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->''"If you are yourself then people will pay attention. If you are nothing but a fucking bitch living in somebody else's shadow then you are going to be recognized as such. As a bitch in their shadow"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/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 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 [[OlderThanTheyThink 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. [[CoveredUp In extreme cases, an older, lesser known work is accused of copying the more popular work that borrowed from it.]] This is often a huge BerserkButton for fans of the original and the original creator. Has also been known as "The Hydrox Effect" because people assumed that Hydrox was a knock-off of Oreo, even though Hydrox came out in 1908 and Oreo, which came out in 1912, was inspired by Hydrox.

The absurd extreme of this is when old-timers show off their long memories by dismissing new shows as rehashes of older productions which a lot of the times undermine the vast history of things that came before it outside of SmallReferencePools. The idea this trope exists as much in the modern era is a little sad. Putting it bluntly, if you have the time to be reading this page and having a bad reaction to it, perhaps it's time to learn a little more. The examples below could very well be a nice place to start.

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. Expect to see criticisms of this type in the form of a list comparing the two works using broad generalizations.

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.

Not to be confused with ShoddyKnockoffProduct and TheMockbuster, which is for works which do copy other works and do suck.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'' is probably more well known nowadays as a "Misty and Togepi" ripoff with Manaphy regarding May as it's mother throughout the movie.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'''s anime adaptation is often derided as a "poor man's Manga/{{Hellsing}}" by those who have only seen the first episode. Many of them don't realize that the supernatural gunslinging/monster-slaying elements that are introduced in that episode aren't the main focus of the series, nor do they stick around to see the crime drama storytelling direction that the series takes.
* Funnily enough, ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s own main character has been criticized for "stealing [[Manga/{{Trigun}} Vash The Stampede's]] outfit". While the author has admitted to [[{{Expy}} borrowing the color scheme and glasses]], he otherwise looks much different from Vash.
* Show the trailer for ''Anime/LastExile'' to any random stranger, and they'll likely respond with either "Looks like a steampunk ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy''." or "Looks a lot like ''Franchise/StarWars'' in steampunk flavor."
* ''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 ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Which is interesting, because the author of ''Manga/YuGiOh'' stated on a website that he based the card game in his series on ''Magic the Gathering.''
** 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 ''TabletopGame/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.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' is often dismissed as being a ripoff of ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' constantly gets bashed by reviewers for being ''Manga/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.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' is often accused of stealing the whole "hip-hop meets samurai action" concept also found in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. That is, until you tell them about the [[OlderThanTheyThink original 1999 doujinshi of the same name that served as the framework for the series.]] Furthermore, the "hip-hop meets Asian folklore" concept was around [[OlderThanTheyThink before either]] [[UpToEleven series existed]].
* ''VideoGame/InitialDArcadeStage'' fans like to do this to ''VideoGame/WanganMidnight''. 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 ''VideoGame/OutRun'' or ''Super Bikes'' than ''Initial D''.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' got flack as a supposed rip-off of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', mostly due to both being Creator/{{Sunrise}}-produced {{Space Western}}s with a relatively similar naming convention. Of course, not only do the similarities stop there, but ''Manga/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.
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' is compared to ''Comicbook/XMen'' 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/XMen Sound familiar?]]
** ''Film/{{Push}}'' gets similar treatment, despite having far fewer similarities. Most people seem to ignore the fact that StockSuperpowers were around before ''ComicBook/XMen''.
** ''Anime/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 ComicBook/{{Storm}}.
* 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.
** In turn, many dark mahou shoujo series like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' and ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' began to get accusations as "rip-off of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''", even if they were openly inspired by her and apart from atmosphere and cruelty had a completely different setting.
* 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 ''Anime/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 ''Manga/LoveHina'' for example.
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' often gets treated as a cheap knockoff of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', forgetting that ''[=RahXephon=]'' does it on purpose to {{reconstruct|ion}}. 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''. It also helps to keep in mind that the two shows shared staff (including at least one writer) and that the two directors of the respective shows are friends.
* As soon as ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' aired, hardcore fans of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' immediately took to bashing the former on social media, calling it an inferior copy. In all fairness, it is very easy to make that comparison, especially when the same [[Creator/ProductionIG studio]] and [[Music/HiroyukiSawano OST composer]] are working on the show, and when official promotional materials for ''Seraph'' stated Wit's desire to make it into another [=SnK=].
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' is often called a ripoff of ''Franchise/DotHack'', though the only real similarity is being trapped in a virtual reality MMO. For the former, it's the premise of the series. For the latter, it's only a handful of character, and the majority of the plot is barely a blip in the overall game world. In addition, the original web novel of the former was released around the same time the first game of the latter was released, which leads to people on both sides of the debate either saying the timing proves the ripoff, or shows that the premises were simply coincidental.
* ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' is called an anime ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid''. In the sense that both involve a daughter of a sea deity going onto land. Certain other aspects, such as the girl turning to sea foam if her love is unrequited, are carried over as well. That said, [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle many]] [[Anime/TheSecretWorldOfArrietty of]] Creator/StudioGhibli's [[Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere films]] are adaptations of Western books.
* ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' is an AffectionateParody of the {{Mons}} genre. You would be amazed at how many negative reviews just don't ''get'' that.
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' has been compared with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' ''[[HateDumb just because Doraemon has "mon" at the end of its name]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Kakegurui}}'' has received many accusations from fans of ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' because of the alleged rip-off only on the grounds that both works have TheGamblingAddict as the main setting and studying of human psychology with its help.

