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* TheShadow was contemporary with a number of similar pulp heroes: the Crimson Clown, Thunderbolt, the Spider, and... well, Batman himself. A few more stand-ins for him have appeared in modern times, including [[BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the Gray Ghost]] and the [[Fallout4 Silver Shroud]].
6th Mar '17 2:33:43 AM LondonKdS
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** Fantastic Four expies include the Parrs of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; the Furst Family of ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; the Nobles of ''ComicBook/NobleCauses''; Cyborg Superman's backstory in Creator/DCComics; the Atom Family of ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''; and the Impossibles of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' involved an expy team going rogue.

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** Fantastic Four expies include the Parrs of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; the Furst Family of ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; the Nobles of ''ComicBook/NobleCauses''; Cyborg Superman's backstory in Creator/DCComics; the Atom Family of ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''; the thoroughly evil 4 in ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', and the Impossibles of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' involved an expy team going rogue.
3rd Mar '17 5:29:49 PM Drope
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* {{Cthulhumanoid}} (Literature/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu)

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* {{Cthulhumanoid}} (Literature/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu)([[Literature/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]])
3rd Mar '17 5:29:27 PM Drope
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* {{Cthulhumanoid}} (Literature/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu)
26th Jan '17 11:34:56 AM PDL
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** Every generation after the first will have an adorable electric rodent resembling Pikachu, which seems a little redundant given that Pikachu itself is also available in every generation bar [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 fifth]]. This trend is spoofed by the introduction of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Mimikyu_(Pok%C3%A9mon) Mimikyu]], a Ghost-type who wears a poorly-made Pikachu costume in the hopes that he will become as popular as Pikachu. Ironically, Mimikyu was so [[TheWoobie adorably pathetic]] that he gained an [[MemeticMutation internet]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse fandom]] before his game was even released.

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** Every generation after the first will have an adorable electric rodent resembling Pikachu, Pikachu. The exact species varies (there have been mice and squirrels so far) but all of them have [[BlushStickers cheeks that conduct electricity]]. which seems a little redundant given that Pikachu itself is also available in every generation bar [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 fifth]]. This trend is spoofed by the introduction of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Mimikyu_(Pok%C3%A9mon) Mimikyu]], Mimikyu, a Ghost-type Ghost and Fairy-type who wears a poorly-made Pikachu costume in the hopes that he will become as popular as Pikachu. Ironically, Mimikyu was so [[TheWoobie adorably pathetic]] that he gained an [[MemeticMutation internet]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse fandom]] before his game was even released.Pikachu.
25th Jan '17 7:13:34 PM xelldx
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** Mario himself is an expy of WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}.
4th Jan '17 10:05:11 PM merotoker
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* TheIgor (CompositeCharacter example. [[TropeMaker Fritz]], from the original film adaptation of ''Film/Frankenstein1931'', and [[TropeNamers Ygor]], from ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'')

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* TheIgor (CompositeCharacter example. [[TropeMaker [[TropeMakers Fritz]], from the original film adaptation of ''Film/Frankenstein1931'', and [[TropeNamers Ygor]], from ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'')



* MessianicArchetype ({{Jesus}})

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* MessianicArchetype ({{Jesus}})(UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}})



** Then Heero himself is thrown into the mix as well. Former child soldiers who can keep the military aspect of RealRobot shows while still being young enough to appeal to kids and/or teenagers. Such expies include [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]] (who later gets one in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Mikazuki Augus]]) and Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' (who pulls double duty as an AffectionateParody of the character type).

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** Then Heero himself is thrown into the mix as well. Former child soldiers who can keep the military aspect of RealRobot {{Real Robot|Genre}} shows while still being young enough to appeal to kids and/or teenagers. Such expies include [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]] (who later gets one in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Mikazuki Augus]]) and Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' (who pulls double duty as an AffectionateParody of the character type).



