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24th Mar '17 10:54:18 PM Snowy66
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Black Spider is a [[CaptainErsatz blatant ripoff]] of Franchise/SpiderMan, from his web slinging powers, to his logo, and even being voiced by Creator/JoshKeaton who voiced Spidey in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
24th Mar '17 10:44:48 PM Snowy66
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* [[Franchise/SpiderMan Green Goblin]], Carnage and [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Bullseye]] are considered each corresponding hero's answer to ComicBook/TheJoker, not just because of their status as {{Arch Enem|y}}ies but because how they each have traits that only they truly share with the Joker, with the Goblin sharing the laugh, [[LargeHam the ham factor]], the [[ManipulativeBastard inhuman madness and intelligence]], and JokerImmunity (to a point). Bullseye shares the unknown identity, [[ImprobableWeaponUser the unusual weapons]], and rivals even Joker for the title of most insane man in comics. Nowadays though, ComicBook/NormanOsborn has a persona of a manipulative ComicBook/LexLuthor and a persona of a crazed Joker and will flip between the two at the drop of a hat.

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* [[Franchise/SpiderMan [[Characters/SpiderManGoblins Green Goblin]], Carnage [[ComicBook/{{Carnage}} Carnage]], and [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Bullseye]] are considered each corresponding hero's answer to ComicBook/TheJoker, not just because of their status as {{Arch Enem|y}}ies but because how they each have traits that only they truly share with the Joker, with the Goblin sharing the laugh, [[LargeHam the ham factor]], the [[ManipulativeBastard inhuman madness and intelligence]], and JokerImmunity (to a point).point). Carnage shares the SerialKiller background as well as the complete insanity and distorted perception of the world, to the point where Cletus Cassidy is pretty much Joker bonded to a symbiote. Bullseye shares the unknown identity, [[ImprobableWeaponUser the unusual weapons]], and rivals even Joker for the title of most insane man in comics. Nowadays though, ComicBook/NormanOsborn has a persona of a manipulative ComicBook/LexLuthor and a persona of a crazed Joker and will flip between the two at the drop of a hat.
17th Mar '17 6:32:44 AM MarcoPolo250
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** This even applied up until recently, though to a much lesser extent. Pokémon aired on Cartoon Network, with reruns of older episodes airing on sister network Boomerang, until 2016, when The Pokémon Company International made a deal with Creator/DisneyXD to air the show exclusively. Digimon Fusion briefly aired on Nickelodeon, before being shunted to Nicktoons, where it remains today.

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** This even applied up until recently, 2016, though to a much lesser extent. Pokémon ''Pokémon'' aired on Cartoon Network, Creator/CartoonNetwork, with reruns of older episodes airing on sister network Boomerang, until 2016, when The Pokémon Company International made a deal with Creator/{{Boomerang}}. Beginning in 2017, ''Pokémon'' will air on Creator/DisneyXD to air the show exclusively. Meanwhile, ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Digimon Fusion Fusion]]'' briefly aired on Nickelodeon, before being shunted to Nicktoons, where it remains today.Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}; the rest of the series, and reruns of the earlier installments, aired on Creator/{{Nicktoons}}
16th Mar '17 7:18:36 PM merotoker
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See also {{Expy}}, when a character is probably based on another character but not obviously supposed to be that character. When this happens to TV shows, video games or movies, you have DuelingShows, DuelingGames and DuelingMovies, or a case of FollowTheLeader.

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See also {{Expy}}, when a character is probably based on another character but not obviously supposed to be that character. When this happens to TV shows, video games or movies, you have DuelingShows, DuelingGames [[DuelingWorks/{{Games}} Dueling Games]] and DuelingMovies, [[DuelingWorks/{{Film}} Dueling Movies]], or a case of FollowTheLeader.



** On the other hand, the Legion has Gates: a teleporter with blue (equivalent of) skin, black-and-red costume, three fingers per hand and [[MonochromaticEyes bright pupil-less eyes]], much like a counterpart of X-Man Nightcrawler. Coincidentally or not, Dave Cockrum created Nightcrawler for an unused Legion spin-off, then carried the character along to Marvel.

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** On the other hand, the Legion has Gates: a teleporter with blue (equivalent of) skin, black-and-red costume, three fingers per hand and [[MonochromaticEyes bright pupil-less eyes]], much like a counterpart of X-Man Nightcrawler.ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}. Coincidentally or not, Dave Cockrum created Nightcrawler for an unused Legion spin-off, then carried the character along to Marvel.



