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17th Mar '17 7:45:39 PM Vir
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* The characters in ''{{Megamind}}'' represent various comic book heroes and villains, most notably from Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[TheCape Metro Man]] is Superman, [[MadScientist Megamind]] is a mixture of Brainiac and Lex Luthor, [[HotScoop Roxanne]] is Lois Lane, and Hal is an incarnation of Jimmy Olsen.

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* The characters in ''{{Megamind}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' represent various comic book heroes and villains, most notably from Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[TheCape Metro Man]] is Superman, [[MadScientist Megamind]] is a mixture of Brainiac and Lex Luthor, [[HotScoop Roxanne]] is Lois Lane, and Hal is an incarnation of Jimmy Olsen.
27th Feb '17 8:09:48 PM Pinokio
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* Stree Overlord is an herbal supplement with a naked Ryu pleasuring a fully dressed Chun-li on the cover, though it is not about ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. The backstory has The Overlords practicing the secret Fierce Intensity technique in pre-Shogun Japan before handing down the technique to the young Overlord Stree.
* Zany Raisins are Kellogg's answer to The California Raisins.



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* [=McDonald's=] "Changeables" Happy Meal toys were not Franchise/{{Transformers}}. They did not transform -- they ''changed''.
* Stree Overlord is an herbal supplement with a naked Ryu pleasuring a fully dressed Chun-li on the cover, though it is not about ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. The backstory has The Overlords practicing the secret Fierce Intensity technique in pre-Shogun Japan before handing down the technique to the young Overlord Stree.
* Zany Raisins were Kellogg's answer to The California Raisins.
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* The Gulliver Juguetes ''Super Powers Collection'' knockoff toyline featured Captain Lightning or Captain Ray/El Capitan Rayo, closely resembling Franchise/{{Superman}}.

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* The Gulliver Juguetes ''Super Powers Collection'' knockoff toyline featured Captain Lightning or Captain Ray/El Capitan Rayo, closely resembling Franchise/{{Superman}}.''Alien-Man'' is an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' ersatz. Because he dared to dream, and never stopped believing.
* ''Nightmare Feddy'' is an ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' ersatz.
* ''Mighty Car'', featuring a giant Creator/MrT wielding an axe and a machine gun, is a ''Series/TheATeam'' ersatz.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** ''Bat Hero Companion'' is an ersatz of Batman.
** ''Batichica'' is a Batman ersatz.
** ''Power Mans Invincible Troop Warfare'' features ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' on the packaging, but it's really about five Franchise/{{Batman}}s.
** ''Power Rangers in Space'' features an all-neon Batman team.
* ''Power Mice'' is a ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' ersatz.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'' has an ersatz toy titled ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles''.
* ''Dragoonball'' is a ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' ersatz.
* ''Spook Chasers'' is a ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ersatz.
* ''Guerreros del Espacio'' and ''Heroes del Espacio'' are an ersatz of ''[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]]''.
* ''Power'', the superior powered thunderbolt overlord top king, is an ersatz of ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* ''Superman Spy Crew'' is an ersatz of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* ''Total Justice'', and the reissue, ''Hall of Fame'', feature an ersatz ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''.
* ''Black Man'' is a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' ersatz.
* ''[=SuperMan=]'' is a ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' ersatz.
* ''Mouse and Friends'' is an ersatz ''Franchise/MickeyMouse''.
* ''Angel Invincibility Super Design 3'' and ''Rob-Ots Super Hero'' are ersatzes of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* ''[=VeriAble=] Uncanny Embryo [=HoRRiBLE=]'' is an ersatz of ''Film/{{Mothra}}''.
* ''Filly Princess'', ''Filly Witchy'', ''Fun Lovely Pony'', ''Fun Neddy Lovely'', ''Lovely Horse'', ''Lovely Pony'', ''Magic Lovely Pony'', ''My Funny'', ''My Funny Pony'', ''My Little Pegasus'', ''My Lovely Horse'', ''My Lovely Horses'', ''My Lovely Merry'', ''My Pony'', ''My Sweet Pony'', ''Playful Pony'', ''Pony Playset'', ''Pony Princess'', ''Pretty Pony'', and ''Set Funny Pony'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''.



* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' Japanese recolors of Convoy (Optimus Prime) are sometimes called Ginrai, a completely different character.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' ''Petís Little Intelligent Spirit'', ''Pocket Monica Jump-Jupm Chess'', ''Politic Pat'', and ''Prodigy Pet'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
* ''Abaranger'', ''Dual Face Fighter'', ''Dragon Warrior Aba Force'', ''Dragon Gaoranger'', ''Elite Ranger Xtreme'', ''Elite Xtreme'', ''Galaxy Heroes'', ''Gransazers'', ''Imaginary Racer'', ''Magic Evil Ranger'', ''Mega Rangers'', ''Mighty Ranger'', ''Ninja Rangers'', ''Power Force'', ''Power [=RangerO=]: Lost Galaxy'', ''Raptor Storm'', ''Sonic Ranger'', ''Steel Warrior Super Power'', ''Super Change Fierce Beasts Robot'', ''Super Pirate Force'', ''Super Rangers'', ''Super Rangers Magic Force'', ''Super Robotic Rangers'', ''Super Team'', ''Super Warrior Ninja Force'', ''Super X Robot'', and ''X-Treme Super Samurai'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
* ''Robert Cop 3'' is an ersatz of ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}''.
* ''Annie Pretty Sailor'', ''Beauty Fighters'', ''Beauty Soldier Shirley Moore'', ''Beauty Warrior'', ''Fly Dancer'', ''Galaxy Girl'', ''Kapuha'', ''Meteor Girl'', ''Petit Soldier Sailormoon'', ''Planet Girl'', ''Pretty Girl'', ''Sailorbike'', ''Sailor Cute'', ''Sailor Mary'', ''Sailor Sweetie'', ''Super Girl'', and ''Young Beauty Flower Angel'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** ''Spader-Man'' is an ersatz Spider-Man. ''Spader-Man Unmatched'' features an ersatz SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}.
** ''Flying Ranger'' features winged figures with a Spider-Man pattern.
** ''Super Heroes'' features a five Spider-Man team.
** In prone position, a Spider-Man ersatz aims an M4 rifle -- Come on enjoy the pleasure together!
* ''Galaxy Cop'', ''Galaxy Empire'', ''Galaxy War'', ''Robots Spacebot'', ''Space Defender'', ''Space Power Warrior'', ''Space Warrior'', ''Space Wars'', ''Star Attack'', ''Star Knight'', ''Star Raiders'', ''Starswar'', ''Star Wars Super Bricks Series'', ''Stick Bang'', and ''Universal War'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* ''Street Warrior'' is an ersatz of ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''
** ''Specialman'' is a a Superman ersatz.
** ''Superheroic Man'' is a Superman ersatz, with whip and stallion.
** The Gulliver Juguetes ''Super Powers Collection'' featured Captain Lightning or Captain Ray/El Capitan Rayo, closely resembling Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ''Amicable Herculean'', ''Courageous Righteous'', ''Dancing Turtle'', ''Fighting Action Turtles'', ''Gundam S Destiny'', ''Heroes of the World Fighter'', ''Justice Fighters'', ''Karate Turtles Master'', ''Karate Turtles Warriors'', ''Las Fantasticas Tortugas'', ''Las Tortugas Ninja'', ''New Style Ninja Tortoise'', ''Ninja Fighters'', ''Ninja Frog'', ''Ninja Hero Rider'' Galloping Horse, ''Super Dino Force'', ''Super Ninja'', ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Tubtles'', ''TMNT: Back to the Sewer'' featuring [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz and Woody]], ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoise'', ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs Electric Franchise/{{Robocop}}'', ''Turly Gang'' Turly Fighters -- Fighters for Freedom!, ''Turtles Fighters'', ''Turtles: New Collection'', ''Turtle Warrior'' City Hero, ''Tus Heroes en Accion Tortugas Guerreras'', Lego-like ''Ninja Turtle'' and ''Ninja Tortoises'', ''Ninja Reptiles Weapons'' accessories, the ''Turtle Telephone'', the ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gun'' with unbeatable recoil action, and the ''Little Pluckies Ninja Protects'' gun are ersatzes of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.
* ''Funny Toys'' is an ersatz of ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''.
* ''Terminate and Destroy'' is an ersatz of ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
* ''Space Boys 3'' is a ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' ersatz.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
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Japanese recolors of Convoy (Optimus Prime) are sometimes called Ginrai, a completely different character.


