* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' seems to have inspired shows such as ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' and ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''.
* Before they begin copying Disney, the success of Creator/DonBluth in the mid-1980s (back when he was under Creator/StevenSpielberg's control) led to a number of animated movies that are mostly about non-humans (or in some cases, humans) saving their home from danger. These include ''WesternAnimation/RoverDangerfield'', ''WesternAnimation/{{FernGully|TheLastRainforest}}'' (which also included certain Disney elements), ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' was such a hit that it led to a wave of similar [{{Comic Book|s}}]: TheAnimatedSeries type shows using a similar back-to-basics approach. Comic-based animated shows before would try all sorts of gimmicks and be "hip" to the times, while ''B:TAS'' was targeted towards "adult" stories that kids can still understand. Its immediate contemporaries include ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'', etc. This is without considering the producers themselves repeating the pattern throughout the Franchise/{{DCAU}}.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' was in production at the same time as Batman, both shows premiered within a month of each other, so it's not so much that one was truly following the other. If anything, its both shows who helped spawn their clones. Like the DCAU shows, ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' follows ''X-Men'' and included a lot of the people who had worked on the earlier show, like Avi Arad.
** Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has been said could have be influenced by Batman:TAS, with its similar TimmStyle art design, dark and moody atmosphere, and complex storylines.
* Years earlier, ''SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' was commissioned to cash in on the success of the ''SuperFriends'' franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' was the first succesful animated sitcom. Without them ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' and later ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' would have never happened.
* The popularity of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' led to many more {{Gross Out Show}}s, notably ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', a trend that seemed to meet its end in 2001 with the canceled-after-a-season ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends'' (incidentally made by Creator/JohnKricfalusi, the creator of ''Ren and Stimpy''). Granted, arguments could be made for ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' and ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''.
* The success of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' launched a whole boatload of other series about mystery-solving/crime-fighting teens and their talking animal/car/whatever friend. Most of these copycats were actually produced by Creator/HannaBarbera, the same studio that created Scooby-Doo.
** There are so many clones that Creator/{{Boomerang}} has a block called "Those meddling kids" dedicated to Scooby Doo, and its many, many clones.
*** And even before that, the clones and the original had their own team on ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'', the Scooby-Doobies.
* The success of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' led to the creation of numerous other TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats shows.
** Even the {{Licensed Game}}s inspired imitators in the form of ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Action52}} Cheetahmen]]''. Both tried to spin off cartoon series as well, but the ''WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}}'' cartoon flopped instantly and the ''Cheetahmen'' cartoon never got off the drawing boards.
* Whilst the extent to which more adult-orientated animated shows such as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' are direct 'rip-offs' of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a subject of bitter and acrimonious debate across the Internet, it ''is'' fairly safe to say that without the enduring popularity of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which showed there was a market for animated programming aimed at more adult audiences, the former two shows -- plus a lot of more obscure and more quickly forgotten similar shows -- would probably have never been greenlit thanks to the AnimationAgeGhetto.
** After the show first premiered, there were a number of prime time animated shows that came out afterward, like ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' and ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'', that lasted barely one season.
** WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead garnered probably even more controversy than ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Precisely because the AnimationAgeGhetto was still in full bloom.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' itself inspired plenty of prime time cartoons aimed at slightly more mature audiences on network television such as ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} The Animated Series'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs'', ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}} The Animated Series'', ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', and ''Family Guy''.
** Extremely bloody violence in American mainstream animation was popularized by WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons' "Itchy and Scratchy", originally intended as a parody of [[BloodlessCarnage old style non-fatal cartoon violence]] in the LooneyTunes and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' (to name a few). Back then it was seen as shocking. Nowadays, shows from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' over ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to AdultSwim and HappyTreeFriends have included horrific body mutilations and gruesome bloody deaths in their episodes ever since.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' were also the first animated show to frequently include parodies of famous film scenes in their scripts. Today this "pop culture referencing" trend has literally gone berserk in other animation such as ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' , ''SharkTale'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and especially ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''!
** Even Homer Simpson himself has been copied several times in shows like Bob in ''GodTheDevilAndBob'', Jay Sherman in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Peter Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' which all feature a dumb and/or obese, pathetic slob as a titular character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' set the tone for the past few years of kids' action cartoons. Comedy-action blending and RuleOfCool became far more prominent, as did {{Animesque}} artwork (which was already gaining in popularity anyway).
** This in turn caused ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', whose success caused Creator/CartoonNetwork to bring in more action cartoons to the network.
** This looks to have gone back the other way--''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' looks to be an attempt to cash in on the DC Comics' success in a sitcom format. Over the 2010s, most of Cartoon Network's action shows have been canceled left and right in favor of surrealist programming.
* An example from Italy: When the comic book ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' was adapted for TV, the characters went from looking like [[http://i49.tinypic.com/wu5jro.jpg grade-school students]]... to [[http://www.angelsfriends.it/web/guest/personaggi looking a whole lot like]] [[WesternAnimation/WinxClub the Winx]].
** And in a reversal of fortune, the TV series itself has been adapted [[http://www.preziosicollection.com/on-line/en/Home/Publishing/scheda1617.html back into a comic book]], using the Winx-ified character designs.
* Ever since ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' proved popular, it started a string of cartoons with [[GagSeries random humor]] and an [[IdiotHero idiot protagonist]] trying to match its success. Examples include ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Coconut Fred|sFruitSaladIsland}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''.
** It could be argued that even ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' took more than its share of inspiration from Ren and Stimpy, minus the gross-out humor (at first, at least). The two shows share loose artwork, manic pacing, surreal humor, hand-painted close-ups of the characters, and the same music cues.
