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->''"Another great knock-off is [=DVDs=]. The ones that are slight variations of slightly animated kids' movies. The kind they put right next to the check-out line, so Grandma might accidentally mistake it for the real thing. And they have titles like, ''The Secret Princess and Her Oppressive Authority Figure 4'', and the always-popular ''Jungle Animals in Decidedly Non-Jungle Situations''."''
-->-- '''Strong Bad''', ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad Email #190, "licensed"

In principle, the Mockbuster is a bit like a movie with an [[ParallelPornTitles Alternative Pornographic Name]], but there's generally no nudity. It's not part of a pair of [[DuelingMovies Battling Films]], because it can't even afford the fare to get to the ring where the shows duke it out. A mockbuster is a movie that is ''suspiciously similar'' to another more popular, more well-known -- and, let's face it, more "real" -- movie, to the point of being the copy of an entire film. Why? [[FollowTheLeader Trying to Make Money Off a Popular Idea]], of course.

Because they're generally made by no-name studios to make a quick buck, the biggest difference between mockbusters and the movies they're based on is budget. The mockbuster has ''serious'' budget restrictions. Think "three kids with a cellphone" production values. The writing is usually subpar, too--the producers aren't striving for [[DoingItForTheArt Genuine Artistry]]; they're trying to rip off a more popular idea in an attempt to con gullible consumers. Of course, depending on what they're copying, and the fact that it's probably not out yet when they start making the mockbuster, the original might not have been such a cinematic masterpiece itself.

However, if there's one thing mockbusters can do well, it's [[CopycatCover Duplicate Titles]]. Their designs and logos, like the colors of a viceroy butterfly, are designed to resemble the "real" movies they're copying as closely as possible. Remember, [[CoversAlwaysLie Titles Usually Fib]]. They also pick titles similar to the original, often containing similar words, or made-up words that sound the same.

The people mockbusters tend to appeal to seem to fall into four brackets: kids too young to know the difference between the real deal and the fake; people who might get the two confused when looking for something for their kids and grandkids; parental [[MoralGuardians Propriety Police]] who want to get their children [[TheMoralSubstitute The Upstanding Alternative]] to a mainstream film that is more in line with their values; and {{Nerd}}s, who aren't fooled at all, but who watch them for their [[SoBadItsGood awesome badness]]. [[BileFascination Bad stuff is interesting!]] As such, they tend to be sold in supermarket magazine racks, pharmacy gift racks, and grab bags in outlet shops.

The rare cases of mockbusters that might actually try to do something "artistic" are those adapting [[PublicDomainCharacter Out of Copyright]] works, though again, generally only if a more "popular" story adapting the same work came out recently. This phenomenon sometimes applies to live theater as well with regards to public domain works ([[FairyTale Pixie Stories]], ''[[ThePhantomOfTheOpera The Theater Spirit]]'') that have had a more popular version created that smaller theater companies could never produce on their own. Alternately, sometimes a degree of artistic merit comes in when the cast/crew [[HamAndCheese Ham Up The Cheesy Movie]].

Mockbusters tend to be made in countries outside of the US, as if in "response" to a coming American blockbuster. Those might change the [[AppliedPhlebotinum plot based unobtanium]] to something more in touch with their national sensibilities (the Indian [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Ultraguy]] mockbuster has him getting his powers from a god, for example) and the genre might skew towards one more popular in that country (the Brazilian series ''[[Series/{{Heroes}} Non-Villains]]'' is somewhat like a soap opera).

How do all of these [[CaptainErsatz copyright friendly guys]] get away with it? Often times, it's simply a matter of obscurity. Sure, that "[[Franchise/HarryPotter Larry Baxter]]" guy on the back of the cereal box who has to find the "[[GoldenSnitch Gilded Stitch]]" is pretty similar to some book you read, but how much money is there really to be made from suing some company that designs bargain-basement cereal boxes? They are also helped by the fact that many people assume AllAnimationIsDisney anyway; it's [[LoopholeAbuse not technically]] ''their'' fault if you just so happen to mistake ''[-Leo-] The Lion: King [-of the Jungle-]'' for [[Disney/TheLionKing a Disney film]]. As well, they're not actually breaking any copyright laws if, like the original, they're simply adapting PublicDomainStories. Somebody else already made popular films based on ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Deformed Guy In The Cathedral]]'' or ''[[Literature/TheLittleMermaid The Small Sea-Girl]]'', you say? [[SarcasmMode What a coincidence]].

See also [[ParallelPornTitles Similar Erotica Names]] (when this is applied to porn), [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Crappy Ripoff Items]] (when this is applied to commercial products), [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Product Codes Removed]], and [[InNameOnly Same Name, Completely Different Plot Sequels]] (when old foreign movies have their titles for the re-release changed in order for them to cash-in from current blockbusters).

Has nothing to do with the [[Series/MythBusters Mythtesters]] or [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Phantomcatchers]].

UK [[MadeForTVMovie Created For Television Film]] channel Movies 24 ran a Mockbuster season, deliberately confusing the derivatives with the originals and calling out the trope by name. It includes [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminators]], [[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator Aliens Versus Hunters]], [[Film/{{Transformers}} Transmorphers Fall of Man]] and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Snakes on a Train]].

!!Examples (potholes lead to pages of the films being copied unless the copy itself has an article):


[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/TheLegendOfLuckyPie'' is a stylistic knockoff of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' produced by a handful of young Chinese animators. It stars a humanoid boy named Lucky Pie and a shape-shifting horse named Lucky Ge who go on adventures in a strange fantasy land.
* ''Animation/PakdamPakdai'' is a popular Indian cartoon that rips off ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', which is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff popular in India itself]]. Every single character in ''Pakdam Pakdai'' is an {{Expy}} of the characters in ''Oggy'', and both rely heavily on the use of {{Slapstick}}.

