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  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War has the foreign pegasi aces being potrayed similarly to their originals from video games.
  • "Aen'rhien Vailiuri" has the merchant freighter Axiana, which the author's notes say was based on Serenity from Firefly. Battered old heavily modified freighter with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits crew, including a not-so-bright Token Evil Teammate.
  • Captain Kanril Eleya of the Star Trek Online fanfic continuity Bait and Switch is actually intended as an inversion of a Picard expy, according to the author. Despite the fact that, like him, she commands a Galaxy-class starship, she's a 29-30-year-old woman instead of a man in his sixties, openly religious instead of atheist, Hot-Blooded and battle-ready instead of calm and diplomatic to a fault, blue-collar Prior Enlisted instead of aristocratic career officer, Book Dumb instead of intellectual... the list goes on. She has more in common with FemShep than an archetypical Starfleet captain.
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  • The Homestuck fancomic Be the Sea Dweller Lowblood has troll versions of the B1 kids (including bro, though not really a "kid"), Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff characters, the Midnight Crew, and Deadpool. They're all renamed to fit the six-letter troll name limit and to just sound more trollish. For example, Rose Lalonde becomes Rhosyn Lalond, Sweet Bro becomes Suweet Broski, etc.
  • The Bolt Chronicles:
    • Berlioz in “The Paris Trip” is unambiguously based on his namesake in The Aristocats. A black cat who can play piano, he lampshades this by saying it’s a naming tradition in his family going back several generations.
    • Petey in “The Survivor” is clearly based on his namesake in The Little Rascals film shorts. He's a brown and white American pit bull terrier with a ring around the left eye. Except when Jack threatens Mittens or his master Darnell, he's very personable and friendly.
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    • Soapy in “The Clouds” is clearly based on the homeless bum of the same name from “The Cop and the Anthem,” an O. Henry Short Story.
  • In the Legend of Korra fanfic Book 5: Legends we have several, most notably Princess Koko, who is a thinly veiled Twilight Sparkle from Friendship is Magic. Dresses in purple, insists on being called a princess, and has a great love of reading. Also, Miko more or less jumped over from Transformers: Prime, both in appearance and personality, though the latter changes slightly after The Reveal. The Author states in his notes he imagines them voiced by the same voice actresses as well. Temuji also bears some similarities with Kaworu Nagisa from Evangelion, particularly in appearance but also somewhat in mannerisms (at first).
  • The Ranma ½ Elsewhere Fic Boy Scouts ½ follows mostly a cast of original characters, although some of them are obvious expies of characters from the original work.
    • The Porter sisters are expies of the Tendo Sisters, with Sarah being the tsundere love interest of the main character (like Akane), Kirstin being the cooking and cleaning caregiver (like Kasumi), and finally Nicole being the money lover with questionable principles (like Nabiki). This is lampshaded with the first names of Kirstin and Nicole starting with the same letters as those they are expies of.
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    • Despite being based on a real person, as a large chunk of the Boy Scouts ½ cast is, the character of Derek Provost is also an expy of Happosai.
    • Taylor Kuntz shares his initials with Kuno Tatewaki and is basically what you would get if you took away Kuno's pretension of class.
    • And oddly, in a case not based on Ranma ½, the character of Justy Yung is an expy of Jinnai Katsuhiko from El-Hazard. This was even lampshaded in Universe when some of the other characters were watching that show and thought Jinnai seemed familiar.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series: Shadow is this to Evil!Jack. The Lemony Narrator even lampshades it.
  • Chasing Dragons features a character named Ser Harry Flash, who is clearly based on Harry Flashman, both in his role as somehow managing to be involved in every major event in Westeros' current history and in the fact that his POV chapters are presented as memoirs written at some point in the timeline's future. The only difference is that unlike Flashman, Ser Harry is actually likable.
  • In Children of Time, Kit Bennett, alias Kathy Watson, is clearly an expy of River Song. The parallels aren't in full, but dang if they don't go far, with everything about Kit in her introductory episode echoing many elements of River throughout her tenure on Doctor Who.
  • Clash of the Elements: Appearance-wise, Save for the metallic arms, Alpha is one to Ultimateverse Nick Fury, which surprisingly doesn't look ridiculous despite the fact that he is a Goomba
  • Chatyoance's work has Blackmesh Security, a pretty obvious expy of Blackwater USA.
