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29th May '18 11:31:24 PM jormis29
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* A few characters from ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' are based on famous movie characters and are thus designed to resemble the actors who played them (though how much the models and/or official art reflect this is pretty hit or miss). Fabius Bile is pretty blatantly modeled on Richard O'Brien as [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Riff Raff]], Sly Marbo is Creator/SylvesterStallone's ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'', etc., though sometimes there's no particular rationale for a character's resemblance to a particular celebrity. There's one cover painting for one of the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' books where Horus bears an uncanny resemblance to James Gandolfini of all people.

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* A few characters from ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' are based on famous movie characters and are thus designed to resemble the actors who played them (though how much the models and/or official art reflect this is pretty hit or miss). Fabius Bile is pretty blatantly modeled on Richard O'Brien Creator/RichardOBrien as [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Riff Raff]], Sly Marbo is Creator/SylvesterStallone's ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'', etc., though sometimes there's no particular rationale for a character's resemblance to a particular celebrity. There's one cover painting for one of the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' books where Horus bears an uncanny resemblance to James Gandolfini of all people.
16th May '18 2:10:51 AM PiDa
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** In the [=MSX2=] version of ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', the character portraits were originally modeled after real-life celebrities (such as Solid Snake as Creator/MelGibson and Big Boss as Creator/SeanConnery) and at least one historical figure (namely Dr. Pettrovich, who is clearly based on UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein). The resemblances for most of these characters were so obvious, that the portraits were replaced in later versions to avoid any possible likeness infringement.
** According to an interview with [[WordOfGod Shinkawa]] in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: [[AllThereInTheManual Official Mission Handbook]]'', Solid Snake's design in that game was given the face of Creator/ChristopherWalken (specifically from his character in ''Film/TheDeerHunter'') and the body of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme for that game, although he and his family have been subtly moving away from that look and more towards Creator/KurtRussell's character, ''Snake'' Plissken in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''. Ocelot was also 'cast' as Lee Van Cleef, and dressed up similarly to his Colonel Mortimer character in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' (Van Cleef makes a two-fer in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as [[http://thelifeinthefuture.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/oldsnake.jpg Old Snake is clearly based on him as well]] - though by the time of ''Escape from New York'', for obvious reasons). In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Vamp was modelled after the flamenco dancer [[http://www.flamencoexport.com/imgx/productos/joaquin/foto5599.gif Joaquín Cortés]], and The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was modelled after Creator/CharlotteRampling.

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** In the [=MSX2=] version of ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', the character portraits were originally modeled modelled after real-life celebrities (such as Solid Snake as Creator/MelGibson and Big Boss as Creator/SeanConnery) and at least one historical figure (namely Dr. Pettrovich, who is clearly based on UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein). The resemblances for most of these characters were so obvious, that the portraits were replaced in later versions to avoid any possible likeness infringement.
** According to an interview with [[WordOfGod Shinkawa]] in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: [[AllThereInTheManual Official Mission Handbook]]'', the original pitch for Solid Snake's design in that game appearance was given the 'the face of Creator/ChristopherWalken (specifically from his character in ''Film/TheDeerHunter'') and the body of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme for Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme', and some extremely early concept art that game, although he shipped with ''VideoGame/{{Policenauts}}'' shows this resemblance very obviously. As the design was refined (particularly, Shinkawa decided the character should be younger), the resemblance to Walken was mostly lost, and his family have been subtly moving away from the incorporation of elements of Creator/KurtRussell made that look and more towards Creator/KurtRussell's character, ''Snake'' Plissken in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''. Ocelot less obvious still.
**Ocelot
was also 'cast' as Lee Van Cleef, and dressed up similarly to his Colonel Mortimer character in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' (Van ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore''. Van Cleef makes a two-fer later 'appearance' in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', as [[http://thelifeinthefuture.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/oldsnake.jpg Old Snake is clearly based on him as well]] - though by the time of ''Escape from New York'', for obvious reasons). In reasons).
** Otacon's appearance and mannerisms are based on Creator/HideoKojima. (This had not been Kojima's idea.)
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''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Vamp was modelled after the flamenco dancer [[http://www.flamencoexport.com/imgx/productos/joaquin/foto5599.gif Joaquín Cortés]], Cortés]]. This is why flamenco elements are incorporated into his combat style and {{Leitmotif}}.
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The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was modelled after Creator/CharlotteRampling.Creator/CharlotteRampling.
** EVA was supposedly modelled after a [[PageThreeStunna gravure idol]] whose name has only been been given as "[=***-=]''sato''" ("○○○里"). Fan speculation is usually that this was Morishita Chisato (森下千里) but there is no evidence for this.
29th Apr '18 10:55:33 AM nombretomado
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** A few characters resemble actors who've played them in the past, including the Joker resembling [[Film/{{Batman}} Jack Nicholson]], Penguin resembling [[Film/BatmanReturns Danny DeVito]] (albeit sans the makeup he wore), and Two-Face's unscarred side resembling [[Film/BatmanForever Tommy Lee Jones]]. Batman himself in ''Knight'' gets in on this, resembling [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse Ben Affleck]]. Unlated to past ''Batman'' actors, Riddler in ''City'' and ''Knight'' resembles, respectively, Creator/StephenMerchant and Creator/CharlieSheen; Robin in the latter game resembles {{Music/Eminem}}; and Copperhead in ''Origins'' looks like Music/MileyCyrus.

