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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlatantLies It's just as good as]] [[NintendoDS the real thing]]!]]

->''"Just as I suspected! Totally legit looking stuff! Where are the human noses? The misspellings? The choking hazards?"''
-->-- '''Strong Bad''' (complaining when a knockoff isn't shoddy enough), ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''

A Shoddy Knockoff Product is dolled up to look like a popular and/or quality product, but being dolled up is the only work that went into it. You'd be lucky if it even functioned at all.

These could very well be used as a target of ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping, especially if they resemble a game that an ignorant relative thinks the recipient likes.

The EvilTwin of the WellIntentionedReplacement. While both tropes are about poorly made substitutes, that trope is with the genuine hope of making up for the thing being substituted. This trope is about just plain, old ripping you off.

Compare BlandNameProduct (to show a popular product in a show without stepping on trademarks), TheMockbuster (which does have a similar goal to this trope), and UnlicensedGame (an index of Shoddy Knockoff VideoGames that have their own pages).

Contrast FollowTheLeader (there is a clear influence, but it's not trying to make you think it's the actual work its following), SerialNumbersFiledOff (It's almost the same thing as another, but at the very least changes anything copyrighted by someone else).

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''{{Kochikame}}'': A chapter of begins with a police officer showing his new Porsche to the main characters. They were skeptical at for costing only a million yen and illegitimate designs including right-handed steering, front engine, etc. It turns out be a Daihatsu with a Porsche exterior. They went to the dealer who happen to sell faux high value cars with economy car interiors using names such as, "Porschu", "Furrari", and "BNW".
* One episode of ''KeroroGunsou'' had Keroro hoping to get his hands on an old knock-off Gundam model kit called "Dangale". Dangale is actually based on a real-life line of Gundam knock-offs called ''G''angale, or Gungal. As with Dangale in the show, Gungal models are actually sought after collector's items because they're so rare.
* In one chapter of ''Alyosha'', Alyosha seemingly wins a PS3 at a carnival game and gives it to her friend Ryunosuke. Upon closer examination, he discovers it's a "[=P53=]", a Chinese knockoff with 53 games built into the console.
* This is one of the running gags associated with both China and Hong Kong in ''AxisPowersHetalia''.
* In the ''Diamond and Pearl'' arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Team Rocket takes advantage of the Pokétch craze by churning out counterfeit Pokétches, which turn out to have mind control properties over the town's Pokémon. Dawn gets a real Pokétch at the end of the episode.
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[[folder:Film]]
* TheAsylum, makers of [[TheMockbuster Mockbusters]] like ''Transmorphers'' and ''I Am Omega''.
* Parodied in ''ComingToAmerica'', in which Mr. [=McDowell=] lives in perpetual terror of the [=McDonalds=] lawyers coming down on him for his fast-food restaurant [=McDowells=], which aside from a few cosmetic changes is a blatant [=McDonalds=] rip-off.
* In ''{{Serendipity}}'' the heroine and her wacky sidekick are vacationing in New York. The sidekick is thrilled to buy a "Prado" purse. The heroine is quick to remind her that at least ''her'' fake actually says "Prada" on it.
* The GodfreyHoNinjaMovies, being edits of old, previously non-ninja films with a few scenes of what are sometimes the most ridiculous looking "ninjas" ever seen. [[TheMockbuster And all to cash in on the craze for ninja movies at the time.]]
* In ''LightNovel/KamikazeGirls'' Momoko's father used to sell "Versach" and "Univerkal Stadium" products, her daughter followed his steps to buy more [[ElegantGothicLolita lolita dresses and accessories]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''LightNovel/KamikazeGirls'' novel, the protagonist's father sells knock-offs like this, and at one point she mocks him (in the narration, not to his face) for thinking that changing the brand name slightly will keep him from getting in trouble for it (which he does).
* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', this [[InvokedTrope is used to avoid blowing a cover]]. A rich guy pretends to be a blue collar driver, but forgets to take his Rolex off. When a cop points it out, he says it was a cheap Fauxlex piece of shit he got off the street.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''AllInTheFamily'': The 1973 episode "Hot Watch," where Archie buys a designer Onega watch from a street salesman for $25, a great bargain for a watch that might be worth $300. Designer watch? Onega? A bargain? Nope – it's a cheap, poorly made watch that breaks within minutes, but Archie – and Mike, who is concerned that the watch might have been stolen – don't find out the truth until a jeweler points all this out. (Actually, the designer watch is "[[BlandNameProduct Omega]]").
* In the short lived sitcom ''DAG'', someone tried to get an Armani suit, but couldn't afford it. A friend promised him a suit just as good, but got an [=A!mani=] suit, and it was nothing like the suit he saw in the store.
* On ''{{Cheers}}'' Norm's favorite low-price restaurant sold things which were [[LiteCreme nearly meat]], like "Baff" and "Loobster."
* One episode of ''Series/HarryHillsTVBurp'' expands on a clip from ''Series/TheApprentice'' in which Alan Sugar talks about his "Kelvin Kleins" by mentioning all the other hokey gear he buys (he's rich because he buys these cheap knockoffs), including Knikey trainers and Christine Deeyor perfume.
