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'''NOTE:''' An actor "playing the same character over and over" is often a comedian playing themselves, or simply someone with a lack of range. Either way, think long and hard about whether they truly qualify for this trope before adding them.

* In the 1968 Spaghetti Western ''Ace High'', Cacopoulos is obviously an Expy of [[TheGoodTheBadandtheUgly Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez]], both played by Eli Wallach, both wearing silver rings on their left hands, and both carrying their guns the same way. Cacopoulos is more mellow, more playful and slightly smarter, but he's still goofy and overzealous.
** Max Lozoya from ''Don't Turn the Other Cheek'' is a more blatant take on the character; again slightly smarter, but still rather shady and aggressive, again played by the same actor. He has a few differring quirks, for example he can't swim and HatesBeingTouched on the posterior. He tones down nearly to Caco's level in the last half of the film, however, when he finds that [[spoiler:his sister and nephew are killed]].
* Despite the use of many other characters from the comics, the Batman movies also have {{Expy}}s for some characters:
** Creator/TimBurton didn't want to use Harvey Bullock in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, so he created the overweight, gruff, corrupt Lt. Eckhardt in the Batman movie.
** Jack Napier is not only TheJoker, but an Expy of Joe Chill, the mugger who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', you have Officers Stephens and Ramirez, who are essentially Expys for Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, with the exception being that Ramirez is actually a traitor. Stevens on the other hand is Bullock right down to the toothpick chewing but his name was probably changed so the film wouldn't have two characters named Harvey.
*** It's rumored that Ramirez was supposed to be Montoya, but was changed to an original character because of the revelation that she was actually a [[AdaptationalVillainy crooked cop]].
* In Film/BeyondTheLights, main character Noni is a {{Rihanna}} expy. Both are light-skinned, black, pop-R&B singers with foreign accents and a hyper-sexualixed, bad-girl image. And they both deal with traumatizing and very publicized issues: for Noni, depression and a suicide attempt, for Rihanna, an abusive relationship.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Manolo is the humanized version of [[Literature/TheStoryOfFerdinand Ferdinand]]. Both don't want to follow their family careers (both involving bullfighting), opting for a more peaceful pursuit.
** Chakal is basically a more human version of the giant green ogre bandito El Malverde from ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''.
* With Terry Gilliam directing and Michael Palin in a supporting role, ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' featured expies of the rest of Creator/MontyPython, all seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B61_5sRoBI&feature=fvwrel here]]:
** Sam (Jonathan Pryce), the naive, bemused protagonist => Creator/GrahamChapman
** Harry (RobertDeNiro), the GentlemanThief [[LaResistance resistance fighter]] => Creator/JohnCleese
** Spoor and Dowser (Bob Hoskins and Derrick O'Connor), the bumbling, comic-relief repairmen => Terry Jones and Eric Idle.
* The main characters in ''BuckarooBanzai'' are all Expies of Doc Savage and his boys. Likewise, Buckaroo's unseen nemesis, Hanoi Xan, is an Expy of another pulp literary character, FuManchu.
* The Filipino superhero Captain Barbell is quite similar to [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], except that he has no lightning power and that his wimpy alter ego has to lift a barbell over his head to transform.
* Victor from ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' looks like the grown-up version of [[http://www.helderdarocha.com.br/blog/tim_burton_vincent.jpg Vincent]], the child protagonist of one of Burton's earliest stop-motion works.
** This is even {{lampshaded}} in the movie.
-->'''Mr Everglot:''' We shall continue as planned, with or without Vincent.\\
'''Mrs Everglot:''' Victor.\\
'''Mr Everglot:''' Whatever.
** Also, the maggot was a Peter Lorre impersonation.
* In ''Film/{{Dagon}}'', Paul Marsh seems to be a deliberate homage to Jeffrey Combs.
* George Sanders' The Falcon was a expy of George Sanders' The Saint. The Saint's author even brought suit against RKO over the issue.
* General Hager from ''[[Film/FantasticFour Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer]]'' was originally supposed to be ComicBook/NickFury, but this had to be changed at the last minute due to [[ExiledFromContinuity rights issues]] ([[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] owns film rights to the ''FF'', while [[MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Studios]] has rights to Fury). It's especially obvious since one of Hager's conversations with Mr. Fantastic is taken almost word-for-word from a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Nick Fury in ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Extinction]]''.