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* Some people hate ''Animation/PakdamPakdai'' due to it basically being a cheaper version of ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''. On that note, ''Pakdam Pakdai'' takes major inspiration from ''Oggy'' due to the latter being [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff popular in India]], the country ''Pakdam Pakdai'' comes from.
* The ''Manhua/LittleCherry'' 2008 cartoon from China has been accused of copying ''Anime/ChibiMarukoChan''. The former's name in Chinese (Xiao Ying Tao), which has been used since the comics' beginning a decade earlier, is very similar to the latter's name (Yingtao Xiao Wanzi). It's unknown if this reputation applies to the older and less tame ''Little Cherry'' works.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/CaptainMarVell from Marvel is somehow accused of ripping off [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] from DC because [[NamesTheSame they have the same name]].
** Don't get anyone started on [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.
** Or ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and Comicbook/GreenArrow.
** Or Comicbook/GhostRider and Comicbook/{{Spawn}}(who is more a composite of the rider and Spider-man villain Venom).
** 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 successfully 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/XMen 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. Some like to argue that the long publishing lead times comics had during that era makes any similarities coincidental but considering the Doom Patrol had obvious similarities to the older Comicbook/FantasticFour, it's just as likely DC decided to crib from Marvel.
* Many of Creator/RobLiefeld's works were clearly "influenced by" similar Marvel and DC properties. This--among other things--gave Liefeld haters just that much more ammunition.
** ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' is the remnant of a Comicbook/TeenTitans spin-off Liefeld had created. The character of Shaft is clearly a CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/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 ComicBook/HeroesReborn ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' run. You can guess how the critics reacted.
* One of the criticisms of ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'' is it's pretty blatantly trying to cash in on ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Not that it's the [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter only criticism]]. The covers of the early issues were [[HomageShot homages]] to works like ''Film/BattleRoyale'', ''Hunger Games'', and ''Literature/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.
* Combining with SelfPlagiarism, many detractors have said that Creator/ScottSnyder and Greg Capullo's ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'' is more or less a reheat of their earlier story [[spoiler: ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', including both stories having ComicBook/TheJoker as the BigBad. Both stories feature the Joker scaring everyone, dispersing Joker Venom in a fashion that infects many people in Gotham (this time as a virus), having Batman's allies Jokerized and used as weapons against him (The Bat-Family in ''[=DotF=]'', the Justice League in ''Endgame''), invading the Batcave, doing all of this out of a HoYay sense of WomanScorned (and being ItsAllAboutMe, {{rage quit}}ting because of the events of ''[=DotF=]''), being pretty much unstoppable for a good chunk of the story. Both also have a {{bittersweet ending}} (''[=DotF=]'' ending with the Bat-Family disbanding, ''Endgame'' ending with Batman missing and presumed dead)]]
* Devin Grayson's ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'' arc known as "Nightwing: Alone". Or as its detractors call it - ''[[ComicBook/DaredevilBornAgain Born Again 2:]] [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo Electric Boogaloo]]''. Not that lifting ''Born Again'' wholesale in and of itself was the problem. It was that, possibly save Superman himself, Nightwing was the least-suited A-list character in the DCU to do that kind of storyline, and Grayson did not adjust the story at all to account for that. For instance, Kingpin {{expy}} [[BigBad Blockbuster]] threatened to destroy all of Dick's loved ones. Those loved ones included Starfire, a FlyingBrick who cold turn Blockbuster into dog food and ''Franchise/{{Batman}} himself.''

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''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''.

* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' is a movie about [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime a group of dinosaurs that have to find a new home after their old one was destroyed.]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime They Migrate as a mixed herd, all the while avoiding the carnivorous dinosaurs and end up at a beautiful valley.]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Notable Characters include Eema the Triceratops , Baylene the Apatosaurus and Earl, the Mute Stegosaurus.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/VideoBrinquedo does this all the time when it comes to ripping off Creator/{{Pixar}} and Creator/DreamWorksAnimation films.
* ''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.
* ''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 ''Anime/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''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' received some mild bashing for being ''Doc Hollywood'' [[RecycledINSPACE with automobiles]] - not enough to dent Creator/{{Pixar}}'s track record, though. Probably because it wasn't original when ''Doc Hollywood'' did it. It's a standard Hollywood formula.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' has received some rather unfair hatred from a lot of people who accuse it of being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' solely because both films are set during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and feature music-loving protagonists. Nevermind the fact that ''Coco'' [[OlderThanTheyThink was already in production]] when ''The Book of Life'' came out and that director Jorge Gutierrez has stated to be excited for the film.
* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation as a whole 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameGoldenFilms'' has been widely panned for many reasons. One of them is that the villain is a carbon copy of Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' was accused of copying the plot of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'': In both films there was a villain whose plot involved turning friendly characters into monsters, using a potion for that. Still, the North Wind Organization was seen as a rip-off of the Anti-Villain League.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmojiMovie'' has actually become infamous for this. Its been accused of ripping off ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' [[note]]both for the same reason: the film centers around exploring the inside of a smartphone and how the characters (being emojis and other phone related stuff) function it, which is pretty much what IO and [=WiR=] did only with emotions and video games respectively[[/note]], ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' [[note]]due to the similar sounding title and the fact that one of the characters, Jailbreak, strongly resembles Wyldstyle[[/note]] and even ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' [[note]]Jailbreak, again, also resembles the character Chloe Price[[/note]].
