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[[caption-width-right:308:[-Nar-Sue-to, Manga/{{Naruto}}'s [[CreatorsFavorite Wonderful]] twin sister, she carries the six-tailed weasel the most powerful of the tailed-beasts and also the creator of Naruto's world, has all of her brother's skills, and more including their parents [[ParentalFavoritism undivided attention]]. [[CostumePorn She has golden-blond shoulder length tresses with red highlights, green and blue eyes and wisker marks just like her brother (author note: How cute!!)]]. She [[RougeAnglesofSatin woar]] a vest blue like the sea and a white shirt as bright as the snow and an orange and pink mini-skirt with purple tights under it. She was also wearing underwear but you totally couldn't see them, YOU PERVE!! OriginalCharacter! [[MemeticMutation Do Not Steal!]]-] ]]

->'''Super OC:''' Your bloodline is very special, it is a very special doujutsu with all of the abilities of the Sharingan and the Byakugan.
->'''Manga/{{Naruto}}:''' So does that make me half Hyuuga and half Uchiha?
->'''Super OC:''' No, it just means that the author realized that coming up with a useful doujutsu is harder then it seems, so they copped out and combined the two given to them.
-->-- [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/999810/Sigfried27 Sigried27]] taking a potshot at this trend.

A lot of {{fanfic}} writers start up because of their passion for a show. While any number of things can be the source of passion, a very common fixation is on one of the primary characters. So they start to write something because of their passion for this character, but they find something about the character that doesn't mesh well. Maybe they're the wrong gender or are otherwise not close enough to the author's expectations. Or, alternatively, the author wants to pair their favorite character up with somebody, but "nobody is good enough for them". In any case, rather than put them through the PossessionSue process, they just get a [[ThingOMatic Clone-O-Matic]][[TradeSnark ™]] and out pops a CopyCatSue.

The CopyCatSue is a common occurrence, marked by their uncanny resemblance to a canon character. This is usually most blatant when it involves traits that are supposed to be unique in TheVerse, but pretty much anything where the {{Backstory}} and key character traits of the two characters are nearly interchangable counts. The canon character is [[LastOfHisKind the last of their kind]]? Well, so is this character! AbusiveParents? This character can sympathize! The canon character has a unique TransformationTrinket? It's not unique any more! They might even have another TeamPet of the exact same species, and they get along with the canon pet absolutely fine! And any markings or iconic disfigurements (such as scars or a missing limb) the canon character has, this character will also have, in exactly the same place ... [[BellisariosMaxim somehow]].

Naturally, they are instantly accepted into the group and have to go on a mission where they kill the BigBad, slay TheDragon and, provided they're sexually compatible [[MostFanFicWritersAreGirls (not like it stops them from trying, though)]], they'll inevitably pair off while flipping the bird to the OfficialCouple (extra points if the canon character's original love interest randomly [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil]] or worse, [[RonTheDeathEater is revealed to have always]] [[EvilAllAlong been evil]]). [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Or die. That happens sometimes]].

A fairly common storyline that {{lampshade}}s this is where the BigBad (or, perhaps, just a neutral MadScientist; it's almost unheard of for anybody without a direct connection to the hero and his TrueCompanions) makes an actual clone of the character ([[OppositeSexClone usually of the opposite sex]], but not always). They play themselves off as family members from out of state, or exchange students from MarySuetopia, but they have a mission to off the main character when they get the say so. Of course, since 99% of the Copy Cat Sues out there are synthesized to allow the author to imagine being both the canon character and friends/lovers with them, they'll betray their creator and join with the heroes (who, despite the character's connection with the bad guys, will rarely question them for very long), usually proceeding to kill the BigBad, slay TheDragon, and become best friends/lovers until the end of time. [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Or die. That happens... a lot really]].

A telltale sign of such a character is that any "fan art" of the character will actually just be [[PaletteSwap recolored images]] of characters from the actual show and that may or may not explain why, say, SailorEarth has a crescent moon on her forehead. Some get more creative and edit their source image a little in an attempt to make them look a little less like the character they copied. A precious few can be bothered to actually create real art, but nine times out of ten, even that art will simply be traced from a picture of the source character.

In either case, the character might be intended as a ''replacement'' for the canon character, but without whatever icky traits the author hates. They'll then rob the spotlight, prove the canon character to be unworthy of his/her position, and either relegate the character to obsolescence or, perhaps, even remove them entirely. Sometimes, this is done because the author likes the villain and wants them to be friends/lovers with the other character, but can't find any real reason that they wouldn't kill each other. Thus, to get the ending they want, they just make somebody that practically is the other character but without the key trait of wanting the villain dead. Yay, Fanfiction!

Compare OverusedCopycatCharacter and FountainOfExpies.

!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* For the rare, well done and likable version, read the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4502785/1/Scordatura Scordatura]]. You'll laugh your head off.