* Creator/WoodyAllen tends to use the same characters over and over in his films. One of the most conspicuous is what [[http://www.everywoodyallenmovie.com/post/cassandras-dream/ has been described]] as "the sultry, promiscuous, emotionally manipulative struggling [artist]": Dorrie in ''Film/StardustMemories'' (probably the best written), Rain in ''Film/HusbandsAndWives'', Nola in ''[[http://www.everywoodyallenmovie.com/post/celebrity/ Celebrity]]'' and ''Film/MatchPoint'' (no, it's '''not''' the same character, but two different characters in two separate movies who have the same name and pretty much the same personality), Amanda in ''[[http://www.everywoodyallenmovie.com/post/anything-else/ Anything Else]]'', Angela in ''Cassandra's Dream'', María Elena in ''Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona'', Monica in ''Film/ToRomeWithLove'', and maybe others.
* The Mutos from ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', presumably of the Meganulon and Meganula from ''Film/{{Rodan}}'' and ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus''. Some speculate [[Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah Destoroyah]] as another possible inspiration. They also bear a striking resemblence to the monster from ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. Gareth Edwards states he was inspired by the Bugs from ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' and the Xenomorphs from ''Franchise/{{ALIEN}}''.
** The male Muto has often been mistaken for Rodan itself. Some also compare it to the Heisei version of the [[Franchise/{{Gamera}} Gyaos]].
** Its face looks a lot like Orga.
*** Femuto's face closely resembles Burtannus from the [[Creator/DarkHorseComics Dark Horse]] Godzilla series.
** There's some Gigan there, too. Note the red [[Franchise/BattlestarGalactica Cylon]] eyes and the hooklike appendages.
* Aldrich Killian from ''Film/IronMan3'' has almost nothing in common with his comic book counterpart, and has much more in common with Mallen, the [[SuperSerum Extremis]]-powered terrorist from WarrenEllis' ''Iron Man'' run.
** Raza from the [[IronMan1 first movie]] is an [[RaceLift Arabic]] Expy of Wong-Chu from the comics.
* The character of Han, played by Sung Kang, in the ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast and Furious]]'' films is the same Han (also played by Kang) in the indie film ''Better Luck Tomorrow''.
* Korben Dallas from ''Film/TheFifthElement'' is pretty much an expy of Harry Canyon from WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal.
** Chris Tucker's character is also an expy of {{Prince}}
* Thanks to their powers being too expensive to render on a TV budget, the ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' TV movie replaced Husk and Chamber with two {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s named Buff and Refrax.
* Heavy Duty from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is an expy of Roadblock.
** Sgt. Stone seems to be a replacement for professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter. Oddly, he's not the first Expy of him, with Beachhead having also filled the role. He also aligns with multiple "Lt. Stone" characters in Joe cartoons and comics.
* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', one Mogwai looks and acts very similarly to Stripe from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''. The music sting, the way the camera zooms in and Gizmo's reaction all make it abuldantly clear to everyone including Gizmo that, for all intents and purposes, Stripe has been reborn. (Technically, both characters are brothers, as they both popped out of Gizmo's back after he got wet, and the New Stripe has black and white fur rather than brown and white, and after he becomes a gremlin, he has a reptilian frill rather than a Mohawk. But still undeniably an expy of Stripe.)
* The villains in each of the direct sequels to ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' -- Katana in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'', and Kane in ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' -- were pale imitations of the Kurgan, the memorable villain from the original. Kane even had the same deep, rough Dr. Claw voice as the Kurgan. Likewise, the villain from the [[Series/{{Highlander}} TV series]]' pilot "The Gathering", Slan Quince, was also a Kurgan expy.
* ''HomeAlone'': Old Man Marley is an Expy of Boo Radley from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''.
** Alex from the third movie is mostly recycled from Kevin. Also a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
** JohnCandy's character seems a lot like [[Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles Del Griffith]].
* Being an AffectionateParody to superhero movies in general (and a VERY good one at that, seeing that it won ''two'' Oscar Awards and all), it shouldn't be a surprise that ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' thrusts a whole lot of superhero expies in your face from start to finish.
** The family is very nearly the ComicBook/FantasticFour. Even their costumes and name (Fantastic/Incredible) are similar:
*** Mr. Incredible is The Thing
*** Elastigirl is Mr. Fantastic,
*** Violet is the Invisible Woman.
*** Dash's HotBlooded personality recalls the Human Torch, and his powers are based on TheFlash
*** Jack-Jack, who is shown to have highly variable superpowers at the end of the movie, is based on Franklin Richards, the young son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman who has ill-defined but incredibly vast powers.
