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  • The runaway success of The Best Page in the Universe back in the late 90s spawned a whole genre of websites that follow the pattern of, "I run an angry blog where I write offensive things". Many even went as far as to title their pages akin the original with examples like, "The Second Best Page in the Universe", or even, "The Worst Page in the Universe". Most imitators unfortunately ignored the original website's satirical edge and instead just aimed for shock value.
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  • In that vein, The Agony Booth re-tailored their site in the early tens to emulate Channel Awesome, supplementing their old text reviews with "prop comic" reviewers and videos. Most of these were received with lukewarm responses at best. Unfortunately the long-form recaps that had been the site's signature and unique appeal were completely abandoned to make room. The majority of the new critics were Spoony Experiment knock-offs who used to advertise on his forum and on YouTube before being picked up. A similar website, Reviewtopia, was lambasted for trying to copy the success of TGWTG, and most of those critics were absorbed into the TGWTG mothership within a few months. The "success" of The Blockbuster Buster and Oancitizen came about because of this.
  • Stories based on The Slender Man Mythos have become increasingly popular due to the success of Just Another Fool (blog) and Marble Hornets (video series). Some recent cases have abandoned the idea of the characters going in blind and actually mention the existing blogs, with the protagonists assuming (wrongly) that they're just an urban legend.
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  • ASDF Movie has had dozens of remakes in real life, LEGO, Mine Craft, Happy Wheels, Modern Warfare 3, Garry's Mod, Black Ops 2, SFM and so on. They all play the audio of one or more of the original videos over their own animation and meet varying success. There are also a dozen YouTube Poops and even fan made sequels.
  • Reviews were commonplace, but The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Nostalgia Critic started the trend of funny ones. They have since achieved online notoriety and several others attempting a style similar to them (i.e. that of a foul-mouthed and pissed off reviewer of old crappy games and/or films). It's worth noting that the Angry Video Game Nerd himself was far from being the first to do this. Seanbaby had done this years before (and was likely an inspiration), and he may not have been the first himself.
    • Unfortunately, because of his rabid fanbase, those who actually try something new with the idea or take an alternate approach are often ignored or flamed for being "rip-offs". Even people who review ANYTHING made in the 80s such as cartoons and comics (just look at The Nostalgia Critic) get branded as rip-offs. Many hold the opinion that some of his genuine ripoffs are better than Mr. Rolfe himself is anyway, so to some this is a moot point.
      • Speaking of the Critic, the fact that he got branded as a rip-off was the reason why his feud with the Nerd started in the first place (see Nerd Rant 1 for proof). Ironically, a lot of contributors on Channel Awesome have copied the Critic's style, down to even the camera standpoints and way of executing gags.
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    • Also, Linkara was one of the first with a plotline, and now it's commonplace on Channel Awesome.
    • You can find MILLIONS of amateurs with a webcam ranting about stuff they hate nowadays.
    • It is often cited that the ongoing storylines of these shows are what inspired Moviebob to do the same with The Game Overthinker.
    • The Game Grumps review of Mickey Mousecapade has Arin noting how many reviewers out there try to emulate the nerd's style with varying (though usually low) levels of success. He spends the entire episode doing a hilariously and intentionally bad imitation of the nerd while Danny pretty much spends the entire episode in pain laughing.
  • Oancitizen has often been accused of being a rip-off of The Cinema Snob, despite the fact that Oancitizen reviews arthouse films without being snobbish while the Cinema Snob reviews exploitation movies while pretending to be a snobbish critic.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has had many knockoffs, some of which gained a life of their own while others bit the dust. Even Dragon Ball Z Abridged, currently the most well-known of its craft, originally started off as a similarly fun little project in the vain of other Abridged Series before it evolved into more of a character-focused dramedy with higher production values and more emphasis on the comedy aspect. This in turn led to similar shows following their example with the most famous being Sword Art Online Abridged.
    • The creator has even done voices for some of them, as well as lampshading it in his own series, by turning the "Multiply" spell card (which makes copies of Kuriboh) into "LittleKuriboh Impersonators". Yami activates it in his duel against Pegasus.
    Pegasus: There's so many of them! I can't tell which one is the original!
    Yami: That's right, and that means you'll never be able to watch the Abridged Series ever again!
    Pegasus: NOOOOO! I can't live without Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series! It's so important to me!
    Yami: Don't worry, Pegasus. There's always Naruto: The Abridged Series, but we all know that's not quite as good!
    • The joke also applies to how many people were literally just titling their video "Abridged series episode x" and weren't trying to be Littlekuriboh, but were just being bait-and-switch trolls.
  • Similarly, there's Purple Eyes WTF, who basically kick-started the premise of "this is your Abridged Series on drugs" with Code MENT and None Piece. Unsurprisingly, people have copied that genre as well.
  • AMV Hell. Though the format likely started with Robot Chicken, it was AMV Hell that defined it as a YouTube staple and fan work in general, with notable entries like The G Mod Idiot Box and PONIES The Anthology.
