Evil Counterpart: Film

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  • The Shirley Temple flick Bright Eyes amusingly pairs Shirley with a bratty, mean Evil Counterpart little girl who picks on her.
  • The Good The Bad And The Ugly: Angel Eyes to Blondie/The Man With No Name.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom to Eddie Valiant; both are law enforcement who hold a certain hatred towards toons. However, deep down, Eddie holds a certain fondness for toons, suppressing it mainly becuase of his brother's death and is still a good person underneath. Doom's hatred is perhaps more intense, which is ironic as he turns out to be a. toon himself.
  • In Kill Bill, Elle Driver, aka California Mountain Snake, is the counterpart to Black Mamba.
  • There are several examples of this trope in the James Bond series.
    • From Russia with Love: Red Grant and Bond. Each is a loyal agent, and a blunt instrument serving their respective espionage organizations. (Spectre and MI6 respectively) Both are highly skilled, great physical combatants, and are shown with some gadgets in their arsenals.
    • The Man with the Golden Gun: Scaramanga and Bond. Each is one of the most skilled men in their field as "killers", both act with a suave/charismatic demeanor generally, both have an interesting line/connection between sex and violence, and both have some special gadgets in their arsenal. Scaramanga even gives a Not So Different speech:
    Bond: You live well, Scaramanga.
    Scaramanga: At a million dollars a contract I can afford to, Mr Bond. You work for peanuts, a hearty well done from her Majesty the Queen and a pittance of a pension. Apart from that we are the same. To us, Mr Bond, we are the best.
    Bond: There's a useful four letter word, and you're full of it.
    • Golden Eye: Trevelyan (former Agent 006). He even gives the For Want of a Nail reasoning and a Not So Different speech. Also highlighted is the fact that both are orphans. Trevelyan chastises Bond for being "Her Majesty's loyal terrier" that is stuck in the past, whilst ironically he himself is just as if not more shacked to the past than Bond is. As Bond puts it later on "Mad little Alec" is trying to settle a score several decades on in his plan to get payback against England.
    • Skyfall: Raoul Silva and Bond. Both were at a time agents serving MI6 who had a close emotional relationship with the current M, with Silva saying that he was her "old favorite". Their key difference being that Bond remains largely in line with the old ways of doing things, whilst Silva tries harder to adapt to the modern world to the point where he becomes too dependent on the use of modern technology, computers in particular. Something that plays a key part in his downfall.
    • Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me was conceived of as a kind of Evil Counterpart to Bond: both are implacable men who do extraordinary things with great panache, and can get out of the worst scrapes with minimal Clothing Damage.
    • Col. Moon from Die Another Day tells James that he based his Gustav Graves persona on Bond himself.
    Col. Moon: "We only met briefly, but you left a lasting impression. You see, when your intervention forced me to present the world with a new face, I chose to model the disgusting Gustav Graves on you. I paid attention to details - that unjustifiable swagger, the crass quips, the self-defence mechanism concealing such inadequacy..."
  • Rene Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic example. Both he and Indy are successful Adventurer Archaeologists with the main difference being that Belloq is willing to work with anyone, (including the Nazis) on a job, and that he's perfectly content to let someone else find the treasure, then steal it from them at gunpoint. Belloq also delivers an excellent example of a Not So Different speech at one point.
  • Iron Man
    • Iron Monger (Obadiah Stane) to Iron Man (Tony Stark) in the 2008 film.
    • Ivan Vanko in the sequel is a better example. He's just as smart as Tony, and his father helped Tony's father build the first ARC reactor. Growing up in a Soviet gulag can't be good for one's personality. He ends up building his first portable ARC reactor in his rundown apartment. With his own box of scraps.
    • Both Justin Hammer (Iron Man 2) and Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3) are played as "wannabe" Tony Starks who aspire to and try molding themselves after him to some degree. Both are, or become, powerful businessmen like Stark, and similarly to how Stark started out both are self-centered.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The Winter Soldier has many similarities to the Captain himself; both are soldiers, both have been empowered with science and both operate under orders of a larger organization (technically the same organization, as it turns out). Furthermore, both fought in World War II in the same unit but were cryogenically frozen (though Captain America stayed conscious after being revived, but the Winter Soldier was thawed and re-frozen as he was needed).
  • Push has two. Nick's counterpart is Victor, and Cassie's counterpart is the Triad Watcher. Victor is a better Mover than Nick, and the Triad Watcher is a better Watcher than Cassie.
