->''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 {{Archetypal Character}}s, they are its {{exp|y}}ies 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 Character Archetype 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 [[TropeMakers started]] or [[TropeCodifier codified]] by certain characters, but these should only be referenced in the second, character-based listing. {{Expy}} refers mainly and solely to characters drawn from pre-existing fiction, '''for characters derived from historical figures, please see NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed'''.
A subcase of FollowTheLeader.

Though Fountain of Expies is not a trope in the traditional sense, it does have {{Sub Trope}}s. [[note]]Bit of a {{Mind Screw}}, eh?[[/note]] These are:
* TheAhnold (spoofing any {{action}} star, usually Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger)
* AliceAllusion (Literature/{{Alice|InWonderland}})
* BatmanParody, TheCowl ({{Franchise/Batman}})
* BigRedDevil, SatanicArchetype ({{Satan}})
* BruceLeeClone (Creator/BruceLee, specifically his character Lee from ''Film/EnterTheDragon'')
* ByronicHero (Archetypes derived from the poems of Creator/LordByron)
* TheCape, FlyingBrick, SupermanSubstitute (Franchise/{{Superman}})
* CaptainPatriotic (Comicbook/CaptainAmerica)
* CharClone ([[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]])
* CharlieAndTheChocolateParody, TheWonka ([[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]], usually Creator/GeneWilder's [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 portrayal of the character]])
* ClassicalMovieVampire (Creator/BelaLugosi and Creator/ChristopherLee as {{Dracula}})
* TheCommissionerGordon ([[Franchise/{{Batman}} James Gordon]])
* {{Cthulhumanoid}} ([[Literature/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]])
* DarthVaderClone ([[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]])
* DastardlyWhiplash ([[Film/TheGreatRace Professor Fate]], [[WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight Snidely Whiplash]], and/or [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Dick Dastardly]])
* DrFakenstein ([[Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} Victor Frankenstein]])
* ElectricBlackGuy (ComicBook/BlackLightning)
* FishPeople ([[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon Gill Man]])
* GentlemanThief (Literature/ArseneLupin)
* TheGrinch ([[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas The Grinch]])
* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw (CompositeCharacter example. [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] and [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]])
* TheIgor (CompositeCharacter example. [[TropeMakers Fritz]], from the original film adaptation of ''Film/Frankenstein1931'', and [[TropeNamers Ygor]], from ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'')
* InkblotCartoonStyle characters (WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat)
* JustLikeRobinHood (Myth/RobinHood)
* KingKoopaCopy ([[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]])
* LongJohnShoutOut ([[Literature/TreasureIsland Long John Silver]])
* LooksLikeCesare ([[Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari Cesare]])
* LooksLikeOrlok ([[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Graf Orlok]])
* TheMadHatter ([[Literature/AliceInWonderland The Mad Hatter]])
* MascotWithAttitude (Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog)
* TheMeanBrit ([[Series/AmericanIdol Simon]] [[Series/TheXFactor Cowell]] or Creator/{{Gordon|Ramsay}} [[Series/HellsKitchen Ramsay]])
* MessianicArchetype (UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}})
* MonkeyKingLite ([[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]])
* NotZilla (Franchise/{{Godzilla}})
* TheOphelia ([[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]])
* OverusedCopycatCharacter (when a work jokes about how many times a certain character has been copied) [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes Originally called]] [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Drizzt Syndrome.]]
