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->'''Leela''': Who are you people? Haven't I seen you in some copyrighted movie?\\
'''Glurmo''' (''singing''): We ''resemble-but-are-legally-distinct-from'' [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild]]...
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Anthology of Interest II"

Sometimes fiction leans towards a rather lax interpretation of trademark issues. You may find characters who are not merely an imitation of a character from a popular show, film, or comic, but literally are that character. Somehow.

You can blur their face a bit or simply not name them. Still, this trope is known enough you can expect any work that featured these frequently will get modified a bit if the adaptation's sponsors are worried about pissing anyone off.

On the other hand, if said cameo character is famous enough, you're liable to get away with a more overt reference.

Often used as part of a TakeThat, but just as often a [[AffectionateParody friendly]] ShoutOut. If the character being imitated is from RealLife, see NoCelebritiesWereHarmed. Compare WritingAroundTrademarks and CaptainErsatz.

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* 21st Century Insurance runs comparison ads featuring ''Series/MythBusters''-like tests run by a man who has Adam's glasses and Jamie's mustache.
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Doyle in "Where Did You Go, Audino?" bears a resemblance to Conan Edogawa.
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'''s American character Kid is nearly identical to Creator/BradPitt, for no good reason. Conan from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' also makes a thinly-veiled appearance.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'''s Freddie was so obviously Freddie Mercury that the character couldn't be used in another adaptation for fear of lawyers. This was lampshaded with obscure references nearly every time Freddie appeared, and lampshaded most overtly with the brief appearance of another character, Mr. Mercury, who was noted by the other characters as looking exactly like Freddie (except for his clothes- although both Freddie's and Mr. Mercury were wearing exact copies of outfits worn by Freddie Mercury on stage) and who made a very loud emphasis on a number of dissimilarities between himself and Freddie (and, as a result, contrasting Freddie Mercury as well) It should also be noted that a number of other Queen references, such as many of the chapter titles, and literally hundreds of inside jokes and subtle references were present, making the manga a constant source of knowing grins from Queen fans everywhere.
* Shawn Conecone from ''Manga/{{D-Frag}}'', who looks like [[Creator/SeanConnery Indiana Jones' father]] and is Kazama's InexplicablyAwesome English teacher.
* In ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', a chainsaw-wielding, [[Franchise/FridayThe13th hockey mask-wearing fellow named "Jason"]] is a member of the crew of the ''Soyokaze'' (mirroring the common Western misconception Jason ever used a chainsaw).
* In ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' Harima stays home and watches a movie that is pretty much a rip off of ''Franchise/StarWars'' that at first covers the opening of episode 4 with Lego like star ships, and what some lines that seems to be taken from episode 6. Needless to say this is quite funny to watch.
* In ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', it's hinted a few times that Eiko's parents are Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman, though they've never appeared onscreen in costume. (Although they ''have'' appeared ''with'' costume -- Mrs. Magami is shown sewing or repairing a Superman outfit at one point.) Dad is also shown reading the ''Daily Planet''.
* Colonel Sanders shows up a lot as a figure of menace, thanks to the legend of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Colonel Curse of the Colonel]]. A few examples:
** At one point in ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', the main characters watch a horror movie - itself a parody of Rin Taro's scifi/horror anime ''Harmagedon'' - wherein a victim, panicking, yells "The Colonel! The Colonel!" His pursuer is... Colonel Sanders.
** One of the villains in the first series of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' dresses up as Colonel Sanders, complete with what appears to be a roast (not fried) chicken, in a particular episode.
** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' starts saccharine-cute but quickly becomes the story of a town under a terrifying curse. The first sign that we're about to experience MoodWhiplash? A statue of the Colonel.
** Albireo in the later chapters of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' insists on being called "Ku:nel Sanders" (originally just to cover up his identity, later because he liked it). At one point during his insistence, an image of Colonel Sanders appears behind him (eyes blacked out, of course, as though to protect his "anonymity"). (For those interested, "Ku:nel" turns out to be the title of a Japanese leisure magazine, an involved Japanese pun about the purpose of living as well as a play on "Colonel".)
*** This becomes even funnier to those who've lived in Asia and seen the various [=KFCs=] around. Take a close look at the Colonel outside these establishments, people. He has ASIAN eyes.
** In a ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' movie about Nobita and friends making a toy land with animated dolls, toys, and statues, one of them is a Colonel Sanders statue.
** Directly referenced in a chapter of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', where Hiruma uses a statue he "found in a ditch" as a stand in for Homer, the quarterback for the Nasa Aliens. Said statue has its face covered by a poorly-drawn copy of Homer's face, but it's obviously supposed to be a Colonel Sanders statue.
** The Colonel also appeared in ''Anime/SuperMilkChan'' as a selfish, greedy, sexist man who hires assassins to kill a pair of pigs who escaped from one of his meat-packaging plants.
** In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', there is a plotline that involves a man's soul wandering around even though he's not dead yet. In the manga, this was called "the Colonel Sanders Effect".
** The Colonel also appears briefly in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' at least once, where heavy rains flood most of Fukuoka, floating by as debris. Excel even comments on it in the English version.
** A ''lot'' of {{hentai}} features ''rape by Colonel.'' So yeah....
* In one chapter of ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Yugi Mutou from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' pops out of Bo-bobo's afro and summons Sky Dragon Osiris (AKA Slifer the Sky Dragon) to help battle Halekulani. (This is even more lawyer-friendly, as the scene in which this happened was drawn by the original creator of ''Anime/YuGiOh''.)
** This later becomes a combo attack for the two characters in Jump Superstars.
** [[http://bobobo.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bobobo_Yu-Gi-Oh.PNG "This guy is a duelist!!!"]]
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' featured "Suppaman", essentially a short, pudgy version of Superman. He popped up during the Dr. Slump CrossOver in the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series.
** Later chapters introduce incompetent NatureHero Parzan (a play on Franchise/{{Tarzan}} and the Japanese word ''paa'', which can colloquially mean "stupid") and ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' knock-off Kintaman (whose name is a play on ''kintama'', or "golden balls").
** However, ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' also makes [[ShoutOut explicit references]] to ''Manga/AstroBoy'', ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'', ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', and ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' episode 11 had a pixelated version of a Franchise/{{Gundam}} launch, and referred to it as the "Gun3** ".
** Also, in episode 1, Haruhi holds up magazines to Kyon and Mikuru, featuring other anime series, one of which is ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'', with Kaede and Asa on the cover. Note that Yuko Goto voices [[ActorAllusion both Mikuru and Kaede]].
* As it usually tries to avoid censoring, ''Manga/LuckyStar'' references titles and locations only indirectly, ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu]]'' being the major exception. However, in one episode, Konata tells a 'ghost story' about a bus driver singing "[[AnimeThemeSong Danzen!]] [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Futari wa *** cure]]", and in another a thinly-veiled conversation about Franchise/{{Gundam}}s between Konata and her father seems to be an exercise in "how far can we go before we get sued?"
** They once made a reference to Pocky beyond obvious when they had Misao say the name twice, the first time having the last half blanked out (Po*** ) and the second time the first half blanked (** cky), alongside having chocolate milk or juice sucked up a straw to a certain point before being held in place to look like the snack.
** Konata's "fight" with [[Franchise/StreetFighter Guile]] actually has ''two'' separate ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' references. The first is the obvious Guile clone, but the second shows up in the form of the "VS screen". The background is taken right out of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: 3rd Strike''.
*** And the "stage" is Ryu's from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. Finally, she knocks him out with the Tatsumaki Senpyukyaku (Hurricane Kick), one of Ryu and Ken's signature moves.
** One episode has ''Anime/CodeGeass'' and Lelouch's name censored out. Ironically, Bandai Entertainment would later pick up the rights to localize both that and ''Lucky Star''.
** Tsukasa's ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' keychain is worth noting here.
** During the ''Manga/InitialD'' parody, Kagami refers to Initial D as "chomei-chomei D", "chomei-chomei" being a placeholder name for something well-known.
*** Kadokawa-Bandai dub: "Bleepin'-D."
** Cousin Yui reading manga with [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider]] on the cover. Also, episode 10, when Tsukasa's gentle nature and Kagami's {{Tsundere}} nature become blatantly obvious to Soujirou.
---> '''Soujirou''': (hands in the air) Sakura! Tohsaka... Tohsaka's your sister!
** The Gundam discussion segment is meant to parody the ridiculousness of the censoring. Both Konata and Soujirou's eyes have a censor bar over them, and every third word is bleeped out with a different sound.
*** That said, the corresponding manga was published in an official Gundam magazine, so...
** The ImageSong "Yuuchou Sentai Dararenjaa" (A ''Franchise/SuperSentai''-esque song) mentions, by cutting short instead of censoring, a certain "[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Lucky Clo---]]."
** In episode 19 Hiyori draws Apollo Justice and Klavier Gavin from the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series.
* In episode 21 of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', thinly-disguised versions of Franchise/LupinIII and Jigen get run off the road by the Hinata family car in an obvious parody of a scene from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. In episode 48, there is an inexplicable appearance by a human-sized version of the giant floating ReiAyanami from ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]''.
* ''VideoGames/CliffHanger'' appears in one episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', specifically the car-chase scene from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', with a player in a [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket green jacket]], making it a TRIPLE Cameo.
** It's also highly likely that there is a Jigen sighting in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (specifically the "Sir Yakksalot" episode) as a wagon driver bearing a very distinctive slouched fedora and pointed beard drives by the screen. Tokyo Movie Shinsha provided animation work for both the ''Lupin III'' franchise and ''Animaniacs.''
