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Expy: Video Games

Hmm...do any of these video game characters (or pixels) look familiar to you?


  • Nell from the first Advance Wars was made as an expy of Caroline from Super Famicom Wars.
  • Naggi from The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is clearly a parody of Navi.
  • The Neverhood Spiritual Successor Armikrog stars Tommynaut, a character that's not that too different from Klaymen from the original game - only major difference being the voice instead of being an Heroic Mime (provided by Michael J Nelson).
  • Ben and Dan from Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen Please were created as expies of Sam and Max, and even affectionately call each other "Sam" and "Max" from time to time.
  • MAAX (Meteoroid And Asteroid eXploder) from Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock! is a blatant expy of HAL 9000.
  • Wrath from The Binding of Isaac was built as a Shout-Out to Bomberman.
  • BlazBlue, being a Spiritual Successor to Guilty Gear, has a number of these:
    • Slayer -> Valkenhayn R. Hellsing
    • Sol Badguy -> Ragna the Bloodedge
    • Ky Kiske -> Jin Kisaragi
    • Potemkin -> Iron Tager
    • Zato-1 -> Arakune
    • Chipp Zanuff -> Bang Shishigami
    • Justice -> Nu-13
    • Dizzy -> Mu-12
    • Jam Kuradoberi -> Lichi Faye Ling
  • Bomberman's sprite from the original NES game is actually the same sprite used for the enemies in the NES port of Lode Runner, which was released a year earlier. Interestingly, if you beat Bomberman, the ending shows Bomberman transforming into the protagonist from Lode Runner, accomplishing his goal of becoming human. The ending says "You have succeeded in helping Bomberman to become a human being. Maybe you can recognize him in another Hudson Soft game", implying that the game was a prequel to Lode Runner all along. Since then the Bomberman character has developed into something completely unrelated to Lode Runner however.
  • Word of God states Elyon in Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter was created as an expy of Fou-lu from Breath of Fire IV.
  • Chrono Cross has quite a lot of expys of characters in Chrono Trigger.
    • Magus -> Guile note 
    • Ayla -> Leah
    • Lucca -> Luccia
    • Marle -> Kid
  • City of Heroes has these everywhere - millionaire playboy with no actual superpowers Justin Sinclair, kilt-clad time traveler Mender Lazarus and Statesman are only a few of the many.
  • The Club has Finn or Leonard Shelby in it.
  • Devilotte of Cyberbots was built as an expy of Doronjo from Yatterman — both being blonde, female comedic mecha villains constantly accompanied by a pair of male lackeys. Lampshaded in Doronjo's ending in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, where she ends up going after Devilotte for stealing her gimmick.
  • There is quite a lot of expies in the Contra series:
    • The final boss in the arcade version of Super Contra, Emperor Devil Gava(A.K.A. The Red Falcon), is based on Mad Emperor Asmodeus, the final boss of another Konami arcade game, Battlantis. Battlantis was directed by Hideyuki Tsujimoto, who was co-programmer in the original arcade version of Contra and later directed Super Contra, as well as Sunset Riders and Mystic Warriors.
    • The Aliens are in series, generally are based on those from the Alien movies. In The Final level of the original game, there is Devil Dragon Emperor Java(the big Xenomorph-like head), and Facehuggers. In Super C and Alien Wars, there are enemies, that look like adult Xenomorphs, not to mention the Metal Alien, who looks like a winged one.
    • The Waterfall Boss from the Jungle Stage in Contra: Hard Corps looks like a Space Jockey. Well, at least one in their biomechanical Power Armor.
    • The Moirai in Shattered Soldier have a similar role to the Engineers/Space Jockeys, both being very advanced species, who created the alien enemies in series.
    • The brain boss of Contra III also resembles the Golem from Salamander.
    • In ReBirth, the Contra commander looks like Che Guevara, and Brownie the Robot Girl looks suspiciously like Drossel Von Flugel from Fireball.
      • Brownie/Tsugu-Min also very resembles Browny from Contra: Hard Corps, both in looks and gameplay.
