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->''"If you are yourself than people will pay attention. If you are nothing but a fucking bitch living in somebody else shadow than you are going to be recognized as such. As a bitch in their shadow"''
-->-- AlphaOmegaSin - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR5y8ATKAZQ 10 Things I hate about gaming (SMS Video Response)]]

There's a high demand for innovation and new ideas, so if a new work has similarities to an older or more popular one, expect those similarities to be the dominant subject in discussion about the work, even if they're entirely superficial. Some people go on to say that if you can't come up with an original idea, don't even bother trying to make the work, despite the fact that most original works get ignored because of lack of advertising or that it's just not something publishers recognize and they're afraid to give it a chance. It's often a Catch-22 when genuine attempts to shake up the market or are ignored, whereas StrictlyFormula works fly off the shelves ''because'' of the familiarity, [[CriticalDissonance despite the criticisms of lack of originality]].

Of course, many times creators do [[OlderThanYouThink borrow ideas from another work]] as inspiration to create new stories and concepts. Considering that just about everything has been done, it's difficult to properly think of something new and fresh. This is not always the case, however, as sometimes creators [[FollowTheLeader deliberately try to copy]] a [[CashCowFranchise particular franchise]] as soon as its success becomes evident. They will immediately try to make something to compete -- and most of the time it will fail miserably, because it was rushed or just implemented poorly. Other times it might come up with a really cool and ingenious new spin on the idea, and still never reach the same kind of popularity as its competition because somehow being too much like the original is deplorable.

The error here is the automatic assumption that just because something is ''similar'', it can't have any value on its own merits. If everything that was derivative was that bad, it wouldn't be done so much. Some can actually be quite good on their own. And enough followers can even go FromClonesToGenre.

This assumption can be infuriating to creators of products that are similar to products being designed simultaneously. Their options are to either reduce the quality of your work in order to get it out first, or be written off as a cheap imitation of the competitor's product (which ''they'' probably watered down to be first out of the gate). Many "ripoffs" were in fact in development at the same time, but due to the development window for most modern media, could be released months or even years apart. This can also make the fans of the more "popular" feature look really [[HypocriticalFandom hypocritical]] if the alleged victim of ripoffs wasn't all that original to begin with.

The absurd extreme of this is when old-timers show off their long memories by dismissing new shows as rehashes of older productions which don't just fall outside SmallReferencePools but at least have been [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes out of public release]] for many years, and possibly don't even survive except within the old-timers' recollections.

You'll notice that sometimes this trope is invoked not ''only'' by [[FandomRivalry rival fans]] and [[HateDumb trolly haters]], but people who actually aren't fans of the genre, even so much as [[{{Hatedom}} hating it in its entirety]]. You'll notice that when people are typically not fans of a genre or series, similar to its cousin ItsTheSameSoItSucks. The two almost go hand-in-hand, this way, since a non-fan would not really notice how many subtle differences since, after all, they see it and aren't looking for that stuff, that is, if they actually see the work they're invoking this trope, on. Sometimes people are actually calling out things based upon ''meta-concepts'' of the genre.

This is the justification behind [[{{Sequelphobic}} Sequelphobia]]. Compare OlderThanTheyThink. Compare and sometimes contrast with SeinfeldIsUnfunny when the original suffers due to amount (and sometimes the quality) of similar works released later. Not to be confused with TheyChangedItNowItSucks, where a sequel or an official adaptation changes an aspect of an original work for better or worse. Also not to be confused with ItsTheSameNowItSucks, the polar opposite.

See also ItsBeenDone.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Try to talk to anyone about ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', and most likely the first response will be "So it's like ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: The Anime''."
* ''Anime/DuelMasters'':
** It had this issue in being compared to ''Anime/YuGiOh'' for a good while, and ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' itself is scoffed at by fans of ''MagicTheGathering''. Which is interesting, because the author of ''Manga/YuGiOh'' stated on a website that he based the card game in his series on ''MagicTheGathering''.
** And the ''TabletopGame/DuelMasters'' card game (yes, there really is such a thing) is in turn produced by Wizards of the Coast, the ''makers'' of ''MagicTheGathering''...which makes a kind of sense, since the game really does have more in common with Magic than with ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''. And, of course, the ''Franchise/DuelMasters'' manga is ''actually'' about Magic...which is what got Wizards interested in the property in the first place.
** Oddly, ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'' copied the American-produced second season of ''Duel Masters''.
* GunXSword is often dismissed as being a ripoff of {{Trigun}}, since they're both {{Space Western}} with a loner protagonist WalkingTheEarth, only there's also HumongousMecha in the latter. Of course, after the first episode, the show leaves the desert and never comes back, quickly distancing itself from any similarities to {{Trigun}}.
* ''HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' constantly gets bashed by reviewers for being ''FushigiYuugi'' with SerialNumbersFiledOff, on the grounds of having exactly the same combination of plot devices[[note]]TrappedInAnotherWorld + FantasyCounterpartCulture + {{Miko}} + TheFourGods + CastFullOfPrettyBoys + GottaCatchThemAll + DebutQueue + ElementalPowers + PersonalityPowers + BodyguardCrush[[/note]] as the basis. Note that ''Haruka'' is originally a [[{{Shoujo}} female-oriented]] DatingSim, for which a premise of a girl getting stuck in a fantasy world with loads of pretty guys as her guardians wouldn't exactly be a bad idea.
* ''VideoGame/InitialDArcadeStage'' fans like to do this to ''WanganMidnightMaximumTune''. Which is particularly ludicrous, given that Initial D's type of racing (mountain pass) and Wangan Midnight's type of racing (highway) aren't even remotely comparable. Wangan Midnight has more in common with ''OutRun'' or ''Super Bikes'' than ''Initial D''.
* ''OutlawStar'' got flack as a supposed rip-off of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', mostly due to both being {{Sunrise}}-produced {{Space Western}}s with a relatively similar naming convention. Of course, not only do the similarities stop there, but ''OutlawStar'' technically [[OlderThanTheyThink predates]] ''Bebop'' as a manga series, to say nothing of the fact that Outlaw Star the anime began production several months before Cowboy Bebop.
* ''ScRyed'' is compared to ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' a ''lot''. Sometimes considered a rip-off entirely and dismissed because of that and more.
** There was also that TV show called ''Mutant X'', where Mutant X was the name of a team of young adult mutant with superpowers (such as cat-like agility, SuperStrength, [[MindProbe telepathy]], [[IntangibleMan density shifting]], the [[ShockAndAwe ability to throw lightning]]), formed by a scientist to defend the mutants and work for their integration in human society while an evil government conspiracy tried to capture or eliminate them and study them. [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Sound familiar?]]
*** Please note who created Mutant X - namely, StanLee himself.
** ''{{Push}}'' gets similar treatment, despite having far fewer similarities. Most people seem to ignore the fact that StockSuperpowers were around before ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''.
** ''DarkerThanBlack'' also gets a lot of this. Though in this case, the show seems to own up to it. For instance, many fans have noted that April looks ''[[ComicBookFantasyCasting a lot]]'' like Creator/HalleBerry's portrayal of {{Storm}}.
* ''StrikeWitches'' is generally seen as a copy of ''SkyGirls'', but with {{Fanservice}} turned up a few notches, leading to its FanNickname of "Sky Girls no pantsu". This is a moot point, given that both are the brainchild of Shimada Humikane. By the way, have you seen those funky girl-machine hybrids dubbed Mecha Musume floating around imageboards before SG and/or SW premiered? [[OlderThanTheyThink Yeah, those were Humikane's original creation too, and they appeared first]], ''and'' trademarked. Plus the Busou Shinki line of toys he premiered. And Mecha Musume is just Humikane's brand. Mecha ''Shoujo'' was around quite a while before that.
* It's hard to think of a post-1992 MagicalGirl anime that ''hasn't'' been condemned as a ''Anime/SailorMoon'' rip-off, with ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' being the most frequent target (and, in fairness, with the most justification). The fact that it and ''Anime/SailorMoon'' had the same character designer doesn't help.
* While not as extreme as other examples of "Anything within the same genre as this is a rip-off" but for a while in the US a known complaint in Shounen anime is that "if you've seen Anime/DragonBallZ you have seen any given Shounen anime nowadays".
* Some harem themed Animes not named Tenchi are accused of being this; since ''TenchiMuyo'' was one of the most popular and successful Animes in that Genre. However, subverted with the ones that could stand on its own. Like ''LoveHina'' for example.
* RahXephon often gets treated as a cheap knockoff of NeonGenesisEvangelion, forgetting that RahXephon does it on purpose to [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstruct]]. Additionally, Many of the GenreDeconstruction elements present in both shows are tools that have been used as long as the HumongousMecha genre has existed in Japan; the same shows that influenced Evangelion.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] from Marvel is somehow accused of ripping off [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] from DC because [[NamesTheSame they have the same name]].
** Don't get anyone started on {{Namor}} and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.
** Or {{Hawkeye}} and GreenArrow.
** Or Comicbook/GhostRider and Comicbook/{{Spawn}}.
** The Captain Marvel thing has led to several lawsuits back and forth between DC and Marvel. This is part of the reason that DC's Captain Marvel's comic is called [[IAmNotShazam SHAZAM!]] with the well known [[IAmNotShazam unfortunate consequences]].
** ''Before'' DC owned the "Shazam!" Captain Marvel, they sucessfully sued Creator/FawcettComics on the grounds that they invented the caped FlyingBrick. That Cap was a very different character beyond that didn't occur to them until they owned him, and suddenly realised there was room for both Big Blue and Big Red ''in the same universe''.
* The ComicBook/{{X-Men}} are sometimes called a rip-off of ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', as both series feature a group of superpowered "freaks" put together by a man in a wheelchair. However, the X-Men debuted only three months after the Doom Patrol. Given the long publishing lead times comics had during that era, any similarities were coincidental.
