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->''"Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing Series/TheHoneymooners, we wouldn't have WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones. If someone hadn't ripped off [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sergeant Bilko]], there'd be no WesternAnimation/TopCat. [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]], [[LampshadeHanging Chief Wiggum]], WesternAnimation/YogiBear? Hah! [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]], Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney."''
-->-- '''Roger Myers''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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Sometimes a character's entire shtick will be that he or she is a thinly disguised imitation of some celebrity somewhere. The more blatant examples will often have a parody of that celebrity's name. This can be done for various reasons, such as to serve as a {{homage}} and/or {{parody}}, to make a point using the character (see picture to the right), or simply because the writers think that it would be cool. Though some consider it done because the writers are out of ideas.

The most common impressions to hear in cartoons are Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger or Creator/SylvesterStallone for tough-guy characters, Creator/PeterLorre for creepy characters, Creator/RLeeErmey for {{Drill Sergeant Nast|y}}ies, Maurice Chevalier for a song and dance man, Paul Lynde for CampGay characters, Ed Wynn for assorted silly characters, and Creator/MaeWest for [[TheVamp vamps]].

May double as a ParentalBonus, in a program aimed at kids.

As noted TheAhnold is a common form of this, as are MockCousteau and MrAltDisney.

If it's a fictional character that's being imitated, then it's an {{Expy}} or CaptainErsatz. The trope does not apply in the case of adaptations of live-action source materials, where the character designs are obliged to be based on the real actors. When the creators actively deny that the character was meant to be caricature of the person, see DeniedParody.

Compare InkSuitActor, where a celebrity voices an animated caricature of themself. ComicBookFantasyCasting is a much milder version of this, where a real actor or other celebrity is used as a guide for a character's appearance but with no attempt to caricature their persona.

Note that some character voices, most notably those reminiscent of Creator/PeterLorre and of Creator/JohnWayne, are by now fourth-generation copies that have more to do with earlier impressions than with the original actors' voices.

See also LawyerFriendlyCameo, NoCommunitiesWereHarmed, and AdamWesting.

{{Tuckerization}} is the inverse.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The 1986 Crispy Critter cereal had a mascot named Crispy, whose voice was a caricature of Jimmy Durante's right down to his catchphrase, "A-cha-cha-cha!". To push the reference even further, in a book given away with the cereal, "Crispy in No Place Like Home", Crispy says "Ah-cha-cha-cha! You've got to start each day with a song and a good breakfast", a reference to Jimmy Durante's song "You've Got to Start Each Day with a Song".
* A advertising campaign by Virgin Mobile France comes in two flavors, a chihuaha with a strong resemblance to Michael Jackson saying "''A ce prix-là, I'm back''" ("At this price, I'm back") and a bull-dog with an equally strong resemblance to Gérard Depardieu, saying "''A ce prix-là, je rentre en France''" ("At this price, I'm going back to France", alluding to his fiscal exile in Russia). [[http://www.next51.net/photo/art/grande/5252214-7838120.jpg?v=1361464113 See for yourself.]]
* Toucan Sam, the spokes-character for the cereal Froot Loops, has a voice modeled on the standard impression of Ronald Coleman.
* Likewise, Sugar Bear - mascot for Sugar/Golden Crisp cereal, is a pastiche of Music/BingCrosby and Music/DeanMartin - right down to the accent in his earlier appearances.
* The voice of [=McDonaldland=] character Mayor [=McCheese=] was an imitation of Ed Wynn. (He was also legally determined to be copyright-violatingly derivative of H.R. Pufnstuf.)
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''
** Kenshiro has traits drawn from Creator/MelGibson, Creator/BruceLee, and Creator/SylvesterStallone.
** For the first half of the series, only a few characters had explicit celebrity resemblance (The Toki-impostor, Amiba, was very clearly [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} Christopher Lambert]], while Toki himself was equally obviously {{Jesus}} except with face-melting martial arts skills), though there were more than a handful of characters who were spiritual composites of several famous figures, similar to Ken.
** In the second series, quite a few characters were overtly modeled after well-known pop-icons at the time, with characters resembling Creator/DolphLundgren (Falco), [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] (Han), Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger (Solia), Road Warriors Hawk and Animal (the Harn Brothers), and many more.
* In ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', the side character "Peter Lucas", who directs the film on which Morita and helps him steal back his father's company, is an obvious parody of director Creator/GeorgeLucas.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'' features a villainous Creator/BruceWillis lookalike (with a scar and stubble) in chapter 45 of the manga.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has several examples. Jango from the Captain Kuro arc is obviously the late Music/MichaelJackson. The Admirals Aokiji, Kizaru, and Akainu were based on Japanese actors (Yusaku Matsuda, Kunie Tanaka, and Bunta Sugawara respectively). Franky is Film/AceVentura with ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'s arms and addiction to Coke (or whatever Coca-Cola equivalent they have in the ''OP'' world). Brook (when he was alive) looks suspiciously like Slash. And many more.
** PsychoElectro Eneru is allegedly based on Music/{{Eminem}}, of whom Oda is a fan.
** Not to mention Spandam, who bears a remarkable similarity to Wrestling/MickFoley during his "Mankind" days in the WWE.
** There's also Ivankov, who's basically Creator/TimCurry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
** Jango is actually two celebrities in one--his mannerisms are clearly based on Music/MichaelJackson, but if one looks closely, his face actually better resembles [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]] than it does Jackson (minus, of course, the heart-shaped eyes, as revealed in a manga omake).
** It goes on. WordOfGod says that Franky is based off Creator/JimCarrey. Each of the Three Admirals is based off a famous Japanese actor known for playing gangsters. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Trafalgar Law]] looks like ''The Pickup Artist'' of all people. It's practically a RunningGag at this point.
** Vice-Admiral Garp's right hand man is based off Creator/HumphreyBogart. He's even called Bogart.
* The dub of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' mines the ever-loving hell out of celebrity impersonations, especially for Duel Spirits. Neo-Spacian Ground Mole is Art Carney; the Ojama Trio (Green, Yellow and Black) are an approximation of the Three Stooges, Crystal Beast Emerald Turtle is essentially a really poor Creator/WoodyAllen, and Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth is possibly the worst Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger the world has ever heard.
** It's present in the original series, too. Pegasus' love of Toon monsters is easily explained when you consider that his favorite movie appears to be ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''? (Check out his email avatar sometime!)
*** It was a fictional cartoon called "Funny Bunny" where the main character was supposed to be an {{Expy}} of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, but same idea.
** Doctor Stein, the incredibly boring teacher/villain in one episode of the series. "Jaden? Mueller? Mueller? [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Mueller]]?"
** On the subject of Crystal Beasts, does anyone else think that the Topaz Tiger is a feeble Creator/SeanConnery?
*** Pretty much all of the Crystal Beasts were based on famous movie celebrities (Cobalt Eagle says at one point "[[Series/GetSmart Missed it by that much]]" and Amethyst Cat is [[Series/{{Batman}} Julie Newmar]]).
** Duel Scientist Eisenstein, who even gets Einstein's classic tongue sticking out poster. Yes, Einstein has apparently devoted himself to card games in this universe. The funny part is that there was a famous mathematician named Eisenstein in real life.
* If you wanna see the everloving hell mined out of impressions, check out the English dubs of all the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series. Many of the various non-main Digimon are meant to sound like celebrities from the heyday of the voice actors' childhoods. Just two examples: Digitamamon is Creator/PeterLorre (yes, Lorre again). Etemon is Music/{{Elvis|Presley}}. There're more.
** Two other noteworthy examples are Impmon, who sounds exactly like Joe Pesci, and Piedmon, who is made to sound like a higher-pitched Creator/TimCurry. Incidentally, both are voiced by Creator/DerekStephenPrince.
** One fan actually compiled a [[http://digipedia.db-destiny.net/misc/trivia.htm#2 LIST of all of them.]] About 24 total.
* Another dub example: an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' featured Dr. Quackenpoker, who was such a blatant [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] parody that the original animators were in on the joke too, because he even ''looked'' the part. Not to mention an early recurring character named Speilbunk, a very self-congratulatory film director.
* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', two [[StrawCharacter American political leaders]] are based on Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleeza Rice.
* Kaito and Gackto of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' are both drawn from famous male J-artists, their names being the biggest clue.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has Freddie, who [[HesJustHiding may or may not]] be the same Mr. Mercury who sang in Music/{{Queen}} (at least, if his mannerisms are any indication).
* One minor character in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' is a serial killer named Peter Jurgens with a severe FreudianExcuse, whom Johan manipulated into killing one set of his foster parents. Jurgens is a dead ringer for real-life serial killer Edmund Kemper, who also had rather grievous parental issues (his mother was one of his last victims).
* Japan periodically has scheduled blackouts to conserve electricity. One chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has this, but has the Tokyo Electric Company portrayed as TheBridge, complete with BridgeBunnies and the director dressed up as TheCaptain, spouting stock lines from military anime. The disclaimer at the bottom reads:
-->''"This story is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons or organizations is purely coincidental. And I doubt the Chief of Electricity has such a fancy costume in reality."''
** Another manga chapter involves Keroro and Tamama spying on manga writers, and features a cameo by what can be assumed to be the spirit of the late, great Creator/OsamuTezuka (we don't see his face, but one can make out his trademark pipe and beret, and he kicks over a Gourd-Patch pig as he departs).
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** In a flashback, Will Zeppeli looked more than a bit like Creator/SylvesterStallone.
** And in ''Steel Ball Run'', Johnny bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Axl Rose, as seen [[http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/7525/johnnyrosemu3.jpg here]].
** Yoshikage Kira looks and dresses like Music/DavidBowie.
* Several of the villains in ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'' are based on celebrities, including an alien based on a popular Japanese psychic, a thinly veiled parody of Music/MichaelJackson (including a nose that's always falling off, an outfit based on Literature/PeterPan, and a group of mummy villains that do a dance similar to the famous ''Thriller'' video), and Japan's prime minister at the time.
* The manga ''Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President'', set in a fictionalized version of the 2000 U.S. Presidential race, prominently features incumbent Vice President Al ''Noah'', along with the ambitious First Lady "''Ellery''", along with her unnamed-yet-familiar-looking husband.
* ''Manga/AirGear'' had U.S. Presidential candidate "John Omaha", an ersatz BarackObama, appear in one story. Omaha has reappeared in a storyline as President-Elect, where he [[spoiler:somehow ended up [[FreakyFridayFlip switching minds with]] [[BetaCouple Emily]]. Did we mention that he's an expert skater?]]
* ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby: Right Back at Ya!]]'' gives King Dedede (a fat blue penguin) a slightly off voice and mannerisms that obviously intends to evoke WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn, with occasional lines made to sound like things UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush might say. His minion Escargoon is basically Paul Lynde, which is even funnier when you realize that Escargoon is in fact gay.
** Non-dub example, one episode spoofed the Harry Potter craze and an ersatz of Creator/JKRowling appeared in Cappy Town due to it.
* In episode 2 of the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' OAV, Standardsoft chairman Bif Standard is a parody of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
* The author of ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' admitted that Cobra's character design was largely based on French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who specialized during the 70's in tough, charming and witty roles.
* In ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', Nash's appearance doesn't look like the games (the show was made before ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha''); instead, he holds a likeness with the French actor Creator/JeanReno.
* The U.S. President in the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' OVA was "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Dubya]]" {{flanderiz|ation}}ed to the point of insanity and pants-wetting.
* One of Sakuragi's friends - the one with the mustache - has the voice, {{Catch Phrase}}s and the look of deposed (and as of May 2010 running again for) President Joseph Estrada in the ''Manga/SlamDunk!'' Filipino dub.
** Another Filipino dub joke - this time in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' - has someone telling Takamura that he looks like an alcohol salesman while wearing a boxing referee's outfit. This is a reference to Carlos Padilla, Jr. - Takamura's retort is also a blatant nod to the alcohol commercial's tagline. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx5CE8ZypAM This is the commercial]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p8oBSaaqfM and this is the scene where the]] ShoutOut occurs. (Judging by the subtitles, this might also be a {{Woolseyism}}.)
* In the classic seventies shoujo manga ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'', main character Dorian Red Gloria and three of his henchmen are physically modeled after the members of Music/LedZeppelin. (In fact, the henchmen are all named after band members: James (Jimmy Page), Bonham (John Bonham) and John Paul (John Paul Jones.) Leaving, of course, Robert Plant as Dorian.)
* This happens occasionally in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''--for instance, in "Heavy Metal Queen", the fugitive, [[Film/BladeRunner Deckard]], bears a suspicious resemblance to Creator/WoodyAllen, or nearly explicit reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Geller Uri Geller, the (in-)famous Hungarian-Israeli illusionist/con-artist]] (In the anime, the character is called "Uri Gellersan", most likely alluding the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics Japanese honorific "-san"]], depicted as a slightly crazed expert on paranormal phenomena, aliens and stuff like that).
** Happens quite a bit, actually:
*** Coffy is modeled after Creator/PamGrier and named after one of her films, ''Film/{{Coffy}}''.
*** Shaft is modeled after Richard Roundtree's portrayal of [[Film/{{Shaft}} John Shaft]].
*** Doohan is modeled after director [[Film/RebelWithoutACause Nicholas Ray]].
*** Piccaro Calvino is modeled after Music/TheNotoriousBIG.
*** Asimov is modeled after Creator/AntonioBanderas from ''Film/{{Desperado}}''.
*** Katrina is modeled after Creator/SalmaHayek's character from the same film.
*** Whitney Hagas Matsumoto is modeled after Creator/GeorgeClooney.
*** The villains from "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" are modeled after Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/JohnBelushi from ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'': The Great Amy Lee Debacle. The secondary main-character of Ergo Proxy, Re-l Mayer, is the [[http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/2508/ergoproxyamylee.jpg spitting image]] of Music/{{Evanescence}}'s vocalist, Creator/AmyLee. It is unclear if it was actually intended or not, but many fans agree the startling similarity is just too much to be coincidental.
* Many of the characters in ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' are based on actual musicians. Chiba, the punk/rap vocalist for BECK, is based in attitude, style, and appearance on Zach de la Roca. While Taira, the bassist, possesses much of the style and mannerisms of Flea from Music/RedHotChiliPeppers (who just happen to be [[WriteWhoYouKnow the creator's favorite band]].)
* In the dub of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Might Guy sounds only a little bit like Elvis sometimes, but it's just enough to make you wonder...
** Gai sounds like Elvis in the dub? I want you guys to see and hear Chikara. Even Word of God says it: His appearance is similar to many Elvis impersonators. Particularly those that impersonate Elvis's Las Vegas years, when he put on a great deal of weight. In the English dub, his voice is based on Elvis Presley.
** Killer Bee was supposedly inspired by the Music/{{Wu-Tang Clan}}.
* In the ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', The Big Cheese's dub voice is obviously Paul Lynde (again). Like Escargoon in Kirby, it's made funnier by Big Cheese's more than questionable lifestyle.
* ''Noritaka''. Its final arc, and arguably the worst one, features a streetfighting contest, and the main character will confront Sting, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and some more celebrities. They're called by their names, with little or no variations (e.g., Sting is a Police man...)
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a number of minor characters who, for one reason or another, look suspiciously like known actors or other noteworthy individuals. Examples include Ben Jackson (Forest Whitaker), Karina's teacher (Creator/StevenSpielberg), Karina's manager (Creator/RobertDowneyJr), and the Mayor (BarackObama).
** Not just ''minor'' characters. [[http://daeva-neesan.dreamwidth.org/464424.html According to some people]] Antonio is based on his namesake Creator/AntonioBanderas and Nathan on [=RuPaul=].
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' has a recurring gag character called "Kid" that bears a remarkable resemblance to none other than Creator/BradPitt. However, unlike Brad, Kid isn't just a movie star - he works in just about every industry under the sun including being a masseuse, thief, lawyer, and CEO to name a few.
* The 2008-2009 ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' series features "cameos" from all sorts of American names, including Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, and [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]].
* ''Manga/AfganisuTan'' is pretty much an exact replica of "Afghan Girl" from the famous National Geographic cover.
* ''Manga/{{D-Frag}}'' has teacher Shawn Conecone, who's Creator/SeanConnery as Franchise/IndianaJones.
* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', Llama Akiko is an obvious parody of Wada Akiko, a famous Japanese singer and actress.
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[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Cecilia Pollard, who appears in the Creator/BigFinish Gallifrey audio drama ''A Blind Eye'', is pretty clearly Unity Mitford. (Which ''possibly'' makes her sister Charley from the Eighth Doctor series Jessica.)
* The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS2E2MaxWarp "Max Warp"]] unapologetically gives the finger to ''Series/TopGear'', including space caricatures of Clarkson, Hammond and May.
* The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho016StormWarning "Storm Warning"]] has a character named Lord Tamworth, who is shown to be the Air Minister under Ramsay [=MacDonald=] and the motive force behind the creation of R-101. He is an obvious stand in for Christopher Thompson, First Baron Thompson, who was the actual Air Minister under [=MacDonald=] and was the chief advocate for creating the Imperial Airship System, which included R-101. He also died in R-101's crash during her maiden voyage.
* Invoked in the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho drama "Fanfare for the Common Men"; the titular Common Men, Mark Carvill, James O'Meara and Corky Goldsmith are very blatantly based on JohnLennon, PaulMcCartney and RingoStarr respectively. The twist is that the Doctor notices this, and realises someone is trying to replace TheBeatles' place in history.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Spider Jerusalem from ''Comicbook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' is future Creator/HunterSThompson.
* Susan Storm Richards of the Fantastic Four was patterned on Mariette Hartley, while the untransformed Ben Grimm is a self-portrait of artist Jack Kirby.
