* According to some accounts, ComicBook/ElongatedMan was created because there were doubts as to whether Creator/DCComics owned ComicBook/PlasticMan, despite ostensibly acquiring all of Quality Comics' (Plastic Man's original publisher) assets. Quality Comics characters' legal status was murky, however. Ironically, Plastic Man turned out to be one of the few Quality characters DC Comics actually owned outright. Artist and co-creator Carmine Infantino plausibly [[WordOfGod contradicts]] the above theory, however. He started as a one-off rival to Franchise/TheFlash, one who wasn't expected to be an important ongoing character. Infantino also says he wasn't consciously thinking of Plastic Man at the time, though "It must have been in the back of my mind. I loved Jack Cole's work, so it had to be in my mind, maybe instinctively."[[note]]''Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur'' (2010 book)[[/note]]
** ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when Elongated Man points out he's basically what Plastic Man would be if he was a detective. In one episode, he's relegated to crowd control, as Plastic Man is already fighting the monster [[TheUnseen off-screen]], and, as Franchise/GreenLantern tells him, "We don't need ''two'' stretchy guys."
** Parodied further on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', in which the two of them are incredibly competitive with each other, to the point that an argument over who Batman prefers as a partner causes the criminal they're chasing to almost get away. After cleaning up their mess, Bats settles the matter by saying "[[TakeAThirdOption Actually,]] [[IWorkAlone I prefer to work alone.]]"
** The difference ''does'' get pointed out by Ralph that Plas is the jokester ex-con. Elongated Man is the ex-police detective. Also, one's powers are inherent, while Ralph has to drink a special formula to gain his powers.
*** The alleged influence Plas had on Ralph's creation is lampshaded, with Plas calling Elongated Man a "D-list doppleganger".
** When Elongated Man first joined the Justice League, he wore a red costume with a black V-neck and yellow belt, rather than the more familiar purple outfit Infantino had given him.
* Zauriel was created by Creator/GrantMorrison and MarkMillar as a stand-in for Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, who had been {{retcon}}ned so badly that [[ContinuitySnarl he was unusable]]. Morrison made it a point to lampshade this so readers would get the point, too. The first time he sees Zauriel, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} momentarily mistakes him for Hawkman. Later on, Franchise/{{Superman}} invites him to join, saying, "there's always room in the Justice League for, well...a big guy with wings like you."
* In Morrison's X-Men run, he introduces a character named Fantomex who is based on the classic pulp characters Literature/{{Fantomas}} and ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}.
* For the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' project Creator/AlanMoore was initially commissioned to incorporate the classic Creator/CharltonComics characters (which DC had just purchased) into the DC Universe. However, DC did not want to have several of the characters they had just bought killed off and/or rendered unusable, therefore, by mutual decision of the author and publisher, Captain Ersatzes replaced the original characters. Before being changed to Charlton, the plan was to use the MLJ/Archie heroes that DC had rights to at the time. Thus, many superheroes in Watchmen are Captain Ersatzes of Charlton heroes, or MLJ/Archie for the earlier generation:
** Rorschach -> ComicBook/TheQuestion
** Dr. Manhattan -> Comicbook/CaptainAtom
** The Comedian -> Peacemaker
** Nite Owl -> Comicbook/BlueBeetle II (Ted Kord)
** Ozymandias -> Thunderbolt
** Silk Spectre -> [[http://www.twomorrows.com/comicbookartist/articles/09moore.html Nightshade/Black Canary/Phantom Lady]]
** Mothman -> The Fly
** Hooded Justice -> The Hangman
** Captain Metropolis -> The Shield
** Silhouette -> The Black Witch (a.k.a. Darkling)
** Dollar Bill -> The Comet (one of the first superheroes to die)
** Silk Spectre I -> Fly Girl
** Nite Owl I -> Comicbook/BlueBeetle I (Dan Garrett), and/or The Black Hood (similar costumes)
** The Comedian -> The Web (similar costumes, and The Web's domineering wife is reversed as an attempted rape)
* Creator/MarvelComics' SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} (a.k.a. Wade Wilson) was originally a CaptainErsatz of Creator/DCComics' Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} the Terminator (a.k.a. Slade Wilson); Co-creator Creator/RobLiefeld had previously worked with the original Deathstroke character during his term on the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' series. Deadpool quickly became a distinct character under the handling of various Marvel writers, to the point that all they really have in common now is being masked mercenary/assassins.
** Later, at DC, long time Deadpool writer Joe Kelly paid tribute to this origin in ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman Annual #1'', where the Earth-3 counterpart of Deathstroke appeared as a thinly-disguised version of Deadpool, who was always interrupted before he could finish telling people his name. The comic was also drawn by Ed [=McGuiness=], who worked on Deadpool's solo series for a very long time, beginning with the very first issue.
** When Liefeld was dismissed from the HeroesReborn Comicbook/CaptainAmerica series, he decided to use re-use the unpublished art as a reprise of Joe Simon's character [[CaptainPatriotic Fighting American]], but licensing delays led to the interim creation of ''Agent America''. He had some legal trouble from Marvel for his Fighting American series; namely FA was way, ''way'' too much like Cap, even having a round shield that he would throw. Liefeld had to be content with a Fighting American who did ''not'' throw his shield.
** Liefeld also created ''Comicbook/{{Youngblood}}'', a superhero team whose character lineup was based on the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' spin-off he proposed while working for DC Comics. Creator/AlanMoore then used the ''[[Comicbook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay Judgment Day]]'' crossover event to transform ''Youngblood'' into a pastiche of the ''original'' ComicBook/TeenTitans in the same way as his ''Comicbook/{{Supreme}}'' pastiched [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
** Other Liefeld [[CaptainErsatz ersatzes]] include:
*** New Men -> Comicbook/XMen
*** New Force -> Comicbook/XForce ''(original also created by Liefeld)''
*** Doom's IV -> Comicbook/FantasticFour
*** Roy [[SdrawkcabName Roman]] -> [[Comicbook/SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]]
*** Badrock -> [[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Thing]]
*** Shaft -> [[Comicbook/GreenArrow Arsenal/Red Arrow]]
*** Niko -> [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Cheshire]]
*** Glory -> Franchise/WonderWoman
*** Bloodwulf -> SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}
*** Battlestone -> Comicbook/{{Cable}} ''(original also created by Liefeld)''
*** Vogue -> [[Comicbook/{{Cable}} Domino]] ''(original also created by Liefeld)''
* Creator/MarkMillar's ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}''. Originally it was a Legion of Doom Reboot and got shut down. So Mark Miller made it DarkerAndEdgier and changed the names. It's really obvious who most of the characters are supposed to be.