* ReiAyanamiExpy ([[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]])
* TheScrooge ([[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]])
* ShanaClone (LightNovel/{{Sha|kuganNoShana}}na)
* SherlockHomage (Franchise/SherlockHolmes)
* {{Shotoclone}} ([[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken and Ryu]])
* StockShonenHero ([[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]])
* StockShonenRival ([[Franchise/DragonBall Vegeta]] and/or [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]])
* StockShoujoHeroine ([[Franchise/SailorMoon Usagi]] and/or [[Manga/BoysOverFlowers Tsukushi]])
* StringyHairedGhostGirl ([[Literature/TheRing Sadako Yamamura/Samara Morgan]])
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist ([[Franchise/LupinIII Kouichi Zenigata]])
* TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats (Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles)
* TheatrePhantom (Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera)
* TrenchcoatBrigade ([[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]])
* TuxedoAndMartini (Film/JamesBond)
* TheWatson ([[Franchise/SherlockHolmes John H. Watson]])
* XenomorphXerox ([[Franchise/{{Alien}} The Alien]])
* YellowPeril (Literature/FuManchu and [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming the Merciless]])

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



!!Other examples:

[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn 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 ''Manga/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 ''[[Literature/TeitoMonogatari Doomed Megalopolis]]'', 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 [[Franchise/StreetFighter M. Bison]], [[Manga/RikiOh Washizaki]], [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Rudolph von Stronheim]], the [[Anime/UltimateMuscle Blocken family]], [[VideoGame/WorldHeroes Brocken]], and [[Manga/OnePiece Shiliew]], while surprisingly, we have a heroic version in the name of {{VideoGame/Raidou|KuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy}} [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha]]. Also, they are ALL descended from the Hugo Boss-designed [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi officer uniforms.]]
* Another Shonen Jump starter was ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s [[FallenHero Sensui]]. Before him there were just ArrogantKungFuGuy and SmugSnake [[TheChessmaster 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 Madara of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Blackbeard of ''Manga/OnePiece'', Byakuran of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Naraku of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', and Father of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. 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- ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' gives us [[FillerVillain Jin]], Aizen, 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]]''), and Ulquiorra (his R1 and R2 transformations during his fight against Ichigo), ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has Chrollo (unsurprisingly, from a manga by [[Creator/YoshihiroTogashi the same author]]), ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Pain (his background and his powers such as the six paths of pain relating to Sensui's multiple personalities), and ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has 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 Alex Row of ''Anime/LastExile'', stoic renegade captain of the legendary steampunk battleship "Kill'em All" Silvana, and the villainous Vicious of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' , who even has the weird bird, probably to make up for his distinct lack of a battleship. Speaking of Creator/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.
* More ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' expies:
** In a similar vein to the ReiAyanamiExpy above, Kaworu Nagisa has a similar amount of Expies (such as N from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' and Akise from ''Manga/FutureDiary''). You will often find a light (typically white or grey) haired {{Bishonen}} who's AmbiguouslyGay[=/=]AmbiguouslyBi 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 {{Classical Antihero}}es appeared with dark hair hair and angst similar to Shinji's. Renton Thurston from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' (in vain of FollowTheLeader) also counts as well as Ouma Shu from ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' and Amano Yukiteru from ''Manga/FutureDiary''.
* Franchise/{{Gundam}} sure likes to recycle character attributes, much more character designs, as exemplified by the CharClone page. As to other characters: [[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; and who would later on get an expy of her own in [[Anime/CrossAnge Ange]]), [[Anime/SDGundamForce Princess Rele]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Kudelia Aina Bernstein]], and outside of Gundam, [[Anime/CodeGeass Nunnally Lamperouge and Euphemia Li Brittania]] (the latter who's also partly based on Lacus), and [[Anime/AldnoahZero Asseylum Vers Allusia]].
** Then Heero himself is thrown into the mix as well. Former child soldiers who can keep the military aspect of {{Real Robot|Genre}} shows while still being young enough to appeal to kids and/or teenagers. Such expies include [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]] (who later gets one in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Mikazuki Augus]]) and Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' (who pulls double duty as an AffectionateParody of the character type).
** HeroKiller Yazan Gable of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' infamy is second only to Char in number of knockoffs. There's Rakan Dahkaran of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', [[DistaffCounterpart Rezun Schneider]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', Ash Grey of ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'', Ali Al-Saachez of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' and Decil Galette of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', as well as ''Anime/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.
