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* A self-referential variant shows up in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise, as the casts of each anime created after ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters]]'' clearly take inspiration from the DM cast. In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' this was to [[AffectionateParody parody]] the original, but now it's become something of a tradition. [[TropesAreNotBad It works surprisingly well.]]

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* A self-referential variant shows up in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise, as the casts of each anime created after ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters]]'' clearly take inspiration from the DM cast. In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' this was to [[AffectionateParody parody]] the original, but now it's become something of a tradition. [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools It works surprisingly well.]]


* As ''Anime/ReCreators'' is a series all about taking characters and seeing how they fare outside their home worlds, of course the ones that get pulled out share some similarity with something in our world. Mamika acts like a [[Franchise/PrettyCure Cure]] and fights like a [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha TSAB agent]], Celestia takes on a role similar to [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Asuna]], Alicetelia is a female [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] with a dash of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber's]] ideals, Rui displays some [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Newtype]] behavior, etc. [[spoiler: Even the Military Princess gets in on this, being an expy of an ''in-universe'' mascot character while her story is a send up to how offshoot franchises and original characters Anime/BlackRockShooter got her start.]]

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* As ''Anime/ReCreators'' is a series all about taking characters and seeing how they fare outside their home worlds, of course the ones that get pulled out share some similarity with something in our world. Mamika acts like a [[Franchise/PrettyCure Cure]] and Cure]], fights like a [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha TSAB agent]], agent]] and experiences [[Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Puella Magi]] growing pains, Celestia takes on a role similar to [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Asuna]], Alicetelia is a female [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] with a dash of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber's]] ideals, Rui displays some [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Newtype]] behavior, etc. [[spoiler: Even the Military Princess gets in on this, being an expy of an ''in-universe'' mascot character while her story is a send up to how offshoot franchises and original characters like Anime/BlackRockShooter got her their start.]]


* The cast of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' is basically a reunion of characters from past Creator/StudioTrigger and Creator/StudioGainax series. There's [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu]] (Alpha Omega Nova), [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Haruko]] (Midori), WebAnimation/InfernoCop [[spoiler: who turns into [[Anime/GurrenLagann Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]]]] (OVER JUSTICE), and [[Anime/LittleWitchAcademia Professor Ursula]] (Hisho). And that's not even counting the villains' side, which features [[Anime/LittleWitchAcademia Shiny Chariot]] (Lalaco) and a very [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Viral]]-esque [[spoiler:[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]] (the Blackholian commander-in-chief)]], just to name a few enemies. [[spoiler:Luluco herself would later turn out to be Trigger's mascot Trigger-chan. Not an expy of her, but [[OriginsEpisode the literal character]].]]

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* The cast of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' is basically a reunion of characters from past Creator/StudioTrigger and Creator/StudioGainax series. There's [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu]] (Alpha Omega Nova), [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Haruko]] (Midori), Haruko and Commander Amarao]] (Midori and Keiji), WebAnimation/InfernoCop [[spoiler: who turns into [[Anime/GurrenLagann Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]]]] (OVER JUSTICE), and [[Anime/LittleWitchAcademia Professor Ursula]] (Hisho). And that's not even counting the villains' side, which features [[Anime/LittleWitchAcademia Shiny Chariot]] (Lalaco) and a very [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Viral]]-esque [[spoiler:[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]] (the Blackholian commander-in-chief)]], just to name a few enemies. [[spoiler:Luluco herself would later turn out to be Trigger's mascot Trigger-chan. Not an expy of her, but [[OriginsEpisode the literal character]].]]

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* The cast of ''Manga/KillMeBaby'' are all based off of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' characters. Yasuna is Nanoha, Sonya is Fate, Agiri is Suzuka, and the Unused Character is Vita.


* ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' main cast consists mostly of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' expies. The most obvious are Kazuki (who is a mentor and HardDrinkingPartyGirl like Misato), Isla (who is a quiet, [[YourDaysAreNumbered sickly]] HeroicAlbino like Rei), and Michiru (who is a FieryRedhead who is {{tsundere}} for the brunette protagonist like Asuka).

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* ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' main cast consists mostly of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' expies. The most obvious are Kazuki (who is a mentor and HardDrinkingPartyGirl like Misato), Isla (who is a quiet, [[YourDaysAreNumbered sickly]] HeroicAlbino Heroic Albino like Rei), and Michiru (who is a FieryRedhead who is {{tsundere}} for the brunette protagonist like Asuka).


** Inaho is a dead ringer for Makoto Nanaya (minus the tail), due her [[CurtainsMatchTheWindows chestnut hair and eye color]], the animal ear-like hair bobbles atop her head, and her [[PerpetualSmiler perpetual]] CatSmile. All of which gives her the appearance of [[LittleBitBeastly a squirrel girl.]]

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** Inaho is a dead ringer for Makoto Nanaya (minus the tail), due her [[CurtainsMatchTheWindows [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow chestnut hair and eye color]], the animal ear-like hair bobbles atop her head, and her [[PerpetualSmiler perpetual]] CatSmile. All of which gives her the appearance of [[LittleBitBeastly a squirrel girl.]]

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* Pretty much any supe in ''ComicBook/TheBoys''. Like the above, it's a ''huge'' GenreDeconstruction, so this is kind of a given.

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* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': Most of the main superhero characters' abilities and costumes are very similar to those of famous established comic book superheroes.


* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': The game is a love letter to many old SuperRobot anime and as such it contains a lot of expies to them, such as the G-Kaiser to Anime/MazingerZ or Rafaga to Anime/Macross. It also has an Series/{{Ultraman}} expy named Pulsion.

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* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': The game is a love letter to many old SuperRobot anime and as such it contains a lot of expies to them, such as the G-Kaiser to Anime/MazingerZ or Rafaga to Anime/Macross.Anime/{{Macross}}. It also has an Series/{{Ultraman}} expy named Pulsion.


* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': The game is a love letter to many old SuperRobot anime and as such it contains a lot of expies to them, such as the G-Kaiser to Anime/MazingerZ or Rafaga to MacRoss. It also has an Series/{{Ultraman}} expy named Pulsion.

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* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': The game is a love letter to many old SuperRobot anime and as such it contains a lot of expies to them, such as the G-Kaiser to Anime/MazingerZ or Rafaga to MacRoss.Anime/Macross. It also has an Series/{{Ultraman}} expy named Pulsion.


* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': The game is a love letter to many old SuperRobot anime and as such it contains a lot of expies to them, such as the G-Kaiser to MazingerZ or Rafaga to MacRoss. It also has an Series/{{Ultraman}} expy named Pulsion.

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* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': The game is a love letter to many old SuperRobot anime and as such it contains a lot of expies to them, such as the G-Kaiser to MazingerZ Anime/MazingerZ or Rafaga to MacRoss. It also has an Series/{{Ultraman}} expy named Pulsion.


** ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'''s Freedom League is about 70% Justice League to 30% Avengers. Most obviously, the late Centurion is the SupermanSubstitute and the retired Raven I is Batman (the game operating in real time). Meanwhile the Atom Family are loosely the Fantastic Four, the Next Gen are the Titans with X-Men elements, and so on. The ''Atlas of Earth-Prime'' follows suit with the heroes of other countries, sometimes in unexpected ways (the heroine of Botswana is Mma Ramotswe from ''Number One Ladies Detective Agency'' with super-senses).

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** ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'''s Freedom League is about 70% Justice League to 30% Avengers. Most obviously, the late Centurion is the SupermanSubstitute and the retired Raven I is Batman (the game operating setting developing in real time). Meanwhile the Atom Family are loosely the Fantastic Four, the Next Gen are the Titans with X-Men elements, and so on. The ''Atlas of Earth-Prime'' follows suit with the heroes of other countries, sometimes in unexpected ways (the heroine of Botswana is Mma Ramotswe from ''Number One Ladies Detective Agency'' with super-senses).


** ''HaltEvilDoer'''s Patriots are also a JLA/Avengers mix, although it's closer to 50-50. The Tomorrow Syndicate is the X-Men led by Scarlet Witch, and in addition there have been various other "Tomorrow" groups paralleling X-Factor, X-Force, etc. Jack Union's Psychotic Seven is roughly Manchester Black's Elite, although it also includes the Swamp Thing, Aquaman/Namor and Black Panther expies ... and, more surprisingly, Hecate, the Troia counterpart.

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** ''HaltEvilDoer'''s ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer'''s Patriots are also a JLA/Avengers mix, although it's closer to 50-50. The Tomorrow Syndicate is the X-Men led by Scarlet Witch, and in addition there have been various other "Tomorrow" groups paralleling X-Factor, X-Force, etc. Jack Union's Psychotic Seven is roughly Manchester Black's Elite, although it also includes the Swamp Thing, Aquaman/Namor and Black Panther expies ... and, more surprisingly, Hecate, the Troia counterpart.

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** ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'''s Freedom League is about 70% Justice League to 30% Avengers. Most obviously, the late Centurion is the SupermanSubstitute and the retired Raven I is Batman (the game operating in real time). Meanwhile the Atom Family are loosely the Fantastic Four, the Next Gen are the Titans with X-Men elements, and so on. The ''Atlas of Earth-Prime'' follows suit with the heroes of other countries, sometimes in unexpected ways (the heroine of Botswana is Mma Ramotswe from ''Number One Ladies Detective Agency'' with super-senses).
** ''HaltEvilDoer'''s Patriots are also a JLA/Avengers mix, although it's closer to 50-50. The Tomorrow Syndicate is the X-Men led by Scarlet Witch, and in addition there have been various other "Tomorrow" groups paralleling X-Factor, X-Force, etc. Jack Union's Psychotic Seven is roughly Manchester Black's Elite, although it also includes the Swamp Thing, Aquaman/Namor and Black Panther expies ... and, more surprisingly, Hecate, the Troia counterpart.


Please note: To qualify, at least half of the work's major characters must be recognisable as derived from earlier ones. A work which has multiple Expies or Ersatzen simply because it has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters does not qualify..

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Please note: To qualify, at least half of the work's major characters must be recognisable as derived from earlier ones. A work which has multiple Expies or Ersatzen simply because it has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters does not qualify..
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* All of the characters from Advertising/ThePizzaHeadShow commercials draw inspiration from ''Series/MrBill''. Pizza Head is based off of Mr. Bill himself, being constantly injured just like him; the unseen human is based off of Mr. Hands, which is evident by the fact that only his hands are ever seen on-screen; and Steve the pizza cutter seems to be based on Mr. Sluggo, since both are silent antagonists. {{Justified|Trope}} as the commercials were, in fact, done by Mr. Bill creator Walter Williams.
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