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[[caption-width-right:350:Creator/MarvelComics' GalacticConqueror and Creator/DCComics' GalacticConqueror.]]

Occasionally, when two creators are striving to fill the same niche or appeal to the same demographic, one will end up creating characters and stories that bear a more-than-passing resemblance to the other's.

For instance, Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} and Creator/{{DC|Comics}}, being the most prominent producers of comics, have led a sizable rivalry, sometimes friendly, sometimes not. This is sometimes reflected in the creation of characters. You could argue that, given the sheer number of characters in comic books, certain superpowers will overlap. Occasionally a new character, even one who appears for a short time, seems suspiciously similar to another.

Usually, this is done as overt parody or homage. If not, it can be seen as one ripping off the other; however, occasionally it happens by pure coincidence, and the characters become fondly remembered equivalents. When the rival creators both fully embrace this trope, it may be hard to sort out the original characters from the {{Captain Ersatz}}es.

See also {{Expy}}, when a character is probably based on another character but not obviously supposed to be that character. When this happens to TV shows, video games or movies, you have DuelingShows, [[DuelingWorks/{{Games}} Dueling Games]] and [[DuelingWorks/{{Film}} Dueling Movies]], or a case of FollowTheLeader.

Compare CounterpartComparison, SerialNumbersFiledOff.

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent/ComicBooks


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Near the turn of the millennium, Creator/FourKidsEntertainment dubbed ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which aired on Creator/KidsWB. Creator/SabanEntertainment dubbed ''Anime/{{Digimon}}'', which aired on Creator/FoxKids. It even applied to the movies, with Creator/WarnerBros releasing the first three ''Pokémon'' films, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox distributing ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie''. This even applied up until 2016, though to a much lesser extent. ''Pokémon'' aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork, with reruns of older episodes airing on sister network Creator/{{Boomerang}}. Beginning in 2017, ''Pokémon'' will air on Creator/DisneyXD exclusively. Meanwhile, ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Digimon Fusion]]'' briefly aired on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}; the rest of the series, and reruns of the earlier installments, aired on Creator/{{Nicktoons}}.

* During UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, film stars and other talent were normally contracted to a single studio. Sometimes one studio lent a performer or director to another studio, but in other cases, studios sought out performers in hope of replicating other studios' successes.
** In response to [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]]'s success with child star Creator/ShirleyTemple, Creator/WarnerBros signed and cultivated Sybil Jason.
** Creator/SamuelGoldwyn brought Soviet film actress Anna Sten to Hollywood in 1932, intending her to compete with Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer's Creator/GretaGarbo and Creator/{{Paramount}}'s Creator/MarleneDietrich. Sten failed to match these women's successes, albeit she did appear in a notable film by Creator/KingVidor, ''The Wedding Night'' and she also played Grushenka in ''The Murderer Dimitri Karamasoff''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is often considered the only good ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' movie: both are about a team of four superheroes who shares a familial bond with each other. Bob, like Ben, has SuperStrength; Helen, like Reed, is a [[RubberMan Rubber (Wo)man]]; and Violet, like Sue, has the combination of {{Invisibility}} and [[BarrierWarrior force fields]]. FragileSpeedster Dash is also similar to Johnny in personality, while [[spoiler:baby Jack-Jack has [[WreathedInFlames Johnny's powers]], [[ComboPlatterPowers and several others]]]]. WordOfGod says these were just {{Personality Power}}s and the similarities weren't intentional.

* The [[Literature/NewJediOrder Yuuzhan Vong]] have a striking similarity to the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Borg]] (i.e. seemingly overwhelming {{scary dogmatic alien|s}} invaders with radically different technology), albeit somewhat {{inverted|Trope}} at the same time (biotech-using religious zealots who condemn all mechanical technology as "abominations," as opposed to coldly logical all-assimilating cyborgs).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' have a similar relationship with their monsters, most notably with the Cybermen and The Borg. Star Trek fans sometimes complain that Doctor Who ripped off their ideas for an evil race of cybernetic humans. Doctor Who fans just [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet laugh at this]] [[OlderThanTheyThink and then ignore them]].
* When {{Creator/NBC}} attempted to run a TV series based on the movie ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', {{Creator/Fox}} countered with the much more successful ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose''.
* When {{Creator/ABC}} aired a TV series based off of ''Film/AnimalHouse'', {{Creator/NBC}} countered with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_and_Sisters_(1979_TV_series) Brothers and Sisters]] and {{Creator/CBS}} countered with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-Ed_Fever_(TV_series) Co-Ed Fever]].
* Parodied on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. When Jim Cramer went on various Creator/{{NBC}} shows to defend himself against attacks from Jon Stewart, Stewart countered by inserting himself onto various Viacom shows. This included ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Real Life''.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow'' has a CBS equivalent in ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman The Late Show]]''. Similarly, CBS's ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' can be seen as equivalent to NBC's ''Series/LateNight''.
* ''Fridays'', an early 1980s sketch show, was specifically made to be ABC's answer to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', complete with popular music guests of the day, celebrity hosts (though they were called "special guests"), a Weekend Update-style fake news segment, wacky recurring characters and sketches, a cast of unknown comedy stars (some of which became famous years later, like Creator/LarryDavid, Creator/MichaelRichards, [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Melanie Chartoff]], [[Film/PoliceAcademy Bruce Mahler]], and [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou Rich Hall]]), and humorous sketches that skewered everything from pop culture to the (at the time) current political climate.
* Creator/{{DC|Comics}} vs. Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}: TV Edition. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons (aka [[TheDividual Fitzsimmons]]) while ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' has Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow. Both are male/female pairs of quirky scientists in which the man specializes in mechanical engineering while the woman specializes in biochemistry. The key difference is: Fitz and Simmons are original characters, while Cisco and Caitlin are based on established characters in the comics.[[note]]Vibe and Killer Frost, though it's worth noting that both are {{Legacy Character}}s; their ''civilian'' identities were created mere months before the show.[[/note]]

* Due to Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} having affiliations with some record labels (Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records for the former and Sony Music[=/=]Creator/ColumbiaRecords for the latter), this is inevitable. Examples include:
** Music/TheJonasBrothers or Music/AllstarWeekend to ''Series/BigTimeRush''.
** Music/SelenaGomez and Music/DemiLovato to Creator/MirandaCosgrove and Music/VictoriaJustice, respectively.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} song "When You Wish Upon a Star" is compared to the Creator/JimHenson song "The Rainbow Connection". This is pointed out in the TV special ''The Muppets at Walt Disney World''.
