History NotSoDifferent / LiveActionTV

31st May '16 6:25:15 AM cheesecakeandchill
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** Dean eventually realizes that the reason he and [[spoiler: Amara]] are so drawn to each other is because they have something in common: their unyielding love for their [[spoiler: younger brothers]]; Sam for Dean, and [[spoiler: God for Amara]].
22nd Apr '16 4:58:44 PM TMNTFanGirl
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* In the 4th season of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', it becomes increasingly clear that [[VillainProtagonist Frank's]] political rival [[AttentionWhore Conway]] isn't really that much different from Frank himself. Both are incredibly ambitious, scheming, nowhere near as nice as they appear, and don't care that much the "little people" who can't threaten them. Even Frank comments on this.

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* In the 4th season of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', it becomes increasingly clear that [[VillainProtagonist Frank's]] political rival [[AttentionWhore Conway]] isn't really that much different from Frank himself. Both are incredibly ambitious, scheming, nowhere near as nice as they appear, and don't care that much the "little people" who can't threaten them. Even Frank comments on this.this.
* The Martin twins from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' initially seem like PolarOppositeTwins, but they're actually much more alike than either of them would care to admit --
** Zack can be just as nerdy as Cody, being into stuff like comic books and videogames.
** Cody can be just as perverted as Zack, such as when he encouraged Barbara to pursue cheerleading based on the realization that she'd be showing a lot more skin than he was accustomed to seeing.
19th Mar '16 4:12:32 AM Hossmeister
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19th Mar '16 2:31:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the recurring themes of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' is how the tactics of the human resistance have come to resemble those of [=SkyNet=] and its terminators as their battle gets more and more desperate. One of the most chilling scenes has Sarah repeating Kyle's warning from the first movie, about how the machines will never rest until their target is dead. Meanwhile, the events onscreen show [[spoiler: Derek murdering Andy Goode in cold blood.]]

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* One of the recurring themes of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is how the tactics of the human resistance have come to resemble those of [=SkyNet=] and its terminators as their battle gets more and more desperate. One of the most chilling scenes has Sarah repeating Kyle's warning from the first movie, about how the machines will never rest until their target is dead. Meanwhile, the events onscreen show [[spoiler: Derek murdering Andy Goode in cold blood.]]



* The sitcom EverybodyLovesRaymond provides an unusual example, where the writers either were oblivious to the characters' similarities, or perhaps purposely chose not to highlight them. Marie and her daughter-in-law Debra are almost always at odds with one another and constantly fighting, but if one actually examines their personalities and motivations, they actually have a disturbing amount of things in common. For one thing, they both want complete and total control over Ray's life (Marie is his mother, Debra is his wife) and both seek to punish him whenever he tries to be independent (this is arguably the true reason they fight: they can't both have complete control over him, so their goals are mutually exclusive). They both generally have nasty tempers, and both are rather self-centered. And yet despite these similarities, the show tries to portray Debra as being morally superior to Marie and play Debra for sympathy while castigating Marie as a Monster in Law. The likely reason for this is ratings: as an attractive youngish-to-middle-aged soccer mom, Debra could be more easily marketed as "relatable" to the Baby Boomers that made up the show's core audience demographics, while Marie--as an elderly woman from the World War II generation--is from a PeripheryDemographic that CBS wasn't as keen to try appealing to. Thus the difference in the characters' portrayals. It's an odd example of this trope, because even if the writers were aware of the characters' similarities, it seems that they preferred not to highlight them, so that they could instead play up their rivalry to [[{{PanderingToTheBase}} pander]] to their core demographic and drive up ratings.