[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Everything ever made by Creator/DingoPictures.
* Everything ever made by [[http://www.videobrinquedo.com.br/ Brazilian company]] Creator/VideoBrinquedo, responsible for:
** ''Animation/{{Ratatoing}}'' for ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (pictured)
** ''[[WesternAnimation/BeeMovie Little Bee]]''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Little Cars in the Big Race]]''. It did well enough for Video Brinquedo to make a few sequels and a ''[[TheMusical live stage musical adaptation]]''.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Gladiformers}}'' (Franchise/{{Transformers}})
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePandaFighter'' for ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/WallE Tiny]] WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} What's Up? Balloon to the Rescue]]''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Little and Big Monsters]]''
** For its English dubs, Video Brinquedo uses 4Kids' regular voice actors [[note]] When Lisa Ortiz was asked about doing a voice for ''Ratatoing'', she responded: "The strangest thing about that is... is that you've heard of it."[[/note]]
* Everything ever made by Creator/SparkPlugEntertainment, the American equivalent of Video Brinquedo:
** ''[[WesternAnimation/BeeMovie Plan Bee]]''.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpidersWebAPigsTale'' (''WesternAnimation/CharlottesWeb'', only a billion times MindScrew-ier).
** ''WesternAnimation/ACarsLifeSparkysBigAdventure'', a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (with the title being an obvious swipe from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''). ''Car's Life 2'' came out just in time to rip off ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''.
** ''Bug Bites: An Ant's Life'', the first 3D mockbuster and a rip-off of both ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''.
* Because of the problems between South Korea and Japan, anime was not available to Koreans for a time. Because of this, in the 70's and 80's, the South Korean animation industry produced many films that were ripped off from mecha anime and toys. Later, a fella by the name of Joseph Lai and his company, IFD[[note]]The same folks who brought us the Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies and, in turn, [[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob Pierre Kirby]][[/note]], bought up the rights to some of these films, dubbed them into English, and edited bits and pieces of them together into [[CutAndPasteTranslation new, incomprehensible forms]] like ''Animation/SpaceThunderKids''. The more obvious ripoffs include:
** ''Iron Man 007'' (''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'')
** ''Captain of Cosmos'', AKA ''Johnny Destiny: Space Ninja'', AKA ''Space Black Knight'' (''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'')
** ''Mazinger X'' (''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', surprisingly enough)
** ''Protectors of Universe'' (''Anime/MazingerZ'')
** ''Raiders of Galaxy'' (''Anime/MazingerZ'' again)
** ''Savior of the Earth'' (''Film/{{Tron}}'')
** ''Space Gundam V'' (''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'')
** ''Super Kid'' (''Manga/DragonBall'')
** ''UFO Alien Ride'' (''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'')
** ''Wonder Princess'' (the ''Series/WonderWoman'' series, down to the TransformationSequence)
* From Thailand, videos released by [[https://www.youtube.com/user/happy2doo/videos Happy2Doo]]. While some of them are based on traditional fairy tales, others are obvious knockoffs of Disney movies like ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. If it's not Disney, then it's ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' and... ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''?
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', both animated and based off [[Film/{{Titanic1997}} some sinking boat movie]]. The former has [[InNameOnly some Mexican mice and a rapping dog]], the latter a giant talking octopus that saves everybody, magical moon-tears that allow people to talk to dolphins, and a ''sequel''.
* Mondo TV (the same people who did ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'') also did [[WesternAnimation/SuperLittleFantaHeroes a version]] of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', where EVERYONE is SparedByTheAdaptation (yes, even Frollo). [[note]]not only that, [[spoiler: Phoebus and Fleur get turned into hunchbacks, Djali gets turned into a [[HumanityEnsues human girl]] for Gringoire to marry, and Quasimodo becomes handsome and Esmeralda marries him, while a redeemed Frollo performs the wedding ceremony]]. Yes, really - see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55qW04A6aFs[[/note]]
* Examples from Creator/UAVEntertainment:
** There's an animated film called ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfTheHunchback'' that came out after Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and even features talking, singing gargoyles.
** The same company also made ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfAnastasia'' just as Don Bluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' was released in theaters. Especially odd in that they weren't satisfied ripping off just ''one'' movie, but they also ripped off ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' by having the rest of the royal family transformed into talking musical instruments!
** They also did ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfMulan'', a version of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' where all the characters are insects.
** They've also done ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingFeatsOfYoungHercules'', ''WesternAnimation/MosesEgyptsGreatPrince'', and ripped off ''Pocahontas'', ''Cinderella'', ''Pinocchio'', and others. They even made a Christmas special called ''Christmas in Cartoontown'' (re-released as ''The Night Before Christmas in Cartoontown''), which, while not knocking off a specific film, puts some of their fairy tale characters in a Christmas setting.
* About half of Renegade Animations' output, most notably ''WesternAnimation/ChopKickPanda'', ''WesternAnimation/TappyToes'' and ''Puss in Boots: A Furry Tale''. Sadly, this is the same company who made the rather decent ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi''.
* Yet another ''Kung Fu Panda'' knockoff comes from Lionsgate in the form of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVkNIvILRD8 Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit]]''. The title character looks like a cross between [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Richard Watterson]] and a [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Moogle]], and Music/RebeccaBlack is one of the voice actresses.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Life's]] [[Disney/TheJungleBook a Jungle:]] [[WesternAnimation/{{TheWild}} Africa's Most Wanted]]'' from Phase 4 Films.
* Right when ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' hit the big screen in 2012, a DVD called ''Braver'' started appearing on UK shelves, with a remarkably familiar front cover featuring a red-haired heroine in a green dress standing in front of a circle of standing stones. It turns out this one isn't even a knock-off; it's an entirely unrelated 2005 movie called ''A Fairy Tale Christmas'' (IMDB page [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491718/ here]]) which was hastily repackaged and rereleased to cash in. The new cover and title have nothing to do with the movie at all, and the main character Angela is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed princess who wears pink, making her look more like [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] than Merida. Review [[http://www.richardcobbett.com/journal/movie-time-braver/ here]].
** This one (and other repackagings by the same company called ''[[Disney/{{Tangled}} Tangled Up]]'', ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Cars}} The Little Cars]]'', and ''[[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog The Frog Princess]]'') led to a successful infringement lawsuit by Disney in the UK, which may put a stop to this trope there.
* There's another attempt to rip off ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' called ''Kiara the Brave'', which was originally a completely unrelated Indian animation called ''Super K''. The title character, Kiara, barely appears, and only gets pushed because she's a red-headed princess.
* Early in 2012, ''Back to the Sea'' was released, which is essentially ''Finding Nemo'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Recycled In Space AS AN ANIME! ]]
]] Bonus points for the CoversAlwaysLie, which paints it as a CGI movie along the lines of ''Finding Nemo'' or ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' even though the actual special uses 2-D animation.
* Many of the movies made by Creator/GoldenFilms. [[http://goldenfilmsmedia.com Website here]]. Their version of ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' notably combines elements from both the [[Anime/TheLittleMermaid 1975 anime]] and the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid 1989 Disney film]].
* Creator/LionsGate's ''[[http://youtu.be/ogGAfyTLJvc Wings]]'' blatantly does this to ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''. Including the logo.
* In a [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]], some overseas-edited versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' were advertised as a Mockbuster of ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' under the title "Arabian Knight". The subversion here is that the former started production ''well'' before the latter. ''By about [[DevelopmentHell THIRTY YEARS.]]'' It's a complicated and very sad story.
* ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012'' by the Russian studio Wizart Animation is ostensibly a version of [[Literature/TheSnowQueen the story]] by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, but the tagline is "A magical adventure in a ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' land!" However, the film came out a year before ''Frozen'' in Russia.
* Similar to what happened with ''The Thief and the Cobbler'', this happened to ''WesternAnimation/{{The Legend of Sarila}}''... which is better known by its other title ''Disney/{{Frozen}} Land''. While the logo and title are ripoffs of ''Frozen'', the actual film has no similarities other than them both taking place in snowy environments. The logo was so blatantly ripped off that Disney [[http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2014/01/18/walt-disney-settles-trademark-lawsuit-over-frozen/ sued]] over it, forcing American distributor Phase 4 Films to change it back to the original name.
* ''WesternAnimation/Cinderella3D'', despite the name, is a Mockbuster of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. Both feature ugly animals in a Western setting that ride birds. It only came out a year after ''Rango'' was made, and it shows.
* ''Jungle Master'', a CG-animated ripoff of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' with Music/VictoriaJustice in the lead.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zen6Pt4WYNA The True Story of Puss 'N Boots]]'', an obvious cash-in on the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' franchise, and starring Creator/WilliamShatner of all people.
* The American-Japanese studio Creator/JetlagProductions has produced several ripoffs of Disney movies, such as ''[[WesternAnimation/CinderellaJetlagProductions Cinderella]]'', ''Snow White'', ''Sleeping Beauty'', and a version of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameJetlagAnimation The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' where Quasimodo and Esmeralda become the Official Couple. They also featured (among others) voice actors from Creator/TheOceanGroup such as Creator/IanJamesCorlett and Creator/AndreaLibman before they rose to prominence in the voice acting world.
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419704/ Donkey Xote]]'' is a blatant Mockbuster of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', even admitting on its front cover that it's "from the people who saw Shrek".
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6558518/ The Funny Life Of Pets]]'', otherwise nothing more than a compilation of pet videos pulled off the internet hosted by an UncannyValley cat and dog pair, was clearly made to cash in on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets The]]'' '''''[[WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets Secret]]''''' ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets Life of Pets]]'', right down to taking the title of said movie and changing only a single word for extra shamelessness points.
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1485096/ Way of The Panda]]'' (also known as ''The Prodigy''), a rip-off of WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda.
* ''[[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4839424/ The Autobots]]'' (no, not [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} THOSE]] Autobots), a Chinese movie that rips off ''{{WesternAnimation/Cars}}''.
* Creator/TheAsylum has recently started making animated mockbusters. As of 2018, their animated catalogue consists of ''[[WesternAnimation/FindingDory Izzie's Way Home]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}} Trolland]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/Cars3 CarGo]]''.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''{{Franchise/Gamera}}'' is a unique case of a mockbuster becoming its own series.
* Creator/TheAsylum is a company that mostly makes mockbusters and bad "Christian" movies, and are quite cynical about it. In fact, there's a [[http://www.theasylum.cc/blog/2009/06/were-moving/ news article]] in their website that states (and these are the ''actual words they use'') "We've decided to use some of the billions of dollars we've made ripping people off..." The majority of the examples in this section are Asylum productions. A blog entry advertising a sale on their films: "You'd have to illegally download to get a better deal than that... but then you'd just be stooping to our level...". Their DVD covers have quotes from uncredited sources, which is illegal, unless they're making those up, too.
** ''[[Film/TenThousandBC 10 Million B.C.]]''
** ''[[Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin The 18 Year-Old Virgin]]''
** ''[[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea]]''
** ''[[Film/TwoThousandTwelve 2012: Doomsday]]''
** ''The Almighty Film/{{Thor}}'', featuring a Thor with an Uzi. Asylum, you've done it again!
** Universal successfully sued The Asylum for their movie ''American Battleship'' for being too obvious of an attempt to fool viewers into thinking it's ''Film/{{Battleship}}''. The Asylum had to change the name of their movie to ''American Warships'', though this is less than the result Universal were hoping for. It's still rented and sold in many countries as ''American Battleship'', though (and damned if you can find out who made the film from its cover; it's nowhere to be found).
** ''[[Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter Abraham Lincoln]] [[Film/AbrahamLincolnVsZombies Vs. Zombies]]'', presently buried in the [[GuiltyPleasure fun]] part of Netflix.
** ''[[Film/{{Prometheus}} Alien Origin]]''
** ''[[Film/Robocop2014 Android Cop]]''
** ''Alan Quartermain and the Kingdom of Gold'', which re-purposes the classic character as an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' CaptainErsatz.
** ''[[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator AVH: Alien Vs. Hunter]]'', which despite its source pulls out a surprising twist ending. [[spoiler: The hunter aliens are humans...from another planet]].
** ''[[Film/PacificRim Atlantic Rim]]''. The monsters attack [[BigApplesauce New York]]. When it was released on disc in June 2013, its page on Amazon.co.uk had a note saying (approximately) "Were you looking for ''Pacific Rim''? Click here to be notified when the real thing comes out."
** ''[[Film/BattleLosAngeles Battle of Los Angeles]]''
** ''Bone Alone'' (''Film/HomeAlone'' if Kevin [=McCallister=] was a dog)
** ''Film/Bound2015'' is an obvious attempt to cash in on ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey''
** [[Film/TheDaVinciCode The Da Vinci Treasure]]''
** ''[[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 The Day The Earth Stopped]]''. Notable for prompting Fox to take legal action, though said case was dismissed - if The Asylum is good one thing, it's at avoiding true infringement.
** ''[[Film/DeathRacers Death]] [[Film/DeathRace Racers]]'' (the cover art of which also bears a strong ''[[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Death Proof]]'' influence). Note that Violent J of the Music/InsaneClownPosse, who stars in this movie, said that it is "the bootleg ripoff fake version" of Death Racers at the 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos. Interestingly, it is a ripoff of a remake, but is closer to the original than said remake.
** ''Film/HalloweenNight'' was a cash-in on ''Film/Halloween2007'', down to a SuspiciouslySimilarSong of the franchise's iconic theme tune.
** The Asylum were given a court order preventing them releasing ''The Age of Hobbits'' three days before ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney''. How did they think they'd get away with that, when "Hobbit" is a trademark of the Tolkien estate? Because "Hobbits" in their title refers to ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_floresiensis Homo floresiensis,]]'' '''obviously'''.
** ''[[Film/IAmLegend I Am Omega]]'', which even also bills itself as an adaptation of the book ''Literature/IAmLegend''. Their choice of "Omega" is interesting because ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' was the title of a previous film adaptation of ''I Am Legend''.
** ''Film/Jailbait2014'' is a mockbuster of ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. They even have on the front of the DVD box, "In the vein of Orange is the New Black".
** ''King of the Lost World'', which claims to be based on Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's book ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1912}}'', but is a clear ''Film/KingKong'' ripoff. In fact, the cover art even goes so far as to point out that Doyle's book inspired ''Film/KingKong1933'' (which is true, but hardly justifies such ridiculousness). It also says that the "story" it's based on inspired ''Franchise/JurassicPark''!
** They released an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' ''The Land that Time Forgot'' released just in time to counter the ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' movie.
** A modern adaptation of ''Literature/MobyDick''. Ahab (Creator/BarryBostwick) is a Navy captain who repurposes his high-tech submarine to track down Moby Dick, here a prehistoric whale the size of an aircraft carrier, after it took his leg decades ago. Despite being made by Creator/TheAsylum, it's not half-bad and features [[ShownTheirWork many references to the original story]].
** The Mega Shark franchise got in on the action with an ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' mockbuster entitled ''Mega Shark vs. Kolossus'', in which Mega Shark fights a HumongousMecha version of the Colossal Titan. The Japanese release is even called ''Mega Shark vs. the Titan''.
** ''[[Film/ParanormalActivity Paranormal Entity]]''. Its sequel ''8213: [[MonsterClown GACY]] HOUSE'' is apparently some kind of ''Film/ParanormalActivity2'' rip-off. It was actually released in the UK as ''Paranormal Entity 2'' (though it's more likely that it was due to the John Wayne Gacy case not being as well known outside the US).
** ''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates]] of Literature/TreasureIsland''. "We're not stealing from Disney; they're stealing from Stevenson!"
** ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Princess Of Mars]]'' made it out while the ''legitimate John Carter'' adaptation was still stuck in DevelopmentHell. May be a mockbuster of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' instead, based on the promotional material. Starring ''Traci Lords'' in the title role.
** ''[[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 Sherlock Holmes]]'' ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_%28Asylum_film%29 Asylum]]) can use the name since he's a PublicDomainCharacter), featuring Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'') as Dr. Watson. [[CoolVsAwesome Holmes investigates a case with tentacle monsters, androids, dinosaurs, and robot dragons setting fire to Parliament.]] Attempts RuleOfCool to the twenty-third power. Also of note; despite using a character whose [[http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/d#a69 entire works]] are available for free online, they apparently couldn't even be bothered to spend five minutes skimming [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes the Wikipedia article;]] in this film, Sherlock's name isn't actually Sherlock, his brother's name is not Mycroft, the brother worked as a detective alongside Lestrade instead of founding the Diogenes Club...
** ''Film/AvengersGrimm''
** ''[[Film/SuicideSquad2016 Sinister Squad]]''
** ''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Snakes On A Train]]''. Incidentally, that one ''did'' provoke a lawsuit.
** ''Film/{{Universal Soldier}}s'' (note the plural)
** ''The Franchise/{{Terminator}}s'' (Again, note the plural).
** ''[[http://www.theasylum.cc/product.php?id=174 Titanic II.]]'' It's not a sequel to ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'', though, but a ''new'' film about a ''totally different'' ship called the ''[[TemptingFate Titanic 2]]''.
** ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transmorphers]]'' and ''Transmorphers: Fall of Man''. Although the funny thing about this is that the ''Transmorphers'' movies are ''Terminator'' ripoffs with a ''Transformers''-sounding name. In fact, it blatantly steals elements from the Transformers films (the robots do transform, albeit badly and slowly, and they are extraterrestrial in origin), The ''Matrix'' trilogy (insofar as fashion) and the ''Terminator'' films (particularly Salvation). Trifecta! For the toys, there is Beast Tech Fighter, Quick Change, etc.
** ''Film/SundaySchoolMusical'' to ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''. Also TheMoralSubstitute!
* Following in Creator/TheAsylum's footsteps is [=TomCat=] Films LLC, the filmography of which is largely mockbusters:
** ''Metal Man'', aka ''Iron Hero'', which is a mockbuster of the first ''Film/IronMan'' film but features bad characterization, dodgy special effects and suits, and even Reggie Bannister of ''Phantasm'' fame--not only the creator of the Metal Man suit, but a complete asshole and the dickish mentor of the movie's hero.
** ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'', notable for having mundane settings such as alleyways and house interiors represented as cheap greenscreen/CGI. It memorably features a "climactic" chase scene that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT-qB3XmzH8 primarily consists of The Bulk running through badly rendered stock CG settings]] past random CG figures, ranging from koalas, Robin Hood and kids playing soccer to ''geckos working on laptops''. (Trailer can seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywaR-Lq_ayk here.]])
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA-hOZLGFSQ Aliens vs Avatars]]'', aka ''Aliens vs Aliens''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j1yGm7LtUk Thunderstorm: Return Of Thor]]'' is an interesting case. While it cashes in on ''Thor'', the company has revealed that the character is loosely based on the public domain counterpart seen in Fox Syndicate.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdOh5MSSbuo Avenging Force: The Scarab]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrU79gL9-H8 Rise of the Black Bat]]'' are loosely based on their public domain comic characters while cashing in on other superhero movies, notably ''The Dark Knight Saga''.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUtm45Qqgfc Twilight Hunters]]''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDfw0Fbr_RE Star Quest: The Odyssey]]'' aka ''Space Trek''
** ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2387413/ Captain Battle: Legacy War]]'' which rips off ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''
* Bruno Mattei is the director of a number of mockbusters. For an extensive look into Mattei's films, check out ''[[http://thecinemasnob.com/categories/263/the-bruno-mattei-show.aspx The Bruno Mattei Show]]'', in which Creator/BradJones discusses the man's filmography with [[Creator/DarkMazeStudios Ed Glaser]], [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]] and other friends. It's quite insightful into how a mockbuster comes to be. For that matter, Bruno's career consists almost entirely of Nazisploitation and Mockbusters, though these were never mutually exclusive. It's almost too bad he's dead - his ripoff of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' would be... something. The best known are:
** Back in 1990, there was ''Terminator II''. Which was actually released before the official sequel. Humorously enough, ''Terminator II'' is actually a ripoff of ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** ''[[Film/{{Predator}} Robowar]]'' with Creator/RebBrown.
** ''Film/{{Jaws}} 5 (Fourteen More to Go)'', ripping it off almost word for word.
** ''Film/HellOfTheLivingDead''. Not content with trying to shoehorn the movie into Romero lore, Bruno Mattei lifted much of the soundtrack from ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', as well as ''Contamination'' (which is a ripoff of ''Alien''). Even the uniforms are similar to those in ''Dawn.''
* Late in 2010, Eric Parkinson, former president of Hemdale (which also made the first ''Terminator'' movie), tried to make a cheap CGI animated spin-off of the franchise called ''Terminator 3000'', but production on that movie was halted due to a cease-and-detest letter he received from Pacificor, the then-current owner of the ''Terminator'' franchise rights. However, Eric [[WordOfGod claims]] that he kept the animation rights to the franchise under Hemdale when he sold the live-action sequel rights to Carolco in 1990, and that he took those rights with him when Hemdale closed down.
* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (the title is public domain now) actually got two mockbusters to go with the [[Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds Spielberg film]]. One of them actually follows the original story by HG Wells by setting the invasion in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain.
* After the ''Film/{{Juon}}'' franchise had two DirectToVideo features, two theatrical movies, and an American remake on the way, ''Film/JuRei'' came along to copy it as an [[NoBudget even cheaper]] DTV version than the first two were.
* ''[[Film/{{Twister}} Tornado!]]''
* Certain ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-featured films such as the ''[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]''-inspired ''[[Film/CaveDwellers Ator]]'' series, ''Film/{{Escape 2000}}'' (in which people try to [[/folder]]