* British Comics Example: Thirteen-year old nerdy orphan who lives with an aunt and uncle, Billy Farmer gets scratched by a radioactive leopard. He begins to gain powers like those of a big cat, speed, strength, agility, night vision and a 'Leopard Sense' that tingles in the presence of danger. He takes to wearing a leotard in leopard spots and crime fighting as Leopard Boy/Leopard Man/''[[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/l/leoplime.htm The Leopard from Lime Street]]'' (series title). Actually a very good Franchise/SpiderMan rip-off with a British setting and nicely altered characters and powers.
* Another British comics example: In the 50s, when British publisher L. Miller ran out of ''[[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' stories to reprint, he commissioned Mick Anglo to create a similar superhero, ''Marvelman'' (known in America as ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}''). Due to the exceptional quality of these stories (particularly Alan Moore's 1980s revival), Marvelman/Miracleman became a beloved character in his own right.
* Still another British comics example: In ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}: Phase III'', Creator/GrantMorrison used thinly veiled versions of characters owned by ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'''s rival comic publishers. Those he could actually get the rights to just appeared as themselves.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The original ''Series/DoctorWho'' comic strips didn't have the rights to the Daleks at first, so they used similar enemies called Trods. Eventually the company did get the rights to use the Daleks, so they took advantage of it by creating a storyline in which the Daleks EX-TER-MIN-ATE the Trods!
** The original comics also didn't have the rights to use the real companions, only the character of the Doctor. Thus, John and Gillian were introduced, a pair of [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Ridiculously Generic Grandchildren]], both of whom were modeled slightly after the Doctor's canon grandchild Susan but both of whom were also younger and LighterAndSofter (and significantly duller as a result).
** The Trod situation and the companion situation were parodied in an Eighth Doctor strip pastiching these original comic strips, in which the Eighth Doctor and his grandchildren John and Gillian battle [[http://www.alteredvistas.co.uk/assets/images/Eighth133.jpg ridiculous, vaguely Dalek-shaped monsters]] called Wargonns. {{Deconstructed}} when we realise the adventure is AllJustADream in which the Doctor is fantasising about a happy life.
** The TV Comics Magazine strips had rights to use likenesses of the companions, but would occasionally find themselves contending with companions leaving while the strips were being drawn (or when rerunning a Second or Third Doctor strip with the Doctor [[TheyJustDidntCare retouched to resemble the current imcumbent to save money]]). Examples include Sarah Jane and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart being converted into the identical "Joan Brown" and "Colonel Maxwell-Lennon" for one story, and "Miss Young", a miniskirt-wearing companion who has Leela's [[HulkSpeak speech quirk]] and attempts to kill people with knives.
** Creator/MarvelComics also created eccentric time-traveler [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/jagamble.htm Professor Gamble]] and his enemies, the marauding robot army of [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/incinerators.htm Incinerators]], Ersatzes (Ersatzii?) of ''Doctor Who'''s Doctor and the Daleks respectively, with {{Shout Out}}s galore. Rather odd, since Marvel UK published ''Doctor Who'' comics at the time, ''and'' the Doctor had already interacted with mainstream Franchise/MarvelUniverse characters.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has gotten in on it with ''InspectorSpacetime'', complete with a time & space travelling red telephone booth, a similar theme song and the Dalek knock-offs, the "Blorgons", who shout "ERADICATE!" Although ''InspectorSpacetime'' premiered first, making the other show the Captain Ersatz, not vice-versa.
* Nearly all the (non-series-star) characters in ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'' were created as Captains Ersatz of some existing character or trope, simply so the Planetary team could interact with visitors from many continuities.
** Notably, the evil Captain Ersatzes of the Comicbook/FantasticFour are the {{Big Bad}}s, on a quest to [[ReedRichardsIsUseless keep the mysteries of the world mysterious]] and willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} has [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (now an inhabitant of the same comics universe), Hyperion (Marvel), Mister Majestic (who has actually met Superman and briefly replaced him), and Comicbook/{{Supreme}}. In the MMORPG ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Statesman occupies this role. Tabletop RPG versions include The Sentinel (Silver Age Sentinels), Protonik (Mutants & Masterminds, 1e) and the Centurion (M&M 2e).
** Also the Samaritan from ''ComicBook/AstroCity''.
** The most recent Superman CaptainErsatz would probably be TheSentry, who is a damn near blatant "Marvelization" of Superman.
** Statesman actually gets double points for being basically a [[CompositeCharacter Fusion]] of Superman and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica. With a little [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] thrown in for backstory.
** Then there is Plutonian (Tony) from ''Comicbook/{{Irredeemable}}''.
*** Hornet from the same comics is an Ersatz of Batman.
** There is also Alpha One from ComicBook/TheMighty who has all of Superman's powers. He even has a secret headquarters.
** MilestoneComics' ComicBook/{{Icon}} is also something of a WhatIf Superman ("What if Superman's rocket crashed in the Deep South circa 1840... and he was black?")
** Blue Marvel is another WhatIf Superman ("What if Superman were a black man in the 1960's?), complete with his own Fortress of Solitude-like HomeBase.
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s Superman's abundance of Ersatzes:
-->'''Superman:''' "I nominate Icon for League membership."
-->'''Green Arrow:''' "Why? Because you think he might be Kryptonian, like you did with Captain Marvel?"
* The entirety of Big Bang Comics is like this, being a pastiche of [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] and [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comics from... well, mainly DC. So read about the adventures of Ultiman (Franchise/{{Superman}}), the Knight Watchman and Kid Galahad (Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/{{Robin}}), the Blitz (Franchise/TheFlash), the Beacon (Franchise/GreenLantern), the Atomic Sub (Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}), etc. This is lampshaded in DC's ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', where Ultiman is seen as a member of the team of cross-dimensional Supermen.
