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17th Jun '18 3:28:33 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* Roger in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' frequently gets nailed by this. During the digital pets craze, his daughter Paige wanted a Tamagotchi. He thought a Tama''grouchy'' was close enough. It wasn't.

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* Roger in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' frequently gets nailed by this. During the digital pets craze, his daughter Paige wanted a Tamagotchi.VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}. He thought a Tama''grouchy'' was close enough. It wasn't.
17th Jun '18 12:48:33 PM NoonboryKedabory
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* [[http://malware.wikia.com/wiki/Protegent Protogent Antivirus]], a knockoff antivirus software that gets widely accused of being a virus. Notorious for their YouTube videos, all of which feature their mascot, Totally Not [[WesternAnimation/SuperWhy Whyatt]], either rapping terribly or showing animated people the antivirus and what it does.
9th Jun '18 6:41:53 PM SSJMagus
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* The Soviet Union coined the term "Monkey Model" to describe a piece of military equipment that was significantly inferior to the original that it was based on but was much cheaper to build. The purpose of these simplified Monkey Models were to replace front-line stocks if a war went on for several weeks and for export to countries that wanted to buy Russian Military Equipment but were either too poor or of questionable intentions to be allowed use of the real stuff.

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* The Soviet Union coined the term "Monkey Model" to describe a piece of military equipment that was significantly inferior to the original that it was based on but was much cheaper to build. The purpose of these simplified Monkey Models were to replace front-line stocks if a war went on for several weeks and for export to countries that wanted to buy Russian Military Equipment but were either too poor or of questionable intentions to be allowed use of the real stuff. For example, Iraq received "Monkey Model" T-72M, while Syria (considered a closer and more reliable ally despite adhering to a non-Marxist and Arab nationalist strain of socialism) received the T-72M1 which was significantly closer in capability to the USSR's own T-72A. This is a major part of why despite both nations using the "T-72" as their primary tank, Syrian tank divisions fared much better against Israel in the Arab-Israeli Wars than Iraqi tankers did against the United States in the Gulf War and Iraq War. (The other reason of course being that the Syrian Army also got Soviet training, while the Iraqi Army was more or less sold the tanks and told to have at it.)
** Iraq took it a step further with their own T-72 copy, the Asad Babil (Lion of Babylon), which were of extremely variable quality. Some even were made out of mild steel instead of properly hardened armor! Others, probably assembled from spare parts that had previously been imported from Poland, were basically identical to a Soviet-made T-72M1 aside from adaptations to make the tracks less likely to be jammed up by sandstorms.


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** The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengdu_J-10 Chengdu J-10 Měnglóng ("Vigorous Dragon")]] (entered service in 2006) is claimed by China to be a development of the 1975 prototype Chengdu J-9. But the J-10 is dramatically more advanced than the fairly primitive J-9 and only vaguely resembles it (in the sense that both are delta wing fighters with canards). On the other hand, the J-10 looks ''quite suspiciously'' similar to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAI_Lavi IAI Lavi]], a promising Israeli fighter prototype cancelled under political pressure from the US in 1987. As such it's suspected that China covertly purchased the Lavi blueprints and made their own version with the SerialNumbersFiledOff.
3rd Jun '18 1:16:46 AM Meyers07TheTroper
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* An in-universe example in ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}''. The Corpus MegaCorp manufactures inferior copies of [[LostTechnology long-lost]] [[{{Precursors}} Orokin]] "Prime" weaponry, such as their copy of the Braton Prime dealing almost half as much damage as the original, while being poor at inflicting StandardStatusEffects. They also look significantly crappier, lacking the trademark Oroking BlingBlingBang and being all [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture boxified]]

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* An in-universe example in ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}''. The Corpus MegaCorp manufactures inferior copies of [[LostTechnology long-lost]] [[{{Precursors}} Orokin]] "Prime" weaponry, such as their copy the Braton, being the reproduction of the Braton Prime dealing almost half as much damage as the original, while being poor at inflicting StandardStatusEffects. They also look significantly crappier, industrial, lacking the trademark Oroking BlingBlingBang and being all [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture boxified]]boxified]]. However, since 2017 it has been [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] with Braton being redesigned to imply that it's a decent Tenno reproduction of Orokin weaponry instead of a mass-produced Corpus reproduction.
3rd Jun '18 1:06:09 AM Meyers07TheTroper
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* "''Sepia Go!''" is a Chinese mobile port of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. It looks exactly like a low-poly version of ''Splatoon'', reuses music from the game, and has official art from it. Later the creators updated the games to swap out the stolen ''Splatoon'' models with similar looking clones, however it's still a blatant ''Splatoon'' knockoff.

