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1Comic books, especially those published by Marvel and DC, have an extremely long history of making characters that fit the same positions as those from the other company.²! Marvel²Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} was intentionally marketed by Creator/StanLee as DC's cooler and more hip alternative and while none of Marvel's stuff directly echoes DC, many of them riff on the roles and status many of DC's characters have in their own universe:²!! Superman Substitutes²* Marvel is rather fond of [[SupermanSubstitute Superman Substitutes]]. ²** Comicbook/TheSentry has a backstory that he was supposedly created in the '60s, but was powerful enough that he actually made his writers and readers [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forget he existed]]. In both powers and personality, he's changed enough to be different from Superman, if only by being AxCrazy, and handled in (sometimes) interesting ways beyond being a rip-off. ²** Gladiator is even more blatantly another Superman (his real name is Kallark, has heat vision and freeze breath, is vulnerable to one specific type of radiation) not to mention a reference to ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', the inspiration for Superman and the fact nearly his entire original team were parallels to someone from ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes''. ²** Hyperion of ComicBook/SquadronSupreme. To make matters worse, this character has many alternate reality versions, such as the one in ComicBook/SupremePower. Yet another Superman equivalent is Sun God, a solar-powered FlyingBrick with EyeBeams, SuperSenses, and general NiceGuy person. [[]] ²** Blue Marvel has powers very similar to those of Superman, though to far lesser degrees. [[{{Deconstruction}} The character's purpose was to basically examine what would've happened if Superman had been black and ended up fighting crime during the 60's.]] His background also makes him the Marvel equivalent of ComicBook/{{Icon}}, another black superhero with Superman-like powers.²* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk is the WorldsStrongestMan, the same status Superman has in DC. Although the idea is executed differently for each hero, both have a duality between a shy, nerdy civilian identity and a super strong hero persona. The two of them were pitted against each other in the ''Marvel vs DC'' crossover, and there was even a ''The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman'' one-shot crossover in the late 90's. Some of Superman's more modern takes, namely his fears that he lives in a world made of cardboard and has to constantly hold back rather than let lose can be sourced in Bruce Banner[=/=]The Hulk's fears about his powers. Recent takes which include Lois Lane's crazy general dad Sam Lane is more less taking Bruce and Betty and Thunderbolt Ross's dynamic and giving it to Clark Kent.²* The ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' was originally the Marvel response to the Justice League and collectively Marvel's "first family" have the same in-universe status that Superman does as being the major respected heroes. The Baxter Building is their take on the Fortress of Solitude, i.e. a home that has technology and gizmos and stuff and portals into other dimensions (Phantom Zone[=/=]Negative Zone). Likewise, Reed Richards and Doctor Doom are very much based on Superman and Luthor being a rivalry where TheCape opposes a MadScientist who wants to TakeOverTheWorld with the latter having an IrrationalHatred for the hero.²* Franchise/SpiderMan or rather Peter Parker is a more up-to-date take on Clark Kent, orphaned kid raised by foster parents. A nerd who works at a daily newspaper office for a grumpy boss but secretly fights crime in a red and blue costume. Even the wisecracking nature of the character and being chased by the police have roots in Superman's early days. His love-life and woes with him/Gwen/MJ/Felicia can also be sourced to Superman and the girls who had crushes on him (Lois and Lana). Likewise Spider-Man and Superman both share the distinction of actually marrying their long-time girlfriends. Spidey was originally conceived as a teenager, so Peter Parker was essentially picking up where [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] (who had been planned as a child and aged into his teens, and was out of print when Lee and Ditko created Spidey) left off. Whenever Spider-Man teams up with Daredevil, their dynamic echoes the World's Finest team-up albeit on a much smaller scale.²* Spider-Man's sidekick Virtue/The Tiller was basically an extended {{take that}} towards Superman for as long as he lasted, though his story was more Goku from ''Franchise/DragonBall'' in that he was a member of a still active, if {{endangered|species}}, group of warmongers who did not know his true origins or purpose.²* As of 2012, Marvel's true Superman equivalent is none other than [[ComicBook/CarolDanvers Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel]] herself. ²* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is often viewed as DC's own version of Superman. Both are heroes who wear blue and red costumes. Both are the leaders of their universe's respective number one teams. Both are often the used as the moral center of their respective universes. Captain America's [[ComicBook/CivilWar recent]] [[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers philisophical]] clashes with Iron Man (viewed as Marvel's Batman by many) can also be viewed as mirroring how DC often puts Superman and Batman at odds.²!!Batman Substitutes²* Marvel has had several Franchise/{{Batman}} equivalents, starting with Nighthawk of the ComicBook/SquadronSupreme (of whom there have been at least three different versions) and ComicBook/MoonKnight, who has a similar role, abilities, equipment and even a butler assistant.²* Creator/FrankMiller's take on ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' is widely seen as his audition for writing ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. He turned what had been a lighthearted swashbuckling hero into a FilmNoir inspired superhero which anticipates the transformation undergone by Batman thanks to him. Many have pointed out that Matt Murdoch's Daredevil is more "batlike" than Batman (he's blind and navigates by echolocation-like sonar), while his horns and red eye-lenses gives him the look of TheCowl. Likewise he also studied ninja from Eastern mystics. His dynamic with Elektra also has parallels to Batman/Talia/Catwoman and Hell's Kitchen under Frank Miller's take is Marvel's own Gotham City. This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/MarkWaid's ''Daredevil'' run, where a random passerby referred to the title hero as "Red Batman". Whenever Daredevil and Spider-Man team-up, it's basically Marvel's own World's Finest duo.²* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica as Earth's greatest martial artist with his Robin like sidekick Bucky Barnes and use of gadgets and his shield which often works as a boomerang is quite similar to Batman and his batarangs. In terms of personality he is more like Superman and is often considered TheCape for them. Bucky's death and the way it haunted Steve anticipated and/or inspired Batman losing one of his own Robins and likewise at nearly the same time, both Jason Todd and Bucky Barnes returned BackFromTheDead BrainwashedAndCrazy before becoming anti-heroes.²* ''ComicBook/IronMan'', Anthony "Tony" Stark, a billionaire playboy genius philanthropist is Marvel's own take on Bruce Wayne and CrimefightingWithCash. His more colorful costume and the general focus on global business and ArmsDealer make Tony a more global, and at times cosmic, player than Batman does however. Iron Man's PoweredArmor in turn inspired modern takes on Batman's outfit.²* As a SmallStepsHero worried and committed to their city, Spider-Man also echoes Batman. Most notably, the fact that Spider-Man is a grappling, swinging, roofhopping and parkouring hero, long before Batman started doing that (his grappling hook comes from the Tim Burton movie). Another similarity between them is that they're both motivated by the loss of parental figures at the hands of criminals. Like Batman, Spider-Man also has an animal motif (and both spiders and bats are often seen as scary). In a case of RecursiveAdaptation, the 90's cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' made Bruce's LegacyCharacter Terry [=McGinnis=] into a Peter Parker-style hero (guilt over parental figure's death, need to atone, having an on-off long-term relationship with an outgoing party girl) which in turn led back to more modernized versions such as ''Film/SpidermanHomecoming'' (where Peter much like Terry is patronized by an older superhero in his case Tony Stark). ComicBook/SpiderMan2099 can also be viewed as an ACE to Terry as both are legacy characters created in the 90s whose stories take place in cyberpunk futures. Though Terry debuted in a cartoon while Miguel is from the comics.²* One of the Nighthawks even gained artificial wings, turning him into an ersatz of another DC hero, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}. Note that DC had their own masked hero named Night Hawk, but he was a gunfighter in the Old West (and apparently, a reincarnation of Hawkman!)²* Night Thrasher of the ComicBook/NewWarriors was a close analogue, right down to an almost identical origin [[note]]A wealthy orphan [[CrimeFightingWithCash who used his money to build an arsenal of crime-fighting gadgets]] after the murder of his parents.[[/note]] and a similar role within his team.²* Comicbook/BlackPanther. A wealthy, orphaned GadgeteerGenius, who while not as strong as his teammates, makes up for it by being a world-class martial artist and a master tactician. His helmet even resembles the silhouette of Batman's cowl.²!! Wonder Woman Substitutes²* ComicBook/TheMightyThor is Marvel's SpearCounterpart to Franchise/WonderWoman as he too has ties to a real-life mythology (Norse[=/=]Greek), a manipulative magic user serving as a constant nemesis (Loki[=/=]Circe), and a homeland of CrystalSpiresAndTogas (Asgard[=/=]Themyscira). He's also seen as Superman's equivalent due to having similar powers (flight, super strength), coming from another world, and being seen as a god by the people of Earth. The red cape helps as well. Once Creator/JackKirby left for DC, you had the ComicBook/NewGods which he saw as Thor's SpiritualSuccessor.²** Kirby once did a DC Comic in 1957 that featured a cowboy coming across Thor's hammer in the desert and taking his power. Kirby has claimed that this was where Marvel got the idea for using Norse myth. The Asgardians make a few cameos from time to time in DC Comics ²* In Greco-Roman mythology, the Amazons of Themyscira and the Greek hero Heracles share a rivalry, since Heracles seduced Queen Hippolyta and stole her enchanted belt. This carried over into both DC and Marvel comics:²** In the DC Comics, Hercules (debuted in 1941) is a misogynistic and villainous character who was punished by the Amazons for defiling them; he later became an anti-hero who sought redemption for his actions.²** In the Marvel comics, it was the reverse: Hercules (debuted in 1965) was a superhero (and Thor's best friend) and Hippolyta and the Amazons were villains. Hippolyta had a daughter called Artume, and she was a parallel to Wonder Woman.²*** Ironically, when DC and Marvel did a crossover Wonder Woman encountered Marvel Hercules and was disgusted at how different things had become. ²** Marvel and DC also had their own versions of the Greco-Roman war god Ares, both of whom were initially villains but later got anti-heroic portrayals. ²* ComicBook/SheHulk is often hailed as Marvel's answer to Wonder Woman, as noted on her page quote, since she too is a morally just and physically strong AmazonianBeauty. Both are often pitted against each other in crossovers and "Who Would Win?" debates.