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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 ''MobileSuitGundamF91'', Chronicle Asher from ''MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', Zechs Merquise from ''MobileSuitGundamWing'', Lancerow Darell from ''AfterWarGundamX'', Rau Le Creuset from ''MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Neo Roanoke from ''MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Graham Aker from ''MobileSuitGundam00'', Zeheart Galette from ''MobileSuitGundamAGE'', Full Frontal from ''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]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]].
* 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, [[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.
* ''MobileSuitGundam'' had Lalah Sune as the franchise's first PhlebotinumGirl. Since then [[ZetaGundam Four Murasame & Rosamia Badam]], [[GundamZZ Puru & her clones]], [[CharsCounterattack Quess Pariah]], [[GundamSEEDDestiny Stella Loussier]], and [[GundamAGE 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 ''ZetaGundam'''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 ''CharsCounterattack'', 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 ''FullMetalPanic''.
* Though he's not replicated as often as Char or Yazan, DarkMessiah and ManipulativeBastard [[ZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] has two notable expies, in Gilbert Durandal from ''SEED Destiny'' and Ribbons Almark from ''00''.
* 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.]]
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]'' has Mariemaia Khushrenada, who is based on [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mine]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ va Lao]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Zabi]].
* Fllay Allster from ''Gundam Seed'' is partially based on ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Sochie Heim, namely them harboring a hatred for the Moonrace/Coordinators, having their father killed in front of their eyes, and they both develop a relationship with the male lead character, only for them to lose them at the end.
** Fllay herself would be the basis for ''Gundam 00's'' Nena Trinity.
* Kira Yamato from ''Gundam Seed'' is said to [[CompositeCharacter be a mix of]] Amuro and ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Loran Cehack, having Amuro's technical aptitude and having almost every bit of Loran's events happened to him. Having a powerful mobile suit? Check. Having a distate for violence? Check. Forced to fight against their own kind (Coordinators/Moonrace)? Check. Relationship with Earthling daughter's who had her father killed by his people (Fllay/Sochie)? Check. [[ChastityCouple Sexless romance with princess figure]] (Lacus/Dianna)? Check.
** Kira was ''made'' to be the Amuro figure of the Alternative Universes. In personality, cause, and, let's not forget, power.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Shinn Asuka]] is a very close expy to [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]]: both lost their families to war right in front of them, both lose their [[AxCrazy crazy]] girlfriends and both spend a good amount of time regretting the thing they have done. The key difference is that Kamille gets help, while Shinn does not.
** 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.
* Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has the honor of not only having an expy in another Gundam series (Setsuna from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]])'', but has one outside the Gundam franchise (Sosuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''). The scary thing is, Sosuke is even more anti-social and military minded than Heero. At least Heero could blend in a high school; Sosuke can barely not shoot or blow anything up that seems suspicious.
** 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]].
* Every Gundam series will have something aside from the titular Mobile Suits that differentiate themselves as main characters rather than mooks, whether it be [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Newtypes]], [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam the Shuffle Alliance]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the Zero System]], [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Newtypes again]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Moonrace]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Coordinators]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Innovators]], or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE X-Rounders]].
* 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.
** Admiral Lewis Halberton = General Revil
** Rau Le Creuset may be the series' CharClone, but his [[NietzscheWannabe other]] [[OmnicidalManiac personality]] [[BetaBaddie traits]]? And [[WarForFunAndProfit how]] [[PlayingBothSides he]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder aims]] to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt achieve them]]? Let's just say he and the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Frost Brothers]] would have a lot to talk about.
** 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.
** Flit Asuno started out as an Amuro expy; as of part two he's somewhere between Shinn Asuka and Patrick Zala, and by part three he is channeling fellow GeneralRipper and ShellShockedVeteran [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Bask Om]] for all he is worth.
* [[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.
* Kirara/Mihoshi from ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' dresses up in a pink wig and star decorations while in her [[AlterEgoActing stage persona]], much like Meer Campbell from ''GundamSeedDestiny''. Her civilian garb is also the same as that of Marida Cruz from ''GundamUnicorn''.
* Additionally, the show has a [[RunningGag Running]] MythologyGag where many of the supporting characters or one-shot competitors look almost ''exactly'' like pilots from past Gundam shows, and in many cases use the same mobile suits operated by their counterparts:
** Mr. Ral = Ramba Ral from ''MobileSuitGundam''; uses the Gouf
** Takeshi Iori = Amuro Ray from ''Mobile Suit Gundam''; uses the RX-78 Gundam
** Tatsuzo the Burning = Dozle Zabi from ''Mobile Suit Gundam''; uses the Apsalus III
** Marasai Gunplay Team = Jerid Messa and Kacricon Cacooler from ''MobileSuitZetaGundam''; use the Marasai
** Alice Imai = Allenby Beardsley from ''MobileFighterGGundam''; uses the Noble Gundam
* ''[[{{Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross}} Macross]]'' director Noburo Ishiguro stated that Roy Focker was based on Sleggar Law.
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* Gaku Namikiri of ''AbsoluteBoyfriend'' is basically Tasuki from YuuWatase's earlier work ''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 [[LoveableRogue 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.
** Before we note that [[AyashiNoCeres Tooya]] and [[AbsoluteBoyfriend Soushi]] are reincarnations of Tamahome (Tooya in looks and fighting skills; Soushi in looks), it must be said Tamahome is actually himself a reincarnation of Manato Sudou from ''FushigiYuugi'''s older sister, ''Shishunki Miman Okotowari''.
* Chiyuri Kurashima from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is this from Orihime Inoue of ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. Both are GenkiGirl, shown to be the love interest of the main character even though he chooses the DarkIsNotEvil girl, have healing abilities, and [[spoiler:pretend to defect to the enemy to get power upgrades]]. They're also voiced by Creator/StephanieSheh, and when you think about it, it makes sense.
* Sora Hasegawa from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' strongly resembles Yoriko Nikaido from the same mangaka's earlier series ''YoureUnderArrest''.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' is full of this tropes, featuring characters inspired by LoveHina and Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion. Sakurako = Naru with Asuka Soryu Langley's looks thrown in. Tsubame = Kitsune mixed with Misato Katsuragi. Kirino = Motoko. Yukari = Shinobu. Hachibei, Tsubame, Yukari and Kirino's designs respectively resemble Seiji, Rin, Midori and Nao from MidoriNoHibi.
* ''Manga/AILoveYou'' has numerous examples taken from Manga/AhMyGoddess: Saati is Belldandy, Toni is Urd, Kimika Aso is Sayoko Mishima. Forty fills the same spot as Skuld, but has a notably different personality and is more similar to Kaolla Su from LoveHina.
* In ''{{Amanchu}}'', the author transported ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'s'' Akari back to earth, renamed her Hikari and [[AuthorAppeal gave her some scuba gear]]. And seemingly infused her with some interesting drugs, since Hikari tends to be even more spaced-out than her predecessor--which is quite a feat in itself.
** In the most recent chapters, they give us characters Akane and Chizuru who look EXACTLY like Akari and Aika respectivley.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': This show also has some characters that fit this trope, especially the main protagonist Yuri that looks and acts similar to Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya. We also have the main protagonist [[DeadpanSnarker Otonashi]] that is like almost all the other other protagonists of Key. [[EmotionlessGirl Tenshi]] despite not looking the same as Nagato Yuki has the same personality as her.
** This serves as the driving force of a [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6149731/1/ crossover fanfiction between the two franchises.]]
** However, while Yuri visually resembles Haruhi, in personality and role she's clearly based on Saya, the gun-toting ActionGirl bonus character in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters Ecstasy''.
* ''{{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.
* 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 ''ShonenJump'' editor.
* Ciel of ''{{Black Butler}}'' is incredibly similar to {{Artemis Fowl}}.
* 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 in ''ToLoveRu''.
** 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 ]]
** With the reveal of Tearju Lunatique as Yami's creator, this verges to being AlternateUniverse versions rather than [[{{Expy}} Expies]].
*** It's gone all the way there with the revelation that Yami's real name is Eve.
** Predating Manga/BlackCat is ''Yamato Gensouki'', the main hero-heroine shares exact same design with Ren (To-Love-Ru) and Kyoko (Black Cat) respectively.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Tite Kubo has used three characters as expies of two characters from his ill-fated first manga, ''Manga/ZombiePowder''. Grimmjow's design is based on the ZombiePowder's protagonist. On one volume cover, Grimmjow is even drawn in the exact same pose. Gamma's early design has been used for Renji and is also the basis for the design of Starrk's released form, the only difference being that Starrk uses guns instead of a chainsword.