    • Bill Rizer resembles very much Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Lance Bean Sylvester Stallone.
    • A pretty wierd example from Contra: Hard Corps, were there is an expy of an attack, rather than a character. The first form of Colonel Bahamut after fusing with Alien Cell uses an attack that is pretty much the Continuous Energy Bullets attack from Dragon Ball Z. His second form after he loses control over the Alien Cell looks like Slave Beast Taka, A.K.A The Giant Turle boss from Alien Wars and Shattered Soldier.
    • The fight against The Relic of Moirai fused with the Triumvirate from Shattered Soldier is oddly enough, an expy of the multi-fazed boss fight against Colonel Bahamut. And their first form resembles Super Buu, again from Dragon Ball Z.
    • Genbei “Jaguar” Yagyu, is obviously based on the historical Samurai Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi.
    • In Contra ReBirth, Rocket Ninja Sasaki, looks very much like a Predator, or a Lin Kuei Cyborg Ninja.
    • The Recurring Boss "Big Fuzz", looks like a gigantic Terminator skeleton, and the two androids that are fought before him in Alien Wars, look like normal sized ones.
    • Hard Corps: Uprising, being a Contra game by Arc System Works, has a lot of expies from thier earlier works, other Contra games, and other franchises:
      • Expy: Sayuri = Baiken.
      • Bahamut = Sol Badguy, or Bill Rizer.
      • More like a gun-toting Hayato Kanzaki.
      • Also an expy of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
      • Krystal = Millia Rage, or Brownie/Tsugu-Min.
      • She's actualy more similar to Samus Aran, at least in looks, and her gun is based on her Power Suit. Krystal even has an alternate color scheme, were she looks exacly like Zero Suit Samus.
      • Harley = Potemkin + Johnny.
      • He also seems to designed as a fully human version of Brad Fang, from Contra: Hard Corps.
      • Leviathan = Ky Kiske + Chipp Zanuff + Lance Bean.
      • He also resembles Deadeye Joe, from the original Contra: Hard Corps. Both have lower parts of their faces obscured by their masks, both are chased by the player, both have Noble Demon tendencies, and both fight against the player character, personally, and inside a Mecha.
      • He's quite similar to Jin Kisaragi too. Both are sometimes at least a bit crazy, had a deep bond with one of the characters, that was broken(Ragna/Bahamut), and consider themselves kind-off the good guy, at least in the begining, despite being on the definitely wrong side of the conflict. Their faces and hair are also definitely similar.
      • He is also an equivalent of Lance Bean, who was Bill Rizer's former friend in the old Contra titles, and now enemy in Shattered Soldier. Both have accused their former friend (Bill/Bahamut) for the atrocities they have done (Bill has accidentally wiped out 80% of human population and nearly killed Lance. Bahamut has betrayed Leviathan and the Commonwealth Empire.) before becoming enemies.
      • Tiberius = Colonel, or Master Contra of Neo Contra + Chief Salamander of Contra Rebirth.
      • Tiberius Augustus = Justice.
      • He also resembles in this form, the first two stages of G-Virus mutated William Birkin, especialy with both sharing the overgrown one arm, with a pulsating, giant eye.
      • Ironically, he also resembles the Triumvirate from Shattered Soldier if you count the Relic of Moirai overwhelming them.
      • Tiberius Invictus = Chaos (or, if you prefer, Valentine from the final battle of Guilty Gear 2: Overture, or Project C of Neo Contra).
      • Some of the enemies too. There's one who resembles a Gigafly (from Contra III, Shattered Soldier and Contra 4) that tries to "kidnap" your character by taking them away to the top of the screen.
      • The Cerberus boss resembles Devil Emperor Gava, who appears in other Contra titles, but is much more mobile.
      • Both 573-Tigris and 573-Draconis (Kasuga series in the Japanese version) resemble the Magnus Tank series.
      • 573-Draconis from the end of stage 3, seems to be based on the blue battleship/submarine boss from the begining of the second stage in Contra: Shattered Soldier. It also resembles the TIM Gunboat in Neo Contra.