* ''Comicbook/{{Cerebus|TheAardvark}}'': Even after outgrowing its [[CerebusSyndrome Conan-parody beginning]], the series continued to feature parody characters and thinly veiled celebrities, Lord Julius (Groucho Marx), Dirty Drew and Dirty Fleagle [=McGrew=] (Yosemite Sam) and Adam Weisshaupt (named after the historical figure credited with founding the Bavarian Illuminati). For extra efficiency, Dave Sim created an Elric parody ''and'' a Senator Claghorn/Foghorn eghorn homage in the form of Elrod the Albino.
** And on a meta level, two of the above characters, as well as Red Sophia (herself based on Red Sonja), and Astoria, are victims of this in-universe: Weisshaupt publishes a series of "Reads" that espouse his political agenda, with their names cleverly disguised as Red Sophi''n''a, Asto''n''ia, Lord Ju''n''ius, and Cer''n''ebus.
** Prince Mick (Jagger) and Prince Keith (Richards)
** As well as [[Film/TheThreeStooges Moshie, Loshie and Koshie]].
* Amazing-Man from the ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' is heavily based off Olympic athlete Jesse Owens.
* Batman #252 featured a back up Robin solo adventure where the Boy Wonder saved the life of an entertainer identical to Danny Kaye.
* Daily Planet reporter, and Clark Kent's primo thorn-in-the-side, Steve Lombard originally was a takeoff of Joe Namath.
* Creator/MarvelComics' Doug Moench slipped [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/hackstabber.htm Rufus T. Hackstabber]] and [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/warmflash.htm Quigley J. Warmflash]] into ''Master of Kung Fu''; you may know them better as Groucho Marx and W.C. Fields.
* ''[[Comicbook/XForce X-Statix]]''
** Phat was Music/{{Eminem}} with superpowers, a secret upper class upbringing, and gay.
** Henrietta Hunter was Princess Diana rewritten to be completely not Princess Diana because Marvel got cold feet. [[WriterRevolt Perhaps intentionally]], the story she appears in works a lot better knowing this than it does if you read it the way it was written.
* Jerk Simpkins from the ''HsuAndChan'' comic, ''Under Fire'', is an obvious parody of [[MoralGuardians anti-video game lawyer]] Jack Thompson.
* Partway through ''Creator/JackKirby's Galactic Bounty Hunters'', the action shifts to the life of comic book luminary Jack ''Berkley'', a thinly-veiled Kirby stand-in. Note that the comic was co-written by Jack's daughter Lisa.
** While on the subject of Kirby, Mister Miracle villain Funky Flashman was a publicity hogging sleazy businessman based partially on Creator/StanLee. Many fans believe this was a TakeThat by Kirby after he left Marvel due to creative differences with Lee.
* ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'': Strange is Creator/VincentPrice. There's really no other way to say it. He only usually looks like him (he began with a slight resemblance to [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming the Merciless]], and his face is sometimes modeled on other actors), but his combination of portentous [[LargeHam hamminess]], erudition, and good humour is dead-on for Price's persona.
* Mike Grell has stated that Tyroc from the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' was inspired by actor and football player Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho]] from ''ComicBook/DylanDog''. Yes, it's even the same name, even if it's known to be just an actor playing the part ''all the time'' (even when sleeping). And Dylan himself is a sosia of Rupert Everett. The author Sclavi is famous for rip-offs.
* Dan Francisco in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' rather resembles BarackObama. During the "Mutants in Mega-City One" storyline, Rebellion even made "Vote Francisco - change we can believe in" campaign buttons.
** This is very common in the Dreddverse. To list all the examples over the years would require its own page.
* The ''Comicbook/{{Powers}}'' comic that illustrates SmallNameBigEgo: "Ultimate Ego, the Living Planet looks a lot like Creator/JohnByrne - but not enough for him to sue us!"
* The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' BatFamilyCrossover ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' had two, both by the same crew. The first time had Comicbook/TheRiddler take talk show host Cassie Josie Rudolpho and her audience hostage. The second time the Joker was shown killing two movie critics after they criticized the movie he was trying to make. While they made Cassie Josie Rudolpho blonde, her name and general appearance was still a dead ringer for Sally Jessy Raphael, but by the time the Joker shot the movie critics, ''no one'' bothered trying to hide the fact that the unnamed movie critics the Joker capped were basically Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
** ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' also had [[Radio/RushLimbaugh Link Rambeau]].
** In ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', Bruce Wayne's appearance is based on Creator/GregoryPeck. In ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'', Bruce is ''heavily'' designed after Gregory Peck, to the point where he is almost an exact twin.
** In one Creator/ChuckDixon ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' story, the Teen Wonder finds himself rescuing pop star Normandy Shields from a crazy stalker. It turns out she encouraged him in order to get more publicity.
** ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' was rife with these, containing caricatures of Creator/DavidLetterman ("David Endochrine"), Connie Chung ("Lola Chong"), Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and a nameless President that was obviously supposed to be Reagan. [[spoiler: The Joker killed Letterman and Dr. Ruth.]]
** The original Clayface was an actor named Basil Karlo (Boris Karloff)
** Cluemaster is a failed game show host by the name of Arthur Brown who became a member of the Suicide Squad. Give up? Though I don't know if he was ever drawn to resemble the guy, it sounds to me like a likely homage to that Chuck Barris hoax autobiography that got turned into a movie of the same name. What was it? Oh, it was ConfessionsOfADangerousMind.
** The Joker's original design was based on ConradVeidt's face from the movie "The Man Who Laughs."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The first two issues of IDW Publishing's ongoing feature a character named "Archie Maplin", obviously based on Creator/CharlieChaplin. Chaplin himself was originally supposed to appear in the story, however the publishers were unable to get the rights from his estate.
* Lucas Lee of ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' is clearly based on [[Series/MyNameIsEarl Jason]] [[TheViewAskewniverse Lee]], in both name and appearance, and they are also both professional skateboarders who became actors.
* In ''TransformersTransTech'', Optimus Prime is based on BarackObama.
** And in one of the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Marvel G1 stories]], a group of rookie Autobots had to go undercover at a concert by Brick Springhorn (except when his last name was Springstern) and the Tenth Avenue Band. In case it wasn't obvious [[Music/BruceSpringsteen who Brick was supposed to be]], his songs included [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong "Dancing in the Night", "Born to Ride", "Born in America", and "Margarita (Jump a Little Higher"]].
* A ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story featured various talkshows discussing SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor's apparent death. These included the sensationalist ''Ronaldo'' and the mawkish ''Susie Jamie Donatello''.
* In Comicbook/ThePunisher's spin-off miniseries about his nemesis The Barracuda, mobster 'Big Chris' Angelone has both the appearance and speech patterns of Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* Death Mayhew from the 1988 ''Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}}'' mini-series was very strongly based on ErrolFlynn: a swashbuckling, Australian actor in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. However, Flynn's suspected Nazi sympathies are exchanged for Mayhew being an out-and-out Nazi.
* Lenny Balinger from [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel's]] ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' is a dead ringer for Creator/LeeMarvin, though he thinks he looks more like Creator/PaulNewman.
* The original [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] from Fawcett (and now owned by DC) was explicitly modeled on [[Series/MyThreeSons Fred MacMurray]].
* The members of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' used to watch ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Wendy The Werewolf Stalker]]'', a show created by "[[Creator/JossWhedon Joe Westin]]".
* Uncle Scrooge and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck once met a rich Texan (not [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons that one]]) who claims he owns so much land that it takes a cowboy 50 years to ride around, grows potatoes almost as big as the Ducks and so much cotton he had to tame tornadoes for harvesting it. Oh, and he looks a bit like RonaldReagan.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}} had a number as well.
** [[ArmsDealer International arms merchant]] Basil Zaharoff is transparently portrayed in ''The Broken Ear'' as "Basil Bazarov", right down to his distinctive appearance.
** In the earliest edition of ''Tintin in America'', a Mary Pickford-looking movie star named "Mary Pikefort" attends a dinner where Tintin is honored.
** Professor Calculus is also loosely based on scientist Auguste Picard.
* ''{{West Coast|Team}} [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' had Arnold Schwarzburger, a brainless body builder-turned-actor who worked on a movie with WonderMan. [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Three guesses as to who he was supposed to be]].
* Creator/WarrenEllis's first issue of ''Comicbook/IronMan'' has Tony interviewed by left-wing documentary-maker John Pillinger, who bears more than a passing resemblance to left-wing documentary maker John Pilger.
* Anime/{{Robotech}} II The Sentinels: Dr. Emil Lang's character design had to be changed from his design in the original Macross series (where he appeared briefly). His Sentinels character design bears more than a passing resemblance to Charles Bronson. In one of the letters pages, the truth was revealed. Someone simply submitted a panel of Lang with a mustache drawn on him.
* In one of the ''{{ComicBook/Superman}}'' title annuals that was part of the ''Armageddon 2001'' crossover event, President Forrest in a future timeline where Superman becomes a crusader against nuclear weapons bears a resemblance to President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' didn't even try to disguise [[http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=thrill&page=profiles&choice=blair1 B.L.A.I.R. 1]] as anyone other than Tony Blair. Converted into a crimefighting cyborg with a built-in RobotBuddy called Doctor Spin, he used his hypnotic smile, super-strength and ability to take Spin's advice to make Britain great again by e.g. solving the unemployment crisis by sending single mothers down the coal mines.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The maggot companion of the ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' is a dead ringer for Creator/PeterLorre.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'' when the protagonist notices the "Bee Larry King" looks exactly like the human Larry King. Made even funnier by the fact that "Bee Larry King" is voiced by the real Larry King.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
** Edna Mode, who is based on Edith Head.
** In the German dub Mr. Huph, Bob's boss, looks like a caricature of the [[GermanHumour German comedian]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Feuerstein Herbert Feuerstein.]], especially because of his shortness. Guess who was chosen for Mr. Huph's German voice actor.
* Sykes from ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' almost sounds like GilbertGottfried. He actually sounds (and looks) exactly like Creator/MartinScorsese, who provided the voice of the character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''
** The hanging lamp is yet another animated Creator/PeterLorre clone. The air conditioner is Creator/JackNicholson. Both were voiced by Phil Hartman. [[NightmareFuel/TheBraveLittleToaster Both haunted the nightmares of children for decades]].
** Radio is Jon Lovitz doing Walter Winchell, down to his CatchPhrase signoff.
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has Lumiere, who's based on Maurice Chevalier.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
*** Jafar was based on actor ConradVeidt, who played the villain from ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'' (who, fittingly enough, was named Jaffar). Aladdin himself was drawn to resemble Creator/TomCruise.
*** While doing many straight-up parodies throughout the movie, the shape-shifting Genie [[TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson explains the rules of bringing people back to life as a zombie Peter Lorre]].
** The vultures in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' are patterned after Music/TheBeatles. Oddly, while they do have a musical number, it's a barbershop quartet song as opposed to something sounding similar to the Beatles rock tunes. Supposedly it's because Walt didn't think the Beatles actual music had much staying power.
** King Candy from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' included both the voice and the caricature of Ed Wynn's "Perfect Fool" character--both taken from Wynn's Mad Hatter from Disney's production of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has Lord Farquaad, widely rumoured to be modelled on Disney's then-CEO Michael Eisner, as a TakeThat on the part of the film's executive producer (and former Disney executive) Jeffrey Katzenberg. His kingdom is a parody of [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]]. And Shrek [[http://www.digititles.com/content/was-the-french-angel-maurice-tillet-the-model-for-shrek bears a very strong resemblance to "The French Angel", Maurice Tillet]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'': [[http://www.cdd4ever.com/Backlot03/CDDMSheets/DarlaMS01.gif Darla Dimple]]. Compare with [[http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/CLASS/130-127~Shirley-Temple-Posters.jpg Shirley Temple]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CitizenKane'' is infamously a not-quite-thickly-veiled-enough version of media titan William Randolph Hearst. Hearst came down upon the movie and everyone associated with it like a sledgehammer. Creator/OrsonWelles' career never quite recovered.
** Later, both Welles and Herman Mankiewicz would independently apologize for the portrayal of Marion Davies depicted in the character "Susan Alexander" -- where Alexander was a hopelessly incompetent hack who was a raging alcoholic and whose career was pretty much bought "off the rack" by the powerful Kane, Davies, in real life was a consummate professional who specialized in light comedies and musicals, and whose success came independently of her relationship with Hearst (although Hearst did try to use his clout to gain Davies leading-lady roles, a career path that Davies herself knew she was not suited for).
* Green ghost Slimer from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' is obviously based on Creator/JohnBelushi - in particular, his character from ''Film/AnimalHouse''. Creator/DanAykroyd has even joked that Slimer was the ghost of John Belushi.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Jack Sparrow is based on both Music/KeithRichards and Creator/ErrolFlynn. Richards even makes a cameo in the third movie as Jack Sparrow's father. He's also part WesternAnimation/PepeLePew, with his relentless stupid optimism.
* Creator/JimCarrey's portrayal of "Count Olaf" in ''Lemony Snicket's Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' is pretty much entirely based on Creator/OrsonWelles, even the voice.
* In ''Film/AnyGivenSunday'', John C. [=McGinley=] plays outspoken sports personality Jack Rose, a take on real-life outspoken sports personality Jim Rome.
** Just about everything in that movie was a case of this trope. The Miami Dolphins versus the Dallas Cowboys? No, instead we have the Miami ''Sharks'' versus the Dallas ''Knights''.
* In ''Film/{{Antitrust}}'', Tim Robbins' "Gary Winston" is Bill Gates, right down to the haircut...except he can't be, because he remarks that Gates' TV is much smaller than his. If Winston isn't Gates, perhaps the TV also signifies something else of Winston's...
* The two {{Musical Assassin}}s in ''Film/KungFuHustle'' bear more than a passing resemblance to Film/TheBluesBrothers. When told that they are the greatest assassins around, they reply, "Technically, we're just musicians."
* In Disney's MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TowerOfTerror'', one of the elevator passengers trapped is a 1930s child movie star named Sally Shine, an obvious Creator/ShirleyTemple analogue.
* The 1980s vampire movie ''Film/FrightNight'' has a character who is an actor/horror show host (played by Roddy [=McDowell=]). His character's name on the horror show ''Fright Night'' is Peter Vincent - a homage to Creator/PeterCushing and Creator/VincentPrice.
* In a rare live-action example, most of the humor if not the entire premise of ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' is lost if you don't realize that Tim Allen is Creator/WilliamShatner (although really, the entire cast qualifies).
* The 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film combined this with InvisiblePresident. No name was mentioned and no face was seen, but it was clearly a none-too-flattering parody of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
** Other viewers are convinced the unseen president is BillClinton.
*** It might just be [[CompositeCharacter G. B. Clintbush]].
** The 2009 sequel explicitly confirms the president as being BarackObama (and in the third movie, Obama actually appears AsHimself). This all but confirms the president two years earlier in the first film was, in fact, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
* ''Film/VelvetGoldmine''. Music/DavidBowie was [[MemeticMutation very disappointed in them]]. And sued.
* Edie Sedgwick's love interest in ''Factory Girl'' was obviously Music/BobDylan, portrayed as an unnamed character by Hayden Christensen. Music/BobDylan himself threatened legal action over his initial portrayal during production, resulting in the removal of all references to Dylan in the script.
* In ''Film/ColdTurkey'', Radio/BobAndRay portray a series of parody newscasters:
** Walter Chronic = WalterCronkite
** David Chetley = Chet Huntley/David Brinkley
** Hugh Upson = Hugh Downs
** Paul Hardly = Paul Harvey
** Sandy Van Andy = Sander Vanocur
** Arthur Lordly = Arthur Godfrey
* ''American Dreamz'' had Dennis Quaid as a barely functional Texan president whose dad had been president, who "decided" to run because people told him to, etc. With Marcia Gay Harden as his beatifically gentle, tolerant wife and Willem Dafoe as his scheming bald puppetmaster.
** As well as Hugh Grant as [[Series/AmericanIdol a boorish British showrunner/judge of the titular singing competition.]]
* ''All Good Things'' is a fictionalization of the story of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Durst Durst case]] in which every name was changed except, for some reason, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Patrick_Moynihan Pat Moynihan's]]
* In ''Film/RocknRolla'', there is a Russian millionaire mobster and businessman that is trying to make a huge [[TheBeautifulGame football]] stadium. It's a surprise that Roman Abramovich didn't sue them.
* Creator/KurtRussell admittedly based his performance as Jack Burton in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' more or less entirely on Creator/JohnWayne, and his performance as Snake Plissken in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' more or less entirely on Creator/ClintEastwood.
* Benicio Del Toro said he gets a lot of inspiration from the style of Creator/DustinHoffman and based his performance as Fenster in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' outright on Hoffman as Mumbles in ''Film/DickTracy''.
* The 1998 American version of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' had the New York City mayor as a Creator/RogerEbert lookalike. Used as a TakeThat by the end of the film when his aide (an {{Expy}} of Siskel) gives his job performance a thumbs down. This was because Siskel and Ebert had criticized Emerich's earlier productions. Ebert was offended not by the portrayal, but that if Emerich hated them so much he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome didn't have the balls]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to let Godzilla eat them.]]
* Played with in ''Film/ClubDread'': While Coconut Pete is an obvious parody of Music/JimmyBuffett, complete with singing a song called "Pina Coladaburg", Jimmy Buffett does get mentioned in the movie... and is Pete's BerserkButton, since he feels Buffett ripped off his act.
-->''"Son of a son of a bitch! Mother mother fucker!"''
* An interesting case is the German dub of ''Film/{{Coneheads}}''. Since the actor who played the great leader of the Coneheads looked a bit like [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Germany's then-chancellor Helmut Kohl]], the dubbers decided to add a gag and chose a VoiceActor who had a somewhat similar voice.
* Vince and Lanny in ''Film/WhereTheTruthLies'' are obviously (''very'') fictionalized versions of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteYear'', Peter O'Toole plays washed-up film idol Alan Swann, who is not in any way related to Creator/ErrolFlynn. He is appearing on the live variety show of King Kaiser, who is totally not Sid Caesar. And Kaiser is being stalked by the goons of a crooked labor leader who is certainly anyone but Jimmy Hoffa.
