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15th Jun '18 8:27:28 AM reppuzan
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* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Music Meister]], who is voiced by Creator/NeilPatrickHarris in the cartoon, actually is Creator/NeilPatrickHarris. “Music Meister” is merely a stage name.
15th May '18 11:29:13 PM MarkLungo
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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). 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.

The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre or Creator/VincentPrice for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Creator/PaulLynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for 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]].

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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 [[RuleOfCool it would be cool.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). 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.

The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre or Creator/VincentPrice for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Creator/PaulLynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for 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]].''Film/TreasureIsland1950''. The [[WickedWitch witch]] stereotype is based on [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]].
26th Feb '18 11:48:42 PM lalalei2001
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* In the 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]].

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* In the 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 [[WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol2009 the one where he plays multiple characters]].
23rd Dec '17 10:15:21 PM Delphi
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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, Creator/PaulLynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for 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]].

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The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre or Creator/VincentPrice for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Creator/MauriceChevalier for a song and dance man or stock French FunnyForeigner character, Creator/PaulLynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for 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]].
4th Dec '17 9:19:46 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''[[Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm Ghosts of the Past]]'' has the President of Russia, Volodya, who is clearly based on Vladimir Putin -- he's a former KGB officer and anti-West hardliner, and even his name is based on one of Putin's own nicknames.

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* ''[[Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm Ghosts of the Past]]'' has the President of Russia, Volodya, who is clearly based on Vladimir Putin -- he's a former KGB officer and anti-West hardliner, and even his name is based on one of Putin's own nicknames. Surprisingly, he's not portrayed as an arc villain, but as a [[PragmaticVillainy reasonable enough guy who dislikes the Avengers and despises SHIELD, but doesn't want a fight with them - he is accordingly infuriated by Lukin's antics because they've set his own, far more patient and sensible plans back by decades.]] Then [[spoiler: Lukin kills him.]]
25th Nov '17 11:04:40 PM CaptEquinox
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* Two characters in Don Joyce's TheFiresignTheater - type presentations on Music/{{Negativland}}'s avant-garde weekly KPFA radio happening ''Over the Edge'' were Doug Piddle and Peter Diddle, presenters of "The Piddle Diddle Report", based on NBC's ''The Huntley-Brinkley Report." Joyce's growly Doug Piddle voice is a fairly good take on Huntley's.
26th Jun '17 5:47:04 PM ZimFan89
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* ''[[Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm Ghosts of the Past]]'' has the President of Russia, Volodya, who is clearly based on Vladimir Putin -- he's a former KGB officer and anti-West hardliner, and even his name is based on one of Putin's own nicknames.
7th Jun '17 2:18:45 AM jormis29
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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 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]].

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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 Creator/PaulLynde for CampGay characters, Creator/BelaLugosi for vampires, Creator/BorisKarloff for Frankenstein's monster, Creator/SeanConnery or Don Adams for secret agents, Donald Pleasance for 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]].
16th May '17 8:05:29 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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See also LawyerFriendlyCameo, NoCommunitiesWereHarmed, and AdamWesting.

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See also LawyerFriendlyCameo, NoCommunitiesWereHarmed, and AdamWesting. \n See BlandNameProduct for the equivalent treatment of a product (or possibly a business entity) rather than a person, potentially applying just as much detail to the parody.
12th Apr '17 11:49:04 AM Mdumas43073
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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. If the famous personality is an historical character that is already dead, especially it's from centuries ago, then it's NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed. There may be some overlap with TheWeirdAlEffect if the caricature is more familiar to younger audiences than the actual celebrity.

Note that some character voices, most notably those reminiscent of Creator/PeterLorre and of Creator/JohnWayne, are by now fourth-generation copies that have more to do with earlier impressions than with the original actors' voices.

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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. If the famous personality is an historical character that is already dead, especially it's from centuries ago, then it's NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed. There may be some overlap with TheWeirdAlEffect if the caricature is more familiar to younger audiences than the actual celebrity.

NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed.

Note that some character voices, most notably those reminiscent of Creator/PeterLorre and of Creator/JohnWayne, are by now fourth-generation copies that have more to do with earlier impressions than with the original actors' voices. \n There may also be some overlap with TheWeirdAlEffect if the caricature is more familiar to younger audiences than the actual celebrity.
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