Created By: JoieDeCombat on April 23, 2011 Last Edited By: JoieDeCombat on September 4, 2012

Holding Up A Mirror

They're similar, so they don't like each other.

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A main character meets someone who shares many if not all of his primary personality traits - and they instantly rub one another the wrong way. Their True Companions will have no trouble recognizing how similar they are, but mentioning it to them will prompt an angry objection from both (probably in unison). They themselves will almost never be able to put their finger on why they annoy one another so much, and if they can describe the things they don't like about each other, they will never acknowledge having any of those traits themselves.

Obviously, this is usually played for Hypocritical Humor; the two characters may become Vitriolic Best Buds, or they may just go on hating each other. If it's played seriously, on the other hand, it may serve as an indication of hidden self-esteem problems.

Rarely seems to come up in the case of an Evil Twin, as it's typically their differences in morality rather than their similarities that makes them dislike each other in those situations.

Compare and contrast Not So Different.


Anime and Manga

Comics

Literature
  • Rachel Lynde and Cornelia Bryant in Anne's House of Dreams:
    Miss Cornelia and Mrs. Rachel did not take a very violent fancy to one another. "Two suns hold not their courses in one sphere."
  • In the Dinotopia spin-off novel Windchaser, Hugh Donavan doesn't like the eponymous Skyracer mentioned in the title because they both are so similar with their past experiences that they immediately dislike each other.

Live Action TV
  • In a season 3 episode of That's So Raven, Cory returns a dog who followed him home to his owner...only to find that the two look exactly alike.
    Cory: "I don't look nothin' like that kid.
    Chauncy: "I share the same sentiments almost exactly."
  • In one episode of Seinfeld, Jerry falls deeply in love with a woman (played by Janeane Garofalo) who is almost exactly like him. He thinks this is great until he realizes how self-loathing he is, and the two end up abruptly breaking it off when they both say "I hate you" to each other at the same time in the middle of a lunch.

Western Animation
  • Baloo and Rebecca's relationship of TaleSpin revolves highly around this and Not So Different. While they have very contrasting ethics and lifestyles, they are both highly stubborn and self righteous individuals, the combination often leads them to be at each other's throats. A common gag involves Rebecca scolding Baloo for some flaw he has (eg. temper, gullibility, egotism) and then five seconds later doing exactly the same.
  • In an episode of King of the Hill that takes place during Luanne's pregnancy, Peggy meets Lucky's older sister Merna. She and Peggy are both passive-aggressive, stubborn, and convinced their way of doing things is the best way. After coming to a disagreement on childcare methods, the two took an immediate dislike to one another.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • April 24, 2011
    0dd1
    How does this compare with Not So Different?
  • April 24, 2011
    JoieDeCombat
    Not So Different relies on the two characters seeming very different from one another and discovering a commonality (which can be played as a good or bad thing, and can cause them to get along better). It's frequently hero-villain or hero-rival, and when it is, as with the Evil Twin, it's their differences that bring them into conflict.

    In this, the base requirement is "they're similar, so they don't like each other." The similarities are almost always evident from the get-go, although the two characters in question are usually blind to them. It doesn't generally involve a villain.

    To use Cowboy Bebop as an example: Spike and Vicious are Not So Different. Spike and Andy, meanwhile, are this trope.
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump. Also example: in the Dinotopia spin-off novel Windchaser, Hugh Donavan doesn't like the eponymous Skyracer mentioned in the title because they both are so similar with their past experiences that they immediately dislike each other.
  • March 4, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    If only we still had Troper Tales, I'd certainly have an entry for this one...
  • March 24, 2012
    Sketchpad
    Bumping because this is a good trope and serisouly needs more examples. D:
  • March 24, 2012
    Psi001
    • Baloo and Rebecca's relationship of Tale Spin revolves highly around this and Not So Different. While they have very contrasting ethics and lifestyles, they are both highly stubborn and self righteous individuals, the combination often leads them to be at each other's throats. A common gag involves Rebecca scolding Baloo for some flaw he has (eg. temper, gullibility, egotism) and then five seconds later doing exactly the same.
  • August 27, 2012
    Sketchpad
    In an episode of King Of The Hill that takes place during Luanne's pregnancy, Peggy meets Lucky's older sister Merna. She and Peggy are both passive-aggressive, stubborn, and convinced their way of doing things is the best way. After coming to a disagreement on childcare methods, the two took an immediate dislike to one another.
  • August 28, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In Luann, when Ann Eiffel, the evil manager of Weenie World, met Shannon, Toni's bratty niece

  • August 28, 2012
    Westwood
    In a season 3 episode of Thats So Raven, Cory returns a dog who followed him home to his owner...only to find that the two look exactly alike.
    Cory: "I don't look nothin' like that kid.
    Chauncy: "I share the same sentiments almost exactly."
  • August 28, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    In one episode of Seinfeld, Jerry falls deeply in love with a woman (played by Janeane Garofalo) who is almost exactly like him. He thinks this is great until he realizes how self-loathing he is, and the two end up abruptly breaking it off when they both say "I hate you" to each other at the same time in the middle of a lunch.
  • August 29, 2012
    McKathlin
    In the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, it's rivalry at first sight for Hallie and Annie when they meet at camp and the other girls remark how much they look alike. Once they're forced to live in the same cabin, they eventually make amends and discover that they're twins separated at birth.
  • August 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Calvin and his duplicate.
  • August 29, 2012
    NimmerStill
  • August 29, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In the novel Glory Season by David Brin, the majority of the population of the planet Stratos are female clones, although some sexual reproduction still takes place. One female character can't stand her clone daughters but gets along ok with her non-identical daughters.
  • August 30, 2012
    FerdinandtheBull
    I started a YKTTW calling this trope Too Much Alike that has several other examples. When it's not three-thirty in the morning I'll see about combining them.
  • August 31, 2012
    Sketchpad
    Mose and Suzy Crabgrass of Neds Declassified School Survival Guide have been enemies since the series' beginning despite the fact that both have very similar personalities. This is especially made clear in the episode "Best Friends", where Mose tries to find a girl that could be her best friend by passing out a questionnaire to see which girls have the most in common with her and are therefore most compatible. At first it seems like Doris, leader of the resident Terrible Trio, answered every question correctly. However, she later admits that she copied all her answers from Suzie, much to Mose's shock and disbelief.
  • August 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: Bart & Lisa's rarely-seen archrivals Lester and Eliza, who solve peoples problems much like they do and look like Bart & Lisa did during the "Tracy Ullman Shorts" period of production.
  • August 31, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^And beat them to the punch, deepening the animosity.
  • September 3, 2012
    JoieDeCombat
    Too Much Alike is certainly a better title for it.
  • September 4, 2012
    StarSword
    Or how about, Likes Repel.
  • September 4, 2012
    Random888
    • Third Rock From The Sun:
      • Mary: Why do you hate him [Strudwick] so much?
      • Dick: Because he's an arrogant, loud-mouthed, self-absorbed know-it-all.
      • Mary: Dick, that's you.
      • Dick: You didn't let me finish: ...with a beard.

    Come to think of it, this could be a page quote.
  • September 4, 2012
    Jhimmibhob
    On Live Action TV/Frasier, the suddenly unattached Daphne starts dating a man who is virtually a doppelgänger of her secret admirer Niles ... much to Niles's revulsion and disapproval.

    NILES: Bit of a pretentious fop, wouldn't you say?

    NILES: Oh, spare me, you ludicrous popinjay!

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