Evil Counterpart / Film

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Though evil maybe be a bit too strong of a word in Braveheart Prince Edward II effectively plays this role for 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 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.
  • The Shirley Temple flick Bright Eyes amusingly pairs Shirley with a bratty, mean Evil Counterpart little girl who picks on her.
  • 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. Batman appears out of nowhere to offer his assistance to the law in Gotham; despite a rocky start they become trusted colleagues. Joker appears in the same way to offer assistance to the Mob, and eventually proves Eviler Than Thou.
      • 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 that involved the death of a loved one, Dent comes to the point like Bruce where he decides to go beyond the law in his pursuit of justice.
      • 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.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...
      • Though he's Clark Kent's classic archenemy Lex Luthor serves as such to Bruce Wayne/Batman. Both have their classic traits of being wealthy businessmen who live something of a double life, but the binding element specifically to this film's story between them is how each reacts to the presence of Superman. Because of the ideal he represents and the power he possesses both are immediately distrustful and thus seek to destroy him. Both having lost their faith in the idea of absolute good after facing great personal struggles. Whether it be the the seeming futility of his years long crusade against crime in Batman's case which included at least one major loss with the death of a sidekick, or in Lex's the terrible abuse he was helpless to defend himself from by his father throughout his childhood. The existence of Superman only enhancing their senses of dread and helplessness. However Batman realizes the error in his ways when Superman becomes humanized in his eyes at the end of their battle when he uses his last words to try and make sure his mother is safe. Luthor on the other hand never manages to see him this way and in the process of trying to find a way to destroy him winds up creating the true monstrous and nearly unstoppable godbeast they thought Superman was in Doomsday. And ironically enough Superman winds up actually saving his life from the very monster he created.
      • One could even make the case that Batman himself serves a similar function for Superman's character in how he represents the darker person he could become. Though he is one of the film's protagonists they do serve as enemies with each other until the final act and he is the aggressor in their conflict. Throughout most of the film he is actively seeking to go so far as to kill the Man of Steel. Both naturally have the similarities of being orphaned costumed crime fighters who were out to save their world. And both have mothers named Martha, which becomes a key story point. Throughout the story Superman struggles with whether or not the ideal he represents is attainable for those around him and maintainable for himself. Superman being the newbie whilst Batman is the grizzled veteran vigilante who in his time of service lost his own faith in humanity and absolute good. Calling the latter a "beautiful lie" via narration and stating that the death of his parents taught him that, "the world only makes sense if you force it too." Living by that by ratcheting up the violence and having something of a reign of terror over Gotham with things like his branding of criminals, which ironically leads to even the people he's trying to save coming to fear him like the human trafficking victims in his opening scene similarly to how other including himself view Superman. Batman's approach contrasting Superman's attempts to better things by inspiring others to do good. However as said before Batman manages to stop himself before it's too late and redeem himself. Deciding to live up to what Superman represented after his sacrifice.
    • Back in Man of Steel...
      • Zod serves as one to Jor-El.
      • 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.
  • 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 Duff, Madison is this to both Jess and Casey. Like them, she's gorgeous and popular, but Jess and Casey are nice girls who deserve their popularity, while Madison is the epitome of the Alpha Bitch.
  • Every film in the Expendables series 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.
  • Owen Shaw's team in Fast and Furious 6 is composed of counterparts of Dom's. Rome notices this, and even points out who corresponds to who. The only difference is that while Dom thinks of his team as a family, Shaw views them as nothing more than pieces to be swapped out when necessary.
  • In The Godfather Part III Don Osvaldo Altobello and Joey Zasa serve these roles for Michael Corleone and his nephew Vincent Mancini respectively. The first two each is an aged though cunning don who puts on airs of good natured-ness and piety whilst still being crooks beneath it. Whilst Michael is genuine in his desire to change and redeem himself, even if he never truly does, the amiable demeanor is all merely a façade so Altobello can ingratiate himself to those around him. In the case of Vincent and Zasa each is a young up-and-comer who is a flashy hothead. Both wanting respect and higher standing in the criminal underworld. Both trying hard to come off as a cool and classy gangster. Both also wind up serving as subordinates to the previously mentioned older dons and become positioned against their enemies as inside men. Each also carries out a large-scale hit against a number of high-ranking rivals for them. Whether it be Zasa's helicopter hit on the meeting of the Commission in Atlantic City or Vincent putting together the swift stroke that took out the Immobiliare conspirators the night of the opera. Under Michael's wing Vincent is molded into a more refined and methodical man that becomes worthy of being his successor as the Godfather whilst Zasa never stops his showboating nature which ultimately winds up putting him into a position where he gets assassinated.
