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* Jessica Jones from ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'' is an admitted expy of [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]. ''Alias'' was initially supposed to star Drew (hence the reason both characters are washed up former superheroes who become private detectives), but [[Creator/BrianBendis Bendis]] decided he'd rather use an all-new character so he could create her backstory, personality, etc. without worrying about contradicting what had gone before.
%%* DC's ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' featured the Young All-Stars, who were meant to replace the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] versions of Superman (Iron Munro), Wonder Woman (The Fury), Batman (Flying Fox), Aquaman (Neptune Perkins, Tsunami), and Green Arrow (Tigress) Post-Crisis, because they, you know, weren't active back then anymore. Neptune Perkins was a very obscure pre-existing character, for what it's worth. They had Nazi-created evil counterparts called Axis Amerika to contend with, which were ''also'' retrofitted Expies of the vanished Earth-2 heroes: Ubermensch (Superman), Gudra the Valkyrie (Wonder Woman), Grösshorn Eule and Fledermaus (Batman ), Usil (Green Arrow) and Sea Wolf (Aquaman). Part of the reasoning was that, metaphysically speaking, iconic characters like Superman and Wonder Woman were "too big" to be replaced by just ''one'' new (and inevitably "lesser") character. The [[TokenMinority Token Japanese]] member of Axis Amerika, Kamikaze was an expy of Fawcett's {{Bulletman}}.
%%* Several of the "[[ScienceHero science heroes]]" of Alan Moore's ''Creator/AmericasBestComics'' are expies of pulp-era heroes: ComicBook/TomStrong is Franchise/DocSavage, Greyshirt is Radio/TheShadow, and The Cobweb and Clarice are a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Lesbian]] [[{{Franchise/TheGreenHornet}} Green Hornet and Kato]].
%%* Jeremy from the ''Series/{{Angel}}''/''Spike'' comics is an Expy of Jim from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
* Archie was a smash hit for ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', and inspired many Expies. In the sixties, Creator/DCComics published ''Binky'', who had dark hair, not red, [[BettyAndVeronica and dated a hotter version of Betty while a Veronica clone tried to get his attention]]. Even though it was very dated and inferior to the original, Binky reprint comic books [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff were published in Scandinavia for decades]].
%%** Archie Comics even had its own Expies of Archie, including ''That Wilkin Boy'' and ''Wilbur''.
%%** ''Fast Willie Jackson'' was an African-American Archie Expy from Fitzgerald Publishing.
%%** Atlas/Seaboard comics published ''Vicki'' circa 1975... a feature that itself consisted of slightly-updated reprints of ''another'' Archie expy, ''Tippy Teen'', which had been published by Tower Comics in the '60s.
%%** Archie is also an Expy ''himself'', being heavily-based off of Andy Hardy, a popular character played by Mickey Rooney at the time.
%%* The Colleen Coover character ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}'' was inspired by the French costumed heroine Fantômette.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has a few:
** Kirk "Man-Bat" Langstrom is to [[Franchise/SpiderMan Curt "The Lizard" Connors]]. Really, regardless of where each character ended up, the only difference between their origins is the specific ailment they were trying to cure and the specific animal they were working on.
** Batman Japan/Mr. Unknown from ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman, Inc.]]'' is an Expy of the original Series/KamenRider, right down to the motorcycle and ScarfOfAsskicking. His civilian name ("Jiro Osamu") is a ShoutOut to Creator/OsamuTezuka.
** Creator/JephLoeb's miniseries, ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' did this to many characters, including pre-existing ones:
%%*** Carmine Falcone from ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' is made into one of Vito Corleone from ''Film/TheGodfather'' and introduces Falcone's family, who was similar expies for the Corleone children: his daughter, Sofia Gigante, is a {{Gender Flip}}ped Sonny, while his sons, Alberto and Sonny are respectively ones for Fredo and Michael.
*** Calendar Man is used in a similar way to Franchise/HannibalLecter, especially with Batman and Gordon going to him for help on the Holiday murders in ''The Long Halloween'' as Clarice Starling did with Hannibal on the case Buffalo Bill case in ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
*** For one in the same property, Julia Lopez is one for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' CanonImmigrant Renee Montoya, including being an honest cop Gordon trusts, though it's implied she'd have a higher rank [[spoiler: as the story implied she'll replace O'Hara as chief]].