** ''MSG'' BigBad Gihren Zabi has expies in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Glemmy Toto]], [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Fonse Kagatie]], [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Seidel Rasso]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Patrick Zala]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Flit Asuno]].
* [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] is the pretty much the basis for every "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 has some characters based off of him like Kirito from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' who is called the Black Swordsman who is dressed in black and gets a BFS later and The Dragonslayer of ''VisualNovel/DraKoi'' who wears a similar armor to Guts's Berserker Armor. [[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 ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', such as Tiffania Westwood from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' and Tuka Luna Marceau from ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', and spread to video games (e.g. Lucia from Capcom's ''TabletopGame/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 ''WesternAnimation/RobotBoy'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' come to mind, along with the Japanese ''Jetter Mars'' and ''VideoGame/MegaMan''.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' has a mess of recurring archetypes, in both its spinoffs and its ripoffs.
** Yugi, or better Atem, is a role-model for many other protagonist, by being a rather short (or simply not being tall), using a wide variety of monsters with his ace having 2500 ATK, having crazy AnimeHair and use magical powers to win the duel even if they actually defy the rules. They are all almost {{Invincible Hero}}es and they tend to have {{Spirit Advisor}}s residing within their bodies.
** [[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]], [[TheAce are/were successful and famous pro Duelists]] 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, the coat and expies of some of Kaiba's lesser archetypes, while Kaiser got the stoicism, the coat and expies of Kaiba's signature Blue-Eyes, and Edo got the fame and success and is an even more effective {{Foil}} to the protagonist Judai than the other two. ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has Jack, who got the obsession, the wealth, the fame, the coat and the dragon focus (as well as a similar backup strategy with Fiend-Types), though unusually, most of the other usual Kaiba traits got filtered into ''[[TheHero Yusei]]''. ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has Kaito who got the coat, the technology and the dragon, while Shark got the fame and has one-to-two dragon-like sharks, and both of them can be stoic. ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has Reiji, who got the money, the technology, the fame, but lacks the dragons; he also plays with the {{Expy}} trope by being a ContrastingSequelMainCharacter at the same time, having three copies of a 3000 ATK beatstick that loses its role as Reiji's signature card and doesn't focus on a single monster by having a lot more variety, similar to Atem.
** Kaiba and his expies usually have a younger brother they have to babysit. The younger brother might be a Duelist or not. Mokuba is the original (and he is a ''Capsule Monsters Chess'' player), with his expies being Sho from ''GX'' (although his brother Kaiser often distances himself from him), Haruto from ''ZEXAL'' and Reira from ''ARC-V''.
** Jounouchi and Shizuka are the first characters to introduce the deep-bonded big-brother-little-sister dynamic, a pair that appears in all other anime series. ''GX'' has Fubuki (a Red-Eyes player like Jounouchi) and Asuka who even invert Jounouchi and Shizuka's hair colors, ''5D's'' has Lua and Luca, ''ZEXAL'' has Shark and Rio, and ''ARC-V'' has Kurosaki and Ruri. Most of the time, the big brother is very protective towards his younger sister.
** Bakura's archetype as a SixthRangerTraitor who has some kind of connection to the protagonist, quickly bonds with them, and ends up battling them for greater reasons while serving the BigBad (usually forcibly) has recurred several times, with Johan in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Bruno in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', and Vector in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL.'' Vector, by being a deliberate case of TheMole but eventually [[BecomingTheMask turning good of his own will,]] spawned a few of his own, including Sora and Dennis in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV.''
** Insector Haga/Weevil Underwood wasn't the guy who started the idea of a StarterVillain who's a HollywoodNerd, [[CheatersNeverProsper a cheater]], a HateSink, and a SmugSnake, but characters who are clearly cut from his cloth pop up fairly frequently - most obviously, Ura from ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', and Eita from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''.
