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14th Mar '17 9:44:32 PM DustSnitch
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->''"Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing Series/TheHoneymooners, we wouldn't have WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones. If someone hadn't ripped off [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sergeant Bilko]], there'd be no WesternAnimation/TopCat. [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]], [[BreakingTheFourthWall Chief Wiggum]], WesternAnimation/YogiBear? Hah! [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]], Edward G. Robinson, [[Series/TheHoneymooners Art Carney]]."''

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->''"Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing Series/TheHoneymooners, we wouldn't have WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones. If someone hadn't ripped off [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sergeant Bilko]], there'd be no WesternAnimation/TopCat. [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]], [[BreakingTheFourthWall [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Chief Wiggum]], WesternAnimation/YogiBear? Hah! [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]], Edward G. Robinson, [[Series/TheHoneymooners Art Carney]]."''
14th Mar '17 9:43:40 PM DustSnitch
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* The Art/SistineChapel's altar painting, ''The Last Judgement'':
** Saint Peter is drawn to resemble Pope Pius III, who commissioned the painting. This is in line with the Catholic idea that Peter was the first Pope, making Pope Pius III his direct successor.
** King Minos, the demonic judge of Hell, is based on one of the Pope's officials who vocally complained about Michelangelo's use of nudity in his portraits.
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13th Dec '16 9:23:35 PM BookReaderUSA
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Sometimes a character's entire shtick will be that he or she is a thinly disguised imitation of some celebrity somewhere. The more blatant examples will often have a parody of that celebrity's name. This can be done for various reasons, such as to serve as a {{homage}} and/or {{parody}}, to make a point using the character (see picture to the right), or simply because the writers think that it would be cool. Though some consider it done because the writers are out of ideas. Many creators and viewers alike do not like it because it tends to smack of unoriginality and destroys the conceit that the work's universe is entirely fictional (though, of course, if the work is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines outright going for realism]], it's quite appropriate).

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Sometimes a character's entire shtick will be that he or she is a thinly disguised imitation of some celebrity somewhere. The more blatant examples will often have a parody of that celebrity's name. This can be done for various reasons, such as to serve as a {{homage}} and/or {{parody}}, to make a point using the character (see picture to the right), or simply because the writers think that it would be cool. Though some consider it done because the writers are out of ideas. Many creators and viewers alike do not like it because it tends to smack of unoriginality and destroys the conceit that the work's universe is entirely fictional (though, of course, if the work is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines outright going for realism]], it's quite appropriate).
appropriate). However, this does have the side effect of making the work an UnintentionalPeriodPiece for the period of the work's creation, as later audiences, to varying degrees of success, can see through the "thinly disguised" part of the parody and clearly determine that the work was made during the height of the target's popularity.


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4th Dec '16 4:21:58 PM lucy24
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* In ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe'', the Indian film director Ranjit Say, whose films are all about two people playing draughts, is a parody of Sandip Ray, whose first film was ''The Chess Players''.
4th Sep '16 8:41:13 AM DaibhidC
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* In Francesco Marchilano's first ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' story, a trucker is on the phone to ''Dahlia After Dark'', a radio advice show. On his blog, Ces goes into further detail about Dahlia, including that she's the author of a series of self-help books and has a spin-off show called ''Ladies' Night''. Asked in the comments if this was anything like ''Love Songs with Delilah'' (which has a series of self-help books and a spin-off called ''Friday Nite Girls''), Ces replied "Oh, no, no, no. (Wink. Wink wink. Wink wink wink wink wink wink eye spasm.)"
25th Aug '16 12:29:18 PM Basara-kun
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Compare InkSuitActor, where a celebrity voices an animated caricature of themself. ComicBookFantasyCasting is a much milder version of this, where a real actor or other celebrity is used as a guide for a character's appearance but with no attempt to caricature their persona. WriteWhoYouKnow is for where a character is based on somebody who the creator personally knows, but not necessarily a celebrity.