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* "''Sepia Go!''" is a Chinese mobile port of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. It looks exactly like a low-poly version of ''Splatoon'', reuses music from the game, and has official art from it. Later the creators updated the games to swap out change from the stolen ''Splatoon'' models assets with similar looking clones, CaptainErsatz and also making the characters turn into robots instead of squids, however it's still a blatant ''Splatoon'' knockoff.
27th May '18 2:10:18 PM Saber15
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* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' has an in-universe example; the Inner Sphere-built ''Rakshasa'' HumongousMecha is an inferior copy of the Clan-built ''Timber Wolf'' / [[ReportingNames Mad Cat]]. While the Rakshasa is actually a competent 'mech in its own right, the clumsy-looking clone pales in comparison to the high-tech Timber Wolf, which carries ''significantly'' more firepower, runs cooler in combat, and is more durable, earning the Rakshasa an (often undeserved) bad reputation.
25th May '18 4:48:42 PM SomberCaelifera
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* Foodstuffs, even ordinary ones, can be faked. In China, [[http://www.elitereaders.com/fake-foods-in-china/ there are fake foods]]. You can guess that some of these foods are NauseaFuel and IAteWhat material.

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* Foodstuffs, even ordinary ones, can be faked. In China, [[http://www.elitereaders.com/fake-foods-in-china/ there are fake foods]].foods. You can guess that some of these foods are NauseaFuel and IAteWhat material.
6th May '18 10:38:59 AM Discar
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': Played for laughs. Ray ends up working at "[=UpSwipez=]," a dating app that is exactly the same as Tinder except you swipe up and down instead of right and left. The founder insists that it's far more intuitive. It's treated as a shameless, low-quality ripoff... but everyone grudgingly admits that it ''is'' more intuitive.
3rd May '18 3:45:25 PM Lightmaster
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** 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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** 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, Then, bootleggers have actually gone a step further and are producing knock-off kits based on fan creations posted online.



* A'' VideoGame/PumpItUp'' knockoff has recently been spotted going under the name ''[[WordSaladTitle King of Dancer]]''. It is most probably also made by the same company who brought us ''e-Magic'' and ''Magic Box''.

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* A'' VideoGame/PumpItUp'' knockoff has recently been spotted going under the name ''[[WordSaladTitle King of Dancer]]''. It is most probably also made by the same company who brought us ''e-Magic'' and ''Magic Box''.



*** Counterfeited versions of the ''Pokémon'' games are almost indistinguishable in terms of gameplay, but are known for having buggy saving and, in the case of G3, Pal Park incompatibility. The game cartridges themselves can sometimes be very difficult to distinguish from the genuine product, making it a frustrating task to find a G3 game to migrate Pokémon into the newer games.

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*** Counterfeited versions of the ''Pokémon'' games are almost indistinguishable in terms of gameplay, but are known for having buggy saving and, in the case of G3, Pal Park incompatibility. The game cartridges themselves can sometimes be very difficult to distinguish from the genuine product, making it a frustrating task to find a G3 game to migrate Pokémon into the newer later games.



** The newer DS and 3DS games are more difficult to counterfeit, but bootlegs are still being circulated. Genuine versions of ''Heart Gold, Soul Silver'' and the ''Black and White'' games have an infrared port atop the game cards used for certain features (such as the Pokéwalker) which are not present on fake versions. Some G5 events had an infrared scanner at the entry used to detect illegitimate copies of the games.

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** The newer DS and 3DS games are more difficult to counterfeit, but bootlegs are still being circulated. Genuine versions of ''Heart Gold, Soul Silver'' and the ''Black and White'' games have an infrared port atop the game cards used for certain features (such as the Pokéwalker) which are not present on fake versions. Some G5 events had an infrared scanner at the entry used to detect illegitimate copies of the games.



* This often happens when the toyline of a television series takes off, see also ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. There's a thriving market for making toy derivatives of both series; ''Transformers'' fans [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Knockoff are all too familiar with knockoffs]] while the newer ''My Little Pony'' series has only recently been hit by it. Neither usually carries the actual ''Transformers'' or ''My Little Pony'' logos, but try to resemble them in some fashion (for instance, they'll use names like Transform Man or My Funny). The companies responsible for the knockoffs sometimes actually copy the molds used by the original manufacturer, but not their solid plastics or detail quality. These copycat products can be found in operations ranging from tiny convenience shop importers to ones as large as Big Lots. [[http://the-fakie-hideout.weebly.com/the-fakie-guide.html Knockoff My Little Ponies in particular have been around for nearly as long as the official ones.]]

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* This often happens when the toyline of a television series takes off, see also ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. There's a thriving market for making toy derivatives of both series; ''Transformers'' fans [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Knockoff are all too familiar with knockoffs]] while the newer ''My Little Pony'' series has only recently been hit by it. Neither usually carries the actual ''Transformers'' or ''My Little Pony'' logos, but try to resemble them in some fashion (for instance, they'll use names like Transform Man or My Funny). The companies responsible for the knockoffs sometimes actually copy the molds used by the original manufacturer, but not their solid plastics or detail quality. These copycat products can be found in operations ranging from tiny convenience shop importers to ones as large as Big Lots. [[http://the-fakie-hideout.weebly.com/the-fakie-guide.html Knockoff My Little Ponies in particular have been around for nearly as long as the official ones.]]
13th Apr '18 10:03:48 PM Vir
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* Martini in ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'' sells knockoff Rolexxx watches. Olive was suspicious about it at first, but ended up buying one of these anyways, with predictable results. [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke The Big Ben is also a Rolexxx]].]]

