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* The GN Tau Drives in ''Anime/Gundam00'', respectively named "pseudo-reactors" by the original creators, are only slightly less effective than the actual solar reactors. Yet, they can be mass-produced and allow Earth's nations to compete against the Gundams. The manuals explain that the Tau Drives have everything except the TD Blankets, which can be only made with materials from Jupiter and is part of a production process that takes up to a full year to make.
** In practical terms this has two effects. The first is the GN particles have unfortunate side-effects in high concentrations, complicating medical treatments of survivors of near misses. This is fixed by the second season (shown by the change in colour of the GN particles from red to orange). The second is that the Tau drives only have a finite amount of power and need periodic recharges while the originals act as a form of PerpetualMotionMachine. This generally isn't an issue until A-Laws and the Earth Alliance start attempting to replicate [[SuperMode Trans-Am Mode]] which drains the power completely.

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* The GN Tau Drives in ''Anime/Gundam00'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', respectively named "pseudo-reactors" by the original creators, are only slightly less effective than the actual solar reactors. Yet, they can be mass-produced and allow Earth's nations to compete against the Gundams. The manuals explain that the Tau Drives have everything except the TD Blankets, which can be only made with materials from Jupiter and is part of a production process that takes up to a full year to make.
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make. In practical terms this has two effects. effects: The first is the GN particles have unfortunate side-effects in high concentrations, complicating medical treatments of survivors of near misses. This is fixed by the second season (shown by the change in colour color of the GN particles from red to orange). The second is that the Tau drives only have a finite amount of power and need periodic recharges while the originals act as a form of PerpetualMotionMachine. This generally isn't an issue until A-Laws and the Earth Alliance start attempting to replicate [[SuperMode Trans-Am Mode]] which drains the power completely.


-> ''These are all imitations. As you say, these are all trifling swords. But there is no rule that says an imitation cannot defeat the original.''

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-> ''These ->''"These are all imitations. As you say, these are all trifling swords. But there is no rule that says an imitation cannot defeat the original.''"''




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* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' combines this with GoneHorriblyRight. The human-built Transformer Galvatron was built to be exactly like Megatron. And...he is exactly like Megatron.

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* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' combines this with GoneHorriblyRight. The human-built Transformer Galvatron was built to be exactly like Megatron. And... he is exactly like Megatron.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K''. Ork technology is either looted from enemies or built in vague imitation of their weapons (especially bolters). It annoys and horrifies the Adeptus Mechanicus to no end that such arms built with no respect for the techno-theological rules can often surpass their own wargear.

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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'' has the "Imitation Siwan sword", a CursedWithAwesome sword that does triple damage as well as multiplying your critical hit chances but also caps your maximum health to one-third of your normal maximum. Your protagonist immediately spots it for the unconvincing fake it is and puts on a show of being duped by it... because the little girl whose mother sells it to you is...adorable?

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Ork technology is either looted from enemies or built in vague imitation of their weapons (especially bolters). It annoys and horrifies the Adeptus Mechanicus to no end that such arms built with no respect for the techno-theological rules can often surpass their own wargear.

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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'' has the "Imitation Siwan sword", a CursedWithAwesome sword that does triple damage as well as multiplying your critical hit chances but also caps your maximum health to one-third of your normal maximum. Your protagonist immediately spots it for the unconvincing fake it is and puts on a show of being duped by it... because the little girl whose mother sells it to you is... adorable?




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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Schlock starts requisitioning knockoff [[PlasmaCannon BH-209 Plasguns]] from the ship's [[MobileFactory fabber]] after Strohl Munitions discontinues the model. They're about as prone to exploding as the original.
** Supplemental notes make mention that this is a serious problem for manufacturers since anyone with a sufficiently high-grade fabber can replicate anything they make once they have the plans.
** Schlock is also a fan of "imitation Ovalquik", which he might prefer to the original.

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Schlock starts requisitioning knockoff [[PlasmaCannon BH-209 Plasguns]] from the ship's [[MobileFactory fabber]] after Strohl Munitions discontinues the model. They're about as prone to exploding as the original.
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** In the same work, Saber's Noble Phantasm is Excalibur, the Sword of Eternally Distant Victory, an imitation of the real Excalibur. It's definitely weaker than the original... but Saber can forcefully treat ''anything'' from a butterknife to a tree branch to an actual blade as Excalibur and fire off the Phantasm, making it next to impossible to effectively disarm him.


See also VariantPowerCopying, which is an imperfect copy of someone else's ability, but may turn out to be as good (or even better) than the original.

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See also VariantPowerCopying, which is an imperfect copy of someone else's ability, but may turn out to be as good (or even better) than the original.
original. For RealLife examples of this trope, see NotSoCheapImitation.

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See also VariantPowerCopying, which is an imperfect copy of someone else's ability, but may turn out to be as good (or even better) than the original.



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** Schlock is also a fan of "imitation Ovalquik", which he might prefer to the original.


* Volpina from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is an EvilKnockoff of users of the fox miraculous created by [[TheCorrupter Hawk Moth]] using the power of the [[PrettyButterflies butterfly]] miraculous. She has all of the same powers that the fox miraculous bestows, but she is able to create as many [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]] as she wants. This is in contrast to Rene Rouge, the real owner of the Fox Miraculous, whose special power "Mirage" allows her to create one illusion before needing to recharge.

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* Volpina from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is an EvilKnockoff of users of the fox miraculous created by [[TheCorrupter Hawk Moth]] using the power of the [[PrettyButterflies butterfly]] miraculous. She has all of the same powers that the fox miraculous bestows, but she is able to create as many [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]] as she wants. This is in contrast to Rene Rouge, the real owner of the Fox Miraculous, whose special power "Mirage" allows her to create one illusion before needing to recharge. [[spoiler: At the end of season 2, it is revealed that the assumed limitations on the heroes' powers are due to inexperience rather than a hard limit, meaning that Volpina's apparent superior ability compared to Rena Rouge may be more due to Hawkmoth's greater ability in using the miraculous.]]