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** A few characters resemble actors who've played them in the past, including the Joker resembling [[Film/{{Batman}} Jack Nicholson]], Penguin resembling [[Film/BatmanReturns Danny DeVito]] (albeit sans the makeup he wore), and Two-Face's unscarred side resembling [[Film/BatmanForever Tommy Lee Jones]]. Batman himself in ''Knight'' gets in on this, resembling [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse [[Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse Ben Affleck]]. Unlated to past ''Batman'' actors, Riddler in ''City'' and ''Knight'' resembles, respectively, Creator/StephenMerchant and Creator/CharlieSheen; Robin in the latter game resembles {{Music/Eminem}}; and Copperhead in ''Origins'' looks like Music/MileyCyrus.
4th Apr '18 9:57:16 AM Hanz
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* In ''Videogame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'', Shelob's human form resembles Creator/LivTyler, which in turn makes her look like Arwen from the film version of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
4th Apr '18 6:47:36 AM jormis29
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* In Creator/JohnByrne comics, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] is based on Jeffrey Hunter, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Wonder Man]] on David Prowse, Comicbook/DoctorStrange on Richard Boone, the Scarlet Witch on Playmate Julia Lyndon, Desmond Marrs on Rocco Siffredi, Polaris (in ''X-Men: The Hidden Years'') on Creator/JenniferAniston.

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* In Creator/JohnByrne comics, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] is based on Jeffrey Hunter, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Wonder Man]] on David Prowse, Creator/DavidProwse, Comicbook/DoctorStrange on Richard Boone, the Scarlet Witch on Playmate Julia Lyndon, Desmond Marrs on Rocco Siffredi, Polaris (in ''X-Men: The Hidden Years'') on Creator/JenniferAniston.
26th Mar '18 3:41:39 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Inverted with Captain Marvel Junior, as Elvis Presley modeled his signature hairdo and costumes after him.
* Hal Jordan and Sinestro in ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' have respectively been claimed to have been based on Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/DavidNiven. The male Guardians of the Universe from ''Green Lantern'' were initially based on David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. John Stewart, meanwhile, was based on Creator/SidneyPoitier.

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** Inverted with Captain Marvel Junior, as Elvis Presley Music/ElvisPresley modeled his signature hairdo and costumes after him.
* Hal Jordan and Sinestro in ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' have respectively been claimed to have been based on Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/DavidNiven. The male Guardians of the Universe from ''Green Lantern'' were initially based on David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. John Stewart, meanwhile, was based on Creator/SidneyPoitier. Alan Scott was modelled after Creator/AlanLadd and Kyle Rayner was based on Creator/KeanuReeves.