* Many of RobLiefeld's works were clearly "influenced by" similar Marvel and DC properties. This--among other things--gave Liefeld haters just that much more ammunition.
** ''{{Youngblood}}'' is the remnant of a Comicbook/TeenTitans spin-off Liefeld had created. The character of Shaft is clearly a CaptainErsatz of GreenArrow's sidekick Speedy. That said, Marvel properties also found themselves duplicated in the pages of ''Youngblood'' and it doesn't take much that Cougar is essentially a repaint of {{Wolverine}} or that Sentinel is either Comicbook/IronMan or Comicbook/WarMachine without the helmet.
** Then there's Glory: WonderWoman with white hair.
** His Fighting American reboot went so far as to ''[[DolledUpInstallment recycle art and character designs]]'' from his short-lived HeroesReborn ''CaptainAmerica'' run. You can guess how the critics reacted.
* One of the criticisms of ''AvengersArena'' is it's pretty blatantly trying to cash in on ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Not that it's the [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter only criticism]].
** The series actually (rather gleefully) owns up to this. The covers of the early issues were [[HomageShot homages]] to works like ''Film/BattleRoyale'', ''Hunger Games'', and ''LordOfTheFlies'', and Arcade even flat-out states ''[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall in-universe]]'' that he stole the idea from a book.
* ''ComicBook/RoyalRoy'' was Marvel's answer to Harvey Comics' ''ComicBook/RichieRich''. Other than the title character being a prince of some fictional kingdom, the similarities between Roy and Richie was so much it prompted Harvey to sue Star Comics for copyright infringement.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', so much so that they've got an entire section dedicated to this trope on the Trivia page.
* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' was wrongfully accused of trying to rip off ''Film/ThreeHundred'' because of the main character's signature phrase ''"I AM BEOWULF!"'' is somehow similar to ''"THIS IS SPARTAA!!!"''. How that becomes ''ripoff material'' is beyond some people. Let's also recall that [[PunctuatedForEmphasis we have an entire page full of examples of people yelling that way]], and that ''Beowulf'' [[AnimationLeadTime was filmed first, anyway.]]
* ''CoolWorld'' by Ralph Bakshi, had been riddled with bad reviews for mainly trying to copy ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' because it used the same [[RogerRabbitEffect real-world/cartoon integration special effects]].
* George A. Romero's ''DiaryOfTheDead'' had the misfortune of being released a month after ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. And even more on top of that was that it came out after [{{REC}}], the Spanish original version of ''{{Quarantine}}''. And all three had the misfortune of being released nine years after box-office hit ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject''.
* The ''Film/ForrestGump'' vs. ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' debate. Both are written by the same screenwriter and detail the life of men with some sort of handicap that have similar story elements (chasing after the woman of their dreams, encountering various people, [[spoiler: the possibility of having a child with a similar handicap]] and feature innovative SpecialEffects. Both have their individual merits.
* One of the most common criticisms regarding the first American remake of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' was that the plot was essentially a rip-off of ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms'' (IE: Giant reptile goes to New York to breed.) with hints of ''Film/KingKong'', ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' thrown in for good measure rather than, well, a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movie.
* With the release of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' movie comes the inevitable comparisons to ''Film/BattleRoyale.'' It's relatively rare to find ''Film/BattleRoyale'' compared to the earlier ''Film/TheRunningMan'', because then we'd have to acknowledge that it's possible for a work to be good without being especially original. And somehow, practically nobody notices the plot elements borrowed from ''SoylentGreen'' (the starvation and overpopulation thing, not the "it's made from people!" thing, which wasn't the main point of the film and wasn't a plot point ''at all'' in the novel).
* ''TheIsland'' is frequently accused of ripping-off the extremely obscure TV movie ''{{Clonus}}'', mostly known for being featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. After MST3K fans compiled a list of a hundred similarities between the movie, ''Clonus'' producer Robert S. Fiveson would sue Dreamworks and a court would rule that he had a prima facie case of infringement. Before the case went to trial, Dreamworks would settle privately out of court.
* Do ''not'' ever start drawing comparisons between the new ''Film/JamesBond'' series (starting with ''Film/CasinoRoyale'') and the [[Film/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne films]] in front of a large group of Bond fans. Half will agree with you and the other half will ''unleash the fury''.
** Then there's [[TheTransporter Frank Martin]], described by one reviewer as "a sort of third-party international man of mystery for those who think James Bond is too effete and Jason Bourne just doesn't have enough chest hair."
** While on Bond, the unofficial ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', which as Website/TheAgonyBooth's Mr. Mendo [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video286_Never_Say_Never_Again_James_Bond.aspx put]]:
-->"If this looks like a ripoff of [[Film/{{Thunderball}} a better Bond film]]... [[RecycledScript it's because it is]]!"
* A common complaint against ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' is just that it's simply ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' in the TheWildWest. Tonto is Jack, The Lone Ranger is Will Turner, The Royal Navy replaced by the U.S Cavalry etc.
** As in "Johnny Depp is Johnny Depp" and "Virtually every movie with Depp becomes a comedy about him".
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': Some viewers noticed that it followed ''Film/BatmanBegins'''s steps way too closely, as it not only imitated said films path for its hero (such as traveling the world to find one self) but also elements such as the anachronistic order, the WellIntentionedExtremist villain who attacks the hero's home (Gotham/Earth) with a device that alters the environment, the function of Lois Lane and Rachel Dawes and the relationship between the hero and the Government (specially between the trustworthy Gordon/Hardy and the skeptical Loeb/Swanwick).
* Any movie whose scenes remotely resemble "BulletTime" after ''Film/TheMatrix'' suffer from this:
** A lot of people figured ''Film/TheOne'' was just a rip off of ''The Matrix'', only with JetLi and more bullet time sequences. Considering that it came out practically soon after the first Matrix film and uses many of the same conventions, it was bound to be met with a little negativity, regardless of the fact that the two movies could not be more different.
** In the DVD commentary for ''{{Blade}}'' it's pointed out (tongue-in-cheek) that they used a Bullet Time scene first, so these should be regarded as ''Blade'' rip-offs.
** When ''Film/TheMatrix'' was new, there was a small but vocal minority that dismissed it due to some thematic and aesthetic similarities with ''Film/DarkCity''.
* Thousands of people wrote off the the 2009 horror film ''Orphan'' for ripping off ''TheGoodSon'', acting as if a beloved, many decades-old classic had been violated. This hilariously overlooked the fact that ''TheGoodSon'' was an obscure, poorly received film except for those who made joking ''HomeAlone'' references to it because Macaulay Culkin played that film's villain. But when ''Orphan'' came out, suddenly people began acting as if ''TheGoodSon'' was one of the most popular and beloved films of all time, and that ''Orphan'' was some kind of abomination. What these people overlooked was that both films are predated by ''TheBadSeed'', which came out literally [[OlderThanTheyThink decades]] prior, and that all subsequent [[CreepyChild "Evil Child"]] films are derivative of that film, and that Orphan, in fact, is probably the most original of them, and that the similarities between the films are completely undone by Orphan's twist-ending. The likely explanation is that the trolls responsible had little knowledge of cinema predating the late 80s-90s, and thus, remembering ''TheGoodSon'', thought they were making a brilliant discovery and were eager to become "famous" for pointing it out.
* The Jude Law action vehicle ''Film/RepoMen'' has drawn some rather unhappy comparisons to ''RepoTheGeneticOpera''.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs ''has been accused of being rather similar in terms of plot, dialogue and characters to the film ''City On Fire''. However, this is rather debatable if you compare scenes from both movies back to back.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'''s first movie poster was accused of being a rip-off of posters for ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
** After the film came out many people are upset with how much this film borrows from previous Trek outings like [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Homefront/Paradise Lost]] and, infamously, [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan ''Wrath of Khan'']].
* The 2011 movie ''Film/TheTallMan'' is about [[SlenderManMythos a tall, humanoid figure that kidnaps children.]] There's (perfectly plausible) rumors going around that this movie's ''concept'' actually came before Slenderman, but don't expect any of his fans from /x/ to hear a word of it.
* ''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'', has often been criticized for ripping off on ''Film/{{Big}}'' - completely disregarding the fact that the former has TimeTravel in it, while the latter didn't.
** While the method of ''how'' she becomes 30 is different, it's probably generous to say that means it's nothing like Big.
** The RobinWilliams movie ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' was accused of ripping off ''Big'' as well. This was mostly by people who never saw the actual movie, [[NeverTrustATrailer just the trailers]]. ''Big'' was a comedy, ''Jack'' was a ''TearJerker''.
* ''Film/{{Zathura}}'' had been scoffed at largely as a ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' ripoff. Presumably then, the people who think this didn't know both films [[SpiritualSuccessor were based on books written by the same person]], and then in the ''Zathura'' novel the Zathura game was found in the same box as the Jumanji game. Of course, even if not a rip-off, it is still RecycledInSpace.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' listed this among the [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-common-movie-arguments-that-are-always-wrong/#ixzz1tUF4XdFL 6 Common Movie Arguments That Are Always Wrong]] (#4).
* Despite [[OlderThanYouThink parody movies having been done back in the dawn of cinematic history]], a lot of the newer ones are long forgotten for trying to cash in on ''ScaryMovie''.
* For a time, anything that was in the Sci-fi genre was automatically considered to be a rip-off of Franchise/StarWars. Regardless of whether if it was the least bit deserving or not. Amusingly, Star Wars itself is explicitly based on the [[TheHerosJourney The Hero Cycle]], a pattern of story telling that has been observed occurring in independent cultures for thousands of years, so even Star Wars [[OlderThanYouThink isn't all that original.]]