** Mr. US is unique among Big Bang characters for a) being based on a Marvel character, Captain America, and b) being used to ''satirize'' comics rather than celebrate them.
** In the last issue of the Creator/ImageComics run, Big Bang's Round Table of America faced off against 1963's Tomorrow Syndicate -- essentially Ersatz DC vs Ersatz Marvel.
* ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' has sometimes included flashback panels of old enemies who haven't appeared in the actual comic yet, many of whom are [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet very]] [[Franchise/FridayThe13th recognisable]]. The slasher "X-O", who makes a more substantial appearance, is very clearly a hybrid of [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]] and [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery Mr. Zsasz]]. Also, the "Wunderkind" superhero comic that exists within the story is clearly a stand-in for ''[[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'', probably fictionalised because of the [[LoonyFan unflattering depiction]] of its fans.
* Though she didn't start off as such, Hippolyta (aka Warrior Woman) was made into an Ersatz of Franchise/WonderWoman in ''[[ComicBook/TheDefenders Fearless Defenders]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', virtually all of the characters -- hero, villain, or otherwise -- are directly based on more established comic book characters. Of particular note are the Samaritan (Superman), Winged Victory (Wonder Woman), and the First Family (the Fantastic Four). Batman has analogues in the Confessor (brooding night vigilante with a young sidekick) and Leopardman (animal theme, and mentioned as having been suspected to be Anders Van Rupert, a millionaire with a butler). The Lamplighter is probably meant to be reminiscent of Green Lantern, but he's only really been referred to and never actually seen.
* [[Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] has a Captain Ersatz, Willoughby Kipling, who appeared in the Comicbook/DoomPatrol in the early nineties. Willoughby was a foul tempered, drinking, smoking KnightTemplar.
** What a coincidence, ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'s'' Pete Wisdom fits the same description, and was created by Creator/WarrenEllis, who later worked on ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.
** In another coincidence, FelixCastor has a tremendous resemblance to John Constantine, and was created by Creator/MikeCarey, who had earlier worked on ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.
** [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] also uses many tropes identical to John Constantine (see TrenchCoatBrigade), and was created 15 years after John's first appearance by a fan of 80s and 90s comics.
* The Marvel {{Retcon}} series ''Marvel: the Lost Generation'' includes an ersatz Batman called Black Fox (millionaire playboy Dr. Robert Paine) with an ElaborateUndergroundBase called the "Fox Hole", a plane called the Flying Fox, a former KidSidekick, etc. His sidekick grew up and teamed up with the empathic healer Nightingale, a Captain Ersatz of Comicbook/TeenTitans' Comicbook/{{Raven}}.
* Creator/JackKirby created the Eternals as deliberate Captains Ersatz of the Gods of [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]] and several other pantheons, with the idea that their adventures had "inspired the myths". For example, Makkari inspired Mercury, Ikaris inspired Icarus, Phastos inspired Hephestus...
** Which became interesting when the Eternals, who originally did not interact with other Marvel heroes, became part of Marvel canon, which includes the Greek gods and [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]]...
** Which is the reason for the eventual retcon that they were ''confused'' with the gods they resemble; Gilgamesh the Forgotten One even accidentally performed one of Hercules' Twelve Labors for him (the Aegian Stables, fyi)
* The Shi'ar Imperial Guard, introduced in ''X-Men'' vol. 1 #107, began as an ersatz Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}. Electron is Cosmic Boy, Hobgoblin is Chameleon, Smasher is Ultra Boy, etc. Not surprising that writer Creator/ChrisClaremont and artist Dave Cockrum would do this, since Cockrum had become famous drawing the Legion for DC before he co-created the All-New, All-Different X-Men (he had in fact offered Nightcrawler as a potential Legionnaire before, only to have him rejected as too weird-looking). In particular there is a strong resemblance between Superman (or the pre-Crisis Superboy) and his expy Gladiator, which was lampshaded by naming him after the novel that is generally believed to have inspired the creation of Superman, and who eventually got the real name "Kallark" (sounds like "Clark" ''and'' Kal-El, don't it?). The Gladiator also has a similar chest insignia and costume, but his powers are psycho-active ([[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve he can only do something if he believes he can]]) and he has blue skin and a huge mohawk.
** In later stories, the Imperial Guard was expanded with members who do not have an equivalent in the Legion, e.g. Hussar and Cerise.
*** Interestingly, the postboot Legion featured Gates, who may be an ersatz of an Imperial Guardsman who didn't have a clear Legion parallel previously.
*** Proceeding from the fact that the Imperial Guard were originally enemies of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', some fans like to think that they arguably work as a deconstruction of the Superman mythos. They show what it might have been like if, instead of landing on Earth, Kal-El had wound up in some autocratic, politically unstable Alien empire where he was made to serve whatever ruler sat on the throne. Without Superman's moral center, Gladiator's just a blindly obedient thug. Or big on HonorBeforeReason, depending on the writer (obeying his oath to the Shi'ar throne even when he ''knows'' the current emperor is insane and ''wants'' to do something about it). Although since the Imperial Guard appeared for ages without origins etc., [[FanWank that may be going a bit far]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Supreme}}'''s entire universe is a tribute to DC's [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]. Supreme is Superman, Supremium is Kryptonite, Suprema is Supergirl, Professor Night is Batman, Twilight is Robin, Darius Dax is Lex Luthor, Diana Dane is Lois Lane, Emerpus and Shadow Supreme are Bizarro, Glory is Wonder Woman, Doc Rocket is the Flash, [[Comicbook/BlackestNight Black Hand]] [[HilariousInHindsight is the Green Lantern]], Roy Roman is Aquaman, Mighty Man is Captain Marvel, the Fisherman is the Green Arrow...
** Even the tiniest things are different but plainly similar; rather than "super strength", Supreme has "strength supreme", and so forth. Supreme White and Supreme Gold are Superman Red and Superman Blue from a much-beloved Silver Age Imaginary Story, Original Dax is the Golden Age Lex Luthor... cataloguing every clear parallel to the Superman mythos would take all day, basically.
