No Celebrities Were Harmed / Web Comics

  • Vance Petrol of Chugworth Academy is a thinly veiled Vin Diesel.
  • The titular character of King Of The Unknown is clearly Elvis, though he is never named as such. Ever since a supernatural mishap transformed him (into a fat slob) and forced him to fake his death, "the King" dedicated his new secret life to kicking supernatural ass for a The Men in Black-like Government Agency of Fiction known as the IRSU. Agent H, King's Mission Control at IRSU, is a similarly veiled and still-living Jimi Hendrix. Aside from the broad strokes, many small details are culled from the rock stars' lives to create these just-barely veiled versions.
  • Looking for Group: Possibly unintentional on the artist's part but Commander Kickass looks like Jack Kirby.
  • Monsterful has two celebrity posters, a parody of Lady Gaga as a vampire named Lady BatBat, and a possible parody of Shakira as a werewolf named Wolfira.
  • Jedi Springar of Le avventure del grande Darth Vader is a lightsaber-wielding Jerry Springer.
  • In Our Little Adventure, a group that Julie needs to talk to in order to get the item she needs are fantasy counterparts to the original judges of American Idol
  • Homestuck, amidst mentions of actual celebrities:
    • Colonel Sassacre is clearly just Mark Twain wearing a wizard hat.
    • Rufioh's speech is patterned quite closely after that of Dante Basco's Tumblr account following Homestuck, and the character is both based on and named after a character Dante Basco played in Hook. Andrew Hussie's Author Avatar confesses the former in an Easter Egg on the flash where Rufioh is introduced.
  • El Goonish Shive,
  • One Keiki comic had Beefer join a website populated by such comedic reviewers as Nostalgia Nerd, Blinkara, Snoopy, and Mercury Gal.
  • Erfworld is a Parody World; this isn't just an artistic choice, it's an integral part of the world because people from the 'regular worlds' who, in fact, might be famous fictional characters from specific parallel universes where they are real can use their Genre Savvy and knowledge of pop culture to predict how units and leaders act and think based on how they look and the history of their 'regular world' counterparts. As such, a good quarter of the Erfworld is celebrity. Another quarter involves famous historical figures, and the rest come from various media.
  • In Fafnir The Dragon, this trope only comes into play for fictional characters. Everyone else is presented as-is.
  • Educomix has Stephen the Hawk King, Justin Beaver, President X, and Rick Motney.
  • Steve in Irregular Webcomic! seems to be Steve Irwin from Crocodile Hunter, but Word of God insists that these are not the same person. The annotation under #1288 says that the comic Steve 'might perhaps be somewhat loosely based on' Steve Irwin, 'if you believe the unrestrained hearsay and rampant speculation of some readers.' The rerun commentary for #7 provides a Suspiciously Specific Denial: 'Steve and Terry are of course not even slightly based on the real life Steve and Terri Irwin... The fact that "Terry" is spelt differently to "Terri" should absolutely and beyond a doubt confirm that in the minds of any lingering doubters, as it's clearly not a case of me making a mistake in a badly botched attempt to copy her name. '
  • Elan in The Order of the Stick makes a reference to Special Encounters Unit, whose actors resemble Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, and Ice-T.
  • Scary Go Round introduced Ben Bishop, founder of Zambian Computing. His and his company's history seems an awful lot like that of Steve Jobs and Apple. (His company — with rainbow logo — is revolutionary in the 80s; in the 90s he leaves the company for unspecified reasons, but returns to roll out an all-in-one computer; in the present day, his company — now with a pure-silver logo — has computers, tablets, phones, and "more money than any company on earth".)
  • Sora from Consolers is pretty much company founder Masahiro Sakurai.
  • Leif & Thorn features an author of a popular children's fantasy series, who bears more than a little resemblance to J. K. Rowling.
  • Curse Quest The Owl Hunter looks eerily similar to Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter, right down to the accent that's implied and his shorts. The Owl Hunter tracks down ulvorn instead of crocodiles and acts like a parody of the original.

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