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instead of Film/EscapeFromNewYork), ''Film/MadMax''-alikes ''Film/WarriorOfTheLostWorld'' and ''Film/CityLimits'', Japanese ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' clone ''Film/TimeOfTheApes'', ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}'' ('''not''' ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''), ''Film/PodPeople'' (whose name invokes ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', while the aliens look like ''Series/{{Alf}}'' and the plot is ripped right out of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'') and ''Film/OperationDouble007'' a.k.a. ''Operation Kid Brother'' (featuring an all-star cast of ''Film/JamesBond'' veterans and starring ''Neil'' Connery, Creator/SeanConnery's brother). ''Escape 2000'' is a sequel to a ''Film/TheWarriors'' knock-off named ''Bronx Warriors''.
* Everything ever made by [[http://www.branscomeinternational.com/ Branscome International]]. Keep 'em coming, we're not going anywhere.
* ''Alien 3000'' for ''Film/{{Alien}}''
* Erotic Indonesian movies in general. [[http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_Playboy_Galau A few]] [[http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Pocong_Perawan notable]] [[http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Bean_Kesurupan_Depe examples.]]
* The Italian-produced ''Alien 2: On Earth''. Incidentally, this is [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the originally conceived plot]] for [[Film/{{Alien 3}} the third movie]].
* Italy is also responsible for the ''Film/StarWars'' ripoff ''Film/{{Starcrash}}'', which somehow has a Music/JohnBarry soundtrack and stars Christopher Plummer - and Creator/DavidHasselhoff!
** ''Starcrash'' may be more (in)famous, but ''The Humanoid'' beats it for sheer plagiarism. Whenever possible, props and costumes (and even entire ''scenes'') are copied wholesale from ''A New Hope'', to the point that ''Starcrash'' seems completely original in comparison.
* ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical High School Musical: Sunday School]]'', which is also a blatant rip-off of ''Sunday School Musical''. A mockbuster of a mockbuster?
* ''[[Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow After Impact]]''.
* This was a big problem in Italy during the SpaghettiWestern craze of the Sixties. The relaxed copyright law in Italy at the time meant as soon as a character got popular, knockoff movies would appear claiming to star that character. Django, Sabata and Sartana were famous for having their names recycled in knockoffs. (They couldn't do this to the most popular SpaghettiWestern character ever, for [[NoNameGiven reasons]] which are quite obvious if you think about it a little, but it didn't stop one film claiming to be "The Return of Clint the Stranger".)
%% ** Actually, the so-called "Man With No Name" is named in each film, only it's different each time (Joe, Manco and Blondie, in order). justifying edit
* While ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387541/ Curse of the Ring]]'' doesn't have anything to do with the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' movies, and is in fact originally called ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Ring of the Nibelungs]]'' - the plot being based off of the Sigfried/Brunhilde/Fafnir saga - the movie's marketing and even logo font really, REALLY tries hard to be mistaken for a Lord of the Rings movie.
* Almost everything released by Video Asia, the masters of InNameOnly Sequels. One of the worst offenders, they don't even make their own mockbusters: they just rerelease old foreign movies with different titles.
** The obscure, forgettable late '80s movie ''Hells' Heroes'' was changed to ''Inglorious Bastards 2: Hells' Heroes''. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[http://thecinemasnob.com/2009/08/28/inglorious-bastards-2-hells-heroes.aspx reviewed it.]]
* ''Film/MacAndMe'', a 1988 ripoff of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' best remembered for its aggressive ProductPlacement for UsefulNotes/McDonalds, Coke, and some other stuff. Ironically, unlike most of these examples, ''Mac'' was released by a (semi-)major studio: Creator/OrionPictures. It was a rare misstep for them, coming as it did in the middle of a string of highly successful films, including four Best Picture Oscar winners[[note]]''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' and many other Turkish ripoffs of then-popular movies.
* There were at least two Indian ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' films produced, complete with musical numbers.
* ''[[Film/TheKingsSpeech The Real King's Speech]]'', notable for injecting irony straight into the veins of the audience.
* ''Gargantua'', a 1998 TV-movie cashing on the then-recent ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}''.
* Somewhat unfairly, the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' movie was accused early on of being a rip off of Star Wars, presumably on the basis that after Star Wars debuted, ANY movie set in space was ripping off Star Wars. Legal action was even threatened - but sensibly quickly dropped when it became clear that a setting in space was really the only obvious link between the two.
* [[DistaffCounterpart Lady]] Franchise/{{Terminator}}--basically the same as its namesake, but instead of an android, it's an archaeologist possessed by the Queen of the South Sea. Other than that, according to WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob, if you haven't seen ''Terminator'', but you've seen ''Lady Terminator'', you've seen ''Terminator''.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' was ripped off by ''Cowboys And Vampires'' and ''Cowboys And Zombies''.
* ''[[http://a.dv1.us/p1/062/001062-d0.jpg Bloody Murder,]]'' which is about a group of young people hired to fix up and act as the counselors of a secluded summer camp with a dark past involving a drowned boy. Unfortunately for them, a maniac adorned in a hockey mask starts knocking them off. [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Sound familiar?]] There's even a character named Jason. When he disappears, we get several scenes of people asking "Where's Jason?" or "Have you seen Jason?"
** 1981 saw the release of ''Film/{{Srigala}}'', an Indonesian rip-off of ''Friday the 13th'', which goes as far as doing a shot-for-shot recreation of the infamous ending scare.
* ''Chihuahua: The Movie'' is audacious enough to admit that it's a film for those who like ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua''.
* ''3 Dev Adam'' (''Film/ThreeBigMen'') is a notorious 1973 Turkish film featuring three famous (and extremely unauthorized) superhero characters: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, SpiderMan, and Wrestling/ElSanto. Spidey, of all people, is actually the sadistic ''villain'' of the piece.
* ''Series/{{True Blood}}thirst'', seen on (where else?) Creator/{{Syfy}}.
* The Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies are this for the ninja movie craze that existed at the time.
* Subverted with ''Film/BoyEatsGirl''; it was never intended to be a ''Film/ScaryMovie'' mockbuster, but its Scandinavian title, ''Scary Video 5'', gives the impression of this (''four'' ''Scary Movie'' movies had been made at the time when ''Boy Eats Girl'' went on video).
* ''Poseidon Rex'', a monster film featuring an amphibious dinosaur that threatens the human race. It had been on DVD since October 2013, but it was given a special theatrical release in April 2014 to get some more publicity in the wake of the hype surrounding ''Film/Godzilla2014''.
* ''Film/TheDevilWithinHer'''s plot is very similar to ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', and one of its alternate titles is ''Sharon's Baby.''
* ''Codename Wild Geese'' - cunningly disguised as a sequel to ''Film/TheWildGeese'', complete with Lewis Collins--who was apparently fired off ''Film/WildGeeseII'' for his role in the rip-off, having had a contract with Wild Geese producer Euan Lloyd.
* ''Film/TheBlackCobra'' is a {{Blaxploitation}} ripoff of ''Film/{{Cobra}}''.
* ''Film/SupersonicMan'' is an Italian clone of ''Film/SupermanTheMovie.''
* The popularity of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' led to it to getting a number of foreign knock-offs, among them ''Night Killer'' from Italy, ''Satan's Bed'' from Indonesia, ''Mahakaal'' and ''Khooni Murda'' from India and ''Don't Panic'' from Mexico.
* ''Film/TheBlackGodfather'' is a {{Blaxploitation}} knockoff of ''Film/TheGodfather''.

