* Hazama is the standout case from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Voiced (in English) by Creator/DougErholtz, has a low-cut hair style and keeps his EyesAlwaysShut, with a CheshireCatGrin, a snake motif and a sadistic, manipulative demeanor, who [[FauxAffablyEvil pretends to amiable and polite]]? ''Clearly'' [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin Ichimaru before he went to the Soul Society]].
** Terumi, his ghost form, looks suspiciously like the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]].
* ''VideoGame/TempleRun'': While you don't get to play as the world's most famous explorer, Franchise/IndianaJones, you do get to play as the world's second most famous explorer... Montana Smith. And yes, he wears the same iconic hat.
** [[VideoGame/{{Pitfall}} Pitfall Harry]] is also obviously inspired by Indy, and his ThemeMusicPowerUp in the second game sounds similar to the "Raiders March".
* Shinx, a lion cub Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that is colored very unusually (blue and yellow), has mouse-like ears, and has a cheerful smile. Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion, is that you?
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'': Mandatory party member and heavy swordsman [[AntiHero Arngrim]] is [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] sans the emotional issues. Also, more than one person has noted how much Lezard Valeth seems to resemble Franchise/HarryPotter.
* Captain Marcus Refelian of Activision's ''Franchise/StarTrek: Away Team'' video game is something of an Ersatz of Commander Sisko.
* The ''VideoGame/FireProWrestling'' games are absolutely loaded with Captain Ersatzes of [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestlers]] from around the world. Many of the American ones in some of the games have hilarious, GratuitousEnglish permutations on their real name. [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Steel Gold" Steam Odin]]? Seriously?
** Don't forget the Wrestling/RandySavage clone Slim Jim Mr. Mann from ''Fire Pro Wrestling'' on the GameBoyAdvance! Actually, that was probably one of those rare instances where a Fire Pro Wrestling game got an English translation that was [[GoodBadTranslation intentionally silly]].
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has the Ur-Draug. A.K.A Cthulhu. As the final boss of a dungeon set to LovecraftCountry.
* Solid Snake of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' looks and acts like Creator/KurtRussell's [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken]], doesn't he? No wonder he appeals to the American audience. [[AmericansHateTingle Raiden]] [[ReplacementScrappy on the other hand...]]
** Young Big Boss looks even more like the character, due to gaining an eyepatch.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' while hiding his true identity, Solid Snake actually operates under the alias "[[GeniusBonus Iroquois]] Plisken."
** Also the cover art for ''Metal Gear'' is based on a screen shot of Kyle Reese from ''Terminator''. In addition, the first game had a Terminator ersatz named... Creator/{{Arnold|Schwarzenegger}}.
** In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Revengeance]]'', the character Jetstream Sam resembles Vamp, due to similar appearance and rivalry with Raiden.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' began his life when Capcom wanted to make an Manga/AstroBoy game, but could not acquire the rights. He's come into his own right since then, of course.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' has [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mhx_vilestand.PNG Vile]], who looks suspiciously like a [[Franchise/StarWars certain bounty hunter...]]and his original Japanese name ''Vava'' even pronounces rather like Boba... However, in this interview by [[http://youtu.be/uVEfMIIGh6o Rockman Unity]], ''Vava'' was said to be (very loosely) based off of Bubba Zanetti from ''Film/MadMax''. Just a reminder that {{Engrish}} is not always your friend.
** The Killer Bullets in the first game resemble the Bullet Bills from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', which are ironically called Killers in the Japanese series. They never appeared in the series again, possibly due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} threatening legal action.
* There are some CaptainErsatz (clones) characters in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'':
** Lei Wulong is a CaptainErsatz for Creator/JackieChan.
** Marshall/Forrest Law is a...much more blatant [[BruceLeeClone clone]] of Creator/BruceLee.
** King is the CaptainErsatz of the Japanese wrestler Tiger Mask, with a little of Mexico's Fray Tormenta thrown in for good measure.
*** He also has elements of Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}.
** Craig Marduk looks a lot like...either Nathan Jones (his future actor in the 2009 Live Action Movie) or Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}.
*** Nathan Jones has actually been confirmed as the inspiration behind Marduk. Jones and Marduk even share the exact same behavioural traits and a few similar moves.
** Raven is apparently an accident. The character designer claims that he just wanted to make "A cool Black Guy". The final product ''strongly'' resembled Wesley Snipes as ''Film/{{Blade}}''.
** Christie Monteiro is modelled after Tyra Banks and was given a few of Music/BritneySpears' dance moves in a couple of her ''Tekken 5'' win poses.
