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  • Happens a great deal in politics and religion: the specific actions of a successful historical leader are emulated, forgetting the principles and reasons behind them. Some Mongol leaders after Genghis Khan sought to reestablish the Mongol Empire, but only to the borders the empire had at the time of Genghis Khans' death. A Christian cult in Uganda wants to ban bicycles because they didn't exist in Jesus' time. Some Muslims in Africa refuse to use toothbrushes, opting for sticks with the end chewed soft, because toothbrushes didn't exist in Muhammad's time.
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  • Humor websites are often guilty of imitating's list format. One notable offender is, which just lists photos with captions along a vague theme. And The Onion has spawned a number of satirical news sites, many of which are only nominally satirical, with getting page views by presenting plausible fake news stories being a higher priority than actual humor or satirical value.
  • Several video uploading sites have cropped up since the rise of YouTube.
    • For that matter, video uploading sites make it quite easy for any schmoe with a video camera to imitate junk they saw on the Internet (or, for that matter, junk they saw in any other visual medium).
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  • The success of Magic: The Gathering caused anything that achieved any kind of popularity to have a collectible card game tie-in.
  • Competitive sports is very much a Follow the Leader endeavor.
    • The 2003 book Moneyball (subtitle: "The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game") described the unorthodox methods of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Oakland's ability to succeed despite financial disadvantage inspired other major league teams to copy their approach.
    • American football coaches are notorious copycats, even at the NFL or elite collegiate level. Whenever an innovative offensive or defensive scheme is unveiled, it will quickly be adopted by other teams... until someone figures out how to stop it. The spread offense is king at the moment, as was the read option offense (as of the 2012 season) and the hurry-up/no-huddle offense (and its variant, the two-minute drill); past trends (most of which still exist in some form) include the following: on the offensive side, there's the West Coast Offense, Air Coryell, the Run-and-Shoot, the shotgun formation, the wishbone, the T-formation, and especially in the 2008 NFL season, the Wildcat formation. On the defensive side, there's the 46 Defense, the zone blitz, and the Tampa 2. There's a reason why the NFL is often called a "copycat league".
      • If a player hits it big for an innovative niche, the next 1,000 guys at that position will all be compared to him. Before Michael Vick, the mobile quarterback was something of a rarity, and every halfback that catches passes will inevitably be compared to LaDainian Tomlinson. There's probably a bunch of guys looking to draft the next Devin Hester.
      • Some of the oldest techniques were even more pronounced instances of Follow the Leader: in 1892, Harvard introduced the Flying Wedge and trounced Yale (under the modern scoring system, they would have won 42-0). In 1893, nearly every play was a flying wedge. In 1894, it was banned (largely because it was EXTREMELY dangerous).
      • The modern T-formation appeared in 1939. In 1940 Stanford won the Rose Bowl using it, and the Chicago Bears won the NFL championship (73-0, still the most lospsided GAME in NFL history). Within 10 years only one pro and a handful of Colleges were still running the single-wing.
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    • Motorsport is rife with this at the top levels. A skilled engineer/aerodynamicist develops a new device. Said device results in their car utterly destroying the rest of the field. Cue each other team developing/copying the new device, sometimes failing to get it to work, other times refining it. Assuming they aren't petitioning the governing body to ban it, if it isn't already. The list of examples could fill its own page.
    • In a literal case, a few minor league associates of Big Four teams have the same colors or names as the "headquarters".
  • The popularity of Wikipedia caused a glut of smaller wikis across the Internet, mostly focused on specific topics of interest to the community they are set up in.*cough*
    • Interestingly, the first wiki was not Wikipedia but the Portland Pattern Repository, whose goal was to catalog the patterns used by programmers—really, the programmer version of tropes.
    • To be fair, they encourage and support this; the MediaWiki software is under a Free Software license.
  • Many websites that are animated base it solely off of Homestar Runner.
  • RiffTrax, created by Mike Nelson, sparked the rise of the Alternate DVD Commentary.
    • Wizard People, Dear Reader (2004) predates RiffTrax (2006), actually, but in any event the general idea undoubtedly followed close on the heels of the first "regular" DVD commentary.
