->''And there's a million of us just like me''\\
''Who cuss like me; who just don't give a fuck like me''\\
''Who dress like me; who walk, talk, and act like me''\\
''And just might be the next best thing, but not quite me!''
-->-- '''Music/{{Eminem}}''', "The Real Slim Shady"

A character who is so popular and impactful that many other characters created afterwards are heavily inspired by it. They share even more than its {{Character Archetype}}s, they are its [[{{Expy}} expies]] basically the same old character recycled, with some minor changes, to make it fit into the new setting. The original one gives inspiration not just for their basic CharacterizationTropes, but for parts of their relationship dynamics, personality, and appearance.

While too many authors using the same obvious expies could be considered a worrying trend in terms of originality, it [[TropesAreTools isn't an inherently bad thing.]] As a longer time passes, creators might be more and more likely to make bigger changes to the character, eventually growing it into a whole new CharacterArchetype trope on its own. In other cases, it's possible that the resulting characters are too different even for that: Talented writers can explore certain aspects of a character with an expy, and other aspects with another expy, in a way, that if you would compare the two expies, they wouldn't even appear that similar ''to each other''. While it's possible that a Fountain of Expies also serves as a TropeCodifier for the character's most fundamental tropes, other times the shared similarities are more vague.

In the following "subtropes" list, only add trope pages whose descriptions are explicitly based on the idea of collecting characters that are based on a first one. There are other tropes that were more indirectly [[TropeMaker started]] or [[TropeCodifier codified]] by certain characters, but these should only be referenced in the second, character-based listing.

A subcase of FollowTheLeader.

Though Fountain of Expies is not a trope, it does have {{Sub Trope}}s. These are:
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* AliceAllusion ([[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]])
* BigRedDevil ({{Satan}})
* BruceLeeClone (BruceLee)
* TheCape (Franchise/{{Superman}})
* CaptainPatriotic (CaptainAmerica)
* CharClone ([[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]])
* ClassicalMovieVampire (Creator/BelaLugosi and, to a lesser degree, Creator/ChristopherLee as {{Dracula}})
* TheCowl (Franchise/{{Batman}})
* DarthVaderClone ([[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]])
* JeanneDArchetype (JoanOfArc)
* LooksLikeCesare ([[Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari Cesare]])
* LooksLikeOrlok ([[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Graf Orlok]])
* MalcolmXerox (MalcolmX)
* TheMeanBrit ([[Series/AmericanIdol Simon]] [[TheXFactor Cowell]])
* MessianicArchetype (JesusChrist)
* MrAltDisney (WaltDisney)
* ANaziByAnyOtherName (AdolfHitler and ThoseWackyNazis)
* NotZilla (Franchise/{{Godzilla}})
* TheOphelia ([[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]])
* OverusedCopycatCharacter (when a work jokes about how many times a certain character has been copied) Originally called DrizztSyndrome.
* ReiAyanamiExpy ([[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]])
* SatanicArchetype ({{Satan}})
* ShanaClone ([[ShakuganNoShana Shana]])
* SherlockHomage (Franchise/SherlockHolmes)
* {{Shotoclone}} ([[VideoGame/StreetFighter Ken and Ryu]])
* TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats (Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles)
* TrenchcoatBrigade ([[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]])
[[/index]]

Compare TheAhnold (spoofing any action star, including Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), MascotWithAttitude (trying to make a distinct character, but still following Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog), TuxedoAndMartini (the basic attire of Film/JamesBond).

See also, WholePlotReference when it is the plot, not the character, that is being referenced.

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!!Other examples:

[[folder: Anime And Manga]]
* Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' was so popular [[TheWoobie for]] [[TokenMiniMoe whatever]] [[{{Moe}} reason]] that a few MagicalGirl series following copied her character in particular, such as Michal Amagi in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''. Tsubame Sanjou from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is also explicitly mentioned by WordOfGod as being based on her character.
