%%%Can we please move all these examples to SurprisinglySimilarStories?%%%

Some shows have mega-brilliant original plots. Some take a lot of cues. Some are nearly the same as other works - WholePlotReference, AffectionateParody and {{Homage}} are three reasons for this.

Some, however, are accidentally almost the same as other works. When this happens, you get this trope - when two works are so similar, but in reality unrelated, you could fit the same description to them both.

See also WholePlotReference - if it's just one episode that's a ShoutOut to well-known pop culture.

!Examples

* ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', ''{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' - A FiveManBand defeat a FiveBadBand out of revenge, before facing the real villain. The ending is not good, and requires another plotline to clear up completely, set in a more optimistic world.
* ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''WinginIt'' - A FiveManBand have antics involving angels and a mentor. It takes about half an hour to resolve this due to malfunctions in said magic.
* ''{{Farscape}}'' and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' (based on the 2008 comics reboot - a crew of escaped alien prisoners featuring a snarky stranded human with a taste for '70s/'80s pop culture references, an ActionGirl who used to be on the side of their enemies, a PlantPerson with the strongest morals of the group, a tattoo-covered warrior wanting to avenge his family, and a self-centered diminutive FunnyAnimal get caught up in a war for superweapons between a galactic law enforcement agency and their much worse foes.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' - A DarkerAndEdgier story to the rest of it's franchise, and dead and, where five transforming teenagers fight for control of a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] wasteland.
* The ''Videogame/DarkParables'' (video game) and ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (television show) - All fairy tales are true, and the characters in them all exist in the same reality; some characters from different stories are in fact the same person.
* DragonBallGT and the third season of SonicX. One of the main characters is turned into a child, 7 objects of immense power are scattered across the universe and the main characters must go on a space adventure to collect them before a mysterious villain (who is a WellIntentionedExtremist) can cause major havoc.