    • It seems to be implied that Nick and Cassie are every bit (if not more) powerful, but are novices at actually exercising their powers compared to their more experienced counterparts.
      • That, and the fact they are son and daughter of the best mover and watcher anyone has ever seen (Cassie's mum set up events for ten years in the future) so they may have genetically inherited a bit of it. The agent pusher is also a counterpart of the experiment survivor, although she could arguably already be better.
  • Star Wars
    • Darth Vader is naturally the evil counterpart to Luke Skywalker (a living incarnation of the evil that Luke is perfectly capable of). It was first hinted at by Yoda whilst debating with Obi-Wan about training Luke when he compares aspects like his anger to his father Anakin, who is later revealed to be Vader, but is truly brought to the forefront during Luke's test at the cave on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back where he has a brief skirmish with an apparition of Vader, that ends with him slicing off his head. Shortly after which Luke sees the mask explode, revealing his own face underneath. And subsequently in Return of the Jedi we see Luke like Vader adorned in black garments and using Vader's signature Force Choke move that also show the danger he is in of following his father's footsteps. It becomes further highlighted in the Prequel Trilogy where some of Anakin's formative experiences whilst not the exact same circumstances are deliberately strongly paralleled with a number of Luke's. Both starting out from humble beginnings on the planet Tatooine (Luke as a farmhand and Anakin as a slave), both had a great curiosity of the universe and desire to go out and see it, both had natural talent such as how from a young age both were already talented pilots, both were held back by an authoritative figure in his life (Luke's uncle Owen and Anakin's owner Watto), both would be taken under the wing of a kind and sagely Jedi master who saw their great potential but would be killed not long after by the current Sith apprentice (Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke who was killed by Darth Vader and Qui-Gon Jinn to Anakin who was killed by Darth Maul), both were seen by at least some as being a great hope with much power connected to it (Luke as the son of Anakin Skywalker being felt as one of the only chances the Jedi have at defeating Sidious and Vader whilst Anakin's potential power led certain people to believe he was the Chosen One of prophecy who would bring balance to the Force), subsequently they each would then go on to get another Jedi mentor in order to continue/complete his training (Yoda to Luke and Obi-Wan to Anakin), big deals are made about how both begin their Jedi training at an age too old for Jedi tradition which is considered dangerous, both would at least start out as heroes with their first major accomplishments being destroying a key enemy space station (Luke destroying the Empire's Death Star whilst Anakin destroyed the Trade Federation's Droid Control Ship) their family members who raised them would be brutally murdered (Luke's uncle Owen and Aunt Beru that served as foster parents by Imperial Storm Troopers and Anakin's mother Shmi by a tribe of Tusken Raiders), both showed themselves to be quite impatient and had a reckless side, connected to that both would come to be tempted by the Dark Side of the Force, both were defensive of those they cared about to the point that both had a time where they shirked their current responsibilities in order to rescue people they cared about after foreboding visions (Luke leaving his training with Yoda on Dagobah in order to try and save his friends at Cloud City and Anakin leaving Naboo where he was tasked to keep Padme safe in order to try and rescue his mother back on Tatooine), that sense of protectiveness later being used by the Sith in their attempts to control them (Vader tells Luke during their final duel that giving into the Dark Side would be the only way to save his friends whilst Palpatine manipulates Anakin into believing that the only way to save his wife Padme, whom he had visions of dying, was to learn the ways of the Sith), when brought to the edge and allows the Dark Side in a major sign of it is in how both turn on a family member they've dedicated themselves to saving even against the counsel of Jedi masters to let them go and attack them in a major fit of rage (Luke throughout Return of the Jedi is dedicated to bringing his father back to the light but angrily attacks him after Vader threatens to target his sister Leia with the intent of corrupting her leading to him wanting to kill him whilst Anakin throughout Revenge of the Sith tries to save his wife Padme from death in childbirth but Force Chokes her after she's refused his offer for her to rule the Galaxy with him, she tells him about how terrible she thinks he's becoming, and when he sees Obi-Wan and becomes convinced that he was brought their by her to kill him and that he had turned her against him) both would form a rivalry of sorts with Palpatine's previous apprentice who was himself a previous fallen Jedi who was corrupted by Palpatine (Count Dooku to Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker), who they each would duel in the middle chapter of their respective trilogies that would end with the Sith's victory and them losing an appendage that would be replaced with a mechanical prosthetic (Luke's right hand and Anakin's right forearm), though their rematches in the subsequent installments would display their defining difference. Both had improved in the time since the last films and this time around are put into a test by Palpatine against his current apprentice to prove his ability and convert him to the Dark Side, and after another hard fought clash of blades would manage to best them after being goaded into anger by their opponent. After slicing off a hand or two and driving them to the ground, the Skywalkers are each goaded by Palpatine into giving into their hate and temptation to kill them. Whereas Anakin after deliberation ultimately gives in and not so long after winds up turning to the Dark Side and joining the Sith, Luke ultimately relents and spares Vader. Then defiantly telling the Emperor that he had failed, and that he'd never turn to the Dark Side. Ultimately succeeding where his father had failed, and even prompting his father's own redemption and the fulfillment of the prophecy in the process.