** Given that the viewpoint character is partly based on the movie's producer, Mel Brooks, who was a writer for Sid Caesar and who probably witnessed the real-life events that inspired the film, it may not be this so much as OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope.
* ''TheBroadwayMelody'' features a famous producer of Broadway revues named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florenz_Ziegfeld Francis Zanfield]]. Also, the Mahoney sisters are based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Sisters Duncan Sisters]], who were actually offered the parts but chose instead to appear in a different MGM musical, ''It's a Great Life''.
* In ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'', Zissou is a clear [[MockCousteau parody of Jacques Cousteau]], right down to the uniforms...yet at one point he makes an offhand reference to "Cousteau and his cronies." No one comments on the resemblance between the two crews.
* It is generally accepted that Creator/DustinHoffman's character in ''Film/WagTheDog'' is based on film producer Robert Evans. Hoffman, however, claims that he actually based the portrayal on his own father.
* [[Creator/SamuelLJackson The Reverend Fred Sultan]] in ''TheGreatWhiteHype'' is Don King with about 15% Al Sharpton layered on top.
* The government official-bribing company Hariburton in ''Banlieue 13: Ultimatum'' is most definitely not Haliburton.
* In ''Film/{{Sunset}}'', the character of Alfie Alperin is very strongly based on Creator/CharlieChaplin. Of course, lawyers for the Chaplin estate probably would have something to say if the movie had Creator/CharlieChaplin commit the acts that Alfie does.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''
*** Willard Whyte, a stand-in for Howard Hughes (who was a friend of [[Film/JamesBond series producer]] Albert R. Broccoli - he even suggested the plot after dreaming he went to visit Hughes and found an impostor instead - and didn't get offended, to the point he helped with the Vegas locations).
*** Jimmy Dean (Whyte) was very uneasy playing an obvious Hughes parody, since he essentially worked for Hughes (if you worked in Vegas back then, you either worked for him or you worked for the Mafia). He was afraid Hughes would take it as an insult and either fire him, ruin his career or strike him down with a bolt of lightning. Fortunately, Hughes wasn't insulted.
** Later, ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' has a slightly corrupt media mogul as the villain (many guessed Rupert Murdoch, but the writer claimed to be aiming at Robert Maxwell instead).
** ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'''s villain, Raoul Silva, appears to be partially based, in both appearance and overall plan, on Julian Assange, the founder of [=WikiLeaks=].
** And fictional leaders: ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' stars a Caribbean dictator who dabbles heavily in voodoo, similar to then-President of Haiti François Duvalier, ''Film/LicenceToKill'' features a "Republic of Isthmus" (Panama) ruled through a puppet president by a major drug dealer (Manuel Noriega), while the unnamed female British Prime Minister who appears in 1981's ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' shows every sign of being Margaret Thatcher.
* ''Film/WarGames'': Professor Stephen Falken, the programmer of JOSHUA, is similar to StephenHawking, complete with having the same first name and bird-related last names, according to WordOfGod.
** Maybe. Hawking is most famous for his disability, while Falken was not disabled.
* The 2011 film ''Film/{{Warrior}}'': The film often skirts amusingly close to actual [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] figures without ''quite'' hitting them on the nose.
** Koba is obviously Fedor Emelianenko with the serial numbers filed off. They are both bald, stoic, tattoo-free, dominant Russian champs who never fought on American soil. Some reviewers mistook the reference for a take on ''RockyIV'''s Ivan Drago.
** Brendan's trainer Frank Campana resembles Greg Jackson, both presented as personable top-level trainers with an intellectual approach.
** Bryan Callen as a ringside color commentator is an obvious Joe Rogan impersonation. Both are brash comedians with a casual commentating style.
** The sponsor of the Sparta tournament is a bald businessman who is always hanging around the press and got rich before getting into the fight game. He's a combination of the billionaire Feritta brothers who bought the UFC and the bald UFC president Dana White, an infamous media hound. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', there are more than a few similarities between the character of Zefram Cochrane and ''Franchise/StarTrek'' creator Creator/GeneRoddenberry. Both were men who were elevated to near-mythic status posthumously, seen as legends and visionaries with "a dream" -- and both were lecherous, with substance abuse problems, and primarily motivated by money (not to mention extremely tall). The filmmakers ''claim'' they didn't base Cochrane on Roddenberry, but the similarities are there. One commentary noted that the scene where a star-struck Reg Barclay meets Cochrane was like a star-struck ''Trek'' fan meeting Roddenberry. And both, in different senses, created the world of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* Nick Hostetler (Creator/RussellCrowe) in ''Film/BrokenCity'' is obviously intended to be a more antagonistic version of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
* Newton Geizler from ''Film/PacificRim'', as played by Charlie Day, appears to be a ringer for director Creator/JJAbrams, albeit without the elaborate Kaiju tattoo sleeves. Abrams co-produced ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', which certainly helped to spawn a revival of devastating giant monster movies, such as ''Film/{{Monsters}}'', ''Film/TheTrollHunter'', and ''Pacific Rim''.
* The Canadian [[BuddyCopShow buddy cop]] film ''Film/BonCopBadCop'' features several characters obviously based on real-life [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] figures:
** Harry Buttman is a blatant play on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
** Comedian Rick Mercer plays Tom Berry, a bigoted and loudmouthed hockey commentator, essentially [[HockeyNightInCanada Don Cherry]] with the serial numbers filed off.
** Several victims of the Tattoo Killer are parodies of real NHL team owners and officials.
* Captain Fuller from ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' is blatantly General George Armstrong Custer in all but rank.
* Gordon Gekko from ''Film/WallStreet'' is modeled on Ivan Boesky, the corporate takeover artist who, before being convicted of insider trading, gave a commencement speech at the University of California, Berkeley telling business school students, "You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself."
* ''Film/{{Tunnelvision}}'' has Gene Scallion, the film critic on ''Wake Up America'', who appears to be a parody of Gene Shalit if he looked older and didn't have an afro.
* In the football film ''Film/AShotAtGlory'', Rangers manager Martin Smith can be seen as an equivalent to real-life former Gers boss Walter Smith.
* Inverted in ''Film/TheHustler'' -- RealLife pool player Rudolf "New York Fats" Wanderone claims that Minnesota Fats is based on him. After the film was released, he adopted the nickname for himself and became better known by it than the movie character.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''The Lovesong of Johnny Valentine'' by Teddy Wayne, Johnny is a stand-in for Music/JustinBieber.
* In ''Literature/BeautyQueens'', Ladybird Hope is UsefulNotes/SarahPalin and Agent Harris is UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (he even says misunderestimate). WordOfGod says that Sinjin St. Sinjin is based on Creator/DavidLevithan.
* ''TheDevilWearsPrada'': The character of Miranda Priestley, editor of Runway magazine, is ''Vogue'' editor Anna Wintour with a different name and a scarf instead of sunglasses. In TheFilmOfTheBook, the character of Miranda was softened to make her "more realistic", but the decor of her office was still based on that of Wintour.
* ''Literature/TheDestroyer'': Roxanne Roug-Elephante is Roseanne Barr.
* Lois Cook in ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' is an unflattering caricature of Gertrude Stein.
* Creator/CharlesBukowski's ''Hollywood'' is full of these, ranging from the relatively subtle and well-disguised (Dennis Hopper becomes Mack Austin, Creator/DavidLynch is Manz Loeb, Mickey Rourke gets rebranded as Jack Blesdoe) to the ludicrously blunt (Jack Kerouac as Mack Derouac anyone? Welsh, Vegas-based singer Tab Jones, perhaps? No? Perhaps you'd prefer Francis Ford Lopolla?).
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** The Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Tomorrow Windows'' by Jonathan Morris features Prubert Gastridge, a large, shouty, bearded LargeHam actor, best remembered for playing the King of the Buzzardmen in the sci-fi epic ''[[Film/FlashGordon Zap Daniel]]''. His signature line was "What do you mean, Daniel's '''''not dead'''''?" [[Creator/BrianBlessed Sound familiar]]?
** The EDA novel ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'' by Paul Magrs has No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/CSLewis, Creator/GeorgeLucas, and Creator/RayHarryhausen. And the actual Creator/NoelCoward. Magrs has since used the Smudgelings (his version of the Inklings) in his non-Who work.
** The short story "The Avant Guardian" by Eddie Robson (in ''Short Trips: Time Signature'') features Flora Millrace, a former companion of the Second Doctor who now uses her advanced knowledge to track time-distortions by means of special music. In order to get the music played over a wide area she works for the sound department of a London television company, creating unusual soundtracks for science fiction drama. She is, in short, Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
** Every. Single. Celebrity in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Tragedy Day'' by Gareth Roberts. For example, a boy band called [[Music/TakeThat Fancy That]].
** Briefly done for a quick gag in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Legacy''. The EncyclopediaExposita is ''The Rough Guide to Federation Tourist Traps'' written by Krymson [=LaPlante=]. At the time of publication, ''The Rough Guide To...'' had just become a TV series presented by Magenta Devine.
* ''Step on a Crack'' includes analogues of at least Oprah Winfrey (who exists in the book) and Music/BritneySpears - the latter turns up to a funeral in a mini-skirt and in an attempt to distract a hostage-taker offers him sex, leading to the comment:
-->"Wow, you're even dirtier than your videos!"
* Creator/KimNewman's Literature/DiogenesClub series:
** "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." features a BedlamHouse where inmates are taught to focus their insanity in specific ways, the BigBad believing that madness will be a way of life in TheEighties, and his patients will be the leaders. In the asylum they're known by nicknames based on their real names and their particular insanities, including the sociopathic Mrs Empty (M.T. - MargaretThatcher); the egomaniac Rumour (Ru-Mur - RupertMurdoch) and the quiet killer Peace (P.S. - Peter Sutcliffe).
** "Literature/TheSerialMurders" parodies the concept with thinly disguised versions of celebrities appearing in a [[SoapWithinAShow soap opera]] that is actually a [[VoodooDoll voodoo ritual]]. When the soap kills the characters, the celebrities ''are'' harmed.
* The main character of the short story [[http://sfreader.com/contest-2008-1.asp "On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to Conspiracy"]] by Desmond Warzel is a thinly-veiled version of UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} radio personality Mike Trivisonno, as acknowledged in the author's commentary following the story.
* ''Literature/PrimaryColors'' is about the presidential campaign of governor Jack Stanton, who is rather obviously modeled after BillClinton. Many other characters in the novel also have real life counterparts.
* There is a scene in ''Literature/{{Swordspoint}}'' where Richard and Alec attend a very Shakespearean play. Richard, taking over Alec's customary role as DeadpanSnarker, provides a running commentary regarding a parrot and how long it actually takes someone who has been stabbed to die.
* Stephen Hunter's novel ''I, Sniper'' features a Joanne Flanders and Tom Constable, aka Jane Fonda and Ted Turner. In earlier books, there's references to a [[ColdSniper Carl Hithcock]], based off legendary USMC sniper Carlos Hathcock.
* ''The Man in the Ceiling'' by Jules Feiffer has Uncle Lester, writer of "floperoo" musicals that invariably fail, who seems based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Lester Edwin Lester]], the impresario whose productions for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera were synonymous with "floperetta."
* ''Literature/LettersBackToAncientChina'' has one poet whom the narrator calls "[[http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigi_Sommer Si-gi who only writes during summer]]". Also a minister who's only mentioned as "[[TakeThat demonic southern barbarian]]".
* Victorian novelists with Oxford connections were fascinated by the unhappy relationship between Mark Pattison, the Rector of Lincoln College, and his [[MayDecemberRomance much younger wife]], Emilia Francis Strong. Characters based on Pattison crop up in bestsellers like Rhoda Broughton's ''Belinda'', Mrs. Humphry Ward's ''Robert Elsmere,'' and (probably) George Eliot's ''Literature/{{Middlemarch}}.''
* Howie Carr's debut novel ''Hard Knocks'' is replete with these, including slightly altered versions of [[TheIrishMob James 'Whitey' Bulger]], disgraced F.B.I. agent [[DirtyCop John 'Zip' Connolly]], and Boston City Councilor [[BadassGrandpa Albert 'Dapper' O'Neil]].
* ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' 'The Reaction' had a thinly veiled version of Jonathan Taylor Thomas named Jeremy Jason [=McCole=]. Joe Bob Fenestre in 'The Warning' could be a lesser extent of this with Bill Gates. Creator/KAApplegate usually simply used whatever real things she was referencing, even having a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger in one book, but these two were the exceptions.
** They also meet a world leader at the summit in ''The David trilogy'' who is almost certainly Boris Yeltsin.
* The Creator/CarlHiaasen novel ''Basket Case'' is all about the suspicious death of [[Music/KurtCobain a punk-inspired, revolutionary musician]] and the rise of [[Music/CourtneyLove his angry, sexpot wannabe musician girlfriend]].
* ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInRobotniksLaboratory'' has mentions of [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Schwartzneggbot]] and [[Creator/RobertDeNiro Robot Di Nero]]. There is also a mole (which are known for being almost blind) called [[Music/StevieWonder Stevie; who is a singer]].
* After the sex abuse allegations about Jimmy Savile were widely aired, Val [=McDermid=] admitted the truth of fan suspicions that Jacko Vance, the serial-murdering celebrity in her Tony Hill thrillers (adapted for TV as ''WireInTheBlood'') had been based on Savile. She had interviewed him while working as a journalist and he had not made a good impression.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has quite a few of these.
** In the "Pop Star" Fairies, there are fairies named Adele (Music/{{Adele}}), Jessie (Music/JessieJ), Miley (Music/MileyCyrus), and Vanessa, Frankie, Rochelle and Una. They are all from The Saturdays (Vanessa White, Frankie Sandford, Rochelle Wiseman, Una Healy}
** In Brooke the Photographer Fairy's book, there is a dress designer called Ella [=McCauley=], a reference to Stella [=McCartney=].
** The Music Fairies series has "Heddie [[Music/VanHalen van Whalen]]."
* Ellen Abbott in ''Literature/GoneGirl'' is a fictional stand-in for Nancy Grace.
* In ''[[Literature/BlackTideRising To Sail a Darkling Sea]]'', at one point the team salvages a luxurious yacht belonging to "Mike Mickerberg", the CEO of [[Website/{{Facebook}} "Spacebook"]], recognizes the owner among the zombies, and promptly serves him with a 12 gauge shotgun round.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/FatherTed'':
** Several one-episode characters are based on real Irish celebrities: BBC TV host Henry Sellars (based on Terry Wogan), sickly sweet balladeer Eoin [=McLove=] (Daniel O'Donnell), militant feminist anti-Catholic singer Niamh Connolly (Sinéad O'Connor) and the terrifying Bishop Brennan (Bishop Éamon Casey) -- both bishops having a secret son.
** Henry Sellars is informed by the lesser-known Henry Kelly of Going for Gold fame.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' based a few of its Famous Dead Guys on celebrities. A few that stick out are Ben Franklin as either a clean Andrew Dice Clay or Rodney Dangerfield, and Charles Goodyear as Jim Backus as Thurston Howell from ''Series/GilligansIsland'', complete with calling the female assistant "Lovey". (Not coincidentally, they also show clips from old Mr. Magoo cartoons.)
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** "iFix a Popstar" with Ginger Fox, who is a rather obvious parody of Music/BritneySpears.
** "iCook" has Ricky Flame, a parody of Bobby Flay.
** Terry Dingo is one of Walt Disney.
* Creator/JasonAlexander played a not-at-all-disguised-but-not-well-pulled-off Tony Kornheiser in ''Listen Up''. Malcolm Jamal-Warner did a better job doing Michael Wilbon.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** There were a few ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] like this. Fang and Vampirus were both Creator/PeterLorre impressions, the Lizzinator was Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, and Dischordia was Creator/EthelMerman.
** Radstar in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' who was a lot like Music/ElvisPresley. (Same pompador, with the King's distinctive accent and syntax.)
** In ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', we find out that the Pink Ranger is a fan of "[[Creator/JackieChan Frankie Chang]]" movies, and they go to see a filming (which ends up being a trap by the bad guys).
** Sergeant Silverback in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': "SWAT" is a very bad impersonation of R. Lee Ermey.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The American President Winters, who was strikingly reminiscent of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, tries to take over the situation and eventually gets vaporized by the BigBad. After the ResetButton gets hit on the villain's epic evil, this is the one thing to not be undone.
** The villain of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]", Helen A, is a controversial (at the time) swipe at MargaretThatcher. This was later confirmed by star Creator/{{Sylvester McCoy}}, who gloated ever after of [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny beating Thatcher in a fair fight]].
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
** In the fourth season, Jed Bartlet is challenged for the presidency by Robert Ritchie, a conservative Republican and governor of Florida who bears a resemblance to [[StrawCharacter parodical exaggerations]] of a certain President of the United States -- populist tendencies, right-wing views and catchy slogans coupled with a tendency to garble his words and stick his foot in his mouth when speaking. ''Series/TheWestWing'' production team being somewhat on the political left, he was promptly trounced by the intellectual, shrewd Bartlet. This approaches TruthInTelevision -- Bartlet is essentially an idealized Clinton, and Clinton did win handily in both of his races. Remove the sex scandals and [[CanonSue add a Nobel prize]], and this is wholly reasonable.
** Also, the writers based late-season presidential candidate Matt Santos partially off of Barack Obama (combined with other sources, as Obama had never served in the military, unlike Santos) and Republican Candidate Arnie Vinick has been admitted to be a thinly-veiled version of John [=McCain=]. As the writers were explicit in pointing out during the real-world election, they were aiming more for the 2000 version of [=McCain=] than the 2008 one, however. Which makes a whole lot of sense considering the last episode aired in 2006.
** Several other celebrities/politicians are given analogues in the ''West Wing'' universe; the list is probably too extensive to bother enumerating in detail. However, Josh Lyman more or less being [[JerkSue Rahm]] [[MemeticBadass/RealLife Emanuel]] is worth mentioning.
