This entry is trivia, which is cool and all, but not a trope. On a work, it goes on the Trivia tab.

Dueling Works
"Some day we’ll be movie stars, too!” The DS9 crew dies laughing at that, so B5 wins.note 

"There's some splendor, but a whole lot of warfare in the grass, in A Bug's Life, the latest computer-generated insect film of the year. Did I ever think I'd ever say that sentence? And who ever thought we'd get two in one year?"
Gene Siskel referring to A Bug's Life and Antz, Siskel & Ebert

This page is a list of similar works made during the same period of time. Sometimes one work intentionally copied another. Sometimes it's part of a wider trend in which that type of work became very popular all of sudden and others are made. Sometimes it's total coincidence: the creators just had the same idea. Which is the original and which is the imitation is not always completely clear; sometimes, however, it is painfully so.

Sometimes, rather than home-brew a knock off, a company will license a foreign work, and adapt it to be more like its competitor. Occasionally, creators will be forced to war with one another when they simultaneously produce similar works which are subsequently released within a short time from each other.

One thing to remember regarding Dueling Works is that Tropes Are Not Bad — while many Dueling Works appear to be blatant rip-offs, the competition between two shows (or simply the desire to set each other apart) often spurs each other to develop in quality. The result is a grateful television audience.

See also Dueling Products for proof that this type of competition isn't limited to just works. See also The Mockbuster. Not to be confused with Dueling-Stars Movie.

Again, just to be clear: The works have to be produced during the same time period, otherwise you've got either Follow the Leader or Serial Numbers Filed Off. Also see Fandom Rivalry.


Comic Books

  • One happening within Marvel's own works between All-New Wolverine and the 2015 Old Man Logan over which is the "rightful successor" to previous Logan-led Wolverine books. Points in All-New Wolverine's favor is the title, and the fact that Laura is actively using the Wolverine name and is marketed as Wolverine by Marvel. However a segment of the fanbase considers Old Man Logan the "real" Wolverine book since it stars a Logan, while citing its much more violent content.


Alternative Title(s): Dueling Shows