*** Yet ''another'' one is an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' where a thief that's basically Jigen in a white suit with light-brown hair tries to steal a time traveling jewel.
*** Or, rather, he looked like Jigen but acted more like Lupin III.
** Zenigata makes a cameo in the ''Anime/MaiHime'' manga [[ItMakesSenseInContext arresting Shizuru.]]
* At one point in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Onizuka challenges an entire gang to arm wrestling and winds up beating look-alikes of Jason Voorhees (from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''), Heihachi Mishima (from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''), and ''Manga/GiantRobo''.
** Onizuka himself actually dresses as Anime/{{Doraemon}} and explicitly calls himself as such when forced to fight a gang with his hands stuck in bowling balls.
** At one point he ''shatters'' the bowling balls and draws a bunch of CrossPoppingVeins on himself, screaming about a woman named Yuria. Now, he calls himself [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] and even draws Ken's seven scars. To top it all off, in the anime, he beats the gang with Ken's signature SpamAttack, the Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken.
** He also dressed up as Devilman (apropos of ''nothing'', naturally) once, and made Tomoko wear a ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' outfit.
** The first chapter of ''Shonan 14 Days'' includes Onizuka painting LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya on the hood of Uchiyamada's car and threatening to write his name into a Manga/DeathNote.
* Killer Bee from ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' looks like [[RaceLift a black version of]] Wrestling/HulkHogan.
** The first Raikage also looks almost ''exactly'' like JimiHendrix.
* ''DetectiveConan'' has the shows "[[DeathNote Kiss Note]]", "[[CityHunter Urban Hunter]]", and "[[KamenRider Kamen Yaiba]]".
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''
** An episode has a gangster referring to "Ambassador Mama", a reference to Series/AmbassadorMagma from ''Manga/AstroBoy'', with an accompanying pixelated image of his spaceship.
** Also a couple of ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110801025759/deathnote/images/1/17/Death_note_in_full_metal_panic.jpg characters]] happened to be at the same place at the same time when Sousuke was getting his haircut
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' often has characters in the background, while not outright named, Vash the Stampede (''Manga/TriGun''), Ino, Shikamaru, Choji (''Manga/{{Naruto}}'') and Ryoma Echizen (''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'') all have brief appearances (Vash is in the background of the characters walking down the street, the other four in the stands of a duel).
** The cards for the game are no better. In the card game plenty of cards are named/designed after other Konami products (Gradius games, a card explicitly named DDR, Goemon characters). However, in the anime they do one for another Shounen Jump series. The card Illegal Summon in GX features a character scene from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' of Naruto's Frog Summoning training. Big Bang Shot has a picture of [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin performing Big Bang Attack,]] and Giant Ape is a Saiyan in Ozaru form, and Sonic Duck is a member of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Supersonic Duck Squadron. There's a card in ''5 D's'' that increases your D-Wheel's speed counter... featuring a thinly-veiled ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' anime has Makunouchi Ippo of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' fame appear briefly in the stands at a baseball game during a chibi episode. He is voiced by the same seiyuu as Prince of Tennis's [[{{Tsundere}} Kaidoh]], making this an ActorAllusion cameo.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' does this frequently, typically by having its characters cosplay as characters from other Shounen Jump manga.
** Tthe secret weapon the Renho plan to use against Earth are mechs called "Gunsams" that have their heads [[{{Pixellation}} pixellated]] due to how much of a resemblance they bear to what they're parodying. [[NoFourthWall Shinpachi remarks about how heinous is that they managed to get away with such a blatant rip-off without being sued.]]
* Ken Akamatsu, being a video game fan, has dropped numerous character cameos into both ''Manga/LoveHina'' and ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': the "Mahora Budokai" arc in ''Negima!'' featured crowd cameos from M. Bison, Sakura Kusanago, Akuma, Hugo, and Adon from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games as well as Athena, Terry Bogard, Ryo Sakazaki, Chris, Yashiro Nanakase, and the ''Maximum Impact'' version of Kyo Kusanagi, all from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' and related series, and several others.
** Later, when the robot army arrives, one of the characters makes an extraordinarily blatant Lawyer-Friendly ShoutOut:
--> "Wow! Are those Gu_dams? They have to be Gun_ams!"
*** HilariousInHindsight-- Gundam and Transformers knockoffs have actually been packaged as "Gudams".
** Love Hina also has references to ''Franchise/StarWars'' quite often; in amongst Keitaro/Naru sniping Naru is stabbed with a lightsaber, Motoko wins Su a mini Death Star, and Seta's van has the license plate number R2-D2.
** One chapter of ''Negima'' had a number of people dressed up as different anime and toku heroes, such as ''{{JAKQ}}'', Series/KamenRiderX, and the main heroines of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''
*** That's nothing: in the official English of Chapter 11, Su asks, "Star Wars: Episode One, what is the name of the actor who played the young Obi-wan Kenobi?!"
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard's and Seras's main weapons are named ''Jackal'' and ''Harkonnen'' respectively. Though not explained in the anime, their namesakes show up in the manga as the characters' "spirit guides" during dream sequences: the [[MagnificentBastard Baron Vladimir Harkonnen]] from ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' in the case of Seras, and Creator/BruceWillis (who starred in the movie ''Jackal'') for Alucard. (The Baron does appear briefly in the anime's [[BonusMaterial omake]]-style "next episode" teasers.)
* In ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', Buu, the doll that attacks Jun early on, is quite clearly Franchise/WinnieThePooh. In the anime, Pooh is replaced with a generic clown doll. In turn, Jun makes a brief cameo early in the first episode of ''Ultimate Girls''.
* The anime version of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is full of lawyer-friendly mentions, although the ones in dialogue are always bleeped out. Being a fangirl, Nagi rattles them off quickly enough that it's common to have half of her monologue melodically beeped out.
** This happens in the manga as well, although it's so inconsistent (as with the ''Negima'' example above), anyone who can put two-and-two together can figure it out.
*** One of the most notable lampshades being when Hayate tries to correct Nagi when she says "Mushiking" without censorship, to which she explains that they got permission this time.
** Honestly, the anime [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on the trope]] and dances in circles around it, pointing at it as a RunningGag in its own right. And episode where Nagi ''doesn't'' make a reference is rarer than one where she does.
* ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome'' features the Franchise/{{Terminator}} as an important character. With lines like ''[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cit_seto_no_hanayome_homage.jpg "I'll be back"]]'' and ''"You must die, human! TERMINATOR!"'', and ''"Who's your daddy? TERMINATOR!"'', it's kinda hard to miss.
** And then there's [[Creator/BruceWillis Bunta Willis]], whom Sun is a die hard fan of.
* Reversed in ''Anime/RayTheAnimation'': In the manga, Osamu Tezuka's Dr. Black Jack 'cameos', but his face is never shown and he is never referred to by his full name, due to copyright concerns. In the animation, Black Jack doesn't fall under these restrictions anymore, seeing as how it was produced by Tezuka's animation studio, which of course holds the copyright on the character.
* ''Anime/{{Amaenaideyo}}'' had the ShowWithinAShow ''Franchise/{{Kamen R|ider}}anger'', and continued to reference it throughout the show's run. The featured Kamen Ranger, Hayabusa 20, could've easily passed for [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz]].
* ''Miami Guns'' has several of these, such as Bruce Tsuji, the "''Franchise/DieHard'' detective" from one episode. The most significant example in the series is the father of "[[SociopathicHero heroine]]" Yao Sakurakoji -- who is a bleached-blonde doppleganger of Gendo Ikari, right down to the design of his office. (For some reason, he has a pet dog who's a parody of [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Muttley]]. Hey, why not?)
* ''Anime/TheLegendOfBlackHeaven'' features a scene where Mulder and Scully from ''Series/TheXFiles'' are investigating a mysterious event at a cemetery in the U.S., where a grave has been dug up in an incredibly precise manner. [[spoiler: Former band member Watanabe's body had been stolen by the enemy in order to create a clone to defeat the remaining member of the band.]] The two agents are unceremoniously pushed into the hole by Layla's sidekicks.
** There's also a ripoff of the power rangers in it called the Flying 5.
* One chapter of ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' had the main characters in a book world. In the background of the wedding scene you can see the figures of Cloud, Aerith, Sephiroth and Rufus Shinra from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* In the North #2 arc of Naoki Urasawa's ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'', blind composer Paul Duncan recants a tale in his childhood where he was pulled from the brink of death by a Japanese black market doctor at the cost of his already weak eyesight. Said series is set in the ''Manga/AstroBoy'' universe. Said doctor was dressed in a black cloak and, according to North #2's investigations, charged his mother a ridiculously high fee for the procedure. [[WMG/{{Monster}} Wild Mass Guessing aside]], [[Manga/BlackJack this doctor's identity should be obvious to any Tezuka fan.]]
** Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion also made an appearance in a group of escaping zoo animals.
* Episode 27 of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' has [[Manga/LuckyStar Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa, Miyuki, Yutaka and Minami]] appearing in the background briefly; the first four had realistic hair colors and all of them have their backs turned to the camera except for Miyuki, whose face is obscured by a leg. In addition, because Gonzo helped produce the episode, it also has ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' cameos (but how could they get away with their lack of pants in that world?).
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' featured Ogami Ito and Daigoro from Lone Wolf and Cub at the end of the episode "Cosmic Collisions".