  • 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.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Angel Eyes to Blondie/The Man With No Name.
  • Glory has the Negro irregulars to the 54th Massachusetts.
  • In The Great Race you have Professor Fate to the Great Leslie. In that they are competing daredevils with trustee sidekicks. The good vs evil contrast being played to its utmost extreme, right down to Leslie always wearing white and Fate in black.
  • 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 geneticists that were working 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 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 but also operated in Afghanistan in a "Different time, different empire - same graveyard." Both were also horribly injured while serving there.
  • 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.
    • GoldenEye: Alec Trevelyan, who was a 00 agent like Bond and a former friend of his. 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 who joined the Secret Service. 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..."
  • The Jungle Book (2016):
    • King Louie to Baloo. They are both around the largest animals of the jungle, and they use charm and a broad vocabulary in order to trick others to do things for them, in addition to being lazy creatures of comfort who can still be formidable when properly motivated. They both take interest in Mowgli's human abilities for their own selfish reasons (with Baloo wanting easy access to food and Louie wanting fire to conquer the jungle), use affability to make him see things their way, and are the first ones to encourage him to use his human abilities instead of trying to be like other jungle animals. However, Baloo becomes truly attached to Mowgli, shows him the way to the Man-Village, and says that he can go there whenever he wants to (and later breaks his heart in order to make him go to the safety of the village). Louie, on the other hand, offers Mowgli a protected life in the jungle in exchange for the secret of making fire, but he has no intention to take no for an answer or allowing the boy to leave his lair. Also, while Baloo is content with his current, carefree way of life, Louie aspires to gain more power than he already has, and their respective songs serve to empathize this difference.
    • Shere Khan is this for Bagheera. Both are no-nonsense big cats in the jungle, but while Bagheera respects and follows the Law of the Jungle (which makes him revered), Shere Khan speaks of the Law while shamelessly breaking it (making him feared). And while Bagheera wants to keep things between Man and animal separated in a respectful way, Shere Khan wants to eliminate humans, even innocent human children.
    • Shere Khan is also this to Baloo. Shere Khan speaks highly of the Law of the Jungle when it suits him while he shamelessly breaks it, while Baloo casually calls the Law of The Jungle "propaganda" while finally actually respecting it. This is even shown in the climax just before the two battle.
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Peter Ludlow of The Lost World: Jurassic Park serves as such to his uncle John Hammond. Taking on the role of the In Gen CEO who goes in over his head as he seeks to set-up a Jurassic Park. Malcolm calls this out after the t-rex gets loose in San Diego by saying to him, "Now you're John Hammond." However, whilst Hammond was doing it to fulfill a genuine dream Ludlow was ought for profit albeit to save the company after the fiasco that happened on Isla Nublar. After seeing the results of what he had wrought Hammond aimed to turn the island into a reserve for the dinosaurs instead, making it purely for their benefit. Ludlow on the other hand doesn't learn from his mistake and even after everything that's happened still tries to take back the baby t-rex to salvage his idea which ultimately is what gets him killed.
    • On a similar token Roland Tembo, also from The Lost World, can be seen as one for Robert Muldoon from the first movie. Both being game hunters who are hired to help manage the operations for the above two characters and hold the dinosaurs with a certain level of respect if not admiration. Though whilst Muldoon seemed to be more motivated to protect people, going so far as to serve as a decoy to save one of his allies from the raptors, Tembo went on the expedition so that he would have the opportunity to hunt a tyrannosaurus rex. After the capture of the t-rex Tembo was even offered a full-time job to work for them. Though by the end he has grown weary of all the violence, disheartened by all that had transpired including the death of his friend Ajay, and declines. In his case evil may be a bit too strong of a word, but he was still on the opposing side nonetheless.