* ''GhostHunter'' is itself a CaptainErsatz for the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' franchise.
* One example of taking this too far comes from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2001'' with the character K9999, a CaptainErsatz of Tetsuo Shima from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' who even had the same voice actor. After SNK Playmore bought the rights to all of the Eolith-owned characters from ''KOF 2k1'' and ''KOF 2k2'', K9999 became a legal liability for the company and was replaced by a more original character Nameless in the UpdatedRerelease ''The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match'', who substitutes K9999 in the canon.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', as a pastiche of SuperHero comic books, has a lot of characters that are pretty clearly this:
** Statesman, the biggest of the setting's heroes, is a fusion of Superman and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, with some [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] thrown in for good measure by way of his origin story.
** Positron is a [[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive]] Comicbook/IronMan.
** Manticore is Franchise/{{Batman}} with the fighting style of Green Arrow. (So basically, Batman.) That, or Hawkeye. And the friendly sparring between Statesman and Manticore resembles that of Captain America and Hawkeye in ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''.
** Sister Psyche heavily resembles [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey]], down to being [[HeroesWantRedheads a redhead]].
** Synapse, the token speedster, is generally considered an equivalent to TheFlash.
** Back Alley Brawler seems to have a little of {{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, and/or Wildcat.
** Lord Recluse is pretty much SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom with more lackeys.
** The evil Arachnos organisation is essentially [[Franchise/GIJoe Cobra]] with the snake iconography replaced by spiders.
* [[PlayerCharacter You]] in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'', especially when you get your best armor and a [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Mace of Doom]], you're [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron's]] equally EvilTwin.
* Both ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' games are rife with this. All of the characters have CaptainErsatz powers.
** The Minuteman is Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, just wearing a funny 18th-century costume and using a staff instead of a shield.
** Mentor is MartianManhunter with a touch of Professor X
** El Diablo is [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Human Torch]].
** Man-Bot is a weird mixture of Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} and Comicbook/IronMan. PowerIncontinence [[PoweredArmor In A Can]]. He also has Comicbook/DoctorStrange's origin (rich asshole turned hero after screwing up his life in an accident)
*** Sounds an awful lot like Positron in the above ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''...
** Alchemiss is Scarlet Witch with a Southern accent. [[spoiler: With a lot of Phoenix in the sequel.]]
*** The Southern accent comes from Rogue, presumably.
** Bullet is Franchise/TheFlash.
** Liberty Lad is Robin. A [[Series/{{Batman}} Burt Ward-campy Robin]]. And Bucky, as the sidekick of the Minuteman.
** Blackbird is ComicBook/BlackCanary (Sonic scream, wears fishnets) with Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'s backstory.
** And then there's Supercollider - a super-strong, tough-talking bruiser with rocky orange skin and a thick Noo Yoik accent. Nope, can't think of anyone else who fits ''that'' description.
** The Ant, whose 'Secret Origin' video may as well have just said "Yes, he's [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]]. Now go have fun."
** Microwave is plainly meant to represent ComicBook/TheVision and the ComicBook/RedTornado personality-wise.
** Man O' War and the Sea Urchin are ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and Aqualad
* [[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter El Blaze]] is NOT Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}. Rey Mysterio might be a little guy who flies around a lot in a mask and oversized pants determined to prove himself as good or better than the big guys, but he doesn't wear ribbons on his arms, after all.
** [[Franchise/StreetFighter El Fuerte]] just might be Mysterio, though, if Mysterio had a thing for cooking. Or he just might be Blaze, since they're both rather {{Large Ham}}s. His outfit also bears more than a passing resemblance to El Místico.
* If it's possible for a ''series'' to have a CaptainErsatz, then ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvaQbntJ4Yw&feature=related H.A.V.E. Online]]'' (known in America as ''Microvolts'') a Korean online multiplayer shooter, is this in artistic tone to ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (The gameplay of both are pretty dissimilar actually - H.A.V.E. Online is not class based, and is in 3rd person view). The choreography in the trailer is also pretty blatantly copied. Some people were not happy, to say the least -- though once the original outrage had passed they were a little more forgiving. It also has its own ripoff of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. Ironically, [[http://www.haruhisuzumiya.net/2011/03/27/haruhi-suzumiya-in-online-shooter-toy-wars/ the Japanese version of the game has the real Haruhi]].