* Star Wars is Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''TheHiddenFortress'' set in space instead of feudal Japan. Lucas is pretty up front about this (which is smart - if you've seen both it's so obvious that any attempt to deny it would be an obvious lie).
* Name a movie, and the odds are that someone has derided it for elements it shares with another film (even if both were being shot concurrently and thus couldn't copy each other). For example, the train fight in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' is accused of being a rip-off of the one in ''Film/SpiderMan2'', and many Disney films are accused of plagiarizing from anime, the latter of which is ironic because Walt Disney's style inspired early anime and manga and that Disney has "plagiarized" from many other sources that hardly get fussed over.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' received a lot of flack from anime fans due to similarities to the plot of ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (both are about emotionally-damaged pilots using giant robots to fight off invading aliens). These criticisms tend to ignore that ''Eva'' was not the first anime to have that basic premise (and was explicitly inspired by works like ''MazingerZ'' and ''SpaceRunawayIdeon''), and that Creator/GuillermoDelToro has stated that ''he's never even watched Evangelion''.
** Many mainstream audience members also called the movie a rip-off of the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, despite having literally nothing in common with those movies other than having robots in some capacity.
** [[https://1-media-cdn.foolz.us/ffuuka/board/m/image/1373/03/1373033170477.png This collage of print screens of online comments]] shows mainstream audiences comparing it to Transformers, anime audiences comparing it to ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and Evangelion, older audiences comparing it to RobotJox and Hispanic audiences comparing it to the anime Mazinger Z (it is hugely popular there). Talk about TheGenerationGap. At the bottom right, surrounded by anime screenshots as reaction to the ignorance of the other comments shows Creator/GuillermoDelToro's answer to an online Q&A about PacificRim stating he cites many works as his influences but Evangelion is not one of them.
* The 2007 movie ''Film/{{Disturbia}}'' was criticized by some as being a rip-off of the Albert Hitchcock classic ''Film/RearWindow'', even leading to a copyright infringement lawsuit by the copyright holders of the original source material for Rear Window. While the film was never expressly marketed as a direct remake of Rear Window, in interviews executive producer Steven Speilberg and lead actor Shia LaBeouf admitted they both studied Rear Window extensively in preparation for the film.
* The Waynes brothers' ''LittleMan'', a movie about a pint-sized criminal who masquerades as a baby to retrieve a diamond he had stolen that ended up in the hands of an unsuspecting couple, has been accused of ripping off the plot of a BugsBunny cartoon, Baby Buggy Bunny. As a result, the movie ended up winning a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake/Rip-Off.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Mentioning ''Literature/TheHost'' in {{Animorphs}} or [[Series/StargateSG1 Stargate]] fan circles is [[InternetBackdraft generally a bad idea]].
* You're bound to see ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' compared to ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' all the time. Many hipsters claim the whole thing is a ripoff that tries and fails to copy ''Battle Royale''. Of course, by this logic, ''Battle Royale'' is just a rip-off of ''The Running Man'', which rips off the Roman Coliseum, which rips off the Labyrinth at Knossos. Creator/StephenKing [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20419951_20223443,00.html himself]] acknowledged that the DeadlyGame plot of ''The Hunger Games'' isn't original (citing ''Royale'', ''Running Man'', and another of his books, ''Literature/TheLongWalk''), but that isn't a bad thing.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': This is a pretty sensitive issue to a lot of people, so we won't go into too much detail. But there's a not-insignificant number of people who accuse Cassandra Clare of plagiarizing several other works, most notably ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'' .
* Turned on its head in the JorgeLuisBorges short story, "Pierre Menard, Author of the ''Quixote''". The title character starts off attempting to translate Cervante's ''Literature/DonQuixote'', but decides to go further and so thoroughly immerse himself in the text that he can recreate it, word for word, in the original 17th century Spanish. In effect, Menard literally republishes a classic novel (or just the first few chapters--he dies before he can finish it) under his own name. And the literary community absolutely loves him for it. The narrator of the short story, a critic himself, rapturously describes how this new version of the ''Quixote'' is packed with so much more meaning than the original, even though both texts are identical.
* This is a common critical reaction to large, 'experimental' novels. Most often it is said 'like Ulysses, but why bother?', though that started changing to 'like Infinite Jest, but why bother?' OlderThanTheyThink, though---even the 'first' overtly experimental, digressive novel, ''Literature/TristramShandy'', was panned for being derivative of earlier works.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* American {{Tokusatsu}}: Basically every HenshinHero show in this genre to come out since ''PowerRangers'' (be they original American shows, American adaptations of Japanese tokusatsu or American dubbed Japanese tokusatsu).
** ''Series/MaskedRider'', ''Series/VRTroopers'', ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' are just a few examples of adaptations.
** ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' would be an original show example.
** ''Ultraman Tiga'' would be a dub example.
** It should be noted that ''Masked Rider'', ''VR Troopers'', ''Beetleborgs'', and ''Mystic Knights'' were all produced by Saban, the creators of ''Power Rangers'' itself, trying to replicate their own success. And that's not even counting the whining that fans of the American adaptations get from the fans of the Japanese originals, some of whom don't seem to understand that American companies actually licensed the footage from Japan to make their shows and didn't just plagiarize it behind their backs.
** There's an important thing to remember here, in many ways, Japan '''''likes''''' ''Power Rangers.'' From a business standpoint, licensing fees bring a good stream of revenue to Toei (it's actually believed that the increasing prevalence of GottaCatchEmAll in SuperSentai was being caused by trying to replace the diminishing revenue from the Disney Era of TheyJustDidntCare with more merchandising.) Furthermore, ''Power Rangers'' is dubbed and broadcast in Japan, and is still watched (In fact, when ''Lost Galaxy'' was brought to Japan, it outperformed its source material ''Gingaman.'')
* Any pair of young, male presenters on British television will be compared to Creator/AntAndDec and accused of trying to copy them. Ironically, many of the comparisons aren't by Ant and Dec fans, but by people who dislike them and therefore conclude that anyone remotely similar to them is exactly like them.
* Nickelodeon series Series/{{Taina}} is very similar to the later Nick series {{Victorious}}. Bringing up the latter to a huge fan of the former can be a problem, because Taina was cancelled quite early while Victorious was AdoredByTheNetwork for several years.
* ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' was thought by many to be a ripoff of ''TheSimpsons'' (only with animatronic puppets on a live-action set rather than an animated series). Seeing as how the former takes place in prehistoric times, this could even be in the same vein as ''TheHoneymooners'' and ''TheFlintstones''. One episode of TheSimpsons was a not-so-subtle TakeThat featuring the characters watching the show with Bart saying, "It's like they saw our lives and put it up on screen". A ''Dinosaurs'' episode also had Earl complain that the reason there's no originality on TV is because once an original show becomes popular, every network decides to play FollowTheLeader and create rip-offs of said original show, with Baby saying, "Don't have a cow, man".
* ''FifthGear'' is often accused of being a rip-off of ''TopGear''.
** ''Fifth Gear'' is the continuation of the original ''Top Gear'', done by some of the same people from Old ''Top Gear'''s cancellation in 2001, just under a new name. In fact, while ''Top Gear'' dates back to TheSeventies, its highly successful {{Retool}} began several months after ''Fifth Gear''.
* When ''{{Firefly}}'' first showed up, word among anime fans was that it was a Live Action Rip-Off of ''OutlawStar'', primarily due to the '[[GirlInABox naked girl in the box]] in the first episode' and the CoolShip. The two shows turned out to be very different, not in the least because ''Outlaw Star'' had 26 episodes and ''Firefly'' had 13 (and [[TheMovie a movie]]). Then, as seen above, ''OutlawStar'' got this too.
* ''{{Friends}}'' was constantly being accused of being a ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ripoff. However, anyone who actually follows both shows realizes that they have very different styles of humor.
** And in turn every new sitcom soon after ''Friends'' became popular was automatically accused on being a ''Friends'' ripoff, apparently just on general principles. Drew Carey has a whole section in his book ''Dirty Jokes and Beer'' about how this happened and even his own sitcom, which he said was much more like ''Roseanne'', was not exempt from the accusation.
* ''{{Hyperdrive}}'' is a sitcom about a bunch of incompetents on a spaceship. Although that's as far as the similarities with ''Series/RedDwarf'' go, a few insist it's a blatant rip-off.
* ''IDreamOfJeannie'' obtained suspicious similarities to ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' that led to this.
* ''LittleBritain'' is frequently accused of ripping off ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' and ''TheFastShow''. In turn, ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' gets flak for copying ''Little Britain.''
* On a related note, ''Series/LivingSingle'' is widely considered to be a ''Friends'' ripoff, despite the fact that the former premiered before the latter.
** And so is ''{{Coupling}}'', because it has six leads (and one girl is weird, and one guy is a HandsomeLech who is also dumb), divided perfectly by gender. And a LocalHangout where they sit on the only sofa. And the general humour comes from sexual situations and observations. So obviously there are ''some'' similarities, but the tone, style and types of jokes told are often completely different.
** And ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', mainly as the show focused on, well, a bunch of friends.
** Inverted in [[{{Channel4}} E4]] trailers for ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', which uses this as a selling point: "It's basically new episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' without boring ruddy Ross."
* ''Series/MisterEd'' was quite similar to a few films with Donald O'Connor and " Francis the Talking Mule."
* When ''Series/{{Password}}'' became a hit on CBS, NBC countered with ''[[Series/YouDontSay You Don't Say!]]'', using names instead of regular words. It was identical to the set up which had host Tom Kennedy's lectern in the middle of the panel. Threatened with a lawsuit from Goodson-Todman, the company moved the lectern to the left. Regardless, it had a nice six-year run.
* In ''Series/{{Psych}}'', Shawn walks up to a police department desk and identifies himself as a psychic. "Like ''TheMentalist'' only [[HypocriticalHumor not fake]]."