* The ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fandom have a few characters that end up getting their powers the exact same way Kurosaki Ichigo does going through the pit and everything in the exact sequence and having the exact same reason for going in.
** Also, when some people try pairing Hitsugaya Toshiro with someone, due to his relative age, they make yet another child genius who goes to the academy at the same time as him, despite the fact that they are supposed to be rare.
*** The second movie, ''The Diamond Dust Rebellion'', plays with this idea somewhat. In the film's backstory, Hitsugaya is shown to have had to a childhood friend from his academy days named Sojiro Kusaka. The two were in the same class, were friendly rivals when it came to school work, and even had the same Zanpakuto spirit (Hyorinmaru) as their partner, which only caused their friendship to grow deeper. However, things go south quickly when the Central 46 rules that no two people can possess the same Zanpakuto spirit, ordering a DuelToTheDeath between Hitsugaya and Kusaka. [[spoiler:Kusaka charges at Hitsugaya, claiming to want Hyorinmaru's power for himself, revealing that the duel was a SecretTestOfCharacter meant to determine who would raise their blade first. Kusaka is ''executed'' almost immediately afterward. Cue Kusaka coming BackFromTheDead and returning as a menace to the Soul Society as Hitsugaya's RivalTurnedEvil years later.]]
* Two words: [[LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami Dark]] [[Manga/DeathNote Yagami]].
** Likewise, there are nearly '''countless''' Manga/DeathNote fanfics in which the main protagonist (or antagonist) is a genius detective with a single letter for an alias and who happen to be an orphan from Wammy's. Bonus points if they turn out to be L's, Near's, or Mello's long lost relative or their love interest.
** Hey check out my Shinigami! It's liek big and totally awesome and eats fruit! Oh and we're liek best pals and it will gladly die for me if I asked!
* Half of ''DragonBallZ'' fanfics deal with [[SailorEarth another surviving Saiyan]] suddenly being found. This is usually a teenage girl, with sudden connections to characters for shipping purposes.
** Bonus points if the surviving Saiyan is a long lost member of the royal family.
*** Ironically, years later, a (anime original) canon royal really did come out of nowhere-- Tarble, Vegeta's long-lost brother (no really). [[{{Aversion}} However,]] he's a slender male who King Vegeta sent away for not having a proper fighting spirit and Vegeta "Jr" considered an embarrassment. He was also a pretty nice guy, and HappilyMarried to a HumanoidAlien (which, [[HypocriticalHumor for some reason]], seriously weirded Vegeta out).
* Many fanfics in the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' series have Ed and Al finding a long lost sister or childhood friend who they somehow forgot about. She'll often be a State Alchemist with some state name that makes no sense, be able to perform alchemy without transmutation circles, and have an automail limb just like Ed.
** There are also ''tons'' of FMA fanfics that involve a new Homunculus character named "Jealousy" or "Desire" or "Anger". Bonus points if they're a love interest of another Homunculus and/or if they happen to have some sort of connection with the main cast.
** Considering how many chimera fancharacters that show up who just happen to be working for Greed, it's a miracle the Devil's Nest isn't over-crowded by now.
* ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' and ''GingaDensetsuWeed'' [[OCs OCs]] that are just recolors of the series' protagonists are somewhat notorious among their fandom. Parodied ''mercilessly'' by [[http://kawaiidesuweedo.deviantart.com/ this dA gallery]].
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' falls to this as well. Most seem to be colorful versions of Hamtaro, Oxnard, and Bijou themselves. Most are paired up with the [=Ham-Hams=] as well. They can have a variety of other sue traits as well varying from [[PuritySue Purity Sue]] to [[GodModeSue God Mode Sue]].
* There are ''{{Hellsing}}'' fancharacters out there who are plucky female vampires that were bitten by Alucard himself and work for the Hellsing Organization and... yeah, they're pretty much CopyCatSue versions of Seras Victoria.
* Because Tsuna of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' was initially disliked for being a ButtMonkey, several stories were written with him starting out as a [[TeenGenius genius]] instead of an [[IdiotHero idiot]], and other things that replace his imperfections. Some authors go to the point of turning Tsuna into a girl for the sake of pairing him with [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys the rest of the characters]], or, if it is a crossover, make him know certain abilities that exist from other places beforehand, which would effectively make him a complete StoryBreakerPower for most of the story.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a natural fountain of these because ninja powers tend to run in families due to [[SuperpowerfulGenetics bloodline abilities]] or other secret clan techniques. The most common CopyCatSue is either:
## The sister of a character with the same family powers. (e.g. Sasuke's sue-tiful sister.)
## A sister of Naruto who is also a jinchuuriki or who takes his place as one. She is usually the {{Parental Favorit|ism}}e while poor [[TheUnfavorite Naruto]] gets in worse cases forgotten or is outright hated.
## A child adopted by the Akatsuki or born from {{mpreg}} who inherits their powers.
** For bonus fun, you have [[ContinuationFic continuation fics]] or "child of Akatsuki" fics in which you get a character who is a [[GodModeSue broken]] CopyCatSue of ''multiple'' characters.