²* In later years Marvel has been trying to play up Comicbook/CarolDanvers as their answer to Diana Prince. Although she started out as Marvel's Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} (female sidekick to a male humanoid alien), Marvel's 2012 retool made her a leading lady. Most notably, [[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 her origin movie]] resembles [[Film/WonderWoman2017 Diana's]] as it too is a prequel that is set in a past decade after she'd already appeared in the present day.²* ComicBook/{{Storm}} is sometimes thought to be a better equivalent to Wonder Woman as she is also the most popular female hero of her universe and is worshipped in-universe as a deity. They also share a composed, regal, LadyOfWar / LadyOfBlackMagic bearing. When the ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse merged the heroes of both universes, Ororo and Diana became Princess Ororo of Themiscyra.²* ComicBook/AmericaChavez is a FlyingBrick warrior princess from an all-woman utopia, who willingly left that utopia because she wanted to be a hero.²²!!Legion of Super-Heroes Substitutes²* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the original lineup of the superpowered Imperial Guard surrounding the Shi'ar empress Lilandra was composed of alternate company equivalents of DC's Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.²** Which actually makes the aforementioned Gladiator a copy of ComicBook/{{Superboy}}.²** LampshadeHanging in an issue of ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Rocket Raccoon sarcastically calls Mentor, the Imperial Guard's green-skinned ubergenius, "Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}".²** Interestingly, after their first run-in with the Imperial Guard, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} would steal Timber Wolf counterpart Fang's costume and wear it for much of the team's adventures in space, meaning [[MindScrew Wolverine was wearing the suit of the guy based on the guy he himself was partially based on.]]²** On the other hand, the Legion has Gates: a teleporter with blue (equivalent of) skin, black-and-red costume, three fingers per hand and [[MonochromaticEyes bright pupil-less eyes]], much like a counterpart of X-Man ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}. Coincidentally or not, Dave Cockrum created Nightcrawler for an unused Legion spin-off, then carried the character along to Marvel.²* Marvel and DC have two futuristic superhero teams with ties to the present continuities: the original Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy and the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}. Both teams are vastly different but share the same concept as well as "modern" versions of said teams: the modern Guardians and [[ComicBook/LEGIONDCComics L.E.G.I.O.N.]].²* As previously stated the Franchise/XMen's Wolverine was (partially) based on the Legionarre wildman Timber Wolf, this includes the HornedHairdo, and while they both use claws Wolverine's are quite different and much more iconic.²²! DC Comics²!! Captain America Substitutes²* DC has a few different ComicBook/CaptainAmerica equivalents. The most notable is probably [[ComicBook/{{Steel}} Commander Steel]] and his various [[LegacyCharacter successors]], all of whom have costumes and abilities ''extremely'' similar to those of Cap. The original Steel even had the same basic origin, with the only difference being that his strength was derived from [[ArtificialLimbs robotic limbs]] rather than a SuperSerum. ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the similarities between the two by having Steel perform Captain America's trademark [[ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks shield throw]] during the [[GrandFinale final episode]]. There's also General Glory from the ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', who was essentially Captain America [[CompositeCharacter crossed]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY with]] ComicBook/{{Shazam}}. He even had an {{Expy}} of [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]] named Ernie.²* Agent Liberty is another Justice Leaguer who was influenced by Cap.²* The ComicBook/{{Guardian}}, who was created by Joe Simon and Creator/JackKirby, the same duo that introduced Captain America. He wasn't a patriotic hero, but much like Cap, was a BadassNormal with an indestructible shield.²* In a reversal it can be said that Captain America is the equivalent of Uncle Sam of the ComicBook/FreedomFighters, who predates Cap by 8 months. Uncle Sam turned out to be less human and more AnthropomorphicPersonification over time though.²* Possibly DC's most amusing Capt. sub is ComicBook/RexTheWonderdog, since he's a dog. He only really has the bit about being a WWII vet and sole success of a SuperSoldier experiment prior to the serum, scientist in charge and notes being destroyed in a Nazi attack in common with the Captain, since the military was testing things on animals instead of injecting experimental untested drugs into humans in this verse.²!! Fantastic Four Substitutes²* ''Adventures of Superman'' #466 told the story of a space shuttle crew whose encounter with a NegativeSpaceWedgie gave them mutations reminiscent of the Fantastic Four; in a subversion, the results were [[BlessedWithSuck painful, unstable, more of a disadvantage than an advantage, and ultimately fatal]]. (One of the crew, however, was later brought BackFromTheDead as the Cyborg Superman, a recurring villain who irrationally blamed Superman for the accident.) Amusingly, he was the villain in the IntercontinuityCrossover ''Superman/Fantastic Four''. And he ''noticed'' the parallels between his origin and that of the Fantastic Four.²* The Fantastic Four and their origin are also homaged in an issue of ComicBook/BoosterGold, where Booster stops a rocket launch and four suspiciously familiar astronauts complain about it.²* The final issue of the "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite" [''sic''] Superman arc revealed an unusual fact about Mxyzptlk; he sometimes goes slumming in a universe that resembled the Marvel Universe, under the guise of a green-and-purple shapeshifting alien (in other words, Marvel's Impossible Man) while tormenting a quartet of heroes who vaguely resemble the Fantastic Four. The issue even borrowed the plot twist from Impy's first encounter with the FF, by having the FF walk away from their antagonist, essentially refusing to play with him. Later, though, after the two characters had developed in different directions, they confirmed themselves as separate characters, and really disliked each other.[[note]]The reason? Mxy is a big fat '''liar'''.[[/note]]²* The Fantastic Four are themselves reminiscent of an older DC Comics team, the ComicBook/ChallengersOfTheUnknown (also a Creator/JackKirby creation), albeit ones that became better known than the original. In ''[[ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse Amalgam Comics]]'', the two are combined to make the Challengers of the Fantastic.²* In ''[[Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational Justice League America]]'', [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the writers jokingly pointed out the similarities between Fire and the Human Torch]] by having a citizen mistake Fire for her Marvel counterpart. [[YouWannaGetSued He was cut off before he could explicitly call her "Human Torch"]], but the intention was clear.²* The DC series ''ComicBook/TheTerrifics'' is pretty explicitly one for the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', likely due to the latter team being ScrewedByTheNetwork as of 2017. The team's lineup possesses the same roles as the original team, with the somewhat distant BadassBookworm and superscientist ([[ComicBook/MisterTerrific Mr. Terrific]] to Mr. Fantastic), the jokey prankster with impressive powers and a good heart (ComicBook/PlasticMan to Human Torch), the rough-edged BoisterousBruiser with a monstrous look (ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} to The Thing), and the down-to-Earth younger woman with the ability to vanish ([[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Phantom Girl]] to Invisible Woman). The creators have even explicitly cited the Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four stories as an inspiration.²!! Spider-man Substitutes²* ComicBook/{{Static}} and Franchise/SpiderMan. The main difference besides powers being that Static is an ethnic minority and deals with gangs more than jocks/bullies. Even [[WordOfGod confirmed]] by the late Creator/{{Dwayne McDuffie}} to be a modern reinterpretation of Spider-Man, that he came up with during his time working at Marvel, but it didn't go through 'til he published it under Creator/MilestoneComics, which DC eventually bought, making him the A.C.E. for two companies opposed to Marvel. Power wise, the much more powerful grown up Static is about the same as ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. ²** ComicBook/MilesMorales, Peter's successor in the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] is considered by some to be Marvel's answer to Static as both are black teenagers in the Peter Parker mold. Miles even has ShockAndAwe powers just like Static.²* From around ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' on the Comicbook/BlueBeetle has been shaping up to be DC's Spider-Man counterpart, both of them being wisecracking bug-themed (well, spiders are arachnids, but still...) superheroes who have an AffirmativeActionLegacy. This is actually older than they think - Ted Kord's Blue Beetle and Spidey share a common creator in Steve Ditko (and as a result, both had a flirtation with Objectivism early on).²* ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}} III (Tim Drake) was created with conscious nods to the web-slinger, such as his hobby of photography and interest in science and creating his own gadgets, and was the first Robin to act as more of an independent kid hero than a straight sidekick as well as the first to headline his own series. While the similarities were very noticeable at the start of Tim's run the differences between the two quickly became much more prevalent as those similarities were phased out.²²²! Miscellaneous DC-Marvel examples²* Believe it or not, Marvel actually has a character called Scarecrow. Though in a way Marvel's Scarecrow is more like a CompositeCharacter of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Scarecrow]] from DC and [[Franchise/TheFlash Ragdoll]], Marvel Scarecrow had an abusive mother like DC's version had an abusive aunt, but ran away to join the circus and then became a contortionist like Ragdoll is. His adrenal glands later got the ability to emit a pheromone that caused any living thing within twenty feet to have a panic attack, like DC Scarecrow's fear toxin. And when he came back from the dead he could directly cause fear in others. This is taken to its logical conclusion when the [[ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse Amalgam comics]] combined both Scarecrows into one. ²* DC has had a few teams which can be considered to be their answer to Marvel's ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy such as [[ComicBook/LEGIONDCComics L.E.G.I.O.N.]] and ComicBook/OmegaMen. Like the Guardians, both are a ragtag group of spacefaring heroes of varying morality.²* [[Characters/SpiderManGoblins Green Goblin]], [[ComicBook/{{Carnage}} Carnage]], and [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Bullseye]] are considered each corresponding hero's answer to ComicBook/TheJoker, not just because of their status as {{Arch Enem|y}}ies but because how they each have traits that only they truly share with the Joker, with the Goblin sharing the laugh, [[LargeHam the ham factor]], the [[ManipulativeBastard inhuman madness and intelligence]], and JokerImmunity (to a point). Carnage shares the SerialKiller background as well as the complete insanity and distorted perception of the world, to the point where Cletus Cassidy is pretty much Joker bonded to a symbiote. Bullseye shares the unknown origin and identity, [[ImprobableWeaponUser the unusual weapons]], and rivals even Joker for the title of most insane man in comics. Nowadays though, ComicBook/NormanOsborn has a persona of a manipulative ComicBook/LexLuthor and a persona of a crazed Joker and will flip between the two at the drop of a hat.