* While ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has Nagi Sanzen'in - one of the Holy Trinity of {{Shana Clone}}s - as one of the main heroines, it's BreakoutCharacter [[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku]] [[KendoTeamCaptain Katsura]] that has inspired plenty of imitators after her unexpected popularity. Previously, if an anime/manga featured a Student Council they were either protagonists as seen in ''Manga/MaidSama'' or major antagonists as seen in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' (usually being {{absurdly powerful|StudentCouncil}} in either role). What Hinagiku brought to the table was the cool and extremely popular ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer with both genders]]) BeautifulElite version popular with antagonists (to the point of originally being drawn in an extra flowery NonStandardCharacterDesign which resembled Utena) that was also a very kind and helpful supporting character to the unpopular main characters. Characters following in her example can be seen in Hisa from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Yanagin's Sempai from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' (whose character notes even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it), and Captain Liliana from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' (as a busty, semi-evil pirate version of Hina) as just ones that share her voice actress. Megumi Imae from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' fits as well with her being very nice and supportive of the bizarre and unpopular main character.

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* While ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has Nagi Sanzen'in - one of the Holy Trinity of {{Shana Clone}}s - as one of the main heroines, it's BreakoutCharacter [[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku]] [[KendoTeamCaptain Katsura]] that has inspired plenty of imitators after her unexpected popularity. Previously, if an anime/manga featured a Student Council they were either protagonists as seen in ''Manga/MaidSama'' or major antagonists as seen in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' (usually being {{absurdly powerful|StudentCouncil}} in either role). What Hinagiku brought to the table was the cool and extremely popular ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer with both genders]]) BeautifulElite [[TheBeautifulElite Beautiful Elite]] version popular with antagonists (to the point of originally being drawn in an extra flowery NonStandardCharacterDesign which resembled Utena) that was also a very kind and helpful supporting character to the unpopular main characters. Characters following in her example can be seen in Hisa from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Yanagin's Sempai from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' (whose character notes even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it), and Captain Liliana from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' (as a busty, semi-evil pirate version of Hina) as just ones that share her voice actress. Megumi Imae from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' fits as well with her being very nice and supportive of the bizarre and unpopular main character.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket have become so iconic that Jessie and James's dynamic (e.g. aggressive female paired with passive male, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience wearing red and blue respectively]]) has become a staple of villainous duos in both anime and western animation.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket have become so iconic that Jessie and James's dynamic (e.g. aggressive female paired with passive male, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience wearing red and blue respectively]]) has become a staple of villainous duos in both anime and western animation.



* Due to complex rights issues, Comicbook/BlackLightning was barred from appearing in DC animated productions until around 2009 or so, which lead to the creation of numerous [[CaptainErsatz thinly-veiled substitutes]] with similar powers. Among them are Black Vulcan from ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', Soul Power from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', and Juice from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. This [[TropeMaker ultimately resulted]] in [[ElectricBlackGuy black characters with electric powers]] became a trope in off itself.

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* Due to complex rights issues, Comicbook/BlackLightning was barred from appearing in DC animated productions until around 2009 or so, which lead to the creation of numerous [[CaptainErsatz thinly-veiled substitutes]] with similar powers. Among them are Black Vulcan from ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', Soul Power from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', and Juice from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. This [[TropeMaker [[TropeMakers ultimately resulted]] in [[ElectricBlackGuy black characters with electric powers]] became a trope in off itself.



* Certain actors with memorable appearances and manners of speaking have spawned many homages and caricatures in the popular culture that followed, especially in cartoons: JamesCagney, HumphreyBogart, EdwardGRobinson, PeterLorre, OrsonWelles, MarlonBrando, etc.

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* Certain actors with memorable appearances and manners of speaking have spawned many homages and caricatures in the popular culture that followed, especially in cartoons: JamesCagney, HumphreyBogart, EdwardGRobinson, PeterLorre, OrsonWelles, MarlonBrando, Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, Creator/PeterLorre, Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/MarlonBrando, etc.



* Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example: many a LoveableRogue takes a cue from Han Solo (like the above mentioned [[ActorAllusion Dr Jones]]).

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* Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example: many a LoveableRogue LovableRogue takes a cue from Han Solo (like the above mentioned [[ActorAllusion Dr Jones]]).



* Wrestling/GeorgeWagner is not just the TropeMaker and TropeNamer for GorgeousGeorge but the originator of TheGimmick as it would be used in pro wrestling from the 1930s onward. Besides {{ambiguously gay}} wrestlers like Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet(who is himself a fountain of expies), his influence is also transparently shown in Natural Guy Wrestling/BuddyRogers(another fountain of expies).
* Wrestling/ElSanto, which ironically was a gimmick intended to cash in on the popularity of The Masked Marvel, only the The Marvel gimmick was supposed to be that of a {{Heel}} everyone wanted to see unmasked. Santo instead underwent a HeelFaceTurn after reaching a point no one wanted to see him unmasked and after the man died he was buried in it. Some of expies include Mil Mascaras, who in turn inspires his own expies, Black Man, who became Mexico's biggest draw(alongside Kung Fu and Kato Kung Lee) after succeeding an LLI feud Santo was a part of, Novia Del Santo(Irma Gonzales), El Zorro Plateado(who spawned his own {{Legacy|Character}}), Franchise/ElSantos from the satire series of the same name and Number Five from ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Fray Tormenta is the MaskedLuchador with the most expies after El Santo, which include Manga/TigerMask (which would in turn become another fountain of expies), Sagrado, Wrestling/{{Mistico}}([[Wrestling/{{Hunico}} that one too]]), Wrestling/ElGenerico, Videogame/{{Tekken}}'s King and Film/NachoLibre.
* The French Angel, aka "[[RedBaron The World's Ugliest Man]]", became such a huge draw when he arrived in the Boston territory that a wave of expies rose across North America, including but not limited to Swedish Angel(formerly [[IHaveManyNames Phil/Olaf/Popey/Frankenstein/Olaffsen]]), Russian Angel(formerly Tony Angelo and a former [[LegacyCharacter Masked Marvel]]), Canadian Angel (formerly Bill Rush, who beforehand was in another ersatz role as [[PaletteSwap Red Masked Marvel]]), Polish Angel(formerly Iron Talun, who [[SubvertedTrope in a bit of variation]] was [[{{Hunk}} cute]]), Czech Angel(formerly Stanley Pinto), Irish Angel(formerly Clive Welsh), Golden Angel (formerly Tiger Jack Moore) and Black Angel (Gil Guerrero). There was also Super Swedish Angel (formerly Tor Johnson) who was a CaptainErsatz of an expy and two {{distaff counterpart}}s, the Lady Angel gimmick being taken up both by Jean Noble and Yulie Brynner. The animated ogre WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} also closely resembles the world's ugliest man.