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' takes much of its basic premise from Vertigo Comics' ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', although the series is much more action-oriented and campy soap-opera than the book it copied from.
* RhymeAndReason was ABC's answer to [[Series/MatchGame Match Game '75]] on CBS.
* A possible case is ''RobinOfSherwood'' and the later ''Series/RobinHood''. The second series of ''RobinOfSherwood'' ended with Robin's death, and there is speculation that the second season finale of ''Series/RobinHood'' chose to kill off Maid Marian in the attempt to emulate what the creators' believed was the "shock value" of the predecessing series, except of course that they killed Marian instead of Robin. The key difference was that the former series had to write around [[AbsenteeActor Michael Praed's]] decision to leave the show, whereas Marian's death in the later series was a creative decision and had nothing to do with actress Lucy Griffith (despite later attempts to blame the decision on her). Although ''RobinOfSherwood'' brought in a [[LegacyCharacter "new" Robin Hood]], neither series survived more than one more season without their leads.
* There are people who watch ''SaturdayNightLive'' who seem completely incapable of enjoying any sketch that has a premise that's even remotely similar to another sketch from a previous season. Since the show has been on for more than 30 years, this means there aren't very many sketches they can enjoy.
* ''TheShield'' and ''TheWire'' endure this, as far as the showrunners unknowingly aping the other show as they progressed. ''The Wire'' gave us Marlo Stanfield, a decidedly Shield-like villain, Carcetti (who's political ambitions mirrored Shield character Acaveda's political ambitions), a convoluted fake serial killer storyline that came across like something Vic Mackey would have thought up as part of a crazy scheme. ''The Shield'' meanwhile, in it's final seasons, began aping ''The Wire''-themed issues about police work such as crime stats (something the show had largely downplayed) hanging over the head of the Farmington District, the elimination of beloved character Lem (which paralleled the death of Stringer Bell, who was killed off in spite of his popularity for the sake of the story being told), and an ending that had MAJOR elements from the final fate of Marlo Stanfield. as far as what happened to the Strike Team.
* ''Splatalot''. You know, the medieval-themed kid-friendly ''Wipeout'' rip-off.
* A newer example that will likely only get worse: there is a good deal of ire directed at ''Series/StargateUniverse'' by people claiming it's a rip-off of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
** The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' still gets much criticism today for ripping off ''StarWars''. No wonder the DarkerAndEdgier remake received rave reviews as it strayed from being a typical show [[RecycledINSPACE about a space colony]] as far as possible.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was widely accused of copying ''Series/BabylonFive'', especially since Creator/JMichaelStraczynski publicly stated that he'd pitched an early version of the series to Paramount.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was released around the time when ''Series/RedDwarf'' was becoming very popular and received accusation of copying it... Being lost in space, a holographic character... (They even had "Blue Alert")
** Inverted with ''Series/StargateUniverse'', which from the moment it was announced was mockingly referred to as ''Stargate: Voyager''.
* ''The Talk'' on CBS was immediately panned, because it's ''The View'' for moms. With six women instead of five. In the middle of the afternoon. In Los Angeles.
* ''Top Gear'' on the American History Channel is a direct spin-off from the successful British ''TopGear'', copying the latter series' use of three presenters, The Stig, silly themed segments, style of cinematography and auto reviews, and cramming celebrities into a small car.
* ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' was so strikingly similar to ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' because both were co-created by Ron Leavitt. WordOfGod says it wasn't their intention to be so similar to ''Children'', but it simply turned out that way.
* This happens a great deal with Singaporean television, especially the childrens' programming. ''My Classmate Dad'' is a FreakyFridayFlip {{sitcom}} that basically is the actual ''Film/FreakyFriday'' with a lower standard of spoken English. ''Cosmo and George'' is about an alien who befriends a human who shows him the ropes of living on earth, mimicking the concept of ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. The Chinese-language drama serials aren't exempt from this respect. ''CID'' is ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''The Time Machine'' copies (even by name) ''TheTimeMachine'', ''Baby Blues'' copies [[ComicStrip/BabyBlues the strip of the same name]], ''[[{{Fanservice}} Beach. Ball. Babes.]]'' is ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' (specifically volleyball tournament game), and ''Mrs P.I.'' is ''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} got a lot of bad press for (allegedly) copying Music/TheRollingStones. They got over it, though. They have also been frequently compared to Music/LedZeppelin and Music/TheYardbirds, with the latter comparison making a lot of sense since Aerosmith are big fans of The Yardbirds.
* Any new R&B female singer will get compared to Music/{{Beyonce}}, and before she came out it was JanetJackson.
* Most alternative rock bands will be unfavorably compared to FallOutBoy at some point. This is mainly due to the fact that a lot of the lead singers of these bands have similar voices. The most famous victim is Music/AllTimeLow, despite the fact that they were started ''before Fall Out Boy was famous.'' Also, people accuse Fall Out Boy of being a rip-off of Music/{{Blink 182}}, and less commonly, Music/GreenDay.
* British band The Horrors are often accused of being a rip-off of Australian post-punk band The Birthday Party.
* Music/LadyGaga gets this quite a bit from haters, who say she copied countless artists, among them {{Madonna}}, DavidBowie, BritneySpears, CyndiLauper, among others. For the record, she has outright admitted to having been inspired by many of the artists she allegedly copies.
* Even though Music/MichaelJackson clearly learned a lot from Music/JamesBrown's dancing style: many pop artists since the 1980s have been accused of copying Jackson's dancing moves.
* Music/MrBungle fans will frequently tell you that Music/FaithNoMore is a watered down version of Mr Bungle, despite the fact that MikePatton is in both bands so they're mostly fans of both anyway. Mr Bungle fans will also try to tell you Music/RedHotChiliPeppers copied Mr Bungle, missing the point that Red Hot Chili Peppers released several records before Mr Bungle did (not counting demo tapes). Red Hot Chili Peppers had [[FandomRivalry a long lasting rivalry with]] Mr Bungle/Faith No More's singer Mike Patton in which Patton did some things he later apologised for. Red Hot Chili Peppers FanDumb will often still proclaim their hatred for Mike Patton nonetheless.
* Music/{{Muse}} are frequently accused of copying Music/{{Radiohead}}, despite having much more of a rock and classical mentality.
* Ozma have never quite shaken the {{Weezer}} comparisons, due to being a PowerPop group with a geeky image who prominently use {{New Wave|Music}}-influenced keyboard melodies. It's not always negative though - it seems that for every one person who dismisses them as too derivative, there's someone else who's a fan of both Weezer ''and'' Ozma. The fact that their debut came out a few months after Weezer's [[BrokenBase base-breaking third album]] may have even contributed to their popularity, and it's notable that their earliest big break came from being voted in by Weezer fans to be an opening act for a 2001 tour.
* These days, any alternative rock band with a female singer will be accused of trying to steal the spotlight from Music/{{Paramore}}. The most common victim is HeyMonday.
* The German band Music/{{Rammstein}} is often (and probably justified) accused of [[strike:copying]] being inspired by Slovenian band Laibach's style. Laibach's reaction? That's alright, because art is inherently unoriginal.
** Along with a little bit of a TakeThat when they said "Rammstein is Laibach for kids, and Laibach is Rammstein for grown-ups."
* It is impossible to be a fan of both SarahBrightman and Katherine Jenkins, at least if you read either singer's forums.
* Any gothic metal band with a female singer will be compared to Music/LacunaCoil, Music/WithinTemptation or Music/{{Evanescence}}. If the vocalist occasionally screams they'll get compared to Arch Enemy.
* The {{deathcore}} genre often has this criticism leveled at it, possibly due to the almost copycat-like nature of most of the bands within the genre.
** Usually whichever band is the oldest mocks whoever is newest, never mind that they all are more or less emulating The Birthday Party and ''there's nothing wrong with that.''
* Especially in the early tot mid 1960s a lot of rock groups looked and sounded like Beatle clones: Music/TheRollingStones, TheMonkees, Herman's Hermits, The Dave Clarke Five,... Some bands eventually created their own sound, but others have been forgotten as being nothing more than pathetic attempts to cash in on the Beatles' success.
* ''Extremely'' prevalent in music fandom/journalism. How many times have you heard "______ is just doing the same thing Music/TheBeatles did in the '60s"?
* Early in their career {{Silverchair}} were referred to as a shitty knockoff of Nirvana, or Pearl Jam. A later shift to a softer, more progressive sound tended to stop these comparisons.
** {{Post-grunge}} receives a lot of flak from many people due to many bands' overexaggerated attempts to sound like Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/PearlJam and Music/AliceInChains. Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYd-Fs8Q15Y this]] ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch.
** {{Nirvana}} themselves get flak for sounding like the {{Pixies}} (even though Kurt Cobain openly acknowledged their debt to the band), for the riff to 'Teen Spirit' sounding like Boston's "More Than A Feeling" (also acknowledged at the time by the band), and a huge amount of HypeBacklash from people discovering that there were "Alt rock" bands ''before'' Nirvana and thus declaring Nirvana to be {{Mudhoney}} / BlackFlag / DinosaurJr etc. ripoffs.
* It would take no less than a miracle of God to get critics not to use this argument against Sean Lennon or any other musician related to Music/TheBeatles. Paul's son James wants to gather the sons of the other Beatles and form a group. Sean, Dhani Harrison and Jason Starkey are interested.
** [[TheWallflowers Jakob]] [[BobDylan Dylan]] has the same problem. Hilariously lampshaded in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHBVnMf2t7w&e this video]]
* After TupacShakur was murdered, many future Hip Hop artist were accused of coping him. Some of the more famous examples include {{DMX}} and Ja Rule.