* Comicbook/TheAvengers fought an entire team composed of Captain Ersatzes called the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme, a thinly veiled AlternateCompanyEquivalent of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. The members of the Squadron are:
** '''Hyperion''' -- Franchise/{{Superman}}
** '''Nighthawk''' -- Franchise/{{Batman}}
** '''Whizzer''' – Franchise/TheFlash
** '''Doctor Spectrum''' -- Franchise/GreenLantern
*** This was part of a joint effort on DC and Marvel's part though, seeing as the JLA has faced off against a group of Ersatzes of [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Marvel's finest]]:
** '''Silver Sorceress''' -- ScarletWitch
** '''Blue Jay''' -- Yellow Jacket
** '''Wandjina''' -- [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]
** '''Jack B. Quick''' -- {{Quicksilver}}
** '''Bowman''' -- ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}
** '''TA''' -- TheWasp
** '''Tin Man''' -- ComicBook/IronMan

*** Later we would see more in the Squadron's own comic:
** '''Amphibian''' -- Aquaman
** '''Power Princess ''' -- Franchise/WonderWoman
** '''Skrullian Skymaster ''' -- ComicBook/MartianManhunter
** '''Arcanna ''' -- Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}.
** '''Blue Eagle ''' -- Hawkman
** '''Golden Archer''' -- Comicbook/GreenArrow
** '''Lady Lark''' -- Comicbook/BlackCanary
** '''Nuke''' -- ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}
** '''Tom Thumb''' -- The Atom
** '''Shape''' -- Plastic Man
*** This connection gets a gigantic LampshadeHanging in ''Comicbook/JLAAvengers'', where after spending a few minutes going "Who do these guys remind me of?", Hawkeye finally declares the JLA to be Squadron Supreme wannabes.
* Buck Wild from [[MilestoneComics Milestone's]] ''ComicBook/{{Icon}}'' is a Captain Ersatz of ''several'' different characters. His original costume and powers are clearly based on {{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, he later wore a suit to fly and teamed up with a patriotic hero like Comicbook/TheFalcon, got a special belt that gave him the power to shoot electricity like Comicbook/BlackLightning, and then finally became a grim soul avenger like Comicbook/{{Spawn}}.
* Pretty much every villain faced by DC's ''Inferior Five'' is a Captain Ersatz of a character from a rival publisher. The evil agents of H.U.R.R.I.C.A.N.E. are based on the ''Comicbook/THUNDERAgents'', the Kooky Quartet on the Comicbook/FantasticFour (with the nickname given to the Avengers after their first big roster shakeup), etc. Their version of Thor even mentions a comic book deal with a guy named Creator/{{Stan|Lee}}ley, though he has to shave his beard off and bleach his hair blond first… Not to mention the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Freedom Brigade]], the parents of the Five themselves: Merryman (son of [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica The Patriot]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_%28DC_Comics%29 Lady Liberty]]), Awkwardman (son of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mr. Might]] and [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} The Mermaid]]), Dumb Bunny (daughter of [[Franchise/WonderWoman Power Princess]]), The Blimp (son of [[Franchise/TheFlash Captain Swift]]) and White Feather (son of [[Comicbook/GreenArrow The Bowman]]).
* [[Characters/SpiderManLoveInterests Black Cat]] is often thought to be a knock-off of Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} due to their extremely similar costumes and motifs, as well as their [[DatingCatwoman forbidden romances with superheroes]]. However, this is a misconception, as the Black Cat was conceived as a foe for Comicbook/SpiderWoman, and Catwoman did not start wearing her iconic black leather outfit until the 80's, long after Black Cat debuted. However, the Black Cat as conceived for ''Spider-Woman'' had little in common with the one that saw light in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' - she was supposed to be an outright heroine dressed in a 1930s style costume and a hat. When Felicia Hardy - a cat-burglar infatuated with Spider-Man - appeared, it seemed everybody except her creator Marv Wolfman saw the strong resemblance to Catwoman.
* The Ultramarine Corps in ''JLA Classified'' were light Ersatzes of Comicbook/TheAvengers and other miscellaneous Marvel heroes. The Olympian had power from the gods but was a little nutty (Thor), Goraiko is a giant atomic monster (Hulk), Warmaker-One is an uber-patriot who only exists inside a high tech exoskeleton (Captain America/Iron Man), the Glob is a BoisterousBruiser who calls himself "ever-lovin'" (The Thing), etc.
* Loose Cannon, one of the heroes introduced in DC's much maligned ''Bloodlines'' event (although he was actually one of the better ones), is a strong Ersatz for the Hulk, in that his power is connected directly to his anger, he's incredibly bulky and brawny, and lacks a certain intelligence. Loose Cannon's only original hook is that he has different stages of power, and his skin color changes as he climbs his little rage ladder.
* The ''Flashback Universe'' is all about this for classic Marvel. Saturn Knight is Nova, Wildcard is Spider-Man, Fantom Force is the Fantastic Four, Lady Nemo is Dr. Doom, Terrorsaur Rex is the Hulk, Prometheus is Thor, Paladin is Captain America, the Legion of Monsters are the X-Men, the Vanguard are the Avengers, the Sub-Terrainer is the Submariner...
* Creator/JephLoeb had a thinly veiled Avengers team show up in Superman/Batman, called the Maximums (complete with a battle cry of "MAXIMUMS, MARCH!). The name seems to specifically recall the Ultimates, whose comic, ironically enough, Loeb would go on to write.
** Soldier -- Patriotic hero, counterpart of Captain America
** Viking -- Nordic God, counterpart of Thor
** Hornet -- Half-human half-insect flying heroine, counterpart of Wasp
** Skycraper -- Giant man in love with Hornet, counterpart of Giant-Man
** Robot -- Conscious robot in a bulky iron-suit, counterpart of Iron Man
** Bowman -- Archer, counterpart of Hawkeye
** Wolfen -- Bestial wolfman with tiger stripes, counterpart of Wolverine
** Bug -- Blue and red four-armed man, counterpart of Spider-Man
** Monster -- Big creature with super-strength and ripped pants whose alter ego is weaker, counterpart of Hulk.
* Nightveil/The Blue Bulleteer from AC Comics' ''Fem Force'' was originally the Phantom Lady from Fox and Atlas Comics (the character was originally created for Quality, who did not contest the use by Fox, long story), but when DC claimed ownership they hastily changed tiny minuscule details like the name and the color of her costume. Yep, she is totally not Phantom Lady. To be fair, she eventually got magic powers and a new costume and became a totally distinct character.