** In an odd case of an archetype starting from a CanonForeigner, Dartz's role as a leader of an evil organization (typically a cult) of more sympathetic characters who are being kept in place by MoreThanMindControl and inevitably undergo a HeelFaceTurn has been redone several times, with Saiou in ''GX'', Divine in ''5Ds'', and Don Thousand in ''ZEXAL''. The latter even copies the twist of Dartz having manipulated his underlings into their StartOfDarkness. Dartz also, oddly, seems to have been a bigger inspiration for the traditional FinalBoss character than most of the original canon villains - while the originals tended to be self-centered dirty fighters who were roughly equal with the protagonists, Dartz was a borderline SNKBoss who played two-on-one and overpowered the protagonists at every turn, with a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans more altruistic]] motivation (on the surface, anyway) and {{Hannibal Lecture}}s at every opportunity - a set of ideas that fit Darkness, Z-One, and especially Don Thousand quite well.
* While ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has Nagi Sanzen'in - one of the Holy Trinity of {{Shana Clone}}s - as one of the main heroines, it's BreakoutCharacter [[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku]] [[KendoTeamCaptain Katsura]] that has inspired plenty of imitators after her unexpected popularity. Previously, if an anime/manga featured a Student Council they were either protagonists as seen in ''Manga/MaidSama'' or major antagonists as seen in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' (usually being {{absurdly powerful|StudentCouncil}} in either role). What Hinagiku brought to the table was the cool and extremely popular ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer with both genders]]) [[TheBeautifulElite Beautiful Elite]] version popular with antagonists (to the point of originally being drawn in an extra flowery NonStandardCharacterDesign which resembled Utena) that was also a very kind and helpful supporting character to the unpopular main characters. Characters following in her example can be seen in Hisa from ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Yanagin's Sempai from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' (whose character notes even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it), and Captain Liliana from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' (as a busty, semi-evil pirate version of Hina) as just ones that share her voice actress. Megumi Imae from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' fits as well with her being very nice and supportive of the bizarre and unpopular main character.
* ''{{Anime/Free}}'' turned out to be so popular, there seems to be an expy of main character Haruka Nanase appearing in every sports anime since. This has gone through a bit of MemeticMutation, with fans calling any Haruka expy that appears "X Haru", with the X representing what sport the anime centers around. [[{{Manga/Haikyuu}} Volleyball Haru]], [[VisualNovel/PrinceOfStride Running Haru]], [[Manga/YowamushiPedal Bike Haru]] the list goes on.
* ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'':
** ''Osomatsu-kun'''s popularity saw a rise in overbite-ridden, overzealous mustachioed showmen a la Iyami, down to their own use of his famous "Sheeeh!" pose or something like it.
** The Sextuplets deserve a mention, since they defined and established the 'Children with Wacky Adventures' formula. Notable characters that were based/inspired by them include Nobita from Doraemon, Eiichi from Kiteretsu Daihyakka and Kenichi from Ninja Hattori-kun.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket have become so iconic that Jessie and James's dynamic (e.g. aggressive female paired with passive male, [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience wearing red and blue respectively]]) has become a staple of villainous duos in both anime and western animation.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** ''Azumanga Daioh'' codified the SliceOfLife high school comedy genre to the point where there's an expy in nearly every entry to the genre since, typically Osaka or Tomo.
** Yukari is the TropeCodifier for SenseiChan characters. Though most aren't as mean-hearted as her, many characters take inspiration from her.

[[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]]!). Then there are those characters more directly and deliberately inspired by him, including ComicBook/{{Supreme}}, Samaritan of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel's]] Gladiator.
** Similarly, Franchise/{{Batman}} (himself borrowing heavily from Franchise/{{Zorro}} and Radio/TheShadow) gave rise to every single BadassNormal in (American) Comics, particularly those that [[TheCowl work during the night.]] This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] 80-Page Giant issue when ComicBook/GreenArrow talks, InUniverse, about how Batman was the coolest non-powered hero around, so ''of course'' GA had to have a cave, and an Arrowmobile, and a sidekick.