* In the 70s, the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} faced a team of [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]-duplicates called the Champions of Angor. In the 80s, they joined forces with the remains of that team against duplicates of Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}} (Tracker), ComicBook/DoctorOctopus (Gorgon), SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} (Dr. Diehard), Doctor Doom (Lord Havok), and Dormammu (Dreamslayer). Two members of the Champions would subsequently join Justice League Europe: Bluejay (based on Yellowjacket) and the Silver Sorceress (based on the Comicbook/ScarletWitch). A few years after that Bluejay was, very briefly, the ''leader'' of the united Justice League.

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* In the 70s, the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} faced a team of [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]-duplicates called the Champions of Angor. In the 80s, they joined forces with the remains of that team against duplicates of Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}} (Tracker), ComicBook/DoctorOctopus (Gorgon), SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} (Dr. Diehard), Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom (Lord Havok), and Dormammu (Dreamslayer). Two members of the Champions would subsequently join Justice League Europe: Bluejay (based on Yellowjacket) and the Silver Sorceress (based on the Comicbook/ScarletWitch). A few years after that Bluejay was, very briefly, the ''leader'' of the united Justice League.



** Though they [[DivergentCharacterEvolution ended up becoming very different from their DC counterparts]], on a purely conceptual level, Hawkeye and Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} basically started off as "Comicbook/GreenArrow and Franchise/TheFlash [[XMeetsY if they were villains]]".

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** Though they [[DivergentCharacterEvolution ended up becoming very different from their DC counterparts]], on a purely conceptual level, Hawkeye and Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} basically started off as "Comicbook/GreenArrow and Franchise/TheFlash [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY if they were villains]]".



* Marvel has the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} while DC has the Comicbook/SuicideSquad. Both teams are headed mostly by reformed villains or bad guys forced to fight crime.

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* Marvel has the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} while DC has the Comicbook/SuicideSquad. [[BoxedCrook Both teams are headed mostly by reformed villains or bad guys forced to fight crime.]]



* ComicBook/{{Static}} and Franchise/SpiderMan. The main difference besides powers being that Static is an ethnic minority and deals with gangs more than jocks/bullies. Even [[WordOfGod confirmed]] by the late Creator/{{Dwayne McDuffie}} to be a modern reinterpretation of Spider-Man, that he came up with during his time working at Marvel, but it didn't go through 'til he published it under Creator/MilestoneComics, which DC eventually bought, making him the A.C.E. for two companies opposed to Marvel. Power wise, the much more powerful grown up Static is about the same as SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}.

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* ComicBook/{{Static}} and Franchise/SpiderMan. The main difference besides powers being that Static is an ethnic minority and deals with gangs more than jocks/bullies. Even [[WordOfGod confirmed]] by the late Creator/{{Dwayne McDuffie}} to be a modern reinterpretation of Spider-Man, that he came up with during his time working at Marvel, but it didn't go through 'til he published it under Creator/MilestoneComics, which DC eventually bought, making him the A.C.E. for two companies opposed to Marvel. Power wise, the much more powerful grown up Static is about the same as SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}.ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.



** Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato to Music/MirandaCosgrove and Music/VictoriaJustice, respectively.

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** Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato to Music/MirandaCosgrove Creator/MirandaCosgrove and Music/VictoriaJustice, respectively.



* Similarly, Data East's ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3'' bears many resemblences to Williams' ''Pinball/Terminator2''.

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* Similarly, Data East's ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3'' bears many resemblences resemblances to Williams' ''Pinball/Terminator2''.



* BuffBagwell was WCW's equivalent of ShawnMichaels. His gimmick was his attractiveness to ladies (as expressed in his theme song "Buff Daddy", which like Michaels' "Sexy Boy" is partly sung by him and a female vocalist) and his muscles, and his propensity for red tights. Like Michaels, he'd also experienced BreakupBreakout from his tag team "American Males", where his partner Scotty Riggs faded to obscurity after the team split (like Marty Jannetty). Furthermore, he remained in the higher end of the roster due to his own propensity for backstage meddling and ego. Also like Michaels, he took a few years out from wrestling before returning. Bagwell's ego, however, did get him fired from the WWF as soon as the Invasion happened. Bagwell was a omnipresent feature of mid to late 90s WCW, but is not as well remembered today due to his inability to follow up his career in that company.
* TakaMichinoku's success in WWF in 1997 caused WCW to hire KazHayashi in 1998. Both of them had been part of the stable KaiEnTai in Japan, and both wore very similar blue tights. Likely feeling the need for a Japanese Wrestler themselves, ECW hired YoshihiroTajiri. Whilst Taka and Tajiri both enjoyed popularity in their respective companies, Kaz was the victim of poor booking in squash matches (as with many in WCW at the time) and only appeared with the WWF once during the invasion era before asking for his release and returning to Japan.