  • Curse of the Demon Pony has Boris, who is basically a ponified, fantastically racist Gaston with some Victor Quartermaine and Biff Tannen thrown in. The author even uses some of the same lines from each of their movies for his dialogue!
    • His minions Boxco and Dum Dum are exactly like LeFou (Gaston's henchman) and Biff's gang, with a little Snips and Snails thrown in.
  • In A Different Lesson, the Wu Sisters start out as this of Ozai's Angels, with Xiu standing in for Azula, Chun as Mai, and Jia as Ty Lee. They aren't exact copies, but the author does have a fair amount of fun with this, and they drop a lot of familiar lines. They also end up growing and developing as characters in their own right.
  • The Discworld works of A.A. Pessimal does this a lot. Michael Moorcock's Elric has been played for laughs, for instance. The central characters of Tom Sharpe's Piemberg farces have crossed to the Disc - most notoriously the insane and demented secret policeman Verkramp. And there have even been a Hobbit or two...
  • Duel Nature features occasional scenes with Horatio Mane, complete with the expected Quip to Black style of dialogue
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf has Nabby, an Expy of the comic book version of Greedy since Greedy is still the village chef as in the cartoon show. The Psyche Master is basically one for the MCP, and Traveler is one for Waverider from DC Comics' Armageddon 2001. Duncan McSmurf, on the other hand, is more of a Captain Ersatz of Gutsy from The Smurfs film series.
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, in an In-Universe example, the Griffon nation has the uncanny trait of ripping off its more popular Equestrian counterparts, notably when it comes to its books, companies, or even ponies themselves, with their dubious (yet admittedly, probably non-existent) answer to Shining Armor, Shining Amour.
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls being a FusionFic of Bleach and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls this happens a lot.
    • Sunset is one of Ichigo, complete with two Zanpakuto spirits representing different parts of her nature.
    • Human Twilight also shares several traits with Ichigo, if he embraced his Quincy heritage, particularly with how Midnight Sparkle has become her equivalent of True Zangetsu (Ichigo's Inner Hollow), and later still the reveal she's a Merger of Souls.
    • Clover is one of Rukia Kuchiki, though unlike her she's the 12th division lieutenant instead of the 13th.
    • Starswirl is one of Mayuri, though aside from an obsession with research he has very little in common with him.
    • Discord is one of Kisuke Urahara, albeit far more willing to cut the bullshit and be honest with Sunset and company than Urahara is with Ichigo.
    • Ditzy Doo is one of Yoruichi Shihoin.
    • Adagio seems like one of Kon, but she isn't. Later, after becoming a Vasto Lorde and Arrancar, she's one to Shiba Kaien and Tia Harribel, as she possesses a similar weapon and powers of the former's Zanpakuto, Nejibana, and has the general powers and affableness of the latter.
    • Screwloose and Screwball are ones for Jinta and Ururu, respectively.
    • Grogar is one of Szayelaporro Granz, straight down to his Espada number.
    • Tirek is one to Baraggan Louisenbairn, though unlike Baraggan he is Espada Number 1 and presumably not under Starlight Glimmer's watch. As it turns out, he isn't. Chrysalis, on the other hand...
    • The Smooze is one of Aaroniero Arruruerie, even wearing a similar mask. It turns out that like him he is also an aberration of an Arrancar, and has a Kaiju Eldritch Abomination form as his Resurreccion.
    • Torch is one of Yammy Llargo, being the massive brute of the Espada. His Hollow Hole is even in the same spot and he can transform into a Kaiju. He also bears traits of Nnoitra, having the same rank, the strongest Hierro of the Espada, and his zanpakuto being the closest in semblance.
    • The Lament are ones of Coyote Starrk. Unlike the rest of these examples, he looks almost exactly like his Bleach counterparts. He also draws several points from Ulquiorra, such as his Espada number, his green reiatsu, and his "alienness" compared to the other Espada.
    • Sombra is one of Yhwach, though when you only have one king in My Little Pony, you can't expect much else.
    • Sunset's demon form is a much nastier version of Zangetsu or rather Ichigo's Quincy powers pretending to be Zangetsu. If anything, Sunset's demon form is a friendlier version of the true Zangetsu (Ichigo's Inner Hollow). Sunset's Daydream Shimmer form, on the other hand, is more or less a less mysterious version of Old Man Zangetsu (Ichigo's Quincy powers) in personality.
