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->''"Another great knock-off is [=DVDs=]. The ones that are slight variations of slightly animated kids' movies. The kind they put right next to the check-out line, so Grandma might accidentally mistake it for the real thing. And they have titles like, ''[[Disney/{{Cinderella}} The Secret Princess and Her Oppressive Authority Figure]] [[{{Sequelitis}} 4]]'', and the always-popular ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook Jungle Animals in Decidedly Non-Jungle Situations]]''."''
-->-- '''Strong Bad''', ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad Email #190, "licensed"

In principle, the Mockbuster is a bit like a movie with an [[ParallelPornTitles Alternative Pornographic Name]], but there's generally no nudity. It's not part of a pair of [[DuelingMovies Battling Films]], because it can't even afford the fare to get to the ring where the shows duke it out. A mockbuster is a movie that is ''suspiciously similar'' to another more popular, more well-known -- and, let's face it, more "real" -- movie, to the point of being the copy of an entire film. Why? [[FollowTheLeader Trying to Make Money Off a Popular Idea]], of course.

Because they're generally made by no-name studios to make a quick buck, the biggest difference between mockbusters and the movies they're based on is budget. The mockbuster has ''serious'' budget restrictions. Think "three kids with a cellphone" production values. The writing is usually subpar, too--the producers aren't striving for [[DoingItForTheArt Genuine Artistry]]; they're trying to rip off a more popular idea in an attempt to con gullible consumers. Of course, depending on what they're copying, and the fact that it's probably not out yet when they start making the mockbuster, the original might not have been such a cinematic masterpiece itself.

However, if there's one thing mockbusters can do well, it's [[CopycatCover Duplicate Titles]]. Their designs and logos, like the colors of a viceroy butterfly, are designed to resemble the "real" movies they're copying as closely as possible. Remember, [[CoversAlwaysLie Titles Usually Fib]]. They also pick titles similar to the original, often containing similar words, or made-up words that sound the same.

The people mockbusters tend to appeal to seem to fall into four brackets: kids too young to know the difference between the real deal and the fake; people who might get the two confused when looking for something for their kids and grandkids; parental [[MoralGuardians Propriety Police]] who want to get their children [[TheMoralSubstitute The Upstanding Alternative]] to a mainstream film that is more in line with their values; and {{Nerd}}s, who aren't fooled at all, but who watch them for their [[SoBadItsGood awesome badness]]. [[BileFascination Bad stuff is interesting!]] As such, they tend to be sold in supermarket magazine racks, pharmacy gift racks, and grab bags in outlet shops.

The rare cases of mockbusters that might actually try to do something "artistic" are those adapting [[PublicDomainCharacter Out Of Copyright]] works, though again, generally only if a more "popular" story adapting the same work came out recently. This phenomenon sometimes applies to live theater as well with regards to public domain works ([[FairyTale Pixie Stories]], ''[[ThePhantomOfTheOpera The Theater Spirit]]'') that have had a more popular version created that smaller theater companies could never produce on their own. Alternately, sometimes a degree of artistic merit comes in when the cast/crew [[HamAndCheese Ham Up The Cheesy Movie]].

Mockbusters tend to be made in countries outside of the US, as if in "response" to a coming American blockbuster. Those might change the [[AppliedPhlebotinum plot based unobtanium]] to something more in touch with their national sensibilities (the Indian [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Ultraguy]] mockbuster has him getting his powers from a god, for example) and the genre might skew towards one more popular in that country (the Brazilian series ''[[Series/{{Heroes}} Non-Villains]]'' is somewhat like a soap opera).

How do all of these [[CaptainErsatz copyright friendly guys]] get away with it? Often times, it's simply a matter of obscurity. Sure, that "[[Franchise/HarryPotter Larry Baxter]]" guy on the back of the cereal box who has to find the "[[GoldenSnitch Gilded Stitch]]" is pretty similar to some book you read, but how much money is there really to be made from suing some company that designs bargain-basement cereal boxes? They are also helped by the fact that many people assume AllAnimationIsDisney anyway; it's [[LoopholeAbuse not technically]] ''their'' fault if you just so happen to mistake ''Leo the Lion: King of the Jungle'' for [[Disney/TheLionKing a Disney film]]. As well, they're not actually breaking any copyright laws if, like the original, they're simply adapting PublicDomainStories. Somebody else already made popular films based on ''[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Deformed Guy In The Cathedral]]'' or ''[[Literature/TheLittleMermaid The Small Sea-Girl]]'', you say? [[SarcasmMode What a coincidence]].

See also [[ParallelPornTitles Similar Erotica Names]] (when this is applied to porn), [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Crappy Ripoff Items]] (when this is applied to commercial products), [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Product Codes Removed]], and [[InNameOnly Same Name, Completely Different Plot Sequels]] (when old foreign movies have their titles for the re-release changed in order for them to cash-in from current blockbusters).

Has nothing to do with the [[Series/MythBusters Mythtesters]] or [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Phantomgetters]].

UK [[MadeForTVMovie Created For Television Film]] channel Movies 24 ran a Mockbuster season, deliberately confusing the derivatives with the originals and calling out the trope by name. It includes [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminators]], [[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator Aliens Versus Hunters]], [[Film/{{Transformers}} Transmorphers Fall of Man]] and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Snakes on a Train]].

!!Examples (Pot holes lead to pages of the films being copied unless the copy itself has an article):