* Despite good critical reception, ''The Incredibles'' 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 ''Westernnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''. In fact, Syndrome himself is said to bear some resemblance to the title character (mostly with the hairstyle). On the other hand, given the negative reception of the ''Fantastic Four'' movies, it is often joked as the best ''Fantastic Four'' movie ever made.
* ''WesternAnimation/WALLE'' has been accused of copying the premise of the film Idiocracy, while portraying a future where mankind has become obese and indolent. In addition, for some people the design of the protagonist would have been copied from the robot Johnny 5 of the movie ''Film/ShortCircuit''.
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' did not do as well in Japan as it did in other countries because many Japanese netizens [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/04/20/disney-pixars-new-movie-attracts-criticism-again-in-japan/ thought that it was a rip-off]] of ''Manga/PoisonBerryInMyBrain'', which had a movie adaptation come out two months earlier.
* The direct-to-video ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' was often disregarded as a cheap foreign knock-off of ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', until audiences realized that it was made by the same production company, and moreover received good reviews. The Ben Affleck vehicle was simply a result of the production company's success with Prince of Egypt and subsequently being able to run a much lower-budget higher-margin sequel in Joseph.
* There's a rather large controversy on the internet regarding whether or not ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is a rip-off of the classic anime series ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion''. 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]]." One of the arguments against this being that it's more Hamlet with lions.
* {{Defied}} with ''Newt'', a planned film that Pixar cancelled due to its premise being too similar to ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'' was ridiculed during its advertising phase as a bland ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' clone. While they do share certain plot and premise similarities, the overall tone of the films are actually rather different. ''Secret Life of Pets'', for example, uses a lot of BlackComedy, where ''Toy Story'' has hardly any.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' was in some circles accused of being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'', even though the only true similarity between the two films is that they both take place in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. Not to mention, ''Sing's'' production was far more consistent compared to ''Zootopia's'', which had a tenancy to change its premise and character focus repeatedly, so the possibility of the former taking ideas from the latter seems pretty slim.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', so much so that they once had an entire section dedicated to this trope on the Trivia page.
* ''Film/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 ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' had the misfortune of being released barely three months after the Spanish film ''Film/{{REC}}'', which was also was about a zombie outbreak shot in POV-style that was done very effectively (It was later remade in the States as ''Film/{{Quarantine}}'', and spawned three sequels.) It also had to compete with the POV kaiju film ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', released barely a month before.
** All three have the misfortune of being released nine years after box-office hit ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'', the film which against nearly all point-of-view and "found footage" movies are judged.
* Thanks to its very similar plot, most reviews of ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'' compared it to ''Film/TheFugitive'', and ''not'' in a flattering way.
* The 2000s ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2005}}'' movies have been accused of ripping off Creator/SamRaimi's ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', notably for copying the lighthearted feel of Raimi's films and changing the character Doctor Doom into an Expy of Norman Osborn.
* 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 ''Literature/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). This went the other way around when other YA Dystopia novels started getting adaptations. ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'' and ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' got a large amount of hate for similarities to ''The Hunger Games''.
* ''Film/TheIsland'' is frequently accused of ripping-off the extremely obscure TV movie ''Film/{{Clonus}}'', mostly known for being featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. After [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 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/CasinoRoyale2006 Casino Royale]]'') 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 [[Film/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). It doesn't help that both films share a screenwriter.
* In general, many have criticized the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse for following ''Man of Steel'''s approach in copying the dark tone of Creator/{{Christopher Nolan}}'s ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' at the detriment of the films. While Nolan's Batman films are darker and more realistic compared to previous superhero movies, they are still praised for using darkness to create engaging stories and characters as opposed to using it as a draw, as well as using many lighter moments to provide contrast. Furthermore, Batman, a VigilanteMan motivated by the murder of his parents, proved to be well-suited to a darker reimagining. In contrast, Superman and the DC superheroes are traditionally seen as more light-hearted figures who just aren't suitable for a dark reimagining. The DCEU incarnation of Superman has been roundly criticized for having an AdaptationalAngstUpgrade, which some felt didn't work since the character generally worked best in the comics and adaptations as a idealistic, friendly foil to the cynical, loner Batman.
* 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 Creator/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 ''Film/{{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''.
** The GunKata fighting style, the themes of anti-conformity, and the Neo-like wardrobe of Christian Bale's character in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' made many reviewers draw comparisons to ''The Matrix''.
* Thousands of people wrote off the the 2009 horror film ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' for ripping off ''Film/TheGoodSon'', acting as if a beloved, many decades-old classic had been violated. This hilariously overlooked the fact that ''Film/TheGoodSon'' was an obscure, poorly received film except for those who made joking ''Film/HomeAlone'' references to it because Macaulay Culkin played that film's villain. But when ''Orphan'' came out, suddenly people began acting as if ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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.
* The movie ''Film/SafeHaven'' has been accused of ripping off ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'' due to some very similar elements--heroine catching a bus during a rainstorm from her abusive husband, taking refuge in a picturesque small town, her husband finding her and stalking her through the local festivities, etc.
* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' was accused of being an unacknowleged adaptation of the mid-20th-century novel ''No Bed For Bacon'' by Caryl Brahms and S J Simon.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'''s first movie poster was accused of being a rip-off of posters for ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. After the film came out many ''Star Trek'' fans were upset with how much this film tried to replicate previous Star Trek stories "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E11Homefront Homefront]]", "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E12ParadiseLost Paradise Lost]]" and the beloved ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]''.
* The 2011 movie ''Film/TheTallMan'' is about [[Franchise/SlenderManMythos a tall, humanoid figure that kidnaps children.]] There's (perfectly plausible) rumors going around that this movie's ''concept'' actually came before Slender Man, 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. It'd be overly generous to say this means the two are ''nothing'' alike, but several other movies have also used the OvernightAgeUp plot, and one of them even came out the same year as ''Big''. It's title, incidentally, was '''''14''' Going on 30''.
* The Creator/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 about a kid becoming an adult through magic, ''Jack'' was a ''TearJerker'' about a kid who aged very rapidly because of a disorder.
* ''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 ''Film/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.]]
** [[Film/ANewHope The original film]] is Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/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 evident 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'':
** It received a lot of flack from anime fans due to similarities to the plot of ''Anime/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 ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/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 newer casual audiences comparing it to ''Transformers'', newer anime audiences comparing it to ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', older anime audiences comparing it to ''Evangelion'', older casual audiences comparing it to ''Film/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 ''Film/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 Spielberg and lead actor Shia [=LaBeouf=] admitted they both studied Rear Window extensively in preparation for the film.
* The Wayans brothers' ''Film/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 WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon, "Baby Buggy Bunny". As a result, the movie ended up winning a UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward for Worst Remake/Rip-Off.
* Pick a SlasherMovie. Webvideo/TheCinemaSnob even says that calling a slasher "''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' rip-off" is like comparing all movies with killers in the jungle to ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' got some criticism for allegedly copying ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', although the only real similarity is that a white stag appears as a representation of the forest spirit. The director is actually a fan of the anime, which served as a visual reference for the film, and the stag scene is a direct ShoutOut to it.
* A rare example of this getting actual legal backing involved the 2012 SF action movie ''Film/{{Lockout}}'', which was widely criticised for its RecycledInSpace similarity to ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''. Creator/JohnCarpenter, the writer-director of the earlier film, successfully sued the ''Lockout'' producers in France for copyright infringement.

* Mentioning ''Literature/TheHost'' in Literature/{{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'':
** [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment 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 Creator/CassandraClare of plagiarizing several other works, most notably ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** There's actually some logical basis in this - Clare copied large amounts of texts from other sources without citing them in ''Fanfic/TheDracoTrilogy'': a Harry Potter fan fiction she wrote before ''City of Bones'' was published. In fact, the fics were taken down and the trilogy is largely a reworked and renamed version of the fic. Her fans argue that Clare learned her lesson from that, and that the elements Clare is accused of copying weren't invented by the people she 'copied' them from.
* Turned on its head in the Creator/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 a derivative of earlier works.

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* American {{Tokusatsu}}: Basically every HenshinHero show in this genre to come out since ''Series/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 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 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.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' got vilified by a few ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fans for being a FeministFantasy about young women who fight demons. Hilariously enough, the two shows shared a few cast members, the most notable of whom was Charisma Carpenter - regular on ''Buffy'' and recurring part on ''Charmed''. But then again there were plenty who were fans of both.
* ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' was thought by many to be a ripoff of ''Westernanimation/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 ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' and ''The Flintstones''. One episode of ''The Simpsons'' 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".
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** The series premiered in the same year as the ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' reboot. "Upstairs, Downstairs" co-creator Jean Marsh was quoted as saying, "Maybe it's coincidence, and maybe I'm the Queen of Persia".
** The original "Upstairs, Downstairs" had a Scottish butler named Hudson. "Downton Abbey" had an English butler named Carson alongside a Scottish housekeeper named Mrs. Hughes.
** “Upstairs, Downstairs” had a nasty, scheming chauffeur named Thomas. “Downton Abbey” had a nice chauffeur named Tom, and a nasty, scheming under-butler named Thomas.
* ''FifthGear'' is often accused of being a rip-off of ''Series/TopGearUK''.
** ''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 ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' first showed up, word among anime fans was that it was a Live Action Rip-Off of ''Manga/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, ''Manga/OutlawStar'' got this too.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' was constantly being accused of being a ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' ripoff. However, anyone who actually follows both shows realizes that they have very different styles of humor[[note]]For the record, the show probably bore more similarities to ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' than ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''[[/note]]. 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.
* ''Series/{{Hex}}'' was called by critics "British Buffy".
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' obtained suspicious similarities to ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' that led to this. Notably one writer crossed over from ''Bewitched'' to work on ''Jeannie'' and pulled a few {{Retcon}}s to match - such as Jeannie suddenly being from a family of genies instead of a cursed human, her and Tony getting married like Darrin and Samantha, Jeannie having an EvilBrunetteTwin etc.
* ''Series/LittleBritain'' is frequently accused of ripping off ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' and ''Series/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 ''Series/{{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 [[Creator/{{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 ''Series/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.
* For most late 50s-early 60s private eye shows, expect complaints that they seemed too similar to ''Series/PeterGunn''.
* Series/RhymeAndReason was ABC's answer to [[Series/MatchGame Match Game '75]] on CBS.
* A possible case is ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' and the later ''Series/RobinHood''. The second series of ''Series/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 ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' brought in a [[LegacyCharacter "new" Robin Hood]], neither series survived more than one more season without their leads.