      • The Lux Corona resembles a combination of Rocket Ninja Sasaki (from Contra Rebirth) and Great Awakening Robo Big Fuzz.
      • The transforming black robot from stage 6, looks, and behaves like a combination of Super Power Robot Yokozuna from Contra: Hard Corps/Shattered Soldier, and the Heli-bot from the begining of stage 6 in Shattered Soldier.
  • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy's planet Blenjeel is based on the planet Arrakis from Dune
  • Dead Island: Riptide introduces us to Australian sailor John Morgan. Here's a photo of who he looks like and how he actually appears in game.
  • Most of the Psychopaths in Dead Rising 2 are mix-and-match expys of the Psychopaths from Dead Rising.
  • Belltower Heavies from Deus Ex: Human Revolution wear armour that resembles bomb squad suits and bring More Dakka, similar to the Juggernauts of Modern Warfare 2.
  • Tamagon and the Devil from Devil World are Expy precursors to Yoshi from Super Mario World and red Aches in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, who not only resemble the Devil World characters in appearance but actually share some sound effects.
  • Kurtis from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was created as an expy / Shout-Out to Jet Link AKA Cyborg 002 from Cyborg 009.
  • Dong Dong Never Die has so many that the game itself could be considered an Expy. Just a few of the more notable ones...
    • Several of the stages are recreated expies of various Street Fighter stages.
    • The intro is more or less King of Fighters 98.
    • Dong Dong, Terminator, Sheng Hua Nang, and the entire plot are tied to Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • Ken is...Ken.
    • Liu Mang seems to be a huge reference to Shaolin Soccer and Dodgeball.
    • Mian Hua Tang summons Optimus Prime.
    • On a related note, Xiao Pan wears an Autobot T-shirt, but otherwise has absolutely nothing to do with Transformers. Instead, he has Guile's move set.
    • Dong Dong, Violent Dong Dong, and Mario all have Akuma's winpose. Oddly enough, Gouki doesn't.
    • Fei Fei is basically a female Iori Yagami.
  • Willy's bodyguard Raymond in Double Dragon Advance is based on the nameless final boss from the second NES game. While the Mysterious Warrior's fighting style from Double Dragon II was called "Gen-Satsu-Ken" (Phantom Murder Fist), Raymond's style is known as "Gen-Setsu-Ken" (Phantom Interception Fist).
    • Duke, the Big Bad of Super Double Dragon, also resembles the Mysterious Warrior.
  • The dragon in Dra Koi is an expy of Lala Satalin Deviluke from To Love-Ru in appearance, though her personality is only somewhat similar. They both have long pink hair and a very distinctive hat. In the case of the original, it's a shapeshifting robot. The dragon's hat just happens to look like it.
  • Nearly all the agents in Elite Beat Agents were designed to be westernized versions of their Japanese counterparts in Ouendan.
  • Endless Frontier, a Spin-Off of Super Robot Wars, does this for nearly the entire cast:
  • Sally from the Fallout 3 DLC Mothership Zeta resembles Sherry from Resident Evil 2, who in turn was based on Newt from Aliens.
    • Not to mention the vast scores of raiders that make up the bulk of the enemies you face in the game look like they were plopped into the game straight from Mad Max.
  • Fatal Fury: Rock Howard's moveset in Super Mode is based on Kaede from The Last Blade.
  • Croix Raoul from La Pucelle looks an awful lot like Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun
  • Duke Snakeheart in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 bears a lot of similarities to Kefka from Final Fantasy VI since both characters seek power to rule over people and will commit atrocities and betrayals for the giggles.
  • While not applying to a Character, the double-barrelled Devestators of Dune II have an expy in all Command & Conquer games to date save for Tiberian Sun, in the form of the Mammoth, Apocalypse and Overlord tanks.
  • Reno from "Final Fantasy VII" and Axel from "Kingdom Hearts II". Confirmed by Word of God.