²* Also Marvel: The company's 1980s-vintage [[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse New Universe]] line originally started with the idea of taking DC's most famous character concepts and doing them Marvel-style; however by the time the New Universe reached the stands, the only survivor of this concept was ''Star Brand'', based on Franchise/GreenLantern. That said, ComicBook/{{Quasar}} is the Marvel-proper answer to Green Lanterns, as is ComicBook/{{Nova}}. Quasar's powers are nearly identical and Nova is part of an [[SpacePolice intergalactic police force]], akin to the Green Lanterns.²* Marvel's ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' is a direct take off of the classic DC ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'' lineup. Creator/JMichaelStraczynski retooled them in ''ComicBook/SupremePower'', re-doing character backstories which made them both more realistic and a little more distinct from their original versions (except for Hyperion, who became ''more'' like Franchise/{{Superman}}). When ''Supreme Power'' was starting up, DC tried to sue Marvel over it, but the judge ruled that they'd let it stand too long.²** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Comicbook/JLAAvengers'' crossover series when {{ComicBook/Hawkeye}}, upon first seeing the Justice League, assumes they're nothing more than Squadron Supreme wannabes.²** Many consider the Avengers to be Marvel's equivalent of the Justice League. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/IronMan3'', where Happy mockingly refers to the Avengers as "The WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}". ²* Mongul of DC, who was created by Jim Starlin to rip off ComicBook/{{Thanos}} of Marvel, who was created by Starlin to rip off ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} of DC.²* [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad King Faraday]] and [[{{Expy}} Nick]] [[ComicBook/NickFury Fury]].²** ComicBook/AmandaWaller and [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] ComicBook/NickFury.²* DC's SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} is an obvious parody of the gritty NinetiesAntiHero (though he first appeared in the eighties), while his powers are specific parodies of Marvel's ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. Lobo himself was parodied in Marvel when SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} meets up with a very similar character named "Dirty Wolff". The circle came 'round again when Marvel came up with Lunatik, an [[UpToEleven even more over-the-top]] (if that can be believed) parody of Lobo. It should be noted that both characters were created by the same person. Lobo also has another equivalent in Creator/RobLiefeld's Bloodwulf. Of course, ''all'' of Liefeld's characters are stupidly overmuscled grizzled anti-heroes - this time he just meant it as a joke. The cover of the first issue of his comic features Bloodwulf smiling menacingly as Lobo's limp body hangs from his own chain, by the way. And the second issue features a cameo by Lobo as a drunken has-been.²* DC once did this to itself: In a [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Pre-Crisis]] story, Superman met accidental dimensional traveler Captain Thunder, who was very obviously based on the ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' version of Captain Marvel which DC owned and was publishing by that time. Of course, before DC bought the character, Captain Marvel was the Fawcett Comics equivalent to Superman. Since DC's acquisition, they've put the characters through DivergentCharacterEvolution. That said, when a team of alternate Supermen is assembled in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Superman Beyond'', one of the members is Earth-5's Captain Marvel, whose world is said to be simpler and kinder than that of his core DCU version.²** Captain Marvel himself has what is considered a Marvel Comics Equivalent, not specifically due to similar powers or characterization but because Marvel Comics has [[NamesTheSame its own hero called]] [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]. (Fawcett's trademark to the name lapsed before DC got the character, so Marvel took advantage.) Amalgam Comics merged them into a single character named Captain Marvel, while ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded the name coincidence]] by making both of them think, in unison, a "Captain Marvel, watch out!" warning. A more direct example would be Captain Hero, who like Captain Marvel was an orphaned little boy with the power to turn into [[OlderAlterEgo an adult]] FlyingBrick.²* DC's ComicBook/SwampThing and Marvel's ComicBook/ManThing are very similar, yet debuted within a month of each other, too close together for one to be based on the other. It may be worth noting that Len Wein, the creator of Swamp Thing and Gerry Conway, the creator of Man-Thing, were roommates at the time. According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]], Man-Thing co-creator Steve Gerber later asked Wein about Swamp Thing in order to distinguish the two characters more. It's also worth noting that both characters are extremely similar to The Heap from Hillman Periodicals, who predates either of them and is now in the public domain. There is a copy of WHAT THE? in which [[CaptainErsatz Man-Thang]] fights Swamp-Thang over who stole whose origin.²** Same with Marvel's ComicBook/XMen and DC's ComicBook/DoomPatrol (which may be inspired by Marvel's Fantastic Four).²** Though DC's Legion of Super-Heroes may be the origin of many aspects of the X-Men.²** ComicBook/IronMan's foe Blizzard and Franchise/TheFlash's foe Captain Cold. ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' even included a ShoutOut to this by having Blizzard wear a parka like Cold.²* The authors of DC's ''ComicBook/FreedomFighters'' and Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheInvaders'' decided to do a pseudo-crossover; each team fought a team based on the other called (in both books) The Crusaders.²** Most people forget that Marvel started out with JLA-equivalent ''villains'' called the Squadron Sinister, and it wasn't until a year or two later that their heroic counterparts the Squadron Supreme appeared. Making the Squadron Sinister a mild TakeThat, a semi-AffectionateParody, or somewhere in between. Definitely the latter. It was a mutual in-joke between DC and Marvel, see the below entry for clarification.²* During ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', Ben Grimm refused to take a side in the conflict and briefly moved to Paris. Their local heroes were [[ a light-hearted Justice League pastiche]], riffing on how [[DarkerAndEdgier grimdark]] things were getting back in America. Their leader was a Superman expy (or, given his white costume and blonde hair, a RuleSixtyThree version of ComicBook/PowerGirl) named Adamantine. Also present were expies of Batman, Catwoman, Flash and Green Lantern - and a composite of Deadman and the Question.²* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates2015'':²** This group is arguably a more serious take on a "Marvel Justice League", bringing existing characters together to deal exclusively with cosmic-level threats and problems.²** Blue Marvel (mentioned above) was already a Superman riff, and ComicBook/AmericaChavez was based on Wonder Woman. Add to that Black Panther ([[Franchise/{{Batman}} a peak human specimen]] with massive resources in a black, pointy-eared costume), ComicBook/MonicaRambeau (a woman who can [[Franchise/TheFlash move at lightspeed]]), and Carol Danvers ([[Franchise/GreenLantern a test pilot turned space hero]]). Oh, and their closest ally is the new-and-improved version of Galactus ([[ComicBook/MartianManhunter an immortal alien]] who's the LastOfHisKind).²* In the 70s, the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} faced a team of [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]-duplicates called the Champions of Angor. In the 80s, they joined forces with the remains of that team against duplicates of Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}} (Tracker), ComicBook/DoctorOctopus (Gorgon), ComicBook/{{Magneto}} (Dr. Diehard), ComicBook/DoctorDoom (Lord Havok), and Dormammu (Dreamslayer). Two members of the Champions would subsequently join Justice League Europe: Bluejay (based on Yellowjacket) and the Silver Sorceress (based on the Comicbook/ScarletWitch). A few years after that Bluejay was, very briefly, the ''leader'' of the united Justice League.²** The original Squadron Supreme and Champions of Angor stories were the result of another pseudo-crossover, in the same spirit as the Crusaders stories, and instigated by the same writer (Roy Thomas).²** The 2007 miniseries ''Lord Havok and the Extremists'', featuring an alternate version of Angor (the ''Supreme Power'' to the original's ''Squadron Supreme''?), continued this, for instance establishing that Diehard is the Sorceress's father and used to run a school for metahumans. It also introduced the Champions' leader Americommando (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica) who is President (after the death of President Tin Man, that is) following something very like Marvel's ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' and having an affair with Bluejay's wife (a reference to the Cap/Wasp relationship in ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'').²** In the 2014 series ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity'', the characters of Earth-8 are all based off Creator/MarvelComics properties. The Retaliators (Comicbook/TheAvengers) consist of the American Crusader (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica), Machinehead (Comicbook/IronMan), Behemoth (Comicbook/IncredibleHulk), Wundajin (ComicBook/TheMightyThor), Ladybug (Comicbook/SpiderWoman), Major Max ([[Comicbook/CarolDanvers Captain Marvel]]), Kite (Comicbook/TheFalcon), Red Dragon (Comicbook/BlackWidow) and Deadeye (Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}). There's also the Future Family (the Comicbook/FantasticFour) and a pastiche of the X-Men called the G-Men (later the Zen-Men), whose ranks include Uni-Orb (Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}), Windrider (Comicbook/{{Storm}}), Night Troller (Comicbook/{{Nightcrawler}}) and unidentified analogues of Comicbook/JeanGrey, Comicbook/{{Colossus}} and a few other mutant heroes. And, of course, an there's also an appearance by Lord Havok (Doctor Doom).²* ''[[Comicbook/JonathanHickmansAvengers New Avengers]]'' Vol. 3 introduced another Justice League pastiche called the Great Society. The team consisted of Sun God (Superman), the Rider (Batman, right down to having the first name "Wayne"), the Norn (ComicBook/DoctorFate mixed with a bit of ComicBook/{{Shazam}} and possibly [[Comicbook/BooksOfMagic Timothy Hunter]]), Doctor Spectrum (Green Lantern), the Boundless (the Flash), and the Jovian (ComicBook/MartianManhunter). For bonus points, their name was a ShoutOut to the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.²* The zombie Avengers team from ''Comicbook/MarvelZombies Return'' was another deliberate Justice League homage, with the Sentry as a stand-in for Superman, Moon Knight for Batman, Thundra for Wonder Woman, Quicksilver for the Flash, Quasar for Green Lantern, Namor for Aquaman and the Super-Skrull for Martian Manhunter.²* The Super-Axis from ''Comicbook/TheInvaders'' were a similar parody of the Justice League. Master Man was supposed to be Superman, Warrior Woman was Wonder Woman, Baron Blood was Batman, and U-Man was Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.