    • Pinkamena is basically the Pinkie from Cupcakes with a functional moral compass (in that she goes after the bad guys rather than just anyone), though instead of cutting ponies up and eating them, she just eats them.
    • Hurricane is one of Kenpachi Zaraki, and it shows.
    • Sweet Cider is Toshiro Hitsugaya, but fighting-wise she's one of Kenpachi.
    • Starlight Glimmer is essentially the fusion of Sosuke Aizen and Kugo Ginjo due to her past relationship with Soul Society, her goals involving the Hogyoku, and her being the first Substitute Soul Reaper.
      • Starlight being the Hero's Evil Predecessor mixed with her having all of Sunset's skills but better and more experienced, her chessmaster skills, and leading a small Badass Crew of eclectic individuals makes her seem more like Shinobu Sensui from YuYu Hakusho.
    • Platinum is one to Byakuya Kuchiki, and it shows. Like Byakuya, she too had to choose To Be Lawful or Good when it came to the life of a loved one...but unlike him, she chose "Good" and betrayed Soul Society for it.
    • Poesy's Shikai is one of Kenpachi's Bankai. One has to wonder what that means her Bankai is like.
    • Pipsqueak is essentially a powerless version of Jushiro Ukitake. He's even given a lease on life by becoming a Vizard similar to how Ukitake only lived thanks to his union with the Mimihagi.
  • Because of the Whole Plot Reference to Super Paper Mario, the villains of The End of Ends are expies to the villains of that game.
    • Count Logan has Count Bleck’s hat and backstory albeit less impactful and despairing as Bleck’s. He also shares Slade’s mask, though chromed.
    • His three minions are expies of Bleck’s own minions and named after some of the goons from Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?. Kamica and Madeva are ones to Starfire and Raven respectively.
    • Dr. Beljar is one of Dimentio. Knowing this, Beljar backstabbing Logan was pretty obvious.
  • Escape From the Moon: Played with: The voice Doa has been hearing claims Doa is one for itself - the banished pony, imprisoned for a thousand years. Doa is not completely convinced.
  • Event Horizon: Storm of Magic features Westeros and Middle Earth being invaded by a Mega-Corp from 22nd century Earth that's more or less an Expy of both Weyland-Yutani, and of the historical British East India Company (but IN SPAAACE!).
  • Being a Fusion Fic of Chrono Cross and Digimon Tamers (and overlaps with Transplanted Character Fic), the characters in Fellowship are expies of almost all the characters in Digimon Tamers with some changes.
    • The exception is Guile, who plays only a little of Renamon's role. His character is initially an Expy of Whitebeard and Son Gohan, but turns out to be more similar to Vash.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Springer the Jakhowl is one to Riolu. His Battle form is one to Lucario, and Shade the Trickster is one for Zorua and Zoroark.
  • Dr. Beesano from Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World in an expy of Dr. Insano from Atop the Fourth Wall.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Lexi, a book who can uses his pages to become a humanoid, has an appearance based off of Specter. In-universe this is because this "Specter" was made from a 'Create-a-crush' app on Chloe's phone and she used it as a basis for Lexi's human form.
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger:
    • The Mask of Darth Nihilus in this fic shares more than a few similarities with SCP-035 from the SCP Foundation mythos. Both are Evil Masks who influence the minds of anyone in proximity to them. Both are also skilled manipulators, have existed for thousands of years, are White Masks of Doom, and ultimately destroy the bodies of their hosts due to a Possession Burnout.
    • Darth Nihilus shares many similarities with Karness Muur, the main antagonist of the Star Wars: Vector comic storyline from the Legends continuity. Both are immensely powerful Sith Lords who used to be Jedi, bound their spirits to a Sith artifact after their deaths, seek to return by possessing a host, and spent thousands of years marooned on a deserted planet.
    • The Temple of Shadows is one for the Jedi Order. Like the Jedi, they were originally a religious order of monks who trained in combat, used their skills to protect the weak, and fought against the Dark Side. Both even have their leaders given the same rank of "Grand Master".
    • Petros Krizoz is basically what would happen if you took Tyrian Callows and put him in charge of a cult. Like Tyrian, Petros is a religiously fanatic assassin who worships the Big Bad as a god, and gleefully kills innocent people in his master's name.