    • And both of them are really just a technical variation on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • While not the very first Machinima series, Red vs. Blue cleared the path for dozens, if not hundreds, of followers, especially using Halo 2 as a game engine. Many of them tried to copy Red vs. Blue to the letter and failed miserably while doing it. Or simply weren't very good. Others though, were pretty darn good in their own right.
  • The Newgrounds series Madness Combat has spun off countless imitators, some of which are quite popular and impressive, like Bunnykill and Maximum Ninja.
    • Newgrounds encourages this, they made a "Madness Day" (Sept. 22nd) so fans could make flash games and movies, popular series include Xionic Madness, and the aforementioned Bunnykill and Maximum Ninja.
    • Same to Xiao Xiao which inspired countless stick figure fighting animations and largely Madness Combat itself.
  • It was arguably the popularity of the Andrew Lloyd Webber take on The Phantom of the Opera (itself inspired by a campier version by Ken Hill) that spurred the unsuccessful Vampire Musicals trend, and gave a boost to Jekyll and Hyde. In fact, since the novel is public domain, quite a few musical adaptations sprung up in the 1990s for community theatres and whatnot, as well a new lease on life for Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston's Phantom, which was actually developed around the same time as Webber's take but got lost in the shuffle.
  • The restaurant industry apparently loves this trope. Think about when various chains started offering (or offering more of or emphasizing): angus, chipotle, salads, chicken, sliders, chipotle chicken salads
    • And chicken sandwiches with only pickles and a buttered bun, a la Chick-Fil-A.
    • Pretzel buns anyone? It's gotten to the point where some pizza chains have started introducing pretzel pizza crusts...
  • The GameFAQs Character Battles had long been dominated by Link until 2007 (he only lost one contest where he entered, to Cloud), when voters fed up with him winning every year propelled L-Block (yes, from Tetris) to victory. When the 2008 nominations came along, many, many people tried nominating a bunch of random joke characters in an attempt to recreate L-Block, without considering why L-Block succeeded in the first place.
    • The Weighted Companion Cube from Portal admittedly did very well - going farther than the returning champion - but proving no jokes are forever, Link still won.
  • Similar to the previous one, the popularity of Ray's Pizza in New York led to a number of ripoffs like Ray's Famous Pizza, Original Ray's Pizza, Ray's Original Pizza, etc. According to That Other Wiki, much of the other restaurants with "Ray's" in the name ended up becoming authentic Ray's restaurants after Ray's became a chain of restaurants and much of these restaurants' owners bought franchises, with one oddly retaining the name Not Ray's Pizza after doing so, though it didn't say if there were any ripoffs still out there after the original restaurant's expansion, so checking whether they're real Ray's Pizza restaurants would be a good idea for someone not from NYC. Conan O'Brien briefly mentioned Ray's Pizza and other pizzerias with "Ray's" in the name on his eponymous TBS show during a week of shows in New York City, but he ended up going to Joe's Pizza rather than any of the Ray's pizzerias because he had a fondness of Joe's when he was in New York doing Late Night.
    • Likewise with (Original) Tommy's Hamburgers in Los Angeles, a fast food joint known and loved for its greasy chili burgers. A glut of Tommie's, Tomi's, and similar wannabe-clones came and (mostly) went.
    • Southern California has any number of "fast Mexican" joints named something-berto's (Aliberto's, Eriberto's, Umberto's, Roberto's, etc.), all with very similar menus. Which is the "original" is a little obscure, but Alberto's is probably the largest and most popular chain.
  • Over the last 35 years, the National Hockey League has seen its overall style of play change and develop whenever a given team begins winning with a new style of play, which the rest of the league begins emulating in an attempt to catch up. Whether the rough-and-tumble tactics of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s, or the tight and defensive New Jersey Devils in the 1990s (specifically their use of neutral zone trap), all three teams helped define their eras as their opponents began copying them.
  • Gaia Online, Gaia Online, Gaia Online. It's nigh-impossible to find a forum featuring customizable avatars that doesn't imitate it in some way. At the best, it's simply having a similar feel, at the worst, it's copying forum names, items, and events.
  • The video "8-Bit Gratuity" inspired a slew of similar videos like "Kirby is a fucking monster" (though most of them leave the original game audio intact instead of giving it a spooky echoing effect like in the original video).