* Bruce Wayne in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' was unashamedly drawn a ''lot'' like Cary Grant, and intentionally so, although David Mazuchelli has also claimed an influence from Gregory Peck. And his aged look in ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' winds up looking like Peck, minus mustache. The old Batman in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' was modeled on Creator/MarlonBrando in ''Film/TheGodfather'', while Alex Ross tends to make Joker look like Creator/JackNicholson complete with receding hairline.
* Both Creator/BillFinger and Bob Kane modeled Selina Kyle and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} on screen FemmeFatale like Creator/HedyLamarr and Simone Simon in ''Film/CatPeople''. Creator/AnneHathaway modeled her performance in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' on Lamarr.
* After the success of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', there was at least one issue of a Batman comic ([[http://www.comics.org/issue/290878/ this one]]) in which Bruce Wayne bore an unmistakable resemblance to Christian Bale, and the Joker got plastic surgery to look like Heath Ledger. The Batman manga ''Child of Dreams'' has Bruce Wayne with an uncanny resemblance to Bale. And the story was published around 2000, a few years before ''Film/BatmanBegins''.

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* Bruce Wayne in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' was unashamedly drawn a ''lot'' like Cary Grant, Creator/CaryGrant, and intentionally so, although David Mazuchelli has also claimed an influence from Gregory Peck.Creator/GregoryPeck. And his aged look in ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' winds up looking like Peck, minus mustache. The old Batman in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' was modeled on Creator/MarlonBrando in ''Film/TheGodfather'', while Alex Ross Creator/AlexRoss tends to make Joker look like Creator/JackNicholson complete with receding hairline.
* Both Creator/BillFinger and Bob Kane Creator/BobKane modeled Selina Kyle and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} on screen FemmeFatale like Creator/HedyLamarr and Simone Simon in ''Film/CatPeople''. Creator/AnneHathaway modeled her performance in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' on Lamarr.
* After the success of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', there was at least one issue of a Batman comic ([[http://www.comics.org/issue/290878/ this one]]) in which Bruce Wayne bore an unmistakable resemblance to Christian Bale, Creator/ChristianBale, and the Joker got plastic surgery to look like Heath Ledger.Creator/HeathLedger. The Batman manga ''Child of Dreams'' has Bruce Wayne with an uncanny resemblance to Bale. And the story was published around 2000, a few years before ''Film/BatmanBegins''.



* Classic ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' is Creator/ClarkGable while his civilian identity is based on silent comedian Creator/HaroldLloyd who codified the "glasses look", Creator/CaryGrant in ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' (where he's a mild-mannered academic who sports glasses), with some inspiration from classic ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|Serial}}'' actor Creator/BusterCrabbe. ''Lois Lane'' is also modeled on Rosalind Russell in ''Film/HisGirlFriday'' not only visually but by voice actors (such as Creator/DanaDelany).

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* Classic ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' is Creator/ClarkGable while his civilian identity is based on silent comedian Creator/HaroldLloyd who codified the "glasses look", Creator/CaryGrant in ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' (where he's a mild-mannered academic who sports glasses), with some inspiration from classic ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|Serial}}'' actor Creator/BusterCrabbe. ''Lois Lane'' is also modeled on Rosalind Russell Creator/RosalindRussell in ''Film/HisGirlFriday'' not only visually but by voice actors (such as Creator/DanaDelany).



* Creator/DarwynCooke admits to doing this a lot in his ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' story "Selina's Big Score". Stark is Lee Marvin, Jeff is Chow Yun-Fat, Swifty is Burgess Meredith and Chantel is Creator/PamGrier.
* There's a list of these in the back of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' in which artist Rags Morales says, among others, Captain Boomerang is based on Ron Jeremy and [[Radio/TheHowardSternShow Jackie Martling]], and his son is based on Music/JustinTimberlake. Comicbook/{{Vixen}} was drawn to look like Geena Davis... which is odd because Davis is not black (according to Morales, she was originally supposed to be based on Grace Jones). Others include Elongated Man on Creator/DannyKaye and Creator/DickVanDyke, Barry Allen on Creator/JohnHurt, Zatanna on [[Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh Phoebe Cates]], Felix Faust on Creator/LeonardNimoy, and [[DoesntLikeGuns Batman]] [[{{Irony}} on]] Creator/TomSelleck.