* The "Blockblister" sketch in ''TheAmandaShow''. A video store operated by Italian immigrants who sell poor quality videos being [[TheMockbuster homemade spoofs of Hollywood films]] (''[[AustinPowers Austin Powders]]'', ''[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Voz]]'') with them acting in it.
-->Father: This movie better!
-->Whole Family: Much better!
* In one episode of ''{{CSINY}}'' Stella berates a criminal selling knock-off Rolexes that had Rolex spelled with "two Ls and a Z".
* ''{{NCIS}}'': Tony buys an iPod for $30. Kate spots that it's actually an L-pod and has nothing inside the casing.
* In an episode of ''SpinCity'', noted cheapskate Paul gives Claudia a "Rolex" as a gift:
-->'''Claudia''': Honey, why is Rolex spelled with three Xs?
-->'''Paul''': [[BlatantLies It's the sports model]].
* The [=SerfBoard=] in the ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS5E5E6TheManWhoNeverWas The Man Who Never Was]]", a shoddy laptop computer whose maker attempted to sell it with the help of alien-slave-controlled hypnotic technology.
* "Mr. ''Series/{{Monk}}'' Takes Manhattan": Randy Disher proudly shows off the new watch he bought from a guy who knew a guy. When Sharona dismisses it as junk, he insists that it can give him the time in multiple time zones. "It's 5:30 here, in Denver, it's 3:30, Los Angeles, 12:17; and in Paris, France... time has stopped."
* Several of Jinnai Tomonori's comedy sketches start with him buying one of these products, such as a "Santendo Desu" because the NintendoDS was sold out at his local store, or an airplane ticket on "JOS" instead of JAL. JOS, by the way, stands for "[[FunWithAcronyms Jiko Ooikedo Shinpaisuruna]]", which is Japanese for "[[MeaningfulName we have lots of accidents but don't worry]]".
* Generally subverted in ''Series/WhiteCollar'' since Neal is a great forger and he goes to great lengths to make sure that his forgeries are not shoddy and can easily pass off as the real thing. In one episode he has to intentionally make a lesser quality forgery because he needs the FBI to think that the painting has always been a fake and the original was destroyed during WorldWar2. In another episode a gangster intends to sell knockoffs of rare high priced whiskey and Neal goes undercover as a shady brewer who uses artificial food flavoring to make cheap whiskey taste like the real thing.
* A recurring character on SaturdayNightLive (played by Creator/DanAykroyd) is a sleazy businessman jumping aboard the latest fads with ''horrendous'' products. The Halloween costumes stand out in this department, with "TheInvisibleMan" (an all-black outfit and ski-mask, making it easy for kids to get hit by a car while Trick-or-Treating), and "[[FantasticFour The Human Torch]]" (a bunch of oil-soaked rags stapled to a shirt and a lighter).
* In the "You Better Shop Around" episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peg orders Al to go and buy an air conditioner to deal with a heat wave they are experiencing.
-->'''Peg''': You can get one of the knock-off products, like our Fridgi-''door'' refridgerator, R-C--''Hey'' TV...
-->'''Al''': My beauti-''fool'' wife.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' mocks this, like "Wibsters Dictionary".
* Roger in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' frequently gets nailed by this. During the digital pets craze, his daughter Paige wanted a Tamagotchi. He thought a Tama''grouchy'' was close enough. It wasn't.
-->'''Roger:''' The guy told me they were the same thing.
-->'''Paige:''' Daddy, Tamagotchis are '''cute!''' They hatch out of eggs and sleep and play and eat and grow! This thing's just plain nasty.
-->'''Roger:''' Paige, give it a chance! You've only had it one day!
-->'''Tamagrouchy:''' Yeah, listen to baldy.
* One particular ''{{Boondocks}}'' story arc involved the granddad getting Huey a "Phony Funstation" as a present. He then tries to justify it by saying it came with a free griddle.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Done by Creator/SternPinball as a test run to their own ''[[Pinball/BatmanStern Batman]]'' pinball game; two years after its release, Stern came out with a small number of "Standard Model" tables for sale exclusively through [=CostCo=], knocking $700 off the price and stripping out several major playfield elements in the process.
** They did something similar with ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'' a few months later, selling "Iron Man Classic" tables that removed several components and used a cheaper cabinet for $1,700 less than the original's price.
* Apparently Stern was pleased with the results, as in 2012 they unveiled "The Pin" line of consumer-oriented bargain tables, sharing a common cabinet and playfield design. ''[[Pinball/{{Transformers}} Transformers: The Pin]]'' was released in 2012, while ''[[Pinball/TheAvengersStern The Avengers: The Pin]]'' came out in 2013. Compared to the originals, "The Pin" games are limited to two players, have a lighter plastic backbox, removed the dot-matrix display, changed the playfield and rules, and omit the music and sound effects. Needless to say, many pinball players consider them Shoddy Knockoffs of the originals.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In the ''Radio/CabinPressure'' episode "Limerick", Martin buys what he thinks is a genuine Patek Philippe watch from a [[HonestJohnsDealership shady salesman]] in Hong Kong. He eventually discovers that he was tricked into buying a Shoddy Knockoff.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/PeterKay makes a whole routine about growing up in a British/Irish family that had to count the pennies. A favourite stand-up sketch is called ''Why Do Mums Buy Crap Coke?'' and relates his childhood angst that when at the supermarket, his mother would always avoid brand-name Coca-Cola and even Pepsi, despite her son and daughter vocally protesting, and she would always buy own-label or inferior brands like the loathed Rola-Cola, on the grounds these were a fifth of the price and she wasn't made of money.
