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11th Sep '16 7:17:17 PM merotoker
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** The need for an off-brand version of several other cereals you could lie to your children about and convince them that they were the advertised stuff is what I assume brought us the "Toons" brand of breakfast cereal.

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** The need for an off-brand version of several other cereals you could lie to your children about and convince them that they were the advertised stuff is what I assume likely brought us the "Toons" brand of breakfast cereal.



* ''[[Fanfic/{{Gods Angels and Kings}} Hail to the King]]'' has Series/{{Zone Fighter}}. He was already a Captain Ersatz of Series/{{Ultraman}}, but in this story it is taken {{Up to Eleven}}. Here, he is an energy being that bonds with [[spoiler: [[Anime/{{Neon Genesis Evangelion}} Shinji Ikari]]]] in order to save his life, just like what Ultraman did with Hayata.

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* ''[[Fanfic/{{Gods Angels and Kings}} Hail to the King]]'' has Series/{{Zone Fighter}}. He was already a Captain Ersatz of Series/{{Ultraman}}, but in this story it is taken {{Up to Eleven}}. Here, he is an energy being that bonds with [[spoiler: [[Anime/{{Neon Genesis Evangelion}} [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]]]] in order to save his life, just like what Ultraman did with Hayata.



* A few in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', but the most obvious is Layla, being similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}'s villainess Poison Ivy. She's a redhead, she controls plants, she always wears green, she's very environment friendly, etc. except she's a good gal. Many have pegged the movie to X-Men given that the plot of the movie centers on a superhero school.

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* A few in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', but the most obvious is Layla, being similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}'s villainess Poison Ivy.ComicBook/PoisonIvy. She's a redhead, she controls plants, she always wears green, she's very environment friendly, etc. except she's a good gal. Many have pegged the movie to X-Men given that the plot of the movie centers on a superhero school.



* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' trilogy is sometimes accused of this by ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' fans, who cite similarities between Tia Dalma and the Voodoo Lady as evidence of their claim. Though given how both draw inspiration from ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' (and indeed, from the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks original Pirates of the Caribbean ride]]), this might be a case where [[OlderThanTheyThink both are the Ersatzes]].

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* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' trilogy is sometimes accused of this by ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' fans, who cite similarities between Tia Dalma and the Voodoo Lady as evidence of their claim. Though given how both draw inspiration from ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' (and indeed, from the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks original original]] [[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates of the Caribbean ride]]), this might be a case where [[OlderThanTheyThink both are the Ersatzes]].



* ''Film/{{GalaxyQuest}}'' is for the most part an ''Main/AffectionateParody'' on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' including its actors and fans. In the film, where it reads "Galaxy Quest", this is almost entirely Captain Ersatz for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.

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* ''Film/{{GalaxyQuest}}'' ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' is for the most part an ''Main/AffectionateParody'' on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' including its actors and fans. In the film, where it reads "Galaxy Quest", this is almost entirely Captain Ersatz for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.



* Possibly Rufus from ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', [[Series/DoctorWho a quirky, sophisticated fellow in a time-travelling phone box]]...

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* Possibly Rufus from ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', [[Series/DoctorWho a quirky, sophisticated fellow in a time-travelling phone box]]...



* In the original books, the characters in ''Film/TheSnapper'' and ''The Van'' were the same family as in ''TheCommitments''. Due to Fox owning the rights to the Rabitte name, they were different characters. Especially glaring is the fact that Colm Meaney plays the father in both ''The Snapper'' and ''The Van'', but is ostensibly playing different characters.
* General Hager from ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'' was originally supposed to be ComicBook/NickFury, but was changed to an original character when the director found out TwentiethCenturyFox didn't have his film rights. Not only does Hager have Fury's personality and ([[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]]) ethnicity, but some of his lines are taken word-for-word from Fury's dialogue in Creator/WarrenEllis' ''Ultimate ComicBook/{{Galactus}} Trilogy''.
* Chapel was replaced by a similar character named Jessica Priest in the live-action ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' movie. This is due to Chapel being owned by Creator/RobLiefeld, since he originated in ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}''.