* Volume 7 of ''Manhwa/FaeriesLanding'' has a brief one panel cameo of Luffy D. Monkey from ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' includes a number of these, exemplified by the chapter "Seaside Days in the Springtime of Youth, one of the series' many {{Beach Episode}}s. In it, a magical potion turns the protagonists into cosplaying cameos from other series such as ''Manga/SailorMoon'', ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', and ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. Also, for a {{Fanservice}} laden {{shonen|Demographic}} series, the frequent cameos from the decidedly {{shoujo|Demographic}} and chaste dating sim of ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'' were amusing, especially when the game's resident cute boy showed up as a slave boy belonging to one of the manga's villains.
* In episode 49 of ''Manga/ShamanKing'', the members Team LCT/Team Insane Asylum were based off [[ProfessionalWrestling Pro Wrestlers]] Mark [=LoMonaco=] (Bubba Ray Dudley/Brother Ray), one of the Hardys (Wrestling/MattHardy or Wrestling/JeffHardy) and Adam Copeland (Wrestling/{{Edge}}) who used tables, ladders and chairs respectively as their weapons in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
** And of course, earlier the heroes had to fight the corpse of a [[BruceLeeClone world famous Chinese martial artist from Hollywood movies, who developed his own fighting style, whose favorite weapons were a pair of nunchuks, and who died mysteriously at the peak of his popularity]]. So, totally not Creator/BruceLee, then.
* ''Manga/MyBalls'' has [[Creator/AngelinaJolie Angel*** Jolie]] in Chapter 28.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has innumerable instances. In speech, one syllable of the word/name in question is either bleeped over or pronounced "maru", in text one letter is replaced by a circle.
** Pretty much anything from Creator/StudioShaft is guaranteed to be filled with Lawyer-Friendly Cameos. Anime/PaniPoniDash for example, had a freakin' [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yukkuri]] in the {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA.
* Nobuhiro Watsuki (Manga/RurouniKenshin) did that so many times with Samurai Showdon that the owners of SS asked the author to draw some of the new characters on SS V.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has... [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarePants Squidward]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WQlo8MiyEs You have to really be watching to find him though.]]
** [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2906041136_21ac3e0e62_o.jpg Here is a clearer image.]]
** The bathhouse episode has a bunch of female spa employees who resemble major characters from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' and ''Anime/{{Diebuster}}''.
* In ''Manhua/BowlingKing'', a nefarious physician bears an eerie resemblance to ''Manga/BlackJack''... and in a LampshadeHanging, claims to have strived to be like Black Jack his entire life.
* In ''Rescue Me Mave-Chan'', a parody of ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'', the villain of the short, For-Getter (which looks like a combination of Anime/GunBuster and Manga/GetterRobo G), shows off different characters who have been forgotten by fans, including Lum and EVA-01.
* ''Wild and Horned Hermit'', one of the official ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga adaptations, had a chapter that involved a mythological creature that emits electricity. Cue Sanae wondering if they were talking about an electric rat while her thought bubble showed a picture of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] with a censor bar placed across its eyes.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has several Lawyer-Friendly Cameos. The mayor of Sternbild, for example, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed apparently bears a resemblance to]] President Obama.
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Yayoi's alarm clock bears a superhero resembling a Franchise/KamenRider, most likely Kamen Rider Scissors of ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''.
* ''SamuraiFlamenco'' features tons of in-universe {{Tokusatsu}} works that are clearly based off franchises like ''KamenRider'' and ''SuperSentai''.
* In episode 5 of ''Manga/MariaHolic Alive'', when the Dorm Leader mentions about the punishment of watching the entire "Legend of Japanese Heroes" series back to back without blinking, the scene cuts to a shot of [[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Yang Wen-li and Reinhard von Lohengramm]] whose faces are concealed by stereotypical ninja masks.
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* Creator/BigFinish does not have permission to use elements from the New series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in its plays, but three Fourth Doctor stories involved him interacting with the Eleventh Doctor through TimeyWimeyBall, recorded message means. This is got away with by simply identifying the Eleventh Doctor as one of Four's 'future incarnations' and delivering his dialogue in reported speech rather than having the actual actor play him, but it's obvious from his personality which one he is supposed to be.
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer: Season 8'' gives us an utterly pointless panel that has exactly one purpose: A lawyer-friendly cameo of [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor and Rose]]. [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/besstofthebest/Picture2-4.png See what I mean?]] On the bright side, you get to go insane trying to put the conflicting universes together.
* An issue of ''Series/{{Angel}}: After the Fall'' featured a background cameo by Jay and Silent Bob.
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}}'' story ''Asterix in Belgium'', the two Belgians who announce Caesar's arrival are dead ringers for Thomson and Thompson, the pseudo-twin detectives from the Belgian comic ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''.
** Right down to the ArtShift, the font in their SpeechBubbles, and the use of their CatchPhrase "To be precise..."
** And the {{recurring|Extra}} pirates are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redbeard_(comics)#Asterix_parody based on the cast of the Belgian comic ''Barbe-Rouge'']], although [[WeirdAlEffect no one outside France would get that]].
** ''Asterix in Switzerland'' had a repairman who looked like the mascot of a French oil company. He was redrawn in the English edition to look like the Michelin man instead.
* During Walt Simonson's run on ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'', the thunder god becomes permanently separated from his mortal alter ego. He must disguise himself as a mortal, and as "Sigurd Jarlson," does so [[ClarkKenting using glasses for a secret identity]]. One scene humorously includes a quick cameo by a well-built reporter named [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/kentclrk.htm Clark]]. He also had Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} appear in a ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' issue's group of discontinued universes.
* An issue of Creator/PeterDavid's ''Comicbook/XFactor'' had an appearance from actress Creator/SeanYoung as Strong Guy's new girlfriend. What pushes it into this territory is that [[http://cyberspacecomics.com/blogimages/x-factor-079-young.jpg she shows up for their date dressed like]] Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} from ''Film/BatmanReturns''.
* An issue of ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' has a cameo from two prostitutes dressed as PowerGirl. This is part of a RunningGag where prostitutes dressed as famous superheroines can be seen in the police station Spidey often visits, but this instance is notable since the women in question are almost always dressed as Creator/MarvelComics heroines.
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', in which every character is either a literary character or a literary character's ancestor, Franchise/FuManchu is never mentioned by name, because he's still under copyright. In [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen the movie]], Fu Manchu was replaced with the Franchise/SherlockHolmes villain Prof. Moriarty (who also appears in the comic) disguised as a mix of Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera and Fantomas.
** And the ''Black Dossier'' includes British secret agents named "Jimmy", who is obviously Literature/JamesBond (He won't stop talking about "[[Film/DrNo some business in Jamaica]]" and all that, and he's also the grandson of ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' original character Campion Bond), Miss Night, who is clearly [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]], and Uncle Hugo, who is Literature/BulldogDrummond.
** To say nothing of the new M, who dislikes being referred to as "Harry" because Harry died a long time ago, [[Film/TheThirdMan in the sewers under Vienna]].
** And then there's Paint it Black in which Mina meets a tall dark haired gentleman who claims [[Literature/HarryPotter his first name is Tom, his middle name is a marvel and his last name is a conundrum.]] ''Century 2009'' extends this to [[spoiler:Harry himself being not only the ultimate bad guy, but the ''AntiChrist'' -- while still never being named or even seen before being mutated by his powers.]]
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' had a story "Pog", whose title character was ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' in a spacesuit. Amusingly, Pog had a brief cameo in a later issue by another writer who didn't seem to recognize the reference.
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'' has a ton of these, sometimes a dozen on a single page, ranging from the extremely well-known to the rather obscure.
* An ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' storyline had the title character being bounced around alternate universes. While he had a full issue experience with Comicbook/SpiderMan in ''Marvel Team-Up'', he also encountered Franchise/{{Batman}} (though only his arm is seen and his name is implied without having to say it outright thanks to a running joke from the MTU issue), a world similar to ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' and possibly the world of ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', one of Robert Kirkman's other books.
* In [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Doctor Octopus]]: Year one, flashbacks to young Otto Octavious' past are prevalent throughout the story. At one point it shows four bullies beating him up. [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons One with long hair and a wool cap, one with a white t-shirt and a shaved head, one with a green T-shirt, and one with a torn jean jacket.]]
** One issue had a single-panel cameo appearance from [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Doc "Rusty" Venture and Brock Samson]]. They weren't really doing anything of note, they were just having lunch.
* During Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s first issue of ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'', the title character briefly encountered a bunch of heroes and villains that Priest had written in the past. This included non-Marvel characters like Comicbook/GreenLantern and Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, who had to be partially obscured to avoid any possible litigation from Creator/DCComics.
* ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' by Creator/MarkMillar features lawyer-friendly versions of every supervillain (and some heroes) ever. ''Ever''. In addition, it's implicit that the characters in the story are the real versions, and the comics are a [[MemeticMutation half-baked attempt by the world to tell their exploits]]. But [[ThisLoserIsYou who reads comics anymore anyway]]?
* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], Comicbook/JimmyOlsen, and Comicbook/LoisLane cameoed as a group of visiting reporters in the first issue of ''TheUltimates''.
* If you look closely in crowd scenes during DC and Marvel {{Crisis Crossover}}s, you can often make out characters that have been ExiledFromContinuity (the hand of Swamp Thing in ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'', for example).
* In one issue of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'', the titular AntiHero guns down thinly-disguised counterparts of Manga/LupinIII and his gang.