-->''But they're CRAP, mum!''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''{{GURPS}} Literature/{{Discworld}}'' adventure "[[http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/sample.html?id=721 Watch Academy VI: Hogswatchnight]], the hot Hogswatch toy in Ankh-Morpork this year is a biothaumic monstrosity called a Burfy. The players are encouraged to think [[HonestJohn CMOT Dibbler is involved]], when actually he's trying to make knockoff Burfies.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Bootleg market can be so strong that even legal pursuit failed to take it down, case in point is TT Hong-Li made ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' knockoffs. Bandai had issued a lawsuit against its parent company, but market demand is large enough to resurrect the company from the brink of death. The shoddy part comes from the fact that, while the models are 90% accurate, it has excessively bad quality control such as extremely brittle plastic and toxic dust.
* Even though they are compatible with {{Franchise/LEGO}}, many kids are often disappointed to receive Mega Bloks instead of proper LEGO from a parent, relative or friend unaware of the difference between the two and just going for the cheaper product. Unlike most examples, Mega Bloks doesn't really actively pretend to be LEGO -- its branding and products are fairly well-differentiated from LEGO, it's fairly easy to tell the difference when you have one of the same sort of piece from each to observe, and it tends to produce relatively different sorts of sets with a greater emphasis on licensed cash-ins. According to the Wiki/SCPFoundation, sentient self-assembling LEGO brick specimen aren't particularly pleased to see instances of Mega Bloks either...
--> ...a small mound of Megablocks (a common copy of Lego) was placed near the community. When this happened, everything constructed of [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-387 387]] stopped moving, turned slowly towards the Megablocks and [[TakeOurWordForIt [EXPU]][[GoryDiscretionShot NGED]]].
-->''Addendum 387-6: Jesus [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Christ. -- Dr. Arch''
** Or, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15670_the-25-most-baffling-toys-from-around-world_p2.html Cock Bloc]].
** Back during its run, ''{{Franchise/BIONICLE}}'' tended to get hit very hard with knockoffs from all over the world, some of the most well-known discovered ones including "Invincibility Robots" and "Maskers". Interestingly, most ''BIONICLE'' knockoffs were visually near-indistinguishable from the real thing -- many even used the exact same packaging and canisters, though with the BIONICLE and LEGO logos edited or removed. Amusingly, one discovered instance of a knockoff took the 2005 Rahaga sets and replaced their heads with what appeared to be [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader helmets]].
* Oddly enough, the August 2007 issue of ''Magazine/PopularScience'' featured an article on the various shameless ripoffs from China. Main part of the article was one of the copied cars getting the attention of the actual manufacturer -- and ''offered to fix it up to them'' (the copied car was extremely dangerous''. It explains how some companies manage to get crap electronics out the doors, even when they're only on display (they literally have loads of engineers photograph the living shit out of electronics on display). Hell -- there's even the "[=iClone=]" episode, where there was a surprisingly good touch phone (before everyone else started to FollowTheLeader!)
* There are a lot of {{Franchise/Barbie}} or {{Bratz}} imitations that try (and succeed) to convince older people that they are Barbies or Bratz dolls.
* ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'' knockoffs [[http://home.clara.net/hexdidnt/collect/transform/bootleg/index.htm here]] and [[http://www.mykooltoyz.com/bootleg-tf.html here]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fhaVVD_Y0U Twist n' Change Robots]]. You can find them at many toy stores and drugstores. They're actually based on old Takatoku molds, which were also the basis for Select's Convertors Defenders toy line, and some official ''Transformers'' such as Whirl and Roadbuster.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgWvdZUEoGU There's even]] a CombiningMecha ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny knockoff]]. What are you, [[TheBraveExpressMightGaine Thomas the Might Gaine]]?!
*** Amazingly and bafflingly, there's a knockoff of this knockoff. The trains have generic smiley faces on them instead of the trademark Thomas face, but the molds are otherwise the same.
** Kmart's Just Kidz Robo Morphers toy line includes a Rodimus knockoff that becomes a Ferrari Enzo lookalike, a [[Film/{{Transformers}} Movie Ratchet]] knockoff, and a [[TransformersCybertron Cybertron Evac]] knockoff.
** Big Lots has several, including G1 combiner bootlegs, "Robot Kings", and the "Battle Robots", one of which is an even flimsier clone of the aforementioned Rodimus Ferrari wannabe.
** Befitting the franchise's MerchandiseDriven nature, there are fans who actually ''collect'' bootlegs and knockoffs, and that's without getting into the fan-made "reproductions" of Classics and G1 toys, along with downsized Masterpiece figures.
** Some of the bootlegs are fairly impressive for bootlegging things that existed 20 years ago using modern molds. The ''Classics'' Sideswipe and Sunstreaker mold, for instance, is getting a ''lot'' of use producing, among other things, bootlegs of G2 Sideswipe, Japanese-exclusive Tigertrack, and Generation 2 Streetwise, who so far as is known never had a released toy.
