageants, dress up as princesses, and have short tempers. Also both characters are voices voiced by Creator/GreyDeLisle and both series are created by Chris Savino.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was originally intended to be a ContinuityReboot of the very first series. It turned out, however, that the copyrights on most of the original ponies had lapsed, and so Lauren Faust was forced to create similar substitutes of the original Mane Six, with the exception of Applejack. Some of them became a CompositeCharacter. Eventually, they evolved into their own distinctive personalities.
-->Twilight Sparkle -- Twilight/Twilight Twinkle\\
Pinkie Pie -- Surprise\\
Rainbow Dash -- Firefly, with G3 Rainbow Dash's colors\\
Fluttershy -- Posey\\
Rarity -- Glory/Sparkler
** It should also be noted that Twilight Sparkle's mother looks like the original Twilight.
** [[TricksterGod Discord]], the villain of the Season 2 premiere, was conceived after Lauren Faust had done an ArchiveBinge of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and was very much modeled after [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]]; the plans were originally to get a soundalike of Q's actor Creator/JohnDeLancie but they ended up getting de Lancie himself (turning it into an ActorAllusion as well).
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders form a PowerTrio similar to WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls themselves.
** The third season premiere's villain, [[EvilOverlord King]] [[TheDreaded Sombra]], is purposefully evocative of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]]. He's crowned with SpikesOfVillainy (including his horn), he [[OrcusOnHisthrone dwells in an]] EvilTowerOfOminousness in the middle of [[{{Mordor}} a hellish landscape]], and even a shot of a line of [[SlaveRace enslaved]] [[SugarApocalypse crystal ponies]] [[MoralEventHorizon walking in chains]] is reminiscent of the Mirror of Galadriel scene from ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing''.
** The fifth season premiere's villain, Starlight Glimmer, is one to another Gen 4 character, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Sunset Shimmer]] in that they are [[ShadowArchetype Shadow Archetypes]] to Twilight Sparkle as powerful unicorns with the same ThemeNaming. [[spoiler: Both are redeemed and become disciples to Twilight. The major difference is that Sunset is from the Equestria Girls movie line, which the writers have avoided mentioning in the show. ]]
** Countess Coloratura from the season 5 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction The Mane Attraction]]" is one to Lady Gaga. They both have titles of nobility in their stage names ("Countess" and "Lady"), they are both capable of singing more traditional songs while having a glitzy stage persona, and they both have shown to be very kind to others. The fact that Applejack's pet name for Coloratura is "Rara" cannot be a coincidence, either.



** Also, Bogus's overbearing Aunt Bogunda appears to share some similarities with [[Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld Mrs. Marcus]].

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** Also, Bogus's Bogus' overbearing Aunt Bogunda appears to share some similarities with [[Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld Mrs. Marcus]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was originally intended to be a ContinuityReboot of the very first series. It turned out, however, that the copyrights on most of the original ponies had lapsed, and so Lauren Faust was forced to create similar substitutes of the original Mane Six, with the exception of Applejack. Some of them became a CompositeCharacter. Eventually, they evolved into their own distinctive personalities.
-->Twilight Sparkle -- Twilight/Twilight Twinkle\\
Pinkie Pie -- Surprise\\
Rainbow Dash -- Firefly, with G3 Rainbow Dash's colors\\
Fluttershy -- Posey\\
Rarity -- Glory/Sparkler
** It should also be noted that Twilight Sparkle's mother looks like the original Twilight.
** [[TricksterGod Discord]], the villain of the Season 2 premiere, was conceived after Lauren Faust had done an ArchiveBinge of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and was very much modeled after [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]]; the plans were originally to get a soundalike of Q's actor Creator/JohnDeLancie but they ended up getting de Lancie himself (turning it into an ActorAllusion as well).
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders form a PowerTrio similar to WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls themselves.
** The third season premiere's villain, [[EvilOverlord King]] [[TheDreaded Sombra]], is purposefully evocative of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]]. He's crowned with SpikesOfVillainy (including his horn), he [[OrcusOnHisthrone dwells in an]] EvilTowerOfOminousness in the middle of [[{{Mordor}} a hellish landscape]], and even a shot of a line of [[SlaveRace enslaved]] [[SugarApocalypse crystal ponies]] [[MoralEventHorizon walking in chains]] is reminiscent of the Mirror of Galadriel scene from ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing''.
** The fifth season premiere's villain, Starlight Glimmer, is one to another Gen 4 character, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Sunset Shimmer]] in that they are [[ShadowArchetype Shadow Archetypes]] to Twilight Sparkle as powerful unicorns with the same ThemeNaming. [[spoiler: Both are redeemed and become disciples to Twilight. The major difference is that Sunset is from the Equestria Girls movie line, which the writers have avoided mentioning in the show. ]]
** Countess Coloratura from the season 5 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction The Mane Attraction]]" is one to Lady Gaga. They both have titles of nobility in their stage names ("Countess" and "Lady"), they are both capable of singing more traditional songs while having a glitzy stage persona, and they both have shown to be very kind to others. The fact that Applejack's pet name for Coloratura is "Rara" cannot be a coincidence, either.