    • Emperor Palpatine is an evil Force mentor version of Yoda with both as the Big Good and Big Bad masters of their Force sides throughout the saga and actually get to fight one on one.
    • That battle happened simultaneously with Anakin (now officially Darth Vader) and Obi-Wan's who became evil counterparts as the only confirmed living students of their respective Force sides and former comrades.
    • In some ways it could be said that Dooku and Mace Windu were counterparts as well, though they never had a chance to fight, in that they were the public figure who acted as the right hand and enforcer of Yoda/Palpatine. Both are also held as some of the most powerful Force users and swordsmen of their era. it is Interesting to note, at least when also taking into account Expanded Universe materials, how both have some sort of use/familiarity with both sides of the Force.
    • Though Dooku could arguably also be compared to Qui-Gon Jinn in other ways, and given that he was actually his Jedi master that would appear to be no coincidence. Similar to the relationship between Luke and Vader, Dooku in many ways is what Qui-Gon could have become had he stepped over the line. Both were respected as veteran Jedi, but both were also seen as rebellious in how they did not strictly adhere to all of Jedi dogma or the rulings of the Jedi Council and had the willingness to super cede their orders. That on top of how the obvious in how both were great/skilled warriors and Force Users. The key difference between them however is whilst rebellious Qui-Gon never left or turned on the Jedi institution in spite of his grievances whilst Dooku took the extra steps of leaving and ultimately turned to the Dark Side as a Sith Lord. The idea of whether or not Qui-Gon would have been capable of doing what he did and joining him against the Jedi/Republic is one touched on briefly when Dooku and Obi-Wan first speak in Attack of the Clones.
    • A case could also be made for Darth Maul serving this role to Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace as both are young but skilled warriors of the Force. Each is a headstrong but loyal apprentice and both are extremely devoted to their order, and each arguably embodies their group in a way at least at the time.
    • Another interesting comparison to make would be between Palpatine and Obi-Wan. Starting in how after Anakin loses his ideal mentor/father figure in Qui-Gon Jinn both men enter his life attempting to take on that role. But whilst Obi-Wan is more hard on him though has his best interests at heart, Palpatine showers him with all the praise he wants to hear but really sees him as a tool that he ultimately comes to see as disposable. Anakin does wind up joining with Palpatine as a Sith Lord, but he winds up paying the ultimate price because of it. Both later on in the Original Trilogy would also, alongside Vader, vie for Luke's allegiance. Both of them wanting him to destroy his father, as Obi-Wan lost faith in hid ability to return to the light whilst Palpatine wanted to replace him with a younger and more powerful new apprentice. Luke ironically enough coming to be led that he must do so in order to become a full fledged Jedi and Sith. With his defining moment coming when he defies both by sparing him. Using his compassion/attachment rather than burying his feelings or giving into hate as the two parties tried convincing him of respectively. Obi-Wan though is ultimately happy to sees what comes of it and to be reunited with his redeemed old friend, whilst Palpatine becomes enraged and thus starts viciously torturing Luke which winds up giving Anakin time to decide to relent from the dark path and destroy Palpatine. But another interesting angle to look at is comparing Palpatine and his relationship with Anakin in the Prequel Trilogy to Obi-Wan and his relationship with Luke in the Original Trilogy. Both at those times are one of the last members of an order of Force users thought to be extinct that are in hiding awaiting the chance for a comeback (The Sith and The Jedi) with a humanoid alien kept even more deeply hidden starting as the only other directly seen ally from his order (Darth Maul and Yoda) before managing to recruiting new apprentices. (Dooku and eventually Anakin for the Sith and Luke for the Jedi though Anakin ultimately comes around back to being a Jedi in the end as well) Both are stationed closely to and insert themselves into the lives of the current new up and coming Skywalker (Palpatine watching over Anakin on Corascaunt after he joins the Jedi Order and Obi-Wan stationing himself as a hermit on Tatooine close to Luke