** One Chinese company has managed to do something fans have dreamed off for the longest time in [[http://www.actionfigurechecklist.com/Images/Album/index.php?v=view&i=0&p=Transformers_KnockOff_KO/Combiner/Dinobots/DSC02226_Dinobot_Combiner.jpg the most bizarre, brightly colored way.]] These are miniature Dinobots, all clearly using tiny versions of the original alternate modes' molds, but with entirely new robot forms. They combine into... [[http://www.actionfigurechecklist.com/Images/Album/index.php?v=view&i=21&p=Transformers_KnockOff_KO/Combiner/Dinobots/DSC08432_Dinobot_Combiner.jpg this garishly colored thing]]. No known Transformers product remotely resembling this thing exists, either; likely knockoff victims like Monstructor or the Scramble City-type Transformers simply don't match up to the details.
* [=Cracked.com=] published [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19056_the-15-most-unintentionally-hilarious-bootleg-toys.html this article]] profiling cases of [[{{Narm}} unintentionally funny]] knockoff toys.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' toys are frequently knocked-off, and some have actually become ''more'' valuable then the actual toys. The vintage Turkish and Polish varieties are the most popular.
* British convenience store Poundland stocks "[[MyLittlePony My Lovely Pony]]", "[[ThomasTheTankEngine Tommy the Train]]", "[[DoraTheExplorer Little Explorer]]" and "[[SpiderMan Spider Power]]" merchandise. Amusingly, another MyLittlePony ripoff is available, sold as [[FatherTed My Lovely HORSE]].
** The German toy giant Simba introduced their own MyLittlePony ShoddyKnockoffProduct when the real deal had fallen into unimportance due to neglect by Hasbro. They copied the G3 molds, modified the printing and named the result "My Sweet Pony". Hasbro noticed and sued, and Simba had to apply a few more changes and re-release their small toy horses (''not'' ponies) under the "Filly" brand. Unfortunately, Filly has become so popular among little girls in Germany who have never heard of MyLittlePony that [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the fourth MLP generation]] would have ended up in obscurity, weren't it for the bronies.
*** The Filly brand is also popular among a particular group of former My Little Pony collectors due to the stylistic direction Hasbro is taking with MLP (read: the Filly ponies actually resemble ponies, My Little Pony ponies doesn't look anything like ponies since G3.5).
* There are "Super Hero Alliance/Crew/League/Etc." toy lines which consist of {{Marvel}}, {{DC}}, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' characters teaming up to fight crime.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2NdPTjrjdA This version]] of the Manga/ShugoChara Humpty Lock might seem like the authentic version at first, but then it does not talk like the characters and plays "Jingle Bells".
* Variant: Brazilian toy company Glasslite made [[Series/KyojuuTokusouJuspion Jaspion]] toys by putting his helmet on Franchise/RoboCop dolls and painting the body like Jaspion's armor. Just look at [[http://assets-cache02.flogao.com.br/s33/13/07/06/78/67106940.jpg both]], and then at [[http://www.tokufriends.net/br/wp-content/2010/10/jaspion_toy_entrevista_wilson_katakura_tokufriends_tokusatsu.jpg the toy]] (even the distributor of the show admitted, adding that they preferred to licence it to Glasslite instead of importing the Japanese toys).
* Anime/{{Beyblade}} has a couple of prominent bootleggers, the biggest of which is Hongyi. Their fakes are sold under the name Rapidity and advertised as "compatible" with Beyblade parts. However, quality control is nonexistant, and the metal wheels are lead-based pewter. They deform and break much more quickly than the real thing, and release ''toxic gas'' if heated. The plastic parts, though, are a fair bit closer in quality to the real thing, but still fall short.
* There exists a OuijaBoard knockoff called "Wee-Ji".
* There exist [[http://bootlegpokemontoys.tumblr.com two]] [[http://fuckyeahderpmon.tumblr.com blogs]] in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom devoted to these.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A large percentage of {{Shovelware}} is made of these.
* Many unlicensed/bootleg NES games, especially by Thin Chen Enterprise (often sold under the Sachen brand name), are shoddy imitations of licensed ones, e.g. ''Silent Assault'' (''{{Contra}}''), ''Rocman X'' (''VideoGame/MegaManX''), ''Challenge of the Dragon'' (''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''), ''Jurassic Boy'' (''SonicTheHedgehog''), ''Mission Cobra'' (''TwinCobra''), ''Street Heroes'' (''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''), ''Q-Boy'' (''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''), ''Raid 2020''(''{{NARC}}''), and ''Pipes'' (''PipeDream''). There are also several "pirate original" games based on movie franchises, such as ''Deathbots''(''{{Terminator}}''), ''[[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry's Legend]]'' and ''[[{{Titanic}} Titenic]]''.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e3Mvh4qcuQ Dr. Wario]]'' (Wario's knockoff of ''VideoGame/DrMario'') from ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Micro Game$!]]'' is a parody of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiCDjQQSMZg bootleg games]] where the main character (and possibly others) is replaced with another character from a totally unrelated and usually more popular game, with the game's title screen also edited appropriately.
* ''Guitar Superstar'' is a plug-n-play knockoff of ''GuitarHero''.
** Ditto for ''Guitar Fever''.
* There are ads on this very wiki promoting an online game entitled ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekOnline Space Trek]]''.
