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23rd Apr '16 8:39:21 PM aye_amber
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* "Why Can't I Be You?" by TheCure is a silly, playful take on this.

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* "Why Can't I Be You?" by TheCure Music/TheCure is a silly, playful take on this.
7th Apr '16 12:10:52 PM ultimomant
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* Hugo Strange. He was so obsessed with Franchise/{{Batman}} he eventually wanted to become him, using genetic engineering and training to get himself to the same physical condition, getting a copy of Batman's costume which he creepily wears around his house and even manages to deduce Batman's identity. He once even managed to defeat Batman and temporarily take his place.

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* Hugo Strange. He was so obsessed with Franchise/{{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}}, he eventually wanted to become him, using genetic engineering and training to get himself to the same physical condition, getting a copy of Batman's costume which he creepily wears around his house and even manages to deduce Batman's identity. He once even managed to defeat Batman and temporarily take his place.



* Creator/JossWhedon's ''Comicbook/XMen'' run suggested that deep down in his subconscious, Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} desperately wants to be {{Wolverine}}, [[WolverinePublicity who is far more popular]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and memorable than him]].

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* Creator/JossWhedon's ''Comicbook/XMen'' run suggested that deep down in his subconscious, Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} desperately wants to be {{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, [[WolverinePublicity who is far more popular]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and memorable than him]].



* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "The Reverse-Flash Returns", this is revealed to be Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash's motivation. As he's from the distant future, he grew up on stories of the Flash, and aspired to become just like him. He eventually managed to gain super speed and believed he could be his timeline's version of the Flash. Unfortunately, a time traveling adventure revealed to him that he's going to become the Flash's arch enemy. Incredibly angry at the thought that he cannot be the Flash, he instead aspired to be better than the Flash and destroy him, becoming Reverse-Flash.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwqwAy85CgY "Richard Cory"]] in a song by SimonAndGarfunkel, [[spoiler: even after Richard Cory "put a bullet through his head."]]

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwqwAy85CgY "Richard Cory"]] in a song by SimonAndGarfunkel, Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, [[spoiler: even after Richard Cory "put a bullet through his head."]]









3rd Apr '16 11:06:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* On one episode of ''TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', Tigger tries to teach Eeyore how to be more cheerful. Eeyore interprets his lessons as "being just like Tigger", and soon he's painted himself in orange and black stripes and bouncing the others.

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* On one episode of ''TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', Tigger tries to teach Eeyore how to be more cheerful. Eeyore interprets his lessons as "being just like Tigger", and soon he's painted himself in orange and black stripes and bouncing the others.
17th Mar '16 10:47:35 PM M84
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* There's a bit of this going on with Saruman in regards to Gandalf in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. He always resented Gandalf for being more popular even though Saruman was the "wiser" one. It gets to the point that he sends spies after Gandalf to learn his movements and habits and he even starts imitating Gandalf by smoking pipe-weed.
15th Mar '16 6:11:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Bizarro started as a pure evil wraith. He was viewed as a monster by his creators and trapped in the Phantom Zone. He never knew happiness. When he was freed from the Zone [[MoralEventHorizon he possessed human bodies to survive]]. Until he got Clark's DNA, memories and powers. He tried to replace Clark while he was trapped in the fortress. He fooled both his friends and the audience. At the end he was [[DeathIsCheap "killed"]] by his only love. This made him a JerkassWoobie.
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had done this in the first season as well, with Tina Greer (played by Lizzy Caplan), a shapeshifter who grew up envying Lana's seemingly perfect life. When we meet her, she has already styled her hair to resemble Lana's and dresses in clothes that are basically the same clothes that Lana wears...even going as far as buying an emerald necklace to imitate the kryptonite necklace Lana wears (that was made from the meteor that killed Lana's parents). After the death of her mother (which she was responsible for), Tina shapeshifts to impersonate her mother while concocting a story that her mother is moving to Metropolis, and asks Lana if she can move in with her and Aunt Nell. When Lana says that she needs to ask Aunt Nell for permission (a perfectly reasonable point), Tina freaks out and takes this as a sign of rejection... and then decides that she's going to murder Lana and use her shapeshifting abilites to assume Lana's identity, even going as far as practicing writing Lana's signature multiple times as preparation.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
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Bizarro started as a pure evil wraith. He was viewed as a monster by his creators and trapped in the Phantom Zone. He never knew happiness. When he was freed from the Zone [[MoralEventHorizon he possessed human bodies to survive]]. Until he got Clark's DNA, memories and powers. He tried to replace Clark while he was trapped in the fortress. He fooled both his friends and the audience. At the end he was [[DeathIsCheap "killed"]] by his only love. This made him a JerkassWoobie.
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had done this in In the first season as well, with Tina Greer (played by Lizzy Caplan), Caplan) is a shapeshifter who grew up envying Lana's seemingly perfect life. When we meet her, she has already styled her hair to resemble Lana's and dresses in clothes that are basically the same clothes that Lana wears...even going as far as buying an emerald necklace to imitate the kryptonite necklace Lana wears (that was made from the meteor that killed Lana's parents). After the death of her mother (which she was responsible for), Tina shapeshifts to impersonate her mother while concocting a story that her mother is moving to Metropolis, and asks Lana if she can move in with her and Aunt Nell. When Lana says that she needs to ask Aunt Nell for permission (a perfectly reasonable point), Tina freaks out and takes this as a sign of rejection... and then decides that she's going to murder Lana and use her shapeshifting abilites to assume Lana's identity, even going as far as practicing writing Lana's signature multiple times as preparation.
15th Mar '16 6:10:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Source of the quote for this trope: In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Bizarro started as a pure evil wraith. He was viewed as a monster by his creators and trapped in the Phantom Zone. He never knew happiness. When he was freed from the Zone [[MoralEventHorizon he possessed human bodies to survive]]. Until he got Clark's DNA, memories and powers. He tried to replace Clark while he was trapped in the fortress. He fooled both his friends and the audience. At the end he was [[DeathIsCheap "killed"]] by his only love. This made him a JerkassWoobie.