** 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, ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}, Comicbook/{{Aqua|man}}lad, [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Speedy]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Kid Flash]], the list goes on.
** Comicbook/LoisLane as well, as the journalist love interest of the hero - think of [[{{Franchise/Batman}} Vicki Vale]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Iris Allen]], [[Franchise/SpiderMan Betty Brant]], [[WesternAnimation/MegaMind Roxanne Ritchi]]...
* ComicBook/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 Creator/JackKirby), Agent Liberty, General Glory from the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational JLI]], and [[ComicBook/{{Steel}} Commander Steel]] from the comic book series of the same name.
** Captain America himself is inspired by The Shield (by the publishers of ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}''), the first known patriotism-themed superhero in comic books.
* ''Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}''. Nearly every "[[NinetiesAntiHero exciting new character]]" introduced in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks was a cheap knockoff of him. Wolverine himself is an expy of Timber Wolf from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.
** Wolverine isn't the only one to have inspired these characters. ''[[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Watchmen's]]'' Rorschach was a major influence in many ways across the board and helped codify many of the tropes for [[AntiHero AntiHeroes]]. His popularity was certainly a factor in the creation of the NinetiesAntiHero, and every one of those characters owes something to him, be it a willingness to kill, working alone, constantly brooding, being intimidating towards the criminal scum and not cooperating well with police or other heroes. Rorschach did most of it first. Rorschach is himself an UnbuiltTrope of this, ironically.
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age of Comic Books}}, there were countless Expies of ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', usually complete with top hat and tails. The most well-remembered one is ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}'s dad Zatara.
* Franchise/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 ComicBook/BlueBeetle, ComicBook/{{Static}}, Freedom Ring from ''Creator/MarvelComics Gravity'', Kyle Rayner aka ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', and his own LegacyCharacter ComicBook/MilesMorales, the second ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''.
* 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 Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} of Expies and/or an expy ComicBook/FantasticFour.
** Justice League Expies include the Champions in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''; the Seven Sentinels in ''ComicBook/TopTen''; the Honor Guard in ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; Marvel's ComicBook/SquadronSupreme; the League of Honor in ''ComicBook/ThePro''; The Guard of ''ComicBook/SilverAgeSentinels''; the Freedom League of ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''; and the original Global Guardians in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}''.
** Fantastic Four expies include the Parrs of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; the Furst Family of ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; the Nobles of ''ComicBook/NobleCauses''; Cyborg Superman's backstory in Creator/DCComics; the Atom Family of ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''; the thoroughly evil 4 in ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', and the Impossibles of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' involved an expy team going rogue.
* Due to complex rights issues, Comicbook/BlackLightning was barred from appearing in DC animated productions until around 2009 or so, which led to the creation of numerous [[CaptainErsatz thinly-veiled substitutes]] with similar powers. Among them are Black Vulcan from ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', Soul Power from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', and Juice from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. This [[TropeMakers ultimately resulted]] in [[ElectricBlackGuy black characters with electric powers]] becoming a trope in its own right.
* The character ''Literature/{{Fantomas}}'', originating as the VillainProtagonist in a series of novels, was an OmnicidalManiac with GentlemanThief trappings, who was aided by a DarkMistress and pursued by a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist. He inspired the VillainProtagonist GentlemanThief of ''ComicBook/{{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/{{Paperinik|NewAdventures}}, 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).
* TheShadow was contemporary with a number of similar pulp heroes: the Crimson Clown, Thunderbolt, the Spider, and... well, Batman himself. A few more stand-ins for him have appeared in modern times, including [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the Gray Ghost]] and the [[Fallout4 Silver Shroud]].