* Practically the entire premise of the short lived FX series ''D!rt''. Amongst some of the more notable ripoffs was a gold-digging blonde drug addict (Anna-Nicole Smith), an actor couple with a blended nickname (who bore resemblance to Jennifer Garner/Ben Affleck), and a cast of actors working on an insanely successful sitcom (the cast of ''Friends'').
* ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' has Flabber the phasm who, according to the producers, was based on Music/ElvisPresley but to some resembled ''Series/TheTonightShow'' host Jay Leno, but has the mannerisms of Creator/JimCarrey. In one episode of ''The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'', a picture of Flabber was sent to Leno during the Monday headlines segment. It got laughs from the audience, but Leno was not too pleased.
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'' had an episode where Music/MirandaCosgrove guest starred as an off-the-rails teen starlet, who was based on Music/MileyCyrus or Creator/LindsayLohan (or a combination of the two).
* ''Series/LawAndOrder''
** District Attorney Adam Schiff (he of the [[SchiffOneLiner end-of-episode one-liners]]) was loosely based on real-life Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau. Later ''L&O'' DA Arthur Branch bears a strange resemblance to former Sen. Fred Thompson... waitaminute.
** Given that "ripped from the headlines" has become ''Law and Order'''s raison d'etre over the years, this is another show with too many to list specifically, even if the "celebrities" are often defendants or victims in famous cases.
** A few episodes of the spinoff ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' feature the reporter Faith Yancy, a thinly veiled version of Nancy Grace. The actual Nancy Grace appeared on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
** Larry King has appeared on ''SVU'' and ''Criminal Intent''. Talk show host “Barry Bishop” has appeared on the original show.
** There was that one guy in ''SVU'', an eccentric billionaire toymaker, whose behavior resembles that of Music/MichaelJackson.
** There was Jake Berlin, a "look but don't touch" pedophile that runs a website who seems to be based on real-life pedophile Jack [=McClellan=].
** Another ''SVU'' example: Oliver Gates, a defense attorney who tried to argue that his client was not responsible for committing a murder because he had been brainwashed into killing by a violent video game that resembled ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Quite reminiscent of former Florida attorney Jack Thompson.
** There's recurring character Gov. Donald Shalvoy, who started off as a thinly veiled version of Elliot Spitzer.
** Then Chevy Chase as an [[Creator/MelGibson aging actor who goes on a drunken anti-semitic tirade towards a female cop while being arrested.]] Then [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]]...
** Lampshaded with an [[Music/ChrisBrown R&B singer accused of domestic abuse]] [[Music/{{Rihanna}} towards his girlfriend]]. Munch compares them.
** Anna Nicole Smith inspired at least three ''Law and Order'' episodes.
*** Mariel Hemingway in "Remains of the Day" on the parent show.
*** Arija Bareikis in "Matrimony" on the parent show.
*** Kristy Swanson in "Bombshell" on ''Criminal Intent''.
* ''Series/{{Passions}}''
** An episode featured a character called Hanna Nicola Smythe, a female character who was clearly based on Anna Nicole Smith.
** Grace Nancier, a transparent stand-in for Nancy Grace. Reportedly, Nancy Grace herself (a fan of the show) was approached to play the character, but didn't have the time to do so.
* ''Series/LasVegas''
** In "Die Fast, Die Furious", Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme plays himself filming a movie at the Montecito hotel, and gets killed in a stunt gone wrong. The episode ends with the disclaimer "No actual Jean-Claude Van Dammes were killed in the filming of this episode."
** Gavin Brunson, the first in the Montecito's revolving door of owners, is basically a {{Race Lift}}ed version of Howard Hughes.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In "Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag," Criss Angel never shows up, but the show makes fun of him through a character named Jeb Dexter, an incredibly arrogant magician who bears an incredible resemblance to Criss Angel and does card tricks that are staged like fake demon possessions (which really upsets Dean). He dies horribly, of course. The show also makes fun of him, quietly, by ''naming the episode [[TakeThat Criss Angel Is A Douche Bag]]''
** In season 6, there's a vampire named "{{Robert|Pattinson}}" and the teenage girl named "Creator/{{Kristen|Stewart}}", as well as a series of totally-not-''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' books that Sam and Dean [[YourVampiresSuck rip the living bejeezus out of]]. The episode is (brilliantly) titled "Live Free or Twihard".
** Supposedly, Ruby was a character that was written for Creator/KristenBell, but she denied the role, which is why the first Ruby looks VERY similar to her.
* ''Series/OdysseyFive''. At one stage the Odyssey team consult an abrasive sci-fi writer who is clearly based on Creator/HarlanEllison (who conceived the series). As they can't tell him the truth (that they've travelled back in time five years to avert the destruction of the Earth) the team pretends they're writing a science fiction novel. The sci-fi writer goes into detail on how cliched and scientifically implausible their 'novel' is.
* In the fourth season opener of ''Series/TheUnit'', the team has to save President-Elect Benjamin Castille, who appears to be a Latino version of Obama. By this logic, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden are killed by terrorists.
* London Tipton from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has a passing resemblance to Creator/ParisHilton, being an [[BrainlessBeauty airheaded, vain, image-obsessed]] hotel heiress named after a European capital. However, there are obvious differences; being a kids' show, there is no mention of... well... you know. London is also presented as a much more sympathetic character than some more direct parodies of Paris, with her negative traits being more down to stupidity and being spoiled than being a RichBitch.
* It's pretty damn hard to believe that Elliot from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' was ''not'' intentionally based on Creator/SylviaPlath.
* Baxter Sarno in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' is essentially an amalgamation of Jay Leno and [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] - with a little bit of an emphasis on the latter. Also played by Creator/PattonOswalt.
* Since 2008 there have been probably hundreds of UsefulNotes/SarahPalin impersonators. Some of the more famous ones include [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestler]] Wrestling/{{Daffney|Unger}}, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', and of course Creator/TinaFey.
* The ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' series features the return of the Assblaster which had been sold to Sigried and Roy in the third film. Rather embarrassingly, the creators no longer had the rights to use the names and they were referred to as "Sigmund and Ray."
* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' owes a lot to Music/BillyIdol; or as Buffy said in one episode "Actually Billy Idol stole his look from...nevermind." There's a flashback sequence to the last slayer Spike killed set in 1977 where it's a lot more blatant.
** One episode features a flashback to the '70s, and slayer who seems heavily modeled after Pam Grier.
* Deepak Chopra guest starred on an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}''... in a manner of speaking. In "I Fall to Pieces", Angel tracks down a thinly-disguised motivational guru who served as inspiration to a killer [[PsychicSurgery Psychic Surgeon]]. He explains that he quit teaching after his pupil mastered the [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything quantum-cellular control]] theorized in his book. In other words, the guru never believed in his own wild theories and was severely traumatized when they came true.
* The ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "One Fall," set in the world of ProfessionalWrestling, has two main suspects who are thinly-veiled versions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and Wrestling/RicFlair.
* ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'' partially centers on temperamental showboat Terrence "T.K." King, a pro football wide receiver for the (fictional) New York Hawks. The similarities to temperamental showboat Terrell "T.O." Owens, a wide receiver best known for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, are hard to ignore. Since the series is said to be based on a true story, this is probably by design. T.O. actually guest stars in the first season finale as T.K.'s biggest rival, providing ample LampshadeHanging.
* On ''Series/ShakeItUp'' in the episode "Age It Up", the 16-year-old pop sensation Justin Starr is an obvious {{Expy}} of Music/JustinBieber.
* Creator/DisneyChannel show, ''Series/KickinIt'', has Ricky Weaver, who's a very obvious parody of Bieber. He also probably counts as a TakeThat to Justin Bieber, since he turns out to secretly be a jerk.
* An episode of ''Series/AntFarm'' has an obvious one of Music/LadyGaga called "Madame [=GooGoo=]".
* In the TV mini-series ''Series/BlackMirror'' the first episode features a Royal Princess getting kidnapped. Depending on who you ask it's either Princess Diana or Kate Middleton.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a couple of examples, the most blatant being in "Pretty Dead" with a rich beauty pageant organizer with a comb over that looks suspiciously like Creator/DonaldTrump.
* Creator/NormMacDonald's title character in the short-lived ''A Minute with Stan Hooper'' is an obvious expy of [[Series/SixtyMinutes Andy Rooney]].
* On ''Series/{{Jessie}}'', the Ross family is a clear parody of Creator/BradPitt and Creator/AngelinaJolie's family. The Rosses have 3 adopted children, two of which are adopted from foreign countries and one biological one. All they need is biological twins.
* HaydenPanettiere plays what appears to be a parody of Music/TaylorSwift (complete with curls) in ''{{Series/Nashville}}'', although the lady herself says Taylor's "[[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/205413220096294912 a little nicer]]." [[spoiler: And Taylor doesn't have a drugged-out mother, a shoplifting charge, a shortlived marriage or a sex tape.]] She has, however, admitted to partly basing Juliette (her character) on Music/CarrieUnderwood - which eventually got the latter to say words to the effect of "[[http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/carrie-underwood-denies-hayden-panettieres-nashville-character-is-modeled-after-her-2013151 I don't see it.]]" Juliette's boyfriend[[spoiler:/brief husband]] Tim Tebow - er, ''Sean Butler'' is a God-fearing footballer with questionable skills.
* The Creator/USANetwork miniseries ''Series/PoliticalAnimals'' has several of these with politicians. Eileen Barrish Hammond is Hillary Clinton, former President Bud Hammond is Bill Clinton, and their family dynamics are like that of the Kennedys.
* ''Series/LazyTown'' villain Robbie Rotten is clearly based on Creator/JimCarrey in some way, right down to his mannerisms.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' featured [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Edward_R._Hero Edward R. Hero]], a pastiche of real-life journalist Edward R. Murrow, as a commentator in a political election between two horrible candidates. [[spoiler:In the end, the voters get fed up with both candidates and elect Edward by a landslide.]]
* Madame Ybarra from ''CafeAmericain'' was a thinly-veiled spoof of Imelda Marcos.
* In ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe'', the Indian film director Ranjit Say, whose films are all about two people playing draughts, is a parody of Sandip Ray, whose first film was ''The Chess Players''.
* In ''Series/BostonLegal'', Gracie Jane is a thinly-disguised Nancy Grace.
* ''The Nightmare Years'' is a mini-series about US journalist William Shirer in Nazi Germany in the 1930's. At one point Shirer sees a woman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia_%281938_film%29 setting up a movie camera in the Olympic stadium]] and asks if that's Leni Riefenstahl; he's told it's another female director -- who happens to parallel Riefenstahl exactly, including her adulation of Hitler, rivalry with propaganda minister Goebbels, and presence during the massacre of Polish civilians at Końskie.
* The ''{{Series/Columbo}}'' episode "Murder With Too Many Notes" features an award-winning film composer who's noted for his apprentices and his use of ghostwriters. Now have a look at what some people have to say about HansZimmer...
* The ''{{Series/Castle}}'' episode "An Embarrassment of Bitches" includes a self-obsessed, rich reality tv star Kay Cappuccio, who seems suspiciously similar to Creator/KimKardashian.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' Chandler winds up stuck at a one woman play on his own that is essentially a parody of Creator/CarrieFisher's ''Wishful Drinking''.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Dr. Nora, an unusually thin parody of Dr. Laura and the small controversy about her qualifications. Dr. Nora's advice mostly consisted of telling her callers that they're sinners who are going to hell, and Frasier eventually learns her doctorate is in P.E. The station keeps her on because her polarizing personality is attracting listeners, until an attempt at goodwill by Frasier drives her away.
* [[BlackShirt Lady Persie]] from the 2010 revival of ''UpstairsDownstairs'' was very likely inspired by Unity Mitford.
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[[folder:Music]]
* This is the bread and butter of many [[FilkSong Filk/Dementia]] artists, including Music/TheGreatLukeSki.
* The AnimatedMusicVideo to Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "[[Music/{{Genesis}} Land of Confusion]]" cover features a (possible) Zakk Wylde look-alike, amongst others. Could be a reference to the original video, which featured multiple celebrity puppets. There's also the [[VideoGame/{{TeamFortress2}} Sniper]] on the back of the album it's from, ''Ten Thousand Fists''.
* The classic 1962 novelty hit "The MonsterMash" was performed by Bobby Pickett in an obvious Creator/BorisKarloff imitation.
* JonLajoie's WTF Collective 1 and 2 have this. MC Fatigue is Sean Paul, MC Final Verse is 50 Cent, MC Confusing is probably Music/LilWayne, MC Inappropriate Rhymes is probably Music/KanyeWest, and the Chorus Guy is supposed to represent how rap songs will have some random non-rapper sing the chorus.
* Beatallica (a satirical band performing mashups of Music/TheBeatles and Music/{{Metallica}}) already has a singer who does a dead-on James Hetfield... and they fall straight on this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fLYlYdmP3c "And I'm Evil"]], featuring a [[Music/TheMisfits Glenn]] Music/{{Danzig}} soundalike. ("Am I Evil" was not by one of Danzig's bands, [[RuleOfFunny but...]])
* Music/PetShopBoys alluded to the controversy of the time about Music/{{Eminem}}'s homophobic lyrics with "The Night I Fell In Love", by writing a song in which a young gay man has an affair with a closeted hip-hop star who has pretty clear parallels to him. (Eminem responded by doing a video in which he ran the Pet Shop Boys over with a car. Stay classy, Eminem!)
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'': Many of the FunnyAnimal characters are obvious caricatures of politicians, e.g. Simple J. Malarkey = Sen. Joseph [=McCarthy=]. (This was heavily Lampshaded in the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody "Gopo Gossum.")
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' loves this:
** Particularly Uncle Duke, who is just Creator/HunterSThompson. Lampshaded when Duke reads that Hunter S. Thompson has committed suicide and his head explodes, repeatedly. He's got no idea why.
** Another ''Doonesbury'' example is the late Lacey Davenport, a sweetly aristocratic liberal Republican who was modeled on real life New Jersey representative Millicent Fenwick.
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' had a story arc about the cast hosting a concert. While most of the musicians were real-life people and bands (Music/VanHalen, Music/ThePolice, Music/CultureClub, etc.), there was also "Tess Turbo and the Blackheads", an obvious take on "Music/JoanJett and the Blackhearts"
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Done on all three of Creator/WilliamsElectronics' "rollercoaster" pinballs, with unnamed (but clearly identifiable) celebrities:
** The backglass for ''Pinball/{{Comet}}'' include lookalikes of Creator/JohnBelushi and JaneCurtin from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' riding the rollercoaster.
** ''Pinball/{{Cyclone}}'' has President RonaldReagan, his wife Nancy, and Rex the family dog on the ride. The playfield itself includes the Film/{{Coneheads}} and Creator/MrT among the park-goers.
** One of the riders riders on the backglass of ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'' is the EnergizerBunny.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF's]] "Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' Warroom" sketches from the mid-90's, featuring "[[Wrestling/HulkHogan The Huckster]]" and the "[[Wrestling/RandySavage Nacho Man]]".
* Wrestling/KevinNash, known as "Diesel" from 1993-1996, and Wrestling/ScottHall, known as "Razor Ramon" from 1992-1996, left Wrestling/{{WWE}} for Wrestling/{{WCW}} in May 1996. In September, announcer Wrestling/JimRoss started talking about "Razor" and "Diesel" returning, which sparked online speculation about the status of their contracts with Wrestling/{{WCW}}, where they, along with the [[FaceHeelTurn heel-turned]] [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan]], were at the forefront of the red-hot [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] storyline. On the September 23, 1996 ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'', Ross cut a shoot promo, essentially [[FaceHeelTurn turning heel]] on the company due to how he had been treated a few years earlier after developing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_Palsy Bell's Palsy]], and the fans loved it. Then TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot, as Ross brought out "Razor Ramon." Instead of Hall, it was Canadian wrestler Rick Bogner, best known for his work in Wrestling/{{FMW}} in Japan as Big Titan, doing a BAD imitation. "Razor" was followed by "Diesel," real name Glen Jacobs, who had last been seen five months earlier as Wrestling/JerryLawler's evil dentist Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS. The gimmick -- inspired after [=McMahon=] invoked his rights to retain the characters due to them being trademarked -- was unpopular and was dropped quickly, but not until after wrestling fans expressed how unamused they were by it. "Diesel" and "Razor" disappeared from television after the ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' in January 1997 and were shipped down to Lawler's USWA (United States Wrestling Association) in Memphis, TN for repackaging. Bogner cut a promo where he buried the gimmick and renamed himself "The Free Spirit" Ric Titan. Jacobs went back to his previous Memphis gimmick of Doomsday, even winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/uswa/uswa-h.html USWA Heavyweight Title]] under that name. Jacobs returned to WWE on October 5th at ''In Your House: Badd Blood'' as Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/TheUndertaker's evil "brother," costing Taker the win in his [[GimmickMatches Hell in a Cell match]] against Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Bogner likely would have been repackaged as well, but he chose to jump to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling instead to join [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO Japan]].
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} had Oklahoma, which was a cruel imitation of Jim Ross after his Bell's Palsy attack. [[DudeNotFunny Naturally, everyone found it in bad taste and it was quickly scrapped.]] This was Wrestling/VinceRusso's fault, if you were wondering.
* [[Characters/WWEDivas WWE Diva Jillian Hall]]'s last gimmick was a Music/BritneySpears-esque singer (complete with headset mic, outfit, and [[HollywoodToneDeaf monotone "sexy" singing voice]], although [[UpToEleven done to new levels of horrible]]). It's now more seen as a TakeThat against Brooke Hogan, the daughter of Wrestling/HulkHogan, who the WWE had another falling out with after promoting her music on ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' around the time of ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'' in August 2005 (Hogan's last appearance in the company, which was a condition of his return), esp. since the fans did not really care about the musical talents of a Hogan. In a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious twist]], Jillian Hall's Christmas album outsold Brooke Hogan's latest album, despite the fact Jillian's was not only a joke album, but was also only available through iTunes.
