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Sincerest Form of Flattery

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"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
Attributed to Charles Caleb Colton (although he probably stole it from someone else)

The above quote is an axiom that holds especially true with Follow the Leader. After all, why follow something that you don't think has enough merit to follow?

So this is a Sub-Trope, where the creator of a Follow the Leader work has explicitly stated they are taking something as inspiration for their work.


Just the inspiration being obvious is not enough. There has to be a direct admission that this is so. Admitting in the form of a Take That! might still count, as it's just denying that they are following this trope, even when we know better. For this kind of thing in fiction, see Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.

Also compare What Would X Do?.

Note: We don't require citations like The Other Wiki does, however, since this trope is about comments made by a creator about a work of media, it is highly recommended that citations be provided.




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