[[folder: Film]]
* Certain actors with memorable appearances and manners of speaking have spawned many homages and caricatures in the popular culture that followed, especially in cartoons: Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, Creator/PeterLorre, Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/MarlonBrando, etc.
* 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, and Indiana himself descended from a long line of {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s.
* Audrey II of ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', who brought you other {{Man Eating Plant}}s like the Piranha Plants from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
* ''Film/KingKong'' may be the single most [[{{Pun}} aped]] 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 suspiciously like TropeCodifier ''Film/TheGodfather'', down to the odd mannerism of speaking.
* 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 Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. Notable in that most of these will have the same actor (Creator/RLeeErmey) portraying him, as well.
* Got PoweredArmor? Expect an [[Film/IronMan Iron Man]]-esque suit-up sequence complete with robot arms, on the spot assembly, and the iconic "Stepping into the boot" shot.
* Oddjob from the Franchise/JamesBond film ''{{Film/Goldfinger}}'' was so popular that actor Harold Sakata got several more roles as taciturn thugs wearing black bowler hats and suits.
** Perennial Bond bad guy Ernst Blofeld inspired countless villains who sinisterly stroke cats. Particularly those who are initially only depicted as hand petting a cat obscured by a large chair.

[[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'' {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed 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 [[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]] and Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** And when Literature/ArseneLupin was created in order to give Sherlock Holmes--pardon, Herlock Sholmes--a WorthyOpponent, the titular Lupin went on to become the TropeCodifier for the GentlemanThief archetype.
* ''Franchise/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. Some of the obvious ones are LinCarter's Thongor the Valkarthian, Creator/GardnerFox's Kothar the Cumberian, Creator/JohnJake's Brak the Barbarian, and Creator/AlanMoore's Bram the Berzerkian.
** Some of Kothar's prose stories were actually adapted into Conan comic book stories.
** The barbarian class in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was created more or less entirely for the benefit of people who wanted to play as Conan.
** In recent years, the name ''Clonans'' has seen increasing use among fans.
* [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]], as mentioned on the OverusedCopycatCharacter page ([[Adminstrivia/RenamedTropes he used to be]] its {{Trope Namer|s}}).
* ''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=].
** 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 Odin of Myth/NorseMythology, 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.
* ''Literature/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. (Most expies, however, only copy Wukong's {{Munchkin}}-levels of mischievousness and forget that he's also a GuileHero.)
* ''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.
* Discussed in Literature/ThursdayNext; "generics" (basically book extras) in the Well of Lost Plots are affected by strong personalities and model themselves accordingly, which are then distributed in lots of other books. (one example InUniverse is how many Merlins appeared following Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing, which then were sent to books throughout the fantasy genre.)

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* Nasir from ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' introduced the idea of adding a North African or Arab character to the Merry Men in ''Myth/RobinHood'' retellings. Several subsequent works, most notably ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' and the 2010s BBC ''Series/RobinHood'', have done the same, either out of a conscious desire to ethnically diversify the cast, or due to accidental LostInImitation.

[[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).
* Though Music/{{Eminem}} song "The Real Slim Shady" serves as the current page quote, he himself comes from a long line of white rappers with that particular look (tank top, shorts, backward baseball cap, etc.), a family tree that includes Vanilla Ice.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/GeorgeWagner is not just the {{Trope Maker|s}} and TropeNamer for GorgeousGeorge but the originator of TheGimmick as it would be used in pro wrestling from the 1930s onward. Besides {{ambiguously gay}} wrestlers like Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet (who is himself a fountain of expies), his influence is also transparently shown in Natural Guy Wrestling/BuddyRogers (another fountain of expies).