  • Here's a really weird one. Okay, so there's this major character. They're the only child of a noble family, and they posses a rare but dangerous power. At the beginning of their game, they're kidnapped by the person who will eventually become their love interest and spirited away to an opposing Empire - oddly enough, this Empire seems friendlier to them than their actual homeland. Eventually, the character suffers a huge mental trauma; they witness the destruction of a city, and realize that it was their awesome power that indirectly caused it. Around the same time, they realize that they're not really the noble family's child, but a nearly identical replacement of the real child, and on top of that, they're not even human; they're a different kind of being entirely. They spend the next little while in a combination Heroic RROD / Heroic BSOD, and are rendered both temporarily mute and restricted from battle. Eventually, the character decides to become more independent and make their own decisions, while atoning for their mistakes. The character borrows a knife from their love interest and gives themselves an Important Haircut, and from then on, they return to the party in full force. Now, does this describe Princess Garnet in Final Fantasy IX or Luke fon Fabre in Tales of the Abyss? Aside from their genders, the similarities are uncanny.
  • Final Fantasy XII's Balthier and Fran were created as the Final Fantasy series' take on Han Solo and Chewbacca from Star Wars.
  • Word of God states that Final Fantasy X-2's Paine was intended as a gender-bent version of Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Bruce and McCoy, the protagonists of the unreleased Data East game Ghostlop, are basically The Blues Brothers if they were a pair of ghost hunters. Similarly, their enemy Mushman (as seen in Magical Drop V) is pretty much a purple Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
  • Maou/Kyouhei Samejima was built as an expy of Lelouch from Code Geass, down to having the same voice actor.
  • Each of the Dickens sleuths in Guilty Party draws direct inspiration from another famous detective character. Dorian "The Commodore" Dickens is Sherlock Holmes, with his vaguely British accent and deerstalker cap. Max Dickens is Sam Spade, with his fedora and trenchcoat. His sister Phoebe, with her FBI badge and habit of being the only sane one, is Agent Scully of The X-Files. Her son Rudy "Kid Riddles" Dickens, the overenthusiastic child detective, is Encyclopedia Brown. On the Dickens-Johnson side of the family, Dorian's sister Charlotte Dickens is a investigative little old lady in the mold of Miss Marple. Her husband, Butch Johnson, is a tall, imposing man in the mold of Shaft (daaaamn right). And their adoptive daughter Ling Ling Dickens-Johnson is a smart, analytical teenaged girl in the mold of Nancy Drew.
  • Much of Harukanaru Toki No Naka De 2's cast are expies of characters from the original storyline.
  • Eboshidori, the first boss of Ikaruga was based off the Xenomorph Queen.
  • Inazuma Eleven GO plays this with the manager trio, Sorano Aoi, Seto Midori, and Yamana Akane are expies to the prequel's Aki Kino, Raimon Natsumi, and Otonoshi Haruna.
    • The commentator Kakuma Ayumu is this to Kakuma Keita. After all, they're brothers that have a common interest and share the same VA.
  • White haired half-demon who fights demons using a sword he inherited from his legendary demon father. His brother, similarly white haired and wielding a sword inherited from their father, who fell in love with a human woman before his death. A thousand points for anyone who can identify whether this description is of Inuyasha or Devil May Cry's Dante.
  • Riku from Kingdom Hearts have his characteristics coming from Yui Hongo of Fushigi Yuugi. Both are best friends of the main character (Sora and Miaka), sided with the villain (Maleficent and Nakago) just to get a desired person (Kairi and Tamahome), turn good at the cost of being taken over by the main villain (Ansem and Seiryuu), and after getting out of this mess, become The Atoner. They also have their hairs growing long in the sequel series.
  • Lololo and Lalala (aka Fololo and Falala) from the Kirby series are based on Lolo and his girlfriend Lala from the Adventures of Lolo series, having almost identical character designs; Lolo and Lala have mouths, while Lololo and Lalala do not (as they are based on Lolo and Lala's sprite artwork, where their mouths are generally Invisible Anatomy).
  • Chris Avellone stated he created Kreia from Knights Of The Old Republic II because he "thought it would be cool to be in an adventuring party with Ravel Puzzlewell!".