* Throughout ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse Custer has a spirit advisor called The Duke, who is clearly meant to be John Wayne but never explicitly referred to as such and always drawn with face in shadow. However, his father, John Custer, is shown and referred to as meeting the flesh-and-blood John Wayne while serving in Vietnam. Also, in issue #53, Jesse gives a lift to a fat, aging Elvis (this one's a lot harder to identify, but it's definitely him). Plus there's the sequence where Herr Starr meets (and insults) a number of unnamed world leaders - we only see Starr's face, but can identify who he's addressing by the insult (e.g. "You've got a girl's haircut, Colonel.")
* Alien groups scenes in ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' like to slip in famous aliens or other odd looking characters. An alien resembling Dr. Zoidberg of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' was seen being arrested by the Science Police. Another comic had a pair that looks suspiciously like [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit and Miss Piggy.]]
* In ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #579, Franchise/{{Superman}} is sent back in time to 253 AD, where he finds himself in a Gaulish village that has been fighting off the Romans thanks to a magic potion - so successfully, in fact, that they're unaware the Empire has fallen. ComicBook/JimmyOlsen puts on the outfit of their unnamed "[[Comicbook/{{Asterix}} greatest warrior]]", while a mind-controlled Superman fights "Columnix", an overweight Gaul with a white dog, who fell in the potion as a baby.
* An early ''Comicbook/UsagiYojimbo'' comic features one from a young Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, who ends up saving Miyamoto Usagi's life in return for rice cakes. Just in case you somehow missed it, Usagi actually asks "Are you a god, Zylla?" to which the creature responds "Godzylla?"
* In a ComicBook/XMan issue, there's cameos of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken, Chun-Li and Guile]] on the background, watching X-Man's power demonstration. [[CapcomVsWhatever How appropriate]].
** In a backup story in an issue of ''ComicBook/XMen Classics'' (earlier issues has a secondary story featuring "before they were X-Men" or "between the issues" tales), a story is recounted of an inadvertent meeting between Logan (while he was a roughneck on the run from Weapon X) and Banshee (while he was just a humble Interpol agent). Banshee is hot on the trail of three jewel thieves, one of whom is named [[Manga/LupinIII Arsene]], and who look like the Lupin Gang with a few cosmetic alterations. Guess who that makes Banshee, of course...
** Creator/ChrisClaremont has put Lawyer-Friendly Cameos of anime in quite a few of his stories. Both the LightNovel/DirtyPair and Anime/SpeedRacer, for instance show up in an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', and yes, the lawyer-friendly Dirty Pair are as destructive as the genuine article.
** The Ghostbusters made a rather extensive appearance during the ''Comicbook/{{Inferno}}'' storyline during Claremont's run of Uncanny X-Men, then appeared again when Jubilee was introduced. One notable change is that the Ghostbusters' secretary, Janine, was a member of the group.
* The ''Howard and Nester'' comic strip in issue #9 of ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' has Howard accompanying a duck on an expedition to the moon (with Nester stowing away). The duck in question is never addressed by name and doesn't look like it, but the reader can probably guess, judging from the fact that this particular installment was based on the ''VideoGame/DuckTales'' [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] game, that he is supposed to be Scrooge [=McDuck=].
* One Marvel comics from the 80's involved many of the Marvel speedsters, who were getting some help from [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/fastforw.htm an amnesiac speedster from another dimension]]... [[Franchise/TheFlash Wearing a torn red suit (with a few yellow elements), saying his name was "Buried Alien, or something like that", and who quickly disappeared in some Speed Dimension afterwards as all he could remember was that he had to keep running]]. Oh, and he was much, MUCH faster than all the other Marvel speedsters. As this story took place not so long after [[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths an important cross-over from the Distinguished Competition]], this can be seen as a {{homage}} to a certain character who died during this event.
* In ''ComicBook/BlackSummer'' by Creator/WarrenEllis, you never actually see The President or any pictures of the President, and [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush his name]] is never given, but, he was in office in July 2006, made a lot of [[HanlonsRazor questionable]] decisions during the events of September 11th 2001, he's implied to be something of a Warmonger, and the Liberals weren't happy with him.
* In ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman Annual #1'', as a reference to SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s origins as a ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} CaptainErsatz, had an AlternateUniverse Deathstroke who looked like Deadpool, acted like Deadpool, and had powers like Deadpool, but was always interrupted whenever he attempted to reveal his name (including one panel where he screams "[=DEADPOOOOooooo=]~") since Deadpool is the property of Creator/MarvelComics.
** It should be noted that the comic was written by Joe Kelly, who had written Deadpool in the 1990s. And drawn by Ed [=McGuinness=], who drew Deadpool under Kelly.
** [[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC And for T-Shirts of this Trope, you can call 1-300-DEADPOO]].
* Also in ''Superman/Batman'' the story arc, ''With A Vengeance'' features the "Maximums" who are thinly veiled analogues of Comicbook/TheAvengers from the [[Creator/MarvelComics other guys]]..
* [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] once fought the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rebel_Four Rebel Four]].
** This occurs several times in ''Comicbook/StarWarsTales''; there are minor appearances of characters from outside the franchisee who appear in the background such as [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender]], a Franchise/{{Predator}}... among the few characters who sometimes pop up.
* The Franchise/{{Batman}} {{Elseworld}} ''[[ComicBook/BatmanDetectiveNo27 Detective #27]]'' features Bruce Wayne being inducted into the Secret Society of Detectives. Apart from Alfred and the Crimson Avenger, none of the other members are named, but from the way they're drawn, they're clearly intended to include [[Creator/DashiellHammett Sam Spade]] (or maybe Literature/PhilipMarlowe), Literature/HerculePoirot, [[Film/TheThinMan Nick and Nora Charles]], and Literature/NeroWolfe, amongst others.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' had tons of Lawyer-Friendly Cameos, especially in its early days, like the picture above shows. This even continued on when Knuckles got his own short-lived series. This was actually done by turning them into the various races that live on Mobius or one of Robotnik's robots. Amongst more recognizable ones were a recurring set of Mobians that resembled Mihoshi, Ayeka and Sasami of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', the infamous [[Manga/SailorMoon Sally Moon, Chibi Rose]] [[http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7400000/Sailor-acorn-and-Chibi-Rose-sonic-the-hedgehog-7462581-535-463.jpg and]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lf6d4e8cZp1qd0l18o1_500.jpg Tuxedo Knux]], [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Sonicaman]], Comicbook/{{Spawn}}[[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2009/12/28/sonic-the-hedgehog-superhero-parody-comic/ mower]], a group of robots resembling [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and Cambot]] ([[http://tohaveacurse.blogspot.com/2011/07/sonic-hedgehog-52-review.html fourth image from the top here]]), and a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Goomba]] in [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131008131633/sonic/images/4/4a/Gooma_cameo_mm27.png a panel]] of the crossover ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide''.
* ComicBook/JohnnyTurbo, being a "spokesman" for NEC and the TurboGrafx16, led his personal crusade for the console's superiority not against real-world rival Creator/{{Sega}}, but against their robot-run counterpart ''Feka''. It's probably pronounced similarly, too, as in [[TakeThat/VideoGames "Fake-uh"]].
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', appearances are made by [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], Alfred, [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]], WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls, and others.
* ComicBook/TheRocketeer has appearances by several unnamed pulp characters including Radio/TheShadow and Franchise/DocSavage.
* ''ComicBook/WildCATs'' #8 features a brief appearance by a honeymooning [[ComicBook/XMen Scott Summers and Jean Grey]]. Scott thinks Voodoo and Spartan might be mutants and wants to talk to them, but drops it when Jean insists he direct his attention, ahem, ''elsewhere''.
** Creator/{{Wildstorm}}-universe comics did a lot of these, most of them at a GoodGuyBar called Clark's. The owner is basically an older Franchise/{{Superman}}, and the place is usually packed with heroes from other companies.
* ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' graphic novel gives us Happy-O's, which is obviously a parody of Cheerios. Yellow box? Giant heart filled with the respective cereal? Lowering cholesterol? Happy-O's has all of them.
* Other than the main cast, most characters who show up in ''ComicBook/{{normalman}}'' are either parodies or used with permission from their creators, but ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix make a cameo appearance when norm is in Roman times. It's more lawyer-friendly than most examples -- their faces are never shown, but the silhouettes are unmistakable and they even give norm some of their [[SuperSerum potion]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Prime Minister of Australia [[note]]Whom we can infer is John Howard by process of elimination[[/note]] makes a cameo as one of the dentist's patients in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''.
* Played with in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. The title character is basically a human version of Donkey Kong from the 8-bit days, but plenty of other videogame characters cameo as themselves - Bowser, Robotnik, M. Bison, Qberts, Pac-man ghosts, etc. Ralph even goes to an AnimatedActors-style [[TropaholicsAnonymous therapy group for depressed villains]].
** Despite the real cameos, this trope is still played straight at points; one member of Bad Guys Anonymous is clearly based on Kano from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', and in a clear Fatality reference, there's even a point during the meeting where he rips out Zombie's heart. Despite that, he's only called "Cyborg". Given the game had Australian authorities on the lookout for anyone importing the game, it's little surprise a Disney movie wouldn't go there.
** Sergeant Calhoun is essentially [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] were she played by [[Series/{{Glee}} Sue Sylvester]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Aside from color and extra limbs, the dragon form of the emperor from the third film in ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' is virtually identical to the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} villain King Ghidorah.
