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We have two characters. They are similar to each other, but one was created after another. Whether one of them is the other's Expy, Captain Ersatz, Alternate Company Equivalent or even Distaff Counterpart, or it's a complete coincidence, fans will quickly realize the similarity.
From this point they are going to look at the new character through the old character's prism.
They can like the new character because he resembles the old character, or hate them as a rip-off. Anti-fans can treat the new guy like a pointless, unnecessary character created only to attract the old one's fans, or turn them into a model of "This is how the original one should be written to be a good character." They will argue and compare the two, and only a few people who know both of them will be able to see the new guy as himself, not some other version of someone else.
Sometimes, the new character will never get free from the older one, no matter what he does.
Sometimes, especially in the case of a Legacy Character or Expy this can work as part of a Re-Ditto and establish a difference between the two. A Legacy Character can win fan love by his desire to become better, or at last to equal his mentor. If an Expy exists in the same universe as that older character, this can be easily lampshaded with common people confusing them, which could lead to funny situations, and be good for character development. If they are not sharing a universe, then most of the time the new character is screwed. However, sometimes they can take revenge, proving that he is better than the old one and becoming more popular.
This is the first step to turning one of them into The Scrappy, or Replacement Scrappy in the case of Legacy Characters and the Suspiciously Similar Substitute. Often happens to Anti-Hero Substitute.
Editor's Note: This page is for documenting instances where a Vocal Minority in at least one fandom has noted the (alleged) similarities between two characters and commented on them, for better or for worse. If you've come up with an independent or humorous comparision, send it to Surprisingly Similar Characters.
Suzaku is often referred to as 'The third/fourth/fifth Syaoran' on CLAMP boards, because of their similar fighting techniques and the fact that Suzaku, well, seems to share an awful lot of character design with Syaoran.
Speaking of EVA, there's also a large number of people that end up comparing Emperor Charles zi Britannia's plan to Instrumentality.
Kallen again, she is also compared to Aki due to their very similar designs and roles in their respective series.
And Shirley has this with Inoue Orihime. Not only they look a little similar and have similar characteristics, but also what Shirley says to Lelouch before death sounds similar to what Orihime says to unconscious Ichigo before leaving to Hueco Mundo. Orihime-bashers hate Shirley as her clone, while her fans love Shirley for that same reason. The dub made this worse when they gave Lelouch the same voice actor as Ichigo. The Japanese voice for Shirley is the same as Rukia.
Suffice to say, Code Geass makes a point of Lampshade Hanging, subverting, and playing with the expectations of the viewers when it comes to the shows it resembles. They outright deconstruct Lacus/Euphie, and make Lelouch much more sympathetic than Light, and make the Emperor a bit more justified than Gendo was (although your Mileage will definitely vary on one or all of those points). The ambiguity is what makes the show fun!
Rolo is a subversion, he's drawn very similar to Shinji from evangelion and he has the same VA in the english dub... Then he gets out of the Knightmare Frame that just finished pwning a whole rebel strikeforce, and calmly declares: I'm here to kill... zero."
Lelouch and Suzaku are also frequently compared to Char and Amuro from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The show has often been described as a retelling of Gundam from Char's viewpoint.
Many people compare Naruto to Son Goku, because both of them started as funny kids wearing orange with inhuman abilities, and get character evolution through many adventures, Trainings From Hell, Heel Face Turns, Face Heel Turns, many other things and mostly battles with repeatedly the strongest enemies to become more serious and ridiculously strong persons, but still keeping their friendly personalities.
Goku himself is often compared to Superman, because of their similar origins and powers. This resulted in a never-ending flame war. This is probably why they where the most requested fight in Death Battle. Lo and behold they are episode 25.
Gundam uses this In-Universe with Johnny Ridden, the Crimson Lightning, who is constantly mistaken for Char.
In Char's case, this has gained Memetic Mutation thanks to Zeta. Each series' obligatory masked character is referred to as "A CHAR" (all caps).