* Wrestling/JohnMorrison (really "John Hennigan," and the former "Johnny Nitro") is a pretty blatant clone of [[Music/TheDoors the Doors' Jim Morrison]]. When he first appeared as a heel in the summer of 2007, he even quoted Doors lyrics ("Some are born to sweet delight / And some are born to endless night") and at one point [[LargeHam outright scream-sang]]: "I set the night on ''fire''!" The character mellowed quite a bit after Hennigan turned face, and became more of a knowing tribute to Jim Morrison instead of essentially his long-lost relative. The only weird thing about the gimmick was that his theme song was inspired by Music/JimiHendrix more than The Doors.
* As a heel, Wrestling/CMPunk is (appearance-wise, anyway) clearly supposed to be a knock-off of notorious serial killer UsefulNotes/CharlesManson because of his oversized beard. Many fans started speculating that the CM stood for Charles Manson. And when he was a commentator, he actually wore a Charles Manson t-shirt. However, some of his facial expressions are closer to those of the late great comedian Creator/GeorgeCarlin.
* Wrestling/CMPunk's character and gimmick have been parodied by the wrestling federation Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}, who used a mascot character CP Munk, the StraightEdge chipmunk. The character includes references to Punk, such as X-marked wrist tape, a Pepsi logo on the costume's left shoulder, and a high-pitch version of Punk's best-known independent circuit theme song "Miseria Cantare – The Beginning", by the band Music/{{AFI}}. Whereas Punk, particularly in his {{Heel}} days in the independents, used the CatchPhrase "Drug free, alcohol free and better than you," CP Munk is billed as "He's almond free, he's acorn free, and he's better than you." At times, CP Munk, real name Dylan Keith Summers, better known as [[GarbageWrestler the hardcore wrestler Necro Butcher]] of Wrestling/{{CZW}} and ''Film/TheWrestler'' infamy, has teamed with "Colt Cabunny," a rabbit parody of Punk's longtime friend and tag team partner Wrestling/ColtCabana, played by another Wrestling/{{CZW}} regular Joker, real name William Posada.
** On his website, Punk has said about the character CP Munk, and the people behind it:
--> ''"I'm split 50/50 on it. Some days I get real pissed about it, because it's disrespectful. I'm sure it's no secret that the dorks that run Chikara and I don't get along, so they're [sic] judgement on trying to "mock" me is a little off. Most other days I just laugh it off because nobody from Chikara will ever be over enough anywhere for anybody else to parody them."''
** Punk had apparently no-showed a Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} event, so this was their response.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has famous actress Meryl Sheep, country'n'western singers Polly Darton and Hammy Swynette, game show host Pat Playjacks, opera singer Placido Flamingo, Grouch business tycoon Donald Grump, and many more.
* Count Blah of ''Series/GregTheBunny'' was a barely disguised parody of ''Series/SesameStreet'''s Count Von Count, who himself is a parody of Bela Lugosi as {{Dracula}}.
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' did this frequently. Its small cast of voice artists would use celebrity impressions to fill out the supporting cast roster. Additionally, many of the main cast puppets were loosely modeled on contemporary ('60s) actors. Scott Tracy was modeled on Creator/SeanConnery, and Jeff Tracy on Lorne Greene.
* Troy Tempest of ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'': GerryAnderson wanted him to look a bit like American actor James Garner; what he got was a puppet that looked a ''lot'' like James Garner. And Surface Agent X20 from the same show looks (and sounds) a ''lot'' like Peter Lorre.
* Francis Matthews used a "Creator/CaryGrant voice" for ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''. Sources vary on whether the puppet itself was modelled on Grant [[InkSuitActor or Matthews]].
* ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' had Spamela Hamderson and David Hogselhoff, the stars of ''Bay of Pigs Watch''.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Adam Armstrong, the Prime Minister in the first three seasons of Creator/TheBBC ''Afternoon Play'' strand ''Number Ten'', was a New Labourite with elements of both TonyBlair and GordonBrown. After stepping down, he is replaced in the 2010 season by Simon Laitey, [[DavidCameron the Eton-educated leader of a Conservative Party in coalition with the Lib Dems]].
* Comedy duo Radio/HudsonAndLandry had a few skits with impressions of celebrities, like [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] and W.C. Fields.
* Several of Phil Hendrie's radio characters are admittedly based on celebrities; the borderline-pedophile James [=McQuarters=], for instance, is based on Creator/AnthonyHopkins' performance in ''Film/TheBounty'', and Pastor William Rennick is quite obviously AlSharpton.
* Two Radio 4 comedy series by Sue Limb are about No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of famous writer's groups: the Lake Poets in ''The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere'' and the Bloomsbury Set in ''Gloomsbury''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' April Fools' Day supplement ''Scion: Extras'' features Sci, a Scion of the Japanese pantheon, best known for internet meme "Scion Style", riffing on PSY and Gangnam Style. Lyrics for "Scion Style" are provided. Meanwhile, Celtic Scion Jack Caricature, a game developer who herds cats, is a good-natured spoof of ''Scion'' 2e developer Joe Carriker.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', WhiteWolf [[SelfDeprecation spoof themselves]] with Pentex subsidiary Black Dog Game Factory. In "Subsidiaries: A Guide to Pentex", they extended the parody to the rest of the tabletop RPG industry at the time.
* The ''Banishers'' sourcebook for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' includes John Maverick, an obscenely wealthy, boyishly handsome, self-loathingly closeted bisexual actor who has become an earnest spokesperson of a cult. Any resemblance to Tom Cruise and the ChurchOfHappyology is, of course, coincidental.
* Duke Rollo of ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' is basically Hunter S. Thompson, with his name being a riff on Thompson's alter-ego Raoul Duke.
* ''Warhammer40K'' has Sly Marbo, a OneManArmy for the Catachan Devils, who is at his best fighting in jungles and is of course [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Sly_Marbo_Art.jpg in no way shape or form related to John Rambo or Sylvester Stallone]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* Averted with Gary Coleman in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', who doesn't even get the thin disguise, though Franchise/TheMuppets from ''Series/SesameStreet'' do.
* The 1950 musical ''Call Me Madam'' starred Ethel Merman as Mrs. Sally Adams, America's ambassador to the small {{Ruritania}}n country of Lichtenburg (famous for its cheese); this was roughly based on Perle Mesta, President Truman's ambassador to Luxembourg. The original program disclaimed that "neither the character of Mrs. Sally Adams nor Miss Ethel Merman resemble[s] any person living or dead," and also played with NoCommunitiesWereHarmed by referring to Lichtenburg and the United States of America as "two mythical countries."
* In ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'', the Pharaoh of Egypt is a parody of Music/ElvisPresley.
* Likewise, Rum Tum Tugger in ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' is styled after [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]].
* In Victorian times, W.H. Smith - now best known for the chain of stores - was promoted to First Lord of Britain's Navy, despite knowing little or nothing about ships. When Creator/GilbertAndSullivan were writing ''H.M.S. Pinafore'', Gilbert, setting out the plot for Sullivan, wrote about a song for "the First Lord ? tracing his career as office-boy in [a] cotton-broker's office, clerk, traveller, junior partner and First Lord of Britain's Navy.... Of course there will be no ''personality'' in this - the fact that the First Lord in the Opera is a Radical of the most pronounced type will do away with any suspicion that W. H. Smith is intended." Actually, ''everyone'' presumed Smith was intended (as Gilbert probably knew full well they would), to the point of him living out the rest of his life with the nickname [[NeverLiveItDown "Pinafore Smith"]].
** Another Creator/GilbertAndSullivan example: the fleshly poet Reginald Bunthorne in ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'' was modeled on Oscar Wilde, to the point that D'Oyly Carte had lecture appearances by him in American cities where ''Patience'' was touring so that theatergoers could recognize what the play was parodying.
* In ''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner'', the (speaking) character of Banjo is based on [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] (his Hollywood co-stars are named as Wacko and Sloppo). Sheridan Whiteside was largely modeled on the AlterEgoActing persona of Alexander Woollcott (to whom the play was dedicated by its authors "for reasons that are nobody's business") Lorraine Sheldon represents English actress Gertrude Lawrence, and Beverly Carlton is a thinly veiled pastiche of playwright and wit Creator/NoelCoward.
* Another fictionalized version of Noel Coward is Eric Dare from the little-known ColePorter musical ''Jubilee''. In the same show, Eva Standing could practically have been a pseudonym for Elsa Maxwell; Charles "Mowgli" Rausmiller, however, is more a parody of Tarzan than of Johnny Weissmuller.
* ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'': It's probably not a coincidence that Woody Mahoney, union organizer, folk singer (whose shame it is that he can't play the guitar he's carrying), and enemy of finance men, has the same first name as Woody Guthrie. (At one point, Woody is supposed to speak "in a 'Talking Union Blues' rhythm.")
* Freddie Trumper, the JerkAss American chess player in ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', is supposed to be a Bobby Fischer expy. The Russian player, Anatoly Sergievsky, was initially based on Boris Spassky but the resemblance decreased every time the musical was rewritten.
* ''OfTheeISing'': Apparently, some reviews of the original production noticed a resemblance between John P. Wintergreen (as played by William Gaxton) and Jimmy Walker, then mayor of New York City (and part-time songwriter), which may have been denied. All but openly acknowledged, though, was that all nine Supreme Court Judges were made up like Oliver Wendell Holmes.
* In Arthur Miller's play ''After the Fall'', Maggie has a highly suspicious resemblance to the author's late ex-wife, Creator/MarilynMonroe.
* ''I Just Stopped By To See The Man'' by Stephen Jeffreys consists of a meeting between No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of Music/RobertJohnson (if he'd lived until the sixties), Angela Davis, and [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]].
* Ira Levin's play ''Critic's Choice'' has a drama critic married to a playwright, like Walter and Jean Kerr were in RealLife.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lazarus, a foul-mouthed, boisterous radio host in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' that deals with conspiracy theories, and serves as a GreekChorus of sorts along with Eliza, is inspired [[http://eidosmontreal.tumblr.com/post/16011525094/was-the-radio-guy-talking-about-the-bilderbergs mostly by Alex Jones, but by other personalities, such as Jim Rome and a fictional radio host from the movie Eight-Legged Freaks.]]
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}'' for the NES end credits: "Mix Schrecks, Vram Stoker, [[Creator/BelaLugosi Belo Lugosi]], Trance Fischer, Creator/{{Boris Karloff}}ice, etc." The hero himself is credited as "Simon [[JeanPaulBelmondo Belmondo]]" instead of the Anglicized spelling of "Simon Belmont" used in the manual.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The default male face of Shepard is based on Dutch model Mark Vanderloo.
* The original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' featured a cover artwork that was obviously traced from a publicity still of Michael Biehn in ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
** The original [=MSX2=] release of ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' featured character portraits obviously ripped from actual photographs of celebrities (notably with Solid Snake as Creator/MelGibson, Grey Fox as Tom Berenger, Roy Campbell as Richard Crenna, and Big Boss as Creator/SeanConnery). These were changed to Shinkawa-style portraits in later releases to avoid any potential likeness infringement.
** In the original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Solid Snake is (according to Yoji Shinkawa's own admission) a combination of Christopher Walken's face on Jean-Claude Van Damme's body.
* Billy from ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is based on [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]], with his original design from ''Fatal Fury 2''-''KOF '95'' taking cues from former English pro-wrestler Dynamite Kid.
* Similarly, Axl Low from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is a laid-back British clone of Axl Rose.
* In addition, the minor character Eagle from the original ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' was retconned into a clone of Freddie Mercury when he reappeared in ''Capcom vs. SNK 2''.
** And of course there's Balrog (or rather M. Bison in the Japanese version), whose source of inspiration is rather obvious....
** Alex from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' acts as something of a Wrestling/HulkHogan homage, complete with a special intro pose with Hugo imitating the legendary match between Hogan and Andre. Hugo in turn is a renamed Andore from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', who is ''blatantly'' based on Wrestling/AndreTheGiant.
** ''Final Fight'' also had two enemy bikers named Axl and Slash modeled after their Music/GunsNRoses counterpart, while Poison's and Roxy's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacements]] in the [=SNES=] version, Billy and Sid, are obvious references to Billy Idol and Sid Vicious.
** Abel from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' bares a noticeable resemblance with MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko.
** Crimson Viper from the same game is essentially Creator/AngelinaJolie with CoolShades.
* Max Morgan from ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' is another fairly obvious {{Expy}} of the Hulkster.
** With his first name and his [[{{Acrofatic}} large yet surprisingly agile]] build, it's safe to call Sammo Hakka an expy of SammoHung.
* The incarnation of the Riddler seen in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' is based, most notably in his file picture, on NeilPatrickHarris.
* In ''VideoGame/GodHand'' the cast of supporting characters includes a casino bouncer who looks like ArnoldSchwarzenegger, an Afro-haired Kung-Fu master based on Film/BlackBeltJones and a Zebra-themed masked wrestler who fights just like [[AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]]. Shannon has sometimes been interpreted as a caricature of ParisHilton.
* ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' based its cast largely around this trope, with a touch of justified AnachronismStew (the plot involves a time machine). Dragon was a BruceLeeClone, while pro wrestler Muscle Power was an amazingly blatant steal of Wrestling/HulkHogan. Some of this was softened in the second game (Muscle Power, for example, lost his facial hair).
** Hanzo = Hanzo Hattori, Fuuma = Fuma Kotaro, Janne = JoanOfArc, Jengis/Julius Carn = GenghisKhan, Erick = Erik The Red, Ryoko = Ryoko Tamura (later Tani), Jack = JackTheRipper, Johnny Maximum = Joe Montana. Ryofu (Japanese translation of Lu Bu), Captain Kidd, Rasputin, and Gokuu are self-explanatory. It's not clear who Shura is. Brocken is Brocken Jr. from ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', Neo-Dio is the title character from ''Baoh the Visitor'', and Zeus is [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]. Only Neo Gee Gus and Mudman aren't based on anyone.
*** Isn't Neo Geegus a T-1000 from Terminator?
* Perhaps the ultimate in use of this trope is the long-lived ''VideoGame/FireProWrestling'' series, where every wrestler in the game is a renamed version of an actual professional wrestler. There are ''over one hundred wrestlers'' in the latest one.
** The last one, ''Fire Pro Wrestling RETURNS'' for the [=PS2=], contains over 350 wrestlers...and every single one of them is a rename (and some are recolors) of a real-life wrestler (many of them are just more "obscure" ones that casual US wrestling fans won't recognize).
* The NES game ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' features a character called Wink Smiley, who is a talk show host clearly based on Jay Leno. He looks exactly like a young Jay and even has Jay's chin.
* Quite a few male characters in video games resemble Music/DavidBowie, including Raziel from the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' games, and even the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Zangoose, which has an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt-esque design on one side of its face.
** Just look here: http://www.videogamelookalikes.com/
** Emperor Mateus Palmecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' GREATLY resembles Bowie's character Jareth from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. His English voice actor evidently picked up on this, as his performance is very similar to Bowie's. Plus, there's the fact that his gameplay in ''Dissidia'' is based entirely around setting up traps.
*** Speaking of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall's]] appearance was based on popular J-Rock artist {{Gackt}}.
*** Either that, or Squall was based on River Phoenix. They even have the same birthday (August 23).
*** It was in fact River Phoenix. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_h1TX-20-4MM/TJ-T3cNYOgI/AAAAAAAADRI/iRKMh2B8iNw/s1600/squall_river_comparison.jpg Squall is even clearly made to look like River]]. The Gackt myth came from Gackt once mentioning he played the game and renamed Squall after himself.
*** Also from VIII, Cid greatly resembles Creator/RobinWilliams.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI's'' [[{{Woolseyism}} SNES English localization]] made the Dream monsters of the original Japanese version into [[Film/TheThreeStooges The Dream Stooges]], complete with actual names. This trope was put into greater effect in the Advance remake, in which the stooges' names were distorted, but still obvious.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and [[ScaryBlackMan Barret]], who is remarkably similar to Creator/MrT.
** Genesis Rhapsodos of the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' ExpandedUniverse is ''exactly'' modelled after Gackt, to the point of [[InkSuitActor Gackt voicing him in Japanese]].
** If Raphael from ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]'' and ''III'' doesn't look like Music/DavidBowie, I don't know who the hell does (Mr. Bowie excluded). It's been way toned down in ''SCIV'', though, in part because Raphael is now much buffer.
* El Blaze from ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' greatly resembles WWE {{professional wrestl|ing}}er Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}.
* ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive''
** Bass Armstrong looks like Wrestling/ScottSteiner but is modeled after [[Wrestling/StanHansen Stan "The Lariat" Hansen]] (as was "Macho" Mike Haggar from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters''; in fact, many Japanese-made wrestling game main characters that people confused for Hogan analogues were actually based off of Hansen) and made to look like Wrestling/HulkHogan (mostly the [=nWo=] version). This makes things even MORE confusing when Bass's daughter Tina ends up resembling Hogan's (decidedly NON-wrestling) daughter Brooke. Given that Brooke was 8 the year the first game came out it's safe to assume Tina was not based on her.
** Zack is clearly based on Dennis Rodman.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''
** The President is a furry BillClinton.
** [[EvilDiva Courtney Gears]] is a robotic stand-in for Music/BritneySpears, who sings songs about [[KillAllHumans killing all organic life forms]] to a [[LyricalDissonance catchy pop beat]].
* The Radical Entertainment games in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series does this a lot: Crunch Bandicoot is Creator/MrT, Doctor N. Gin is Creator/PeterLorre (although it can be argued he was based on Lorre to begin with), Tiny Tiger is Mike Tyson, the Ratnicians are an army of Jerry Lewises, Chick Gizzard Lips is Howard Cosell, and some of the Park Drones consist of Andrew Dice Clay, Creator/BorisKarloff, W.C. Fields, and Charlton Heston.
