Top 10 Comic Book Character Knockoffs

Deadpool and Deathstroke

It’s not easy creating a new comic book character with never-seen-before superpowers and costumes. (and I definitely know how hard it is after creating  The Deciders). What you’re about to read is my Top 10 List of  Comic Book Character Knockoffs. In some cases it’s the costume and in others it ‘s everything. I guess when these characters were being created, “originality” wasn’t top priority. (Please remember that the opinions expressed here are my own and I don’t expect everyone to agree…just 99% of you)

10. Solar (DarkHorse) & Cyclopse (Marvel Comics)

Nothing similar about their origins or their powers. It’s all in the costume my friends. Just look at the picture. ‘Nuff said.

Cyclopse & Solar

It’s those damn visors!

9.Edge (Malibu/Marvel Comics) & Nightwing (DC Comics)

Edge and Nightwing have one thing in common, they both dig dark blue outfits and wearing eye masks.

Edge and Nightwing

They must shop at the same store

8.Warblade (Wildstorm Comics) &Lady Deathstrike (Marvel Comics)

Um…yeah. This one is pretty obvious.

Warblade & Lady Deathstrike

My claws are longer!

7.Tigra (Marvel Comics) & Cheetah (DC Comics)

Both have orange and black fur except one has stripes and the other has spots. C’mon, even their outfits are the same color.

Tigra & Cheeta

Can you tell which one is which?

6. Shadowhawk (Image) & Wolverine (Marvel Comics)

Shadowhawk looks like a chrome plated Wolverine.

Shadowhawk and Wolverine

5.Shatterstar (Marvel Comics) & Shaft (Image)

These two were created by Rob Liefeld. That is all I have to say.

Shatterstar and Shaft

Am I you or are you me?

4.Brood (Marvel Comics) & Aliens (Dark Horse)

Everything about them is the same, except a Brood has wings. No matter, I wouldn’t want to tangle with either of them.

Brood and Aliens

“Give us a kiss!”

3.Deadpool (Marvel Comics) & Deathstroke (DC Comics)

Deadpool is Marvel’s answer to Deathstroke. They’re both mercenaries with similar characteristics and to top it off, they both share the last name “Wilson”.

Deadpool and Deathstroke

“At least the colors of our costume don’t match.”

2. Prime (Malibu/Marvel Comics) & Captain Marvel (DC Comics)

Prime is as close a ripoff to Captain Marvel as you can get. His colors are red and gold, like Captain Marvel, but instead of a lightning bolt on his chest he has a “P”. The real kicker is that Prime’s origin is pretty much the same as Captain Marvel’s. Both are young boys who can transform into super-powered adults.

Captain Marvel & Prime

1.Nightwatch (Marvel Comics) & Spawn (Image)

Nightwatch appeared just shortly after Todd McFarlane left Marvel. Marvel must have felt the pressure with success of Spawn and thought “Hey! Let’s make our own Spawn!” The result is a lame Spawn knockoff named Nightwatch. Everything is similar between the two…right down to their “living costume”. Did I mention how lame Nightwatch is?

Nightwatch & Spawn

“Just call me Spawn II”

10 Comments on "Top 10 Comic Book Character Knockoffs"

  1. Cory Corbin says:

    This may be a stretch, but had anyone said anything about Cyblade (CyberForce) and Psylocke (X-Men)?

    • Jocelyn says:

      Hi Cory,

      Nope and you know what, good call on your part! I’d absolutely forgotten about her…er…I mean them.

  2. Patrick says:

    Shadowhawk looks more like Stryfe than Wolverine:

    http://marvel.com/universe/Stryfe

  3. ImmortalZ says:

    Funny story about captain marvel. He was originally created by another comicbook company that spent years in a legal battle with dc. They claimed he was a rip off of old supes. In attitude i suppose the captain is similar to the older versions of supes but i digress. After dc made the other company go bankrupt they bought out captain marvel and at a very good price might i add. I’m sure you knew that already though. P.S nothing sexier than a woman trying to publish a comic.

  4. Jasop says:

    Dr Solar appeared before Cyclops. He predates him by about a year. So, who is the knock off?

    • Jocelyn says:

      I never meant to state that Cyclopes came before Dr. Solar. It’s just ironic how similar their costumes are.

  5. Nightwatch was créated by McFarlane for Marvel. It’s the prototype of his future Spawn.

  6. Mark says:

    Gonna have to call shenanigans on number 5…you could have put ANY two of his characters together on this list.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Ha! I know but I had to choose two. I mean just look at the dead-on similarities between Shatterstar and Shaft on the cover of two different comics. I guess Rob didn’t want to go to work that day. *shrugs*

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