* There are people who watch ''Series/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.
* ''Series/TheShield'' and ''Series/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 (whose 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'''s rather short run on Nickelodeon in America led to people accusing it as a 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|2003}}''.
** The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' 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''.
* ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' easily fell victim to this -- and for good reason, too, because almost everybody who saw it quickly realized that it was a big rip-off of ''Series/TheLoveBoat''.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{Top Gear|US}}'' on the American History Channel is a direct spin-off from the successful British ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'', 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 ''Literature/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) ''Literature/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''.
* When a Belgian watches Dutch television you can expect this trope to come up. A good example of this is the Dutch investigative jornalism TV show ''Rambam'', which Belgians say is a rip-off of one of their shows called ''Basta'' and not as well-done as ''Basta''. A lot of Dutchmen usually agree with them though.

* 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 Music/JanetJackson.
* Most pop-punk bands will be unfavorably compared to Music/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 were often accused of being a rip-off of Australian post-punk band The Birthday Party. This subsided once they [[GenreShift changed their sound completely]] on their second album.
* Music/LadyGaga gets this quite a bit from haters, who say she copied countless artists, among them Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/DavidBowie, Music/BritneySpears, Music/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 Music/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 progressive-classical-rock mentality.
* Ozma have never quite shaken the Music/{{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 Hey Monday--likely the reason why Cassadee Pope left the group and began a country career.
* 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 Music/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 to mid 1960s a lot of rock groups looked and sounded like Beatle clones: Music/TheRollingStones, Music/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"?
* Music/{{Silverchair}}:
** Early in their career, they were referred to as a shitty knockoff of Nirvana, or Pearl Jam. With every preceding album the band began experimenting with softer, more progressive sounds, which tended to stop these comparisons.
** PostGrunge 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=RCrTkr5dp3Q this]] ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch.
** {{Music/Nirvana}} themselves get flak for sounding like Music/ThePixies (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 Music/{{Mudhoney}} / Music/BlackFlag / Music/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.
* Jakob Dylan has the same problem. Hilariously lampshaded in The Axis of Awesome's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHBVnMf2t7w&e 4 Chords]]".
* After Music/TupacShakur was murdered, many future Hip Hop artist were accused of copying him. Some of the more famous examples include Music/{{DMX}} and Ja Rule.
* Go to any Music/{{Slipknot}} or Music/{{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 (Music/JossStone, Music/AmyWinehouse, Music/{{Duffy}}, Music/{{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 Music/ThePostalService.
* 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.
* One reason a lot of critics weren't initially too fond of Music/BlueCheer was because they sounded like a cruder version of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
* In their early years, Music/{{Marillion}} were often accused of ripping off Music/{{Genesis}}, with their then-frontman Fish being labeled as a "Music/PeterGabriel clone" and their song "Grendel" getting unfavorably compared to Genesis' "Music/SuppersReady" (both being long songs that go through distinct sections with different musical styles). This seems to have died down quite a bit as time went on, though.
* Music/{{Garbage}} have frequently been accused of ripping off Music/{{Curve}}, due to their similar musical styles and similarities between the personas of the groups' lead singers. Curve alleged that Garbage's founding member Butch Vig started the group after Curve rejected his application to produce them.
* Music/FiveSecondsOfSummer detractors bring up the fact that they keep ripping off their inspirations, mostly Music/AllTimeLow, rather than trying to form an effective identity for themselves. It's one of the reasons they've garnered as big a hatedom as they have so fast.

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* Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s [[Comicbook/TheCrow Crow]] inspired gimmick gets hate from some fans for this reason. His angle with the Wrestling/{{new World order}} was also seen as too similar to Wrestling/TheUndertaker's ([[SevenYearRule then]])old MO.
* 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 Wrestling/{{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/NewJapanProWrestling bringing in Wrestling/BrockLesnar got complaints that they were simply copying Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, who had brought Wrestling/BillGoldberg out of his self induced obscurity earlier.
* Wrestling/LayCool got some hate in their early days for being a rip-off of TNA's Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople. Possibly in response to this, [=LayCool=] began to move past the ''Film/MeanGirls''-esque character traits and played up the LesYay between Layla and Michelle, not to mention their backstage pull with Wrestling/VickieGuerrero. Showing how this trope can really change, TNA later got this when they had Wrestling/GailKim and Wrestling/MadisonRayne as a LesYay duo who had backstage pull in the form of Karen Jarrett. What makes this hilarious is that they feuded with one of the former members of the Beautiful People (Wrestling/VelvetSky) - and Madison had been part of the group for a while too.

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* 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 ''VideoGame/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/{{Conan}}'' was also widely accused of ripping off ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}'', which among other things, was a major factor in the lukewarm critical reception it received.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' was accused of being a ripoff from Resident Evil 4 just because it used the "same" shoulder camera.
* 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 ''[[Franchise/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 ''VideoGame/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, Creator/BioWare managed to pull FollowTheLeader on themselves.
* Some may say that ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' is just ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', is often accused of being a gender-swap of Cloud from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. 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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' tends to be dubbed as the Final Fantasy version of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' due to the game having similar interfaces, pacing, and mechanics. The producer behind ''Final Fantasy XIV'' admitted to being a big fan of ''World of Warcraft'' and had his team play it and other MMORPG games to fully understand how the genre works before they were allowed to develop the game.