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Compare InkSuitActor, where a celebrity voices an animated caricature of themself. ComicBookFantasyCasting is a much milder version of this, where a real actor or other celebrity is used as a guide for a character's appearance but with no attempt to caricature their persona. WriteWhoYouKnow is for where a character is based on somebody who the creator personally knows, but not necessarily a celebrity.
celebrity. If the famous personality is an historical character that is already dead, especially it's from centuries ago, then it's NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed.
31st Jul '16 12:44:51 PM nombretomado
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* In the DCComics MirrorUniverse fic "[[http://www.5earths.info/earth-3/crimesyndicate1987-02-1/ The Secret Society of Super-Heroes]]", Earth-3's Joker counterpart is a rubber-faced comedian called Tim Barry, who Luthor meets when he's playing both Snow Miser and Heat Miser in a LiveActionAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus''. A clear pastiche of Creator/JimCarrey and his two Christmas movies; [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the one (partly) based on an animated special]], and [[Film/AChristmasCarol2009 the one where he plays multiple characters]].

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* In the DCComics Creator/DCComics MirrorUniverse fic "[[http://www.5earths.info/earth-3/crimesyndicate1987-02-1/ The Secret Society of Super-Heroes]]", Earth-3's Joker counterpart is a rubber-faced comedian called Tim Barry, who Luthor meets when he's playing both Snow Miser and Heat Miser in a LiveActionAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus''. A clear pastiche of Creator/JimCarrey and his two Christmas movies; [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the one (partly) based on an animated special]], and [[Film/AChristmasCarol2009 the one where he plays multiple characters]].
11th May '16 11:08:12 AM GlassRain
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17th Apr '16 3:24:54 PM Kid
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The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Paul Lynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for a action villain, Ed Wynn for assorted silly characters, and Creator/MaeWest for [[TheVamp vamps]]. As for more general examples, heavy-metal rocker characters will be given a MetalScream of the sort perfected by the likes of [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]], [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]], and [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]. [[TheStoner "Stoner"]] characters will tend to be based on either the SeanPenn character ("Spicoli") in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' or the Creator/DennisHopper character in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Anyone doing a stock pirate character [[TalkLikeAPirate ("Ahrrr, matey!")]] is paying tribute to Robert Newton's performance as Long John Silver in Disney's [[Film/TreasureIsland1950 first live-action feature]]. The [[WickedWitch witch]] stereotype is based on [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]].

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The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Paul Lynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for a an action villain, Ed Wynn for assorted silly characters, and Creator/MaeWest for [[TheVamp vamps]]. As for more general examples, heavy-metal rocker characters will be given a MetalScream of the sort perfected by the likes of [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]], [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]], and [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]. [[TheStoner "Stoner"]] characters will tend to be based on either the SeanPenn character ("Spicoli") in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' or the Creator/DennisHopper character in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Anyone doing a stock pirate character [[TalkLikeAPirate ("Ahrrr, matey!")]] is paying tribute to Robert Newton's performance as Long John Silver in Disney's [[Film/TreasureIsland1950 first live-action feature]]. The [[WickedWitch witch]] stereotype is based on [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]].
10th Apr '16 7:11:50 PM LaptopGuy
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The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Paul Lynde for CampGay characters, Ed Wynn for assorted silly characters, and Creator/MaeWest for [[TheVamp vamps]]. As for more general examples, heavy-metal rocker characters will be given a MetalScream of the sort perfected by the likes of [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]], [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]], and [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]. [[TheStoner "Stoner"]] characters will tend to be based on either the SeanPenn character ("Spicoli") in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' or the Creator/DennisHopper character in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Anyone doing a stock pirate character [[TalkLikeAPirate ("Ahrrr, matey!")]] is paying tribute to Robert Newton's performance as Long John Silver in Disney's [[Film/TreasureIsland1950 first live-action feature]].

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The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Paul Lynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for a action villain, Ed Wynn for assorted silly characters, and Creator/MaeWest for [[TheVamp vamps]]. As for more general examples, heavy-metal rocker characters will be given a MetalScream of the sort perfected by the likes of [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]], [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]], and [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]. [[TheStoner "Stoner"]] characters will tend to be based on either the SeanPenn character ("Spicoli") in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' or the Creator/DennisHopper character in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Anyone doing a stock pirate character [[TalkLikeAPirate ("Ahrrr, matey!")]] is paying tribute to Robert Newton's performance as Long John Silver in Disney's [[Film/TreasureIsland1950 first live-action feature]].
feature]]. The [[WickedWitch witch]] stereotype is based on [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]].
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