* In the [[TheRoaringTwenties late 1920s]] Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM had a musical revue with a hit song, "Singing in the Rain". Creator/WarnerBros, on the other hand, had a hit song called "Singing in the Bathtub". Both would be immortalized later on, MGM's song through its use in the [[Film/SinginInTheRain Gene Kelly movie in the name name]], Warner's song through its use in numerous ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons.
* Anime/SuperSonico of Creator/NitroPlus came to be seen as one for {{Vocaloid}} centerpiece Hatsune Miku in the virtual idol department, with the former debuting one year earlier. While they both get the bulk of figurines and other merch, Sonico serves as both a gravure idol and a GirlGroup member while Miku tends to be a solo act.
* {{Metallica}} 's "The Mechanix" (from when Dave Mustaine was in the group) got rewritten as "The Four Horsemen", whilst Mustaine's group {{Megadeth}} recorded "The Mechanix" at a faster tempo with a new intro. The similarities didn't stop there - the Mustaine era Metallica's "When Hell Freezes Over" was reworked into "The Call Of Ktulu" by Metallica, and later "Hangar 18" by Megadeth. Metallica's "Motorbreath" had very similar riffs to Megadeth's later "FFF". Megadeth's "Go To Hell" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman" both quote "now I lay me down to sleep". Megadeth's "When" is also based on Mustaine era Metallica's arrangement of DiamondHead 's "Am I Evil?". There are numerous other examples, though Metallica took inspiration from Megadeth's return to thrash form since the critical failure of "St Anger" compared to Megadeth's "The System Has Failed".

[[folder:Myths and Religion]]
* The ancients found equivalent deities in every nation's religions, using the ''interpretatio graeca'', in which any given foreign deity was equated to a Greek one, or the ''interpretatio romana'', in which a foreign deity was equated to a Roman one. For example, the Semitic Astarte was taken as the equivalent of Greek Aphrodite; the Egyptian Amon was taken as the equivalent of Roman Jupiter. Sometimes syncretic temples were consecrated to the fusion of both gods into a single cult; for example, during the Roman period in Egypt, temples were built to Jupiter-Ammon.
* Most Indo-European mythologies have very similar gods, either as the result of them having their origins in a single ancient religion or because both are personifications of the same concept. Examples include [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades]] and [[Characters/FinnishMythology Tuoni]], Apollo and [[Myth/NorseMythology Freyr]], and Zeus and [[Myth/HinduMythology Indra]].
* Thanks to cultural syncretism, and on rare occasions, complete coincidence, Christianity shares many similarities with various other (older) religions.

* Two of the playfields in Digital Interactive's ''VideoGame/PinballDreams'' are direct copies of PhysicalPinballTables from Creator/WilliamsElectronics -- "Steel Wheels" is a copy of ''Bad Cats'', while "Nightmare"/"Graveyard" is a copy of ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
* Many early [[DigitalPinballTable computer pinball games]] were near-direct copies of arcade pinball machines:
** ''VideoGame/RasterBlaster'' is a digital copy of ''Pinball/{{Firepower}}''.
** ''VideoGame/DavidsMidnightMagic'' is a digital copy of ''Pinball/BlackKnight''.
** ''Night Mission Pinball'' is largely derived from ''Pinball/{{Flight 2000}}'', though there are some notable differences.
* The Pinstar conversion kit ''Pinball/{{Gamatron}}'' is essentially a copy of Creator/SternElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Flight 2000}}'', using the same software and a minor variant of the playfield. Justified in that Pinstar's president used to run Stern Electronics.
* The layout and design of Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/JurassicPark'' is highly reminiscent of that for Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Whirlwind}}''. The rule set is much like that of Williams' ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily''.
* Similarly, Data East's ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3'' bears many resemblances to Williams' ''Pinball/Terminator2''.
* The entire ''VideoGame/EpicPinball'' series for MS-DOS computers is an Alternate Platform Equivalent to the ''VideoGame/PinballDreams'' series on the UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}.
* Some players see the "Tower" table of ''VideoGame/RuinerPinball'' is Creator/{{Atari}}'s equivalent of ''VideoGame/DevilsCrush''.
* Four months after the release of Creator/WilliamsElectronics' not-quite-a-pinball ShootEmUp ''Pinball/{{Hyperball}}'', Creator/{{Bally}} released ''Rapid Fire'', a nearly identical game with minor aesthetic changes. Williams employees internally derided it as [[SerialNumbersFiledOff "Operation Xerox".]]
* ''VideoGame/ObsessionPinball'' is an obvious attempt to replicate ''VideoGames/PinballDreams,'' down to including little seams and screws in the playfield pieces.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JerryLawler has been described as the Wrestling/RicFlair of Memphis. Similarly, Ray González has been called the Ric Flair of Puerto Rico.
* Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling's Giant Baba to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's Wrestling/AntonioInoki, that latter outright encouraging this method of thinking. There is also a Captain New Japan for Marvel's Captain America.
* Wrestling/{{Demolition}} were an Alternate Company Equivalent version of Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors. Amusingly both teams ended up in the Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F in 1990 resulting in Demolition matches with the Legion of Doom. The Powers of Pain, initially created as {{Evil Counterpart}}s of the Road Warriors in 1987 for Jim Crockett Promotions, were quietly split up in the meantime.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}} in Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/UltimateWarrior in WWF. Both were frequent main event players who often played second bananas to the top guy of their promotion (Wrestling/RicFlair in WCW and Wrestling/HulkHogan in WWF) but held the torch for a period of time. Ultimate Warrior and Sting started off as a tag team before they got into the major leagues, and were well-known for their face paint and overly toned and tanned physiques. Both men kept these traits in their major companies. Sting's initial WCW gimmick was that of a surfer while Ultimate Warrior's orange skin, long hair, and frequent use of the word "dude" implied he was some sort of surfer type. Their early theme songs are even both take offs of "Seek and Destroy" by Music/{{Metallica}}. Sting eventually became known more as an agile technical wrestler after being mentored and groomed by Flair while Ultimate Warrior was a power wrestler who would allegedly get tired after doing his trademark entrance of sprinting to the ring. Ultimate Warrior would come to WCW for a short stint and inherited Sting's penchant for gaudy trench coats. They would reunite for a tag team match against Hulk Hogan and Wrestling/BretHart making for a great contrast of their styles, such as Sting's more simple red and black clothes and Ultimate Warrior's vaguely military tie-dye attire.