** In a ''Blue Bulleteer'' one-shot, the Blue Bulleteer runs into another hero using the same name as her - this one an ersatz version of Fawcett Comics' Bulletman. It even featured a backup story starring the other BB, which was really just a slightly edited Golden Age Bulletman story.
* DC's Boss Bosozoku and his successor Boss Bishounen are both motorcyclists with heads on fire. Comicbook/GhostRider, right?
** Possibly not, or at least not entirely; all the Big Science Action team appear to be based on ''Japanese'' tropes. On the other hand, his teammate Cosmo Racer is very blatantly the ComicBook/SilverSurfer (as well as being Manga/AstroBoy), so maybe.
*** The ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' art book specifically mentions ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' as an influence on Boss Bosozoku.
** And while he doesn't resemble him much as a character, Big Atomic Lantern Boy's design is plainly based on Hayashida from ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''.
* The short-lived ''[[Comicbook/XMen Mystique]]'' series featured a new breed of Sentinels that were designed [[http://www.evamonkey.com/images/omake_mystique_wizard.jpg as homages]] to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit 02]].
* In ''The Intimates'', Mr. Hyde is a clear Superman parallel; Hyde is actually his real name and a joke about Superman's obvious dual identity, he wears glasses and teaches the Secret Identity class, he's squeamish around reporters (it's his ex...), and has all the powers you'd expect. Most of the other seminary teachers are also ersatzen; the Principal used to be Mr. Big, a Giant Man type hero, while the school counselor was once Dash Man, an ersatz Flash. Interestingly, none of the main characters are ersatzen.
* Dr. Everything, one of the Redeemer's patients in ''The Sinister Spider-Man'', is an obvious Dr. Manhattan parody. He's a statuesque naked physicist with incredible power and his body is entirely red, as opposed to Manhattan's blue.
* ''Monster Plus'' features Supermane, who is basically Lion-Head Superman from that one [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story involving red kryptonite.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/XMan'' features an Expy of Comicbook/TheAuthority called the Protectorate: Niccola Zeitgeist (Jenny Sparks); Thor (Apollo); Nightfighter (Midnghter); Citydweller (Jack Hawksmoor) Professor X (the Doctor); White Bird (Swift); and the Technocrat (the Engineer.) Interestingly enough, many members of the Authority are themselves based off existing superheroes (Midnighter is Batman and Apollo is Superman), making this team Ersatzes of Ersatzes.
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'' featured the Seven Sentinels, a clear takeoff on the Justice League with members like the Black Boomerang (Green Arrow), the Hound and Kingfisher (both Batman), Atoman (Superman), and Davy Jones (Aquaman).
** And many other more minor ones, like Trent "Dr. Incredible" Teller (Mr. Fantastic) and his wife Beach Ball (Invisible Woman), the Skysharks (Blackhawks), etc. The Blue Dart is another Green Arrow ersatz, as well. Interestingly, none of the principal characters are Ersatzen except for maybe Jetman, who is based on Airboy and Hop Harrigan. (Toybox is arguably inspired by ''ComicBook/TheBeano'''s [[http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo General Jumbo]], but it'd be more accurate to call her father, Colonel Liliput, the CaptainErsatz.)
* Marvel was almost going to let Warren Ellis use ComicBook/NickFury for his Comicbook/{{Nextwave}} series, [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/Nextwave%201.jpg until they saw what he planned on doing with him.]] They dropped the eyepatch and changed the character to Dirk Anger: Agent of H.A.T.E. They also had The Dread Rorkannu, Ruler of the Dim Dimensions, an {{expy}} of [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]].
* Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Empire}}'' features a "Dr Doom esque" villain who conquers the world by defeating a Superman pastiche.
* The characters of the Image miniseries ''Battlehymn'' form a clear and intentional parallel to the original Invaders. Quinn Rey is the Sub-Mariner (but also shares traits with Aquaman, the Fin, and the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Hydroman), the Proud American is Captain America, the Artificial Man is the Human Torch, the Defender of Liberty is ''also'' Captain America, but with a touch of the Patriot (Cap's counterpart on the homefront and replacement after he went missing), Johnny Zip is the Whizzer, and odd man out the Mid-Nite Hour is a combined Dr. Mid-Nite/Hourman/Batman, the only one to be based on DC characters.
* Marvel's ''Ultimate Adventures'' centered around Batman pastiche Hawk-Owl and his sidekick Woody. Accompanying them was Hawk-Owl's butler Daniel (Alfred). He also had an Asian chauffeur based on Franchise/TheGreenHornet's Kato, and his Aunt Ruth is a combination of Aunt Harriet from the '60s Batman show and Spider-Man's Aunt May. And the Principal is a parody of the Joker and Two-Face.
* ''Kill All Parents''' heroes are all strongly based on famous Marvel and DC guys. The list is long, but to give an example you have the Locust and Larva Lad standing in for Batman and Robin.
* Every alleged "hero" that ComicBook/MarshalLaw finds himself up against is an Ersatz. The Public Spirit is Superman, the Private Eye is Batman, the Secret Tribunal blend elements of the X-Men and the Legion of Superheroes, the Jesus Society of America are the Justice Society of America (and include a Captain America-like [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Public Spirit), the heroes holed up in a Manhattan asylum are all based on Marvel characters (and for the most part go unnamed). Pat Mills described Marshall himself as an unholy fusion of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and Comicbook/JudgeDredd.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'''s backstory features the Torch of Liberty, a thinly-disguised Captain America stand-in.
* "Whatever Happened to the Green Pedestrian Palm?", a ''Future Shocks'' story, has a cast composed almost entirely of just-barely-veiled {{parod|y}}ies of American {{superhero}}es.
** The Green Pedestrian Palm is blatantly Franchise/GreenLantern; fittingly, a portrait of the real Green Lantern appears in the background of one panel.