    • By The Emperor's Hand introduces us to Mara Jade. Mira in the second game is an expy of Mara, right down to wearing one of the outfits Mara did in the comic.
  • Jinx in League of Legends is according to Word of God a Rule 63 Expy of the Batman: The Animated Series version of the Joker. Although there's also quite a lot of Tank Girl in there.
  • Ellis from from Left 4 Dead 2 is based around designs for the Scout from Team Fortress 2.
    • Louis also has his clothes and background being an almost duplicate of the title character from Shaun of the Dead. Once Louis and the other survivors from the first game were made available in the second game, the resemblance is even more similar once you give Louis a cricket bat.
  • Kholdstare from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past greatly resembles Kracko from the Kirby series.
  • Yuga from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is basically a mixture of Agahnim from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Like the former, he's trying to revive Ganon, captures Maidens, is fought before you enter the Dark World equivalent and is a mysterious magician from nowhere. Like the latter, he shares an effeminate appearance, a need to revive his master, is the boss of the first dungeon and is fought three times throughout the adventure.
  • Groose from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword bears a striking resemblance to Wakka from Final Fantasy X and even goes through similar character developments.
  • Malladus from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a blatant one of Ganon from the rest of the series. Demon King? Check. Wants to conquer the world? Check. Possesses the princess? Check. Has an evil second in command who's trying to revive/unseal him? Check. Looks like a giant blue pig/boar creature? Yep. Heck, he's even defeated by Link and Zelda working together and using the Light Arrows, complete with a death involving being stabbed through the forehead with a magical sword. Indeed, he's so much like this you could probably replace him with Ganon and not have to edit the story one jot.
    • Due to the cast being Identical Grandsons of any similar-named character, technically every Zelda, Link, etc. from a Zelda game that is not explicitly a direct continuation of another is an Expy and not a returning character.
  • Cuisses, the Team Pet who can eat skill stones to fuse them from Level-5's Jeanne d'Arc was made as an Expy of the Team Pet Toad from Level-5's Rogue Galaxy.
  • Kyousuke of Little Busters! is clearly based on Yoshino Yuusuke from CLANNAD, both having similar hairstyles, voices, and names, and propensities for inexplicably charismatic speeches about love or friendship or hope in totally mundane situations. However, they're far from the same character - for example, where Yuusuke is always totally serious and stoic, Kyousuke is much more overdramatic and expressive and happy. Most of all, Kyousuke comes across as something of an expansion on Yuusuke's character, as while Yuusuke only ever had a minor role at best in CLANNAD, being mostly a one-off joke, Kyousuke is absolutely integral to the plot of Little Busters! and gets a whole lot more character development.
  • The Villain Protagonist of Lucius is clearly an Expy of Damien from The Omen. (In fact, the game is pretty much Omen: The Video Game.)
  • Within it's own universe, Mega Man has several expies
    • Several of the Mavericks from X1 could be considered expies of the Mega Man 1 Robot Masters
      • Cutman -> Boomer Kuwanger
      • Gutsman -> Armored Armadillo
      • Iceman -> Chill Penguin
      • Fireman -> Flame Mammoth
      • Elecman -> Spark Mandrill
    • In the same vein, The new Robot Masters from Mega Man and Bass could be considered expies of the Robot Masters from the first game
      • Iceman -> Coldman
      • Fireman -> Burnerman
      • Gutsman -> Groundman
      • Elecman -> Dynamoman
      • Bombman -> Pirateman
      • Cutman -> Magicman
  • Many characters in Mega Man Star Force are expies of ones from Mega Man Battle Network.
    • Lan -> Geo Stelar
    • Dex -> Bud Bison
    • Mayl -> Sonia Strumm
    • Yai -> Luna Platz
    • Chaud / ProtoMan + Bass -> Solo / Rogue
  • Hideo Kojima created Metal Gear Solid's Meryl Silverburgh as an Expy of the Meryl Silverburgh from his earlier game Policenauts, who in turn was created as an Expy/Distaff Counterpart of Solid Snake from his even earlier game Metal Gear.