** Putting ''H.A.V.E. Online/Microvolts'' to shame though is ''Final Combat'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKS_QhtaWIA which]] slightly resembles ''Team Fortress 2''. And by "slightly resembles", we mean "is TheMockbuster of". Except that it also has straight Captain Ersatzes of the classes too (such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvrj70MNxEU the Rocket]] for the Soldier and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpqWiprWAAE the Fatman]] for the Heavy), so it counts on both. Moreover, the maps are stolen from ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes''.
** Xunlei would eventually joke about it, saying that Valve clearly stole their idea four years before they had it.
* The 'Present' chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' includes a battle against a wrestler by the name of Max Morgan, who is a [[WritingAroundTrademarks none-too-subtle]] ripoff of Wrestling/HulkHogan.
* Gravelyn from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' is very much the ersatz of Jessica Rabbit as far as looks are concerned. They share the same red hair.
* Melody from ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}'' is the spitting image of [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Lina Inverse]]. Doctor Brown is also pretty close to Franchise/{{Ind|ianaJones}}y in appearance.
* And it's still possible for ''games'' to have Ersatzes: Meet ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1lVpbnl6OU&fmt= Duludubi Star]]'', a Chinese Totally-Not-''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''-Honest.
* The lottery game ''Dian Shi Ma Li'' starred an illegitimate relative of Mario from the UncannyValley called Fortran.
* A curvy female mage who lives in a secluded part of the world, is an acquaintance with [[KnightInSourArmor a gruff older mentor]], [[NotGoodWithPeople isn't very social]] and acts like a DeadpanSnarker to mask this personality flaw, and wears [[{{Stripperific}} a cleavage-baring dress]] with [[TooManyBelts a skirt made of belts.]] Now, did we just describe [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Lulu]] or [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]]?
** [[VideoGame/BulletWitch Alicia]]. Lulu may be snarky, but is an incredibly good and ethical person. Morrigan is the TokenEvilTeammate whose wanton cruelty has become something of a meme. Their roles in plot are dissimilar, their dresses are only similar in color (Morrigan's far more revealing and "rag-like," Lulu's elegant), and Morrigan is revealed to be quite an insecure, unworldly character compared to Lulu. Lulu openly is affectionate to people besides Tidus and is loyal to the central characters; Morrigan clearly has her own agenda. And the right answer is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_le_Fay Morgana]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medea Medea]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circe Circe]] or any number of the other inspirations for HotWitch, DarkMagicalGirl, and related tropes. This archetype is way too common for this comparison.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' features the Oresoren, who are intelligent fuzzy creatures who are good with machines and have a VerbalTic. Anyone familiar with ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' would recognize them as being similar to Moogles. It might be a coincidence... until you realize that one of the most significant Oresoren is named "Quppo", pronounced exactly the same as the verbal tic of the Moogles ("kupo").
* ''Human Grand Prix'' for the Nintendo 64 didn't have the rights to use the actual names of drivers, meaning that the game was filled with drivers with names such as Hamon Dill[[note]]Damon Hill[[/note]], Schael Mihumacher[[note]]Michael Schumacher[[/note]], Babens Rurrichello[[note]]Rubens Barrichello[[/note]], Hohnny Jerbert[[note]]Johnny Herbert[[/note]], Hika Makkinen[[note]]Mika Hakkinen[[/note]], Lean Ajesi[[note]]Jean Alesi[[/note]] and Vacques Jilleneuve[[note]]Jacques Villeneuve[[/note]], among others. This was rectified for the US/European version of the game, ''F1 Pole Position 64'', which had the actual racer names.
* ''VideoGame/CannonSpike'''s playable roster is composed almost entirely of characters from existing Creator/{{Capcom}} properties. The sole exception is Simone, who is just a hairstyle and a slight wardrobe change away from being Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa from ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'', whose ownership is apparently tied up with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox.
* The ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' series has quite a few. Kim Dragon is a blatant clone of Bruce Lee. There's also a professional wrestler named Muscle Power who looked ''exactly'' like Wrestling/HulkHogan in his first appearance. They shaved off his mustache in the console releases of the first game and all the sequels, presumably so that Hogan wouldn't get any ideas about suing ADK.
* Balrog from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' was modeled after Mike Tyson, right down to his character portrait in the original game. In fact, his name in the Japanese version was actually M. Bison (the "M" stood for "Mike"), but it was swapped with the names of the other two boss characters (Balrog and Vega) to avoid any potential likeness infringement overseas. Since Balrog was originally "Mike Bison" in Japan, this has led to the ongoing speculation on whether Mike (a character from the first ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'') is the same guy or not.