  • In Justice League of Equestria: Gods and Monsters the MLP cast takes the roles of certain DC characters, however a few characters have special aspects taken from other incarnations:
    • The "Dollmakers"; Trickster(Button's Mom) and the Toymaker(Button Mash) both hold aspects of the Arrowverse versions and the versions from Superman: The Animated Series. Both of them being a parent and child team like in the Arrowverse, while they share the same backstory with the animated version where they lose and father/husband to a criminal.
    • A giant purple monster floats through space, it's method of talking is simple yet grand, it devours planets whole, and seeks new ones to constantly feed it. Now was what I described Galactus or Starro The Conqueror? Ironically enough among one of Galactus's many assumed forms that certain planets see him as one of them DOES see him as Starro itself.
  • Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge has Pandora, Cloud2, and Cloud Strafe collectively become expies of the Team Rocket Trio.
  • Lisa, Supporting Protagonist of the Reborn! (2004) fanfic Looking From The Outside In, is an Expy of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Both are blue-eyed girls with bright blond hair learning about something they don't understand.
  • The Kamen Rider/Metroid crossover fic Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations also has numerous of them, among are which from the previous Metroid series installments up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Indigo Jack, one of the protagonists of the RWBY fanfic A More Flawed Gem is an expy of Jack Slash. An intuitive and borderline sociopathic knife-wielder who can extend the edges of any bladed tool in his possession.
  • Most of the characters in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic are expies. Made most obvious in one of the author's YouTube videos explaining his characters, clearly showing that they are recolors of the original show's cast!
    • The Grand Ruler and Lightning Dawn are male versions of Celestia and Twilight Sparkle, while Starla Shine is based on Rarity. Lightning's Enticorn form is said to be a combination of a Super Saiyan and an Anodite.
    • Krysta is named after the main character of Ferngully and appearance-wise is pretty much Fluttershy with her mane and coat color swapped, and in human form.
    • Dyno and Myte are based on Mas Y Menos from Teen Titans.
    • Rhymey, Abra Kadabra and Goldwin are based on Muffy Mouse, Waldo the Magnificent and Jeff Hyslop from Today's Special.
    • Titan is inspired by Wiseman and No-Heart.
    • In My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, Raven, Twilight's assassin, is named and based off the Teen Titans character.
  • My Huntsman Academia: When one or more members of Team MNVW needs to be pitted against another team in a spar, they'll often end up against characters who are blatantly based on characters from other works, such as Caitlyn and Vi from League of Legends or Lloyd, Presea, Genis, and Zelos from Tales of Symphonia.
    • Mitsu Bachi, Izuku's second sparring opponent, is a clear reference to The Pain from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, between his ability to manipulate bees and hornets and shoot bullet bees from his mouth.
  • In A New World on her Shoulders, pretty much every Original Character is based off another character or person from different media, ranging from comics, musicians, theatre plays, or video games.
  • Old West has Henry, a blue-eyed and creepy mercenary who has been inspired by Frank from Once Upon a Time in the West. He also has a motive to avenge his dead brother like Harmonica from the same movie, making Henry a Composite Character.
  • In Persona: The Sougawa Files, the author isn't shy about using these:
    • The Strength Social Link, Komori Raidon, has been confirmed to be an expy of Gordon Ramsay - short-tempered, critical chefs who nonetheless have hearts of gold.
    • Shadow Tamiko is a jester who uses scythes as their main weapon and believes everything is a game, referencing Jevil of Deltarune fame. She even says "I can do anything!"
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has some for other Pokemon characters who cannot fill roles they'd usually do. The OC Felgrand fills in the role of Giovanni as the one hiding down in the game corner's secret lair, while in one of the spinoff oneshots much of the story of canon anime Ash is filled by the character Casey Snagem, who has several Pokemon whom expy his Pokemon, such as Clefairy, Magmortar, Purugly, Chesnaught, and Liligant for Pikachu, Charizard, Gliscor, Greninja, and Snivy respectively.
  • Reality Is Fluid: The author's note states that Professor Atani Dukat of the Cardassian Science Ministry was partially based on Emperor Turhan of the Centauri Republic from the Babylon 5 episode "The Coming of Shadows". Both are members of an enemy culture who are trying to atone for their peoples' past crimes by apologizing to representatives of those they harmed (Kanril Eleya, a Bajoran captain in Starfleet, in Dukat's case, Ambassador G'Kar of the Narn in Turhan's). The comparison is only partial, however, as Dukat's attempt turns out much better.