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* Creator/DarwynCooke admits to doing this a lot in his ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'' story "Selina's Big Score". Stark is Lee Marvin, Creator/LeeMarvin, Jeff is Chow Yun-Fat, Creator/ChowYunFat, Swifty is Burgess Meredith and Chantel is Creator/PamGrier.
* There's a list of these in the back of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' in which artist Rags Morales says, among others, Captain Boomerang is based on Ron Jeremy and [[Radio/TheHowardSternShow Jackie Martling]], and his son is based on Music/JustinTimberlake. Comicbook/{{Vixen}} was drawn to look like Geena Davis...Creator/GeenaDavis... which is odd because Davis is not black (according to Morales, she was originally supposed to be based on Grace Jones). Others include Elongated Man on Creator/DannyKaye and Creator/DickVanDyke, Barry Allen on Creator/JohnHurt, Zatanna on [[Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh Phoebe Cates]], Felix Faust on Creator/LeonardNimoy, and [[DoesntLikeGuns Batman]] [[{{Irony}} on]] Creator/TomSelleck.



* The Comedian from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' was based appearance-wise on Creator/BurtReynolds.



** Nightcrawler started to gradually look more and more like Errol Flynn, with his holographic image inducer calibrated specifically to look like him. Nightcrawler is also a huge Flynn fanboy, so in his case it was a cultivated look.

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** Nightcrawler started to gradually look more and more like Errol Flynn, Creator/ErrolFlynn, with his holographic image inducer calibrated specifically to look like him. Nightcrawler is also a huge Flynn fanboy, so in his case it was a cultivated look.



** Shapeshifting Chitauri villain Herr Kleiser, greatly resembles scottish actor,Creator/RobertCarlyle

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** Shapeshifting Chitauri villain Herr Kleiser, greatly resembles scottish actor,Creator/RobertCarlyleCreator/RobertCarlyle



* In Creator/JohnByrne comics, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] is based on Jeffrey Hunter, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Wonder Man]] on David Prowse, Comicbook/DoctorStrange on Richard Boone, the Scarlet Witch on Playmate Julia Lyndon, Desmond Marrs on Rocco Siffredi, Polaris (in ''X-Men: The Hidden Years'') on Jennifer Aniston.

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* In Creator/JohnByrne comics, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] is based on Jeffrey Hunter, [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Wonder Man]] on David Prowse, Comicbook/DoctorStrange on Richard Boone, the Scarlet Witch on Playmate Julia Lyndon, Desmond Marrs on Rocco Siffredi, Polaris (in ''X-Men: The Hidden Years'') on Jennifer Aniston.Creator/JenniferAniston.



* ''Comicbook/{{Blade}}'': Since the success of the movies, there hasn't been an instance where the character ''wasn't'' drawn to look like Wesley Snipes.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Blade}}'': Since the success of the movies, there hasn't been an instance where the character ''wasn't'' drawn to look like Wesley Snipes.Creator/WesleySnipes.



* Before the movies, [[ComicBook/XMen Charles Xavier's]] bald head and thin eyebrows were reminiscent of Yul Brynner's distinct appearance. In several ComicBook/XMen books since the movies, though, Professor Xavier has noticeably been drawn more like Creator/PatrickStewart.
** Alex Ross modeled Professor Xavier after Patrick Stewart as the artist for ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}''–[[HilariousInHindsight years before the first movie]]. He also used Timothy Dalton as a model for Tony Stark.

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* Before the movies, [[ComicBook/XMen Charles Xavier's]] bald head and thin eyebrows were reminiscent of Yul Brynner's Creator/YulBrynner's distinct appearance. In several ComicBook/XMen books since the movies, though, Professor Xavier has noticeably been drawn more like Creator/PatrickStewart.
** Alex Ross modeled Professor Xavier after Patrick Stewart as the artist for ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}''–[[HilariousInHindsight years before the first movie]]. He also used Timothy Dalton Creator/TimothyDalton as a model for Tony Stark.



* [[http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/n/numinus.htm Numinus]], an obscure ''ComicBook/PowerPack'' character who looks like a bright-red Whoopi Goldberg in [[Creator/JackKirby Kirbyesque]] "cosmic" armor.

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* [[http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/n/numinus.htm Numinus]], an obscure ''ComicBook/PowerPack'' character who looks like a bright-red Whoopi Goldberg Creator/WhoopiGoldberg in [[Creator/JackKirby Kirbyesque]] "cosmic" armor.



