* Many moviegoers have accused the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' [[Film/FantasticFour movies]] of ripping off ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
** Likewise, the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' [[Film/{{Watchmen}} movie]].
** There are some people who claimed Aldrich Killian from ''Film/IronMan3'' was a rip-off of Syndrome from ''The Incredibles'' because they both had similar StartOfDarkness moments. In reality, the "[[DisproportionateRetribution I'm a bad guy because the hero was a dick to me when we were younger]]" plot is a fairly standard stock supervillain origin, dating ''at least'' back to LexLuthor and DoctorDoom.
%%Please do not go into natter as to how The Incredibles is a ripoff of the original comics.
* The Thing is often accused of being a ''[[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]'' ripoff, which is quite an accomplishment, seeing as how the Thing was created first -- by the ''[[JackKirby same]] [[StanLee people]]''.
* See PietaPlagiarism, which is often thought of as coming from the [[ComicBook/XMen Phoenix]] or ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} issues.
** The cover of ''Uncanny X-Men'' #136 (Cyclops holding Phoenix) may have been inspired by an older work of art, but it is sufficiently different from Michelangelo's Pietās to be considered in a different category from them. (For starters, Cyclops is standing, not sitting). And the Pietā representation of Mary and Jesus had itself been used by plenty of sculptors for 150 years before Michelangelo was even born, to say nothing of not dissimilar artistic representations of other mothers with dead children dating back to pre-Christian times (e. g. Eos and her son Memnon, Niobe and one of her daughters).
* ''Wizard'' magazine, the most "mainstream" magazine on comic books, once contemptuously referred to the immortal supervillain VandalSavage as "a cheap Ra's al Ghul knockoff". Actually, Vandal Savage predates Ra's by ''28 years'' -- 1943 and 1971, specifically.
** The year before Vandal Savage appeared, America's Greatest Comics had Bulletman fighting the Man of the Ages, a man who had been causing evil for a million years.
** Ming the Merciless (1934) has been referred to as "a cheap Ra's al Ghul clone" as well. Ra's and Ming are knockoffs of FuManchu, who wasn't the first YellowPeril villain either.
* It's a meme among ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' fandom that Trelane from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Squire of Gothos" was ripped off from FF villain Infant Terrible, apparently for no more reason than being child-like and omnipotent, even though there are hundreds of examples of this combination going back at least to the 1920s.
* Many people seem to think that ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} came before [[{{Sub-Mariner}} Namor the Sub-Mariner]], even though Namor predated him by two years. This may be because Namor went out of print during UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum, while Aquaman held on as an ''Action Comics'' backup.
* The Creator/DCComics skull-faced supervillain Doctor Destiny is often called a knockoff of [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]], despite the fact that he predates him by several decades. Besides appearance and the fact that they're both villains, ''these two characters have absolutely nothing in common.'' And a skull face is [[TheGrimReaper not exactly a new or unique concept]] to start with.
* A couple of Creator/AlanMoore's SuperHero {{Deconstruction}} plots were used by the novel ''Superfolks'' first. To be fair to Moore, he had way fewer {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s.
* Name a character:
** raised in small town {{America}};
** gifted with strength far beyond an ordinary man;
** a man "of iron" with skin so tough that it can withstand anything short of an exploding artillery shell;
** able to jump so high it's like he's flying;
** imbued with a high morality and sense of justice;
** who hides his true ability from everyone;
** fights a wrestler for money;
** singlehandedly builds a fortress in a wilderness;
** has adventures where he lifts a car, and rips the door off a bank vault...
*** The character is Hugo Danner, ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', from a book published in 1930, before {{Superman}} or Spider-Man. Siegel & Schuster have admitted to taking inspiration from it when they created Superman.
**** Even better, Marvel later created a character named Gladiator as a CaptainErsatz of Superman for their own universe, bringing it full circle. Read more about that here: [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17299_6-famous-characters-you-didnt-know-were-shameless-rip-offs.html]]
**** DC, which published a few stories of the original Hugo Danner (as did Marvel), gave Danner a son named "Iron" Munroe who filled in for [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman in the {{Retcon}} patchwork that TheDCU's UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history became PostCrisis, when many of the formerly Golden Age heroes were given new, recent origins. Now, the adventures that happened to Superman DuringTheWar, mostly happened to Munroe instead.