after leaving him there with his moisture farmer relatives to hide him from the Empire) who they hope to have help them overthrow/destroy their opponents. (Palpatine getting Anakin to join the Sith and help spearhead the great Jedi purge whilst Obi-Wan hopes to train Luke as a Jedi so that he can defeat both Vader and the Emperor) Both are presented as a more understanding and supportive mentor/parental figure who seeks to help them achieve their true potential in comparison to their official surrogate father who raised them that they have some frustration in as they feel they are holding them back. (Anakin's Jedi master Obi-Wan and Luke's uncle Owen) Whilst rarely outright lying to them, both manipulate/twist around the truth in order to try and make sure they are steered in the intended direction. When questioned by the Skywalker on certain shady points, they defend themselves by invoking the idea of how much is defined by one's own certain "point of view". If one wants to take it even further both wound up being killed by Vader aboard a Death Star in front of Luke. Anakin's own life also being claimed in the latter. Apparently Anakin wasn't wrong in Revenge of thr Sith when he said to Palpatine whilst rescuing Obi-Wan that, "His fate will be the same as ours."
    • Whilst they never actually do battle or truly concurrently exist the Confederacy of Independent Systems could be seen as a dark counterpart to the Rebel Alliance. Each being a rebellion (the Seperatists are even referred to as such by Dooku in a deleted scene from Attack of the Clones) fighting against the reigning government (the Galactic Republic and its latter form the Galactic Empire) and are allied with an order of Force users in hiding. (the Sith and the Jedi) They get put into somewhat similar situation such as how in the middle chapters of their respective trilogies their secret bases are located by their enemies on a desolate "backwoods" planet (Geonosis and Hoth) where they do battle whilst also carrying out a mass evacuation. One of them being the current Sith/Jedi apprentice (Dooku and Luke) who escapes off by himself to medt with the mastdr on his side. (Sidious and Yoda) In the third chapter each would fall prey to Palpatine's trickery/deception and at least nearly destroyed when led into what they think is a safe(r) situation. (Sidious sending the Seperatist Council to Mustafar on the pretense it would be a safe headquarters and hideaway and even later sends the newly christened Sith apprentice Vader to "take care of them" which all leads to them being cornered and slaughtered as their use was up whilst he'd later fake reports from Bothan spies to the Rebels stating that the Death Star II was not yet fully operational when it actually was in order to draw out and destroy the Rebel fleet)
  • Star Trek''
    • Star Trek: Nemesis had Shinzon, the evil clone of Jean-Luc Picard whose main purpose in the story is to show what Picard himself could have become had he grown up under more oppressive circumstances. Picard himself uses this in an attempt to demonstrate that Shinzon had the choice to become a better person, while Shinzon wanted to prove that Being Tortured Makes You Evil.
    • Star Trek Into Darkness: The Vengeance is a dark mirror of the Enterprise.
      • Also, Khan is an evil Spock, much like the original served as Kirk's foil.
  • Godzilla
    • In the Heisei series, Godzilla gained an Evil Counterpart in Space Godzilla, a being created from a fusion of Biollante (who was a fusion of Godzilla's DNA and rose DNA) and a crystalline entity. While Godzilla was in neutral "force of nature" mode, Space Godzilla was definitely malicious and evil, coming to Earth to torment Godzilla and conquer the planet.
    • An even earlier example of this would be King Ghidorah, especially in the Heisei incarnation in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Both started out as creatures (A Godzillasaurus and a trio of Dorats respectively) who got mutated by a nuclear/atomic explosion. However, whereas Godzilla became an unstoppable "force of nature" that can't be controlled (at least, not unwillingly), Ghidorah remained under the control of the Futarians (a group of people, and an android, from the future who wanted to prevent Godzilla's existence and use Ghidorah to destroy Japan).
      • In the Showa era, while both are giant destructive monsters, Godzilla destroys merely out of his hatred of humanity and will (reluctantly) ally himself with them against bigger threats to his territory. Ghidorah, on the other hand, merely destroyed cities (and wiped out life on planets) out of sadistic glee.