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* In the original books, the characters in ''Film/TheSnapper'' and ''The Van'' were the same family as in ''TheCommitments''.''Film/TheCommitments''. Due to Fox owning the rights to the Rabitte name, they were different characters. Especially glaring is the fact that Colm Meaney plays the father in both ''The Snapper'' and ''The Van'', but is ostensibly playing different characters.
* General Hager from ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'' was originally supposed to be ComicBook/NickFury, but was changed to an original character when the director found out TwentiethCenturyFox didn't have his film rights. Not only does Hager have Fury's personality and ([[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]]) (ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}}) ethnicity, but some of his lines are taken word-for-word from Fury's dialogue in Creator/WarrenEllis' ''Ultimate ComicBook/{{Galactus}} Trilogy''.
* Chapel was replaced by a similar character named Jessica Priest in the live-action ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' movie.''Film/{{Spawn}}''. This is due to Chapel being owned by Creator/RobLiefeld, since he originated in ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}''.



* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': A kindly old couple on a farm who take in a super-powered individual? [[{{Superman}} That sounds kinda familiar.]]
** The first shot of them smiling while driving their pickup seems like a deliberate homage to ''Superman: The Movie''. Richard Donner ''is'' a producer on this film.

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* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': A kindly old couple on a farm who take in a super-powered individual? [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} That sounds kinda familiar.]]
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]] The first shot of them smiling while driving their pickup seems like a deliberate homage to ''Superman: The Movie''. Richard Donner ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Creator/RichardDonner ''is'' a producer on this film.



* Parodied in ''{{Psychoville}}'' when in a {{pantomime}} production of Snow White, the director has to remind his cast that they changed the names of the dwarves (to "Prof", "Blusher", "Sniffy", "Smiler", "Snoozer", "Grumbly" and "Loopy") so as to avoid being sued by Disney.

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* Parodied in ''{{Psychoville}}'' ''Series/{{Psychoville}}'' when in a {{pantomime}} production of Snow White, the director has to remind his cast that they changed the names of the dwarves (to "Prof", "Blusher", "Sniffy", "Smiler", "Snoozer", "Grumbly" and "Loopy") so as to avoid being sued by Disney.



** Intergang is run by the feuding father and son Bill Church Sr and Jr, who have a FrontOrganisation with a TV company called Multiworld Communications. They're Captain Ersatzes of the comic book's Vinnie and Morgan Edge, who run Intergang behind the facade of Galaxy Broadcasting.

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** Intergang is run by the feuding father and son Bill Church Sr and Jr, who have a FrontOrganisation [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront Front Organisation]] with a TV company called Multiworld Communications. They're Captain Ersatzes of the comic book's Vinnie and Morgan Edge, who run Intergang behind the facade of Galaxy Broadcasting.



* On Series/ADifferentWorld, having lost her job, Whitley is forced to work as a waitress at "The International Cottage of Flapjacks", clearly a ripoff of "The International House of Pancakes".
* On Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia, the Philly Phrenetic in the World Series episode is an obvious one for the Philadelphia Phillies' real-life mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. It's even {{lampshaded}} by Charlie at the end of the episode, when he complains about having to call him the "Phrenetic" instead of "Phanatic" to avoid getting sued by Major League Baseball.

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* On Series/ADifferentWorld, ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', having lost her job, Whitley is forced to work as a waitress at "The International Cottage of Flapjacks", clearly a ripoff of "The International House of Pancakes".
* On Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia, ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', the Philly Phrenetic in the World Series episode is an obvious one for the Philadelphia Phillies' real-life mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. It's even {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Charlie at the end of the episode, when he complains about having to call him the "Phrenetic" instead of "Phanatic" to avoid getting sued by Major League Baseball.



* 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 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.



** [[http://www.thewrestlinglegendsforum.com/wrestlecrap/arachniman.html Arachniman]], who is not like Franchise/SpiderMan at all.

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** [[http://www.thewrestlinglegendsforum.com/wrestlecrap/arachniman.html Arachniman]], Arachniman, who is not like Franchise/SpiderMan at all.



* Looking for 1980s cartoon Captain Ersatzes, then you won't be surprise that ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'' has more than its fair share. For I.E, the Black Widow from "Strikeforce Freedom" is a blonde version of TheBaroness from ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
* The [[Film/{{Inception}} Inception]] card game [[Main/MassiveMultiplayerCrossover guest starring]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} "Joker"]], [[Film/TheLastAirbender "Avatar"]], [[Film/LordOfWar "Lord of War"]], [[Film/BlackSwan "Black Swan"]], [[Anime/{{Paprika}} "Paprika"]], [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed "Martyr"]], and [[ComicBook/JeanGrey "Space Queen"]].

