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* Most ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series will have a character based on Char Aznable, [[FanNickname known as]] a CharClone (or just "[[MemeticMutation A CHAR]]"). Wikipedia lists 16 Char Clones in the entire Gundam franchise to date. They're most easily identified by the fact that they wear a [[MaskPower mask]] for [[RuleOfCool little or no reason]] and occasionally have a penchant for piloting red mobile suits. They're almost always TheRival and/or TheDragon. Notable Char expys include Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', Chronicle Asher from ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', Zechs Merquise from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Lancerow Darell from ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'', Rau Le Creuset from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Neo Roanoke from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Graham Aker from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Zeheart Galette from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', Full Frontal from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' & even a literal clone of Char in the ''Gaia Gear'' series of novels & audio dramas. Char clones show up quite often in other HumongousMecha series' as well (see Elzam Branstein's entry in the Games section). Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a borderline example. Apparently the idea of him wearing a mask came from executives who said something along the lines of "It just wouldn't be a Sunrise show without a mask". Ironically, Char is an Expy himself from Prince Sharkin, TheDragon of ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'', YoshiyukiTomino's first HumongousMecha anime.
* Sayla Mass, Char's younger sister, has expies of her own in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Cecily Fairchild]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Darlian]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Cagalli Yu]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny la Athha]] (who also shares traits with Relena). The common traits shared among these characters are that they were [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses exiled princesses]] who adopted a different alias, has a strong relationship with the lead character, and she has a relative who's (usually) the lead character's [[TheRival main rival]].
%%** [[FountainOfExpies Expies of Relena]] would also include [[Anime/TurnAGundam Dianna Soreil]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Lacus]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Clyne]], [[Anime/SDGundamForce Princess Rele]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Kudelia Aina Bernstein]].
* Char's [[BigBad boss]], Gihren Zabi has also had his fair share of expies. There's Fonse Kagatie from ''Victory'', Siedel Rasso from ''Gundam X'', and Patrick Zala from ''Gundam SEED'', all of whom share Gihren's status as amoral military dictators who preach a MasterRace philosophy and have a love of superweapons. Patrick even duplicates Gihren's infamous "Sieg Zeon!" speech in his rant about "Who exploits the Coordinators"? Gihren's son and/or clone, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Glemmy Toto]] has his own expy in ''SEED'''s Muruta Azrael, who shares his [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon looks]], childish demeanour, creepy interactions with women, willingness to use children as weapons, and total lack of scruples.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' had Lalah Sune as the franchise's first PhlebotinumGirl. Since then [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Four Murasame & Rosamia Badam]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Puru & her clones]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Quess Paraya]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Stella Loussier]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Yurin L'Ciel]] have danced in her shoes and one another's, fighting for the villains, developing a connection to the hero, and eventually dying horribly.
* After Char, the most commonly duplicated character may be ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'''s Yazan Gable, a brutal thug who was the franchise's first, and most archetypal SociopathicSoldier. His progeny include [[ColonelKilgore Rakan Dakharan]] of ''ZZ Gundam'', [[DistaffCounterpart Rezun]] [[DarkActionGirl Schneider]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', Ash Grey from ''Gundam SEED Astray'', [[PsychoForHire Ali Al-Saachez]] from ''Gundam 00'', and Decil Galette from ''Gundam AGE'', as well as [[AxeCrazy Luciano Bradley]] of ''Code Geass'' infamy, and [[CombatSadomasochist Gauron]] from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''.
%%* Though he's not replicated as often as Char or Yazan, DarkMessiah and ManipulativeBastard [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] has three notable expies in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Treize Khushrenada]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gilbert Durandal]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]].
%%* Mecha Expies are also par for the course in Gundam. ''Wing's'' Shenlong Gundam is an Expy of ''G's'' Dragon Gundam, ''X's'' Leopard is an Expy of ''Wing's'' Heavyarms, Deathscythe and Deathscythe Hell resemble Master Asia's Kowloon and Master Gundams respectively, grunt units are almost always based on either the Zaku or the GM (and sometimes a few elements of the Zaku are mixed into a GM expy, or vice versa) & if the series features mobile suits that can transform it's guaranteed that at least one will have pretty much the exact same transformation scheme as the Zeta Gundam.
%%** In the CE timeline, here are their mecha expies:
%%*** Strike = RX-78-2 Gundam
%%*** Freedom = Gundam Formula 91 + Gundam Double X
%%*** The Impulse is based on the RX-78-2 Gundam, but plays a role similar to the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Gundam Mk. II]] in ''Destiny''. Similarly, Destiny played a role similar to the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam.
%%*** Strike Freedom = Freedom + [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Hi-Nu Gundam]]
%%*** Akatsuki = Hyaku Shiki
%%** Speaking of Mecha expies, the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Aile Strike Gundam]] now has a expy outside the franchise: The [[Anime/CodeGeass Lancelot Air Calvary.]] The [[Anime/CrossAnge Vilkiss]] is inspired by the Strike Freedom and Destiny.
%%* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]'' has Mariemaia Khushrenada, who is based on [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mine]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ va Lao]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Zabi]].