** Syndrome, is a somewhat more rotund Doctor Doom, a villain whose primary superpowers are simply being so good at super-technology that his super-suit is more powerful than the family combined.
** Frozone is basically Iceman from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics as played by Creator/SamuelLJackson. They even have the same way of getting from place to place: creating ramps of ice to skate everywhere.
** In a more extreme example, Gazerbeam and The Underminer basically are Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} and the [[MoleMen Mole Man]], an enemy of the ComicBook/FantasticFour, in all but name. The DVD special features on the minor heroes in the movie even parodies Cyclops's infamously bland personality by having Gazerbeam be an incredibly dull person.
** Edna is based on a real-life costume designer for Paramount, Edith Head. Compare [[http://briansp.com/blog/wp-content/edna3.jpg Edna]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edith_Head.jpg Edith]]. Many say she was based on Linda Hunt's character Regina Krumm in Altman's 1994 film ''Pret-a-Porter''. There is a serious resemblance, down to her size, her hairstyle, her black dress and her circular glasses!
** Rick Dicker's look, voice and manner are based on UsefulNotes/RichardNixon
** If a place can be an expy, than the middle school that Violet attends is one for Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon, where Brad Bird went to high school. This is down to them having the same mascot (the Spartans). However, since the high school building was torn down in 2005 and rebuilt, it's a little hard to see it now.
** It even extends to the comic, which has featured among the expanded rogues gallery a [[TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]] expy and aliens resembling the tentacles. And the HumongousMecha piloted by the Underminer in an effort to frame the Incredibles resembles WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant with a red paint job.
*** Possibly more of a ShoutOut, given Brad Bird's involvement in both.
* Creator/WilliamGibson's recurring character Molly Millions was present in the original short story "Film/JohnnyMnemonic," but was replaced with a similar ActionGirl named Jane in the film. The rumour is that this change was made because of some arguments about the film rights for Gibson's novel ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', in which Molly also appears.
* The elephants from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' are actually expies of the elephants from [[WesternAnimation/MiscellaneousDisneyShorts the animated short]] ''Disney/GoliathII''. In fact, all of the elephants' designs from this short were actually reused for this movie!
** Little John from ''Disney/RobinHood'' is an expy of Baloo from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. This was likely done so that Disney could save some money by recycling animation from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', as Robin Hood was made with a relatively shoestring budget. As a result of reusing the animation (which was dynamic and full of personality), Little John's personality wound up almost identical to Baloo's.
** After ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was a big success, Disney decided to make all their FunnyAnimal comic relief characters be total expies of Timon and Pumbaa. Examples include Tip and Dash (Timon and Pumbaa as a penguin and a walrus), Terk and Tantor (Timon and Pumbaa as a female gorilla and an elephant).
** A lot of Disney characters are basically rehashes of previous characters. Take Lumière from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Timon from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and Naveen the frog from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': they are all small arrogant know-it-alls. Lumière and Naveen even share the same bad French accent.
** And since we're talking about ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Scar the main villain of the latter is ''clearly'' an expy of Shere Khan main villain of the former. Both being feline, FauxAffablyEvil, and an EvilBrit.
** All of the villains from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' to ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' are in one way or another based on [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], be they [[EvilBrit Evil Brits]] (Scar, Ratcliffe, Clayton), FauxAffablyEvil (Scar, Frollo, Hades), tall and dark (Frollo, Hades, Shan Yu), or a TreacherousAdvisor (Yzma).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleKing'': The Hyena Chancelor and Ricardo are based off [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar and his parrot Iago]]. The Hyena is an EvilChancellor who also pretends to be loyal to the King and his relationship with Ricardo is similar to Jafar and Iago's.
* Young Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas reminded Film/TheLittleRascals producer Hal Roach so much of the series' former star Allen "Farina" Hoskins that his character was modeled after Farina's. Right down to the pigtails, ViewerGenderConfusion, and being named after a breakfast cereal.
* In the MarxBrothers film each brother plays a character with a different name but the same personality as the character he played in the other films. As do some of the recurring supporting actors, most notably Margaret Dumont.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** This film's General Zod is essentially [[Literature/BraveNewWorld Mustapha Mond]] taken to a LogicalExtreme.
** This films incarnation of Faora is closer to [[Film/SupermanII Ursa]] than the man-hating Faora from the comics. Recursive, as Ursa herself was a loose Expy of Faora.
