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* Jessica Jones from ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'' is an admitted expy of [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]. ''Alias'' was initially supposed to star Drew (hence the reason both characters are washed up former superheroes who become private detectives) before the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the series caused Marvel to request that [[Creator/BrianBendis Bendis]] use a new character instead.
** While widely reported, this is not actually true. Bendis' early idea was to use Jessica Drew, but as it developed, he decided he wanted to use an all-new character so he could create her backstory, personality, etc. See Brian Cronin's write-up on it for Comic Book Legends Revealed: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2006/07/27/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-61/
* DC's ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' featured the Young All-Stars, who were meant to replace the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] versions of Superman (Iron Munro), Wonder Woman (The Fury), Batman (Flying Fox), Aquaman (Neptune Perkins, Tsunami), and Green Arrow (Tigress) Post-Crisis, because they, you know, weren't active back then anymore. Neptune Perkins was a very obscure pre-existing character, for what it's worth. They had Nazi-created evil counterparts called Axis Amerika to contend with, which were ''also'' retrofitted Expies of the vanished Earth-2 heroes: Ubermensch (Superman), Gudra the Valkyrie (Wonder Woman), Grösshorn Eule and Fledermaus (Batman ), Usil (Green Arrow) and Sea Wolf (Aquaman). Part of the reasoning was that, metaphysically speaking, iconic characters like Superman and Wonder Woman were "too big" to be replaced by just ''one'' new (and inevitably "lesser") character. The [[TokenMinority Token Japanese]] member of Axis Amerika, Kamikaze was an expy of Fawcett's {{Bulletman}}.
* Several of the "[[ScienceHero science heroes]]" of Alan Moore's ''{{Creator/Americas Best Comics}}'' are expies of pulp-era heroes: TomStrong is {{Franchise/Doc Savage}}, Greyshirt is {{Radio/The Shadow}}, and The Cobweb and Clarice are a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Lesbian]] [[{{Franchise/TheGreenHornet}} Green Hornet and Kato]].
** Greyshirt is also a very overt {{Homage}} to ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''.
* Jeremy from the ''Series/{{Angel}}''/''Spike'' comics is an Expy of Jim from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
* [[Creator/ArchieComics Archie]] was a smash hit for ArchieComics, and inspired many Expies:
** In the sixties, Creator/DCComics published ''Binky'', who had dark hair, not red, [[BettyAndVeronica and dated a hotter version of Betty while a Veronica clone tried to get his attention]]. Even though it was very dated and inferior to the original, Binky reprint comic books [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff were published in Scandinavia for decades]].
** ArchieComics even had its own Expies of Archie, including ''That Wilkin Boy'' and ''Wilbur''.
** ''Fast Willie Jackson'' was an African-American Archie Expy from Fitzgerald Publishing.
** Atlas/Seaboard comics published ''Vicki'' circa 1975... a feature that itself consisted of slightly-updated reprints of ''another'' Archie expy, ''Tippy Teen'', which had been published by Tower Comics in the '60s.
** Archie is also an Expy ''himself'', being heavily-based off of Andy Hardy, a popular character played by Mickey Rooney at the time.
* The Colleen Coover character ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}'' was inspired by the French costumed heroine Fantômette.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has a few:
** Kirk "Man-Bat" Langstrom is to [[Franchise/SpiderMan Curt "The Lizard" Connors]]. Really, regardless of where each character ended up, the only difference between their origins is the specific ailment they were trying to cure and the specific animal they were working on.
** Batman Japan/Mr. Unknown from ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman, Inc.]]'' is an Expy of the original Series/KamenRider, right down to the motorcycle and ScarfOfAsskicking. His civilian name ("Jiro Osamu") is a ShoutOut to Creator/OsamuTezuka.
** Creator/JephLoeb's miniseries, ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' did this to many characters, including pre-existing ones:
*** Carmine Falcone from ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' is made into one of Vito Corleone from ''Film/TheGodfather'' and introduces Falcone's family, who was similar expies for the Corleone children: his daughter, Sofia Gigante, is a {{Gender Flip}}ped Sonny, while his sons, Alberto and Sonny are respectively ones for Fredo and Michael.