  • 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 Kill Bill, Elle Driver, aka California Mountain Snake, is the counterpart to Black Mamba.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Charlie is one to Eggsy. Both of them are Kingsmen candidates to become the next Lancelot and neither get in the end but for different reasons: Charlie because he's a Dirty Coward and Eggsy because he didn't have it in him to shoot his dog due to weakness for animals. Charlie comes from a rich family and is a complete asshole; Eggsy was raised in a poor working-class family and is one of the nicest people in the film.
  • The Krampus, is Santa Claus evil counterpart in Krampus.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Ant-Man...
      • Darren Cross is one to Scott Lang. Both men were recruited by Hank Pym, but while Scott becomes a hero and uses his skills to help people, Darren double crosses Hank and hijacks his company. The Yellowjacket armor Darren wears is also effectively a much more advanced (and sinister) revamp of the Ant-Man suit worn by Scott. Funny enough, Edgar Wright says the idea to use an evil version of Ant-Man as the Big Bad was actually inspired by the Iron Man example below.
      • Darren is also one to Hope. Both hold a grudge against Hank by the start of the movie but where Hope managed to reconcile with her father, Darren does not and wants to prove himself better than Hank.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Vision is the Good Counterpart to Ultron. Both of them were designed to be extremely powerful Artificial Intelligences by their creators, were created using the Mind Stone, and ultimately went against their creator's designs (Ultron was meant by Tony to protect the world, while The Vision was supposed to be Ultron's final body before the Avengers stole him and uploaded J.A.R.V.I.S. into him). The main difference is that while Ultron looked at the world and saw only chaos and destruction, The Vision saw life, something that the two even acknowledge at the end of the film, right before Ultron commits Suicide by Cop.
    • As for Captain America...
      • Red Skull serves as this in Captain America: The First Avenger. He has the same abilities as Captain America, and gained his powers from a prototype version of the Super Serum used on Steve (which unfortunately for the Skull, turned out to be a Psycho Serum).
      • 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).
    • In 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. Blonsky's desire to use the chemicals to become stronger is antithetical to the way Bruce desperately wishes to rid himself of the Hulk.
      • 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 led to their transformations. Like Blonsky, Sterns also has a markedly more positive view of the Hulk than Banner, even referring to it as "beautiful" at one point.
    • When it comes to Iron Man...
      • Iron Monger (Obadiah Stane) to Iron Man (Tony Stark) in the Iron Man.
      • Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash in Iron Man 2 arguably 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.
  • In The Matrix Revolutions the Oracle describes Smith into relation to Neo as, "He is you. Your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out." Each is a character once bound to their role within the Matrix who eventually become free from it, as what could be described as an illusion first but genuinely later, and become the most powerful players within it. Thomas Anderson going from a menial programmer/hacker to being a cyber-messiah with control over the Matrix itself after being taken under the wing of Morpheus whilst Smith after being apparently killed by Neo at the end of the first film returns in the form of a virus unplugged from the system. Neo found purpose in being "The One" who would save humanity, whilst Smith was troubled by how he now saw himself as purposeless. Arguably more equivocal for Neo is when he discovers the truth of the origins of the prophecy from the Architect about how the various "Ones" are used as another means of controlling humanity which then puts Neo like Smith in a spot of confusion. During their final battle their key difference is displayed when Smith questions why Neo in spite of the beating he's been taking would bother to keep on fighting mocks what he sees as the attempts of humans to create a sense of meaning with temporary constructs to which Neo simply replies to him, "Because I choose to." Neo Ultimately having a faith Smith lacks. Something that the Oracle and Rama Kandra's family showed that programs had the potential for.
  • According to Jordy, the Bread-Squeezer is this to Jason in Mystery Team.
  • 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.
  • 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 combatants and effective military field commanders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 under the name Ying-Ko 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 world-conquering 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.
  • 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 groundbreaking scientific experiments 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.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars: There is practically a whole tapestry of inter-related examples that show up within this saga. Likely no accident given the poetic structure the series' creator George Lucas sought to give it.