  • ChipCheezum and General Ironicus' retsupuraes, although Slowbeef and Diabetus have also made guest appearances in their videos. Chip has also done the inverse, Let's Recommend.
  • After the emergence of Paris Hilton's infamous sex video (and before that, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee), you couldn't spit without it landing on a "celebrity" claiming to have been sold out by an ex or robbed, with the resulting porn video ending up on the Internet and giving said celebrity his/her fifteen minutes of fame before they slid back into has-been/never-will-be territory.
  • The site, The Million Dollar Homepage, has caused people to despair a bit because it's simultaneously an idea that was so damn obvious and will never be possible again. It's inspired hundreds of different sites, and all have fallen short of its glory.
  • Top 60 Ghetto Names has spawned a slew of imitators, all with the same twist at the end.
  • One advertisement for Burger King's breakfast sandwich lampshades this, having the King breaking into McDonald's headquarters and stealing one of their recipes.
    Announcer: The BK breakfast muffin sandwich with egg: it's not that original, but it's only a buck.
  • Before the Japanese stock bubble burst in the early 90s, you would have tons of American businessmen reading Sun Tzu and The Book of Five Rings in the hope of boosting their business acumen somehow. Naturally, this extended to fiction, with characters like Geese Howard showing people that a little aikido and some cool war god statues can really aid in your criminal conquest of America.
  • Two whole networks owe their existence to this. When the Fox network became successful in the early 1990s (mostly due to The Simpsons, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, winning the rights to the National Football League's National Football Conference in 1993, and signing a deal in 1994 with television station owner New World Communications -­­ which Fox would buy in 1997 from Ronald Perelman), Time Warner and Paramount started The WB Television Network and the United Paramount Network, respectively, in early 1995. The two even have similar origins to Fox, as all three had their roots in a group of independent stations (Fox had the six Metromedia independentsnote , The WB had the seven Tribune Broadcasting independentsnote , and UPN had the independents of Chris-Craft/United Televisionnote  and Paramount Stations Groupnote . Both networks are gone now, as they missed that Fox had grown so quickly because of chance-taking (something the Big Three were not big on) and investing in popular, profitable sports programming (most of Tribune's WB stations dropped their sports programming roughly midway through the network's run, ironically to boost the network), though they live on as The CW, which may head in the same direction as its forebears.
  • After Freeman's Mind became popular, now there are scores of adding-narration-to-gameplay-footage series, almost all of which are called [character]'s mind. Most of them also use the same intro, the same characterisation for the player character, and sometimes even the same jokes. Similarly to the abridged series, very few are worth watching.
    • On a similar note, after Brentalfloss got popular making "X with lyrics" videos (videos of him singing a song in sync with video game music), many others have attempted to follow in his footsteps with their own video game lyrics videos.
  • When it first began to get popular, Facebook did so by copying things from MySpace. And now that Facebook is the top social networking site, MySpace has been slowly becoming more and more like Facebook.
  • During its struggle to stay relevant, MySpace tried copying Facebook and Twitter, and forcing updates that nobody wanted, to the point where those who hadn't already left for those sites got fed up and left too.
  • Many, many times over the years has this happened in the radio broadcasting industry with regard to new programming concepts or formats. Sometimes the effect is wide-ranging and changes the state of the industry forever, as with the explosive growth of the Top 40 radio format in the 1950s.
    • Early on, stations like KLIF in Dallas, Texas (though it was likely not the first Top 40 station) were looked upon as inspirations, with programmers and owners like Todd Storz, Rick Sklar (who helmed WABC, New York), Mike Joseph, and KLIF's Gordon McLendon hailed as geniuses.
    • Later on in the mid-1960s, Bill Drake's KHJ in Los Angeles became a trendsetter by pioneering a format of more music and less talk which has been a blueprint for radio programming ever since, and stations that copied KHJ's approach, including KFRC in San Francisco and CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, were themselves highly imitated in their own areas.
    • While Top 40 paved the way for format radio as we now know it, the trope also applies with various programming concepts over the years that did not find lasting success, notably Disco, which grew rapidly after all-disco WKTU went to number one in the New York City market in 1978 (unseating WABC), and then faded just as quickly less than a year later as disco crashed and burned.
  • Take a look at a good portion of smartphones out there. Odds are, its features (either in UI, software, design, or all three) have some resemblance to the iPhone. And every tablet released since 2010 will likely share similar resemblances to the iPad.