* Yasunori Kato, antagonist of the classic series Anime/DoomedMegalopolis, has inspired a slew of imitators, which have in turn inspired others, to the point where it's difficult to tell who inspired who after the original. Characters of his lineage include [[StreetFighter M. Bison]], [[RikiOh Washizaki]], [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Rudolph von Stronheim]], the [[UltimateMuscle Blocken family]], [[VideoGame/WorldHeroes Brocken]], and [[OnePiece Shiliew]], while surprisingly, we have a heroic version in the name of [[RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Raidou]] [[RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha]]. Also, they are ALL descended from the Hugo Boss-designed [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi officer uniforms.]]
* Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'' was the original {{Shonen}} IdiotHero. Besides the basic "lovable idiot" aspect of the character, his imitators also tend to copy several other character traits of his, such as his [[BloodKnight extreme love of fighting,]] [[BigEater his equally big love of food,]] [[AllLovingHero his immensely compassionate and unselfish nature]], and his [[ChasteHero lack of sexual awareness.]] And the [[AnimeHair improbable hairdo.]] More often than not, though, said expy would have his energy level [[MemeticMutation over 9000]]
** Goku clones include {{Naruto}}, [[Manga/FairyTail Natsu]], [[HunterxHunter Gon]], [[FlintTheTimeDetective Flint]] and even [[OnePiece Monkey D. Luffy]].
** The hairdo part is {{Lampshaded}} by an NPC in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the main character of which looks quite a bit like Goku. In fact, he was designed by Toriyama himself.
** Also, Vegeta himself helped define the concept of TheRival archtype. You could most likely list some of the expies as much as you could the [[ReiAyanamiExpy Rei]] or {{Shana Clone}}s.
*** And of course Vegeta himself can be seen as an expy of Piccolo, and Piccolo an expy of Tien. The three of them define TheRival archetype and are all [[AntiHero Anti-Heroic]], [[TheStoic cold]], [[IneffectualLoner loners]], [[{{Foil}} to show the contrast with]] [[TheHero the heroic]], [[HotBlooded loud]], and [[AllLovingHero friendly]] Goku.
**** To add insult to injury, even Tien can be seen as an expy of early [[ButtMonkey Krillin]], Goku's ''first'' rival in DragonBall when Goku went to Master Roshi for training after the first arc of the series.
* Another Shonen Jump starter was ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s [[FallenHero Sensui]]. Before him there were just ArrogantKungFuGuy and SmugSnake ChessMaster villains in anime/manga, then with his extremely suave persuasions, [[VillainSue extremely broken]] ([[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in more ways]] [[AlasPoorVillain than one]]) [[[StoryBreakerPower abilities]] and able to turn [[GambitRoulette every little mishap to his advantage]], is what defines today's anime/manga (particularly {{Shonen}}) villains. Just ask [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Aizen]], [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Madara]], [[Manga/OnePiece Blackbeard]], [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn Byakuran]] and [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist Father]].
** Though Sensui has some more traditionally ''direct'' (as in, based directly on ''him'' in particular and not just the type of overpowered shounen AntiVillain he created) expies as well- [[FillerVillain Jin]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kariya, Ginjo]] ([[ExaggeratedTrope Ginjo to the extent that if you just put a bindi on his forehead]] ''[[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals he looks exactly like Sensui were Kubo Tite to draw him]]''), [[HunterXHunter Chrollo]] (unsurprisingly, from a manga by [[YoshihiroTogashi the same author]]) and [[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Homura]].
* Anime/CaptainHarlock is very iconic in SpaceOpera anime, and he shows up damn near everywhere in anything where there are huge spacey battleships. Notable Harlock expies include [[Anime/LastExile Alex Row]], stoic renegade captain of the legendary steampunk battleship "Kill'em All" Silvana, and the villainous [[Anime/CowboyBebop Vicious]], who even has the weird bird, probably to make up for his distinct lack of a battleship.
** Speaking of LeijiMatsumoto's creation, the Maetel archetype is also popular: tall, willowy blonde women with few words and deeply mysterious origin. [[CosplayOtakuGirl Nekota]] from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' (a Fall2012Anime) is an obvious nod to the original Maetel.