* OuranHighSchoolHostClub [=OCs=] have a habit of being girls who, for whatever contrived reason, pose as boys and join the Host Club just like Haruhi. For bonus points, they may even be a missing Hitachiin sibling who acts remarkably like the twins.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom. It'd be fun to count, sometime, the number of trainers that start out late to get their Pokémon and get a non-standard starter. They'll likely be from Pallet Town as well, or even related to Ash with the writer's pairing of choice being the mother. Ash will, naturally, be a [[ToBeAMaster Pokémon master]] by then.
** You could say this has to do with the games. If most of the people who wrote these fanfics even played the games, or if the characters were even any of the protagonists. Though whenever Brendan appears in an anime fanfic this happens.
** Anime!Brendan is presumably Professor Birch's son, and he has a fully evolved water-type starter, which makes him remarkably similar to [[MemeticMutation GARY MOTHERFUCKING OAK]]. He can easily be an OCStandIn for the rival when the fic takes place during the original series (Harrison from the Johto League would represent the player character.)
** The first season of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} also had [[TheGhost two other trainers]] who left Pallet Town the same time as Gary and Ash. Similar to Brendan, they're OCStandIn fodder. Also subverted at the same time, as during the series it's said that they gave up and went home.
* You cannot count the number of fanfics that have [[PrinceofTennis Ryoma's]] LongLostSibling (always female), who looks exactly like him, plays the same tennis (better than him and his father even) and joins the BOYS tennis team because she is just that "awesome". Granted [[spoiler: he has an adopted brother he barely remembered until recently]] but that doesn't give an excuse for the Echizen's sister fics running around.
* Younger SailorEarth creators in the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fandom have a tendency to copy a lot of traits from main character Usagi's appearance and backstory, sometimes, in worst cases, right down to being Mamoru's past-life lover. More often than not, said characters will also be Usagi's long-lost sister or cousin. More often, if the author does not want to bang Mamoru, Sailor Earth is Mamoru's sister from the Silver Millennium.
* Several ''SoulEater'' related fanfics/fanart feature a female GrimReaper-esque character that has OCD, black hair, assymetrical bangs and...Yeah, its's a CopyCatSue [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of Death The Kid]]. Bonus points if said Sue and Kid fall in love.
** Or they're also scythe meisters like Maka, despite it being stated that scythes are very rare. They are also usually paired with [[MrFanservice Kid]].
* Browse through ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' fanfiction. Look up stories involving [=OCs=]. If the main character has any of the following in their deck - [[LastOfHisKind Blue-Eyes White Dragons]], [[OlympusMons Egyptian Gods]], [[ArtifactOfDoom Phantom Demons]], [[PhysicalGod Earthbound Gods]], [[TheCape Elemental]]/[[AntiHero Destiny]]/[[FaceHeelTurn Evil]] [[SuperHero Heroes]], [[CombiningMecha Cyber Dragons]], [[GameBreaker Black Feathers]], [[TheChosenMany Signer Dragons]], or an oddly specific number of cards that happen to correspond to a popular character's style ([[GenerationXerox bonus points if it's because they're related to a canon character]]), then close your browser, shut down your computer, and consult an exorcist. There also tends to be a large number of [[BreakoutCharacter Kaiba]] clones, complete with BadassLongcoat, [[JerkAss smug attitude]], [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragon Deck]], and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney loads of money]] - with the big exception being that [[TheRival Kaiba]] never beats [[BoringInvincibleHero Yugi]], while these fellows usually [[TheWorfEffect trounce the main character by the third chapter]]. Or, if the writer has some restraint, at the end of the story after going through something that is supposed to be character development but is more of a winlist. Of course, [[FountainOfExpies there are Kaiba clones]] [[BreakoutCharacter in canon too]], but they at least show a sliver of originality.
** [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2402497/1/Why-YuGiOh-R-Is-A-Bad-Place-For-Mary-Sues One fanfic]] featured Kaiba being pursued by {{Parody Sue}}s. One claimed to be a master Duelist, just like him (all her cards were made up), and another claimed to be a master programmer, just like him (when asked about her programming language, she claimed it was "Windows.") It also featured "Pegasus's daughter," which prompted Yugi to point out that a) Dueling skills are not hereditary and b) Pegasus wasn't a very good Duelist anyway.
** Canonically, there are seven Millennium Items. In fanon, there's around 250 (and don't expect then to bring up that making a Millennium Item requires [[PoweredByAForsakenChild mass human sacrifice).]] More than that, though, it seems that there are more Pharaohs who are sealed in good jewelry for no particular reason than who actually sat on the throne of Egypt.
* The ''YuYuHakusho'' fandom... dear ''Kami-sama'', the ''YuYuHakusho'' fandom. Most of the fics that aren't pairing Kurama with Hiei, have: Kurama paired with a plant-weilder, kitsune, demon trapped in a human body after "death", thief, past mate and/or partner of Youko Kurama's, or any combination thereof.