[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Everything ever made by Creator/DingoPictures.
* Everything ever made by [[http://www.videobrinquedo.com.br/ Brazilian company]] Creator/VideoBrinquedo, responsible for:
** ''Animation/{{Ratatoing}}'' for ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (pictured)
** ''[[WesternAnimation/BeeMovie Little Bee]]''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Little Cars in the Big Race]]''. It did well enough for Video Brinquedo to make a few sequels and a ''[[TheMusical live stage musical adaptation]]''.
** ''[[{{Transformers}} Gladiformers]]''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda The Little Panda Fighter]]''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/WallE Tiny]] WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}''
** ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} What's Up! Balloon to the Rescue]]''
** And more.
** For its English dubs Video Brinquedo uses 4Kids' regular voice actors [[note]] When Lisa Ortiz was asked about doing a voice for ''Ratatoing'', she responded: "The strangest thing about that is... is that you've heard of it."[[/note]]
* And everything ever made by Creator/SparkPlugEntertainment, the American equivalent of Video Brinquedo:
** ''[[BeeMovie Plan Bee]]''.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpidersWebAPigsTale'' (only a billion times MindScrew-ier).
** ''WesternAnimation/ACarsLifeSparkysBigAdventure'', a ripoff of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (with the title being an obvious swipe from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'') There is now ''CarsLife2'', which came out just in time to rip off ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''.
* Because of the problems between South Korea and Japan, anime was not available to Koreans. Because of this, in the 70's and 80's, the South Korean animation industry produced many films that were ripped off from mecha anime and toys. Later, a fella by the name of Joseph Lai and his company, IFD [[note]]The same folks who brought us the Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies and, in turn, [[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob Pierre Kirby]][[/note]] , bought up the rights to some of these films, dubbed them into English, and edited bits and pieces of them together into [[CutAndPasteTranslation new, incomprehensible forms]] like ''Animation/SpaceThunderKids''. The more obvious ripoffs include:
** ''Iron Man 007'' (''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'')
** ''Captain of Cosmos'', AKA ''Johnny Destiny: Space Ninja'', AKA ''Space Black Knight'' (''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'')
** ''Mazinger X'' (''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', surprisingly enough)
** ''Protectors of Universe'' (''Anime/MazingerZ'')
** ''Raiders of Galaxy'' (''Anime/MazingerZ'' again)
** ''Savior of the Earth'' (''Film/{{Tron}}'')
** ''Space Gundam V'' (''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'')
** ''Super Kid'' (''Manga/DragonBall'')
** ''UFO Alien Ride'' (''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'')
** ''Wonder Princess'' (the ''Series/WonderWoman'' series, down to the TransformationSequence)
* And from Thailand, videos released by [[http://www.happy2doo.com/ Happy2Doo]]. While some of them are based on traditional fairy tales, others are obvious knockoffs of Disney movies like ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''; and if it's not Disney, then it's ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' and... ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''?
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', both animated and based off [[Film/{{Titanic1997}} some sinking boat movie]]. The former has [[InNameOnly some Mexican mice and a rapping dog]], the latter a giant talking octopus that saves everybody, magical moon-tears that allow people to talk to dolphins, and a ''sequel''.
* Mondo TV (the same people who did ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'') also did [[WesternAnimation/SuperLittleFantaHeroes a version]] of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', where EVERYONE is SparedByTheAdaptation (yes, even Frollo). [[note]]not only that, [[spoiler: Phoebus and Fleur get turned into hunchbacks, Djali gets turned into a [[HumanityEnsues human girl]] for Gringoire to marry, and Quasimodo becomes handsome and Esmeralda marries him, while a redeemed Frollo performs the wedding ceremony]]. Yes, really - see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55qW04A6aFs[[/note]]
* Examples from Creator/UAVEntertainment:
** There was an animated film called ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfTheHunchback'' that came out after Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and even featured talking, singing gargoyles.
** The same company also made ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfAnastasia'' just as Don Bluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' was released in theaters. Especially odd in that they weren't satisfied ripping off just ''one'' movie, but they also ripped off ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' by having the rest of the royal family transformed into talking musical instruments!
** They also did ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfMulan'', a version of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' where all the characters are insects.
** They've also done ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingFeatsOfYoungHercules'', ''WesternAnimation/MosesEgyptsGreatPrince'' and ripped off Pocahontas, Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, and others. They even made a Christmas special called "The Christmas in Cartoontown" (re-released as "The Night Before Christmas in Cartoontown"), which, while not knocking off a specific film, put some of their fairy tale characters in a Christmas setting.
* About half of Renegade Animations' output, most notably ''WesternAnimation/ChopKickPanda'' and ''WesternAnimation/TappyToes''
* Yet another ''Kung Fu Panda'' knockoff comes from Lionsgate in the form of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVkNIvILRD8 Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit]]''. The title character looks like a cross between [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Richard Watterson]] and a [[Franchise/FinalFantasy moogle]], and Music/RebeccaBlack is one of the voice actresses. You have been warned.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Life's]] [[Disney/TheJungleBook a Jungle:]] [[WesternAnimation/{{TheWild}} Africa's Most Wanted]]'' from Phase 4 Films.
* Right when ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' hit the big screen in 2012, a DVD called ''Braver'' started appearing on UK shelves, with a remarkably familiar front cover featuring a [[RedHeadedHero red-haired heroine]] in a green dress standing in front of a circle of standing stones. It turns out this one isn't even a knock-off; it's an entirely unrelated 2005 movie called ''A Fairy Tale Christmas'' (IMDB page [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491718/ here]]) which was hastily repackaged and rereleased to cash in. The new cover and title have nothing to do with the movie at all, and the main character Angela is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed princess who wears pink, making her look more like [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] than Merida. Review [[http://www.richardcobbett.com/journal/movie-time-braver/ here]].
** This one (and other repackagings by the same company called ''[[Disney/{{Tangled}} Tangled Up]]'', ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Cars}} The Little Cars]]'', and ''[[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog The Frog Princess]]'') led to a successful prosecution for passing off by Disney in the UK, which may put a stop to this trope there.
** There's also another attempt to rip off ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' called ''Kiara the Brave'', which was originally a completely unrelated Indian animation called ''Super K''. The title character, Kiara, apparently barely appears, and only gets pushed because she's a red-headed princess.
* Early in 2012, ''Back to the Sea'' was released, which is essentially ''Finding Nemo'' [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace AS AN ANIME!]]]] Bonus points for the CoversAlwaysLie, which paints it as a CGI movie along the lines of ''Finding Nemo'' or ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' even though the actual special uses 2-D animation.
* Many of the movies made by Creator/GoldenFilms. [[http://goldenfilmsmedia.com You can watch its page]].
* Creator/LionsGate's ''[[http://youtu.be/ogGAfyTLJvc Wings]]'' blatantly does this to ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''. Including the logo.
* In a [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]], some overseas-edited versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' were advertised as a Mockbuster of ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}''. The subversion here is that the former started production ''well'' before the latter. ''By about [[DevelopmentHell THIRTY YEARS.]]'' It's a complicated and tragic story.
* "Snow Queen" by the Russian studio Wizart Animation is ostensibly a version of [[Literature/TheSnowQueen the story]] by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, but the tagline is "A magical adventure in a ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' land!"
* Similar to what happened with ''The Thief and the Cobbler'', this happened to ''The Legend of Sarila''.. Which is better known by its other title ''Disney/{{Frozen}} Land''. While the logo and title are ripoffs of Frozen the actual film has no similarities other than them both taking place in snowy environments.
** The logo was so blatantly ripped off that Disney [[http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2014/01/18/walt-disney-settles-trademark-lawsuit-over-frozen/ sued]] over it.
* ''WesternAnimation/Cinderella3D'' is a Mockbuster Of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. Both feature ugly animals in a western setting that ride birds. It only came out a year after ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' was made, and it shows.
* ''Jungle Master'', a CGI animated ripoff of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' with Music/VictoriaJustice in the lead.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zen6Pt4WYNA The True Story of Puss 'N Boots]]'', an obvious cash-in to the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' franchise, and starring WilliamShatner of all people.
* The American-Japanese studio Creator/JetlagProductions has produced several ripoffs of Disney movies, such as Cinderella, SnowWhite, SleepingBeauty, and a version of TheHunchbackOfNotreDame where Quasimodo and Esmeralda become the Official Couple. They also featured (among others) Creator/IanJamesCorlett and Creator/AndreaLibman before they rose to prominence in the voice acting world.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419704/ Donkey Xote]] is a blatant Mockbuster of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', even admitting on its front cover that it's "from the people that saw Shrek".