** Optimum is Franchise/{{Superman}}
** Hawkblade is Franchise/{{Batman}}
** Bathroom Buster is Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}
** The Rush is Franchise/TheFlash
** Captain Condom ([-yes, that is his superhero name-]) might be Comicbook/CaptainAmerica
** Astrodeus is {{Galactus}}.
* ComicBook/TheAuthority faced off against Ersatzes of classic Marvel heroes in Creator/MarkMillar's inaugural arc. The Americans were obviously Avengers pastiches with named ones being the Commander (Captain America), Tank Man (ComicBook/IronMan), Hornet (Wasp) and Titan (Giant Man) while the rest were clearly based on Thor, Hulk, ComicBook/BlackPanther, ScarletWitch, Hawkeye, and the Vision. Later, they took down unnamed Ersatz teams resembling the X-Men, ComicBook/TheInhumans, Fantastic Four (with additional Silver Surfer, Galactus, Watcher and H.E.R.B.I.E. knock-offs, all of which are most famously associated with the FF) and the Howling Commandos while other Wildstorm heroes fought Ersatzes of Spider-Man, ComicBook/ThePunisher, Daredevil, ComicBook/{{Elektra}}, Doctor Strange, Namor and others. The story's BigBad, Jacob Krigstein, was an evil ersatz Creator/JackKirby.
** Authority members Apollo and Midnighter are themselves Captains Ersatz of Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}, respectively. They were first introduced as part of a Stormwatch strike team that included thinly-veiled takeoffs of Franchise/WonderWoman (Amaze), Franchise/TheFlash (Impetus), Franchise/GreenLantern (Lamplighter), ComicBook/MartianManhunter (Stalker) and ComicBook/BlackCanary (Crow Jane).
** Stormwatch also featured The Changers, who were based on ComicBook/{{J|usticeSocietyOfAmerica}}SA members and other sources, including The High (Superman), Blind (Doctor Mid-Nite), The Doctor (ComicBook/DoctorFate), The Eidolon (The Spectre and the Crow), The Engineer (Green Lantern), Rite (Wonder Woman), and Smoke (Sandman and the Shadow).
** The Sons of Liberty, another group of Authority foes, are based on the Comicbook/FreedomFighters: Paul Revere (Uncle Sam), Maiden America (Miss America), Dyno-Mite the Human Hand Grenade (Doll Man with elements of the Human Bomb), Johnny Rocketman (the Ray), and Fallout (the remaining elements of the Human Bomb).
* Franchise/{{Batman}} himself is a CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Zorro}}: Rich playboys both missing mothers who decide to use their vast wealth to fight crime? Hell, Bob Kane himself admitted to it. There is in fact no attempt to hide this, as Batman watches a Zorro movie the night his parents die.
* The original Guardians of the Globe in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' are clearly based on the original Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica; the Red Rush is the Flash, War Woman is Wonder Woman, the Green Ghost is the Green Lantern, Martian Man is the Martian Manhunter, Darkwing is Batman, Aquarius is Aquaman, and the Immortal and Omniman are both Superman. They also had Black Samson, who seems to be based on Marvel's Doc Samson and ComicStrip/FlashGordon.
** Damien Darkblood, Demon Detective, who is almost identical to Rorschach of ''Watchmen'' fame except slightly mellower.
** And many of Invincible's minor enemies are based on Spider-Man foes. The Elephant is the Rhino, Doc Seismic is the Shocker, Kursk is Electro, etc.
** And the Lizard League is a combination of ''Franchise/GIJoe'''s Cobra and Marvel's Serpent Society. Komodo Dragon in particular is based on the latter's Puff Adder.
** A case could be made that the new Guardians of the Globe are CaptainErsatz for the Avengers. Monster Girl for Hulk, armoured Black Samson and Robot for Iron Man, Shrinking Ray for the Wasp, and Immortal could take the role of Captain America due to his suspicious appearance.
* In Rick Veitch's ''Brat Pack'', Moon Maiden is an ersatz Franchise/WonderWoman, while the Mink and Judge Jury split among themselves the role of Batman (the Mink is a flamboyant millionaire whose superhero career is undermined by rumors of homosexuality, while Judge Jury is a brutal vigilante who gives no quarter to the criminal element), and King Rad is the Green Arrow. A pivotal part in each of their stories is the presence of an ersatz Superman who eventually abandoned the city.
* ''Bob The Galactic Bum'' is an interesting example. During its original run, Lobo made an appearance as a supporting character. When it was reprinted in the ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd Megazine'' in the late noughties, they were unable to secure the rights to use Lobo. Thus, Lobo was replaced by a butch lesbian bounty hunter by the name of Asbo.
* In a more recent issue of the ''Meg'', Dredd went up against an amnesiac Canadian mutant codenamed Weasel, whose fingers have been replaced with 'unbreakium' claws. His skeleton has been swapped with solid Boing[[{{Tradesnark}} ™]], he had an incredibly powerful HealingFactor, and he tended to call people 'Bob'. As if he wasn't a blatant enough copy of ''Comicbook/XMen's'' ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, at the end of the story, he returns to his pseudo-family - this consists of a woman with a stormcloud perpetually over her head, a cyclops, a beastly chap, an [[WingedHumanoid angelic guy]], and a big-headed bald man in a wheelchair.
** Another Dredd storyline in ''2000 AD'' had ''another'' mutant rights organisation organised by a bald professor, including AnIcePerson, a redheaded telekinetic, a guy with wings and a bestial guy. The twist? They ''weren't'' really mutants at all.
** And in ''another'' recent issue of the ''Meg'' Dredd took on a rogue PR judge and his team of "super-judges" called the ''Adjudicators.'' This issue also coincided with the UK release of Film/TheAvengers movie.
* Creator/BongoComics' line of comics based on ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' (and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'') features an occasional series of Radioactive Man comics (Bart's favorite superhero from the TV show) that pretends to be the "actual" comics from the Simpsons' universe, and parodies various superhero comic trends and styles from the 1950s through present (depending on the "year" the comic was "published"). In particular, Radioactive Man and his cohorts parody many comic elements:
** Radioactive Man himself is Franchise/{{Superman}} (FlyingBrick powers, etc.), with elements of Franchise/{{Batman}} (his alter ego as "Claude Kane, millionaire layabout", a teenage sidekick) thrown in. His origin story is basically the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk's.
** Fallout Boy is Robin, with an origin story paralleling Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'s.
** Gloria Grand = Comicbook/LoisLane.
** WZEN, Gloria's radio (in "early" stories) or TV (in more "modern" stories) station is the Daily Planet (with elements of WHIZ from [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] thrown in).