** Hiei is often paired with fire- or ice-wielders, hybrids of some kind (usually "forbidden" or "taboo"), working for Koenma/stuck in the human world, or possibly had a very rough childhood that made them very cynical and aggressive (any combination also applies). Not to mention that they are almost guaranteed to be at least a couple of inches shorter than him (no easy task, considering he is 4 foot 10 without the hair and they would have to be a legal midget).
** There are also numerous delinquents from broken homes who barely go to school, talk back to authority, start random fights to prove how tough they are (especially when someone accuses them of being feminine), and somehow end up working for Koenma. Surprisingly, these are not often paired with Yusuke.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''TheFlash'' comics feature a canon example of a CopyCatSue (sort of). Barry Allen seemingly returned from the dead in 1993, but it turned out it was Eobard Thawne before he became Professor Zoom. Eobard Thawne was such a fan of Barry Allen, he memorized Barry's biography, spent years and his fortune to aquire the same powers, and had himself surgically altered to look exactly like Barry (using futuristic plastic surgery.) But he ended up arriving years after Barry's death and, addled from time travel, and the revelation that he would become Professor Zoom, snapped and started thinking he was Barry Allen. One can only imagine how well Barry would have reacted to the arrival of an obsessive FanBoy who looks and dresses exactly like him and has his powers. If only [[DCComics DC]] did actual "What ifs".
** Considering [[NeckSnap how Barry reacted]] when he did meet Thawne...
* Possibly parodied and combined with EvilCounterpart in [[ComicBook/LesLegendaires Les Légendaires]], where the BiggerBad [[GodOfEvil Anathos]] uses the Legendaries' blood to create evil twins of them as his personnal FiveBadBand. The Hellions are portrayed as [[PaletteSwap physically identical to the Legendaries except for their colours]], having the same names except with "Dark" added to it (Dark-Jadina, Dark-Gryf...) and using enhanced version of the Legendaries's powers and abilities. When facing the heroes, they initially easily get the upper hand, Dark-Gryf even mentionning how superior he is to Gryf... then the Legendaries [[LetsGetDangerous decide to reveal]] [[TookALevelInBadass how much they have improved]] and [[CurbStompBattle beat the crap out of them]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Dozens of these popped up for ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' within days of the movie release. The most common ones copy (and pair with) Jack Frost, all being teenage girls who die and become elemental spirits and new guardians; though there's also a fair number who copy Jamie, the first human to believe in and see Jack. Only the Sue is older, of course.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* At one point on Website/DeviantArt, there was a massive [[{{Film/Avatar}} Na'vi]] invasion going on. Didn't really help that they all look nearly the same on first glance, and that tribal outfits are similar.
* There are CopyCatSue kaiju that basically rip-off Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. If you thought the canon [[FollowTheLeader giant rampaging dinosaurs/reptiles that attack a major city]] -- i.e. Yonggary, Film/{{Gorgo}}, Gappa, Franchise/{{Gamera}} (though, he's actually rather good) -- were bad enough....
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfics often give Han Solo a sister (or brother?) who falls in love with Luke. A variant is to have Obi-Wan take a padawan on Tatooine, who then falls in love with Luke. These characters are very much Copycat Sues, usually a DistaffCounterpart of their relative, or a clone if male.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Minerva from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is bashed for this. She's not too bad a character and [[spoiler: Artemis beats her almost easily]] but she was too similar to the eponymous character and the author was trying to ship the two a little too much.
** For what it's worth, that book is a DolledUpInstallment. Colfer realized that his new protagonist was a bit like Artemis and just decided to throw him in, [[DemotedToExtra demoting]] Minerva to a secondary character.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfiction, Harry often gets a twin brother who is in fact the "Boy Who Lived".
** Gryffindor has won every single match since 1997 because it has 20,000,000 Seekers on its team.
** There are several Harry Potter fanfics in which a female character becomes a student at Hogwarts. Said student is a female, happens to be really smart, (often) has Muggle parents, and...Yeah, it's a copy of Hermione.
** Considering how many copy-cat sues of Draco Malfoy there are, it's a wonder Slytherin isn't over-crowded. Bonus points if said Slytherin character is Draco's relative or his love interest.
** There are also tons of Weasley fancharacters as well. Yes, the Weasleys were a large family, but the number of copy-cat sues would be enough to populate a small island.
** At least half of any prequel fanfics will contain some "lost" member of the Marauders. Bonus points if they are a relative of a main character, or a love interest. Also, said fancharacters will have an Animagus form that's suspiciously similar to the Animagus of a canon character.
*** Fancharacters that are female versions of the Marauders are also prominent in fanfiction.
** Oh, look, there's a new Defense Against The Dark Arks teacher who happens to be a werewolf. Many fanfics take this further by making said fancharacter a female and become Lupin's love interest.
