I tried to YKTTW a separate trope for when the same creator makes an Expy, but it was shot down because that distinction was thought to be arbitrary. I still believe that it's a valid subtrope, though, considering the origins for this one.
Can someone put a summary of the raised problems with the trope(s) being discussed and the subsequent conclusions that the thread has reached so far, so that we late-comers can have a general idea of what's what and all that?
The last time that happened was post 64, I think.
I'm re-binging the thread now to remember/learn what else has developed. Summary forthcoming (unless someone who has been involved more recently beats me to it).
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.
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.
I didn't propose anything, just summarise conclusions and suggestions from earlier in the thread.
With that in mind, however, what are you including in that figure? We're already in agreement that Expy needs to be fixed, so it doesn't make sense to just do nothing because anything useful would be too much work.
Sorry, I meant the proposals summarized there.
Expy and Lawyer-Friendly Cameo, mainly. I have an issue with making a wick cleanup as a) we do not really have the manpower for it and b) the standard to follow is not defined.