    • 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. Right 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 in 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 have strong parallels with a number of Luke's. Both started out from humble beginnings on the planet Tatooine. (Anakin as a slave and Luke as a farmhand) Both had a great curiosity of the universe and desire to go out and see it. Both had natural prowess, such as how from a young age both were already talented pilots. Both were held back by an authoritative figure in his life. (Anakin's owner Watto and Luke's uncle Owen Lars) Both would be taken under the wing of a Jedi master who saw their great potential and became their mentor (Qui-Gon Jinn as Anakin's and Obi-Wan Kenobi as Luke's) but would be killed not long after by the current Sith apprentice. (Qui-Gon by Darth Maul and Obi-Wan by Darth Vader). Both were seen by at least some, particularly those mentors, as being a great hope with much power connected to it. (Anakin's potential power led some to believe he could be the Chosen One of prophecy who would bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith whilst Luke as the son of Anakin Skywalker was thought to be one of the last shots that the Jedi had at defeating Sidious and Vader) In spite of that, big deals were made about how both begin their Jedi training at an age too old for Jedi tradition which was considered dangerous and lead to hesitation about it moving forward with Obi-Wan coming to argue with Yoda on the Skywalker's behalf both times. (The Jedi Council initially denied Anakin until after the Battle of Naboo because of his attachment issues that came with his age whilst Yoda himself resists training Luke due to his age and attitude problems that resembled his father's) After which each would go on to get another Jedi mentor in order to continue his training. (Obi-Wan as Anakin's and Yoda as Luke's) One of each's first major accomplishment as a hero was destroying a key enemy space station. (Anakin destroyed the Trade Federation's Droid Control Ship whilst Luke destroyed the Galactic Empire's Death Star) Their family members who raised them on Tatooine would be brutally murdered. (Anakin's mother Shmi by a tribe of Tusken Raiders whilst Luke's uncle Owen and aunt Beru that served as adoptive parents by Imperial Storm Troopers) Both showed themselves to be quite impatient and had a reckless side and to that both would come to be tempted by the Dark Side of the Force. That side would come to the fore in the middle chapter when each fails a test of the Dark Side where they give in to their fear and anger. (After the death of his mother who he had visions of enduring a month of torture at the hands of the Sandpeople Anakin lost control of his emotions and wiped out the whole encampment whilst Luke later would not listen to Yoda's wisdom to leave his weapons outside of the Dark Side Cave and when confronted with an apparition of Vader initiated a fight that ended with him decapitating the doppelganger to only discover his own face underneath) Both were defensive of those they cared about to the point that each a time where they defied orders from their superiors in order to rescue people they cared about after foreboding visions. (Anakin leaving Naboo where he was tasked to keep Padme safe in order to try and rescue his mother back on Tatooine and Luke leaving his training with Yoda on Dagobah in order to try and save his friends at Cloud City) That sense of protectiveness would be used by the Sith in their attempts to corrupt them. (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 whilst later on the Sith would use threatening his friends as a means to lure out and bait Luke into aggression) Both came to have a family member that they dedicated themselves to saving even against the counsel of Jedi masters to let them go. (Anakin throughout Revenge of the Sith attempts to save his wife Padme from death in childbirth in spite of Yoda's advice to, "Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." whilst Luke throughout Return of the Jedi wants to bring his father back to the good side and thus refuses to kill him even though Obi-Wan told him if that be the case, "Then the Emperor has already won.") Both would form a rivalry of sorts with Palpatine's previous apprentice who was himself a fallen Jedi that was corrupted by him. (Anakin with Count Dooku and Luke with Darth Vader) They would wind up dueling in the middle chapter of their respective trilogies which would end with the Sith's victory and them losing an appendage that would be replaced with a mechanical prosthetic. (Anakin's right forearm and Luke's right hand) Though their rematches in the subsequent installments would display a defining difference. Both Skywalkers had improved in the time since the their first bouts and this time around are put into a test by Palpatine against his current apprentice to prove his ability and help convert him to the Dark Side. After another hard fought clash of blades that was watched by Palpatine sitting upon a throne each would manage to best their opponent after being goaded into anger by them. (Anakin channeled his rage after Dooku mocked him over the emotions he suppressed whilst Luke unleashed his fury after Vader threatened to corrupt his sister) 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.
    • For an inanimate example, lightsabers are kyber crystal-powered laser blades typically used by Jedi for self-defense, while the Death Star uses a kyber crytal-based laser to annihilate planets.
    • 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 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. Both are young, skilled warriors in the ways of the Force, and each is a headstrong but loyal apprentice that is devoted to his order.
