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  • Lisa, Supporting Protagonist of the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! fanfic Looking from the Outside In, is an Expy of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Both are blue-eyed girls with bright blond hair learning about something they don't understand.
  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War has the foreign pegasi aces being potrayed similarly to their originals from video games.
  • In A Different Lesson, the Wu Sisters start out as this of Ozai's Angels, with Xiu standing in for Azula, Chun as Mai, and Jia as Ty Lee. They aren't exact copies, but the author does have a fair amount of fun with this, and they drop a lot of familiar lines. They also end up growing and developing as characters in their own right.
  • The Homestuck fancomic Be the Sea Dweller Lowblood has troll versions of the B1 kids (including bro, though not really a "kid"), Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff characters, the Midnight Crew, and Deadpool. They're all renamed to fit the six-letter troll name limit and to just sound more trollish. For example, Rose Lalonde becomes Rhosyn Lalond, Sweet Bro becomes Suweet Broski, etc.
  • The Ranma ˝ Elsewhere Fic Boy Scouts ˝ follows mostly a cast of original characters, although some of them are obvious expies of characters from the original work.
    • The Porter sisters are expies of the Tendo Sisters, with Sarah being the tsundere love interest of the main character (like Akane), Kirstin being the cooking and cleaning caregiver (like Kasumi), and finally Nicole being the money lover with questionable principles (like Nabiki). This is lampshaded with the first names of Kirstin and Nicole starting with the same letters as those they are expies of.
    • Despite being based on a real person, as a large chunk of the Boy Scouts ˝ cast is, the character of Derek Provost is also an expy of Happosai.
    • Taylor Kuntz shares his initials with Kuno Tatewaki and is basically what you would get if you took away Kuno's pretension of class.
    • And oddly, in a case not based on Ranma ˝, the character of Justy Yung is an expy of Jinnai Katsuhiko from El-Hazard. This was even lampshaded in Universe when some of the other characters were watching that show and thought Jinnai seemed familiar.
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Series: Shadow is this to Evil!Jack. The Lemony Narrator even lampshades it.
  • In Children of Time, Kit Bennett, alias Kathy Watson, is clearly an expy of River Song. The parallels aren't in full, but dang if they don't go far, with everything about Kit in her introductory episode echoing many elements of River throughout her tenure on Doctor Who.
  • Clash of the Elements: Appearance-wise, Save for the metallic arms, Alpha is one to Ultimateverse Nick Fury, which surprisingly doesn't look ridiculous despite the fact that he is a Goomba
  • Chatyoance's work has Blackmesh Security, a pretty obvious expy of Blackwater USA.
  • Curse Of The Demon Pony has Boris, who is basically a ponified, fantastically racist Gaston with some Victor Quartermaine and Biff Tannen thrown in. The author even uses some of the same lines from each of their movies for his dialogue!
    • His minions Boxco and Dum Dum are exactly like LeFou (Gaston's henchman) and Biff's gang, with a little Snips and Snails thrown in.
  • Duel Nature features occasional scenes with Horatio Mane, complete with the expected Quip to Black style of dialogue
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf has Nabby, an Expy of the comic book version of Greedy since Greedy is still the village chef as in the cartoon show. The Psyche Master is basically one for the MCP, and Traveler is one for Waverider from DC Comics' Armageddon 2001. Duncan McSmurf, on the other hand, is more of a Captain Ersatz of Gutsy from The Smurfs film series.
  • Because of the Whole Plot Reference to Super Paper Mario, the villains of The End of Ends are expies to the villains of that game.
    • Count Logan has Count Bleck’s hat and backstory albeit less impactful and despairing as Bleck’s. He also shares Slade’s mask, though chromed.
    • His three minions are expies of Bleck’s own minions and named after some of the goons from Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?. Kamica and Madeva are ones to Starfire and Raven respectively.
    • Dr. Beljar is one of Dimentio. Knowing this, Beljar backstabbing Logan was pretty obvious.
  • Dr. Beesano from Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World in an expy of Dr. Insano from Atop the Fourth Wall.
  • Being a Fusion Fic of Chrono Cross and Digimon Tamers (and overlaps with Transplanted Character Fic), the characters in Fellowship are expies of almost all the characters in Digimon Tamers with some changes.
  • Most of the characters in My Little Unicorn are expies. Made most obvious in one of the author's YouTube videos explaining his characters, clearly showing that they are recolors of the original show's cast!
    • The Grand Ruler and Lightning Dawn are male versions of Celestia and Twilight Sparkle, while Starla Shine is based on Rarity. Lightning's Enticorn form is said to be a combination of a Super Saiyan and an Anodite.
    • Krysta is named after the main character of Ferngully and appearance-wise is pretty much Fluttershy with her mane and coat color swapped, and in human form.
    • Dyno and Myte are based on Mas Y Menos from Teen Titans.
    • Rhymey, Abra Kadabra and Goldwin are based on Muffy Mouse, Waldo the Magnificent and Jeff Hyslop from Today`s Special.
    • Titan is inspired by Wiseman and No-Heart.
    • In My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, Raven, Twilight's assassin, is named and based off the Teen Titans character.
  • Reality Is Fluid: The author's note states that Professor Atani Dukat of the Cardassian Science Ministry was partially based on Emperor Turhan of the Centauri Republic from the Babylon 5 episode "The Coming of Shadows". Both are members of an enemy culture who are trying to atone for their peoples' past crimes by apologizing to representatives of those they harmed (Kanril Eleya, a Bajoran captain in Starfleet, in Dukat's case, Ambassador G'Kar of the Narn in Turhan's). The comparison is only partial, however, as Dukat's attempt turns out much better.
  • The Secret Life Of The Backyard Kids: Jorge is this to Zorro, magical superpowers notwithstanding.
  • "Aen'rhien Vailiuri" has the merchant freighter Axiana, which the author's notes say was based on Serenity from Firefly. Battered old heavily modified freighter with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits crew, including a not-so-bright Token Evil Teammate.
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos has a very large number of them, and Word of God has confirmed that many of the non-canon characters were based on others in at least some form.
    • Dark Tails is an expy of Dark Samus. Also, the Quadraxis robot is basically the same as the boss from the same game, except massively upgraded and far more powerful (and vicious).
    • Along with his obvious parallels to Shadow, Tsali is essentially a more-humanlike Terminator.
    • According to the author, Venus the Seedrian is a gender-flipped version of Guts from Berserk, with several parallels in their back stories, except Venus ends up much worse than Guts.
    • Tephiroth is the most blatantly obvious one, except his character and personality are entirely different. And he's not evil.
    • Astorath is basically a much faster and more vicious Heavy Weapons Guy.

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