Zechs Merquise is probably the single biggest victim of this from the Gundam franchise; after all, one Fan Nickname is "Low-Rent Char". All of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing gets this to some extent, mostly from detractors who insist it's nothing but a half-assed copy of First Gundam. This also extends to comparing Relena to Sayla (only common points: masked man's sister and relationship with protagonist) or Heero to Amuro (only common point: being the protagonist).
Near from Death Note is constantly compared to the other main antagonist of the series, L. He even looks like L (excepting the clothes and the hair color) and has habits like him. Justified that he was raised to be L's successor and therefore emulate some of L's traits.
Comparisons are made between L and Ulquiorra. Both are pale-skinned stoics who end up fighting against Shinigami as the story's antagonists (although L is a Hero Antagonist, even to those few who don't see Light as evil).
There's a reason for this - the same studio that did Big O also worked on Batman: The Animated Series. Roger was at least partly inspired by Bruce Wayne, while the art-style was similar enough to smooth over the differences.
In North America, the Big O/Batman comparisons were further compounded with a popular Toonami bump during the program block's golden age: "Good guys (still) wear black".
More than a few people unfamiliar with Detonator Orgun and with only passing knowledge of Tekkaman Blade thought that the two were in the same canon in Super Robot Wars W (the fact that the game made them directly related story-wise did not help). Tekkaman Blade, although the more popular and well-known of the two, actually owes a lot of its style and mood to Orgun. This is primarily because both are remakes of the same show, Space Knight Tekkaman. However, Orgun was passed over at the last second, and just like Warcraft, it was forced to rework itself to be just different enough. So you could say that Orgun is ''Tekkaman Blade' v.5.
Mahou Sensei Negima! (especially early in its run) provoked a lot of comments about similarities between Negi Springfield and Harry Potter: They're both 10 year old British Wizards with famous fathers. Most of the similarities end there, not that it stops people from thinking that the series is just Harry PotterIN JAPAN. The reason Mahou Sensei Negima! is similar to Harry Potter is pretty simple: Akamatsu got the inspiration for Negima from Harry Potter, and he explained that in the first manga volume's foreword.
Yuuichi Aizawa can't help but be compared to "Kyon", since the 2006 Kyo Anianime uses very similar character designs and the same voice actor as their ultra-successful Haruhi Suzumiya TV run from a few months prior. However, that doesn't change the fact that Kanon came out several years before the first of the Haruhi Suzumiya novels, and much of the snarkiness of the character was in the original source material.
Most fans of Xam'd take it as a given that Nakiami is some sort of clone of Nausicaa.
Many characters in Fairy Tail have been compared to/confused with a character from One Piece and/or Rave Master. Only one of these comparisons is intentional though.
Similiarly, Buster Keel!, a completely unrelated manga by a different author, has a cast that can be interchangeable with the core characters of Fairy Tail, bar minor differences like breast size and state of undress.
One of the biggest problems that many fans have with Digimon Savers is that the main character has an Agumon for a partner, which is a pretty obvious ploy to get fans of Adventure back after the critical train wreck that was Frontier.
Between the second and third Tenchi Muyo! OVA, two TV series and three movies set in alternate continuities were created and featured a new character, Kiyone. The third OVA introduces Noike, who is also Mihoshi's teal-haired, no-nonsense former partner; but in OVA style is hot for Tenchi and related to him.
Kyubey is often compared to Dung Beetle from Bokurano. They're both little white things from Distaff Counterpart genres (mecha and magical girl) that trick kids into contracts that will kill them in the end, but are seen as vital to preserving the world. Kyubey is much more detached from the children than Dung Beetle though, who gets a kick out of their troubles. There's also the fact that Kyubey is a Starfish Alien while Dung Beetle was once a human kid himself.
Itsuki, a Magical Girl in Houkago No Pleiades, strongly resembles Homura. More precisely, she resembles end-of-series Homura, wearing Madoka's red ribbon. Madoka started before Pleiades and ended after it, so the resemblance is both coincidental and prophetic.