* Wrestling/ElSanto, which ironically was a gimmick intended to cash in on the popularity of The Masked Marvel, only the The Marvel gimmick was supposed to be that of a {{Heel}} everyone wanted to see unmasked. Santo instead underwent a HeelFaceTurn after reaching a point no one wanted to see him unmasked and after the man died he was buried in it. Some of expies include Mil Mascaras, who in turn inspires his own expies, Black Man, who became Mexico's biggest draw (alongside Kung Fu and Kato Kung Lee) after succeeding an LLI feud Santo was a part of, Novia Del Santo(Irma Gonzales), El Zorro Plateado(who spawned his own {{Legacy|Character}}), Franchise/ElSantos from the satire series of the same name and Number Five from ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Fray Tormenta is the MaskedLuchador with the most expies after El Santo, which include Manga/TigerMask (which would in turn become another fountain of expies), Sagrado, Wrestling/{{Mistico}} ([[Wrestling/{{Hunico}} that one too]]), Wrestling/ElGenerico, Videogame/{{Tekken}}'s King and Film/NachoLibre.
* The French Angel, aka "[[RedBaron The World's Ugliest Man]]", became such a huge draw when he arrived in the Boston territory that a wave of expies rose across North America, including but not limited to Swedish Angel (formerly [[IHaveManyNames Phil/Olaf/Popey/Frankenstein/Olaffsen]]), Russian Angel (formerly Tony Angelo and a former [[LegacyCharacter Masked Marvel]]), Canadian Angel (formerly Bill Rush, who beforehand was in another ersatz role as [[PaletteSwap Red Masked Marvel]]), Polish Angel (formerly Iron Talun, who [[SubvertedTrope in a bit of variation]] was [[{{Hunk}} cute]]), Czech Angel (formerly Stanley Pinto), Irish Angel (formerly Clive Welsh), Golden Angel (formerly Tiger Jack Moore) and Black Angel (Gil Guerrero). There was also Super Swedish Angel (formerly Tor Johnson) who was a CaptainErsatz of an expy and two {{distaff counterpart}}s, the Lady Angel gimmick being taken up both by Jean Noble and Yulie Brynner. The animated ogre WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} also closely resembles the world's ugliest man.
* Filipino wrestler Rey Urbano started TheGimmick of Asian wrestlers with "[[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty ninja cheats]]", though more imitators were inspired by his expy, The Great Kabuki, who in turn was overshadowed by one his own expies during the territorial era when promoters in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance pushed Wrestling/TheGreatMuta as his son. Far more wrestlers have imitated Muta's style but the poison fog/colored mists come from Kabuki and the face paint and or mutilation come from Urbano.
* Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham, whose expies include many other blonde and or bearded "body builder" types in fancy get ups such as Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/JesseVentura and Wrestling/ScottSteiner, who all also took elements of his promos, though adding their own unique tics.[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Kefka. He may well be the ''inspiration'' for every {{Camp}}, MonsterClown, [[StrawNihilist Nihilist]] in gaming the world over. Ironic, considering he's frequently considered the FF version of ComicBook/TheJoker. He also started the trend of RPG bosses having a [[LightIsNotGood vaguely angelic]] OneWingedAngel form, predating even the TropeNamer up above. Ardyn from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' is usually considered to be following in Kefka's footsteps, and Kuja from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is like a mashup between Kefka and Sephiroth.
** 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]].
*** As an amusing point of fact, Sephiroth was himself inspired by Psaro of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''. In the Nintendo DS remake of the game, Psaro's redesign lifts a few elements from Sephiroth in turn.
** The success of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Cloud meant every JRPG until about 2002 had to star a moody, arrogant, aloof, charismatic, {{Anime Hair}}ed young man (or woman) with NinetiesAntiHero and EmoTeen elements, an InferioritySuperiorityComplex, a DarkAndTroubledPast, access to a motorbike, a uniquely designed {{BFS}}, and usually some form of amnesia or magical dark side. None of these traits are unusual in protagonists, of course, but it was unusual until then to have a JRPG protag of this kind, since the kind of storytelling usually used in the genre favours more naive and helpful characters than this. The FollowTheLeader died out when the Cloud copies got so extreme with the angst, coolness and attitude that it was [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy impossible to enjoy being in their company any more]].