  • Drebin from Metal Gear Solid 4 to the Smuggler from Deus Ex. Both are shades-wearing black men who do questionably legal defeating of biometrics. They even have the same voice actor.
  • Mighty No. 9, being made by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune sans the actual rights to the series, has Mega Man and Roll being substituted with heroes Beck and Call.
  • Many of your units (and the enemy units) in Mini Robot Wars are expies of plants and zombies from Plants vs. Zombies.
  • Mitsumete Knight, a Spiritual Successor of Tokimeki Memorial 1 made by the same Konami team as TM1, had a few Expies in its cast:
  • Pictured: Ninten and Ness, both from the MOTHER/Earthbound franchise. In fact, most of your party in EarthBound serve as expies of the party from Earthbound Zero.
    • Ninten, Ana, and Lloyd -> Ness, Paula, and Jeff
  • The rabbit Marquis de Hoto from The Night Of The Rabbit is an expy from the rabbit of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In both works a kid follows a rabbit into a magical world.
  • Nefarious has Princess Mayapple, who is pretty much Princess Peach by another name, sharing the same style outfit she has, as well as the same dynamic with Crow that Peach has with Bowser. Albeit, she's a tad bit more snarkier about her frequent kidnappings by him than Peach is.
  • Many of the COs in Advance Wars: Day of Ruin are similar in personality and/or abilities to those from the previous games.
    • Jake -> Will
    • Sonja -> Lin
    • Eagle -> Tasha
    • Lash -> Penny
  • Nostalgia has Doctor Brown, who looks like Indiana Jones with a Badass Moustache.
  • Persona 4's Teddie, who was designed as a Decon-Recon Switch of the classic Japanese children's character Doraemon.
    • Teddie's human form on the other hand is an Expy of Ryoji Mochizuki from Persona 3, in personality, personal struggle and partially their eventual role in the story. The biggest difference, however, is that the former manages to avert falling victim to the same fate the later fell to by the end of the game - but just barely.
    • Rise Kujikawa of Persona 4 is an expy of Lisa Silverman from Persona 2 in everything expect the later's love for Kung Fu (which went to Chie Satonaka instead). They even share the same default Arcana (Lovers) and early concept art of Rise looks like Lisa with a slightly more Asian look. It also helps that their names sound very similar in Japanese (Rise VS Risa).
    • And then there's Yosuke Hanamura (Persona 4), who starts out as a complete expy of Junpei Iori (Persona 3) to the point that they even have some of the same lines early in the game. (The Artbook has the designer admit that he intentionally designed Yosuke to look more youthful than Junpei because he got annoyed with how much the rest of development team was treating him as essentially "Junpei 2.0".) However, as both of them eventually come into their own in different ways, Yosuke being a complete Expy is ultimately averted.
  • In Pokémon:
    • Most of the male protagonists are expies of the original hero, Red. Ethan, Brendan, and Lucas take after his original design while Hilbert, Nate, and Calem take after his modern one. The latter two are also expies of Hilbert, most obviously with Nate.
    • N from Pokémon Black and White takes after Kaworu of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • Throughout the series, species have tended to repeat themselves as well:
      • Most infamously, Series Mascot Pikachu has had a new cheerful, circle-cheeked, Fragile Speedster electric rodent just like it in every generation, in order: Pichu, Plusle and Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, Dedenne.
      • Every generation except 6 has a small, cute, unobtainable legendary with an even spread of 100 among all stats. In order: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, and Victini. To further the pattern, all but two, Manaphy and Shaymin, are at least part-Psychic-types.
      • The earlier routes are known for having a number of recurring patterns in the Com Mons, such as with the Normal Rodentsnote  and the Normal/Flying Birdsnote . X and Y has noticed the pattern and subverted it; Bunnelby evolves into Diggersby, a really not cute Normal/Ground type who's a Mighty Glacier rather than a Fragile Speedster, and Fletchling, who at first appears to be the Normal/Flying bird, evolves into Talonflame, a Fire/Flying type who's one of the deadliest non-legendary pokémon in existence.