* Go to any {{Slipknot}} or {{Mushroomhead}} music video on Youtube and you'll often see {{Flame War}}s between fans about which band is better, and about which band ripped the other one off.
* In succession, Britain revealed several white women with a soul inspiration (JossStone, AmyWinehouse, {{Duffy}}, {{Adele}}) which lead to them getting their originality questioned - even if not only there was a GenreThrowback, but they ''were'' doing covers of old songs.
* The 19th century music critic Hans von Bülow joked that Richard Wagner's early opera ''Rienzi'' was "Meyerbeer's best opera."
* This is the source of 99% of the hate Music/OwlCity gets, due to the similarities to older act The Postal Service.
* Think of any modern crooner who specializes in singing songs from (or songs reminiscent of) The Great American Songbook, from Music/MichaelBuble to Harry Connick Jr to pop and rock musicians who occasionally dabble in the style like Music/RodStewart or Music/RobbieWilliams. Whether they consciously or subconsciously borrow from the sound, image or style of classic crooners like Music/FrankSinatra, Music/DeanMartin, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis or Tony Bennett or not, they will be compared positively or negatively to them.
* It is hard to find press discussing male piano-playing singer-songwriters without comparisons to Music/EltonJohn, Music/BillyJoel or Music/BenFolds, or females not compared to Music/CaroleKing, Music/ToriAmos or Nina Simone.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' took a lot of flak for its many similarities to ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' early on, before Berke Breathed established [[ArtEvolution his own unique style]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Buckles}}'' has gotten this reaction from most comic strip readers, who believe it copied ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has been mocked as "Wrestling/{{WWE}} Lite" due to its occasional gimmicks and storylines similar to those used by "that promotion up north."
** They also hire many former WWE talents, such Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, Wrestling/BookerT, Wrestling/ScottSteiner, [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Tara (Victoria)]], [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D (The Dudley Boys)]], Wrestling/BobbyLashley, Elijah Burke, Wrestling/StevieRichards, Matt Morgan, Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino, and Shiek Abdul Bashir (Daivari), most of whom get booked stronger than "homegrown" talent or wrestlers who otherwise did not make a name for themselves in WWE (or ECW, or WCW).
** Current Roster, add in what they've siphoned from the WWE development, previous refrees/commentators, copied gimmicks...if TNA even signs a guy who's been looked at by a WWE employee wrestling fans will complain.
** From the wrestler's point of view, it makes sense to go to TNA after the WWE sent you walking. It's the next biggest wrestling promotion after all. Still, it seems that every time the WWE fires or releases a wrestler it takes less than month for them to resurface in TNA. It also doesn't help that some of the time TNA has the wrestlers do their same WWE gimmicks but under another name (Team 3D being the biggest).
** "Less tham a month" is generally an exaggeration, given that the typical No-Compete clause (which prevents a released performer from appearing with another company) in a WWE contract has a 90 day window.
** Additionally, Team 3D ''legally'' can't call themselves the Dudley Boyz anymore due [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope WWE]] just as they own the rights/names/gimmicks to previous wrestlers (i.e. [[InNameOnly "Fake Diesel," "The Real Double-J."]])
** Others mockingly refer to TNA as WCW 2: ElectricBoogaloo, since they took on a lot of former WCW staff (both performers and creative staff) and generally see it as heading down the same road WCW did.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s [[TheCrow Crow]] inspired gimmick gets hate from some fans for this reason.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Does your SimulationGame feature real-life aircraft, [[AirstrikeImpossible trench run missions]], a plot where two factions are at war with each other, and the ability to customize your aircraft? If so, then consider your game to be a rip-off of AceCombat.
* Any conversation amongst enthusiasts involving ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' that doesn't include some offhand remark about the game being a ''Crush the Castle'' knockoff will inevitably include one about ''VideoGame/BoomBlox'' instead.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is declared ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'''s ripoff due to their similarities in combat mechanisms. To the lesser extent, ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games on PS2 are compared with ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' because of their battle systems and white haired protagonists.
* ''VideoGame/ColdFear'' plays with this trope. Most people quickly wrote it off as a carbon-copy of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' and forgot about it. However, anyone who's actually played it, while admitting it basically ''is'' a complete rip-off, views it as an underrated masterpiece and one of the greatest horror games ever made.
* The original ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' game was compared to ''Zelda''. Its sequel was, however, [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel much more well-received]] - Although this actually [[TropesAreTools wasn't thought of as a bad thing by some magazines]].
* In a reversal, ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' was released a couple of months before ''Twilight Princess'', as Link turned into a wolf and the similarities between the games many said Nintendo had stolen the idea despite the fact that both games were developed in the same time frame (from 2004 to 2006), making any deliberate plagiarism impossible.
* The most common criticism leveled against ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' is that it is a [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] clone, though both were created for Nintendo.
* Whenever a game with a few similarities to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' is released, it is automatically compared to ''GTA'' or even considered a ''GTA'' rip off.
** The First {{Mercenaries}} is probably one of the best examples of this. Despite the obvious differences that Mercenaries takes place in a warzone with little in the way of law enforcement to speak of, and with a heavier emphasis on blowing stuff up as opposed to car chases. It didn't help matters that the game was released roughly the same time as ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. So several reviewers dismissed Mercenaries while giving glowing reviews to San Andreas.
** And yet ''GTA 3'' is itself an aversion of this trope; the Leader it ripped off, ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'', is sadly forgotten. In fact, ''GTA'' threw out everything unique to its franchise in order to emulate a game that is now as mired in obscurity as ''GTA 1&2''.
** Ironically, the later ''Driver'' games tried to be more like ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', however they languished in the marketplace. ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'', the fifth entry in the series, ditched the GTA elements for a new framing device (you switch between cars by "possessing" their drivers - it's a long story) and has, as a result gotten at the very least critical acclaim for it.
* And there are still old-time [=MUDders=] who consider graphic [=MMORPGs=] to be a rip-off of MUD, with a graphical front-end to excuse charging money for what they'd played for free for over a decade. Due to similarities, the conviction was so strong that ''EverQuest'' was derived from [=DikuMUD=] codebase that they proved it wasn't to Diku's original developers so that they could publicly certify such. Rip-off? More like "the same, with peddleable name". The only difference is that the old generation used "chessboard" space. But it was the same with single-player games and you ''could'' put a graphical client on the same [=DikuMUD=] looking like an old CRPG.
* Some fans dislike the fact ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' copied Mass Effect's dialogue wheel wholesale. Yep, BioWare managed to pull FollowTheLeader on themselves.
* Some may say that [[FateExtra Fate/Extra]] is just ''{{Persona 3}}'' with VisualNovel/FateStayNight characters and concepts. The fact that two ex-ATLUS employees worked on the developing team doesn't help.
* Lightning, of FFXIII, is often accused of being a gender-swap of Cloud from FFVII. It doesn't help that the director of FFXIII specifically asked for Lightning to be designed to be "like a female version of Cloud," and that the opening of FFXIII is similar to FFVII's.
* Any Beat-em-up that is similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' is basically doomed to be called a "FinalFight clone".
* The trailers for the yet-to-be-released ''HAVEOnline'' looked almost ridiculously similar to popular game ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Not just ''similar'', people were finding exact shots ripped off from [=TF2's=] trailers. The Chinese FPS: ''Final Combat'' is receiving the same reception from ''Team Fortress 2'' fans for having a very similar style, gameplay, maps, and trailers. More of the same was directed at the game as more promotional material appeared online...though it wasn't for unoriginality, but ''theft'', as ''Final Combat'' was caught using ''Team Fortress 2'' models and animations, and maps from both ''Team Fortress 2'' and ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes''. It's flagrant enough that Valve is considering legal action. Being unoriginal really ''is'' bad when it's demonstrably stealing.
* ''FinalFight: Streetwise'' was accused of trying to cash in on the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' franchise.
* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' fans occasionally consider ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}'' a rip-off.
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' was accused of this for trying to be like ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''.
* Several Action-Adventure games are mentioned as being like ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', in some cases being called ripoffs, like ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'', ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', and even ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi''. And they're RPG-like games that borrow ''very little'' from Zelda.
* The original ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRow1 Saints Row]]'', while not terribly received, was considered by-and-large to be a copy of ''GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. The series [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] with ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', which helped distinguish it from GTA as being a more comedic game than its [[GrandTheftAutoIV more serious contemporary]], with each game subsequent going [[OffTheRails further and further off the rails]].
* ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' gets most of its flak for [[{{Plagiarism}} stealing copyrighted assets]] from games like ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'', among others. Incredibly, this is largely averted by many reviews: despite the ''literal'' copying, this is often only one of many criticisms of the game's overall perceived quality.
* ''Okiraku/Family Kart 3D'' gets this for being similar to ''Mario Kart''.
* When the original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' was released, it was accused of only having BulletTime as a gameplay mechanic in order to capitalize on the popularity of ''Film/TheMatrix''. In fact, the game had gone into development well in advance of ''The Matrix'' being released.
* ''{{MUGEN}}'' has what we call "spriteswapped" characters. These are basically what you get when somebody takes a character and swaps all the sprites with their own, leading to a "new" character that plays almost exactly like the old one. Among the community, this is very much frowned upon as it not only shows laziness but also shows a lack of respect for the original character's author.
* A strange inversion with most MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena games - it doesn't tend to be "You copied ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'', so you suck", it tends to be more "You ''didn't'' copy ''Defense of the Ancients'', so you suck."
* ''PAYDAYTheHeist'' gets some flak for being similar to ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' because it's cops VS robbers to survivors VS zombies and that's where the similarities end.
* ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' frequently gets accussed of being a ripoff of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', even though the gameplay really isn't all that similar. (The offense has much more in common with ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' than ''Smash'', the maneuverability options are different, there's no directional influence, and the killing method is completely different). Not helping is Sony's infamous decision to put "Super Smash Bros." onto the tags of the [=YouTube=] trailers, showing that either the ripoff was intentional or Sony is just pimping out the video with tags that they know will generate more traffic.