²* A StoryArc in ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman'' featured "The Maximums", parodies of both the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] and their Comicbook/UltimateMarvel equivalents, the Ultimates. In the last issue, Mxyzptlk did a LampshadeHanging on this, asking the other characters to guess who they were based on. (The in-story answer was that they were created by mix-and-matching aspects of Superman and Batman. What, if anything, this was meant to imply about the Marvel writers who created the Avengers is left as an exercise for the reader.) Ironically, the writer of that arc, Creator/JephLoeb, went on to write ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' themselves some years later. Which, some might argue, also featured ''parodies'' of the original Ultimates.²* Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi) of the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] and [[Comicbook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]][[IHaveManyNames / Photon/Spectrum]] (Comicbook/MonicaRambeau) of Comicbook/TheAvengers. Not only do both heroines sport [[LightEmUp light manipulation powers]] and black and white costumes, but Doctor Light was actually conceived as a black woman before George Perez and Marv Wolfman realized this would make her seem ''too'' similar to Monica.²* DC's Rampage has a similar set of powers and origin to Marvel's Hulk. Some fans have also said that Doomsday is DC's Hulk equivalent in terms of power and appearance. Not to mention Solomon Grundy. And Loose Cannon (Comicbook/TheNew52 continuity has ''[[DecompositeCharacter two of them]]''). And Comicbook/TheNew52 Damage. DC really seems to be as fond of Hulk's analogues as Marvel is of Superman's. ²* Marvel's SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} looks suspiciously like DC's Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}, both of them starting off as evil mercenaries; even their names are similar (Wade Wilson and Slade Wilson respectively, though Wade was not named until years and many writers after his intro) but through CharacterDevelopment, and Deadpool's NoFourthWall ability, they're now completely different from each other.²** Acknowledged in ''Superman/Batman'''s first annual, written by former Deadpool writer Joe Kelly, which involves the heroes fighting both Deathstroke and their {{Evil Counterpart}}s. Deathstroke's good counterpart from the same universe as the villains is portrayed as being an obvious CaptainErsatz of Deadpool, complete with the regeneration powers and smart-alec attitude.²** ''Comicbook/HarleyQuinn'' introduced another Deadpool parody named Red Tool, who even has bizarre speech bubbles similar to the ones used by Deadpool. The character was created by Jimmy Palmiotti, another former ''Deadpool'' writer.²** There's an old joke amongst comic fans: "Where do you practice your Deathstroke? In the Deadpool."²* ''Comicbook/HarleyQuinn'' has become this for ''Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}''--both involve [[BiTheWay bisexual]] {{Anti Hero}}ic[==]{{Anti Villain}}ous characters who have DenserAndWackier adventures, and their outfits even feature similar red and black color schemes. Some of their specific storylines are pretty similar, such as the Deadpool Corps vs. the Gang of Harleys. ²* It didn't start off like this but ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' DC's Monitors are basically Creator/GrantMorrison's version of Marvel's Watchers.²* The relationship between DC's Comicbook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary is mirrored in Marvel's Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} and ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}. Their weapons and personalities are also all similar.²** Though they [[DivergentCharacterEvolution ended up becoming very different from their DC counterparts]], on a purely conceptual level, Hawkeye and Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} basically started off as "Comicbook/GreenArrow and Franchise/TheFlash [[JustForFun/XMeetsY if they were villains]]". Interestingly DC actually has a speedster named Quicksilver from the Golden Age.²* Angel from the Comicbook/XMen or Comicbook/TheFalcon could arguably be seen as the Marvel equivalents of Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}. The latter was even shown battling Hawkman on one of the ''Comicbook/JLAAvengers'' covers.²** As mentioned above, Nighthawk was pushed as Marvel's equivalent of Hawkman for a while. ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' even had Hawkgirl (Hawkman's DistaffCounterpart) as Nighthawk's stand-in for the show's version of ComicBook/TheDefenders.²** In the Golden Age, Marvel's (Timely at the time) Red Raven could be seen as their answer to Hawkman.²* DC has Amazo and Marvel has the Super-Adaptoid.²* Marvel has the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} while DC has the Comicbook/SuicideSquad. [[BoxedCrook Both teams are headed mostly by reformed villains or bad guys forced to fight crime.]]²* DC's Cassandra Cain (Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2000}}) and Marvel's ComicBook/{{X 23}} are very similar in many ways, which has been noted by fans. To clarify: they were both [[{{Tykebomb}} raised as assassins]] and had really crappy childhoods, they are both [[NoSocialSkills severely lacking in social skills]] because of that, they have similar relationships with their father/mentor (depending on which girl you're talking about), they have similar skill sets and [[WaifFu fighting styles]], and they're both rather dark and intimidating in looks/costume design. On the other hand, X-23 is superpowered while Batgirl [[BadassNormal is not]], and X-23 has a DarkActionGirl personality while Batgirl is quite [[ThouShaltNotKill the]] [[CuteMute opposite]].²** In Laura's film debut, ''Film/{{Logan}}'', she is played by 11 year old Creator/DafneKeen, making her a good bit younger than the teen she's usually portrayed as being. Cassandra's film debut in ''Film/BirdsOfPrey2020'' has her portrayed as similarly younger than her comic counterpart by 12 year old Ella Basco. Although it remains to be seen if it's a coincidence or it was intentionally done like the ''Wonder Woman'' movie influencing ''Captain Marvel'' example above. ²** Another example would be DC's [[ComicBook/SecretSix Scandal Savage]]. Debuting about a year after X-23. She shares her WolverineClaws (even if Scandal's are gauntlets, rather than biological), her DarkActionGirl characterization and her HealingFactor which she also got from her [[ComicBook/VandalSavage father]].²* As Hispanic (or half-Hispanic) replacements for insect (or arachnid)-based characters who are [[LegacyCharacter successors]] to characters created (or co-created) by Creator/SteveDitko, this claim has been made about [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Jaime Reyes]] and ComicBook/MilesMorales. Similarly, some fans see the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle and the Sam Alexander version of ComicBook/{{Nova}} as counterparts. They're both good natured Mexican-American teens from border states who got their powers from extraterrestrial artifacts. Their books also share the same comedic, LighterAndSofter tone.²* In the introduction of "ComicBook/TheJudasContract" ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' paperback, Marv Wolfman says he was banking on a perception of this by readers. Chris Claremont had recently introduced young, cute, spunky, and slightly bratty ComicBook/KittyPryde to his ''[[ComicBook/XMen Uncanny X-Men]]'' to much positive reception. So when the young, cute, spunky, and slightly bratty Terra joined the Titans, people assumed she would be much the same. [[spoiler:From the beginning though, it was clear that Terra was absolutely opposite in personality from Kitty, constantly lying to and provoking her teammates and eventually revealed to be TheMole for Titans arch-enemy Deathstroke and a full-blooded sociopath to boot. Wolfman admitted he was totally banking on the shock value of a "Kitty Pryde turns evil" revelation.]]²* In terms of resident [[SuperSpeed speedsters]], DC has Franchise/TheFlash and Marvel has Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}}. Although there are beings capable of super-speed in both universes, both men are ''the'' best-known speedsters for their respective sides, both are considered the fastest, and they've been paired against each other in crossovers (which of them will win depends on the story and/or [[PopularityPower reader voting]]). The major differences between them include the fact that the Flash is a LegacyCharacter (at least four different individuals in DC's comic timeline have inherited the title from the Golden Age to now) whereas Quicksilver is the only known individual whose sole power is moving really fast; Flash is unquestionably a hero, whereas Quicksilver's gone through the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor several times; and Flash gained his speed through a FreakLabAccident (Speed Force connection notwithstanding), whereas Quicksilver got his speed by virtue of being a mutant. Another key difference between them is that Quicksilver can run at slightly more than the speed of light, whereas the Flash has no real limit to his speed.²* Mogo The Living Planet, DC's answer to Ego The Living Planet, though better known as he is a Franchise/GreenLantern.²* Comicbook/DoctorFate and Comicbook/DoctorStrange, DC and Marvel respectively, both of whom have been referred to as "The Sorcerer Supreme" though it's the latter's official title. Fate is a legacy character, however, and Strange actually is a medical doctor (former surgeon). They got merged into Doctor Strangefate in Amalgam Comics. Although currently, DC's magic representative character seems to be ComicBook/JohnConstantine.²* Not a character but a series, DC's ComicBook/TinyTitans can be seen as an answer to Marvel's ComicBook/MiniMarvels. The difference being that ComicBook/TinyTitans features the sidekicks as kids, whereas ComicBook/MiniMarvels features EVERY superhero as a kid ([[VagueAge or not]]).²* [=DC=]'s ComicBook/{{Robin}}s I and II, [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and [[ComicBook/RedHood Jason Todd]], respectively, and Marvel's ComicBook/BuckyBarnes have done this quite a bit over the years.²** Bucky started off as a Timely Comics attempt to bottle the lightning success of the Boy Wonder, Dick Grayson. Bucky took over as Captain America after he died in ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', bringing his own methods to the role. Dick would do the same a year later when Bruce Wayne died in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. After faking he was "killed" in ''ComicBook/FearItself'', Bucky went on to continue his black ops spy work with ComicBook/BlackWidow, in his own ''Winter Soldier'' ongoing series. Years later, Dick would also ditch his costumed identity, Nightwing, to become a black ops spy with a hot lady partner after he was supposedly "killed" in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''.²** Bucky and Jason Todd fulfilled the DeadSidekick role, though Bucky was killed much earlier than Jason. Bucky and Jason came back to life as gun-toting villains around the same time, though Bucky was accepted by his mentor as not having been himself, and was accepted by the superhero community after his return. Jason was not, due to being unrepentant in his actions, but in the New 52, sort-of is.²** Strangely enough, DC attempted to replicate the success of Bucky's 2000s return with Roy Harper. Roy went from a happy single dad to losing an arm and getting a cyborg replacement, much like Bucky, and turning into a vengeful anti-hero. The wrinkle is Roy wasn't brainwashed, his daughter was killed and he became addicted to drugs again. Roy essentially filled Bucky's previous villainous role as the fallen sidekick, but this wasn't well-received and, unlike Bucky, it didn't give him that much more prominence than he already had. It was later undone with the New 52.²* DC has Hiro Okamura while Marvel has Amadeus Cho, both Asian TeenGenius characters.