* In a similar vein to the ReiAyanamiExpy above, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa]] has a similar amount of Expies (such as N from ''PokemonBlackAndWhite'' and Akise from ''FutureDiary). You will often find a light (typically white or grey) haired {{Bishounen}} who's AmbiguouslyGay and aims for the lead character. If FoeYay is part of the character, he's [[EnsembleDarkhorse more than qualified]] for the Expy.
** We also can count Shinji Ikari. After the series, countless ClassicalAntihero appeared with dark hair hair and angst similar to Shinji's. Gainax itself used Shinji Ikari expies in FLCL, TengenToppaGurrenLagann, ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld. Renton Thurston from EurekaSeven (in vain of FollowTheLeader) also counts as well as [[GuiltyCrown Ouma Shu]], [[MiraiNikki Amano Yukiteru]].
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Darlian/Peacecraft]], herself the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Sayla Mass]] to Heero Yuy's Amuro Ray and Zechs Merquise's Char Aznable, has expies of her own in [[Anime/TurnAGundam Dianna Soreil]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Lacus]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Clyne]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Cagalli Yu]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny la Athha]] (who's also partly based on Sayla), [[Anime/SDGundamForce Princess Rele]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]], and outside of Gundam, [[Anime/CodeGeass Euphemia Li Brittania]] (who's also partly based on Lacus).
** Then Heero himself is thrown into the mix as well. Former child soldiers who can keep the military aspect of RealRobot shows while still being young enough to appeal to kids and/or teenagers. Such expies include [[MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]] and [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Sousuke Sagara]].
** HeroKiller Yazan Gable of ''ZetaGundam'' infamy is second only to Char in number of knockoffs. There's Rakan Dahkaran of ''GundamZZ'', [[DistaffCounterpart Rezun Schneider]] of ''CharsCounterattack'', Ash Grey of ''GundamSEEDAstray'', Ali Al-Saachez of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' and Decil Galette of ''GundamAGE'', as well as ''CodeGeass''' Sir Luciano Bradley. All are {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s who joined the army for the chance to kill as many people as possible, act as TheBrute within their respective forces, have no redeeming qualities whatsoever, possess fearsome reputations in-story, and with the exception of Ash and Decil, are {{badass normal}}s to boot.
* [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] is the pretty much the basis for ever "manly" Japanese hero after him. Some examples are [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Hector]] from ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and Caim from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''.
** Guts also have some characters based off of him like [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Kirito]] who is called the Black Swordsman who is dressed in black and gets a BFS later and [[VisualNovel/DraKoi The Dragonslayer]] who wears a similar armor to Guts's Berserker Armr.[[spoiler:Although he turns out to just be a Suit of Armor and The Protagonist is much of a Guts Expy when wearing The Armor and fighting fate.]]
* The "[[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold golden-haired]] green-clad elf [[TheChick chick]]" inspired by Deedlit from ''RecordOfLodossWar'', such as Tiffania Westwood from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'', and spread to video games (e.g. Lucia from Capcom's ''DungeonsAndDragons'' arcade series).
* Being one of the most iconic anime characters ever, this obviously happened to ''Manga/AstroBoy''. There have been numerous stories about humanoid robots that rely heavily on the series. The American ''RobotBoy'' and ''MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' come to mind, along with the Japanese ''Jetter Mars'' and ''VideoGame/MegaMan''.
* ''YuGiOh'' has [[TheRival Seto Kaiba.]] Since he was the BreakoutCharacter, the various spinoffs [[GenerationXerox traditionally]] have at least two characters who [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys have lots of money]], [[TheStoic act cool in all circumstances]], [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou get obsessed with the main character]] after he [[BreakTheHaughty insults the character's pride]], [[GadgeteerGenius know their way around machines]], [[BadassLongcoat stay clad in a gravity-defying coat]], and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons specialize in dragons]]. Oftentimes, they'll give some Kaiba traits to one character and others to another. ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' had Manjoume, who got Kaiba's wealth, obsessiveness, and expies of some of Kaiba's lesser archetypes, while Ryou got the stoicism and expies of Kaiba's signature Blue-Eyes. ''YuGiOh5Ds'' has Jack, who got the obsession, the wealth, and the dragon focus (as well as a similar backup strategy with fiends), though unusually, most of the other usual Kaiba traits got filtered into ''[[TheHero Yusei.]]'' All of them wore coats, though.