* How many of you consider Jo from ''BurstAngel'' to be an expy of Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''? Let's see. Silver hair? Check. [[BringMyRedJacket Red]] [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]? Check. [[GunsAkimbo Twin handguns]]? Check.
** She has a few things in commen with Nero from the fourth game too. Again, silver hair, and again, trenchcoats, (Nero's is blue though.) But they also have girlfriends that you really don't want to put in danger, otherwise they'll [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge go on rampages]] (Jo has Meg, Nero has Kyrie) and they both have glowing right arms that are linked to their superpowers. (Jo has the "Angel Tatto which glows when she gets mad and unleashes her physical strength, Nero has the "Devil Bringer" that lets him use a grappling power, sometimes with a large fist)
* Nobuhiro Watsuki freely admits in the chapter notes to ''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.
** Speaking of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Nobuhiro Watsuki also Expies several Shinsengumi members by using them as bases for other non-Shinsensgumi characters. In particular, he used Hijikata as a reference for Aoshi, Okita for Soujirou (who also got Okita's birth name), Harada for Sanosuke, and Kanryuusai for Kanryuu.
** In fact, all three of Watsuki's post-''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' manga series contain a Misao: Colice in ''Gun Blaze West'', Kazuki in ''BusouRenkin'' and finally Elm in ''Embalming''. Elm is even paired up with an Aoshi expy, Ashuhit.
** Do not forget the many characters in RK that share way too many features with [[MarvelComics Marvel characters]] to be considered merely [[ShoutOut shout outs]]. Seeing [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]], [[{{X-Men}} Gambit, Apocalypse]], or ''Comicbook/{{Venom}}'' fighting Kenshin in Meiji era Japan is... surreal, to say the least. Saito Hajime was also partially inspired by Comicbook/ThePunisher.
*** And it's not just American comics either; Watsuki was very fond of homaging other anime characters he liked. He explicitly modeled Tsubame Sanjou after [[Anime/SailorMoon Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn]] and Yukishiro Tomoe after [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]], for instance.
* [[LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios Sharnid Elipton]] is a pretty much a copy of [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Kurz Weber]]: a sniper, whose skill is matched only by his laid-backness, with long blond hair and a propensity for womanizing.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' is, in some ways, a revisiting of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', only somewhat more depressing and switching around the character dynamics. For example, Sunohara is Kitagawa as the main character's best friend, Tomoyo and Kotomi are the two different aspects of Mai, Fuko i.s Ayu, only sadder and not the winning girl, and Nagisa is Shiori, except that [[spoiler:she really dies]] and that she's the winning girl.
** It could be argued that Nagisa is Shiori because [[spoiler: she ''[[NotQuiteDead doesn't]]'' really die]], if you're going by KyoAni's (and the visual novel's) continuity.
** Also, Kyou and Ryou bear a striking resemblance to Kagami and Tsukasa of ''Anime/LuckyStar'', respectively. Mauve-haired twin sisters--[[SiblingYinYang one]] a {{Tsundere}} with long hair, [[PolarOppositeTwins the other shy and gentle]] with short, though the Fujibayashi twins are identical while the Hiiragi twins are fraternal. Amusingly enough, Tsukasa even remarks at one point that "Kagami" can also be read as "Kyou"...
*** Amazing in that KyotoAnimation finished ''Anime/LuckyStar'' before working on ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''.
*** Most likely a reference to the visual novel, which was contemporaneous with the original {{Yonkoma}} on which the ''Lucky Star'' anime was based. It may also just have been a coincidence that the studio capitalised on to up the [[PanderingToTheBase otaku quotient]]; Kagami is actually named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagami_Yoshimizu her creator]].
*** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tsukasa_and_Kagami_as_Ryou_and_Kyou.jpg This]] picture (which is also the header picture for the CosplayFanArt page) says it all.
** Misae is an {{Expy}} of [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Kaname Chidori]], down to the [[Creator/SatsukiYukino seiyuu]]. Hell, her last name is Sagara.
** Tsukasa is a visual (at least) expy of Akari Kamigishi from ''ToHeart'', which the series delights in [[LampshadeHanging pointing out]]. The poor girl once gets photographed by an {{Otaku}} who sees the resemblance and [[OtakuSurrogate Konata]] once gives her Akari's red uniform.
*** By transivity, Ryou is also a visual {{Expy}} of Akari.
* Claire, the protagonist of ''{{Claymore}}'' is an almost perfect expy of Ikuno from Manga/AngelDensetsu. Down to her behaviour. (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's Lancelot is a Gundam expy. It's the first truely humanoid design in its world of origin, with unprecedented mobility, in a white colour scheme. It even has Beam Shields! Suzaku, on the other hand, is not really a Gundam main character expy, as the series shows us quite clearly that Suzaku is part of an organisation which does not agree with, and will not allow, his [[strike: equalist]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary egalitarian]] views to come to fruition.
*** 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...
** [[spoiler:Rolo]]'s Vincent has a V on its head like a gundam to top it off [[spoiler: Rolo is a Geass User like lelouch but Rolo only stops the persons sense of time wile Lelouch comands people and Rolo killed Shirley a girl that Lelouch cared about and Lelouch hates Rolo for that just like how Amuro killed Lalah a girl that Char cared about and Char hates amuro for that plus Char and Amuro are Newtypes wich makes Rolo the Amuro to Lelouch]]
** Don't you dare tell me that you see no resemblance (both physical and in regards to plans) between Muruta Azrael and Schneizel el Britannia. Only difference is that Schneizel can actually keep his cool and dignity near the end.
*** On the note of Schneizel: Although people often compare Lelouch to [[Manga/DeathNote Yagami Light]], not many people realize Light actually appears in Anime/CodeGeass - They just took away his ArtifactOfDoom and changed his name to Schneizel. Face it. They look similar, they have similar attitudes, they're both geniuses, they both intend to [[spoiler: create a peaceful world by killing lots of people]], they both want to become [[spoiler: the god of that new world]]...
** The first time this Trooper saw Code Geass he though: Is that Kamui vs Shaolan? Lelouch look a lot like Kamiu from Clamp's X and Susaku could be Shaolan's twin.
*** Well considering that the characters were designed by the [[Creator/{{Clamp}} the exact same people]] it's hardly surprising. Many of their characters from different series have a strong resemblance to one another.
* According to WordOfGod, Hayashida from ''CromartieHighSchool'' is a [[YoungerAndHipper teenage]] version of one of the characters from ''Kachou Baka Ichidachi'', an earlier work by Eiji Nonaka.
* ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' was written and drawn by Andy Seto, who notably illustrated the manga adaptations of''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Therefore, it's not very surprising to see that the local ArrogantKungFuGuy Loneken looks ''very much'' like Terry Bodgard.
** Additionally, Bu Kang, the resident PluckyComicRelief, is a carbon copy of [[DragonBallZ Krilin]], with the only thing to tell them apart being their FacialMarkings.
* In the early '90s, Shotaro Ishinomori introduced a character by the name of Roam in the ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga adaptation ''A Link to the Past''. This character is an obvious expy for Ishinomori's ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' character 002/Jet Link.
** Ishinomori had long included Jet-expies in his works, with the character design appearing as a villain in Ishinomori's obscure manga ''Android V'', while another "Jet" made a cameo in his gag manga ''Guy Punch and Ann Doll''. ''Anime/ZeroZeroNineOne'' also had "020", a secret agent with the same type of GagNose and gravity-defying hair. The original manga even referred to 020 as "Jet", while the anime gave him the codename of "Mars". Jet and the other cyborgs (save for 003 and 001) even pop up in a cameo in the manga as "The Nine Group", a group of cyborgs not necessarily intended to be the same characters but meant to be a nod towards the other series.
** Outside of Ishinomori's works, Pizza/Soldato J-002 in Anime/GaoGaiGar is another Jet-expy, down to him being a cyborg and having the "002" codename. Another Jet expy pops up in the form of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'s'' Kurtis. Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver even have a trainer named "Jet", whose appearance in the Pokemon Adventures manga has him drawn to look like a (slightly) more realistically-proportioned 002, when it comes to his large nose. He still has the wild hair.
** Joe Shimamura/009 and Great Britain/007 had the basics of their designs re-used for two cyborg heroes in a later Ishinomori series; ''Glacier Warrior Guyslugger''. 009 himself is no stranger to expies; the title character of ''Android V'' is one for him, and other Ishinomori heroes seem to have his style of shonen hair and/or one eye obscured by bangs as he had.