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** [=McDonald's=] "Changeables" Happy Meal toys were not Franchise/{{Transformers}}. They did not transform -- they ''changed''.
** ''Knight Rider Becames Robert'' is a bootleg Transformer based on ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots''.
** The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' ersatz ''Transmogrifiers''.
* ''X-Team'' is an ersatz of ''Franchise/XMen''.
* {{CrossOver}}s:
** ''Action Heroes'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' as Cat Man Gold, Silver, and Black, ''[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]]'' as Heman and Skeletoon, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' as Power Man Blue, Red, Green, Black, and White, ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' as Cybercop, ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' as Medusa, ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' as Snake Man, and ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' as Ninja Fighter Red, Violet, Blue, and Orange.
** ''Clues & Monster'' features ersatzes of ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
** ''Gao Ranger Dino Thunder'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
** ''Ginni'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' and ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''.
** ''Justice Heros League'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
** ''Octo-Spidey'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
** ''Marvel Heroes'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''ComicBook/IronMan'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', and ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]''.
** ''Mavel Team Up'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
** ''Sense of Right Alliance'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Cars}}'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
** ''Special Styles Mystic Hero'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}''.
** ''Super Hero'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
** ''Super Heroes'' features ersatzes ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/Ben10'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', and ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.
** ''Super Heroes Justice League'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/IronMan'', ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', and ''Franchise/SpiderMan''.
** ''[=SuperMan=] Big Alliance'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and ''[[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Thing]]''.
** ''Super Special Heroes'' features ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
** ''Universal Hero'' features ersatzes of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', and ''Franchise/SpiderMan''.
9th Dec '16 11:45:55 AM Prfnoff
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* During the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate did several copycats of the Chicago Tribune strips:
** ''Little Annie Rooney'' was an ersatz of ''Comicstrip/LittleOrphanAnnie''.
** ''Dan Dunn'' was Hearst's answer to ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.
** Another was ''The Nebbs'' (a copy of the Tribune's ''Gumps''), created by Sol Hess, who assisted Sidney Smith (creator of ''The Gumps'') during the early 1920s.
* ''Comicstrip/{{Doonesbury}}'': Uncle Duke was Garry S. Trudeau's tribute/homage to Raoul Duke, Hunter S. Thompson's alias. Thompson for two decades was so upset he refused to read the comic.
* ''The Adventures of Aaron'' once ran a strip with "The Ghost of Comicstrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}}". A couple footnotes make it clear: "Any similarities between Ghost of Calvin and ''Calvin and Hobbes'' is purely coincidental." See it [[http://www.kerzap.com/calvin/aaron.tribute.html here]].
* In ''Comicstrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', it originally seemed as if the artist had intended to pair Liz of with her next door neighbor, Christopher; when he and his family were dropped from the strip, Mrs Johnston altered his serial number and created [[CreatorsPet Anthony Caine.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' by JefMallett, the title character, Frazz is a grown up expy of Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', both in personality and in artistic design; Mallett says that BillWatterson is a great influence, but that the similarities are unintentional. Nonetheless, it was blatant enough that rumors persisted that Watterson himself was writing a sequel strip under an assumed identity.
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* During the late 1920s and early 1930s, the King Features Syndicate did several copycats of the Chicago Tribune strips, with ''Little Annie Rooney'' being an ersatz of ''Comicstrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' and ''Dan Dunn'' being Hearst's answer to ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.
** Another was ''The Nebbs'' (a copy of the Tribune's ''Gumps''), created by Sol Hess, who assisted Sidney Smith (creator of ''The Gumps'') during the early 1920s.
* ''Comicstrip/{{Doonesbury}}'': Uncle Duke was Garry S. Trudeau's tribute/homage to Raoul Duke, Hunter S. Thompson's alias. Thompson for two decades was so upset he refused to read the comic.
* ''The Adventures of Aaron'' once ran a strip with "The Ghost of Comicstrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}}". A couple footnotes make it clear: "Any similarities between Ghost of Calvin and ''Calvin and Hobbes'' is purely coincidental." See it [[http://www.kerzap.com/calvin/aaron.tribute.html here]].
* In the comic strip ''Comicstrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', it originally seemed as if the artist had intended to pair Liz of with her next door neighbor, Christopher; when he and his family were dropped from the strip, Mrs Johnston altered his serial number and created [[CreatorsPet Anthony Caine.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' by JefMallett, the title character, Frazz is a grown up expy of Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', both in personality and in artistic design; Mallett says that BillWatterson is a great influence, but that the similarities are unintentional. Nonetheless, it was blatant enough that rumors persisted that Watterson himself was writing a sequel strip under an assumed identity.
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9th Dec '16 10:35:49 AM HeartBurnKid
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** Johnny B. Badd baby, whooo!