Medaka is constantly compared with Haruhi; both are highly ambitious, super-talented but inhuman girls who drag around their beleaguered male partners (Zenkichi and Kyon).
Yurippe of Angel Beats! is often claimed to be a rip-off of Haruhi, since they have similar hairstyles, Hair Decorations, and obnoxious personalities, plus they're both in charge of questionable high-school organizations with three-letter-acronym names. The main difference is that Yurippe fights God, while Haruhi is God.
Girls und Panzer: Nishizumi Miho is comparable to Miyanaga Saki. Both come from a respected family of a certain field, both were initially reluctant to take up adventure in that field, both are hated by their respective big sister due to a tragedy in the past... Add in the fact that both are bland compared to the other (absolutely crazy) characters in their own series. With Miho's sister Maho, however, it gets somewhat more complicated when it is revealed in the Little Army prequel manga that a significant portion of Maho's aloof behavior is a Jerkass Façade for the purpose of playing the role of the Nishizumi heir in order to allow Miho to live and do tankery as she wishes, as well as small indications that she respects and cares for Miho more than she lets on, which indicates that she does not hate Miho.
Maho also has some similarities to Elsa from Frozen. Both are girls who are the inheritors of prestigious positions, and are often forced to keep distant from their younger sisters in order to protect them (Maho as part of being Nishizumi heiress so that Miho won't have to, Elsa to avoid harming Anna with her magic), which causes said sisters a great deal of pain. Both reach a point where it seems as though all is lost and the sisters they hoped to protect, but ultimately a happy ending is achieved due to the efforts of both sisters.
Fumu (or Tiff if you watch the dub) from Kirby of the Stars is an anime version of Lisa Simpson. Both are little girls who happen to be Soap Box Sadies and are usually smarter/have more common sense than most of the people in their towns.
Marco Bott from Attack on Titan and Mark from Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Both have similar sounding names, similar appearances, share the same voice actor, similar backstories as fresh young soldiers-to-be in the German army or its equivalent, and are close friends of a more prominent character who is first introduced as a rival to the protagonist. They even die in a hilariouly similar manner from getting the same half of their body eaten by uncaring Humanoid Abominations and leaving behind an identical-looking Censor Shadow, which provides their best friend to vow vengeance against these Humanoid Abominations.
Marvel Comics' Daredevil (not to be confused with that other guy) from Earth X was a funny, immortal character that was very similar to Deadpool. Most of the fans, and characters as well, suspected he was in fact Deadpool. Which at some point started to piss him off. And the relatively short-lived Agent X, who made his debut right after the end of Deadpool's original run, had the same humor and powers, was heavily scarred all over, and had supporting cast cross-pollination. Oh, and his speech bubbles had a different color from everyone else's, too. Even the characters thought he really was an amnesiac Deadpool until the latter made his comeback in the last three issues of Agent X.
Alternate Deathstroke: Hold the phone and the mayo! You're me, just without the lacerations and foreign objects! Deathstroke: Will you please just die? Alternate Deathstroke: Why do you hate yourself so much?
Deadpool is also quite often confused with Spider-Man, simply because their costumes look similar. The fact that Ed McGuinness PURPOSELY drew him like Spidey probably contributed considerably, as did the change in tone to give him an awesome sense of humor that carried a similarity to Spider-Man's in order to appeal to disgruntled Spider-Man fans who were pissed off at the never-ending angst-fueledSpider-Clone Saga. This was taken to its logical extreme in a story arc where Deadpool is accidentally sent back in time and forced to replace Spider-Man...
As revealed in one flashback, Deadpool's original costume actually was made for Spider-Man (but the webhead sent it back with a note attached saying "thanks but no thanks").
Deadpool does, however, escape being compared to the similarly-powered Madcap, to whom 'Pool's current characterization owes a great deal. Evidently the fact that Madcap is a total loony toon who doesn't mean any harm is difference enough.
Hilariously lampshaded in an issue of White Tiger that takes place during the Marvel Civil War, with Deadpool himself mistaking the current White Tiger, Angela Del Toro, for the Black Cat, whom the government has hired him to arrest.