** Francoise Arnoul/003 is a somewhat bittersweet example of having many similar characters seemingly based off her design, as Ishinomori modeled her and other female characters off of his late older sister (who had died while he was in his teens). Kiyoko in Anime/{{Gilgamesh}} had her design in the original manga (though not in the anime adaptation), and "Francoise" also cropped up in ''Fantasy World Jun'' and in other series.
** Albert Heinrich/004 has encountered a load of expies in Ishinomori's own works as well as in other authors' series. Most notably, he was the inspiration for Hakaider in ''Kikaider''. [[http://homepage2.nifty.com/weisz/nuesan-sirome.html A listing of his Expies can be seen on this fansite]].
** The 2007 Skull Man anime includes expies of the villain Von Bogoot, the princess Helen, and Cyborg 001's father as antagonists. The five SIRKS cyborgs are also intended to be Expies of 002, 004, 005, 006, and 008. However, there are some clear differences in a few designs: SIRKS 01 (002) is a blond man with bangs like 009's, SIRKS 03 (008) is a middle-aged white man, and SIRKS 04 (004) is a bald and more reluctant team member.
* Kimihito Kurusu of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has a fantasy expy, Mamoru Onodera of ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner''. Both are extremely nice guys who constantly suffer from the affections of {{cute monster girl}}s. Hell, even their harems are similar.
* Related to the Negima examples below, Mina Tepes from ''DanceInTheVampireBund'' is an obvious expy of Evangeline. 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]].
* Mitsuka-sensei from ''DearS'' is a direct {{Expy}} of [[{{Mahoromatic}} Shikijo-sensei]], almost to the point of ripoff status, as they share the same English voice actress. Ren is an obvious expy of most of the persocoms from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'', but more specifically, Chii.
** Speaking of ''DearS'', Junpei from ''NyanKoi'' is very reminiscent of Takeya.
* Meanwhile, over in ''Manga/DeathNote'' land, quirky detective L is a shameless Expy... of ''{{Batman}}''. No, don't stop reading. Both of them are the World's Greatest Detective. Both lose their parents at a young age, and are then raised by an elderly butler; Watari is a definitive Expy. Both rely on always being the smartest guy in the room, and on concealing their true identity. L is even a skilled martial artist, though given the nature of the story that doesn't get a lot of play. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/commissioner-gordon_8718.jpg Soichiro is Commissioner Gordon]]. Light, of course, is the supervillain of the piece, both brilliant and insanely sociopathic; he'd fit well with the likes of ComicBook/TheRiddler.
* Without even airing (or having actual previews), it's fairly obvious that Ain of (the recently announced anime) ''{{Despera}}'' is an expy of Lain of ''SerialExperimentsLain''. Then again, it's possible that the entire ''show'' is an expy of ''SerialExperimentsLain''.
* The three major characters of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' are visual Expys of the major characters of Aoyama's previous manga Magic Kaitou. Most especially, Kudo Shinichi is a visual Expy of Kuroba Kaito. This is lampshaded by the fact that not only do they have the [[Creator/KappeiYamaguchi same seiyuu]] in the anime, Kaito is mistaken for Shinichi once in the early manga and is able to impersonate Shinichi without his usual LatexPerfection masks in one of the {{Non Serial Movie}}s, ''Magician of the Silver Sky''. The resemblances between Aoko and Ran, and Nakamori and Kogoro, are downplayed as the Magic Kaitou cast is reintroduced into the later, and better-drawn, Detective Conan.
** Also, Conan himself is an Expy of the titular ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'', much as Kaitou is an Expy of the titular ''Literature/ArseneLupin''.
* Digimon is infamous for this. Every male protagonist is a HotBlooded IdiotHero with GogglesDoNothing and brown hair, both in the anime and in the video games. The main exception was ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', with Masaru deliberately breaking the goggle trend.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', where Taichi declared Daisuke to be the leader of the new group, partly due to being the character most like him.
** The Digimon Kaiser is an Expy to Neo Saiba of the manga.
** And after his HeelFaceTurn, Ken gained an expy in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' with Koichi Kimura.
*** ''Each season's'' [[TheLancer lancer]] is an expy of Yamato from the first season. He, Ken/Digimon Kaiser, Ruki, Kouji, Touma, and Kiriha are varying degrees of [[RedOniBlueOni blue oni to the Goggle Boy's red oni,]] each has some connection to the color blue, all but Ken and Kiriha are partnered with or transform into canids, and three of them are blond males. Kiriha's an odd duck, though, as he is partnered with a Greymon, traditionally associated with the Goggle Boy. At least it's blue this time around.
** The real Expy breaker is Takato from ''DigimonTamers.'' While he has goggles, it's because he's a fan of the InUniverse Digimon franchise. In personality, he's nothing like the HotBlooded main characters of series past and future (Masaru/Marcus is ''very much'' an expy in all but headgear.) and has to grow into the role of being TheHero instead of being gung-ho from the beginning. Secondary character Kazu is the goggle-head archetype, but remains a member of ThoseTwoGuys.
* 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.
* Lunch from ''Manga/DragonBall'' has characteristics that are compared to Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Both are SplitPersonality characters; one is TheDitz while the other is AxCrazy, but also [[TheStoic stoic]]. Eventually, the latter side of them gain a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] and as a result, becoming a TokenEvilTeammate in the process of gaining TrueCompanions. They also gain an OddFriendship with a girl who is quite the UnfazedEveryman (Bulma and Yuka), and an [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited love interest]] (Tien and Kouta). Lastly, they "die" in the end of their respective franchise (the former gets written out in ''Z'' while the latter has it in two ways depending on the media; the manga has her being [[spoiler:killed by Kouta]] while the anime has her [[spoiler:bad side killed, leaving a SplitPersonalityTakeover to occur]]).
** DragonBall started out as an adaptation of JourneyToTheWest. As the years went by, however, Goku became less Sun Wukong and more Superman.
* Walker and Erika from ''{{Durarara}}'' serve as expies of Isaac and Miria from LightNovel/{{Baccano}}, both being a set of [[CloudCuckoolander very weird]] BirdsOfAFeather that facilitate the plot from the sidelines by being their very bizarre selves. They're even all {{Otaku}} (Yes, bandits living in the 1930s New York can apparently be OccidentalOtaku. Try not to think about it too much). The main difference is that Walker and Erika are [[CuteAndPsycho much more unstable]] than their 1930s American counterparts.
** A later ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' book set in 2002 features Huey Laforet's great-great-grandson [[spoiler:by way of Chane and Claire]], Charon Walken, who strongly resembles Kasuka Heiwajima both in appearance and personality. This is lampshaded in a later volume of ''Durarara!!'', when Saki mentions meeting a boy with an uncanny resemblance to the actor in question.
** Huey Laforet himself shares a large number of characteristics with Izaya Orihara[[note]]While ''Baccano!'' started before ''Durarara!!'', the book Huey made his first appearance in came out five months after ''Durarara!!'''s first book, making Izaya the earlier character[[/note]], being a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], apparently sociopathic, pale and black-haired {{Bishonen}} who has an interest in ethically questionable social experiments.
* The teacher/aide in Ken Akamatsu's ''Earth Defender Mao-chan'' looks identical to Naru from ''LoveHina'', including the use of the same {{seiyuu}}, Horie Yui. The similarity is remarked on in the animated adaptation when the gang goes to a remarkably familiar looking hot spring inn and meet the un-named but equally familiar hostess.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Jellal. Not only does he look ''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.
** And of course Kageyama, who is the mirror image of Shippuuden-version Shikamaru. Down to the shadow-based magic.
** Haru=Natsu, Elie=Lucy, Musica=Gray. The author even lampshaded this by dressing them up as each other and seeing if readers would notice. Erza from another dimension's 10 commandments=Haru's 10 commandments. Ice Make magic is pretty similiar to Silver Claimer. And of course, Plue is Plue. In fact, too many to count in these 2 series, likely with more to come.
** Gildarts is a mirror image of [[OnePiece Shanks]]. Straight down to the missing arm.
* Several characters & mecha from Mamoru Nagano's ''Five Star Stories'' 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''.
* By WordOfGod Ritsu's mother in ''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), [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Sousuke Sagara]] is often considered an Expy of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]]. 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.
* The ''FutariWaPrettyCure'' girls have counterparts in ''[[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash* Star]]'' -- Saki and Mai. This is strong enough that a preview for the Italian version of Splash* Star boasts of the former's "return," though ultimately this was dropped for the actual dub.
