Plagiarism?: Video Game Art That Looks Like the Movies

We live in a world in which everyone's copying each the work of others. Musicians, artists, and writers often depend on outside sources as inspiration for their own "work." Unfortunately, the video games and movie industries are no exceptions.

On numerous occasions, the artwork of video games and movie posters end up looking surprisingly similar. It's a common saying that imitation is the best form of flattery--if this is truly the case, then the video games and movie industries must be head over heels for each other. Coincidence, or plagiarism? You be the judge.

Ada Wong from Resident Evil 4 Looks Like La Femme Nikita

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Resident Evil 4's Ada Wong sits with her gun and stares off into space, very much like Anne Parillaud in the 1990 French film Nikita.

Navy Moves Looks Like Commando

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The generic tough guy on the cover of Navy Moves for the Commodore 64 is posing in the same exact position as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the promotional poster for Commando.


Alone in the Dark 
Looks Like Bangkok Dangerous

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Although it's a generic action pose, there is a resemblance between the cover of Alone in the Dark (2008) and the US rendition of Bangkok Dangerous.


The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Looks Like Hitman

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a video game that is based on a movie. Hitman, however, is a movie that is based on a video game. Confused yet? Regardless, the promotion poster for Hitman looks very similar to the cover of Riddick.


True Crime: Streets of LA
Looks Like The Replacement Killers


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The cover of True Crime and The Replacement Killers both feature a frowning Chinese-American tough guy who is pointing a gun at your face while wearing shades. Awesome. However, only Chow Yun-Fat gets the lady.


Metal Gear Looks Like Kyle Reese from The Terminator

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Solid Snake on the cover of Metal Gear for the NES, before he got the mullet, mustache, and wrinkles looks just like the fictional Kyle Reese character from The Terminator.


Jim Power in Mutant Planet
Looks Like Jean Claude Van Damme


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The hideous cover artwork of Jim Power in Mutant Planet looks as if someone drew a picture of Jean Claude Van Damme, then threw in a baseball cap, t-shirt, shades and a toy gun.


Contra Cover Looks like Predator, Rambo, and Baby Alien from Aliens

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This one takes a page off of three different sources. Contra's two lead characters, Bill and Lance, look like Arnold Schwarzenegger from Predator and Sylvester Stallone from Rambo, respectively. Throw in the baby alien from the Aliens movies, and you've got the box art of the NES classic Contra.

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