** A huge, non-verbal bruiser distinguished by his incredible strength and loyalty to Zod? Nam-Ek is this film's stand-in for [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Non]].
** Creator/LaurenceFishburne based his Perry White on 60 Minutes member Ed Bradley. Both even have a pierced ear.
** Jenny was rumored to be a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] Jimmy Olsen, but the movie reveals her surname is "Jurwich" by the end (and high-resolution publicity shots showing her ID card will reveal this, too). Confusingly, a tie-in book ''does'' name her as "Jenny Olsen."
** General Swanick is one for General Sam Lane (Lois' father), who has a prominent role in one of this film's sources, ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''.
* Sort of a type-casting example with Paul Bettany. He was in a biopic on CharlesDarwin, and some reviews noted his previous role as Stephen Maturin in film ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' who comes across as somewhat similar to Darwin in his time on the ''Beagle'' (intellectual naturalist on a ship, interacts with giant tortoises at one point).
* David Lynch wrote ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' as a television pilot, and some believe a potential sequel to ''Twin Peaks''. Lynch enthusiasts argue that the character of Betty/Diane in ''Mulholland Drive'' is an Expy of Audrey Horne on ''Twin Peaks''.
* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'':
** Lady Lisa is an expy of [[VideoGame/TombRaider Lara Croft]] with some shades of [[Film/KillBill the Bride]].
** Eddie Plank may be a subtle parody of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' champion Billy Mitchell.
* [[Film/TheProfessional Léon]] is Victor from ''Nikita''. Same actor, and they even share an euphemism for their job, "cleaner". Luc Besson has said that they're basically cousins. (In Victor's case it's not a euphemism: his job is cleaning up after killers, not killing like Léon.)
** Winston Wolf, "the cleaner" from ''Film/PulpFiction'', is an Expy of the character played by Harvey Keitel in ''The Point of No Return'' -- which was itself a remake of ''Nikita'', thus tying all of these fellas together.
* Norman Bates of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and David Callaway in ''Film/HideAndSeek'' have similar characteristics. They are protagonists of their films, they fight antagonists not shown to us, they found out that they themselves are the antagonists, and they have a SplitPersonalityTakeover afterwards.
* As pointed out by [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Quest_for_Camelot_1998.aspx?Page=2 The Agony Booth]], [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/17979-quest-for-camelot the Nostalgia Critic]] and LaurenFaust (who worked on the film as an animator) [[QuestForCamelot Kayley]] is, both looks and personality-wise, [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]]. Faust, [[http://www.donbluthanimation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1619 commenting]] on the similarity, goes even further and points out that Garret looks like the human form of the Beast.
* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s film ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' has two examples:
** Tortoise John is based on Noah Cross, John Huston's character in the 1974 film ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''.
** Rattlesnake Jake was based on Angel Eyes from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', though his sociopathic behavior is very reminiscent of Frank from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', too.
* ''Film/ReadyToRumble'' has three expies:
** Jimmy King => Wrestling/RicFlair
** Titus Sinclair => Wrestling/EricBischoff
** Sal Bandini => Wrestling/LouThesz and Stu Hart
* In ''Film/ReturnToOz'', Dorothy's new companions are not quite so different from her first companions from her first visit in Oz. Billina = Toto, Tik-Tok = the TinMan, Jack = the Scarecrow, and the Gump = the Cowardly Lion. It verges into SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute territory, since these characters were also in ''The Marvelous Land of Oz'' and ''Ozma of Oz'', which the movie was largely based on.
* The fat, gravity manipulating deado from ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' is similar to [[Franchise/XMen The Blob]].
* ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer: TheMovie'', a CultClassic movie version of the classic song, has Arrow. He's a buck Rudolph's age that [[TheBully bullies]] him and his overall his [[TheRival rival]]. He bares more than a passing resemblance to minor character "Fireball" from the stop-motion special, a yearling with blond "hair" that was friends with Rudolph for all of 5 minutes until he learned about Rudolph's nose.
* Hank Scorpio was originally going to be the villain of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', but instead, the movie has a different character, Russ Cargill. The two have the same voice actor (Albert Brooks), some of Cargill's lines sound like the kind of thing Scorpio might say, and both are pretty Bond-villainish.
* Disney used to be ''very'' unoriginal with its [[PrinceCharming princes]]. In fact, ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' appear to be married to [[IdenticalStranger the same man]]. [[MST3KMantra We suggest you don't think about it]].