%%* Number 13, a strip about a supernatural family of monsters in the AnthologyComic ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' was TheMunsters. Also Kat and Kanary is Sylvester and Tweety from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. The character Joe Jitsu from the 00s seems to be an expy of an earlier character entitled Karate Sid from the 80s.
%%* Cable, who originally started as a {{Franchise/Terminator}} Expy, has at least two AlternateCompanyEquivalent characters at DC: The Linear Man and [[ComicBook/KingdomCome Magog]]. The latter was meant to symbolize everything wrong with UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #421 had ''Captain Strong'', a balding, muscly sailor who gets his super-strength from eating a green plant. He resurfaced over forty years later in the New 52 ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'' series.
* ''[[ComicBook/LukeCage Power Man]] and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]'' introduced Captain Hero, a FlyingBrick who was actually a young boy [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull with the ability to transform into an adult superhero]]. [[{{Shazam}} Sound like anyone you might have heard of]]?
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' story "Selina's Big Score", Stark is a blatant Expy of Parker, VillainProtagonist of a series of crime novels by Richard Stark. He also [[ComicBookFantasyCasting looks like]] Lee Marvin, who played Parker (renamed Walker) in the film adaptation of the first novel, ''Film/PointBlank''. (Darwyn Cooke, who wrote and drew the story, later went on to officially adapt the Parker novels to the comic medium.)
%%* ''Comicbook/ConanTheBarbarian'': Janissa the Widowmaker for Comicbook/RedSonja in the most recent Creator/DarkHorseComics series.
%%* The ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villainess [[DistaffCounterpart Lady Bullseye]] is a deliberate Expy of Manga/LadySnowblood, [[WordOfGod according to]] Creator/EdBrubaker.
%%* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} had a major series of expies. Interestingly, these expies lost their readers and ended publication by staying true to ''Diabolik'''s initial noir while Diabolik and the only surviving expy ([[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]]) moved to other genres (Diabolik to crime fiction and Paperinik to superhero).
%%* Creator/MarvelComics' Donyell Taylor, originally codenamed Bandit, is an Expy of Marvel's own Gambit, a fact exploited shamelessly by an issue of Gambit's eponymous series when Bandit turns out to be romantically involved with Gambit's ex-wife Belladonna.
%%** Night Thrasher (Bandit's brother and the leader of the ComicBook/NewWarriors) was also an Expy of Franchise/{{Batman}}, complete with the same basic origin and CrimefightingWithCash m.o.
%%* Comicbook/ElongatedMan was created because Creator/DCComics didn't realize they already owned Comicbook/PlasticMan.
%%* Lee, the main character of PeterDavid's ''ComicBook/FallenAngel'' is an Expy of Linda Danvers, protagonist of David's previous run on ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}''. In fact, David did his best to fuel speculation that the characters were one and the same until the book's second volume, in which he chronicled Lee's origins. Later on, he introduced Lin, yet another expy of Linda Danvers, who can in fact be considered Linda in everything but name. Likewise, the God figure in the series is a small girl dressed in a tennis motif and carrying a tennis racket, which makes her an expy of Wally, the god figure in David's ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' who was a young boy who carried a baseball bat.
%%* Creator/JohnByrne's college newspaper strip ''Gay Guy!'' had a villain called [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/charisma.htm Charisma]], whom no man could resist except... well, guess. Byrne liked the character concept so much that [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/karisma.htm Karisma]] showed up on the ComicBook/FantasticFour's doorstep a decade and a half later.
%%* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Superman Beyond 3D'' features Captain Adam, an alternate universe version of ComicBook/CaptainAtom who's a clear Expy of Dr Manhattan, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s ComicBook/CaptainAtom Expy.
%%* Comicbook/GhostRider villain Skinbender is plainly designed to heavily resemble [[Manga/CodenameSailorV Sailor Venus]]; true to this inspiration, she falls in love with Ghost Rider when they meet.
* During the Golden Age, ComicBook/GreenArrow was given many similarities to Franchise/{{Batman}}, right down to the Arrow-Car, Arrow-Cave, and a teen sidekick in Speedy (who is really just like Robin [[NeverLiveItDown only a junky]]).