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* Martini in ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'' sells knockoff Rolexxx watches. Olive was suspicious about it at first, but ended up buying one of these anyways, anyway, with predictable results. [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke The Big Ben is also a Rolexxx]].]]



* WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends had "The Genuine Article", where there is a knockoff Garfield named Gabriel. Even the names of the characters are similar! For example, Odie is now Ollie.

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* WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had "The Genuine Article", where there is a knockoff Garfield named Gabriel. Even the names of the characters are similar! For example, Odie is now Ollie.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a game at a CrappyCarnival offers Terrance and Phillip dolls as prizes, which Kyle desperately tries to win. After making ASimplePlan to raise $5000 to spend on the game, he finally gets his hands on some, only for them to turn out to be crude fakes which fall apart easily.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a game at a CrappyCarnival offers Terrance and Phillip dolls as prizes, which Kyle desperately tries to win. After making ASimplePlan to raise $5000 $5,000 to spend on the game, he finally gets his hands on some, only for them to turn out to be crude fakes which fall apart easily.



* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had the ''Film/WorldWarZ'' parody sketch "World War B (as in blocks)", which was one big parody of the various Franchise/{{LEGO}} imitators that arose from its patent having expired. The survivors were LEGO minifigures and the zombies were Kre-O.



* A [[http://narnik.tumblr.com/post/62213411435/totallynotagentphilcoulson-coolasacalliope list]] of [[SoBadItsGood humorous]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', ''Franchise/TheAvengers'', and ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' knockoffs. Changes include Mr. Incredible and ''Shrek'' as being part of a ''Justice League'' knockoff; ponies with gigantic heads; and Batman being refered to as "Morgan Freeman."
* During UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, South Africa was isolated from the western world by sanctions and embargoes. These applied strongly in the entertainment world, meaning film and TV production staff were also strongly discouraged from working for South African producers who were left trying to get the same technical effects as best they could. It's obvious, watching the puppet/marionette children's show ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'' that the technical production staff were heavily influenced by Gerry Anderson's {{Supermarionation}}, and were seeking to copy it as best they could. The puppets have SM-style features built into them - animated mouths for speech, et c, eyes capable of movement and tears, et c. But the local imitation doesn't ''quite'' match the original inspiration in terms of technical competence. Good try, though.

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* A [[http://narnik.tumblr.com/post/62213411435/totallynotagentphilcoulson-coolasacalliope list]] of [[SoBadItsGood humorous]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', ''Franchise/TheAvengers'', and ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' knockoffs. Changes include Mr. Incredible and ''Shrek'' as being part of a ''Justice League'' knockoff; ponies with gigantic heads; and Batman being refered referred to as "Morgan Freeman."
* During UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra, South Africa was isolated from the western world by sanctions and embargoes. These applied strongly in the entertainment world, meaning film and TV production staff were also strongly discouraged from working for South African producers who were left trying to get the same technical effects as best they could. It's obvious, watching the puppet/marionette children's show ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'' that the technical production staff were heavily influenced by Gerry Anderson's {{Supermarionation}}, and were seeking to copy it as best they could. The puppets have SM-style features built into them - animated mouths for speech, et c, etc, eyes capable of movement and tears, et c.etc. But the local imitation doesn't ''quite'' match the original inspiration in terms of technical competence. Good try, though.



* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea takes the cake in this area, since the Korean People's Army's equipment is generally a shoddy knock-off of shoddy knock-offs from China. The ''nec plus ultra'' of their copying has to be their Harbin H-5s. The Harbin H-5 is a Chinese knock-off of the Soviet Ilyushin Il-28, which had its first flight in 1950. The originals were powered by the RD-45, an unlicensed knock-off of the Rolls-Royce Nene, a British engine from ''1944'' (and which was quickly passed over in favor of the better Rolls-Royce Avon). This means North Korea flies airframes that are Chinese knock-offs of a six decade old Soviet design, powered by North Korean knock-offs of Chinese knock-offs of Russian knock-offs of a British design that is over ''70 years old''. Glory to Kim Il-sung and ''Juche-Songun'' thought, eh?

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* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea takes the cake in this area, since the Korean People's Army's equipment is generally a shoddy knock-off of shoddy knock-offs from China. The ''nec plus ultra'' of their copying has to be their Harbin H-5s. The Harbin H-5 is a Chinese knock-off of the Soviet Ilyushin Il-28, which had its first flight in 1950. The originals were powered by the RD-45, an unlicensed knock-off of the Rolls-Royce Nene, a British engine from ''1944'' (and which was quickly passed over in favor of the better Rolls-Royce Avon). This means North Korea flies airframes that are Chinese knock-offs of a six decade six-decade old Soviet design, powered by North Korean knock-offs of Chinese knock-offs of Russian knock-offs of a British design that is over ''70 years old''. Glory to Kim Il-sung and ''Juche-Songun'' thought, eh?
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