* Then there's "World of [=LordCraft=]" (from the same organization that's behind ''{{Evony}}''), which has banner ads that urge you to "join the battlt now" (yes, spelled "battlt").
* The multicart ''Caltron 6-in-1'', in addition to the original game ''Magic Carpet 1001'', features knockoffs of ''Space Harrier''(''Cosmos Cop''), ''Balloon Fight''(''Adam & Eve''), ''Sokoban''(''Porter''), ''Make Trax''(''Bookyman''), and ''Buster Brothers''(''Balloon Monster'').
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvXleDSkB-g POPstation]] (actually spelled that way) a RealLife knockoff of the PlaystationPortable: acts as an extremely good example of this trope--as well as the former TropeNamer--and that's about the only good thing it does. Check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvXleDSkB-g this video review]]. There are other products in the [=POPStation=] Watch series which are devices shaped like other consoles but have the same internals.
* Other PlaystationPortable knock-offs include the [=GameStation=], the Funstation, the [=PlayCentral=], the [=RumbleStation=] (includes games from everbody's [[SarcasmMode favorite]] NES producer, Color Dreams) and many oldies compilations put in a Nintendo 64 controller (Powerplayer Super Joy; they got shot down by Nintendo pretty quick).
* Within weeks of the release of the {{Wii}} console, the Vii. Said to be made by Ken Sing Ton (BlandNameProduct knockoff of Kensington). Now we have the Vii 2. With its [[GratuitousEnglish Porwer]] button and its new strangely-shaped controller, but with the same low quality games, it [[SarcasmMode oughta be a blast]]! In a similar vein we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-aTfLayXwQ Tilt Games]], the Zone-40/Zone-60 and the [[http://www.marcosgarcia.es/imagenes/wiii_1.jpg Wiii!]]
* ''DDR''. No, not ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''... just ''DDR''. Made by "DDR Game", apparently.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBBMnY7mANg The PCP Station]]. A PlayStationPortable lookalike with Xbox buttons that's named after a drug. It comes with "[[StreetFighter Street Overlord]]" and "[[SuperMarioBros Super Mary]]". Also, "Chanticleer Hegemony".
* The Power Player Super Joy: A Famicom clone shaped like an N64 controller and the second controller is a Sega Genesis controller.
* There's also a Famiclone Vii.
* Behold, ''VideoGame/FinalCombat'' (Not to be confused with Sachen's ''BattleCity'' knockoff of the same name), a Chinese knockoff of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' that couldn't be more blatant if it tried. To be fair, the Striker does seem like a legitimately new class (albeit lifting ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' assets), but the Rocket, Firebat, Fatman, and Sniper are obvious ripoffs of [=TF2=]'s Soldier, Pyro, Heavy, and... er, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sniper]]. Even the map most of the gameplay videos take place in is a blatant ripoff of Harvest (which is doubly insulting when you remember that Harvest was a ''fan-made map''. Ouch.). Worse yet, closer observation will show that it's actually a ripoff of ''multiple'' games, as the other maps besides the Harvest lookalike are taken from ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes'' and parts of ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'''s de_dust. Just how many stolen assets are actually in this thing?! (Answer: Enough for Valve, usually a fairly laid-back group, to start vigorously pursuing legal action.)
* In ''WorldOfTanks'', there's a Chinese T-54 knockoff, labeled Type 59. It's 1 tier lower and generally worse than the original, except the armor slopes, which make it quite tough.
* This Chinese rip off of MarioKart Wii, found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZdrSUo-Tms here]]. It's quite literally a texture hack of Mario Kart Wii being sold on the app store, complete with the exact same tracks (with minor texture edits to remove Mario references), the exact same items and likely everything else being the same as well.
* ''Rock Revolution'', a painfully obvious rip-off of ''VideoGame/RockBand''. It ended up in discount bins in an instant.
* An in-media example occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' during the Point Lookout [[MushroomSamba Punga trip]]; along the bog trail, there are fake Bobbleheads called "Schmault-tec Bubbleheads" whose descriptions mock the player's S.P.E.C.I.A.L. abilities.
* Syrian Games don't even bother to change the names, but makes various "special editions" of the same game (often Grand Theft Auto) to entice people to buy the same game. Which is reportedly a broken mod lacking all story events and missions. The covers themselves are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3eNToC7AAM hilarious]].
* Somewhere in China is a company making a ''VideoGame/{{jubeat}}'' knockoff called "Magic Box", videos of which can be found all over YouTube. By all accounts, the hardware appears to be very close to actual ''jubeat'' in both appearance and functionality, except Magic Box replaces the top marquee with a duplicate screen a la ''VideoGame/DJMaxTechnika'' and adds some lights to the sides. The software, however, is painfully obviously inferior.
** Said knockoff also goes by the name of ''e-Magic'' and ''Magic Touch'' in some markets. Notably tho, they filled the niche in markets where Konami won't export the official Jubeat machines.
* An VideoGame/PumpItUp knockoff has recently been spotted going under the name ''King of Dancer''. It is most probably also made by the same company who brought us ''e-Magic'' and ''Magic Box''.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Mocked in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail190.html this email]] toon from Strong Bad, in which he has ''officially'' unlicensed Strong Bad merchandise, and objects to Bubs selling legit-looking "unlicensed unlicensed" merchandise.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', although it's mentioned that John is a ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' fan, his iconic Green Slime Ghost T-shirt is actually a [[http://www.topatoco.com/graphics/00000002/mspa-ghost-print.jpg Japanese character]] [[BlatantLies totally unrelated to Slimer]].