* While starring Nagi Sanzen'in, one of the Holy Trinity of [[ShanaClone Shana Clones]], HayateTheCombatButler has it's own BreakoutCharacter in Hinagiku Katsura, who seems to have inspired quite a few characters herself. While {{student council president}}s have been around a while, they have often been either important antagonists a la RevolutionaryGirlUtena or protagonists like in KaichouWaMaidSama (usually being [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil absurdly powerful]] in either role). Hinagiku brought a president that was very kind and helpful to the protagonists while also being cool and very popular...notably with many, many [[LesYay female admirers]] in addition to all the guys at the school. Hisa from {{Saki}} and Yanagin's Sempai from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' are some similar characters who share ShizukaItou as a voice actress (Yanagin's Sempai character notes even {{Lampshade|Hanging}} it) and Megumi Imae from WataMote seems pretty spot on as well. Captain Liliana from QueensBlade is also widely seen as an (albeit semi-evil) {{Expy}} of Hinagiku down to having the same voice actress in the anime.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* While ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' could be said to be the TropeCodifier for the whole SuperHero genre, he is even more directly the inspiration for every single [[TheCape Cape]] superhero in terms of personality and outfit, and for anyone with the standard FlyingBrick powers (including the aforementioned [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]]!).
** Similarly, Franchise/{{Batman}} (himself borrowing heavily from {{Zorro}} and Radio/TheShadow) gave rise to every single BadassNormal in Comics, particularly those that [[TheCowl work during the night.]]
** If there are expies of Superman and Batman in a story there is probably a Franchise/WonderWoman expy somewhere there to complete the Trinity.
** Robin as well [[TropeCodifier set the pace]] for the {{Sidekick}} in comics. Following his creation, numerous other Kid sidekicks were created, [[BuckyBarnes Bucky]], [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} Aqualad]], [[GreenArrow Speedy]], [[TheFlash Kid Flash]], the list goes on.
** LoisLane as well, as the journalist love interest of the hero - think of [[{{Franchise/Batman}} Vicki Vale]], [[TheFlash Iris Allen]], [[SpiderMan Betty Brant]], [[MegaMind Roxanne Ritchi]]...
* CaptainAmerica is the best known patriotic superhero, and as such has inspired numerous Expies. Among them are the Fighting American, the Guardian (also created by Joe Simon and JackKirby), Agent Liberty, General Glory from the [[JusticeLeagueInternational JLI]], and [[{{Steel}} Commander Steel]].
* ''{{Wolverine}}''. Nearly every "[[NinetiesAntiHero exciting new character]]" introduced in the [[DarkAge Dark Age of Comics]] was a cheap knockoff of him.
** Wolverine himself is arguably an expy of Timber Wolf from the LegionOfSuperHeroes.
* ''ConanTheBarbarian'': The most well known BarbarianHero, whenever he's brought to pulps, paperback novels, comics or motion pictures, he always brings with him a slew of imitators. He originated in prose but comics make him a star.
** The barbarian class in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' was created more or less entirely for the benefit of people who wanted to play as Conan.
* In the GoldenAge, there were countless Expies of ''MandrakeTheMagician'', usually complete with top hat and tails. The most well-remembered one is {{Zatanna}}'s dad Zatara.
* SpiderMan is often credited as being the TropeCodifier for the non-sidekick KidHero and the UnluckyEverydude Superhero. A lot of characters owe much of their characteristics to him such as the latest BlueBeetle, ComicBook/{{Static}}, [[MarvelComics Gravity, Freedom Ring]], [[GreenLantern arguably Kyle Raynor]], and [[CaptainObvious Miles]] [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Morales]].