* On at least one occasion (the moment when ComicBook/SpiderMan revealed his secret identity), Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson look very much like [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Tobey Maguire and J. K. Simmons]], respectively.

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* On at least one occasion (the moment when ComicBook/SpiderMan revealed his secret identity), Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson look very much like [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Tobey Maguire Creator/TobeyMaguire and J. K. Simmons]], Creator/JKSimmons, respectively.



** Steve Ditko's art can make it difficult to say for certain, but his early appearances sometimes more closely resemble Film/CharlieChan actor Warner Oland.

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** Steve Ditko's Creator/SteveDitko's art can make it difficult to say for certain, but his early appearances sometimes more closely resemble Film/CharlieChan actor Warner Oland.



* Alex Ross based Mr. Fantastic's appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' off of Russell Johnson aka TheProfessor from ''Series/GilligansIsland'' in keeping with TheSixties setting of the series.

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* Alex Creator/Alex Ross based Mr. Fantastic's appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' off of Russell Johnson aka TheProfessor from ''Series/GilligansIsland'' in keeping with TheSixties setting of the series.



** That's standard procedure at Bonelli Comics. Mystic shaman Magico Vento is Creator/DanielDayLewis, Ken Park is Creator/RobertRedford, Nick Raider is Robert Mitchum (and his sidekick is Eddie Murphy), Legs Weaver is Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Julia Kendall is Creator/AudreyHepburn (her maid is Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, her boss/romantic interest is Creator/JohnMalkovich and her best friend is JohnGoodman).

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** That's standard procedure at Bonelli Comics. Mystic shaman Magico Vento is Creator/DanielDayLewis, Ken Park is Creator/RobertRedford, Nick Raider is Robert Mitchum Creator/RobertMitchum (and his sidekick is Eddie Murphy), Creator/EddieMurphy), Legs Weaver is Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Julia Kendall is Creator/AudreyHepburn (her maid is Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, her boss/romantic interest is Creator/JohnMalkovich and her best friend is JohnGoodman).



* Jeremy Johns, a character in ''Spike: After the Fall'', is based on Jim Halpert from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', played by John Krasinski.

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* Jeremy Johns, a character in ''Spike: After the Fall'', is based on Jim Halpert from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', played by John Krasinski.Creator/JohnKrasinski.



** Long-running Eighth Doctor companion Izzy S was based, according to WordOfGod, initially on the singer Louise Wener and later on the actress Luisa Bradshaw-White.

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** Long-running Eighth Doctor companion Izzy S was based, according to WordOfGod, initially on the singer Louise Wener Music/LouiseWener and later on the actress Luisa Bradshaw-White.



** Eric's physique was modelled on Music/IggyPop.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Several comic only characters were based off of actors, and even the creator admitted that he mentally casts the characters. Quincy Hemings is Morgan Freeman, Duval is Eddie Marsan, and the leader of the Illuminati is Jude Law.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Several comic only characters were based off of actors, and even the creator admitted that he mentally casts the characters. Quincy Hemings is Morgan Freeman, Creator/MorganFreeman, Duval is Eddie Marsan, Creator/EddieMarsan, and the leader of the Illuminati is Jude Law.Creator/JudeLaw.



** There is a group of mega-famous bardic singers in ''Recap/AsterixInBritain'' (1966) who look suspiciously like the Beatles.

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** There is a group of mega-famous bardic singers in ''Recap/AsterixInBritain'' (1966) who look suspiciously like the Beatles.Music/TheBeatles.



* Creator/JonathanRoss and Bryan Hitch's series ''America's Got Powers'' is pretty evident with its celebrity likenesses, with Creator/DavidTennant as the head scientist, and UsefulNotes/SarahPalin as a villainous US Sentator, with Ed Harris playing a [=John McCain=] fashioned US President, even before he was cast as [=McCain=] for the TV movie ''Game Change''.

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* Creator/JonathanRoss and Bryan Hitch's series ''America's Got Powers'' is pretty evident with its celebrity likenesses, with Creator/DavidTennant as the head scientist, and UsefulNotes/SarahPalin as a villainous US Sentator, with Ed Harris Creator/EdHarris playing a [=John McCain=] fashioned US President, even before he was cast as [=McCain=] for the TV movie ''Game Change''.