*** Other early superhero characters sharing most of those traits (but set in {{Japan}} rather than America) include the Japanese superheroes GoldenBat (debuted 1930) and [[http://www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]] (debuted early 1930's). In these cases, the uncanny similarities to {{Superman}} and {{Batman}} are even greater, including tropes like full {{Flight}}, SuperSpeed, TheCape, BatSignal, alien SuperHeroOrigin, etc.
* OlderThanTelevision: Shuma-Gorath predates his appearances in the Comicbook/DoctorStrange and ConanTheBarbarian comics, all the way back to a mention in one of Creator/RobertEHoward's Kull stories. The story was published in the 1960s, but could not have been written later than the mid-30s. This is also a case of AdaptationDisplacement.
* DC's Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} has often been criticized as a {{Deadpool}} rip-off, despite the fact that not only does Deathstroke predate Deadpool by over a decade, Deadpool was [[CaptainErsatz originally created to be a rip-off of Deathstroke]] (though he later became a character in his own right).
** Deathstroke himself is based off of Taskmaster, a Marvel villain that debuted a few months before him. Not surprising, since GeorgePerez created both of them. All three characters have diverged. Deathstroke is a LawfulEvil [[ProfessionalKiller mercenary]] played [[KnightOfCerebus dead seriously]]. Taskmaster is a LawfulNeutral PunchClockVillain slash PunchClockHero who is slightly quirky (albeit a ConsummateProfessional nonetheless) and OnlyInItForTheMoney. Deadpool is a [[BunnyEarsLawyer competent but ''very'' quirky (i.e. insane)]] LovableRogue who toes the line between ChaoticNeutral and ChaoticGood.
* A number of comic book fans commented that the [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v211/zaitchick/grenier/ValerianEmpMilPlan-02.jpg spaceship]] in the European comic book ''Valerian'' was plagiarized from the Millennium Falcon. Except Valerian and his ship were created in 1967, and ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' was made in 1977.
** Others commented that the {{flying car}}s seen in one of the Valerian stories were plagiarized on ''Film/TheFifthElement'' -- forgetting that the idea of flying cars has been around since... well, the invention of the car. The story was published years before the movie was made, ''and'' the director is a ''Valerian'' fan who '''specifically''' asked the series' artist to work on the design of the movie.
* Some have claimed ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'''s ending, [[spoiler:in which the world unites against an alien threat after New York City is destroyed]], is an attempt to capitalize on post-9/11 feelings. However, not only does Watchmen predate 9/11 by 15 years, but the eerie similarities between 9/11 and Watchmen's climax have been noted by more than a few people, especially in regards to whether [[spoiler:Ozymandias' plan to bring about world peace]] would work even temporarily in real life given that world sympathy for the United States was temporary and only lasted until the United States invaded Iraq.
** The ending is very similar to ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Architects_of_Fear "The Architects of Fear"]]. This is acknowledged in the ending (it's the episode playing on Sally Juspeczyk's TV).
* Years before NickFury [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Jr.]] was [[CanonImmigrant introduced]] as a member of the ''SecretAvengers'', Larry Hama had tried to introduce his own iteration of a "Fury Jr." character in the series that ended up becoming ''[[Comicbook/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]''. When the series was finally launched, Nick Fury Jr. was {{ReTool}}ed into [[{{Expy}} Duke]].
* An in-universe example has Superboy saying to {{Superman}} "Second star to the right and fly till morning." When Superman says "Literature/PeterPan. How appropriate." Superboy replies "What are you talking about? Captain Kirk said that." in reference to Kirk's closing line at the end of ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' where he was clearly quoting Peter Pan.
* After the fairly obscure character TheQuestion became the EnsembleDarkHorse of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', many people declared him to be a rip off of Rorschach. In fact, Creator/AlanMoore only created Rorschach [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute because he was told he couldn't use The Question]], the character he had originally planned to use in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
** In fact, WordOfGod has it that virtually ''all'' of the characters Moore created for ''Watchmen'' were originally to have been CharltonComics superheroes that DC had recently purchased the rights to; when he couldn't get permission to use them (i.e. the Question), he created pastiche versions.