*** Calendar Man is used in a similar way to Franchise/HannibalLecter, especially with Batman and Gordon going to him for help on the Holiday murders in ''The Long Halloween'' as Clarice Starling did with Hannibal on the case Buffalo Bill case in ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. However, Calendar Man lacks Hannibal's [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]].
*** A modern day version of [[Series/{{Batman}} Chief O'Hara]] is basically one of Jim Malone from ''Film/TheUntouchables'', including sporting a mustache as opposed to Stafford Repp's clean-shaven look and helping Gordon form a team of "untouchable" cops. However, just as Calendar Man lacks Hannibal's cannibalism, O'Hara lacks [[NobleBigotWithABadge Malone's anti-Italian racism]].
*** For one in the same property, Julia Lopez is one for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' CanonImmigrant Renee Montoya, including being an honest cop Gordon trusts, though it's implied she'd have a higher rank [[spoiler: as the story implied she'll replace O'Hara as chief]].
* Number 13, a strip about a supernatural family of monsters in the AnthologyComic ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' was TheMunsters. Also Kat and Kanary is Sylvester and Tweety from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. The character Joe Jitsu from the 00s seems to be an expy of an earlier character entitled Karate Sid from the 80s.
* Cable, who originally started as a {{Film/Terminator}} Expy, has at least two AlternateCompanyEquivalent characters at DC: The Linear Man and [[ComicBook/KingdomCome Magog]]. The latter was meant to symbolize everything wrong with UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #421 had a one-off character ''Captain Strong'', a balding, muscly sailor who gets his super-strength from eating a green plant...
* ''[[ComicBook/LukeCage Power Man]] and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]'' introduced Captain Hero, a FlyingBrick who was actually a young boy [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull with the ability to transform into an adult superhero]]. [[{{Shazam}} Sound like anyone you might have heard of]]?
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' story "Selina's Big Score", Stark is a blatant Expy of Parker, VillainProtagonist of a series of crime novels by Richard Stark. He also [[ComicBookFantasyCasting looks like]] Lee Marvin, who played Parker (renamed Walker) in the film adaptation of the first novel, ''Film/PointBlank''. (Darwyn Cooke, who wrote and drew the story, later went on to officially adapt the Parker novels to the comic medium.)
* ''Comicbook/ConanTheBarbarian'': Janissa the Widowmaker for Comicbook/RedSonja in the most recent Creator/DarkHorseComics series.
* The Crimson Avenger and his sidekick Wing started off as thinly-veiled Expies of Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Kato, but then evolved into Expies of Batman and Robin after superheroes started becoming more popular.
* The ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villainess [[DistaffCounterpart Lady Bullseye]] is a deliberate Expy of Manga/LadySnowblood, [[WordOfGod according to]] Creator/EdBrubaker.
* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} had a major series of expies. Interestingly, these expies lost their readers and ended publication by staying true to ''Diabolik'''s initial noir while Diabolik and the only surviving expy ([[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]]) moved to other genres (Diabolik to crime fiction and Paperinik to superhero).
* Creator/MarvelComics' Donyell Taylor, originally codenamed Bandit, is an Expy of Marvel's own Gambit, a fact exploited shamelessly by an issue of Gambit's eponymous series when Bandit turns out to be romantically involved with Gambit's ex-wife Belladonna.
** Bandit was introduced in ''NewWarriors''... which had the character Chord, who has a similar role and persona to Cable (though a completely different origin) and [[OlderThanTheyThink actually predates Cable's first appearance by almost a year]]. Then there's Wyre, from late ComicBook/AlphaFlight, who actually has wire-related powers (metallic PrehensileHair... on his chest).
** Night Thrasher (Bandit's brother and the leader of the NewWarriors) was also an Expy of Franchise/{{Batman}}, complete with the same basic origin and CrimefightingWithCash m.o.
* Comicbook/ElongatedMan was created because Creator/DCComics didn't realize they already owned Comicbook/PlasticMan.