* Like the Hager example, Jessica Priest from ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' was created to replace Chapel, since it turned out his rights were tied to Creator/RobLiefeld's ''{{Youngblood}}'' franchise.
* ''StarWars'', a lot of the characters from the Prequel Trilogy are expies of characters from the Original Trilogy (Even if both characters are actually in the original trilogy):
** Anakin Skywalker in episodes II and III is basically an expy of his own son, even though he was also TheDragon in episodes IV, V, VI and even the end of III.
** Qui-Gon Jin is TheObiwan TO Obi-Wan Kenobi, and is an expy of his own apprentice basically.
** Darth Maul is obviously an Expy of Darth Vader in a TheDragon sort of way. Count Dooku is also an Expy of Darth Vader, but he's actually got more in common with The Emperor, and is more of a [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] [[TheStarscream Starscream]] than a [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] [[TheDragon Dragon]]. General Greivous is a bit closer to Vader; Darth Vader has trouble breathing, Grevious has a cough, and they're both cyborgs. WordOfGod says the three were used in {{foreshadowing}}, each one being an element of Vader. Maul as TheDragon who enforces the emperor's will, Dooku as a fallen Jedi, and Grievous as a cyborg with breathing problems (though he only got them after [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]] used the Force to crush his chest).
* ANewHope has its own set of Expies: Han Solo and his personal antagonists Jabba the Hutt and Greedo, who bear a certain resemblance to Sam Spade, Kasper Gutman and Joel Cairo respectively from the 1941 film of Film/TheMalteseFalcon, especially since they've come to blows over a Falcon...
* The ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' film introduced Megawatti as an obvious expy for Orlando from the series because the actor who played him was too old to reprise the role.
* ''Film/TimAndEricsBillionDollarMovie'', not having any involvement from Creator/AdultSwim, had many of the performers who appeared on ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' play roles similar to the TV show's, such as John C. Reilly's ManChild Taquito being based on the earlier Dr. Steve Brule.
* ''{{Transformers}} II Revenge of the Fallen''; [[spoiler: In ''Transformers 1'', of course, they couldn't have a giant robot turn into outdated '80s technology so they had an expy of Soundwave by taking one of Soundwave's tapes (Frenzy) and turning him into a CD player. In ''Revenge of the Fallen'', they turn Soundwave himself into a satellite, and he sends another one of his tapes, Ravage, to Earth to spy on the humans. The whole Expy thing becomes a bit Meta, because Ravage spews a bunch of little metal balls which come together and form another character who is an expy of Movie 1's Frenzy!]]
* John Cusack's HitmanWithAHeart in ''War Inc.'' is an expy of his character in the earlier film ''GrossePointeBlank'', and almost every other character in the new film has an equivalent in the previous one.
* Del Preston from ''[[WaynesWorld Waynes World 2]]'' is Danny from ''Film/WithnailAndI'', and is even played by the same actor. This could be considered a ShoutOut.
* Dr. Hoenneger from ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' is possibly one of Dr. Mannering from [[Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan the original film's sequel]], a similar but far less sadistic character.
* The gifted athlete Nanu (who just so happens to come from Africa) from ''Film/TheWorldsGreatestAthlete'' is an obvious ShotOut to {{Tarzan}}.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': All of the principal leads in the film are expies of video game characters in some way. Disney also got the rights to use actual video game characters for cameos rather than just expies, a la ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Ralph himself is basically a human Franchise/DonkeyKong. The hero of the game, Felix, is an imitation of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] (or, as he was called back in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', Jumpman).
** Also, the ''names'' Fix-It Felix and Wreck-It Ralph are similar to that of obscure franchise ''VideoGame/HammerinHarry'' complete with similar catchphrases. And indeed, the beginning of the film shows Ralph's house getting demolished to make place for a series of apartments, which is exactly what happens to Hammerin' Harry at the beginning of the game. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nX_IxIqrc4 Observe]].
*** The name may also be an allusion to ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew'', which starred a hammer-wielding Mario.
** Sgt. Calhoun could be based on any number of commando characters from video games. But in particular she seems to be a cross between [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] and a [[GoodIsNotNice Paragade]] [[Franchise/MassEffect Female Shepherd]], with the language kept family-friendly.