%%* Sting Oakley and Auel Neider are Expies of two characters from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', with [[OnlySaneMan Sting]] playing [[SoreLoser Clotho Bauer]] to [[SociopathicSoldier Auel's]] [[AxeCrazy Shani Andras]]. The Extended as a whole are a collective expy of UC's Cyber-Newtypes.
* Garrod Ran is something of an expy of Judau Ashita, since both were war orphans who couldn't help but get caught up in the events of the world around them and both grew into real badass (or in the case of Garrod BadassNormal) pilots, and even though they both had reason to neither one of them succumbed to their HeroicBSOD for very long. Both also specialize in stealing mobile suits at the start of their respective series.
* Setsuna F. Seiei from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' is pretty much a dead ringer for [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Sosuke]]. Pilot of a [[RealityIsOutToLunch physics-defying]] SuperPrototype {{Mecha}}? Check. ChildSoldier in a wartorn Islamic country? Check. AxCrazy [[TheRival rivals]] with unhealthy obsessions? You got it. Need I go on? Makes you think their creators were trying to one-up each other.
* It goes much further with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lockon Stratos]] and [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Kurz Weber]] who are both cool snipers who excel at in giant robot sniping, who [[HandsomeLech can get almost any girl they want]], though this might have a bit to do with their [[Creator/ShinichiroMiki shared voice]]. [[spoiler: They also both die in combat sniping. Lockon turns out to have a BackupTwin, while Kurz ends up having been NotQuiteDead.]]
%%* Both ''Gundam Wing's'' Heero Yuy (the original one, the namesake of the Gundam pilot) and King Peacecraft, as well as ''Gundam SEED's'' George Glenn, were based on Zeon Zum Deikun. Uzumi Nara Attha is based on King Peacecraft. Uzumi is the only one of these to not be a PosthumousCharacter [[spoiler:until a HeroicSacrifice takes care of that problem]].
%%* As for the rest of the ''Gundam SEED'' characters:
%%** Murrue Ramius = a gender-flipped Bright Noa, with Archangel being White Base
%%*** Murrue has her own expy in ''Gundam 00'''s Sumeragi Li Noriega; her CommanderContrarian, Natarle Badgiruel, lives on as Kati Manniquin.
%%** Mu La Flaga = Sleggar Law with some of Char's Quattro persona thrown into the mix.
%%** Andrew Waltfeld = Ramba Ral, with Aisha as his Crowley Hamon.
%%** Nicol Amalfi = Quatre Raberba Winner; they're both kind-hearted pilots with a love for music.
%%** Admiral Lewis Halberton = General Revil
%%** The DOM Trooper pilots (Hilda, Mars, and Herbert) = the Black Tri-Stars; they even have the Tri-Stars' [[SignatureMove signature Jet Stream Attack]]. The only difference is that one is gender-flipped and this time they're EliteMooks in the ''heroes' ''army.
* And now ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'' has Yurin L'Ciel as an expy of Tiffa Adil from ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'', being both loli MysteriousWaif characters that help the main hero with their clairvoyance powers.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Emily Amonde]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Fa Yuriy]] are expies of [[ChildhoodFriend Frau Bow]] in this following concept: She is a semi-major character who despite having no direct conflict with or impact toward the main story, initially has a close relationship with the protagonist, and join the boy's fleet to "look after" with him. She likes him, but he doesn't notice her because he [[TemporaryLoveInterest loves somebody else]]. She also tends to suffers from the StayInTheKitchen issue.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'':
** Mr. Ral looks like - and has [[RoleReprisal the same]] [[Creator/MasashiHirose voice actor]] as - Ramba Ral, an EnsembleDarkhorse from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The reason he's not actually Ramba Ral is because ''Build Fighters'' is set in an AlternateContinuity where ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' is [[RecursiveCanon a work of fiction.]]
* ''[[{{Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross}} Macross]]'' director Noburo Ishiguro stated that Roy Focker was based on Sleggar Law.
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* ''Franchise/DotHack'': Justified example (as similar player-characters in actual games often have the same base model), but it doesn't stop the trope from being lampshaded and played with; for example, [=BlackRose=] and Mimiru actually argue over this in a SIGN {{omake}} episode, accusing the other of being a copycat; in the same episode, Bear is killed by Orca but everyone assumes one is the other. A similar incident occurs in Roots and the G.U. games, where Haseo finds himself being befriended by a character who's nearly identical to a close friend of his, who was [=PKed=] and put into a coma. Mistral and Mirelle are an interesting example as [[spoiler:Mistral and Mirelle are the same The World character, but Mirelle is played by Mistral's player's four year-old daughter. (She changed the character's name to Mirelle at an event.)]]
%%** The character of both Kite and [=BlackRose=] has been used many times, particularly Kite. Aside from Kite himself, there's Shugo (Legend of The Twilight Bracelet), Azure Flame Kite (G.U.) and Azure Flame Knight (LINK). Oh and, Kite (Sora) in LINK as well as Sakuya in Quantum (both being played by females, incidentally).
%%*** On another note, some has noted the physical similarity of Kite's X-Form with [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu]]. Hey, Sadamoto ''is'' the character designer after all...
* Several characters from ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' bears many resemblance to the cast from Creator/NaokiUrasawa's previous work, ''Manga/{{Monster}}''.