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* Source of the quote for this trope: In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Bizarro started as a pure evil wraith. He was viewed as a monster by his creators and trapped in the Phantom Zone. He never knew happiness. When he was freed from the Zone [[MoralEventHorizon he possessed human bodies to survive]]. Until he got Clark's DNA, memories and powers. He tried to replace Clark while he was trapped in the fortress. He fooled both his friends and the audience. At the end he was [[DeathIsCheap "killed"]] by his only love. This made him a JerkassWoobie.
15th Mar '16 6:10:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Season 2 premiere of ANTFarm features the actress Sequoia coming to the farm to follow around a musical prodigy for an upcoming movie role, and she follows this pattern. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} in that the role she was researching was the person who wanted to take over the musical prodigy's life, and not take over Chyna's life.]]
* In the ''FridayThe13thTheSeries'' episode, "Mesmer's Bauble" an ugly fanboy uses the titular relic to get close to the singer he has a crush on. It isn't until late in the story that he realizes he doesn't love her as much as he wants to ''be'' her. He then uses the bauble to take over her body, killing her in the process.

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* Season 2 premiere of ANTFarm ''Series/ANTFarm'' features the actress Sequoia coming to the farm to follow around a musical prodigy for an upcoming movie role, and she follows this pattern. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} in that the role she was researching was the person who wanted to take over the musical prodigy's life, and not take over Chyna's life.]]
* In the ''FridayThe13thTheSeries'' ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' episode, "Mesmer's Bauble" an ugly fanboy uses the titular relic to get close to the singer he has a crush on. It isn't until late in the story that he realizes he doesn't love her as much as he wants to ''be'' her. He then uses the bauble to take over her body, killing her in the process.
5th Feb '16 1:54:38 PM DrOO7
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* Done by Natalie's then-psychotic sister Janet Green on ''Series/AllMyChildren''. Having spent years in the shadow of her perfect sister, Janet finally snapped to the point where shes had herself completely made over to look identical to Natalie, then imprisoned her in a well while she took Natalie's place in her life.
30th Dec '15 12:07:42 PM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor is almost always depicted as TheResenter of Superman's power and public adoration, but during ComicBook/BlackestNight the influence of [[Franchise/WonderWoman the lasso of truth]] makes him admit that he wants to ''be'' Superman. Wonder Woman wasn't surprised. In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', Lex even used his Everyman exo-gene therapy to copy Superman's powerset and even said "I'm Superman".

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* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor is almost always depicted as TheResenter of Superman's power and public adoration, but during ComicBook/BlackestNight the influence of [[Franchise/WonderWoman the lasso of truth]] makes him admit that he wants to ''be'' Superman. Wonder Woman wasn't surprised. In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', Lex even used his Everyman exo-gene therapy to copy Superman's powerset and even said "I'm Superman".
23rd Dec '15 4:03:35 PM Prometheus117
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** ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' uses both simultaneously, with Metal Sonic ([[OneWingedAngel now Metal Overlord]]) referring to Sonic as ''his'' copy while still acknowledging the fact that he was built for the sole purpose of defeating Sonic. It really drives home the SanitySlippage Metal suffered from his multiple defeats over the years quite well.

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** ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' uses both simultaneously, with Metal Sonic ([[OneWingedAngel now Metal Overlord]]) referring to Sonic as ''his'' copy while still acknowledging the fact that he was built for the sole purpose of defeating Sonic. It really drives home the SanitySlippage Metal suffered from his multiple defeats over the years quite well.well, to the point he was willing to [[ZerothLawRebellion betray Doctor Eggman, take over his legions, and execute a plan that would end in taking over the world]], all just to prove to everyone and himself that he was the superior one to Sonic.



'''Metal Overlord''' (''[[VillainousBreakdown upon his defeat]]''): "Guooooo! [[ThisCannotBe Why!]] [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll I had it all!]] [[AGodAmI I am the ultimate overlord]], '''Metal Sonic'''! I am the ''real'' Sonic!"

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'''Metal Overlord''' (''[[VillainousBreakdown upon his defeat]]''): "Guooooo! [[ThisCannotBe Why!]] Why?!]] [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll I had it all!]] [[AGodAmI I am the ultimate overlord]], '''Metal Sonic'''! I am the ''real'' Sonic!"
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