** Likewise, Alex, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', has some elements in common with Hulk Hogan. Capcom even gave him a special intro pose with Hugo (see below) imitating the legendary Hulk vs Andre the Giant fight from Wrestling/WrestleMania.
** Andore from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' is obviously modeled after Wrestling/AndreTheGiant. When he appeared in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: 2nd Impact'', his name was changed to Hugo, presumably to avoid any likeness infringement, although he was still called "Andore" in ''Final Fight: Revenge'' and ''Streetwise'', which both came afterward.
* Jon Dowd from the ''MVP Baseball'' series is a Captain Ersatz of Barry Bonds, who was not in the MLBPA at the time.
* Rodin in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' is an ersatz of Morpheus from ''Film/TheMatrix''.
** Not to mention that [[ButtMonkey Enzo]] is almost an exact copy of Joe Pesci.
* The first stage boss in the original arcade version of the first ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' is a head-swap of Abobo with a Creator/MrT-like beard and mohawk. In Mission 3, he gets a green {{palette swap}} obviously based on ''TheIncredibleHulk''. In the arcade version of ''II'', Burnov resembles the masked version of the wrestler Neptuneman from ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', Abore resembles a cross between the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' and Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, and Ohara and Bolo(who replace Abobo) resemble their namesakes from ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
** At one point in the rival BeatEmUp ''VideoGame/BadDudes'', Karnov has a green PaletteSwap similar to Abobo.
** ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'''s Mecha Biker is this to Mega Man, with his appearance being based on the [[ContemptibleCover bad box art]] of ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'', ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', and ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'', although he also has the slide move and ChargeAttack from games 3-8. Skullmageddon is clearly inspired by [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor]], with a OneWingedAngel FinalBoss form similar to [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Super Shredder]]. The jetpacking Roxy is an obvious clone of Roxy Rocket from ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. The Laboratory boss is a ManEatingPlant named Marian II, after [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey II]].
* The entire cast of the surprisingly good ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' ripoff ''VideoGame/{{Breakers}}'' is meant to suggest one character from that game or another. Tia is Chun Li (she even does her Lightning Kicks), Sho is Ryu, Pielle and Saizo split elements of Vega (Pielle being a vain Spaniard and Saizo being a ninja), Alsion III and Maherl split elements of Dhalsim (Alsion stretches and breathes poison, while Maherl inflates and breathes fire), Condor is T. Hawk, Rila is Blanka, Dao Long is Guile, and Bai Hu is M. Bison.
* The diagnostician from the cast of ''[[Videogame/TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]'' is more or less [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]]. May qualify as an {{Expy}} instead, depending on just where you set the bar for "same character with serial numbers filed off dropped into a new continuity" vs. "Suspiciously similar but different character."
* Francis York Morgan of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' is one of Dale Cooper of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', only perhaps even weirder and his [[MustHaveCaffeine love of coffee]] taken to fortune-telling levels.
* [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/8/82/Action_Replay_DSi.jpg A recent Action Replay DS package.]] Warning: May include Not-Pokémon-At-All and Not-[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]]-At-All, among other Not-Game-Characters-At-All.
* The freeware YuriGenre VisualNovel series ''Morning Star'' is heavily inspired by ''Anime/MaiHime'', and has a StudentCouncilPresident who looks exactly like Shizuru Fujino. Amusingly, the Shizuru-lookalike's name is ''Natsuki'', Shizuru's crush.
* Tohru Adachi of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' looks (and acts) like [[Manga/DeathNote Matsuda]]. [[spoiler:At least, up until TheReveal.]]
* For the web game ''Caesary'' (which has actually been advertised on TV Tropes itself), there's this amazon character... which is blatantly meant to be a Franchise/WonderWoman knockoff. Seriously, the only differences are that she has more armor and (slightly) less clothing. Link here: [[http://g.caesary.net/regpv.do?cno=dc&scno=0&lp=dccs001&gclid=COjYwsXS6aICFQiX2AodxV7iYw]]
* [[Franchise/{{Halo}} 343 Guilty Spark]] talks like [[Franchise/StarWars C-3P0]]. "Hello, I am 343 Guilty Spark, the monitor of Installation 04", and "Your behavior is not in accordance with established protocols".