* In ''Comicbook/HowardTheDuck'' vol 3, there is Suzi Pazuzu, wielder of the Doucheblade (Sara Pezzini, ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}''), villains Ian Whippingham (Ian Nottingham) and Kenneth Flogg (Kenneth Irons), Cain and Abel of the Boarding House of Mystery, and the guests Splatter Gomorrah (Spider Jerusalem), Anthrax (Wesley Dodds, ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre''), Hellboozer (John Constantine, ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''), The Interminable (The Endless, ''ComicBook/TheSandman''), and Utah and Ravel (Nevada and Bolero, ''Nevada'').
* ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'':
** Ragged Robin is similar to Crazy Jane from Creator/GrantMorrison's Crazy Jane from his run on Comicbook/DoomPatrol. According to Morrison himself, they're the same person in a different universe. More of this on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Jane#Relation_to_Ragged_Robin The Other Wiki]]. Alhough Ragged Robin does diverge from Crazy Jane and he invented a completely new {{Backstory}} for her.
** King Mob's imaginary (probably) alter ego Gideon Stargrave is a blatant Expy of Creator/MichaelMoorcock's protagonist [[Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles Jerry Cornelius]]. Right down to the narrative caption boxes mimicking the typical chapter titles and prose styles of the Cornelius stories. It later turns out that the Cornelius stories exist in-universe and King Mob was consciously imitating them.
** Lewis Brodie, the Outer Church agent who captures Fanny and King Mob in "She-Man", is a parody of Bodie from ''Series/TheProfessionals'', who was played by Lewis Collins.
%%** All of the "Division X" characters are Expies of figures from 1970s British police series:
%%*** Paddy Crowley is George Cowley from ''Series/TheProfessionals''.
%%*** George Harper and Jack Flint are George Carter and Jack Regan from ''Series/TheSweeney''.
%%*** Jon Six is Series/JasonKing from ''Series/DepartmentS'' and later his own eponymous show.
* There was one issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' written in 2000 by Creator/GregWeisman, in which the League travels to Paris and meets a clan of gargoyles living in Notre Dame cathedral, all of whom are clear [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the main cast of Weisman's cult classic TV show ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. There's the leader, "Behemoth" (Goliath), his ex-lover "Diabolique" (Demona), his daughter "Angelique" (Angela), his second-in-command "Montmarte" (Brooklyn), Angelique's lover "Montparnasse" (Broadway), the diminutive [[TheSmartGuy smart guy]] "Champs-Élysées" (Lexington), the team mentor "Seine" (Hudson), the TeamPet "Left Bank" (Bronx), and Behemoth's EvilTwin "[[SdrawkcabName Thomeheb]]" (Thailog).
* When the teen supervillain Kid Karnevil attempted to infiltrate the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, he did so by posing as a patriotic superhero named the All-American Kid. All-American Kid's costume and backstory were extremely similar to those of Bucky, the sidekick of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
%%* Maximum Press characters Law and Order bear a strong resemblance to Marvel's ComicBook/CloakAndDagger.
* One story in ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'' featured a detective named Senor Lobo, whom writer Mike Barr has acknowledged was a deliberate homage to Literature/HerculePoirot.
%%* Volstagg of the Warriors Three from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' is heavily based on Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff.
* Violet Paige, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/MotherPanic'', is a Gotham City socialite, a half-orphan, and uses highly brutal techniques while operating as a vigilante. She is a skilled martial artist, works independently of Batman, has green eyes, and opts for a punk-esque aesthetic in her civilian identity. All these characteristics are shared by the second ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Kate Kane.
%%* Pat Mills's ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099'' seemed a bit similar to ComicBook/JudgeDredd, an earlier character co-created by Mills, when he was introduced. When he was put in charge of the Punishment Police, this identification became certain.
%%** Boss Cage, [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]]'s BadFuture grandson from ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'', is another blatant tribute to Dredd. This is even {{Lampshaded}} during his encounter with the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}, where Boomerang notes that Cage's helmet looks familiar.
%%* ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'' is, as writer Greg Rucka fully acknowledges, heavily influenced by ''TheSandbaggers''. Not every character is an Expy, but Paul Crocker and Tom Wallace are especially obvious as expies of Neil Burnside and Willie Caine, respectively.
* Detective Gould from Matt Kindt's ''ComicBook/RedHanded'' is an expy of ComicStrip/DickTracy. He wears a very similar suit and hat, has an array of retro-futuristic gizmos, and is named after ''Tracy'' creator Chester Gould.