** ''YesPrettyCure5'' apparently tried to do it again before changing their tune to make a more traditional MagicalGirl team; traces of Nagisa and Honoka can still be found in Rin and Karen, despite their being tweaked considerably. More obvious is Komachi, otherwise known as [[TokyoMewMew Retasu]].
** ''FreshPrettyCure'' had the blatant [[MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch Lucia]] expy Love/Cure Peach.
** [[HeartcatchPrettyCure Kumojacky]] is a younger [[PrettyCureSplashStar Kintolesky]].
** ''SmilePrettyCure'' shared the same character designer as ''YesPrecure5''...leading to the teams looking almost ''identical''.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Osamu Sugo/Knight Schumacher. 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?]]
** There's also Kyoshiro Nagumo from ''SAGA'' and ''SIN'', who is an expy for Gilbert Dullindal of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. They have almost exactly the same looks and motives and they are both voiced by Creator/ShuichiIkeda.
** Henri Claytor is an expy for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Yzak Joule]], except that Henri has a strand of red streak on his bangs and Yzak doesn't have one.
* The Count in ''{{Gankutsuou}}'' is an expy of Alucard of ''{{Hellsing}}''. Both have the same Japanese voice actor, and the Count exhibits a number of traditional vampire traits (in fact, he might be ''more'' of a traditional vampire than Alucard). Also, both manifest ExtraEyes when they're about to do something badass/terrifying. Admitedly, the vampire idea in ''{{Gankutsuou}}'' derives in part from the Count of the novel being compared to one, specifically the Byron-expy Lord Ruthven- the anime just took the idea literally.
* While being an InNameOnly adaptation with little to tie it back to ''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.
** Both series also have an entity named Leader X (or President X, both acceptable translations of the Japanese "Sosai X"). The original version is the BigBad and alien entity from a planet called Selector, while the ''Crowds'' version is a female-voiced artificial intelligence in the program GALAX that at first seems a little more heroic. The newer X does later get used for a villainous purpose by Katse, but is able to be freed and returned to her proper owner. In the original Gatchaman, Katse was TheDragon to X.
* ''Manga/GhostHunt'' - Naru's assistant, Lin Koujo has the same hairstyle and pretty much the same stoic mannerisms as FruitsBasket's Hatori Sohma.
* Everyone in the ''GiantRobo'' {{OVA}} is an Expy of a character from various manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.
* Maho Nishizumi from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' bears many similarities to Teru Miyanaga of ''{{Manga/Saki}}''. Both are [[AloofBigSisters Aloof Big Sisters]] to the main characters, and are champions at the game their families play (tankery for Maho, mahjong for Miho). However, there are critical differences regarding their relationships with their little sisters; while Teru [[IHaveNoSon denies having a sister]] after their parents separate, Maho does not, and it is revealed in ''Little Army'' that [[spoiler:she actually does love Miho dearly and her main reason for living up to her family's standards is so that Miho will be free to live her own way]]. Similarly, Miho and Saki have some similarities, as they go from hating tankery and mahjong, respectively, due to [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers their family's attitude on winning]], but grow to love it at their new school, as they bring their underdog school to success against more experienced and better funded teams.
* In ''GunXSword'', Van is an expy of Spike of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' in terms of very similar appearance, and Carmen 99 is an obvious expy of Faye from the same series.
** 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!"
* The author of ''{{Hellsing}}'' admits that almost every damn character was 100% ripped off from his old works.
** As far as is known, the Hellsing family (minus Integra), the council of 12 members and the minor Millennium villains (Valentine brothers, Rip van Winkle, Zorin Blitz and Tubalcain Alambra) are the only characters created wholly for the series.
* Koneko Toujou of ''HighschoolDxD''. Short? Check. BadassAdorable? Check. LittleMissSnarker? Check. [[PervertRevengeMode Pummels anyone who acts perverted]]? Check. [[ToLoveRu The only thing missing here is that she isn't an alien assassin who's hair can turn into bladed weapons]].
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': 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).
** [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Bernkastel]] is an {{Expy}} of Rika Furude. 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]].
* The anime ''HunterXHunter'', based on a manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, featured a {{Ninja}} named Hanzo who was similar in design to Kazemaru (who was also a ninja) from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', which was also based on a manga by Togashi.
** There's also a lot of similarities between the Hunter gang and Team Urameshi, especially if you put Gon and Yusuke, Killua and Hiei, Kurapika and Kurama (seriously even their names sound alike), and Leorio and Kuwabara together.
** Gon himself is also an {{Expy}} of [[DragonBall Goku]].
* Yukiho from ''[[Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia The iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia]]'' looks ''exactly'' like Shiori from ''Kanon'', and even has a [[SnowMeansLove snow reference]] in her name.
* 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 ''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.)
** All of them have returned yet again in supporting roles in ''Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora'': virtually unchanged, except that Himeko now affects [[{{Meganekko}} a pair of glasses]].
*** Then there's Kaishaku's most recent manga, ''ZettaiShoujoSeiikiAmnesian''. Guess who's back. You may find the scanlation [[http://zefiberyl.blogspot.com/search/label/Amnesian here]].
*** And if anyone's interested, there's also the web novel ''Himegami''. You know who are the main characters, [[http://www.himegami.com/1.html so here's the link]]. It's in Japanese, BTW, so you might want to wait for someone to translate it.
**** Of course, Himegami and Amnesian also have expies of other Kaishaku characters. They sure love reusing.
***** Reincarnation at work.
* Pick any character from ''KarakuridoujiUltimo'' and you will find someone from ''ShamanKing'', Takei's previous work, who resembles them. Rune and Manta is probably the most infamous.
** Machi Shina looks like [[Manga/XXXHolic Yuuko]] right down to [[SmokingIsGlamorous stylish smoking]] and [[FortuneTeller similiar]] [[HotWitch professions.]]
** Service looks like Rin from {{Vocaloid}}. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Except Service is a boy.]]
* Possibly in an effort to make the typical cipher role interesting, the KyotoAnimation version of Yuuichi from ''{{Kanon}}'' is basically the well-liked Kyon (thus, "[[FanNickname Kyuuichi]]") from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', complete with ShoutOut.
** Isn't that backwards? Yuuichi is quite snarky in the original Visual Novel dating back to 1999. If anything, Kyon is an expy of Yuuichi.
* Mutsumi Saburo/Mutsumi Hojo from ''KeroroGunsou'' 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.
* Stop me if you've heard this premise before: A young, newly-hired male teacher and his busty female co-worker/love interest have to deal with a class of hyperactive students, particularly a "unique" trio of girls whose antics cause no shortage of misunderstandings. This can describe Kodomo No Jikan, HanamaruKindergarten, ''and'' {{Mitsudomoe}}. It's a triple threat of expy-ness!
* Kaede from ''LadiesVersusButlers'' seems [[Anime/LuckyStar a bit familiar...]]
* D'Eon from LeChevalierDEon is pretty obviously a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] Expy of Oscar from RoseOfVersailles.
* ''Anime/LostUniverse'' is considered the sister series to ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' for the near-identical parallels between plot and characters; the plot is more or less the same but in a sci-fi setting, with a BigBad sharing a similar name to the BigBad of the latter series. It's [[EpilepticTrees theorized]] that both franchises are a part of the same universe because of the presences of a {{God}} and a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Satanic]] force in each, and because LU's BigBad Dark Star Dugradigdu appeared as the main antagonist of the third season of the ''Slayers'' anime. WordOfGod insists otherwise, but it's fairly plausible.
** As for the characters, protagonist Kane Blueriver is a male, less sociopathic version of [[RedHeadedHeroine Lina Inverse]], [[{{Tsundere}} Millie Nocturne]] and [[TheDitz Nina Mercury]] are split parts of [[ThePollyanna Princess Amelia's]] personality, Railey Claymore carries a few of[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Zelgadis']] traits, and [[BigBad Dark Star's]] human form is a more evil-looking version of [[IdiotHero Gourry Gabriev.]] In addition to all of this, MegumiHayashibara (Lina) voices [[GenkiGirl Canal Vorfeed]], YasunoriMatsumoto (Gourry)voices Dark Star, Masami Suzuki (Amelia) voices Nina, and Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (Zelgadis) voices Riley.
* Ozma Lee in ''MacrossFrontier'' is pretty clearly meant to be the [[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.]]