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* The sitcom EverybodyLovesRaymond Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond provides an unusual example, where the writers either were oblivious to the characters' similarities, or perhaps purposely chose not to highlight them. Marie and her daughter-in-law Debra are almost always at odds with one another and constantly fighting, but if one actually examines their personalities and motivations, they actually have a disturbing amount of things in common. For one thing, they both want complete and total control over Ray's life (Marie is his mother, Debra is his wife) and both seek to punish him whenever he tries to be independent (this is arguably the true reason they fight: they can't both have complete control over him, so their goals are mutually exclusive). They both generally have nasty tempers, and both are rather self-centered. And yet despite these similarities, the show tries to portray Debra as being morally superior to Marie and play Debra for sympathy while castigating Marie as a Monster in Law. The likely reason for this is ratings: as an attractive youngish-to-middle-aged soccer mom, Debra could be more easily marketed as "relatable" to the Baby Boomers that made up the show's core audience demographics, while Marie--as an elderly woman from the World War II generation--is from a PeripheryDemographic that CBS wasn't as keen to try appealing to. Thus the difference in the characters' portrayals. It's an odd example of this trope, because even if the writers were aware of the characters' similarities, it seems that they preferred not to highlight them, so that they could instead play up their rivalry to [[{{PanderingToTheBase}} pander]] to their core demographic and drive up ratings.



* On ''HomeImprovement'', a few moments in the later seasons showed that [[CloserToEarth Jill]] is not so different from [[BumblingDad Tim]]. One recurring plotline involved Jill meddling in other people's business in an effort to solve their problems with disastrous results, which set up this exchange in one episode:

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* On ''HomeImprovement'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', a few moments in the later seasons showed that [[CloserToEarth Jill]] is not so different from [[BumblingDad Tim]]. One recurring plotline involved Jill meddling in other people's business in an effort to solve their problems with disastrous results, which set up this exchange in one episode:



* A ''OneFootInTheGrave'' episode opens with Victor's SitcomArchNemesis Patrick writing a long, vitriolic letter to the ''Reader's Digest'' Prize Draw, while his wife asks him if he realises who else they know does things like that. He doesn't. Over the course of the series, it becomes clear that Victor and Patrick have very similar attitudes to the [[KafkaKomedy irrational and bizarre things sent to try them]]. It's just that Patrick considers living next door to Victor to be one of those things.

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* A ''OneFootInTheGrave'' ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' episode opens with Victor's SitcomArchNemesis Patrick writing a long, vitriolic letter to the ''Reader's Digest'' Prize Draw, while his wife asks him if he realises who else they know does things like that. He doesn't. Over the course of the series, it becomes clear that Victor and Patrick have very similar attitudes to the [[KafkaKomedy irrational and bizarre things sent to try them]]. It's just that Patrick considers living next door to Victor to be one of those things.



* Morgana from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has spent the last three seasons of the show fighting tooth and nail against the tyrannical King Uther. As of season four, would-be ally Queen Annis has told her: "I fear you're more like Uther than you realize."

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* Morgana from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' has spent the last three seasons of the show fighting tooth and nail against the tyrannical King Uther. As of season four, would-be ally Queen Annis has told her: "I fear you're more like Uther than you realize."
11th Mar '16 9:37:11 AM Arbitrarily
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* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. One of the recurring themes was the constant clashing between the mostly white townspeople/Army and the Native Americans who had been displaced by them. But it was often noted that the dog soldiers could be just as cruel and violent as the Army that they despised. Later, when Dorothy and Cloud Dancing strike up a friendship when she decides to write a book about him, she endures much ridicule and snubs from the locals, to the point where she stands him up for one of their meetings. When she goes to apologize and admit to why she didn't show up, he points out the angry and disapproving looks from ''his'' people, revealing that he's been facing the same problem--and that both groups can be just as prejudiced as the other.