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* Looking for 1980s cartoon Captain Ersatzes, then you won't be surprise surprised that ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'' has more than its fair share. For I.E, the Black Widow from "Strikeforce Freedom" is a blonde version of TheBaroness from ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
* The [[Film/{{Inception}} Inception]] card game [[Main/MassiveMultiplayerCrossover [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover guest starring]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} "Joker"]], [[Film/TheLastAirbender "Avatar"]], [[Film/LordOfWar "Lord of War"]], [[Film/BlackSwan "Black Swan"]], [[Anime/{{Paprika}} "Paprika"]], [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed "Martyr"]], and [[ComicBook/JeanGrey "Space Queen"]].



* {{Toys/Playmobil}} has almost crossed the line a few times in its "Fi?ures" theme, which features some rather close-or almost identical-resemblances, such as [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/131204j.jpg "not-Aeon Flux"]], [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/111015b.jpg "not- Sue Sylvester]] from ''Series/{{Glee}}", [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/120930b.jpg "not-Lara Croft]] from ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''", [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/131204k.jpg "not-Lady Gaga"]], and [[http://api.ning.com/files/3I-9LvQkoORkk-*cgjYhhVr2gjPPPsnC6XEbYSznmEqtGIS7tMLy-QD1vpZeqE4Q62GTa7I7lHwB2fM7tEETknxJkD*YRZyw/5459GirlsS6T04.jpg "not-Maleficent]] from Disney/SleepingBeauty". Captain Ersatzes of [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] and {{Comicbook/Catwoman}} appear in Series 9.

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* {{Toys/Playmobil}} has almost crossed the line a few times in its "Fi?ures" theme, which features some rather close-or almost identical-resemblances, such as [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/131204j.jpg "not-Aeon Flux"]], [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/111015b.jpg "not- Sue Sylvester]] from ''Series/{{Glee}}", ''Series/{{Glee}}''", [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/120930b.jpg "not-Lara Croft]] from ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''", [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/131204k.jpg "not-Lady Gaga"]], and [[http://api.ning.com/files/3I-9LvQkoORkk-*cgjYhhVr2gjPPPsnC6XEbYSznmEqtGIS7tMLy-QD1vpZeqE4Q62GTa7I7lHwB2fM7tEETknxJkD*YRZyw/5459GirlsS6T04.jpg "not-Maleficent]] from Disney/SleepingBeauty".''Disney/SleepingBeauty''". Captain Ersatzes of [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] and {{Comicbook/Catwoman}} appear in Series 9.



* Cousin Dougal in ''Webcomic/PlatinumGrit'' is an eight hundred year old sword-wielding immortal Scotsman. And his last name is McWickening.

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* Cousin Dougal in ''Webcomic/PlatinumGrit'' is an eight hundred year old sword-wielding immortal Scotsman. And his last name is McWickening.[=McWickening=].



** Speaking of ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'', one of his recurring characters is Wilkins, who is Wilson from ''Series/HomeImprovement'' in all but (similar) name. He actually debuted as Wilson in the review of the [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super NES]] ''Series/HomeImprovement'' video game, appropriately enough.

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** Speaking of ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'', one of his recurring characters is Wilkins, who is Wilson from ''Series/HomeImprovement'' in all but (similar) name. He actually debuted as Wilson in the review of the [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super NES]] UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES ''Series/HomeImprovement'' video game, appropriately enough.
11th Aug '16 8:49:08 PM kquinn0830
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* On Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia, the Philly Phrenetic in the World Series episode is an obvious one for the Philadelphia Phillies' real-life mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. It's even {{lampshaded}} by Charlie at the end of the episode, when he complains about having to call him the "Phrenetic" instead of "Phanatic" to avoid getting sued by Major League Baseball.
23rd Jul '16 10:15:51 AM DaibhidC
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** Similarly, the New Eighth Doctor Adventures had been leading slowly up to a big, cataclysmic event involving Daleks, which is very likely the Time War from the revival series, but never called as such due to license issues. Once Big Finish got the rights to use Nu-Who concepts, the subtext rapidly became text.
23rd Jul '16 10:09:46 AM DaibhidC
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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' isn't allowed to use any characters, monsters or Doctors who appear exclusively in the 2005 ReTool series, so resorts to this on occasion Noel Clarke (who played Mickey, a companion of the Ninth and Tenth Doctor) shows up playing a very similar character to Mickey in some stories, and GenreShift BritCom episode "The Kingmaker" featured references to an unseen character who was described by the other characters as having "[[CharmPoint big ears]]" (clearly supposed to be the Ninth Doctor). David Tennant also had a prominent role in the "Dalek Empire" series, before getting cast as the actual Doctor.
** Similarly, the New Eighth Doctor Adventures had been leading slowly up to a big, cataclysmic event involving Daleks, which is very likely the Time War from the revival series, but never called as such due to license issues.