** After taking on his [[Comicbook/TheCrow Crow]] persona, Sting became this to Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* More so alternate region equivalent, since they were both tied to the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance but the original plan for the promotion that came to be known as Ring Warriors was to be an Americanized version of New Japan, though it ended up as something much different. The World Wrestling League has a straighter example in New Boriquén Pro Wrestling.
* When Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} made his WCW debut, he was denounced as an {{Expy}} of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin due to the fact that he had a bald head, goatee and wore black trunks and boots like Austin.
* Wrestling/BuffBagwell was WCW's equivalent of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. His gimmick was his attractiveness to ladies (as expressed in his theme song "Buff Daddy", which like Michaels' "Sexy Boy" is partly sung by him and a female vocalist) and his muscles, and his propensity for red tights. Like Michaels, he'd also experienced BreakupBreakout from his tag team "American Males", where his partner Scotty Riggs faded to obscurity after the team split (like Marty Jannetty). Furthermore, he remained in the higher end of the roster due to his own propensity for backstage meddling and ego. Also like Michaels, he took a few years out from wrestling before returning. Bagwell's ego, however, did get him fired from the WWF as soon as the Invasion happened. Bagwell was a omnipresent feature of mid to late 90s WCW, but is not as well remembered today due to his inability to follow up his career in that company.
* Wrestling/TakaMichinoku's success in WWF in 1997 caused WCW to hire Wrestling/KazHayashi in 1998. Both of them had been part of the stable KaiEnTai in Japan, and both wore very similar blue tights. Likely feeling the need for a Japanese Wrestler themselves, ECW hired Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri. Whilst Taka and Tajiri both enjoyed popularity in their respective companies, Kaz was the victim of poor booking in squash matches (as with many in WCW at the time) and only appeared with the WWF once during the invasion era before asking for his release and returning to Japan.
* Originally Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s La Parka Jr. was the Alternate Company Equivalent of Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s Wrestling/LaParka (though the latter started in AAA, and thus they owned the mask). When WCW's La Parka joined Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, he was forced to become L.A. [=ParK=], Alternate Company Equivalent to the now Jr-lacking La Parka.
* La Super Muerte is the Bolivian equivalent of La Parka.
* WWF's Wrestling/DGenerationX were created to rival WCW's Wrestling/NewWorldOrder. The popularity of the [=nWo=] meant that WCW was beating WWF in the ratings, and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon couldn't let that happen. The main creative players behind the [=nWo=], Wrestling/KevinNash and Wrestling/ScottHall, are best friends with the main guys who came up with DX, Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. They were all originally in WWF together as a backstage group known as Wrestling/TheKliq. As a result, both groups had some similar mannerisms such as the crotch chops, the wolf hand signal, and [[LeaningOntheFourthWall leaning on the 4th wall]], referencing their counterparts.
* Abyss can be considered the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA[=-=]Wrestling/{{TNA}} version of Wrestling/{{Kane}} and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]].
* Initially known as "Nise Onita" in the year 2000, Rocky Santana eventually became known as the Mexican Onita. That Onita being Atsushi, who founded [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling]], the {{trope namer|s}} for GarbageWrestler)
* Unintentionally, Wrestling/AJStyles and Wrestling/JohnCena. Both made their national television debut in 2002, were the faces of their company, wore colourful attire and had a career degeneration in 2012 and a revival in 2013.
* AJ and Wrestling/{{Michelle McCool}} are sort of {{Distaff Counterpart}}s. Both wear hooded robes to the ring and Michelle began using the Styles Clash as her finisher (renaming it the Faith Breaker), after her heel turn at the end of 2008. Both are also devout Christians in RealLife.
* As far as wrestling style goes, AJ has also been compared to another WWE contracted wrestler, Wrestling/JohnMorrison. After AJ left TNA and Morrison left WWE, the two would meet in Family Wrestling Entertainment.
* Wrestling/JeffHardy had been frequently compared to Teddy Hart (talented, but weird and with SpotMonkey tendencies) even by wrestlers themselves. This became oddly prophetic, as Hardy would later make appearances in former Teddy Hart venues ROH and TNA.
* The Lost stable in 3CW, led by Sean David and The Age Of The Fall in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, led by Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, were purposefully set up to be alternate company equivalents of each other, with The Lost looking to spread across Europe and Age Of The Fall looking to spread across the Americas, or at least the USA to fight its health care system.
* Wrestling/AustinAries and Wrestling/BryanDanielson use many of the same moves, both have bridging submissions in the Last Chancery and Cattle Mutilation, are both vegans and were both lauded as Wrestling/RingOfHonor World Champions before being scooped up by WWE and TNA, where they are both overwhelming popular to the point they basically owe their careers in both companies to fans demanding they show up(Aries) or be rehired(Danielson).
* Jaider Lee is has been called the Bolivian Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. He's also similar to Creator/HardGay, except that he's not an exotico, nor a GorgeousGeorge.
* By being inept wrestlers and shown to be good lawyers, Joseph Park[[note]]actually a second persona of Abyss; the two were {{kayfabe}} brothers[[/note]] and David Otunga[[note]]a real-life lawyer, with a [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Harvard Law]] degree to boot[[/note]] have become this in TNA and WWE.
* A blonde bombshell who was formerly a member of a stable consisting of [[MsFanservice Ms. Fanservices]], better known for her looks than her talent, first target of any heel, and divides the wrestling community on whether or not she's a competent wrestler. Are we talking about Wrestling/KellyKelly or Wrestling/VelvetSky?