* Lee, the main character of PeterDavid's ''ComicBook/FallenAngel'' is an Expy of Linda Danvers, protagonist of David's previous run on ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}''. In fact, David did his best to fuel speculation that the characters were one and the same until the book's second volume, in which he chronicled Lee's origins. Later on, he introduced Lin, yet another expy of Linda Danvers, who can in fact be considered Linda in everything but name. Likewise, the God figure in the series is a small girl dressed in a tennis motif and carrying a tennis racket, which makes her an expy of Wally, the god figure in David's ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' who was a young boy who carried a baseball bat.
* Creator/JohnByrne's college newspaper strip ''Gay Guy!'' had a villain called [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/charisma.htm Charisma]], whom no man could resist except... well, guess. Byrne liked the character concept so much that [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/karisma.htm Karisma]] showed up on the ComicBook/FantasticFour's doorstep a decade and a half later.
* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Superman Beyond 3D'' features Captain Adam, an alternate universe version of ComicBook/CaptainAtom who's a clear Expy of Dr Manhattan, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s ComicBook/CaptainAtom Expy.
* Comicbook/GhostRider villain Skinbender is plainly designed to heavily resemble [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]]; true to this inspiration, she falls in love with Ghost Rider when they meet.
* In the ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' tie-in ''Godzilla Awakening'', Shinomura's design and abilities uses elements of Deathla (an unused Kaiju), Hedorah, and Destoroyah and a little bit of [[Literature/TheNeverEndingStory Ygramel the Many]].
* During the Golden Age, ComicBook/GreenArrow was given many similarities to Franchise/{{Batman}}, right down to the Arrow-Car, Arrow-Cave, and a teen sidekick in Speedy (who is really just like Robin [[NeverLiveItDown only a junky]]).
* In a rather unusual example, in Marvel's ''IncredibleHercules'' and later, in ''Incredible Hulks'', Zeus served as an expy for God. That is, the Judaeo-Christian God. Zeus, previously portrayed as distinctly unimpressive, especially next to his intelligent and scheming wife, became considerably more imperious - and when put on trial, threw the "angry at God" argument back into the faces of his accusers. When the Hulk confronted Zeus, the context was somewhat awkward if Zeus is taken as himself, but perfectly logical when read as God.
** Mocked by Zeus himself. Hulk's reason for confronting him was that he wanted Zeus to help his family. As Zeus comments: "Offering yourself as a sacrifice. Dying for other people's sins. Wrong religion." ''[[CurbStompBattle bitchslaps]]''
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' is full of them, mostly minor background characters but a few have been important recurring characters. The title character's father Omni-Man starts out as an Expy of Franchise/{{Superman}} (but 10 issues in, [[spoiler: his plot becomes BewareTheSuperman]]). The original Global Guardians team were all Expies of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} until they were [[spoiler: killed by Omni-Man]] and a more original team took over. Expies of ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/MartianManhunter, and Comicbook/{{Robin}} remained important supporting characters longer than the rest. Cecil is ComicBook/NickFury but just barely managed to keep his eye.
* Ragged Robin of ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'', is similar to Crazy Jane from Creator/GrantMorrison's Crazy Jane from his run on Comicbook/DoomPatrol. According to Morrison himself, they're the same person in a different universe. More of this on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Jane#Relation_to_Ragged_Robin The Other Wiki]]. Alhough Ragged Robin does diverge from Crazy Jane and he invented a completely new {{Backstory}} for her.
* There was one issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' written in 2000 by Creator/GregWeisman, in which the League travels to Paris and meets a clan of gargoyles living in Notre Dame cathedral, all of whom are clear [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the main cast of Weisman's cult classic TV show ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. There's the leader, "Behemoth" (Goliath), his ex-lover "Diabolique" (Demona), his daughter "Angelique" (Angela), his second-in-command "Montmarte" (Brooklyn), Angelique's lover "Montparnasse" (Broadway), the diminutive [[TheSmartGuy smart guy]] "Champs-Élysées" (Lexington), the team mentor "Seine" (Hudson), the TeamPet "Left Bank" (Bronx), and Behemoth's EvilTwin "[[SdrawkcabName Thomeheb]]" (Thailog).