    • 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 entered his life attempting to take on that role. But whilst Obi-Wan was more hard on him though had his best interests at heart, Palpatine showered him with all the praise he wanted to hear but really saw him as a tool that he ultimately found disposable. Anakin did wind up joining with Palpatine as a Sith Lord, but he wound up paying the ultimate price because of it. Both later on would also, alongside Vader, vie for Luke's allegiance. Both of them wanting him to destroy his father, as Obi-Wan lost faith in his 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 to believe that he must do so in order to become a full-fledged Jedi or Sith. With his defining moment coming when he defied 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 see 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 sacrifice himself to destroy him. 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 and awaiting the chance for a comeback. (Palpatine among the Sith and Obi-Wan among the Jedi) A humanoid alien (Darth Maul and Yoda) kept even more deeply hidden (Maul served an assassin who operated in the shadows whilst Yoda watched things from afar on an uninhabited planet before becoming a teacher again) started as the only seen ally from their order at the time before managing to attain their second apprentice (Dooku as Palpatine's and Luke as Obi-Wan's) who played a more open role in the galactic conflict (Dooku as the Confederacy of Independent Systems' head of state and Luke as an officer within the Rebel Alliance) and the eventual turn of Anakin Skywalker to their side. Interestingly, each's first pupil was taken from them because of their opposing counterpart. (Palpatine's first being Maul before he was lost in battle with Obi-Wan whilst Obi-Wan lost his own first Anakin to Palpatine after he achieved Knighthood when he was successfully seduced to the Dark Side of the Force) Both were stationed closely to and insert themselves into the lives of the current new up-and-coming Skywalker (Palpatine watching over Anakin on Coruscant while serving as supreme chancellor after he joins the Jedi Order and Obi-Wan takes up a life as a hermit on Tatooine close to Luke after leaving him there with his moisture farmer relatives to be hidden him from the Empire) who they hoped 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 presented themselves as a more understanding and supportive paternal figure/mentor who seeks to help them achieve their true potential in comparison to their official surrogate father who had been raising them that they had some frustration in as they feel they are holding them back. (Anakin's Jedi master Obi-Wan himself and Luke's uncle Owen) Whilst arguably rarely outright lying to them, both played around with the truth in order to try and make sure they are steered in their intended direction. When questioned by the Skywalker on certain shady points, they both defended 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, who as brought up before served as each character's apprentice for some time, aboard a Death Star in front of Luke. (Obi-Wan on the first when he allowed Vader to finish him when he saw Luke was watching and Palpatine on the second when he decided to save his son from him) Whilst Obi-Wan fully accepted his death, having learned from Qui-Gon how to become a Force Ghost, Palpatine screamed all the way down the chasm to his death in fear after a life of having wanted to cheat it.
    • Qui-Gon also reflects Palpatine in noteworthy ways. Both present what looks to be an almost unceasingly supportive mentor/father-figure to Anakin Skywalker, and that is arguably one of the key factors that gets him to gravitate towards the latter. However, whilst Qui-Gon actually did mean the best for Anakin and was actually honest with him about things like how, "Training to be a Jedi is not an easy challenge. And even if you succeed, it's a hard life." Palpatine on the other hand just told him what he wanted to hear. Both also were shown to understand how, "Greed can be a powerful ally" as Qui-Gon put it and had the ability to manipulate people through it. Whether it be Palpatine convincing the Trade Federation to occupy Naboo or Qui-Gon managing to twist around the bet with Watto to ensure he gets everything he wants including the ship parts and Anakin's freedom. That being said Qui-Gon didn't go so far as to endanger people's lives in such pursuits, whilst Palpatine was perfectly willing to go so far as to engineer