** Gretchen Grille = Comicbook/LanaLang.
** The Superior Squad = the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, as well as aspects of Comicbook/TheAvengers.
** Captain Squid = Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}
** Lure Lass = the ScarletWitch
** Bug Boy = Brainiac 5
** Plasmo the Mystic = Comicbook/DoctorStrange
** Purple Heart/Bleeding Heart = Green Arrow (in background and liberal views); also has elements of Comicbook/IronMan, in that he owns a weapons company and funds the Superior Squadron.
** Weasel Woman = a female version of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}
** RM's arch-nemesis Dr. Crab is basically SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor, with aspects of Dr. Sivana thrown in as well.
* Similarly, in an early Simpsons Comics storyline where the citizens of Springfield (save Bart, though he later on does show up in his "Bartman" guise) accidentally gain superpowers, they wind up becoming Captain Ersatz versions of various superheroes:
** Homer became [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Inedible Bulk]] (including citing "the madder Bulk gets, the ''hungrier'' Bulk gets!" and "Bulk gnash!").
** Smithers became a take-off on Thor.
** Mrs. Krabappel = ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} ("Vampiredna").
** Krusty the Clown = SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, natch.
** Plus a pair of groups, Oldblood and [=WildB.R.A.T.S.=] based on Creator/ImageComics' NinetiesAntiHero teams Comicbook/{{Youngblood}} and Comicbook/WildCats. Ironically, the former team is made up of senior citizens.
* The Nigerian hero ''Powerman'' was intentionally created in order as a black version of Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ''Comicbook/PS238'' is '''made''' of this trope. Virtually every main character is a CaptainErsatz of some other company's characters.
* Lampshaded and repeatedly played with in "Heal Thy Elf", an ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' satire in that franchise's ''New Blood'' Special issue. At one point, the appearance of a thinly-veiled Charlie Brown CaptainErsatz is called out and derided ... by a thinly-veiled CaptainErsatz of the bugs from ''Pogo''.
* ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Europe]]'' once met a clan of Parisian WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} named Behemoth, Seine, Angelique, Montparnasse, Montmartre, Champs-Elysse and Left Bank. Behemoth had an evil twin named Thomeheb and an ex-wife named Diabolique. The story was written by Creator/GregWeisman.
* The crime comic ''Kane'' has a hitman named Frankie who's basically Marv from Comicbook/SinCity, face bandages, interior monologue and all... [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome until he speaks]]...
* Batton Lash's ''Supernatural Law'' comic is full of Ersatz versions of various horror movie, TV and comic characters, including Sod, the Thing Called It (a Comicbook/SwampThing / Comicbook/ManThing pastiche) and "Mildred Winters, the Vampire Hater," a geeky analogue to Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.
* In Comicbook/{{Asterix}} and the Falling Sky (2005, original French title Le ciel lui tombe sur la tęte ) an alien leader named Toon is an obvious reference to MickeyMouse (Uderzo, the comics creator, has said that this album was also a tribute to Creator/WaltDisney). The story also includes an army of Arnold Schwarzeneggers dressed like Superman, but with a star symbol in place of the "S".
* ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies Return'' has a group of zombies that band together at the end. They consist of TheSentry, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} an invincible guy with a cape and an "S" symbol,]] ComicBook/MoonKnight, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a billionaire nighttime detective,]] Thundra, [[Franchise/WonderWoman a super-strong feminist Amazon,]] Quicksilver, [[Franchise/TheFlash a speedster,]] Quasar, [[Franchise/GreenLantern the wielder of alien items that conjure things,]] Namor, [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} King of the Seas who swims fast and talks to fish,]] the Super-Skrull, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter a shapeshifting green-skinned alien with lots of powers,]] and Giant-Man, a scientist who can change his size. [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Hmm...]]
* ''Comicbook/ManThing'' had Wundarr, a version of Superman who is never rescued from his spacepod due to the paranoid temerity of a certain old couple. Instead, he grows up tutored by computers until accidentally released by the title character.
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''Terra Obscura'' turned previously unrelated PublicDomain Golden Age heroes the Black Terror and Tom Strange into ersatz versions of Batman and Superman. The other heroes were made to correspond very roughly to various other figures from the era, but none so much as those two.
** Alan Moore also created the ''ComicBook/NineteenSixtyThree'' mini-series for Creator/{{Image|Comics}}, with each of the six issues being an homage to Creator/MarvelComics of the 1960's: #1 Mystery Incorporated (Fantastic Four), #2 The Fury (Spider-Man and Daredevil), #3 Tales of the Uncanny (U.S.A and The Hypernaut = Captain America and Iron Man),#4 Tales From Beyond (Johnny Beyond and N-Man = Dr. Strange and the Hulk), #5 Horus (Thor), and #6 The Tomorrow Syndicate (The Avengers).
* ''10th Muse'' supporting characters Venus/Mighty Maid and Wombat are, respectively, Supergirl and Batman (though ''both'' are female). Venus' introductory issue was an extended ShoutOut to the Supergirl mythos, as it were, and Wombat actually murders her own parents outside a movie theater because she thinks it will make her a better hero.
* In ''ComicBook/ThePro'', the League of Honor is blatantly a copy of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. To wit:
** The Saint: Superman
** The Knight: Batman
** The Squire: Robin
** The Lady: Wonder Woman
** The Lime: Green Lantern
** [[OddNameOut Speedo]]: Flash, wearing ''Film/{{Borat}}'''s mankini
*** The Pro herself is a parody of Power Girl, sharing not only a prominent cleavage window and similar hairstyle (though much more disheveled). She also takes the MsFanservice role quite a bit further by actually being a prostitute.
* One of Marvel's earliest Golden Age heroes was the Angel, best described as "Literature/TheSaint in a superhero context".
* Marvel and DC have used this to foster a FakeCrossover on occasion. One month, Marvel's Invaders and DC's Freedom Fighters both faced off against a group known as the Crusaders. In both cases, the Crusaders were ersatz versions of the other company's team.
* Winky, Blinky, and Noddy, aka "The Three Dimwits," were {{Bumbling Sidekick}}s to the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash. They were obviously ersatz versions of Film/TheThreeStooges.
* Captain Strong, a more "realistic" (for comic books' version of realistic) version of ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, has sporadically met up with Superman over the last forty years.