Most of DC's Legacy Characters have these kind of issues, which is also often lampshaded. One of the biggest examples is Batman and all the people who have tried to replace him in all his long history. No matter what they do, fans possibly will never admit that anyone of them would be ever even close to Bruce Wayne.
Inverted with Man-Thing, who appeared two months before Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing is more popular, thanks to Alan Moore's run, and Man-Thing is seen as his substitute. And many people even don't know that's two different monsters.
Although the jokes about a cover's unfortunate description of a "Giant-Size Man-Thing" will probably continue until the Earth smacks into the sun (even Marvel, Man-Thing's owners, have gotten in on it, with an actual giant-size Man-Thing showing up in Thunderbolts).
People who make those jokes will not shy away from pointing out that Kang is a purple-headed invader either.
And both characters were straight lifts of a Golden Age swamp monster called The Heap, anyway.
Similar to Man-Thing, Darkseid and Thanos have occasionally been accused (and accused each other) of being knock-offs. This largely boils down to faintly similar appearances (dark 'skin', blue in the wardrobe, red eyes) and power levels. Rumour has it that Jim Starlin made Thanos as an homage to Darkseid...by giving him the same skin condition apparently. The fact that they're constantly paired up in crossovers doesn't help either.
Jim Starlin claims that his initial designs of Thanos made him look like Metron, but his editor suggested making him more muscular and gave him appearance much closer to Darkseid, joking that if they're going to rip off one of New Gods, they should pick up the coolest one.
The popularity of Watchmen has led to this happening to some degree for all the characters its characters are Expies of, but especially Captain Atom and The Question. (For those who haven't heard the story: Alan Moore originally wrote Watchmen with Charlton Comics characters DC had just purchased. DC liked the story but because of the way the story altered the status quo of the new expensive characters they had just bought, they asked him to replace the characters with original characters.) Solar: Man of the Atom also gets compared to Doctor Manhattan.
The MAX version of the Foolkillerlampshaded the title character's similarities to The Punisher by having the Punisher guest star in the second mini series. The two of them spent a lot of time teasing each other over their respective MOs. The differences are as follows: The Foolkiller's preferred weapon is a Sword Cane. He has a Non-Human Sidekick in the form of his large dog, Jester. He's independently wealthy due to the large inheritance he received upon his mother's tragic death. He puts the bodies of those he kills in elaborate poses for the police to find, and leaves a tarot card (the Fool) somewhere on or near the body as a Calling Card.
Film - Animated
Charlie from All Dogs Go to Heaven and Dodger from Oliver & Company are both morally ambiguous canines who manipulate their naive friends. Eventually, they grow to care for their friends and try to find them a new home despite the threat of death bearing on them. Their movies are also quite dark, though in different ways, as well as released around the same time.
Disney did this with Belle from "Beauty & the Beast" and Jane from "Tarzan". They're both intelligent rather than pretty. Their mothers are dead, but they are very close to their fathers. And while they might not be action girls, they can still be tough in their own way. And yeah, they both are brunettes too! Heck, their fathers are rather similar too. Belle's father is a nutty inventor, Jane's father is a nutty professor.
Cruella DeVil from 101 Dalmatians and Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove. Of course, they both are the villain of their respective movies. But they also both have that ugly skeleton-looking appearance.
Shortly after Thor was adapted to the big screen, Lion King fans began comparing the relationship between Thor and Loki to that of Mufasa and Scar. While their actual relationships in the movies weren't very similar, the relationship between the former pair really parallels many popular The Lion Kingfanfictheories.
Mary Poppins and Maria from The Sound of Music inevitably get compared with each other. Both are played by Julie Andrews, and fill the role of a more upbeat nanny who teaches rambunctious children new things in opposition to an uptight father.
Almost every single adaptation of the books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass so far have made the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts (two different characters from completely separate books) into an overtly threatening antagonist (which neither of the Queens were).