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* BuffBagwell Wrestling/BuffBagwell was WCW's equivalent of ShawnMichaels.Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. His gimmick was his attractiveness to ladies (as expressed in his theme song "Buff Daddy", which like Michaels' "Sexy Boy" is partly sung by him and a female vocalist) and his muscles, and his propensity for red tights. Like Michaels, he'd also experienced BreakupBreakout from his tag team "American Males", where his partner Scotty Riggs faded to obscurity after the team split (like Marty Jannetty). Furthermore, he remained in the higher end of the roster due to his own propensity for backstage meddling and ego. Also like Michaels, he took a few years out from wrestling before returning. Bagwell's ego, however, did get him fired from the WWF as soon as the Invasion happened. Bagwell was a omnipresent feature of mid to late 90s WCW, but is not as well remembered today due to his inability to follow up his career in that company.
* TakaMichinoku's Wrestling/TakaMichinoku's success in WWF in 1997 caused WCW to hire KazHayashi Wrestling/KazHayashi in 1998. Both of them had been part of the stable KaiEnTai in Japan, and both wore very similar blue tights. Likely feeling the need for a Japanese Wrestler themselves, ECW hired YoshihiroTajiri.Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri. Whilst Taka and Tajiri both enjoyed popularity in their respective companies, Kaz was the victim of poor booking in squash matches (as with many in WCW at the time) and only appeared with the WWF once during the invasion era before asking for his release and returning to Japan.



* Despite being years apart in their release history, and being made by companies with little-to-no tangible connection to each other, the StoryArcs of the {{Protagonist}} in Creator/{{BioWare}}'s ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and Spike Chunsoft's ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' have a lot of similarities. Both games star {{Amnesiac Hero}}es who appear to be average Joes at first, [[spoiler:but their backstories reveal them to have been very evil people who played a major role in driving the conflict of their own stories. The similarities are even more apparent if you play the Light-Sided route in ''KOTOR'' as Revan (the ''KOTOR'' protagonist) and Hajime Hinata (the ''Danganronpa 2'' protagonist) turn out to be really benevolent {{Nice Guy}}s who are a far cry from their former evil personalities, and in the end they reject their former identities and decide to start with a clean slate as the heroic people they've become.]]

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* Despite being years apart in their release history, and being made by companies with little-to-no tangible connection to each other, the StoryArcs {{Story Arc}}s of the {{Protagonist}} in Creator/{{BioWare}}'s ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and Spike Chunsoft's ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' have a lot of similarities. Both games star {{Amnesiac Hero}}es who appear to be average Joes at first, [[spoiler:but their backstories reveal them to have been very evil people who played a major role in driving the conflict of their own stories. The similarities are even more apparent if you play the Light-Sided route in ''KOTOR'' as Revan (the ''KOTOR'' protagonist) and Hajime Hinata (the ''Danganronpa 2'' protagonist) turn out to be really benevolent {{Nice Guy}}s who are a far cry from their former evil personalities, and in the end they reject their former identities and decide to start with a clean slate as the heroic people they've become.]]
3rd Mar '17 4:58:36 PM onionmaster
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* BuffBagwell was WCW's equivalent of ShawnMichaels. His gimmick was his attractiveness to ladies (as expressed in his theme song "Buff Daddy", which like Michaels' "Sexy Boy" is partly sung by him and a female vocalist) and his muscles, and his propensity for red tights. Like Michaels, he'd also experienced BreakupBreakout from his tag team "American Males", where his partner Scotty Riggs faded to obscurity after the team split (like Marty Jannetty). Furthermore, he remained in the higher end of the roster due to his own propensity for backstage meddling and ego. Also like Michaels, he took a few years out from wrestling before returning. Bagwell's ego, however, did get him fired from the WWF as soon as the Invasion happened. Bagwell was a omnipresent feature of mid to late 90s WCW, but is not as well remembered today due to his inability to follow up his career in that company.
28th Feb '17 5:17:24 PM onionmaster
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* TakaMichinoku's success in WWF in 1997 caused WCW to hire KazHayashi in 1998. Both of them had been part of the stable KaiEnTai in Japan, and both wore very similar blue tights. Likely feeling the need for a Japanese Wrestler themselves, ECW hired YoshihiroTajiri. Whilst Taka and Tajiri both enjoyed popularity in their respective companies, Kaz was the victim of poor booking in squash matches (as with many in WCW at the time) and only appeared with the WWF once during the invasion era before asking for his release and returning to Japan.
26th Feb '17 5:49:42 PM DrPopo
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* Lately Arcade has become Marvel's equivalent to DC's Doctor Light. They both were silly joke villains who after a really bad attempt to make them DarkerAndEdgier became villainous poster boys for NeverLiveItDown trope.
26th Feb '17 8:58:24 AM akaun6899
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* Near the turn of the millenium, Creator/FourKidsEntertainment dubbed ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which aired on Creator/KidsWB. Creator/SabanEntertainment dubbed ''Anime/{{Digimon}}'', which aired on Creator/FoxKids. It even applied to the movies, with Creator/WarnerBros releasing the first three ''Pokémon'' films, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox distributing ''Digimon: TheMovie''.