  • SAPR: Due to the author's love of fairy tales and their tropes many characters from canon RWBY who are based off a fairy tale counterpart and don't have much canon information about them will find much of their backstory and characterization filled in with characteristics from the character they were initially based off. The most prominent example of this is Cinder, who has an abusive stepmother and stepsisters as part of her Freudian Excuse. and In addition, any time the author needs an OC for an arc they'll often take fairy tale characters that haven't been used in canon and put them through the same process.
  • A Chrono Cross fanfic Searching for My Master has Guile. Who the hell do you think he is? His character is inspired by Guts and Kamina.
  • The Secret Life of the Backyard Kids: Jorge is this to Zorro, magical superpowers notwithstanding.
  • She's a Hero, a crossover between Worm and Heroman, decided to double homage Heroman's creator. Not only is Stan the Man featured there, but there's also King Marvel, a clear expy of Captain America, with a red and white costume, a heater shield bearing the American Flag, and a clear dislike of Nazis.
  • In misakiyu's illustrations of SilfofinaDragon's Sengoku Basara fanfics, Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura's daughter Yuki greatly resembles Kan'u from Juuzaengi, while her two of her brother's/Masamune & Yukimura's son Masa's four friends Honda Hikaru and Mikami Soma resemble Gau Meguro from Nabari no Ou and Manatsu Soda from RDG: Red Data Girl respectively, baby Maeda-Date-Sanada Nobushige resembles the baby Shion from No. 6, and Hitomi Kira resembles Natsuko Honda from King's Game.
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos has a very large number of them, and Word of God has confirmed that many of the non-canon characters were based on others in at least some form.
    • Dark Tails is an expy of Dark Samus. Also, the Quadraxis robot is basically the same as the boss from the same game, except massively upgraded and far more powerful (and vicious). Dark Chaos Energy is also a pretty clear expy of Phazon.
    • Along with his obvious parallels to Shadow, Tsali is essentially a more-humanlike Terminator. In a similar vein, the armies of flesh-eating Tsali Androids he once controlled are rather suspiciously similar to Necron Flayed Ones.
    • According to the author, Venus the Seedrian is a gender-flipped version of Guts from Berserk, with several parallels in their back stories.
    • Tephiroth is the most blatantly obvious one, except his character and personality are entirely different. And he's not evil.
    • Even the ships are expies according to Word of God - the Dreadnought is based on the Machariel from EVE Online, and Maledict's Leviathan-class ships are based on the Eclipse Super Star Destroyer.
  • Suzumiya Haruhi no Yaku-Asobi is full of these. One particularly sprawling multi-RPer slider faction known as the Multiverse Enforcement Bureau employs what is practically an alternate SOS-dan, consisting of a long-haired half-American Trigger Happy Haruhi who's a stickler for keeping things orderly, Kyonko, the person Kimidori Emiri was 'based on' by the aliens (a Cute Clumsy Girl), the Student Council President from Seitenkan, a Cold Sniper Mikuru, and a Men in Black-ish Sasaki. No, really.
  • This Bites! has a few:
  • In the Pokémon fic Traveler, by the time of the Pokemon League, Ash has taken on more than a few of Red's traits, preferring solitude in nature with his team to being around people, as well as becoming more silent and stoic, and a much calmer, more collected battler. Gary lampshades this in conversation after the League, claiming that without his friends making him socialize, Ash would probably disappear into the wild. Jonathan later mentions having his final showdown with Ash atop Mt. Silver, saying it seems like Ash's type of place.
  • While Voice of the Condor is set in The Mysterious Cities of Gold universe, Dorad Elo, a mysterious Inca priest, is a Cyborg take on El Dorado from Inca, who flies the same Tumi from that game.
  • The Kung Fu Panda fic The Vow has Lady Lianne, a swan noble who's based on Princess Odette, both in (the swan) appearance and personality. There's also a minor character named Lang, a trader duck who's similar to Master Shifu's messenger goose Zeng, both in the awkward personality and role.
  • Beast Boy And Raven Join PETA:
    • The local PETA members are thinly-veiled copies of South Park characters, and the ALF spokesman is clearly based on Cartman.
    • Don Gooseson is a parody of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.


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