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* The Hamas-made kid's show ''Series/TomorrowsPioneers'' features characters who are blatant ripoffs of American cartoons, though said characters are given radical Islamist twists by the writers.
* Belarus' state-owned television station briefly produced and ran a sitcom called ''The Theorists'' which was about a group of nerdy physicists who befriend their attractive female neighbor. Yes, it was an unauthorized copy of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/WarnerBros had actually begun legal proceedings when the cast and producers of ''The Theorists'' discovered their show was a ripoff [[note]]the higher ups at the station had told them that it was a legitimately licensed remake, which was not true. [[/note]] and quit en masse, forcing its cancellation..
* The direct-to-video series ''Series/PeppermintPark'' (infamous for its UncannyValley puppet designs and its [[MemeticMutation "The Letter M" sketch]]) is a particularly blatant Mockbuster of ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* ''Series/MegaPowers'', a ''[[Franchise/PowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' knockoff.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryamaan_%E2%80%93_Brahmaand_Ka_Yodha Aryamaan - Brahmaand Ka Yoddha]]'', an Indian knockoff of ''Franchise/StarWars''. It is a rare case of a movie franchise being ripped off by an entire TV series. The show itself is referred to by its producer as "an Indian version of the famous Star Wars", but it's such a blatant knockoff that it can't even be considered a "version of" ''Star Wars''. Aside from the obvious lightsaber knockoffs, the opening also is the famous OpeningScroll ([[RecycledInSpace but in Hindi!]]), the "Thar Planet" is very clearly a Tatooine knockoff, there is a superweapon that resembles the Death Star with a grimacing face, the robot Tobot bears a striking resemblance to C-3PO, [[EarthShatteringKaboom a planet is seen being destroyed in Alderaan fashion]], the king's [[MarryThemAll multiple wives]] wear saffron robes very similar to those of Padme's handmaidens...