* Signum from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' is an obvious Expy of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lamia Loveless]]: they look quite similar if looked through a good light, some of Signum's attacks are similar to those of Lamia's Angelg (Main offender is Signum's bow attack, which is a ShoutOut to Phantom Phoenix. Her clothing in the final episode of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' looks a bit like Lamia's, and they are voiced by the same [[Creator/KaoriShimizu Seiyuu]] in a very similar way.
** See also [[AmplifierArtifact Agito]] from [=StrikerS=], who is such an obvious expy that Western fans have taken to calling her [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} "Etnagito"]]. Don't forget the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro and Char]] vibes Nanoha and Fate give off, either: Nanoha's costume is even intended to evoke Amuro's signature RX-78-2 Gundam.
** Subaru has short hair, wears a bandana, is a big fan of [[TheHero Nanoha]], and goes out of her way to copy her techniques. That gives her a striking similarity to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Kasugano Sakura]]. Though the techniques is only in the name and instead looks like the features of ''GaoGaiGar'', leading to her FanNickname 'GaoGaiGar-tan'
** Vita may as well be of [[GaoGaiGar Guy]] in loli form. Not only do they both sport a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon huge mech drill hammer]], but the scene where Vita went up against the Cradle's engine and Eisen shattered (complete with dramatic fall) resembled Goldy shattering and Gaogaigar falling in [[GaoGaiGar FINAL]]. Vita's name is also involved with Hell and Heaven. (gemu giru gan go gufo, vita.) You also have [[http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5430/vitaguy.jpg this]].
** AntiVillain Zest Grangaitz is pretty much a giant Expy of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Zengar Zonvolt]]. Not only do they look similar and share a deep sense of honor, their big-brother relationships to young orphan girls also plays out in many ways similar.
** Arnage of Hückebein. As a busty, tattooed BigEater FieryRedhead {{Genki| Girl}} {{Dark Action| Girl}} Girl With {{Gatling| Good}}s who favours skimpy clothing, specifically a tank top and short shorts, she hits the right notes to remind one of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko]], [[Manga/BlackLagoon Revy]] and [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Heavy]].
** Veyron's design strongly resembles Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. If you squint a little, he also looks like [[VideoGame/WildArms3 Janus Cascade]].
** As shown in ''[=ViVid=]'', Olivie Sägebrecht, the Sankt Kaiser, looked almost exactly like [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]]. There are also similarities in their backstories, and that they are both considered legendary monarchs in the modern era.
** Miura Rinaldi from ''[=ViVid=]'' resembles Nanoha despite representating Hayate. Both had an ordinary life (except that they live in completely different worlds), and they were very unhappy with their lives and they seemed to be depressed about not having any talents/reasons to live, until they encountered Strike Arts/magic. They are natural talents with a lot of potential, became quickly strong and they have a star theme, a similar magic color and Breaker magic. Both also defeated people who were stronger or more experienced than them, thanks to be {{Determinator}}s. Ironically, [[spoiler:Miura happens to be the one who defeat Nanoha's daughter in the tournament]].
** Sieglinde Jeremiha from ''[=ViVid=]'' is apparently an expy of all three Aces. She's an overpowered young girl with dark magic and has connection to the Ancient Belkan Era like Hayate, prefers black clothes, has long GirlishPigtails and an {{Adorkable}} personality and is a multi-talented combat mage like Fate, and she has a similar friendliness like Nanoha including being a WarriorTherapist who [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends]] other people and having a devlish persona.
* Mahoro from ''{{Mahoromatic}}'' and Noel from ''ShinaDark'' are both RobotGirl [[RobotMaid maids]] who hate {{ecchi}} things with a passion voiced by Ayako Kawasumi. ''Mahoromatic'' and ''Shina Dark'' are by the same author, so the expyness makes sense.
** Also in ''ShinaDark''. Noel's other form resembles the Numbers' from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. And Gallet resembles and has a similar personality to Signum from ''Nanoha''. And to solidify it all, Shina Dark's artist is authoring a ''Nanoha'' spin-off.
** No, that's the definition of an Expy, it doesn't just 'make sense'.
** Chapter 19 plays with the Noel / Mahoro connection to it's logical extreme.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has a large cast who have traits of several other anime and video game characters. While it's common for more personality types to be recycled endlessly anyway, many of the most prominent characters are toned-down analogues to ''LoveHina'' characters: Nodoka is an early Shinobu, [=KuFei=] is Su with brawns switched with [[GadgeteerGenius brains]], Chizuru Naba is a just as buxom Mutsumi, etc. Setsuna's similarities to Motoko are explained by them being using the same fighting style. Most characters naturally have design and personality traits from Love Hina characters. Keep in mind just one or two elements does ''not'' make them an instant expy.
** Chisame looks and acts like [[{{Meganekko}} nerd]] [[{{Tsundere}} Naru]]. She's also starting to resemble [[Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon]], as both started as OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent which was then dragged [[IJustWantToBeNormal kicking and screaming into crazyness]] before finally returning normal, only to find [[CantStayNormal normalcy to be uninteresting anymore]] and decided to return to the crazyness while [[DeadpanSnarker still being snarky about it]]. [[spoiler: Especially after TheFinalTemptation sub-arc reveals that the reason she isn't affected by the LotusEaterMachine is because deep inside, she finds her current life fulfilling.]]
** Chizuru Naba is like Mutsumi Otohime many ways including , has the biggest talents among all her peers, very nice and very kind to others just to name a few. Though Mutsumi does not share the habits of losing her temper nor trying to give you homemade leek enemas like Chizuru sometimes will.
** Motoko is split into Setsuna as fighting Motoko, Madoka as Tsundere Motoko.
** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v04/c033/3.html Nodoka]] is a dead ringer for [[http://www.onemanga.com/Love_Hina/96/05/ young-Kanako]].
** A rather obscure one: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v06/c046/3.html Fate Averruncus]] is obviously based on [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/ai_ga_tomaranai/v08/c053/25.html Program Number 0]] from Akamatsu's first manga, ''Manga/AILoveYou''.
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Before it was scrapped]], Akamatsu was hired to draw a manga of ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate''. A number of its character designs can be seen transmigrated to Negima. Most obvious are Negi having elements of Rue, and Anya being a dead ringer for [[{{Tsundere}} Princess Mint]].
** Yue Ayase draws concepts from two characters. Her prototype design was given to Akamatsu by the artist for the [[Anime/ReadOrDie Read Or Dream]] manga, [[http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8771/00062ch4.png based on Hisami]], [[IdiotHair ahoge]] and [[SchoolGirlLesbians all]]. The second, better known source is [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Patchouli Knowledge]], a [[BadassBookworm magician]] with long purple hair and unexcitable personality usually seen in a [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything vast library]]. Yue's wand bears [[LampshadeHanging Patchouli's trademark crescent]] and she wears a similar hat during the school festival. [[http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/3407/hisaatchoue.jpg Mix the two and...]]
** On another note, several ''Negima'' characters draw upon other ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters in one way or the other:
*** One of Chisame's cosplay outfits makes her resemble Patchouli's assistant Koakuma.
*** Evangeline shares more than a few traits with [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Remilia Scarlet]], the FinalBoss of ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'', in that they are both immortal loli vampires with similar personalities. Her doll manipulation and blonde hair are taken from Alice Margatroid, while her SuperMode gives her ice wings similar to Cirno's.
*** Kazumi Asakura resembles the crow tengu Aya Shameimaru, down to having an artefact called "Raven's Eye".
*** Setsuna Sakurazaki resembles Youmu Konpaku, being a swordswoman dedicated to a mischevious and slightly [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter-than-she-seems]] noble lady (though said lady looks more like Kaguya Houraisan), as well as being [[spoiler:a half-human with naturally white hair]].
*** Mana Tatsumiya resembles Reimu Hakurei, being a part-time shrine maiden with a somewhat similar hairstyle who works for money and solves problems with MoreDakka ([[HugeSchoolgirl the similarities]] [[CombatPragmatist end]] [[GagBoobs there]], however).
*** Chachamaru is based on the two [[RobotGirl robot]] [[{{Meido}} maids]] from ToHeart. While she looks and acts more like [[EmotionlessGirl Serio]], as her hair color entails, she has some of [[{{Dojikko}} Multi]] in her as well. Due to being a NinjaMaid who works for a [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Remilia]] expy, she could also be said to be a Sakuya expy by extension.
*** Student 31 Zazie bears a strong resemblance to [[GaoGaiGar Pagliaccio]] of the 31 Primevals, made more obvious in her [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]] [[BareYourMidriff performance]] [[http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9602/pagliazie.jpg outfit]]. Their facial marks and skin tone are basically flipped, and both are [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] [[MonsterClown clowns]] with robed cohorts. There have been joking [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] that Zazie is the [[FinalBoss last boss]]... [[spoiler: As of chapter 294, they might have been surprisingly close]].