a full-scale war for his benefit. Each also, as shown when they're providing counsel to Anakin, asserted the importance of trusting one's feelings. (Qui-Gon tells Anakin before the Podrace to "Remember, concentrate on the moment. Feel, don't think. Trust your instincts." whilst Palpatine later tells him, "You don't need guidance, Anakin. In time you will learn to trust your feelings. Then, you will be invincible." when he asks him to speak to Padme about leaving the capital.) Obi-Wan would later be shown expressing that idea as well when training Luke in contrast to what he tried teaching Anakin before. (Whilst Anakin's master he urges Anakin to "Use the Force. Think." but later when mentoring Luke would advise him during an exercise to, "This time, let go of your conscious self and act on instinct." and to "Stretch out with your feelings.") Seemingly having changed to become more like his former master due to his perceived and self-admitted failure with Anakin. It's also notable that chronologically speaking Qui-Gon was the first character to invoke the "point of view" idea in conversation when debating with Obi-Wan whether or not Anakin is dangerous. Though it would be an argument that both Obi-Wan and Palpatine would bring up later when they themselves had their actions or beliefs questioned by a protégé. As Qui-Gon put it, "your focus determines your reality" which Palpatine's statement about how, "Good is a point of view" doesn't outwardly look too far removed from even if beneath the spirit is different. Each also aimed for attaining immortality, Palpatine through manipulating the Force unnaturally whilst Qui-Gon achieves it through truly submitting himself to the Living Force. Going on to teach both Yoda and Obi-Wan how to do so as well. Both would be shown to have multiple students. Including the likes of a standard Sith/Jedi apprentice (Darth Maul as Palpatine's and Obi-Wan as Qui-Gon's), an unorthodox one in a constrained idealist who at least initially wanted to bring about sweeping change to fix things in the galaxy (Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker), and another who came to him seeking the means to transcend death. (Anakin to Palpatine and Yoda to Qui-Gon)
    • 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 with the Confederacy and the Jedi with the Alliance) They get put into somewhat similar situations such as how in the middle chapters of their respective trilogies their secret bases are located by their enemies on a desolate "backwoods" planet (The Separatists on Geonosis and the Rebels on Hoth) where they do battle whilst also carrying out a mass evacuation. One of them being the current Sith/Jedi apprentice (Count Dooku of the Sith and Luke Skywalker of the Jedi) who escapes off by himself to meet with the master on his side who operates from afar. (Dooku to Darth Sidious on Coruscant to deliver him the Death Star designs and Luke to Yoda on Dagobah so he could continue his Jedi training) 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 hideaway and subsequently sends the newly christened Sith apprentice Vader to "take care of them" which leads to them being gathered, cornered and slaughtered as their use was up. Later on he'd fake reports from Bothan spies to the Rebels stating that the Death Star II was not yet fully operational when it actually was and also being supported by the Imperial Fleet as well as his best troops on the ground in order to draw out and destroy the Rebel forces in a cataclysmic battle.). The comparison adds interesting food for thought to Padme's line in Revenge of the Sith to Anakin, "Have you ever considered that we may be on the wrong side?" Taking the Expanded Universe into account, both were deliberately created by Palpatine as well in order to further his agenda (the CIS to create the Clone Wars as an excuse for his "emergency powers" and the Rebellion in order to gather his enemies in one place so they would be more easily crushed).
    • Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens is essentially Luke had he turned to the Dark Side of the Force. They both struggle with temptation from the opposite side of the Force (Luke tries to resist the Dark Side, while Kylo wants to become immune to the Light), both come into conflict with their fathers, with Luke ultimately redeeming Anakin and Kylo ultimately murdering Han, and they both idolize Anakin Skywalker, with Luke proudly declaring himself a Jedi "like my father before me" and Kylo doing everything he can to emulate Darth Vader.
