History SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute / VideoGames

30th Jan '16 9:01:08 AM nombretomado
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* ''SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror'''s Red Jack is this to Anton Girdeux from the first game. Both are their respective games' first proper boss, are armed with oversized flamethrowers, and ImmuneToBullets outside of their [[ExplodingBarrels fuel tank backpacks]].
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* ''SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror'''s ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterDarkMirror'''s Red Jack is this to Anton Girdeux from the first game. Both are their respective games' first proper boss, are armed with oversized flamethrowers, and ImmuneToBullets outside of their [[ExplodingBarrels fuel tank backpacks]].
15th Jan '16 2:21:47 PM Pichu-kun
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** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mom.
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** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mom.mother. ** Gina from ''Save The Homeland'' is a shy, glasses wearing woman like Maria (Mary) from ''64'' and ''Back To Nature''. Sabrina from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' is even more obvious. She is essentially Mary with different clothes and hair. They're both ShrinkingViolet bookworms with glasses and long black hair. ** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' was a 10th anniversary title where most characters were from previous games. The one's who weren't are substitutes. Blue is identical to Gray in ''64'' down to being named after a color, Ray looks like Cliff from the same game, Carl bares a resemblance to Jeff from the same game, and Dan looks a little like Kai from that game too (and works at a grape farm like him). Meryl and Tai look like the fortune tellers granddaughter and the peddler from ''[=SNES=]''.
15th Jan '16 2:19:43 PM Pichu-kun
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** Almost all of the girls, and the protagonist himself, in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' are replicas of characters from [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries the first game]], however it's handwaved that they're [[IdenticalGrandchild their grandchildren]]. Elli looks almost exactly like her grandmother Ellen, the protagonist is an exact replica of his grandfather (down to the clothes), Popuri resembles her grandmother Nina, Ann looks extremely like the original Ann, and Maria looks like the first Maria but with glasses. A few non-bachelorettes also are expies of characters
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** Almost all of the girls, and the protagonist himself, in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' are replicas of characters from [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries the first game]], however it's handwaved that they're [[IdenticalGrandchild their grandchildren]]. Elli looks almost exactly like her grandmother Ellen, the protagonist is an exact replica of his grandfather (down to the clothes), Popuri resembles her grandmother Nina, Ann looks extremely like the original Ann, and Maria looks like the first Maria but with glasses. A few non-bachelorettes also are expies substitutes of characterscharacters ** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' has Celia as a mix of Ellen and Nina from the [=SNES=], and Muffy as a reference to Eve from the same game. Celia is a brunette in a dark dress like Ellen and has a similar personality, but has a love for farming and gardening (to somewhat eccentric degrees) like Nina. Muffy is an older, sexy blonde bartender in a red dress with emotional baggage like Eve. ** Almost every doctor in the franchise is based off Doctor from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature For Girl''. They're often attractive Asian men with black hair. ** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mom.
15th Jan '16 2:16:13 PM Pichu-kun
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* Colt in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2'' can be resumed as one 12 year old Holly with a tomboy hairstyle.
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* Colt in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2'' can be resumed as one a 12 year old Holly with a tomboy hairstyle.

** An odd example happens also with Leorina. She replaces Haman for a while, and despite having a projectile attack, she uses Haman's AI and [[ArtificialStupidity thus always attempts to attack enemies in melee]]. A [[GoodBadBugs peculiar and amusing glitch]] can result in her sprite turning into Haman's whenever the party [[PlayingPossum plays dead]].
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** An odd example happens also with Leorina. She replaces Haman for a while, and despite having a projectile attack, she uses Haman's AI and [[ArtificialStupidity thus always attempts to attack enemies in melee]]. A [[GoodBadBugs peculiar and amusing glitch]] can result in her sprite turning into Haman's whenever the party [[PlayingPossum plays dead]].dead]]. * ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' games are very often full of expies of characters from previous games: ** Historically the male protagonist is a copy of the first protagonist, Pete. Newer protagonists are more diverse but Henry from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning'' looks like a remake of Pete. It's even more obvious with Rachel from the same game, who is literally just Claire from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature For Girl'' with a hat. ** Almost all of the girls, and the protagonist himself, in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' are replicas of characters from [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries the first game]], however it's handwaved that they're [[IdenticalGrandchild their grandchildren]]. Elli looks almost exactly like her grandmother Ellen, the protagonist is an exact replica of his grandfather (down to the clothes), Popuri resembles her grandmother Nina, Ann looks extremely like the original Ann, and Maria looks like the first Maria but with glasses. A few non-bachelorettes also are expies of characters
15th Jan '16 2:13:55 PM Pichu-kun
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** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'', Princess Daisy took up the "[[DamselInDistress kidnapped princess]]" role Peach normally has in other Mario games.
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** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'', Princess Daisy took up the "[[DamselInDistress kidnapped princess]]" role Peach normally has in other Mario games. By the Gamecube era she was made into an [[DivergentCharacterEvolution individual character]].