* A reporter named Clark, who knows a reporter named Lois, and, uh, might be able to fly, shows up in ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes''.
* A rather strange version occurs in ''Film/SpiderMan2''; as Mary Jane [[RunawayBride runs away from her wedding]], she passes by a man in a long black trenchcoat. The audio commentary reveals that this man is Thomas Jane's stunt double from ''Film/ThePunisher2004'', and that the character is in fact meant to be Frank Castle; however, as the rights to the two films are owned by different studios, they couldn't have Jane appear as the character.
* Action movie parody ''Film/{{Loaded Weapon|1}}'' includes a cameo by Creator/BruceWillis. The funniest part is that he is still in costume from ''Franchise/DieHard''.
* ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' has [=McDowell's=], which not only is an obvious ripoff of UsefulNotes/McDonalds, but is treated as such in the movie. It even has a scene where the owner has to describe the subtle differences between his store and the [=McDonalds=] that is right next door. When they actually made the building for filming, the owner of the adjacent [=McDonalds=] actually threatened to sue.
* ''Film/MurderByDeath'' was little more than a showcase for such cameos, referencing famed literary/movie detectives:
** Sidney Wang = Charlie Chan
** Sam Diamond = Sam Spade
** Dick and Dora Charleston = Nick and Nora Charles
** Miss Marbles = Miss Marples
** M'sieu Perrier = Hercule Poirot
*** There was also apparently, going to be one for Creator/AgathaChristie, in the form of "Dame Abigail Christian." The character was dropped when Katherine Hepburn pulled out (due to Myrna Loy refusing appear as Dora Charleston -- she had originated the character "Nora Charles" in the ''Thin Man'' movies)
*** The film originally ended with a cameo from two characters who looked and acted very much like Franchise/SherlockHolmes and Dr. Watson. In fact, the resemblance was close enough that Arthur Conan Doyle's estate eventually got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5oBeFUDllM this scene]] excised from all home video releases.
* In TheTeaser of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Film/JamesBond kills off a bald man in a wheelchair who looks a lot like Ernst Blofeld but is unnamed (and uncredited) because Blofeld and SPECTRE had been ExiledFromContinuity when the film was made.
* ''[[Film/AustinPowers Goldmember]]'' had this exchange after the protagonists crash into a parade float:
--> '''[[HeyItsThatGuy Man #1]]''': ''Run! It's Godzilla!''
-->'''[[HeyItsThatGuy Man #2]]''': ''It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not!''
--> '''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Man #1]]''': ''Still, we should run like it IS Godzilla!''
--> '''[[Series/{{Heroes}} Man #2]]''': ''Though it isn't!''
--> '''Both''': ''AAAAAAAAAAAA!''
* Creator/BobHope's Western comedy ''Alias Jesse James'' has a series of famous Western stars making unnamed cameos ([[Series/{{Maverick}} James Garner]], [[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} James Arness]], [[DavyCrockett Fess Parker]], RoyRogers, and many more -- all in their trademark characters' {{Iconic outfit}}s) to help Hope's character hold off Jesse James and his family.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'': Features appearances by Steve Wozniak, Creator/StephenKing, Walter Mosley, Creator/AnneRice, and Camille Paglia, among others, all of whom have quite a bit to say about both the house and the film that it's the subject of.
* Western example that is not a cameo and features a RealLife individual. Ben Elton's novel ''Chart Throb'' features Prince Charles as a major character but he is never named, just called "The Prince of Wales", "The Prince", "Wales", "Sir", and humourously, by himself, "Muggins" and "Buggerlugs". Camilla also appears, referred to solely as "His Wife".
** Similarly, Prince Harry appears (by name) in John Birmingham's ''Axis of Time'' cycle. His character is from TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and has become a BadAss military officer - Harry himself (who is pursuing a military career in RealLife) would probably approve of the portrayal.
* In the Literature/SolarPons story "The Adventure of the Orient Express", Pons encounters several characters who are thinly disguised (''very'' thinly) famous fictional spies and detectives, including Ashenden, Hercule Poirot, and Literature/TheSaint.
** Pons himself is something of a Lawyer-Friendly Star based on Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
*** He's one of ''many'' pastiches of Holmes. It's a popular mystery fiction sub-genre.
* Literature/TheDestroyer practically lives on this trope in almost every one of its 144+ books.
* A short story by Creator/KimNewman in the ''Unforgivable Stories'' collection features [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} an unnamed teenaged journalist who has an uncontrollable cowlick and is accompanied by a small white dog]] who is a Nazi collaborator in occupied Paris.
** Another - ''[[Franchise/CareBears Nice Mice]] Vs The [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Garganuabots]]'' - features two races of aliens selling toys of themselves on Earth. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** And talking of white dogs - the Red Baron has [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} an unexplained hatred for one]] in the ''Literature/TheBloodyRedBaron''.
* {{Fanon}} has agreed that Fantastico and his group the Good Ol' Boyz (the G.O.B.) in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse are George W. Bush and his cabinet and staff, but with superpowers. It's pretty obvious, since Fantastico is a Texan named Bert Walker Jr. and he's even used some famous George Bush lines. The weird part is that the author writes Phase as a millionaire who is a serious Republican and fiscal conservative, and defends those positions.
** It's possible that the author is a serious Republican and fiscal conservative... who hates Bush. (Not unheard of: GWB was not a fiscal conservative, and was highly unpopular among certain kinds of Republicans by the end of his second term.)
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* In ''Night Probe'' (part of the {{NUMA Series}}), the British bring one of their old spies out of retirement, who had changed his name to Brian Shaw to avoid assassination attempts. It is strongly implied that Shaw is actually James Bond.
* The BerniceSummerfield novel ''Ship Of Fools'' by Dave Stone features a 25th century space-liner filled with {{Great Detective}}s [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]], including Emil Dupont (Literature/HerculePoirot) and Khaarli of Czhanos (Franchise/CharlieChan).
* The ''[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]]'' short story "[[http://mysite.verizon.net/garykwolf/Staytoonedfolks/Staytoonedfolks.pdf Stay Tooned Folks]]" features such toons as Sir Lanced Alot (an [[Comicstrip/PrinceValiant Arthurian knight with a bowl haircut]]), Poopdeck the Pirate (a [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} bulging-armed, spinach eating sailor]]) and (in a sort of double-whammy) [[Comicstrip/KrazyKat Dr Ignatz Cats]], [[WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist Head Shrinker to the Muckety Mucks]].
* Creator/MichaelChabon's novella ''The Final Solution'' is about a retired detective who, while never named, is clearly Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* A major element of Creator/NeilGaiman's short story ''The Problem of Susan'' is that the character of "Professor Hastings" could be a much older [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Susan Pevensie]] (Hastings also being just along the coast from Pevensey, Sussex), although the narrative never outright confirms it.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' there is the [[Series/DoctorWho alien that looked like a pepper pot]], described as ''beeping,'' so... the shout out/lawyer-friendly cameo becomes [[Franchise/StarWars a bit of a twofer.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is ReferenceOverdosed enough as it is, but in ''Proven Guilty'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Book]] happen to be taking on the forms of horror movie monsters. Most of them just have the names changed a tiny bit (Film/{{Ch|ildsPlay}}ucky becomes Bucky, for instance), but the obviously-a-[[Franchise/{{Alien}} xenomorph]] is just described. And Harry quotes the movie at it.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Camera Obscura'' had an appearance of William the Bloody Awful Poet, which was the nickname Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had as a human. Also, the ''Literature/PastDoctorAdventures'' novel ''The King of Terror'' has a character from Southern California mention Dingoes Ate my Baby as one of his favorite bands.
* Towards the end of Esther Friesner's ''Harpy High'', the main character's mother started dating Dr. Faustus and drawing a comic strip called ''Mr. Mephisto'' which, in the words of the main character's best friend, was about "this wizard and this demon and they go around with this fat orange kitten that thinks all these funny things and eats lasagna and-"
* Simon Scarrow's HistoricalFiction novel ''The Fields of Death'', set around the Battle of Waterloo, includes an English rifle commander who looks and sounds exactly like Literature/{{Sharpe}}. Oh, and he's named Richard.
* The [[Series/DoctorWho Fifth Doctor]] makes a cameo in Diane Duane's ''[[Literature/YoungWizards High Wizardry]]'', helping Dairine give some pursuers the slip.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Perhaps the biggest example of "Pushing it" with this trope would be an ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' episode where the hero fights a monster that looks a lot like Franchise/{{Godzilla}} with a neck frill attached (And in fact it ''was'' an old Godzilla suit with a collar attached). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgGU1GcHAjo Said frill is then torn off by Ultraman about halfway through the fight.]]
* In the 1983 reunion TV-movie ''[[Series/TheManFromUncle The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.]]'', Robert Vaughn is helped by a British agent driving a heavily-modified Aston-Martin played by George Lazenby. His license plates have only two letters: "JB". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WIXI4AfbwA Who could it possibly be]]?
* ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe'' did a parody of ''TheSootyShow'' with Sweep's face pixelated to hide his resemblance to the original puppet.
* Deputy U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco appears in an episode of ''Series/{{Justified}}'', though they had to rename her Karen Goodall for rights reasons. She's even played by [[CarlaGugino the same actress]] who played Sisco in the short-lived TV series, and a reference is made to her new married surname.
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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]
* The [[CanonDiscontinuity disowned]] joke module ''Castle Greyhawk'' for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' does this a LOT. Some levels in the dungeon are nothing but Lawyer-Friendly Cameos to '80s pop culture icons including ''Series/DoctorWho'', Music/MichaelJackson, Creator/MarvelComics, Film/TheBluesBrothers, and even Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken!