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]

* ''{{Franchise/Gamera}}'' is a unique case of a mockbuster becoming its own series.
* Creator/TheAsylum is a company that only makes mockbusters and bad "Christian" movies, and are quite cynical about it. In fact, there's a [[http://www.theasylum.cc/blog/2009/06/were-moving/ news article]] in their website that states (and these are the ''actual words they use'') "We've decided to use some of the billions of dollars we've made ripping people off..." The majority of the examples on this page are Asylum productions. A blog entry advertising a sale on their films: "You'd have to illegally download to get a better deal than that... but then you'd just be stooping to our level...". Their DVD covers have quotes from uncredited sources, which is illegal, unless they're making those up, too.
** ''[[Film/TenThousandBC 10 Million B.C.]]''
** ''[[Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin The 18 Year-Old Virgin]]''
** ''[[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea]]''
** ''[[Film/TwoThousandTwelve 2012: Doomsday]]''
** ''The Almighty Film/{{Thor}}'', featuring a Thor with an Uzi. Asylum, you've done it again!
** Universal successfully sued Creator/TheAsylum for their movie ''American Battleship'' for being too obvious of an attempt to fool viewers into thinking it's ''Battleship''. The Asylum had to change the name of their movie to ''American Warships''. It's still rented and sold in many countries as ''American Battleship'', though (and damned if you can find out who made the film from its cover; it's nowhere to be found).
** ''[[Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter Abraham Lincoln]] [[Film/AbrahamLincolnVsZombies Vs. Zombies]]'', presently buried in the [[GuiltyPleasure fun]] part of Netflix.
** ''Alan Quartermain and the Kingdom of Gold'', which re-purposes the classic character as an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' CaptainErsatz.
** ''[[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator AVH: Alien Vs. Hunter]]'', which despite its source pulls out a surprising twist ending [[spoiler: the hunter aliens are humans...from another planet]].
** ''[[Film/PacificRim Atlantic Rim]]''. The monsters attack [[BigApplesauce New York]]. When it was released on disc in June 2013, its page on Amazon.co.uk had a note saying (approximately) "Were you looking for ''Pacific Rim''? Click here to be notified when the real thing comes out."
** ''[[Film/BattleLosAngeles Battle of Los Angeles]]''
** ''Bone Alone'' (''Film/HomeAlone'' if Kevin [=McCallister=] was a dog)
** ''Film/Bound2015'' is an obvious attempt to cash in on ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey''
** ''[[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 The Day The Earth Stopped]]'' -- Notable for prompting Fox to threaten to take legal action, though said threat wasn't carried out
** ''[[Film/DeathRacers Death]] [[Film/DeathRace Racers]]'' (whose cover art also bears a strong ''[[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Death Proof]]'' influence), note that Violent J of the Music/InsaneClownPosse who stars in it said that this movie is "the bootleg ripoff fake version" of Death Racers at the 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos. Interestingly, it is a ripoff of a remake, but is closer to the original than said remake.
** The Asylum were given a court order preventing them releasing ''The Age of Hobbits'' three days before ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney''. How did they think they'd get away with that, when "Hobbit" is a trademark of the Tolkien estate? Because "Hobbits" in their title refers to ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_floresiensis Homo floresiensis,]]'' '''obviously'''.
** ''[[Film/IAmLegend I Am Omega]]'', which even also bills itself as an adaptation of the book ''Literature/IAmLegend''. Their choice of "Omega" is interesting because ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' was the title of a previous film adaptation of ''I Am Legend''.
** ''Film/Jailbait2014'' is a mockbuster of ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. They even have on the front of the DVD box, "In the vein of Orange is the New Black".
** ''King of the Lost World'', which claimed to be based on Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's book ''Literature/TheLostWorld'', but was a clear ''Film/KingKong'' ripoff. In fact, the cover art even went so far as to point out that Doyle's book inspired ''Film/KingKong1933'' (which is true, but hardly justifies such ridiculousness). It also says that the "story" it's based on inspired ''Franchise/JurassicPark''!
** There's an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Land that Time Forgot" released just in time to counter the ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' movie.
** A modern adaptation of ''Literature/MobyDick''. Ahab ([[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Barry]] [[Series/SpinCity Bostwick]]) is a Navy captain who repurposes his high-tech submarine to track down Moby Dick, here a prehistoric whale the size of an aircraft carrier, after it took his leg decades ago. Despite being made by Creator/TheAsylum, it's not half-bad and features [[ShownTheirWork many references to the original story]].
** The Mega Shark franchise is getting on in the action with an ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' mockbuster entitled ''Mega Shark vs Kolossus'' in which Mega Shark fights a HumongousMecha version of the Colossal Titan. The Japanese release is even set to be called ''Mega Shark vs the Titan''
** ''[[ParanormalActivity Paranormal Entity]]''. Its sequel ''8213: [[MonsterClown GACY]] HOUSE'' is apparently some kind of ''Paranormal Activity 2'' rip-off. It was actually released in the UK as ''Paranormal Entity 2'' (though it's more likely that it was due to the John Wayne Gacy case not being as well known outside the US).
** ''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates]] of Literature/TreasureIsland''. "We're not stealing from Disney; they're stealing from Stevenson!"
** ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Princess Of Mars]]''. Made it out while the ''legitimate'' adaptation was still stuck in DevelopmentHell. Comes from The Asylum, which gives away the intention. May be a mockbuster of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' instead based on the promotional material. Starring ''Traci Lords'' in the title role.
** ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_%28Asylum_film%29 Asylum]]) can use the name since he's a PublicDomainCharacter. With Gareth David-Lloyd who played Ianto in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' as Dr. Watson. [[CoolVsAwesome Holmes investigates a case with tentacle monsters, androids, dinosaurs, and robot dragons setting fire to Parliament.]] Attempts RuleOfCool to the twenty-third power. Also of note; despite using a character whose [[http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/d#a69 entire works]] are available for free online, they apparently couldn't even be bothered to spend five minutes skimming [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes the Wikipedia article;]] in this film, Sherlock's name isn't actually Sherlock, his brother's name is not Mycroft, the brother worked as a detective alongside Lestrade instead of founding the Diogenes Club...
** ''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Snakes On A Train]]''. Incidentally, that one ''did'' provoke a lawsuit.
** ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical Sunday School Musical]]''
** ''Film/{{Universal Soldier}}s'' (note the plural)
** ''The Franchise/{{Terminator}}s'' (Again, note the plural).
** ''[[http://www.theasylum.cc/product.php?id=174 Titanic II.]]'' It's not a sequel to ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'', though, but a ''new'' film about a ''totally different'' ship called the ''[[TemptingFate Titanic 2]]''.
** ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transmorphers]]'' and ''Transmorphers: Fall of Man''. Although the funny thing about this is that the Transmorphers movies are ''Terminator'' ripoffs with a ''Transformers''-sounding name. In fact, it blatantly steals elements from the Transformers films (the robots do transform, albeit badly & slowly & they are extraterrestrial in origin), The Matrix trilogy (insofar as fashion) and the Terminator films (particularly Salvation). Trifecta! For the toys, there is Beast Tech Fighter, Quick Change, etc.
* Following Creator/TheAsylum's footsteps is [=TomCat=] Films LLC which includes a major numbers of mockbusters amongst few others that makes Creator/TheAsylum look like Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox by comparison, this includes...