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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[TheHero Ezra]] bears a clear resemblance to Disney/{{Aladdin}}, both physically and in character, but he's also reminiscent of early-stage Luke Skywalker with elements of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]].
** The whole "small outlaw group in a tiny spaceship against massive government forces" resembles ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', particularly with [[TheBigGuy Zeb]] and Jayne.
** On the villain side, we have [[TheBrute the Inquisitor]], who basically takes [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Admiral Zhao]]'s role. They even have the [[Creator/JasonIsaacs same voice actor]].
*** Zhao and the Inquisitor are, in turn, expies of Colonel Tavington from ''Film/ThePatriot''.
** Ezra's DarkerAndEdgier appearance and attitude showcased in Season 3 have drawn comparisons to [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Galen Marek/"Starkiller"]], though Ezra is not nearly as intense as him.
** Some fans assumed that [[spoiler:[[TheMentor Kanan]] being blinded in the season 2 finale]] was meant to make him the new canon's equivalent of Starkiller's mentor Rahm Kota, but this assumption was {{Jossed}} by the creators. It turns out the similarities between Kanan and Rahm come from the fact that they're both Expies of [[spoiler: Film/{{Zatoichi}}]].
** Hera Syndulla is a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Twi'lek]] equivalent to [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jan Ors]], being a skilled pilot that is the partner/love interest of a Jedi. They even share a voice actress (VanessaMarshall).
** The pessimistic, deadpan protocol droid AP-5 is very similar to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android]] (and Stephen Stanton modeled his performance on Creator/AlanRickman, who voiced Marvin in [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the movie]]).
** Both Kallus and the Inquisitor have been compared to Grand Admiral Thrawn. The former could be likened to a more up-close-and-personal version of Thrawn (and concept art indicates that Kallus was going to be a Chiss at one point), the later because hes an alien that works for the xenophobic Empire and operates by way of AwesomenessbyAnalysis. Interestingly, the actual Thrawn would later join the cast in Season 3, by which point [[spoiler:the Inquisitor has been dead for well over a year and Kallus has undergone a HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[TheHero Ezra]] bears a clear resemblance to Disney/{{Aladdin}}, both physically and in character, but he's also reminiscent of early-stage Luke Skywalker with elements of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]]. The whole "small outlaw group in a tiny spaceship against massive government forces" resembles ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' as well, particularly with [[TheBigGuy Zeb]] and Jayne. On the villain side, we have [[TheBrute the Inquisitor]], who basically takes [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Admiral Zhao]]'s role. They even have the [[Creator/JasonIsaacs same voice actor]].
** Zhao and the Inquisitor are, in turn, expies of Colonel Tavington from ''Film/ThePatriot''.
** Ezra's DarkerAndEdgier appearance and attitude showcased in Season 3 have drawn comparisons to [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Galen Marek/"Starkiller"]], though Ezra is not nearly as intense as him.
** Some fans assumed that [[spoiler:[[TheMentor Kanan]] being blinded in the season 2 finale]] was meant to make him the new canon's equivalent of Starkiller's mentor Rahm Kota, but this assumption was {{Jossed}} by the creators. It turns out the similarities between Kanan and Rahm come from the fact that they're both Expies of [[spoiler: Film/{{Zatoichi}}]].
** Hera Syndulla is a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Twi'lek]] equivalent to [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jan Ors]], being a skilled pilot that is the partner/love interest of a Jedi. They even share a voice actress (VanessaMarshall).
** The pessimistic, deadpan protocol droid AP-5 is very similar to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android]] (and Stephen Stanton modeled his performance on Creator/AlanRickman, who voiced Marvin in [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the movie]]).
** Both Kallus and The Inquisitor have been compared to Grand Admiral Thrawn. The former could be likened to a more up-close-and-personal version of Thrawn (and concept art indicates that Kallus was going to be a Chiss at one point), the later because hes an alien that works for the xenophobic Empire and operates by way of AwesomenessbyAnalysis. Interestingly, the actual Thrawn would later join the cast in Season 3, by which point [[spoiler: The Inquisitor has been dead for months and Kallus has undergone a HeelFaceTurn]].