** [[BigBad "Friend"]] to Johan Liebert. Both are demented sociopaths whose outward charms allow them to influence other people's perceptions and actions, even attracting a dedicated cult following. Then, they manage to frame the heroes for their horrific deeds. Their basic character designs are quite similar as well, though one being Caucasian and the other Japanese gives them distinct appearances.
** Kanna Endo to Anna Liebert. Both women share a familial connection with the main antagonist of their respective works, but although they both share the charisma and determination of their evil relative, they use their abilities for good and even play an active part in hunting down the Big Bads.
* Gaku Namikiri of ''Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend'' is basically Tasuki from Creator/YuuWatase's earlier work ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', reincarnated as a supernatual low-ranking salesman. Though Gaku is slightly less HotBlooded, he's got the same [[TheIdiotFromOsaka Idiot from Osaka]] tendencies, the same [[LovableRogue loveably roguish]] demeanor, the same gift for [[NoSocialSkills socially incorrect remarks]], and the same ability to show up whenever the plot conveniently needs to be moved along.
%%* Sora Hasegawa from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' strongly resembles Yoriko Nikaido from the same mangaka's earlier series ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': Kitori in the TV series is an expy of Sela Bernard from manga issues that did not make it stateside. Both have long black hair, perform the role of [[TheSquadette squadette]], and serve as Kim's best friend.
%%** Makoto Shinjou from the TV series is also an expy of Goh "Rocky" Mutsuki from the manga.
* Erwin of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is one for Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. The physical similarity was [[http://blog.livedoor.jp/isayamahazime/archives/7964052.html outright stated]] by WordOfGod, but the two also have the same motivations.
%%* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', several of the main characters resemble ones from the duo's previous series. Moritaka resembles Near, Takagi resembles Light, Kosugi resembles Mikami, Miho resembles Misa, Aiko resembles Kiyomi Takada, and Hiramaru resembles Matsuda. Niizuma's character of Crow also shares some visual traits with Ryuk. Hattori also resembles Ryuk, and both appear to have been based at least partially on a real life ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' editor.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'''s creators previously worked on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and many characters have clear counterparts in the Batman franchise, but most are changed enough by the change in setting to avoid being true expies. The exception is Norman, the main character's DeadpanSnarker BattleButler sidekick, who basically ''is'' Alfred Pennyworth with the serial numbers filed off.
%%* Ciel of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is incredibly similar to Literature/ArtemisFowl.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime Inoue resemblances ''Manga/UshioAndTora'''s Mayuko in many ways. Shy and naive behavior? Check. Second female lead? Check. Amazing supernatural barrier-creating and healing powers? Check. They even share the same ''freaking'' surname.
* Marika from ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' is a clear {{expy}} of Nitori from ''Manga/WanderingSon''. They're both (for most of the story in the latters case) middle school aged [[{{transsexual}} transgender]] girls with bob haircuts who wear gakuran school uniforms, and are very sensitive and prone to TenderTears. At one point Marika even cuts her hair similarly to Nitori's most common style, though she lets it grow out later. Marika is played far more darker than Nitori and she [[spoiler:transitioned in middle school]] while Nitori [[spoiler:waited until post-high school]]. Marika is also attracted to boys while Nitori only showed clear attraction to girls (Takatsuki aside).
* Nobuhiro Watsuki freely admits in the chapter notes to ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' that the series protagonist, Kazuki Muto, is a gender-swapped expy of Misao Makimachi from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. In addition, he notes (to his apparent surprise) that one of the minor villains is a thinly recast Enishi, and theorizes that he wanted to give Enishi a happier ending through his expy.
* ''Anime/CaptainEarth'' introduced a character named Eiji Arashi in episode 5, who seemed pretty familiar to Studio Bones regulars: With his purple hair and eyes, voiced by Creator/AkiraIshida and [[spoiler:being one of the main characters' father]], he's quite a dead ringer for Head, the BigBad of Takuya Igarashi, Youji Enokido and Studio Bones's previous work, ''Anime/StarDriver''. Heck, even his first name (Eiji) sounds similar to the [[spoiler:pen]]name Head has (Reiji) and his criminal record sounds much like what one could have put Head to court for [[spoiler:([[KarmaHoudini not that it actually happened...]])]] after the end of Star Driver.
* Sharnid Elipton from ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios'' is a pretty much a copy of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s Kurz Weber: a sniper, whose skill is matched only by his laid-backness, with long blond hair and a propensity for womanizing.
* Ryou and Kyou from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' are expies of Kagami and Tsukasa from ''Manga/LuckyStar''. Both pairs are twins, both have purple hair, the elder twin is a {{tsundere}}, the younger twin is quiet and reserved, they sport {{Tsurime|Eyes}} and {{Tareme|Eyes}} respectively, both twins' hairstyles resemble their counterpart's... Seriously.
%%* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
%%** Claire is an almost perfect expy of Ikuno from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Down to her behavior. (And she's attracted to Raki/Yuji too). For some added expiness read the episode in which Kitano dreams during math lesson just after reading Claymore, and notice his sword and the oni's eyes.