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* Part of TheReveal in ''Literature/TheFifthElephant'' is that the Dwarf relic, [[spoiler:the Scone of Stone was not stolen, but destroyed and that the supposed thieves are holding a replica instead]]. This trope comes into play when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Scone has been destroyed and replaced with multiple replicas already, as Dwarf bread doesn't last forever. The one recovered from the supposed thieves proves a suitably accurate replacement]].

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* Part of TheReveal in ''Literature/TheFifthElephant'' ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' is that the Dwarf relic, [[spoiler:the Scone of Stone was not stolen, but destroyed and that the supposed thieves are holding a replica instead]]. This trope comes into play when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Scone has been destroyed and replaced with multiple replicas already, as Dwarf bread doesn't last forever. The one recovered from the supposed thieves proves a suitably accurate replacement]].


* The Unlimited Blade Works in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is all about creating an unlimited arsenal of Noble Phantasms that are knockoffs. Shirou states that they can not defeat the original Noble Phantasms, but are still able to imitate their abilities to a close second. Gilgamesh is defeated by this Noble Phantasm because even though he has all the originals, he merely uses them as throwing objects, never utilizing them to their full potential. That, and being copies, they can be Broken, turning them into a single use version with a rank boost that bumps the power up to the same as the original. Since it's a copy you can always just make another one after breaking the first.

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* The Unlimited Blade Works in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is all about creating an unlimited arsenal of Noble Phantasms that are knockoffs. Shirou states that they can not defeat the original Noble Phantasms, but are still able to imitate their abilities to a close second. Gilgamesh is defeated by this Noble Phantasm because even though he has all the originals, he merely uses them as throwing objects, never utilizing them to their full potential. That, and being copies, they can be Broken, turning them into a single use version with a rank boost that bumps the power up to the same as the original. Since it's a copy you can always just make another one after breaking the first. And many abilities can't be effectively reduced at all, so a copy of say, Rule Breaker, is just as effective as the original because it's ability is absolute and not dependent on rank at all.



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** In practical terms this has two effects. The first is the GN particles have unfortunate side-effects in high concentrations, complicating medical treatments of survivors of near misses. This is fixed by the second season (shown by the change in colour of the GN particles from red to orange). The second is that the Tau drives only have a finite amount of power and need periodic recharges while the originals act as a form of PerpetualMotionMachine. This generally isn't an issue until A-Laws and the Earth Alliance start attempting to replicate [[SuperMode Trans-Am Mode]] which drains the power completely.




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** Supplemental notes make mention that this is a serious problem for manufacturers since anyone with a sufficiently high-grade fabber can replicate anything they make once they have the plans.


* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' once sold a large mass of drugs for what turned out to be CounterfeitCash. However, Cyril points out they're pretty ''good'' counterfeit bills, [[GoodForBad which even a knowing buyer would pay around twenty cents on the dollar for]], partially recouping their losses.

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* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' once sold a large mass of drugs for what turned out to be CounterfeitCash. However, Cyril points out they're pretty ''good'' counterfeit bills, [[GoodForBad which even a knowing buyer would pay around twenty cents on the dollar for]], for, partially recouping their losses.


* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' once sold a large mass of drugs for what turned out to be CounterfeitCash. However, Cyril points out they're pretty ''good'' counterfeit bills, which even a knowing buyer would pay around twenty cents on the dollar for, partially recouping their losses.

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* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' once sold a large mass of drugs for what turned out to be CounterfeitCash. However, Cyril points out they're pretty ''good'' counterfeit bills, [[GoodForBad which even a knowing buyer would pay around twenty cents on the dollar for, for]], partially recouping their losses.

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* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' once sold a large mass of drugs for what turned out to be CounterfeitCash. However, Cyril points out they're pretty ''good'' counterfeit bills, which even a knowing buyer would pay around twenty cents on the dollar for, partially recouping their losses.


* The Unlimited Blade Works in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is all about creating an unlimited arsenal of Noble Phantasms that are knockoffs. Shirou states that they can not defeat the original Noble Phantasms, but are still able to imitate their abilities to a close second. Gilgamesh is defeated by this Noble Phantasm because even though he has all the originals, he merely uses them as throwing objects, never utilizing them to their full potential.
** That, and being copies, they can be broken, turning them into a single use version with a rank boost that bumps the power up to the same as the original. Since it's a copy you can always just make another one after breaking the first.

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* The Unlimited Blade Works in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is all about creating an unlimited arsenal of Noble Phantasms that are knockoffs. Shirou states that they can not defeat the original Noble Phantasms, but are still able to imitate their abilities to a close second. Gilgamesh is defeated by this Noble Phantasm because even though he has all the originals, he merely uses them as throwing objects, never utilizing them to their full potential.
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potential. That, and being copies, they can be broken, Broken, turning them into a single use version with a rank boost that bumps the power up to the same as the original. Since it's a copy you can always just make another one after breaking the first.



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* In ''WebOriginal/SchlockMercenary'', Schlock starts requisitioning knockoff [[PlasmaCannon BH-209 Plasguns]] from the ship's [[MobileFactory fabber]] after Strohl Munitions discontinues the model. They're about as prone to exploding as the original.

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* In ''WebOriginal/SchlockMercenary'', ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Schlock starts requisitioning knockoff [[PlasmaCannon BH-209 Plasguns]] from the ship's [[MobileFactory fabber]] after Strohl Munitions discontinues the model. They're about as prone to exploding as the original.

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