    • Destoroyah. Both were mutated by superweapons. Both have a breath attack. Both are semi-aquatic life-forms. The difference? Destoroyah is purely and utterly sadistic taking great pleasure in killing anything and everything in sight. Godzilla, on the other hand, will protect the earth (including the humans he hates) from greater threats.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • The writers' and director's audio commentary for The Curse of the Black Pearl at one point refers to Captain Barbossa as "the dark side of Jack Sparrow".
    • Pintel and Ragetti vs. Mullroy and Murtogg in the first film.
    • Barbossa vs. Davy Jones and Jack vs. Beckett (his old nemesis) in the third.
    • Maccus, Mercer and "Quartermaster" are Evil Counterparts to Gibbs.
    • Bosun, also, in the fourth film is also one to Gibbs, and Blackbeard is this to Barbossa.
  • In Black Swan, Lily might be this to Nina. Nina frequently hallucinates a phantom doppelganger that seems to mean her harm.
    • This mirrors Swan Lake, the ballet the film is centered around; Odile the Black Swan, is this to the White Swan, Odette.
  • According to Jordy, the Bread-Squeezer is this to Jason in Mystery Team.
  • Glory has the Negro irregulars to the 54th Massachusetts.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon plays with this. Sam and Bumblebee are given dark counterparts in the form of Soundwave and Dylan. Bumblebee came to Sam for help, Sam's family having a history with Cybertronians. Likewise Dylan's dad received Soundwave as a "client", as the Decepticon had him crunch numbers to make further trips by NASA to the moon improbable, ensuring no one would ever find the Ark. This becomes a case of Fridge Brilliance in the final battle, where both human and Autobot kill their respective counterparts.
    Dylan Gould: (to Sam) Do you really think you were the first one recruited to join the "noble" alien cause?
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan is filled with this...
    • In Batman Begins you have both Ra's Al Ghul and the Scarecrow.
      • The former of the two like Bruce is motivated by the loss of somebody he loved, and thus sought justice and like Batman became a vigilante that goes past the limits of the law. Bruce like Ra's becomes trained by and a member of the centuries old vigilante organization known as the League of Shadows.
      • Scarecrow reflects Batman in how the manipulation and induction of fear are their primary weapons. Both also know and highlight the importance of using "masks".
    • In The Dark Knight you have both The Joker and Two-Face.
      • Batman & The Joker are both described as having no limits. The former crosses merely judicial limits, the latter crosses limits that are moral.
      • Harvey Dent like Bruce Wayne starts out as good man with something of dark side that is trying to save Gotham City from the crime and corruption that cripples it. Both also share romantic interest in the same woman Rachel Dawes, as she has similar aspirations to them. Both Bruce and Harvey are specifically targeted by the Joker, who wants to both tear them down to "his level". While Batman ultimately resists, Dent winds up giving into it. After a great tragedy, Dent comes to the point like Bruce where he decides to go beyond the law. Working on the "Justice = Revenge" mentality Bruce had for a while before the death of Joe Chill that Rachel scolded him over. Going so far as to go after innocents as well.
    • And in The Dark Knight Rises you have Bane and Catwoman.
      • Both Bane and Bruce were trained by the League of Shadows, and they're both Genius Bruisers. They both work in an elaborate underground base and they both live and die by their ideals.
      • Catwoman like Batman is a night prowler who dons the persona of an animal to enforce their own special brand of "justice", and uses means like stealth to their advantage. The two while talking to each other also relay the importance of their "masks". She is the only entry to this list however, who does actually come around in the end. Redeeming herself by helping Batman stop Talia's plan.
  • Zod serves as one to Jor-El in Man of Steel.
    • General Zod is this to Superman too to a lesser extent. As kryptonians, they both have similar abilities learning to control his sensitivity to the Earth's sounds and atmosphere. He's even able to use heat vision later on in the movie.. The difference is that while Zod was specifically created to be a soldier(and thus uses authoritarian methods to build Krypton), Superman was naturally born and was able to gradually grow into the role of a protector.
  • The Jaegers and the Kaiju in Pacific Rim. Both are split into one through five classes and are so large that they need two brains to fully operate. Whereas the Jaegers are used to protect humans and the cities, the Kaiju are used to kill and destroy everything in their path.
  • Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in Tombstone. Holliday is Wyatt's lancer, Ringo Curly Bill's dragon. They are both highly educated, charismatic death-dealers and death-seekers.
  • Each installment of the Spider-Man Trilogy has a villain who parallels Spidey in some fashion:
    • Spider-Man: The Green Goblin and Spider-Man gain their powers as the result of experiments at OsCorp, and the Goblin even tries to recruit Spidey with a Not So Different speech. The key difference is that Spider-Man uses his abilities to help people, while the Green Goblin uses them to exact bloody vengeance on the people who have wronged him in the past.
    • Spider-Man 2: Much like Peter in the first movie, Otto Octavius is transformed into Doctor Octopus as the result of a Freak Lab Accident, and is subsequently motivated by the death of a loved one. But while Uncle Ben's death pushes Peter to become a hero, the death of Otto's wife drives him mad with grief and causes him to become a murderous psychopath.
      • To drive the parallels home, earlier drafts of the film had Octavius as a much younger man closer in age to Peter and Mary Jane.
    • Spider-Man 3: They don't really come much more straightforward than Venom, who has the same powers as Spider-Man and wears a black variant of the hero's trademark costume. Additionally, in his civilian identity, Eddie Brock starts off as a rival photographer who is employed by the same newspaper as Peter.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 effectively shakes up the classic dynamic between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin by making Harry Osborn the Goblin from the get-go, and playing up his similarities to Peter. In addition the being the same age as Peter, Harry gets pushed into his Start of Darkness by the death of his father figure, and he eventually gets his superpowers from a self-inflicted dose of the same spider venom that gave Peter his abilities in the first movie.
    • Electro also seems to play a similar role. As the lost and awkward kid like Peter, but one who never grew up and thus sunk lower. Like Peter was earlier he is often bullied and is socially awkward to the extreme. Both also love and are skilled in the field of science. Both also go through an accidents that gives them superpowers. In a deleted scene they reveal that Max still lives with his mother, a situation that somewhat resembles the way Peter lives with his maternal figure Aunt May.
  • Demolition Man: Simon Phoenix is this to Edgar Friendly. Both of them hate the emasculated, saccharine world deprived of human freedom created by Cocteau. Simon Phoenix, however, is a maniac who desires the freedom to create as much destruction and murder as possible, while Friendly believes in freedom to improve people's lives and guide them to their own choice.
  • In The Patriot Col. William Tavington serves this role for Benjamin Martin. A great deal is made about how he committed a horrible war crime during the French & Indian War, and later on shows that that dark side still has the potential to surface again in the scene where he ruthlessly kills a fleeing English soldier and later when he and his fellow militia men start shooting down surrendering opponents. Tavington's motives started with him trying to reclaim the honor and wealth that his father had lost him, citing that he can only get honor with victory and thus is the reason he started acting ruthlessly in his attempts to win no matter what. However as shown by the time the main events of the film he has come to enjoy the killing and war crimes he commits, completely submitting to that side of himself that Martin fears and wants to suppress. Then of course there is the fact that both are skilled warriors and army field commanders.
  • In Khartoum Muhammad Ahmad, the self-proclaimed Madhi, serves this role for Charles Gordon. Both are deeply religious and great military commanders who command the respect, as well as fear, of many around them. Both have also shown their willingness to resort to brutality if they feel it will further their goals for the greater good. Ahmad himself points this out to Gordon in the first scene they share together.
  • In The Shadow Shiwan Khan serves that role to Lamont Cranston, The Shadow himself. Cranston in his past was a ruthless warlord and drug dealer in East Asia until the Tulku took him in and set him down the path of redemption. It turns out that Khan actually idolized Ying-Ko, and he was the inspiration for him to take up his "birthright" of trying to live up to his ancestor Genghis Khan and become a warlord as well. The Tulku similarly tried to reform Khan, but it didn't take. Khan murdering him after he had learned what he wanted. Khan later tries to get Cranston to join him because of his past and their similarities. Because of his training with the Tulku he like the Shadow has supernatural mental abilities such as "Clouding men's minds" as well as telekinesis. (Something that Cranston doesn't manage to use 'til the end though) Both also have a network of allies in their service.
  • In Ang Lee's Hulk Bruce Banner's father David essentially serves as this to him. Even Gen. Ross makes a big deal of, and fears, the fact that both are geneticist that work on projects to try and improve and "toughen" the human body. After seeing what happens to his son David studies the effects and applications of gamma and eventually repeats the accident that created the Hulk on himself which also gives him superpowers as well. Though different ones, effectively being the Absorbing Man.
