History NotSoDifferent / LiveActionTV

19th Aug '16 4:30:03 AM Kereea1
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** In the continuation comics, this is noted in-universe as potentially having become true for Spike and Angel. They're both vampire with souls, both in love with Buffy, deal with problems by brooding, and are currently TheAtoner trying to make up for what they've done in the past. In addition, the TV show noted that Angelus is a big reason Spike was how he was because he wanted to make someone [[InvokedTrope similar to himself.]] Angel is too flustered to argue well when Willow brings it up, while Spike only manages the comeback that they're different as night and day because he's British while Angel's Irish. The issue itself [[NotSoSimilar presents a different difference: Spike is more open to change than Angel and possibly more capable of it due to having gotten his soul much more recently.]]
10th Aug '16 11:54:14 PM WillBGood
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* Uncle Phil and Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are a lot more similar than they and fans realize.

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* Uncle Phil and Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' are a lot more similar than they and fans realize.
10th Aug '16 11:53:12 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{TheFlash2014}}'': Part of Zoom's anarchist "fun" during the final Season 2 story arc was trying to pull this with Barry. [[spoiler: ''It almost worked''.]]

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* ''Series/{{TheFlash2014}}'': ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Part of Zoom's anarchist "fun" during the final Season 2 story arc was trying to pull this with Barry. [[spoiler: ''It almost worked''.]]
10th Aug '16 11:49:15 PM WillBGood
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* Burns pulls this on ''Series/{{Mash}}'' when Trapper and Hawkeye trick Burns into thinking Trapper is taking Burns' side in outing a homosexual patient. Burns says he and Trapper were a lot alike.

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* Burns pulls this on ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' when Trapper and Hawkeye trick Burns into thinking Trapper is taking Burns' side in outing a homosexual patient. Burns says he and Trapper were a lot alike.
10th Aug '16 11:48:46 PM WillBGood
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* The sitcom 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.

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* The sitcom Series/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.
10th Aug '16 11:48:31 PM WillBGood
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* In the 7th season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', both Jonas Hodges and [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] try to tell Jack Bauer that they're dastardly deeds are very similar to the things Jack has done in his career. That it's true makes it hit home harder.

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* In the 7th season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', both Jonas Hodges and [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] try to tell Jack Bauer that they're their dastardly deeds are very similar to the things Jack has done in his career. That it's true makes it hit home harder.
10th Aug '16 11:44:55 PM WillBGood
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* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Generalissimo," Jack Donaghy confronts a Mexican soap-opera actor who's on-screen evil is biasing Jack's Puerto Rican girlfriend's grandmother against him. The actor, Hector Moreda, looks exactly like him (and is played by none other than Creator/AlecBaldwin). As they discuss the fate of El Generalissimo, the swarthy, mustachio'd Hector points out to Jack that "We're not so different, you and I".

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* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Generalissimo," Jack Donaghy confronts a Mexican soap-opera actor who's on-screen whose onscreen evil is biasing Jack's Puerto Rican girlfriend's grandmother against him. The actor, Hector Moreda, looks exactly like him (and is played by none other than Creator/AlecBaldwin). As they discuss the fate of El Generalissimo, the swarthy, mustachio'd Hector points out to Jack that "We're not so different, you and I".
10th Aug '16 11:42:52 PM WillBGood
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** And ''The God Complex''

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** And ''The "The God Complex''Complex":



-->'''The Doctor:''' ''[Translating the Minatour]'' An ancient creature, drenched in the blood of the innocent. Drifting in space through an ever-shifting maze. Such a creature... Death would be a gift. [''To the Minatour''] Then accept it. And sleep well. ''[The Miatour grunts its final words, stopping the Doctor cold in his track]'' ... I wasn't talking about myself.

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-->'''The Doctor:''' ''[Translating the Minatour]'' Minotaur]'' An ancient creature, drenched in the blood of the innocent. Drifting in space through an ever-shifting maze. Such a creature... Death would be a gift. [''To the Minatour''] Minotaur''] Then accept it. And sleep well. ''[The Miatour Minotaur grunts its final words, stopping the Doctor cold in his track]'' ...tracks]'' ... I wasn't talking about myself.
11th Jul '16 12:05:26 PM jtvectorsigma
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* ''Series/{{TheFlash2014}}''Part of Zoom's anarchist "fun" during the final Season 2 story arc was trying to pull this with Barry. [[spoiler: ''It almost worked''.]]

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* ''Series/{{TheFlash2014}}''Part ''Series/{{TheFlash2014}}'': Part of Zoom's anarchist "fun" during the final Season 2 story arc was trying to pull this with Barry. [[spoiler: ''It almost worked''.]]
11th Jul '16 12:04:21 PM jtvectorsigma
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* ''Series/{{TheFlash2014}}''Part of Zoom's anarchist "fun" during the final Season 2 story arc was trying to pull this with Barry. [[spoiler: ''It almost worked''.]]
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