* Gary Gygax's own seemingly aborted version of the castle (of which only the top levels have been published due to [[AuthorExistenceFailure his untimely death]]) were a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo storm of their own -- many names and locations had to be changed since they were WizardsOfTheCoast IP, even though Gygax tried to keep as much of the Greyhawk feel so that canny [=DM=]s could fill in the blanks if they wanted to. In one section, he takes a brief TakeThat against TSR, talking of the corrupt city of Dunfalcon...
* A ''Pyramid Magazine'' article about the possibilities of giving superheroes a connection to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos had several examples, all Lawyer-Friendly Cameos of {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} and {{Creator/DC|Comics}} characters. For instance there was a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} millionaire vigilante]] who had been possessed by the Great Race of Yith, and was reluctantly considering asking "[[MartianManhunter the Martian]]" to scan his mind; a note from industrialist "[[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor L.L.]]" to his research teams about how the alien fungus samples seem to have the ability to take human form, possibly with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} powers and abilities far beyond mortal men]]; a powerful telepath unable to prevent his mutant-detecting machine from broadcasting the chant of "[[Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness Tekeli-li]]!" to [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} his students]]; and a chant to Nyarlathotep which reveals his [[IHaveManyNames many names]] include [[ComicBook/SilverSurfer the Surfer in Silver]] and [[Comicbook/NewGods the Blackened Racer]].
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' features the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Egg]] as Eggman's ultimate weapon to destroy Sonic.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'' features a detective [[Series/DoctorWho who talks weird, shows up in a lot of places, wears a long, brown coat and gives the player futuristic equipment]].
** Actually, Pokémon makes quite a few references. For starters, [[http://www.pokefarm.com/wp-content/rotom.jpg Rotom]] is based off of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a9/Pulseman_box_art.jpg Pulseman]] and Volt Tackle is based off of Voltman's signature move. It helps that the creator of Pokémon also made Pulseman, however. Anything outside of that is rare.
* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'', there is a Zorro-esque character called Robin, and in the credits, said character pulls off Zorro's infamous Z cut (Strongest Foil technique)
* The first print versions of ''[[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} The Revenge of Shinobi]]'' for the SegaGenesis featured Franchise/SpiderMan, Franchise/{{Batman}}, The Franchise/{{Terminator}}, and Franchise/{{Godzilla}} as some of Joe Musashi's adversaries. To avoid any potential lawsuits, Sega released a revision of the game which replaces Godzilla with a metal skeletal dinosaur and Batman with a winged bat-like creature. Spider-Man was kept as an official cameo (with a new copyrights screen acknowledging Marvel Comics' ownership of the character), since Sega had the Spider-Man license for a couple of other games (namely the ''Spider-Man'' arcade game and the Genesis game ''Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin''). In the Virtual Console rerelease, Spider-Man is now colored pink (Due to Sega losing the rights to use Spider-Man to Activision). Ironically, The Terminator has appeared in all versions of ''The Revenge of Shinobi''.
** ''Shinobi III'', on the other hand, was able to get away with Mechagodzilla.
* In the VGA remake of ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest I'', the Droids-B-Us shop (which itself features an android Geoffrey the Giraffe as its logo!) has a "Dalick" for sale, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain creature from ''Series/DoctorWho''. There's also the robot from ''Series/LostInSpace'', as well as another droid, HA-Y-AO, which clearly was inspired by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''. The Blues Brothers also have a cameo as bar singers.
** ZZ Top had a cameo in the original, but this wasn't so lawyer-friendly, as Sierra got slapped with a lawsuit and had to remove them in the remake. The robot shop was originally called Droids-R-Us, which also attracted a lawsuit; apparently changing the R to a B was enough to satisfy them.
*** ZZ Top was replaced by a band of similarly dressed midgets, while Film/TheBluesBrothers were replaced with a pair of blue-skinned [=MIBs=]. Their respective musics were also changed. The former's sprites could still be found DummiedOut in the game data.
** There was a robot called the "Def-Tech" resembled a Rifleman [[TabletopGame/BattleTech 'Mech]]
** ''SQ II'' had a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph-like]] alien and an ersatz of ED-209 from ''Franchise/RoboCop'', and [[BigBad Vohaul]] resembles [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader unmasked]].
** ''Space Quest 3'' has Arnoid, a killer robot (Franchise/{{Terminator}}).
*** And Monolith Burger, with its large yellow "M" logo.
*** The garbage ship is full of these, including a "[[Franchise/StarWars bow tie fighter from the Cologne Wars]]" and an expy of [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime's head]].
** ''Space Quest IV'' features a Radioshock store which suffered the same case with Droids-R-Us which was renamed to Hz. So Good.
** ''Space Quest V'' featured the rear end of the [[Franchise/StarTrek USS Enterprise]] in the Starcon hangar bay. Captain Picard also appears in the conference room on the station. There's also [[Film/{{Alien 3}} Spike]]. No lawsuits, somehow. Of course, the entire series is filled with this sort of stuff.
*** It wasn't in ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory 2'', though. That was the [[{{Pun}} USS Exitprise]].
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' featured lawyer-friendly cameos from Mr. Thriller, Audrey Jr. and Betelgeuse. Yes, '''''that''''' [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Betelgeuse]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' has a few hero units with oddly familiar names hidden away in the map editor. Examples include the flamethrower-wielding [[Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}} Gui Montag]].
** And Mech pilot [[Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne Allen Shezar]].
*** Wraith fighter ace pilot Tom [[Film/TopGun Kazansky]], anyone?
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has the character "Mike Bison", a boxer, in the Japanese version. However, his name was changed to "Balrog" in the US release to avoid lawsuits. It's still obvious who he's based on, however. The name Mike Bison was shortened to M. Bison and given to a different character.
* While ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'' normally uses [[BlandNameProduct Bland Name Cars]], one can download in ''Burnout Paradise'' what are called the Legendary Cars which in no particular order are the [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Cavalry Bootlegger]] (complete with Dixie Horn), the [[Series/KnightRider Carson GT Nighthawk]], the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Manhattan Spirit]], and the [[Film/BackToTheFuture 88 Special]].
** ''Burnout 3'' also had [[Series/TheATeam The B-Team]] van, and the first lorry you get in crash mode [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a particular disguise to it.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has the recurring characters Wedge and Biggs (mistranslated as 'Vicks' in the SNES era), named for the pair in ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** Who also cameo in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
*** ''Chrono Trigger'' even did one better; ''Star Wars'' also contains an Admiral Piett, who cameos alongside "Vicks" and Wedge.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' basically used the original ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' bestiary (complete with their original names) in its original Japanese release. To prevent a lawsuit, many of the monsters were renamed (not always sensibly) when the game was first ported, turning many of the monsters into this. This has slowly been reversed as remakes have been made with names more closely matching the originals.
* An early conversation in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' has Emil and Marta discussing whether the mask that Lloyd dropped reminded them of the one from "[[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom of the Operetta]]", "[[Comicbook/VForVendetta F for Foe]]", or "[[Film/TheManInTheIronMask The Man in the Aluminum Mask]]".
** Don't forget the [[Franchise/SuperSentai Centurion]] [[Franchise/PowerRangers Rangers]].
* Every ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' game features a cameo by at least one famous comedian. The list includes Film/TheThreeStooges in the first game, the Creator/MarxBrothers in the second, Redd Foxx as [[Series/SanfordAndSon Fred Sanford]] ''and'' Creator/AbbottAndCostello in the third, and a sound-alike of Rodney Dangerfield in the fourth.
** In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', one of the farmers at the inn is a Lawyer-Friendly [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]].
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' does this quite obviously with the infamous ''[[AllYourColorsCombined Prism Rangers]]''.
** And how could you forget '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!'''
** The second game also features a conversation with a member of monster-type demon race that's usually considered [[OneGenderRace female]] for pretty much the rest of the game. At the end of the conversation the monster reveals that it is, in fact, [[UnsettlingGenderReveal a boy]]. At this point, you realize/remember that the monster in question is named ''[[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Bridget]].''
** And then there's the third game with not one, but two of the Diez Gentlemen. One is Bo Tie (flip his name around). Then there's [[Anime/YuGiOh Se-To-Oh]], who ironically, [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries summons a bunch of monsters in one turn]].
* Classic H-game ''Season of the Sakura'' features characters from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', ''Saint Tail'', and ''Pia Carrot'', but given how blatant the references were, this may simply be a ShoutOut (or an excuse to let fanboys pursue anime girls popular in the mid-90s, when the game was made).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', a fellow who looks suspiciously like Chinese superstar Andy Lau is one of the random civilians. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVK2YRqfah4 For reals]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' features a CIA director who is clearly meant to be a stand-in for John [=McCone=] (the real DCI at the time), but is never addressed by his name. This was likely done to avoid defaming [=McCone's=] person postmortem (since it wouldn't have sat well with [=McCone=]'s family to depict him as a solicitor for murder), while at the same time maintaining the game's historical setting.
* The Masters in ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' are explicitly said to [[Franchise/StarWars use the For]]---- Magnets! (With that exact wording.) And other reminiscent things.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' isn't exempt from this either. In Un'Goro Crater, a gnome [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda wearing a green tunic and cap, named Linken]], sets you on a long quest line that references everything from "Eastern peninsula is the secret", to tossing a sword into a spring and receiving it tempered, to receiving a magical boomerang that deals ranged damage and stuns or disarms. And not too far away you'll find Dadanga, and the hammer-wielding dwarves [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Larion and Muigin]]. The list goes on. The zone is basically one long shoutout to Nintendo, but there are plenty of other examples of this trope in the rest of the game.
