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31st May '17 7:00:07 PM nombretomado
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Remember that 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 like YogiBear and MickeyMouse are obvious clones of [[Series/TheHoneymooners Art Carney]] and WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat respectively, but that hasn't stopped them from being among the most acclaimed cartoon characters of all time.

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Remember that 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 like YogiBear WesternAnimation/YogiBear and MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse are obvious clones of [[Series/TheHoneymooners Art Carney]] and WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat respectively, but that hasn't stopped them from being among the most acclaimed cartoon characters of all time.
28th May '17 1:44:54 PM nombretomado
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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 be 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 be a ShoutOut instead. A quick glance around TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes will reveal just how often these mistakes are made on this very wiki.
13th May '17 7:36:47 AM Phoenixion
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12th May '17 3:57:29 PM Matthewbr523
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This can simply be the tendency of writers to prefer certain characterizations for important characters (or [[FollowTheLeader knowing which ones are most marketable/popular]]), or the influence of the design process. On the other hand, it may just be a [[WriterOnBoard bad attempt]] to try to revive a character who [[CreatorsPet the writer liked, but nobody else did]] and [[ShooOutTheNewGuy had to get rid of it]]. When by a different author, it may be a {{homage}} to the original creator and/or character. In the negative sense, an expy can be seen as just a bloated, gimmicky version of a perfectly serviceable past character. In a positive sense, it can refer to an "upgrade" of a two-dimensional or otherwise limited character to one more appreciably complex.

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This can simply be the tendency of writers to prefer certain characterizations for important characters (or [[FollowTheLeader knowing which ones are most marketable/popular]]), or the influence of the design process. On the other hand, it may just be a [[WriterOnBoard bad attempt]] to try to revive a character who [[CreatorsPet the writer liked, but nobody else did]] and [[ShooOutTheNewGuy had to get rid of it]]. When by a different author, it may be a an {{homage}} to the original creator and/or character. In the negative sense, an expy can be seen as just a bloated, gimmicky version of a perfectly serviceable past character. In a positive sense, it can refer to an "upgrade" of a two-dimensional or otherwise limited character to one more appreciably complex.
30th Dec '16 4:30:53 PM StFan
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* Expy/MythsAndReligion



* Expy/MythsAndReligion



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30th Dec '16 4:30:11 PM StFan
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!!Examples belong in subpages:

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* Expy/FanFic
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* Expy/{{Film}}[[Expy/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
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* Expy/{{Manhwa}}
* Expy/{{Pinball}}
* Expy/ProfessionalWrestling
* Expy/ReligionAndMythology

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* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' has two villainous blond [[SociopathicSoldier lieutenants]] named Charles and Bravado. Between the names and the haircuts, there is something [[Franchise/StreetFighter very, very familiar about them...]]
* Breeze Rider from ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'' is this to Rainbow Dash, both being able to fly, cracking jokes and having a strong sense of adventure.
** He is also definitely trying to be a lot like Pinkie Pie by providing goofy (attempted) [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]] at random times, like popping his head out of a cloud and impossible areas.
* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' features a cast that is a homage to ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' with their own twists.
* Lord Zet and Nekoneko of the flash series ''WebAnimation/SuperFreakinParodyRangers'' are deliberately obvious Expies of Zetto and Ruri from the creator's earlier work ''WebAnimation/{{TOME}}''.
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30th Dec '16 4:20:24 PM CorahsUncle
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* Expy/ComicStrips



* Expy/NewspaperComics
28th Dec '16 7:16:26 AM Larkmarn
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For specific characters that tend to inspire expies, see FountainOfExpies. For expies that are more well-known than the originals, see MorePopularExpy. For a series with numerous different expies in its cast, see CastOfExpies.

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For specific characters that tend to inspire expies, see FountainOfExpies. For expies that are more well-known than the originals, see MorePopularExpy. For a series with numerous different expies in its cast, see CastOfExpies.
22nd Dec '16 2:08:18 PM Pichu-kun
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For specific characters that tend to inspire expies, see FountainOfExpies. For expies that are more well-known than the originals, see MorePopularExpy.

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For specific characters that tend to inspire expies, see FountainOfExpies. For expies that are more well-known than the originals, see MorePopularExpy.
MorePopularExpy. For a series with numerous different expies in its cast, see CastOfExpies.
28th Nov '16 8:01:50 AM Pichu-kun
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For specific characters that tend to inspire expies, see FountainOfExpies.

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For specific characters that tend to inspire expies, see FountainOfExpies.
FountainOfExpies. For expies that are more well-known than the originals, see MorePopularExpy.
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