** ''Metal Man'', aka ''Iron Hero'', which is a mockbuster of the first ''IronMan'' film but features bad characterization, dodgy special effects and suits and even Reggie Bannister of ''Phantasm'' fame who is not only the creator of the Metal Man suit but comes off as an asshole and dickish mentor to the hero of the movie. [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/bad-movie-beatdown-presents-metal-man-aka-iron-hero-6139427 See Film Brain and Obscurus Lupa tear this movie apart.]]
** ''Film/TheAmazingBulk'', notable for having mundane settings such as alleyways and house interiors represented as cheap greenscreen/CGI and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT-qB3XmzH8 primarily consisting of The Bulk running through badly rendered stock CG settings]] with random CG figures such as koalas, Robin Hood and kids playing soccer to several ''lizards working on laptops''. It was also skewered by ObscurusLupa in [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/ol/olp/36207-the-amazing-bulk one of her funniest videos yet]]. (Trailer can seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywaR-Lq_ayk here.]])
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA-hOZLGFSQ Aliens vs Avatars]]'', aka ''Aliens vs Aliens''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j1yGm7LtUk Thunderstorm: Return Of Thor]]'', while it cashes in on ''Thor'', the company reveals that the character is loosely based on the public domain counterpart seen in Fox Syndicate.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdOh5MSSbuo Avenging Force: The Scarab]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrU79gL9-H8 Rise of the Black Bat]]'' are the other two superhero movies loosely based on their public domain comic characters while cashing in to other superhero movies, notably ''The Dark Knight Saga''.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUtm45Qqgfc Twilight Hunters]]''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDfw0Fbr_RE Star Quest: The Odyssey]]'' aka ''Space Trek''
** Bruno Mattei, the director of the aforementioned Mockbuster, also directed ''Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws''. For an extensive look into Mattei's films, check out ''[[http://thecinemasnob.com/categories/263/the-bruno-mattei-show.aspx The Bruno Mattei Show]]'', in which Creator/BradJones discusses the man's filmography with [[Creator/DarkMazeStudios Ed Glaser]], [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]] and other friends. It's quite insightful into how a mockbuster comes to be. For that matter, Bruno's career consisted almost entirely of Nazisploitation and Mockbusters, though these were never mutually exclusive. It's almost too bad he's dead - his ripoff of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' would be... something.
** Later in 2010, Eric Parkinson, who used to be president of Hemdale (which also made the first ''Terminator'' movie), tried to make a cheap CGI animated spin-off of the franchise called ''Terminator 3000'', but production on that movie is being halted due to a cease-and-detest letter he received from Pacificor, the owner of the ''Terminator'' franchise rights. However, Eric [[WordOfGod has spoken]] that he kept the animation rights to the franchise under Hemdale when he sold the live-action sequel rights to Carolco in 1990, and that he took those rights with him when Hemdale closed down.
** Back in 1990, there was ''Terminator II''. Which was actually released before the official sequel. Humorously enough, ''Terminator II'' is actually a remake of ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (the title is public domain now)
** ''The War of the Worlds'' actually got two mockbusters to go with the [[Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds Spielberg film]]. One of which apparently actually follows the original story by HG Wells and sets the invasion in VictorianBritain.).
* After the ''Film/{{Juon}}'' franchise had two DirectToVideo features, two theatrical movies, and an American remake on the way, ''Film/JuRei'' came along to copy it as an [[NoBudget even cheaper]] DTV version than the first two were.
* ''[[Film/{{Twister}} Tornado!]]''
* Certain ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-featured films such as the ''[[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]''-inspired ''[[Film/CaveDwellers Ator]]'' series, ''Film/{{Escape 2000}}'' (in which people try to [[AC:Leave the Bronx]] instead of [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork Escaping from New York]]), ''MadMax''-alikes ''Film/WarriorOfTheLostWorld'' and ''Film/CityLimits'' , Japanese ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' clone ''Film/TimeOfTheApes'', ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}'' ('''not''' ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''), and ''Film/PodPeople'' (whose name invokes ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', while the aliens look like ''Series/{{Alf}}'' and the plot is ripped right out of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.) ''Film/OperationDouble007'' (a.k.a. ''Operation Kid Brother''), featuring an all-star cast of ''Film/JamesBond'' veterans and starring ''Neil'' Connery (SeanConnery's brother). ''Escape 2000'', the ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' knock-off, is a sequel to a ''Film/TheWarriors'' knock-off named ''Bronx Warriors''.
* Everything ever made by [[http://www.branscomeinternational.com/ Branscome International]]. Keep 'em coming, we're not going anywhere.
* ''Alien 3000'' for ''Film/{{Alien}}''
* Sexual themed indonesian movies in general.
** [[http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_Playboy_Galau Few]] [[http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Pocong_Perawan noticeable]] [[http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Bean_Kesurupan_Depe examples.]]
** And the Italian produced ''Alien 2: On Earth''. Which incidentally was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the originally conceived plot]] for [[Film/{{Alien 3}} the third movie]].
* Italians also made the StarWars ripoff ''Film/{{Starcrash}}''. Which somehow had JohnBarry's music, and starred Christopher Plummer - and Creator/DavidHasselhoff!
** ''Starcrash'' may be more (in)famous, but ''The Humanoid'' beats it for sheer plagiarism. Whenever possible, props and costumes (and even entire ''scenes'') are copied wholesale from ''A New Hope'', to the point that ''Starcrash'' seems completely original in comparison.
* A number of Bruno Mattei's films. The best known are:
** ''Terminator II'', as stated above (It's actually more of an ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' ripoff.)
** ''[[Film/{{Predator}} Robowar]]'' with Creator/RebBrown
** ''Film/{{Jaws}} 5 ( Fourteen More to Go)'', ripping it off almost word for word
** ''Film/HellOfTheLivingDead'', not content with trying to shoe horn this movie into Romero lore, Bruno Mattei lifted much of the soundtrack from ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', as well as ''Contamination'' (which was a rip of Alien) to score this. Even the uniforms are similar to those in ''Dawn.''
* [[HighSchoolMusical High School Musical: Sunday School]], which is also a blatant rip-off of Sunday School Musical.
* ''[[TheDayAfterTomorrow After Impact]]''.