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/01/16/mittens-has-another-cunning-plan/ Mittens makes use of a cheap iKnow knockoff to make himself look like one of Zenith's Tagged minions.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* StuartAshen specializes in reviewing cheap knock-off products; usually game consoles and toys. The most famous being the POP Stations: A series of cheap and unplayable LCD handheld games made to look like existing video game consoles. A number of the links on this page lead directly to his reviews of how shoddy these knockoffs really are.
** He has also branched out to fake cellphones and the occasional fake toy.
* Mike Mozart of WebVideo/JeepersMedia occasionally reviews knock-off toys and merchandise in his videos. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtSrPRBCGnM this video]] in particular, he reviews a bunch of iPod knockoffs and his friendly demeanor slowly dissolves to be replaced with disappointment and confusion that such things are allowed to exist.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3gl9jUx3IM This video]] made by Website/YouTube user: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/leokimvideo leokimvideo]] showcases several cheap knock-off toys based on ThomasTheTankEngine.
* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} started his own series of videos called Bootleg Zones with The Phayllus not to long ago where he reviews bootleg action figures.
** Downplayed by the second episode, where it is clear that the show extends to reviewing bootleg products that are of decent quality almost matching (or in some aspects succeeding) the originals. Part of the rating system used for the reviews is how well they fare as a substitute for the originals.
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* ''TheSimpsons''
** Homer goes to a discount electronics store:
-->'''Homer''': Look at these low, low prices on famous brand-name electronics!
-->'''Bart''': Don't be a sap, Dad. These are just crappy knock-offs.
-->'''Homer''': Hey, I know a genuine Panaphonics when I see it. And look, there's Magnetbox, and Sorny!
** Springfield Elementary at one time served "Malk" instead of milk. ("Now with Vitamin R!")
** Superintendent Chalmers takes his "coffee-flavored Beverine" "grey with Creamium".
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': The Lego/Mega Bloks example is referenced:
-->'''Peter''': You got Legos? Aw, sweet! Lois only buys me ''Mega Bloks''.
-->'''Lois''': They're the same thing, Peter.
-->'''Peter''': You know what, Lois? They are ''not'' the same thing. And the sooner you get that through your thick skull, the sooner we can get this marriage back on track.
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Fry is duped by a back alley organ trader who tries to convince him that Z-Ray eyes are even better than X-Ray eyes.
* Martini in ''Film/OliveTheOtherReindeer'' sells knockoff Rolexxx watches. Olive was suspicious about it at first, but ended up buying one of these anyways, with predictable results. [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke The Big Ben is also a Rolexxx]].]]
-->'''Olive:''' I didn't know Rolex had three X's.
* One episode of ''TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' featured a CorruptCorporateExecutive who sold cheap knockoffs of Felix's magic bag. At first, the only noticeable difference was that the copies were black where the original is yellow and vice-versa. However, they used cheap materials to replace expensive ones because the boss said the customers would never know and to replace materials the spies failed to identify while analyzing the original bag because nobody would care. Despite knowing the knockoffs would be dangerous, they mass-produced the black bags.
* An episode of ThePowerpuffGirls was about bootleg versions of the girls.
* An episode of ''WsternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' featured a product called Woogles, which you could squeeze, stretch, bounce, and customize. Woogles had a cheap knockoff called Poogles, which looked like a potato and couldn't do anything.
* GarfieldAndFriends had "The Genuine Article", where there is a knockoff Garfield named Gabriel. Even the names of the characters are similar! For example, Odie is now Ollie.
** The newspaper comic would (much later) introduce a one-shot character by the name of "Grafield".
-->'''Garfield:''' Call our lawyer.
* [[http://count-latchula.tumblr.com/post/37301379264/dirkdidntgethisheadinthegame This]] ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' hat contains a knockoff Spongebob, and messed-up text ("[=SpongoBob SouarePants=]" and "[[SignificantAnagram SopnoeBgb SpeatuQanrs]]"?).
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a game at a CrappyCarnival offers Terrance and Phillip dolls as prizes, which Kyle desperately tries to win. After making ASimplePlan to raise $5000 to spend on the game, he finally gets his hands on some, only for them to turn out to be crude fakes which fall apart easily.
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* A group on Flickr titled [[http://www.flickr.com/groups/fake/pool/ Fake Products: Mutant Knockoffs]] is entirely dedicated to collecting photographic evidence of these sorts of imitations. Some of them are quite hilarious. Even more at [[http://www.flickr.com/groups/644706@N25/pool/ The Chinese Copy Pool]].
* A [[http://narnik.tumblr.com/post/62213411435/totallynotagentphilcoulson-coolasacalliope list]] of [[SoBadItsGood humorous]] ''MyLittlePony'', ''Franchise/TheAvengers'', and ''JusticeLeague'' knockoffs. Changes include Mr. Incredible and ''Shrek'' as being part of a ''Justice League'' knockoff; ponies with gigantic heads; and Batman being refered to as "Morgan Freeman."