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* The Russian/Eastern Bloc books series ''Literature/TalesOfTheMagicLand'' is a re-telling of the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' stories by L. Frank Baum. In some editions, in the afterword the author, Volkov, acknowledges the 'inspiration', but more often than not this was omitted when printing. As the series was published in 1939, this makes it OlderThanTelevision - though barely so.
* In the present day, whenever a children's book series becomes popular, one can usually expect other, similar, series to be created as well. This is normally just a case of FollowTheLeader, but there are times when it veers straight into mockbuster territory. For some reason, ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' seems to get this a lot-- witness ''[[https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Private-School-Kid-ebook/dp/B01M6TMTNM Diary of a Private School Kid]]''.

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* "Did You Know Gaming" is a Website/{{Tumblr}} blog featuring little-known facts about video games. "Did Y'''''uo''''' Know Gaming" is a Tumblr blog featuring humorous, false facts about video games.
* The Tumblr "Imagine Your OTP" lists romantic scenarios for [[{{shipping}} shippers]] to insert their favorite pairings into. Similarly to the above example, a simple typo reversing two letters gets you to the parody blog. "Imagine Y'''''uo'''''r" OTP lists twisted, overly violent, or just plain bizarre situations that only a {{troll}} shipper would want to imagine. The blog still manages to get asks from users who confused it with the original and wonder why a romantic shipping blog would post such creepy scenarios.
* There are definitely many expies of the ''WebOriginal/AngryVideoGameNerd'', but the only one who really qualifies as a mockbuster is Isvaffel, mainly because his earlier videos from 2009 have "Angry Video Game Nerd" of the video (and he kept that title in the intro).

* Many of Creator/{{Premier}}'s pinballs from TheEighties fall under this trope, with themes blatantly copying popular movies and television shows of the time. Examples include
** ''Pinball/BoneBusters'', a knockoff of ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
** ''Deadly Weapon'', a knockoff of ''Film/LethalWeapon''.
** ''Pinball/ElDoradoCityOfGold'', a knockoff of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and ''Film/RomancingTheStone''.
** ''Gold Wings'', a knockoff of ''Film/TopGun''.
** ''Pinball/HollywoodHeat'', a knockoff of ''Series/MiamiVice''.
** ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'', a DistaffCounterpart to ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
* Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is ostensibly based on [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the novel by Gaston Leroux,]] but was released just as [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the Broadway musical]] was a theatrical sensation.
* Bally's ''Pinball/StrangeScience'' intentionally invites comparisons to films such as ''Film/WeirdScience'' and ''Film/RealGenius''.
* Subverted with [[Creator/WilliamsElectronics Williams']] ''Pinball/AttackFromMars'' - A common misconception is that the game is a rip-off of ''Film/MarsAttacks'', but neither is derived from the other, and the pin came out ''before'' said movie.
* [[Creator/WilliamsElectronics Williams']] ''Pinball/StellarWars'' and ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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* A planned mockbuster of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' entitled ''Vampire: Undeath'' did the rounds in November 2012, giving rise to an [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?665698-Holy-White-Wolf-Ripoff-Batman!/ enormous]] [=RPGnet=] thread and threats of a FrivolousLawsuit (and rumours of a not-so-frivolous lawsuit on the part of White Wolf). Highlights included an iconic character (apparently ''Undeath'''s answer to Samuel Haight) who resembles the illegitimate spawn of [[Fanfic/MyImmortal Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way]] and the [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall '90s Kid]]. [[SoBadItsGood How bad is it?]] [[http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/15/15765.phtml Here's a review.]]