* Sometimes ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has the issue of being compared to ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', though there aren't ''that'' many similarities. ''Pokemon'' itself ended up being accused of ripping off ''Digimon'' with post-''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby and Sapphire]]'' games allegedly having "Digimon-like" designs for new Pokemon and the Mega Evolutions from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' supposedly being taken from Mega-level Digimon.
* The ''ShinMegamiTensei'' series gets dismissed as "''{{Pokemon}}'' with demons" quite a bit overseas. Particularly interesting, considering ''MegaTen'' [[TropeMaker created]] {{Mon}}s gameplay nearly a decade before the first ''{{Pokemon}}'' game was even out.
* This is true even for individual aspects of monster-collecting games. See VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters - with its in-depth breeding system - which released in Japan in 1998, more than a full year prior to {{Pokemon}} Gold and Silver... [[OlderThanTheyThink yet it still catches a lot of flak for copying breeding from Pokemon]]. The DragonQuest series had already dabbled in the monster recruiting arts in its [[VideoGame/DragonQuestV fifth]] and [[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI sixth]] installments, though the NintendoDS remake of the latter replaced that feature with the ability to learn moves typically used by monsters (the remake of the former on the same system still has the monster recruitment feature, though).
* Discussed by the Pickford Brothers, creators of ''{{Plok}}''. One of the reasons why they don't plan on reintroducing Plok is that they imagine it would be hard for them to convince people that their [[RaymanianLimbs limb-throwing hero]] isn't a ripoff of ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'', despite ''Plok'' precceding ''Rayman'' by two years.
* A meta-example. During the development of ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' and ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'', members of IdSoftware and EpicGames's teams would often sling mud at eachother in their public .plan files, which reached the point of one of Unreal's staff members openly accusing the team at id of stealing ideas from Unreal. His justification? ''"[[http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/june03/dumbestmoments/index2.shtml Unreal has a bald guy and a girl with a ponytail. Quake II has a bald guy and a girl with a ponytail]]."''
* Fans of RhythmGames are divided over whether ''In The Groove'' is this and had [[ScrewedByTheNetwork it]] coming for being too ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''-like or a quality FollowTheLeader game that shouldn't have had its life cut short.
* Some people would think that ''Roblox'' is a ripoff of ''{{Minecraft}}'', but ''Roblox'' came before MC.
* While on the subject of ''{{Minecraft}}'', almost any game that involves mining blocks and moving them around is going to get slammed with this, the most blatant being ''FortressCraft''. ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' also gets accused of being a ''Minecraft'' clone.
* In turn, Minecraft is frequently accused of "ripping-off" other games like Dwarf Fortress and Infiniminer, as shown in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N__BhXhbSUs video]].
* RockBand fans often claim GuitarHero stole any number of ideas, the most notable one being full band play. The less-informed will argue the opposite, not realizing (or ignoring) that Guitar Hero 1 & 2 were made by Harmonix (Forbes gets it wrong in [[http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0202/052_3.html this article]]). Meanwhile, Guitar Hero is inspired from Guitar Freaks in Japan, but that game only had three frets, no hammer-ons, and Konami [[FrivolousLawsuit seemed pretty determined]] [[NoExportForYou to deprive non-Japanese gamers of it]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** When ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' was initially revealed, some people, going by just a couple short CG trailers, are comparing it to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. As more information was revealed, the comparison was further extended by the presence of the Luma-like Wisps, Sweet Mountain Zone and the drill power.
** ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' got even more flak for looking even more like ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', as its stage design seems to borrow a lot of the gravity gimmicks that ''Galaxy'' had. Even though it's equally likely, if not more so, that the design takes ideas from the SegaSaturn {{Vaporware}} game ''Sonic X-Treme''.
** {{Averted}} by ''VideoGame/SonicAndSegaAllStarsRacing'', which unabashedly borrows from the ''Franchise/MarioKart'' series, but does it ''so well'' that few complain.
* ''[[SpiderManShatteredDimensions Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions]]'' was accused of being a shameless rip-off of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' due to some similarities in Noir's gameplay and his final boss segment.
* Because of the use of HighFantasy elements and Elijah Wood, many of [[SpyroTheDragon the older Spyro]] FanDumb bashes the ''Legend'' series for being a LordOfTheRings rip off... Considering that the ''Legend'' series doesn't even have FiveRaces, has {{Steampunk}} elements, and no rings involved.
* When the ''StreetFighter'' series got popular with the second installment any 2-D fighter that anyone ever heard of during the early to mid 90s was automatically deemed a rip-off to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' regardless of whether it was actually deserving or not. The only ones whom remotely escaped this were ''MortalKombat'' (due to digitized actors and the Graphic Violence, though not the first) and ''SamuraiShodown'' (Weapons based fighter, though not the first). While this attitude was starting to fade during the late 90's and the 2000's it was a rather popular sentiment for the genre back then.
** The Data East fighting game "Fighter's History" plays with this trope a bit. Sure there might be someone thinking "Okay not all 2-D fighters were rip-offs of VideoGame/StreetFighterII but if anything deserved to be a called a rip-off then this game was it!" and Capcom agreed to that. While Capcom called Fighters History "overly inspired from Street Fighter II", one of the reasons why Capcom lost that case is because Data East called the original StreetFighter a rip-off of the original arcade version of their 1984 fighter ''Karate Champ''. Even though, Kunio-kun and Double Dragon creator Technos Japan actually developed it while Data East only released it, Technos Japan was founded by three former Data East employees. A little-known Japanese website in English known as [[http://www.jap-sai.com/Games/Fighters_History/Fighters_History.htm Jap-Sai]] considers it to actually be a tribute and not a 'direct copy'.
** Oddly enough, some people still believe to this day that ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' ripped off ''Street Fighter'' despite the fact that the gameplay is significantly different in every aspect. Of course, a main character named ''Ryo'' and a Guile-like army dude probably didn't remotely help.
** ''Ryu'' is to Ozwald the Lucky Rabbit what ''Ryo'' is to Mickey Mouse; same creators, but for different companies.
** ''FatalFury'', even though both it and SFII were in development at the same time.
** ''Fatal Fury 2'' is "Street Fighter 2 with some Fatal Fury 1 elements tossed in", as well as four-button layout instead of SFII's six-button layout, though.
** And ''Time Killers'' is the ''FatalFury'' of ''Mortal Kombat''; both it and MK were in development at the same time.
** ''KingOfFighters XII'' came out right after ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. Claims of FollowTheLeader were made even though ''King of Fighters XII'' was in development as early as 2006, far before ''Street Fighter IV'' was revealed to the public.
* ''ThrillDrive'', a popular game that ran contrary to ''BurnOut'' concept of taking out other cars in a violent matter had a 4th installation that ran contrary to everything that made Thrill Drive the game it was with PowerUp items, a system that encourage maximum carnage as well as BoostPad, Japanese fans were not too amused
* There have been accusations of ''Tiki Towers'' being a ripoff of ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo'', despite using slightly different gameplay mechanics.
* There are ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fans who, not aware of the ShootEmUp genre's history, complain that other BulletHell games are ''Touhou'' ripoffs.
* Many people accused ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' of trying to be too much like a ''Zelda'' game.
** This is partially justified, however, as ''Adventures'' began development as a game completely separate from the ''Star Fox'' franchise.
* "Like ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' but..." syndrome has begun to really invade [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO[=RPGs=]]], due to said game's amazing economic success. In particular, user interfaces and tutorial zones tend to be described as ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [[RecycledINSPACE in SPACE]] or transplanted to other fantasy series (occasionally even other games that [[OlderThanTheyThink came out first]]). This isn't always a bad thing - ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' wouldn't have been successful if it had a bad UI or especially boring early quests - but a lot of reviewers spend two or three days in a new game and advocate sticking with the precursor.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': The "It's HighFantasy for the lowest common denominator" or "It's just a ripoff of Lord of the Rings". But you can bet 90% of these people are trolls who are just mindless anti-fans who don't know how they practically have nothing in common with each other beyond common HighFantasy traits and some nods to it. (Such as the human male joke about the "Ruler of the bracelet" due to the movies being released around the time WoW was, and icecrown having similar architecture) If you're saying VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft is a ripoff of Lord of the Rings, you ''also'' have to say Warhammer is to escape the fallacy, because by your logic, all HighFantasy is LordOfTheRings. It was openly admitted that the Icecrown Citadel was a Mordor ShoutOut. The Lich King bears some visual similarities to Sauron too. Blizzard [[LampshadeHanging makes fun of it]].
* Similar to the above example: ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' gets a crapton of hate from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fans for perceived similarities. The two fans often argue that the other game practically stole everything from them, and the similarities between the [[BugWar Tyranids and Zerg]] especially remain a huge point of contention between the two [[note]]nevermind that back in the old ''Space Hulk'' days, the Genestealers, the progenitors to the eventually developed Tyranid faction, were blatant [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] knock-offs, down to the sneaking through air vents and dishing out a FaceFullOfAlienWingWong[[/note]]. Hell, it's taken to such an extent that the 40k side promotes an UrbanLegendOfZelda that says Starcraft was born from a botched game development deal between Blizzard and Games Workshop to produce a 40k RTS game. Similar sentiments exist between ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' fans as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'': Red head heroine, Giant robots and religious tones: "This is an ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' rip-off", said some uninformed fans of the anime. (The usual answer they get is "Xenogears is '''very different''': [[TakeThat the story actually makes sense]].") There is also the angst-ridden protagonists who are sucked into circumstances they barely even understands, hates mechs and fighting while still having to do it anyways and are prone to going on destructive rampages with their mechs, the tons of [[ContemplateOurNavels navel gazing]], the vague foreshadowing, the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness, the [[spoiler: AssimilationPlot]], the GainaxEnding, the heavy MindScrew, [[TheMonolith the Monoliths]], the massive GambitPileup, the inspirations from 19th and early 20th century European philosophy and the frequent compliant that both works [[NotSoDifferent "don't make sense".]]