²* Comicbook/TheWasp from Comicbook/TheAvengers and Bumblebee from the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''. In fact, depending on the adaptation or continuity, Bumblebee can shrink and fire energy blasts like the Wasp does.²* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' arc ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' (and the ''Secret Origin'' retcon that followed) turned Lois and Lucy Lane's father, General Sam Lane, into one of Hulk antagonist General "Thunderbolt" Ross. Both are aging military men and emotionally distant fathers who have strained relationships with their female children. Both see their sons-in-law as unworthy of their daughters. Both relentlessly pursue and harass a superhero who, unbeknownst to them, is said son-in-law. Both are colossal hypocrites with a good dose of MoralMyopia, both turn their daughters into supervillains (Ross turns Betty into Red She-Hulk, while Lane turns Lucy into Superwoman) and both eventually become the thing they hate (metaphorically in Lane's case, and literally in Ross'). The same storyline saw longtime Superman foe Metallo become Lane's right-hand man, and gain a number of traits similar to those of Ross' henchman Glenn Talbot.²* Creator/GrantMorrison’s ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'' for Creator/DCComics and Creator/JonathanHickman’s ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' for Creator/MarvelComics. Both series started a few years apart (though Multiversity was in the planning stages much longer) and deal with the cross-through between alternate Earths, as well as the possible destruction of the Multiverse.²** As well as a reference to the space between universes by Hickman as "Bleed", the same term DC uses, and an event in Multiversity similar to the 'incursions' facing the Marvel Multiverse. Each also features a team similar to but distinct from that company's main group of heroes (the heroes of the DC Multiverse assembled similarly to the Justice League, the Illuminati filling in for the Avengers) meeting a Multiversal equivalent to the competitions' team; the DC heroes meet [[Comicbook/TheAvengers "The Retaliators"]], while several Marvel characters battle against [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica "The Great Society"]]. [[ Even Morrison's acknowledged the similarities.]]²* Marvel's ComicBook/{{Ultron}} and DC's ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} share many similarities, with both being [[SuperIntelligence super-intelligent]] [[EvilGenius extremely evil]] MadScientist [[{{Technopathy}} technopaths]] with robot armies, highly advanced super-tech, physical strength sufficient to lay a beat down on even the strongest [[FlyingBrick flying bricks]] of their respective universes, and NighInvulnerability on part of both their own toughness and ready supply of [[ActuallyADoombot back-up bodies.]] They both have schemes that inevitably involve [[OmnicidalManiac galactic destruction]] and are among the top [[BigBad Big Bads]] of their respective universes, constantly clashing with the biggest super-teams (such as the Avengers and Justice League). They also both have [[AntagonisticOffspring descendants and creations that inevitably turn against them.]] There are three main differences. One, Ultron is unstable and AxCrazy while Brainiac is much more often [[TheStoic a cold and nearly emotionless]] threat. Two, Ultron is usually restricted to Earth, while Brainiac is more of a cosmic villain. Three, Brainiac has been (for the last few decades) a natural-born extraterrestrial who turned himself into a {{Cyborg}}, while Ultron has always been an Earth-created RoboticPsychopath with his relation towards his creator being a major part of his character (Brainiac from 1964 to 1983 was an android, and from 1983 to 1986 was a robot who even had a similar SkeleBot design to Ultron, but he was still an alien... created by ''other'' alien robots).²* They didn't start out that way, but over the years DC's ComicBook/LexLuthor and Marvel's ComicBook/DoctorDoom have become one another's equivalents. Both are supremely intelligent men who see themselves as the true saviours of humanity and are {{driven by envy}} of their nemesis. Both don PoweredArmor in order to battle the heroes directly. Both frequently punch well out of their weight class, have served as the {{Big Bad}}s of numerous crossover arcs, and have graduated from opposing just one hero to become universal menaces. Both have successfully taken over the world on occasion, both have briefly obtained godlike power, and both are occasionally forced into alliance with the heroes against worse foes. Perhaps most tellingly, both are regular {{Karma Houdini}}s whom other supervillains wish they could emulate, and both serve as absolutely dominant figures within their respective supervillain communities. In Squadron Supreme, both are combined into one character - Emil Burbank, who has Luthor's backstory and Doom's armour.²* As red suits of PoweredArmor that have been worn by [[LegacyCharacter numerous characters]] and are associated with a particular political ideology (Communism and Nazism respectively), it's not hard to see Iron Man enemy the Crimson Dynamo and Wonder Woman foe Red Panzer as being one another's equivalents.²* Wonder Woman's love interest ComicBook/SteveTrevor has hung around not really doing much, but thanks to some recent ReimaginingTheArtifact, they've turned him into the liaison between the Justice League and A.R.G.U.S., turning him into the DC equivalent of Nick Fury and ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}.²* Marvel's ComicBook/TheVision and DC's ComicBook/RedTornado is an interesting situation. Not only are they the premier android heroes of the Avengers and Justice League and often the subject of stories dealing with WhatMeasureIsANonHuman themes, they are both re-imaginations of obscure golden age characters and originally created by vilans to destroy the league/avengers only to make a HeelFaceTurn. The fact they only debuted about a month from each other (too soon for their similarities to be anything but a coincidence) makes it even more astounding.²** Tomorrow Woman, introduced in Creator/GrantMorrison run in JLA, also fits the role. It's not quite a coincidence, since MadScientist T. O. Morrow created both Tomorrow Woman and Red Tornado. Professor Ivo [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] her similarites with Red Tornado (and, by extension, the Vision), saying that Morrow's creations have a tendency to change sides. ²* DC's Mr. Freeze and Marvel's ComicBook/DoctorOctopus have rather similar backstories (a lab accident that took their love interests out of the picture and altered them permanently), although Freeze is a TragicVillain who was disabled by the accident and is driven by the goal to save his wife.²* Marvel's Lizard and DC's Man-Bat are also quite similar. Both are scientists who were studying properties of animals to fix a disability, but the formula turns them into anthropomorphic versions of the animals whenever it is used.²* Marvel's Wilson "ComicBook/TheKingpin" Fisk has had several counterparts at DC, including ComicBook/BlackLightning foe Tobias Whale and Nightwing nemesis Blockbuster II. All are huge, physically overpowering crime lords who maintain deathgrips on the cities they live in.²* Nowadays The Mandarin is more Marvel's version of DC's ComicBook/RasAlGhul than the YellowPeril caricature he started out as. Both are exotic warlords that pose global threats, have genius level intellects, [[TheChessmaster mastermind huge plots]], operate from the shadows, have numerous resources at their disposal, utilize some kind of mystical power, are highly skilled fighters, and are considered [[ArchEnemy arch-enemies]] to Iron Man and Batman respectively. Also, they both tend to get [[RaceLift race lifted]] in adaptations.²* Ahura Boltagon of ''ComicBook/TheInhumans'' is this to the Apocalypse Twins of the ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers''. He's the child of a main character raised by Kang, only to return to the present and become the Big Bad of a subsequent story, as are the twins.²* Around 2014, Marvel and [=DC=] launched a full-scale back-and-forth alternate equivalent arms race, once they realized that they could make money by publishing books for girls and young women. Marvel opened up the floodgates with ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'', a funny, light-hearted book about a nerdy teenage Muslim-American girl becoming a superhero. [=DC=] responded with the "Batgirl of Burnside" revamp of ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'', updating classic Batgirl Barbara Gordon's costume to be more fashionable and practical and abandoning the "All Batman-related characters must be unhappy grimdark antiheroes at all times" edict in favour of bright colors and a promise of making Batgirl ''fun'' again. Marvel returned fire with the 2014 revamp of ''ComicBook/SpiderWoman'', where Jessica Drew gets a similar costume aesthetic and art style to Batgirl of Burnside, and the accidental lightning-in-a-bottle smash hit ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'', an AlternateUniverse take on Spider-Man's [[StuffedIntoTheFridge dead girlfriend]] who shares a couple coincidental similarities to Barbara, both being fashionable daughters of cops. [=DC=] responded to Spider-Gwen with ''ComicBook/BlackCanary'', a total revamp spinning out of Batgirl of Burnside where Black Canary has (like Gwen) joined a band with a similarly electric color scheme. Marvel responded to that with a revamp of ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, for the first time ever giving the character a solo series, ramping up the comedic aspects of the character, and aiming it at the younger audiences. [=DC=] respond by giving an ongoing to ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and ramping up the comedic aspects of the character while also launching ''ComicBook/GothamAcademy'' aimed at the younger audience. Marvel answered to Harley with ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool and to Gotham Academy with ComicBook/MoonGirlAndDevilDinosaur.²* For that matter, it's not hard to draw parallels between Marvel's Spider-Gwen and DC's Stephanie Brown/Spoiler. Both are plucky, blonde-haired young women originally introduced as LoveInterests for ScienceHero protagonists Peter Parker and Tim Drake. Each only really started to come into their own after their boyfriends were out of the picture. The Spider-Gwen outfit even resembles Spoiler's earliest duds, thanks to the hood, ExpressiveMask and use of purple.²* One of the best known examples is ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} / [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]]: both are royal rulers of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and both have human surface blood. Aquaman debuted in 1941, just two years after Namor arrived.²** Ironically, following his repackaging as an AntiVillain, the New 52 version of Ocean Master is much more of an A.C.E to Namor than his big brother, right down to invading the surface world once.²* ComicBook/BlackAdam is DC's answer to Marvel's Namor and Doctor Doom. Like the two Marvel villains, Adam is a brutal tyrant who nonetheless genuinely cares about his nation of Kahndaq and is worshipped by his subjects as a hero. ²* The ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' are this to DC's ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Like the Titans, the Warriors are a team of teens and young adults. The New Warriors appeared as a team a decade after the Wolfman and Perez Teen Titans run[[note]]The New Warriors however did cameo in an issue of ComicBook/TheMightyThor in 1989 before they got their book in the 1990s[[/note]]. Both teams even have Atlanteans among their founding members. ²* ''ComicBook/FearlessDefenders'' is Marvel's answer to ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' being an all-female superhero team. Meanwhile, because alternate Universes are being involved, ''ComicBook/AForce'' is their answer to ''ComicBook/DCComicsBombshells''. ²* ComicBook/AmandaWaller can be seen as DC's equivalent to ComicBook/NickFury and ComicBook/MariaHill - a government worker who can serve as either an ally or antagonist to superheroes depending on the story's needs. ²* ComicBook/{{Checkmate}} can be seen as DC's answer to Marvel's SHIELD.