Considering Nancy Drew was created at all simply because publisher Edward Stratemeyer noticed how many girls were reading The Hardy Boys and realized there was an untapped market, it's not impossible to draw lines between the series. There's the intelligent, bookish one (Nancy/Frank), the extremely athletic one with slight temper issues (George/Joe), the slightly overweight character whose always the most reluctant and afraid (Bess/Chet.) Both had fathers in the legal field (Carson Drew was a lawyer/Fenton Hardy was a cop turned detective,) a very vague maternal figure (Kate Drew is dead/Laura Hardy is alive but was little more than scenery), and a secondary maternal figure (Hannah Gruen/Aunt Gertrude.)
Live Action TV
Blue Heelers both subverted this and played it straight. Dash wasn't meant as a replacement for Wayne, but Jo was. Ben could be seen as a replacement for Nick, even if the characters were rather different. Jack replaced Adam. After Maggie's death Tess was inevitably compared to her. When Jack left Evan would serve as a replacement, ditto Susie for Tess. Most of the subversions come during the show's revamp. After Jo was killed she was replaced by four characters, and of the four, Mark was intended to be Ben's replacement, but then after a couple of sergeants are written off Alex serves as a replacement, only for softy Mark to be replaced by ex soldier Matt. And Amy would be a Distaff Counterpart for PJ and serve as his replacement when he left, only for Jonesy to become a detective and fill the role instead.
Q: You hit me! Picard never hit me! Sisko: I'm not Picard. Q: Indeed not...you're much easier to provoke.
Hey, it worked. Q left Sisko alone, instead running off to the Delta Quadrant to bother Janeway. This receives a mention in one of the books, where Picard tells Q he read Sisko's report: "He says he punched you in the face and you vanished, never to return. Maybe I should have decked you years ago."
Heroes qualifies for this when Tracy Strauss was introduced. Everyone compared her to Niki because... well... she was being played by the same actress.
Nathan: You're sure you're not Niki Sanders?
Not only were they played by the same actress, but canonically, they were two-thirds of a set of identical triplets, so they were supposed to look exactly alike.
Strangely, even a reality show can do this. Project Runway cast one of its most beloved contestants in Season 8, Mondo Guerra. Mondo just so happened to be short, gay, of Mexican ethnicity, fond of bowties, and an impeccable tailor... which wouldn't be important except that Season 9 proceeded to cast designer Viktor Luna, who also happened to be short, gay, of Mexican ethnicity, fond of bowties, and an impeccable tailor. While they came across quite differently in personality (Nice Guy / Jerk with a Heart of Gold, respectively) and design-wise (Crazy Awesome / Boring, but Practical), both eventually emerged to be regarded by large segments of the fanbase as the deserving winners of their seasons. In the end, both got screwed out of final victory in favor of the Creator's Pet, although Viktor's loss is more of a Broken Base situation than the universal fan rage that greeted Mondo's loss.
In the NCIS episode "Doppelgänger", the team worked with civilian law enforcement, which were all extremely similar to the main characters. Appropriately, Tony and not-Tony strike out with not-Kate and Kate, respectively. CGIS Agent Abigail Borin is so similar in personality and mannerism to Gibbs, nearly every other character notices it, except for Gibbs or Borin.
The Weeping Angels of Doctor Who are very similar to the Boos from the Mario series in that both are immobile when looked at.
Criminal Minds introduced Max Ryan in the Season One episode "Unfinished Business", where Ryan is a jaded agent not used to working with teams and enlists the BAU to solve a crime that bothered him since his own retirement, which he used to write books on profiling. In Season Three, David Rossi debuts and starts off as the exact same character, though he does eventually learn to work within the team and solves his own unfinished business in "Damaged".
In Dino Attack RPG, because they were both Anti-Hero primary characters, comparisons inevitably arose between Dust and Trigger. The fact that many saw Trigger as failing to live up to Dust's legacy was one reason that led to his status as a Replacement Scrappy.
In Kingdom Hearts, Roxas, from Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, looks identical to Ventus—save for their clothes—from the prequel, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.Because Sora's heart is protecting Ventus's heart while he sleeps, and perhaps because Ven's heart was transferred to Roxas when he was born.