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* During the 70s-80s and even to an extent today, the Fender Stratocaster was a victim of frequent awful duplicates and clones until Fender took matters into their own hands and began to produce Squier guitars, budget-priced Japanese-made Fender products.
* Since Third World Countries are a major trading partner of China, the quality of the knock off products has become something of a business model. There are several levels of quality, ranging from abysmal to almost as good as the real thing. There was a direct connection between the quality of the items and the affluence of the importer. In theory, this allows everyone to get a taste of the product, albeit in varying qualities. Compare that with original Western products that are good quality but often times over the price range of the average buyer in third world locales such as Sub-Saharan Africa.
* In Brazil and in China (see Engadget's [[http://www.engadget.com/tag/kirf/ Keepin' It Real Fake section]]), cheap knockoffs of smartphones are very common.
** Most of the times, they copy the [=iPhone=], Nokia smartphones or Android-based phones. (The last one brings some FridgeLogic: since Android is an open-source platform, why don't the manufacturers put the real thing instead of a fake? Sure, the name is trademarked and a fee has to be paid to use it, but the actual software can be used freely as long as it's called something else, though some pieces of software like the Android Market aren't free to use. Heck, they could just use Replicant, which is a fork of Android that takes out the parts that aren't free and open-source software.)
*** Maybe, in a variation of WontTakeYesForAnAnswer, they're so used to making ripoffs, they don't check to see if it's actually free-to-use?
*** Well, given the fact that Android is free-to-use, several Chinese system-on-chip manufacturers such as the infamous Mediatek, Allwinner and Rockchip do offer [=SoCs=] capable of running Android, i.e. the [=MTK6573=] and its higher-end cousins the 6575 and 6577, which are being used on countless multiple-SIM smartphones, many of which are clones of sought-after devices such as the Samsung Galaxy series. To sum things up, the clones now more closely imitate their legit counterparts, largely because they use the same Android system, but they're still a different banana hardware-wise.
** In China, there have even been companies set up that do nothing but copy major brand phones. One such is a company known as Nokla (this is a common sort of glyph substitution when people with at best a really weak grasp of the characters used in a language try to duplicate a word) became extremely proficient at copying the externals of Nokia phones, although the internals and interface was no more similar than any other phone.
* [[http://www.oldcrank.com/articles/crapophone/Introduction.html Knockoff "Vintage" phonographs]] made in India/China are common on eBay/antique stores. Sometimes, they're correctly labeled and sold as replicas, but some sellers tend to attempt to pass them off as authentic Victor phonographs from the early 20th century. While they look real to the average person, [[http://www.mainspringpress.com/crapo.html experienced collectors can easily identify them as fakes by the shape of the box, materials used, and parts on the player]].
* Mike Mozart of WebVideo/JeepersMedia once reviewed a bunch of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtSrPRBCGnM knockoff iPods]]. The reality of these things annoyed him a great deal. He strongly recommends the official iPods in this case.
* The city of Kunming, China contains an [[http://gizmodo.com/5822918/fake-chinese-apple-store-looks-amazingly-real/ almost perfect copy]] of an Apple Store. A few tiny tip-offs include displaying the name of the store (real stores just show the Apple logo) and the employees' name tags just simply saying "Staff" rather than their name. Amazingly enough, even the employees were fooled.
** There's also [[http://socialdiets.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/the-ikea-experience-at-kunming-yunnan-provincechina11-furniture-storefake-exposed/ 11 Furniture Store]], a fake Ikea that copies almost everything about it, but the cafeteria serves traditional Chinese food instead of Swedish food. This is also located in Kunming.
* With the return of the [[{{Casablanca}} ceiling fan]] to popularity in the late 1970's-early 1980's, most quality models (such as this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5q_pIvHROc Hunter Original]]) were made in the USA, had long-lasting motors and parts, were relatively quiet, and could cost well over $250-300 new (roughly $1,000 on today's market). Enter the ''$29.95'' offering from "Family Handyman" magazine, complete with the advertisement literally "daring you to tell us the difference"... well, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR2jorKYcCY listen for yourself]]... and enjoy the yellow plastic while you're at it.
* A Chinese company named Lifan used to make and sell "Hongda" motorcycles which were shoddy copies of Honda's models, until [[http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aI5Y5nlSaiXI&refer=top_world_news Honda sued]] and put a stop to it.
* Many Japanese guitar companies started like this, Tokai still doing this as well, as Edwards (by ESP), but now only in Japan. For a long time no manufacturer was interested as their models was a letdown in quality (eg. bolt on neck instead of set neck, laminated wood instead of solid mahogany, hardware was made from pot metal), but at some time, they managed to make better guitars than eg. Gibson (inverted this trope), but still exact replicas. This resulted in lawsuits instantly and then, orgininal models or NoExportForYou. The most famous was Ibanez, which itself ripped of a destroyed Spanish manufacturer's name.
* This often happens when the toyline of a television series takes off, see also ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. There's a thriving market for making toy derivatives of both series; ''Transformers'' fans [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Knockoff are all too familiar with knockoffs]] while the newer ''My Little Pony'' series has only recently been hit by it. Neither actually carries the actual ''Transformers'' or ''My Little Pony'' logos, but try to resemble them in some fashion (for instance, they'll use names like Transform Man or My Funny). Surprisingly often, the companies responsible for the knockoffs actually copy the molds used by the original manufacturer, but not their solid plastics or detail quality. These copycat products can be found in operations ranging from tiny convenience shop importers to ones as large as Big Lots.