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* Wrestling/GeorgeWagner is not just the TropeMaker {{Trope Maker|s}} and TropeNamer for GorgeousGeorge but the originator of TheGimmick as it would be used in pro wrestling from the 1930s onward. Besides {{ambiguously gay}} wrestlers like Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet(who Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet (who is himself a fountain of expies), his influence is also transparently shown in Natural Guy Wrestling/BuddyRogers(another Wrestling/BuddyRogers (another fountain of expies).
* Wrestling/ElSanto, which ironically was a gimmick intended to cash in on the popularity of The Masked Marvel, only the The Marvel gimmick was supposed to be that of a {{Heel}} everyone wanted to see unmasked. Santo instead underwent a HeelFaceTurn after reaching a point no one wanted to see him unmasked and after the man died he was buried in it. Some of expies include Mil Mascaras, who in turn inspires his own expies, Black Man, who became Mexico's biggest draw(alongside draw (alongside Kung Fu and Kato Kung Lee) after succeeding an LLI feud Santo was a part of, Novia Del Santo(Irma Gonzales), El Zorro Plateado(who spawned his own {{Legacy|Character}}), Franchise/ElSantos from the satire series of the same name and Number Five from ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Fray Tormenta is the MaskedLuchador with the most expies after El Santo, which include Manga/TigerMask (which would in turn become another fountain of expies), Sagrado, Wrestling/{{Mistico}}([[Wrestling/{{Hunico}} Wrestling/{{Mistico}} ([[Wrestling/{{Hunico}} that one too]]), Wrestling/ElGenerico, Videogame/{{Tekken}}'s King and Film/NachoLibre.
* The French Angel, aka "[[RedBaron The World's Ugliest Man]]", became such a huge draw when he arrived in the Boston territory that a wave of expies rose across North America, including but not limited to Swedish Angel(formerly Angel (formerly [[IHaveManyNames Phil/Olaf/Popey/Frankenstein/Olaffsen]]), Russian Angel(formerly Angel (formerly Tony Angelo and a former [[LegacyCharacter Masked Marvel]]), Canadian Angel (formerly Bill Rush, who beforehand was in another ersatz role as [[PaletteSwap Red Masked Marvel]]), Polish Angel(formerly Angel (formerly Iron Talun, who [[SubvertedTrope in a bit of variation]] was [[{{Hunk}} cute]]), Czech Angel(formerly Angel (formerly Stanley Pinto), Irish Angel(formerly Angel (formerly Clive Welsh), Golden Angel (formerly Tiger Jack Moore) and Black Angel (Gil Guerrero). There was also Super Swedish Angel (formerly Tor Johnson) who was a CaptainErsatz of an expy and two {{distaff counterpart}}s, the Lady Angel gimmick being taken up both by Jean Noble and Yulie Brynner. The animated ogre WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} also closely resembles the world's ugliest man.



* Back in the early 1930s, every new cartoon character that came along was a MickeyMouse clone. Ironically, Mickey himself was merely following the formula established the decade before by WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, and more than one person has stated that he was merely Disney's previous star WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit with round ears and a long tail. Some people theorize that the whole "black skin, white mouth" genre of funny animals started out as an animated version of minstrel shows. Felix's ability to spawn expies even extended past animation. Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog looked more or less exactly like Felix in the Genesis era, which kickstarted a bunch of expies in video games, though almost none besides Sonic himself remain.

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* Back in the early 1930s, every new cartoon character that came along was a MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse clone. Ironically, Mickey himself was merely following the formula established the decade before by WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, and more than one person has stated that he was merely Disney's previous star WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit with round ears and a long tail. Some people theorize that the whole "black skin, white mouth" genre of funny animals started out as an animated version of minstrel shows. Felix's ability to spawn expies even extended past animation. Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog looked more or less exactly like Felix in the Genesis era, which kickstarted a bunch of expies in video games, though almost none besides Sonic himself remain.
8th Dec '16 9:12:10 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/ElSanto, which ironically was a gimmick intended to cash in on the popularity of The Masked Marvel, only the The Marvel gimmick was supposed to be that of a {{Heel}} everyone wanted to see unmasked. Santo instead underwent a HeelFaceTurn after reaching a point no one wanted to see him unmasked and he was buried in it. Some of expies include Mil Mascaras, who in turn inspire his own expies, Black Man, who became Mexico's biggest draw(alongside Kung Fu and Kato Kung Lee) after succeeding an LLI feud Santo was a part of, Novia Del Santo(Irma Gonzales), El Zorro Plateado(who spawned his own {{Legacy|Character}}), Franchise/ElSantos from the satire series of the same name and Number Five from ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

