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23rd Jul '17 9:16:39 AM StFan
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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}}''", [[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.
* ''Petís Little Intelligent Spirit'', ''Pocket Monica Jump-Jupm Chess'', ''Politic Pat'', and ''Prodigy Pet'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.

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* {{Toys/Playmobil}} 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}} [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Queen Elsa]] and {{Comicbook/Catwoman}} ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} appear in Series 9.
* ''Petís ''Pet's Little Intelligent Spirit'', ''Pocket Monica Jump-Jupm Chess'', ''Politic Pat'', and ''Prodigy Pet'' are ersatzes of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.



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* Anyone who writes for TheEroticMindControlStoryArchive is [[EnforcedTrope forced to use this trope]] in their fiction. See, Warner Bros. slammed the site with legal threats in 1998 due to fan fiction on the site that used their characters. The site's webmaster deleted almost every single fanfic from the site and hasn't accepted any new fanfics since. Only four fanfics survive on the site to this day, but three of them are ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and the fourth one is ''Series/TheXFiles'', both franchises that are not owned by Warner. Also, all four fics are [[TheArtifact legacy]]; they date from before 1998. To that effect, in the stories labeled "CB: Comic Book Superhero" and "SF: Science Fiction", you'll probably see characters that look exactly like Wonder Woman and Captain Picard, but have completely different names. The EMCSA also overlaps this trope with FandomBerserkButton, as there are several other kinds of fiction banned from the site; however, on the official forums, there's a link to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine that you can use to get at the deleted stories.

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* Anyone who writes for TheEroticMindControlStoryArchive ''The Erotic Mind-Control Story Archive'' is [[EnforcedTrope forced to use this trope]] in their fiction. See, Warner Bros. slammed the site with legal threats in 1998 due to fan fiction on the site that used their characters. The site's webmaster deleted almost every single fanfic from the site and hasn't accepted any new fanfics since. Only four fanfics survive on the site to this day, but three of them are ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and the fourth one is ''Series/TheXFiles'', both franchises that are not owned by Warner. Also, all four fics are [[TheArtifact legacy]]; they date from before 1998. To that effect, in the stories labeled "CB: Comic Book Superhero" and "SF: Science Fiction", you'll probably see characters that look exactly like Wonder Woman and Captain Picard, but have completely different names. The EMCSA also overlaps this trope with FandomBerserkButton, as there are several other kinds of fiction banned from the site; however, on the official forums, there's a link to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine that you can use to get at the deleted stories.



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19th Jul '17 9:17:12 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/{{Help}}'': Kaili = [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali Kali]].
25th Jun '17 11:00:10 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Musical example in popular Website/YouTube spoof series ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded''. Ever since the Franchise/{{Terminator}} episode, they have been using tunes which bear a rather obvious resemblance to the actual soundtrack, even the iconic ones like ''Franchise/StarWars''.
25th Jun '17 10:41:06 AM CynicalBastardo
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* In the original books, the characters in ''Film/TheSnapper'' and ''The Van'' were the same family as in ''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.

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* In the original books, the characters in ''Film/TheSnapper'' and ''The Van'' were the same family as in ''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'', all three films, but is ostensibly playing different characters.
20th Jun '17 5:42:49 AM Doug86
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*** Some of the other heroes listed [[AllThereInTheManual on the DVD]] also fall into this. Meta Man is very obviously {{Superman}}, with his ComboPlatterPowers, wholesome personality, and outfit, Everseer's leadership position (and formerly having been Gazerbeam's superior) and telepathy resemble [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]], and Splashdown's powerset is a clear callout to ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}.

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*** Some of the other heroes listed [[AllThereInTheManual on the DVD]] also fall into this. Meta Man is very obviously {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, with his ComboPlatterPowers, wholesome personality, and outfit, Everseer's leadership position (and formerly having been Gazerbeam's superior) and telepathy resemble [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]], and Splashdown's powerset is a clear callout to ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}.
22nd May '17 5:18:57 PM TheDocCC
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* Likewise, some ''D&D'' deities are based on deities from old mythologies. The game writers could easily have gotten the rights to these characters, but presumably felt that creating their own analogue deities would give them more freedom, and that any way to avoid making ''D&D'' look like a neopagan cult couldn't hurt.

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* Likewise, some ''D&D'' deities are based on deities from old mythologies. The game writers could easily have gotten didn't need to get any rights; this is all public domain! However, it is possible the rights to these characters, but presumably writers felt that creating their own analogue deities would give them more freedom, freedom and that any way to avoid making ''D&D'' look like a neopagan cult couldn't hurt.cult.
13th May '17 12:32:59 PM nombretomado
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* The customers in ''Pinball/{{Diner}}'' include Babs and Boris, obvious caricatures of MargaretThatcher and Boris Yelsin.

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* The customers in ''Pinball/{{Diner}}'' include Babs and Boris, obvious caricatures of MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher and Boris Yelsin.
13th May '17 5:28:46 AM WillBGood
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Captain Ersatzes are somewhat rare in American parody, as their copyright law allows use of the original characters in parody, which means if they are used in this way, it's usually for a YouWannaGetSued gag. They also (usually) aren't found in FanFic: that SailorEarth is a CopyCatSue (and they can just outright use a {{crossover}}). Sometimes multiple characters will be distilled into one, creating a CompositeCharacter. The same doesn't hold true for Anime & Manga parodies though, which often resort to {{Captain Ersatz}}es when the parody character is more than a background cameo.

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Captain Ersatzes are somewhat rare in American parody, as their copyright law allows use of the original characters in parody, which means if they are used in this way, it's usually for a YouWannaGetSued gag. They also (usually) aren't found in FanFic: that SailorEarth is a CopyCatSue (and they can just outright use a {{crossover}}). Sometimes multiple characters will be distilled into one, creating a CompositeCharacter. The same doesn't hold true for Anime & Manga parodies though, which often resort to {{Captain Ersatz}}es Captain Ersatzes when the parody character is more than a background cameo.
13th May '17 5:28:29 AM WillBGood
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Captain Ersatzes are somewhat rare in American parody, as their copyright law allows use of the original characters in parody, which means if they are used in this way, it's usually for a YouWannaGetSued gag. They also (usually) aren't found in FanFic: that SailorEarth is a CopyCatSue (and they can just outright use a {{crossover}}). Sometimes multiple characters will be distilled into one, creating a CompositeCharacter. The same doesn't hold true for Anime & Manga parodies though, which often resort to CaptainErsatzes when the parody character is more than a background cameo.

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Captain Ersatzes are somewhat rare in American parody, as their copyright law allows use of the original characters in parody, which means if they are used in this way, it's usually for a YouWannaGetSued gag. They also (usually) aren't found in FanFic: that SailorEarth is a CopyCatSue (and they can just outright use a {{crossover}}). Sometimes multiple characters will be distilled into one, creating a CompositeCharacter. The same doesn't hold true for Anime & Manga parodies though, which often resort to CaptainErsatzes {{Captain Ersatz}}es when the parody character is more than a background cameo.
1st May '17 9:21:30 AM paycheckgurl
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* In the ''At the Earth's Core'' episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' Jonah builds a new robot, Growler, a super chill, easy going musician programmed to take everything in stride with a very familiar muppet voice. The other bots react with hatred for the new comer. Jonah response is bafflement and to straight up admit he was invoking this trope.
--> '''Jonah:''' He's basically Ralph the Dog from the ''Franchise/TheMuppets''! Who could hate Ralph the Dog!
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