* Since the source novel is in the public domain, musical versions of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ran rampant in the 1990s (regional tours, community theaters, etc.) to cash in on Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's adaptation -- enough so that ''Time'' magazine did a whole article on the phenomenon. But not ''all'' of them qualify as this trope: Ken Hill's version is the one that inspired Lloyd Webber to take his own stab at the story in the first place, and Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's ''Phantom'' was actually written around the same time as Lloyd Webber's but couldn't get produced until afterwards due to the competition. One of the mockbusters was videotaped and later released on [=DVD=], and the Phantom Reviewer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9MwZiSrx4M took it on]].
* Similarly, a few stage musical versions of ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' appeared around 1996, perhaps hoping to compete with a ScreenToStageAdaptation of the Disney movie, which was considered likely in the wake of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Disney's version had a successful theatrical adaptation in Germany in 1999 but has not been staged elsewhere.
* [[http://www.cirqueproductions.com Cirque Productions]] and [[http://www.cirquedestin.com/ Le Grand Cirque]] are companies that are this to [[http://www.cirquedusoleil.com Cirque du Soleil]] (seriously, compare the websites), to the point that the former was [[Main/DisneyOwnsThisTrope sued for using "Cirque" in their name]]; it didn't work, since that's just the French word for "circus". Judging from reviews at Ticketmaster's website, the former's shows have successfully tricked ticket buyers who didn't do the research and thought they saw an actual [=CDS=] show. It doesn't help that, until 2006, [=CDS=] tours only visited major cities, and thus knockoff troupes could make hay by visiting places that weren't. As well, knockoffs often have extended runs in casino-heavy towns like Atlantic City and Reno, as opposed to Las Vegas, where the real deal has put down roots.
* If a popular fairy or folk tale gets adapted into a Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film, expect a knockoff stage version to tour the children's theater/school group circuit soon after, and perhaps be available to community theaters after that. ''[[http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=ENCHANTMEN The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast]]'' is a good example.
* The album of ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' was released before the theatre show or movie were, resulting in multiple adaptations touring the stages before the official release.

