Misused: Expy get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 13th Sep 2013 11:59:00 PM
edited 12th Jun '13 7:52:20 AM by MikuruFan
edited 8th Jul '13 3:06:51 PM by Noaqiyeum
- Expy - The root one, supposed to be intentional similarity of a character to another. Commonly confused with all of the following tropes.
- Alternate Company Equivalent - Suffers from bad audience perception-based examples. Is easily confusable with Expy and Captain Ersatz.
- Captain Ersatz - Supposed to be identical in everything but name only, by a different creator and different work. Commonly confused with Expy.
- Counterpart Comparison - "Counterpart Comparison is quite a bit more than just "Fans seeing an expy where one might not exist." It's basically about an expy being treated the same as the character they were based on, even when they have a different backstory and whatnot."
- Distaff Counterpart - This one is way too broad in its use. It has the very vague definition of "female counterpart", but there's a lot of bad audience perception-based examples going around, not unlike the main Expy page. We're going to need to redefine this a little.
- Fountain of Expies - Needs no work done. Hoorah!
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo - Unquestionably the character, but they make only a cameo appearance and the name or identity isn't explicitly mentioned. Very problematic because it's easily confused with both Expy and Captain Ersatz.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed - A character is clearly based on real-life celebrities. No work necessary?
- Re-Ditto - A character who is initially an Alternate Company Equivalent has the traits that make them unique retconned away, making them more indistinguishable from the original inspiration; a Counterpart Comparison which becomes canon and leads to Character Derailment.
- Same Story, Different Names
- Serial Numbers Filed Off
- Similar Squad
- Spiritual Successor
- Spiritual Licensee
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute - Supposed to be identical to another character in the same universe or work. Should be used in place of Expy when it comes to characters in the same series/work.
- Write Who You Know - A character is clearly based on someone the author knows personally.
- Use Expy as the supertrope for all the others.
- Rewrite the description to be about the supertrope
- Make it pristinely clear that the resemblance must be intentional. In bold, if necessary.
- Remove all the examples that are only based on fan perception.
- Merge Lawyer-Friendly Cameo and No Celebrities Were Harmed?
- Create a new trope for Expy's original, long-since-unsalvageable meaning (a creator reusing the same character concept in multiple works), tentatively named Reused Character Template or Reused Character Traits to match Reused Character Design?
edited 8th Jul '13 5:16:42 PM by Noaqiyeum
edited 9th Jul '13 10:30:26 AM by Noaqiyeum
edited 9th Jul '13 1:36:10 PM by Discar