* ''ComicBook/FromHell'': Inspector Abberline was modelled after Robbie Coltrane. Who amusingly was also in the movie, though Abberline himself was played by Creator/JohnnyDepp.

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* ''ComicBook/FromHell'': Inspector Abberline was modelled after Robbie Coltrane.Creator/RobbieColtrane. Who amusingly was also in the movie, though Abberline himself was played by Creator/JohnnyDepp.



* Though voiced by Bill Nighy, Rattlesnake Jake from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' is modeled off of the hawkish face of Lee Van Cleef.

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* Though voiced by Bill Nighy, Creator/BillNighy, Rattlesnake Jake from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' is modeled off of the hawkish face of Lee Van Cleef.Creator/LeeVanCleef.



* Both {{Film/Hellboy}} director Creator/GuillermoDelToro and {{ComicBook/Hellboy}} creator Mike Mignola revealed at the same time that their first choice for the title character was Creator/RonPerlman.
* Neil Blomkamp's concept art for ''Film/{{Chappie}}'' originally had Deon Wilson (Chappie's creator) modeled after the likeness of actor Jason Cope, who was the motion capture actor for the alien Christopher Johnson in ''Film/District9'' and also served as one of the narrator in the same movie. Dev Patel was ultimately chosen for the role of Deon, but Cope still makes a cameo as a Tetravaal engineer.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': In-universe. When Cavendish is planning the escape with his compatriots, he imagines that a film adaptation should have the hero be "[[Creator/LaurenceOlivier Sir Laurence Olivier]] with a dash of Creator/MichaelCaine."

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* Both {{Film/Hellboy}} director Creator/GuillermoDelToro and {{ComicBook/Hellboy}} creator Mike Mignola Creator/MikeMignola revealed at the same time that their first choice for the title character was Creator/RonPerlman.
* Neil Blomkamp's Creator/NeilBlomkamp's concept art for ''Film/{{Chappie}}'' originally had Deon Wilson (Chappie's creator) modeled after the likeness of actor Jason Cope, who was the motion capture actor for the alien Christopher Johnson in ''Film/District9'' and also served as one of the narrator in the same movie. Dev Patel was ultimately chosen for the role of Deon, but Cope still makes a cameo as a Tetravaal engineer.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': In-universe. When Cavendish is planning the escape with his compatriots, he imagines that a film adaptation should have the hero be "[[Creator/LaurenceOlivier Sir Laurence Olivier]] "Sir Creator/LaurenceOlivier with a dash of Creator/MichaelCaine."



** Similiarly, Kidby has based his drawings of Carrot Ironfoundersson on a young Liam Neeson.
* Cornelia Funke based Mo in ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' on Creator/BrendanFraser, who went on to play the character in the film version. (And in her less-famous novel ''Literature/TheThiefLord'', she based Viktor on Bob Hoskins. It was also made into a film, but not with Bob Hoskins in.)

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** Similiarly, Kidby has based his drawings of Carrot Ironfoundersson on a young Liam Neeson.
Creator/LiamNeeson.
* Cornelia Funke based Mo in ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' on Creator/BrendanFraser, who went on to play the character in the film version. (And in her less-famous novel ''Literature/TheThiefLord'', she based Viktor on Bob Hoskins.Creator/BobHoskins. It was also made into a film, but not with Bob Hoskins in.)



** Lance Parkin has an acknowledged tendency toward fantasy-casting his characters; in particular, Ian Richardson gets a lot of "roles" in Parkin novels, most obviously in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''The Dying Days'', where Lord Greyhaven is quite close to his iconic role in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK''.
** The third incarnation of Romana who appears in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures was based by her initial creator, Creator/PaulCornell, on Louise Brooks.

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** Lance Parkin Creator/LanceParkin has an acknowledged tendency toward fantasy-casting his characters; in particular, Ian Richardson gets a lot of "roles" in Parkin novels, most obviously in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''The Dying Days'', where Lord Greyhaven is quite close to his iconic role in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK''.
** The third incarnation of Romana who appears in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures was based by her initial creator, Creator/PaulCornell, on Louise Brooks.Creator/LouiseBrooks.