  • After Franchesca Ramsey made the Shit White Girls Black Girls video, many others followed up with videos following a similar format of a marginalized person performing as a privileged person saying ignorant and bigoted remarks to a person of their marginalization.
    • That video was in turn inspired by the video "Shit Girls Say", based on a Twitter page, which also had various imitators with black girls, Spanish girls, etc.
  • Once the Greed blog was created, others soon made Sins blogs in the style of the first, and the Virtues soon followed in the Personification subfandom.
  • After Chuggaaconroy put Let's Play-ing into the mainstream with his wacky Manchild antics, loud moments, and Epic Fails, a spat of other YouTubers trying to find the same success imitating this style without any of the approachable personality or passion Chuggaa puts into his videos. If anything, this following also led to Retsupurae poking fun at these pale imitations. Ironically, Chuggaa himself has stated that his videos were inspired by fellow Runaway Guy and Friendly Rival ProtonJon.
  • Ben Drowned. It is the most famous gaming Creepypasta that was filled with horror, great effects, and a great story. It was so popular, that we got many other gaming horror stories like Sonic.exe, Megaman's Ladder, I Hate You, and many more stories that don't even come close to capturing the atmosphere nor the creep factor that Ben Drowned had. Blank cartridges or discs with handwritten titles on them (which were free, of course. Even at brick and mortar stores.), friends who mysteriously disappeared in the context of the story, spooky save file shenanigans, and simplistic romhack footage on YouTube are some of the elements that label them as derivative.
  • The popularity and critical acclaim of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries inspired a wave of video blog adaptations of other classic literature including The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, Classic Alice, and Nothing Much to Do.
  • Markiplier seems to follow the PewDiePie formula of ADVERTISING VIDEOS IN ALL CAPS, photoshopped title cards, and OTT panicking at survival horror games. Over time, he's even adopted Pewd's charity work, haircut and five o'clock stubble, as well. Amazing.
  • CinemaSins has seen dozens of imitators on YouTube, from single videos to long-running channels reviewing different kinds of visual media. Two of the earliest examples — Game Care Network and Dartigan, both video game reviewers — now have their own pages.
  • The runaway success of both Game Theory and V Sauce have inspired many other YouTube channels to create their own scientific analysis and Wild Mass Guessing of pop culture works be it video games, movies, TV shows, or even internet stars. Some like the Super Carlin Brothers have taken it even further combining the pop-culture hypothesizing of Game Theory with the vlog format of the VlogBrothers.
  • While doing Alex Reads Twilight, Alex repeatedly insisted he would not be doing the rest of the Twilight series. This spawned a host of imitators that picked up with the second book in the series, New Moon, copying his general man-in-front-of-a-camera-summarises-and-snarkes-about-a-book style.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd: So relentlessly, cheerfully lampshaded that he seems to have escaped the wrath of even AVGN's fervent fanbase. (As pointed out above, AVGN even subscribes to his YouTube account.)
  • Dragon Ball Z Uncensored, a website which compared the US edited version of Dragon Ball Z with the original Japanese release, would later inspire such websites like Sailor Moon Uncensored and Dogasu's Backpack (which is focused on the Pokémon anime).
  • The horse-based short Dream Come True looks like a mix of Disney and the Disney-esque Dreamworks film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Some scenes (such as the ending shot) are traced from Spirit.
  • Paradigm Spiral is highly reminiscent of RWBY to the point of bordering on Serial Numbers Filed Off. It was created by a fan of RWBY and it shows. They both have similar animesque All-CGI Cartoon animation (though Paradigm Spiral has much lower quality animation), both feature a Cat-Person in the main cast, and even a palette swap of Yang's gauntlet appears in Paradigm Spiral.
  • Every episode of Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas ends with the credit of Inspired by... Freeman's Mind.
  • Ultimate Naruto Fan-Flash led to other similar parodies like Naruto - The Random Flashness.
  • This is epidemic in the fanvid community to the point where the page features common techniques and songs. One popular video uses a certain editing style or song and for the next year or two (or even seasonally) multiple similar videos will appear cross-fandom.
  • Thanks to the popularity of this Warriors animatic featuring Squirrelflight, numerous other people have done similar animatics set to "It Took Me By Surprise" by Maria Mena.
  • Youth & Consequences: The show is often described as a digital era version of Mean Girls.
  • storybooth is a Web Animation series which adapts recordings of kids and teenagers' Real Life stories into animated shorts. It spawned many channels using similar premises, such as Share My Story, ACTUALLY HAPPENED, My Story Animated, and MinuteVideos, with varying degrees of quality and success.
  • Invoked throughout Missing Reel, which traces the rise and fall of different Exploitation Film genres, since, once one film succeeded, others tried to capitalize on its success.
  • In H.Bomberguy's "Here's Three Stories About YouTube Plagiarism", he describes three cases of well-made, intelligent, and helpful video content - two from "a lesser-known YouTuber named soulbrothanumbuh3", whom he admires greatly, and then H's own video, "Bloodborne Is Genius, And Here's Why" - being the subjects of shoddy, oversimplified knockoff videos.


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