* The SPANKED-up [[ActionBomb suicide bombers]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'''s "Kingdom Come" mission behave eerily similar to the Exploding BOBS from the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' gave us Linebeck, who has his share of similarities with a certain [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain called Jack]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' does this on occasion. The developers only have the right to use stuff from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'', anything else is off-limits. This means that if something is referenced to in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' but the name only appears in say, ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', they can't use the actual name. For example, when Sauron disguises himself to fool the elves of Eregion, he does so under the name of Antheron, Lord of Gifts in-game, where the original name is Annatar, Gift-Lord. On top of that, the elven settlement he visits is named Mirobel in-game, where the original name is Ost-In-Edhil. Off course, as a good number of players are familiar with Tolkien's works, they quickly spot the similarities.
* Since the characters in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' were designed by Creator/AkiraToriyama, many of them are ersatzes of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' characters; e.g. Hero=Kid Gohan, Trode=Namek Elder, Angelo=Trunks, Kalderasha=Mr. Satan, Valentina=Pan, Jessica=Bulma.
** When the [[DragonQuestIV Zenithia]] [[DragonQuestV trilogy]] [[DragonQuestVI were remade on Nintendo DS]], some of the characters' potraits scream DBZ's character designs. [[DragonQuestIV Rex]] is Teen Gohan, while [[DragonQuestV Parry]] is pretty much Super Saiyan Goten.
* There's a fairly strong fan case in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' for Prince Arthas Menethil's suspicious similarity to one [[Literature/TheElricSaga King Elric VIII of Melniboné]]. (If you played ''Warcraft III'', you'll know it's darn near exact.)
** And of course, AdventurerArchaeologist Harrison Jones, a one-shot quest NPC parodying escort quests by pretending to be escorting you instead, upgraded in the next expansion to the primary questgiver for a major plotline. At no point does the game pretend he's supposed to be anything other than Franchise/IndianaJones.
* The characters in ''VideoGame/{{Cyclomaniacs}}'' are mostly hilariously blatant knockoffs of prominent cultural figures, including Music/ElvisPresley (Cycle King), Creator/MrT (Mr. C), [[Series/ThePrisoner Number 6]] (Letter F - 'escaped from Wales on a souped-up penny farthing'), [[Series/TopGear The Stig]] (The Wheel), and Creator/LaurelAndHardy (The Bowler Brothers); but also contains versions of prominent IndieGame figures, like Fancy Pants (Farty Pants).
* Walter Sullivan from ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' looks like the late Music/KurtCobain.
* Heather Mason from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', to Lisa Rogan from ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 3''. Both are also the daughter of the protagonist of the first game in their respective series.
* The iPhone ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' clone ''Super K.O. Boxing 2'' features a boxer named Shogun. This boxer is actually from New York City, and is a ScaryBlackMan rather than an oriental. It makes little sense unless you've seen ''Film/TheLastDragon''. And in case you didn't already figure out that he was Sho'Nuff with the SerialNumbersFiledOff, one of his moves causes his boxing gloves to glow.
* Nearly every NPC in ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN''. Some of your allies even change who they are ersatzes of as they level up.
* In ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', there's a character who looks and sounds suspiciously like [[VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Reginald Van Winslow]] but wears different clothing and is credited only as "The Host".
** Averted in the sequel, where he explicitly introduces himself as Reginald Van Winslow.
* Wild Dog from ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'', and Dr. Curien from ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead''.
* If Franchise/PerryMason's best friend was a Japanese Reibai-tradition Spirit Medium, his name would be VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney!
* Confusingly enough, the version of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' looks and acts more like [[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus Vincent]].
* Forget that, how about Vario Kraatz from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII''? Jeez, the guy is Music/ElvisPresley!
* ''VideoGame/{{WET}}'' seems to this for the ''Film/KillBill'' films.
* One of the Dream Club characters Rui is an Ersatz of [[LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu Baka No Test's]] Himeji. Heck it even has Hitomi Harada voicing her. Making Rui the future version of Himeji (Aka teacher by day, hostess by night)
* Most of the survivors in ''Bitejacker'' are based on either classic game characters (like [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] or [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]]) or veterans of the ZombieApocalypse genre (like [[VideoGame/Left4Dead Louis]]).
* The Dropship pilot from the ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' games takes most of her lines directly from the dropship pilot in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' marines are a pretty obvious copy of ''Warhammer40k'' Space Marines (as are Marauders and Firebats to some extent). The zerg bear a pretty heavy resemblance to the Tyranids, but there's something of ''Franchie/{{Alien}}'' in there too.
*** Who ripped off who in this case is a matter of some extreme debate, rumors accusing Star Craft of originally being a Warhammer 40k game that lost the license and that the extensive redesign the Tyranids got after Starcrafts release have sparked a fairly intense FandomRivalry between the two franchises.