%%** Cynthia is an expy of Ryoko, the main female lead of ''Angel Densetsu''. Could explain how she's avoided cashing in the numerous death flags she's collected to date.
* Continuing on from the Gundam listing above, ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has plenty of its own.
** Lelouch is a main character version of Char, what with both being exiled members of (more or less) royalty, suffering from having their beloved parent murdered, having a sister, planning for revenge, and not allowing that sister to be part of it, or even knowing about it. And when she does find out, they have a showdown, and she gets in his way, etc, etc. They also fight an internal battle between revenge, wanting to join with the "nice guys" and be a real hero, and mass genocide.
** Suzaku does fairly regularly get compared to Kira Yamato (enough to get a FanNickname out of it, anyway). He's a brunet with a super mecha, opposed to violence, has a best friend for a [[TheRival Rival]], a romance with a pink-haired pacifist princess...
* According to WordOfGod, Hayashida from ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is a [[YoungerAndHipper teenage]] version of one of the characters from ''Kachou Baka Ichidachi'', an earlier work by Eiji Nonaka.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'''s protagonist Ange is what happens when Kamille Bidan from ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' [[DistaffCounterpart becomes a woman]]. Both of their parents are in government jobs, Vilkiss and Zeta Gundam having similar weapons like the Michael Mode Vilkiss to Biosensor Mode, Michael Mode's beam saber being as long as the Hyper Beam Saber, both have a [[RammingAlwaysWorks Waverider Crash]], both of them are always struck by their superiors for their behavior, and both are players which do help them in their piloting skills (Ange being an Iaria player while Kamille's a champion in Mobile Suits). Design-wise, Ange is based on Cagalli Yula Athha and Stella Loussier.
%%** Tusk is based on Kira Yamato.
* Eva Marie Parallels/Cyborg 0015 from ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}} VS Manga/{{Devilman}}'' is an Expy of Rina Hirokoji from Creator/ShotaroIshinomori's earlier series ''Blue Zone''.
* Mina Tepes from ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' is an obvious expy of Evangeline from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. They're both blonde vampire girls with hot adult [[OlderAlterEgo forms]], both are very powerful, and both are often shown in [[{{Fanservice}} skimpy clothing and in various states of undress]].
* ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces'' gives us a character known only as "the white-haired demon" so far, who is an expy of Suigintou from ''Manga/RozenMaiden''. She shares Suigintou's long white hair, purple eyes, and psychotic creases under the eyes as well as a jealous, obsessive cruelty towards the main character. [[spoiler: While she looks human most of the time, her body is actually some kind of animated marionette, complete with Manga/RozenMaiden-like doll joints.]]
%%* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
%%** Taichi of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' is an expy of Kentaro Kamon from ''Manga/CMonDigimon'', both written by Hiroshi Hizawa. V-Dramon from V-tamer is an expy of C-mon's Greymon, which was the first ever appearance of Greymon, [[ArtEvolution an appearance that later changed]] when [[MerchandiseDriven the V-pets came out]].
%%** V-mon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' is an expy of V-Dramon, as V-Dramon ended up becoming the most popular digital monster in Japan for a time.
* Max Taylor of the anime series ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' is very much an Expy of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]]. The similarities include their weird hair, both being comical protagonists, yet serious about their fighting, having a pet with lighting attacks and both having the same (English) voice. The connection is helped in that Creator/VeronicaTaylor uses the ''exact same'' voice she used for Ash.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Future Trunks is the unborn future son of the female lead, and he travels back in time to stop a group of robots from taking over the world in the future. [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Sounds familiar...]]
** Android 16 to Android 8 from earlier in the series. Both androids are fully mechanical creations that are incredibly strong but considered failures in spite of it due to their well-meaning, caring personalities. 16 is even a multiple of 8.
* Jellal from ''Manga/FairyTail'' not only looks ''exactly'' like another mage, Sieg Hart from Mashima Hiro's previous manga ''Manga/RaveMaster'', he goes under the alias Siegrain for a long time and has some spells with the same name.
* Several characters & mecha from Mamoru Nagano's ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' are expies of ones from an anime he had earlier worked on with YoshiyukiTomino called ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'', not the least of which were the HumongousMecha Junchoon & its pilot Colus VI who are expies of L-Gaim's titular mecha and series protagonist Daba Myroad. Infact, the story arc in the manga focusing on Colus VI retaking his throne is an almost exact retelling of the plot of L-Gaim. Interestingly, L-Gaim features an expy of its own Lilith Fau, a tinkerbell-esque fairy who bears an uncanny resemblance to Cham Huau from a previous Tomino series, ''Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine''. They even become best friends in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact''.
* Rei Ryugazaki from ''{{Anime/Free}}'' resembles Joe Kido from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', both are [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] {{Megane}}, love studying, and prone to passionately rants about things. They both also have a happy-go-lucky sidekick (Nagisa/Gomamon).
* By WordOfGod Ritsu's mother in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is very much based on a ghost character from one of Natsuki Takaya's earlier works.