* A lot of protagonists from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise's ExpandedUniverse and FanFic titles have beaten the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation designed-to-be-unbeatable]] Kobayashi Maru test, something in canon originally only Captain James T. Kirk had managed, making this seemingly impossible and impressive feat in fact depressingly mundane.
* Almost every ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' OC is a perfectly normal girl who just happens to move to Forks, Washington and become a new student at Forks High School. Despite always describing herself as plain and perfectly normal, she somehow attracts the attention of the beautiful Edward Cullen, who is intrigued by the fact that he can't read her mind. A particularly notable example of this is the heroine of ''ForbidenFruitTheTempationOfEdwardCullen'', who, um, "temps" Edward away from Bella.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* BigWolfOnCampus. Oh, look, a perky goth character who just happens to be a female counterpart for Merton to fall in love with.
** There sure are a ''lot'' of female werewolves running around Pleasantville that Tommy seems to always fall in love with. Good thing they're good werewolves like him too, especially since heroic werewolves are ''extremely'' rare in the canon of the series.
** Quite a few fanfics have Lori leaving the team for one reason or another. They'll usually result in a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute ActionGirl showing up later.
** Due to his sheer popularity in the fandom, [[spoiler:Mr.In]]Vince[[spoiler:ible]] has quite a few counterparts in fanfics.
* A lot of ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfics involve the Doctor running into a surviving Time Lord who just happens to have a TARDIS as well and travels across time and space with a companion. Bonus points for if said Time Lord is either the Doctor's long-lost relative or becomes his love interest. When you consider that the Doctor essentially wiped-out his entire species (save for the number of times the Master shows up), one has to wonder exactly ''where'' these other Time Lords are coming from.
** There are quite a few fan-made enemies of the Doctor running around with "the (insert something here)" as their name. Bonus points if they're the love interest or a relative of TheMaster.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with [[CanonSue Harmony]] and the other applicants for the school Kurt and Rachel were trying to get into in the third season.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A parody example comes from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': one series of strips had Jason suggest to Lucasfilm that they spice up the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Special Editions by adding a new character: Jason Skywalker, Luke's younger brother who follows Luke's character arc up to the end of ''Empire'', at which point he [[VillainSue joins the Dark Side]] (and of course, lives to fight another day).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some people doing fan art from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series draw their own flavors of the moogles, chocobos, or any other race/critters that pops up in the series. These aren't as bad as the Sonic or Spyro examples since characters like the moogles are usually generic and implied to be more than one of them running around, so the characters the artists use for their own characters aren't unique or special.
* ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' intentionally invokes this trope with [[MagicKnight Llednar Twem]], [[spoiler: Mewt]]'s totally badass MartyStu [[TheDragon Dragon]]/friend, who bears a [[strike: suspicious]] obvious resemblance to Marche. While Marche is fighting to [[spoiler: destroy the fantasy world Mewt created]], Llednar is there to oppose him.
* ''KingdomHearts'' has quite a number of Sues which claim to be Sora's sister, given a mysterious-but-very-Keyblade-like magical weapon (usually when Sora receives the real Keyblade) and journey along with their "brother." Usually, they get shipped with Riku. Then ''358/2 Days'' came out, which introduced Xion, who fit quite a few of these traits -- spitting image of Kairi, fourteenth member of Organization XIII, a Keyblade user, and ends up being close friends of Roxas and Axel to boot. [[spoiler:However, this ends up being deconstructed when it is revealed that she is an imperfect Replica of Sora created by Organization XIII to absorb memories from Roxas and eventually absorb him completely in case the real Sora was useless to their plans. She knows none of this, but when she does find out, the results are...unpleasant as she frantically tries to fix the situation, while desperately trying to avoid hurting her friends in any way (this fails... [[DownerEnding miserably]])]].
** They seem to love to destroy this trope. They had Namine, who looks just like Kairi with blonde hair and was a friend of Sora who he forgot about. [[spoiler: Later it turns out that none of that is true. She's a Nobody created when Kairi's heart left Sora's body and she has the power to change his memories due to her origins. The Organization then forces her to do so. They even go so far to try to completely replace Kairi with her]].
** Also in Chain of Memories there is [[spoiler: Replica Riku who is brainwashed into beliving that he's the real Riku.]] When he finds out [[CloningBlues he's not too pleased]].
* The number of [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff Counterparts]] to [[TheHero Link]] popping up in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' Fanfictions is... immense...
* Many a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' game fanfic stars trainers from small towns who defeat evil teams, defeat everyone in sight, become the champion, beat the game protagonists, and typically have either a Starter or an Eevee. They're often also a love interest to a game character.
** ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' goes through a similar example when it comes to the creatures themselves but plays out in two ways. The not so harmful way has fan artists draw their own flavor of Pikachu or any other Pokemon they like with their own quirks since it is established that Pokemon breed, thus there's always multiples of the same species running around. The other method, which has been compared to Sonic color swapping, is people making their own version of Mewtwo or any other unique Pokemon (unique=the only one of its kind).
