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22nd Jul '16 8:35:46 AM Berrenta
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15th Jul '16 4:44:51 PM eroock
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An '''expy''' (short "exported character") is a character from one series who is unambiguously and deliberately based on a character in another, older series. A few minor traits, such as age or hair color, may change, but there's no doubt that they are almost one and the same. They often turn up in different works by the same writer(s) or production team.

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An '''expy''' expy (short "exported character") is a character from one series who is unambiguously and deliberately based on a character in another, older series. A few minor traits, such as age or hair color, may change, but there's no doubt that they are almost one and the same. They often turn up in different works by the same writer(s) or production team.
15th Jul '16 9:02:19 AM Larkmarn
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13th Jul '16 7:43:22 PM kaithehedgefox
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13th Jul '16 7:36:25 PM kaithehedgefox
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3rd Jul '16 10:44:48 AM frogpatrol
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Short for "exported character", an expy is a character from one series who is unambiguously and deliberately based on a character in another, older series. A few minor traits -- such as age and name -- may change, but there's no doubt that they are almost one and the same. Often seen in different works by the same writer(s) or production team.

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Short for An '''expy''' (short "exported character", an expy character") is a character from one series who is unambiguously and deliberately based on a character in another, older series. A few minor traits -- traits, such as age and name -- or hair color, may change, but there's no doubt that they are almost one and the same. Often seen They often turn up in different works by the same writer(s) or production team.
17th Jun '16 12:33:12 PM Loralei
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5th May '16 11:57:53 PM GoldenSeals
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The [[CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions key difference]] between this and CaptainErsatz is that an expy, while deliberately based on some other character, is still their own person, while CaptainErsatz is obviously the same character but with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. Please keep this distinction in mind before adding an example here. Also note that a fictional counterpart to a real-life person would ''not'' be an expy. When a character strongly resembles a real person, rather than a fictional character, that's NoCelebritiesWereHarmed. If the character is meant as an homage without being identical, it could count as a ShoutOut instead. A quick glance around TVTropes will reveal just how often these mistakes are made on this very wiki.

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The [[CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions key difference]] between this and CaptainErsatz is that an expy, while deliberately based on some other character, is still their own person, while CaptainErsatz is obviously the same character but with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. Please keep this distinction in mind before adding an example here. Also note that a fictional counterpart to a real-life person would ''not'' be an expy. When a character strongly resembles a real person, rather than a fictional character, that's NoCelebritiesWereHarmed. If the character is meant as an homage without being identical, it could count as be a ShoutOut instead. A quick glance around TVTropes will reveal just how often these mistakes are made on this very wiki.
25th Apr '16 9:06:02 PM Aquillion
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Keep in mind that [[TropesAreNotBad not all expies are lazy half-assed rip-offs]]. Some characters such as YogiBear and MickeyMouse are obvious clones of [[TheHoneymooners Art Carney]] and FelixTheCat respectively but they are some of the most acclaimed cartoon characters of all time because they are generally likable and unique.

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Keep in mind Remember that [[TropesAreNotBad not all expies are lazy half-assed rip-offs]]. Some TropesAreNotBad; an expy can give an old character concept a new lease on life, take it in a different direction, adapt it to a new medium, or simply do something with it that's as good or better than the original. Iconic characters such as like YogiBear and MickeyMouse are obvious clones of [[TheHoneymooners Art Carney]] and FelixTheCat respectively respectively, but they are some of that hasn't stopped them from being among the most acclaimed cartoon characters of all time because they are generally likable and unique.
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5th Mar '16 4:10:56 PM Robotech_Master
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The [[CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions key difference]] between this and CaptainErsatz is that an expy, while deliberately based on some other character, is still their own person, while CaptainErsatz is obviously the same character but with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. Please keep this distinction in mind before adding an example here. Also note that a fictional counterpart to a real-life person would ''not'' be an expy. When a character strongly resembles a real person, rather than a fictional character, that's NoCelebritiesWereHarmed. A quick glance around TVTropes will reveal just how often these mistakes are made on this very wiki.

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The [[CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions key difference]] between this and CaptainErsatz is that an expy, while deliberately based on some other character, is still their own person, while CaptainErsatz is obviously the same character but with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. Please keep this distinction in mind before adding an example here. Also note that a fictional counterpart to a real-life person would ''not'' be an expy. When a character strongly resembles a real person, rather than a fictional character, that's NoCelebritiesWereHarmed. If the character is meant as an homage without being identical, it could count as a ShoutOut instead. A quick glance around TVTropes will reveal just how often these mistakes are made on this very wiki.
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