** Various later ''FF'' games have used Cloud copies too, usually focusing on a different aspect of Cloud's concept - Squall Leonhart from ''VIII'' and Lightning from ''XIII'' are variations playing up the coldness, Wol from ''Mobius'' plays up the detachment and sarcasm and Ace from ''Type-O'' has Cloud's ego and flair.
* ''Creator/FromSoftware'' is fond of this while creating in-universe expies of expies, it often occurs to characters with the same voice actor, or having similar appearance and backstories, especially anyone who happens to be named ''[[LegacyCharacter Patches]]''.
* The slimes from ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' inspired a wave of copycats until it became a JRPG cliche to have a weak, low level BlobMonster enemy, often with a cute face and MascotMook status.
* 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 characters 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}}'' protagonist Samus Aran, Master Chief from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', or [[VideoGame/Doom2016 as of late,]] Doomguy from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', as will the abilities and limitations of said PoweredArmor.
* There will always be many 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 {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} 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]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Every generation after the first will have an adorable electric rodent resembling Pikachu. The exact species varies (there have been mice and squirrels so far) but all of them have [[BlushStickers cheeks that conduct electricity]]. which seems a little redundant given that Pikachu itself is also available in every generation bar [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 fifth]]. This trend is spoofed by the introduction of Mimikyu, a Ghost and Fairy-type who wears a poorly-made Pikachu costume in the hopes that he will become as popular as Pikachu.
** Every generation after the first also tends to feature an early-route Pokémon resembling a small rodent or other similar creature in the vein of Rattata, A bug-type Pokémon not unlike Weedle or Caterpie, and a bird Pokémon rather similar to Pidgey.
* Pick a [[MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena MOBA]] game. [[VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends any]] [[VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm MO]][[VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth BA]] [[VideoGame/{{Smite}} game]]. There is always a knockoff [[VideoGame/Dota2 Meat Hook]] ability. ''Every single time''.
** Or someone who [[SpinAttack spins to win]]. Or someone who likes to go stealth but dies pretty quickly when discovered. [[Analysis/MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena Go here for more of them.]]
* We've long since lost count of how many low-budget horror games have tried to be [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Freddy Fazbear and the gang]].
* Dak'kon, the Githzerai WarriorPoet from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', permanently altered the perceptions of the Githzerai. Before Dak'kon, the canonical alignment of the Githzerai was mostly ChaoticNeutral, befitting a people who lived in Limbo, a plane directly tied to chaos, with the LawfulNeutral Dak'kon being an explicit and very unusual exception to the rule. However, due to Dak'kon's influence (both in-universe and out-of-universe), level-headed, monastic, LawfulNeutral {{Warrior Monk}}s became the norm for the Githzerai thereafter.
* Inverted in ''Super KO Boxing 2'', where nearly all boxers have the gimmicks of VideoGame/PunchOut boxers. Examples include:
** KO Kid = Little Mac
** Big Gip/Bigger Gip = Glass Joe
** El Bulli/El Diablo = Don Flamenco
** Sake Bomb = Piston Hondo with Bald Bull's knockout recovery
** King Tub = King Hippo
** Executioner = Every final opponent in the game.
* Franchise/ShiningSeries has one inspired by Zylo, the claw-wielding, wolfring warrior king from the original VideoGame/ShiningForce. Since his debut, there's been a WolfMan character in nearly every game in the series that emulates to some degree. Notable examples include:
** Zachs from VideoGame/ShiningSoulII.
** Volg from VideoGame/ShiningTears.(Who is in turn an Expy of Zachs.)
** Rouen from VideoGame/ShiningWind.
** Baron from VideoGame/ShiningForceNeo.
** Duga from VideoGame/ShiningForceEXA.
** Fenrir from VideoGame/ShiningBlade.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* 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.