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Most of Terry's RoguesGallery is made up of Expies of Spider-Man villains:
** Stalker: Kraven the Hunter
** Shriek: Shocker, [[CompositeCharacter with the name and color scheme of Shriek]], another soundwave-based Spidey villain.
** Inque: Venom, and alien symbiotes in general. Just try watching her introductory scene and not get a Venom symbiote vibe. The animators had fun lampshading this one, as her debut episode has [[http://imgur.com/a/6mhSx a scene depicting her with two white spots on her face]] (she has a single one the rest of the time) that make her look remarkably like Spider-Man in his symbiote costume. And just after that scene, she makes a symbiote-esque claw, forms and throws spikes that look identical to Carnage's (except black), and turns her arms into spiky bladed weapons, reminiscent of Carnage. Then her second appearance had her wrapping herself around another person like the symbiote, and making a Venom-like tongue. Lastly, her weaknesses are based on the symbiotes' weakness (fire), except that they're the opposite (contact with water, and getting frozen).
** Spellbinder: Mysterio, [[CompositeCharacter with the name and color scheme an obscure Silver Age Batman villain]], who is also a Mysterio Expy himself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Most of Terry's RoguesGallery is made up of Expies of Spider-Man villains:
** Stalker: Kraven the Hunter
** Shriek: Shocker, [[CompositeCharacter with the name and color scheme of Shriek]], another soundwave-based Spidey villain.
** Inque: Venom, and alien symbiotes in general. Just try watching her introductory scene and not get a Venom symbiote vibe. The animators had fun lampshading this one, as her debut episode has [[http://imgur.com/a/6mhSx a scene depicting her with two white spots on her face]] (she has a single one the rest of the time) that make her look remarkably like Spider-Man in his symbiote costume. And just after that scene, she makes a symbiote-esque claw, forms and throws spikes that look identical to Carnage's (except black), and turns her arms into spiky bladed weapons, reminiscent of Carnage. Then her second appearance had her wrapping herself around another person like the symbiote, and making a Venom-like tongue. Lastly, her weaknesses are based on the symbiotes' weakness (fire), except that they're the opposite (contact with water, and getting frozen).
** Spellbinder: Mysterio, [[CompositeCharacter with the name and color scheme an obscure Silver Age Batman villain]], who is also a Mysterio Expy himself.
30th Apr '17 2:50:04 PM nombretomado
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* Well, basically Creator/HannaBarbera has made a career out of exporting characters from wherever! During ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day the Violence Died]]" Roger Meyers Jr. says that "Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing ''TheHoneymooners'', we wouldn't have ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. If someone hadn't ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there'd be no TopCat. [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]], Chief Wiggum, WesternAnimation/YogiBear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney." While this quote may go a little over board with the term "plagiarism" as anyone with any decent education knows this kind of trend is a lot older than animation, it goes to point out how Hanna Barbera made a lot of their stars with personalities patterned after already existing personalities.

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* Well, basically Creator/HannaBarbera has made a career out of exporting characters from wherever! During ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day the Violence Died]]" Roger Meyers Jr. says that "Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing ''TheHoneymooners'', ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', we wouldn't have ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. If someone hadn't ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there'd be no TopCat.WesternAnimation/TopCat. [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]], Chief Wiggum, WesternAnimation/YogiBear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney." While this quote may go a little over board with the term "plagiarism" as anyone with any decent education knows this kind of trend is a lot older than animation, it goes to point out how Hanna Barbera made a lot of their stars with personalities patterned after already existing personalities.
25th Apr '17 4:48:29 PM patriciovalencia117
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* Lola of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is a near identical copy of Brinna from ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski''. Both are bratty blonde younger sisters who compete in beauty pageants, dress up as princesses, and have short tempers. Also both characters are voices by Creator/GreyDeLisle and both series are created by Chris Savino.
21st Apr '17 9:46:42 PM Golondrina
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** The Halcyon Knights are one massive ShoutOut to the Franchise/{{Transformers}}. For bonus points, the Knights Zanzor and Guyven were voiced by Creator/PeterCullen and FrankWelker.

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** The Halcyon Knights are one massive ShoutOut to the Franchise/{{Transformers}}. For bonus points, the Knights Zanzor and Guyven were voiced by Creator/PeterCullen and FrankWelker.Creator/FrankWelker.
20th Apr '17 6:41:03 AM DreamerCynist2
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** Hera Syndulla is a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Twi'lek]] equivalent to [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jan Ors]].