*** The Pre Cancellation episodes of SpongeBobSquarePants are very popular, even to this day. Many cartoons have picked up the same formula where they are very joke driven as opposed to cartoons like Rugrats and HeyArnold & don't have plots that can relate to real life such as Adventure Time (The Exec Producer of that show is Spongebob co creator Derek Drymon), Regular Show, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and Gravity Falls (with the only exception of this being PhineasandFerb, despite the fact that it can be very surreal)
*** Some could also say that Spongebob drew inspiration from ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' and ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' where the main protagonist is depicted as extremely annoying to the other characters (''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' are also part this club).
* AnimatedAnthology shows were often made in the 1990s due to the popularity of ''LiquidTelevision''. Some include Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'', WB's ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{KaBlam}}!'' and ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Flaming Moe's". The episode revolves around bartender Moe stealing Homer's idea for a drink recipe and renaming it the Flaming Moe. He even goes as far to rename his bar after the drink. His bar becomes a popular club spot, attracting even the likes of Music/{{Aerosmith}}. After Homer outs the recipe to the general public, dozens of bars, restaurants and carts sprout up ''on the same street'' with variations on the name- e.g., Flaming Meaux.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Beyond The Farthest Star": In particular, the [[LivingShip biomechanical alien architecture]] and never-seen-before-or-again wavy [[BlindJump warp-through-a-star]] effect were both duplicated shortly afterward by ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''. (Also some suspiciously similar background music.)
* During the mid-1990s, Creator/CartoonNetwork produced [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory a couple]] [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo of cartoon series]] where the characters had very stylized designs, intentionally looked rather one-dimensional and were drawn with [[ThickLineAnimation thick black outlines]] around their bodies (the style was intended to be a throwback to certain 1950s cartoons). After the success of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in 1998, this style became enormously widely used in cartoons both by Creator/CartoonNetwork and by other companies, and remain so to this day, partly thanks to the rise of Flash animation.
** This ironically mirrors how LimitedAnimation caught on in the 1950's. It started out as a unique artistic statement, but later became an excuse to create cheap, lazy animation.
* With the success of Creator/MichaelBay's ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies, Creator/{{Hasbro}} decided to hire a "creative steward" to reinvent its other big property, Franchise/MyLittlePony. The result was Creator/LaurenFaust getting the deal to produce ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' And as a result of ''that'', Creator/TheHub is introducing more similar shows and advertising them as part of the same lineup as My Little Pony.
** Most prominently, and most obviously, is the new ''[[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 The Littlest Pet Shop]]'', which shares a similar visual style and somewhat sarcastic but good-natured writing style. It hasn't achieved the huge success of ''Friendship Is Magic'', but it does have its fans and is developing its separate identity.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' was rather blatantly created by Hanna-Barbera to cash in on the success of their other animated sitcom in an unusual setting, ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** And a decade later, they tried again with ''WesternAnimation/TheRomanHolidays''.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', after hitting its cult/ sleeper hit status, paved a road for many shows that accessed dark, random humor as opposed to conventional gags. ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', and even more recent shows like ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', and ''RegularShow'' are all examples of this.
* Creator/SethMacFarlane and his basic template of off-color humor, violence and sex (with a TalkingAnimal sidekick) has stood him well for [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad two]] [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow separate series]] leading off from his first series, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. So much so that it spawned a few clones, too. Creator/ComedyCentral's ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}'' borrows directly from the [=MacFarlane=] book with lots of violence, black humor and sex jokes, whereas {{Creator/Teletoon}}'s ''CrashCanyon'' is possibly the most {{egregious}} of all, borrowing pretty much everything, including the visual style of his shows.
* The kids' Christmas movie "The Nuttiest Nutcracker" is this applied to ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales''. It's a musical about talking produce whose message is "Have faith."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' could be considered something of a SpiritualSuccessor to ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', both being adult-oriented Action/Comedy series set in a RetroUniverse making heavy use of [[DeconstructiveParody deconstructive humor]].
* Another Hanna-Barbera series, ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'', inspired other studios to create Saturday morning cartoons based on video games: ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'', ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'', ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' and ''WesternAnimation/PolePosition'', among others.
* The sheer lasting power of Creator/AdultSwim, particularly Adult Swim Comedy, seems to have created a profound effect on Cartoon Network's appearance. Promotional material turned into rapid montages of related material, often characters doing stupid things; there is a rise of 15-minute shows (that are not necessarily part of a [[ThreeShorts two-shorts format]]); and a few shows have appeared recently that have {{Random Events Plot}}s, crude artwork, and bizarre humor (with lots of BlackComedy and GettingCrapPastTheRadar) like ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' (itself playing Follow the Leader with ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''), ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''[[AnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange]]'', and ''Series/IncredibleCrew'', all of which would fit right in with Adult Swim Comedy. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' seems to have taken this humor and simplistic art style and put a DC Universe cover over it.
** The influence seems to have crossed networks, as even ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' draws clearly from the Adult Swim "house style" (and a bit of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', with whom it shares a character designer).
* Creator/WildBrandEntertainment's animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Poochini}}'' is under the influence of that of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' and ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''. Take Courage the Cowardly Dog's plot about a dog discovering weird stuff in the neighborhood he lives in and mix it with Oggy and The Cockroaches' plot about a house pet getting some trouble from a GangOfBullies. From there you get Poochini.
* The combined success of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'' and the first mini-series of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' in 1983 lead to an onslaught of MerchandiseDriven action shows throughout the 80s and early in the 90s. Common features include being [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon being produced for first-run syndication]], LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters on both the good and evil sides, and [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle short educational segments]] tacked-on at the end to meet broadcasting requirements.
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