* ''Gunbird 2'' is full of {{exp|y}}ies and {{Shout Out}}s, but the one that takes the cake is the end boss, who attacks with pills, and above all is a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Sato Pharmaceutical's mascot.
* Ownership of Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa from ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'' is apparently tied up with Twentieth Century Fox, so while Creator/{{Capcom}} usually uses any [[CrossOver excuse]] to revisit its own obscure characters, Linn's cameos have been limited to hanging out far in the background of stages in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'' and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' and an unrelated character {{Cosplay}}ing as her for a split-second during a super attack in ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom''.
* ''VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes'' has direct appearances by Minwu, Josef, Guy, Firion, and Maria from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', "Pizarro", Rosy, Alena, Brey, Cristo, Mina, Mary, and Healie the slime from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', and the Hero, Bianca, and Flora (and their kids) from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', among others.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. series has "Lightsabers" and "Blasters" as usable weapons, even going so far as to using the original sound effects (or at least something similar) for when the items are used.
* ''VideoGame/TransportTycoon'' featured real-life vehicles in the original British release. Just to give a few examples, there were aircraft from Boeing, [=McDonnell=]-Douglas, and Airbus; road vehicles from British Leyland, Ford, and Volvo; train locomotives designed by Stanier and Gresley, and later in the game the Eurostar and TGV. For the American release, these were changed to fake companies to avoid litigation. These were carried forward into ''TransportTycoonDeluxe'' and ''[=OpenTTD=]''.
* And of course we have ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', with player created wonders such as ''[[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Haulk]]'', ''[[Comicbook/IronMan Iron Dude]]'', and ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Dead|pool}}sea''. These characters of course look almost the same with maybe a slight color change.
* The 5 to 2 Cafe in ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' is lifted from ''Film/NaturalBornKillers''.
* The title cards for the PARANOIA songs in ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' display expies of Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s robot alter egos.
* ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' features the Pyro hat [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Triboniophorus_Tyrannus Triboniophorus Tyrannus]] as a nod to the brain slugs of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* VideoGame/StarTrekOnline had a special Christmas event where a [[Franchise/StarWars little green man in front of a hermit's hut]] was giving away [[LaserBlade glowing melee weapons]].
* The ''Very Big Cave Adventure'' has a sequence set in Gotham City, with a masked crimefighter known only as "THAT MAN" and his archnemesis "THE JESTER". And yes, their names always appear in allcaps.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' Perpetual Testing Initiative: When you enter a specific chamber, Cave Johnson will say that you are "the first half-man, half-machine police officer" named [[Franchise/RoboCop Robot-a-Cop]].
** [[OhCrap Hold on... I have just been informed that]] ''Film/SoylentGreen'' [[OhCrap ... is...]] [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne doubling in price!]]
* The ending results screen for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2'' shows [[VideoGame/EarthwormJim Earthworm Jim's blaster]] and [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic's shoes]] lying discarded by a trash can with a sign that says "[[TakeThat No Hopers]]".
* In ''Moai: Build Your Dream'' the main character's rival is a vaguely Harrison Ford-ish dude named Indie-Anah.
* ''Silent Dragon'' features [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Jagi]] as the third boss, except he's called "Wolfkid." The flyer states that you [[BlatantLies can't see him in the daytime]] despite the boss fight taking place in broad daylight.
* ''Chronicles of Albion 2: The Wizbury School of Magic'' features a talking painting called Tripstaff. After you hang it on the art room wall, clicking on it produces a wide variety of increasingly ridiculous excuses, one of which is "Sorry, can't talk now, I'm watching a ''Fluffy the Werewolf Slayer'' marathon."
* ''Royal Envoy'' has a girl pirate named Tippy Long-Boots.
* The player character in ''Spandex Force'' reminisced about what a shock it was when "meek Kenneth Clarke" revealed his secret identity as "Miracle Man."
* In ''Cowboy Blues'' the denizens of the local saloon were [[{{LiveActionTV/Cheers}} Normal, Dyanne, Speckle and Spam the bartender]].
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', the VGA remake, if you're in the forest at certain times at morning or afternoon, you can see a [[{{Series/Dinosaurs}} dinosaur either going to returning from work]]
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* Each story in ''Webcomic/{{Devilbear}}'' features a "special guest" character that represents a more famous character such as "Winnie the Pimp" instead of Pooh or "Pandatchoo" instead of Pikachu...
* Sonoda Meimi from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' is suspected to be Haneoka Meimi from ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail''. At one point a character even starts to refer to her as "Myster..."(ious Thief Saint Tail), but gets cut off. (On two other occasions, he only gets as far as "Mys".)
* A supporting character in ''[[Webcomic/WalkyVerse It's Walky!]]'' was a short, quiet girl with coke-bottle glasses named [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Marcie]]. No mention is made of what she was like as a child, but it's safe to take a guess. (For bonus reference points, she's [[BiTheWay openly bisexual]].)
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Rich drops an entire lamp, never mind the shade, on the subject with the Mind Flayer.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': "[[http://nonadventures.com/2007/12/22/a-christmas-peril/ Mace Windu is a Lucasfilm character. I'm Samuel L. Jackson in a bathrobe.]]"
* Meet ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown''. The comic that is literally constructed wholesale out of this trope. Whether it be the main characters [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Chuck "Weapon" Brown and his dog Snoop]], the [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} pointy-heared CEO of 'The Syndicate']], [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes CALv1.n and HOBS]], or the currently unknown-in-name alliance of characters including {{ComicStrip/Pop|eye}}s, [[ComicStrip/PrinceValiant Val]], and [[ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie the blind Annie]], you can be sure that you can easily recognise everybody, provided you're learned enough in your newspaper comics.
** And if you're not, JY tags the images with the names of either the characters or strip he's parodying.
* ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}'' features one by Yo-Yo Ma, who is [[GodWasMyCopilot secretly an angel]].
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* Pretty much the entire premise of the first batch of episodes of ''PressStart''.
* Averted in [[http://sooniwillrule.blogspot.com/ Soon, I Will Rule The World!]], which makes no real bones about the fact that [[OurLichesAreDifferent the main character]] comes from a D&D based world with a bit of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]] thrown in, with all creatures and gods referred to by their in-game names.
* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' features as a major villain an alien of an unnamed species named Ferdinand von Turrell, who is quite clearly Terl the Psychlo from ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''; he even goes by his last name, pronounces it Terl, and originates in a review of ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''.
* ''Literature/LegionOfNetHeroes'': At one point in ''Decibel Dude & Vigilante Guy'', Decibel Dude was ready to quit being a superhero due to a number of extremely stressful plot developments. A quiet chat with four guys known only as [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]], [[Comicbook/ThePunisher Frank]], and [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter]] convinced him to get back in the game.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' a kid dressed exactly like Ash Ketchum (wearing Ash's outfit in the original series) from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' can be seen often in the stands. They were seen together in a couple episodes with large crowds of KND operatives. There was also an expy of [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Kairi]] in the LotusEaterMachine.
* Done quite often on ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''. In "Gay Bash", Elmer Fudd and Snagglepuss (their faces covered by {{Pixellation}}) show up at Xandir's "coming-out-of-the-closet" party. In "Requiem for a Reality Show", a masked Charlie Brown and Natasha Fatale (from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'') with a black bar over her eyes show up as the new BDSM partners for Foxxy Love and Captain Hero, respectively. In another episode, a down-and-out Wooldoor Sockbat is lying on the street when two characters, one fat wearing a white shirt and green pants, and one slender wearing a blue blouse and off-white pants (whose heads are cut off by the screen) walk by and give him some change. The skinny one, in a voice a little more than very reminiscent of Lois from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (because it was done by the very same actress as Lois), chastises her pudgy counterpart for it.
** In another episode when Toot, Xandir, and Wooldoor get high off Ling-Ling's sweat, the next day following their hangovers, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] can be seen lying next to them.
** "Oh my god! It's Mickey [beep]!" "I can't believe it! It's [beep] Mouse!"
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' featured a villain who was a dead ringer for Anime/CaptainHarlock.
** May not exactly fit this trope, but a [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Motoko Kusanagi-lookalike]] can be spotted in one episode
** There's a character in the Star Wars comics who wears a disguise that makes him look like Harlock, as well.
** In general, Megas is swimming in lawyer-friendly-cameos. Even the titular 'bot has one - before having it replaced, his head looks ''exactly'' like [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Soundwave's]].
** And then you have the fact that the second time you see Mag Nanimous, his robot has [[Franchise/EvilDead a shotgun and a chainsaw for arms]] and [[Film/BubbaHotep dresses like Elvis]]. (Of course, considering who VOICED that particular villain, [[ActorAllusion it's not all that surprising]].)
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'' features a guest appearance by an "old family friend" who strikingly resembles, but is not named as, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, the other famous character created by Lee Falk, the writer who created ComicStrip/ThePhantom.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In the episode "Cartoon Wars Part II", Cartman is joined in his quest to get ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' taken off the air by a kid who's obviously supposed to be Bart Simpson from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', but is never referred to by name. In a turnaround, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Bart and Milhouse watching an unnamed version of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Which was in turn a reference to the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Simpsons Did It".