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** Hera Syndulla is a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Twi'lek]] equivalent to [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jan Ors]].Ors]], being a skilled pilot that is the partner/love interest of a Jedi. They even share a voice actress (VanessaMarshall).


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** Both Kallus and The Inquisitor have been compared to Grand Admiral Thrawn. The former could be likened to a more up-close-and-personal version of Thrawn (and concept art indicates that Kallus was going to be a Chiss at one point), the later because hes an alien that works for the xenophobic Empire and operates by way of AwesomenessbyAnalysis. Interestingly, the actual Thrawn would later join the cast in Season 3, by which point [[spoiler: The Inquisitor has been dead for months and Kallus has undergone a HeelFaceTurn]].
17th Apr '17 10:00:55 PM Gideoncrawle
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* Several characters from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'':
** Dwayne is [[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Clark Griswold]]. His son, Junior, is visually inspired by Music/JustinBieber.
** Taylor and Kelly are visually inspired by Melissa and Joan Rivers, respectively, but are based more off of [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]] and her mother.
** [=MacArthur=] and Sanders are based off Creator/MelissaMcCarthy and [[Creator/SandraBullock Sandra Bullock]]'s characters from ''Film/TheHeat''.

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* Several characters from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'':
** Dwayne is [[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Clark Griswold]]. His son, Junior, is visually inspired by Music/JustinBieber.\n** Taylor and Kelly are visually inspired by Melissa and Joan Rivers, respectively, but are based more off of [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]] and her mother.\n** [=MacArthur=] and Sanders are based off Creator/MelissaMcCarthy and [[Creator/SandraBullock Sandra Bullock]]'s characters from ''Film/TheHeat''.
1st Apr '17 9:22:37 AM nombretomado
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* [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey Mouse]] himself is one. He was created simply so Walt Disney could replace OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, a character he had just [[ExecutiveMeddling lost to his distributer]] because he [[DoingItForTheArt refused to take a cut in his budget]]. Essentially, Oswald was Mickey with longer ears.

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* [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey Mouse]] himself is one. He was created simply so Walt Disney could replace OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit, a character he had just [[ExecutiveMeddling lost to his distributer]] because he [[DoingItForTheArt refused to take a cut in his budget]]. Essentially, Oswald was Mickey with longer ears.
31st Mar '17 5:54:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** This show's version of Lex Luthor borrows heavily in terms of both personality and methods from [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]], who was also created by ''Young Justice'' showrunner Creator/GregWeisman. In particular he trades in Luthor's megalomania for Xanatos' calm [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy savviness]].

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** This show's version of Lex Luthor borrows heavily in terms of both personality and methods from [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]], who was also created by ''Young Justice'' showrunner Creator/GregWeisman. In particular he trades in Luthor's megalomania for Xanatos' calm [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy savviness]].savviness.
31st Mar '17 5:07:44 PM Dere
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** Inque: Venom, and alien symbiotes in general. Just try watching her introductory scene and not get a Venom symbiote vibe. The animators had fun lampshading this one, as her debut episode has [[http://imgur.com/a/6mhSx a scene depicting her with two white spots on her face]] (she has a single one the rest of the time) that make her look remarkably like Spider-Man in his symbiote costume. And just after that scene, she makes a symbiote-esque claw, forms and throws spikes that look identical to Carnage's (except black), and turns her arms into spiky blunt weapons reminiscent of Carnage. Then her second appearance had her wrapping herself around another person like the symbiote, and making a Venom-like tongue. Lastly, her weaknesses are based on the symbiotes' weakness (fire), except that they're the opposite (contact with water, and getting frozen).

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** Inque: Venom, and alien symbiotes in general. Just try watching her introductory scene and not get a Venom symbiote vibe. The animators had fun lampshading this one, as her debut episode has [[http://imgur.com/a/6mhSx a scene depicting her with two white spots on her face]] (she has a single one the rest of the time) that make her look remarkably like Spider-Man in his symbiote costume. And just after that scene, she makes a symbiote-esque claw, forms and throws spikes that look identical to Carnage's (except black), and turns her arms into spiky blunt weapons bladed weapons, reminiscent of Carnage. Then her second appearance had her wrapping herself around another person like the symbiote, and making a Venom-like tongue. Lastly, her weaknesses are based on the symbiotes' weakness (fire), except that they're the opposite (contact with water, and getting frozen).
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