* Kuon Sumeragi from the Examu fighting game ''Daemon Bride'', resembles [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F Seiei]], complete with the same [[MamoruMiyano voice actor]] and the last name (Setsuna's boss is ''Sumeragi'' Lee Noriega).
* Several OriginalGeneration mecha from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' bear a strong resemblance to other HumongousMecha franchises:
** The Huckebeins are most [[SarcasmMode definitely NOT]] Franchise/{{Gundam}}s, even though they're created by one of the most prolific ''Gundam'' mechanical designers out there. Likewise, the [[VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars R-1, R-2 Powered and R-3 Powered]] are NOT riffs of the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Guncannon]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Dendrobium Orchis]] with the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Nu Gundam's]] {{Attack Drone}}s, respectively.
*** This actually made the {{Animated Adaptation}}s of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' problematic, despite the fact it's owned by the company that made ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''. ''Divine Wars'' ended up cutting out the Huckebeins entirely, while ''The Inspector'' introduced the [=EXbein=], which is simply the Huckebein with the head changed to look less like a Gundam. This resulted in {{Canon Immigra|nt}}tion, as the [=EXbein=] winds up appearing in the games.
** The {{Super Robot|Genre}} Grungust is an ersatz combining aspects from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'', with Mazinger Z's EyeBeams, RocketPunch and ChestBlaster for weapons, and Daitarn 3's ShouldersOfDoom, blue-and-gold-and-red paint scheme, [[TransformingMecha plane and tank mode]], and {{BFS}}.
** The [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Laz Angriff]] looks and moves just like the ''Anime/FangOfTheSunDougram'' [[AMechByAnyOtherName Combat Armors]] with a turbopack, but when the green [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Randgrith]] appears, parallels were also drawn on ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS''.
** The [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Project Terrestrial Dream mecha]] and the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Wildraubtier]] are really offshoots of the [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross variable fighters]], due to their aerodynamic shape and weapon loadouts. In fact, the Hyperion from Project Terrestrial Dream may be Banpresto's interpretation of a {{Real Robot|genre}}-based ''Anime/GunBuster''.
** The [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Kurogane, Hagane and Hiryu Custom]] battleships to the [[Film/{{Atragon}} Gotengo]], [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Yamato]] and the [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]] (the latter two having a WaveMotionGun on its bow).
** The GEIM System-interfacing [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Valsion Custom]] that warps its pilot's mind is an obvious stand-in for the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Psycho Gundam]].
** Since Banpresto couldn't get secure the rights to ''Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine'' until later, they made the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Cybuster]] as its stand-in.
** The [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Brasta]] has the look of a [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Lion]]; alternatively, the mechanical design somewhat resembles a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Windam with the Noir Striker Pack]] (which normally mounts onto the Strike E to become the Strike Noir).
** In fact, certain [=SRW=] characters are an ersatz to other characters:
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsClassic Irmgard Kazahara]] to [[{{Daitarn 3}} Banjou Haran]]
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ryoto Hikawa and Rio Mei Long]] to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari and Asuka Langley Soryu]], respectively.
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ibis Douglas and Filio Presty]] to [[Anime/GunBuster Noriko Takaya and Koichiro "Coach" Ohta]], respectively.
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsCompact3 Magnaz Ald and Arco Katwor]] to [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Mr. Heart and Amiba]], respectively.
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Daitetsu Minase and Lefina Enfield]] to [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Juzo Okita]] and [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Yurika Misumaru]], respectively.
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Michiru Hanaten]] to [[Anime/MazingerZ Boss]]. [[spoiler:Bonus points for his G Bankaran being like a resupply-based unit like Boss' Boss Borot]].
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration KyuKiOh and TouTetsuOh]] to the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion seventeen Angels]].
*** [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Keisar Ephes]]]] to {{Satan}}
*** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Gaioh]] to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]] and [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Jugai]].
** The [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaia Sabers]], a hand-picked organization to protect the Earth from extraterrestrials, but more militant than the regular army, are a parallel to the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Titans]].
* Konami's 3DS game ''DoctorLautrecAndTheForgottenKnights'' is about a [[NiceHat top hat]]-wearing archaeologist who solves mysteries with the help of his young assistant by doing puzzles. [[Franchise/ProfessorLayton Sound familiar?]]
* The Imperial Defense Droid in ''VideoGame/SuperStarWars'' resembles the ED-209 from ''Franchise/RoboCop''.
* Guy Kazama in ''VideoGame/LastAlert'' is an ersatz of ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
** Even more funnier that he is also an ''ersartz'' of John Kyosuke Shiba, the main hero from the anime OVA DogSoldier. They even share the ''[[Creator/AkiraKamiya same freaking voice actor!]]''