* When the teen supervillain Kid Karnevil attempted to infiltrate the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, he did so by posing as a patriotic superhero named the All-American Kid. All-American Kid's costume and backstory were extremely similar to those of Bucky, the sidekick of CaptainAmerica.
* Big Daddy from ''ComicBook/KickAss'' is basically ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' with a badass little girl sidekick, Lampshaded when Dave compares him to Frank Castle. He and Hit-Girl are also similar to [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] and her father in that, in spite of being trained to be a killer by him, still loves him.
* Maximum Press characters Law and Order bear a strong resemblance to Marvel's ComicBook/CloakAndDagger.
* One story in ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'' featured a detective named Senor Lobo, whom writer Mike Barr has acknowledged was a deliberate homage to Literature/HerculePoirot.
* The ''MarvelMangaverse'' iteration of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' made each member of the cast a parallel of a character from ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The Human Torch (a [[AdaptationDyeJob redheaded]] [[GenderFlip teen girl]] in this continuity) was Asuka, the Invisible Woman was [[ReiAyanamiExpy Rei]], Mr. Fantastic was a [[CompositeCharacter combination]] of Gendo and Kaji, Agatha Harkness was a combination of Misato and Ritsuko, and Alicia Masters was Maya the BridgeBunny.
** And if it wasn't explicit enough, the later ''New Mangaverse'' series redesigned the Human Torch so that she looked ''even more'' like Asuka.
* Volstagg of the Warriors Three from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' is heavily based on Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff.
* For ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', Creator/GrantMorrison designed an Aboriginal version of ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' called the Thunderer. This character and his group seem to be a nod to Mike Friedrich's Wandjina and the ''Champions of Angor'', pastiches of Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]''. They get something of an updated appearance as ''"The Retaliators"'' when President Superman and the team arrive on Earth-8, one dimension shy of Thunderer's homeworld of Earth-7, indicating this world is connected to it in some way. The ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and ''SelfDemonstrating/DrDoom'' receive similar treatment, becoming Earth-8's Future Family and Lord Havok respectively.\\
''The Just #1'' confirms that the relationship of Earth-7 to Earth-8 mirrors that of the Comicbook/UltimateMarvel universe to the main Marvel universe, with Earth-7's versions being known as the "Essential" versions.
* Pat Mills's ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099'' seemed a bit similar to ComicBook/JudgeDredd, an earlier character co-created by Mills, when he was introduced. When he was put in charge of the Punishment Police, this identification became certain.
** Boss Cage, [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]]'s BadFuture grandson from ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'', is another blatant tribute to Dredd. This is even {{Lampshaded}} during his encounter with the {{Thunderbolts}}, where Boomerang notes that Cage's helmet looks familiar.
* ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'' is, as writer Greg Rucka fully acknowledges, heavily influenced by ''TheSandbaggers''. Not every character is an Expy, but Paul Crocker and Tom Wallace are especially obvious as expies of Neil Burnside and Willie Caine, respectively.
* Marvel/Star Comics' ''ComicBook/RoyalRoy'' was basically an Expy of Harvey Comics' ''ComicBook/RichieRich'', back when the latter company wasn't publishing any books in the early 1980s. It was even handled by the same artist/writer team that created ''Richie Rich''.
* When JackKirby and Joe Simon took over DC's ''Sandman'' book, they immediately made him more like their old assignment (Captain America), right down to giving him an Expy of Bucky in "Sandy the Golden Boy."
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Not too long ago, during Marvel's Dark Reign event, the ''Sinister Spider-Man'' title (Mac Gargan's Venom posing as Spider-Man) introduced us to Doctor Everything, a pretty blatant expy of Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan, right down to his... [[FanDisservice disturbing penchant]] [[FullFrontalAssault for nudity]].
