This was done deliberately. I know, because I'm the one who did it, albeit with consensus.
The problem was that Expy
was being misused. Massively. It had been painstakingly cleaned up once, and a short few months later people were back to misusing it (including re-adding deleted examples). So our options were, I believe:
- Make Expy a supertrope of a new trope with the old definition of Expy, Captain Ersatz, and Homage, so that all examples are technically correct and can be made the narrower trope when spotted.
- Redefine Expy to be what people are using it for. No cleanup needed.
- Do nothing to the trope and clean it up. (Again. And probably again x months down the line.)
The second won, and the reasoning was thus: whether it is the same author re-using a character or another is usually transparent to the audience, at least with things like Live Action TV and Film.
Personally, I was rooting for the first option, but it was not to be. :P
The problem with Expy
is that not only is it a catchy name, humans are quite literally built for pattern recognition. Even worse are tropers, who are here because we take pattern recognition in media to a whole new level. There is always going to be a need for a trope that is something along the lines of "this character seems based off this other character," whether we like it or not. If we don't provide this trope, people will find a way to shoehorn it into the closest trope they can find.
edited 20th Jan '11 6:46:49 AM by ccoa