* Jim Sterling discusses this trope, as well as its prevalence amongst the Video Game format [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTewf9XZtOA here]].
* Microsoft has likewise been getting a lot of this, such as with their version of Nintendo's Miis.
** Microsoft has been fielding similar accusations from Apple's [[FanDumb faithful]] for years, who seem to honestly believe that Apple invented the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointers) interface paradigm. [[OlderThanTheyThink For the record, Apple stole it from the Xerox PARC laboratory]].
** The Kinect was called a "Wii Wannabe" as well.
* Thanks to the epic remixes of the song "O Fortuna" (despite that it's not actually a video game song outside of ''VideoGame/DraculaUnleashed'') as well as the song "OneWingedAngel" and ''its'' various remixes, you'll have to try ''very'' hard to use a song with [[OminousLatinChanting Latin lyrics]] ([[BilingualBonus especially if they mean something]]) without someone saying it's a ripoff of these two. This fate seems to have fallen "Born Anew" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', which ''would'' have gotten a free pass if it was composed by NobuoUematsu. The lyrics for "OneWingedAngel" were all ripped from "O Fortuna" anyway.
* Several people note that [[FollowTheLeader Sony's peripheral devices are rip-offs of Nintendo's controllers]]. From the SNES-like design, to the rumble, the control sticks and the motion sensor technology and connectivity between consoles and portables, Sony has been accused of being a copycat. Reportedly, PS Move has actually been in development since before the Wii was even announced (cost being the main reason it didn't launch with the PS3 itself, as the system cost enough to manufacture as it was [[http://kotaku.com/5640867/motion-gaming-gains-momentum]]). While this doesn't quite disprove the idea of Sony having Spies in Nintendo to steal from them, it does highlight the silliness of the issue.
* Despite Rumble being an arcade feature at the time, the controller design coming from the Vectrex, the sticks coming from the Atari 5200 (historically, the first games system with analogue joysticks), and connectivity coming from the Dreamcast. Nintendo rips something off, Sony does it twice.
* The WiiU's controller gets some hate for looking too similar to the iPad.
* Inverted with the clone games on early computers such as the commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum. Whenever a game managed to be a total rip-off of a popular arcade title it was considered worth getting (and in certain cases those clone games would even be considered as the best games you could buy for that computer, didn't matter how much of a blatant rip-off it was).
* Anyone who ever talks about the unlicensed NES game Caltron/Myriad 6 in 1 will justify its low score on the sole basis that all the games on the cartridge are total rip-offs of other games.
* ''{{Ib}}'' has received some flak as an apparent rip-off of ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', when, in truth, the games differ on several points (the biggest being that ''Ib'' has a more linear plot and MultipleEndings, while ''Yume Nikki'' is extremely open-ended), and are only similar in that both games star a young, brunette girl as their protagonist, and both rely on SurrealHorror over {{Gorn}} to unsettle the audience.
* Almost any JRPG with RelationshipValues released nowadays will be compared to any ''{{Persona}}'' game after 2, regardless of how much else the game has in common. Unless a game had them in previous entries in its series, in which case it may be overlooked.
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* Some people think that ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' is a knockoff of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', despite the former's plot, characters, world and deities being completely different. The only trait they share is the same genre, and some visual similarities in character design. ''Our Little Adventure'' isn't even a stick figure comic.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Many Abridged series are dismissed just for copying LittleKuriboh, regardless of whether they have different jokes or even parody the series differently. This can come off as a bit hypocritical, given Kuriboh's own heavy reliance on pop culture references.
** ''NarutoAbridged'' made fun of this.
-->You're copying Little Kuriboh! He said the word "the", and you so said it in your last episode!
* Don't ''ever'' do [[CausticCritic ranting reviews]] on Website/YouTube, unless you want to be labeled an [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd AVGN]] ripoff. And there are videos on Website/YouTube calling the [=AVGN=] a Seanbaby ripoff. This is because Seanbaby predates AVGN, and made fun of NES games for the same reasons. Some of his lines are even almost exactly the same. Also, legions of overzealous fans will call for your blood if you decide to review a game or film that some other critic has also reviewed. Apparently, [[FanDumb no two critics may review the same work EVER.]]
* Many people on DeviantART are just eager to pounce on people that copied (just short of actually taking the person's work) artwork off someone else or made a similar picture, whether by accident or on purpose. Even putting characters in similar poses will get many people flamed because "true art" is original. The mentality can get so bad that all it takes is one artist making a journal crying that someone ripped off his or her work and the people responding go and flame the hell out of the target.
** Never '''EVER''' draw in anything that's even remniscent of anime. Period. You will immmediately be told that you copied and now it sucks. Never '''ever''' draw fanart. You are copying.
** One art thief actually tried to use this to her advantage. Jen "Spunkywulf" Seng is a very popular artist and animator, especially in the FurryFandom. An artist named "Mochi" may have traced her art and that of others. After Jen and her friend tried to discuss it privately, Mochi wrote a journal entry making Jen out to be some sort of elitist who was begrudging Mochi being "inspired" by her work, presumably expecting Jen to be cowed by the flames of Mochi's few hundred fans. Unfortunately, Jen herself has ''thousands'' of fans, and she was perfectly willing to call Mochi out. Hilarity ensued.
** One of the more hilarious aspects of DA is how the Whiteknighting sometimes backfires against the artists themselves. Lets say you want to draw things your parents/relations wouldn't agree with too much. Perhaps you're even a squeaky clean artist who wants to throw a couple boobies into your work to avoid people FROM work from finding out and getting you canned. So you make a new name, and upload new works to that, and gain fans. Eventually, one of your thousands of old fans finds the new account and starts watching...And then they notice minor similarities like how you draw hands and how the new account has no signature on pictures. [[FanDumb Cue mass reporting spree for art theft.]]
** Despite the fact that many people do not like copying of styles, some artists actually ''encourage'' other artists to mimic their style. One mention should go to Razzek, a woman who pressingly tells people to draw characters (whether original or Fan Art) in her style. [[SmallNameBigEgo Being how she is both on DA and on other sites]], some people have actually given into her demands and it has resulted in a lot of various characters being nearly "rip offs" of the artist's style.
* Several people outside of Japan compare MAD Videos and other similar videos mostly found on Nico Nico Douga (NND) to YouTubePoop, though Know Your Meme researchers found that [=MADs=] were created as far back as 1978, 28 years before Website/YouTube Poop was created. Some people outside of Japan refer to [=MADs=] as Website/YouTube Poop Music Videos ([=YTPMVs=]).
* Every gaming webcomic that isn't ''PennyArcade'' has been accused of ripping off the same. ''PennyArcade'' itself summed the trope up: the difference between "derivative" and "{{Homage}}" is "Whether or not I liked it".
* Any youtuber playing a HorrorGame with facecam will be accused of ripping off PewDiePie.
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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' are both accused of ripping off the other one. The latter went through DevelopmentHell (and Aladdin itself wasn't exactly sitting in Development Heaven, so that's saying something), so it was only ''released'' after Aladdin, and in a heavily meddled-with cut at that, making ''it'' look like the rip-off to people who didn't know that it was in production before Aladdin was.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' sometimes gets called a ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' rip-off, even though all they had in common was that they are about a HalfHumanHybrid with supernatural powers. If that wasn't crazy enough, the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' fans then began to accuse ''TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' of being a rip-off.
* AngelsFriends was accussed of being a rip-off of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', which was accused of being a rip-off of WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}, which was accused of being a rip-off of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', which was accused of being a rip-off of ''ComicBook/WonderWoman''.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' would also have produced less [[InternetBackdraft ranting]] if Disney had simply admitted (with no shame required really) that their character concepts were based from ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''. There was a counter-argument that Nadia itself had characters and concepts copied from other shows, including western shows. ''Atlantis'', from start to finish, was also like the ''Stargate'' movie. The creators have admitted to taking a good deal from ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.
* Some Marvel fans feel the efforts to make ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' closer to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse are excessive (such as quoting it), to the point the show feels more like a promotion of the movies rather than its own thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' received some mild bashing for being ''DocHollywood'' [[RecycledINSPACE with automobiles]] - not enough to dent Creator/{{Pixar}}'s track record, though. Probably because it wasn't original when ''DocHollywood'' did it. It's a standard Hollywood formula.
* ''CoconutFredsFruitSaladIsland'' was hated by many for being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. It doesn't help that [[RobPaulsen the main character's voice actor]] [[OldShame felt this way as well.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' was accused of being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''. This is rather ironic, seeing as how ''Cow And Chicken'' is actually Creator/JohnKricfalusi's favorite cartoon from the 1990's.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}'' was often panned for being a rip-off of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. This was during a time when OneSaturdayMorning was beating KidsWB in the ratings, so WB had to make their own series. It lasted 13 episodes.
* Despite good reception overall, ''TheIncredibles'' was scoffed at for being a ripoff of the Franchise/FantasticFour (rather than as it was clearly intended, an [[AffectionateParody affectionate]] [[SatireParodyPastiche pastiche]]), considering three of the family members have the same powers save for Dash. The costumes in the film have also been noted for looking similar to ''{{Freakazoid}}!''. In fact, Syndrome himself is said to bear some resemblance to the title character (mostly with the hairstyle).
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' has its haters for being a rip-off of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. Think about it: It's about two ingenious sisters that make experiments for their brother Johnny. His sisters are redheads with horn rimmed glasses, and Johnny is blonde. The only difference between the two shows is that the lab rat is the star instead of the genius. It's also accused of being a ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' knock-off due to similar plots and character designs.