  • Baskin-Robbins' "31 flavors" trademark which was based on Howard Johnson's restaurants and their claims of "28 flavors". Then Bresler's 33 Flavors copied the idea as well.
    • Similarly, Howard Johnson's (back when it was both a motel and restaurant chain) was known for the unique designs of its Motor Lodges and restaurants: the former had massive A-frames, and the latter had a modernistic streamline design with porcelain roofs. Both were copied strongly by local businessmen.
    • The influence extended into the music world, with the hit song "32 Flavors" by Ani DiFranco (a Top 40 hit for Alana Davis).
  • Also, Holiday Inn's huge, flashy motel signs with a yellow chase arrow were copied endlessly, even by other motel chains.
  • Stuckey's pioneered the concept of a gift shop/restaurant/convenience store combo. As a result, many other chains such as Nickerson Farms, Horne's and Dutch Pantry copied the concept; Horne's was even started by a former Stuckey's owner. The competitors all fell by the wayside in the 1970s (largely due to the gas shortage), and although Stuckey's is greatly reduced in numbers, it still exists in the Southern states. Even Cracker Barrel copied the concept in its early years, but it was able to escape this trope by ditching the gas station/convenience store parts entirely in favor of a restaurant/gift shop.
  • In 1519 Hernán Cortés sailed to Mexico with 600 men and conquered a big and unbelievably rich empire in a single campaign. In 1527, his second-degree cousin Francisco Pizarro sailed to Peru with 169 men and conquered an even bigger and more unbelievably rich empire in a single campaign. Soon there were thousands of tiny Spanish expeditions looking for even bigger and richer empires to conquer from Kansas to Patagonia, most of which came back empty-handed... or didn't.
  • The British advert for Burger King's new Chicken Tenders lampshades the fact that they're pulling a Follow the Leader on McNuggets. A husband goes "I wonder what they taste like?" and his wife sarcastically retorts "I bet they're REALLY different".
  • Firefox 4 followed Google Chrome's lead when it came out, eliminating the menu bar (by default) and shifting the tabs to the top. Later, they also relocated the app menu to the right side of the toolbar with a "hamburger" style button.
  • For a vintage example, Radio Drama series The Whistler was essentially a copycat of The Shadow.
  • In 1962, the dime store chain S.S. Kresge started a little discount store called Kmart. Meanwhile, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart, and Dayton's department store of Minnesota opened the first Target. Kmart was so successful that by year's end, competing dime store chain F.W. Woolworth had its own discount arm called Woolco. Fellow dime store chains J.J. Newberry, W.T. Grant, G.C. Murphy and T G & Y rolled out their own discount stores (Britt's, Grant City, Murphy's Mart and T G & Y Family Center). Even Montgomery Ward got into the fold briefly with its Jefferson Ward division. The chains that were spun off from the competing dime stores all failed between 1976 and 1985, with Grant City, T G & Y and Woolco even selling many of their locations to Kmart. Ultimately, Kresge gave up on the whole dime store thing in 1987.
    • And it happened again. When Walmart opened its first Supercenter in 1990, Kmart and Target both began superstores of their own (although the concept was Older Than They Think, having started by Michigan-based Meijer in — you guessed it — 1962). By aggressively expanding so that nearly every town now has a Supercenter, Walmart has pounded Kmart flat. Meanwhile, Target has distanced itself by abandoning the supercenters and going for a more upscale design. The Supercenter binge also had the side effect of knocking out nearly every remaining discount chain, which again fueled Walmart as it bought many locations from the fallen Ames, Caldor and Jamesway.
  • Lowe's started out as a traditional hardware store chain similar to True Value or ACE. They adopted the big-box superstore format in the 1980s once The Home Depot started opening in Lowe's home base of North Carolina.
  • After Barnes & Noble released the Nook Color, an Android-based color e-reader by an established ebook company out come the Kindle Fire and Kobo Vox, also Android-based color e-readers by established ebook companies.
  • Happens occasionally in firearms development. For instance, the M16 came with a combination carry handle/rear sight that was copied by many other weapons since. Including the British SA80, which otherwise started the alternate trend of rifles without traditional ironsights at all, like the H&K G36.
