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21st Feb '17 2:40:16 AM Vir
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* An example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "We Are the Victors", depicting U.S. Libertarian Party conventions in various years. The speakers would pep up their crowd by predicting victory, but then due to not getting copyright permissions from various artists, would play a very similar substitute song--such as "We Are the Victors" (for Music/{{Queen}}'s "We Are the Champions"), "We Are a Close-Knit Group" (for Music/SisterSledge's "We Are Family"), "Friend Choo-Choo" (for Music/TheOjays' "Love Train"), etc.

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* An example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "We Are the Victors", depicting U.S. Libertarian Party conventions in various years. The speakers would pep up their crowd by predicting victory, but then due to not getting copyright permissions from various artists, would play a very similar substitute song--such as "We Are the Victors" (for Music/{{Queen}}'s "We Are the Champions"), "We Are a Close-Knit Group" (for Music/SisterSledge's Sister Sledge's "We Are Family"), "Friend Choo-Choo" (for Music/TheOjays' The Ojays' "Love Train"), etc.
20th Feb '17 9:36:45 PM Anddrix
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* The last time that Marvel's ''{{Micronauts}}'' (Commander Rann, Mari, Bug), were referred to as such was in two 1996 issues of ''Cable''. In followup appearances, in ''Captain Marvel'', ''X-Factor'' and ''Universe X'', they are called the "Microns". In the ''Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk'', story arc, they are known as the Enigma Force. Additionally, the team no longer includes Mego toy based characters such as Acroyear, Biotron, and Microtron. Commander Rann's outfit no longer resemble's his Space Glider toy counterpart very much. Fortunately, the term Microverse dates back to ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' issues from TheSixties. Strangely enough, in the early issues of the original comics, Bug was known as Galactic Warrior in the character roll calls (but never in dialogue), but his design was so unlike his toy counterpart that they could simply drop the Galactic Warrior toy connection.

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* The last time that Marvel's ''{{Micronauts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' (Commander Rann, Mari, Bug), were referred to as such was in two 1996 issues of ''Cable''. In followup appearances, in ''Captain Marvel'', ''X-Factor'' and ''Universe X'', they are called the "Microns". In the ''Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk'', story arc, they are known as the Enigma Force. Additionally, the team no longer includes Mego toy based characters such as Acroyear, Biotron, and Microtron. Commander Rann's outfit no longer resemble's his Space Glider toy counterpart very much. Fortunately, the term Microverse dates back to ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' issues from TheSixties. Strangely enough, in the early issues of the original comics, Bug was known as Galactic Warrior in the character roll calls (but never in dialogue), but his design was so unlike his toy counterpart that they could simply drop the Galactic Warrior toy connection.
2nd Feb '17 6:52:54 AM kingjello
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* This was the reason ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' was released as ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny II'' in the US. It made things confusing when an actual ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' came out for the [=PS2=][[/note]]: [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Mattel]] already had "Eternia" trademarked.

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* This was the reason ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' was released as ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny II'' in the US. It made things confusing when an actual ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' came out for the [=PS2=][[/note]]: [=PS2=]: [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Mattel]] already had "Eternia" trademarked.
2nd Feb '17 5:05:59 AM kingjello
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* ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' had Dr. Herbert West of ''Film/{{Reanimator}}'' as a significant character for a three-issue arc. "Herbert West, Re-Animator!", the man and the name, were proudly emblazoned on the cover of one issue; He was nowhere to be found him anywhere on the cover of the next issue, and only vaguely alluded to as "that guy who likes to re-animate stuff." West remained a significant character, and was referred to by name within the comic's pages.