²* DC's Starro and Marvel's Shuma-Gorath. Both are one-eyed, many-limbed [[EldritchAbomination eldritch monsters]] that have conquered many worlds and pose cosmic-level threats.²* Red Lion from ''Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}'' was created to basically be the DC equivalent of Comicbook/BlackPanther. Key difference is that Black Panther is a just ruler while Red Lion is a murderous tyrant. Then again, Red Lion was created by Creator/ChristopherPriest who is also Black Panther's most famous writer.²* Lately Arcade has become Marvel's equivalent to DC's Doctor Light. They both were silly joke villains who, after a disastrously over-the-top attempt to make them DarkerAndEdgier that saw them commit acts so abhorrent that it simply made readers want to see them die painfully and never, ever appear again[[note]]respectively raping Sue Dibney in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', and forcing Marvel teen heroes into a ''Film/BattleRoyale'' "kill your mates or die" story in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena''[[/note]], became villainous poster boys for the NeverLiveItDown trope. ²* DC's ComicBook/VandalSavage has a Marvel equivalent in the form of Marvel's Ulysses Bloodstone. Both are immortals who gained their powers from meteorites and both have daughters that debuted in the 2000s (Scandal Savage for Vandal, Elsa Bloodstone for Ulysses). However, while Savage is a villain, Ulysses Bloodstone is a hero. ²* DC's ComicBook/PoisonIvy and Marvel's ComicBook/TheEnchantress are both FemmeFatale supervillains with seduction-based mind controlling powers who frequently flirt with their respective heroes (Batman and Thor) with only a two year difference of character debut in comics.²* ''Creator/WildStorm'', after being bought by DC, and ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel''. Both were publishing lines set in parallel Universes to main DC and Marvel worlds, intended to be completely separate from them (which in both cases didn't stick). During TurnOfTheMillennium they were places of DarkerAndEdgier, modernized superhero stories that became influential on the superhero mainstream as a whole. However, as more comics from main DC and Marvel Universes took clues from Wildstorm and Ultimate, their novelty started to disappear. Attempts at shaking the status quo with big, apocalyptic events didn't help and finally, both lines were closed and both Universes erased, with more popular characters joining their respective "prime" Universe.²* In an odd way, the Wrecking Crew of Marvel and the Royal Flush Gang of DC have become this. Both were initially organized by a preexisting villain who's now only thought of in relation to the group (The Wrecker and Amos Fortune). They both have distinctive themes where each member has a gimmick despite overlapping powersets (construction workers on one end, playing cards on the other). They're both fairly mercenary in motivation, and tend to either work for money or just steal it. But most importantly, they're the all-time champions of TheWorfEffect in their respective universes, having jobbed out against dozens of up-and-coming superheroes despite having once acquitted themselves decently against the A-listers (Comicbook/{{Thor}} and the ComicBook/{{Avengers}}, the ComicBook/JusticeLeague). If a writer needs to [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establish that a hero is doing hero stuff]] in one panel, there's about a 40% chance it'll be shown with a single panel of the hero punching one of the above teams in the face. Their appearance in ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'' was basically a nod to this - the two teams are both some of the first named villains to arrive to the final battle, and both get taken out by the other company's team, sharing their status as {{Jobber}}s within the multiverse.²* The Creator/GrantMorrison maxi-series ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' started as one for ComicBook/TheAvengers, but it quickly went in its own direction. There are still vestiges of it in the cast, which includes a shield-wielding BadassNormal, a god created by Creator/JackKirby, a mystic heroine, an Arthurian knight, and [[spoiler:an archer]] - and if not for ExecutiveMeddling, it would also have included a man who shapeshifts into a dangerous monster and a nonhuman caped fellow with phasing powers.²* A bit of Creator/DarkMatter2017 titles seems to invoke a feel of certain Marvel characters, Damage presenting their take on Hulk and ComicBook/{{Sideways}} being clearly inspired by Spider-Man.²** Damage could also be seen as DC's equivalent to Marvel's latest addition to the Hulk family - Weapon H. They are both gray, Hulk-like monsters whose stories are supposed to be throwbacks to old-school Hulk stories. in addition, while Damage has been said to look like an DarkerAndEdgier Hulk, Weapon H has been said to look like a more realistic Doomsday. ²* ComicBook/BlueMarvel can also be seen as an ACE to DC/Milestone's ComicBook/{{Icon}} as both are Superman substitutes who are black. ²* DC's ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} (Selina Kyle) and Marvel's ComicBook/BlackCat (Felicia Hardy) are both {{Classy Cat Burglar}}s wearing black leather {{Spy Catsuit}}s who have some sort of [[DatingCatwoman romantic banter and habit of flirting]] with their series' respective heroes, Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/SpiderMan. ²** This was especially blatant during 2014 when both characters became mob bosses.²* The version of ComicBook/{{Vixen}} who appears in ''ComicBook/DCComicsBombshells'' is the queen of an advanced African kingdom that was never conquered or colonised by any European nation - in other words she's closer to a gender-flipped version of Marvel's ComicBook/BlackPanther than to her mainstream-universe version.²* ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''Franchise/TeenTitans'' and Magik from ''Franchise/XMen'' are seen as this to each other, one being a daughter of demon Trigon, who rules a hell-like dimension, while the other has been kidnapped to a hell-like dimension and raised by a demon ruling it, Belasco. Made even more apparent when Marvel decided to redesign Magik to make her look more {{Goth}}, like Raven. ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' character Witchfire is a clear {{Expy}} of Raven as well, up to being a daughter of Belasco. Rumor is her creator wanted to write a Raven-like character and couldn't use Magik. In later years Marvel made Witchfire into a villain, while also redesigning so that sometimes she looks like an outright PaletteSwap of Raven.²** Ironically, due to his relatively low threat level, Belasco isn't really seen as ACE of Trigon. That role is usually given to ComicBook/DoctorStrange's foe, Dormammu, due to them both being magical [[MultiversalConqueror Multiversal Conquerors]], ruling over realms made out of conquered Universes and also filling as a SatanicArchetype. ²** Raven could also be seen as an ACE to ComicBook/JeanGrey. Both are extremely powerful female characters known for turning evil, having bird-based code names and dying and resurrecting. ²* Marvel's ComicBook/NicoMinoru and DC's Traci Thirteen are both teenage Asian girls introduced in 2003 who have magic powers but avert the EthnicMagician trope, Nico using BloodMagic and Traci PostModernMagik, with both being associated with magic staffs (although Traci doesn't actually need one). Some similarities, while certainly coincidental, are staggering. They were both introduced in 2003 and around 2007 were dating a Latino-American with science-based powers (Nico was dating Victor Mancha, son of ComicBook/{{Ultron}}, and Traci Jaime Reyes, third ComicBook/BlueBeetle). In the original stories featuring them, they also had quite a few hints of HoYay with another girl, Nico with her teammate Karolina Dean and Traci with Natasha Irons, niece of ComicBook/{{Steel}}, giving them an AmbiguouslyBi status. And in the late TheNewTens, they both officially became LGBTQ characters. After years of absence, Traci has been reintroduced to rebooted DC continuity during ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' in 2016, now as a young adult dating Natasha, with WordOfGod stating she is a lesbian. Meanwhile, a relaunch of ''Runaways'' for ''ComicBook/MarvelLegacy'' (fittingly, Marvel's answer to ''Rebirth'') had Nico, now a young adult, pursuing a romance with Karolina (although with no official statement whenever she is gay or bisexual).²* DC's Mister Mxyzptlk and Marvel's Impossible Man as both are the GreatGazoo. In one comic, it was joked that they were the same character, but they met in a {{Crossover}} that disproved this.²* DC's Trigon and Marvel's Mephisto, as they are their universe's equivalent of the BigRedDevil.²** Neron, a villain introduced during DC's Underworld Unleashed event, is another ACE to Mephisto as both are demons whose modus operandi is to [[DealWithTheDevil make deals]].²* DC's ComicBook/TheFlash and Marvel's ComicBook/SpiderMan are both ScienceHero characters who get their powers from freak accidents. Barry Allen is typically characterized as an awkward, somewhat bumbling nerd who hides behind his superhero moniker, much like Peter Parker does; he's also typically had issues of TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife like Peter, and in the last decade or so has had his origin retconned to involve a ''lot'' more tragedy like Peter has. Wally West meanwhile has been a superhero since he was a teenager like Peter, he had a ''very'' rough childhood that he got through thanks to an Uncle who's name begins with 'B' (who's death motivates him to pursue his superheroing); the reader watched as he grew from a relatable teenager to a young adult and saw them get married, and a point has often been made about them coming from a working class background and approaching their superheroing as a working class job like Peter did ('friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man'), and despite his rough backstory, he's a jovial, jokey, fairly upbeat DeadpanSnarker who likes to taunt his enemies.²** This reflects somewhat in the latter two's primary love interests, Iris West-Allen and Linda Park-West, respectfully, as they both take aspects of Peter Parker's two primary love interests, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Like Gwen and Peter, Linda didn't initially get along with Wally at first, and was typically the serious minded of the pair in their relationship; meanwhile, Iris was the 'first girl' of Barry like Gwen was for Peter (not counting his high school love interest Betty), but was tragically killed by a supervillain (Green Goblin/Reverse-Flash). Like Peter and MJ, Iris is a case of HeroesWantRedHeads and she acted as something of a ManicPixieDreamGirl who he later married and became a confidante of his superheroing, and in recent rewrites has been characterised as a childhood friend; Linda and Wally meanwhile are shown to have a very flirty and playful relationship like Peter and MJ (while maintaining the ManicPixieDreamGirl dynamic but flipping it so ''Wally'' is the 'dream girl'), and due to his public identity she provides an emotional support and constant aid during his superheroing, and during occasions where she's threatened by supervillains is often an active participant in shutting them down instead of merely waiting to be rescued. They've repeatedly suffered setbacks that have often put a 'pause' on their relationship, and despite her not being the 'first girl' is typically seen as his primary One True Love. Also, like MJ, Linda initially wasn't going to be the main love interest for Wally until fandom popularity saw her PromotedToLoveInterest.