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06:24:47 PM Jun 7th 2013
Concerning Christianity in the religion section, how does similarity implying appropriation make any sense? When Christianity came around the Jewish people were the last ones that were going to allow something foreign into their religion. The prophecy that a messiah would come had been in existence for quite a while by that time. I'm not suggesting deleting the entry entirely, but I feel it needs to be massively reworded, though I'm not sure how.
05:06:10 PM May 19th 2013
Should we create separate folders for Marvel and DC on this page? Just the two of them take up almost half the examples, and reading through them is a little confusing with all the flip-flopping of Marvel equivalent of DC then DC equivalent of Marvel, then another DC of Marvel followed by Marvel-DC.
09:41:49 PM Nov 3rd 2012
Just sorted a lot of examples out and moved them to the related tropes mentioned in the description. There were a few examples that seemed to fit neither here nor there, though:

    Anime and Manga 


    Live Action TV 
  • Power Rangers had a baddie that was a complete rip-off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, looking as though they had stolen one of the costumes and added a few spikes and spines to make it look more villainous.
  • Space: 1999's "Maya" was actively hyped as their Spock... FAIL.
  • David Letterman's "Small Town News" and Jay Leno's "Headlines": both comedy routines where the respective hosts snark on oddly worded newspaper features. Letterman claims he came up with the routine during his career as a stand-up comedian, and among his many grievances with Leno is his theft of this routine.
    • Actually, both Letterman and Leno took the routine from Steve Allen. However, it is very likely that Leno took the idea to use the routine from Letterman.
  • Keith Olbermann and his show Countdown are to MSNBC as Bill O'Rielly and The O'Reilly Factor are to Fox News.
  • Nickelodeon's iCarly is this to Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire, with the difference that Lizzie has a toon alter ego, while Carly has a webshow, and despite that the two shows are years apart from each other. Let's see: íThree Amigos! consisting of a Nerd, a Girl Next Door, and a BFF? check. Nerd best friend falling for the Girl Next Door? check. The Boy gets kissed by his Girl Next Door crush? check. Girl Next Door goes for another guy while the Nerd best friend is ignored? check. Lead actresses get starting popularity by said show? (Miranda Cosgrove and Hilary Duff, respectively) check.
  • We tv also premieres the same type of shows as TLC whenever they get one, for example their show about the parents of quintuplets came out right about the same time as Jon & Kate Plus Eight, and more recently the show Staten Island Cakes with Cake Boss.

  • Diamond Select Toys' Minimates to Medicom's Kubrick line, according to Word of God.
  • At some points, Playskool's Weebles to Fisher-Price's Little People.
  • Lanard's The Corps action figures to Hasbro's G.I. Joe toyline. In fact, when Devil's Due, the company that did the G.I. Joe comics during the early-to-mid 2000s, lost the license to IDW, they ended up picking up the license to The Corps instead.
  • One of Hasbro's offerings, Kre-O, is clearly meant to be their equivalent to LEGO; they'd previously ventured into construction blocks with the short-lived Built to Rule series, but that didn't catch on. Perhaps the second time's the charm?
  • Mega Bloks are perhaps the most well-known of Lego's many known knockoffs.
  • Matchbox toy cars to Hot Wheels toy cars (now they belong to the same company)

    Video Games 
  • Just as Nintendo has Mario Kart, Sega had Sonic Drift.
    • Later, there were Crash Team Racing, Atari Karts, Konami Krazy Racers, NASCAR Kart Racing, Sonic R...
  • Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games, two of the most prominent western developers for the PlayStation line throughout its history, have always seemed like mirror reflections of each other.

    Western Animation 

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