** The new incarnation of the Master introduced in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresFirstFrontier First Frontier]]'' is played by Basil Rathbone.
** Iris Wildthyme's incarnations in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures are modelled on Beryl Reid, Shirley Bassey and Jane Fonda as Barbarella. (The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' incarnation is modelled on Katy Manning, but that incarnation is actually played by Katy Manning.)

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** The new incarnation of the Master introduced in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresFirstFrontier First Frontier]]'' is played by Basil Rathbone.
Creator/BasilRathbone.
** Iris Wildthyme's incarnations in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures are modelled on Beryl Reid, Shirley Bassey and Jane Fonda Creator/JaneFonda as Barbarella. (The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' incarnation is modelled on Katy Manning, Creator/KatyManning, but that incarnation is actually played by Katy Manning.)



* Supposedly, Creator/JKRowling based Hagrid on Robbie Coltrane when she was writing the first ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Philosophers Stone}}'' book. Either way, when [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]] rolled around, she insisted that Robbie Coltrane was the only choice for the part of Hagrid and, fortunately for her, they got him[[note]]Incidentally, Coltrane was in fact the first to be cast in the entire series[[/note]]. JK has also said that she imagined Professor [=McGonagall=] as being Maggie Smith. This also worked out for her. One that didn't however, was her vision of Tim Roth as Snape (Roth later confirmed he was offered the part, but was unable to appear in the first film due to his commitment to Creator/TimBurton's version of Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001), although it's clear that Alan Rickman did start to creep into her image of him in later books.

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* Supposedly, Creator/JKRowling based Hagrid on Robbie Coltrane Creator/RobbieColtrane when she was writing the first ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Philosophers Stone}}'' book. Either way, when [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]] rolled around, she insisted that Robbie Coltrane was the only choice for the part of Hagrid and, fortunately for her, they got him[[note]]Incidentally, Coltrane was in fact the first to be cast in the entire series[[/note]]. JK has also said that she imagined Professor [=McGonagall=] as being Maggie Smith.Creator/MaggieSmith. This also worked out for her. One that didn't however, was her vision of Tim Roth as Snape (Roth later confirmed he was offered the part, but was unable to appear in the first film due to his commitment to Creator/TimBurton's version of Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001), although it's clear that Alan Rickman Creator/AlanRickman did start to creep into her image of him in later books.books.
** She initially modelled Dumbeldore on John Gieulgud.



* Played with in ''Literature/GauntsGhosts''. In the books, Gaunt is described as having blonde hair and it's generally agreed he was modeled after Sean Bean's performance in ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}''. The funny thing is that the cover art also looks like Sharpe, only this time as he's described in the books.

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* Played with in ''Literature/GauntsGhosts''. In the books, Gaunt is described as having blonde hair and it's generally agreed he was modeled after Sean Bean's Creator/SeanBean's performance in ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}''.''Series/{{Sharpe}}''. The funny thing is that the cover art also looks like Sharpe, only this time as he's described in the books.



* ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'': Mark Renton is described as looking like footballer Alex [=McLeish=] due to his ginger hair, while Tommy is described as looking like a young Creator/HarrisonFord. In the sequel ''Literature/{{Porno}}'', Sick Boy is described as looking like Creator/StevenSeagal.



* Gerry Anderson shows did a fair amount of this

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* Gerry Anderson Creator/GerryAnderson shows did a fair amount of this



** Captain Scarlet from ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' was modeled on Cary Grant. Francis Matthews did his best Grant impression doing the voice, as well.

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** Captain Scarlet from ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' was modeled on Cary Grant.Creator/CaryGrant. Francis Matthews did his best Grant impression doing the voice, as well.



* Zoey in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is modeled after Natassja Kinski, according to the series's wiki.

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* Zoey in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is modeled after Natassja Kinski, Creator/NatassjaKinski, according to the series's wiki.



* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' was based after a famous 90s heartthrob actor... but the developers have purposefully obscured which actor it was, other than that he was 'who you would think of when you thought of a handsome actor at that time'. One of the features taken from the actor was his distinctive, pointed nose, leading many to speculate that River Phoenix, who had a similar pointed nose to the Link art, was the inspiration. Other theories suggest Tom Cruise and Leonardo [=DiCaprio=].