** Image Comics ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' was created by Todd McFarlane, who had quit Marvel after being denied creative credit for ComicBook/Venom. It's no coincidence that Spawn is clad in a black-and-white living costume -- outright referred to as a symbiote -- that has been portrayed manifesting a fanged mouth and prehensile tongue. Spawn's mask is conspicuously similar to that of the Prowler, who was featured in ''Spider-Man'' comics when Todd was the artist.
** ''Spider-Man'' villain Sergei Kravinoff a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter is an expy of General Zaroff of ''TheMostDangerousGame''. While HuntingTheMostDangerousGame has become a widespread trope, it's no coincidence that the comic book villain shares the Russian aristocrat background of the original.
** In a probably deliberate example, since the character is a RedeemingReplacement for one of Spider-Man's worst enemies, Phil Urich the heroic Green Goblin is an expy of Peter Parker. Urich is an UnluckyEverydude who works for the Daily Bugle and has an Uncle Ben just like Peter (although Urich's doesn't get killed). In the ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' series, the two characters are close friends.
* Comicbook/LanaLang essentially served as a teenaged Expy of ComicBook/LoisLane in the ComicBook/{{Superboy}} comics.
* In Creator/JohnByrne's ComicBook/PostCrisis revamp of Franchise/{{Superman}}, he introduced Kitty Faulkner, a brilliant scientist [[FreakLabAccident who is caught by an explosion of a scientific device]] she created, and, as a result, she transforms into a huge, angry monster called Rampage. Just like [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]]. As Rampage doesn't talk, just growls, in her first appeatance, it can be a nod to [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk's live-action series]] as well.
* Comicbook/{{Superman}} has so many expies [[FlyingBrick flying]] around it could almost be a trope unto itself: Captain Marvel, Comicbook/{{Icon}}, Hyperion, Gladiator, Supreme, Virtue, Omni-Man, TheSentry, Blue Marvel, the Homelander, the Plutonian... and that's not nearly all.
* ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is an admitted Expy of Mechano, an obscure villain from the ''Series/CaptainVideo'' comic published by FawcettComics.
* When Creator/AlanMoore began work on ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the plan was to use all of the characters DC purchased from CharltonComics, but editors ultimately put the kibosh on that, so he had to create new ones.
** Rorscach [[spoiler: aka Walter Kovacs]] is a combination of The Question and Mister A, two similar characters created by Steve Ditko.
** Hollis Mason[=/=]the first Nite Owl is an expy of the first ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Dan Garrett.
** Dan Dreiberg[=/=]the second Nite Owl is an expy of the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Ted Kord.
** Silhouette is an expy of Nightshade.
** Doctor Manhattan is an expy of Captain Atom.
** The Comedian is an expy of an obscure DC hero called The Peacemaker.
* Happened all the way back during the creation of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} by [[StanLee Stan "The Man" Lee himself]]. When creating the original team of five, Lee decided he wanted to re-use the character of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Human Torch]], but with ice powers instead of fire. The youngest member of the team, and also the most irresponsible and hot-headed, with the opposite super power...
** In recent ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics, Hellion has become an Expy of Quentin "Kid Omega" Quire; Both have very powerful psychic abilities and inflammatory personalities to begin with, but Hellion's adopted Quentin's signature striped sweater-vest and started hanging out with Glob Herman, one of Quentin's old flunkies (and the only living member of the Omega Gang to still have his mutant powers). He's also spouting mutant supremacist rhetoric and telling baseline humans to "get back to your ''caves'', apemen!"
*** Ironically, while this has been going on, Quentin himself has been moving into a more heroic role as a member of the X-Men proper.
** There's also Onyxx and Rockslide, two X-Men who have roughly the same powers (being giant rock men) and only a few strong physical differences (different colors, Onyxx has a helmet and is slightly bulkier, slightly different costumes). It's to the point that, seeing them on the same page, you could think one was an artist/colorist error meant to represent the other. This is lampshaded a few times when they're shown to be casual acquaintances who think highly of one another.
*** Both happen to also look like a PaletteSwap of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], who almost certainly inspired their creation. The only difference power-wise is that Rockslide can [[RocketPunch fire off body parts]]; Onyxx and the Thing can't.