* Many of ComicBook/SinCity's characters are {{Shout Out}}s to previous characters from pulp fiction and film noir:
** Marv was created as "Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} in a trenchcoat."
** Dwight is quite obviously based on Literature/MikeHammer.
** Miller was always disappointed in ''Film/TheDeadPool'' (the fifth ''Film/DirtyHarry'' movie) so he wrote what he thought should be the real final case of [[Film/DirtyHarry Harry Callahan.]] Enter: John Hartigan.
*** The Yellow Bastard is a horrific case in that Creator/FrankMiller has admitted that he was based off of a grown-up (and deranged) version of the [[http://www.bookpalace.com/acatalog/YellowKid.jpg Yellow Kid]].
* ''Holy Terror'' by Creator/FrankMiller was initially conceived as a comic that would have Batman fighting al-Qaeda, and when DC refused to publish it as such the serial numbers got filed off. Nevertheless, it's still pretty obvious who "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Fixer]]", "[[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Natalie Stack]]" and the police commissioner of "Empire City" are supposed to be.
* The mostly forgotten 1966 "Captain Marvel" from MF Enterprises had a rogues gallery composed almost entirely of Captain Ersatz'z. Including guys called Plastic Man (later changed to Elastic Man), Dr. Fate, The Bat (Later changed to The Ray), Tinyman (Captain Ersatz of Dollman), and Atom Jaw (Captain Ersatz of Iron Jaw, arch-foe of the then-popular hero Crimebuster)
* The Kindle-based comic book series LimekillerAtLarge features a number of these. The Blue Pangolin (The Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle), The Alloy Angel (Iron Man), Commander Dynamic (Superman), The Knoir Knight and Chickadee the Boy Diversion(Batman and Robin), Quantum Phyllis (Dr. Manhattan), and the American Ranger (a mash-up of Captain America and the Lone Ranger).
* Much of the cast of ''ComicBook/JackStaff'' is made up of Ersatz versions of either Creator/MarvelComics heroes, or British pulp comic heroes. This is because the series was originally pitched as a Marvel series. Jack Staff himself is based on Captain Britain and Union Jack; Becky Burdock is partially based on Captain Britain's sister Betsy Braddock/Psylocke. The Hurricane is Captain Hurricane, Tom Tom the Robot Boy is Archie the Robot, and General Tubbs is General Jumbo.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when Creator/WillEisner was drafted and put his ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' series in near limbo, QualityComics had commissioned Creator/JackCole to create a near copy, Midnight, who was visually almost exactly like The Spirit, but the stories were broader in comic scope. When the character had his own stories in the 1990s as a backup story to ''Comicbook/MsTree'' at DC, he was changed to a darker tone and more enigmatic style to differentiate him from the still more famous Spirit.
* Marvel's ''DarkAvengers'', in a blatant attempt to cash in on the latest ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' movie, featured the Dark Avengers travelling through time to Mondo-City 1, where a clone of Luke Cage's grandson dispenses justice as "Boss Cage" and shares many common traits with his inspiration (he never takes off his helmet, rides a souped-up bike with cannons mounted on the front, is unquestionably devoted to the law, has a gun coded to his DNA, and so on). Taking it further, the Outlands are the Cursed Earth, the blonde Boss Sanders is probably Judge Anderson, and a list of Boss Cage's former rogues includes "Boss Venom" (the Venom symbiote wearing a Boss helmet) clearly intended as a reference to the inhuman, pointy-toothed Judge Death.
* ''AtomicMouse vs Power Jack and the Lost Menagerie'' features the titular FunnyAnimal AnimalSuperhero meeting a dimensionally-lost superhero team led by a bunny rabbit in a yellow costume and red cowl, and including a metal pig, a magic cat [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew etc.]]
* In Franchise/TheDCU, the Scarlet Skier's skis allowed him to fly through space and act as the herald and cosmic locator for Mr. Nebula. They were clearly based on the Franchise/MarvelUniverse characters the Silver Surfer and Galactus, who had the same relationship.
* During the "Dead End Kids" arc, the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} encountered a 1900s version of the Avengers, which included Difference Engine (Iron Man), Black Maria (Scarlet Witch), Nightstick (Captain America), and Daystick (Bucky). There was also a trigger-happy vigilante calling himself the Adjudicator, who was obviously a stand-in for the Punisher.
* In the special anti-drug comics of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' in 1983, a licensing issue [[note]]Robin had been licensed by Nabisco for superhero themed cookies, while the comics were sponsored by Keebler[[/note]] led to the character of Robin having to quickly be redrawn as an auburn-haired, purple-clad character named "The Protector", who still acted as the leader of the Titans and did all the things that Robin normally would have. The Protector also appeared in an animated anti-drug ad by Hanna-Barbera, who was to also make a ''New Teen Titans'' animated series at the time (minus Protector and with Wonder Girl as the leader, though it never got off the ground). DC eventually tried to explain away the character's existence in the 1986 ''Who's Who'' by claiming that the Protector was an honorary Titan who became a member for busting a drug ring. While the Protector has made occasional background cameos over the years (most notably in a ''Titans Secret Files'' story and in the revised edition of ''Infinite Crisis''), he is mostly regarded as an in-joke sort of character. According to George Perez, the original artwork of the Keebler issues was basically dabbed with white-out and re-inked in order to change Robin's panels.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book series, Jeanty of "A Child Among The Smurfs" might have become this for Scruple from [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon show]], in being a bratty child that becomes Gargamel's apprentice, but he ended up having a change of heart by the end of the story.
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAlcohol'', the DamselInDistress Lois Alley is obviously based on ComicBook/LoisLane.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' series features The Maid Man, who (cross-dressing aside) is pretty much an Ersatz Franchise/{{Batman}}. He's a BadassNormal who fights supervillainy using a variety of Maid-themed gadgets and BatmanGambits (relying on EMP to get captured while he's undercover with a team of Supervillains, so they can spring a surprise attack on them, for example). He also has a similar "code" and badass voice as the Dark Knight and is the one Hero that even the Supervillains seem to be genuinely intimidated by. In a nod to Creator/FrankMiller's [[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder increasingly insane take on the Batman Mythos]], villains will usually refer to the character as [[MemeticMutation "The Goddamn Maid Man!"]] whenever he shows up.

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