  • Reddit has been bastardizing memes from 4chan, most infamously, though not limited to, rage comics. It's everything now that 4Chan makes that they steal and proclaim is original, and that they made it up, despite some of them having existed since long before the site's creation. Most infamously is that they love to claim they invented the Trollface, despite it coming from this comic by DeviantArt user Whynne.
  • If McDonald's has done anything in fast food, chances are that other chains will follow. Fish sandwiches, chicken nuggets, kids' meals, on-site playplaces, upscale coffee drinks, you name it. And if they weren't the first to develop something (the defunct Burger Chef was actually the first chain to offer kids' meals), nearly every other chain will at least copy their example.
  • The Hard Rock Cafe restaurant chain was established in The '70s but took off in tourist towns worldwide in The '80s with its combination of hearty, familiar food and fun, authentic music memorabilia as wall decor. In The '90s, a theme restaurant boom arrived as a slew of rivals applied the Hard Rock formula to other concepts. While Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and Rainforest Cafe have proved thriving chains, most of the highly-hyped Planet Hollywood locations have long since closed, and the business is littered with outright flops: Fashion Cafe, Official All-Star Cafe, ESPN Zone, etc.
    • Similarly, many other chains such as Applebee's, TGI Friday's, Bennigan's, Ruby Tuesday, and Fuddrucker's also copied the idea of putting memorabilia on the walls, but most have since backed down and gone for a sleeker, more "upscale" appearance. (Cracker Barrel also does the "stuff on the walls" motif, but they set themselves apart by going for a homey, rustic feel and including a gift shop.)
  • This is all too common in railroading, as one builder or line tries to capture the success of another.
    • The Japanese Shinkansen ("New Main Line"), a high-speed electric train run on a dedicated line, was developed in the 1960s and made the Japanese railways competitive against the highways and airplanes. This prompted the European railways to spend the 1970s onward commissioning similar express services, nearly all of whom are named "High Speed Train" or "Inter-City Express." This has now spread to China, Russia, Turkey, and other countries.
    • The "streamliner" craze of the 1920s-1940s. After World War I, people in The Roaring '20s became fascinated by airplanes and their speed. The railroads developed new Art Deco trains, initially steam and later diesel, with streamlined bodies to not only go fast but also look fast, and keep the passenger train competitive against the airplane and the highway. Some streamliner designs, such as the Super Chief, the Mallard, the Hiawatha, the Daylight, and the Dreyfuss Hudson, are legendary. But other designs such as the Alco P/F-series diesels, the Union Pacific steam streamliners, or the streamliners of the minor railroads were seen as Follow the Leader and are not so well celebrated.note 
    • After streamliners, Alco made some diesel locomotive models in The '60s that are similar to competitor GM's Electro Motor Division (EMD) General Purpose (GP#) and Special Duty (SD#) engines.
      • Actually, Alco was the leader itself at some points. Alco's RS-1 was the first ever hood-unit road-switcher, of which practically all modern diesels are, and also had the first AC-powered diesel.
  • Early shopping malls were typically open-air concourses (although some were enclosed) located in the city proper. They were more oriented to the immediate community, with the biggest stores typically being dime stores, drugstores, and supermarkets. The enclosed malls designed by Victor Gruen in the 1950s and 1960s, starting with Southdale in Edina, Minnesota, introduced the now-iconic concept of big department stores as "anchors" to give the centers more of a regional draw, while the postwar suburban development helped moved the mall from the inner city out to their iconic place in suburbia. Development in the 1970s was furthered by A. Alfred Taubman, who introduced other prototypical mall concepts such as fountains and skylights, while also making two-level malls more commonplace. Rouse Corporation (now part of General Growth Properties) introduced the food court in 1974. Outlet malls came in the 1980s, and the first "lifestyle center" malls (i.e., "upscale" stores on a streetscape) were built in Memphis later in the 80s.
  • A strange attempted example with Mike the Headless Chicken, as noted on The Other Wiki: "Olsen's success resulted in a wave of copycat chicken beheading, but no other chicken lived for more than a day or two."