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** Johnny B. Badd baby, whooo!whooo! His theme music even included the lyrics "He looks just like LittleRichard"
21st Nov '16 10:01:24 AM justthereforthecode
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**3rd party Transformers, unofficial Transformers toys not made by ''Creator/{{Hasbro}}'' that barely skirt around IP infringement by giving them different names. (their appearance remains evocative of their official counterpart, however.) However, these aren't a case ShoddyKnockoffProduct or SerialNumbersFiledOff. 3rd party toys are engineered from the ground up, generally have no budget limitations, and are made by fans with the intent of creating toys of characters that Hasbro can't/won't make.
16th Nov '16 6:15:23 AM Caripija_XXX
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* Parodied in the animation [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGFjoeyc6I BLONIC]] by Creator/UkinoJoe:
**Tails: hey [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]], do you have the time?
**[[spoiler:Blonic:[[MemeticMutation I'm not Sonic, I'm my original character, Blonic]]]]
**[[spoiler:Blails:[[OverlyLongGag And I'm not Tails, I'm my original character, Blails]]]]
1st Nov '16 4:08:47 PM Pinokio
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* Captain Ray/El Capitan Rayo, of the Columbian ''Super Heroes Collection'', closely resembles Franchise/{{Superman}}.

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* The Gulliver Juguetes ''Super Powers Collection'' knockoff toyline featured Captain Lightning or Captain Ray/El Capitan Rayo, of the Columbian ''Super Heroes Collection'', closely resembles resembling Franchise/{{Superman}}.
26th Oct '16 7:47:06 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In the 1960s, Jack Pfefer heavy use of this trope nearly killed off the Chicago territory when he was the promoter. He was largely responsible for launching the career of Wrestling/BuddyRogers, so dubbing a look alike Bummy Rogers was clearly his right. Everyone loves Wrestling/BoboBrazil? Love Hobo Brazil! Want to see Wrestling/BrunoSammartino? He's got Bruno Sanmartino.

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* In the 1950s, Judy Glover was so popular that when Buddy Lee found a woman who looked like her, she was hired with the ring name Judy Grable on the hopes fans would think Grable ''was'' Glover...and it worked! Whether or not they were fooled, they liked Grable enough to not complain.
* In the 1960s, Jack Pfefer Pfefer's heavy use of this trope nearly killed off the Chicago territory when he was the promoter. He was largely responsible for launching the career of Wrestling/BuddyRogers, so dubbing a look alike Bummy Rogers was clearly his right. Everyone loves Wrestling/BoboBrazil? Love Hobo Brazil! Want to see Wrestling/BrunoSammartino? He's got Bruno Sanmartino.
18th Oct '16 4:00:36 PM mimitchi33
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* Riley's [[ImaginaryFriend imaginary boyfriend]] in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is an Ersatz of ''Creator/JustinBieber'', right down to his appearance and the fact that [[GirlfriendInCanada he lives in Canada]].

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* Riley's [[ImaginaryFriend imaginary boyfriend]] in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is an Ersatz of ''Creator/JustinBieber'', right down to his appearance and the fact that [[GirlfriendInCanada he lives in Canada]]. This was apparently an artifact of an earlier draft, where there was a scene where Joy and Bing Bong would meet the actual Justin Bieber in a place called Boy Research.
11th Oct '16 9:59:23 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* Further from ''D&D'', the displacer beast is a monster that is almost but not quite a direct rename of the couerl, an alien from A.E. van Vogt's science fiction (whose appearance in ''The Voyage of the Space Beagle'' also inspired ''Film/{{Alien}}'', to keep the borrowing going).
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