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* Wrestling/ElSanto, which ironically was a gimmick intended to cash in on the popularity of The Masked Marvel, only the The Marvel gimmick was supposed to be that of a {{Heel}} everyone wanted to see unmasked. Santo instead underwent a HeelFaceTurn after reaching a point no one wanted to see him unmasked and after the man died he was buried in it. Some of expies include Mil Mascaras, who in turn inspire inspires his own expies, Black Man, who became Mexico's biggest draw(alongside Kung Fu and Kato Kung Lee) after succeeding an LLI feud Santo was a part of, Novia Del Santo(Irma Gonzales), El Zorro Plateado(who spawned his own {{Legacy|Character}}), Franchise/ElSantos from the satire series of the same name and Number Five from ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
27th Nov '16 11:39:54 AM Basileus
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* While starring Nagi Sanzen'in, one of the Holy Trinity of {{Shana Clone}}s, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has it's own BreakoutCharacter in Hinagiku Katsura, who seems to have inspired quite a few characters herself. While {{student council president}}s have been around a while, they have often been either important antagonists a la ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' or protagonists like in ''Manga/MaidSama'' (usually being {{absurdly powerful|StudentCouncil}} in either role). Hinagiku brought a president that was very kind and helpful to the protagonists while also being cool and very popular...notably with many, many [[LesYay female admirers]] in addition to all the guys at the school. Hisa from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' and Yanagin's Sempai from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' are some similar characters who share ShizukaItou as a voice actress (Yanagin's Sempai character notes even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it) and Megumi Imae from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' seems pretty spot on as well. Captain Liliana from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is also widely seen as an (albeit semi-evil) {{expy}} of Hinagiku down to having the same voice actress in the anime.

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* While starring Nagi Sanzen'in, one of the Holy Trinity of {{Shana Clone}}s, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has Nagi Sanzen'in - one of the Holy Trinity of {{Shana Clone}}s - as one of the main heroines, it's own BreakoutCharacter in Hinagiku Katsura, who seems to have [[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku]] [[KendoTeamCaptain Katsura]] that has inspired quite plenty of imitators after her unexpected popularity. Previously, if an anime/manga featured a few characters herself. While {{student council president}}s have been around a while, Student Council they have often been were either important protagonists as seen in ''Manga/MaidSama'' or major antagonists a la as seen in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' or protagonists like in ''Manga/MaidSama'' (usually being {{absurdly powerful|StudentCouncil}} in either role). What Hinagiku brought a president to the table was the cool and extremely popular ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer with both genders]]) BeautifulElite version popular with antagonists (to the point of originally being drawn in an extra flowery NonStandardCharacterDesign which resembled Utena) that was also a very kind and helpful supporting character to the protagonists while also being cool and very popular...notably with many, many [[LesYay female admirers]] unpopular main characters. Characters following in addition to all the guys at the school. her example can be seen in Hisa from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' and ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Yanagin's Sempai from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' are some similar characters who share ShizukaItou as a voice actress (Yanagin's Sempai (whose character notes even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it) it), and Captain Liliana from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' (as a busty, semi-evil pirate version of Hina) as just ones that share her voice actress. Megumi Imae from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' seems pretty spot on fits as well. Captain Liliana from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is also widely seen as an (albeit semi-evil) {{expy}} well with her being very nice and supportive of Hinagiku down to having the same voice actress in the anime. bizarre and unpopular main character.
1st Nov '16 9:01:07 PM TheBuddy26
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* If a video game produced after 2001 has a main character who's head to toe in PoweredArmor and has any sort of personality, you can bet that said personality will resemble ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' protagonist Samus Aran and/or the Master Chief from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', as will the abilities and limitations of said PoweredArmor.
* There will always be gameplay expies of Mario. The main characters of which will be expies of Sonic, either in design or personality.

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* If a video game produced after 2001 has a main character who's head to toe in PoweredArmor and has any sort of personality, you can bet that said personality will resemble ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' protagonist Samus Aran and/or the Aran, Master Chief from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', or [[VideoGame/Doom2016 as of late,]] Doomguy from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', as will the abilities and limitations of said PoweredArmor.
* There will always be many gameplay expies of Mario. The main characters of which will be expies of Sonic, either in design or personality.
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