* Any Beat-em-up that is similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' is basically doomed to be called a "VideoGame/FinalFight clone".
* The trailers for the yet-to-be-released ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight: Streetwise'' was accused of trying to cash in on the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' franchise.
* ''VideoGame/FZero'' 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.
* This occurs in the ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' community when SturgeonsLaw comes into play. People who are too lazy to create levels will just go to the Cool Levels page and look for any copyable levels. This is why the community has been flooded with multiple copies of the same level by different people, and sometimes even the SAME people will take a level and publish it 20 times. Case in point, here's what you get if you search "[[http://lbp.me/search/v?q=The+Best+Mortal+Kombat+Level+Ever&p=1&l=12 The Best Mortal Kombat Level Ever]]" on [=lbp.me=]. The arrows at the bottom of the screen will be there for a while.
* The original ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRow1 Saints Row]]'', while not terribly received, was considered by-and-large to be a copy of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. The series [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] with ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', which helped distinguish it from GTA as being a more comedic game than its [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV more serious contemporary]], with each game subsequent going [[OffTheRails further and further off the rails]].
* ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' gets most of its flak for [[UsefulNotes/{{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.
* ''{{VideoGame/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."
* ''VideoGame/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.
* 2005 Russian game ''Brigade E5: New Jagged Union'' is an exceptionally bad rip-off of the 1999 cult classic ''JaggedAlliance 2''.
* An InUniverse example happens in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' with ''The Plumed Punisher'', a Khura'inese ripoff of ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Steel Samurai]]'' that the creators [[BlatantLies insist is totally original]]. We get to see how the cast's two biggest ''Steel Samurai'' fans react to this: Maya loves both shows and wishes to see a {{Crossover}} made, while Edgeworth is absolutely ''furious''.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' It's an outrage! Especially [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong the theme song]]!
* ''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 ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series gets dismissed as "''Franchise/{{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 ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''... [[OlderThanTheyThink yet it still catches a lot of flak for copying breeding from Pokemon]]. The VideoGame/DragonQuest series had already dabbled in the monster recruiting arts in its [[VideoGame/DragonQuestV fifth]] and [[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI sixth]] installments, though the UsefulNotes/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 ''VideoGame/{{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 [[DetachmentCombat 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 Creator/IdSoftware and Creator/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 {{Rhythm Game}}s 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 ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', but ''Roblox'' [[OlderThanTheyThink came before MC.]]
* While on the subject of ''VideoGame/{{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]].
* VideoGame/RockBand fans often claim VideoGame/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]].
* Some people have noticed that ''VideoGame/{{MUSECA}}''[='=]s controller bears a striking resemblence to that of another rhythm game, ''Neon FM'', and have accused Konami of copying it [[DoubleStandard while happily shutting down]] clones of the [=eAMUSEMENT=] network and ''VideoGame/{{DanceDanceRevolution}}'' look-a-like ''VideoGame/InTheGroove''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Some people consider ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' a ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' rip-off with FunnyAnimals and robots. There are Sonic characters which are [[{{Expy}} expies]] of ''Dragon Ball Z'' characters[[note]]A good example is Shadow to Vegeta[[/note]]. Also, they both share magical items[[note]]Chaos Emeralds and Dragon Balls[[/note]] in which 7 of them create a GoldenSuperMode.
** 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. Ironically, when ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' came around, it got some flak for World Bowser being a theme park late in the game, specifically for looking a lot like the first world in Sonic Colors.
** ''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 UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn {{Vaporware}} game ''Sonic X-Treme''.
** One of the criticisms against ''VideoGame/SonicShuffle'' was the game taking after ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', never mind that the game was co-developed by the [[Creator/HudsonSoft same developer]].
** {{Averted}} by ''VideoGame/SonicAndSegaAllStarsRacing'', which unabashedly borrows from the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series, but does it ''so well'' that few complain.
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'' 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 [[Franchise/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 ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' (Weapons based fighter, though not the first). While this attitude was starting to fade during the late 90s and the 2000s 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.
** ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' of ''Mortal Kombat''; both it and MK were in development at the same time.
** ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 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.
* ''VideoGame/ThrillDrive'', a popular game that ran contrary to ''VideoGame/{{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.
* "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.
* 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.
* 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 Creator/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 UsefulNotes/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.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona 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.
* Is your game set in modern conflict, adheres to RealIsBrown rule, and has class customization and [=RPG=] elements in the multiplayer? Then someone is bound to call it a clone of either ''VideoGame/{{Call of Duty}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}''
* Given the FandomRivalry between the ''Call of Duty'' and ''Battlefield'' series, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWWII'' has been accused of ripping off ''VideoGame/Battlefield1''. ''WWII'' features many mechanics like bayonet charging, specialized classes, and gas grenades that are seen as directly lifted from ''Battlefield 1''. Notably, the War mode of ''WWII'' has drawn unfavorably comparisons to the Operations mode of ''[=BF1=]'' for its asymmetric, team-focused, objective-based design. Even the basic premise of ''WWII'' is seen by some as a blatant attempt to recapture the success of ''[=BF1=]'''s historical throwback angle.
* The obscure Genesis platformer ''VideoGame/{{Socket}}'' received mixed reviews at the time of release due to taking so much from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. The UK-based ''Sega Zone'' magazine gave the game a score of '''[[BrokeTheRatingScale zero]]''' on the very basis of this trope.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Many Abridged series are dismissed just for copying Creator/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. ''Naruto Abridged'' 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. [[FanDumb Even when your topic has NOTHING to do with video games]]. 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 Website/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.