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* The company Creator/{{Gameloft}} applies a similar concept to video games, where they release shameless copies of well-known franchises (usually on cellphones); the difference here is that their games are usually quite well-made (although some of them, most notably the Mac OS X and 3DS ports of ''Gangstar: Miami'' and ''Asphalt'', respectively, were met with negative reception, being that they were lazily ported--especially ''Gangstar'', having outdated graphics compared to the [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto the ones they were imitating]]). One of their more interesting examples is ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Kart'', which copies ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' but replaces the cast of well-known characters with a ''different'' cast of well-known characters rather than a bunch of CaptainErsatz's (unlike with most of their games).
** Another thing that makes Gameloft less of a negative thing than other examples on this page: almost all of the games they copy have not yet been released on cellphones/iOS, so they serve a positive role in bringing the genre to mobiles, instead of just competing with better alternatives. Being a subsidary of Ubisoft, they're able to use their licenses such as ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' and ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'' to make mobile/iOS games as well.
** An even ''more'' interesting example: their clone of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. Wait for it... it's a ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' licensed game. So they just copied Franchise/{{Batman}} using a ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga different]]'' incarnation of Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* There is a webgame called ''[[VideoGame/AngryBirds Chick'n Bash]]''. It's especially odd because there are plenty of other webgames in the "smash the tower" genre that have vastly different aesthetics from ''Angry Birds''.
** There's a similar one called ''Chicks'n'Vixens''.
** On the non-avian side, there's ''Angry Bunnies''.
* An app known as [[http://www.tssznews.com/2013/08/23/ripoff-sonic-game-appears-on-ios/#comment-176320 "Hedgehog Dash"]] was released in 2013. It is a '''very''' blatant SonicTheHedgehog rip-off. The logo for it is basically identical to the ''VideoGame/SonicDash'' logo. It disappeared just as soon as it came, without obscure reason.
* ''[[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/06/20/team-fortress-2-clone/ Final Combat]]'', the Chinese clone of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Characters and gameplay were strikingly similar, and even had their own "Meet the Team"-like videos online. However, it gets even worse when you realize that some weapon models and walk cycles were ripped straight from ''Team Fortress 2'', and one of the stages is a clone of the ''fan-submitted'' [=TF2=] map "Harvest".
* In the same vein, ''VideoGame/XuanDouZhiWang'' is the Chinese interpretation of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (but at least you can say the people making it genuinely like ''KOF'' because [[SubvertedTrope the gameplay isn't all that bad]]). The situation has gone meta with the addition of actual KOF characters ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YARqFfmdhSQ Terry Bogard]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAKhh0iRsuo Benimaru]]) under license.
* Many of the unlicensed NES games made by Taiwanese company Sachen fit this category:
** ''Rocman X'' (''VideoGame/MegaMan'')
** ''Challenge of the Dragon'' (''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'')
** ''Arctic Adventure: Penguin & Seal'' (''VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure'', though it plays more like ''VideoGame/{{Pengo}}'')
* Several console rip-offs, such as the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation Funstation]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} Vii]] (not to mention the Zone, the Reactor, the Wiwi and the V2), have been made.
* There's ''Pirates: Legend Of The Black Buccaneer'', which came out for the [=PS2=] on the heels of the success of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''.
* A significant portion of the indie games one can find on the Xbox Live Marketplace and the [=Nintendo eShop=] turn out to be rip-offs of popular games, past and present, including a particularly cheap ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' clone titled ''[=CastleMiner=]'' that even got a zombie-oriented sequel less than four months after its release. Before the Wii U received its own port of ''Minecraft'', the [=eShop=] was absolutely flooded with third-rate knockoffs.
* The Chinese PC game ''Duludubi Star'' is a bizarre knockoff of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' with Mario replaced with a baby dragon, voice clips stolen from ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'', and JeopardyThinkingMusic, of all things.
* Smartphone app ''3D Cartoon Land: Safari'', a transparent and horrendous imitation of ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand''.
* In December of 2012, Hammerpoint Interactive (one of their members, Sergey Titov, worked on ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'') released a ridiculously poorly made MMO clone of the famous zombie mod ''VideoGame/DayZ'', creatively titled ''The War Z'' (later retitled ''Infestation: Survivor Stories''). Let's just say that many, ''many'' gamers were not amused. It was SO broken, and the advertising filled with so many lies, that it actually was taken ''off of UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}'', and Valve offered a refund[[note]]for clarification, this was at a time when refunds on Steam were ''very'' rare and were usually reserved for [[PortingDisaster completely-unplayable ports of high-profile console games]][[/note]].
** It gets better. Six months development time (despite Hammerpoint insisting otherwise), the developers effectively ''banning people at random'' in an inane attempt to get rid of hackers, among other things, and ''a month'' before "release", their trademark over the game's name was taken away from them because of Paramount, who had their own trademark for an intended Literature/WorldWarZ game, and "The War Z" was obviously ''way'' too similar. Naturally, the response from Hammerpoint is to claim this is not the case, despite all evidence against them, until suddenly complying and changing the name as above.
* ''Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta'' appears at first to be just another Action Adventure game, but playing it reveals that it's aped a lot of more popular games, with the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series being the main target.
* That ''VideoGame/{{Hunchback}}'' had already been converted to the UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC didn't stop Blaby Computer Games from releasing ''The Bells'', which has the same premise and similar gameplay but painfully bad programming.
* Taomee has made blatant knockoffs of popular browser online games like ''[[http://boke.61.com/ Boke]]'' and ''[[http://gs.61.com/ Magic Monster]]'', the former a knockoff of ''Poptropica'' and the latter a knockoff of ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters''.
* ''Q Kitty Garden'' is partially a knockoff of ''Mushroom Garden''.
* One of the oldest examples in video games is ''Crazy Kong'', a knockoff of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' with original programming. Surprisingly, this seems to have been the authorized arcade version of ''Donkey Kong'' in some parts of the world.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'' actually managed to do this with ''another'' Mega Man game, with the DOS version of ''VideOGame/MegaMan3'', which is a completely different - and inferior - game to the NES ''Mega Man 3'', made by a different company. Not only was the game titled such to cash in on the original (to the point that there ''is no'' DOS ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''; they completely skipped over it,) but they invented a robot master that looks like the robot on the original cover (who is Spark Man in the NES game) to justify using the exact same cover.
* Harcourt's ''Mega Math'' EdutainmentGame series is a Mockbuster of Edmark's ''Mighty Math'' series. Not only do the two cover the same topics, many of the activities are very similar (e.g. using fiery explosions to teach fractions, using buried treasure to teach the number line), both have the Grow Slide feature, and ''the logos for each series have the same font!'' Ironically, after a series of buyouts, both series are currently owned by Houghton Mifflin (though only the ''Mighty Math'' series continues to be sold by them as it was the original).
* No one actually owns the Tycoon trademark, so for every good tycoon game like ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' or ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'', there are dozens if not hundreds of no-budget knockoffs pumped out to capitalize on the name. For example, ''School Tycoon'' is unrelated to ''Rollercoaster Tycoon'' but has a similar format, albeit revolving around school.
* Creator/TitusSoftware, in their early years, produced the ''Classiques'' series of games for the UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC and other then-popular computers. These releases consisted of compilations of generic knockoffs of famous UsefulNotes/{{Arcade Game}}s.
* The unlicensed UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game ''Adventurous Boy'' is a Chinese knockoff of ''VideoGame/FantasyZone''.
* The UsefulNotes/BBCMicro has a whole ton of rip-off clones of popular arcade games of the time, many of them produced by Acornsoft itself. Instead of ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}'' we have ''Zalaga'', ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}'' became ''Hopper'', ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}'' became ''Meteors'', ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' became ''Super Invaders'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' became (the less similar-sounding) ''Killer Gorilla'' and so on.
* The Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the Dragon 32 also used to have lots of knock-offs during the early times of their lifespan. Eventually, some mighty companies like Ocean Software bought the actual arcade rights to convert the games themselves and strove to remove knock-offs from the shelves, and the programmers of these knockoffs, no longer able to hide themselves behind clones, started creating their own original ideas.
* ''Fit of Fighting'' and ''History of Martial Arts'' are ripoffs of ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/FightersHistory'' with plagiarized graphics but a completely different engine.
* [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140517113104/http://foxotic.com/ ''Foxotic'']] was an MMO that appeared in late 2013 advertised itself as an [[BlatantLies original MMO for kids]]. However, thanks to players digging through the game, it was actually a ripoff of ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'', along with Club Penguin inspired MMOs ''Pandanda'' and ''The Travels of Winglingon and Wenks Virtual World''. It was later discovered that Foxotic wasn't just a ripoff, it was also made to [[TakeThat screw Club Penguin]], which is highly unusual since mockbusters are usually made to compliment their original source, rather than make fun of. Fortunately, Foxotic disappeared in early 2015.
* There was once a video game company known as Creator/PhoenixGames, which hilariously touted itself as "The only European [[BlatantLies super budget]] publisher" [[note]]Even if it means that they live by making a quick buck from NoBudget video games, it's still lying, as it was Midas Interactive that pioneered such a business model[[/note]]. The quality of their games implies that their definition of "super budget" is very different from the usual. Many of their games are obviously trying to pass themselves off as video game adaptations of well-known Disney cartoons, including beloved classics like ''[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves Snow White And The Seven Clever Boys]]'', ''[[Disney/TheLionKing Lion And The King 3]]'', ''[[Disney/{{Mulan}} Mighty Mulan]]'', and the infamous ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKZQb-jH-7A Dalmatians 3]]''.
* The UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame ''Puckman Pockimon'' is essentially a ''VideoGame/PacMan'' clone where the second player can control an OffModel [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] head. The game's hardware, apparently manufactured by Chinese UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis bootleggers, is also used for ''Jue Zhan Tian Huang'', a bizarre, poorly-programmed remake of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' as a BeatEmUp.
* A lot of Rainbow Arts' early output is this. They later abandoned their position once they established highly-selling original video game franchises.
** ''Katakis'' for the Commodore Amiga is their rip-off of the video game ''VideoGame/RType''. Funnily enough, Irem found out about this, but since most Japanese publishers had trouble with programming for the Amiga, they hired Rainbow Arts to help port R-Type to the Amiga.
** ''VideoGame/TheGreatGianaSisters'' is this to the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', to the point where Nintendo actually sent in lawyers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8teXm6723-g Behold.]]
* On the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum, after the initial wave of UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame clones died off, [[http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/hsp.htm Harry S Price]] made something of a career of ripping off obscure commercial releases and type-in games from magazines, slightly modifying them and publishing them under different titles.
* ''VideoGame/EvilNight'', an arcade RailShooter released by Creator/{{Konami}} in 1998, is very much a ripoff of [[Creator/{{Sega}} Sega's]] ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'', which came out the same year. The premise and several of the characters are quite similar (with two of the three protagonists being [[{{Expy}} obvious copies]] of Thomas Rogan and G). The game is ''clearly'' meant to piggyback off of the popularity of the franchise that inspired it, but it eventually spiraled into obscurity when ''House of the Dead'' fans christened it a "knockoff" and its problematic arcade hardware helped it disappear from arcades. The game later generated a [[CultClassic cult following]] of sorts.
* The Ukrainian company Creator/GSCGameWorld, of ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' fame, made a game called ''Warcraft 2000'' during the 1990s. This is a glorified mod of ''Warcraft 2'', sold as an official sequel. The plot is about grey aliens manipulating Orcs and Humans to wage war.
* ''VideoGame/SuperFighter'': This was a mockbuster of Creator/{{Capcom}}'s ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' made by the Taiwanese company C&E in 1993. The developers even traced some character animations, lifted the sound effects and some music (though with some modifications) from the Street Fighters games and some of the characters are even borderline plagiarism of characters from those games with the most blatant being the Japanese Karateka Jaan (based on Ryu), the Russian wrestler Sarkov (based on Zangief), and the AnimeChineseGirl Phoenix (based on Chun-li). It even has a spin-off called ''Super Fighter Block Battle''. [[VideoGame/SuperPuzzleFighterIIX Three guesses what it's based on.]]
* ''Fur Fun'', originally known as ''Kewpie Jazzy'', is a blatant ripoff of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/YookaLaylee''. It has even been found with the former's assets in the game files, and the failed Kickstarter plagiarized the later's own Kickstarter.
* Most of the UsefulNotes/{{Arcade Game}}s released by Century Electronics for their "Convertible Video System" and/or as conversion kits for ''VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Scramble}}'' or ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' boards had gameplay more or less based on popular titles from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeofVideoGames. Singled out by [[http://allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.com/2014/01/century-electronicscvs.html this retrospective article]] as "big time" ripoffs are ''Cosmos'' (''VideoGame/AstroBlaster''), ''Logger'' (''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'') and ''Hunchback Olympic'' (''VideoGame/TrackAndField'').
* Stellar Stone's ''Taxi Racer'', ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', and ''Midnight Race Club: Supercharged!'' are mockbusters of ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', ''Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel'', and ''VideoGame/MidnightClub'', respectively.
* ''Super Jump World'', an iPhone game which lifts entire sections of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and replaces Mario with a leprechaun, Goombas with beetles and mushrooms with clovers.
* ''Ultra Dario'', an Android Game which rips off ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
* ''Mole Kart'', a Chinese racing video game which balatantly rips off ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'' to the point where many of the tracks appear almost identical to those in said game. Its sequel, ''Mole Kart 2'', was a bit better in this regard.
* German game publisher RTL Playtainment made a knockoff of the Jowood Productions title Neighbours from Hell. This knockoff is just a licensed game based on the RTL TV show Höllische Nachbarn.
** In a funny way, Jowood Productions would also make their own takes on RTL's skiing games with the Ski Racing series.
** It gets even funnier, as the last Ski Racing title (Alpline Ski Racing 2007) from Jowood was co-published with RTL Playtainment!
* ''Legend of Titans'', a Chinese knockoff of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', which features nothing original and compensates with shameless {{Fanservice}} compared to the more tasteful kind found in the original.