      • Black and White was known for completely wiping the pokédex up to that point to fill the region with new species. While this has had different results depending on who you ask, the Roggenrollanote , Woobatnote , Audinonote , Timburrnote , Throh/Sawknote , and Bouffalantnote  lines seem oddly familiar.
  • Prototype's Blackwatch was created as an expy of Blue Unit from Stephen King's Dreamcatcher.
  • Randy and Andy, the Dragon Twins from River City Ransom, are based on Billy and Jimmy Lee, right down to using their same theme music. The reference was even more blatant in the Japanese version, Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, where Randy and Andy's Japanese counterparts were originally named Ryūichi and Ryūji Hattori (their names meaning First Dragon and Second Dragon).
  • In Robopon, Robopon 64 had you play as expies of Cody and Bisco, the hero and his rival from the GBC games.
  • Red and Blue from SaGa Frontier were based on characters of the same name from Treasure Hunter G.
  • The titular Serious Sam is pretty much the equally titular Duke Nukem without all the sexual and toilet humor (but still with plenty of cheesy one-liners.) This, plus the fact that the first game came out the same year that 3D Realms announced "Duke Nukem Forever will be done when it's done" could be used to argue that the former is a Spiritual Successor to the latter (especially when Duke Nukem Forever bombed horribly, while Serious Sam 3 fared considerably better.)
  • Anne Lafitte of Shadow Hearts: From The New World, is basically Anastasia from Covenant .
    • To say nothing of Lady and Killer, who are basically evil Alice and Yuri.
  • Both Miko SHMUP Heroines Sayo Yuuki from Castle of Shikigami and Reimu Hakurei from Touhou are said to be based on Sayo-chan/Pocky from Kiki Kaikai/Pocky and Rocky.
  • The Butcher in Silent Hill Origins and the Bogeyman in Silent Hill: Homecoming are expies of Pyramid Head in Silent Hill 2.
    • It goes beyond just being an Expy in Homecoming; the Bogeyman is more or less just Pyramid Head renamed.
  • Drachma from Skies of Arcadia was created as an expy of Captain Ahab from the classic Moby-Dick.
  • Dr. Eggman's robot companions in Sonic Colors, Orbot and Cubot, strangely resemble Decoe and Bocoe from Sonic X, who themselves are expies of Scratch and Grounder from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Gigadis and Kuu(-chan) from Sorcery Saga are extremely transparent stand-ins for Satan and Carbuncle from the earlier Madou Monogatari titles and Puyo Puyo. We also have stand-ins for Rulue and Schezo, but Pupuru is not intelligent or sarcastic enough to be a proper Arle expy.
  • Spyro the Dragon is this to Sonic the Hedgehog. Spyro and Sonic are animal protagonists (Spyro is a Partially Civilized Animal dragon and Sonic is a Funny Animal hedgehog) whose names begin with "S" and the rest of their series title is "The *Species*". They're both Mascot with Attitude's from The Nineties who were mascots to duel consoles (Sonic for the Sega Saturn and Spyro for the Sony Playstation) that have since gone multi-platform. Both Sonic the Hedgehog and Spyro the Dragon are colorful platform series. Sonic and Spyro both have tag-along best friends, but Sparx is a lot more essential to Spyro as he serves as the health meter and is far less anthropomorphic than Tails.
  • Nel Zelpher from Star Ocean: Till the End of Time was created to be an expy of Phia from Star Ocean 1. Phia's combat style in the PSP Updated Re-release of Star Ocean 1 was even reworked to be more like Nel's later on.
  • Word of God says Grand Master Meio from Strider was inspired by Sauron.
    • Solo is one to Boba Fett.
  • Mario, Pauline and Donkey Kong started as expies of Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto, after Nintendo lost the arcade rights to Popeye.
  • Ni No Kuni has Marcassin, who is an absolute dead ringer for Howl. In the English version, he even spends his first few moments on screen hiding his face, complaining about how "hideous" he is—just like Howl does! (This is Studio Ghibli, however, who are known for their Star Systems.)
    • There's also the Toko class of creatures, who are an obvious Totoro expy, especially Chibi-Totoro.
