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8th Aug '17 5:18:41 PM KiraDoom
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* Oddly, there's a web series called ''London Mobile Buddies'' that could be considered one for ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. It's pretty much the same thing (down to episodes being shot scene-for-scene), [[RecycledInSpace but with cell phones. In London.]] Aside from also copying characters from other works, the most different thing about it would probably be Wikky, the show's version of Flippy; but the only reason why he's different is that he rips off Flippy's schtick but not his [[ShellShockedVeteran entire character]], therefore making him a major case of FridgeLogic.
16th Jul '17 10:14:04 AM Luigifan
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The EvilTwin of the WellIntentionedReplacement. While both tropes are about poorly made substitutes, that trope is with the genuine hope of making up for the thing being substituted. This trope is about just plain, old ripping you off.

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The EvilTwin of the WellIntentionedReplacement. While both tropes are about poorly made substitutes, that trope is with the genuine hope of making up for the thing being substituted. This trope is about just plain, plain old ripping you off.



Contrast FollowTheLeader (there is a clear influence, but it's not trying to make you think it's the actual work its following), SerialNumbersFiledOff (It's almost the same thing as another, but at the very least changes anything copyrighted by someone else).

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Contrast FollowTheLeader (there is a clear influence, but it's not trying to make you think it's the actual work its it's following), SerialNumbersFiledOff (It's (it's almost the same thing as another, but at the very least changes anything copyrighted by someone else).



* ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'': A chapter of begins with a police officer showing his new Porsche to the main characters. They were skeptical at for costing only a million yen. It turns out be a Daihatsu with a Porsche exterior. They went to the dealer who happen to sell faux high value cars with economy car interiors using names such as, "Porschu", "Furrari", and "BNW".

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* ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'': A chapter of begins with a police officer showing his new Porsche to the main characters. They were skeptical at for about it costing only a million yen. It turns out be a Daihatsu with a Porsche exterior. They went to [[HonestJohnsDealership the dealer dealer]], who happen happens to sell faux high value high-value cars with economy car interiors using names such as, "Porschu", "Furrari", and "BNW".



* Creator/TheAsylum, makers of [[TheMockbuster Mockbusters]] like ''Transmorphers'' and ''I Am Omega''. Oh, and Sharknado.

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* Creator/TheAsylum, makers of [[TheMockbuster Mockbusters]] like ''Transmorphers'' and ''I Am Omega''. Oh, and Sharknado.Film/{{Sharknado}}.



* In ''Film/{{Serendipity}}'' the heroine and her wacky sidekick are vacationing in New York. The sidekick is thrilled to buy a "Prado" purse. The heroine is quick to remind her that at least ''her'' fake actually says "Prada" on it.

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* In ''Film/{{Serendipity}}'' ''Film/{{Serendipity}}'', the heroine and her wacky sidekick are vacationing in New York. The sidekick is thrilled to buy a "Prado" purse. The heroine is quick to remind her that at least ''her'' fake actually says "Prada" on it.



* In the short lived sitcom ''DAG'', someone tried to get an Armani suit, but couldn't afford it. A friend promised him a suit just as good, but got an [=A!mani=] suit, and it was nothing like the suit he saw in the store.
* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' Norm's favorite low-price restaurant sold things which were [[LiteCreme nearly meat]], like "Baff" and "Loobster."

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* In the short lived short-lived sitcom ''DAG'', someone tried to get an Armani suit, but couldn't afford it. A friend promised him a suit just as good, but got an [=A!mani=] suit, and it was nothing like the suit he saw in the store.
* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Norm's favorite low-price restaurant sold things which were [[LiteCreme nearly meat]], like "Baff" and "Loobster."



* Fake trading card games like ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'', ''{{Franchise/YuGiOh}}'' and ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are entirely too common. The knockoffs often have odd errors in the info printed on them, or are missing special touches like holograms,foil or shininess on cards that are supposed to have them.

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* Fake trading card games like ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'', ''{{Franchise/YuGiOh}}'' ''{{Franchise/YuGiOh}}'', and ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are entirely too common. The knockoffs often have odd errors in the info printed on them, or are missing special touches like holograms,foil holograms, foil, or shininess on cards that are supposed to have them.