%%* Marvel/Star Comics' ''ComicBook/RoyalRoy'' was basically an Expy of Harvey Comics' ''ComicBook/RichieRich'', back when the latter company wasn't publishing any books in the early 1980s. It was even handled by the same artist/writer team that created ''Richie Rich''.
%%* When JackKirby and Joe Simon took over DC's ''Sandman'' book, they immediately made him more like their old assignment (Captain America), right down to giving him an Expy of Bucky in "Sandy the Golden Boy."
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Not too long ago, during Marvel's Dark Reign event, the ''Sinister Spider-Man'' title (Mac Gargan's Venom posing as Spider-Man) introduced us to Doctor Everything, a pretty blatant expy of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan, right down to his... [[FanDisservice disturbing penchant]] [[FullFrontalAssault for nudity]].
** ''Spider-Man'' villain Sergei Kravinoff a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter is an expy of General Zaroff of ''Film/TheMostDangerousGame''. While HuntingTheMostDangerousGame has become a widespread trope, it's no coincidence that the comic book villain shares the Russian aristocrat background of the original.
** In a probably deliberate example, since the character is a RedeemingReplacement for one of Spider-Man's worst enemies, Phil Urich the heroic Green Goblin is an expy of Peter Parker. Urich is an UnluckyEverydude who works for the Daily Bugle and has an Uncle Ben just like Peter (although Urich's doesn't get killed). In the ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' series, the two characters are close friends.
%%* Comicbook/LanaLang essentially served as a teenaged Expy of ComicBook/LoisLane in the ComicBook/{{Superboy}} comics.
* In Creator/JohnByrne's ComicBook/PostCrisis revamp of Franchise/{{Superman}}, he introduced Kitty Faulkner, a brilliant scientist [[FreakLabAccident who is caught by an explosion of a scientific device]] she created, and, as a result, she transforms into a huge, angry monster called Rampage. Just like [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]]. As Rampage doesn't talk, just growls, in her first appearance, it can be a nod to [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk's live-action series]] as well.
%%* ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is an admitted Expy of Mechano, an obscure villain from the ''Series/CaptainVideo'' comic published by FawcettComics.
* ComicBook/XMen:
** Happened all the way back during the creation of the ComicBook/XMen by [[Creator/StanLee Stan "The Man" Lee himself]]. When creating the original team of five, Lee decided he wanted to re-use the character of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Human Torch]], but with ice powers instead of fire. The youngest member of the team, and also the most irresponsible and hot-headed, with the opposite super power...
** Kieron Gillen [[WordOfGod has said]] (on ''Podcast/HouseToAstonish'') that Teon from ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'' is a character from his ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' comic reinvented as a superhero.
%%** Abigail Brand's LovableRogue half-brother Lothi in the ''S.W.O.R.D'' spin-off has major similarities of appearance and personality to ComicBook/TankGirl's boyfriend Booga. About the only difference is that he's green.
* Everett K. Ross from Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'' was heavily based off of [[Series/{{Friends}} Chandler Bing]]. In fact, according to Priest, the character was even called "Chandler" in the early pre-production phase before they settled on an actual name.
%%** Likewise, White Wolf was inspired by Creator/KevinSpacey's character from ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil''.
%%* Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'' run was full of this as well, as it was heavily inspired by the ''New Comicbook/TeenTitans'' and a number of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] teen hero books:
%%** Twilight is a {{Genderflip}}ped ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, with {{FlashBack}}s showing that as a child, she also started off as an expy of the Dick Grayson ComicBook/{{Robin}}.
%%** And of course her mentor, Professor Night, was a Franchise/{{Batman}} expy.
%%** Waxy Doyle was inspired by the [[ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre Wesley Dodds Sandman]].
%%** Suprema is ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, specifically the innocent [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] version and not any of the modern DarkerAndEdgier interpretations.
%%** Satana is based off Satan Girl, Supergirl's EvilTwin.
%%** BrotherSisterTeam Speedwell and Poppy were expies of ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and the ComicBook/ScarletWitch.
%%** Riptide's father Storybook Smith is based off UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|Of Comic Books}} hero Johnny Thunder.