** And MickeyMouse in "The Ring" and "Obama Wins!".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Party Pete", Party Pete [[http://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/2011/5/23/f1a8beea-c7d5-4cc7-9192-ea1d928b066d.jpg bears a striking resemblance to the Swedish singer Günther]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Eddie Monster", the title characters of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' and a character looking quite similar to WesternAnimation/{{Dexter|sLaboratory}} appear briefly in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ93oI8C8xE one scene]] near the end of the episode.
* One of the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Konohamaru's team]] appear in the background. In another, an orange-haired girl dressed like Sakura is on screen briefly.
* In an interesting case, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had Arthur and friends writing pilot scripts for a contest. These were all obvious parodies of other popular cartoons. The thing is, most of these parodies were of shows aimed at a- to put it lightly- [[ParentalBonus more mature audience]], like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', and ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist''.
** There was also Wrestling/{{WWE}} and ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. What makes this more disturbing is that each of the stories were actual submissions by kids for a contest to generate ideas for the show. So... yeah.
--> '''Francartman?''': Hey, you squished Buster!
** One episode had a Domo plush in the background, another referenced a show called "Judo Kittens" whose characters [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls looked pretty familiar]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E3ThePresidentWorePearls The President Wore Pearls]]" is a spoof of ''Music/{{Evita}}'' and ends with a note from the directors that says, "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial based on the advice of our lawyers, we must say that we have never heard of a musical based on the life of Eva Perón]]".
** In ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse of Horror V]]", Groundskeeper Willie refers to Bart's newfound psychic power as "Literature/{{the Shin|ing}}ning" [[YouWannaGetSued for fear of copyright infringement]].
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E5SideshowBobRoberts Sideshow Bob Roberts]]" Homer is thrown out of Riverdale by the Franchise/ArchieComics gang.
** "I shouldn't have bought this Franchise/{{Lego}} tee-shirt." "Don't you mean BLOCK-o?" "Oh, yeah, right. BLOCK-o."
* Possibly due to its anime influence, ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' has a few of these. A few of the guest appearances include a fat, middle-aged Anime/SpeedRacer, a palette-swapped version of Puchiko from ''Anime/DiGiCharat'', and [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi Muto]] with ridiculously exaggerated hair.
** In one of the first episodes, you can also see a figure that looks like [[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man X and Zero]] combined.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', an episode spoofing ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' has the Munchkins (here, giant beetles) greet Lydia (as Dorothy) with "Welcome to the Land of PublicDomain!"
** Let's make this very clear: you do ''not'' have to write around any copyrights to use characters from the first book (and a few others, all the ones written before about 1923) of the ''Oz'' series (it's in the public domain now) ...the ''movie'', on the other hand, is copyrighted. No ruby slippers for you.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a lawyer-friendly version of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]] seen losing to June at arm wrestling at a bar (he's still there the next time they visit and is part of a BarBrawl).
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent The President]] on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' always appears [[HistoricalHilarity dressed up as]] GeorgeWashington [[HistoricalHilarity or]] UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and has NoNameGiven, but once you hear his voice you can tell he's a parody of GeorgeWBush.
** One episode had Charlie Brown ([[WritingAroundTrademarks who had a tuft of brown hair in this cameo for some reason]]) falling for Lucy's football trick like he always does and Snoopy was sleeping on his dog house.
* Various ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' characters make appearances as background characters in Leone Middle School in ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''.
* The [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Shadowkhan]] show up in the antepenultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', fighting Bushido.
* The opening of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' has a HumongousMecha that looks a hell of a lot like a turquoise [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA Unit 01]].
** An episode in ''Justice League Unlimited'' begins with Supergirl, Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., and Green Lantern saving Japan from [[Main/{{Gamera}} a giant turtle monster]].
* During the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Franchise/WonderWoman was deemed [[ExiledFromContinuity off-limits due to the notoriously convoluted legal red tape regarding the character's media rights]]. The creators were able to give Wondy a cameo in a {{Flashback}} sequence by only showing her from behind, thus avoiding any of her trademarked iconography (such as her tiara or W crest).
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', Shaggy and Velma from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' can be clearly seen in the backdrop of a school hallway.
* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' has a [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner carefully unnamed coyote]] show up and recommend that the eponymous hamster try a better catalogue than AcmeProducts.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'': One word. [[Anime/YuGiOh Stu-Pi-Doh]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' plays with this A LOT. Many of the characters on the show are parodies, which doesn't stop them from interacting, or existing alongside, the things they're making fun of. For instance, Dr. Rusty Venture is a parody of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' - a boy adventurer with a genius scientist for a father - which doesn't stop his bodyguard/Race Bannon parody Brock Samson from being old friends with the actual Bannon, or Rusty from being in a therapy group with "Action Jonny" himself. Not to mention the time that the [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Impossible Family]] won a costume contest by dressing as the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''.
** Then there's [[TheDayTheMusicLied Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' short "Attack of the Drones" was written by Eric Kaplan and directed by Rich Moore, both of whom worked regularly on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''; thus, Zoidberg is clearly visible at the council early on.
** Same scene had a Klingon and The Great Gazoo in the council. Not to mention the Langoliers.
** There's also [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Samurai Quack]] and the evil wizard Achoo.
*** And the Cheshire Cat as the alarm clock.
* An early episode of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' contains a background character who, despite modern attire, is clearly modeled after Jin, from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. [[OneOfUs Cowen's a fan. It shows]].
** In another episode, "Guess Ho's Coming To Dinner", there's a girl in the beginning who looks remarkably like ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'''s Will Vandom.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' loves "The guy who hits stuff with mallets". He's obviously talking about 80s comedian Gallagher, who's main schtick was to hit watermelons with giant mallets. But he's referred to as "Gulliver".
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s Usagi Tsukino appears in the school lunch line in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Knock It Off", has the villain of the episode sell Powerpuff Girls knockoffs to Japan and when he does, the camera pans to find expies of Anime/GreatMazinger, Manga/GetterRobo, and Series/{{Ultraman}} bowing their heads in defeat, along with a giant, face always obscured somehow, Wally Gator.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
** In the pilot "Big House Blues" dog versions of Fred Flintstone and George Jetson can be seen at the pound.
** The episode "I Was a Teenage Stimpy" features Stimpy inviting a few friends over; although not named they are obvious parodies of Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones. Jughead can be seen tattooing Archie's back with their high school graduation years which date back to the 1950's to the 90's referring to the fact that [[NotAllowedToGrowUp the characters never age]].
* Nearly every episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has this with characters appearing in a CutAwayGag.
* Hilariously lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' when referring to a Franchise/{{Batman}} villain-like villain.
-->'''Yin''': Is that a [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery peng..]]
-->'''Yang''': No, that's a puffin! Can't get sued for a puffin.
* An episode of the 70s Franchise/SpiderMan cartoon had Peter Parker out of good places to change into costume, so he tried ducking into a phone booth, only to find someone already in it: [[Franchise/{{Superman}} a mild-mannered gentleman with an unlikely build and glasses.]]
* In the episode "Living Legends" from ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', WesternAnimation/KimPossible and Ron make a cameo.
** Kim also [[http://phineasandferb.wikia.com/wiki/File:Kim_Possible%27s_Spot_the_Diff_cameo.jpg showed up]] in the Spot-The-Diff event for ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* After his fallout with Creator/MarvelComics, SteveGerber wrote the Comicbook/ManThing character into an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' television series, for which he was a head writer.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperTed'' had a villain who tries to hijack a musical performance by tying up the celebrities who were supposed to sing. The BoundAndGagged musicians seen backstage resembled Music/JohnnyCash, [[HeeHaw Minnie Pearl]], Loretta Lynn, Music/WillieNelson, and Music/DollyParton. None of the entertainers were named, but all had [[WholeCostumeReference very recognizable outfits]].
* A slight subversion of this occurs in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''; Jetfire was based upon ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''' VF-1 fighter. While this proved no issue for Hasbro (who licensed it from Bandai themselves), it did for Takara and the character wound up being redesigned (and renamed) so that he could be shown on the show. And even then, [[{{Bowdlerise}} Takara did whatever they could to prevent him from appearing in the Japanese version of the show]]. Hasbro and Creator/{{Toei|Animation}} on the other hand, were able to use a robot similar to the VF-1 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OEEncGeu8s Jetfire's first appearance.]]
** Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''[='s=] Starscream has Isamu Alva Dyson's YF-19 "Alpha One" from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' as his vehicle mode, but this time the staff got away with it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'', Johnny hires a freelance photographer to take pictures of him and make him look good to the media. The photographer is cut off right before he introduces himself, but he resembles another [[Franchise/SpiderMan freelance photographer of superheroes Marvel was not allowed to use due to a contract with]] Creator/{{Sony}} [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy at the time]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' gets away with this all the time since said cameos are ''[[FanNickname ponified]]''. So far we've had Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, the entire cast of ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', Film/IndianaJones, [[Franchise/MetalGear Big Boss]], [[Film/TopGun Mike 'Viper' Metcalf]], and although they won't admit it was intentional, Braeburn looks an awful lot like [[Film/ShanghaiNoon Roy O'Bannon]].
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* When a movie remake of ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' was in production, former TV Lone Ranger Clayton Moore was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Moore#Lawsuit_over_public_appearances legally prevented]] from appearing in public as the Lone Ranger... so Moore varied his costume slightly and exchanged the mask for similar-looking wraparound sunglasses until he won his countersuit.
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