  • Microsoft, while still having successful products under their own image, such as the Xbox and their Windows OS, started to follow many trends with very little success. Microsoft's Zune service was an attempt to take a slice out of Apple's ipod profits by making their own brand of MP3 players, but it didn't work out and was discontinued in 2012. When Nintendo gotten popular with their Wii console since casual based games with motion controls was a hit, Microsoft tried to get a piece of the action by creating the Kinect addon for the Xbox 360, but it barely even caught on compared to the Wii. Windows 8 is an OS by Microsoft that attempts to imitate Apple's iOS. However, Windows 8 has been declared to be worse than Vista due 8 having an interface that is designed more for tablets than traditional PCs and the OS changed everything around, which frustrated people that had known where everything in the OS was before Windows 8.
    • Bizarrely, the flat, minimalist look that Microsoft created Windows Phone to distance it as far as possible from iOS and Android very quickly inspired Apple to drop their own iconic 3D, glossy look in favor of flat colors and clean lines as well, with even app icons now composed solely of solid colors and gradients. Android has since followed suit. Even KDE, one of the desktop environments for Linux, has a considerably flatter look now.
  • The release of the first Apple Macintosh in 1984 sparked considerable interest in computers with Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) within the industry. The Mac pioneered and popularized numerous interface elements that are taken for granted in most PC interfaces today, such as menu bars, windows, and icons. Most notably, Microsoft followed suit by releasing the first version of Microsoft Windows the following year. While command-line interfaces would remain the standard for a few more years due their being computational expensive to use, the Mac put the writing on the wall saying that graphical interfaces were the future of how people would interact with their devices.
  • Brazen crimes, such as mass shootings, are sometimes met with copycats that are seeking fame by trying to do the same thing that happened in the original crime. Luckily, most police forces know of copycatters and are high alert when a major crime has occurred so that they can stop said copycats.
  • The reason why the chevron is prevalent in space agency insignias is due to one little agency winning The Space Race.
    • Inversely, NASA itself was modeled after the British Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and the French ONERA during World War I.
  • Dino Attack RPG is an interesting example, following the footsteps of Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG (alongside other concurrent RPGs like Tiny Turbos RPG and the original Johnny Thunder RPG), then most later LEGO RPGs ended up following Dino Attack RPG. This makes Dino Attack RPG a follower that eventually became a leader.
  • Perfume loves this trope:
    • In 1917 Coty released Chypre, which has since become the name of a whole fragrance family bases on oak moss, patchouli, musk and citrus notes.
    • The success of Chanel No. 5 brought aldehydes on the map of perfumers.
    • Thierry Mugler's Angel is a shriekingly loud divisive combination of Chocolate/Caramel, white flowers and patchouli. Due to its surprisingly raving success it inspired hundreds of knock-offs by brands in all price ranges.
    • Even though other celebrities have released their own perfume before, the hype didn't really start until Jennifer Lopez released her first fragrance in 2002. Now literally every pop starlet as well as all kinds of other celebrities will sooner or later throw their own scent on the market.
  • The success of MAD as a satire magazine spawned legions of imitators. Most were short-lived, but the longest-lived by far was Cracked.
  • Jen Selter is this for Kim Kardashian, according to... Kim Kardashian.
  • Steam has a Livestream feature for all the games in its catalog. This may be following the footsteps of other video game livestream websites such as Twitch.
  • Many common practices of Presidents in the American political system, which are simply taken for granted today, can ultimately be traced back to the example set by George Washington when the office was still new. The President of the United States is still always addressed as "Mister President" (or "Madame President"), a term of address that Washington devised for himself in order to avoid a more aristocratic title like "Your Excellency". Likewise, the two-term limit for American Presidents became standard because Washington voluntarily stepped down after two terms in office; it wasn't until Franklin D. Roosevelt unexpectedly won four terms (almost 150 years after Washington's tenure) that it occurred to anyone to finally make the term limit a law.
  • When Cartoon Network achieved ratings success in the early 200s with their Cartoon Cartoon Fridays block, Nickelodeon tried to compete with them by launching Friday Night Nicktoons in 2002.
  • When Kentucky Fried Chicken pioneered fast-food chicken in The '60s, many other chains began pursuing fried chicken as well. Many burger chains such as Hardee's and Red Barn began selling it, and flash-in-the-pan chains such as Minnie Pearl's Fried Chicken sprang to life. Perhaps the most notable competitor to spring out of the fried chicken boom is Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, which is still the second largest chicken chain after KFC.