* There's a rather large controversy on the internet regarding whether or not ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is a rip-off of the classic anime series ''KimbaTheWhiteLion''. Comparisons between the two can be seen here- [[http://www.kimbawlion.com/rant2.htm Yeah, a LOT of similarities, aren't there?]] This was even referenced in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in which Mufasa appears in the clouds to Lisa and says-"You must avenge my death, Kimba...I mean-- [[LastSecondWordSwap Simba]]."
* ''Every'' adult animated series after 1990 copied ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Some, like ''Capital Critters'', ''Family Dog'', ''The Oblongs'', and ''Fish Police'', got canceled just as quickly as they premiered; others, like ''Futurama'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and the SethMacFarlane trio (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and ''The Cleveland Show'') are still around, while others, like ''Daria'' and ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' were LongRunners that did suffer from some mild to moderate SeasonalRot thanks to CharacterizationMarchesOn, {{Flanderization}}, and/or ExecutiveMeddling, but managed to be entertaining from beginning to end. It should be noted to the ignorant that ''TheHoneymooners'', ''TheFlintstones'', and ''WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' (an obscure late 1960s animated DomCom set up as a cartoon version of ''AllInTheFamily'') are the real inspirations behind ''The Simpsons''. A fact lampshaded on ''The Simpsons'' itself when in court deciding who owned the rights to Itchy and Scratchy. Roger Meyers pointed out shows that owed their existence to earlier shows, naming ''TheFlintstones'' and ''TheHoneymooners'', then asking the judge, "If you take away our right to steal ideas, where are they going to come from?" He then points to Marge, whose best "original" idea for a cartoon is "Ghost Mutt."
* ''SquirrelBoy'' gets this, as the haters blame Rodney and Andy for copying... [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac and Bloo]].
* ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' - The one review online accuses it of being a ''WesternAnimation/PowerpuffGirls'' ripoff, despite the fact there was barely anything similar.
* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation has been hit with accusations of ripping off {{Pixar}}; the worst offenders are WesternAnimation/{{Antz}} and WesternAnimation/SharkTale, respectively seen as copies of WesternAnimation/ABugsLife and WesternAnimation/FindingNemo. (It didn't help that [[DuelingMovies the movies came out in the same years as each other]]). Comparisons between WesternAnimation/FlushedAway and WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}, WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and WesternAnimation/MonstersInc, and now WesternAnimation/MegaMind and WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles are also common.
** The Antz/A Bugs Life controversy actually does have some basis in fact, as opposed to just being the usual fan rivalry. Creator/DreamWorks knew early on exactly what Pixar was planning on doing with A Bugs Life... but only because Pixar's JohnLasseter had told Creator/DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg all about it. To elaborate: Katzenberg was the one who'd set up the contract with between Pixar and Disney when he still worked at the Disney Studios, and he was also a strong supporter of WesternAnimation/ToyStory during its development. Because of this Lasseter considered Katzenberg a close friend, and when Katzenberg left the studio to form Creator/DreamWorks Lasseter called him up to wish him luck. During the call, he told Katzenberg about Pixar's latest film about a colony of ants and that it would be released in late 1998. A few months later, Lasseter found out that Creator/DreamWorks had fast tracked into production a CGI film about ants, and that it would be released two months before Pixar's film. Lasseter angrily called up Katzenberg and confronted him. Katzenberg explained that A Bug's Life was set to be released around the same time as Creator/DreamWorks' ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', a major project that the studio had spent years making. Apparently, then-Disney CEO and Katzenberg's archenemy Michael Eisner had purposely picked that date to steal Creator/DreamWorks' thunder and spite Katzenberg. Katzenberg told Lasseter that he'd cancel production on Antz if Lasseter convinced Eisner to move A Bugs Life's premiere. Furious that his studio was being used as cannon fodder in Eisner and Katzenberg's ego war, Lasseter hung up on him. The relationship between Creator/DreamWorks and Pixar has been downhill ever since.
* HannaBarbera gets hit by this trope hard on the internet. Mostly by non-fans as to why they "ruined animation". Due to their nature to copy everything, [[SelfPlagiarism including themselves]]. Most of their characters were based on actors from the 50's and 60's, they created so many ''ScoobyDoo'' clones that the Boomerang Network now has a block called "Those Meddling Kids". The most {{Egregious}} example that doesn't have to do with ScoobyDoo is ''The Partridge Family 2200 AD'', which is TheJetsons with the Partridge Family in place of the titular family. Which makes sense, because it was originally supposed to be a Jetsons sequel series with the family a few years older but the network bought the show under the demand they substitute the Partridges for the Jetsons.
* In the 1930s every animation studio tried to copy Disney, often ending in TastesLikeDiabetes results with bland characters and storylines.
** In the 1940s and 1950s many animation studios tried to copy WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and Creator/TexAvery by creating wild characters, aggressively violent gags or fourth wall breaking jokes. Even plots were copied: compare WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry's TheCatConcerto with BugsBunny's RhapsodyRabbit or Creator/TexAvery's BadLuckBlackie and WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry's TheBodyguard.
** Certain gags have been recycled as well, including the famous PaintedTunnelRealTrain joke.
* Even before it hit the airwaves, cartoon fans were accusing ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' of copying the humor and art style of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' and/or ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. It's also been criticized for copying ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', although that one is at least justifiable as Jay Howell is the character designer of both shows. Other shows feel Sanjay and Craig's pain, as well. Almost any show with two usually male main characters having crazy misadventures made since Regular Show, including ''WesternAnimation/BreadWinners'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''Welcome To The Wayne'', and, at least before it aired, even ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has been accused of cramping Regular Show's style at some point.
* There are still FlameWar's today about what franchise came first and what franchise was the rip-off between ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' and ''{{VideoGame/Battletoads}}''. Ninja Turtles went on to have more success and many cartoon, video game, and toy line remakes. While Battletoads is mostly forever known for its NintendoHard hoover bike level in their official video game on consoles.
* {{Thundercats}} fans have accused LegendsOfChima of being a shamelessly blatant rip-off. Promos of it airing shortly after [[{{WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011}} The remake's]] cancellation certainly didn't help.
* Chuck Jones' classic short "One Froggy Evening" had an imitator: Paramount's "Finnegan's Flea." This opens with a bum standing in a frozen stupor in a bar where the bartender tends to his nourishment needs. He explains to a patron that the guy--Finnegan--had become acquainted with a singing flea, and together they worked their way up to successfully secure a career in show business. They go to said bar to celebrate, where the bartender sees the flea and swats it dead. That caused Finnegan to become frozen in his stunned stupor.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** This is the general reaction of people who know the series for ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia''.
** Some of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' FanDumb like to accuse Hasbro of ripping off Sonic to make Rainbow Dash.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A very AvertedTrope when it comes to military technology and techniques - the slower you are to copy, the frequently worse off you are. That doesn't mean you shouldn't come up with something new ever, of course.
* Unlike the arts, any sort of applied sciences tend to dodge this, since the idea isn't to impress with one's originality, but rather to find something that works better than anything else currently out there.
* Copying other people's ideas was the very essence of H.J. Heinz's business strategies. (Yes, ''that'' Heinz, whose company now controls the ketchup market.) Possibly [[AvertedTrope averted]], due to his insistence on always one-upping the competition when he imitated something. For instance, he added vinegar and thickened ketchup to extend its shelf life; ketchup was previously rather mild in flavor and quite runny.
* Creator/DenisLeary obviously borrowed a lot of his style and jokes from Creator/BillHicks, to the point that many people call him a blatant rip-off. It doesn't help that Hicks himself claimed that Leary stole from him and their friendship ended after Hicks thought this.
* In their memoirs, SilentFilms actresses Creator/LillianGish and Miriam Cooper both mentioned their distaste for Carol Dempster, who became D.W. Griffith's leading lady in the 1920s after Gish and Cooper had moved on. They both claimed that Dempster was not a true actress because -- according to them -- she imitated their acting styles and the acting styles of other actresses, including Gish's sister Dorothy. (They did not consider this to be the SincerestFormOfFlattery.) While Dempster was no shining light of the silent screen -- partly because Griffith's creativity seemed to run out of steam after his A-list stars left him -- her films were somewhat popular at the time. This also shows a rather different attitude to acting to today's- seeing as now, being able to mimic and change one's acting style radically would usually be considered artistically superior to having an 'acting style' that someone ''could'' replicate obviously enough to be recognised!
* Romans liked to copy Greek art, often making perfect replicas in marble. Among artistic communities, it's often thought that this copying made the Romans less worthy, artistically speaking. Of course, even today with complicated techniques and high-tech tools, it's very hard to make an exact copy. It's interesting to learn that early artists were not sure how to portray the Buddha. They started off using a symbol (a footprint with a wheel inside), and moved on from there. Many earlier sculptures of the Buddha feature flowing robes and other elements borrowed from Greco-Roman sculpture, and it took quite a while before the present-day image of Buddha became canon.
* Snowclones submitted as YKTTW on ThisVeryWiki elicit this complaint offhand. Never mind that it relies on a serviceably memorable formula without excessive cleverness or detracting from the original.
* CarlosMencia has been accused of ripping-off so many comedians that Creator/JoeRogan even interrupted one of his stand-up acts to call him out on it.
* High volume car manufacturers will often be "inspired" by designs from the more exotic brands and this attracts criticism. For example when the third generation Hyundai Coupe was released it was criticised for looking like a Ferrari. As [[TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]] said; "[[http://www.topgear.com/uk/jeremy-clarkson/clarkson-coupes-2003-03-12 Some criticise it for looking too like the Ferrari 456, but isn't that like being criticised for painting like Turner?]]"
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