* This was a big problem in Italy during the SpaghettiWestern craze of the Sixties. The relaxed copyright law in Italy at the time meant as soon as a character got popular, knockoff movies would appear seeming to star that character. Django, Sabata and Sartana were famous for having their names recycled in knockoffs. (They couldn't do this to the most popular SpaghettiWestern character ever, for [[NoNameGiven reasons which are]] quite obvious if you think about it a little, but it didn't stop one film claiming to be "The Return of Clint the Stranger".)
** Actually, the so-called "Man With No Name" is named in each film, only it's different each time (Joe, Manco and Blondie, in order).
* While [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387541/ Curse of the Ring]] doesn't have anything to do with the ''LordOfTheRings'' movies, and is in fact originally called ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Ring of the Nibelungs]]'' - the plot being based off of the Sigfried/Brunhilde/Fafnir saga - the movie's marketing and even logo font really, REALLY tries hard to be mistaken for a Lord of the Rings movie.
* ''The Executioner Part 2'' -- no ''Executioner Part 1''.
* Almost everything released by Video Asia, the masters of InNameOnly Sequels. One of the worst offenders, they don't even make their own mockbusters: they just rerelease old foreign movies with different titles.
** Late 80s ''Hells' Heroes'' was changed to ''Inglorious Bastards 2: Hells Heroes''. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[http://thecinemasnob.com/2009/08/28/inglorious-bastards-2-hells-heroes.aspx reviewed it.]]
* ''Film/MacAndMe'', a 1988 movie that badly rips off [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]], and is basically [[ProductPlacement an 80-minute-long commercial for McDonald's, Coke, and some other stuff.]][[note]]This was an odd misstep for Creator/OrionPictures, coming as it did in the middle of its Best Picture Oscar windfall series--''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' and many other Turkish ripoffs of then-popular movies.
* There were at least two Indian ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' films produced, complete with musical numbers.
* ''[[Film/TheKingsSpeech The Real King's Speech]]'', notable for injecting irony straight into the veins of the audience.
* ''Gargantua'', a 1998 TV-movie cashing on the then-recent ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}''.
* Somewhat unfairly, the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' movie was accused early on of being a rip off of Star Wars - presumably on the basis that after Star Wars debuted, ANY movie set in space was ripping off Star Wars. Legal action was even mooted - but sensibly quickly dropped when it became clear that a setting in space was really the only obvious link between the two.
* [[DistaffCounterpart Lady]] Franchise/{{Terminator}}--basically the same as its namesake, but instead of an android, it's an archaeologist possessed by the Queen of the South Sea. Other than that, according to WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob, if you haven't seen Terminator, but you've seen Lady Terminator, you've seen Terminator.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' was ripped off by ''Cowboys And Vampires'' and ''Cowboys And Zombies''.
* ''[[http://a.dv1.us/p1/062/001062-d0.jpg Bloody Murder,]]'' which is about a group of young people hired to fix up and act as the counselors of a secluded summer camp with a dark past involving a drowned boy. Unfortunately for them, a maniac adorned in a hockey mask starts knocking them off. [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Sound familiar?]] There was even a character named Jason. When he disappears, we get several scenes of people asking "Where's Jason?" or "Have you seen Jason?"
** 1981 saw the release of ''Film/{{Srigala}}'', an Indonesian rip-off of ''Friday the 13th'' which went as far as doing a shot-for-shot recreation of the infamous ending scare.
* ''Chihuahua: The Movie'' was audacious enough to admit that it's a film for those who like ''Film/BeverlyHillsChihuahua''.
* ''3 Dev Adam'' (''Film/ThreeBigMen'') is a notorious 1973 Turkish film featuring three famous (and extremely unauthorized) superhero characters: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, SpiderMan, and ElSanto. Spidey, of all people, is actually the sadistic ''villain'' of the piece.
* Seen on (where else?) SyFy, ''Series/{{TrueBlood}}thirst''.
* Before Dreamworks released Shark Tale in 2004, they had copied Disney before in 2002 with their own version of [[{{Film/InspectorGadget}} Inspector Gadget]] called Film/TheTuxedo.
* The Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies are this for the ninja movie craze that existed at the time.
* Subverted with ''Film/BoyEatsGirl''; it was never intended to be a ''Film/ScaryMovie'' mockbuster, but its Scandinavian title, ''Scary Video 5'', gives the impression of this (''four'' ''Scary Movie'' movies had been made at the time when ''Boy Eats Girl'' went on video).
* ''Poseidon Rex'', a monster film featuring an amphibious dinosaur that threatens the human race. It had already been on DVD since October 2013, but it was given a special theatrical release in April 2014 to get some more publicity in the wake of the hype surrounding ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
* ''Film/TheDevilWithinHer'''s plot is very similar to ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', and one of its alternate titles was called ''Sharon's Baby.''
* Codename Wild Geese - cunningly disguised as a sequel to ''Film/TheWildGeese'', complete with Lewis Collins who was apparently fired off ''Film/WildGeeseII'' for his role in the rip-off, having had a contract with Wild Geese producer Euan Lloyd.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Hamas made kid's show ''Series/TomorrowsPioneers'' features characters who are blatant ripoffs of American cartoons, though said characters are given radical Islamist twists by the writers.
* Belarus' state-owned television station briefly produced and ran a sitcom called ''The Theorists'' which was about a group of nerdy physicists who befriend their attractive female neighbor. Yes, it was an unauthorized copy of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/WarnerBros had actually begun legal proceedings when the cast and producers of ''The Theorists'' discovered their show was a ripoff [[note]]the higher ups at the station had told them that it was a legitimately licensed remake, which was not true. [[/note]] and quit en masse, forcing its cancellation..
* A Chinese quiz show copied the visuals of the German show ''Series/{{TV total}}'' and its segment ''Blamieren oder kassieren'', merely spicing them up a bit with stuff such as wacky animal mascots. ''TVT'''s hosts called it out, then in turn jokingly stole the additions.
** It was revealed that this was set up by ZDFNeo and the Chinese have no clue ''Series/{{TV total}}'' exists
* The direct-to-video series ''Peppermint Park'' (infamous for its UncannyValley puppet designs and its [[MemeticMutation "The Letter M" sketch]]) is a particularly blatant Mockbuster of ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* ''[[Series/MegaPowers Mega Powers!]]'', a ''[[Franchise/PowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' knockoff.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryamaan_%E2%80%93_Brahmaand_Ka_Yodha Aryamaan - Brahmaand Ka Yoddha]]'', an Indian knockoff Franchise/StarWars. It is a rare case of a movie franchise being ripped off by an entire TV series. The show itself is referred to by its producer as "Indian version of the famous Star Wars", but its such a blatant knockoff that it can't even be considered a "version". Aside from the obvious lightsaber ripoffs, the opening also is the famous OpeningScroll ([[RecycledInSpace but in Hindi!]]), the "Thar Planet" is very clearly a Tatooine knockoff, there is a superweapon that resembles the Death Star with a grimacing face, the robot Tobot bears a striking resemblance to C3P0,[[EarthShatteringKaboom a planet is seen being destroyed in Alderaan fashion]], the king's [[MarryThemAll multiple wives]] wear saffron robes very similar to those of Padme's handmaidens, and many, many more.