%%* During the 1970s and 1980s, {{IPC Magazines}} would often copy characters from Creator/DCThomson's humor comics. Examples include 'Soldier Spoon' (a Corporal Clott expy), and 'Tricky Dicky' (a Roger the Dodger expy.) It may be worth noting that DC Thomson later made their own character called Tricky Dicky, who was similar to "Joker" from IPC's ''ComicBook/WhizzerAndChips''.
%%* During the late 1980s and early 1990s, ComicBook/TheDandy made expies of some of IPC's characters, particularly those from Whizzer and Chips. An example of this is 'King Dom- the Dandy lion', who was an expy of IPC's own 'King of the Jungle', as well as an annual-only strip called 'Parental Pests' featuring a cast of characters who were shameless clones of those from IPC's 'The Big Kidds'.
%%* ''Challenge Charlie'' from IPC's ''Valiant'' was an expy of the earlier ''Dare-a-Day Davy'' from Odham's ''Pow!'' (Odhams was taken over by IPC). Both strips were drawn by KenReid and on a few occasions the same scripts were used which lead to a couple of ''Challenge Charlie'' comic strips which looked suspiciously similiar to earlier ''Dare-a-Day Davy'' comic strips.
%%* An oft-mocked facet of early ImageComics was that every team seemed to have a ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' expy, who had blades on his hands, a bad attitude, and a mysterious past. And while it wasn't ''every'' team (''Comicbook/{{Gen 13}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' being the most notable exceptions), this was true for most of them -- ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' had both Cougar ''and'' Troll, Youngblood's "training squad" Bloodpool had Wylder, Cyberforce had Ripclaw, ComicBook/WildCATs had Warblade, Bloodstrike had Deadlock, and Codename: Strykeforce had Killrazor. Deadlock was probably the most obvious (and that's really saying something), since his first costume featured a mask nearly identical to Wolverine's.
%%* The Fighting American himself was an expy of Captain America, though he dates back to the 1950's and was created by JackKirby.
%%** Oddly enough, he received his own expy in the form of the Fighting Yank during his AC Comics series. The Fighting Yank was redesigned and given a costume almost identical to that of the Fighting American.
%%** Even more oddly, Captain America himself is an Expy of a now obscure character, The Shield, also developed by Jack Kirby, and Joe Simon.
%%** [[{{Steel}} Commander Steel]] was another Captain America Expy. ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' {{Lampshaded}} this by having the second Steel mimic Cap's iconic shield throw.
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' villain Veronica Cale is a CorruptCorporateExecutive who is DrivenByEnvy of Wonder Woman and uses her [[MadScientist technological resources]] and [[TheChessmaster planning skills]] to challenge her, despite [[BadassNormal having no powers]]. The writers have confessed that she was explicitly designed to be an expy and DistaffCounterpart of Superman archfoe ComicBook/LexLuthor.
* The 2099 incarnation of the ComicBook/XMen has a lot of members who are clearly evocative of some member of the original team. The most obvious are Xi'an (the paternal mentor figure ala Professor X), Skullfire (the leader with energy blasting powers and PowerIncontinence, like Cyclops) and Bloodhawk (the mysterious, brooding loner with anger issues and claws, as in Wolverine).
%%* Detective Martin Soap, the comically unlucky cop from Creator/GarthEnnis's pre-MAX work on ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'', is an Expy for Detective Paul Bridges, a minor character from an early arc of ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}''.
* DC's Bumblebee is an obvious Expy of Marvel's Wasp. Everything from the power set, to her costume to the double-banger name (Janet Van-Dyne vs. Karen Beecher-Duncan).
%%* ''Creator/AntarcticPress'', a company who deal with a lot of satire and parody work, love doing these with ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool'' and ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' having way too many Expys to list.
%%* Dave from ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'' is an expy of Davan from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''.
* Creator/SteveGerber's creator-owned character Leonard the Duck was an expy of Comicbook/HowardTheDuck, also created by Gerber, but owned by Creator/MarvelComics. In fact, Leonard's introduction was a complicated situation where Gerber tied a Comicbook/SpiderMan and Howard crossover he was writing for Marvel with a Comicbook/SavageDragon and Comicbook/DestroyerDuck crossover he was writing for ImageComics, suggesting that Leonard ''actually is'' Howard under an assumed name, and the Howard the Duck who's appeared in Marvel Comics since then is a clone. The issue also mentions a Franchise/SpiderMan expy, Spider-Crab.