* VideoGame/{{Portal}} Fanfics are surprisingly bereft of this, despite the fact that copy catting in non sue forms is very prevalent (Most of the characters are AIs and for the rest Aperture just has cloning, so if you need an extra version of a character; they are just a button push away). However you can consider most if not all OC test subject sues to just be Copy Cat Chells.
* [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]] sure does have a ''lot'' of clones running around in the fandom, doesn't he?
** Unfortunately, as of ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 RE5]]'', this may actually be canon. Right before Wesker [[spoiler:offs Oswell Spencer]], he's told that [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn he's one of several "Wesker" children]], a group of test subjects adopted from all over the world and raised to be Umbrella's guinea pigs, although by the time of ''5'', they've all died off except for Albert (who bites it at the end of the game) and Alex, who is said to be the strongest, brightest, and most capable of the children. Keep in mind that Albert is already a [[MagnificentBastard charismatic]] [[GeniusBruiser supergenius]] capable of pulling off stunts seen in ''Film/TheMatrix'' and [[LightningBruiser smashing your head open like a pumpkin before you can even blink]].]]
** To twist the knife further, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' features [[spoiler:Wesker's ''son'' Jake Muller as one of the main protagonists. And while he's not morally twisted like his father (just an AntiHero), he's definitely inherited Wesker's speed, strength, and durability.]]
* ''{{Sonic the Hedgehog}}'' fandom is ''notorious'' for this. [[PaletteSwap Recolours]] and sprite edits make up most of the fancharacters, and the availability of character creators and paper doll programs to facilitate this have worsened the issue. Seems to be a fully DiscreditedTrope at this point, not that it's gonna stop a lot of people.
** A common game on some portions of the Internet: Type "[your name] the Hedgehog" into Google or Deviantart. HilarityEnsues.
** Though Jazz Jackrabbit is not one of these, there is a boss in the first game that looks like a terribly recolored Sonic/Tails/Zool mix.
** Christian Weston Chandler's ''{{Sonichu}}'' is, predictably, a combination of {{Sonic the Hedgehog}} and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] with super-speed and electricity attacks. Then Christian ''copycatted his copycat'' by powering up Chris-chan, his AuthorAvatar, by allowing him to transform into an "electric hedgehog pokemon" with all the powers of Sonichu ([[GodModeSue and then some]]). Poor Sonichu has since been [[DemotedToExtra all but forgotten]], [[ArtifactTitle even though the comic still bears his name]].
*** His RelationshipSue girlfriend Rosechu is also... well take a guess.
* ''{{Spyro the Dragon}}'' has a lot of this, regardless of [[FanDumb whether it's the originals or legends]] that are involved. Seems like most dragon characters that get made almost always resemble Spyro, Flame, Ember, Cynder, Malefor, or Red. Of course, the throw on of manes, extra spikes, wings, and tails really doesn't help out much, and recolor never seems to work. Of course, you'd figure that [[OurDragonsAreDifferent that with the whole 1 in 10 generations of purple dragons]] thing that {{Sierra}} did with the legends would prevent an over-flow of purple dragon characters with legendary status... well, guess how often a purple dragon who comes along that [[TheMinnesotaFats can outdo Spryo]]?
** Generally speaking, it seems that anybody who makes a dragon character (especially female) uses [[SpyroTheDragon Spyro & Cynder's]] design.
** And if that wasn't enough, some of these characters [[DieForOurShip break up the romance]] between characters. A lot. Did I also mention that most of the creators also pass them off as {{OriginalCharacter}}s as well, in which they have their own universe and storyline, but still look an awful lot like a Spyro or Cynder recolor. They even use ''The Legend of'' in their titles to add to the confusion!
* A few exist for the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series. A lot of them are VERY similar to the main hero, Fox [=McCloud=], have a similar level of skill as a pilot, or as an added option can be [[SpearCounterpart Spear Counterparts]] to Krystal, who prove to be even better love interests for her than Fox is (because y'know, [[DieForOurShip Fox totally sucks]]).
* Noticable in SuperMarioBros, though mostly less frequent than other examples. There are three specific variants, two being more princesses and Paper Mario partners. Those are ''usually'' not too sue-ish, unlike the less common Mario Brother clones.
** The Evil Guy in ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]'' looks like a {{palette swap}} of Mario. This trope is used to indicate the Evil Guy is a very bland character.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', many a fic revolves around the group finding an Airbender out in the middle of the woods, raised by themselves, abandoned by the world. They get free lessons from Aang, just because he cares. Lessons for other Avatars cost extra, presumably for breaking the one avatar a generation rule. It's worth a mention that there ''is'' a (presumably non-canon) character from the CollectibleCardGame that is, in fact, an airbender who had survived the genocide. This character, known as Malu the Ghost Witch, was hidden by her parents inside a cave, and quickly became a legend amongst the Avatar world for attacking Fire Nation soldiers.