[[folder: Literature]]
* The Russian / Eastern Bloc books series ''TheWizardOfTheEmeraldCity'' was a re-telling of the Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. In some editions, in the afterword the Russian Author, Volkov, acknowledged the 'inspiration', but more often this was omitted when printing. As the series was published in 1939, this makes it OlderThanTelevision - though barely so.

[[folder:New Media]]
* "Did You Know Gaming" is a Website/{{Tumblr}} blog featuring little-known facts about video games. "Did Y'''''uo''''' Know Gaming" is a Tumblr blog featuring humorous, false facts about video games.
* The Tumblr "Imagine Your OTP" lists romantic scenarios for [[{{shipping}} shippers]] to insert their favorite pairings into. Similarly to the above example, a simple typo reversing two letters gets you to the parody blog. "Imagine Y'''''uo'''''r" OTP lists twisted, overly violent, or just plain bizarre situations that only a {{troll}} shipper would want to imagine. The blog still manages to get asks from users who confused it with the original and wonder why a romantic shipping blog would post such creepy scenarios.
* There are definitely many expies of the ''WebOriginal/AngryVideoGameNerd'', but the only one that probably could qualify as a mockbuster is Isvaffel, mainly because his earlier videos from 2009 showed Angry Video Game Nerd in the title and because he still remained that title in his intro.

* Many of Creator/{{Premier}}'s pinballs from TheEighties fall under this trope, with themes blatantly copying popular movies and television shows of the time. Examples include
** ''Pinball/BoneBusters'', a knockoff of ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
** ''Deadly Weapon'', a knockoff of ''Film/LethalWeapon''.
** ''Pinball/ElDoradoCityOfGold'', a knockoff of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and ''Film/RomancingTheStone''.
** ''Gold Wings'', a knockoff of ''Film/TopGun''.
** ''Pinball/HollywoodHeat'', a knockoff of ''Series/MiamiVice''.
** ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'', a DistaffCounterpart to ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
* Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is ostensibly based on [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the novel by Gaston Leroux,]] but was released just as [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the Broadway musical]] was a theatrical sensation.
* Bally's ''Pinball/StrangeScience'' intentionally invites comparisons to films such as ''Film/WeirdScience'' and ''Film/RealGenius''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A planned mockbuster of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' entitled ''Vampire: Undeath'' did the rounds in November 2012, giving rise to an [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?665698-Holy-White-Wolf-Ripoff-Batman!/ enormous]] [=RPGnet=] thread and threats of a FrivolousLawsuit (and rumours of a not-so-frivolous lawsuit on the part of White Wolf). Highlights included an iconic character (apparently ''Undeath'''s answer to Samuel Haight) who resembled the illegitimate spawn of [[Fanfic/MyImmortal Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way]] and the [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall '90s Kid]]. [[SoBadItsGood How bad was it?]] [[http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/15/15765.phtml Here's a review.]]