* Because of their many similaries ([[TheStoic Stoic]] ChildSoldiers who [[CharacterDevelopment grow more human]] after meeting and [[BodyguardCrush protecting]] an {{Ojou}}, have CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass goofball [[TheLancer Lancers]], and pilot HumongousMecha with dangerous but powerful technology), Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is often considered an Expy of Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. When the two finally met in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', their similarities were [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], and Heero actually mentors Sousuke in an attempt to do something about his FishOutOfWater-ness. In addition to this, Sousuke shares some chracter stylings from both Sanousuke and Kenshin from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
%%* ''Anime/FushigiBoshiNoFutagoHime'': The vice principal and his two henchmen from season 2 are the spitting images of the Moon Kingdom's [[spoiler:former and late]] chancellor and his two henchmen from season 1.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Osamu Sugo/Knight Shoemach. Let's see, he has a SecretIdentity, he's a [[TheAce really fast driver]], he has a little sister who's in love with the main character, also being the [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]] of said little sister, he's TheRival of the hero, he has a cool accessory covering his face ([[CoolShades his sunglasses]]), he's [[EnsembleDarkhorse really popular with the fans]] and he drives a white and red machine (in his case a race car)...does this [[CharClone remind you]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam of somebody?]]
* While being an InNameOnly adaptation with little to tie it back to ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds'' has an androgynous villain named "Berg Katse" as the original series had. Both Katses are masters of disguise, although the original was a GenderBender who otherwise wore elaborate disguises to mimic others, while the newer Katse shapeshifts into his targets by using bodily contact (mostly a kiss) to assume their form. The original Katse was also not an alien, although his newer counterpart is stated to be one (as well as a former Gatchaman gone bad).
** The teams in both series have a "bad boy" type member named Joe. Joe Asakura[[note]]birth name George Asakura[[/note]] is a jaded and hot-blooded race car driver who wants revenge on Galactor for killing his parents (who were revealed to be members that wanted to defect), and that uses feather shuriken as his signature weapon. ''Crowds'' has Joe Hibiki, a jaded government employee who has a nihilistic view of the world, acts as a "bad boy" when night falls, and that uses feather darts in a similar manner to the original Joe. He also smokes, as the '90s OVA version of Joe Asakura had. Both Joes have a friend named Alan, and both wear racing gloves (even though the modern one isn't a racer). However, one notable difference is that the original Joe is Sicilian (and the only non-Asian member of the Science Ninja Team), while the one in ''Crowds'' is clearly Japanese.
* ''Manga/GhostHunt'' - Naru's assistant, Lin Koujo has the same hairstyle and pretty much the same stoic mannerisms as ''Manga/FruitsBasket'''s Hatori Sohma.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'': Michael Garrett looks a ''lot'' like Kira Yamato, they both dislike violence, and they both have sex with a love interest who is a part of an organization they joined in an unorthodox way. When the two meet in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, this tends to be Lampshaded. "Stop Fighting!" "No, you stop fighting!"
* Goldie from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' is an Expy of Semmerling, one of the villains from the earlier ''Anime/RidingBean'' OVA. Both women are {{Psycho Lesbian}}s with [[AllGaysArePedophiles unhealthy predilections for young girls]], and even have similar designs.
%%* ''Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical'''s main characters have shocking resemblances to the boys of ''LightNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama''.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Chie-sensei is an ''authorized'' {{Expy}} of [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Ciel-senpai]], down to the curry, [[Creator/FumikoOrikasa seiyuu]] and Black Keys (well, wooden T-squares, in her case).
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': Upon arriving to an unknown land, two main characters run into a female martial artist who puts them through days-long TrainingFromHell to hone their skills, has trained one of the characters' mentors, and [[spoiler:can conceal her true age through manipulation of said martial art.]] Is this Biscuit or [[Series/JojosBizarreAdventure Lisa Lisa]]?
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has more than a few things in common with Manga/InuYasha. Not only do you have a physical resemblance (both are LittleBitBeastly White-Haired Pretty Boys with HellishPupils and UnusualEars) they also have similar mannerisms ([[DoesNotLikeShoes both don't like shoes]], both are [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]] and both are [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks with Hearts of Gold]]). Then you have the fact that both are forced against their will into being bodyguards and servants to a Type B TsunDere OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who is afflicted with ChronicHeroSyndrome and both eventually fall in love with said student.
%%* The three main characters of ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' were all upgrade expies from an earlier Kaishaku work called ''Cross Triangle''. (Kurusugawa Himeko and Oogami Souma even shared partial names with their predecessors -- Kurusu and Oogami.)
%%* The title character of ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' is a [[DistaffCounterpart gender-flip]] of [[Manga/{{Bastard}} Dark Schneider]].
* ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'' gives us Himemiya Senka, another expy of Suigintou from ''Manga/RozenMaiden''. When first introduced, she shared Suigintou's white hair (intended to resemble silver), unnatural eye color, and creases under the eyes showing her disturbed mentality, and even remarkably reminiscent dress as well as obsessive jealousy and hatred towards a main character. She's even referred to as a "Solitary Doll," though in this case it refers to her replacement role as her family's shared abuse victim. [[spoiler: Like Gin, though, you eventually learn to empathize with her a bit once you know her background.]]
* ''Anime/LastExile'''s creators admit that the character Alex Row was heavily based on Anime/CaptainHarlock.