* TNA's Wrestling/JeffJarrett has been compared to Wrestling/TripleH due to both of them carrying their respective world titles for a long period of time, and have [[WagTheDirector major influence over their bookings]] (Jarrett with Wrestling/VinceRusso, Triple H with Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon). As a result, fans sometime refer to Jarrett as "Triple J" (short for "[[TheScrappy Jackass Jeff Jarret]]").
* Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling 's Wresling/HiroshiTanahashi has been called the "Wresling/JohnCena of NJPW" by fans. Both are [[TheAce ace]] babyfaces at the top of card that are booked to be strong, rarely ever putting an opponent over clean.

* Bandai's Toys/MachineRobo line of TransformingMecha (later licensed to Tonka as the Gobots) to Creator/{{Hasbro}}/Takara's Franchise/{{Transformers}}. Made even more confusing by the fact that Hasbro later acquired the Gobots license, but not the one for the original Machine Robo.
** To make matters more confusing, since Hasbro's acquisition of Tonka, Go-Bots occasionally show up in Transformers: Cy-Kill and Scooter were both killed by Jhiaxus, Cop-Tur and Leader-1 are Minicons (possibly homages rather than ACES), and Crasher (under the name Fracture, sometimes) has officially crossed over and leads a squad of Decepticons, and even has a toy out.
* A number of companies tried to make their own equivalents to Creator/{{Mattel}}'s {{Franchise/Barbie}}:
** One notable example is Hasbro's WesternAnimation/{{Maxie|sWorld}}. Although WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} predated her, she was primarily music themed, with Jem mainly shown as a singer (although Hasbro had planned to have Jem "branch out" at one point before the toyline was discontinued). Maxie is a much closer equivalent as a girl featured in many different roles (although she is mainly a high school student), though not as many as Barbie.
** Franchise/{{Bratz}} sort of counts, but their main feature is removable feet, so they can wear different shoes. There's also the Moxie Girlz from the same company.
** Takara's Toys/LiccaChan has often been called "the Japanese Barbie". She's just as famous in Japan as Barbie is in the U.S.. Another doll made by Takara, Jenny, actually started out as Barbie before she got renamed sometime in the 1980s.
** Pedigree Toys' Sindy is the UK equivalent, especially in TheEighties. When she was first launched in TheSixties, she had a design that suggested she was the same age as the child playing, rather than the 17-year-old Barbie, but was later aged into a teenager. The 2000's Sindy doll from New Moon has returned to that.
* Plastic-bricks-that-click-into-each-other construction toys other than Franchise/{{Lego}}:
** Mega Brand's Mega Bloks.
** Kre-O from Hasbro, including Kre-O versions of other Hasbro properties like ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', and the license for ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** Character Building, from the UK company Character Options, with licensed sets for ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'', and [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships the British armed forces]].
** Tyco Super Blocks. Not only that, but they could also work with Lego blocks.
** Back when Creator/{{Nintendo}} still made toys, they made of line of Lego-like blocks called "N&B Block"[[note]]Official English name; the Japanese name was simply "Nintendo Block"[[/note]]. They are even referenced in a Mario Zone stage in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins.''
* Creator/{{Mattel}}'s ''DC Multiverse'' line was launched as their answer to Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s ''Marvel Legends'' line, just with Franchise/DCUniverse characters instead of Franchise/MarvelUniverse ones.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Barbie and the Rockers|OutOfThisWorld}}'' was Creator/{{Mattel}}'s answer to Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} Jem and the Holograms]]''. Both star hit 80s pop-stars and had animated adaptations. While ''Jem'' had a full-length SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon, ''Barbie'' only received two direct-to-vhs specials. Despite this, it seems like the job worked because ''Jem'' was CutShort due to poor merchandise sales.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This also shows up in {{Fighting Game}}s. For example, we have Mai, Yuri, Chun-Li and Sakura, the first two from Creator/{{SNK}}'s ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series and the latter two from Creator/{{Capcom}}'s ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series. A great deal of {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing is done in the pre-fight conversations of ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', as the characters who resemble each other comment on the similarities.
** [[JokeCharacter Dan Hibiki]] of the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series was created as a [[TakeThat parody]] of [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia]], with some of Yuri's mannerisms thrown in. Similar to the above example, Dan is frequently mistaken for Robert in the crossover games due to a pronounced (and intentional) resemblance, and is also considered a counterpart of fellow goofball [[VideoGame/FatalFury Joe Higashi]].
** Of course, Dan was a response to Ryo and Robert, who were originally made as A.C.E.s of ''SF'''s Ryu and Ken. This isn't particularly surprising, considering that the men behind ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' (Creator/HiroshiMatsumoto, Creator/TakashiNishiyama) were also responsible for ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' in the first place. (Furthermore, Ken's wealth and kick-happy style was established long after ''Art of Fighting'' came out, whereas Robert was always like this.)
** ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomMatchOfTheMillennium'' goes one step further; picking one character (ex. Ryu) will result in you fighting your Alternate Company Equivalent (ex. Kyo) just before the final match. At least one of them is even a case of DistaffCounterpart (Guile and Leona).
** Many of the equivalent characters (Ryu and Ryo, Chun-Li and Mai, Sakura and Yuri, Zangief and Raiden, Sagat and King, etc.) have special pre-fight intros when facing each other in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]''.
** The similarities between [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Sakura Kasugano]] and [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shingo Yabuki]], both being [[MartialArtsHeadband headband-wearing]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high schoolers]] who [[HeroWorshipper idolize]] the main hero and [[MovesetClone emulate their fighting style]], are so pronounced, that with the year and a half gap between their respective debuts, it wouldn't be surprising if Shingo was deliberately designed to be Sakura's [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]].
** Moe Habana from the ''King of Fighters EX'' series could also be considered Sakura's counterpart. Like Sakura, Moe is a teenage girl of Japanese descent who was deliberately designed to be the DistaffCounterpart of her series' protagonist. She even uses the same stance as Kyo and has a similar fighting style, much like Sakura does for Ryu.
** All these years later, and Capcom and SNK are ''still'' doing this. Back in 2000, SNK introduced [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Vanessa]], a single FieryRedhead mom with noticeable... assets who works as an ActionGirl secret agent. Fast forward nine years later, and Capcom introduces [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Crimson Viper]]... A single FieryRedhead mom with noticeable assets who works as an ActionGirl secret agent.
