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1* ''500 Manga Creatures'', a book that purported to provide manga clipart, might as well have been named "300 Manga Creatures Plus 200 Potential Lawsuits from Game Freak" thanks to its inclusion of somewhat obvious examples of this trope applied to the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} franchise. Kyogre, Dratini, Dragonair, Zapdos, Shuckle, Metang, Metagross, Shroomish, Swablu, and Bagon are just the most blatantly obvious ones.** Actually acknowledged in the book's description, where it claims that the characters include "Digimor ''(sic)'' and Pokémon-style creatures", among others.* ''Angel Blade'':** This [[{{Hentai}} H-series]] has a few characters that may be pretty familiar to some people, but the most-definitely-not-Kekko Kamen heroine is the most obvious example. ''AB'' is basically a parody of ''Manga/KekkoKamen''.** At least two characters are ersatz versions of [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]] (the director apparently includes one in every project he works on as a ShoutOut), two more are basically the lead females of ''Gowcaizer'' renamed, and one more is Mizuki from ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'' given the same treatment.* In the 1960s ''Manga/{{Batman}}'' manga:** Go Go the Magician ''is'' [[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]] villain Weather Wizard, just with a different name. This is probably due to the fact that the artist had been given some Batman comics and been told to adapt them into a Japanese style - evidently one of the issues was ''Detective Comics #353'', where Weather Wizard bedeviled Batman for a change. The reason for the name change is a little fuzzy, though. Maybe Weather Wizard's stylin' outfit gave the impression of him being one hip swinger, Clyde?** Similarly "Professor Gorilla" ''is'' fellow Flash villain Gorilla Grodd.* The basic story of ''Anime/BurstAngel'' takes place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, in a CrapsackWorld, where the main character (a ReiAyanamiExpy no less) pilots a HumongousMecha. Here are [[ the]] [[ three]] [[ leads...]]who they're based on anyway, many elements are lifted straight from ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion.]]''* Since the distinction between copyright free monsters and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' originals would remain obscure to laymen for several more years, ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'''s manga originally featured a Beholder. After getting complaints from Creator/{{TSR}}'s Japanese division the comic's supervisor Mr. Suzuki profusely apologized. The monster was slightly altered with comical arms and legs and renamed the "Suzuki Dogezaemon" for the collected volume. Dogeza meaning "apologizing on hands and knees," the incident gained some entertaining notoriety.** Konami would reference this in their ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games with their own mock-Beholder, the [[BilingualBonus Dogether]].** ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' has its own stand-in, the Gazer. It may be yet another phonetic nod to the joke.* Early translations of ''Franchise/LupinIII'' had to change the main character into an Ersatz because the original author had never asked permission to create a character based on ''Literature/ArseneLupin''. He would be called "Rupan" or "Wolf" or, in the French version, "Edgar of Burglary."** In a ContinuityNod to the original Lupin's Captain Ersatz, Lupin III was forced to face off against "Herlock Sholmes III."** In the movie ''Anime/FarewellToNostradamus'' near the middle when Lupin is channel surfing one of the shows is a cartoon featuring a [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures woodpecker who looks like Plucky Duck chasing a bear who looks like Buster Bunny]] with a mallet.* [[ Glen]], a one-shot anime-only villain from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is an ersatz of the Terminator. He even showed up in Episode 84, which is related to the year of release of ''Film/TheTerminator''.* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' featured a large number of Captain Ersatzes throughout the series, most used for short parody scenes, like the [[EvilOverlord intergalactic emperor]] Breeza, obviously a parody of Freeza from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' or the old man from the lake, the spirit of Gintoki's sword, who looked pretty much like a red version of the human form of the sword of Manga/{{Bleach}}'s protagonist, Ichigo.* ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'''s "coliseum" episode. In that story, Kino fights knockoffs of the Franchise/{{Batman}}, Creator/ClintEastwood, and [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]].* In ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', other than the main characters all being {{Expy}} of their ''Anime/TimeBokan'' counterparts, many one-shot characters in the show are either this for real-life people (like The Beatles or Bruce Lee) or for fictional characters from certain stories (like {{Literature/Heidi}} or LIterature/LesMiserables) .** The 2008 anime feature [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama President Onara]], film star [[Creator/JohnnyDepp Johnny Cepp]], the direct [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Steven Sleepburg]] and many others.* ''Anime/KamisamaMinaraiHimitsuNoCocotama'''s main protagonist, Kokoro, is Tanpopo from the ''Anime/{{Tamagotchi}}'' [[Anime/TamagotchiTheMovie movie]] with a different eye and jacket color.* Non Manaka from ''[[VideoGame/PriPara [=PriPara=]]]'' is very similar to Onpu Segawa from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. Both have purple hair and eyes, a small ponytail on the right side of their hair with a green hairtie, and seemed mysterious to the other characters in their respective series when they were introduced.* Fafnir's human form in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is based on Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler'' -- Tohru sent him a manga about a "handsome, but devilish butler" with instructions to base his human form off the character. The comparison is taken even further in the anime, where he ends up having [[Creator/DaisukeOno the same voice actor]] as Sebastian. ----


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