* The BigBad in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' bears a striking resemblance (both physically ''and'' in voice) to Sir Creator/AnthonyHopkins. In particular, to Hopkins playing [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]...
** Now that you mention it, the big bad from the first ''Doom'' game looks oddly like John Romero.
*** You are actually referring to the Big Bad from ''Doom 2''.
* Many fans suspect Alexandra Chilton from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is a thinly veiled parody of Paris Hilton...
* ''Photograph Boy'', an obscure PC-Engine side-scroller from 1989. It has lots of these cameos, including Music/{{Madonna}} and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* In the fantasy game ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'', there is a character named Jaylen who resembles Jay Leno and has a similar taste in cars.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'', there is a character named Norton Mapes who is clearly based on the late great Creator/JohnCandy.
** [[http://highres.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/180px-norton-mapes.jpg Or]] [[http://dcairns.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/harry.jpg Harry Knowles]]...
* ''Emily Enough'' features a very, very blatant No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Ed Gein -- the description of his career as a serial killer is lifted word-for-word from accounts of Gein. [[spoiler: In one of the game's more disturbing puzzles, you have to skin an old lady alive so he can wear her skin.]]
* Are you sure that ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' didn't name its muscular baseball hero "Hulk Bryman" to avoid a lawsuit from Barry Bonds?
-->'''Hulk:''' "[[CatchPhrase You bet, kid!]]"
* The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series features several, most prominently in the fourth game, which was the first to feature voice acting. The farmers sound like Creator/JackNicholson, Dennis Hopper, and Rodney Dangerfield, The Chief Thief sounds like Creator/PeterLorre and so forth.
** In the second game, there are several appearances by the Marx Brothers, most notably Groucho Marx as Ali Fakir, the used saurus salesman.
** The third game throws in ''Series/SanfordAndSon''.
** Both the second and fifth games in the series feature another Creator/PeterLorre-based character named Ugarte (it's much more obvious in the fifth game.)
** The first game threw in Film/TheThreeStooges as brigands.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Liu Kang is Creator/BruceLee. Johnny Cage is Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme. Sonya is Cynthia Rothrock.
** Johnny is even moreso based off of Creator/NicolasCage. His profile in earlier games bore the likeness of Mr. Cage and Johnny's real name is even Jonathan Carlton (similar to how the other Cage's real name is Nicolas Coppola).
** Also, the makers of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' had once considered adding another female kombatant who was based on kickboxing champion Kathy Long, but she ended up not making the final cut.
* Nearly every fighting game has a Creator/BruceLee [[BruceLeeClone character]]. ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]''[='s=] Maxi, ''Franchise/MortalKombat''[='=]s Liu Kang, ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''[='=]s Marshall Law, ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''' Jon Talbain, ''Franchise/StreetFighter''[='=]s Fei Long, etc.
* The DS remakes of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games featured new character artwork. Alena, rechristened a "Tsarevna" (Russian princess), and coming from a FantasyCounterpartCulture Russia, bears a striking resemblance to Tsarevna Anastasia Romanov. [[spoiler:Considering what happens to her father's kingdom, it's rather appropriate.]]
* Konami's 1991 arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Vendetta}}'' is possibly the only beat-em-up in which you can fight crime as Mike Tyson (Blood), Hulk Hogan (Hawk), Jean Claude Van Damme (Boomer), or even Mr. T (Sledge.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' featured characters named 'Juan Cruz' and 'Viki Goldstein' in the 'Hubologist' base, although they insist that any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
** For those playing at home, they "coincidentally" resemble Creator/TomCruise, Creator/NicoleKidman, and Scientology, respectively.
** The same game also had a big black boxing champion nicknamed "The Masticator", who could bite off your ear during a boxing match against him.
* ''VideoGame/GrandChase'''s final (as of Season 2, has now been removed for Season 3) PVE mission ([[SpeedRun finishing Xenia Frontier's Red and Violet forests on 3 star-difficulty under 15 minutes]]) has you trying to beat the dungeon-clearing record of one Franchise/{{Indiana|Jones}} [[Creator/HarrisonFord Ford]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}'', characters Ascend from being ordinary 'humans', becoming Daeva; in the main city for each race, players will find {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs labeled as "Daeva of ..." for various things -- Intuition, Song, etc. One of the two Asmodai Daevas of Cooking is named 'Batali'.
* Bill and Lance in the original ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' were blatantly based on Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Creator/SylvesterStallone.
** The backstory of ''Shattered Soldier'' echoes ''Film/DemolitionMan'' (which itself featured Stallone). Bill is accused of murdering his partner and causing "calamity on a global scale" with a superweapon, and is sentenced to HumanPopsicle prison, but is temporarily thawed to take down his old partner turned nemesis since he is the only one powerful enough for the task.
* The MadScientist Dr. Eggman in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' is a parody of Creator/TheodoreRoosevelt.
* The Natsume NES game ''S.C.A.T.'' is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up starring Arnold and Sigourney (as in Schwarzenegger and Weaver, they weren't even clever enough to come up with original names).
* Chuck Downfield, the annoying announcer of ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Football]]'', was definitely based off of John Madden.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', your Sim can read a newspaper story about a director based on Creator/MichaelBay wanting to make a movie in Sim City. It mentions that the director said his movie was about "A guy blowing up city hall, then a car chase, then, wait for it, a fight on the beach. All in my trademark crazy shaky camera."
* Flynn, the protagonist of forgettable first-person-shooter ''Devastation'', looks much like Music/{{Eminem}}.
* Apart from the "Bruce Lee as Marshall Law" example above, ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series have more not-celebrities: Raven is based on Wesley Snipes (in a weird mash-up of his ''Film/DemolitionMan'' and ''Film/{{Blade}}'' movie personas), Craig Marduk is the actor/wrestler Nathan Jones, and Lei Wulong is Creator/JackieChan, to name just a few.
* Patch 3.3 of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' introduced [[Music/JamesBrown Bronjahm, the Godfather of Souls]]. To further cement the reference, his loot includes such items as [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50316 Papa's Brand New Bag]], [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50196 Love's Prisoner]], and [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=49788 Cold Sweat Grips]].
** ''[=WoW=]'' has more than a few as {{Shout Out}}s, however most notable is Archaeologist Creator/{{Harrison|Ford}} [[Franchise/IndianaJones Jones]]. He started out as a JokeCharacter who was [[BoomHeadshot chump killed]] at the gates of Zul'Aman. However he somehow didn't die and turned up fighting snakes in a tomb in the Grizzly Hills zone. In the new ''Cataclysm'' expansion he has a prominent role as a quest giver in the Uldum zone, complete with multiple {{Shout Out}}s and {{lampshade|Hanging}}s to go round in respect to all four Indy films.
** In addition to those, we also have [[Creator/ParisHilton Haris Pilton]] (pictured), Ricole Nichie, and even ''Creator/ChuckNorris'' (pending as of November 2011 though).
* The fighting game ''Battle K-Road'' is a rather blatant example, featuring [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Wolf]] alongside [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger T-8P]] (who also has a [[PaletteSwap Head Swap]] in the form of [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} D-9P]]).
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Wobbuffet is partly based on the late Japanese comedian Sanpei Hayashiya, whose trademark was putting his hand to his forehead while saying: "sō na-n-su, okusan" or, in English, "That's the way it is, ma'am". Sonansu, as Wobbuffet is called in Japanese, is often shown putting its hand to its forehead.
** The character Looker in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Platinum]]'' is apparently based on Creator/DavidTennant, and even dresses the same as the [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]].
** Elesa in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is apparently based on Music/LadyGaga.
* Vasu the ring appraiser from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' also appers to be based on a Japanese comedian, Igari Shopan, whose most famous act was dressing up as an Arabian snake charmer.
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'': Sgt Cortez channels VinDiesel.
* ''Lost in Nightmare'': Jill looks a lot like Sarah Conner. In TheRemake of the original, Jill had a Sarah Conner-ish outfit as an unlockable.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' : Albert Wesker not only has moves and clothes ripped right out of ''Film/TheMatrix'' but also has the mannerisms of the T-1000 from ''Terminator 2''. If you shoot him and he dodges, many times he will wag his finger at you like the T-1000 did to Sarah Conner near the end.
** In the original version of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''. Steve Burnside also resembles Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio. His hairstyle was changed in ''Code Veronica: X'' to something more like Leon's.
*** Leon himself also resembles and is probably named after [=DiCaprio=]. Claire Redfield's name may also be a reference to Claire Danes, [=DiCaprio=]'s co-star in ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo + Juliet]]''.
** Some of the characters in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' bear a certain resemblance to famous actors, especially the police officer who looks like Tom Cruise.
** From the remake of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' onwards, Jill's appearance has been based on Canadian actress Julia Voth.
** Rebecca Chambers has been based on Japanese singer Music/AyumiHamasaki, who was actually the spokesperson for ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' in Japan. She didn't provide the voice as the games always feature English voice acting. Although Sheva Alomar's motion capture was based on her voice actress Karen Dyer, Sheva's facial expressions were based on model Michelle Van Der Water.
* Kate Green in ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDead 4'' looks blatantly similar to [[Music/BlackEyedPeas Fergie]].
** ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill'' Isaac Washington is, for all intents and purposes, an Expy of Creator/SamuelLJackson.
* Sgt Stacker ([[TheDanza voiced by Pete Stacker]]) in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series is reminiscent of R. Lee Ermey.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with 'The King' and his gang 'The Kings' who all dress like Elvis Presley. The King in particular though, as he even speaks in the same fashion as Elvis did. This is a subversion, however, as the Kings operate out of 'The King's School of Impersonation', a 50s drama school to teach people to act, dress, and speak like Elvis. Using the materials from the school, The Kings built their identity around the legendary figure.
** The explanation for why no one mentions the name of the figure the school was about? By the time the King (the gang leader) got there, the surviving materials all referred to the figure simply as 'the King'.
* Jennifer Simpson from ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' was modeled after Creator/JenniferConnelly, who also starred in the Creator/DarioArgento movie (''Film/{{Phenomena}}'') that inspired the game.
* The designers created draft classes from scratch, often tossing in high-profile players still in college whose names and images they couldn't legally use. Like a scrambling QB from Florida named "Tim Tribow".
* In the first two ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games, the creator of the Demon Summoning Program is a crippled genius by the name of Steven who looks suspiciously like StephenHawking.
** He returns in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', with his name this time officially localized as Stephen instead of using the fan translated Steven. Yeah, not Stephen Hawking at all.
* In the Spanish localization of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Rawk Hawk is renamed [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hawk Hogan]].
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' features the "Raptor News Network" and Bob Barbas, parodies of FoxNewsChannel and Bill O'Reilly.
* ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing]]'' features Disney/WreckItRalph. His voice in the game dosn't sound like JohnCReilly. He's voiced by Brian T. Delaney in this game, as well as in the ''Wreck-It Ralph'' Wii game.
* The President in ''VideoGame/SilentScope EX'' is a lookalike of George W. Bush.
* Prolific horror novelist [[SignificantMonogram Sam Krieg]] in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' is pretty obviously supposed to be Creator/StephenKing.
** Illuminati handler Kirsten Geary is likewise Creator/LadyGaga.
* The President in ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'' is fairly clearly modeled on Hillary Clinton.
* In the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' AdventureGame ''Shadow of the Comet'', many of the character portraits are based on famous folks such as Vincent Price, Jack Nicholson, Tor Johnson, Sean Connery, and even H.P. Lovecraft.
* ''Mystery Trackers: The Void'' centered on the mysterious disappearance of three fairly famous people, one of whom was horror novelist "Kevin Sting."
* ''Tinseltown Dreams: The 50s'' is a match-3 game that involves earning money for actors, directors and so on in order to film several different types of movies. As such, it's filled with almost-recognizable names such as actresses "Grace Kelleher" and "Marylou Monroe."
* Many ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fans can clearly tell that Demyx is a spoof of, [[SarcasmMode you guessed it]], Music/DavidBowie.
* The main character of ''Videogame/DestroyAllHumans'' is an alien who talks like Creator/JackNicholson. In the third game, an actual parody of Nicholson appears, with Crypto [[HypocriticalHumor complaining how annoying his voice is]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', the entire Macroworld/Waffle section of Ring and Cross is chock-full of this. Mr. Waffle is a washed-up computer maker, who was put out of business when a fire consumed his headquarters, Waffle Tower, twenty years ago. Now, his rival Mr. Gait has taken over the market with Macrosoft computers. Things get nasty when you learn that he sabotaged Waffle in order to facilitate his little takeover....
** Also note that Gait uses Robopon called X-Dog and I-80. Neither of them are terribly good.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOMinifiguresOnline'', the Movie Starlet looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://chugworth.com/?strip_id=86 Vance Petrol]] of ''Chugworth Academy'' is a thinly veiled Vin Diesel.
* The titular character of ''Webcomic/KingOfTheUnknown'' is clearly Elvis, though he is never named as such. Ever since a supernatural mishap transformed him (into a fat slob) and forced him to [[ElvisLives fake his death]], "the King" dedicated his new secret life to kicking supernatural ass for a TheMenInBlack-like GovernmentAgencyOfFiction known as the IRSU. Agent H, King's MissionControl at IRSU, is a similarly veiled and still-living Music/JimiHendrix. Aside from the broad strokes, many small details are culled from the rock stars' lives to create these just-barely veiled versions.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': Possibly unintentional on the artist's part but Commander Kickass looks like Creator/JackKirby.
* ''Webcomic/{{Monsterful}}'' has two celebrity posters, a parody of Lady Gaga as a vampire named [[http://www.monsterful.com/chapter08page17.html Lady BatBat]], and a possible parody of Shakira as a werewolf named [[http://www.monsterful.com/chapter10page07.html Wolfira.]]
* [[http://kewlfilez.altervista.org/avventuredarth24.gif Jedi Springar]] of ''Webcomic/LeAvventureDelGrandeDarthVader'' is a lightsaber-wielding Jerry Springer.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', a group that Julie needs to talk to in order to get the [[PlotCoupon item she needs]] are fantasy counterparts to the original judges of Series/AmericanIdol
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', amidst mentions of actual celebrities:
** Colonel Sassacre is clearly just Creator/MarkTwain wearing a wizard hat.
** Rufioh's speech is patterned quite closely after that of Creator/DanteBasco's Tumblr account following Homestuck, and the character is both based on and named after a character Creator/DanteBasco played in ''Film/{{Hook}}''. Andrew Hussie's AuthorAvatar confesses the former in an EasterEgg on the flash where Rufioh is introduced.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'',
** This line "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 Now Now, Mr. Raven, I know you just think of me as a ''lowly'' intern with a '''remarkable''' resemblance to]] [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Zach Braff...]]"
** The guy who [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-02-06 loaned Elliot a lighter]] sure looks a lot like [[Creator/KevinSmith Silent Bob]].
* One ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'' comic had Beefer join a website populated by such comedic reviewers as [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Nerd]], [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Blinkara]], [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Snoopy]], and [[WebVideo/MarzGurl Mercury Gal]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has [[Music/VanHalen Sammy, Prince]] [[Music/{{Chickenfoot}} of Haggar]].
* In ''Webcomic/FafnirTheDragon'', this trope only comes into play for fictional characters. Everyone else is presented as-is.
* ''Webcomic/{{Educomix}}'' has [[StephenHawking Stephen the Hawk King]], Music/{{Justin|Bieber}} [[{{Pun}} Beaver]], [[BarackObama President X]], and Rick Motney.
* Steve in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' seems to be Steve Irwin from ''Series/CrocodileHunter'', but WordOfGod insists that these are not the same person. The annotation under [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1288.html #1288]] says that the comic Steve 'might perhaps be somewhat loosely based on' Steve Irwin, 'if you believe the unrestrained hearsay and rampant speculation of some readers.' The rerun commentary for [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/7.html #7]] provides a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: 'Steve and Terry are of course not even slightly based on the real life Steve and Terri Irwin... The fact that "Terry" is spelt differently to "Terri" should absolutely and beyond a doubt confirm that in the minds of any lingering doubters, as it's clearly not a case of me making a mistake in a badly botched attempt to copy her name. '
* Elan in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' makes a reference to ''[[Series/SpecialVictimsUnit Special Encounters Unit]]'', whose actors resemble Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, and Ice-T
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* This [[http://xbox360.ign.com/dor/objects/957206/borderlands/videos/borderlands_spc_realgamer.html video]] by IGN called ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' is for Real Gamers features a guy playing as a developer of the game, Randy Pitchford. While he does get the hairstyle, he otherwise doesn't look like [[http://www.gearboxity.com/component/option,com_talent/talent,60/Itemid,45/ Randy Pitchford]] at all. He also technically doesn't act like him either - the man is more being used to a way of parodying the game's marketing campaign.
* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'': The Shy Guys are imitations of Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse:
** It's pretty obvious that Fantastico, the head of the Good Ol' Boyz, is George W. Bush, and his sidekick Minefield is Dick Cheney, and his inventor-slash-intelligence officer Ferret is Karl Rove.
** The Vindicators are an incompetent team parodying Comicbook/TheAvengers: Kismet is a pushy, cranky ScarletWitch in green; Lemure is a sullen Vision; Sizemax is an easily steamrollered Giantman; Donner is a dopey Thor; Dynamaxx is a horndog Comicbook/IronMan; and Cerebrex is a crazed, incompetent Comicbook/CaptainAmerica.
* ''WebAnimation/ShaggyDogStories'': A 'Justinian Beaver' is featured in one episode, and mention is made to a cheesy romance TV series called 'Breaking Wind'.
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* In ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', a setting update of ''Jane Eyre'', Blanche Ingram was based on a real life personality, model and successful businesswoman Xenia Tchoumitcheva. Vlog Blanche Ingram is actually very sophisticated and quite nice. She's nothing like the unpleasant AlphaBitch that was Miss Ingram from the original novel. Here's [[http://theautobiographyofja.wix.com/blanche-ingram a link]] to Ms Ingram's in-universe website.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'': The Chick does a dead-on parody of UsefulNotes/SarahPalin when she is the vice president to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's president of ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. [[KlingonPromotion She also tries to kill him to get his job.]]