** The recursive example of Iori-Remy-Ash Crimson. Remy, from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', was plainly designed to resemble SNK characters, Iori Yagami in particular, but given charge-based moves to differentiate him/establish him as ''III'''s Guile counterpart. Then ''KOF 2003'' debuts Ash Crimson, an effeminate bishonen with charge-based moves who is clearly designed to resemble Remy. Both characters are from France as well, adding another parallel.
** A video game example: SNK's ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' (1999) to Capcom's ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' (1997-1999). Both are critically praised, well-balanced, highly technical fighters known for pushing the technological capabilities of 2D fighters at the time and their soundtracks. In addition, many of the mainstays from previous games were PutOnABus (but still made cameos) to emphasize the [[OriginalGeneration new roster]] (''III'' only had Ryu and Ken at first, followed by Akuma in ''2nd Impact'' and Chun-Li in ''3rd Strike'', while Terry Bogard was the ''only'' returning character in ''Garou''; both games, however, featured analogues to previous fighters). The two games even featured similar defensive concepts: Parrying (Blocking in Japanese) and Just Defending.
*** Few know that ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3'' had done it before either of them (although it lacks the TimeSkip factor present in both ''Garou'' and ''SFIII'', as well as the aforementioned defensive maneuvers).
** ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has a few blatant ones, as far as movesets go. The most blatant is lead Heart Aino, who has half of Ryu's moveset herself, and the other half on her default Arcana. As of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3'', her moveset (sans arcana) mirrors [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]] closely enough that the pair has been spotted on a date in an official {{April Fools|Day}} crossover.
** ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' roster welcomed squeaky, half-insane Muay Thai asshole Hwa Jai, right after the ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' roster welcomed squeaky, half-insane Muay Thai asshole Adon. Although Adon was introduced before Hwa, Hwa was already pretty unhinged in his ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' debut in 1991 whereas Adon became so by way of his ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' redesign in 1995.
** ''VideoGame/BodyBlows'': This game (and its sequels) owes its existence due to [[PortingDisaster complaints of Amiga owners in regard to the first port]] of the original Street Fighter II. Commodore, the company that owned the Amiga brand of computers, decided that rather than going through the hassle of reattempting a better version of that game, they would contract British based developer Team17 to create their own equivalent fighting game for their ''UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}'' brand of personal computers.
* TGL's (Technical Group Laboratory) ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' series has several characters, who drew clear inspiration from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** Yuka Takeuchi is their tomboy equivalent of Ryu, sharing [[ShotoClone the same basic moveset]] and mentality in that she lives to test herself against [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponents]] and strives to [[SpiritedCompetitor learn more about herself as a martial artist.]] Likewise, she's the series' protagonist.
** Her [[ChildhoodFriends best friend]], Satomi Yajima, is similar to Ken, being her old [[FriendlyRivalry sparring partner/rival.]] In terms of fighting style, however, she's ''V.G's'' tomboy equivalent of [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheRugalSaga Kyo Kusanagi]] instead. She borrows several of his attacks, along with his [[OreOnna "ore no..!"]] attack phrase, and her moves are even themed named similarly to his[[note]]Kyo's moves translate as different variations of "The 8 Scars" (i.e. "The Rusting 8 Scars" "The 8 Maidens' Flames" etc.). Whereas hers translate as "The 8th Maiden", "The Circular 8ths" etc.[[/note]].
** Tamao Mitsurugi is their version of [[Characters/StreetFighterAlpha Sakura]], complete with the same backstory: both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EybYE3jQPDY first saw their heroes on television]], are primarily self-taught by emulating their role models' fighting style, and seek to be trained by them. Her moves are also the same as Sakura's, right down to having a short-ranged projectile.
** While Saki Shinjo is a mashup of Rugal Bernstein, [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheOrochiSaga95 Iori Yagami]], and [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheOrochiSaga96 Vice]], in terms of character design, [[AxCrazy personality]], and her moveset consists of moves borrowed from each of them Including: Rugal's "Genocide Cutter", Irori's claw swipes and "Dark Plume" finisher, and Vice's "Negative Gain".
* Ryoko Kanno from ''VideoGame/FightersHistory'' and Ryoko Izumo from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes'' are both cute, teenage female judo practitioners from Japan, and even share the same first name. This is because they were both [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed inspired by]] Ryoko Tamura (later Ryoko Tani), a young female judoka who was popular in Japan during the early 90's.
* Creator/{{Midway}} gave us ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', an IntercontinuityCrossover which features the alternate major comic book publisher and major fighting game franchise of TheNineties to the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series.
** Later happened when they made ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', which, while not a crossover as it features DC characters ([[GuestFighter and one]] ''[[GuestFighter Mortal Kombat]]'' [[GuestFighter character]]), can be seen as an answer to ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', being released as the latter is played in tournaments and was made with the competitive scene in mind, which ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' is a big part of. They're both seen as superhero fighting games and the cover of ''Injustice'' features Batman fighting Superman over Green Arrow's dead body. However, Green Arrow's hood is up and the metallic hue of his skin make him resemble Doctor Doom, a commonly played ''Marvel vs. Capcom'' character in the competitive scene, giving the illusion that they're fighting over the dead body of the franchise they're rivaling.
** ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''[='s=] Asuka Kazama and her rival Emilie "Lili" de Rochefort draw frequent comparisons to the above Sakura and ''her'' rival from ''Street Fighter Alpha 3'', Karin Kanzuki. Because both rivalries involve two aspirant street fighters who happen to be high school students, with the second party being [[PrivilegedRival a wealthy heiress]] who loses to the first and obsesses over settling the score, [[DefeatMeansFriendship only to come to value the other girl's friendship]] (although Asuka and Lili are currently at the VitriolicBestBuds stage, with some [[FoeRomanceSubtext additional]] [[HomoeroticSubtext subtext]] on Lili's part), several fans feel it's more than a coincidence. If Sakura defeats Lili in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', her win quote even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the similarities between Lili and Karin.
-->'''Sakura''': You remind me of one of my friends. She also rides around in limousines and stuff. [[NoblewomansLaugh Same laugh, too]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkReign'' is a near equivalent of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', even if both games are very different in several ways. ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' is analogous to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' at first, though now people are comparing it to ''VideoGame/MenOfWar''.