Jun and Asuka Kazama from the second and fifth Tekken games are examples when the younger character is better than the older one. Asuka has the same fighting style as Jun, but more moves and a better designed personality. After she made Jun's son fly, fans started to describe Jun as "Asuka's demo." Forest Law from Tekken 3 wasn't so lucky, because his fighting style was completely identical with one used by his old man, Marshal Law, in previous games. Marshal returned in the next game, and stayed, but Forest has been absent since Tekken 3, except for Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (both of which were Dream Match Games). However, both Marshal and Forest are often compared with Bruce Lee. Not without a reason.
The Asuka example is an odd example in that it depends on who you're asking. Because Jun was (and still is) a major Ensemble Darkhorse and one of the few T2 vets to not return by the time of T5, her niece, who ended up assimilating Jun's expanded move list from Tag, didn't get the warmest of receptions from in certain corners of the fandom, particularly thanks to how different the two Kazama ladies were personality (even though Asuka was deliberately designed to be a foil to her aunt). With Jun's return in Tag Tournament 2 (where Jun received a revamped moveset of her own to make her distinct from Asuka while still retaining her signature moves) alongside Asuka, it turns out that—among Asuka's detractors—there's room for the whole family. And speaking of Asuka, her rivalry with Lili and their contrastingdynamics can be seen as the second coming of Sakura and Karin.
No sooner did the latest Touhou game come out and reveal the existence of tiger-girl Shou Toramaru, fans immediately began hailing her and her mouse-girl servant Nazrin as the next Ran and Chen Yakumo (fox-girl master and cat-girl servant, respectively). They're both animal-girl master/servant pairs where the servant has her own stage before reoccurring in her master's stage as a mid-boss, and... don't really share much similarity beyond that. The debate over the similarities between Flandre Scarlet and Nue Houjuu may also be a case of this.
The Tyranids and the Zerg. Truth be told, while Tyranids came first, they've both taken visual influence from each other, and from H. R. Giger's Alien, but the fans don't care to hear that. There's also the Flood. And then there's the Protoss-Elite-Predator. Really, if you keep digging through these connections we find their common links go back decades.
The Final Fantasy series gets some flak for this. There's always the romantic girl, the tough girl, and the cheerful girl.
It all started with Rinoa, whose hairstyle (but not personality) resembled Tifa's. Final Fantasy IX included a main girl (Garnet) with once again the same hairstyle (parted on the other side, though!) and a personality that fell somewhere in between the previous two. Yuna from Final Fantasy X had a radically different personality but looked similar enough to Rinoa for fans to complain, and Final Fantasy XII's Ashelia acts nothing like modern Final Fantasy main girls (instead being more of a Final Fantasy VI Celes type) but looks almost exactly like Yuna. Ironically, both Rinoa and Garnet were initially planned to be blondes (Nomura wanting a European-looking lead female and Amano just expressing his blonde fetish), but these ideas were dropped when it came time to create in-game art and character models. Though Amano's promotional art still depicted Rinoa as a blonde (again, Author Appeal).
As does Exdeath, who is often seen as a sillier version of Golbez, despite the fact that they are completely different in personality and goals, and despite both being Tin Tyrants, don't even look that similar.
Interestingly, the only character who seems to be an actual reference is Seymour from Final Fantasy X, who has the same goals, personality, role and hair color as Bahamut Lagoon's Sauzer. No one on the internet ever mentions this, most likely because no one's ever played Bahamut Lagoon.
Aside from the Tekkaman Blade/Detonator Orgun comparison mentioned above, Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 had a case with two of its original characters, Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield and Touma Kanou. They both look similar AND sound similar (especially during attacks), despite having two different voice actors. Naturally, their respective love interests notice this similarity as well and proceed to lampshade the situation.
Are very flirtatious with their peers (though Zevran is bisexual, Zelos is straight).
Are ostensibly very chipper, yet secretly harbor a suicidal self-loathing.