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* ''[[http://mockbuster.wikia.com/wiki/Dogmons! Dogmons!]]'', a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''[=/=]''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' knockoff from the company behind ''[[Series/MegaPowers Mega Powers!]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia'' is this towards the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' TV shows, specifically ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]''. The ''Filly'' name itself predates ''Friendship is Magic'' (being around since G3) but remains this to the ''My Little Pony'' franchise as a whole.
* China has ''Miracle Star'', a rip-off of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. The creators of Gumball responded by making [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS5E11TheCopycats an episode]] where the Wattersons meet the knock-off characters, who make money by copying everything they do and posting videos on the internet.
* ''Block 13'', a Kuwaiti knock-off of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. It used the same paper cutout art style as ''South Park'', and also stole that show's main characters and gave them Arab clothes to hide the fact that they originally weren't Kuwaiti characters. It is LighterAndSofter compared to ''South Park'', though.
* ''The Samsondazes'', a Georgian knock-off of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', albeit a poorly-animated one.
* ''Veli'', a Russian cartoon identically similar to ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Protagonist Veli is sent to live with his grandmother to learn the native language of Tatar. In the village, he makes friends and foes, and also has adventures that include mythical creatures.

* Several amusement parks that have been established in various parts of Asia are are not-so-subtle ripoffs of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneyland certain iconic American amusement park]]. Some [[http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2010/09/nara-dreamland-japans-last-abandoned-theme-park/ no longer exist]], but others are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Shijingshan_Amusement_Park still in operation]], complete with CaptainErsatz versions of characters such as WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, and Franchise/HelloKitty.
* [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/9/97921/2338189-china-gundam.jpg The giant Chinese]] Franchise/{{Gundam}} statue knockoff, proving that China will pirate even HumongousMecha.
* ''Guilford Gals'', a knockoff of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' available exclusively at Hannaford supermarkets throughout New England. It's actually a surprisingly well-written drama on its own terms, despite lacking the offbeat wit of the show that inspired it.
* ''Pals'', a series of three DVDs produced for Walgreens Pharmacy which rips off ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* ''Crime Teacher'', Winn-Dixie's extremely poor rip-off of ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* ''Extended Family'', Target's straight-to-DVD sitcom which ripped off ''Series/ModernFamily''.
* ''Star Voyage: The Next Iteration'', QuikTrip's 3-volume straight-to-DVD knockoff of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* ''TV Rock'', a ripoff of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' produced for Publix supermarkets.
* ''Time Fop'', a five season knockoff of ''Series/DoctorWho'' produced by Duane Reade's DeLish label.
* ''Crown of Dwarves'', three discs of poorly shot footage of LARPers in the woods packaged to look like ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* ''Madvertizing'', a drama set at an advertising agency in the present day produced by Staples. As you can tell, it's a knockoff of ''Series/MadMen'', albeit a surprisingly good one.
* ''Crashed'', a straight-to-DVD series produced for Albertsons supermarkets, which rips off ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''The Zombie Dead'', a straight-to-DVD series produced by Wawa, which rips off ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
* Despite the title, Kroger's long-running ''Tooth Blood'' series is a mixture of elements from several vampire franchises from the mid-'00s, as opposed to just ''Series/TrueBlood''.

* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' parodies this in a recurring sketch. People return movies they got from a movie store that are knockoffs of whatever they really want, created by a family of foreigners (which they always contend is "[[CatchPhrase MUCH BETTER!]]"). The icing on the cake is that the store itself is a knock-off of Blockbuster, "Blockblister". And though almost never featured in the skits, on the boards behind the proprietors, there's almost always a Mockbustered up title of a Nick movie: ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Rag Rats]]'', ''[[Film/HarrietTheSpy Harriet the Guy]]'', ''[[Film/GoodBurger Good Booger]]'' and ''Snowy Day'' (one skit actually has this featured).
* ''Film/BeKindRewind'' is about a pair of video store owners who make their own mockbusters after all their tapes are destroyed, and become a massive success after their remakes grow wildly popular. Accusations of copyright infringement [[RealityEnsues cause the store to be closed down]].
* ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'': Tanaka Bros Game Development does this with all their releases. Including ''[[VideoGame/GranTurismo Bad Mileage]]'' and ''[[Franchise/PokeMon Pocket Morons]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' has been known to make parodies of these, such as ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical Home School Musical]]''.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' made fun of Mockbusters ''well'' before they were even a phenomenon, with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNOVdJ_2W5I Mr. Dibley sketch]], about a filmmaker who makes hideously bad, silent, one-reel versions of famous movies starring random people from shops.
--> "Oh yes, well, I mean, there were some people who said my film ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001 - A Space Odyssey]]'' was similar to Creator/StanleyKubrick's. I mean, that's the sort of petty critical niggling that's dogged my career. It makes me sick. I mean, as soon as I'd made ''Film/MidnightCowboy'' with the vicar as Ratso Rizzo, Creator/JohnSchlesinger rushes out his version, and gets it premiered while mine's still at the chemist's."
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' parodies this in the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "unlicensed". One of the "licensed unlicensed" products Strong Bad appears in is movie knock-offs with titles like [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs "The Secret Princess]] [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} and Her Oppressive Authority Figure]] [[{{Sequelitis}} 4]]" or [[Disney/TheLionKing "Jungle Animals in Decidedly Non-Jungle Situations"]] (the latter of which is advertised as "So [[DirectToVideo Straight to DVD]] It Hurts").
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', as Gumball complains they can only afford movies like "[[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon How to]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} Ratatwang]] [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Your Panda]]". It's a parody of Brinquedo in particular; the mice even resemble those of ''Ratatoing''. This became HilariousInHindsight when it came to light that a Chinese food company had produced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs_oOxjeLh4 a knockoff of the show itself]], swapping the Wattersons for goats (goat's milk is what's being advertised) and Darwin for a frog.
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' reveals the Camden County Library is so underfunded that it can only afford knock-offs of literary classics. Not-''{{Tarzan}}'' apparently features a tiger named Monkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a $1,000 version of ''Titanic'' by Creator/RogerCorman. It has SpecialEffectsFailure, gratuitous nudity, and the ship resurfacing as some kind of monster.
* On ''Series/InLivingColor'', this is the stock-in-trade of Funky Finger Productions, which is always looking for investors. ''Stank Ho'' is their answer to ''Film/PrettyWoman'', and they have test footage for a fourth ''Penitentiary'' movie on hand in another skit. Many have an JustForFun/XMeetsY twist: ''Theatre/TheWiz'' meets ''Film/{{Flatliners}}'', for instance.
* In his ''Guardian'' column in 1998, Simon Hoggart comments that the Creator/ChannelFive listings were all for "films that sound familiar but you haven't quite heard of", such as ''[[Film/LethalWeapon Total Weaponry]]'' and ''[[Film/FatalAttraction Deadly Attraction]]''.