** And the trend continues in ''Manga/UQHolder'' - chapter 3 introduces a shy girl with short hair named [[LoveHina Shinobu]]. And then a little later we meet [[MahouSenseiNegima Setsuna]] expy Kuroumaru, a [[SugarAndIcePersonality cool]], 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!
* Most ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' characters are Expies of ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' characters. In fact, almost all of the main characters of Mai-[=HiME=] appear in Mai-Otome, although they may only be supporting characters or even extras. The reverse is often true as well -- the main character of Mai-Otome, Arika, appeared in Mai-[=HiME=] for only a few seconds at the end of the last episode. One character, the android Miyu, actually seems to be the exact same Miyu and not a new character after all, as though Mai-Otome is set in Mai-[=HiME's=] future. The future-time setting leads to some fan speculation about the Mai-Otome characters being reincarnations.
** Rena Sayers, however, is an expy of ''not'' of a character from Mai-[=HiME=], but that of a character of another series: Rena Yuuki of the PlayStation game ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula: The New Challenger''. Their first names sound alike (except the "L" replaces the "R") and addition to that, the series' main character designer is also the main character designer for the last 2 [=OVA=]s for ''Cyber Formula'' as well as most of video games based on that series.
* Yukiteru from ''MiraiNikki'' shares a number of character traits with [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]], especially in the beginning. Timid and lonely but unable to connect with the people around them even if they really want to and are forced to fight even though they really don't want to. Both seem to want their father back in their lives, but both end up betrayed. The main difference seems to be Yukiteru has his mother and Yuno. The last of which is a [[{{Yandere}} mixed blessing]] to say the least.
** And let's not forget about that Kaworu thing that Akise's got going on... [[spoiler: they even both ended up getting beheaded]].
* Most of class 2-D is taken from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zeon]]. The resident CHAR is Harry [=MacKenzie=].
* Nina Fortner from ''{{Manga/Monster}}'' is just like Laurie Strode from ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. Both are the younger sisters of the BigBad of the respective works, have IdentityAmnesia that made them forget their respective pasts, and being targeted by them.
* Nanaka from ''MyselfYourself'' resembles and initially acts like [[JerkAss Komachi Tsugumi]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''.
* Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion started the ReiAyanamiExpy in later works, but in the who itself, Asuka is a GenderFlip ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]]'', 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.
* Gainax has claimed that ever since ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' they have just been using Shinji as a base for their male protagonists and changing how he was raised. For example [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] is Shinji who admired his cool older brother and [[ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld Takeru]] is Shinji with abandonment issues towards his mother rather than his father. Hopefully we don't forget [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota]] as well.
* In Manga/OnePiece there were two characters who share similarites to Nami who appeared in previous versions of Romance Dawn. One was a Swordswoman who joined Luffy's crew, personality wise she was more gentle than Nami. Another was more similar to Nami's current self in terms of personality however from the way the Pilot's story was going it seemed like she wouldn't join the crew.
** Weirder case here because we have [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism no reason to think Oda was ever influenced]] by ''{{Berserk}}'', but the resemblance between Zoro and Guts is rather uncanny. It's as if Zoro is how Guts probably would've been if he was a allowed to have an easier life and [[spoiler:much, much more faithful friends.]]
** Also, The seven Warlords are quite similar to the seven bosses from ''{{RomancingSaGa}} 2''
* Tamaki Suou and Kyouya Ootori from ''OuranHighschoolHostClub'' appear very similar to Satsuki and Toyua respectively from Hatori's older work, ''Manga/MillenniumSnow''.
** Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin are likewise uncannily similar to Fred And George from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Both pairs of twins are pairs of red-haired TricksterTwins who [[TwinTelepathy occasionally finish each other's sentences and seem to share a single mind]], and both pairs also love to confound people with the TwinSwitch on several occasions.
* Likewise, most characters in ''PaniPoniDash'' correspond to characters in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Most obviously, the Cat God is basically Chiyo-Chichi, with a pinch of Mr. Kimura.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' Ritchie is a Expy to Ash, who also has a few of the same Pokémon as Ash (but he has a bit more common sense). Ash's Sinnoh rival Paul is an expy of GSC antagonist [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Silver]] in [[{{Jerkass}} personality]] and appearance, though ironically is even crueller than his original, releasing untold numbers of Pokémon that he captures because he finds them too weak.
** Pikachu in manga tend to be headstrong and disobedient, similar to how Ash's Pikachu was at first.
** 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.
* Shii from ''PuniPuniPoemi'' is quite a lot like Hyatt from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', only excluding the tendency to cough up blood, drop dead, and come back to life, and including glasses and outrageously huge GagBoobs. They even have the same voice actress, in both the Japanese and English versions.
** Poemi ([[RunningGag also]] [[NoFourthWall known as]] [[ActorAllusion Kobayashi]]) herself is an Expy of [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel]] (Expel?), only [[UpToEleven more]] [[GenkiGirl genki]].
* ''QueensBlade'', being a multimedia project designed by many different character designers from many different backgrounds, has this in spades:
** Leina and Elina, character design-wise, are both based in [[MyHime Haruka Suzushiro]], but personality-wise, they're so different from each other: Leina is a composite expy from both [[GarouMarkOfTheWolves Rock Howard]] (personality and background-wise) and [[OdinSphere Princess Gwendolyne]] (some aspects of her background) up to sharing the same voice actress in Gwendolyne's case. Elina, on the other hand, is a combination between [[FatalFury Billy Kane]] and [[FistOfTheNorthStar Jagi]]'s personalities, with some pointers from [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Katejina Loos]]. On the other hand, in the ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' sequel, Leina [[spoiler:(now using a disguise) resembles Elliot Chandler from ''Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr'']].
** Leina and Elina's elder sister Claudette seems to be inspired between [[VideoGame/{{Valis}} Reiko Kirishima]] and [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]], at least in personality, albeit character design-wise she looks like [[Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr Kyoko Tsumabuki]], especially in [[spoiler:''Rebellion'']]
** Nanael is basically Rika Manabe from the H-game ''Makai Tenshi Jibril'', a game Nanael's character designer worked before. [[spoiler:In her return in the ''Vanquished Queens'' =[OVAs]=, her new armor look like [[VideoGame/{{Valis}} Yuko Asou's]] armor]].
* Despite the fact that they share little in appearance, Shampoo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was a deliberate attempt by RumikoTakahashi to do a better job with the character of Lum from ''UruseiYatsura''.
** The anime would have originally had Shampoo look a lot more like Lum; in the season one opening, there are eye-catches of Shampoo showing her with dark green hair and light blue eyes.
** WordOfGod says that the [[OfficialCouple Inu Yasha and Kagome romance]] is pretty much a mirror of [[RanmaOneHalf Ranma and Akane's romance]]; I/K's is treated more "seriously" simply because it's an adventure show more than a comedy.
** But Inuyasha is a lot more Ranma than Kagome is Akane- note the perching, attitude, and even resemblance.
*** Inuyasha and male Ranma even share a voice actor (in Japanese and, in the later seasons, English as well).
** Akemi from ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' is suspiciously similar to Nabiki Tendo, in their eyes and their seductive, jovial natures. Also, she has minor traits of Ranma (face-making, selfish but nice, off-the hook). She could be practically be the offspring of Ranma and Nabiki... Except that Maison Ikkoku is considerably older than Ranma 1/2.
*** Nabiki and Akemi share a few features, but neither one is a ripoff of the other. Deep down, waaaaay deep down, Akemi is still a nice person whereas Nabiki is [[MoneyFetish The Ultimate Capitalist]]...
*** Akemi is generally linked with Benten from UruseiYatsura (earthy characters, same voice actress)
** Yotsuya from ''MaisonIkkoku'' looks identical to Sekoi from Takahashi's early series ''Dust Spot'' (a.k.a. ''Wasted Minds''). The fact that Sekoi is a secret agent and Yotsuya keeps his job a secret from the residents of Ikkoku has lead some fans to wonder if they're actually the same person. Given the tendency, however, for Takahashi's works to not exist in a shared universe (as well as the lack of fantasy/supernatural elements in ''Ikkoku'' which in itself sets it apart from her other major series'), it is unlikely, but not impossible, that they are meant to be the same person.
*** There's also a TV anchor in Urusei Yatsura manga with practically [[http://koti.phnet.fi/otaku/takahashi/tvanchor.jpg identical looks]].