* Many fans of misfit superhero teams who are hated and feared by the public they protect and are led by charismatic wheelchair-bound men often think that DC's ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' is a blatant ripoff of Marvel's more popular ''ComicBook/XMen''. Other comics fans who know a little more about the books' histories know ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' was actually published first, and assume the theft went the other way around. In fact ''X-Men'' followed ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' by only three months, and given the lead time involved in the production of comics it's most likely no plagiarism was involved. However, some artists and writers worked clandestinely for both companies, and it is possible that information flowed one way or the other.
** Well, when one property's RoguesGallery is The Brotherhood of Evil and the other's The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, it's pretty obvious SOMEONE was reusing ideas.
*** Except that both Brotherhoods debuted at the exact same time. Both showed up in March of 1964. Yep. Same month of the same year. Making it pretty damn hard for either to be a rip-off.
** Stan Lee spoke at the promotion of his "add a caption to a photo" book in 2009. In it, he specifically said that he created the X-Men because his publisher (maybe wrong title) wanted something to compete with Doom Patrol. (Lee wanted to call the book "The Mutants," but his boss over-ruled him.)
*** Lee himself has admitted that he has a poor memory, so it is possible that he is misremembering. It is all but impossible for the X-Men to have been inspired by Doom Patrol, as it usually took over six months to develop a comic in the 60's. As mentioned above, there were three months between the two teams' respective debuts, which would mean that the X-Men would have already been in the works when Doom Patrol hit the stands.
* [[MadeOfIndestructium Adamantium]] is most famous as the fictional metal {{Wolverine}}'s bones and claws are made of, and indeed the ''Film/XMen'' movies are credited with bringing the term to the general public. What fewer people know is that adamantium actually predates the creation of Wolverine by several years, as it was introduced in an issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' back in the 60's.
* The mix of ancient characters with original creations in stories about characters like Marvel's [[TheMightyThor Thor]] and [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] and DC's WonderWoman leads to an understandable amount of both OlderThanTheyThink and NewerThanTheyThink. Notable examples include reviewers thinking a character was being antisemitic for calling Hercules's wife "Hebe" (that's her name, from classical Greek mythology).
* Imagine a team of proactive, even dictatorial JusticeLeagueOfAmerica {{Expy}}s using their power to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans take over Earth]] in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Sounds like ComicBook/TheAuthority if you were born after 1992, but [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] readers will recognize it as the plot of Mark Gruenwald's masterpiece SquadronSupreme.
* Brian Azzarello's wildly popular Batman story ''{{Joker}}'', about (you guessed it) SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, takes place in a more realistic universe, where the Joker is depicted as a more believable psychopath. His long messy hair, splotchy "makeup", and GlasgowGrin made him a very unique version of the character.... until ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' came out. Many people consequently thought that the comic "ripped off" HeathLedger's Joker, or that the story was set in the Creator/ChristopherNolan [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga movieverse]]. However, this was just a coincidence, they had already started the story before they even saw what Ledger looked like.
** The comparison is only appearance based however, as Ledger's Joker and Azzarello's Joker have very different personalities. And the plot of the Graphic Novel was inspired by the 1989 Creator/ChristopherWalken movie Film/KingOfNewYork.
** The common thread may be artist Creator/BillSienkiewicz, who did design work for Film/TheDarkKnight and was also one of Creator/LeeBermejo's major influences in the graphic novel.
* We first went to the moon in 1969. Snoopy was there earlier that year. Tintin predates Snoopy by 16 years, going to the moon in 1953. Donald Duck already went there in 1948. But Jules Verne's Around The Moon predates everyone (nope--see below), being published in 1870. That's 99 years before Real Life. In From The Earth To The Moon nobody set foot on the moon.
** Creator/EdgarAllanPoe sent Hans Pfaall to the Moon in 1835.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Johannes Kepler got there in the 1620s, and Lucian in the 2nd century...]]
* James A. Owen received a lot of hate mail for "stealing" the characters of Titania and Oberon from Creator/NeilGaiman's [[Comicbook/TheSandman Sandman]] series for his own Starchild series. It got so bad that, as a favor, Neil wrote the intro for the collected anthology explaining that James did not, in fact steal anything that wasn't already stolen.
* Some fans have accused Spider-Man ArchEnemy NormanOsborn (aka the Green Goblin) of being a rip off of LexLuthor, because both are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]]. Thing is, Norman's been an evil businessman since he debuted in 1966 (his Goblin alter ego debuted two years before he did interestingly enough), while Luthor was a traditional MadScientist from his appearance in 1940 until his reinvention as a businessman in 1986.