Are much smarter and more observant and cunning than they appear.
Part of their self-loathing stems from their mothers' deaths. Zevran's mother died giving birth to him. Zelos' mother was killed in front of him, and used her last breaths to tell him it would have been better if he had never been born.
Depending on the respective games' main protagonists' actions, they will either side with you against the people they were originally working for, or stab you in the back after feeling sleighted by you, and you'll have to kill them if it comes to that.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a hero with a blue color scheme, fighting to save his world from a mad scientist and his army of evil robots. He has a sidekick that can help him fly, a hotheaded rival who is red, and a powerful counterpart who is grayish black. Does this sound familiar at all?
Raziel from Legacy of Kain was resurrected by a powerful supernatural entity following a betrayal during which he was very badly burned. As a wraith bent on revenge, he can't be killed, and only temporarily returns to the underworld when drained of energy. He wears a mask to cover his hideous face, and he's capable of slaughtering his enemies with a glowing energy weapon emitted from his hand. Does this sound familiar?
Baldur's Gate introduced Minsc, who comes from a tribe of proud warriors, bears distinct facial tattoos, has a unique tribal accent, and never goes anywhere without his imaginary advisor/companion. Fans of another Black Isle game Fallout 2 may notice the similarities with this guy
The Avatar, the protagonist of the Ultima series by Origin, is a hero from another world, the paragon of moral virtues who fights to protect the innocent. Like this guy. Furthermore the hero's archenemy is a godlike otherworldly being who seeks to rule the universe, has many worlds under his grasp, psychically manipulates others to do his bidding, and feeds off suffering and torment. Yes, you guessed it.
One of the few genuinely entertaining things about Revelations 2012, an otherwise mediocre and extremely flawed Left 4 Dead clone, is that it features a character◊ that looks suspiciously similar to The Angry Video Game Nerd. He even uses a weaponized Power Glove™! Whether the similitude was intentional or not, it is rather amusing to see a Nerd look-alike running around in what would be a surprisingly appropriate Ironic Hell to him.note You know, being trapped in a shitty game for all eternity and stuff.
Handsome Jack of Borderlands 2 shows himself to be an extremely smugand pettyTroll that he gains a lot of comparisons with BlazBlue's Terumi Yuuki. Terumi is from an Eastern game, Handsome Jack is from a Western game, making the comparison more valid. They also share the same bizarre and completely arbitrary hang-up on using direct lies when manipulating and emotionally tormenting people.
Red from Pokémon has often been compared to Ness from MOTHER. Both EarthBound and Pokémon Red and Blue are commonly compared and both protagonists are black haired boys with baseball caps on; though Red has been redesigned since the original games and currently has brown hair.
Word of God says Bladewolf was inspired by Friender from Neo Human Casshern, which invites a three-way comparison, as Mega Man and Rush were likewise based on Casshern and Friender.
Fire Emblem fans like to call Gerome "Batman" since they both dress in black and have similar demeanors. Comparisons to Nightwing are also common, given the design of Gerome's mask.
Shadar from Ni No Kuni is very much like Pain/Nagato from Naruto. The details of how would be major spoilers to both works.
The Protagonist of Spec Ops: The Line, Captain Martin Walker, comes off like a darker take on on Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. Both characters desperately want to be heroes, but after committing and experiencing horrific acts, both lose their minds and make up a fantasy in their heads where they are heroes, as that is the only way they can cope with the trauma they received. He can also been seen as a comparison to Sayaka Miki as characters who want desperately to be heroes, but find that they can't reconcile their fantasies with reality. Both resort to increasingly disturbing violence against what they perceive to be "evil", become consumed in madness, realise it far too late to undo what they'd done, and become warped, monstrous versions of the good people they used to be.
Master Chief is often compared with Samus Aran. Both are incredibly badass genetically enhanced warriors that wear state of the art Powered Armor to fight off a legion of deadly alien super soldiers. Of course, being members of the opposite sex leads to many, many instances of Crossover Shipping.