** One art thief actually tried to use this to her advantage. Jen "Spunkywulf" Seng is a very popular artist and animator, especially in the UsefulNotes/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.
* For ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' fans:
** There's ''[[SerialNumbersFiledOff London Mobile Buddies]]''. Both feature colorful cartoon characters who mostly have pie-shaped eyes and buckteeth and can suffer from bloody and gory injuries and deaths, with the latter show's cast being what can be described as "living mutant phones" [[WordOfGod according to the creator]]. If that's not enough, LMB has characters that are pretty much blatant rip-offs from not only HTF itself, but also other shows/franchises like ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' (he even made up an evolutionary line of few of his characters, whose mid-form and final form usually end up being blatant rip-offs on their own), and a few others. Even several of its shorts are plagiarized from other sources. A notable one is "Wikky's Restaurant", which is [[WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends "Flippin' Burgers"]].
** What makes this worse is that the creator managed to press the BerserkButton of various fans due to his recent tendency of [[TakeThat drawing his characters beating up/killing the characters that are they're based on]] (for example, Bulkey vs. Cuddles) in an attempt to make them [[DarkerAndEdgier more hardcore]]. He has, so far, managed to piss off not only HTF fans, but also [[Franchise/MyLittlePony MLP]] fans and possibly ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fans (this one has only a single artwork, which depicts Kenny being killed by Merio). He probably also angered [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys FNAF]] fans by featuring an artwork of Bulkey beheading Freddy by kicking the latter's head off, especially with the artwork having part of title like [[TakeThat "What a piece of Animal Junk"]].
* Several people outside of Japan compare MAD Videos and other similar videos mostly found on Nico Nico Douga (NND) to WebAnimation/YouTubePoop, though Know Your Meme researchers found that [=MADs=] were created as far back as 1978, 28 years before [=YouTube=] Poop was created. Some people outside of Japan refer to [=MADs=] as [=YouTube=] Poop Music Videos ([=YTPMVs=]).
* Every gaming webcomic that isn't ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' has been accused of ripping off the same. ''Penny Arcade'' 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 LetsPlay/PewDiePie. Actually, anyone who does a LetsPlay runs this risk, even though there have been Let's Plays long before [=PewDiePie=] came onto the scene.
* Make any kind of science (or destruction) channel in the veins of ''Series/MythBusters'' or ''Brainiac'' and you get this.
** Do any kind of chemistry experiments? You're just copying ''Nurd Rage''. [[FanDumb Even if your channel is tied to that of a university]].
** Do any kind of philosophy/science videos and you're copying ''WebVideo/VSauce'', even though they started out doing video game humour.
** Make a microwave show? You're just copying ''WebVideo/IsItAGoodIdeaToMicrowaveThis'', [[FanDumb even if you've been microwaving things on Website/YouTube since before]] [[SarcasmMode "the original and best"]] got their start in May of 2007.
** Do anything with "will it" in the title? You're just ripping off ''Advertising/WillItBlend'', or if you're ''Will It Blend?'', then you're just ripping off David Letterman's "Will It Float?"
** Do any kind of smashing video and you're a copycat of ''The Smash Doctor'' or Garret Claridge.
* Website/YouTube beauty gurus are in a Catch-22. They copy each other so much that people say that all beauty gurus are the same, not just in their topics or what kinds of videos they do, but in their mannerisms down to how they speak, their word choices when describing things, their actions, everything. However, they almost have to do this to get views and subscribers since originality doesn't seem to attract the kind of audience that make up a majority of beauty guru viewers, females between ages 11 and 23. Beauty gurus that have refused to adopt the fake "beauty guru" persona and use/review products they like instead of following trends, such as Sara Ann Vegan Style, often get overlooked (despite the fact that she still does unboxing, review, outfit of the day, and tutorial videos) while you see teenage girls getting thousands of subscribers in months just by copying popular beauty channels, and other girls seeing this and following suit. Despite this, these channels will often get hate comments about copying others.
* ''WebAnimation/TooLoud'', a webtoon on Website/YouTube made by Dreamworks TV of all people, has been accused of being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''... even though the only things they have in common are that one of ''Too Loud'''s main characters bears a striking resemblance to Lincoln Loud, and that of course the webtoon has "loud" in its name.
* ''WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter'' was accused by his critics for stealing the term "Animated Atrocities" from another reviewer, "[=BigManX=]" since the latter brought the term up back in 2012.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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 ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' of being a rip-off.
* ''WesternAnimation/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''.
* 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/CoconutFredsFruitSaladIsland'' was hated by many for being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. It doesn't help that [[Creator/RobPaulsen the main character's voice actor]] [[OldShame felt this way as well.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' is sometimes accused of being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' due to its similar humour and art style. This is rather ironic, seeing as how ''Cow And Chicken'' is actually Creator/JohnKricfalusi's favorite cartoon from the 1990s.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}'' was often panned for being a rip-off of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. This was during a time when Creator/OneSaturdayMorning was beating Creator/KidsWB in the ratings, so WB had to make their own series. It lasted 13 episodes.
* ''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.
