Personally, I see Expy
as a character that is extremely inspired by another one, while Captain Ersatz
is a blatant rip-off, usually in terms of superheroes or iconic characters. For example, Yuki from Haruhi Suzumiya
is an Expy
, while Metro-man from Mastermind is a Captain Ersatz
Oh, from the Captain Ersatz page:
See also Counterpart Comparison
, for characters who are similar to earlier characters, but aren't actually carbon copies.
And then Expy:
The key difference between this and Captain Ersatz is that an Expy is not clearly supposed to be the character, but is rather very similar, while Captain Ersatz is obviously the same character but with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
edited 5th Jun '11 6:54:49 AM by chihuahua0