%%* D'Eon from ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'' is pretty obviously a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] Expy of Oscar from Manga/RoseOfVersailles.
* ''Manga/LostBrain'' has Rei Hiyama, a top student, bored with the world who comes upon a power of some kind and uses it to control and kill people in order to create what he considers an Utopia, where his will is the law. Also ends up playing XanatosSpeedChess against an opposing [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who is leading the effort to catch him. Very similar to ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Light Yagami.
* The cast of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is an odd case in which they are expies of not only some characters, but also of HumongousMecha.
** Nanoha is long considered to be "Magical Girl RX-78-2 Gundam" as she bears the same color motif, and the franchise exists at it is today because somebody in the staff commented about her design resemblance to the aforementioned mobile suit. This comes full circle when Nanoha gains [[AttackDrones Blaster Bits]] as an adult, now making her "Magical Girl RX- 93 Nu Gundam." She's also Amuro Ray's expy, having similar origins and talents,[[note]]While Nanoha is no GadgeteerGenius like Amuro, she's able to acclimate herself to being a magical girl at an extremely fast rate, similar to Amuro's talent of being able to improve at a fast rate as the pilot of the RX-78-2[[/note]]. Both characters also become legendary figures of their respective universes as time went on.
* Ozma Lee in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is pretty clearly meant to be the [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Roy Fokker]] expy. Older ace pilot, leader of "Skull Squadron" and pilots a Valkyrie with a black and yellow color scheme? [[spoiler:He even mentions pineapples before being injured, just as Roy did before he was killed (Though Ozma does not die) This even happens in episode 17 of the series, while Roy Fokker died in episode 18 of the original.]]
* Shun Mitaka of ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' is suave, rich, and has a silly uncontrollable phobia. Just like Shutaro Mendou of Creator/RumikoTakahashi's earlier work ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' (they even have [[Creator/AkiraKamiya the same voice actor]]).
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Asuka is a DistaffCounterpart of Tetsuya Tsurugi from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', sharing a lot of his traits. AcePilot? Check. HotBlooded? Check. Arrogant? Check. {{Tsundere}}? Check. ConvenientlyAnOrphan? Check. Huge abandonment and self-assuredness issues and a need to stand out due to this? Check. Huge amounts of InferioritySuperiorityComplex? Check. Breakdown due to their psychological trauma and personality issues? Definitely check. Fight against nine Mass Produced models of their own Mecha? Check. Ironically this makes her an Expy of the character who codified -and deconstructed long ago- the trope that she tried to deconstruct.
%%* Lots of people note how the ''LightNovel/No6'' characters Shion and Nezumi are similar to Kanda and Allen from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* Doesn't Chuck from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' remind you of another [[CloudCuckoolander hyperactive]], green [[TheDogIsAnAlien dog-like creature]]? GIR from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', anyone?
%%* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[TheDragon Hy Shaltat]] has the exact face of Chirico Cuvie, main character of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' (another HumongousMecha anime from the creator of ''Galient'').
* Tsukiko Sagi from ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' is heavily based, design- and personality-wise, on Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
%%** Ritchie is a expy to Ash (and Red from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''), who also has a few of the same Pokémon as Ash.
** In the first movie, Dr. Fuji lost his daughter when she was still a child. Devastated by this, he tried to bring her back to life via cloning, exactly like Dr. Tenma from ''Manga/AstroBoy''. It's made even more obvious because of Fuji's resemblance to Tenma.
** James' Victreebel was well-known for its painful shows of affection by biting down on his head. His Cacnea and later Carnivine continued the tradition of James having a Grass-type Pokémon who show affection in a painful manner (Cacnea always hugs James, and it's a cactus Pokémon, and Carnivine is even more of an expy as it is a carnivorous plant Pokémon who bites down on James' head).
** Jessie's Seviper was an expy of her Arbok, being a Poison-type snake Pokémon and her main battler.
** In ''Diamond and Pearl'', Ash's Torterra, as a Turtwig, was an expy of his Bulbasaur. They had similar builds and were both introduced as somewhat gruff, but likeable, peacekeepers and protectors of a Pokémon community. Like Bulbasaur, Turtwig also agreed to join Ash if he battled it first.
** Jessie's Dustox ended up being an expy of Ash's Butterfree, being released to breed with a different-colored member of its species after a tearful goodbye. Jesse's Dustox was female while Ash's Butterfree was male.
** Dawn's Mamoswine ended up being an expy of Ash's Charizard with its character development. It started out as a happy, obedient Swinub, but once it evolved into Piloswine it suddenly stopped listening to Dawn. It evolved again into Mamoswine only a couple episodes after its first evolution, and continued to be disobedient until getting injured in a later episode where Dawn nursed it back to health and it regained its respect for her.
** Bianca (in [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange the anime)]] was easily a girl version of Barry from ''Diamond and ''Pearl'', in that they are both hyperactive, impatient blondes who serve as recurring rivals to Ash.
** Trip was kind of a failed expy for Paul due to their similar appearances, obsessions with strength, and abrasive personalities. The difference is, Trip ultimately had about a fraction of Paul's skills and while he wasn't cruel to his Pokémon the way Paul was, the condescending, obnoxious part of his personality made him unlikeable as a character.