²** Even their villains follow a similar fold. Both have a large, colourful set of villains who are typically science-related much like the titular hero, with many forming together as a group to take on the hero together (The Sinister Six/The Rogues). Though some of their villains are indeed monsters, they often fight villains who are just out-of-work but very smart engineers who've used their skills to develop tech to commit crime as a means to earn a (not very legitimate) living, with many even pulling HeelFaceTurns at times. However, they maintain an arch-nemesis who has a deep, personal, and incredibly petty hatred for them that has lead to a brutal rivalry that's cost the hero many loved ones (Green Goblin/Reverse Flash). Their second-most prominent villain is a dark reflection of the hero, bestowed similar powers through a different means who uses them to engage in psychotic attacks against said hero, while maintaining a strange, distorted moral code (Venom/Zoom).²** In recent years, this has increased significantly thanks to Spider-Man comics introducing the 'Web of Life' as the origin of his powers; a semi-mystical, interdimensional power source that the freak lab accident actually connected him to, providing an alternate explanation for the scientific impossibilities in their origin, pretty much giving Spider-Man his own Speed Force. Both are connected to the multiverse itself, and so its since opened up the character to exploring alternate universe counterparts and a larger-than-life, cosmic level scale, without the character having to leave the 'working man's hero' level. As an extra, this power source also connects them with ''other'' characters with similar powers, creating a whole family of Spiders/Speedsters that they frequently team up with. This includes a woman who's powerset is similar, but maintains significant differences including some level of temporary flight and have similar first names, and were initially completely unrelated characters until their powers were both connected to this same MetaOrigin (Jesse Chambers, and Jessica Drew), and recently a biracial, half-black youth they take under their wing who's beloved uncle was a supervillain (Wallace West, and Miles Morales). ²** Both Spider-Man and the Flash also have an Australian villain who fights using tricked-out boomerangs (Boomerang and Captain Boomerang respectively).²* John Henry Irons aka ComicBook/{{Steel}} is often viewed as DC's equivalent to Iron Man. Both are normal human engineers who are motivated to become PoweredArmor clad heroes after their weapons are used for nefarious purposes. In a roundabout way, [[ComicBook/{{Ironheart}} Riri Williams]], an Iron Man legacy and distaff counterpart can be seen as DC's answer to Natasha Irons, who is John's legacy and distaff counterpart.²* G. Gordon Godfrey plays a similar role in the DC Universe as J. Jonah Jameson does in the Marvel Universe, even having a similar alliterative name. He's an obnoxious public figure with an obsessive hatred of meta-humans, who uses his platform to spread a smear campaign and turn the public against them. In Jameson's case it's [[Franchise/SpiderMan one particular meta-human]] that ruffles his feathers, though he occasionally shows hatred towards all of them, DependingOnTheWriter. One main difference is that Godfrey does it to help ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} undermine Earth's heroes, whereas Jameson does it simply out of petty, IrrationalHatred.²* The Marquis of Death, aka [[ComicBook/Marvel1985 Clyde Wyncham]]. could be considered Marvel’s answer to SelfDemonstrating/SuperboyPrime. Like Prime, Clyde is a teenage comic fan from the “real world” who turns out to be his world’s first and only superhuman, gets transported into the world of comic books, spends years trapped in a [[LotusEaterMachine false paradise]], escapes and grows up to become a dimension hopping, virtually omnipotent OmnicidalManiac.²* Though she didn't start out this way, Wanda Maximoff aka ComicBook/ScarletWitch has since become the Marvel equivalent to DC's ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, as both are [[HotWitch beautiful]] [[LadyOfBlackMagic sorceresses]] who are the main mage characters of their [[ComicBook/TheAvengers respective]] [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica teams]]. Originally, Scarlet Witch had the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange alter probability]] before Creator/KurtBusiek re-wrote her as having the natural ability to control chaos magic, similar to how Zatanna can naturally control magic due to being a [[WitchSpecies Homo Magi]]. Wanda's 2016 solo series reveals that she inherited her mystical abilities from her mother just as Zatanna inherited her magic from her mother.²* ComicBook/LadyShiva and ComicBook/{{Elektra}}. Both are martial artists and assassins who [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor alternate between being heroic and villainous.]] ²* Ever since his resurrection and reinvention as the gun-wielding vigilante who clashes with other heroes, Jason Todd has pretty been DC's equivalent to the Punisher.²* Wonder Woman villain Circe has two among Thor's rogues, Amora and Loki. Like Amora, Circe is a LadyOfBlackMagic who dresses in green. Like Loki, Circe is a mischievous godly sorcerer with a craft for manipulation. ²* The Kate Spencer iteration of ComicBook/{{Manhunter}} can be seen as DC's answer to Marvel's ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}. Like Matt, Kate is a practicing lawyer who moonlights as a vigilante in [[RedIsHeroic red]], fights with a staff weapon and has a tragic personal life. ²* [[ComicBook/CaptainAtom Wade Eiling]] and [[ComicBook/RedHulk Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross]]. Both are GeneralRipper characters who serve an antagonistic role to superheroes whose origins involve [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear power]]. Ross's transformation into the Red Hulk also mirrors Eiling's becoming the Shaggy Man. ²²! DC or Marvel versus other companies²* In the 1940s, Captain America was seen as Marvel's equivalent of an Franchise/ArchieComics hero named the Shield. The reason Cap switched out his triangular shield for the now iconic circular disk is because [[ Archie Comics actually complained about it looking too similar to the Shield's chest plate]].²* As a heroic monster working for a secret government agency fighting supernatural threats, the titular character of ''ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfShade'' could very easily be seen as DC's equivalent of ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}.²* Particularly (and intentionally) brutal [=ACEs=] of the Justice League, the X-Men, and the Avengers appeared in Creator/GarthEnnis' ''Comicbook/TheBoys'':²** Superman has a very nasty counterpart in the Homelander, one of Batman's is suffering from a brain tumor which induces sexual deviancy ([[spoiler:and the other is the Homelander's clone, hates him and is partly responsible for the aforementioned nastiness]]), Wonder Woman's is a completely disillusioned drunken slut, and generally, all 'heroes' are either utter bastards and bitches, or, if well-meaning, ineffective idiots.²** Billy Butcher himself is one for the Punisher (lost family to criminals/supers, now out to kill them), albeit even more unbalanced.²** Professor Godolkin is responsible for educating young supers à la X-men. He's also a pedophile, and it's strongly hinted the hedonistic and violent nature of adult supers is in part due to his abuse.²** Ennis' well-known contempt for Wolverine is best illustrated by his ACE: a short super named Groundhawk with hammers instead of forearms and can only repeat "gonna-!".²** Payback for the Avengers: the Nazi super known as Stormfront for Thor, Soldier Boy (yells out state names when hitting people with his shield) for Captain America, the Tek-Knight (the aforementioned Batman ACE) for Iron Man...²** InUniverse, the Seven (JLA) had a Soviet equivalent (Glorious Five Year Plan).²* And again in Garth Ennis' ''ComicBook/ThePro'', which features a prostitute who accidentally gains superpowers and joins a JLA-equivalent whose members are at best borderline delusional ineffectives and at worst hypocritical perverts. This guy seems to have a major beef with superheroes.²* And in the early 80s, DC had Captain Strong, a sailor who got super-strength from [[GRatedDrug chewing an alien weed]], and who was, weirdly enough, an Alternate Company Equivalent of ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''.²* Another unusual example was the group of gargoyles encountered by Justice League Europe in ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Showcase]]'' #1, based closely on the characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', except that, apart from Behemoth (Goliath), his ex-wife Diabolique (Demona), and his EvilTwin Thomeheb (Thailog), they were named after areas in Paris, rather than New York. The story was written by ''Gargoyles'' creator Creator/GregWeisman, making them {{Exp|y}}ies as well.²* The comic book series ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'' displays numerous examples of this trope in almost every issue, as the series focuses on the fantastic elements of popular culture and genre fiction as seen in a more 'realistic' context, often explored and examined from a skewed perspective; some are almost exact duplicates, others are loose homages. This includes versions of the Comicbook/FantasticFour (who in this universe are the villains, the chilling part being that they [[SuperDickery aren't incredibly different]] [[ReedRichardsIsUseless from the originals]]), [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman, Comicbook/NickFury, Franchise/DocSavage, Radio/TheShadow, and many, ''many'' others.²* Creator/KurtBusiek's ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' takes what sounds like the ''Planetary'' approach. As above, the range runs from near-duplicates ("The Furst Family", who act like the Fantastic Four, are all related, and have the same initials) to ones that sound like Silver Age characters you must have known about but can't quite remember.²* Creator/{{Wildstorm}}'s Comicbook/TheAuthority has at least two counterpart teams in Marvel and DC. The titular hero of the ''ComicBook/XMan'' comic visited an alternate world and met analogues such as Nicola Zeitgeist (Jenny Quantum), Thor (Apollo), Nightfighter (ComicBook/{{Midnighter}}), and City Dweller (Jack Hawksmoor). In the ''Superman'' comics, Superman faces off with the Elite over their extremely brutal and often lethal method of dealing with supervillains. Interestingly, two of the Authority's most recognizable characters, Midnighter and Apollo, are clearly based off of Batman and Superman, respectively. Ironically, a later series established Apollo as his universe's version of ComicBook/{{the Ray}}, a minor DC hero. (Probably because Wildstorm already has Mr. Majestic, a much closer Superman analogue who has met, and even briefly replaced, the original Man of Steel. As with many of the above examples, Majestic is more ruthlessly pragmatic in the use of his Superman-like powers-- he generally [[CombatPragmatist just shoots them]].)²** The Authority battled a team of A.C.E.s based on Creator/MarvelComics' Avengers. The ones that were named were Commander (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica), Hornet (Comicbook/TheWasp), Titan (Giant Man), and Tank Man (Comicbook/IronMan).²** Apollo and Midnighter originated as part of a super-black-ops team also containing analogues of Franchise/WonderWoman (Amaze), the Franchise/GreenLantern (Lamplight, employing the lamp of another Green Lantern analogue destroyed by the Four in ComicBook/{{Planetary}}), ComicBook/MartianManhunter (Stalker), Franchise/TheFlash (Impetus), and ComicBook/BlackCanary (Crow Jane). The Authority itself forms partly as the result of a clash between earlier supergroup Stormwatch and another obvious JLA analogue, the Changers. The Doctor and the Engineer (technically, the Engineer II) of Comicbook/TheAuthority are [[LegacyCharacter spiritual successors]] of the Changers' Doctor Fate and Green Lantern analogues; despite having them as well as Apollo and Midnighter on board, the team is not actually Justice League-like at all.