* Despite being years apart in their release history, and being made by companies with little-to-no tangible connection to each other, the {{Story Arc}}s of TheProtagonist in Creator/{{BioWare}}'s ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and Spike Chunsoft's ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' have a lot of similarities. Both games star {{Amnesiac Hero}}es who appear to be average Joes at first, [[spoiler:but their backstories reveal them to have been very evil people who played a major role in driving the conflict of their own stories. The similarities are even more apparent if you play the Light-Sided route in ''KOTOR'' as Revan (the ''KOTOR'' protagonist) and Hajime Hinata (the ''Danganronpa 2'' protagonist) turn out to be really benevolent {{Nice Guy}}s who are a far cry from their former evil personalities, and in the end they reject their former identities and decide to start with a clean slate as the heroic people they've become]].
* Creator/FromSoftware unfortunately didn't have the rights to their own game, ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', so they made their own cross-platform spiritual sequel, ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' which was quite popular and successful.
* Though their gameplay styles are very different (almost polar opposites, in fact), the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series could be said to be counterparts of each other. Both have a similar style, playing off the culture and sci-fi visions of the future of early to mid-20th century "Golden Age" America while at the same time depicting what a hateful, nasty, paranoid mess it really was, one taking place in the past, the other in a future [[AfterTheEnd where said culture reached its]] [[WorldWarIII logical conclusion]]; both are sequels or {{Spiritual Successor}}s to hit computer games from TheNineties; both have soundtracks full of classic period music and their [[AnAesop Aesops]], reflected by their gameplay and story, are mirror opposites of each other, the former being a linear narrative about slavery and the inevitability of fate while the latter is an open world with various different options and MultipleEndings, showing how one person can change history. On a smaller scale, while ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'''s Robert House is mostly based on RealLife industrialist Howard Hughes, Bethesda makes no secret of the fact that he's partially inspired by Andrew Ryan, even giving you an achievement if you kill him with a golf club. Amusingly, they're even both played by actors whose most famous roles were opposite each other on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
* Creator/{{Sega}} had ''VideoGame/CongoBongo'' as their answer to Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s VideoGame/DonkeyKong. The game was even programmed by Ikegami Tsushinki, the contractor Nintendo had hired to program the arcade version of ''Donkey Kong''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' franchise has been around since the early 2000s, but more recently has been aggressively marketed as EA's answer to the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise, with ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' presumably there to pick up the slack in odd-numbered years. Likewise, ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' was funded by EA as a counterpart to Creator/{{Activision}} and its ''Call of Duty'' franchise.
* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' was seen as Creator/{{Sony}}'s answer to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series when it first came out, as with ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' was Sony's crossover fighter equivalent of Nintendo's ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', even acknowledging their inspirations and using the latter game's name as Creator/YouTube tags in pre-release videos. ''VideoGame/JumpSuperStars'' is another answer to ''Super Smash Bros.'', except with manga/anime characters from ''Magazine/ShonenJump''.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series introduced [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Yen Sid]] as the BigGood and revealed he was a Keyblade Master. They then introduced another Keyblade Master, Master Eraqus, as Creator/{{Square|Enix}}'s counterpart to Yen Sid, his name being a corruption of Square backwards (as Yen Sid is Disney backwards) and had him resemble an eastern samurai-archetype as opposed to Yen Sid's western wizard-archetype, and had him resemble ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
* After the smashing success of the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}'s motion-based controls, Nintendo's competitors set out to make motion-based games for their systems as well. While the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PlayStation Move]] bombed, the [[UsefulNotes/XBox360 Kinect]] is a relative success with games that follow the mold of the Wii series: ''Wii Sports'' has ''Kinect Sports'', ''Wii Fit'' has ''Nike + Kinect Training'' and so on.
* Creator/{{Gameloft}} has every game from their parent company Creator/{{Ubisoft}} copied.
* In a case where the company is just the developer, Creator/NaughtyDog and Creator/InsomniacGames frequently are matching each other in their current developments (it helps both companies even shared the same building for a while).
** UsefulNotes/PlayStation era: mascot platformers (ND: ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''; Insomniac: ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'')
** UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 era: platformers focused on a duo (ND: ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter''; Insomniac: ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'')
** UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 era: DarkerAndEdgier action games (ND: ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}, VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''; Insomniac: ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'')
* You could definitely make the argument that [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/luckychloetekken7_3959.jpg Lucky Chloe]], one of ''Tekken 7''[='=]s new fighters, is this to ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5: Ultimate Arcade''[='=]s [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marierosedoa5u_6346.jpg Marie Rose]] (who came first). Their behavior and general aesthetic both seem to swing for the same {{Moe}} archetype. Conversely, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV''[='s=] new fighter, Rashid, has a distinct tinge of ''Tekken 7'' newcomer Shaheen in him, being a Saudi Arabian fighter with a traditional Middle Eastern outfit. Likewise, Laura Matsuda, another ''SFV'' newcomer, can be likened to ''T7''[='s=] Katarina Alves: both are sassy, provocative loudmouths who hail from Brazil and favor rather revealing clothing styles. To a lesser extent, Laura also invites a few comparisons to Josie Rizal, though Josie is Filipino and something of a crybaby.
* ''Lightseekers''[[note]]Which actually falls under multiple categories: Video Games, Card Games, and Toys.[[/note]], a Kickstarter success from a company called Play Fusion, has been compared to Creator/{{Activision}}'s ''Franchise/{{Skylanders}}'' franchise due to it's similar "toys-to-life" mechanics.[[note]]Unlike Skylanders however, Lightseekers uses Augmented Reality to scan cards from the CollectibleCardGame and into the game. It also interacts with action figures using a "[=FusionCore=]": a small mini-computer that connects to the game using Bluetooth technology, all without a separate NFC reader like Skylanders' "portal of power".[[/note]] Play Fusion insists however, that Lightseekers is not "toys-to-life", but rather [[InsistentTerminology "connected play"]].
** ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'' was[[note]]Emphasis on "was"; it has since been discontinued.[[/note]] a more direct answer to Skylanders with similar gameplay and a similar NFC device for scanning the figures into the game.
** ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' is another "toys-to-life" game, although unlike the Skylanders and Disney Infinity, you actually have to build the portal yourself, though it still uses NFC[[note]]Or at least similar[[/note]] technology.
* Most characters from ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' and ''Freedom Force vs 3rd Reich'' are analogues of famous Marvel/DC characters. We have Minuteman (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica), the Ant (Franchise/SpiderMan), Quetzalcoatl (Thor with little [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]), Law and Order (Comicbook/CloakAndDagger), Bullet (Franchise/TheFlash), Tombstone (Comicbook/GhostRider + Comicbook/ThePunisher + Deadman) and many others. Villains also fill in this trope with Time Master (Comicbook/{{Galactus}}), Pan (Comicbook/{{Loki}}), and Blitzkrieg (Leader[=/=]ComicBook/RedSkull).
** Although Time Master is probably closer in look and deed to Kang the Conqueror.
** WordOfGod says that Tombstone is their Batman, but his biggest influence seems to be Comicbook/TheSpectre.
* Early in the life cycle of the NES, two of the games released by [[Creator/SquareEnix Square]] were fairly derivative of popular Creator/{{Sega}} arcade games. For Sega's ''VideoGame/SpaceHarrier'', Square made the similar ''VideoGame/The3DBattlesOfWorldRunner'', and for ''VideoGame/OutRun'', there exists ''VideoGame/RadRacer''. They even have touted 3D modes, just like the Master System ports of those two Sega games.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
** The "Terrific Trio", three people who gained superpowers in a [[FreakLabAccident scientific accident]]. The whole thing was a parody of the Comicbook/FantasticFour.
** To some extent, Terry and some of his Rogues Gallery are this to ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' and his villains: Terry/Peter Parker- young hero who has to WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld and whose personal life suffers for it; Shriek/Shocker- inventor who didn't get credit for his work and so turned to crime- the difference in weaponry is soundwaves versus concussive force; Stalker/Kraven the Hunter- expert hunter who [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame chooses the hero as a target]]; Spellbinder/Mysterio- villain with technology that makes him a MasterOfIllusion, although Spellbinder is partly supposed to be a high tech [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery Scarecrow]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' did a homage to Marvel's Defenders; the original team had the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, Comicbook/DoctorStrange, the Comicbook/SubMariner, ComicBook/SilverSurfer, and Nighthawk, while the homage had Solomon Grundy, ComicBook/DoctorFate, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, A.M.A.Z.O., and Hawkgirl. (Using Hawkgirl for Nighthawk is a bit odd, since Kyle himself is the main Marvel Universe version of the Squadron Supreme's Batman-character. But Grundy couldn't have called Batman "[[TheNicknamer Bird-Nose]]".)
** Alternatively, Hawkgirl could be considered an equivalent of Valkyrie, another early Defender.
** Another example is the episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS3E7PatriotAct Patriot Act]]", which just loves this trope. First we get Spy Smasher stopping the Nazis from turning [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica blond haired skinny kids into Super Soldiers]]. Next, we get General Eiling, a stand-in for [[ComicBook/RedHulk General Thunderbolt Ross]] taking the formula and becoming a PaletteSwap [[HilariousInHindsight version of the Hulk]] (purple body and green torn pants)
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' [[TheFaceless The Faceless Hunter]] is the Herald for Starro just like [[ComicBook/SilverSurfer Surfer]] is for ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. The catch being he didn't ask for his planet to be ''spared'', he asked for it to be ''destroyed''!
* In early 2012, Creator/CartoonNetwork started a block called WesternAnimation/DCNation, featuring cartoons and shorts adapted from Creator/DCComics. Less than a month later, Creator/DisneyXD premiered a block called WesternAnimation/MarvelUniverse, featuring cartoons and shorts adapted from Creator/MarvelComics.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
** Black Spider, a DC character who was already basically a villainous rip-off of Spider-Man, and ups the similarities, giving him web slinging powers, a logo, and having him voiced by Creator/JoshKeaton, who voiced Peter Parker in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''...a show [[{{Expy}} which was co-created]] by ''Young Justice'' co-creator Creator/GregWeisman.
** A group of young heroes debut in the episode "Runaways," and like [[ComicBook/TheRunaways the Marvel team of the same name]], they're [[FiveTokenBand a diverse team]] of super-powered teenagers who don't wear costumes and mistrust other superheroes. However, the individual members are actually supposed to be modernized versions of the CaptainEthnic characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. Will Harangue is a news anchor who is clearly based of [[Franchise/SpiderMan J Jonah Jameson]] for his IrrationalHatred for Ben, except he would try to attack Ben if he could. He also openly supports The Incurseans when they banished Ben from Earth, and still call them heroes when they are clearly there to occupy Earth with an army of giant aliens who will destroy Earth should Ben ever comes back.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Common in Real Life armed forces. Happens with guns, tanks, jets, even nukes. If it isn't at least based on another country's stuff, it's the original to be copied for some other country's stuff.
** The success of the M16's smaller 5.56mm round was copied by the Soviets for the 5.45mm AK-74 (not to be confused with the earlier AK-47, which it is derived from), and eventually the Chinese 5.8mm round.
** The American F-86 Sabre is the counterpart of [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets the Soviet MiG-15.]]
** The Imperial German [=A7V=] was made to counter the British Mark I tank in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
** The equally iconic (and [[LongRunners long-lived]]) [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Messerschmitt Bf.109]] and [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Supermarine Spitfire]] fighters of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** Perhaps the most flagrant example in military aviation history is the Soviet Union's first [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes nuclear-capable bomber]], the Tupolev Tu-4, [[ReportingNames NATO Code Name "Bull"]], which was directly reverse-engineered from American Boeing B-29 Superfortresses that made forced landings in (ostensibly "friendly" at the time) Soviet territory during the closing phases of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Although slightly heavier on account of everything being respecified in metric with a duly conservative margin for error, and armed with Soviet cannons instead of the U.S. originals as defensive armament (mounted in exact copies of the original American remote-controlled turrets), the Tu-4 is externally -and for the most part internally- virtually indistinguishable from the B-29.