** Shun Mitaka of ''Maison'' is suave, rich, and has a silly uncontrollable phobia. Just like Shutaro Mendou of Urusei Yatsura (they even have the same voice actor).
*** [[{{ranmaonehalf}} Kuno Tatewaki]] is also comparable to [[UruseiYatsura Shutaro Mendou]]. 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.
* Many of the characters in RumikoTakahashi's latest work, ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'', seem to be expies from her older works (though in looks, Rinne's grandmother Tamako seems to be a genderbent [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichimaru]]. For example, Sakura Mamiya is a more laid-back [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome]], Tsubasa Jumonji looks a ''lot'' like [[Manga/InuYasha Miroku]] (though his personality is more like [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ryôga's]]). Ageha looks very similar to [[Manga/InuYasha Abi-hime]], too, though personnality-wise she's a lot like [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Kodachi]].
* The characters in {{Robotech}} are all expys of the characters in Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. All three shows were originally unrelated but combined together to tell a multigenerational epic.
* Suigintou from ''RozenMaiden'' has a couple now:
** ''KyouranKazokuNikki'' gives us Himemiya Senka who when first introduced 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.]]
** ''The Daughter of Twenty Faces'' gives us a character known only as "the white-haired demon" so far. 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 RozenMaiden-like doll joints.]]
** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': In the second season. A very briefly seen character had pale hair with devious eyes. And she was even voiced by Rie Tanaka who also voiced Suigintou.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s Usagi is an odd example of an Expy appearing ''with'' the original character, as the ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' manga, 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 YouSuck personality.
** There was also the transition of Amano -> Umino (although the latter, thanks to his notably larger role in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], got significantly more character development and sympathy) and (to a lesser extent) Hikaru -> Naru.
** Its different plot aside, ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' might be an example of retro-fitted Expies in the eyes of older fans. Minako's serious and semi-antagonistic attitude is extremely evocative of the [[SixthRanger Outer Senshi]]. An odder case is Luna, whose human form was changed to that of a child for [[KidAppealCharacter Kid Appeal]], given a humorously useless Sailor form, and shares Usagi's hairstyle; all traits associated with Chibi-Usa.
** [[WordOfGod According]] to Creator/HideakiAnno, Misato from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was specifically designed to be Usagi if she had no superpowers and grew up to be a very unhappy adult. Hence the CastingGag of getting Creator/KotonoMitsuishi to do her voice.
* Lucifer of ''SaintBeast'' is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] with black hair--they are otherwise identical in looks. However, he zig-zags all over the place in regards to similar personality, so that whenever Lucifer gets screen time (especially with Zeus) it just feels rather...odd.
* ''SamuraiChamploo'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop's'' lead characters are designed by the same author and look it. Mugen evokes a Spike before his series began, but otherwise share the same afro, nihilism, and English voice actor.
* [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Maria Cadenzavna Eve]] looks like [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Hibiki Hojo]]. Not only that, she shares the same first name with Hibiki's mother and got Cure Melody's haircolor (Hibiki's MagicalGirl Alter Ego) while [[TheHeroine Hibiki]] herself shares her first name with [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Hibiki]] [[TheHeroine Tachibana]].
* In ''SetoNoHanayome'', Lunar's dad is the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' [[/folder]]

[[folder: [[Recycled In Space WITH BLOND HAIR ]]
. ]] Lunar herself bears quite a resemblance to [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} Etna]].
** "Quite a resemblence""? Lunar not only looks virtually identical to Enta (Lunar's hair being a few shades lighter, and her tail is different), her real personality is also very close to Etna's.
* Utau Hoshina from ShugoChara and Fate Testarossa from the 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 recieve a HeelFaceTurn undergoing DefeatMeansFriendship. A rather long list of shared traits right? They are also voice by the same [[NanaMizuki voice actress!.]]
* ''SoraOKakeruShoujo'': Leopard looks a ''lot'' like Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. And in the words of Leopard himself, that should he be human, he would in fact look like Lelouch. And for extra points, both he and Lelouch has the [[Creator/JunFukuyama same voice actor.]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'', several characters are expies or callbacks to the author's previous series B.Ichi. Whether its the name of an attack like Law Abiding Silve Gun or the whole character being a mix of previous characters depends on the individual, but it seems that about half the cast has a callback to a prvious character in some form.
* The unnamed husband and his wife in ''SpottedFlower'' were created as alternate universe versions of Harunobu Madarame and Saki Kasukabe from {{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.
* A number of characters in both ''Manga/SusumeKitakouHousoubu'' and ''BarjonaBombers'' are recycled from a doujinshi project that HidekazHimaruya did as a teenager, where he personified the prefectures of Japan. These characters would then wind up re-used as Japan's prefectures in ''AxisPowersHetalia''. A few of the characters' personalities and archetypes were also given to some of the countries in the manga:
** *Hatoba "Big Boss" Isahaya is a lax, calm guy who really loves cats and sleeps a lot, similar to Greece.
** Noto Kanazawa is sometimes compared to Lithuania in appearance (though the latter has longer hair), and with his unlucky nature. North Italy was initially meant to be more based off of Noto, but plans changed. Barring his crossover appearance, Noto's character is recycled two times in ''Hetalia'': Once as a feudal clan of Japan (Kanazawa-han), and later in artwork as the Ishikawa prefecture (re-used from Himaruya's old project).
** Noto's childhood friends are based off of the personifications of Toyama and Fukui, with their names also being direct inspiration (Iriyoshi '''Toyama''', Wakasa '''Fukui'''). A number of characters all have some sort of injoke in their name that relates to a prefecture.
** Azuki Shougoin's loud egotistical nature is sometimes compared to that of Prussia, along with her being unlucky. Although design-wise, she is a copy of Himaruya's personification of Kyoto.
** Seychelles was inspired from the initial Nagasaki design that Himaruya drew in 2004. When he re-introduced Nagasaki, he lightened her skintone and removed her hair bows to downplay the resemblance.
** Barjona examples: Nomaru Hunai was based off of "Oita", Yamato Nara started as "Nara", Kalom Hikone was "Shiga", and Tsukomi Hoke was "Osaka". Osaka would appear again in Hetalia, as part of both the feudal clans and the modern prefectures.
*** Homare Aizu appears as the Aizu clan in Hetalia, although this is averted with the modern personification of Fukushima.
*** Kalom's design was somewhat reused for England, while England's personality is more in line with Homare's sarcastic nature.
** Tira Sugusuku was inspired by an Okinawa personification that Himaruya drew, although when he re-introduced Okinawa in Hetalia, he [[GenderFlip changed the character to be a guy]].
** Himaruya had drawn a comic called ''[=MoeKan=]'' in early 2006, who had a Korean lead character named Sena. After he began work on Hetalia, his initial plan was to reuse Sena's design for South Korea and make the character a pop idol wannabe. The female South Korea appeared in [[http://www.geocities.jp/himaruya/kanhura.gif one tiny webcomic sketch (arguing with France over tea)]], but was scrapped and he introduced a male version instead. The female South Korea design would return though, for the Nyotalia artwork of the Asian countries.
* In one episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' there was a Team Gurren member who had the same clothes and hair as Battle Frontier Brain Noland from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** In a more prominent example, Simon himself is basically [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] with blue hair and a ''very'' inspirational rolemodel and [[BloodBrothers "Bro"]] in the form of Kamina. Well, [[CharacterDevelopment at least early on]]. It's ''really'' hard to see the similarities between Simon and Shinji in the end of their respective series.
* 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.
* The original 1975 ''Anime/TimeBokan'' by Creator/TatsunokoProduction featured a TerribleTrio consisting of a FatAndSkinny duo headed by a {{Stripperiffic}} female. From then on, the succeeding series of ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman, Itadekiman and Kiramekiman would feature expies with same characteristics, and same voice actors.
** In fact it is not just limited to the antagonists. The original ''Time Bokan'' had the two main protagonists be a BattleCouple, and five series afterwards would have their own respective expies (Yattodetaman and Ippatsuman just had a single hero be the main protagonist). Regularly these Battle Couples would have a RobotBuddy as well.
* Lettuce Midorikawa from ''TokyoMewMew'' and Michiru Kita from ''ZombieLoan''. Both have [[{{Meganekko}} glasses]] and [[ShrinkingViolet shy personalities]], and in the beginning of ''ZombieLoan'', Michiru even has Lettuce's twin braids. Until she chops them off, of course.
