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In The Simpson Treehouse of Horror X, Comic Book Guy has the alter ego called The Collector. The plot is that he kidnaps sci-fi/fantasy characters and preserves them.

From the hot network questions, I see that The Collector is also a Marvel character (Why does Thor entrust the Aether/Reality Stone with The Collector?).

My question is, did one franchise inspire the other, or are the character similarities a coincidence?

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Nothing suggests it's not. Both have same name and same habits, as you said for Simpsons:

The plot is that he kidnaps sci-fi/fantasy characters and preserves them.

That's what The Collector do, collecting stuff for his Museum and in comics version he did collect superheroes too for his collection:

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(Image source: marvel.wikia.com)

But in MCU he didn't try to collect superheroes yet.

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