Freddie Mercury is one of the most known and talented musicians ever. But before the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic was made, Freddie was already the inspiration for various characters in media and even memes.
This trope is for those Stock Parodies or Expies based on the historical Queen frontman. The most common look is the "clone" one Freddie used in The '80s, with short hair combed back, a prominent moustache, and sometimes one of the more iconic costumes, most often that from the 1986 Wembley concert with white t-shirt and pants and yellow leather jacket◊. Some examples uses his look from The '70s, clean-shaven with long hair and chest-exposing leotards◊. Extra points if the character is Camp Gay, Macho Camp, and/or a Large Ham.
Sub-Trope of Fountain of Expies and Stock Parodies. Compare Abbey Road Crossing, Elvis Impersonator, Moonwalk Dance, Sgt. Pepper's Shout-Out, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody and We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies for other music shout-outs.
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- One of the most remembered secondary characters from Cromartie High School is a foreign man known only as "Freddie" for his undeniable resemblance to Mercury (lampshaded and nicknamed by Takashi Kamiyama), having the look of a Caucasian man with a prominent moustache and short hair. This becomes Up to Eleven in the Gender Bender chapter where Cromartie is a girl-only school (and parody of Maria Watches Over Us), where Freddie appears in his "I Want To Break Free" drag costume. Funnily enough, Freddie doesn't speak at all throughout the series, let alone sing, although the "whistling episode" starts with Mechazawa attending a concert of his - we don't hear him sing, but he has all the stage moves (for a given value of movement) down pat.
- One Piece: Peeply Lulu, a minor character from the Water 7 and Enies Lobby arcs, resembles Freddie in looks, having a similar haircut, wearing sunglasses and being perpetually shirtless.
- In Fist of the North Star, there's Han, the Third Rashou of Shura and one of the Worthy Opponents Kenshiro has to fight with, who also appears in the episode 126 of the 1984 anime. He was modeled after Freddie sporting his look from The '80s, but also seems based on Clark Gable and/or Andy Hug. Mercury's status as a sex symbol appears to be referenced by the guidebook "All about the Man", listing Han as one of the handsomest man in the series.
- Alaindelon is one of the main characters from Beelzebub and is based enterely on Freddie, not just in the look (short hair and moustache), also he sports sweatshirts and even has some mannerisms of him.
- Dragon Ball:
- Instead of one, there're two expies in Dragon Ball Z, specifically in the Buu Saga: At the beginning, the sports teacher has Son Gohan and Videl in their class resembles Freddie, especially when he used a black swearshirt; the second one is at the end, when Trunks in the Tenkaichi Tournament fights against a Camp Gay fighter with a black leather hat, short hair and moustache◊, which also resembles him (as well Leather Man from Village People).
- Also, some fans speculated Vegeta's change of look in Dragon Ball GT (short hair and moustache) could be based on Freddie, too. This was recently exploited◊ by the Memetic Mutation of "EO" thanks to the Bohemian Rhapsody movie (see below).
- A brief expy on Attack on Titan is seen when Levi's squad appears for first time against various titans, one of them sporting short hair and a moustache (going to Memetic Mutation as seen in the main image), being killed by Hanga Zoe.
- Grand Regent Thragg from Invincible basically looks like a roided-up and evil '80s Freddie.
- Street Fighter has actually two of them instead just one, which both characters are British:
- Eagle from Street Fighter I was first made for this game as an expy of the bodyguard Petrov from Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury, but his comeback in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium and the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3 was a direct homage to Freddie, having various of his mannerisms and Catch Phrases like "The Show Must Go On" and "No Time For Losers". Even further, his winquotes in Japanese version makes him a Straight Gay making innuendos to male characters he fought.
- Dudley from Street Fighter III has some similtudes with Freddie, but the real homage was in Super Street Fighter IV, in which his alternate costume is a reference to Freddie and his costume from the 1986 Wembley concert.
- A downgrade example: In Street Fighter V, Birdie gets a similar outfit as one of his alternate costumes, also resembling the 1986 Wembley concert.
- Final Fight: Even when he's not could be based on him, fans believe that Mike Haggar could be based in part on Freddie, because of his iconic moustache and haircut, which resembles a lot the look Freddie has in The '80s.
- Guilty Gear series has Sol Badguy, which real name is Frederick (nicknamed as "Freddie" in the past) before being converted into a Gear. Sol has a lot of references of Freddie that makes him fit into this trope (more as an invoked example), all noticed with detail in the GG Wiki.
- An expy of an expy can be counted on The King of Fighters 2000 with the Final Boss (Clone) Zero, which was enterely based on Fist of the North Star's Han, who was based on Freddie (see above).
- The Rage Comics have the "Freddie Mercury pose◊" which means an awesome victory, and even has a variant, the "So close pose◊".
- Not just the ragecomic, also the "winning pose" is a Memetic Mutation on the net, with various characters imitating the pose from diferent franchises and even made in an official artwork by Josuke Higashikata◊ in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: JoJolion.
- Overlapping with Sailor Senshi Send-Up, there's also the "Sailor Mercury", that mixes the eponymous Sailor Moon character (Ami Mizuno's Superpowered Alter Ego) with Freddie, character that even had received various cosplays in events. Just look all the images about this Sailor...
- The recent years also show the Memetic Mutation of "EO", the chorus Freddie made during his concerts when the people follow him also seen in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. This becomes a meme when various characters with a moustache (being expies or not) are added the "EO" and voilá Freddie Mercopies. Or even without the moustache as this image◊ of Lord Farquaad.
- In one article from the Japanese branch of the SCP Foundation, SCP-905-JP is a phenomenon that occurs in any commercial airplane that mostly use the English language where everyone starts making noise to the tune of Queen's "We will Rock You" before several men of Indian descent who look like Freddie Mercury appear and do a mini concert to the passengers and crew, where the "Freddies" perform all of Queen's greatest hits. A comic version of the SCP can be read here.
- Mr. Fahrenheit, the Supersonic Man from The Venture Bros., is obviously meant to be Freddie "in real life" but with Writing Around Trademarks. Seeing as the last Real Life person they used was David Bowie, who then subsequently ... died in Real Life during production of the show, they probably wanted to avoid similar issues, despite him appearing in a Flash Back in the 80's.
- Marc Martel. He became worldwide known for having a face similar (something like a fusion of Freddie with Elon Musk) and voice almost identical to Freddie's. Despite being from Canada instead of England, he can also do a similar accent while singing. He was then chosen by Queen to join the tribute band Queen Extravaganza and later to do some vocal clips for the biopic film Bohemian Rhapsody alongside Freddie's original voice for Rami Malek's character.
- In Chile, there's the "Mercury Trooper", a Star Wars cosplayer who's also a fan of Queen and a Freddie impersonator that made various of his outfits for Cosplay. The nickname comes precisely because he made an original costume of Freddie disguised as a Stormtrooper◊, mixing both characters into one.
- One of the most successful Queen tribute bands is the Argentinian "Dios Salve a la Reina" (God Save the Queen), which Freddie's performance of Pablo Padin was praised as one of the most faithful interpretations before Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody. They're so famous worldwide that even has their own article in The Other Wiki.