*** Kieron Gillen [[WordOfGod has said]] (on ''Podcast/HouseToAstonish'') that Teon from ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'' is a character from his ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' comic reinvented as a superhero.
*** Abigail Brand's LovableRogue half-brother Lothi in the ''S.W.O.R.D'' spin-off has major similarities of appearance and personality to ComicBook/TankGirl's boyfriend Booga. About the only difference is that he's green.
*** The Brood are pretty blatant Expies of the Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series. This is {{Lampshaded}} in an issue of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' where Wolfsbane calls the Brood a bunch of "[[TakeThat Lame-o 'Alien' knock-offs]]".
**** Made even more obvious in one issue of ''X-Men'' where Kitty manages to toss one Brood out of an airlock, a la Ripley. John Byrne originally drew Kitty to look like a young Signourney Weaver.
** Professor Xavier and SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} are expies for Martin Luther King, Jr. and UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, respectively, a fact explicitly referenced by Creator/BryanSinger in interviews for the [[Film/XMen1 first movie]].
* Everett K. Ross from Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}}'s ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'' was heavily based off of [[Series/{{Friends}} Chandler Bing]]. In fact, according to Priest, the character was even called "Chandler" in the early pre-production phase before they settled on an actual name.
** Likewise, White Wolf was inspired by Creator/KevinSpacey's character from ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil''.
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'' run was full of this as well, as it was heavily inspired by the ''New Comicbook/TeenTitans'' and a number of SilverAge teen hero books:
** Twilight is a {{Genderflip}}ped {{Nightwing}}, with {{FlashBack}}s showing that as a child, she also started off as an expy of the Dick Grayson {{Robin}}.
** And of course her mentor, Professor Night, was a Franchise/{{Batman}} expy.
** Waxy Doyle was inspired by the [[SandmanMysteryTheatre Wesley Dodds Sandman]].
** Suprema is ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, specifically the innocent SilverAge version and not any of the modern DarkerAndEdgier interpretations.
** Satana is based off Satan Girl, Supergirl's EvilTwin.
** BrotherSisterTeam Speedwell and Poppy were expies of {{Quicksilver}} and the ScarletWitch.
** Riptide's father Storybook Smith is based off UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|Of Comic Books}} hero Johnny Thunder.
* British comics examples:
** During the 1970's and 1980's, {{IPC Magazines}} would often copy characters from Creator/DCThomson's humour comics. Examples include 'Soldier Spoon' (a Corporal Clott expy), and 'Tricky Dicky' (a Roger the Dodger expy.) It may be worth noting that DC Thomson later made their own character called Tricky Dicky, who was similar to 'Joker' from IPC's WhizzerAndChips.
** During the late 1980s and early 1990s, ComicBook/TheDandy made expies of some of IPC's characters, particularly those from Whizzer and Chips. An example of this is 'King Dom- the Dandy lion', who was an expy of IPC's own 'King of the Jungle', as well as an annual-only strip called 'Parental Pests' featuring a cast of characters who were shameless clones of those from IPC's 'The Big Kidds'.
** An example from the same publisher was ''Challenge Charlie'' from IPC's ''Valiant'' which was an expy of the earlier ''Dare-a-Day Davy'' from Odham's ''Pow!'' (Odhams was taken over by IPC). Both strips were drawn by KenReid and on a few occassions the same scripts were used which lead to a couple of ''Challenge Charlie'' comic strips which looked suspiciously similiar to earlier ''Dare-a-Day Davy'' comic strips.
* An oft-mocked facet of early ImageComics was that every team seemed to have a ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' expy, who had blades on his hands, a bad attitude, and a mysterious past. And while it wasn't ''every'' team (''Comicbook/{{Gen 13}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' being the most notable exceptions), this was true for most of them -- ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' had both Cougar ''and'' Troll, Youngblood's "training squad" Bloodpool had Wylder, Cyberforce had Ripclaw, WildCATs had Warblade, Bloodstrike had Deadlock, and Codename: Strykeforce had Killrazor. Deadlock was probably the most obvious (and that's really saying something), since his first costume featured a mask nearly identical to Wolverine's.