  • In Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk the antagonist Emil Blonsky progressively starts injecting his body with substances to increase his physical capabilities. By the end he has Samuel Sterns inject a compound made from Bruce's blood into his body which transforms him into the Abomination. Which in terms of size and strength is very much an evil counterpart to the Hulk. Blonsky also similarly becomes more aggressive as a result of his transformation.
    • It could also be said that whilst The Abomination serves as an Anti-Hulk, that Samuel Sterns was played as an Anti-Bruce Banner. Both were great scientists who worked on a project to improve the resilience and capabilities of the human body. Both of which eventually lead to their transformations.
  • In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit the main antagonist Viktor Cherevin plays this role to Ryan. Both are extremely patriotic men, who would do virtually anything in the service of their nation. In the scene where the two, as well as Jack's girlfriend Cathy, have dinner together we also learn that like Ryan Cherevin once not only served in the military like Ryan but also operated in Afghanistan in a "Different time, different empire - same graveyard." Both were also horribly injured while serving there.
  • Every film in the Expendables has a lead villain that serves this role to Barney Ross.
    • In The Expendables it is James Munroe. He is a mercenary completely out for profit, similarly to how Barney starts out. He even has a Not So Different speech he gives right before he is killed.
    • In The Expendables 2 it is Jean Vilain. Like Barney he is the leader of a mercenary group, his being The Sangs.
    • In The Expendables 3 it is Conrad Stonebanks. He along with Barney was one of the founding members of the Expendables before being disgraced and becoming a ruthless arms dealer.
  • In Troy there is a "trifecta" so to speak of character parallels that would fall under this. Centering around three groups of familial duos seen within the film.
    • It is ironic that in spite of their hatred for each other, Achilles and Agamemnon have some key traits in common. Though they have differences over ideals like Achilles' valuing of the soldier over a king (because they are the ones doing the physical fighting and dying to get things accomplished) whilst Agamemnon feels that the king is more important and thus deserves the glory (seeing himself as a savior who united a land of "fire worshippers and snake eaters" into a true nation). But their values align when it comes to how both are desperately trying to gain glory and immortality for their names. Something each puts above almost all else by the end. However, both do also highly value and deeply care about one of a younger relative. Achilles with his cousin Patroclus and Agamemnon with his brother Menelaus. However when said relative is killed, ironically in both cases the killer being Hector, they are sent into a belligerent, blood-lusting rage. Both also have a desire for Briseis.
    • It can also be said that Agamemnon and Menelaus parallel Hector and Paris as well. Both sets being royal brothers, the older of the two being the more successful and glorified of the two. The younger brothers are notorious womanizers and the ones who get into a feud over Helen, subsequently putting their brothers into positions to go to war. (though one of the two older brothers is clearly more okay with this than the other) In spite of anything however, the older brothers still genuinely care for their younger siblings. Whether it be tarnishing one's own honor by defending his life when he asks for help, or trying to get bloody vengeance for him after being killed.
    • There are also parallels between the duos of Achilles/Patroclus and Hector/Paris. While none of them are evil per se, they do fall into opposite sides of the conflict. Achilles and Hector are the older of the two, and each is renowned as the greatest warrior on his side as well as one of the greatest warriors who ever lived. Both are also respected military commanders. (Look at the Father to his Men section) Patroclus and Paris are one of their younger relatives who they are extremely close to. Both of whom are impulsive and naive, and find themselves deciding to rush into situations that they are not ready for. The biggest example being when they choose to go out into battle and go up against an opponent who is far out of his league. With both results, to varying degrees, leading to bad places.
  • Though evil maybe be a bit too strong of a word in Braveheart Prince Edward II effectively has this role to Robert the Bruce. As both are young men with the apparent destiny to become kings, and are also kept within the controlling grip of their father. Both of which slowly die from a debilitating illness. Where the two ultimately diverge however is that Robert manages to find both his strength and courage. Standing up to his father and then continuing the battle for independence in the stead of William Wallace. Edward's lover Philip tries to get him to similarly stand up to his father, and though he replies that, "I will stand up to him and more," he ultimately never truly does.
  • While not evil, Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men is the Jerkass counterpart to Juror #8. Both are men of passion unwilling to back down when they believe their cause is just.

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