* Appearing only in the animated adaptation of ''TowardTheTerra'', Serge Starjon is the expy of Serge Batouille, the main character of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''. Both are similar in appearance and personality.
* Subverted ''massively'' in ''{{Tsubasa}}'', where the major characters are warned that during their dimension-hopping, they will likely meet many different versions of the same person. This results in later volumes featuring Expys of characters from earlier in the same manga. Continuing with the "AlternateUniverse" theme, nearly all of these recurring characters are themselves Expys from an earlier Creator/{{CLAMP}} work.
** And then inverted when [[spoiler: one of the "same face, different place" characters really ''does'' turn out to be the same person they'd met before.]]
** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] later on, when one Expy turns out to be [[spoiler: the ''son'' of the character he mimics, for... [[Theatre/OedipusRex less than healthy reasons]].]]
** CLAMP wrote ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' as a 20th anniversary {{Fanservice}} gift to its fans, so {{Expy}} is essentially the raison d'etre for the series. ''Manga/XxxHolic'' is a concurrent CLAMP manga series that intersects so tightly with ''{{Tsubasa}}'' as to require reading both to fully appreciate and understand each story. For the 100+ list of CLAMP {{Expy}}s in ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tsubasa:_Reservoir_Chronicle_characters#Crossover_characters Tsubasa Chronicle Crossover Characters]] Note that the crossovers with ''Manga/XxxHolic'' are mostly deleted from the anime adaptations because separate production companies animated each series, creating contractual and creative differences. {{Expy}} instances in ''{{Tsubasa}}'' vary in the anime because the series veers from the manga late in season two (though is recovered mostly in the ''Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations'' OVA series.
* A teenage boy who attract ghost 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''?
* 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.
* Nitori from ''WanderingSon'' looks near identical to the protagonist of the mangaka's earlier manga, ''Inhabitants of the Threshold''. You probably won't notice at first due to the very different art styles, but when she [[http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/2945/houroumusukov01001.jpg drew them in the first omake of her new series]] it becomes very apparent. The difference ends there, as their personalities are polar opposites.
** Shimura is well-known for [[OnlySixFaces reusing designs]] in her manga. In ''AoiHana'' several of the characters are near-identical to characters in ''WanderingSon'', there's even a background girl who has the same hairstyle and face as Nitori's. But as said, resemblances almost always end at appearances.
* Characters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' with counterparts in the sequel, ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
** Right from the mouths of the [[WordOfGod powers that be]], the protagonist, Judai, was designed with Jyonouchi's personality and Yugi's dueling skills.
** 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.
** Kaiba has ''three'' in Kaiser Ryo, Manjoume and Edo Phoenix, all of which encompass different aspects of Kaiba's character.
** Sho seems to be based on little Yugi.
** 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.
* The trend continues in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''.
** Yuma has Yugi's background (artifact, legacy deck, spirit companion, ChildhoodFriendRomance) and Jonouchi's noobishness.
** Kotori is an expy of Anzu (personality, relationship) and Ruka (appearance).
** Shark is an expy of early Jonouchi.
** 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.
** This is the basic formula of all shows: Main character tends to be TheAce and has a 2500 ATK trademark monster (Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma). They are backed up by a GoodIsNotNice [[TheLancer lancer]] who has a 3000 ATK dragon as a trademark card (Kaiba, Chazz, Jack, Kite). A girl will be TheHeart (Tea, Alexis, Luna, Tori). And there will be at least one supporting character with supernatural ties (Bakura, Atticus, Akiza, Astral).
* Expies in the third sequel ''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.
** Bruno looks like an Expy of Johan from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', with his blue hair and instant HoYay relationship with TheHero to the point of making other characters jealous. Johan himself was actually an Expy of ''Judai.'' So Bruno is an expy of Johan who is an expy of Judai who is an expy of Yugi/Jyonouchi.
*** Thankfully, the similarity between them exists only within the role they play. Personality and backstory-wise, they are radically different characters.
** Sherry seems like a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of Edo Phoenix from ''GX'' -- a BadAss WellIntentionedExtremist out to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge her parents' murder]].
** In a nutshell, Kazuki Takahashi seems to love mixing different characters together to create new ones, usually combinations of the three original main characters.
*** Yusei Fudo has Yami Yugi's facial structure and eye shape, Jonouchi's height range (middle height of the main trio) and obviously, Kaiba's blue eyes, humble (coming from Satellite) origins and 'no-nonsense' attitude.
*** And of course, Jack Atlas with the majority of Kaiba's personality.
**** And ZONE of 5D's would seem to be the ADAM to Aporia's Gendou. Sherry has similarites to Rei Ayanami, being a key part of the end of the world.
* The relationship and design of Louise and Saito in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' is greatly similar to Shana and Yuuji in ''ShakuganNoShana''. They even have the same voice actors. While she doesn't have a Yuuji/Saito counterpart, Taiga from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' is also in their mold.
** Much more. Kugimiya Rie voice-acted Shana of ''ShakuganNoShana'' (animated by J.C. Staff), Nagi of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' (Synergy SP, J.C. Staff for the second season), Louise of ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' (J.C. Staff), Taiga of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' (J.C. Staff), and Yuuhi of ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'' (TNK). Each character after Shana is an {{Expy}} and textbook {{Tsundere}} (although Taiga is closer to a deconstruction), is the female lead of the show, and is designed similarly (especially in the shows animated by J.C. Staff). Shana's "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!" (Shut Up! Shut Up! Shut Up!) CatchPhrase is often [[ShoutOut shouted out]] (literally and figuratively) by the various characters. From 2005-2008, at least one, and usually more, {{Tsundere}} characters voiced by Kugimiya have been airing simultaneously on Japanese TV. Despite the obvious HeyItsThatVoice effect, Kugimiya has avoided becoming a PigeonHoledVoiceActor and continues to play a broad range of characters.
** The [[LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima headmaster]] has an appearance very similar to Dumbledore from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* ''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...
* Ai Yazawa's series tend to borrow designs from whatever series she made that preceded them. For example, [[Manga/GokinjoMonogatari Tsutomu]] is a more fleshed-out [[Manga/TenshiNankaJaNai Ken Nakagawa]] (this is lampshaded in-series). A more obvious example comes appearance-wise from Mikako to Miwako. (Justified, though, since they're sisters.)
* AkiraToriyama is fairly notorious for this, and sometimes he even lampshades his tendency to draw OnlySixFaces. A handful of examples:
** His early work [[http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Boy Dragon Boy]] featured many prototypes of ''Manga/DragonBall'' characters, including Goku and Bulma.
** ''Dragon Ball'''s Master Roshi is an expy of ''God'' from his earlier manga ''DrSlump'': they look the same (plus sunglasses and a turtle shell for Roshi) and are both [[DirtyOldMan perverts]] with plenty of wacky moments.
* Reading into some of HiromuArakawa's non-''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' works shows a few oddly familiar faces. She openly admitted that Jean Havoc and Lust were based on Jack and Kuo from Shanghai Youma Kikai. Then there's Dr. Tachibana, who looks like Ranfan with glasses. And her latest offering, ''Manga/Silver Spoon'' features Alex Louis Armstrong transplanted into a farming school in Hokkaido Japan, complete with sparkles.
** ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' is ''full'' of these - the main character is a male version of Shezka, one major character is the spitting image of the first Greed, and one background character appears to be a younger version of Roy Mustang, to name a few instances.
* Leiji Matsumoto is another writer who uses 'actors' to the extreme, which considering the number of crossover characters in his series, can be confusing as hell. It's particularly noticeable in ''GalaxyExpress999'', when after watching enough episodes you can predict a character's personality, and even their chances of surviving the episode, the first time they appear. Strangely enough, this doesn't make the series any less awesome.
* Every IdiotHero in shounen. [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Yusuke.]] [[Manga/OnePiece Monkey D. Luffy.]] [[Manga/YuGiOh Yugi.]] Manga/{{Naruto}}. [[TropeCodifier They are all Expies of]] [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]].
** The hero's [[TheRival rival]]. Hiei, Kaiba, and Sasuke; they're all Expies of Vegeta.
* Dufaux, the bookreader of [[EvilTwin Zeon]], is an Expy of an unused design of Kiyomaro Takamine in ''GashBell''. Similarly, Ted bears a strong resemblance to one of the original designs of Gash.
** Zofis is a rather blatant expy of [[Manga/DragonBallZ Frieza,]] both styled as gender ambiguous, extremely cruel and powerful lords. Though in contrast with Frieza's penchant for physical torture, Zofis prefers watching, and causing the breakdown of the human spirit.