    • There is an interesting compare and contrast to be made with Palpatine's role in the Prequel Trilogy to Luke's role in the Original Trilogy in the grand scheme of the galactic conflict as well as Anakin Skywalker's personal one. As each is the titular Phantom Menace and New Hope that would be instrumental in bringing about the also titular Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. Each was the new player that came onto the scene that'd disrupt the Galaxy's status quo. Both bringing the order of Force users they joined that was in hiding for a long time out of the shadows respectively. And both were also the ones to influence Anakin's major changes in allegiance. Both also cycle around between partners within their order through out the course of the films, whether it be apprentices in Palpatine's case or masters in Luke's. Each in the first installments starts with one (Darth Maul as Palpatine's first student and Obi-Wan Kenobi as Luke's first teacher) who gets lost to of a lightsaber duel by the end of that chapter via being sliced through with a lightsaber by an apprentice from the opposing order. (Maul by Obi-Wan during the Battle of Naboo and Obi-Wan himself by Vader aboard the Death Star) Both by the second have another (Count Dooku as Palpatine's second disciple and Yoda as Luke's second instructor) who would wind up dying in the earlier part of the third film in their one major scene. (Dooku was executed by Anakin during the Battle of Coruscant with some coaxing from Palpatine whilst Yoda would die of old age in his hut on Dagobah with Luke at his bedside) After that each would be the last of their order left and set their sights on converting Anakin to their side. Both would eventually turn themselves over to him and make their initial offers. (Palpatine revealed to him the truth that he was the Sith Lord in his office when Anakin came to report that Obi-Wan had engaged General Grievous and Luke surrendered himself to the Imperials on Endor at their Shield Facility with the aim of getting to talk with his father) However he stuck to his guns and handed them to his superiors. (Anakin reported what he had learned to Master Windu who would then go to arrest him and later on brought Luke to the Emperor aboard the Death Star II) An intense lighstaber battle would break out (Palpatine fighting Mace's team of Jedi that showed up to arrest him and Luke's duel with Vader before Palpatine) and would end with the Sith on his back with the now enraged Jedi having to decide whether or not to kill him. (Windu above Palpatine as Anakin watches and later on Luke above Vader as Palpatine watches) Things works out to Anakin's current superior having the character he's conflicted over pinned down and being electrocuted as he's pleading for his help as he watches. (Windu reflecting Palpatine's Force Lighting back at him when he's got him down after their clash of blades and later Palpatine himself directly attacking Luke with it after declaring his refusal to turn) Both cases resulting in Anakin declaring, "No" and coming to his aid. Causing the death of his superior in the process, both times due to a great plummet. (Anakin disarmed Windu which allowed Palpatine the opportunity to electrocute and throw him out his office window whilst Vader would later on throw Palpatine himself down a reactor shaft) His actions in those places signifying his change from Jedi to Sith and then back around to being Jedi once more. In each case it would lead to Anakin being physically maimed by a one-time mentor (Obi-Wan severing his remaining limbs at the end of their lightsaber duel and Palpatine's Force lightning fatally wounding him as he was rescuing Luke from him) which resulted in his body being burned (The Mustafar lava flow setting him on fire and later the funeral pyre his son gives him) and his rebirth in a new form. (First as a cyborg who was more machine than man and later as a ghost who truly had become one with the Force) Also notable is how Palpatine is an expert chess master as consistently displayed throughout the saga whether it be his machinations that helped him become Emperor or his trap for the Rebel Alliance, and it is something that Luke starts to show potential for himself with his plan to free Han and defeat Jabba that counted on the Hutt to bring himself out into a more vulnerable position as well as placing his allies in key positions against him. Both trilogies ending with these characters in question having risen to dominance in the conflict. (Palpatine going from a Sith Lord in hiding and senator from a smalltime planet to reigning Galactic Emperor whilst Luke went from a farmhand on a backwater world to a full-fledged Jedi Knight and successful war hero)
  • In the 1994 Street Fighter they decide (for some reason) to play Sagat as one to Ken. Both being crooked gun-runners. Outright stated by Ken after beating him in their fight at the end when he says, "I owe you. If I hadn't met you, I might have become you."
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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 one 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.
  • 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.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: The eponymous villain is this to Professor X; they operate in a similar manner when it comes to recruiting mutants and converting them to a specific belief system. What separates the Big Bad from the Big Good is merely the differences in their personalities. Director Bryan Singer labels Apocalypse as The Antichrist (who thrives on mass murder and purports to have been "born from death") and Charles as the Christ figure (a pacifist who wishes to preserve life). Both are capable of treating the world as their personal playground, but only the former exercises Might Makes Right; the latter espouses With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. They both enjoy being idolized; En Sabah Nur wants nothing less than to be worshipped as a god while Xavier wants to be adored as a paternal figure. Apocalypse's Lack of Empathy is the antithesis of Charles being the personification of empathy, and these traits are exhibited when they interact with their underlings. The selfish Apocalypse pretends to be attentive towards his Horsemen, but he's in truth a Bad Boss who is only concerned about how their superpowers will serve his goal for world domination. The altruistic Professor X is a Cool Teacher who cherishes his students and works hard to engage their intellect and ameliorate their psychological health. As a tyrant in Ancient Egypt, En Sabah Nur had utilized fear and violence to control his subjects; Xavier, on the other hand, relies on love and harmony to exert his authority over his surrogate family.

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