** All the playable trainers of the main series, are, of one gameplay point of view, near identical between themselves. And more male trainers have the appearance reminiscent of Red, the original Player Character. *** Lampshaded in the Generation II games and their remakes: The final battle between the player character and Red, despite being the final epic battle of the game, features no dialogue, as the player characters rarely speak.
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** All the playable trainers Most of the main series, are, of one gameplay point of view, near identical between themselves. And more male trainers have the appearance reminiscent of Red, protagonists are this to the original Player Character. *** Lampshaded in the Generation II games hero, Red. Ethan, Brendan, and their remakes: Lucas take after his original design while Hilbert, Nate, and Calem take after his modern one. The final battle between the player character and Red, despite being the final epic battle latter two are also copies of the game, features no dialogue, as the player characters rarely speak.Hilbert, most obviously with Nate. Rosa bears a strong resemblance to Hilda.
15th Jan '16 6:09:32 AM Berrenta
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Spoiler tag fixed.
** ''Videogame/FireEmblemFates'' has Luna, Lazward, and Odin based on Severa, Inigo and Owain from ''Videogame/FireEmblemAwakening''. [[spoilers: Subverted in that they actually ''are'' those three, or at least alternate versions of them from another world.]]
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** ''Videogame/FireEmblemFates'' has Luna, Lazward, and Odin based on Severa, Inigo and Owain from ''Videogame/FireEmblemAwakening''. [[spoilers: [[spoiler: Subverted in that they actually ''are'' those three, or at least alternate versions of them from another world.]]
5th Dec '15 6:08:48 AM ThemJohns
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* Kratos and Zelos in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with the latter replacing the former. They are almost identical in regards to combat: Kratos has slightly better stats, but Zelos has slightly different attack animations that makes him a bit better at using combos, and their only real differences are titles and a single move they can learn. [[note]]Kratos can learn Judgment unlike Zelos in the original NTSC version, but in PAL and HD re-released, Zelos can learn Judgment ''and'' the Divine Judgment Overdrive.[[/note]] However, this is {{averted|Trope}} with their personalities: Kratos is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] [[HiredGuns Mercenary]] who [[spoiler:turns out to be an EnigmaticMinion for the BigBad]] and Zelos is a comical [[spoiler: on the outside]] ClassicalAntiHero and TheCasanova, who seems to need babysitting a lot.
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* Kratos and Zelos in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with the latter replacing the former. They are almost identical in regards to combat: Kratos has slightly better stats, but Zelos has slightly different attack animations that makes him a bit better at using combos, and their only real differences are titles and a single move they can learn. [[note]]Kratos can learn Judgment unlike Zelos in the original NTSC version, but in PAL and HD re-released, re-releases, Zelos can learn also Judgment ''and'' plus the Divine Judgment Overdrive.[[/note]] However, this is {{averted|Trope}} with their personalities: Kratos is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] [[HiredGuns Mercenary]] who [[spoiler:turns out to be an EnigmaticMinion for the BigBad]] and Zelos is a comical [[spoiler: on the outside]] ClassicalAntiHero and TheCasanova, who seems to need babysitting a lot.
5th Dec '15 6:07:17 AM ThemJohns
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* Kratos and Zelos in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with the latter replacing the former. They are almost identical in regards to combat: Zelos has lower stats and lacks a single spell that Kratos shares with Colette, but the two have slightly different attack animations that make Zelos better at using certain combos. However, this is {{averted|Trope}} with their personalities: Kratos is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] [[HiredGuns Mercenary]] who [[spoiler:turns out to be an EnigmaticMinion for the BigBad]] and Zelos is a comical [[spoiler: on the outside]] ClassicalAntiHero and TheCasanova, who seems to need babysitting a lot.
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* Kratos and Zelos in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with the latter replacing the former. They are almost identical in regards to combat: Kratos has slightly better stats, but Zelos has lower stats and lacks a single spell that Kratos shares with Colette, but the two have slightly different attack animations that make Zelos makes him a bit better at using certain combos. combos, and their only real differences are titles and a single move they can learn. [[note]]Kratos can learn Judgment unlike Zelos in the original NTSC version, but in PAL and HD re-released, Zelos can learn Judgment ''and'' the Divine Judgment Overdrive.[[/note]] However, this is {{averted|Trope}} with their personalities: Kratos is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] [[HiredGuns Mercenary]] who [[spoiler:turns out to be an EnigmaticMinion for the BigBad]] and Zelos is a comical [[spoiler: on the outside]] ClassicalAntiHero and TheCasanova, who seems to need babysitting a lot.
2nd Dec '15 6:03:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Contra: Hard Corps]]'' for the SegaGenesis substituted the traditional ''Contra'' heroes of Bill Rizer and Lance Bean with four new characters. Among the cast includes Sheena Etranzi (a female commando), Brad Fang (a cyborg werewolf), Browny (a tiny robot), and Ray Poward (a standard male commando). Guess which of these characters is most like Bill Rizer (hint: it's not the woman, the werewolf, nor the robot)...
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Contra: Hard Corps]]'' for the SegaGenesis UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis substituted the traditional ''Contra'' heroes of Bill Rizer and Lance Bean with four new characters. Among the cast includes Sheena Etranzi (a female commando), Brad Fang (a cyborg werewolf), Browny (a tiny robot), and Ray Poward (a standard male commando). Guess which of these characters is most like Bill Rizer (hint: it's not the woman, the werewolf, nor the robot)...
1st Dec '15 5:22:19 PM Saurubiker
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* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'', Guile, the Air Force lieutenant searching for his missing friend, is replaced with Charlie, another member of the Air Force. Though in-universe, it's the other way around; ''Alpha'' is a prequel to ''Street Fighter II'', so it would thus make Guile a replacement for Charlie (and, in fact, Charlie is the "missing friend" Guile is searching for in ''SFII'').
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* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'', Guile, the Air Force lieutenant searching seeking revenge for his missing friend, dead comrade, is replaced with Charlie, another member of the Air Force. Though in-universe, it's the other way around; ''Alpha'' is a prequel to ''Street Fighter II'', so it would thus make Guile a replacement for Charlie (and, in fact, Charlie is the "missing friend" "dead comarade" Guile is searching for seeking to avenge in ''SFII'').