* Several gags in WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun's recurrent Rapidfire segment ''Elect Andrew Shepard'' cast Shepard as a depraved version of Bill Clinton, such as his claim that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman. I did, however, have sex with that woman, that woman, those two women, and possibly that guy.", or "I did not inhale. I took it rectally, and I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped."
* Voice-wise, Grandpa Lemon from ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' appears to be based on Jimmy Stewart.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** Britina, MC Honey, Heather, the Holson twins, the CausticCritic host of "American Starmaker" and Camille Leon, among others.
** One TrappedInTvLand episode had a pink haired spy fighting Kim over a device. Who could that be?
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and MerrieMelodies: Creator/WarnerBros was among the earliest in the entertainment genre to produce and release animated shorts that featured celebrity clones, caricatures and cameos, starting in the early 1930s. Examples abound:
** Many famous crooners of the era, several times each. These have included everyone from Music/BingCrosby and Music/FrankSinatra to Music/ElvisPresley.
*** Crosby – whose likeness was depicted in the mid-1930s "Bingo Crosbyana" and "Let It Be Me" – took none too kindly to either short, since he was portrayed as a coward, and threatened to sue. No legal action ever went anywhere, however.
*** The Elvis Presley parody comes in the 1959 Bugs Bunny short "Hare-Abian Nights," where an intimidated Elvis look-alike (Elvis Pretzel) sings "Hound Camel," a parody of "Hound Dog"; the unimpressed Sultan -- whom we later see is WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam -- quickly drops Pretzel into the crocodile tank.
*** Much later, Warner Bros Animation's ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' would base Taz's father on Bing, and his brother -- Taz's uncle -- on Creator/BobHope.
** ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' was the basis of many Ralph Kramden/Jackie Gleason parodies. One of the first cartoons to pay homage to the character was "Red Riding Hoodwinked," a [[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Tweety and Sylvester]] cartoon with the usually cheerful Granny filling the role. An entire series of cartoons, called "The Honeymousers," featured mouse versions of Ralph, Ed, Alice and Trixie (almost always trying to avoid the housecat).
** Cat versions of Creator/AbbottAndCostello were named "Babbitt" and "Catsello," Tweety's first antagonists.
** [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]], and the cast of his radio show, [[InkSuitActor played themselves as mice]] for a Looney Tunes one-shot.
** Creator/HumphreyBogart was a popular source of inspiration:
*** In the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Eight-Ball Bunny," Bogart – recalling his character and signature line from ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' – makes several unexplained appearances in the movie as Bugs is trying to rescue Playboy Penguin, who had become accidentally separated from his troupe (the Ice Frolics). The line "Pardon me, but could you help out a fellow American who's down on his luck?" is almost directly from the film.
*** Bogey and "Baby" (Lauren Bacall) can also be seen in 1947's "Slick Hare".
** Several shorts featured caricatures of WB stars such as Edward G. Robinson and Creator/PeterLorre.
*** ''Carrotblanca'', a 1990s send up of ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', features Tweety doing a Lorre impersonation as Ugarte.
** The 1937 cartoon "The Woods are Full of Cuckoos" revolved around a radio program performed by animal versions of then-famous radio and film personalities, including Jack Benny and Fred Allen.
*** See also "The Coo-Coo Nut Grove" and "Hollywood Steps Out".
** "Wideo Wabbit," a sendup of mid-1950s TV shows, features parodies of [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] ("You Beat Your Wife," a play on the show ''Series/YouBetYourLife''), Liberace (as "Liver-ace") and Ed Norton (another ''[[Series/TheHoneymooners Honeymooners]]'' parody).
** "Daffy's Inn Trouble": At one point in this 1961 cartoon (which co-stars WesternAnimation/PorkyPig), the duck tries wooing customers to his hotel by doing a Creator/MaeWest [[TheVamp vamp]] act. A group of irritated customers are hardly amused, and show their disgust when the record he was playing skips by throwing rotten tomatoes at him.
** "The Last Hungry Cat": An ''Alfred Hitchcock Mysteries'' parody features a Hitchcock-type bear introducing the cartoon and interacting with Sylvester.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': The {{Trope Namer|s}}. Jay's boss and network honcho Duke Phillips is a parody of Ted Turner. Jay himself is a pastiche of Creator/GeneSiskel and Creator/RogerEbert (who [[InkSuitActor played themselves]] in one episode). Also, his buddy Jeremy Hawke is said to be a combination of Paul Hogan and Creator/MelGibson.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallyGator'''s voice was based on Ed Wynn's famous "Perfect Fool" character...and so were quite a few others:
** Captain Peachfuzz from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
** Creator/TerryToons character Gandy Goose.
** Choose Goose from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
** Zagraz from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
** Wade from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' has Wes Weasely, an {{Honest John|sDealership}} who shares [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]]' voice, clothes, and glasses.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' had [=McDonald=] Trump, who made a fortune selling very expensive and very small pizzas.
* One of the worst and most prominent examples of this is WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}, from the show of the same name, who solved crimes and played faux rock songs while yammering Rodney Dangerfield's CatchPhrase "No respect!" in a terrible [[Film/TheThreeStooges Curly Howard]] impression. Just how bad it really is gets a LampshadeHanging when he appears in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. Judge Mentok hears him speak and immediately orders him to stay quiet for the rest of the trial.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did this repeatedly, but with a great deal more skill:
** Yakko Warner steals gags, quips, and sometimes entire plotlines from [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], with Wakko occasionally filling in as Harpo. Wakko himself is basically Music/RingoStarr most of the time.
** Mr. Director, a recurring foe, is clearly Creator/JerryLewis.
** The Brain, megalomaniac mouse extraordinaire, is based on voice actor Creator/MauriceLaMarche's excellent Creator/OrsonWelles impersonation. (To the point that, as a treat for Moe, the short "Yes, Always" was an adaptation of an obscure but infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen_Peas recording session]] in which Orson's ego went ballistic on a pair of inept producers while taping a commercial for frozen peas.)
** The Goodfeathers were parodies of Ray Liotta's (Squit), Creator/RobertDeNiro's (Bobby), and [[HairTriggerTemper Joe Pesci's]] (Pesto) characters from ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''; their boss, the Godpidgeon, is an extreme parody of Creator/MarlonBrando as Film/TheGodfather.
*** Given Liotta's eerie vocal resemblance to Creator/JackNicholson, many younger or naive viewers probably thought that Squit was supposed to be a Nicholson character.
*** The Robert [=DeNiro=] pigeon also had elements of his character from ''Film/TaxiDriver'' ("Are you talkin' to me?")
*** The series also contained many other references to the works of Brando, [=DeNiro=], and Pesci, as well as numerous other gangster movies.
** Runt was an imitation of Creator/DustinHoffman's character from ''Film/RainMan''; Rita was Bernadette Peters doing herself.
** In one episode of the series, the Warners push the buttons of a scowling television journalist named "Dan Anchorman," who bears a striking resemblance to ABC's Sam Donaldson. The Donaldson connection was made even more explicit by the character's name in the original script: Slam Fondlesome. Because of ExecutiveMeddling over that supposedly risque name, they had to go back, change the name, and redub some of the dialogue. Dan is eventually pushed into a television set and forced to fight a blond professional wrestler named "Bulk Logan." Yeah, I don't think that one needs any explanation.
** Ralph the studio guard is apparently based on Creator/RalphBakshi.
** Howie Tern, insult-hurling radio show host. No explanation required. (Given how brutal the Warners usually are to obnoxious jerks, he actually got off relatively easy.)
** World-famous movie critics [[Series/SiskelAndEbert Lean Hiskel and Codger Eggbert.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
** Shirley the Loon was based loosely on Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, or at least on her public image as a [[NewAgeRetroHippie new age kook]].
** However, though you might think one-shot "Julie Bruin" falls here, she is actually voiced by Julie Brown (not "Downtown", the other one).
** And then there's [[Creator/RobinWilliams Robin Killems]].
* Two of the supporting superheroes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' -- The Huntsman, who is modelled upon Charlton Heston, and Lord Bravery, an obvious pastiche of Creator/JohnCleese.
* Spike the bulldog, in the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' series, has a Jimmy Durante-like voice.
* Creator/HannaBarbera were fond of these in their television shows. For instance, WesternAnimation/YogiBear is Art Carney, and Super Snooper is Ed Gardner from radio's ''Duffy's Tavern''.
** Huckleberry Hound is Andy Griffith.
** Doggie Daddy from the "Augie Doggie" segments of ''WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw'' is essentially Jimmy Durante.
** Fred Flintstone of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' started off, at least, as a copy of Jackie Gleason's [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]].
** Arnold Stang's ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' is clearly based, not just on Phil Silvers, but specifically on [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Sergeant Bilko]]. (Benny the Ball doesn't count; he sounds like Private Doberman because he's voiced by Maurice Gosfeld.)
** Jack Burns' character on ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' was based on his stage persona.
*** And his appearance was based on a RichardNixon caricature.
** The four teenage humans on ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' were originally based on characters from ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool'', PattyMaloney used her [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals Darla Hood]] voice for Tanis the mummy girl.
** In the Don Adams episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'', the villain turned out to be washed-up horror actor Lorne Chumley, obviously based on Lon Chaney, Jr.
** {{Jabberjaw}} is quite obviously one for [[TheThreeStooges Jerome "Curly" Howard]].
* Creator/WalterLantz had a series of "Maw and Paw" shorts in the 1950s, which were based on the live-action "Ma and Pa Kettle" comedies.
* The EdutainmentShow ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'', from the same studio as ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and sharing many of the voice actors, would transform historical figures without well-known voices and mannerisms into parodies of recognizable celebrities:
** Julius Caesar was Music/FrankSinatra.
*** The Roman senators who ganged up on Caesar were other Rat Pack members, like Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.
** Creator/{{Socrates}} was Music/BingCrosby.
** Merriwether Lewis was Creator/JerryLewis.
** William Clark sounded like Dean Martin (playing off Lewis), but looked like Franchise/{{DCAU}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].
** Creator/EdgarAllanPoe was Creator/PeterLorre (buckle up, you're gonna be hearing quite a bit of him).
** Sigmund Freud was Creator/WoodyAllen.
*** ...and so was UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson.
** UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln became Johnny Carson.
** Not to mention Creator/BobHope as UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, Jack Benny as UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, Creator/AbbottAndCostello as the Wright brothers, ''Groucho'' Marx as Karl Marx...
** One sketch presented Gutzon Borglum played by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]].
** Pee Wee Herman as General William Sherman!
** Francis Bellamy, who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, as Creator/WilliamShatner.
** GenghisKhan was Creator/JohnWayne, also making fun of the time [[CaucasianAsian Wayne played him]].
** Kublai Khan was Creator/SylvesterStallone.
** Marco Polo was Creator/JoePesci.
** Creator/BenjaminFranklin was Jay Leno
** UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla was Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* The main character of ''MyWorldAndWelcomeToIt'' was a thinly disguised version of author Creator/JamesThurber, which makes sense since the series was based on Thurber's writings published under that title.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** ''The Simpsons'' actually became famous early on for being one of the first cartoons to regularly subvert this trope by having celebrities voice ''themselves'' as characters, starting with Tony Bennett in the 1990 episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E5DancinHomer Dancin' Homer]]." At first these characters merely made cameos, but as time went on whole episodes began to be written around them. This resulted in a mild CelebrityParadox when Creator/AlecBaldwin portrayed himself and then, in a later episode, a completely fictional character.
** Chief Wiggum was initially an impression of Edward G. Robinson. This gets a {{lampshade|Hanging}} in several episodes: "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day the Violence Died]]", a trial episode where cartoon maker Roger Meyers, Jr. talks about this very trope; "Bart Gets An Elephant", where Wiggum dismisses a liquor store robbery report with "Yeah, right. [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba And I'm Edward G. Robinson!]]"; and "Simpsons Bible Stories", where in the Moses story Wiggum stands in for Robinson's character in ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. Robinson's role in ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' was also referenced in the episode "Homer Loves Flanders": "Where's your Messiah '''NOW''', Flanders?!" Finally, in the "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E4TreehouseOfHorrorXIX Treehouse of Horror XIX]]'' segment "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising" Wiggum meets the ghost of Robinson.
** Lou the cop is based on Stallone.
** Dr. Julius Hibbert is a send-up of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'''s Dr. Cliff Huxtable (and, to a lesser extent, of Creator/BillCosby himself).
** Dr. Frink is an impression of Creator/JerryLewis. This was brought full circle in the "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror XIV" segment "Frinkenstein", where Lewis voiced Frink's dad. Not to mention he himself points out that a cartoon character at a convention is a ripoff of Creator/JerryLewis.
** Rainier Wolfcastle (who plays the character [=McBain=]) is a [[TheAhnold not-so-subtle imitation]] of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. (This was made all the more obvious when TheMovie used Schwarzenegger as a character -- and his appearance, characterization, and voice were nearly identical to those of Wolfcastle.)
** Mayor Quimby is a send-up of the Kennedy family in general, but most closely based on Edward (Ted).
** Magicians Gunter and Ernst = Siegfried and Roy. In their debut episode, the duo were [[FunnyAneurysmMoment attacked by one of the exotic cats used in their act]]. When asked about the parallel, the writers said, in effect, "it was bound to happen sooner or later."
** Talk show host Opal = Oprah. Right down to her massive audience gift giveaways.
** The announcer for the Springfield Isotopes baseball team is a dead ringer for Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Similarly, football-related scenes often feature an announcer who sounds like Keith Jackson.
** Gil, the perennially unsuccessful salesman, is based on Jack Lemmon's ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss'' character. Lemmon himself voiced a similar character in "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson".
** Creator/HankAzaria has claimed that Moe's voice was based on a bad Creator/AlPacino impression. Creator/MattGroening has stated that Moe's appearance was based on Rich Hall.
** The voice of Herman (voiced by Creator/HarryShearer) is based on UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush.
** The "Yes Guy", also known as "that jerk who always goes 'Yeeeeessss?'" is a pastiche of a recurring character portrayed by Frank Nelson on various older sitcoms, most notably ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram''.
** In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", we're introduced to conservative talk-show host Birch Barlow, an obvious sendup of Radio/RushLimbaugh.
** Heavyweight boxing champ Drederick Tatum and his manager Lucius Sweet are send-ups of Mike Tyson and Don King, respectively. This is lampshaded in the episode "The Homer They Fall":
--->'''Homer:''' You know Lucius Sweet?! He's one of the biggest names in boxing! He's exactly as rich and as famous as Don King, and he looks just like him, too!
** Also lampshaded with bearded children's folk singer Roofi. A graphic during a TV news report of a riot at a Roofi concert reads "Raffi denounces Roofi".
** The Parson looks and sounds suspiciously like Music/BingCrosby.
** Judge Constance Harm is a parody of [[Series/JudgeJudy "Judge Judith" Sheindlin]], particularly in her tough reputation and snarky demeanor when a litigant tried to bluff their way through her questions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** Jorgen Von Strangle from is likewise another animated Schwarzenegger clone, down to his physique and Teutonic accent. (His name is taken from the similar actor Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme.) Curiously, there's also an actor called Arnold Schwarzengerman (appearing in a superviolent remake of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'').
** The character of Big Daddy is a parody of James Gandolfini as [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]].
** April Fool's nasally voice and "what's up with that?" comedic style are a lot like those of Jerry Seinfeld.
** Sylvester Calzone
** Britney Britney
** Countless characters in the movie ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Elzar, the recurring Neptunian chef is a thinly veiled impersonation of TV chef Emeril Lagasse. Zapp Brannigan was originally cast with comedian Creator/PhilHartman in the role; when Hartman died before the show began, Billy West did Zapp's voice in the style of Hartman as a tribute. Incidentally, the protagonist Phillip J. Fry, also voiced by Billy West, was named after Phil Hartman.
** Zapp's whole character is a parody of Creator/WilliamShatner. Not to mention his hair.
** "Decision 3012" features Chris Travers, a thinly veiled but heavily romanticized parody of Barack Obama.
** Robot Devil's voice is based on Hans Conried as Captain Hook in ''Disney/PeterPan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'':
** Johnny's voice and speech patterns are a parody of Music/ElvisPresley, most notable in the way he says "Oh Momma". In the pilot episode, he went as far as to deep fry a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
** Later seasons featured Johnny's idol Squint Ringo, a laughably transparent parody of Creator/StevenSeagal.
* Almost any cartoon featuring a sporting event will have a sportscaster or commentator blatantly ripping off the late Howard Cosell. (''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' switched that one up by featuring celebrity imitator Rich Little's severed head imitating Cosell -- and having Little actually do the voice.) Like the RecordNeedleScratch and the above-mentioned Senator Claghorn, one wonders, do any of the kids these days know exactly who is being parodied?
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' features several examples of this trope.
** Fat Cat, one of the show's {{Big Bad}}s, is sort of a feline Creator/VincentPrice, or Sydney Greenstreet.
** Stan Blather, a recurring background character, is a monotone news anchor who is a barely-disguised stand in for Dan Rather.
** In "Kiwi's Big Adventure", a kiwi chieftain speaks with the mannerisms and {{catch phrase}}s of Ed Sullivan.
** In "Pie in the Sky", the villain's guard dogs are both based on Creator/JackNicholson. To the point of actually being named "Jack" and "Nichols".
** Canina [=LeFur=], a guest star in "A Chorus Crime" and "They Shoot Dogs, Don't They?", is based on--and actually voiced by--Carol Channing.
