10 Ripped Off Characters Movies Didn't Even Try To Hide

Not every filmmaker feels the need to cover their tracks...

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We’ve all seen it before - whenever a great, memorable character shows up onscreen, it’s only a matter of time before a string of subsequent knock-off flicks cram in a similar character clearly modelled off the original. Just look at Joe Dante’s Gremlins, a wildly original family-horror-comedy upon its release in 1984, balancing scares and laughs while toning down the harsher edges of screenwriter Chris Columbus’ screenplay.

Cut to 1990, and before Dante could even put together a direct sequel the multiplex had been flooded with three Critters films (Gremlins, but R-rated and from space), three Ghoulies flicks (Gremlins, but vaguely supernatural), and even a lone Munchies (Gremlins, but they - grant wishes, we think? Roger Corman half-assed this rip off so badly that the sequels transitioned into being E.T. knock-offs instead).

There’s nothing worse than seeing an original character shamelessly ripped off, with the carbon copy characters leaving audiences bored of their favourite figures before they even have a chance to appear in the sequel. With this in mind, we’ve collected the most shameless cases of creators copy-and-pasting characters from better works and hoping no one would notice. For shame, filmmakers.

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