* ''Every'' adult animated series after 1990 copied ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Some, like ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyDog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', and ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'', got canceled just as quickly as they premiered; others, like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' are still around, while others, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' 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 ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', and ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' (an obscure late 1960s animated DomCom set up as a cartoon version of ''Series/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 ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''Series/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."
* ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy'' gets this, as the haters blame Rodney and Andy for copying [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac and Bloo]]. This also happens with ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''. The centerpiece of the controversy is that all three shows revolve around an OnlySaneMan boy who has a JerkAss non-human for a best friend.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' - The one review online accuses it of being a ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' ripoff, despite the fact there was barely anything similar.
* Creator/HannaBarbera gets hit by this trope 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 50s and 60s, they created so many ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' clones that the Boomerang Network now has a block called "Those Meddling Kids". The most JustForFun/{{Egregious}} example that doesn't have to do with ScoobyDoo is ''The Partridge Family 2200 AD'', which is WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/TheCatConcerto'' with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's WesternAnimation/RhapsodyRabbit or Creator/TexAvery's WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie and WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry's The Bodyguard.
** 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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/WelcomeToTheWayne'', and, at least before it aired, even ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has been accused of copying ''Regular Show'''s style at some point.
* WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}} fans have accused WesternAnimation/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''.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] at least in Germany: German bronies are fully aware that Filly was introduced (2009) before ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' premiered in North America (2010) or even in Germany (2011), and that it is a rip-off of already ugly ''Franchise/MyLittlePony G3.5''. However, Simba who had acquired the ''Filly'' license for Germany had pretty much flooded all kinds of stores with ''Filly'', and since ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' sales were dwindling to next to no advertisement at all, they ruled supreme over the "colorful little equines" market.\\
The result was that ''Filly'' became a favorite of little girls who didn't even know that ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' existed. Thus, ''Filly'' could be found everywhere from supermarkets to gas stations to drugstores whereas ''MLP'' — even after the release of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the fourth generation'' when there was already a growing number of bronies in Germany — was absent from the "pink shelves" at the majority of toy stores because the retailers believed that nobody would buy ''MLP'' since everyone wanted ''Filly''. Some shop clerks had gotten so used to ''Filly'''s near-monopoly that they believed that ''Filly'' and ''MLP'' were all the same. This was what actually enraged German bronies about ''Filly'': It left no space for ''[=MLP:FiM=]''.\\
Nowadays, ''MLP'' is much more common, but not because the retailers took into consideration that ''Filly'' toys had actually been discovered to be potential health hazards, nor because they understood that ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is superior to anything colorful-horse-related that came before it, nor because they discovered how they could draw lots of money out of bronies' pockets, but because Simba lost their ''Filly'' license, so German retailers couldn't stock up on ''Filly'' anymore, and also because ''MLP'' was licensed to companies who were already present in German stores like [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies Nici, Ty or Build-a-Bear]].
** Many people have compared both the show and the toys to the Franchise/CareBears franchise due to their surprisingly similar concepts, and a few have even accused the former of being outright taking/reworking ideas from the latter. [[note]]while a large amount of Franchise/MyLittlePony fans might not be happy about it, the accusations aren't entirely unfounded.[[/note]]
** Also, shows like ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' which look like either they were purpose-made to copy the success of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' including the massive PeripheryDemographic by copying as much as possible from ''[=MLP:FiM=]'' without looking too much like a rip-off, or they would actually succeed in luring people away from the ponies in masses by doing that.
* Some have accused ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' of being like ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' or ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' due to the idea of kids meeting supernatural for the former and the kid's mystery show of the latter. ''Gravity Falls'' is generally more serious than ''Billy And Mandy'' while also darker than ''Scooby-Doo'' (though ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' comes close).
* ''WesternAnimatio/RobotBoy'' is rather controversial in some circles for being very similar to ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. They ran around the same time and both featured [[RobotKid robot youth]] who spent time amongst humans while fighting evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyMalinky'' has already gained the vitriol of fans of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' for being suspiciously close to the latter's concept (a mischievous kid in middle school and his quirky black sidekick [he even wears an orange jacket] have weird adventures) and using a similar mixed media look with the only truly noticeable difference being the humor which goes for something that is obviously not satire. Only time will tell if ''Pinky Malinky'' ends up decent since it's staff previously worked on ''Gumball''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WelcomeToTheWayne'' has already gathered heat from people who see it as a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ripoff, given that two of the main characters (Olly and Saraline Timbers) have a fairly lot in common with Dipper and Mabel Pines.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiretteInvestigates'' received flak for its similarities to ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', including but not limited to the crime fighting protagonists' names and appearances not being far apart, that they have a feline-themed partner with some kind of love involved (A boy in a cat themed outfit in ''Miraculous'' vs. a pet cat in ''Mirette''), and Paris being where the protagonists live. This is likely coincidental, as ''Mirette'' is based on a book series that began on 2008, and production for its adaptation started while ''Miraculous'' was in the works.
* Even ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' has been accused of being a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' before it even aired, due to the fact that Harvey, Fee, and Foo have the same color scheme as Gumball, Anais, and Darwin.

[[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 experiments or formula derivations in any area of science (whether formal, natural or social) ''is actually encouraged''. Repeating experiments done by other people and examining the results makes the results more reliable, and often helps groups of scientists come to a conclusion and discover new things. It ''is'' important for scientists and researchers to give credit, or at least theoretical citation, to previous efforts by other people, though.
* 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 Wiki/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 [[Series/TopGearUK 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?]]"