* The bootleg market can be so strong that even legal pursuit failed to take it down, case in point is TT Hong-Li made ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' knockoffs. Bandai had issued a lawsuit against its parent company, but market demand is large enough to resurrect the company from the brink of death. The shoddy part comes from the fact that, while the models are 90% accurate, it has excessively bad quality control such as extremely brittle plastic and toxic dust.
* Even though they are compatible with {{Franchise/LEGO}}, many kids are often disappointed to receive Mega Bloks instead of proper LEGO from a parent, relative or friend unaware of the difference between the two and just going for the cheaper product. Unlike most examples, Mega Bloks doesn't really actively pretend to be LEGO -- its branding and products are fairly well-differentiated from LEGO, it's fairly easy to tell the difference when you have one of the same sort of piece from each to observe, and it tends to produce relatively different sorts of sets with a greater emphasis on licensed cash-ins. According to the Wiki/SCPFoundation, sentient self-assembling LEGO brick specimen aren't particularly pleased to see instances of Mega Bloks either...

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* The bootleg market can be so strong that even legal pursuit failed to take it down, down; case in point is when TT Hong-Li made ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' knockoffs. Bandai had issued a lawsuit against its parent company, but market demand is large enough to resurrect the company from the brink of death. The shoddy part comes from the fact that, while the models are 90% accurate, it has excessively bad quality control such as extremely brittle plastic and toxic dust.
* Even though they are compatible with {{Franchise/LEGO}}, many kids are often disappointed to receive Mega Bloks instead of proper LEGO from a parent, relative relative, or friend unaware of the difference between the two and just going for the cheaper product. Unlike most examples, Mega Bloks doesn't really actively pretend to be LEGO -- its branding and products are fairly well-differentiated from LEGO, it's fairly easy to tell the difference when you have one of the same sort of piece from each to observe, and it tends to produce relatively different sorts of sets with a greater emphasis on licensed cash-ins. According to the Wiki/SCPFoundation, sentient self-assembling LEGO brick specimen specimens aren't particularly pleased to see instances of Mega Bloks either...



** Back during its run, ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'' tended to get hit very hard with knockoffs from all over the world, some of the most well-known discovered ones including "Invincibility Robots" and "Maskers". Interestingly, most ''BIONICLE'' knockoffs were visually near-indistinguishable from the real thing -- many even used the exact same packaging and canisters, though with the BIONICLE and LEGO logos edited or removed. Amusingly, one discovered instance of a knockoff took the 2005 Rahaga sets and replaced their heads with what appeared to be [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader helmets]].
** In the last few decades LEGO has become a very popular target for bootleggers. In flea markets it's common to find entire LEGO sets duplicated brick-for-brick (with matching copied box art) with varying degrees of plastic quality, but sometimes bootleggers get more creative and put out knockoff minifigures of Marvel, DC, video game or Star Wars characters that do not have official minifigure representations. Recently, bootleggers have actually gone a step further and are producing knock-off kits based on fan creations posted online.

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** Back during its run, ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'' tended to get hit very hard with knockoffs from all over the world, world; some of the most well-known discovered ones including "Invincibility Robots" and "Maskers". Interestingly, most ''BIONICLE'' knockoffs were visually near-indistinguishable from the real thing -- many even used the exact same packaging and canisters, though with the BIONICLE and LEGO logos edited or removed. Amusingly, one discovered instance of a knockoff took the 2005 Rahaga sets and replaced their heads with what appeared to be [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader helmets]].
** In the last few decades decades, LEGO has become a very popular target for bootleggers. In flea markets markets, it's common to find entire LEGO sets duplicated brick-for-brick (with matching copied box art) with varying degrees of plastic quality, but sometimes bootleggers get more creative and put out knockoff minifigures of Marvel, DC, video game or Star Wars characters that do not have official minifigure representations. Recently, bootleggers have actually gone a step further and are producing knock-off kits based on fan creations posted online.
15th Jul '17 10:32:58 AM nombretomado
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* The old Soviet Union wasn't above this sort of thing either, especially early on. A lot of its early tank designs were copied exactly from models that were either legitimately bought (albeit without licensing) or smuggled piece by piece into the country; the BT-2 tanks (predecessors to the famous T-34) were improved versions of the M1928 Christie Tank. Their early jet fighters were powered by close copies of Rolls Royce engines.[[note]]So were early US jet fighters, for that matter, but ''they'' licensed the patents rather than simply reverse-engineering them.[[/note]] Then there is the interesting case of the Tu-4, which was reverse-engineered from a handful of American Boeing B-29 bombers that were confiscated after making emergency landings in Russia during WorldWarII.[[note]]While Russia was allied with the US against Germany, they were neutral in the conflict between US and Japan until the last months of the war; as a non-belligerent in the Pacific War, they were permitted to intern American military personnel and confiscate their equipment under international law[[/note]] However, neither the engines, used to power the deadly MiG-15 fighter, nor the Tu-4 Bull, which was a major worry to the United States in the 1950s, could legitimately be described as "shoddy".