* Many [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks "Chipmunk Bands"]] on Youtube are like this. Basically they're just the Chipmunks and Chipettes with a different color scheme and (most of the time) some random word in place of "Chip" on the band name (ex.: the Popettes, the Crystamunks, etc.). Also, Alvin colorovers are usually given some random "A" name (like Andrew or AJ) and most of the Brittany colorovers around are friends. Also, they have the tendency to JumpTheShark in many ways, such as getting married, having kids, or even having a member nearly die (like with the Omegamunks (TimRonaldJake) and the Pinkettes). Nearly. Most of the time they survive.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': Even though it is confirmed that the Omnitrix is the only one in existence, in FanFic, every other kid has one or a mystical transformation artifact shaped like one. WordOfGod quickly jossed every single one of them in the episode ''Good Copy Bad Copy'', going so far as to say that more than one Omnitrix at a time would be TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
** Albedo himself, who appeared in the episode, also appears to be a ''parody'' of the idea, who helped assist in creating the Omnitrix, came back with a better version, and his current design [[PaletteSwap is just a mere recolor of Ben]] (amusingly, Albedo has since become quite popular amongst the fans).
* Oh gosh, the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' fanfiction. So many stories revolve around these things:
** An OriginalCharacter (or the author) comes to Kadic, befriends the Lyoko Gang, and becomes a Lyoko warrior
** An OriginalCharacter is found on Lyoko, and has similarities to some new student at the school.
** A group of [[OriginalCharacter original characters]], either the original gang's kids, or some new kids who discover the factory and some wise guy pulls the lever and discovers Lyoko.
** The Warriors fighting a brand-new supervirus that acts like XANA, but clearly isn't, really.
** Bonus points if any of these characters (including the supervirus) fall in love with a Lyoko Warrior. Further bonus points of it's Odd.
** In fact, if a story's main plot doesn't fall into any of these categories, it usually falls into the remaining 10% of SturgeonsLaw by default.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': You would be surprised how many teenage runaways [[MillionToOneChance end up in Amity Park, walk into FentonWorks right as the Ghost Portal resets, and come out with ghostly superpowers and control of at least one element of nature]]. The fact that Danny has an OppositeSexClone in ''canon'' really doesn't help.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' {{lampshades}} the trope during the pilot episode when Wilt introduces the types of imaginary friends that live there. The friend introduced as an "unimaginative one" looks exactly like [[PowerpuffGirls Mojo Jojo]].
-->'''Wilt''': Some kids aren't that creative and just copy what they see on TV. What're you gonna do?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had this as the reaction to ''canon character'' Preston Vogel, who just seemed like a darker-haired version of [[BattleButler Owen]] [[TheStoic Burnett]]. The only difference in their designs was literally their hair color (and Owen later getting a stone fist). Turned out Owen [[spoiler: or more accurately, his real self the fey Puck]] had based himself off of Vogel intentionally, trying to "out-Vogal" him for personal satisfaction.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'''s [[DarkActionGirl Tak]] doesn't seem to be the only Irken female to wind up disguised as a human in Ms. Bitters' class, at least if you go by fanfic portrayals. There are also a fair number of {{Distaff Counterpart}}s for [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], random new girls who quickly see through Zim's disguise and either help Dib fight him or help Zim change through ThePowerOfLove.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has a surprising amount of Flain and Seismo clones...in a world where every character is supposed to be unique.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' isn't exempt from this, with its open world and large number of ponies. Thanks to the huge Internet fandom for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', this has [[PopularityPolynomial downright exploded]], with added twists like a [[SailorEarth Seventh Element of Harmony]] thrown into the mix.
** The original series were just as bad, mainly ''MyLittlePony N Friends'' and the G1 toys. It's hard to find any fanart or fanfiction pony related that ''wasn't'' based around a ponification or {{OC}}.
** Interestingly, the background ponies in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' have no canon personalities or even canon names (toy names aside), but the fans as a whole seem to agree on certain names and personalities.
** With the introduction of [[RealityWarper Discord]], there have been tons of Draconequis fancharacters that all seem to have a name that relates to "chaos" in some way (IE: Disorder, Eris, Anarchy, etc.). Bonus points if they end up being Discord's love interest.
** Despite WordOfGod stating that there are only ''two'' Alicorns (IE: Luna and Celestia) in Equestria, that hasn't stopped fans from creating their own Alicorn fancharacters. The introduction of a third alicorn, Cadance, in the Season 2 Finale probably did not help this trend.
*** Making Twilight an alicorn in the season 3 finale definitely didn't help this thread either.
** Most of Dakari-King Mykan's characters in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' are this. All of the characters, as shown in an introduction video, are just photoshopped Alicorn versions of the Main 6. Even Krysta is just a stolen human Fluttershy image.