* Since the source novel is in the public domain, musical versions of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ran rampant in the 1990s (regional tours, community theaters, etc.) to cash in on AndrewLloydWebber's adaptation -- enough so that ''Time'' magazine did a whole article on the phenomenon. But not ''all'' of them qualified as this trope: Ken Hill's version was the one that inspired Lloyd Webber to take his own stab at the story in the first place, and Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's ''Phantom'' was actually written around the same time as Lloyd Webber's but couldn't get produced until afterwards due to the competition. One of the mockbusters was videotaped and later released on [=DVD=], and the Phantom Reviewer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9MwZiSrx4M took it on]].
* Similarly, a few stage musical versions of ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' appeared around 1996, perhaps hoping to compete with a ScreenToStageAdaptation of the Disney movie, which was considered likely in the wake of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Disney's version had a successful ScreenToStageAdaptation in Germany in 1999 but has not been staged elsewhere.
* [[http://www.cirqueproductions.com Cirque Productions]] and [[http://www.cirquedestin.com/ Le Grand Cirque]] are companies that are this to [[http://www.cirquedusoleil.com Cirque du Soleil]] (seriously, compare the websites), to the point that the former was [[Main/DisneyOwnsThisTrope sued for using "Cirque" in their name]]; it didn't work since that's just the French word for "circus". Judging from reviews at Ticketmaster's website, the former's shows have successfully tricked ticket buyers who didn't do the research and thought they saw an actual [=CDS=] show. It doesn't help that until 2006 [=CDS=] tours only visited major cities, and thus knockoff troupes could make hay by visiting places that weren't. Alternatively, knockoffs often have extended runs in casino-heavy towns like Atlantic City and Reno as opposed to Las Vegas, where the real deal has put down roots.
* If a popular fairy or folk tale gets adapted into a Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film, expect a knockoff stage version to tour the children's theater/school group circuit soon after, and perhaps be available to community theaters after that. ''[[http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=ENCHANTMEN The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast]]'' is a good example.
* The album of ''JesusChristSuperstar'' was released before the theatre show or movie were, resulting in multiple adaptations touring the stages before the official release.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The company Creator/{{Gameloft}} applies a similar concept to video games, where they release shameless copies of well-known franchises (usually on cellphones); the difference here is that their games are usually quite well-made (although some of them, most notably the Mac OS X and 3DS ports of ''Gangstar: Miami'' and ''Asphalt'', respectively, were met with negative reception, being that they were lazily ported especially Gangstar, having outdated graphics compared to the [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto the ones they were imitating]]). One of their more interesting examples is ''{{Shrek}} Kart'', which copies ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' but replaces the cast of well-known characters with a ''different'' cast of well-known characters rather than a bunch of CaptainErsatz's (unlike with most of their games).
** Another thing that makes Gameloft less of a negative thing than other examples on this page: almost all of the games they copy have not yet been released on cellphones/iOS, so they serve a positive role in bringing the genre to mobiles, instead of just competing with better alternatives. Being a subsidary of Ubisoft they're able to use their licenses such as ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' and ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'', to make mobile/iOS games as well.
** An even ''more'' interesting example: their clone of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. Wait for it... it's a ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' licensed game. So they just copied Franchise/{{Batman}} using a ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga different]]'' incarnation of Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* There is a webgame called ''[[VideoGame/AngryBirds Chick'n Bash]]''. It's especially odd because there are plenty of other webgames in the "smash the tower" genre that have vastly different aesthetics from ''Angry Birds''.
** There's a similar one called ''Chicks'n'Vixens''.
** On the non-avian side, there's ''Angry Bunnies''.
* An app known as [[http://www.tssznews.com/2013/08/23/ripoff-sonic-game-appears-on-ios/#comment-176320 "Hedgehog Dash"]] was released in 2013. A '''very''' blatant SonicTheHedgehog rip-off. The logo for it was basically identical to the VideoGame/SonicDash logo. It disappeared just as soon as it came, without obscure reason.
* ''[[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/06/20/team-fortress-2-clone/ Final Combat]]'', the Chinese ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* In the same vein, ''VideoGame/XuanDouZhiWang'' is the Chinese interpretation of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (but at least you can say the people making it genuinely like ''KOF'' because [[SubvertedTrope the gameplay isn't all that bad]]).
** The situation has now gone meta with the addition of actual KOF characters ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YARqFfmdhSQ Terry Bogard]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAKhh0iRsuo Benimaru]]) under license.
* Many of the unlicensed NES games made by Taiwanese company Sachen fit this category:
** ''Rocman X'' (''VideoGame/MegaMan'')
** ''Challenge of the Dragon'' (''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'')
** ''Arctic Adventure: Penguin & Seal'' (''VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure'', though it plays more like ''Pengo'')
* Several console rip-offs, such as [[PlayStation Funstation]] and [[{{Wii}} Vii]], have been made.
* There's ''Pirates: Legend Of The Black Buccaneer'', which came out for the PS2 on the heels of the success of ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl''.
* A significant portion of the indie games one can find on Xbox Live Marketplace turn out to be rip-offs of popular games, past and present, including a particularly cheap ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' clone titled ''[=CastleMiner=]'' that even got a zombie-oriented sequel less than four months after its release.
* The Chinese PC game ''Duludubi Star'' is a blatant knockoff of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* Smartphone app ''3D Cartoon Land: Safari'', a transparent and horrendous imitation of ''SuperMario3DLand''.
* In December of 2012, Hammerpoint Interactive (In which a member of them, Sergey Titov, worked on ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'') released a ridiculously poorly made MMO clone of the famous zombie mod ''VideoGame/DayZ'', [[SarcasmMode creatively]] titled ''The War Z'' (Now titled ''Infestation: Survivor Stories''). Let's just say that many, ''many'' gamers are not amused.
** It was SO broken, and the advertising was filled with so many lies, that it actually was taken ''off of UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}'', and Valve offered a refund[[note]]for clarification, refunds on Steam are ''very'' rare and usually reserved for [[PortingDisaster completely-unplayable ports of high-profile console games]][[/note]].
** It gets better. Six months development time (despite Hammerpoint insisting otherwise), the developers effectively ''banning people at random'' in an inane attempt to get rid of hackers, among other things, and ''a month'' before "release", their trademark over the game's name was taken away from them because of Paramount, who had their own trademark for an intended Literature/WorldWarZ game, and "The War Z" was obviously ''way'' too similar. Naturally, the response from Hammerpoint is to claim this is not the case, despite all evidence against them, until suddenly complying and changing the name as above.
* ''Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta'' appears at first to be just another Action Adventure game, but playing it reveals to have aped a lot of more popular games, with the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series being the main target.
* That ''VideoGame/{{Hunchback}}'' had already been converted to the UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC didn't stop Blaby Computer Games from releasing ''The Bells'', which had the same premise and similar gameplay but painfully bad programming.
* Taomee had made blatant knockoffs of popular browser online games like [[http://boke.61.com/ ''Boke'']] and [[http://gs.61.com/ ''Magic Monster'']],the former is a knockoff of ''Poptropica'' and the latter is a knockoff of ''Main/MoshiMonsters''.
* ''Q Kitty Garden'' appears to be a knockoff of ''Mushroom Garden'' in the garden part.
* One of the oldest examples in video games is ''Crazy Kong'', a knockoff of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' with original programming. Surprisingly, this seems to have been the authorized arcade version of ''Donkey Kong'' in some parts of the world.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'' actually managed to do this with ''another'' Mega Man game, with the DOS version of ''VideOGame/MegaMan3'', which is a completely different - and inferior - game to the NES ''Mega Man 3'', made by a different company. Not only was the game titled such to cash in on the original (to the point that there ''is no'' DOS ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''; they completely skipped over it,) but they invented a robot master that looks like the robot on the original cover (who is Spark Man in the NES game) to justify using the exact same cover.
* Harcourt's ''Mega Math'' EdutainmentGame series was a Mockbuster of Edmark's ''Mighty Math'' series. Not only did the two cover the same topics, many of the activities were very similar (e.g. using fiery explosions to teach fractions, using buried treasure to teach the number line), both had the Grow Slide feature, and ''the logos for each series had the same font!'' Ironically, after a series of buyouts both series are currently owned by Houghton Mifflin (though only the ''Mighty Math'' series continues to be sold by them as it was the original).
* No-one actually owns the Tycoon trademark, so for every good tycoon game like ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' or ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' there are dozens, if not hundreds, of no-budget knockoffs pumped out to capitalize on the name.
* Creator/TitusSoftware, in their early years, produced the ''Classiques'' series of games for the UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC and other then-popular computers. These releases consisted of compilations of generic knockoffs of famous UsefulNotes/{{Arcade Game}}s.
* The unlicensed UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game ''Adventurous Boy'' is a Chinese knockoff of ''VideoGame/FantasyZone''.
* The UsefulNotes/BBCMicro had a whole ton of rip-off clones of popular arcade games of the time, many of them produced by Acornsoft itself. So instead of ''{{Galaga}}'' we got ''Zalaga'', ''{{Frogger}}'' became ''Hopper'', ''{{Asteroids}}'' became ''Meteors'', ''SpaceInvaders'' became ''Super Invaders'', ''DonkeyKong'' became (the less similar-sounding) ''Killer Gorilla'' and so on.
* The Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the Dragon 32 also used to have lots of knock-offs during the early times of their lifespan. Eventually programmers could not hide themselves behind clones anymore as some mighty companies like Ocean Software bought the actual arcade rights to convert the games themselves and were actually striving to remove knock-offs from the shelves so they started creating their own original ideas.
* ''Fit of Fighting'' and ''History of Martial Arts'' were ripoffs of ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/FightersHistory'' with plagiarized graphics but a completely different engine.
* There was once a video game company known as [[https://web.archive.org/web/20071024074909/http://phoenixgamesgroup.com/uk/contact.html Phoenix Games]], which hilariously touted itself as "The only European [[BlatantLies super budget]] publisher". The quality of their games implies that their definition of "super budget" is very different from the usual. Many of their games are obviously trying to pass themselves off as video game adaptations of well-known Disney cartoons, including beloved classics like ''[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves Snow White And The Seven Clever Boys]]'', ''[[Disney/TheLionKing Lion And The King 3]]'', ''[[Disney/{{Mulan}} Mighty Mulan]]'', and the now infamous ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKZQb-jH-7A Dalmatians 3]]''.
* The UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame ''Puckman Pockimon'' is essentially a ''VideoGame/PacMan'' clone where the second player can control an OffModel [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] head. The game's hardware, apparently manufactured by Chinese UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis bootleggers, was also used for ''Jue Zhan Tian Huang'', a bizarre, poorly-programmed remake of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' as a BeatEmUp.
* ''VideoGame/TheGreatGianaSisters'' was this to the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrothers'' to the point where Nintendo actually sent in the lawyers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8teXm6723-g Behold.]]
* On the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum, after the initial wave of UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame clones died off, [[http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/hsp.htm Harry S Price]] made something of a career of ripping off obscure commercial releases and type-in games from magazines, slightly modifying them and publishing them under different titles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''[[http://mockbuster.wikia.com/wiki/Dogmons! Dogmons!]]'', a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''[=/=]''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' knockoff from the company behind ''[[Series/MegaPowers Mega Powers!]]''.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIgWgFjTG8A The Legend of Lucky Pie]]'' is a stylistic knockoff of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' produced by a handful of young Chinese animators. It stars a humanoid boy named Lucky Pie and a shape-shifting horse named Lucky Ge who go on adventures in a strange fantasy land.
* ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia'' is this towards the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' TV shows, specifically ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]''. The ''Filly'' name itself predates ''Friendship is Magic'' but remains this to the ''My Little Pony'' franchise as a whole.

