- The Book of Life:
- Manolo is the humanized version of Ferdinand. Both don't want to follow their family careers (both involving bullfighting), opting for a more peaceful pursuit.
- Chakal is basically a more human version of the giant green ogre bandito El Malverde from El Tigre. The fact that they live in the same universe certainly helps.
- Victor from Corpse Bride looks like the grown-up version of Vincent◊, the child protagonist of one of Burton's earliest stop-motion works. There was even a Shout-Out in the movie.Mr Everglot: We shall continue as planned, with or without Vincent.
Mrs Everglot: Victor.
Mr Everglot: Whatever.
- Disney has been accused of doing this, but just recycling animation styles and voice actors doesn't make an Expy.
- Wilbur and Orville from The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under are basically the same albatross, down to the design and character, though this was a conscious decision on behalf of the animators. By the time the sequel was made the original voice of the bird in the first film had died and out of respect for the actor they created the same kind of character, but presented him as his brother. Though even Wilbur & Orville have much in common with Launchpad McQuack, also a feather brained bird pilot who crash lands more than he flies and is involved in the rescue of young kids.
- Grumpy (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) has provided a blueprint for all the grouchy sourpusses who have a change of heart in the end in Disney movies: Jock the Scottish highland terrier (Lady and the Tramp), Archimedes the owl (The Sword in the Stone), Iago the parrot (Aladdin, although he does so in the sequel) and Phil the satyr (Hercules).
- The Incredibles:
- Edna is based on a real-life costume designer for Paramount, Edith Head, though that's more of a case of Comic-Book Fantasy Casting. Many say she was based on Linda Hunt's character Regina Krumm in Altman's 1994 film Pret-a-Porter. There is a serious resemblance, down to her size, her hairstyle, her black dress and her circular glasses!
- If a place can be an expy, than the middle school that Violet attends is one for Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon, where Brad Bird went to high school. This is down to them having the same mascot (the Spartans). However, since the high school building was torn down in 2005 and rebuilt, it's a little hard to see it now.
- The Jungle King: The Hyena Chancellor and Ricardo are based off Jafar and his parrot Iago. The Hyena is an Evil Chancellor who also pretends to be loyal to the King and his relationship with Ricardo is similar to Jafar and Iago's.
- Quest for Camelot: As pointed out by The Agony Booth, the Nostalgia Critic and Lauren Faust (who worked on the film as an animator) Kayley is, both looks and personality-wise, Belle. Faust, commenting on the similarity, goes even further and points out that Garret looks like the human form of the Beast.
- Nickelodeon's film Rango has two examples:
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, a Cult Classic movie version of the classic song, has Arrow. He's a buck Rudolph's age that bullies him and his overall his rival. He bares more than a passing resemblance to minor character "Fireball" from the stop-motion special, a yearling with blond "hair" that was friends with Rudolph for all of 5 minutes until he learned about Rudolph's nose.
- Hank Scorpio was originally going to be the villain of The Simpsons Movie, but instead, the movie has a different character, Russ Cargill. The two have the same voice actor (Albert Brooks), some of Cargill's lines sound like the kind of thing Scorpio might say, and both are pretty Bond-villainish.
- Roger Rabbit has the mannerisms and sputtering lisp of his cast-mate Daffy Duck (although his name and species recalls Bugs Bunny instead).
- Wreck-It Ralph: All of the principal leads in the film are expies of video game characters in some way.
- Ralph himself is basically a human Donkey Kong.
- The hero of the game, Felix, is an imitation of Mario (or, as he was called back in Donkey Kong, Jumpman).
- Also, the names Fix-It Felix and Wreck-It Ralph are similar to that of obscure franchise Hammerin' Harry complete with similar catchphrases. And indeed, the beginning of the film shows Ralph's house getting demolished to make place for a series of apartments, which is exactly what happens to Hammerin' Harry at the beginning of the game. Observe. The name may also be an allusion to Wrecking Crew, which starred a hammer-wielding Mario.
- Sgt. Calhoun could be based on any number of commando characters from video games. But in particular she seems to be a cross between Samus and a Paragade Female Shepherd, with the language kept family-friendly. She also has a lot of similarities to Captain Amelia from Treasure Planet. Both are Badass in Charge females, tough, snarky, are Tsundere, lost someone close to them (Amelia lost her closest friend, Mr. Arrow and Calhoun lost her fiancé, Brad), and they both fall in love with and marry Nice Guys who are bashful and badass (Dr. Delbert with Amelia and Felix for Calhoun).
- Sugar Rush at first seems like any other kart racing game from the '90s, only it's themed on candy. But Rich Moore stated that his favorite current game is Mario Kart, so we can assume that's the basic inspiration. Indeed, it seems like a cross between Mario Kart and Candy Land. Portions of the Sugar Rush race course are clearly taken from various Mario Kart 64 courses, with the candy theme substituted in. The Fruit by the Foot-themed track where Turbo jumps Vanellope is very similar to Rainbow Road, for instance.
- King Candy:
- The creators admit King Candy's based on The Mad Hatter from Disney's version of Alice in Wonderland (who in turn was based on and voiced by Ed Wynn in his "Perfect Fool" persona).
- Turbo, in addition to being the name of a Sega arcade game, is basically a knock-off of the marquee chalky-skinned mascot from the Bally/Midway game Rally X.
- His King Candy persona is one of The Wizard from The Wizard of Oz. He comes from another land (his own game), is leading his subjects on through manipulation and usurping the rightful ruler and having their memories locked away (Ozma and Vanellope), the hero comes to him for a favor (in Ralph's case, the medal he got from Hero's Duty), while he asks of something in return that involves the "villain" (Vanellope, which he calls "The Glitch", and smashing her candy car), and is ultimately a fraud hiding behind another image that makes the hero appreciate the things they have in life. Heck, there's even some cute allusions with the fact he's ruling over what can be considered Munchkins (the other candy racers) and has Oreo guards which chant in the same fashion as those from the movie.
- His clothing is somewhat similar to Willy Wonka's, and of course they are both strongly associated with candy and sweets.
- Turbo's suit and helmet look somewhat similar to Kick Buttowski's.
- King Candy is also noted to have some unsettling similarities to Judge Doom due to both characters using disguises throughout the majority of their respective films and possessing unnerving true forms.
- He also looks and acts eerily like King Koo Koo from Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure.
- In the same way that King Candy is an Expy of The Wizard of Oz Vanellope can be seen as one for Princess Ozma in the sense that she's the rightful ruler of the kingdom and was ousted through trickery, and has no memory of who she really is. And like Ozma she's eventually restored to her rightful place.
- The arcade owner, Mr. Litwak, looks a very great deal like Walter Day.
- Those familiar with Warhammer 40,000 might notice how the Cy-Bugs are very similar to the Tyranids.
- Fans of The Incredibles might liken Ralph and Calhoun to Bob and Helen, which makes it feel strange when they're not the ones to develop feelings for each other.
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