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* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. One of the recurring themes was the constant clashing between the mostly white townspeople/Army and the Native Americans who had been displaced by them. But it was often noted that the dog soldiers could be just as cruel and violent as the Army that they despised. Later, when Dorothy and Cloud Dancing strike up a friendship when she decides to write a book about him, she endures much ridicule and snubs from the locals, to the point where she stands him up for one of their meetings. When she goes to apologize and admit to why she didn't show up, he points out the angry and disapproving looks from ''his'' people, revealing that he's been facing the same problem--and that both groups can be just as prejudiced as the other.other.
* In the 4th season of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', it becomes increasingly clear that [[VillainProtagonist Frank's]] political rival [[AttentionWhore Conway]] isn't really that much different from Frank himself. Both are incredibly ambitious, scheming, nowhere near as nice as they appear, and don't care that much the "little people" who can't threaten them. Even Frank comments on this.
5th Feb '16 8:46:21 PM tsstevens
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** Buffy the self confident and InferioritySuperiorityComplex afflicted Slayer and Amanda the slightly off kilter and gawky Potential: both turn out to be [[BullyHunter bully hunters,]] much to Buffy's shock and amusement.
27th Dec '15 8:32:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Psych}}'', [[spoiler: Alice Bundy, who attempted to murder all the members of a sorority after a hazing gone wrong resulted in her best friend Doreen's death]] invokes this to Shawn twice in one episode. In the first, Shawn is trying to sympathize with her, and is unable to even imagine what he would do if Gus ever died. At the end of the episode, she throws this back in Shawn's face, asking him to finish his earlier words and daring him to say that he would've done anything different had it been Gus instead of Doreen. He determinedly avoids the subject.

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* In ''{{Psych}}'', ''Series/{{Psych}}'', [[spoiler: Alice Bundy, who attempted to murder all the members of a sorority after a hazing gone wrong resulted in her best friend Doreen's death]] invokes this to Shawn twice in one episode. In the first, Shawn is trying to sympathize with her, and is unable to even imagine what he would do if Gus ever died. At the end of the episode, she throws this back in Shawn's face, asking him to finish his earlier words and daring him to say that he would've done anything different had it been Gus instead of Doreen. He determinedly avoids the subject.
23rd Nov '15 1:47:21 AM LondonKdS
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* Invoked in ''Series/TheBridge'' when [[AmbiguousDisorder Saga]] runs through the psychological profile of the SerialKiller for her superior, Hans. This comes into play when he takes a minute to realize she's not talking about ''herself''. She doesn't seem to mind (or notice, really) - though to be fair, they ''were'' discussing her when she suddenly brought it up.

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* Invoked in ''Series/TheBridge'' ''Series/BronBroen'' when [[AmbiguousDisorder Saga]] runs through the psychological profile of the SerialKiller for her superior, Hans. This comes into play when he takes a minute to realize she's not talking about ''herself''. She doesn't seem to mind (or notice, really) - though to be fair, they ''were'' discussing her when she suddenly brought it up.
9th Nov '15 7:13:12 PM ultimomant
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* Recurring element of Lex's relationship with his father in ''{{Smallville}}''.

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* Done both ways in ''GilmoreGirls'', even though it's an unusual trope for that genre. Paris and Rory move for the first time away from being rivals after a "good" NotSoDifferent moment. Lorelai is occasionally unhinged after experiencing a "bad" NotSoDifferent moment with her controlling mother.

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* Done both ways in ''GilmoreGirls'', ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', even though it's an unusual trope for that genre. Paris and Rory move for the first time away from being rivals after a "good" NotSoDifferent moment. Lorelai is occasionally unhinged after experiencing a "bad" NotSoDifferent moment with her controlling mother.
17th Oct '15 12:30:21 AM DrOO7
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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'': This became the central issue in the Heroes vs. Villains season; when casting her vote for Sandra at Final Tribal Council, Candice would go on to lampshade the theme.

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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'': This became the central issue in the Heroes vs. Villains season; when casting her vote for Sandra at Final Tribal Council, Candice would go on to lampshade the theme.theme.
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. One of the recurring themes was the constant clashing between the mostly white townspeople/Army and the Native Americans who had been displaced by them. But it was often noted that the dog soldiers could be just as cruel and violent as the Army that they despised. Later, when Dorothy and Cloud Dancing strike up a friendship when she decides to write a book about him, she endures much ridicule and snubs from the locals, to the point where she stands him up for one of their meetings. When she goes to apologize and admit to why she didn't show up, he points out the angry and disapproving looks from ''his'' people, revealing that he's been facing the same problem--and that both groups can be just as prejudiced as the other.
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