A sequel or adaptation replaces a familiar character with an Expy who does something bad the original would not have done.
A sequel or adaptation replaces a familiar character with an Expy who does something bad the original would not have done. This gives the writer more freedom, and leaves the original character free to potentially make future appearances without carrying that baggage. Compare Adaptational Villainy.
- Watchmen features a Cast of Expies of various superheroes originally published by Charlton Comics, such as Nite Owl instead of Blue Beetle. They behave in various unheroic ways, and one of them turns out to be the mastermind behind the conspiracy that drives the plot.
- In The Dark Knight, Detectives Ramirez resembles a popular Gotham Police officer in the comics, Renee Montoya. Ramirez turns out to be in the pay of Gotham's organized crime.
- In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Valeris is a younger female Vulcan who has a protegee-mentor relationship with Spock, like Saavik in two earlier movies. Valeris is revealed to be complicit in the conspiracy to derail the peace negotiations.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "The Criss Cross Conspiracy" features a crime-fighting "Bat Lady" named Katrina Moldoff, who closely resembles Kathy Kane, the original Bat-Woman in the comics. She goes off the rails and tries to kill the Riddler.
- Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman features a character named Kathy DuQuesne, who is named in reference to Kathy Kane, the Batwoman of the comics. The makers of the movie intended to straight-up name her "Kathy Kane", but were asked by DC to change it because the movie's Kathy is more of a ruthless Anti-Hero than the comic book version.
- Justice League:
- "Legends" is a homage to the old comics where the Justice League would travel to a parallel world and team up with its heroes, the Justice Society. In the episode, the heroes the Justice League meet are the Justice Guild, expies of the Justice Society, due to the episode deconstructing the older heroes' old-fashioned attitudes and also the final reveal that the real Justice Guild was killed saving the world, and the versions the Justice League meet are embodied figments of another character's imagination.
- In "Starcrossed", Earth is visited by a group of Hawkgirl's people, the Thanagarians. The group's leader, Hro Talak, closely resembles Katar Hol, Hawkgirl's Thanagarian partner in the comics, but turns out to have a jerkish personality and and to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist who becomes the story arc's main villain.
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