** [[http://the-fakie-hideout.weebly.com/the-fakie-guide.html Not that knock off My Little Ponies are new mind you.]]
* ''Wired'' once reviewed the "[=HiPhone=]", a knockoff of the [=iPhone=] made in China. The reviewer said "It's called the [=HiPhone=], I think, because you'd have to be high to actually buy it."
* Believe it or not, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SMxB4RpCDzA there is a difference]] between a [[BlatantLies Real Genuine Nardi]] Steering Wheel, and an actual Nardi steering wheel.
-->"Why would anyone buy one of these? Oh wait, 'cause they're cheap!"
* In Belarus around 2010, one of the most popular television shows was ''The Theorists'', where every single episode was a loosely translated episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', complete with {{expy}}s of every -- single -- main character from the show. Chuck Lorre called out the series in a vanity card at the end of a ''Big Bang'' episode. Fortunately, before Creator/WarnerBros had to sue, ''The Theorists'' ended when its stars walked off the job.
** According to interviews with actors from ''The Theorists'', they had no idea ''The Big Bang Theory'' existed or that their show was a direct clone of the hit American show.
* In February 2014, a Burger King in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania came under [[http://consumerist.com/2014/02/07/former-burger-king-still-used-bk-sign-menus-uniforms-after-it-stopped-being-a-burger-king/ scrutiny]] for selling food that was obviously not Burger King's — fries in Dixie cups, generic burgers in tinfoil, soft drinks in generic polystyrene cups, and generic brown paper bags. And they had apparently been doing this since November 2013. It turns out that it they had lost the rights to the Burger King franchise and were ostensibly "in transition" to becoming an independent restaurant, but not before ripping off literally hundreds of customers who thought they would be getting Whoppers and Tendercrisps. Four days later, the Burger King signs were taken down and the place was said to be closed. [[http://consumerist.com/2014/02/13/update-faux-burger-king-resurrected-as-actual-burger-king/ However]], only a few days later, it was announced that a new franchise had bought the building and was planning to turn it back into a ''real'' Burger King.
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* The Soviet Union coined the term "Monkey Model" to describe a piece of military equipment that was significantly inferior to the original that it was based off of but was much cheaper to build. The purpose of these simplified Monkey Models were to replace front-line stocks if a war went on for several weeks and for export to countries that wanted to buy Russian Military Equipment but were either too poor or of questionable intentions to be allowed use of the real stuff.
* China has a reputation for doing exactly this with their military hardware, sometimes obtained legitimately -the Soviet Union donated a lot of plans and tooling in the 1950s and 60s- but frequently through reverse-engineering or industrial espionage.
** Their Type 99 main battle tank is a derivative of the Russian T-72, which was incidentally the tank the People's Liberation Army thought they were most likely to be facing in the event of general war. (Communism was ''not'' one big happy family at the time, to say the least.)
** Their latest attack helicopter, the Z-10 initially had parts from the Manguska and Euro-copter Tiger helicopters, and still bears a slight resemblance to the latter.
** Their new Aircraft Carrier was bought and paid for from the Russians, and now they intend to build a class of such carriers.
** The aircraft they intend to fill that carriers flight deck with? A carbon copy of the Su-33.
* The old Soviet Union wasn't above this sort of thing either; their early jet fighters were powered by close copies of Rolls Royce engines.[[note]]So were early US jet fighters, for that matter, but ''they'' licensed the patents.[[/note]] Rumours also abound that the Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic airliner's remarkable resemblance to Concorde is due to more than merely the similarities of form that stem from similarities of function. And then there is the interesting case of the Tu-4, which was reverse-engineered from a handful of American Boeing B-29 bombers that made emergency landings during WorldWarII (Russia was allied with the US against Germany, but was neutral in the war between US and Japan until the last months of the war).
* NorthKorea takes the cake in this area, since the Korean People's Army's equipment is generally a shoddy knock-off of shoddy knock-offs from China. The ''nec plus ultra'' of their copying has to be their Harbin H-5s. The Harbin H-5 is a Chinese knock-off of the Soviet Ilyushin Il-28, which had its first flight in 1950. The originals were powered by the RD-45, an unlicensed knock-off of the Rolls-Royce Nene, a British engine from ''1944'' (and which was quickly passed over in favor of the better Rolls-Royce Avon). This means North Korea flies airframes that are Chinese knock-offs of a six decade old Soviet design, powered by North Korean knock-offs of Chinese knock-offs of Russian knock-offs of a British design that is over ''70 years old''. Glory to Kim Il-sung and ''Juche-Songun'' thought, eh?
* Military knockoffs are, in fact, OlderThanPrint. In medieval Scandinavia, there was a famous weaponsmith named Ulfberht (or a family of weaponsmiths of this name, the historians aren't sure). Ulfberht's swords were famous for their quality and special steel used in making them (possibly imported Damascus steel); they bore the inscription saying the name of the smith. Disreputable smiths produced fake "Ulfberht" swords, with the brand often misspelled: an "Ulfbert" wasn't a sword to be proud of.
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''Someone buy up [=TVIdioms.org=], quick!''