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* Near the turn of the millenium, Creator/FourKidsEntertainment dubbed ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which aired on Creator/KidsWB. Creator/SabanEntertainment dubbed ''Anime/{{Digimon}}'', which aired on Creator/FoxKids. It even applied to the movies, with Creator/WarnerBros releasing the first three ''Pokémon'' films, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox distributing ''Digimon: TheMovie''.''Anime/DigimonTheMovie''.
15th Feb '17 1:07:31 AM PaulA
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** The Fantastic Four are themselves reminiscent of an older DC Comics team, the Challengers of the Unknown (also a Creator/JackKirby creation), albeit ones that became better known than the original. In ''[[ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse Amalgam Comics]]'', the two are combined to make the Challengers of the Fantastic.

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** The Fantastic Four are themselves reminiscent of an older DC Comics team, the Challengers of the Unknown ComicBook/ChallengersOfTheUnknown (also a Creator/JackKirby creation), albeit ones that became better known than the original. In ''[[ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse Amalgam Comics]]'', the two are combined to make the Challengers of the Fantastic.
11th Feb '17 1:44:08 PM narm00
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** Spider-Man's sidekick Virtue/The Tiller was basically an extended {{take that}} towards Superman for as long as he lasted, though his story was more Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'' in that he was a member of a still active, if {{endangered|species}}, group of war mongers who did not know his true origins or purpose.

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** Spider-Man's sidekick Virtue/The Tiller was basically an extended {{take that}} towards Superman for as long as he lasted, though his story was more Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'' in that he was a member of a still active, if {{endangered|species}}, group of war mongers warmongers who did not know his true origins or purpose.



*** A more direct example would be Captain Hero, who like Captain Marvel, was an orphaned little boy with the power to turn into [[OlderAlterEgo an adult]] FlyingBrick.

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*** A more direct example would be Captain Hero, who like Captain Marvel, Marvel was an orphaned little boy with the power to turn into [[OlderAlterEgo an adult]] FlyingBrick.



* Creator/KurtBusiek's ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' takes what sounds like the ''Planetary'' approach. As above, the range runs from near-duplicates ("The Furst Family", who act like the Fantastic Four, are all related, and have the same initials) to ones that sounds like Silver Age characters you must have known about but can't quite remember.
* Creator/{{Wildstorm}}'s Comicbook/TheAuthority has at least two counterpart teams in Marvel and DC. The titular hero of the ''ComicBook/XMan'' comic visited an alternate world and met analogues such as Nicola Zeitgeist (Jenny Quantum), Thor (Apollo), Nightfighter (Midnighter), and City Dweller (Jack Hawksmoor). In the ''Superman'' comics, Superman faces off with the Elite over their extremely brutal and often fatal method of dealing with supervillains. Interestingly, two of the Authority's most recognizable characters, Midnighter and Apollo, are clearly based off of Batman and Superman, respectively. Ironically, a later series established Apollo as his universe's version of the Ray, a minor DC hero. (Probably because Wildstorm already has Mr. Majestic, a much closer Superman analogue who has met, and even briefly replaced, the original Man of Steel. As with many of the above examples, Majestic is more ruthlessly pragmatic in the use of his Superman-like powers-- he generally [[CombatPragmatist just shoots them]].)

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* Creator/KurtBusiek's ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' takes what sounds like the ''Planetary'' approach. As above, the range runs from near-duplicates ("The Furst Family", who act like the Fantastic Four, are all related, and have the same initials) to ones that sounds sound like Silver Age characters you must have known about but can't quite remember.
* Creator/{{Wildstorm}}'s Comicbook/TheAuthority has at least two counterpart teams in Marvel and DC. The titular hero of the ''ComicBook/XMan'' comic visited an alternate world and met analogues such as Nicola Zeitgeist (Jenny Quantum), Thor (Apollo), Nightfighter (Midnighter), (ComicBook/{{Midnighter}}), and City Dweller (Jack Hawksmoor). In the ''Superman'' comics, Superman faces off with the Elite over their extremely brutal and often fatal method of dealing with supervillains. Interestingly, two of the Authority's most recognizable characters, Midnighter and Apollo, are clearly based off of Batman and Superman, respectively. Ironically, a later series established Apollo as his universe's version of the Ray, ComicBook/{{the Ray}}, a minor DC hero. (Probably because Wildstorm already has Mr. Majestic, a much closer Superman analogue who has met, and even briefly replaced, the original Man of Steel. As with many of the above examples, Majestic is more ruthlessly pragmatic in the use of his Superman-like powers-- he generally [[CombatPragmatist just shoots them]].)
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