*** She also has a lot of similarities to Captain Amelia from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''. Both are BadassInCharge females, tough, snarky, are {{Tsundere}}, lost someone close to them (Amelia lost her closest friend, Mr. Arrow and Calhoun lost her fiancé, Brad), and they both fall in love with and marry [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]] who are bashful and {{Badass}} (Dr. Delbert with Amelia and Felix for Calhoun).
** ''Sugar Rush'' at first seems like any other kart racing game from the '90s, only it's themed on candy. But [[WordOfGod Rich Moore stated]] that his favorite current game is ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', so we can assume that's the basic inspiration. Indeed, it seems like a cross between ''MarioKart'' and Candy Land.
*** Portions of the Sugar Rush race course are clearly taken from various Mario Kart 64 courses, with the candy theme substituted in. The Fruit by the Foot-themed track where [[spoiler: Turbo jumps Vanellope]] is very similar to Rainbow Road, for instance.
** The creators admit King Candy's based on [[Disney/AliceInWonderland The Mad Hatter from Disney's version of ''Alice In Wonderland'']] (who in turn [[InkSuitActor was based on and voiced by Ed Wynn in his "Perfect Fool" persona)]].
*** [[spoiler:Turbo, in addition to being the name of a Sega arcade game, is basically a knock-off of the marquee chalky-skinned mascot from the Bally/Midway game ''RallyX''.]]
*** [[spoiler:His King Candy persona is one of The Wizard from ''TheWizardOfOz''. He comes from another land (his own game), is leading his subjects on through manipulation and usurping the rightful ruler and having their memories locked away (Ozma and Vanellope), the hero comes to him for a favor (in Ralph's case, the medal he got from ''Hero's Duty''), while he asks of something in return that involves the "villain" (Vanellope, which he calls "The Glitch", and smashing her candy car), and is ultimately a fraud hiding behind another image that makes the hero appreciate the things they have in life. Heck, there's even some cute allusions with the fact he's ruling over what can be considered Munchkins (the other candy racers) and has Oreo guards which chant in the same fashion as those from the movie.]]
*** His clothing is somewhat similar to [[Film/WillyWonkaandtheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka's]], and of course they are both strongly associated with candy and sweets.
*** [[spoiler: Turbo's suit and helmet look somewhat similar to WesternAnimation/KickButtowski's.]]
*** [[spoiler: King Candy is also noted to have some unsettling similarities to [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Judge Doom]] due to both characters using disguises throughout the majority of their respective films and possessing unnerving true forms.]]
*** He also looks and acts eerily like King Koo Koo from the ''RaggedyAnnAndAndy'' movie.
** In the same way that King Candy is an Expy of [[spoiler:TheWizardOfOz]] Vanellope can be seen as one for [[spoiler:Princess Ozma]] in the sense that [[spoiler:she's the rightful ruler of the kingdom and was ousted through trickery, and has no memory of who she really is. And like Ozma she's eventually restored to her rightful place]].
** The arcade owner, Mr. Litwak, looks a very great deal like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Day Walter Day]].
** Those familiar with ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' might notice how the Cy-Bugs are very similar to the Tyranids.
** Fans of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' might liken Ralph and Calhoun to Bob and Helen, which makes it feel strange when they're not the ones to develop feelings for each other.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** The future Sentinels bear more than a passing resemblance to The Destroyer from ''Film/{{Thor}}'', with their height, metallic exterior, [[NighInvulnerable Nigh-Invulnerability]], and faces that open up to reveal a DeathRay.
** Their grey coloration, lack of facial features apart from monochromatic eyes and adaptability also evoke the version of Amazo from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited.''
* Creator/TerenceHill used to always play the same character: a [[CloudCuckoolander dreamer]], [[ItAmusedMe having fun]] but still FastestGunInTheWest, often helping [[JustLikeRobinHood defenseless people]]. As in [[PlayedForLaughs funny movies]], like ''Film/MyNameIsNobody'', the [[Film/{{Trinity}} ''Trinity'' series]], but also darker ones like ''Django, Prepare a Coffin''.
* The AdventurerArchaeologist protagonists of ''Film/SkyPirates, Film/KingSolomonsMines,'' and the remake of ''Film/TheMummy1999'' are basically clones of Franchise/IndianaJones.
* Missy of ''Film/BringItOn'' is introduced wearing a fake tattoo before pulling off superhuman athletic prowess. Now given who plays her does this remind you of anyone? No one? Maybe a couple of shout outs with her in it might give a clue...it's [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Faith.]]