Coming from an episode of Justice League Unlimited, it became a fan meme to confuse Booster Gold (Uniform colors: Blue and golden-yellow) and Green Lantern (Uniform colors: GREEN and black, thank you). Additional, unsaid humor comes from the fact that the Green Lantern in question was African-American, bald at the time, with a goatee, and no robot buddy. None of that could be said for Booster Gold.
Some fans refer to the trio of Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai as Ozai's Angels.
Characters from The Legend of Korra are often compared to those from its predecessor. Mako is often compared Zuko, for example, and Korra gets it worst of all, because she's compared to both Katara and Aang. And then there's those who say Makorra is the new Zutara...
It's been noted that Amon is quite similar to the Nolanverse version of Bane. Both are masked masterminds of Knight Templar organizations that attack a city filled with crime, and much of their quotes are similar. Compare Amon's "I am the solution" to Bane's "I'm Gotham's reckoning". Also, both characters invade a sports stadium and give an intimidating speech.
He has also been compared to Doctor Doom. That is, before it was revealed that he was lying about his facial scars.
And at one point cripple the hero in some way with Korra losing her bending temporarily and Batman having his back broken.
Mako has been compared to Batman, as both saw their parents killed in front of them at a young age.
Also, the characters from Avatar can be compared to Naruto. Aang is Naruto, Zuko is Sasuke, Katara is Sakura, Iroh is Kakashi, Lin Beifong is Hinata...
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's Rainbow Dash: A blue cartoon animal who can break the sound barrier, has spiky hair, is very laid-back, loyal to her friends, and is admired by an orange-furred kid (Scootaloo). Sonic the Hedgehog... A blue cartoon animal who can break the sound barrier, has spiky hair, is very laid-back, loyal to his friends, and is admired by an orange-furred kid (Tails). And many other ponies can easily be compared with Sonic characters: Applejack and Knuckles (strongest and most stubborn), Pinkie Pie and Amy Rose (being pink, and, for what it's worth, both often act as stalkers toward their fast, blue friends), Rarity and Rouge (white-furred, wear eyeshadow, have an affinity for gems), Gilda and Shadow ("rivals", respectively with Rainbow and Sonic), and so on. Twilight Sparkle also has noticeable comparisons to the spin off media character Sally Acorn (neurotic bookworm and more lucid and meticulous opposite), only punctuated when she ascended to princess.
My Little Pony: Friendship is magic and the U.S. Acres characters seem to have some similarities in personalities. Both Orson and Twilight Sparkle Bookworms leader types who makes mistakes now and then. Both Bo and Pinkie Pie are very friendly and want people to be happy (Pinkie Pie is also like Bo's comic strip counterpart as well). Lanolin is a mix of Apple Jack and Rarity. Both she and Apple Jack are both tough, hard working farm girls and Rarity seems to have more in common with the "imaginary Lanolin" in Orson's fantasies. The clincher is Roy and Wade versus Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. Roy and Rainbow Dash are both AntiHeros who are full of themselves but help their friends in anyway they can., while Wade and Fluttershy are both good-hearted cowards who helps save their friends when they need to. They also seem to have some similarities with their friendships. Both duos seem implied to have knew each other in their younger years before they joined the main cast. And, over time in both series, both duo's friendships developed and each pair became closer friends.
Donald Duck and Daffy Duck: Besides being ducks, both are the Ensemble Dark Horse of their respective companies, embody the opposite(and usually negative) qualities of the protagonist characters (Mickey and Bugs respectively), are prone to anger and jerkassery, yet prove to be more popular.
Mumbly, a Hanna-Barbera detective dog (later Face-Heel Turn bad guy for the Really Rottens) is thought to be an expy of Dick Dastardly's sidekick Muttley in that their facial features are similar and they each have a wheezing snicker as a signature laugh. They are distinguished by fur color (Muttley, light green; Mumbly, light blue), ears (Muttley's are black, Mumbly's the same as his fur), and apparel (Muttley, an orange collar then later a scarf and flying helmet; Mumbly, an orange trenchcoat).