** In "The Luck Stops Here", [[CatsAreMean Kismet]] is basically a feline BetteDavis.
* Similarly, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' features a sleazy Hollywood director [[spoiler: (actually Professor Calamitous in disguise)]] who happens to look ''exactly'' like Creator/QuentinTarantino. Well, the director's given name is Quentin Smithee. It's kinda obvious.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' involved a science fiction movie starring "Harold Edsel" and "Karen Fishhook", who bore suspiciously strong resemblances to Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/CarrieFisher, respectively. Interestingly, about twenty years later, Ford would make a more overt Transformers appearance: Creator/{{Hasbro}} produced a "Franchise/StarWars Transformers" toy line, with Han Solo as one of the featured characters. Even more interestingly, is what happened much sooner than that. In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', Susan Blu, who voiced Karen Fishhook, would also provide the voice of one of the franchises most popular female characters, Arcee. WordOfGod has actually gone on to describe Arcee's character design as being "the robotic equivalent of a naked Princess Leia", the character Fisher is best known for.
** ''Transformers'' also employed more conventional impressions: Cosmos' voice was essentially a heavily-modulated Creator/PeterLorre (again...), while Hound's voice actor was a dead ringer for Jimmy Stewart. Both G1 and ''Animated'' Shockwave's voices are based on Creator/DavidWarner, specifically his performance as Sark from ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (in fact, his voice actor, Creator/CoreyBurton [[PoorMansSubstitute was even hired to take up Warner's role]] as Sark in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''), Optimus Prime's voice is based on Creator/JohnWayne, Soundwave's voice was based on Music/BarryWhite, and Rumble's and Frenzy's voices were based on AlCapone and Leo Gorcey.
*** Lampshaded in the Luke Ski filk song ''The Ballad of Optimus Prime'', where Luke takes a line [[ReplacementScrappy to complain about Hot Rod's role]]: "We wanted John Wayne, and they gave us Judd Nelson!"
** Even ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' has this going on, with Ultra Magnus' voice being a rather good imitation of Robert Stack (who, not-so-coincidentally, played the original Magnus in the 1986 movie), and Ironhide being Corey Burton's best approximation of Huell Howser. Swindle's mannerisms are modeled after those of Ron Popeil, and Mixmaster sounds suspiciously like Joe Pesci (which is played up in a [[WholePlotReference Whole Episode Reference]] to ''Film/HomeAlone''). Highbrow has a similar accent, mustache, and gap in his tooth to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry-Thomas Terry-Thomas]]. [[CowardlyLion Grandus]] sounds like another Paul Lynde (and ScreamsLikeALittleGirl). Rattletrap sounds a lot like Lou Costello (which may or may not have been the inspiration for [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Rattrap's]] accent, though it's at least less obvious with him).
** Tracks is based on Jim Backus' performance as Thurston Howell in ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Red Alert was supposedly based on RichardNixon, and Mirage was based on Music/DeanMartin.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' has David Litterbin--an obvious play on Creator/DavidLetterman.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' has at its main antagonist Bull Sharkowski, whose vocal and speech mannerisms could ''only'' bring Mike Tyson to mind.
** In one episode there's an entertainer named Burt Rivendale who is clearly based on David Letterman even resembling him right down to the gap tooth.
* Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises' ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' cartoons featured John Byner voicing both of the title characters, using voices based on Dean Martin and Jackie Mason, respectively.
* Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' are rather obviously UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Donald Rumsfeld as scheming, shiftless frat boys.
-->'''Ed Wuncler I:''' "In 30 years, that boy will be the president of the United States. And he'll still be a fucking idiot."
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' provides some more examples.
** "Dogumagicary" features a spider-like movie director named "Creator/{{Quentin Tarant|ino}}ulino".
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' villain Sly Rax has a Creator/JackNicholson-like voice.
** As does Shipwreck from ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
* Several of Hasbro/Sunbow's MerchandiseDriven cartoons from the 1980s (''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'') feature a tabloid reporter named Hector Ramirez, an obvious Geraldo Rivera parody.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' also featured a less than AffectionateParody of Creator/MrT; one of the writers had worked on [[WesternAnimation/MisterT his animated series]].
* Elvis Criddlington from ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam'' is clearly based on Music/ElvisPresley, right down to the fact that he sings and loves rock 'n' roll.
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' has quite a few. The original series had Evil Eye Weevil who is a skeleton-like thing (he's a parody of Music/ElvisPresley and Evil Knievel) and The X-Terminator who is a parody of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Lawrence Limburger has a sister who is named after Latoya Jackson (one of Music/MichaelJackson's siblings) and the "Loogie Brothers" who are based off two characters played by Dana Carvey and Keaven Nealon on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. The 2006 revival has a villain named Ronaldo Rump who is a parody of multimillionaire Donald Trump (including the toupee and the multimillion dollar building franchise), he has a British cousin named Sir Richard Brand Something (a parody of Virgin Group company owner Sir Richard Branson). There's also a character that bares a resemblance to Rodney Dangerfield. Doctor Catorkian sounds suspiciously like Creator/BorisKarloff.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has had a few villains that parody famous characters, such as "Toiletnator" (Terminator), "Tony Clownarelli also known as Godclown" (Creator/MarlonBrando as Film/TheGodfather), "Count Spankulot" ({{Dracula}}). [[BigBad Father's]] voice was patterned after Kirk Douglas.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' had this for the various news commentators and a few athletes. Henry Hummel borrows mannerisms from Henry Kissinger, Barbara Warbler is rather obviously Barbara Walters, and Lodge Turkell is Howard Cosell. On the side of the athletes, Bolt Jenkins is reminiscent of John Travolta's character from ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'', and Joey Gongalong is obviously Muhammad Ali as a BoxingKangaroo.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' featured a scientist character who looked and sounded exactly like Jimmy Stewart.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}!'' was affected by this trope as well. All guest musicians in the "The Jam Jem" were based on real 1980s personalities.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' version of Santa Claus kind of sounds like Rodney Dangerfield.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' featured an ''Series/AmericanIdol''-type talent show where hopefuls audition to be the next star. The so-called "Real Randy Jackson" character of the three judges is a lot similar to 1980s Michael Jackson, and Perchival (voiced by Creator/TimCurry) is a similar to Simon Cowell.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
** Ren is based on Peter Lorre. Yes, Lorre again. Krisfaluci has gone on record as saying Ren is the unholy lovechild of Lorre and Kirk Douglas. And a little Burl Ives. Ironically, Burl Ives also gets a treatment, as "Stinky Wizzleteats," the singer of Stimpy's favorite song, "Happy Happy, Joy Joy." It's said that Ives was offended... not at the parody, but that Krikfalusi and company hadn't invited him to voice the role himself, allowing him to take a sledgehammer to the "beloved childrens' entertainer" persona he had built up -- in RealLife, Ives hated children.
** Stimpy's voice is based on Larry Fine of ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has The Boulder, a parody of both [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/HulkHogan, down to being a ThirdPersonPerson. He's even voiced by actual wrestler Wrestling/MickFoley.
* Roger from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is another Paul Lynde impression.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Stewie's voice is based on Rex Harrison.
** The makers of the show said that Peter basically is Creator/MichaelMoore (hence the inspiration for their farting contest skit).[[note]]Of course, Peter knows ''absolutely nothing'' about anything, not even having a clue what [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]] was until three years after the fact, and he has organized Quahog's Tea Party, while Moore is an avid supporter of Occupy, the Tea Party movement's ideological polar opposite.[[/note]]
** Peter and Lois' vocal inflections resembling Archie and Edith Bunker from ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', which is also spotlighted in the intro which is an over-the-top version of the intro of ''Family''.
** The [[GeniusCripple Disabled Professor]], whose name is apparently Steve, is an ersatz Creator/StephenHawking, with a similar MachineMonotone voice.
** The Season 8 episode "Hanna Banana" – itself a sendup of teenage pop stars – portrays Music/MileyCyrus straight ... until it is revealed that she is a robot.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', they show an aerobics instructor who is obviously based on Richard Simmons. As said aerobics instructor was ''played'' by Richard Simmons, this is more likely a case of InkSuitActor.
* In the second-season ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?", the character of President Breyer is an obvious pastiche of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (Bush-Breyer, get it?) with some BillClinton thrown in for flavor. Oddly enough, George W. Bush's down-home Texas mannerisms and dearth of intellectual rigor combined with Bill Clinton's lack of personal boundaries come off to make the character seem more like Lyndon Johnson than either Clinton or Bush.
** Henry Kissinger as Doctor Henry Killinger. Although, no one is sure whether Kissinger has a Magic Murder Bag or not.
** Brock Samson's trainer and mentor, Col. Hunter Gathers, bears a striking similarity to gonzo journalist Creator/HunterSThompson. After his sex change he bears a striking similarity to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson with a pair of really big fake tits.
** The yard sale episode featured a nameless supervillain looking suspiciously much like Music/EltonJohn browsing for dirty magazines.
** Colonel Horace Gentleman is basically Creator/SeanConnery with a dash of William S. Burroughs thrown in.
** Dr. Orpheus is a rather obvious caricature of Creator/VincentPrice, which fits with his also being an {{Expy}} of Comicbook/DoctorStrange (see comic book folder).
** Lloyd Venture, Rusty's grandfather and [[spoiler: founder of the Guild of Calamitous Intent,]] is UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt through and through, including physical appearance, dress, and unique manner of speaking.
** Mr. Brisby is a jaundiced view of Creator/WaltDisney, differing only in that he appears to have been limited to a wheelchair for the past twenty years, as opposed to having died and been kept frozen in the basement of Tomorrowland.
** When 21 and 24 finally see each other out of costume, they comment that they look like Creator/KevinSmith without a beard and [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Jerry Seinfeld]] with a unibrow, respectively.
** The Revenge Society later picks up married couple Lady Hawk Johnson and Lyndon Bee. And yes, they do look and sound exactly like President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife "Lady Bird" Johnson.
* An episode of MTV's ''The Maxx'' had a cop from out of town who looked (a little) like Creator/HumphreyBogart and sounded (a lot) like Creator/WilliamShatner. The cop was Comicbook/TheSavageDragon in the original Maxx comic, but could not be used on the show since Erik Larson held the copyright for the character.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' features a certain Mall Cop who may just have a strong need for more cowbell.
* ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'': Boop was based on Helen Kane.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has several. Their version of Dracula is based on Redd Foxx, Hoss Delgado is a combination of [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Snake Plissken]] and [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]], there is an underworld lawyer whose mannerisms are taken from Creator/ChristopherWalken and, in one episode, the kids get a helper monkey who sounds and acts like KevinSpacey. [[ParentalBonus Specifically in]] ''Film/{{Se7en}}''. No, Really.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' was particularly bad with this. In fact, one episode centered around a number of knockoffs of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Music/BritneySpears, etc., and the villain was Milan Stilton.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wonderpets}}'' sometimes has this. In one episode they save a group of musical insects known as The Beetles (who are bug versions of Paul, John, George and Ringo), and in another they meet up with the Rat Pack which are three rats named Sammy (Sammy Davis Jr), Blue Eyes (Music/FrankSinatra) and Dino (Dean Martin). And in "The Wonderpets Save the Hound Dog," they save a baby hound dog whose father is a dog version of Elvis Presley, who wears a pair of velvet booties and loves peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' episode "For a Few Sovereigns More" had Duke Igthorn hire bounty hunter Flint Shrubwood to hunt down the eponymous bears. He also looks and behaves just like [[Creator/ClintEastwood Clint's]] Man With No Name.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s incarnation of the [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris Music Meister]] seems to be a thinly veiled parody of famous pianists Music/EltonJohn and Liberace.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' episode "And He Does His Own Stunts" has a Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio substitute. The same episode indicates that Jackie Chan [[CelebrityParadox is not a film actor]] in the show's universe. Conversely, Uncle and Tohru are Creator/JohnWayne fans.
* The only character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' that is admittedly [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_mXn6vkxs9D8/SfnfFd7v_5I/AAAAAAAAA04/RUjHMOtR1fM/s400/aa.jpg based after a celebrity]] is Nathan Explosion, based after George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher. One troper still believes he bears a closer resemblance to [[http://tweetybebelino.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/peter-steele-totally-looks-like-nathan-explosion.jpg Peter Steele]]. Also, though it's denied, Murderface looks a lot like [[http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2008/12/23/128745717842010642.jpg Geezer Butler]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' brutally and ''beautifully'' averts this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' loves averting this trope; one of their defining characteristics is their parodying of celebrities by name. To the point where the 200th episode involves [[spoiler:every celebrity they've pastiched suing the makers of South Park]].
* On Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'', the Polite Coyotes (''Tex Tinstar'' segment) were patterned after the Beatles.
* Mok, the Big Bad of ''Rock & Rule'', had Mick Jagger's [[FurryConfusion features]] and David Bowie's fashion sense.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Samy's CompanionCube puppet Humphrey von Sidekick has a voice patterned after Bing Crosby.
* Taz's dad in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' was blatantly based on Bing Crosby right down to the nice glass of Ooooooo.J.
** And his brother Drew is Creator/BobHope, leading to several ''Road to...'' parodies.
** Several famous actors cameo briefly, non-speaking, in the episode "But is it Taz?"
* Mr. Bone from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had a voice that was very close to that of Barney Fife from ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', as well as Fife's blind obsession with following rules, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat no matter how trivial]].
* In the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', the witch who runs TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday is modelled on Auntie Wainwright who owns the junk shop in ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''; Volf Volfssonssonsson, the Hubland barbarian, is TheAhnold; [[HonestJohnsDealership CMOT Dibbler]] is based on Private Walker, the spiv from ''Series/DadsArmy''; and Crysophrase the Breccia ton is [[Film/TheGodfather Don Corleone]] if he was made of rock. Robert Selacchi's apprentice assassin is modelled on former UK politician Michael Portillo, and is even named "Miguel Portiyo" (he was NoNameGiven in the book).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has several examples:
** The Wonderbolts are [[https://twitter.com/goldenrusset/status/147573636369354752 likely]] based on the Blue Angels.
** The super manly tennis player pony seen during "Call of the Cutie" and "Luna Eclipsed" seems to be based on former Tennis player Andre Kirk Agassi during his prime.
** Fashion designer Hoity Toity in "Suited For Success" is based on Karl Lagerfeld. (The same episode also references Creator/GretaGarbo's "I vant to be alone.")
** The Best Young Flyer Competition's backstage manager in "Sonic Rainboom" resembles Lucille Ball.
*** On the same episode, the contest's announcer is a pegasus version of John Madden.
** Photo Finish from "Green Isn't Your Color" is inspired by ''Vogue'' magazine editor Anna Wintour.
** TheTeaser to "Cutie Pox" takes place in a bowling alley, with Ponies that resemble The Dude, Walter, Donny, and The Jesus from ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
** The mare with three fleur-de-lis as a cutie mark from "Sweet and Elite" bears a strong resemblance to Creator/BrigitteBardot.
** [[http://andypriceart.deviantart.com/art/My-Little-Pony-issue-1-Cover-A-and-B-322494026 Cover]] [[http://i.newsarama.com/images/MyLittlePony-01-CvrB.jpg B]] (and by extension, the [[http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/dp.asp?PRID=1231790 Midtown Comics]] [[http://amymebberson.tumblr.com/post/32541492661/mlp-1-variant-cover-for-midtown-comics-derpy-can variant cover]]) of Issue #1 of [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW's MLP comic books]] includes a cameo by The Hoof Beats, who appear to be the pony equivalent of Music/TheBeatles.
** Also from the IDW comics, we have...um...[[http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1304/23/mylittleponymicro38.htm Charles Manson]].
** The ponies from the WebGames ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' and/or ''[[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/fashion.html Rarity's Bridal Boutique]]'' can [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=330044987044590 look like]] Music/LadyGaga if the player designs them that way.
* Knight Shade, a singer pony from the original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' cartoon, appears to have been based off Music/MichaelJackson.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Creator/MarkHamill has said that his performance of The Joker was a mixture of Hannibal Lector and Jerry Lewis.
** The ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'' is somewhat peppered with this, particularly for ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited''. Because of the number of voices required with a limited cast, voice actors would break out voice imitations to make a more significant variety. Notably, Michael Rosenbaum's Deadshot was an imitation of Creator/KevinSpacey, and Creator/PhilLaMarr's version of Steel was somewhat based on Creator/MorganFreeman. Rosenbaum also gave Ghoul, one of the Jokerz in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' and an episode of ''Justice League Unlimited'', the voice of Christopher Walken.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'''s version of the Riddler is best described, visually speaking, as Music/MarilynManson wearing a ton of green.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has a thinly veiled Creator/JamesCameron expy, the SmallNameBigEgo and alien movie to boot
* Madney Speer on ''WesternAnimation/TaraDuncan'' who's, y'know, supposed to be like that [[Music/BritneySpears "Hit Me Baby, One More Time"]] singer (but the character looked more like P!nk circa 2000, and her song sounded very [[Series/HannahMontana ''Best of Both Worlds'']]-ish)
* In the "Hatrocks and the Gruesomes" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', the Hatrocks are a parody of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', the Gruesomes are a parody of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' and The Four Insects and their "bug music" is a parody of Music/TheBeatles.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' did this in nearly every episode with the names (e.g. "Steven Spielbird"), and sometimes went even further by actually showing their in-universe avian expy (one episode has a "Whippoorwill Smith" who's basically a bird version of, well, Creator/WillSmith).
* In ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'', the titular Quest isn't voiced by Creator/PatrickWarburton, but it sure as hell '''sounds''' like he's voiced by Patrick Warburton.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Car Broke, Phone Yes", featured an alien with speech patterns similar to Creator/AndyKaufman.
* Bruno Bullnerd from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' was not voiced by Creator/BradGarrett, but his voice sounds like a raspy version of Brad Garrett. Creator/JeffBennett also uses the same voice in ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'' (as Malvin's Dad) and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' (as Ticket Guy).
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Chef Lance Casteau is an obvious rip-off of Anthony Bourdain (with a bit of Gordon Ramsay thrown in) and to top it all off is actually voiced by Anthony Bourdain.

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