** Iris was somewhat of an expy for Misty. She had a tendency to tease Ash, specialized in a certain Pokémon type, Dragon-types to Misty's Water-types, and was terrified of another type, Ice-types to Misty and Bug-types.
** Ash's Pignite had a similar backstory to Ash's Charizard, being abandoned by a trainer that it initially thought still cared for it until finding out to its horror that said old trainer dumped it the first chance he got because he thought it was too weak. The old trainer then tried to take it back after seeing how strong it was with fake kindness, but got a Flamethrower to the face in response.
** In ''XY'', Clemont's Chespin is this of Ash's Oshawott. They are both gluttonous troublemakers who occasionally pop out of their PokéBalls on their own and sometimes get a little bit lecherous. They even have similar builds.
%%* It would be safe to say that every character in ''VisualNovel/PrincessLover'' has drawn inspiration from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Sylvia van Hossen is almost a complete clone of Saber, Charlotte is an Ilya clone, Yuu is heavily based on Sakura, and Seika is a copy of Rin.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Despite the fact that they share little in appearance, Shampoo was a deliberate attempt by Creator/RumikoTakahashi to do a better job with the character of Lum from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''.
** Ranma himself is this of Ryuunosuke, again from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Both are strong teenager that often fight with their abusive father and have problem of sexual identity.
** Nabiki Tendo is suspiciously similar to Akemi from ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', in their eyes and their seductive, jovial natures.
** Kuno Tatewaki is also comparable to Shutaro Mendou, also from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Both are absurdly rich (although Mendou shows it a lot more), both always carry a sword, which Ranma/Ataru [[BareHandedBladeBlock catches]], they also want to kill/defeat the main character, for "stealing" their love.
* All over the place in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** TheShinsengumi: (Watsuki is a huge Shinsengumi fan) get them in Aoshi (Hijikata Toshizou), Sanosuke (Harada Sanosuke), Soujirou (Okita Souji), Kanryuu (Kanryuusai Takeda), and to some extent Shishio (Serizawa Kamo). Saito Hajime is just right out there.
** Tomoe and Kamatari are based on Rei Ayanami and Yui Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** Watsuki is a huge fan of Creator/StanLee, so there are several Expies of Creator/MarvelComics characters: Jin-E and Shinomori Aoshi are both based on Comicbook/{{Gambit}}, Kujiranami Hyōgo on Comicbook/{{Apocalypse}}, Yatsume Mumyōi on Comicbook/{{Venom}}, Arundo Akamatsu on Omega Red and Sadojima Hōji on Forge.
** Tsubame Sanjō is based on Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
** Misao is a partial Expy of Kaoru, as Watsuki felt he needed a GenkiGirl to lighten the DarkerAndEdgier Kyoto Arc.
** In the past before he got burned, Shishio was an Expy of Genjuro Kibagami from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''. You could tell was quite handsome and even had a dressing style similar to him.
** Watsuki is a big ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' fan, frequently writing about it in his manga notes. Kenshin himself even resembles Shizumaru from the same series as well.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s Usagi Tsukino is an odd example of an Expy appearing ''with'' the original character. Usagi is actually an Expy of her own teammate Minako Aino, since the manga ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', in which Minako first appears, predates the series. This results in strange similarities with hair color, both having a magical talking cat, and both having a {{Magitek}} disguise device. They also have identical-looking ''parents'' (both based on the author's), although this was never alluded to in the later series. Oddly enough, Takeuchi stated, that she originally wanted to give Usagi SILVER hair, to make her less of an Expy. Her publisher, however, told her not to, since a mysterious, calm colour like that would have interfered with her being a LoserProtagonist.
* ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'': Sally is a mix of Samantha from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' and Sabrina from ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. She has a hairstyle similar to Sabrina's and is a quirky young CuteWitch interested in humans. She gets into trouble like Samantha (and somewhat like Sabrina) and does magic when she blinks her eye (Samantha twitches her nose).
* Mutsumi Saburo/Mutsumi Hojo from ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is kind of a sendup to Kaworu Nagisa from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', to the point of having (decorative) [[spoiler:wings on his back]] for his first appearance in the manga, and his "introduction" scene in the anime mirroring [[spoiler: Kaworu's reveal as an angel]], complete with [[ShoutOut Beethoven's Ninth Symphony]] playing in the background.
%%* Chizuru from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' definitely rings a bell regarding Ryouko from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
* Utau Hoshina from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' and Fate Testarossa from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series share many traits. They are both [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magic Girls]] who aren't actually evil and are doing it for the sake of someone (Precia and Ikuto), both of them have long blonde pigtails, they [[DontYouDarePityMe refuse any peaceful or friendly attempt from the main character]] and both of them receive a HeelFaceTurn undergoing DefeatMeansFriendship. A rather long list of shared traits right? They are also voice by the same [[Creator/NanaMizuki voice actress!.]]
