The Something of Something

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Marge: Sweetie, you could still go to McGill, the Harvard of Canada.
Lisa: Mom, anything that's the "something of something" isn't really the anything of anything.
--The Simpsons

The formula goes like this: A person, place or thing is the closest equivalent to a more famous person, place, or thing, but in a different field.

A Sister Trope to Reviewer Standard Comparisons, X Meets Y. and Overly Narrow Superlative.

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  • Parodied in Mrs. Winterbourne, where talk show host Ricki Lake played Connie.
Connie: What's this?
Paco: This is a Rolls Royce.
Connie: Wow, that's like the Cadillac of automobiles, huh?
Paco: No, the Mercedes-Benz is the Cadillac of automobiles. This is a Rolls Royce.


  • The oldest example I know of: Sherlock Holmes famously describes Professor Moriarity as "the Napoleon of crime" in "The Final Problem" from 1893.

New Media

Live-Action TV


  • George Carlin mentioned this trope in his second book, under a chapter called "Lame Expressions for Which the Users Ought to be Slain."

Professional Wrestling

  • A common expression in professional wrestling whenever a tag team breaks up is to argue which among them is "The Jannetty" of their team, referring to the tag team of Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels. Most recently used by The Miz and John Morrison.

Western Animation

  • The Simpsons give us this "X is Z's Y" formulation.
    Florida?! That's America's wang!

Quotes Page

As written on some random bathroom wall: "The Americans are the Nazis of the 20th century!"
And then below it, written by someone else, "The Nazis are the Nazis of the 20th century, dumbass."

"Otiel Burbridge is the Micheal Jordan of bass guitar."
Derek Trucks

Here's another idea for a trope we need: X Is The New Black.
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