* Almost without exception, if a work is intended as a parody of/meditation on/deconstruction of/homage to the idea of superheroes in general, there WILL be a JusticeLeague of Expies and/or an expy ComicBook/FantasticFour.
** JusticeLeague Expies include the Champions in ''SoonIWillBeInvincible''; the Seven Sentinels in ''TopTen''; the Honor Guard in ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; Marvel's SquadronSupreme; the League of Honor in ''ComicBook/ThePro''; The Guard of ''SilverAgeSentinels''; the Freedom League of ''MutantsAndMasterminds''; and the original Global Guardians in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}''.
** Fantastic Four expies include the Parrs of ''TheIncredibles''; the Furst Family of ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; the Nobles of ''NobleCauses''; Cyborg Superman's backstory in DCComics; the Atom Family of ''MutantsAndMasterminds''; and the Impossibles of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
** One episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond involved an expy of the ComicBook/FantasticFour going rogue.
* Due to complex rights issues, BlackLightning was barred from appearing in DC animated productions until around 2009 or so, which lead to the creation of numerous [[CaptainErsatz thinly-veiled substitutes]] with similar powers. Among them are Black Vulcan from ''SuperFriends'', Soul Power from ''StaticShock'', and Juice from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
** Not to mention the character's own daughters, Thunder and Lightning. Other black superheroes with electrical powers are Comicbook/{{Static}}, Aqualad II, and even Miles Morales, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy second]] Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan.
*** There's also Volt from ''{{Irredeemable}}''. He even jokingly references the fact that there are so many black superheroes with electrical abilities.
**** And now, thanks to Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2, we can add Electro to the list.
* The character ''Literature/{{Fantomas}}'', originating as the VillainProtagonist in a series of novels, was an OmnicidalManiac with GentlemanThief[=/=]ImpossibleThief trappings, who was aided by a DarkMistress and pursued by a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist. He inspired the VillainProtagonist GentlemanThief {{Diabolik}} (similarly aided by a DarkMistress and pursued by a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist), who in turn inspired a number of other (usually more sympathetic) comic book characters, including the ''Comicbook/XMen'' character Fantomex, a heroic take on Fantômas in Mexican comics, and [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]], a secret identity used by WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in Italian comics. Tellingly, among the many names given to Paperinik in translations are Fantomiald (France), Fantonald (Norway), and Phantomias (Germany).
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[[folder: Film]]
* It is perhaps easier to count the number of {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s who are not ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' clones than the number of those that are.
* [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey II]], who brought you other {{Man Eating Plant}}s like the Piranha Plants from Franchise/SuperMarioBros
* ''Film/KingKong'' may be the single most referenced character who is not technically in the public domain, but it hasn't stopped many from copying him (probably because it's rather difficult to copyright a giant ape, whether we all know who it is or not). This was proved when Universal Studios famously sued Nintendo over ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''; they lost because [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they'd previously successfully argued a giant ape climbing a building was public domain]].
* The creatures in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series inspired countless other alien monsters with elongated heads, rows of fangs, and an overall nightmarish appearance, especially common in [[http://flyingomelette.com/oddities/oddities22.html video games]].
** The sister franchise to Alien, ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', has similarly had this occur with several mercenaries/killers (Whether they're aliens or not) taking after the monster's cloaking device and wrist blades, flat mask, dreadlocks, mandibles and hunting tactics.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', the quintessential city wrecking giant monster, has had too many monsters based on him. You can say "Godzilla-sized" and everyone will know what you're talking about. See {{Kaiju}} and RentAZilla for examples of Godzilla clones.
* A lot of [[TheDon mafia bosses]] act suspicously like [[Film/TheGodfather a certain]] TropeCodifier.
* Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example: many a LovableRogue takes a cue from Han Solo (like the above mentioned [[ActorAllusion Dr Jones]]).