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* Until recently ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' isn't wasn't allowed to use any characters, monsters or Doctors who appear exclusively in the 2005 ReTool series, so resorts to this on occasion Noel Clarke (who played Mickey, a companion of the Ninth and Tenth Doctor) shows up playing a very similar character to Mickey in some stories, and GenreShift BritCom episode "The Kingmaker" featured references to an unseen character who was described by the other characters as having "[[CharmPoint big ears]]" (clearly supposed to be the Ninth Doctor). David Tennant also had a prominent role in the "Dalek Empire" series, before getting cast as the actual Doctor.
** Similarly, the New Eighth Doctor Adventures had been leading slowly up to a big, cataclysmic event involving Daleks, which is very likely the Time War from the revival series, but never called as such due to license issues.
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28th Jun '16 4:26:03 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Ersatz is a German word that means "replacement" and refers to a substitute good of other, usually of inferior quality than the one it replaces. It's especially used to refer to replacements of products that wartime caused to be hard to come by/rationated, such as coffee or meat.

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* Ersatz is is, as explained above, a German word that means "replacement" and refers to a substitute good of other, usually of inferior quality than the one it replaces. It's especially used to refer to replacements of products that wartime caused to be hard to come by/rationated, such as coffee or meat.
27th Jun '16 7:05:51 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* Ersatz is a German word that means "replacement" and refers to a substitute good of other, usually of inferior quality than the one it replaces. It's especially used to refer to replacements of products that wartime caused to be hard to come by/rationated, such as coffee or meat.
27th Jun '16 6:57:33 AM ScorpiusOB1
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** Mielikki, NeutralGood goddess of forests in the ForgottenRealms setting, too[[note]]She comes from FinnishMythology.[[/note]]

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** Mielikki, NeutralGood goddess of forests in the ForgottenRealms setting, too[[note]]She comes too[[note]]It's far more likely she was taken, almost unchanged, from FinnishMythology.[[/note]]
22nd Jun '16 9:12:09 PM MyFinalEdits
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* When Disney was making ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' they managed to get [[Film/TheGodfather Don Vito Corleone]] in the film. Only it wasn't Corleone, it was an anthropomorphic shrew named [[MisterBig Mr. Big]]. But take it from us, it's Corleone in all but name.

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* When Disney was making ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' they managed to get [[Film/TheGodfather Don Vito Corleone]] in the film. Only it wasn't Corleone, it was an anthropomorphic shrew named [[MisterBig Mr. Big]]. But take it from us, it's Corleone in all but name.
22nd Jun '16 9:10:36 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Similar to the above, 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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* Similar to the above, the 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.



* And ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' went as far as to cast the actor who had played Nicholas Locarno in TNG's "The First Duty" before changing the character's name to Tom Paris and altering his backstory to be more sympathetic.
** Though WordOfGod has [[FlipFlopOfGod flip-flopped]] on whether this was done because Locarno was unrepentant and therefore unsympathetic, or because they didn't want to have to pay royalties to the writer of "The First Duty".
** There has been fanfiction written that attempts to reconcile this by making them the same person.

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* And ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' went as far as to cast the actor who had played Nicholas Locarno in TNG's "The First Duty" before changing the character's name to Tom Paris and altering his backstory to be more sympathetic.
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sympathetic. Though WordOfGod has [[FlipFlopOfGod flip-flopped]] on whether this was done because Locarno was unrepentant and therefore unsympathetic, or because they didn't want to have to pay royalties to the writer of "The First Duty".
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Duty". There has been fanfiction written that attempts to reconcile this by making them the same person.
22nd Jun '16 1:22:14 PM MagnusForce
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' and ''TabletopGame/ThirteenthAge'' could not get the rights to mind flayers from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' due to the terms of the Open Gaming License. ''Pathfinder'' used neothelids and intellect devourers (which were open content), and later the third-party phrenic slayers from Dreamscarred Press, to fill the role, while ''13th Age'' went with "soul flensers" instead.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' and ''TabletopGame/ThirteenthAge'' could not get the rights to [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} mind flayers flayers]] from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' due to the terms of the Open Gaming License. ''Pathfinder'' used neothelids [[SandWorm neothelids]][[note]]Ironically in D&D, Neothelids are what a Mind Flayer tadpoles become if they live long enough without a host[[/note]] and [[BrainMonster intellect devourers devourers]] (which were open content), and later the third-party phrenic slayers (not originally from D&D, unlike the previous two) from Dreamscarred Press, to fill the role, while ''13th Age'' went with "soul flensers" instead.
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