** Interestingly, Ripclaw, Warblade, and Deadlock are still appearing in comics as of February 2013, but have very little in common with Wolverine; Ripclaw's powers have changed from "clawed hands" to "shooting spikes", Warblade is a sadistic villain, and Deadlock is a LegacyCharacter with a more unique costume, {{Invisibility}} powers, and despite remaining a SociopathicHero, a much more stable personality.
* RobLiefeld is infamous for those. During his run on ComicBook/NewMutants and [[XForce X-Force]], he created Thornn and Feral- Wolfsbane Expys, Kane- A ComicBook/{{Cable}} Expy (which he also created) but younger, and Copycat- a Mystique Expy. Many ''many'' of his ImageComics characters are blatantly ripping off various Marvel characters as well, including ones he himself created.
** Most notable is {{Deadpool}}, who was intended to be an Expy of Comicbook/TeenTitans villain Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}, but was re-tooled into the lovable maniac he is now.
** Speaking of Deadpool, in volume 2 of ''{{Bloodstrike}}'', the character of Alpha is clearly, obviously based on Deadpool. His mask is nearly identical, just the black parts shaped differently, and the arms of his costume are completely the same. He even has the humour to match it.
** He's even admitted that ''{{Youngblood}}'' was simply a rejected ''Teen Titans'' pitch, right down to the redheaded archer Shaft being Speedy/Arsenal and Diehard being a S.T.A.R. Labs android.
** The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' character Niko was initially stated to be Cheshire in solicits for ''Grifter''. This apparently changed before the issue hit stands, resulting in the character having a different backstory while still retaining a similar costume and appearance to Cheshire.
** S.P.I.C.E. from his ''Fighting American'' run is a clear expy of Rikki Barnes from his earlier ''CaptainAmerica'' run, right down to having an extremely similar jacket and set of goggles.
* The Fighting American himself was an expy of Captain America, though he dates back to the 1950's and was created by JackKirby.
** Oddly enough, he received his own expy in the form of the Fighting Yank during his AC Comics series. The Fighting Yank was redesigned and given a costume almost identical to that of the Fighting American.
** Even more oddly, Captain America himself is an Expy of a now obscure character, The Shield, also developed by Jack Kirby, and Joe Simon.
** [[{{Steel}} Commander Steel]] was another Captain America Expy. ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' {{Lampshaded}} this by having the second Steel mimic Cap's iconic shield throw.
* Marv Wolfman admitted that Terra from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' was partly meant as an evil Expy of [[Comicbook/XMen Kitty Pryde]].
* ''WonderWoman'' villain Veronica Cale is a CorruptCorporateExecutive who is DrivenByEnvy of Wonder Woman and uses her [[MadScientist technological resources]] and [[TheChessmaster planning skills]] to challenge her, despite [[BadassNormal having no powers]]. The writers have confessed that she was explicitly designed to be an expy and DistaffCounterpart of Superman archfoe ComicBook/LexLuthor.
* The 2099 incarnation of the ComicBook/XMen has a lot of members who are clearly evocative of some member of the original team. The most obvious are Xi'an (the paternal mentor figure ala Professor X), Skullfire (the leader with energy blasting powers and PowerIncontinence, like Cyclops) and Bloodhawk (the mysterious, brooding loner with anger issues and claws, as in Wolverine).
* Detective Martin Soap, the comically unlucky cop from Creator/GarthEnnis's pre-MAX work on ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'', is an Expy for Detective Paul Bridges, a minor character from an early arc of ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}''.
* DC's Bumblebee is an obvious Expy of Marvels' Wasp. Everything from the power set, to her costume to the double-banger name (Janet Van-Dyne vs. Karen Beecher-Duncan).
* ''Creator/AntarcticPress'', a company who deal with a lot of satire and parody work, love doing these with ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool'' and ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' having way too many Expys to list.
* Reed Richards from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' becomes one [[spoiler:of Doctor Doom, after he turns evil. His FaceHeelTurn mimics the 616-incarnation of Doom, even resulting in a scarred face that he hides behind a metallic helmet]].