* Several amusement parks that have been established in various parts of Asia are are not-so-subtle ripoffs of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneyland certain iconic American amusement park]]. Some [[http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2010/09/nara-dreamland-japans-last-abandoned-theme-park/ no longer exist]], but others are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Shijingshan_Amusement_Park still in operation]], complete with CaptainErsatz versions of characters such as {{Shrek}}, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, and HelloKitty.
* [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/9/97921/2338189-china-gundam.jpg The giant Chinese]] Franchise/{{Gundam}} statue knockoff, proving that China will pirate even HumongousMecha.

* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' parodied this in a recurring sketch. People were returning movies they got from a movie store that were knockoffs of whatever they really wanted, created by a family of foreigners (which they always contend is "[[CatchPhrase MUCH BETTER!]]"). The icing on the cake is that the store itself was a knock-off of Blockbuster, "Blockblister". And though almost never featured in the skits, on the boards behind the proprietors, there's almost always a Mockbustered up title of a Nick movie: ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Rag Rats]]'', ''[[HarrietTheSpy Harriet the Guy]]'', ''[[Film/GoodBurger Good Booger]]'' and ''Snowy Day'' (one skit actually has this featured).
* ''Film/BeKindRewind'' is about a pair of video store owners who make their own mockbusters after all their tapes are destroyed, and become a massive success after their remakes grow wildly popular. Accusations of copyright infringement [[RealityEnsues cause the store to be closed down]].
* ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'': Tanaka Bros Game Development does this with all their releases. Including ''[[VideoGame/GranTurismo Bad Mileage]]'' and ''[[PokeMon Pocket Morons]]''.
* WesternAnimation/{{MAD}} has been known to make parodies of these such as ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical Home School Musical]]''.
* Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus made fun of Mockbusters ''well'' before they were even a phenomena, with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNOVdJ_2W5I Mr. Dibley sketch ]], about a filmmaker who makes hideously bad, silent, one-reel versions of famous movies starring random people from shops.
--> "Oh yes, well, I mean, there were some people who said my film ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001 - A Space Odyssey]]'' was similar to Creator/StanleyKubrick's. I mean, that's the sort of petty critical niggling that's dogged my career. It makes me sick. I mean, as soon as I'd made ''Film/MidnightCowboy'' with the vicar as Ratso Rizzo, John Schlesinger rushes out his version, and gets it premiered while mine's still at the chemist's."
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' parodies this in the [=SBEmail=] ''unlicensed'', with titles like [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs "The Secret Princess]] [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} and Her Oppressive Authority Figure 4"]] or [[Disney/TheLionKing "Jungle Animals in Decidedly Non-Jungle Situations"]].
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', as Gumball complains they can only afford movies like "[[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon How to]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} Ratatwang]] [[KungFuPanda Your Panda]]". It's a parody of Brinquedo in particular; the mice even resemble those of ''Ratatoing''. This became HilariousInHindsight when it came to light that a Chinese food company had produced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs_oOxjeLh4 a knockoff of the show itself]], swapping the Wattersons for goats (goat's milk is what's being advertised) and Darwin for a frog.
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' revealed the Camden County Library is so underfunded that it can only afford knock-offs of literary classics. Not-{{Tarzan}} apparently features a tiger named Monkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a $1,000 version of ''Titanic'' by Creator/RogerCorman. It had SpecialEffectsFailure, gratuitous nudity, and the ship resurfacing as some kind of monster.
* On ''Series/InLivingColor'', this is the stock-in-trade of Funky Finger Productions, which is always looking for investors. ''Stank Ho'' was their answer to ''Film/PrettyWoman'', and they had test footage for a fourth ''Penitentiary'' movie on hand in another skit. Many have an XMeetsY twist: ''Theatre/TheWiz'' meets ''Film/{{Flatliners}}'', for instance.
* In his Guardian column in 1998, Simon Hoggart commented that the ChannelFive listings were all for "films that sound familiar but you haven't quite heard of" such as ''[[Film/LethalWeapon Total Weaponry]]'' and ''[[Film/FatalAttraction Deadly Attraction]]''.