  • From Roommates, Isabella greatly resembles a certain Rivaini pirate and, for all intents and purposes, could be seen as a modern-day college equivalent. Rakesh may put people in mind of another quirky Indian fellow with a one-letter difference in his name.note 
  • The Super Robot Wars series seems to be a magnet this for many of its characters and Humongous Mecha:
  • Sword of the Stars has a few: Several Grand Menaces carry inspiration from earlier sources. The Puppet Master is based on the Beast from Homeworld: Cataclysm (which was made by the team that would become KP). The System Killer reminds one of the The Doomsday Machine from Star Trek: TOS. The Peacekeeper is based on the spaceship in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
  • SolForce from Sword of the Stars is one for EarthForce from Babylon 5. The name and functions are similar, the backstory of SolForce involves a democratic administration being suborned by jingoist militants that eventually get pushed back, just like the other, and the creators have even admitted to being fans of the show.
    • The Bloodweaver aka He Who Shapes is the most paternal of the Suul'ka and the most adept at biological warfare. The Zuul females under him are constantly in pain and warped in form. Doesn't that sound like Grandpa Nurgle?
    • The Loa to the spirits in real life Haitian Religion, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa. Hardly surpriseing, as most races have some kind of historical analogue and the Lore writer is trained in historical anthropology.
    • Despite the name, the Zuul are more like the Reavers from Firefly. Ramshackle ships, into abduction, piracy and slaving, have a taste for rape (mental, not physical, which isn't much better) and murder, make lots of use of grappling harpoons and Boarding Parties...
  • Flynn from Tales of Vesperia looks a heck of a lot like Guy from Tales of the Abyss. Word of God is that they wanted to experiment by putting a similar design on someone with a completely different role.
  • Milla from Tales of Xillia bears similarities to Dhaos, having a mastery of four basic magic elements, and also having a mission to destroy the technology that's disrupting her world's mana. Appropriately, she gets his outfit as a costume.
    • Dhaos gets a second, villainous Expy in the sequel in the form of Khronos, who possesses all of his signature moves (Tetra Spell, Tetra Assault, Khronos Corridor/Laser), and harbors a similar disdain for humanity. It's likely a nod to the fact that a renamed Dhaos served as the Craymel of Time in Tales of Eternia (Khronos being the prime spirit of time in Xillia's universe).
  • Tech Romancer, being an homage to mecha anime, has Expies out the wazoo, for both the mechs and their pilots.
  • Carley from The Walking Dead is an expy of Rebecca Chang from Dead Rising 2. Both women are pistol-toting attractive reporters who wear the same outfits (a white buttoned shirt, black skirt and matching slippers/heels), and they both die very shocking and sudden deaths from being shot in the head.
  • Arthas of Warcraft III was inspired by Elric of Melniboné, and Frostmourne by Stormbringer.
  • The Quarter Knights in the original Wild Arms are based on the Sinistrals / Four Mad Gods from the Lufia / Estpolis series.
  • According to top BioWare writer David Gaider, BW's writers build characters by taking ones from other works and reworking their names and backstories.
    • Alistair for example was heavily based on Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.note 
    • Vette from Star Wars: The Old Republic is an egregious case; same species (blue Twi'lek), personality, and voice actress as Mission Vao. The main difference is that Vette's "of age" and a romanceable option.
    • Bioware characters also tend to be expies of each other, often sharing personality types, abilities and backstories. This Cracked article points out a few.
    • Bastila is essentially a carbon copy of Aribeth,
    • Shale is HK-47 but made of rock.
  • The Planet Buster in Spore is an expendable item which is essentially a "Destroy Alderaan Button". Of course, just like its source, the Planet Buster will make everyone in the galaxy hate/fear you.
  • Fire Emblem, to the notorious degree, as there are so many simillar characters fandom categorized them into archetypes.
  • The main character of 1001 Spikes, Aban, is pretty much Indiana Jones with anger and daddy issues. Also, one of alternate-colour sprites bears an uncanny resemblance to Lemeza Kosugi.

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