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* ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' had Dr. Herbert West of ''Film/{{Reanimator}}'' as a significant character for a three-issue arc. "Herbert West, Re-Animator!", the man and the name, were proudly emblazoned on the cover of one issue; He was nowhere to be found him anywhere on the cover of the next issue, and only vaguely alluded to as "that guy who likes to re-animate stuff." West remained a significant character, and was referred to by name within the comic's pages.
30th Jan '17 11:16:13 AM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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** Speaking of The Jacksons, their song "Heartbreak Hotel" was renamed "This Place Hotel" on subsequent releases, to avoid issues with the famous Music/ElvisPresley song of the same name.



* Electronica group Death In Vegas were originally billed as Dead Elvis, but the estate of Music/ElvisPresley objected. Apparently, there was nothing stopping them from using it as a title (as opposed to an artist name), so ''Dead Elvis'' became the name of their first album instead.

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* Electronica group Death In Vegas were originally billed as Dead Elvis, but the estate of Music/ElvisPresley Elvis Presley objected. Apparently, there was nothing stopping them from using it as a title (as opposed to an artist name), so ''Dead Elvis'' became the name of their first album instead.
4th Jan '17 4:55:41 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' had an event in summer 2016 that was obviously based on the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, but avoided actual references to the Olympics, using the phrase "Summer Games" and a logo that resembles fireworks.
29th Dec '16 7:28:25 PM rjd1922
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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this]] by having one character, {{Anime/Gundam}} Tanaka, never use his first name (which was used extensively in [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 its predecessor]]) presumably for this reason. Instead, he goes with Tanaka the Forbidden One, which references a ''[[Manga/YuGiOh different]]'' series, and ends up using his real name in the finale anyways.

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this]] by having one character, {{Anime/Gundam}} Tanaka, never use his first name (which was used extensively in [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 its predecessor]]) presumably for this reason. Instead, he goes with Tanaka the Forbidden One, which references a ''[[Manga/YuGiOh different]]'' series, and ends up using his real name in the finale anyways. This is likely the same reason his name was officially romanized as "Gundham" in ''Danganronpa 2'', with a silent "h".
24th Dec '16 4:32:18 AM Dreadjaws
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* The name "{{Superman}}" is spoken just once in the (leaked) first episode of ''[[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl]]''. He's otherwise referred to as Kara's cousin. However, as the series goes on, he is openly referred to as "Superman", seemingly without any issue.

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* The name "{{Superman}}" is spoken just once in the (leaked) first episode of ''[[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl]]''. He's otherwise referred to as Kara's cousin. However, as the series goes on, he is openly referred to as "Superman", seemingly without any issue. Granted, this is less an example of this trope and more of an excuse to give more prominence to the title character, which would falter a bit if she was constantly referencing the most famous superhero in existence. Superman himself makes a physical appereance in the show's second season.
13th Dec '16 6:38:47 AM AfroThunder
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* In ''Film/MichaelJacksonsThisIsIt'', During the brief snippet of "HIStory" that played during "They Don't Care About Us", a piece of music heavily resembling "Great Gate of Kiev" is played. In the original clip of the rehearsal that was leaked online, the original "Great Gate of Kiev" is played, but was replaced in the film due to sample clearance issues.
13th Dec '16 2:40:58 AM Vir
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* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'': In the original Nintendo 64 version, Kazooie tells Loggo, a talking toilet, that he should call a plumber to get himself unclogged, specifically Mario. In the XboxLiveArcade port, because Rare no longer works under Nintendo (and because, y'know, it's on the {{Xbox 360}}), Mario is merely alluded to as "the famous Italian one."

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* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'': In the original Nintendo 64 version, Kazooie tells Loggo, a talking toilet, that he should call a plumber to get himself unclogged, specifically Mario. In the XboxLiveArcade port, because Rare no longer works under Nintendo (and because, y'know, it's on the {{Xbox 360}}), UsefulNotes/Xbox360), Mario is merely alluded to as "the famous Italian one."


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* Because of the scene in the original ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' including ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', the ''Gremlins'' world in ''VideoGame/LEGODimensions'' replaces it with ''Stud Silver and the Seven Microfigures''.
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