* ''Anime/SonicX'': Dr. Eggman's [[ThoseTwoBadguys robotic henchman]], [[http://i.imgur.com/oBN4EMQ.jpg Decoe and Bocoe]], are almost identical to [[http://i.imgur.com/hITm3Kp.jpg Epsilon and Omega]]--the lackeys of Dr. Bug from the obscure 1991 series ''Kinkyu Hasshin Saver Kids''. Both shows were animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, and Decoe is even voiced by the same voice actor (Ken Yamaguchi) as Epsilon, so this is almost certainly intentional.[[note]]Bocoe was instead voiced by Bin Shimada, as Omega's voice actor (Ginzo Matsuo) passed away in the interim between the two series.[[/note]]
* The unnamed husband and his wife in ''Manga/SpottedFlower'' were created as alternate universe versions of Harunobu Madarame and Saki Kasukabe from ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}''. Besides having similar appearances, the wife has an ex-boyfriend who is a friend of her husband's, just like Kousaka from Genshiken. The husband also mentions throwing away some S&M [=DVDs=] because he could not get into them, which Madarame also does. Since the setting is also similar, fans speculate that they are the same characters at different times.
* Masataka Takayanagi from ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' and Kazu from ''Manga/AirGear''. Both are Creator/OhGreat creations, and both are shy and reserved with untapped potential. Also, they both play second fiddle to hot headed leads Soichiro Nagi and Ikki, respectively.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'':
** Kentaro Yabuki reused both the appearance and the powers of both Kyoko and Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'' when designing Magical Flame Kyoko and Golden Darkness.
** Train Heartnet, ''the'' Black Cat, also gets an Expy in the form of a gun wielding killer called Black. He even has a gun that looks very much like Train's gun, Hades. he also seems to be based on Eraser!Train rather than Sweeper!Train.[[spoiler: Heck, there is even black cat wandering around in that arc (and it's implied that it actually ''is'' Black the assassin)...you know, in case you missed the reference ]]
** Lala is inspired from Lum of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Both are beautiful alien princesses in love with a human boy. Both have all sorts of inventions that hardly work right or do not work at all. And they both love to cook food that is way too spicy or inedible for humans to eat.
%%* Appearing only in the animated adaptation of ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', Serge Starjon is the expy of Serge Batouille, the main character of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''. Both are similar in appearance and personality.
* Berkastel from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is an expy of Rika Furude of sister-series ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. It's hinted and later confirmed by WordOfGod that [[spoiler:they're essentially the same people, but Bernkastel is the totality of all of Rika's past lives that never made it past June of 1983]].
* A teenage boy who attracts ghosts like bees to honey, who mades a magic contract with a mysterious person to get rip of the ghosts but instead he turns into that person's assistant. Are we talking about Hayato from ''Manga/UndertakerRiddle'' or Watanuki of ''Manga/XxxHOLiC''?
* ''Manga/UQHolder'':
** Chapter 3 introduces a shy girl with short hair named Shinobu, an obvious expy of the character with the same name of ''Manga/LoveHina''.
** And then there is ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Setsuna Sakurazaki expy, Kuroumaru, an easily flustered but overly serious shinmeiryuu master who is [[FreakinessShame ashamed to be less than human]] and [[HunterOfHisOwnKind hunts his own kind]], has been cast off from his family, and has an androgynous build with a black side ponytail. He even has ShipTease with a cheerful, careless Konoe, for god's sake!
* L-Elf from ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' is like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Both are once part of TheEmpire which they are cast off, joined a rebellion group to take down that group, great strategists, and having a love life [[spoiler:who dies from TheEmpire's plans.]]
* Zero from ''Manga/VampireKnight'' is like Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''. Hunts down other species because of his hatred on them for the loss of his relatives? Check. White-haired? Check. [[EtTuBrute Betrayed by the female lead]]? Check. Kills the mastermind behind the killing of his relatives? Check. [[EasilyForgiven Reconciles with the female lead]]? Check.
* Yui and Takeo Sasaki from ''Anime/{{X-Men}}'' are Expies of Moira and Kevin [=MacTaggert=]/Proteus from the comics, right down to Yui being a famous researcher and Xavier's old flame [[spoiler:, and Takeo being Xavier's bastard son, much like [[Comicbook/UltimateXMen Ultimate]] Proteus]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
%%** The Season 2 BigBad, Saiou, is basically an {{Expy}} of Marik (with his sister Mizuchi an Expy of Isis), using the same strategy as Dartz.
%%** The Sacred Beasts are Expys of the God Cards.
** Fujiwara Yuusuke is very much akin to Bakura Ryou, having lost his family (impiled in both cases to be by an accident, possibly a car crash), and having a definite affinity for the supernatural, along with making some level of a bargain with the final BigBad.
%%* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
%%** Jack Atlas in ''[=5D's=]'' is clearly Kaiba. The dub plays this aspect up.
%%** His assistant Mikage also seems to be an Expy of Scheris from ''Scryed'' in both appearance and her relationship with Jack.
%%* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''.
%%** Kaito is an expy of Kaiba (the obsessing over his brother)
%%** Astral and No.96 being expys of Atem/Dark Yugi and Dark Bakura, respectively.
* Michiru Kita from ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' is very similar to Lettuce Midorikawa from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. Both have [[{{Meganekko}} glasses]] and [[ShrinkingViolet shy personalities]], and in the beginning of ''Zombie Loan'', Michiru even has Lettuce's twin braids. Until she chops them off, of course.