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* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' was based after a famous 90s heartthrob actor... but the developers have purposefully obscured which actor it was, other than that he was 'who you would think of when you thought of a handsome actor at that time'. One of the features taken from the actor was his distinctive, pointed nose, leading many to speculate that River Phoenix, Creator/RiverPhoenix, who had a similar pointed nose to the Link art, was the inspiration. Other theories suggest Tom Cruise Creator/TomCruise and Leonardo [=DiCaprio=].Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio.



** As he's basically a DecompositeCharacter of Ivan Vanko from ''Film/IronMan2'' without the Whiplash elements, Crimson Dynamo is modeled on Mickey Rourke.

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** As he's basically a DecompositeCharacter of Ivan Vanko from ''Film/IronMan2'' without the Whiplash elements, Crimson Dynamo is modeled on Mickey Rourke.Creator/MickeyRourke.
25th Mar '18 10:44:07 AM nombretomado
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** Steve Ditko's art can make it difficult to say for certain, but his early appearances sometimes more closely resemble CharlieChan actor Warner Oland.

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** Steve Ditko's art can make it difficult to say for certain, but his early appearances sometimes more closely resemble CharlieChan Film/CharlieChan actor Warner Oland.
24th Mar '18 4:42:01 PM Andooks
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* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': In-universe. When Cavendish is planning the escape with his compatriots, he imagines that a film adaptation should have the hero be "[[Creator/LaurenceOlivier Sir Laurence Olivier]] with a dash of Creator/MichaelCaine."
18th Mar '18 11:53:11 AM DaibhidC
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* ConversationalTroping by Phil Sandifer in ''TARDIS Eruditorum'' when [[http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/time-can-be-rewritten-6-the-dark-path-david-mcintee-virgin-books-march-1997/ discussing]] the ''Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures'' novel ''The Dark Path'' as though it was actually published in 1968, just to show why this doen't work. He notes that the evil Member of the Doctor's Race (don't mention the Time Lords!) who appears in the book is drawn on the cover to look like character actor Roger Delgado, suggesting [=McIntee=] had some casting ideas in mind when writing it.

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* ConversationalTroping by Phil El Sandifer in ''TARDIS Eruditorum'' when [[http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/time-can-be-rewritten-6-the-dark-path-david-mcintee-virgin-books-march-1997/ discussing]] the ''Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures'' novel ''The Dark Path'' as though it was actually published in 1968, just to show why this doen't work. He She notes that the evil Member of the Doctor's Race (don't mention the Time Lords!) who appears in the book is drawn on the cover to look like character actor Roger Delgado, suggesting [=McIntee=] had some casting ideas in mind when writing it.
18th Mar '18 4:42:32 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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** That's standard procedure at Bonelly Comics. Mystic shaman Magico Vento is Creator/DanielDayLewis, Ken Park is Creator/RobertRedford, Nick Raider is Robert Mitchum (and his sidekick is Eddie Murphy), Legs Weaver is Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Julia Kendall is Creator/AudreyHepburn (her maid is Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, her boss/romantic interest is Creator/JohnMalkovich and her best friend is JohnGoodman).

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** That's standard procedure at Bonelly Bonelli Comics. Mystic shaman Magico Vento is Creator/DanielDayLewis, Ken Park is Creator/RobertRedford, Nick Raider is Robert Mitchum (and his sidekick is Eddie Murphy), Legs Weaver is Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Julia Kendall is Creator/AudreyHepburn (her maid is Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, her boss/romantic interest is Creator/JohnMalkovich and her best friend is JohnGoodman).JohnGoodman).
** This even extends to the so-called "Bonellidi", that is, comic books imitating the format and style of Bonelli Comics. For example, obscure character Gordon Link is based on Creator/KyleMacLachlan.
* ''ComicBook/RatMan'' is another Italian comic book that does this. Brakko, Rat-Man's best friend, is Creator/DannyGlover. Rat-Man's former mentors Il Pipistrello and Lupo are Creator/PatrickStewart and Creator/SylvesterStallone. HotScientist Kalissa is based on Creator/{{Cher}}. The AnimatedAdaptation also had a recurring character named Dr. Schafausen who was based on Creator/ChristopherLee.
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