* Fan fictions of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' became littered with [[SailorEarth specially created Puffs]] (whose names begin with "B," of course). Lampshaded in comic book issue #50's ''Deja View'' (originally a season 5 episode that didn't get made) which features alternate universe versions of the girls with the names Berserk, Brat and Brute. Also with the Micro-Puffs (issue #65 and others), tiny versions of the girls from another dimension.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fan characters were rather infamous and known for consisting of recolors or genderbends of the four main characters, if not having them be related to any of the four in some way as long-lost siblings or love interests. After a character generator came into existence, fans went even more wild with it. There tended to be quite a few copies of Kenny, all dressed in different colored parkas and with the same level of immortality and bad luck. Cartman would occasionally wind up with a FatGirl copy of himself, who would be just as rude and foul-mouthed. Some authors would also follow a "next generation" formula and have the future children of the originals be nothing but clones in personality and appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has a surprising amount of these. Some even claim to know everything about the Krusty Krab even if they've never been there before or have never even been in Bikini Bottom up until that point! Usually they're copies of either Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward or Sandy, but Plankton, Mindy and even Gary lookalikes aren't unheard of. They all are either somehow related to them and/or [[RelationshipSue get paired with them eventually]].
* Blueberry Muffin deliberates makes one in the ''StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'' episode "Partners in Crime":
-->'''Blueberry''': So I had this idea for a brand new detective: Peggy Periwinkle! What do you think?\\
'''Huck''': Sounds great, but isn't it a little bit like Patty Persimmon?\\
'''Blueberry''': As close as I could get!\\
'''Huck''': But don't you think we should invent something, I don't know, different?\\
'''Blueberry''': Oh no, that's the whole idea! Because anyone who likes Patty Persimmon will automatically love Peggy Periwinkle.
* ''{{Superjail}}'' occasionally experiences these in both fanfic and fanart. Lord Stingray will suddenly gain a girlfriend or long-lost sister who wears identical gold armor but [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics will wear a bow and pink or purple]] to denote her being more feminine. The Warden himself tends to accumulate mysterious offspring who are carbon-copy clones of him in appearance and personality, if not experiencing his own case of having a long-lost identical sister ([[EpilepticTrees when fans aren't putting Mistress in that role]]). Another common type is the "new girl" at the jail, who tend to be quirky and wild love interests for the Warden and somehow all wind up accidentally dragged into the jail by Jailbot fighting Jacknife in their usual escapades.
** Before and after their revelation as aliens, some fans have [[CreepyTwins the Twins]] wind up with a younger sister tagging along, or a special female member of their species playing the part of love interest (or [[BrotherSisterIncest sometimes both roles]]).
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has this. If a Sue is in the fic, they'll probably be a turtle, and wield weapons identical to the ones their favorite character does, and probably have a similarly coloured bandana too.
** An special example is the fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5404199/1/The_Hunters_and_the_Hunted The Hunters and the Hunted]]'' - it has FOUR Copy Cat Sues, one for each Turtle. Better still, the author gave them bios in the first chapter so you don't have to read through the whole story to find out - although you do have to read through the whole story to find out just how bad the author is at explaining why they never use their vast repertoire of abilities except when it looks cool, and never to get them out of danger. Hello, {{Chickification}}.
** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial There was certainly never]] [[CanonDisContinuity a canonical character]] [[SailorEarth who happens to be a mutant turtle from an unrelated incident]] [[MarySue and was female with magical abilities]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad which became the focus of the show]]. [[ShooOutTheNewGuy They'd never do]] [[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation that]].
* It is common in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fanfiction to have a Raven/Terra [[SailorEarth clone]] join the Titans for various reasons. Raven is usually bitchy to this newcomer, but slowly warms to her. Or Raven may be completely OutOfCharacter and not do much of anything. She usually has the same powers as Raven, complete with the emotional tie-ins. The clone will usually fall in love with Beast Boy. Right after the season where Terra betrayed the Titans for Slade, it was especially common for said clone to be Slade's replacement for Terra.
** Other times, the new Titan will be a never-before-seen sibling of one of the main five, usually having some corresponding name to the original and being nothing but an opposite-sex copy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thomas the Tank Engine}}'' fanfictions have a lot of this. There are a lot of Thomas, Emily, and Rosie lookalikes running around on the Island of Sodor, it seems...
* If it's a ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' Sue, there's a good chance that they share a vehicle mode with their romantic target of choice. Especially annoying given the potential for creativity in the premise...
** Somewhat more excusable here than in other fandoms, due to Hasbro's hard-on for {{Palette Swap}}ping that just won't go away.
* Creator/DavidGonterman's prized Johnathan Brisby is, perhaps, the most blatant example of this trope in action. In his original incarnation in ''The Rangers of NIMH'' (a {{Crossover}} fanfic of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''), he's essentially a GenerationXerox of the canon Jonathan Brisby (but spunkier!). Then he undergoes [[CanonImmigrant Canon Migration]] (so to speak) to become a shameless ripoff of the character in ''Fauna Force''. This will no doubt be the case for whatever upcoming story Gonterman has planned for the re-envisioned "Johnny Briz".
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