* Every DrillSergeantNasty in fiction after 1987 will invariably be heavily inspired by [[Film/FullMetalJacket Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]]. Notable in that most of these will have the same [[Creator/RLeeErmey actor]] portraying him, as well.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''. The inspiration for hundreds of [[DefectiveDetective eccentric private detectives]] in all kinds of settings, many of them explicit expies, to the extent that from the time he became popular until ''Trent's Last Case'' [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] the type in 1913, it was well-nigh impossible to find a GreatDetective who ''didn't'' rip him off, or, for that matter, a crime-solver who wasn't at least a parody of a GreatDetective. Several characters inspired by Holmes have become distinctive popular characters in their own right, including Gregory Series/{{House}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}. Though Holmes himself is an Expy of EdgarAllanPoe's Auguste Dupin (by Conan Doyle's own admission), so Dupin could be said to be the true source.
* The aforementioned ConanTheBarbarian, who originated as a character in the work of RobertEHoward rather than, as many think, the later comic books and movies.
* [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]], as mentioned on the OverusedCopycatCharacter page (he used to be its TropeNamer).
* The ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' BigBad, Sauron- though the EvilOverlord archetype is almost as old as humanity itself, many modern fantasy Overlords owe quite a bit to this guy, particularly if they live in an EvilTowerOfOminousness in {{Mordor}}, are HeWhoMustNotBeSeen for most or all of the story, are {{Tin Tyrant}}s decorated with SpikesOfVillainy, use an ArtifactOfDoom, which may double as a SoulJar, and they [[EvilCannotComprehendGood cannot comprehend good]].
** Also, Elves. Extremely common in fantasy literature, but post-Christianity and pre-Tolkien, fae in general were portrayed as small, cute, harmless, etc. Or as TheFairFolk.
** And Hobbits. There are now lots of "halflings" and other short-people-who-are-not-dwarves in the fantasy literature and in fantasy [=RPGs=].
** Hello, Gandalf, anyone? The archetype of a wandering, humble-seeming wise old man with a wide-brimmed hat and an array of supernatural powers may be started by [[NorseMythology Odin]], but most aren't aware of that and base their Wizard Classic upon Gandalf.
** Smaug from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' brought the "silver-tongued dragon" archetype to Western audiences.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' gave us: Cyborgs/Androids afraid of losing their humanity (the TinMan), Cowardly Powerhouses (CowardlyLion), the most iconic WickedWitch of them all, and a very typical girl heroine (Dorothy).
* Hawk from the ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' novels by Robert B Parker codified and popularised the PsychoSidekick in the private eye subgenre.
* The ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'' has been the inspiration of EldritchAbomination trope. If a creator likes to make one, it would usually have a face full of tentacles.
* Literature/JamesBond is possibly the most famous depiction of a spy and is copied endlessly. His villains have also had a big influence on fictional characters, with Ernst Stavro Blofeld being quite possibly the most commonly copied.
* [[JourneyToTheWest Son Wukong]]: In addition to many Chinese adaptations and knock-offs, the immortality-seeking monkey king with an extensible staff and great magical powers is known to the Japanese as Son Goku.
* ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' had a huge influence on both the SwordAndSorcery genre fantasy roleplaying games, and gave rise to a frequently copied adventurer pairing of BrainsAndBrawn and/or SwordAndSorcerer.
* Many a KillAllHumans-minded race of MechanicalLifeforms owe a debt to Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Berserker'' series.
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[[folder: Music]]
* In VisualKei there are a ''lot'' of artists that get this treatment, but probably the most notorious is [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide.]] The amount of hide clones or one-time hide clones within VisualKei is enough to fill an entire page, but some of the ''more'' well known are Die and Kaoru of Music/DirEnGrey (though they currently are not), Jun of Spiv States plus the entire band concept of Spiv States being a thinly veiled copy of hide's solo band, and a 2013 photoshoot for a band called CELL featuring ''everyone'' in the band as a hide clone. It's been overdone to the point that anyone in Visual Kei with red or pink hair, especially paired with hide's face or eye makeup, is a clone of him regardless of sound or instrument.