²** ''Planetary/Authority: Ruling the World'' also features [[EldritchAbomination nasty tentacly Lovecrafty versions]] of the Authority for about one panel. The Wildstorm universe is absolutely lousy with this kind of thing.²** They even riffed on themselves, really. In the Monarchy series (basically tl;dr in comic book form) the bad guys were a parody of the Authority...kind of. Really, their personalities weren't that far removed from the originals, the main difference was they were all reptiles and/or Lovecraftian monsters...for some reason, it was never very clear. Apparently [[TechnoBabble the Carrier spread the Authority's "bad vibes" through the Bleed or something]]. It was a [[SoBadItsGood shitty comic]], ok, no one knows what the hell The Monarchy was about.²*** They were the Authority of a parallel universe. In ComicBook/StormwatchPHD Jackson says that the Doctor spiked his drink (LSD/drug trip) at the Carrier party hinting it was Jackson wanting to be the "authority" and all the crazy situations they get into. He got over it. It seems as of Wildcats #22 the Monarchy is indeed real but the book and the ending still does not make any sense in the Wildstorm Universe.²** In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Marvel Boy'' series, there's a brief bit where we see an Authority-inspired AlternateUniverse, complete with a [[{{Genderflip}} female]] Comicbook/NickFury who looks like Jenny Sparks.²* A minor DC villain, Zuggernaut, is obviously based on the Manga/{{Guyver}}. What's odd is that the five issues he was in came out in the very late 80s, before the campy movies debuted and before America really heard of the franchise. (Most likely the author read the manga, which did not get a major translation until the early 90s to tie into the movies.)²* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog has the villain [[MagnificentBastard Mammoth Mogul]], who is more or less an {{Expy}} of DC's ComicBook/VandalSavage.²* Cross-Pacific example! A oneshot issue of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' called ''Assassin's Guild'' has the titular AntiHero killing alternate versions of Franchise/LupinIII and his gang.²** And in a back-matter side story in an issue of ''[[Comicbook/XMen X-Men Classic]]'' (a series that reprinted the Creator/ChrisClaremont run of ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' with new stories often enhancing the main feature or focusing on a particular character), Sean Cassidy/Banshee, while still an Interpol agent, is on the trail of a jewel thief called [[Franchise/LupinIII Arsene]] and his gang, who just coincidentally look like Jigen and Goemon.²* Another {{anime}}-to-American-comics example: Japanese super-team Big Science Action in Franchise/TheDCU features pastiches of Series/{{Ultraman}}, Manga/AstroBoy, Kaneda from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', and the [[HumongousMecha robots]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.²** And another: there's a Japan-based hero team at Marvel called '''Big Hero 6'''. One member was called ''Honey Lemon'' and is believed to be based somewhat on Anime/CuteyHoney.²** Jiro Osamu, the Comicbook/{{New 52}} version of [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Japan]] (formerly Mr. Unknown), is inspired by ''Series/KamenRider''.²** Skinbender from ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' is a pastiche of [[Manga/CodenameSailorV Sailor Venus]].²** The new Sentinels from the short-lived Comicbook/XMen spin-off ''Mystique'' were deliberately designed to resemble [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit-02]].²** The Manga/MarvelMangaverse was big on this. Among the most obvious was Jonatha Storm (the {{Gender Flip}}ped version of the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]) as Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. She was even redesigned to look more like Asuka in the ''New Mangaverse'' series.²** Another one for Evangelion with [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse Peni Parker's SP//dr]].²* In TheEighties, the ComicBook/TeenTitans teamed up with a group called the [=ReCombatants=] who bore a similarity to Eclipse Comics' ''ComicBook/TheDNAgents'' (the name is a pun on "recombinant DNA"). At the same time, the [=DNAgents=] teamed with the members of Project: Youngblood (no connection to Creator/RobLiefeld's later [[Comicbook/{{Youngblood}} team of the same name]], which was ''also'' a take on the Titans).²* The Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage comic book]] and [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 cartoon]] have The Justice Force, yet another Justice League A.C.E. About half its members ape Justice Leaguers to some extent, with the most blatant being Green Mantle, a parody of Green Lantern on everything from costume to civilian name to comic book cover.²* In Thom Zahl's romance comic ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', the hero, his best friend, and his ex-girlfriend are clear {{exp|y}}ies of Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and Franchise/WonderWoman respectively. All of the super heroes in ''Love and Capes'' are thinly veiled A.C.E.s, and they're not all based on DC characters. The whole thing is a super hero parody in sitcom form.²* ''Big Bang Comics'' eats this trope for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has several snacks along the way. ''Every'' BB character is an A.C.E. of some [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], usually DC, character. A few qualities are mixed and matched, but most are very recognizable.²** Similarly, Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/NineteenSixtyThree'' solely featured A.C.E.s of classic Marvel characters; Mystery Incorporated, for instance, forms a perfect 1:1 likeness to the Fantastic Four (Planet = The Thing, Crystalman = Mr. Fantastic, Kid Dynamo = The Human Torch, Neon Queen = Invisible Woman). Additionally, U.S.A. is ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, the Fury is Daredevil/Spider-Man, N-Man is the Hulk, and Hypernaut is a combination of Iron Man, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer, and (for variety's sake) the Green Lantern. Joined by Infra-Man and Infra-Girl, they form a counterpart team to the original Avengers.²* Many Creator/ImageComics characters are these. Comicbook/{{Spawn}} is officially based on Comicbook/{{Venom}} and the Prowler (the latter mainly in design and origin and the former in powers and personality) and detective Sam Burke is Harvey Bullock with another name. Omni-Man and ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' are DarkerAndEdgier Superman and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} equivalents, and many Invincible villains are similar to Spider-Man enemies (the Elephant is an obvious Rhino analogue, Doc Seismic is the Shocker, etc.). There's also Comicbook/{{Youngblood}}, which was originally Creator/RobLiefeld's pitch for a Teen Titans series before becoming their own characters in Image. Comicbook/{{Supreme}} is a dubiously in-continuity version of Superman throughout the ages. And Doc Rocket is Jesse Quick.²* ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics is full of these. Both Uncle Sams (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica), Thunderbolt ([[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]), Blackbird (Franchise/{{Batman}}), and Mr GL (Franchise/TheFlash) to name a few.²* Comicbook/ThePunisher took the character of Mack Bolan, Literature/TheExecutioner, from a series of men's fiction novels written by Don Pendleton and translated it into comic book form. Family killed by the mob, swears revenge, becomes a vigilante and winds up taking on every type of bad guy in the world.²* Creator/PerryMoore's teen novel ''Literature/{{Hero}}'' has a superhero group called the League, which as you might suspect has a line-up full of very blatant A.C.E.s of the Justice League (and a brief cameo from a Captain America-equivalent), though the main character and his fellow new recruits are originals.²* Aaron Williams's Comicbook/PS238 is ''made'' of this trope, with elementary-school versions of Franchise/{{Superman}} ("Captain Clarinet"), Franchise/GreenLantern ("Emerald Gauntlet"), Franchise/{{Batman}} ("Moonshadow"), Comicbook/{{Spawn}} ("Malphast"), [[ComicBook/TheSandman Morpheus/Dream]] ("Murphy"), ComicBook/PlasticMan ("Polly Mer"), Franchise/SpiderMan ("The Flea"), and Comicbook/IncredibleHulk (Bernard, who hasn't selected a name, probably because he's stuck in Hulk form). There are also some adult versions, as several of the kids have parents (and Moonshadow has a mentor) who represent the same superheroes they do.²* Nikolai Dante, from ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'', ran into versions of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica in the "Amerika" arc.²* The short lived Ultraverse from Malibu Comics had plenty of these. Ultraforce (Avengers), Exiles (X-Men) and Prime (The Hulk).²* Before there was Man-Thing or Swamp Thing, there was The Heap. First appearing in Hillman Periodicals' ''Sky Fighter Comics'' in 1942, The Heap was revived by Creator/EclipseComics in the 1980s. Similar but unrelated characters of the same name appeared in Creator/MADMagazine and Skywald. ²! Examples not involving DC or Marvel²* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog is full of these, having met in-universe versions of characters from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', as well as other comic companies.²** ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' invokes this on the "Rivals" variant covers, which features Sonic and Mega Man, Proto Man and Knuckles, and Bass and Shadow. In the comic itself, Metal Sonic is paired off with both Bass (as TheDragon to their respective doctors) and the Copy Robot (as {{Evil Knockoff}}s).²* "Shiner", a comic strip from ''ComicBook/WhizzerAndChips'' by the publishers IPC, about a boy who always gets into fights, is very similar to an older strip in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' from rival publisher Creator/DCThomson called "Scrapper". The strip ran in the 1950s but it was a spinoff from "Lord Snooty and His Pals" focusing on one of his pals. Unsurprisingly, this pal is called Scrapper, who was one of Snooty's original pals, first appearing in the Beano's first issue in 1938 and still making appearances in the Lord Snooty strip until the late 1980s. Another strip in another of DC Thomson's comics, ''ComicBook/TheBeezer'', had a strip coincidentally called "Scrapper", also about a boy who always got into fights; unlike ''The Beano'' strip of the same name, this strip ran at the same time as "Shiner" appeared.²* ComicStrip/DanDare from the Eagle had a couple; one was Captain Condor in the Lion and another was David Garratt which appeared in Collins Boys' [[TheChristmasAnnual Annual]]. Eventually the publisher of the Lion bought the Eagle and the two [[ComicsMerger comics merged]] although by that time both Captain Condor and Dan Dare no longer appeared.²* In French/Belgian comics, ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'', especially during the Franquin era could be considered this to ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}''. Both comics were edited by rival publishing companies, in a newspaper that bore the name of the main character. Both heroes are [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything journalists]], [[ImprobableAge incredibly young]] IdealHero with an NonHumanSidekick and a [[HeterosexualLifePartners close friend]] who is much more prone to emotional outburst, and are on friendly terms with an AbsentMindedProfessor.²----


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