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* The old Soviet Union wasn't above this sort of thing either, especially early on. A lot of its early tank designs were copied exactly from models that were either legitimately bought (albeit without licensing) or smuggled piece by piece into the country; the BT-2 tanks (predecessors to the famous T-34) were improved versions of the M1928 Christie Tank. Their early jet fighters were powered by close copies of Rolls Royce engines.[[note]]So were early US jet fighters, for that matter, but ''they'' licensed the patents rather than simply reverse-engineering them.[[/note]] Then there is the interesting case of the Tu-4, which was reverse-engineered from a handful of American Boeing B-29 bombers that were confiscated after making emergency landings in Russia during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.[[note]]While Russia was allied with the US against Germany, they were neutral in the conflict between US and Japan until the last months of the war; as a non-belligerent in the Pacific War, they were permitted to intern American military personnel and confiscate their equipment under international law[[/note]] However, neither the engines, used to power the deadly MiG-15 fighter, nor the Tu-4 Bull, which was a major worry to the United States in the 1950s, could legitimately be described as "shoddy".
14th Jul '17 7:00:26 AM Freezer
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* This trope is how 70s leisure suits got their bad reputation, even before DeaderThanDisco came into play. After the success of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' cheap imitations and shoddy knockoffs flooded the market, crowding out the legitimate brands. Then the Disco Backlash came into play, destroying any chance at a comeback.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoot_suit "Zoot Suits"]] died out in a similar fashion. Though here, the knockoffs were spawned by [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII wartime rationing]] of the materials (forcing cheaper materials to be used) and the killing blow was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoot_Suit_Riots anti-Mexican racism]].
14th Jul '17 1:18:24 AM bfunc
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* Diploma mills often give themselves names that are almost-but-not-quite the same as prestigious schools. For bonus points, it's not terribly uncommon for them to have a mailing address in a town (or even just on a ''street'') with the name of a ''different'' prestigious school, so you wind up with a "school" in a small town southeast of Wichita, KS named something like "Harvard Institute University of Oxford".

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* Diploma mills often give themselves names that are almost-but-not-quite the same as prestigious schools. For bonus points, it's not terribly uncommon for them to have a mailing address in a town (or even just on a ''street'') with the name of a ''different'' prestigious school, so you wind up with a "school" in [[https://www.google.com/maps/@37.267141,-97.1316053,11.96z a small town southeast of Wichita, KS KS]] named something like "Harvard Institute University of Oxford".
9th Jul '17 9:01:30 PM RAMChYLD
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* Beware the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystation PolyStation]]! This one's a Famiclone that looks like a UsefulNotes/{{Playstation}} until you open it up and see a cartridge slot.

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* Beware the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystation PolyStation]]! Polystation]]! This one's a Famiclone that looks like a UsefulNotes/{{Playstation}} until you open it up and see a cartridge slot.
9th Jul '17 9:00:11 PM RAMChYLD
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* There is at least one Famiclone that looks like a UsefulNotes/{{Playstation}} until you open it up and see a cartridge slot.

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* There is at least one Beware the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystation PolyStation]]! This one's a Famiclone that looks like a UsefulNotes/{{Playstation}} until you open it up and see a cartridge slot.
2nd Jul '17 2:23:41 AM PrincessPandaTrope
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* Sonic Gear, a fan site dedicated to ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' merchandise, has a section dedicated to Sonic bootlegs, including games, plush, clothing, and home decor. [[AccidentalNightmareFuel Some are creepy]], while some are bland.
27th Jun '17 1:27:54 PM DracoKanji
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* ''Rapidity'' knock-off TabletopGame/{{Beyblade}}s. Made by a Chinese bootleg toy manufacturer, Hongyi. The alloy used in metal parts leaks acidic fumes if heated even slightly, like being left in a car or even a sunny windowsill on a hot day. Beyond that, all parts metal or plastic are much harder and more brittle, leading to possible breakage and resulting in injury. They also seem to be the primary source of "brandless" metal face bolts and tips during the ''Metal Saga'' era, which also were sharp edged and ill-fitting, meaning they could damage legitimate parts as well.
6th Jun '17 2:18:11 AM bfunc
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* Diploma mills often give themselves names that are almost-but-not-quite the same as prestigious schools. For bonus points, it's not terribly uncommon for them to have a mailing address in a town (or even just on a ''street'') with the name of a ''different'' prestigious school, so you wind up with a "school" in a small town southeast of Wichita, KS named something like "Harvard Institute University of Oxford".
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