  • In 1982, the handgun industry was changed forever when Gaston Glock created the Glock 17. While it took a while for the shooting public to move away from the standard of metal-framed, hammer-fired handguns, the Glock series pistols eventually became the most widely used personal sidearm for civilians, law enforcement, and many militaries around the world. Competition for the Glock was slow to materialize; in the 1990s, Smith & Wesson had its Sigma series, but the Sigma got killed by a lawsuit filed by Glock because it was too similar. In the 2000s, the Springfield XD series, the Ruger SR series, and the Smith & Wesson M&P series were the chief competitors (along with the Sigma's successor, the SW VE and later the SD VE lineup, which are essentially economy versions of the M&P). But it wasn't until the late 2010s when the rest of the gun industry finally entered the market for polymer-framed striker-fired handguns. SHOT Show 2017 featured many, many major manufacturers rolling out their versions of black polymer guns, all aiming to dethrone Glock's dominant position in the industry. These include the CZ P10 C, the Beretta APX, the Remington RP9, the Ruger American, the Fabrique Nationale FNS, the Walther PPQ, the H&K VP series, and more.
  • The iPhone can be considered the first smartphone as we know them today (with pre-iPhone smartphones having physical keypads), and the one from which inspired most other smartphones. However, in recent years, Apple's actually fallen behind the times of its competitors. It wasn't until 2016's iPhone 7 that they delivered an iPhone with IP67 dust/water resistance certification, and it wasn't until 2017's iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, that iPhones began to have wireless charging. Water resistance and wireless charging are things that Samsung had been doing since the Galaxy S5 in 2014. Lampshaded in one Galaxy S8 / Note 8 ad.
  • Following the release of the iPhone X, a lot of smartphone manufacturers have turned to creating phones that imitate the notch that is the signature of the iPhone X.
  • For a brief period of time in the Nineties, the mascot for Alpha-Bits cereal was the Alpha-Bits wizard, an obvious attempt by Post to cash in on the success of Lucky Charms' Lucky the Leprechaun. Like Lucky, the wizard never managed to protect his cereal from the children despite having magical powers. Even the motto ("They're A-B-C-Delicious") was similar to Lucky Charms' "They're Magically Delicious".
  • In a case of following the leader that was itself following another leader, there's Disney's failed Disneyquest, an arcade/restaurant hybrid, which itself was following Gameworks (a collaboration between Dreamworks and Sega), which in turn, was following Dave and Busters - Gameworks has survived (albeit it's management has changed hands several times), but Disneyquest was a flop, only opening 2 branches (with the last one closing on July 2, 2017). Similarly, there was Club Disney, which was Disney's attempt to copy the success of Chuck E Cheese - CD was able to open more locations than Disneyquest (5 compared to the 2 Disneyquests), but lasted shorter (2 years compared to DQ's 19 years).
  • In 2011, ABC dropped its Saturday morning lineup (which by that point was a Rerun Farm for older Disney Channel shows) and bought a package of E/I-friendly (educational and informative) programs from Litton Entertainment to fulfill FCC guidelines for its stations. This was a sign for many of the networks as well as local stations that Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast TV was dead due to the prevalence of cable TV and the Internet. Within a few years, NBC, CBS, and CW stations started buying syndicated packages of E/I shows from Litton to air on Saturday or Sunday mornings, while Fox bought a similar package from another syndicator for similar reasons. Then, Litton started packaging syndicated shows for independent stations and even diginets that air on subchannels of local stations. In 2017, Litton was acquired by Hearst Television. As a result, the Hearst Corporation has now practically monopolized the Saturday morning broadcast market, with different programs airing across multiple stations at the same time. The only other competitor is Sinclair Broadcasting, which airs a traditional Saturday morning cartoon lineup on its stations and on ThisTV which the company co-owns.
  • MeTV and the Retro Television Network singlehandedly revived the "classic TV" format long-abandoned by Nick @ Nite, leading to a vast array of similarly-formatted broadcast diginets to spring up such as Antenna TV, GetTV, Decades, and the like. This turned out to be the undoing of Retro Television, as syndicators started making new deals with these new channels, leaving Retro with a string of obscure programming none of the other stations wanted and most of the channel's affiliates started dropping them as a result.


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