* Music/GeorgeStrait. In TheNineties, many young up and coming males in CountryMusic followed his pattern of being youngish, clean-cut, sharp-dressed good ol' country boys with a bit of a honky-tonk flair to their music. Their copying of Strait's image was dubbed "hat act". Over time, so ''many'' "hat acts" flooded Nashville that the phrase quickly became a derogatory term, and most new males in country music ever since have abandoned the Strait archetype (except Strait himself, of course).
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Sephiroth of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', while hardly the first white haired {{Bishonen}} villain, did inspire a whole slew of imitators trying to get the same sort of MultipleDemographicAppeal. Just look at the design of TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=195403 Sorin Markov]].
** That "control other player" part sounds morbidly familiar...
** These characters, derisively called "Sephiroth Clones", are becoming increasingly common, especially in later ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games. On any given ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' server, you will find ''dozens''. All of them [[OurElvesAreDifferent Elvaan]] males, all with long silver hair, almost always [[KatanasAreJustBetter Samurai]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]. He may well be the ''inspiration'' for every {{Camp}}, MonsterClown, [[NietzscheWannabe Nihilist]] in gaming the world over. Ironic, considering he's frequently considered the FF version of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
** He also started the trend of RPG bosses having a [[LightIsNotGood vaguely angelic]] OneWingedAngel form, predating even the TropeNamer up above.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Every class is an expy of one or more characters from the Films, as are their starships. Companion Characters also channel minor chracters from the films and ExpandedUniverse.
** Excepting minor cases of characters who are Expies of non-Star Wars characters (the Imperial Agent is a dead ringer for Film/JamesBond) and of earlier Creator/BioWare characters (Kaliyo is [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Jack]]).
* If a video game produced after 2001 has a main character who's head to toe in PoweredArmor and has any sort of personality, you can bet that said personality will resemble [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] and/or [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Master Chief]], as will the abilities and limitations of said PoweredArmor.
* There will always be gameplay expies of Mario. The main characters of which will be expies of Sonic, either in design or personality.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' had (has?) a problem with this. It's [[http://www.gamegirladvance.com/archives/2005/02/01/city_of_copies_marvel_vs_nc_soft.html very easy]] to make an obvious CaptainErsatz with it, and Creator/MarvelComics sued them over it once.
** When the Twin Blades power set was added to ''City of Heroes'', thousands of clones of the aforementioned Drizzt Do'Urden were the first characters seen using it. Drizzt's popularity as an overused character even extended to video games...
* When the first expansion for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' hit, giving the Horde blond elves, in the first hours there were literally ''thousands'' of variations of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]], most of them hunters with bows, as well as hundreds of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroths]].
** The game's [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] i.e the ProudWarriorRace shamanistic type are almost as common as the original AlwaysChaoticEvil type nowadays.
* The protagonist of any ''VisualNovel/YumeNikki'' [[FanSequel fangame]] is an {{expy}} of [[{{Hikikomori}} Madotsuki]] by default.
* Several ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games feature a [[ThoseTwoBadGuys pair of]] MachoCamp bandits, often found in desert areas who serve as a DualBoss.
** There are enough recurring character archetypes throughout the series to merit [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Archetypes an entire category]] on the ''Fire Emblem'' [[TheWikiRule Wiki]].
* Every ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' generation after the first will have an adorable electric rodent resembling Pikachu, which seems a little redundant given that Pikachu itself is also available in every generation bar [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 fifth]].
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* Back in the early 1930s, every new cartoon character that came along was a ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' clone. Ironically, Mickey himself was merely following the formula established the decade before by WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, and more than one person has stated that he was merely Disney's previous star WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit with round ears and a long tail.
** Some people theorize that the whole "black skin, white mouth" genre of funny animals started out as an animated version of minstrel shows.
** Felix's ability to spawn expies even extended past animation. Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog looked more or less exactly like Felix in the Genesis era, which kickstarted a bunch of expies in video games, though almost none besides Sonic himself remain.
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