Nonhuman Celebrity Counterpart
Just like X but s/he\'s not a human
Tropeworthy?

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Making a Shout-Out to celebrities and famous people is a fun pastime. Sometimes these are just superficial references or parodies of the person in question, but other times it is an actual cameo appearance with the celebrity recognized at face value.

This can, however, get tricky if a work takes place in a setting devoid of actual humans, such as a World of Funny Animals -- how do you make a celebrity cameo that doesn't distract or stand out from the rest of the cast? You create a Nonhuman Celebrity Counterpart for this person, a caricature of the person that fits the theme established by the particular setting. Bonus points if you can also hire the actual person to voice this character (and possibly deliver a signature line).

Often comes with a Punny Name. Contrast No Celebrities Were Harmed, in which a character is like a celebrity, but is not the alternate universion version of them.

Comic Books

Fanworks

Live Action TV
  • Spamela Hamderson and David Hoggslhoff in the Muppets Tonight skit [[{{Baywatch Bay of Pigs Watch]].
  • Sesame Street loves this trope: opera singer Placido Flamingo, actress Meryl Sheep, country'n'western singer Hammy Swynette... H. Ross Parrot. For added lulz Ross Perot's name was originally pronounced "Perrot" (with a hard "t") but he pronounces it posh. There are a lot more listed on the Muppet Wiki. George & Barbara Brush, Gingrich the Newt, Arnold Schnuffleupanegger, etc.

Newspaper Comics
  • My Cage featured counterparts of its own creators, Ed Power and Melissa De Jesus, called Ed Porker and Melissa De Hareus.

Webcomics
  • This is done fairly often in Kevin & Kell. With Butterfly Ballot Bush (A butterfly) for example.
  • Homestuck: There are passing references to the troll universe having exact matches of some of our celebrities, who seem to be actually named Troll Will Smith or Troll John Cusack. "The thing that most people don't realize is that John Cusack is a universal constant."

Western Animation
  • Arthur did this with a few real world celebrities and historical figures to keep them consistent with the art style.
  • The Simpsons: In a clip from the Show Within a Show "Danger Dog" DD talks about his date the previous night with "Sarah Jessica Barker."
  • In the film Cars, there's Jay Limo, a car version of Jay Leno; as well, "The King" was modeled after Richard Petty's 1970 Superbird race car and was voiced by Petty himself - who is also nicknamed "The King." Mrs. The King is voiced by Petty's real life wife too, and is a car that the Pettys really do (or did) drive.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures had an ursine character called Julie Bruin, who was actually voiced by Julie Brown.
  • In Nu, Pogodi!, the Russian singer Alla Pugacheva appears as an anthropomorphic fox.
  • The Bee movie has a Bee Larry King, who is exactly like Larry King in every way... only a bee. They hang a huge lampshade on it.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Orson Whales.
  • Looney Tunes characters Bunny and Claude, rabbit versions of Bonnie and Clyde.

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