* The heroes of ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe III'', Kain Grinder and Sarah Barn, look and fight similarly to Ax Battler and Tyris Flare, respectively (though the U.S. version still mistakenly refers to them as Ax and Tyris). Sarah even gets Tyris' repertoire of fire magic. Gilius Thunderhead is the only character from the previous installments to return in that game, though not as a playable character.
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* The heroes of ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe III'', Kain Grinder and Sarah Barn, look and fight similarly to Ax Battler and Tyris Flare, respectively (though (to the U.S. point that the English manual for the Virtual Console version still mistakenly refers to them as Ax and Tyris).such). Sarah even gets Tyris' repertoire of fire magic. Gilius Thunderhead is the only character from the previous installments to return in that game, though not as a playable character.

** Peach is a substitute for Pauline, the damsel in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', and she's one of the few examples to overshadow her predecessor. When they brought back Pauline in the GameBoy version, they had to dye her hair color to brown to distinguish her. Pauline's revival in ''Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis''. Some Japanese fans actually consider the ''[=DK94=]'' version of Pauline to be a different character from the Pauline in the original 1981 arcade game, since the original Pauline was actually named "Lady" in Japan.
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** Peach is a substitute for Pauline, the damsel in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', and she's one of the few examples to overshadow her predecessor. When they brought back Pauline in the GameBoy version, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'', they had to dye her hair color to brown to distinguish her. Pauline's revival in ''Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis''. Some Japanese fans actually consider mistakenly believe the ''[=DK94=]'' version of Pauline to be a different character from the Pauline in the original 1981 arcade game, since the original due to Pauline was actually originally being named "Lady" Lady in Japan.
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