* Happens a lot in the soft drink industry, since everyone wants to be able to round out the standard set of varieties carried in vending machines and affiliated restaurants: cola, lemon-lime, orange, root beer, and whatever the heck Dr Pepper is. (Contrary to popular belief, there are ''three'' major companies in the US: Coca-Cola, [=PepsiCo=], and the guys who make 7-Up and Dr Pepper, whose name has [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner changed at least five times since we were in seventh grade]] but is currently known as Dr Pepper Snapple Group.)
** Cola: Coca-Cola and Pepsi (natch), and also Royal Crown (DPSG[[note]] only in the US; Canadian beverage company Cott owns the brand elsewhere[[/note]])
** Lemon-lime: 7-Up[[note]] (DPSG only owns the brand in the US; elsewhere, [=PepsiCo=] or its affiliates own the brand)[[/note]], Sprite (Coca-Cola), and Sierra Mist ([=PepsiCo=])
** Dr Pepper-flavored: Dr Pepper (DPSG, natch), Mr. Pibb (Coca-Cola), Mr. Green ([=PepsiCo=])
** Orange and usually other fruit flavors: Fanta (Coca-Cola) and Crush/Sunkist (both DPSG); [=PepsiCo=] affiliates and vending machines in the US usually carry Sunkist, but outside the US, [=PepsiCo=] makes Mirinda in this category. Also Tango (Britvic), but as the company name implies, only really in the UK.
** Root beer: A&W (DPSG, though they also own Hires and IBC), Barq's (Coca-Cola), and Mug ([=PepsiCo=])
** Citrus (actually grapefruit): Squirt (DPSG), Fresca (Coca-Cola)
** The other citrus, which tends to be caffeinated: Mountain Dew (Pepsi), Sun Drop (DPSG), and Mello Yello (Coca-Cola).
** Outside the realm of sodas, [=PepsiCo=] has Gatorade and Coca-Cola has Powerade; and [=PepsiCo=]'s AMP energy drink competes with Coca-Cola's Rockstar.
** Third party knock-offs will usually have names that make their origin blatant; for example, Walmart's answer to Dr Pepper is Dr Thunder. (In fact, just about any company or supermarket will have a drink of some sort called "Dr ___________" or "________ Pepper")
* A large number of [[KitschyThemedRestaurant casual-dining chains]] in the US are owned by four major companies: Darden Restaurants, Bloomin' Brands, Brinker International, and Landry's Restaurants. They all have a good number of chains that are basically equivalent to each other, each reflecting a different restaurant style (or, as their critics would have it, TheThemeParkVersion of a restaurant style). These are:
** Italian-American: Olive Garden (Darden), Carabba's Italian Grill (Bloomin'), and Maggiano's Little Italy (Brinker). Brinker also used to own Romano's Macaroni Grill, also in this style, but has since sold control to an outside group of investors (albeit retaining a minority share).
** Themed steakhouse: [=LongHorn=] Steakhouse (Darden, Texas-themed), Outback Steakhouse (Bloomin', "[[LandDownUnder Australian]]"-themed), Chili's (Brinker, "Southwestern"-themed), and Saltgrass Steak House (Landry's, Texas-themed again).
** Seafood: This one's a bit odd. The major player here is Red Lobster, which Darden ''used'' to own but has since been sold to outside investors.[[note]]This had the effect of making "Darden Restaurants" essentially an ArtifactTitle: Red Lobster was the first chain founded by ''the'' Darden of Darden Restaurants, company founder Bill Darden.[[/note]] Also operating in this space is the [[DeFictionalization Bubba Gump Shrimp Company]], owned by Landry's. Darden also has Eddie V's Prime Seafood, which tries to be more upscale, putting it in direct competition with [=McCormick=] & Schmick's, another Landry's property. Bloomin's Bonefish Grill situates itself between the Red Lobster market and the higher-end one.
** High-end steakhouse: The Capital Grille (Darden), Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Wine Bar (Bloomin'), and Morton's The Steakhouse (Landry's). Unlike the other offerings from these companies, these and the high-end seafood places are generally seen as being good-quality, if not ''as'' good or interesting as more traditional restaurants in their markets.
* When you get right down to it, even the staffs at both DC and Marvel are pretty similar to each other.
** The ScapegoatCreator Editor: Creator/DanDidio and Creator/JoeQuesada.
** The head writer in charge of most of the ongoing works: Creator/GeoffJohns and Creator/BrianMichaelBendis
** The weird guy from the UK that indulges in postmodernism: Creator/GrantMorrison and Creator/WarrenEllis
** The legendary artist who became a big wig: Creator/CarmineInfantino and Creator/JohnRomitaSr
** The once loved writer that became a bit reviled after suffering CreatorBreakdown, that nonetheless is put on popular titles: James Robinson and Creator/JephLoeb.
** The CoolOldGuy: Creator/AdamWest and Creator/StanLee.
*** Julius Schwartz would've been a more fitting counterpart to Stan, had he not passed.
* Offbeatr is a fundraising website specialising in pornographic projects, created because pornography is not allowed on Kickstarter.
* Similarly, Gunbroker is an auction site devoted to firearms and related accessories, created because Website/{{eBay}} prohibits the sale of such.
* Done by pharmacy companies all the time. Whichever company develops the new drug gets the trademark and the patent for a certain number of years; when that expires, generics are available and other companies can market their variant of the same base drug. (This is why first-run brand-name drugs are so much more expensive, especially before the patent expires; the company that develops the drug has to pay an arm, a leg, and possibly several organs to get government approval, and they have to recoup it ''somehow''.) See, for instance, the OTC painkiller ibuprofen, trademarked under several dozen names all over the world, most notably Advil, Motrin, and Nurofen.
* A number of jokes have been made about how various (usually store-brand) companies try to copy the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" margarine. Some examples include "Butter It's Not!" (Kroger), "Wow! I totally thought it was butter" (Great Value/Wal-Mart), and "You'd Butter Believe It!" (Asda).
* The American company Nestle released the "Wonder Ball" (originally the "Magic Ball") in 1990. They are chocolate balls with stickers, small toys, and later hard candy inside. This makes it similar to the 1970's Italian "Kinder Surprise" candy. America banned the Kinder Surprise in 1997, however Wonder Ball's lasted until 2007. They were later brought back in 2016.