* Masked crimefighter who is actually a blind man whose work includes court trials. You are probably thinking about ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', who is actually Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer. But years before him, in 1939, there was another character like that: blind DA Tony Quinn AKA The Black Bat.
* "The Star Beast", the introductory story for ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' recurring villain Beep The Meep, a KillerRabbit alien war criminal posing as a harmless AlienAmongUs, looks blatantly like a parody of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and even more so of Creator/AlanMoore's ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' series "Skizz". But it actually predated both works.
* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' was launched by great fanfare with a major selling feature being it was the first major superhero title featuring Canadian characters. In fact, ''CaptainCanuck'' had been running for a number of years by that point, and the Alpha Flight character Guardian bore more than a passing cosmetic resemblance to the Captain (Guardian was introduced in 1978, but Captain Canuck had debuted in 1975).
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' ripped off ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' characters ''a lot'', if not necessarily intentionally. (''Dick Tracy'' predates ''Batman'' by almost a decade.) A guy with his mouth frozen open in a huge grin? That wasn't the Joker originally, that was Laffy, who had many of the Joker's personality traits to boot. (Laffy met a tragic end when he starved to death after his jaw was inadvertently wired shut in an effort to fix his face.) And whom do you picture when you're asked to imagine a guy with a comically long nose? The Penguin, right? Well, he was preceded by another ''Tracy'' villain, Ribs Mocca, who looked just like the Penguin except for being much skinnier.
** "Broadway" Bates, a ''Tracy'' villain introduced in 1932 not only has a long nose, but formal dress, a monocle and a cigarette holder. The current ''Dick Tracy'' writers have {{lampshaded}} this by claiming "Broadway" has a brother called Oswald in an unnamed city known for costumed heroes...
* Speaking of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/shjack.htm this]] dates back to '''1837''', predating ''DetectiveComics #27'' by ''more than a century.''
* A villain whose modus operandi is leaving riddles. Sounds like the Riddler? Actually before that was Doctor Riddle, a hunchbacked Bulletman villain who first appeared in 1942, while the Riddler first appeared in 1948.
* The superhero's arch-enemy, a bald scientist, turns out to have to have a tragic backstory, where he was originally trying to use his inventions to do good. That is not referring to Lex Luthor, it is referring to Doctor Sivana, arch-enemy of Captain Marvel. This was revealed in Whiz Comics #15, from 1941.
** Speaking of Luthor...In 1939 Superman gained a bald arch-villain. His name? The Ultra-Humanite. Lex Luthor was created in 1940, and his signature BaldOfEvil look didn't appear until later. (In fact, the change in Luthor's design is believed to have been an accident.) The Ultra-Humanite himself may be based of a short story made by Superman's creators in 1933, titled "The Reign of the Superman",.
* Ever heard of that superhero who has mechanical bracelets full of web fluid and uses them to shoot web lines to swing around on and catch bad guys? Of course I'm referring to [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Spider_Queen The Spider Queen]], first appearing in September, 1941.
* Many people think, incorrectly, that WonderWoman was the first female superhero. Actually, there were dozens of female superheroes prior to Wonder Woman. The earliest one that I know of is [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Ritty Ritty]], who debuted in late 1939, two years before Wonder Woman. In fact, Wonder Woman isn't even the first female ''patriotic'' superhero. She was preceded by [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/USA USA]], [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Miss_Victory Miss Victory]], [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Miss_America Miss America]], [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Miss_Patriot Miss Patriot]], [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Pat_Patriot Pat Patriot]] and [[http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/War_Nurse War Nurse]].
* You might think that having ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} (mutant terrorist) on the cover of ''Rolling Stone'' in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' was a reference to the controversy surrounding Rolling Stone's "glam Boston Bomber" cover; however the first comic where it appeared came out at least six months before the actual bombing, much less the magazine cover.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' occasional ally, occasional antagonist and master thief Black Cat is a beautiful, athletic woman who dresses in a skintight black catsuit, has [[BadassNormal no powers but lots of practice]], a cat motif, and a [[DatingCatwoman flirtatious relationship with the hero]]. This has frequently led to accusations that she is a CaptainErsatz of DC's ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, but Catwoman has had several revamps over the years, and Black Cat appeared about a decade before Catwoman was portrayed in this manner.

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