Expy / Comic Books

  • The Colleen Coover character Bandette was inspired by the French costumed heroine Fantômette, sporting an extremely similar costume.
  • Batman has a few:
  • Calendar Man is used in a similar way to Hannibal Lecter, 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 The Silence of the Lambs.
  • For one in the same property, Julia Lopez is one for Batman: The Animated Series Canon Immigrant Renee Montoya, including being an honest cop Gordon trusts, though it's implied she'd have a higher rank as the story implied she'll replace O'Hara as chief.
  • Red Lion from Deathstroke is an Expy of Black Panther. Both are the respective rulers of an African nation, use an identity patterned after a big cat, and wear (very similar-looking) costumes made from nearly-invulnerable metals, complete with Absurdly Sharp Claws built into the gloves. The key difference is that while Black Panther is a just ruler and a hero, Red Lion is a cruel dictator and a mass murderer. Given that Red Lion was created by Christopher Priest, Black Panther's most famous writer, the similarities are definitely not a coincidence.
  • Ghost Rider villain Skinbender is plainly designed to heavily resemble Sailor Venus; true to this inspiration, she falls in love with Ghost Rider when they meet.
  • During the Golden Age, Green Arrow was given many similarities to Batman, right down to the Arrow-Car, Arrow-Cave, and a teen sidekick in Speedy (who is really just like Robin only a junky).
  • Hellboy fought against a vampire lord named Vladimir Giurescu that was obviously modeled after Dracula, sharing traits such as having many vampire brides and a similar appearance to his real life inspiration. What is more is that before his plans were ruined by Witchfinder Edward Grey, Giurescu sought to install his own secret domain in Great Britain during the 1880s (more or less the same goal as Dracula and in the same time frame where the novel took place).
  • In Howard the Duck vol 3, there is Suzi Pazuzu, wielder of the Doucheblade (Sara Pezzini, Witchblade), villains Ian Whippingham (Ian Nottingham) and Kenneth Flogg (Kenneth Irons), Cain and Abel of the Boarding House of Mystery, and the guests Splatter Gomorrah (Spider Jerusalem), Anthrax (Wesley Dodds, Sandman Mystery Theatre), Hellboozer (John Constantine, Hellblazer), The Interminable (The Endless, The Sandman), and Utah and Ravel (Nevada and Bolero, Nevada).
  • The Invisibles:
    • Ragged Robin is similar to Crazy Jane from Grant Morrison's Crazy Jane from his run on Doom Patrol. According to Morrison himself, they're the same person in a different universe. More of this on The Other Wiki. Alhough Ragged Robin does diverge from Crazy Jane and he invented a completely new Backstory for her.
    • King Mob's imaginary (probably) alter ego Gideon Stargrave is a blatant Expy of Michael Moorcock's protagonist Jerry Cornelius. Right down to the narrative caption boxes mimicking the typical chapter titles and prose styles of the Cornelius stories. It later turns out that the Cornelius stories exist in-universe and King Mob was consciously imitating them.
    • Lewis Brodie, the Outer Church agent who captures Fanny and King Mob in "She-Man", is a parody of Bodie from The Professionals, who was played by Lewis Collins.
  • There was one issue of Justice League of America written in 2000 by Greg Weisman, in which the League travels to Paris and meets a clan of gargoyles living in Notre Dame cathedral, all of whom are clear Expies of the main cast of Weisman's cult classic TV show 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 smart guy "Champs-Élysées" (Lexington), the team mentor "Seine" (Hudson), the Team Pet "Left Bank" (Bronx), and Behemoth's Evil Twin "Thomeheb" (Thailog).
  • When the teen supervillain Kid Karnevil attempted to infiltrate the Justice Society of America, 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 Captain America.
  • One story in The Maze Agency featured a detective named Senor Lobo, whom writer Mike Barr has acknowledged was a deliberate homage to Hercule Poirot.
  • Violet Paige, the protagonist of Mother Panic, is a Gotham City socialite, a half-orphan, and uses highly brutal techniques while operating as a vigilante. She is a skilled martial artist, works independently of Batman, has green eyes, and opts for a punk-esque aesthetic in her civilian identity. All these characteristics are shared by the second Batwoman, Kate Kane.
  • Detective Gould from Matt Kindt's Red Handed is an expy of Dick Tracy. He wears a very similar suit and hat, has an array of retro-futuristic gizmos, and is named after Tracy creator Chester Gould.
  • When Jack Kirby and Joe Simon took over DC's Sandman book, they immediately made him more like their old assignment (Captain America) by turning him into a more traditional superhero, right down to giving him an Expy of Bucky in "Sandy the Golden Boy."
  • Spider-Man:
    • 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... disturbing penchant for nudity.
    • Spider-Man villain Sergei Kravinoff a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter is an expy of General Zaroff of The Most Dangerous Game. While Hunting the Most Dangerous Game 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 Redeeming Replacement for one of Spider-Man's worst enemies, Phil Urich the heroic Green Goblin is an expy of Peter Parker. Urich is an Unlucky Everydude who works for the Daily Bugle and has an Uncle Ben just like Peter (although Urich's doesn't get killed). In the Spider-Girl series, the two characters are close friends.
  • DC's Bumblebee is an obvious Expy of Marvel's Wasp. Everything from the power set, to her costume to the double-banger name (Janet Van-Dyne vs. Karen Beecher-Duncan).
  • Steve Gerber's creator-owned character Leonard the Duck was an expy of Howard the Duck, also created by Gerber, but owned by Marvel Comics. In fact, Leonard's introduction was a complicated situation where Gerber tied a Spider-Man and Howard crossover he was writing for Marvel with a Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck crossover he was writing for Image Comics, suggesting that Leonard actually is Howard under an assumed name, and the Howard the Duck who's appeared in Marvel Comics since then is a clone. The issue also mentions a Spider-Man expy, Spider-Crab.
  • Archie's Sonic series has Doctor Finitevus, an obvious Expy of Doctor Zachary from Sonic the Comic. Let's see. Is an Evil Albino? Check. Has the "doctor" title attached to his name? Check. Is an echidna and one of Knuckles' people? Check. Has a fixation with Chaos Energy? Check. Has manipulated Knuckles (either by appealing to his sympathy for his people, or via brainwashing)? Check. Has had a powerful minion who was powered up by Chaos Energy? Check.

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