Coded

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Coded is an older fannish term which refers to basing one's original characters upon real people.

It was often a form of RPF with the lines blurred just enough in hopes of evading possible legal recriminations. See Tris/Alex and Bird of Paradise.

Coded differs from cloning in that cloning is on someone else's established characters, and coding is basing one's characters on real people.