* Pochi in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheWizard'' greatly resembles Bub and Bob of ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble''.
* The TrueFinalBoss of the first ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster'' looks like an orange version of the Gouf mobile suit from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', complete with the energy whip, shield, and SpikesOfVillainy.
* At least some of the player-species in the classic economics-edutainment game ''VideoGame/{{MULE}}'' are examples of this, the most obvious being the Packer and the Gollumer, who are respectively VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}} (with legs) and ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. The Bonzoid is pretty much a human-sized one-eyed Film/KingKong. The Flapper and the M.U.L.E.s themselves bear more than a passing resemblance to the two types of [[HumongousMecha Imperial Walkers]] from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* China has many online {{mon}} games, but some of them more like "Pokémon" in terms of gameplay. Although at first one may think it's all original with those emoticon-like graphics, few games have few ''Mons'' that are ripoffs of certain Pokémon. For worse, they "evolve" from a completely different Mon. See [[http://news.4399.com/aolaxing/yabi/muxi/201107-29-106726.html here]] for an example. Of course there were used to be a plant-Kirlia/Gardevoir and Cyndaquil-like families, but they're probably taken down some time.
** Non Pokémon examples include the ersatzes of [[http://news.4399.com/aolaxing/yabi/shuixi/201008-20-75843.html Crikey]] from ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'' and [[http://news.4399.com/aolaxing/zixun/201107-14-104276.html Amaterasu]] (compare the pose!),
* ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch''. More than once, there is a mention of the Egyptian goddess Isix. Must be Isis they are talking about. Isn't Isis in the PublicDomain?
* In the arcade version of ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'', [[TheDragon Solo]] is an ersatz of [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]]. The Grandmaster, although resembling Emperor Palpatine, was actually based on Sauron from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' according to the developers.
* The Desert Ruins level from ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' contains a character that is very blatantly [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] turned into an anthropomorphic mouse.
* Sgt. Johnson from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' : Sgt. Morris from ''VideoGame/QuakeIV''. They may be both inspired by Sgt. Apone from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/CryOfFear'': Sawrunner (not to be mistaken with the boss Sawer) a maniac that brandishes a chainsaw, howls loudly when attacking, and wears an uncanny mask. He is just like Leatherface from ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', and it does not make him any less terrifying.
* In Creator/{{Acclaim}}'s ''VideoGame/LegendsOfWrestling II'' career mode, regional promoters are somewhat based on existing promoters Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Ted Turner (Wrestling/{{WCW}}), Wrestling/PaulHeyman, Christine Jarrett, Jim Crockett, and Hiro Matsuda.
* Billy and Jimmy Lewis from ''Rage of the Dragons'' are obvious stand-ins for Billy and Jimmy ''Lee'' from ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''. The game was initially developed as a ''Double Dragon'' spin-off, but the developers were unable to secure the rights to the license. The game's sub-boss character, Abubo, is also an obvious stand-in for ''Abobo''.
* The {{Hentai}} game ''Season of the Sakura'' was really blatant about this, with the primary cast all coming from famous anime; the protagonist's father and school principal are [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Nobuyuki and Yosho/Katsuhito Masaki]], his homeroom teacher is [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Misato Katsuragi]], his best friend is [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kensuke Aida]], and the girls he can romance include [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Hikaru Shido, Umi Ryuzaki, Fuu Houji]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley]], [[Manga/KaitouSaintTail Seira Mimori, Meimi Haneoka]], and [[WelcomeToPiaCarrot Shoko Inaba]]. They don't even try hiding it; the character designs are identical (except for one or two having different hair colors), their personalities are pretty much the same, and some (such as Seira and Meimi) don't even get new names.
* The NintendoDS fighting game ''VideoGame/WindyXWindam'' has character designs that are heavily based on ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Big is basically Potemkin minus his gigantic gauntlet; swordsman Kirikou is Ky Kiske with fire abilities instead of lightning; and Jack and Stin are clones of Slayer and Bridget, respectively.
* The Hunters in the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series are clearly inspired by the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', ShoulderCannon included, and the S'pht, being basically tentacled brains in robotic exoskeletons, are reminiscent of the Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* The trope is directly referenced in the name of a SideQuest in ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton's London Life'', a bonus game packaged with some versions of ''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter Professor Layton and the Specter's Flute]]''. In the quest "Ersatz Krantz," the PlayerCharacter must keep a meeting in the place of hotel employee Krantz.
* ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'' has [[Characters/StarGladiator June Lin Milliam]], who is totally not MinnieMouse... or [[Franchise/StarWars Leia]].
* The VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles games obviously try to put a back-story on several Ride/DisneyThemeParks rides, including one which already has a back-story. Ravenhearst and all variants in that series is Phantom Manor (a.k.a. Ravenwood Manor) and Franchise/TheHauntedMansion; The 13th Skull is Franchise/TheHauntedMansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' has the Florian sisters, who were clear composites of various ''Franchise/WildArms'' characters (Amita, for example, looks and acts like [[VideoGame/WildArms3 Virginia]] with a different costume and color scheme), as well as their dying desert planet of Eltria, which is the ''Franchise/WildArms'' series' dying desert planet of Filgaia under a different name. ''Nanoha'' creator and writer Tsuzuki confirms this in the official strategy guide, saying that they were created as a sign of respect towards Akifumi Kaneko, the creator of the ''Wild Arms'' games of which he has been a fan of since ''VideoGame/WildArms3''.
* In ''VideoGame/ProWrestling'', the entire roster is based on famous RealLife wrestlers. Most obviously, Fighter Hayabusa is based on Antonio Inoki, and Giant Panther is based on Wrestling/HulkHogan.
* The box art of the unlicensed NES game ''Deathbots'' is an obvious ripoff of the Franchise/{{Terminator}}, and the game has a suspiciously similar plotline, with a MegaCorp creating a Skynet-like AI that takes over the world's computer systems.
* When ''VideoGame/WaiWaiWorld'' was rereleased for Japanese mobile phones in 2006, Creator/{{Konami}} no longer had the rights to use [[VideoGame/TheGoonies Mikey]] or Film/{{King Kong|Lives}}, so they were respectively replaced with [[VideoGame/BioMiracleBokutteUpa Upa]] and [[VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure Pentarou]].
* The {{Capcom}}'s upcoming online game ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HRHeBwXsSU Hyaku-nen Senki: Euro Historia]]'' (Based in the Hundred Years' War) has a walking ripoff in the shape of Joan of Arc: Not only she looks like [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]], she even shares ''[[AyakoKawasumi the same voice actress]]'' as well.
* ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' has a few.
** Zack is Dennis Rodman.
** Bass falls midway between Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage.
** Mila in ''DOA 5'' is an ersatz Gina Carano.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JcaJRLKWXg Dirty Larry]]'' is the eponymous star of an Atari Lynx game featuring him as a... "Renegade Cop". We can surely assume that any similarity to DirtyHarry- another well-known renegade cop- is purely coincidental!
* The setting and plot of ''LostEden'' is very reminiscent of James Gurney's ''{{Dinotopia}}'' series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' has tons of them.
** Between the first game and the sequel, there are Expies or references to: VideoGame/{{Kirby}} and VideoGame/PacMan (Dotcom), VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}} (Crowle's Oyajitchi-like design), ''Film/TheKarateKid'', Creator/JackieChan, and [[Franchise/MortalKombat Johnny Cage]] in one line (Ralph, Chan, and Luke); the "Monkeys-In-A-Barrel Game" (Chimp), Anime/{{Voltron}} (Voltone), VideoGame/MegaManClassic (the Gigapon[=/=]Micro and Negapon line, which is explained fully in the ShoutOut entry below), Niteboat from WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, Franchise/{{Gundam}} (Gundarn), Series/TheTick (El Seed), Disney/{{Fantasia}} (Hippon), Anime/{{Doraemon}} (Doraepon), Anime/SpeedRacer (Mock V), Franchise/KamenRider ([[Series/KamenRider Rider1]], [[Series/KamenRiderV3 RiderV]] and [[Series/KamenRiderSuperOne Super1]]) and finally a double reference to both Manga/ChoBits and Manga/MegaTokyo with an Robopon {{Expy}} of Chi named "Ping".
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has tons of it:
** Liu Kang, who's modeled after obviously Creator/BruceLee.
** Johnny Cage is practically Jean Claude Van Damme.
** Sonya Blade looked like Cynthia Rothrock.
** Sektor and Cyrax are basically cybernetic versions of ''Film/{{Predator}}''.
** Reiko's eye marks and haircut are identical to ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}''.
** Kenshi is essentially ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' meets telekinesis.
** Kobra resembles [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken Masters]] in everything, however, due to it, [[TheScrappy he's widely hated]].
** Darrius is Mortal Kombat's own version of Wesley Snipes.
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